The SmackDown Women’s Champion needs a challenger at the Royal Rumble event, so three former champions battle in a #1 Contender’s Triple Threat!
- Daniel Bryan VS R-Truth; Bryan wins.
- Rey Mysterio & Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe & Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Joe & Almas win.
- The Bar VS The Usos; The Bar wins and denies The Usos a title match.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch VS Carmella; Lynch wins and will face Asuka for the title at the Royal Rumble.
PLAY BY PLAY
Daniel Bryan protests the arena food stands?
The “New” Bryan, that is. And he uses this to get AJ Styles’ attention. This is Bryan “educating” us. The concession stands are only here to destroy our health and wealth. Fans boo Bryan’s protest as he rants on about the junk food that fills a void in our “empty and vacuous” lives. That is why fans cheer AJ Styles! Because fans look up to him and fill the emptiness. Styles is exactly like these fans here! Bryan takes someone’s hot dog! Fans stuff their faces, cheer Styles, but leave empty and just move on to something else! Bryan throws the hot dog back at the fan! And then he takes someone’s slushee drink and plastic cup, and then splashes the fan with it! “Fickle! Fickle!”
Bryan continues his “tour” to the merchandise stand! Can he get a Yes Movement shirt? But wait, those were discontinued. Because the Yes Movement is dead and Bryan killed it! He doesn’t want to fill the Earth with this toxic consumerism. But look! Styles shirts, Styles gloves, all to fill the emptiness of everyone’s lives. “Look at this trash!” Plastic garbage ruining the Earth! Bryan moves his protest to the stands where fans stand to boo and jeer him. “I am out here changing the world. I am out here making the world a better place.” But to create change, Bryan must force the fans to change. Fans are weak, submissive and impotent! “Submissive! Change it! Impotent. Change it!”
Bryan is here to change the world one person at a time. He snatches a fan sign to denounce The House AJ Styles Built! Styles fills a void for a few seconds, but Bryan will fill the void with meaning and value! Something the future generations can be proud of! “Impotent! Change it!” Fans boo as Bryan reaches ringside. But here comes R-Truth!? Truth wants payback on Bryan for the humiliating defeat he suffered on Christmas! The referee backs Truth down, but he’s scheduled to have a match with Bryan anyway! Will Bryan be ready to face the Truth after the break?
Daniel Bryan VS R-Truth!
SmackDown returns as Truth reverses a whip. Bryan kicks but runs into a hip toss! Bryan gets to a corner and Truth throws hands and forearms! Truth whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over. Bryan runs but Truth splits and calf kicks him down! Cover, TWO! Truth keeps his cool but Bryan hits back with body shots. Bryan puts Truth in a corner for No Kicks, then snapmares Truth for a kick to the back. Bryan slaps Truth and says “You’re the problem!” The ref reprimands Bryan and Truth hits back. Bryan rocks Truth with a European Uppercut! Bryan puts Truth in a corner for more No Kicks, then runs corner to corner for the dropkick! He keeps going, and hits another dropkick. Bryan wants a third but gets Truth’s flying elbow instead!
Truth fires up and suplexes Bryan, into a stunner! Cover, TWO! Truth grits his teeth as he gets up and back suplexes Bryan. Bryan slips out and gets to a corner, then dodges Truth’s splash. Knee Plus! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall
The New Daniel Bryan keeps on winning, but that doesn’t mean he’s gotten rid of Truth just yet. Truth is the 30th spot in the Royal Rumble match, will he make the most of it and win his way to a Wrestlemania main event?
Bryan leaves Truth alone, but as he goes up the ramp, AJ Styles attacks! Styles knocks Bryan down and throws hands on the stage! Styles headbutts Bryan over and over, but security comes out to drag him away. He fights out to go after Bryan at the LED wall! Bryan crawls for retreat but Styles pursues, with a chair! The chase leads backstage, but Styles threatens to hit security first. Fans fire up for Styles, and Styles is raring for a fight. Will Styles stop The New Bryan in their Royal Rumble world championship match?
Rey Mysterio & Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe & Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The King of Lucha, the Beacon of Light and the Destroyer all fell short of a title opportunity in the Fatal 5 Way match, but there’s still a path to the title at the Royal Rumble. Mysterio and Ali team up for the first time ever, as are Joe and El Idolo. Which side will win big momentum for the 30 man battle royal here tonight?
SmackDown goes picture in picture as everyone makes their entrances. The teams sort out as we return to single picture, and it will be Ali starting against Joe. The two circle and tie up, and Joe pushes Ali to the ropes. Joe honors the ropebreak, but then gives Ali a shove. Ali and Joe circle again, and tie up. Joe again puts Ali on the ropes but grinds a forearm into Ali’s face. Joe backs off, but Ali ducks the sucker punch. Ali fires forearms then runs, but can’t get Joe off his feet. Ali runs but Joe runs him over! Joe drags Ali up by his hair to CHOP him to a corner. Joe jabs away, then whips Ali corner to corner. Ali dodges and dropkicks Joe back. Ali dropkicks Joe again, but Joe still stays up. So Ali tags in Mysterio, and double dropkicks knock Joe over!
Mysterio and Joe stare down, but Almas tags in. Almas and Mysterio meet again as they tie up. Almas kicks low then wrenches Mysterio to a hammerlock. Mysterio fights back and rebound snapmares Almas down! Mysterio speeds things up and kicks Almas in the leg. Almas lifts Mysterio and spins him, but Mysterio spins through to arm-drag! Mysterio whips but Almas reverses, only for Mysterio to go up and over. Almas knocks Mysterio down and covers, TWO! Almas keeps his cool and drags Mysterio over to his corner. Tag to Joe, and Joe headbutts Mysterio. Joe bumps Mysterio off buckles and jabs away from all sides. The ref counts and Joe backs off at 4 to tag Almas back in. Almas pumps himself up as he drags Mysterio up by his mask.
Fans rally for Mysterio but Almas CHOPS him. Mysterio hits back but Almas shoves. Mysterio comes back to wheelbarrow facebuster Almas down! Fans fire up and both men crawl for their corners. Hot tag to Ali! Ali rallies and speeds things up to headscissor Almas down! Ali bumps and chops Almas, then whips. Almas reverses the whip, but Ali slides to a stop. Ali slips out to the apron to roundhouse Almas back! Ali slingshots and hits the facebuster! Cover, ONE! Ali keeps on Almas with a waistlock, but Almas elbows out. Almas boots but Ali sees the elbow coming and dodges. Joe tags in while Ali runs, Ail gives Almas the flapjack dropkick. Joe and Almas get in each other’s way, and Ali dropkicks them into each other!
Ali aims at Almas and hits the tornado DDT! Almas rolls out, Ali slingshots but into Joe’s arms! Joe throws Ali with a Fall Away Slam onto the announce desk! Fans lose their minds while we go to break!
SmackDown returns, and Almas has Ali in the Tree of Woe. But Ali sits up to throw Almas off! Zelina cannot believe it, but fans rally up for the resilient Heart of SmackDown! Ali pops out of the Tree and drags himself towards his corner. Almas goes after Ali but misses, hot tag to Mysterio! Springboard huricanrana! Mysterio whips but Almas reverses. Mysterio ducks the boot but Almas sunset flips, only for Mysterio to roll through and buzzsaw! But Joe runs in to throw Mysterio to buckles. Mysterio ducks Joe and then sing kicks him away. Mysterio springboards to seated senton Joe down! Almas runs at Mysterio but Mysterio gets around. Mysterio balances Almas on his feet, then jumps up for a destroyer!! Cover, but Joe breaks it!
Joe drags Mysterio up to whip him into a corner. Joe runs in but misses again, and Mysterio baits Joe to ropes. 619!! Then Ali hurries up, 450! Almas gets up and suplexes Ali but Ali slips out., Ali feeds Almas to Mysterio to put on the ropes. Almas gets a shot, to FLY onto Joe! Then Mysterio dials it up, 619! But Almas catches it! Fireman’s carry to gutbuster drop! And then, Hammerlock DDT! Cover, Almas & Joe win!
Winners: Samoa Joe & Andrade “Cien” Almas, Almas pinning
El Idolo shocks the King of Lucha and wins big! Will this mean even bigger things for Almas, and by proxy Zelina Vega, at Wrestlemania?
“You don’t think I hear people talking?” No one thinks she’ll win tonight’s Triple Threat. Why is that? Because she’s good looking? Because she has style and likes to have fun? Or is it because Charlotte Flair knows how to use kendo sticks, or that Becky Lynch finally found a personality. Carmella was SmackDown Women’s Champion for 130 days. And during that time she beat Charlotte twice and beat Asuka twice. All Carmella has ever needed is an opportunity. And she’ll use tonight’s opportunity to prove that #MellaIsMoney. Will Mella put her money were her mouth is? Will Asuka be ready for the FABULOUS Princess at the Rumble?
The Usos speak.
All they have to do tonight is beat The Bar to get a title shot at The Bar? They can get that. Step up or get stepped on! The true tag team steps up. Jimmy and Jey welcome the Bar back to the Uso Penitentiary! But will they get this next title shot #OnLock?
The Miz visits Shane McMahon in his office.
“Tell me you didn’t have anything to do with that.” With what? The Usos getting another chance at the titles, before Miz & Shane! Surely a different McMahon approved this. Because no one is more deserving then The Best Tag Team in the World! Shane says they’re far from that. But that doesn’t’ matter, Shane’s a McMahon. He can just give the team that match. Miz likes taking shortcuts, and Shane is excited for this match, but he’s not going to abuse power. They have to train, scout and be confident enough to win. They have to challenge themselves as well as their competition. Are they in agreement? Yes. Okay then. But speaking of, what about the outfits? Miz likes the white leather. Yes, the white leather, yes… Shane again excuses himself, and Miz decides on red.
Rusev is in the ring!
But the Bulgarian Brute is not his usual jovial self. Last week, Lana helped Rusev against Shinsuke Nakamura’s attack, but ended up being a casualty of the fight. She got hurt because of the selfish actions of the King of Strong Style. Rusev knows Lana is home safe and resting, but he stands here not as United States Champion. Rusev is here not as the Bulgarian Brute, “with the body of a thousand Hemsworth brothers.” He is here as a husband. Fans sing “Lana is the Best~! Lana Number One!” in support of Rusev. Rusev says Shinsuke can do whatever he wants to Rusev. “But once you mess with my wife, you cross a line!” Rusev calls Shinsuke out and promises to break every bone in that body, and CRUSH!
Shinsuke’s response is from the production truck in the back. “Hey, Rusev. You want people to believe it’s my fault”, but Rusev is trying to get sympathy. Shinsuke is in the truck to prove to everyone that it’s not his fault. This is Rusev’s fault. “See for yourself.” Roll footage. It is footage of Shinsuke’s attack, and Lana’s retaliation. But Shinsuke makes sure to focus on the moment the Machka Kick hits. The footage keeps rolling to show the Kinshasa that hits Rusev back, but Nakamura then brings us back to live. “Rusev, you crushed Lana.” Rusev doesn’t care to see things Nakamura’s way. And since Shinsuke didn’t come to him, he’ll go to Shinsuke! Rusev hurries backstage, but will he find Shinsuke in the truck?
The crew direct Rusev to the truck, but Nakamura attacks him with a trunk! The King of Strong Style set a trap for Rusev, and tops it off with a roundhouse and stomps! Security pull Nakamura off but Nakamura says he is the true United States Champion! Rusev manages to sit up, but gets a KINSHASA! Nakamura leaves Rusev down and out, but will this end with the United States of Nakamerica rising again?
Becky Lynch speaks.
“So tonight, I have to jump through hoops to get back to the championship that nobody beat me to have.” Becky made that title the talk of the wrestling world, and woke up the entire industry. But that’s fine, because now Becky can do what she wants. Charlotte and Carmella are formalities, and Asuka will have to do more than climb a ladder. The Empress is on borrowed time, because The Man’s coming around to settle a score. Will the Lass Kicker kick enough lass to go after Asuka’s throne?
Hulk Hogan returned to WWE Television to share his own heartfelt feelings over the loss of perhaps THE greatest interviewer and pure entertainer of all pro-wrestling. RIP “Mean” Gene, you will forever be missed but never forgotten.
The Bar VS The Usos!
Jimmy & Jey know that if they want another shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, they have to win in this non-title match with the Celtic Gladiator and Swiss Cyborg! Can the Usos put the champs on #LOCKDOWN once more? Or will Cesaro & Sheamus make one last jailbreak to deny The Usos once and for all?
SmackDown returns as The Usos make their entrance. Fans are strongly behind the Usos as the bell rings. Sheamus starts against Jey and the two circle. They tie up and Sheamus gets a headlock takeover. Jey headscissors and Sheamus pops out. They circle again and tie up. Jey gets the arm and wrenches. Sheamus forearms out then drags Jey up to whip. Jey kicks Sheamus away then things speed up. Jey clotheslines Sheamus out, and then dropkicks Sheamus on the return! Cover, ONE, and Sheamus tags to Cesaro. Jey tags Jimmy and Jimmy circles with Cesaro. They tie up and Cesaro gets a headlock. Jimmy powers out but Cesaro runs him over. Cesaro runs and things speed up, but Cesaro catches Jimmy! Jimmy slips out and things sped up again, huricanrana throws Cesaro!
Jimmy runs corner to corner but Sheamus saves Cesaro from the hip attack. The Usos grin and laugh but then give chase. Cesaro leads Jimmy back into the ring, but Jimmy blocks the boot to uppercut! Jimmy powers Cesaro tot he Uso corner, tag to Jey. Jey hits a forearm smash, then wrenches Cesaro’s arm. Cesaro knees low and tags Sheamus. The Bar mug Jey and Sheamus puts Jey in a corner with EuroUppers. Jey hits back but Sheamus hits another EuroUpper. Sheamus whips Jey corner to corner but Jey comes back with an uppercut and chops! Jey backs Sheamus down but Sheamus puts on a headlock. Jey powers out and clobbers Sheamus with a clothesline! Cover, TWO!
Jey keeps on Sheamus but Sheamus powers him to ropes. Sheamus lets up but Cesaro hotshots Jey! Sheamus then clobbers Jey back! The Bar has control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Jey endures Sheamus’ chinlock. Fans rally and Jey fights out. Sheamus shoves Jey but Jey fights out of The Bar’s corner. Jey runs but Sheamus scoops him to a fireman’s carry, and rolling senton! Tag to Cesaro for a Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps on Jey to tag Sheamus. The Bar mug Jey but fans cheer “Uce! Oh!” Sheamus chokes Jey on the ropes but stops at 4. He drags Jey up into a keylock, but Jey endures and arm-drags Sheamus out of the ring. Sheamus grabs Jey for Beats of the Bodhrain! And more than ten! Sheamus drags Jey up for another go but Jey enziguris out! Jey crawls again, but Cesaro coaches Sheamus on. Sheamus gets in and grabs Jey’s legs, but Jey shoves him away. Hot tags to Jimmy and Cesaro!
Jimmy rallies on Cesaro with kicks and uppercuts, then the dragon whip kick! Things speed up, Samoan Drop! Jimmy fires up with the fans as Cesaro crawls to a corner. Jimmy takes aim, runs in, and hits the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Cesaro survives and Jimmy is shocked. Jimmy takes aim as Cesaro rolls away. Jey intercepts Sheamus with a mule kick, then the Usos both dump Sheamus out onto Cesaro. Jey builds speed and FLIES onto Sheamus! Jimmy DIVES onto Cesaro! Cesaro ends up in the front row! Everyone is down, but Jimmy drags Cesaro back to the ring. Jimmy climbs and leaps, the crossbody hits! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy is again shocked, and both men are down again. Sheamus slowly returns to his corner, and Cesaro rocks Jimmy with EuroUppers!
Tag to Sheamus, but Jimmy ducks the Brogue! Sheamus puts Jimmy on the apron but Jey tags in! Double swing kicks, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus lives, and this match continues as we go picture in picture! Sheamus and Jey crawl for corners, and Jey aims at Sheamus. Jey climbs up top, but Cesaro returns. Jey kicks him down, but his Uso Splash gets knees! Cesaro covers, but Jimmy breaks it! Everyone is down again, and they regroup as teams. Jimmy runs but into Cesaro’s flapjack EuroUpper! Cesaro tags in and runs at Jey in the other corner for a running EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro tells Sheamus to get in, and The Bar work together for the double urenage! Cover, TWO! The Bar is furious, but they aren’t through.
Sheamus tags Cesaro back in, and then feeds Jey to Cesaro’s swing! We return to single picture as Jey goes around and around, and then Cesaro puts on the Sharpshooter! Jey endures the legendary leg lock, but fans give him the power to make it to the ropes! Cesaro chokes Jey, then Sheamus gets a cheap shot knee! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus shouts “I don’t believe it!” Cesaro tags Sheamus and Sheamus loom over Jey. Sheamus drags Jey up by the chin, but Jey fights back! Jey headbutts away on Sheamus! Jey grits his teeth as he climbs up, but Sheamus hits him with a big knee! Sheamus steadies himself before hauling Jey out on a fireman’s carry. Sheamus climbs up now, but Jey slips out! SUPERKICK sends Sheamus down! But Cesaro tagged in! Cesaro leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Jimmy recovers and fans fire up!
Jey crawls, but Cesaro pursues. But wait, is that Mandy Rose in just a towel?! The Golden Goddess flirts all the way from the stage. She needs Jimmy’s help. Did she leave her tiny gold shorts in his hotel room? Jimmy doesn’t get what she’s up to, but Sheamus blasts him off the apron! Cesaro hits a Neutralizer! Cover, The Bar win!
Winners: The Bar, Cesaro pinning; The Usos are denied a title shot
Mandy costs The Usos, all to get back at Naomi. Will Naomi make Mandy feel more than just The Glow? As for The Bar, The Miz comes out to address the tag team champions. “Ladies and gentlemen, please give it up for your SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Sheamus & Cesaro, The Baaaar!!” Miz congratulates them on behalf of himself and Shane. The Bar have cleared out all the teams on SmackDown, except one. Miz grants these two an opportunity of a lifetime: putting the titles on the line at the Royal Rumble against the one team they have yet to dominate, #TheBestTagTeamintheWorld!
Cesaro snatches the mic to tell Miz that if they want The Bar, the team that has destroyed everyone on both Raw and SmackDown, to face a team that is “untested, uncoordinated, dysfunctional” and full of daddy issues, here’s their answer: a Brogue Kick!! Sheamus & Cesaro accept this challenge, but they don’t seem intimidated. Will Miz and Shane make The Bar pay for this disrespect? Or will Shane talk some sense into his Hollywood A-Lister partner?
Mandy Rose meets up with Sonya Deville.
Mandy takes off her towel, and surprise! She was wearing her gear all along! The two share a laugh, but the laughing stops when Naomi attacks! Naomi hits both Mandy and Sonya, and then throws Mandy into trunks. Sonya comes back for more, but Naomi is fine taking them both on. At least, until Sonya roundhouses Naomi in the stomach. Jimmy runs in and saves his wife, but this fight is far from over. Will Naomi make Mandy pay via the Women’s Royal Rumble match?
Charlotte Flair speaks.
“Tonight’s Triple Threat match: Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella.” Wait, Carmella? Last year’s hottest thing? And Becky, this year’s hottest thin? But Charlotte Flair, the hottest thing on the entire main roster the last four years running. Charlotte is the combined seven time Women’s Champion, has main evented both Raw and SmackDown and several Pay-Per-View events. But Charlotte no longer needs to prove herself to anyone. She’s here for herself, and for her women’s champion. She focuses on Becky and Carmella tonight, then on Asuka at Rumble. Prepare to be humbled by The Queen! That Triple Threat is next!
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.
Bryan is on his way out, but he’s having a bad night because of the mustard stain some “fat, ignorant, impotent man” spilled on his shirt. Actually he’s also having a bad night because AJ Styles attacked from behind. Why? Because Bryan is trying to change the world for the better? Because Bryan fills that empty void in the fans’ heart better than Styles ever could? Or is it because Bryan is the WWE Champion and Styles isn’t?
“I do not care why AJ Styles attacked me.” If we all thought what Styles did was vicious, that’s not half as vicious as the New Daniel Bryan! People have not seen how vicious Bryan can be, but Styles will see at the Royal Rumble! Styles will never take the title from Bryan, because Bryan fights for a cause bigger than anything Styles has ever fought for in his life! What level of violence does Bryan plan on giving Styles in their title rematch?
Shane finds The Miz backstage.
The Bar accepted the challenge, and the match is coming! Shane’s plan worked. That wasn’t Shane’s plan. But Shane said he needed to challenge their competitors, so Miz made the challenge. That wasn’t how Shane meant it! They needed a plan, be on the same page, all that. But they also need the confidence to win. Miz is ready, and he believes in this team! IF they are not testing themselves, then what are they doing?! Miz told Shane how personal this is. They wouldn’t be who they are if they let others pass them by. Well it’s just not how Shane wanted things to go. Miz thinks they can win? He knows they can win. Then Royal Rumble it is! Can The Best Tag Team in the World become champions their first time out?
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch VS Carmella!
The Queen, The Man, and The FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island. These three former champions all want that belt back, but they’ll have to get past the other two to do it! Who will prove themselves the better former champion to then take on the current champion at the Rumble?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Becky! Becky makes sure Charlotte and Carmella hear it, Charlotte gets her own fans going with “WOO~!” Becky and Charlotte hit each other, and Carmella takes advantage by throwing Becky down! Charlotte scoops Carmella but Carmella slips out to throw Charlotte into Becky! Carmella then rolls Charlotte up, ONE! Charlotte hits Carmella but Becky returns with EuroUppers for everyone. Becky mule kicks Carmella out then mule kicks Charlotte down. She scrapes Charlotte out of the ring before hitting Carmella with a leaping forearm. Becky runs Charlotte over with a clothesline, then declares “This is MY show!” Becky’s show will return after the break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Becky has Carmella down. Fans fire up as Becky runs into the corner. Carmella dodges but runs into Becky’s boot. Charlotte shoulders in and hotshots Becky back. Charlotte climbs up top, but Becky stops her with forearms. Becky throws Charlotte onto Carmella! Then she drop-sentons them both! Cover on Carmella, but Charlotte yanks Becky off. Charlotte and Becky glare down as they circle. The friends turned enemies are having flashbacks to Summerslam as they brawl with forearms and chops! Charlotte eggs Becky on and the brawling continues. Becky hits, Charlotte chops and back again! Charlotte gets an edge with those knife edge chops! Charlotte runs, but into Becky’s Thesz Press! The two scrap and roll around, but Carmella’s FABULOUS Kick rocks Charlotte!
Becky grabs Carmella but Carmella fights out to hit a complete shot! Carmella goes after Charlotte but Charlotte trips her to get the Figure Four. Carmella resists, Charlotte jackknifes but into the Code of Silence! Charlotte endures, then powers her way up to her feet. Carmella rolls through, TWO! Charlotte knees low, but Becky leaps in! The missile dropkick hits Carmella! Charlotte throws Becky with an exploder! Charlotte baits Carmella in, backbreaker but Carmella slips out, only to get a boot! Fans “WOO~” for the Mad Queen as she drags Carmella around. Charlotte tells the Becky fans to “Shut up and sit down!” before placing Becky in the drop zone.
Charlotte climbs, but Becky springs up! Becky grabs at Charlotte but Charlotte kicks her away. Charlotte adjusts, two for one Moonsault! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Carmella, TWO!! The Queen grows further frustrated, but we go to one more break.
SmackDown returns again, and Becky climbs up after Charlotte on the top rope. The two fight up top and Charlotte saves herself from falling off. The brawling continues, and Becky gets the better of Charlotte. Becky pulls but Charlotte resists the superplex. Carmella comes in to yank Becky down! Carmella hits Charlotte, and then hits the FABULOUS- No, Charlotte counters the steiner into a lift. But Carmella fights through to hit the FABULOUS Steiner! Cover, TWO!! Carmella shouts in frustration, but refocuses. She kicks Charlotte out, then kicks Becky back down. Carmella takes a risk as she builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on Becky! Carmella drags Becky up, but Charlotte leaps for a SUPER MOONSAULT! Only for both Becky and Carmella to get clear! Charlotte manages to roll through the landing, only for Carmella to kick her down!
Becky gets Carmella with a Becksploder! All three women are down on the outside, but Becky stands up first. She goes over to Carmella and drags her up. Becky throws haymakers, then throws Carmella into barriers! Fans cheer as Becky drags Carmella up and into the ring. Becky and Charlotte both enter, and Charlotte boots Becky down! Carmella rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Charlotte wants the Figure Four but Carmella denies her again. Becky grabs Carmella’s arm but Carmella resists. Charlotte hits Becky with a SUPER Natural Selection! Shades of Summerslam yet again! But FABULOUS Kick hits Charlotte! Carmella covers, but Charlotte breaks it in time! Charlotte covers Becky, TWO! All three women are down from exhaustion, but fans fire up.
Carmella is furious. She SLAPS Charlotte, and again, and again! She hammers away on Charlotte from all sides, but Charlotte slaps he back! Charlotte goes for the Figure Four, and puts it on! She bridges, Figure Eight! But Beck drops a leg on Charlotte!! Cover, TWO!? But right into the Disarm-Her!! FABULOUS Kick!! Carmella tells Becky “You Suck!” before throwing Charlotte out of the ring. Carmella goes to Becky as fans say “This is Awesome!” Becky resists the suplex, but gets a SPEAR from Charlotte! Another FABULOUS Kick! Carmella goes back to Becky, but into the Disarm-Her!! Carmella taps, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; will face Asuka for the title at the Royal Rumble
The Man gets the better of The Queen and The Princess this time, and now moves on to challenge The Empress! And speaking of, here comes Asuka! Champion and challenger stand in the ring together, and the champion raises her belt. The two stare down and talk trash, but this fight is still a few weeks away. Will Becky be too Relent-Lass for even Asuka? Or will even The Man find out that not even she is ready for Asuka?
What a stellar SmackDown! They took what worked from last night’s Raw and even improved on it a little. The surprise promo from Bryan in front of all the Jacksonville fans was pretty good, though because of that, it was harder to hear Bryan. “The New Bryan” is doing pretty great as what is essentially evil Captain Planet, and this story has really benefited R-Truth! Truth gets to show some fire of his own, and for being a short match, he and Bryan had a fun opening match. Styles attacking Bryan was also a good move for the story. Bryan’s interview about being vicious makes me how this rematch of theirs is at least No Disqualification. In order to cap off the story, I feel the winner needs to really go above and beyond in their win, and violence is definitely the way to go.
Mysterio & Ali VS Joe & Almas was great, and I was really surprised to see the Heels win. At the same time, Almas and Joe were due a win, both of them have had more losses than wins as of late. They’re all in the Rumble, but Joe and Mysterio have the better chances of winning. And even then, I can’t be sure this is the year for Joe or Mysterio to main event Mania. On the way to Mania, I would love to see any mix of these four in singles competition feuds. I feel like Joe VS Ali would be a great test of Ali on the main roster. Ali’s time on 205 Live has proven Ali knows how to do promos, and he’s already proven his ring skills on SmackDown, so it’d be a great feud for him, even though he’d surely lose.
The Bar VS The Usos was yet another instant classic, but I had a strange sense that Mandy Rose would get involved. The Usos don’t get another title match, but the “Fresh Start” calls for new match-ups, so we don’t need another round of this feud. Miz jumps the gun but it made sense to move Miz’s story with Shane along these lines. If they win, we can see them try to handle being a real team and maybe they break up to set up Shane VS Miz at Mania. If they lose, it’s the same but the break-up happens that much faster. As for Mandy and Naomi, I believe I said this before, but they’ll have an encounter in the Rumble, and then their blow-off is likely on a SmackDown after.
That was an amazing Triple Threat! It was on par with the Summerslam edition, maybe even better. I was glad to see they referenced the finishing spot from Summerslam, and then again with switched roles. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Becky winning over Charlotte. Two NXT Horsewomen getting title shots at the same PPV, that’s pretty great. But at the same time, this brings into question: how are we supposed to get Ronda VS Becky this way? Will Becky dare Ronda to fight her just because? Maybe both titles will be on the line and we’ll have the first ever Undisputed Women’s Champion. Though at the same time, the woman who wins the Women’s Rumble could be inserted for yet another Triple Threat. Or maybe Becky doesn’t win at all and she moves over to Raw to get at Ronda. All the options sound good to me.
My Score: 8.7/10
AAA’s Review & Results 6/16/2019
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
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Keyra and Hijo Del Tirantes vs Mamba and Maximo
This match wasn’t even remotely advertised. Well a cookie sheet gets introduced really quickly by Tirantes. After getting beat on some Maximo hits a dive through the middle rope. Nothing really happens for a few minutes. This is a really slow paced match. Mamba hits a power bomb on Keyra, reversing her hurricanrana. Tirantes tries to pretend he was fouled. Ref ain’t having it. Tirantes argues with the ref, Maximo kisses him and then rolls him up for the win. Maximo pins Tirantes with a roll up
Winners: Mamba and Maximo
Dr. Wagner comes out for a promo talking about Silver King. Rey Escorpion comes out saying he doesn’t care. Wagner pushes Rey and folks come out to beat him up but Pagano helps Wagner out.
Taya Valkyrie, Lady Shani, and Scarlett Bordeaux vs La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Match starts out much quicker than the first thankfully. An array of trading moves. We get some normal back and forth action before it becomes a brawl again. Taya gets hit with a super kick, stunner, then a german suplex. Scarlett does a canadian destroyer on Tessa. Boy has that move been bastardized. Scarlett power bombs Tormenta but the pin gets broken up. Shani has a flurry on Hiedra and Tormenta and Scarlett hits a dive off of the top to the outside. Daga comes down and super kicks Taya and Tessa hook DDTs her for the win. Tessa pins Taya with a hook DDT
Winners: La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Myzteziz Jr vs Puma King vs Sammy Guevara
A make shift triple threat match. Puma and Myzteziz tried to work on Sammy to start. This match is going at a crazy pace. Myzteziz hits a tornillo splash. Guevara hits one of his own. Myzteziz messes up a hurricanrana spot with Puma. There’s some double team offense with Sammy and Puma. Puma hits an over the top rope dive. Puma counters Myzteziz on the top rope for a power bomb. Sammy comes and hits a shooting star press during the pin to break it up and pin Myzteziz. Sammy Guevara pins Myzteziz Jr with a shooting star press.
Killer Kross comes out. Kross kills Puma King with a kick. He hits a modified F5 on Myzteziz
Winner: Sammy Guevera
Daga vs Laredo Kid
There is a feel out process and then each postures to the crowd. They have some back and forth pinning exchanges and then Daga starts to work him over. Laredo Kid hits a middle rope dive but it hurts him more. Daga takes advantage. It’s really a long casual back and forth. Tessa interferes when Laredo Kid has Daga beat. Laredo Kid goes for a top rope move and Daga low blows him and then double stomps the back of his head for the victory. There was a lot of posturing in this match. They try to remove Laredo Kid’s mask and Taya comes to make the save. Daga pins Laredo Kid with a double stomp to the back of the head.
La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Chessman, Australian Suicide, and Monster Clown
The rudos quickly beat up on the tecnicos. This is pretty much a hardcore match. A trashcan gets introduced fairly early. Chessman brings a chair in. Vikingo uses his agility to gain the advantage on Chessman. Aerostar hits a tornillo splash and then makes Chessman miss an attack and hit Monster Clown. Aerostar climbs a structure which is legit like 25 feet off of the ground. Aerostar cannon balls off of it. What the hell. Suicide hits a piledriver on Vikingo for a close count. They go to the top rope and over rotate on a spanish fly. Vikingo gets crotched and dropped by Suicide. Suicide goes for a sideways shooting star but Vikingo gets the knees up. Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Australian Suicide with an imploder 450.
Winners: La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo
Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano vs Rey Escorpion, Taurus, and Killer Kross
Scarlett was a baby face earlier in the night and now she’s heel because she’s with Kevin Kross. They all start brawling on the outside. Dr. Wagner clearly has hair extensions in. It’s hilarious. This is really like 5 on 3 with Scarlett and Hiedra out there. We got cookie sheets and other weapons. Psycho Clown gets his trusty broomstick. Kross is selling on the outside and Scarlett is shielding him. Clown gets his strap and hits everyone with it. Wagner and Escorpion go at it. Kross goes to the top and hits a sloppy frog splash. He goes up to the top again but Puma King comes out and head scissors him. He drops kicks a chair into him then hits a plauncha. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a flip dive off of the apron on Taurus. Clown gets Rey in a pinning combo and Hiedra stops it. Clown makes Rey attack Hiedra and then Rey takes his mask off for the DQ. Escorpion attacks the ref with a cookie sheet. The rudos stand tall at the end. Which is usual for AAA. Psycho Clown wins via mask removal
Winners: Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano
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(Reina de Reinas) Keyra vs Lady Shani (Champ) vs Chik Tormenta
Just as the match was gonna start AAA has technical difficulties. Never change AAA. We finally come back to Keyra having Shani in a pinning combo. They apologize for the technical difficulties. Hey don’t apologize to us, you guys probably have a lot of casual viewers for this show. Lol. Keyra hits a nice hurricanrana and split leg moonsault on Shani. She hits a face buster on Tormenta but Shani breaks up the pin. Tormenta does a running death valley on Keyra into Shani. We are a little sloppy in this match but it’s okay, they’re working hard. Shani does a back stabber on Keyra on the apron. I think that hurts Shani more. Tormenta kicks her and does a knee dive off of the apron. Back in the room they do a tower of doom spot. Keyra kicks out of the power bomb by Shani. Shani hits a northern lights suplex on Keyra but she kicks out. Keyra rolls out of a victory roll and stomps on Shani and then pins her. Interesting finish. Keyra pins Shani with a double stomp into a pinning combo.
The Young Bucks come out for a promo. Fenix comes out with that belt he’ll never defend. Pentagon alerts us Los Lucha Bros have 0 fear. Konnan comes out in a D Wade Jersey and a chair. Looking in the best shape he’s looked in years probably. So basically Lucha Bros turned on Konnan so he brings the Bucks in. Konnan slaps Pentagon and the Bucks come running out. The beat down is on. Definitely got better heat this time than last time they were here. Now the crowd knows to boo them later.
Faby Apache vs Hijo del Tirantes
Time to follow up that segment with this match. Tirantes beats up on Faby to start. Tormenta is at ring side with Tirantes so it’s basically a handicap match. Tirantes smashes Faby with a cookie sheet. Faby dodges the attacks finally and gets the cookie sheet and hits Tirantes and Tormenta. They keep starting up someone’s theme by accident I presume. Sounds like Scarlett’s. Faby is now beating down Tirantes. Crowd’s going crazy for this. I imagine the casual viewers on twitch aren’t. Faby gets a conveniently placed trash can and lid. She goes to put Tirantes in a surfboard stretch but Tormenta comes from behind. Faby hits a face buster on her. Tirantes hits one on her and nearly kills her but she kicks out. Tormenta throws a trash can to Tirantes. Faby drop kicks it and pins him. Faby Apache pins Tirantes with a top rope drop kick into a trash can.
Post match he goes to shake her hand but he beats her down with Tormenta.
Winner: Faby Apache
Maximo and Mamba vs Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Sammy gets on commentary during the Exoticos entrance to tell everyone to check out his youtube page. There’s a ridiculous amount of posturing to start this match. Mamba slaps Sammy and drop kicks him out. And that’s like all that’s happened for 5 minutes. Maximo knocks them out of the ring, and then Mamba comes in to go for dives but Suicide and Guevara enter and super kick them. Sammy and Suicide pretty much just beat them down. They miss spots and Maximo and Mamba kiss them then make them kiss each other. Then they hit middle rope dives. Back in the ring they both hit swanton bombs that get kicked out of. Suicide and Guevara get Maximo and Mamba to the outside. Suicide hits a back flip dive and Guevara hits a tornillo. Guevara hits a swanton bomb. Suicide hits a 450 then hits a middle rope dive on Maximo. Guevara then hits a shooting star press for the win. Sammy Guevara pins Mamba with a shooting star press
Winners: Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Laredo Kid and Taya Valkyrie vs Daga and Tessa Blanchard
Taya and Tessa start fighting to start. Laredo Kid hits a hurricanrana on Daga and Taya kicks Tessa to the outside. They go for dives but Tessa and Daga get back in. Tessa is clearly jawing at someone in the crowd. Tessa spent time working on Taya. Taya gets the hot tag to Laredo and he hits a michinoku driver on Laredo followed by two moonsaults. Daga catches him and hits a neck breaker. Tessa hits a cutter on Laredo. Taya attacks her. She hits her of of the apron and Daga catches her. Taya hits a dive onto them, then Laredo Kid hits a moonsault to the outside. Back in the ring Daga hits a kicking combo on Taya. Daga hits a back stabber but Laredo breaks up the pin. Laredo hits a 450 on Daga but Tessa breaks it up. Daga pulls out brass knuckles and goes to punch Laredo but he ducks and Daga hits Tessa. They go to the top and fight and Laredo Kid hits a Laredo Fly on Daga for the win. Laredo Kid pins Daga with a Laredo Fly
Winners: Laredo Kid and Taya
Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King vs Chessman, Monster Clown, and Killer Kross
Kross coming out with Scarlett. Monster Clown grabs a kid out of the crowd because why not. We are wasting no time and it’s time for some brawling. They’re beating down the tecnicos with weapons. Scarlett is getting involved so it’s like a 4 on 3. Pagano tries a handspring attack and it goes very bad. Kross choke slams him. Scarlett seduces Aerostar then hits a Canadian Destroyer. Aerostar gets launched and hits a hurricanrana on Monster Clown. Scarlett hits Kross by accident. Aerostar hits a fast paced dive on Monster. Pagano hits a middle rope dive on Chessman. Puma hits one on Kross. Dives everywhere. Pagano completely misses a leg drop on Chessman. Pagano completely fucks up a middle rope dive by bouncing off the ropes. Aerostar climbs the structure and dives off of it. And he bounces off the floor. What’s wrong him. A ladder gets set up and Puma power bombs Chessman through it for the win. Puma King power bombs Chessman through a ladder for the pin.
Kross beats up Puma post match. He hits an F5 and a power bomb and takes Puma’s mask.
Winners: Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King
La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano Jr, Rey Escorpion, and La Hiedra
Match starts with a beat down. Naturally. Rudos beating down tecnicos. They throw Vikingo with a rope by the balls and then Hiedra drop kicks him. Hugo asks if that’s a foul as La Parka comes in with a chair. Myzteziz almost breaks him neck on a failed shooting star attempt. Vikingo shows him how to do it. Back in the ring Myzteziz does a few spots redeeming himself. Vikingo gets offense in on Escorpion. Tries a springboard dragonranna but messes up. Eventually he hits a hurricanrana to the outside. La Parka does a plethora of goofy spots. Myzteziz goes for a dragonranna on Escorpion but he counters with a power bomb through chairs. Vikingo slams Hiedra and hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Hiedra with an imploder 450.
They beat down Vikingo post match.
Winners: La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo
(AAA Tag team titles) Pentagon Jr and Fenix vs Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson (Champs)
Lucha Bros jump the Bucks. Matt Jackson does 3 northern lights suplexes to Fenix then does one to Fenix and Pentagon at the same time. Matt does a baseball slide and then Nick does a dive over him. Matt unties Pentagon’s mask and then beats him up in the crowd. Back in the ring they hit double super kicks. Pentagon hits sling blades on both Bucks. Fenix does a double cutter. They roll out and Fenix hits a huge dive and goes flying into the crowd while Pentagon hits Matt with the Pentagon driver. Matt hits a Canadian destroyer then a spear and Fenix breaks it up. Lucha bros go for super kicks but the Bucks reverse it into sharptshooters. Lucha bros break out and a ton of super kicks get hit. Nick hits a frog splash on Fenix and Penta runs up his back and hits a Canadian destroyer on Matt. Fenix then hits a stomp on the apron on Nick. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on Matt. He kicks out. Then Fenix and Pentagon do the combo package piledriver. Nick pulls the ref out. Nick does an asai moonsault to the ref and Fenix. Matt pulls off Pentagon’s mask and kicks him in the groin and then they hit a Meltzer driver. Fenix pulls the ref out now. Fenix kicks Matt in the groin and then hits a cutter for a two. A new ref is out here now. They do the combo package piledriver again and Fenix hits a middle rope splash on Nick. Penta pins Matt. Pentagon pins Matt Jackson with a package piledriver combo.
Winners: Pentagon and Fenix
Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr and Taurus
There’s some posturing and now the match is on. Wagner and Demon quickly brawl into the crowd. Actually all 4 of them are brawling. Wagner is bleeding already. Finally after a long beat down Wagner and Psycho make a come back. Wagner back drops Taurus to the outside and Clown hits a dive through the middle turnbuckle. Wagner hits a senton splash on Demon. Wagner rips Demon’s mask and bites him. Clown breaks a broom over Taurus’ back. Blue Demon is bleeding badly now. Taurus sets up a table. Clown hits the double stomp in the corner for a two count. Taurus misses a corner attack and then Clown hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner back drops Demon onto a table. Wagner then hits a michinoku driver for the win. Dr. Wagner pins Blue Demon with a Michinoku driver
Winners: Pscyho Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Dominion 2019 Part 1!
It’s Rainmaker VS Painmaker in the main event!
Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho! Will Y2J stop the reign of the Rainmaker? Or will Okada continue to raise NJPW to the next level?
Coverage of Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found on https://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino; Moxley wins.
- Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima; Takagi wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan; Taguchi Japan wins.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for this Summer blockbuster!
The Rainmaker reigns once again after his long road to redemption. Madison Square Garden was the beginning of Kazuchika Okada’s fifth reign, and Okada would be successful in his first defense back in Japan. But a darker Chris Jericho has come back to NJPW to be the Painmaker that ruins the Rainmaker’s Summer. Can Okada keep going? Or will he regret playing with Y2J?
But before that, the Aerial Assassin, fresh off his Best of the Super Juniors victory, wants the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back! Will Ospreay slayed the Muscle Dragon, Shingo Takagi, in the finals, but can he slay CMLL’s Dragon Lee? Or will Lee continue the reign that also started in Madison Square Garden?
Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino!
The Lunatic is free, and he has come to NJPW! He won the IWGP United States Championship in his debut, but will the Death Rider keep going strong as this Young Lion gets to show his stuff?
Umino is definitely eager to show what he can do, as he FLIES out onto Moxley before the bell! Osaka fires up with Umino as he gets Moxley in the ring. The bell does ring and Umino climbs up to missile dropkick Moxley back down! Umino runs in corner to corner, but gets a big lariat from Moxley! Moxley goes back to Umino to rain down rights, but the ref reprimands him for closed fists. So Moxley switches to elbows! Moxley walks off his annoyance before putting Umino in the corner for a CHOP! And another! Moxley grinds his forearm into Umino’s face but lets up at the ref’s count, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Umino survives, and Moxley mocks them before dropping an elbow. Cover, TWO!
Moxley drags Umino around for a Queen Angelito Stretch. Umino endures the deathlock and crossface, but Moxley fish hooks the mouth. Fans rally and Umino crawls, but Moxley pulls back harder. Umino powers his way forward for the ropebreak! Moxley lets go just to hammer Umino down. Moxley walks off with some swagger, then returns to loom over a dazed Umino. Umino hits back but Moxley eggs him on. Umino throws more forearms but it’s not enough for Moxley. That third one still wasn’t, and Moxley headbutts Umino, only to run into a dropkick and a German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Umino stays fired up as he fishermen’s, but Moxley spins out to forearm Umino back. Then Moxley gives Umino the X-Plex! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer Umino’s heart and Moxley even laughs. Moxley drags Umino up, Death Rider DDT! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
That wasn’t as easy as Moxley thought, but he still puts the Young Lion away. When and where will the Death Rider strike again? How long will he be IWGP US Champion?
Moxley isn’t done, he grabs a mic. “I bring a message from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jon Moxley, international purveyor of violence, gentleman and all around sick son of a b*tch wants in on the G1!” A huge move for the newest star in NJPW! Will Moxley rise to the challenge of the G1 Climax to take it all?! Either way, he takes his belt, and Umino, with him to the back! Has the Young Lion won the veteran’s respect?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Moxley has a floundering Umino hold onto the IWGP US Championship belt for him as he compliments the Young Lion. “I like this kid. He could be my new Young Lion. I’m gonna need some help, I’m gonna need a partner.” A training partner, a guy to spot him on the bench, to drive him home from Roppongi. Does Umino drive? Well Moxley and his Young Boy will be fine. And Moxley made his intentions clear. “See you at the G1. Come, my friend.” Moxley helps Umino up and the two head out. Is this partnership really going to work out? And how is the Death Rider going to fare in his first G1 Climax tournament?
Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima!
The Muscle Dragon suffered his first loss in NJPW when he fell to the Aerial Assassin, but he looks to spring back already. Will his Pumping Bomber beat the legendary Cozy Lariat in this special first-ever encounter?
The bell rings and the fans are already fired up. They tie up, and Shingo keeps even with Kojima. Shingo puts Kojima on the ropes, then lets up to pat his shoulders. And then CHOP him anyway! Kojima doesn’t flinch, and kicks back. He headlocks Shingo but Shingo powers out. Kojima bumps Shingo but Shingo comes back to run him over! Fans marvel at the muscles as Shingo drags Kojima up. Kojima forearms Shingo but Shingo hits back. They brawl with fast and furious forearms, then Shingo headbutts. Shingo whips but Kojima runs him over! Fans cheer as Kojima shows he’s as strong as ever. Kojima flex the pecs then slingshots to topple Shingo down! Fans cheer as Kojima gets up. Shingo follows and they brawl on the outside.
The count climbs as the punches fly, but Shingo CHOPS! Kojima keeps hitting Shingo and Shingo keep shitting Kojima. But the count hits 15! Then 17! They hear 19 and jump in! Shingo goes at Kojima with a facelock but Kojima gets up. Shingo shifts to a cravat, but Kojima endures the grind, only to get an elbow. Kojima ends up in a corner, Shingo whips him to another. Shingo runs in but blocks the boot then jab and chop! Jab, chop, and repeat! Shingo lets up at the ref’s count and checks his hand. He whips Kojima corner to corner, but Kojima dodges and CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS over and over and over! Fans fire up as he tops it off with one more big CHOP! Shingo is stinging as Kojima whips him corner to corner. Kojima forearm smashes then goes up top! But Shingo knocks him down!
Shingo joins Kojima on the apron and says HE is going for something. Kojima denies the Death Valley, but Shingo holds on to deny the cutter. Shingo fireman’s carries, and hits the apron Death Valley Driver! Both men slump to the floor but Shingo sits up first. Kojima slowly follows, and sweeps Shingo’s legs on the apron! Shingo crashes and Kojima climbs up to join him. Kojima hits an apron DDT! Kojima puts Shingo in and brings him up for a cutter! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives and surprises Kojima a bit, but Kojima keeps his cool. He clubs away on Shingo and then puts him up top. Kojima climbs up to join Shingo, and hits a SUPER CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives again!
Kojima drags Shingo up and Shingo denies the suplex. Kojima manages to get Shingo up but Shingo slips out. Shingo waistlocks but Kojima elbows free. Kojima runs, but into a back elbow of Shingo’s, then a JAB and LARIAT! But Shingo can’t make the cover, his arms are still stinging. Shingo whips Kojima and knees him against ropes. He suplexes Kojima for a big vertical suplex! Shingo drags Kojima back up but Kojima flops over. Shingo tries again, underhooks but Kojima resists. So Shingo knees and CHOPS him with both hands! Shingo runs, but Kojima blocks the bomber! Kojima runs, but Shingo blocks on one side, only to get Cozy Lariat from the other side! Kojima brings Shingo back up, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Kojima keeps his cool as fans rally up both ways. He prepares the arm, whips Shingo, but Shingo flops over now. The ref checks on Shingo while Kojima eggs him on. Shingo stands, blocks the lariat, and underhooks, but Kojima fights free, only to get a DDT! Kojima gets to a corner and fans rally up with Shingo. Shingo runs corner to corner for a big clothesline! Then he runs to Pump- Kojima tanks the bomber?! Shingo tries again but Kojima stays up. Shingo runs but clotheslines collide! And it’s Kojima who stays up! Fans fire up as Kojima glares. Off comes the arm band! Kojima runs, but into a PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, ONE!? Kojima shows great heart, and throws forearms with Shingo back and forth again.
Shingo gives elbows from all sides, but Kojima comes back with his own! Kojima swings into a pump handle! Shingo lifts Kojima, for Made in Japan! Cover, TWO!! Kojima escapes the driver! But Shingo keeps going, PUMPING BOMBER!! Shingo won’t cover?! He gets up and brings Kojima into the pump handle fireman’s carry, Last of the Dragon!! Cover, Shingo wins!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall
The biggest Junior Heavyweight in NJPW defeats a legendary heavyweight! Takagi picks up the mic to say, “You saw it happen. I got the job done.” But he needs something more. A bigger thrill! Something heavier. You get what he means, right? Osaka has an idea, but Takagi gets to the point. He also wants in on the G1!! It doesn’t matter the size, the talent, the toughness, Takagi will take them all down, “just the way I am.” That is all. The Muscle Dragon drops the mic and also wants in the big Summer tournament! Will Takagi prove that he can be the best of both weight classes?
Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan!
Two factions of NJPW clash as Jay White leads Taiji Ishimori and Chase Owens into battle against Juice Robinson, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and of course Ryusuke Taguchi. Will the Flamboyant One, The Ace and the Funky Weapon #BreathwiththeSwitchblade? Or will they take the Switchblade, Bone Soldier and Crown Jewel down on Dominion?
NJPW on AXS returns as the teams sort out. Chase starts against Juice with the bell. The two circle and tie up. Chase waistlocks then wrenches Juice, but Juice spins through to wrench back. Chase spins and headlocks, but Juice pries free to get a keylock to waistlock. Juice throws Chase down and keeps on him with a waistlock. Chase stands and backs Juice into ropes, and the break is clean, until Chase elbows Juice in that bad eyebrow! Chase goes after it with a headlock punch! The ref reprimands Chase but Juice just punches Chase back! Juice jabs and CHOPS in the corner over and over. The ref counts so Juice whips Chase corner to corner, to then run in for a big clothesline! Juice keeps moving, but Chase bails out.
The Bullet Club regroups while fans rally up for Juice. Juice dares Chase to get in, and Chase does, to tag out to Taiji. Taiji stares down with Juice, but Taguchi wants in. Osaka wants him in, too! Tag to Taguchi, and we revisit their resent Junior Heavyweight Championship match. Taguchi does his Sailor Boys dance, but that only gets him kicked. Taiji headlocks but Taguchi powers out and things speed up. Taguchi goes for a hip attack but gets an atomic drop! Taiji whips but Taguchi reverses to hit a corner hip attack! Then he whips Taiji corner to corner for another! Taguchi keeps moving, but misses that one! The Bullet Club blasts Taguchi’s teammates, and Taiji throws Taguchi out to join them.
White throws Tanahashi at the NJPW commentary while Chase punches Juice up the ramp. Taiji keeps on Taguchi on the other side while White CHOPS Tanahashi. Taiji whips Taguchi into barriers! White stomps Tanahashi down while Chase helps Taiji against Taguchi. Juice is down at the ramp while Taiji puts Taguchi in to cover. TWO, but Taiji tags Chase. Chase stomps Taguchi to keep him away from his corner. Chase bumps Taguchi off buckles then feeds him to White’s boot. Tag to White and Chase throws Taguchi out for White to ram into railing, apron and railing, repeat! White puts Taguchi back in while fans boo and jeer. He covers, TWO! Taguchi survives but White wraps him up with a chinlock.
Fans rally up and Taguchi feeds off the energy. Taguchi fights back and whips, but White reverses, and dodges the hip attack. The Funky Weapon has done more damage to himself than anything. He runs into another atomic drop! But he escapes White’s back suplex! Taguchi dodges and hits White with the hip attack! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taguchi and White crawl, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace has his hated nemesis and starts throwing forearms. He whips but White reverses, only to get a flying forearm! Tanahashi blasts the Bullet Club, then dodges White. He blocks the boot for a Dragon Screw! Fans fire up as Tanahashi hops up, for the senton onto White! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer “GO ACE!” as Tanahashi aims at White. White dodges Slingblade but Tanahashi elbows White away. Tanahashi runs but into a CHOP! But he keeps going! White blocks Slingblade to saido suplex! The Bullet Club take Taguchi and Juice out, then help White with Tanahashi. Taiji whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then Chase whips Taiji in to double knee Tanahashi. Chase adds a forearm smash, then White adds a running uppercut! White suplexes Tanahashi for a twisting suplex! Cover, but Juice and Taguchi both break it! Fans cheer but Bullet Club throws them back out. White drags Tanahashi up and slashes the throat. He has Tanahashi in position, but Tanahashi spins and palm strikes!
Tanahashi runs, but Slingblade is denied again! White wants but is denied Blade Runner into a Slingblade! Fans rally up while both men are down. Bullet Club hits Taguchi down and drags White to the corner, and Chase tags in! Chase grins as he aims at Tanahashi. He runs in corner to corner for a forearm, then snapmares for a Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi survives but Chase drags him up for a piledriver. Juice runs in but gets a SUPERKICK! Taguchi returns to kick Chase, then runs only to miss again! Taiji whips Taguchi into railing again while Chase drags Tanahashi up. Tanahashi goes to counter punch but Chase hits the bad arm. Chase hammerlocks and lariats, the Jewel Heist! But Chase isn’t done there, he double guns and drags Tanahashi up. Package-
No, Tanahashi escapes and trips Chase up! He laces the legs but Chase shoves him away into White’s cheap shot. But Juice yanks White down for the Left Hand of God! Chase drags Tanahashi up and whips, but Tanahashi reverses into a familiar position. But Tanahashi doesn’t steal Blade Runner, he hits a Slingblade DDT! Cover, Tanahashi and team win!
Winners: Taguchi Japan, Tanahashi pinning
The Ace gets the win for his team! But will this trios victory help Tanahashi in his newest NJPW comeback? Or is it a long road back for even the Once in a Century Talent?
Katsuyori Shibata returns to NJPW!
The man simply known as “The Wrestler” is back in Osaka-Jo Hall! But he is in a suit, so he’s not here to fight. Instead, his business is to introduce NJPW to a new star… KENTA!! Yes, the Innovator of the GTS is here! And as the shirt says, he’s ready to take over! Shibata helps Kenta into the ring and Osaka goes wild! And of course, Shibata picks up the mic to speak.
“Today, I brought a really close friend with me.” This is THE Kenta! And then the mic is given over to Kenta so that he may speak. “Hello NJPW fans, I’m Kenta.” He thanks Shibata for making this possible. And he is here because he followed his instincts. Kenta wants to show you his style of pro-wrestling. “I will see you at the G1 Climax.” Incredible! A third man declares for the tournament in one night! Will Kenta #TAKEOVER and make the rest of the field #GoToSleep?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay!
The Best of the Super Juniors practically just ended, but the Aerial Assassin doesn’t take anything easy. The two-time tournament winner wants to go from two-time champion to three! Will he slay another dragon in just the span of a week? Or will CMLL’s dragon continue to reign over the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised then put carefully alongside Ospreay’s BOSJ 26 trophy, and the two rivals shake hands. The bell rings and we begin this battle of young and international icons!
Osaka is already thunderous for these two top Junior Heavyweights. The two circle and tie up. Ospreay wrenches but Lee handsprings through. Lee and Ospreay tie up again and Lee snapmares, but Ospreay handsprings through. They go again, and Lee headlocks, but Ospreay powers out. Things speed up and Lee shoves to follow then huricanrana, but Ospreay handsprings through that! Ospreay huricanranas but Lee also handsprings! Lee kicks but Ospreay dodges to handspring, but Lee just denies the Oscutter! Lee lifts for Desnucadora but Ospreay slips out. Ospreay swings a kick, but Lee ducks, and then they both dropkick! Those cancel out and both men kip up, but Lee dropkicks Ospreay back down! Fans cheer how fast and furious these two move!
Lee goes after Ospreay with a hook to the face, then wraps an arm around the ropes. Lee CHOPS Ospreay then follow shim in a corner. He knees and forearms Ospreay, then whips corner to corner. Ospreay boots and enziguris Lee back, then hits a top-rope 619! Lee bails out but Ospreay slingshots for a big crossbody! Fans fire up as Ospreay stands tall! Ospreay takes a moment to walk off the landing then drags Lee up to CHOP him back down! Ospreay drags Lee up and into the ring, and covers, ONE! Fans cheer while Ospreay drags Lee back up for a big forearm. Ospreay whips and elbows Lee down, cover, ONE!
Ospreay keeps his cool as he drags Lee around. He hammerlocks one arm, then pulls on the other, for a recliner! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stalks Lee to a corner and CHOPS him back. He CHOPS Lee more, but Lee hits back with forearms. Ospreay back kicks then whips, but Lee puts Ospreay on the apron. Ospreay hits back then springboards, but his Pip Pip Cheerio gets caught into an STO! Both men are down but stirring as fans cheer. Lee gets up and goes to Ospreay in the corner to throw forearm after forearm. Lee runs but Ospreay follows to uppercut! Ospreay sweeps the legs and runs corner to corner, but Lee dodges. Lee throws more forearms to sit Ospreay down, then runs corner to corner for the basement dropkick! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Lee keeps his cool while fans cheer. Lee kicks Ospreay then whips, but Ospreay handsprings to PELE! Ospreay gets to the apron then springboards back in, flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Ospreay sees him bail out. Fans rally as Ospreay builds speed, Sasuke Special! Lee dodges but Ospreay still lands on his feet! Only to get Lee’s knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up onto the railing and throws forearm. NJPW commentary gets a good look as Lee builds speed and DIVES! They both go into the next section!! Even commentary is wiped out with that insane tope suicida! Red Shoes checks on both men, and somehow they’re okay to continue. Fans rally up behind commentary who got wiped out. Everyone is up and Lee pushes Ospreay over the railing back to ringside.
Lee puts Ospreay in the ring and deadlifts him. Ospreay fights the waistlock but Lee shifts to a full nelson. Ospreay breaks that, but gets caught into the Straitjacket German! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay still escapes after all of that! Lee grits his teeth and checks his mask as he goes after Ospreay again. He puts Ospreay up on the back rope and Ospreay falls into the Tree of Woe. Lee climbs up but Ospreay sits up to start brawling! They hit each other with forearms back and forth, and with little where else to go. Lee headbutts Ospreay back into the Tree, then stands up, but Ospreay kicks Lee down! Ospreay is free of the Tree while Lee falls to the floor. Ospreay climbs up, CORKSCREW MOONSAULT! He takes Lee down with him!
Osaka fires up while Ospreay clutches his ribs. But Ospreay fires up to drag Lee into the ring! Ospreay drags Lee up into the dragon sleeper, for a Bloody Sunday! Cover, TWO! Lee lives again but Ospreay keeps his focus. Both men stand and Ospreay aims, Hook Kick! But Ospreay won’t stop there, he roars as he underhooks. Lee blocks so Ospreay kicks away on his face. Underhooks to Canadian rack, but Lee pops out of Stormbreaker for a gut wrench! But Ospreay slips through to gut wrench Lee, only for Lee to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And then springs up to a suplex, only to get the Osaka Street Cutter! Both men are down after an Osaka Street Cutter in Osaka! Fans rally up and the two slowly stir. The two crawl towards each other, and start throwing forearms again.
Fans cheer as Ospreay hits Lee and Lee hits Ospreay. Both men fire up and get to their feet. Ospreay hits Lee again, but Lee hits Ospreay again. They go back and forth, then Ospreay fires several! Lee hits one and decks Ospreay! Lee runs but into a HOOK KICK! Ospreay runs, but into a German Suplex! But he lands on his feet to dropkick-flip, into Lee’s knee trigger! Lee POISON RANAS! Lee runs, but into SPANISH FLY! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Ospreay crawls to a cover, TWO!! Lee just barely survives that one!
Fans rally up as Ospreay puts Lee in the drop zone. Ospreay climbs up again, but has to fight Lee. Lee SUPERKICKS Ospreay down to the apron! Lee runs side to side, for a FLYING HURICANRANA! But Ospreay lands on his feet?! Lee is stunned as Ospreay stares him down. Ospreay eggs Lee on, and gets him with an apron pop-up bomb! Ospreay puts Lee in, climbs up top, and leaps for the Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives, but Ospreay vows to end it! Ospreay aims, Robinson Special! But that’s not all, Ospreay springboards, but into a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous all over again as both men slowly stir.
Ospreay goes back to the apron, but Lee pursues. Lee drags Ospreay up and throws forearms. Ospreay swing kicks Lee back! Ospreay hops up fast, but Lee trips him up! Into a Tree of Woe to the outside! WOE STOMPS!! Lee may have done as much damage to himself just on the landing! Red Shoes checks but again they’re somehow both okay. A ring count begins and climbs past 10, but Lee is up and in! Ospreay is still down as fans cheer. Ospreay stands at 14 but flops over at 15! The count reaches 18, Ospreay springs up at 19 and gets in at 19.5! Only to get another knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up, lifts, but Ospreay resists again! Ospreay elbows out and roundhouses Lee down! But Lee catches Ospreay for another STO! That Ospreay slips through! Powerbomb lift, but Lee hits a DESTROYER!!
Lee won’t end it, he runs to Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO!? How?! But Lee doesn’t take long to worry about that. He takes the knee pad down and runs again, but Ospreay blocks the Wizard! Only to get a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous again as Lee lifts Ospreay, tucks, but Ospreay lands out of Desnucadora to back heel kick Lee in the head! Then reels him out for a Hook Kick! Ospreay aims, Hidden Blade!! But not even this is enough for Ospreay! He hops way up, SUPER OSCUTTER! He holds on, to underhook, STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Aerial Assassin wins his third Junior Heavyweight Championship as he slays his second dragon! Ospreay holds up both title and trophy, as THE Super Junior of NJPW today! How long will this newest reign last?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Ospreay says “The Junior Heavyweight wants in on the G1. I dare NJPW: put me in the G1 Climax this year! I’ll show that this trophy is just as good as the heavyweight trophy.” A fourth man makes his intentions known! Will Ospreay conquer both divisions in 2019?!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho!
Y2J has already held championship gold in NJPW, but he isn’t going to stop until he holds the top prize. He dares the Rainmaker to come out and play, so Okada will play his game. But just what is a “Painmaker,” anyway? Jericho promises to show the world right here in this match. Will the Judas Effect kick in to end Okada’s fifth reign? Or is Okada still on a whole different level?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of true greats!
Okada throws his jacket at Jericho much like Jericho might do to someone else. Jericho doesn’t appreciate that but Okada laughs and grins as Jericho throws Okada’s jacket out. These two hear the fans already thunderous for Okada, and Jericho grows annoyed already. Jericho tells the “stupid idiots” to shut up, but they just boo him instead. Okada encourages the fans to cheer so they cheer loud and proud. He and Jericho finally circle and tie up. Jericho pushes Okada away and the two circle again. They tie up again, and Jericho pulls hair. Okada turns things around and the two go around the ring, with Okada on Jericho against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Okada fakes Jericho out like all the rest. But Jericho pokes Okada’s eyes!
Fans boo but Jericho clubs Okada and CHOPS him. Jericho whips then runs him over with forearms! The fans boo but Jericho just mocks them. Jericho slaps Okada around but Okada throws forearms back. Okada whips but Jericho bails out to deny the dropkick. Jericho walks it off, but Okada gives chase! They go around the ring, into the ring, and then Jericho dodges Okada only to get a BOOT! Okada heads for a corner already, and leaps for a missile dropkick! But Jericho blocks it to the Walls of Jericho! Okada endures as Jericho sits down deep. Okada crawls while Jericho mocks the fans cheering him on. Ropebreak! Jericho lets go and Okada slumps out of the ring, but Jericho runs to wreck him with a dropkick! Okada tumbles over into commentary! Those guys are having a busy night…
Jericho climbs over to join Okada, mock the fans, and throw chairs! Jericho bounces Okada off the desk, then climbs up to stand Okada up. Flashbacks to Jericho’s matches with Naito, DDT to the table! Okada is stuck in the wood and Jericho rings the bell himself, as if he’s already won. Jericho goes back to Okada, tosses more furniture aside, and drags Okada up over the railing. He stomps Okada into the railing then drives in elbows. Jericho walks around the ring to go looking for something. He brings out a spare table! Jericho sets the table up, then shoves Red Shoes aside to fetch Okada. He brings Okada to the table, but Okada resists the lift. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada powers Jericho into railing! Jericho BOOTS right back! And once again, Jericho confiscates a camera to get a close-up on Okada, while flipping the bird.
Jericho gives the camera back while he mocks the fans cheering for Okada. He puts Okada in the ring then climbs up top. Jericho dares Okada to stand, and then leaps to crossbody Okada down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Jericho grows annoyed. Jericho slaps Okada around then drags Okada up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho stands on Okada but Red Shoes doesn’t count that as a cover. They argue and Jericho shoves Red Shoes again. Fans rally up for Okada but Jericho rains down rights. Jericho sits Okada up to drive in more elbows, then pushes the “piece of s*it back down.” He slaps Okada but Okada comes back for more. Jericho keeps slapping Okada so Okada throws forearms! Okada runs but into Jericho’s dropkick! Jericho grins as he mocks the Hulkster, too.
Jericho drags Okada up and chokes him on the ropes. He lets up at the ref’s count of 4 and even mocks the count, before kicking Okada down. Jericho chokes Okada against ropes again, then backs off to bring him up. Jericho suplexes and holds Okada up about 7 counts, then drops Okada down. He covers, TWO! Okada stays in this as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Jericho drags Okada up to CHOP him. Jericho CHOPS Okada against ropes, then again. He throws forearms, too, then whips. Okada kicks Jericho back then throws forearms of his own. Jericho throws even more forearms, but runs into a flapjack! Both men are down, but then Okada kips up. Okada rallies on Jericho with elbows and forearms! He whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Okada to dodge and elbow Jericho down! Okada fires up and Osaka with him! Okada runs in for a corner elbow, then kicks to DDT Jericho down. Jericho slumps out of the ring, but Okada pursues. Okada whips Jericho across the way into railing! Then runs in to boot him over! Okada gets the fans rallying as he gets space. Okada runs back in, to FLY, into a Code Breaker!
Both Jericho and Okada are down but it’s Okada gasping for air. Jericho leaves Okada behind to get in the ring. Jericho wants the ring count to end Okada’s reign. The count climbs to 10 but Okada is up and hobbling over. Okada gets to the ring at 11 but falls at 12. Okada hops in at 16, but Jericho is on him with a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Jericho clubs Okada with crossface forearms, but fans cheer Okada on. Jericho gives them dirty birds as he goes back to Okada. He CHOPS Okada and follows him to a corner for another CHOP. Jericho whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! He gut wrenches but Okada slips out! Okada gut wrenches Jericho, but Jericho tumbles back to get the lift back!
But Jericho slips through to grab the legs! Okada resists but Jericho gets the Walls all over again! Okada endures as fans cheer and Jericho talks trash. The champion crawls with all his might but Jericho just keeps up the pressure. Okada gives on more push, to a ropebreak! Jericho holds on until 4, then argues with Red Shoes. He chokes Red Shoes as he says Okada tapped out. But Jericho turns around into Okada’s dropkick! Jericho goes to a corner but Okada runs in, only to miss. Jericho runs in but misses, and Okada puts him up top. But Jericho kicks Okada before Okada could dropkick. Jericho leaps, into Okada’s dropkick! Okada drags Jericho up and gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! And the Rainmaker Pose!
Okada drags Jericho back up, reels him in to wring him out, but Jericho spins through to underhook, Tiger Bomb! High stack, TWO!! Okada survives but barely! Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, runs in, but the Code Breaker is denied to the Air Raid neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he goes up top. But his back slows him down given all that time in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho runs in but Okada shoulders and punches him away. Jericho punches back but Okada punches again. Okada goes to bump Jericho on buckles, but Jericho blocks to bump Okada. Okada staggers, Jericho triangle dropkicks him down! Fans have to cheer that classic move from Jericho.
Jericho drags Okada back up to bump him off buckles. He drags Okada up to the top rope, but Okada resists. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada hits back. Okada throws Jericho off! MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up as Okada hits a proper Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Jericho up, wrings him out, but Jericho ducks to enziguri! Both men are down again, but fans continue to cheer. Jericho and Okada crawl to each other, and start throwing forearms on the mat. They go back and forth, and slowly stand as they do. Jericho CHOPS Okada, but Okada walks it off to forearm Jericho back. Okada throws more forearms and even European Uppercuts. Okada whips but Jericho holds the ropes to again deny the dropkick. LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho keeps his cool as he stalks Okada to a corner. Jericho kicks Okada while he’s down and even in the corner. He argues with Red Shoes, but gets Okada’s shotgun dropkick! Okada gives back those corner kicks, and grinds his boot into Jericho as he gives back all the trash talk! Red Shoes counts and Okada lets up. Okada gets mad at Red Shoes and stomps Jericho more. Okada goes corner to corner, but into a Code Breaker! Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Okada barely survives that one. Jericho grows frustrated, and tells Okada to “Stay down!” Jericho unties a buckle pad and tosses it at commentary. “You see what happens?! Huh!? You stupid son of a b*tch?!” Jericho drags Okada up, gut wrenches, but Okada slips out to German Suplex!
Okada holds onto Jericho with that waistlock and drags Jericho up. He wrings Jericho out but Jericho ducks the waistlock. Jericho wrings Okada out and tries to steal Rainmaker! But Okada ducks it, to steal Code Breaker! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move, but Okada has more to give. Okada gut wrenches for a JUMPING TOMBSTONE! And then wristlock, but Jericho ducks to roll Okada into the Walls! And Jericho sits in deep! But Okada powers up to head for ropes! Fans rally up as Jericho demands they ring the bell! Okada reaches but Jericho drags him away! And then turns for a Lion Tamer! Jericho goes old school for this one! But Okada rolls around to pop through and spin Jericho off!
Jericho and Okada crawl then stand. Okada runs in but is sent into the bare buckles! Jericho clotheslines Okada, then demands Okada stand! He wants to use that elbow, but Okada ducks Judas Effect! Okada wrings Jericho out but Jericho again dodges Rainmaker. Jericho jumps but Code Breaker is denied again, and Okada pops Jericho up. Jericho sunset flips but Okada sits on it! Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
But Jericho won’t take that sitting down! He hammers away on Okada! Jericho is a sore loser, and shoves Red Shoes away to keep punching Okada in the head. Jericho throws Red Shoes right out of the ring, to then fetch something else from under the ring. A steel chair! Jericho brings that into the ring, and as Okada stands up, Jericho SMACKS him in the face!! Fans boo and jeer as Jericho holds his weapon up high. Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, Judas Effect! Fans continue to boo as Jericho takes a seat in his chair.
Jericho drags Okada outside the ring and then wraps the chair around Okada’s head! And rams him into the post!! Fans boo even louder but Jericho just soaks it up. Jericho goes back to Okada and brings him around to that table. Jericho finally lifts Okada, but Tanahashi hops in to save Okada! Tanahashi goes after Jericho but Young Lions hurry to keep them apart. Jericho throws things as he retreats, not wanting to face The Ace right now. Jericho grabs a mic to tell “Tana Bakahashi” that if he wants to start stuff, just look at what happened to Okada. “The Painmaker never loses! The Painmaker always wins! Chris Jericho is the Greatest of All Time, even here in this bulls*it country of Japan.” Osaka boos even more while Jericho says he’ll see them both later. “Happy Championship, B*tch!”
Tanahashi is still seething as Jericho heads up the ring. Jericho grabs Okada dollars and wipes the sweat from his pits. The Young Lions turn their attention to helping Okada while Jericho grabs more Okada dollars. He sticks one to his forehead, then rubs the other down his pants to throw at the camera. Jericho’s crude displays aside, when and where will he man up to face The Ace? Will Jericho also get another shot at Okada and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? What even is the state of Okada after Jericho’s sore loser attack? Tanahashi helps Okada stand and head to the back, these two rivals again on the same side.
NJPW Media backstage interviews
Chris Jericho (with that Okada dollar still stuck to his head) says if Okada wants to know what a Painmaker is, ask if he understands now. He probably can’t even talk. No event closing speech from him tonight, that’s for sure. But Jericho will speak for him. “Hello, my name is Okada. Chris Jericho just kicked my ass.”
Jericho wants to know if Okada will be in the G1 this year. And Tanahashi, for that matter. If so, then maybe Jericho will be in it, too. Jericho will beat up Moxley, too, since he still owes Jericho $15,000 from ripping up that LED jacket three years ago in the WWE. Even that “little bastard, Kenta,” he’ll beat him, too. All the G1 field, for that matter. He’ll become Chris G1-icho, how about that? A major move for the Best in the World at What He Does, but will he’s the best in NJPW against the best in NJPW?
These two-hour nights for NJPW on AXS are so great! We are getting so much more of these events now, but I suppose Best of the Super Juniors Finals and Dominion are big enough to warrant it. Moxley makes his squash match with Umino even better by deciding Umino is his “Young Boy.” I wonder if this will really continue as the kayfabe for Moxley in NJPW. If this were an American promotion, we’d be getting goofy gags with them, which would actually be fun to see on social media. Takagi VS Kojima was a great match between these heavy hitters, and Kojima of course gives Takagi the rub by putting him over. Then the Six Man Tag was mostly filler, but it was a good match to keep Tanahashi going in his newest comeback.
Hooray to finally see Hideo Itami/Kenta somewhere! Granted, he got hurt a lot while in NXT and WWE, but when he was finally ready to go, they didn’t let him go full speed. Now in NJPW, and hopefully by extension ROH, Kenta really can show us what he’s capable of. Lee VS Ospreay, another amazing match for the Aerial Assassin. Just when it seemed like there wasn’t another way to recreate the spot where Ospreay lands on his feet out of a steiner, they do this one. Ospreay winning makes a lot of sense, as he is the BOSJ 26 winner, is moving to Japan to truly be full-time for NJPW, and is making a push to be an even bigger big name for the company. We got so many declarations for the G1 Climax this year, this field is looking amazing.
And of course, Okada VS Jericho was amazing, too! Two greats, who knew the other pretty well but especially Jericho knowing Okada. Okada wins but with a surprise cover, so that keeps Jericho strong for a rematch. Of course, Jericho going after Okada after totally fits his “Evil Jericho” persona. It also gives Tanahashi his heroic moment in saving Okada. Jericho was great in his promo, too, as he just straight face talks with that Okada dollar stuck to his head. And great continuity to even reference his WWE feud with Moxley/Ambrose. Jericho VS Tanahashi better happen in the G1, but I would also hope at the right moment. It either needs to open Block competition, or close a Block to lead to the G1 Climax Finals. And either way, Jericho VS Tanahashi will be amazing.
My Score: 9.3/10