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- Six Man Tag: ACH, Jyushin Thunder Liger & Ryusuke Taguchi VS Roppongi 3K; ACH, Liger & Taguchi win.
- The Addiction VS Chase Owens & Hangman Adam Page; The Addiction wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chris Sabin, Flip Gordon & Jeff Cobb VS Best Friends & Hirooki Goto; Sabin, Gordon & Cobb win.
- Six Man Tag: EVIL, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Killer Elite Squad & Zack Sabre Jr; Killer Elite Squad & Zack Sabre Jr. win.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida VS Gedo & Jay White; Gedo & White win.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Finals: Marty Scurll VS Will Ospreay; Scurll wins and advances to the finals.
- IWGP Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; The Guerrillas of Destiny win and become the new IWGP Tag Team Champions.
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Juice Robinson VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes; Cody wins and becomes the new IWGP US Heavyweight Champion.
- The Golden Lovers VS Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada; The Golden Lovers win.
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NJPW returns to the States!
This is the third show in America, and we continue where we left off! The Bullet Club faces a new civil war as the Firing Squad looks to overthrow The Elite as Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa take on The Young Bucks for their IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. The Tongans took the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Championships, will they also take the heavyweight two-man belts? Meanwhile, The Villain and the Aerial Assassin again clash for one more shot at the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Who gets the newest win in this storied rivalry? And of course, the American Nightmare wants to be the United States Champion on top of NWA Worlds Champion. Can Cody crush Juice Robinson’s dream and find himself holding two titles?
Six Man Tag: ACH, Jyushin Thunder Liger & Ryusuke Taguchi VS Roppongi 3K!
The main unit, Taguchi Japan, have been a bit overlooked with things like the Bullet Club Civil War and even the turmoil within Chaos happening. But can combining the forces of the mega anime fan, the living legend of Junior Heavyweight wrestling and Boss Taguchi himself put this faction in the spotlight? Or will Rocky Romero lead his boys, Sho & Yoh, to victory in the Six-Man Tag Division?
The Walter Pyramid is thunderous for Thunder Liger already, so naturally he’ll start. RPG3K sorts itself out and send out Yoh. The bell rings and fans rally up as Liger and Yoh circle. Yoh and Liger tie up and are even in strength. Yoh manages to push Liger to ropes, then backs up to fake a chop. He gives a shoulder pat a la Chaos leader Okada. Liger and Yoh circle and tie up again. Liger gets a headlock, and he grinds Yoh to a knee. Yoh powers out but Liger runs him over with a shoulder. Yoh kips up and Liger goes again, only to run into a dropkick. Fans boo, they much prefer Liger. Things speed up and Liger tilt-o-whirls Yoh into a backbreaker! Liger then drags Yoh into the full Mexican Surfobard! Taguchi and ACH come in to intercept Rocky and Sho with ankle locks!
The referee tries to regain order, and Taguchi Japan release RPG3K. Taguchi whips Yoh and then sends ACH in for a big clothesline. Liger goes in for his own, then ACH, then back to Liger. Taguchi takes care of coaching like in baseball. But then he goes in, funky weapon hip attack! They coordinate again, and Taguchi climbs up. Liger whips but Yoh reverses, sending Liger into the funky weapon! And then Yoh gives Taguchi 1000 Years of Death! Taguchi tumbles down while Sho stomps Liger. Rocky takes care of ACH, then RPG3K work together now. Rocky slaps Liger then feeds Liger to Yoh’s mudhole stomps. Yoh tags in Sho and they double whip Liger. They have Liger run, into a drop toehold and low dropkick. Fans boo and jeer them while Sho bumps Liger off Rocky’s boot. Rocky tags in and puts Liger in a corner.
Rocky throws haymakers while mocking Liger, but Liger chops back! Liger backs Rocky up but Rocky dropkicks the legs out. Fans rally up for Liger, but Rocky tags in Sho. Sho takes out Taguchi while Yoh comes in. They whip Liger, then send Rocky in. Liger puts Rocky on the apron, but Rocky grabs Liger. Sho runs in but Liger dodges, Sho hits Rocky down! Liger knocks Yoh down then gives Sho a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! ACH returns and Liger crawls over, hot tag! ACH rallies on Sho and Yoh and even scares Rocky. Show grabs ACH but ACH powers out to then slingshot onto Rocky! ACH goes after Sho with a sweep and stomps! Shotgun dropkick, then a sweep and SUPERKICK for Yoh! ACH fires up with Long Beach, but Sho slows him down.
Sho whips but runs into ACH’s boot. ACH fires off strikes, then deadlift German Suplex! Bridge, TWO! Fans chant “ACH! ACH!” as he keeps on Sho. He fireman’s carry but Sho fights out. Sho waistlocks but ACH fights out now. ACH whips but misses, Sho waistlocks to German Suplex! Sho can’t bridge, but he does crawl for his corner. So does ACH, hot tag to Rocky and Taguchi! Taguchi leaps but completely misses with his funky weapon. Rocky hits Liger for good measure, then aims at Taguchi. Rocky winds up and gets those forever clotheslines going! He gets three but then gets the hip attack! Taguchi gives hip attacks to Yoh and Sho, then gives forever hip attacks to Rocky, to Yoh and to Sho, repeat! Long Beach fires up as Taguchi flops around. He baits RPG3K but dodges all their dropkicks!
Taguchi throws haymakers then runs, but is caught into a triple atomic drop! Sho feeds him to the double mule kick which leads into his backstabber and double knees! High stack cover from Rocky, TWO! Fans fire up and RPG3K stomps about. Liger drags Rocky out, and Taguchi fights out of 3K. ACH blasts Yoh & Sho with dropkicks, then DIVES onto them both! Taguchi gives Rocky the Dodon Buster! Cover, Taguchi Japan wins!
Winners: Taguchi Japan, Ryusuke Taguchi pinning
A big win for the main unit to open the show! Will Taguchi lead his team to further victories? Will Liger and Tiger Mask W get their own victories for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships?
Rocky Romero knows “A great man once said that our faction is fine.” Chaos is fine, even with some bad eggs and traitors. Yes, he means Gedo! Gedo broke everyone’s hearts when he sided with Jay White! The “rat bastard” will get his soon, and Jay White, Rocky is ready to fight him wherever and whenever! He wants it to be official! Will Rocky get his fight with the Switchblade? Or will Gedo make sure Rocky gets got first?
The Addiction VS Chase Owens & Hangman Adam Page!
Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian may have a deadline with ROH, but they’re hoping to use success in NJPW as a bartering chip. Meanwhile, the Crown Jewel and Problem Solver of the Bullet Club wouldn’t mind finding their own way to titles somewhere. Who will find success as the expense of the others here in Long Beach?
Long Beach is SoCal, so they love “S C U!” The Heavy Metal Rebel starts against his familiar foe and they tie up. Hangman gets the headlock but Kaz powers out. They collide but neither man falls. They tie up again and Kaz gets the headlock. Headman powers out but Kaz dodges and hurdles to bump. Neither man falls again, but Kaz pie faces Hangman. Hangman throws forearms but so does Kaz and the brawl is on! These two still don’t like each other after all they’ve done to each other. Hangman runs but into Kaz’s forearm. Kaz runs but into Hangman’s forearm. Hangman runs but dodges. Kaz dodges, they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls, even as they go again. They’re still standing, even after a third collision.
Daniels and Chase tag in, even though Hangman wasn’t done with Kaz. Chase says it’s okay, but then Daniels throws haymakers and chops. Chase reverses the whip to cravat knee and mule kick. He runs sideways to hit the swinging neckbreaker! Chase runs into the corner but into Daniels’ boot. Daniels hits his own neckbreaker, then tags in Kaz. The Addiction combine for body shot and flipping neckbraeker. Kaz covers, ONE! Kaz keeps between Chase and Hangman, and fans rally for SCU as Kaz throws forearms on Chase. He whips Chase but Chase dodges. Hangman tags in and Chase feeds Kaz to Hangman’s boot. Chase gives a cravat facebuster, then gets Daniels with one.
Hangman comes in to give Kaz a clothesline, then Daniels a clothesline. Kaz runs but into a fireman’s carry, Hangman kicks Daniels. Hangman dumps Kaz, and uses Daniels for the dropsault! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Hangman while he keeps on Kaz. He bumps Kaz off the buckles then stomps a mudhole. Tag to Chase, and he stomps a mudhole. Chase puts Kaz into the ropes to forearm him in the back. He does it again, then lifts Kaz for the backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Chase keeps on Kaz and tags in Hangman. They double whip, double elbow, then knee drop and shooting star! Cover, TWO! Hangman rallies up the fans, and he pumphandle deadlifts Kaz for the Fall Away Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!
Hangman chops Kaz then tags Chase. He holds Kaz in place for Chase to punch. Chase puts on a facelock but fans rally up for Kaz. Chase wrenches hard, but Kaz powers his way up as fans chant “S C U!” Kaz fights back with body shots and haymakers, but Chase kicks low. Chase whips but Kaz slides off his back to then backstabber! Kaz dodges, hot tag to Daniels! Daniels rallies on the Bullet Club boys. Hangman reverses the whip but Daniels slides to STO! Daniels whips but Hangman reverses again, only to end up in the dragon sleeper. Chase runs in, for a urenage DDT combo! The Fallen Angle keeps going as he wheelbarrow slams Chase. Cover, TWO! Daniels keeps his cool as he drags Chase up for another urenage. Then to the corner, but Chase catches him in a roll up! TWO!
Daniels whips Chase. Chase dodges, Hangman slingshots for the Buck Shot! Hangman hits Kaz for good measure while Chase rebound backbreakers Daniels! Cover, TWO! Daniels is tough, it’s how he’s lasted this long in the sport. Hangman goes to the apron but has to fight Kaz off with a roaring elbow. Then the shooting star shoulder, gets a code breaker!! Chase aims at Daniels, but Daniels resists the driver. Kaz comes in but Chase fires off on him. Chase whips Kaz but Kaz reverses. Chase runs into a boot, Kaz scoops and Daniels jumps, Best Meltzer Ever! Cover, The Addiction wins!
Winners: The Addiction, Daniels pinning
SoCal Uncensored is victorious in SoCal! They’ve got a lot of time left, can Daniels & Kazarian make a run for gold before 2018 is out?
Six Man Tag: Chris Sabin, Flip Gordon & Jeff Cobb VS Best Friends & Hirooki Goto!
One half of the Motor City Machine Guns teams with the Captain of Flip Army and the NEW ROH World Television Champion against Chaos’ Trent, Chuckie T & Fierce Warrior! Goto may no longer be NEVER Openweight Champion, but could we see the forging of a new trio for the Six Man Tag Division? Or will this arsenal of honor end that before it begins?
The teams go through their checks with the referee, then sort out who starts. The bell rings and we begin with Sabin and the Kentucky Gentleman. Sabin and Chuckie circle and tie up. Chuckie gets a waistlock but Sabin reverses to a wristlock. Chuckie reverses that onto Sabin but Sabin rolls and handsprings to spin around and wrench the arm to an arm-drag. Things speed up and Chuckie rolls Sabin to a cover, TWO and Sabin has the crucifix cover! TWO and both men stand off. Long Beach loves it already as both men blast their opposing corners! They then get in each other’s face and start brawling with forearms. Goto and Trent come in to brawl with Flip and Cobb! The ref again has a hard time keeping order, but Flip and Cobb throw Trent and Goto out.
Sabin whips Chuckie corner to corner and then Cobb whips Sabin in. Sabin hits the elbow, then Flip goes in for one. However, Sabin isn’t enough to whip Cobb in, so Flip helps. Cobb gets going and hits a big corner splash! Flip shooting stars, then Sabin La Mahistrols, TWO! Chuckie shakes the cobwebs out of his head while Sabin puts him in a corner. Sabin runs but mises, Goto returns to hit a clothesline. Trent hits an elbow and Chuckie a clothesline. Flip comes in but is scooped, long dart cutter! The Best Friends want to hug, but Cobb runs them over! Fans boo, they like hugs. Cobb says they’ll like this more. He builds speed, but runs into Goto’s lariat! Goto keeps on Cobb on the outside, but Sabin stops Goto with a Penalty Kick! But Trent blasts Sabin to then build speed. Chuckie stops him, to hug!
Flip returns but is tossed out onto Sabin. Then the Best Friends build speed to FLY! They hit all three opponents and Long Beach loves it! Chuckie puts Sabin in while Trent flexes. Goto keeps the others down while Chuckie scoop slams Sabin. Tag to Trent, and they build up energy for the most dangerous move in the world… the slingshot foot scrape. But Chuckie adds on his slow-mo senton. The fans love the Fillsbury Flop, but then Goto tags in and he clubs away on Sabin. Goto whips and elbows Sabin down to then drop another elbow. Cover, TWO! Sabin still lives but Goto puts on a chinlock. Fans rally for Sabin as he endures the elbow in the nose and forehead. Goto drags Sabin over and puts him in the Chaos corner.
Tag to Trent, and Trent Northern Lights with bridge. TWO, but Trent keeps between him and the corner. Trent chops Sabin sharply, but Sabin only fires up from it. Sabin chops sharply, so Trent gives another. Tag to Chuckie and he brings Sabin up. Sabin fights back with forearms and chops, but then Chuckie rakes eyes. Sabin can’t see where he’s going, Chuckie tags in Trent. They keep between Sabin and his team, then double whip him corner to corner. Sabin goes up and over and sends Chuckie into Trent and then drop toeholds Chuckie into Trent’s crotch! Chuckie gets Sabin with a kick, but Sabin reverses the bomb into a tornado DDT! Sabin reaches for his corner as fans rally up, he rolls to hot tag in Flip!
Flip leaps over Trent to dropkick Goto. Flip handsprings and mule kicks to PELE! He goes up and FLIES onto Chuckie! Flip fires up and climbs up, to crossbody Trent! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up more as Flip takes aim. Flip runs in but misses. Trent tornado DDT but it’s denied, Flip spring-blades! Flip hurries up top again, for a 450! He bails out as Trent rolls to evade, and turns around into Trent’s shotgun knee! Both men are down but fans rally up. Trent and Flip crawl, hot tags to Goto and Cobb! Cobb rallies on Goto with chops and haymakers! He whips Goto corner to corner then hits a BIG clothesline! Cobb whips Goto again, but Goto dodges. Goto runs and they collide with clotheslines. They collide again, and again, and Goto wins out!
Cobb crawls but Goto runs in for the windmill heel kick! Then the saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Goto tries but can’t fireman carry. Cobb elbows Goto then waistlocks. Goto fights out but Cobb kicks. Cobb swings but ends up in the dragon sleeper. He slips out to suplex Goto down! Fans fire up as Cobb moonsaults! Goto dodges and Cobb flops. Cobb runs into the clothesline, but both men are down. Goto tags to Chuckie and he corner clotheslines on Cobb. Chuckie vows to kill Cobb for real, but it’s Cobb who suplexes him. Trent saves Chuckie, the Best Friends double suplex Cobb! They keep on Cobb with a double whip, but Cobb brings them into each other, for a double pumphandle suplex!
Cobb is superhuman as he brings Trent up. Trent throws Cobb into Chuckie’s knee, and then hits the tornado DDT! Chuckie wants his Awful Waffle, and somhow manages him up for the driver! Cover, but both Sabin and Flip break it! Goto throws Flip out while Trent drags Sabin out. Chuckie positions Cobb and climbs up, for the MOONSAULT! But it flops as Cobb evades! Cobb clobbers Chuckie, brings down the straps, and takes him for a Tour of the Islands! Cover, Cobb and team win!
Winners: Sabin, Gordon & Cobb, Jeff Cobb pinning
The slapdash trio takes the victory in their first time teaming together. Sabin’s chest is worse for wear, but maybe these three could make a run for trios titles somewhere? However, Goto goes after Cobb, wanting to keep their fight going. The referee keeps the peace and Trent convinces Goto to back down, for now. When will we see the Warrior and the Olympian collide again?
Six Man Tag: EVIL, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Killer Elite Squad & Zack Sabre Jr!
Los Ingobernables de Japon have been struggling as of late. They no longer have the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, Hiromu Takahashi went down with injury back in the G1 Special in San Francisco, and not even the Uncontrollable Charisma managed to repeat as G1 Climax champion. But perhaps there is hope in Six Man competition! Unless Davey Boy Smith Jr, Lance Archer and the Submission Master do something about it.
Speaking of, KES & ZSJ attack from behind without waiting for the bell! ZSJ singles out Evil while KES drag Naito and the Cold Skull out of the ring. The bell rings as ZSJ toys with the King of Darkness. ZSJ runs but Evil dodges to run him over. The brawl continues on the outside and LIJ gets the edge while Evil grinds his shoe on ZSJ’s head. Evil stomps ZSJ while Archer throws a tantrum on the outside. Sanada tags in and clubs ZSJ. He whips but ZSJ catches him into the abdominal stretch! Sanada slips out to put it on ZSJ! ZSJ slips out and they go around and around, but end up in the Suzuki-Gun corner. Davey tags in and stomps away on Sanada. He throws big kicks and knocks Sanada off his feet. Davey throws forearms and whips Sanada. Sanada dodges to dropkick the leg out!
Sanada grabs the legs and arms, and wants the infamous Paradise Lock, but Davey powers out. Davey runs into a kick, then Sanada throws hands. Sanada whips but Archer tags in, for the back drop power slam! Davey hits Naito and Evil, Archer reels Sanada in for a lariat. ZSJ joins in on the outside and they wreck Naito and Evil with railings. Archer drags Sanada up and into a corner for a chop. He runs corner to corner for a big back elbow, then again for another. Archer keeps going for a third elbow! Fans boo and jeer while Davey tags back in. Davey looms over Sanada as he brings him back up. Davey scoops and slams, to then hook a leg for a deathlock snap! He does a couple more, then swivels those hips and says “Up yours, brother!” before bridging!
Sanada endures the modified deathlock, and fans rally up. Davey shifts to add a crossface and then a fish hook to it. He lets go as the ref counts, and Sanada chops back. Davey eggs him on so Sanada chops more and more. Davey clubs Sanada then German Suplexes. He holds on to German again! Davey goes for the hat trick but Sanada slips out! Sanada boots him away then dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as Naito gets up. Archer intercepts but he choke slam is countered with a huricanrana! Naito tags in! Naito rallies and dodges to dropkick Davey in the back. ZSJ comes in but Naito whips him for the jump kick, sweep and swinging dropkick! Naito drags ZSJ up for the neckbreaker, then hits the pose. Fans fire up but Davey waistlocks. Naito fights out and enziguris!
Naito runs but into a belly2belly! Davey crawls and Archer blasts Evil out. KES go after Naito and they whip him corner to corner. Davey clotheslines, Archer elbows, and they combine for the crossbody sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Naito toughs it out but KES is on him again. Archer prepares the full nelson but fans rally up. Naito kicks Davey away then sends him into Archer. Tornado DDT for Archer! Both men are down but crawling. ZSJ tags in but so does Evil. ZSJ throws European Uppercuts but Evil throws forearms. They go back and forth, and Long Beach is on Evil’s side. Evil eggs ZSJ on, ZSJ throws more EuroUppers. Evil chops then back sentons! Fans fire up as Evil runs, but ZSJ kicks the clothesline to then Pele the arm! ZSJ hops on for the double wristlock! Evil endures, and then powers out to a suplex!
Sanada hits KES and coordinates with Evil. They double whip ZSJ and hit a back elbow to big clothesline. Naito comes in for a double dropkick sandwich! Naito and Sanada hit KES, slingshot from Sanada takes them both out. Evil has ZSJ, for the STO but ZSJ reverses to the Octopus! Only for Evil to counter into Darkness Falls!! Cover, TWO!! Evil roars and rags ZSJ up, but ZSJ gets around, European Clutch!! Cover, Suzuki-Gun wins!!
Winners: ZSJ & Killer Elite Squad, Sabre Jr. pinning
Another win over Evil and ZSJ is riding high. The Submission Master doesn’t respect spooky Halloween season, nor does he respect ZSJ. And Killer Elite Squad beat up a young lion, just like Minoru Suzuki would! No respect, no mercy, but will there be consequences for these actions?
As for Evil, Naito and Sanada come in to try and encourage their comrade. LIJ will overcome, but what will it take to turn their luck around?
Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kushida VS Gedo & Jay White!
The Ace is the G1 Climax 28 champion while the Time Splitter is headed for another IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match. Will their momentum be halted by the traitor of Chaos and his new protege?
Tanahashi already has reason to dislike The Switchblade, so before the bell even rings, he and Kushida take the fight to White and Gedo! The bell rings while the brawl is on! Tanahashi gives White EuroUppers before putting him in the ring. White staggers into forearms and body shots. Tanahashi catches White’s kick into the Dragon Screw! Tanahashi stomps on that leg then throws more forearms. He whips White corner to corner but White reverses. Whtie runs into an elbow, but then trips up Tanahshi and sends him to the floor! Gedo hits Kushida while White stomps away on Tanahashi. White even chokes Tanahashi with camera cord! Fans boo and jeer and White lets go to bring Tanahashi up for a chop. Gedo wrenches and rakes Kushida while White chops Tanahashi again.
White puts Tanahashi in the ring and takes aim. He runs in corner to corner for a running EuroUpper, then throws Tanahashi with a big back suplex. Cover, TWO! Fans boo and jeer while White drags Tanahashi up. White chops Tanahashi more, then tags in Gedo. Fans boo while Gedo puts Tanahashi in a sleeper. Gedo also claws at Tanahashi’s face, so the referee tells him to let go. Gedo does, then taunts Tanahashi. He throws hands while fans boo and jeer. Gedo pokes Tanahahsi in the eyes, and the ref reprimands him again. Gedo brings Tanahashi over for a bump off White’s boot. White tags in to scoop and slam Tanahashi. White mocks Tanahashi before dropping the elbow. Cover, TWO!
White drags Tanhashi up to bump him off Gedo’s boot. Fans rally for The Ace but Gedo mule kicks him in the gut. Gedo embraces the heat, but Tanahashi hits back with body shots! Tanahashi swings on White but White gets away. Gedo whips Tanahashi but runs into the elbow. Tanahashi jumps up for the crossbody! Gedo manages to defend slightly and both men are down. Hot tag to Kushida! Springboard ax handle for Gedo, handspring kick for White! Kushida boots Gedo away then swing kicks him. Kushida climbs up and leaps over Gedo, to come back into Gedo’s kick. Gedo runs but into the arm-drag and cartwheel dropkick! Kushida aims from a corner and rolls, for the DDT! Float over to the cross armbreaker! Gedo resists as he rolls Kushida, but Kushida rolls him for the kimura! White breaks that up then takes out Tanahashi.
White helps Gedo to their corner and then tags in. He embraces the heat as he drags Kushida up for a chop. White chops more, but then Kushida dodges. Kushida runs into a boot but slips out of the suplex, only to get another chop. White whips but Kushida handsprings for the back elbow! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi rallies on White, then whips corner to corner. White reverses but Tanahshi comes back with a forearm! Tanahashi has fans fired up, but White counters the slingblade. Tanahashi gets out of Blade Runner for Twist ‘n’ Shout! The Ace runs but into a chop, yet still gets a slingblade! Cover, but Gedo breaks it. Kushida throws Gedo out but gets a thumb in the eyes. Tanahashi goes up while White is still down. But White grabs the ref while Gedo uses brass knuckles to sucker punch Tanahashi!
Gedo rocks Kushida with that brass fist, then White lets go of the ref. White brings Tanahashi up, Blade Runner! Cover, White & Gedo win!
Winners: Gedo & White, Jay White pinning
The Switchblade and his new sinister mentor use every trick in the book to steal this from The Ace. White grabs the microphone and the Wrestle Kingdom contract briefcase, to ask Tanahashi and the world–once Long Beach stops booing–“What are you waiting for?” Fans switch to “F*ck you, Switchblade!” but White just blows kisses in return. He tells them to shut up since they paid to see him. But what is Tanahashi waiting for? He won the G1 only to give Okada a shot at the briefcase the very next event?! White beat them BOTH in the G1 so he has a right to the contract! So White asks again, “What are you waiting for? What is NJPW waiting for?”
They’re all scared that White will win again, and the company can’t afford not having Tanahashi in the main event. At the very least, they can’t stand having two gaijin in the main event! White says this is inevitable! We will all #BreathewiththeSwitchblade in the new era! White wants what Tanahashi has, will Gedo help him reach the top by any means necessary?
White says he’s taking that briefcase. Tanahashi knows it, NJPW sees it, fans see it! Everyone sees it. Gedo adds that Tanahashi was finished a long time ago, so are Tanahashi’s days numbered?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Finals: Marty Scurll VS Will Ospreay!
The Villain and The Aerial Assassin may be competing to reach the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title again, but they’re also continuing their war that has been waged all around the world! Will Scurll or Ospreay move on to challenge The Time Splitter for the vacant title?
There is no love lost between these archenemies, but they still wait for the bell. The belt is shown to remind them what they’re after, and the bell rings to send these two at each other! SPANISH FLY OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO! Ospreay almost ends it there, but Scurll bails out. Ospreay builds speed to Sasuke Special! He puts Scurll in then climbs up, Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! This is too fast, too furious, but its’ not over yet. Ospreay runs but Scurll bails out, so Ospreay DIVES! Ospreay doesn’t give Scurll a moment’s rest while fans are thunderous. He puts Scurll into the ring then springboards for a big clothesline! Scurll wants a breather but Ospreay won’t give him it. Ospreay instead kicks away on Scurll’s chest.
Scurll catches on to then SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay kicks Scurll again, but runs into the EuroUpper. Scurll hits another, then goes to the apron for the SUPERKICK! The Villain finally has time to breathe while fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Scurll brings Ospreay up and onto the apron to slam his chest on the edge. Scurll has the fans on his side as he brings Ospreay up. He ducks the enziguri to stomp Ospreay’s back neck! Scurll chops Ospreay off his feet once, twice, three times! Fans cheer as Scurll wrenches Ospreay’s neck with a cravat. Scurll throws knees, then snapmares and dropkicks Ospreay’s neck again. Cover, TWO! He kicks Ospreay while he’s down, then stands on Ospreay’s head.
Fans rally as Scurll stands Ospreay up for more chops. Scurll chops again but now Ospreay grits his teeth. Scurll kicks him in the face, then tweaks his neck! Ospreay is on the ropes, and Scurll stands on his head! The ref reprimands Scurll and Scurll lets up at 4. Scurll flexes and fires the fans up. He whips but Ospreay handsprings to enziguri! Both men are down but Ospreay’s neck still bothers him. Fans duel as both men slowly stand. Ospraey sweeps Scurll’s legs then runs in, but misses the dropkick. Scurll blocks one kick but gets the enziguri, then the elevated 619! Ospreay catches his breath and checks his neck while fans rally up. Ospreay slingshots but Scurll shoves and swing kicks. Scurll goes out to whip Ospreay into barriers.
Scurll chops Ospreay again, and again. He drags Ospreay to the apron, but Ospreay fights back. They brawl with forearms and chops, Ospreay kicks, but Scurll still chops. Back and forth but Ospreay gets the edge. Scurll runs but manages to hold off the Spanish Fly. Both men get flashbacks to their previous encounter. Scurll puts Ospreay in but Ospreay mule kicks. Ospreay sees his chance, runs and SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! The fans lose their minds while both men are down and out. Ospreay stands first as the ring count reaches 13. He puts Scurll in at 15, wanting to win in the ring. Ospreay aims, Robinson Special spin kick! He calls for it, springboards for it, but ends up in a backslide form it! Roll through, but SUPERKICK!
Both men are down again but fans are loving it. Fans rally up as a new count begins. Scurll stands at 5 and goes over to Ospreay. Scurll butterflies but Ospreay resists. Ospreay turns around and kicks Scurll, to butterfly him. Scurll slips out to chop but Ospreay fires off strikes. Ospreay runs and kicks to then clobber Scurll with a clothesline! Scurll is down but Ospreay isn’t through with him. He drags Scurll up to a corner, then to the top rope. Ospreay chops Scurll then climbs up to join him. Ospreay and Scurll stand all the way up, but Scurll trips Ospreay up! Scurll then adjusts to SUPER STEINER! Then he runs to flip Ospreay with that lariat! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and Scurll can’t believe it. Fans still love it as they build back to a rally.
Scurll drags Ospreay up for another chop. Ospreay grits his teeth as he stays standing. Scurll chops him again but Ospreay still keeps himself up. Scurll chops again, but Ospreay won’t back down. Ospreay chops Scurll, Scurll chops Ospreay, and now Ospreay fires off strikes. Scurll ducks the kick to give the uppercut, bu t runs into the flip kick and enziguri! Suplex, but into CHICKEN WING!! Ospreay is stuck in the middle of the ring, but rolls it back! Cover, TWO, and then Mahistrol! TWO! Scurll powerbombs and high stacks, TWO, butterfly but Ospreay slips out. Full nelson but Scurll breaks out, only for Ospreay to hook kick him! Both men are down but Long Beach is thunderous!
Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. Ospreay stands first and calls for the end. He butterflies but Scurll powers him up to a corner. Scurll climbs up, but Ospreay slips out to tuck him in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Ospreay has a wild look in his eye as he climbs up top again. He steadies himself, but Scurll trips him up! Scurll sits Ospreay up and chops his back. Scurll climbs up, and wants the chicken wing up there! Ospreay fights out of it, but ends up in the tiger underhook! SUPER TIGER SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!? HOW?! But Scurll just clobbers Ospreay again, before giving him the side package driver! Scurll isn’t done yet, Graduation Butterfly slam! Cover, Scurll wins!!
Winner: Marty Scurll, by pinfall; advances to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match
The Villain defeats the Assassin, and will now face Kushida! King of Pro-Wrestling will see a new IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion, but will it be Taguchi Japan or Bullet Club that claims it?
Scurll congratulates himself, and says that three things are guaranteed: Death, taxes, and Scurll beating Ospreay. Tonight was no different. Ospreay loses again and again, because he’s “full of it.” The truth is, when it’s 1v1 between these two, Scurll will always win. But enough about that, Scurll is tired and wants to go home to his dog Winston. Kushida, your time is up! Scurll claims that belt because he is the biggest start in the Division! No one buys Kushida merch, Opsreay merch or even Hiromu merch. They buy Scurll’s merch! Scurll will win and take it all the way to Tokyo Dome for an even better entrance than before! Thank you, get him some water, bye bye!
IWGP Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!
This is Bullet Club Civil War 2, and it’s even more intense than before. While Cody and Omega were fighting for the top, everyone else had to choose a side. Matt & Nick Jackson eventually chose Omega’s side, but the BC OG and his brother were a bit more cryptic about where they stood. When things finally settled between The Elite, that was when they decided to strike! This splinter cell known as the Firing Squad wants it all for themselves, and doesn’t care what they have to do or who they have to hurt to get it. Will Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa gun down the Bucks? Or will the Superkick Party be too much to stop?
Naturally the Godfather of Destiny, THE King Haku, accompanies his sons to the ring. As for the California natives, they’re going it as just the two of them, wearing gear that shouts out to the Golden Elite, aka the fabulous four that are The Bucks, Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi. Long Beach is of course on the side of “The! Elite! The the Elite!” the belts are raised but Tama tosses them down! Tension mounts as the teams sort out. Brother Nick starts against brother Tama and we begin. Fans chant “Young Bucks!” but Tama simply scowls at the fans. Some fans shout support for “G O D!” and that invigorates Tama.
Tama ties up with Nick, and Tama gets the headlock. Nick powers out but Tama runs him over. Tama runs but Nick keeps up with him, but both men dodge dropkicks to cancel out with dropkicks. They trash talk forehead to forehead, then start shoving. Matt shoves Tama so Loa shoves Matt. It’s a lot of shoving that turns into a brawl. But the GoD tank it all and then clobber the Bucks down. The GoD double whip but the Bucks slide and kick. The Bucks run, double alley oop dropkick! Fans fire up as The Bucks focus on Tama. They whip then kick, to sweep and dropkick! Matt handsprings to headscissor Loa for Nick to dropkick! Fans fire up again and continue to chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!”
Tama hits back but Nick clubs him down. Nick brings Tama over and tags in Matt. They double whip and hip toss to handspring and dropkick. Matt’s back is bothering him again… He still covers, ONE! The ref checks on Matt but Matt won’t quit for that. He tags Nick and Nick kicks Tama. Nick checks on Matt but Tama attacks them both! Tama whips Nick while Loa takes out Matt on the outside. Loa focuses on that bad back as he scoops Matt for a running powerslam! Tama tosses Nick out and the GoD supporters rally up again. Loa whips Matt around while Tama headbutts Nick. Tama whips Nick into railing while Loa fetches a table. Loa puts the table up while Tama stands on Matt’s chest.
The referee reprimands the GoD but they don’t listen. They instead put Matt in the ring. Tama whips Nick but Nick reverses, sending Tama into barriers! Nick then hurries and saves Matt from certain doom, and then knocks Loa down. Loa misses the table, but Nick takes aim again to FLY! Nick sends Loa into railing right near commentary with JR and Kevin Kelly. Nick puts Loa back in, but Tama is back. The GoD get kicks from Nick, including the spinning roundhouse and shining wizard! Nick wants the bulldog but is fed to a lariat! Loa hits Matt but Matt hits back. Matt hits Tama, too, then climbs up! Matt, bad back and all, gets tossed into the table!! Fans boo and jeer but Loa plays innocent.
Tama goes after Nick and whips, Loa comes in and they work together to give body shots and the jumping neckbreaker. Loa adds the leg drop, but they’re not done here. They each climb up a corner and aim at Nick, diving headbutt to frog splash! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives but the GoD are confidently in control. Tama drags Nick up for elbows to the chin, neck and shoulder. He fires off elbow after elbow, then stops only to put Nick in the corner. Tag to Loa and the God continue to mug Nick. Loa picks Nick up to ram him into buckles. Loa and Tama grin as they keep Nick isolated in their corner. Now Loa lifts Nick in a stalling suplex to show off his strength. He slams Nick down hard, then covers. TWO, but Loa keeps his cool.
Loa makes Nick look at the empty corner. Matt stirs in the wreckage while Tama tags in. Double headbutt, but Nick fights back. Tama headbutts as Nick throws haymakers, and Nick gets free of the GoD corner. Nick kicks but Tama waistlocks. Matt crawls for his corner but Nick Penalty Kicks Loa. Nick shoulders into Tama to slingshot facebuster, handspring Asai onto Loa! Nick gets back in the ring and crawls for his corner. Matt crawls there, too, but Tama splashes on Nick before the tag can be made. Tongan Twist, Tama’s take on the Cross Rhodes! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives, but now Loa tags back in.
The fans duel again as Loa has Nick on the ropes to choke him out. The referee reprimands him so Loa lets up at 4. Loa encourages the dueling chants, then scoops Nick for a slam. He tags Tama, and the GoD know they have control. Nick fights back but Tama waistlocks and suplexes. Nick slips out but his kick is blocked. Tongan Twist but Nick slips through to SUPERKICK! Both men are down and father Haku looks concerned. Fans fire up as Nick and Tama crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Matt! Matt fires off haymakers, about all he can do with a bad back. Loa comes in but gets hands, too. Loa fires up with the strikes and Tama clobbers Matt. The GoD double whip but Matt comes back with leaping lariats!
Matt fires up, the adrenaline helping with his back pain. He chops and forearms away on Loa, but Loa still takes it all. Matt whips but Loa reverses. Matt holds ropes and baits Loa in to dump him out. SUPERKICK for Tama! Somehow Matt gets moving to dropkick Loa out. Matt climbs back in to shoulder Tama. Slingshot to sunset flip, into the Sharpshooter! Matt gets the Cease, but can he hold onto it? Loa clubs Matt off the hold, then drags Matt up. The GoD coordinate, throwing hands, dropkick, and a scoop slam onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Matt barely gets out, and Tama taunts him more. Tama doesn’t believe the Bucks are good enough for Heavyweight wrestling. He slaps Matt, but runs into Matt’s SPEAR!
Fans rally and both men stir. Tama and Matt crawl, hot tags to their brothers! Nick springboards but is caught! Loa spins Nick around but Nick slips out. Nick shoves and shining wizard to the back. He sits Loa up, but Tama puts Nick on the apron. Nick kicks Tama then springboard stomps. Somersault to backstabber! Nick calls for the Party! Tag to Matt and the Bucks aim together. Loa stands, blocks Nick’s kick but takes Matt’s SUPERKICK! Nick SUPERKICKS Tama, then they both SUPERKICK Loa! Cover, TWO!! The party isn’t over yet, but “The! Elite! The the Elite!” still have more to give.
Matt tries to lift Loa but his back won’t allow it. Nick helps out, and then Matt hits the rolling senton! Nick adds the 450, More Bang for Your… but Matt’s back is slowing him down! Matt manages the climb, and moonsaults for that Buck! Cover, TWO!! Matt’s bad back is again interfering, so Nick helps him scoop Loa. Nick springboards, into a GUN STUN!! Loa hits the gutbuster drop on Matt! Cover, TWO!?! How?! Tama tags back in, GoD coordinates, but Matt fights out. SUPERKICK for Loa, SUPERKICK for Tama! But then GUN STUN 3D!! Cover, the GoD WIN!!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, Tama Tonga pinning; NEW IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions
An incredible effort from The Young Bucks was NOT enough! Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa now hold these titles and the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championships. King Haku celebrates with his sons as they become the most decorated tag team in NJPW today. Will the Bucks be back for revenge? Or will it even matter should the Firing Squad win the war?
Tama says that before he answers the “stupid ass questions,” he has a question. Who was surprised by today? None here, they’re smart reporters. But go ahead and ask those dumb questions. How do they feel winning the titles? The same as every day. They grew up with wrestling. This isn’t just a game. Haku has been there for their lives. It’s another day on the job. Will they continue to roll on like it’s another day at work as they make this the Tongan Era of NJPW? Or will the war not go their way in the end?
IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Juice Robinson VS Cody w/ Brandi Rhodes!
The Flamboyant One scratched and clawed to get his first singles title, and the dream finally came true at the G1 Special in San Francisco. Titles matter so now Juice matters! But will Juice’s dream matter to the American Nightmare on his journey to add even more gold to his collection? Or will Juice retain his title while earning himself a spot in line for Cody’s NWA Worlds title?
The IWGP US belt is raised, the bell rings and we begin! Fans are divided, but Cody gives fans what they want. He takes his shift off, then decides to toss it to… Brandi. Cody circles with Juice and Cody hears the fans. He and Juice tie up, and Cody gets the walstock. They go around and Cody gets the wristlock. Juice reverses the lock but Cody gets to ropes. Juice lets him go and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Cody and Juice circle and tie up. Juice gets the drop toehold and the facelock. Cody gets up tot he waistlock but Juice backs him to a corner. Juice snapmares Cody to a chinlock and shifts around. Cody gets a foot but Juice gets ropes. Cody lets go, but then chops Juice! Juice barely flinches! Cody chops again but Juice fires up.
Juice chops back, Cody chops again and Juice chops again. Cody gets the headlock but Juice powers out. Cody slides under to give the uppercut! Things speed up but Cody ducks the crossbody! Juice rolls out of the ring, but Cody builds speed. Cody FLIES, but into a belly2belly! Brandi checks on her husband while Juice catches his breath. Juice fetches Cody but Brandi touches him. He shoves her a little too hard, and she fakes a teeth injury. Cody gives Juice an inverted DDT, and look! Brandi is fine! She and Cody kiss and she takes a bow for her amazing performance. Cody puts Juice in the ring and then aims from the corner. Cody springboards but misses the elbow! Juice crawls and Cody gets to a corner.
Juice hits a big corner clothesline! He runs back in for another! He then signals to go for a ride, and runs corner to corner. Cody grabs Red Shoes, and Brandi swipes at Juice. Juice backs Brandi off, and still shoulders into Cody. Cody kicks and then clotheslines to complete shot! Cover, TWO!! He tries again, TWO! Cody keeps focus on Juice while Juice slowly stands. Juice snapmares and lifts Cody up. Juice turns him around but Cody backslides, TWO! Roll up, TWO! Cody runs into the heel kick! Fans fire up for Juice as Cody gets to a corner. Juice glares as he runs in corner to corner for the BIG Cannonball! He drags Cody up and around, powerbomb lift, but Cody headscissor counters to send Juice into buckles!
Cody argues with the ref while Brandi rakes Juice’s eyes! Cody clotheslines Juice out, but Juice stays on the apron. So Cody runs, but misses the Beautiful Disaster! Juice climbs, flies, crossbody connects! But Juice takes a moment to cover, TWO! Juice clutches those ribs, but he keeps on Cody. Juice grabs Cody in the double underhook but Cody breaks free. Cody also breaks free of the waistlock to then trip Juice up and put on the Figure Four! Juice endures the legendary leg hold, and works to turn things around. Cody keeps the hold on as he elevates, but then Juice goes to roll it over. Fans rally as the two fight for control of the hold. Juice uses his size and strength and gets the reversal! Cody quickly grabs ropes, and the hold must break.
Brandi helps Cody get a sip of water. Cody takes off his weight belt, but Red Shoes takes it so he can’t use it as a weapon. Cody spits the water in Juice’s face! Then springboard for the Beautiful Disaster! Cover, TWO!? Juice survives the spit-take screwjob! But Cody unwinds the dirty bird, and drags Juice up. Juice backs Cody into a corner, then goes corner to corner. Cody goes up and over but Juice fakes out the slam. Juice turns Cody but Cody escapes. Juice escapes, turns, PULP FRICTION! But Cody gets out thanks to Brandi! The referee reprimand Mrs. American Nightmare and she backs off again. Cody recovers while the 20 count starts up. But Juice won’t settle for a win this way, he wants to win in the ring. He drags Cody up, but Cody gets him with CROSS RHODES!
Both men are down, and another 20 count must begin. Juice stirs but the count is already at 10. The count climbs to 15 as Cody stirs. Cody and Juice stand and both get in at 19! Both men crawl around towards each other. Cody throws a haymaker, but Juice comes back with one. Cody hits Juice, Juice hits back. They go back and forth with jabs, faster and faster and faster! Juice gets the edge, but Cody pokes the eyes, then SUPERKICKS! Fans rally up as Cody has the arms. He turns Juice, and hits Dinn’s Fire!! Cover, TWO!? Juice survives?! Cody is too tired to be frustrated, but he also works on another idea. Cody climbs up top, but Juice trips him up! Juice climbs up to join Cody, throwing big haymakers. Juice stands Cody up, for a SUPERPLEX!! But cradle counter! CODY WINS!?
Winners: Cody, by pinfall; NEW IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion
Was it Cody’s pin!? It’s hard to tell but the referee gave it to Cody, and the referee’s decision is final. Cody is now the dual NWA Worlds and IWGP US Champion! Brandi gets an assist but the records will only show Cody winning, will Juice come back to get even with Cody? Or is Cody going to move on and up to even bigger and better?
Cody says “let’s get serious”! The IWGP US Championship means the world to NJPW, because it’s the youngest title. They wanted a heritage that matters, so Cody can speak on that. Juice is what the NXT staff called “one of Dusty’s kids.” Well guess what: Cody is one of Dusty’s ACTUAL kids! This title belongs to Cody now! It was very personal, for everyone who said Juice was getting better, that he was some kind of master. Cody is the one everyone should be talking about! He brought us in, and is a dual champion for it.
As for Juice, he’s always respected Cody. And Juice said stuff. They come from different places, and Juice wants to clarify his statements. Juice said he was the American Dream, but he apologizes to the Rhodes Family for possibly offending him. He is not claiming to be Dusty, there was only ever one Dusty. Juice loved Dusty so much, so it was not meant as an insult or anything of the sort. Juice simply meant he was living the American Dream to be where he is today. He simply hopes that a little of who Dusty was has influenced him and has made him better for it. This class act from Juice certainly is a sign of that. Will Juice be back for that title? Or will he again have to scratch and claw for another shot?
The Golden Lovers VS Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada!
The Best Bout Machine has had his run-ins with both the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker. It was the previous encounter with Okada that Kenny Omega finally became THE IWGP Heavyweight Champion in their amazing best 2 out of 3 falls match. Then in his most recent run-in with Ishii, Omega managed to tough it out to retain that title. Now he meets both men again with his best friend, Kota Ibushi by his side. As for Okada, he ended his partnership with Gedo after not winning the G1 Climax, only for Gedo to betray him! How will the Rainmaker and Pitbull snap back from this newest setback when going against two of the best?
Long Beach chants for the Golden Lovers but Okada isn’t bothered. Okada volunteers to start, and Kota does the same. The bell rings and fans are already fired up for Rainmaker and Golden Star. They slowly circle and approach. They tie up and Okada gets a waistlock. Ibushi reverses to a wristlock, but Okada rolls and reverses back. Okada shifts to a hammerlock but Ibushi reverses that. Ibushi gets a headlock but Okada works against the hold. Ibushi keeps it and gets the takedown but Okada gets the headscissors. Naturally Ibushi pops out, then he ducks the clothesline, but Okada ducks the kick. Okada wants the Rainmaker but Ibushi narrowly avoids it! The two stand and stare down and fans applaud. Okada tags Ishii and Ishii wants Omega. Ibushi obliges and tags Omega in.
We get a rematch of Destruction in Hiroshima already as these two stare down. They circle and fans settle down. The two tie up, Omega gets a headlock. Ishii powers out and collides shoulders with Omega. Neither man falls, and Omega runs. He bumps Ishii then forearms on the rebound. Omega boots but misses. Ishii bumps, Omga bumps, Ishii runs Omega over! Ishii hits Ibushi for good measure, and hard. Omega throws forearms but Ishii doesn’t back down. Ishii steps forward as Omega throws more forearms, and then rocks Omega with one solid shot. Ishii drags Omega up for elbows tot he neck. He grabs Omega in a facelock, but Ibushi comes in to kick Ishii. Ishii gives forearms but Ibushi does his best Ishii by not flinching.
Ibushi swings but Ishii whips. Ibushi reverses and things speed up, Ibushi kicks, Omega hits the Kotaro Krusher! Cover, TWO! Omega tags to Ibushi. Ibushi throws Ishii down to kick, and kick, and kick! Ishii just fires up, to chop Ibushi back. Ibushi kicks, Ishii chops. Another kick, another chop. Kick, chop, repeat! They hit harder, and Ibushi gets an edge. Ibushi runs but into the shoulder! Okada tags in and he considers his options. He sticks to Ibushi as he scoops and slams. Okada goes to the apron for the slingshot senton, then he finger guns at Omega. Omega wants to get in but Red Shoes keeps him back. Okada goes back to Ibushi to bump him off buckles. Okada stomps a mudhole into Ibushi, then drags him back out for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Okada keeps his eyes on Omega as he brings Ibushi back around.
Tag to Ishii, and they double whip. Double shoulders run Ibushi over and then Ishii hits Omega for good measure. Omega gets in and scraps with Ishii fast and furious! Ishii gets the better of Omega and throws him out. Okada goes after Ibushi while Ishii throws Omega right into railing. Then into more railing! Ishii stomps Omega out then drags Ibushi up. He whips Ibushi hard into barriers, then tags to Okada. Okada brings Ibushi up but Ibushi fights out of the Chaos corner. Ishii stops that, then Omega snapmares and dropkicks Ibushi hard! Okada tags Ishii and Ishii looms over Ibushi. Ishii toys with Ibushi but Ibushi only gets angry. Fans rally as Ishii headbutts Ibushi. Ibushi fires off forearms, but Ishii headbutts again. Ishii runs but into a big dropkick! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tag to Omega!
Omega climbs up quick to crossbody Ishii down! He swings on Okada but Okada gets away. Omega goes back to Ishii but Ishii is ready with forearms. They trade forearms back and forth, neither man slowing down. Omega chops LOUDLY, and then lifts Ishii in the fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape!” But Ishii does, to chop Omega. Ishii whips but Omega dodges to hit the running DDT! It was a bit wild, but Omega covers, TWO! Omega gets to the corner, runs in, but Ishii dodges. Ishii runs into a boot, but catches Omega into the powerslam! Fans duel as both men crawl for corners. Ishii hot tags to Okada! Okada runs at Omega but misses, Ibushi missile dropkicks! Omega huricanranas Ishii out, and the Golden Lovers have the fans fired up. They call for it, run corner to corner, CROSS SLASH! Direct hits, and fans fire up again.
Omega puts Okada in and Ibushi is there. The Golden Lovers coordinate, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton, shooting star, moonsault and moonsault! Double cover, TWO!! Okada survives and the Lovers can’t believe it. Omega brings Okada up but Ishii runs Ibushi over. Ishii saido suplexes Omega, then spins Ibushi around. But Ibushi suplexes Ishii! Okada blasts Ibushi with the dropkick! Fans are thunderous as everyone but Okada is done. Okada and Omega stand, just as Okada likes it. Fans like it, too, and now we have a brawl! They throw forearm after forearm, but Okada uses a EuroUpper. Okada runs, but into a chop! Omega whips but Okada reverses, but Omega holds ropes to avoid the dropkick. Okada avoids V-Trigger but Omega dodges Rainmaker. Omega scoops but Okada slips out, only to get the Snap Dragon Suplex!
Omega locks, loads, BANG, but Ishii intercepts. Ishii and Omega exchange blocks and counters, Omega gives Ishii the Death Valley! But Okada gives Omega the dropkick! Okada drags Omega up and reels him out, but Ibushi blocks the Rainmaker! Ibushi fires off strikes, Omega V-Triggers, Ibushi German Suplexes! Ibushi slingshots onto Ishii, and Omega runs to V-Trigger Okada! Omega won’t end it ehere, he hoists Okada up again. One Winged Angel deneid, but so is the Tombstone. Omega gets the tombstone, but Ishii trips up Ibushi. Okada gets the control, and the Tombstone! Ishii adds his sliding lariat, Okada covers, but Ibushi breaks it!! This is wild but it’s far from over. Okada calls for it, brings Omega up for it, but is denied Rainmaker into a BIG urenage! Both men are down but “This is Awesome!” Long Beach is thunderous as both men crawl for their corners.
Ishii and Ibushi tag in, but Ibushi boots only for Ishii to roar. They trade close range forearms back and forth faster and faster. Ibushi reels back for a big one, then fires a strike fest. He roundhouse kicks Ishii off his feet! Then, KNEE-SAULT! Cover, TWO?! Ishii barely survives and Ibushi can’t believe it. Omga drags Ishii up, powerbomb to German suplex! But Okada breaks the cover! Omega throws Okada out, and Ibushi calls for knees. The Golden Lovers sit Ishii up, but Okada fights them off. Okada DDT’s Ibushi, boots Omega, then whips. Omega turns the dropkick into a sit-out powerbomb! Ishii and Omega trade moves, Ishiii headbutts Omega down. Ibushi and Ishii trade moves, Ibushi PELES Ishii! All four men are down but the fans are at a fever pitch! The fans chant “New Japan!” for the great promotion that is giving us this match.
Okada rolls out of the ring but both Golden Lovers stay in with Ishii. Ishii and Ibushi brawl again with slapping palm strikes. Slap for slap, they do NOT stop! Ibushi rocks Ishii but Ishii rocks Ibushi, but Ibushi comes back with a clobbering clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives again and this match still goes on. Ibushi stands, he wants to end this. He takes both wrists but Ishii dodges the knee. Ishii spins Ibushi, clubs him and suplexes! Ibushi lands on his feet to kick, run, but get flipped by the lariat! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives again but Ishii drags him back up. Ishii suplexes but Ibushi slips out. Ibushi lifts but Ishii headbutts. Ishii sends Omega into Ibushi then German Suplexes. Okada returns to hit a big back elbow on Ibushi, then feed him to Ishii’s forearm. Okada dropkicks and Ishii powerbombs! High stack cover, TWO!? HOW?!
Omega puts Okada into railings, and Ibushi stands to block Ishii’s lariat. Ibushi kicks, stuns Ishii, then straitjacket suplex! Bridge cover, TWO! Ibushi grabs the wrists but Ishii headbutts first. Omega roundhouses Ishii but Ishii fires an enziguri! Ishi runs, into a V-Trigger and roundhouse! Omega boots Okada back out, and now the knee pads come down! The GOlden Lovers take Ishii, for GOLDEN TRIGGER!!! Cover, Golden Lovers win!
Winners: The Golden Lovers, Ibushi pinning
Omega & Ibushi finally end this match with victory! The Best Bout Machine and Golden Star would love to climb up and challenge for the tag team titles, will they get their dream? Or does Omega have to worry about a singles challenge first?
The Young Bucks, though they lost, return to celebrate. Hangman and Scurll also appear, these members of the Bullet Club unified as a unit. Omega takes to the mic so that he can speak.
“Well, it was not a perfect record for the Bullet Club tonight.” But even the best have their off nights. Omega is sorry to see Matt & Nick lost their belts. But secondly, Omega peeked at the “dark match” to see some empty seats. However, he sees familiar faces and is so happy for them to be here watching “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Now this worldwide movement is just part one of the plan. There’s more to come, and there will be another big show in about a week or so. King of Pro-Wrestling is coming.
Omega says that when he and Ibushi revived their promise, it left the company and some fans disappointed. Fans want to see THAT match. IBushi, they had their promise for tag titles. But NJPW fans around the world want to see them go again. So what to do about that? Omega wants another match with Ibushi, at King of Pro-Wrestling! But wouldn’t you know, Cody hops in to take the mic. Cody wants to help everyone out here. He can shoulder some of the burden. Do fans want Omega VS Ibushi? Sounds like fans do. But what about this? Omega and Cody are friends, and Cody is trying with Ibushi. So KPW, Ibushi VS Cody VS OMEGA!! A Triple Threat?! Omega understands that the Mastermind behind All In has a genius idea.
Fans will get what they want and Bullet Club will do things their way. “Let us rewrite history”, and show the beauty of professional wrestling! That Triple Threat match is ON! It won’t be personal, it won’t break promises, it will simply show the originality, the beauty and the originality of pro-wrestling. But we’re out of time, so let’s say adieu. The Elite will change the industry for sure. So good bye, MWAH, and good night, BANG! The Golden Star and the American Nightmare both challenge the Cleaner for his IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Can Omega retain against his friends? Will Cody claim a third world title? Or will Ibushi shock them both by taking that title for his own? No matter what, the Elite and the fans win!
Okada knows this was his first time against the Golden Lovers, but they’re truly a great team. Omega again proves tougher than expected. Omega felt even stronger than before. He is improving now that he is champion. Okada has to admit Omega is very strong.
As for the Lovers, work never stops. Omega and Ibushi are going to change the world. This was a step in the right direction. The Golden Lovers are showing the beauty and grace of tag team wrestling. This special match-up was an appetizer. Tag Team wrestling isn’t’ dead, it’s only evolving. 2018 is ending but 2019 is coming, and the Lovers are only just getting started. As for the triple threat, that’s complicated, but they’ll give it their all. Omega translates for those without subs.
They can’t make the rules, they only dodge one bullet to get hit by another. Omega must avenge his losses, such as against “Bu-san” and then the man he won’t get to main event with no matter what. You take lemons and make lemonade. Cody changes expectations, but Omega sees the opportunity in it. We’ll see something never before seen in NJPW. A triple threat of three faction members, this is a once in a lifetime moment. This isn’t personal, but it is about proving who is the best. Who will prove that come King of Pro-Wrestling?
What an incredible night for NJPW, and it was so good of AXS to get us this now rather than later and in parts. The first ever NJPW in America trilogy is complete and it was all glorious. Just like the previous two, this event was great from start to finish, no matter who you were rooting for. And as Omega says by the end, this was all set up to show that tag team wrestling still has a place in the world. Taguchi Japan VS RPG3K was really fun and it was good to see Taguchi get the win, both team and the man himself. I also look forward to seeing if Liger and Tiger Mask are the ones to finally get those IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag titles away from Suzuki-Gun.
It makes sense for The Addiction to win, they’re more experienced, and while their contract countdown is primarily an ROH story, ROH and NJPW are so close-knit now I’m sure there’s a way SCU can use that relationship to their advantage. I really like the combination of Sabin, Flip and Cobb. Also while ROH TV is behind, clearly Cobb got that World TV title already. I was surprised to see Cobb’s team win, but it seems to help fuel a story between Goto and Cobb. I can’t be sure if Goto wins the ROH WTVC, but maybe Goto just wants to fight Cobb because he’s a strong opponent. Suzuki-Gun beating LIJ was a bit of a surprise, for it to end the way it did. There’s obviously a story building for Evil and ZSJ on top of LIJ teasing a new member, perhaps we’ll get more of that at KPW.
Gedo & White winning also makes sense because of how crafty they are as Heels. It also brings around White VS Tanahashi for the WK13 title match contract, and that is going to be great. White very well could win with Gedo being there on top of White knowing how to cheat so well, as we saw all over the G1 Climax. At the same time, Kushida loses momentum so that his future opponent comes in stronger. Scurll VS Ospreay was great, and it makes some sense for Scurll to win. The Bullet Club is still very important to NJPW, and with Scurll’s contract lasting a touch longer than others, him being given a title would be reason to stay.
The IWGP Tag Team title match was great, especially with story. It is a good change in the overall Bullet Club story for GoD to take those belts. The Bucks can work on a comeback story with GoD but I bet the Golden Lovers will take those belts from GoD. Cody is really making large strides as 2018 comes to a close. He gets the NWA Worlds Championship, as far as ROH TV goes he’s still one of their trios champions, and now he’s IWGP US Champion. Cody VS Juice was great with the undertones of Dusty Rhodes being there, but Cody does make some sense that you add to the US title’s legacy by throwing in a name like his. Cody might be trying to weasel his way to the very top with his triple threat suggestion, but that triple threat really will be great to watch.
And speaking of great to watch, that tag team main event was something else. The dynamics of the match-ups, such as Omega VS Okada, Omega VS Ishii and Ibushi VS Ishii to revisit their recent matches from the G1. Ibushi really surprised me with how he stood toe to toe with Ishii in their brawling segments. I also liked the pairing of Ibushi VS Okada, that was some good stuff. It works so well for the Golden Lovers to have won for the many different stories that tie into it. Okada is still trying to come back from his recent down trend, and Golden Lovers winning obviously helps set up the triple threat. I just hope we get a winner before the Firing Squad decides to do something about them. Then give us a Six Man match, Firing Squad defending the NEVER Openweight trios titles against Golden Lovers & Cody.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (4/22/19)
Raw settles in after the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up!
Raw is now Phenomenal AND Awesome! Both AJ Styles and The Miz moved from SmackDown, but what will they and the other new stars do next?
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe; Styles wins and advances to the main event.
- Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Naomi wins.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: The Miz VS Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins and advances to the main event.
- Cedric Alexander VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party; No Contest.
- Becky Lynch VS Alica Fox; Lynch wins.
- Ricochet VS Robert Roode; Roode wins.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Baron Corbin; Styles wins and will challenge Seth Rollins for the title at Money in the Bank.
PLAY BY PLAY
Triple H returns to Raw!
The Game was victorious against The Animal in their No Holds Barred Wrestlemania match, and now he’s back as the COO! HHH gets Des Moines fired up as he picks up the mic. Because here comes Seth Rollins! Iowa’s own is here to #BurnItDown! Rollins stands with HHH in the ring and says, “This whole thing is too surreal for me, man.” To be standing in the ring, in his home state, after everything he and the fans have been through together, it’s unreal. HHH shakes hands with Rollins, and Rollins reviews how he was in the fight of his life at Wrestlemania. Rollins Slayed the Beast to bring the title home! Fans chant “Welcome Home!” to make it complete.
HHH agrees, Rollins walked in the Kingslayer and came out the certified BEASTSLAYER! Rollins did what he said when he stepped in the ring, stomped “bucket head” Brock Lesnar three times, then walked out THE WWE Universal Champion! And now Rollins stands in his home state (pause to hear the fans cheer again) but now with a new landscape. The Superstar Shake-Up changes everything. Rollins as Universal Champion and measuring stick has the whole world gunning for him. And Rollins knows that. Money in the Bank is coming, but if anyone knows a thing or two about that contract, it’s Rollins. He cashed it in and changed his career, but also had it cashed in on him. Rollins promises he won’t let Mr. MITB get the drop on him again.
HHH warns Rollins not to put the cart before the horse. Don’t worry about who wins that contract, be worried about who he defends against that same night. Did Heyman blow up HHH’s phone to get a rematch for Lesnar? No, surprisingly. Heyman hasn’t said a thing since Mania, and Lesnar must be licking his wounds. Then what’s next? That’s what tonight will determine! Because “the best of the best” are on Raw and will compete into two Triple Threats to then move on to a main event match. The winner of that goes on to Money in the Bank to face Rollins for the Universal Championship. Rollins likes the sound of that. But here comes one of those contenders, it’s Samoa Joe!
The current WWE United States Champion says “It seems I missed my invitation.” Joe reminds us that he does what he wants when he wants. And tonight, the champion has arrived! Joe admits, Becky Lynch came up with a real interesting concept of double champion. Joe has room for one more belt, “and that would be yours”, Rollins. But here comes another of the contenders, Rey Mysterio! The King of Lucha tells Joe that he’s not the only one wanting to make an impact. As for Rollins, Rey isn’t here just to drop knowledge. He’s here for a dream match. After tonight, at Money in the Bank, Rey VS Rollins. But yet another contender appears! It’s Drew McIntyre!
The Scottish Terminator makes himself clear. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks they deserve, McIntyre cleaned up Raw yet has had no title opportunities! This is DREW’S time! What was it HHH said? Rollins is the measuring stick here? The only reason Rollins is champion is because he got to Lesnar before McIntyre. Everyone knows what McIntyre is capable of. McIntyre promises to win his Triple Threat, go to MITB, beat Rollins and finally be Universal Champion! But now we get The Miz! The Hollywood A-Lister says that first and foremost, he’s back! And the more things change the more they stay the same, because Miz and Rollins are on the same brand and Rollins has something Miz wants. Miz has had a reboot thanks to the “Best in the World”.
This is not the same Miz as before, because he has seen the light. Miz can be a man worthy of the title. And what more must-see match for MITB than Rollins VS Miz?! But now we get Baron Corbin, who wants everything to stop right here. Corbin puts this in perspective for everyone: he is the most deserving of all to challenge Rollins. At Wrestlemania, Rollins slayed the beast, but Corbin retired a legend. McIntyre didn’t beat a gold medalist in his farewell match. Miz didn’t beat a gold medalist in his farewell match. Mysterio didn’t, either. But finally, here comes the Phenomenal One! He leaves the House that AJ Styles Built but looks just fine being on Raw.
And after hearing the fans cheer for him, Styles asks if Corbin ever shuts up. Because c’mon. Corbin’s face is almost as annoying as his voice. And speaking of annoying, it seems like everyone forgets Styles is Raw! Including Rollins. Styles promises to win his triple threat, then bet the other winner, and Raw will realize why SmackDown was the House that AJ Styles Built. But to that point, this is Raw, so Styles promises to give the fans what they’ve always wanted: Rollins VS Styles for the Universal Championship! HHH looks to Rollins, and Rollins sees what HHH meant. Everyone guns for the champ. Rollins is ready. It doesn’t matter who it is at MITB, because this is Seth Freakin’ Rollins, who will BURN IT DOWN! Mic drop from the champ, but who will make it through the special double header to be his contender?
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe!
A match worthy of any title, the Phenomenal, the King of Lucha and the Destroyer fight for just the first step towards Rollins and Money in the Bank. Who backs up their words with actions?
Raw returns with the bell and all three men circle. Joe quickly headbutts Mysterio then brawls with Styles. Joe knees low then kicks Styles while he’s down. Mysterio returns and enziguris Joe, but Styles hits Mysterio, too. Styles whips Mysterio corner to corner hard then goes back after Joe with a forearm. Mysterio boots Styles then uses Styles to alley-oop to huricanrana Joe out! Now Styles and Mysterio are alone as they circle. Fans duel for these fan favorites as they approach. Mysterio kicks away on Styles’ leg but Styles reverses the whip. Mysterio slides under but Styles gets him with a backbreaker! Styles catches his breath and aims at Joe from the apron. Sliding knee rocks Joe down!
Styles goes back to Mysterio and snap suplexes hard! He drags Mysterio up but Mysterio throws hands. Mysterio runs but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he drags Mysterio up again. He wants the Clash but Mysterio scrambles out. Styles pursues but has to hit Joe first. He gets Mysterio back in the ring and back up for the Clash, but Mysterio manages to get ropes. Styles powers him up but the bomb is countered to a spike-rana! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Joe kicks Styles to a corner then bumps Mysterio off buckles. Joe drags Styles up to whip and run Styles over with the elbow! He drags Mysterio up to throw those swift jabs, then whips and slides Mysterio out to the floor!
Joe goes back to Styles but Styles fights back. Styles whips but runs into the urenage! Cover, TWO! The WWE United States Champion has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Mysterio fights back against Joe. Mysterio runs but Joe gets him for the powerslam! Cover but Styles breaks it! Styles hobbles over to Joe in the corner and brings him up. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz but Joe tanks it to fire palm strikes. Joe spins, misses, and gets Styles’ PELE! Cover, but Mysterio breaks it! All three men are down but Mysterio and Styles go after each other. Mysterio CHOPS then kicks Styles, then whips. Styles reverses but Mysterio kicks him back. Mysterio runs and wheelbarrows for a bulldog! Mysterio sees Joe coming and trips him into the ropes! Fans fire up as Mysterio dials it up, but Joe bails out. So Mysterio springboards and corkscrews to take Joe down! Mysterio hurries up to a corner, climbs, but Styles stop shim.
Styles climbs up from the outside but Mysterio fights him off. Mysterio wants a superplex but Styles denies him. Joe hurries up and in, and gets both men for a SUPER DOUBLE BACK DROP! All three men are down but Des Moines are fired up! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Joe crawls to cover Mysteiro, TWO. Joe crawls to cover Styles, TWO! He tries Styles again, TWO! Joe grows frustrated while we go to break.
Raw returns and Mysterio fights against Styles. Mysterio runs but Styles clobbers him! Joe clobbers Styles! Cover on Styles, TWO!! Joe drags Mysterio up and puts him on the top rope. Mysterio fights Joe off and hits the seated senton! Mysterio tilt-o-whirls for a Crucifix Driver! But Styles breaks the cover immediately! Styles drags Mysterio up and whips him, but Mysterio goes up and over to headscissor Styles out! Joe attacks Mysterio and scoops, but Mysterio spins around for a tornado DDT! All three men are down but Mysterio is up first. He clubs Joe on the ropes then dials it up! 619 misses, into the Coquina Clutch! PHENOMENAL- COQUINA! Joe has Styles now but Styles uses buckles to make a cover, TWO! Joe swings but gets another PELE!
Styles brings Mysterio up but Mysterio pops through to headscissor Styles on ropes! DIAL IT UP on JOE! Then springboard but Styles BOMBS Mysterio, onto Joe! Then Styles Clash on Mysterio onto Joe! Cover on Joe, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; advances to the main event
The main event is already Phenomenal as Styles advances! Who will meet him from the other Triple Threat later tonight?
Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!
Iowa loves to #BurnItDown with Rollins, but will they #FeelTheGlow as Naomi goes against one half of the IIconics?
Raw returns as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance. They say that what Naomi did last week can be summed up in a few words: “Thank you, next.” That song from that singer obsessed with them. Who is it? Trenta? Venti? Grande! Ariana, that is. This is why they’re the champions. Billie has Peyton’s back and Peyton has Billie’s. But who has Naomi’s? Bayley’s on SmackDown! Bayley said no to the glow! The IIconics laugh at their own joke, but they tell Naomi she’s living in the past if she thinks she can beat the future! And the future is… IICONIC! Strike the pose. The IIconics may say that now, but will Naomi show them what she can do solo?
The bell rings and Billie boots Naomi right down! She also throws Naomi around then covers, ONE! Billie keeps on Naomi with a grounded abdominal stretch. Billie claws Naomi’s face but the referee reprimands her. Naomi endures and fights her way up, only to get a knee. Naomi roundhouses back then lariats Billie down! She adds an elbow and a running jawbreaker, then a SLAP! Billie is furious but runs into Naomi’s headlock. Peyton gets up on the apron, Naomi gets both IIconics with the bulldog! Slingshot sunset flip, Naomi wins!
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall
The champions are furious! Naomi gets a win on one, but they point out this won’t change who the champs are. Will Naomi find yet another partner to help her challenge Billie & Peyton in the future?
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: The Miz VS Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin!
The reformed A-Lister takes on a tall task in facing the Scottish Terminator and the Lone Wolf. Will we see Awesome VS Phenomenal? Or will see one man rebound from losing to The Shield on Easter Sunday?
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance. Corbin already made his entrance over the commercial break, but we can assume he’s not Des Moines’ Favorite Son. The bell rings and Miz sees he’s between two towering opponents. Miz throws hands on McIntyre but Corbin whips. Miz boots back then rolls Corbin up, but McIntyre pries him off. McIntyre scoops but Miz roll shim up, TWO! Miz bails out, and wags his fingers “Not so fast.” McIntyre and Corbin work together and flank Miz. He gets back in the ring and then wrecks McIntyre with a dropkick! But Corbin wrecks Miz with an uppercut! Corbin and McIntyre stomp away, then mock the fans who boo. McIntyre drags Miz up and in, then stalks him. He brings Miz up for a CHOP and Corbin likes the sound of that. Corbin drags Miz up but Miz fires hands!
McIntyre clubs Miz and Corbin adds on. They work together to mug Miz with a running body shot. Corbin drags Miz up for McIntyre, but then he sucker punches McIntyre! Corbin goes back to Miz, the alliance over, and throws him out. He pursues after Miz and rams him into barriers! Corbin whips Miz but Miz reverses to send him into barriers! But then McIntyre clobbers Miz from behind! McIntyre puts Miz in and deadlift suplexes Miz up and over! Cover, TWO! Corbin returns but stops when McIntyre glares at him. Corbin tries to explain that whole sucker punch, but gets a boot! McIntyre drags Miz up and CHOPS Miz back down. Then he clubs him down, then tosses him to a corner. Miz hits back but Corbin returns. Miz sends him out but Corbin slides back in, to clothesline McIntyre! Roll up, TWO!
Corbin runs into a corner at Miz but gets post instead! Miz has the fans behind him as he looks at both opponents. Miz blocks and counter punches Corbin again and again! He fires off It Kicks in the corner! Then he gives McIntyre double knees! And then Corbin! A-List Lariat on McIntyre! Miz springboards for ax handles on both men! Fans fire up as Miz sees both men on their knees. MIz gives them both It Kicks! Miz swings the buzzsaw at McIntyre, but McIntyre ducks to let it hit Corbin! And then McIntyre gives Miz the Glasgow Kiss! But it rocks McIntyre, too, so he staggers back. McIntyre drags Miz up for a fireman’s carry and then puts him on the top rope. He CHOPS Miz then climbs up to join him.
Miz hits back but McIntyre clubs away. The brawl is fast and furious and McIntyre backs off! Miz adjusts, but Corbin is sent right into him! McIntyre climbs over Corbin to get to Miz again. McIntyre CHOPS Miz again, then fireman’s carry, but Corbin adds on! SUPER CELTIC CROSS POWERBOMB!! But no one can cover, and we go to break!
Raw returns and Corbin throws hands with McIntyre on the outside. Miz is in the ring but he’s climbing up top! The brawl is back and forth, fast and furious, but Miz LEAPS onto them both! Miz wipes them out but has to get one in the ring. He drags Corbin up to throw him into the timekeeper! Then he puts McIntyre int he ring only to run into an elbow. McIntyre gets through the boot to give Miz another elbow, then the Inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Styles watches backstage as Miz survives. McIntyre fires himself up while he dares Miz to stand. Miz does stand, but he gets clear of the Claymore to get a Figure Four! McIntyre endures the hold, and then shoves the ref to poke Miz’s eyes! Miz lets go and McIntyre hobbles only to be sent out.
Miz works on getting vision back while Corbin stalks McIntyre. Corbin ditches McIntyre to go after Miz, DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious with the referee but a two is two! He goes back out to hit Miz but runs into steel steps! Miz slides under McIntyre and rolls him up, TWO! BIG Spinebuster from McIntyre! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Miz still lives and McIntyre is even more furious. Fans chant for The Miz even as McIntyre looms over him. McIntyre drags Miz up for underhooks, but Miz slips out to kick low and DDT! Cover, TWO! Corbin returns and reels Miz in, END Of- No! Another low DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz knows how close he was but he’s still so far!
All three men crawl, and McIntyre gets to a corner. Miz stalks Corbin but Corbin denies the Finale. Corbin runs but is clothesline’d out! Miz and McIntyre run, CLAYMORE!! but Corbin shoves McIntyre out, covers, and wins!!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall; advances to the main event
The Lone Wolf grins as he takes advantage of McIntyre’s work! It will be Styles VS Corbin in the #1 Contender’s Match, but who moves on to face The Architect?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
He was watching that match, so how does he feel about facing Corbin in the main event? Corbin’s big, but it’s about the size of the fight in the dog. Styles is a Georgia bulldog with a lot more fight in him than the Lone Wolf, the “former” United States Champion. Yes, Corbin won that, won Money in the Bank and beat Kurt Angle. But Styles is a former United States Champion, a former WWE World Champion, and the longest champion on SmackDown in history! Styles beat up John Cena! But this isn’t about accolades, this is about picking a fight with a big bully, and winning. Hopefully Rollins watches later tonight, because he’ll hear, “and the winner of this match, The Phenomenal AJ Styles!”
Sami Zayn is here!
The zany Underdog from the Underground makes his way to the ring to speak, after the break.
Raw returns and Sami says he’s doing something no other superstar has had the courage to do: tell the WWE Universe the truth about themselves. No one wants to hear stuff like that, so the fans just used denial and deflection, and create a false narrative about Sami. Somehow Sami is “bitter”? Sami squashes that by saying he’s the exact opposite. Sami is jubilant and happy! In fact, those ten months away from the fans was the happiest time of his life! If fans don’t believe him, Sami will show us how beautiful life is. Sami hiked in Switzerland, reconnected with nature, and wept at the beauty all around him. Then Sami relaxed on a beach in Mexico! He’s snuggled up in a hammock!
Sami then went to Scotland to see the castles. “Look at that face!” Sami’s all smiles! Has anyone ever seen such unbridled joy? Sami lived the good life. But his return approached, he suddenly felt depressed and anxious. A dark cloud was over his head, but why? What was it about the WWE that made him sick? The corporate structure? Or perhaps the other superstars who are “total egomaniacs” and delusional? No, that wasn’t it. Sami dug deep, deep down, and he found the root of the problem: THE FANS! The fans perpetuate and impose a toxic environment on the superstars! Fans boo and Sami criticizes them for that. Y’know why that feels good? Because it’s easier to pass blame than to hold yourselves accountable! But fine, it doesn’t matter, Sami makes the fans responsible. Sami holds the fans accountable!
Fans think they get away with this because of the mob mentality, but it won’t keep them safe from Sami! Sami would much rather be back in Norway, Iceland or Sweden or Switzerland or Mexico. Anywhere but depressing Des Moines! Fans definitely boo that. But if fans have a problem with that, take a page out of his book. Take a trip. “Doesn’t that sound nice?!” They can all go… TO HELL! Sami laughs and spins around his way out of the ring. Will Sami’s mission against the fans get him anywhere?
But Cedric Alexander makes his entrance! The Superstar Shake-Up moved him to Raw full-time, now it’s time to see if the Age of Alexander can be reborn!
Cedric Alexander VS Cesaro!
Raw gives a highlight reel of the Soul of 205 Live and his incredible run through the Cruiserweight Division. But now 205 Live’s Soul goes against the Swiss Cyborg, a last-minute Shake-Up from SmackDown! Will Cesaro end the Age of Alexander’s newest chapter before it even begins?
Raw returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Cesaro circles with Alexander. They tie up and Cesaro powers Alexander to the corner hard! Cesaro dares Alexander to get up, and Alexander ties up with him. Cesaro gets the arm and wrenches, but Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse. Alexander headlocks and goes for a takeover but Cesaro powers out! Alexander lands on his feet but gets rocked with a right! Cesaro throws a BIG European Uppercut, then a chop. Cesaro CHOPS again, then stomps Alexander. He whips corner to corner but Alexander goes up and over to handspring headscissor and dropkick Cesaro out! Alexander builds speed as fans fire up, but Cearo gets in. Aelxander slides under and tries to scoop, but Cesaro gets out to scoop slam Alexander! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO!
Cesaro keeps on Alexander with a chinlock, then shifts to a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Alexander endures. Alexander fights up and fights out but Cesaro shoves him. Cesaro runs into a boot, but catches Alexander for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alexander clutches his back but he survives. Cesaro sits Aleander up for a running forearm! Cesaro keeps on Alexander with another chinlock. Alexander fights as fans rally again. Alexander gets up and fights with body shots. He throws forearms then runs, but Cesaro BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as he stomps Alexander’s arm. Cesaro gut wrenches Alexander for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Alexander gasps for air while clutching his back, but Cesaro looms over him.
Cesaro stomps Alexander’s hand then reels him into another chinlock. Cesaro puts his weight on Alexander but Alexander keeps getting up. Alexander fights but Cesaro whips, only for Alexander to sunset flip. Cesaro stays up, then drags Alexander up for a lift. Alexander sunset flips again, TWO! Alexander CHOPS and punches Cesaro, then throws forearms. Cesaro shoves but Alexander blocks the boot to elbow! Alexander dropkicks the legs out then dropkicks Cesaro in the head! Fans fire up with Alexander as he knips up! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron. He boots Cesaro away then springboards in, but Cesaro overpowers the complete shot! Cesaro suplexes but Alexander slips out, and scoops to a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO!
Alexander brings Cesaro up but Cesaro EuroUppers, only for Alexander to backslide. Cesaro powers out, but Alexander dodges to handspring, NEURALIZER! Cesaro tumbles out and Alexander builds speed again, to FLY! Direct hit wipes Cesaro out! Alexander puts him back in the ring then aims from the corner. Springboard, EUROUPPER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
The Swiss Cyborg was just too much for Alexander’s first Raw opponent! Will Cesaro head for a title match of his own in the near future? What will it take for the Soul of 205 Live to revive himself now that he’s in the big leagues?
Backstage interview with The Usos!
Jimmy & Jey are ready to be on Raw. SmackDown was #LockDown, now Raw gonna be Uso Lit! Who is here? Lucha House Party! Party over! The Viking Raiders! Who? Those bearded brothers from Braveheart. FREEDOM~! The Major Brothers, Hawkins & Ryder. Those guys like toys, but here come the #TopGuys. The Revival see the Usos. Good hands in the tag team division, perhaps SmackDown’s greatest. But this is Raw, this is their territory. So the Usos aren’t locking down- Hey, wake up! Oh, sorry, they had a crazy dream about two guys talking about beating the Usos? Usos bring the Penitentiary with them, will Dash & Dawson be the first two put away?
The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party!
Erik & Ivar gave the WWE Universe quite the experience, but now Rowe & Hanson- Er, Erik & Ivar prepare for war! Will the fiesta survive the raid?
Raw returns as the LHP make their entrance. But the Vikings attack! They wreck Kalisto then dump down Gran Metalik. They attack Lince Dorado with big knees! Metalik returns bot Erik catches him. Ivar brings Kalisto over for Erik to have on his shoulders, for a powerbomb-powerslam combo! This isn’t even a match but the Vikings keep going. They grab Lince, and feed him to Thor’s Hammer! The Vikings leave the luchadors down and out, who else will suffer a brutal Viking Experience?
Backstage interview with Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder.
The Raw Tag Team Champions just saw what happened to Lucha House Party, are they concerned? Hawkins isn’t sure what to say. We all saw the same thing! Those guys went berserk! They’re big, strong, agile but Ryder says they’re still new. The Major Brothers have been here for over a decade and are still here. They earned these titles, so they’re not letting these “smelly, horny, woolly mammoths” just take them away. But will they really have a say in it when the Viking Raiders come for gold?
Becky Lynch VS Alicia Fox!
The Man is the Champ-Champ, and she’s going strong towards her match with The Sassy Southern Belle at Money in the Bank. Will she stay strong against Ms. Crazy Like a Fox?
Raw returns and Becky Two Belts hears the fans chant for her. She then speaks, “There’s something in the air tonight in Iowa.” Becky sensed it backstage and in the locker room. It’s the Superstar Shake-Up. That time of the year where new challengers emerge. Becky didn’t have to wait long, she saw Lacey Evans win that shot. “The woman who likes to sucker punch The Man.” Becky doesn’t mind a good sucker punch, because she’s thrown her own here and there. It’s not the punching, it’s the woman behind them. Becky has made a career of slapping bleached blondes currying favors. Lacey is just the new take on an old approach. While Lacey is “furthering her career”, Becky will cement hers with a fight! But before Alicia can appear, Lacey does!
Lacey struts down the ramp and says Becky always wanting to fight, she can’t understand it. How can Becky let her emotions get the better of her? Is it because she’s Irish? Or like a man, she wants to be the center of attention? Lacey will educate Becky. Lesson 1: a lady is in complete control of her emotions. Lesson 2: a lady is not a show-off. And lesson 3, the most important of all: a man respects a lady. Lacey will teacher Becky that with her Woman’s Right, and then she’ll take both belts to put around her waist. Becky wants Lacey to back up. After everything Becky’s been through, she was just trying to enjoy herself. But “you absolute plank” is on her last nerve. Lacey talks about Irish emotions, those emotions wanna slap Lacey’s head off her shoulders!
Lacey may be new around here, but do not confuse happiness for content. Becky will go to MITB and dismantle Lacey because she can. And then The Man will collect on her debts. But now, Alicia does make her entrance, and we can begin this match!
The bell rings and Des Moines cheers Becky on again. Becky and Alicia circle and tie up, and Becky gets a headlock. She throws Alicia with a takedown but Alicia gets up. Alicia fights out and puts a headlock of her own. Becky powers out but Alicia runs her over with a shoulder. Cover, but Becky slips out and has a little fun. Things speed up and Becky deflects the dropkick to back kick Alicia to the corner. Alicia gets out but Becky wants at her. Becky dares Alicia to get in and fans rally up. Alicia draws near and Becky wrecks her with a baseball slide! Becky bumps Alicia on the apron then throws forearms. Becky brings Alicia around to bump off more apron, but then Alicia rams Becky into barriers!
The ring count hits 8! Alicia drags Becky up and in at 9, then slithers to a cover. TWO, but Becky is in trouble while we go to break.
Raw returns and Becky has Alicia in a corner. She brings Alicia out to whip but Alicia kicks back. Alicia boots Becky down then covers, TWO! Alicia tries again, ONE! She keeps Becky down in a chinlock, but fans rally up. Becky feeds off the energy and gets up to fight out. She throws EuroUppers but Alicia shoves to tilt-o-whirl. Becky headscissors through but Alicia denies the Disarm-Her. Alicia throws Becky to the apron then catches her breath. Becky crawls around the way but Alicia finds her. Alicia brings Becky up but Becky throws Alicia into barriers! Becky puts Alicia in but Alicia hits her back. Becky elbows from the corner then hops up for flying forearms. Fans fire up as Becky throws Alicia with a Becksploder! And then another!
But Becky’s far from done with Alicia as she runs in. Alicia rolls her up, TWO! Becky gets the Disarm-her! Alicia taps, but Lacey appears to throw her Woman’s Right!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
The Sassy Southern sucker punch gets the better of Becky again! Lacey brushes herself off and puts her hat back on, to hit Becky with another Woman’s Right! Will Lacey be adding a belt to her ensemble after Money in the Bank?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
The Lone Wolf warms up for Styles. He’s already defied expectations, but if he does it again, he’ll not only earn a title shot, but he’ll have a chance to settle things with the man who was a thorn in his side during his GM days. Where is Charly getting these interview techniques? The same school that Kim Kardashian got her law degree? And who’s expectations did he defy? Those “grease balls” sitting at home in their basements on the computer? Those people didn’t think he’d beat Kurt Angle, either. The only thing better than proving “those idiots” wrong is getting revenge on Rollins. So he’s looking past Styles? No, he’s looking straight through him! But will Corbin even get through Styles to go to Money in the Bank?
Ricochet VS Robert Roode!
The One and Only is now on his own after more of the Superstar Shake-Up moves happened. Will he be able to overcome the slightly renamed GLORIOUS One after the break?
Raw returns as Roode makes his GLORIOUS entrance. And Bobby is now Robert, complete with a mostly shaven look. Roode explained in a WWE.com exclusive interview that with this Shake-Up, he’s been able to drop 150 pounds of dead weight named Chad Gable. But Ricochet is just as young, talented and also lacking that something special. That same something special is what Roode has to be GLORIOUS, but will his new name and new look really help give him a fresh start?
The bell rings and Roode circles with Ricochet. Roode and Ricochet tie up and Roode powers Ricochet to the corner. Ricochet turns it around but backs off at the ref’s count. Roode kicks low then throws hands on Ricochet in a corner. Ricochet punches back and backs Roode down. Roode headlocks but Ricochet powers out. Things speed up and Roode gets the headlock back. Ricochet endures then fights his way out. Roode knees low then stalks Ricochet. He CHOPS Ricochet to ropes then whips. Ricochet rolls off Roode’s back then rolls under to handspring headscissor and dropkick Roode down! Roode wants a timeout at the ropes but Ricochet dares him to come back. Ricochet walks over but is sent to the apron. He shoulders back in then dumps Roode out!
Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to fake Roode out! Roode swipes but misses, and gets the moonsault! The King of Flight is fired up while we go to break!
Raw returns and Roode has Ricochet in a chinlock. Ricochet fights his way up but Roode wrangles him back down. Roode grinds Ricochet down but fans rally up. Ricochet endures as Roode squeezes tighter. Ricochet feeds off the energy and fights out of the hold. He runs but into Roode’s knee! Roode drags Ricochet up to whip and knee again. He kicks away then suplexes Ricochet up and over! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated but he keeps on Ricochet. He drags Ricochet into a half camel clutch but he also fish hooks Ricochet’s face. He lets go at 4 but then goes back to the camel clutch. Roode sits deep on it but fans rally. Ricochet powers his way up but Roode knocks him back down. Roode drags Ricochet up to whip him to a corner. Ricochet boots Roode away, then somersault shotgun dropkicks!
Both men are down but Ricochet slowly stands. Roode slowly follows and they start throwing hands. Ricochet dodges and runs to rally with forearms! Ricochet headscissors Roode to a corner, then goes corner to corner for a shoulder tackle. He slips out to the apron and bumps Roode on buckles, then kicks the buckle to snap Roode back. Ricochet aims and springboards for a leaping lariat! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Roode survives but Ricochet keeps his cool. Ricochet drags Roode up and to a fireman’s carry but Roode fights out. Roode waistlocks but Ricochet fights out. Ricochet grabs at Roode but Roode elbows back. Roode runs but Ricochet rolls him, TWO! Ricochet leaps into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Roode grows frustrated but he has one more move to try. He winds it up… GLORIOUS! Ricochet stands but denies the DDT to reel Roode in, TKO knee! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet drags Roode to a drop zone and climbs up top! He goes for the 450 but has to land on his feet as Roode dodges. Roode rams Ricochet into buckles! GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode wins!!
Winner: Robert Roode, by pinfall
The GLORIOUS Reinvention is successful! Roode revitalizes himself with the name change, but will this lead him to putting that new name on a title belt? Can Ricochet rebound and get on track as a singles competitor in his own right?
Welcome to Firefly Fun House~!
Who is that in the red sweater? Iiiiiit’s BRAY~! Brat Wyatt has missed us. But he knew we’d all be back together some day. He saw it in his dreams. Bray Wyatt promises we’ll all have fun. All the fireflies will feel safe here. And he can’t wait to show us what he’s learned. Tada~! Here are his very special friends! Mercy the Buzzard! Pammy the Witch! “You are going to love them.” Now, Bray admits he used to be a very bad man. Boo~! Yes, he deserves that. But Bray has been punished for that, so that part of him is dead.
However, he has a reminder so that he won’t ever go back to being that “pathetic slob loser.” Bray shows a cardboard cut-out of himself, and CUTS IT UP! YAY~! The fun is just getting started. So remember, fireflies: Bray will light the way, all you ahve to do is let him in. See you next week!
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Baron Corbin!
The Phenomenal One and the Lone Wolf made it through four other incredible superstars to make it to this match. But now, who will show they’ve still got more in the tank to punch their ticket to Money in the Bank?
Raw returns as Corbin makes his entrance. And this time, we do have to hear Mike Rome list Corbin’s accolades. But again, the former Raw General Manager, Golden Gloves boxing champion, United States Champion and Mr. Money in the Bank is NOT Des Moines’ Favorite Son. Corbin accepts that, and the bell rings so we can begin this major main event!
Corbin circles with Styles but obviously the fans are on Styles’ side. Styles and Corbin approach and Corbin talks trash. Styles gets Corbin with a right hand! Corbin comes back but gets CHOPS. Styles shows Corbin he’s just fine and then kicks away on Corbin’s leg. Corbin rocks Styles back with a right, then drags Styles up. Styles slips out and dropkicks Corbin away. Styles throws more hands against the ropes but backs off at the ref’s count. Corbin gets back up to knee Styles low. Corbin throws Styles out but Styles is on the apron. Styles shoulders in then slingshots but into a big right! Styles goes down and Corbin stomps away. Corbin whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles goes down again. Corbin looms over Styles but fans still rally up. He stands Styles up to punch him back down.
Corbin sits Styles up to punch him back down again and again. He drags Styles up but Styles throws hands back! Styles runs and clotheslines Corbin out! Styles slingshots but lands on the apron when Corbin gets clear. Corbin trips Styles and Styles falls on the apron hard! Corbin whips Styles into the timekeeper area, but Styles roundhouses back! Fans fire up as Styles uses the barriers. But Corbin catches him to drop him on the barriers! The Lone Wolf has the advantage while we go to one more break!
Raw returns again and Corbin has Styles down in a half nelson. Corbin leans on Styles but Styles fights his way up. Styles fights out as fans rally, but Corbin throws another right. Corbin lifts and tosses Styles with a spin! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he still stalks Styles to a corner. He drags Styles up and puts him on the top rope. Corbin climbs but Styles fights back. Corbin rocks Styles again, then wants a superplex, but Styles slips out to trip Corbin up! Styles gets up and throws kicks into Corbin’s leg. Fans rally as Styles kicks Corbin off his feet. Styles wants the leg but Corbin shoves him away. Styles comes back with a sliding forearm! He clotheslines Corbin in the corner then goes for a fireman’s carry. But Corbin slips out, only for Styles to give him the Phenomenal Blitz!
Corbin grabs Styles and glares at him, for the choke slam. Styles wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Corbin swings but Styles dodges to climb around for a sunset flip. But into the Clash! But Corbin is too tall and he kicks Styles away. Both men are down but crawling. Corbin stands in a corner but Styles dodges. Corbin slides out then in but gets the PELE! Styles keeps moving, but gets a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Styles still lives and Corbin can’t believe it. Corbin crawls to ropes while Styles goes the other way. Corbin runs at Styles in the corner for a big clothesline! And then another! Corbin reels Styles in but Styles rolls him for the CALF CRUSHER! Styles pulls back hard but Corbin slams Styles’ head on the mat! Corbin is free but the damage is done.
Corbin crawls to a corner and drags himself back up. Styles runs in but Corbin boots him. Corbin puts Styles on the ropes then hops up, and leaps! Styles dodges and Corbin hotshots himself! Styles takes aim and springboards, Phenomenal Forearm! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; NEW #1 contender to the WWE Universal Championship
The Phenomenal One is victorious after a night of incredible action! Now he heads to Money in the Bank to take on The Architect! And speaking of, Seth Rollins comes out to meet his challenger! Rollins offers a handshake, and Styles accepts it! These two respect each other, but will that change with a month left to go?
A rather crazy Raw tonight, what with more changes after the backlash of Superstar Shake-Up. The most obvious is that the infamous Viking Experience name change was changed again. Viking Raiders is a better compromise to keep “War” out of the team name, but I wish they’d also just let Erik & Ivar be Rowe & Hanson. But then this compromise was ruined by Vince sneaking his choice in anyway, and now every match where they use Thor’s Hammer, the pop-up powerslam, will have commentary shouting “Viking Experience!” If only Vince felt the wrath of Thor’s Hammer… The next most obvious was Robert Roode’s new name and the change to his facial hair. I was surprised to see him win, but I suppose if he’s in a rivalry with Ricochet now, they’d need to go back-and-forth at least this much.
Cesaro VS Cedric was great, and I suppose it works that Cesaro wins. Alexander’s promotion to Raw works better if he has some trouble with the transition, and it’ll make his first win on Raw that much more exciting. Bray Wyatt turning all those creepy promos into this children’s show is a hilarious next step in this new story. His new self is great with this underlying just-barely-holding-on-to-sanity characteristic. I wouldn’t mind seeing some more interactions with Mercy and Pammy for a few weeks, maybe a couple months, to really explore how this is going. Maybe it becomes part talk show with an occasional guest.
I felt like The IIconics pointing out Naomi was all alone was going to prompt her new friend to appear to keep the IIconics from screwing her out of the match. But surprisingly, Naomi won clean. I still feel like Naomi will end up teaming with someone, perhaps Tamina. With Nia Jax out with injury and given the history and real-life bond between them, Tamina going to Naomi or vice-versa makes sense to me. Lacey Evans more than likely misspoke about having both belts after one match with Becky, she’s only the Raw Women’s Championship #1 contender. But either way, she had a pretty good showing without a match, as she gives a good promo and then a great sucker punch attack just as Becky’s match ended. Lacey’s push may be fast but I’m sure she’ll deliver in the match.
But the big thing was that Raw rightfully upped the ante for that Universal Championship now that it’s finally on TV. Both triple threats were incredible, worthy of a title in their own right. They both ended about how they should, and it made sense for Corbin to be opportunistic in that moment at the end. Samoa Joe and Mysterio can either have a proper US Championship match or be in the MITB ladder match, and MITB can also include Miz and/or McIntyre if they see fit. Styles VS Corbin was pretty good for under 15 minutes, and honestly I was surprised Corbin didn’t find a sneaky way to win. But Styles winning is great, we’ll get a dream match already with MITB PPV. I would think Rollins retains, but at least with Styles, it’d be believable if he’d take it so soon.
My Score: 8.1/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.31~ 21ST APRIL 2019
With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!
With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH’s first show back on the mainland was held on a midweek night, and while the attendance was not good (819), the show was intense and the fans that did not go were lamenting that they were prevented from going due to it being a midweek night, and therefore, a work night.
Due to Quiet Storm sustaining a concussion after receiving a kick to the head from Kenoh in Sapporo, NOAH have changed their cards (no date has been given for a return of either himself or Kimya Okada yet), and 50 Funky Powers have so far been deducted four points, as per the rules of Global Tag League which counts a team being unable to compete as an automatic loss and a win for the other team (hence the reason why The Tough have two points), and Rocky Kawamura was drafted in to compete at Korakuen Hall. His gimmick is Rocky (the character from the films), and Mohammed
Yone took his name from Mohammed Ali, so you had two boxing fans together.
Yone laughed afterwards and said that he himself might try coming to the ring in boxing gloves.
True to his word, NOSAWA Rongai bought a “friend” to Korakuen Hall.
The “friend” turned out to be Hideki Suzuki who had a match in 2018 in NOAH against Naomichi Marufuji and Atsushi Kotoge (he teamed with Jay Bradley), but wasn’t seen at all again until 2019.
Suzuki got in the ring and asked for a tag match against Marufuji (Suzuki will team with NOSAWA), as he was at ringside (and all of the heavyweights are tied up in Global Tag League), Marufuji, after telling Suzuki that he should build his own gang, said “lets just have a match” and nominated Junta Miyawaki to be his partner. Miyawaki told NOSAWA that he was going to get the victory over him.
Match has been set for the last night of Global Tag League on May 4th.
When asked why he was here, Hideki said he was “job hunting” and hadn’t been employed since the beginning of the year. He later admitted that he was here for himself.
As if the Korakuen Hall crowd weren’t wound up enough, there was a HUGE upset for AXIZ when Masao Inoue (whom the crowd had been cheering on), got the sneak win over Katsuhiko Nakajima.
After the match, Inoue and Saito went to imitate AXIZ’S pose, but at the last moment Saito walked away leaving Inoue to crash to the floor.
The crowd laughed.
Saito laughed louder.
Nakajima, however, didn’t find anything amusing and said that Masao Inoue has borrowed something big, and he will be coming to take it back.
Whatever it is that is going on between Stinger and Daisuke Harada took another turn at Korakuen Hall.
Yoshinari Ogawa offered his hand to Daisuke Harada again, and Harada went to take it, but Tadasuke objected. Harada shoved him aside, and Tadasuke fell against the ropes with a look of surprise. Ogawa tried again, but this time YO-HEY came between them. After that, Harada looked at his hand and just left the ring.
AXIZ were not the only team to have a bad night at Korakuen Hall, their rivals in KAIOH did too.
Takashi Sugiura (complete with stitches after the headbutts from Atsushi Kotoge in Sapporo) stood still and staring at his two former protegees as they entered the ring.
They probably knew that it was a very very bad sign. This match was not about “The Sugiura Army” beating KAIOH, this was about Takashi Sugiura beating down two upstarts, and although they put him through hell, he prevailed with the headlock choke on Kaito Kiyomiya. After the match he got on the microphone and told Kiyomiya that he wouldn’t push the issue now as it was Global Tag League, but he wanted Kiyomiya to remember, that he would be coming for the title.
NOAH held their next event on Sunday 21st April at a new venue (which had been a former fish market) in springtime Niigata. Attendance was a full house of 865.
Naturally, being an event by the Shinano River, a fight went outside and to the riverside, and Marufuji almost threw YO-HEY in. Tadasuke thought it would have been funny, but YO-HEY said that the next time NOAH come to the venue, he is going to bring goggles and a flotation device for Marufuji.
Marufuji’s response was basically, “bring them for yourself”.
Fact is, that if NOAH go back there in the summer or autumn, someone will most likely go in (probably Kotoge in his cape).
Daisuke Harada made the first defense ever of the IPW Junior Heavyweight title against Hitoshi Kumano. While I don’t have too much details on the match itself, one fan did liken it to a fight that one of the Four Pillars would have put on. It was that intense.
Harada said that he wants his next challenger to be British, and said it would be interesting to see if anyone came over to NOAH. He also said that with Global Junior Tag League starting, he was equally interested to see if a team would enter.
When asked about the handshake with Ogawa, Harada walked away.
Yoshinari Ogawa had said that you could see how the situation was developing, as Kotaro Suzuki added, “If the leader’s heart is swayed, then the team is over”
Kaioh were almost beaten in Global Tag League by The Inferno. That was until Kiyomiya changed the tide of the match, and got the pin via the Tiger Suplex on Maybach Taniguchi.
So far Kenoh has not managed to get a single win at Global Tag League. Once the league is over, and especially if Kaioh do not win the titles, then his resentment is going to erupt.
As of the time of writing, The Sugiura Army lead the scoreboard with eight points.
Fortune Dream6 & “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2”
On the 17th April at Korakuen Hall, Kenta Kobashi announced that Fortune Dream6 would return on June 10th. NOAH participation was announced as Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura vs Yuji Okabayashi & Kazusada Higuchi. Addtionally, Masa Kitamiya will team with Yuya Aoki against Shoki Kitamura & Towa Iwasaki.
Yoshihiro Takayama has announced via his official blog, that “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2” will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Card to be announced.
Although Takayama cannot be at the show (although he wants to find a way to be there), there is good news on the horizon as he says that his condition is improving gradually and he can now feel the soles of his feet.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Although he cannot wrestle due to concussion, Kinya Okada has been seen at ringside doing his usual duties. Poor boy looks sad, like he did when he was unable to debut due to injury.
~ Minoru Tanaka was hungover at the Niigata event. Said he hoped it would help his hangover. It didn’t.
~ Each time Atsushi Kotoge went to do the “Revolutionary Hero” pose, Marufuji smacked his arm down (Yoshiki Inamura in Niigata was a little more game)
~ Takashi Sugiura said there are to be no further entries into the “Sugiura Army”, he also doesn’t like NOSAWA being put at the center of the group in the official photographs for the new “Sugiura Army” t-shirts.
~ I don’t want to know exactly what a “YO-HEY Teriyaki McBurger” is
~ Takashi Sugiura’s most infamous dog video this week was him on his lap, and chewing the cord of his tracksuit pants.
The 4th May Global Tag League finals will be broadcast at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The 28th May show will be broadcast live at 6.30pm JST on G+ (its the first night of Global Tag League)
PICTURE CREDITS: NOAH GHC, PKDX, Daisuke Harada
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