The Raw Women’s Champion prepares for Super Show Down by taking on the Squad Leader, Ruby Riott! Will Ronda Rousey wreck Ruby before arriving in Melbourne?
- Dean Ambrose VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins, by disqualification.
- Roman Reigns VS Dolph Ziggler; Reigns wins.
- Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Rousey wins.
- Bobby Roode w/ Chad Gable VS Konnor w/ Viktor; Konnor wins.
- The B-Team VS The Revival; The B-Team wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
- Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens; Owens wins.
- Bayley w/ Finn Balor VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh; Bayley wins.
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Dean Ambrose heads to the ring!
The Lunatic Fringe is still loyal to The Shield, even after The Pack’s Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre argued hard that Ambrose wasn’t being appreciated by his friends. Charli Caruso gets to business with her interview bringing up this disgruntled Dean theory The Pack has. Are there any truths to those claims? Any truth to what they said? Well, there are, actually. In that Ambrose is the only one not a champion. And he was champion before, but then went down with injury and was quickly replaced. But then, has Ambrose ever considered leaving the Shield? “Sure.” Maybe he already did, maybe he doesn’t need his vest and Shield tags. Maybe these don’t mean as much as they used to. Heck, he might’ve even ran Roman Reigns off the road on the way here.
Is Ambrose being sarcastic? People are asking questions. What kind of questions? “Why, after all this time, am I still in the Shield? Am I going to abandon them? Turn my back on them?” Are fans wondering when Ambrose is just goign to snap, he’s “The Lunatic” and all that. Maybe people are thinking Ambrose is waiting for the perfect time, “when nobody’s looking”, to just slip the knife into their backs. Is that what? No, people were asking questions about the moment Ambrose was literally between The Shield and The Pack, and still chose The Shield. What was going through his mind there?
What do they want him to say? Do they think he is thinking, “Why did I come back to Raw in the first place?” Ambrose could be on SmackDown or somewhere different entirely because he’s been cleaning up after The Shield. Maybe he’s sick and tired over “playing” Shield. Ambrose wants everyone to stop trying to understand him, and just judge him by his actions. He’s done as he’s always done: stepped up and stood by his brothers. The Shield isn’t a business, it’s not a brand, it’s a brotherhood. “And we will always ride into battle together.” The Lunatic finishes speaking, but out comes the Constable, Baron Corbin. “Wow, Dean, that was a really good story about brotherhood,” but it sounded more like whining to Corbin. Is something gnawing at that little brain of Ambrose’s?
Is Corbin a therapist now on top of being “the world’s largest substitute teacher”? Or is Corbin salty because he can’t put the Shield down? Corbin admits his team fell short. But The Shield wasn’t tearing the place apart and no cops were called, so that’s a win. But this is now about Ambrose and his opportunities. Ambrose has three options for his match tonight: 1) VS Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship; 2) VS Roman for the Universal Championship; or 3) 1v1 with Braun Strowman. What does Ambrose choose? Brothers, or career? If Corbin thinks he’s going to dangle shiny carrots at Ambrose, he says option 4, Ambrose VS Corbin right here and now! Corbin laughs that off, but decides for Ambrose: it’s Strowman, right now! Can Ambrose hope to survive this monstrous surprise? We’ll find out after the break!
Dean Ambrose VS Braun Strowman!
Raw returns with the bell and Ambrose circles Strowman. He dropkicks a leg and has Strowman staggering. Ambrose kicks away but Strowman headbutts him down. Strowman circles Ambrose now, then runs in with a big boot. Strowman drags Ambrsoe up to whip him hard into buckles! Ambrose falls while fans are a loud mix for The Monster Among Men. Strowman drags Ambrose back up to wrench the neck. Ambrose endures so Strowman clubs away with forearms before wrenching harder on the neck. Fans rally up for Ambrose and Ambrose powers up. Strowman knees low and clubs Ambrose down, then stalks Ambrose to a corner. Strowman chops Ambrose then runs corner to corner for the big splash!
Fans boo and jeer Strowman while Ambrose barely moves on the mat. Strowman brings Ambrose up for another neck wrench, but fans continue to rally. Ambrose endures and pulls at Strowman’s beard. Strowman clubs Ambrose again, to continue the wrench. Ambrose pries one of the hands away as fans rally up. Ambrose has a leg but Strowman clubs him and puts him in a chinlock. Strowman and Ambrose are both red, so Strowman slams Ambrose down on the mat! Ambrose sits up, but Strowman tells him “The Shield is NEVER gonna help you!” Strowman SLAPS Ambrose with that haymaker, but Ambrose just gets mad. Ambrose slaps back, but gets tossed across the way! He gets to a corner but Strowman stands on him at the ropes! Strowman backs off at 4 to keep from being disqualified.
Strowman brings Ambrose up and then lifts him way up, but Ambrose counters with a guillotine! Ambrose is bringing Strowman down with the hold, but Strowman powers him up! Ambrose sunset flips but has to chop block instead. The attack is on as Ambrose has Strowman’s leg on ropes. Ambrose gives forearms to Strowman’s face, then runs side to side, only to run into a stiff arm from Strowman! The Monster jumps for a BIG stomp while we go to break.
Raw returns and Ambrose again rallies out of the neck wrench, but Strowman puts him in a corner. Strowman puts Ambrose on the top rope, but Ambrose kicks him away. Ambrose throws clubbing crossface punches, but Strowman drags him out o his shoulder. Ambrose slips off with an eye rake, then kicks low. He wants but is denied Dirty Deeds, only to send Strowman out of the ring! Strowman clears his vision and climbs back in, but misses in the corner! Ambrose gives him a forearm smash, then runs for a dropkick! Strowman staggers, Ambrose runs, but into the clubbing forearm! Fans boo more while Strowman huffs and puffs to catch his breath. Strowman drags Ambrose up again, reels him in, but Ambrose slips out, DIRTY DEEDS! Ambrose crawls to a corner, TWO!? How did Strowman survive that?
Strowman rolls out of the ring, but Ambrose builds speed to DIVE! Ambrose rams Strowman into the barriers but Ambrose is down, too. Ambrose gets up first to refresh the count then go after Strowman again. Strowman shoves Ambrose away and runs, but is sent into steel steps! The count climbs to 7 but Ambrose refreshes it again. Ambrose follows Strowman back into the ring, but runs into the MONSTER SLAM! Both men are down, but Ambrose rolls his way to the bottom rope. Strowman drags himself up and sees Ambrose on the outside. The referee keeps him back, so Strowman goes out the other end. Strowman starts stalking his way around the corner for the BIG shoulder check! Strowman tosses Ambrose into barriers, then into the ring. He returns at 6, glaring down at Ambrose. He drags Ambrose up, for another Monster Slam!
But Strowman isn’t done there. He wants a third, but here comes The Big Dog! Roman Reigns storms his way to ringside, and Strowman is ready to fight the WWE Universal Champion. SUPERMAN PUNCH!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by disqualification
Roman leaps for a second, but gets caught. He slips out of the slam, to boot Strowman away. Then Seth Rollins flies in outta nowhere with a knee! Rollins and Roman send Strowman out with double shoulders! Strowman backs down and the rest of his Pack comes out. But Baron Corbin also returns, and won’t let The Shield get away with this. Rollins faces Drew McIntyre tonight while Roman faces Dolph Ziggler NEXT! The Pack roars, ready to wage war tonight! Will there even be a Super Show Down Six Man Tag after tonight?
Ambrose gets iced up in the trainer’s room.
Rollins comes in to check on him. Ambrose says it’s fine, but then he blows up over things. Roman came out when he felt he had to! Yeah, he sure did, didn’t he? Ambrose could be IC Champion by now. What does he mean by that?
Roman Reigns VS Dolph Ziggler!
The Big Dog saved the Lunatic from being Monster Slammed into pieces, but now he has to deal with The Show-Off. But wait, Roman wants to put the title on the line?! The belt is raised, but Corbin comes out quickly again and says he runs the show. That title can’t just be put on the line. This match is non-title, as is Rollins’ match with Drew McIntyre. But mostly, the Universal Championship isn’t on the line until Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. Now ring the bell.
The bell rings and Ziggler runs right at Roman! Ziggler may not win the title here but he might earn a shot for later. He grinds Roman’s face on ropes then bounces him off buckles. Ziggler gets put in a corner now and Roman gives him an uppercut! Roman grimaces as he stalks Ziggler at the ropes. He drags Ziggler up but Ziggler hotshots then dropkicks Roman down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler wraps Roman up in a sleeper hold with body scissors. Roman endures even as Ziggler grinds a forearm in. Fans duel while Roman works his way out. Ziggler shifts to a Bully Choke but Roman keeps going. Fans are thunderous as they duel, but Ziggler brings Roman right down to the mat. Ziggler drops an elbow, then covers, TWO!
Ziggler keeps on Roman by putting him in a corner and whipping. Roman reverses, but then misses and hits nothing but post! Roman is down on the outside while Ziggler gets his arms and legs moving. Ziggler fetches Roman, but Roman rocks him with a right. Ziggler kicks back, then leaps, satellite DDT to the floor! Both men are down and the count is at 7. Ziggler drags himself up and in, then goes out again. He puts Roman in, wanting to win with a pin. FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Roman survives while we go to break.
Raw returns again and Ziggler has the Bully Choke back on Roman. Roman powers his way up while fans duel. Roman punches his way out, then keeps throwing haymakers on Ziggler. Ziggler ducks and hops back on with the sleeper hold! Ziggler wraps on tight with the body scissors to become a backpack, and Roman fades again. Roman is gasping, and Ziggler even rakes the eyes and plugs the nose. But Roman gets a second win, and he powers his way back to buckles. Ziggler lets go, and Roman throws him all the way off. Roman catches his breath, but Ziggler runs in. Roman elbows Ziggler away, then rallies with lariats. He whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Roman to come back with the clothesline!
Fans duel again as Roman glares at Ziggler. He gives those close-range clotheslines in the corner! Roman gives all 10, then runs to boot Ziggler down! Fans continue to duel as Roman goes back to a corner. Roman looks at Ziggler as he locks and loads. He runs out, but Ziggler dodges to schoolboy! TWO, Superkick blocked! Fireman’s carry but Ziggler rakes eyes to then ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler can’t believe how close he was, but he’s still not there yet. Ziggler fires himself up and tunes up the band. He aims at Roman, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Cover, TWO! Roman is in disbelief now, but he still has something left. Fans duel again as he gets back to the corner. Roman fires up, lets out the howl, but Ziggler sunset flips up and over! TWO!! Ziggler headbutts Roman, Roman rebounds to SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The Universal Champion rolls on towards Super Show Down, but that only evens the score between The Shield and The Pack for tonight. Will Rollins or McIntyre break the tie come later tonight?
Ronda Rousey w/ The Bella Twins VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
Before the Baddest Woman on the Planet teams with Nikki & Brie in Melbourne, she’ll take on Ruby directly for what The Squad did to her friend, Natalya. Will Ruby be arriving in Australia minus an arm? Or will Ruby find a way to #StartaRiott against the Rowdy Raw Women’s Champion?
Before the match, we see a selfie message from the Squad. Ronda and her friends are like the conventional beauty of a sunset or a red rose. The Squad are more like broken stained glass. But making Ronda and the Bellas break in Melbourne, that will be truly beautiful.
The bell rings and Ronda is ready. Ruby circles with the champ and is wary of those strikes. Fans are on Ronda’s side as she ties up with Ruby and powers her to ropes. Ronda reels Ruby in and throws her around with the judo throws! Ruby scurries away to regroup with The Squad. Ronda waits for Ruby, but Ruby takes her time with that 10 count. Ruby and Ronda circle again, and Ruby knees low. Ruby clubs Ronda down then gets a waistlock. Ronda turns it around and throws Ruby again, then pursues to keep Ruby from getting away. Ruby kicks Ronda then follows her out to pull her into the post and push her into barriers! Ronda grits her teeth while Ruby puts her back in the ring. Ruby covers, ONE, but Ruby keeps her cool.
Ruby drags Ronda up against the ropes and uses that braided ponytail against her. She also kicks Ronda, but Ronda hits back. Ruby clubs Ronda, then tosses her all the way out. The Bellas keep the Squad from trying anything sneaky, but Ruby comes back to fetch Ronda. Ruby bumps Ronda off the apron, then puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Ruby goes after the arm. Ruby grinds her knees into Ronda while fans rally up. Ruby drops a knee, cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ronda while Ruby puts her in the ropes again. She pulls on the ponytail again, but stops at 4. Ruby fish hooks the mouth! She yanks Ronda around like that, but Ronda gets a ropebreak. Ruby lets go to rock Ronda with a right forearm! Cover, TWO!
Ronda gets to ropes but Ruby is right on her, choking her against the middle rope. Ruby backs off but the ref has to back the Squad off again. Sarah and Liv play innocent, but Ronda throws hands on Ruby. Ruby throws Ronda down by her hair, covers, TWO! Ruby keeps her cool while fans rally up for Ronda. She kicks Ronda while she’s down, then drags her up. Ruby headbutts Ronda, then throws her down with the STO! Cover, TWO! Now frustration boils up as Ruby shouts at the Bellas to shut up. Ruby scrapes her foot on Ronda’s face but fans rally for Ronda. Ruby wrenches, but Ronda grabs her for a back suplex toss!
Ronda hulks up and fires off! She gives swift uppercuts and a gut wrench lift into a slam! Then she kicks Sarah away for getting too close. Ruby rolls Ronda with a handful of tights!! TWO!! Ronda grabs Ruby again, for the ROWDY SLAM! But there’s no cover, time for the armbar! Ruby taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission
The Women’s Champion conquers Ruby here, and celebrates with Brie & Nikki in the ring. Will these three celebrate again in Melbourne? Or will all three Squad members be too crafty to conquer down under?
Bobby Roode w/ Chad Gable VS Konnor w/ Viktor!
The GLORIOUS One vows to get even with The Ascension on his #ReadyWillingAndGable partner’s behalf. Before the match, we hear Roode speak. He’s faced men as big as Konnor. And winning is difficult, but when it happens, it is… GLORIOUS! Konnor has a response, saying that Roode may be experienced, but he’ll fall just like his “student”. Gable better cover his eyes so he won’t see what Konnor does to his hero. Can Roode avoid being left in the Wasteland? Or will it be Konnor who becomes absolutely… GLORIOUS!?
The bell rings and Roode kicks away at Konnor’s leg. He goes after the leg but Konnor puts him in a corner. Roode dodges to chop and kick and chop again. Roode dropkicks the leg out, then goes for the DDT! Konnor powers his way to a corner and gets free of Roode. He runs but into Roode’s boots. Roode jumps up and over but runs into Konnor’s massive body attack! Konnor stalks Roode to a corner, then chokes him against the bottom rope. He stomps a mudhole into Roode, then backs off at 4. Roode is gasping but Konnor is back on him with more stomps. Konnor drags Roode out to then run and drop a big elbow on him. Cover, TWO! Konnor looms over Roode to then go after his face with raking fingers! The referee gets him to stop, then Konnor covers, TWO.
Konnor puts Roode in a chinlock to squeeze out the air. Gable coaches Roode up while fans build to a rally. Roode feeds off the energy and fights back with elbows. Konnor clubs Roode down, then gets feeling in his leg. Konnor runs but misses the elbow this time. Roode gets to a corner while Viktor coaches Konnor up. Roode dodges Konnor to drop toehold him into buckles! Konnor shakes the cobwebs out but Roode climbs up top. Roode leaps for a big lariat! Roode fires up with fans, and continues to kick the leg. He adds chops, then whips. Konnor reverses but Roode hits a forearm smash! Roode runs in for a corner clothesline, then whips. Konnor reverses but Roode boots him away. Roode hops up, GLORIOUS Blockbuster!
But Roode isn’t done there, as he winds it up… but Viktor clobbers Gable just because! Roode clobbers Viktor, but Konnor gets Roode! Konnor drags Roode up, gut wrench to Canadian backbreaker slam! Cover, Konnor wins!!
Winer: Konnor, by pinfall
The Ascension’s giant is on a winning streak!? How is this possible?! Will Roode & Gable fizzle out as a duo already?
Raw Presents: A Moment of Bliss.
The Goddess, Alexa Bliss, explains that everyone has a hero. Wonder Woman, Nelson Mandela, and Alexa. But even heroes have heroes. Alexa’s hero was Trish Stratus, who she faces at the first ever WWE Evolution PPV. However, there’s something else Alexa can’t believe it. She first met Trish when she was just seven years old, “shivering in the freezing cold” with her autograph book. Then there she was. Alexa gazed up at Trish’s wrinkled eyes and introducing herself. She asked for an autograph, but she’ll never forget what happened next. Trish burped and asked for $50 in return. Alexa said she was only seven, and her book was her most cherished possession. Trish ripped up the book, stepped on Alexa’s foot, and made her cry the entire night. When it comes to meeting your heroes, Stratusfaction is NOT Guaranteed.
The B-Team VS The Revival!
Bo Dallas & Curt Axel return! They may not be Raw Tag Team Champions anymore, but there’s always the climb back! Meanwhile, Dash & Dawson want another shot of their own after coming so close against McIntyre & Ziggler. Which team will #SayYeah to another chance at the titles?
Raw returns as Dash has Axel in a headlock. Axel powers out but Dawson tags in to bulldog Axel down. Cover, ONE, but Dawson keeps on Axel with elbow drops to the arm. Dawson drops a leg, too, then puts the arm in a keylock. Bo keeps the fans rallying while Axel endures. Axel stands up and pushes his way to his corner, but Dawson brings him back down. Dawson keeps the keylock on, but Axel endures. Fans continue to echo the chant while Dawson tags Dash. Axel arm-drags Dawson but Dash is right on him! Dash has a mounted armlock, and pulls back as hard as he can. Bo keeps the fans chanting, and Axel feeds off that energy. Axel throws forearms and haymakers, but Dash drop toeholds and knees Axel’s arm. Dash puts the keylock back on and Axel is back down on the mat.
Fans continue to chant “B Team! B Team! Go go go!” Axel stands up and spins around with Dash. Axel then throws Dash into buckles! Dash tags Dawson, Axel tags Bo! BO rallies on The Revival, then hits a body shot and boot! Bo runs him over with a back elbow, then runs Dash off. Dawson tries but fails to roll up, so he gives Bo a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Tag to Dash and The Revival work together, Rocket Launcher Splash into knees! Axel takes out Dawson while BO rolls Dash up, B-Team wins!
Winners: The B-Team, Bo pinning
And they’re back on track! Bo and Axel can celebrate the Ax Man’s birthday with a win, but will they get back to the titles any time soon?
Not with the Authors of Pain attacking them from behind! They put Bo into the apron, then put both men in the ring. Drake Maverick coaches his monsters onward, and they give The B-Team a SUPER COLLIDER! Happy Birthday to Axel. Maybe they’ll have cake and candles in the trainer’s room…
Ambrose continues to recover backstage.
This time, Roman Reigns comes over to talk to him. Roman wants to know where Ambrose’s head is at, among other things. Is he alright? Ambrose finally looks at Roman and says it’s fine. They’re all good, really. Ambrose had Strowman but he could’ve gotten hurt, too. If Ambrose wasn’t such a nice guy, he might be even Universal Champion right now. Okay, now Ambrose is making implications. Will The Shield even be on the same page com Super Show Down?
Baron Corbin is impressed by the Authors of Pain.
It feels great running people over, huh? He enjoys their work, hopefully they enjoy their work. “Keep getting it done.” Maverick is also impressed and proud, will they make a serious run at the titles in the near future?
WWE and Raw again join the fight against Breast Cancer this October.
With a number as high as every one in eight women, we cannot sit idly by and let cancer do what it wants. Do what you can to help in this fight.
In the ring, WWE and Raw are honored to welcome these true champions in the fight against breast cancer. First, there is Dana Warrior, then Dr. Candice Grezlak, fundraiser Patty Bulger, and survivor Jennifer Teeler. Join the fight, save lives.
The Pack is restless backstage.
Strowman won, but by disqualification. Ziggler lost fair and square with no excuses. But Ziggler still feels it. Ambrose’s eyes are telling a different story. The Shield might be on their last legs. Strowman feels Ambrose is a great fit for the Pack. He may have gotten destroyed in that match, but Ambrose proved he’s “a tough bastard.” Ambrose is still a winner. McIntyre needs to be a winner against Rollins tonight. And there’s no room for a weak link, Dolph. McIntyre doesn’t say anything as he leaves with Strowman. Is there going to be a change in the pecking order come Super Show Down?
Seth Rollins VS Drew McIntyre!
The Architect is ready to #BurnItDown again in Seattle, but the Scottish Terminator is ready to snuff out the flames. Will Rollins or McIntyre break the tie between Shield and Pack in singles competition before we get the full Six Man Tag Team war in Melbourne?
The bell rings and Rollins circles with McIntyre. They tie up and McIntyre puts Rollins in a corner. McIntyre grinds a forearm in Rollins’ face while egging him on. Rollins comes out and ties up with McIntyre again. McIntyre puts Rollins back in a corner, then SLAPS Rollins across the face. Rollins puts McIntyre in the corner to unload furious hands. The ref backs Rollins off but Rollins wants to keep going. Rollins whips but McIntyre reverses. Rollins goes up and over then runs to dropkick McIntyre back. He clotheslines McIntyre out to then build speed and DIVE! Direct hit! McIntyre hits barriers and fans fire up for Rollins. Rollins bounces McIntyre off the apron and barriers before putting him in the ring. He aims and springboards but McIntyre gets under. McIntyre’s boot misses, but Rollins chops away.
Rollins whips but McIntyre reverses again. Rollins goes up again but McIntyre kicks him out of the air! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stalks Rollins to the rope to stomp him back in. McIntyre brings Rollins up for a mounted armlock. Fans rally for Rollins while he endures. Rollins powers his way up and out, only to be thrown down by his hair. McIntyre puts the armlock back on, and adds a chinbar. Fans rally up again and Rollins powers his way back up. McIntyre knees low then lifts Rollins, but Rollins slips out. Rollins baits McIntyre and sends him out, but McIntyre shoulders back in. McIntyre brings Rollins out to the apron, but Rollins prepares a powerbomb. McIntyre resist and pushes Rollins into the post! Rollins falls to the floor, and McIntyre prepares the steel steps.
McIntyre drags Rollins up the steps, lifts him, and drops him on the apron with a sidewalk slam! The Scottish Psycho has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and both men are down. Rollins crawls to a corner while McIntyre crawls away. Both men slowly stand while fans fire up. McIntyre swings but Rollins blocks and counters with haymakers and chops. Rollins whips but McIntyre reverses. Rollins dodges and slingblades! McIntyre runs into a boot, Rollins hops up for a blockbuster! Cover, TWO! Rollins grits his teeth while he gets back up. He runs but is put on the apron. He swing kicks McIntyre away, then springboards for a clothesline to the back of the head! Cover, TWO! Both men are down again but fans rally Rollins up. Corbin watches backstage as Rollins drags McIntyre up.
Rollins wants a bomb but McIntyre back drops him over. McIntyre blocks the boot to reel Rollins into the inverted position, but Rollins rolls through to roll McIntyre up! TWO, and McIntyre avoids the stomp! He chops Rollins back, then reels him in. Rollins slips through to Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Both men are down again, but stirring. Rollins grits his teeth as he aims at McIntyre. McIntyre slowly moves, so Rollins goes to a corner. Rollins climbs, but McIntyre intercepts! McIntyre chops Rollins on the top rope, then climbs up to join him. McIntyre wants something crazy, but Rollins manages to sunset flip through, for a BUCKLE BOMB! Then a SUPERKICK! McIntyre is down while fans chant “Burn It Down!” But here comes Ziggler! Ziggler slides in but then slides out, this distracts Rollins enough for McIntyre to stand and CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The Show-Off has the assist, then he goes right after Rollins with stomps. McIntyre joins in, but here comes Roman! The Big Dog defends Rollins like he did Ambrose, but that’s 2v1! And now it’s 3v1 as Strowman appears! McIntyre clobbers Roman, and Ziggler adds on. Strowman arrives at ringside just as Rollins starts to stir. Here comes Ambrose!! The Lunatic has an ax handle and he uses it! He smacks Strowman while Roman takes a Zigzag, but then Ambrose runs the rest of The Pack off, too! Only to run into Strowman’s giant shoulder! Strowman puts Ambrose in the ring, and the Pack returns. Rollins hops on Strwoman, but Strowman scoops. Rollins slips out, but gets a SUPERKICK! Ambrose gets Ziggler but he gets mauled 3v1! Then, CLAYMORE ZIGZAG! The Pack won’t let up, they bring Roman up for a MONSTER SLAM!
The Monster, the Terminator and the Show-Off stand over the Big Dog, the Architect and the Lunatic here in Seattle, and copy the Shield fist bump! Will we see this all over again in Melbourne after the Super Show Down Six Man Tag?
Kevin Owens meets with Elias backstage.
Is this the stuff Elias’ stuff that he needs so he can perform? That’s right. His triangle of water bottles, his mints, his spinach, and… Wait, cashews? Elias doesn’t like cashews, he asked for almonds. Elias throws the nuts in the face of the staffer. Kevin fuels up before his match with Bobby Lashley, and that’s next!
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias, and Kevin Owens.
The Drifter and the Prizefighter are in Seattle to a very mixed reaction. Elias plays his guitar and Kevin gets into the music. Kevin felt that in his bones. Allow Elias’ soul to shoot through you as you consider the question, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Kevin raises his hand. It’s almost time. The only man who truly walks with Elias is his kindred spirit, Kevin Owens. Kevin thanks Elias, and will gladly walk with Elias, especially in Melbourne to take on Bobby Lashley and John Cena. This duo makes sense, because they’re very similar. They’re both great guys! But what doesn’t make sense: Lashley & Cena. Elias agrees. It’s like a basketball team in Seattle. Fans definitely boo that. It sounds like Elias struck a nerve.
Eilas and Kevin wait for the fans to stop, which is quite a long time. But sports aren’t really Kevin’s thing. Kevin, speak up, the fans are being rude. Well what else isn’t Kevin’s thing: Cena. Cena has really been living up to his catchphrase: You Can’t See Me. Because we haven’t! He hasn’t been here. Elias needs his mic turned up so he can be heard. Yes, Cena, that was Wrestlemania time when Cena ruined his moment. Cena ruins things, just like Seattle does. It’s why their team left! But Cena won’t ruin Super Show Down for Kevin & Elias. Because Kevin & Elias are great guys and they’re smart guys. They’ve figured something out. They know why Cena gets to team with Lashley. Elias demands the lights stay down low, we don’t need to see these people right now.
But back onto Cena, he has had many great matches, he’s #BigMatchJohn. Kevin wants them to face it, Cena always has big matches now. Every chance Cena shows up is special. Because Cena’s ego is as big as Seattle’s ego, and Cena won’t allow himself to perform unless it’s a certain stage. Cena needs to be in the ring with big men, just like Elias needs Seattle to shut up! Cena stays relevant with big matches, such as against Elias. He needs to feel like the best, but you have to beat the best. When it comes to Raw, Elias & Kevin are the absolute best! That’s why Lashley & Cena have NO CHANCE in Australia! Elias is so talented, people can’t get enough of him. And on Saturday, Kevin would love to give an encore performance when he powerbombs Cena on an apron one more time.
But finally, someone else comes out! The Manager of the Hour, Lio Rush, leads the way. He sees Kevin and Elias, and scolds them, “tsk tsk tsk.” Cena is electric, even Lio knows that. Lio tells Elias & Kevin that they’re justified in recognizing just how important this Saturday will be. The greatest of all time will be there! Lio wants Kevin to know now, though, that he better not overlook this man tonight. Kevin’s as foolish as Lio has made him look lately. So stop the chit chat and yip yap and prepare for the Rocky Mountain Machine, who is ready to battle right here in Seattle! Give it up for Bobby Lashley!
Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens!
While he joins none other than JOHN CENA at Super Show Down, the Dominator looks to get his on the Prizefighter days before then. However, Kevin still has a blank check from Baron Corbin to use on any of his opponents, will he be cashing that in here tonight?
Raw returns and the two circle. They tie up and Lashley throws Kevin down. Kevin slides out to regroup with Elias. He comes back and circles with Lashley again. Kevin gets the waistlock but Lashley the standing switch and then slam. Lashley goes back in for another waistlock slam! Lashley wants another waistlock but Kevin gets the ropes. Kevin then sucker kicks and puts on the headlock. He gets the takedown, but Lashley rolls. Kevin rolls it back quickly, then keeps on the grind. Lashley stands up and powers out, but Kevin runs him over with a shoulder. Kevin runs but Lashley runs him over in return. Kevin bails out to again regroup with Elias. Elias wants Lashley to stay back, but Lashley comes out. Kevin goes back in the ring but then runs into Lashley’s swinging neckbreaker. Kevin scurries to a corner but Lashley is on him.
Lashley bumps Kevin off buckles then throws haymakers and stomps. Lashley bumps Kevin off more buckles and Lio lies what he sees from his client. Another buckle bump for Kevin and fans want more. Lashley goes for the full four but Kevin works to turn it around. However, Lashley blocks that and bumps Kevin off for the set! Lashley throws forearms but Kevn throws forearms back. They brawl at the ropes, but the ref backs Lashley off. Lashley comes back and whips but Kevin kicks him away. Kevin runs but into the powerslam! Lashley brings Kevin up in the fireman’s carry but Kevin fights out. Kevin dodges Lashley and sends him into the post. Kevin drags Lashley out to put him into another post! The Prizefighter trash talks Lio and Seattle while we go to break.
Raw returns and Elias taunts Lashley while he’s down on the outside. Kevin refreshes the count to throw Lashley’s arm into barriers and then into the steel steps. He puts Lashley in the ring, then drops a back senton. Cover, TWO, and Lio coaches up Lashley again. Kevin puts Lashley’s bad arm in a keylock but fans rally up. Lashley feeds off the energy and stands back up, only for Kevin to bring him back down. Kevin taunts Lio while Lio coaches Lashley. Lashley sits up even as Kevin puts his weight on him. Fans continue to rally and Lashley powers his way all the way up to his feet. Lashley fights back with haymakers, but Kevin hits back with his own. Kevin runs but Lashley shows off his agility to then clothesline Kevin down!
Lashley rallies with a kick, a clubbing and a clothesline! Lashley runs into the corner but gets a boot. Kevin runs but into the complete shot! Lashley runs in for the big corner clothesline, then corner to corner for the shoulder tackle! Lashley brings Kevin out and fans fire up for the suplex. But that bad arm can’t do it. Kevin kicks the arm, but then runs into the spinebuster! Elias goes after Lio! Lio avoids him, slips around and then away but still gets caught into a full nelson! Elias thrashes Lio, Lashley gets distracted, Kevin rolls him up! Kevin wins!!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
But Lashley goes after Elias! And after Kevin! But that’s 2v1, so Elias & Kevin get the better of him. Seattle boos as Elias & Kevin stomp away. John Cena is nowhere to be seen, but Lio is still here! Lio leaps in, but into double ax handles! Kevin and Elias laugh at little Lio, but they’re not done with Lashley. Elias feeds Lashley to the Pop-Up Powerbomb! The Drifter & The Prizefighter hug it out, but will it be so easy when the 16-time world champion returns?
Bayley w/ Finn Balor VS Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal & Sunil Singh!
While everyone else prepares for Super Show Down, Team B’n’B prepares for tomorrow night’s Mixed Match Challenge! The Extraordinary Man got a win over the Modern Day Maharaja last week, can the Huggable One get a win over the crazy Fox this week? Or will “Captain” Alicia turn things around and be the catalyst for a win in the MMC?
The bell rings and Alicia puts Bayley in the corner. Alicia backs off to Shanti, but Bayley turns around to throw hands on Alicia! Alicia pushes Bayley away then hotshots Bayley. She then gives Bayley a running facebuster, covers, TWO! She keeps on Bayley with a chinlock, but Finn coaches Bayley up. Bayley endures and powers her way up, but Alicia shifts to a Nothern Lights! Bayley resists and elbows her way out, then gets to a corner. Alicia walks over and yanks Bayley up, but Bayley rocks her with an elbow. Bayley hops up for a flying forearm, then covers, TWO! Alicia boots Bayley right down! Alicia gets the Northern Lights, with the bridge, TWO! Crazy Foxy breathes and says “Shanti” before putting Bayley back in the chinlock.
Alicia thrashes Bayley around while Finn rallies fans. Bayley feeds off the energy and stands up, but Alicia clubs her again. Alicia whips Bayley hard into buckles, then again. She runs in but Bayley flapjacks her onto buckles! Bayley drags her way to the other corner as fans fire up. Bayley boots Alicia away to then hit a lariat! The Huggable One rallies now as she puts Alicia on the apron for the hotshot! Alicia gets to a corner and Bayley runs in. Alicia goes up and over to sunset flip, but Bayley rolls through to dropkick Alicia! Just ilke Finn! Finn approves and Bayley gives a Too Sweet. Jinder swipes as Bayley runs, so Bayley wrecks him with a dropkick. Finn adds the Slingblade! Bayley blocks Alicia’s boot to hit Bayley2Belly! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
One half of B’n’B wins tonight, can they get the complete sweep with an MMC victory? Or will #Mahalicia be able to Shanti and shut Bayley & Balor down?
Shawn Michaels is here!
The Heartbreak Kid returns to give one last message to everyone before Super Show Down. He knows HHH and The Undertaker will face off #OneLastTime, and he couldn’t just stay at home. He wanted to be in Melbourne in the front row as a simple fan. But then The Undertaker made things personal between them. Taker asked HBK who he stood with for this fight, and while HBK had all the respect in the world for the Dead Man, he picked his best friend in HHH! And then for some reason or another, that upset Taker. “But guess what?” Taker made it personal, so now it is. Taker will have Kane, but HBK will be the “brother” to HHH. Kane needs to understand this: if you or anyone tries to rush the ring, then with God as HBK’s witness, he’ll give some Sweet Chin Music to the Devil’s Favorite Demon!
But speaking off, here comes KANE!! But not from the ramp, he’s right behind HBK! HBK realizes it too late and gets the uppercut! And here comes Taker!! Taker appears in the ring! The Brothers of Destruction loom over HBK and Seattle is losing its mind. Taker stands over HBK as he slowly sits up. Taker slashes the throat, and then lifts HBK up, but here comes HHH! The COO strips off the suit and The Game throws hands with Taker! Kane is lurking, and he pulls HHH off. HHH throws hands, but Kane grabs him, HBK hits Kane, but he gets caught. The Brothers double Choke Slam DX!! Fans are losing their minds, but things aren’t done yet. HHH flops to the ropes, and Taker brings him up, for a TOMBSTONE! The Dead Man still has it, is this a sign of what’s to come at Super Show Down?
What a great surprise: Raw made a really fun go-home episode! Now obviously the story of The Shield VS The Pack dominated the night, but they actually did some good things with it. I liked that Ambrose was being cryptic about how he felt having The Shield back. They’re learning how to toy with us: we expect Ambrose to turn but they know we know that so they’re hinting it while still keeping Ambrose just loyal enough to the team. Each match we got from The Shield VS The Pack in 1v1 action was great, especially Rollins VS McIntyre. If Raw was just those two hours, as focused on one story as it was, it would’ve actually had a solid finish for the night. But if The Pack stands tall tonight, that has to mean The Shield stands tall at Super Show Down.
The only confusing thing from The Shield VS Pack story tonight was Corbin being upset that Roman wanted to defend his title. That’s points for Roman for truly being a fighting champ, wanting to make every match a title match. Obviously Corbin would want to keep the title on Roman just so Lesnar and Strowman go after the guy the Authority wants to destroy in kayfabe, but why didn’t he say Rollins VS McIntyre was a title match? Since McIntyre won, he’d be a dual champion now. Unless this feeds into something Corbin is planning with AoP & Maverick.
Speaking of, The Authors of Pain blindsiding The B-Team was pretty great for Akam & Rezar. They clearly have Corbin’s approval, so I wonder if Corbin would back them against even The Pack’s McIntyre & Ziggler past Super Show Down. It’s also good to see Drake Maverick is no longer cosplaying as the third Author, he just never looked right in the same gear. A manager should dress as a manager, not a fan, so it’s good that he was in a jacket and jeans. Lio Rush was also in style, so clearly the Manager of the Hour gets it. Of course, Lio and Lashley didn’t so well this time around, Kevin & Elias really got the better of them tonight. Kevin & Elias really got the better of Seattle, too, those Seattle Sonics fans were pissed.
Rousey VS Riott was pretty good, Ruby was booked a bit stronger than I expected. Of course, I suppose Ronda would get boring pretty quickly if she just completely wrecked everyone every time. Ronda needs to be challenged in terms of match difficulty if we’re to stay behind her as champion, or else she really will run the risk of being a Brock Lesnar or Roman Reigns type. Ronda finds the way to win, but anything can happen to help The Squad win at Super Show Down. Of course, it’s already well known that Nikki Bella faces Ronda at WWE Evolution, so maybe something happens between Nikki and Ronda during their match to cause the team to fall apart?
Hooray for Konnor racking up wins at the expense of Roode & Gable. That story of GLORIOUSLY awkward teaming is still odd and probably doomed to bring a break-up, but at least Konnor’s getting something. Hooray for Bayley winning to put B’n’B up over Mahalicia, and also for being the brand integration for Mixed Match Challenge. Hopefully there’s none of this 50-50 booking, I don’t see why the fan favorite team now has to lose their MMC debut just to keep Mahalicia from going 0-2 already. Then for the close, HBK obviously wants to put HHH over before SSD, but it was great to see BOTH Brothers of Destruction appear as a nice surprise, and then those two stand tall for old time’s sake. They should just make #OneLastTime a tag team match and get this HBK return started now.
My Score: 8.5/10
Joe’s CMLL Review & Results (12/7/2018)
Another week of CMLL, and another week of Joe’s coverage. Indulge in the Lucha information if you couldn’t find time to watch it yourself.
Arena Puebla Monday
Sonic, Meyer, and Astro vs King Rocker, Sombra Diabolina, and Guerrero Especial
Rocker and Astro start out doing some ground grappling. They do a lot of acrobatic transitions into submission holds. Especial and Meyer are in next and they continue to do grappling as well. Especial hits an arm drag to the outside and feigns a dive. Sonic is in now with Diabolina. They do some freestyle wrestling while exchanging pins. Sonic arm drags him to the outside and in comes Astro and King Rocker again. Especial launches Astro into Diabolina and he hits a hurricanrana for the pin. Sonic victory rolls Rocker and Meyer submits Especial with a neck crank. First Fall: Meyer submits Guerrero Especial with a neck crank.
Sonic and Diabolina start this round off. Sonic goes wild hitting a very elaborate arm drag then feigns a dive. Especial and Meyer are in next and they trade strikes and they start to trade moves. Especial hits a power slam, Diabolina hits a basement drop kick, and then Rocker hits a splash on Meyer for the pin. Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sombra Diabolina submits Sonic with an arm bar.
Rocker and Astro stare each other down then exchange strikes. Especial and Sonic get in and Especial works him over for a bit. Diabolina and Meyer are in and Diabolina hits an Alabama Slam on him followed by a basement drop kick. Meyer hits a splash off the top on Diabolina and then launches Astro into him and Especial for a double drop kick. He does a hurricanrana off the apron on Rocker. Sonic hits a swanton bomb on Especial while Meyer gets Diabolina in a knee bar. Third Fall: Meyer submits Sombra Diabolina with a knee bar.
Winners: Sonic, Meyer, and Astro
Mellinum, Arkalis, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man
Police Man and Mellinum start out the match with grappling and submission trading. Tigre Rojo and Espanto come in next and they start to fight for position. Rojo using his speed, Espanto using his size. Espanto sits on his knees frustrated that Rojo won the grappling exchange. Fuerza Chicana and Arkalis are in next. Arkalis does a victory roll, into a basement drop kick. Arkalis does a double splash to Espanto and Chicana. Rojo gets Police Man in an abdominal stretch and Arkalis pins Chicana with a sunset flip. First Fall: Arkalis pins Fuerza Chicana with a sunset flip.
Rojo and Police Man start the round and Rojo uses his quickness, getting him in a back breaker. He feigns a dive and hits a pose. Espanto and Mellinum go at it but Mellinum uses his quickness to his advantage getting Espanto out with an arm drag. His two teammates knock everyone off the apron and get Mellinum in the corner. Espanto kicks him in the groin. Ref doesn’t see it apparently. Espanto pulls on Arkalis’ mask. Police Man splash pins Arkalis for the pin. Chicana hits a back drop on Mellinum the goes for a pinning combination for the fall. Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana hits a back drop then pinning combination on Mellinum for the fall.
Rojo gets teamed on to start the round. When he’s taken care of they move the attack to Mellinum. A come back gets made as Arkalis hits a hurricanrana then a back breaker. Rojo and Mellinum hit arm drags to the outside, then Rojo and Arkalis go for dives but gets their feet pulled to the outside. Espanto and Mellinum are in the ring. Mellinum hits a hurricanrana for a pin but no three. He goes to the top for a move but Espanto gets the feet up. He hits a back stabber for the win on Mellinum. Third Fall: Espanto Jr pins Mellinum with a back stabber.
Winners: Espanto Jr, Fuerza Chicana, and Police Man
Titan, Triton, and Stigma vs Kawato San, Okumura, and Tiger
Triton and Okumura start the match out and they lock up and quickly go to the ground. They grapple briefly and Kawato and Titan come in next. Kawato whips Titan to the corner but Stigma replaces him and kicks him. Now everybody is trading big moves. Okumura hits a cross roads on Stigma then Titan comes in and takes care of Kawato. Tiger hits a Canadian destroyer on Triton for the pin. Kawato hits an handspring elbow on Titan followed by Okumura with a clothesline. They do a hangman’s neck breaker for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Titan after him and Okumura hit a hangman’s neck breaker.
Tiger is beating on Stuka on the ramp while Okumura and Kawato team on Titan. Stuka is getting teamed on now and he makes the tag to Triton but the ref acts like he doesn’t see it. This ref is either awful or a heel. Triton is standing back on the ramp in protest or disgust. Titan makes a come back hitting some super kicks. Stigma drop kicks Kawato’s inner thigh while he’s tied up on the rope. Triton tries but gets pulled out. ThenTitan and Stigma hit middle rope dives on Kawato and Tiger. In the ring Triton gets Okumura down for a 450 splash and the fall. Second Fall: Triton pins Okumura with a 450 splash.
Stigma and Okumura start out the round and Stigma gets him out and Tiger comes in. Triton answers the call for Tiger. Triton hits an arm drag to the outside then feigns a dive and hits a pose. Titan and Kawato are in next and they trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Titan runs wild, taking out Kawato eventually, and then kicking Tiger off the apron. Okumura catches him with a cutter off the top. Stigma breaks up the pin. Kawato catches him with a splash off the top. He hits him with a 1 percenter but Triton breaks up the pin. He hits a power bomb into a pin but Tiger breaks it up. Triton goes for a handspring attack but is caught in a back stabber. Titan breaks up the pin. He gets him in a pinning combination with a neck bridge but Okumura breaks that up. Sheesh. Triton hits an asai moonsault on Okumura and in the ring Titan gets Tiger in an elaborate neck stretch submission. Stigma hits Kawato with a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Kawato San with a falcon arrow.
Winners: Titan, Triton, and Stigma
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Power Struggle 2018 Part 2!
NJPW Power Struggle continues as Tetsuya Naito once again battles Zack Sabre Jr! Will Tranquilo #JustTapOut? Or will ZSJ lost to The Ungovernable Charisma?
This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi; RPG3K wins the 2018 Super Junior Tag League.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
Los Ingobernables de Japon continues to war with Suzuki-Gun! The leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has lost to the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr, twice this year in both the New Japan Cup and the G1 Climax! ZSJ angered Naito when he picked the bones of Evil after a vicious attack from Chris Jericho. Naito looks to get back at ZSJ for both Evil and those defeats, but ZSJ talks of retiring Naito himself. Who will win in this third time around in 2018?
Meanwhile, the Super Junior Tag League Tournament bring together familiar foes as the factions of LIJ, Suzuki-Gun and Chaos battle again! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and they look to show true dominance over the division. However, Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh look to repeat as tournament winners while Bushi has LIJ’s newest member, Shingo Takagi, by his side. Who comes out of this finals match primed to rule over the Junior Heavyweight Tag Division?
Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi!
The round robin format of this tournament makes it so that the teams with the best records qualify for this tournament climax, and this year it ended up being three! All three teams have a 10-0 record going in, impressive to say the least. And naturally, the winners of this tournament, if they’re not the champions, get a shot to face the champions for the belts in the future. Will Sho & Yoh become back-to-back tournament champs? Will the tag champs come out as supreme rulers of Junior Heavyweight Tag wrestling? Or will this new combination of ungovernable stars be the key to victory?
Suzuki-Gun’s duo bring their belts, and a bottle of whiskey for Kanemaru. Kanemaru tags a swig then spits it to the sky, before attacking Bushi! Desperado goes after Shingo, but Sho & Yoh go after them! The match starts with the bell and Suzuki-Gun throws Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru keeps on Sho with an eye rake, and Desperado adds a kick. Suzuki-Gun mug Sho then double whip, but he hits back! Desperado kicks Sho and chops him. Desperado runs, Sho ducks and Yoh comes back! They drop toehold and dropkick Desperado, then double dropkick Kanemaru. LIJ returns but they get dropkick’d out. Yoh goes back to Desperado while fans rally up. Sho keeps on Desperado with a big scoop slam. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes eyes.
This kind of Triple Threat Tag, anyone can tag anyone so long as it doesn’t create a match-up of the same team. Therefore, Bushi is allowed to tag in from Desperado. He goes after Sho, then drags him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he tags in Shingo. Shingo hits Yoh for good measure before bringing Sho up. Sho chops, but Shingo chops back. Sho leans against ropes, but Shingo double chops him down! Shingo drags Sho up and whips, follows after and rams his knee into Sho. Then he suplexes Sho up and over, floats to cover, TWO! Tag to Bushi and LIJ double whip. They double hip toss and combine back senton and leg drop. Bushi covers, TWO! Bushi uses his shirt to choke Sho, but lets up at 4.
Fans cheer while Bushi clubs Sho. Bushi runs but Sho hits him with the kitchen sink knee! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on LIJ, ducks the enziguri and dragon screws Shingo. Yoh gives Bushi a backbreaker to necbreaker and kips up! Fans rally up as Yoh back elbows Bushi in a corner. Yoh suplexes but Bushi slips out. Bushi fires off forearms, then runs, but Desperado trips him up. Kanemaru tags in off Bushi and goes after Yoh. Desperado drags Bushi down to beat him up while Kanemaru hits Shingo. Bushi and Shingo go into barriers while Kanemaru whips Yoh. Kanemaru gives Yoh a kitchen sink, then tosses Yoh out. Desperado uses the backing of a chair to SMACK Yoh in the head. Then he whips Yoh into barriers! Desperado feeds Yoh to Kanemaru for a scoop slam.
Kanemaru grinds his foot on Yoh’s face, then tags Desperado. Desperado kicks Yoh down, and taunts Sho to return. Desperado chops Yoh back, but Yoh chops back. Yoh keeps firing strikes but Desperado shrugs it off. They go back and forth, but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs but Shingo gets him to stop. Desperado hits Shingo, but turns around into Yoh’s calf kick! Hot tag to Kanemaru and he stops Sho from tagging in. Suzuki-Gun work together to start a corner train, and then Desperado cradles Yoh for Kanemaru to shotgun dropkick-start the slam! Cover, but LIJ breaks it. LIJ goes after everyone else, and double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes and dumps Shingo out. He puts Bushi on the apron and Desperado knocks him off. Kanemaru helps Desperado build speed to DIVE on LIJ! Desperado ends up safely on the announce desk!
Fans fire up, even if it’s for Suzuki-Gun. Desperado returns as Kanemaru brings Yoh up. Suplex to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru grows frustrated, but he keeps on Yoh. Yoh hits back and they brawl with forearms and European Uppercuts. Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! He drags Yoh up again, but Yoh gets him back with a Falcon Arrow! Yoh is too sore to make the cover, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as fans rally up. Yoh and Kanemaru stir but Desperado attacks Sho! Desperado comes in but Bushi hits him first. Bushi grabs Yoh and throws him to the LIJ corner. Shingo tags in off Yoh, and then goes after Kanemaru’s inner thigh. Desperado saves Kanemaru by whipping Shingo but Shingo reverses. Shingo then starts up a clothesline train, first hitting Desperado then going corner to corner to hit Kanemaru. Desperado staggers into a shoulder from Shingo! Fans fire up as Shingo grabs Kanemaru. Sho comes in but gets caught, DDT and complete shot! Shingo goes back to Kanemaru for another suplex, but Kanemaru slips out. Kanemaru has a waistlock but Shingo fights out. Shingo whips and pop-up Death Valley Driver on Kanemaru! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru barely survives but Shingo is not bothered.
Muscle Dragon Shingo stalks Kanemaru, but misses in the corner. Kanemaru misses, too, and Bushi hits a knee! Bushi feeds Kanemaru to the spinebuster, adding a backstabber! Cover, but RPG3K break it! RPG3K is thrown out and LIJ coordinates. Shingo lifts Kanemaru in a wheelbarrow, but Desperado intercepts Bushi! Kanemaru victory rolls, TWO! Bushi fights Desperado off to slingshot headscissor Desperado! Shingo runs but to a basement dropkick! Kanemaru staggers into a tag from Sho! Sho then rocks Kanemaru with a right, and throws Kanemaru out. Sho runs at Shingo for a big corner clothesilne. He whips but Shingo reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls so they try again. Shingo runs but into a dropkick!
Sho fires up, as do the fans. He deadlifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho runs, but Shingo rocks him with an elbow and an uppercut! Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, but Sho slips out. Shingo runs, but into RPG3K double knees! Yoh takes out Bushi while Sho brings Shinogo back up. Backstabber feeds into the shotgun dropkick! RPG3K fire up and stalk Shingo. Shingo stands but Bushi stops Yoh with a backstabber of his own. Sho gets Bushi in a deadlift German Suplex! Desperado spears Sho, but can’t spear Shingo! Shingo and Desperado brawl, but Desperado rakes the eyes. Shingo still waistlocks Desperado, Desperado kicks Sho but Shingo shoves Desperado into Sho. Sho and Desperado turn around into Shingo’s clotheslines!
Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, for the Gory Bomb! Shingo gets up and builds speed, to clothesline from hell! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives and Shingo can’t believe it! Shingo roars as he drags Sho back up. He lifts Sho with a wristclutch, but Yoh SUPERKICKS! RPG3K hit 3K!! Cover, but the ref is yanked out! Kanemaru gets in and kicks away on Yoh! He stomps away on Sho, then drags Sho up. Desperado is in with a belt, and he clobbers Sho! Desperado drags Shingo over to a corner and uses him to tag in. Then he goes back to Sho while Kanemaru takes out Bushi. Desperado lifts Sho in the torture rack, for the slam! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives again! Desperado is furious and vows to end this.
Desperado brings Sho up in the double underhook, but Bushi jumps over the ref to use the GREEN MIST! You SUPERKICKS Bushi! Kanemaru goes after Yoh, but Yoh ducks the Whiskey Mist to dropkick Kanemaru out! Yoh builds speed and FLIES onto Bushi and Kanemaru! Sho is up, and clobbers Desperado! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, double knees! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans are thunderous. Sho fires up and wants another, but he tucks the arms this time. Package driver, the Shock Arrow! Cover, RPG3K win!!
Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning
Sho & Yoh win their second Super Junior Tag League! And best of all, it was on the tag team champions! Can Sho & Yoh use this momentum to get the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back?
Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun are not through with each other, and these two are far from through with each other on top of it. Will Naito make ZSJ Tranquilo? Or will ZJS make Naito #JustTapOut?
As always, Taka Michinoku takes up the mic before the match. He welcomes everyone to “Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match between ZSJ and Naito. “Who is gonna win this one?!” ZSJ is the man who can finish you with any lock anytime, anywhere, who has the deadly Zack Driver, and when he locks on, you #JustTapOut! This wrestling master is Zack Sabreeeeee Junior~! So Naito, you will repeat the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax. You can’t beat Zack, so “come on over here!” Naito makes his entrance, and takes his time as always with undressing. ZSJ doesn’t let the mind games get to him, but we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns with the bell. Fans cheer for Naito as he circles with ZSJ. Naito and ZSJ tie up and ZSJ gets the headlock. ZSJ throws Naito but Naito shrugs it off. He and ZSJ circle again and feel it out. ZSJ gets a wristlock but Naito reverses quick, so ZSJ breaks and slips away. They circle again and tie up. ZSJ gets the arm again and wrenches for a hammerlock. Naito rolls and goes for a leg but ZSJ gets his legs into a deathlock. Naito manages to pop free and get a headlock, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ squeezes tight as Naito tries to escape. Naito moves around but ZSJ goes for an arm. Naito frees himself from the headscissors to go for an armbar. ZSJ moves around and gets a leg again, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Naito pops out to a cover, ONE, Tranquilo!
Naito rolls out to catch his breath but ZSJ stays in the ring. Naito takes his time returning, and circles with ZSJ again. They approach and tie up, and ZSJ brings Naito’s hands down to stand on one and wrench the other. ZSJ shifts to a headlock, then throws to the takeover. Naito endures and rolls ZSJ to a cover, ONE. Naito sits up and gets up, and powers out of the headlock. He arm-drags ZSJ around, then runs him over with an elbow to hit the basement dropkick! Naito poses but ZSJ runs in with a leaping triangle hold takedown! Naito gets a ropebreak but ZSJ lets go at 4. ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath now while Naito bails out again. Naito comes back but ZSJ presses a knee down on him.
ZSJ loops Naito’s arm through the ropes and then a leg and uses them to pull in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ backs off at 4, so he can mock the LIJ posing. Naito sits up but ZSJ is on with the double wristlock, then top wristlock to stomp! Naito writhes but ZSJ circles him like a shark. ZSJ brings Naito up for a EuroUpper, but Naito chops back. ZSJ gives another EuroUpper, but Naito gives back a CHOP. That stuns ZSJ, but ZSJ still kicks and whips Naito. Naito reverses, then run sin. ZSJ puts him on the apron to sweep the legs! ZSJ goes after Naito on the ramp and uses a calf killer! Then he shifts to a modified half crab! ZSJ tortures the legs, then rams the knees on the ramp. ZSJ leaves Naito behind as the 20-count starts.
Naito slowly gets up but the count is at 16! He hurries and gets in at 19! ZSJ is on Naito again with another trapped leg toehold to a half crab! Then a heel hook, then a deep crab! ZSJ just keeps combining holds, such as a trapped arm and another deep crap. But Naito gets the ropes and is freed. Fans rally up as Naito gets to a corner. ZSJ stomps the legs, but Naito hits back. ZSJ kicks the legs but Naito hits back. They continue to go back and forth, a kick for a forearm and back again. Naito goes down after another kick to the leg, but he crawls to a corner. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Naito gives an atomic drop and running headscissors!
Both men are down as Naito tries to get feeling in his legs. Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Naito stands first. Naito hits ZSJ with punches and kicks, then gets the dragon sleeper to backbreaker, and adds a basement dropkick! ZSJ gets to a corner, but Naito hits the jump kick and leg sweep. Naito slingshots but into the cravat! Naito arm-drags out, but ZSJ runs back in. ZSJ is put in a corner, but he boots Naito. Naito spits then spins ZSJ sideways for the draping neckbreaker! Naito then scoops ZSJ into the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito has things back in his favor as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Naito gives ZSJ elbows in the corner. Naito drives elbows into ZSJ even as ZSJ sits down. Then Naito hoists ZSJ up top and climbs up to join him. Naito drives in more elbows and then stands up for a SUPER STEINER! But ZSJ makes it a cradle into a leg lock, into an STF! ZSJ keeps shifting to modify the crossface, then keeps pushing with his weight. Naito pushes back and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up, and ZSJ slowly stands. ZSJ grabs Naito’s leg for a spinning toehold. Naito clutches that bad leg, but ZSJ does the spinning tweak to his arm! ZSJ stalks Naito as he stands, and gives him a EuroUpper. Naito hits back with a forearm, but ZSJ gives another EuroUpper. Naito CHOPS ZSJ and sits him down.
ZSJ gets up to kick Naito in the leg again. Naito CHOPS, but ZSJ stays standing this time. ZSJ eggs Naito on so Naito fires off forearms until ZSJ sits down. Naito goes side to side for the basement dropkick! He brings ZSJ up but ZSJ gets a full nelson! Naito arm-drags ZSJ away but ZSJ comes back with another EuroUpper. ZSJ tries again but Naito back slides and back elbows to the tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ lives but Naito keeps his cool. Naito brings ZSJ up again, wrenches the arm but ZSJ kicks it! Naito kicks back and then whips. ZSJ reveres and catches the lariat into an Octopus! Naito endures as he steps towards ropes. ZSJ shifts to go after the arm, then cradles to a Calf Killer!
Naito endures leg pain, but he rolls. ZSJ keeps him trapped for a calf slicer, but Naito fights with his free leg. But ZSJ grabs it to make it part stretch muffler! Naito gets free and gets another ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go but he grows frustrated. Fans rally for Naito again, but ZSJ gets up first. ZSJ EuroUppers Naito again and again and again, then even more in the corner. He throws Naito out to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives, but barely. Michinoku keeps ZSJ focused as he gets up again. ZSJ lifts Naito but Naito slips out to waistlock. ZSJ elbows out and wants the Octopus, but Naito breaks free. Naito runs into an uppercut but enziguris, only for ZSJ to make it an ankle lock! ZSJ then reels Naito in but Naito standing switches, for a German Suplex!
Naito runs, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ barely survives, but Naito keeps on him. Naito wrenches the arm but ZSJ drops down, only for Naito to sit on it! TWO and ZSJ drags Naito into the European Clutch! TWO but barely! ZSJ and Naito go to opposite ends as they stand up. ZSJ kicks but Naito catches it to enziguri back. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into ZSJ’s scoop! But Naito slips out to scoop ZSJ, brainbuster! Fans are thunderous as Naito wrenches and whirls, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
The Ungovernable finally wins against the Submission Master! Naito did not tap out and he didn’t fall to the Zack Driver, but can Naito use this to launch himself back towards a title?
Taka Michinoku explains that Zack only just arrived yesterday. This loss was because of jet lag! He was battling jet lag and an opponent at the same time. But ZSJ dares Naito to come to England and see if this still happens. ZSJ will even fight him in a pub if he wants.
As for Naito, he finally got his revenge. To be precise, Naito won in last year’s G1, but yes he did lose in the 2018 New Japan Cup and G1. Therefore, Naito is 2-2 against ZSJ all-time. Naito appreciates ZSj, because this match had no upside for him and yet he took it. He has Naito’s thanks, “Gracias, amigo.” When and where will there be a tiebreaker for their overall series?
Another great hour version of this event. While there wasn’t a lot of Super Junior Tag League coverage on AXS, this triple threat finals was great to see. It was all an impressive match and I was really impressed to see that RPG3K got to repeat. I really hope this means Sho & Yoh get those titles off of Desperado & Kanemaru, that would be great for them. The evolution of these two from being the Tempura Boyz to the gold ‘n’ silver duo has been great to see, and while they’ve already had the titles, getting the titles again would just add to their great growth. Naito VS ZSJ 4 was also great, just as good as their previous matches. I’m glad to see Naito won this time, it works for his story of coming back around strong towards the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
My Score: 8.7/10