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
Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Uncaged Ratings & Review
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
With the tag titles changing hands last week, do we see more changes with Impact Wrestling Uncaged?
The pseudo-PPV atmosphere is sure to bring in more consistent viewership, but they’re in an interesting spot. Taya and Tessa are really the only two credible Knockouts unless Gail comes out of retirement (since Rosemary, Su and Jordynne are in the same storyline), so we’ll probably see this get extended somehow. As for the other title match, The Machine has a lot of support and wrestling fans all know the money is in the chase. So I could see Cage getting “screwed” again, but I’d much rather see Cage with the title.
So let’s get hype for the show with a video package of the returning Reno Scum!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
- Knockout’s Championship Street Fight: Tessa Blanchard vs Taya Valkyrie (c) – Taya retains via Double Footstomp through Table – *** 3/4
- ‘All Ego’ Ethan Page vs Willie Mack: Mack wins via Stunner – ** 1/2
- Elimination 4v4: Team Impact (Fallah Bahh, Sami Callihan, Eli Drake & Eddie Edwards) vs Team AAA (Puma King, Psycho Clown, Hijo del Vikingo & Aerostar): Team AAA 4-3 – *** 3/4
- Fatal 4 Way Impact World Championship: Killer Kross vs Moose vs Johnny Impact (c) vs Brian Cage: Johnny retains via Starship Pain on Moose – *** 1/4
Both women come out with throwback shirts. Tessa comes out with the old school Four Horsemen shirt and Taya comes out in her Perros de Mal shirt (old Triple A stable she was in with Perro Aguayo Jr). This match was a little awkward at times, and the first table they had ” La Wera Loca vs Diamond” painted on, didn’t break after two spear attempts. Really good hardcore style action, with chairs, insults, ring posts and another table. Definitely more of a brawl than wrestling, but after the table didn’t break the subsequent spots seemed to be a little off. Still a solid match, entertaining to watch, good way to start off the Uncaged show. Dios perdona, los perros no.
After a quick promo with Team Impact, Scarlett joins Melissa during the commercial break moment and she’s barely dressed and her and Melissa start doing squats. I mean they’re doubling down on sex sells, and I’m not even mad.
Mack and Page was a solid match. Good brawling, Willie’s agility outlasted Page’s strikes. One would assume the winner should be closer to an X Division title shot at least. So it should be interesting where this leads.
Killer Kross follows that with his typical chilling, slightly unhinged promo, and damn it was well done.
The interesting thing about the commercial break stuff tonight is Melissa doing live interviews with different people. It’s kinda neat, like extra content.
Team Triple A has a clap back promo after the commercial, which says the Cup is staying in Mexico. If memory serves, Team Triple A beat Team TNA in the first World X Cup, so I’m curious if they’ll pull from that for a storyline.
Sami Callihan calls out Swann one more time, Swann throws the shirt at Callihan, so a fight ensues. Swann gets the best of things momentarily, but an eye gauge allows Sami the opening to toss Rich around a little, Piledriver him on the stage and then Powerbomb him off the stage through a table. So I guess Sami will get the X Divison shot, but might have to go through Willie Mack first in the following weeks before Rebellion.
A lot of fun fast paced action, good dives, good strikes, nice story telling and only one slip so far from Aerostar. Eli Drake is the first one eliminated by Puma King because he tries to tell Eddie to not use the kendo stick, but tries to use it himself, Eddie catches him and takes his stick back, then pushing Eli. So one Gedo Clutch later, Eli is eliminated by pinfall. Fallah Bah eliminates Vikingo after a Twisted Running Powerslam. Aerostar eliminates Bahh after a Crucifix Pin when Bahh misses the Banzai Drop. Boston Knee Party from Eddie eliminates Aerostar. Piledriver from Sami eliminates Puma King. Two on one advantage with Sami and Eddie against Psycho Clown. Eddie hits a Boston Knee Party lays out Psycho Clown, but Sami pushes Eddie off and tries to steal the spotlight, only a two count, Psycho Rolls Up Sami for the pinfall elimination. Eddie has Psycho on the ropes, but Eli returns, takes Kenny the Kendo Stick and distracts Eddie. Then he hits Eddie to give Psycho a shot to hit a Backstabber, followed up the La Magistral for the victory. So Impact kinda played themselves, but it was a damn good match with a lot to unpack.
Melissa finally returns after a few commercial breaks off, with Sami Callihan and David Crist. This was ridiculous but great. Just erratic idiocy, they steal Melissa’s sandals at some point, David sings “Hey there Samuel” and Sami does a pitch like a dating service while Melissa is getting her sandals. So dumb, but great.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Small promotional video package for Reno Scum. Returning to Impact for the first time since the first wave of GFW “invasion” (nearly 2 years).
A quick little moment with Dark Allie, Su Yung and Rosemary, followed by a commercial with Melissa and KM & Fallah Bahh. Very funny, Melissa plays off the wrestlers well. She needs to stick around since she’s got a nice personality and seems to work well with most of the guys.
Scarlett with a weird video package, her in a bed, a little moan and showing cleavage is her formula. So if it ain’t broke, I’m not gonna fix it, shut up, stop judging me!
LAX joins Melissa before the main event and the Latina comes out in her. She’s more animated that usual, very fun and entertaining. She even busts their chops a little, but they take it in stride and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Since the match starts with only about 12 minutes before time limit the match wasn’t going to be a technical masterpiece, but for what it was it was fun. It was more of a brawl, since there were 3 bigger guys. Kross had a bunch of moments looking like a beat, Cage looked like a million bucks hitting the Drill Claw on both Moose and Kross. But Johnny pulled the opportunistic thing, and while Kross and Cage were tied up, Johnny pulls Moose to the corner, barely hits Starship Pain and sneaks in a pinfall before Cage finishes the Drill Claw + pin on Kross. So Johnny retains while looking like a punk, and the crowd wanted nothing to do with him. Terminator claps most of the match.
.@MrGMSI_BCage had the World Championship right within his fingertips once again…
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 16, 2019
Overall Score: 7.5/10
Solid solid show from start to finish. Tessa and Taya got things kicked off well, Melissa doing backstage interviews as the Twitch commercial break stuff was great. World Cup match was fun and set up a few storylines for the Impact stars while Team Triple A got the home field advantage win. Main event was a little disappointing to be honest. Johnny has worn out his fan support both in Mexico and on Twitch chat. Granted yes, I’m hopeful this is building towards a big blow off at Rebellion, maybe with Cage going over and Austin Aries returning, but I guess we’ll have to see.
Also from the main event, we see some cracks in the Moose and Kross alliance, so that could definitely be an interesting match in the near future.
So yeah, we have a lot to chew on moving into TV tapings for the shows leading up to Rebellion, but from a completely playlist mentality view point, Cage got screwed. Brian Cage better be getting this damn title soon, or I want him to put Don Callis through the announce table.
Now the weekly Twitch viewers portion:
- Week 1: High – 10,350 / Low – 8,500
- Week 2: High – 8,000 / Low – 6,500
- Week 3: High – 8,500 / Low – 7,900
- Week 4: High – 7,100 / Low – 5,300
- Week 5: High – 7,450 / Low – 5,650
- Uncaged: High – 9,000/ Low – 8,000
Well it looks like people just need a reason to tune in. Not only was this week mostly main event talent, but since the event had was named, I feel like people just expected better quality. So still no record breaking high, but solid numbers throughout the entire show.
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 2!
Who leaves Sapporo with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team titles?
NJPW continues in Sapporo with two HUGE tag team matches! The Rainmaker and The Ace look for further revenge while EVIL & SANADA defend their tag titles!
This coverage of New Beginning in Sapporo will be as aired by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki; EVIL & SANADA win and retain the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
- Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale; White & Fale win.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene!
The Ace is once again IWGP Heavyweight Championship after dethroning The Best Bout Machine at Wrestle Kingdom 13! But the record-setting 8-time champion has a very determined challenger in The Switchblade. Jay White has Gedo and the Bullet Club by his side, and now has his title match in Osaka! But before then, Hiroshi Tanahashi will look to slow White down with the help of his old rival, Kazuchika Okada! Will this amazing tag team be able to defeat White and Bad Luck Fale? Or will it only be a sampling of the Cutthroat Era’s coming?
And before that, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Heavyweight Tag Team Champions broke even with their challengers in singles competition. Now it is time to face off for the titles! Can the two-time Tag League and Two Time Tag Champions be able to overcome the Undisputed British Tag Team Champions? Or will Suzuki-Gun have two tag titles around their waists? That match is now!
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: EVIL & SANADA VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Minoru Suzuki!
Why wait for bells when you just wanna fight? Suzuki and ZSJ go right at Evil & Sanada as they enter the ring! ZSJ stomps Evil while Suzuki mugs Sanada on the outside. Red Shoes holds the belts, but Suzuki gets one to choke Sanada with it. Suzuki whips Sanada but Sanada reverses to send Suzuki into railing! Evil and ZSJ end up the leg men and brawl while the introductions are made. Evil whips ZSJ and goes to hip toss, but ZSJ counters to an abdominal stretch. ZSJ denies a counter but Evil still hip tosses out! Tag to Sanada, and LIJ go after ZSJ together. Double whips, clothesline, back senton! Cover, TWO! ZSJ rolls away but Sanada stalks him to a corner. Cold Skull whips ZSJ corner to corner but ZSj goes up and over. He fakes Sanada and rolls him up, TWO!
Sanada knees and whips ZSJ but ZSJ denies the dropkick. ZSJ misses the Peantly Kick, and Sanada trips him up! Sanada gets ZSJ in the Paradise Lock, but ZSJ slips out and toys with him. ZSJ kicks Sanada, but Sanada knees back. Sanada whips but ZSJ reverses. Suzuki gets a cheap shot and gets Sanada in a hanging armbar! ZSJ hits Evil just because. Suzuki lets Sanada go then goes after Evil. ZSJ keeps on Sanada and Suzuki mugs Evil. Suzuki brings Evil out to the crowd to bowl him through chairs. Suzuki laughs as he rams Evil with the railing. Then he throws chairs onto Evil! ZSJ twists Sanada around for a modified Octopus, then he hammerlock stomps an arm! Suzuki searches under the ring while ZSJ gives Sanada a shoulder breaker. Suzuki has a folding chair to jab Evil in the head!
The ring count passes 17, but Sanada manage to make it in at 19.5! ZSJ is on Sanada with an arm bar, to hammerlock, then digs his elbows into Sanada’s spine. ZSJ pulls back on Sanada’s free arm from wrist to elbow for another hammerlock. He makes it a buttefly of sorts, then a cover, TWO! ZSJ drags Sanada over and tags in Suzuki. Suzuki takes Sanada and wrenches, but then ZSJ wrenches, and they keep passing Sanada for wrenches. ZSJ boots the arm and then Suzuki boots the arm. Sanada clutches that tortured arm but Suzuki goes after it more against the ropes. REd Shoes counts but Suzuki lets go at 4. Suzuki toys with Sanada now, but Sanada hits back. Suzuki just laughs again and throws forearms back. They go back and forth, but Suzuki hits hard. The champs are in trouble while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns while Suzuki taunts Sanada. Sanada does sit up but Suzuki’s right on him with fast forearms. Suzuki kicks but Sanada dragon screws, only for Suzuki to counter into an armbar! ZSJ hits Evil to keep him away, but Sanada resists the arm. Suzuki gets the arms apart and has Sanada at full extension! Sanada flails while ZSJ keeps Evil down with his own armlock! Suzuki pulls as hard as he can, but Sanada gets a ropebreak with his feet. Suzuki holds on to slam the arm on the mat. Tag to ZSJ and he hands the wrench off to ZSJ. ZSJ hammerlocks and tweaks Sanada’s arm. ZSJ sits down on the arm to practically triangle it! Suzuki keeps Evil at bay with an armbar on the ropes! ZSJ shifts his weight into a modified Labell meets Rings of Saturn!
Suzuki tortures Evil on the apron but Red Shoes can’t do anything about that while he watches ZSJ and Sanada. Sanada shifts again and gets another ropebreak via feet. Suzuki keeps on Evil with body shots while ZSJ lets Sanada go. ZSJ dares Sanada to stand, and then rock shim with a European Uppercut. Sanada returns the EuroUpper, but his arms are hurting. ZSj shoulder breakers, then catches the leap frog for a flapjack! Penalty kick is CAUGHT! Dragon Screw! Suzuki runs in and gets a dragon screw, too! Fans rally for LIJ as Evil tags in! The King of Darkness rallies on ZSJ! He scoop slams ZSJ hard, then rocks him with forearms. Evil whips but ZSJ reverses, only for Evil to run him over!
Fans rally as Evil drags ZSJ up. ZSJ kicks but Evil blocks it to elbow the knee. ZSJ grabs the arm but Evil counters to a shoulder breaker! Evil blocks another kick, Fisherman Buster! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as fans fire up again. He drags ZSJ up again and turns him, but ZSJ turns and suplexes Evil! Then the neck twist! Both men are down from exhaustion, but they still come back for more. ZSJ wants revenge for Sapporo Part 1 as he throws EuroUppers. Things speed up and each man dodges the other, but then ZSJ runs into Evil’s lariat! Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carry, but ZSj reverses to a Pele! ZSJ kicks then sweeps the legs! Both men are down again but Suzuki returns. Suzuki tags in and goes right at Evil with forearms.
Suzuki whips Evil corner to corner and boots him. He snapmares and Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! Evil barely escapes, but Suzuki toys with him now. Suzuki throws haymakers, then boots, but Evil hands it off to Red Shoes! Evil SUPERKICKS Suzuki down! Tag to Sanada! Sanada whips but Suzuki reverses. Sanada tumbles, springboards, but into Suzuki’s sleeper! ZSJ hits Evil again, and then helps Suzuki corner to corner train on Sanada! Snapmare, DOBULE Peanlty Kicks! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives that string of attacks, but Suzuki stomps him down. We can hear someone throw the other into railing while Suzuki hammers away on Sanada in the corner. Red Shoes backs Suzuki off, but Suzuki runs back in. Sanada dodges, and Evil returns for a corner clothesline! He feeds Suzuki to Sanada’s back suplex!
Evil hits ZSJ and now LIJ has Suzuki isolated! They call for the finish and fans are thunderous! Evil lifts Suzuki, but ZSJ stops Magic Killer. Suzuki rolls Sanada into an Ankle Lock! ZSJ has Evil in the Octopus! Suzuki shifts to a kneebar! Sanada endures teh grapevine’d move, and Suzuki even grabs an arm! Sanada grabs Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping! ZSJ has shifted Evil into a grounded twist! Neither LIJ can get free as Suzuki shifts the position of his kneebar! Sanada endures, as does Evil. Fans cheer LIJ on, but Suzuki just twists the ankle harder! Sanada uses one last gas to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets Sanada go, to come back for a sleeper. And then ZSJ Penalty Kicks! Suzuki also Penalty Kicks! Cover, but Evil breaks it in time!
Suzuki-Gun drags LIJ up but LIJ fights back! Suzuki wants his piledriver, and ZSJ wants his, but Evil and Sanada deny those, for Darkness Falls and TKO in stereo! LIJ fires up as they go after Suzuki again. MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, but ZSJ breaks it just in time! Sanada grabs Suzuki and Evil gets ZSJ. Skull End, but ZSJ counters the STO! Evil counters back, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! And then for Suzuki, True Skull End, but Suzuki slips through! Sleeper, Gotch hold, but Evil saves Sanada! Everything is countered, but the Sleeper is escaped. MAGIC KILLER AGAIN!! Sanada climbs while Evil takes ZSJ out, Moonsault! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Sanada pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
The King of Darkness and Cold Skull are still golden! Suzuki-Gun’s quest to have two different companies’ tag titles has not worked out, it’ll be back to the drawing board for them. However, will Evil & Sanada now have a claim to the British Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White & Bad Luck Fale!
The Rainmaker and The Ace have fought hard over the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the claim to being the best one ever, but now they are united in making sure the Switchblade does NOT become champion! Will this all-star alliance succeed against the new Bullet Club leader and his Underboss underling?
White refuses to let this dream team have their photo op. He insists he is the historic wrestler everyone should take pictures of, not the old generation. Tanahashi and Okada bite their tongues and bide their time, they’ll get at White after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and White starts against Tanahashi. Fans are strongly behind The Ace but White just chuckles. They circle and Gedo can be heard shouting “You’re stupid!” at commentary. White lunges but Tanahashi stays away. They tie up and go around, and Tanahashi manages to power White to a corner. White turns it around, but backs off, only to get the leg! White grins as he shows how easy he could’ve gone after the bad leg. He backs off but tries a sucker punch! Tanahashi dodges and headlocks, and he grinds White down. White gets up but can’t power out of Tanahashi’s grip. Tanahashi grinds White down again but White fights out with body shots. White powers out this time, but Tanahashi fakes him out to get him back in the headlock!
Tanahashi grinds White on the mat but White powers back up. White again can’t power out so he pulls hair! Tanahashi pulls White’s hair in return! Tanahashi throws body shots then whips, but White reverses. White runs into an elbow, Tanahashi springboard crossbodies! Tanahashi air guitars and tosses it out. He brings White over and tags Okada. Okada and Tanahashi whip White and double elbow him down. Okada back sentons, then Tanahashi somersault sentons. The dream team shake hands and drop double elbows! Fans are loving this already! Okada drags White up and fans are thunderous for him. He snapmares White and then hits a running basement dropkick! Okada drags White up but White powers him to the corner. Tag to Fale, but Okada gets away.
Okada and Fale circle and tie up. Fale shoves Okada but Okada’s right back with hammering hands! Okada whips but Fale reverses and whips Okada hard into buckles! Fale looms over Okada then stomps him down. Fale drags Okada up and talks trash, so Okada hits back. Okada runs and handsprings over the back drop! He wants a sleeper and hops on as a backpack. Fale endures then drops back! Okada lets Fale go, and White attacks Tanahashi! White goes after Tanahashi on the outside and throws him into barriers! Okada bails out but Fale gives chase. Fale throws Okada into barriers, too! White chokes Tanahashi with camera cables! White says he IS the next champion! Fans boo while Fale takes a towel and chokes Okada with it. It was an Okada Dollar towel, too!
White keeps on Tanahashi in the front row with Euro Uppers. White takes apart barriers to throw the railings onto Tanahashi. He buries Tanahashi while the ring count climbs. Then White scoops slams a Young Lion onto Tanahashi! Fale chokes Okada on the ropes in the ring. Red Shoes backs Fale off, but he comes back to drag Okada up and dump him out. White goes right at Okada by ramming him into the apron and then the railing! And then the apron again, and then the railing! White rams Okada into the apron once more, then throws forearms. Red Shoes finally spots this and reprimands White. White plays innocent as he puts Okada back in the ring. Fale tags White in, and White soaks up the heat.
White runs corner to corner for a huge Euro Upper, and then suplexes Okada into the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Okada escapes! White takes his frustrations out on Tanahashi, then returns to Okada. White grinds his forearm into Okada’s face, then puts on a Half Crab. Fans rally up for Okada and Okada crawls for ropes. White pulls harder but Tanahashi comes it go after White. Fale throws Tanahashi out, and then tags back in. Fale goes after Okada’s leg with stomps. Okada hits back and clubs Fale. Okada hops on for a guillotine, but Fale simply puts Okada in the Bullet Club corner. Fale stomps a mudhole into Okada then tags White. White drags Okada up for a CHOP! White follows Okada to the open corner, then tells Tanahashi this CHOP is for him.
Fans continue to rally as White snapmares Okada into a chinlock. Okada feeds off the energy and fights out with body shots. Okada runs but into White’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! White keeps on Okada with another chinlock. Okada endures while Tanahashi and the fans rally up again. Okada gets up and fights back again, but White clubs him down. White puts Okada in a corner and whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs into White’s boot. White runs but into a flapjack! Both men are down but stirring while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns once more, and Okada crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Tanahashi! White stands and The Ace fires off forearms on him! Tanahashi whips but White reverses, only for Tanahashi to forearm him down! Tanahashi dropkicks Fale then goes after White again. He scoop slams White into a drop zone, then hops up. Second rope somersault senton hits! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool while fans rally up again. Tanahashi waits for White to stand then runs, but he runs into a CHOP! But he keeps going, only to run into another CHOP! Tanahashi still shakes it off, but runs into a waistlock. He elbows out but White chop blocks the bad leg! White catches his breath as he looms over Tanahashi.
White scoops Tanahshi but Tanahashi fights out. Tanahashi waistlocks but WHite standing switches to a saido suplex! Both men are down but White tags out to Fale. Fale corners Tanahashi and throws big body shots. Then he throws bit clubbing forearms! He taunts the fans and they boo back as he drags Tanahashi up. Fale whips corner to corner then runs in, but misses! Tanahashi waistlocks, but Fale’s too big for a German Suplex! Fale fights out of the waistlock, then suplexes Tanahashi. Okada saves Tanahashi, and then they double suplex Fale together! Fans rally up again and Tanahashi crawls, but he dropkicks White first! Hot tag to Okada!
The Rainmaker forearms and whips Fale, but Fale reverses. Okada hits Fale then hits the DDT! Okada kips up and fans fire up again! He drags Fale up and manages a scoop slam! Okada winces just a moment before climbing up top. Fale gets under and Okada rolls through. Okada runs back but into a Samoan Drop! Fale hits a big splash! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but White goes after Tanahashi! White puts Tanahashi into railing while fans cheer Okada on. Fale aims, grabs Okada, but the Grenade is denied with a dropkick! Okada wants to lift Fale!? Fale reverses but Okada slips out. Okada runs but gets run over! Both men are down but Tanahashi returns to the corner. Hot tags to Tanahashi and White!
The Ace and Switchblade each dodge each other. White trash talks Tanahashi but the brawl is on! Tanahashi hits, then White hits, repeat. They build up speed back and forth, then White throws several. Tanahashi gives them all back, but White kicks out the bad leg. White whips but Tanahashi reverses. Tanahashi dodges and slingblades White down! Cover, TWO!! Okada hits Fale then tells Tanahashi to finish this. Tanahashi gets the Cloverleaf but White rakes the eyes! White kicks Tanahashi away while Fale puts Okada into barriers. Tanahashi dragon screws White! Fale runs in but Tanahashi blocks, hands off to Okada and Okada dragon screws! Tanahashi returns to White, running, but Gedo swipes him! White gets Tanahashi with a Complete Shot to German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous again as White slashes the throat. He drags Tanahashi up into position, and Fale chases Okada. Okada saves Tanahashi then has to fight off Fale. Fale rebounds, Tanahashi slingblades him down! White rocks Tanahashi, but Okada dropkicks him down! The dream team have each other’s backs! And they both power up to combine forces! Gut wrench to TOMBSTONE! Hand off, to STYLES CLASH! Tanahashi rolls White, for Okada’s elbow! Fans are at a fever pitch, but Gedo distracts Tanahashi. Fale attacks Tanahashi and dumps him off the top rope! Red Shoes reprimands Gedo but it’s too late. Okada leaps but into the Grenade! Fale corner splashes Tanahashi, and gives him a Grenade! Fale crushes Tanahashi with his boot while White crawls over. White has Fale stand down so he can finish Tanahashi.
White drags Tananashi up, fireman’s carry, Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO!? Tanahashi survives but White isn’t done. He slashes the throat, drags Tanahashi, but ends up in Twist ‘n’ Shout! Fale whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses to another Twist ‘n’ Shout! Red Shoes keeps Gedo out of the ring, but White gets a chair in the distraction! White swings but misses, Tanahashi slingblades White down! Tanahashi sees Fale coming, and manages a German Suplex! Gedo is in, but his brass knuckles miss to get a slap! White SMACKS Tanahashi from behind! Fans boo as White gets away with it. Dragon screw to the mat! And another! And then an inverted Figure Four! Okada wants to get in but Fale drags him back out. Tanahashi endures while Okada fights Fale off. So Gedo drags Okada out! Fale SPLASHES Okada! Fale lifts Okada, Bad Luck Fall!
Tanahashi still endures as White wrenches and pulls as hard as he can on the hold! Fale keeps his eyes on Okada while Tanahashi reaches and flails. Tanahashi taps, White and Fale win!!
Winners: Jay White & Bad Luck Fale, White by submission
The unthinkable has happened! The Switchblade has made the IWGP Heavyweight Champion tap out! Is the Cutthroat Era inevitable?
White picks up the belt and the mic to address Sapporo. White looks down at Tanahashi and says, “I told you that I would beat you and take this belt from you.” People think it’ll be a shock when White wins, but it will not be! White’s already beaten Tanahashi and everyone NJPW has to offer. And he made Tanahashi submit! Gedo rubs it in, but can The Ace pull off a miracle in Osaka?
White says “You can give it multiple names.” Call it Tanahashi is White’s “b*tch”, you can call it TGU: Tanahashi Gave Up. No, TTO: Tanahashi Tapped Out. That’s what the inverted figure four will be! Put it everywhere! #TTO!
Tanahashi responds by saying he used his knee as bait. White took that bait, but he wasn’t as big of a fish as Tanahashi expected. Is The Ace putting on a brave face? Or are he and his reign in more trouble than he knows?
A really great hour for NJPW, especially with big tag team matches. Evil & Sanada VS Suzuki & ZSJ was great because they knew how to play up all the story from the many, many matches all four men have had in the past. I honestly was surprised Suzuki-Gun lost, I thought they were going to end up double champions. But LIJ has been red hot, hence why they are all champions at this point, so it makes sense to keep that hot streak going. LIJ probably won’t lose those tag titles for a long time from what I can tell. No other heavyweight tag team looks strong enough right now.
Then in the special tag match for the main event, the dream team of Okada and Tanahashi had some really good chemistry with each other, and there was plenty of story to fuel this match, too. I’m a bit surprised White won, but NJPW doesn’t really use the kind of math a company like WWE would. WWE’s math would put it that White winning now means he won’t win the title in their New Beginning Osaka match, but NJPW isn’t so back and forth like that. White’s on his own hot streak, and literally has Gedo by his side, so Osaka might be the night we all Breath with the Switchblade.
My Score: 8.5/10