The Bella Twins return to action on Raw! Will Nikki & Brie show The Riott Squad how they get it done? Or will Ruby, Liv & Sarah #StartARiott in Ohio?
- The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad; The Bella Twins win.
- Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension; Roode & Gable win.
- Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alexa Bliss w/ Alicia Fox & Mickie James; Alexa wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS
The Revival???; Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Keith Thompson & Jimmie Jacobs; The AoP win.
- Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Ember Moon & Dana Brooke w/ Titus Worldwide; Sasha & Bayley win.
- Finn Balor VS
Baron CorbinBraun Strowman w/ McIntyre & Ziggler; Strowman wins.
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BRAUN STROWMAN heads to the ring!
But he isn’t alone, because he has Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre in tow. These three shocked everyone last week when they actually worked together to beat down Roman Reigns and The Shield. The Monster in the Bank has his shot at Hell in a Cell in the Hell in a Cell match, but that’s not for another two weeks. Tonight, Strowman wants us all to relive the main event moment when the alliance was struck. As the recap shows, this is also all payback for when The Shield reunited to keep Strowman from cashing in weeks ago.
Fans are mixed between boos and jeers, but Strowman tells them all “that’s what I call justice.” Strowman wanted to do things face to face, Monster to Man, and look Roman in the eyes to cash in. All Roman had to do was accept his fate. But the Big Dog has a pack, and that pack was his Shield. Without them, Roman knows Strowman would’ve taken the Universal Championship. Strowman realized he had to do something different, and doesn’t care if the WWE Universe likes it or not. So, “Big Dog”, Strowman has a pack of his own. And now Strowman will make Raw HIS Yard! Then in HiaC, where no one gets in or out, Strowman vows to dismantle Roman. Strowman will break Roman’s spirit and body to take what is rightfully his!
McIntyre says we should take a moment just to look at this trio. The Shield had their time, and that time is over. “You’re looking at the new kings of the jungle around here, and we’re going to feast on their bloody carcasses.” Ziggler adds they’ll be the new most dominant force in WWE History. More than the Nation of Domination, more than Degeneration X, and “sure as hell more dominant than The Shield.” These three will embarrass and decimate The Shield. The Shield started this, but these three will end it. But speaking of The Shield, here they come! And from the stairs, like the old days! But Baron Corbin sends out superstars to intercept! The Shield just runs right through them!
Roman, Rollins & Ambrose flank the ring, also like the old days. Strowman’s pack is ready, but a second wave of superstars come out. The Shield has to deal with them first, but that’s easy enough. And then the brawl begins! They pair off, Roman and Strowman, Ambrose and Ziggler, Rollins and McIntyre. But then a THIRD wave heads in! The entire Raw men’s roster is fighting in the ring, trying to keep six rabid animals apart! But fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Rollins gets free and it erupts all over again! Somehow Strowman’s pack is led away, but The Shield pursue! Just as Strowman’s team is dragged backstage, The Shield break through the line of superstars at the ramp! We go to break, but who knows what will happen next!
There is still chaos when we return!
The Shield are truly like rabid dogs as they’re being arrested and put inside a police van to keep them from causing any more trouble. Constable Corbin claims he’ll handle this, because not even he can afford to have top level superstars behind bars. How will he do this without upsetting Stephanie McMahon?
The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad!
Three years and we finally see the return of Nikki & Brie! They’re big hits with E’s Total Divas and Total Bellas, but are they going to continue where they left off when they go up against two-thirds of this red hot Women’s Trio?
Raw returns as the teams sort out. Nikki starts against the Juvenile Delinquent, Liv Morgan. Liv offers a handshake, but Nikki sees right through that. She rushes Liv and Liv rushes to ropes. Liv tags Sarah Logan in, and the Kentucky Viking ties up with Nikki. THey go power for power but Sarah gets the edge with pulling hair. Sarah gives forearms but Nikki comes back for a waistlock. Sarah hits out but Nikki gets a takedown. Cover, ONE, but Nikki is still on Sarah with arm wrench and yanks. Nikki wrings Sarah out, then puts on an armlock. Sarah endures while Ruby Riott coaches up her cohort. Nikki flips Sarah again, cover, TWO. Nikki fireman’s carry but Sarah flails out to drop Nikki by her hair.
Sarah drags Nikki up into an armlock of her own, and grinds her forearm into the shoulder. Nikki feeds off a fan rally and arm-drags Sarah away. Nikki runs in but misses in the corner. Sarah runs into an elbow, and walks into Nikki’s armbar tornado DDT! Cover, TWO, but Nikki drags Sarah up and over. Tag to Brie, and fans fire up for Brie Mode. Double arm wrenches and knees to the shoulders! Cover, TWO, but Brie has Sarah in a hammerlock. Sarah endures and powers Brie up. Brie sunset flips through, but Liv tags in. Sarah keeps Brie down so Liv can kick her. Cover, TWO!
Liv keeps on Brie with a chinlock, but fans rally up again. Liv knees Brie down, but Brie gets back up. Brie and Liv scrap but Liv talks trash. Brie SLAPS Liv, then gives forearms. Liv goes Matrix to yank Brie down! Cover, TWO! Tag to Sarah and Sarah slams Brie on the mat. Sarah throws forearms then whips Brie. Brie dodges and dropkicks Sarah down! Fans fire up as Brie starts up Yes Kicks as borrowed from her hubby. Liv runs in but gets a dropkick! Brie has Riott Squad on opposite ends, for Brie Mode knees! Ruby distracts long enough for Sarah to get out. Brie goes to DIVE, but she gets hung up on ropes while Sarah also clubs her down. The Bellas are now in trouble as we go to break.
Raw returns as Sarah thrashes Brie around in a seated cobra clutch. Nikki rallies the fans and Brie feeds off it. Brie reaches but fights out first. She yanks Sarah down then runs, but Sarah denies the tag. Sarah stomps Brie in the Squad corner, then howls. Brie fights back with boots, then a missile dropkick! Both Brie and Sarah are down but headed for their corners. Sarah tags Liv and Liv drags Brie away. Brie shoves Liv away, hot tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies and gives Liv the facebuster on the knee.
Fans fire up with Nikki as she runs in for the corner clothesline. She throws Liv out to hit with the Fearless Enziguri. Cover, but Sarah breaks it! Sarah whips but Nikki reverses to send her out. Nikki gives Ruby a shot, then the Bellas coordinate. Brie builds speed and DIVES! She just barely gets Ruby and Sarah, but Liv rolls Nikki up! TWO, to Rack Attack 2! Cover, Bellas win!
Winners: The Bella Twins, Nikki pinning
It wasn’t smooth, but it was a win. The Bellas are back, and Brie herself is getting ready to join Daniel Bryan against The Miz & Maryse at Hell in a Cell. Can Brie shake off more of that rust before helping her hubby fight the It Couple? At the same time, Super Show Down will have a Six Woman Tag where the Bellas team with Ronda Rousey to take on the full Riott Squad! Will both Bellas be ready to join the Baddest Woman on the Planet in battle?
Corbin assures Stephanie that everything is fine.
The Shield may be in jail but the rest of the show is on track. He’ll take care of the rest, so she can rest assured. But then Finn comes in with a grin. Finn wants a rematch with Baron Corbin. Corbin has no time for that, he’s busy. Plus, Corbin makes matches. Yes, he does. He also changes rules. Corbin is so proud of his temporary power. It’s like he’s compensating for something. If Corbin wants to prove he’s better than Finn The Man, then act like a man. A rematch with no tricks or games, to find out who the better man really is. Big talk for a little man. Corbin accepts the challenge, but in tonight’s main event. Fine by Finn. Will Corbin back up his power plays with a real victory tonight?
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Backstage interview with Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.
These two have decided to join together. Gable has been “captivated” by how Roode carries himself in the spotlight. Gable wants in on that. And he’s best in a tag team. Very kind words from a former tag team champion. And now, it’s time to show the world this new duo.
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension!
The GLORIOUS One and the Olympic Medalist are #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS, but will they be victorious over the Wasteland? Konnor & Viktor see a flash in the pan of the singles division, and then a “sawed-off duck butt.” Well that insult is confusing but it’s still an insult. The bell rings and Gable starts with Viktor. Gable throws Viktor overhead with multiple exploders, then manages to German Suplex Konnor! He gives a German to Viktor, then another one to Konnor! Fans fire up with Gable, btu Gable tags in Roode! Roode is a bit surprised, but he comes in. Roode bumps Viktor then chops him in a corner. He suplexes Viktor and covers, TWO.
Roode wrenches Viktor’s arm, but Viktor powers him over. Tag to Konnor and Konnor stomps in a mudhole. Konnor backs off while Viktor trash talks. Tag and The Ascension double punch, club and kick Roode down. Cover, TWO. Viktor keeps on Roode with a chinlock. Gable rallies the fans and Roode feeds off it. Roode fights back with body shots but Viktor clubs him down. Viktor drops a big fist drop, covers, TWO. Viktor tags Konnor, then holds Roode for Konnor’s kick to the ribs. Konnor drops an even bigger elbow drop, covers, TWO! The Ascension grow frustrated but Konnor wraps a chinlock on Roode. Gable keeps the fans going as Roode endures again. Roode powers up and fights back, but Konnor knees low. Tag to Viktor and the stomp Roode out. Cover, TWO!
Viktor keeps on Roode with another chinlock. Roode continues to endure while fans build to a new rally. Roode fights out again, but Viktor clubs him down. Viktor powers Roode to ropes but Gable tags in! Gable rallies but Viktor reverses the whip, only for Gable tog et a body check! Gable dropkicks Konnor then throws Viktor again! He ends up on the apron but cannonballs onto Konnor! Flying missile dropkick! Then CHAOS THEORY! Cover, Gable & Roode win!
Winners: Roode & Gable, Gable pinning
First time out and it’s already a win! This combination might be what both men need to keep moving forward. Will it go all the way to the Raw Tag Team Championships?
“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”
The Drifter has come to Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and he begins singing already. We live in an insane world, he was slapped by an insane girl. Take a stand and follow him to the Promised Land. Elias then asks the question he always asks: “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?” The Buckeyes seem up for it. Elias strongly dislikes women who hit men. That’s what Trish Stratus did, she wandered out here, interrupted Elias and embarrassed herself. Trish is struggling with the cold-hard truth that everyone else knows. It’s that WWE really stands for “WALK WITH ELIAS!”
Elias had all kinds of thoughts about his song for tonight. He thought about Christopher Columbus, who would’ve turned around back to Europe if he’d known a city like this would be named after him. But hey, what about them Buckeyes, huh? What is a buckeye? That’s the least intimidating mascot ever. Not like a wolverine in Michigan. Fans boo, but Elias is shaken by the “rotten people this city can produce.” Elias needs fans to silence phones, hold applause and most importantly, shut mouths. But here comes Alexa Bliss!
Alexa and her besties are in tow for this upcoming match with Natalya, but first she speaks to her crowd. Columbus, Ohio is the birthplace of The Goddess. Alexa graduated in this very building. There’s a chant here in Columbus, and it goes a little something like this. “O H! “I O!!” Hear that, Elias? That is the sound of all the “mindless Ohio imbeciles” being the sheep they are. Alexa admits Elias is 100% right, she could not get out of here quick enough. It was like being surrounded by zombies. She even recognizes some of them from high school. Time flies, right? Look where you are and look where she is! But Elias is in the ring with Columbus’ biggest star.
Alexa personally apologizes for Trish Stratus’ behavior. Is that something someone should do? Slap people more talented than you? And don’t get her even started on Ronda and Natty. Alexa will get Trish at Evolution, Ronda at Hell in a Cell, and Natty up next. But, could he play that song he was about to play? She wants to walk with Elias. Elias obliges, but here comes Ronda & Natty! The Rowdy Raw Women’s Champion leads the way for the Queen of Harts!
Natalya w/ Ronda Rousey VS Alexa Bliss w/ Alicia Fox & Mickie James!
The Goddess mocks Natty as Ronda’s pet, but will she be making fun of them when she’s put in a Sharpshooter tonight and an armbar at Hell in a Cell?
Raw returns as Alexa and Natty tie up. Natty gets a headlock and takeover, but Alexa gets the head scissors. Natty pops out but Alexa gets to ropse. The ref counts and Natty backs off, but dares Alexa to return. Alexa slowly returns to circle with Natty. They tie up again and Natty gets the wristlock. Alexa reverses and her friends cheer, but Natty rolls and handsprings to a hammerlock. Alexa slips through but Natty throws her down with a fireman’s carry. Natty has the arm again and fans fire up with Natty and Ronda. Alexa reaches up for another head scissor, but Natty pops out. Natty chases Alexa to the ropes, but has to back off again.
Alexa returns but her kick is blocked! She begs Natty let go but Natty grins as she drops the foot. They shake hands, but Natty stomps Alexa’s fingers! Alexa reverses a whip but Natty goes up and over for the rebound drop! Natty walks over Alexa to dropkick her down! Cover, TWO! Alexa scurries to a corner then dodges Natty to rock her with that wicked right! Alexa drags Natty up to stomp a mudhole into her. She backs off at the count but Mickie AND Alicia get cheap shots in! Alexa comes back to bring Natty up for the DDT! Alexa isn’t done, she wants Ronda to see the armbar! Natty endures while Ronda gets riled up. Natty endures but she has to tap! Alexa wins!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by submission
But she doesn’t let go until Ronda gets in the ring! Ronda checks on her friend, but Alexa rushes back in! Ronda catches her, so Alicia saves her. So Alicia gets rag dolled instead! But Alexa chop blocks Ronda then dumps her out. Alexa throws Ronda into steel steps, then back into the ring. Alexa grins but Ronda fights back with body shots! Ronda sends Alexa back out, and the Raw Women’s Division Mean Girls retreat. Ronda glares daggers at the Goddess. Will Alexa regret everything she’s said and done come Hell in a Cell?
Baron Corbin demands something of a staffer.
He needs it done and he needs it done right. But then Strowman and his pack walk in. Too bad about The Shield. Luckily these there are still here. So find them competition. They’re not asking, either. Corbin is GM, that’s great, but this is their show. Who do they have in mind? Well no Intercontinental Championship rematch tonight, but what about the Raw Tag Team Championships? But The Revival are getting that against The B-Team. Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson are good to go, as far as Corbin knows. And if they wren’t? Corbin would make new arrangements. Ziggler & McIntyre head out. Strowman stares Corbin down, and suggests he do his job and find Strowman competition. Corbin seems to be feeling what Kurt Angle had to deal with. Will he come through for these beasts?
Backstage interview with The Revival.
The #TopGuys have called The B-Team are mockeries of tag team wrestling. Webster ain’t got enough words in the dictionary to define those two. But here come Ziggler & McIntyre! They decimate Dash & Dawson, and we already know why. Will Corbin be forced to give these two wild dogs a shot at Bo, Axel and the tag titles tonight?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS
The Revival ???
We just saw what happened to Dash & Dawson, and as Corbin said, he would have to make an executive decision if something happened to them. The music plays, but no #TopGuys come out to #SayYeah. And with the record scratch, it’s confirmed! The Show-Off & The Scottish Psycho took out one team, and they’re about to do the same to the team in the ring!
The belts are raised and it’s official. Axel starts against McIntyre, but McIntyre hits Bo first. McIntyre then clobbers Axel and throws him overhead! Tag to Ziggler, and Axel is stood up. Bo trips up McIntyre and Axel rolls Ziggler! TWO, but Backslide, TWO. Axel gets a takedown, Bo tags in, and they both dodge Ziggler. Bo blasts Ziggler with forearms, then clotheslines Ziggler out. McIntyre comes in but he gets clothesline’d out, too! B-Team has control while we go to break!
Raw returns and McIntyre wrenches Bo in a mounted arm-lock. Fans rally and Bo stands up. Bo fights back but runs into an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre chops Bo, then stalks him to a corner. Ziggler talks trash while McIntyre suplexes Bo. Cover, TWO, but McIntyre grinds Bo down with another arm-lock. The fans chant “B-Team! B-Team! GO GO GO!” Bo feeds off that but McIntyre keeps him away from Axel. Tag to Ziggler and they stomp Bo out. Ziggler chokes Bo at the ropes but stops at 4. Ziggler taunts Bo while fans continue to cheer. Bo throws hands on Ziggler, but Ziggler kicks low to then dropkick Bo down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated, but he drags Bo over and tags McIntyre.
McIntyre takes Bo for haymakers, then chops. He hoists Bo up top, then chops him again. But Bo hits back! And hits a tornado DDT! Fans fire up as Bo and McIntyre crawl for their corners. McIntyre changes course to stop Bo, but Bo slips around to a neckbreaker! Bo and McIntyre crawl again, hot tags to Ziggler and Axel! Axel rallies on both men, then snapmares Ziggler for the neck snap! Axel’s all fired up, and the Buckeyes join him. He kicks low but Ziggler shoves out. Axel comes out, Perfect Plex! But McIntyre breaks it just in time, to then suplex toss Axel! Bo returns but McIntyre throws him into buckles! McIntyre backs off, and Ziggler walks over. Axel rolls him up! TWO, and a SUPERKICK! Ziggler tags McIntyre, and they take their frustrations out with a Claymore Zig-Zag! Cover, McIntyre & Ziggler win!
Winners: McIntyre & Ziggler, McIntyre pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
These two wolves took matters into their own hands, and now they have hands on titles. The Show-Off & The Psycho reign the Raw tag Team Division now, will anyone be able to take those titles from them?
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The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Keith Thompson & Jimmy James!
Yes, Drake Maverick, the GM of 205 Live and the Cruiserweight Division. But why is he with Akam & Rezar, in full AoP gear? Maverick takes a moment to explain, because he’s now the personal manager to AoP. He vows to make these two the Raw Tag Team Champions! McIntyre & Ziggler should watch closely, because whoever that is in the blue, he just got beheaded. Then the one in red gets clubbed down while draped on the ropes. Akam brings blue over and puts him on the top rope. Rezar tags in and clubs him off the top rope! Akam tosses Red to Rezar for a Death valley Bomb! Tag back to Akam and each Author takes each opponent, for Super Collider! Cover, AoP win!
Winnesr: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning
A great start under Maverick’s management, though the Authors did what they always do. Will they finally reach the top of the tag division and be the team to take the titles from the Show-Off & The Psycho?
Ronda sits with Natty.
Natty is sick of the games. The Bellas come by. They are worried for the two, but Natty needs a minute alone. The Bellas were talking and Ronda is absolutely going to be the greatest women’s champion ever. But there’s more to being champion than winning. Ronda inspired The Bellas to return, and they thank her. If she needs more training partners, they’re there for her. Ronda appreciates the offer but Natty has been great. Then maybe advice for non-wrestling things? Of course, she’ll definitely hit them up for that. Ronda thanks the Bellas for looking out, but what about looking out for Natty?
SHAWN MICHAELS IS HERE!
The Heartbreak Kid is back, because he knows there’s a major match on the horizon. HBK hears the fans chant for him, and usually says he’s not worth it, but he’s changed his mind. Shower him with praise! The fans do, but he already can’t take it. HBK decides to shill a bit and advertise his new merchandise. And for those scoring at home, get the WWE Network right now, $9.99! While there, you can make sure to watch Super Show Down, the real reason HBK is here tonight. Before getting to predictions like everyone else, he wants to frame this match. The truly last time ever for Triple H VS The Undertaker, so HBK had to get up off the couch to go see this personally. This match will be something we never ever forget, almost guaranteed.
Having said that, HBK has some comments about the other Hall of Fame Legend predictions. HBK was surprised the majority went with The Undertaker. Now, they’d be right, if the Streak was still intact. The Streak is broken, so HBK is surprised people still think Taker will win. But Stone Cold is in agreement with him, because they both feel HHH will do it this time. Fans may not like that, and think HBK is biased towards his BFF, but even so, it is all professional. The Undertaker needs to understand that HHH is still The Game, the Cerebral Assassin, and “as far was what’s left in the tank”, HHH has more left than the Dead Man. Super Show Down in Melbourne, the Cerebral Assassin cerebrally assassinates the Undertaker, and there is nothing– GONG!! Wait, is it?!
The lights go out, the bell tolls, and the smoke rises! IT IS!! The Undertaker IS here! HBK knows that entrance all too well as the Phenom walks to the ring. Taker joins HBK in the ring, reminiscent of their own legendary Wrestlemania matches. The Buckeyes lose their minds over seeing these two at the same time and in person. “I think this just became personal.” Taker tells HBK that it has been 20 years of those HBK and HHH being best friends. But in those 20 years, he took the best both men had, and put them both down! Taker retired HBK, and DX’s egos just can’t accept it. HBK chooses HHH because Taker took HBK’s career.
“Is that what you think?” HBK corrects Taker, he is a man of his word. Someone had to restore faith in the system, someone had to stand and be committed to words spoken. Everyone else says what they want and sometime down the line they go back on the word, but guess who doesn’t? HBK. He has stayed retired because he’s a man of his word. He is a man of honor and integrity, out of respect for the system, for the fans, but most importantly, out of the respect for Taker. But fans wouldn’t mind “One More Match!” It’s been almost a decade and every superstar every year wants their dream match. HBK turns down millions of dollars for #OneMoreMatch! But yes, whether Taker believes it or not, HBK has respect for him.
Fans still chant for “One More Match!” but Taker doesn’t seem convinced. “Is it respect? Or is it fear?” Because if HBK had ever chosen to come out of retirement, the only person he’d come for is Taker. “And make no mistake about it, I’d put you down all over again.” HBK knows it, Taker knows it, the fans know it. And there’s more: in Melbourne, Taker puts HHH down, again! Taker takes his leave, confident he still has enough for this Last Time Ever match of living legends. Will the Phenom’s confidence carry him through? Is HBK’s confidence in his best friend shaken?
Finn Balor prepares backstage.
But Baron Corbin comes in with some “bad news.” He’s been on the phone non-stop and doing GM work. They can’t have their match tonight. This is an excuse. No, Finn still has a match against someone else: Braun Strowman. Corbin wishes him luck, but how will the Extraordinary Man fair against this “impromptu” change?
Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Ember Moon & Dana Brooke w/ Titus Worldwide!
The Boss & Hug Connection are best friends back on the same page, but the Statistician is looking to get on track in what’s left of 2018. Luckily for her, she has the Prophecy of Flame on her side! Can Ember help Dana Eclipse the #LegitHuggable duo?
Dana starts against Bayley and they tie up. Bayley gets a headlock then wristlock and whip. Tag to Sasha and the friends crisscross Dana for a backwards whip. They double snapmare, then Bayley sliding lariats and Sasha drops double knees. Dana bails out and regroups with Titus & Apollo while we take another break.
Raw returns and Bayley has Ember in an armlock. Fans duel but Ember fights her way out. Bayley catches the kick but gets a headscissor. Bayley intercepts the tag with an elbow drop, then drags her to the corner. Tag to Sasha and the friends double whip. Ember kicks them both then springboards for double crossbody! Ember grits her teeth but Dana tags in! Dana runs and rallies on Sahas! Sasha blocks the kick to give a kick! Sasha hits buckles in the corner and Dana fireman’s carry. Dana goes to drop but Sashas counters. Dana fights out and enziguris! Sasha ends up in a corner as Dana fires up. Dana won’t listen to her coaches, but she messes up! Sasha headscissors to a cover, Sasha & Bayley win!
Winners: The Boss & Hug Connection, Sasha pinning
Maybe Dana’s problem isn’t herself but her coaching staff. What will it take to rework her strategy and #MakeItAWin? Wait, she says she’s had it with both Apollo and Titus? Is she quitting Titus Worldwide?
Bobby Lashley just comes out of Baron Corbin’s office.
What was the meeting about/ It wasn’t much of a meeting, but more of a performance review. “Despite Mr. Lashley’s sunny and cool demeanor”, he’s a danger to himself and his opponents? Lashley needs an intervention, with Jinder Mahal as mediator? Lashley feels this really will be good for him. Because “my man”, Constable Corbin is helping Lashley be less angry. Lashley does feel he gets too tense, so he’s looking forward to finding some inner peace. Is Lashley going to do as Constable Corbin hopes?
Jinder Mahal heads to the ring.
He and Sunil Singh prepare to moderate an intervention for Lashley through meditation, after the break.
Raw returns having set out a nice rug. Bobby Lashley makes his entrance now, and joins Mahal in the ring. Mahal senses the hostility from within Lashley. Lashley smiles and is the “strong silent type” but there is much anger. Mahal can help Lashley harness his power and achieve inner peace. They sit on the rug, and Mahal asks the fans sit, too. Lashley obliges, sitting between Mahal and Sunil. He even puts on a nice scarf. Repeat after me. Repeat after me. No not that. No not that. Mahal says this is about affirmation. “I am like water.” Water. My man! We are like water. Shanti! Sunil gets tense being next to the upbeat Lashley. Water, Shanti, right? Yes. Lashley takes in deep breaths, as does Mahal. But then Kevin Owen attacks!! Didn’t he quit?!
The Prizefighter has rage, but now so does Lashley! Mahal helps Kevin but Lashley fights him off. SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin is beside himself with rage, but he directs it all at Lashley. He stalks Lashley on the outside, and gives him an APRON BOMB! Kevin leaves Lashley down and out, but what does this mean for his status with Raw?
Just in from WWE correspondent, Mike Rome: The Shield are free!
They were charged, they were fined, and they were released! Will Roman, Rollins & Ambrose be able to make it back to OSU before the night is over?
Finn Balor VS
Baron Corbin Braun Strowman w/ McIntyre & Ziggler!
A “last-minute” change of plans from the Constable leaves the Extraordinary Man now having a match with The Monster Among Men. At the same time, the newly minted Raw Tag Team Champions will be by Strowman’s side. Does Finn stand a chance here tonight?
The bell rings and Strowman stares down Finn. Finn is wary of Strowman, but he fires off kicks and forearms. Strowman whips Finn then runs him over! Strowman roars and lets Finn get up. He misses in the corner and Finn hops on for a sleeper hold! Strowman barrels back and breaks free with help from the buckles. He brings Finn up to headbutt him down, then brings him up to club him down.
Fans rally for Finn and Finn fires back, only to run into a sidewalk slam! Strowman circles Finn like a shark while Finn slowly sits up. Strowman runs to boot Finn right in the face! He puts Finn in a corner but then runs into Finn’s boots. Finn leaps into a scoop, but slips out to a sleeper! Strowman throws Finn off, then runs. Finn dumps him out! Finn wrecks him with a dropkick then double stomps! McIntyre & Ziggler rush over but Finn gets back in while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once more, and Strowman wrenches Finn’s neck. Fans rally up and Finn feeds off it. But Strowman pushes Finn back down to club away! Strowman returns to the vice grip on the neck and shoulder, then the full wrench. Fans rally again and Finn gets up once more. Strowman knees low then throws Finn out. The referee tells Ziggler to stay away, but Strowman comes out to build up speed. Finn slingblades Strowman down! Finn gets back in the ring to recover while the count begins. Strowman stands at 5, then climbs back in at 7, only for Finn to be right on him. Strowman shoves Finn away, then catches him on the rebound. He puts Finn in a corner but runs into boots. He still smashes Finn in the corner with the splash!
Strowman runs but into another boot! Finn goes after the legs but Strowman is too big. Strowman lifts Finn but Finn slips back to a sleeper! Strowman backs up into buckles again, and is free. But then Finn dodges and Strowman hits post! Strowman’s pack regroup with him, but Finn FLIES onto them all! Finn fires up and flexes with the Buckeyes! But then Strowman throws him back in. Finn goes to the other side, and suckers Strowman into the swing kick! Finn climbs up top, but Strowman grabs him by the throat. So it’s back to the sleeper! Finn brings Strowman down into a triangle hold! Strowman powers up to deadlift and powerbomb Finn! Strowman drags Finn back up, scoops him, and gives him a Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster conquers the Man, and rolls on towards The Big Dog in the Cell. But the pack of wolves isn’t done with Finn. They feed Finn to another Monster Slam! All three smile, but fans chant for “Shield! Shield!” Strowman tosses Finn out, and McIntyre prepares the steel steps. Strowman gives a thumbs down, in an obvious reference to Roman, Rollins & Ambrose. McIntyre & Ziggler bring Finn up for Strowman, but then sirens sound? That’s because a police van pulls up! And yes, that’s THE SHIELD coming through!
Strowman, McIntyre & Ziggler are ready in the ring, but then Kevin Owens and Mahal attack! Other superstars attack the Shield, too? Elias, The Ascension, the Authors of Pain, even Drew Gulak from 205! They’re ALL going after The Shield, shouting “You don’t run this anymore!” Strowman hits Roman with steps! Mahal, Mcnityre, Kevin Owens and Elias throw Ambrose into the stage LED, then Rollins into the police fan windows!! Roman gets steel steps to the face again while Ambrose is being mugged right in front of his wife, Renee Young, at the announce desk! Rollins gets smacked by the van door, and Ambrose gets a Claymore! Ziggler even gets a SUPERKICK on Rollins! Strowman gives Roman a Monster Slam on the floor!
The Ascension help drag a bleeding Rollins over, and the others drag Ambrose over. The Shield is lined up while Storwman, Ziggler and McIntyre stand in the ring as the ring leaders of this raid. What is this massive anti-Shield alliance about?!
This was both a good episode and a bad episode of Raw. The opening with Strowman’s “pack” declaring they’re in charge now, then the truly massive brawl with The Shield that followed was great. I give kudos to Constable Corbin for not sending all of the men out at once, but instead did it in waves. That gave the brawl a feeling of escalation. However, The Shield being “arrested” only to be “released” was definitely their not-so-subtle way of making Roman and the trio as a whole the new Stone Cold Steve Austin(s) of Raw. When they announced the Shield was released from custody, I knew they were going to show up.
However, I did not predict the kind of beating they’d get, and certainly not from that many superstars. I thought it was going to be a bookend, brawl to start and brawl to end, but then it turned into this All Heels VS The Shield thing, no Faces coming out to help. Granted, Baron Corbin being in charge, he could’ve made special orders to allow only the Heels to go out, and it almost worked, aside from certain glaring contradictions. Kevin Owens should want nothing to do with Braun Strowman because Strowman has thrown him off of no less than three precarious perches. The Authors of Pain should want to stay neutral towards McIntyre & Ziggler because they now have what Akam & Rezar want in the Raw Tag Team Championships. Heels can still disagree with other Heels, regardless of common Face enemies.
For that matter, why is Drake Maverick the Authors’ new manager? Why not Dana Brooke since she just dumped Titus Worldwide? Why give them a new manager at all to replace Paul Ellering? Akam & Rezar have dominated well enough, they could just be named future contenders. Plus, Raw is going to need some more Faces with all these Heels going against The Shield. And speaking of Dana, I’m surprised this break-up happened this way. It should’ve been when Titus Worldwide kept losing to the AoP because of how their veteran advice didn’t even help them out. Dana could’ve easily used the winning records and percentages as reasons enough to join a team like the AoP.
But all that aside, there were still other confusing things that relate to other stories. The Bellas were obviously going to win, but boy did Brie take some scary falls out of her own suicide dive. She’s going to need to really work off the ring rust before trying that with Bryan against Miz & Maryse. Alexa does great doubling down on being a Heel with Elias, and the way things are going, the only reason Alexa wins the title back is because of cheating. And why are Roode & Gable a team at all? They did great in their match, but this just seems like an excuse to give them things to do. The same goes for Kevin attacking Lashley out of nowhere. They can explain things next week, but right now it’s just confusing.
However, seeing Shawn Michaels and then the surprise of The Undertaker was so great. People might downplay it as WWE cashing in on nostalgia, but in this case it doesn’t matter because it’s HBK and Undertaker! They are truly two of the best, and I loved Undertaker taunting HBK with his own pride. Fans want #OneMoreMatch but I liked HBK vowing to respect the retirement stipulation he and Undertaker agreed to all those years ago. This could lead to HBK breaking that vow to have his own #OneLASTTime with Taker, but only if that means he interferes with HHH VS Taker. I’m really intrigued now, because this could bump Super Show Down up to a truly important event, just for that match.
My Score: 7.6/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Wrestling Dontaku 2019 Part 2!
AXS wraps Wrestling Dontaku with TWO HOURS!
It’s the AXS finale of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019!
AXS and NJPW give us TWO hours and two championship matches! Jeff Cobb defends the NEVER Openweight Championship while Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
Coverage of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi; Taichi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
- EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic Wrestling Dontaku 2019 finale!
“Legacies will be defined” as The Rainmaker pushes past redemption and moves on to reestablish himself. It was through the 2019 New Japan Cup that Kazuchika Okada earned another chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Jay White, and it was at G1 Supercard that he took that title back! The now five-time champion keeps his promise of giving Cold Skull Sanada the first shot! The story of Okada and Sanada goes back to Sanada’s debut in 2016, in which he attacked Okada on Los Ingobernables de Japon leader Tetsuya Naito’s behalf. Sanada has climbed the ranks in the singles division, but is this the night he finally proves he is worthy? Or will Okada continue to prove he’s on another level?
Meanwhile, the Stone Pitbull and the King of Darkness have recently renewed a rivalry. They teamed with Okada and Sanada in a tag team match on the first night, and it went Evil’s way when put Tomohiro Ishii in the Scorpion Deathlock, a move copied from Ishii’s mentor! However, it was the referee who called the match for the sake of Ishii’s well-being, Ishii did not submit. Will Evil finally make Ishii give in? Or will Ishii get revenge for Evil adding insult to injury?
NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi!
The Hawaiian Hulk has a title belt in both ROH and NJPW! But that only means more work for the Olympic wrestler, and that includes facing the Sliest Wrestler in the World, backed by Suzuki-Gun! Will all the tricks in Taichi’s book amount to nothing against the colossal cross-promotion champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is presented, and the dramatic Taichi takes his time removing his entrance gear. Miho Abe takes care of his coat but Cobb makes sure Taichi puts his knapsack down, too. Taichi does, the bell rings, and we begin!
Cobb and Taichi slowly circle. Taichi goes back to his corner to have Miho fix his hair. Cobb grows annoyed but Taichi is in the corner so he can’t be touched. They circle but then Taichi bails out to regroup with Miho, Taka Michinoku and Kanemaru. Taichi takes his time returning, all to troll Cobb. Miho gets on the apron to be a distraction, and Taichi gets in from behind! He clubs Cobb, but it only annoys Cobb more! Cobb kicks Taichi then CHOPS him! Cobb CHOPS Taichi more, but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi whips but Cobb reverses and things speed up. Cobb hurdles and dropkicks Taichi! Fans applaud Cobb’s agility while Taichi bails out. Cobb builds speed, but Taichi uses Miho as a shield!
Fans boo but Cobb bails out. Cobb tells Taichi to man up but Taichi still “cowers” behind Miho. Red Shoes reprimands Taichi, but he doesn’t see Kanemaru attack Cobb from behind! Kanemaru’s forearms do more to Cobb than Taichi’s. But Cobb whips Kanemaru into railing! And he throws forearms on him! Taichi uses his mic stand on Cobb! Taichi chokes Cobb while Red Shoes is down. Red Shoes gets up with help from a Young Lion, and stops Taichi. Taichi whips Cobb into railing then brings him to NJPW commentary. He bounces Cobb off the announce desks then chokes him with cables! Taichi leaves Cobb behind long enough to take the NEVER Openweight belt. Taichi holds it up as if it’s already his. Fans boo and Red Shoes shakes his head.
Cobb drags himself up and gets in the ring before a count begins, but Taichi stomps away on him. Taichi stands on Cobb’s back and head, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. Taichi smirks as he stands Cobb up to choke him into a corner! Red Shoes counts again but Taichi lets up, only to grind Cobb’s face on ropes. Taichi smirks more as he rakes Cobb’s face! He stops at Red Shoes’ count but then brings Cobb up for a snapmare and swift kick. Cobb only gets mad and stands back up. Cobb throws big forearms on Taichi! Taichi mule kicks Cobb away, then runs in for a big corner clothesline. Taichi keeps moving, but Cobb dodges. Cobb wants a belly2belly but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi runs, but into a scoop to suplex! Cobb puts Taichi on the top rope, to CHOP him.
Cobb adjusts and climbs to join Taichi. Taichi holds on but Cobb gets up for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Taichi bounces up from momentum alone then flounders to a corner. Cobb slowly stands and gets himself to a corner while Taichi slowly sits up. Cobb runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi misses his kick but Cobb chops and clotheslines with no wasted motion! Cobb whips corner to corner then runs in for a BIG elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries Taichi for a Samoan Drop! “Gochimuchi” Moonsault but Taichi dodges! Taichi kicks but misses and Cobb waistlocks. Taichi elbows free but Cobb shoves. Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Taichi hits his enziguri! Taichi brings Cobb in, but he can’t lift Cobb! He kicks away on Cobb’s face, then tries again, but that doesn’t change anything! Cobb back drops Taichi instead!
Taichi wrenches and hook kicks Cobb! Taichi hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Cobb is tougher than that, so Taichi focuses his power. Off come the pants! Taichi aims and kicks, but Cobb deflects to hit back with a big right. Taichi kicks but it barely bothers Cobb. Neither does the next kick or the next kick. If anything, Cobb starts liking it. Cobb forearms Taichi and dares him to come back. He throws more forearms, and Taichi falls to his knees. Cobb dares Taichi to stand, and Taichi fires himself up. Taichi kicks away on Cobb’s chest, but Cobb blocks and brings Taichi in for a Fall Away Slam! Cobb runs as fans rally, but Taichi dodges to mule kick! But Cobb forearms back, so Taichi enziguris! Both men are down but fans are fired up!
Miho, Taka and Kanemaru coach up Taichi but the fans rally behind Cobb. Taichi grabs Cobb for a dragon sleeper, but Cobb powers out. Cobb arm-drags Taichi off, then scoops him for- No, Taichi gets out of the Tour for a BIG saido suplex! Taichi drags Cobb up again, dragon sleeper and armlock, but Cobb endures the “stretch bar.” Cobb reaches but Taichi cranks back. Fans rally again but Taichi shifts to a cover, TWO!! Cobb still has life and Taichi grows frustrated. Taichi stands Cobb up and brings him up in an Alabama lift. But Cobb is just too much! Cobb clubs Taichi and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on and rolls to bring him up for another! Cobb still holds on, for a PILEDRIVER! Cobb can’t cover, he’s too tired!
Fans rally as both men are down! Cobb stirs but goes the wrong way. Miho panics and almost cries for Taichi but it’s Cobb who slowly stands up. Fans duel as Cobb drags Taichi back up. Taichi is dead weight but Cobb gets him up and whips him, but Taichi boots! Taichi is alive and whips, but Cobb reverses to the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Taichi up, throws him, but Taichi holds ropes. Taichi boots and roundhouses! And rabbit ax bombers to another enziguri! Both men are down again, and it’s Taichi who can’t make a cover! Taichi revives and fires up! He takes aim at Cobb, who staggers over. Superkick blocked, for a Tour- No, Taichi escapes, but gets a LARIAT! GACHIMUCHI! And then, a Tour of the- No, roll up! TWO!!
Taichi pushes Red Shoes to LOW BLOW Cobb! Chicken wing cradle, TWO!! Not even a kick to the balls can stop Cobb! But Taichi aims, SUPERKICK!! Then Alabama lift, BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Taichi wins!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
For the second time ever, the Sliest Wrestler holds this belt! And most surprisingly, he barely had to cheat! Cobb is no longer champion in both ROH and NJPW, but will Cobb be back for a rematch?
EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii!
Again, the Stone Pitbull did not submit to the Scorpion Deathlock as put on by the King of Darkness. However, he was still trapped in it with no way out. Will Ishii fall for that trap again? Or will he have an escape plan this time?
NJPW returns after the entrances and we get right to the bell!
Evil and Ishii collide, then collide, then collide. Ishii runs and bumps Evil, who comes back on the rebound, but so does Ishii! They just keep ramming into each other! Evil and Ishii each fire up as the fans fire up. Evil throws a forearm but Ishii gives it back, and repeat. They go back and forth like this, fast and furious, and the fans rally up with them! The brawl keeps going, forearm for forearm, elbow for elbow! Evil gets rocked and Ishii keeps on him. Ishii runs but into Evil’s elbow! Evil runs but they go shoulder to shoulder again! They both run, and they both collide! Evil finally knocks Ishii down!
Fans cheer while Evil catches his breath and Ishii writhes. Evil drags Ishii up to toss him out. Evil follows to club away, then whip into barriers! Ishii hits the floor but Evil doesn’t let up. Evil brings Ishii up to throw into the post! You could hear that *BING* of head hitting metal! Evil stomps Ishii then drags him back up to throw back into railing. He puts Ishii’s leg through the rails to kick! Ishii hobbles as the ring count passes 15! Evil puts Ishii in at 17 and fans cheer. Evil stomps the leg now, but Ishii eggs him on! So Evil slams the leg and puts on a toehold. Ishii endures while pulling Evil’s hair. Evil pulls back on the leg and ankle, but Ishii drags himself to a ropebreak. Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go.
Evil looms over Ishii but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii chops but it doesn’t hurt. Evil CHOPS Ishii and he staggers back! Ishii chops but Evil CHOPS! They keep going back and forth, Ishii’s chop meeting Evil’s CHOP! Ishii fires off many chops but Evil just needs one double hand CHOP to floor Ishii! Evil keeps on that leg, clearly preparing for the Scorpion Deathlock. He puts it on, but Ishii resists being turned over! Ishii slaps Evil so Evil chokes and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii just takes the chops and stands up. He wobbles over to Evil to fire off forearms, but Evil kicks the bad leg out. Evil whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back with a clothesline! However, Ishii hobbles, showing that Evil’s plan is working.
Evil stands but Ishii CHOPS him in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and forearms and repeats. He whips corner to corner but Evil reverses to forearm, only to run into a powerslam! Both men are down but Ishii’s up first. Ishii drags Evil up but Evil resists the back suplex with elbows. Evil brings Ishii towards a corner but Ishii rams his shoulder in! And again and again! Ishii runs back in but into a boot, only to clothesline Evil anyway! Fans rally both ways as Ishii gets his back and legs moving. Ishii drags Evil up and hoists him onto the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join Evil, but Evil resists. Evil holds onto the crossbars so Ishii headbutts him! Ishii lifts Evil for the SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Ishii stands. Ishii wants Evil to stand, then he runs, but Evil boots the lariat and blocks the other. He passes Ishii’s kick to Red Shoes to mule kick Ishii’s leg! Evil suplexes Ishii into buckles! The Pitbull bails out of the ring but Evil pursues. Evil goes under the ring and tosses chairs around. Ishii hits back and brings Evil over. Evil blocks the suplex, but Ishii still tries. Evil suplexes to put Ishii on the rails, Anarchy Suplex! Almost a Magic Killer! Evil gets back up and grabs one of those chairs. He puts one around Ishii’s head and has the other! Red Shoes runs out to reprimand Evil but Evil shoves him away! Evil then swings and SMACKS the chair off around Ishii’s head! The Pitbull goes down while we go to break.
NJPW returns again as Evil drags Ishii up. Fans cheer as Evil wants to end this in the ring. Evil rallies the fans and takes aim at Ishii. He runs corner to corner and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Evil roars while Ishii flops to the mat. Evil drags Ishii up for a suplex and he puts Ishii on the top rope. Now Evil joins Ishii up there but Red Shoes is worried. Evil stands Ishii up, for a SUPERPLEX of his own! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii’s far tougher than that, so Evil goes after the legs! Scorpion Deathlock! Ishii endures this hold all over again, but he also powers up! He crawls himself towards the ropes but Evil sits down deeper! Fans rally as Ishii powers up again. Ishii crawls again, but Evil sits back down.
Ishii grabs at Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping, and then he gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go and wipes the sweat from his brow. Evil looms over Ishii and drags him back up. He lifts Ishii but Ishii slips out. Ishii waistlocks but Evil elbows out. Ishii swings but Evil dodges to waistlock, only for Ishii to swing again, which Evil again dodges. Evil swings but Ishii blocks, and Ishii waistlocks only for Evil to elbow out. Evil swings again, but into Ishii’s back suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Evil goes after the legs again with elbows to the knee. But Ishii eggs him on! Evil mule kicks the knee but Ishii fires off forearms. Evil ROCKS Ishii with that right!
Fans rally as Ishii falls to his knees, but Evil runs. Ishii blocks a clothesline with a clothesline, then runs. Evil runs from the corner, but Ishii sees it coming and clotheslines him down! Ishii grits his teeth while fans are thunderous. He puts Evil in the Scorpion Deathlock! Evil endures the move now as Ishii sits down deep! Evil powers his way over, but Ishii cranks back harder! But Evil still gets the ropebreak! Ishii lets go and is frustrated, but he doesn’t let up. He goes after Evil again, dragging him up by his singlet. Ishii goes after a leg with a knee jammer! Evil fights off the shin breaker, then spins, but into Ishii’s elbows from all sides! Evil spins again but into another big forearm! Ishii sits Evil up for the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous all over again as Ishii stands Evil up. Ishii suplexes, but Evil knees out. Evil shoves and German Suplexes! But Ishii’s up to clobber Evil! Evil headbutts and LARIATS back! Ishii flounders but Evil is up again. Evil wants another and runs, and LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Ishii still lives! The fans are at a fever pitch as Evil catches his breath. Evil slashes the throat to say it’s over. He drags Ishii up, spins, but Ishii slips out! Evil spins Ishii again, but Ishii gets a waistlock and German Suplex! But now Evil’s up in an instant! Only to run into Ishii’s LARIAT! ONE?! Evil hits another lariat! Then lariats collide! Both men fall over! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.
Fans rally up and gives both men new life. Ishii and Evil stand, and head for each other. They collide with clotheslines again, and stagger on weak legs. Evil and Ishii run and collide yet again! Evil roars and runs, but Ishii tanks the clotheslines! Ishii headbutts then forearms then headbutts Evil again! Evil falls to a knee but Ishii stands him back up, only for Evil to hook the arm! Ishii spins Evil around but Evil spins out of the full nelson to suplex Ishii! Ishii knees free and spins Evil, only for Evil to get him with a Half ‘n’ Half Suplex! Evil drags himself to a corner while Ishii slowly stands. Evil runs but gets caught! Ishii wants to steal the STO!
But Evil spins Ishii around, full nelson to fireman’s carry, but Ishii slips out, clothesline blocked! Rolling elbow hits! Enzugiri! Evil is out cold but Ishii isn’t done with him! Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO?! Evil still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! But he won’t stop, he suplexes to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall
Finally, after a human demolition derby, the Stone Pitbull is victorious! Two of the toughest in NJPW went head to head and Ishii proves the tougher, but when and where will we see this match again?
NJPW Media Backstage Interviews
Ishii says “That’s what you get, facing me in a singles match.” Did Evil learn his lesson? If not, Ishii will happily teach him it again.
But then Taichi walks in to smirk at Ishii. “Oi. Congrats on earning the right to challenge me.” What? You heard Taichi right, Ishii now has the right to challenge for the NEVER Openweight Championship. So Taichi wants after Ishii, huh? Well there’s no one else, so Ishii might as well be the new #1 Contender. Be happy to be chosen. Well if Taichi wants this, Ishii’s game. No it’s about Taichi throwing the Pitbull a bone. Then ask him nicely? As if. The Pitbull should be begging. Accept it and be grateful. Yeah, Taichi seems so grateful, the way he’s treated that belt already. It was broken when Taichi got it from Cobb. Whatever. Ishii accepts the challenge. No, no, Ishii is challenging Taichi, got it? Whatever you say. Weirdo.
But it’s been awhile since Ishii’s seen that belt. Taichi just wants revenge from the New Japan Cup. Reminds Ishii of another wrestler in NJPW. But Ishii’s up for this match anytime, because the results will be the same. When and where will NJPW give us this new NEVER Openweight Championship showdown?
Hiroshi Tanahashi returns to NJPW!
The Ace has been gone since suffering an elbow injury and going through the subsequent surgery to repair it. He surprises the fans here at Wrestling Dontaku, because he has something he wishes to say.
“Tanahashi desu. I had surgery on my left elbow. The cast came off the other day, and I got my stitches out. But I wish I could have competed here.” It was a year ago that here, in Fukuoka, that the crowd was behind him. He rode that wave of energy to win the 28th G1 Climax that August. And then he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the Tokyo Dome. But then in February, he lost, and his losses piled up. And he feels as low as the floor right now. Fans cheer, wanting him to rise back up.
Tanahashi knows he’s starting from the bottom. But as he stands back up, he vows that on June 5th, at Ryogoku, he’ll make another comeback! He continues to say that after that, he’ll again go after the IWGP Heavyweight title! Will the Once in a Century Talent make yet another heroic return?
But wait, here comes Jay White and Gedo! Fans boo as the Switchblade takes the mic from Tanahashi. Gedo tells White some things, and then White grins at Tanahashi. Fans boo as White begins to speak. “You want the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? You think you deserve the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?” The line starts behind White, and Tanahashi is at the back, even behind Hirooki Goto! White is the REAL champion, and it doesn’t matter who wins between Okada and Sanada, White’s turn is next. “Do you understand me?” Gedo makes a move on Tanahashi, but it’s just so White can get his cheap shot in! White stomps Tanahashi as fans boo and the bell rings. White rains down rights then stomps him more.
Gedo ups the ante by bringing out chairs! White grabs one and puts it around Tanahashi’s newly recovered arm! He grabs the other chair, but Young Lions save Tanahashi! White fights them off but Tanahashi is safe from further harm. White picks up the mic again to tell Tanahashi, “I am next!” Fans boo White and cheer Tanahashi. Will the Switchblade and The Ace settle things in the ring to decide who really is next to face the top champion in NJPW? For that matter, we still have the main event to go. Who will be the top champion in NJPW after the dust settles?
NJPW and AXS advertise G1 Climax 29!
Mark your calendars, because on July 6th, 2019, AXS will begin coverage of the Summer’s major heavyweight tournament! The biggest and best of NJPW will once again compete in a round robin tournament to crown a #1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA!
The Rainmaker’s redemption was completed in Madison Square Garden during the history G1 Supercard event! Now Okada returns to give Cold Skull first crack at this fifth title reign. With the Switchblade already calling his shot, who will have the Bullet Club’s cutthroat leader targeting them through the Summer?
The introductions are made, both men take off their elaborately decorated jackets, and the belt is presented. The bell rings and fans are already thunderous as we begin!
Okada and Sanada hear the fans duel before circling. They approach and watch the other closely. Okada backs off so Sanada does the same. They circle again and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Sanada wristlocks and standing switches. Okada switches back but Sanada drops to an armlock. Sanada waistlocks but Okada wrenches free. Okada wrenches more but Sanada reverses it back. Okada rolls and trips up Sanada, and gets the toehold. Sanada endures as Okada cranks back. Sanada tries to chinlock but Okada cranks again. But Sanada manages to sit up and gets Okada’s arm, but Okada blocks the armbar. Okada rolls but Sanada denies a cover. Okada has the leg for a standing toehold, but Sanada works on an escape. Sanada rolls and rolls and breaks free, and fans applaud.
Okada backs off and takes his time circling with Sanada. Sanada and Okada go again, and Okada rolls to get the wristlock. He brings Sanada to the mat then back up for a wrench. Okada gets both arms for a standing stretch, but Sanada endures. Sanada goes to power up but Okada brings him back around. Okada digs his head into Sanada’s back, but Sanada works on turning it around. Sanada and Okada struggle but Okada gets it back. Sanada tries again, and though he gets it, Okada quickly turns it back around. Okada throws Sanada down but Sanada throws Okada from the mat. Okada rolls Sanada, ONE! Sanada rolls Okada, ONE! Okada sweeps Sanada but Sanada gets off to sweep. Okada gets out and both men knip up!
Fans cheer as these two are evenly matched to this point. Okada and Sanada have to nod in respect to the other, too. They circle again and tie up. They stare down as they shift from knuckle locks to collar and elbow. Okada puts Sanada on the ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Classic Okada fakes the chop to pat Sanada’s shoulder. But Sanada comes back with fiery kicks and forearms! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, and boots Sanada to a snapmare. Okada runs and basement dropkicks Sanada down! Okada catches his breath while Sanada checks his head. The champ stands Sanada up and laces the arm through for a modified stretch. Sanada endures but Okada lets go.
Okada brings Sanada around to scoop slam him, then slingshot senton! Sanada clutches his ribs while Okada takes his time returning. Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps on Sanada with a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee in his neck while Okada pulls back. Sanada works on an escape but Okada just brings him back. Fans duel as Sanada works his way back up. Sanada elbows free but Okada clubs him on the back. Okada whips and runs in, but Sanada boots him away. Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grits his teeth and clutches his knee. Sanada brings Okada up, blocks Okada’s kick, and trips Okada up! Okada pushes him away but runs into a huricanrana! Sanada rolls through to get the arms and legs!
Okada powers out of Paradise and speeds things up, but Sanada dropkicks the leg again! Dragon screw, to Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada hears them out. Fans duel and rally as Sanada takes aim from a corner, to kick Okada out of Paradise! Cover, TWO, but Sanada keeps cool. Sanada chinlocks but Okada endures. Okada works on an escape but Sanada elbow drops him down. Sanada puts the chinlock on again, but Okada reaches for ropes. Sanada wrangles Okada away and cranks back on the chinlock. Okada scrambles and uses his long legs to get the ropebreak! Sanada lets go but comes back to bring Okada up. He puts Okada in a corner to whip corner to corner. He hits a back elbow then snap suplexes Okada down! Cover, TWO!
Sanada keeps his cool while bringing Okada up again. Okada hits low with a shoulder, then throws forearms. Okada runs but into Sanada’s elbow! Sanada moonsaults but Okada dodges to hit a running uppercut! Both men are down but fans continue to cheer. Okada sits up first, and he runs at Sanada to rally with forearms and elbows! He whips but Sanada reverses. Okada dodges but so does Sanada, but then back to Okada and he runs Sanada over with an elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and whips Sanada corner to corner. Okada hits a back elbow to DDT! Cover, TWO! The champion is still in control while we go to break.
NJPW returns and Okada aims at Sanada on the outside. Okada slingshots but Sanada trips him up. Sanada whips Okada but Okada reverses to send Sanada into barriers! Then he boots him over! Okada fires the fans up as he gets space. He runs back to FLY and crossbody Sanada into more barriers! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them both. Okada clutches his leg again, that leap was double-edged. A 20-count begins and passes 10 before Okada stands. Okada drags Sanada up but brings him to ringside at 17! He gets Sanada in at 18 and fans cheer that he wants to end this in the ring. Okada still clutches that leg but manages to stand.
Okada drags Sanada up again to scoop slam him down. He goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to leap over Sanada. He uppercuts Sanada then runs, but Sanada hurdles and dropkicks Okada out of the ring! Now Sanada slingshots and wipes Okada out! Fans fire up as Sanada walks off the pascado. Sanada takes a lap around the ring while Okada is still down. Sanada returns as the 20-count begins again. He lets it reach 10 before bringing Okada up. He puts Okada in at 14 and covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and brings Okada back up. Okada blocks the back suplex and elbows Sanada off. Okada runs but Sanada reels him in. Sanada suplexes but Okada lands on his feet. Okada swings but into the dragon sleeper! But he arm-drags out to flapjack Sanada down!
Both men are down, catching their breath and clutching their legs. Fans rally up and Okada forces himself to stand. Sanada follows but Okada boots him. It doesn’t have as much power, so Sanada boots. Okada blocks it and throws uppercuts to then go for a lift. Sanada fights out, but Okada blocks the boot. Sanada blocks Okada’s boot to give him a forearm. Okada staggers into a boot, then a rolling sabat! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to fake out the dropkick! Sanada fireman’s carry but Okada slips out. They trade standing switches and Okada German Suplexes, but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada whips but Okada reverses again, but Sanada tumbles and springboards to missile dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up again as the tide looks to be turning.
Okada gets to a corner and fans duel again. Sanada runs in but is popped up to the Air Raid Crash neckbreaker! Okada catches his breath but he crawls over to Sanada. He positions Sanada before climbing up top again. Okada leaps, Macho Elbow hits! But he’s not done there, Okada hits the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags Sanada up and wristlocks, but Sanada drops down to roll Okada! TWO, and Okada has a cover! TWO and Sanada has it back, TWO! Okada sunset flips, TWO! Sanada sits on Okada, TWO! Okada again, ONE, Sanada jackknifes! TWO, Sanada drop toeholds Okada to a leg nelson, Japanese Clutch, TWO!! Okada has Sanada in a cobra clutch! Sanada endures and flails while fans rally again.
Sanada sits up and Okada drags him up, to wring him out! But Sanada dropkicks the clothesline away! Sanada drags Okada up to whip but Okada reverses to hit his dropkick now! Okada drags Sanada back up, gut wrench but Sanada wriggles to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Okada rolls through to gut wrench! Tombstone piledriver! But Okada isn’t done, because he still needs his namesake. He wrings Sanada out but Sanada spins to Salida, into the dragon sleeper! Okada endures and maybe even fades under the first part of Skull End! But Okada fights back up and scoops, only for Sanada to counter lift to Anarchy Suplex! Just like Evil earlier, Sanada gets a Magic Killer style move!
Fans duel again as Okada and Sanada sit up. They might even be turning towards Sanada more. Sanada drags Okada up, double chicken wing to the Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes but barely! Sanada keeps on him, scoop and backbreaker. He goes to a corner and climbs up, Moonsault! But he lands on his feet as Okada evades! Sanada staggers back, one of his knees buckling. He still runs at Okada, only to get a boot. Sanada tries again, but into another boot. Okada runs out but Sanada dodges the shotgun. Sanada spins but int a spinning Rainmaker! Okada roars as he drags Sanada back up, wristlock but Sanada full nelsons to another Salida! Okada blocks this one, so Sanada uses the buckles for the climb! He has the Skull End dragon sleeper again!
Okada endures but Sanada takes him for a swing! Then drops down for the body scissors! Skull End in full, but Okada refuses to quit! Red Shoes checks as Okada fades, but Okada revives. Okada flails with his arms then pops out! Sanada keeps the body scissors to get the sleeper with the other arm! He cranks back hard as fans duel and rally. Okada endures and flails again, not fading out. Red Shoes watches Okada like a hawk, but Okada pops out again. Sanada fights to get the head again but Okada crawls for ropes. Okada reaches, but Sanada wrangles him away with a wristlock! Skull End returns a third time, but Okada still flails. Red Shoes checks, his arm drops once. It drops again. Sanada gives up the hold to drag him over?! MOONSAULT to the back! And then again, to knees!!
Both Sanada and Okada are down again! Fans are thunderous again as they duel and rally. Sanada and Okada are exhausted but still push themselves back up. They head for each other, and grind forehead to forehead. Okada throws an elbow, but Sanada returns it. Okada gives Sanada another, but again Sanada gives it back. Another forearm from Okada, and another forearm from Sanada as they stand. Okada, Sanada, repeat. They pick up speed, but Okada dazes Sanada. Okada keeps hitting him, but Sanada refuses to fall. Okada hits Sanada a third time, but Sanada gives him an uppercut! Sanada shakes the sweat from his hair as fan return to a fever pitch. He drags Okada up for another heavy uppercut! Okada falls to his knees, but Sanada brings him back up.
Sanada throws another but Okada backslides! Sanada rolls of and dodges the rainmaker! He waistlocks but Okada bucks him off. Okada runs to shotgun dropkick Sanada down! Okada watches Sanada in the corner, then runs in, only to get elbows! Sanada springboard moonsaults to a dragon sleeper! But Okada uses the buckles to turn it around! Okada has the dragon sleeper, then gut wrenches! But Sanada wiggles to battle over the gut wrench! He gets Okada up, but Okada wiggles and flails! Okada manages to get the gut wrench back! But Sanada slips up and around to a waistlock. Okada tries but can’t buck Sanada off, and Sanada gets the dragon sleeper!
Okada endures again but flips over as Sanada drops back. He drags Sanada up but Sanada dodges! Sanada wrings Okada out but Okada still tries! Sanada ducks that clothesline, to wring Okada out and steal the Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives his own move! Sanada finally shows frustration, but then he vows to end it. He drags Okada back up, cravat to Salida, but Okada slips out. Okada spins but Sanada blocks to then spin for a roaring elbow! Cravat, Sliced Bread, but into a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And the TRUE Rainmaker!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
The first defense of this fifth reign and The Rainmaker is STILL the top champion in NJPW! Okada goes 6-0 against Sanada all-time, but it gets tougher and tougher each time! Will we get to see lucky number 7 in the future? Will Sanada finally break through? Or is Okada just on too high a level?
Okada offers a hand to Sanada to help him up. Sanada declines, helping himself up. However, Sanada does take the hand in a small handshake, to then give a fist bump. It sounds like there will be a seventh round one day, we can only wait and see.
NJPW skips to after Okada is again wearing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, to when Okada takes up the mic. “Sanada-san! At the signing ceremony, you honored me by calling me your rival.” That made Okada very happy. So in front of Hakata, he wants to say something to Sanada: he is Okada’s rival, too! Their story has just begun! “But I’m not gonna lose.”
Okada addresses the fans again as he notes “We have changed over from the Heisei Era to Reiwa.” What do the NJPW fans think? Hard to tell. But Okada wonders who will entertain the pro-wrestling world in this Reiwa Era. Okada promises he’ll bring the excitement. He vows to be the star of the new era for the true fans! He’ll bring the heat! “As the 69th IWGP Heavyweight Champion, I will keep the new era exciting.” As long as he’s NJPW’s top champion, he’ll- Wait, the lights go out! A video plays. Is that… CHRIS JERICHO!? The dark clown that Y2J has become says “I’m the Painmaker! And on June 9th at Dominion in Osaka, I will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! And I’m gonna win.” Jericho shouts he’ll win, but then hushes himself. Y2J is returning to NJPW and aiming for the top!!
Okada just tells Jericho, “Bring it on, you bastard!” Because Okada vows HE will win! Okada will win and return as champion, to again make it rain! Will Okada continue to be the best in NJPW by beating the Best in the World at What He Does? Or will Jericho completely turn NJPW upside-down at Dominion?
One hour of NJPW on AXS alone is great, so two hours is amazing! Especially when they know how to properly book surprises. I didn’t think Taichi would win the NEVER Openweight Championship off of Jeff Cobb in a mostly clean way. Sure he had Miho be his distraction and his shield, but the Suzuki-Gun antics weren’t even deciding factors this time. Well, an argument can be made that they amounted to something, especially the low blow. But for the most part, Taichi managed to just keep on Cobb until Cobb couldn’t get up. At the same time, Cobb being a dual ROH and NJPW champion wasn’t going to last forever, so it was a good move to make it someone mostly unexpected. Now Taichi VS Ishii will be a good first defense for Taichi, I’m just not sure Taichi survives.
For that matter, Ishii VS Evil was insane. It really was just a demolition derby slug fest type fight, and that’s exactly what it should’ve been. Ishii wins not just because he’ll challenge Taichi but because that was the story of him and Evil. Evil got him last time with the Sharpshooter, and that was a great part of the match’s story, but for that reason, Ishii survives the hold and puts Evil away with a standing finisher. And with another G1 Climax on the horizon, Evil can snap back in the NJPW Heavyweight ranks with an impressive showing. I’m honestly surprised Tanahashi is making another comeback, but NJPW without him would also seem odd. White obviously wants to finish Tanahashi for good, that’s another good story going into G1 Climax 29.
NJPW is also building stars properly. Sanada’s history with Okada has been building over the last three years, and it clearly works in getting fans behind Sanada as we heard from the Fukuoka fans. Okada VS Sanada VI, the longest and best match so far of their series, and I really do look forward to a seventh. If anything, the day Sanada beats Okada is the day Sanada reaches that heavyweight/world championship level. He will be the face of NJPW one day, but not until Okada stops. Okada has been such a strong force in NJPW and with that heavyweight championship, he’s almost the NJPW John Cena or Randy Orton. If it weren’t for his matches always being great, I’d say he should move on. If anything, he should still think about going after a different title once this fifth reign ends.
Jericho returning to NJPW is also great, Okada VS Y2J at Dominion will be great, but I don’t think Jericho is the one to end this fifth reign, and certainly not at this point. Beating Jericho will help build Okada’s fifth reign up, and perhaps solidify Okada’s legacy.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/11/19)
It’s Speed VS Strength in the main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 399
Battle lines have been drawn in ROH! LifeBlood’s Bandido takes on the Notorious Hitman, who takes a big win on War of the Worlds Weekend?
- Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods; Woods wins.
- Bandido VS Shane Taylor; Bandido wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers!
Ryan Nova & Cheeseburger have Eli Isom in their corner, but they’re up against the salty Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni and the massive Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas! Triple S got a Six Man Tag victory over C2C and Colin Delaney on the Road to G1 Supercard, but can they pull off another shocker against even bigger and badder competition? As for C2C and The Bouncers, they lost together at this year’s Masters of the Craft, but Ali & LSG refused to share a #ToastofHonor in commiseration. Will that chip on C2C’s shoulder go away or only grow bigger tonight?
The Bouncers keep the Code of Honor with the Shinobi but C2C refuse to shake hands with anyone. Fans cheer “Beer! Beer!” for BCB and Milonas while they let Nova start with LSG. LSG and Nova tie up, and LSG gets the wristlock. Nova rolls and reverses, but LSG handsprings and reverses back. LSG waistlocks and slams Nova hard, then headlocks. Nova powers out and things speed up, LSG waistlocks Nova again but Nova bucks him off. Things keep moving and Nova counters a backslide with an arm-drag. LSG runs back in and waistlocks, but Nova slips out of the back suplex. Nova boots LSG away from the corner, then somersaults to neckbreaker! Nova knips up and fans fire up as he tags in Burger. Whip to atomic drop to sweep, then they split the wish bone to double kick LSG down!
Fans fire up with Triple S but Ali runs in. Ali misses Burger and Nova to hit the Bouncers! Ail runs into a double hip toss! Nova and Burger high-ten, but then the Bouncers come in to sandwich them! Bruiser whips Nova while “Brawler” whips Burger, and then they trade partners to squash them in the corners. And then they go corner to corner to squash the other! The Bouncers see Ali and LSG and squash them! And then the other way! Milonas feeds Ali to BCB to bite! LSG runs in but he gets bit, too! And Burger! And Nova! But remember, he ain’t got no teeth! The Bounces high-five and say bottom’s up, but C2C boot them both! And again!
The Bouncers tumble out and C2C give the shinobis CHOPS! C2C whip Nova and Burger at each other, but Burger and Nova do-si-do to dropkick C2C! The shinobi slingshot but are caught! The Bouncers sandwich them again, but then C2C wreck them all with dropkicks! They keep moving, Ali FLIES! Ali bowls everyone over, then drags Burger in while we go to break.
ROH returns as Ali slingshot sentons onto Burger. Cover, TWO! Ali is just annoyed as he tags in LSG. Fans rally up for Burger but Ali holds him in place for LSG’s shoulder tackle. Ali adds an enziguri, then feeds Burger to LSG’s butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! LSG drags Burger back up for an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally behind Burger and Burger fights back. Ali tags in and C2C mugs Burger. Ali gives Burger a big European uppercut, then covers, TWO! Burger fights back with big CHOPS! Fans fire up but Ali brings Burger away to then hit Nova! Burger dodges and dodges, and tags in Milonas! Ali waistlocks but Milonas breaks free with a big butt bump! Milonas rallies and drops the seated senton! Cover, but LSG breaks it!
Bruiser goes after LSG then whips, Samoan Drop! Back senton from Milonas! BCB whips Ali into Milonas’ scrapbuster slam! Cover, but Nova breaks it! BCB shoves Nova all the way out, but LSG shoulders in. LSG slingshots to hit Milonas then springboards to hit BCB! C2C regroups to go after Milonas. LSG climbs while Ali scoops Milonas. Milonas is too heavy, he falls onto Ali! BCB uppercuts LSG then tosses him onto Ali! The Bouncers grab LSG and toss him out. Ali rolls and Nova tags in! Nova leaps at Bruiser for the flying Complete Shot! Nova fires forearms on Milonas! Milonas grabs him and scoops him, but Burger saves him. Double SUPERKICKS! They focus their chakra, buzzsaw mule kick combo!
BCB runs over Nova but Burger dodges to FLY onto C2C! Fans fire up but Burger runs into an uppercut from BCB! Nova knees Bruiser but runs into Brawler’s boot! CLOSING TIME! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad doesn’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here. But they also argue with Coast 2 Coast, who are sore losers all over again. As for Bruiser and Milonas, they celebrate with the #ToastofHonor! Will they soon be toasting with a shot at the ROH tag titles?
ROH has a huge night set for Episode 400!
Matt Taven is finally the ROH World Champion, because he earned it. He won a Triple Threat Ladder match at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden, also becoming a Grand Slam Champion. But when it comes to having a shot at his title, Taven tells the entire locker room that they’ll have to earn it. Cue Flip Gordon! The Captain of Flip Army reminded Matt Taven that he earned his shot in the Sea of Honor tournament. And with his knee at 100%, Flip finally gets his shot as the new #1 contender! Who ends the milestone episode of ROH having earned the world championship?
But not only that, the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships will be on the line! Villain Enterprises will defend their titles against a star-studded though makeshift team of Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Rush! Will Marty Scurll, Brody King & PCO keep hold of the gold against the Franchise, the Hawaiian Hulk and El Toro Blanco?
ROH looks back at the G1 Supercard Honor Rumble!
Kenny King CHOSE to be number one in this massive match, that featured huge stars across ROH and NJPW, such as Minoru Suzuki, Jushin Thunder Liger and even THE GREAT MUTA! It looked to be down to just the two masked legends, Muta and Liger, but Kenny wasn’t actually eliminated! He threw both legends out in one fell sweep and won his shot at the ROH World Championship, but he would get some karma in the way of Muta’s mist!
Kenny King is here!
The Honor Rumble winner is apparently still blinded? He has a walking stick and assistance walking out from ROH timekeeper, Amy Rose. Fans chant “Thank You, Muta!” as King struggles to get a mic. “I should be…” Wait, face camera. “I should be the happiest dude alive right now.” But he’s not and why is that? You see, King is the only man in professional wrestling who does exactly what he says he will. He told everyone that he’d start at number one and “molly whop all them other chops” to become the first man to win the Honor Rumble from number one. King is now #1 Contender, but he shall now be known as Kenny Shawn Michaels King.
And that’s not even the best part! We were all treated to something special at G1 Supecard! Two men stood, Jushin Thunder Liger and the Great Muta, and tension was palpable. No one knew what was going to happen, until King slid in the ring to throw their “700 year old Japanese wrinkly asses” out to win the Honor Rumble! They say never meet your heroes. King did, he wanted to shake hands with Muta, and Muta spit the red mist in his face! Fans think it’s funny? It’s awful! It smelled like laundry detergent and Popeye’s Chicken, and it burned Kenny’s face and eyes! Now King needs emergency eye surgery, so that’s why he won’t be wrestling tonight. But that brings him to Matt Taven. King wants to tell us something we might not know about Taven. “Matt Taven is my homie.”
The two kings are friendly with each other. Kenny was proud of Taven at G1. One day they’ll have to discuss the terms of Taven’s surrender, but until then, he wants Taven to fight. Taven is not King’s target. He is not the man who upsets King. Who here thinks Jay Lethal is great? Kenny doesn’t. Lethal’s not tough, and the only time he’s savage is when he’s cosplaying Randy. So to Jay Lethal, when King gets through his surgery to see again, both eyes will be on Lethal. Because then Kenny will prove he’s the K I N G, and he’ll make Lethal #BendTheKnee. Amy helps King get his walking stick and exit the ring carefully. Will King see clearly and get his hands on Lethal? Or will Lethal make him see all of that trash talk wasn’t worth a thing?
Flip Gordon speaks on his leg injury.
It was at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme, in a match with Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. All seemed same as always, but as Flip dropkick’d Tracy in the corner, his knee gave out. Flip feared the worst, and wanted to finish the match, but his springboard spear only made it worse. He could only take another step, so he had to call it there. Flip feared the worst, but the MRI gave him a time frame. What did he have to do to beat this? Physical therapy. Flip stuck to the schedule, and trusted his doctors. Now his knee is ready, and he is ready! The other ROH World Championship contenders fell to Lethal, but then Taven rose up to win. Now Flip’s turn comes as episode 400 arrives! Will Flip’s return be one of the greatest in ROH history?
Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods!
An ROH dojo graduate makes his television premiere as he flexes his… fairly good physique. But he’s up against The Goods, Mr. Top Prospect 2017, who returns after returning to his roots. Now Woods is #DownToFight, will he end Flex’s television career before it begins?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings. Woods SPEARS Flex! Flex staggers up into a waistlock slam! Woods grimaces as he drags Flex up for an exploder suplex! Flex can only flounder around into a fireman’s carry, Seismic Toss slam! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall
Woods returns more focused and more aggressive, and doesn’t care to shake hands with Flex again. He wants his money and the next fight, who will be #DownToFight The Goods?
ROH interviewer Quinn McKay interviews Josh Woods.
The 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, the NCWA National Champion, and multi-time All American wrestler is also captain of the US MMA team, and is back in ROH with an impressive showing. But he’s been gone for some time. What’s he been up to? It isn’t about what he was up to, but about what he just did and has done his entire career. Woods has always been #DownToFight. Will he finally fight his way to an ROH championship?
Bandido VS Shane Taylor!
Though they have beef with Bully Ray over the attack on Tenille Dashwood, LifeBlood’s luchador will take on the Notorious Hitman who has been known to pall around with the Hall of Famer. Will Bandido’s speed or Taylor’s strength win out in this first-time-ever face-off?
Bandido wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but Taylor spits on Bandido’s hand! The bell rings and Bandido fires off with kicks. Bandido runs and slides but Taylor catches him. Taylor whips but Bandido counters to throw forearms. But Taylor stays up! Taylor grabs Bandido but Bandido slips out of the choke slam. Taylor elbows Bandido away, but Bandido elbows back. SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Bandido whips, but Taylor blocks. Taylor whips but Bandido dodges and kicks, but Taylor blocks again. Taylor flips Bandido but Bandido lands on his feet to sunset flip! Bandido can’t get Taylor down, but he gets out of the way as Taylor sits down!
Bandido keeps moving to basement dropkick Taylor out! Fans fire up as Bandido builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Taylor into the barriers! Bandido keeps moving, and FLIES! He wipes Taylor out again, and celebrates with fans while we go to break.
ROH returns once again, and Bandido gets Taylor back in. Bandido stands Taylor up to chop, but Taylor shrugs it off. Bandido tries again, but then Taylor CHOPS Bandido to a corner! Taylor trash talks Bandido but Bandido CHOPS back! Bandido eggs Taylor on so Taylor CHOPS Bandido off his feet. Taylor drags Bandido up but Bandido fires forearms back! Bandido tries to fireman’s carry but Taylor fights him off. Taylor swings but Bandido ducks, only to get caught in a choke slam! Taylor mocks the fans as they cheer for Bandido. Bandido gets to a corner again but Taylor is on him with big knees. Taylor throws a big right and Bandido goes down! Taylor taunts Bandido more as he drags him back up. He tosses Bandido across the ring! Bandido stirs but Taylor trash talks the fans.
Taylor stalks Bandido as fans rally up. Taylor stands Bandido up again, to throw him by his hair! Bandido hits hard and flounders to ropes. Taylor drags Bandido up again and whips him corner to corner. He runs in and clotheslines Bandido down! Fans boo Taylor but he just stands on Bandido’s head! Taylor lets up at 4, but comes back to drag Bandido back up. Taylor talks trash the entire time but Bandido revives to throw forearms! Bandido dodges one clothesline but gets the other! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Taylor sits Bandido up to elbow away! Taylor covers, TWO! Taylor drags Bandido back up and slaps him around. He whips Bandido corner to corner but runs into a boot!
Bandido boots and enziguris, then hops up top. He leaps, into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, TWO!? Bandido survives Taylor’s right hand! Fans rally up and Bandido has new life, but Taylor is right on him again. Bandido fires forearms then fireman’s carries again. Taylor is still too much but Bandido elbows him back. Bandido boots but gets blocked, Taylor rolls Bandido for a big knee to the face! Cover, TWO!! Bandido still lives while we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more, and Taylor still slaps and toys with Bandido. Bandido blocks the slaps to fire off slaps of his own! Taylor SLAPS Bandido, but Bandido still comes back with more! Taylor CHOPS, but Bandido fires off kicks and knees! Bandido runs, but into a clothesline! But he’s right back up!? Taylor is shocked, but Bandido fires off slaps and kicks. Bandido knees and SUPERKICKS! Taylor staggers, but still gets Bandido with another choke slam! Both men are down but fans fire up! A standing count begins as fans rally. The count passes 5 before Taylor sits up. Bandido stirs but Taylor stands. Taylor brings Bandido up for big haymakers, but Bandido returns with forearms. They go back and forth, with fans on Bandido’s side.
Bandido gets an edge then spins, into a headbutt! Hammerlock rip cord, End of Days! Cover, TWO!! Taylor is frustrated he couldn’t finish Bandido off! Bandido stands and boots Taylor away. Then he swing kicks from the apron, only to slingshot into the One Hitter! Taylor slingshots Bandido in, London Tower! Cover, TWO!?! Bandido is superhuman! Fans keep cheering Bandido on and he revives again. Taylor shakes his head as he CHOPS Bandido in a corner. And CHOPS again, and again! Bandido flops over and Taylor vows to end this. Taylor drags Bandido up, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido boots him away. Bandido uppercuts then springboard tornillo crossbody! Bandido takes aim, and fireman’s carry! GTS, BANG to 21 Plex!! Cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
The luchador triumphs over the titanic Hitman! But wait, here comes Bully Ray! Bandido sees him coming, and has LifeBlood’s Tracy and Mark Haskins with him! Bully wants a time-out, he wasn’t expecting to be the one outnumbered. But wait, who are these attacking LifeBlood?! The Soldiers of Savagery, Moses Maddox and Jasper Kaun, are the newest recruits to ROH and they’re already making an impact! They stomp out Bandido, Tracy and Haskins, then slam Haskins down for a Vader Bomb! They lift Bandido for a gutbuster drop! And they go after Hot Sauce with a feed to a SPEAR! Then an elevated DDT! Even Bully seems confused. SOS did this without any help from Taylor or Bully, or without an invitation. But will they be Bully’s new back-up against LifeBlood?
A really great episode to act as a go-home to episode 400. We get a pretty great Triple Threat Tag to open the night. It’s an interesting development for C2C to take a slow transition into Heel with this salty new attitude of theirs, but that might be the spark they need to take that next step up in the ROH tag division. The Bouncers continue their own rise up, perhaps they’ll finally get their own shot now that we’ll be past War of the Worlds. Bruiser & Milonas against Guerrillas of Destiny would be a pretty fun match, though obviously another match GoD would retain the titles in.
Kenny King playing up being blinded was pretty hilarious here tonight. And even without that, he gave us a great promo overall, though obviously while he’s waiting his turn at the world title, he’s going after Lethal. Lethal VS King all over again should make for a good match or two, and I’m pretty sure King wins to go right at the world champion, whoever that is. We got a good video package and promo from Flip, but I’m not sure if he wins that title off Taven, even on a milestone episode. Regardless of it being his return, Woods was obviously going to win against Flex Simmons tonight. In fact, anyone going against Flex Simmons tonight was going to win because Flex was obviously the generic jobber.
Woods being back, I wonder if he’ll get a better push than he did before. I don’t think he can take the ROH World Television Championship off Jeff Cobb, but I hope we can get a great match out of them. And I’m sure we’ll get a great Six Man out of Lethal, Cobb and Rush VS Villain Enterprises. But such a random team is not beating an established trio like Villain Enterprises. I don’t think Scurll and his team lose the titles until a rematch with The Kingdom. Bandido VS Taylor was amazing, worthy of leading to title contention. It was great story for Bandido to win, both in the match and overall.
It was a great bait and switch for Bully to be the one surrounded, but then to swerve back and debut a new duo. I suppose Bully would need new allies with The Briscoes likely reserved for a rematch with GoD. I’d expect at least a Six Man Tag, Bully & SoS VS LifeBlood, but you could throw in Taylor on Bully’s side and get Juice Robinson involved for an Eight Man Tag. Either way, this looks to be building to the LifeBlood VS Bully and crew story I was hoping for.
My Score: 8.3/10
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