NJPW Power Struggle concludes with Chris Jericho defending his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against the King of Darkness, Los Ingobernables’ EVIL!
This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Jay White & Bad Luck Fale w/ Gedo VS Kazuchika Okada & Trent Barreta; Okada & Barreta win.
- The Golden Lovers VS Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay; The Golden Lovers win.
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho VS Evil; Jericho wins and retains the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene!
Y2J took the IWGP Intercontinental Championship from Tetsuya Naito after a brutal attack, and then continued that brutality after the match! The King of Darkness rescued the leader of Los Ingobernables de Japon, and now looks to take the title from Chris Jericho. Jericho didn’t appreciate Evil interfering in his business, and attacked Evil at the King of Pro-Wrestling event. Jericho vows to finish this, with the title on the line! Will the Walls of Jericho crumble when Darkness Falls? Or is the Greatest of All Time at What He Does going to prove just that to conclude Power Struggle 2018?
Jay White & Bad Luck Fale w/ Gedo VS Kazuchika Okada & Trent Barreta!
The Switchblade attempted a mutiny of Chaos but failed to overthrow the Rainmaker, so he joined up with the Bullet Club Firing Squad instead. Now Okada and Chaos want payback, and look for it in this tag team match. Will Okada make White and Gedo pay for their betrayal? Or will he and Trent #BreathewiththeSwitchblade?
Before the bell rings, Okada rushes White! White bails out but Okada pursues with a slingshot plancha! Trent goes after Fale while Okada whips White into railing. The bell rings just so this match can happen. Fans move aside as Okada brings White past the railing. Okada bowls White into chairs then rocks him with European Uppercuts. Okada brings White back to ringside and throws White into the apron’s edge. Trent keeps the Underboss on the ropes in the ring with chops and haymakers. White hits Okada at the corner! White throws Okada into railing now! Fale throws Trent out while White returns the favor, bowling Okada through chairs! Fans are again around the action as White clubs Okada.
White brings Okada back around and whips, but Okada reverses to send White back into railing! Okada boots White up and White ends up across both blue and white railing. Okada drags him out, draping DDT to the floor! Trent keeps on Fale with a wrecking ball dropkick and Fale staggers. Fans fire up and Trent builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit takes Fale down! Trent comes back but Fale brings him up in a bearhug. Fale rams Trent into a post, then runs him over with a clothesline! Okada grinds a boot into White and a 20 count finally begins. The count reaches 7 but Fale puts Trent in the ring. Fale throws big hands and close-range clotheslines. He whips Trent corner to corner hard and Trent tumbles up and then back down. Fale squashes him in the corner! And the splash! Cover, TWO!!
Trent survives and fans fire up. Okada glares at Gedo, who begs for some mercy. Fale choke slams Trent and Okada goes to save Trent but Gedo anchors his feet! Fale brings Trent up but Trent slips through to a sunset flip! Trent & Okada win!!
Winners: Kazuchika Okada & Trent Barreta, Trent pinning
But Fale won’t let Trent enjoy it, as he stomps him out! White clobbers Okada and throws him into barriers. White keeps going but Okada hits back. They brawl but the Young Lions try to separate them. The Young Lions get knocked around and the brawl continues. White keeps on Okada but Okada hits him back! They both go into chairs, but Gedo gets involved. Gedo gets knocked away but White clobbers Okada again. Gedo wants White to retreat, but White goes right at Okada again! Okada almost gets White with a gut wrench but Gedo gets White away. Okada blasts his way through the Young Lions to again brawl with White! Gedo separates White once more and things finally settle down.
White gets a mic and dares Okada to a 1v1 match any time, anywhere, no one else around. Okada replies, “Let’s do this right now!” But White doesn’t accept that, and takes his anger out on Young Lions. When will White man up to face Okada like he says?
The Golden Lovers VS Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay!
The Best Bout Machine and The Once in a Century Talent compete for THE IWGP Heavyweight Championship, as Hiroshi Tanahashi has the challenging rights contract he won in the G1 Climax. But before their Wrestle Kingdom 13 showdown, we get a sampler as they join forces with friends for a tag team battle! Will Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi hit two birds with one stone by proving they are a top level tag team while Omega proves he’s better than Tanahashi? Or will The Ace and the #BlockChampion gain major momentum going into the biggest NJPW event?
The teams meet and Tanahashi mocks the Cleaner’s finger gun. Tanahashi and Omega start arguing, then they start fighting! The bell rings and the brawl continues. Tanahashi hist, Omega hits, and back again. Tanahashi gets an edge and whips but Omega holds the ropes. Omega boots Tanahashi but misses the V-Trigger. Tanahashi swings but Omega dodges, and back again. The two stare down but the fans fire up. Omega and Tanahashi cool off, and Omega tags to Ibushi. Tanahashi tags to Finlay, and fans rally for both of them. Ibushi and Finlay circle and tie up. Finlay gets a waistlock but Ibushi gets the standing switch. Finlay reverses to a wristlock bu Ibushi reverses back. Ibushi wrenches but Finlay reverses, shifts to a headlock, but Ibushi reverses to a hammerlock and headlock. Finlay powers out and things speed up, Finlay dropkicks Ibushi down!
Ibushi checks his teeth while Finlay brings him up. Omega manages a tag as Finlay whips Ibushi. Things speed up as both Lovers hurdle Finlay. Ibushi roundhouses Finlay, and Omega hits the Kotaro Krusher bulldog! Omega covers, TWO! Omega brings Finlay up and bumps him off the buckles, then tags to Ibushi. Ibushi stomps Finlay, then throws forearms. Ibushi eggs Finlay on so Finlay gives forearms back, but Ibushi’s one forearm knocks Finlay over. Tag to Omega, and Omega mugs Finlay. Omega whips Finlay and runs him over with a back elbow. He stands Finlay up in an open corner for haymakers and CHOPS! Omega whips Finlay corner to corner hard and Finlay hits the mat. cover, but Tanahahsi breaks it. So Omega throws Tanahashi out and follows after! Omega whips Tanahashi into railing!
Omega returns to Finlay but Finlay hits back. They brawl, forearms for EuroUppers. Finlay runs but into the kitchen sink knee. Omega spots Tanahashi returning and slingshots out to take him down! Omega gets up and assures Ibushi he’s got this. But he enters and collides with Finlay! Tanahashi returns to his corner, Finlay gives him the tag! Tanahashi rallies on the Lovers, blocks Omega’s boot, and hits a dragon screw! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he stalks Omega, Tanahashi runs but Omega dodges to fireman’s carry. “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton but a little slow to the corner. Omeag’s moonsault misses and Tanahashi dropkicks the leg out. Tanahsahi runs into a CHOP, but he palm strikes back! V-Trigger outta nowhere! Omega then ducks to snap dragon suplex!
Omega fires up and drags Tananashi into the Electric Chair. Tanahashi spins through to the Twist ‘n’ Shout! Fans rally up while both men are down. Ibushi and Finlay return to their corners, and reach out as Omega and Tanahashi crawl. Hot tags bring them both in, but both men dodges each other. Ibushi fires off a strike fest, then a Penalty Kick to standing corkscrew! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Ibushi as he drags Finlay up. Finlay resists and fights out with elbows. Finlay forearms but Ibushi hits back. They brawl, fighting Irish spirit against Japanese bushido. Finlay staggers but EuroUppers. Ibushi forearms and they go back and forth. Ibushi kicks, then runs, but into a BIG urenage! Cover, TWO!! Finlay keeps his focus as he vows to finish this. He aims from a corner, but his cutter is blocked int a straitjacket German! Bridge, TWO!
Ibushi has both hands, but misses Kamigoye! Tanahashi Slingblades Ibushi, but gets Omega’s V-Trigger! Omega scoops Finlay up, and Ibushi comes in, Golden Indietaker! But they’re not done with Finlay, they sit him up for the Golden Trigger, only for Tanahashi to crossbody them both! Tanahashi runs again, but into V-trigger and roundhouse combo! Ibushi drags Finlay back in, Golden Trigger hits!! Cover, Golden Lovers win!
Winners: The Golden Lovers, Kota Ibushi pinning
Victory for the Cleaner and Golden Star! Omega taunts Tanahashi with both his belt and Tanahashi’s briefcase. Tick tock, Wrestle Kingdom is coming. Will Omega prove he can trump The Ace? Or will The Once in a Century Talent take the title for his own once more?
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Chris Jericho VS Evil!
The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla has done what he wants when he wants since coming to NJPW, and that doubly goes for the two members of Los Ingobernables de Japon he’s gone after. Y2J left Tetsuya Naito bloody, and ambushed Evil as one of his acolytes. Will The King of Darkness make him pay for such disrespect? Or will Jericho simply add Evil to the List of wrestlers he’s defeated?
Jericho seems to mock LIJ as he takes his time with his wardrobe. He pulls off one mask to reveal he has another. Evil doesn’t wait for him to take that mask off, he attacks! The bell rings to get this match going, and Evil throws forearm after forearm into Jericho. Evil rakes Jericho’s eyes then whips him corner to corner. Jericho’s boot is blocked and Evil clotheslines back. Evil whips Jericho again, but Jericho bails out fast. Jericho wants to walk away already but Evil pursues him. Evil attacks Jericho and bowls him into chairs! Fans get clear as Evil clubs away. Jericho hits back and they brawl in the front row. Evil chops Jericho then follows him back to ringside. Evil bumps Jericho into a post, then suplexes him to the floor!
Jericho writhes but Evil looms over him. Evil has media clear out while he searches under the ring. Evil brings out a table! He sets it up nearby while Jericho leans on railing. Evil goes back to Jericho but the brawl continues. Evil throws Jericho into the apron, then brings him over to the table. Red Shoes tells Evil not to do it, but Evil still wants to use the table. Evil lifts but Jericho resists. Jericho back drops Evil to the ground! Jericho comes back to stomp Evil, then whips Evil into railing! Fans rally while Jericho confiscates a camera. Jericho films himself stomping Evil, then gives the camera back. Jericho uses his shirt to choke Evil, then dumps Evil over railing!
Red Shoes reprimands Jericho but Jericho goes to the commentary area. Jericho clears things out and slams Evil on the desk. Then he drags Evil onto that desk, and gives Evil a DDT to the desk! “Everything is Jericho!” while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Jericho gloats over Evil. Jericho swats Young Lions and gets in Red Shoes’ face before going back to Evil. Jericho tosses Evil back over the railing then tosses the desk at more Young Lions! He takes the NJPW banner and blows his nose in it! Fans boo and jeer as Jericho tosses the banner away. Jericho talks trash to commentary before dropping double ax handles on Evil. He puts Evil in the ring and climbs up top. Evil stands and Jericho brings him down with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jericho stomps Evil out, then mocks the fans chanting for Evil. Jericho toys with Evil as he brings him up for chops. Evil staggers to a corner and Jericho gives him more chops, and forearms. Evil chops back but Jericho dropkicks him! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Evil but Jericho toys with him more. Jericho slaps Evil around but that angers Evil. Evil kicks and chops and haymakers back! Evil rakes eyes but runs into a SUPERKICK! Jericho hits the Lionsault! Cover, TWO! Evil survives again, but Jericho keeps his cool. Jericho drags Evil back up, scoops and slams him, then flexes his muscles. He stomps Evil in the face and kicks him in the back. Jericho goes to a corner and climbs while fans rally. Evil stops Jericho up top and gives him a chop. Evil climbs to join Jericho, but Jericho resists. They fight up there, and Jericho headbutts Evil down. Jericho adjusts as Evil stands, for a flying back elbow! Cover, TWO! Jericho stays calm while fans rally. Jericho flips the fans off then goes back to Evil. He still toys with Evil, so Evil hits back with chops!
Jericho kicks and scoops Evil, but Evil slips out. Evil blocks Jericho’s kick and hands it to Red Shoes, and kicks Jericho in the thigh! Evil throws punches and clotheslines Jericho out! Fans rally as Evil fetches Jericho. Evil brings Jericho up to club him, then whips him. Jericho reverses but Evil reverses back, Jericho collides with railing! Evil fires up and searches under the ring. Evil finds chairs! And he uses one on Jericho’s ribs! Evil puts it around Jericho’s head, and throws him at the post!! Jericho staggers, chair still around his head, and Evil SMACKS it off with another chair! Fans fire up for the ferocity, but Evil isn’t done with Jericho. Evil stalks Jericho and puts him back in the ring. Evil runs corner to corner for the corner clothesline! Then hits a fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and Evil brings Jericho up. Evil throws Jericho into buckles then stomps in a mudhole. Red Shoes counts and Evil backs off at 4. Evil runs back at Jericho, but the dropkick is blocked! Jericho wants the Walls but Evil resists. Evil throws Jericho off but Jericho dumps him out! Jericho hits the triangle jump dropkick! Evil hands on, so Jericho builds speed, only to run into a shoulder. Evil’s table is nearby, so Evil lines up a shot. He drags Jericho up, but Jericho resists the suplex. Evil keeps trying, but only manages to bring Jericho to the apron. Jericho breaks free of the facelock but gets a headbutt for it. Evil tries a new way, and leaps for an urenage through the table!! Both men crash and burn through the wood, and we go to break!
NJPW on AXS returns to find both men are still down. Red Shoes brings a 20 count, but neither man stirs until about 10. Evil sits up first at 13, followed by Jericho. They head for the ring and enter at 16. Evil climbs up top, aims and leaps, and the SUPER Back Senton manages to graze Jericho! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Evil grows frustrated, but fans rally up. Evil drags Jericho up and wants a fireman’s carry but Jericho fights. Jericho rolls Evil up and gets the Walls of Jericho! Evil endures this iconic stretch and crawls for ropes, but Jericho pulls back while talking trash. Fans rally and Evil feeds off it to crawl further. Evil gives one last gasp, and gets the ropebreak!
Jericho lets go, thinking he won, but he didn’t. Jericho argues with Red Shoes, then shove shim down. Evil clobbers Jericho with a clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Evil lines up another shot, but Jericho elbows to counter. Jericho springboards but the Lionsault misses! Evil rolls through to fireman’s carry Jericho, Darkness Falls!! Cover, TWO!? Jericho barely survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally again, and Evil prepares his shot. Evil slashes Jericho’s throat, drags him up, but Jericho victory rolls through! TWO, Jericho dodges but the Code Breaker is blocked. Double clotheslines bring both men down! Fans rally yet again and both men slowly stir.
Jericho CHOPS Evil, but Evil responds with a CHOP of his own. Jericho throws forearms but Evil responds. Now Jericho rakes the eyes then runs, but Evil follows, only to get a Code Breaker! Cover, TWO!! Evil barely survives and Jericho can’t believe it. Jericho slaps Evil as he tells him to stay down. Jericho rains down rights and bounces Evil’s face off the mat. “Everything is Jericho!” as he climbs up top. Evil stands again, and catches the ax handles. Jericho gets out of the STO but Evil blocks the clothesline. Evil hits his STO! Cover, TWO!! Jericho still lives and Evil is stunned! Evil prepares again, runs, and clotheslines Jericho again! Evil wants another but Jericho pushes him at Red Shoes! Jericho’s kick is blocked, Evil fireman’s carry, DARKNESS– Huricanrana! Roll through, to Walls of Jericho!!
Evil is stuck in the middle of the ring, but he crawls for ropes. Jericho sits deep, but Evil keeps trying. Evil gets close, but Jericho brings him away! Jericho gets an angle on the hold, Evil taps! Jericho wins!!
Winner: Chris Jericho, by submission; still IWGP Intercontinental Champion
The first defense is successful, and Jericho smiles an evil smile. But as always, he attacks afterward! He puts Evil back in the Walls of Jericho, even as the bell rings and Red Shoes shouts. But here comes Naito! Naito makes another save and he tees off on Jericho! Jericho bails out fast, taking the title with him. Naito invites Jericho to return but Jericho doesn’t. Jericho holds his hands and belt up high, but Naito gets a mic. “Chris Jericho, your next opponent… Is me.” Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Testuya Naito, “against self-proclaimed worldwide superstar, Chris Jericho. I’m gonna bury you, cabron.” The Ungovernable Charisma wants to make Jericho pay, will we see that happen at Wrestle Kingdom?
Chris Jericho says his match with Evil was an instant classic. That’s the first classic that Evil has ever had, but #257 for Jericho. Jericho has classic after classic after classic. He’s the GOAT for a reason. For those who don’t get that, perhaps the Japanese audience, it stands for Greatest of All Time. And it’s not a tagline, it’s not a catchphrase, it’st he truth. Find someone in the history of this world who has more Intercontinental Championship reigns that Y2J, he dares you! But you can’t! And not just because they pretend to not speak English. They won’t because “the foreigner won”. Jericho is undefeated in NJPW against Japanese, and he’ll stay that way.
Evil’s great, that was a great match, best in a long time for Jericho, but Jericho won like he said he would, and now Evil is famous thanks to him. Naito is famous thanks to Jericho, too. If Naito wants to be famous again, he should find someone else. Jericho says no more rematches for Naito ever. However, Jericho isn’t the match maker. Will NJPW management deem Naito worthy of another shot? Will Naito make the best of that opportunity and take the title back? Or will NJPW never, ever, EVER, be the same again?
What a great conclusion for the Power Struggle event. I’m surprised we got three matches, but two of them were surprisingly quick. The chaos in the minor Chaos VS Firing Squad match was great, it was like two separate singles matches rather than a tag team match. Chaos gets the rather meaningless win, and clearly White’s halfhearted “anywhere, any time” challenge implies Wrestle Kingdom will see Okada VS White as a blow-off. Now what would really make this match mean more is if there is a stipulation relating to who controls Chaos. If White wins, he and Gedo run Chaos as an extension of the Firing Squad so that their numbers grow. Of course, many of the Chaos members probably won’t go for it, and they would help Okada win in that scenario. But I’m sure Okada wins, stipulation or not.
The Golden Lovers VS Tanahashi & Finlay was great for being under 10 minutes. They barely slowed down once things got going, and while Omega and Tanahashi aren’t involved in the finish, it establishes Omega has an edge going into Wrestle Kingdom’s title match. There is a lot going on for The Elite as we go into 2019, with any number of things being reason for why Omega himself might be staying or going. I’d imagine the results of this IWGP Heavyweight Championship match is a major indicator of what is happening for Omega and by extension, The Elite. Then the IWGP Intercontinental Championship main event was really great. Jericho’s NJPW attitude has really kept him fresh, and he definitely meant it when Evil gave him a great match. Jericho VS Naito rematch is coming, and that could go either way by my estimation.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE The Shield’s Final Chapter Results & Report! (4/21/19)
Is this truly the end for The Shield?!
WWE honors one of their most dominant trios ever! The Shield reunites once again, but will this truly, absolutely be their Final Chapter?
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Elias; Finn wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Bayley & Ember Moon VS The Riott Squad; Bayley & Moon win.
- Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley; The Shield wins.
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Few Stories Live Forever, but Legends Never Die.
“The eye of justice is always watching.” Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns. The Hounds of Justice hit the scene fast and hard, and made the WWE their Yard! But then, there was a Plan B. Rollins “bought in” to Triple H’s game, and the Shield fell apart. But from the ashes each man rose in their own time to become WWE World Champion! And even with all the fighting, all the animosity, they were still bonded as brothers. The Architect, the Lunatic and The Big Dog, united again and for the last time. Witness in the Final Chapter, and Believe in the Shield forever.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter has the spotlight and greets the fans. He plays his guitar and fans clap along. Elias has the usual question for the WWE Universe: “Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” Tonight is the final night for The Shield. Elias is pretty happy to hear that. After tonight, no more fist bumps, triple powerbombs or Hounds of Justice. Those three won’t be in the same ring again. Ambrose at least had the sense to see The Shield is done in the WWE. If only Seth had the same sense but he’ll drive Raw into the ground. And Roman Reigns will pay for what he did to Elias and Mr. McMahon. Elias will sing his song but please silence phones, hold applause and especially Corey Graves, shut mouths! Corey refuses but Elias plays anyway.
“It’s the Hound of Justice’s final night~” in the city of Moline, but in front of the dumpiest crowd Elias has ever seen. This is a disgusting part of the world, perhaps the armpit. If anyone’s trying to live their life here, just quit. But Elias has to quit playing, because the Extraordinary Man interrupts!
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Elias!
Both stars have been moved from Raw to SmackDown, and given their history, The Drifter has a shot at the title. As Finn makes his entrance, Elias shouts for the music to stop. Elias was in the middle of an instant classic, what is Finn doing? Oh c’mon, Elias, everyone knows Finn is a fan! Finn wants to Walk With Elias! Okay but don’t touch him. Elias happens to be in a singing mood still, so Finn should sing with him. Finn would be honored! Of course he would. But this song is so easy, even the people of Moline can follow along. Elias begins playing then sings.
“When I say ‘I Love Elias’, you say ‘Yes I do.'” Fans pick it up pretty easily after all. Though some boo instead. Finn gets it, and gives his own verse. “When I say ‘Elias Sucks~’, you say ‘Yes He Does~!'” Moline gets that even easier! But then Elias attacks Finn! Elias demands the ref get in here, and the ref checks on Finn first. Finn puts the belt aside and the bell rings, and Elias is right on him!
Elias rocks Finn to a corner as this title match is official. He whips Finn but Finn reverses to back drop. Elias sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn finally gets his jacket off and goes after Elias. Elias powers Finn to another corner and into buckles. Elias stomps and punches away but backs off at 4. He tears off his own shirt then stomps Finn again. Elias drags Finn to an apron and slams his arm against it! Finn scrambles away but Elias drags him to another side for another arm slam on the apron. Elias glares at Corey while going into the ring. Cover, ONE! Elias clamps on with an armlock and shoulder nerve hold. Finn endures and fans rally up.
Finn gets up but Elias wrangles him back down. Elias digs deeper into that shoulder but Finn fights his way back up. Finn throws body shots but Elias knees low and whips. Finn kicks Elias away but Elias yanks the bad arm. Elias drops a knee then asks Moline, “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Moline boos but Elias stays on Finn with a hammerlock. Elias throws Finn into buckles, then mocks the Too Sweet. Fans boo again as Elias drags Finn up. Elias hammerlocks and throws Finn into more buckles! Cover, TWO! Elias taunts and toys with Finn, then hammerlocks again. Finn slips through to give Elias a taste of his own medicine! Elias runs corner to corner but into boots! Finn then dodges to CHOP Elias! Finn whips but Elias reverses, only for Finn to kick!
Now Finn goes after Elias’ arm but Elias scoops Finn quick! Finn slips out and waistlocks but Elias elbows out. Elias runs but into a school boy! TWO and Elias has a Fujiwara Armbar! Finn endures as Elias leans back. Fans rally and Finn crawls, but Elias yanks him back up. Finn turns that around to the takedown and double stomps! Finn hits a Slingblade! But runs into a big shoulder! Cover, TWO! Elias gasps for air while Finn rolls to ropes. Fans rally again and Elias stalks Finn. Elias drags Finn up and fisherman, but Finn cradle counters! TWO and Finn gets to the apron. Finn swing kicks Elias down and heads up top! But Elias gets up to trip Finn up! Finn almost falls on commentary at ringside!
Elias throws punches and Finn teeters! Elias keeps punching then he runs, but Finn shoulders and slingshots in for a sunset flip! TWO!!! But Finn keeps on Elias with the Majistrol, NOW Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Extraordinary Man wins by the seat of his pants, but he’s still the workhorse champion! Who will be next to test Finn’s limits now that he’s on SmackDown?
But Elias still wants his solo.
Moline boos but Elias tells them to shut up. Finn got lucky! All of Moline got lucky, because Elias is finishing his song. Elias plays, but here come the Riott Squad! Ruby has the mic as she tells Elias that they’re so sorry to interrupt. They just couldn’t contain themselves. They really respect and admire Elias. Sarah feels she speaks for the Squad when she says they are really big fans. Liv says the Squad isn’t here for trouble. They just would love to sing along with Elias. Usually they’re the Riott Squad, but for tonight, how about they become the… Elias Squad? Elias likes the sound of that. He mistook Finn earlier but he has a good feeling about these three. These three love Elias, as do most women. That song of his earlier, go ahead and join in.
“When I say, ‘I Love Elias’, you say…” “Yes I Do~!” The Squad sings all together. But then they hijack it, too. “We Love the Riott Squad~!” “Yes We Do~!” Fans are mixed on this, but here comes Bayley!
Bayley & Ember Moon VS The Riott Squad!
The Superstar Shake-Up has sent The Hugger, the War Goddess and the Squad’s Juvenile Delinquent from Raw to SmackDown, breaking up the band! While this event may be about Reigns, Rollins & Ambrose, is this also The Riott Squad’s Final Chapter?
The teams sort out, and it’s Ruby and Sarah for the Squad. Sarah starts with Bayley and they tie up. Sarah powers Bayley to a corner but backs off. Bayley comes out and headlocks, but Sarah powers out. Bayley runs Sarah over with a shoulder! She gets another headlock but Sarah powers her to a corner again. Bayley goes up and over and then bumps Sarah off buckles. Sarah CHOPS back! Then waistlock slams Bayley down. Sarah howls with the spirit of her Kentucky Viking upbringing. Sarah armlocks Bayley but Bayley gets to ropes. Bayley laces Sarah through the ropes, then CHOPS Sarah. She whips but Sarah puts her on the apron. Bayley hits back but has to worry about Liv. Sarah bumps Bayley off buckles then tags Ruby.
The Squad work together on Bayley in the corner. Ruby whips Sarah in but Bayley dodges them both to hot tag Ember! Ember and Ruby stand off then speed up. Ember sweeps the legs to an Oklahoma Roll! TWO but Ember Okana Rolls, TWO! Ruby swings but into a school boy, TWO! Ruby rocks Ember with a right! Sarah tags in and The Squad mugs Ember. Sarah whips but Ember handsprings through to arm-drag Sarah down. Ember dodges and tilt-o-whirls to a facebuster! Sarah scrambles away to the outside, but Ember tags Bayley. Bayley pursues Sarah with a daredevil dropkick through the corner! She puts Sarah in then into an open corner. Bayley runs in for a big knee! Fans fire up as Bayley climbs up but Ruby distracts so that Liv can trip Bayley up! Sarah shotgun knees Bayley into buckles! Cover, TWO!
Bayley survives but Sarah tags Ruby. The Squad stomp Bayley out then Ruby drags Bayley into a cravat. Fans rally up as Bayley endures. Bayley fights up and arm-drags out, but Ruby runs her over with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Ruby grows frustrated and puts her on the ropes to choke her. Ruby backs off at 4 and Liv gets in a cheap shot! Cover, TWO! Ruby drags Bayley over and tags Sarah. The Squad mugs Bayley more, then Sarah puts on an inverted cloverleaf! Bayley endures as Sarah holds her up. Fans rally and Bayley manages to headscissor Sarah down! Bayley crawls but Sarah pursues. Sarah whips Bayley to a corner but is given a flapjack onto buckles! Bayley flops and crawls, but Sarah also heads for Ruby. Hot tag to Ruby and she intercepts Ember!
Ruby grins as she drags Bayley up for kicks. Fans rally for Bayley as Ruby circles her like a shark. Bayley stands to fight with forearms, then slides under to tag Ember! The Shenom rallies! She kicks away and enziguris, then runs to boot! Cover, TWO! Ember keeps on Ruby with a whip but Ruby reverses, only for Ember to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Ember keeps her focus as she whips Ruby. Ruby reverses then kicks Ember down. Ruby positions herself for a rope-assisted pin! Liv also helps but the referee sees it all! The ref reprimands the Squad, and EJECTS Liv! The Squad has to say good-bye to Liv already! Ember climbs up while the Squad protests, and ECLIPSES Ruby!! Cover, Ember & Bayley win!
Winners: Ember Moon & Bayley, Moon pinning
Both superstars may want to be in the singles division, but these two are making quite the tag team! Will the War Goddess be the one to hep Bayley get back to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
The Shield brings back a classic.
Rollins, Reigns & Ambrose pick up the camera one last time for roll call. “Nearly seven years ago, we walked into this place with one goal in mind: to create a legacy serving out our reign of justice.” “We didn’t just create a legacy. We started a whole new culture for this place, and we did it on our own terms.” “We’ve had the whole world thrown at us. There’s nothing we haven’t been through together.” But tonight, they go out their way. #BelieveThat, and Believe in The Shield.
But Baron Corbin and crew already started trouble earlier tonight.
Before going on the air, it was a rare Cruiserweight Division outing for the Singh Brothers against Lucha House Party. Lince Dorado was about to win for his trio when Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre attacked! They wrecked the Cruiserweight superstars without mercy, giving powerbombs and choke slams before throwing Samir, Sunil, Kalisto and Lince out. Corbin then grabbed a mic to boast. “It seems you all enjoyed that as much as we did!” The fans didn’t actually. But Corbin said that was a preview of the main event. Corbin and his crew are grinning now, but will the Shield’s story really end at the hand of these three?
Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley!
This is not the first time the Hounds of Justice have faced a pack of wolves wanting to take their place. In fact, this is not the first time these two trios have faced off. It was just this past March at WWE Fastlane that everyone thought The Shield was done. Clearly Corbin and crew were overestimating Roman, Rollins and Ambrose, and now they might be doing the same again. Will the Final Chapter end the way Fastlane did? Or will Corbin back up his words from before?
Corbin insists Mike Rome give him the “proper” introduction, listing his accomplishments and naming him “The Quad City’s Favorite Son.” He’s anything but that, though. And naturally, Corbin sarcastically notes how emotional tonight is. This is The Shield’s Final Chapter. One of the most dominant forces in WWE History, but does anyone really think this will be a fairy tale ending? The fans thought that for Kurt Angle in his last match, but that final chapter was losing to Corbin. Now The Shield will get the exact same privilege.
Boddy Lashley also speaks. “The Shield won’t be riding off out of here into the sunset with their hands held high.” Just look at this team! The Shield will be lucky to limp out with an ounce of dignity! McIntyre adds on by saying everyone should “show some damn respect.” The fans need their cameras ready, because they’re witnessing history. The Shield’s legacy is not secure, because history is written by the winners. And after these three brutalize The Shield, they will be the new dominant force! “Bring them out here!”
Since this is the last time ever all over again, The Shield makes their entrance the way they started: from the stairs in the crowd! They arrive in the ring and we begin this Final Chapter!
Teams sort out as fans chant for “SHIELD! SHIELD!” and “Burn It Down!” We start with Rollins and Corbin. Fans are strong for the home state hero and WWE Universal Champion. Corbin and Rollins circle and tie up. Corbin headlocks but Rollins powers out only for Corbin to run him over. Rollins is up quick as Corbin mocks the Burn It Down stomping. Corbin and Rollins circle again as fans rally up for Rollins. Corbin headlocks but Rollins powers out, and things speed up until Rollins dropkicks Corbin! Rollins drags Corbin up and wrenches him to the Shield corner. Tag to Ambrose and fans go wild for the Lunatic!
Ambrose and Rollins rally on Corbin with the clothesline, splash and elbow! Cover, ONE! Ambrose keeps on Corbin in a corner with fast hands! He goes way past 10 then whips Corbin corner to corner. Corbin boots Ambrose and tags out to Lashley. The Rocky Mountain Machine runs into a forearm but things speed up, Ambrose clotheslines Lashley down! Ambrose hits Lashley in the corner then tags Rollins. Rollins tags Roman, Poetry in Motion feeds to a boot! Lashley retreats and tags in McIntyre. The Scottish Terminator has hunted The Shield and specifically The Big Dog for months. Roman throws hands on McIntyre but McIntyre gives them back. McIntyre puts Roman in a corner but gets an uppercut! McIntyre boots but runs into a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Ambrose and he climbs up to leap over McIntyre. Ambrose sends McIntyre out then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends both men into the barriers! Ambrose puts McIntyre in but has to fight Corbin off first. Lashley distracts and McIntyre blasts Ambrose back. McIntyre distracts the ref so that Lashley and Corbin can stomp away on Ambrose! Roman and Rollins get them to back off but the damage is done. McIntyre drags Ambrose up to snake eyes him on barriers. He puts Ambrose back in but fans rally up for “Dean! Dean!” McIntyre stomps Ambrose’s hand then tags to Lashley. Lashley throws hands then puts Ambrose in a corner for body shots. He stomps a mudhole then grinds a boot in. Fans rally for Ambrose more but Lashley snap suplexes him down. Cover, TWO!
Lashley drags Ambrose up and throws him back out. Lashley taunts The Shield so that McIntyre and Corbin can stomp Ambrose out! Roman and Rollins protest again but Lashley drags Ambrose up for haymakers. Lashley refreshes the count so he has time to put Ambrose in. Tag to Corbin and the pack keeps Ambrose away from his brothers. Corbin mugs Ambrose then brings him up. Ambrose CHOPS away but Corbin knees low. Corbin hits The Shield down but ambrose trips him up! Figure Four Leg Lock! Lashley distracts the ref and McIntyre rakes Ambrose’s eyes! Corbin puts Ambrose in the corner and McIntyre tags in. McIntyre suplexes but Ambrose resists to snap suplex back! Both men are down and fans rally up! McIntyre tags Lashley while Ambrose goes the wrong way!
Lashley intercepts Ambrose and pushes him back. Lashley throws Ambrose overhead then covers, TWO! Fans still rally for Ambrose but Lashley throws him back out. Lashley again mocks the Shield while his crew stomp Ambrose. But Roman grabs a chair! Roman goes after Corbin but the referee steps in the way. Corbin gets away while McIntyre tags in. McIntyre puts Ambrose in but Ambrose revives to neckbreaker! Ambrose crawls while McIntyre seethes. They go to their corners, hot tags to Corbin and Rollins! Rollins springboard lariats and fires off on Corbin’s pack! Rollins Slingblades Corbin then slingshots onto McIntyre! The Beastslayer keeps going, and escapes the choke slam to roll up! TWO, SUPERKICK! Fans are thunderous as Rollins stomps to “Burn It Down!” Rollins aims at Corbin for a mule kick but has to clothesline McIntyre out. Corbin clobbers Rollins at the ropes!
Lashley tags in and Corbin hauls Rollins up top. Corbin throws hands then he and Lashley both climb up. Rollins fights them both off! Lashely goes down and then Corbin. Rollins adjusts and leaps to crossbody Corbin! He bounces off, hot tag to Roman! Roman rallies as he clotheslines Corbin, then atomic drop and leaping lariats Lashley! Fans fire up as Roman locks ‘n’ loads. But Lashley dodges the punch. Roman fights out of the urenage and SUPERMAN PUNCHES Corbin! Lashley elbows Roman but Roman comes back with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman and Lashley are down but fans fire up as Ambrose makes his return! Ambrose shouts for Roman and Roman heads that way, hot tag! Ambrose climbs and hits the Lunatic Elbow! Cover but McIntyre breaks it!
McIntyre rains right hands on Ambrose then helps Lashley tag Corbin. The pack suplexes Ambrose but Rollins saves him. Corbin and McIntyre punch Rollins and Ambrose, but they come back with a SUPERKICK and Lunatic Lariat! Lashley drags Ambrose up to the Canadian Rack, but Roman SPEARS him down! Rollins gives McIntyre the CURB STOMP! Ambrose gets Corbin with a Dirty Deeds! But that’s not all, tag to Roman and then tag to Rollins. If this is truly the Final Chapter, it has to end with… THE TRIPLE POWERBOMB!! Rollins covers, The Shield wins!!
Winners: The Shield, Rollins pinning
The Hounds of Justice are still the dominant force in the WWE! The Final Chapter has a happy ending!
Fans cheer, “Thank You, Ambrose!” as this very well could be the Lunatic’s last WWE match ever. Fans also chant “Please Don’t Go!” because they don’t want it to be true. The Shield speaks one last time, starting with Rollins. “Don’t you guys think we tried that one already?” He isn’t sure what’s left to be said. But one thing he knows is that he won this WWE Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar. For Rollins, a lot of the Quad City knows him, and that moment was a culmination of 15 years. Rollins has family here, and he couldn’t have done it without them or the other fans supporting him. But Rollins wants to say that the title would not be possible without The Shield. It is a culmination of seven years. “I love you, I will always love The Shield, and this is for us.”
The Shield hugs, and fans chant “Thank You, Shield!”, but now it’s Ambrose’s turn to speak. “For all you people who live in Seth Rollins Country”, just look at this as an example. They’re just like any one of the you. If you work hard and never take no for an answer, you can do whatever you want! Rollins being champion proves that. If you want proof you can overcome anything, just look to Roman who overcame Leukemia. And The Shield proves is about kicking down doors, taking what is yours and never taking no for an answer! If someone tells you you can’t be what you want to be, stick up a middle finger and march forward because The Shield said so! Fans again thank Ambrose. And since this is the Final Chapter, we need one last… Shield Fist Bump! Sierra Hotel India Echo Lima Delta, forever!
A great little house show turned big special, and I didn’t realize it’d go for over an hour! Or that they’d change the name last-minute to “Final” instead of “Last”. But anyway, this was really fun, and I feel like the non-Shield stuff is how Raw needs to work. Even though most of the action had to do with superstars going to SmackDown… But Finn VS Elias (not Almas as people expected) was great because Elias had a great bit much like he would on television. Obivously Finn wins, the title wasn’t going to really change hands on a house show special. This still makes it clear that Raw is getting Samoa Joe with the United States Championship, hopefully tomorrow so the questions are out of the way.
Then the not-as-hyped Riott Squad’s Final Chapter was naturally going to be a loss because Bayley and Ember need to look strong on SmackDown. Liv will be on her own, so it is both a big opportunity and a lot of pressure to see how she is as a solo act. For the time being it seems Ruby and Sarah will try to stay a duo, but I giving Corey Graves a standing ovation for what he said on commentary in reference to the name changes of Viking Experience and “Erik”. There is a high chance Sarah leaves Ruby behind to join husband Ray “Erik” Rowe to make the Viking Experience a mixed trio. And I’m sensing some kind of uneasy partnering of Bayley and Ember when they were both hoping for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Maybe their team falls apart because of that desire to be contender to Becky.
And of course, The Shield wins! All of this with Ambrose leaving and whether that is a work or worked shoot aside, what seems even odder is that this happened at all. Why have the Fastlane #OneLastTime match if it wasn’t really the last time? Of course, WWE did make Triple H VS Undertaker at Wrestlemania 28 #EndofanEra but both guys clearly kept wrestling. It is hard to say what is the better move: this be a work like everyone knows, or Ambrose really does leave for a long time, maybe for life. Fans have always loved Ambrose but have always been frustrated with the odd booking that’s kept him from truly being a lunatic and from hitting his full potential (even though he’s a Grand Slam Champion just like his friends). Either way, a great sequel to Fastlane’s version of this match, and the ending speeches were great. #ThankYouShield
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: G1 Supercard Part 2!
AXS gives us MORE G1 Supercard!
NJPW and ROH shine even brighter as AXS’s coverage of G1 Supercard concludes! Who will come away with BOTH the ROH and IWGP Tag Team Championships?!
Coverage of G1 Supercard will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
You can find gifs from this event on http://frentique.tumblr.com/
- NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins and becomes the dual NEVER Openweight & ROH World Television Champion.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido; Lee wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada; The Guerrillas of Destiny win and are the dual ROH World & IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
- ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll; Taven wins and becomes the new ROH World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene for this historic crossover event!
The history between ROH’s Franchise Player and self-proclaimed “REAL World Champion” is long and tense as the contenders for that title kept piling up. Marty Scurll won ROH’s Survival of the Fittest to become a contender while Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven went to a 60 minute time limit draw! Instead of worrying about who got the next shot at Lethal, he decided that Taven and Scurll would both get their chance in the only match fair enough: a Ladder Match! Will Lethal climb to new heights to keep that belt? Or will one of his hungry challengers finally get their first taste of the real deal?
Meanwhile, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa again climbed to the top of NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Team Division by dethroning Los Ingobernables de Japon. At the same time, Jay & Mark Briscoe were again triumphant as the then 9-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. One pair of brothers called out the other, and said that they’d put their belts on the line if the other brothers did, too! “We’ll do title vs title at Madison Square Garden!” However, there were complications at the ROH 17th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas when The Briscoes lost their titles to Villain Enterprises’ PCO & Brody King! Things only get more complicated as Evil & Sanada want their rematch. Now all four teams will compete for all four belts! Who will find themselves atop two top promotions’ tag team divisions with one match?!
But before even all of this, the Bone Soldier Reborn continues to test himself after becoming IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Taiji Ishimori dethroned Kushida then successfully defended against Ryusuke Taguchi and Jushin Thunder Liger! He wants even more competition, but he might have bitten off more than he can chew! Dragon Lee of CMLL and Bandido of ROH both go for gold, who comes out of this high speed, star studded Triple Threat as THE Junior Heavyweight Champion?
NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb!
Title for title isn’t just for tag teams! The Aerial Assassin and the Hawaiian Juggernaut both want to prove they’re big enough for two belts, but who wins when speed takes on strength?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this battle between these two great champions begins!
Fans duel thunderously as Cobb and Ospreay jaw at each other. Given this is part ROH, the Code of Honor is asked for and upheld by both men. The bell rings and Cobb immediately leaps at Ospreay in a corner! Big back elbow then whip corner to corner. Ospreay reverses but gets POUNCED out of the ring! Cobb follows but misses, Ospreay CHOPS. Ospreay whips but Cobb reverses again. Ospreay hops up and over then springboards for a forearm! Cobb is down but Ospreay keeps moving, SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit but Cobb catches Ospreay! Only for Ospreay to counter with a DDT! Fans keep up the fire as Ospreay drags Cobb up and in.
Fans duel as Ospreay throws forearms on Cobb. Ospreay runs but Cobb puts him on the apron. Ospreay forearms again then springboards, but into Cobb’s arms! He fights out of Cobb’s grip but Cobb comes running in, only to get a boot. Ospreay hops up but gets a CHOP! Cobb climbs up to join Ospreay and hits a stalling SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps on Ospreay with more CHOPS and uppercuts. He throws Opsreay across the way! Then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Cobb drives elbows in as fans continue to duel. He whips and elbows Ospreay down. Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps his cool as he drags Ospreay up again. Ospreay breaks free to fire forearms again, but Cobb kicks low. Cobb whips but Ospreay dodges to huricanrana, only for Cobb to block and counter to a bearhug! Cobb squeezes tight but Ospreay endures and fights back.
Ospreay breaks free but Cobb CHOPS again. Cobb whips but Ospreay handsprings to enziguri! Both men are down but slowly sitting up. Ospreay is in a corner and Cobb runs in but blocks the boot. Ospreay enziguris then elevated tiger feint kicks! Cobb staggers and Ospreay springboards for another forearm! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool then fires himself up. Fans rally up as he goes to underhook. Cobb powers out but Ospreay drops down to kick away! Cobb catches the leg, so Ospreay starts slapping. Bad idea, Cobb throws him with a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cobb runs corner to corner for another uppercut, to Samoan Drop! And knip up to standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ospreay survives but Cobb keeps on him with punches.
Fans duel again as Cobb keeps throwing those hands. Ospreay gets up and gets in Cobb’s face. Ospreay throws forearms but Cobb JABS him off his feet! Cobb whips Ospreay but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay elbows Cobb then throws a clothesline, but it does nothing! He blocks Cobb’s counter then hook kicks. Cobb SUPERKICKS! Cobb runs but into a SPANISH FLY!! But Ospreay can’t cover for the power it took to make that happen! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. Ospreay gets to a corner and the top rope. He aims at Cobb and flies, missile dropkick to the bad shoulder! And now Ospreay takes off the elbow pad. Ospreay aims, but Cobb ducks! TOUR OF- Crucifix! To DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Ospreay fires himself up again.
Ospreay drags Cobb up as fans duel again. Roundhouse rocks Cobb, then Ospreay runs, but Cobb reels him in. Ospreay fights out to back flip kick, only to get a LARIAT! Cobb sees Ospreay in a drop zone, and climbs up top!? Cobb leaps for a Frog Splash FLOP! Ospreay escapes being crushed, and then hits his Robinson Special spin kick! Ospreay calls for it, springboards, but Cobb blocks the cutter! He shoves Ospreay to a corner, but Ospreay comes back with the OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO?! Cobb survives and no one can believe it! But the fans are loving it as Ospreay takes aim again. Ospreay hits a hook kick! Then he underhooks, and gets Cobb up!? But Cobb gets out to a corner, and elbows Ospreay. Ospreay tucks Cobb in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Then from the outside, Ospreay climbs up and underhooks!? Cobb denies it with a headbutt!
Cobb scoops Ospreay now, SUPER TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! But he’s not done there! Cobb takes off the straps, pop-up TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; still ROH World Television Champion, NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
Strength wins out, and now Cobb is the first American to hold that particular NJPW title.
Jeff Cobb speaks, saying, “Will Ospreay, I respect you for the fact that you are a fighting champion.” Cobb respects both ROH and NJPW in trusting him with this opportunity. Cobb will continue where Ospreay left off and be a fighting champion in both companies! He also thanks the fans for their support, and plans to see both ROH and NJPW fans very soon.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido!
Three of the best Junior Heavyweights between the NJPW-CMLL-ROH alliance all battle for this title to establish themselves as the world’s best Junior Heavyweight! Will Bone Soldier keep his young legacy growing? Will Dragon Lee take a step towards redemption from his match with Hiromu Takahashi? Or will ROH’s LifeBlood gain its first bit of gold thanks to the gunslinger luchador?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this incredible and international match-up!
Dragon Lee kicks Ishimori out of the ring with the bell, then whips Bandido! Bandido huricanranas but Lee lands on his feet. Bandido comes back for another and it hits! Lee goes out and Bandido FLIES right on him! Bandido meets Ishimori in the ring and things speed up. Ishimori somersaults and headscissors, to a neck crank! Ishimori runs in at Bandido but misses. Bandido runs in but is put on the apron. Bandido hits back but Ishimori hits harder. Ishimori kicks Lee and whips but Lee dodges to huricanrana Bandido off the apron! Ishimori triangle moonsaults onto Lee! Fans fire up with the champ as he gets right back up. Ishimori drags Bandido up and in for chops. He puts Bandido in a corner to grind in his knee. The ref counts but Bandido lets up.
Ishimori whips corner to corner but Bandido reverses. Bandido runs in but Ishimori slips out to slide under and go around to shoulder in. Ishimori springboards for a leg lariat! Cover, but Lee breaks it up! Lee brings Ishimori up but Ishimori rakes his eyes. Ishimori whips but Lee reverses, and borrows the Combinacion Cabron from LIJ! He keeps on Ishimori with fast forearms then runs corner to corner for a hesitation dropkick! He drags Ishimori up for double underhooks, butterfly backbreaker! But he’s not done, basement dropkick and cover, but Bandido breaks it up. Bandido drags Lee up but Lee fires back. They brawl with forearms, but Lee knee triggers Bandido. Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl scoop and torture rack! Spinning to the knee, then a lariat! Cover, but Ishimori breaks it.
Ishimori drags Bandido up and whips but Bandido reverses. Ishimor handsprings and enziguris Bandido down! He goes after Lee with a kick, then runs, only to roll into Lee’s sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Lee fires up with the fans and brings Ishimori around. He puts Ishimori on the top rope, then CHOPS him into the Tree of Woe! Lee climbs but Bandido springboards to SUPER STEINER! Ishimori tilt-o-whirl facebusters Bandido, only to get up for Lee’s running Destroyer! All three men are down but MSG is fired up! “This is Awesome!” but not over yet. Bandido sits up first, followed by Lee. Bandido runs but into a wheelbarrow. Lee can’t hold on but he does slip out of a suplex, only for Ishimori to knee him down. Ishimori runs into a pop-up cutter! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Bandido keeps going.
Bandido has Ishimori in a drop zone, and fans fire up as he climbs. Lee returns to trip Bandido into the Tree of Woe! Woe Stomps from Lee to Bandido! Lee scoops Ishimori into a suplex, but huricanrana pin counter! TWO but Ishimori gut wrenches to the Blood Cross! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives but barely! Ishimori says BANG as he drags Lee up again. Bandido stops the other Bloody Cross to then put Ishimori up top. Bandido climbs but Ishimori fights him off. They brawl but Lee adds on. Lee throws Bandido off and goes after Ishimori. They brawl but Bandido returns to join on. Lee headbutts Ishimori, Bandido kicks Lee! Bandido climbs and has both opponents for a DOUBLE SUPER BACKFLIP POWERSLAM!! MSG is thunderous and losing their minds over that!
Bandido crawls to Lee for a cover, TWO!! Ishimori crawls away so Bandido doesn’t cover him. He does aim at Ishimori and scoops him, package piledriver! Cover, but Lee drags Bandido off to a suplex! Bandido slips out but gets an elbow, knee and reverse-rana! Lee knee triggers Ishimori! Lee goes back to Bandido, suplex to bomb! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Dragon Lee, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
CMLL’s Dragon Lee has NJPW’s championship! Lee shows respect to Bandido as he helps him up, but Ishimori clears out with frustration. Bandido shows respect back by helping Lee put on the belt. With Best of the Super Juniors on the horizon, will Bone Soldier Reborn redeem himself through that tournament? Will Lee reign with that title through the Spring and to the Summer?
Ishimori wants to know “What the hell!?” How is it the result came through those two guys? Ishimori lost the belt but not the match. “So why don’t we do it again?” But Ishimori and Lee 1v1, no triple threat. What does Lee say to that?
Lee does speak, saying that was so much work. The title is what all his effort was for. Day after day, training hard and not being given anything for free. Everything Lee has is from hard work and education. Lee is content with this win. He thanks God for this blessing, as well as for his family and his father for supporting him. He dedicates this win to his father. Thanks to him, Lee is in a good place. He became the new champion in Madison Square Garden. But he does wait anxiously for the return of Hiromu, and hopes Hiromu can be his first challenger. The real goal was always Hiromu. Lee is now champion, but he dedicates this win to Hiromu and Daryl. He hopes to see them again, strnoger than ever.
ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada!
A massive match for a massive moment in wrestling history! Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, PCO & Brody King, Jay & Mark Briscoe and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s King of Darkness & Cold Skull all want to be THE best tag team between both companies. What will it take for one team to take both pairs of belts home with them?
The introductions are made, PCO gets a jolt of electricity from Destro, and then he and Brody hit the ring with both the ROH World and ROH Six Man Tag titles! Will they be leaving with three belts each after the break?
NJPW on AXS returns and The Briscoes attack first! The bell rings and it’s just a huge brawl! Everyone clears out quick except Mark Briscoe and PCO. Mark has PCO in a corner then runs in, only to be tossed right out! PCO then takes aim and DIVES onto Mark! The brawling goes crazy on the outside as Jay Briscoe and Brody trade hands. The GoD regroup, as do LIJ. It seems the ROH teams are continuing where they left off in Vegas as PCO throws hands on Mark in front of the fans. LIJ and GoD brawl, too, then the champion teams hit the ring. Brody and PCO stand up to Tama and Loa, and another brawl begins! Villain Enterprises gets the edge, then both run, only for The Briscoes to drag them out.
But GoD isn’t alone, LIJ rushes them! They brawl in the ring while #DemBoyz keep on PCO and Brody on the outside. Sanada whips but Tama reverses. Jado is there with his kendo stick and Sanada stops himself, only for Tama to clobber him from behind. Tama kicks at Evil but Evil blocks and hands off to Loa. Loa doesn’t wanna but Evil still SUPERKICKS Tama down. Tama bails out and Loa goes at Evil. Evil feeds Loa to Sanada, who ties Loa up in Paradise! Fans love it, and the Briscoes are willing to leave Loa in it until Sanada dropkicks Loa out of Paradise! The Briscoes then rush LIJ, but Mark gets a back drop. Mark lands on his feet and fights both LIJ while Jay keeps GoD down. Mark Peles Evil out but Sanada kicks him. Sanada whips but Mark reverses and lets Jay CLOBBER Sanada!
The Briscoes double whip and double shoulder Sanada down! But here comes Brody King with big hands. The Briscoes get teh better of him, but not for long as he hits a double crossbody! Loa returns and throws hands on Brody! Loa bops Brody but Brody BOOTS Loa! Brody even headscissors Loa down! Cannonball on the ropes! Brody keeps Jay Briscoe and Tama Tonga out, but then takes aim at them all. Brody FLIES and wipes them all out! Fans fire up but Mark wrecks Brody with a dropkick. Mark then climbs up and leaps, corkscrew senton! The South Sussex Chicken puts Tama back in, but Tama elbows Mark to a corner. Tama throws hands and a dropkick on Mark, then whips Mark corner to corner. Mark reverses, Jay forearms then feeds Tama to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Mark hits Loa with an apron blockbuster! Jay drags Tama up for a neckbreaker but Tama powers out. SUPERKICK from Jay, back elbow from Tama. Tama slides and dropkicks Jay down and out! Sanada returns to bait Tama in and out! Evil gets away with putting a chair on Tama’s head, then SMACKING it off with another! Evil hit a homer with that one! He feeds Tama to Sanada and LIJ double whip. Tama gets their kick and clothesline combo, but they’re not done with him yet. Evil drags Tama up and suplexes, but The Briscoes disrupt Magic Killer! Jay underhooks for the Jay Driller! Mark climbs, FROGGY-BOW! Cover, but Brody breaks it! Brody clotheslines Jay and himself out of the ring! Mark slingshots but Brody catches him to apron choke slam him!!
Brody shouts to PCO and PCO climbs! PCO apron SWANTONS Mark! And he’s right back up! He’s NOT human! Brody drags Mark back in, powerbomb lifts, GONZO BOMB! PCO climbs again, MOONSAULT! Cover, but Tama breaks it up! Loa SPEARS Brody but PCO CHOPS Tama. PCO fires off on Tama in a corner, faster and faster! Loa runs in to forearm PCO and he throws headbutts. GoD take PCO for double electric chair, to POWERBOMB HIM TO THE FLOOR! GoD says “SUCK IT” but PCO still lives!! PCO falls back over but MSG is cheering him on. Tama tries to stun Brody but gets a German Suplex! Brody clobbers Loa but Tama distracts the ref. Jado kendo SMACKS Brody, then GUN STUN! GoD coordinate, suplex to the top rope, SUPER POWERBOMB! Cover, GoD wins!
Winners: The Guerrillas of Destiny, Tonga Loa pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions
History is made as history is made! NJPW’s GoD hold belts in both companies!
But wait, who is that attacking The Briscoes? It’s Enzo and Big Cass- Er, uh, nZo and Caz XL! Former WWE wrestlers are attacking at G1 Supercard?! The Briscoes get them out of here, as does Bully Ray, while GoD celebrates their accomplishment. But wait, is that Toru Yano who just snatched the IWGP Heavyweight belts?! The Clown Prince of Chaos is all smiles as he runs away with the gold! Just what is going on with tag team wrestling?!
Tonga Loa says, “There’s a title missing, but he just got one.” Yano taking their IWGP belts? “That’s bullsh*t.” But that was just on top of other BS. There was an agreement in this match, “but just like anything else, it’s f*cking wrestling.” You can’t believe what you’re told. So the deal is: GoD doesn’t care about ROH, or whoever those guys were at the end of the match trying to take the spotlight. GoD won the titles. But another BS: they worked for free tonight. Tama takes the ROH belts and throws them away like garbage! Tama knows nobody cares about ROH.
But GoD handled their business, it was easy. And it’s surprising that those losers still had energy to fight some other losers not even in the match! The fact the Briscoes brawled with those guys, it just tells Tama that “you muthaf*ckas ain’t on NJPW’s level.” Tama can tell The Briscoes weren’t giving their best, because they were saving energy for that BS that happened. But let it be known, the double champs are done with y’all. Will GoD even care to keep those ROH tag titles after what went down?
ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll!
The Franchise Player has had this title time and again but he wants to hold it for the rest of his career if he can. The Kingdom’s ring leader wants recognition as the “REAL World Champion” after being held down by a supposed conspiracy. And The Villain, now finally a leader of his own team, wants the belt he feels he deserves. Three men live a childhood dream of wrestling in the most famous arena in the world. But who will live an even greater dream by winning in that same arena, for the top prize in ROH?
The introductions are made, the belt is hoisted high overhead, and this epic triple threat begins after the break!
NJPW on AXS returns and all three men look up as the belt finally reaches its apex. The bell rings, and Lethal goes right at Taven! Scurll decides this is the perfect time to bail out and get a ladder. Taven and Lethal brawl to a corner and Lethal chops. Lethal sees Scurll bringing in a ladder and baseball slide dropkicks the ladder into Scurll! Lethal brings Scurll up and now they brawl. Scurll throws uppercuts then goes back to the ladder. Lethal grabs the other end, and it’s a tug-o-war, until Tavne FLIES out! Taven hits ladder but still brings Scurll and Lethal down with it! All three men are down and fans lose their minds over Taven’s self-sacrifice. Taven fights through the pain to put the ladder in the ring.
Lethal forearms but Taven forearms back, only to run into a hip toss! Lethal carthweels and dropkicks Taven down! Scurll goes after Lethal but gets a boot for it! Lethal brings another ladder over and plops it down. He snap suplexes Taven for good measure before going under the ring. Lethal finds a few chairs and puts them near the ladder. He uses one chair to jab Scurll back down, then starts setting something up. Lethal makes a bridge between the chairs with the ladder. Scurll hits Lethal then bounces him off the ladder. Scurll gives Taven a tornado DDT! Fans fire up with The Villain as he brings over yet another ladder. Scurll puts that one in the ring and then puts the first one in a corner. He sets up the other ladder in the other corner.
Taven returns but Scurll throws him into one ladder, then the other! And back again! Taven tumbles out of the ring but Lethal returns to back drop Scurll onto a ladder! Scurll bails out and Lethal has the ring to himself. Lethal takes one ladder but Scurll returns. Lethal snap suplexes Scurll and then drops a ladder on him! Taven returns but Lethal rams him with the other ladder. And then drops that ladder on Taven! Taven and Scurll writhe with back pain while Lethal eyes the prize. Lethal sets up a ladder but in a corner, sideways on the bottom rope. He kicks and chops Scurll but Scurll CHOPS back. They trade CHOPS and then Lethal whips. Scurll reverses but Lethal slides to a stop, to drop toehold! But Scurll stops himself to throw Lethal into that ladder.
Scurll places Lethal in a Tree of Woe with the ladder, and then goes out to fetch a chair! Scurll keeps Lethal in the Tree and brings the chair over, to SMACK steel into Lethal! And again! And again! Scurll gives another chair shot to Lethal and fans fire up! Scurll introduces another ladder while Lethal is stuck in the Tree. Taven returns but Scurll kicks him out. Scurll sets up the ladder but has to kick Taven away again. Scurll climbs but notices the ladder isn’t tall enough. So he fetches his umbrella! Scurll climbs but Taven yanks him down to SUPERKICK him down! Taven climbs now but Lethal is free of the Tree. Lethal drags Taven down to bounce him off that ladder. Scurll gets up to mule kick and uppercut Lethal. Fans cheer Scurll on as he CHOPS Lethal again.
Scurll keeps those CHOPS going, then runs, but Lethal dodges. He falls for 52 Fake Out! Scurll brings that corner ladder over and makes it a neck brace on Lethal. Scurll aims but Taven drags him out of the ring. Taven throws Scurll into barriers, then gives Lethal Just the Tip through the ladder! Why? Because “IIIIII’M Matt Taven!” Lethal writhes as Taven sits a ladder up. Taven climbs but Scurll returns to yank him off. Scurll and Taven brawl and Scurll CHOPS Taven. Scurll runs to clothesline Taven out, then hops to the apron, SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Scurll as he skins the cat. Scurll climbs but Lethal returns to club him down. Lethal laces Scurll’s legs through the ladder, for a hanging figure four! But Taven returns to climb!
Lethal lets Scurll go to go after Taven. Lethal throws Taven out and then takes the ladder to slam it on Scurll. He drags Scurll back up and puts the Figure Four back on, but Scurll pushes him out of the ring. Scrull goes back to the apron, but that bad leg slows him down. Cutter on the apron! Lethal leaves Scurll down but Taven follows Lethal into the ring. Lethal CHOPS Taven then runs, but Taven tosses Lethal out. Taven kicks Lethal then runs, to slide and powerbomb Lethal onto the ladder bridge! MSG loses their minds as Lethal suffers at the hands of his own construction! But it’s Scurll who gets back in the ring! Scurll sets a ladder up but he can only hop up rather than climb. Taven returns but Scurll gets him with CHOPS!
Scurll sets the ladder in a corner and brings Taven over, but Taven denies. Taven suplexes but Scurll slips out to drop toehold Taven to ropes. Scurll runs, Villainous 619! Scurll calls for it, then stalks Taven as fans fire up. MSG shouts along, “CHICKEN WING!” But Taven kicks low and DDT’s! Taven grins then mocks the “Melvins”. Fans tell Taven what they think of him but he takes it as a compliment. Taven tries to set up a ladder but Scrull stomps it closed on his hands! Scurll grabs that hand, but Taven kicks low again, Moonlight Drive onto the ladder! Taven grimaces as he takes the corner ladder and stands it up. He climbs up as fans jeer hard as ever, but Scurll hurries up the other side! Scurll punches away then brings Taven up, SUPERPLEX!
Both Taven and Scurll are down from that hard landing, and Lethal finally returns to the ring! Lethal forces himself to stand but Scurll SMACKS him down with an umbrella shot! Scurll aims again, but Lethal dodges to Lethal- CHICKEN WING! But Lethal rams Scurll into a ladder to break free! Scurll and Taven are on the outside and Lethal goes for the standing ladder. Lethal positions it under the belt and climbs again. But Taven returns and follows after. Lethal and Taven fight as Taven climbs up behind. Lethal even spits on Taven before punching him down! The belt is within fingertips, but Scurll creeps up from behind! Chicken Wing atop the ladder! But Lethal fights his way out, but then Scurll shoves him down.
Taven returns as Scurll stands. They both fight for the top, but Scurll grabs the fingers! SNAP! But Taven has his other hand! Scurll grabs those fingers, SNAP! But Lethal uses Scurll’s umbrella to SMACK Scurll down! But that leaves Taven up top! Taven reaches but his hands hurt, and he falls off! Taven is frustrated as he works on his fingers. Fans let him know “You Deserve It!” Lethal and Taven stand and brawl with forearms. Scurll slips in as Lethal gives Taven a Lethal Combination including the ladder! The ladder tips over but Scurll focuses on another. Lethal shoves Scurll away and stands the other ladder back up. Lethal folds it and aims it at Scurll, but Scurll gets clear! The ladders are now intertwined!
Scurll knocks Lethal down then throws him out. Scurll drags the X-Ladder to the middle of the ring, but Taven attacks. Taven suplexes but Scurll Gourd Busters Taven onto X-Ladder! Lethal returns, LETHAL INJECTION! But there’s no ladder standing! Lethal hobbles up with his bad back and dumps X-Ladder out. It almost hits the front row fans! Thankfully they were paying attention. Fans still say “That’s a Lawsuit!” Lethal goes to a fresh ladder and brings it in. Scurll blocks his way so Lethal goes around the outside. Lethal searches under the ring and brings out a table! Scurll kicks Lethal away from it, to then brain buster Lethal onto the floor! Scurll takes control of the table and sets it up. He drags Lethal up to the apron and then stands him up.
Scurll wants a piledriver but Lethal is dead weight. Lethal uppercuts and boots Scurll! Scurll enziguris Lethal down and away, but Taven SPEARS Scurll through the table!! All three men are down again and fans lose their minds all over again. Taven and Scurll crawl from the wreckage while Lethal slowly stands up. Lethal brings out a new table, but Taven has a ladder. Lethal clubs Taven then puts him on the table with an uppercut and chops. He then stands a very tall ladder up nearby. Lethal climbs it and fans beg, “Please Don’t Die!” But Lethal stands up, and Hail to the King through the table!! Lethal and Taven are in the wreckage and fans are thunderous! But with these two down, Scurll crawls into the ring! Scurll gets a ladder, brings it over, and stands it up!
Scurll climbs but Lethal pursues. They both climb on opposite sides, and then start fighting. But wait! Taven has a purple ladder!? Taven brings that in and it’s taller than the one Scurll and Lethal fight on! He stands his ladder up and climbs pass them, only for Lethal to hit him off. Lethal keeps on Taven while Scurll ditches his ladder to make it a weapon! He throws it at Lethal’s head then rams it into Taven’s body. Scurll uses Taven’s ladder, but that bad leg slows him down. Scurll goes back to the silver ladder to make a bridge to Taven’s. Lethal brings in a ladder while Taven has a chair. Lethal copies Scurll’s idea for the ladder shortcut. Taven SMACKS Lethal! Then he trips up Scurll! Taven uses Scurll’s shortcut and climbs up his purple ladder, but Lethal struggles to follow.
Both men go rung for rung then throw hands near the top! Lethal grabs for the title but Taven swats it away. Taven use the title as a weapon to SMACK Lethal! Lethal lands on the ladder bridge!! Taven takes the belt down and WINS!
Winner: Matt Taven; NEW ROH World Champion
Madison Square Garden, witness history being made! Matt Taven is now Grand Slam Champion!
“Right now is about celebrating.” For Matt Taven, this moment is about a 6-year-old boy wanting this more than anything. For the last 9 months, Taven has called himself the real world champion, and no one believed him. Everyone doubted that he was ROH’s best. It came down to Madison Square Garden, where all the “Melvins” are now proven wrong. There is no one who can claim to be ROH World Champion other than Taven. “And man, isn’t that a beautiful thing to say?” The Kingdom celebrates now that their leader finally sits upon the throne. Who will come for Taven’s crown now that it’s solid gold?
A great two hours of action between both NJPW and ROH, and quite literally with all these crossover matches. It was really great to see all these title matches and the major changes to the status quo. Ospreay VS Cobb, an amazing opener, and it’s big for Cobb to be the dual champion. He’s very active in both promotions so seeing him carry the weight of both belts will be quite the responsibility. No matter who contends for which title, I’m sure Cobb will give us great matches. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was as fast and frantic as it should be, and I was really surprised to see Ishimori lose. Dragon Lee will make a great cross-promotion wrestler, too, and I really like his hopes for facing Hiromu again. Whether we get Lee VS Ishimori or Lee VS Hiromu, both rematches will be great.
The Fatal 4 Way Tag was insane, and it’s great to see GoD win to have both belts. Their interview promos were great on their shoot merits. That Realest Guys “invasion” was definitely surprising. Seems like ROH didn’t tell their NJPW partners, which explains why Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa came off genuinely upset. Tama’s main point seems to be truly accurate, that ROH just isn’t at NJPW’s level pulling a stunt like that. And lastly, the ROH World Championship Ladder Match was pretty extreme. Perhaps too extreme, as they didn’t handle “X-Ladder” right. Never dump something like that near fans, go to the ramp side. It was quite the surprise to see Taven win, but perhaps ROH likes him better than their booking appears. No offense to Lethal, but I hope Scurll is first to challenge Taven, to bring their story of Kingdom VS Villain Enterprises into it.
My Score: 8.5/10
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