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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Sapporo Part 3!

Can Naito remain Tranquilo against Taichi?

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NJPW New Beginning Sapporo 2019

NJPW wraps up in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito defends the IWGP Intercontinental Championship! Will he stay Tranquilo against the treacherous Taichi?

 

This coverage of New Beginning in Sapporo will be as aired by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bushi & Shingo Takagi VS Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi & Takagi win and retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships.
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe; Naito wins and retains the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

NJPW and AXS set the scene for this Sapporo finale!

Tetsuya Naito and the IWGP Intercontinental Championship have had a “love-hate” relationship for years, but no matter how hard he tries, they always seem to find each other. They got back together again after Naito defeated Chris Jericho at Wrestle Kingdom 13. However, the Sliest Wrestler wants to take that title from Naito and “treat it right”. Will Taichi bring gold to Suzuki-Gun? Or will the belt stay Tranquilo with The Ungovernable Charisma?

Meanwhile, the story of Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun continues as Shingo Takagi and Bushi defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. After losing the belts in a Triple Threat where LIJ pinned Roppongi 3K, Desperado and Kanemaru want a 2v2 rematch to prove they’re the rightful owners. Will the Black Mask and Muscle Dragon have something to say about that?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bushi & Shingo Takagi VS Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The war between LIJ and Suzuki-Gun seems to have no end in sight. Will a score finally be settled in this rematch for the tag team championships?

The match begins with Shingo and Kanemaru. They tie up and Shingo pushes Kanemaru to the ropes. Kanemaru turns it around and he kicks low. Shingo dares Kanemaru to keep hitting him, and Kanemaru does. Shingo stays standing after every hit, so Kanemaru runs. They collide shoulders but Shingo doesn’t budge. Shingo chops but Kanemaru grabs hair. Kanemaru kicks and runs but into a fireman’s carry! He slips out but Shingo suplexes. Kanemaru slips out, Shingo runs but he avoids Kanemaru’s dropkick. Kanemaru dodges Shingo’s back senton but runs into Shingo’s scoop slam! Shingo catches his breath while Kanemaru crawls away. Fans rally up but Desperado wants them to calm down.

Desperado and Bushi tag in, and they fire off forearms! Both men grab at each other’s masks! Desperado knees low then snapmares Bushi, to go after the mask! The referee reprimands Desperado and Bushi kicks back. Bushi snapmares and goes after Desperado’s mask! The ref reprimands Bushi, so Bushi just kicks Desperado. Desperado kicks and clubs back, then whips Bushi. Bushi comes back with headscissors but Desperado blocks. Bushi slips out of the powerbomb to dropkick Desperado down! Desperado rolls to ropes but Bushi stomps away. Bushi tags Shingo, and Shingo blasts Kanemaru. Shingo rams shoulders into Desperado in a corner, then whips to follow with a knee. Shingo suplexes Desperado hard! Desperado gasps for air while Shingo drags him up and over to the LIJ corner. Tag to Bushi and LIJ stomps a mudhole into Desperado!

Bushi drags Desperado out but Desperado hits back! Desperado runs but into Shingo’s spinebuster! Shingo catapults Desperado into Bushi’s chop! Bushi adds a dropkick then covers, TWO! Shingo eggs Kanemaru on before he stomps Desperado. Bushi chokes Desperado with a shirt while the ref is busy with Shingo! Bushi stomps and runs, but Desperado dumps him out. Desperado hits Shingo while Kanemaru puts Bushi on railings. Kanemaru runs and leaps up for a guillotine leg drop across the rails! Kanemaru stomps Bushi more but the referee scolds him. He puts Bushi in the ring for Desperado and Desperado drags Bushi into the ropes. Desperado stretches Bushi back but Shingo saves him! Shingo drags Desperado for headbutts, then runs, but into Kanemaru’s dropkick!

Kanemaru takes Shingo outside and throws him into railing. Desperado does the same to Bushi on the other side. Kanemaru dropkicks Shingo’s leg against barriers! Desperado bowls Bushi into chairs! The ref keeps them from using chairs but Kanemaru tortures Shingo’s leg between railing. Desperado and Kanemaru leave Shingo and Bushi to the mercy of the ring count. The count passes 10 before either LIJ member makes it to ringside. Bushi staggers in at 14, but Kanemaru is on him with a choking foot! Kanemaru lets up at 4, but he laughs as he drags Bushi over. He elbows Bushi down then tags Desperado in. Desperado brings Bushi around to the apron, and Kanemaru dropkicks Bushi’s head! Cover, TWO! LIJ is in trouble while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Desperado stalks Bushi to a corner. Desperado toys with Bushi but Bushi CHOPS back! Bushi throws chop after chop but Desperado rakes the eyes. Desperado whips corner to corner but gets a boot. Bushi hops up and leaps to huricanrana Desperado down! Bushi and Desperado crawl but Desperado stomps Bushi out. Desperado knees and runs but Bushi enziguris him down! Bushi and Desperado crawl again, hot tag to Shingo! Shingo rallies on Suzuki-Gun, even with a bad leg. Shingo whips Kanemaru and begins clothesline trains on them both! Complete Shot and DDT combo! Shingo fires up with the fans as he goes after Desperado. He drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes the eyes! Desperado runs, but into Shingo’s knee!

Shingo runs but Desperado dodges to SPEAR Shingo down! Desperado fires himself up and brings Shingo up. He tries to suplex but Shingo fights out. Desperado still gets Shingo up for a shin breaker! But he runs into a back elbow! And a jab, and a lariat! Shingo crawls for his corner, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi climbs up and leaps at Desperado for a missile dropkick! Bushi-rooni! He hits Kanemaru for good measure before running in at Desperado. Double knees, feed to Shingo, spinebuster backstabber combo! Cover, TWO! LIJ keeps focus as fans fire up. Shingo drags Desperado but Kanemaru boots Bushi. Desperado back suplexes, dropkick combo! Kanemaru hits Bushi then feeds to Desperado’s spinebuster! Kanemaru adds a basement dropkick! Desperado brings Bushi up, torture rack bomb! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally for Bushi while Desperado keep his focus. Desperado drags Bushi up for double underhook, but Bushi resists. Bushi powers out and SLAPS Desperado. Desperado slaps back, and now it’s a brawl! Bushi kicks, misses, but heel kicks! He catches Desperado in the swinging neckbreaker! Both men are down but fans fire up. They crawl, hot tags to Kanemaru and Shingo! Kanemaru throws haymakers and kicks but Shingo just grits his teeth. Shingo misses his chop, but then fakes Kanemaru out for double ax handles! Shingo back suplexes Kanemaru hard! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Shingo again as he drags Kanemaru up. Underhooks but Kanemaru slips out to dropkick the leg out! Kanemaru stomps Shingo out but Shingo grows stronger. Shingo blocks, fires forearms from all sides, then runs, but the ref is used as a shield!

Kanemaru tilt-o-whirl DDT! Desperado hits Bushi while Kanemaru scoop slams Shingo. Kanemaru climbs, moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru tries again, leaping at Shingo, but into the Northern Lights! But Kanemaru’s right back up, only to get Shingo’s German Suplex! Both men are down but moving. Shingo drags himself up and fans fire up again. Kanemaru follows, dodges, but runs into pop-up Death Valley Driver! Cover, but Desperado breaks it. Bushi throws Desperado out and stomps away on the outside. Shingo lifts Kanemaru but Kanemaru slips through to a sunset flip! TWO, and Shingo gets Kanemaru up, Noshigami!! But Shingo can’t make the cover, his leg slows him down. Shingo gets moving, Pumping Bomber! Cover, but Desperado drags the ref out!

Desperado scurries away and gets a chair! Shingo shouts for the ref but Desperado jabs him! Bushi kicks the chair from Desperado to take it. Bushi jabs Desperado but Kanemaru turns Bushi around. Kanemaru spits his whiskey, but Bushi shields himself with the chair! Bushi spits the green mist in Kanemaru’s face in return! Shingo clotheslines Depserado out! Bushi DIVES on Desperado! Shingo aims at the blinded Kanemaru, corner clothesline, to Pumping Bomber! Cover, TWO?! Kanemaru survives!? Shingo can’t believe it, but he fires himself back up. Bushi puts Desperado into railing and Shingo hauls Kanemaru up. Wheelbarrow to code breaker, Rebellion!! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Shingo Takagi pinning; still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions

Their first defense is a success! With EVIL & SANADA still the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, both LIJ tag teams have titles. Will their charismatic leader maintain the golden status quo?

 

IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

Suzuki-Gun’s most dramatic performer not only feels he is more deserving of the title, but he owes Naito for mocking him time and again. Will Taichi make dreams come true when he wins the title back for Miho? Or will Naito continue to frustrate the Prima Donna?

Naito casually drags the title belt like he did before. But Taichi smirks as someone attacks Naito from behind! They smash Naito with a short ladder! It’s Takashi Iizuka!? Isn’t he supposed to be retired?! Seems he’s still willing to do favors for his old stable. Naito looks to be out cold, and Taichi simply plays dumb. Young Lions defend Naito but Iizuka goes after them! Iizuka wipes the Lions out then moves aside as Taichi fetches Naito. Taichi stands Naito up for another SMASH from Iizuka! Taichi drags Naito up again, for a Black Mephisto on the ramp! Iizuka leaves, having done his part, while Taichi picks up the belt. Taichi leaves Naito for dead as he takes the belt to the ring.

Red Shoes and trainers check on Naito. Naito stirs while Taichi tells the fans, “shut up, you assh*les!” He says the match is over! Taichi says the main event is canceled! Now get out of here! Fans boo and jeer as Young Lions help Naito up and to the back. Is the match really over? Find out after the break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Taichi’s still waiting for someone to officially declare this match his. Red Shoes and the directors talk ringside. Taichi again insists if Naito is unable to compete, he should win by default. Red Shoes clutches the belt as Taichi pulls at him. Wait! Naito is returning! He has Bushi helping him but the champion isn’t going to lose the belt like this. Trainers try to reason with Naito but he doesn’t care. Naito heads to the ring as fans rally behind him. Red Shoes tells Naito he shouldn’t do this, but Naito doesn’t care. Naito wants the match! Taichi laughs at Naito’s guts, but if Naito wants it that bad, then fine. The bell rings and the match happens!

Naito throws forearms, but they do nothing to Taichi. Taichi smirks as Naito keeps trying, only to tire himself out. Fans cheer Naito on but Taichi stomps him out. Taichi laughs as he circles Naito like a vulture. Taichi kicks Naito around, talking trash. Naito manages to sit up but Taichi slaps him around. “Come on, you son of a b*tch!” Naito fires more forearms but they still don’t do much. Taichi eggs Naito on, and Naito keeps throwing forearms. Taichi laughs as he easily clubs Naito back to the mat. Fans rally as Taichi claims this is over. Taichi runs corner to corner at Naito, but into a boot! Taichi kicks but misses, but then gets Naito on the second. He runs but into Naito’s dropkick! Taichi goes down and fans fire up!

Fans rally for Naito as he clutches his bad arm. Taichi is up first and he stalks Naito. “What the Hell are you doing?” Taichi doesn’t understand why Naito’s still trying. He stands over Naito as he slowly drags himself up. Taichi back kicks Naito right back down. Taichi buzzsaw kicks Naito to the mat! He doesn’t even cover, he tells the trainers to check Naito. Naito can barely respond, so Taichi mocks Tranquilo. Taichi tells Naito to just quit, but Naito forces himself to sit up. Taichi goes to kick, but gets caught! Naito elbows the knee, then hits a backbreaker and dropkick! Fans rally again as Naito drags Taichi up. Naito whips Taichi to a corner, then jump kicks, only for Taichi to clobber him on the apron!

Naito is folded on the apron while Taichi goes out and searches under the ring. Taichi brings out a table! He stands it up nearby, then drags Naito over. Taichi picks Naito up and waistlocks, but Naito holds onto the ropes! Fans cheer Naito on as he fights back with his good arm. Taichi clubs Naito again, then wants another Black Mephisto! Naito slips out, gets a piledriver lift! He positions Taichi, and JUMPS! Piledriver through the table!! Both men are down and out while we go to break!

NJPW on AXS returns again as both men slowly stir. Red Shoes starts the ring count, but it passes 10 before either sits up. Naito is first and he gets in at 13. Miho begs Taichi move but the count passes 15! Taichi stands at 16 and manages to get in at 18! Taichi barely moves after that but Naito drags him up into the corner. Naito hoists Taichi up high and climbs up to join him. Naito leaps, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Taichi lives but Naito isn’t done with him. Naito drags Taichi up again, hammerlocks, but Taichi powers out. Taichi boots but Naito back elbows, Taichi enziguris! Both men are down while fans cheer. Naito and Taichi stand back up, and Taichi runs to rabbit clothesline! Then saido suplex! Taichi roars as he gets back up, and tears off the pants!

Taichi takes aim from the corner as he focuses himself. He thrusts but Naito counters with a roll! Things speed up and Taichi clotheslines Naito! Cover, TWO! Taichi drags Naito up quick for a dragon sleeper! Fans rally up as Naito endures the squeeze and wrench! Taichi keeps wrenching and pulling, and Naito starts fading! Taichi lets Naito out to cover, TWO!! Naito barely escapes! Taichi grows frustrated as he paces about. He sits Naito up for fast kicks, then powerbomb lifts, only for Naito to huricanrana! Naito pops Taichi up for a SPINEBUSTER! Both men are down again as fans are thunderous. Naito stands first while Miho coaches Taichi up. Naito drags Taichi up, hammerlock, but Taichi clubs free! Taichi runs, but into a tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!!

Naito is too sore and exhausted to be frustrated. He just gets back up and drags Taichi around. Naito wrenches but Iizuka returns to attack Bushi! Iizuka heads for the ring but Naito hits him first! Naito gets payback as he whips Iizuka into the railing! Bushi keeps the mad man back but Taichi grabs the belt. Taichi lies in wait for Naito, and swings the belt! Naito ducks and enziguris Taichi down! Naito picks up the belt, but simply puts it aside. Instead, Naito takes Taichi’s microphone stand! Fans fire up as Naito aims at Taichi with a big grin. Naito JAMS the mic into Taichi’s head! Naito isn’t done there, he takes aim again, but Taichi begs for mercy!? He gets none as Naito SMACKS him with the stand.

Naito takes aim, but Taichi has a chair! Taichi JAMS Naito with the chair! And SMACKS him across the head!! Taichi breaks the chair on Naito’s head! Taichi clears the ring of evidence before Red Shoes returns. The Sliest Wrestler laughs again as he drags Naito back up. Taichi saido suplexes Naito hard! Cover, TWO!! Naito still lives and Taichi can’t believe it! Fans reach a fever pitch for Naito while Miho panics on Taichi’s behalf. Taichi glares as he drags Naito up again. Taichi lifts Naito again, but Naito resists Mephisto. Naito grabs ropes but Taichi pulls on him back. REVERSE-RANA! Naito has a wild look on his face as he runs at the floundering Taichi. Destino denied, and Taichi shoves Red Shoes so he doesn’t see the low blow kick! Gedo Clutch, TWO!! Naito escapes and Taichi is beside himself.

Taichi and Naito are down from exhaustion as fans continue to cheer. Miho coaches Taichi back up but Naito follows. Taichi focuses his power, SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!? Naito survives again! Taichi vows to finish this and he drags Naito back up. Taichi powerbomb lifts, but Naito slips out the back! Naito shoves Red Shoes now so that he can low blow kick Taichi! Then DESTINO! Cover, TWO!? Taichi survives and shocks Naito now! Naito poses and gives a thumbs down. He drags Taichi up again, wrenches, DESTIN- Fireman’s carry, to Air Raid position, but Naito Reverse-Ranas again! Naito scoops Taichi, Black Dragon brainbuster! Cover, TWO!? Taichi is proving to be superhuman! But Naito tries again, wrench to DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; still IWGP Intercontinental Champion

Finally, after so much from both men, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s leader keeps hold of the title! Naito keeps LIJ golden, what will it take to stay golden?

Naito recovers and speaks to Sapporo.

With LIJ in the ring with him, Naito tells the world, “As long as I’m holding this IWGP Intercontinental title, I’ve decided to also go after the IWGP Heavyweight belt.” Fans applaud Naito’s ambition. Therefore, watch and wait for Naito to take on “this massive challenge”! For until the day he achieves this feat, “Tranquilo, chill out.” Naito thanks Sapporo for supporting LIJ. This is the second time doing the cheer in Hokkaido. And perhaps the final time in the Heisei Era! So please, shout along with all your might! EVIL! BUSHI! SANADA! HIROMU! TAKAGI! AND NAITO! “Nosotros Los Ingoberrrrnables! De Japon!!” The role call is complete and the streamers fly! With a golden LIJ making it through Sapporo, what is next for them in 2019?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great last bit for the Sapporo coverage. Naturally LIJ closes it out, and they are definitely the strongest faction in NJPW today. They get the complete sweep in Sapporo and against Suzuki-Gun, and now they’re only going for more gold. The Junior Heavyweight Tag Team title match was really good, Shingo did a great job selling his leg. I’m glad to see they turn away Desperado & Kanemaru, but I won’t say “once and for all” yet. Aside from them and Roppongi 3K, I don’t see any Junior Heavyweight tag team coming up to challenge for those titles, let alone take them. Perhaps NJPW can invite teams from other promotions to try, such as ROH or CMLL.

Then the main event was incredible just on the story. Iizuka always seems to come back when Taichi needs him to do his dirty work, and he does it here again. Naito sells the ladder attack well but even Taichi shows some insane levels of toughness. I thought the match was going to end a couple minutes sooner than it did, but Naito and Taichi kept kicking out. Naito wins to finally move on from Taichi, and I’m liking that Naito wants to be a dual champion. Those don’t happen often in NJPW, and with as much Face momentum as Naito has, he might be the one to do it with two top titles. Needless to say, LIJ is poised to take over NJPW, as they should.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)

Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?

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It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!

Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
  • Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
  • The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
  • Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
  • Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
  • Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!

And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.

Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!

And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.

Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?

 

8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!

Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?

Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?

Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!

Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!

Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?

Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!

Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning

The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?

 

Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.

The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?

 

Raw presents Miz TV!

The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.

Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!

A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!

Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!

Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion

Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!

Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?

As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.

 

Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.

She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!

The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?

Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!

Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!

And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?

 

Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!

The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?

Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!

Winner: Braun Strowman

But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!

No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.

 

The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!

Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?

Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.

Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning

And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?

 

Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.

The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?

 

Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.

They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?

 

Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!

We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?

But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!

Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!

Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?

 

Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!

The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!

Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.

Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!

And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?

Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!

Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.

Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.

Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!

Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.

Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out

But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?

But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?

 

Raw announces a HUGE Extreme Rules PPV match!

After the Undertaker returned to save Roman Reigns, they will team up to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre! Will the Yard truly belong to The Deadman and the Big Dog? Or will the Best in the World and his Scottish Terminator find a way to stack the deck in their favor?

 

Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!

The Goddess failed to bring the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw, but she still claims it is because Bayley is a bully and a liar. But Naomi and Natalya know Alexa is all that and more, it’s just a matter of getting Nikki to see that. Will this match do a lot to expose Alexa’s true intentions? Or will the wool still be pulled over the eyes of Crazy Cross?

The bell rings and Naomi SLAPS Alexa! Alexa swings but Naomi splits to dodge! Alexa runs into a kick and another slap! Naomi runs into a big lariat! Alexa scowls as she looms over Naomi. She goes to pick Naomi up but Naomi kip-ups! So Alexa throws Naomi down! Cover, ONE! Alexa grows annoyed, but she stands on Naomi’s hair. Naomi kicks Alexa away! Then kicks her legs out, to drop the splits leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa scrambles away and regroups with Nikki. But Naomi runs and baseball slides, to WRECK Nikki! That was not her intent but Alexa did dodge. Alexa gets back in and catches Naomi with the Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall

The Goddess doesn’t seem that torn up about Nikki getting hit. But then she goes after Naomi more! She stomps Naomi down and tells Nikki to get hers in. Alexa keeps kicking Naomi then brings her up for Nikki. Nikki doesn’t understand, but she does shove Naomi and Alexa down. Here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts runs off Alexa and Nikki to defend Naomi. Is this going to settle down after the break?

 

Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!

Raw returns and now it’s friends against friends! Nikki still doesn’t seem sure about this, but she starts against Naomi. Naomi dropkicks Nikki down then brings her over to the corner. Natty tags in and she rolls Nikki, ONE! Natty keeps on Nikki with a snap suplex, then another. Nikki gets up and avoids a third, then hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold! Natty throws Nikki off, then hits a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Nikki but Nikki headbutts back. Tag to Alexa and Alexa grabs Natty, only for Natty to power her all the way back! Natty rams knees in then tags in Naomi. Naomi puts on a full nelson and thrashes her about. Alexa endures but gets a Full Nelson bomb! Body scissor cradle, TWO!

Naomi keeps on Alexa with a facelock, then bulldogs her into buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty rebound sits Alexa down. Natty runs on Alexa but Nikki blocks her path. Alexa DECKS Natty with a right! Cover, TWO! Nikki rallies for Alexa while Alexa wraps Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures as fans rally up. Natty fights her way up and fights out of the hold, then scoops Alexa for a Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty crawls to a cover, TWO! Nikki still roots Alexa on as Natty clubs away. Natty snap suplexes Alexa down then drags her up for another. Natty drags Alexa around and wants the sharpshooter, but Alexa powers out! Tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Natty with furious forearms! She throws Natty into Naomi! Then splashes on Natty in the corner, to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!

Nikki keeps moving, going to the ropes. She shoulders and slingshots in for a dropkick! Then she hurries up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki doesn’t slow down, she fires up more. She brings Natty to their corner and Alexa tags in. Natty fights back, but Alexa lets Nikki take care of Natty with The Purge! Alexa covers, Alexa and Nikki win!

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning

Nikki is still confused, but only because Alexa let her do all the work. Though, Alexa did do a lot of work against Naomi in their singles match. Are they going to work like this all the way to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

Ricochet VS AJ Styles!

Raw brings us this incredible first-time-anywhere match-up! And while it isn’t for the WWE United States Championship, surely a win would mean the Phenomenal One is back at the front of the line for the title he once held. But with how hard he fought to get here, will the One and Only only fight that much harder to be better than phenomenal?

The bell rings and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up as fans duel and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref calls for a break and Styles backs off. Styles and Ricochet circle again and tie up again. Ricochet wrenches and wristlocks, but Styles rolls and handsprings to reverse it. Ricochet works to do the same but Styles catches him to a headlock! Styles has Ricochet on the mat but Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE! Ricochet rolls again and Styles lets go. Styles runs into an arm-drag, and then another! Styles stays back to avoid a third, and fans cheer the exchange.

But here come Anderson & Gallows down the ramp. Ricochet is wary of The Club being here in Styles corner now. He and Styles tie up again, and Ricochet headlocks. Styles powers out but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet has to worry about Anderson swiping at him, but Styles is just as surprised. This isn’t what he meant when he said they should take things more seriously. Styles can do this on his own! He even gets on the mic to tell them they’re not ruining this. He wants them to leave, and now. The Club backs off to leave Styles be. Raw goes to break, will Anderson & Gallows really honor Styles wishes?

Raw returns once again, and it really is just Styles and Ricochet now. They tie up again, and Ricochet waistlocks. Styles standing switches, but Ricochet does, too. Ricochet headlocks, and holds on as Styles tries to power out. Fans duel again as Styles gets back up. Styles throws forearms and back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet runs and rolls off Styles’ back, then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Cover, ONE! Ricochet keeps on Styles with haymakers in the corner. Ricochet wrenches and brings Styles to the mat. Styles gets up but Ricochet wrenches again, then tucks Styles in for a modified standing stretch. Ricochet makes it a cover, TWO!

Styles powers Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet forearms back but Styles CHOPS back! Ricochet throws another forearm but Styles rocks him with a right! Styles shakes it off while bringing Ricochet up for a CHOP! He whips but Ricochet rolls off his back again, only to get a PELE! Styles brings Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. He rams his shoulder into Ricochet, then snapmares him for a swift kick to the back. Fans duel while Styles grimaces through a scratched and bloody face. Styles drags Ricochet up again but Ricochet blocks the suplex. Ricochet fights back with forearms, but runs into a back drop! Styles looms over Ricochet before bringing him up for a stiff forearm! Ricochet hits back and then dropkicks Styles down!

Styles bails out but Ricochet runs, to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged! Ricochet gets up to get Styles back in the ring. Ricochet covers, ONE! Styles gets to a corner but Ricochet is on him with a snapmare. Ricochet runs and hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Styles. Styles kicks Ricochet back and snap suplexes him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is dazed but still in this. Styles keeps his cool as he stalks behind Ricochet. Styles clamps on a chinlock and bends Ricochet back in a pseudo Camel Clutch. Ricochet endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up behind him.

Ricochet stands and fights out with body shots and uppercuts. He backs Styles into a corner then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles runs in but into a boot! Ricochet runs, ducks and dropkick-flips! Styles back hands but Ricochet PELES Styles! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand. Ricochet counter punches Styles, then throws forearms and CHOPS! He whips Styles but Styles reverses again, only to get a forearm! Ricochet keeps moving to huricanrana Styles! Styles goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in, shoulder tackle! Then springboard, flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps his cool, though, and gets Styles up.

Styles blocks the suplex, so Ricochet throws hands. Styles escapes the suplex and returns to the corner. He elbows Ricochet back then hops up, but Ricochet gets under the moonsault! Only to run into a scoop, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles gets up and stalks Ricochet again. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet counters to a jackknife cover, TWO! Ricochet boots but misses, and Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! High stack cover, TWO!! Styles is still frustrated but still focused. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet uppercuts him away! Ricochet baits Styles into a corner and gives him a back elbow. Ricochet CHOPS then suplexes, twisting neckbreaker! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Ricochet’s frustration starts to boil over as Styles survives. But he drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top. Ricochet aims, 630 but he has to bail out! Styles forearms Ricochet away, springboard to the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

And the Phenomenal One beats the champion! Styles takes the belt, but helps Ricochet up. Styles shows Ricochet respect by raising his hand. But is this just the first time we’ll be seeing both men in the ring together? Will Extreme Rules have an even greater rematch?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Stomping Grounds surprised us with a lot of great stuff, and Raw follows up with some great action, too! Though, they do get the slightly disappointing part out of the way early in further recycling the rivalries of Rollins-Corbin and Becky-Lacey. Extreme Rules gives us a Mixed Tag match that should be pretty fun, and the creative part is that it’s for both the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It sounds like it won’t be something more like a No Disqualifications match, because I’d love to see Becky and Rollins smack away on Lacey and Corbin side by side with kendo sticks. It’d make that match worth it since there’s no way Corbin and Lacey win those titles. And it probably keeps Lesnar from cashing in, too, since Becky would be there to back up Rollins.

I guess we’re still recycling Strowman VS Lashley, too. Their tug of war was a fun bit, but Strowman sure is sweeping Lashley in everything. I wonder if this means we see the return of a Bull Rope Match, and not the kind where they need to tag the corners. These two whipping each other with the rope, using the rope to “choke” each other, that might be what this feud needs to end decisively. And then one of these guys can start challenging for a title again, depending on who has what after Extreme Rules. Probably the Universal Championship to give Rollins some competition but also to be thrown in the mix with Lesnar and that MITB cash-in. Strowman and Lashley both daring Lesnar to try would be pretty good stuff to carry Raw to Summerslam.

Teaming up the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was a pretty good match for tonight, after what we got before Stomping Grounds. I just wish it wasn’t the kind of elimination match where one member means the whole team. But given what else we got tonight, the time constraints were surely why, and perhaps for the greater good. With the Heels not working together well, I still hope this turns things into a story for all the titles. These four teams, and perhaps throw in the Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery for a massive Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship #WinnersTakeAll match would be great for Extreme Rules or Summerslam. How else are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions supposed to save the division?

I think the best thing Raw did tonight was the WWE 24/7 Championship stuff. I wish Maverick had put up more of a fight, but perhaps this prompts something big on 205 Live. Then the rest of the action was amazing, with the multiple title changes and Truth racking up the title reigns. It was incredibly creative for it to invade a scheduled match, I’m surprised they didn’t try that sooner. I don’t know if we even need anything more on SmackDown, this was great. The second best thing was Undertaker returning to Raw to go after Shane and McIntyre! It isn’t really clear why, but maybe it leads to something even better, like Taker VS Roman at Survivor Series for Taker’s 30th anniversary and actual last match. 

It’s pretty clear Raw still needs SmackDown to help since Kofi pulled double duty. It’s great build for his reign, but it’s just a shame Vince didn’t schedule a Raw-exclusive story here. Joe going after Kofi was pretty great, though, and I would love if Kofi VS Joe got to be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules the PPV. In order for Kofi to establish himself, he needs someone as vicious as Joe to overcome. Though, it would be nice if there was a SmackDown superstar that could’ve done it. But at the same time, it’ll be like Alexa VS Bayley, teasing that Raw could end up owning both belts. Styles VS Ricochet was great, and Styles’ story with the Club is taking interesting turns. Ricochet VS Styles has to be the US Championship match, I just hope it’s Styles who turns instead of the Club turning on him.

My Score: 8.3/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019

NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!

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NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!

In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.

It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.

Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.

Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…

Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).

Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.

RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview. 

Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.

On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.

RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.

Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.

On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.

AXIZ and The Sugiura Army also had their last three pre-matches (although Sugiura took time out to take on Hitoshi Kumano), with a elbow brawl breaking out between Shiozaki and Sugiura on the last night. Katsuhiko Nakajima seemed to have quickly shed his politeness in asking for a title match, and was photographed in the usual grinning poses over a fallen opponent.

 

 

EVENT RECAPS
Aizu (19th June 2019)
Post match interviews

Nagano (22nd June 2019)
Post match interviews

Takaoka (23rd June 2019)

NEWS

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”: Kenoh’s column (June 2019)

Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.

Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.

Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.

In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)

KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.

BROADCASTS
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm

The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.

LINKS
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame


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