It’s the Raw After Super Show-Down! Degeneration X promise to respond to the actions of the Brothers of Destruction after the #LastTimeEver No DQ match!!
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Kevin Owens; Lashley wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad; Rousey & The Bellas win.
- Finn Balor & Bayley VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox; Finn & Bayley win.
- “Acting General Manager Baron Corbin’s Global Battle Royal: El Conquistador/Kurt Angle wins and qualifies for the WWE World Cup.
- Ember Moon VS Nia Jax; Ember wins.
- Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension; Roode & Gable win.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack; The Pack wins.
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Triple H returns to Raw!
And he’s not here as the COO but as The Game! But he’s not alone, he has the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, with him! HHH & HBK stand in the ring together and Chicago goes wild for having them both back. “Twenty-five years is a long time to climb a mountain,” HHH says. “But you climb that mountain because it’s the biggest, baddest, deadliest mountain in the world.” You climb step by step, inch by inch, year after year up that mountain! HHH & HBK should be on top of the world after Super Show Down because they made it to the summit. But then an avalanche came and makes them both wonder if that mountain was just a lie. We relive Super Show Down with an epic recap video.
It was the Last Time Ever, and in NO DISQUALIFICATION thanks to HHH pulling some strings. The Game and the Dead Man went toe to toe while HBK and Kane watched. It got brutal, it got rough, and it got personal as HBK and Kane would even get involved in their own ways. But in the end, The Game conquered death. All seemed right with the world as all four living legends celebrated together. But in reality, it was not alright with Taker, as he and the Big Red Machine would beat down and decimate Degeneration X!
We return to the present as HHH says “Respect is a word that’s lost its significance as of late.” Respect is not something DX gives very easily. It takes a lot to earn their respect, like when a hero takes you under their wing because they see something special in you and make you into something more. Or like when you spend an entire career fighting everyone and everything together. Or when you stick to your word, even when everyone tells you not to or wants you to go against it. Obviously HHH speaks of HBK. HBK himself speaks now, saying that you sometimes respect what someone once was. But then you realize respect isn’t always a two-way street.
Those who made the flight like HBK did, you know it is “a long friggin flight.” It was a long time for HBK to think about that beating. HBK thought about the last eight “long years” that he sat by and honored his word out of respect that never actually existed! When he touched down in Chicago, HBK was gonna leave but HHH stopped him and said the three words HBK never thought he’d hear again: “Are you ready?” HHH says them now. But that isn’t directed to HBK anymore, it’s aimed at the Brothers of Destruction!! Crown Jewel, ARE YOU READY!? Because Degeneration X is! Taker, Kane, HBK says this with absolutely NO respect: “If you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya.” SUCK IT! Is the WWE Universe ready for this?! Or will DX soon Rest In Peace?
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Kevin Owens!
The Heavyweight that’s back to Dominate managed to do just that with the Franchise, JOHN CENA, by his side at Super Show Down. But now he goes it alone with his Manager of the Hour in his corner against the Prizefighter. Will this grudge finally end? Or will Kevin get even with Lashley by any means necessary?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Lashley shoves Kevin down. Kevin goes to a corner to compose himself. He and Lashley circle and tie up again, but Lashley again shoves him down. Kevin bails out while Lio laughs at him on the mic. “He’s not ready, he’s never ready.” Lio coaches Lashley up while Kevin returns. They tie up and Kevin gets a waistlock. Kevin slaps Lashley’s head a bit before putting on the headlock. Lashley powers out then runs him over with a shoulder. Lio talks up the muscles while Lashley flexes. Lashley throws hands on Kevin then bumps him off buckles. Lashley throws more hands then whips Kevin. He runs in corner to corner but Kevin dodges. Lashley stops himself, Kevin keeps moving but Lashley leaps up over him.
Kevin dumps Lashley out on the return, but Lashley leaps right up to the apron! Kevin punches Lashley back down, then builds speed! Lashley moves but Kevin simply slows down and exits the ring. Lashley turns around to get a sucker punch from Kevin! Kevin taunts Lio but Lio is more concerned with why fans cheer for Kevin. Kevin turns around and gets a lariat from Lashley! Lio says he knew Kevin wasn’t going to suicide dive. He then talks up Lashley more as he starts a chant. Fans boo Lio and Lashley instead, but Kevin clotheslines Lashley back out of the ring. Kevin slingshots to the apron, jumps the swipe then mule kicks Lashley. Kevin slingshots back into then run and FLY out! Chicago is on KO’s side just for that alone.
Kevin taunts Lio while Lio coaches up “Big Man” Lashley. Lashley stands but Kevin comes out to throw punches. They brawl now but Lashley gets the edge. Lashley brings Kevin around the side then whips him into barriers. Lashley runs in but Kevin dodges, sending Lashley into barriers! Kevin has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Lashley has Kevin in a chinlock. Fans rally up for Kevin while he endures, and Kevin feeds off that energy. Lio coaches Lashley but Kevin elbows. Lashley shifts but Kevin continues to fight out. Kevin elbows Lashley from the corner while Lio starts up a chant again. Lashley misses in the corner but Kevin chases Lio around the outside! Lio tells Kevin to leave him alone, focus on Lashley. But the chase is on! Kevin catches up but Lashley saves Lio. Lashley whips Kevin hard into steel steps! Lio says that’s what Kevin gets for touching the Man of the Hour. Lashley brings Kevin up to whip him into barriers! Lashley drags Kevin up but Chicago boos. Lio ignores it as he chants for his client.
Lashley puts Kevin in the ring and then a corner. He throws forearms but Chicago wants Kevin to “Fight Owens Fight!” Lashley whips Kevin corner to corner and hits a big clothesline. Lio wants another, and Lashley runs in for the big shoulder. Lashley grins as he brings Kevin out. Kevin reverses the suplex to fight back with furious forearms! Kevin runs, but into the SPINEBUSTER! Lio loves it! Lashley flexes, then drags Kevin up. Lashley lifts Kevin for the Vertigo Suplex! Lio says “Not a chance!” as Lashley covers. TWO!! Chicago cheers for Kevin but Lio still chants for Lashley. Lashley looms over Kevin, brings him up for a full nelson and thrashes him around. Lio says “Make him pay, make him suffer!”
But Kevin stomps on Lashley’s feet, then pries at the fingers. Kevin frees himself and then SUPERKICKS Lashley! Then a stunner! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Lio is relieved. Lio continues to coach Lashley but Chicago is still on Kevin’s side as he climbs up. Fans anticipate what’s coming and so does Lio. Lio distracts and Lashley trips Kevin up. Kevin is caught in a Tree of Woe situation, and Lashley boots the bad leg! Kevin staggers around but Lashley sweeps the legs with another big kick. Lashley then drags Kevin up to finish him with the Dominator! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
Lashley and Lio are proving lethal on Raw, but will this change in attitude be what they need to make it to the top?
One thing is clear, Lashley isn’t done with Kevin! He goes after the bad leg, then swings it into the post! Lashley is ruthless but Lio feels that’s not enough. Lashley scares the refs off before going after the other leg with the post! Then Lashley leaps up onto the apron to soak it all in. The Big Man and his 23 year old piece of gold manager are looking to make a statement. Is the message received by Constable Baron Corbin in the back?
WWE announces the Crown Jewel World Cup!
It will be a one-day tournament during the special event in Saudi Arabia with eight male superstars, four from Raw and four from SmackDown. The winner will be crowned the very best in the WWE. The qualifiers begin now, but one man is already in just on his resume. It’s none other than JOHN CENA! One of the most decorated in WWE History is of course a 16-time world champion, and has always been about the big matches. Will Cena be ready for the other seven men in this tournament? Will he truly be crowned THE best?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor & Bayley.
Team B’n’B have a rematch of sorts with #Mahalicia. These two are working great together, but do they think Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox can finally get on the same page? Same page? They’re not even on the same planet! Mahal and Alicia are great individuals, but when they’re together, they argue over who is in charge. B’n’B are like two peas in a pod, PB&J, Batman & Robin. Which one is Batman? They can both be Batman. But then Lio & Lashley come by, still feeling good about their own win. Did you all see what Lashley did out there? This is the real scoop right here. Bayley speaks up, this was their time. But why are they talking about hugs? Lashley just ripped Kevin apart. B’n’B huh? Bayley & Balor, Balor & Bayley, but with Lio’s words and Lashley’s muscles, that is too sweet. Have L’n’L just made enemies of B’n’B?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter has come to Chicago and he plays another little tune. When these legends speak of WWE, they speak about Elias. When HHH, Taker, Kane & HBK speak of WWE, they mean Elias. They may not admit it, but one man who knows the truth is John Cena. Chicago doesn’t like Cena, but Cena knows what we all know, WWE means “Walk With Elias!” Elias is willing to admit when he’s wrong, but that match in Australia was not his fault. He has a song, so please silence phones and hold applause, but most importantly, shut your mouths.
Elias begins, and sings “Lost in Australia, but honestly it wasn’t fair. I was distracted by so many things, most of all, John Cena’s hair.” When Elias heard the accents, he almost refused to do the show. But when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, he’s in Chicago. The food was so gross, he almost caught a disease. But Elias feels better because the Cubs won’t be in the World Series. Fans boo but Elias just sits and waits it out. But he’s interrupted by Ronda Rousey! Chicago loves Ronda, and loves that she’s up next!
Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad!
Super Show Down wasn’t enough for Ruby, Liv & Sarah, they want to try again in the States. Can they get revenge for the loss down under in the Windy City?
The Squad is ready to go already, as are Ronda, Nikki & Brie. The ref keeps the peace and the teams sort out. Brie and Liv start, and everyone knows there’s bad blood from last Raw. Liv and Brie circle, but then Liv gets face to face to boop and SLAP her! Brie hits back, but Liv ducks the Yes Kick to get some hands on Brie! Chicago goes wild as the two scrap on the mat and fall out of the ring! The ref tries to restore order again, but it’s Sarah & Ruby that get rabid little Liv off Brie. Nikki and Ronda bring Brie away, too, and things cool off.
Sarah tags in and so does Ronda. Sarah wants her own payback but Ronda gives her knees instead! Ronda whips but Sarah reverses. Sarah misses but Ronda gets her in a judo flip! Sarah bails out but Ronda scares Ruby and Liv off. The Squad regroups while we go to break.
Raw returns and Ruby has Nikki down. Ruby drags Nikki up and whips, but Nikki reverses to reel Ruby in for a spinebuster! Nikki and Ruby are down, but crawling. Fans rally up as Nikki rallies on Ruby with big clotheslines. She dropkicks Ruby, too, then runs in corner to corner. Big clothesline and then the Fearless enziguri! Cover, TWO! Nikki drags Ruby over and tags Brie. The Bellas work to double code breaker Ruby down. Ruby gets to ropes, so Brie Mode activates! Brie runs but the Squad bails Ruby out. Ruby then drags Brie out for the STO! The Squad backs off and Ruby puts Brie back in. Cover, TWO! Ruby keeps on Brie by bringing her over for a buckle bump. Tag to Liv and Liv gets to stomp a mudhole on Brie. She backs off to then tag Sarah, and Sarah drags Brie up.
Sarah snapmares Brie into a cobra clutch. Fans rally and Brie stands up. Brie fights out and arm-drags Sarah off. Sarah tackles Brie down from the side! Sarah drags Brie up and whips, for a hip toss. The country viking howls then rams a knee into Brie! Cover, TWO! Sarah tags in Liv and holds her for Liv’s enziguri! Cover, TWO! Liv drags Brie over and tags in Ruby. Liv holds Brie for Ruby’s roundhouse. Cover, TWO! Ruby puts Brie in a cravat, but Nikki and Ronda rally with the afns. Brie powers her way to her corner but Ruby knees her and then hits Nikki for good measure. Ruby taunts Ronda but the Squad gets away with sucker stomps. Brie fights up then climbs up for a missile dropkick! Ruby and Brie are down but stirring. Ronda wants in, Brie gets the tag!
Ronda rallies on the Squad, but Ruby rolls her up! TWO!! Ruby brings Ronda up but Ronda monkey flips her away. Ronda fires up and throws those hands! She drags Ruby up for knees, then rolls her out for the ROWDY SLAM! But she doesn’t cover, she puts on the ARMBAR! The Bellas intercept the Squad, Ruby taps! Ronda & The Bellas win again!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins, Ronda by submission
That’s twice this trio wins over the Riott Squad! They all celebrate together again, but then The Bellas attack Ronda! The Bellas are truly back as they stomp a mudhole into Ronda. Brie drags Ronda up but gets thrown down! Ronda glares at Nikki, who started this. Nikki throws a punch but Ronda throws her! The Baddest Woman on the Planet won’t show mercy but Brie pushes her into a post to save her twin. Referees rush in but the attack is still on with more stomps.
But then Ronda grabs Brie by the throat! Nikki saves Brie and then they both shove Ronda into steel steps! Nikki throws Ronda down by her hair, then into the barriers! The Bellas still aren’t done, they drag Ronda to the LED apron and into the ring. Ronda is all but dead weight as The Bellas stand over her like fallen prey. The Bellas show no mercy, but will they come to regret this betrayal?
Finn Balor & Bayley VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox!
It’s a Mixed Match Challenge rematch as once again, the Extraordinary & Huggable take on the Modern Day Maharaja and Ms. Crazy like a Fox! Will B’n’B continue their clean sweep of #Mahalicia? Or will the Windy City bring winds of change for the winless?
The bell rings and the men start. Finn and Mahal tie up but Mahal quickly scoops and slams Finn. Cover, ONE, but Mahal puts Finn in a headlock. Finn fights up but Mahal drags him down. Bayley rallies the fans for Finn and Finn powers up again. Mahal drags Finn back down, though, not letting things go the way they did last week. Finn keeps fighting and powers out, only for Mahal to sunset flip. Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal! Mahal rolls away to tag Alicia. Bayley comes in automatically and Finn gives her dropkick to Alicia a boost! Then they hit Mahal, and then Finn helps Bayley throw Mahal with headscissors! B’n’B are in charge and #Mahalicia are furious while we go to break.
Raw returns and Alicia has Bayley in a facelock. She shifts to a chinlock and thrashes Bayley around. Alicia throws Bayley down by her hair, then stomps her hands. Alicia stomps Bayley’s feet, too, then throws in a forearm. Mahal applauds the “Captain” while she covers, TWO! Alicia keeps on Bayley with a waistlock, but Bayley fights out as fans rally. Bayley reaches but Alicia brings her around by her hair. Bayley uses that momentum to throw Alicia out! Alicia hurries back in but Bayley tosses her back out! Tag to Finn! Finn rallies on Mahal, whips but Mahal reverses only to get forearms. Finn gets the takedown and double stomps!
Fans fire up as Finn runs in for the chop. Finn whips but Mahal reverses, only for Finn to go up and over. Finn runs nito a boot, but he swing kicks Mahal off the top. Slingblade is countered but Finn still gets around for the elbow drop DDT! Cover, but Alicia breaks it. Bayley returns but Alicia dodges, Sunil takes the hit! Alicia tosses Bayley out but Bayley drags Alicia out. Finn dodges Mahal and swing kicks him down. Mahal’s in the drop zone, Finn clibs up, and Chicago stansd for teh Coup de Grace! Cover, B’n’B win again!
Winners: Finn Balor & Bayley, Finn pinning
The Extraordinary & Huggable continue their roll, but will that roll come to a screeching halt when they face The Monster & the Moon tomorrow night? Or can they avoid the Eclipse and stay undefeated?
The Pack meets backstage.
They had one little slip up in Australia, but tonight they’ll do it. Ziggler wants the Monster to smash, and he wants McIntyre to be the terminator. But McIntyre knows what to do. He doesn’t like Ziggler calling the shots. He reminds Ziggler that he was the one to get pinned. Instead of worrying about them, Ziggler should worry about pulling his own weight. Ziggler sees what this is, but then Strowman tells them to both shut up! They need to remember why they’re here: to watch Strowman’s back so that HE can win the Universal Championship. Then they all win. They’ll put the Shield down for good, no excuses! Will the dogs of war succeed where they failed before?
Baron Corbin encounters Heath Slater.
The One Man Band wants his shot at the World Cup, by representing West Virginia in tonight’s Global Battle Royal. Corbin likes the initiative, everyone wants in on that. But the problem is, Slater’s no good. Slater is left out in the cold as the road to Crown Jewel heats up.
“Acting General Manager Baron Corbin’s Global Battle Royal!
Stephanie McMahon’s personally appointed Constable wants to make a good impression on the road to the first ever WWE World Cup Tournament. We already know THE John Cena will be part of this event, but who from this international line-up will be the first man from Raw to join him?
Corbin himself comes out to assess the best(?) from around the world. He says Crown Jewel will be historic, but the World Cup will be the biggest thing of all. Eight men, one tournament, and only one best in the world today. But to prove that he deserves to be in it and is the best, Corbin enters this battle royal himself. He knows it won’t be easy, he has the most “star-studded” competition possible. Just look at them! So much talent in one ring, it’s crazy. It’s like if the Avengers and the Justice League combined forces. The fans surely all know these men but he’ll introduce them himself.
From Russia, Gregor “The Sickle” Valkin! Representing Egypt, The Sultan of Shwarma! From Mexico, El Hombre Sin Nombre! Representing Poland, Stanislav the Squeezer! From Chile, The Cruel, The Cunning, Chilean Sea Bass! Representing Antarctica, Dr. Winston Borhees! From Belgium, Franz the Belgian Waffle! Representing Spain, the Conquistador! And last but not least, an amazing get, the Bronze Claw master, Thunder Montgomery of Luxembourg! Of course, Corbin represents America. The bell rings and it suddenly becomes US VS the World as they all surround Corbin! The Lone Wolf finds himself in a beat down! They put him in a corner and go to put him out! Corbin manages to power out, while Conquistador just rests on the outside. Corbin throws out the Waffle and then clotheslines out The Sickle.
Shwarma, Sin Nombre and Thunder go after Corbin but Corbin fights them off. Corbin finds himself outnumbered but he throws out the doctor and El Hombre. Sea Bass and The Squeezer put up a fight but Corbin throws the Chilean out first. Shwarma thins he has COrbin but is slammed out, then Corbon tosses the Squeezer. But wait, the Bronze Claw might do it! He uses the claw grip but Corbin punches out and throws Thunder out. Corbin thinks he won, but Conquistador was never eliminated! When Conquistador realizes this, he is a bit tentative. Corbin chases him, but then he runs into a German Suplex! And another! And another! Wait, a trio of suplexes? The Conquistador hits an OLYMPIC SLAM! Then he clotheslines Corbin out!
Winner: The Conquistador; qualifies for the WWE World Cup
Corbin is shocked, how did he lose to the Golden Gladiator of Spain!? It’s because it’s KURT ANGLE!! Kurt Angle returns from “vacation” and now competes at Crown Jewel! It’s true, it’s damn true!
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle.
First, congratulations on qualifying for the WWE World Cup, but what a great surprise! Welcome back! Well, Angle’s technically still on vacation. In which case, Angle takes his leave. We likely won’t see Angle again until Crown Jewel, can he go all the way in the tournament to be crowned THE best in WWE today?
Ember Moon VS Nia Jax!
While the Prophecy of Flame and Irresistible Force are now friends, that doesn’t mean they can’t compete against each other. Will Ember Eclipse Nia? Or will Nia bring down the Moon?
The bell rings and the two friends circle. They shake hands to show they still respect each other. Ember ducks and gets a headlock but Nia powers out. Nia hip tosses but Ember lands on her feet. Ember tries to arm-drag but Nia is too strong for that. Nia swats Ember to a corner in stead. Ember dodges the corner splash to kick away. She rocks Nia with an enziguri but Nia stays standing. Ember runs but her crossbody is swatted down, too! Ember backs off with frustration but Nia is waiting. Nia runs in and squashes Ember, then tosses her by her fiery hair! Nia looms over Ember, then brings her up. Ember slips around to a sleeper hold!
Nia throws her right off, then blocks the punch to whip. She pops Ember up but Ember headscissors Nia down. Ember dropkicks Nia out, then builds speed to DIVE! But she bounces off of Nia with no effect. Ember isn’t okay with that, but then Nia yanks her back out of the ring to send her down. Nia drags Ember back up and in a fireman’s carry, for a trophy lift. Ember escapes and throws a heavy right. Nia tosses Ember but they’re forgetting the ring count. Nia runs in but misses, hitting the LED instead! Ember gets in, Nia gets counted out!
Winner: Ember Moon, by count out
The War Goddess barely beat her new buddy, but a win is a win. Nia returns into the ring, and hugs Ember to show they’re still friends. Will this big win for the #Shenom help her get closer to the title?
Trish Stratus returns to Raw!
Chicago loves having the Hall of Fame and seven-time women’s champion back, but she knows that history is being made with the first ever All Women’s PPV, WWE Evolution. And Trish wants to talk about her opponent for that event, Alexa Bliss. In last week’s Moment of Bliss, Alexa gave us a Moment of BS. Trish wants to enlighten the “brat” with a Moment of Stratusfaction. However, that very bratty Goddess appears! And of course, she brings Mickie James along with her. Really? A Moment of Stratusfaction? How creative. But no one but these “dullards” will care. Alexa’s the one who “came up short” in math, though obviously that’s not the only pace. Oh wow, short jokes. But Alexa gets it, Trish is the legend showing the younger star how it’s done.
But to put insults aside, Alexa really is star struck having this match with Trish. Trish is a seven-time champion and Alexa watched her in her prime. Alexa can finally tell her face to face, “You sucked.” Like, really. Trish is lucky Alexa wasn’t around back then, because she wouldn’t be anything she is. Trish would’ve ended up in Alexa’s shadow! Well if she wants to prove that, let’s just do this here! Trish is ready, Alexa is ready, but then Mickie steps between them. Chicago doesn’t deserve to see this. And Mickie knows Trish knows nothing good ever happens in Chicago. Yes, Mickie, protect your little bestie. But since she knows what it’s like, tell Alexa what it’s like to face Trish. Then tell her Trish will “take care a bidness” just like that. They’ll get to see what an HoF level beat down feels like.
Mickie says she’d love to see what that’s like. In fact, maybe at Evolution, they could team up. A tag team match? Is that what Mickie is asking for? Well Trish would need a partner… But who? This is an extremely tough choice. But what about… LITA!! Yet another Hall of Fame women’s champion is here, and she actually joins her rival. They end up brawling but also sending Alexa running. Mickie has Trish but Lita turns her around for a BIG right hand. Then the Chick Kick! Lita climbs up, but Alexa saves Mickie. The Goddess and her sidekick get away, but will they be able to beat two of the all time best women in WWE?
The Shield speaks.
They bring us back to the bowels of the arena. The Pack tried to break them, but they don’t break. They’re not an alliance, or a friendship. They’re a brotherhood. Strowman, Ziggler, McIntyre, you three think you’re ruthless, but make no mistake, “you are not the bad guys.” The Shield are the bad guys. It doesn’t matter where it happens, the story stays the same. The Shield won’t bend, break or stop, they are the one true constant. They’re the Hounds of Justice, they are the Shield, #BelieveThat.
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS The Ascension!
Both halves of this #ReadyWillingandGLORIOUS team may have lost to Konnor 1v1, but perhaps they can turn it back around in tag team competition! Or will they instead end up left for dead in the Wasteland?
Konnor asks if it was Glorious when he beat Roode and then Gable in the middle of this ring? Konnor proves he’ll beat them both again, but that he and Viktor will end this charade for good! The bell rings and Konnor starts against Roode. Konnor dares Roode to do something. They tie up and Konnor powers Roode to a corner. Konnor continues to egg Roode on, and Roode gets a headlock. Konnor powers out but Gable tags in. Roode gets run over, but Gable flies in for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO and Gable is set out of the ring! Viktor tags and Konnor goes after Gable but Gable throws hands. Gable gets in but is hit by Viktor’s leaping calf kick! Cover, TWO! Viktor puts Gable in the corner for sharp chops. He then stomps a mudhole into Gable before dragging him out. Cover, TWO!
Viktor tags Konnor and they mug Gable. Konnor brings Gable up for a big European Uppercut, then tags Viktor. Viktor snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Viktor wraps Gable up in a high keylock, but Roode rallies Chicago. Gable gets up but Viktor pulls him back down by the hair. Cover, TWO, but Viktor snapmares and fist drops. Cover, TWO! Viktor puts Gable back in that keylock, but Roode rallies the fans again. Gable powers his way over but Viktor throws Gable to the apron. Gable hits back then slides under. Viktor keeps him from reaching Roode, then yanks him away. Gable rolls, hot tag to Roode! Roode rallies on Viktor, then hits Konnor. Atomic drop and chops for Viktor! Roode whips but Viktor reverses, only to run into boots, and the GLORIOUS Blockbuster!
Roode winds it up but Konnor runs in. Gable dumps Konnor out and then Roode gets Viktor. Viktor slips out and rocks Roode with a right. Roode boots back and hops up, but Gable tags in. Gable gets Viktor with Chaos Theory! Cover, Gable & Roode win!
Winners: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, Gable pinning
The team wins, but Roode does seem to feel awkward about Gable taking the finish from him. But they won’t have time to talk it out as the Authors of Pain rush the ring! They run Konnor over, then rush Roode & Gable! They clobber Gable with a clothesline, then one for Roode. Akam & Rezar coordinate and the fans like it as they hit a suplex powerbomb combo on Roode! But then Viktor and Gable suffer beatings, and the SUPER COLLIDER! The AoP just made two more teams DOA. Will they come for the Raw Tag Team Champions soon enough?
“Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman!”
Yes, The Advocate for the Beast and THE Crown Jewel of WWE, “BRRROCK! LESNAR!!” And he is here for the same reason we all are: to see a fight! Heyman wants to see legalized assault as The Shield prepares to again face The Pack, but also because it’s quite ironic. Just 72 hours ago, Roman and Strowman beat the “living crap” out of each other in Australia, which does take its toll. Then they had to fly right here to appear in Chicago and beat the “living hell” out of each other again. But that’s what World Wrestling Entertainment does seven days a week and twice on Sundays, “just to put smiles on the faces of the WWE Universe.”
But in Suplex City, Lesnar isn’t watching this, he’s sleeping in his own house so that he can go to the training camp he built and design to specifically prepare himself to be the two-sport champion of UFC and WWE. Because ladies and gentlemen, Lesnar enters Crown Jewel on November 2nd as the only man with the goal to become Universal Champion. Roman doesn’t have that goal, he has his stable to worry about. Strowman doesn’t have that goal, he has his weak links to worry about. They both deprived Lesnar the right to call himself the “hardest working champion” in WWE. Lesnar doesn’t say “We, we, we”, he says, “Me, me, me!!” Which is why on November 2nd, live from Saudi Arabia, the end result is spoiled for us by Heyman: The NEW and reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion of the World, Brock Lesnar.
But then The Shield appears! They want their match, the main event, and they want it now!
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack!
The Architect, the Lunatic & the Big Dog will once again face the Monster, the Stud & the Show-Off despite already defeating them down under. That’s because they will never back down to prove that they are the workhorses of WWE, and that Raw is still their Yard. Will that still be the case after tonight?
Raw returns as Strowman leads his dogs of war to the ring. The teams stand face to face in the ring, and the referee does his best to get them to choose who starts. The bell rings and Seth Rollins volunteers for The Shield. Drew McIntyre starts against him and gets a headlock. Rollins powers out then things speed up. Rollins goes to hip toss but McIntyre blocks to then clobber him with a cltohesline. McIntyre slaps Rollins around, then brings him up for a scoop. Rollins slips out to then boot McIntyre away. Ambrose tags in and the Shield brothers double suplex. Cover, ONE. Ambrose keeps on McIntyre with crossface forearms. He whips but McIntyre kicks him away. Strowman tags in to barrel Ambrose over! Strowman whips Ambrose corner to corner, but then Ambrose dodges and tags in Roman.
The Big Dog and The Monster Among Men are familiar foes. Strowman pushes Roman then rolls him to a corner to squash him. He runs corner to corner again but gets a big uppercut! Roman lifts Strowman but Strowman is too much. Strowman runs Roman over, then roars as he stands over him. Strowman drags Roman up and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler mugs Roman then bumps him off buckles. Tag to McIntyre and the Raw Tag Team Champions double suplex. The Shield bail Roman out then triple clothesline them out. They then focus on Strowman, but Strowman backs down. Fans boo while Strowman tells McIntyre & Ziggler to “get your crap together!” The Pack is struggling while we go to break.
Raw returns and Strowman has Roman in the corner. He gives body shots then runs in for a big corner splash! Strowman tags Ziggler in and Ziggler taunts Roman. Ziggler throws hands while talking trash. He stands Roman up and bumps him off buckles. Ziggler runs in but into an uppercut! Chicago is thunderous both ways while Ziggler tags to Strowman. Strowman runs in but misses Roman to hit post! Roman crawls for his corner while McIntyre barks at Strowman. Strowman hobbles to Roman but into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down while their partners and fans fire up. Hot tags to Ziggler and Rollins! Slingblade for Ziggler and a hit for McIntyre. Rollins boots Ziggler but leaps over to then DIVE onto McIntyre! Rollins hits Ziggler again, then springboards for the clothesline! Cover, TWO! But Rollins and Chicago fire up to “Burn It Down!”
Rollins aims at Ziggler to mule kick, but Ziggler avoids the stmop. Ziggler kicks, but the Famouser is countered. Ziggler sunset flips throw the bomb, TWO! Rollins stacks, TWO, deadlift into the buckle bomb! Rollins drags Ziggler for a cover, but McIntyre breaks it. Ambrose tackles McIntyre! They brawl then Ambrose tosses McIntyre right out. Strowman grabs Ambrose and then Rollins, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES outta nowhere! Ambrose dropkicks, Rollins SUPERKICKS and Strowman bails out. The Pack regroups but Ambrose & Rollins build speed to DOUBLE DIVE! They take out McIntyre & Ziggler, but Strowman grabs them. So Roman builds speed to FLY!! He wipes them all out! Everyone is down while we go to break!
Raw returns once more, and Strowman looms over Rollins. Fans chant “We Want Ambrose!” but Strowman headbutts Rollins down. Strowman wrenches Rollins’ neck and Ziggler adds his trash talk. The Shield and fans rally up for Rollins and Rollins gets up. Strowman powers Rollins to his corner and gives him a big uppercut. Tag to McIntyre and he reels Rollins in for a clothesline. Cover, TWO, but McIntyre toys with him now. “Is this The Mighty Shield?” he taunts. McIntyre brings Rollins up but Rollins fights back! Rollins leaps but McIntyre intercepts to push him back and boot him down! Cover, TWO! The Pack is frustrated, but Ziggler tags in. McIntyre stomps Rollins on his way out, then Ziggler grinds his foot into Rollins’ head.
Ziggler stays between Rollins and The Shield, taunting him about tagging. Fans chant for Rollins but Ziggler keeps stomping him down. Ziggler goes to dropkick but ROllins turns that into a catapult! Ziggler hits buckles and now both men are down. Both men crawl for their corners, but Ziggler gets to McIntyre first. McIntyre suplexes but Rollisn slips out. Rollins chops, McIntyre chops, Rollins enziguris! They’re both down but crawling. Strowman just comes in to blast The Shield because he could! He throws Ambrose into barriers then Roman into the steel steps. Strowman returns to the ring to drag Rollins over to their corner. He tells Ziggler “that’s how you carry your weight!” Ziggler has had it with Strowman but Strowman grabs him by the throat. McIntyre bails Ziggler out and stares the Monster down. But Rollins opunces! Roll up, TWO! He dumps McinTyre out onto Strowman!
Rollins crawls and Ambrose is there! Ambrose is ready and he gets the tag! To DIVE out onto Strowman & Mcnityre! He puts McIntyre in to fire off kicks and punches. He whips but McIntyre reverses. Ambrose hits back with lariats, then another whip. McIntyre reverses again and catches the crossbody. Ambrose slips out, rolls up, TWO! Swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Ambrose keeps going, putting McIntyre in the Shield corner. Fans knwo “This is Awesome!” as Ambrose climbs up with McIntyre. McNItyre fights back and headbutts Ambrose down. But Ambrose is right back up, to kick McINtyre out of the air. McINtyre denies Dirty Deeds but runs into an elbow. Ambrose elbows Ziggler as he gets in, but runs into the SPINEBUSTER! Cover, Roman breaks it just in time!
Ziggler SUPERKICKS Roman but Rollins hits him and Strowman. Rollins goes to swing Ziggler out but Ziggler breaks free. Ambrose blocks Ziggler’s kick to then spin him around. Rollins suplexes himself and Ziggler out of the ring hard! McIntyre and Ambrose brawl fast and furious. McIntyre whips but Ambrose dodges, double clotheslines take them out! Roman and Strowman stand, and Roman goes to Superman Punch, only for Strowman to send him into a post! Strowman scoops Roman but Ambrose builds speed to DIVE! Strowman catches him but Ambrose counters with a DDT! Everyone is down, much like Super Show Down. Strowman stands, Roman SPEARS him back down! Ambrose staggers up and into the ring. He dodges Ziggler and Rollins sends him back out with a clothesline. CLAYMORE! The Pack wins!!
Winners: The Pack, Drew McIntyre winning
It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t exactly teamwork, but it worked out in their favor. Strowman, McIntyre & Ziggler come out on top to even the score. When and where will we get a third match between these two trios?
However, Ambrose decides to leave without Roman & Rollins? Is he just suddenly done with the Shield?
This was a pretty good Raw. At the start, hearing we’d get two rematches from Super Show Down, it didn’t sound like it’d be good at all. But after it finished, it actually felt pretty fun for the most part. And for once, building towards both Evolution and Crown Jewel at the same time works because obviously the two events are separate. Triple H & Shawn Michaels returned, gave a great promo, and as I expected and hoped, we get Degeneration X back! They officially challenge the Brothers of Destruction to a tag team match and thus begins HBK’s return to the ring. I want to say The Undertaker & Kane will return together on the road to Crown Jewel, but I also hope DX parodies them like they so famously did Vince & Shane McMahon. If this is HBK’s “One Last Time” tour, let him and HHH parody two other WWE legends.
Lashley VS Kevin was interesting, because it felt like a double turn. Chicago obviously loved Kevin regardless of what Lio & Lashley did, so it’s smart to make this when and where Lashley turns Heel to match Lio as he is on 205 Live. Lio & Lashley also interject themselves into things with Finn Balor & Bayley, partially because “Country Dominance” will eventually face B’n’B during the Mixed Match Challenge. But hopefully, with Lio Rush issuing an Open Challenge on 205 Live, someone somewhere makes the decision to send Finn over there to go against him. Of course, that’s going to be hard if Finn is also having to do MMC right before, just because Finn might not have enough energy to also go against the super fast Lio. But if ever there was a more perfect time to open the Cruiserweight Division, this week is that time.
The Six Woman Tag rematch was fine going in, and then it got better because The Bella Twins turned! They’re Heels now so it’s okay for fans to boo them. But they did have to work together to beat down Ronda, so that was good booking. Neither Nikki nor Brie should be able to solo THE Ronda Rousey, but obviously only one Bella gets that title match with her at Evolution. Unless they pull a change like they did with Alexa VS Trish. Those as connected to internet wrestling news as we here are probably knew that Mickie VS Lita was already set up, but it’s great to just put those matches together. Trish and Lita look great, and I really hope they win at Evolution.
Nia VS Ember was a bit random, but it was a decent match. Ember wins but in a way that doesn’t’ really settle things. It could become a story in itself on the way to Evolution, depending on what the majority of the Women’s Division ends up doing. I’m still hoping for a tag team title, but will settle for a tag team tournament to parallel the World Cup. Speaking of World Cup, great to see Kurt Angle is back and entering that tournament! Angle VS Cena will surely happen before the end to bring their careers full circle. And I’m going to love seeing who else enters the tournament to then join that tournament.
I really liked while the Roode-Gable tension is still mounting, their story was just fodder for Akam & Rezar to wreck some tag teams. It prolongs the inevitable, in that the AoP will be tag team champions. They’re just waiting until something gives in the story of The Pack and The Shield, and then AoP will strike and take those titles for their own. And speaking of, I oddly did not see The Pack winning tonight. It was another great Six Man Tag from both teams, Chicago was actually well invested, and we get that surprise of The Pack winning and Ambrose walking away. This actually gives some dimension to that “To turn or not to turn” story they’re building for Ambrose, because he just keeps switching week to week like a lunatic should. I still don’t want to see Shield Break-up 2, but at least they’re playing with expectations.
My Score: 8.4/10
The Chairshot Match Of The Year Final Match Pool
How did the last week of voting pan out for Second Chance and November? Only one way to find out. Take a look at our 12 MOTY matches and let’s see where Andrew’s 5 votes are going.
Last week was our final vote to round out the 12 matches in the Match of the Year pool. Since we love Top 5s here, the idea will be for everyone to whittle the 12, down to their 5 favorite, and then we get our final 5 to vote on.
Let’s see what matches we have in our MOTY Pool:
- January – NXT Takeover Philly NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas(c)
- February – New Beginning in Osaka IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada(c) vs SANADA
- March – NJPW Strong Style Evolved: Golden Lovers vs Young Bucks
- April – NXT Takeover NOLA NXT Championship: Andrade Almas(c) vs Aleister Black
- May – WWE Backlash Intercontinental Championship: Seth Rollins(c) vs The Miz
- June – NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Kazuchika Okada(c) vs Kenny Omega
- July – G1 Climax 28: Hirooki Goto vs Tomohiro Ishii
- August – G1 Climax 28 Finals: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi
- September – All In NWA Championship Match: Cody vs Nick Aldis(c)
- October – Evolution SmackDown Women’s Title Last Woman Standing Match: Becky Lynch(c) vs Charlotte
- November – NXT Takeover WarGames II NXT Championship Match: Velveteen Dream vs Tommaso Ciampa (c)
- December/Second Chance – Impact Wrestling Redemption World Championship Triple Threat: Fenix vs Austin Aries (c) vs Pentagon Jr
Now as you can see, the overall list has some decent balance. Five from New Japan and WWE, along with 2 outlier matches. So it’s not heavily tipped one way or the other.
For the rest of this article I’ll just list out my 5 picks from this list, and then we can get to everyone’s votes.
5. NXT Takeover WarGames II NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs Velveteen Dream
This makes my Top 5 from our MOTY pool because this was just a good combination of all things wrestling. Solid wrestling, homages, callbacks, high suspense moments, big crowd reactions…just everything. Sure it might not have been a work rate master piece, but there’s more to wrestling than work rate.
4. NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs Kenny Omega
This was almost a given since it already won Tokyo Sports Best Bout, which marks the fifth year in a row Okada was involved in the Best Bout, and the first time since Kenta Kobashi and Mitsuharu Misawa that the same pairing won back to back. Though it wasn’t the best of their four matches in my opinion, you can’t overlook the storyline ramifications.
We saw this match finish off the ascent of Kenny Omega, as well as, send Kazuchika Okada into some goofy balloon loving spiral. Love or hate the Elite, this story had a lot of attention and was told pretty damn well.
3. All In NWA Championship: Cody vs Nick Aldis (c)
In a similar vein to the Okada/Omega match, this had a lot of story significance. Cody challenging for all of the World Championships he could was one, him trying to be the first second generation wrestler to capture the NWA Championship was another and of course, the emotions tied with Dusty was the one most of us cared about.
As I said when I reviewed All In, this match was a love letter to his father. Yes it was a very old school southern style match. Obvious blade jobs, a goofy possible knock out for the DDP pop, Brandi putting herself in the way of a move to protect her husband, this was all love. It was a match I think most old school fans would enjoy, and unless you really need flips or work rate, this match evoked some emotion out of most watchers.
This is wrestling.
2. NXT Takeover Philly NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano vs Andrade Almas (c)
An early contender that still holds up nicely. This was the first match since Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura to really just blow me away. They both turned it up, the double knees into the post looked brutal and the whole thing was a great culmination of Andrade’s character.
It was after this match, most of us were sold that he figured it out and would be huge. Now we just have to hope Vince sees it too.
1. G1 Climax 28 Finals: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kota Ibushi
It’s not often we get a match where one of the competitors considers the other one God. Ibushi and Tanahashi have immense respect for each other, and they also have an undeniable chemistry. Ibushi gets a lot labels as a “flippy shit” wrestler, but he sells wonderfully and knows how to tell a story in the ring.
On top of Ibushi’s athletic prowess and overall wrestling ability, we couple that with Tanahashi’s masterful pacing and his own artistic way of building a match…this was just poetry in motion. It definitely helps this is my personal number 1 match all year, so of course I was ecstatic that it made The Chairshot MOTY pool. Beautiful match.
If you didn’t partake much in the match votes leading up to this pool, now’s you’re chance to make your voice heard. Vote for your Top 5, and then we can have the final vote starting next week, for our second Chairshot MOTY. Our first ever vote went to, NJPW Dominion IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada (c).
Will New Japan end up winning this year also?
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.14 ~ 14TH DECEMBER 2018
The endless well of NOAH knowledge, Hisame, bring us updates and news leading up to NOAH’s final show of the year, Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2.
TOKYO SPORTS PURORESU AWARDS 2018
Tokyo Sports announced their nominations for their annual end of year awards. NOAH have not been included since 2016 when Katsuhiko Nakajima won “The Fighting Spirit Award” and Naomichi Marufuji won “Best Bout”.
Although Takashi Sugiura was a runner up nominee in “Outstanding Performance”, this went to Naomichi Marufuji (who has won “Best Bout” in 2006, 2008 and 2016, “Outstanding Performance” in 2006, “Best Tag Team” (with KENTA) in 2003, and “Newcomer Award” in 1999).
Kaito Kiyomiya has won his first award for “Fighting Spirit”.
Kaito Kiyomiya, being Kiyomiya, at first couldn’t believe it. He thought he had either been nominated for “Best Newcomer”, despite having debuted three years ago, or that someone was joking.
YO-HEY IN IPW
IPW have announced that YO-HEY is the second NOAH wrestler to compete in their Junior Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Tuesday 15th January 2019 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
Tickets can be bought here
YO-HEY said when RATELS were due to come over in 2018 that he was excited as this would be his first time in England, and he wanted to meet Mr. Bean.
Yes. I guess a man described as a “childish buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks” would get on very well with YO-HEY.
Expect another two NOAH names to (hopefully) be announced.
POWER HALL 2018
NOAH wrestlers have been announced for “Power Hall Year End Special” on December 28th.
Masa Kitamiya and Kaito Kiyomiya will be in “Timeless Masterpeice” (main event) teaming with Riki Chosu & Tatsumi Fujinami (Kitamiya) and NOSAWA and Kasai (Kiyomiya)
Katsuhiko Nakajima will be in a four man tag and renew his rivalry with Takuya Nomura in “Ultimate Collision”
Heisei Ishingun will reunite (Akitoshi Saito and AKIRA)
HAKATA STALENE CLOSED FOR REPAIRS
Hakata Stalene has been closed for renovation until March 2019. There is some concern that when it reopens it will not be used for puro, which will be not only disaster for the local residents, but promotions who come to the area too.
YO-HEY & HAYATA OUTSIDE PARTICIPATION
YO-HEY & HAYATA will be appearing in Kushinbo Kamen’s New Year Produce on the 28th December, and they recorded this video message.
Question: how can someone covering their face by a hood, STILL look SO PHOTOGENIC?
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH wrapped up a short (compared to the frenetic pace of last year) “Winter Navigation 2018”. Sadly due to the snowy weather rolling into the provinces (and I think as one fan said, not having a streaming service which severely impacts as people don’t sometimes know what is going on), attendances have not been good with only one night in five being sold out.
Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima announced that they have split from “The Super New Generation Army” and stand as a team called “The Mid Generation” as they both debuted in 2004; so despite being part of the “Golden Era”, they stand now in the era between the vets and the younger heavyweights. This makes more sense for both of them, Shiozaki in particular who was in a grey area being too old for the younger heavyweights and too young for the veterans.
I think this was probably always NOAH’s intention to have them break away from the others at some point, especially now Kiyomiya is not so dependent on Shiozaki and needs less input. The GHC Heavyweight tag championships that Shiozaki has held recently have been for him to get other people (Kotoge & Kiyomiya) over in the heavyweight division, so this is one is for him to enjoy with a partner who certainly needs no favors.
Although the two are far too green to be involved in any storylines (as much as NOAH has them) or heated feuds, Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura are slowly building into a feud, with Inamura refusing to shake hands with Okada the second time he lost to him and leaving the ring. Looking at the size of them, these two are going to be ultra heavyweights one day.
Due to injury, Chinese athlete, Chang Yufeng, has been pulled from the NOAH cards and is working ringside duties. This means that Lin Dong-Xuan has had his first singles matches and faced Tadasuke on the 9th in the resulting card shake-up.
None of the champions or their challengers have managed to directly get the win over each other in any of the pre-matches.
Yuji Hino made a definite impact (a Kotoge shaped impact) when Shiozaki and Nakajima clashed with himself and Taniguchi in their one and only pre-match by giving him “The Fucking Bomb”. Hino (whom Nakajima has called The Hooligans “pet pig”) has not been in NOAH due to his schedule since the 9th December. Nakajima says he will “silence his noisy oinking” at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”
Hino then went on to insult most of The Hooligans (aside from KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Mitsuya Nagai). He’s probably not going to take well to being called names either.
Kotaro Suzuki said something to the effect that Daisuke Harada walked in and took the seat he had left empty. Harada said this untrue as he came here from Osaka Pro, and that no one wants his damn seat anyway, they all have their own. Harada said he cannot afford to lose in Yokohama, after all, much more is on the line than just the belt.
Suzuki’s last comment before the title match is that people should cheer for Harada (who he called “truly my puppet”) because he was going to crush him and take everything from him.
Hajime Ohara hinted that there is a mini generational war going on among the juniors with Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 having the tag belts, and Kotaro Suzuki having the GHC Junior. There was tension between The Backbreakers and the GHC Junior Tag Champions at the match signing with Kumano and Tanaka squaring up.
Minoru Tanaka likened the title match in Yokohama to be like a barbecue with butter falling into the fire, and told Hajime Ohara on the last night that he was the “burnt scum” of it when Ohara sarcastically told him to enjoy the taste of his barbecue.
Takashi Sugiura and Kaito Kiyomiya continued to stalemate, with Sugiura telling Kiyomiya that he had better bring his energy to Yokohama. In a post match promo on the 12th he said that he was going to “win a way that he cannot stand up” either by knockout, pin or referee stop.
GHC BELT NEWS
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Takashi Sugiura
- GHC Junior Champion: Kotaro Suzuki
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Minoru Tanaka & Hi69
All titles will be challenged for on the 16th December at “Great Voyage in Yokohama Vol.2”
Kaito Kiyomiya will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight
Daisuke Harada will challenge for the GHC Junior
Yuji Hino & Maybach Taniguchi will challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag
The Backbreakers (Hajime Ohara & Hitoshi Kumano) will challenge for the GHC Junior Tag
~ President Uchida told Katsuhiko Nakajima that “I don’t kick people, and laugh” when discussing teams for Masao Inoue’s bowling tournament
~ Atsushi Kotoge got his cape back that Yoshinari Ogawa threw into the audience at Korakuen Hall
~ YO-HEY had planned to go buffo to use the dojo tanning machine, but unsurprisingly, December is too cold and the dojo doesn’t have much in the way of either heating or air-con, and he apologized for the inconvenience of his not getting naked. Please let that be the end of his story.
~ Atsushi Kotoge started waving The Hooligans flag around (they had left it behind), his cloak also broke and Kumano took a secret picture of him fixing it.
~ Naomichi Marufuji has been able to start very light training. Makoto Hashi (old dojo friend from the AJPW days) has been helping him with physiotherapy (he trained as one when he retired from NOAH), and they talked of old times during the rehabilitation sessions.
~ Everyone in NOAH has a nickname, Kinya Okada’s is apparently “Oka-chan”
~ Atsushi Kotoge was scolded for timekeeping by Go Shiozaki and then Takashi Sugiura for taking too long rushing around the hall
~ This was apparently Tadasuke’s first time in a NOAH ring against Takashi Sugiura (he showed “amazing power” when he lariated Sugiura according to a fan)
~ Kinya Okada gave a post match interview for his debut, he says he admires everyone, but he has no hero. He wants to be his own wrestler.
~ Hitoshi Kumano has picked up a nasty looking black eye during the last three days of “Winter Navigation 2018”.
~ The top of Kinya Okada’s head and hair vanished on the entry screen into the blue background due to a glitch, making him look like one of the “Coneheads”.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya celebrated his third anniversary in wrestling on the 9th December
~ Masao Inoue told Quiet Storm not to chop him as “it hurts as its cold”.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya really likes tomatoes (says he will be the only person eating them at a buffet, his fridge is full of them, ate them at an interview instead of an apple).
~ Hi69 celebrated his 37th birthday on the 12th December.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima has had a new t-shirt released…
KING SHAMELESS CORNER
He’s been good this week. Expect that to change after he’s had to behave himself at Yokohama.
The event on the 7th December, will be broadcast on the 15th December
The event on the 16th December, will be broadcast on the 22nd December
English translation of Naomichi Marufuji’s biography “Heir to The Ark“
(Chapters 1 and 2 are complete, 3 is currently ongoing)
Review of “Anything is possible ~ The Eddie Edwards Story“
“I have been with Noah for eighteen years, I have worn the belt and carried Noah” ~ mini interview with Takashi Sugiura.
“I will change the scene with the win on the 16th December” ~ interview with Kaito Kiyomiya
“I will not be beaten” ~ Kaito Kiyomiya pledges generation change by taking the GHC
“Come At Me You Bastards” ~ Kenoh’s column (December 2018)
Image credit ~ NOAH GHC
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