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
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Wrestling Dontaku 2019 Part 2!
AXS wraps Wrestling Dontaku with TWO HOURS!
It’s the AXS finale of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019!
AXS and NJPW give us TWO hours and two championship matches! Jeff Cobb defends the NEVER Openweight Championship while Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
Coverage of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi; Taichi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
- EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic Wrestling Dontaku 2019 finale!
“Legacies will be defined” as The Rainmaker pushes past redemption and moves on to reestablish himself. It was through the 2019 New Japan Cup that Kazuchika Okada earned another chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Jay White, and it was at G1 Supercard that he took that title back! The now five-time champion keeps his promise of giving Cold Skull Sanada the first shot! The story of Okada and Sanada goes back to Sanada’s debut in 2016, in which he attacked Okada on Los Ingobernables de Japon leader Tetsuya Naito’s behalf. Sanada has climbed the ranks in the singles division, but is this the night he finally proves he is worthy? Or will Okada continue to prove he’s on another level?
Meanwhile, the Stone Pitbull and the King of Darkness have recently renewed a rivalry. They teamed with Okada and Sanada in a tag team match on the first night, and it went Evil’s way when put Tomohiro Ishii in the Scorpion Deathlock, a move copied from Ishii’s mentor! However, it was the referee who called the match for the sake of Ishii’s well-being, Ishii did not submit. Will Evil finally make Ishii give in? Or will Ishii get revenge for Evil adding insult to injury?
NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi!
The Hawaiian Hulk has a title belt in both ROH and NJPW! But that only means more work for the Olympic wrestler, and that includes facing the Sliest Wrestler in the World, backed by Suzuki-Gun! Will all the tricks in Taichi’s book amount to nothing against the colossal cross-promotion champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is presented, and the dramatic Taichi takes his time removing his entrance gear. Miho Abe takes care of his coat but Cobb makes sure Taichi puts his knapsack down, too. Taichi does, the bell rings, and we begin!
Cobb and Taichi slowly circle. Taichi goes back to his corner to have Miho fix his hair. Cobb grows annoyed but Taichi is in the corner so he can’t be touched. They circle but then Taichi bails out to regroup with Miho, Taka Michinoku and Kanemaru. Taichi takes his time returning, all to troll Cobb. Miho gets on the apron to be a distraction, and Taichi gets in from behind! He clubs Cobb, but it only annoys Cobb more! Cobb kicks Taichi then CHOPS him! Cobb CHOPS Taichi more, but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi whips but Cobb reverses and things speed up. Cobb hurdles and dropkicks Taichi! Fans applaud Cobb’s agility while Taichi bails out. Cobb builds speed, but Taichi uses Miho as a shield!
Fans boo but Cobb bails out. Cobb tells Taichi to man up but Taichi still “cowers” behind Miho. Red Shoes reprimands Taichi, but he doesn’t see Kanemaru attack Cobb from behind! Kanemaru’s forearms do more to Cobb than Taichi’s. But Cobb whips Kanemaru into railing! And he throws forearms on him! Taichi uses his mic stand on Cobb! Taichi chokes Cobb while Red Shoes is down. Red Shoes gets up with help from a Young Lion, and stops Taichi. Taichi whips Cobb into railing then brings him to NJPW commentary. He bounces Cobb off the announce desks then chokes him with cables! Taichi leaves Cobb behind long enough to take the NEVER Openweight belt. Taichi holds it up as if it’s already his. Fans boo and Red Shoes shakes his head.
Cobb drags himself up and gets in the ring before a count begins, but Taichi stomps away on him. Taichi stands on Cobb’s back and head, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. Taichi smirks as he stands Cobb up to choke him into a corner! Red Shoes counts again but Taichi lets up, only to grind Cobb’s face on ropes. Taichi smirks more as he rakes Cobb’s face! He stops at Red Shoes’ count but then brings Cobb up for a snapmare and swift kick. Cobb only gets mad and stands back up. Cobb throws big forearms on Taichi! Taichi mule kicks Cobb away, then runs in for a big corner clothesline. Taichi keeps moving, but Cobb dodges. Cobb wants a belly2belly but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi runs, but into a scoop to suplex! Cobb puts Taichi on the top rope, to CHOP him.
Cobb adjusts and climbs to join Taichi. Taichi holds on but Cobb gets up for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Taichi bounces up from momentum alone then flounders to a corner. Cobb slowly stands and gets himself to a corner while Taichi slowly sits up. Cobb runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi misses his kick but Cobb chops and clotheslines with no wasted motion! Cobb whips corner to corner then runs in for a BIG elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries Taichi for a Samoan Drop! “Gochimuchi” Moonsault but Taichi dodges! Taichi kicks but misses and Cobb waistlocks. Taichi elbows free but Cobb shoves. Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Taichi hits his enziguri! Taichi brings Cobb in, but he can’t lift Cobb! He kicks away on Cobb’s face, then tries again, but that doesn’t change anything! Cobb back drops Taichi instead!
Taichi wrenches and hook kicks Cobb! Taichi hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Cobb is tougher than that, so Taichi focuses his power. Off come the pants! Taichi aims and kicks, but Cobb deflects to hit back with a big right. Taichi kicks but it barely bothers Cobb. Neither does the next kick or the next kick. If anything, Cobb starts liking it. Cobb forearms Taichi and dares him to come back. He throws more forearms, and Taichi falls to his knees. Cobb dares Taichi to stand, and Taichi fires himself up. Taichi kicks away on Cobb’s chest, but Cobb blocks and brings Taichi in for a Fall Away Slam! Cobb runs as fans rally, but Taichi dodges to mule kick! But Cobb forearms back, so Taichi enziguris! Both men are down but fans are fired up!
Miho, Taka and Kanemaru coach up Taichi but the fans rally behind Cobb. Taichi grabs Cobb for a dragon sleeper, but Cobb powers out. Cobb arm-drags Taichi off, then scoops him for- No, Taichi gets out of the Tour for a BIG saido suplex! Taichi drags Cobb up again, dragon sleeper and armlock, but Cobb endures the “stretch bar.” Cobb reaches but Taichi cranks back. Fans rally again but Taichi shifts to a cover, TWO!! Cobb still has life and Taichi grows frustrated. Taichi stands Cobb up and brings him up in an Alabama lift. But Cobb is just too much! Cobb clubs Taichi and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on and rolls to bring him up for another! Cobb still holds on, for a PILEDRIVER! Cobb can’t cover, he’s too tired!
Fans rally as both men are down! Cobb stirs but goes the wrong way. Miho panics and almost cries for Taichi but it’s Cobb who slowly stands up. Fans duel as Cobb drags Taichi back up. Taichi is dead weight but Cobb gets him up and whips him, but Taichi boots! Taichi is alive and whips, but Cobb reverses to the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Taichi up, throws him, but Taichi holds ropes. Taichi boots and roundhouses! And rabbit ax bombers to another enziguri! Both men are down again, and it’s Taichi who can’t make a cover! Taichi revives and fires up! He takes aim at Cobb, who staggers over. Superkick blocked, for a Tour- No, Taichi escapes, but gets a LARIAT! GACHIMUCHI! And then, a Tour of the- No, roll up! TWO!!
Taichi pushes Red Shoes to LOW BLOW Cobb! Chicken wing cradle, TWO!! Not even a kick to the balls can stop Cobb! But Taichi aims, SUPERKICK!! Then Alabama lift, BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Taichi wins!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
For the second time ever, the Sliest Wrestler holds this belt! And most surprisingly, he barely had to cheat! Cobb is no longer champion in both ROH and NJPW, but will Cobb be back for a rematch?
EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii!
Again, the Stone Pitbull did not submit to the Scorpion Deathlock as put on by the King of Darkness. However, he was still trapped in it with no way out. Will Ishii fall for that trap again? Or will he have an escape plan this time?
NJPW returns after the entrances and we get right to the bell!
Evil and Ishii collide, then collide, then collide. Ishii runs and bumps Evil, who comes back on the rebound, but so does Ishii! They just keep ramming into each other! Evil and Ishii each fire up as the fans fire up. Evil throws a forearm but Ishii gives it back, and repeat. They go back and forth like this, fast and furious, and the fans rally up with them! The brawl keeps going, forearm for forearm, elbow for elbow! Evil gets rocked and Ishii keeps on him. Ishii runs but into Evil’s elbow! Evil runs but they go shoulder to shoulder again! They both run, and they both collide! Evil finally knocks Ishii down!
Fans cheer while Evil catches his breath and Ishii writhes. Evil drags Ishii up to toss him out. Evil follows to club away, then whip into barriers! Ishii hits the floor but Evil doesn’t let up. Evil brings Ishii up to throw into the post! You could hear that *BING* of head hitting metal! Evil stomps Ishii then drags him back up to throw back into railing. He puts Ishii’s leg through the rails to kick! Ishii hobbles as the ring count passes 15! Evil puts Ishii in at 17 and fans cheer. Evil stomps the leg now, but Ishii eggs him on! So Evil slams the leg and puts on a toehold. Ishii endures while pulling Evil’s hair. Evil pulls back on the leg and ankle, but Ishii drags himself to a ropebreak. Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go.
Evil looms over Ishii but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii chops but it doesn’t hurt. Evil CHOPS Ishii and he staggers back! Ishii chops but Evil CHOPS! They keep going back and forth, Ishii’s chop meeting Evil’s CHOP! Ishii fires off many chops but Evil just needs one double hand CHOP to floor Ishii! Evil keeps on that leg, clearly preparing for the Scorpion Deathlock. He puts it on, but Ishii resists being turned over! Ishii slaps Evil so Evil chokes and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii just takes the chops and stands up. He wobbles over to Evil to fire off forearms, but Evil kicks the bad leg out. Evil whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back with a clothesline! However, Ishii hobbles, showing that Evil’s plan is working.
Evil stands but Ishii CHOPS him in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and forearms and repeats. He whips corner to corner but Evil reverses to forearm, only to run into a powerslam! Both men are down but Ishii’s up first. Ishii drags Evil up but Evil resists the back suplex with elbows. Evil brings Ishii towards a corner but Ishii rams his shoulder in! And again and again! Ishii runs back in but into a boot, only to clothesline Evil anyway! Fans rally both ways as Ishii gets his back and legs moving. Ishii drags Evil up and hoists him onto the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join Evil, but Evil resists. Evil holds onto the crossbars so Ishii headbutts him! Ishii lifts Evil for the SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Ishii stands. Ishii wants Evil to stand, then he runs, but Evil boots the lariat and blocks the other. He passes Ishii’s kick to Red Shoes to mule kick Ishii’s leg! Evil suplexes Ishii into buckles! The Pitbull bails out of the ring but Evil pursues. Evil goes under the ring and tosses chairs around. Ishii hits back and brings Evil over. Evil blocks the suplex, but Ishii still tries. Evil suplexes to put Ishii on the rails, Anarchy Suplex! Almost a Magic Killer! Evil gets back up and grabs one of those chairs. He puts one around Ishii’s head and has the other! Red Shoes runs out to reprimand Evil but Evil shoves him away! Evil then swings and SMACKS the chair off around Ishii’s head! The Pitbull goes down while we go to break.
NJPW returns again as Evil drags Ishii up. Fans cheer as Evil wants to end this in the ring. Evil rallies the fans and takes aim at Ishii. He runs corner to corner and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Evil roars while Ishii flops to the mat. Evil drags Ishii up for a suplex and he puts Ishii on the top rope. Now Evil joins Ishii up there but Red Shoes is worried. Evil stands Ishii up, for a SUPERPLEX of his own! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii’s far tougher than that, so Evil goes after the legs! Scorpion Deathlock! Ishii endures this hold all over again, but he also powers up! He crawls himself towards the ropes but Evil sits down deeper! Fans rally as Ishii powers up again. Ishii crawls again, but Evil sits back down.
Ishii grabs at Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping, and then he gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go and wipes the sweat from his brow. Evil looms over Ishii and drags him back up. He lifts Ishii but Ishii slips out. Ishii waistlocks but Evil elbows out. Ishii swings but Evil dodges to waistlock, only for Ishii to swing again, which Evil again dodges. Evil swings but Ishii blocks, and Ishii waistlocks only for Evil to elbow out. Evil swings again, but into Ishii’s back suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Evil goes after the legs again with elbows to the knee. But Ishii eggs him on! Evil mule kicks the knee but Ishii fires off forearms. Evil ROCKS Ishii with that right!
Fans rally as Ishii falls to his knees, but Evil runs. Ishii blocks a clothesline with a clothesline, then runs. Evil runs from the corner, but Ishii sees it coming and clotheslines him down! Ishii grits his teeth while fans are thunderous. He puts Evil in the Scorpion Deathlock! Evil endures the move now as Ishii sits down deep! Evil powers his way over, but Ishii cranks back harder! But Evil still gets the ropebreak! Ishii lets go and is frustrated, but he doesn’t let up. He goes after Evil again, dragging him up by his singlet. Ishii goes after a leg with a knee jammer! Evil fights off the shin breaker, then spins, but into Ishii’s elbows from all sides! Evil spins again but into another big forearm! Ishii sits Evil up for the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!!
Fans are thunderous all over again as Ishii stands Evil up. Ishii suplexes, but Evil knees out. Evil shoves and German Suplexes! But Ishii’s up to clobber Evil! Evil headbutts and LARIATS back! Ishii flounders but Evil is up again. Evil wants another and runs, and LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Ishii still lives! The fans are at a fever pitch as Evil catches his breath. Evil slashes the throat to say it’s over. He drags Ishii up, spins, but Ishii slips out! Evil spins Ishii again, but Ishii gets a waistlock and German Suplex! But now Evil’s up in an instant! Only to run into Ishii’s LARIAT! ONE?! Evil hits another lariat! Then lariats collide! Both men fall over! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.
Fans rally up and gives both men new life. Ishii and Evil stand, and head for each other. They collide with clotheslines again, and stagger on weak legs. Evil and Ishii run and collide yet again! Evil roars and runs, but Ishii tanks the clotheslines! Ishii headbutts then forearms then headbutts Evil again! Evil falls to a knee but Ishii stands him back up, only for Evil to hook the arm! Ishii spins Evil around but Evil spins out of the full nelson to suplex Ishii! Ishii knees free and spins Evil, only for Evil to get him with a Half ‘n’ Half Suplex! Evil drags himself to a corner while Ishii slowly stands. Evil runs but gets caught! Ishii wants to steal the STO!
But Evil spins Ishii around, full nelson to fireman’s carry, but Ishii slips out, clothesline blocked! Rolling elbow hits! Enzugiri! Evil is out cold but Ishii isn’t done with him! Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO?! Evil still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! But he won’t stop, he suplexes to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall
Finally, after a human demolition derby, the Stone Pitbull is victorious! Two of the toughest in NJPW went head to head and Ishii proves the tougher, but when and where will we see this match again?
NJPW Media Backstage Interviews
Ishii says “That’s what you get, facing me in a singles match.” Did Evil learn his lesson? If not, Ishii will happily teach him it again.
But then Taichi walks in to smirk at Ishii. “Oi. Congrats on earning the right to challenge me.” What? You heard Taichi right, Ishii now has the right to challenge for the NEVER Openweight Championship. So Taichi wants after Ishii, huh? Well there’s no one else, so Ishii might as well be the new #1 Contender. Be happy to be chosen. Well if Taichi wants this, Ishii’s game. No it’s about Taichi throwing the Pitbull a bone. Then ask him nicely? As if. The Pitbull should be begging. Accept it and be grateful. Yeah, Taichi seems so grateful, the way he’s treated that belt already. It was broken when Taichi got it from Cobb. Whatever. Ishii accepts the challenge. No, no, Ishii is challenging Taichi, got it? Whatever you say. Weirdo.
But it’s been awhile since Ishii’s seen that belt. Taichi just wants revenge from the New Japan Cup. Reminds Ishii of another wrestler in NJPW. But Ishii’s up for this match anytime, because the results will be the same. When and where will NJPW give us this new NEVER Openweight Championship showdown?
Hiroshi Tanahashi returns to NJPW!
The Ace has been gone since suffering an elbow injury and going through the subsequent surgery to repair it. He surprises the fans here at Wrestling Dontaku, because he has something he wishes to say.
“Tanahashi desu. I had surgery on my left elbow. The cast came off the other day, and I got my stitches out. But I wish I could have competed here.” It was a year ago that here, in Fukuoka, that the crowd was behind him. He rode that wave of energy to win the 28th G1 Climax that August. And then he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the Tokyo Dome. But then in February, he lost, and his losses piled up. And he feels as low as the floor right now. Fans cheer, wanting him to rise back up.
Tanahashi knows he’s starting from the bottom. But as he stands back up, he vows that on June 5th, at Ryogoku, he’ll make another comeback! He continues to say that after that, he’ll again go after the IWGP Heavyweight title! Will the Once in a Century Talent make yet another heroic return?
But wait, here comes Jay White and Gedo! Fans boo as the Switchblade takes the mic from Tanahashi. Gedo tells White some things, and then White grins at Tanahashi. Fans boo as White begins to speak. “You want the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? You think you deserve the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?” The line starts behind White, and Tanahashi is at the back, even behind Hirooki Goto! White is the REAL champion, and it doesn’t matter who wins between Okada and Sanada, White’s turn is next. “Do you understand me?” Gedo makes a move on Tanahashi, but it’s just so White can get his cheap shot in! White stomps Tanahashi as fans boo and the bell rings. White rains down rights then stomps him more.
Gedo ups the ante by bringing out chairs! White grabs one and puts it around Tanahashi’s newly recovered arm! He grabs the other chair, but Young Lions save Tanahashi! White fights them off but Tanahashi is safe from further harm. White picks up the mic again to tell Tanahashi, “I am next!” Fans boo White and cheer Tanahashi. Will the Switchblade and The Ace settle things in the ring to decide who really is next to face the top champion in NJPW? For that matter, we still have the main event to go. Who will be the top champion in NJPW after the dust settles?
NJPW and AXS advertise G1 Climax 29!
Mark your calendars, because on July 6th, 2019, AXS will begin coverage of the Summer’s major heavyweight tournament! The biggest and best of NJPW will once again compete in a round robin tournament to crown a #1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA!
The Rainmaker’s redemption was completed in Madison Square Garden during the history G1 Supercard event! Now Okada returns to give Cold Skull first crack at this fifth title reign. With the Switchblade already calling his shot, who will have the Bullet Club’s cutthroat leader targeting them through the Summer?
The introductions are made, both men take off their elaborately decorated jackets, and the belt is presented. The bell rings and fans are already thunderous as we begin!
Okada and Sanada hear the fans duel before circling. They approach and watch the other closely. Okada backs off so Sanada does the same. They circle again and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Sanada wristlocks and standing switches. Okada switches back but Sanada drops to an armlock. Sanada waistlocks but Okada wrenches free. Okada wrenches more but Sanada reverses it back. Okada rolls and trips up Sanada, and gets the toehold. Sanada endures as Okada cranks back. Sanada tries to chinlock but Okada cranks again. But Sanada manages to sit up and gets Okada’s arm, but Okada blocks the armbar. Okada rolls but Sanada denies a cover. Okada has the leg for a standing toehold, but Sanada works on an escape. Sanada rolls and rolls and breaks free, and fans applaud.
Okada backs off and takes his time circling with Sanada. Sanada and Okada go again, and Okada rolls to get the wristlock. He brings Sanada to the mat then back up for a wrench. Okada gets both arms for a standing stretch, but Sanada endures. Sanada goes to power up but Okada brings him back around. Okada digs his head into Sanada’s back, but Sanada works on turning it around. Sanada and Okada struggle but Okada gets it back. Sanada tries again, and though he gets it, Okada quickly turns it back around. Okada throws Sanada down but Sanada throws Okada from the mat. Okada rolls Sanada, ONE! Sanada rolls Okada, ONE! Okada sweeps Sanada but Sanada gets off to sweep. Okada gets out and both men knip up!
Fans cheer as these two are evenly matched to this point. Okada and Sanada have to nod in respect to the other, too. They circle again and tie up. They stare down as they shift from knuckle locks to collar and elbow. Okada puts Sanada on the ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Classic Okada fakes the chop to pat Sanada’s shoulder. But Sanada comes back with fiery kicks and forearms! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, and boots Sanada to a snapmare. Okada runs and basement dropkicks Sanada down! Okada catches his breath while Sanada checks his head. The champ stands Sanada up and laces the arm through for a modified stretch. Sanada endures but Okada lets go.
Okada brings Sanada around to scoop slam him, then slingshot senton! Sanada clutches his ribs while Okada takes his time returning. Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps on Sanada with a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee in his neck while Okada pulls back. Sanada works on an escape but Okada just brings him back. Fans duel as Sanada works his way back up. Sanada elbows free but Okada clubs him on the back. Okada whips and runs in, but Sanada boots him away. Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grits his teeth and clutches his knee. Sanada brings Okada up, blocks Okada’s kick, and trips Okada up! Okada pushes him away but runs into a huricanrana! Sanada rolls through to get the arms and legs!
Okada powers out of Paradise and speeds things up, but Sanada dropkicks the leg again! Dragon screw, to Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada hears them out. Fans duel and rally as Sanada takes aim from a corner, to kick Okada out of Paradise! Cover, TWO, but Sanada keeps cool. Sanada chinlocks but Okada endures. Okada works on an escape but Sanada elbow drops him down. Sanada puts the chinlock on again, but Okada reaches for ropes. Sanada wrangles Okada away and cranks back on the chinlock. Okada scrambles and uses his long legs to get the ropebreak! Sanada lets go but comes back to bring Okada up. He puts Okada in a corner to whip corner to corner. He hits a back elbow then snap suplexes Okada down! Cover, TWO!
Sanada keeps his cool while bringing Okada up again. Okada hits low with a shoulder, then throws forearms. Okada runs but into Sanada’s elbow! Sanada moonsaults but Okada dodges to hit a running uppercut! Both men are down but fans continue to cheer. Okada sits up first, and he runs at Sanada to rally with forearms and elbows! He whips but Sanada reverses. Okada dodges but so does Sanada, but then back to Okada and he runs Sanada over with an elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and whips Sanada corner to corner. Okada hits a back elbow to DDT! Cover, TWO! The champion is still in control while we go to break.
NJPW returns and Okada aims at Sanada on the outside. Okada slingshots but Sanada trips him up. Sanada whips Okada but Okada reverses to send Sanada into barriers! Then he boots him over! Okada fires the fans up as he gets space. He runs back to FLY and crossbody Sanada into more barriers! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them both. Okada clutches his leg again, that leap was double-edged. A 20-count begins and passes 10 before Okada stands. Okada drags Sanada up but brings him to ringside at 17! He gets Sanada in at 18 and fans cheer that he wants to end this in the ring. Okada still clutches that leg but manages to stand.
Okada drags Sanada up again to scoop slam him down. He goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to leap over Sanada. He uppercuts Sanada then runs, but Sanada hurdles and dropkicks Okada out of the ring! Now Sanada slingshots and wipes Okada out! Fans fire up as Sanada walks off the pascado. Sanada takes a lap around the ring while Okada is still down. Sanada returns as the 20-count begins again. He lets it reach 10 before bringing Okada up. He puts Okada in at 14 and covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and brings Okada back up. Okada blocks the back suplex and elbows Sanada off. Okada runs but Sanada reels him in. Sanada suplexes but Okada lands on his feet. Okada swings but into the dragon sleeper! But he arm-drags out to flapjack Sanada down!
Both men are down, catching their breath and clutching their legs. Fans rally up and Okada forces himself to stand. Sanada follows but Okada boots him. It doesn’t have as much power, so Sanada boots. Okada blocks it and throws uppercuts to then go for a lift. Sanada fights out, but Okada blocks the boot. Sanada blocks Okada’s boot to give him a forearm. Okada staggers into a boot, then a rolling sabat! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to fake out the dropkick! Sanada fireman’s carry but Okada slips out. They trade standing switches and Okada German Suplexes, but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada whips but Okada reverses again, but Sanada tumbles and springboards to missile dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up again as the tide looks to be turning.
Okada gets to a corner and fans duel again. Sanada runs in but is popped up to the Air Raid Crash neckbreaker! Okada catches his breath but he crawls over to Sanada. He positions Sanada before climbing up top again. Okada leaps, Macho Elbow hits! But he’s not done there, Okada hits the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags Sanada up and wristlocks, but Sanada drops down to roll Okada! TWO, and Okada has a cover! TWO and Sanada has it back, TWO! Okada sunset flips, TWO! Sanada sits on Okada, TWO! Okada again, ONE, Sanada jackknifes! TWO, Sanada drop toeholds Okada to a leg nelson, Japanese Clutch, TWO!! Okada has Sanada in a cobra clutch! Sanada endures and flails while fans rally again.
Sanada sits up and Okada drags him up, to wring him out! But Sanada dropkicks the clothesline away! Sanada drags Okada up to whip but Okada reverses to hit his dropkick now! Okada drags Sanada back up, gut wrench but Sanada wriggles to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Okada rolls through to gut wrench! Tombstone piledriver! But Okada isn’t done, because he still needs his namesake. He wrings Sanada out but Sanada spins to Salida, into the dragon sleeper! Okada endures and maybe even fades under the first part of Skull End! But Okada fights back up and scoops, only for Sanada to counter lift to Anarchy Suplex! Just like Evil earlier, Sanada gets a Magic Killer style move!
Fans duel again as Okada and Sanada sit up. They might even be turning towards Sanada more. Sanada drags Okada up, double chicken wing to the Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes but barely! Sanada keeps on him, scoop and backbreaker. He goes to a corner and climbs up, Moonsault! But he lands on his feet as Okada evades! Sanada staggers back, one of his knees buckling. He still runs at Okada, only to get a boot. Sanada tries again, but into another boot. Okada runs out but Sanada dodges the shotgun. Sanada spins but int a spinning Rainmaker! Okada roars as he drags Sanada back up, wristlock but Sanada full nelsons to another Salida! Okada blocks this one, so Sanada uses the buckles for the climb! He has the Skull End dragon sleeper again!
Okada endures but Sanada takes him for a swing! Then drops down for the body scissors! Skull End in full, but Okada refuses to quit! Red Shoes checks as Okada fades, but Okada revives. Okada flails with his arms then pops out! Sanada keeps the body scissors to get the sleeper with the other arm! He cranks back hard as fans duel and rally. Okada endures and flails again, not fading out. Red Shoes watches Okada like a hawk, but Okada pops out again. Sanada fights to get the head again but Okada crawls for ropes. Okada reaches, but Sanada wrangles him away with a wristlock! Skull End returns a third time, but Okada still flails. Red Shoes checks, his arm drops once. It drops again. Sanada gives up the hold to drag him over?! MOONSAULT to the back! And then again, to knees!!
Both Sanada and Okada are down again! Fans are thunderous again as they duel and rally. Sanada and Okada are exhausted but still push themselves back up. They head for each other, and grind forehead to forehead. Okada throws an elbow, but Sanada returns it. Okada gives Sanada another, but again Sanada gives it back. Another forearm from Okada, and another forearm from Sanada as they stand. Okada, Sanada, repeat. They pick up speed, but Okada dazes Sanada. Okada keeps hitting him, but Sanada refuses to fall. Okada hits Sanada a third time, but Sanada gives him an uppercut! Sanada shakes the sweat from his hair as fan return to a fever pitch. He drags Okada up for another heavy uppercut! Okada falls to his knees, but Sanada brings him back up.
Sanada throws another but Okada backslides! Sanada rolls of and dodges the rainmaker! He waistlocks but Okada bucks him off. Okada runs to shotgun dropkick Sanada down! Okada watches Sanada in the corner, then runs in, only to get elbows! Sanada springboard moonsaults to a dragon sleeper! But Okada uses the buckles to turn it around! Okada has the dragon sleeper, then gut wrenches! But Sanada wiggles to battle over the gut wrench! He gets Okada up, but Okada wiggles and flails! Okada manages to get the gut wrench back! But Sanada slips up and around to a waistlock. Okada tries but can’t buck Sanada off, and Sanada gets the dragon sleeper!
Okada endures again but flips over as Sanada drops back. He drags Sanada up but Sanada dodges! Sanada wrings Okada out but Okada still tries! Sanada ducks that clothesline, to wring Okada out and steal the Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives his own move! Sanada finally shows frustration, but then he vows to end it. He drags Okada back up, cravat to Salida, but Okada slips out. Okada spins but Sanada blocks to then spin for a roaring elbow! Cravat, Sliced Bread, but into a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And the TRUE Rainmaker!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
The first defense of this fifth reign and The Rainmaker is STILL the top champion in NJPW! Okada goes 6-0 against Sanada all-time, but it gets tougher and tougher each time! Will we get to see lucky number 7 in the future? Will Sanada finally break through? Or is Okada just on too high a level?
Okada offers a hand to Sanada to help him up. Sanada declines, helping himself up. However, Sanada does take the hand in a small handshake, to then give a fist bump. It sounds like there will be a seventh round one day, we can only wait and see.
NJPW skips to after Okada is again wearing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, to when Okada takes up the mic. “Sanada-san! At the signing ceremony, you honored me by calling me your rival.” That made Okada very happy. So in front of Hakata, he wants to say something to Sanada: he is Okada’s rival, too! Their story has just begun! “But I’m not gonna lose.”
Okada addresses the fans again as he notes “We have changed over from the Heisei Era to Reiwa.” What do the NJPW fans think? Hard to tell. But Okada wonders who will entertain the pro-wrestling world in this Reiwa Era. Okada promises he’ll bring the excitement. He vows to be the star of the new era for the true fans! He’ll bring the heat! “As the 69th IWGP Heavyweight Champion, I will keep the new era exciting.” As long as he’s NJPW’s top champion, he’ll- Wait, the lights go out! A video plays. Is that… CHRIS JERICHO!? The dark clown that Y2J has become says “I’m the Painmaker! And on June 9th at Dominion in Osaka, I will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! And I’m gonna win.” Jericho shouts he’ll win, but then hushes himself. Y2J is returning to NJPW and aiming for the top!!
Okada just tells Jericho, “Bring it on, you bastard!” Because Okada vows HE will win! Okada will win and return as champion, to again make it rain! Will Okada continue to be the best in NJPW by beating the Best in the World at What He Does? Or will Jericho completely turn NJPW upside-down at Dominion?
One hour of NJPW on AXS alone is great, so two hours is amazing! Especially when they know how to properly book surprises. I didn’t think Taichi would win the NEVER Openweight Championship off of Jeff Cobb in a mostly clean way. Sure he had Miho be his distraction and his shield, but the Suzuki-Gun antics weren’t even deciding factors this time. Well, an argument can be made that they amounted to something, especially the low blow. But for the most part, Taichi managed to just keep on Cobb until Cobb couldn’t get up. At the same time, Cobb being a dual ROH and NJPW champion wasn’t going to last forever, so it was a good move to make it someone mostly unexpected. Now Taichi VS Ishii will be a good first defense for Taichi, I’m just not sure Taichi survives.
For that matter, Ishii VS Evil was insane. It really was just a demolition derby slug fest type fight, and that’s exactly what it should’ve been. Ishii wins not just because he’ll challenge Taichi but because that was the story of him and Evil. Evil got him last time with the Sharpshooter, and that was a great part of the match’s story, but for that reason, Ishii survives the hold and puts Evil away with a standing finisher. And with another G1 Climax on the horizon, Evil can snap back in the NJPW Heavyweight ranks with an impressive showing. I’m honestly surprised Tanahashi is making another comeback, but NJPW without him would also seem odd. White obviously wants to finish Tanahashi for good, that’s another good story going into G1 Climax 29.
NJPW is also building stars properly. Sanada’s history with Okada has been building over the last three years, and it clearly works in getting fans behind Sanada as we heard from the Fukuoka fans. Okada VS Sanada VI, the longest and best match so far of their series, and I really do look forward to a seventh. If anything, the day Sanada beats Okada is the day Sanada reaches that heavyweight/world championship level. He will be the face of NJPW one day, but not until Okada stops. Okada has been such a strong force in NJPW and with that heavyweight championship, he’s almost the NJPW John Cena or Randy Orton. If it weren’t for his matches always being great, I’d say he should move on. If anything, he should still think about going after a different title once this fifth reign ends.
Jericho returning to NJPW is also great, Okada VS Y2J at Dominion will be great, but I don’t think Jericho is the one to end this fifth reign, and certainly not at this point. Beating Jericho will help build Okada’s fifth reign up, and perhaps solidify Okada’s legacy.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (5/11/19)
It’s Speed VS Strength in the main event!
ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 399
Battle lines have been drawn in ROH! LifeBlood’s Bandido takes on the Notorious Hitman, who takes a big win on War of the Worlds Weekend?
- Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods; Woods wins.
- Bandido VS Shane Taylor; Bandido wins.
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Triple Threat Tag Team Match: Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Coast to Coast VS The Bouncers!
Ryan Nova & Cheeseburger have Eli Isom in their corner, but they’re up against the salty Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni and the massive Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas! Triple S got a Six Man Tag victory over C2C and Colin Delaney on the Road to G1 Supercard, but can they pull off another shocker against even bigger and badder competition? As for C2C and The Bouncers, they lost together at this year’s Masters of the Craft, but Ali & LSG refused to share a #ToastofHonor in commiseration. Will that chip on C2C’s shoulder go away or only grow bigger tonight?
The Bouncers keep the Code of Honor with the Shinobi but C2C refuse to shake hands with anyone. Fans cheer “Beer! Beer!” for BCB and Milonas while they let Nova start with LSG. LSG and Nova tie up, and LSG gets the wristlock. Nova rolls and reverses, but LSG handsprings and reverses back. LSG waistlocks and slams Nova hard, then headlocks. Nova powers out and things speed up, LSG waistlocks Nova again but Nova bucks him off. Things keep moving and Nova counters a backslide with an arm-drag. LSG runs back in and waistlocks, but Nova slips out of the back suplex. Nova boots LSG away from the corner, then somersaults to neckbreaker! Nova knips up and fans fire up as he tags in Burger. Whip to atomic drop to sweep, then they split the wish bone to double kick LSG down!
Fans fire up with Triple S but Ali runs in. Ali misses Burger and Nova to hit the Bouncers! Ail runs into a double hip toss! Nova and Burger high-ten, but then the Bouncers come in to sandwich them! Bruiser whips Nova while “Brawler” whips Burger, and then they trade partners to squash them in the corners. And then they go corner to corner to squash the other! The Bouncers see Ali and LSG and squash them! And then the other way! Milonas feeds Ali to BCB to bite! LSG runs in but he gets bit, too! And Burger! And Nova! But remember, he ain’t got no teeth! The Bounces high-five and say bottom’s up, but C2C boot them both! And again!
The Bouncers tumble out and C2C give the shinobis CHOPS! C2C whip Nova and Burger at each other, but Burger and Nova do-si-do to dropkick C2C! The shinobi slingshot but are caught! The Bouncers sandwich them again, but then C2C wreck them all with dropkicks! They keep moving, Ali FLIES! Ali bowls everyone over, then drags Burger in while we go to break.
ROH returns as Ali slingshot sentons onto Burger. Cover, TWO! Ali is just annoyed as he tags in LSG. Fans rally up for Burger but Ali holds him in place for LSG’s shoulder tackle. Ali adds an enziguri, then feeds Burger to LSG’s butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! LSG drags Burger back up for an armlock and chinbar. Fans rally behind Burger and Burger fights back. Ali tags in and C2C mugs Burger. Ali gives Burger a big European uppercut, then covers, TWO! Burger fights back with big CHOPS! Fans fire up but Ali brings Burger away to then hit Nova! Burger dodges and dodges, and tags in Milonas! Ali waistlocks but Milonas breaks free with a big butt bump! Milonas rallies and drops the seated senton! Cover, but LSG breaks it!
Bruiser goes after LSG then whips, Samoan Drop! Back senton from Milonas! BCB whips Ali into Milonas’ scrapbuster slam! Cover, but Nova breaks it! BCB shoves Nova all the way out, but LSG shoulders in. LSG slingshots to hit Milonas then springboards to hit BCB! C2C regroups to go after Milonas. LSG climbs while Ali scoops Milonas. Milonas is too heavy, he falls onto Ali! BCB uppercuts LSG then tosses him onto Ali! The Bouncers grab LSG and toss him out. Ali rolls and Nova tags in! Nova leaps at Bruiser for the flying Complete Shot! Nova fires forearms on Milonas! Milonas grabs him and scoops him, but Burger saves him. Double SUPERKICKS! They focus their chakra, buzzsaw mule kick combo!
BCB runs over Nova but Burger dodges to FLY onto C2C! Fans fire up but Burger runs into an uppercut from BCB! Nova knees Bruiser but runs into Brawler’s boot! CLOSING TIME! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad doesn’t have to go home, but they can’t stay here. But they also argue with Coast 2 Coast, who are sore losers all over again. As for Bruiser and Milonas, they celebrate with the #ToastofHonor! Will they soon be toasting with a shot at the ROH tag titles?
ROH has a huge night set for Episode 400!
Matt Taven is finally the ROH World Champion, because he earned it. He won a Triple Threat Ladder match at G1 Supercard in Madison Square Garden, also becoming a Grand Slam Champion. But when it comes to having a shot at his title, Taven tells the entire locker room that they’ll have to earn it. Cue Flip Gordon! The Captain of Flip Army reminded Matt Taven that he earned his shot in the Sea of Honor tournament. And with his knee at 100%, Flip finally gets his shot as the new #1 contender! Who ends the milestone episode of ROH having earned the world championship?
But not only that, the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships will be on the line! Villain Enterprises will defend their titles against a star-studded though makeshift team of Jay Lethal, Jeff Cobb and Rush! Will Marty Scurll, Brody King & PCO keep hold of the gold against the Franchise, the Hawaiian Hulk and El Toro Blanco?
ROH looks back at the G1 Supercard Honor Rumble!
Kenny King CHOSE to be number one in this massive match, that featured huge stars across ROH and NJPW, such as Minoru Suzuki, Jushin Thunder Liger and even THE GREAT MUTA! It looked to be down to just the two masked legends, Muta and Liger, but Kenny wasn’t actually eliminated! He threw both legends out in one fell sweep and won his shot at the ROH World Championship, but he would get some karma in the way of Muta’s mist!
Kenny King is here!
The Honor Rumble winner is apparently still blinded? He has a walking stick and assistance walking out from ROH timekeeper, Amy Rose. Fans chant “Thank You, Muta!” as King struggles to get a mic. “I should be…” Wait, face camera. “I should be the happiest dude alive right now.” But he’s not and why is that? You see, King is the only man in professional wrestling who does exactly what he says he will. He told everyone that he’d start at number one and “molly whop all them other chops” to become the first man to win the Honor Rumble from number one. King is now #1 Contender, but he shall now be known as Kenny Shawn Michaels King.
And that’s not even the best part! We were all treated to something special at G1 Supecard! Two men stood, Jushin Thunder Liger and the Great Muta, and tension was palpable. No one knew what was going to happen, until King slid in the ring to throw their “700 year old Japanese wrinkly asses” out to win the Honor Rumble! They say never meet your heroes. King did, he wanted to shake hands with Muta, and Muta spit the red mist in his face! Fans think it’s funny? It’s awful! It smelled like laundry detergent and Popeye’s Chicken, and it burned Kenny’s face and eyes! Now King needs emergency eye surgery, so that’s why he won’t be wrestling tonight. But that brings him to Matt Taven. King wants to tell us something we might not know about Taven. “Matt Taven is my homie.”
The two kings are friendly with each other. Kenny was proud of Taven at G1. One day they’ll have to discuss the terms of Taven’s surrender, but until then, he wants Taven to fight. Taven is not King’s target. He is not the man who upsets King. Who here thinks Jay Lethal is great? Kenny doesn’t. Lethal’s not tough, and the only time he’s savage is when he’s cosplaying Randy. So to Jay Lethal, when King gets through his surgery to see again, both eyes will be on Lethal. Because then Kenny will prove he’s the K I N G, and he’ll make Lethal #BendTheKnee. Amy helps King get his walking stick and exit the ring carefully. Will King see clearly and get his hands on Lethal? Or will Lethal make him see all of that trash talk wasn’t worth a thing?
Flip Gordon speaks on his leg injury.
It was at ROH Honor Reigns Supreme, in a match with Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. All seemed same as always, but as Flip dropkick’d Tracy in the corner, his knee gave out. Flip feared the worst, and wanted to finish the match, but his springboard spear only made it worse. He could only take another step, so he had to call it there. Flip feared the worst, but the MRI gave him a time frame. What did he have to do to beat this? Physical therapy. Flip stuck to the schedule, and trusted his doctors. Now his knee is ready, and he is ready! The other ROH World Championship contenders fell to Lethal, but then Taven rose up to win. Now Flip’s turn comes as episode 400 arrives! Will Flip’s return be one of the greatest in ROH history?
Flex Simmons VS Josh Woods!
An ROH dojo graduate makes his television premiere as he flexes his… fairly good physique. But he’s up against The Goods, Mr. Top Prospect 2017, who returns after returning to his roots. Now Woods is #DownToFight, will he end Flex’s television career before it begins?
The Code of Honor is upheld, and the bell rings. Woods SPEARS Flex! Flex staggers up into a waistlock slam! Woods grimaces as he drags Flex up for an exploder suplex! Flex can only flounder around into a fireman’s carry, Seismic Toss slam! Cover, Woods wins!
Winner: Josh Woods, by pinfall
Woods returns more focused and more aggressive, and doesn’t care to shake hands with Flex again. He wants his money and the next fight, who will be #DownToFight The Goods?
ROH interviewer Quinn McKay interviews Josh Woods.
The 2017 Top Prospect Tournament winner, the NCWA National Champion, and multi-time All American wrestler is also captain of the US MMA team, and is back in ROH with an impressive showing. But he’s been gone for some time. What’s he been up to? It isn’t about what he was up to, but about what he just did and has done his entire career. Woods has always been #DownToFight. Will he finally fight his way to an ROH championship?
Bandido VS Shane Taylor!
Though they have beef with Bully Ray over the attack on Tenille Dashwood, LifeBlood’s luchador will take on the Notorious Hitman who has been known to pall around with the Hall of Famer. Will Bandido’s speed or Taylor’s strength win out in this first-time-ever face-off?
Bandido wants to uphold the Code of Honor, but Taylor spits on Bandido’s hand! The bell rings and Bandido fires off with kicks. Bandido runs and slides but Taylor catches him. Taylor whips but Bandido counters to throw forearms. But Taylor stays up! Taylor grabs Bandido but Bandido slips out of the choke slam. Taylor elbows Bandido away, but Bandido elbows back. SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Bandido whips, but Taylor blocks. Taylor whips but Bandido dodges and kicks, but Taylor blocks again. Taylor flips Bandido but Bandido lands on his feet to sunset flip! Bandido can’t get Taylor down, but he gets out of the way as Taylor sits down!
Bandido keeps moving to basement dropkick Taylor out! Fans fire up as Bandido builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Taylor into the barriers! Bandido keeps moving, and FLIES! He wipes Taylor out again, and celebrates with fans while we go to break.
ROH returns once again, and Bandido gets Taylor back in. Bandido stands Taylor up to chop, but Taylor shrugs it off. Bandido tries again, but then Taylor CHOPS Bandido to a corner! Taylor trash talks Bandido but Bandido CHOPS back! Bandido eggs Taylor on so Taylor CHOPS Bandido off his feet. Taylor drags Bandido up but Bandido fires forearms back! Bandido tries to fireman’s carry but Taylor fights him off. Taylor swings but Bandido ducks, only to get caught in a choke slam! Taylor mocks the fans as they cheer for Bandido. Bandido gets to a corner again but Taylor is on him with big knees. Taylor throws a big right and Bandido goes down! Taylor taunts Bandido more as he drags him back up. He tosses Bandido across the ring! Bandido stirs but Taylor trash talks the fans.
Taylor stalks Bandido as fans rally up. Taylor stands Bandido up again, to throw him by his hair! Bandido hits hard and flounders to ropes. Taylor drags Bandido up again and whips him corner to corner. He runs in and clotheslines Bandido down! Fans boo Taylor but he just stands on Bandido’s head! Taylor lets up at 4, but comes back to drag Bandido back up. Taylor talks trash the entire time but Bandido revives to throw forearms! Bandido dodges one clothesline but gets the other! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again as Taylor sits Bandido up to elbow away! Taylor covers, TWO! Taylor drags Bandido back up and slaps him around. He whips Bandido corner to corner but runs into a boot!
Bandido boots and enziguris, then hops up top. He leaps, into the One Hitter Quitter! Cover, TWO!? Bandido survives Taylor’s right hand! Fans rally up and Bandido has new life, but Taylor is right on him again. Bandido fires forearms then fireman’s carries again. Taylor is still too much but Bandido elbows him back. Bandido boots but gets blocked, Taylor rolls Bandido for a big knee to the face! Cover, TWO!! Bandido still lives while we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more, and Taylor still slaps and toys with Bandido. Bandido blocks the slaps to fire off slaps of his own! Taylor SLAPS Bandido, but Bandido still comes back with more! Taylor CHOPS, but Bandido fires off kicks and knees! Bandido runs, but into a clothesline! But he’s right back up!? Taylor is shocked, but Bandido fires off slaps and kicks. Bandido knees and SUPERKICKS! Taylor staggers, but still gets Bandido with another choke slam! Both men are down but fans fire up! A standing count begins as fans rally. The count passes 5 before Taylor sits up. Bandido stirs but Taylor stands. Taylor brings Bandido up for big haymakers, but Bandido returns with forearms. They go back and forth, with fans on Bandido’s side.
Bandido gets an edge then spins, into a headbutt! Hammerlock rip cord, End of Days! Cover, TWO!! Taylor is frustrated he couldn’t finish Bandido off! Bandido stands and boots Taylor away. Then he swing kicks from the apron, only to slingshot into the One Hitter! Taylor slingshots Bandido in, London Tower! Cover, TWO!?! Bandido is superhuman! Fans keep cheering Bandido on and he revives again. Taylor shakes his head as he CHOPS Bandido in a corner. And CHOPS again, and again! Bandido flops over and Taylor vows to end this. Taylor drags Bandido up, whips him corner to corner, but Bandido boots him away. Bandido uppercuts then springboard tornillo crossbody! Bandido takes aim, and fireman’s carry! GTS, BANG to 21 Plex!! Cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
The luchador triumphs over the titanic Hitman! But wait, here comes Bully Ray! Bandido sees him coming, and has LifeBlood’s Tracy and Mark Haskins with him! Bully wants a time-out, he wasn’t expecting to be the one outnumbered. But wait, who are these attacking LifeBlood?! The Soldiers of Savagery, Moses Maddox and Jasper Kaun, are the newest recruits to ROH and they’re already making an impact! They stomp out Bandido, Tracy and Haskins, then slam Haskins down for a Vader Bomb! They lift Bandido for a gutbuster drop! And they go after Hot Sauce with a feed to a SPEAR! Then an elevated DDT! Even Bully seems confused. SOS did this without any help from Taylor or Bully, or without an invitation. But will they be Bully’s new back-up against LifeBlood?
A really great episode to act as a go-home to episode 400. We get a pretty great Triple Threat Tag to open the night. It’s an interesting development for C2C to take a slow transition into Heel with this salty new attitude of theirs, but that might be the spark they need to take that next step up in the ROH tag division. The Bouncers continue their own rise up, perhaps they’ll finally get their own shot now that we’ll be past War of the Worlds. Bruiser & Milonas against Guerrillas of Destiny would be a pretty fun match, though obviously another match GoD would retain the titles in.
Kenny King playing up being blinded was pretty hilarious here tonight. And even without that, he gave us a great promo overall, though obviously while he’s waiting his turn at the world title, he’s going after Lethal. Lethal VS King all over again should make for a good match or two, and I’m pretty sure King wins to go right at the world champion, whoever that is. We got a good video package and promo from Flip, but I’m not sure if he wins that title off Taven, even on a milestone episode. Regardless of it being his return, Woods was obviously going to win against Flex Simmons tonight. In fact, anyone going against Flex Simmons tonight was going to win because Flex was obviously the generic jobber.
Woods being back, I wonder if he’ll get a better push than he did before. I don’t think he can take the ROH World Television Championship off Jeff Cobb, but I hope we can get a great match out of them. And I’m sure we’ll get a great Six Man out of Lethal, Cobb and Rush VS Villain Enterprises. But such a random team is not beating an established trio like Villain Enterprises. I don’t think Scurll and his team lose the titles until a rematch with The Kingdom. Bandido VS Taylor was amazing, worthy of leading to title contention. It was great story for Bandido to win, both in the match and overall.
It was a great bait and switch for Bully to be the one surrounded, but then to swerve back and debut a new duo. I suppose Bully would need new allies with The Briscoes likely reserved for a rematch with GoD. I’d expect at least a Six Man Tag, Bully & SoS VS LifeBlood, but you could throw in Taylor on Bully’s side and get Juice Robinson involved for an Eight Man Tag. Either way, this looks to be building to the LifeBlood VS Bully and crew story I was hoping for.
My Score: 8.3/10
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