Joe dropping CMLL knowledge! Read along and catch up with the week that was!
Arena Puebla Show
Halcon Suriano Jr, Millenium, and Centella Roja vs Black Tiger, Sombra Diabolik, and Joker
Roja starts out with Black Tiger and they roll around on the ground grappling. Suriano is in next with Joker and they engage and fight for position. They get on the ground and do some grappling exchanges. Sombra comes in next with Millenium and Millenium slams him and Roja hits a splash off the top rope for the pin. Millenium then rolls up Black Tiger for a pin. Suriano gets Joker in an arm bar. First Fall: Suriano Jr submits Joker with an arm bar.
Roja and Sombra start the round out with Roja getting the advantage on Sombra in most of the exchanges. Suriano acrobatically enters the ring with Joker doing front handspring flip after front handspring flip. Suriano hits multiple arm drags on him then tricks him to fall out of the ring. Now the match breaks down with Millenium being dropped and then Roja was hit with a triple team move. Joker gets Suriano in an abdominal stretch while Tiger stomps him for the fall. Second Fall: Joker submits Suriano Jr with an abdominal stretch.
Roja gets worked over to start this round. Sombra works over Millenium next. Suriano comes in next but gets distracted by Joker so Sombra continues to work him over as well. Finally Centella Roja fights off the triple team but he’s still going back and forth with Black Tiger. Millenium pulls Tiger to the outside, then Roja and Millenium drop kick Sombra and Joker to the outside. They chase them to the outside and attack them. Suriano hits consecutive back breakers on Tiger. Joker gets in and attacks him then gets power bombed by Tiger. Sombra hits a splash off the top rope and pins him. Third Fall: Sombra Diabolik pins Suriano with a top rope splash.
Winners: Black Tiger, Sombra Diabolik, and Joker
Super Astro Jr (Meyer), Oro Jr, and King Jaguar vs Virus (Ares), Distrubio, and El Perverso
I always wonder why when CMLL uploads their shows they don’t just fix the line up card when someone doesn’t show up. Meyer starts with Perverso to begin the match. Jaguar comes in with Ares real quick but then Disturbio enters with Oro. Perverso enters and hurricanrana’s Oro. Meyer then takes out Perverso. Ares back breakers Meyer. Jaguar then monkey flips Ares. Oro hip tosses Disturbio to the outside. He goes from an apron splash but gets pulled down. In the ring Perverso gets Meyer in an arm bar. Ares gets Jaguar in some neck stretch. Looks like it couldn’t submit a small animal. First Fall: Ares submits Jaguar with a neck stretch.
Meyer gets worked over to start this round. There’s a bunch of teaming up until Jaguar hits a cross body to change the momentum. He hits a back breaker on Disturbio and Oro hits a moonsault on him for the pin. Second Fall: Oro Jr pins Disturbio with a moonsault.
Meyer starts out with Ares and gets the upper hand on him then poses. Jaguar gets in with Perverso and gets the advantage on him then poses. Ares gets Jaguar in a submission but Meyer breaks it up. Ares then gets Meyer in an arm wrench for the submission. Jaguar and Perverso roll to the outside of the ring and fight. Oro Jr slams Disturbio and then lands on his feet for a moonsault. Disturbio then catches him in a back breaker for the win. Third Fall: Disturbio pins Oro Jr with a back breaker.
Winners: Ares, Disturbio, and El Perverso
(Match Relampago) Princesa Sugehit vs Amapola
They engage to start the match and battle for position standing until Amapola lands the first take down. Sugehit lands a head scissors on Amapola then she hits a tornado DDT in the corner on Amapola then poses. Amapola gets back in the ring and gets the advantage on Sugehit and works her over with strikes. Sugehit counters her and hits a senton splash for a two count. Amapola gets a pinning combo on Sugehit and she kicks out. Then Sugehit gets one and then Amapola gets another. All kicked out of. Amapola brings Sugehit to the top rope but Sugehit pulls her down by her hair then hits a cross body. Sugehit then gets Amapola in her head shake submission for the fall. Princesa Sugehit submits Amapola with her head shake submission.
Winner: Princesa Sugehit
Flyer (Stuka), El Audaz, and Titan vs Shocker, Rey Bucanero, and Hechicero
Shocker punches Stuka to start the match during introductions. Bucanero and Stuka properly start the match out with some intense grappling. Titan is in quick with Hechicero and they grapple on the ground. Hechicero lifts Titan from a triangle position and Titan rolls into a pinning combo. Audaz and Stuka use agility to work over Shocker and Bucanero to the outside where they then hit dives through the middle rope. In the ring Hechicero rolls into a submission on Titan for the fall. First Fall: Hechicero submits Titan with a leg crank.
They show the chairs broken from the dives before. Bucanero works over Audaz on the ramp way trying to remove his mask. Shocker works over Titan in the ring. After being worked over for most of the round Titan and Stuka get Shocker and Bucanero in a double submission and in the middle of that Audaz rolls up Hechicero for the fall. Second Fall: Audaz rolls up Hechicero for the fall.
Bucanero gets hit with a team up move to start the round. Giving some payback to the rudos. Things settle down and Hechicero and Stuka trade back and forth. Audaz combats Hechicero and Bucanero and is able to get both out of the ring then he poses. Titan gets in the square up with Shocker. Titan kicks Shocker in the face and he plays like he’s out but you can seem him hand signal to Bucanero. Titan goes for a dive but Hechicero intercepts him. He removes Titan’s mask half way and punches him. Titan kicks Hechicero off the apron as he poses then hits a dive over the tope rope onto him. Stuka goes for a splash on Bucanero but Bucanero gets his feet up for the pin. Shocker then submits Audaz with a rear naked choke. Third Fall: Shocker submits Audaz with a rear naked choke.
Winners: Shocker, Rey Bucanero, and Hechicero
Caristico, Mistico, and Sobernao vs Mephisto, Luciferno, and Ephesto
The sons of hell brawl to start this match, beating up Mistico on the outside of the ring. Ephesto works over Soberano on the apron. After minutes of triple teaming Mephisto hits a face buster on Mistico for the fall. First Fall: Mephisto pins Mistico with a face buster.
Mistico gets thrown into the crowd to start this round. The sons of hell continue to work over the technicos in this match. Caristico hits a hurricanrana on Mephisto to the outside and Mistico hits a dive over the top rope. Caristico then gets Luciferno in a Fujiwara arm bar for the fall. Mistico throws Mephisto into the crowd for payback. Second Fall: Caristico submits Luciferno with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Mistico chases Mephisto to the outside to start this round. Mephisto doesn’t want any part of him. Soberano hits an arm drag on Ephesto to the outside and then hits a pose. Mistico hits a hurricanrana on Mephisto to the outside. Soberano hits a back flip dive over the top onto Luciferno and Caristico hits a dive through the middle rope on Ephesto. In the ring Mephisto kicks Mistico in the groin for the DQ. Third Fall: Mistico wins via groin shot DQ
Winners: Caristico, Mistico, and Soberano
(Heavyweight Championship Match) Ultimo Guerrero (Champ) vs Vangellys
Bucanero is Vangellys plus one and Stuka is Ultimo Guerrero’s. That’s odd. I guess none of Los Guerrero’s were there. After they posture some and then they finally engage with each other and fight for position. Ultimo gets him down in a submission but Vangellys gets the ropes. Ultimo gets him down again and gets a surfboard stretch into a pin but Vangellys head is in the rope. Vangellys keeps stomping Ultimo even though Ultimo is hugging the ropes. Vangellys hits a northern lights suplex for the fall. First Fall: Vangellys pins Ultimo Guerrero with a northern lights suplex.
Vangellys worked on Ultimo early in the round but Ultimo changes momentum and brings him out in the crowd to brawl. Back in the ring Ultimo spine busters Vangellys and gets him in a leg neck crank for the submission. Second Fall: Ultimo Guerrero submits Vangellys with a head neck crank.
Vangellys works over Ultimo to start the final round. Ultimo hits a hip attack off the apron on Vangellys. Ultimo hits a clothesline and the ref counts really slow. Vangellys hits a hurricanrana but Ultimo kicks out. Vangellys hits a brain buster and Ultimo kicks out. They’re starting to trade some big moves now. Ultimo hits a power bomb off the top rope for another slow two count. Ultimo hits a bronco buster like move in the corner for a two count. Vangellys catches Ultimo in a spear and Ultimo kicks out. Truth be told the crowd isn’t into this match at all. Ultimo gets Vangellys in his leg neck crank and wins. Third Fall: Ultimo Guerrero submits Vangellys with a neck crank.
Winner: Ultimo Guerrero
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Shockercito and Angelito vs Mercurio and Pequeno Violencia
Angelito starts with Violencia and they grapple. Shockercito comes in with Mercurio and he uses his quickness to his advantage. Violencia comes in to put a halt to Shockercito. Angelito hits a shotgun drop kick on Violencia to stop the attack on Shockercito. Angelito hits a splash on Violencia for the pin. Shockercito hits a tornado DDT on Mercurio for the fall. First Fall: Shockercito pins Mercurio with a tornado DDT
Mercurio beats on Angelito to start the second round. Angelito gets Mercurio to the outside then poses. Shockercito gets tripped by Mercurio allowing Violencia to get the advantage. Violencia submits with a cloverleaf and then Mercurio submits Angelito with a neck stretch. Second Fall: Mercurio submits Angelito with a neck stretch.
Shockercito gets taken out and then they team on Angelito. Shockercito comes in to take out Mercurio. Angelito hits a head scissors and Violencia takes it the wrong way and the crowd boos. Shockercito hits a crazy head scissors on Mercurio. Angelito hits a neck breaker on Violencia and then Shockercito pins Mercurio with a pinning combo. Third Fall: Shockercito pins Mercurio with a pinning combo.
Winners: Shockercito and Angelito
Mystique, La Jarochita, and Avispa Dorada vs Tiffany, Reyna Isis, and La Metalica
Dorada and Isis start out engaged and fighting for position. Mystique comes in with Tiffany and they go back and forth until Tiffany hits a x factor. Jaorchita comes in to take on Tiffany but she gets worked over. Dorada comes in and Metalica comes to work her over. Dorada drop kicks Metalica to the outside then hits a dive over the top rope. Jarochita hits a hip attack on Tiffany for the pin and Mystique rolls up Isis for the fall. First Fall: Mystique pins Isis with a pinning combo.
Metalica works on Jarochita to start the round. Dorada then gets teamed up on by the rudas team. Tiffany hits a senton on Jarochita followed by a leg drop by Metalica. Tiffany hits a senton on Mystique followed by Isis for the pin. Tiffany slams Dorada and then gets her in a Boston crab for the fall. Second Fall: Tiffany submits Dorada with a Boston crab.
Isis works with Mystique to start but it quickly breaks down to them teaming up on Dorada. Mystique drop toe holds Tiffany into a Dorada drop kick to balance out the momentum. Isis hits a fisherman’s suplex on Mystique but Dorada breaks up the pin. Jarochita gets Tiffany in a submission but Metalica breaks it up. Metalica hits a shoulder breaker on Jarochita for the pin as Tiffany and Isis attack Mystique and Dorada during the pin. Third Fall: Metalica pins Jarochita with a shoulder breaker.
Winners: Tiffany, Reyna Isis, and La Metalica
El Audaz, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther vs Polvora, Okumura (Metalico), and Universo 2000 Jr
Metalico is replacing Okumura who I think is having concussion issues. Don’t quote me on that. Panther and Polvora start out the match going back and forth and grappling. Audaz comes in to take on Universo and they go back and forth for less than a minute. Metalico comes in with Maya and Maya hits an arm drag and then chases Metalico to the outside. Some brawling breaks out and then Metalico works on Panther on the outside. Eventually Maya gets teamed on. Metalico then gets Audaz in a leg lock for the fall. First Fall: Metalico submits Audaz with a leg lock.
Maya starts with Polvora and Polvora works on him to start the second round. Maya makes a come back hitting back breakers. Audaz hits a dive on Universo then Maya hits a dive on Metalico. Black Panther hits a drop kick off the top onto Polvora for the fall. Second Fall: Black Panther pins Polvora with a top rope basement drop kick.
Metalico starts out with Black Panther for the final fall. Black Panther works him over and gets him to the outside then hits a pose. Universo comes in with Maya and he chops him then Maya hits a sloppy arm drag. Metalico then does a goofy comedy spot entering the ring. Audaz uses his agility to work past Polvora. He then hits an impressive hurricanrana on Universo where he basically 619’d with the steel post into the hurricanrana. Maya hits a springboard headbutt on Universo and Metalico breaks up the pin. Metalico hits a powerslam on Maya and Audaz breaks it up and hits a lionsault but Polvora breaks it up. Polvora catches Audaz and hits a power bomb on him. He goes for another but Audaz rolls out and hits a hurricanrana to the outside. Black Panther then hits a dive through the middle rope on Polvora. Maya hits a cross body on Universo then a school boy for the pin. Audaz hits a run up hurricanrana on Metalico for the win. Third Fall: El Audaz with a run up hurricanrana for the win.
Winners: El Audaz, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther
(Match Relampago) Blue Panther vs Luciferno
They lock up and engage to start and they fight for position. They get it to the ground and Panther applies a submission hold and Luciferno gets to the ropes. They re-engage on the ground and Luciferno traps Panther in a triangle. The match rolls to the outside and Luciferno whips Panther into the barricade. Luciferno goes for an axe handle and Panther moves. Panther gets back in the ring and hits a dive through the middle rope. I’ve said it before Blue Panther is good in general but especially good for his age. They get back in the ring and Luciferno hits a Styles Clash but Panther kicks out. Luciferno then proceeds to rip Panther’s shirt off. Panther hits a hurricanrana off the top rope to the outside and then hits a middle rope dive on Luciferno. He then hit another middle rope dive on him. That’s three so far, he must be feeling good. He then goes for yet another one. Wow! Panther gets Luciferno in an arm bar in the ring and wins. That was a super fun match. Blue Panther defeats Luciferno with an arm bar.
Winner: Blue Panther
Atlantis, Stuka, and Flyer vs Hechicero, Templario, and El Felino
Flyer starts out with Templario and they almost immediately roll on the ground. Stuka enters with Hechicero and they trade strikes back and forth .Hechicero and Templario work on Flyer and Stuka on the outside. Felino works on Atlantis in the ring. Felino gets Flyer in a kimura lock. Stuka gets flipped up by Hechicero and Templario kicks him. Hechicero gets Stuka in some kind of submission and wins the fall. First Fall: Hechicero submits Stuka with a submission.
Hechicero works over Atlantis to start this round. Templario takes out Stuka. There’s not much organized tag team wrestling in this match. Flyer gets teamed on next and taken out. Flyer hits a cross body on Templario and then Stuka hits a big splash on him while Flyer rolls up Felino at the same time. Second Fall: Stuka pins Templario with a top rope splash.
Atlantis works over Hechicero on the ramp to start. Atlantis takes on everyone and hip tosses them. Atlantis monkey flips Hechicero to the outside then Atlantis poses. Flyer and Felino exchange strikes in the middle of the ring. Flyer takes out Felino then hits a head scissors on Templario to the outside. He then hits one on Hechicero then poses. Hechicero and Stuka go back and forth until Hechicero gets knocked out. Felino then works over Stuka and holds him in place for the midget Zakarias to hit him. Stuka makes a come back and hits a back breaker on Felino. Stuka and Flyer hit stereo moonsaults on Felino and Templario to the outside. Atlantis gets Hechicero in a roll up for the win. Third Fall: Atlantis rolls up Hechicero for the win.
Winners: Atlantis, Stuka, and Flyer
Mistico, Titan, and Soberano Jr vs Negro Casas (El Terrible), Mephisto, and Ephesto
It was known Negro Casas wasn’t going to be on this show but they went ahead and pulled a AAA anyway for whatever reason. Soberano starts the match with Terrible and Terrible uses his strength to get an advantage. Soberano used his quickness to counter but Titan and Mephisto come in and start grappling on the ground. Mistico comes in to hit a cross body on Mephisto enter the ring and then he goes for a hurricanrana on Terrible but Terrible stops it and hits a styles clash for the pin. First Fall: Terrible pins Mistico with a styles clash.
Titan gets worked over by Mephisto to start this round. Ephesto comes in next to work on Titan. Titan is trying to tag his teammates but they won’t let him. Soberano gets in next but he gets teamed on as well. Titan comes back in to work with Terrible but alas it ends up with him getting teamed. Mephisto launches Mistico into Terrible and Mistico hits a hurricanrana on him and pins him and nobody knew. Second Fall: Mistico pins Terrible with a hurricanrana.
Mistico hits a dive off the stage on Mephisto to start this round. Soberano uses his quickness to work circles around Ephesto to start the round. Mistico gets in the ring with Mephisto and quickly gets him out. He then gets Terrible out and then hits a pose. Titan fights off Ephesto on the apron then drop kicks Terrible to the outside and then hits a dive to the outside on him. Soberano then hits a back flip dive to the outside on Ephesto. Mistico hits a hurricanrana on Mephisto for a two count. He then hits another one off the top rope for two count. Mephisto rolls to the outside and Mistico hits yet another one on him to the outside. In the ring Ephesto hits a shoulder breaker on Soberano and Terrible hits a power bomb on Titan for the win. Third Fall: Terrible pins Titan with a power bomb for the win.
Winners: El Terrible, Mephisto, and Ephesto
Arena Mexico Friday
Stigma and Oro Jr vs Nitro and Sangre Azteca
Stigma starts out with Azteca and they grab each other and begin fighting for position. They bring it to the ground and start to grapple. Stigma hits a head scissors on Azteca then chases him to the outside bringing in Nitro and Oro. They engage and Oro gets the advantage on him. Stigma hits a cross body on Nitro and Azteca. Oro goes for an attack but Azteca pulls him out of the ring. They double Stigma briefly. Azteca holds Oro in place and Nitro drop kicks him. Azteca hits a face buster on Stigma for the pin. Nitro hits a splash off the top on Oro for the fall. First Fall: Nitro pins Oro with a splash off the top.
Nitro starts the round working over Oro. Azteca comes in and takes Oro out then Stigma enters and gets double teamed. Oro comes back to make the save but gets teamed on too. Stigma then moves and slams Nitro and Oro hits a moonsault for the pin. Stigma gets Azteca in the corner and hits a jaw breaker. Second Fall: Stigma pins Azteca with a jaw breaker.
Nitro works on Stigma to begin this round. Stigma bounces off the ropes and hits an arm drag. He runs off the apron and hits a hurricanrana on the floor to Nitro. Oro gets the better of Azteca dodging his attacks. Oro hits a hurricanrana off the top but it’s messed up a bit. Oro then gets double chopped and Nitro elbow drops his butt. Oro jumps back in and gets double drop kicked. Nitro stalls and hits a piledriver on Oro. Azteca did…. what looked like an axe handle to Stigma while he was on the ground…. yeah. Third Fall: Nitro pins Oro with a pile driver.
Winners: Nitro and Sangre Azteca
Rey Cometa, Fuego, and Star Jr vs Virus, Kawato San, and Tiger
Cometa comes out in a much different outfit than he usually does. Kawato and Star Jr start out working over each other trying to get the advantage. Tiger comes in next with Rey Cometa and they grapple on the ground. Virus enters in next with Fuego and they go back and forth. Fuego hits a drop kick and Cometa hits a cross body an a back elbow. Star Jr hits a springboard splash for the pin. First Fall: Star Jr pins Virus with a springboard splash.
Star Jr and Tiger go back and forth and Star avoids a double team attack by Kawato. Star then takes Tiger out with an arm drag and Kawato with a hurricanrana. Cometa then takes out Virus and poses. Fuego comes in with Virus and they exchange strikes. Virus punches him and Fuego falls. Star then gets stomped on in the corner. Kawato hits the double stomp off the top on Star for the pin. Virus gets Fuego in a body stretch submission for the fall. Second Fall: Virus submits Fuego with a body stretch submission.
Fuego gets teamed on to start this round off. Star Jr then gets worked over next. Cometa hit an apron hurricanrana on Tiger to make a come back. Star hits a run up tornado splash on Kawato. Virus comes and hits a kind of neck breaker on Star but Fuego breaks up the pin. Tiger takes out Fuego and Cometa comes in and goes for a hurricanrana but Tiger counters it with a big power bomb for the win. Third Fall: Tiger pins Rey Cometa with a power bomb.
Winners: Virus, Kawato San, and Tiger
Titan, Triton, and Esfinge vs Shocker (Universo 2000 Jr), Rey Bucanero, and Vangellys
Titan and Bucanero started and they went back and forth for a bit. Triton and Universo come in next and start fighting on the ground. Esfinge entered and then a whole lot of spots were exchanged. Titan leaps to the outside but is met by Bucanero to throw him into the barricade. Triton is launched into Vangellys and he hits a northern lights suplex for the pin. Rey hits a corkscrew splash on Esfinge for the fall. First Fall: Bucanero pins Esfinge with a corkscrew splash.
Titan gets worked over to start the round. When he goes to make the tag the ref acts like he doesn’t see. They throw him onto the ramp. Bucanero hits a leg drop on Esfinge. Triton and Esfinge come in after minutes of getting beat on and hit a hurricanrana and arm drag respectively on Bucanero and Universo. Esfinge hits a splash on Vangellys for the pin and Triton hits a 450 splash on Universo. Second Fall: Triton pins Universo 2000 with a 450 splash.
Esfinge kicks Universo and Triton comes in and hits a hurricanrana. Triton hits a jump on the ropes hurricanrana on Vangellys. Bucanero then hits knees to the corner on Triton and Titan springs in. Bucanero hits a face buster on Triton. Esfinge breaks the pin up then super kicks Bucanero twice. Vangellys spears Esfinge then poses. Esfinge hits a drop kick on him then dives to the outside on Vangellys. Triton then hits a plauncha on Universo. Titan in the ring rolls into an arm bar on Bucanero for the win. For some reason they’re taking Triton out on a stretcher. I don’t know why, it didn’t look like he hit his head on the last spot he did. Third Fall: Titan submits Bucanero with an arm bar.
Winners: Titan, Triton, and Esfinge
Atlantis, Dragon Lee, and El Valiente vs Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero
Valiente and Cuatrero start the match with a lock up and then proceed to do some grappling. Dragon Lee then comes in with Forastero and they go back and forth. It eventually evolves into a brawl however. Dragon Lee gets beat on and then Atlantis gets worked over. Cuatrero launches Forastero in Valiente for a pin. Sanson slams Lee off the top rope for the fall. First Fall: Sanson slams Dragon Lee off the top for the fall.
Atlantis gets teamed on to start the round. They hit triple kicks on Dragon Lee in the corner. Atlantis chops Sanson to the outside. Dragon Lee hits the shotgun stomp in the corner on Cuatrero while Valiente gets Forastero in a leg lock. Lee then pins him. Second Fall: Dragon Lee hits the double stomp while Cuatrero hangs in the corner.
There’s some posturing to begin the final round. Valiente out smarts Cuatrero and Forastero then hits a hurricanrana on Sanson to the outside then hits a pose. Lee is in with Cuatrero but he spits at Sanson so Sanson comes in. Quickly the Dinamita brother come in to team up on Dragon Lee. Atlantis and Forastero strike each other and then the brothers come in and Atlantis arm drags all of them. Dragon Lee then hits a huge over the top rope dive on Forastero. Followed by Valiente hitting a run up moonsault to the outside on Cautrero. In the ring Atlantis catches Sanson with a hurricanrana pinning combo for the win. Third Fall: Atlantis pins Sanson with a hurricanrana.
Winners: Atlantis, Dragon Lee, and El Valiente
Diamante Azul vs Gilbert El Bourica
They engage and fight for position to start. They exchange chops back and forth. Gilbert kicks Azul and then hits him with a driving spear. First Fall: Gilbert El Bourica pins Diamante Azul with a spear.
They brawl on the outside to start this round off. Gilbert continues to work over Azul. Azul hits a big clothesline coming in from the ramp over the top rope. He catches Gilbert’s spear and then hits a power bomb for the pin. Second Fall: Diamante Azul pins Gilbert with a power bomb.
They stare each other down to start this round. Azul shoulder blocks Gilbert to the outside and then Azul hits a dive through the middle rope. Gilbert goes flying into the crowd. Back in the ring Gilbert hits the draping DDT on Azul for a two count. Azul gets Gilbert in an STF. Azul hits knees to the back while Gilbert is in the ropes for a two count. Azul goes to the top but Gilbert catches him and hits a superplex for a two count. Gilbert then rips Azul’s mask off and then spears him. He then keeps punching Azul in the face. Azul doing a miserable job of covering his face. Third Fall: Diamante Azul wins via DQ from mask removal.
Winner: Diamante Azul
Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Rush, El Terrible, and Bestia del Ring
Match starts out super hot and Terrible and Roja exchange running strikes in the corner. Caristico gets Rush to the outside and then hits a dive through the middle rope. Roja and Oro then get Terrible and Bestia in roll ups and pin them. First Fall: Oro and Roja pin Terrible and Bestia with pinning combos.
There’s brawling on the outside to start this round. Oro and Roja get thrown into the announce table and Rush poses on top of it. They triple drop kick Caristico. Bestia then power bombs Roja off the top. Caristico does a handspring elbow that Terrible and Bestia no sell. Roja and Oro arm drag Bestia and Terrible to the outside and hit dives through the middle rope. Caristico then follows on Rush. Besita hits a cradle tombstone on Oro for the pin. Roja then catches Bestia in a small package for the pin. So we have a 2/3 for this fall lol. Rush elbows Caristico to the outside then hits a dive over the top rope to the outside. Roja gets Terrible in the rock the boat submission but Bestia comes from behind with a belt and hits him. Ref DQs him. Second Fall: Roja wins via DQ when Bestia hit him with a foreign object.
Winners: Caristico, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (3/25/19)
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Tour leads him to who!?
Raw grows wilder as Mania draws nearer! Will Ronda Rousey face any consequences? Will Roman Reigns accept Drew McIntyre’s challenge? Angle VS SAMOA JOE?!
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan; Rousey wins in 1:25.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott; Flair fails the Beat the Clock Challenge.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan; Lynch wins in 1:18, and wins the challenge.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor; changed to…
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Finn wins and will challenge Bobby Lashley for the title at Wrestlemania.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival; Black & Ricochet win.
- Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix; Banks wins, by disqualification.
- Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews; Corbin wins.
- Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe; Angle wins.
- Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose; McIntyre wins.
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Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan!
The Raw Women’s Champion and her two Wrestlemania opponents will main event Wrestlemania! But that’s in a couple weeks. Tonight, there’s a lot of pride on the line as the Baddest Woman on the Planet divides up the Riott Squad with The Queen and The Man! Who will be the fastest winner on Raw to have bragging rights going into New York?
Before the match, Ronda picks up the mic. Boston wants Becky but they’ll have to hear the champ out first. “For the first time ever, women are going to be the main event at Wrestlemania!” The Raw Women’s Championship, Rousey VS Flair VS Lynch! And Ronda only has one thing left to say: “You’re welcome.” She throws down the mic, but then picks it back up to say something else. Not that the fans appreciate any of her words. Ronda vows to make Charlotte and Becky tap out at the same time! But just as she drops the mic, she picks it up again. She has no idea what this Beat the Clock Challenge is, it sound stupid, so let’s just get this farce over with. Now she’s done talking. Sarah Logan makes her way out and the challenge truly begins!
But wait! The Man makes sure to come out and say something herself! “It’s good to be back in Boston!” And Ronnie, stop being so weird. Ronda came here with her big money contract and the whole world yawned. Every opportunity, every advantage, the best of the best, and yet no one gave a damn until The Man came around! The fans know that the best thing to happen to Ronda is Becky! That’s why they’re the main event of Mania! And one more thing, Ronda knows how this ends: Ronda’s title above Becky’s head, and her own head beneath Becky’s boot.
But here comes The Queen, too! Charlotte has her own mic and just hears “Blah blah blah”. Yes, the women are the main event! But not because of Becky nor because of Ronda. It’s all because of what Charlotte’s done! That’s why she was handpicked to be the main event! Charlotte and Becky stand-by ringside while Ronda finally gets to her Beat the Clock Challenge with Sarah.
The bell rings and the timer starts counting while Sarah bails out! Ronda gives chase and Sarah keeps away from Ronda. Ruby and Liv try to block Ronda’s path but Ronda blasts through them. Sarah turns around and dropkicks Ronda down! Then she whips Ronda hard into ropes! Ronda clutches her arm while Sarah stomps away. Sarah grabs the legs and ties them up for an inverted cloverleaf! Ronda endures the leg hold as Sarah drags her away from the ropes! Ronda grits her teeth and sees the clock climb as she claws her way back. She gets the ropes but then climbs up and around to drag Sarah into a hanging armbar! She lets go at 4 but goes after Sarah with a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! Ronda puts on the armbar and Sarah taps! Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission, and in 1:25
The time has been set, will either Queen or Man be able to do better than the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
Charlotte steps into the ring and takes her turn.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott!
The bell rings and the time ticks down. Charlotte goes fast but Ruby dodges and dumps her out! Charlotte hurries back in and boots Ruby down. She CHOPS and CHOPS on Ruby, then gets a takedown. Ruby pushes Charlotte away and we hit the minute warning. Ruby kicks Charlotte on her return, then wrenches. Charlotte decks Ruby with a right! Then hits the backbreaker to STO! Charlotte has to hurry, but Ruby dodges Natural Selection! Ruby gets a complete shot! Cover, TWO!! Ruby just has to play defense with 20 seconds left. She grabs Charlotte’s arm and toys with her. Riott Kick, CAUGHT! Figure Four on, Figure Eight! Ruby holds on, time runs out!!
Charlotte fails the Beat the Clock Challenge
Ronda knew Charlotte wouldn’t, but now Becky wants her shot.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan!
The Man is ready but the Juvenile Delinquent distracts her, and Charlotte BOOTS Becky in that distraction! The Queen takes her frustrations out on her, and then lets Liv do what she wants. Liv shouts for the bell and it rings. Liv fires off a mudhole stomp on Becky but backs off at 4 with shrill shrikes. She stomps Becky right back down then drags her to a cover, TWO! The Squad keeps Liv focused as she thrashes Becky around in a chinlock. Becky endures as we reach less than a minute. Boston rallies and Becky fights her way up. Becky arm-drags out then throws haymakers and European Uppercuts! Things speed up as Becky rallies! Calf kick at 30 seconds but Becky keeps going.
Becky wants the arm but Liv school boys Becky into buckles! Liv gets away with 15 seconds, but her code breaker is blocked! Jackknife cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
And with seven seconds to spare! Ronda doesn’t care, because what does this matter in a Triple Threat? But Becky still feels good that she did better than both Ronnie and Charlie. Will she feel great when she beats them both for the title?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor!
The Extraordinary Man managed to beat both the Almighty and the Man of the Hour in a situation like this before, but now he has to do it again to earn a title match at Wrestlemania. Lashley & Lio come out and Lio tells Finn’s Road to Wrestlemania goes through them. This is not a road Finn wants to be on. Finn could’ve quit while he’s ahead, but now he’ll be forced to leave the game as a hot piece of garbage, just like Gronkowski. Boston takes offense to that. But as much as Lio wants to be part of ending Finn’s dreams, it’s Braun Strowman’s fault that he’s not medically cleared to compete. But that’s okay, Lashley has a different tag team partner now: Jinder Mahal!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!
The Modern Day Maharaja joins forces with the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will they leave Finn for dead on the side of the Road to Wrestlemania?
The bell rings and Lashley starts. Fans fire up for Finn as he ties up with Lashley. Lashley knees low then throws Finn to his corner. Lashley throws body shots then puts Finn in another corner for more body shots. He whips Finn corner to corner hard, but Finn dodges! Finn shoulders in but has to fight off Mahal and the Singh Brothers! Lio distracts and Lashley blasts Finn down! The deck is stacked for Finn as we go to break.
Raw returns and Finn fires forearms on Lashley. But Lashley shoves Finn back and tackles him into the corner! Lashley rams his shoulder in on Finn again and again but backs off at 4. Lashley goes corner to corner but Finn Slingblades him down! Mahal tags in and whips Finn. Finn reverses, Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Finn dodges Mahal and forearms Mahal into Lashley! Then he gets Mahal with the elbow drop DDT! Lashley returns but gets a takedown and double stomps! Finn clotheslines Mahal out! Finn builds speed but the Singhs swipe his feet! Mahal returns but Finn sends him out, to FLY! He hits EVERYONE! Finn puts Mahal in fast, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship
He’s going to Wrestlemania! Lashley again loses because of who he teams with, but now it’ll be Finn and Lashley 1v1. Lashley takes his anger out on the Singhs, then SPEARS Mahal! Will Finn finally get the better of Bobby directly? Or will he get dominated by the Dominator on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is already in New York, Times Square even. There have been many iconic stars performing on Broadway, but Elias will be bigger than them all! Times Square is buzzing to walk with Elias. Elias has gotten used to this, so he’ll play something for us. Wait, this other bearded guitarist wants in. Elias is a solo act. But typical New Yorkers: big ego, little talent. Go sell out a subway station, Elias has Mania to focus on. Will Elias really be the hit he thinks he is?
Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival!
The Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight look to take over Tag Team wrestling in the WWE from NXT to the main roster. The Dusty Rhodes Classic isn’t quite over, but can this unexpected duo stake a claim for the Raw Tag Team Championships in time for Wrestlemania?
Forget the bell, it’s time to brawl! The moment Dash & Dawson hit the ring, Aleister & Ricochet start hitting them! Dash & Dawson turn things around and whip Aleister and Ricochet at each other, but Aleister gives Ricochet a boost to missile dropkick Dawson down! Aleister then throws forearms and kicks on Dash. Ricochet adds an enziguri and Dash cowers in his corner. Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Aleister dares Dash to bring the fight. The bell rings and Dawson anchors Aleister’s feet! Dash fires off then tags in Dawson. The Revival mug Aleister then put him in an open corner. Dawson throws uppercuts then drags Aleister out for a hammerlock. Dawson brings Aleister to the mat but Aleister endures.
Fans rally as Aleister works his way up. Aleister powers his way towards his corner but Dawson throws body shots and forearms. Aleister roundhouses Dawson down then tags in Ricochet! The unexpected duo double whip then leap frog with Dawson, before Aleister sweeps the legs and Ricochet adds a basement dropkick! Dash runs in but is sent right back out! Aleister fakes The Revival out, but Ricochet gets them around the corner! Dash goes down but Dawson gets a Meteora! The #TopGuys are down on the ground while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dawson grinds his forearm in Ricochet’s face. Fans rally as Ricochet endures the seated abdominal stretch, then stands up and heads for his corner. Aleister reaches out to him but Dawson scoop slams Ricochet down. Dawson drops but misses the elbow, and again! Dash tags in as Ricochet rolls to the apron. Ricochet shoulders in then slingshots, but into Dash’s arms! Dash and Dawson combine for an assisted brain buster! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and The Revival grows frustrated. Dash drags Ricochet over but Ricochet throws forearms. Dash knees low then Dawson tags back in. Dawson stomps and toys with Ricochet, then whips. Ricochet kicks Dawson down, but Dash tags in. Dash runs over but Ricochet dodges to get him with a neckbreaker!
Ricochet and Dash are down but crawling for their corners. Dash tags Dawson, Ricochet tags Aleister! Aleister rallies on The Revival! Aleister sweeps the legs to drive in the knee! Dash returns, but The Revival get a double quebrada! Aleister throws Dash out then goes after Dawson. Dawson punches but gets a strike fest! Another swift knee, cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his focus as he stalks Dawson. He lifts Dawson with his foot but Dash drags Ricochet off the apron! Aleister goes after Dash but Dawson sunset flips! TWO, and both men dodge. Dawson fakes Aleister out for a DDT! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Dash shoves Aleister out and The Revival double whips. Ricochet tags in and Aleister goes up and over. Aleister hits a DOUBLE Black Mass?! Ricochet hits his 630! Cover, Ricochet & Aleister win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Ricochet pinning
The Revival miscalculate and now NXT’s air strike has another victory! But The Revival are quick to point out they’re still the champions. Will the #TopGuys have to put those titles on the line at Wrestlemania against the Dutch Destroyer and the One and Only?
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Terminator vows to destroy The Shield one by one! He made his challenge to Roman Reigns last week, will he get his answer? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and McIntyre has a mic. “I don’t give a damn if you like me, but you will respect me.” McIntyre says a week is a long time to wait for an answer. He’s actually a little nervous, and Roman might still be unsure what to say. So McIntyre will share some footage, and wants us to know that he could’ve finished Roman any time but didn’t. The footage is as expected, McIntyre attacking Roman Reigns from out of nowhere and kicking his head into a post. Then last week, McIntyre challenged Roman to a match but actually wants Roman to say “No” because of how badly McIntyre will beat him at Wrestlemania.
Now in the present, McIntyre really hopes Roman’s family members got through his thick skull to say no. McIntyre “exterminated” the roach, Dean Ambrose. And then last week, McIntyre beat the #1 Contender, Seth Rollins! McIntyre is sure what the superstar, Roman Reigns, wants and that is “Yes”! But McIntyre appeals to Joe Anoa’i, the man, husband and father. Hasn’t his family been through enough? “Think of your children!” They already watched Daddy fight for his life once. Do they really have to go through that again at Wrestlemania when they know it’s a losing battle? Fans chant for Roman, and McIntyre says he’ll wait all night if he has to. But Roman Reigns appears now!
Roman goes to the ring and grabs himself a mic. Roman and McIntyre stare down, and Roman says he accepts the challenge. But listen very closely to what Joe has to say. “Don’t you ever run your mouth about my wife and kids.” Roman fires off haymakers! He gets McIntyre down and then throws him into a post! McIntyre tumbles out but Roman’s still on him with big uppercuts. Roman throws him into barriers, then back into the ring. Fans are fired up as Roman walks over, but McIntyre low blow uppercuts Roman back! McIntyre drags himself to a corner while Roman gasps and sputters. McIntyre aims with a glare as Roman stands. CLAYMORE! Referees appear and get McIntyre to leave, but the damage is done. Will Roman get his revenge at Wrestlemania?
Drew McIntyre spots Dean Ambrose backstage.
“What did you call me out there? A cockroach?” McIntyre “exterminated” him? Doesn’t feel that way. So how about another try tonight? Ambrose VS McIntyre, Last Man Standing!! McIntyre does not know how Ambrose is standing now. But he promises Ambrose won’t be standing after tonight. Is Ambrose trying to get himself killed?!
Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix!
This match didn’t quite finish last week since Nia Jax & Tamina interfered. But now The Boss of Boston and the Queen of Harts will have it out! Can Natty punch a Wrestlemania title match ticket for the Divas of Doom?
The bell rings and Sasha and Natty tie up. Natty puts Sasha on the ropes but backs off to slap her! Sasha slaps back! Then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Sasha blocks and arm-drags Natty again, then grins as she circles with Natty again. Natty blocks a kick and throws Sasha down, to then hook the legs for a Surfboard! Natty holds Sasha high overhead, but Sasha endures as Boston cheers her on. Sasha slips free and rolls out, then hits a basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her cool while she drags Natty up. Natty rolls Sasha up, TWO! Natty brings Sasha up but Sasha sunset flips, only for Natty to block to the Sharpshooter! Sasha fights out and shoves Natty all the way out!
Beth keeps Bayley at bay while Sasha fetches Natty. Natty throws hands, then throws Sasha at the apron. Sasha spins around and headscissors Natty down! Then a knee into the barriers! Sasha leaves Natty behind while we go to break.
Raw returns and Natty has Sasha in a Canadian torture rack. Sasha endures as Bayley and Boston rally for her. Natty keeps up the pressure but Sasha slips out to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO, but Sasha blocks a kick to give a kick! Sasha runs and wheelbarrows, but Natty sits Sasha down! Natty then walks over Sasha, but gets tripped! Sasha gets the Bank Statement crossface! Natty reaches, crawls, but rolls Sasha away to a Sharpshooter!! Sasha endures now, reaches for the ropes, but Natty drags her away! Sasha finds a second wind and rolls Natty into a corner! Bayley and Boston are relieved, but the Samoan Dynasty attacks again! They get Bayley, then rush the ring! SUPERKICK for Sasha!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by disqualification
The Glamazon rushes the ring to tackle Tamina! And she throws hands on Nia! Fireman’s carry, but Tamina saves Nia. Beth still fights and runs Nia over! She deflects the Superkick to fire off on Tamina! She gets the chicken wings, for the Glam Slam! Natty regroups with Beth and they hold the ring! Fans let Beth know “You Still Got It!” Not only that, but Beth still wants it! She wants tag title gold with her fellow Diva of Doom! Will the Boss & Hug Connection have legendary opponents for Wrestlemania? And what of the Samoan Dynasty? Or the IIconics?
The WWE reveals the newest Hall of Fame inductees: The Hart Foundation!
Bret Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart were the Best There Is, Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in tag team wrestling. It means so much to the Hart Family, especially Natalya, that The Anvil is finally going in!
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist continues the Farewell Tour against Samoa Joe! Why such a tough challenge this close to Wrestlemania? Angle appreciates Joe for coming over from SmackDown for the night. And this tour is about retiring on his terms. Angle promises to be ready for Baron Corbin, and Joe will be his greatest test yet. But Corbin comes over and chuckles. Corbin appreciates watching this farewell tour. How many years has Angle been around? How old is he? Does he realize the fans are cheering not because he’s a great competitor, but because they feel sorry for him? Considering he’s half the man he used to be. Corbin promises the news after Mania will be “Former Gold Medalist tarnishes his career”. Angle simply tells Corbin, “Screw you.” Will Angle show Corbin he’s still good enough when going against the United States Champion?
Backstage interview with The Boss & Hug connection.
Clearly the Women’s Tag Team division is heating up. Nia and Tamina keep attacking, The IIconics won last week, and- Sasha says they vowed to take on anyone, anywhere, anytime! So how about all three teams at Wrestlemania?! A Fatal 4 Way!? Are the inaugural champions going to become former champions in New York?
It’s time for another Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess doesn’t sit on stage, she heads right for the ring. Will she be able to reconcile the Monster Among Men and Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost?
Raw returns as Alexa sits on her set in the ring. “Welcome to A Moment of Bliss.” Alexa isn’t sure what it is, but since becoming the host, the Wrestlemania card gets better and better. The women are main eventing now! Is she good or what? But Alexa is at a crossroads, because with two weeks left, she feels like her moment and her reputation are in jeopardy. She shares footage of when Colin Jost put his foot in his mouth when he mouthed off to Strowman. Strowman put his hands around Colin’s throat and almost choked the man out. Then when Colin tried to apologize with a car, Strowman ripped the car apart! “That looks like a recipe for a public relations disaster.” So Alexa hopes this becomes A Moment of Healing. First, The Monster Among Men himself, BRAUN!
Strowman storms out to the ring and shakes hands with Alexa before taking a seat. Alexa welcomes Strowman and knows what happens when Strowman’s temper gets the best of him. Strowman’s flipped an ambulance with Roman Reigns inside, yanked down the stage on top of Brock Lesnar, and utterly destroyed one of Vince McMahon’s limousines. “Sure did.” Then what would happen if Michael Che and Colin Jost were to #GetThoseHands? The saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.” Jost got him that tiny little convertible, Strowman thought about smashing Jost’s face in. Thank you for sharing your feelings, because that is the first step in the healing process. The next is listening, because via satellite, Michael and Colin!
Michael and Colin say hi, and Colin tries to compliment Strowman. Colin admits he made a mistake in Philly. He won’t put on a Mets hat, he’ll put on a Yankees hat. Boston hates that. Michael says that as a lifelong fan of the WWE, and even of Strowman, Michael respects Strowman. But Strowman also responded badly when he went after Colin. Colin may not be funny, but he’s a good guy. Colin wants to be a mentor, sincerely. He went to Harvard. His parents paid millions of dollars to get him on the Women’s Cross Country Team. Wait… Well, anyway, Colin can definitely teach Strowman how to eat, or how to read, or how to do his taxes.
And Colin knows Strowman is big and strong at 5’11” and 180 pounds, but they can talk this out. Michael says this isn’t how to do it. Colin sent him a car! Strowman, consider therapy! Or at least pay Colin back, with interest, and get him an autograph from Brock Lesnar. Or maybe they won’t go to Wrestlemania! Fans don’t care but Alexa can’t let that happen. Strowman has an idea. Michael said someone needs to take care of this, one way or another. Strowman goes with “option number three.” If Colin wants to make this right, he’ll get in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal! No way! He’s not- Listen up, smart guy! Get in the battle royal or Strowman will find you when you’re all alone! Michael accepts for Colin! WHAT?!
Listen, there’s a chance Colin will get hurt in the Battle Royal, but he will DEFINITELY be dead if this happens backstage. Michael promises Colin will be in that match and Michael will correspond alone. Colin says Michael’s the real WWE fan so he’s in, too! Colin starts a chant, but Strowman tells him to shut up. Can Alexa make this happen? As the host of Wrestlemania, she can’t do this for Strowman’s blood-lust. Michael breathes a sigh of relief, but Alexa was just kidding. This is happening! And if Michael and Colin no-show, they’ll be wondering for the rest of their lives when they’ll #GetTheseHands!
Elias is still in New York.
The Drifter has made his way to Madison Square Garden, “the world’s most famous arena.” Now it’s not Boston’s Garden, because that houses a bunch of slobs. Elias has sold this place out three times already, more than Billy Joel ever cold. Elias is given change? Does this city have no idea who he is?!
Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews!
“Boston’s Favorite Son” is apparently anything but that, as he has every other accolade of his listed. But will he at least redeem himself from last week’s quick defeat?
Raw returns and Apollo rolls Corbin up! TWO, but Apollo mule kicks and sunset flips. TWO, and now Apollo crucifix, TWO! Apollo dropkicks Corbin to a corner then baits Corbin in. Corbin slides out then in but into a dropkick! Corbin staggers and Apollo clotheslines him out! Apollo hits the moonsault off the apron, then runs back in, only for Corbin to toss him into the post! Corbin refreshes the count to drag Apollo up and throw him into barriers. He puts Apollo back in the ring then shoves him into buckles. Corbin lifts and tosses Apollo down! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref, but then points to the Wrestlemania sign to taunt fans that he’s still going, whether we like it or not.
Corbin drags Apollo up but Apollo clotheslines him back! Apollo baits Corbin into the corner again, then enziguris him down! Apollo climbs and leaps, frog splash! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and gets to a corner. He puts Apollo on the apron but Apollo shoulders in. Apollo slingshots and runs, but into End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf has redeemed himself, but this is far from satisfactory. He drags Apollo up for another End of Days! Corbin grins and applauds, but will he be feeling good after facing Kurt Angle at Mania?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Architect, Mr. Royal Rumble 2019, goes to the ring and grabs a mic. Boston is ready to “Slay The Beast!” so Rollins cuts to the chase. Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins are not cut from the same cloth. The two roads that meet at Wrestlemania could not be any different. But there is only one road out, and it will be forged with the Universal Championship and by the man who will define the WWE’s future. It will either be Rollins or Lesnar, “and that’s really heavy.” But Rollins wants to carry that burden! Rollins wants to be a champion who inspires people. The champions who inspired Rollins were Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Triple H, and even John Cena. But Brock Lesnar does not inspire people.
It goes without saying that this will be Rollins’ biggest match yet. Rollins has wanted it for a long time, but until recently, he didn’t realize how much it means to the fans. Rollins did a meet ‘n’ greet and everyone who came up to him, regardless of who they were, they all said the same thing. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and “Slay The Beast!” and Rollins says it was something like that. “Please beat Lesnar at Wrestlemania.” Rollins promised he’ll do everything he can to stop Lesnar, but now he has no choice. He MUST beat Brock Lesnar! Rollins refuses to let Lesnar be the champion that defines this company! In 13 days, Rollins will stand up to the bully that is The Beast.
And what Lesnar doesn’t understand is that with an army behind Rollins, he WILL be unstoppable! Together, they will march to Suplex City and #BURN IT- “Ladies and Gentlemen!” The Advocate, Paul Heyman, is here in Boston to say, “Thank you.” Heyman thanks Rollins for letting him know that the match is now a “Handicap Match”. It’ll be the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR VS Seth Rollins & The WWE Universe. Heyman likes Lesnar’s odds, because Rollins’ chances of winning are zero. “Do you know how pathetic you sound, Seth?” Rollins needs the fans’ love, support and affirmation? Or perhaps their thoughts and prayers? Heyman mocks other requests for thoughts and prayers, but especially Rollins needing help not being beaten and victimized by Lesnar.
Heyman says Rollins needs those thoughts and prayers, because Rollins doesn’t have a thought on how to defeat Lesnar, nor a prayer in doing so. This isn’t personal, but when Lesnar does win, Rollins needs to take it personally when he and the WWE Universe fail at Wrestlemania. Heyman tosses the mic but Rollins chases him up the ramp! Rollins scares Heyman and Heyman suddenly says he’s just saying this because Lesnar wanted him to. Rollins laughs. This isn’t about getting thoughts and prayers, this is about answering them. “We are going to Wrestlemania! We are going to beat Brock Lesnar!” And WE are going to BURN IT DOWN!! Rollins carries the banner for the fans, but will he plant the flag in Suplex City’s ashes?
Kurt Angle makes his way out, and the “You Suck!” turns to Heyman. The Olympic Gold Medalist brings the Farewell Tour to Boston, but will it continue to be successful on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe!
Angle and the Samoan Submission Machine have met before, but they’ll have their first and last match in the WWE in Boston! Will Angle win over the WWE United States Championship? Or will Joe tuck Angle in and make him go to sleep before ever making it to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns as Samoa Joe makes his entrance. Joe has a mic and asks Angle to forgive him. He forgot his bouquet of flowers to give to him. And though Joe knows the “scumbag New England mouth-breathers want it”, it’ll be a cold day into Hell before Angle can just ride off into the sunset. This is Wrestlemania Season, and stars around the world are getting ready for the big night. For Angle’s last night in Boston, Joe has a special gift. A good night’s sleep is very important, and Joe couldn’t think of a better way to say good-bye than putting Angle out once and for all. The bell rings and this very tense good-bye match begins!
Joe and Angle stare down, and then Joe headbutts Angle down! Joe stomps away on Angle, then stands him up for those swift jabs! Angle counter punches but Joe rakes his eyes! Joe brings Angle out and snap suplexes, but barely gets Angle over. Angle gets to a corner but Joe throws more hands. Fans rally behind Angle and he gets a waistlock on Joe! Joe elbows him off and snapmares him for stomps! Joe dropkicks Angle in the back, but Angle comes back with haymakers. Angle gets Joe on the ropes but Joe dumps Angle out, to DIVE! Joe bulldozes Angle into barriers and we go to break.
Raw returns and Angle fights his way out of Joe’s sleeper hold. Angle runs but Joe runs him over! Joe taunts Angle as he sits up. Joe puts him in the corner and trash talks before throwing more hands and CHOPS! Angle staggers away and Joe headbutts. Joe throws more jabs then brings Angle out for forearms. Joe runs but Angle ducks to German Suplex! Angle holds on for a second German Suplex! And then the hat trick! Cover, TWO! Angle gets back up and stalks Joe, but Joe fights out of the Angle Slam. Angle kicks but runs into an atomic drop. Joe boots and back sentons! Cover, TWO!! Angle lives and Joe is livid, but Joe keeps his eyes on Angle as he gets to a corner. Angle dodges Joe in the corner, ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Angle can’t believe it.
Angle fires up and goes for the ankle! Joe pushes him away, then gets up, to catch Angle for a powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Angle barely escapes but Joe keeps his focus. Joe puts Angle in a corner and on the top rope. Joe wants the Buster but Angle pushes him away. Angle hits a missile dropkick! The straps come down and Angle stalks Joe again. Angle lifts but Joe slips out to fire forearms and headbutts. Joe grabs Angle but Angle arm-drags him away. Angle rocks Joe with a right but runs into the sleeper! Joe squeezes and Angle fades, but fans give him a second wind! Angle rolls Joe to a cover, Angle wins!
Winner: Kurt Angle, by pinfall
The Farewell Tour wins by the skin of Angle’s teeth! Joe is shocked, will he be able to snap back before facing Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania? And what of Angle going over to SmackDown to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles?
Triple H is here!
The world heard what The Animal, Dave Batista, had to say about why he wants one more match at Wrestlemania, but now we hear The Game’s response, after the break.
Raw returns and HHH can’t believe the fans were giving an ovation that entire commercial break. It really was, trust him. But first thing’s first, congrats to the Raw Women’s Championship match for being THE main event at Wrestlemania. Congrats to them and all the women of WWE, past, present and future, because this was not given, it was earned. That’s the kind of thing that makes HHH happy. Just like coming out and realizing this mic is dry, unlike the one Batista spit all over. But some things upset HHH, like this thing buried in his pocket. He presents an envelope and a letter from Batista’s attorney. The letter states that Batista will not be competing at Wrestlemania after all. Unless HHH agrees to another stipulation.
This letter goes on and on, Batista says a lot of things like his recent realization that HHH started Evolution to protect himself. Really? Just figured that out 13 years later? Batista also realized that the moon isn’t made of cheese, so a big week for him. Batista also believes Evolution did nothing for him, except before then, he was just The Deacon following Reverend D-Von around. And then after Evolution, he was a world champion. Batista also believes HHH had an obsession that kept Batista down. Yet six world title reigns later, Batista quit when he couldn’t beat John Cena. Batista also thinks HHH kept Batista away from here, because HHH just refused to return his phone calls. HHH called Batista, but Batista’s manager said they should move Wrestlemania’s date to accommodate Batista’s shooting schedules.
But when the letter finally gets to Batista’s stipulation, as HHH will read now to properly reflect Batista’s feelings… “If you would like me to appear then at Wrestlemania, you will give me what I want. What I really, really want. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want.” This goes on and on for pages! But the bottom line, Batista wants HHH’s career on the line. If Batista wins at Wrestlemania, HHH will never compete in the ring again. HHH tells “Dave” that he beat up a 70 year old man a year after being on his deathbed, all just to get a match at Mania. HHH agreed to that match, 75 THOUSAND people, and yet Batista still demands something. This is just another attempt by Batista to quit. HHH will not let Batista quit. He will make Batista stand up to his commitment.
Batista believes HHH is obsessed with Batista? HHH doesn’t give a crap about him! The only thing HHH is obsessed with is kicking Batista’s ass. And at this point in their careers, if HHH cannot beat a “self-deluded douchebag”, then he has no business being in the ring. If Batista wants HHH’s career on the line, “you’ve got it.” The Game plays Batista’s game, but will Batista regret even wanting to play?
Elias makes quite the haul.
“New York recognizes talent.” Elias has always felt that way. There’s maybe $2000 in his guitar case. New York is the greatest city in the world, so long as Elias is here. Elias will leave no doubt that there is one universal truth. And that is… you need to watch your money. A pickpocket gets away with some of Elias’ tips, but Elias will make way more than that at Wrestlemania. And then no one will doubt that WWE truly stands for #WalkWithElias. The pickpocket comes back to take the entire guitar case!
Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose!
The Scottish Terminator thought he had terminated the Lunatic once and for all, but it seems even a Claymore off the stage wasn’t enough. Will Ambrose get payback for himself in such an extreme match? Or will McIntyre be the only one standing on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns once again as McIntyre makes his entrance. Ambrose is raring to go but the referee has him wait. The bell rings and Ambrose fires off! Ambrose punches and stomps McIntyre in a corner but McIntyre fights his way back out. McIntyre CHOPS Ambrose, then drags him up to CHOP again. McIntyre drags Ambrose up but Ambrose dodges to fire forearms. Ambrose whips but McIntyre reverses. Ambrose kicks and dumps McIntyre out. The Lunatic climbs up top and leaps but misses his Lunatic Elbow! McIntyre watches Ambrose as the count begins. The count climbs to 5 before Ambrose drags himself up. Ambrose stands at 8, but McIntyre is on him with a swinging slam into barriers! Ambrose is down again while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once again, and Ambrose headbutts McIntyre off the top rope. Ambrose adjusts and leaps but into a kendo stick SMASH! McIntyre SMACKS Ambrose more, then digs the stick’s bare tip into Ambrose’s face! McIntyre lets up to SMACK Ambrose against the ropes. The stick is splintered and McIntyre holds it up proudly. McIntyre dares Ambrose to stand back up, but Ambrose ducks and clotheslines McIntyre out! Ambrose builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends McIntyre into the barriers! They’re both down as the count begins. The count passes 5 but Ambrose is right up. McIntyre stands, too, but Ambrose throws hands. The Glasgow Kiss rocks Ambrose! McIntyre, bleeding from his back, brings Ambrose under the ring, to catapult guillotine him into the steel frame!
The referee counts on Ambrose but Ambrose is stirring. He stands at 5, but McIntyre has the steel steps! McIntyre rams Ambrose down! The referee counts again as Ambrose sputters and crawls. Ambrose forces himself up at 7! But McIntyre puts him back in the ring. McIntyre takes a chair from the timekeeper’s area and brings it into the ring. He wedges it in the corner and throws Ambrose. Ambrose slides to a stop and baits McIntyre in! McIntyre meets chair! DIRTY DEEDS! The count begins on McIntyre, but the Terminator stands at 8! Ambrose boots him back down then rains down rights! Ambrose hurries to fetch a TABLE! He sets it up in the corner to the liking of the fans. McIntyre manages to stand, and tackles Ambrose through the table!!
Fans lose their minds as the count begins again. McIntyre glares at Ambrose as Ambrose crawls from the wreckage. The count passes 5, then 7, and Ambrose stands at 9! CLAYMORE!! McIntyre knocks Ambrose right back down, and the count begins again. Ambrose slowly sits up but McIntyre looms over him. The count hits 10, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
The Terminator steps on Ambrose like the roach he called him. Will McIntyre do the same to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania?
Wrestlemania’s growing closer, but it seems Raw is slowing down. There was literally no need for the Beat the Clock Challenge tonight, and certainly not if someone other than Ronda was going to win it. Granted, the fans loved seeing Becky beat Ronda’s time, and it is something Becky can brag about in the two weeks left, but what does any of this do? The announcement that the three of them are THE main event should’ve been enough. They can talk, take credit, all of that, but there’s no need for matches like this at this point in time. For that matter, not even sure about next week having a Six Woman Tag where they join forces against Riott Squad. Pretty sure there will be dysfunction, and yet also a way where The Riott Squad still loses. This build’s homestretch just hit a speed bump.
I’m not entirely sure why Vince insists Finn has to beat everyone other than Lashley to prove he’s worthy of the title. I suppose it’s great for Lashley, but Mahal being dragged in was obviously so Lashley could lose without taking the pin. Finn VS Lashley, actually going 1v1, is still going to be good, and I’m still hoping Finn finally gets that win on Lashley directly to put this to bed. Elias’ New York promos were great, but especially the last one. I wonder if his greatest performance, aka greatest interruption, will actually be bigger than Jeff Jarrett now… Aleister & Ricochet are doing great, though at the cost of The Revival. I have a bad feeling that if Aleister & Ricochet are going for main roster tag titles at Wrestlemania, that means The Forgotten Sons win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!!
So glad to see The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way IS happening! At the same time, Bayley seeing some of the Samoan sneak attack coming was good, because it really should’ve been obvious. This also gave Beth a great moment for herself to confirm that she’s coming back for this match. I still feel like it’s between Boss & Hug retaining or the IIconics taking the belts to SmackDown. SmackDown really needs to work on their Women’s Roster overall, so I’m leaning towards Boss & Hug retaining in a big way. The Strowman celebrity angle is starting to be like screeching brakes on the Road to Wrestlemania. For what it’s worth, everyone is properly selling the dialogue, it just seems weird that Colin and Michael will be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. I really hope Strowman still wins it all, that’s the only way to salvage this.
Corbin VS Crews was alright, but it’s probably one of the things that makes the most sense tonight. Corbin needed to keep himself afloat or he really would look like the wrong choice for Angle’s farewell match at Mania. Of course, the Farewell Tour is still hitting the right notes. Angle VS Joe was a bit slow at the start but it got going, and naturally Angle wins. It actually helps both stories, Angle’s and Joe’s, that the win was a quick pin and not a finisher. It’s good to push Angle not quite being in his prime, to bring concern that he might not beat Corbin. And for Joe, it seems quick pins are becoming his weakness as this happened when Mysterio pinned him. Also good to know Angle VS Styles and Angle VS Mysterio are coming, those are going to be great for the Farewell Tour, too.
As for Ambrose constantly getting beat by McIntyre, I can’t be sure the reason other than to boost McIntyre. Roman’s brawl with McIntyre was good, and I suppose it makes sense for McIntyre to stand tall thanks to dirty tactics. McIntyre VS Ambrose was good, but the commercial interruption and the shortness overall kept it from being great. If the Beat the Clock Challenge wasn’t a thing, all of that match time could’ve gone to this. Perhaps this is not only to boost McIntyre, but to make it seem less and less likely Ambrose will even be able to help Roman at Wrestlemania. Rollins had a great promo with Heyman tonight, but there’s no guarantees he actually will #SlayTheBeast. It might only be Roman having a good night at Wrestlemania at this point.
My Score: 7.7/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.28 ~ 24TH MARCH 2019
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
After the excitement of Hakata Stalene, NOAH headed back out to Osaka, and then further into the provinces.
At Osaka World Pavilion, Hi69 finished the match by doing the Stuka Splash on Yoshinari Ogawa, after it Ogawa seemed to be struggling a bit and had to be helped up and out of the ring, although eventually he was well enough to walk unaided.
But when Hi69 & Quiet Storm had their first singles match ever on the 20th March at Toyonaka, after the match the ring was stormed by Stinger members Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki, who beat down Hi69 in revenge. It is unusual to see this happen in NOAH, although Kotaro Suzuki is capable of it (and people getting jumped does happen), it is very rare to see Yoshinari Ogawa do it. Minoru Tanaka came to the rescue.
Hi69 says he will make weight for the tag challenge (“I will get on the scales any time. However, please tell me the day before“), and has started a weight loss diary on his
Twitter, although he did admit to eating lots of meat and going up to 105.
Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 had their own post match beat down on Stinger on the 21st in Kanazawa.
KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Takashi Sugiura teamed together for the first time before they enter Global Tag League together, they seemed to get on pretty well, with KAZMA later paying tribute to Sugiura as “a symbol of NOAH’s strength”.
Naomichi Marufuji, who says he is searching for a purpose, had somewhat of a comedy match in Toyonaka with disco poses being pulled and kicking Masao Inoue in the face for messing around, but a new threat appears to be emerging from the next generation of Junior wrestlers regarding their own status being less than the heavyweights, although he didn’t make too much of a comment about it at the time, it does look like Daisuke Harada took on board Minoru Tanaka’s comments about the GHC Junior being the main event. Marufuji in a post match interview said he could see their hostility building to something, but he didn’t know yet.
A huge rivalry is brewing for Global Tag League 2019 between Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki), which started in Toyonaka and was heralded by a vicious kick battle between Kenoh and Nakajima. After the match, the two teams faced off, with Nakajima grinning evilly. Earlier on the tour, Marufuji (a veteran) was put in the unenviable position of teaming with them (the younger generation who are opposed to him), and at the end of a match which according to one attendee had a “sense of distance between them”, got kicked in the head by Nakajima after shaking hands with him.
Then Shiozaki lariated him.
In Kanazawa after the match (whereby Nakajima grinned in Kenoh’s face), Kiyomiya and Kenoh declared AXIZ to be a “wanted” tag-team.
Yoshiki Inamura won his second victory over Kinya Okada, whom he now refers to as “my rival”. He had teamed with his teacher, Masa Kitamiya, who had a big smile on his face and did genuinely seem pleased with his trainees progress. After three days of being chopped and kicked his chest was….
Maybach Taniguchi is still continuing in his monster mode, and refuses to change. His Sasumata is still being bought to the ring and used as a weapon, he is still attacking the ref after matches, speaking in grunts, and even Akitoshi Saito who seemed to be attempting to rehabilitate him, has given up. In Kanazawa they tagged together, but it all fell apart when they accidentally knocked each other down, got into an argument and then Taniguchi was defeated by the Funky Buster Bomb. Taniguchi stood in the ring as he and Saito pointed at each other threateningly as Saito left the ring.
Takashi Sugiura said that this would do no him no good in the end.
NOAH will celebrate the final night of “Spring Navigation 2019” at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday March 29th.
Global Tag League will return on the 6th April 2019, with the first night being held at Edion Arena Osaka on Saturday 6th April and finishing on 4th May at Korakuen Hall.
This years teams are as follows:
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki (GHC Heavyweight Tag champions)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Kenoh
Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino
Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Atsushi Kotoge & Mitsuya Nagai
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue
Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura.
Due to being defeated by Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight title, Naomichi Marufuji has said that he will not enter the league this year. However, there is a possibility that he may enter in the end, and probably with a surprise partner. Unspoken speculation has it that since KENTA’s 90 day release clause is up round about the time Global Tag League starts, it may well be KENTA who he enters with.
Personally, I think it is far more likely that Marufuji will enter with Masaaki Mochizuki.
KAZMA says he fears the team of Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi, as Hino knows how to work Taniguchi, however “that dick is a one-man show.”
Atsushi Kotoge has named the team of himself and Mitsuya Nagai “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”
Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue were a comedy team last year, with Saito screwing over Inoue, and Inoue not really realizing as Saito kept denying it.
The big rivalry for Global Tag League 2019 this year is Kenoh & Kiyomiya vs AXIZ.
Atsushi Kotoge returns
Atsushi Kotoge will make his return in his hometown of Osaka on the 6th April. Katsuhiko Nakajima took the opportunity to take a shot at Kenoh by looking at the match (“The Revolutionary Cloak Army” vs Kenoh and Kiyomiya) to say, “you are in the opening match” (full card hasn’t been announced yet).
NOAH The Album
Track listing has been confirmed as:
Katsuhiko Nakajima: Genius of The Kick
Daisuke Harada: KTYM
Quiet Storm: MAD
Pro Wrestling NOAH theme: Brave
GHC Jnr Theme
GHC Tag theme
Kaito Kiyomiya: Explosion Soul
Atsushi Kotoge: Switch On
Masa Kitamiya: Go For Broke
Go Shiozaki: Enforcer
Naomichi Marufuji: Hysteric
Theme of Global League
RAN: SAKURETSU (Pro Wrestling NOAH’s official song)
You can pre-order your copy here
Following his highly praised tag against Naomichi Marufuji at the Giant Baba memorial show, Masaaki Mochizuki will be making his first appearance in Pro-Wrestling NOAH on the 29th March at Korakuen Hall, he will team with Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura against Naomichi Marufuji and 50 Funky Powers.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa
~ Hitoshi Kumano says he wants to challenge for the singles belt
~ Daisuke Harada was cheered on by his nephew in Osaka
~ Kenoh has been noted to be smiling a lot more now he is teaming with Kiyomiya; but don’t let this fool you. Kenoh is still after the GHC Heavyweight, Kiyomiya knows this and has said that they will never properly be friends. Despite the brotherly feeling between them, there is still a sense of rivalry underneath.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima’ reaction to Yoshiki Inamura teaming with Masa Kitamiya was, “what’s his name? I don’t remember, he didn’t leave much of an impression“
~ Kaito Kiyomiya was again on the cover of “Weekly Pro”, he’s only twenty-two, but has already been on the cover about three or four times.
~ Takashi Sugiura imitated KAZMA SAKAMOTO’S scream
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima told a bald reporter that his head was “twinkling”.
~ After the three day in a row tour (and a week away from home), Hitoshi Kumano returned to his “children” (his French Bulldogs), and Takashi Sugiura returned home to his own dog, who wanted to immediately go outside, despite the fact it was 1.30am. He took it for a walk the next day.
~ Despite saying that he didn’t have to call Kenoh “Kenoh-san” anymore, this momentary lapse in manners is over, and Kiyomiya has gone back to calling him just that.
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live
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