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WWE Summerslam 2018

Summerslam is finally here, with all WWE championships on the line! Can Roman Reigns FINALLY defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match: Rusev & Lana VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega; Almas & Vega win.
  • Kickoff Match: WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak; Alexander wins and retains the Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Kickoff Match: Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival; The B-Team wins and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins w/ Dean Ambrose; Rollins wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The New Day; The New Day win by disqualification, The Bludgeon Brothers retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens; Strowman wins and retains his MITB Contract.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Carmella VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Charlotte wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins by disqualification, Styles retains the WWE Championship.
  • Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; The Miz wins.
  • Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin; Balor wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy; Nakamura wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Ronda Rousey; Ronda wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s time for the Summerslam Kickoff Show!

Renee Young, Booker T, David Otunga and Sam Roberts are your panelists for the #BiggestPartyoftheSummer!

JBL and Peter Rosenberg are on stage!

The band is back together, and are ready for Summerslam. JBL remembers Summerslam 2004 more fondly than the rest of us, but that’s besides the point. They recap Monday Night Raw, and how Seth Rollins counters Dolph Ziggler’s Scottish Psycho with an American Lunatic! With two-thirds of the Shield reunited, can The Architect take back the Intercontinental Championship from the Show-Off?

 

Aiden English talks with Rusev & Lana.

He vows to make it up to them with the perfect intro song. It’s impeccable, it’ll make it up! No, this is about Rusev & Lana Day, so please, English, stay behind. Mr. & Mrs. Machka head out, will English ever get right with them?

Kickoff Match: Rusev & Lana VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega!

The action begins with this Mixed Tag match! El Idolo & La Muneca have gotten wins over the Bulgarian Brute & Ravishing Russian, but mostly thanks to MC Artiste stepping in and sticking his foot in his mouth. Can Rusev & Lana turn things around to prove they are the best, they are number one? (clap clap) Or will their respective holidays be ruined in this Tranquilo era?

Brooklyn chants “Rusev Day!” as the bell rings. The men start and Rusev corners Almas quickly. He backs off to then tie up with Almas, and Almas gets around Rusev. Almas leads Rusev on a cat ‘n’ mouse game, then speeds things up to Tranquilo with Vega. Fans like that, but Lana and Rusev team up to “CRUSH!” Vega throws a fit while Almas leads Rusev on another chase. Almas dropkicks and chops Rusev at the barrier, then puts him in the ring. Almas fires off, but Rusev turns it around to haymaker and stomp a mudhole. Rusev backs off to then drag Almas up. Fans still chant “Rusev Day!” as Rusev suplexes Almas. Rusev loom over Almas, then clubs him with another haymaker. Rusev rusn but Vega stops him, for Almas to pounce!

Almas puts Rusev into the post, then goes to the apron. Almas gives Rusev a hanging armbar! The ref counts and Almas lets go at 4. Vega likes what she sees, but fans want Lana. Almas keeps on Rusev with an armlock while we go picture in picture.

Rusev powers up and fights back, but Almas holds on. Almas knees low, then chokes Rusev at the ropes. Vega gets a sucker punch, but that only angers Rusev. Rusev dodges Almas in the corner, then crawls for his corner. Hot tag is denied by Vega tripping Lana! We return to single picture while Vega goes back to her corner. Almas knees Rusev, then gives the inverted tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Vega throws another fit, but Almas keeps on Rusev with an armlock. Fans rally up for Rusev, and Rusev fights back. Almas knees low then suplexes Rusev, but Rusev blocks to counter. Almas slips out to boot Rusev from the corner. He climbs up again, but Rusev denies the DDT and shoves Almas down! Vega panics while Rusev crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Lana!

Vega has no choice but to face Lana, and Lana rallies! Lana bulldogs Vega down, then Lana-roonies! Vega rolls to ropes, but Lana gives her knees int he back. Lana whips and elbows Vega in a corner, and fans fire up. Ravishing Neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Vega rolls all the way out but Lana pursues! She bumps Vega off the apron, then puts her back in the ring. Lana sees Vega coming and hits her with an elbow. She scoops Vega for the slam, covers, TWO! Lana keeps her cool while Vega cowers to a corner. Vega yanks Lana into buckles, then turns nasty as she bicycl boots Lana down. Almas rallies for Vega, but Vega runs into a Machka Kick! Lana, CRUSH!

But Almas distracts on the apron. Rusev yanks him down, but then misses into the barriers. Lana stops Vega, throws her down, and slaps Almas! Vega rolls Lana up, with ropes, Vega & Almas win!

Winners: Almas & Vega, Vega pinning

It wasn’t Aiden’s fault this time, it was misdirection that cost Lana & Rusev. El Idolo & La Muneca climb the ladder in SmackDown, will they find themselves on their way to titles soon enough?

 

Jerry “The King” Lawler joins the panel!

He’s a little late, but as they say, you party until the cows come home, then party with the cows. King, Booker, Otunga and Renee are ready for phase two of the kickoff!

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

From his emotional “end” to his partnership with Lesnar to the plot twist where he sprays Roman Reigns, what does he say to those thinking it’s just to help Lesnar keep his title? This is live? What even was that question? Tonight is about history as Lesnar gets rid of The Big Dog, and “it’s about time.” Lesnar is prepared to rid us of Roman while he also prepares to win the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar will rid himself of the annoyance that is Roman Reigns, who always comes back for more. Heyman says “The Big Dog will not come back for more” after tonight, because the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion” will F5, pin, and win. “And that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Heyman then goes into Lesnar’s locker room and helps his client finish preparing. Will this spoiler really come true?

 

The three GMs of Raw, SmackDown & 205 Live talk backstage.

Everyone has goosebumps, especially Paige and Drake Maverick as this is their first Summerslam as bosses. They’ve also excited about their great match card, from the Cruiserweight Championship to Alexa VS Ronda to AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe. But then, Constable Corbin has to come in.

Baron Corbin sure hopes Kurt Angle doesn’t get a call from Stephanie. Did they get Lesnar’s room ready? Yes, so why doesn’t Corbin go cut the steak for The Beast? Or maybe get ready for Finn Balor? He doesn’t need to, Corbin is confident he can take care of Finn in “short order.” Get it? Unfortunately, yes. But Paige and Maverick would like to point out that constables are defunct in England now. And that they would wash their hands. Corbin takes his leave, but clearly none of the GMs want him to get an even bigger head. Will Finn Balor chop Corbin down to size later tonight?

 

Kickoff Match: WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak!

SmackDown had their kickoff, so here’s 205 Live’s! Will the Age of Alexander continue on through Brooklyn? Or will the Philly Fury crush the Soul of the Cruiserweight Division to give us his #Better205Live?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Alexander quickly corners Gulak, but backs off at the ref’s count. Gulak comes back and they tie up. Alexander puts Gulak on the ropes, then in another corner. He backs off again, and dares Gulak to bring it. Gulak and Alexander tie up again, go around, and Alexander covers. Gulak gets out quick and gets a leg. Alexander pushes Gulak back, and fans like this fast exchange. Gulak waits in a corner for the “cheater” to cool off. They tie up again, and now Gulak puts Alexander in a corner. Gulak gives a sucker punch body shot, then swings. Alexander rolls under, handsprings back, but Gulak powers him off. Gulak wants his GuLock, but Alexander powers out to dropkick Gulak down! Fans like that, but Gulak gets out of the ring.

Alexander pursues and rocks him with a right! Alexander chops Gulak, then follows him back to the ring. He gives another forearm, then another. Gulak boots him out of the step-in, then goes around to the outside. Gulak drags Alexander out for a draping neckbreaker! Alexander’s neck goes across Gulak’s knee, but Gulak isn’t done yet. Gulak brings Alexander around to flapjack him off the apron. Fans duel while Gulak puts Alexander in the ring. Gulak wrenches Alexander’s neck while we go picture in picture.

Alexander endures the twisting, even as Gulak adds more torque to it. Alexander feeds off a fan rally, and powers his way up. He fights out of the hold, but Gulak comes back with an overhead urenage! Cover, TWO! We return to single picture as Alexander writhes on the mat. Gulak drags him back up for a clubbing clothesline. He trash talks Alexander while toying with him. Gulak brings Alexander up just to knock him down again, then covers. TWO, but it’s back to a chinlock. Fans rally again, but Gulak brings Alexander up for a hangman’s chinlock, almost a Gory Special! Alexander flails while fans cheer him on. Alexander manages to flip himself over and then rocks Gulak with a forearm. They both stagger but Gulak comes back with forearms and chops of his own.

Gulak throws Alexander to the apron, but Alexander shoulders back in. Alexander hits the step-in Complete Shot! His neck slows him down, but the fans power him back up. Alexander boots Gulak, then uppercuts him. He runs and collides with Gulak, then begins a rally. He whips but Gulak reverses, only for Alexander to come back down with a takedown and fast hands! Alexander fires up while Gulak is reeling. Alexander chops Gulak, then whips him. Gulak holds the ropes and bails out, but Alexander FLIES! Down goes Gulak! But it was double-edged given that bad neck. Both men are down as a ten count begins. Alexander gets up and puts Gulak in at 5. Alexander himself takes until 6 to get in, but Gulak body shots him.

Gulak gets a swing kick, but then he trips Alexander’s springboard! Gulak drags Alexander up for a GuLOCK on the ropes! The ref counts, Gulak lets go at 4, and Alexander flops to the mat. Gulak drags Alexander all the way in, then covers, TWO! Alexander has heart as well as soul, but Gulak has aggression. He drags Alexander up, but Alexander resists the GuLock. Gulak powers Alexander back but Alexander powers Gulak around. Alexander is free and he rocks Gulak with an elbow! Both men fall but fans fire up. Alexander crawls away from Gulak, then sits up. He stands, though that neck bothers him. Gulak follows, but Alexander bobs and weaves with him. Alexander kicks, runs, but into a SLAP from Gulak!

Gulak drags Alexander up but Alexander reverses the pin. Gulak rolls, cover, TWO. Alexander jackknife, but Gulak bridges up. They both try to back slide, but Alexander handsprings, into an Ankle Lock! He rolls through to a cover, TWO! SPANISH FLY! CRUCIFIX?! TWO, but now Gulak gets Alexander, TWO, Alexander gets Gulak! ALEXANDER WINS!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion

That was so fast, if you blinked, you missed it! The Age of Alexander lives on, and Gulak is furious. Will anyone ever dethrone the Soul of 205 Live?

 

Samoa Joe is in the Social Media Lounge.

The Destroyer looks to destroy the House that AJ Styles Built, but he doesn’t refrain from mocking Mrs. Lunatic Fringe given Dean Ambrose is back. Does Joe think he’s gone too far with AJ Styles? No, this is a man fully in control of every move he makes. But Styles is wracked with guilt. Joe doesn’t fear Styles, he has Styles where he wants him. Joe’s words have always been true, or else, why would Styles be so upset? Booker knows both Joe and Styles in the ring, so what does Joe think is his biggest advantage? Joe has mentally broken Styles. Styles is not Phenomenal right now, he is a victim. King asks Joe about the old saying, “Happy wife, happy life”. Is Styles doing this for Wendy? Of course, like Styles always has. Or has he? Joe wants to know, is Styles a family man or an egomaniac?

Otunga likes Joe’s head games, but what are Styles’ biggest weapons in return? Joe knows it’s no secret that Styles is a dynamic athlete, but whenever Joe’s taken that on, he’s snuffed it out. Styles wins titles wherever he goes, but Joe takes them from Styles. Booker asks one last question: “What advice would Joe give to Styles tonight?” Styles has a very unique opportunity. There are wrongs he must make right, and he can let Joe do it for him. Joe wants his championship, so either hand it over, or have it ripped away. The best advice Joe can give: “Have a pillow ready in the back, because I’m putting you to sleep.” Joe knows how to tear it up verbally and physically, which will hurt Styles more tonight?

 

Kickoff Match: Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival!

Raw has its turn now that the “undefeated” “Best” team takes on the #TopGuys with titles on the line! Will Curt Axel & Bo Dallas put the B in victory? Or will Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder #SayYeah to their first main roster title reign?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and Dawson starts with Bo. Bo gets a takedown, but Dawson stands back up. Dawson pulls Bo’s hair to power out. Dash tags in and the Revival mug Bo to then dragon screw that leg. Dash hits Axel for good measure, Axel runs into SHATTER MACHINE! Bo is hurt, but he won’t let the match end like this. Dash and Dawson go to mug him but Bo fights back. Dawson tags in, Dash lifts Bo, missile dropkick Dart attack. Cover, TWO. Dawson tries again, TWO. He tries again, TWO! Dawson dragon screws the leg into the mat, then gives it a standing deathlock snap. He heel hooks and Bo’s shoulders are down, TWO. Dawson keeps on Bo while we go picture in picture.

Bo endures the torture of his leg being bent back, but fights his way out. Axel is still down, so Dawson has Bo isolated as he puts him into the corner. He fires off, tags Dash, and then the Revival brutalize that bad leg on the ropes. Dash drags Bo out, then drops on the bad leg. He also gives Bo the deathlock snap, then tags Dawson. Dawson kicks the leg, and he stalks Bo to ropes. He drags Bo up by his beard to drive an elbow into the face. Bo crawls to ropes, and starts fighting back. He knocks Dash down but Dawson dragon screws him again. Dawson uses a spinning toehold, but Bo shoves him into the post! Bo rolls Dawson up, TWO! Axel stirs, but Dash tags in. Dash takes Axel down, then drags Bo up for a European Uppercut.

Tag to Dawson for a backbreaker and knee drop! Cover, TWO! The Revival grow frustrated, but they do have control. Dawson taunts Bo about Axel being down and out. Tag to Dash, and Dash brings Bo around. “He’s done!” But Bo reverses to a draping swinging neckbreaker! Axel crawls his way up the steps while Dash and Bo crawl for corners. Fans rally up, hot tags to Dawson and Axel! The Ax Man rallies on Dawson, big corner back elbow and snapmare. He fires up with the neck snap. Fans cheer as Axel intercepts Dash and throws him out. Dawson rolls Axel, TWO. Dawson kicks low, reels Axe lin, but axel kicks back to Fisherman. Dash stops that but Bo takes him out. Roll up, but the ref is distracted! Bo gest hotshot, tilts the cover, B-Team wins?!

Winners: The B-Team, Axel pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions

Bo & Axel put the B in dumb luck! But they also put the B in #AndStill. Will anyone ever get past the bungling success that is The B-Team?

 

Terry Crews wants to know: “When you think of success, what do you see?”

Fame? Fortune? That’s not it. To measure success, decide what’s best. You dig down, dream big and feel that desire in your chest. Grind to find those moments that define your success. Brooklyn, Summerslam, dreams either come true, or hopes are dashed. All the world’s a stage and everyone a player, but who is going to shout “Welcome to my dream!” What is success? How bad do you want it? How far will you go to get it? Give it your all, and bear witness to another epic Summerslam!

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins w/ Dean Ambrose!

The show starts with the Show-Off and the Architect! With the Lunatic Fringe back and keeping an eye on the Scottish Psychopath, will Rollins finally #BurnItDown? Or will Ziggler steal the show and keep the belt?

Ambrose and McIntyre move aside while the belt is raised, and we begin. The fans fire up already as Rollins and Ziggler circle. Ziggler stays low as he reaches for a leg. He and Rollins tie up and Rollins a waistlock. Fans duel as Ziggler gets the leg, but Rollins blocks with a facelock. They go around as Rollins changes it to a headlock. Ziggler pulls hair and they end up in ropes. Rollins looks back at McIntyre but Ambrose gets in McIntyre’s face. ZIggler kicks at Rollins but Rollins rolls him up, TWO. Ziggler uppercuts, rolls up, TWO. Rollins avoids a superkick but Ziggler scrambles away from the powerbomb. Fans boo and jeer while Ziggler regroups with McIntyre.

Ziggler goes back in, and circles with Rollins again. He kicks low, then brings Rollins up for haymakers. He bounces Rollins off a buckle, then taunts him while he stalks him. Ziggler whips but Rollins kicks him away. Things speed up and Rollins hip tosses Ziggler. Rollins wants the rip cord but Ziggler scrambles out again. Ziggler regroups with McIntyre, and McIntyre shields Ziggler. But then Ambrose comes around to spook Ziggler, and Rollins knocks Ziggler down. Rollins puts Ziggler in the ring for chops! Rollins mocks McIntyre, “It’s a different ball game now.” He whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Rollins to comes out with a lariat. Fans love this as Rollins drags Ziggler up again. Rollins lifts but Ziggler slips out. Ziggler puts Rollins on the apron but Rollins rocks him back. Rollins shoulders in, but Ziggler kicks the ropes! Ziggler gives Rollins a neckbreaker, covers, ONE!

Rollins rolls to a corner but Ziggler stalks him around the ring. Ziggler stomps the bad leg, then grinds him into the ropes. Ziggler taunts Ambrose, there’s nothing the Lunatic can do here. He then chops Rollins and bumps him off a buckle. Ambrose stays near McIntyre to make sure he doesn’t do anything, and Rollins chops back. Ziggler kicks Rollins’ leg out, then toys with Rollins. He kicks the bad leg more, but fans fans are cheering for Rollins. Rollins fights back with haymakers, whips but Ziggler reverses. Rollins tumbles up and all the way out! Ambrose checks on Rollins but McIntyre gets too close. Ambrose gives McIntyre a warning while Ziggler puts Rollins back in. Ziggler sits Rollins up for a sleeper, trapping one arm. Fans rally up and Rollins feeds off the energy.

Rollins and Ziggler go around, and Ziggler throws Rollins down by his hair. Ziggler goes back to the sleeper, but fans rally up again. McIntyre smirks while Ambrose paces around. Rollins stands up and pries his way out, but Ziggler kicks the leg. Ziggler has the sleeper again, but Rollins endures. Fans rally again, but Ziggler brings Rollins all the way to the mat. Rollins gets a second wind and fires up! He sits up, but Ziggler puts on more weight. Ziggler says this is over already, but Rollins refuses to quit. He gets up again, with fans rallying, jawbreaker! Ziggler staggers, Rollins runs, but Ziggler tosses Rollins out! Rollins has a rough landing, but Ziggler leaves him out there while he rests. Ambrose checks on Rollins while watching McIntyre.

Ziggler fetches Rollins into the ring, then climbs up top. Rollins stands, and catches the crossbody into a suplex! But they both tumble out! Rollins and Ziggler both have rough landings, and both Ambrose and McIntyre check on their guys. Ziggler drags himself up first, but Rollins follows behind. Ziggler dares Rollins to bring it, but he runs into a boot. Rollins hops up, then over, then slingblades Ziggler down! Fans rally again while Rollins runs in. Rollins gives a forearm smash, then another. He goes to suplex but Ziggler small packages, TWO. Ziggler runs into another boot, and Rollins gives a Blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps his cool as he drags Ziggler into the drop zone. Rollins climbs up now, but Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler throws hands, then climbs up to join Rollins.

Ziggler prepares a superplex, but Rollins fights back. Rollins headbutts Ziggler down, then adjusts, but Ziggler rolls all the way away. Rollins clotheslines him out, then DIVES on him! Direct hit on Dolph, but Rollins hurries him back in. Springboard clothesline! Then the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO! Rollins is too tired to be frustrated. Fans rally up as both men stir. Rollins stands first, and brings Ziggler up. He prepares a powerbomb, but Ziggler fights out. Ziggler uses the corner but then Rollins turns things around to an electric chair. Ziggler slips down to a sleeper! Rollins powers out, and now Ziggler is on the apron. Rollins drags him back up but gets a hotshot.

They’re both on the apron now, and Ziggler says “Now we finish this!” He stands Rollins up, but Rollins turns things around. Rollins wants a catapult, but Ziggler pushes him into a post, then gives him a satellite DDT on the apron! Rollins goes down while Ziggler gets into the ring. The 10 count begins, but Rollins doesn’t stir until 7. Ambrose coaches Rollins up, and he beats the count at 9.5! Ziggler is furious, but he takes it out on Rollins with a rain of rights. He chokes Rollins on the ropes, then backs off to take aim. Zig Zag denied, SUPERKICK connects! Rollins hurries up top, for the Frog Splash! But onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose and McIntyre are shocked but the fans are loving this.

Ziggler and Rollins stand, but Ziggler hits first. He dares Rollins to put up his dukes, while clubbing him back down. He toys with Rollins more, but Rollins fires off! Ziggler kicks the bad knee, but his Famouser is countered to a corner flapjack. Rollins positions Ziggler, then climbs up to join him. Ziggler elbows Rollins and Rollins falls back. Ziggler adjusts, but Rollins hops up quick for an INVERTED SUPERPLEX! To INVERTED FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! The fans give this a standing ovation! “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over. Rollins stands and stomps, “Burn It Down!” but then McIntyre puts Ambrose into steel steps! Rollins has to ignore it, but he still misses the Curb Stmop. ZIG ZAG! Cover, TWO!? Rollins denies the Show-Off’s cheat!

Rollins is busted open from that buckle shot, but he’s not gonna let this stop him. Ziggler himself grits his teeth because he wants to end this. Ziggler goes to a corner and stomps a la HBK. He kicks but misses! Rollins rolls him, TWO as Ziggler uses tights. TWO, high stack to deadlift, for a Buckle Bomb! Ambrose gets up and gets revenge on McIntyre! Dirty Deeds! But Ziggler’s up! SUPERKICK from ROLLINS! Then, CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion

The Kingslayer slays the Show-Off! The Lunatic also eliminates the Scottish Psycho, and now the Shield can celebrate. Will Rollins’ second reign be even better than his first?

 

Backstage interview with Nikki & Brie Bella!

The Bella Twins are back, and they’re here to enjoy this historic night. With WWE Evolution on its way, any chance the Bellas are coming back. They’re focusing on their various brands, as well as baby Birdie Joe. But Brie keeps interrupting Nikki. The twins want back in the ring, but that’s not what tonight is about. Tonight is about fun, and Ronda Rousey becoming Raw Women’s Champion. The Women’s (R)Evolution has been so big, and they’re excited to see Ronda represent. The twins will be front row to see history in the making.

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The New Day!

Awww~ Brooklyn! Prepare for doom and gloom to collide with positivity and pancakes! Will Harper & Rowan break Big E, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods? Or will ya boys become five-time tag team champions to cancel the apocalypse?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin with Woods and Rowan. Kofi is the corner man as Woods fires off. Rowan shoves Woods, then runs him over with the heel kick! Tag to Harper and the Bludgeon Brothers mug Woods. Harper whips Rowan into Woods, then Rowan feeds Woods to Harper’s boot! Cover, TWO, but Woods is caught in Harper’s gator roll. Harper puts Woods in a chinlock and pulls back like a Bully Choke. Fans rally for New Day and Woods powers up. Woods fights back with body shots, but Harper pushes Woods back for a dropkick. Tag to Rowan, and Rowan drops elbows and a splash! Cover, TWO, but Rowan sits Woods up for a neck wrench.

Woods endures the twist, but Rowan shifts to a fist vice. Woods stands but Rowan clubs him back down. Rowan pumphandles and deadlifts Woods up and around for a backbreaker. Big E and Kofi coach Woods, but Harper tags in for senton atomico! Cover, TWO! Harper tags Rowan back in, and they both blast Big E! They go out and back Kofi off before giving a scoop slam senton to E! Then they go back to Woods and toss him out. Rowan prepares steel steps while Harper comes around. Fans boo and jeer but Woods is about to end up the same way he did months ago! Rowan lifts but Woods fights out! Harper is on Woods, but Woods fights out again, to huricanrana Harper into steel! Woods crawls back around while fans rally up. He gets in the ring at 5, but Rowan and Harper pursue.

Woods crawls but Harper has his foot while Rowan goes after Big E again. Big E pushes Rowan away, hot tag! Big E throws Rowan overhead! Then he catches Harper for another! Big E puts Harper in, they run, side belly2belly! Fans fire up and E swivels those hips. He runs, for the Big Splash! But he’s not done there. “New! Day Rocks!” as he scoops Harper. Harper slips out, swings but misses. Harper somehow gets Big E up for the Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO, tag to Rowan. The Bludgeon Brothers regroup, double crucifix but Big E slips out. E sends Rowan into a post but gets Harper’s SUPERKICK! Woods dodges Harper to DIVE on Rowan! Harper gives Woods the Scrapbuster! Big E SPEARS Harper off the apron! Rowan crossbodies onto Big E!

The Bludgeon Brothers put Big E back in, Rowan tags to Harper. They go after E, lift him again, double crucixifix bomb! But Woods breaks the cover! Rowan kicks Woods and throws him out, but Woods comes back with a kick. WOods tags in and kicks Harper, for the Get Over Here! But Harper denies it, feeds him to Rowan, then headbutts away. Wheelbarrow lift into Bludgeon Bomb! Cover, TWO!? Somehow Woods lives! Kofi fires up, as do the fans. But that only gets Rowan to go after him, with a back drop! Big E has Rowan, for the Big Ending! Harper goes after Woods, but Woods slips out of his suplex. Tag to Big E, but Woods gets a boot and E gets a SUPERKICK!

Harper drags Big E to the apron, and fans anticipate what’s coming. Harper prepares but Big E fights back. They separate, urenage backstabber!! Big E puts Harper in, Woods tags, and Woods goes to the top rope. He takes aim, but Harper has moved. That doesn’t stop Woods, he JUMPS for the Limit Breaker elbow! Woods is in as bad of shape as Harper, but Big E helps him out. They get Harper back in, tag, and the scoop. Woods goes back up, but Rowan comes back to blast him off with the hammer!

Winners: The New Day, by disqualification; The Bludgeon Brothers retain

Rowan isn’t done, as he goes after Big E with that archaic sledge! Fans boo but it doesn’t matter, the bludgeoning is upon us. Harper takes the hammer to hit Big E himself! The New Day win the match, but the Bludgeon Brothers win the battle. They have the belts, but will this be the end to the war?

 

Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens!

This isn’t just a grudge match, though the Prizefighter holds a truly Monster sized grudge over what the Monster in the Bank has done to him these last few months. Strowman has thrown Kevin off a ladder, off a cage, and off the stage while inside a portapotty. But now, Kevin could get the ultimate revenge by taking away that MITB contract, by any which way but lose! If Strowman loses in any way, he no longer has his guaranteed shot at the Universal Championship. Can he hold onto his golden opportunity while making sure Kevin #GetsTheseHands?

Fans already chant the Monster Mantra while the briefcase is raised like a belt. The bell rings, and Strowman runs right at Kevin! Then he does it again! Kevin bails out before getting a third, but fans know Strowman won’t leave it at that. Strowman runs around the corner to run Kevin over! Kevin almost goes into the crowd! But then Strowman runs him over again! Fans love this human demolition derby as Strowman puts Kevin in the ring. Kevin rolls all the way back out, but Strowman keeps after him. Kevin SUPERKICKS, but it does nothing! Strowman grabs Kevin, to choke slam him on the ramp! The referee checks on Kevin, but somehow Kevin can still move. Strowman puts Kevin in the ring, then stalks him to a corner. He dares Kevin to get up, because it’s over. Scoop, to MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall; still owns the MITB Contract

So much for all of Kevin’s hopes and schemes. The Monster is still Mr. Money in the Bank, and still has plenty of energy left. Does he have plans of cashing in tonight?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Carmella VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!

Tea Generation X have been friends and rivals for a long time, but the FABULOUS Princess feels she’ll be champion for much longer. The Lass Kicker wants to burn Carmella with Straight Fire while the Queen wants to #DoItWithFlair and take back the throne. Will friendship survive the desire for gold? Or will it all break apart in Brooklyn?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Carmella trash talks Charlotte over her two “wins”, then moonwalks. Tea Generation X clink cups, but then Carmella sucker punches Becky. Charlotte chops and whips Carmella but runs into a boot. Carmella dodges Becky but then Becky dodges Carmella. Becky gives a jump kick, a snapmare, then leg drops and elbow drops. She goes for another leg drop but Carmella dodges. Carmella covers but Charlotte breaks it. Carmella shoves Charlotte then slaps Becky, but then drops down. She’s playing tricks and Becky gets mad at Charlotte. Carmella rolls Charlotte but Becky breaks it. Charlotte explains it was Carmella, but this isn’t about friendship, it’s competition.

Carmella runs in, but into Becky’s hip toss. She bails out, and Charlotte adds a dropkick. Charlotte and Becky argue but Carmella swipes at Charlotte. Becky rolls Charlotte, TWO. Charlotte rolls Becky, TWO. Charlotte sweeps but Becky slips out. They speed up, Becky arm-drags Charlotte around. Becky has Charlotte in an armlock, but Charlotte rolls her. TWO, and Becky knees low. Becky whips but Charlotte gets to the apron. Charlotte shoulders Becky but Carmella yanks Charlotte down. Carmella shoves Charlotte into a post, then dodges Becky to put her into steps! She shouts “That’s why I’m the champion!” then mocks the styling and profiling.

Carmella puts Becky in the ring, then covers. TWO, but Carmella rains rights and lefts. Carmella says Becky will never be champ again, then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally up and Becky feeds off it. Becky stands up and powers Carmella to a corner. She does it again and is free. Carmella elbows and clotheslines Becky down, but Charlotte comes in. Charlotte scoops but Carmella slips out to throw Charlotte down by her hair. Cover, TWO, but Carmella rains elbows into the shoulders. Carmella wraps Charlotte in a chinlock now, but fans “WOO~” for Charlotte. Carmella thrashes Charlotte around, then gives her own “WOO~!” Charlotte powers up, but Carmella knees low. Carmella throws Charlotte out, but here comes Becky! ONE, and Carmella drops Becky with a dropkick.

Carmella grinds Becky’s face into the ring, then gets in her face about being champion. Becky slaps Carmella! Carmella slaps back, then mocks the head-banging. She brings Becky up but Becky rolls her again, ONE. Carmella is on the cover, TWO. Charlotte’s back, but she ends up booting Becky! Carmella laughs, but now she’s alone with Charlotte. Charlotte blocks Carmella’s boot, then spins her around for Flair chops! Then she exploder suplexes Carmella, twice! She gives Carmella a back suplex, then kips up! Fans fire up as Charlotte grabs a leg. Charlotte wants the figure four, but Carmella shoves her into Becky’s knee! Becky climbs, two-for-one missile dropkick!

Becky has her pick, and she rallies on Charlotte. She calf kicks Charlotte out, then fires back up. Carmella runs but Becky dodges to forearm smash! She back kicks Carmella, EuroUppers Carmella, then Becksploders Carmella! Becky runs in but is put on the apron. She forearms Carmella away, climbs back up, but Carmella trips her up. Carmella FABULOUS Steiners Becky, cover, TWO! Becky staggers up, blocks the kick, but Carmella grabs hair. Charlotte comes back to SPEAR them both! Cover on Carmella, TWO! Cover on Becky, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool, but runs into Carmella’s kick. Carmella bounces Charlotte off buckles, then catches her breath. She drags Charlotte up to the very top, then takes a moment to brag. She runs in, but the Fabulous Steiner is countered into a Boston Crab!

Charlotte bends Carmella back in the middle of the ring, but Carmella rolls through. So Charlotte puts on the Figure Four! But as Charlotte tries to bridge, Becky drops a leg! Cover, but Carmella breaks it! All three women are down, but fans rally up. Charlotte rolls out of the ring while Becky sits up. Becky forearms Carmella but Carmella gives on back. Becky fires off more, then headbutts. Carmella puts her on the apron, but Becky hits back. Carmella knocks Becky off the apron, then decides to do something daring. She runs, and DIVES on Becky! Carmella surprises and impresses, but here comes Charlotte with the Super CORKSCREW Asai!! Charlotte drags Becky into the ring, then goes for Natural Selection! Becky dodges, and gets a Disarm-Her! Carmella breaks it, but Becky throws her out.

Charlotte boots but misses, gets a Becky-nage! Cover, but Carmella breaks it barely in time! Carmella drags Bekcy up but Becky knees low. They tilt-o-whirl, and Carmella bounces Becky off buckles. Carmella uses ropes in the cover, TWO! FABULOUS Kick, cover, but Charlotte breaks it just in time! Carmella goes after Charlotte with a FABULOUS Kick, then goes after Becky. But Becky gets the arm. FABULOUS Kick, but Becky still does it! Disarm-Her on, Carmella reaches, and she gets a ropebreak. Becky drags her up, Becky T-Bone! Disarm-Her again! Charlotte hits Natural Selection! Cover, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Queen now reigns for a seventh time! She took advantage of the situation, but it’s all fair in a triple threat. Carmella has a rematch clause for a chance to get that belt back, but Becky misses out on hers. Fans are also on Becky’s side at the moment, but Becky is still willing to be friends with Charlotte. NOT! She attacks Charlotte with venom and fury! Fans love this side of Becky, but this Becky isn’t done. She throws Charlotte into barriers, then into the announce desk! Becky leaves her “friend” behind, will this new fire be what gets her the belt back?

 

WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe!

SmackDown rolls through as the House That AJ Styles Built looks to avoid being destroyed by The Destroyer himself. Joe and Styles have gone head to head many times outside of the WWE, but this is the first time they’ve battled in the WWE. After the insults and accusations Joe has hurled at Styles, will this also be the last time?

Joe eggs Styles on while the introductions are made. Styles keeps his cool, but then Joe takes the mic away? Joe wants to make a special introduction, as he points out Styles’ wife, Wendy, and daughter, Annie, are in the crowd. “How you doin’?” Oh and yes, little Annie, cheering on daddy. But don’t you worry, Wendy, “Daddy’s coming home tonight.” Styles is really angry now, and he takes the mic to talk. Styles family is here to see him kick Joe’s ass! We finally have the belt raised and the bell rings.

Styles and Joe circle then tie up, but Joe swings a kick. Styles narrowly evades, but Joe promises him he’ll go to sleep yet. Fans chant “TNA!” for this classic Impact match. The two tie up but Styles gets free of Joe in the corner. They go again, and Joe powers Styles into the corner. Joe backs up but then shoves Styles. Styles storms over at Joe but Joe uses the ropes as his defense. Joe circles with Styles again, and Styles gets around to a headlock. Fans duel while Styles keeps his hold on Joe. Joe lifts Styles but Styles turns that into a headlock takedown. Styles traps an arm and grinds Joe’s head, but Joe manages to get up. Joe powers out but Styles slides off his back and gets the headlock again. Joe powers out again, then runs Styles over!

Styles goes to the apron, but Joe keeps his eyes on him. Styles comes back in, and fans continue to duel as he circles with Joe again. They tie up but Styles kicks Joe’s leg. Joe walks it off, but Styles promises to get him down. They approach again, and Styles kicks the same leg. Styles and Joe tie up, Styles kicks the leg again. Joe looks more annoyed than anything, but he keeps his cool as he circles with Styles again. Styles goes to kick, Joe blocks then counters! Joe throws those swift jabs and Styles is reeling. Joe sweeps the leg, and the referee checks on Styles. Styles is fine, so Joe goes after him again. Joe misses the forearm but Styles fires off chops. Styles and Joe go back and forth, and now Joe gives Styles chops. Joe runs, but Styles jumps over.

Things speed up, Styles dropkicks Joe down! Styles drags Joe up for forearms, then a snapmare. Styles kicks Joe in the back, then drags him back up. Joe chops Styles, then gives more jabs. Styles kicks back, then kicks again. Styles runs, sliding takedown! Joe rolls out of the ring, but Styles builds speed to dropkick him back. Joe staggers, but Styles wants at him more. Styles slips out the side, for the sliding knee. Joe blocks it, and sweeps Styles’ legs! Style hits the apron, then Joe drags him to a cover. ONE, but Joe kicks away on Styles. He brings Styles up for another chop, and Styles is dazed. Joe drags Styles up but Styles fires haymakers and chops of his own. Styles tries to suplex but Joe is too big and strong. Styles gives Joe a knee, but Joe gives Styles a gordbuster.

Joe watches Styles tumble out of the ring, to then DIVE onto him! Styles hits the announce desk but both men are down. Joe gets up and puts Styles in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Joe is still only annoyed. Joe sits Styles up for a neck wrench, trapping an arm. Styles endures while fans rally up. Joe puts his weight on Styles but Styles gets up and fights out. Styles runs but into a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Joe goes from annoyed to frustrated, so he puts Styles in a chinlock. Styles endures the squeeze, then gets a second wind as fans duel again. Styles stands, pries his way out, and fights back with uppercuts and body shots. Joe hits back and now it’s a brawl with forearms. Styles smacks Joe with a haymaker, then slingshots out onto him with the forearm!

Both men are down, but Styles sits up. Styles puts Joe into the ring at the count of 7. Styles himself gets up at 8, but Joe rocks him with a right of his own! Joe runs again, but meets a kick! Styles returns, ducks to then fire off the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles runs, for the leaping forearm! But he’s not done, he fires up while Joe gets to a corner. Styles runs in, big corner clothesline, then the fireman’s carry. Joe slips off but runs into an elbow. Styles springboards, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his focus as he brings Joe up. He prepares the Clash, but Joe pushes away. Styles gives Joe a forearm, then hoists Joe up top. Styles climbs up to join Joe, but Joe headbutts him down. Joe leaps for a leg lariat! Cover, TWO!

Joe takes his frustrations out on Styles with kicks and knees. He headbutts Styles, then runs, and catches Styles into an atomic drop. Joe adds a boot then the back senton, TWO! Joe glares at Styles, trying to think on what he has to do. Styles fires haymakers, then fireman’s carry. Joe slips off again to give body shots and knees. Joe runs, but into the Ushigoroshi! Styles’ knee takes damage from that move, too, but he powers through it. Fans still duel while both men slowly stand. Styles hobbles over to Joe in a corner, prepares the Clash, but Joe pushes him away. Joe misses in the corner, Styles rocks him, then springboards! Joe ducks under, then gets the powerslam! Cover, TWO!

Joe grins, because he still has more ideas. He fires off strikes, but runs into a crucifix cover. ONE, but Styles mule kicks. Styles wants the Clash, gets Joe up, and gets the Styles Clash! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives, and Styles can’t believe it. Styles and Joe slowly stand, and Styles fires off more forearms. Joe stays on his feet so Styles unloads all kinds of shots. Joe gives palm strikes back, but then gets the PELE! Styles runs but into the urenage! Both men fall down, but fans are fired up. Styles crawls away but Joe pursues. Fans duel loud as ever, as Styles gets Joe in the Calf Crusher! Joe endures but Styles cranks back harder. Joe reaches back to bounce Styles’ head off the mat, and then gets the Coquina Clutch!

Styles is stuck, but he somehow drags himself around. Joe traps an arm, Styles reaches with a leg! The ropebreak saves Styles, but Joe is furious. Joe pumps his arms, he’s going to use THAT. He brings Styles up and onto the top rope. Styles fights back, but Joe Peles Styles to the FLOOR! Joe fetches Styles and puts him into steel steps! Joe climbs onto the tables to get a mic. “Hey Wendy, I made you a promise.” Well, seems Styles isn’t coming home, but Joe will be their new daddy. Styles, blood pouring down, leaps up and tackles Joe INTO THE TIMEKEEPER’S AREA! Styles fires off, full of rage. He even hits staff! And he grabs a chair! He SMACKS Joe!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by disqualification; Styles retains the WWE Championship

Styles won’t stop, he keeps SMACKING Joe! The Phenomenal One is enraged while the fans chant “Who’s Your Daddy?” Referees and security come out, but Styles STILL hits Joe! Styles looks to his wife and daughter, and Wendy tells him that’s enough. Fans want “One More Time!” but Styles walks over to join his family. Annie’s just worried that daddy’s bleeding. He gives his baby girl a kiss before taking his belt. The Styles Family leaves together, but what will be the consequences of going this far?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in Brooklyn! He sits on the stage, introduces himself, and asks his signature question, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?” Brooklyn seems into the idea. Elias knows that it’s hard to believe, but he was a child once. Then he grew up to write the greatest album of all time. Elias has a song, “Elias’ Words”, where no matter what he does or says, more people love him every single day. As a man, knowing the world loves you is an incredible feeling. Elias starts the concert off with a new, and perhaps his greatest song yet. That’s saying a lot for a man who puts out nothing but hits.

Elias feels Brooklyn is the perfect place to do it. He dedicates his song to all of New York, because the “filth that normally plagues your ears”, and the harsh reality of being from New York, will all be washed away. Elias is a global phenomenon, so please silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths! “The world is about to be blessed by Elias.” But then hit guitar breaks! Brooklyn says “You Deserve It!” and “You F’d Up!” Elias can’t fix the guitar like this, so all he can do is throw a tantrum. He storms off backstage, his concert cancelled.

 

The Miz encounters The B-Team backstage.

The team formerly known as The Miztourage are now champions. They’re an example to Daniel Bryan, who could’ve been great if he just followed Miz’s example. Miz will prove he’s better than Bryan when he wins! But for old time’s sake, if they want to fetch his limo, he’s up for it. No this isn’t to wish them luck, B-Team are going to celebrate their win. They’re not the Miztourage, they’re the B Team. And the B stands for Bryan. Miz has his new show, but maybe they’ll be on their show: Total Fellas! But with a B, so it’s Total Bellas! Miz know he wants to, “B-Team! B-Team! Go go go!” Do Bo & Axel know there’s already a show by that name?

 

Daniel Bryan VS The Miz!

This rivalry has been building for eight years, and has never been more personal and explosive. Will The Goat shut the A-Lister up once and for all? Or is The Miz going to prove us all wrong?

The bell rings, the two circle, and Bryan is ready to punch Miz in the face. Miz backs into a corner to use it as his defense. Fans duel as they circle again. Bryan throws jabs but Miz backs off to a corner again. Miz smirks, because he knwos he’s annoying Bryan. They finally tie up and Bryan gets Miz in a corner. Miz gets a sucker punch in, then fires off punches and kicks. He backs off at 4, and dares Bryan to try punching him now. Miz then kicks Bryan in the corner, parodying the Yes Kicks. He runs corner to corner to copy the dropkick, but Bryan grabs him by the throat. Bryan gives Yes Punches and then the true Yes Kicks! Miz kicks back, puts on a headlock, and throws sucker punches in. Bryan powers out, but Miz runs him over with a shoulder.

Miz runs, but things speed up and Bryan kicks Miz off his feet. Bryan brings Miz up in a headlock for punches of his own now. Bryan brings Miz down in a bulldog, cover, TWO. Miz gets to ropes but Bryan is on him with jabs. Bryan eggs Miz on, then whips. Miz reverses and gives Bryan the kitchen sink knee. Miz stalks Bryan, to now copy the surfboard and Yes fingers. He grabs Bryan’s arms, to continue the surfboard all the way up! But Bryan powers his way out, to then kick Miz’s leg. Bryan goes after a leg, and now he puts Miz in that surfboard! He makes it a cover, TWO! Miz sits up, but gets the Yes Kicks and haymakers. Bryan whips Miz corner to corner, but Miz crotches Bryan up top. Miz then hops up to clothesline Bryan off the top!

Bryan hits his head right on the mat, but Miz won’t let up. He knees Bryan in the back while fans duel. Miz goes to a cravat, showing he knows how to be technical just like Bryan. Bryan endures and powers his way up. Bryan fights back but Miz gives him knees to the head. Miz brings Bryan back down with the cravat, but fans continue to rally. Maryse can be heard in the crowd, “Make him tap!” Miz brings Bryan back up but Bryan fights out. Bryan chops Miz, then chops him again. Bryan swings but ends up in the A-List combo! Cover, TWO!

Miz grins as he walks around Bryan. Miz prepares to punch Bryan in the face, and gives Bryan haymakers. Bryan fires up with each hit, but then staggers from the next one. Miz keeps on Bryan, and has him in a corner. He fires off more but backs off at 3 to again mock the Yes fingers. Miz throws another punch, but Bryan gives back his own! Bryan whips but Miz reverses. Bryan goes up and over, speeds up and hits a leaping lariat! Miz gets to a corner while Bryan fires up more. Fans duel while Bryan takes aim. Bryan runs into the corner, for his corner dropkick! And another! Then he gives more Yes Kicks before putting Miz up top. Bryan climbs up, for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!

Bryan waits for Miz to stand to give him more chops and kicks. He whips Miz but Miz kicks him away. Miz runs but Bryan tosses him out! Bryan builds speed, to hit a wrecking ball dropkick! Miz bounces off an announce desk, but Bryan climbs up to LEAP! Bryan wipes Miz out, but he’s far from done. He rains down rights, then puts Miz back in. Bryan goes to a corner and climbs up again. But Miz stops him! Miz throws more hands, then climbs up to give more punches. Miz wants to copy this move, too, but Bryan slips down to trip Miz up. Bryan has Miz in the Tree of Woe, for even more Yes Kicks! He runs corner to corner, for the basement dropkick. Then Bryan sits Miz up, climbs up, and gives Miz a SUPER BACK SUPLEX!

Both men are down but fans are fired up. Bryan crawls over to cover, TWO! Miz survives, but Bryan has more to give. Bryan waits for Miz to sit up again, and we get another round of Yes Kicks! Kick after kick after kick, but Miz ducks the buzzsaw. Miz kicks low, DDT, cover, TWO! Miz sees his chest, red with welts. He uses this as fuel for his “It Kicks”! Kick after kick after kick, but Bryan grows stronger, and leans into them! Bryan blocks to then SLAP AND SLAP Miz! Dragon Screw! Bryan hits the buzzsaw!

Miz is down, but Bryan doesn’t cover. Bryan starts up another “YES! YES!” chant, then runs at Miz. Miz blocks the knee, into the Figure Four, but Bryan makes that a takedown. Miz resists, catapults, Skull Crushing Finale! TWO!! Maryse is just as shocked as Miz! Miz gets to a corner while Bryan crawls to the other end. Miz glares at Bryan and again parodies “YES! YES!” He runs at Bryan, but gets a roundhouse! Bryan covers, TWO! Miz rolls to the apron but Bryan is on him. Bryan brings Miz up but Miz hits low. Miz prepares to suplex but Bryan resists. Bryan joins Miz on the apron and fires away with punches and kicks. He runs but Miz ducks, that kick goes into the post! Miz grabs the leg, for the Figure Four! Bryan endures this borrowed but legendary hold.

Fans rally up and Bryan feeds off it. Miz denies the roll over, so Bryan sits up to punch Miz. Miz hits back, and it’s a Figure Four fist fight! Bryan gets the edge, and then the roll over! Now Miz endures the pressure, but he drags himself towards ropes. He gets the ropebreak! Bryan and Miz separate, and both men clutch their legs. Fans rally up again, but it’s Miz who stands. Miz hobbles over and throws another haymaker. Bryan manages to stand and give a haymaker back. Now they brawl back and forth, but Bryan fires off. Miz trise another Finale but Bryan rolls him up, TWO! Another try, but now Bryan tries. Miz slips down but Bryan backs up to kick him. Bryan rolls Miz, TWO, so Bryan goes after the arms.

Bryan drives in Yes Elbows into Miz’s neck! Then, the Yes LOCK! Miz endures while going around in a circle. He drags himself towards ropes but Bryan fires punches to the back of his head. Miz reaches more, and somehow gets a ropebreak. Bryan lets go and Miz rolls out. Bryan gets on the apron while Miz stands, leaping knee! Miz is sent to where Maryse is. Maryse tries to help him, but Bryan gives him a dropkick! Maryse yells at Bryan while he puts Miz in the ring. Miz rolls back out of the ring, but Bryan builds speed to hit another wrecking ball dropkick. Bryan keeps going, but runs into Miz’s brass knuckles?! Miz hands those off to Maryse, covers, Miz wins!!

Winner: The Miz, by pinfall

The A-Lister got a secret assist from Mrs. A-Lister! Miz may not be soft, but he’s still a cheater. Miz gets away with it tonight, but will he get away with it forever?

 

Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin!

The Extraordinary Man does extraordinary things, but he still can’t get the Constable to think of him as anything but too small and too weak. Will that all change when Balor Club comes to Brooklyn?

Or perhaps, THE DEMON can! Yes, Finn has unlocked his dark side once again! Will Balor get the Lone Wolf off his back once and for all?

Corbin already seems wary around Balor, he even wants to change this. This is not what he agreed to! The bell rings, Balor blasts Corbin with a dropkick! Then he hits a slingblade! Balor clotheslines Corbin out, to then FLY! The Demon takes out Corbin, then puts him in the ring. Corbin bails out the other side, but Balor pursues, to hit another slingblade! Balor blasts Corbin again, then puts him into the ring. Balor then swing kicks Corbin back. The Demon climbs high, and hits a standing double stomps. Corbin is reeling but the fans are loving this. Balor blasts Corbin gain, then climbs up again. COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Balor wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

The Demon dominates the Constable! Will #DemonBalorClub rise up and finally get back to some gold?

 

Brie Bella checks on Bryan backstage.

He’s obviously upset over the loss. Bryan needed that win, and losing to Miz like that just proves Miz right! Bryan’s fought for three years, but not to let Miz win that way. Brie says that in the end, Miz won’t win. Bryan’s passion and persistence got him back in, and those same qualities will help him. He has his first dream of getting back in, but the fight’s not over. Brie wants to stay, but Bryan says she should go enjoy the show. He’ll vent, she’ll watch. She agrees, but what does Bryan need to get back at The Miz?

 

WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy!

The King of Strong Style is only champion because he tricked the referee and gave the Charismatic Enigma a low blow uppercut. Hardy would’ve gone for this rematch sooner, if not for The Viper adding insult to injury, and then some injury to insult. Randy Orton couldn’t keep Hardy from the contractual obligation, but will Orton stay out of this match long enough for it to finish on its own?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Fans still sing along with Nakamura’s song while he and Hardy circle. Nakamura gives test kicks, but then they tie up. Nakamura gets a swift kick, but it was more a toying tap. Hardy lunges but Nakamura ducks to walk it off. Hardy says DELETE, but Nakamura says, “C’MON!” Nakamura gets Hardy with the knee and snapmare, but misses the stomp. Hardy copies Nakamura now, and says “C’MON!” Nakamura runs into a knee now, then is put in a corner. Hardy gives Nakamura buckle bumps on all four corners, then a fifth. He jumps but gets a knee, and then Nakamura puts him in a half-nelson.

Fans rally up and Hardy gets up. Hardy jawbreakers this time, then clubs away on Nakamura. He whips but Nakamura slides out. Hardy slides out, but Nakamura dodges to slide kick Hardy down! Nakamura puts Hardy on the apron, for the running knee. Then Nakamura drops the guillotine knee! Hardy slumps to the floor, but Nakamura brings him back up and in. Nakamura covers, TWO, and Nakamura grows annoyed. He sits Hardy up for a keylock and chinbar. Fans rally again while Hardy endures. Nakamura thrashes Hardy around, but Hardy keeps fighting. Hardy gets up again, fights out but Nakamura knees and elbows him down. Nakamura gives a strike fest, then whips. Hardy holds ropes, then back elbows. Hardy rocks Nakamura with a right, then boots him.

They speed up, Hardy slingblades Nakamura down! Nakamura rolls while clutching his neck. Hardy hears the fans chant “Brother Nero!” and claps along. He gets up and blocks Nakamura’s punches to give punches. He whips but Nakamura reverses only to get the clothesline. Hardy atomic drops and leg-splitting leg drops. Dropkick, too, and a cover, TWO! Hardy brings Nakamura up, whips again, but Nakamura reverses again. Nakamura swings the right but gets the left heel kick. He scrapes his boot on Hardy against the ropes, then drags Hardy up. Nakamura goes for the inverted exploder but Hardy fights out. Hardy wants the Twist but is denied. Hardy dodges in the corner, then gives a clothesline. Hardyac Arrest is denied, but so is Nakamura’s Top Shelf Knee!

Nakamura runs into a back elbow, then Hardy hits Whisper in the Wind! Cover, TWO! Hardy hurries back up, but Nakamura kicks him down. Nakamura gives Hardy the Top Shelf Knee! Then a sliding knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura sits Hardy up for knees to the ribs and shoulders. Nakamura then backs off, fires himself up, and takes aim, “YEAOH!” But he runs into a kick. He wants the low blow, but nope! Hardy dropkicks Nakamura down, then fires up for his own finish. He drags Nakamura up, Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, ropebreak! Nakamura survives thanks to the boundaries, but Hardy stays on him. Another Twist of Fate, then the shirt comes off.

Hardy climbs again, but Nakamura drags himself to the apron. That doesn’t stop Hardy, APRON SWANTON! But Nakamura gets out of the way!! Hardy hits nothing but apron edge! Nakamura gets the dead weight Hardy up and in, for an ax kick. But he won’t end it there, as he takes aim again. KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion

The King of Strong Style does it fair and square this time, though not by choice. He takes advantage of Hardy going for broke, and now Hardy goes to the back of the line. Who will step up to the Rockstar next?

But here comes Randy Orton!

The Apex Predator has vowed to erase the superstars the WWE Universe put above him. Nakamura leaves the ring, so Hardy is all alone. Orton fires up to go after Hardy, but then backs off? Does Orton not see the need to hunt Hardy anymore?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Ronda Rousey!

The Baddest Woman on the Planet has already done so much, from being an Olympic Gold Medalist to a Hall of Fame UFC career. She even had her debut at Wrestlemania, and a Raw Women’s Championship at Money in the Bank. However, not even Ronda could stop The Goddess in the Bank from cashing in and taking that title for her own. Ronda’s rage got her in trouble, but she served her time. Now that she’s back and getting revenge on Alexa, will this be Ronda’s time to reign?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Ronda approaches but Alexa hides behind the ropes. Alexa smirks as Ronda has to back off. They circle, but then Alexa uses the ropes for safety again. Ronda gets annoyed already, but she pushes through the ref to get at Alexa. Alexa tries a sucker punch, but she just gets a punch for it. Alexa flops out of the ring, but Ronda dares her to get back in. The ref counts and Alexa staggers, but she gets back in. Ronda rushes her and Alexa runs away. Fans boo frightened Five Foot Fury. Ronda wants Alexa to come back, so she offers a free shot. She even turns around and closes her eye. Alexa isn’t sure about this, but she rushes in anyway.

Alexa wraps on a chinlock, but Ronda isn’t even bothered by it. Ronda stands up, pries her way out, and then pops Alexa up into the Rowdy Slam! Alexa rolls away again, but Ronda wants to see Alexa prove she’s worthy. Alexa doesn’t want to prove it, she runs away! Ronda chases, but then runs into a sucker kick. Alexa’s wicked right, does nothing! Ronda blocks the kick, then flips Alexa over! Ronda throws furious hands in a corner, then reels Alexa in for judo throws! She throws Alexa over and over, then gives her one more Rowdy Slam! Fans fire up, they’re loving Ronda ripping into Alexa.

Ronda grabs Alexa’s arm, yanks her around, and asks, “Should I break it?” “YES!” Ronda wants Alexa to apologize first, but Alexa doesn’t. “Wrong answer!” She pops Alexa’s arm!! Alexa screams and screams, but Ronda keeps the torture up for THE armbar! Alexa taps, Ronda wins!!

Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; NEW Raw Women’s Champion

Of course Ronda won! She’s the first woman to be a UFC and WWE Women’s Champion! And from the look on her face, it’s clear Ronda is living the dream all over again. Ronda doesn’t celebrate alone, she invites Natalya into the ring! She and the Queen of Harts, good friends from training together, raise their hands together. The Bella Twins even join in! Nikki, Brie, Natty and Ronda all raise their hands, celebrating the victory and the Women’s (R)Evolution. Ronda goes to her husband in the front row to celebrate with him, too!  If she’s champion this fast and this dominant, how long will Ronda’s already historic reign last?

 

WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns!

“Ladies and Gentlemen,” The Advocate of the reigning, defending (defending! defending!), undisputed Beast pulled off the most convincing act of his career when he made us all think Lesnar had turned on him. But while Heyman denies it, did client and manager only do it because they are worried The Big Dog will finally find a way to win? Or will history repeat itself for the fifth time in the form of The Conqueror continuing his reign?

The belt is raised and- “BRAUN!!” Yes, the Monster in the Bank is headed to the ring! He’s got his briefcase, and he grabs a mic. The fans are anticipating what’s coming, and chant “GET THESE HANDS!” and “YES! YES!” Heyman is freaking out, but “everybody knows the history of the MITB contract, and I refuse to be a coward.” Strowman won’t cash in when the target isn’t ready, he does things face to face! “So good luck to you, Roman. And good luck to you, too, Beastie Boy.” Strowman and Lesnar stare down, but Strowman lets them all know, “one of you two is gonna Get These Hands!” The mother of all ultimatums has been issued and the stakes are raised. Who will have to win twice to stay Universal Champion?

The bell rings, SUPERMAN PUNCH! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Lesnar is reeling, and he gets a third SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then the SPEAR!! Another SPEAR! Roman is all fired up, as he hits a third Spear! But into a guillotine!? Lesnar squeezes Roman but Roman works to make it a cover. Roman endures, powers his way up to his feet, and body slams Lesnar! Both men are down, and the only person who doesn’t like this is Heyman.

Lesnar suddenly grabs Roman again! Roman flails, but he’s in the guillotine again. Heyman shouts that Roman should just tap now. Roman powers his way up while fans duel. He gives Lesnar another slam! They’re both down again, gasping for air. Heyman coaches Lesnar up, and the gloves literally come off. Lesnar and Roman both stand, but Roman runs into a German Suplex! Suplex City begins as Lesnar throws Roman again! Lesnar gets mad now, as he looms over Roman. He grabs Roman again for a third German! Lesnar smirks at Strowman, but fans say “You Both Suck!” Roman slowly stirs, but Lesnar is on him again. Lesnar fireman’s carry, but Roman slips out. He shoves Lesnar, then runs, but Lesnar sends that Spear DIVING out onto Strowman!

The Big Dog wipes out the Monster, but the Beast grabs Strowman for an F5! Lesnar grins as he goes over to Roman. He drags Roman up and into the ring. Lesnar grabs the MITB briefcase, but Strowman grabs Lesnar’s ankle. So Lesnar SMACKS Strowman with the briefcase! The referee reprimands Lesnar, but Lesnar throws the briefcase at the stage. The case smacks LEDs and breaks them, but then Lesnar grabs a chair and SMACKS Strowman! Lesnar leaves Strowman writhing, then goes back to Roman. Roman SPEARS Lesnar! Cover, Roman wins!!

Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion

Has Hell frozen over!? Because Roman just beat Lesnar! He has the title he feels should’ve been his since the controversial Cage match in Saudi Arabia, and Heyman has to eat his words! Roman finally gets what he wanted, will he live up to his word of being the full-time champion the WWE deserves?

 


 

My Thoughts:

All things considered, that was actually a good Summerslam. The status quo was maintained for most of it, not all of the finishes were satisfactory, and some of the match order was confusing, but it somehow kept itself from being awful. The kickoff matches were fun, but I had only guessed the Cruiserweight Championship correctly. Though Rusev & Lana lost, at least now it wasn’t English’s fault. Maybe they’ll forgive him now and Team Rusev Day will be fully united. And as crazy as title changes would’ve been for this, it was still the Kickoff so nothing surprising is happening.

The IC Championship was a great opener, the best match Rollins and Ziggler have had against each other, mostly because McIntyre and Ambrose didn’t interfere. I thought Ambrose was gonna turn for a second, but turns out not. The Bludgeon Brothers VS New Day was great, but could’ve been amazing if not for that DQ finish. This is Summerslam, if anyone was going to take the titles from Harper & Rowan, it should’ve happened here. Then the rematch could be Hell in a Cell, in the Cell, and then whatever happens happens. I was really surprised to see Strowman win that way, I thought Kevin was going to throw all the tricks at him first. Still glad Strowman won, but this seemed too easy even for him.

To my surprise, Carmella loses. But given that she did, Charlotte being the one winning wasn’t a surprise. Then Becky turning here was another surprise. It throws my WWE Evolution plans out the window, but maybe that will lead us to Becky VS Charlotte at Evolution once Charlotte retains against Carmella. And then things can steer themselves back to Four Horsewomen VS Four Horsewomen. Then my complaint for Styles VS Joe was that it was next and not one of the three final matches. Styles snapping for the DQ was actually okay, because Joe really upped the Heel with what he was saying right to Wendy in front of the whole world. I would love if they had the rematch at HiaC in the Cell, it’ll really allow them to up the aggression without it being a DQ.

Bryan VS Miz was amazing, and I really should’ve expected Miz to resort to cheating like he always has. Miz VS Bryan could be another candidate for a Cell match. Demon Balor’s return was not expected, but greatly accepted, and Corbin did a great job selling being afraid and upset. If Nakamura was retaining and Orton was not going to beat up Hardy, this really should’ve swapped places with Styles VS Joe. Other than that, it was still good, and I’m pretty sure Orton VS Hardy is another possible choice for a Cell match. As for Nakamura, I can’t be sure of a Face opponent for him right now with everyone else still attached to something else.

Obviously Ronda was gonna win! But that’s not a bad thing. She did great getting on Alexa for being the cowardly Heel, and then she just rips Alexa apart like she should have. Ronda is what WWE wishes someone like Roman was by now: a badass who fans love. And for those who don’t, what is your reason? She’s been doing great in her short time here, so if the reason is that it’s too soon, you’re wrong. There’s still the rematch anyway, but with WWE already giving us Alexa VS Trish, I feel like that’s them saying Alexa won’t get it back before Evolution. Ronda has all sorts of options until Evolution, but I’m looking forward to what she has to say on tomorrow’s Raw.

Then came the part I was really worried about, as was everyone: Lesnar VS Reigns, again. I loved that Strowman came out to give everyone fair warning, but then it became an unofficial Triple Threat anyway with Lesnar beating the crap out of him. At the same time, Strowman distracting Lesnar was the only reason Roman won, but maybe we can finally get past this story arc Vince is insisting on for Roman. Lesnar has a rematch coming his way but he has his UFC fight to worry about, too. Strowman has the contract, so maybe Roman goes out tomorrow on Raw and we get that cash-in we were promised from tonight. I’d love it, because I know Brooklyn will explode if it happens and Strowman wins. They’d still explode if Roman won, but in a bad way. Which makes me worry now.

My Score: 8/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.5 ~ 12TH OCTOBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP
As Noah head towards the end of the year, Autumn Navigation began on October 7th in Gunma. I am afraid I don’t have too much information about the first two shows.

Naomichi Marufuji’s feud (not so much Akitoshi Saito’s) with Mitsuya Nagai and “The Hooligans” began in earnest. Marufuji came out with a weary expression like he had to deal with something that was tiresome (and to him it is, as he says that The Hooligans are not worthy of the title shot, although he’s had to begrudgingly give them one), and this match was to prove just to be that as Nagai came out to “second”.

“Second” in this case being another word for “interfere”, which he did by pulling the referee out of the ring when Marufuji went for the pin on Taniguchi. While the ref and Nagai argued, Cody Hall used the distraction to creep into the ring and ambush Marufuji with “The Hooligan” bomb, meaning that Taniguchi got the win when the ref got back in the ring.

Afterwards The Hooligans stood over Marufuji, Cody Hall & Taniguchi holding the heavyweight tag belts, and Taniguchi with his foot on him.

Marufuji said afterwards that he was irritated before, but he’s angry now, and he’s had enough. This wasn’t enough, however, to stop The Hooligans from running over them again on the 11th October.

Noah have started the pre-matches for Global League; on the 11th October, Masa Kitamiya and Katsuhiko Nakajima faced off against each other after a long while. Nakajima, as ever, smirking when kicking someone, this time his tag partner.

NEWS

NOAH MERCHANDISE AVAILABLE IN EUROPE & USA
IPW have announced that they have become the official merchandise vendor for Noah for Europe, and I understand they also deliver to the USA. I am afraid for any other country, you would need to check directly with them. Shop can be accessed via the link above.

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”
Kenoh’s column this week is thought to be generally not too interesting (aside from maybe the end about appearing in a quiz show), but he does give some interesting insights into life in Noah and how wrestlers branching out into other programs beyond wrestling, can help a product.

Speaking of Kenoh, I read a very sweet story in an interview earlier this week.

When Kenoh was a tiny infant (about two or three), he used to stand at the window of the Nippon Kempo watching them practice until his mother removed him. Even when it snowed, he would stand at the window.

His mother later asked if he could see inside, and then enrolled him in the school.

NAOMICHI MARUFUJI VS HIKARU SHIDA
For her tenth anniversary in wrestling, Hikaru Shida challenged Naomichi Marufuji to a rematch. They had last clashed on April 17th, and she had been knocked out within a few minutes (108 seconds to be precise). This time she managed to last eighteen minutes with him. He took knee attacks, and she took chops.

Marufuji won with the high knee, and said afterwards that “the match was fun, and with so much potential, I want you to be the top girl”.”.

WINTER NAVIGATION 2018 & EARLY DATES FOR JANUARY 2019
Noah have announced the dates for “Winter Navigation 2018”, plus “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2” and “NOAHFul Gift in Differ”.

They have also announced dates for January 2019.

Last year NOAHFUL Gift was held in ShinKiba, this year it will be being held at Korakuen Hall. Although Noah have announced no plans for the format as of yet, it will most likely feature the flea market in which Noah sell their old ring wear to fans (in the old days they would also serve Dojo chanko) and the usual battle royal and comedy matches.

Genba Hirayanagi threatened to appear last year in some gnarly old pants when he heard there was a flea-market. Sugiura said no one would want them, and Marufuji told him that it was “called obstruction of business”.

Thankfully Genba’s questionable taste in clothes is not a recurring feature, but Akitoshi Saito in cosplay is. In past years we have seen a lounge singer (complete with frilled cuffs, cummerbund and a velvet suit), and a pigtailed joshi. 2017 saw him in a video which was played in installments throughout the evening flanked by Moose in a Burger King hat, Eddie Edwards in a Santa hat (both were trying not to laugh), and Saito in various stages of undress whilst wearing a wig and make-up.

During the Battle Royale last year, everyone dressed up; well, almost everyone, as Kenoh appeared in an old karate outfit, and HAYATA came as himself in DOVE Pro. Other highlights included Takashi Sugiura being labelled a “vulgar and tasteless Santa” by Tokyo Sports, Hi69 was a “Panda” (his costume was purple tights and Panda face-paint, and according to Hajime Ohara he had gone out and bought his costume the night before, leading Sugi to point, laugh and say “that’s not a Panda, that’s a monster), Hajime Ohara as Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” complete with satchel full of bakery goods, a Jiji on his shoulder, black wig with a bow and a broom, Hitoshi Kumano as a bear, Daisuke Harada as HAYATA (which HAYATA did not appreciate and glared at him afterwards) and of course the inevitable Mr. Koto (Atsushi Kotoge).

Needless to say its a fun show, and if you are going to be in Tokyo over Christmas\New Year, I not only envy you, I also highly recommend you go and see it. All grudges, rivalries and title matches are put aside, and the roster relax and have fun.

OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
Naomichi Marufuji and Hi69 will miss Noah’s event on the 18th November as they will be participating in Ryuku Dragon Pro in Okinawa

Kenoh will be appearing for KAIENTAI DOJO on Sunday October 28th, he will team with Tank Nagai against Yuri Asakawa & Kengo Mashimo.

Junta Miyawaki will make his second appearance for YOUNGDOMS (FREEDOMS sub brand) on the 5th November, he will team with Shunsuke Sayama vs Toru Sugiura and SUSUMU

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

The GHC Heavyweight Championship currently has no challenger as Global League will begin in late October to determine the number one contender.

Daisuke Harada and Atsushi Kotoge will clash over the GHC Junior Championship on October 30th at Korakuen Hall (match signing to be held the same day)

Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Championship against “The Hooligans” (Maybach Taniguchi and Cody Hall) on Sunday October 14th in Kobe.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Naomichi Marufuji was involved in a minor car accident this week when someone reversed into him, he is fine fortunately.
  • Noah released Halloween Revolutionary cloaks for kids which were sold on the 11th October, with the Revolutionary Hero on hand to sign them. Atsushi Kotoge has said that the manufacturing cost is too high to make them for adults.
  • Takashi Sugiura gave a defense match interview, in it he said he wants to be the first reigning champion in history to win Global League, and if that happens he will nominate his own opponent, which will be Masato Tanaka. They have fought against each other in the past, but they have never had a title match over a single belt.
  • Mitsuya Nagai called a lady in the crowd “you old bag” because she was mouthing off to him.
  • Mohammed Yone’s disco ball for his entry has become a thing
  • People would like to see Atsushi Kotoge and Kaito Kiyomiya tag together and challenge for the belts
  • HAYATA has a new online diary, “HAYATAbot”, I am afraid that to access it requires a paid subscription
  • Kenoh will finally get his wish for a singles match with Naomichi Marufuji on the 8th November at Korakuen Hall for Global League 2018.
  • Like Hi69 does, Atsushi Kotoge did a short question time with fans on Twitter, highlights included; Kotoge saying he doesn’t drink at home, and Go Shiozaki asking what the capes were made of to which, Kotoge said playfully, “asshole, I’ll go and look”. He never actually answered Shiozaki’s question.
  • Kenoh’s friend, Masahiro-san (whom Kenoh has blocked, and who Masahiro-san calls “that asshole who blocked me”), posted a few candid pictures of when he stayed at Kenoh’s home for the night on Twitter. Masahiro-san usually deletes them a few minutes after posting, but they were there long enough to ascertain Kenoh bought tourist fodder Union Jack boxer shorts when he visited London for Frontline Pro Wrestling.
  • Hajime Ohara is holding exercise classes in Kawasaki which are open to adults of every age and sex. The classes will be simple exercises in how to build, tone and maintain muscles and how to exercises with a water bottle.

KING SHAMLESS’S CORNER
None this week, he’s managed to behave himself.

EVENT RECAPS
7TH OCTOBER 2018, NEW SUNPIA TAKASAKI, GUNMA
11TH OCTOBER 2018, OYAMA CITY CULTURAL CENTER SMALL HALL, OYAMA, TOCHIGI

LINKS
English language translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography, “Heir to The Ark”
Takashi Sugiura’s sixth defense interview
Akira Taue loved the “Talk Battle” with Toshiaki Kawada
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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Destruction in Hiroshima 2018!

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AXS moves on in its NJPW coverage by bringing us Destruction in Hiroshima! Does the Best Bout Machine hold on to his title against the Stone Pitbull?

 

This coverage of Destruction in Hiroshima will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found at http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White; Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma win.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii; Omega wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene!

Kenny Omega continues his reign as the newest IWGP Heavyweight Champion after his epic 2 Out of 3 Falls match Kazuchika Okada. He has bested some of the best, such as The American Nightmare, Cody, at the G1 Special in San Francisco, and six straight victories in this year’s G1 Climax tournament. However, things were changed when The Stone Pitbull looked to play spoiler. Tomohiro Ishii was no longer in contention for the G1 Climax 28 Finals, but he was more concerned about evening the score from the IWGP United States Championship tournament. Ishii defeated Omega in a toughly contested match, and that would ultimately cost Omega his spot in the G1 Climax finals. That victory has earned Ishii his shot tonight in Hiroshima, but will he be able to repeat his upset performance? Or will the Best Bout Machine break the tie and retain the title?

 

Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Kazuchika Okada, Yoshi-Hashi & Jay White!

There is much tension within the Chaos trio as the Switchblade has made it clear he wants to take control of the faction away from The Rainmaker. Can White and Okada get along, with the Head Hunter stuck in the middle, against The Ace, the Uncaged Gorilla and the “Innovator of Lighttube Death Matches”?

NJPW and AXS jump into this match as it is in progress. White tags in off Okada and chops away on Honma. He whips him corner to corner then chops Honma off his feet. White taunts Honma then brings him up, but Honma chops back. White elbows Honma’s neck and tries to suplex, but Honma blocks. Honma goes to suplex White but White reverses and chops him to a corner. White runs in but into a boot, and Honma runs out for a leaping shoulder tackle! Fans fire up for Honma as he crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Makabe, who runs White over with a shoulder then barrels into Okada. Yoshi-Hashi slips in to kick and run, but into a powerslam! Hashi exits while Makabe corner clotheslines White. Makabe climbs up to throw hands but White slips out underneath. White tags Okada in so he can get away.

Okada comes in but Makabe is on him with big forearms. Makabe whips Okada corner to corner then hits a corner clothesline. Makabe climbs up and gives corner punches, all the way to 10. He goes to Northern Lights but Okada fights it off. Okada runs but into a big lariat! Cover, TWO! Makabe brings Okada up but Okada resists, countering with a back drop. Okada runs in corner to corner for the clothesline, then hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada drags Makabe up and wants the gut wrench but Makabe fights it. Makabe and Okada both club each other, but Okada gets the edge. Okada runs but ducks one clothesline to get the other! Both men are down, and fans rally up. Hot tag to Tanahashi!

The Ace hits Hashi and White, then focuses on Okada. Tanahahsi runs, but into the gut wrench! He turns it around to hit the swinging neckbreaker! He keeps moving as Okada stands, to bring him down with the slingblade! Cover, but Hashi breaks it. Makabe tosses Hashi out and Tanahashi gets moving again. Tanahashi climbs up but Okada dropkicks him! Okada drags Tanahashi off the top rope, still wanting the Tombstone. Tanahashi slips off to rock Okada with a palm strike! Tanahashi runs but into a dropkick! Fans rally up and Okada tags in Hashi. Hashi runs and hits the blockbuster! He hits Makabe and Honma then runs back at Tanahsahi for the chop in the corner. But White wants him to use a chair now? Hashi refuses, and Tanahashi hits White! Tanahashi gets Hashi in the dragon screw!

Honma hits Okada and then Makabe comes in. They and Tanahashi rally on Yoshi-Hashi with a corner dropkick, and feed to the double clothesline sandwich! Honma drops the headbutt! Tanahashi heads up top but White dumps him down! Makabe and White exit and get into a fight with White while Yoshi-Hashi gets up. Hashi runs but into a full nelson. He denies the dragon suplex, but Tanahashi wants the straitjacket. Okada runs in to save Hashi, and then Hashi runs. Tanahashi boots Yoshi-Hashi away, then elbows Okada. Yoshi-Hashi still comes back to grab Tanahashi, and Okada runs in. Tanahashi ducks, Okada’s boot goes into Yoshi-Hashi! Tanahshi small packages while Makabe trips Okada, Tanahashi’s team wins!

Winners: Tanahashi, Makabe & Honma, Hiroshi Tanahashi pinning

Taguchi Japan makes it a victory against Chaos! And Chaos’s trio isn’t in a good move over it. Yoshi-Hashi won’t let Okada console him, and White gets in Okada’s face about the loss, too. With his faction so against him here, does Okada have a chance of keeping control? And what of his shot at Tanahashi’s IWGP Heavyweight Championship Wrestle Kingdom match contract?

Backstage interviews.

Jay White can’t understand why Chaos follows Okada. Okada ended up kicking Yoshi-Hashi square in the face and cost the team that match. The two of them were in there with that “old man” Tanahashi, but couldn’t do what White did by himself during the G1 Climax. White says it is Okada’s fault. Okada boots his friend Yoshi-Hashi in the face, for what? Is Okada angry that White beat him? Is Okada taking his anger out on Chaos? Okada shouldn’t bully someone who was on his side this whole time like that. The rest of Chaos should look at that and realize who they’re following. Clearly the Switchblade sees circumstances his own way, but will he be able to manipulate the rest of Chaos into seeing it the same way?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Cleaner won against the Stone Pitbull to become the inaugural IWGP United States Champion, but the Pitbull won to be the first loss on the Cleaner’s G1 Climax 28 record. Now they will have a tiebreaker with the title on the line! Who will win the third match in this hard-hitting trilogy?

The introductions are made, Red Shoes shows Ishii the belt, and we begin! Fans are immediately thunderous for both men and Omega makes sure Ishii hears it. Ishii steps closer to Omega, and Omega backs up until he ends up in his corner. Ishii takes a step back, and Omega comes out for a furious tie-up! They push each other back and forth, and end up breaking. The fans applaud as Omega and Ishii go again. Omega gets a headlock and grinds Ishii to the mat. Ishii gets back up and pries at the hold. Omega holds on, so Ishii powers out. Omega and Ishii collide but neither man backs down. Ishii dares Omega to go again, and Omega does, and they collide again. Again, neither man backs down, so Ishii dares Omega to try a third time. Omega looks to go, but he instead rakes Ishii’s eyes.

Omega rakes Ishii’s eyes again, then runs, to collide shoulders. Ishii staggers back but rebounds to run Omega over! Ishii runs and things speed up, but Ishii holds ropes to fake out Omega. Omega still boots Ishii, then runs. He dodges Ishii but Ishii dodges back. Omega boots Ishii’s lariat down, but Ishii blocks the V-Trigger. Ishii runs into a drop toehold, Omega runs but Ishii evades the dropkick! Fans fire up as we have a stand-off. Ishii and Omega grind foreheads, then start shoving. Omega throws a forearm, but Ishii comes back with one. Omega gives another forearm, but Ishii comes back with another. They go back and forth, forearm for forearm, until Omega kicks low. Omega wants the DDT but Ishii slips out to throw another forearm. Omega retaliates with a forearm, and we’re back to forearm for forearm!

Ishii hits, Omega hits, repeat, until Omega kicks Ishii again, and gets the DDT! Ishii crawls to ropes and Red Shoes checks on him. Omega brings Ishii up to kick him in the back, then sits him up for another kick. He brings Ishii all the way up and turns him, for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Omega drags Ishii around for a rear mount and chinlock. Ishii endures, even as Omega shifts to a half came clutch. Ishii seems to just egg Omega on, so Omega puts him down to stomp him out. Omega grimaces as he drops double ax handles on Ishii. Ishii sits up so Omega kicks and clubs him. Omega brings Ishii over to bump him off buckles, but Ishii just fires up! Omega throws more forearms, then bumps Ishii on buckles again. Ishii continues to come back, so Omega bumps him off another buckle.

Omega stands on Ishii’s back to choke him in the ropes. Red Shoes counts and Omega lets up at 4. Omega brings Ishii up to throw more forearms, then whips corner to corner. He runs in and hits a big back elbow. He keeps moving but runs into Ishii’s powerslam! Ishii has evened things with Omega while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Ishii and Omega stand. Ishii chops Omega at the ropes again and again, then throws forearms into the mix. Forearm, chop, repeat, then Ishii whips. Omega reverses and fireman’s carry, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton is a bit rough because Ishii is no light man, but Omega still gets up to moonsault! Ishii rolls out of the way so the moonsault flops! Both Omega and Ishii stand up slowly, but Ishii gets running, only to run into Omega’s huricanrana! Ishii rolls out of the ring but Omega takes aim. The Terminator Drums begin and Omega rises. Omega builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and down goes Ishii! Omega brings Ishii up and into the ring, then slides in to build speed, Kotaro Krusher!

But Omega doesn’t go for a cover, he locks and loads, but Ishii gets right up in that finger gun. Ishii fires forearms off, then runs, but into a boot! He’s right back up and he clotheslines Omega out of the ring! Ishii pursues and drags Omega up, to whip him into railing. Ishii chops Omega around the ringside area, and even against a post. Omega chops back, and now they brawl. Ishii forearms, Omega chops, Ishii chops, Omega chops again. They continue to trade sharp, echoing chops, but then Omega decides to clear an announcer table. Ishii stops Omega and whips him at railing, but Omega stops himself. Omega mule kicks Ishii then goes to springboard off the rails, but Ishii catches him into an electric chair! Ishii then tries to fold Omega, perhaps steal One Winged Angel, but Omega fights out.

Omega clubs Ishii on the back, brings him over, but it’s Ishii who snap suplexes Omega to the floor! Both men are down, but Red Shoes is letting them fight. Ishii gets Omega up and into the ring, but Omega dropkicks him back out. Omega takes aim again, builds speed and hits a wrecking ball dropkick! Ishii is sent into railing, but Omega keeps on him. Omega dumps him over onto that cleared desk, then continues where he left off. He clubs away on Ishii, even throwing monitors on him, before going back in the ring. Omega aims from a corner, springboards himself, and hits a DOUBLE STOMP! Omega cracks the table with Ishii’s body while Ishii clutches his chest. Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.

Omega mocks Ishii while he makes his own way back to the ring. He’ll leave Ishii to the mercy of the 20 count as Red Shoes starts. Fans rally for Ishii, and he stirs at 8. Ishii drags himself over the railing at 10, but still crawls. The count passes 15, then 17, but Ishii’s in at 19! Omega says he’ll finish this, as he brings Ishii up. Aoi Shoudou brainbuster! Ishii rolls to ropes for safety, but Omega still says BANG! Ishii avoids the V-Trigger but Omega fights the waistlock. Omega swings but ends up in a saido suplex! Both men are down but fans are rallying up. Ishii sits up but Omega follows. Ishii chops Omega in a corner, and chops and chops! Omega chops back but Ishii doesn’t flinch. Ishii chops and Omega is again in the corner.

Ishii is chopping high on the chest, almost getting the throat! Red Shoes reprimands Ishii, so he stops that. Ishii whips Omega but Omega reverses. Ishii still barrels out to blast Omega to the corner with his shoulder! He brings Omega up, powerbomb lift, and the BIG powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO!! Omega survives but Ishii runs. Omega dodges the sliding lariat, then chops Ishii. Ishii felt that one, but he still comes back. Omega boots Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but runs into a boot. Omega’s up but Ishii hits him with a forearm. Ishii and Omega brawl as Ishii climbs. Omega kicks but Ishii forearms. Omega gets more kicks in, then brings Ishii up for a slap! He stomps Ishii down, but Ishii grits his teeth as he comes back up. Ishii headbutts outta nowhere!

Omega is dazed but Ishii climbs up to join him. Ishii wants it, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Omega survives, but Ishii is not deterred. Ishii waits for Omega to stand, then runs, but omega ducks to get the German Suplex! Ishii’s right back up to give Omega a German Suplex! Omega stands up, but he’s a bit wobbly. Ishii clubs him in the back, then German Suplexes again! Omega lands on his feet! V-Trigger outta nowhere! Both men are down, but fans are fired up again. Red Shoes checks on them as they stir. Omega sits up first, then stands. He brings Ishii up but intercepts him with a forearm. Omega throws more forearms, and Ishii kneels. Omega keeps going, but now Ishii grows stronger! Ishii takes a forearm, gives a forearm, but runs into a roaring elbow. Ishii swings but ends up in a Snap Dragon Suplex!

Omega stands, runs, V-Trigger! Ishii rebounds to his feet, and Omega lifts in the electric chair. Ishii fights out and gets the dragon sleeper, but Omega counters into a brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Omega stands up. He sits Ishii up, for a point blank V-Trigger! Then another! Omega grins as he keeps Ishii up, but then Ishii falls over before Omega can get the third. Omega drags Ishii up, holds him in place, and gives that next V-Trigger. Ishii crawls to a corner as Omega backs away. Omega runs in to V-Trigger Ishii in the back of the head! Omega drags Ishii up and onto the top rope, then climbs up to join him. He has Ishii in the full nelson, but Ishii resists. Omega clubs away on his back with palm strikes, but Ishii headbutts backwards! Omega staggers away and Ishii turns around, but into a chop. Now Omega double underhooks on the top rope, but Ishii still resists. Ishii sends Omega back down, but Omega jumps to V-Trigger!

Omega climbs back up, turns around, and brings Ishii up in a fireman’s carry. Ishii fights again, and stands, for a SUPER STEINER!! How rare for Ishii to fly like that! Omega crawls away but Ishii runs in corner to corner for a big clothesline. Ishii keeps going but runs into boots. Omega boots again but gets a headbutt for it! Ishii fires up and declares that belt is his! He sits Omega up, copies the finger gun, and runs in for a a V-Trigger?! Ishii keeps going to run him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO!! The Pitbull hasn’t put the champion away just yet! Ishii drags Omega up, suplex, but Omega slips out. Ishii headbutts, then runs, but into a leaping lariat! Omega drags Ishii up fast, into the Electric Chair, but Ishii slips out to suplex. Omega slips out, REVERSE-RANA!

Both men are down again but fans are loving it. They rally up for both men while Red Shoes checks on them. Ishii drags himself up on the ropes, but Omega crawls to the far side. They both stand and stagger over to each other. Omega throws a forearm, Ishii gives one back. Again these two go back and forth. Omega wobbles but still comes back. Ishii finally feels some of those hits, and Omega gives him a swift palm strike. Ishii fires off forearms from both sides, but Omega again palm strikes! Omega ducks the enziguri, and gets the Snap Dragon! To V-Trigger! Cover, TWO!! Omega refuses to stop, and he brings Ishii up again. Electric chair, the fold, but Ishii fights with elbows. So Omega pops him into the Croyt’s Wrath German Suplex!

Omega aims, runs, V-Trigger! But Ishii comes back with a lariat outta nowhere!! Fans are reaching a fever pitch as these two keep going. Ishii sits Omega up, runs, and hits the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!! Omega still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! Ishii still has more to give, though, and runs, but into another V-Trigger. Omega runs but into another lariat. Ishii runs and Omega follows, but Ishii just stops and gives him another lariat! Ishii drags Omega up, but Omega gut wrenches for a quick piledriver! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Hiroshima is thunderous again! Omega slowly stands, and he brings Ishii up again. He stands Ishii up against ropes, pulls down the knee pad, and runs, for a BIG V-Trigger! Omega tumbles out of the ring but gets back in, for another V-Trigger!! Cover, ONE?! The insanity!

Ishii is floundering, and Omega gives him another V-Trigger! Yet Ishii still enziguris Omega! Ishii blocks the next V-Trigger, but then Omega comes back with another. Omega double underhooks for the butterfly driver! Cover, TWO!? Ishii’s head really must be stone to endure all this. Omega takes a moment to catch his breath as the fans build to a rally. He runs again, and hits another V-Trigger! Then the electric chair, ONE WINGED ANGEL! Cover, Omega wins!

Winner: Kenny Omega, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion

Finally Omega finishes Ishii! Omega retains in his second defense, and settles the score with the Stone Pitbull. We’ll return with the celebration and more after the break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Omega stands back up to have his hand raised. Kota Ibushi joins him in the ring and puts the belt on Omega. Ishii flounders his way out, needing the help of the Young Lions to make his exit. Omega looks to him with a nod, showing that Ishii certainly has Omega’s respect. When and where will the Pitbull be back for another shot at the title?

As for Omega, he takes to the mic. In Japanese, Omega says that “Ishii-san, it feels like we still have unfinished business.” But what else? When Omega became champion, he thought it meant he was the strongest. That he’s the best, THE greatest in the world. But the truth is a bit different. The truth is, Kota Ibushi is the reason Omega is the best. Omega told Ibushi back at Osaka-Jo Hall, that “whenever or wherever, I’ll be ready.” Ibushi takes the mic now, and tells Kenny that they’ll make good on their promise.

Yes, they made a promise. That no matter where, no matter when, “The Golden Lovers will keep fighting with the same heart and emotion.” Being the Golden Lovers means more to them than just belts. But this is all for now, so thank you for being here. As always, but in Golden Trigger style, “Good Bye, MWAH, and Good Night, BANG!” What promise do the Golden Lovers mean? When and where will they make good on it?

Backstage interviews.

Omega makes this simple: “I am pro-wrestling.” He’s the face of pro-wrestling. He thought that meant he was the best by far, but he’s heard what Hiroshi Tanahashi had to say about his own ideology. Omega thought Tanahashi meant all of NJPW. Ishii is different than Tanahashi, Okada is different than Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito is different than Tanahashis. They’re all different, and special in their own way.

In fact, the only thing wrong in NJPW is Tanahashi’s “old guard attitude” and close-minded heart. Tanahashi got lucky in the A Block. Omega was so close to using that mic to dare Tanahashi to have their title match here instead of at Wrestle Kingdom. But until then, good bye and good night, BANG! Though the Ace and the Cleaner are still months away from their WK13 match, things are already growing personal! Will Tanahashi be able to hold onto his contract briefcase? Will Omega be able to hold onto the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? Or will one of them lose their prize before Wrestle Kingdom ever arrives?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really great night here for NJPW. With AXS airing Fighting Spirit Unleashed before this, there was a lot of this that was clear, but it was still great to watch. Chaos continues to fracture, and Jay White makes stronger moves towards taking control away from Okada. Of course, from FSU, we know he’s also after the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract. Perhaps White’s greed will be his downfall, but things could easily go his way and we suddenly have The Switchblade leading Chaos while aiming at Omega’s title. And it is still Omega’s title after that amazing match with Ishii.  Their G1 Climax match was itself very physical, but match did great to build on that. FSU gave us a hint that the Golden Lovers’ promise was to battle 1v1 for the title, and we might still get that down the road, but the wait will be worth it.

My Score: 8.7/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.4 ~ 5TH OCTOBER 2018

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CURRENT TOUR RECAP

Noah have had excellent attendances recently, bad weather, transport difficulties and a weekday show, have not kept people away. Korakuen might not have been sold out for the final, but it was a damn good result for a Thursday night with the majority of people making a mad dash across Tokyo to get there after work.
Hopefully, the fans dedication to seeing Noah and their willingness to battle through Typhoon weather (the event on the 30th September was fast tracked because of it and fans were warned that the show might be cancelled half way through due to the weather), rush hour traffic on a weekday and face resultant travel difficulties, will make the network consider just what they are missing.

Naomichi Marufuji missed the last two nights of Global Junior League as he was appearing in WRESTLE-1 and then Kansai Pro, but he was back for the 4th October.

The GHC Heavyweight match signing took place on September 29th 2018 at Yokohama Radiant Halls. Nakajima appeared with the usual smirk, and refused to answer any questions and when prompted to speak, sat with an eerie grin on his face like he found the whole thing very funny. Takashi Sugiura (who arrived wearing the tired expression like that of a father that has been called too many times to the Principals office over the misbehavior of his son), told him and everyone else that the smile would be wiped off Nakajima’s face when he got repeated elbows in it on the 4th October. That evening the veterans were obliterated by the “young people” as Yokohama went wild, Nakajima’s comment on the match was, “Oh, that was fun”.

The clash on the 30th September, however, was very different. The battle damaged endoskeleton inside Takashi Sugiura rebooted itself, and Nakajima caught a beating (seriously, half the time Sugi looked like he was going to put him over his knee). In a very short match Sugiura caught Nakajima with the Olympic Slam, the ref counted three, and Sugiura continued battering on him until the ref pulled him off, and he stood with his foot on him as Nakajima had done to him, before Nakajima was carried off on the back of the Revolutionary Hero who was watching at ringside. Sugiura later said that Nakajima was like a fly who “fled when I tried to crush him”, and vowed to crush him at Korakuen Hall.

On the 4th October, evidently learning nothing from the 30th September, Katsuhiko Nakajima came strolling out to the ring, big smirk on his face, sinister new ring robe with faux wolfskin and sinister black pants, boots and kneepads. As soon as the bell rang, he lay down on the floor, resting his head on his hands and with his elbow bent, looking as if he were posing for a suncream or speedos advert.

Sugiura was not impressed.

It was a brutal match with kicks, elbows, slaps and slams (Sugiura did the turnbuckle brainbuster and held it for twenty seconds), and at one point Masa Kitamiya got involved which earned loud boos from the crowd, especially as Nakajima was using a wooden bar to choke Sugiura with. Eventually, Sugiura seized the chance for the ankle lock, and even bit into Nakajima’s boot.

It was too much for Nakajima, and he tapped out.

Afterwards most of the competitors for Global League got into the ring, (aside from the veterans that was, and those who were seconding Nakajima and the two who are coming in from outside promotions), and started yelling at each other and pointing fingers. Nagai got on the microphone first and said that the Hooligans were gunning for the GHC Heavyweight too, Kiyomiya told them that they would have to go past him first (Sugiura later said in an interview that he doesn’t consider Kiyomiya a challenge, as he couldn’t get past Kenoh to qualify for the number one contendership, so that’s one down for him), and Sugiura told them all to keep their pants on, the league starts on the 30th October, and so “all you youngsters, you had better start practicing”.

Naomichi Marufuji said he was going to finish this nonsense of The Hooligans on the 4th October, being too tired to deal with a “bald octopus and his worthless friends”, so he made this picture of them asking them to turn up to the event like this (Marufuji seems to share Sugiura’s obsession with bald people, and told Nagai to either grow hair down to his shoulders or get a wig if he wanted a title shot).

Nagai is not impressed by being called “a bald Octopus” and vowed to make Marufuji “regret the words you spewed”.

On the 4th October, Naomichi Marufuji & 50 Funky Powers clashed with The Hooligans, who were more interested in attacking Marufuji than they were Saito, and he took the brunt of things in the match. Afterwards, The Hooligans (Cody Hall and Maybach Taniguchi holding up the belts) stood over them and unfurled their Hooligans flag.

Marufuji has to now give them a title shot, (although he says he is only doing it to crush them), and the two teams will meet in Kobe on the 14th October, before that Naomichi Marufuji and Maybach Taniguchi will have a rare singles match on the 7th October, with Akitoshi Saito facing Cody Hall.

Daisuke Harada faced off against his nemesis, Kotaro Suzuki on the 29th September in a very tense match, which ended with Kotaro Suzuki with the win. He stood over the fallen Daisuke Harada and said that he was going to “shine up that rusty belt” (I think he may also have called him a “Class A War Criminal”, which seems a little extreme).
YO-HEY (watched by Kotaro Suzuki and Yoshinari Ogawa) faced Ikuto Hidaka for the semi-finals. YO-HEY seemed to have picked up a knock the knee during the match, (which Hidaka exploited), but he held on in there and refused to quit. The clock ticked away, near falls followed near falls, and then Hidaka locked in the Shinken Capture.
YO-HEY refused to quit.

The clock ran out and YO-HEY was awarded the win, which meant that he now had two jobs; to win Global Junior League and more importantly, to defend the honor of the Noah juniors against Kotaro Suzuki.

The showdown came on the 4th October, between the man who was not Noah born, but yet had the majority of the crowd behind him seeing him as representing Noah, and the man who is Noah born, but yet walked out of Noah, and therefore isn’t considered to be Noah anymore. The match was harsh with a lot of near falls which kept the crowd on the edge of their seats, but Kotaro Suzuki prevailed, and won Global Junior League 2018.

RATELS were at ringside and attended to YO-HEY, when he was rolled out of the ring, YO-HEY could be seen putting his palms together to bow and apologizing to Daisuke Harada.

After the match Kotaro Suzuki challenged Daisuke Harada. He later said he didn’t want the belt, but he had a plan for it, and he was bringing excitement to a division whose guys were bored and stuck in a rut.

All poor YO-HEY could say was “I’m sorry…I’m sorry”.

Junta Miyawaki is still without his first win, but the day is coming nearer, Noah are teasing a lot of near falls though.

Both Kouki Iwasaki (who faced Kenoh on the 4th October, and wants to do again) and Hiroshi Yamato (WRESTLE-1) say that they would like to further participate in Noah. Iwasaki says he wants to face Kenoh again and “knock him down”.

The wins of Takashi Sugiura and Kotaro Suzuki are the best outcomes for Noah.

The Junior division needs a proper heel, and while you could say they have Yoshinari Ogawa, Ogawa due to his age, status backstage in the company as the oldest active veteran (who is always referred to as “Mr. Ogawa” and treated with the highest respect), cannot enter a feud where his opponent runs him down, although he can go to toe to with the youngsters in the ring. Ogawa’s main role is as a teacher, and the rookies who come from the dojo, always pass through him; and Kotaro Suzuki therefore fulfills the role as someone who is a “things were better in my day” heel, allied in some way with Ogawa (whose mouthpiece and whipping boy he can be), and who doesn’t need to be treated with the same respect as Ogawa is. The fans accept Ogawa as “ratboy”, it is inconceivable that he would enter a feud with the normal back and forth banter.

As for Takashi Sugiura, most of the Super New Generation Army (barring Kaito Kiyomiya, who isn’t ready) have challenged him, as has Naomichi Marufuji. Global League resets this and now everyone battles for it, along with the new blood of The Hooligans and the two outside competitors. Takashi Sugiura has said that if he wins the league then he will chose his own challenger, and it will probably be someone from outside Noah.

Global League this year can be best summed up as “Global League 2018: Sugi’s Gonna Kill Ya”, but before that its on to Autumn Navigation.

NEWS

Koji Kanemoto will appear for Noah on the 14th October 2018, he will team with Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 vs RATELS (YO-HEY, HAYATA and Tadasuke)

Global League participants and dates

BLOCK A
Naomichi Marufuji
Akitoshi Saito
Quiet Storm
Katsuhiko Nakajima
Kenoh
Masa Kitamiya
Mitsuya Nagai
Kohei Sato

BLOCK B
Takashi Sugiura
Mohammed Yone
Go Shiozaki
Atsushi Kotoge
Kaito Kiyomiya
Maybach Taniguchi
Cody Hall
Kazusada Higuchi

As excited as people are about Global League 2018, there is some disappointment as fans did hope to see Jay Bradley or Masato Tanaka.

Tuesday, October 30th – Korakuen Hall (18.30) ~ FIRST NIGHT
Thursday, November 8th – Korakuen Hall (18.30)
Sunday, November 11th – Matsuyama City Community Centre (17.00)
Wednesday, November 14th – Takamatsu Symbol Tower Exhibition Hall, (18.30)
Friday, November 16th – World Pavilion, Osaka (19.00)
Saturday, November 17th – Edion Arena, Osaka (18.30)
Sunday, November 18th – Kyoto, KBS Hall (3pm)
Wednesday, November 21st – Aizuwakamatsu City Cultural Centre, Fukushima (18.30)
Thursday, November 22nd – Miyagi, Sendai (18.30)
Friday, November 23rd – Yokohama Radiant Halls, Kanegawa (17.30)
Sunday, November 25th – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo (18.00) ~ FINALS

Holy War Vol.3 
Akira Taue was Toshiaki Kawada’s next guest for his “Talk Battle” at Holy War Vol.3 (Kawada says that Vol.4 will either be this year or next year, with the two youngest on Noah’s roster hoping that they will be on it again).

I think Kawada had hoped that Akira Taue would talk about his struggle of being Noah’s president, but I don’t think that Taue wanted to re-live the trauma by going through it again. For the record, Taue has only ever told tidbits about it, he’s never done a sit down interview about it. The role turned him into an old frail man overnight.

The “Talk Battle” was very funny and very moving; they talked about Mitsuharu Misawa and how Taue was the one who invited Kawada to Noah (not Misawa), Taue’s sumo days (which the fans wanted to hear more about), Taue called Kawada “a bullying mother in law” when he was being difficult and Kawada asked Taue to please stop smoking and cut down his drinking – Taue said he wasn’t doing either, and no doubt 99% of the roster stubbed their cigarettes out when they heard Kawada say that. They told some funny stories, like the time when All Japan took the dojo to the seaside for summer training and Taue (known for his aversion to training) turned up without running shoes and with sandals because to his mind, “sandals are for the beach”.

At the end of the event they played a medley of Jumbo Tsuruta’s, Mitsuharu Misawa’s and Kobashi’s theme music (they found the first two very emotional).

GHC BELT NEWS

Current champions

  • GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
  • GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
  • GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Naomichi Marufuji & Akitoshi Saito
  • GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69

Either the winner of Global League 2018 (or a challenger that Takashi Sugiura appoints should he win the league) will be determined on the 25th November

Daisuke Harada will defend the GHC Junior Heavyweight belt against Kotaro Suzuki on the 30th October

Naomichi Marufuji and Akitoshi Saito will defend the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles against Cody Hall & Maybach Taniguchi in Kobe on the 14th October

The GHC Junior Tag Championship has not been challenged for yet, although the boys from Zero One (Ikuto Hidaka and Takuya Sugawara) have hinted that they may challenge.

TOUR TIDBITS

  • Takashi Sugiura seemed in a very good mood after the title match, joking about why someone would want to beat up an old man.
  • Tadasuke made Yoshiki Inamura to do his entry with him. Inamura wasn’t quite confident enough to do the headbanging and air guitar part though (HAYATA is on record saying it is embarrassing)
  • Atsushi Kotoge had dinner with “father and son” (Go Shiozaki and Kaito Kiyomiya)
  • Mitsuya Nagai came through the heavy door at Yokohama Radiant Halls to make his entry, and it slammed shut on Maybach Taniguchi behind him.
  • Katsuhiko Nakajima kicked Mohammed Yone’s afro, and laughed.
  • KAZMA SAKAMOTO called Marufuji’s picture of Nagai, Hall and Maybach “A Masterpeice”.
  • Daisuke Harada addressed the crowd on the 30th September and thanked them for coming out in spite of the inclement weather, HAYATA, who was in the ring with him, said “Same”. Considering Harada’s address to the crowd in this manner, and his promotional work on radio shows and for tours, it would not surprise me if one day he took over Go Shiozaki’s role as Head of the Noah Wrestlers Association.
  • Naomichi Marufuji says that he is fighting Kenoh on many fronts (Kenoh said in his last column about Marufuji’s perceived political maneuvering, Marufuji said all he had done was fight to defend Noah)
  • Minoru Tanaka says that as a child he was “good at playing building blocks”
  • YO-HEY actually gave a coherent promo on October 1st, except when the wheels fell off at the end and he started talking about snowball fights
  • Naomichi Marufuji has been appointed “Tourist Ambassador to Konosu City, Saitama” on a two year term
  • Minoru Tanaka underwent emergency surgery due to a septic thumb
  • Kikutaro got scruffed by referee Shu Nishanaga (KENTA had him thrown out of SEM once); speaking of Kikutaro he proclaimed himself “The Ace of SEM” (SEM was disbanded in 2015), and I don’t want to know why he was squeezing Atsushi Kotoge’s balls.
  • SPECIAL 4 (Hi69, Minoru Tanaka, Yoshinari Ogawa and Seiya Morohashi) now come out to “Ultra Soul”
  • Hajime Ohara has proposed a “Team Kawasaki” with Ikuto Hideki (and possibly Hiroshi Yamato)
  • Mitsuya Nagai says that when Marufuji becomes bald he will put him in “The Bald Octopus Club”
  • Noah are calling some of the Global League tag matches “Voyage for Global League”.

KING SHAMELESS’ CORNER

Takashi Sugiura abstained from drinking alcohol for a week before the title match in case of head injury and\or concussion, but after the match and subsequent examination at the hospital he was given the all clear, and he went out to dinner afterwards and drunk alcohol. Having had a day of having to behave himself pretty much, he told Tokyo Sports (who call him “King Shameless”), that he had a wet dream when he woke up the next morning. I don’t want to know any more.

EVENT RECAPS
September 29th, Yokohama Radiant Halls: 
September 30th, Ikos Ageo, Saitama
October 4th, Korakuen Hall 
Holy War. Vol 3 

LINKS
Naomichi Marufuji appointed Tourism Ambassador to Konosu City, Saitama 
SEM
Doug Williams has now retired 
“Heir to the Ark”: Naomichi Marufuji’s biography 


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