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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (7/9/18)

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It’s the last Raw before Extreme Rules! With the Monster Among Men torturing Kevin Owens week after week, will the Prizefighter even make it to this Sunday?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Nia Jax & Natalya; Nia & Natalya win.
  • Mojo Rawley VS No Way Jose; Rawley wins.
  • WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Bo Dallas w/ Curt Axel; Dallas wins.
  • Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan; Ember wins.
  • Baron Corbin & Elias VS Finn Balor & Bobby Roode; Corbin & Elias win.
  • Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Big Dog wants to be Universal Champion.

He feels he should be, even though he isn’t. “Yet.” Roman Reigns will never lose faith in his ability, because this is his Yard. But Bobby Lashley disagrees. Roman doesn’t have what it takes, compared to the “Dominator”. He needs to move on. Like Lashley did 10 years ago? The main event player “moved on” to be a big star in MMA. Lashley won’t let his past be downplayed. Lashley has the legit tools, and wants to prove it against Roman most of all. They’re set for a match at Extreme Rules this Sunday, who will grab bragging rights and the right to call themselves “The Guy… who can beat Brock Lesnar”?

 

Roman Reigns walks the halls.

And he encounters Lashley. Lashley stands in Roman’s way, but Roman says Lashley better get out of the way. Lashley suggests Roman calm down. He was waiting all day to be called out. Because if Roman does, Lashley won’t go out there to talk, but to tear Roman apart. Lashley steps aside for Roman, this time.

Roman heads to the ring.

Boston is Raw, and is Roman’s Yard as the show opens. Roman hears the fans both boo and cheer, then speaks. “After this week, there’s a whole lot I could come out here and talk about,” but that was the first time he was ever dared to call someone out. He’s curious about what “Bob” can do, so he does call Lashley out! Lashley gets what he wants, but will he give what he promised? Lashley heads to the ring, laser focused on Roman and the ring. Roman stares back all the same, but Kurt Angle appears to stop this. Baron Corbin is in tow as Angle tells Roman and Lashley to “save it for this Sunday.” They don’t! It’s a fast and furious brawl!

Angle and Corbin shout for reinforcements, and the Raw locker room floods the ring! They work to keep Roman and Lashley apart, but Roman breaks his way out. Lashley does, too, and they collide again! The others continue to push the two apart, but fans want the fight to continue. Lashley breaks free and throws more hands on Roman! Roman goes down and slides out of the ring, but the other superstars work to keep him and Lashley apart. Finn Balor gets a shot on his new nemesis in the Lone Constable, but that’s a different story. More superstars come out to reinforce the reinforcements, but that’s not enough! Lashley gets loose and gets at Roman! Fans love this, even as the two are separated again. But then both men get loose, only for Lashley to lariat Roman down!  Lashley ground ‘n’ pounds, but he’s pried off Roman.

The other superstars do anything and everything they can to back Lashley down while checkign on Roman. Lashley gets loose yet again, and he still wants at Roman. Roman still wants at Lashley, too, even after getting run over. They end up back in the ring, but the other superstars manage to get Lashley around to the ramp side. But Roman revives, builds speed, and FLIES! He bowls over everyone! The Big Dog wants more, but with Lashley down, the fight settles down. Lashley gets up, and Roman returns! The other superstars again pry them apart, even as Roman and Lashley swing on each other. They will have it out in the ring this Sunday, will either man survive to call themselves “The Guy”?

 

Alexa Bliss and Mickie James see that chaos.

That was crazy! But that will be nothing compared to what these two besties will bring on Nia Jax & Natalya later on. Of course, they forget Nia and Alexa will have an Extreme Rules match this Sunday. Or, is that exactly their point? What are they scheming?

Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Nia Jax & Natalya!

The Goddess and 6-time Women’s Champion best friend go up against a pair of good friends in the Irresistible Force and Queen of Harts. With an extreme Raw Women’s Championship match this Sunday, can these two mean girls soften up the former champion before their rematch?

The bell rings, and Nia starts with Alexa. Alexa looks ready to go, but then tags to Mickie. Mickie enters and circles with Nia. They tie up and Nia shoves Mickie to her corner. Nia then carries Mickie and tags in Natty, for a shout-out to the Hart Special! Natty wants a sharpshooter, but Mickie scrambles away. Tag to Alexa, but Alexa just runs into the discus lariat! Natty wants the sharpshooter again, but Alexa scrambles away. Alexa and Mickie regroup on the outside, but Natty wrecks them with a dropkick! Natty drags Alexa up to throw into barriers, then runs Mickie over! She puts Alexa back in, but Alexa rolls back out. Natty waits for Alexa to return while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mickie stalks Natty. Mickie bounces Natty’s head off the mat a couple times, then brings her over. Mickie mudhole stomps, then tag to Alexa. Alexa taunts Nia, then is whipped into the corner for a SLAP to Natty! She grinds her foot into Natty’s throat, but fans rally up for Natty. Alexa snapmares Natty into a chinlock, but Natty endures while we go picture in picture. Natty endures while fans rally. She reaches for Nia, but first stands up. Natty snapmares out but Alexa runs her over. Cover, TWO, so Alexa throws fast hands. Cover, TWO, and Alexa grows frustrated. Alexa brings Natty over for a buckle bump, then tag to Mickie. Mickie whips Alexa in again, but Natty back elbows out! Natty dodges Mickie, then crawls for Nia! Hot tag to Nia, and she rallies on both Mickie & Alex!

Nia rams her shoulder into Mickie, then tosses her across the way for a big corner splash. She keeps going, whips but Mickie kicks her away. Mickie runs into a headbutt, then the body attack! Nia lifts Mickie up, trophy lift to drop! Then she runs for the leg drop! Nia & Natty win!

Winners: Nia Jax & Natalya

But Alexa brings out a kendo stick to SMACK Nia! And SMACK Natty! Then SMACK for Nia again! Alexa grins as she smacks away on Nia’s back. But then Nia snatches the stick away and swings it at Alexa! Alexa runs away, but Nia breaks the stick. Mickie and Alexa regroup to retreat together as Nia comes storming up the ramp. Alexa angered the wrong woman ahead of the wrong stipulation. Will Nia finally destroy Alexa to end their championship feud?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

After both physical and emotional bullying, it’s clear Alexa will try anything to wear Nia down. But Nia is unbreakable, unlike Alexa. Nia’s gonna snap Alexa in half, because anything goes. Nia hasn’t forgotten everything Alexa has said and done, and it will be paid back “inch by crushing inch” as she takes back that Raw Women’s Championship.

 

Raw ended badly last week, for Kevin Owens.

The Monster Among Men has run Kevin over every match they’ve been against each other in, and even flipped the Prizefighter’s rental car. But when Kevin was told he’d get a chance to get revenge on Braun Strowman in a match, that didn’t really sit well with him. Kevin gave up on the match to literally run and hide. But he made the mistake of hiding in a porta-potty. Strowman saw through that, and took Kevin on a ride he’ll never forget. Strowman brought the potty to the stage, and then shoved it off! Kevin felt–and likely smelled–like crap, but will it be worse this Sunday when they properly have a match?

Angle finds Kevin has arrived for work.

Despite this vendetta Angle has or the obsession Strowman has, Kevin does his job. Angle can fire him, but Kevin has connections. Or are those connections why Angle lets Strowman do what he wants? Kevin decided to be the bigger man tonight, because he has a doctor’s note that keeps him from competing tonight. But while he’s here, he’ll hang out where he’s most safe from Strowman: Angle’s office. So if Angle needs him, he’ll be right here, all night long.

 

Mojo Rawley VS No Way Jose!

The man with #KillerInstinct no longer has a choice. He will take this rematch against the Fighting Fiesta, whether he likes it or not. Will Mojo get the win he doesn’t even want?

The conga line smartly leaves so that Mojo can’t bully them anymore. The bell rings, and Mojo carries Jose to ropes. Mojo honors the break, but with a pie-face. Jose fires off forearms and a pie-face of his own. Mojo doesn’t like that, but he runs into a facelock. Jose keeps Mojo down, until Mojo powers up to throw Jose. Mojo whips Jose then runs perpendicular, for the POUNCE! Cover, TWO! Mojo tries again, ONE. He hammers away on Jose out of frustration, then looms over Jose. Mojo brings Jose up and puts him in a corner, but runs into an elbow. He still comes back for a shoulder tackle, then a gutwrench overhead suplex. Cover, TWO! Mojo keeps on Jose with a half nelson chinbar and brings Jose to the mat. He sits Jose up to throw him down and repeat, then puts the half nelson back on.

Fans rally and Jose feeds off the energy. Jose arm-drags out, then dodges Mojo to send him outside. Mojo jumps back in, and hits a corner splash! He keeps going for a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Mojo keeps his focus as he returns to the half nelson. Fans rally up again, and Jose gets to ropes. Mojo honors the break, but then runs into an elbow. He comes back but gets a knee. Jose throws right hands then forearms and knees. Jose picks up speed, Mojo pushes him, but Jose comes back with a clothesline of his own! Cover, TWO! Both men get up, but Jose is on Mojo in the corner with punches. Mojo gets Jose in Alabama position, and hits the slam! Cover, Mojo wins!

Winner: Mojo Rawley, by pinfall

There is a load of intensity inside Mojo, having showed Jose he was right all along. Will Mojo keep going to find his way to a title in the near future?

 

Bayley & Sasha got a new therapist for their counseling.

Whether partners or opponents, they’ve always been friends. Bayley didn’t let anything come between them, but Sasha did. Bayley grew tired of it, and grows tired of Sasha only ever caring about Sasha. A rocky start to round two, will these two ever get back to a good place?

 

Jinder Mahal finds Seth Rollins backstage.

The Maharaja and Man of Peace wishes to give The Architect advice. Do not #BurnItDown but embrace life. Rollins will find peace, if he chants Mahal’s mantra. Rollins never thought about this, but maybe he’s burning himself away. Mahal, please help him. Take a deep breath and… “Shanti.” Rollins takes this moment to slip away. There is no room for peace in a 30-minute Ironman match like the one he’ll be in on Sunday. How will Rollins prepare himself for the Show-Off?

 

Seth Rollins heads to the ring!

The Architect has the fans all fired up and hears the standing ovation. “Boston always knows how to party, baby.” Over the years, Rollins has gotten some sweet nicknames. Mr. Money in the Bank, the Kingslayer, the Architect, the Man, but now, the only title that matters is “former Intercontinental Champion.” But good news: Rollins has an opportunity to change that. Extreme Rules pits him 1v1 against Dolph Ziggler for no less than 30 minutes, and the man with the most falls becomes The Ironman and Intercontinental Champion. Ziggler’s no walk in the park, between his speed and his savvy, but Rollins loves testing himself against the best. The problem is, Ziggler will have the overgrown Scotsman, Drew McIntyre.

But Rollins is still Seth Freakin Rollins, and when it comes to Dolph & Drew, none of that matters. But wait, here they are! Ziggler & McIntyre appear on the stage and look at Rollins in the ring. Ziggler thanks Rollins for those compliments, but don’t be fooled. He’s not just bringing speed, agility, good looks and his giant psychopath, he’s bringing the belt. Ziggler vows to walk out still champion, too. But it’s not all bad. At least Rollins will still have his other nicknames, “plus a painful, career-defining loss” where he caught a glimpse of the future. Don’t get them wrong, Rollins is still Seth Freakin Rollins, yes, “The Man”, one of the greatest to be in that ring. But he’s not Ziggler. When it comes to the Ironman match, Ziggler might even win in a sweep!

Rollins stops Ziggler, that bleach is getting to his hair. Is there a doctor in the house? Great jokes, Rollins, but you just lost that one shred of dignity. The belt got so much sweeter after being pried from Rollins’ hand. Ziggler has the reality check: you don’t win Ironman matches by doing crossfit; you win by racking up victories until the scoreboard is full. Ziggler’s not one to brag, but at Kent State, he wrapped up so many victories, he was the all-time. 121 wins! Wow, 121, congrats. Did McIntyre help in all those, too? What was his degree in? Very funny, Rollins, but it doesn’t matter where McIntyre’s been. It’s where he’s going! McIntyre is going where he belongs! Blah blah blah, we know where he’s going: wherever Dolph says. But why? Ziggler’s a pipsqueak, so why is he holding McIntyre’s leash?

Unless… Ziggler knows McIntyre’s secrets. This could be bad. Are there any photographs? It gets awful lonely in Scotland, right? There are a lot of sheep out there. McIntyre is riled up but Ziggler keeps him calm. Ziggler says they’ll leave Rollins in the dust and outside the arena begging for money! McIntyre still wants at Rollins, and challenges Rollins to prove how much of a man he is with a match, tonight! Rollins hears the fans chant “YES! YES!” Rollins accepts! But McIntyre better be careful, Rollins is a “ba-a-a-ad” man. McIntyre & Ziggler rush the ring but Rollins gets clear. Rollins has trolled McIntyre into a frenzy, will Rollins regret it by the end of the night?

 

The B Team prepares their parody.

WOKEN Axel is almost fooled by Bo Wyatt. The DELETION of the Interterrestial Being will be WONDERFUL~!

WOKEN Hardy w/ Bray Wyatt VS Bo Dallas w/ Curt Axel!

No less than 144 hours, it will be a DELIGHTFUL duel between the Deleters of Worlds, and the “undefeated” Best Team to prove who is truly worthy of calling themselves the Tag Team Champions of Monday Night Raw, ye-e-e-es. Axel has swept Hardy 2-0, will Bo make it a perfect three for three before Extreme Rules? Or will all momentum be DELETED in Boston?

Before the match, the the B-Leters speak on dethroning the Delusional~ ones to become the true tag team champions. They will devour the souls, with a side of rice and beans. Maybe even avocado, if it’s in season. It’ll be a buffet for sure. But the REAL Deleters are no longer amused. The time for fun and games is OVER! Laughter is contagious, but so is fear. These boys have been infected by it! At Extreme Rules, they will EAT and DELETE! But why wait for Sunday when they’re here now? Wyatt & Hardy magically appear behind their parodies, and The B Team RETREAT from the ring. Bo and Axel regroup and this match finally begins.

Hardy glares at Bo Wyatt, then tackles him into a corner. Hardy throws in shoulders and elbows, then haymakers and DELETE buckle bumps! The ref counts and Hardy stops when he’s done dribbling. The Revival watch this backstage, studying future opponents. Hardy gives a shoulder breaker to hammerlock, but Bo elbows out. Bo throws haymakers, but Hardy hits back. Hardy whips and back elbows Bo out of the ring. Hardy doesn’t leave him alone, he snap suplexes Bo to the mat! He’s back in control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Hardy elbows away on Bo’s neck. He stalks Bo to the ropes with stomps, then wrenches the neck with a cravat. Bo endures and fights back while we go picture in picture. Hardy clubs Bo down again, then drags him up against the ropes. Hardy backs off, hissing at the ref. Bo hits back but Haryd stops him with body shots. Hardy whips Bo, to then throw him into the ropes! Bo gets clothesline’d by the ropes, and is dazed on the outside. The ref checks on Bo, as does Axel. Hardy fetches Bo himself, to run him over with a shoulder! Hardy takes off his shirt to get serious as he whips Bo into barriers! Bo bowls for a major crash, and Bray watches with amusement.

Bo boots Hardy, but manages to escape what would’ve been a lethal Side Effect on the steps of steel. He runs away into the ring, but Hardy is on him, with a neckbreaker! Hardy drags Bo back up while Bray grins, for a Side Effect! This is not over just yet, as he calls for the Twist. Fans echo “DELETE! DELETE!” while Hardy drags Bo back up. They go out to the apron, but not for a Twist. Bo resists the suplex, and Axel distracts. Bray gets Axel with an ambush clothesline! But Bo drags Hardy up, draping neckbreaker!! Cover, Bo wins!!

Winner: Bo Dallas, by pinfall

The B Team continues to conquer the Deleters of Worlds! They celebrate, but the Deleters regroup and it’s a brawl! Yurinagi for Axel, Twist of Fate for Bo! Bray vows punishment for the upstart B Team. Will Bo & Axel suffer for their incessant imitations?

 

Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.

Lashley made good on his promise, but what’s his mindset for Sunday? He has respect for every opponent of his, even Sami Zayn after all that mocking. But Lashley has no respect for Roman. He doesn’t like anything about Roman, but especially how Roman keeps bringing up Lashley’s past. “Enough already.” What Lashley does like is Roman’s fighting spirit. Roman will show up, and when he walks in to fight, he won’t walk out. “Believe that.” Lashley has strong words for the Big Dog, but will he back them up again like he did tonight?

 

Tyler Breeze sees The Riott Squad needs his help.

These girls are in a fashion emergency. He gives them spare Breezango shirts, but they reject them. They’re not about fashion, they’re about the riot! Sarah & Liv head out to make more trouble for Raw, will they make up for the loss last week?

 

Alexa Bliss speaks.

She thought being Raw Women’s Champion was great, but that sound of smacking Nia with a kendo stick was really good. She’ll save the rest for Sunday to make the “over-hyped rookie” watch it happen. Nia can say what she wants now, but after Sunday, everyone will have to call Alexa the “Extreme Raw Women’s Champion.”

 

Ember Moon VS Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan!

After the Prophecy of Moon Eclipsed the “juvenile” delinquent, the Ruby-less Riott Squad was fuming for revenge. Can Ms. 201 make up for her loss last week? Or will there be two Eclipses in a row on Raw?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Liv gets the waistlock. Ember standing switches then lifts, but Liv resists. Liv gets a headlock but Ember holds tight. Liv swings but Ember shoves her away. Ember runs, flips through the hip toss to then throw Liv. Ember just misses the superkick, but Liv scurries to a corner. Sarah helps Liv regroup and talk strategy. Ember reaches at Liv but Liv gets back tot he ropes. That doesn’t stop Ember, she yanks Liv off for a slam. Liv escapes the ring to regroup with Sarah again. Ember rushes out to scare the Squad apart. Liv is on the defensive while we go to break.

Raw returns and Liv has Ember in a full nelson. Ember slips out but Liv elbows away to then springboard bulldog! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps on Ember with a straitjacket hold, but fans rally for Ember. Ember stands up but Liv brings her back down. Liv thrashes Ember around, but Ember endures. Liv shouts for Ember to quit, but Ember gets up, only for Liv to become a backpack. Ember drops back to fall on Liv! The hold is broken while both women slowly stand. Liv is up first, then goes Matrix to dodge Ember! Liv throws Ember down by her hair, then catches her breath while clutching her back. She’s up again, but runs into headscissors that send her into buckles! Ember glares at Liv while Sarah coaches her teammate up.

Ember rallies with elbows and a sweep. She drives knees into Liv, then throws Liv with a Fall Away Slam! Springboard dropkick takes Sarah out, but Liv rolls Ember! Ember rolls through, stack and jackknife, Ember wins!

Winner: Ember Moon, by pinfall

That’s 2-0 for the War Goddess! The Squad is again furious, but without their leader, what are they to do? As for Ember, has she done enough to earn a future title match?

 

Backstage interview with Finn Balor.

The Extraordinary Man will face Corbin & Elias ahead of an Extreme Rules PPV match. Corbin questions Finn’s size, but the GLORIOUS Bobby Roode comes by. These two are cut from the same cloth: Good looks, great abs, great fashion. They will be unstoppable in that ring, because no one is better. They will be Absolutely… Glorious? No, no, how did Renee mess that one up? It’s “victorious”. Though, they will still be… GLORIOUS! Finn likes that. But what’s funny is that Corbin thinks he’s the brains of the operation when all he does is runs down Finn as being half as tough, half as strong and half is good. No, Finn will prove he’s twice as good. But Finn & Roode won’t just talk the night away, they’re going to speak with their actions in the ring.

 

Kevin is still in Angle’s office.

And Kevin sprays for the smell. The circulation is horrible. Well it didn’t smell before Kevin showed up. Maybe it’s leftover stink from that porta-potty. That aside, Ziggler & McIntyre enter. Angle wants to talk with them about the main event match. There is an added stipulation: If McIntyre loses, he’s banned from ringside at Extreme Rules. HE can’t do this! This is favoritism. That’s right, this is favoritism! McIntyre says it’s fine. Make Rollins’ life easier, because he won’t get past McIntyre tonight, anyway.

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

Boston is actually happy to see the Drifter, and hear him play. “Now it has been two weeks since I have performed.” That feels like a lifetime, but Elias does everything with reason. He is the living truth, and he’s been in the studio recording a debut album! Yes, it is happening thanks to one universal truth: WWE really stands for “WALK WITH ELIAS!” Boston, listen up, because he has something for them.

“Bobby & Finn, I’m the man you can’t beat. You both have the personality of a toilet seat. Then I came to Boston. I can’t stand this place.” Fans don’t like that. “When I hear your Boston accent, I want to punch your face.” Fans really don’t like that, and they tell Elias “You Suck!” But Elias is starting to sense they don’t appreciate Elias for what he is. His friend, Tom Brady, warned him about this. Just do what Tom does: pretend to like them. But Elias can’t. Fortunately someone does appreciate him, and Angle could learn a thing or two from Constable Baron Corbin!

Corbin wonders if Elias would give him a try. How about a little lullaby for Finn? Yes, that sounds good. What did he have in mind? Itsy-bitsy Spider? Sure. But if they’re gonna do this, hit the lights. The spotlight returns, and they begin. “Itsy-bitsy Balor climbed up to the top rope, but Corbin came up and crushed all his hope. He’ll meet his End of Days for the whole world to see. Itsy-Bitsy Balor can’t compare to me~~!” Thankfully, Balor & Roode make their entrances to end this cruddy concert.

 

Baron Corbin & Elias VS Finn Balor & Bobby Roode!

The Lone Constable, as appointed personally by Stephanie McMahon, teams up with The Drifter, who is no stranger to facing the Extraordinary and The GLORIOUS opponents in the ring with them tonight. Will Corbin get the apology he thinks he is owed? Or will he be proven wrong once again against men he literally looks down on?

Raw returns as Corbin throws forearms on Roode in a corner. Corbin taunts Roode, but Roode kicks back. Roode chops and chops, then brings Corbin over, but Corbin runs him over. Corbin tags Elias, but Elias runs into a drop toehold. Roode puts Elias in a headlock and grinds the Drifter on the mat. Elias fights his way up and out, but Roode shoulders him down. Things speed up, and Roode catches Elias in the atomic drop to Russian leg sweep. Cover, TWO, but Roode keeps Corbin away with a glare. Roode bumps Elias off buckles then chops him. Elias chops back so Roode kicks and chops Elias. Roode throws haymakers, but honors the ropebreak. He whips Elias corner to corner but Elias reverses. Roode goes up and over and catches Elias into the facelock.

Corbin comes in to distract, Elias gets a big knee strike! Tag to Corbin, and Corbin stomps Roode out. Corbin taunts Finn, then drives elbows into Roode. He puts on a half nelson while we go picture in picture. Roode endures and feeds off the fan rally. Roode stands and fights back, but Corbin wrangles him back down. Fans keep rallying while we return single picture. Roode feeds off the energy again, fights back, but Corbin knees low. Corbin puts Roode in a corner, then runs in. Roode dodges, but Corbin slides out then in. Finn warns Roode, and it’s double clotheslines that take both men down! Hot tags to Elias and Finn!

Finn rallies on Elias, whips but Eilas reverses, only to get more forearms. Finn hits Corbin for good measure, then gets the takedown and stomps on Elias! He chops Corbin, then cltoehslines Elias out. Elias flounders around, and Finn takes aim. But Corbin swipes the legs! And Elias returns to hit a knee on Finn! Elias stomps a mudhole and tags Corbin while we go to break.

Raw returns and Corbin has Finn in the half nelson. Roode recovers on the outside while Finn fights up and out. Corbin throws Finn to run him over with an elbow, cover, TWO. Corbin grows frustrated, so he tags out to Elias. Elias drops a knee on Finn, then wraps on a rough chinlock. Elias grinds Finn to the mat, but fans rally again. Finn sits up, but Elias keeps him away from Roode. Finn throws forearms, but Elias whips Finn to the corner. Elias runs into a boot, then is tossed outside! Finn crawls but Elias hurries in to tag Corbin. Corbin tackles Finn down, denying the tag. Corbin taunts both Finn and Roode, then brings Finn up. He whips Finn, but Finn comes back with a Slingblade! Hot tag to Roode!

Roode takes out Elias, then hits Corbin. He climbs up but jumps over Corbin to knock him down with a big running forearm. Corbin gets to a corner but gets a clothesline and a neckbreaker. Roode fires up, then climbs up top. Corbin is up, and he catches Roode’s flight, for the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, but Finn breaks it! Finn throws Elias out, then wipes him out with a dropkick. Finn keeps going, but Corbin clobbers Finn on the apron! Roode rolls Corbin up, TWO! Corbin runs into boots, then Roode climbs up for the GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Cover, Elias breaks it.

Elias gets to his corner, and calls for the tag. Corbin reaches, but Finn trips Elias up. Finn glares at Corbin, egging him on. Corbin takes the bait, and they brawl! Finn swing kicks Corbin, then puts him in the ring. Finn climbs up but Corbin trips him up! But then he runs at Roode, only to get post! Roode is ready, and he winds it up. GLORIOUS pose, but SPINEBUSTER for Elias. Corbin clobbers Roode, End Of Days! Cover, Corbin & Elias win!

Winners: Baron Corbin & Elias, Corbin pinning

The Constable uses chaos to his advantage, and he gets the win for his team. Will Sunday be a repeat performance as Corbin looks to make Finn feel as small as Corbin says he is?

 

Kevin eats in Angle’s office.

But then Braun Strowman appears! Kevin wants Strowman to keep his distance. Kevin is excused from tonight, but Angle says he and Strowman will have a match Sunday. It’ll be a Steel Cage Match so that Kevin can’t run away. Strowman likes that, but he smells something. It’s Kevin, who reeks of fear. He sprays Lysol at Kevin, and Kevin coughs. With steel keeping Kevin in with the Monster Among Men, will he feel far worse than he ever has before?

 

Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

Does he think it was reckless to provoke Bobby Lashley like that? No, not at all. it’s what Roman wanted to do. Neither man respected each other, but then that fire in Lashley’s eyes actually gave Roman some respect for him. But Lashley can’t beat Roman in mind or body, because Roman has the killer instinct. This will be different. Roman vows to beat Lashley to move on to bigger and better while Lashley goes back to being The Guy somewhere else. When these two alphas go head to head, who will come out the TOP Dog?

 

Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre w/ Dolph Ziggler!

The Architect lasted over an hour back in the #RawGauntlet earlier this year, but it was a distraction from the Celtic Colossus that cost him the Intercontinental Championship. Again, the added stipulation to this match is that if McIntyre loses, he will NOT be allowed ringside for Extreme Rules so as not to mire the Ironman match with controversy. Can Rollins get back at McIntyre for all that ahead of going the distance against The Show-Off?

The bell rings, and the two stare down as they start to circle. Rollins also knows Ziggler could be the distraction this time. They tie up and McIntyre in a corner. McIntyre talks trash as he honors the ropebreak. He lets Rollins get out, so Rollins does. They tie up again, and McIntyre throws Rollins tot he mat. McIntyre kneels and grins at Rollins as he rolls to the ropes. Rollins and McIntyre go again, but Rollins throws a quick jab. Rollins sticks and moves, then gets a headlock. McIntyre uses power to lift Rollins, but Rollins holds onto the hold. Rollins tries but fails in the takeover, and McIntyre throws Rollins off to run him over. McIntyre gets the headlock takedown, and traps an arm as well. Rollins endures while fans rally up for him.

Rollins sits up and manages to power out, but things speed up. He dropkicks McIntyre, but McIntyre comes back with a shoulder. Rollins gets up and fires off haymakers and chops, but McIntyre knees low. McIntyre grabs Rollins, for a deadlift suplex! Cover, ONE, but McIntyre drags Rollins back up for a chop. Rollins falls to the mat, but McIntyre brings him up again for another chop. Rollins is floored again, but now McIntyre is on him with an armlock. Ziggler likes what he sees, but fans support Rollins. Rollins works his way up and fights his way out. He chops McIntyre, then runs, but into an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO, but McIntyre is back on Rollins with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans chant “Burn it Down!” and Rollins feeds off it. Rollins stands, fights back, but is clobbered with a clothesline!

McIntyre stomps Rollins in the face, then toys with him. McIntyre brings Rollins up for a chop, then into a standing armlock. Rollins endures again, and fans build to a new rally. Rollins stands up and chops McIntyre. McIntyre clubs Rollins, but Rollins slips out of the back suplex. Rollins sends McIntyre out, then hits a wrecking ball dropkick. McIntyre staggers away, Rollins builds speed, but McIntyre catches the dive into an apron backbreaker! The Scottish Terminator is in control while we go to one more break.

Raw returns again, and McIntyre has Rollins back in an armlock. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and Rollins fights up and out. Rollins whips but McIntyre reverses, to then throw Rollins overhead again! McIntyre drags Rollins to a cover, TWO. McIntyre grounds ‘n’ pounds, and Ziggler again likes what he sees. Ziggler applauds while fans boo and jeer. McIntyre drags Rollins back up, and puts him in a corner. He chops Rollins, then toys with him more. McIntyre stomps the hand that reaches for ropes, then stomps Rollins’ face. McIntyre rides Rollins with another armlock. Rollins endures while Ziggler tells him to just give up. Rollins reaches for ropes but McIntyre keeps him grounded. McIntyre also pushes on the chinbar, but Rollins powers up again. Rollins gets up and jawbreakers McIntyre away!

McINtyre drags Rollins up for another deadlift, but Rollins knees out. Rollins gets McIntyre with the buckle shot! Ziggler looks a little worried now as McIntyre gets to a corner. Rollins crawls away but McIntyre follows. Rollins chops and punches, then runs. The clotheslines aren’t enough to knock McIntyre down. McIntyre kicks, but Rollins follows the run, to Slingblade! McIntyre rolls out of the ring, and Rollins builds speed to DIVE! The tope suicida hits this time, so Rollins gives McIntyre a second! Fans fire up with Rollins, and want a third. Rollins puts McIntyre in and climbs up to the corner. He springboards in for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO!

Ziggler is stressing out while both Rollins and McIntyre are down. Rollins crawls over to McIntyre and stands him up. He wants a powerbomb but McIntyre denies. Rollins elbows McIntyre down, then brings him up, but McIntyre backdrops out. Rollins lands on his feet to kick McIntyre back. He goes up, blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is still worried as Rollins sits up first. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and Rollins stomps along. Ziggler warns McIntyre, but the mule kick hits. Rollins runs, but McIntyre dodges the stomp. Rollins elbows McIntyre back, then runs, but McIntyre gets through the boot to inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO!!

Ziggler is frantic and frustrated as Rollins survives. McIntyre brings Rollins back up but fans still chant for Rollins. Rollins slips out, rolls up, TWO, and McIntyre chops Rollins. McIntyre runs but Rollins follows. His enziguri misses, deadlift sit-out from McIntyre! TWO!! Ziggler is beside himself with anxiety. McIntyre has Rollins on the apron and drags him back up. He bumps Rollins off a buckle, then climbs up top. He brings Rollins up with him, but Rollins slips out! Rollins trips McIntyre up! Rollins kicks McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! He climbs up top, and takes aim, but McIntyre sits up to throw Rollins away! McIntyre aims from the corner while Rollins gets to the other corner. McIntyre runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Then, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down, but fans keep chanting for Rollins. “This is Awesome!” as Rollins drags McIntyre back up. Rollins gets the wristlock, but McIntyre headbutts! The cover, TWO! Ziggler can’t take much more of this, but somehow Rollins can. McIntyre fires himself up as he brings Rollins into the fireman’s carry. He hauls Rollins up to the top rope, and fans sense something dangerous. Rollisn does, too, and he manages to slip out, for a running buckle bump! Then, mule kick! McIntyre is down, but Rollins climbs up. Rollins aims, but Ziggler distracts. Ziggler gets kicked down, crossbody on McIntyre! Cover, TWO! Pele from Rollins! Curb Stomp to Ziggler! CLAYMORE outta nowhere! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

There will be no banning the Scottish Terminator from ringside now. He will be beside the current Intercontinental Championship for Sunday’s Ironman match. Will McIntyre continue to help Ziggler survive Rollins in return for tonight? Or can The Kingslayer overcome the odds and take back the title?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This Raw felt like another relapse into the days of lazy go-home booking. They filled for time at the beginning with a recap package when that opening segment was more than enough. Whether you like Roman or not, that was a pretty good brawl for him and Lashley. Not sure we needed their interviews after, it should’ve been more both men were “sent home” so that they wouldn’t fight again. Alexa-Mickie VS Nia-Natt was good. It feeds their personal story as well as more fuel for Women’s Tag Division(s). Nia breaking that kendo stick doesn’t seem to kill Alexa’s confidence, but that selfie promo of hers should’ve been saved for the Extreme Rules Kickoff.

Kevin showing up just to hide in Angle’s office was really silly to do. If Kevin had a note, he should’ve used it only when Strowman appeared as his last line of defense against having a match tonight. For that matter, the announcement of Strowman VS Kevin in a Steel Cage should’ve been done right then and there to just get it out of the way. Mojo VS Jose finally has its rematch, and I was a bit surprised Mojo won again. This “feud” likely ends here as it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for anyone but Mojo. Maybe Mojo will find some new rival after Extreme Rules. And I feel Raw is already killing this Sasha-Bayley with no more Dr. Shelby and no escalation from last week. I hope this slow burn gets it right come Summerslam, those two need to fight already.

The B Team continues to shock with their wins over Hardy in singles matches, but with that nod to The Revival, the B Team isn’t winning so that the #TopGuys can challenge them next. While B Team plays around and copies the gimmicks, I bet the Revival will call it out for being smoke and mirrors and special effects, only to be the team dragged into the WOKEN Universe for the second WWE Deletion special. Ember does great in another win over Liv, and Liv does great even in defeat. Their troubles continuing without Ruby will make for a great story for them, especially if the Women’s Tag Division forms in the meantime. As for Ember, if Ronda is up next for the title, then perhaps Ember can take on Alexa assuming she loses at Extreme Rules for Goddess VS War Goddess.

Elias and Corbin do great as a team over Finn and Roode, and obviously the point of Corbin singing horribly is to add that his ego makes him oblivious to how bad he is. Corbin won tonight, but I would think Finn wins Sunday to even things out. Plus, Finn hasn’t won too many things lately, this grudge match would be good for Finn to head towards a title. Rollins has a good promo, as do McIntyre & Ziggler. Rollins VS McIntyre was a really great match, but the crowd was so numb after sitting through nothing much at all. McIntyre wins to put the pressure all on Rollins, but I bet Rollins out in the end. McIntyre might even be Rollins’ next opponent to lead towards Summerslam.

My Score: 7.9/10


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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