It’s the Raw After Hell in a Cell! Who will return from such horrors in one piece? And the Deadman returns again to respond directly to Triple H’s message!
- Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
- Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode VS Viktor w/ Konnor; Gable wins.
- Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Dana Brooke; Bayley wins.
- The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Gregory James & Barrett Brown; The AoP wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler; Rollins wins and retains the Intercontinental Championship.
- Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???; No Contest.
- Bobby Lashley VS Elias; Elias wins, by disqualification.
- Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss VS Ember Moon & ???; Moon & Nia Jax win.
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin; Reigns wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
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Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Big Dog is worse for wear after his Hell in a Cell match, but not just because it was against Braun Strowman. Roman had Speared Strowman through a table, but he couldn’t finish the Monster Among Men off before The Beast, Brock Lesnar, made a shocking appearance! Lesnar would make sure neither Roman nor Strowman could finish their match, leaving everyone in a foul mood as the referees had no choice but to end the match with no real winner. Roman hears out Dallas’ cheers and jeers, then speaks.
“Last night was rough. Last night was brutal. And last night, it didn’t really go to plan for me.” But Roman woke up still THE WWE Universal Champion. He knew Lesnar wanted his rematch, but he didn’t think Lesnar would attack him while he was down and out. Roman is here standing now, so if Lesnar wants at his championship, then Lesnar should just come out here right now! But instead, it’s BRAUN! The Monster is just as pissed off at the Beast as anyone, and he joins Roman in the ring.
Fans chant “Get These Hands!” for Braun as he says “Screw this crap. You should be thankful that Brock Lesnar came down last night because he’s the only reason you still have that Universal Championship.” This is the second time Lesnar has cost Strowman, but there won’t be a third. Strowman wants Lesnar first, then he’ll come back for Roman! But Baron Corbin comes out to keep the peace, “we’re not doing this right here, right now.” The Constable turned interim GM joins Strowman and Roman in the ring. Fans chant “You Suck!” for the cranky Constable, but Corbin says that his first PPV in charge was also upsetting for him. He has been on the phone all day with Stephanie McMahon to find a solution. And that solution will make everyone happy.
On November 2nd in “WWE Crown Jewel”, it will be the Triple Threat! Roman VS Strowman VS Lesnar! Neither Roman or Strowman like it. Strowman thinks that sucks! He also thinks Corbin sucks and Roman definitely sucks. For that matter, everyone in the WWE Universe sucks! Fans don’t really like that, but then Paul Heyman appears! And he even has WWE staff bring out the busted door from last night’s Cell! The Advocate is here to educate us. That is the very “gate to hell” that Lesnar kicked down to lay waste and conquer Roman and Strowman. Fans can boo but Heyman’s lesson is on “Brockonomics.”
It’s very complex yet also very simple: “The more you are worth … in WWE, the more money you are worth in UFC.” And the same is true for the reverse, the more you’re worth in UFC, the more you’re worth in WWE. And nothing makes you more worthy than holding that Universal Championship. Lesnar was the longest reigning Universal Champion to date, and in that time, WWE and fans were reaching new heights, until the Summerslam Conspiracy of Roman and Strowman. But that’s why Lesnar returned, will go back to Saudi Arabia, and will reclaim his championship, to then reclaim his right as THE champion, the “crown jewel” of WWE. Heyman drops the mic, but Strowman storms up the ramp! Heyman runs, but Strowman gives chase!
Meanwhile, Roman and Corbin stand off in the ring. Roman takes Corbin’s mic to then tell Corbin something, but Corbin snatches the mic back. Whatever Roman is thinking, Corbin is thinking that while the Big Dog is acting big and bad, the GM has an injury report. Roman is banged up, from being hit with chairs, table chunks and an F5, the Big Dog is a “Hurting little puppy.” The Triple Threat might not even be on Roman’s schedule, because right here tonight, the title is on the line! It will be Roman Reigns VS… Baron Corbin! This is another abuse of power by the Lone Wolf, but will the wolf take advantage of the Big Dog?
Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre!
The Lunatic Fringe took the least damage last night, oddly enough. He and Seth Rollins failed to reclaim the Raw Tag Team Championships, but he and the Scottish Psycho are far from finished with each other. Which man will gain momentum for their side in this Raw war?
The bell rings and they circle. They tie up and McIntyre powers Ambrose back, but Ambrose gets a waistlock. Ambrose shifts to a headlock but McIntyre fights out. McIntyre chops then bumps Ambrose off buckles. He throws a big elbow, then puts Ambrose in a corner. Abmrose escapes and blocks the boots to jack the knee! Ambrose has the leg on the ropes, then runs to dropkick it! McIntyre falls but Ambrose is on him from the outside, to sling that leg into the post! Ambrose keeps going, but McIntyre pushes Ambrose away. McIntyre hobbles but Ambrose puts him into the LED apron. Ambrose even throws the leg into the apron! Ambrose refreshes the ring count to then go after McIntyre again. McIntyre forearms Ambrose away to then swing him into the barriers!
Both men are down but McIntyre manages to stand first. He drags Ambrose up and in, then works on his leg moving. Cover, TWO, but McIntyre keeps on him while we go to break.
Raw returns while McIntyre has Ambrose down in an armlock. Fans rally up and Ambrose powers up. Ambrose fights out but McIntyre shoves him. McIntyre scoops but Ambrose slips out. Ambrose rolls McIntyre, TWO! Ambrose hits McIntyre with a forearm then throws him out. McIntyre hobbles back in and goes after Ambrose with a slap! McIntyre shouts “You’re nothing!” but Ambrose ducks the lariat to hit his own! Ambrose and McIntyre are still sore but Ambrose whips. McIntyre reverses but Ambrose throws him down by his hair! Ambrose grabs McIntyre’s bad leg and wants the Half Crab. McIntyre pushes him away then gives him a headbutt! McIntyre puts Ambrose on the top rope then chops. He joins Ambrose but Ambrose trips him up!
Ambrose throws hands, then has McIntyre in the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to throw Ambrose off the top! Both men are down, but McIntyre is slowly getting feeling in that bad leg. McIntyre wants to finish Ambrose and waits for him to stand. Ambrose sees it coming and dodges. McIntyre denies the Dirty Deeds but ambroes sunset flips through! TWO, but now Ambrose gets McIntyre in a Cloverleaf! Ambrose shows off his new strength with that hold, but McIntyre uses his long arms to drag himself over. McIntyre gets a ropebreak! Ambrose lets go at 3, and walks into a shove. He knees McIntyre down, then runs to DIVE! The Lunatic hits his target! Both men are down again, but Ambrose hurries to put McIntyre in. McIntyre rolls back out, but can barely walk on that leg.
Ambrose sees McIntyre isn’t coming back in, so he climbs up top. He JUMPS, but misses!! McIntyre sent him into barriers, and then leaves him for dead! The count rises past 5, but Ambrose only now starts crawling. He goes as fast as he can, and beats the count at 9! CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The Scottish Terminator takes out Ambrose and gains another win for Strowman’s “dogs of war.” Will this pack of wild animals continue to take over Raw? Or is this war far from over?
Drew McIntyre meets with Dolph Ziggler backstage.
The Scotsman is good after that match, and even Corbin comes over to congratulate him. The Shield isn’t looking too good. McIntyre got Ambrose and Corbin will get Roman because 1) he deserves it, 2) he can and 3) we deserve better. Then Ziggler wants his match with Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship tonight? No, not tonight! HE fell off the Cell. Well Rollins isn’t much better, or even here. So if Ziggler calls for it and Rollins can’t, then Rollins will be stripped and Ziggler gets it by default. Become champ, without even wrestling? Then do it! The Pack is pulling the strings, and Corbin brags to his staff. Will Corbin’s abuse of power come back to bite him?
The Bellas and Natalya talk about Rousey’s title match.
Then Ronda herself walks in. They all celebrate the win and congratulate her. But Ronda wants to know, how does an open challenge work? Can she just go out there and ask? Wait is she serious? Oh yes she is. Well then yes, just go out there and do it just like the boys! She’s the champ, she can do what she wants. Really? Yes, making the challenge is easy, but defending it is the hard part because it could be anyone. Well Ronda still has both arms, so that’s plenty. Is Ronda going to make her first open challenge? Who will answer?
Chad Gable w/ Bobby Roode VS Viktor w/ Konnor!
Team #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS have gone 2-0 quickly, but how will Gable fair when he’s in singles competition again?
The bell rings and Roode gives Gable some last pointers. Gable and Viktor tie up and Viktor gets a wristlock. Gable bends and handsprings and spins to a takedown! HE turns Viktor over to then get the deathlock. Viktor grows frustrated already as Gable has him in a headlock. Viktor powers out but Gable runs him over. Gable keeps going and things speed up, and both men show their agility. Gable jumps over the sweep but Viktor shoves him to a corner. Viktor chops Gable, then chops again. He whips Gable corner to corner but Gable goes up and over. Things speed up again and Gable hits an arm-drag on the run. Gable gets the butterfly suplex and bridge, TWO! Roode likes what he sees while Viktor get to a corner.
Gable runs in but Viktor puts him on the apron. Viktor pulls hair, but Gable still avoids Konnor’s attack. Gable slingshots in but into a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Viktor drags Gable up for more chops and even European Uppercuts. Viktor reels Gable in for an overhead suplex, cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Viktor puts Gable in a keylock and chinlock. Roode coaches Gable up and Gable fights back, but Viktor knees low. Viktor chops Gable again, then bumps him off buckles. Viktor puts Gable on the top rope, chops again, but then gets caught into the hanging armbar! Gable lets go at 3 and pulls himself back up. He jumps over Viktor and runs to hit big forearms! Gable also throws Viktor, and then again with another exploder!
Gable and Viktor crossbodies Viktor and himself out, to then cannonball off the apron! He puts Viktor in the ring and climbs up again, for a big missile dropkick! Gable is all fired up, as are Roode and the fans. Konnor distracts but Gable takes care of that before Roode can help. Chaos Theory on Viktor! Gable wins!
Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall
He did it! But then Konnor clobbers both Gable and Roode! The Ascension aren’t taking this loss lightly, but that won’t stop them. Will Roode & Gable climb up to the top of the tag team division soon enough?
Seth Rollins is here!
And he learns of Dolph Ziggler challenging him to an Intercontinental Championship! Also, Corbin says that if Rollins is unable to compete, he will be stripped of the title. The Architect knows Corbin is in charge, but someone needs to remind him that this is still #MondayNightRollins. The Architect is ready to go mentally, but will he be ready physically?
The Undertaker is here!!
Super Show Down will give us a rematch of the Deadman and The Game #OneLastTime, and all sides of the conversation have weighed in. But now, Taker feels the need to respond to HHH’s own rebuttal. Fans chant for Taker as he speaks. “They say delusion is the final recourse for the damned.” No man can spin a web of lies like a man that has a broken soul. Taker has never seen anyone with a more broken soul than HHH! And last week, HHH came out here to say that Taker had lost all self-respect. But that delusion will be his downfall. There was a time with HHH when he was “wicked, savage, a warrior.”
But nowadays, HHH tends to play “corporate games.” HHH’s battlefield is a boardroom, and his life is “so filled with lies that he can no longer see the truth.” HHH can’t see the fear in his own friend’s eyes, or see his own demise. Taker puts no stock in what someone else thinks. Taker knows that when he faces HHH for the last time, the result will be the same as the first time. “I will put him six feet under, Game Over!” Taker knows HHH will do everything he can to “outrace the reaper”, try to move Heaven and Earth or even enlist HBK again, but that’s fine by Taker. “Let him have his delusion,” but that’s when the Devil is in the details. HBK won’t go to Australia to just sit and watch. He’ll be in HHH’s corner.
But that’s fine, because in Taker’s corner will be his brother, KANE! Everyone knows Taker took HBK’s career, and now he’ll do the same to HHH. But HHH deserves far worse, so not only will Taker take his career, he will take his soul as he puts him down. WWE Super Show Down, with the Brother of Destruction watching his back, Taker will make HHH… “Rest… In… Peace…!” DX and The Brothers of Destruction, in the same area at the same time! Will Taker end HHH once and for all?!
Raw went to the Dallas Children’s Hospital in honor of Connor’s Cure.
Courageous Karter, The American Beast, and the 4th Shield Brother were just some of the young superstars fighting the most important fight. The WWE superstars were the ones honored to be alongside them as they made their wrestler entrances.
And now, Bayley and Sasha Banks help lead these stars in their own entrance on TV! Go to connorthecrusher.com to find the ways you can join the fight to stop cancer.
Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Dana Brooke!
The Huggable half of the Boss & Hug Connection battles the former statistician to Titus Worldwide, and Raw returns to this match in progress. Dana reverses the wristlock to a headlock, but Bayley powers out. Dana blocks the hip toss, Bayley swings but Dana shows off her agility. They speed things up and Dana runs Bayley over. Dana handsprings into the corner for the big back elbow. She then runs but into a backslide! TWO and they roll sideways. Both Bayley and Dana stand up and fight for control. Dana knees low then knees Bayley again. Dana throws Bayley at buckles, covers, TWO! She drops knees on Bayley’s stomach, covers again, TWO! Dana puts Bayley in body scissors while Sasha worries for her BFF.
Bayley endures while Dallas rallies up for her. Bayley works her way against the hold and makes it a cover, TWO! Dana gets back on Bayley but with a bearhug. Bayley gets to ropes but Dana doesn’t let go. Bayley rolls her up, TWO! Dana runs in but into a back elbow. Dana blocks the boot and puts Bayley on the apron, but gets the second rope hotshot! Sasha rallies the fans for Bayley as she climbs up top. Dana runs in but Bayley jumps over. Dana fireman’s carry but Bayley fights out with elbows. Bayley runs for a BIG knee! Then the Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
The best friends celebrate while Dana loses again. If Dana can’t win with support and she can’t win on her own, what is it that’s missing in her calculations?
Drake Maverick walks with the Authors of Pain.
But when Rezar goes after a staffer for crossing their path, Maverick manages to call him off. “Save it for the ring.” Rezar listens to the Rockstar Spud, and the AoP move on. Who will face their wrath tonight?
The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS Gregory James & Barrett Brown!
Akam & Rezar have a new mind behind their might as the 205 Live GM gives them direction. Maverick promises they’ll reach the Raw Tag Team titles soon enough, but will it be sooner rather than later?
James starts with Akam, and gets booted right down! Akam then grabs Brown and throws him in the ring! Tag to Rezar, and they urenage and VADER BOMB Brown! Rezar drags James back up and trash talks in Albanian before lifting James up for a Death Valley Driver in the corner! Tag back to Akam, and we get the SUPER COLLIDER! Cover on James, the AoP win.
Winners: The Authors of Pain, Akam pinning
As if there was ever any doubt. Maverick raises the hands of his pair of monsters, will he be smiling even bigger when they raise up the gold?
Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin meet in the trainer’s room.
The Show-Off thought Rollins wasn’t going to be here, but now he is? Well yeah but Rollins is in way worse shape after losing the tag title match and falling off the Cell. This is still going to go their way. It better. But then Rollins comes in. Rollins thinks Ziggler wants to back out. No, Ziggler just thought Rollins would do the same. Corbin’s right here, and no one would blame Rollins if he did. That’s true. But that’s not how it’s going. Rollins is ready for this fight. Is Ziggler?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler!
Both the Kingslayer and the Show-Off feel horrible after falling from the side of the Cell and then through the announce desks. However, between Ziggler’s greed and Rollins’ pride, neither man wants to be the one who didn’t show up for this match. Will Ziggler will be holding both belts? Or will Rollins deny him the glory?
The introductions are made, the Intercontinental Championship in white is raised, and we begin. Rollins and Ziggler approach and circle. Fans are on Rollins’ side as he and Ziggler tie up. Ziggler kicks low then puts on a headlock, but Rollins pushes him off. Rollins runs Ziggler over and Ziggler clutches those ribs. Rollins whips him corner to corner to work those ribs more, and then does another whip. Ziggler falls to his knees but reverses the whip, and now Rollisn holds his ribs. Rollins boots Ziggler away, jumps over, but that back tightens up. He still sends Ziggler out, then follows him out the side. Rollins chases Ziggler around but Ziggler gets Rollins with a hotshot. Ziggler then blasts Rollins into barriers! Both men are hurting but Ziggler is in control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Ziggler toys with Rollins. Rollins gets angrier as Ziggler eggs him on, and he gets the takdown! He throws fast hands, then back elbows Ziggler. Rollins rallies with elbows, even as his back hurts. He whips but Ziggler reverses. Ziggler runs but into a boot! Rollins hops up and hits the blockbuster! It’s double-edged with that bad back, so he can’t make a cover. Both Rollins and Ziggler slowly stir as fans rally up. Ziggler rolls to a corner but Rollins stands up. Rollins runs in for a forearm smash, then runs again, but into a kick. Ziggler runs, but Rollins follows to try a slingblade. Ziggler reverses into a sleeper hold! Rollins fades fast, but fans still rally for him. Rollins gets a second wind and stands up, but Ziggler rakes the eyes!
Ziggler slips out of the back suplex but Rollins denies the Zigzag. Rollins blocks the kick, ripcord for the Revolution Knee! Cover, TWO!! The Architect shows superhuman resilience given everything he’s been through. Rollins stands up and gets to a corner. He climbs up top, but slowly. Ziggler trips him up! Ziggler climbs up to join Rollins, wants the superplex, but Rollins slips under and trips Ziggler up! Now Ziggler hurts in a different place while Rollins climbs back up. Ziggler sends Rollins away with uppercuts, and adjusts. Rollins gets back up quick, for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and somehow Rollins manages the Falcon Arrow , but Ziggler rolls through! TWO, CURB STOMP!! Rollins crawls to a cover from that bad back, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
These two pushed themselves way past their limits, but it was Rollins who had just enough to finish this off. The Architect rolls on as champion, but will he recover in time for a new challenger?
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
Baron Corbin is 100% while Roman isn’t. The Big underdog doesn’t see himself that way. Maybe if it was Lesnar or Strowman tonight, but not with Corbin. The Big Dog is still the Big Dog, which means he’ll still be champion. Will Roman retain even when he’s not 100?
The WWE and Raw celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Brie Bella honors her father, Johnathan Garcia, while Andrade “Cien” Almas honors both father and grandfather, as well as his uncles, as he is a third-generation wrestler. Zelina Vega gives respect to Rey Mysterio, who inspired all the smaller wrestlers to dream big. And of course, Eddie Guerrero was a big inspiration to many, especially Sasha Banks. She has honored him in many ways, and hopes she does him justice. Titus O’Neil honors groundbreaking Hispanic athletes, and hopes to follow in their footsteps of inspiring and encouraging all people.
Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS ???
The Baddest Woman on the Planet battled through bad ribs in order to defeat the Goddess, Alexa Bliss. But she isn’t the best because she rests on her laurels. She wants to fight tonight! Fans are happy to see her. Ronda congratulates Alexa Bliss, because that was the best performance Ronda’s seen from her. Ronda didn’t think Alexa would be the one to push her to her limits. And Ronda thanks Alexa, because Ronda’s more of a champion than she thought she could be. That’s what she wants to be: the best champion we’ve ever seen! Like Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, or even Ric Flair! Therefore, she issues her first ever open challenge! So whoever has the “gumption” to come at her, come out now!
The woman to answer this call is… NATALYA! Ronda’s own friend and training partner wants to test the champ, but where is she? The music hit, but Natty doesn’t walk out. Because the Riott Squad drags her out! Ruby, Sarah and Liv took Natty out, and say this is on Ronda. “What we did to Natty is really your fault.” Because they’re shutting the Open Challenge down. Ronda glares at them as they walk down the ring. The Squad doesn’t dislike Ronda, but they don’t like her either. The one answering this challenge is Ruby herself! Ronda is ready, and she rocks Ruby with a right! Sarah gets in, she gets a right. Liv gets in but she gets thrown around!
Ruby returns but Ronda has hands for hr. Sarah knees the bad ribs, shouting “Who do you think you are?” Ronda pries her way free and throws Sarah! But then Ruby SPEARS Ronda! The Squad stomps and drags Ronda to a corner to stomp a mudhole into her. But here come the Bellas! Nikki & Brie have had issue with the Squad, and won’t let them get away with this tonight. Super Show Down comes early as the six women brawl! Liv and Sarah are thrown out by the Bella twins, and Ronda gives Ruby the Rowdy Slam! The Squad regroups and will have to do this fair and square in Melbourne.
Baron Corbin prepares himself.
But Braun Strowman walks over. The Monster doesn’t get why Corbin gave himself a match, but Corbin better win. Because Corbin sucks and Strowman can KILL him! The Lone Wolf does his best not to be intimidated, but is Corbin biting off more than he can chew?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Dallas, playing a tune on his guitar. Dallas likes it, it was actually pretty good this time. But as always, the question is “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Dallas sounds up for it. Elias knows how bad this show can be before he shows up. If he had it his way, it’d be three hours of just himself. But every time he comes out, he gets interrupted, no matter who it is. From Trish Stratus to Mick Foley, it all boils down to jealousy. Everyone wants to be part of what Elias does because everything Elias does is special. And they all learn that WWE really means “Walk With Elias!”
Elias knows he has Bobby Lashley in a match. Lashley looks great, has all the tools and resources, but he constantly disappoints. Lashley never wins when it matters. He’s like the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas definitely boos Elias there. Elias sees the fans, they’re proud to advertise failure, “I just don’t get it.” But what won’t disappoint is Elias’ song. So please, silence phones, hold applause and shut mouths. Wait, Lio Rush interrupts first! That’s because the Man of the Hour is the Manager of the Hour for the Dominator. Lio sees a rockstar in the ring, yes, but what’s sad is that instead of giving people what they want, Elias sings the same sad tired diss track. It’s embarrassing. Hold on, whose kid is this? Who let their kid run onto the ramp and run his mouth?
Very funny, Elias acts like he doesn’t know who Lio is. But he’ll reintroduce himself. He is the 23 year old piece of gold, Lio Rush. So? Elias is singing. Security can take Lio to lost & found for his parents to pick him up. Yes, that’s a good one, too. But the big man said Elias has jokes. Or no, Elias is a joke. Whichever it is, Lashley also has some unfinished business with him. Lashley was mad about Kevin Owens, but just wait what he does to Elias. Lio makes the introductions of Lashley, and we have our match!
Bobby Lashley VS Elias!
Another interruption for Elias, but will Lashley also give him the beating Lashley owes the Prizefighter?
Raw returns as Elias has Lashley in a headlock. He grinds Lashley to the mat while Lio Rush is on commentary. The MOTH confirms he is the manager for Lashley, and it all started over a smoothie. They both like smoothies, got to talking, and here they are. Lashley powers up and out of the headlock as fans rally, but Eilas knees and chops him back. Elias whips Lashley but Lashley reverses. Elias goes up and over, then dodges, but runs into a back kick. Lahsley runs and clubs Elias to then clothesline him down. Fans fire up with Lashley as he runs in for the big shoulder tackle. Lashley brings Elias out, but Elias reverses to forearm him back. Elias runs, but Lashley leaps over to powerslam! Cover, TWO!
Lashley takes aim at Elias, runs out, but Elias sends him into a corner. He elbows Elias back, then climbs up! Lashley leaps but into the knee! Both men are down, but here comes Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter has heard what Lio was saying just a moment ago, and chases him down. But Lio is fast, so he gets away to ringside. He even dodges Elias! Lio jumps over from the apron, then slips out to enziguri!
Winner: Elias, by disqualification
This costs the Manager of the Hour’s client the match, but now Kevin pounces on Lio himself! Kevin wants to bomb Lio but Lashley saves him! Then he hits Kevin! Lashley uses Lio as a weapon, and sends him at both Kevin and Elias! Lio is hosted up onto Lashley’s shoulders, and the two dare Kevin and Elias to return. They don’t, but they’ll meet Lashley and JOHN CENA at Super Show Down. Will the Dominator and the 16-time world champion shut both Kevin and Elias up once and for all?
Alexa Bliss and friends speak.
The Goddess refocuses herself. They’re all future Hall of Fame candidates, so time to elevate themselves in tag team action. Ember Moon can find herself a partner, if that’s even possible, and meet Alicia Fox & Mickie James in the ring. It’ll be sad when she doesn’t, though, because not everyone can be friends like these three. Will the War Goddess surprise the sass Goddess up next?
Mickie James & Alicia Fox w/ Alexa Bliss VS Ember Moon & ???
Texas’ own Prophecy of Flame was challenged to find someone to team with for this match, anyone at all. But there aren’t many choices open to her, so who did she get? The Irresistible Force, NIA JAX!! Alexa Bliss knows all too well what facing this brutal beauty means. Alicia and Mickie each want to switch out to put Alexa in, but there’s no chance of that. Will the veteran duo find themselves Eclipsed tonight?
The bell rings and Nia starts. Neither Mickie nor Alicia want to, and want Ember first. Nia tags in Ember, so Alicia finally enters the ring. Alicia and Ember tie up and go around, Alicia arm-drags and runs Ember over. Alicia dances but Ember kips up to rock her with a right! Ember kicks and covers, ONE. Ember keeps on Alicia with a wristlock, then brings her over towards the corner. Alicia hits back and whips Ember hard into her corner. Tag to Mickie, and they both throw Ember down by her hair. Mickie runs and boots Ember, covers, ONE! Mickie keeps on Ember but Ember fights back. But Mickie knees an dwhips, only for Ember to tilt-o-whirl ehadscissor and dropkick! Mickie, Alicia and Alexa regrop, but Ember DIVES! Ember hits the former champoins and has Dallas fired up!
Ember drags Mickie back in but ALexa and Alicia are lurking. ALicia shoves Ember off the top, and Mickie kicks her in the ribs. Cover, TWO! Nia coaches Ember up but Alicia tags ni. The mean girls mug Ember, then Ailcia snapmares Ember into a chinock. Fans rally up and Ember feeds off the energy. Alicia throws her down, then tags in Mickie. Mickie kicks Ember, and says it’s good. She bows and covers, TWO but barely. Mickie grows frustrated but she puts Ember back in the chinlock. Fans rally up again as Ember fights up and out. Mickie knees low, then whips. Ember flips through the hip toss to arm-drag Mickie down. Mickie stays between her and Nia to then knee Ember down. Mickie taunts Nia while tagging in Alicia.
Alicia and Mikcie continue to mug Ember, then Alicia runs to boot Ember down. Alexa likes what she sees as Alicia covers, TWO! Alicia covers again, TWO! Fans rally up once more as Alicia brings Ember around. Ember slips out of the suplex, then ducks to tag in Nia! Nia rallies on Alicia with big shoulders and a powerslam into Mickie! Nia throws her shoulder in then throws Alicia out! Corner splash, and another toss! Fans fire up as Nia runs in, but she runs into an elbw. Alicia sunset flips but Nia is just too strong. She headbutts Alicia down then runs her over again. Cover, but Mickie breaks it. Nia grabs Mickie by the neck, and Micke begs for mercy. Mickie breaks free, to get an ECLIPSE! Alicia runs in and kicks Nia. Alicia runs, but into the Samoan Drop! Cover, Nia & Ember win!
Winners: Ember Moon & Nia Jax, Nia pinning
The #Shenom and Nia are victorious, and Nia herself won the #SeeHER award. Will Nia continue to claim awards now that she’s back?
Baron Corbin talks with a referee.
While the Constable is the ref’s boss and controls his fate, he should still be fair in tonight’s match. Yes, Mr. Corbin. Please, call him “Acting General Manager of Raw.” He means it. The referee addresses him as such, and is dismissed. It’s almost time, will the Lone Wolf become Acting Universal Champion before this is over?
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WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!
The Big Dog went through Hell and then some on Sunday. He had to face the Monster Among Men, then was surprised by The Beast. And now, he’s a battered and vulnerable “little puppy” in the eyes of the Lone Wolf. Can the acting GM take advantage of both situation and authority to take that title for his own? Or will this still be Roman’s Yard?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin. Corbin and Roman tie up and Corbin throws hands. Cover, ONE, but Corbin elbows Roman down again. Cover, TWO, but Corbin keeps on Roman. He gets a roll up, TWO! Corbin throws hands and Roman is rocked against the ropes. Corbin goes for another but Roman dodges to clothesline Corbin out! Roman sees Corbin floundering, and he comes around the side, to hit the Drive-By Dropkick! Roman puts Corbin back in, and runs in at the corner. Corbin dodges and sends Roman into the post! Corbin runs in but misses. He slides out then back in to clobber Roman! Cover, TWO! The Big Dog survives while we go to break.
Raw returns once more, and Corbin has Roman in the half-nelson chinbar. Roman endures while fans are rowdy both ways. Fans build to a rally and Roman gets up. Roman fights out with big rights, then runs, but into the Choke Slam Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Corbin can’t believe he didn’t finish Roman off. Corbin mocks Roman’s flexing, then looms over him. He drops an elbow into Roman’s shoulder, then puts Roman back in the half-nelson. Fans rally again as Corbin leans on Roman. Roman endures, but Corbin thrashes him around. Roman gets a second wind and fires up. He works his way to his feet, pries his way out, and uppercuts Corbin! Corbin comes back but Roman dodges to rally with lariats! Roman whips but Corbin reverses, only for Roman to hit the leaping lariat!
Fans fire up as Roman has Corbin in a corner for the close-range clotheslines! Roman gets all 10, then runs for the boot! Corbin flounders while Roman hears the fans cheering and jeering. Roman locks and loads but Corbin bails out. Roman walks over but Corbin uppercuts him back. Corbin returns, but runs into the Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Roman catches his breath and keeps his focus. He still has something left. Fans fire up again as Roman reloads. But Corbin again bails out. Roman follows him out, for the leaping SUPERMAN PUNCH! He puts Corbin back in quick, lets out the howl, but Corbin again bails out. Roman won’t let him get away, he goes out and picks up speed… only for Corbin to throw a chair into him! The referee argues with Corbin, that’s against the rules! The bell rings, this match is over!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by disqualification; still WWE Univesral Champion
The Lone Wolf forget he still has to follow the rules, and now he has lost the match! But wait, he remembers that he’s also the boss. Corbin orders we restart under NO Disqualifications!
WWE Universal Championship No Disqualifications: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!
The Constable abuses his powers, again! He stalks Roman as the bell rings again, and puts him in the ring. Corbin grabs that chair he threw, and brings it into the ring. He aims at Roman, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES him down! Cover, TWO!! Corbin shocks Roman, Roman thought he’d put this away. However, because Corbin made this a No DQ match, that means Roman can do what he wants, too! Roman grabs the chair, but here comes BRAUN! The leader of the pack gets Roman’s attention, but he’s not the one in the match! Corbin pounces from behind, and both men are down. Strowman enters the ring!
The referee wants Strowman to stay out of it, but Strowman ignores him. Strowman headbutts Roman, then hits a big corner splash! He keeps going, and hits another splash! Strowman roars while Roman staggers, but Roman slips out of the slam to then dodge Strowman, Stormwan hits the post! Corbin pounces again, and throws Roman into the corner. Corbin runs, slides out, slides in, but Roman dodges to DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! He was so close, but Corbin is still NOT champion. But here come Ziggler & McIntyre! The Pack is all here now, and they coach up their leader. But that just means Ambrose & Rollins come out! The Shield and The Pack brawl on the outside! Ambrose throws McIntyre while Rollins throws Ziggler! SUPERMAN PUNCH from Roman to Strowman!
The Shield regroup in the ring, but the match is still on, isn’t it? Ambrose & Rollins DOUBLE DIVE! They take out the entire Pack! But wait, Corbin is lurking while Roman sees Strowman getting up. Roman takes aim, builds speed, but runs into Corbin’s forearm! Corbin gets back in, but gets a SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The Shield stansd tall as Roman survives a stacked deck. Corbin couldn’t abuse his power and The Pack couldn’t put him down. The six of them will meet in Super Show Down, will that finally settle this battle?
All things considered, this Raw was actually rather good, same as Hell in a Cell. Obviously Roman and Strowman both want at Lesnar, and they’ll both get Lesnar at the second Saudi Arabia PPV of the year, WWE Crown Jewel. While this is a very big match, I highly doubt Roman loses there, same as how he didn’t win at the Greatest Royal Rumble PPV back in May. This title won’t change hands, because while Heyman’s great promo about the direct relationship of worth in one company translates to the other makes sense, Lesnar still has his fight with Cormier to worry about. The worth Heyman actually speaks of is the hype and paycheck Lesnar is getting for both, because both this second Saudi PPV and the UFC PPV will make for millions upon millions of dollars for Lesnar.
Ambrose VS McIntyre was a great opening match, and his win along with Corbin setting up Rollins VS Ziggler establishes that “The Dogs of War” are at least in power as far as authority. Of course, Corbin isn’t exactly part of the pack in Strowman’s eyes, as he puts it out there that he’d rather have Corbin to beat up on than Roman. Rollins VS Ziggler tonight was great considering the double table spot they had on Sunday. With Ziggler out of the way but Rollins in this story, it might be some time before Rollins loses the Intercontinental Championship. Hopefully once things clear up, Rollins can give us more of those open challenges.
Speaking of open challenges, I like that Ronda wants to be one of those kinds of fighting champions, but it should’ve been clear she wouldn’t defend the title tonight. I did like that Natalya meant to challenge, it made me think this was the night the turn finally happens, but no it was just Raw plugging Super Show Down’s Six Woman Tag. That match will be okay, because the Squad will be carrying the Bellas in it, and I expect the Faces to win. Then it’ll turn into Nikki Bella asking Ronda to give her one more shot at the title, which will bring us to WWE Evolution later in October. As I said in my HiaC article, Ronda is likely going to retain through the Royal Rumble, she’s doing that well.
The Authors of Pain destroy their opponents again tonight, and just like with Rollins and the IC titles, once things clear up for McIntyre & Ziggler as tag champions, maybe AoP make a slight shift so that they aren’t part of the Pack and they give us a great match at Crown Jewel or something. Great to see Lio Rush get in on the action more or less. He is so talented on the mic and in the ring, it’s great for a TV audience to finally see him do some stuff. Lio being the Cruiserweight that unlocks the Division would be great, he and Lashley could make a great team as more than just client and manager. Lashley & Cena VS Kevin & Elias at Super Show Down will be fun, but I wonder if even Cena can stop Kevin from using that blank check Corbin gave him.
Great to see Nia is back, it makes sense she’d side with Ember against Alexa and her team. Ember and Nia being thrown into the potential Women’s Tag Division would be pretty fun, they’re another combination of strength and speed like the Ziggler-McIntyre or Lio-Lashley duos. We know from Bayley & Sasha being given an official name, they’re likely getting whatever Women’s Tag Titles are created first, but I’d love to see Ember & Nia get them after.
And while it was clear Corbin wasn’t going to get the title, they did a good enough job making you wonder if his abuse of power would lead to it. Given Corbin’s story with Finn, I almost thought he’d come out to help even things, but that would’ve probably made The Shield look weak that they’d need an extra man. But I wonder if we’ll still get an Eight Man Tag of Corbin & The Pack VS Finn & The Shield, maybe throw Lashley & Kevin into it for a Survivor Series Raw Civil War.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Wrestling Dontaku 2019 Part 2!
AXS wraps Wrestling Dontaku with TWO HOURS!
It’s the AXS finale of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019!
AXS and NJPW give us TWO hours and two championship matches! Jeff Cobb defends the NEVER Openweight Championship while Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
Coverage of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi; Taichi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
- EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic Wrestling Dontaku 2019 finale!
“Legacies will be defined” as The Rainmaker pushes past redemption and moves on to reestablish himself. It was through the 2019 New Japan Cup that Kazuchika Okada earned another chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Jay White, and it was at G1 Supercard that he took that title back! The now five-time champion keeps his promise of giving Cold Skull Sanada the first shot! The story of Okada and Sanada goes back to Sanada’s debut in 2016, in which he attacked Okada on Los Ingobernables de Japon leader Tetsuya Naito’s behalf. Sanada has climbed the ranks in the singles division, but is this the night he finally proves he is worthy? Or will Okada continue to prove he’s on another level?
Meanwhile, the Stone Pitbull and the King of Darkness have recently renewed a rivalry. They teamed with Okada and Sanada in a tag team match on the first night, and it went Evil’s way when put Tomohiro Ishii in the Scorpion Deathlock, a move copied from Ishii’s mentor! However, it was the referee who called the match for the sake of Ishii’s well-being, Ishii did not submit. Will Evil finally make Ishii give in? Or will Ishii get revenge for Evil adding insult to injury?
NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi!
The Hawaiian Hulk has a title belt in both ROH and NJPW! But that only means more work for the Olympic wrestler, and that includes facing the Sliest Wrestler in the World, backed by Suzuki-Gun! Will all the tricks in Taichi’s book amount to nothing against the colossal cross-promotion champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is presented, and the dramatic Taichi takes his time removing his entrance gear. Miho Abe takes care of his coat but Cobb makes sure Taichi puts his knapsack down, too. Taichi does, the bell rings, and we begin!
Cobb and Taichi slowly circle. Taichi goes back to his corner to have Miho fix his hair. Cobb grows annoyed but Taichi is in the corner so he can’t be touched. They circle but then Taichi bails out to regroup with Miho, Taka Michinoku and Kanemaru. Taichi takes his time returning, all to troll Cobb. Miho gets on the apron to be a distraction, and Taichi gets in from behind! He clubs Cobb, but it only annoys Cobb more! Cobb kicks Taichi then CHOPS him! Cobb CHOPS Taichi more, but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi whips but Cobb reverses and things speed up. Cobb hurdles and dropkicks Taichi! Fans applaud Cobb’s agility while Taichi bails out. Cobb builds speed, but Taichi uses Miho as a shield!
Fans boo but Cobb bails out. Cobb tells Taichi to man up but Taichi still “cowers” behind Miho. Red Shoes reprimands Taichi, but he doesn’t see Kanemaru attack Cobb from behind! Kanemaru’s forearms do more to Cobb than Taichi’s. But Cobb whips Kanemaru into railing! And he throws forearms on him! Taichi uses his mic stand on Cobb! Taichi chokes Cobb while Red Shoes is down. Red Shoes gets up with help from a Young Lion, and stops Taichi. Taichi whips Cobb into railing then brings him to NJPW commentary. He bounces Cobb off the announce desks then chokes him with cables! Taichi leaves Cobb behind long enough to take the NEVER Openweight belt. Taichi holds it up as if it’s already his. Fans boo and Red Shoes shakes his head.
Cobb drags himself up and gets in the ring before a count begins, but Taichi stomps away on him. Taichi stands on Cobb’s back and head, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. Taichi smirks as he stands Cobb up to choke him into a corner! Red Shoes counts again but Taichi lets up, only to grind Cobb’s face on ropes. Taichi smirks more as he rakes Cobb’s face! He stops at Red Shoes’ count but then brings Cobb up for a snapmare and swift kick. Cobb only gets mad and stands back up. Cobb throws big forearms on Taichi! Taichi mule kicks Cobb away, then runs in for a big corner clothesline. Taichi keeps moving, but Cobb dodges. Cobb wants a belly2belly but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi runs, but into a scoop to suplex! Cobb puts Taichi on the top rope, to CHOP him.
Cobb adjusts and climbs to join Taichi. Taichi holds on but Cobb gets up for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Taichi bounces up from momentum alone then flounders to a corner. Cobb slowly stands and gets himself to a corner while Taichi slowly sits up. Cobb runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi misses his kick but Cobb chops and clotheslines with no wasted motion! Cobb whips corner to corner then runs in for a BIG elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries Taichi for a Samoan Drop! “Gochimuchi” Moonsault but Taichi dodges! Taichi kicks but misses and Cobb waistlocks. Taichi elbows free but Cobb shoves. Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Taichi hits his enziguri! Taichi brings Cobb in, but he can’t lift Cobb! He kicks away on Cobb’s face, then tries again, but that doesn’t change anything! Cobb back drops Taichi instead!
Taichi wrenches and hook kicks Cobb! Taichi hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Cobb is tougher than that, so Taichi focuses his power. Off come the pants! Taichi aims and kicks, but Cobb deflects to hit back with a big right. Taichi kicks but it barely bothers Cobb. Neither does the next kick or the next kick. If anything, Cobb starts liking it. Cobb forearms Taichi and dares him to come back. He throws more forearms, and Taichi falls to his knees. Cobb dares Taichi to stand, and Taichi fires himself up. Taichi kicks away on Cobb’s chest, but Cobb blocks and brings Taichi in for a Fall Away Slam! Cobb runs as fans rally, but Taichi dodges to mule kick! But Cobb forearms back, so Taichi enziguris! Both men are down but fans are fired up!
Miho, Taka and Kanemaru coach up Taichi but the fans rally behind Cobb. Taichi grabs Cobb for a dragon sleeper, but Cobb powers out. Cobb arm-drags Taichi off, then scoops him for- No, Taichi gets out of the Tour for a BIG saido suplex! Taichi drags Cobb up again, dragon sleeper and armlock, but Cobb endures the “stretch bar.” Cobb reaches but Taichi cranks back. Fans rally again but Taichi shifts to a cover, TWO!! Cobb still has life and Taichi grows frustrated. Taichi stands Cobb up and brings him up in an Alabama lift. But Cobb is just too much! Cobb clubs Taichi and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on and rolls to bring him up for another! Cobb still holds on, for a PILEDRIVER! Cobb can’t cover, he’s too tired!
Fans rally as both men are down! Cobb stirs but goes the wrong way. Miho panics and almost cries for Taichi but it’s Cobb who slowly stands up. Fans duel as Cobb drags Taichi back up. Taichi is dead weight but Cobb gets him up and whips him, but Taichi boots! Taichi is alive and whips, but Cobb reverses to the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Taichi up, throws him, but Taichi holds ropes. Taichi boots and roundhouses! And rabbit ax bombers to another enziguri! Both men are down again, and it’s Taichi who can’t make a cover! Taichi revives and fires up! He takes aim at Cobb, who staggers over. Superkick blocked, for a Tour- No, Taichi escapes, but gets a LARIAT! GACHIMUCHI! And then, a Tour of the- No, roll up! TWO!!
Taichi pushes Red Shoes to LOW BLOW Cobb! Chicken wing cradle, TWO!! Not even a kick to the balls can stop Cobb! But Taichi aims, SUPERKICK!! Then Alabama lift, BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Taichi wins!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
For the second time ever, the Sliest Wrestler holds this belt! And most surprisingly, he barely had to cheat! Cobb is no longer champion in both ROH and NJPW, but will Cobb be back for a rematch?
EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii!
Again, the Stone Pitbull did not submit to the Scorpion Deathlock as put on by the King of Darkness. However, he was still trapped in it with no way out. Will Ishii fall for that trap again? Or will he have an escape plan this time?
NJPW returns after the entrances and we get right to the bell!
Evil and Ishii collide, then collide, then collide. Ishii runs and bumps Evil, who comes back on the rebound, but so does Ishii! They just keep ramming into each other! Evil and Ishii each fire up as the fans fire up. Evil throws a forearm but Ishii gives it back, and repeat. They go back and forth like this, fast and furious, and the fans rally up with them! The brawl keeps going, forearm for forearm, elbow for elbow! Evil gets rocked and Ishii keeps on him. Ishii runs but into Evil’s elbow! Evil runs but they go shoulder to shoulder again! They both run, and they both collide! Evil finally knocks Ishii down!
Fans cheer while Evil catches his breath and Ishii writhes. Evil drags Ishii up to toss him out. Evil follows to club away, then whip into barriers! Ishii hits the floor but Evil doesn’t let up. Evil brings Ishii up to throw into the post! You could hear that *BING* of head hitting metal! Evil stomps Ishii then drags him back up to throw back into railing. He puts Ishii’s leg through the rails to kick! Ishii hobbles as the ring count passes 15! Evil puts Ishii in at 17 and fans cheer. Evil stomps the leg now, but Ishii eggs him on! So Evil slams the leg and puts on a toehold. Ishii endures while pulling Evil’s hair. Evil pulls back on the leg and ankle, but Ishii drags himself to a ropebreak. Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go.
Evil looms over Ishii but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii chops but it doesn’t hurt. Evil CHOPS Ishii and he staggers back! Ishii chops but Evil CHOPS! They keep going back and forth, Ishii’s chop meeting Evil’s CHOP! Ishii fires off many chops but Evil just needs one double hand CHOP to floor Ishii! Evil keeps on that leg, clearly preparing for the Scorpion Deathlock. He puts it on, but Ishii resists being turned over! Ishii slaps Evil so Evil chokes and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii just takes the chops and stands up. He wobbles over to Evil to fire off forearms, but Evil kicks the bad leg out. Evil whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back with a clothesline! However, Ishii hobbles, showing that Evil’s plan is working.
Evil stands but Ishii CHOPS him in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and forearms and repeats. He whips corner to corner but Evil reverses to forearm, only to run into a powerslam! Both men are down but Ishii’s up first. Ishii drags Evil up but Evil resists the back suplex with elbows. Evil brings Ishii towards a corner but Ishii rams his shoulder in! And again and again! Ishii runs back in but into a boot, only to clothesline Evil anyway! Fans rally both ways as Ishii gets his back and legs moving. Ishii drags Evil up and hoists him onto the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join Evil, but Evil resists. Evil holds onto the crossbars so Ishii headbutts him! Ishii lifts Evil for the SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Ishii stands. Ishii wants Evil to stand, then he runs, but Evil boots the lariat and blocks the other. He passes Ishii’s kick to Red Shoes to mule kick Ishii’s leg! Evil suplexes Ishii into buckles! The Pitbull bails out of the ring but Evil pursues. Evil goes under the ring and tosses chairs around. Ishii hits back and brings Evil over. Evil blocks the suplex, but Ishii still tries. Evil suplexes to put Ishii on the rails, Anarchy Suplex! Almost a Magic Killer! Evil gets back up and grabs one of those chairs. He puts one around Ishii’s head and has the other! Red Shoes runs out to reprimand Evil but Evil shoves him away! Evil then swings and SMACKS the chair off around Ishii’s head! The Pitbull goes down while we go to break.
NJPW returns again as Evil drags Ishii up. Fans cheer as Evil wants to end this in the ring. Evil rallies the fans and takes aim at Ishii. He runs corner to corner and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Evil roars while Ishii flops to the mat. Evil drags Ishii up for a suplex and he puts Ishii on the top rope. Now Evil joins Ishii up there but Red Shoes is worried. Evil stands Ishii up, for a SUPERPLEX of his own! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii’s far tougher than that, so Evil goes after the legs! Scorpion Deathlock! Ishii endures this hold all over again, but he also powers up! He crawls himself towards the ropes but Evil sits down deeper! Fans rally as Ishii powers up again. Ishii crawls again, but Evil sits back down.
Ishii grabs at Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping, and then he gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go and wipes the sweat from his brow. Evil looms over Ishii and drags him back up. He lifts Ishii but Ishii slips out. Ishii waistlocks but Evil elbows out. Ishii swings but Evil dodges to waistlock, only for Ishii to swing again, which Evil again dodges. Evil swings but Ishii blocks, and Ishii waistlocks only for Evil to elbow out. Evil swings again, but into Ishii’s back suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Evil goes after the legs again with elbows to the knee. But Ishii eggs him on! Evil mule kicks the knee but Ishii fires off forearms. Evil ROCKS Ishii with that right!
Fans rally as Ishii falls to his knees, but Evil runs. Ishii blocks a clothesline with a clothesline, then runs. Evil runs from the corner, but Ishii sees it coming and clotheslines him down! Ishii grits his teeth while fans are thunderous. He puts Evil in the Scorpion Deathlock! Evil endures the move now as Ishii sits down deep! Evil powers his way over, but Ishii cranks back harder! But Evil still gets the ropebreak! Ishii lets go and is frustrated, but he doesn’t let up. He goes after Evil again, dragging him up by his singlet. Ishii goes after a leg with a knee jammer! Evil fights off the shin breaker, then spins, but into Ishii’s elbows from all sides! Evil spins again but into another big forearm! Ishii sits Evil up for the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous all over again as Ishii stands Evil up. Ishii suplexes, but Evil knees out. Evil shoves and German Suplexes! But Ishii’s up to clobber Evil! Evil headbutts and LARIATS back! Ishii flounders but Evil is up again. Evil wants another and runs, and LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Ishii still lives! The fans are at a fever pitch as Evil catches his breath. Evil slashes the throat to say it’s over. He drags Ishii up, spins, but Ishii slips out! Evil spins Ishii again, but Ishii gets a waistlock and German Suplex! But now Evil’s up in an instant! Only to run into Ishii’s LARIAT! ONE?! Evil hits another lariat! Then lariats collide! Both men fall over! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.
Fans rally up and gives both men new life. Ishii and Evil stand, and head for each other. They collide with clotheslines again, and stagger on weak legs. Evil and Ishii run and collide yet again! Evil roars and runs, but Ishii tanks the clotheslines! Ishii headbutts then forearms then headbutts Evil again! Evil falls to a knee but Ishii stands him back up, only for Evil to hook the arm! Ishii spins Evil around but Evil spins out of the full nelson to suplex Ishii! Ishii knees free and spins Evil, only for Evil to get him with a Half ‘n’ Half Suplex! Evil drags himself to a corner while Ishii slowly stands. Evil runs but gets caught! Ishii wants to steal the STO!
But Evil spins Ishii around, full nelson to fireman’s carry, but Ishii slips out, clothesline blocked! Rolling elbow hits! Enzugiri! Evil is out cold but Ishii isn’t done with him! Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO?! Evil still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! But he won’t stop, he suplexes to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall
Finally, after a human demolition derby, the Stone Pitbull is victorious! Two of the toughest in NJPW went head to head and Ishii proves the tougher, but when and where will we see this match again?
NJPW Media Backstage Interviews
Ishii says “That’s what you get, facing me in a singles match.” Did Evil learn his lesson? If not, Ishii will happily teach him it again.
But then Taichi walks in to smirk at Ishii. “Oi. Congrats on earning the right to challenge me.” What? You heard Taichi right, Ishii now has the right to challenge for the NEVER Openweight Championship. So Taichi wants after Ishii, huh? Well there’s no one else, so Ishii might as well be the new #1 Contender. Be happy to be chosen. Well if Taichi wants this, Ishii’s game. No it’s about Taichi throwing the Pitbull a bone. Then ask him nicely? As if. The Pitbull should be begging. Accept it and be grateful. Yeah, Taichi seems so grateful, the way he’s treated that belt already. It was broken when Taichi got it from Cobb. Whatever. Ishii accepts the challenge. No, no, Ishii is challenging Taichi, got it? Whatever you say. Weirdo.
But it’s been awhile since Ishii’s seen that belt. Taichi just wants revenge from the New Japan Cup. Reminds Ishii of another wrestler in NJPW. But Ishii’s up for this match anytime, because the results will be the same. When and where will NJPW give us this new NEVER Openweight Championship showdown?
Hiroshi Tanahashi returns to NJPW!
The Ace has been gone since suffering an elbow injury and going through the subsequent surgery to repair it. He surprises the fans here at Wrestling Dontaku, because he has something he wishes to say.
“Tanahashi desu. I had surgery on my left elbow. The cast came off the other day, and I got my stitches out. But I wish I could have competed here.” It was a year ago that here, in Fukuoka, that the crowd was behind him. He rode that wave of energy to win the 28th G1 Climax that August. And then he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the Tokyo Dome. But then in February, he lost, and his losses piled up. And he feels as low as the floor right now. Fans cheer, wanting him to rise back up.
Tanahashi knows he’s starting from the bottom. But as he stands back up, he vows that on June 5th, at Ryogoku, he’ll make another comeback! He continues to say that after that, he’ll again go after the IWGP Heavyweight title! Will the Once in a Century Talent make yet another heroic return?
But wait, here comes Jay White and Gedo! Fans boo as the Switchblade takes the mic from Tanahashi. Gedo tells White some things, and then White grins at Tanahashi. Fans boo as White begins to speak. “You want the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? You think you deserve the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?” The line starts behind White, and Tanahashi is at the back, even behind Hirooki Goto! White is the REAL champion, and it doesn’t matter who wins between Okada and Sanada, White’s turn is next. “Do you understand me?” Gedo makes a move on Tanahashi, but it’s just so White can get his cheap shot in! White stomps Tanahashi as fans boo and the bell rings. White rains down rights then stomps him more.
Gedo ups the ante by bringing out chairs! White grabs one and puts it around Tanahashi’s newly recovered arm! He grabs the other chair, but Young Lions save Tanahashi! White fights them off but Tanahashi is safe from further harm. White picks up the mic again to tell Tanahashi, “I am next!” Fans boo White and cheer Tanahashi. Will the Switchblade and The Ace settle things in the ring to decide who really is next to face the top champion in NJPW? For that matter, we still have the main event to go. Who will be the top champion in NJPW after the dust settles?
NJPW and AXS advertise G1 Climax 29!
Mark your calendars, because on July 6th, 2019, AXS will begin coverage of the Summer’s major heavyweight tournament! The biggest and best of NJPW will once again compete in a round robin tournament to crown a #1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA!
The Rainmaker’s redemption was completed in Madison Square Garden during the history G1 Supercard event! Now Okada returns to give Cold Skull first crack at this fifth title reign. With the Switchblade already calling his shot, who will have the Bullet Club’s cutthroat leader targeting them through the Summer?
The introductions are made, both men take off their elaborately decorated jackets, and the belt is presented. The bell rings and fans are already thunderous as we begin!
Okada and Sanada hear the fans duel before circling. They approach and watch the other closely. Okada backs off so Sanada does the same. They circle again and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Sanada wristlocks and standing switches. Okada switches back but Sanada drops to an armlock. Sanada waistlocks but Okada wrenches free. Okada wrenches more but Sanada reverses it back. Okada rolls and trips up Sanada, and gets the toehold. Sanada endures as Okada cranks back. Sanada tries to chinlock but Okada cranks again. But Sanada manages to sit up and gets Okada’s arm, but Okada blocks the armbar. Okada rolls but Sanada denies a cover. Okada has the leg for a standing toehold, but Sanada works on an escape. Sanada rolls and rolls and breaks free, and fans applaud.
Okada backs off and takes his time circling with Sanada. Sanada and Okada go again, and Okada rolls to get the wristlock. He brings Sanada to the mat then back up for a wrench. Okada gets both arms for a standing stretch, but Sanada endures. Sanada goes to power up but Okada brings him back around. Okada digs his head into Sanada’s back, but Sanada works on turning it around. Sanada and Okada struggle but Okada gets it back. Sanada tries again, and though he gets it, Okada quickly turns it back around. Okada throws Sanada down but Sanada throws Okada from the mat. Okada rolls Sanada, ONE! Sanada rolls Okada, ONE! Okada sweeps Sanada but Sanada gets off to sweep. Okada gets out and both men knip up!
Fans cheer as these two are evenly matched to this point. Okada and Sanada have to nod in respect to the other, too. They circle again and tie up. They stare down as they shift from knuckle locks to collar and elbow. Okada puts Sanada on the ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Classic Okada fakes the chop to pat Sanada’s shoulder. But Sanada comes back with fiery kicks and forearms! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, and boots Sanada to a snapmare. Okada runs and basement dropkicks Sanada down! Okada catches his breath while Sanada checks his head. The champ stands Sanada up and laces the arm through for a modified stretch. Sanada endures but Okada lets go.
Okada brings Sanada around to scoop slam him, then slingshot senton! Sanada clutches his ribs while Okada takes his time returning. Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps on Sanada with a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee in his neck while Okada pulls back. Sanada works on an escape but Okada just brings him back. Fans duel as Sanada works his way back up. Sanada elbows free but Okada clubs him on the back. Okada whips and runs in, but Sanada boots him away. Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grits his teeth and clutches his knee. Sanada brings Okada up, blocks Okada’s kick, and trips Okada up! Okada pushes him away but runs into a huricanrana! Sanada rolls through to get the arms and legs!
Okada powers out of Paradise and speeds things up, but Sanada dropkicks the leg again! Dragon screw, to Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada hears them out. Fans duel and rally as Sanada takes aim from a corner, to kick Okada out of Paradise! Cover, TWO, but Sanada keeps cool. Sanada chinlocks but Okada endures. Okada works on an escape but Sanada elbow drops him down. Sanada puts the chinlock on again, but Okada reaches for ropes. Sanada wrangles Okada away and cranks back on the chinlock. Okada scrambles and uses his long legs to get the ropebreak! Sanada lets go but comes back to bring Okada up. He puts Okada in a corner to whip corner to corner. He hits a back elbow then snap suplexes Okada down! Cover, TWO!
Sanada keeps his cool while bringing Okada up again. Okada hits low with a shoulder, then throws forearms. Okada runs but into Sanada’s elbow! Sanada moonsaults but Okada dodges to hit a running uppercut! Both men are down but fans continue to cheer. Okada sits up first, and he runs at Sanada to rally with forearms and elbows! He whips but Sanada reverses. Okada dodges but so does Sanada, but then back to Okada and he runs Sanada over with an elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and whips Sanada corner to corner. Okada hits a back elbow to DDT! Cover, TWO! The champion is still in control while we go to break.
NJPW returns and Okada aims at Sanada on the outside. Okada slingshots but Sanada trips him up. Sanada whips Okada but Okada reverses to send Sanada into barriers! Then he boots him over! Okada fires the fans up as he gets space. He runs back to FLY and crossbody Sanada into more barriers! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them both. Okada clutches his leg again, that leap was double-edged. A 20-count begins and passes 10 before Okada stands. Okada drags Sanada up but brings him to ringside at 17! He gets Sanada in at 18 and fans cheer that he wants to end this in the ring. Okada still clutches that leg but manages to stand.
Okada drags Sanada up again to scoop slam him down. He goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to leap over Sanada. He uppercuts Sanada then runs, but Sanada hurdles and dropkicks Okada out of the ring! Now Sanada slingshots and wipes Okada out! Fans fire up as Sanada walks off the pascado. Sanada takes a lap around the ring while Okada is still down. Sanada returns as the 20-count begins again. He lets it reach 10 before bringing Okada up. He puts Okada in at 14 and covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and brings Okada back up. Okada blocks the back suplex and elbows Sanada off. Okada runs but Sanada reels him in. Sanada suplexes but Okada lands on his feet. Okada swings but into the dragon sleeper! But he arm-drags out to flapjack Sanada down!
Both men are down, catching their breath and clutching their legs. Fans rally up and Okada forces himself to stand. Sanada follows but Okada boots him. It doesn’t have as much power, so Sanada boots. Okada blocks it and throws uppercuts to then go for a lift. Sanada fights out, but Okada blocks the boot. Sanada blocks Okada’s boot to give him a forearm. Okada staggers into a boot, then a rolling sabat! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to fake out the dropkick! Sanada fireman’s carry but Okada slips out. They trade standing switches and Okada German Suplexes, but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada whips but Okada reverses again, but Sanada tumbles and springboards to missile dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up again as the tide looks to be turning.
Okada gets to a corner and fans duel again. Sanada runs in but is popped up to the Air Raid Crash neckbreaker! Okada catches his breath but he crawls over to Sanada. He positions Sanada before climbing up top again. Okada leaps, Macho Elbow hits! But he’s not done there, Okada hits the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags Sanada up and wristlocks, but Sanada drops down to roll Okada! TWO, and Okada has a cover! TWO and Sanada has it back, TWO! Okada sunset flips, TWO! Sanada sits on Okada, TWO! Okada again, ONE, Sanada jackknifes! TWO, Sanada drop toeholds Okada to a leg nelson, Japanese Clutch, TWO!! Okada has Sanada in a cobra clutch! Sanada endures and flails while fans rally again.
Sanada sits up and Okada drags him up, to wring him out! But Sanada dropkicks the clothesline away! Sanada drags Okada up to whip but Okada reverses to hit his dropkick now! Okada drags Sanada back up, gut wrench but Sanada wriggles to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Okada rolls through to gut wrench! Tombstone piledriver! But Okada isn’t done, because he still needs his namesake. He wrings Sanada out but Sanada spins to Salida, into the dragon sleeper! Okada endures and maybe even fades under the first part of Skull End! But Okada fights back up and scoops, only for Sanada to counter lift to Anarchy Suplex! Just like Evil earlier, Sanada gets a Magic Killer style move!
Fans duel again as Okada and Sanada sit up. They might even be turning towards Sanada more. Sanada drags Okada up, double chicken wing to the Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes but barely! Sanada keeps on him, scoop and backbreaker. He goes to a corner and climbs up, Moonsault! But he lands on his feet as Okada evades! Sanada staggers back, one of his knees buckling. He still runs at Okada, only to get a boot. Sanada tries again, but into another boot. Okada runs out but Sanada dodges the shotgun. Sanada spins but int a spinning Rainmaker! Okada roars as he drags Sanada back up, wristlock but Sanada full nelsons to another Salida! Okada blocks this one, so Sanada uses the buckles for the climb! He has the Skull End dragon sleeper again!
Okada endures but Sanada takes him for a swing! Then drops down for the body scissors! Skull End in full, but Okada refuses to quit! Red Shoes checks as Okada fades, but Okada revives. Okada flails with his arms then pops out! Sanada keeps the body scissors to get the sleeper with the other arm! He cranks back hard as fans duel and rally. Okada endures and flails again, not fading out. Red Shoes watches Okada like a hawk, but Okada pops out again. Sanada fights to get the head again but Okada crawls for ropes. Okada reaches, but Sanada wrangles him away with a wristlock! Skull End returns a third time, but Okada still flails. Red Shoes checks, his arm drops once. It drops again. Sanada gives up the hold to drag him over?! MOONSAULT to the back! And then again, to knees!!
Both Sanada and Okada are down again! Fans are thunderous again as they duel and rally. Sanada and Okada are exhausted but still push themselves back up. They head for each other, and grind forehead to forehead. Okada throws an elbow, but Sanada returns it. Okada gives Sanada another, but again Sanada gives it back. Another forearm from Okada, and another forearm from Sanada as they stand. Okada, Sanada, repeat. They pick up speed, but Okada dazes Sanada. Okada keeps hitting him, but Sanada refuses to fall. Okada hits Sanada a third time, but Sanada gives him an uppercut! Sanada shakes the sweat from his hair as fan return to a fever pitch. He drags Okada up for another heavy uppercut! Okada falls to his knees, but Sanada brings him back up.
Sanada throws another but Okada backslides! Sanada rolls of and dodges the rainmaker! He waistlocks but Okada bucks him off. Okada runs to shotgun dropkick Sanada down! Okada watches Sanada in the corner, then runs in, only to get elbows! Sanada springboard moonsaults to a dragon sleeper! But Okada uses the buckles to turn it around! Okada has the dragon sleeper, then gut wrenches! But Sanada wiggles to battle over the gut wrench! He gets Okada up, but Okada wiggles and flails! Okada manages to get the gut wrench back! But Sanada slips up and around to a waistlock. Okada tries but can’t buck Sanada off, and Sanada gets the dragon sleeper!
Okada endures again but flips over as Sanada drops back. He drags Sanada up but Sanada dodges! Sanada wrings Okada out but Okada still tries! Sanada ducks that clothesline, to wring Okada out and steal the Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives his own move! Sanada finally shows frustration, but then he vows to end it. He drags Okada back up, cravat to Salida, but Okada slips out. Okada spins but Sanada blocks to then spin for a roaring elbow! Cravat, Sliced Bread, but into a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And the TRUE Rainmaker!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
The first defense of this fifth reign and The Rainmaker is STILL the top champion in NJPW! Okada goes 6-0 against Sanada all-time, but it gets tougher and tougher each time! Will we get to see lucky number 7 in the future? Will Sanada finally break through? Or is Okada just on too high a level?
Okada offers a hand to Sanada to help him up. Sanada declines, helping himself up. However, Sanada does take the hand in a small handshake, to then give a fist bump. It sounds like there will be a seventh round one day, we can only wait and see.
NJPW skips to after Okada is again wearing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, to when Okada takes up the mic. “Sanada-san! At the signing ceremony, you honored me by calling me your rival.” That made Okada very happy. So in front of Hakata, he wants to say something to Sanada: he is Okada’s rival, too! Their story has just begun! “But I’m not gonna lose.”
Okada addresses the fans again as he notes “We have changed over from the Heisei Era to Reiwa.” What do the NJPW fans think? Hard to tell. But Okada wonders who will entertain the pro-wrestling world in this Reiwa Era. Okada promises he’ll bring the excitement. He vows to be the star of the new era for the true fans! He’ll bring the heat! “As the 69th IWGP Heavyweight Champion, I will keep the new era exciting.” As long as he’s NJPW’s top champion, he’ll- Wait, the lights go out! A video plays. Is that… CHRIS JERICHO!? The dark clown that Y2J has become says “I’m the Painmaker! And on June 9th at Dominion in Osaka, I will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! And I’m gonna win.” Jericho shouts he’ll win, but then hushes himself. Y2J is returning to NJPW and aiming for the top!!
Okada just tells Jericho, “Bring it on, you bastard!” Because Okada vows HE will win! Okada will win and return as champion, to again make it rain! Will Okada continue to be the best in NJPW by beating the Best in the World at What He Does? Or will Jericho completely turn NJPW upside-down at Dominion?
One hour of NJPW on AXS alone is great, so two hours is amazing! Especially when they know how to properly book surprises. I didn’t think Taichi would win the NEVER Openweight Championship off of Jeff Cobb in a mostly clean way. Sure he had Miho be his distraction and his shield, but the Suzuki-Gun antics weren’t even deciding factors this time. Well, an argument can be made that they amounted to something, especially the low blow. But for the most part, Taichi managed to just keep on Cobb until Cobb couldn’t get up. At the same time, Cobb being a dual ROH and NJPW champion wasn’t going to last forever, so it was a good move to make it someone mostly unexpected. Now Taichi VS Ishii will be a good first defense for Taichi, I’m just not sure Taichi survives.
For that matter, Ishii VS Evil was insane. It really was just a demolition derby slug fest type fight, and that’s exactly what it should’ve been. Ishii wins not just because he’ll challenge Taichi but because that was the story of him and Evil. Evil got him last time with the Sharpshooter, and that was a great part of the match’s story, but for that reason, Ishii survives the hold and puts Evil away with a standing finisher. And with another G1 Climax on the horizon, Evil can snap back in the NJPW Heavyweight ranks with an impressive showing. I’m honestly surprised Tanahashi is making another comeback, but NJPW without him would also seem odd. White obviously wants to finish Tanahashi for good, that’s another good story going into G1 Climax 29.
NJPW is also building stars properly. Sanada’s history with Okada has been building over the last three years, and it clearly works in getting fans behind Sanada as we heard from the Fukuoka fans. Okada VS Sanada VI, the longest and best match so far of their series, and I really do look forward to a seventh. If anything, the day Sanada beats Okada is the day Sanada reaches that heavyweight/world championship level. He will be the face of NJPW one day, but not until Okada stops. Okada has been such a strong force in NJPW and with that heavyweight championship, he’s almost the NJPW John Cena or Randy Orton. If it weren’t for his matches always being great, I’d say he should move on. If anything, he should still think about going after a different title once this fifth reign ends.
Jericho returning to NJPW is also great, Okada VS Y2J at Dominion will be great, but I don’t think Jericho is the one to end this fifth reign, and certainly not at this point. Beating Jericho will help build Okada’s fifth reign up, and perhaps solidify Okada’s legacy.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/11/19)
It’s Speed VS Strength in the main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 399
Battle lines have been drawn in ROH! LifeBlood’s Bandido takes on the Notorious Hitman, who takes a big win on War of the Worlds Weekend?
- Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods; Woods wins.
- Bandido VS Shane Taylor; Bandido wins.
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Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers!
Ryan Nova & Cheeseburger have Eli Isom in their corner, but they’re up against the salty Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni and the massive Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas! Triple S got a Six Man Tag victory over C2C and Colin Delaney on the Road to G1 Supercard, but can they pull off another shocker against even bigger and badder competition? As for C2C and The Bouncers, they lost together at this year’s Masters of the Craft, but Ali & LSG refused to share a #ToastofHonor in commiseration. Will that chip on C2C’s shoulder go away or only grow bigger tonight?
The Bouncers keep the Code of Honor with the Shinobi but C2C refuse to shake hands with anyone. Fans cheer “Beer! Beer!” for BCB and Milonas while they let Nova start with LSG. LSG and Nova tie up, and LSG gets the wristlock. Nova rolls and reverses, but LSG handsprings and reverses back. LSG waistlocks and slams Nova hard, then headlocks. Nova powers out and things speed up, LSG waistlocks Nova again but Nova bucks him off. Things keep moving and Nova counters a backslide with an arm-drag. LSG runs back in and waistlocks, but Nova slips out of the back suplex. Nova boots LSG away from the corner, then somersaults to neckbreaker! Nova knips up and fans fire up as he tags in Burger. Whip to atomic drop to sweep, then they split the wish bone to double kick LSG down!
Fans fire up with Triple S but Ali runs in. Ali misses Burger and Nova to hit the Bouncers! Ail runs into a double hip toss! Nova and Burger high-ten, but then the Bouncers come in to sandwich them! Bruiser whips Nova while “Brawler” whips Burger, and then they trade partners to squash them in the corners. And then they go corner to corner to squash the other! The Bouncers see Ali and LSG and squash them! And then the other way! Milonas feeds Ali to BCB to bite! LSG runs in but he gets bit, too! And Burger! And Nova! But remember, he ain’t got no teeth! The Bounces high-five and say bottom’s up, but C2C boot them both! And again!
The Bouncers tumble out and C2C give the shinobis CHOPS! C2C whip Nova and Burger at each other, but Burger and Nova do-si-do to dropkick C2C! The shinobi slingshot but are caught! The Bouncers sandwich them again, but then C2C wreck them all with dropkicks! They keep moving, Ali FLIES! Ali bowls everyone over, then drags Burger in while we go to break.
ROH returns as Ali slingshot sentons onto Burger. Cover, TWO! Ali is just annoyed as he tags in LSG. Fans rally up for Burger but Ali holds him in place for LSG’s shoulder tackle. Ali adds an enziguri, then feeds Burger to LSG’s butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! LSG drags Burger back up for an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally behind Burger and Burger fights back. Ali tags in and C2C mugs Burger. Ali gives Burger a big European uppercut, then covers, TWO! Burger fights back with big CHOPS! Fans fire up but Ali brings Burger away to then hit Nova! Burger dodges and dodges, and tags in Milonas! Ali waistlocks but Milonas breaks free with a big butt bump! Milonas rallies and drops the seated senton! Cover, but LSG breaks it!
Bruiser goes after LSG then whips, Samoan Drop! Back senton from Milonas! BCB whips Ali into Milonas’ scrapbuster slam! Cover, but Nova breaks it! BCB shoves Nova all the way out, but LSG shoulders in. LSG slingshots to hit Milonas then springboards to hit BCB! C2C regroups to go after Milonas. LSG climbs while Ali scoops Milonas. Milonas is too heavy, he falls onto Ali! BCB uppercuts LSG then tosses him onto Ali! The Bouncers grab LSG and toss him out. Ali rolls and Nova tags in! Nova leaps at Bruiser for the flying Complete Shot! Nova fires forearms on Milonas! Milonas grabs him and scoops him, but Burger saves him. Double SUPERKICKS! They focus their chakra, buzzsaw mule kick combo!
BCB runs over Nova but Burger dodges to FLY onto C2C! Fans fire up but Burger runs into an uppercut from BCB! Nova knees Bruiser but runs into Brawler’s boot! CLOSING TIME! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad doesn’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here. But they also argue with Coast 2 Coast, who are sore losers all over again. As for Bruiser and Milonas, they celebrate with the #ToastofHonor! Will they soon be toasting with a shot at the ROH tag titles?
ROH has a huge night set for Episode 400!
Matt Taven is finally the ROH World Champion, because he earned it. He won a Triple Threat Ladder match at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden, also becoming a Grand Slam Champion. But when it comes to having a shot at his title, Taven tells the entire locker room that they’ll have to earn it. Cue Flip Gordon! The Captain of Flip Army reminded Matt Taven that he earned his shot in the Sea of Honor tournament. And with his knee at 100%, Flip finally gets his shot as the new #1 contender! Who ends the milestone episode of ROH having earned the world championship?
But not only that, the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships will be on the line! Villain Enterprises will defend their titles against a star-studded though makeshift team of Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Rush! Will Marty Scurll, Brody King & PCO keep hold of the gold against the Franchise, the Hawaiian Hulk and El Toro Blanco?
ROH looks back at the G1 Supercard Honor Rumble!
Kenny King CHOSE to be number one in this massive match, that featured huge stars across ROH and NJPW, such as Minoru Suzuki, Jushin Thunder Liger and even THE GREAT MUTA! It looked to be down to just the two masked legends, Muta and Liger, but Kenny wasn’t actually eliminated! He threw both legends out in one fell sweep and won his shot at the ROH World Championship, but he would get some karma in the way of Muta’s mist!
Kenny King is here!
The Honor Rumble winner is apparently still blinded? He has a walking stick and assistance walking out from ROH timekeeper, Amy Rose. Fans chant “Thank You, Muta!” as King struggles to get a mic. “I should be…” Wait, face camera. “I should be the happiest dude alive right now.” But he’s not and why is that? You see, King is the only man in professional wrestling who does exactly what he says he will. He told everyone that he’d start at number one and “molly whop all them other chops” to become the first man to win the Honor Rumble from number one. King is now #1 Contender, but he shall now be known as Kenny Shawn Michaels King.
And that’s not even the best part! We were all treated to something special at G1 Supecard! Two men stood, Jushin Thunder Liger and the Great Muta, and tension was palpable. No one knew what was going to happen, until King slid in the ring to throw their “700 year old Japanese wrinkly asses” out to win the Honor Rumble! They say never meet your heroes. King did, he wanted to shake hands with Muta, and Muta spit the red mist in his face! Fans think it’s funny? It’s awful! It smelled like laundry detergent and Popeye’s Chicken, and it burned Kenny’s face and eyes! Now King needs emergency eye surgery, so that’s why he won’t be wrestling tonight. But that brings him to Matt Taven. King wants to tell us something we might not know about Taven. “Matt Taven is my homie.”
The two kings are friendly with each other. Kenny was proud of Taven at G1. One day they’ll have to discuss the terms of Taven’s surrender, but until then, he wants Taven to fight. Taven is not King’s target. He is not the man who upsets King. Who here thinks Jay Lethal is great? Kenny doesn’t. Lethal’s not tough, and the only time he’s savage is when he’s cosplaying Randy. So to Jay Lethal, when King gets through his surgery to see again, both eyes will be on Lethal. Because then Kenny will prove he’s the K I N G, and he’ll make Lethal #BendTheKnee. Amy helps King get his walking stick and exit the ring carefully. Will King see clearly and get his hands on Lethal? Or will Lethal make him see all of that trash talk wasn’t worth a thing?
Flip Gordon speaks on his leg injury.
It was at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme, in a match with Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. All seemed same as always, but as Flip dropkick’d Tracy in the corner, his knee gave out. Flip feared the worst, and wanted to finish the match, but his springboard spear only made it worse. He could only take another step, so he had to call it there. Flip feared the worst, but the MRI gave him a time frame. What did he have to do to beat this? Physical therapy. Flip stuck to the schedule, and trusted his doctors. Now his knee is ready, and he is ready! The other ROH World Championship contenders fell to Lethal, but then Taven rose up to win. Now Flip’s turn comes as episode 400 arrives! Will Flip’s return be one of the greatest in ROH history?
Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods!
An ROH dojo graduate makes his television premiere as he flexes his… fairly good physique. But he’s up against The Goods, Mr. Top Prospect 2017, who returns after returning to his roots. Now Woods is #DownToFight, will he end Flex’s television career before it begins?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings. Woods SPEARS Flex! Flex staggers up into a waistlock slam! Woods grimaces as he drags Flex up for an exploder suplex! Flex can only flounder around into a fireman’s carry, Seismic Toss slam! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall
Woods returns more focused and more aggressive, and doesn’t care to shake hands with Flex again. He wants his money and the next fight, who will be #DownToFight The Goods?
ROH interviewer Quinn McKay interviews Josh Woods.
The 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, the NCWA National Champion, and multi-time All American wrestler is also captain of the US MMA team, and is back in ROH with an impressive showing. But he’s been gone for some time. What’s he been up to? It isn’t about what he was up to, but about what he just did and has done his entire career. Woods has always been #DownToFight. Will he finally fight his way to an ROH championship?
Bandido VS Shane Taylor!
Though they have beef with Bully Ray over the attack on Tenille Dashwood, LifeBlood’s luchador will take on the Notorious Hitman who has been known to pall around with the Hall of Famer. Will Bandido’s speed or Taylor’s strength win out in this first-time-ever face-off?
Bandido wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but Taylor spits on Bandido’s hand! The bell rings and Bandido fires off with kicks. Bandido runs and slides but Taylor catches him. Taylor whips but Bandido counters to throw forearms. But Taylor stays up! Taylor grabs Bandido but Bandido slips out of the choke slam. Taylor elbows Bandido away, but Bandido elbows back. SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Bandido whips, but Taylor blocks. Taylor whips but Bandido dodges and kicks, but Taylor blocks again. Taylor flips Bandido but Bandido lands on his feet to sunset flip! Bandido can’t get Taylor down, but he gets out of the way as Taylor sits down!
Bandido keeps moving to basement dropkick Taylor out! Fans fire up as Bandido builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Taylor into the barriers! Bandido keeps moving, and FLIES! He wipes Taylor out again, and celebrates with fans while we go to break.
ROH returns once again, and Bandido gets Taylor back in. Bandido stands Taylor up to chop, but Taylor shrugs it off. Bandido tries again, but then Taylor CHOPS Bandido to a corner! Taylor trash talks Bandido but Bandido CHOPS back! Bandido eggs Taylor on so Taylor CHOPS Bandido off his feet. Taylor drags Bandido up but Bandido fires forearms back! Bandido tries to fireman’s carry but Taylor fights him off. Taylor swings but Bandido ducks, only to get caught in a choke slam! Taylor mocks the fans as they cheer for Bandido. Bandido gets to a corner again but Taylor is on him with big knees. Taylor throws a big right and Bandido goes down! Taylor taunts Bandido more as he drags him back up. He tosses Bandido across the ring! Bandido stirs but Taylor trash talks the fans.
Taylor stalks Bandido as fans rally up. Taylor stands Bandido up again, to throw him by his hair! Bandido hits hard and flounders to ropes. Taylor drags Bandido up again and whips him corner to corner. He runs in and clotheslines Bandido down! Fans boo Taylor but he just stands on Bandido’s head! Taylor lets up at 4, but comes back to drag Bandido back up. Taylor talks trash the entire time but Bandido revives to throw forearms! Bandido dodges one clothesline but gets the other! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Taylor sits Bandido up to elbow away! Taylor covers, TWO! Taylor drags Bandido back up and slaps him around. He whips Bandido corner to corner but runs into a boot!
Bandido boots and enziguris, then hops up top. He leaps, into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, TWO!? Bandido survives Taylor’s right hand! Fans rally up and Bandido has new life, but Taylor is right on him again. Bandido fires forearms then fireman’s carries again. Taylor is still too much but Bandido elbows him back. Bandido boots but gets blocked, Taylor rolls Bandido for a big knee to the face! Cover, TWO!! Bandido still lives while we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more, and Taylor still slaps and toys with Bandido. Bandido blocks the slaps to fire off slaps of his own! Taylor SLAPS Bandido, but Bandido still comes back with more! Taylor CHOPS, but Bandido fires off kicks and knees! Bandido runs, but into a clothesline! But he’s right back up!? Taylor is shocked, but Bandido fires off slaps and kicks. Bandido knees and SUPERKICKS! Taylor staggers, but still gets Bandido with another choke slam! Both men are down but fans fire up! A standing count begins as fans rally. The count passes 5 before Taylor sits up. Bandido stirs but Taylor stands. Taylor brings Bandido up for big haymakers, but Bandido returns with forearms. They go back and forth, with fans on Bandido’s side.
Bandido gets an edge then spins, into a headbutt! Hammerlock rip cord, End of Days! Cover, TWO!! Taylor is frustrated he couldn’t finish Bandido off! Bandido stands and boots Taylor away. Then he swing kicks from the apron, only to slingshot into the One Hitter! Taylor slingshots Bandido in, London Tower! Cover, TWO!?! Bandido is superhuman! Fans keep cheering Bandido on and he revives again. Taylor shakes his head as he CHOPS Bandido in a corner. And CHOPS again, and again! Bandido flops over and Taylor vows to end this. Taylor drags Bandido up, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido boots him away. Bandido uppercuts then springboard tornillo crossbody! Bandido takes aim, and fireman’s carry! GTS, BANG to 21 Plex!! Cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
The luchador triumphs over the titanic Hitman! But wait, here comes Bully Ray! Bandido sees him coming, and has LifeBlood’s Tracy and Mark Haskins with him! Bully wants a time-out, he wasn’t expecting to be the one outnumbered. But wait, who are these attacking LifeBlood?! The Soldiers of Savagery, Moses Maddox and Jasper Kaun, are the newest recruits to ROH and they’re already making an impact! They stomp out Bandido, Tracy and Haskins, then slam Haskins down for a Vader Bomb! They lift Bandido for a gutbuster drop! And they go after Hot Sauce with a feed to a SPEAR! Then an elevated DDT! Even Bully seems confused. SOS did this without any help from Taylor or Bully, or without an invitation. But will they be Bully’s new back-up against LifeBlood?
A really great episode to act as a go-home to episode 400. We get a pretty great Triple Threat Tag to open the night. It’s an interesting development for C2C to take a slow transition into Heel with this salty new attitude of theirs, but that might be the spark they need to take that next step up in the ROH tag division. The Bouncers continue their own rise up, perhaps they’ll finally get their own shot now that we’ll be past War of the Worlds. Bruiser & Milonas against Guerrillas of Destiny would be a pretty fun match, though obviously another match GoD would retain the titles in.
Kenny King playing up being blinded was pretty hilarious here tonight. And even without that, he gave us a great promo overall, though obviously while he’s waiting his turn at the world title, he’s going after Lethal. Lethal VS King all over again should make for a good match or two, and I’m pretty sure King wins to go right at the world champion, whoever that is. We got a good video package and promo from Flip, but I’m not sure if he wins that title off Taven, even on a milestone episode. Regardless of it being his return, Woods was obviously going to win against Flex Simmons tonight. In fact, anyone going against Flex Simmons tonight was going to win because Flex was obviously the generic jobber.
Woods being back, I wonder if he’ll get a better push than he did before. I don’t think he can take the ROH World Television Championship off Jeff Cobb, but I hope we can get a great match out of them. And I’m sure we’ll get a great Six Man out of Lethal, Cobb and Rush VS Villain Enterprises. But such a random team is not beating an established trio like Villain Enterprises. I don’t think Scurll and his team lose the titles until a rematch with The Kingdom. Bandido VS Taylor was amazing, worthy of leading to title contention. It was great story for Bandido to win, both in the match and overall.
It was a great bait and switch for Bully to be the one surrounded, but then to swerve back and debut a new duo. I suppose Bully would need new allies with The Briscoes likely reserved for a rematch with GoD. I’d expect at least a Six Man Tag, Bully & SoS VS LifeBlood, but you could throw in Taylor on Bully’s side and get Juice Robinson involved for an Eight Man Tag. Either way, this looks to be building to the LifeBlood VS Bully and crew story I was hoping for.
My Score: 8.3/10
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