WWE Elimination Chamber will make history by crowning inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions! Who will outlast five other teams to leave with the titles?
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Akira Tozawa; Murphy wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Chamber match: Bayley & Sasha Banks win and become the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Miz & Shane McMahon VS The Usos; The Usos win and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor; Finn wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- No Disqualifications: Braun Strowman VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
- WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match: Daniel Bryan wins and retains the WWE Championship.
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It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, Booker T and Sam Roberts in taking a look at everything set for tonight’s Pay-Per-View event!
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The most painful thing about missing Elimination Chamber isn’t the injuries, but having to watch others take his opportunities. He’s on Kofi Kingston’s side, but he will return to come for his second chance. Ali has more black eyes and broken bones coming his way, but nothing’s easy in life for those who dream.
Braun Strowman speaks.
“Let me tell you a story about a coward who thought he could challenge a Monster.” Worse than a coward, he was a sniveling snake that did anything he could to stop the Monster. But all he did was make the Monster angry. The coward knew he could never win on his own, so he recruited others to help him brutalize the Monster. They were all cowards, and thought they had the monster down. But this was no normal monster. This monster came back and vows to make them all pay! When the cowardly Corbin goes against the Monster Among Men in No Disqualifications, there’s only one way this story ends: Braun Strowman continues on his rampage, and Corbin will #GetTheseHands.
The Bar joins the Kickoff Panel!
Sheamus & Cesaro are confident The Usos will win against The Miz and Shane McMahon. Miz and Shane are like watching TV and listening to the radio at the same time: it just doesn’t work! But then how did they beat The Bar? A fluke. What about Strowman and Nick? That was a trick to throw them off. But then Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic come over. They’re on Team #McMiz. Miz and Shane are wild cards, just like Heavy Machinery. How bold of them to interrupt The Bar. Plus they’re just sucking up to Shane for a spot on SmackDown. Heavy Machinery knows the WWE Universe wants to see them as much as possible. The tag teams trash talk, but whose predictions will come true?
Becky attacked Charlotte Flair at a house show!
The Man was so furious over Vince McMahon replacing her in the Raw Women’s Championship, she went right at The Queen! But Charlotte would turn the tide and go right after Becky’s bad leg again and again! Becky is only digging a deeper hole for herself, will she ever get back to a title?
The Riott Squad speaks.
“Houston, we have a problem.” They’re going to wreak havoc together as they all go for gold! Their careers come full circle when they take the Road to Wrestlemania on a detour! Ruby wants to take that Raw Women’s Championship off Rousey while Liv and Sarah want those Women’s Tag Titles. But then Charlotte walks in. She remembers their debuts. They went right after her for their #SquadGoals. But Charlotte would love if Ruby went right after Ronda with all that aggression. Ruby can follow in Charlotte’s footsteps and win her first title in Houston. Then they can face off at Wrestlemania. Can Ruby really change the Wrestlemania plans further?
Mojo Rawley speaks to himself again.
The WWE Universe doesn’t care about him. They don’t even know him. But who they Hell are they? They don’t matter! They don’t like Mojo’s face? Well Mojo doesn’t either! It’s time Mojo shows them the real him.
Alexa Bliss speaks.
“Tonight, we make history.” She feels so honored to play a large role in this. Ever since The Goddess debuted, the Women’s Division has hit all these great firsts! They’ve been on fire! Speaking of fire, maybe if Becky took Alexa’s advice, she’s still be selling out Wrestlemania and not suspended. But oh well, tonight’s not about Becky. It’s about the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! And as the first Women’s Chamber winner, she knows who is winning. Alexa’s prediction: The Samoan Dynasty, Tamina & Nia Jax. Has the Goddess given us the future?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Akira Tozawa!
The Juggernaut has been as unstoppable as anyone since claiming the title, it looks almost impossible to ever defeat him! But the Stamina Monster did the “impossible” when he won his first title, can he do it again?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Tozawa and Murphy circle and tie up. Murphy gets the wrist and wrenches, then brings Tozawa to a knee. Tozawa gets up and flips through to reverse the wrench. Murphy rolls and handsprings to reverse back, and he yanks the arm over and over. Tozawa spins through and CHOPS! But Murphy just shrugs it off. Tozawa CHOPS, but Murphy puts him in a corner. Tozawa dodges and CHOPS but Murphy tosses him out. Murphy follows but gets another CHOP! Murphy swings but Tozawa dodges, Murphy hits the post with his hand! Tozawa CHOPS and puts Murphy back in. Tozawa runs but into a flapjack!
Murphy clutches the bad hand but runs into a huricanrana! Murphy bails out and Tozawa baseball slides him back. Tozawa builds speed, and DIVES! But is caught into a suplex! Murphy shows off his strength as he brings Tozawa crashing down. The ring count begins and Murphy leaves Tozawa behind. Tozawa crawls up at 6 but flounders. He springs back up to get in at 9! Murphy grits his teeth as he drives a knee into Tozawa’s back. Murphy stands Tozawa up but Tozawa gives chops! They still do nothing, but Murphy’s one CHOP takes Tozawa off his feet!
Meanwhile, Kayla interviews the New Day in hopes of talking to Kofi Kingston before tonight’s WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match. Murphy rocks Tozawa with a right while Xavier Woods and Big E explain Kofi can’t talk right now. Kofi is getting a maple syrup massage from Mr. Bootysworth. Murphy chokes Tozawa on the ropes but backs of at 4. Tozawa gets in the corner, but Murphy goes right at him. Tozawa elbows Murphy away but then he’s yanked off the top! But Tozawa tilt-o-whirls to an Octopus Stretch! Murphy powers out for a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Murphy tries again, ONE! Murphy keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock.
Fans rally as Murphy drives his knees in. Tozawa feeds off the energy and gets up, but Murphy shifts to a standing abdominal stretch! Tozawa endures again, and manages to pop out! They go around but Murphy gets the stretch back on Tozawa. Murphy blocks the hip toss but so does Tozawa. Tozawa hip tosses Murphy out of the ring! Tozawa catches his breath, and SUPERKICKS Murphy as he runs back in! Murphy and Tozawa crawl to opposite corners as fans rally up. Tozawa runs in but Murphy puts him on the apron. Tozawa kicks Murphy back then climbs up quick. Big missile dropkick! Tozawa runs in for a helluva kick in the corner! Murphy staggers and Tozawa takes aim.
Tozawa kicks, spins, slides, but is caught! Murphy lifts but Tozawa slips out, Tozawa gets the saido suplex! Tozawa hits a Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Murphy lives but Tozawa knew he was tough. Tozawa drags Murphy to a drop zone and climbs up top again. Fans fire up, Tozawa aims, but he has to leap over Murphy. Murphy boots Tozawa away, but then Tozawa boots back! Tozawa climbs up to join Murphy on the top rope, but Murphy fights back. Murphy headbutts Tozawa away but Tozawa comes right back! Murphy lifts, but Tozawa still SUPER STEINERS!! Cover, TWO!! Houston and Tozawa are shocked that Murphy survives! But the fans do know “This is Awesome!” as Murphy and Tozawa stir.
Tozawa stands and stalks Murphy. Murphy tosses Tozawa to the apron but Tozawa climbs up again. Tozawa leaps, crossbody, but Murphy rolls through! Murphy pops Tozawa up but Tozawa slips out. Tozawa leaps but into a jaw jacker, knee trigger, and suplex! Cover, TWO!! The Stamina Monster lives and fans are fired up all over again! Murphy eggs Tozawa on but Tozawa only gets angry. Murphy throws haymakers, but Tozawa laughs!? Tozawa chops and Murphy finally feels it. Murphy sees through the feint, starts a strike fest, but Tozawa still gets the JAB! Tozawa waistlocks but Murphy elbows out, only to get clobbered by a clothesline! Deadlift German! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans rally with “AH! AH!” alongside Tozawa.
Tozawa puts Murphy in the drop zone again and climbs. Murphy anchors the foot but Tozawa stomps away with the other. Tozawa finishes climbing but Murphy tucks him in! But the superkick is denied! Tozawa hops back for the Reverse-Rana! Murphy flounders out and Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits! But he keeps going, for a SECOND DIVE! Tozawa drags Murphy in and to the drop zone. He climbs up and aims, but Murphy gets to the apron. Tozawa kicks Murphy, GUILLOTINE SENTON!! Cover, TWO!? Murphy survives?! Tozawa fires up with more “AH! AH!” and Houston echoes it. Tozawa drags Murphy up for slapping palm strikes and a mule kick. He runs, but into Murphy’s knee trigger! MURPHY’S- Wheelbarrow! TWO, tilt-o-whirl to the Octopus! Tozawa has the Iron Octopus! Murphy endures, powers up, and pops Tozawa out to Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The unstoppable remains unstoppable and remains the champion! Is it inevitable that the Juggernaut becomes THE greatest Cruiserweight of all time?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“Hello, WWE Universe.” They know who he is. He finished his rehab, and got himself some Hawaiian style pizza for the family while watching Elimination Chamber. It hurts that he won’t be in such a match. He hasn’t had his first Chamber match yet, but his rehab is going well. He’s got another month left, but just know that the Kevin Owens Show is coming back very soon. Kevin looks forward to his “buddy”, Finn Balor, win the Intercontinental Championship and the Riott Squad being golden. Though his kids are huge Becky Lynch fans, it’ll be hard to explain why she’s not around. Also it’s hard to explain why his kids like pineapple on pizza, because he hates it. He tries, but no, no good. KO hopes we all enjoy Elimination Chamber better than he does the pizza.
Mark Henry is here!
The World’s Strongest Man and Houston’s own is back! And he’s happy to be back! Give it up for that Cruiserweight Championship match! Henry has had an Elimination Chamber match before, what about it makes it so unique? The Chamber is a different animal, it changes everyone who enters inside. And who does Henry think will be the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions? His personal choice is The IIconics. And what of the WWE Championship Chamber match? Henry hears the crowd give their choices, but after last week’s Gauntlet Match, it’d be hard not to pick Kofi. Kofi did incredible even in falling short, but we’re all believers again. Now if Henry was in that match, there would be a lot of other men inducted into the Hall of Pain. Fans respect Henry’s opinion, but will his personal preferences see the night through?
The Road to Wrestlemania is filled with hope.
But every road leads to this. Men and women alike will “risk it all” the sinister structure that challenges courage, tests resilience and awards those who survive. Rowdy meets Riott, brothers in arms meet brothers in blood, and you will have to be bold to get the gold! That is Elimination Chamber!
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Chamber!
The Boss & Hug Connection will start against Fire & Desire while the other four teams wait in their pods. History is being made to kick off the night, who will be the first to put their names on those lovely new belts?
Teams finish entering the Chamber and pods, with Nia Jax giving the IIconics a swat to stop their playful fingers. Mandy and Sonya meet Bayley and Banks in the ring, and the doors are locked. The bell rings and the #LegitHuggable friends tie up with Mandy and Sonya. Mandy kicks Sasha to a corner then double whips Bayley with Sonya. Sonya kicks Bayley low then they double whip her again. Bayley dodges and clotheslines Mandy to then speed up with Sonya. Sasha dropkicks Sonya, then double hip tosses and sliding attacks! Cover on Sonya, ONE! Cover on Mandy, ONE! Bayley and Sasha give Sona and Mandy double hotshots! They then coordinate, acrobatic assist for a double crossbody! Sasha gives Sonya to Bayley to cover, TWO!
Bayley and Sasha keep their cool while Sasha stomps Mandy. Bayley puts Sonya in a corner and Sasha comes over. They mug Sonya in the corner but Sonya fights back with body shots! Sonya whips Sasha but Sasha goes up and over, only to get a spinebuster! Cover, but Bayley breaks it in time! Mandy goes after Bayley and deflects boots for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Mandy keeps her cool as she tosses Bayley out hard. Sonya goes around the side and picks up Bayley. Mandy whips and knees Sasha, then Sonya does the same to Bayley. They drag Sasha and Bayley up to throw them into the chains! Fire & Desire soak up the heat, then they drag Bayley and Sasha up again. Bayley fights back while Mandy covers Sasha, TWO!
Mandy drags Sasha up to toss her back out while Sonya slams Bayley into chains. Sonya and Mandy trade, but Sasha dodges and the kick goes into steel! Mandy’s boot gets caught in the chains, too, and Bayley hits a neckbreaker! Sasha knees Sonya down next to her! The countdown begins and the next team to join is… The Riott Squad! Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan brawl right away with Bayley and Sasha! Sarah and Liv stomp them out, and Sarah throws Sasha into chains. Sarah drives a knee in! Liv drags Bayley up and Sarah drags Sasha up. They make Bayley watch as Sasha is slammed into a pod! Then Sarah gives Bayley a pop-up headbutt! The Riott Squad meet Fire & Desire, and throw down!
These two duos have paralleled each other on Raw and SmackDown since debuting, and now they parallel each other in brawling on the mat! Fire & Desire kick and punch but so does the Squad! Liv rocks Mandy but Sonya rocks Sarah! Liv goes after Sonya now, and SLAPS her! Sonya throws hands, Liv SLAPS even harder! Liv goes Matrix but still gets caught! She manages to roll Sonya back, TWO! Liv slaps and boots but walks into a roundhouse! Sonya can’t cover, she’s still dazed from those slaps! Bayley returns and covers Liv! TWO, so Bayley rocks Mandy with a knee! Bayley hits Sonya with a knee, then clotheslines Liv. She hits a saido suplex on Sarah! Fans fire up for the Huggable wrecking ball! Bayley climbs up but Mandy rocks her up top.
Mandy and Sonya work together but then the Squad adds on, TOWER OF DOOM! Everyone is down but Houston is loving this! The countdown returns, and the next team is… The IIconics! Peyton Royce & Billie Kay hurry to cover whoever! ONE! ONE! TWO! ONE! TWO! They couldn’t eliminate anyone and they’re furious! Mandy comes back but gets knees. The IIconics throw Liv into a post, then drag Sarah up into another post! They kick Sonya down then double kick Mandy down. Sonya runs into more kicks, and then a double gourd buster! The IIconics yank Liv out of the corner to hit the mat, then do the same to Sarah. Peyton & Billie taunt Bayley as they drag her back into the center. Fans rally up for Sasha while Billie puts Bayley in a camel clutch. Peyton adds a knee strike! Double cover, but Sasha saves Bayley!
The IIconics regroup but Sasha fires off haymakers and forearms! But the IIconics double knee Sasha down, then hit the IIconic bulldog! And heel kick! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives and the IIconics are shrilly furious. Billie and Peyton toy with Sasha while fans say “This is Awesome!” The IIconics grind the Boss & Hug Connection into the steel chains! Peyton throws Sasha down while Billie toys with Bayley. Hotshot to forearm! The IIconics drag Boss & Hug over, Peyton slingshot sentons onto them both! Cover on both, TWO!! Both Bayley and Sasha survive and the IIconics are growing further frustrated. The IIconics go back to Fire & Desire to throw them into steel! Then they go after the Riott Squad and do the same! But the countdown returns and the next team is… The FABULOUS Glow!
Naomi and Carmella roundhouse the IIconics away! Springboard crossbody takes them both out! The IIconics are stacked in a corner while Naomi dropkicks the Squad down! Fire & Desire are stacked in one corner and Boss & Hug take the last. Double bronco busters for Squad and #LegitHuggable, and double moonwalks! Now double bronco busters on The IIconics and Fire & Desire. Billie starts climbing? Naoim enziguris Peyton while Billie and Carmella fight on the chains. Naomi kicks Liv away but Billie has Carmella, but Carmella huricanranas Billie to steel! Sarah waistlocks but Carmella fights out to FABULOUS Kick! Naomi sits Sarah up for another FABULOUS Kick, then the split-leg moonsault! Cover, but Liv breaks it! Liv throws Naomi out but Carmella leaps and crossbodies!
Bayley back suplexes Carmella but Billie boots Bayley! Sasha knees Billie but Peyton hits the Gory Bomb! Liv hits Peyton with a code breaker! Mandy tosses Liv with an exploder! Sarah hits a Fisherman Buster on Mandy! Sonya SPEARS Sarah! FABULOUS Kick for Sonya! All the women are down but Houston is thunderous! Houston again says “This is Awesome!” but the Samoan Dynasty are growing impatient. Sonya stands, blocks the Fabulous Kick to SPEAR! Jackknife cover, TWO into Code of Silence! Mandy saves Sonya, but Naomi has her now! Naomi fires off furious forearms on the home wrecker! Mandy hits back and whips, but Naomi comes back with a springboard Rear View! But the IIconics roll Naomi up! The IIconics ELIMINATE the Fabulous Glow!!
Peyton & Billie celebrate with their IIconic pose like they’ve already won the titles. However, they’re surrounded on all sides now… The IIconics point out the countdown is back, and everyone realizes they need to be ready for Nia and Tamina! Nia and Tamina wreck everyone in their way! Nia tosses Mandy into the ring! The IIconics hide in a pod but Tamina still spots them. Peyton and Billie give thumbs up, but now they’re trapped! Tamina and Nia swat at the Plexiglas. They force the doors open, and grab each IIconic by the hair! Double biels back and forth into the chains! And then into the ring! Nia and Tamina loom over the IIconics, then drag them up, for double Samoan Drops! Cover, the Samoan Dynasty ELIMINATES the IIconics!
But the Riott Squad are right on Nia and Tamina! Nia pushes Liv and Sarah away but gets double dropkicks. Sarah helps Liv take flight, to huricanrana Nia into buckles. Sarah shotgun knees Nia in deeper. Tamina runs in but into a forearm, and an assisted Diamond Dust! Cover but Nia pushes Sarah onto it. Fire & Desire return, and Sonya kicks away on Nia. Mandy hits the golden knee, Sonya hits a sliding knee! Double cover, TWO! Sasha and Bayley return for double Thesz presses! Bayley hits Tamna with a big knee, Sasha adds Meteora! Liv runs into double hip toss body slam! Sarah runs into one, too! Cover, TWO!
Fire & Desire throw forearms on Bayley & Sasha. Mandy stomps a mudhole on Bayley while Sonya drags Sasha up. They double whip but Sasha reverses, Bayley flapjacks Mandy on buckles. Bayley catapults Sonya into more buckles! Bayley stacks Fire & Desire in the corner, and Sasha hits a double Stock Drop! Cover on Sonya, TWO! Bayley drags mandy but Nia and Tamina run Bayley and Sasha over! Nia drags Bayley up but the Squad are climbing? Nia chases Liv and Sarah but Mandy comes up behind her. Tamina fights Sonya while Nia slams Mandy into steel. Liv and Sarah LEAP onto both sides! Sarah covers Sonya, TWO! The Squad is furious, but Nia goes right at them. Nia runs into Liv’s boots and Liv hops up.
Nia grabs Liv’s feet but Liv kicks at her. Liv can’t get away, SUPER SAMOAN DROP! Tamina has Sarah for the SUPERFLY! Cover, the Samoan Dynasty ELIMINATES the Riott Squad! But Sasha and Bayley go right at Nia with dropkicks. They bait Tamina in, drop toehold to knee! Cover but Nia breaks it and scoops Sasha. Nia tosses Sasha onto Sonya! Nia drags Bayley up and tosses her out the other side. Fans duel as Nia aims at Bayley. Bayley slowly drags herself up, but Sasha saves Bayley as Nia runs in! Nia DESTROYS a pod!! The Irresistible Force all but eliminated herself and Tamina is in shock! Tamina also realizes she’s all alone. Fire & Desire go after Tamina with kicks and knees, then Sasha adds Meteora! Bayley adds the Macho Elbow! Cover, everyone else ELIMINATES the Samoan Dynasty! The two teams to start are the two teams left!
Fire & Desire and Boss & Hug get up on opposite ends, and start brawling! Sonya knees Sasha while Mandy knees Bayley. Bayley throws Mandy out but Mandy yanks her in for another knee. Sonya makes Sasha watch as Mandy drags Bayley up. Double underhook but Bayley resits. Bayley feeds Mandy to Sasha’s stiff knee! Sonya rolls Sasha! TWO and into Bayley’s knee! Backstabber to Bayley2Belly! Cover, Mandy breaks it just in time! Bayley and Sasha regroup and chase Mandy. Mandy climbs chains and fights Sasha off, but Bayley cuts her off at the top of a pod. Sasha pursues and Mandy is isolated! Sasha clubs Mandy down and then she helps Bayley up. The best friends drag Mandy up, slam her into the Plexiglas, then take aim at the ring.
Sonya hurries up to help Mandy! They fight and Bayley sends Sonya back down. But Mandy sends Bayley down! Sonya spears Bayley into a pod corner! Sasha hurries down to check on Bayley, but then goes right after Sonya. Sasha throws Sonya into chains but Mandy throws Sasha into a pod! Mandy drags Sasha up, double underhook, butterfly facebuster! Cover, TWO!!! Sasha survives and Mandy is shocked! Mandy covers again, TWO! Mandy drags Sasha up and throws her into a post, then regroups with Sonya. Wheelbarrow and Sonya runs in, but Sasha dodges! Sonya SPEARS Mandy! Sonya staggers up into the Bank Statement crossface! Sasha’s bad arm keeps it from completing, so she uses her own legs for a modified clutch! Sonya taps, Sasha & Bayley win!!
Winners: The Boss & Hug Connection, Sasha Banks by submission; inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
The dream comes true! Not just for Sasha & Bayley as best friends, but for all of the women in the WWE! The Boss & Hug Connection is stronger than ever, will they take this inaugural reign all the way to Wrestlemania?
In-ring interview with the new tag team champions.
This victory made history, and fans feel “You Deserve It!” Bayley is at a loss for words, and Sasha starts tearing up. Sasha manages to say “Nobody knows how hard we fought to get these.” If only the WWE Universe knew. This isn’t just for them, this is for the entire Women’s Division. This is just the beginning, there is more change to come. The Boss & Hug Connection will lead the way as your new Women’s Tag Team Champions.
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Miz & Shane McMahon VS The Usos!
Jimmy and Jey don’t see the A-Lister and Shane O’Mac as a “real” tag team, but the Best Tag Team in the World are the champions. Will the underdog champions manage to defeat one of WWE’s best? Or will they end up in the Uso Penitentiary like so many before?
The Miz comes out a mic to first congratulate the Boss & Hug Connection on making history. And then he dedicates this match to his family, from his dad to his daughter, to his wife Maryse! Maryse is here! “We always said when we had a huge announcement, we would announce it right here in the WWE in front of all of you.” And tonight, the Must-See Family has a huge announcement: “We’re having another baby!” Miz still has it. And with such happy news, Shane comes out to congratulate Miz & Maryse before he and Miz head to the ring. The Usos finally make their entrance, then the belts are raised and we begin.
The teams sort out and it’s Miz starting against Jimmy. Jimmy and Miz circle and tie up. Jimmy gets a headlock but Miz powers out, only for Jimmy to run him over. Things speed up and Miz goes to hip toss, but Jimmy counters to a fireman’s carry. Miz slips out, A-Lister combination denied at the backbreaker. Jimmy whips but gets caught into the Figure Four. He pushes Miz away and tags in Jey. Miz narrowly avoids the double superkicks! Shane and Miz talk but Miz is okay. MIz circles with Jey and they tie up. Miz gets a waistlock but Jey elbows out. Jey whips but Miz reverses and hits the kitchen sink knee. Miz mocks the Uso chant before hitting the A-List lariat.
Tag to Shane and Shane goes to the other corner! Jimmy knows what that means but Shane fights him off! Shane sweeps the legs, then rocks Jey! Slingshot sunset flip, TWO! Shane throws fast hands then whips. Miz tags in as Shane elbows Jey down. Miz adds the low boot, then Shane drops an elbow. Shane and Miz double clothesline Jey out, but Jimmy runs in. Miz hip tosses Jimmy, and then the champs double clothesline Jimmy out! Houston fires up as Shane and Miz mock the Uso chant together. Jimmy and Jey regroup and talk strategy. Jey rushes Miz but Miz dodges to throw haymakers. Miz puts Jey in a corner for It Kick! Jey gets a headlock and Jimmy tags in. Miz powers out but walks into a flapjack hotshot! Jimmy stalks Miz and rocks him with an uppercut!
Jimmy chokes Miz on the ropes but lets up at 4. Jey gets a cheap shot, and then Jimmy rocks Miz again. Tag to Jey and the Usos isolate Miz for a corner forearm. Jimmy tags back in and the Usos mug Miz to split the wishbone. Jimmy wraps a chinlock on but fans rally up. Miz fights out but Jimmy shoves him back to clobber him with a clothesline! Jimmy drags Miz over and tags in Jey. The Usos stomp Miz down, then Jey wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally up again and Miz fights his way up. Miz reaches for Shane while fighting back, but Jey throws him down. Tag to Jimmy, and he rips Miz’s shirt off. Jimmy throws it at Shane but Shane catches it. Jimmy rocks Miz with an uppercut then whips him to the open corner. He copies the A-List lariat!
Jimmy grins as he goes corner to corner, but into Miz’s STO! Both men are down while fans rally up. Miz and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to Jey and Shane! Shane rallies on both Usos, and pump kicks Jey down! Shane whips and back drops Jey! Fans fire up as Shane circles Jey. Big right rocks Jey! Float-over DDT for Jimmy! Then one for Jey! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps his cool as he drags Jey to a corner. Jimmy’s in another corner, and Shane climbs up top. Shane leaps and hits Jimmy with Coast 2 Coast! But he doesn’t stop there, he climbs up again to aim at Jey! Shane leaps, for a SUPERKICK! Jey climbs, Uso Splash! Cover, but Miz saves Shane! All four men are down but stirring.
Fans build to a rally as Miz returns to his corner. Shane crawls and Miz reaches, hot tag brings in Miz! Miz springboards for an ax handle! And even he’s surprised that worked! Miz fires up and gives Jey more kicks! Miz runs but into a Samoan Drop! Jey fires up now as he goes corner to corner, but misses the hip attack. Miz kicks the legs out, basement DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz keeps his cool while Jey rolls out. Miz wrecks Jey with a dropkick! Fans anticipate what’s coming, and Miz clears off the announce desk! Miz and Jey brawl, Jimmy DIVES but gets his brother! Miz boots Jimmy down!
The Usos are down, the table is cleared, and fans are fired up. Miz puts Jey on the desk while Shane drags himself to the top rope. Shane leaps, for the elbow through the table!! Miz checks on Shane while Houston loses their minds! Miz puts Jimmy in, blocks the Superkick but Jimmy denies the Finale. Roll up, TWO, roll up, full nelson! Jimmy throws Miz off, SUPERKICK! Jimmy climbs up top, Uso Splash! But MIz gets knees up! Cradle cover, TWO, Skull-Crushing Finale!! COver, TWO into a crucifix!! The Usos win!!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy Uso pinning; NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions
The Best Tag Team in the World and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions are no longer Miz & Shane! Jimmy drags his brother from the wreckage, and the twins celebrate the start of their sixth reign! Miz helps Shane up from the wreckage now, and the two walk to the back together. Fans cheer them on for the great effort, but with no rematch clauses, how will they get a chance to take those titles back?
Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush.
This is easy money, it’ll be two versus one. But with the trend of new champions, will there be another? Is Lio going to be a weak link? Granted, they can work together, but perhaps Finn Balor can get Lashley out of the way to pin Lio to win the title. Lio tells Dasha that they all know that. But Finn can’t capitalize and win. Lashley & Lio have the advantage, they’re the top of the food change. No one is stronger and more dominant than Lashley, and Lio. Relax, big man, Lashley’s the steak, Lio’s the sizzle. So Lio isn’t worried even after Finn beat him two weeks ago? No. Enough talk, the match is next!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor!
The Man of the Hour has a point: the odds are in their favor. But the Extraordinary Man knows how to defy odds and win when no one thinks he can. Can Finn do all that again tonight and take the title from the Rocky Mountain Machine? Or will he simply be dominated?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Lio convinces Lashley he’ll start. The bell rings, and Lio tags right out to Lashley! Lashley and Finn tie up, and Lashley knees low and clubs Finn down. Fans boo as Lashley flexes, but Finn kicks back! Finn runs and throws forearms, then more kicks. Lashley knees low again, then stands on Finn’s chest. Fans rally as Lashley stomps Finn. Lashley whips but Finn dodges to hit flying forearms! Finn chases Lio off but Lashley gets away. Lio and Lashley regroup on the outside and talk strategy. Finn waits as Lashley returns. Lashley gets a waistlock and throws Finn down. Lashley bumps Finn off buckles and then throws a throat chop. He clubs Finn then throws forearms into the back. The ref counts as Lashley chokes Finn again, and Lashley backs off at 4.
Lashley whips Finn corner to corner, but Finn dodges! Finn swing kicks Lashley down then hurries up top! Lio distracts and Finn chases him off. Finn slingshots but Lashley denies the sunset flip with a stomp. Lashley stomps Finn more then drags him up for a powerbomb. Finn slips out and back drops Lashley out! Lio panics as Finn builds speed, and Lio manages to swipe his feet! Finn chases Lio, but runs into Lashley’s tackle! Fans boo as Lashley stands over Finn and Lio hypes him up. Lashley lifts Finn to ram him into the apron! Lashley puts Finn in, drops an elbow, and covers. TWO and Lio tags in. Lio mocks the Too Sweet and he kicks Finn while he’s down. He eggs Finn on as he throws haymakers and stomps away in a corner.
Finn throws Lio into the corner! Lio runs away and tags Lashley! Lashley clobbers Finn! Cover, TWO! Lashley stays on Finn with a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Finn endures. Finn powers up and fights out with body shots. Lashley gets Finn with a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Finn lives and Lio is livid! Lashley tags Lio back in and Lio puts Finn in an abdominal stretch. Finn endures as Lio flexes. Fans rally again and Finn powers his way out to a hip toss! Lio crawls to the far corner, and Finn runs in, only to get boots. Lio hops up but Finn ducks under, tag to Lashley! Finn runs into another tackle! Lashley rams his shoulder in again and again, then runs in for another tackle.
Lashley flexes but fans boo and jeer. He puts Finn in the corner again, runs in for another tackle, then lifts Finn HIGH for a spinebuster! Fans continue to boo as Lashley takes aim. But Lio tags in? Lio says he can finish this for them. Lio leaps for the Final Hour, but Finn dodges! The splash flops and Lashley panics. Finn and Lio slowly stand, and Finn stays between Lio and Lashley. Lio kicks but Finn catches it! Lio reaches but Finn reels Lio in for forearms. Finn hits Lashley, then double stomps Lio! Lashley runs in but gets a slingblade! Finn clotheslines Lashley out, then tosses Lio out onto him! Finn FLIES onto them both! He puts Lio in quick, shotgun dropkick blasts Lio down! Finn climbs up high, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Finn wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
Finn gets away from the angry Almighty, and is celebrating with Balor Club! Will the Extraordinary Man take this title all the way to Wrestlemania?
Lashley is angry with Lio. Lio is the only reason things went sour for them! And he grabs Lio around the head! Lio begs Lashley forgive him, he is sorry. Lashley lets Lio go, only to lift and slam him! The Rocky Mountain Machine is done with all the hype. Will Lashley be able to find his way back to the title? Is it back to 205 Live full-time for Lio?
In-ring interview with Charlotte Flair.
When did she find out Vince McMahon was going to use her to replace Becky Lynch at Wrestlemania? “Life is good when you’re Charlotte Flair!” The Queen is going to Wrestlemania, and she got to humiliate Becky at the same time. Becky should’ve learned by now that this is her own fault. She can’t let anything go. Becky panders to the WWE Universe! She needs the fans to love her! But Charlotte doesn’t need anyone else’s affirmation. Charlotte knows that she is THE very best in the WWE today! Fans still chant for Becky, though. But Charlotte will be ringside to watch Rowdy Rousey VS Riott, to see who main events against her.
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott!
Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan fell short of getting the tag titles, but the Squad Leader still looks to shake up Wrestlemania by shocking the world tonight. Is it possible that Ruby can dethrone the Baddest Woman on the Planet? Or will Ronda be the one constant in the Wrestlemania Raw Women’s Championship picture?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Charlotte takes a seat as the match begins. Ruby kicks low and throws fast hands on Ronda! Ronda gets Ruby off her to then throw her around! Ruby scrambles out to catch her breath but Ronda eggs her on. Ruby takes her time returning while Ronda paces. Ronda rushes Ruby but Ruby bails out again. Ruby slowly returns, but uses the ropes as defense. She then throws forearms and kicks! Ronda still throws Ruby down! Ronda scoops Ruby, for Piper’s Pit! And then while pointing at the Wrestlemania sign, ARMBAR! Ruby taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
Ronda stares Charlotte down. The Queen isn’t who she wanted, but Ronda is more than happy to take her frustrations out on her. Charlotte is still confident as she walks up to the ring. Charlotte and Ronda stand face to face, but wait, is that Becky!? Becky is on crutches but she’s still making her way from the crowd to the ring! Becky puts the crutches in and rolls into the ring. Fans cheer her on but Charlotte mocks Becky at how hard it is for her to join them. Becky ignores Charlotte to look at Ronda. Ronda stares back, and then Becky fires off on Charlotte!! Becky seems fine enough to smack away on the woman replacing her!
Ronda takes up the other crutch?! Ronda aims at Charlotte with it, but then Becky SMACKS Ronda! The Man takes her anger out on both women going to Mania over her! Security rushes the ring but Becky keeps going! Becky finally stops but Houston is thunderous for the Straight Fire! Becky leaves peacefully with security escorting her out. Ronda is furious and Charlotte is in a daze. Will Becky’s actions only make things worse for her?
No Disqualifications: Braun Strowman VS Baron Corbin!
As the Monster Among Men told us earlier today, he plans on making this a happy ending for himself, and a nightmare for the Lone Wolf. Will Corbin regret ever angering Strowman to this point? Or will he have another scheme up his sleeves to screw Strowman over?
The fans chant “Get These Hands!” as the bell rings. Corbin throws his vest at Strowman! But Strowman rocks him with an uppercut! Corbin bails out and Strowman gives chase. Corbin SMACKS Strowman with a kendo stick! And another SMACK, and antoher SMACK! Corbin has Strowman staggering about the ring with every SMACK! Corbin dedicates the next SMACK to the fans. Strowman gets to a corner so Corbin wedges the stick into the opposite corner. Corbin whips but Strowman reverses! Corbin slides out to avoid the stick, then slides back in only to get an uppercut! Strowman squashes Corbin in a corner! Corbin goes back for the stick but Strowman takes the stick from him! They fight over the stick but Strowman’s one hand beats Corbin’s two!
“I don’t need a kendo stick to whoop your ass!” Strowman breaks the stick then clubs Corbin down! Fans fire up with Strowman while Corbin bails out. Strowman comes around the corner and blasts Corbin into barriers! Strowman takes another lap, but Corbin throws an arm chair! And Strowman catches it! Corbin runs and Strowman chases, but Corbin sends Strowman into steel steps! Corbin takes the steps apart and rams the top half into Strowman! Strowman staggers about but Corbin gives chase. Corbin jams Strowman with the steps again, then mocks the lap. Corbin gets speed and runs Strowman over! And then he mocks the monster’s roar. Fans boo and jeer while Corbin drags Strowman up and into the ring. Corbin drags Strowman up to rock with a right hand!
Fans boo as Corbin gloats. Corbin eggs Strowman on but Strowman drags himself up. Corbin runs to rock Strowman with another right! Fans boo as Corbin gloats more. Corbin prepares a third, but Strowman clobbers Corbin instead! And then a corner splash to a big boot! Strowman roars and fans chant for a table. Strowman obliges, and finds a table from under the ring! He puts the table in the ring, then sets it up in a corner. Strowman goes after Corbin to scoop, but Corbin slips out and rakes the eyes! Corbin boots Strowman, then hops up to leap, but into the scoop! Monster Slam through the table!! But here comes Drew McIntyre! It is only natural that one of Corbin’s allies would come out just as Corbin looked to be losing. McIntyre has a steel chair, but then Bobby Lashley attacks from behind!
The pack is together and they SMACK Strowman with chair shot after chair shot! Lashley and McIntyre help Corbin up from the wreckage, but Strowman stands! Strowman rocks Lashley with an uppercut! McIntyre hits the Glasgow Kiss, Lashley SPEARS Strowman down! Corbin coordinates the trio and has them bring in the steel steps. McIntyre and Lashley take the big base steps and put them in the ring. Corbin helps set them side by side, and fans boo as the three circle Strowman. McIntyre drags Strowman up to talk trash, but Strowman grabs him by the throat! Strowman grabs Lashley, but Corbin SMACKS Strowman on the back! Strowman goes down again and Corbin goes searching under the ring.
Corbin, McIntyre and Lashley get tables into the ring and start setting them up. CLAYMORE keeps Strowman down! McIntyre helps Corbin double stack the tables, then they both drag Strowman around to Lashley on top of the steps. They all lift Strowman, for a SHIELD BOMB through BOTH tables! Corbin covers, Corbin wins!!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
This new pack of wild dogs asserts dominance over the Monster Among Men! What is to come of these three being united in their dominance and destruction?
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The Miz and Shane are getting checked out backstage.
Miz apologizes to Shane. He can’t calm down over the loss. They’re better than this! Miz dedicated this match to his entire family!! Shane tells Miz to calm down and head home. They can talk again on Tuesday. Just go home, okay? Miz does leave, but he’s not happy. Will Miz cool off come SmackDown this week?
Lacey Evans heads to the ring.
The Model Soldier surprises everyone by walking out, but then she heads back? Was this her way of classing up the night?
WWE Championship Elimination Chamber!
SmackDown’s incredible Gauntlet Match established who will go in last, and that is The Viper! Randy Orton takes a pod, as does Kofi Kingston, Jeff Hardy, and AJ Styles. That leaves the New Daniel Bryan to start against Samoa Joe by default!
But as Bryan makes his entrance, he shouts for them to cut his music. “Do you know what happens when a genius like myself tries to enlighten the masses?” They get punished! The WWE management has given the WWE Universe power! And what happens now? Bryan comes out and he’s one of the first in the match! “Fickle!” First in the Gauntlet! “Fickle!” And now Rowan can’t accompany Bryan to the ring! Bryan shouts “No!” but fans chant “Yes! Yes!” Bryan doesn’t want the fans to make him a martyr, but he is suffering for the greater good. The small-minded people just repeat the same stupid phrase, and it only reminds Bryan that there is hope. The people and the planet needs the New Daniel Bryan as the WWE Champion! Bryan finally enters the Chamber, the belt is raised, and the match finally begins.
Joe corners Bryan but Bryan slips out and around the outside. Joe dares Bryan to come back but Bryan refuses. Bryan simply trolls Joe while waiting out the clock. Joe waits and Bryan enters the ring, but he still keeps his distance. Bryan throws kicks but Joe just grins. Joe catches the next kick to give a kick! Joe kicks, Bryan catches, but Joe uses that to get at kneebar! Bryan endures, and grabs the ropes. Joe lets go and Bryan gets him into a corner. Bryan CHOPS Joe but Joe just gets mad. Bryan runs but Joe gives chase! Joe corners Bryan and CHOPS him against the steel chains! Joe drags Bryan back into the ring for a back suplex. Bryan slips out and hops up, but into a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, into the Boston Crab!
Bryan endures but Joe shifts to an STF! Then a crossface! Then Rings of Saturn! Bryan shifts to a cover, TWO, he dropkicks Joe’s legs out! Bryan throws Joe out of the ring, then into a pod! Joe rolls back into the ring and Bryan covers, ONE! Bryan stands Joe up for a chop, but Joe CHOPS Bryan! Joe headbutts Bryan then kicks him in the chest and back. Bryan gets up to chop, but Joe CHOPS him again! Joe whips Bryan to a corner, but Bryan drop toeholds Joe into buckles! Bryan kicks away on Joe but the countdown finally appears! Bryan backs off to watch the pods. The next man in is… Kofi Kingston!
The Iron Man rallies on both of them! Springboard ax handle for Bryan! Kofi spin through the urenage but Joe denies the DDT. Kofi swing kicks Joe away then climbs up for a splash to the back! Cover, TWO! Bryan goes after Kofi in a corner, then hangs him out to dry on the ropes. Fans rally while Bryan climbs. Bryan leaps at Kofi for a guillotine knee drop! Cover, TWO! Bryan goes after Joe with chops, but Joe still isn’t bothered by them. Joe backs Bryan down with another CHOP! Bryan runs away from Joe again, then climbs up on top a pod. Joe wants Bryan to come back but he just sits. Kofi rams into Joe with shoulders but then Joe CHOPS Kofi. Joe whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up after Bryan! Bryan wants Kofi to take it easy, but Kofi throws furious haymakers!
Bryan gets away but Kofi pursues! Joe approaches from below as the two exchange kicks. Joe drags Bryan down off the wall, but Kofi kicks Joe away. Kofi aims, climbs a little higher, and Trust Falls onto them both! All three men are down as that fall hurts Kofi almost as much as Bryan or Joe. Kofi drags Bryan back into the ring, covers, TWO! He covers Joe, TWO! Bryan throws European Uppercuts on Kofi then headlocks. Kofi powers out but Bryan runs him over. Things speed up, Kofi back elbows Bryan! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool but Joe is on him with a headbutt. Joe back sentons Bryan! Joe drags Kofi up and snap suplexes. Cover, TWO! Joe goes back to Bryan on the outside, throwing forearms and CHOPS against the steel chains! The countdown returns and the next man in is… AJ Styles!
The Phenomenal One rallies on everyone with haymakers! Phenomenal Blitz on Joe! Bryan goes after Styles and SLAPS him. Styles SLAPS Bryan, and the two brawl! Styles whips but Bryan reverses. Bryan runs in but into an elbow. Styles hops up, Moonsault but Kofi comes in. Styles catches Kofi, double DDT’s! Cover on Bryan, TWO! Cover on Kofi, TWO! Styles bumps Kofi off buckles and kicks out the leg. Styles goes to Joe on the outside, slingshot for a forearm! Bryan climbs again while Styles keeps Joe down. Styles spots Bryan, and springboards up to meet him! Phenomenal Forearm takes Bryan out! Styles shoulders and slingshots on Kofi for a sunset flip, but into the Styles Clash! Kofi fights out of it, then runs, but into the Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he goes back to Joe. J
oe covers up but Styles kicks low and then chops him. Styles throws forearms, but Joe prevents him from throwing him into steel. Joe throws Styles into the chains then back drops Styles into the ring! Joe goes after Kofi but Kofi hits back! Kofi fires off haymakers and kicks, but runs into the sleeper! Kofi copies his idea from the Gauntlet and makes it a cover! TWO and Joe still has the sleeper! Jawbreaker frees Kofi, Phenomenal Forearm hits Joe! Styles ELIMINATES Joe! The Destroyer is gone, but the countdown returns. Since we know who is last, the next man in has to be Jeff hardy! The Charismatic Enigma brawls with Styles! Hardy whips but Styles reverses, only for Hardy to run him over. Hardy atomic drops and splits the legs! Dropkick on top, cover, TWO!
Hardy jawbreakers Styles then back kicks Bryan. Hardy kicks Kofi and hits a sit-out gourd buster! Then he uses Kofi to hit Bryan with Poetry in Motion! Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” as Hardy stalks Styles. Styles denies the Twist of Fate with a Pele! Hardy crawls to a corner while Bryan throws Kofi into chains. Bryan grinds Kofi into steel while Styles shoves Hardy into a pod! Styles climbs up behind Hardy but Hardy fights back. Hardy trips Styles up and Styles hits post on the way down! Hardy drags Styles into the ring while Bryan laces Kofi’s arm through chain! Styles is stuck on the top rope, Hardy SWANTONS on Styles! KNEE PLUS outta nowhere! Bryan ELIMINATES Hardy! Hardy put it all on the line to go after Styles, he got caught off guard.
Bryan goes after Styles now with a Tree of Woe. Bryan fires off No Kicks, then runs corner to corner to basement dropkick! Styles can’t get out of the tree and Bryan puts Kofi on top. Bryan stomps Styles down then climbs up over him. Bryan drags Kofi up but Styles sits up! Styles adds on for a Tower of Doom, German Suplex and SUPERPLEX! Styles works to get out of the Tree while the others are down. The countdown returns, and finally, Randy Orton joins the match! He has his pick and first lariats Bryan down. Orton stomps Styles in the Tree, then clotheslines Kofi. He stomps Styles more, but Kofi gets his attention. Orton throws Kofi into Styles! Styles finally falls out of the Tree, but Bryan goes at Orton. Orton almost gets the RKO but Bryan backslides! TWO, and Orton hangs Bryan out to dry!
Kofi dropkicks Orton! Kofi drags Styles up, but Styles gets him with the STO backbreaker, just like the Gauntlet match! Styles drags Kofi up as fans rally. Styles whips Kofi to a corner, then runs in, only for Kofi to put him outside. Kofi turns around into Styles’ forearm, then Styles springboards, into an RKO!! Cover, Orton ELIMINATES Styles! Orton grins as he watches Styles be helped out of the Chamber. But Kofi rolls Orton! TWO, Trouble in Paradise misses. Kofi kicks Orton back, then climbs up, only for Orton to trip him up. Orton drags Kofi out from the top rope, for a SUPER draping DDT! Fans duel as Orton hears the voices in his head. Orton stalks Kofi but catches Bryan in a powerslam! Orton goes back to Kofi but Kofi denies the RKO! TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Cover, Kofi ELIMINATES Orton!
Kofi is one of the final two with Daniel Bryan! Houston is thunderous for how close Kofi is to achieving a dream! Kofi and Bryan are in opposite corners, and Kofi fires himself up. Bryan and Kofi stand up stare down. They approach, and start throwing hands! Bryan kicks so Kofi kicks, and repeat! They go back and forth, but Kofi eggs Bryan’s kicks on! Bryan kicks and Kofi kicks! Trouble In Paradise misses, Bryan dropkicks the legs out! Bryan dares Kofi to sit up, and starts giving him No Kick! He kicks again and again, but Kofi ducks the buzzsaw! SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Kofi was so close yet so far from finally being world champion! Houston is at a fever pitch as Kofi and Bryan reset.
Kofi runs in but misses in the corner! Fans rally up as Bryan takes his time looming over Kofi. Bryan throws angry haymakers, saying Kofi doesn’t deserve to be here. Bryan gives Kofi more kicks, then runs corner to corner, for a big dropkick! And then another! And a third! A fourth! Kofi jumps out and double stomps out Bryan! Cover, TWO!! Houston is right there with Kofi on how close he was again. Kofi wills himself to his feet and to a corner. He aims at Bryan as he stands. Kofi runs but Bryan bails out. Kofi goes after Bryan and throws him into chains! He does it again and again and again! Kofi only picks up speed as he rams Bryan into steel! He drags Bryan up, bulldog but Bryan sends Kofi into the pod!
Bryan drags Kofi into the ring, and waits for Kofi to stand. Fans are not giving up on Kofi, but Bryan is taking am. Bryan runs at Kofi, KNEE PLUS! Cover, TWO!? Kofi survives and shocks Bryan! But Houston is eating this up! Bryan grows angry, and grabs Kofi’s arms. Bryan stomps away on Kofi’s face! And again and again and again! Cover, TWO! Bryan wants another shot, Kofi stands, TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Cover, TWO to a cradle! TWO, and Kofi kicks Bryan. Bryan catches Kofi’s arm into a form of the Labell Lock! But he also rakes the eyes and nose! This isn’t illegal in the Chamber! Kofi reaches and gets the ropebreak! Bryan lets go out of exhaustion. Bryan sits up and drags Kofi around. Houston declares “This is Awesome!”
Bryan climbs up top but Kofi kicks him down! Kofi climbs up and throws hands. Bryan climbs to the pod but Kofi pursues. Kofi clubs Bryan down then headbutts him against the Plexiglas. Kofi throws Bryan into it as fans chant “Yes! Yes!” He drags Bryan up, but Bryan resists. Kofi throws body shots but Bryan continues to block the risky suplex. Bryan fights and now he bounces Kofi against the Plexiglas! Bryan decides to use Kofi’s idea, but now Kofi resists! Kofi fights back and clubs Bryan down. Bryan slips down to the post but Kofi again pursues. Kofi boots Bryan again and again and sends him all the way down! Kofi stands, leaps, but FLOPS! Bryan aims from the corner, KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan wins!
Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
The New Daniel Bryan survives the Chamber by the skin of his teeth. Will the Planet’s Champion ever be defeated?
As for Kofi, the New Day come out to join him. They and the fans still have Kofi’s back. Houston chants “Thank You, Kofi!” because he has nothing to be ashamed of. Will they go back to the drawing board and find another way for Kofi to get that Grand Slam?
A really great Elimination Chamber! WWE more or less took advantage of the assumption that they wouldn’t use this PPV for anything crucial and actually did that. At least, for some of this. Buddy Murphy retains because while Tozawa was doing great, I’m thinking it’s someone brand new to 205 Live that’ll finally take it from Murphy. AKA Kushida. The Women’s Tag Team Championship Chamber match was of course new and historic, and it was pretty good for having a few superstars who aren’t exactly the best. All 12 women got to look strong, but it was good for the IIconics to be later in the match so that they could pick on the others. Naturally Bayley and Sasha win, it is their story, and they were even matching the belts with their gear. I’m still waiting to see how they’ll make these belts work on both brands.
I did not think The Usos were going to win those titles. There was the new of Jimmy’s DUI, but it seems the Usos and Naomi had a counter of wanting to leave. The WWE gave the Usos their win to keep them and will likely worry about punishing Jimmy for the public incident some other way. But the match was great, and this does help give Miz & Shane a new dimension to the story. Though I have a feeling that this might be what brings us to Miz VS Shane. That’s a bit of a shame, but I suppose this would be a good way of doing it. But I did see Finn Balor getting that Intercontinental Championship off of Lio Rush. That seemed to be the only reason for the Handicap stipulation, because Vince still doesn’t see Finn being able to beat a beefy guy directly.
Of course, it also helps give Lashley energy left over to beat up Strowman with his real friends. No Disqualifications was obviously for this to happen. Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre taking the Shield triple powerbomb to the extreme was an interesting choice. If Roman Reigns was healthy, I would think this would lead to Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre taking on a once-again-reunited Shield at Wrestlemania. Even with Dean Ambrose supposedly leaving after Mania, one last ride with his brothers would be a great match for him to have at Wrestlemania, and it could be a feel-good send-off moment when the Shield stands tall for one last fist bump.
We all knew Ruby Riott was going to lose, but Ronda sure beat her quickly. Ruby should stick with Liv and Sarah and try to Freebird the Women’s Tag Titles. As for the rest of the Raw Women’s Championship segment, it was amazing! Becky surprises us, and then her beating both Charlotte and Ronda up with the crutch was a lot of fun. This wasn’t the route I pictured for the Triple Threat but it’s working out. Now if only Asuka would have something lined up. Lacey Evans randomly showing up was just weird, but maybe she is their choice to build for Asuka in the home stretch. Then after a huge block of WWE’s own ads, we finally get to the world title chamber. It was really good with how they played on all the story, and it was perfect to have Bryan start and Kofi hang with him.
In the back of my mind, I knew Kofi wasn’t going to win, but they did such a great job making it seem like Kofi could’ve pulled it off. It is a shame Ali wasn’t getting this same shine because of injury, but Ali will be back and can continue where he left off. Fastlane is coming, and that will surely be used to determine the next challenger. A lot of it depends on Ali’s physical health, so anything could happen. It’d be great if Kofi got another chance, but the New Day have said Kofi will get the title in 2019, so it doesn’t have to be at Mania, even if Mania is the place for such great moments.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Dominion 2019 Part 1!
It’s Rainmaker VS Painmaker in the main event!
Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho! Will Y2J stop the reign of the Rainmaker? Or will Okada continue to raise NJPW to the next level?
Coverage of Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino; Moxley wins.
- Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima; Takagi wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan; Taguchi Japan wins.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for this Summer blockbuster!
The Rainmaker reigns once again after his long road to redemption. Madison Square Garden was the beginning of Kazuchika Okada’s fifth reign, and Okada would be successful in his first defense back in Japan. But a darker Chris Jericho has come back to NJPW to be the Painmaker that ruins the Rainmaker’s Summer. Can Okada keep going? Or will he regret playing with Y2J?
But before that, the Aerial Assassin, fresh off his Best of the Super Juniors victory, wants the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back! Will Ospreay slayed the Muscle Dragon, Shingo Takagi, in the finals, but can he slay CMLL’s Dragon Lee? Or will Lee continue the reign that also started in Madison Square Garden?
Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino!
The Lunatic is free, and he has come to NJPW! He won the IWGP United States Championship in his debut, but will the Death Rider keep going strong as this Young Lion gets to show his stuff?
Umino is definitely eager to show what he can do, as he FLIES out onto Moxley before the bell! Osaka fires up with Umino as he gets Moxley in the ring. The bell does ring and Umino climbs up to missile dropkick Moxley back down! Umino runs in corner to corner, but gets a big lariat from Moxley! Moxley goes back to Umino to rain down rights, but the ref reprimands him for closed fists. So Moxley switches to elbows! Moxley walks off his annoyance before putting Umino in the corner for a CHOP! And another! Moxley grinds his forearm into Umino’s face but lets up at the ref’s count, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Umino survives, and Moxley mocks them before dropping an elbow. Cover, TWO!
Moxley drags Umino around for a Queen Angelito Stretch. Umino endures the deathlock and crossface, but Moxley fish hooks the mouth. Fans rally and Umino crawls, but Moxley pulls back harder. Umino powers his way forward for the ropebreak! Moxley lets go just to hammer Umino down. Moxley walks off with some swagger, then returns to loom over a dazed Umino. Umino hits back but Moxley eggs him on. Umino throws more forearms but it’s not enough for Moxley. That third one still wasn’t, and Moxley headbutts Umino, only to run into a dropkick and a German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Umino stays fired up as he fishermen’s, but Moxley spins out to forearm Umino back. Then Moxley gives Umino the X-Plex! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer Umino’s heart and Moxley even laughs. Moxley drags Umino up, Death Rider DDT! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
That wasn’t as easy as Moxley thought, but he still puts the Young Lion away. When and where will the Death Rider strike again? How long will he be IWGP US Champion?
Moxley isn’t done, he grabs a mic. “I bring a message from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jon Moxley, international purveyor of violence, gentleman and all around sick son of a b*tch wants in on the G1!” A huge move for the newest star in NJPW! Will Moxley rise to the challenge of the G1 Climax to take it all?! Either way, he takes his belt, and Umino, with him to the back! Has the Young Lion won the veteran’s respect?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Moxley has a floundering Umino hold onto the IWGP US Championship belt for him as he compliments the Young Lion. “I like this kid. He could be my new Young Lion. I’m gonna need some help, I’m gonna need a partner.” A training partner, a guy to spot him on the bench, to drive him home from Roppongi. Does Umino drive? Well Moxley and his Young Boy will be fine. And Moxley made his intentions clear. “See you at the G1. Come, my friend.” Moxley helps Umino up and the two head out. Is this partnership really going to work out? And how is the Death Rider going to fare in his first G1 Climax tournament?
Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima!
The Muscle Dragon suffered his first loss in NJPW when he fell to the Aerial Assassin, but he looks to spring back already. Will his Pumping Bomber beat the legendary Cozy Lariat in this special first-ever encounter?
The bell rings and the fans are already fired up. They tie up, and Shingo keeps even with Kojima. Shingo puts Kojima on the ropes, then lets up to pat his shoulders. And then CHOP him anyway! Kojima doesn’t flinch, and kicks back. He headlocks Shingo but Shingo powers out. Kojima bumps Shingo but Shingo comes back to run him over! Fans marvel at the muscles as Shingo drags Kojima up. Kojima forearms Shingo but Shingo hits back. They brawl with fast and furious forearms, then Shingo headbutts. Shingo whips but Kojima runs him over! Fans cheer as Kojima shows he’s as strong as ever. Kojima flex the pecs then slingshots to topple Shingo down! Fans cheer as Kojima gets up. Shingo follows and they brawl on the outside.
The count climbs as the punches fly, but Shingo CHOPS! Kojima keeps hitting Shingo and Shingo keep shitting Kojima. But the count hits 15! Then 17! They hear 19 and jump in! Shingo goes at Kojima with a facelock but Kojima gets up. Shingo shifts to a cravat, but Kojima endures the grind, only to get an elbow. Kojima ends up in a corner, Shingo whips him to another. Shingo runs in but blocks the boot then jab and chop! Jab, chop, and repeat! Shingo lets up at the ref’s count and checks his hand. He whips Kojima corner to corner, but Kojima dodges and CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS over and over and over! Fans fire up as he tops it off with one more big CHOP! Shingo is stinging as Kojima whips him corner to corner. Kojima forearm smashes then goes up top! But Shingo knocks him down!
Shingo joins Kojima on the apron and says HE is going for something. Kojima denies the Death Valley, but Shingo holds on to deny the cutter. Shingo fireman’s carries, and hits the apron Death Valley Driver! Both men slump to the floor but Shingo sits up first. Kojima slowly follows, and sweeps Shingo’s legs on the apron! Shingo crashes and Kojima climbs up to join him. Kojima hits an apron DDT! Kojima puts Shingo in and brings him up for a cutter! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives and surprises Kojima a bit, but Kojima keeps his cool. He clubs away on Shingo and then puts him up top. Kojima climbs up to join Shingo, and hits a SUPER CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives again!
Kojima drags Shingo up and Shingo denies the suplex. Kojima manages to get Shingo up but Shingo slips out. Shingo waistlocks but Kojima elbows free. Kojima runs, but into a back elbow of Shingo’s, then a JAB and LARIAT! But Shingo can’t make the cover, his arms are still stinging. Shingo whips Kojima and knees him against ropes. He suplexes Kojima for a big vertical suplex! Shingo drags Kojima back up but Kojima flops over. Shingo tries again, underhooks but Kojima resists. So Shingo knees and CHOPS him with both hands! Shingo runs, but Kojima blocks the bomber! Kojima runs, but Shingo blocks on one side, only to get Cozy Lariat from the other side! Kojima brings Shingo back up, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Kojima keeps his cool as fans rally up both ways. He prepares the arm, whips Shingo, but Shingo flops over now. The ref checks on Shingo while Kojima eggs him on. Shingo stands, blocks the lariat, and underhooks, but Kojima fights free, only to get a DDT! Kojima gets to a corner and fans rally up with Shingo. Shingo runs corner to corner for a big clothesline! Then he runs to Pump- Kojima tanks the bomber?! Shingo tries again but Kojima stays up. Shingo runs but clotheslines collide! And it’s Kojima who stays up! Fans fire up as Kojima glares. Off comes the arm band! Kojima runs, but into a PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, ONE!? Kojima shows great heart, and throws forearms with Shingo back and forth again.
Shingo gives elbows from all sides, but Kojima comes back with his own! Kojima swings into a pump handle! Shingo lifts Kojima, for Made in Japan! Cover, TWO!! Kojima escapes the driver! But Shingo keeps going, PUMPING BOMBER!! Shingo won’t cover?! He gets up and brings Kojima into the pump handle fireman’s carry, Last of the Dragon!! Cover, Shingo wins!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall
The biggest Junior Heavyweight in NJPW defeats a legendary heavyweight! Takagi picks up the mic to say, “You saw it happen. I got the job done.” But he needs something more. A bigger thrill! Something heavier. You get what he means, right? Osaka has an idea, but Takagi gets to the point. He also wants in on the G1!! It doesn’t matter the size, the talent, the toughness, Takagi will take them all down, “just the way I am.” That is all. The Muscle Dragon drops the mic and also wants in the big Summer tournament! Will Takagi prove that he can be the best of both weight classes?
Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan!
Two factions of NJPW clash as Jay White leads Taiji Ishimori and Chase Owens into battle against Juice Robinson, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and of course Ryusuke Taguchi. Will the Flamboyant One, The Ace and the Funky Weapon #BreathwiththeSwitchblade? Or will they take the Switchblade, Bone Soldier and Crown Jewel down on Dominion?
NJPW on AXS returns as the teams sort out. Chase starts against Juice with the bell. The two circle and tie up. Chase waistlocks then wrenches Juice, but Juice spins through to wrench back. Chase spins and headlocks, but Juice pries free to get a keylock to waistlock. Juice throws Chase down and keeps on him with a waistlock. Chase stands and backs Juice into ropes, and the break is clean, until Chase elbows Juice in that bad eyebrow! Chase goes after it with a headlock punch! The ref reprimands Chase but Juice just punches Chase back! Juice jabs and CHOPS in the corner over and over. The ref counts so Juice whips Chase corner to corner, to then run in for a big clothesline! Juice keeps moving, but Chase bails out.
The Bullet Club regroups while fans rally up for Juice. Juice dares Chase to get in, and Chase does, to tag out to Taiji. Taiji stares down with Juice, but Taguchi wants in. Osaka wants him in, too! Tag to Taguchi, and we revisit their resent Junior Heavyweight Championship match. Taguchi does his Sailor Boys dance, but that only gets him kicked. Taiji headlocks but Taguchi powers out and things speed up. Taguchi goes for a hip attack but gets an atomic drop! Taiji whips but Taguchi reverses to hit a corner hip attack! Then he whips Taiji corner to corner for another! Taguchi keeps moving, but misses that one! The Bullet Club blasts Taguchi’s teammates, and Taiji throws Taguchi out to join them.
White throws Tanahashi at the NJPW commentary while Chase punches Juice up the ramp. Taiji keeps on Taguchi on the other side while White CHOPS Tanahashi. Taiji whips Taguchi into barriers! White stomps Tanahashi down while Chase helps Taiji against Taguchi. Juice is down at the ramp while Taiji puts Taguchi in to cover. TWO, but Taiji tags Chase. Chase stomps Taguchi to keep him away from his corner. Chase bumps Taguchi off buckles then feeds him to White’s boot. Tag to White and Chase throws Taguchi out for White to ram into railing, apron and railing, repeat! White puts Taguchi back in while fans boo and jeer. He covers, TWO! Taguchi survives but White wraps him up with a chinlock.
Fans rally up and Taguchi feeds off the energy. Taguchi fights back and whips, but White reverses, and dodges the hip attack. The Funky Weapon has done more damage to himself than anything. He runs into another atomic drop! But he escapes White’s back suplex! Taguchi dodges and hits White with the hip attack! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taguchi and White crawl, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace has his hated nemesis and starts throwing forearms. He whips but White reverses, only to get a flying forearm! Tanahashi blasts the Bullet Club, then dodges White. He blocks the boot for a Dragon Screw! Fans fire up as Tanahashi hops up, for the senton onto White! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer “GO ACE!” as Tanahashi aims at White. White dodges Slingblade but Tanahashi elbows White away. Tanahashi runs but into a CHOP! But he keeps going! White blocks Slingblade to saido suplex! The Bullet Club take Taguchi and Juice out, then help White with Tanahashi. Taiji whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then Chase whips Taiji in to double knee Tanahashi. Chase adds a forearm smash, then White adds a running uppercut! White suplexes Tanahashi for a twisting suplex! Cover, but Juice and Taguchi both break it! Fans cheer but Bullet Club throws them back out. White drags Tanahashi up and slashes the throat. He has Tanahashi in position, but Tanahashi spins and palm strikes!
Tanahashi runs, but Slingblade is denied again! White wants but is denied Blade Runner into a Slingblade! Fans rally up while both men are down. Bullet Club hits Taguchi down and drags White to the corner, and Chase tags in! Chase grins as he aims at Tanahashi. He runs in corner to corner for a forearm, then snapmares for a Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi survives but Chase drags him up for a piledriver. Juice runs in but gets a SUPERKICK! Taguchi returns to kick Chase, then runs only to miss again! Taiji whips Taguchi into railing again while Chase drags Tanahashi up. Tanahashi goes to counter punch but Chase hits the bad arm. Chase hammerlocks and lariats, the Jewel Heist! But Chase isn’t done there, he double guns and drags Tanahashi up. Package-
No, Tanahashi escapes and trips Chase up! He laces the legs but Chase shoves him away into White’s cheap shot. But Juice yanks White down for the Left Hand of God! Chase drags Tanahashi up and whips, but Tanahashi reverses into a familiar position. But Tanahashi doesn’t steal Blade Runner, he hits a Slingblade DDT! Cover, Tanahashi and team win!
Winners: Taguchi Japan, Tanahashi pinning
The Ace gets the win for his team! But will this trios victory help Tanahashi in his newest NJPW comeback? Or is it a long road back for even the Once in a Century Talent?
Katsuyori Shibata returns to NJPW!
The man simply known as “The Wrestler” is back in Osaka-Jo Hall! But he is in a suit, so he’s not here to fight. Instead, his business is to introduce NJPW to a new star… KENTA!! Yes, the Innovator of the GTS is here! And as the shirt says, he’s ready to take over! Shibata helps Kenta into the ring and Osaka goes wild! And of course, Shibata picks up the mic to speak.
“Today, I brought a really close friend with me.” This is THE Kenta! And then the mic is given over to Kenta so that he may speak. “Hello NJPW fans, I’m Kenta.” He thanks Shibata for making this possible. And he is here because he followed his instincts. Kenta wants to show you his style of pro-wrestling. “I will see you at the G1 Climax.” Incredible! A third man declares for the tournament in one night! Will Kenta #TAKEOVER and make the rest of the field #GoToSleep?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay!
The Best of the Super Juniors practically just ended, but the Aerial Assassin doesn’t take anything easy. The two-time tournament winner wants to go from two-time champion to three! Will he slay another dragon in just the span of a week? Or will CMLL’s dragon continue to reign over the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised then put carefully alongside Ospreay’s BOSJ 26 trophy, and the two rivals shake hands. The bell rings and we begin this battle of young and international icons!
Osaka is already thunderous for these two top Junior Heavyweights. The two circle and tie up. Ospreay wrenches but Lee handsprings through. Lee and Ospreay tie up again and Lee snapmares, but Ospreay handsprings through. They go again, and Lee headlocks, but Ospreay powers out. Things speed up and Lee shoves to follow then huricanrana, but Ospreay handsprings through that! Ospreay huricanranas but Lee also handsprings! Lee kicks but Ospreay dodges to handspring, but Lee just denies the Oscutter! Lee lifts for Desnucadora but Ospreay slips out. Ospreay swings a kick, but Lee ducks, and then they both dropkick! Those cancel out and both men kip up, but Lee dropkicks Ospreay back down! Fans cheer how fast and furious these two move!
Lee goes after Ospreay with a hook to the face, then wraps an arm around the ropes. Lee CHOPS Ospreay then follow shim in a corner. He knees and forearms Ospreay, then whips corner to corner. Ospreay boots and enziguris Lee back, then hits a top-rope 619! Lee bails out but Ospreay slingshots for a big crossbody! Fans fire up as Ospreay stands tall! Ospreay takes a moment to walk off the landing then drags Lee up to CHOP him back down! Ospreay drags Lee up and into the ring, and covers, ONE! Fans cheer while Ospreay drags Lee back up for a big forearm. Ospreay whips and elbows Lee down, cover, ONE!
Ospreay keeps his cool as he drags Lee around. He hammerlocks one arm, then pulls on the other, for a recliner! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stalks Lee to a corner and CHOPS him back. He CHOPS Lee more, but Lee hits back with forearms. Ospreay back kicks then whips, but Lee puts Ospreay on the apron. Ospreay hits back then springboards, but his Pip Pip Cheerio gets caught into an STO! Both men are down but stirring as fans cheer. Lee gets up and goes to Ospreay in the corner to throw forearm after forearm. Lee runs but Ospreay follows to uppercut! Ospreay sweeps the legs and runs corner to corner, but Lee dodges. Lee throws more forearms to sit Ospreay down, then runs corner to corner for the basement dropkick! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Lee keeps his cool while fans cheer. Lee kicks Ospreay then whips, but Ospreay handsprings to PELE! Ospreay gets to the apron then springboards back in, flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Ospreay sees him bail out. Fans rally as Ospreay builds speed, Sasuke Special! Lee dodges but Ospreay still lands on his feet! Only to get Lee’s knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up onto the railing and throws forearm. NJPW commentary gets a good look as Lee builds speed and DIVES! They both go into the next section!! Even commentary is wiped out with that insane tope suicida! Red Shoes checks on both men, and somehow they’re okay to continue. Fans rally up behind commentary who got wiped out. Everyone is up and Lee pushes Ospreay over the railing back to ringside.
Lee puts Ospreay in the ring and deadlifts him. Ospreay fights the waistlock but Lee shifts to a full nelson. Ospreay breaks that, but gets caught into the Straitjacket German! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay still escapes after all of that! Lee grits his teeth and checks his mask as he goes after Ospreay again. He puts Ospreay up on the back rope and Ospreay falls into the Tree of Woe. Lee climbs up but Ospreay sits up to start brawling! They hit each other with forearms back and forth, and with little where else to go. Lee headbutts Ospreay back into the Tree, then stands up, but Ospreay kicks Lee down! Ospreay is free of the Tree while Lee falls to the floor. Ospreay climbs up, CORKSCREW MOONSAULT! He takes Lee down with him!
Osaka fires up while Ospreay clutches his ribs. But Ospreay fires up to drag Lee into the ring! Ospreay drags Lee up into the dragon sleeper, for a Bloody Sunday! Cover, TWO! Lee lives again but Ospreay keeps his focus. Both men stand and Ospreay aims, Hook Kick! But Ospreay won’t stop there, he roars as he underhooks. Lee blocks so Ospreay kicks away on his face. Underhooks to Canadian rack, but Lee pops out of Stormbreaker for a gut wrench! But Ospreay slips through to gut wrench Lee, only for Lee to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And then springs up to a suplex, only to get the Osaka Street Cutter! Both men are down after an Osaka Street Cutter in Osaka! Fans rally up and the two slowly stir. The two crawl towards each other, and start throwing forearms again.
Fans cheer as Ospreay hits Lee and Lee hits Ospreay. Both men fire up and get to their feet. Ospreay hits Lee again, but Lee hits Ospreay again. They go back and forth, then Ospreay fires several! Lee hits one and decks Ospreay! Lee runs but into a HOOK KICK! Ospreay runs, but into a German Suplex! But he lands on his feet to dropkick-flip, into Lee’s knee trigger! Lee POISON RANAS! Lee runs, but into SPANISH FLY! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Ospreay crawls to a cover, TWO!! Lee just barely survives that one!
Fans rally up as Ospreay puts Lee in the drop zone. Ospreay climbs up again, but has to fight Lee. Lee SUPERKICKS Ospreay down to the apron! Lee runs side to side, for a FLYING HURICANRANA! But Ospreay lands on his feet?! Lee is stunned as Ospreay stares him down. Ospreay eggs Lee on, and gets him with an apron pop-up bomb! Ospreay puts Lee in, climbs up top, and leaps for the Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives, but Ospreay vows to end it! Ospreay aims, Robinson Special! But that’s not all, Ospreay springboards, but into a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous all over again as both men slowly stir.
Ospreay goes back to the apron, but Lee pursues. Lee drags Ospreay up and throws forearms. Ospreay swing kicks Lee back! Ospreay hops up fast, but Lee trips him up! Into a Tree of Woe to the outside! WOE STOMPS!! Lee may have done as much damage to himself just on the landing! Red Shoes checks but again they’re somehow both okay. A ring count begins and climbs past 10, but Lee is up and in! Ospreay is still down as fans cheer. Ospreay stands at 14 but flops over at 15! The count reaches 18, Ospreay springs up at 19 and gets in at 19.5! Only to get another knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up, lifts, but Ospreay resists again! Ospreay elbows out and roundhouses Lee down! But Lee catches Ospreay for another STO! That Ospreay slips through! Powerbomb lift, but Lee hits a DESTROYER!!
Lee won’t end it, he runs to Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO!? How?! But Lee doesn’t take long to worry about that. He takes the knee pad down and runs again, but Ospreay blocks the Wizard! Only to get a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous again as Lee lifts Ospreay, tucks, but Ospreay lands out of Desnucadora to back heel kick Lee in the head! Then reels him out for a Hook Kick! Ospreay aims, Hidden Blade!! But not even this is enough for Ospreay! He hops way up, SUPER OSCUTTER! He holds on, to underhook, STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Aerial Assassin wins his third Junior Heavyweight Championship as he slays his second dragon! Ospreay holds up both title and trophy, as THE Super Junior of NJPW today! How long will this newest reign last?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Ospreay says “The Junior Heavyweight wants in on the G1. I dare NJPW: put me in the G1 Climax this year! I’ll show that this trophy is just as good as the heavyweight trophy.” A fourth man makes his intentions known! Will Ospreay conquer both divisions in 2019?!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho!
Y2J has already held championship gold in NJPW, but he isn’t going to stop until he holds the top prize. He dares the Rainmaker to come out and play, so Okada will play his game. But just what is a “Painmaker,” anyway? Jericho promises to show the world right here in this match. Will the Judas Effect kick in to end Okada’s fifth reign? Or is Okada still on a whole different level?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of true greats!
Okada throws his jacket at Jericho much like Jericho might do to someone else. Jericho doesn’t appreciate that but Okada laughs and grins as Jericho throws Okada’s jacket out. These two hear the fans already thunderous for Okada, and Jericho grows annoyed already. Jericho tells the “stupid idiots” to shut up, but they just boo him instead. Okada encourages the fans to cheer so they cheer loud and proud. He and Jericho finally circle and tie up. Jericho pushes Okada away and the two circle again. They tie up again, and Jericho pulls hair. Okada turns things around and the two go around the ring, with Okada on Jericho against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Okada fakes Jericho out like all the rest. But Jericho pokes Okada’s eyes!
Fans boo but Jericho clubs Okada and CHOPS him. Jericho whips then runs him over with forearms! The fans boo but Jericho just mocks them. Jericho slaps Okada around but Okada throws forearms back. Okada whips but Jericho bails out to deny the dropkick. Jericho walks it off, but Okada gives chase! They go around the ring, into the ring, and then Jericho dodges Okada only to get a BOOT! Okada heads for a corner already, and leaps for a missile dropkick! But Jericho blocks it to the Walls of Jericho! Okada endures as Jericho sits down deep. Okada crawls while Jericho mocks the fans cheering him on. Ropebreak! Jericho lets go and Okada slumps out of the ring, but Jericho runs to wreck him with a dropkick! Okada tumbles over into commentary! Those guys are having a busy night…
Jericho climbs over to join Okada, mock the fans, and throw chairs! Jericho bounces Okada off the desk, then climbs up to stand Okada up. Flashbacks to Jericho’s matches with Naito, DDT to the table! Okada is stuck in the wood and Jericho rings the bell himself, as if he’s already won. Jericho goes back to Okada, tosses more furniture aside, and drags Okada up over the railing. He stomps Okada into the railing then drives in elbows. Jericho walks around the ring to go looking for something. He brings out a spare table! Jericho sets the table up, then shoves Red Shoes aside to fetch Okada. He brings Okada to the table, but Okada resists the lift. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada powers Jericho into railing! Jericho BOOTS right back! And once again, Jericho confiscates a camera to get a close-up on Okada, while flipping the bird.
Jericho gives the camera back while he mocks the fans cheering for Okada. He puts Okada in the ring then climbs up top. Jericho dares Okada to stand, and then leaps to crossbody Okada down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Jericho grows annoyed. Jericho slaps Okada around then drags Okada up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho stands on Okada but Red Shoes doesn’t count that as a cover. They argue and Jericho shoves Red Shoes again. Fans rally up for Okada but Jericho rains down rights. Jericho sits Okada up to drive in more elbows, then pushes the “piece of s*it back down.” He slaps Okada but Okada comes back for more. Jericho keeps slapping Okada so Okada throws forearms! Okada runs but into Jericho’s dropkick! Jericho grins as he mocks the Hulkster, too.
Jericho drags Okada up and chokes him on the ropes. He lets up at the ref’s count of 4 and even mocks the count, before kicking Okada down. Jericho chokes Okada against ropes again, then backs off to bring him up. Jericho suplexes and holds Okada up about 7 counts, then drops Okada down. He covers, TWO! Okada stays in this as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Jericho drags Okada up to CHOP him. Jericho CHOPS Okada against ropes, then again. He throws forearms, too, then whips. Okada kicks Jericho back then throws forearms of his own. Jericho throws even more forearms, but runs into a flapjack! Both men are down, but then Okada kips up. Okada rallies on Jericho with elbows and forearms! He whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Okada to dodge and elbow Jericho down! Okada fires up and Osaka with him! Okada runs in for a corner elbow, then kicks to DDT Jericho down. Jericho slumps out of the ring, but Okada pursues. Okada whips Jericho across the way into railing! Then runs in to boot him over! Okada gets the fans rallying as he gets space. Okada runs back in, to FLY, into a Code Breaker!
Both Jericho and Okada are down but it’s Okada gasping for air. Jericho leaves Okada behind to get in the ring. Jericho wants the ring count to end Okada’s reign. The count climbs to 10 but Okada is up and hobbling over. Okada gets to the ring at 11 but falls at 12. Okada hops in at 16, but Jericho is on him with a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Jericho clubs Okada with crossface forearms, but fans cheer Okada on. Jericho gives them dirty birds as he goes back to Okada. He CHOPS Okada and follows him to a corner for another CHOP. Jericho whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! He gut wrenches but Okada slips out! Okada gut wrenches Jericho, but Jericho tumbles back to get the lift back!
But Jericho slips through to grab the legs! Okada resists but Jericho gets the Walls all over again! Okada endures as fans cheer and Jericho talks trash. The champion crawls with all his might but Jericho just keeps up the pressure. Okada gives on more push, to a ropebreak! Jericho holds on until 4, then argues with Red Shoes. He chokes Red Shoes as he says Okada tapped out. But Jericho turns around into Okada’s dropkick! Jericho goes to a corner but Okada runs in, only to miss. Jericho runs in but misses, and Okada puts him up top. But Jericho kicks Okada before Okada could dropkick. Jericho leaps, into Okada’s dropkick! Okada drags Jericho up and gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! And the Rainmaker Pose!
Okada drags Jericho back up, reels him in to wring him out, but Jericho spins through to underhook, Tiger Bomb! High stack, TWO!! Okada survives but barely! Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, runs in, but the Code Breaker is denied to the Air Raid neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he goes up top. But his back slows him down given all that time in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho runs in but Okada shoulders and punches him away. Jericho punches back but Okada punches again. Okada goes to bump Jericho on buckles, but Jericho blocks to bump Okada. Okada staggers, Jericho triangle dropkicks him down! Fans have to cheer that classic move from Jericho.
Jericho drags Okada back up to bump him off buckles. He drags Okada up to the top rope, but Okada resists. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada hits back. Okada throws Jericho off! MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up as Okada hits a proper Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Jericho up, wrings him out, but Jericho ducks to enziguri! Both men are down again, but fans continue to cheer. Jericho and Okada crawl to each other, and start throwing forearms on the mat. They go back and forth, and slowly stand as they do. Jericho CHOPS Okada, but Okada walks it off to forearm Jericho back. Okada throws more forearms and even European Uppercuts. Okada whips but Jericho holds the ropes to again deny the dropkick. LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho keeps his cool as he stalks Okada to a corner. Jericho kicks Okada while he’s down and even in the corner. He argues with Red Shoes, but gets Okada’s shotgun dropkick! Okada gives back those corner kicks, and grinds his boot into Jericho as he gives back all the trash talk! Red Shoes counts and Okada lets up. Okada gets mad at Red Shoes and stomps Jericho more. Okada goes corner to corner, but into a Code Breaker! Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Okada barely survives that one. Jericho grows frustrated, and tells Okada to “Stay down!” Jericho unties a buckle pad and tosses it at commentary. “You see what happens?! Huh!? You stupid son of a b*tch?!” Jericho drags Okada up, gut wrenches, but Okada slips out to German Suplex!
Okada holds onto Jericho with that waistlock and drags Jericho up. He wrings Jericho out but Jericho ducks the waistlock. Jericho wrings Okada out and tries to steal Rainmaker! But Okada ducks it, to steal Code Breaker! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move, but Okada has more to give. Okada gut wrenches for a JUMPING TOMBSTONE! And then wristlock, but Jericho ducks to roll Okada into the Walls! And Jericho sits in deep! But Okada powers up to head for ropes! Fans rally up as Jericho demands they ring the bell! Okada reaches but Jericho drags him away! And then turns for a Lion Tamer! Jericho goes old school for this one! But Okada rolls around to pop through and spin Jericho off!
Jericho and Okada crawl then stand. Okada runs in but is sent into the bare buckles! Jericho clotheslines Okada, then demands Okada stand! He wants to use that elbow, but Okada ducks Judas Effect! Okada wrings Jericho out but Jericho again dodges Rainmaker. Jericho jumps but Code Breaker is denied again, and Okada pops Jericho up. Jericho sunset flips but Okada sits on it! Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
But Jericho won’t take that sitting down! He hammers away on Okada! Jericho is a sore loser, and shoves Red Shoes away to keep punching Okada in the head. Jericho throws Red Shoes right out of the ring, to then fetch something else from under the ring. A steel chair! Jericho brings that into the ring, and as Okada stands up, Jericho SMACKS him in the face!! Fans boo and jeer as Jericho holds his weapon up high. Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, Judas Effect! Fans continue to boo as Jericho takes a seat in his chair.
Jericho drags Okada outside the ring and then wraps the chair around Okada’s head! And rams him into the post!! Fans boo even louder but Jericho just soaks it up. Jericho goes back to Okada and brings him around to that table. Jericho finally lifts Okada, but Tanahashi hops in to save Okada! Tanahashi goes after Jericho but Young Lions hurry to keep them apart. Jericho throws things as he retreats, not wanting to face The Ace right now. Jericho grabs a mic to tell “Tana Bakahashi” that if he wants to start stuff, just look at what happened to Okada. “The Painmaker never loses! The Painmaker always wins! Chris Jericho is the Greatest of All Time, even here in this bulls*it country of Japan.” Osaka boos even more while Jericho says he’ll see them both later. “Happy Championship, B*tch!”
Tanahashi is still seething as Jericho heads up the ring. Jericho grabs Okada dollars and wipes the sweat from his pits. The Young Lions turn their attention to helping Okada while Jericho grabs more Okada dollars. He sticks one to his forehead, then rubs the other down his pants to throw at the camera. Jericho’s crude displays aside, when and where will he man up to face The Ace? Will Jericho also get another shot at Okada and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? What even is the state of Okada after Jericho’s sore loser attack? Tanahashi helps Okada stand and head to the back, these two rivals again on the same side.
NJPW Media backstage interviews
Chris Jericho (with that Okada dollar still stuck to his head) says if Okada wants to know what a Painmaker is, ask if he understands now. He probably can’t even talk. No event closing speech from him tonight, that’s for sure. But Jericho will speak for him. “Hello, my name is Okada. Chris Jericho just kicked my ass.”
Jericho wants to know if Okada will be in the G1 this year. And Tanahashi, for that matter. If so, then maybe Jericho will be in it, too. Jericho will beat up Moxley, too, since he still owes Jericho $15,000 from ripping up that LED jacket three years ago in the WWE. Even that “little bastard, Kenta,” he’ll beat him, too. All the G1 field, for that matter. He’ll become Chris G1-icho, how about that? A major move for the Best in the World at What He Does, but will he’s the best in NJPW against the best in NJPW?
These two-hour nights for NJPW on AXS are so great! We are getting so much more of these events now, but I suppose Best of the Super Juniors Finals and Dominion are big enough to warrant it. Moxley makes his squash match with Umino even better by deciding Umino is his “Young Boy.” I wonder if this will really continue as the kayfabe for Moxley in NJPW. If this were an American promotion, we’d be getting goofy gags with them, which would actually be fun to see on social media. Takagi VS Kojima was a great match between these heavy hitters, and Kojima of course gives Takagi the rub by putting him over. Then the Six Man Tag was mostly filler, but it was a good match to keep Tanahashi going in his newest comeback.
Hooray to finally see Hideo Itami/Kenta somewhere! Granted, he got hurt a lot while in NXT and WWE, but when he was finally ready to go, they didn’t let him go full speed. Now in NJPW, and hopefully by extension ROH, Kenta really can show us what he’s capable of. Lee VS Ospreay, another amazing match for the Aerial Assassin. Just when it seemed like there wasn’t another way to recreate the spot where Ospreay lands on his feet out of a steiner, they do this one. Ospreay winning makes a lot of sense, as he is the BOSJ 26 winner, is moving to Japan to truly be full-time for NJPW, and is making a push to be an even bigger big name for the company. We got so many declarations for the G1 Climax this year, this field is looking amazing.
And of course, Okada VS Jericho was amazing, too! Two greats, who knew the other pretty well but especially Jericho knowing Okada. Okada wins but with a surprise cover, so that keeps Jericho strong for a rematch. Of course, Jericho going after Okada after totally fits his “Evil Jericho” persona. It also gives Tanahashi his heroic moment in saving Okada. Jericho was great in his promo, too, as he just straight face talks with that Okada dollar stuck to his head. And great continuity to even reference his WWE feud with Moxley/Ambrose. Jericho VS Tanahashi better happen in the G1, but I would also hope at the right moment. It either needs to open Block competition, or close a Block to lead to the G1 Climax Finals. And either way, Jericho VS Tanahashi will be amazing.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mathew’s Top 10 Joshi Wrestlers (Excluding Stardom)
Did your favorite non-Stardom wrestler make the cut? Check out Mathew’s Top 10 and find out!
Did your favorite non-Stardom wrestler make the cut? Check out Mathew’s Top 10 and find out!
I’ve wanted to do this one for a while and I’m gonna use this time to get to it.
You normally see me cover Stardom along with a few shows in the Joshi scene from time to time, but this countdown list is going to focus on the wrestlers that aren’t apart of the Stardom roster. Let’s be honest, if I did add Stardom on this list then that would be almost half and that’s not fair since there are so many talented Japanese women from various promotions and they deserve recognition.
I’m also going by active members instead of all-time to keep up with the current scene, so let’s get right to it as I talk about my Top 10 Joshi wrestlers.
10. ASUKA (Freelancer)
– No, not that Asuka, this is a different ASUKA. ASUKA was able to make history in the short amount of time she’s been around professional wrestling in her three-year career and it’s still going. Asuka was originally from Pro Wrestling WAVE until the end of 2018. She was the first transgender wrestler to main event their biggest show and also the first transgender wrestler to win their biggest title, the Regina Di WAVE Championship. She’s only twenty-years-old and has so much to offer as she represents her community while having the agility of a young Jushin Liger. I only knew her around 2017 but that was when she was also coming out of her shell in the wrestling world and what a big impact she has left so far. She definitely is someone worth keeping an eye on.
9. Takumi Iroha (Marvelous)
– Twenty-six years old and only six years in the wrestling business, Takumi really is something else. She comes from the Marvelous promotion and is considered their top star in the promotion and for good reasons too since she’s just dynamite. Amazing how she started in Stardom and years later, she would make a better name for herself wrestling in various promotions and winning different titles as well. She recently won SEAdLINNNG’s top title, the Beyond the Sea Championship when she defeated the first champion and owner of the promotion, Nanae Takashi. A very talented woman with some fantastic strikes to top it off as she’s someone you would wanna book for your promotion for a couple of shows.
8. Tsukasa Fujimoto (Ice Ribbon)
– The ace of Ice Ribbon and the only one to hold their top title, the ICExInfinity Championship for a total of six times and has had some incredible reigns as the champion. Thirty-five years old and wrestling for only ten years as she was trained by some of the best people like Nanae Takahashi, Manami Toyota, and Emi Sakura. Hardly sloppy in the ring, can work with most styles, these are great qualities to look for in a wrestler in general and Tsukasa is no exception to that.
7. Hikaru Shida (OZ Academy/AEW)
– While she is now considered AEW, she still left an impact in the Japanese scene and is also considered OZ Academy for the time being, so she counts to being on here. This ten-year veteran made sure the world knew who she was when she just performed globally, not bad from someone who started in Ice Ribbon back in 2008. She won major titles from Ice Ribbon, WAVE, OZ Academy, RCW, and Sendai Girls. She was also the one that got knocked out by Naomichi Marufuji on one of her produced shows in 2017 in under two minutes but she wanted a rematch a year later and while she lost, she took her punishment like a champion and still give the fans a great show on her 10th anniversary. Now that she has joined AEW, the fans overseas are sure to get something special with her around as she could be the top star of that division.
6. Hiroyo Matsumoto (Freelancer)
– Otherwise known as the Lady Destroyer and she might be the best Freelancer in the Joshi scene. She’s wrestled in almost every promotion for Joshi wrestling, became more noticed when she recently joined WWE’s Mae Young Classic in 2018 where she lasted until the second round. Hiroyo is strong, fast, technically sound in the ring, and has had many great matches in all of the promotions she’s worked for and you knew you were going to get your money worth since she was that talented. She may not look like much but believe me when I say that she’s an absolute monster and can just wreck you if she wanted to. Surprised nobody has snatched her up for an exclusive contract because she would be the top star in an instant, but I think she enjoys going to various promotions and performing on a high level that she definitely does make do with what she has, so nothing wrong with that.
5. Miyu Yamashita (Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling)
– The star of TJP and for good reasons. She only has about five years of experience with only a background in karate, but she was able to hold the TOKYO Princess of Princess Championship two times for a grand total of 746 days and during those times that she was a champion, she’s had great title defenses on top of it to make her a worthy champion of that company. She was also the SHINE Champion when she went to a title or title match during WrestleMania weekend. She’s like the Shotaro Ashino of TJP. just great in the ring and while not many follow the promotion, people would mostly keep an eye on her from how talented she is. I really hope she gets future opportunities to fight other people from various promotions soon because she would have a lot of dream matches built up that you’d be crazy not to do any of them. Great talent and somebody please get her some special bookings on the double, she’s worth your time!
4. Chihiro Hashimoto (Sendai Girls)
– Meiko Satomura’s prized pupil in Sendai Girls and that woman is Chihiro Hashimoto. If you look at her at first glance, you would think she would be a powerhouse but she’s also very technical in the ring. Chihiro has been wrestling for three years also and Meiko went full speed for Chihiro to make her the top star of her promotion and even be known as one of the best of the next generation of Joshi wrestlers. A four-time Sendai Girls World Champion with a combination of 777 days and each title defense would always leave you satisfied and wanting more of her at the end of things. With very little years under her belt, there’s plenty of room for her to grow in the upcoming years of her career and she might be another one that’ll be considered an all-time great when she does decide to hang it up. Powerful and wrestling-sound, Chihiro has the tools and can back it up at the same time and she’s just getting started.
3. Sareee (World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana)
– I’m gonna level with you on this one, I’m fairly new to her despite being in the wrestling business for eight years, meaning she wrestled since she was fifteen-years-old, but I was able to become a fan of her the moment I saw her. She’s currently wrestling for World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana and was known as an underdog of sorta. For about a year now, she was able to have big moments in her career when she defeated Aja Kong to become the promotion’s World Champion for the second time, defeating Meiko Satomura clean during a Sendai Girls show in an amazing match, and was able to defeat Chihiro in a title for title match to win the Sendai Girls World Championship, making her a double crown champion with two of the biggest belts in the Joshi scene. A lot of the veterans like Meiko and Nanae are high on Sareee and have faith in her being another won to be the future of professional wrestling as a whole. She has a lot more to prove and plenty of time to do it as this is now her time to shine from here on out.
2. Arisa Nakajima (SEAdLINNNG)
– Aside from Nanae Takashi, I believe Arisa Nakajima is one of the best that SEAdLINNNG has to offer. Arisa is both intense and physical in the ring and while not many have seen a lot of her matches, she always left a big impression on people that have watched her matches and gave them something memorable. While most will be known for their stiff kicks in the ring, she’s more known for her elbows and they’re just as deadly as any stiff kick that you see in most matches these days. Made her career in JWP and is now looking to stand out in her new home and hopefully a future Beyond the Sea Champion when the time is right. Killer instinct and a veteran in the business with thirteen years of experience, she’s someone that will amaze you in that ring.
Before I get to my final one, here’s a small list of honorable mentions down below.
– Nanae Takahashi (SEAdLINNNG)
– Emi Sakura (Gatoh Move)
– Mika Iwata (Sendai Girls)
– DASH Chisako (Sendai Girls)
– Aja Kong (OZ Academy)
– Yuka Sakazaki (Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling)
– Riho (Gatoh Move)
– Yuu (Freelancer)
– Mayumi Ozaki (OZ Academy)
– Saori Anou (Actwres girl’Z)
– Miyako Matsumoto (Ice Ribbon)
1. Meiko Satomura (Sendai Girls)
– I think it’s obvious that she would be at the top of the list for everything she has done throughout her career and still performs at such a high level. The creator of Sendai Girls, Meiko Satomura would go down in the history books as one of the greatest females and wrestlers in general of all time with her incredible wrestling ability and her contributions to the business as a whole. She was also the first female to win DDT’s top title, the KO-D Openweight Championship but that reign didn’t last long, unfortunately. She’s held big titles in her own promotion, Stardom, AAAW, and in Fight Club Pro. Meiko has been wrestling for almost twenty-five years and she still wrestles as if she’s half her age while also being lethal at the same time. She made a big impact in Japan, the United States, and just globally as a whole that she’s earned every accomplishment that she has received. My favorite Joshi wrestler and one of my all-time favorites. If you haven’t seen her before, then something is wrong with you.
Thank you all for taking the time out of your day for reading my list. I’m sure there’s quite a few that I’m missing on here but there are just so many talented women in the Japanese wrestling scene that it’s so hard to put them all in as they all deserve praise. If you have time in your day for more, definitely look up all of these women since they’re worth your time.
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