SmackDown pits the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber opponents against each other, in a Gauntlet Match! Who survives to win the best odds on Sunday?
- Triple Threat Tag: The IIconics VS Fire & Desire VS The FABULOUS Glow; The FABULOUS Glow wins, Fire & Desire must enter the Elimination Chamber first.
- Gauntlet Match: Randy Orton wins and will enter the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match last.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE honors the memory of Pedro Morales.
BREAKING NEWS: Mustafa Ali is injured!
The Beacon of Light cannot compete at the Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship. Therefore, taking his place in tonight’s Gauntlet Match will be a member of the New Day! Will it be Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston or Big E entering the high stakes, high endurance match?
The Chairman didn’t want Becky Lynch getting away with her bad attitude. He wants someone better suited to facing Ronda Rousey, and that is Charlotte Flair!
And here comes The Queen!
Charlotte is much, much happier than all the fans are that she’s back in a title match without doing anything. “Since day one,” Charlotte has told us Wrestlemania is her destiny! And she wants to say that her heart does break for Becky, but it doesn’t. Charlotte mockingly cheers on Becky before saying she thought she taught Becky better than that. Becky should’ve been smarter than that, but no. Just like Survivor Series, when Becky attacked Raw and got injured, who did she choose to replace her? Charlotte! The Myth of the Man continues as the Queen goes to battle. Everyone knows Charlotte is the backbone of the Women’s Division! Charlotte is a Franchise Player and a winner.
Everyone thinks Charlotte is Vince’s favorite. But that’s not why she was chosen. Vince made a smart business decision. Vince chose a future Hall of Famer over “someone whose had a few good months.” Fans still cheer for Becky and Charlotte points at the sign. Maybe Becky will appear. Charlotte points, but no Becky. So to finish, Charlotte was chosen because the main event of Wrestlemania is the biggest match of the year. And no one is going to risk that on a “flash in the pan” like The Man. Fans may not be happy about this, but Charlotte promises them that Wrestlemania will be like every other PPV Charlotte main events: “This is Awesome!” Boo her now, but you’re welcome. Charlotte takes a bow before dedicating this coming Wrestlemania victory to her “best friend, Becky Lynch.”
Fans chant “You Suck!” and Charlotte counters with “What?” She’s main-eventing Mania! And Ronda, Charlotte also has a front row ticket at Elimination Chamber. Ronda doesn’t need to be nervous, Charlotte’s just scouting. But who knows, maybe Ronda loses and Charlotte has a new opponent, too. The Queen enjoys taunting the WWE Universe, but will she enjoy Wrestlemania if the Survivor Series rematch comes true?
Triple Threat Tag: The IIconics VS Fire & Desire VS The FABULOUS Glow!
Just like on Raw, the three teams of SmackDown will compete and the losers will have to start the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match! Will it be Peyton Royce & Billie Kay, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville or Naomi & Carmella be the team to join The Boss & Hug Connection behind the 8-ball?
SmackDown returns as teams finish entering. Peyton & Billie are busy looking at the belts while their interview replays on the titantron. The teams sort out and Peyton starts against Carmella, but then she tags out to Mandy. Mandy and Carmella circle and tie up. Mandy gets a waistlock but Carmella standing switches. They go around but Mandy elbows out hard. Mandy mocks Naomi then tags out to Sonya. They double whip and kick, then give knees and throw Carmella down by her hair. Cover, TWO! Sonya keeps on Carmella but Carmella turns it around! Tag to Naomi, and they double mule kick Sonya in their corner. The FABULOUS Glow hit double suplexes, then Naomi covers, TWO!
Naomi drags Sonya up but Sonya powers her to the open corner. Sonya rams her shoulder in but backs off at 4. Sonya runs back in but into boots! Naomi runs but is dumped to the apron. Sonya shoulders out but gets a roundhouse! Naomi runs, big split leg drop! Cover, TWO! Naomi drags Sonya up to tag Carmella. Carmella goes to suplex but Sonya drives in knees. Sonya clubs Carmella down but fans boo as she toys with the former champion. Sonya drags Carmella up but Carmella handsprings through. Carmella leaps over the sweep, then moonwalks! Carmella runs and tilt-o-whirls to tag and headscissor! Naomi goes after Sonya but Sonya tags to Mandy. Mandy wants to avoid Naomi but Naomi gives chase. The IIconics leave her stranded so Mandy has to keep running.
Carmella gets in Mandy’s path, and Naomi slingshots out! Fans fire up with The Glow while we go picture in picture. Naomi drags Mandy up and into the apron! She then puts Many back in the ring, but Mandy quickly tags out. Sonya runs at Naomi but into an arm-drag. Tag to Carmella and the Fabulous Glow grind in their boots. Carmella moonwalks and runs in for the bronco buster! Cover, ONE! Carmella keeps her cool but Sonya shoves her. Carmella kicks but Mandy grabs her hair! Sonya SPEARS and covers, TWO! Sonya keeps her cool as she looms over the Princess of Staten Island. She drags Carmella up and into the corner, tag to Mandy. Fire & Desire stomp a mudhole in, then Mandy drags Carmella up for a standing abdominal stretch.
Carmella endures as Mandy digs in her elbow. Fans rally up and Carmella works her way out of the hold. Carmella hip tosses Mandy down, but Mandy catches her to toss her back. Golden knee from Mandy! Cover, TWO! Mandy can’t believe it, so she covers again, TWO! Carmella keeps surviving so Mandy wraps on a straitjacket stretch. Fans rally again as Carmella endures. Carmella fights her way up but Mandy throws her down. Tag to Sonya and Mandy snap suplexes Carmella. Sonya adds her sliding knee! Cover, TWO! Sonya drags Carmella into body scissors and puts on the squeeze. Carmella endures as Sonya also puts her weight on Carmella’s back. Carmella works to make the hold a cover, TWO and Sonya thrashes Carmella around. Sonya squeezes tighter as we go to single picture.
Sonya taunts Carmella as she endures. Fans rally up again and Carmella pries free to throw hands! Carmella runs and dodges, but double crossbodies take both women out! Both Sonya and Carmella are down but crawling for corners. Sonya heads for Mandy but Carmella keeps a hold of her foot. Carmella brings Sonya over so Mandy blindsides Naomi! Mandy helps Sonya reach their corner, and then tags in. Carmella hot tags Naomi, and Naomi springboard crossbodies Mandy! Naomi fires off forearms on Mandy, then shoves to a jawbreaker! Mandy staggers about and Naomi hist a springboard enziguri! Sonya runs in but gets a forearm! Naomi throws Sonya out and a FABULOUS Kick finishes her off!
Naomi hits the split-leg moonsault! Cover, the FABULOUS Glow wins!
Winners: Naoim & Carmella, Naomi pinning; Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville must start the Elimination Chamber
And then the IIconics attack Naomi & Carmella! Peyton & Billie stayed out of the match but now they’re softening up their opponents! Naomi gets thrown into a post, Carmella gets the IIconic bulldog knee combo! And then they throw Carmella into a post! The IIconics want the titles by any means necessary, but will they still survive to the end? And what of Mandy and Sonya going up against the #LegitHuggable best friends to start?
WWE has exclusive interview footage of the Raw Women’s Elimination Chamber teams.
Speaking of the Boss & Hug Connection, Bayley has more faith that Sasha Banks will be able to compete. Sasha’s bad shoulder won’t stop her, so she will be there the same way Bayley would be for her.
The Samoan Dynasty is confident no other teams will be walking out of the Chamber. Nia Jax and Tamina are not worried about any of those other teams working together. And they wish them luck if they try.
Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan would do anything for each other. They don’t see that in any other team. The Riott Squad stands together. Sunday will see a different side to the Juvenile Delinquent and Kentucky Viking.
Mustafa Ali speaks.
“I’ve been taking a lot of big hits lately. And I just took another one.” The Beacon of Light is not cleared to compete for the WWE World Championship. Nothing hits harder than his body giving up before his heart. Ali isn’t sure what to feel, but he knows this is not the end. Ali still writes his story, so it’ll take a lot more than Smaoa Joe running him over, Randy Orton stomping his face in or Eric Rowan slamming him through a desk. They can try to keep him down, but he will not stay down. Will Ali have a second chance on the Road to Wrestlemania?
It’s time for McMiz TV!
Yes, it’s not just the Hollywood A-Lister but Shane O’Mac hosting the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show! The SmackDown Tag Team Champions meet with their Elimination Chamber PPV opponents after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Best Tag Team in the World welcomes the WWE Universe to not Miz TV, but MCMIZ TV! This teamwork has not only made them the Best Tag Team in the World, but into the SmackDown Tag Team Champions! The Usos sent a strong message, message received. But champions look, talk and walk like champions. They’re always in demand, which is why Miz was doing a photo shoot for the second season of Miz & Mrs, while Shane was… Getting ready for NCIS: LA! Shane said not to tell anyone outside of the family. But the WWE Universe IS family!
To business, Shane introduces one of the most decorated tag teams in WWE History, it is Jimmy & Jey Uso! The Usos head out to the ring but they are fine standing. Whatever they prefer. Fans chant “Uce! O!” for Jimmy & Jey, but the Usos want Toledo to show some respect to The Best Tag Team in the World. Or are they? They’re just a couple of wannabes wanting to be the Usos. Shane says they’re not trying to be Jimmy & Jey, but they are the Best Tag Team in the World. Then let’s ask them something. Do they ride together? No. Do they train together? No. Do they eat together? No. If one gets hurt, can’t reach his back, does the other jump in the shower with him? It’s okay for the Usos, they’re twins.
Jimmy decides to try the Tag Team Test. Jey agrees. What’s his favorite color? Red. His favorite food? Pepperoni pizza. His favorite team? San Francisco is the 49ers! Oh, okay then. Miz asks Shane his favorite color. But he also whispers it really quickly to him. Blue. And his favorite minor league baseball team? Another quick whisper. The Toledo Mud Hens. Big pop for the Hens! HOLY TOLEDO~! And his favorite food. Quick whisper. Quiche. Wait really? Yes, Maryse makes great quiche. Who cares about that? No one was talking about Maryse and no one was talking about the Usos’ dad, ‘Kishi. No, no one is. But what about Mandy Rose? Shane keeps the peace but Jimmy shoves him aside. Is that how it is? Then maybe the twins will be put to a test. Shane will hit Jimmy so hard, Jey will feel it.
Now Miz keeps Shane calm and they’ll save this for Sunday. But then Jey snatches the mic! How about doing us a favor, Miz? Shut up! Because when their hands go up, your mouths go shut. Best team in the world? That’s disrespectful to true tag teams. The Usos are coming for the sixth reign, welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Mic drop, nice touch. But the only thing real right now, are the belts. Shane and Miz hold them up high. “Ya dig, Uce?” The Usos hold each other back while the champs clink belts. DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey don’t just drop mics, they drop the champs! But will the champs drop those belts to the Usos? Or will Miz & Shane prove they are a real tag team on Sunday?
WWE and SmackDown celebrate Black History Month.
Segregation was a major issue but the protests to end it were not segregated. Many people of many cultures shared Martin Luther King’s dream. And now, anyone is allowed to go anywhere and socialize with anyone. #LongLivetheDream.
Elimination Chamber Gauntlet Match!
The New Daniel Bryan, with Rowan behind him, heads to the ring as the first competitor in this high-stakes lead-in into this Sunday’s WWE World Championship Chamber match! But before the match begins, Bryan picks up a mic to speak.
“I know there are a lot of people here who want me to lose my WWE Championship this Sunday at the Elimination Chamber.” Fans chant “YES! YES!” Bryan says the truth is, they’re just lying to themselves. The fans are all fickle. They need someone like him to show them how to live their “pathetic lives.” Fans need Bryan as the champion! Bryan says he doesn’t want to be in the Elimination Chamber because it is painful, horrible and likely shorten his career. But Bryan must sacrifice. He is no martyr, but his sacrifice is necessary. It is necessary to win and stay the WWE Champion-
Awwww~ Toledo~! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for the New Day, and feel~ the power~! The New Day heads out, with pancakes and what appears to be a huge sausage. But only one of them will be in this match. Woods takes Big E’s sausage and Big E starts heading to the ring. But it’s not Big E. Woods gives Francesca to Kofi, but it’s not him, either. Kofi fires up and is the man to start the Gauntlet! Will it be the high-flyer of flapjacks or the Planet’s Champion that makes it all the way to the end?
Daniel Bryan w/ Eric Rowan VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day!
SmackDown returns and the bell rings to truly start the Gauntlet! Fans are strongly behind Kofi but Bryan gets behind the ropes. The ref keeps Kofi back and Bryan takes his time returning. Bryan and Kofi tie up and Kofi gets a headlock. Bryan powers out but Kofi runs him over. Kofi goes after Bryan but he scrambles to a corner. Fans are fired up for Kofi as he dares Bryan to come back. Bryan circles with Kofi and ties up again. Kofi brings Bryan to the mat but Bryan kips up and spins to a headlock. Kofi powers out but now Bryan runs him over. Bryan gets a headlock takeover then traps an arm. Bryan palm strikes Kofi while keeping him down. Kofi pries free and gets a headscissor, but Bryan moves around to turn Kofi over. Bryan rolls back to a Queen Angelito, then the Bow ‘n’ Arrow!
Kofi endures the stretch, pops out to a cover, TWO! Bryan gets out of the ring and regroups with Big Red Rowan. Woods and Big E taunt Bryan but Bryan and Rowan talk strategy. Bryan takes his time returning while Toledo cheers Kofi on. They tie up and Kofi gets a waistlock. Bryan gets a wristlock to counter, then wrenches through. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench Bryan back! Kofi has Bryan on the mat again, but Bryan gets up to put Kofi in a corner. The ref counts but Bryan throws body shots and uppercuts! Bryan wrenches and whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi goes up and over to arm-drag Bryan back! Another arm-drag to a cover, TWO! Kofi still has the arm, then puts it down to drop the knee on it. Kofi keeps on Bryan with a chinlock that he turns into a keylock.
Bryan endures as fans rally behind the New Day. Bryan gets up and they end up on the ropes. The ref wants them to break but Bryan mule kicks! Bryan wrenches and whips again, to hit Kofi with a kitchen sink knee. Bryan keeps on him with another whip, and kitchen sinks Kofi again. Fans still rally for Kofi as Bryan whips and knees him a third time. Kofi gasps for air while Bryan soaks up the heat. Bryan drops a knee on Kofi’s back and then fishhooks the nose. He lets up at 4, then goes after the legs. Bryan laces legs together then goes for the arms. Kofi resists but Bryan still gets him up for the surfboard! Kofi endures as he’s held high overhead, but then Bryan brings him to a cover! TWO and Bryan gets a headlock. Kofi powers out but Bryan runs him over.
Things speed up and Kofi hits a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Kofi gets a headlock but Bryan powers out. Things speed up again, and Bryan tosses Kofi out. Kofi skins the cat, then he dumps Bryan out! Kofi builds speed to FLY! The Trust Fall takes out Bryan! The New Day is fired up while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Bryan gloats while Kofi is down. Bryan covers, TWO! The New Day is relieved but Bryan stays on Kofi at the ropes. Bryan threads Kofi through the ropes to pull him backwards! He lets up at 4, then runs to dropkick Kofi down! Bryan drags Kofi back up and goes to suplex him up and over. Kofi resists and fans rally. Kofi hits Bryan back and then steps in, only for Bryan to throw hands. Bryan goes to throw Kofi at a corner but Kofi turns it around on him! Kofi throws body shots of his own, then whips corner to corner. Bryan reverses and knees low. Bryan hangs Kofi out to dry! Then he kicks away on Kofi’s chest! Bryan goes to the nearby corner and drops a guillotine knee! Cover, TWO! Kofi lives and Bryan is shocked!
Bryan drags Kofi around and goes back to the corner. Bryan climbs again and aims at Kofi. He leaps, but the headbutt flops! Fans rally up with “New! Day Rocks!” while Kofi and Bryan stir. Bryan stands first but Kofi follows. Bryan runs in but Kofi rallies with lariats and chops! Kofi dropkicks and hits a leaping lariat! Kofi hits the Boom Drop! And a somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps his cool while Bryan scrambles to a corner. Kofi staggers over and whips corner to corner. Bryan goes up and over but runs into a mule kick. Kofi goes up, springboard for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Kofi gets up again while Bryan returns to the corner. Kofi runs in but into a drop toehold!
Bryan drags Kofi up and hoists him up top. Bryan puts Kofi in the Tree of Woe for No Kicks! Then corner to corner, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kofi barely survives but Bryan just hoists him back up. Bryan climbs up now, and stands Kofi up, for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! But Kofi made it part crossbody! Both men are down while we go to picture and picture! The referee checks on Bryan and Kofi but they’re both okay to continue. A standing 10 count begins as Kofi crawls towards The New Day. Woods and Big E coach him up, and both he and Bryan stand. Bryan CHOPS Kofi but Kofi CHOPS back! Bryan falls down, Kofi covers, TWO! Kofi keeps moving and goes up top. He keeps his eyes on Rowan as he springboards, but into Bryan’s butterfly suplex, into the armbar!
Kofi clasps hands but Bryan pulls hard! Bryan almost gets full extension but Kofi scrambles around. Kofi reaches with his legs as we return to single picture, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets Kofi go, but comes back with a chop. Kofi chops back, and now it’s a chop fight! Bryan gives a European Uppercut so Kofi returns it. Bryan headbutts and headbutts and then gives more No Kicks! The buzzsaw connects! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives again! But Bryan is right on him with a back suplex. Kofi slips out, huricanrana but Bryan sunset flips it! TWO, high stack, TWO! Sunset, TWO, and Kofi swings. But Bryan catches it! Bryan wants the Labell, and gets the lock! Kofi endures but keeps moving around! Ropebreak! Bryan lets go but then dropkicks Kofi to the floor!
Bryan goes out and takes aim from the apron. Kofi slowly stands, and Bryan hits a flying knee! Bryan drags Kofi up and into the ring, then climbs up top. Bryan leaps, but into a dropkick! Fans fire up as Kofi stands. Kofi takes aim from a corner, but Rowan trips him up! So Big E goes after Big Red! The heavy hitters brawl, and then Woods wrecks Rowan with a dropkick! The referee says the NEW DAY are ejected?! Rowan stays but he is the one who started it! Bryan rolls Kofi, TWO!! Bryan kicks away on Kofi in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Kofi swings and kicks Bryan, but Rowan attacks again! He tosses Kofi into the timekeeper’s area! Fans boo as Rowan gets away with it again! Or does he? The referee can tell this time, and EJECTS Rowan!
Bryan hurries to get Kofi back in and takes aim from the corner. Kofi slowly stands and Bryan runs out, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi ELIMINATES Bryan!! Kofi moves on and now Bryan has no insurance policy! But the action doesn’t stop here! Kofi’s opponent is… Jeff Hardy!
Kofi Kingston VS Jeff Hardy!
The Charismatic Enigma is the third man in the Gauntlet and Kofi is already exhausted. Will it be easy for Hardy to DELETE Kofi? Or can Kofi gut it out a little longer?
SmackDown returns and Kofi has Hardy in an armlock. Hardy jawbreakers free then runs but Kofi dodges. Kofi dropkicks Hardy out, and goes out the side. Kofi manages to build speed to LEAP! But Hardy dodges and sends Kofi into barriers! Hardy then borrows Kofi’s idea and LEAPS to kick Kofi into barriers! Hardy puts Kofi in and takes off the shirt. He climbs up high and SWANTON BOMBS, to flop! Kofi got clear but he’s still exhausted. Hardy gets up first but is stinging from the crash landing. Hardy whips but Kofi reverses, but Hardy runs him over. Fans chant along with “DELETE! DELETE!” and Hardy gives Kofi the atomic drop. Hardy also hits the leg-splitting leg drop! Dropkick countered to a sunset flip! TWO, and Hardy hits the back spin kick! Hardy goes for Hardyac Arrest but Kofi gets clear!
Kofi climbs while Hardy is in the drop zone. Hardy trips Kofi up and throws hands. Hardy climbs up but Kofi resists. Kofi hits Hardy back and sends him down with a headbutt. Hardy staggers back up and goes for the superplex again. Kofi still resists and throws more body shots. Kofi clubs Hardy down, then leaps! Big crossbody! But Hardy rolls through! TWO, Trouble In Paradise misses! But SOS hits! Cover, Kofi ELIMINATES Jeff Hardy!! Kofi manages to defeat the fresher man, but now he has to face… SAMOA JOE!
Kofi Kingston VS Samoa Joe!
The Destroyer is already dangerous, but he’s even more dangerous when you’re less than 100%! Does Kofi stand a chance of surviving?
SmackDown returns again, and Kofi throws forearms on Joe. Joe throws knees back and then dares Kofi to get back on. Joe slaps Kofi around then drags him up by his hair. He throws forearms and rocks Kofi to a corner. Kofi elbows back then throws headbutts. Joe walks into a back kick then a front kick. Kofi keeps throwing forearms and kicks to back Joe down! Kofi whips but Joe reverses to back elbow and PELE Kofi down! Joe drags Kofi over to a cover, TWO! Kofi somehow survives and it infuriates Joe. But Joe is also amused, as he gets to drag Kofi up again. Joe throws more knees, then puts Kofi in an abdominal stretch. Kofi endures as fans rally up. Kofi fights out of the hold but can’t hip toss Joe over. Joe clobbers Kofi with a clothesline! Cover, TWO!
Kofi passes the 40 minute mark while Joe grimaces. Joe drags Kofi up and traps one arm while pulling Kofi back in a chinlock. Kofi endures while fans rally again. Joe clubs away on Kofi then puts the chinlock back on. Fans rally up and Kofi feeds off the energy. Kofi elbows out of the hold, and manages to put Joe on the apron. Slingshot plancha wipes Joe out! But Kofi is also down, and a ring count begins! Kofi and Joe slowly stand up, and get back in at 8! Joe suddenly clobbers Kofi again! Cover, TWO!! Joe grows further annoyed but he still looms over Kofi. Joe drags Kofi up and throws hands, but Kofi dodges and counter punches! Kofi backs Joe down then climbs to rain down rights. Joe brings Kofi out for the atomic drop!
Joe stalks Kofi to the ropes as fans duel. He snapmares Kofi into an arm Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Kofi endures the new stretch. Fans rally again and Kofi powers up. Kofi dropkicks Joe back but Joe stays standing. Joe staggers but comes back with a back senton! Cover, TWO! Joe is furious that Kofi survives again. Kofi gets to ropes but Joe is on him with haymakers. Kofi counter punches then slingshots, but Joe shoves him down to the floor! Joe lets the ring count take care of Kofi as it climbs past 5. Kofi stands up at 7, and gets in at 8! Joe is almost in awe of Kofi’s resilience. But Joe drags Kofi up again with a scowl as he starts on a neck wrench.
Kofi endures as Joe leans on him and puts him into the mat. Kofi refuses to quit, and again feeds off a new fan rally. He gets to his feet and pries Joe’s hands away. Kofi throws hands and dropkicks Joe down! Kofi gets Joe with a leaping lariat! He grinds an elbow in on the cover, TWO! Kofi leaps again, but Joe gets him with the Coquina Clutch! Joe has the sleeper hold but Kofi uses ropes to make it a cover! Kofi ELIMINATES Joe!! This is incredible! Kofi nears 50 minutes in this match, and has eliminated three other superstars!
Joe is furious, and he goes after Kofi with a BIG urenage! Joe shoves Kofi out of the ring and puts the Coquina back on! The referee tells Joe to stop, but more are needed to get Joe to stop. Kofi is out but Joe keeps squeezing the life from him! But here comes AJ Styles! The Phenomenal One still has beef with Joe and he stomps Joe off Kofi! Styles punches Joe and gets him to run away, and then checks on Kofi. Can Kofi even continue to face Styles after the break?
Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles!
SmackDown returns, and Kofi is somehow back on his feet! Toledo cheers him on while Styles waits to see if this is even happening. Kofi wants to continue, but Styles isn’t one for beating a beaten man. Styles thinks Kofi should quit, but Kofi gets fired up! Kofi says he’s been here 11 years, and he’s never quit! He shoves Styles, so Styles punches Kofi! Styles drags Kofi up and into the corner to throw off haymakers! Styles unleashes his own frustrations, but the referee backs him off. Kofi stands and Styles gives him a pendulum backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi has past 52 minutes but he refuses to quit. Styles drags him up and whips him hard into buckles! Styles covers, TWO! Now Styles grows frustrated with Kofi’s resilience.
Styles drags Kofi up but Kofi kicks back! Styles catches a kick, trips Kofi up and drops an elbow on the knee! The Phenomenal One wrenches the leg from ankle to knee, then drops another elbow on it! Kofi endures as Styles wrenches, but he gets the ropebreak. Styles lets Kofi go but comes back for more. He drags Kofi up but Kofi throws hands! Kofi backs Styles down but Styles kicks the leg out! Styles is clearly still reluctant but he drags Kofi up for a snap suplex! Float over cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he stands over Kofi. He tells Kofi to just stay down, but Kofi refuses. Styles drags Kofi up but Kofi throws body shots! Styles throws knees and suplexes again, but Kofi slips out and gets a roll up! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Kofi rolls Styles to a ghost pin, TWO!!
Styles gives Kofi a backbreaker! Kofi is down by the bottom rope but Styles goes after him again. The referee backs Styles off so that he can check on Kofi. Fans duel as Kofi wills himself to his feet. Styles goes after Kofi again to bump him off buckles. Styles runs in but Kofi puts him on the corner. Kofi gets rocked by a right but he sweeps Styles’ legs! Kofi joins Styles on the apron for more kicks. Then he backs up to run over, but Styles dodges! Kofi collides his knees with the post! Styles leaves Kofi down and out while the ring count climbs. The count passes 5 but Kofi doesn’t stand. Kofi stirs and gets to his feet at 9, to get in at 9.9! Kofi will not die!
Styles drags Kofi up and whips him to the corner. Styles runs in for a big clothesline! Then he hoists Kofi up and climbs to join him. Styles stands up and SUPER STEINER, but Kofi holds on! Kofi adjusts, leaps, crossbody splash! Cover, TWO!! Kofi almost eliminated another superstar, but he wants another SOS. Styles spins through, rolls, Calf Crusher!! Kofi flails, reaches, but Styles wrenches! Kofi taps, Styles ELIMINATES Kofi! The New Day hurry out to help their friend to the back. Kofi gave it all he had and then some, will he be in any shape to compete on Sunday? As for Styles, he has one more opponent to face in Randy Orton!
AJ Styles VS Randy Orton!
The Phenomenal One is ready for the Viper, but where is he? RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! No one is ready for that! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall; will be the last superstar in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber
The Viper strikes fast and ends the match just as quickly! Orton didn’t even break a sweat tonight. Will he be a shoe-in to take the world title from the New Daniel Bryan?
An amazing episode for a go-home! And with only two matches! But starting the night with Charlotte addressing Becky’s situation was a natural move. Charlotte is clearly THE Heel in all this, but her teasing Ruby Riott winning and truly derailing everything seems pointless. No offense to Ruby but we know Ronda is winning to keep this story on track. Again, I don’t feel the Triple Threat is the problem, it’s just the way we’re getting to it. If anything, Charlotte should be the one competing against Ruby Riott and the winner goes after Ronda at Wrestlemania. Charlotte would still win that match, but at least she’d earn the rematch with Ronda.
The Triple Threat Tag to parallel Raw from last night as good, especially because of how tables were turned. The IIconics let it be more like a 2v2 match and in that way, Sonya and Mandy take the pin. This is actually pretty good, because they, Bayley and Sasha are the four with Chamber experience, and it will be a story of experience versus stamina. Again, hopefully Sasha is okay so the Boss & Hug Connection can actually compete. Otherwise, them being the inaugural champions won’t work out. But at the same time, Boss & Hug struggling and chasing can be a good story for them on the Road to Wrestlemania, too. They can even be the team to figure out this cross-brand contender system.
The “McMiz TV” segment was great. Jimmy & Jey are always great in their promos, and even Shane and Miz did great in response. Their match is going to be another instant classic for SmackDown’s tag team division, but again I’m thinking Miz & Shane retain to push this towards Wrestlemania. Mustafa Ali does a great job with his promo, too, as he always does. It’s a damn shame he’s out of the Chamber, but he really does need to take it easy, that was a thing in 205 Live. But Ali being out is great for Kofi Kingston as he gets to enter both the Gauntlet and the Chamber. Kofi put on the performance of a lifetime, probably in parallel to what was planned for Ali. I still can’t believe Kofi got to eliminate half the field!
And it made perfect sense for Orton to finish this so suddenly, that’s just the power of the RKO. Orton entering last means he’ll get to pick the bones, but I’m still sticking with Bryan winning because he’ll find a way to stay out of the way, and perhaps Rowan even finds a way in. If Kofi continues to take up the role Ali was meant to fill, I would hope Kofi gets a shot at Fastlane just to elevate himself again. Like he told Styles, 11 years here and no direct world title shot? Kofi needs that badly to help complete the resume. Heck, even give us something between Rowan and Big E/Woods on the side so that the New Day can keep Rowan away from Kofi like they did tonight.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (4/22/19)
Raw settles in after the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up!
Raw is now Phenomenal AND Awesome! Both AJ Styles and The Miz moved from SmackDown, but what will they and the other new stars do next?
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe; Styles wins and advances to the main event.
- Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Naomi wins.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: The Miz VS Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins and advances to the main event.
- Cedric Alexander VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party; No Contest.
- Becky Lynch VS Alica Fox; Lynch wins.
- Ricochet VS Robert Roode; Roode wins.
- WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Baron Corbin; Styles wins and will challenge Seth Rollins for the title at Money in the Bank.
PLAY BY PLAY
Triple H returns to Raw!
The Game was victorious against The Animal in their No Holds Barred Wrestlemania match, and now he’s back as the COO! HHH gets Des Moines fired up as he picks up the mic. Because here comes Seth Rollins! Iowa’s own is here to #BurnItDown! Rollins stands with HHH in the ring and says, “This whole thing is too surreal for me, man.” To be standing in the ring, in his home state, after everything he and the fans have been through together, it’s unreal. HHH shakes hands with Rollins, and Rollins reviews how he was in the fight of his life at Wrestlemania. Rollins Slayed the Beast to bring the title home! Fans chant “Welcome Home!” to make it complete.
HHH agrees, Rollins walked in the Kingslayer and came out the certified BEASTSLAYER! Rollins did what he said when he stepped in the ring, stomped “bucket head” Brock Lesnar three times, then walked out THE WWE Universal Champion! And now Rollins stands in his home state (pause to hear the fans cheer again) but now with a new landscape. The Superstar Shake-Up changes everything. Rollins as Universal Champion and measuring stick has the whole world gunning for him. And Rollins knows that. Money in the Bank is coming, but if anyone knows a thing or two about that contract, it’s Rollins. He cashed it in and changed his career, but also had it cashed in on him. Rollins promises he won’t let Mr. MITB get the drop on him again.
HHH warns Rollins not to put the cart before the horse. Don’t worry about who wins that contract, be worried about who he defends against that same night. Did Heyman blow up HHH’s phone to get a rematch for Lesnar? No, surprisingly. Heyman hasn’t said a thing since Mania, and Lesnar must be licking his wounds. Then what’s next? That’s what tonight will determine! Because “the best of the best” are on Raw and will compete into two Triple Threats to then move on to a main event match. The winner of that goes on to Money in the Bank to face Rollins for the Universal Championship. Rollins likes the sound of that. But here comes one of those contenders, it’s Samoa Joe!
The current WWE United States Champion says “It seems I missed my invitation.” Joe reminds us that he does what he wants when he wants. And tonight, the champion has arrived! Joe admits, Becky Lynch came up with a real interesting concept of double champion. Joe has room for one more belt, “and that would be yours”, Rollins. But here comes another of the contenders, Rey Mysterio! The King of Lucha tells Joe that he’s not the only one wanting to make an impact. As for Rollins, Rey isn’t here just to drop knowledge. He’s here for a dream match. After tonight, at Money in the Bank, Rey VS Rollins. But yet another contender appears! It’s Drew McIntyre!
The Scottish Terminator makes himself clear. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks they deserve, McIntyre cleaned up Raw yet has had no title opportunities! This is DREW’S time! What was it HHH said? Rollins is the measuring stick here? The only reason Rollins is champion is because he got to Lesnar before McIntyre. Everyone knows what McIntyre is capable of. McIntyre promises to win his Triple Threat, go to MITB, beat Rollins and finally be Universal Champion! But now we get The Miz! The Hollywood A-Lister says that first and foremost, he’s back! And the more things change the more they stay the same, because Miz and Rollins are on the same brand and Rollins has something Miz wants. Miz has had a reboot thanks to the “Best in the World”.
This is not the same Miz as before, because he has seen the light. Miz can be a man worthy of the title. And what more must-see match for MITB than Rollins VS Miz?! But now we get Baron Corbin, who wants everything to stop right here. Corbin puts this in perspective for everyone: he is the most deserving of all to challenge Rollins. At Wrestlemania, Rollins slayed the beast, but Corbin retired a legend. McIntyre didn’t beat a gold medalist in his farewell match. Miz didn’t beat a gold medalist in his farewell match. Mysterio didn’t, either. But finally, here comes the Phenomenal One! He leaves the House that AJ Styles Built but looks just fine being on Raw.
And after hearing the fans cheer for him, Styles asks if Corbin ever shuts up. Because c’mon. Corbin’s face is almost as annoying as his voice. And speaking of annoying, it seems like everyone forgets Styles is Raw! Including Rollins. Styles promises to win his triple threat, then bet the other winner, and Raw will realize why SmackDown was the House that AJ Styles Built. But to that point, this is Raw, so Styles promises to give the fans what they’ve always wanted: Rollins VS Styles for the Universal Championship! HHH looks to Rollins, and Rollins sees what HHH meant. Everyone guns for the champ. Rollins is ready. It doesn’t matter who it is at MITB, because this is Seth Freakin’ Rollins, who will BURN IT DOWN! Mic drop from the champ, but who will make it through the special double header to be his contender?
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe!
A match worthy of any title, the Phenomenal, the King of Lucha and the Destroyer fight for just the first step towards Rollins and Money in the Bank. Who backs up their words with actions?
Raw returns with the bell and all three men circle. Joe quickly headbutts Mysterio then brawls with Styles. Joe knees low then kicks Styles while he’s down. Mysterio returns and enziguris Joe, but Styles hits Mysterio, too. Styles whips Mysterio corner to corner hard then goes back after Joe with a forearm. Mysterio boots Styles then uses Styles to alley-oop to huricanrana Joe out! Now Styles and Mysterio are alone as they circle. Fans duel for these fan favorites as they approach. Mysterio kicks away on Styles’ leg but Styles reverses the whip. Mysterio slides under but Styles gets him with a backbreaker! Styles catches his breath and aims at Joe from the apron. Sliding knee rocks Joe down!
Styles goes back to Mysterio and snap suplexes hard! He drags Mysterio up but Mysterio throws hands. Mysterio runs but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he drags Mysterio up again. He wants the Clash but Mysterio scrambles out. Styles pursues but has to hit Joe first. He gets Mysterio back in the ring and back up for the Clash, but Mysterio manages to get ropes. Styles powers him up but the bomb is countered to a spike-rana! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Joe kicks Styles to a corner then bumps Mysterio off buckles. Joe drags Styles up to whip and run Styles over with the elbow! He drags Mysterio up to throw those swift jabs, then whips and slides Mysterio out to the floor!
Joe goes back to Styles but Styles fights back. Styles whips but runs into the urenage! Cover, TWO! The WWE United States Champion has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Mysterio fights back against Joe. Mysterio runs but Joe gets him for the powerslam! Cover but Styles breaks it! Styles hobbles over to Joe in the corner and brings him up. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz but Joe tanks it to fire palm strikes. Joe spins, misses, and gets Styles’ PELE! Cover, but Mysterio breaks it! All three men are down but Mysterio and Styles go after each other. Mysterio CHOPS then kicks Styles, then whips. Styles reverses but Mysterio kicks him back. Mysterio runs and wheelbarrows for a bulldog! Mysterio sees Joe coming and trips him into the ropes! Fans fire up as Mysterio dials it up, but Joe bails out. So Mysterio springboards and corkscrews to take Joe down! Mysterio hurries up to a corner, climbs, but Styles stop shim.
Styles climbs up from the outside but Mysterio fights him off. Mysterio wants a superplex but Styles denies him. Joe hurries up and in, and gets both men for a SUPER DOUBLE BACK DROP! All three men are down but Des Moines are fired up! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Joe crawls to cover Mysteiro, TWO. Joe crawls to cover Styles, TWO! He tries Styles again, TWO! Joe grows frustrated while we go to break.
Raw returns and Mysterio fights against Styles. Mysterio runs but Styles clobbers him! Joe clobbers Styles! Cover on Styles, TWO!! Joe drags Mysterio up and puts him on the top rope. Mysterio fights Joe off and hits the seated senton! Mysterio tilt-o-whirls for a Crucifix Driver! But Styles breaks the cover immediately! Styles drags Mysterio up and whips him, but Mysterio goes up and over to headscissor Styles out! Joe attacks Mysterio and scoops, but Mysterio spins around for a tornado DDT! All three men are down but Mysterio is up first. He clubs Joe on the ropes then dials it up! 619 misses, into the Coquina Clutch! PHENOMENAL- COQUINA! Joe has Styles now but Styles uses buckles to make a cover, TWO! Joe swings but gets another PELE!
Styles brings Mysterio up but Mysterio pops through to headscissor Styles on ropes! DIAL IT UP on JOE! Then springboard but Styles BOMBS Mysterio, onto Joe! Then Styles Clash on Mysterio onto Joe! Cover on Joe, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; advances to the main event
The main event is already Phenomenal as Styles advances! Who will meet him from the other Triple Threat later tonight?
Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!
Iowa loves to #BurnItDown with Rollins, but will they #FeelTheGlow as Naomi goes against one half of the IIconics?
Raw returns as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance. They say that what Naomi did last week can be summed up in a few words: “Thank you, next.” That song from that singer obsessed with them. Who is it? Trenta? Venti? Grande! Ariana, that is. This is why they’re the champions. Billie has Peyton’s back and Peyton has Billie’s. But who has Naomi’s? Bayley’s on SmackDown! Bayley said no to the glow! The IIconics laugh at their own joke, but they tell Naomi she’s living in the past if she thinks she can beat the future! And the future is… IICONIC! Strike the pose. The IIconics may say that now, but will Naomi show them what she can do solo?
The bell rings and Billie boots Naomi right down! She also throws Naomi around then covers, ONE! Billie keeps on Naomi with a grounded abdominal stretch. Billie claws Naomi’s face but the referee reprimands her. Naomi endures and fights her way up, only to get a knee. Naomi roundhouses back then lariats Billie down! She adds an elbow and a running jawbreaker, then a SLAP! Billie is furious but runs into Naomi’s headlock. Peyton gets up on the apron, Naomi gets both IIconics with the bulldog! Slingshot sunset flip, Naomi wins!
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall
The champions are furious! Naomi gets a win on one, but they point out this won’t change who the champs are. Will Naomi find yet another partner to help her challenge Billie & Peyton in the future?
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: The Miz VS Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin!
The reformed A-Lister takes on a tall task in facing the Scottish Terminator and the Lone Wolf. Will we see Awesome VS Phenomenal? Or will see one man rebound from losing to The Shield on Easter Sunday?
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance. Corbin already made his entrance over the commercial break, but we can assume he’s not Des Moines’ Favorite Son. The bell rings and Miz sees he’s between two towering opponents. Miz throws hands on McIntyre but Corbin whips. Miz boots back then rolls Corbin up, but McIntyre pries him off. McIntyre scoops but Miz roll shim up, TWO! Miz bails out, and wags his fingers “Not so fast.” McIntyre and Corbin work together and flank Miz. He gets back in the ring and then wrecks McIntyre with a dropkick! But Corbin wrecks Miz with an uppercut! Corbin and McIntyre stomp away, then mock the fans who boo. McIntyre drags Miz up and in, then stalks him. He brings Miz up for a CHOP and Corbin likes the sound of that. Corbin drags Miz up but Miz fires hands!
McIntyre clubs Miz and Corbin adds on. They work together to mug Miz with a running body shot. Corbin drags Miz up for McIntyre, but then he sucker punches McIntyre! Corbin goes back to Miz, the alliance over, and throws him out. He pursues after Miz and rams him into barriers! Corbin whips Miz but Miz reverses to send him into barriers! But then McIntyre clobbers Miz from behind! McIntyre puts Miz in and deadlift suplexes Miz up and over! Cover, TWO! Corbin returns but stops when McIntyre glares at him. Corbin tries to explain that whole sucker punch, but gets a boot! McIntyre drags Miz up and CHOPS Miz back down. Then he clubs him down, then tosses him to a corner. Miz hits back but Corbin returns. Miz sends him out but Corbin slides back in, to clothesline McIntyre! Roll up, TWO!
Corbin runs into a corner at Miz but gets post instead! Miz has the fans behind him as he looks at both opponents. Miz blocks and counter punches Corbin again and again! He fires off It Kicks in the corner! Then he gives McIntyre double knees! And then Corbin! A-List Lariat on McIntyre! Miz springboards for ax handles on both men! Fans fire up as Miz sees both men on their knees. MIz gives them both It Kicks! Miz swings the buzzsaw at McIntyre, but McIntyre ducks to let it hit Corbin! And then McIntyre gives Miz the Glasgow Kiss! But it rocks McIntyre, too, so he staggers back. McIntyre drags Miz up for a fireman’s carry and then puts him on the top rope. He CHOPS Miz then climbs up to join him.
Miz hits back but McIntyre clubs away. The brawl is fast and furious and McIntyre backs off! Miz adjusts, but Corbin is sent right into him! McIntyre climbs over Corbin to get to Miz again. McIntyre CHOPS Miz again, then fireman’s carry, but Corbin adds on! SUPER CELTIC CROSS POWERBOMB!! But no one can cover, and we go to break!
Raw returns and Corbin throws hands with McIntyre on the outside. Miz is in the ring but he’s climbing up top! The brawl is back and forth, fast and furious, but Miz LEAPS onto them both! Miz wipes them out but has to get one in the ring. He drags Corbin up to throw him into the timekeeper! Then he puts McIntyre int he ring only to run into an elbow. McIntyre gets through the boot to give Miz another elbow, then the Inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Styles watches backstage as Miz survives. McIntyre fires himself up while he dares Miz to stand. Miz does stand, but he gets clear of the Claymore to get a Figure Four! McIntyre endures the hold, and then shoves the ref to poke Miz’s eyes! Miz lets go and McIntyre hobbles only to be sent out.
Miz works on getting vision back while Corbin stalks McIntyre. Corbin ditches McIntyre to go after Miz, DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious with the referee but a two is two! He goes back out to hit Miz but runs into steel steps! Miz slides under McIntyre and rolls him up, TWO! BIG Spinebuster from McIntyre! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Miz still lives and McIntyre is even more furious. Fans chant for The Miz even as McIntyre looms over him. McIntyre drags Miz up for underhooks, but Miz slips out to kick low and DDT! Cover, TWO! Corbin returns and reels Miz in, END Of- No! Another low DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz knows how close he was but he’s still so far!
All three men crawl, and McIntyre gets to a corner. Miz stalks Corbin but Corbin denies the Finale. Corbin runs but is clothesline’d out! Miz and McIntyre run, CLAYMORE!! but Corbin shoves McIntyre out, covers, and wins!!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall; advances to the main event
The Lone Wolf grins as he takes advantage of McIntyre’s work! It will be Styles VS Corbin in the #1 Contender’s Match, but who moves on to face The Architect?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
He was watching that match, so how does he feel about facing Corbin in the main event? Corbin’s big, but it’s about the size of the fight in the dog. Styles is a Georgia bulldog with a lot more fight in him than the Lone Wolf, the “former” United States Champion. Yes, Corbin won that, won Money in the Bank and beat Kurt Angle. But Styles is a former United States Champion, a former WWE World Champion, and the longest champion on SmackDown in history! Styles beat up John Cena! But this isn’t about accolades, this is about picking a fight with a big bully, and winning. Hopefully Rollins watches later tonight, because he’ll hear, “and the winner of this match, The Phenomenal AJ Styles!”
Sami Zayn is here!
The zany Underdog from the Underground makes his way to the ring to speak, after the break.
Raw returns and Sami says he’s doing something no other superstar has had the courage to do: tell the WWE Universe the truth about themselves. No one wants to hear stuff like that, so the fans just used denial and deflection, and create a false narrative about Sami. Somehow Sami is “bitter”? Sami squashes that by saying he’s the exact opposite. Sami is jubilant and happy! In fact, those ten months away from the fans was the happiest time of his life! If fans don’t believe him, Sami will show us how beautiful life is. Sami hiked in Switzerland, reconnected with nature, and wept at the beauty all around him. Then Sami relaxed on a beach in Mexico! He’s snuggled up in a hammock!
Sami then went to Scotland to see the castles. “Look at that face!” Sami’s all smiles! Has anyone ever seen such unbridled joy? Sami lived the good life. But his return approached, he suddenly felt depressed and anxious. A dark cloud was over his head, but why? What was it about the WWE that made him sick? The corporate structure? Or perhaps the other superstars who are “total egomaniacs” and delusional? No, that wasn’t it. Sami dug deep, deep down, and he found the root of the problem: THE FANS! The fans perpetuate and impose a toxic environment on the superstars! Fans boo and Sami criticizes them for that. Y’know why that feels good? Because it’s easier to pass blame than to hold yourselves accountable! But fine, it doesn’t matter, Sami makes the fans responsible. Sami holds the fans accountable!
Fans think they get away with this because of the mob mentality, but it won’t keep them safe from Sami! Sami would much rather be back in Norway, Iceland or Sweden or Switzerland or Mexico. Anywhere but depressing Des Moines! Fans definitely boo that. But if fans have a problem with that, take a page out of his book. Take a trip. “Doesn’t that sound nice?!” They can all go… TO HELL! Sami laughs and spins around his way out of the ring. Will Sami’s mission against the fans get him anywhere?
But Cedric Alexander makes his entrance! The Superstar Shake-Up moved him to Raw full-time, now it’s time to see if the Age of Alexander can be reborn!
Cedric Alexander VS Cesaro!
Raw gives a highlight reel of the Soul of 205 Live and his incredible run through the Cruiserweight Division. But now 205 Live’s Soul goes against the Swiss Cyborg, a last-minute Shake-Up from SmackDown! Will Cesaro end the Age of Alexander’s newest chapter before it even begins?
Raw returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Cesaro circles with Alexander. They tie up and Cesaro powers Alexander to the corner hard! Cesaro dares Alexander to get up, and Alexander ties up with him. Cesaro gets the arm and wrenches, but Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse. Alexander headlocks and goes for a takeover but Cesaro powers out! Alexander lands on his feet but gets rocked with a right! Cesaro throws a BIG European Uppercut, then a chop. Cesaro CHOPS again, then stomps Alexander. He whips corner to corner but Alexander goes up and over to handspring headscissor and dropkick Cesaro out! Alexander builds speed as fans fire up, but Cearo gets in. Aelxander slides under and tries to scoop, but Cesaro gets out to scoop slam Alexander! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO!
Cesaro keeps on Alexander with a chinlock, then shifts to a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Alexander endures. Alexander fights up and fights out but Cesaro shoves him. Cesaro runs into a boot, but catches Alexander for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alexander clutches his back but he survives. Cesaro sits Aleander up for a running forearm! Cesaro keeps on Alexander with another chinlock. Alexander fights as fans rally again. Alexander gets up and fights with body shots. He throws forearms then runs, but Cesaro BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as he stomps Alexander’s arm. Cesaro gut wrenches Alexander for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Alexander gasps for air while clutching his back, but Cesaro looms over him.
Cesaro stomps Alexander’s hand then reels him into another chinlock. Cesaro puts his weight on Alexander but Alexander keeps getting up. Alexander fights but Cesaro whips, only for Alexander to sunset flip. Cesaro stays up, then drags Alexander up for a lift. Alexander sunset flips again, TWO! Alexander CHOPS and punches Cesaro, then throws forearms. Cesaro shoves but Alexander blocks the boot to elbow! Alexander dropkicks the legs out then dropkicks Cesaro in the head! Fans fire up with Alexander as he knips up! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron. He boots Cesaro away then springboards in, but Cesaro overpowers the complete shot! Cesaro suplexes but Alexander slips out, and scoops to a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO!
Alexander brings Cesaro up but Cesaro EuroUppers, only for Alexander to backslide. Cesaro powers out, but Alexander dodges to handspring, NEURALIZER! Cesaro tumbles out and Alexander builds speed again, to FLY! Direct hit wipes Cesaro out! Alexander puts him back in the ring then aims from the corner. Springboard, EUROUPPER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
The Swiss Cyborg was just too much for Alexander’s first Raw opponent! Will Cesaro head for a title match of his own in the near future? What will it take for the Soul of 205 Live to revive himself now that he’s in the big leagues?
Backstage interview with The Usos!
Jimmy & Jey are ready to be on Raw. SmackDown was #LockDown, now Raw gonna be Uso Lit! Who is here? Lucha House Party! Party over! The Viking Raiders! Who? Those bearded brothers from Braveheart. FREEDOM~! The Major Brothers, Hawkins & Ryder. Those guys like toys, but here come the #TopGuys. The Revival see the Usos. Good hands in the tag team division, perhaps SmackDown’s greatest. But this is Raw, this is their territory. So the Usos aren’t locking down- Hey, wake up! Oh, sorry, they had a crazy dream about two guys talking about beating the Usos? Usos bring the Penitentiary with them, will Dash & Dawson be the first two put away?
The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party!
Erik & Ivar gave the WWE Universe quite the experience, but now Rowe & Hanson- Er, Erik & Ivar prepare for war! Will the fiesta survive the raid?
Raw returns as the LHP make their entrance. But the Vikings attack! They wreck Kalisto then dump down Gran Metalik. They attack Lince Dorado with big knees! Metalik returns bot Erik catches him. Ivar brings Kalisto over for Erik to have on his shoulders, for a powerbomb-powerslam combo! This isn’t even a match but the Vikings keep going. They grab Lince, and feed him to Thor’s Hammer! The Vikings leave the luchadors down and out, who else will suffer a brutal Viking Experience?
Backstage interview with Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder.
The Raw Tag Team Champions just saw what happened to Lucha House Party, are they concerned? Hawkins isn’t sure what to say. We all saw the same thing! Those guys went berserk! They’re big, strong, agile but Ryder says they’re still new. The Major Brothers have been here for over a decade and are still here. They earned these titles, so they’re not letting these “smelly, horny, woolly mammoths” just take them away. But will they really have a say in it when the Viking Raiders come for gold?
Becky Lynch VS Alicia Fox!
The Man is the Champ-Champ, and she’s going strong towards her match with The Sassy Southern Belle at Money in the Bank. Will she stay strong against Ms. Crazy Like a Fox?
Raw returns and Becky Two Belts hears the fans chant for her. She then speaks, “There’s something in the air tonight in Iowa.” Becky sensed it backstage and in the locker room. It’s the Superstar Shake-Up. That time of the year where new challengers emerge. Becky didn’t have to wait long, she saw Lacey Evans win that shot. “The woman who likes to sucker punch The Man.” Becky doesn’t mind a good sucker punch, because she’s thrown her own here and there. It’s not the punching, it’s the woman behind them. Becky has made a career of slapping bleached blondes currying favors. Lacey is just the new take on an old approach. While Lacey is “furthering her career”, Becky will cement hers with a fight! But before Alicia can appear, Lacey does!
Lacey struts down the ramp and says Becky always wanting to fight, she can’t understand it. How can Becky let her emotions get the better of her? Is it because she’s Irish? Or like a man, she wants to be the center of attention? Lacey will educate Becky. Lesson 1: a lady is in complete control of her emotions. Lesson 2: a lady is not a show-off. And lesson 3, the most important of all: a man respects a lady. Lacey will teacher Becky that with her Woman’s Right, and then she’ll take both belts to put around her waist. Becky wants Lacey to back up. After everything Becky’s been through, she was just trying to enjoy herself. But “you absolute plank” is on her last nerve. Lacey talks about Irish emotions, those emotions wanna slap Lacey’s head off her shoulders!
Lacey may be new around here, but do not confuse happiness for content. Becky will go to MITB and dismantle Lacey because she can. And then The Man will collect on her debts. But now, Alicia does make her entrance, and we can begin this match!
The bell rings and Des Moines cheers Becky on again. Becky and Alicia circle and tie up, and Becky gets a headlock. She throws Alicia with a takedown but Alicia gets up. Alicia fights out and puts a headlock of her own. Becky powers out but Alicia runs her over with a shoulder. Cover, but Becky slips out and has a little fun. Things speed up and Becky deflects the dropkick to back kick Alicia to the corner. Alicia gets out but Becky wants at her. Becky dares Alicia to get in and fans rally up. Alicia draws near and Becky wrecks her with a baseball slide! Becky bumps Alicia on the apron then throws forearms. Becky brings Alicia around to bump off more apron, but then Alicia rams Becky into barriers!
The ring count hits 8! Alicia drags Becky up and in at 9, then slithers to a cover. TWO, but Becky is in trouble while we go to break.
Raw returns and Becky has Alicia in a corner. She brings Alicia out to whip but Alicia kicks back. Alicia boots Becky down then covers, TWO! Alicia tries again, ONE! She keeps Becky down in a chinlock, but fans rally up. Becky feeds off the energy and gets up to fight out. She throws EuroUppers but Alicia shoves to tilt-o-whirl. Becky headscissors through but Alicia denies the Disarm-Her. Alicia throws Becky to the apron then catches her breath. Becky crawls around the way but Alicia finds her. Alicia brings Becky up but Becky throws Alicia into barriers! Becky puts Alicia in but Alicia hits her back. Becky elbows from the corner then hops up for flying forearms. Fans fire up as Becky throws Alicia with a Becksploder! And then another!
But Becky’s far from done with Alicia as she runs in. Alicia rolls her up, TWO! Becky gets the Disarm-her! Alicia taps, but Lacey appears to throw her Woman’s Right!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
The Sassy Southern sucker punch gets the better of Becky again! Lacey brushes herself off and puts her hat back on, to hit Becky with another Woman’s Right! Will Lacey be adding a belt to her ensemble after Money in the Bank?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
The Lone Wolf warms up for Styles. He’s already defied expectations, but if he does it again, he’ll not only earn a title shot, but he’ll have a chance to settle things with the man who was a thorn in his side during his GM days. Where is Charly getting these interview techniques? The same school that Kim Kardashian got her law degree? And who’s expectations did he defy? Those “grease balls” sitting at home in their basements on the computer? Those people didn’t think he’d beat Kurt Angle, either. The only thing better than proving “those idiots” wrong is getting revenge on Rollins. So he’s looking past Styles? No, he’s looking straight through him! But will Corbin even get through Styles to go to Money in the Bank?
Ricochet VS Robert Roode!
The One and Only is now on his own after more of the Superstar Shake-Up moves happened. Will he be able to overcome the slightly renamed GLORIOUS One after the break?
Raw returns as Roode makes his GLORIOUS entrance. And Bobby is now Robert, complete with a mostly shaven look. Roode explained in a WWE.com exclusive interview that with this Shake-Up, he’s been able to drop 150 pounds of dead weight named Chad Gable. But Ricochet is just as young, talented and also lacking that something special. That same something special is what Roode has to be GLORIOUS, but will his new name and new look really help give him a fresh start?
The bell rings and Roode circles with Ricochet. Roode and Ricochet tie up and Roode powers Ricochet to the corner. Ricochet turns it around but backs off at the ref’s count. Roode kicks low then throws hands on Ricochet in a corner. Ricochet punches back and backs Roode down. Roode headlocks but Ricochet powers out. Things speed up and Roode gets the headlock back. Ricochet endures then fights his way out. Roode knees low then stalks Ricochet. He CHOPS Ricochet to ropes then whips. Ricochet rolls off Roode’s back then rolls under to handspring headscissor and dropkick Roode down! Roode wants a timeout at the ropes but Ricochet dares him to come back. Ricochet walks over but is sent to the apron. He shoulders back in then dumps Roode out!
Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to fake Roode out! Roode swipes but misses, and gets the moonsault! The King of Flight is fired up while we go to break!
Raw returns and Roode has Ricochet in a chinlock. Ricochet fights his way up but Roode wrangles him back down. Roode grinds Ricochet down but fans rally up. Ricochet endures as Roode squeezes tighter. Ricochet feeds off the energy and fights out of the hold. He runs but into Roode’s knee! Roode drags Ricochet up to whip and knee again. He kicks away then suplexes Ricochet up and over! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated but he keeps on Ricochet. He drags Ricochet into a half camel clutch but he also fish hooks Ricochet’s face. He lets go at 4 but then goes back to the camel clutch. Roode sits deep on it but fans rally. Ricochet powers his way up but Roode knocks him back down. Roode drags Ricochet up to whip him to a corner. Ricochet boots Roode away, then somersault shotgun dropkicks!
Both men are down but Ricochet slowly stands. Roode slowly follows and they start throwing hands. Ricochet dodges and runs to rally with forearms! Ricochet headscissors Roode to a corner, then goes corner to corner for a shoulder tackle. He slips out to the apron and bumps Roode on buckles, then kicks the buckle to snap Roode back. Ricochet aims and springboards for a leaping lariat! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Roode survives but Ricochet keeps his cool. Ricochet drags Roode up and to a fireman’s carry but Roode fights out. Roode waistlocks but Ricochet fights out. Ricochet grabs at Roode but Roode elbows back. Roode runs but Ricochet rolls him, TWO! Ricochet leaps into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Roode grows frustrated but he has one more move to try. He winds it up… GLORIOUS! Ricochet stands but denies the DDT to reel Roode in, TKO knee! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet drags Roode to a drop zone and climbs up top! He goes for the 450 but has to land on his feet as Roode dodges. Roode rams Ricochet into buckles! GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode wins!!
Winner: Robert Roode, by pinfall
The GLORIOUS Reinvention is successful! Roode revitalizes himself with the name change, but will this lead him to putting that new name on a title belt? Can Ricochet rebound and get on track as a singles competitor in his own right?
Welcome to Firefly Fun House~!
Who is that in the red sweater? Iiiiiit’s BRAY~! Brat Wyatt has missed us. But he knew we’d all be back together some day. He saw it in his dreams. Bray Wyatt promises we’ll all have fun. All the fireflies will feel safe here. And he can’t wait to show us what he’s learned. Tada~! Here are his very special friends! Mercy the Buzzard! Pammy the Witch! “You are going to love them.” Now, Bray admits he used to be a very bad man. Boo~! Yes, he deserves that. But Bray has been punished for that, so that part of him is dead.
However, he has a reminder so that he won’t ever go back to being that “pathetic slob loser.” Bray shows a cardboard cut-out of himself, and CUTS IT UP! YAY~! The fun is just getting started. So remember, fireflies: Bray will light the way, all you ahve to do is let him in. See you next week!
WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Baron Corbin!
The Phenomenal One and the Lone Wolf made it through four other incredible superstars to make it to this match. But now, who will show they’ve still got more in the tank to punch their ticket to Money in the Bank?
Raw returns as Corbin makes his entrance. And this time, we do have to hear Mike Rome list Corbin’s accolades. But again, the former Raw General Manager, Golden Gloves boxing champion, United States Champion and Mr. Money in the Bank is NOT Des Moines’ Favorite Son. Corbin accepts that, and the bell rings so we can begin this major main event!
Corbin circles with Styles but obviously the fans are on Styles’ side. Styles and Corbin approach and Corbin talks trash. Styles gets Corbin with a right hand! Corbin comes back but gets CHOPS. Styles shows Corbin he’s just fine and then kicks away on Corbin’s leg. Corbin rocks Styles back with a right, then drags Styles up. Styles slips out and dropkicks Corbin away. Styles throws more hands against the ropes but backs off at the ref’s count. Corbin gets back up to knee Styles low. Corbin throws Styles out but Styles is on the apron. Styles shoulders in then slingshots but into a big right! Styles goes down and Corbin stomps away. Corbin whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles goes down again. Corbin looms over Styles but fans still rally up. He stands Styles up to punch him back down.
Corbin sits Styles up to punch him back down again and again. He drags Styles up but Styles throws hands back! Styles runs and clotheslines Corbin out! Styles slingshots but lands on the apron when Corbin gets clear. Corbin trips Styles and Styles falls on the apron hard! Corbin whips Styles into the timekeeper area, but Styles roundhouses back! Fans fire up as Styles uses the barriers. But Corbin catches him to drop him on the barriers! The Lone Wolf has the advantage while we go to one more break!
Raw returns again and Corbin has Styles down in a half nelson. Corbin leans on Styles but Styles fights his way up. Styles fights out as fans rally, but Corbin throws another right. Corbin lifts and tosses Styles with a spin! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he still stalks Styles to a corner. He drags Styles up and puts him on the top rope. Corbin climbs but Styles fights back. Corbin rocks Styles again, then wants a superplex, but Styles slips out to trip Corbin up! Styles gets up and throws kicks into Corbin’s leg. Fans rally as Styles kicks Corbin off his feet. Styles wants the leg but Corbin shoves him away. Styles comes back with a sliding forearm! He clotheslines Corbin in the corner then goes for a fireman’s carry. But Corbin slips out, only for Styles to give him the Phenomenal Blitz!
Corbin grabs Styles and glares at him, for the choke slam. Styles wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Corbin swings but Styles dodges to climb around for a sunset flip. But into the Clash! But Corbin is too tall and he kicks Styles away. Both men are down but crawling. Corbin stands in a corner but Styles dodges. Corbin slides out then in but gets the PELE! Styles keeps moving, but gets a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Styles still lives and Corbin can’t believe it. Corbin crawls to ropes while Styles goes the other way. Corbin runs at Styles in the corner for a big clothesline! And then another! Corbin reels Styles in but Styles rolls him for the CALF CRUSHER! Styles pulls back hard but Corbin slams Styles’ head on the mat! Corbin is free but the damage is done.
Corbin crawls to a corner and drags himself back up. Styles runs in but Corbin boots him. Corbin puts Styles on the ropes then hops up, and leaps! Styles dodges and Corbin hotshots himself! Styles takes aim and springboards, Phenomenal Forearm! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; NEW #1 contender to the WWE Universal Championship
The Phenomenal One is victorious after a night of incredible action! Now he heads to Money in the Bank to take on The Architect! And speaking of, Seth Rollins comes out to meet his challenger! Rollins offers a handshake, and Styles accepts it! These two respect each other, but will that change with a month left to go?
A rather crazy Raw tonight, what with more changes after the backlash of Superstar Shake-Up. The most obvious is that the infamous Viking Experience name change was changed again. Viking Raiders is a better compromise to keep “War” out of the team name, but I wish they’d also just let Erik & Ivar be Rowe & Hanson. But then this compromise was ruined by Vince sneaking his choice in anyway, and now every match where they use Thor’s Hammer, the pop-up powerslam, will have commentary shouting “Viking Experience!” If only Vince felt the wrath of Thor’s Hammer… The next most obvious was Robert Roode’s new name and the change to his facial hair. I was surprised to see him win, but I suppose if he’s in a rivalry with Ricochet now, they’d need to go back-and-forth at least this much.
Cesaro VS Cedric was great, and I suppose it works that Cesaro wins. Alexander’s promotion to Raw works better if he has some trouble with the transition, and it’ll make his first win on Raw that much more exciting. Bray Wyatt turning all those creepy promos into this children’s show is a hilarious next step in this new story. His new self is great with this underlying just-barely-holding-on-to-sanity characteristic. I wouldn’t mind seeing some more interactions with Mercy and Pammy for a few weeks, maybe a couple months, to really explore how this is going. Maybe it becomes part talk show with an occasional guest.
I felt like The IIconics pointing out Naomi was all alone was going to prompt her new friend to appear to keep the IIconics from screwing her out of the match. But surprisingly, Naomi won clean. I still feel like Naomi will end up teaming with someone, perhaps Tamina. With Nia Jax out with injury and given the history and real-life bond between them, Tamina going to Naomi or vice-versa makes sense to me. Lacey Evans more than likely misspoke about having both belts after one match with Becky, she’s only the Raw Women’s Championship #1 contender. But either way, she had a pretty good showing without a match, as she gives a good promo and then a great sucker punch attack just as Becky’s match ended. Lacey’s push may be fast but I’m sure she’ll deliver in the match.
But the big thing was that Raw rightfully upped the ante for that Universal Championship now that it’s finally on TV. Both triple threats were incredible, worthy of a title in their own right. They both ended about how they should, and it made sense for Corbin to be opportunistic in that moment at the end. Samoa Joe and Mysterio can either have a proper US Championship match or be in the MITB ladder match, and MITB can also include Miz and/or McIntyre if they see fit. Styles VS Corbin was pretty good for under 15 minutes, and honestly I was surprised Corbin didn’t find a sneaky way to win. But Styles winning is great, we’ll get a dream match already with MITB PPV. I would think Rollins retains, but at least with Styles, it’d be believable if he’d take it so soon.
My Score: 8.1/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.31~ 21ST APRIL 2019
With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH’s first show back on the mainland was held on a midweek night, and while the attendance was not good (819), the show was intense and the fans that did not go were lamenting that they were prevented from going due to it being a midweek night, and therefore, a work night.
Due to Quiet Storm sustaining a concussion after receiving a kick to the head from Kenoh in Sapporo, NOAH have changed their cards (no date has been given for a return of either himself or Kimya Okada yet), and 50 Funky Powers have so far been deducted four points, as per the rules of Global Tag League which counts a team being unable to compete as an automatic loss and a win for the other team (hence the reason why The Tough have two points), and Rocky Kawamura was drafted in to compete at Korakuen Hall. His gimmick is Rocky (the character from the films), and Mohammed
Yone took his name from Mohammed Ali, so you had two boxing fans together.
Yone laughed afterwards and said that he himself might try coming to the ring in boxing gloves.
True to his word, NOSAWA Rongai bought a “friend” to Korakuen Hall.
The “friend” turned out to be Hideki Suzuki who had a match in 2018 in NOAH against Naomichi Marufuji and Atsushi Kotoge (he teamed with Jay Bradley), but wasn’t seen at all again until 2019.
Suzuki got in the ring and asked for a tag match against Marufuji (Suzuki will team with NOSAWA), as he was at ringside (and all of the heavyweights are tied up in Global Tag League), Marufuji, after telling Suzuki that he should build his own gang, said “lets just have a match” and nominated Junta Miyawaki to be his partner. Miyawaki told NOSAWA that he was going to get the victory over him.
Match has been set for the last night of Global Tag League on May 4th.
When asked why he was here, Hideki said he was “job hunting” and hadn’t been employed since the beginning of the year. He later admitted that he was here for himself.
As if the Korakuen Hall crowd weren’t wound up enough, there was a HUGE upset for AXIZ when Masao Inoue (whom the crowd had been cheering on), got the sneak win over Katsuhiko Nakajima.
After the match, Inoue and Saito went to imitate AXIZ’S pose, but at the last moment Saito walked away leaving Inoue to crash to the floor.
The crowd laughed.
Saito laughed louder.
Nakajima, however, didn’t find anything amusing and said that Masao Inoue has borrowed something big, and he will be coming to take it back.
Whatever it is that is going on between Stinger and Daisuke Harada took another turn at Korakuen Hall.
Yoshinari Ogawa offered his hand to Daisuke Harada again, and Harada went to take it, but Tadasuke objected. Harada shoved him aside, and Tadasuke fell against the ropes with a look of surprise. Ogawa tried again, but this time YO-HEY came between them. After that, Harada looked at his hand and just left the ring.
AXIZ were not the only team to have a bad night at Korakuen Hall, their rivals in KAIOH did too.
Takashi Sugiura (complete with stitches after the headbutts from Atsushi Kotoge in Sapporo) stood still and staring at his two former protegees as they entered the ring.
They probably knew that it was a very very bad sign. This match was not about “The Sugiura Army” beating KAIOH, this was about Takashi Sugiura beating down two upstarts, and although they put him through hell, he prevailed with the headlock choke on Kaito Kiyomiya. After the match he got on the microphone and told Kiyomiya that he wouldn’t push the issue now as it was Global Tag League, but he wanted Kiyomiya to remember, that he would be coming for the title.
NOAH held their next event on Sunday 21st April at a new venue (which had been a former fish market) in springtime Niigata. Attendance was a full house of 865.
Naturally, being an event by the Shinano River, a fight went outside and to the riverside, and Marufuji almost threw YO-HEY in. Tadasuke thought it would have been funny, but YO-HEY said that the next time NOAH come to the venue, he is going to bring goggles and a flotation device for Marufuji.
Marufuji’s response was basically, “bring them for yourself”.
Fact is, that if NOAH go back there in the summer or autumn, someone will most likely go in (probably Kotoge in his cape).
Daisuke Harada made the first defense ever of the IPW Junior Heavyweight title against Hitoshi Kumano. While I don’t have too much details on the match itself, one fan did liken it to a fight that one of the Four Pillars would have put on. It was that intense.
Harada said that he wants his next challenger to be British, and said it would be interesting to see if anyone came over to NOAH. He also said that with Global Junior Tag League starting, he was equally interested to see if a team would enter.
When asked about the handshake with Ogawa, Harada walked away.
Yoshinari Ogawa had said that you could see how the situation was developing, as Kotaro Suzuki added, “If the leader’s heart is swayed, then the team is over”
Kaioh were almost beaten in Global Tag League by The Inferno. That was until Kiyomiya changed the tide of the match, and got the pin via the Tiger Suplex on Maybach Taniguchi.
So far Kenoh has not managed to get a single win at Global Tag League. Once the league is over, and especially if Kaioh do not win the titles, then his resentment is going to erupt.
As of the time of writing, The Sugiura Army lead the scoreboard with eight points.
Fortune Dream6 & “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2”
On the 17th April at Korakuen Hall, Kenta Kobashi announced that Fortune Dream6 would return on June 10th. NOAH participation was announced as Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura vs Yuji Okabayashi & Kazusada Higuchi. Addtionally, Masa Kitamiya will team with Yuya Aoki against Shoki Kitamura & Towa Iwasaki.
Yoshihiro Takayama has announced via his official blog, that “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2” will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Card to be announced.
Although Takayama cannot be at the show (although he wants to find a way to be there), there is good news on the horizon as he says that his condition is improving gradually and he can now feel the soles of his feet.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Although he cannot wrestle due to concussion, Kinya Okada has been seen at ringside doing his usual duties. Poor boy looks sad, like he did when he was unable to debut due to injury.
~ Minoru Tanaka was hungover at the Niigata event. Said he hoped it would help his hangover. It didn’t.
~ Each time Atsushi Kotoge went to do the “Revolutionary Hero” pose, Marufuji smacked his arm down (Yoshiki Inamura in Niigata was a little more game)
~ Takashi Sugiura said there are to be no further entries into the “Sugiura Army”, he also doesn’t like NOSAWA being put at the center of the group in the official photographs for the new “Sugiura Army” t-shirts.
~ I don’t want to know exactly what a “YO-HEY Teriyaki McBurger” is
~ Takashi Sugiura’s most infamous dog video this week was him on his lap, and chewing the cord of his tracksuit pants.
The 4th May Global Tag League finals will be broadcast at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The 28th May show will be broadcast live at 6.30pm JST on G+ (its the first night of Global Tag League)
PICTURE CREDITS: NOAH GHC, PKDX, Daisuke Harada
News18 hours ago
Matches Advertised Locally for WWE Extreme Rules In Philly
Opinion2 days ago
NXT Minus 6: Moving Forward
News23 hours ago
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: CM Punk Returns? Chris Jericho, Wolfe To NXT UK and More!
News14 hours ago
Andrade, Zelina Vega, and Aleister Black Moved to WWE Smackdown