Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 373
The REAL ROH World Champion looks to shut up the would-be king, Matt Taven, in Six-Man action! Jay Lethal has The Octopus on his side, but who’s his third?
- Shane Taylor VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
- The Bouncers VS Eli Isom & Cheeseburger w/ Ryan Nova; The Bouncers wins.
- Six-Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & ???; Lethal, Gresham & Dalton Castle win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Shane Taylor VS Jeff Cobb!
The Notorious Hitman has been on a path of dominance and destruction, but so has the newly arrived and newly minted ROH World Television Champion! Jeff Cobb became Mr. Top Prospect 2018 by busting up every match in the bracket, and then he dominated Punishment Martinez like no man has! Can Taylor get a win over the champ with his One Hitter Quitter? Or will he take a quick Tour of the Islands instead?
Fans are fired up already for Cobb, but Taylor isn’t impressed. Taylor spits on Cobb’s hand, there’s no Code of Honor here. The bell rings and Cobb ducks Taylor’s punch to collide shoulders. Taylor comes back to ram shoulders, but then so does Cobb. They’re like rams butting heads as they keep ramming shoulders. Neither man backsk down, and fans fire up! Taylor throws a big punch, but Cobb stays standing. Taylor whips but Cobb reverses and reels Taylor in for the swinging saido suplex! Fans applaud the impressive strength, but Taylor’s up talking trash. Cobb swings but ends up in Taylor’s Exploder! But Cobb is up even faster! Cobb lets his hair down, and says “I’m the Suplexer!”
Now they brawl with forearms back and forth, with fans on Cobb’s side. The two men pick up speed but Cobb gets an edge. Cobb ducks one but gets hit by the other hand! Taylor talks trash on Cobb while we go to break.
ROH returns as Taylor looms over Cobb. Taylor wants to see why “The Chosen” was chosen. He whips Cobb at a corner but Cobb comes right back with a running European Uppercut! Taylor is rocked to a corner, Cobb leaps in with another EuroUpper! Cobb walks into Taylor’s boot, Taylor hops up, but Cobb dropkicks Taylor! Cobb then brings Taylor off the top rope, for a standing suplex! And holds him for 5 before dropping him down! Cover, ONE! Moonsault from Cobb!! TWO! Fans fire up for Cobb more as Cobb waits for Taylor. Taylor stands, Cobb ducks his punch to throw palm strikes. Cobb’s next punch is blocked, as is his kick, and Taylor gives back a knee. Cobb is dazed, and Taylor gives him another knee!
Taylor looms over Cobb, but Cobb grits his teeth to get up. Taylor runs, and hits a DESTROYER!? Both men are defying the laws of nature! Taylor runs and clobbers Cobb with a clothesline! Cover, TWO!? Cobb survives and shocks Taylor! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Cobb and Taylor stand again. Taylor brings Cobb up and says it’s time, but Cobb slips out of the 216. Cobb gets Taylor up for a German Suplex! Both men stand again, and Cobb clobbers Taylor this time! Cobb whips, and brings Taylor in for the Tour of the Islands! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall
Taylor tested the TV Champion, but Cobb conquers the Hitman! Cobb continues to find ways to impress, but here comes another impressive star: Hangman Page! Bullet Club’s Problem Solver is taller, but Cobb is bigger. Security comes in to keep a fight from breaking out, but they just end up part of that fight! SUPERKICK from Hangman, and the stare down is back on. Cobb pushes Page aside to hold up his ROH WTV title. Is Hangman gunning for his first gold at Cobb’s expense? Also one security guard managed to stay in the ring, and fans want a “SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK!” Hangman leaves the security guard and Cobb alone, but Cobb SUPERKICKS the guard! And brings him on a Tour of the Island! Will #Cobbzilla be the one problem Hangman can’t solve?
Jay Lethal speaks.
“Kenny King, when you attacked me, you proved one thing: The ROH World Championship has put a target on my back.” But he’s not upset, he doesn’t blame King, he’ll just get even at Global Wars! Lethal will prove to King and the world that he’s the greatest.
As for tonight, Lethal has as score to settle with “Matt Taven and his cronies.” Lethal has Jonathan Gresham, “and a man you’ll be shocked to see.” These three vow to end The Kingdom, but who is that third man?
The Bouncers speak.
Brian Milonas says that big or small, they’ll fight anybody “who wants to belly up to the bar.” But Cheeseburger & Eli Isom, they’re gonna get punched right in the mouth. Tell ’em, Bruiser. Beer City Bruiser corrects Milonas, Eli’s last name should be “Is-om”, not “I-som”. Milonas corrects Bruiser and says he needs to get his head in the game. They need to win, and they will, to get back on track. Will the literally biggest team in ROH move closer to a World Tag Team Championship match?
But wait, where did Beer City Bruiser go?
Milonas can’t find him anywhere! Their match is coming up, what’s BCB doing? Will the One-Man Kegger turn up in time?
Marty Scurll speaks.
“For the past few months now, I’ve been stuck in this story of superhero versus supervillain.” Scurll and Shane Hurricane Helms have gone back and forth, and somehow Hurricane got that “fluke” of a win and now they’re all tied up. The tiebreaker is coming, Hero VS Villain #3. There will be no glory for Hurricane. This tiebreaker ended up no contest at Glory By Honor, so now, in their fourth go, there MUST be a winner, in a No Disqualifications match! Will this fourth time be the finale of this epic saga?
Milonas finds The Bruiser!
Of course it’s at the arena bar! Bruiser, it’s go-time! Because Bruiser is depressed over Silas Young ditching them. Silas keeps changing flights, he won’t return messages! Get over Silas, it’s time for The Bouncers to shine. And right now! Bruiser agrees, time to punch someone in the mouth! Bruiser grabs his keg, and they head out!
The Bouncers VS Eli Isom & Cheeseburger w/ Ryan Nova!
This match is like David VS Goliath in tag team form! Mastadon Milonas and BCB come in from the crowd, having just been at the bar, and they’re looking to take their frustrations out on their much smaller opponents. Can the Future of Honor and the Flame Grilled Cowboy take advantage of the Bruiser’s troubled mind? Or does size still matter more than heart?
It’s of note that Burger, Isom and Nova have now joined forces under the name “Shinobi Shadow Squad”, aka 3S, in tribute to the classic Three Ninjas. Right now it’s just two ninjas, with Nova supporting from ringside. Bruiser thinks it’s a joke as he starts against “Is-om”. Fans rally up as Bruiser and Isom circle. They tie up, and Bruiser shoves Isom back, but Isom rebounds to collide shoulders. And Isom doesn’t fall! That alone is impressive to Bruiser, so he dares Isom to try again. Isom runs and they collide, and Isom still stays up. Bruiser has Isom go again, and fans want to see it. Isom stomps Bruiser’s foot then rams shoulders. Bruiser only wobbles, so Isom kicks low and goes for a suplex. But Bruiser’s just too big.
Bruiser hits him back, and whips Isom to a corner. Isom dodges and dropkicks Bruiser! Forearm smash, tag to Burger! Burger runs in, for a big CHOP! Burger leaps on for a headlock, but Bruiser powers out. Bruiser runs Burger over! Bruiser drags Burger over and tags in Milonas. The Kingpin drags Burger up and tosses him to a corner. Milonas runs in but into boots! Burger hops up, and hits ax handles. Milonas stays up, so Burger runs and tilt-o-whirls, but Milonas blocks it! Burger slips to a sleeper hold! Milonas tags to Bruiser, and then brings Burger around, dropkick sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Bruiser brings Burger into the chinlock, then bites Burger with his few teeth! Bruiser then runs in to uppercut Burger. Tag to Milonas, and Milonas gives Burger a taste of his buns! Tag to Bruiser, and the Bouncers drag Burger up.
Burger fights back with palm strikes and chops, but gets a double gut punch! Bruiser whips Milonas in, but Burger dodges! Milonas hits post, and Burger crawls under Bruiser, then rolls, hot tag to Isom! Isom fires foraerms, ducks a punch to give a leaping knee! He runs in at Bruiser, but Bruiser tosses him to the apron. Isom hits Bruiser away, then climbs up as fans fire up. Isom leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Milonas returns and grabs Isom, but Isom throws more forearms and punches. Isom rolls and leaps, but into Milonas’ arms, for an overhead suplex! Isom rolls out but Burger comes to chop and chop and chop! Burger bobs ‘n’ weaves as he chops, but Bruiser has him. Burger fights out and chops away! Mule kick, but Burger runs into a boot and an uppercut.
Bruiser brings Burger up, but Isom stops Milonas on the top rope with a dropkick! Burger DDT’s Bruiser! Isom gets Bruiser up!? Suplex and double cover, TWO!! The ninjas coordinate, and Isom goes after Bruiser while Burger slingshots out. But Milonas catches Burger, to throw him into a post! Milonas helps Bruiser but gets an enziguri. Isom hops up, kicks Milonas away, but Bruiser uses Milonas as a weapon to trip Isom up. The Bouncers coordinate, Milonas climbing up to join Isom while Bruiser climbs another corner. Milonas gives Isom a SUPERPLEX! And Last Call frog splash from Bruiser! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Beer City Bruiser pinning
BCB clears his head, and he crushes the shinobi shrimp! The ROH World Tag Team Championships are defended next week in a triple threat, will the winners of that match have to #BellyUptotheBar in the near future?
ROH returns to SoCal Uncensored in the ring.
Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky are in Philly, “the worst town I’ve ever been in!” But that aside, this is THE 2300 Arena, the ECW Arena, and this is “sacred ground.” Kaz sees banners for Terry Funk, Jerry Lynn, The Pitbulls, to name a few. It is Kaz’s honor to be here, so Philly, say these three letters with him. Not ECW, but “S C U!” Daniels says that was fun, but to borrow a page from Lance’s book, let’s be serious.
January 2018, Joe Coff told SCU their time was up. Final Battle is the end of SCU in ROH. Fans may dislike it now but that was the right move back then, because SCU gave ROH hell. However, things change, and now The Addiction realizes they were wrong. Now they are working to give ROH every reason to keep them around! And to Daniels, the best way to do that was to end “the reign of terror of The Briscoes.” The Addiction tried at Death Before Dishonor, but Mark Briscoe busted Kaz open and Jay tried to break Daniels’ neck. The reign of terror continues, and time is running out.
But good news, there’s a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. Next week, episode 374, The Briscoes defend the titles against The Addiction, and the Young Bucks! Now, does Philly know what that means? That two of the greatest tag teams in ROH are between SCU and their future. But God as Daniels’ witness, he promises The Addiction will win! They will change Coff’s mind, and 2019, “The Best Damn Thing about ROH will be SCU!” The Fallen Angel and Heavy Metal Rebel call their shots, can they cash in on this golden opportunity?
But as SCU makes their way out, The Briscoes attack! Mark SMACKS Kaz with a chair, then both he and Jay go after Daniels and Scorpio! Jay keeps Daniels at the stage as Mark throws Scorpio at a post. Then the Briscoes mug Daniels, before Jay brings Daniels up, for a Jay Driller on the stage!! “That’s it! You’re done!” Kaz gets that chair Mark used and runs #DemBoyz off, but the damage is done. Is there any chance now for SoCal Uncensored to come away with the titles? Or will the tag team reign of terror end SCU’s time in ROH?
Six-Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & ???
Matt Taven, TK O’Ryan & Vinnie Marseglia have fought against a supposed conspiracy for the last year or so over the ROH World Six Man titles. There was some legitimacy to their claim when the Bullet Club’s American Nightmare & Young Bucks won those titles off them after barely getting them back, but now Taven has moved onto something bigger: claiming he is the one true World Heavyweight Champion! Jay Lethal, the real champion, obviously takes offense, but he needs help shutting Taven and his team up. The Franchise and the Octopus were dared to find a third man, and before the match, Lethal notes that he tried to get the mystery man to appear, and that man said now. But then when Gresham asked, that go this man to agree. Please welcome back… DALTON CASTLE!!
The Peacock is back in action! And yes, he’s brought The Boys with him! Castle has had his own history with the Kingdom, will he be the key to victory?
ROH returns as the teams sort out. Taven starts against Gresham and they slowly circle. Fans are fired up for Gresham, but some fans do like Taven. Gresham and Taven tie up, and Taven powers Gresham to the corner. He then backs off and shouts “IIIII’M MATT TAVEN! The REAL ROH World Champion.” That gets on Lethal’s nerves, but the ref holds him back from getting after Taven. Taven goes to The Kingdom’s corner for safety, and Gresham calms Lethal down. Taven tags to TK, and now the Sassy Wild Horse talks trash to the Octopus. TK bumps Gresham, Gresham shoves him back, and TK SPITS on Gresham! TK haymakers and whips, but Gresham comes back to get a takedown. Gresham works up some saliva, but TK narrowly avoids the phlegm bomb!
Gresham just shrugs and runs, but then fakes TK out. TK ends up falling on the spit! Gresham fakes TK out again with a dropkick feint, then kicks his shin, and gets him with a real dropkick! TK crawls to his corner, and tags to the Horror King. And Vinnie calls out the Peacock. Gresham points to his corner and fans want it, too. Castle climbs and tags in. Fans chant “Peacock! Peacock!” as Castle circles with Vinnie. Vinnie swings but misses, and Castle chops away. Castle whips Vinnie corner to corner for a big clothesline, but Vinnie powers out of the bulldog. Vinnie swings but misses again, and Castle strikes the pose! Fans missed that and love to see it again.
Vinnie swings but misses yet again, and gets more chops and haymakers. Vinnie staggers and Castle puts him in a corner for more. Castle keeps on Vinnie at the ropse for a CHOP, but Vinnie hits back. Vinnie whips but Castle reverses. Castle wants to hip toss, Vinnie reverses, but Castle reverses back to a takedown and armlock! Vinnie moves around and gets up but Castle has a waistlock. The Kingdom coach and Vinnie elbows out, but then misses yet another clotheseline, and Castle clotheslines him out! Castle builds speed, but to STRUT! The Kingdom is frustrated and annoyed, but Castle enjoys that. Taven tells Vinnie to pull back, and he tags in.
Taven and Castle renew their history, bringing up memories of the #KingdomConspiracy. They seem to recount these in their trash talk, but this is all a distraction for Vinnie and TK to go after Lethal and Gresham! And when Castle notices, Taven attacks! Things are chaotic on the outside, and Taven sends Castle into barriers! TK sends Gresham into the timekeeper’s table while Taven rains down right hands on Castle. Then Taven takes Castle all the way over and throws him into the front row! Taven says “Welcome back” as fans catch Castle. But then Lethal dispatches of Vinnie and goes after Taven himself! Gresham drop toeholds TK into a chair!
Lethal grabs a chair and sits it down, and then chops Taven to take a seat. Lethal gets some space and runs back in, but the referee says that’s not allowed! But then something drags the ref under the ring?! Taven waves the ref good-bye, and he brawls with Lethal! Lethal gets the edge and throws Taven into barriers, then goes into the ring. Fans fire up, Lethal DIVES and hits TK! Lethal keeps going, but Taven jabs him with the chair! And then SMACKS him on the back! Taven tells TK to get someone to count. The red balloons float up, the ref returns to count Taven’s cover, TWO!! Lethal survives and Taven seethes while we go to break.
ROH returns again, and Vinnie brings Lethal over. Taven tags in but fans rally up for Lethal as Taven clubs away. Lethal fights back and now they brawl back and forth. Lethal gets an edge, runs and sunset flips over Taven’s back drop. Taven rolls through, for Just the Tip of his knee! Why? “Because IIIII’M MATT TAVEN!” Taven covers, but Gresham breaks it. TK tags in as Taven holds Lethal down. TK drops an elbow, then taunts Lethal. “I thought you were the champ, Jay!” He stomps Lethal over and over, and Taven pours on his own trash talk. Lethal gives TK a cutter! Both men are down as fans rally up. TK goes after Castle while Taven hits Gresham. TK brings Lethal back over but Lethal fights out! Lethal hits each man of The Kingdom, hot tag to Gresham!
Gresham fires off on The Kingdom, but runs into TK’s tackle into the corner. Vinnie tags in but Gresham slips out and bumps TK into Vinnie. Roll up on TK, TWO but Gresham uses that to clothesline Vinnie. Gresham then gets Vinnie and TK in a double bulldog! Fans fire up but Taven tags in. Taven drags Gresham up but Gresham drops down, victory roll, ONE, tag to Castle! Castle rallies on Taven, the bad leg and back not bothering him at all! Castle scoops but Taven slips out. Taven ducks one clothesline but gets the other! Castle runs in corner to corner, big knee to sling-dog! Cover, but Vinnie breaks it! The Boys get the fans rallying and Castle rocks Vinnie with a right. Castle goes to Taven, but Taven puts him in a corner.
TK joins Taven over there but Castle fights back. Castle elbows Taven away, kicks TK down then punches Vinnie away. Castle hops out to the apron to send TK down with a knee strike! Then Castle turns around to leap at Vinnie with another knee! Castle puts Vinnie in for Gresham, missile dropkick! Gresham runs, dodges, and springboards, quebrada! Then DIVE on TK! Gresham keeps moving, climbing back up. He aims, Shooting Star, on knees! Lethal gives Vinnie the Lethal Combination, then gives TK a Lethal Injection! Castle returns, Taven drags Lethal out, Vinnie’s chairshot misses, BANGARANG! Cover, Castle and team win!
Winners: Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham & Dalton Castle, Castle pinning
The former world champion makes a successful return alongside The Octopus and the real champion! Taven is beside himself, he can’t believe his team lost. Castle dares him to do something about it, but Taven decides not to. Taven grabs his would-be championship and Lethal takes his. Castle celebrates with Gresham and Lethal, but at the same time, he gives Lethal a knowing grin. The Peacock wants that title back one day, and seems to put his name on the list here and now. Castle offers a handshake, and Lethal takes it. Should Lethal hold onto that title past Global Wars and Final Battle, will he be giving The Peacock that epic title match?
A pretty great episode of ROH, as the go-home to Global Wars Weekend. We opened with an amazing match of big men moving like smaller men. It wasn’t just kayfabe to say these guys defied some natural expectations, especially Taylor’s “Cleveland Destroyer”. Naturally Cobb wins, he’s just gotten here and is incredibly strong, both kayfabe and reality. Cobb VS Hangman for the TV title is going to be incredible. I can’t be sure who wins, but I suppose it still makes more sense for Cobb to retain at this point. I like that Burger has teamed up with two other underdog favorites, but obviously their debut as a team didn’t go so well. Perhaps Bruiser is building towards a story with Silas Young as his enemy to settle things between them.
I’m glad to see SoCal Uncensored make it official that their story as Faces is chasing the titles. The triple threat title match next week will be great, and it’s even better that SCU come in as underdogs. Briscoes are such strong Heels, it makes sense they’d attack the one team ROH is willing to give up. I would be very shocked if SCU won, maybe with Scorpio subbing in for Daniels. That could also add something to the story, such as Kaz having to choose between himself and Daniels. But I still strongly think Final Battle is the night SCU wins titles to avoid being fired. The Six-Man Tag main event was great, what a great way for Dalton Castle to return, and of course Castle helps his team win. Castle VS Lethal sounds like a great idea, can’t wait to see it.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 29 Ratings & Analysis: Night 4 B Block
Second night for the B Block! Jay White and Tetsuya Naito need to get on the scoreboard. Did it happen?
Second night for the B Block! Jay White and Tetsuya Naito need to get on the scoreboard. Did it happen?
Sapporo is a fun city for the main event, with a lot of general history.
Will Ospreay having a neck injury means he’s not working the undercard tonight.
Those are probably the two points that matter the most. So I guess let’s get to the show!
- Jyushin Thunder Liger & Kota Ibushi vs Yota Tsuji & Shota Umino: Ibushi wins via Half Boston Crab @8:20 – **
- Toa Henare, Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma vs EVIL, BUSHI & SANADA: BUSHI wins via MX @7:20 – ** 1/2
- Minoru Suzuki, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Zack Sabre Jr & Lance Archer vs KENTA, Clark Connors, Karl Fredricks & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Kanemaru wins via Deep Impact @11:30 – ***
- Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale vs Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI: Okada wins via Rainmaker @8:45 – ** 1/4
- Block B: Shingo Takagi vs Toru Yano: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @6:15 – ** 3/4
- Block B: Juice Robinson vs Hirooki Goto: Juice wins via Pulp Friction @12:20 – *** 1/2
- Block B: Jon Moxley vs Jeff Cobb: Moxley wins via Draping Deathrider @8:55 – *** 1/4
- Block B: Tomohiro Ishii vs Jay White: Ishii wins via Vertical Drop Brainbuster @19:15 – **** 1/2
- Block B: Taichi vs Tetsuya Naito: Taichi wins via Last Ride @21:00 – *** 3/4
Liger and Ibushi take on Young Lions because Will Ospreay is nursing an injury. So this was unexpected, but who’s gonna argue with some Liger? Bare bones basic Young Lion match, but Liger and Ibushi kept the interest high.
EVIL and SANADA are facing one another on Thursday, but they were on the same team tonight. Part of this story was BUSHI remaining to look strong since the end of the BOSJ, while EVIL and SANADA had the tension building up. Instead of the LIJ fist bump after the win, EVIL tries to cheap shot SANADA, SANADA counters and then they have a stand off.
This Suzuki-Gun match was beautiful. It was just a gang fight, with each member of Suzuki-Gun taking someone off and Lance Archer even joined commentary at some point. House show quality match was a good way to describe this, but it was still fun and got across the point for future matches and just great character work.
It might be a little mean to say, but YOSHI-HASHI is in this match, so who cares? Chase Owens does prove why he’s the glue that holds Bullet Club together. He’s a great tag team player and this year he’s looked a lot better than he has in the past. So we’ve got an alright match, Okada wasn’t gonna eat a pin, but I guess they wanted to protect YOSHI a little, so Chase ate the Rainmaker.
Shingo proved he watched the Naito match by trying to get Yano to take off his shirt. Anyone who saw Shingo in Dragon Gate knows he’s got some comedy chops being a former…wait…the current, Open the Owarai Gate champion (Owarai means comedy). Shirt, wrist tape and turnbuckle shenanigans ensue, but the right person won. Shingo gets on the board and doesn’t suffer the shame of getting bamboozled.
This tends to be an issue with Goto and Juice a lot of the time. By this, I mean boredom. Goto and Juice have bumped heads a few times and they both try very hard, but they aren’t exciting together. Juice being a quirky but not overly animated just means you get a snarky line and one move that may be entertaining (usually Left Hand of God) and then the action stalls. So both did good work, it was a tough match, but it wasn’t really anything crazy. Solid enough match though.
Moxley focused on Cobb’s left shoulder, so the story was to take out Cobb’s power and try to figure out how to end the match. We saw another solid match, and Moxley gets across more of his character. He does borderline heel tactics and then apologizes to the referee. So this brawling, unstable babyface is an old school gimmick in Japan, but not often seen in New Japan. It’s nice to watch, and Moxley taking advantage of Cobb’s positioning to hit the Draping Dirty Deathriding Paradigm DDT.
Jay White starts off against two of the heavier hitters from Chaos, his former stable. After taking Goto lightly, Ishii comes into this match after a big win over Jeff Cobb. White came into the match less relaxed, but still playing up his smarmy character. Ishii laid into Jay the whole match, where Jay tried to outsmart the Stone Pitbull, but Jay isn’t as clever as he thinks he is. A great match with well placed false finishes and a lot of tension. Fantastic back and forth, plus Ishii picking up the win is something special.
There were so many story threads going on here. Sapporo is the place of their Intercontinental Championship match earlier in the year where Taichi had Takashi Iizuka interfere. Iizuka left the Iron Fingers for Taichi, but he hasn’t used them in the 6 months he’s had them. This was a great struggle of wrestlers who were once rivals, but Naito has since eclipsed Taichi. Hell, Taichi even hit a Ganso Bomb, shades of his mentor Toshiaki Kawada. References, call backs and a solid match from a story telling perspective. Work rate might not have been fantastic, but that’s the beauty of professional wrestling being more than the moves in the ring. Plus part of the fun of Taichi matches is watch Miho Abe react, since she’s such a lovely devoted valet.
Overall Score: 6.75/10
A lot of this show was driven by the stories and the historical threads between participants, opposed to the in-ring action. I appreciate the mixture of angles that New Japan shows attack with. Many newer fans just know NJPW for great hard hitting work rate, but the beauty of puroresu in general is how deep the stories go.
Sometimes the wrestlers reference things from their mentors/trainers, sometimes it’s just a story line from the isolationist politics that each puro company has dabbled with or sometimes it goes all the way back to when someone was a Young Boy in a dojo. The layers are there for those who wish to know, so part of the fun in nights like this, are what personally floats your boat.
The show was the weakest so far, but there were plenty of satisfying moments outside of ring work.
B Block Standings:
- Tomohiro Ishii – 2-0 (4 Points)
- Jon Moxley – 2-0 (4 Points)
- Juice Robinson – 2-0 (4 Points)
- Toru Yano – 1-1 (2 Points)
- Hirooki Goto – 1-1 (2 Points)
- Shingo Takagi – 1-1 (2 Points)
- Taichi – 1-1 (2 Points)
- Jay White – 0-2 (0 Points)
- Jeff Cobb – 0-2 (0 Points)
- Tetsuya Naito – 0-2 (0 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/15/19)
It’s the Raw After Extreme Rules!
And there’s a not-so-new WWE Universal Champion! What is going to happen now that once Raw is once again under the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR!?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The Usos VS Robert Roode & The Revival; Ricochet & The Usos win.
- The Viking Raiders VS Vinnie Rooner & Jackson James; The Viking Raiders win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins.
- Finn Balor VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
- Zack Ryder VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria; Ryder wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Club VS Lucha House Party; The Club wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender Elimination Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Naomi VS Carmella VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Natalya wins and will face Becky Lynch for the title at Summerslam.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender “Cross Brand All-Star Top 10” Battle Royal: Seth Rollins wins and will challenge Brock Lesnar for the title at Summerslam.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw makes Long Island into Suplex City!
And that’s because Paul Heyman brings The Beast with him! The Advocate and the NEW Universal Champion enter the ring and Heyman gives his introductions, and is happy to shout he is with the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion, BRRROCK! LESNARRR!” But what amazes Heyman the most is that he told the truth, and fans would rather he told a lie. Heyman isn’t much for an “I told you so,” but he told you so. He told the WWE Universe last night during Extreme Rules that Lesnar would cash-in, and he did! #WeToldYouSo. Don’t boo that, boo yourselves for not believing.
But another group that needs to listen to the “told you so” is the WWE roster. Rollins wasn’t going to be the challenger and there needed to be a new one, but no one stepped up. Heyman has the stroke right now, wink wink. So Heyman has the how for who will be Lesnar’s Summerslam opponent. Lesnar is not the easiest Beast to negotiate with. Just ask UFC. Lesnar fights when, where and how he wants. So Heyman’s plan will be the “Cross Branded, Top Ten All Star Battle Royal!” And of course, the winner of this tongue twister gets to make history in Toronto by being beaten, victimized and conquered by Brrrock! Lesnarrr! But who are the top ten all-stars? Here they are! Will it be Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Big E, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, Rey Mysterio, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley or Roman Reigns that wins his way to the biggest party of the summer?
If Heyman were Roman, he’d take a rain check. Seth Rollins rode into Philadelphia like he was Becky Lynch’s Stud, and then Lesnar made Rollins into a “gelding.” Google it, Long Island. But the emasculated pony that steps up to Lesnar, you risk health, well-being and manhood. The promise and threat and spoiler from Heyman this time: if anyone has the opportunity to step into the ring with Lesnar, you risk all that and more, “because in this Universe, you’re all Brock’s b*tches.”
But as Brock and Heyman make their exits, the One and Only makes his entrance! Ricochet may not have an opportunity at Lesnar, but he’s just fighting to get back at the man who took his title. Will the King of Flight fly high for a chance at The Phenomenal One?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The Usos VS Robert Roode & The Revival
Raw returns and hey, Uce. There’s unfinished business with the Lil’ Rascals. Pretty Ricky is ready to rock with Jimmy & Jey, and they’re going to welcome the GLORIOUS #TopGuys to the Uso Penitentiary!
The teams sort out and we begin with Scott Dawson and Jimmy Uso. SUPERKICK to Dawson with the bell! Dash runs in and gets a kick from Ricochet! Ricochet tags in, Recoil! Shooting star press, cover, the first fall is Ricochet’s!
Ricochet & Usos – 1; Roode & Revival – 0
Well that was fast. Roode is upset with the Revival already, but now he starts the second fall with Ricochet. They tie up and Roode knees low. Roode clubs then bumps Ricochet off buckles, then stomps a GLORIOUS mudhole in! Roode CHOPS Ricochet against the ropes, then whips him across the way. Ricochet rolls off Roode’s back to handspring and headscissor and dropkick! Cover, ONE! Roode won’t be beat so quick, but Ricochet drags him to the corner. Tag to Jey and he takes the hand-off. Jey whips but Roode reverses. Jey goes up and over to mule kick and pop-lock into a SPINEBUSTER! Roode covers, TWO!
Roode tags Dash and Roode feeds Jey to Dash’s knee. Dash throws European uppercuts then rips off Jey’s shirt. Dash clubs Jey but fans rally up as he chokes Jey on the ropes. The ref backs Dash off and then keeps an eye on Dawson. Dash CHOPS Jey but Jey uppercuts back. Dash throws Jey into the corner but Jey fights out! Jey walks into Dash’s kick then gets a scoop slam. Dash drops but misses his elbow, tag to Jimmy! Jimmy rallies and kicks to pop-lock and uppercut! Then the Samoan Drop! Jimmy fires up but has to hit Roode first. Dash whips and Dawson tags in, flapjack on Jimmy! Cover, the Revival tie things up!
Ricochet & Usos – 1; Roode & Revival – 1
The Raw Tag Team Champions keep their trio in this, and we go to break!
Raw returns for the third and final fall. The bell rings and Dawson corner clotheslines Jimmy. Dawson snap suplexes, then drops an elbow, a leg and the headbutt. Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Tag to Dash, and the Revival work together to rope guillotine Jimmy! Dash covers, TWO! The Revival and Roode grow frustrated but they’re still in control. Dash drags Jimmy up to an abdominal stretch but fans rally as Jimmy endures. Jimmy works his way out and arm-drags Dash away. Dash grabs Jimmy to keep him from his corner! Jimmy punches Dash but can’t get free. Dash reels Jimmy back into the stretch, but gets a hip toss! Dawson tags in and tackles Jimmy while Dash hits Jey. But Jimmy dragon whips and dropkicks! Hot tags to Roode and Ricochet!
Ricochet bumps and boots Roode, then springboards for the flying clothesline! Ricochet dropkicks Dawson down! He tosses Dash out and Jey FLIES! But Roode kicks Ricochet, only for Ricochet to roll him up. Roode slips out, but gets a RECOIL! Ricochet hurries up top, 630 senton! Cover, Ricochet & the Usos win!
Winners: Ricochet & The Usos, Ricochet pinning
But to ruin the celebration, it’s The Club! AJ Styles wears the WWE United States Championship proudly, but Ricochet DIVES right onto him! Gallows and Anderson go after Ricochet but the Usos go after them! But The Revival go after the Usos! To get SUPERKICKS! SUPERKICK for Anderson, SUPERKICKS for Gallows! And then the Usos run, but Roode drags Jimmy out to throw him into barriers! Jey grabs Roode but gets a hotshot, into the SHATTER MACHINE! Roode has the Revival go after Jey more, but Ricochet springboards to crossbody them all! But Styles snipes Ricochet with that Phenomenal Forearm! The Club gets the better of Roode again, as they feed him to the MAGIC KIILLER!
“That’s what you get?! You have no idea who you’re messing with!” That is Styles’ message to the One and Only and anyone else who wants to step to The Club! Who will dare step to them for a chance at the US Championship?
The Viking Raiders VS Vinnie Rooner & Jackson James!
The war comes to Long Island! Their team name is a birthright for Erik and Ivar, and they will rain down mayhem on any fools that stand before them! Those fools tonight clearly don’t know what they’re in for, because they’re still here. How long will Long Island’s own even last?
The bell rings and Erik powers Rooner right to the corner! Tag to Ivar and Rooner is fed to the knee, then another knee. Ivar throws Jackson in for Erik’s shotgun knees! Ivar then goes corner to corner to splash Rooner and bronco buster Jackson! Then Erik uses Ivar as a human weapon to smash Rooner in the corner! Cover but Ivar wants to do more. He tags Erik back in and they haul Jackson up for a scoop slam backbreaker, to gutbuster, to German lariat combo! And of course, Rooner gets THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
Another team has been sent to Valhalla after going through the #VikingExperience. Who else will experience the war these two viking machines bring?
Drew McIntyre storms into the Raw locker room.
After he and Shane McMahon lost to Roman Reigns and The Undertaker, the Scottish Terminator is in no mood to have the other superstars laughing it up. Does Cedric Alexander think he’s funny with that trick last week? Well when it comes to challenging competition, Alexander is up to the task. How inspirational. But McIntyre will get Alexander back for sticking his nose into someone else’s business. McIntyre will dismantle and dismember Alexander. Kidding! That’s illegal. But he will humble Alexander. He will eviscerate him. Well Alexander has heard how humble he is, but the joke tonight will be on McIntyre. Does the former Cruiserweight Champion know what he’s getting himself into with an angry Scottish Psychopath?
Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander!
Raw returns and the business between these two men will be settled already! Alexander was standing up to help Roman, but will he regret it?
The bell rings and McIntyre runs Alexander over! Then bumps him off buckles to CHOP away on. McIntyre whips Alexander but Alexander dodges, the handspring and hit the Neuralizer enziguri! Alexander then FLIES onto McIntyre! The Age of Alexander still has that 205 Live fire, and he puts McIntyre in to springboard. McIntyre gets under and catches Alexander for a belly2belly into buckles! McIntyre stand Alexander up to CHOP him off his feet! then he throws him overhead across the ring! McIntyre isn’t done, he suplexes and TOSSES Alexander! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Alexander with stomps and another CHOP! He drags Alexander up again for the deadlift, but Alexander fights out! Alexander blocks the boot to hit the elbow!
McIntyre staggers but runs in, only o miss in the corner. He lands on the apron and climbs up, to leap into a dropkick! Alexander has McIntyre down! Fans rally up as Alexander gets up. Alexander runs and handsprings again, but into the Glasgow Kiss! McIntyre drags Alexander up for hammering haymakers in the corner! The ref backs McIntyre off but he just comes back and lifts Alexander, inverted Alabama Slam, that Alexander counters to a roll-up! ALEXANDER WINS!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The biggest upset in years! McIntyre lost focus and Alexander has the last laugh! Will Alexander reestablish himself on Raw with this as the foundation?
Raw hears from Finn Balor.
“Last night was a rough night.” He lost the WWE Intercontinental Championship to Shinsuke Nakamura. But he doesn’t dwell on the past, he looks for a way forward. Finn wants the title back, but he has to fight his way there. Samoa Joe is in his path. Finn doesn’t care has to go up, over, around or straight through, he will keep moving forward.
Samoa Joe responds.
Finn thinks he can do what? Through Joe? Over him? Well unless Finn is going to summon the Celtic heroes of old to help him, here is what really happens: Finn walks out and Joe will be waiting to hand him another loss. Joe’s music hits, it’s time to see if the Extraordinary Man can do extraordinary things.
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns.
The #GraveyardDogs were victorious, but how does the Big Dog plan on using that in tonight’s battle royal? Roman doesn’t care what anyone says, from Braun Strowman to Rey Mysterio to even Seth Rollins. This is Roman’s week! From ESPY’s to Hobbs & Shaw to Extreme Rules, the only way Raw ends is with Roman dominating tonight and punching a ticket to take back his Universal Championship. Will Roman truly make the WWE his Yard once again?
Finn Balor VS Samoa Joe!
Finn lost his title, and Joe failed to take one for his own. Both men are determined for another chance, but who comes out of this heading for Toronto?
Raw returns as Finn makes his entrance. The bell rings and this NXT rivalry is renewed for a night!
Finn and Joe tie up and Joe powers Finn to a corner. Joe lets up but shoves Finn. Finn comes back and waistlocks, but Joe elbows out. Joe wrenches Finn to a wristlock but Finn rolls through. Joe wrangles Finn back down, but Finn kips up. Finn headlocks and holds on as Joe tries to power out. Joe lifts Finn but Finn gets the takeover. Joe stands back up to try again and he gets free. He CHOPS Finn on the run, then whips. Finn kicks back then headlocks. Joe powers Finn to a corner but Finn uses the corner to go up and around to another takeover. But Joe makes it a crucifix! Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by pinfall
But he isn’t done fighting! He hammers Finn down then drags him up for the Coquina Clutch! But Finn rolls back to double stomp! And Slingblade! Finn grits his teeth as he shotgun dropkicks Joe into the corner! Joe is down, Finn climbs up, COUP DE GRACE! A ferocious Finn leaves Joe the one reeling, but he still lost. What more must the Extraordinary Man do to get back to a title?
Wait, what is going on with the music? And the lights…? Something is happening in the dark! It’s the FIEND!! Bray Wyatt has Finn in his clutches!! For a Sister Abigail!! Long Island loses its mind as the Fiendish One leaves, laughing all the way.
Drake Maverick and Renee Michelle check in.
As Mr. & Mrs. 24/7 Champion. Oh wait Renee wasn’t supposed to hear that. But it’s for their protection. This is the perfect place for them, right? Renee wants the most romantic room and the most expensive wine. Maverick pays cash to stay off the grid. With a generous tip. But R-Truth is lurking! He and his referee are looking for a Hornswoggle. H-o-r-n, swoggle. Short guy with a funny accent. Oh wait, what’s that behind his ear? A whole George Washington! Well alright, Truth can check the guest list.
The Street Profits are watching Raw, backstage.
Uuuuuuh… Wow. So Maverick has not consummated his marriage yet? Well he’s probably nervous because he’s never done it before. Wait, no, not like that. But there’s a reason guys are putting their height on their Tinder profiles. But anyway, to business: the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION match! Natalya, Naomi, Carmellaaaa~ and even Alexa Bliss! Wait, is Nikki Cross going to be in her corner? “That’s what the graphic says.” Well then Bliss-Cross all day. For real?! What is with you, boy? Why you crushing in Cross? She’s intense! Yep.
But speaking of intense, TONIGHT! The 10-Man All Star Battle Royal! Who you got!? Huh!? HUH!? BIG E!! Yeah man! But Ford wants… Monday Night ROLLINS! Rollins is like them! He wants all, the, smoke. #WeWanttheSmoke. But will Rollins be able to #BurnItDown when he’s in the ring with nine other hungry superstars?
Zack Ryder VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria!
Long Island Iced Z is the hometown hero, but the First Lady surprises Mike by saying she’s taking his match? She’s pregnant! Yeah and he’s a loser. She has a better chance of defending the family honor than him. The music hits, and she walks out first?! So, wait, what? WWE doesn’t do co-ed! And certainly not with a pregnant woman! Mike hurries out after Maria and convinces her he will do this. Mike gets in the ring, the bell sounds, and Ryder hits the ROUGH RYDER! Cover, Ryder wins!
Winner: Zack Ryder, by pinfall
Wow, they even announced that it was under a minute. Salt in the wound for the struggling Opportunist of Love. Maria says she told him so. Because they’re- no, her unborn child had a better chance at beating Ryder than Mike. She drops the mic, leaving Mike stinging more from her words than the leg lariat. Will Mike ever be a man in Maria’s eyes again?
Six Man Tag: The Club VS Lucha House Party!
AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson all got to #BeatUpRicochet again tonight, but they’re not satisfied. They want to prove Raw is theirs as they take on Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado. Are Mondays about to be #JustTooSweet?
The trios sort out and Styles starts against Metalik. Styles goes right at the King of the ropes and hammers him into the Club’s corner. Tag to the Machine Gun and he stomps away on Metalik, too. Anderson bumps Metalik in the other corner then whips corner to corner. Metalik boots back then Sling-Dogs! Metalik runs the ropes to leap for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik drags Anderson up but gets a knee. Anderson stomps Metalik out then drags him by his mask to the Club’s corner. Tag to Gallows and Anderson grinds a boot in. Gallows drags Metalik up for big body shots. Gallows stomps but the ref backs him off, and Styles gets a cheap shot in. Big Doc Gallows drags Metalik up again to club him back down.
Gallows throws hands but Metalik CHOPS! But it does nothing, and Gallows decks Metalik. Gallows adds a headbutt, then drags Metalik to whip. Metalik kicks back then whips but Anderson tags in. Gallows reverses and kicks, Anderson shotgun boots Metalik down! And the Club Too Sweet together. But wait, Ricochet attacks Styles!! Ricochet wants revenge! He throws Styles down and Lucha House Party takes care of the Good Brothers! This match is just chaos now, and other refs have to grab Ricochet. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but Raw goes to break while things are sorted out.
Raw returns as this Six Man Tag starts again. Styles mugs Lince and whips him to a dropkick! Styles is all fired up after what Ricochet did earlier, and he drags Lince to the corner. Tag to Gallows and Gallows throws haymakers on the Golden Lynx. The ref counts and Gallows backs off, to come back and tag Anderson. The Good Brothers mug Lince more, then stomp him out. Anderson drags Lince up for a big scoop slam and cover, TWO! Anderson keeps on Lince with a headlock and grinds him down. Long Island rallies with “LUCHA! LUCHA!” for Lince and he fights back. But Anderson clubs Anderson down and sucker punches Metalik! Anderson taunts Kalisto but the ref keeps the Lucha Dragon back.
Anderson whips Lince but gets a Golden Rewind stunner! Hot tag to Kalisto! Kalisto hits Styles down then kicks Gallows! HE rolls Anderson for the List Kick! Then handspring enziguri! Cover, TWO! Kalisto keeps moving to SPIKE-Rana Anderson! Anderson bails out but the Lucha House Party regroup to DIVE! They take out Gallows, Kalisto FLIES to hit Anderson! Kalisto puts Anderson in and punches, but styles anchors him. Kalisto kicks Styles away but Kalisto springboards into a catch! And a SPINEBUSTER! Anderson tags Gallows, and the Good Brothers drag Kalisto up, for the Boot o’ Doom! Gallows boots Lince away then tags Styles. Styles drags Kalisto back up while fans boo, and puts no the Calf Crusher! Kalisto taps, The Club wins!
Winners: The Club, Styles by submission
Styles refuses to let Kalisto go, and the Club throw Lince and Metalik back out. Kalisto suffers until Styles is satisfied! And then Styles kicks Kalisto out so that he and his Good Brothers stand alone. The Club wants to run Raw, who will they run over to do it?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The former Universal Champion clearly has not gotten over last night, but he has no choice but to watch Lesnar walk around with a title he doesn’t deserve. Rollins is hurt but he’s also a man possessed. Speaking of, The Man, Becky Lynch, is one of the toughest people he knows. She will be okay, whether she shows up here or not is her choice. But Baron Corbin knows what happens when you push Rollins. And that is just a sample of what he’ll do to anyone and everyone as he fights his way back to the title! Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley, even Roman Reigns! All until he is fighting and beating Brock Lesnar again. Is Rollins going to burn it all down for revenge?
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender Elimination Fatal 4 Way: Natalya VS Naomi VS Carmella VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Goddess and her loyal friend failed to dethrone Bayley over on SmackDown, but perhaps they can become Raw Women’s Co-Champions. However, Alexa will have to get through the Queen of Harts, the Glow and the Princess of Staten Island to head for Toronto. Will the Loony Lass play any part in this attempt at redemption?
But wait, The Man IS in Long Island! Becky walks out, sore as she is, to proudly hold up the belt she still has. Who will the Lass Kicker see win a chance to get their head slapped off their shoulders? We find out after the break.
Raw returns and the bell rings. Alexa kicks Natty and SLAPS Naomi, but Naomi chases her out of the ring. Mella rolls Naomi but Natty breaks that. Natty shoves Mella out while Nikki checks on Alexa. Now Natty and Naomi, friendly rivals, stand alone. They tie up, Naomi headlocks but Natty shoves. Naomi leaps to sunset flip, TWO! Naomi whips Natty to a corner but misses to get buckles. Natty rebounds and sits Naomi down to walk all over her. But Naomi is ready for the basement dropkick, and the two cancel each other out with dropkicks, and then clotheslines! Alexa wants to take advantage but Mella trips her up.
Mella takes advantage, cover on Naomi, ONE! Cover on Natty, TWO! Cover on Naomi, ONE! Natty, TWO! Naomi again, TWO! Mella is freaking out as she covers Natty again, TWO! She drags Natty up to throw her out, then goes at Naomi with stomps in the corner. Mella whips Naomi corner to corner but Naomi elbows back hard. Naomi ups up but Mella forearms back. Mella backs off and runs in to FABULOUS Steiner! Cover, TWO! Naomi stays in this, and Natty returns. Mella ducks and tilt-o-whirls to go around the world! The Mella-go-round sends Natty down in a corner! Then she moonwalks and runs corner to corner, for the FABULOUS Bronco Buster! But then she ducks the Rear View to FABULOUS KICK! FABULOUS KICK for Natty! Alexa rolls Mella up, Alexa ELIMINATES Carmella!!
The Goddess got the better of the Princess and now she covers Naomi. But Mella distracts long enough, TWO! Dropkick from Naomi to Alexa, and Naomi covers, TWO! Naomi keeps her cool as she facelocks Alexa. Naomi scoops Alexa for a slam, then kicks her down. She dropkicks Natty out for good measure, then drags Alexa back up. Naomi bumps Alexa off buckles and kicks away on her. Nikki is concerned as Naomi snapmares and kicks Alexa again. Cover, TWO! Naomi grows annoyed with Alexa as she drags her back up. Fans rally and Alexa fights back. Naomi knees low then scoops but Alexa slips out to clothesline! Cover, TWO!
Alexa grows annoyed but Nikki coaches her up. Alexa clubs Naomi and kicks her back. She SLAPS Naomi then runs, but into clotheslines with Naomi! Both women are down and Becky likes what she sees. Fans rally but we go to break.
Raw returns and Alexa is alone against Natty and Naomi. But then Naomi rolls Natty, TWO! Naomi headscissors Natty down, then slides. Natty blocks the dropkick to drag Naomi out for a suplex. Naomi rests so Natty shoves her into steps. natty walks into an elbow, then Naomi hops up for a blockbuster! Naomi grins but Alexa attacks from behind! Alexa puts Naomi in and covers, TWO! Alexa keeps on Naomi with a chinlock. Naomi endures as Alexa thrashes her around. Alexa pulls hair to get a little mean. Fans rally up and Naomi fights her way up and out, but Alexa knees low. Alexa bumps Naomi off buckles and stomps a mudhole in. Natty comes in but gets kicked out, but Naomi gets Alexa in a full nelson bomb! Body scissor clutch cover, TWO!
Becky mocks Alexa as Naomi leg drops! Cover, TWO! Nikki passionately coaches and cheers Alexa on, but Naomi kicks Alexa. Naomi hits a buckle bulldog, but Natty discus clotheslines Naomi down! Cover, TWO! Natty wraps a chinlock on Naomi now, and Nikki checks on Alexa. Naomi fights her way up again but Natty throws her down. Natty drags Naomi around to hook the legs, and then grabs at the arms. Naomi tries but she still gets pulled into the surfboard! Natty holds Naomi up but Alexa covers Natty! TWO and then Alexa scramlbes away, with a grin on her face. Natty drags Naomi up but Naomi kicks back. Naomi tries to light Natty up but Natty dragon screws her to a corner! Natty runs into Naomi’s kick!
Naomi hops up but has to kick Alexa away. Natty gets Natty for a spinning powerbomb! Cover, and Alexa even helps, TWO! Natty boots Alexa then drags Naomi around, but Alexa rolls Natty up! TWO, and Alexa DECKS Natty with that divine right hand! Alexa kicks away on Naomi while fans rally up. Alexa puts that chinlock back on, but Naomi crawls for the ropes. Naomi reaches but Alexa drags her away to a cover, ONE! Alexa drags Naomi up as Nikki gets fans to cheer. Alexa stomps a mudhole in but the ref backs her off. She grinds her feet into Naomi but Naomi scorpion kicks then dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Alexa catches Naomi by the hair to throw her down, then wraps that chinlock back on.
Alexa grins at Becky but Becky doesn’t seem to sweat Alexa. Naomi fights back up but Alexa throws her into Natty! Natty is down while Naomi is out, but Natty powers Alexa to a corner to fire off! But Alexa throws Natty into buckles! Alexa stomps Natty back then dares fans to boo. But Natty SLAPS Alexa, to a scoop. Alexa slips out, throws Natty down, then runs, only for Naomi to drag her out. Naomi kicks Natty, BOOTS Alexa, then slingshots to sunset flip Natty! Natty rolls through, high stack, Natty ELIMINATES Naomi! The Queen of Harts just felt the Glow, and we take a break before the final showdown.
Raw returns and Natty stares Alexa down. Nikki assures Alexa she has this, and Alexa gets back in the ring. Natty goes right at her but Alexa uses the ropes as defense. Natty eggs Alexa on but Nikki grabs the mic. If people don’t start cheering for her best friend, she’s gonna… She’s gonna… The fans boo and Nikki shouts at them to shut up! Nikki will chant for Alexa alone if she has to! Alexa gets back in, but still uses the ropes. The ref backs Natty off and Alexa plays cat ‘n’ mouse to BOOT Natty down. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Nikki is upset. Alexa clubs Natty but Natty scoops Alexa. Alexa lips out to throw Natty down by her hair! Fans still boo as Alexa adds Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO!
The booing gets louder but Alexa drags Natty up to whip her to a corner. Natty dodges and gives Alexa the rebound sit-down! Natty stomps Alexa but Alexa bails out. Alexa runs away from Natty Nikki takes the discus! Alexa moves past her best friend to put Natty in. She drags Natty up but Natty gets the Sharpshooter! ALexa taps, Natty wins!!
Winner: Natalya, by submission; NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship
Charly Caruso congratulates The Queen of Harts on punching her ticket to Toronto. Natty says a year makes such a difference. So much happened, but now she’s going back home to Canada to face her friend in Becky Lynch. This is a dream come true. Becky borrows a mic to respond, as a friend. “Correction: The Man has something to say.” Fans cheer as Becky hits the ring to stand with her contender.
Becky gives Natty congrats, and admits to being all hurt. But Becky is here to fight, because nothing makes her happier than a fight. With that, no more smiles. If Natty thinks this will be a match of friends, she’s in for a shock. Step up or Becky will wipe the floor with her. “Your career needs something.” And Becky is that something. If it’s one thing Becky learned in her last year, she does better at war than at love. Well then Becky must not be a good lover, “b*tch.” The claws are out and Becky has her war. Natty is going to take that greasy orange mop off her head, pull the horseshoe out of her ass, and beat the hell out of The Man. Becky wouldn’t have it any other way. Who wins this already red hot summer blockbuster?
Raw hears from Randy Orton.
“After I win tonight’s battle royal, I’ve got a little unfinished business with Brock Lesnar to attend to.” It isn’t a chip on his shoulder, but it is enough venom to take down the Beast. Will the three most dangerous letters in the WWE end Lesnar in Toronto?
Raw presents another edition of Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister was asked by the Show-Off himself if he could be the guest tonight. Miz obliged, and he’ll talk with Dolph Ziggler after the break!
Raw returns to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show and Miz gives the introductions. Dolph Ziggler makes his entrance and joins Miz in the ring. Miz gest to business; why does Ziggler want to be here? Well Ziggler has his career problems on SmackDown, but he and Miz go way back and wanted to see if the rumors are true. What rumors? That while Miz used to want to outdo everyone, he’s just the yes man who does the talk show. Oh wow, Ziggler’s trying to get a rise out of Miz? Is he upset? Jealous? What? No, Ziggler is happy for Miz that Miz is happy to be here. Well yeah, he’s happy to be here in Long Island!
But this is what Ziggler means. Miz is just happy to be here now. He doesn’t have that fire anymore. Everything Miz does for the WWE, is it worth kissing ass and yet being snubbed off PPV? Better that than lose in 17 seconds. Well yeah, Ziggler has to deal with that embarrassing. Like Goldberg Taker bad. But Ziggler just wants to know how Miz could become everything he hated! He’s not from Long Island! Or Hollywood! They’re both from Cleveland! A gritty city, where they grew up with that attitude. Miz is better than this, yet he’s becoming everything he hates! Miz is everything that is wrong with WWE! He only cares about fortune and fame, “just like your wife.” That’s it! Miz attacks Ziggler and runs him out of the ring! Miz has fire now, but will Ziggler regret sparking it?
Mr. & Mrs. 24/7 Champion prepare for tonight.
Those roses have thorns, though. Ouch. But will they really “get it on” when we come back from break?
Raw returns and Maverick is ready. Renee is slipping into something more comfortable, so Maverick does, too. “Daddy’s ready for love.” Maverick does his best Shawn Michaels with just the belt on. Renee has a little surprise, but wait, room service comes by. Maverick is too ready, so he calms himself down. Renee brings the table in and thanks the bellboy with a tip. She heads to the bed and she has a big surprise. Wait, can the bellboy leave already? Wait, that’s… A REFEREE!! Is someone else here?! Who followed them!? Where is that other WWE superstar? Truth pops out from the table!! ROLL-UP! TWO!! Maverick throws the roses in Truth’s face! But Truth crossbodies Maverick onto the bed! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Truth got his baby back! And he hopes they’re still able to consummate. Maverick chases Truth out of the room, and Renee shouts under the sheets. What will Maverick and Truth do to each other next as their legendary feud continues?
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender “Cross Brand All-Star Top 10” Battle Royal!
Awwww~ Long Island~! Prepare to see the best from both brands battle it out for a chance at the Beast, and feel~ the power~! Big E is out first as he, the Lone Wolf, the Critic of the Critics, the King of Lucha Libre, the Rocky Mountain Machine, the Monster Among Men, the Swiss Cyborg, the Viper, the Big Dog and the Architect are set to do battle! Who is the last all-star standing to meet Lesnar in Toronto?
Before Strowman goes out there, he makes sure all nine others know, they’re going to #GetTheseHands! Lashley’s wearing the rib tape to prove what happens when fighting the #LastMonsterStanding, but will Strowman do it all over again? But wait, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman return to get a good look at this match. The reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion takes a seat right on the stage while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once more, and the bell finally rings! Heyman and Lesnar watch eagerly as the brawls break out! Corbin and Rollins keep fighting from Extreme Rules, as do Strowman and Lashley! Rollins runs but into a choke slam! Corbin whips Rollins out but Rollins keeps off the floor. Lashley runs Orton over but Strowman body shots those bad ribs. Roman has Orton but Corbin saves Lashley? Those two work together like back in the day to soften Strowman up. Rollins and Mysterio fight, Cesaro comes in to go after them both. Cesaro deals uppercuts to everyone around! Sami, Orton, Roman, Sami again, Roman again, then Big E! He even hits Mysterio and trips him up, for the Swiss Swing!
Cesaro and Mysterio go around 10 times, then he catapults Msyterio up. Mysterio saves himself and Big E scoops Cdesaro. Cesaro sips out to trip BIg E, but Lashley crossbodies Cesaro down! Then trophy lifts and ELIMINATES Cesaro! But then Mysterio 619’s the bad ribs! And missile dropkicks as payback for a few weeks ago. Strowman ELIMINATES Lashley with a toss!! But now, Big E steps to the biggest man in the ring. Big E wants to see what Strowman can do. They collide but neither falls. Fans rally with “New! Day Rocks!” as Big E dodges Strowman, only to get run over! Strwoman hauls Big E up, but Big E slips out. Big E sends Strowman into buckles, and scoops Strowman!! BIGGEST ENDING!
But RKO for Big E! The Viper is still here, but Sami ELIMINATES Big E for him. Sami laughs all the way into an RKO! Mysterio dropkicks Sami, dials it up, 619! And Orton ELIMINATES Sami! But then Roman turns Orton around, to get an RKO anyway! Mysterio kicks his old foe and whips Orton, but Orton whips Mysteiro to 619 Roman! Orton whips but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES! Orton falls out under the middle rope, he’s not out of the match. Mysterio climbs, leaps, seated senton on Roman! But Corbin whips Mysterio out and ELIMINATES him! As if Corbin wasn’t hated enough. But now we have four of the final five in the ring: Strowman, Corbin, Rollins and Roman.
The Shield brothers stand united with Strowman against Corbin. Fans cheer as Strowman uppercuts Corbin. He puts Corbin on the ropes while Roman slips out the bottom, for a Drive-By Dropkick! Corbin reels into Rollins’ SUPERKICK! Rollins ELIMINATES Corbin! But now he, Roman and Strowman (and Orton on the outside) are the only ones left. And Strowman powers Rollins into a corner. He blocks the Superman Punch, to start a corner splash train on the Shield boys! But then Roman runs out, only to SPEAR Rollins! Strowman grabs Roman with one hand, scoops him up, and brings him tot he ropes. Roman fights out and looks to drag Strowman out with him! Rollins bumps them and ELIMINATES them both!
But Rollins forgets about Orton! Orton throws Rollins, but Rollins skins the cat! Orton runs over but gets a forearm. He hits back but Rollins does, too. Rollins and Orton brawl on opposite sides, but Orton drags Rollins in for the draping DDT! Rollins is down and Orton wants Lesnar to see him hear the voices in his head. The Viper stalks the Architect, but gets a mule kick and CURB STOMP! Rollins drags Orton up and throws him out, to win!
Winner: Seth Rollins; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Universal Championship
The Architect follows through! He wants one more shot at Lesnar to finally put him away for good! But Heyman says, “That’s not how you introduce the winner of a Cross Brand Top Ten All-Star Battle Royal.” He does the honors. “Ladies and gentlemen, your winner of the Battle Royal, the new #1 contender, and the man who now gets to go to Summerslam to be beaten, victimized and conquered, SETH, FREAKIN’, ROLLINS!”
Rollins responds and tells Heyman to “shut the hell up!” He’s been the conduit long enough, Rollins talks directly to Lesnar! “I told you I am a man possessed!” Rollins vowed to fight anyone to get a fight with Lesnar, and will make Summerslam look like Wrestlemania when he stomps Lesnar out and becomes THE reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion again. Lesnar has heard enough, and he has the chair as a weapon. He slams the apron with it, but that’s just a warning shot. Rollins doesn’t back down, but will he be put down? Or will history repeat itself between Beast and Beastslayer?
After a surprisingly good Extreme Rules, this Raw ended up a bit of a mixed bag. I’ll say right now that while the “no wrestling during commercials” edict seems to have loosened a little (but really only in the second Six Man Tag), it is still very present and very detrimental to the flow of things. The first Six Man Tag had to be made 2 out of 3 Falls because of it, which really held Ricochet, Roode, Revival and the Usos back given how great all six men are. It was fine that Ricochet and Usos won to rebound from their Extreme Rules PPV losses, and then it worked for The Club to go after them. In the Club’s Six Man Tag later on, booking was at least smarter, making Ricochet be the cause for a “restart.”
I really hope we’re getting Triple Threats for both the Raw Tag Team and WWE US titles, but more the former than the latter. Styles VS Ricochet 1v1 without Good Brother interference will be what they and the title needs. And a triple threat for the Raw tag titles to mirror SmackDown will be exactly what The Revival, the Usos and the Club all need. Speaking of needs, I like that Becky frames her coming match with Natty something Natty needs to stay relevant, because it’s true. Natty winning the Women’s Elimination Fatal 4 was a great surprise, but it works since WWE is going to Canada and she’s Canadian. But the pacing could’ve been better, and would’ve been helped if Becky wasn’t ringside the whole time. Have Becky come out after to have the same promos with Natty, and you still get the effect of her toughing out her bumps and bruises.
Poor Viking Raiders, still fighting their way out of the hole Vince put them in. And as soon as Maria was acting like she was going to make Mike’s match her match, it was clear Mike was losing. Just didn’t think it’d be in a squash they actually announce as such. But that little detail is to probably further “humiliate” Mike. As of last week’s 205 Live, Mike promises to do something drastic for this week, so this can help as motivation for that. I hope he shouts “I AM a man!” the entire time. And what a great win for Cedric Alexander! This will make for a great build for McIntyre if that match with Taker is still coming. Maybe Taker saves Alexander from a beat down this time to then challenge McIntyre to a match. And a new Miz VS Ziggler feud might be interesting, with Ziggler all but saying Miz is the new Cena.
I am so pumped to see the payoffs of two unlikely hits for Raw. After a surprisingly fast win for Samoa Joe and an equally surprising retaliation from Finn, Bray Wyatt returns! The Fiend makes his live debut, and I’m pretty sure this means Fiend VS Demon at Summerslam for some really freaky stuff. Also the fans should’ve chanted “Yowie Wowie!” here, but oh well. Then the other was getting to see what we all guessed would happen: Truth crashes the honeymoon! He takes the title back but I’m not sure where gags like this can go, because this was already the ultimate thing. Maybe Bischoff chooses a third person for the mix with SmackDown tomorrow night and that changes things up for Maverick and Truth.
I knew the long-name battle royal wasn’t going to take that long by the time we got it. They did great to jam in everything in those 10 minutes or so, but of course Rollins wins for what will essentially be his last chance at the title. Raw could’ve really freshened things up with Strowman winning for another try, and hopefully a successful one. Or they could’ve found used this match to turn Lashley or even Orton Face to go at Lesnar. Lashley would’ve been the preferred two of those, but it seems his turn isn’t what they want to do yet. Lesnar VS Rollins will still be good, and seeing it again shouldn’t be a reason to dislike it. A rivalry is built on rematches, but this one does need to end things for a good long time, and hopefully with Rollins winning so we don’t get Lesnar just disappearing with the belt again.
My Score: 8.1/10
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