While the Cruiserweight Champion prepares for his next match, The Premier Athlete and Scottish Supernova settle a score! Who wins in No Disqualifications?
- Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party VS Jack Gallagher w/ Drew Gulak; Gallagher wins.
- No Disqualifications: Tony Nese VS Noam Dar; Nese wins.
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The Cruiserweight Division’s newest grudge will be settled.
The Scottish Supernova got even with Tony Nese about a month ago and with a surprise roll-up. Noam Dar says the problem with the Premier Athlete is that he thinks he’s so much better than the rest. Dar proved Nese wrong, but Nese says Dar only proved he’s lucky. Nese wanted to settle things then and there, but Dar says he only wants to compete against someone who will push him to his limits. Dar refused the rematch, so Nese went after him in the parking lot! As 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick had no choice but to suspend Nese until further notice.
But then Dar told Maverick that if Nese wants the match that bad, they should have it. Or else, Dar would just return the favor. Marverick, wanting to avoid another brawl, gave in. Now Dar and Nese will face off in No Disqualifications! Who wins this grudge match with no limits on what they can do?
Lucha House Party heads to the ring!
Winter’s still here and bringing the snow, but the trio of Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik bring the heat! The Golden Lynx grabs a mic and asks where they are. Doesn’t he know? They’re in Toledo! Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the show! But boy is it cold~! Especially at night. You know one wants to go home, because the party’s still going! And that means… “Lucha! Lucha!” A Lucha House Party! But on Raw, that was not a good night. Elias didn’t let them finish their performance. So before Lince cuts the Gentleman’s mustache off and gives it to Penelope, The King of the Ropes wants to serenade us with his heavenly voice. Who wants to hear Metalik sing? Toledo doesn’t mind. Metalik takes the mic and warms up his throat, but Gallagher’s entrance interrupts him!
Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party VS Jack Gallagher w/ Drew Gulak!
The Submission Commission isn’t really into “fun”, so it makes sense they’d deny Metalik his singing debut. But that aside, the Ungentle Gentleman wants to reestablish that the ground game is the only way to play. Will this rivalry revisited go the other way? Or will the fiesta continue all through the night?
Gulak joins commentary but leaves Vic Joseph hanging on the handshakes. The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Lince. They tie up and Gallagher gets a waistlock. He sits down and brings Lince to the mat for a high keylock. Lince kips up but Gallagher dodges to wring his arm out. Gallagher stands on the arm but Lince rolls and kips up. Lince breaks free but not for long, and Gallagher wrings Lince out again. Gulak applauds as Gallagher mounts and twists the arm. Gallagher bends the fingers and twists the wrist but fans rally up. Lince kips up and kicks low then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Lince headscissors Gallagher, then shows off his dance moves. Gallagher runs but into the drop toehold! Lince dropkicks Gallagher then covers, TWO!
Lince keeps on Gallagher with a snap suplex and float over. TWO, but Lince stays on the arm. Gallagher gets up and grabs at the mask but Lince shakes him off. Gallagher reverses and gets a headlock but Lince goes to power out. He can’t get out of Gallagher’s grip and Gulak likes what he sees. Gallagher grinds Lince but fans rally up. Lince powers out and then hits a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! He adds the planking splash and covers, TWO! Lince whips Gallagher but Gallagher dodges and catches Lince in a fireman’s carry. Gallagher hotshots Lince on the ropes, and Gulak gives a thumbs up as Gallagher headbutts Lince. Lince boots Gallagher back then hops up and over for headscissors! Gallagher bails out but Lince wrecks him with a dropkick!
Lince builds speed but Gallagher gets clear. Gallagher and Gulak regroup to taunt “Lindsey Dorito” with waves of the hand. Lince comes out to get at Gallagher and puts him back in the ring. Lince climbs but Galalgher trips him up! Gallagher clubs away on Lince’s back! Lince falls to the mat but Gallagher is on him with forearms. The ref backs Gallagher off but Galalgher comes back for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Gallagher keeps on Lince with a knee in the back. Gallagher pulls the arms for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Lince endures and fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” Lince fights up but Galalgher headbutts him down! Gallagher kicks Lince in the ribs, then drops springboard knees! Cover, ONE, but Gallagher keeps on Lince. Gallagher whips and catches Lince into an abdominal stretch!
Lince endures as fans rally again. Gallagher shoves and gets Lince again but Lince hip tosses Gallagher out of the ring! Lince springboards for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up with the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants while the ref checks on both men. Gulak is concerned but Gallagher is okay to continue. Lince gets up first and puts Gallagher in the ring. Lince shoulders and slingshots for a crucifix! TWO, so Lince tries La Mahistrol! TWO, so Lince dropkicks Galalgher down. Lince runs, hurdles and heel kicks Gallagher down! Lince brings Gallagher up but Gallagher suplexes him tot he apron. But Lince forearms Gallagher back, climbs up, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Gulak speaks on how ineffective high-flying is, but dodges questions about Humberto Carrillo, who Gulak has campaigned to help for weeks now. Gallagher surprises Lince with a roll up, ONE and Lince rolls Gallagher. ONE, and Lince kicks Gallagher down! Lince second rope moonsaults, then again, then climbs up top! Fans fire up, Lince goes for Tres! But gets knees! Gallagher gut wrenches Lince up, and powerbombs him! High stack, TWO, but into a Half Crab! Gulak hopes Carrillo is watching as Lince endures the hold. Lince manages to roll back and kick Gallagher. Gallagher deadlifts but Lince monkey flips! Lince elbows from a corner then SUPERKICKS Gallagher! Gallagher rebounds for the Extraordinary Headbutt! Cover, TWO! Lince lives and Gulak grows frustrated for Gallagher.
Gallagher gets up and swipes at LHP. Gallagher runs corner to corner but misses! GOLDEN REWIND! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives and Gulak coaches him from commentary. Lince and Gallagher both get up and start throwing hands. They brawl back and forth but Gallagher European Uppercuts. Lince CHOPS Gallagher and puts him on the top rope! Lince climbs, SUPER STEINER, but sunset flip! Galalgher wins!!
Winner: Jack Gallagher, by pinfall
Gulak celebrates with Gallagher, saying “In your face!” Ground games do work! Carrillo, the offer still stands because the point has been proven! Will Ultimo Ninja choose to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground?
Backstage interview with Humberto Carrillo.
What is his reaction to Gulak & Gallagher trying to recruit him? He feels fortunate that they see him as a great talent. But what about their noted distaste for lucha libre and general high-flying? Carrillo’s athleticism is what brought him here to the WWE. He enjoys what he does, and does it for his family. But if great wrestlers like Gulak & Gallagher want to give him some training, who is he to refuse? Will Carrillo be turned to the grounded side? Or is he simply going to become a more well-rounded wrestler?
Ariya Daivari speaks.
“This is ridiculous. How many failures on this show do I need to prop up?” First he’s a sidekick to some wannabe wrestler Certified G, and then he is the mouthpiece to someone who couldn’t even articulate a single thought! Daivari didn’t come back to be someone’s Young Boy. He is back to serve himself! For the last 13 years, he’s been fighting all alone. They say in this business, the only thing anyone collects is the money and the miles. Daivari has the miles, and he definitely has the money. But he wants to collect the Cruiserweight Championship. And then people will put respect on his name. When and where will the Persian Lion get his shot at the title?
Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis speak.
“It took me 16 years to become an overnight sensation.” 16 years it took him to get here! He didn’t work that long just to lose to someone like Kalisto or THE Brian Kendrick. He did not work that long to be seen as a joke! But Maria says it’s not about losses, but the process. Every time Mike loses, they actually win. Every loss is a step closer to success. They’ve never been afraid to lose, because everywhere they’ve ever worked, they’ve been successful. It’s not about a match, it’s about THE match. On that “Day of Reckoning”, everyone will remember Mike Kanellis. If Mike’s waited 16 years, how much longer will he have to wait for that moment?
No Disqualifications: Tony Nese VS Noam Dar!
The Premier Athlete wanted after the Scottish Supernova so badly, he got himself suspended for the parking lot attack! But now he gets what he wants as even Dar wants to settle the score. Who comes out with the tiebreaker when there are no rules to be broken?
But before Nese even gets in the ring, Dar dropkicks him off the apron! Dar goes right after Nese to put him in the ring. The ref keeps Dar back to check on Nese. Nese refuses to quit so the ref rings the bell. Dar comes running in corner to corner for a big forearm smash! And an overhead belly2belly! Cover, TWO! Nese bails out but Dar pursues. Dar puts Nese into barriers, then into more barriers! Dar high fives the fans before whipping Nese into steel steps! Nese writhes and Dar talks trash. Dar pulls the steel steps apart and puts the top half down. He goes after Nese and ducks the punch to crotch Nese on the barriers. Dar then runs up the steps for a flying forearm! Nese tumbles down and Dar fires up! Fans fire up with Dar as he drags Nese back up.
Dar brings Nese around the corner to bump him off the apron. Nese staggers away but Dar works on the low rope’s crossbar. Dar puts Nese’s fingers through the bar and bends them! Nese screams as Dar tortures his fingers! Dar lets go so that he can slam the hand on the apron. But Nese throws Dar into the post! Nese drags Dar up with one good hand to throw Dar into the post again! Dar clutches his shoulder but Nese won’t let up. Nese runs Dar all the way into barriers on the far side! Toledo fires up with Nese now as he drags Dar up and into the ring. Nese searches under the ring to bring out a chair! Nese goes at Dar but Dar forearms back. Dar throws hands but Nese jabs him with the chair!
Nese sits the chair up and then knees Dar between ropes. Nese makes Dar a bridge between ropes and chair, for the triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Dar lives but Nese fetches the chair. Nese grinds the chair into Dar’s ribs as a cover, TWO! Nese grinds the chair into Dar again but Dar keeps his shoulders up. Dar gets away but Nese kicks him to a corner. Nese drags Dar up and scoop slams him with the chair on his back! Dar writhes but Nese covers, TWO! Nese grows frustrated and takes it out on Dar by kicking his ribs. Nese flexes his good arm, then keeps Dar from getting the chair. He pushes Dar down but Dar comes back with forearms! Nese back kicks Dar low and hard, then flexes as he brings Dar back up.
Dar spins out and kicks but Nese hops over the sweep. Nese whips but Dar reverses, and then Dar ducks Nese’s crossbody! Dar and Nese both slowly get up, and Dar throat chops. Nese knees the headbutt away but then Dar dragon screws Nese’s leg! Nese ends up in a corner but elbows Dar away. He hops up but Dar sweeps the legs! Dar and Nese again slowly stand up as fans build to a rally. Dar hops up but Nese rolls forward. Nese’s Shoryuken is countered by Dar’s exploder! Nese hits buckles and Dar covers, TWO! Dar grows a little frustrated but refocuses while Nese rolls out of the ring. Nese crawls but Dar pursues. Dar searches under the ring, and fans hope he finds their favorite.
Dar brings out more chairs, and then yes, a table! Toledo is happy to see that, even if Dar puts it aside for now. Dar gathers those chairs again, but Nese back kicks Dar down! Nese runs back in, but Dar back drops him onto the chairs! Both men are down but fans build back up. Dar stands first and puts Nese back in the ring. Dar covers, TWO! Nese lives but Dar grabs himself a chair. Dar traps one of Nese’s arms then smashes Nese’s knee on the chair over and over and over! Dar then pulls back for a modified Half Crab! Nese endures and powers out of the hammerlock, then gets Dar’s fingers! Nese pulls way back on the pinkie! Dar swings but Nese ducks and scoops Dar for a Michinoku Driver on the chair! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but both he and Nese are exhausted.
Fans again want tables, but Nese keeps to the chair. Dar stands and puts pinkies out to take aim at Nese. Nese leans against the ropes but Dar comes over to throw forearms. Nese hits back and now they brawl. Dar hits but Nese hits back. Dar gets an edge with forearms and kicks from all sides. Nese shoves and rocks Dar with a forearm of his own! Nese runs back in but Dar uses the chair as a shield! Dar traps the arm in the chair, and uses it in a Fujiwara armbar! Nese endurse the modified hold, but he manages to roll and make it a cover! TWO, and Dar lets Nese free of the chair armbar. Dar gets to a corner and aims at Nese again. Pinkies out as Dar runs, but Nese drops out of the ring.
Fans want that table, so Dar gives the fans what they want. Dar props the table up against the barrier and brings Nese over. He whips but Nese reverses to send Dar into the steel steps! Nese pulls these steps apart now, and brings the base steps around. He positions the steps and then points to the table. Fans like where Nese is going, but then Nese refuses to use the table. Nese brings Dar up, but Dar spins and sweeps the legs! Nese’s face hits steel steps! Dar stands up and gets onto the apron. SHORYUKEN outta nowhere! Dar is dazed and Nese grits his teeth. But Dar gets Nese in an armbar! Nese drags Dar over to powerbomb him on the steel steps! But Dar still goes after the arm!
Nese climbs the steps and deadlifts Dar from here, to powerbomb him on the announce desk! The fans got a table after all! Toledo loves this as Nese drags Dar up and to the ring. Nese covers, TWO!! Dar still lives and Nese cannot believe it! Dar drags himself to a corner but Nese is right on him. Nese goes to lift but Dar gets a victory roll! TWO as Nese avoids a repeat from their previous match. Dar’s in the corner and Nese runs side to side, but the Premier Knee misses! Dar clotheslines Nese down then climbs up top. Double stomps on the bad knee! Then takedown to an Ankle Lock! Nese endures and reaches for ropes, but Dar grapevines! Nese drags them both a little further, and he gets a chair! He SMACKS Dar with it!
Nese is free and uses the chair as a crutch to get around. Dar pursues again, but Nese jabs the chair into the knees! Nese puts a chair around one leg like a vice, and STOMPS it! Dar writhes from the pain in his leg but Nese isn’t done with him. Nese aims from the other side and runs back in, Premier Knee THROUGH the timekeeper’s area!! Toledo loses its mind as Nese and Dar blast through the barriers! Nese forces himself up as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Nese drags Dar’s dead weight out of the wreckage and into the ring. Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall
The Premier Athlete goes to extreme measures to defeat Dar! With this victory, Nese proves he’s better, but does he also prove himself worthy of a Cruiserweight Championship in the near future?
Drake Maverick presides over the Cruiserweight Championship contract signing.
The champion, Buddy Murphy, and challenger, Akira Tozawa, are with Maverick in his office. Murphy’s been on a four-month tear since winning the title at Super Show-Down, but Tozawa has revitalized himself after becoming allies with THE Brian Kendrick. This first-ever 1v1 match between them is very exciting, so they get down to business. Tozawa signs his part but Murphy speaks. Murphy offers Tozawa a selfie opportunity with him, because that’s as close as Tozawa will get to the title. Maverick wants Murphy to back off the taunting but Murphy says he’s not going to do anything foolish.
Murphy reminds Tozawa that the Fatal 4 Way didn’t do a thing. Murphy took on one of the best luchadors in the world, one of the best strikers in the world, and Tozawa. Tozawa couldn’t get the job done when the odds were against Murphy, so why does he think he has a shot 1v1? The competition isn’t with Tozawa or with 205 Live, but with the history of the Cruiserweight Division. Murphy will prove that no one can stop the unstoppable. He finally signs his part, and the deal is done. Tozawa speaks up. Murphy thinks he’s unstoppable? So did the King of the Cruiserweights. And Tozawa beat him to take the title. Tozawa smiles as he says, “See you Sunday.” Will Tozawa again do the impossible and again become Cruiserweight Champion?
This was a really fun go-home for 205 Live. I appreciate the Lucha House Party bring some of their story from Raw to here, I’m thinking that means we will get more of them and Elias after Elimination Chamber. What would make it better is if Elias makes a comment on not wanting to go to 205 Live just on the towns they go to. And as for 205 Live tonight, LHP was used to effectively push the story developing between Carrillo and the Submission Commission. Carrillo is rather reasonable that Gulak & Gallagher want to train him. I’m betting Carrillo takes those training lessons seriously, but then refuses to abandon his family’s traditional lucha libre style, and that adds to the conflict.
The No DQ main event was great, even if Toledo wasn’t that into it in the middle. There was some good innovation in this match, like other 205 Live No DQ based matches have had. I especially liked that while Toledo insisted on a table, Nese and Dar tricked them into thinking it would be the wood table to instead use the announce table. I’m surprised Nese won but that’s also a good thing, as another Heel moving up means a Face could take that title soon.
I’m curious as to how Daivari’s story is going to develop since Hideo Itami is not part of WWE. I appreciated the references to Enzo Amore and Itami without actually using their names, but that in itself is a sign Itami is truly gone. It seems WWE wants to wait until after this thing with Dean Ambrose boils over before officially saying Itami is gone. They get consistent in the weirdest ways, because I honestly don’t see how Itami’s release affects Ambrose’s story of leaving/not leaving. As for Daivari, the only way he’s getting a title shot before Wrestlemania is if Tozawa wins at Elimination Chamber. And speaking of, Tozawa does his own great reference to Neville/PAC, because Tozawa did win when no one thought he would. The way things are going, I’d be surprised if Tozawa loses, because he’s been building up so much momentum.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (7/16/19)
The BEST! Town Hall Meeting, in the WOOOOOORLD~!
It’s the SmackDown After Extreme Rules!
And STILL your W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~, Kofi Kingston! But not only that, the New Day have the SmackDown Tag Team Championships back! What is next for this GOLDEN New Day on the way to Toronto?
- Aleister Black VS Cesaro; Aleister wins.
- Liv Morgan VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins.
- Ember Moon & ??? VS Fire & Desire; Moon & Bayley win.
- Apollo Crews VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS The Kabuki Warriors w/ Paige; win and
- Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler?
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Kevin Owens speaks for the WWE Universe!
The only thing we’ve gotten from this new McMahon policy is MORE SHANE! And no one wants that! Shane tried to silence Kevin but he refused to stop. Shane claiming to be Best in the World is an insult to every superstar in the company. Security chased Kevin off, but Kevin wouldn’t stay gone. He made sure that when Shane least expected it, he got a STUNNER!
But now, Shane has security ready to apprehend Kevin should things get out of hand again. Kevin walks through the door and sees Shane. Shane heard all that yammering, and has an idea: the SmackDown Town Hall. Everyone and anyone can get their complaints out. Shane will hear them all out, but he will not tolerate insubordination. Kevin sees what Shane is up to. But Kevin says he works for the WWE, not Shane. But the WWE is under the McMahon Family. Shane is the boss, and he will not have Kevin spreading lies. So Shane personally tells Kevin he has the night off. Go somewhere else and enjoy yourself. Kevin heads back out the door, but will he listen to Shane’s orders?
The SmackDown Town Hall Meeting begins!
Superstars from The New Day to the Kabuki Warriors and even Buddy Murphy are present on stage while they wait for Shane McMahon to appear. “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~” gets his proper introduction, and perhaps his longest yet, before the meeting officially begins.
“As you can see, Kevin Owens-” Fans cut Shane off with boos and chants of “You Suck! You Suck!” But Shane repeats that Kevin has the night off and is barred from the building. And now we have our first ever SmackDown Town Hall. This is for any superstar that is respectful to Shane to air grievances. Who wants to speak first? The various superstars seem hesitant, but one man who doesn’t is ROMAN REIGNS! Bayley and the New Day bark for the Big Dog. Roman says it straight: no one respects Shane. And if Shane wants diplomacy, how about he kiss Roman’s ass? Superstars like Charlotte Flair and Randy Orton are a little surprised. Shane says that was not respectful, so now Roman will be fined.
Shane wants more superstars to speak, and picks Charlotte to speak. Charlotte defends Shane, Roman’s words were uncalled for. But from one wrestling royal family to another, Charlotte thanks Shane for all the opportunities she has been given. It makes Charlotte sick that Kevin would take advantage of Shane! But then LIV MORGAN speaks up! Charlotte, stop being phony. Is there anything real about Charlotte? Oh snap~! Wait who is this child? Does she work here? Oh right, because everyone is borne with a blue tongue. And Charlotte forgot about Liv until Kevin mentioned Liv in a burp. Shane keeps the peace and moves things along. Shane picks out the #BestKeptSecret, Buddy Murphy.
Murphy knows Kevin mentioned him, but he doesn’t need anyone else to fight his battles. Kevin should keep Murphy’s name out of his mouth, or he’ll slap the taste out of Kevin’s mouth. Shane loves this fire, he’ll talk with Murphy later. Shane also picks out Apollo Crews. Apollo steps up and does have something to say. Hopefully this is healthy dialogue, but… “Everybody, including myself, agrees with what Kevin Owens said last week.” Except for Zelina Vega and Andrade Almas. Don’t kiss up to the fans, Apollo. If he wants a “healthy” conversation and an opportunity, prove it in the ring. Almas tells Apollo that tonight, he’ll be pinned in the center of the ring!
Elias then strums his electric guitar to introduce himself, and take his turn speaking. The “Greatest Acquisition in SmackDown History” is interrupted by the New Day. Big E tells Elias he is the greatest jackass in SmackDown history! Keep it clean, guys, c’mon. But Kofi Kingston will not agree with Kevin, #TheNorthRemembers, but there are some good points he’s made. How long did it take Kofi to be WWE Champion? TOO LONG! Shane says they need to cut Kofi off, but Kofi says no one is getting opportunities! There goes the mic. Fans boo this oppression of free speech but Shane plays dumb. This Town Hall went great for the first time, and thanks for participating. This concludes the meeting. But was anything really settled under this?
Cesaro stays back to speak up. What brings the Swiss Cyborg of Raw over here? Wild Card rule allows Cesaro to challenge Aleister Black to a rematch from Extreme Rules! He hopes Aleister will pick, a fight, with him. And obviously that means tonight. Shane likes the idea, and makes it reality! Cesaro VS Black, who wins in this gritty rematch?
Shane continues to brag that he doesn’t have to rule with an iron fist. But he does get another STUNNER!! Kevin defies the authority again, and mocks Shane’s shuffle. What will be the consequences of such defiance?
Aleister Black VS Cesaro!
Both men wanted a fight and they got one at Extreme Rules. But the fighting is far from over as they do it again here on SmackDown! Will the Embodiment of the End make the Swiss Cyborg #FadetoBlack twice in one week?
The bell rings and Aleister circles with Cesaro. They tie up and Aleister ducks to throw forearms. Cesaro knees back then throws the European Uppercuts. Cesaro whips but Aleister reverses to kick Cesaro back and then down! Alesiter runs but fakes Cesaro out to springboard and sit down. SmackDown goes picture in picture as Aleister stares a hole through Cesaro.
Cesaro catches his breath as he stares back at Aleister. Aleister watches Cesaro consider his options. Cesaro runs in and shoulders Aleister away, but Aleister kicks him back! Aleister is on Cesaro in a corner with those kicks, then kicks him against the ropes. Cesaro forearms back but Aleister keeps on kicking. ALeister has Cesaro in another corner, but Cesaro catches a kick to dump Aleister out! Aleister hits the floor while Cesasro checks his chest. Cesaro goes out to fetch Aleister, putting him in the ring and stalking him to the other side. Cesaro knees Aleister against the ropes then throws more uppercuts. Aleister BOOTS back, but Cesaro keeps on giving EuroUppers! Cesaro suplexes Aleister and covers, TWO!
Cesaro keeps his cool as he wraps Aleister up in a chinlock. Then he adds an arm of Aleister’s for a partial straitjacket. Aleister endures and fights out to give more kicks. Aleister whips but Cesaro reverses, only to run into an elbow. Aleister hops up and hits the meteora! Cesaro is reeling as Aleister grits his teeth. Aleister throws forearms and uppercuts of his own. He whips but Cesaro reverses, to pop-up uppercut! Cover, TWO! Aleister checks his teeth but gets a basement uppercut! Cover, TWO! Aleister even pushed Csaro’s face as he kicked out. Cesaro wraps back on and has the cobra clutch. Aleister fights his way up but Cesaro knees him over and over. Cesaro wrangles Aleister down and grinds him into the mat.
Aleister fights up again and kicks at Cesaro’s legs. He runs but back into a sleeper hold! SmackDown returns to single picture as Cesaro leans his full weight on Aleister. Fans rally up as Aleister endures again. Aleister fights up and arm-drags out, to bobs ‘n’ weave and counter punch. Cesaro knees low but runs into Aleister’s elbows! Aleister fires off, sweeps and thrusts the knee! He kips up and fans fire up with him! Aleister runs, quebrada! Cover, TWO! Cesaro escapes and Aleister is angry, but not without focus. Aleister waits for Cesaro to stand, but Cesaro gets clear to give back an uppercut! Cesaro throws more uppercuts, runs and BOOTS Aleister down! Cover, TWO! Into a Crossface! Cesaro pulls back but Aleister endures.
Fans rally and Aleister reaches. Aleister rolls Cesaro to a cover, TWO! Cesaro puts Alesiter in a corner but mises and gets post! Aleister runs in to knee trigger Cesaro down! The Cyborg is down, but Aleister picks him up with his foot. Aleister spins, BLACK MASS! Cesaro’s mouth guard goes flying!! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
That’s a 2-0 sweep for the Dutch Destroyer! Will Cesaro want to keep this going? Or is Aleister moving on to even tougher fights?
Dolph Ziggler finds Shane backstage.
The Show-Off knows Shane got got by Kevin, but tonight is about teaching Kevin a lesson. It should be Ziggler. No, Kevin got away. But if Kevin wants to give the people what they want, then he should want this match, too. Make it the main event of the show! Well if that’s the case, Shane will make the match. The Best in the World and Ziggler want to air some grievances on Kevin, but will it go their way?
SmackDown shares exclusive footage from after Extreme Rules.
After losing the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, Daniel Bryan was going crazy. His mission to #SaveTagTeamWrestling failed! He followed his dream, he tried to elevate the “jokers” to a main event status, but he failed! So if Bryan wants to change the world and save everyone, he has to aim higher. Bryan has to go where Bryan has not gone before. He knows now what he must do. But what does this mean for his apparent announcement later tonight?
Liv Morgan VS Charlotte Flair!
The Juvenile Delinquent made her presence known during the SmackDown Town Hall Meeting, and did so by confronting the Queen! Will she pay for her insolence? Or will she make the show #SmackDownLIV with a huge return victory?
The bell rings and Liv circles with Charlotte. They tie up and Charlotte just shoves Liv down. Charlotte doesn’t take Liv serious for a second, but then Liv goes Matrix to dodge her! Liv fires off forearms and then hits a huricanrana! She keeps moving to dropkick Charlotte down! Charlotte scrambles to a corner and Liv waves. Liv and Charlotte stand, and Liv ducks to waistlock. Charlotte elbows out to club Liv to a corner. Charlotte stomps Liv and then pulls her against the ropes. She lets up at the ref’s count of 4 with a “WOO~!” Charlotte drags Liv up to CHOP her! Those Flair CHOPS echo out and then Charlotte back suplexes. Liv slips out to enziguri Charlotte down!
Liv hits a swinging stomp onto Charlotte’s back! She drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO! Charlotte’s tougher than that as a nine-time Women’s Champion. But Liv keeps moving, huricanrana blocked into a powerbomb! Charlotte Figure Fours to the Figure Eight! Liv taps, Charlotte wins!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission
Again, there’s a reason she’s #CharlotteNineTime. The Queen shows the delinquent the gap between them, is it only a matter of time before Charlotte gets her tenth?
As for Liv, sore and sobbing as she is, she grabs a headset. Charlotte is right, Liv isn’t real enough. But she vows to be real when she returns again. What does this mean for the future of SmackDown Liv?
Dolph Ziggler calls Kevin Owens.
He has to get Kevin’s number from a referee, but he dials it up all the same. Will Kevin pick up? Will Kevin take the bait of this main event play?
Ember Moon & ??? VS Fire & Desire!
The Shenom has been bullied by Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, not that they see it that way. God’s Greatest Creation and the Gladiator Gal want to push Ember around, but will they be able to when Ember has back-up? Though, speaking of, who is her back-up? The mystery partner is… BAYLEY! The SmackDown Women’s Champion is feeling great after beating both Raw’s Goddess and Loony Lass, will she and SmackDown’s War Goddess put out the fire and desire?
The bell rings and Mandy attacks Ember while Sonya goes after Bayley! Sonya throws knee after knee into Bayley while Mandy pushes Ember out. Mandy then returns to their corner to tag in, and Sonya feeds Bayley to a Kiss from a Rose! Then sliding wizard from Sonya! Mandy covers, TWO! Mandy clubs Bayley down then chokes her on the ropes. The ref counts and Mandy lets up because she knows. Mandy wraps Bayley up for a chinlock but Bayley fights out to a saido suplex! Tag to Ember to shotgun dropkick Mandy down! Ember lights Mandy up with those kicks! She has Mandy in a corner and stomps away. Ember whips corner to corner and htis an elbow. She rolls Mandy to climb up, but Sonya runs in. Bayley gives Sonya the Bayley2Belly! ECLIPSE for Mandy! Cover, Moon & Bayley win!
Winners: Ember Moon & Bayley, Moon pinning
And that is the power of a champion and a #Shenom! Will this show Mandy and Sonya what you get for bullying?
Kayla Braxton congratulates the winners, and asks the champ who she wants for Summerslam. Well Bayley is so happy that she’s finally through with Alexa. Now she can do what she really wants: elevate this SmackDown Women’s Division! Bayley wants someone worthy, someone with charisma but she’s also never faced. Someone who would treat the title right if they end up winning. Hmm… That sounds like Ember! Ember says “Hell yeah!” These two look ready to have a Summerslam showdown, but who comes out on top of the Blue Brand?
Backstage interview with Shinsuke Nakamura!
The NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion is congratulated, but he says he is a storm. Now Nakamura is free to rain down his chaos on the entire roster. But as he turns around, the Beacon of Light is there. Mustafa Ali congratulates the champ, but he seems to be the first one who wants at the gold. Can Ali weather the storm that is the King of Strong Style?
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: G1 Climax 29, Part 2!
Time for B Block to begin the Climax!
NJPW returns home!
After the G1 Climax made it’s United States debut, the action returns to Japan for B Block to begin the round robin! More big names in NJPW will battle, who takes crucial points in this summer blockbuster?
Coverage of the G1 Climax 29 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs to come courtesy of https://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Shingo Takagi VS Juice Robinson; Robinson wins.
- Jon Moxley VS Taichi; Moxley wins.
- Testuya Naito VS Toru Yano; Yano wins.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Jeff Cobb; Ishii wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Jay White; Goto wins.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this first round finale!
The classic tournament kicked off deep in the heart of Texas, spreading Strong Style to the world! The A Block has had their turn, now B Block steps up! Their ten wrestlers will wage war to take their first steps towards the Tokyo Dome!
Tetsuya Naito is once again IWGP Intercontinental Champion, but his destino of becoming a dual champion is still very possible. Jon Moxley has become the Death Rider, and even IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, and vows to prove he is THE purveyor of violence. The Stone Pitbull is always a force to be reckoned with, but being NEVER Openweight Champion might give him that edge to finally take the top spot! The Flamboyant Juice Robinson lost his title but has gained a new fire. Toru Yano may be a trickster, but he promises to fight fair and be serious threat to everyone’s run!
The Fierce Warrior is ready to prove his training with Shibata and the LA Dojo will help him return to prominence. The Switchblade, Jay White, won’t have anyone else saying they’re the best in the world before him. Jeff Cobb is a Hawaiian Juggernaut and a suplex machine planning to give the entire Block a Tour of the Islands. The Raging Dragon all but dominated the Super Juniors, and now he’ll prove he can dominate bigger competition! Suzuki-Gun’s Sliest and slickest wrestler relaxes with his pals, but he’ll fight when it matters most. This year’s G1 is packed more than ever, who from these ten take a critical first win to lead the pack?
Shingo Takagi VS Juice Robinson!
It is muscle versus machismo as the Dragon’s G1 debut already brings him up against some strong competition. Can Shingo hang with the big boys? Or is he going to bite of more than he can chew right out the gate?
The bell rings and these two circle. Fans duel as the two tie up and push each other around. Shingo backs Juice up but Juice turns it around to put Shingo on the ropes. Juice lets up but Shingo swings on him. Juice gets back, and the two circle again. Shingo and Juice tie up again, and Shingo knees low. Shingo headlocks but Juice powers out. They collide shoulders but neither falls. Shingo dares Juice to try again, and he does. They collide, and still neither man budges. Juice dares Shingo to try, but Shingo forearms Juice instead. Juice gives one back, and it’s a back and forth of forearms. Shingo kicks low then whips, but Juice reverses, and speeds things up, only to leap into the fireman’s carry! Juice slips out but Shingo elbows him back, to run, into Juice’s elbow!
Juice runs but into Shingo’s elbow. Shingo runs but into Juice’s leg lariat! Shingo bails out and fans cheer. Juice hears his fans cheering as he aims. Juice slingshots but Shingo dodges to yank him down for a DDT to the floor! The ref checks but Juice is okay to continue. Shingo drags Juice up and puts him back in. Shingo slingshots to drop a knee and then grinds it in. The ref counts and Shingo backs off. Shingo comes back to stand Juice up and whip for a low knee. Then he runs to run Juice over! Fans cheer this super strength and Juice is dazed. Shingo drags Juice back up to a suplex, high and fast! Cover, ONE! Juice is tougher than that, but Shingo keeps on him with a neck wrench. Juice endures as Shingo shifts to an armlock. Shingo drives in elbows then drags Juice back down to a chinlock.
Fans cheer as Juice fights up and out of the hold. Juice headbutts but Shingo gives a forearm back. Juice forearms Shingo, so Shingo CHOPS. That was a blunt one, but Juice gives one right back. Shingo CHOPS, Juice grits his teeth. Juice puts some stank on his CHOP, but Shingo double hand CHOPS Juice off his feet! Juice is reeling again as Shingo runs over to clothesline him right out! Shingo aims as Juice rises, the Dragon runs but into the slingshot spear! Juice fires himself up now as the crowd rallies behind him. Shingo gets to a corner but Juice runs him over with an elbow. Juice starts rallying and whips Shingo to a SPINEBUSTER!
Fans fire up with Juice as he goes up top. Juice leaps, and hits the crossbody! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his cool while fans duel. Shingo sits up but Juice is on him. Shingo resists the lift and clubs away. Juice headbutts back then fireman’s carries, but Shingo denies Juice Box to run and slide! Juice dodges that and full nelson slams Shingo down! Cover, TWO! Fans duel again as Juice thinks of what he has to do. Juice walks over to Shingo and blocks the punch to jab away! Fans echo “JUICE! JUICE!” but the Left Hand is denied by Shingo’s right! And then Shingo’s left lariat! Both men are down but the fans are fired up for them both!
Juice finds his way to ropes in a daze while Shingo aims from the corner. Shingo runs in and blocks the boot to clothesline! Then he runs, only for Juice to return the clothesline! Shingo sits down and Juice run in, CANNONBALL only gets buckles! Shingo avoids the impact and both men are down again! Fans rally up as Shingo rises. Shingo drags Juice up in a wheelbarrow, for a suplex! Cover, TWO!! Juice still lives and Shingo is frustrated. Shingo grits his teeth as he stands back up. He drags Juice back up, chicken wings, but Juice slips out. Juice ducks the lariat and chicken wings Shingo. Shingo resists the turn but Juice turns him around to a fireman’s carry. Juice Box hits! Shingo flies off from the gutbuster!
Juice crawls to one corner while Shingo stands in the other. Shingo flops down, so Juice tries again. CANNONBALL hits! Juice is feeling it now as he drags Shingo up to the top rope. He headbutts Shingo again, then climbs up to join him. SUPERPLEX! But Juice holds on, for a JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Shingo survives and Juice is beside himself! Fans are thunderous as both men slowly stand. Juice calls for it, and stalks Shingo. Juice grabs the arms and turns Shingo around, Pulp Friction denied! Shingo runs to slide and lariat! Both men are down again and fans rally again. Shingo gets to a corner and drags himself up. Juice goes to the opposite end, but the two meet with clothesline!
Neither falls, so they try again. Still neither falls, so Shingo throws elbows from both sides. Juice staggers, but comes back with a CHOP! Juice fires up, runs, but Shingo follows to clothesline and SAIDO! But Juice is right back up!? His and Shingo’s lariats collide, but Juice comes around for a discus left! Fans are thunderous again as Juice drags Shingo up again. Juice chicken wings, turns, but pops out into NOSHIGAMI! But Shingo has to crawl after Juice. He runs, AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO!? Juice survives and Shingo is stunned! But the fans are reaching that fever pitch as Shingo fires up again. Shingo drags Juice back up, pump handle, but Juice resists. So Shingo gives point blank clotheslines again and again.
Shingo tries the pump handle again, but Juice rolls him up! TWO!! Shingo blocks the boot, but gets the Left Hand of God! And a second! Chicken wings, PULP FRICTION!! Cover, Juice wins!!
Winner: Juice Robinson, by pinfall; earns 2 points
The Flamboyant One is only the second man to pin Shingo Takagi in NJPW! But this is just the beginning, will Juice and/or Shingo make it to the end of the Block?
Jon Moxley w/ Shota Umino VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!
The Lunatic has truly freed himself, and has already put his mark on NJPW by becoming their IWGP United States Champion in his debut. Now in his G1 Climax debut, he looks to keep things rolling through the summer. Will the Death Rider leave the Holy Emperor behind in the dust? Or will there be one too many tricks up Taichi’s sleeve for even Mox to survive?
But speaking of, as Moxley makes his way down from the crowd, Taichi attacks from behind! Taichi stomps Moxley down right in front of the fans, then uses Mox’s own jacket to choke him! Security keeps fans clear as Taichi brings Moxley around to ram into railing! Taichi takes someone’s umbrella to SMACK Moxley down! Then he chokes Moxley on the railing. Moxley fights back and starts throwing CHOPS! Moxley CHOPS Taichi and then stomps him to ringside. The bell finally rings the bell to incentivize these two back to the ring.
Moxley drags Taichi over in a headlock but Taichi shoves him into a post! Taichi looks under the ring and brings out a chair. The referee is shoved aside so that Taichi can jam the chair into Moxley’s ribs! And then SMACK him on the back! Moxley writhes from that chair shot while fans duel. Taichi wants Moxley to stand, and he does, for Taichi to clothesline him down! Taichi goes into the ring and lets the ring count begin. Moxley drags himself up at 6 of 20, stands at 10, but hobbles. Moxley clutches that bad back as we get to 15, but still gets in at 19! To get Taichi’s buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!
Taichi decides to get serious already, so off come the pants! He aims at Moxley, but Moxley gets clear of the kick. Moxley forearms, Taichi kicks, Moxley headbutts, and Taichi enziguris! Fans duel more as Moxley is dazed. Taichi vows to end this, and Alabama lifts. Moxley sunset flips and covers, TWO! Moxley blocks a kick to give more forearms. He CHOPS and forearms in the corner, the classic combination! Then he gives knees before he whips Taichi corner to corner. Taichi reverses, but Moxley comes out to clothesline Taichi down! Moxley clutches his back while Taichi gets to the apron. Moxley dropkicks Taichi down, then builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit sends Taichi into railing and Moxley into commentary!
Fans rally as Moxley gets back up. “You went and pissed me off,” he growls as he goes looking under the ring. He finds a table! Moxley sets this up, hearkening back to the US title match. He shoos Miho and drags Taichi over, fireman’s carry, but Taichi flails and escapes. Taichi back kicks, powerbomb position, but Moxley resists! Taichi kicks away on Moxley’s face, but Moxley forearm back! URENAGE THROUGH THE TABLE! Fans are loving Moxley as he flips off Taichi. Miho panics as Moxley drags Taichi up and in. He mocks Miho and blows a kiss before taking off his knee pads. Moxley runs to give a bare-knee shining wizard! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and surprises Moxley, but Moxley loves having to hurt Taihci more.
Moxleyd rags Taichi up but Taichi slips out of the butterfly. Moxley resists the suplex, but Taichi shoves him into the ref! BIG enziguri! Both men are down and fans duel between the two. Taichi crawls to the ropes and has Miho bring him a chair. Taichi encourages the heat to rise, but Moxley kicks him low! Moxley has the chair, and Taichi begs for mercy. Moxley throws the chair into Taichi’s face! Fans are thunderous for Moxley as the referee returns. Moxley moves the chair aside then drags Taichi up in the underhooks. Taichi slips out, waistlock to Gedo Clutch! TWO!! Moxley blocks the superkick to throw Taichi down! Underhooks, lift, DEATH RIDER! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall; earns 2 points
A debut befitting the Lunatic! Moxley thrives in the chaos, and his G1 debut is a success! He says one down, eight more to go, but how far can the Death Rider go in the Climax?
Testuya Naito VS Toru Yano!
The Uncontrollable Charisma’s goal is within reach now that he has the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back. But the Clown Prince of NJPW loves to play spoiler. Will #YTR be the first to deny Naito his Destino? Or is Naito taking over all but inevitable?
Yano insists Naito hurry with his wardrobe, but Naito goes at his own leisurely pace no matter what. If anything, he takes longer just to annoy Yano. Yano is pacing as Naito finally takes off his button-up shirt only to reveal a T-shirt. Yano sees Naito’s shirt is Los Ingobernables de Japon merch, so he gets his YTR merch shirt back. The bell rings and both men circle with shirts on.
Yano taunts Naito as they go around the ring, but then Naito backs off. Naito seems to not hear Yano’s taunts at all, but he does fake Yano out again. And a third time. Yano says to hell with this, and goes for the buckle pads! Naito stops him with clubbing forearms and a whip. Yano reverses and then goes back to freeing “Steve” the buckle pad! Naito kicks low then whips Yano at the corner, but runs into Yano’s elbow. And Yano decides to free “Tom,” Steve’s twin brother. But Naito attacks Yano again. Naito whips but Yano holds ropes. Yano taunts Naito, but Naito steals Yano’s ideas by going back to Tom! Yano has to stop Naito this time, then whips Naito to ropes. Naito again steals an idea, by holding ropes and hollering!
Yano is not amused, and certainly not after Naito SPITS on him! Yano wipes himself with his shirt, but Naito pulls it over Yano’s head! And rolls him up! TWO!! Yano survives but runs into an atomic drop. Naito hits the kick, sweep and slingshots in. Yano covers up, so Naito waits. Yano lets his guard down, Combinacion Cabron! Fans cheer as Naito walks to the other corner. Naito fetches Steve but Red Shoes grabs the buckle pad. Red Shoes won’t let Naito use Steve as a weapon, but Naito shoves Red Shoes down using Steve! Naito then tests his swing, and like a baseball batter, he chokes up on the grip. But Red Shoes snatches Steve away! And Yano rolls Naito up! TWO!!
Naito kicks low but Yano pulls hair. So Naito pulls hair. Yano swings but Naito ducks, wheelbarrow victory roll but Yano sits on it, TWO! Yano swings, Naito waistlocks but Yano elbows out. And then Yano puts Red Shoes’ shirt over his head?! So that he doesn’t see the low blow uppercut! Yano then yanks Naito’s shirt over his head, runs, and SPEARS Naito down! Red Shoes gets free of his own shirt as Yano rolls Naito, and WINS!?
Winner: Toru Yano, by pinfall; earns 2 points
Was that the spoiler right there?! Has Toru Yano just put the curse of the Clown Prince on Naito!? Needless to say, Naito is not happy about this. Is there any coming back from losing to Yano?
Tomohiro Ishii VS Jeff Cobb!
If their tag team encounter in Dallas wasn’t clear enough, these two big bad behemoths want to battle it out the baddest way possible! The Stone Pitbull will test the G1-debuting Hawaiian Juggernaut, will Cobb pass the test?
The bell rings and the two stare down. Then they tie up and are in a deadlock in the middle of the ring. Ishii shifts to a headlock, but Cobb lifts him with one arm! And brings him to the ropes for the break. Ishii lets go and Cobb dares him to bring it. Ishii shoves so Cobb shoves back. Now they throw forearms! Ishii gets the edge and runs, but he only nudges Cobb with that shoulder. Cobb wants Ishii to try again, so Ishii does. Again, Cobb only takes a step back. Cobb swings on Ishii but Ishii gets under to waistlock. Cobb elbows free and bounces Ishii off the shoulder, but Ishii rebounds to hit back. But Cobb does the same, and the two collide solid in the middle. Fans are loving these two rams, but Ishii goes back to forearms.
Ishii runs and collides but Cobb stays up. Ishii keeps ramming into him again and again, then dodges Cobb, only for Cobb to run him over! Cobb drags Ishii up for a headbutt, then clubbing forearms at the ropes. He CHOPS Ishii against ropes, and again! But Ishii seems to like it!? Ishii stays up to take another CHOP, and eggs Cobb on. Cobb throws a forearm and Ishii goes to a corner. Cobb drags Ishii up to CHOP and forearm over and over. Ishii barely flinches as Cobb keeps throwing the hands. Ishii turns it around to show Cobb how it’s done! Forearm, CHOP, repeat! Ishii rocks Cobb over and over, refusing to let Cobb up or down! Ishii stops when he tires out, and Cobb can finally flop over.
Fans fire up for Ishii as he stalks Cobb. Ishii drags Cobb up for one more CHOP, then dares Cobb to get up. Ishii CHOPS more, but Cobb CHOPS back. Again, Ishii eggs Cobb on. Cobb tries forearms but Ishii CHOPS again. Cobb grits his teeth as he takes another, and another, and another! He staggers back to a knee, Ishii CHOPS him to the corner. Ishii wants Cobb to show him what he’s got and starts slapping him around. Cobb gets those forearms and CHOPS going again, but Ishii headbutts back. Ishii whips but Cobb blocks with strength! Cobb whips Ishii to a corner, catches Ishii, and overhead belly2belly suplexes him! Ishii ends up in a corner and Cobb hits a corner clothesline, and back elbow!
Cobb scoops Ishii but Ishii slides out to whip. Cobb reverses, reels Ishii in, Athletic Plex! Cover, TWO! Cobb toys with Ishii now, then throws more forearms. Ishii gives them back and we have another back and forth. They pick up steam and the fans are loving it! Ishii hits Cobb as soon as Cobb hits him, and Cobb starts to stagger. Ishii piles on the forearms, but Cobb gets a JAB! The Pitbull goes reeling backwards while Cobb catches his breath. Cobb is on Ishii in the corner with more forearms, then whips corner to corner. Ishii comes back to run Cobb over! Fans cheer as Ishii has new life! Ishii goes to suplex Cobb, and gets him up and over! Cover, TWO and Cobb rolls through to deadlift Ishii! For a pop-up to the suplex, but Ishii slips out.
Ishii runs and things speed up as Cobb hurdles. But Ishii fakes out the dropkick! Ishii runs in, but Cobb scoops and pops up for the suplex! Standing moonsault! The Gachimuchi covers, TWO! Cobb can’t believe he didn’t put Ishii away! But he dares Ishii to come back now with toying slaps. Ishii stands and Cobb aims a fist, but Ishii flops down. Fans rally as Cobb eggs Ishii on. Cobb throws down hands, then elbows. Ishii fires himself up by headbutting the mat! Cobb throws more elbows, but Ishii just gets mad. Ishii leans into the elbows! Ishii backs Cobb down in this way, then gives his own forearm! And corner clothesline! Ishii hauls Cobb up to the top rope and climbs up to join him. Ishii brings Cobb up, SUPERPELX!
Fans fire up with Ishii as he aims at Cobb. Ishii runs and clotheslines, but Cobb stays up to LARIAT Ishii! Cobb drags Ishii up top now, and then he climbs up to join him. Roles are reversed as Cobb SUPERPLEXES Ishii! Cobb crawls to a cover, TWO! Ishii still lives but Cobb has more to give. Cobb drags Ishii up from behind in a waistlock, but Ishii fights out with elbows. Cobb blocks and counter elbows, but Ishii blocks the kick to give elbows back. HEADBUTT from Cobb! Cobb drags Ishii up, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO!? Cobb doesn’t lose his cool, he whips but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii boots back, but runs into a scoop. He escapes and suplexes but Cobb resists. Cobb swings but Ishii blocks, then waistlocks to a BIG back suplex!
Both bulky men are down as fans are rallying up. Cobb is in the corner and Ishii runs in, only for Cobb to catch him and slam him down! Ishii rises, to powerslam Cobb! But now Cobb rises, only to run into Ishii’s German Suplex! Cobb rises again, grabs Ishii for an EXPLODER! But Ishii’s right up again, only for Cobb to dropkick him! Ishii rebounds to LARIAT! Ishii sits Cobb up, runs, sliding D caught!? Cobb lifts but Ishii standing switches, to hit a Dragon Suplex! Ishii runs again, LARIAT flips Cobb over! Cover, ONE!? And with power! SUPERKICK! German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans rally as Cobb pulls down the straps! Cobb drags Ishii up again, whips him, but has to duck the lariat. Cobb throws a forearm and a boot, then scoops, only for the back to give out. Enziguri from Ishii! Ishii sits Cobb up, he runs, SLIDING D! Cover, TWO!! These men are proving to be titans as Ishii just gets up again. Ishii drags Cobb up, but it’s COBB who suplexes! Ishii escapes, and tanks the lariat to headbutt. Cobb forearms, Ishii headbutts harder! Cobb swings, but into Ishii’s facelock, and BRAIN BUSTER! Ishii crawls to the cover, Ishii wins!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall; earns 2 points
And the Stone Pitbull truly earned those points! He took a bite out of Cobb, but will either man have anything left to make it to the finals?
Hirooki Goto VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
“What a difference a year makes,” as Kevin Kelly puts it on commentary. From betraying Bullet Club’s Elite to joining Chaos to betraying Chaos to join the new #Cutthroat Bullet Club, the Switchblade has had a meteoric rise, but also an equally surprising fall. White was IWGP Heavyweight Champion but then lost it in Madison Square Garden. Will White be able to reclaim everything he lost? Or will the Fierce Warrior of Chaos refuse to Breathe with the Switchblade?
The bell rings and fans are on Goto’s side. White doesn’t care, but he does bail out to take his time with Goto. White already brings out a chair, goes to the other side of eh railing, and he lets Gedo have a seat. Gedo accepts and cheers White as a fan. This is White’s way of saying he won’t need Gedo’s tricks to beat Goto. But White says it’s up to him when he gets in. Goto rushes out to get at White, but White slips inside the ring. White taunts Goto into getting back in, then ducks the clothesline to headlock. Goto powers out and the two collide with shoulders. Goto fires off forearms and then whips White. White reverses but Goto comes back with more forearms!
Goto whips again but White bails out. But Goto gives chase to kick and whip White into railing! White is down and Goto stomps him. Goto puts White in and runs to run White over. White gets up but Goto clotheslines White right out! Fans fire up with Goto as he goes out to club White down. Goto stomps and clubs White around the corner, then he chases Gedo off. White goes back to the ring and Goto heads back. Goto gets in but Gedo grabs a foot! White uppercuts Goto down! So much for not having Gedo help. White drags Goto to the apron to elbow and club away on. White rams Goto’s chest into the edge, and Gedo is all smiles. But White isn’t done, he suplexes to gourd buster Goto on the apron!
Goto is down and White rolls into the ring. Red Shoes waits before starting the count. Goto stirs and slowly gets up at 10. But the climb reaches 15 before he stands, and is in at 17. White stomps Goto out of the ring and then rams him into railing! And the apron! And the railing again! Then the apron again, before whipping Goto into railing on the far side! Fans boo but White soaks up the heat. White refreshes the count and fetches Goto again. He puts White in and covers, but Red Shoes refuses. White is annoyed, but he toys with Goto. Goto CHOPS White back! And again and again and again! But he runs into White’s elbow! White drops Goto with a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Goto while White catches his breath.
White drags Goto up to CHOP him now. And again, and again! White eggs Goto on so Goto hits back. White rakes Goto’s eyes and wrenches the neck in a cravat. Goto endures as fans rally up. Goto fights up and out but White clubs him back down. White cravats again but Goto fights back. White elbows Goto down to a knee, then suplexes. Goto resists, then suplexes back! But White lands on his feet to throw Goto down by his hair! White kicks and slaps Goto around but Goto only gets mad. Goto CHOPS but White forearms. Goto chops more and more and more! White kicks a leg out and then looms over Goto. White stomps Goto but Goto catches the foot. Now they throw forearms, and then Goto spins through to lariat!
Both men are down but fans fire up. Goto and White crawl to opposite ends of the ring and Gedo is worried. White is in a corner and Goto runs in to clothesline. White resists the saido but Goto shoves to fireman’s carry! But White flails and gets free, only to get a kick! Goto runs in again, windmill kick in the corner! Saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Goto doesn’t stop, he brings White up again. White resists the lift and clubs away. Goto clubs White away but misses in the corner. Goto dodges a chop but runs into a boot, only to clothesline through it! White sits down and Goto rains down rights. Goto whips corner to corner but White slides, spins Goto around and DDT’s! Both men are down again but fans still rally.
White sits up first and drags Goto up. Half hatch suplex but White holds on to rotate, for a second. White drags Goto up again, but Goto denies the third. Goto powers White to a corner and rams his shoulder in, but White uses the third half hatch to throw Goto into buckles! White drags Goto up again, twisting suplex! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives the #BladeBuster and Gedo argues with Red Shoes. White still grins as he chinlocks Goto and hauls him up. Goto resists the half nelson suplex, but White CHOPS him. White whips but Goto reverses, only for White to reverse. But then Goto reverses again, for the neckbreaker across his knee! Both men are down again but stirring as fans continue to rally.
White forearms Goto but Goto gives it back. Goto eggs White on and White returns to forearm Goto. Goto forearms White again and White goes staggering. White comes back for more forearms, knees and elbows. White uppercuts Goto then again. He whips but Goto reverses to follow, and then denies the complete shot. Goto shoves but White dodges. They each follow the other, dodge for dodge, and Goto runs into the SAIDO! Gedo wants White to finish this, and White looks to do just that. White fires off strikes and then a point-blank LARIAT! White grins and applauds himself as he catches his breath. Fans rally for Goto as White drags Goto up by his hair. Goto breaks free but White SLAPS him back down!
White keeps slapping Goto but Goto just gets angry. Goto feeds off those slaps, but runs into the URENAGE! White uses the cocky standing pin, but Red Shoes refuses to count that. White mockingly shakes Goto’s hand before dragging Goto back up. But Goto is dead weight, so White has to work extra hard to get him up. Red Shoes wants to check on Goto but White shoves him down! Goto revives and LARIATS White! Goto and White are both slowly stirring, but White signals to Gedo. Gedo fetches something as White hauls Goto up. But Goto gets White with the USHIGOROSHI! Goto has new life and the fans are fired up with him! Goto waits for White to stand, but White stays down. So Goto drags White up, but White is also limp. Goto stomps White but it’s all White’s plan.
White grins as he crawls, and even as Goto stomps him. Goto has White at the ropes but Red Shoes reprimands Goto. Gedo protests while Goto eggs White on. White revives, but Blade Runner denied! So White suplexes, only for Goto to spin through. White forearms but Goto headbutts! Goto drags White up, Inverted GTR! Cover, TWO!! Goto drags White back up and turns him around, but White fights out! White snapmares Goto and catches him but Goto slips out. White slips out again, but then Goto snapmares him off the full nelson. Goto dragon sleepers but White slips out, and the two pull hair to deny the other. Goto has White, and headbutts him over and over! Final Cut!
The fans are thunderous, but here comes Gedo! Goto scares Gedo off, but White escapes the fireman’s carry. Goto again denies Blade Runner, SHOTEN KAI!! Cover, TWO!! But Goto doesn’t let that deter him! He drags White back up, fireman’s carry again, USHIGOROSHI TO FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO!? But Goto won’t stop until he’s one! BUZZSAW! TRUE G, T, R!! Cover, Goto wins!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall; earns 2 points
The Fierce Warrior is finally victorious! NJPW goes to break while both men recover.
NJPW returns once again…
And the victorious Goto finally stands to have his hand raised. His training with Shibata has truly paid off. Fans cheer as the Fierce Warrior takes to the mic.
“It’s been awhile. To be able to perform for all of you, and even better, to get the victory, it makes me so happy!” Fans are also glad as they continue to cheer. The G1 Climax has only just begun, and Goto knows even tougher challenges lie ahead. But Goto will say this: “The G in G1 stands for GOTO!” Goto says his piece and fans cheer again. Will Goto make good on this critical first victory to rise back towards the top?
NJPW Media Backstage Interview
Hirooki Goto thanks Shibata for help in his training. He also thanks all the young guys at the LA Dojo. This wouldn’t be possible without any of them. “However, I can’t really say that I’ve made a complete comeback.” Goto knows this is just one step up the ladder. All his training partners, Shibata, and everyone at LA Dojo may not be in the G1, but he will carry their emotions with him into the ring. He will use them as motivation to win. The G1 begins and a single lose could cost him. That is how he sees it, that is how he will fight. Can Goto again rise to the finals and take the entire tournament?
Another great block of wrestling from NJPW! Obviously this is just the portion of night 2 that had to do with the G1 Climax, but that’s because these were the five matches that mattered. And what great surprises in some of these, like Yano and Naito! That was definitely an entertaining match, and if anything, this only makes it more likely Naito will fight his way to the finals. He wants to make history, and he’ll rip whoever he has to apart. Moxley VS Taichi was great, and of course Moxley wins because he’s Moxley, and Taichi can definitely be sacrificed to him and Naito for their respective builds. Shingo VS Juice was a great opener for tonight, and it is great for Shingo to have a competitive match like this. He and Ospreay aren’t exactly in the running as I see it, but strong showings are more than enough for them.
Cobb and Ishii was so great, both these guys just love to hit hard and move fast. If they aren’t getting a NEVER Openweight Championship match at a later event, that will be a real letdown. Then Goto VS White was a real good main event, and as commentary was putting over, probably Goto’s best in a long time. Goto’s win serves to spark his own story of the veteran comeback like Hiroshi Tanahashi in the A Block. Plus, White got plenty of great accomplishments over this last year, from being the top champion and being the NJPW main event of G1 Supercard, so he can give up these hard fought matches for the sake of the others. He’ll give everyone else in the B Block great matches, and maybe a new story for him can spark from this tournament.
My Score: 8.8/10
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