The Boss & Hug Connection bring the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to Raw! Who will be the first team to challenge Bayley & Sasha Banks for the belts?
- Tables Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- Ricochet & Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush; Ricochet & Finn win.
- Lucha House Party VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; Lucha House Party wins.
- The Revival VS Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano; Ciampa & Gargano win.
- Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose; McIntyre wins.
- Elias VS Aleister Black; Black wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Rousey wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
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WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
Triple H is in the ring!
The Game wants the Cajundome to “feel it in the air.” The electricity can be cut with a knife as we grow ever closer to Wrestlemania. Elimination Chamber was proof enough when history was made. Sasha Banks and Bayley won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! Finn Balor won the WWE Intercontinental Championship in a Handicap match! Kofi Kingston went the distance and captured the world’s hearts coming so close to winning the WWE Championship. Becky Lynch showed up and showed everyone that not even a suspension and a bad leg will stop her from getting at Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey. As a businessman, HHH has to warn Becky not to do that again or she’ll be arrested. But as a former wrestler, “that was pretty damn cool.”
And speaking of pretty cool things, ESPN let this loose this morning. The WWE Hall of Fame class 2019 starts with none other than Degeneration X! HHH, HBK, X-Pac, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and yes, the Ninth Wonder of the World, CHYNA! But if that isn’t enough that it’s Wrestlemania season, HHH pours gas on the fire. HHH isn’t just an authority figure on Raw and SmackDown, he oversees WWE’s third global touring brand, NXT! Fans love NXT, so it is HHH’s pleasure to introduce us to some debuting NXT superstars, who will all be in action! And that starts with a man that has redefined aerial combat: The One and Only, Ricochet! For those unfamiliar, a highlight reel of Ricochet plays, including his time as NXT North American Champion.
But not only Ricochet, it will be the Embodiment of the End, the Dutch Destroyer, Aleister Black! A former NXT Champion and a prolific striker, Aleister will look to make his opponent #FadeToBlack! Then there will be Johnny Wrestling, the current NXT North American Champion, Johnny Gargano! Gargano has gone back and forth but has never lacked in match quality. Gargano was also in this year’s Men’s Royal Rumble match, but now he looks to make an impact on the main roster. And last but not least, the Psycho Killer, the Black Heart, Tommaso Ciampa! The current NXT Champion looks to make his mark on Raw tonight! HHH says the future is now, the future is tonight.
But all Hell is about to break loose, because it’s time for a Tables Match! It will be Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman! The Monster Among Men wants retribution, will he get back at Corbin for Elimination Chamber’s assault?
Tables Match: Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman!
Strowman and Corbin make their entrances, but Corbin makes sure to grab steel steps first. The Monster glares at Corbin while we go to break.
Raw returns with the bell and fans chant “Get These Hands!” Corbin runs but Strowman catches him! But those bad ribs keep Strowman from doing anything. Corbin grins but then Strowman shoves him out of the ring! Strowman throws uppercuts then throws Corbin into barriers! Strowman hurries and pulls a table out from under the ring, but Corbin clobbers him from behind! Now Corbin puts Strowman into barriers, ribs first. Corbin puts the table back under the ring, but Strowman rocks him with an uppercut! Corbin rams Strowman into barriers and again. Fans rally for Strowman while Corbin brings him around the corner. Corbin rams Strowman into barriers yet again! Corbin whips but Strowman reverses and Corbin hits barriers even harder!
Strowman drags Corbin up for a headbutt then throws uppercuts. Strowman fetches the table again and puts it in the ring. Corbin slides in from the other side while Strowman’s ribs slow him down. Corbin kicks Strowman on reentry and then clubs away on his back. He stomps and stomps Strowman then tears off the shirt. Corbin goes at the taped up ribs with hammering hands! Fans boo as Corbin mocks Strowman’s pain. Corbin kicks the table out of the ring while Strowman bails out the other side. Corbin follows Strowman and throws hands right on the ribs. And then he stands on Strowman’s side! Fans boo while Corbin gloats. Corbin rams Strowman into the apron! Corbin grins as he drags Strowman over and punches him in front of the fans.
Strowman denies Corbin’s suplex, to then suplex Corbin onto the ramp! Now Corbin writhes in pain, clutching his back. Strowman hobbles over and drags Corbin up. He shoves Corbin to the stage and then throws him into the LED wall! Strowman drags one table over, but he clears off the announce desk! Strowman fetches Corbin again and brings him over to the desk! Corbin slips out and throws Strowman into the desk, ribs first! Strowman and the desk fall over! Strowman’s in trouble while we go to break.
Raw returns and Corbin hits a corner splash on Strowman! He tries again but Strowman turns it around to splash him! Strowman runs in but misses, getting post! Corbin goes to throw Strowman at the table, but Strowman denies him. Strowman clubs Corbin down with one hand! Fans fire up and Strowman drags Corbin up. Strowman scoops but Corbin slips out. Corbin runs, slides past the table, and slides back in to clobber Strowman! Corbin rains down rights, then takes a moment to gloat. Strowman rolls to ropes but Corbin goes out after him. Corbin punches the ribs and bumps Strowman off the barriers. Corbin fetches a kendo stick, flashback to last night! He sits Strowman up to SMACK the bad ribs!
Corbin drags Strowman around to bounce him off the steel steps. Corbin gloats from the apron, then runs over, only for Strowman to ram him with steel steps! Strowman jams Corbin again! And again! Corbin staggers and Strowman dumps the steps. Strowman throws Corbin into more barriers! Strowman puts Corbin in the ring as fans fire up again. Corbin boots Strowman away then throws a big right hand. Strowman staggers but dodges Corbin. Corbin slides out and in, but is caught, MONSTER SLAM through the table!! Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Monster Among Men gets revenge! Strowman toughs it out through bad ribs but now Corbin will be feeling sore. Will Strowman be able to recover those ribs and make a big run towards a title at Wrestlemania?
Strowman heads up the ramp and encounters Paul Heyman. The Advocate “congratulates” Strowman on the win, but Strowman grabs him by the shoulder! Heyman begs for mercy but fans want another table destroyed. Strowman shows Heyman mercy and leaves. Heyman composes himself and clears his throat. But it’s a bit tricky to get his usual introduction out, so we go to break.
Raw returns to Heyman in the ring.
“I can’t say that I’m surprised by Braun Strowman’s actions.” Everyone should be jealous of Heyman’s client. His client is the most dominant champion in WWE and MMA history. That is why, at Heyman’s own expense, he has put together an “educational” video to teach us about the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion and the main event, BROCK! LESNAR!” Footage rolls with Heyman introducing “the story of a real life Beast.” Lesnar prepares to defend his title at Wrestlemania 35. Why is this year different? The hero, Seth Rollins, has no hope of winning. That’s not a knock on Rollins but a plus for Lesnar. Lesnar was made strong by his life on the farm and he became NCAA Champion. The WWE came knocking and Lesnar defeated The Rock to become the youngest world champion ever.
Lesnar dominated the entire roster in under two years, so he moved on to a new field: UFC. He would dominate Randy Couture to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. But then Lesnar even grew bored of UFC. The WWE field had regrown, so Lesnar went after The Streak. He was the 1 in 21-1, but that was only the beginning. The video ends and Heyman reminds everyone that Lesnar defeated Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. Fans don’t like it, but there’s not a thing anyone can do about it. Heyman takes a survey: How many fans actually believe that Seth Rollins will win at Wrestlemania and become Universal Champion? Everyone does! But Heyman says there’s not enough fire to burn Suplex City down. But wait, out comes Finn Balor! The NEW Intercontinental Champion heads to the ring but we go to break!
Raw returns and Finn has the ring alone.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve held one of these championships. And boy does it feel good!” Finn remembers watching Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, so it’s been a dream to hold the Intercontinental Championship. And he is proud to carry on that legacy! Finn plans on defending- Wait, here comes Lio Rush! But without Bobby Lashley, given how Lashley body slammed Lio after their loss. “You don’t deserve to be the Intercontinental Champion.” Lashley deserves that title. And Lashley attacks from behind! Seems they aren’t as broken up as we thought! Lashley stomps Finn out in a corner, then Lio comes in to add on. Lio stomps a mudhole into Finn and then Lashley hauls Finn up. Lashley scoop slams Finn and tells Lio to finish this. Lio climbs up, Final Hour splash! But wait, it’s Ricochet!
The King of Flight dodges Lio and goes right at Lashley! Then asai moonsault onto Lio! Ricochet springboards to dropkick Lashley out! Ricochet and Finn stand together, ready for both Lio and Lashley! We go to break as things sort themselves out.
Ricochet & Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush!
Holla holla! The King of Flight joins forces with the Extraordinary Man to shut up and shut down the Rocky Mountain Machine and Man of the Hour! Will this impromptu dream team be successful in Ricochet’s Raw debut?
The teams sort out and Lio starts against Ricochet. Ricochet circles with Lio as fans rally up. Lio shoves but Ricochet shoves back. Lio grabs Ricochet in a headlock but Ricochet rolls him off. Ricochet gets a headlock and grinds Lio down. Lio fights back and powers out, and things speed up. Lio redirects himself then again, but Ricochet dodges him. Springboard huricanrana but Ricochet handsprings through! Lio is shocked but he kicks. Ricochet flips him, but Lio dodges and ducks. Ricochet rolls off Lio’s back to handspring huricanrana and dropkick Lio down! Lio scrambles to his corner and Lashley looks disappointed. Lashley tags in and now he circles with Ricochet.
Ricochet and Lashley tie up and Ricochet gets a waistlock. He shifts to a headlock but Lashley throws him down! Lashley looms over Ricochet and drags him up. Lashley wrenches the arm and shouts at Lio, “You see that?!” He yanks Ricochet’s arm and twists to make a point to Lio. Fans rally up and Ricochet gets up. Ricochet rolls and handsprings and back flips to break free and hit back. Ricochet throws more forearms, then whips. Lashley blocks and whips Ricochet to a corner. Ricochet enziguris Lashley back! Somersault dropkick! Lashley tumbles out, Ricochet builds speed, but Ricochet fakes Lashley out tot he superhero landing! Fans fire up while Lio regroups with Lashley. Lio wants Lashley to keep clam and focus while Ricochet smiles.
Lashley returns to the ring and Lio wants back in. Lashley tags Lio and he says he’s done with Ricochet. Lio wants Finn. Fans want Finn so Ricochet obliges and tags out. Finn and Lio circle and tie up. Finn puts Lio in a corner, but Lio dodges the haymakers. Lio and Finn circle again but Lio keeps his distance. He tags out to Lashley and fans boo. Lashley clobbers Finn and puts him in a corner. Lashley stomps and suplexes Finn! Cover, TWO! Lashley drags Finn into a chinlock, but fans rally as Finn endures. Finn feeds off the energy but Lashley drags him back down. Lashley grinds Finn but fans rally up again. Finn stands and pries his way out. He throws forearms but into a complete shot! Lashley covers, TWO! Lio wants back in, so Lashley tags.
Lio stalks Finn at the ropes and stomps him down. He chokes Finn but lets up at 4. Lio flexes but fans boo and jeer. Lio waits for Finn to stand before hitting him more. He whips but Finn reverses. Lio sunset flips but Finn rolls through for a dropkick! Both men are down but Finn stands first. Finn stalks Lio now but Lio crawls for Lashley. Finn toys with Lio before yanking him away. He puts Lio in the corner then trips him up to stomp away! Finn lets up at 4 then stares Lashley down. He drags Lio up again for a CHOP in the corner! Fans like the sound of that, so Finn whips corner to corner for another CHOP! Finn gives the fans what they want, a third CHOP on Lio! Finn whips again for yet another CHOP! Then the slingblade!
Fans fire up as Finn aims, shotgun dropkick blasts Lio into buckles! Lio is down in the drop zone and Finn climbs. But Lashley comes over, so Finn kicks him down. Lio chop blocks Finn on the apron! Finn tumbles down as he clutches his leg, Lashley tags in and throws Finn into barriers! Lashley talks trash to Ricochet before going back for more. Lashley puts Finn in the ring to clobber him. Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps on Finn with another chinlock. He shifts to a cobra clutch while fans rally up. Finn fights his way up but Lashley keeps him from Ricochet! Lashley throws Finn to the apron, but Finn shoulders back. Finn hits Lio, then slingshot sunset flips. Lashley holds on and stomps Finn! Lashley scoops and slams Finn hard! Cover, TWO! Finn lives and we go to break.
Raw returns and Lashley grabs Finn for another cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Finn endures again. Finn powers up and reaches for Ricochet! Finn throws forearms but Lashley whips him into the corner. Lashley runs into boots! Finn hits Lio but runs into Lashley’s lift! Lashley powers Finn to an open corner and rocks him with a right! Tag to Lio, and Lio goes after Finn with a facelock. Lio SLAPS Finn then dares him to get up. He slaps Finn more but Finn gets angry. Finn ducks the next slap for the elbow drop DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Finn crawls, as does Lio. Lio clobbers Finn to stop the tag! Lio rolls Finn all the way to the corner, tag to Lashley.
Lashley says this is for Ricochet as he hauls Finn up. Powerbomb lift, but Finn fights out! Finn trips Lashley, double stomps! Fans fire up all over again as Finn crawls for his corner! Hot tags to Lio and Ricochet! Ricochet rallies, rebound neckbreaker! Shoulder tackle in the corner, then a springboard missile dropkick! Triangle dropkick for Lashley! Ricochet takes aim, builds speed, and FLIES onto Lio! He puts Lio in but Lashley comes storming over. Ricochet dodges Lashley with a back flip to send him into barriers, and then Finn shotgun dropkicks to take Lashley down! Ricochet springboard back elbows Lio to take him down, then climbs up high! 630!! Cover, Ricochet and Finn win!
Winners: Ricochet and Finn Balor, Ricochet pinning
An incredible Raw debut for the NXT superstar! Is Ricochet going to revolutionize the Red Brand from here on out?
Natalya talks with Triple H backstage.
But Drew McIntyre interrupts. McIntyre couldn’t help but notice HHH rolling out the red carpet for NXT superstars. McIntyre said he’d do whatever it takes to prove himself. He wants Seth Rollins and main event Wrestlemania! But Dean Ambrose comes along instead. Ambrose isn’t busy, what about him? And he SLAPS McIntyre! HHH wonders if McIntyre still wants Rollins. “Change the damn match.” The Scottish Terminator and the Lunatic Fringe look to settle things on the Road to Wrestlemania!
Lucha House Party VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
The reunited Major Brothers want to finally get back on a winning track, but Hawkins feels like he’s cursed. Will a miracle happen in the Cajundome?
Teams sort out and Hawkins starts against Gran Metalik. They tie up and Hawkins shifts from headlock to hammerlock and back again. Hawkins gets a headlock takeover but Metalik headscissors. They both kip up and things speed up. Hawkins dodges the handspring and runs Metalik over! Cover, ONE! Hawkins keeps on Metalik and brings him over. Tag to Ryder, and they Russian Leg Sweep STO combo! Cover, TWO! Ryder drags Metalik up and bumps him off buckles. Ryder whips but Metalik reverses. Metalik runs into knees, and Ryder dropkicks Lince Dorado down! Metalik SUPERKICKS Ryder out, then tags Lince. The Golden Lynx huricanranas Ryder into barriers! Lince puts Ryder in to cover, TWO! Lince keeps on Ryder with a half camel clutch.
Fans rally up for Ryder. Lince powers him to the corner and tags in Metalik. Ryder fights back but is isolated. Lince and Metalik double CHOP and double mule kick, then double dropkick! Metalik covers, TWO! Tag to Lince and they drag Ryder up for a double suplex. Ryder slips through for double neckbreakers! Ryder crawls for the corner, hot tag to Hawkins! Hawkins rallies, rocking Metalik with a right! He throws rights on Lince then whips. Lince reverses but Hawkins runs him over! Hawkins dropkicks both luchadores and fires up! Lince swings into Hawkins’ backslide! TWO, and Lince kicks back. Lince suplexes, but Hawkins cradles! TWO, and Hawkins scoops Lince for a Michinoku Driver! Cover, but Metalik breaks it!
Ryder clotheslines Metalik out! Lince dropkicks Ryder out, but Hawkins Peles Lince! Hawkins gets to a corner and takes aim. Hawkins clobbers Metalik but Lince huricanranas to a cover! The Lucha House Party wins!
Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado pinning
The fiesta continues, as does Hawkins’ losing streak. Ryder and Hawkins regroup, but can they break that bad streak?
Heavy Machinery is here!
Charli Caruso interviews Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic on stage, and notes how they’ve competed on both Raw and SmackDown. What can fans expect from them? They’re #BlueCollarSolid and get the job done. They aren’t afraid to work hard, work out even harder, and then eat up a big plate of red meat. #SteaksAndWeights, baybay! As the Raw Tag Team Division heats up, which team are they after first? They’ve got each other’s backs, nothing more than that. But wait, Lacey Evans walks out! The Model Soldier classes things up as she heads down the ramp, strutting her stuff. But then Tucker & Otis do the same! And with a belly bump! Lacey isn’t impressed by their marching, but she is amused. Which brand will Lacey finally choose as her main roster home?
Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano talk backstage.
Each of them clutches their respective championship belt as they prepare to show the world what NXT is all about. But then Bobby Roode and Chad Gable come by! They congratulate their NXT compatriots, but are a little confused as to why Ciampa and Gargano are the ones facing The Revival and not them. It’s great to see fresh talent, and Gable remembers DIY being great. Gable won’t bring up that Gable’s old team beat them in the past, that was then and this is now. Raw gives everyone a fresh start, where you work from the bottom up. But again, a little confusing that they’re getting another match when it should be Roode & Gable. Well considering Gargano & Ciampa have ran NXT for the last two years, they’re here to take over.
The Revival comes by and show off their Raw Tag Team Championships. Oh how great is it to see Gargnao and Ciampa again. Yeah, they had classic matches in NXT. But they’re not here for respect, they’re here to make an impression at the Top Guys’ expense. But good luck out there. Dash & Dawson don’t need luck, they’re The Revival. See you out there.
The Revival VS Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano!
Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder finally have the Raw Tag Team Championships after finally defeating Roode & Gable fair and square. But now they’ll be tested already against some familiar NXT foes. Will the reunited DIY prove they can still get it done as a tag team? Or has it been too long since they’ve been apart?
The teams sort out and Dash starts against Johnny Wrestling! They tie up and Dash wrenches the arm. Dash brings Gargano to the mat but Gargano fights his way up. Gargano rolls and reverses with a drop toehold. He gets a facelock and holds on as Dash rolls around. Gargano rolls Dash to a cover, TWO! Gargano drags Dash over and tags Ciampa. Ciampa gets the hand-off and snapmares Dash to a chinlock. Ciampa rams elbows in then gets Dash in a facelock. Roode and Gable watch backstage while Dash chops Ciampa. Ciampa CHOPS back then tags in Gargano. Ciampa feeds Dash to Gargano’s boots. Gargano grabs Dash but Dash scoops and rams Gargano into the Revival’s corner! Dash tags Dawson and Dawson bumps Gargano off buckles!
Dawson clobbers Gargano in the corner then stomps and CHOPS him. The referee counts and Dawosn backs off, but Gargano turns it around to CHOP Dawson. Dawson CHOPS Gargano, then whips him corner to corner. Gargano goes up and over but Dawson runs him over. Things speed up and Gargano huricanranas Dawson out. Dash runs in but gets an enziguri. Gargano builds speed and DIVES onto Dawson! Dash runs into Ciampa’s haymaker! Gargano SUPERKICKS Dash and Ciampa throws Dash into steel steps! Ciampa pats himself on the back while we go to break.
Raw returns as Dash grinds Gargano in a chinlock. Gargano fights his way up and out, but Dash shoves and rams a shoulder into Gargano. Tag to Dawson and Dawson fireman’s carry. Dawson helps Dash suplex but Gargano slips out! Gargano enziguris Dawson while giving Dash the tornado DDT! Gargano and The Revival are down but Gargano heads for the corner. Fans rally up, hot tag to Ciampa! Ciampa rallies on Dawson and whips, but Dawson whips back. Ciampa kicks him away, then hits a German Suplex! He holds on for another German! Dash runs in but is flapjack’d onto the ropes! Ciampa finishes the hat trick on Dawson! Ciampa runs, Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!! Dawson survives but Ciampa keeps focus.
Ciampa drags Dawson up but Dash saves Dawson from another German. Dawson tags Dash and they combine, flying European Uppercut German Suplex! Dash jackknife covers, TWO! Ciampa escapes and The Revival grows frustrated. Fans rally up for Ciampa as Dash tags Dawson back in. Dawson drags Ciampa up but Ciampa throws forearms. Ciampa chops, chops, and CHOPS, but spins into a right hand! Tag to Dash and the Revival double whip. Gargano SUPERKICKS the Shatter Machine apart! Ciampa jackknifes, TWO! Ciampa hip tosses Dash to the buckles! Tag to Gargano, slingshot DDT! Cover, TWO!! Dash lives and DIY can’t believe it! Dawson trips up Ciampa and throws him into barriers! Gargano rolls Dawson for the school boy kick! Dash back suplexes but Gargano crossbodies, TWO!
Dash scoops but Gargano cradles, TWO! Gargano runs but is put on the apron. Slingshot Spear gets a knee! Dawson tags in and The Revival coordinate, bulldog doomsday device! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it in time! All four men are down but the teams regroup. Dash goes after Ciampa but gets thrown out. Dawson clubs Ciampa out and goes back to Gargano. Dawson drags Gargano up and suplexes, but Gargano lands on the apron. Gargano swing kicks Dawson, SUPERKICKS Dash, but Dawson rocks Gargano! Dawson runs but into the slingshot spear! Tag to Ciampa! They aim at Dawson, DIY VICE!! Cover, DIY wins!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano, Ciampa pinning
They pin the Raw Tag Team Champions on their debuts! Ciampa and Gargano run NXT, will they be running Raw soon enough?
Backstage interview with Finn Balor and Ricochet.
Finn just won the Intercontinental Championship and then kept Lashley and Lio at bay with the help of his new friend. Finn had a great night last night, but tonight was about The One and Only. He officially welcomes Ricochet to Raw, and Ricochet says that “you can envision how you arrive to your dreams”, but it’s never exactly how you plan. But once you live the dream, it’ll feel better than anything you could ever imagine! Ricochet could go on forever, but he will say this: you’ve only seen the beginning for the One and Only. When and where will we see Ricochet in a Raw ring again?
Kevin Owens speaks.
“Just a few more weeks’ time before my return, so I figured it was time for another update.” Nothing much has changed, but Kevin almost drops his phone. Kevin’s still rehabbing, training, relaxing with family, watching the shows every week. He knows what he needs to do, and he’s never been hungrier. Speaking of, he has some popcorn with Owen. Where’s the soda? No idea. But Kevin gave him a $20… Well, that aside, Kevin has new perspective. He was reminded why he fights. And he’s ready to fight again.
Sasha Banks & Bayley head to the ring!
The inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions are here and ready to celebrate! The Cajundome lets them know “You Deserve It!” Bayley and Sasha thank the fans for that, and are still feeling the emotions from last night. They still can’t quite believe they’re in this moment. Because it means they are the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions!
This feels like a dream, but it’s real. They did this! The fans did this! We all did this! It’s so crazy to think how far they’ve come. From NXT’s history making matches to the history-making matches on Raw. They’ve had matches against each other, with each other, hating to loving, and everything else in between. It’s because they have the same dream, the same vision, and they can’t imagine doing this without anyone else. They were legit born to do this. And it took them going to war with each other to finally realize that together, they can change the world.
Fans can trust them that this is just the beginning! They plan on being champs for a very long time. They’ve put their hearts and souls into the Women’s Tag Division, and plan on defending against anyone past, present or future, Raw or SmackDown, or even NXT! Because most importantly, Bayley and Sasha recognize and respect how important the Women’s Tag titles are to everyone! “Trust us when I say that when I say there is no stronger connection than the Boss & Hug Connection!” #BankOnThat! But in saying that, here comes the Samoan Dynasty!
Nia Jax and Tamina are sick of all this. No one wants to sit in the love fest. Nia does congratulate Bayley and Banks for being the first, and it’s all cute being matching and stuff. But Nia doesn’t get it. She won’t ruin the celebration, because this is the only one they’ll get. But everyone knows Sasha is all about Sasha. And history proves that any time Sasha has a title, she loses it the first time out. Tamina wants them to face it: they got lucky. The luck runs out tonight. Nia and Tamina rush the ring but get dropkick’d right back out! Nia tries again but ends up in a Bank Statement! Tamina saves Nia, and the champs stand tall! Will the first challengers to the #LegitHuggable champions be the powerhouses of the Women’s Division?
Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose!
The Scottish Terminator called out The Architect, but it was the Lunatic Fringe that responded. Ambrose is either bored, or he’s actually standing up for his Shield brother again. Whatever the reason, McIntyre’s in for a fight! Will he run through Ambrose or be sidetracked from his real target completely?
The bell rings and Ambrose goes right at McIntyre! He forearms McIntyre to a corner but McIntyre shoves him away. Ambrose comes back for more but gets the Glasgow Kiss! McIntyre rains down rights on Ambrose then finishes with one big one. He drags Ambrose up for a CHOP! Ambrose drops to his knees, so McIntyre kneels to CHOP him again! McIntyre eggs Ambrose on and slaps him for the slap earlier. Ambrose CHOPS back, but then runs into McIntyre’s arms. McIntyre shifts and suplexes Ambrose but Ambrose lands on his feet. Ambrose elbows from a corner, then dumps McIntyre out. Ambrose boots McIntyre back down, then DIVES! Direct hit sends McIntyre into barriers! Ambrose puts McIntyre in, dodges, and hits a neckbreaker! Ambrose hurries up top quick, but has to leap over McIntyre. CLAYMORE!
But McIntyre doesn’t cover, he wants to hit Ambrose again. He aims from the corner as Ambrose stands, a second CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The Celtic Colossus makes Ambrose pay for getting in his way. Will McIntyre move on towards Seth Rollins and Wrestlemania?
Paul Heyman’s Brock Lesnar documentary continues.
The Beast decided to own the title. Lesnar took John Cena to Suplex City and conquered him to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. “The harvest had begun.” From Randy Orton to AJ Styles to Daniel Bryan, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Goldberg, Braun Strowman, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns… And now “Seth Freakin’ Rollins.” Things come full circle.
Rollins claims he’ll get up every time, even though he’s in pain, smashed, and dominated. Rollins is willing to lose it all to win it once, which will make him the most dangerous opponent for Lesnar. Lesnar will have to think back to when he was in the same position as a young man. Lesnar won’t just have to knock Rollins down, he’ll have to put him down. And this is not a prediction, this isn’t even a spoiler. “It’s the end of the story of a man named Seth Rollins.”
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
After seeing Heyman’s videos, are there any regrets? Heyman is a lot of things, but he’s telling the truth about Lesnar. But Rollins doesn’t have a death wish, he’s accepting his fate. Lesnar needs to accept his fate. Wrestlemania ends it for The Beast. The reign of terror is done. And Rollins’ fate, whether walking out on his own or carried out on a stretcher, he leaves the Universal Champion. Dean Ambrose comes by all sore from fighting McIntyre. Where was Rollins out there, man? What? Has Ambrose completely lost his mind? Or maybe just his memory…? Ambrose shrugs and leaves again. Ambrose’s confusing behavior aside, is Rollins ready to write his own destiny?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in the Cajundome, and he won’t play his guitar? He is fed up with the way he is treated. Elias is the most talented, most charismatic and most important superstar in a long, long time. Elias is certainly the most hygienic person to be in the “swamp land” of Lafayette. ANd yet he is constantly disrespected and interrupted! He is a musical genius! You are blessed to be in his presence! Fans are excited about all the new stars, but that won’t change the Living Truth. Elias makes magic with his music, so he’ll sing his song. It’s not for the fans, it is a song for himself. Elias hopes he can meditate so deep, he forgets the fans even exist. But first, silence cell phones, hold applause, and shut your mouths! But here comes Aleister Black!
The Embodiment of the End rises from the shadows and heads to the ring! Elias gets out of the way as Aleister slingshots in. Aleister paces, and he takes up the mic. “If silence and deep sleep is what you seek, then allow me to help you. For tonight, you will Fade to Black!” A referee joins them in the ring, and we have a match!
Elias VS Aleister Black!
The bell rings and they tie up. Elias knees low and chops Aleister, then throws forearms. Elias throws Aleister to ropes but Aleister rebounds easily! Aleister sends Elias out then fakes him out! Aleister sits down again and stares Elias down while we go to break.
Raw returns and Elias yanks Aleister into the ropes! Aleister gasps to a corner but Elias is on him with hammering hands! The ref backs Elias off but he comes back to stomp Aleister down! Elias throws more forearms but Aleister hits back. Elias whips and runs Aleister over. Cover, TWO! Elias keeps his cool as he looms over Aleister. He drags Aleister up and wraps on a chinlock. Aleister endures and fans rally up. Aleister arm-drags Elias but Elias holds onto Aleister’s hair! Elias drags Aleister into the chinlock again and grinds him down. Elias puts his weight on Aleister then hooks the nose! The ref reprimands Elias and Aleister powers up. Aleister fights with body shots but Elias knees low. Elias throws hands but Aleister counter punches!
Elias shoves Aleister but Aleister comes back with knees and forearms. Aleister runs and runs Elias over! He blocks a kick to sweep the legs! Then drives in a knee! Aleister fires up, springboard quebrada! Cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his focus as he fires up again. He runs in but Elias puts him into buckles. Aleister rocks Elias but Elias rocks Aleister. Aleister boots Elias, then leaps, into Elias’ knee! Cover, TWO! Elias grows frustrated but Aleister was former NXT Champion, after all. Elias shouts at the “Cajun yokels,” then drags Aleister up. He reels Aleister in but Aleister spins through, BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
Aleister practically won by knockout! Elias fades out and the Embodiment of the End has made his mark. Will Aleister stay on Raw? Will he move to SmackDown? And who will he make #FadetoBlack next?
Raw Women’s Championship: Ronda Rousey VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The Squad failed to be golden on Elimination Chamber night, but the Squad Leader has a second chance. Rowdy Ronda loves defending her belt the Raw after a Pay-Per-View, so will Ruby take advantage of having her friends ringside this time?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Ruby goes at Ronda but Ronda throws her right down! Ronda throws her again, and throws hands. Ronda toys with Ruby even as she swipes then backs off. Ruby bails out and regroups with Liv and Sarah. Ronda waits despite being angry over what Becky Lynch did to her last night. Ruby returns and gets Ronda’s ponytail, but Ronda throws knees. Ruby still STO’s Ronda down! Cover, ONE! Ruby kicks Ronda while she’s down, then goes after the back. Ronda resists so Ruby hammers away. Ruby kicks Ronda again and the Squad mocks Ronda’s pain. Ruby stands Ronda up for double knuckle locks. Fans rally up but Ruby monkey flips Ronda. Ronda catches Ruby’s roll into a triangle! Ruby makes it a cover, TWO! Ronda glares at Ruby while we go to break.
Raw returns once more, and Ruby has Ronda’s bad arm in a wrench. Fans rally up for Ronda as she endures. Ronda fights her way up, but Ruby rocks her with forearms. But then Ronda scoops and tosses Ruby with an Exploder! Ruby bails out but Ronda pursues. Ronda puts her in the ring, but Ruby SPEARS Ronda! Cover, TWO! Ronda survives but Ruby puts her in a headlock. They roll around but Ruby holds on. Ronda throws Ruby off and throws hands. Ronda rocks Ruby with an uppercut, then fires up! Fans fire up with her as she throws Ruby around! Ruby flounders to a corner and Ronda hits a forearm smash! Ronda runs back in, but into a buckle shot! Ruby hops up, stage-dive senton! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives again but Ruby keeps on her.
Ruby drags Ronda up, toys with her, but Ronda grabs the foot to spin Ruby around. Ruby dodges, but runs into the fireman’s carry! She slips out, headbutts, RIOTT KICK! Cover, TWO!! Ronda survives Ruby’s best! Liv and Sarah are just as shocked as Ruby is, but they trust Ruby can do this. Ruby fish hooks Ronda’s mouth as she trash talks her. Ruby drags Ronda back up, for a big knee! She wants another spear but Ronda catches it! Gut wrench suplex! Ronda drags Ruby over to a corner and climbs up. Sarah distracts but Ronda swipes at her. Liv does the same, and Ruby kicks Ronda down! SUPER Riott Kick! Cover, TWO!! Ruby is almost in tears as Ronda survives again.
Ruby pushes Ronda to a drop zone and climbs up again. Fans rally for Ronda while Sarah and Liv cheer Ruby on. Ruby leaps, SUPER SENTON into the armbar!! But the Squad saves their leader! So Ronda climbs up top, and LEAPS onto them all! Ruby gets clear and hurries into the ring. Ronda pursues, but runs into headscissors. She denies Nightshade, to Alabama Slam Ruby into buckles! Then leaping armbar takedown! Ruby taps, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
The Baddest Woman on the Planet wins again, but then she has to fight off Liv and Sarah! Piper’s Pit for Liv, judo throw for Sarah! Ronda stands tall, will she run through Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania?
A good Raw tonight, but Lafayette sure was tired for some reason. I expected better reactions for all four surprise NXT stars appearing. It seemed like the fans didn’t know what to make of Gargano and Ciampa, they probably thought it was going to be Velveteen Dream joining Aleister and Ricochet. But the fans aside, each of the NXT superstars had great matches tonight.
I didn’t expect Ricochet to help out Finn, but I’m hoping that means Ricochet will challenge for the Intercontinental Championship if he’s not going to challenge for the NXT North American Championship at TakeOver. Finn and Ricochet worked well together, so I bet they’d have an amazing match against each other. Aleister’s was definitely just filler to annoy Elias, but DIY did great against The Revival. I would love if their first thing on Raw was to truly revive their rivalry with Dash & Dawson from NXT, the Raw Tag Division needs some instant classics to compete with what SmackDown was doing with The Usos and New Day.
We did not need more Baron Corbin VS Braun Strowman. It was great for Strowman to win and Corbin to not have his pack help him, but this didn’t need to happen 24 hours after the No Disqualification match. Corbin can gloat, talk some trash, and Strowman could show up to scare him, and then we save their rematch for later. Heyman’s tributes to Brock Lesnar were well-produced, and Rollins’ response was great. Ambrose was also great for being inconsistent as a character, because that’s how a Lunatic should be. McIntyre VS Ambrose was good, and McIntyre wins to stay strong towards whatever his Mania goal is. He wants Rollins, but I don’t think he’ll get him. McIntyre should go after Cena again and they have a match at Mania.
Ryder & Hawkins got a match tonight, but also another loss. Their story is slowly building, but ironically, Hawkins finally winning can’t be a Wrestlemania moment. He and Ryder need to win to even come close to that match card, and that win would have to happen before that, like at Fastlane. Heavy Machinery and Lacey Evans both have a filler moment just for laughs as they strut on the ramp. Again, I’m thinking Lacey should go to SmackDown to freshen things up and get a title match with Asuka. Honestly, she should’ve just been Ronda’s opponent tonight. Ronda already buried the Riott Squad, tonight was just piling on. Granted, Ruby looked better tonight, but Ronda was just made stronger because she survived two forms of Ruby’s finisher.
Of course, the Riott Squad aren’t getting to challenge Sasha and Bayley first, Nia and Tamina are. I know there was the stretch where it seemed like Sasha and Bayley were only ever facing the Riott Squad, but it’s not like there isn’t a lot of matches where Sasha and Bayley also faced Nia or Tamina. Sasha and Bayley saying they’ll go to all brands, including NXT, I guess that means the way these belts work is that they’ll be multi-branded. Hopefully that means a SmackDown team will challenge them at Fastlane instead for something fresh. That or the Sky Pirates of NXT, Io Shirai and Kairi Sane. Though, I wouldn’t want Sane & Shirai challenging until they were guaranteed to get those belts. Bayley and Sasha are sure to retain all the way to Wrestlemania for something really big.
My Score: 8/10
AAA’s Review & Results 6/16/2019
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Live on Twitch 6/15
Keyra and Hijo Del Tirantes vs Mamba and Maximo
This match wasn’t even remotely advertised. Well a cookie sheet gets introduced really quickly by Tirantes. After getting beat on some Maximo hits a dive through the middle rope. Nothing really happens for a few minutes. This is a really slow paced match. Mamba hits a power bomb on Keyra, reversing her hurricanrana. Tirantes tries to pretend he was fouled. Ref ain’t having it. Tirantes argues with the ref, Maximo kisses him and then rolls him up for the win. Maximo pins Tirantes with a roll up
Winners: Mamba and Maximo
Dr. Wagner comes out for a promo talking about Silver King. Rey Escorpion comes out saying he doesn’t care. Wagner pushes Rey and folks come out to beat him up but Pagano helps Wagner out.
Taya Valkyrie, Lady Shani, and Scarlett Bordeaux vs La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Match starts out much quicker than the first thankfully. An array of trading moves. We get some normal back and forth action before it becomes a brawl again. Taya gets hit with a super kick, stunner, then a german suplex. Scarlett does a canadian destroyer on Tessa. Boy has that move been bastardized. Scarlett power bombs Tormenta but the pin gets broken up. Shani has a flurry on Hiedra and Tormenta and Scarlett hits a dive off of the top to the outside. Daga comes down and super kicks Taya and Tessa hook DDTs her for the win. Tessa pins Taya with a hook DDT
Winners: La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Myzteziz Jr vs Puma King vs Sammy Guevara
A make shift triple threat match. Puma and Myzteziz tried to work on Sammy to start. This match is going at a crazy pace. Myzteziz hits a tornillo splash. Guevara hits one of his own. Myzteziz messes up a hurricanrana spot with Puma. There’s some double team offense with Sammy and Puma. Puma hits an over the top rope dive. Puma counters Myzteziz on the top rope for a power bomb. Sammy comes and hits a shooting star press during the pin to break it up and pin Myzteziz. Sammy Guevara pins Myzteziz Jr with a shooting star press.
Killer Kross comes out. Kross kills Puma King with a kick. He hits a modified F5 on Myzteziz
Winner: Sammy Guevera
Daga vs Laredo Kid
There is a feel out process and then each postures to the crowd. They have some back and forth pinning exchanges and then Daga starts to work him over. Laredo Kid hits a middle rope dive but it hurts him more. Daga takes advantage. It’s really a long casual back and forth. Tessa interferes when Laredo Kid has Daga beat. Laredo Kid goes for a top rope move and Daga low blows him and then double stomps the back of his head for the victory. There was a lot of posturing in this match. They try to remove Laredo Kid’s mask and Taya comes to make the save. Daga pins Laredo Kid with a double stomp to the back of the head.
La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Chessman, Australian Suicide, and Monster Clown
The rudos quickly beat up on the tecnicos. This is pretty much a hardcore match. A trashcan gets introduced fairly early. Chessman brings a chair in. Vikingo uses his agility to gain the advantage on Chessman. Aerostar hits a tornillo splash and then makes Chessman miss an attack and hit Monster Clown. Aerostar climbs a structure which is legit like 25 feet off of the ground. Aerostar cannon balls off of it. What the hell. Suicide hits a piledriver on Vikingo for a close count. They go to the top rope and over rotate on a spanish fly. Vikingo gets crotched and dropped by Suicide. Suicide goes for a sideways shooting star but Vikingo gets the knees up. Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Australian Suicide with an imploder 450.
Winners: La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo
Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano vs Rey Escorpion, Taurus, and Killer Kross
Scarlett was a baby face earlier in the night and now she’s heel because she’s with Kevin Kross. They all start brawling on the outside. Dr. Wagner clearly has hair extensions in. It’s hilarious. This is really like 5 on 3 with Scarlett and Hiedra out there. We got cookie sheets and other weapons. Psycho Clown gets his trusty broomstick. Kross is selling on the outside and Scarlett is shielding him. Clown gets his strap and hits everyone with it. Wagner and Escorpion go at it. Kross goes to the top and hits a sloppy frog splash. He goes up to the top again but Puma King comes out and head scissors him. He drops kicks a chair into him then hits a plauncha. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a flip dive off of the apron on Taurus. Clown gets Rey in a pinning combo and Hiedra stops it. Clown makes Rey attack Hiedra and then Rey takes his mask off for the DQ. Escorpion attacks the ref with a cookie sheet. The rudos stand tall at the end. Which is usual for AAA. Psycho Clown wins via mask removal
Winners: Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano
Live on Twitch 6/16 Verano de Escandalo
(Reina de Reinas) Keyra vs Lady Shani (Champ) vs Chik Tormenta
Just as the match was gonna start AAA has technical difficulties. Never change AAA. We finally come back to Keyra having Shani in a pinning combo. They apologize for the technical difficulties. Hey don’t apologize to us, you guys probably have a lot of casual viewers for this show. Lol. Keyra hits a nice hurricanrana and split leg moonsault on Shani. She hits a face buster on Tormenta but Shani breaks up the pin. Tormenta does a running death valley on Keyra into Shani. We are a little sloppy in this match but it’s okay, they’re working hard. Shani does a back stabber on Keyra on the apron. I think that hurts Shani more. Tormenta kicks her and does a knee dive off of the apron. Back in the room they do a tower of doom spot. Keyra kicks out of the power bomb by Shani. Shani hits a northern lights suplex on Keyra but she kicks out. Keyra rolls out of a victory roll and stomps on Shani and then pins her. Interesting finish. Keyra pins Shani with a double stomp into a pinning combo.
The Young Bucks come out for a promo. Fenix comes out with that belt he’ll never defend. Pentagon alerts us Los Lucha Bros have 0 fear. Konnan comes out in a D Wade Jersey and a chair. Looking in the best shape he’s looked in years probably. So basically Lucha Bros turned on Konnan so he brings the Bucks in. Konnan slaps Pentagon and the Bucks come running out. The beat down is on. Definitely got better heat this time than last time they were here. Now the crowd knows to boo them later.
Faby Apache vs Hijo del Tirantes
Time to follow up that segment with this match. Tirantes beats up on Faby to start. Tormenta is at ring side with Tirantes so it’s basically a handicap match. Tirantes smashes Faby with a cookie sheet. Faby dodges the attacks finally and gets the cookie sheet and hits Tirantes and Tormenta. They keep starting up someone’s theme by accident I presume. Sounds like Scarlett’s. Faby is now beating down Tirantes. Crowd’s going crazy for this. I imagine the casual viewers on twitch aren’t. Faby gets a conveniently placed trash can and lid. She goes to put Tirantes in a surfboard stretch but Tormenta comes from behind. Faby hits a face buster on her. Tirantes hits one on her and nearly kills her but she kicks out. Tormenta throws a trash can to Tirantes. Faby drop kicks it and pins him. Faby Apache pins Tirantes with a top rope drop kick into a trash can.
Post match he goes to shake her hand but he beats her down with Tormenta.
Winner: Faby Apache
Maximo and Mamba vs Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Sammy gets on commentary during the Exoticos entrance to tell everyone to check out his youtube page. There’s a ridiculous amount of posturing to start this match. Mamba slaps Sammy and drop kicks him out. And that’s like all that’s happened for 5 minutes. Maximo knocks them out of the ring, and then Mamba comes in to go for dives but Suicide and Guevara enter and super kick them. Sammy and Suicide pretty much just beat them down. They miss spots and Maximo and Mamba kiss them then make them kiss each other. Then they hit middle rope dives. Back in the ring they both hit swanton bombs that get kicked out of. Suicide and Guevara get Maximo and Mamba to the outside. Suicide hits a back flip dive and Guevara hits a tornillo. Guevara hits a swanton bomb. Suicide hits a 450 then hits a middle rope dive on Maximo. Guevara then hits a shooting star press for the win. Sammy Guevara pins Mamba with a shooting star press
Winners: Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Laredo Kid and Taya Valkyrie vs Daga and Tessa Blanchard
Taya and Tessa start fighting to start. Laredo Kid hits a hurricanrana on Daga and Taya kicks Tessa to the outside. They go for dives but Tessa and Daga get back in. Tessa is clearly jawing at someone in the crowd. Tessa spent time working on Taya. Taya gets the hot tag to Laredo and he hits a michinoku driver on Laredo followed by two moonsaults. Daga catches him and hits a neck breaker. Tessa hits a cutter on Laredo. Taya attacks her. She hits her of of the apron and Daga catches her. Taya hits a dive onto them, then Laredo Kid hits a moonsault to the outside. Back in the ring Daga hits a kicking combo on Taya. Daga hits a back stabber but Laredo breaks up the pin. Laredo hits a 450 on Daga but Tessa breaks it up. Daga pulls out brass knuckles and goes to punch Laredo but he ducks and Daga hits Tessa. They go to the top and fight and Laredo Kid hits a Laredo Fly on Daga for the win. Laredo Kid pins Daga with a Laredo Fly
Winners: Laredo Kid and Taya
Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King vs Chessman, Monster Clown, and Killer Kross
Kross coming out with Scarlett. Monster Clown grabs a kid out of the crowd because why not. We are wasting no time and it’s time for some brawling. They’re beating down the tecnicos with weapons. Scarlett is getting involved so it’s like a 4 on 3. Pagano tries a handspring attack and it goes very bad. Kross choke slams him. Scarlett seduces Aerostar then hits a Canadian Destroyer. Aerostar gets launched and hits a hurricanrana on Monster Clown. Scarlett hits Kross by accident. Aerostar hits a fast paced dive on Monster. Pagano hits a middle rope dive on Chessman. Puma hits one on Kross. Dives everywhere. Pagano completely misses a leg drop on Chessman. Pagano completely fucks up a middle rope dive by bouncing off the ropes. Aerostar climbs the structure and dives off of it. And he bounces off the floor. What’s wrong him. A ladder gets set up and Puma power bombs Chessman through it for the win. Puma King power bombs Chessman through a ladder for the pin.
Kross beats up Puma post match. He hits an F5 and a power bomb and takes Puma’s mask.
Winners: Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King
La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano Jr, Rey Escorpion, and La Hiedra
Match starts with a beat down. Naturally. Rudos beating down tecnicos. They throw Vikingo with a rope by the balls and then Hiedra drop kicks him. Hugo asks if that’s a foul as La Parka comes in with a chair. Myzteziz almost breaks him neck on a failed shooting star attempt. Vikingo shows him how to do it. Back in the ring Myzteziz does a few spots redeeming himself. Vikingo gets offense in on Escorpion. Tries a springboard dragonranna but messes up. Eventually he hits a hurricanrana to the outside. La Parka does a plethora of goofy spots. Myzteziz goes for a dragonranna on Escorpion but he counters with a power bomb through chairs. Vikingo slams Hiedra and hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Hiedra with an imploder 450.
They beat down Vikingo post match.
Winners: La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo
(AAA Tag team titles) Pentagon Jr and Fenix vs Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson (Champs)
Lucha Bros jump the Bucks. Matt Jackson does 3 northern lights suplexes to Fenix then does one to Fenix and Pentagon at the same time. Matt does a baseball slide and then Nick does a dive over him. Matt unties Pentagon’s mask and then beats him up in the crowd. Back in the ring they hit double super kicks. Pentagon hits sling blades on both Bucks. Fenix does a double cutter. They roll out and Fenix hits a huge dive and goes flying into the crowd while Pentagon hits Matt with the Pentagon driver. Matt hits a Canadian destroyer then a spear and Fenix breaks it up. Lucha bros go for super kicks but the Bucks reverse it into sharptshooters. Lucha bros break out and a ton of super kicks get hit. Nick hits a frog splash on Fenix and Penta runs up his back and hits a Canadian destroyer on Matt. Fenix then hits a stomp on the apron on Nick. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on Matt. He kicks out. Then Fenix and Pentagon do the combo package piledriver. Nick pulls the ref out. Nick does an asai moonsault to the ref and Fenix. Matt pulls off Pentagon’s mask and kicks him in the groin and then they hit a Meltzer driver. Fenix pulls the ref out now. Fenix kicks Matt in the groin and then hits a cutter for a two. A new ref is out here now. They do the combo package piledriver again and Fenix hits a middle rope splash on Nick. Penta pins Matt. Pentagon pins Matt Jackson with a package piledriver combo.
Winners: Pentagon and Fenix
Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr and Taurus
There’s some posturing and now the match is on. Wagner and Demon quickly brawl into the crowd. Actually all 4 of them are brawling. Wagner is bleeding already. Finally after a long beat down Wagner and Psycho make a come back. Wagner back drops Taurus to the outside and Clown hits a dive through the middle turnbuckle. Wagner hits a senton splash on Demon. Wagner rips Demon’s mask and bites him. Clown breaks a broom over Taurus’ back. Blue Demon is bleeding badly now. Taurus sets up a table. Clown hits the double stomp in the corner for a two count. Taurus misses a corner attack and then Clown hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner back drops Demon onto a table. Wagner then hits a michinoku driver for the win. Dr. Wagner pins Blue Demon with a Michinoku driver
Winners: Pscyho Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Dominion 2019 Part 1!
It’s Rainmaker VS Painmaker in the main event!
Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho! Will Y2J stop the reign of the Rainmaker? Or will Okada continue to raise NJPW to the next level?
Coverage of Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found on https://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino; Moxley wins.
- Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima; Takagi wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan; Taguchi Japan wins.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
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