Last week’s Raw ended as The Shield again reuniting to keep the Monster in the Bank from cashing in! What will happen when Strowman and Roman meet tonight?
- Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor; Finn wins, by disqualification.
- No Disqualifications: Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor; Corbin wins.
- Dana Brooke w/ Titus Worldwide VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley; Sasha wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- The B-Team VS The Revival; The Revival wins.
- Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss; Natalya wins.
- Bobby Lashley VS ???; Lashley wins.
- Dean Ambrose VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Ambrose wins.
- Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman; Reigns & Strowman win by disqualification.
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Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Big Dog and WWE Universal Champion, “the most polarizing figure in WWE today”, hears the cheers and jeers from Toronto. However, he almost wasn’t champion when the Monster in the Bank came down and stormed the ring. Braun Strowman was ready to cash in, but The Shield reunited! They beat down then powerbomb’d Strowman through a table! Strowman challenged Roman via social media to meet him alone this time, what is Roman’s response?
Roman hears the fans cheer and jeer and repeats he’d meet Strowman at the start of the night. It’s been five minutes, where is he? If the “meat shack” doesn’t come out, then it’ll be the Shield Workhorse Open Challenge! Anyone that wants it, just come get it. But here comes BRAUN! He walks into the ring and actually smiles. Strowman gets a mic while fans chant “Get These Hands!” Roman’s a workhorse? Sure fooled Strowman when his “boys” came out. The Shield is a brotherhood of workhorses. No one tells them what to do, not even Roman. Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose know what it’s like to be at the top, but Strowman doesn’t. All Strowman does is say “Get These Hands”.
But the fact is, those hands push around objects, while Roman’s hands have held all the WWE gold! So if Strowman wants to be on Roman’s level, step up, cash in, and let’s have it out right now! Fans sure want to see that! But Strowman refuses to cash-in tonight. Because everyone here knows, the “boys” would just save him again. Strowman makes Roman a deal: Strowman won’t cash in until 9/16. Just show up where his brothers can’t interfere with it: HELL IN A CELL! Strowman finally sounds like a monster to Roman. Roman offers a handshake, and Strowman takes it. But then Dolph Ziggler comes out? And Drew McIntyre, too.
“Blah blah blah!” Now that we know what’s happening in three weeks, let’s talk about Summerlam, aka the crime of the century. That’s where Rollins & Ambrose “stole” Ziggler’s title. Remember? Wait, being beat fair and square is stealing now? Rollins has been copying Ziggler for weeks now. Ziggler will use his contractual rematch to be seven-time champion. And then he and Drew will have proven themselves to everyone in the world. Drew points to Roman and Strowman, that’s an entirely different story. These two need a new challenge, and “sorry boys, but it’s you.” The Universal Champion, the Monster in the Bank, they’re on top of the Monday Night Raw Mountain! “That’s just fantastic!” Because it’s a double-edged sword. You sit up top, but the only way to go is tumbling down. And these two are more than happy to do that to them tonight.
Drew & Dolph sound real tough on stage, but Roman & Strowman are up for it right here and now. But wait, here comes interim Raw GM, Baron Corbin. He wants everyone to slow it down. This is why Kurt Angle was sent on his “vacation” and Corbin was Stephanie’s handpicked replacement. Strowman officially will get his MITB cash-in for HIAC. But Corbin makes a main event for tonight that Angle couldn’t ever dream of or that no one could’ve guessed. It will be Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman. Strowman lets Roman know that HIAC will be where he gets his Universal Championship. But tonight, Dolph & Drew will #GetTheseHands! A very big main event made, but who will make it out the winners?
Baron Corbin speaks in the ring.
He’s a natural GM, right? An improvement over Angle, right? Fans boo but Corbin keeps praising himself. His even more important match, it’ll be Corbin himself VS Finn Balor the man. Not the Demon, just the man. And that match starts right now! Corbin’s always wanted to say that, but will he regret being so overconfident?
Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor!
Corbin wonders what’s taking Finn so long. Does he not have the guts? Finn appears, proving Corbin wrong as usual. He may be taken by surprise, but can Finn still win?
Raw returns and the bell rings. Finn ties up with Corbin, Corbin whips and runs Finn over. Corbin “applauds” Finn before bringing him up and putting him in a corner. Corbin misses but slides out to slide in and clobber Finn! Cover, TWO, but Corbin just mocks the Too Sweet. He drives an elbow into Finn then wraps on a half-nelson chinbar. Finn endures while fans chant “Corbin Sucks!” Corbin refuses to listen as he keeps Finn down on the mat. Finn gets up as fans rally. Finn fights back but Corbin knees him low. Corbin whips but Finn reverses. Corbin sunset flips but Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn goes after Corbin but is powered into a corner. Corbin throws forearms then runs in, but misses. He anticipates Finn’s kick and clobbers Finn again! A 10 count begins but Corbin fetches Finn, to ram him into barriers!
Corbin grinds Finn’s head into the barrier then put him in the ring. Cover, TWO, and Corbin insists the ref count faster. Corbin stomps Finn, then mocks the applause again. Finn hits back with body shots, but Corbin drops Finn with a right. Corbin stomps more, then sits Finn up for elbows to the shoulders. Corbin goes back to the half-nelson chinbar, but Finn gets up again. Finn fires off rights and lefts, but Corbin knees him low. Corbin clubs Finn then hits him more. He whips Finn but Finn kicks him back, only to get dropped by a right! The Lone Wolf pushes Finn out of the ring while Toronto tells him “You Can’t Wrestle!” Corbin doesn’t care, he runs around the corner, but into a Slingblade! Finn gets control back as we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin has Finn back in the half-nelson. Finn feeds off the fans and fights his way up and out. Corbin shoves him to a corner and hits a corner clothesline, then another. COrbin runs in for a third but misses, so he slides out then in. Finn sees it coming and hits him back with forearms! Fans rally for Finn and Finn fires off a strike fest. He trips Corbin for the double stomps! Fans fire up with Finn as he gives Corbin a running chop. Finn whips corner to corner, Corbin reverses but Finn goes up and over. He runs into a foot, and his step up kick is blocked! But Corbin gets hotshot on the rope and runs into another slingblade! Finn runs into Deep Six! Cover, TWO! Corbin can’t believe it, but Finn is tougher than that.
Finn slips out to roll Corbin up, TWO. Corbin runs but Finn dodges to clothesline Corbin out. Finn takes aim and builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit! Fans fire up with Finn again but Corbin has a chair! COrbin and Finn brawl, but Finn keeps him from using the weapon. Then Finn considers the option himself, but swing kicks Corbin down instead. Finn climbs up, leaps, but misses! Corbin jams the chair into Finn’s ribs!
Winner: Finn Balor, by disqualification
But that doesn’t matter to Corbin, he just wants to get the better of Finn. He takes the mic and cuts everything off. As acting GM, Corbin forgot to say this was a No Disqualification match. Let’s keep going.
No Disqualifications: Baron Corbin VS Finn Balor!
The referee isn’t sure about this but the bell has to ring. Corbin SMACKS Finn! Then he drags Finn up and in for END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins.
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
Corbin is proud of himself but Toronto rains down boos and jeers. Will this abuse of power start to run rampant under the Constable’s rule?
WWE Legends and Hall of Famers speak on Triple H VS The Undertaker #OneLastTime.
Ric Flair says Melbourne will see two of the greatest. Christian, Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett know both men but are torn on who will win. Double J says Taker wins because nobody has a better record in big matches. Kevin Nash agrees, the Deadman rises the the occasion. But Capt. Charisma says HHH is a desperate man and therefore a dangerous man. Foley bets on Taker, as does Flair. Who do you think wins this legendary rematch?
Dana Brooke and Apollo Crews talk move sets.
Dana being the modern-day Total Package, she’s pretty confident she can flip. Apollo is sure she can, but she should worry about fundamentals in the ring. Titus O’Neil got her this match, and Dana can prove she deserves to be part of WWE Evolution. Speaking of, here comes Titus. He’s excited for her match, a tune-up with… Sasha Banks. Titus is confident Dana can do this, but seriously? It’s Sasha Banks! But Titus has faith in the brand! Let’s make it a win!
Dana Brooke w/ Titus Worldwide VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!
The Statistician hasn’t had the best track record with only one singles match all year, but even an underdog can win once in awhile. Can she #MakeItAWin against The Boss? Or will she just be another statistic?
Raw returns as Dana makes her entrance. The bell rings and Dana gets a waistlock to roll up. ONE, but Dana goes for La Mahistrol. ONE, so she tries a jackknife. Another ONE, but things speed up. Dana tilt-o-whirls but Sasha goes fro the Bank Statement. Dana bails out and regroups with Titus Worldwide. She gets fired up and goes after Sasha again. Sasha fights out of the waistlock, then whips Dana to a corner. Dana goes up and over then handsprings to show off her ability. Sasha runs but Dana ducks to enziguri! Cover, TWO! Dana rains rights down on Sasha, and fans give her credit. She flexes then brings Sasha up. Dana whips Sasha to a corner, then runs in for the handspring back elbow. She runs in again but misses! Sasha rocks Dana with a knee, then drops her with Meteora! Cover, TWO!
Sasha keeps focus with Bayley’s help, but fans rally up with Titus Worldwide. Dana hits Sasha with a forearm, then fireman’s carry. Sasha slips out, back stabber into Bank Statement! Dana taps, Sasha wins!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by submission
A valiant effort from Dana, but it’s still #BossTime. The Boss & Hug Connection are on their own roll, where will they end up once WWE Evolution comes ’round?
Dean Ambrose encounters Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh.
The Modern Day Maharaja senses a great anger within the Lunatic Fringe. Mahal can help guide Ambrose to spirituality. Close your eyes, breathe in, and tell him what you see. Ambrose tries it, and says he sees… Mahal. Okay, what else? Ambrose sees himself. And? He sees himself kicking Mahal in the teeth, and then breaking Mahal’s face, ribs, and making Mahal cry. Mahal is in great pain. Get out of his Ambrose’s face or it’ll come true. Mahal backs away from the Lunatic. Will Ambrose find an outlet for himself?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Architect and new Intercontinental Champion won the belt at Summerslam and is again part of The Shield. Fans cheer “Burn it Down!” while Rollins gets a mic. He like how Toronto thinks. Last Raw, The Shield took care of some “family business.” They pride themselves on being fighting champions, so this week will be about Intercontinental Championship business. Rollins really thought it was going to be Ziggler, McIntyre or both, but those two have plans. His card is wide open, so maybe, who wants an open challenge tonight? Toronto does! In that case, here is a formal invitation to the Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???
The Kingslayer is ready, but is he ready for The Prizefighter? Kevin Owens is practically home in Toronto given that warm welcome. Kevin is glad Rollins is feeling so good. Rollins has his friends, his title and his crossfit, he’s on top of the world. But ever since Kevin came back to Raw, his life has been “a living Hell.” Every week on SmackDown made him want to be on Raw but it’s been a nightmare. Rollins had a great Summerslam because he had his best friend. Maybe if Kevin had his best friend, Sami Zayn, he would’ve beaten Strowman to have the MITB briefcase and then cashed in to be Universal Champion! But Kevin’s not because Sami is at home from injuries.
Summer has been terrible but it ends here. Kevin will not leave without a title! He’s in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and where better- Well okay, Montreal would’ve been better. Kevin speaks French to insult everyone, but it doesn’t matter if you understand, Kevin just wants to take that title right here and now! He storms his way down to the ring, and a referee joins them. Jojo makes the introductions, the belt is raised, and we begin!
Kevin kicks low then clubs Rollins to the ropes. He puts Rollins in a corner for chops and forearms while fans sing “Ole~ ole~” in honor of Sami. Rollins fires off in return but Kevin knocks him back. Kevin has Rollins on the ropes again with body shots. Kevin stomps Rollins, then throws haymakers. Fans rally and Rollins speeds up to tackle Kevin! Rollins rains down hands, then brings Kevin up for chops. Rollins whips Kevin corner to corner but Kevin reverses, only to get run over by Rollins. Kevin rolls out, but Rollins pursues. Rollins bumps Kevin off the apron then puts him in the ring. Kevin hits back, but Rollins slingshots for a guillotine leg drop!
Rollins brings Kevin up, but Kevin throat chops! Kevin whips Rollins but Rollins jumps over the steel steps! Rollins uses the steps to launch himself and he wipes Kevin out! The champ has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Kevin has Rollins in a chinlock. Kevin grinds Rollins down but fans rally up. Rollins gets up and fights back, and he backs Kevin down to a corner. He whips corner to corner but Kevin reverses, and Rollins tumbles up and down the buckles. Kevin adds a Vader Bomb elbow, covers, TWO! Rollins rolls out but Kevin pursues. Kevin brings Rollins up by his hair, then talks trash, only for Rollins to fire off. Rollins goes to throw Keivn but Kevin reverses and sends Rollins into barriers. They end up on opposite side of a post, and Kevin pulls Rollins into said post!
They go inside, and Kevin wraps Rollins’ arm around the rope. Kevin kicks the arm, then slams the arm on the mat. He soaks in the heat as he drops a back senton on the arm! Cover, TWO, but Kevin keeps on that bad arm. Rollins endures as Kevin wrenches the shoulder. Fans rally up again and Rollins stands up. Rollins jawbreakers free, then dumps Kevin out of the ring. Kevin drags Rollins out with him, then throws Rollins into barriers. Kevin runs in for a CANNONBALL, but misses! Rollins gets back in the ring and leaves Kevin outside. Kevin crawls over, and breaks the count at 7.
Rollins is up and runs in at the corner for a forearm smash. Rollins chops and punches, then whips. Kevin yanks the bad arm, but Rollins kicks back. Kevin gets a headlock but Rollins powers out, only to get a kick. They speed up, Rollins drops Kevin with a slingblade! Kevin rolls out but Rollins takes aim. Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit! Rollins goes back in to DIVE again! He wants the hat trick, but Kevin denies it with a forearm. Rollins hits back, runs, and DIVES! Rollins has control yet again while we go to break.
Raw returns and Kevin is in the drop zone! Rollins climbs up and takes aim, for the Frog Splash! It hits! Cover, TWO!! Rollins can’t believe it, but perhaps his bad arm got in the way. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Rollins stands back up. Rollins starts stomping, and fans shift to “Burn It Down!” Rollins runs, but Kevin rolls out of the way. Kevin climbs up to hotshot the bad arm! Then he throws Rollins into the post! Kevin wrenches but Rollins rolls and kicks. Rollins goes after Kevin but Kevin gets a crossface! Kevin wrenches back as hard as he can, but Rollins drags himself forward. Rollins reaches for ropes, but Kevin makes it a cobra clutch crossface! Rollins uses his legs, ropebreak! Kevin lets go, and he grows desperate.
Kevin rains rights down on Rollins, more and more, then he stomps. He drags Rollins up and SLAPS Rollins! Kevin says this is his time and his title! Rollins slaps and chops in return! Kevin whips him, but Rollins hops over to kick low. Kevin back drops out of the bomb, rolls him but Rollins SUPERKICK! But Kevin gets a stunner!! Cover, TWO!! Kevin is shocked and fans lose their minds! Kevin stands back up, then puts Rollins in a corner. They go to the top rope, and fans give praise to Kevin. Rollins resists, however, and fights back. Rollins prepares a powerbomb, and goes corner to corner for Buckle Bomb! Kevin gets a SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO?! Toronto is thunderous for this.
Kevin drags Rollins around to a drop zone, then goes up top. Rollins stops him up top, and the two brawl as Rollins climbs. They brawl fast and furious even! Kevin rocks Rollins with a headbutt, then prepares the fisherman. Rollins fights out, kicks back, but falls backwards. He hurries back up, but Kevin trips him up! Rollins hits the ropes, then falls on the bad shoulder! Kevin jumps for a MOONSAULT, but MISSES! CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Kingslayer truly burned it down with The Prizefighter tonight! Rollins takes advantage of Kevin’s miscalculation, and retains his title. Will Rollins be better about running himself into the ground knowing Dolph Ziggler still has a rematch?
Baron Corbin meets with Braun Strowman.
The Monster puts the briefcase down. “Make sure you bring it to Hell in a Cell.” Strowman has done his part, will he #GetTheseHands on the title?
Kevin Owens sulks in the ring.
He’s been sitting there ever since losing to Rollins before the break. Fans cheer for him as he picks up a mic. “I quit.” What?! Kevin quits?! Quits what? Raw?! Or WWE as a whole?!
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler.
The Show-Off & The Scottish Psycho go after Roman & Strowman, but why? To change the game, you need to make a move at the right time. The Shield made one move, these two make their move “to the top of the food chain” tonight. Roman had back to back matches last week, with Brock Lesnar and Finn Balor. He can’t be 100%. Then Strowman almost had the title twice but got nothing. There’s no chance he’s mentally 100%. Plus, Strowman and Roman have Hell in their future, “there is no way that team is right.” The locker room sees the Big Dog and the Monster Among Men as kings of the jungle, but not Ziggler & McIntyre. They’re wounded animals ripe for the slaughter. Will that slaughter be in tonight’s main event? Or will the hunters become the hunted very quickly?
The B-Team VS The Revival!
After the #TopGuys swept Bo Dallas & Curt Axel 2-0 in singles matches last week, it’s time to see if they can do it again in a tag match! Will B-Team #GoGoGo? Or will Dash & Dawson #SayYeah to another win?
Dash Wilder and Bo Dallas start with the bell. Dash gets a waistlock, but Bo elbows out. Bo reels Dash in for a lariat, then drops a knee. Tag to Axel and Bo drops another knee. Axel adds his ax handle, then covers. ONE, but Axel keeps on Dash. Dash hits back and tags in Dawson. The Revival mug Axel, then Dawson chops Axel to a corner. Dawson keeps chopping, then kicks Axel down. He kicks more, then mocks the B-Team theme. He whips Axel in, but Axel hits back. Axle headlocks but Dawson powers out. Things speed up and Axel dropkicks Dawson. Tag to Bo, and B-Team double back drop. Dash tagged in, though, only to run into elbows. Axel clotheslines Dawson out, then Bo throws Dash! The Revival collide and B-Team has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dash has Bo trapped in a unique combination of holds. Bo’s arms are trapped while Dash chinbars him. Bo fights out but Dash shifts to a facelock. They push against each other, but Bo blocks a punch to give a punch. Dash drop toeholds and tags Dawson. Dawson gets between Bo and Axel to dropkick Bo. Cover, TWO! Dawson keeps on Bo with a whip, then a back elbow. Cover, ONE, but Dawson puts Bo in a rear bearhug. Bo endures while Dawson puts his weight on him. Axel coaches Bo up and Bo stands. Bo elbows out and kicks the back drop away! Dawson tags Dash and Dash clobbers Bo down. Dash drags Bo up and says “B-Team is DONE!” He climbs up, tornado DDT denied into the draping neckbreaker!
Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Dawson tags in but misses Bo! Hot tag to Axel! Axel rallies on Dawson, and on Dash. He throws ax bombers then back elbows. He snapmares Dawson and fires up for the neck snap! “B-Team, B-Team! GO GO GO!” Axel runs in for a big knee to Dawon’s head! Cover, TWO! Axel stalks Dawosn, kicks and fisherman, but Dawosn counters. Dawson is pushed into buckles, cradle, but Dash rolls it over! Bo knocks Dash and it rolls back! Dash throws Bo out, but Axel has the cover. TWO! Axel spins Dawson around for a backslide, TWO! He rolls Dawson but Dash tags in. SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, Revival wins!!
Winner: The Revival, Dash Wilder pinning
The #TopGuys get one over on the champions, this can be their claim to another title match. They’re not done though, Shatter Machine for Bo! They grab “their” titles and some mics to add insult to injury. “Over the last few months, this whole Raw Tag Division has been a joke” because of The B-Team. Road Warriors, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard, and now these two? The Revival are sick of the mockery of tag team wrestling. Bo & Axel better hold onto the titles tight, keep them clean, because they’ll be taken away any time the Revival wants. #TopGuysOut. Will Dash & Dawson shatter B-team’s luck and finally get those titles for their own?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Toronto, and he says we’re gathered here to answer the age old question: “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Toronto sounds up for it. He will test them, and it will get tough, but don’t lose the faith. Do not stray from the universal truth, that WWE really stands for “Walk With Elias!” Fans chant that, too. They sing for him but he’s going to sing his greatest song yet. No, he had an epiphany: “When fellow musician, Drake, said he started from the bottom, he was literally talking about here.” There is no city lower than this “godforsaken hole of Toronto.” Elias was just in New York and says the difference between them, “there is no bigger disappointment in life.” But wait, here comes Toronto’s TRISH STRATUS!
Trish hits the ring and Toronto explodes with a standing ovation. She picks up a mic and Elias gives her a formal introduction. It’s nice to see her doing something important like being in the ring with Elias. Elias knows a lot of things have changed and he’s a big deal. Yes, he is. Trish is a fan of his “catchy tunes”. But when he runs his mouth about her hometown, so please silence phones, hold applause and most of all, Elias, shut your mouth. But Elias speaks the truth. This is like the Stanley Cup, Toronto won’t see it ever. Like Elias and a WWE title?
But he has one thing right: things have changed. When Trith retired as the 7 time WWE Women’s Champion right here in Toronto, sharpshooter locked on, and then took her place in the Hall of Fame, she would’ve never imagined the All Women’s PPV, WWE Evolution. Trish knows in just a couple months she’ll be lacing the boots up again to take on Alexa Bliss. So a Swimsuit Pillow Fight? That’d be great. Ha, good one. But here’s a suggestion: pack up your guitar, take your kimono and scarves, and walk to the back. Elias says cut to the chase. She’s out here because she, like thousands of women, want to #WalkWithElias, if you know what he means. But sorry to break it to you, he doesn’t date women in their 60s. SLAP! It’s what he deserves.
And here comes RONDA! And Natalya! The Rowdy Raw Women’s Champion and the Queen of Harts head down together, because it’s time for another of Canada’s own to have her match, after the break.
Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss!
Two veterans of this WWE Women’s Division go 1v1 while the Baddest Woman on the Planet and the Goddess are ringside. Will the Queen of Harts or Ms. Crazy Like a Fox gain momentum towards WWE Evolution in October?
Before things begin, Alexa says her piece. “What a Raw moment.” Natty, Ronda & Trish, all together. Or as Alexa says, Underwhelming, Over-hyped & Completely Irrelevant. yes, Trish, that last one is you. But Trish looks fantastic, her Stratus Yoga is working out. But take some advice from your replacement, yoga won’t help from the beating that’s coming. Alexa then directs her attention to Ronda. She has the title, good for her, but she failed what she really wanted to accomplish: breaking Alexa’s arm so they wouldn’t have a rematch. But Alexa isn’t average, she is Raw’s Goddess and medically cleared. Their rematch happens at Hell in a Cell. Not here in Canada, ew. Enjoy the publicity because Alexa’s taking that belt back.
Now on to Alicia Fox and the beating she’s gonna give Natalya. Foxy has friends, and one Trish knows all too well. Mickie James is back! The once super fangirl is now a legend in her own right. Will she and the Goddess be a factor in this match?
The bell rings and Natty ties up with Fox. Natty whips but Fox goes up and over to sunset flip. Natty rolls through, and goes for the Sharpshooter! Fox fights out and gets to ropes. “I am not playing your games today!” Fans boo but Alexa & Mickie cheer. Natty dropkicks Fox in the head! Natty puts Alicia in, but gets caught in a running neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Foxy is furious already as she puts Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures while fans rally up with Ronda & Trish. Natty stands up and throws Foxy off, but Foxy boots Natty down!
Fox keeps her cool somehow while she stalks and taunts Natty. She puts Natty on the ropes to choke, but then Micke & Alexa get cheap shots! Trish & Ronda move over and run them off. Natty yanks Alicia off the ropes to then run over with the discus clothesline! Then, Sharpshooter! Alicia reaches, taps, natty wins!
Winner: Natayla, by submission
The Queen of Hart celebrates with the champ and the legend, and for more than just the win. Will Natty get a big moment at Evolution? Will Ronda finally shut Alexa up by taking her arm at Hell in a Cell? And will Trish add on when she goes up against the Goddess?
The Bella Twins find Ronda, Natty & Trish backstage.
They are so happy to see them all! And “damn girl”, Stratusfaction in the house. Trish slapped the taste out of Elias’ mouth. Mamas represent! And Ronda is the perfect role model as champion with Evolution on the horizon. But should they tell them? Should they? Of course! The Bellas talked with Corbin, and they’re back in action next week! Celebratory Selfie! #Women’sEvolution is in full swing, will the Bellas make a victorious return to the ring?
MORE WWE Legends and Hall of Famers speak on Triple H VS The Undertaker #OneLastTime.
Stone Cold says that if you’re ready for this rematch, give him a HELL YEAH! Booker T and Big Show and even Diamond Dallas Page are looking forward to this one. Stone Cold is gonna be glued to his seat watching this. Big Show has taken them both on. DDP says Taker’s still in charge, as does Booker T. Show goes with Taker, because that bell toll alone. But Austin says The Game has the right game plan to finally take Taker down. Pedigree 1-2-3 or Rest In Peace, which side are you on?
Baron Corbin promises to talk with Kevin Owens.
Stephanie McMahon wants to make sure the Prizefighter doesn’t actually quit, but it’ll be on Corbin to appease him. Meanwhile, Corbin’s ordered a masseuse. Bobby Lashley walks in and wonders if he’s still banged up. Corbin just handled Finn with ease. Because he made it a No DQ partway through. Well a lot is going on, it happens, it is what it is. So why did he want to talk? Corbin doesn’t want Lashley to think he was forgotten. Lashley loves competition, so he has a match tonight. Against who? Oh, sorry, so much stuff, from Kevin quitting to paperwork, but that match is next. Next? Yes. Well Lashley better get to the ring. Corbin is actually impressing him. Not. What does Corbin have planned for the Dominator tonight?
Bobby Lashley VS ???
The Alpha Male may not know who his opponent is, but he’s always up for a match. But who did Corbin choose for Lashley’s opponent? Corbin lets Lashley know via the titantron that with all the clutter, he “remembers” it’s a Handicap match! Lashley takes a trip to the Wasteland against The Ascension! Not that it matters, as he knocks down Konnor and runs over Viktor! The bell rings and now the match is official. Lashley and Konnor stare down, but Viktor kicks Lashley. Viktor whips but Lashley reverses. Konnor tags in as Lashley lifts Viktor to then knock Lashley down. Konnor rains rights and then stomps, then puts Lashley in a corner. He clubs Lashley down then puts on a facelock. He grinds Lashley down but Lashley powers back up.
Lashley lifts Konnor, but Konnor drops his weight down. Konnor keeps grinding, but Lashley keeps pushing. Viktor tags in, and The Ascension mug Lashley. Viktor covers, TWO, but he keeps on Lashley with a facelock. Lashley endures the squeeze, and powers out again! He almost throws Viktor on his head! Lashley rallies on both Ascension, then tilt-o-whirls to snake eyes! SPINEBUSTER! Lashley keeps Konnor out, then goes back to Viktor for the Dominator AK-47! Cover, Lashley wins
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
Domination complete! Corbin “forgot” to tell Lashley the details, but will Lashley give the Constable a beating he’ll always remember?
Dean Ambrose VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!
The Lunatic Fringe doesn’t care if the Modern Day Maharaja thinks he should relax, he just wants to fight. They have it out here, will Mahal’s inner peace become inner pieces?
They tie up and Ambrose gets a waistlock then takedown. Ambrose shifts to a roll over, ONE, but then waistlock. Mahal elbows out, then runs, but Ambrose clotheslines Mahal out of the ring. Ambrose pursues and chops Mahal. He clubs Mahal in the chest, then chops him again. Sunil talks trash but gets thrown down! Mahal pounces with a knee, then stomps away on Ambrose. Mahal runs for a big knee drop, then covers. TWO, but Mahal drives his knee into Ambrose’s back. Mahal also drives elbows in, then chokes Ambrose on the ropes. He backs off at 4, but then drops springboard knees. Mahal backs off at 2 to then grind his knee in, stopping at 4. He puts Ambrose in a chinlock and sits him down.
Fans rally for Ambrose, and Ambrose fights his way up. Ambrose runs, but into a kitchen sink knee. He comes back with clotheslines, then whips. He elbows Mahal down, but he’s not done. Ambrose brings Mahal up and hangs him on the top rope. Mahal hits the mat while Ambrose catches his breath. Ambres brings Mahal up but Mahal knees low. Mahal whips but Ambrsoe dodges, only to run into another knee! High stack cover, TWO! Mahal grows frustrated, but he then grins as he stalks Ambrose. He brings Ambrose up but Ambrose slips out of the Kallas to hit Dirty Deeds! Cover, Ambrose wins!
Winner: Dean Ambrose, by pinfall
The Lunatic uses his rage to get another win. His return to the ring has been quite the roll, what is in store for him in the coming weeks?
Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman meet backstage.
They don’t like each other, but the only things getting slaughtered are McIntyre & Ziggler. Then Roman can spend the rest of the next 20 days thinking about how he’s gonna lose that title. roman says on Day 21, Strowman will realize what happened when he didn’t get the job done. They’re far from allies, but can they work together to take out the Show-Off and the Psycho?
Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman!
One team is united in their mission to take all of Raw by storm. The other team knows that win or lose, they’re going to battle it out inside the infamous Hell in a Cell structure. Will the Big Dog & Monster in the Bank simply be fuel for the fire? Or will they stop Ziggler & McIntyre short of being kings of the mountain?
The bell rings and Roman starts against Ziggler. Roman and Ziggler circle, and Ziggler kciks low. He taunts Roman but gets an uppercut for it. Ziggler jumps on Roman for a headlock, but Roman powers out. Roman runs after and takes Ziggler out with the leaping lariat. he rocks McIntyre just because, then clotheslines Ziggler out. Ziggler & McIntyre regroup while fans fire up both ways for Roman. Roman goes out, aims at Ziggler, and hits the Drive-By! He brings Ziggler back up but fans say “We Want Strowman!” McIntyre pounces on Roman with a boot, then puts him in for Ziggler. Ziggler jumps for the satellite DDT! Cover, but Strowman breaks it. Ziggler crawls and tags McIntyre, so McIntyre rains rights on Roman.
McIntyre promises Strowman he’s next, but Strowman says he hopes so. Strowman “coaches” Roman up with shouting, but McIntyre & Ziggler mug Roman in their corner. Ziggler keeps on Roman with a chinlock, and shifts it to a sleeper as Roman tries to crawl for Strowman. Fans rally up while Roman endures the squeeze. Fans duel as Roman reaches, but Ziggler dropkicks Roman down! Cover, TWO! McIntyre tags in to stomp and chops Roman, and Strowman grows frustrated. McIntyre deadlifts and throws Roman, covers, TWO. Now McIntyre taunts Strowman with Roman’s tag before stomping Roman out. Tag to Ziggler and he stomps Roman, too. Ziggler drops an elbow, covers, TWO. Ziggler wraps on a sleeper and body scissors, but fans rally up. Roman feeds off that energy as he rolls towards his corner.
Ziggler holds on as Roman stands up. Roman reaches out as he takes steps towards Strowman. Ziggler squeezes on as tight as he can and Roman drops to his knees again. Strowman shouts at Roman to keep fighting, and fans rally up with him. Roman gets that second wind, stands up, but bumps Ziggler off buckles. Roman is free but is far away. Ziggler runs in, but Roman sends him up and out! Roman crawls while Strowman reaches, but Ziggler intercepts, only to get a boot! Strowman is chomping at the bit as Roman and Ziggler both crawl. Hot tag to McIntyre, and he whips Roman. Roman kicks McIntyre away, then ducks. McIntyre grabs the vest! Roman fights but is thrown with a belly2belly! He’s again isolated in enemy territory.
McIntyre tags in Ziggler, and they each stomp Roman. Ziggler starts toying with Roman, then grinds Roman’s face on the ropes. “Do something, Roman!” Ziggler runs, into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Fans fire up as Roman crawls and Strowman reaches. Ziggler crawls for his corner, too, hot tags to McIntyre AND Strowman! The Monster glares at McIntyre, and fans chant “Get These Hands!” McIntyre starts to worry, but he and Ziggler go after Roman. Strowman doesn’t do anything, even though he’s the legal man?! He’s also after the title, so he’s letting them beat Roman down for him! The ref calls for the bell!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Roman Reigns, by disqualification
Strowman FINALLY enters the ring and stares at Ziggler & McIntyre. But then they all look at Roman. Strowman drags Roman up and says, “I’M NOT FINISHED WITH YOU!” He headbutts Roman right off his feet! Then he drags Roman up and whips him into the corner! Was this his plan all along? Or is Strowman taking advantage of the hungry wolves that are McIntyer & Ziggler? McIntyre rains down rights, and Ziggler gives Roman a SUPERKICK! But here comes Ambrose! The numbers are not in his advantage, he gets beaten down 3v1! Claymore Zig-Zag!!
But now Rollins tries! The Kingslayer has a bad arm on top of the numbers disadvantage, he gets a Zig-Zag, then the Monster Slam! Strowman then gives Ambrose the Monster Slam! Fans boo as McIntyre drags Roman up. Strowman nods, and McIntyre feeds Roman to the Monster Slam! Strowman teams with the Show-Off and Scottish Psycho and put The Shield down. Will The Shield stay down? Or is this the trio to finally destroy them?
This Raw seemed to stall out while WWE simultaneously builds Hell in a Cell, Super Show Down and Evolution. Corbin claims he was overwhelmed by the pressure of his first night, but he got the hang of being a Heel authority pretty quickly. When things don’t go his way, Corbin abuses his power to change things so that he can say he broke even with Finn. He also wants revenge so he springs a Handicap Match on Lashley, only for it to backfire. Though since Lashley was going to foil Corbin’s plans, it was fine that Ascension got squashed. A legitimately challenging team like the Authors of Pain would be hurt way more by this squash than Konnor & Viktor, who are sadly already last place. I’m hoping this turns into Finn, Lashley and maybe even Angle teaming up against Corbin & Ascension to appoint the rightful GM to Raw.
I’m fine with WWE getting their legends to talk about HHH VS Taker #OneLastTime, but they should have made it all one segment. They’ll likely do another two of these tomorrow on SmackDown and even next week, but these packages take away from the in-ring action. Great to hear HBK will return to talk about this since he was the other third of that #EndOfAnEra moment. I’m not as excited to see The Bella Twins back in action already. Evolution is a long time from now, they could wait a couple more weeks to give room to the HiaC build. Trish Stratus showing up was another great treat, though, and I loved her rip on Elias. Hooray for Natty on the win, but I feel with WWE Evolution’s promise of roughly 50 women, there’s gotta be a battle royal or something right? That’s likely where she’ll be on the card.
It’s great to see the members of The Shield are all willing to take on anyone for any reason, under the banner of being the workhorses of Raw. Rollins VS Kevin was practically PPV worthy in itself, and Kevin’s sudden “I quit” promo right after was interesting. He went on about not having Sami Zayn around with him, so I wonder if Kevin will still choose to leave for a time. Kevin & Sami could make a great return around Rumble time, and I really hope they go for tag titles. They should’ve done it on SmackDown, they should’ve done it the moment they got to Raw just because, so they better try next time these two are both here. Especially if Revival finally get those belts, because that would make an amazing match, and all four could be/should be Heel.
After The Shield beat Strowman down last week, it almost seemed obvious he’d team up with someone to even the odds. McIntyre & Ziggler made obvious choices, but I’m pretty sure the execution could’ve been much better. I almost thought that after Strowman gave Corbin the briefcase for the HiaC match, Corbin would betray Strowman and give the briefcase to Kevin Owens to make sure Kevin doesn’t “quit” Raw. The good news is we didn’t get that, but the bad news is, we got this swerve that didn’t feel right. This is WWE partially turning Strowman just so fans will think they should cheer Roman. The fans cheer The Shield, but Roman is still “polarizing”. I’d think Rollins & Ambrose VS Ziggler & McIntyre is an obvious match for HiaC, but that doesn’t mean the four of them won’t try to interfere in the Universal title match.
My Score: 7.5/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Wrestling Dontaku 2019 Part 2!
AXS wraps Wrestling Dontaku with TWO HOURS!
It’s the AXS finale of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019!
AXS and NJPW give us TWO hours and two championship matches! Jeff Cobb defends the NEVER Openweight Championship while Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
Coverage of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi; Taichi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
- EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic Wrestling Dontaku 2019 finale!
“Legacies will be defined” as The Rainmaker pushes past redemption and moves on to reestablish himself. It was through the 2019 New Japan Cup that Kazuchika Okada earned another chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Jay White, and it was at G1 Supercard that he took that title back! The now five-time champion keeps his promise of giving Cold Skull Sanada the first shot! The story of Okada and Sanada goes back to Sanada’s debut in 2016, in which he attacked Okada on Los Ingobernables de Japon leader Tetsuya Naito’s behalf. Sanada has climbed the ranks in the singles division, but is this the night he finally proves he is worthy? Or will Okada continue to prove he’s on another level?
Meanwhile, the Stone Pitbull and the King of Darkness have recently renewed a rivalry. They teamed with Okada and Sanada in a tag team match on the first night, and it went Evil’s way when put Tomohiro Ishii in the Scorpion Deathlock, a move copied from Ishii’s mentor! However, it was the referee who called the match for the sake of Ishii’s well-being, Ishii did not submit. Will Evil finally make Ishii give in? Or will Ishii get revenge for Evil adding insult to injury?
NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi!
The Hawaiian Hulk has a title belt in both ROH and NJPW! But that only means more work for the Olympic wrestler, and that includes facing the Sliest Wrestler in the World, backed by Suzuki-Gun! Will all the tricks in Taichi’s book amount to nothing against the colossal cross-promotion champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is presented, and the dramatic Taichi takes his time removing his entrance gear. Miho Abe takes care of his coat but Cobb makes sure Taichi puts his knapsack down, too. Taichi does, the bell rings, and we begin!
Cobb and Taichi slowly circle. Taichi goes back to his corner to have Miho fix his hair. Cobb grows annoyed but Taichi is in the corner so he can’t be touched. They circle but then Taichi bails out to regroup with Miho, Taka Michinoku and Kanemaru. Taichi takes his time returning, all to troll Cobb. Miho gets on the apron to be a distraction, and Taichi gets in from behind! He clubs Cobb, but it only annoys Cobb more! Cobb kicks Taichi then CHOPS him! Cobb CHOPS Taichi more, but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi whips but Cobb reverses and things speed up. Cobb hurdles and dropkicks Taichi! Fans applaud Cobb’s agility while Taichi bails out. Cobb builds speed, but Taichi uses Miho as a shield!
Fans boo but Cobb bails out. Cobb tells Taichi to man up but Taichi still “cowers” behind Miho. Red Shoes reprimands Taichi, but he doesn’t see Kanemaru attack Cobb from behind! Kanemaru’s forearms do more to Cobb than Taichi’s. But Cobb whips Kanemaru into railing! And he throws forearms on him! Taichi uses his mic stand on Cobb! Taichi chokes Cobb while Red Shoes is down. Red Shoes gets up with help from a Young Lion, and stops Taichi. Taichi whips Cobb into railing then brings him to NJPW commentary. He bounces Cobb off the announce desks then chokes him with cables! Taichi leaves Cobb behind long enough to take the NEVER Openweight belt. Taichi holds it up as if it’s already his. Fans boo and Red Shoes shakes his head.
Cobb drags himself up and gets in the ring before a count begins, but Taichi stomps away on him. Taichi stands on Cobb’s back and head, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. Taichi smirks as he stands Cobb up to choke him into a corner! Red Shoes counts again but Taichi lets up, only to grind Cobb’s face on ropes. Taichi smirks more as he rakes Cobb’s face! He stops at Red Shoes’ count but then brings Cobb up for a snapmare and swift kick. Cobb only gets mad and stands back up. Cobb throws big forearms on Taichi! Taichi mule kicks Cobb away, then runs in for a big corner clothesline. Taichi keeps moving, but Cobb dodges. Cobb wants a belly2belly but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi runs, but into a scoop to suplex! Cobb puts Taichi on the top rope, to CHOP him.
Cobb adjusts and climbs to join Taichi. Taichi holds on but Cobb gets up for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Taichi bounces up from momentum alone then flounders to a corner. Cobb slowly stands and gets himself to a corner while Taichi slowly sits up. Cobb runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi misses his kick but Cobb chops and clotheslines with no wasted motion! Cobb whips corner to corner then runs in for a BIG elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries Taichi for a Samoan Drop! “Gochimuchi” Moonsault but Taichi dodges! Taichi kicks but misses and Cobb waistlocks. Taichi elbows free but Cobb shoves. Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Taichi hits his enziguri! Taichi brings Cobb in, but he can’t lift Cobb! He kicks away on Cobb’s face, then tries again, but that doesn’t change anything! Cobb back drops Taichi instead!
Taichi wrenches and hook kicks Cobb! Taichi hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Cobb is tougher than that, so Taichi focuses his power. Off come the pants! Taichi aims and kicks, but Cobb deflects to hit back with a big right. Taichi kicks but it barely bothers Cobb. Neither does the next kick or the next kick. If anything, Cobb starts liking it. Cobb forearms Taichi and dares him to come back. He throws more forearms, and Taichi falls to his knees. Cobb dares Taichi to stand, and Taichi fires himself up. Taichi kicks away on Cobb’s chest, but Cobb blocks and brings Taichi in for a Fall Away Slam! Cobb runs as fans rally, but Taichi dodges to mule kick! But Cobb forearms back, so Taichi enziguris! Both men are down but fans are fired up!
Miho, Taka and Kanemaru coach up Taichi but the fans rally behind Cobb. Taichi grabs Cobb for a dragon sleeper, but Cobb powers out. Cobb arm-drags Taichi off, then scoops him for- No, Taichi gets out of the Tour for a BIG saido suplex! Taichi drags Cobb up again, dragon sleeper and armlock, but Cobb endures the “stretch bar.” Cobb reaches but Taichi cranks back. Fans rally again but Taichi shifts to a cover, TWO!! Cobb still has life and Taichi grows frustrated. Taichi stands Cobb up and brings him up in an Alabama lift. But Cobb is just too much! Cobb clubs Taichi and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on and rolls to bring him up for another! Cobb still holds on, for a PILEDRIVER! Cobb can’t cover, he’s too tired!
Fans rally as both men are down! Cobb stirs but goes the wrong way. Miho panics and almost cries for Taichi but it’s Cobb who slowly stands up. Fans duel as Cobb drags Taichi back up. Taichi is dead weight but Cobb gets him up and whips him, but Taichi boots! Taichi is alive and whips, but Cobb reverses to the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Taichi up, throws him, but Taichi holds ropes. Taichi boots and roundhouses! And rabbit ax bombers to another enziguri! Both men are down again, and it’s Taichi who can’t make a cover! Taichi revives and fires up! He takes aim at Cobb, who staggers over. Superkick blocked, for a Tour- No, Taichi escapes, but gets a LARIAT! GACHIMUCHI! And then, a Tour of the- No, roll up! TWO!!
Taichi pushes Red Shoes to LOW BLOW Cobb! Chicken wing cradle, TWO!! Not even a kick to the balls can stop Cobb! But Taichi aims, SUPERKICK!! Then Alabama lift, BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Taichi wins!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
For the second time ever, the Sliest Wrestler holds this belt! And most surprisingly, he barely had to cheat! Cobb is no longer champion in both ROH and NJPW, but will Cobb be back for a rematch?
EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii!
Again, the Stone Pitbull did not submit to the Scorpion Deathlock as put on by the King of Darkness. However, he was still trapped in it with no way out. Will Ishii fall for that trap again? Or will he have an escape plan this time?
NJPW returns after the entrances and we get right to the bell!
Evil and Ishii collide, then collide, then collide. Ishii runs and bumps Evil, who comes back on the rebound, but so does Ishii! They just keep ramming into each other! Evil and Ishii each fire up as the fans fire up. Evil throws a forearm but Ishii gives it back, and repeat. They go back and forth like this, fast and furious, and the fans rally up with them! The brawl keeps going, forearm for forearm, elbow for elbow! Evil gets rocked and Ishii keeps on him. Ishii runs but into Evil’s elbow! Evil runs but they go shoulder to shoulder again! They both run, and they both collide! Evil finally knocks Ishii down!
Fans cheer while Evil catches his breath and Ishii writhes. Evil drags Ishii up to toss him out. Evil follows to club away, then whip into barriers! Ishii hits the floor but Evil doesn’t let up. Evil brings Ishii up to throw into the post! You could hear that *BING* of head hitting metal! Evil stomps Ishii then drags him back up to throw back into railing. He puts Ishii’s leg through the rails to kick! Ishii hobbles as the ring count passes 15! Evil puts Ishii in at 17 and fans cheer. Evil stomps the leg now, but Ishii eggs him on! So Evil slams the leg and puts on a toehold. Ishii endures while pulling Evil’s hair. Evil pulls back on the leg and ankle, but Ishii drags himself to a ropebreak. Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go.
Evil looms over Ishii but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii chops but it doesn’t hurt. Evil CHOPS Ishii and he staggers back! Ishii chops but Evil CHOPS! They keep going back and forth, Ishii’s chop meeting Evil’s CHOP! Ishii fires off many chops but Evil just needs one double hand CHOP to floor Ishii! Evil keeps on that leg, clearly preparing for the Scorpion Deathlock. He puts it on, but Ishii resists being turned over! Ishii slaps Evil so Evil chokes and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii just takes the chops and stands up. He wobbles over to Evil to fire off forearms, but Evil kicks the bad leg out. Evil whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back with a clothesline! However, Ishii hobbles, showing that Evil’s plan is working.
Evil stands but Ishii CHOPS him in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and forearms and repeats. He whips corner to corner but Evil reverses to forearm, only to run into a powerslam! Both men are down but Ishii’s up first. Ishii drags Evil up but Evil resists the back suplex with elbows. Evil brings Ishii towards a corner but Ishii rams his shoulder in! And again and again! Ishii runs back in but into a boot, only to clothesline Evil anyway! Fans rally both ways as Ishii gets his back and legs moving. Ishii drags Evil up and hoists him onto the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join Evil, but Evil resists. Evil holds onto the crossbars so Ishii headbutts him! Ishii lifts Evil for the SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Ishii stands. Ishii wants Evil to stand, then he runs, but Evil boots the lariat and blocks the other. He passes Ishii’s kick to Red Shoes to mule kick Ishii’s leg! Evil suplexes Ishii into buckles! The Pitbull bails out of the ring but Evil pursues. Evil goes under the ring and tosses chairs around. Ishii hits back and brings Evil over. Evil blocks the suplex, but Ishii still tries. Evil suplexes to put Ishii on the rails, Anarchy Suplex! Almost a Magic Killer! Evil gets back up and grabs one of those chairs. He puts one around Ishii’s head and has the other! Red Shoes runs out to reprimand Evil but Evil shoves him away! Evil then swings and SMACKS the chair off around Ishii’s head! The Pitbull goes down while we go to break.
NJPW returns again as Evil drags Ishii up. Fans cheer as Evil wants to end this in the ring. Evil rallies the fans and takes aim at Ishii. He runs corner to corner and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Evil roars while Ishii flops to the mat. Evil drags Ishii up for a suplex and he puts Ishii on the top rope. Now Evil joins Ishii up there but Red Shoes is worried. Evil stands Ishii up, for a SUPERPLEX of his own! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii’s far tougher than that, so Evil goes after the legs! Scorpion Deathlock! Ishii endures this hold all over again, but he also powers up! He crawls himself towards the ropes but Evil sits down deeper! Fans rally as Ishii powers up again. Ishii crawls again, but Evil sits back down.
Ishii grabs at Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping, and then he gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go and wipes the sweat from his brow. Evil looms over Ishii and drags him back up. He lifts Ishii but Ishii slips out. Ishii waistlocks but Evil elbows out. Ishii swings but Evil dodges to waistlock, only for Ishii to swing again, which Evil again dodges. Evil swings but Ishii blocks, and Ishii waistlocks only for Evil to elbow out. Evil swings again, but into Ishii’s back suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Evil goes after the legs again with elbows to the knee. But Ishii eggs him on! Evil mule kicks the knee but Ishii fires off forearms. Evil ROCKS Ishii with that right!
Fans rally as Ishii falls to his knees, but Evil runs. Ishii blocks a clothesline with a clothesline, then runs. Evil runs from the corner, but Ishii sees it coming and clotheslines him down! Ishii grits his teeth while fans are thunderous. He puts Evil in the Scorpion Deathlock! Evil endures the move now as Ishii sits down deep! Evil powers his way over, but Ishii cranks back harder! But Evil still gets the ropebreak! Ishii lets go and is frustrated, but he doesn’t let up. He goes after Evil again, dragging him up by his singlet. Ishii goes after a leg with a knee jammer! Evil fights off the shin breaker, then spins, but into Ishii’s elbows from all sides! Evil spins again but into another big forearm! Ishii sits Evil up for the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous all over again as Ishii stands Evil up. Ishii suplexes, but Evil knees out. Evil shoves and German Suplexes! But Ishii’s up to clobber Evil! Evil headbutts and LARIATS back! Ishii flounders but Evil is up again. Evil wants another and runs, and LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Ishii still lives! The fans are at a fever pitch as Evil catches his breath. Evil slashes the throat to say it’s over. He drags Ishii up, spins, but Ishii slips out! Evil spins Ishii again, but Ishii gets a waistlock and German Suplex! But now Evil’s up in an instant! Only to run into Ishii’s LARIAT! ONE?! Evil hits another lariat! Then lariats collide! Both men fall over! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.
Fans rally up and gives both men new life. Ishii and Evil stand, and head for each other. They collide with clotheslines again, and stagger on weak legs. Evil and Ishii run and collide yet again! Evil roars and runs, but Ishii tanks the clotheslines! Ishii headbutts then forearms then headbutts Evil again! Evil falls to a knee but Ishii stands him back up, only for Evil to hook the arm! Ishii spins Evil around but Evil spins out of the full nelson to suplex Ishii! Ishii knees free and spins Evil, only for Evil to get him with a Half ‘n’ Half Suplex! Evil drags himself to a corner while Ishii slowly stands. Evil runs but gets caught! Ishii wants to steal the STO!
But Evil spins Ishii around, full nelson to fireman’s carry, but Ishii slips out, clothesline blocked! Rolling elbow hits! Enzugiri! Evil is out cold but Ishii isn’t done with him! Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO?! Evil still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! But he won’t stop, he suplexes to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall
Finally, after a human demolition derby, the Stone Pitbull is victorious! Two of the toughest in NJPW went head to head and Ishii proves the tougher, but when and where will we see this match again?
NJPW Media Backstage Interviews
Ishii says “That’s what you get, facing me in a singles match.” Did Evil learn his lesson? If not, Ishii will happily teach him it again.
But then Taichi walks in to smirk at Ishii. “Oi. Congrats on earning the right to challenge me.” What? You heard Taichi right, Ishii now has the right to challenge for the NEVER Openweight Championship. So Taichi wants after Ishii, huh? Well there’s no one else, so Ishii might as well be the new #1 Contender. Be happy to be chosen. Well if Taichi wants this, Ishii’s game. No it’s about Taichi throwing the Pitbull a bone. Then ask him nicely? As if. The Pitbull should be begging. Accept it and be grateful. Yeah, Taichi seems so grateful, the way he’s treated that belt already. It was broken when Taichi got it from Cobb. Whatever. Ishii accepts the challenge. No, no, Ishii is challenging Taichi, got it? Whatever you say. Weirdo.
But it’s been awhile since Ishii’s seen that belt. Taichi just wants revenge from the New Japan Cup. Reminds Ishii of another wrestler in NJPW. But Ishii’s up for this match anytime, because the results will be the same. When and where will NJPW give us this new NEVER Openweight Championship showdown?
Hiroshi Tanahashi returns to NJPW!
The Ace has been gone since suffering an elbow injury and going through the subsequent surgery to repair it. He surprises the fans here at Wrestling Dontaku, because he has something he wishes to say.
“Tanahashi desu. I had surgery on my left elbow. The cast came off the other day, and I got my stitches out. But I wish I could have competed here.” It was a year ago that here, in Fukuoka, that the crowd was behind him. He rode that wave of energy to win the 28th G1 Climax that August. And then he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the Tokyo Dome. But then in February, he lost, and his losses piled up. And he feels as low as the floor right now. Fans cheer, wanting him to rise back up.
Tanahashi knows he’s starting from the bottom. But as he stands back up, he vows that on June 5th, at Ryogoku, he’ll make another comeback! He continues to say that after that, he’ll again go after the IWGP Heavyweight title! Will the Once in a Century Talent make yet another heroic return?
But wait, here comes Jay White and Gedo! Fans boo as the Switchblade takes the mic from Tanahashi. Gedo tells White some things, and then White grins at Tanahashi. Fans boo as White begins to speak. “You want the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? You think you deserve the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?” The line starts behind White, and Tanahashi is at the back, even behind Hirooki Goto! White is the REAL champion, and it doesn’t matter who wins between Okada and Sanada, White’s turn is next. “Do you understand me?” Gedo makes a move on Tanahashi, but it’s just so White can get his cheap shot in! White stomps Tanahashi as fans boo and the bell rings. White rains down rights then stomps him more.
Gedo ups the ante by bringing out chairs! White grabs one and puts it around Tanahashi’s newly recovered arm! He grabs the other chair, but Young Lions save Tanahashi! White fights them off but Tanahashi is safe from further harm. White picks up the mic again to tell Tanahashi, “I am next!” Fans boo White and cheer Tanahashi. Will the Switchblade and The Ace settle things in the ring to decide who really is next to face the top champion in NJPW? For that matter, we still have the main event to go. Who will be the top champion in NJPW after the dust settles?
NJPW and AXS advertise G1 Climax 29!
Mark your calendars, because on July 6th, 2019, AXS will begin coverage of the Summer’s major heavyweight tournament! The biggest and best of NJPW will once again compete in a round robin tournament to crown a #1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA!
The Rainmaker’s redemption was completed in Madison Square Garden during the history G1 Supercard event! Now Okada returns to give Cold Skull first crack at this fifth title reign. With the Switchblade already calling his shot, who will have the Bullet Club’s cutthroat leader targeting them through the Summer?
The introductions are made, both men take off their elaborately decorated jackets, and the belt is presented. The bell rings and fans are already thunderous as we begin!
Okada and Sanada hear the fans duel before circling. They approach and watch the other closely. Okada backs off so Sanada does the same. They circle again and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Sanada wristlocks and standing switches. Okada switches back but Sanada drops to an armlock. Sanada waistlocks but Okada wrenches free. Okada wrenches more but Sanada reverses it back. Okada rolls and trips up Sanada, and gets the toehold. Sanada endures as Okada cranks back. Sanada tries to chinlock but Okada cranks again. But Sanada manages to sit up and gets Okada’s arm, but Okada blocks the armbar. Okada rolls but Sanada denies a cover. Okada has the leg for a standing toehold, but Sanada works on an escape. Sanada rolls and rolls and breaks free, and fans applaud.
Okada backs off and takes his time circling with Sanada. Sanada and Okada go again, and Okada rolls to get the wristlock. He brings Sanada to the mat then back up for a wrench. Okada gets both arms for a standing stretch, but Sanada endures. Sanada goes to power up but Okada brings him back around. Okada digs his head into Sanada’s back, but Sanada works on turning it around. Sanada and Okada struggle but Okada gets it back. Sanada tries again, and though he gets it, Okada quickly turns it back around. Okada throws Sanada down but Sanada throws Okada from the mat. Okada rolls Sanada, ONE! Sanada rolls Okada, ONE! Okada sweeps Sanada but Sanada gets off to sweep. Okada gets out and both men knip up!
Fans cheer as these two are evenly matched to this point. Okada and Sanada have to nod in respect to the other, too. They circle again and tie up. They stare down as they shift from knuckle locks to collar and elbow. Okada puts Sanada on the ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Classic Okada fakes the chop to pat Sanada’s shoulder. But Sanada comes back with fiery kicks and forearms! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, and boots Sanada to a snapmare. Okada runs and basement dropkicks Sanada down! Okada catches his breath while Sanada checks his head. The champ stands Sanada up and laces the arm through for a modified stretch. Sanada endures but Okada lets go.
Okada brings Sanada around to scoop slam him, then slingshot senton! Sanada clutches his ribs while Okada takes his time returning. Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps on Sanada with a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee in his neck while Okada pulls back. Sanada works on an escape but Okada just brings him back. Fans duel as Sanada works his way back up. Sanada elbows free but Okada clubs him on the back. Okada whips and runs in, but Sanada boots him away. Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grits his teeth and clutches his knee. Sanada brings Okada up, blocks Okada’s kick, and trips Okada up! Okada pushes him away but runs into a huricanrana! Sanada rolls through to get the arms and legs!
Okada powers out of Paradise and speeds things up, but Sanada dropkicks the leg again! Dragon screw, to Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada hears them out. Fans duel and rally as Sanada takes aim from a corner, to kick Okada out of Paradise! Cover, TWO, but Sanada keeps cool. Sanada chinlocks but Okada endures. Okada works on an escape but Sanada elbow drops him down. Sanada puts the chinlock on again, but Okada reaches for ropes. Sanada wrangles Okada away and cranks back on the chinlock. Okada scrambles and uses his long legs to get the ropebreak! Sanada lets go but comes back to bring Okada up. He puts Okada in a corner to whip corner to corner. He hits a back elbow then snap suplexes Okada down! Cover, TWO!
Sanada keeps his cool while bringing Okada up again. Okada hits low with a shoulder, then throws forearms. Okada runs but into Sanada’s elbow! Sanada moonsaults but Okada dodges to hit a running uppercut! Both men are down but fans continue to cheer. Okada sits up first, and he runs at Sanada to rally with forearms and elbows! He whips but Sanada reverses. Okada dodges but so does Sanada, but then back to Okada and he runs Sanada over with an elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and whips Sanada corner to corner. Okada hits a back elbow to DDT! Cover, TWO! The champion is still in control while we go to break.
NJPW returns and Okada aims at Sanada on the outside. Okada slingshots but Sanada trips him up. Sanada whips Okada but Okada reverses to send Sanada into barriers! Then he boots him over! Okada fires the fans up as he gets space. He runs back to FLY and crossbody Sanada into more barriers! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them both. Okada clutches his leg again, that leap was double-edged. A 20-count begins and passes 10 before Okada stands. Okada drags Sanada up but brings him to ringside at 17! He gets Sanada in at 18 and fans cheer that he wants to end this in the ring. Okada still clutches that leg but manages to stand.
Okada drags Sanada up again to scoop slam him down. He goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to leap over Sanada. He uppercuts Sanada then runs, but Sanada hurdles and dropkicks Okada out of the ring! Now Sanada slingshots and wipes Okada out! Fans fire up as Sanada walks off the pascado. Sanada takes a lap around the ring while Okada is still down. Sanada returns as the 20-count begins again. He lets it reach 10 before bringing Okada up. He puts Okada in at 14 and covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and brings Okada back up. Okada blocks the back suplex and elbows Sanada off. Okada runs but Sanada reels him in. Sanada suplexes but Okada lands on his feet. Okada swings but into the dragon sleeper! But he arm-drags out to flapjack Sanada down!
Both men are down, catching their breath and clutching their legs. Fans rally up and Okada forces himself to stand. Sanada follows but Okada boots him. It doesn’t have as much power, so Sanada boots. Okada blocks it and throws uppercuts to then go for a lift. Sanada fights out, but Okada blocks the boot. Sanada blocks Okada’s boot to give him a forearm. Okada staggers into a boot, then a rolling sabat! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to fake out the dropkick! Sanada fireman’s carry but Okada slips out. They trade standing switches and Okada German Suplexes, but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada whips but Okada reverses again, but Sanada tumbles and springboards to missile dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up again as the tide looks to be turning.
Okada gets to a corner and fans duel again. Sanada runs in but is popped up to the Air Raid Crash neckbreaker! Okada catches his breath but he crawls over to Sanada. He positions Sanada before climbing up top again. Okada leaps, Macho Elbow hits! But he’s not done there, Okada hits the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags Sanada up and wristlocks, but Sanada drops down to roll Okada! TWO, and Okada has a cover! TWO and Sanada has it back, TWO! Okada sunset flips, TWO! Sanada sits on Okada, TWO! Okada again, ONE, Sanada jackknifes! TWO, Sanada drop toeholds Okada to a leg nelson, Japanese Clutch, TWO!! Okada has Sanada in a cobra clutch! Sanada endures and flails while fans rally again.
Sanada sits up and Okada drags him up, to wring him out! But Sanada dropkicks the clothesline away! Sanada drags Okada up to whip but Okada reverses to hit his dropkick now! Okada drags Sanada back up, gut wrench but Sanada wriggles to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Okada rolls through to gut wrench! Tombstone piledriver! But Okada isn’t done, because he still needs his namesake. He wrings Sanada out but Sanada spins to Salida, into the dragon sleeper! Okada endures and maybe even fades under the first part of Skull End! But Okada fights back up and scoops, only for Sanada to counter lift to Anarchy Suplex! Just like Evil earlier, Sanada gets a Magic Killer style move!
Fans duel again as Okada and Sanada sit up. They might even be turning towards Sanada more. Sanada drags Okada up, double chicken wing to the Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes but barely! Sanada keeps on him, scoop and backbreaker. He goes to a corner and climbs up, Moonsault! But he lands on his feet as Okada evades! Sanada staggers back, one of his knees buckling. He still runs at Okada, only to get a boot. Sanada tries again, but into another boot. Okada runs out but Sanada dodges the shotgun. Sanada spins but int a spinning Rainmaker! Okada roars as he drags Sanada back up, wristlock but Sanada full nelsons to another Salida! Okada blocks this one, so Sanada uses the buckles for the climb! He has the Skull End dragon sleeper again!
Okada endures but Sanada takes him for a swing! Then drops down for the body scissors! Skull End in full, but Okada refuses to quit! Red Shoes checks as Okada fades, but Okada revives. Okada flails with his arms then pops out! Sanada keeps the body scissors to get the sleeper with the other arm! He cranks back hard as fans duel and rally. Okada endures and flails again, not fading out. Red Shoes watches Okada like a hawk, but Okada pops out again. Sanada fights to get the head again but Okada crawls for ropes. Okada reaches, but Sanada wrangles him away with a wristlock! Skull End returns a third time, but Okada still flails. Red Shoes checks, his arm drops once. It drops again. Sanada gives up the hold to drag him over?! MOONSAULT to the back! And then again, to knees!!
Both Sanada and Okada are down again! Fans are thunderous again as they duel and rally. Sanada and Okada are exhausted but still push themselves back up. They head for each other, and grind forehead to forehead. Okada throws an elbow, but Sanada returns it. Okada gives Sanada another, but again Sanada gives it back. Another forearm from Okada, and another forearm from Sanada as they stand. Okada, Sanada, repeat. They pick up speed, but Okada dazes Sanada. Okada keeps hitting him, but Sanada refuses to fall. Okada hits Sanada a third time, but Sanada gives him an uppercut! Sanada shakes the sweat from his hair as fan return to a fever pitch. He drags Okada up for another heavy uppercut! Okada falls to his knees, but Sanada brings him back up.
Sanada throws another but Okada backslides! Sanada rolls of and dodges the rainmaker! He waistlocks but Okada bucks him off. Okada runs to shotgun dropkick Sanada down! Okada watches Sanada in the corner, then runs in, only to get elbows! Sanada springboard moonsaults to a dragon sleeper! But Okada uses the buckles to turn it around! Okada has the dragon sleeper, then gut wrenches! But Sanada wiggles to battle over the gut wrench! He gets Okada up, but Okada wiggles and flails! Okada manages to get the gut wrench back! But Sanada slips up and around to a waistlock. Okada tries but can’t buck Sanada off, and Sanada gets the dragon sleeper!
Okada endures again but flips over as Sanada drops back. He drags Sanada up but Sanada dodges! Sanada wrings Okada out but Okada still tries! Sanada ducks that clothesline, to wring Okada out and steal the Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives his own move! Sanada finally shows frustration, but then he vows to end it. He drags Okada back up, cravat to Salida, but Okada slips out. Okada spins but Sanada blocks to then spin for a roaring elbow! Cravat, Sliced Bread, but into a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And the TRUE Rainmaker!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
The first defense of this fifth reign and The Rainmaker is STILL the top champion in NJPW! Okada goes 6-0 against Sanada all-time, but it gets tougher and tougher each time! Will we get to see lucky number 7 in the future? Will Sanada finally break through? Or is Okada just on too high a level?
Okada offers a hand to Sanada to help him up. Sanada declines, helping himself up. However, Sanada does take the hand in a small handshake, to then give a fist bump. It sounds like there will be a seventh round one day, we can only wait and see.
NJPW skips to after Okada is again wearing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, to when Okada takes up the mic. “Sanada-san! At the signing ceremony, you honored me by calling me your rival.” That made Okada very happy. So in front of Hakata, he wants to say something to Sanada: he is Okada’s rival, too! Their story has just begun! “But I’m not gonna lose.”
Okada addresses the fans again as he notes “We have changed over from the Heisei Era to Reiwa.” What do the NJPW fans think? Hard to tell. But Okada wonders who will entertain the pro-wrestling world in this Reiwa Era. Okada promises he’ll bring the excitement. He vows to be the star of the new era for the true fans! He’ll bring the heat! “As the 69th IWGP Heavyweight Champion, I will keep the new era exciting.” As long as he’s NJPW’s top champion, he’ll- Wait, the lights go out! A video plays. Is that… CHRIS JERICHO!? The dark clown that Y2J has become says “I’m the Painmaker! And on June 9th at Dominion in Osaka, I will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! And I’m gonna win.” Jericho shouts he’ll win, but then hushes himself. Y2J is returning to NJPW and aiming for the top!!
Okada just tells Jericho, “Bring it on, you bastard!” Because Okada vows HE will win! Okada will win and return as champion, to again make it rain! Will Okada continue to be the best in NJPW by beating the Best in the World at What He Does? Or will Jericho completely turn NJPW upside-down at Dominion?
One hour of NJPW on AXS alone is great, so two hours is amazing! Especially when they know how to properly book surprises. I didn’t think Taichi would win the NEVER Openweight Championship off of Jeff Cobb in a mostly clean way. Sure he had Miho be his distraction and his shield, but the Suzuki-Gun antics weren’t even deciding factors this time. Well, an argument can be made that they amounted to something, especially the low blow. But for the most part, Taichi managed to just keep on Cobb until Cobb couldn’t get up. At the same time, Cobb being a dual ROH and NJPW champion wasn’t going to last forever, so it was a good move to make it someone mostly unexpected. Now Taichi VS Ishii will be a good first defense for Taichi, I’m just not sure Taichi survives.
For that matter, Ishii VS Evil was insane. It really was just a demolition derby slug fest type fight, and that’s exactly what it should’ve been. Ishii wins not just because he’ll challenge Taichi but because that was the story of him and Evil. Evil got him last time with the Sharpshooter, and that was a great part of the match’s story, but for that reason, Ishii survives the hold and puts Evil away with a standing finisher. And with another G1 Climax on the horizon, Evil can snap back in the NJPW Heavyweight ranks with an impressive showing. I’m honestly surprised Tanahashi is making another comeback, but NJPW without him would also seem odd. White obviously wants to finish Tanahashi for good, that’s another good story going into G1 Climax 29.
NJPW is also building stars properly. Sanada’s history with Okada has been building over the last three years, and it clearly works in getting fans behind Sanada as we heard from the Fukuoka fans. Okada VS Sanada VI, the longest and best match so far of their series, and I really do look forward to a seventh. If anything, the day Sanada beats Okada is the day Sanada reaches that heavyweight/world championship level. He will be the face of NJPW one day, but not until Okada stops. Okada has been such a strong force in NJPW and with that heavyweight championship, he’s almost the NJPW John Cena or Randy Orton. If it weren’t for his matches always being great, I’d say he should move on. If anything, he should still think about going after a different title once this fifth reign ends.
Jericho returning to NJPW is also great, Okada VS Y2J at Dominion will be great, but I don’t think Jericho is the one to end this fifth reign, and certainly not at this point. Beating Jericho will help build Okada’s fifth reign up, and perhaps solidify Okada’s legacy.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/11/19)
It’s Speed VS Strength in the main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 399
Battle lines have been drawn in ROH! LifeBlood’s Bandido takes on the Notorious Hitman, who takes a big win on War of the Worlds Weekend?
- Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods; Woods wins.
- Bandido VS Shane Taylor; Bandido wins.
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Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers!
Ryan Nova & Cheeseburger have Eli Isom in their corner, but they’re up against the salty Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni and the massive Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas! Triple S got a Six Man Tag victory over C2C and Colin Delaney on the Road to G1 Supercard, but can they pull off another shocker against even bigger and badder competition? As for C2C and The Bouncers, they lost together at this year’s Masters of the Craft, but Ali & LSG refused to share a #ToastofHonor in commiseration. Will that chip on C2C’s shoulder go away or only grow bigger tonight?
The Bouncers keep the Code of Honor with the Shinobi but C2C refuse to shake hands with anyone. Fans cheer “Beer! Beer!” for BCB and Milonas while they let Nova start with LSG. LSG and Nova tie up, and LSG gets the wristlock. Nova rolls and reverses, but LSG handsprings and reverses back. LSG waistlocks and slams Nova hard, then headlocks. Nova powers out and things speed up, LSG waistlocks Nova again but Nova bucks him off. Things keep moving and Nova counters a backslide with an arm-drag. LSG runs back in and waistlocks, but Nova slips out of the back suplex. Nova boots LSG away from the corner, then somersaults to neckbreaker! Nova knips up and fans fire up as he tags in Burger. Whip to atomic drop to sweep, then they split the wish bone to double kick LSG down!
Fans fire up with Triple S but Ali runs in. Ali misses Burger and Nova to hit the Bouncers! Ail runs into a double hip toss! Nova and Burger high-ten, but then the Bouncers come in to sandwich them! Bruiser whips Nova while “Brawler” whips Burger, and then they trade partners to squash them in the corners. And then they go corner to corner to squash the other! The Bouncers see Ali and LSG and squash them! And then the other way! Milonas feeds Ali to BCB to bite! LSG runs in but he gets bit, too! And Burger! And Nova! But remember, he ain’t got no teeth! The Bounces high-five and say bottom’s up, but C2C boot them both! And again!
The Bouncers tumble out and C2C give the shinobis CHOPS! C2C whip Nova and Burger at each other, but Burger and Nova do-si-do to dropkick C2C! The shinobi slingshot but are caught! The Bouncers sandwich them again, but then C2C wreck them all with dropkicks! They keep moving, Ali FLIES! Ali bowls everyone over, then drags Burger in while we go to break.
ROH returns as Ali slingshot sentons onto Burger. Cover, TWO! Ali is just annoyed as he tags in LSG. Fans rally up for Burger but Ali holds him in place for LSG’s shoulder tackle. Ali adds an enziguri, then feeds Burger to LSG’s butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! LSG drags Burger back up for an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally behind Burger and Burger fights back. Ali tags in and C2C mugs Burger. Ali gives Burger a big European uppercut, then covers, TWO! Burger fights back with big CHOPS! Fans fire up but Ali brings Burger away to then hit Nova! Burger dodges and dodges, and tags in Milonas! Ali waistlocks but Milonas breaks free with a big butt bump! Milonas rallies and drops the seated senton! Cover, but LSG breaks it!
Bruiser goes after LSG then whips, Samoan Drop! Back senton from Milonas! BCB whips Ali into Milonas’ scrapbuster slam! Cover, but Nova breaks it! BCB shoves Nova all the way out, but LSG shoulders in. LSG slingshots to hit Milonas then springboards to hit BCB! C2C regroups to go after Milonas. LSG climbs while Ali scoops Milonas. Milonas is too heavy, he falls onto Ali! BCB uppercuts LSG then tosses him onto Ali! The Bouncers grab LSG and toss him out. Ali rolls and Nova tags in! Nova leaps at Bruiser for the flying Complete Shot! Nova fires forearms on Milonas! Milonas grabs him and scoops him, but Burger saves him. Double SUPERKICKS! They focus their chakra, buzzsaw mule kick combo!
BCB runs over Nova but Burger dodges to FLY onto C2C! Fans fire up but Burger runs into an uppercut from BCB! Nova knees Bruiser but runs into Brawler’s boot! CLOSING TIME! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad doesn’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here. But they also argue with Coast 2 Coast, who are sore losers all over again. As for Bruiser and Milonas, they celebrate with the #ToastofHonor! Will they soon be toasting with a shot at the ROH tag titles?
ROH has a huge night set for Episode 400!
Matt Taven is finally the ROH World Champion, because he earned it. He won a Triple Threat Ladder match at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden, also becoming a Grand Slam Champion. But when it comes to having a shot at his title, Taven tells the entire locker room that they’ll have to earn it. Cue Flip Gordon! The Captain of Flip Army reminded Matt Taven that he earned his shot in the Sea of Honor tournament. And with his knee at 100%, Flip finally gets his shot as the new #1 contender! Who ends the milestone episode of ROH having earned the world championship?
But not only that, the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships will be on the line! Villain Enterprises will defend their titles against a star-studded though makeshift team of Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Rush! Will Marty Scurll, Brody King & PCO keep hold of the gold against the Franchise, the Hawaiian Hulk and El Toro Blanco?
ROH looks back at the G1 Supercard Honor Rumble!
Kenny King CHOSE to be number one in this massive match, that featured huge stars across ROH and NJPW, such as Minoru Suzuki, Jushin Thunder Liger and even THE GREAT MUTA! It looked to be down to just the two masked legends, Muta and Liger, but Kenny wasn’t actually eliminated! He threw both legends out in one fell sweep and won his shot at the ROH World Championship, but he would get some karma in the way of Muta’s mist!
Kenny King is here!
The Honor Rumble winner is apparently still blinded? He has a walking stick and assistance walking out from ROH timekeeper, Amy Rose. Fans chant “Thank You, Muta!” as King struggles to get a mic. “I should be…” Wait, face camera. “I should be the happiest dude alive right now.” But he’s not and why is that? You see, King is the only man in professional wrestling who does exactly what he says he will. He told everyone that he’d start at number one and “molly whop all them other chops” to become the first man to win the Honor Rumble from number one. King is now #1 Contender, but he shall now be known as Kenny Shawn Michaels King.
And that’s not even the best part! We were all treated to something special at G1 Supecard! Two men stood, Jushin Thunder Liger and the Great Muta, and tension was palpable. No one knew what was going to happen, until King slid in the ring to throw their “700 year old Japanese wrinkly asses” out to win the Honor Rumble! They say never meet your heroes. King did, he wanted to shake hands with Muta, and Muta spit the red mist in his face! Fans think it’s funny? It’s awful! It smelled like laundry detergent and Popeye’s Chicken, and it burned Kenny’s face and eyes! Now King needs emergency eye surgery, so that’s why he won’t be wrestling tonight. But that brings him to Matt Taven. King wants to tell us something we might not know about Taven. “Matt Taven is my homie.”
The two kings are friendly with each other. Kenny was proud of Taven at G1. One day they’ll have to discuss the terms of Taven’s surrender, but until then, he wants Taven to fight. Taven is not King’s target. He is not the man who upsets King. Who here thinks Jay Lethal is great? Kenny doesn’t. Lethal’s not tough, and the only time he’s savage is when he’s cosplaying Randy. So to Jay Lethal, when King gets through his surgery to see again, both eyes will be on Lethal. Because then Kenny will prove he’s the K I N G, and he’ll make Lethal #BendTheKnee. Amy helps King get his walking stick and exit the ring carefully. Will King see clearly and get his hands on Lethal? Or will Lethal make him see all of that trash talk wasn’t worth a thing?
Flip Gordon speaks on his leg injury.
It was at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme, in a match with Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. All seemed same as always, but as Flip dropkick’d Tracy in the corner, his knee gave out. Flip feared the worst, and wanted to finish the match, but his springboard spear only made it worse. He could only take another step, so he had to call it there. Flip feared the worst, but the MRI gave him a time frame. What did he have to do to beat this? Physical therapy. Flip stuck to the schedule, and trusted his doctors. Now his knee is ready, and he is ready! The other ROH World Championship contenders fell to Lethal, but then Taven rose up to win. Now Flip’s turn comes as episode 400 arrives! Will Flip’s return be one of the greatest in ROH history?
Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods!
An ROH dojo graduate makes his television premiere as he flexes his… fairly good physique. But he’s up against The Goods, Mr. Top Prospect 2017, who returns after returning to his roots. Now Woods is #DownToFight, will he end Flex’s television career before it begins?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings. Woods SPEARS Flex! Flex staggers up into a waistlock slam! Woods grimaces as he drags Flex up for an exploder suplex! Flex can only flounder around into a fireman’s carry, Seismic Toss slam! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall
Woods returns more focused and more aggressive, and doesn’t care to shake hands with Flex again. He wants his money and the next fight, who will be #DownToFight The Goods?
ROH interviewer Quinn McKay interviews Josh Woods.
The 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, the NCWA National Champion, and multi-time All American wrestler is also captain of the US MMA team, and is back in ROH with an impressive showing. But he’s been gone for some time. What’s he been up to? It isn’t about what he was up to, but about what he just did and has done his entire career. Woods has always been #DownToFight. Will he finally fight his way to an ROH championship?
Bandido VS Shane Taylor!
Though they have beef with Bully Ray over the attack on Tenille Dashwood, LifeBlood’s luchador will take on the Notorious Hitman who has been known to pall around with the Hall of Famer. Will Bandido’s speed or Taylor’s strength win out in this first-time-ever face-off?
Bandido wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but Taylor spits on Bandido’s hand! The bell rings and Bandido fires off with kicks. Bandido runs and slides but Taylor catches him. Taylor whips but Bandido counters to throw forearms. But Taylor stays up! Taylor grabs Bandido but Bandido slips out of the choke slam. Taylor elbows Bandido away, but Bandido elbows back. SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Bandido whips, but Taylor blocks. Taylor whips but Bandido dodges and kicks, but Taylor blocks again. Taylor flips Bandido but Bandido lands on his feet to sunset flip! Bandido can’t get Taylor down, but he gets out of the way as Taylor sits down!
Bandido keeps moving to basement dropkick Taylor out! Fans fire up as Bandido builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Taylor into the barriers! Bandido keeps moving, and FLIES! He wipes Taylor out again, and celebrates with fans while we go to break.
ROH returns once again, and Bandido gets Taylor back in. Bandido stands Taylor up to chop, but Taylor shrugs it off. Bandido tries again, but then Taylor CHOPS Bandido to a corner! Taylor trash talks Bandido but Bandido CHOPS back! Bandido eggs Taylor on so Taylor CHOPS Bandido off his feet. Taylor drags Bandido up but Bandido fires forearms back! Bandido tries to fireman’s carry but Taylor fights him off. Taylor swings but Bandido ducks, only to get caught in a choke slam! Taylor mocks the fans as they cheer for Bandido. Bandido gets to a corner again but Taylor is on him with big knees. Taylor throws a big right and Bandido goes down! Taylor taunts Bandido more as he drags him back up. He tosses Bandido across the ring! Bandido stirs but Taylor trash talks the fans.
Taylor stalks Bandido as fans rally up. Taylor stands Bandido up again, to throw him by his hair! Bandido hits hard and flounders to ropes. Taylor drags Bandido up again and whips him corner to corner. He runs in and clotheslines Bandido down! Fans boo Taylor but he just stands on Bandido’s head! Taylor lets up at 4, but comes back to drag Bandido back up. Taylor talks trash the entire time but Bandido revives to throw forearms! Bandido dodges one clothesline but gets the other! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Taylor sits Bandido up to elbow away! Taylor covers, TWO! Taylor drags Bandido back up and slaps him around. He whips Bandido corner to corner but runs into a boot!
Bandido boots and enziguris, then hops up top. He leaps, into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, TWO!? Bandido survives Taylor’s right hand! Fans rally up and Bandido has new life, but Taylor is right on him again. Bandido fires forearms then fireman’s carries again. Taylor is still too much but Bandido elbows him back. Bandido boots but gets blocked, Taylor rolls Bandido for a big knee to the face! Cover, TWO!! Bandido still lives while we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more, and Taylor still slaps and toys with Bandido. Bandido blocks the slaps to fire off slaps of his own! Taylor SLAPS Bandido, but Bandido still comes back with more! Taylor CHOPS, but Bandido fires off kicks and knees! Bandido runs, but into a clothesline! But he’s right back up!? Taylor is shocked, but Bandido fires off slaps and kicks. Bandido knees and SUPERKICKS! Taylor staggers, but still gets Bandido with another choke slam! Both men are down but fans fire up! A standing count begins as fans rally. The count passes 5 before Taylor sits up. Bandido stirs but Taylor stands. Taylor brings Bandido up for big haymakers, but Bandido returns with forearms. They go back and forth, with fans on Bandido’s side.
Bandido gets an edge then spins, into a headbutt! Hammerlock rip cord, End of Days! Cover, TWO!! Taylor is frustrated he couldn’t finish Bandido off! Bandido stands and boots Taylor away. Then he swing kicks from the apron, only to slingshot into the One Hitter! Taylor slingshots Bandido in, London Tower! Cover, TWO!?! Bandido is superhuman! Fans keep cheering Bandido on and he revives again. Taylor shakes his head as he CHOPS Bandido in a corner. And CHOPS again, and again! Bandido flops over and Taylor vows to end this. Taylor drags Bandido up, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido boots him away. Bandido uppercuts then springboard tornillo crossbody! Bandido takes aim, and fireman’s carry! GTS, BANG to 21 Plex!! Cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
The luchador triumphs over the titanic Hitman! But wait, here comes Bully Ray! Bandido sees him coming, and has LifeBlood’s Tracy and Mark Haskins with him! Bully wants a time-out, he wasn’t expecting to be the one outnumbered. But wait, who are these attacking LifeBlood?! The Soldiers of Savagery, Moses Maddox and Jasper Kaun, are the newest recruits to ROH and they’re already making an impact! They stomp out Bandido, Tracy and Haskins, then slam Haskins down for a Vader Bomb! They lift Bandido for a gutbuster drop! And they go after Hot Sauce with a feed to a SPEAR! Then an elevated DDT! Even Bully seems confused. SOS did this without any help from Taylor or Bully, or without an invitation. But will they be Bully’s new back-up against LifeBlood?
A really great episode to act as a go-home to episode 400. We get a pretty great Triple Threat Tag to open the night. It’s an interesting development for C2C to take a slow transition into Heel with this salty new attitude of theirs, but that might be the spark they need to take that next step up in the ROH tag division. The Bouncers continue their own rise up, perhaps they’ll finally get their own shot now that we’ll be past War of the Worlds. Bruiser & Milonas against Guerrillas of Destiny would be a pretty fun match, though obviously another match GoD would retain the titles in.
Kenny King playing up being blinded was pretty hilarious here tonight. And even without that, he gave us a great promo overall, though obviously while he’s waiting his turn at the world title, he’s going after Lethal. Lethal VS King all over again should make for a good match or two, and I’m pretty sure King wins to go right at the world champion, whoever that is. We got a good video package and promo from Flip, but I’m not sure if he wins that title off Taven, even on a milestone episode. Regardless of it being his return, Woods was obviously going to win against Flex Simmons tonight. In fact, anyone going against Flex Simmons tonight was going to win because Flex was obviously the generic jobber.
Woods being back, I wonder if he’ll get a better push than he did before. I don’t think he can take the ROH World Television Championship off Jeff Cobb, but I hope we can get a great match out of them. And I’m sure we’ll get a great Six Man out of Lethal, Cobb and Rush VS Villain Enterprises. But such a random team is not beating an established trio like Villain Enterprises. I don’t think Scurll and his team lose the titles until a rematch with The Kingdom. Bandido VS Taylor was amazing, worthy of leading to title contention. It was great story for Bandido to win, both in the match and overall.
It was a great bait and switch for Bully to be the one surrounded, but then to swerve back and debut a new duo. I suppose Bully would need new allies with The Briscoes likely reserved for a rematch with GoD. I’d expect at least a Six Man Tag, Bully & SoS VS LifeBlood, but you could throw in Taylor on Bully’s side and get Juice Robinson involved for an Eight Man Tag. Either way, this looks to be building to the LifeBlood VS Bully and crew story I was hoping for.
My Score: 8.3/10
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