WWE makes a huge splash down under at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds! Will it be The Game or the Dead Man who wins their #LastTimeEver Super Show-Down match?
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Bar; The New Day wins and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins by disqualification, Lynch retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
- John Cena & Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens & Elias; Cena & Lashley win.
- Asuka & Naomi VS The IIconics; The IIconics win.
- WWE Championship No Holds Barred Match: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe; Styles wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad; Rousey & The Bella Twins win.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack; The Shield wins.
- WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; Bryan wins and will challenge for the WWE Championship at WWE Crown Jewel.
- Last Time Ever: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels VS The Undertaker w/ Kane; changed into…
- Last Time Ever, No Disqualifications: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels VS The Undertaker w/ Kane; HHH wins.
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Melbourne, the time has come.
The stars align for this global event. There will be many first time ever matches, but only one #LastTimeEver. Twenty years, an entire Era, comes full circle as the Phenom and the Game collide not just one more time, but one final time, with their strongest allies behind them. But at the same time, grudges must be settled, wars must be waged, and a champion must be crowned! Are you ready for this super show? Are you ready for Super Show Down!?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Bar!
Awww~ Melbourne~! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for this opening tag team title match, and feel~, the power~! These two top teams of the Blue Brand and WWE overall collide one more time in the land down under to see who returns to the states the W, W, E, SmackDown, Tag, Team, Champions~!
The bell rings and New Day is in speed formation with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Kofi starts against Cesaro and Melbourne are strong behind New Day. Cesaro gets the headlock but Kofi powers out, only for Cesaro to run him over. Things speed up and Kofi elbows Cesaro down. Cover, ONE, tag to Woods. Kofi kicks, Woods lariats and Kofi splashes. Woods goes up, Kofi tags in, big elbow drop. Woods intercepts Sheamus and Kofi springboards for another splash! Now Woods uses Kofi for the step stool and senton, then Kofi slingshots back for another splash! Cover, TWO! Sheamus helps Cesaro get out and they regroup. Kofi hits Sheamus, then FLIES! But The Bar catches him, so Woods adds on. It’s not enough as Sheamus catches Woods and rams him into a post! Cesaro rams Kofi into the post, too, and The Bar now has control.
Big E coaches his boys up, but Cesaro covers Kofi. TWO, and Cesaro tags to Sheamus. The Bar double whip and Super Saiyan Kicks! Sheamus drags Kofi out for a lariat, cover, TWO! He keeps on Kofi with the high keylock. Fans rally up and Kofi feeds off the energy. Kofi gets up but Sheamus knocks him down. Tag to Cesaro he gives Kofi a BIG European Uppercut. Cover, TWO, but Cesaro puts Kofi in a modified crossface that puts a knee into the back of Kofi’s head. Cesaro pulls back but Kofi endures. Melbourne rallies up again and Kofi moves around. Kofi fights with elbows but Cesaro pushes. Kofi sunset flips, TWO! Cesaro has a foot and drags Kofi over to tag in Sheamus. Sheamus stomps Kofi then kicks him to the ropes. He drags Kofi up but Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus gives four, then tags to Cesaro.
The Bar double suplexes Kofi up and in, Cesaro covers, TWO! Woods returns to the corner and fans rally. Cesaro puts Kofi in a chinbar and armlock. Kofi works his way up but Cesaro wrenches harder. Kofi throws hands and jawbreakers, but Cesaro tags to Sheamus. Sheamus intercepts by hitting Woods back down. Kofi evades but there’s no one to tag. Sheamus tags Cesaro and Cesaro hits a EuroUpper! He brings Kofi over and The Bar give a double backbreaker! Cesaro covers, TWO! Cesaro puts Kofi on the ropes to choke, then Sheamus gest a cheap shot knee! Cover, TWO! The Bar argues the count, but two is two. Big E coaches up Kofi but Cesaro looms over the high-flyer. Cesaro shoves Kofi to the corner but Kofi fights out. Kofi backs Cesaro down but Cesaro whips him. Kofi dumps Cesaro out! Woods is back and fans fire up!
Kofi crawls but Cesaro tags Sheamus. Kofi tags Woods and Woods rallies! SUPERKICK for Cesaro then he dodges around Sheamus. Mule kick to sliding shot! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps going, chopping away on Sheamus. Sheamus kicks low and tosses Woods out, but Woods says on the apron. Woods kicks back, then step-in springboards, but Sheamus denies the DDT. Sheamus gives Woods the Irish Curse backbreaker, covers, TWO! Big E checks on Kofi while Sheamus goes to a corner. Sheamus roars and aims at Woods. He runs in, but Woods dodges the boot to roll up! TWO and Woods mule kicks Sheamus. Sheamus staggers into a tag from Cesaro. Woods runs but Sheamus tosses him into Cesaro’s EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro grabs the legs and takes Woods swinging! He swings Woods around and around, then puts on the Sharpshooter! Woods endures as Cesaro sits down deep. Kofi slowly returns but Sheamus intercepts him. Kofi shoves Sheamus away to kick Cesaro! Sheamus comes in and grabs Kofi, but Kofi brings him out with body scissors! They’re both down and Woods cradles Cesaro! TWO, but Cesaro rolls Woods, with ropes! Kofi stops that, but then Sheamus grabs him. Kofi breaks free to hit Trouble in Paradise! Woods baits Cesaro into a boot and Kofi tags in. Woods feeds Cesaro to Kofi’s swinging boots, then gives him a backstabber! Kofi climbs and jumps for double stomps against those knees! Cover, New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, Kofi Kingston pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The five-time tag team champions are still the five-time tag team champions as the speed formation gets the win! Will this fifth reign be even greater than their record setting fourth reign?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair!
The Lass Kicker finally sits back atop her Women’s Division, but her former friend in The Queen of Flair won’t just sit back and let her have her way. Will Becky’s two-year struggle be for naught? Or will she be too Relent-Lass for Charlotte to overcome?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Charlotte and Becky circle and Melbourne is more on Becky’s side than Charlotte’s. Becky likes that as she kicks and forearms Charlotte. She grinds Charlotte against ropes. Charlotte boots but Becky blocks that to send it sideways. Becky goes after that leg then sweeps the other. She drags Charlotte up but Charlotte fights back with big knees and forearms. Charlotte puts Becky in a corner but Becky boots back. Becky kicks Charlotte into buckles then goes out of the ring. She drags Charlotte all the way out and to the floor! The referee checks on Charlotte and reprimands Becky, but Becky keeps on Charlotte by shoving her into the post! Charlotte shouts in pain from her shoulder, but Becky puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO!
Becky keeps her cool and stomps a mudhole into Charlotte. She backs off at 4 but goes after Charlotte at the ropes. She stops at 4 again, to bring Charlotte up. Becky elbows Charlotte’s neck then whips her to a corner. Charlotte tumbles to the apron then slingshots in for a roll up. TWO, and Charlotte chops! Becky dodges the next one to tilt-o-whirl takedown into the Fujiwara armbar! Becky pulls back as hard as she can but Charlotte endures. Charlotte powers her way up but Becky brings her back down! Becky pulls on fingers on top of the arm, but Charlotte still endures. Fans rally as they stand up, and Charlotte sidewalk slams Becky! Becky staggers into a back suplex! Both women are down but stirring. Fans rally up for Becky as she stands.
Becky gives Charlotte EuroUppers, then a back kick. Charlotte turns that around to knee drop the back of the leg! Becky staggers into more Flair chops! Charlotte chops and chops then whips but Becky blocks. Charlotte kicks the bad leg, then puts Becky in a corner. Becky dodges to jump kick! Becky scoops Charlotte, but Charlotte fights out. Charlotte scoops and tosses Becky with the exploder! Becky flounders to a corner while Charlotte kips up. Charlotte walks over but Becky puts her into buckles. Becky hops up, leaps and hits the forearms. Cover, TWO! Becky grows frustrated already, but she knows Charlotte well enough to know this won’t be so easy. Becky glares at Charlotte and goes after the arm. Charlotte gets a takedown and wants her hold but Becky punches her away. Charlottes boots Becky down! Cover, TWO!
Charlotte keeps her cool, and takes a moment to catch her breath. Becky gets her in a roll up, TWO! Charlotte forearms Becky but Becky comes back with a forearm. Charlotte forearms again, but so does Becky. They go back and forth, staggering but still standing with every shot. Becky gets an edge, then headbutts! Charlotte SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and now Charlotte is growing frustrated. Charlotte sits up first and drags herself up with ropes. She gets herself to a corner and climbs up top. Charlotte aims, moonsault hits knees! Becky rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Enziguri! Becky staggers over but she wants to go up top. She takes aim, leg drop flops as Charlotte evades!
Charlotte boots Becky back down, then goes after the legs. She drags Becky around for the Boston Crab! Becky endures and crawls towards ropes, for the ropebreak! Charlotte lets go, and grits her teeth. Becky grabs her belt and wants out. But Charlotte pursues, tackling Becky into barriers! Charlotte puts Becky in the ring, but Becky kicks her. Charlotte SPEARS again! But she doesn’t cover, she wants the Figure Four! She gets it! Charlotte wants the bridge but Becky knows it. Becky moves around and drags towards the ropes, but Charlotte gets the Figure Eight! But Becky slaps her with the belt!
Winner: Charlotte, by disqualification; Becky is still SmackDown Women’s Champion
Champion’s Advantage of course works to the advantage of the champion. Becky lets Charlotte win this match, but Becky keeps the title. If it took an act of desperation to hold onto the title, will Becky be able to keep her reign going? Or will The Queen regain her throne sooner rather than later?
Charlotte isn’t happy with the result either way, and she goes after Becky at the ramp! She drags Becky back to the ring, but Becky slips out to attack back! Becky drags Charlotte up now and throws her with a Becksploder! The Lass Kicker wants more, and she knees Charlotte’s head into the barriers! Becky leaves Charlotte down and out, who else will be burned by the Straight Fire?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias and Kevin Owens.
The Drifter and Prizefighter have come to Melbourne. Elias plays the opening to Thunderstruck by ACDC, and puts his own spin on it, and Melbourne likes it. Elias is officially an international sensation, but he knows he’s most loved in the land down under. But that’s because Australia knows the truth: WWE stands for “Walk With Elias!”
Tonight is going to be a great night but it’s even better with his big fan and good friend, Kevin Owens, with him. Kevin knows usually nothing cheers him up quite like Elias’ music, but who knows if that’ll happen tonight? These two great guys sit in a cesspool of a city. Kevin told them Super Show Down should be in Canada! Elias says that’s fine, but he got some advice. When things get bad, don’t worry, because John Cena and Bobby Lashley will choke, just like Collingwood did. Melbourne seems to like hearing that. But before Elias can sing a song, Lashley makes his entrance!
John Cena & Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens & Elias!
The Dominator has had his problems with both Kevin and Elias, but he’s not alone. The 16-time WWE world champion has had his history with both Prizefighter and Drifter, and makes his return to the ring for this historic event! Of course, Kevin claims that’s the only reason Cena is back, meaning Cena and Lashley won’t work well together the way the good friends, Kevin and Elias, will. Will Kevin be proven right or wrong when these two big names combine forces for Super Show Down?
The teams sort out, and Kevin starts while fans duel as always about “Let’s Go, Cena!” “Cena Sucks!” But Cena lets Lashley start, so Lashley circles with Kevin. Kevin tags out to Elias so Elias circles with Lashley. They tie up and Lashley gets the wristlock. Lashley wrenches the arm and yanks on it. Lashley jams the arm then clubs Elias on th back. He throws in a knee then runs to run Elias over with a shoulder. Elias gets to a corner and knees back. Elias chops Lashley then throws forearms. He runs but into Lashley’s Thesz Press! Lashley puts Elias in a corner for haymakers then whips him corner to corner. He runs in but Elias boots Lashley away. Elias runs but Lashley leaps over to then powerslam! Cover, TWO! Elias gets to his corner and Kevin tags in.
Lashley still goes after Elias but Kevin goes after Lashley. Kevin puts on a headlock but Lashley powers out. They collide shoulders but neither man stands. Kevin kicks and headlocks but Lashley powers out. They collide shoulders again, but then Lashley turns Kevin around for the swinging neckbreaker. Lashley runs in at Kevin for the big shoulder tackle. He then climbs up for corner punches. Lashley gets six but Elias comes in. Lashley hits Elias but then misses Kevin. He dodges Elias and has to fight them both off. He complete shots Kevin, then points to Cena. But Elias intercepts and knocks Cena off the apron. Lashley lifts Elias but Kevin SUPERKICKS him down! Kevin stomps away then says he can’t see Cena.
Kevin drags Lashley over and Elias tags in. They mug Lashley, then stomp a mudhole into him. Elias throws hands, then bumps Lashley off buckles. Elias scoops and slams Lashley to then drop an elbow. Cover, ONE! Elias keeps on Lashley and Kevin tags in. They continue to mug Lashley, then Kevin throws in shoulders. Kevin taunts Cena then goes back to keeping Lashley away. He clubs and kicks Lashley but won’t stop taunting Cena. Kevin forearms Lashley then puts on a chinlock. Fans rally for Lashley and Lashley feeds off the energy. Lashley reaches out to Cena but Kevin drives him down with a DDT! Cover, TWO! Kevin drags Lashley up and over to tag Elias in. Elias rams his shoulder into Lashley, then brings Lashley up for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Elias keeps on Lashley and tags Kevin back in.
Lashley fights out now, and keeps Elias from escaping by going after him with a suplex. Kevin saves Elias, but Lashley throws hands on him. Lashley hits Elias for good measure, but then misses on his spear! Lashley crashes and burns, but Kevin tags Elias. Elias goes after Lashley and puts him into the post. He puts Lashley in the ring then tags Kevin back in. Kevin climbs, for a frog splash! Cover, TWO! Lashley survives and Kevin is livid. Kevin drags Lashley up as fans rally up. Lashley reaches again but Kevin clubs him down. Kevin has Lashley in the facelock, but Cena rallies the fans again. Lashley stands and fights out. Kevin knees low then runs, but into the spinebuster!
Lashley crawls for his corner, and Cena is ready! Hot tag to Cena and Elias! Cena rallies with his shoulder tackles! Then the spin-out bomb, and of course, “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle! He fireman’s carry and hits the Attitude Adjustment! But he’s not done there, Cena uses his newest move, the Lightning Punch! Cover, Cena & Lashley win!
Winners: Cena & Lashley, John Cena pinning
The Franchise and the Dominator power through the Drifter and the Prizefighter! Will Cena return to use that Sixth Move of Doom to get that 17th world title reign? Will Lashley himself make his way back towards a title?
Cena takes a mic and speaks.
“I honestly didn’t know what to expect coming back here tonight.” Cena thanks the fans, as WWE is and will always be his home. His life is changing, but he’ll never forget where he came from. Cena wants to let us know he has no idea what the future holds, so he’ll focus on the now. Cena stands in front of 70000 people making some noise, and he means this from the bottom of his heart: there’s not a better feeling in the world. He thanks them for letting him be part of this event. When and where will we see Cena again?
Asuka & Naomi VS The IIconics!
Billie Kay & Peyton Royce marvel at being back. It’s so beautiful that they’re finally– Wait, Peyton wants to say it. No, Billie wants to say it. They’ll say it together: they’re home! There’s no place they’d rather be and no audience they’d rather compete in front of. Asuka and Naomi are “not too shabby”, but Australia and the world will see #WeAreIIconic! Will being back in Melbourne give the Iconic Duo the power they need to overcome Asuka & Naomi? Or is no one, no matter where they are, ready to #FeelTheGlow?
The bell rings and Naomi starts against Peyton. The two circle and tie up. Naomi powers Peyton to ropes but Peyton turns it around. Peyton shoves Naomi and the IIconics laugh, but then Naomi hits back with forearms! Naomi goes to bulldog but Peyton pushes her into buckles! Peyton brings Naomi back and tags Billie. The IIconics double wrench and kick Naomi down. Billie sits Naomi up but Naomi counters. Billie catches the kick but Naomi does the splits and shimmy. Naomi shoves Billie then blocks her kick. Billie begs for mercy, she can’t do the splits. Naomi pulls and ouch goes the thighs. Asuka tags in and Glowmorrow whips. They pass Billie through to sweep and dropkick!
Asuka whips but Billie reverses. Asuka goes up and over and wiggles her hips. Billie runs at Asuka but Asuka grabs the arm. They spin around as Asuka tries to get the takedown! Billie tags Peyton and Peyton saves Billie. Naomi comes in but the duo backs down to strike their “IIconic!” pose. Then they rush Asuka and Naomi, only to get dropkicks! Glowmorrow counts it out, “Ichi! Ni! San!” and they double hip attack the IIconics down! Glowmorrow also do their own secret handshake and pose. Asuka fetches Peyton and catches her by her hair. They go in the ring but Billie distracts. Peyton grabs a leg, Billie gets in for the boot! Peyton covers, TWO! The IIconics are furious but Peyton throws hands on Asuka. Cover, TWO! Peyton tags Billie and the IIconics work together to heel kick Asuka down. Billie covers, TWO!
Billie keeps on Asuka with the armlock. Both IIconics trash talk but Asuka endures. Fans rally up and Asuka fights her way up. Billie knees low but Asuka fights out of the IIconic corner. Asuka gets past Billie to roll her up, TWO! Billie drags Asuka up but Asuka reaches for Naomi. Billie kicks but Asuka catches her into a German Suplex! Fans rally as both women crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Peyton and Naomi! Naomi rallies on Peyton, then springboards for the roundhouse! Peyton is dizzy, Naomi bulldogs her into the buckle. Naomi jumps up, split leg moonsault! Billie breaks the cover, but Asuka dropkicks her down!
Naomi slingshots onto Peyton on the outside, then spanks her butt! Billie anchors Naomi into the apron! Asuka goes after Billie but Billie sends Asuka into barriers. Peyton drags Naomi in, Billie waistlocks and wheelbarrows Naomi, IIconic knee! Cover, the IIconics win!!
Winners: The IIconics, Peyton Royce pinning
Melbourne celebrates their hometown heroes being victorious! Will Peyton & Billie use this to move up in the SmackDown Women’s Division and make the future truly IIconic?
WWE Championship No Holds Barred Match: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe!
The Phenomenal One and the Destroyer were once good friends, but perhaps being such good friends is how Joe learned Styles’ weakness. Joe would burn the bridge between him and Styles by using Styles’ own family as a pressure point to hurt the champion. It backfired at first, as Styles went after Joe so hard, he got disqualified. Then in their rematch, Styles survived, but not without controversy. Joe demanded this match, and SmackDown GM Paige agreed. There MUST be a winner this time, so the rules go out the window! Does Styles have a chance of surviving? Or will he leave Joe for dead in the land down under?
Before the bell, Joe waits for Styles on the ramp. Styles marches his way down, eyes locked with Joe, and the fight is on! They brawl on the ramp and Joe headbutts Styles. Styles hits back and throws Joe into barriers! He puts puts Joe in the ring and this match officially begins! Styles throws Joe into a corner then throws hands. Joe can only defend himself, then he throws jabs back. Joe backs Styles down until Styles falls down. Styles stands up and hits Joe back with a heavy haymaker. Joe stands but Styles is on him again. Joe throws Styles out then follows, but Styles trips him up. Even so, Joe shoves Styles over the announce desk! Styles quickly gets up and chases Joe back into the ring.
Styles kicks Joe down, then stalks him to a corner. He kicks Joe again, then chops him. Styles bumps Joe off buckles then rams in a shoulder. Fans duel as Styles snapmares Joe and kicks him in the back. Styles kicks Joe in the chest, but Joe grits his teeth. Joe chops Styles off his feet! Joe stalks Styles now, then chops him off his feet again. He headbutts Styles then jabs him against the ropes. Joe runs and boots Styles out of the ring! Joe waits for Styles as long as it takes, because there are no count-outs. Styles stands and Joe builds speed to DIVE! Joe barrels Styles into barriers! Joe paces while Styles crawls. Styles makes it around the corner but Joe is there to bounce him off steel steps. Joe stalks Styles and whips him to barriers. Then he forearms Styles back into them!
Joe drags Styles up for a snap suplex to the floor, then looms over Styles as he writhes. He puts Styles in the ring, then soaks up the heat. Joe snapmares Styles into a vice grip on the shoulder. Styles endures but Joe has an iron grip. Fans rally up and Styles stands to fight out with elbows. Styles throws haymakers, then runs, but into Joe’s big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps his cool as he puts that grip back on Styles’ shoulder. Styles again endures while fans rally up. Styles pries his way out and fights back with chops. He chops and forearms then whips, but Joe reverses. Joe hits the back elbow to Pele! Styles flops out to the apron while fans duel again. Joe drags Styles for a cover, TWO! Styles drags himself back to the apron, but Joe keeps his eyes on him.
Joe grabs the legs and catapults Styles into the ropes for the guillotine. Styles coughs and gasps for air as he flops to the floor. Fans chant “We Want Tables!” while Styles staggers to his feet. Joe stalks Styles to stomp him at the apron. Joe drags Styles up and suplexes, but Styles holds onto ropes. Now Styles to suplex Joe out, but Joe resists. Joe gets Styles up and in but Styles slips out to then throw the Phenomenal Blitz! Joe is on his knees, Styles runs and hits the forearm! Styles catches his breath while Joe crawls to a corner. Styles runs in corner to corner for the big clothesline. Joe gets out of the fireman’s carry but Styles elbows Joe away. Styles hops up and hits the moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool, and drags Joe up.
Styles wants the Clash, but Joe sweeps the legs to catapult Styles into buckles. Joe then runs him over with a lariat! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Styles up for a fireman’s carry. Styles fights out to enziguri! Joe wobbles but stays standing. Styles runs but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Styles barely survives but Joe is still just as frustrated. Joe drags Styles back up and whips him to a corner. Styles hits back then hops up, but Joe catches the moonsault for a driver! Cover, TWO!! Joe is so close but still so far. Fans duel as Joe comes up with ideas. Joe rolls out, and he snags a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Joe aims at Styles but Styles dropkicks the chair into his face! Styles stands while Joe is down.
Styles decides to take that chair for his own, to jab it into his ribs and SMACK it across his back! Joe hides under the bottom rope but that won’t spare him. Styles jabs and SMACKS Joe again, then sits the chair up. Styles takes a seat to wait for Joe, so that he can kick him. Then he positions the chair and puts Joe in a corner. Styles backs off, runs back in, and uses the chair for a step stool, only for Joe to catch him, and urenage him onto the chair! Joe covers, TWO!! Styles still survives and Joe grows further frustrated. Joe rolls out because he wants something else. He goes to the ring, and pulls out a table! Melbourne is happy to see that!
Joe brings the table up and in, but first SMACKS Styles with the chair! Styles writhes in pain while Joe sets up that table. Joe drags Styles to the corner and up to the top rope. Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does Styles. Styles slips out and electric chairs Joe and himself through that table!! Joe clutches his leg, but “This is Awesome!” Styles drags himself up but so does Joe. Joe can barely walk, and the referee checks on Joe. Joe says he heard something pop, but he won’t let this end the match. Styles comes over and moves the ref aside, to stalk the wounded Joe. He goes after the bad leg with vicious stomps! Styles shows no mercy for the man who threatened his family! He grabs and snaps the leg in the toehold, and says “He’s mine now!”
Styles grabs that leg for a DDT into the mat. He drags Joe up to a corner, and just as Joe said before, Styles reminds Joe there are consequences for our actions. But Joe turns things around to put Styles in the corner, only for Styles to get the leg for the Calf Crusher! Joe grabs Styles first, for the Coquina Clutch! Styles squirms around, but a ropebreak doesn’t do anything. Even so, Styles uses the ropes to get out of the hold then he roundhouses Joe away! Styles hurries back up, forearms Joe away, then hotshots him. Joe falls and Styles aims, for a springboard 450 on that bad leg! Styles doesn’t cover, he wants Joe to suffer as he suffered.
Joe rolls out but Styles pursues. Styles kicks that bad leg even as Joe hobbles. He forearms Joe against the barriers but then Joe dumps Styles over. Joe chops Styles now, right in front of the fans. Styles forearms Joe away, then uses the barriers as a springboard for the Phenomenal Forearm! Joe is now dead weight but Styles drags Joe up and in, because the fall has to happen in the ring. Styles prepares his forearm again, and aims at Joe. Joe manages to stand, and Styles springboards, but into the Coquina Clutch! Joe doesn’t have it all, and Styles backs him into buckles. But Joe holds on, and then uses the clutch to suplex Styles! Cover, TWO!!
Both men are down from exhaustion and pain, but this match must continue. They slowly stir, and Joe stands first. Joe puts Styles in a corner, then hoists him back up top. He chops Styles then tucks him in, for a Muscle Buster lift. Styles slips out as the knee gives out, roll up, TWO, COQUINA!! Joe can’t get the body scissors and Styles rolls up like Hell in a Cell! TWO, and Styles shifts right to the Calf Crusher! He even uses Joe’s own boot straps against him! Joe endures as Styles pulls way back. JOE TAPS! STYLES WINS!
Winner: AJ Styles, by submission; still WWE Champion
There had to be a winner, and there was! SmackDown stays the House that AJ Styles Built, and it took so much to keep it that way. Will Styles continue to keep SmackDown his house? Or will he be facing a new challenger soon enough?
Six Woman Tag: Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins VS The Riott Squad!
THE Raw Women’s Champion leads Nikki & Brie into battle with Ruby, Liv & Sarah. With WWE Evolution still on the horizon, will we see a glimpse of a coming title match? Or will Rowdy Ronda and the Bellas make sure the Squad doesn’t #StartARiott?
Ronda and Nikki talk it out, but Ruby is waiting. Nikki convinces Ronda to let her start, but then Ruby clobbers Nikki from behind! Ruby drags Nikki up to club her down, then mocks her pain. She whips Nikki but Nikki lariats and dropkicks back. Nikki runs in at the corner but Ruby sends her into buckles. Ruby drags Nikki over to the Squad but Nikki arm-drags. Nikki turns Ruby for the cravat buster then a big shoulder. Ruby staggers but reverses the whip, only for Nikki to reverse back and hit the spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Nikki brings Ruby over and Brie tags in. The Bellas double wrench and sweep, then Brie covers. TWO, but Brie keeps on Ruby. Ruby rolls Brie, TWO, but Ruby gets Brie with the complete shot! Cover, TWO!
Ruby keeps her cool and drags Brie over. Tag to Liv and the Juvenile Delinquent enziguris Brie down! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps on Brie, and even raspberries at her. But Brie grabs that blue raspberry tongue and pulls! Liv breaks free to rock Brie with a right. Liv runs but into Brie’s dropkick! Brie says “Brie Mode!” and runs, to hit the knee! She calls Liv a loser, then yanks her to the cover. TWO, but Brie keeps on Liv. Tag to Nikki, and the Bellas double suplex Liv up to rebound her down. Nikki covers, TWO! The Squad coaches Liv up but Nikki keeps on her. Fireman’s carry but Liv fights out. Liv runs, Sarah tags and Liv kicks Nikki down. Sarah adds her knee, then covers, TWO!
Sarah grounds ‘n’ pounds Nikki to then turn her over for a hair-pulling clutch. She rams Nikki down with a forearm then covers, TWO. Sarah throws knees to back Nikki down. Tag to Liv, and Liv climbs up. Sarah feeds Nikki to Liv’s knees, then Liv hits a flying facebuster! Cover, TWO! Liv stalks Nikki to a corner and stomps a mudhole. She taunts Brie with booty smacks, but runs into Nikki’s boots! Fans rally as both women crawl for their corners. Liv intercepts Nikki first then drags her over. Tag to Sarah, and Sarah stomps Nikki. Sarah taunts Nikki to tag her team, then knocks her down. Sarah drags Nikki over and tags in Ruby. Ruby kicks Nikki then wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally and Nikki fights out. Ruby throws Nikki down by her hair, covers, TWO! Ruby drags Nikki over, tag to Sarah.
Sarah stomps Nikki then wraps on a cobra clutch. Nikki endures and fights back, but Sarah spins her around for a sweep. Sarah covers, TWO, and the Squad grows frustrated. Sarah taunts Ronda but Nikki rolls her, TWO! Nikki crawls for her corner but Sarah intercepts with a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Sarah keeps on Nikki with a chinlock, and turns it into a straitjacket. Nikki endures as Sarah shifts back to a cobra clutch. Brie and Ronda rally the fans as they reach for tags. Nikki powers up and fights out. Sarah rocks Nikki with a right, then whips her to a corner. Sarah runs but into an elbow. Nikki hits Ruby then hits the Fearless Enziguri! Ruby lurks outside, and trips up Brie! Liv hits Ronda, and now Nikki is all alone! The ref gets order back, but Ronda returns. Nikki shoves Sarah and tags in Ronda!
The Rowdy One rallies on Sarah with those judo throws! Liv runs in but she gets throw around, too! Ruby is in, she gets a rolling taya goshi! Ronda goes back to Sarah and monkey flips her to a corner. She then fires up and throws the strikes! Sarah can only defend, but then she gets reeled in for the ROWDY SLAM! The Bellas intercept Ruby and Liv, but Brie ends up in a post and Nikki into barriers. Nikki kicks Ruby back and puts her into barriers while Sarah holds onto ropes. Ronda yanks Sarah off, wanting that arm, but Liv clobbers Ronda from behind! Liv and Sarah regroup, then go after Ronda. They drag her up, but Ronda grabs one arm each! Ronda reels them both in for double takedowns! And then she stacks them for a DOUBLE ARMBAR!! Both of them tap, Ronda and the Bellas win!
Winners: Ronda Rousey & The Bella twins, Rousey by submission
The Raw Women’s Champion makes two people tap out at once to bring her, Nikki & Brie the victory! Will anyone hope to ever defeat the Baddest Woman in the Planet?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy!
The Soul of 205 Live has been undefeated in the year 2018, especially once becoming THE Cruiserweight Champion at Wrestlemania. However, the Cruiserweight Juggernaut is the other hometown hero tonight. Can Murphy use his superior size and strength to end the #AgeofAlexander? Or is the building legacy only going to continue in the land down under?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Murphy has Melbourne on his side and he makes sure Alexander knows it. Murphy offers a handshake, only to take it back. Then he hits Alexander with a knee trigger! Cover, TWO! Murphy almost got the better of Alexander, but he keeps going. He sets Alexander in the drop zone then climbs up, but Alexander bails out. So Murphy hops down, builds up speed and FLIES! Direct hit on the champion! Melbourne is thunderous for Murphy as he puts Alexander in. Murphy climbs again and leaps at Alexander for meteora! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives but Murphy is not deterred. Murphy kicks Alexander swiftly on the back, then again. Murphy kicks Alexander a third time, then covers, TWO! Alexander isn’t that easy to defeat, but Murphy doesn’t mind.
Murphy aims but Alexander evades. Alexander gives Murphy a big uppercut, then a boot. Alexander blocks Murphy’s kick to give the elbow. Murphy staggers and Alexander runs, but into a sleeper hold! Murphy squeezes tight and brings Alexander down to a knee. Alexander endures and powers Murphy to a corner. He bounces Murphy off buckles but it takes three times to break free. Murphy then shoves Alexander into buckles! Fans cheer as Murphy drags Alexander up. Murphy sets Alexander on buckles, then runs corner to corner, only to get a SUPERKICK! Murphy is down and Alexander drags himself up. Fans rally again as Alexander walks over. Murphy rocks him with a heavy right! Alexander staggers to a corner and Murphy puts him up top.
Melbourne is behind Murphy as he climbs up. Alexander fights back and he shoves Murphy away. Murphy returns but is pushed back again. Murphy tries a third time but Alexander gets him with a SUPER Michinoku Driver!! Cover, TWO!! Melbourne is relieved that their hometown hero still lives. Alexander and Murphy both stir as the fans rally up. Alexander runs and shoulders Murphy, to then swing kick and knee strike. Murphy staggers, Alexander says “Get Over Here!” with the step-in springboard shot! Murphy rolls out of the ring but Alexander builds speed to FLY! Direct hit on the challenger! Alexander puts Murphy back in, but he has to catch his breath a moment. He gets to the apron and takes aim at Murphy.
Springboard but into a waistlock. Standing switch and shove, handspring to Neuralizer! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives but Alexander still has moves to use. Alexander drags himself up while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Alexander drags Murphy up in a waistlock, hauls him up but Murphy resists. The champ’s back also bothers him, but he tries again. Murphy slips out and boots Alexander! Murphy hops up but gets an uppercut! Alexander climbs up but hears the fans still on Murphy’s side. Alexander brings Murphy up, but Murphy fights back. They brawl up top with body shots, but Murphy gets the edge. Murphy sunset flips but Alexander holds on. He gets tucked in, SUPERKICK to POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Melbourne can’t believe it but Alexander survives.
The fans keep rallying and Murphy sits up first. Alexander follows and the two glare at each other. Murphy grabs Alexander but Alexander enziguris! Alexander fires himself up but Murphy reels him in. Murphy dodges the kicks to give the knee trigger! Murphy pumphandles but Alexander pops out to victory roll! TWO!! SPANISH FLY OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover again, TWO?!? Murphy survives impact after impact and Alexander’s face says it all! Melbourne is giving their hero a standing ovation as he crawls to ropes. Alexander takes off the elbow pads because he’s getting serious. He drags Murphy in but Murphy sends him out. Alexander is still on the apron, and springboards, into a knee trigger! MURPHY’S LAW!! Cover, MURPHY WINS!!
Winner: Buddy Muphy, by pinfall; NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The Age of Alexander is OVER! Murphy promised to bring it crumbling down, and he has! Will this new reign prove that no one can stop the unstoppable Cruiserweight Juggernaut?
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS The Pack!
Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose have been one of the most dominant trios in WWE history. However, that could easily change if Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler win here tonight. The Universal Champion, the Intercontinental Champion and the Raw Tag Team Champions are all in this match, but this match is not about titles, but about supremacy!
The Shield make their entrance from three separate stairways. Rollins on camera left, Reigns on camera right, and Ambrose right up the middle. They regroup at the ring to then flank it like back in the old days. The Pack stands back to back to back, ready for the war. The muzzles come off, and the fight is on! Rollins brawls with Ziggler, Ambrose brawls with McIntyre, and Reigns has Strowman! Rollins clotheslines Ziggler out to then help out but Strowman gets the better of Reigns. Ambrose sends McIntyre out, then goes with Rollins to help Reigns. The Shield all have the Monster Among Men reeling and then tumbling out of the ring. But the brawl continues on the outside! Ambrose takes apart the announce desk while Rollins jumps on Strowman.
Reigns helps Rollins out, then Ambrose comes over. Strowman is vulnerable, and fans can anticipate what’s coming. The Shield coordinates, but Ziggler & McIntyre save Strowman. Strowman clubs Rollins while Ziggler has Ambrose and McIntyre has Reigns. This still isn’t officially a match, though. McIntyre chops Ambrose then Rollins, and Strowman puts Rollins in. Ziggler follows and now we can start. The referee checks on Rollins but Rollins wants to fight. The bell rings and Ziggler leaps for the satellite DDT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows frustrated, but he calls for his team. McIntyre tags in and he suplexes Rollins down. Cover, TWO! The Scottish Stud taunts Rollins about tagging to no one, then stomps Rollins down. McIntyre puts Rollins in the Pack’s corner, tag to Strowman.
Strowman roars at Reigns and Ambrose before squashing Rollins with the corner splash. He dares one of the Shield boys to get in, then he whips Rollins hard corner to corner. Rollins bounces off buckles and hits the mat, and Strowman tags in Ziggler. Ziggler takes his time bringing Rollins around for the snapmare and elbow drop. Cover, TWO, so he wraps Rollins up in a sleeper hold. Ziggler also gets the body scissors and squeezes the air out of The Architect. Fans rally and Rollins gets up. Rollins reaches but Ziggler pulls hair to bring Rollins down. Ziggler tags McIntyre to mug Rollins. McIntyre puts Rollins in a corner for stomps, haymakers and clubbing forearms. He makes sure Ambrose and Reigns watch as he pulls Rollins’ hair. McIntyre again taunts Rollins with tagging, before stomping him out. He drags Rollins over to tag Ziggler back in.
Ziggler stomps Rollins, then embraces the heat. Ziggler stands Rollins up and eggs Rollins on. He hits Rollins down, then shows a superkick to Ambrose. Ziggler toys with Rollins but Rollins counter punches him. Rollins whips but Ziggler reverses to hop on for another sleeper hold! Ziggler becomes a backpack, putting his full weight on Rollins. Rollins fades but fans rally up. Ambrose coaches Rollins up, too, and Rollins gets a second wind! Rollins reaches for his corner, but Ziggler rakes the eyes! Even so, Rollins back suplexes Ziggler down! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to McIntyre! McIntyre intercepts Rollins but Rollins kicks and slingblades McIntyre down! Now McIntyre and Rollins crawl, hot tag to Strowman! Strowman blasts Ambrose & Reigns down then runs Rollins over!
Fans chant “Get These Hands!” as Strowman drags Rollins up. Ziggler throws Ambrose into barriers and then McIntyre throws Reigns into steps. Strowman drags Rollins around to make him look at his fallen friends. Strowman also taunts the fans, “Look at your might Shield!” He puts Rollins in the Pack’s corner to ram in a shoulder. Strowman rocks Rollins with a right, then tags in Ziggler. Strowman stomps Rollins on his way out, then Ziggler taunts Rollins. “Do something! C’mon, do something, Seth!” But Ziggler says no one cares anymore. Rollins fights back with furious hands! Ziggler kicks a leg out, then goes for the Famouser, only to get a buckle bomb instead!
McIntyre tags in to pick Rollins up, only for Rollins to huricanrana counter! Strowman tags in and he runs Rollins over again! He kicks Rollins while he’s down, then runs corner to corner for a big corner squash. Rollins is down, but so is everyone else. Strowman decides to do something different, and he climbs up top! Fans anticipate something crazy, and Strowman leaps, only to belly flop! Now everyone is down and Rollins has an opening. Rollins shouts for Ambrose and Ambrose drags himself up. Strowman also crawls and Ziggler is back. Tag to Ziggler, tag to Ambrose! The Lunatic Fringe rallies on the Show-Off! Ziggler dodges but still runs into Ambrose’s Fall Away Slam!
Ambrose sees Ziggler get to the apron and brings him up, to suplex in. Ziggler slips out but is denied his Zigzag. McIntyre returns but Ambrose knocks him away. Ziggler wants the Famouser but is again denied as Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds! Ziggler elbows out but his kick is denied, Dodon Buster from Ambrose! Cover, TWO!! The Shield is making a comeback but it’s not over yet. Ambrose grits his teeth and heads up top. He aims at Ziggler but Ziggler climbs up quick. Ambrose fights him off and adjusts, for the Lunatic Elbow! Ziggler rolls through, TWO! They both run, double crossbodies collide! Both men down and now McIntyre returns to his corner. Ziggler and Ambrose crawl, tag to McIntyre who reels Ambrose in. Ambrose slips out of the suplex to hit a neckbreaker! Ambrose crawls for Reigns, and tags him in!
The Big Dog rallies with a boot and uppercuts! He gives McIntyre close-range clotheslines in a corner. He gets all 10 then runs to clothesline McIntyre out. Reigns sees his target, slides out and runs over, for the Drive-By dropkick! Reigns puts McIntyre in and gets a DDT! Cover, TWO! Reigns keeps his cool as he backs off to a corner. Fans duel as Roman locks and loads. Reigns takes aim, but Ziggler comes in. He runs Ziggler off but McIntyre boots Reigns. Reigns rebounds and runs at McIntyre, but McIntyre dodges to send the SUPERMAN PUNCH into AMBROSE! McIntyre takes advantage of the shocked Reigns with a roll up, TWO, and Roman rolls McIntyre. Deadlift to sit-out bomb! Cover, but Ziggler breaks it. Rollins returns to springboard clothesline Ziggler. Strowman returns to scoops Rollins.
Reigns runs at Strowman but gets caught by one big hand! Strowman shoves Reigns into McIntyre’s headbutt, but Rollins slips out to bait Strowman into a post! McIntyre blocks Rollins’ boot and drags Rollins onto his back. But Reigns SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre to save Rollins! Cover, TWO! Everyone is down again, but Melbourne builds to a rally. Reigns & Rollins stir in the ring, but now The Pack flank them. The tables have turned, but Ambrose returns! Who does Ambrose stand with? Everyone wants to see Ambrose’s answer. Ambrose nods, enters the ring, but then runs right at Strowman! He blasts Strowman down with a dropkick, The Shield is still whole! Ambrose keeps running while brawls happen on either side, and he DIVES on Strowman!
Reigns beats down Ziggler and then The Shield all go after McIntyre. Reigns tags in Rollins, who tags in Ambrose. The Shield coordinates, and feed McIntyre to Cerberus, the Triple Powerbomb, but Strowman barrels in to wipe everyone out! The Monster roars, and he takes Reigns to toss him out. Strowman tosses Rollins out, too, then goes to the outside. Ziggler tags in as Strowman runs Reigns over! Strowman keeps going to run Rollins over! Ambrose gets the ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!? The Shield still lives, so Strowman orders Ziggler to toss Ambrose out, “I’ll run his ass over!”
Ziggler tosses Ambrose out, Strowman takes aim. Strowman runs in, but Reigns SPEARS Strowman throw barriers!! The Big Dog and the Monster are down and out but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Ambrose! He and McIntyre put Ambrose in and drag him up. McIntyre runs, but Rollins SUPERKICKS him! Ziggler SUPERKICKS Rollins, but Ambrose gives Ziggler Dirty Deeds! cover, The Shield wins!!
Winners: The Shield, Dean Ambrose pinning
Raw is STILL The Shield’s Yard! Ambrose remains loyal to his brothers, and in the end that is the X-Factor that helped them win. Will The Shield continue to dominate as they always have? Or is this war far from over?
WWE Championship #1 Contender’s match: Daniel Bryan VS The Miz!
This feud has been raging for eight years, ever since the Hollywood A-Lister was the NXT Pro to the “Rookie” Yes Man. But between differences in style, personality and ability, these two quickly became archenemies. And now, with Bryan back from retirement and The Miz feeling on top of the world, they battle again to see who gets back towards the world title first!
AJ Styles, as sore and tired as he is, watches this match backstage, holding his WWE Championship. The Phenomenal One wants to know along with all of us who will face him down the line for the title. Miz makes his entrance first, and takes up a mic to speak before the match.
“Earlier tonight, AJ Styles–” Bryan interrupts with his entrance! Melbourne is much happier to see him than Miz. All of Melbourne chants “YES! YES!” along with Bryan as he enters the ring.
The bell rings and Miz rushes at Bryan! Miz goes after the ribs with knees and shoulders, then whips Bryan to hit him with the kitchen sink knee. He drags Bryan around to stomp away at those battered ribs. Miz suplexes Bryan to hang him up on the ropes. Bryan clutches his ribs while Miz parodies the Yes chant. Miz runs at Bryan but into the roundhouse! Bryan stands and fires himself up to give Miz the Yes Kicks! Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every kick, then backs off. Miz ducks the buzzsaw but Bryan slips out of the back suplex. Bryan misses the knee but Miz parodies and hits it! Cover, TWO! Miz argues about the count but that was still just a two. Miz drags Bryan up but Bryan small packages, Bryan wins?! WHAT?!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall
That was so fast, even Bryan is surprised it happened! Miz is furious but the ref says that was a three. Perhaps Miz shouldn’t have asked for faster counting… But a win is a win and Bryan moves on to face AJ Styles at WWE Crown Jewel! Will the Goat return to the top of the mountain? Or will the world champion stay Phenomenal?
Last Time Ever: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels VS The Undertaker w/ Kane!
What was meant to be a showdown of epic proportions for old times’ sake turned into a very personal war of words and egos. Six years after the End of an Era, the Game and the Dead Man revive their rivalry to truly finish it! Will it end here? And who will be left sanding when it does?
The introductions are made, and to everyone’s surprise, it’s now NO DISQUALIFICATIONS!
Last Time Ever, No Disqualifications: Triple H w/ Shawn Michaels VS The Undertaker w/ Kane!
But it doesn’t take long for Taker to figure it out: This is COO HHH’s doing. The Cerebral Assassin shakes his head to confirm it. But that doesn’t bother Taker, now these two can go all out in this final battle. Fans duel as Taker and HHH stare down. Taker slashes his throat and the bell rings. HHH dodges Taker’s punches, then dodges again. Fans already know “This is Awesome!” HHH taunts Taker with the completely open guard, but then ducks to throw hands on Taker! Taker grabs HHH and puts him in the corner. HHH still dodges and then takes a walk, as if he doesn’t take Taker seriously. HBK gets up to high five his best friend while Kane hops up to talk with his Brother of Destruction. HHH and Taker circle, and Taker finally hits HHH.
Taker wrenches the arm and rams shoulders into each other. He wrenches the arm again for another shoulder collision. Taker brings HHH over to the corner and goes up. HHH denies Old School with a punch, then gives back the arm wrench and shoulders. HHH wrenches more to continuing going after that arm. He wrenches again, and now he climbs up! HBK likes the idea, but Taker doesn’t. Taker grabs HHH and throws hands in the corner! He knocks HHH off his feet, then wrenches the arm again. Taker rams shoulders with HHH and knocks him down. He brings HHH back up for another shoulder knock down. Taker wrenches again, and climbs up. Taker walks the tightrope, to give us some Old School! Fans fire up while HHH crawls to a corner. Taker throws hands and fans say “You Still Got It!”
Taker continues to rock HHH with right, then whips him corner to corner. HHH comes out and Taker scoops him, for Snake Eyes! But HHH counters with the knee! HBK distracts and HHH clotheslines Taker out! But Taker lands on his feet, to grab HBK! HHH saves Taker but gets a hotshot for it. HBK shoves Taker into a post! HBK runs away from Kane but the damage is done. HHH fetches Taker to whips him into barriers. HHH brings Taker up again to whip into steel steps, knees first. The referee keeps Kane back while HBK sneaks a table out. HHH sets it up but Kane comes over. No DQ means nothing can stop Kane and HBK from clashing. Even so, HHH gets Taker up but Taker back drops him! Taker brings HHH up and puts him into the steel steps now.
HHH goes into the ring, Taker follows, but HHH is on him with knees. HHH runs for the swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! HHH looms over Taker while fans say “This is Awesome!” HHH throws hands on Taker but Taker hits back. Taker gives furious body shots and even an uppercut! Taker whips HHH but HHH counters with that signature knee. Cover, TWO! HHH gets to a corner and hops up, and leaps at Taker. Taker grabs him with both hands to then toss him out over the side! HHH staggers into barriers, and HBK checks on his friend. Taker comes out to fetch HHH, and whip him into barriers. HHH tumbles into the timekeeper’s area, but Taker clears off the announce desk. HBK approaches but Taker backs him down. HHH returns to club Taker in the back.
HHH backs Taker down with haymakers, then runs at him, only to get back dropped into the crowd! Taker pursues, and the WWE Universe get to see this up close and personal. Taker dumps HHH into the tech area to choke him with wires! HHH gets free but he topples over railing as he gasps for air. Taker stalks HHH but HHH fights back. HHH wants the Pedigree but Taker dumps him onto the railings! Taker drags HHH around and they go through the crowd more. The referee keeps close as Taker and HHH brawl through the Melbourne crowd. HHH is retreating more than anything but then Taker grabs him and brings him back. They return to ringside, and Taker dumps HHH into the timekeeper’s area again.
Taker uppercuts HHH against the barrier, then looks for something under the ring. HBK tries to stop him but gets an uppercut. Taker takes a chair and brings it in the ring. HHH drops a leg on Taker to take that chair for his own. HHH aims, but Taker boots him down first! Taker says he has his eye on HBK while he picks up the chair. Taker aims at HHH for a jab to the ribs. HHH tumbles out, and HBK checks on him. But Taker comes out and scares HBK off. Taker SMACKS HHH across the back! Fans lose their minds as Taker jabs HHH in the ribs. Taker drags HHH over to where he left the table. He puts HHH on the wood, and he climbs up. HBK goes to stop him again, only to get a boot! HHH gets away from the table and DX regroups.
Taker builds speed, but runs into the chair! HHH swings the chair but Kane drags HHH out! Kane choke grips HHH, then HBK. DX kicks Kane and HBK Sweet Chin SUPERKICKS! HBK puts Kane on the table, HHH drops an elbow on Kane through the table!! HHH gets up and grabs the chair again. Taker stands as HHH climbs the corner. HHH leaps but into Taker’s hand! Choke Slam! But Taker isn’t done with HHH there as he scoops him up. Taker has HHH in position, for the TOMBSTONE! Cover, TWO!? HHH survives?! Taker gets flashbacks to his Wrestlemania saga with HHH and even HBK. Taker punches the referee out cold! The Phenom apparently doesn’t trust the referee isn’t against him, either. Taker warns HBK to back off or he’s next.
HHH stirs but Taker has the chair. Taker pushes the referee out of the ring to then kick HHH while he’s down. He wants HBK to watch this. Taker picks up the chair again, aims at HHH, and SMACKS him on the back! HHH writhes from that gunshot like chair shot. Taker toys with HHH and decides to go one more time. He picks the chair up again and makes HBK watch as he again SMACKS HHH! The chair bends off HHH’s back, but Taker isn’t done with it. Taker puts it around HHH’s head, but now HBK begs Taker not do this. HBK knows this got personal but this is too much. Taker steps over, but turns around. HBK runs into the ring but into a big right hand! HBK flounders out, HHH hits his spinebuster on Taker!
Everyone is down, from the two men competing to their allies to the referee. A spare referee appears to officiate. HHH and Taker stagger up, but Taker grabs HHH. HHH kicks low, underhooks, PEDIGREE! Cover, TWO!? Taker survives and this last time ever still isn’t over. But now HHH puts that chair around Taker’s head like a vice. HHH drags himself to the corner and up the ropes. He reaches the top, and jumps to stomp the chair!! Cover, but Kane drags the referee out! It was all Kane could do to save Taker’s pride. Everyone is down again, but HHH and Taker are stirring. But wait, HBK is up! And he brings out HHH’s other old friend, the sledgehammer! HBK gives it to HHH, but Kane manages to hand Taker a new chair. These two old warriors are armed with familiar weapons and stand up with them.
Taker rushers HHH but HHH uses the hammer to send the chair into Taker’s face! HHH crawls to a cover but there’s no ref to count! HHH picks Taker up but Taker reels him into Hell’s Gate!! The banned hold is allowed in this No DQ, no ref situation! HHH fades, but with his last gasp, chokes Taker with the hammer’s handle! Both men struggle to choke the other out, but both men fall. Fans applaud, “This is Awesome!” Taker flounders while HHH crawls. Taker wants the hammer but HBK takes it away. Kane returns and grabs HBK, but HBK low blows Kane. Taker grabs HBK and tosses him out again. He again picks up the hammer, and tosses it aside. HHH kicks but Taker back drops him. Taker grabs HHH, and hits the choke slam! Taker waits for HHH to stand, and then scoops. SWEET CHIN MUSIC!
The original ref slowly returns, and HBK goes for another, but Taker blocks it. Taker scoops HBK but HHH uses the hammer! Taker goes down, but stands up to take another SWEET CHIN MUSIC! HHH gives him another PEDIGREE! Cover, HHH wins!!
Winner: Triple H, by pinfall
The Game wins this Last Time Ever match with the Dead Man! DX celebrates together, having conquered death! One of the greatest rivalries in wrestling finally ends after all this time. Taker sits up and nods his head. Taker hands HHH his hammer, and HHH puts it aside, to offer a handshake of respect to Taker. HBK says they’ve all been through enough. HHH helps Taker stand and Kane joins them in the ring. HHH and Taker hug, Kane shakes HHH’s hand. These four icons all raise their hands and the fireworks go off! Melbourne gives them all a standing ovation, but then the Brothers of Destruction glance at each other. A new fight begins as Kane clobbers HBK, and Taker gives HHH one more Tombstone!! Nothing is over until death says it’s over!
HBK tries to fight back but Kane stops him with an uppercut. Taker tosses HBK out, Kane uppercuts HBK again! Taker and Kane finish clearing off the announce desk. They mug HBK more, and then haul him up. Taker grabs HBK, to Choke Slam him through the table!! The Brothers of Destruction walk away, leaving DX for dead. If this was the last time ever 1v1, will there be a last time ever tag team match?!
Honestly, Super Show-Down was a pretty good show. I do have a few complaints, though. There were some confusing choices in match order. Why did they (Vince) insist on giving us almost all the SmackDown matches in the first half? The WWE (World) Championship should never been outside of the last three matches, no matter what else is on the card. And for that matter, it was a great match, but I do wonder why they went with Styles over Joe. That said, I really enjoyed the SmackDown Tag Team and Women’s Championship matches. Of course the New Day retains, and of course a “Heel” Becky uses a DQ to retain. We’ve already learned that Becky VS Charlotte will happen again on SmackDown, but I would still hope Becky retains, just cleanly this time.
Cena & Lashley VS Elias & Kevin was a bit odd, Lashley was a bit sloppy or just confused on the booking of the match. He and Cena still win, of course, but it was mostly so Cena could have a feel good moment speaking to the fans. Glad to see the hometown heroes win both matches, but it meant so much more for Murphy to win the title. I was really surprised that match, being the one title change of the night, was so late on the card, but that’s also good for the Cruiserweights. The entire division has been doing great so they need to be given some spotlight by being deeper in the match cards.
The Raw Six Woman tag was good, and I did like there being a subtle story of the Bellas only tagging each other. It could be spun that the Bellas were just doing it out of habit, but it could also be that they wanted to keep Ronda out of the spotlight. Naturally, Ronda is needed and she’s the one who wins, and that double armbar was creative. It sucks for the Squad but it’s what happens when you’re against WWE’s favorites. Evolution is on the horizon so maybe the Squad gets rewarded with a shot at the Women’s Tag Titles, assuming those are still coming. And we already sense it’ll be Nikki Bella VS Ronda Rousey at Evolution, for Ronda to strengthen her legacy off of Nikki’s.
The Shield VS The Pack was great, probably better than I expected. There was such great back and forth and overall chaos, and I enjoyed that they toyed with the swerve even for just a moment. The Shield stays together, and they stand tall, perhaps Rollins & Ambrose get another go at the tag titles just because. The only other complaint of the night comes in Bryan VS Miz. That ended way too fast, but maybe the point is that Bryan is meant to be able to beat Miz cleanly faster than Miz ever could beat Bryan even with cheating. Bryan VS Styles is set for Crown Jewel but I wonder if, with the month we have, Miz won’t do something about that.
And finally, that Last Time Ever match that became No DQ, was actually a lot of fun. Taker surprisingly moved okay, and the No DQ aspect did help a bit. They had their friends, HBK and Kane, help out, and there were some great spots like the table and the return of the sledgehammer. HHH wins but it was a great twist for the Brothers of Destruction to attack at the end. This could spin into anything, from DX VS Brothers of Destruction at Crown Jewel or Survivor Series, to likely kick off HBK’s return tour for however many matches he can muster. It could be some nostalgia filter but I’m liking this pseudo farewell tour for Taker, Kane and even DX.
My Score: 8.6/10
AAA’s Review & Results 6/16/2019
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Live on Twitch 6/15
Keyra and Hijo Del Tirantes vs Mamba and Maximo
This match wasn’t even remotely advertised. Well a cookie sheet gets introduced really quickly by Tirantes. After getting beat on some Maximo hits a dive through the middle rope. Nothing really happens for a few minutes. This is a really slow paced match. Mamba hits a power bomb on Keyra, reversing her hurricanrana. Tirantes tries to pretend he was fouled. Ref ain’t having it. Tirantes argues with the ref, Maximo kisses him and then rolls him up for the win. Maximo pins Tirantes with a roll up
Winners: Mamba and Maximo
Dr. Wagner comes out for a promo talking about Silver King. Rey Escorpion comes out saying he doesn’t care. Wagner pushes Rey and folks come out to beat him up but Pagano helps Wagner out.
Taya Valkyrie, Lady Shani, and Scarlett Bordeaux vs La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Match starts out much quicker than the first thankfully. An array of trading moves. We get some normal back and forth action before it becomes a brawl again. Taya gets hit with a super kick, stunner, then a german suplex. Scarlett does a canadian destroyer on Tessa. Boy has that move been bastardized. Scarlett power bombs Tormenta but the pin gets broken up. Shani has a flurry on Hiedra and Tormenta and Scarlett hits a dive off of the top to the outside. Daga comes down and super kicks Taya and Tessa hook DDTs her for the win. Tessa pins Taya with a hook DDT
Winners: La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Myzteziz Jr vs Puma King vs Sammy Guevara
A make shift triple threat match. Puma and Myzteziz tried to work on Sammy to start. This match is going at a crazy pace. Myzteziz hits a tornillo splash. Guevara hits one of his own. Myzteziz messes up a hurricanrana spot with Puma. There’s some double team offense with Sammy and Puma. Puma hits an over the top rope dive. Puma counters Myzteziz on the top rope for a power bomb. Sammy comes and hits a shooting star press during the pin to break it up and pin Myzteziz. Sammy Guevara pins Myzteziz Jr with a shooting star press.
Killer Kross comes out. Kross kills Puma King with a kick. He hits a modified F5 on Myzteziz
Winner: Sammy Guevera
Daga vs Laredo Kid
There is a feel out process and then each postures to the crowd. They have some back and forth pinning exchanges and then Daga starts to work him over. Laredo Kid hits a middle rope dive but it hurts him more. Daga takes advantage. It’s really a long casual back and forth. Tessa interferes when Laredo Kid has Daga beat. Laredo Kid goes for a top rope move and Daga low blows him and then double stomps the back of his head for the victory. There was a lot of posturing in this match. They try to remove Laredo Kid’s mask and Taya comes to make the save. Daga pins Laredo Kid with a double stomp to the back of the head.
La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Chessman, Australian Suicide, and Monster Clown
The rudos quickly beat up on the tecnicos. This is pretty much a hardcore match. A trashcan gets introduced fairly early. Chessman brings a chair in. Vikingo uses his agility to gain the advantage on Chessman. Aerostar hits a tornillo splash and then makes Chessman miss an attack and hit Monster Clown. Aerostar climbs a structure which is legit like 25 feet off of the ground. Aerostar cannon balls off of it. What the hell. Suicide hits a piledriver on Vikingo for a close count. They go to the top rope and over rotate on a spanish fly. Vikingo gets crotched and dropped by Suicide. Suicide goes for a sideways shooting star but Vikingo gets the knees up. Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Australian Suicide with an imploder 450.
Winners: La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo
Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano vs Rey Escorpion, Taurus, and Killer Kross
Scarlett was a baby face earlier in the night and now she’s heel because she’s with Kevin Kross. They all start brawling on the outside. Dr. Wagner clearly has hair extensions in. It’s hilarious. This is really like 5 on 3 with Scarlett and Hiedra out there. We got cookie sheets and other weapons. Psycho Clown gets his trusty broomstick. Kross is selling on the outside and Scarlett is shielding him. Clown gets his strap and hits everyone with it. Wagner and Escorpion go at it. Kross goes to the top and hits a sloppy frog splash. He goes up to the top again but Puma King comes out and head scissors him. He drops kicks a chair into him then hits a plauncha. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a flip dive off of the apron on Taurus. Clown gets Rey in a pinning combo and Hiedra stops it. Clown makes Rey attack Hiedra and then Rey takes his mask off for the DQ. Escorpion attacks the ref with a cookie sheet. The rudos stand tall at the end. Which is usual for AAA. Psycho Clown wins via mask removal
Winners: Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano
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(Reina de Reinas) Keyra vs Lady Shani (Champ) vs Chik Tormenta
Just as the match was gonna start AAA has technical difficulties. Never change AAA. We finally come back to Keyra having Shani in a pinning combo. They apologize for the technical difficulties. Hey don’t apologize to us, you guys probably have a lot of casual viewers for this show. Lol. Keyra hits a nice hurricanrana and split leg moonsault on Shani. She hits a face buster on Tormenta but Shani breaks up the pin. Tormenta does a running death valley on Keyra into Shani. We are a little sloppy in this match but it’s okay, they’re working hard. Shani does a back stabber on Keyra on the apron. I think that hurts Shani more. Tormenta kicks her and does a knee dive off of the apron. Back in the room they do a tower of doom spot. Keyra kicks out of the power bomb by Shani. Shani hits a northern lights suplex on Keyra but she kicks out. Keyra rolls out of a victory roll and stomps on Shani and then pins her. Interesting finish. Keyra pins Shani with a double stomp into a pinning combo.
The Young Bucks come out for a promo. Fenix comes out with that belt he’ll never defend. Pentagon alerts us Los Lucha Bros have 0 fear. Konnan comes out in a D Wade Jersey and a chair. Looking in the best shape he’s looked in years probably. So basically Lucha Bros turned on Konnan so he brings the Bucks in. Konnan slaps Pentagon and the Bucks come running out. The beat down is on. Definitely got better heat this time than last time they were here. Now the crowd knows to boo them later.
Faby Apache vs Hijo del Tirantes
Time to follow up that segment with this match. Tirantes beats up on Faby to start. Tormenta is at ring side with Tirantes so it’s basically a handicap match. Tirantes smashes Faby with a cookie sheet. Faby dodges the attacks finally and gets the cookie sheet and hits Tirantes and Tormenta. They keep starting up someone’s theme by accident I presume. Sounds like Scarlett’s. Faby is now beating down Tirantes. Crowd’s going crazy for this. I imagine the casual viewers on twitch aren’t. Faby gets a conveniently placed trash can and lid. She goes to put Tirantes in a surfboard stretch but Tormenta comes from behind. Faby hits a face buster on her. Tirantes hits one on her and nearly kills her but she kicks out. Tormenta throws a trash can to Tirantes. Faby drop kicks it and pins him. Faby Apache pins Tirantes with a top rope drop kick into a trash can.
Post match he goes to shake her hand but he beats her down with Tormenta.
Winner: Faby Apache
Maximo and Mamba vs Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Sammy gets on commentary during the Exoticos entrance to tell everyone to check out his youtube page. There’s a ridiculous amount of posturing to start this match. Mamba slaps Sammy and drop kicks him out. And that’s like all that’s happened for 5 minutes. Maximo knocks them out of the ring, and then Mamba comes in to go for dives but Suicide and Guevara enter and super kick them. Sammy and Suicide pretty much just beat them down. They miss spots and Maximo and Mamba kiss them then make them kiss each other. Then they hit middle rope dives. Back in the ring they both hit swanton bombs that get kicked out of. Suicide and Guevara get Maximo and Mamba to the outside. Suicide hits a back flip dive and Guevara hits a tornillo. Guevara hits a swanton bomb. Suicide hits a 450 then hits a middle rope dive on Maximo. Guevara then hits a shooting star press for the win. Sammy Guevara pins Mamba with a shooting star press
Winners: Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Laredo Kid and Taya Valkyrie vs Daga and Tessa Blanchard
Taya and Tessa start fighting to start. Laredo Kid hits a hurricanrana on Daga and Taya kicks Tessa to the outside. They go for dives but Tessa and Daga get back in. Tessa is clearly jawing at someone in the crowd. Tessa spent time working on Taya. Taya gets the hot tag to Laredo and he hits a michinoku driver on Laredo followed by two moonsaults. Daga catches him and hits a neck breaker. Tessa hits a cutter on Laredo. Taya attacks her. She hits her of of the apron and Daga catches her. Taya hits a dive onto them, then Laredo Kid hits a moonsault to the outside. Back in the ring Daga hits a kicking combo on Taya. Daga hits a back stabber but Laredo breaks up the pin. Laredo hits a 450 on Daga but Tessa breaks it up. Daga pulls out brass knuckles and goes to punch Laredo but he ducks and Daga hits Tessa. They go to the top and fight and Laredo Kid hits a Laredo Fly on Daga for the win. Laredo Kid pins Daga with a Laredo Fly
Winners: Laredo Kid and Taya
Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King vs Chessman, Monster Clown, and Killer Kross
Kross coming out with Scarlett. Monster Clown grabs a kid out of the crowd because why not. We are wasting no time and it’s time for some brawling. They’re beating down the tecnicos with weapons. Scarlett is getting involved so it’s like a 4 on 3. Pagano tries a handspring attack and it goes very bad. Kross choke slams him. Scarlett seduces Aerostar then hits a Canadian Destroyer. Aerostar gets launched and hits a hurricanrana on Monster Clown. Scarlett hits Kross by accident. Aerostar hits a fast paced dive on Monster. Pagano hits a middle rope dive on Chessman. Puma hits one on Kross. Dives everywhere. Pagano completely misses a leg drop on Chessman. Pagano completely fucks up a middle rope dive by bouncing off the ropes. Aerostar climbs the structure and dives off of it. And he bounces off the floor. What’s wrong him. A ladder gets set up and Puma power bombs Chessman through it for the win. Puma King power bombs Chessman through a ladder for the pin.
Kross beats up Puma post match. He hits an F5 and a power bomb and takes Puma’s mask.
Winners: Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King
La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano Jr, Rey Escorpion, and La Hiedra
Match starts with a beat down. Naturally. Rudos beating down tecnicos. They throw Vikingo with a rope by the balls and then Hiedra drop kicks him. Hugo asks if that’s a foul as La Parka comes in with a chair. Myzteziz almost breaks him neck on a failed shooting star attempt. Vikingo shows him how to do it. Back in the ring Myzteziz does a few spots redeeming himself. Vikingo gets offense in on Escorpion. Tries a springboard dragonranna but messes up. Eventually he hits a hurricanrana to the outside. La Parka does a plethora of goofy spots. Myzteziz goes for a dragonranna on Escorpion but he counters with a power bomb through chairs. Vikingo slams Hiedra and hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Hiedra with an imploder 450.
They beat down Vikingo post match.
Winners: La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo
(AAA Tag team titles) Pentagon Jr and Fenix vs Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson (Champs)
Lucha Bros jump the Bucks. Matt Jackson does 3 northern lights suplexes to Fenix then does one to Fenix and Pentagon at the same time. Matt does a baseball slide and then Nick does a dive over him. Matt unties Pentagon’s mask and then beats him up in the crowd. Back in the ring they hit double super kicks. Pentagon hits sling blades on both Bucks. Fenix does a double cutter. They roll out and Fenix hits a huge dive and goes flying into the crowd while Pentagon hits Matt with the Pentagon driver. Matt hits a Canadian destroyer then a spear and Fenix breaks it up. Lucha bros go for super kicks but the Bucks reverse it into sharptshooters. Lucha bros break out and a ton of super kicks get hit. Nick hits a frog splash on Fenix and Penta runs up his back and hits a Canadian destroyer on Matt. Fenix then hits a stomp on the apron on Nick. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on Matt. He kicks out. Then Fenix and Pentagon do the combo package piledriver. Nick pulls the ref out. Nick does an asai moonsault to the ref and Fenix. Matt pulls off Pentagon’s mask and kicks him in the groin and then they hit a Meltzer driver. Fenix pulls the ref out now. Fenix kicks Matt in the groin and then hits a cutter for a two. A new ref is out here now. They do the combo package piledriver again and Fenix hits a middle rope splash on Nick. Penta pins Matt. Pentagon pins Matt Jackson with a package piledriver combo.
Winners: Pentagon and Fenix
Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr and Taurus
There’s some posturing and now the match is on. Wagner and Demon quickly brawl into the crowd. Actually all 4 of them are brawling. Wagner is bleeding already. Finally after a long beat down Wagner and Psycho make a come back. Wagner back drops Taurus to the outside and Clown hits a dive through the middle turnbuckle. Wagner hits a senton splash on Demon. Wagner rips Demon’s mask and bites him. Clown breaks a broom over Taurus’ back. Blue Demon is bleeding badly now. Taurus sets up a table. Clown hits the double stomp in the corner for a two count. Taurus misses a corner attack and then Clown hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner back drops Demon onto a table. Wagner then hits a michinoku driver for the win. Dr. Wagner pins Blue Demon with a Michinoku driver
Winners: Pscyho Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Dominion 2019 Part 1!
It’s Rainmaker VS Painmaker in the main event!
Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho! Will Y2J stop the reign of the Rainmaker? Or will Okada continue to raise NJPW to the next level?
Coverage of Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found on https://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino; Moxley wins.
- Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima; Takagi wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan; Taguchi Japan wins.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for this Summer blockbuster!
The Rainmaker reigns once again after his long road to redemption. Madison Square Garden was the beginning of Kazuchika Okada’s fifth reign, and Okada would be successful in his first defense back in Japan. But a darker Chris Jericho has come back to NJPW to be the Painmaker that ruins the Rainmaker’s Summer. Can Okada keep going? Or will he regret playing with Y2J?
But before that, the Aerial Assassin, fresh off his Best of the Super Juniors victory, wants the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back! Will Ospreay slayed the Muscle Dragon, Shingo Takagi, in the finals, but can he slay CMLL’s Dragon Lee? Or will Lee continue the reign that also started in Madison Square Garden?
Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino!
The Lunatic is free, and he has come to NJPW! He won the IWGP United States Championship in his debut, but will the Death Rider keep going strong as this Young Lion gets to show his stuff?
Umino is definitely eager to show what he can do, as he FLIES out onto Moxley before the bell! Osaka fires up with Umino as he gets Moxley in the ring. The bell does ring and Umino climbs up to missile dropkick Moxley back down! Umino runs in corner to corner, but gets a big lariat from Moxley! Moxley goes back to Umino to rain down rights, but the ref reprimands him for closed fists. So Moxley switches to elbows! Moxley walks off his annoyance before putting Umino in the corner for a CHOP! And another! Moxley grinds his forearm into Umino’s face but lets up at the ref’s count, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Umino survives, and Moxley mocks them before dropping an elbow. Cover, TWO!
Moxley drags Umino around for a Queen Angelito Stretch. Umino endures the deathlock and crossface, but Moxley fish hooks the mouth. Fans rally and Umino crawls, but Moxley pulls back harder. Umino powers his way forward for the ropebreak! Moxley lets go just to hammer Umino down. Moxley walks off with some swagger, then returns to loom over a dazed Umino. Umino hits back but Moxley eggs him on. Umino throws more forearms but it’s not enough for Moxley. That third one still wasn’t, and Moxley headbutts Umino, only to run into a dropkick and a German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Umino stays fired up as he fishermen’s, but Moxley spins out to forearm Umino back. Then Moxley gives Umino the X-Plex! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer Umino’s heart and Moxley even laughs. Moxley drags Umino up, Death Rider DDT! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
That wasn’t as easy as Moxley thought, but he still puts the Young Lion away. When and where will the Death Rider strike again? How long will he be IWGP US Champion?
Moxley isn’t done, he grabs a mic. “I bring a message from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jon Moxley, international purveyor of violence, gentleman and all around sick son of a b*tch wants in on the G1!” A huge move for the newest star in NJPW! Will Moxley rise to the challenge of the G1 Climax to take it all?! Either way, he takes his belt, and Umino, with him to the back! Has the Young Lion won the veteran’s respect?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Moxley has a floundering Umino hold onto the IWGP US Championship belt for him as he compliments the Young Lion. “I like this kid. He could be my new Young Lion. I’m gonna need some help, I’m gonna need a partner.” A training partner, a guy to spot him on the bench, to drive him home from Roppongi. Does Umino drive? Well Moxley and his Young Boy will be fine. And Moxley made his intentions clear. “See you at the G1. Come, my friend.” Moxley helps Umino up and the two head out. Is this partnership really going to work out? And how is the Death Rider going to fare in his first G1 Climax tournament?
Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima!
The Muscle Dragon suffered his first loss in NJPW when he fell to the Aerial Assassin, but he looks to spring back already. Will his Pumping Bomber beat the legendary Cozy Lariat in this special first-ever encounter?
The bell rings and the fans are already fired up. They tie up, and Shingo keeps even with Kojima. Shingo puts Kojima on the ropes, then lets up to pat his shoulders. And then CHOP him anyway! Kojima doesn’t flinch, and kicks back. He headlocks Shingo but Shingo powers out. Kojima bumps Shingo but Shingo comes back to run him over! Fans marvel at the muscles as Shingo drags Kojima up. Kojima forearms Shingo but Shingo hits back. They brawl with fast and furious forearms, then Shingo headbutts. Shingo whips but Kojima runs him over! Fans cheer as Kojima shows he’s as strong as ever. Kojima flex the pecs then slingshots to topple Shingo down! Fans cheer as Kojima gets up. Shingo follows and they brawl on the outside.
The count climbs as the punches fly, but Shingo CHOPS! Kojima keeps hitting Shingo and Shingo keep shitting Kojima. But the count hits 15! Then 17! They hear 19 and jump in! Shingo goes at Kojima with a facelock but Kojima gets up. Shingo shifts to a cravat, but Kojima endures the grind, only to get an elbow. Kojima ends up in a corner, Shingo whips him to another. Shingo runs in but blocks the boot then jab and chop! Jab, chop, and repeat! Shingo lets up at the ref’s count and checks his hand. He whips Kojima corner to corner, but Kojima dodges and CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS over and over and over! Fans fire up as he tops it off with one more big CHOP! Shingo is stinging as Kojima whips him corner to corner. Kojima forearm smashes then goes up top! But Shingo knocks him down!
Shingo joins Kojima on the apron and says HE is going for something. Kojima denies the Death Valley, but Shingo holds on to deny the cutter. Shingo fireman’s carries, and hits the apron Death Valley Driver! Both men slump to the floor but Shingo sits up first. Kojima slowly follows, and sweeps Shingo’s legs on the apron! Shingo crashes and Kojima climbs up to join him. Kojima hits an apron DDT! Kojima puts Shingo in and brings him up for a cutter! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives and surprises Kojima a bit, but Kojima keeps his cool. He clubs away on Shingo and then puts him up top. Kojima climbs up to join Shingo, and hits a SUPER CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives again!
Kojima drags Shingo up and Shingo denies the suplex. Kojima manages to get Shingo up but Shingo slips out. Shingo waistlocks but Kojima elbows free. Kojima runs, but into a back elbow of Shingo’s, then a JAB and LARIAT! But Shingo can’t make the cover, his arms are still stinging. Shingo whips Kojima and knees him against ropes. He suplexes Kojima for a big vertical suplex! Shingo drags Kojima back up but Kojima flops over. Shingo tries again, underhooks but Kojima resists. So Shingo knees and CHOPS him with both hands! Shingo runs, but Kojima blocks the bomber! Kojima runs, but Shingo blocks on one side, only to get Cozy Lariat from the other side! Kojima brings Shingo back up, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Kojima keeps his cool as fans rally up both ways. He prepares the arm, whips Shingo, but Shingo flops over now. The ref checks on Shingo while Kojima eggs him on. Shingo stands, blocks the lariat, and underhooks, but Kojima fights free, only to get a DDT! Kojima gets to a corner and fans rally up with Shingo. Shingo runs corner to corner for a big clothesline! Then he runs to Pump- Kojima tanks the bomber?! Shingo tries again but Kojima stays up. Shingo runs but clotheslines collide! And it’s Kojima who stays up! Fans fire up as Kojima glares. Off comes the arm band! Kojima runs, but into a PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, ONE!? Kojima shows great heart, and throws forearms with Shingo back and forth again.
Shingo gives elbows from all sides, but Kojima comes back with his own! Kojima swings into a pump handle! Shingo lifts Kojima, for Made in Japan! Cover, TWO!! Kojima escapes the driver! But Shingo keeps going, PUMPING BOMBER!! Shingo won’t cover?! He gets up and brings Kojima into the pump handle fireman’s carry, Last of the Dragon!! Cover, Shingo wins!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall
The biggest Junior Heavyweight in NJPW defeats a legendary heavyweight! Takagi picks up the mic to say, “You saw it happen. I got the job done.” But he needs something more. A bigger thrill! Something heavier. You get what he means, right? Osaka has an idea, but Takagi gets to the point. He also wants in on the G1!! It doesn’t matter the size, the talent, the toughness, Takagi will take them all down, “just the way I am.” That is all. The Muscle Dragon drops the mic and also wants in the big Summer tournament! Will Takagi prove that he can be the best of both weight classes?
Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan!
Two factions of NJPW clash as Jay White leads Taiji Ishimori and Chase Owens into battle against Juice Robinson, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and of course Ryusuke Taguchi. Will the Flamboyant One, The Ace and the Funky Weapon #BreathwiththeSwitchblade? Or will they take the Switchblade, Bone Soldier and Crown Jewel down on Dominion?
NJPW on AXS returns as the teams sort out. Chase starts against Juice with the bell. The two circle and tie up. Chase waistlocks then wrenches Juice, but Juice spins through to wrench back. Chase spins and headlocks, but Juice pries free to get a keylock to waistlock. Juice throws Chase down and keeps on him with a waistlock. Chase stands and backs Juice into ropes, and the break is clean, until Chase elbows Juice in that bad eyebrow! Chase goes after it with a headlock punch! The ref reprimands Chase but Juice just punches Chase back! Juice jabs and CHOPS in the corner over and over. The ref counts so Juice whips Chase corner to corner, to then run in for a big clothesline! Juice keeps moving, but Chase bails out.
The Bullet Club regroups while fans rally up for Juice. Juice dares Chase to get in, and Chase does, to tag out to Taiji. Taiji stares down with Juice, but Taguchi wants in. Osaka wants him in, too! Tag to Taguchi, and we revisit their resent Junior Heavyweight Championship match. Taguchi does his Sailor Boys dance, but that only gets him kicked. Taiji headlocks but Taguchi powers out and things speed up. Taguchi goes for a hip attack but gets an atomic drop! Taiji whips but Taguchi reverses to hit a corner hip attack! Then he whips Taiji corner to corner for another! Taguchi keeps moving, but misses that one! The Bullet Club blasts Taguchi’s teammates, and Taiji throws Taguchi out to join them.
White throws Tanahashi at the NJPW commentary while Chase punches Juice up the ramp. Taiji keeps on Taguchi on the other side while White CHOPS Tanahashi. Taiji whips Taguchi into barriers! White stomps Tanahashi down while Chase helps Taiji against Taguchi. Juice is down at the ramp while Taiji puts Taguchi in to cover. TWO, but Taiji tags Chase. Chase stomps Taguchi to keep him away from his corner. Chase bumps Taguchi off buckles then feeds him to White’s boot. Tag to White and Chase throws Taguchi out for White to ram into railing, apron and railing, repeat! White puts Taguchi back in while fans boo and jeer. He covers, TWO! Taguchi survives but White wraps him up with a chinlock.
Fans rally up and Taguchi feeds off the energy. Taguchi fights back and whips, but White reverses, and dodges the hip attack. The Funky Weapon has done more damage to himself than anything. He runs into another atomic drop! But he escapes White’s back suplex! Taguchi dodges and hits White with the hip attack! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taguchi and White crawl, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace has his hated nemesis and starts throwing forearms. He whips but White reverses, only to get a flying forearm! Tanahashi blasts the Bullet Club, then dodges White. He blocks the boot for a Dragon Screw! Fans fire up as Tanahashi hops up, for the senton onto White! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer “GO ACE!” as Tanahashi aims at White. White dodges Slingblade but Tanahashi elbows White away. Tanahashi runs but into a CHOP! But he keeps going! White blocks Slingblade to saido suplex! The Bullet Club take Taguchi and Juice out, then help White with Tanahashi. Taiji whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then Chase whips Taiji in to double knee Tanahashi. Chase adds a forearm smash, then White adds a running uppercut! White suplexes Tanahashi for a twisting suplex! Cover, but Juice and Taguchi both break it! Fans cheer but Bullet Club throws them back out. White drags Tanahashi up and slashes the throat. He has Tanahashi in position, but Tanahashi spins and palm strikes!
Tanahashi runs, but Slingblade is denied again! White wants but is denied Blade Runner into a Slingblade! Fans rally up while both men are down. Bullet Club hits Taguchi down and drags White to the corner, and Chase tags in! Chase grins as he aims at Tanahashi. He runs in corner to corner for a forearm, then snapmares for a Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi survives but Chase drags him up for a piledriver. Juice runs in but gets a SUPERKICK! Taguchi returns to kick Chase, then runs only to miss again! Taiji whips Taguchi into railing again while Chase drags Tanahashi up. Tanahashi goes to counter punch but Chase hits the bad arm. Chase hammerlocks and lariats, the Jewel Heist! But Chase isn’t done there, he double guns and drags Tanahashi up. Package-
No, Tanahashi escapes and trips Chase up! He laces the legs but Chase shoves him away into White’s cheap shot. But Juice yanks White down for the Left Hand of God! Chase drags Tanahashi up and whips, but Tanahashi reverses into a familiar position. But Tanahashi doesn’t steal Blade Runner, he hits a Slingblade DDT! Cover, Tanahashi and team win!
Winners: Taguchi Japan, Tanahashi pinning
The Ace gets the win for his team! But will this trios victory help Tanahashi in his newest NJPW comeback? Or is it a long road back for even the Once in a Century Talent?
Katsuyori Shibata returns to NJPW!
The man simply known as “The Wrestler” is back in Osaka-Jo Hall! But he is in a suit, so he’s not here to fight. Instead, his business is to introduce NJPW to a new star… KENTA!! Yes, the Innovator of the GTS is here! And as the shirt says, he’s ready to take over! Shibata helps Kenta into the ring and Osaka goes wild! And of course, Shibata picks up the mic to speak.
“Today, I brought a really close friend with me.” This is THE Kenta! And then the mic is given over to Kenta so that he may speak. “Hello NJPW fans, I’m Kenta.” He thanks Shibata for making this possible. And he is here because he followed his instincts. Kenta wants to show you his style of pro-wrestling. “I will see you at the G1 Climax.” Incredible! A third man declares for the tournament in one night! Will Kenta #TAKEOVER and make the rest of the field #GoToSleep?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay!
The Best of the Super Juniors practically just ended, but the Aerial Assassin doesn’t take anything easy. The two-time tournament winner wants to go from two-time champion to three! Will he slay another dragon in just the span of a week? Or will CMLL’s dragon continue to reign over the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised then put carefully alongside Ospreay’s BOSJ 26 trophy, and the two rivals shake hands. The bell rings and we begin this battle of young and international icons!
Osaka is already thunderous for these two top Junior Heavyweights. The two circle and tie up. Ospreay wrenches but Lee handsprings through. Lee and Ospreay tie up again and Lee snapmares, but Ospreay handsprings through. They go again, and Lee headlocks, but Ospreay powers out. Things speed up and Lee shoves to follow then huricanrana, but Ospreay handsprings through that! Ospreay huricanranas but Lee also handsprings! Lee kicks but Ospreay dodges to handspring, but Lee just denies the Oscutter! Lee lifts for Desnucadora but Ospreay slips out. Ospreay swings a kick, but Lee ducks, and then they both dropkick! Those cancel out and both men kip up, but Lee dropkicks Ospreay back down! Fans cheer how fast and furious these two move!
Lee goes after Ospreay with a hook to the face, then wraps an arm around the ropes. Lee CHOPS Ospreay then follow shim in a corner. He knees and forearms Ospreay, then whips corner to corner. Ospreay boots and enziguris Lee back, then hits a top-rope 619! Lee bails out but Ospreay slingshots for a big crossbody! Fans fire up as Ospreay stands tall! Ospreay takes a moment to walk off the landing then drags Lee up to CHOP him back down! Ospreay drags Lee up and into the ring, and covers, ONE! Fans cheer while Ospreay drags Lee back up for a big forearm. Ospreay whips and elbows Lee down, cover, ONE!
Ospreay keeps his cool as he drags Lee around. He hammerlocks one arm, then pulls on the other, for a recliner! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stalks Lee to a corner and CHOPS him back. He CHOPS Lee more, but Lee hits back with forearms. Ospreay back kicks then whips, but Lee puts Ospreay on the apron. Ospreay hits back then springboards, but his Pip Pip Cheerio gets caught into an STO! Both men are down but stirring as fans cheer. Lee gets up and goes to Ospreay in the corner to throw forearm after forearm. Lee runs but Ospreay follows to uppercut! Ospreay sweeps the legs and runs corner to corner, but Lee dodges. Lee throws more forearms to sit Ospreay down, then runs corner to corner for the basement dropkick! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Lee keeps his cool while fans cheer. Lee kicks Ospreay then whips, but Ospreay handsprings to PELE! Ospreay gets to the apron then springboards back in, flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Ospreay sees him bail out. Fans rally as Ospreay builds speed, Sasuke Special! Lee dodges but Ospreay still lands on his feet! Only to get Lee’s knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up onto the railing and throws forearm. NJPW commentary gets a good look as Lee builds speed and DIVES! They both go into the next section!! Even commentary is wiped out with that insane tope suicida! Red Shoes checks on both men, and somehow they’re okay to continue. Fans rally up behind commentary who got wiped out. Everyone is up and Lee pushes Ospreay over the railing back to ringside.
Lee puts Ospreay in the ring and deadlifts him. Ospreay fights the waistlock but Lee shifts to a full nelson. Ospreay breaks that, but gets caught into the Straitjacket German! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay still escapes after all of that! Lee grits his teeth and checks his mask as he goes after Ospreay again. He puts Ospreay up on the back rope and Ospreay falls into the Tree of Woe. Lee climbs up but Ospreay sits up to start brawling! They hit each other with forearms back and forth, and with little where else to go. Lee headbutts Ospreay back into the Tree, then stands up, but Ospreay kicks Lee down! Ospreay is free of the Tree while Lee falls to the floor. Ospreay climbs up, CORKSCREW MOONSAULT! He takes Lee down with him!
Osaka fires up while Ospreay clutches his ribs. But Ospreay fires up to drag Lee into the ring! Ospreay drags Lee up into the dragon sleeper, for a Bloody Sunday! Cover, TWO! Lee lives again but Ospreay keeps his focus. Both men stand and Ospreay aims, Hook Kick! But Ospreay won’t stop there, he roars as he underhooks. Lee blocks so Ospreay kicks away on his face. Underhooks to Canadian rack, but Lee pops out of Stormbreaker for a gut wrench! But Ospreay slips through to gut wrench Lee, only for Lee to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And then springs up to a suplex, only to get the Osaka Street Cutter! Both men are down after an Osaka Street Cutter in Osaka! Fans rally up and the two slowly stir. The two crawl towards each other, and start throwing forearms again.
Fans cheer as Ospreay hits Lee and Lee hits Ospreay. Both men fire up and get to their feet. Ospreay hits Lee again, but Lee hits Ospreay again. They go back and forth, then Ospreay fires several! Lee hits one and decks Ospreay! Lee runs but into a HOOK KICK! Ospreay runs, but into a German Suplex! But he lands on his feet to dropkick-flip, into Lee’s knee trigger! Lee POISON RANAS! Lee runs, but into SPANISH FLY! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Ospreay crawls to a cover, TWO!! Lee just barely survives that one!
Fans rally up as Ospreay puts Lee in the drop zone. Ospreay climbs up again, but has to fight Lee. Lee SUPERKICKS Ospreay down to the apron! Lee runs side to side, for a FLYING HURICANRANA! But Ospreay lands on his feet?! Lee is stunned as Ospreay stares him down. Ospreay eggs Lee on, and gets him with an apron pop-up bomb! Ospreay puts Lee in, climbs up top, and leaps for the Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives, but Ospreay vows to end it! Ospreay aims, Robinson Special! But that’s not all, Ospreay springboards, but into a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous all over again as both men slowly stir.
Ospreay goes back to the apron, but Lee pursues. Lee drags Ospreay up and throws forearms. Ospreay swing kicks Lee back! Ospreay hops up fast, but Lee trips him up! Into a Tree of Woe to the outside! WOE STOMPS!! Lee may have done as much damage to himself just on the landing! Red Shoes checks but again they’re somehow both okay. A ring count begins and climbs past 10, but Lee is up and in! Ospreay is still down as fans cheer. Ospreay stands at 14 but flops over at 15! The count reaches 18, Ospreay springs up at 19 and gets in at 19.5! Only to get another knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up, lifts, but Ospreay resists again! Ospreay elbows out and roundhouses Lee down! But Lee catches Ospreay for another STO! That Ospreay slips through! Powerbomb lift, but Lee hits a DESTROYER!!
Lee won’t end it, he runs to Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO!? How?! But Lee doesn’t take long to worry about that. He takes the knee pad down and runs again, but Ospreay blocks the Wizard! Only to get a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous again as Lee lifts Ospreay, tucks, but Ospreay lands out of Desnucadora to back heel kick Lee in the head! Then reels him out for a Hook Kick! Ospreay aims, Hidden Blade!! But not even this is enough for Ospreay! He hops way up, SUPER OSCUTTER! He holds on, to underhook, STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Aerial Assassin wins his third Junior Heavyweight Championship as he slays his second dragon! Ospreay holds up both title and trophy, as THE Super Junior of NJPW today! How long will this newest reign last?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Ospreay says “The Junior Heavyweight wants in on the G1. I dare NJPW: put me in the G1 Climax this year! I’ll show that this trophy is just as good as the heavyweight trophy.” A fourth man makes his intentions known! Will Ospreay conquer both divisions in 2019?!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho!
Y2J has already held championship gold in NJPW, but he isn’t going to stop until he holds the top prize. He dares the Rainmaker to come out and play, so Okada will play his game. But just what is a “Painmaker,” anyway? Jericho promises to show the world right here in this match. Will the Judas Effect kick in to end Okada’s fifth reign? Or is Okada still on a whole different level?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of true greats!
Okada throws his jacket at Jericho much like Jericho might do to someone else. Jericho doesn’t appreciate that but Okada laughs and grins as Jericho throws Okada’s jacket out. These two hear the fans already thunderous for Okada, and Jericho grows annoyed already. Jericho tells the “stupid idiots” to shut up, but they just boo him instead. Okada encourages the fans to cheer so they cheer loud and proud. He and Jericho finally circle and tie up. Jericho pushes Okada away and the two circle again. They tie up again, and Jericho pulls hair. Okada turns things around and the two go around the ring, with Okada on Jericho against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Okada fakes Jericho out like all the rest. But Jericho pokes Okada’s eyes!
Fans boo but Jericho clubs Okada and CHOPS him. Jericho whips then runs him over with forearms! The fans boo but Jericho just mocks them. Jericho slaps Okada around but Okada throws forearms back. Okada whips but Jericho bails out to deny the dropkick. Jericho walks it off, but Okada gives chase! They go around the ring, into the ring, and then Jericho dodges Okada only to get a BOOT! Okada heads for a corner already, and leaps for a missile dropkick! But Jericho blocks it to the Walls of Jericho! Okada endures as Jericho sits down deep. Okada crawls while Jericho mocks the fans cheering him on. Ropebreak! Jericho lets go and Okada slumps out of the ring, but Jericho runs to wreck him with a dropkick! Okada tumbles over into commentary! Those guys are having a busy night…
Jericho climbs over to join Okada, mock the fans, and throw chairs! Jericho bounces Okada off the desk, then climbs up to stand Okada up. Flashbacks to Jericho’s matches with Naito, DDT to the table! Okada is stuck in the wood and Jericho rings the bell himself, as if he’s already won. Jericho goes back to Okada, tosses more furniture aside, and drags Okada up over the railing. He stomps Okada into the railing then drives in elbows. Jericho walks around the ring to go looking for something. He brings out a spare table! Jericho sets the table up, then shoves Red Shoes aside to fetch Okada. He brings Okada to the table, but Okada resists the lift. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada powers Jericho into railing! Jericho BOOTS right back! And once again, Jericho confiscates a camera to get a close-up on Okada, while flipping the bird.
Jericho gives the camera back while he mocks the fans cheering for Okada. He puts Okada in the ring then climbs up top. Jericho dares Okada to stand, and then leaps to crossbody Okada down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Jericho grows annoyed. Jericho slaps Okada around then drags Okada up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho stands on Okada but Red Shoes doesn’t count that as a cover. They argue and Jericho shoves Red Shoes again. Fans rally up for Okada but Jericho rains down rights. Jericho sits Okada up to drive in more elbows, then pushes the “piece of s*it back down.” He slaps Okada but Okada comes back for more. Jericho keeps slapping Okada so Okada throws forearms! Okada runs but into Jericho’s dropkick! Jericho grins as he mocks the Hulkster, too.
Jericho drags Okada up and chokes him on the ropes. He lets up at the ref’s count of 4 and even mocks the count, before kicking Okada down. Jericho chokes Okada against ropes again, then backs off to bring him up. Jericho suplexes and holds Okada up about 7 counts, then drops Okada down. He covers, TWO! Okada stays in this as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Jericho drags Okada up to CHOP him. Jericho CHOPS Okada against ropes, then again. He throws forearms, too, then whips. Okada kicks Jericho back then throws forearms of his own. Jericho throws even more forearms, but runs into a flapjack! Both men are down, but then Okada kips up. Okada rallies on Jericho with elbows and forearms! He whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Okada to dodge and elbow Jericho down! Okada fires up and Osaka with him! Okada runs in for a corner elbow, then kicks to DDT Jericho down. Jericho slumps out of the ring, but Okada pursues. Okada whips Jericho across the way into railing! Then runs in to boot him over! Okada gets the fans rallying as he gets space. Okada runs back in, to FLY, into a Code Breaker!
Both Jericho and Okada are down but it’s Okada gasping for air. Jericho leaves Okada behind to get in the ring. Jericho wants the ring count to end Okada’s reign. The count climbs to 10 but Okada is up and hobbling over. Okada gets to the ring at 11 but falls at 12. Okada hops in at 16, but Jericho is on him with a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Jericho clubs Okada with crossface forearms, but fans cheer Okada on. Jericho gives them dirty birds as he goes back to Okada. He CHOPS Okada and follows him to a corner for another CHOP. Jericho whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! He gut wrenches but Okada slips out! Okada gut wrenches Jericho, but Jericho tumbles back to get the lift back!
But Jericho slips through to grab the legs! Okada resists but Jericho gets the Walls all over again! Okada endures as fans cheer and Jericho talks trash. The champion crawls with all his might but Jericho just keeps up the pressure. Okada gives on more push, to a ropebreak! Jericho holds on until 4, then argues with Red Shoes. He chokes Red Shoes as he says Okada tapped out. But Jericho turns around into Okada’s dropkick! Jericho goes to a corner but Okada runs in, only to miss. Jericho runs in but misses, and Okada puts him up top. But Jericho kicks Okada before Okada could dropkick. Jericho leaps, into Okada’s dropkick! Okada drags Jericho up and gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! And the Rainmaker Pose!
Okada drags Jericho back up, reels him in to wring him out, but Jericho spins through to underhook, Tiger Bomb! High stack, TWO!! Okada survives but barely! Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, runs in, but the Code Breaker is denied to the Air Raid neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he goes up top. But his back slows him down given all that time in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho runs in but Okada shoulders and punches him away. Jericho punches back but Okada punches again. Okada goes to bump Jericho on buckles, but Jericho blocks to bump Okada. Okada staggers, Jericho triangle dropkicks him down! Fans have to cheer that classic move from Jericho.
Jericho drags Okada back up to bump him off buckles. He drags Okada up to the top rope, but Okada resists. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada hits back. Okada throws Jericho off! MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up as Okada hits a proper Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Jericho up, wrings him out, but Jericho ducks to enziguri! Both men are down again, but fans continue to cheer. Jericho and Okada crawl to each other, and start throwing forearms on the mat. They go back and forth, and slowly stand as they do. Jericho CHOPS Okada, but Okada walks it off to forearm Jericho back. Okada throws more forearms and even European Uppercuts. Okada whips but Jericho holds the ropes to again deny the dropkick. LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho keeps his cool as he stalks Okada to a corner. Jericho kicks Okada while he’s down and even in the corner. He argues with Red Shoes, but gets Okada’s shotgun dropkick! Okada gives back those corner kicks, and grinds his boot into Jericho as he gives back all the trash talk! Red Shoes counts and Okada lets up. Okada gets mad at Red Shoes and stomps Jericho more. Okada goes corner to corner, but into a Code Breaker! Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Okada barely survives that one. Jericho grows frustrated, and tells Okada to “Stay down!” Jericho unties a buckle pad and tosses it at commentary. “You see what happens?! Huh!? You stupid son of a b*tch?!” Jericho drags Okada up, gut wrenches, but Okada slips out to German Suplex!
Okada holds onto Jericho with that waistlock and drags Jericho up. He wrings Jericho out but Jericho ducks the waistlock. Jericho wrings Okada out and tries to steal Rainmaker! But Okada ducks it, to steal Code Breaker! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move, but Okada has more to give. Okada gut wrenches for a JUMPING TOMBSTONE! And then wristlock, but Jericho ducks to roll Okada into the Walls! And Jericho sits in deep! But Okada powers up to head for ropes! Fans rally up as Jericho demands they ring the bell! Okada reaches but Jericho drags him away! And then turns for a Lion Tamer! Jericho goes old school for this one! But Okada rolls around to pop through and spin Jericho off!
Jericho and Okada crawl then stand. Okada runs in but is sent into the bare buckles! Jericho clotheslines Okada, then demands Okada stand! He wants to use that elbow, but Okada ducks Judas Effect! Okada wrings Jericho out but Jericho again dodges Rainmaker. Jericho jumps but Code Breaker is denied again, and Okada pops Jericho up. Jericho sunset flips but Okada sits on it! Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
But Jericho won’t take that sitting down! He hammers away on Okada! Jericho is a sore loser, and shoves Red Shoes away to keep punching Okada in the head. Jericho throws Red Shoes right out of the ring, to then fetch something else from under the ring. A steel chair! Jericho brings that into the ring, and as Okada stands up, Jericho SMACKS him in the face!! Fans boo and jeer as Jericho holds his weapon up high. Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, Judas Effect! Fans continue to boo as Jericho takes a seat in his chair.
Jericho drags Okada outside the ring and then wraps the chair around Okada’s head! And rams him into the post!! Fans boo even louder but Jericho just soaks it up. Jericho goes back to Okada and brings him around to that table. Jericho finally lifts Okada, but Tanahashi hops in to save Okada! Tanahashi goes after Jericho but Young Lions hurry to keep them apart. Jericho throws things as he retreats, not wanting to face The Ace right now. Jericho grabs a mic to tell “Tana Bakahashi” that if he wants to start stuff, just look at what happened to Okada. “The Painmaker never loses! The Painmaker always wins! Chris Jericho is the Greatest of All Time, even here in this bulls*it country of Japan.” Osaka boos even more while Jericho says he’ll see them both later. “Happy Championship, B*tch!”
Tanahashi is still seething as Jericho heads up the ring. Jericho grabs Okada dollars and wipes the sweat from his pits. The Young Lions turn their attention to helping Okada while Jericho grabs more Okada dollars. He sticks one to his forehead, then rubs the other down his pants to throw at the camera. Jericho’s crude displays aside, when and where will he man up to face The Ace? Will Jericho also get another shot at Okada and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? What even is the state of Okada after Jericho’s sore loser attack? Tanahashi helps Okada stand and head to the back, these two rivals again on the same side.
NJPW Media backstage interviews
Chris Jericho (with that Okada dollar still stuck to his head) says if Okada wants to know what a Painmaker is, ask if he understands now. He probably can’t even talk. No event closing speech from him tonight, that’s for sure. But Jericho will speak for him. “Hello, my name is Okada. Chris Jericho just kicked my ass.”
Jericho wants to know if Okada will be in the G1 this year. And Tanahashi, for that matter. If so, then maybe Jericho will be in it, too. Jericho will beat up Moxley, too, since he still owes Jericho $15,000 from ripping up that LED jacket three years ago in the WWE. Even that “little bastard, Kenta,” he’ll beat him, too. All the G1 field, for that matter. He’ll become Chris G1-icho, how about that? A major move for the Best in the World at What He Does, but will he’s the best in NJPW against the best in NJPW?
These two-hour nights for NJPW on AXS are so great! We are getting so much more of these events now, but I suppose Best of the Super Juniors Finals and Dominion are big enough to warrant it. Moxley makes his squash match with Umino even better by deciding Umino is his “Young Boy.” I wonder if this will really continue as the kayfabe for Moxley in NJPW. If this were an American promotion, we’d be getting goofy gags with them, which would actually be fun to see on social media. Takagi VS Kojima was a great match between these heavy hitters, and Kojima of course gives Takagi the rub by putting him over. Then the Six Man Tag was mostly filler, but it was a good match to keep Tanahashi going in his newest comeback.
Hooray to finally see Hideo Itami/Kenta somewhere! Granted, he got hurt a lot while in NXT and WWE, but when he was finally ready to go, they didn’t let him go full speed. Now in NJPW, and hopefully by extension ROH, Kenta really can show us what he’s capable of. Lee VS Ospreay, another amazing match for the Aerial Assassin. Just when it seemed like there wasn’t another way to recreate the spot where Ospreay lands on his feet out of a steiner, they do this one. Ospreay winning makes a lot of sense, as he is the BOSJ 26 winner, is moving to Japan to truly be full-time for NJPW, and is making a push to be an even bigger big name for the company. We got so many declarations for the G1 Climax this year, this field is looking amazing.
And of course, Okada VS Jericho was amazing, too! Two greats, who knew the other pretty well but especially Jericho knowing Okada. Okada wins but with a surprise cover, so that keeps Jericho strong for a rematch. Of course, Jericho going after Okada after totally fits his “Evil Jericho” persona. It also gives Tanahashi his heroic moment in saving Okada. Jericho was great in his promo, too, as he just straight face talks with that Okada dollar stuck to his head. And great continuity to even reference his WWE feud with Moxley/Ambrose. Jericho VS Tanahashi better happen in the G1, but I would also hope at the right moment. It either needs to open Block competition, or close a Block to lead to the G1 Climax Finals. And either way, Jericho VS Tanahashi will be amazing.
My Score: 9.3/10