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.
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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
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (3/25/19)
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Tour leads him to who!?
Raw grows wilder as Mania draws nearer! Will Ronda Rousey face any consequences? Will Roman Reigns accept Drew McIntyre’s challenge? Angle VS SAMOA JOE?!
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan; Rousey wins in 1:25.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott; Flair fails the Beat the Clock Challenge.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan; Lynch wins in 1:18, and wins the challenge.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor; changed to…
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Finn wins and will challenge Bobby Lashley for the title at Wrestlemania.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival; Black & Ricochet win.
- Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix; Banks wins, by disqualification.
- Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews; Corbin wins.
- Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe; Angle wins.
- Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose; McIntyre wins.
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Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan!
The Raw Women’s Champion and her two Wrestlemania opponents will main event Wrestlemania! But that’s in a couple weeks. Tonight, there’s a lot of pride on the line as the Baddest Woman on the Planet divides up the Riott Squad with The Queen and The Man! Who will be the fastest winner on Raw to have bragging rights going into New York?
Before the match, Ronda picks up the mic. Boston wants Becky but they’ll have to hear the champ out first. “For the first time ever, women are going to be the main event at Wrestlemania!” The Raw Women’s Championship, Rousey VS Flair VS Lynch! And Ronda only has one thing left to say: “You’re welcome.” She throws down the mic, but then picks it back up to say something else. Not that the fans appreciate any of her words. Ronda vows to make Charlotte and Becky tap out at the same time! But just as she drops the mic, she picks it up again. She has no idea what this Beat the Clock Challenge is, it sound stupid, so let’s just get this farce over with. Now she’s done talking. Sarah Logan makes her way out and the challenge truly begins!
But wait! The Man makes sure to come out and say something herself! “It’s good to be back in Boston!” And Ronnie, stop being so weird. Ronda came here with her big money contract and the whole world yawned. Every opportunity, every advantage, the best of the best, and yet no one gave a damn until The Man came around! The fans know that the best thing to happen to Ronda is Becky! That’s why they’re the main event of Mania! And one more thing, Ronda knows how this ends: Ronda’s title above Becky’s head, and her own head beneath Becky’s boot.
But here comes The Queen, too! Charlotte has her own mic and just hears “Blah blah blah”. Yes, the women are the main event! But not because of Becky nor because of Ronda. It’s all because of what Charlotte’s done! That’s why she was handpicked to be the main event! Charlotte and Becky stand-by ringside while Ronda finally gets to her Beat the Clock Challenge with Sarah.
The bell rings and the timer starts counting while Sarah bails out! Ronda gives chase and Sarah keeps away from Ronda. Ruby and Liv try to block Ronda’s path but Ronda blasts through them. Sarah turns around and dropkicks Ronda down! Then she whips Ronda hard into ropes! Ronda clutches her arm while Sarah stomps away. Sarah grabs the legs and ties them up for an inverted cloverleaf! Ronda endures the leg hold as Sarah drags her away from the ropes! Ronda grits her teeth and sees the clock climb as she claws her way back. She gets the ropes but then climbs up and around to drag Sarah into a hanging armbar! She lets go at 4 but goes after Sarah with a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! Ronda puts on the armbar and Sarah taps! Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission, and in 1:25
The time has been set, will either Queen or Man be able to do better than the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
Charlotte steps into the ring and takes her turn.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott!
The bell rings and the time ticks down. Charlotte goes fast but Ruby dodges and dumps her out! Charlotte hurries back in and boots Ruby down. She CHOPS and CHOPS on Ruby, then gets a takedown. Ruby pushes Charlotte away and we hit the minute warning. Ruby kicks Charlotte on her return, then wrenches. Charlotte decks Ruby with a right! Then hits the backbreaker to STO! Charlotte has to hurry, but Ruby dodges Natural Selection! Ruby gets a complete shot! Cover, TWO!! Ruby just has to play defense with 20 seconds left. She grabs Charlotte’s arm and toys with her. Riott Kick, CAUGHT! Figure Four on, Figure Eight! Ruby holds on, time runs out!!
Charlotte fails the Beat the Clock Challenge
Ronda knew Charlotte wouldn’t, but now Becky wants her shot.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan!
The Man is ready but the Juvenile Delinquent distracts her, and Charlotte BOOTS Becky in that distraction! The Queen takes her frustrations out on her, and then lets Liv do what she wants. Liv shouts for the bell and it rings. Liv fires off a mudhole stomp on Becky but backs off at 4 with shrill shrikes. She stomps Becky right back down then drags her to a cover, TWO! The Squad keeps Liv focused as she thrashes Becky around in a chinlock. Becky endures as we reach less than a minute. Boston rallies and Becky fights her way up. Becky arm-drags out then throws haymakers and European Uppercuts! Things speed up as Becky rallies! Calf kick at 30 seconds but Becky keeps going.
Becky wants the arm but Liv school boys Becky into buckles! Liv gets away with 15 seconds, but her code breaker is blocked! Jackknife cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
And with seven seconds to spare! Ronda doesn’t care, because what does this matter in a Triple Threat? But Becky still feels good that she did better than both Ronnie and Charlie. Will she feel great when she beats them both for the title?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor!
The Extraordinary Man managed to beat both the Almighty and the Man of the Hour in a situation like this before, but now he has to do it again to earn a title match at Wrestlemania. Lashley & Lio come out and Lio tells Finn’s Road to Wrestlemania goes through them. This is not a road Finn wants to be on. Finn could’ve quit while he’s ahead, but now he’ll be forced to leave the game as a hot piece of garbage, just like Gronkowski. Boston takes offense to that. But as much as Lio wants to be part of ending Finn’s dreams, it’s Braun Strowman’s fault that he’s not medically cleared to compete. But that’s okay, Lashley has a different tag team partner now: Jinder Mahal!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!
The Modern Day Maharaja joins forces with the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will they leave Finn for dead on the side of the Road to Wrestlemania?
The bell rings and Lashley starts. Fans fire up for Finn as he ties up with Lashley. Lashley knees low then throws Finn to his corner. Lashley throws body shots then puts Finn in another corner for more body shots. He whips Finn corner to corner hard, but Finn dodges! Finn shoulders in but has to fight off Mahal and the Singh Brothers! Lio distracts and Lashley blasts Finn down! The deck is stacked for Finn as we go to break.
Raw returns and Finn fires forearms on Lashley. But Lashley shoves Finn back and tackles him into the corner! Lashley rams his shoulder in on Finn again and again but backs off at 4. Lashley goes corner to corner but Finn Slingblades him down! Mahal tags in and whips Finn. Finn reverses, Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Finn dodges Mahal and forearms Mahal into Lashley! Then he gets Mahal with the elbow drop DDT! Lashley returns but gets a takedown and double stomps! Finn clotheslines Mahal out! Finn builds speed but the Singhs swipe his feet! Mahal returns but Finn sends him out, to FLY! He hits EVERYONE! Finn puts Mahal in fast, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship
He’s going to Wrestlemania! Lashley again loses because of who he teams with, but now it’ll be Finn and Lashley 1v1. Lashley takes his anger out on the Singhs, then SPEARS Mahal! Will Finn finally get the better of Bobby directly? Or will he get dominated by the Dominator on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is already in New York, Times Square even. There have been many iconic stars performing on Broadway, but Elias will be bigger than them all! Times Square is buzzing to walk with Elias. Elias has gotten used to this, so he’ll play something for us. Wait, this other bearded guitarist wants in. Elias is a solo act. But typical New Yorkers: big ego, little talent. Go sell out a subway station, Elias has Mania to focus on. Will Elias really be the hit he thinks he is?
Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival!
The Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight look to take over Tag Team wrestling in the WWE from NXT to the main roster. The Dusty Rhodes Classic isn’t quite over, but can this unexpected duo stake a claim for the Raw Tag Team Championships in time for Wrestlemania?
Forget the bell, it’s time to brawl! The moment Dash & Dawson hit the ring, Aleister & Ricochet start hitting them! Dash & Dawson turn things around and whip Aleister and Ricochet at each other, but Aleister gives Ricochet a boost to missile dropkick Dawson down! Aleister then throws forearms and kicks on Dash. Ricochet adds an enziguri and Dash cowers in his corner. Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Aleister dares Dash to bring the fight. The bell rings and Dawson anchors Aleister’s feet! Dash fires off then tags in Dawson. The Revival mug Aleister then put him in an open corner. Dawson throws uppercuts then drags Aleister out for a hammerlock. Dawson brings Aleister to the mat but Aleister endures.
Fans rally as Aleister works his way up. Aleister powers his way towards his corner but Dawson throws body shots and forearms. Aleister roundhouses Dawson down then tags in Ricochet! The unexpected duo double whip then leap frog with Dawson, before Aleister sweeps the legs and Ricochet adds a basement dropkick! Dash runs in but is sent right back out! Aleister fakes The Revival out, but Ricochet gets them around the corner! Dash goes down but Dawson gets a Meteora! The #TopGuys are down on the ground while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dawson grinds his forearm in Ricochet’s face. Fans rally as Ricochet endures the seated abdominal stretch, then stands up and heads for his corner. Aleister reaches out to him but Dawson scoop slams Ricochet down. Dawson drops but misses the elbow, and again! Dash tags in as Ricochet rolls to the apron. Ricochet shoulders in then slingshots, but into Dash’s arms! Dash and Dawson combine for an assisted brain buster! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and The Revival grows frustrated. Dash drags Ricochet over but Ricochet throws forearms. Dash knees low then Dawson tags back in. Dawson stomps and toys with Ricochet, then whips. Ricochet kicks Dawson down, but Dash tags in. Dash runs over but Ricochet dodges to get him with a neckbreaker!
Ricochet and Dash are down but crawling for their corners. Dash tags Dawson, Ricochet tags Aleister! Aleister rallies on The Revival! Aleister sweeps the legs to drive in the knee! Dash returns, but The Revival get a double quebrada! Aleister throws Dash out then goes after Dawson. Dawson punches but gets a strike fest! Another swift knee, cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his focus as he stalks Dawson. He lifts Dawson with his foot but Dash drags Ricochet off the apron! Aleister goes after Dash but Dawson sunset flips! TWO, and both men dodge. Dawson fakes Aleister out for a DDT! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Dash shoves Aleister out and The Revival double whips. Ricochet tags in and Aleister goes up and over. Aleister hits a DOUBLE Black Mass?! Ricochet hits his 630! Cover, Ricochet & Aleister win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Ricochet pinning
The Revival miscalculate and now NXT’s air strike has another victory! But The Revival are quick to point out they’re still the champions. Will the #TopGuys have to put those titles on the line at Wrestlemania against the Dutch Destroyer and the One and Only?
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Terminator vows to destroy The Shield one by one! He made his challenge to Roman Reigns last week, will he get his answer? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and McIntyre has a mic. “I don’t give a damn if you like me, but you will respect me.” McIntyre says a week is a long time to wait for an answer. He’s actually a little nervous, and Roman might still be unsure what to say. So McIntyre will share some footage, and wants us to know that he could’ve finished Roman any time but didn’t. The footage is as expected, McIntyre attacking Roman Reigns from out of nowhere and kicking his head into a post. Then last week, McIntyre challenged Roman to a match but actually wants Roman to say “No” because of how badly McIntyre will beat him at Wrestlemania.
Now in the present, McIntyre really hopes Roman’s family members got through his thick skull to say no. McIntyre “exterminated” the roach, Dean Ambrose. And then last week, McIntyre beat the #1 Contender, Seth Rollins! McIntyre is sure what the superstar, Roman Reigns, wants and that is “Yes”! But McIntyre appeals to Joe Anoa’i, the man, husband and father. Hasn’t his family been through enough? “Think of your children!” They already watched Daddy fight for his life once. Do they really have to go through that again at Wrestlemania when they know it’s a losing battle? Fans chant for Roman, and McIntyre says he’ll wait all night if he has to. But Roman Reigns appears now!
Roman goes to the ring and grabs himself a mic. Roman and McIntyre stare down, and Roman says he accepts the challenge. But listen very closely to what Joe has to say. “Don’t you ever run your mouth about my wife and kids.” Roman fires off haymakers! He gets McIntyre down and then throws him into a post! McIntyre tumbles out but Roman’s still on him with big uppercuts. Roman throws him into barriers, then back into the ring. Fans are fired up as Roman walks over, but McIntyre low blow uppercuts Roman back! McIntyre drags himself to a corner while Roman gasps and sputters. McIntyre aims with a glare as Roman stands. CLAYMORE! Referees appear and get McIntyre to leave, but the damage is done. Will Roman get his revenge at Wrestlemania?
Drew McIntyre spots Dean Ambrose backstage.
“What did you call me out there? A cockroach?” McIntyre “exterminated” him? Doesn’t feel that way. So how about another try tonight? Ambrose VS McIntyre, Last Man Standing!! McIntyre does not know how Ambrose is standing now. But he promises Ambrose won’t be standing after tonight. Is Ambrose trying to get himself killed?!
Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix!
This match didn’t quite finish last week since Nia Jax & Tamina interfered. But now The Boss of Boston and the Queen of Harts will have it out! Can Natty punch a Wrestlemania title match ticket for the Divas of Doom?
The bell rings and Sasha and Natty tie up. Natty puts Sasha on the ropes but backs off to slap her! Sasha slaps back! Then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Sasha blocks and arm-drags Natty again, then grins as she circles with Natty again. Natty blocks a kick and throws Sasha down, to then hook the legs for a Surfboard! Natty holds Sasha high overhead, but Sasha endures as Boston cheers her on. Sasha slips free and rolls out, then hits a basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her cool while she drags Natty up. Natty rolls Sasha up, TWO! Natty brings Sasha up but Sasha sunset flips, only for Natty to block to the Sharpshooter! Sasha fights out and shoves Natty all the way out!
Beth keeps Bayley at bay while Sasha fetches Natty. Natty throws hands, then throws Sasha at the apron. Sasha spins around and headscissors Natty down! Then a knee into the barriers! Sasha leaves Natty behind while we go to break.
Raw returns and Natty has Sasha in a Canadian torture rack. Sasha endures as Bayley and Boston rally for her. Natty keeps up the pressure but Sasha slips out to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO, but Sasha blocks a kick to give a kick! Sasha runs and wheelbarrows, but Natty sits Sasha down! Natty then walks over Sasha, but gets tripped! Sasha gets the Bank Statement crossface! Natty reaches, crawls, but rolls Sasha away to a Sharpshooter!! Sasha endures now, reaches for the ropes, but Natty drags her away! Sasha finds a second wind and rolls Natty into a corner! Bayley and Boston are relieved, but the Samoan Dynasty attacks again! They get Bayley, then rush the ring! SUPERKICK for Sasha!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by disqualification
The Glamazon rushes the ring to tackle Tamina! And she throws hands on Nia! Fireman’s carry, but Tamina saves Nia. Beth still fights and runs Nia over! She deflects the Superkick to fire off on Tamina! She gets the chicken wings, for the Glam Slam! Natty regroups with Beth and they hold the ring! Fans let Beth know “You Still Got It!” Not only that, but Beth still wants it! She wants tag title gold with her fellow Diva of Doom! Will the Boss & Hug Connection have legendary opponents for Wrestlemania? And what of the Samoan Dynasty? Or the IIconics?
The WWE reveals the newest Hall of Fame inductees: The Hart Foundation!
Bret Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart were the Best There Is, Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in tag team wrestling. It means so much to the Hart Family, especially Natalya, that The Anvil is finally going in!
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist continues the Farewell Tour against Samoa Joe! Why such a tough challenge this close to Wrestlemania? Angle appreciates Joe for coming over from SmackDown for the night. And this tour is about retiring on his terms. Angle promises to be ready for Baron Corbin, and Joe will be his greatest test yet. But Corbin comes over and chuckles. Corbin appreciates watching this farewell tour. How many years has Angle been around? How old is he? Does he realize the fans are cheering not because he’s a great competitor, but because they feel sorry for him? Considering he’s half the man he used to be. Corbin promises the news after Mania will be “Former Gold Medalist tarnishes his career”. Angle simply tells Corbin, “Screw you.” Will Angle show Corbin he’s still good enough when going against the United States Champion?
Backstage interview with The Boss & Hug connection.
Clearly the Women’s Tag Team division is heating up. Nia and Tamina keep attacking, The IIconics won last week, and- Sasha says they vowed to take on anyone, anywhere, anytime! So how about all three teams at Wrestlemania?! A Fatal 4 Way!? Are the inaugural champions going to become former champions in New York?
It’s time for another Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess doesn’t sit on stage, she heads right for the ring. Will she be able to reconcile the Monster Among Men and Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost?
Raw returns as Alexa sits on her set in the ring. “Welcome to A Moment of Bliss.” Alexa isn’t sure what it is, but since becoming the host, the Wrestlemania card gets better and better. The women are main eventing now! Is she good or what? But Alexa is at a crossroads, because with two weeks left, she feels like her moment and her reputation are in jeopardy. She shares footage of when Colin Jost put his foot in his mouth when he mouthed off to Strowman. Strowman put his hands around Colin’s throat and almost choked the man out. Then when Colin tried to apologize with a car, Strowman ripped the car apart! “That looks like a recipe for a public relations disaster.” So Alexa hopes this becomes A Moment of Healing. First, The Monster Among Men himself, BRAUN!
Strowman storms out to the ring and shakes hands with Alexa before taking a seat. Alexa welcomes Strowman and knows what happens when Strowman’s temper gets the best of him. Strowman’s flipped an ambulance with Roman Reigns inside, yanked down the stage on top of Brock Lesnar, and utterly destroyed one of Vince McMahon’s limousines. “Sure did.” Then what would happen if Michael Che and Colin Jost were to #GetThoseHands? The saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.” Jost got him that tiny little convertible, Strowman thought about smashing Jost’s face in. Thank you for sharing your feelings, because that is the first step in the healing process. The next is listening, because via satellite, Michael and Colin!
Michael and Colin say hi, and Colin tries to compliment Strowman. Colin admits he made a mistake in Philly. He won’t put on a Mets hat, he’ll put on a Yankees hat. Boston hates that. Michael says that as a lifelong fan of the WWE, and even of Strowman, Michael respects Strowman. But Strowman also responded badly when he went after Colin. Colin may not be funny, but he’s a good guy. Colin wants to be a mentor, sincerely. He went to Harvard. His parents paid millions of dollars to get him on the Women’s Cross Country Team. Wait… Well, anyway, Colin can definitely teach Strowman how to eat, or how to read, or how to do his taxes.
And Colin knows Strowman is big and strong at 5’11” and 180 pounds, but they can talk this out. Michael says this isn’t how to do it. Colin sent him a car! Strowman, consider therapy! Or at least pay Colin back, with interest, and get him an autograph from Brock Lesnar. Or maybe they won’t go to Wrestlemania! Fans don’t care but Alexa can’t let that happen. Strowman has an idea. Michael said someone needs to take care of this, one way or another. Strowman goes with “option number three.” If Colin wants to make this right, he’ll get in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal! No way! He’s not- Listen up, smart guy! Get in the battle royal or Strowman will find you when you’re all alone! Michael accepts for Colin! WHAT?!
Listen, there’s a chance Colin will get hurt in the Battle Royal, but he will DEFINITELY be dead if this happens backstage. Michael promises Colin will be in that match and Michael will correspond alone. Colin says Michael’s the real WWE fan so he’s in, too! Colin starts a chant, but Strowman tells him to shut up. Can Alexa make this happen? As the host of Wrestlemania, she can’t do this for Strowman’s blood-lust. Michael breathes a sigh of relief, but Alexa was just kidding. This is happening! And if Michael and Colin no-show, they’ll be wondering for the rest of their lives when they’ll #GetTheseHands!
Elias is still in New York.
The Drifter has made his way to Madison Square Garden, “the world’s most famous arena.” Now it’s not Boston’s Garden, because that houses a bunch of slobs. Elias has sold this place out three times already, more than Billy Joel ever cold. Elias is given change? Does this city have no idea who he is?!
Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews!
“Boston’s Favorite Son” is apparently anything but that, as he has every other accolade of his listed. But will he at least redeem himself from last week’s quick defeat?
Raw returns and Apollo rolls Corbin up! TWO, but Apollo mule kicks and sunset flips. TWO, and now Apollo crucifix, TWO! Apollo dropkicks Corbin to a corner then baits Corbin in. Corbin slides out then in but into a dropkick! Corbin staggers and Apollo clotheslines him out! Apollo hits the moonsault off the apron, then runs back in, only for Corbin to toss him into the post! Corbin refreshes the count to drag Apollo up and throw him into barriers. He puts Apollo back in the ring then shoves him into buckles. Corbin lifts and tosses Apollo down! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref, but then points to the Wrestlemania sign to taunt fans that he’s still going, whether we like it or not.
Corbin drags Apollo up but Apollo clotheslines him back! Apollo baits Corbin into the corner again, then enziguris him down! Apollo climbs and leaps, frog splash! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and gets to a corner. He puts Apollo on the apron but Apollo shoulders in. Apollo slingshots and runs, but into End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf has redeemed himself, but this is far from satisfactory. He drags Apollo up for another End of Days! Corbin grins and applauds, but will he be feeling good after facing Kurt Angle at Mania?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Architect, Mr. Royal Rumble 2019, goes to the ring and grabs a mic. Boston is ready to “Slay The Beast!” so Rollins cuts to the chase. Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins are not cut from the same cloth. The two roads that meet at Wrestlemania could not be any different. But there is only one road out, and it will be forged with the Universal Championship and by the man who will define the WWE’s future. It will either be Rollins or Lesnar, “and that’s really heavy.” But Rollins wants to carry that burden! Rollins wants to be a champion who inspires people. The champions who inspired Rollins were Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Triple H, and even John Cena. But Brock Lesnar does not inspire people.
It goes without saying that this will be Rollins’ biggest match yet. Rollins has wanted it for a long time, but until recently, he didn’t realize how much it means to the fans. Rollins did a meet ‘n’ greet and everyone who came up to him, regardless of who they were, they all said the same thing. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and “Slay The Beast!” and Rollins says it was something like that. “Please beat Lesnar at Wrestlemania.” Rollins promised he’ll do everything he can to stop Lesnar, but now he has no choice. He MUST beat Brock Lesnar! Rollins refuses to let Lesnar be the champion that defines this company! In 13 days, Rollins will stand up to the bully that is The Beast.
And what Lesnar doesn’t understand is that with an army behind Rollins, he WILL be unstoppable! Together, they will march to Suplex City and #BURN IT- “Ladies and Gentlemen!” The Advocate, Paul Heyman, is here in Boston to say, “Thank you.” Heyman thanks Rollins for letting him know that the match is now a “Handicap Match”. It’ll be the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR VS Seth Rollins & The WWE Universe. Heyman likes Lesnar’s odds, because Rollins’ chances of winning are zero. “Do you know how pathetic you sound, Seth?” Rollins needs the fans’ love, support and affirmation? Or perhaps their thoughts and prayers? Heyman mocks other requests for thoughts and prayers, but especially Rollins needing help not being beaten and victimized by Lesnar.
Heyman says Rollins needs those thoughts and prayers, because Rollins doesn’t have a thought on how to defeat Lesnar, nor a prayer in doing so. This isn’t personal, but when Lesnar does win, Rollins needs to take it personally when he and the WWE Universe fail at Wrestlemania. Heyman tosses the mic but Rollins chases him up the ramp! Rollins scares Heyman and Heyman suddenly says he’s just saying this because Lesnar wanted him to. Rollins laughs. This isn’t about getting thoughts and prayers, this is about answering them. “We are going to Wrestlemania! We are going to beat Brock Lesnar!” And WE are going to BURN IT DOWN!! Rollins carries the banner for the fans, but will he plant the flag in Suplex City’s ashes?
Kurt Angle makes his way out, and the “You Suck!” turns to Heyman. The Olympic Gold Medalist brings the Farewell Tour to Boston, but will it continue to be successful on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe!
Angle and the Samoan Submission Machine have met before, but they’ll have their first and last match in the WWE in Boston! Will Angle win over the WWE United States Championship? Or will Joe tuck Angle in and make him go to sleep before ever making it to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns as Samoa Joe makes his entrance. Joe has a mic and asks Angle to forgive him. He forgot his bouquet of flowers to give to him. And though Joe knows the “scumbag New England mouth-breathers want it”, it’ll be a cold day into Hell before Angle can just ride off into the sunset. This is Wrestlemania Season, and stars around the world are getting ready for the big night. For Angle’s last night in Boston, Joe has a special gift. A good night’s sleep is very important, and Joe couldn’t think of a better way to say good-bye than putting Angle out once and for all. The bell rings and this very tense good-bye match begins!
Joe and Angle stare down, and then Joe headbutts Angle down! Joe stomps away on Angle, then stands him up for those swift jabs! Angle counter punches but Joe rakes his eyes! Joe brings Angle out and snap suplexes, but barely gets Angle over. Angle gets to a corner but Joe throws more hands. Fans rally behind Angle and he gets a waistlock on Joe! Joe elbows him off and snapmares him for stomps! Joe dropkicks Angle in the back, but Angle comes back with haymakers. Angle gets Joe on the ropes but Joe dumps Angle out, to DIVE! Joe bulldozes Angle into barriers and we go to break.
Raw returns and Angle fights his way out of Joe’s sleeper hold. Angle runs but Joe runs him over! Joe taunts Angle as he sits up. Joe puts him in the corner and trash talks before throwing more hands and CHOPS! Angle staggers away and Joe headbutts. Joe throws more jabs then brings Angle out for forearms. Joe runs but Angle ducks to German Suplex! Angle holds on for a second German Suplex! And then the hat trick! Cover, TWO! Angle gets back up and stalks Joe, but Joe fights out of the Angle Slam. Angle kicks but runs into an atomic drop. Joe boots and back sentons! Cover, TWO!! Angle lives and Joe is livid, but Joe keeps his eyes on Angle as he gets to a corner. Angle dodges Joe in the corner, ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Angle can’t believe it.
Angle fires up and goes for the ankle! Joe pushes him away, then gets up, to catch Angle for a powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Angle barely escapes but Joe keeps his focus. Joe puts Angle in a corner and on the top rope. Joe wants the Buster but Angle pushes him away. Angle hits a missile dropkick! The straps come down and Angle stalks Joe again. Angle lifts but Joe slips out to fire forearms and headbutts. Joe grabs Angle but Angle arm-drags him away. Angle rocks Joe with a right but runs into the sleeper! Joe squeezes and Angle fades, but fans give him a second wind! Angle rolls Joe to a cover, Angle wins!
Winner: Kurt Angle, by pinfall
The Farewell Tour wins by the skin of Angle’s teeth! Joe is shocked, will he be able to snap back before facing Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania? And what of Angle going over to SmackDown to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles?
Triple H is here!
The world heard what The Animal, Dave Batista, had to say about why he wants one more match at Wrestlemania, but now we hear The Game’s response, after the break.
Raw returns and HHH can’t believe the fans were giving an ovation that entire commercial break. It really was, trust him. But first thing’s first, congrats to the Raw Women’s Championship match for being THE main event at Wrestlemania. Congrats to them and all the women of WWE, past, present and future, because this was not given, it was earned. That’s the kind of thing that makes HHH happy. Just like coming out and realizing this mic is dry, unlike the one Batista spit all over. But some things upset HHH, like this thing buried in his pocket. He presents an envelope and a letter from Batista’s attorney. The letter states that Batista will not be competing at Wrestlemania after all. Unless HHH agrees to another stipulation.
This letter goes on and on, Batista says a lot of things like his recent realization that HHH started Evolution to protect himself. Really? Just figured that out 13 years later? Batista also realized that the moon isn’t made of cheese, so a big week for him. Batista also believes Evolution did nothing for him, except before then, he was just The Deacon following Reverend D-Von around. And then after Evolution, he was a world champion. Batista also believes HHH had an obsession that kept Batista down. Yet six world title reigns later, Batista quit when he couldn’t beat John Cena. Batista also thinks HHH kept Batista away from here, because HHH just refused to return his phone calls. HHH called Batista, but Batista’s manager said they should move Wrestlemania’s date to accommodate Batista’s shooting schedules.
But when the letter finally gets to Batista’s stipulation, as HHH will read now to properly reflect Batista’s feelings… “If you would like me to appear then at Wrestlemania, you will give me what I want. What I really, really want. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want.” This goes on and on for pages! But the bottom line, Batista wants HHH’s career on the line. If Batista wins at Wrestlemania, HHH will never compete in the ring again. HHH tells “Dave” that he beat up a 70 year old man a year after being on his deathbed, all just to get a match at Mania. HHH agreed to that match, 75 THOUSAND people, and yet Batista still demands something. This is just another attempt by Batista to quit. HHH will not let Batista quit. He will make Batista stand up to his commitment.
Batista believes HHH is obsessed with Batista? HHH doesn’t give a crap about him! The only thing HHH is obsessed with is kicking Batista’s ass. And at this point in their careers, if HHH cannot beat a “self-deluded douchebag”, then he has no business being in the ring. If Batista wants HHH’s career on the line, “you’ve got it.” The Game plays Batista’s game, but will Batista regret even wanting to play?
Elias makes quite the haul.
“New York recognizes talent.” Elias has always felt that way. There’s maybe $2000 in his guitar case. New York is the greatest city in the world, so long as Elias is here. Elias will leave no doubt that there is one universal truth. And that is… you need to watch your money. A pickpocket gets away with some of Elias’ tips, but Elias will make way more than that at Wrestlemania. And then no one will doubt that WWE truly stands for #WalkWithElias. The pickpocket comes back to take the entire guitar case!
Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose!
The Scottish Terminator thought he had terminated the Lunatic once and for all, but it seems even a Claymore off the stage wasn’t enough. Will Ambrose get payback for himself in such an extreme match? Or will McIntyre be the only one standing on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns once again as McIntyre makes his entrance. Ambrose is raring to go but the referee has him wait. The bell rings and Ambrose fires off! Ambrose punches and stomps McIntyre in a corner but McIntyre fights his way back out. McIntyre CHOPS Ambrose, then drags him up to CHOP again. McIntyre drags Ambrose up but Ambrose dodges to fire forearms. Ambrose whips but McIntyre reverses. Ambrose kicks and dumps McIntyre out. The Lunatic climbs up top and leaps but misses his Lunatic Elbow! McIntyre watches Ambrose as the count begins. The count climbs to 5 before Ambrose drags himself up. Ambrose stands at 8, but McIntyre is on him with a swinging slam into barriers! Ambrose is down again while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once again, and Ambrose headbutts McIntyre off the top rope. Ambrose adjusts and leaps but into a kendo stick SMASH! McIntyre SMACKS Ambrose more, then digs the stick’s bare tip into Ambrose’s face! McIntyre lets up to SMACK Ambrose against the ropes. The stick is splintered and McIntyre holds it up proudly. McIntyre dares Ambrose to stand back up, but Ambrose ducks and clotheslines McIntyre out! Ambrose builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends McIntyre into the barriers! They’re both down as the count begins. The count passes 5 but Ambrose is right up. McIntyre stands, too, but Ambrose throws hands. The Glasgow Kiss rocks Ambrose! McIntyre, bleeding from his back, brings Ambrose under the ring, to catapult guillotine him into the steel frame!
The referee counts on Ambrose but Ambrose is stirring. He stands at 5, but McIntyre has the steel steps! McIntyre rams Ambrose down! The referee counts again as Ambrose sputters and crawls. Ambrose forces himself up at 7! But McIntyre puts him back in the ring. McIntyre takes a chair from the timekeeper’s area and brings it into the ring. He wedges it in the corner and throws Ambrose. Ambrose slides to a stop and baits McIntyre in! McIntyre meets chair! DIRTY DEEDS! The count begins on McIntyre, but the Terminator stands at 8! Ambrose boots him back down then rains down rights! Ambrose hurries to fetch a TABLE! He sets it up in the corner to the liking of the fans. McIntyre manages to stand, and tackles Ambrose through the table!!
Fans lose their minds as the count begins again. McIntyre glares at Ambrose as Ambrose crawls from the wreckage. The count passes 5, then 7, and Ambrose stands at 9! CLAYMORE!! McIntyre knocks Ambrose right back down, and the count begins again. Ambrose slowly sits up but McIntyre looms over him. The count hits 10, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
The Terminator steps on Ambrose like the roach he called him. Will McIntyre do the same to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania?
Wrestlemania’s growing closer, but it seems Raw is slowing down. There was literally no need for the Beat the Clock Challenge tonight, and certainly not if someone other than Ronda was going to win it. Granted, the fans loved seeing Becky beat Ronda’s time, and it is something Becky can brag about in the two weeks left, but what does any of this do? The announcement that the three of them are THE main event should’ve been enough. They can talk, take credit, all of that, but there’s no need for matches like this at this point in time. For that matter, not even sure about next week having a Six Woman Tag where they join forces against Riott Squad. Pretty sure there will be dysfunction, and yet also a way where The Riott Squad still loses. This build’s homestretch just hit a speed bump.
I’m not entirely sure why Vince insists Finn has to beat everyone other than Lashley to prove he’s worthy of the title. I suppose it’s great for Lashley, but Mahal being dragged in was obviously so Lashley could lose without taking the pin. Finn VS Lashley, actually going 1v1, is still going to be good, and I’m still hoping Finn finally gets that win on Lashley directly to put this to bed. Elias’ New York promos were great, but especially the last one. I wonder if his greatest performance, aka greatest interruption, will actually be bigger than Jeff Jarrett now… Aleister & Ricochet are doing great, though at the cost of The Revival. I have a bad feeling that if Aleister & Ricochet are going for main roster tag titles at Wrestlemania, that means The Forgotten Sons win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!!
So glad to see The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way IS happening! At the same time, Bayley seeing some of the Samoan sneak attack coming was good, because it really should’ve been obvious. This also gave Beth a great moment for herself to confirm that she’s coming back for this match. I still feel like it’s between Boss & Hug retaining or the IIconics taking the belts to SmackDown. SmackDown really needs to work on their Women’s Roster overall, so I’m leaning towards Boss & Hug retaining in a big way. The Strowman celebrity angle is starting to be like screeching brakes on the Road to Wrestlemania. For what it’s worth, everyone is properly selling the dialogue, it just seems weird that Colin and Michael will be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. I really hope Strowman still wins it all, that’s the only way to salvage this.
Corbin VS Crews was alright, but it’s probably one of the things that makes the most sense tonight. Corbin needed to keep himself afloat or he really would look like the wrong choice for Angle’s farewell match at Mania. Of course, the Farewell Tour is still hitting the right notes. Angle VS Joe was a bit slow at the start but it got going, and naturally Angle wins. It actually helps both stories, Angle’s and Joe’s, that the win was a quick pin and not a finisher. It’s good to push Angle not quite being in his prime, to bring concern that he might not beat Corbin. And for Joe, it seems quick pins are becoming his weakness as this happened when Mysterio pinned him. Also good to know Angle VS Styles and Angle VS Mysterio are coming, those are going to be great for the Farewell Tour, too.
As for Ambrose constantly getting beat by McIntyre, I can’t be sure the reason other than to boost McIntyre. Roman’s brawl with McIntyre was good, and I suppose it makes sense for McIntyre to stand tall thanks to dirty tactics. McIntyre VS Ambrose was good, but the commercial interruption and the shortness overall kept it from being great. If the Beat the Clock Challenge wasn’t a thing, all of that match time could’ve gone to this. Perhaps this is not only to boost McIntyre, but to make it seem less and less likely Ambrose will even be able to help Roman at Wrestlemania. Rollins had a great promo with Heyman tonight, but there’s no guarantees he actually will #SlayTheBeast. It might only be Roman having a good night at Wrestlemania at this point.
My Score: 7.7/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.28 ~ 24TH MARCH 2019
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
After the excitement of Hakata Stalene, NOAH headed back out to Osaka, and then further into the provinces.
At Osaka World Pavilion, Hi69 finished the match by doing the Stuka Splash on Yoshinari Ogawa, after it Ogawa seemed to be struggling a bit and had to be helped up and out of the ring, although eventually he was well enough to walk unaided.
But when Hi69 & Quiet Storm had their first singles match ever on the 20th March at Toyonaka, after the match the ring was stormed by Stinger members Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki, who beat down Hi69 in revenge. It is unusual to see this happen in NOAH, although Kotaro Suzuki is capable of it (and people getting jumped does happen), it is very rare to see Yoshinari Ogawa do it. Minoru Tanaka came to the rescue.
Hi69 says he will make weight for the tag challenge (“I will get on the scales any time. However, please tell me the day before“), and has started a weight loss diary on his
Twitter, although he did admit to eating lots of meat and going up to 105.
Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 had their own post match beat down on Stinger on the 21st in Kanazawa.
KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Takashi Sugiura teamed together for the first time before they enter Global Tag League together, they seemed to get on pretty well, with KAZMA later paying tribute to Sugiura as “a symbol of NOAH’s strength”.
Naomichi Marufuji, who says he is searching for a purpose, had somewhat of a comedy match in Toyonaka with disco poses being pulled and kicking Masao Inoue in the face for messing around, but a new threat appears to be emerging from the next generation of Junior wrestlers regarding their own status being less than the heavyweights, although he didn’t make too much of a comment about it at the time, it does look like Daisuke Harada took on board Minoru Tanaka’s comments about the GHC Junior being the main event. Marufuji in a post match interview said he could see their hostility building to something, but he didn’t know yet.
A huge rivalry is brewing for Global Tag League 2019 between Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki), which started in Toyonaka and was heralded by a vicious kick battle between Kenoh and Nakajima. After the match, the two teams faced off, with Nakajima grinning evilly. Earlier on the tour, Marufuji (a veteran) was put in the unenviable position of teaming with them (the younger generation who are opposed to him), and at the end of a match which according to one attendee had a “sense of distance between them”, got kicked in the head by Nakajima after shaking hands with him.
Then Shiozaki lariated him.
In Kanazawa after the match (whereby Nakajima grinned in Kenoh’s face), Kiyomiya and Kenoh declared AXIZ to be a “wanted” tag-team.
Yoshiki Inamura won his second victory over Kinya Okada, whom he now refers to as “my rival”. He had teamed with his teacher, Masa Kitamiya, who had a big smile on his face and did genuinely seem pleased with his trainees progress. After three days of being chopped and kicked his chest was….
Maybach Taniguchi is still continuing in his monster mode, and refuses to change. His Sasumata is still being bought to the ring and used as a weapon, he is still attacking the ref after matches, speaking in grunts, and even Akitoshi Saito who seemed to be attempting to rehabilitate him, has given up. In Kanazawa they tagged together, but it all fell apart when they accidentally knocked each other down, got into an argument and then Taniguchi was defeated by the Funky Buster Bomb. Taniguchi stood in the ring as he and Saito pointed at each other threateningly as Saito left the ring.
Takashi Sugiura said that this would do no him no good in the end.
NOAH will celebrate the final night of “Spring Navigation 2019” at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday March 29th.
Global Tag League will return on the 6th April 2019, with the first night being held at Edion Arena Osaka on Saturday 6th April and finishing on 4th May at Korakuen Hall.
This years teams are as follows:
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki (GHC Heavyweight Tag champions)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Kenoh
Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino
Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Atsushi Kotoge & Mitsuya Nagai
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue
Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura.
Due to being defeated by Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight title, Naomichi Marufuji has said that he will not enter the league this year. However, there is a possibility that he may enter in the end, and probably with a surprise partner. Unspoken speculation has it that since KENTA’s 90 day release clause is up round about the time Global Tag League starts, it may well be KENTA who he enters with.
Personally, I think it is far more likely that Marufuji will enter with Masaaki Mochizuki.
KAZMA says he fears the team of Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi, as Hino knows how to work Taniguchi, however “that dick is a one-man show.”
Atsushi Kotoge has named the team of himself and Mitsuya Nagai “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”
Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue were a comedy team last year, with Saito screwing over Inoue, and Inoue not really realizing as Saito kept denying it.
The big rivalry for Global Tag League 2019 this year is Kenoh & Kiyomiya vs AXIZ.
Atsushi Kotoge returns
Atsushi Kotoge will make his return in his hometown of Osaka on the 6th April. Katsuhiko Nakajima took the opportunity to take a shot at Kenoh by looking at the match (“The Revolutionary Cloak Army” vs Kenoh and Kiyomiya) to say, “you are in the opening match” (full card hasn’t been announced yet).
NOAH The Album
Track listing has been confirmed as:
Katsuhiko Nakajima: Genius of The Kick
Daisuke Harada: KTYM
Quiet Storm: MAD
Pro Wrestling NOAH theme: Brave
GHC Jnr Theme
GHC Tag theme
Kaito Kiyomiya: Explosion Soul
Atsushi Kotoge: Switch On
Masa Kitamiya: Go For Broke
Go Shiozaki: Enforcer
Naomichi Marufuji: Hysteric
Theme of Global League
RAN: SAKURETSU (Pro Wrestling NOAH’s official song)
You can pre-order your copy here
Following his highly praised tag against Naomichi Marufuji at the Giant Baba memorial show, Masaaki Mochizuki will be making his first appearance in Pro-Wrestling NOAH on the 29th March at Korakuen Hall, he will team with Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura against Naomichi Marufuji and 50 Funky Powers.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa
~ Hitoshi Kumano says he wants to challenge for the singles belt
~ Daisuke Harada was cheered on by his nephew in Osaka
~ Kenoh has been noted to be smiling a lot more now he is teaming with Kiyomiya; but don’t let this fool you. Kenoh is still after the GHC Heavyweight, Kiyomiya knows this and has said that they will never properly be friends. Despite the brotherly feeling between them, there is still a sense of rivalry underneath.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima’ reaction to Yoshiki Inamura teaming with Masa Kitamiya was, “what’s his name? I don’t remember, he didn’t leave much of an impression“
~ Kaito Kiyomiya was again on the cover of “Weekly Pro”, he’s only twenty-two, but has already been on the cover about three or four times.
~ Takashi Sugiura imitated KAZMA SAKAMOTO’S scream
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima told a bald reporter that his head was “twinkling”.
~ After the three day in a row tour (and a week away from home), Hitoshi Kumano returned to his “children” (his French Bulldogs), and Takashi Sugiura returned home to his own dog, who wanted to immediately go outside, despite the fact it was 1.30am. He took it for a walk the next day.
~ Despite saying that he didn’t have to call Kenoh “Kenoh-san” anymore, this momentary lapse in manners is over, and Kiyomiya has gone back to calling him just that.
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live
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