Joe keeps us all up to date with the goings on in CMLL! Let’s see what went on this past week along with his expert analysis!
Sonic, Rey Samuray, and Astro vs Police Man, Fuerza Chicana, and Sombra Diabolika
For some reason Astro and Sombra came out at the same time. Samuray and Police Man tie up. They start to fight for position. Fuerza gets in next with Sonic and they grapple. They fight for position and drag each other down. Astro and Sombra come in next, our mates who walked out together. Astro hits a 619 then an arm drag. Chaos breaks out and Fuerza hits a canadian destroyer on Samuray. Police Man hits a back breaker then stretches Astro for the fall. First Fall: Police Man back breaker stretches Astro for the fall.
Police Man works over Sonic and takes him out. They team up on Astro and then work on Samuray. Sonic ducks a double team attack then hits a double arm drag. Samuray runs in front the ramp and hits a clothesline on Fuerza. Samuray hits a victory roll off the top on Sombra then Astro splashes him for the pin. Samuray hits a lionsault on Fuerza then Sonic submits him with an arm bar. Second Fall: Sonic submits Fuerza Chicana with an arm bar.
Samuray flips into the ring and keeps flipping. Police Man watches him instead of attacking. Samuray goes for a bouncing attack on the ropes but Police Man just throws him to the outside. Sombra drop kicks Astro and hits a senton and pins him. Police Man holds up Sonic and Fuerza hits a code breaker for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Sonic with a code breaker.
Winners: Police Man, Fuerza Chicana, and Sombra Diabolika
Star Black, Tigre Rojo Jr, and King Jaguar vs Raziel, Cancerbero, and El Perverso
Raziel and Rojo start the match out grappling. Jaguar and Cancerbero come in next and they go back and forth grappling too. Star Black comes in next with Perverso and they do some ground grappling as well. Tigre comes in and gets pulled down by Raziel. Rojo gets launched into Raziel and Cancerbero and gets power bombed. Jaguar goes for a head scissors but gets slammed by Cancerbero. Star Black gets caught in a weird submission by Perverso for the fall. First Fall: Perverso submits Star Black with a head squeeze submission.
Cancerbero beats on Jaguar in the crowd. Raziel beats on Rojo on the ramp. Star Black gets worked over by Perverso. Jaguar gets teamed on followed by Rojo as he tries to make the save. Rojo gets launched into the ring to hit an arm drag on Cancerbero. Raziel stops him in his tracks. Jaguar attacks Raziel from behind, then Perverso attacks Jaguar from behind. Star Black then hits a backwards head butt on Perverso and pins him. Jaguar then gets Cancerbero in a stretch submission. Second Fall: Jaguar submits Cancerbero with a stretch.
Jaguar and Cancerbero go back and forth to start and Jaguar gets the advantage and poses. Rojo kicks Raziel then hits a cross body followed by a back breaker. Star Black enters with Perverso next. Black hits a handspring head butt on Perverso then gets him in a hurricanrana but Raziel and Cancerbero come in to break it up. Cancerbero hits Rojo with a top rope slam and gets the pin broken by Jaguar. At this point everyone starts trading big submission moves and they get broken up. Black hits a moonsault but it gets broken up. Cancerbero and Raziel bounce Star Black and Perverso drop kicks his butt. Cancerbero and Raziel slam each other on Rojo then Perverso hits a senton. Raziel submits Rojo with a surfboard stretch. Star Black gets slammed and Perverso hits a frog splash for the win. Third Fall: Perverso pins Star Black with a frog splash.
Winners: Raziel, Cancerbero, and El Perverso
El Audaz, Stigma, and Drone vs Templario, El Felino, and Tiger
Templario and Audaz start and waste no time going back and forth. Tiger and Stigma enter next and tie up. Felino tackles Drone when he enters so his midget can attack him. Midget interference is perfectly legal. Drone drop kicks Felino to the outside but Templario intercepts and stops him from diving to the outside. Audaz catches Templario in a pinning combo and Stigma hits a jaw breaker on Tiger. First Fall: Stigma pins Tiger with a jaw breaker.
Audaz and Templario start the round and Audaz gets him to the outside then hits a pose but kinda botches it. Stigma comes in and runs wild on everyone taking them out to the outside and then he poses. Now it’s Drone’s turn to replicate. Drone goes back and forth with Tiger and gets the better of him and hits knees to the corner. Felino attacks him from behind and gets him in a leg lock as Templario and Tiger pull his teammates off of the apron. Second Fall: Felino submits Drone with a leg lock.
Audaz gets teamed on to start this round. They move their sophisticated attack to Drone. Drone jumps out of the way and hits a middle rope dive on Tiger. Stigma and Audaz hit arm drags on Felino and Templario then hit dives through the middle rope. Back in the ring Drone hits a flying knee to Tiger. Tiger hits a sunset flip that Drone rolls out of and kicks him. Tiger hits a flapjack then suplex for a two count. Stigma hits a single leg enziguri on Tiger. Audaz hits a cross body on them and Drone hits a dive to the outside on Felino. In the ring Templario catches Stigma with a power bomb and Tiger hits Audaz with a back stabber for the win. Third Fall: Tiger pins Audaz with a back stabber.
Winners: Templario, El Felino, and Tiger
Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and El Valiente vs El Terrible, Cavernario, and Bestia del Ring
Bestia and Terrible get in the ring and start laying the boots to Angel and Niebla. Eventually everyone gets taken out and it’s time to work over Oro. I’m not sure Terrible should be working after he dislocated his shoulder but it’s Mexico. Roja tries to beat on Terrible but Bestia attacks him from behind. Finally Cavernario hits the slingshot splash on Valiente for the pin. First Fall: Cavernario pins Valiente with a slingshot splash.
Valiente and Roja get beat on and then they move to Oro. This so far feels like the Dos Leyenda main event where the technicos got worked over most of the match. Valiente hits a big monkey flip on Cavernario and Roja and Oro pushes Terrible and Bestia into each other and get them in a dual leg lock submission. Valiente gets Cavernario in a surfboard submission for the fall. Second Fall: Valiente submits Cavernario with a surfboard stretch.
They fight on the ramp to start then Roja leaves Bestia. After some posturing and brawling Oro and Bestia go back and forth. Oro hits a hurricanrana on him to the outside and then poses. Valiente works around Cavernario and dodges his attacks. Valiente gets him to the outside and hits a big middle rope dive and in the ring Roja and Oro try to pin Bestia and Terrible with hurricanrana pins, but Roja got power bombed by Terrible for the pin while Oro got Bestia with a hurricanrana. So now there is ref confusion. I have no clue what was ruled. The ref raised Bestia and Roja’s hands. So I’m assuming a draw. Third Fall: Oro and Terrible got pins.
LA Park, Volador Jr, and Hijo del LA Park vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero
Los Guerrero’s get into the ring and Ultimo attacks LA Park. He starts whipping everyone with a part of his attire. Park gets tripped and Hijo tries to save his father but to no avail. They do the Los Guerrero’s triple team attack on Volador. They drag LA Park to the outside and do the triple team attack on him. Ultimo removes Park’s belt and whips him. Park kicks Ultimo to the outside then hits a high velocity dive through the middle rope on him. Volador hits a back stabber on Euforia and Hijo hits a code breaker on Gran Guerrero for the fall. First Fall: Hijo Del LA Park pins Gran Guerrero with a code breaker.
Hijo checks on his dad during the break. That was a crazy middle rope dive. There’s some posturing to begin this round. Park has his belt now and they whip Gran’s back. Gran eggs them on though. Gran eggs the crowd on then Hijo does the same. Hijo then fights off a double team and feigns a dive and poses. Volador head scissors Euforia to the outside and then poses. Ultimo and Park go back and forth. Park hits a running attack then does his classic pose. Euforia and Gran come in to team up on Park. They go for the Los Guerrero’s triple team attack on both Volador and Hijo at the same time. Park gets in the ring with all three of them at once. Los Guerrero’s then get Park, Volador, and Hijo in a triple submission for the fall. Second Fall: Los Guerrero’s submit the Park family with a triple submission.
Park and Ultimo brawl in the crowd. Euforia brawls with Hijo in the crowd too. Back in the ring and Park is being whipped with his belt. Now he’s egging on Gran. Park dodges an attack and hits a double clothesline and Euforia and Gran. He throws Ultimo to the outside. Hijo works on Euforia now. Park performs a fake sunset flip into an arm drag. They go back and forth and Volador and Hijo hit hurricanrana’s on Euforia and Gran for a close two. Gran choke slams Hijo for a two count and Euforia does something that wasn’t caught on camera to Volador. Hijo hits a code breaker off the top on Gran for a close two. Volador and Hijo go for dives but get pulled out of the ring. In the ring Park actually hits his old finisher, the sunset flip power bomb just barely on Ultimo for a two count. Ultimo gets his neck crank on Park but Park breaks out. Park hits a final cut on Ultimo for a two count. Park moves and Ultimo falls out of the ring. Euforia and Gran kick him to the outside, and then Gran hits the chokeslam on Volador and Euforia a power bomb on Hijo for another two count. Euforia gets super kicked by Volador then back stabbed by Hijo. Volador hit a hurricanrana on Gran all for another two count. Ultimo distracts the ref and Gran and Euforia foul Hijo and Volador and then Park kicks the ref to break it up. Park dodges Ultimo’s triple team. He then walks to the ref and removes his mask and hands it to Ultimo. The ref sees it and DQs Ultimo. Beautiful baby face paying back the cheating heel with his own tactics. Third Fall: LA Park wins via DQ trickery.
Park does a miserable job at hiding his face. Ultimo cuts a promo. I mean if you want to see what LA Park looks like watch this show. Park gets the mic and wants to run it back and in English Ultimo says, No problem with me.
Winners: LA Park, Volador Jr, and Hijo Del LA Park
Arena Mexico Tuesday
Fantasy and Angelito vs Mercurio and Pequeno Olimpico
Olimpico and Fantasy start the match out engaging and grappling. Angelito cross body’s an entering Mercurio which leads to grappling. Angelito goes to flip on Mercurio but messes up. Mercurio postures and then whips Angelito who hits a hurricanrana. Mercurio gets Fantasy in a modified camel clutch. Olimpico holds Angelito in place and Mercurio leg drops him from the top for the pin. First Fall: Olimpico pins Angelito after Mercurio leg drops him from the top.
Fantasy gets worked on to start then they work on Angelito. After being doubled team for a while Fantasy avoids an attack and Angelito hurricanrana’s Mercurio tot he outside. Fantasy hits a middle rope spanish fly on Olimpico for the pin. Angelito gets Mercurio in a standing guillotine but then sits out for a slam. Second Fall: Angelito pins Mercurio with a standing guillotine slam.
Fantasy and Mercurio go back and forth with Fantasy hitting a hurricanrana. Angelito hit an arm drag on Olimpico for bring him to the outside and pose. Fantasy gets Mercurio in a figure four but Olimpico breaks it up. Olimpico choke slams Fantasy and Angelito breaks it up. Angelito hits a drop kick on Olimpico. Angelito hits a springboard splash on Olimpico for the pin and Fantasy hits a power bomb on Mercurio for the win. Third Fall: Fantasy pins Mercurio with a power bomb.
Winners: Fantasy and Angelito
Magnus, Robin, and Star Black vs Nitro, Disturbio, and Hijo del Signo
Magnus and Signo engage to start the match. They get a few take downs each and fight for position. Nitro and Star Black enter in next and they start grappling as well. Robin and Disturbio come in next and go back and forth till Signo enters to help double team. Disturbio hit knees to the corner on Robin and pins him. Nitro hits a drop kick to the butt from the top rope on Star Black and Signo pins him. First Fall: Signo pins Star Black after Nitro hits a drop kick to his butt.
The rudos team up on the technicos to start this round. Trying to beat them into submission. Robin pulls down Disturbio then hurricanrana’s Signo to the outside. Star Black gets Disturbio in a pinning combo for the fall. Magnus pins Signo with a back stabber. Second Fall: Magnus pins Signo with a back stabber.
Magnus hits back breakers on everybody to start this round and gets himself pumped up. Robin gets stalled when he comes in and gets beat on. He gets launched up and hits a hurricanrana on Signo. Star Black almost gets pinned by Disturbio. Nitro hits a splash on Magnus for the pin. Third Fall: Nitro pins Magnus with a top rope splash.
Winners: Nitro, Distrubio, and Hijo del Signo
Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther vs Misterioso, El Sagrado, and Tiger
Maya and Misterioso start out grappling. Sagrado comes in and works over Black Panther. Tiger then works him over as they keep him away from his corner. Finally Black Panther makes the tag to Blue Panther and he hits back breakers on everyone. Maya gets Tiger in a victory roll for the pin. First Fall: Guerrero Maya pins Tiger with a victory roll.
Sagrado and Maya start off this round going at each other. Maya hits arm drags on Sagrado and Misterioso. Tiger and Blue Panther trade strikes and Panther drop kicks him to the outside. Sagrado hits Black Panther with a basement drop kick for the pin and Tiger gets Blue Panther in a leg lock. Second Fall: Tiger submits Blue Panther Jr with a leg lock.
Blue Panther Jr gets worked over to start. Panther gets slammed then Sagrado hits an elbow drop. Maya then gets teamed on. Rudos pose and Maya gets Sagrado to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Both Panther’s take out Tiger and Misterioso then Blue hits a dive through the middle rope on Tiger, then Black hits one on Misterioso. All the technicos get pinning combos and everyone clearly kicks out but the ref claims Misterioso didn’t so Blue Panther Jr wins it for them. Crowd boos a little. Third Fall: Blue Panther Jr pins Misterioso with a pinning combo.
Winners: Blue Panther Jr, Guerrero Maya, and Black Panther
Blue Panther, Kraneo, and Volcano vs Bestia del Ring, Hechicero, and Kawato San
Volcano starts with Kawato and there couldn’t be a more different set of skills and styles. Match soon breaks down in a brawl. Hechicero hits a knee strike on Kraneo in the corner. Kawato hits Panther with a missile drop kick for the fall. First Fall: Kawato pins Panther with a missile drop kick.
Hechicero works on Volcano to start this round. Kraneo then gets teamed on some. Volcano dodges an attack and he and Kraneo sandwich Bestia. Volcano splashes him and Kraneo leg drops him. Second Fall: Volcano pins Bestia after a splash and leg drop from Kraneo.
Volcano does some acrobatics and gets the advantage on Hechicero to start. Kraneo is in with Kawato next but Hechicero quickly comes in to work him over. Kraneo throws Bestia to the outside and splashes Hechicero. Panther and Kawato go at it for a bit until Volcano comes in to take on Hechicero and Bestia. Kraneo gets drop kicked into the corner and then hit with a knee strike by Hechicero. Bestia hits a top rope senton on Volcano for the pin. Hechicero submits Kraneo. Third Fall: Hechicero submits Kraneo with a leg lock.
Winners: Bestia del Ring, Hechicero, and Kawato San
Mistico, Atlantis, and El Valiente vs Negro Casas, Rey Bucanero, and Templario
Atlantis and Bucanero tie up and start fighting for position. Valiente and Templario come in and start going back and forth. Negro Casas gets in with Mistico but quickly gets him in a sharpshooter and his teammates fight the others off. First Fall: Negro Casas submitted Mistico with a sharpshooter.
Atlantis gets worked on to start this round. Templario takes out Mistico next and then show downs with Valiente. Templario kicks Atlantis to the outside next. Mistico gets hammered on by Negro Casas. The rudos pose and Mistico and his team knock them to the outside. Atlantis gets Bucanero in a single leg crab and Valiente gets Templario in a leg lock. Mistico and Casas brawl on the outside. Second Fall: Valiente submits Templario with a leg lock.
Casas and Valiente strike each other back and forth. Valiente takes him out then hits an arm drag on Bucanero. Atlantis comes in and monkey flips Templario. Valiente hits a dive through the middle rope on Templario. In the ring Mistico gets Negro Casas in a pinning combo for the pin. Third Fall: Mistico pins Negro Casas with a pinning combo.
Winners: Mistico, Atlantis, and El Valiente
(Welterweight Championship) Mephisto (Champion) vs Dragon Lee
There is some posturing to start but they finally tie up and engage. They finally get to the ground and trade some submissions. Mephisto catches Dragon Lee in a transition and sits on it for the pin. First Fall: Mephisto pins Dragon Lee with a pinning combo.
Mephisto throws Lee in the air and kicks him. Mephisto works over Dragon Lee for the beginning of this round. Dragon Lee catches Mephisto in a victory roll for the fall. Second Fall: Dragon Lee pins Mephisto with a victory roll.
They fight more back and forth now to start this round. They trade rapid fire strikes in the corner. Lee drop kicks Mephisto to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Back in the ring Lee gets him down and does a running drop kick in the corner. Lee goes for a hurricanrana off the apron but Mephisto drops him for a power bomb. They go back and forth some more. Mephisto hits a GTS for a close two count. Lee hurricanrana’s Mephisto to the outside then hits a dive over the top rope. Lee hits a sit out power bomb but Mephisto stops the refs hand from coming down on the 3. Dragon Lee gets caught in a school boy but kicks out, then they get up and Lee hits a standing spanish fly. Mephisto kicks out and they go to the top and Mephisto catches him with a top rope face buster but Lee kicks out. Lee trips Mephisto back on the turnbuckle and does the double foot stomp spot. Lee then picks up Mephisto and hits a falcon arrow for the win. Third Fall: Dragon Lee wins with a falcon arrow.
Winner: Dragon Lee
Arena Mexico Friday
Star Jr and Stigma vs Grako and El Coyote
Grako and Star start the match off fighting for position on their feet. They start to grapple on the ground. Coyote and Stigma come in next and they fight back and forth. Star and Grako come back in and Star hits a head scissors. Star gets crotched by Coyote. Stigma drop kicks Coyote into Star for a german suplex. Grako catches Stigma with a power bomb then Star kicks him. Coyote gets Star down and Grako hits an elbow drop for the pin. Coyote hits a double underhook suplex off of the top for the fall. First Fall: Coyote pins Stigma with a double underhook suplex off of the top.
Coyote works over Stigma and Grako works on Star on the apron. Grako and Coyote continue to work them over. Star hits a head scissors arm drag on Grako and Coyote for a come back. Stigma hits a guillotine leg drop on Grako for the pin. Star hits a snow plow on Coyote for the fall. Second Fall: Star Jr pins Coyote with a snow plow.
Star and Coyote exchange strikes to begin this round. Star kicks him to the outside then Grako comes in to beat on Star. Star gets him to the outside then hits a running hurricanrana off of the apron. In the Ring Coyote hits a power bomb and senton on Stigma for a two count. Star hits a tornado splash on Grako for the pin and then Stigma hits a jaw breaker on Coyote for the win. Third Fall: Stigma pins Coyote with a jaw breaker.
Winners: Star Jr and Stigma
Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique vs Dalys, Amapola, and Reyna Isis
Marcela and Isis start out in this match up and they start to fight and grapple on the ground. They go back and forth for a while hitting big moves. Marcela hits a back breaker then shotgun drop kick bringing Isis to the outside. Amapola comes in with Mystique now and they go back and forth. Mystique hits an arm drag to the outside bringing in Dalys and Kaho. Dalys works over Kaho and hits a drop kick while she is stuck in the ropes. Kaho gets up and hits a missile drop kick then dives through the middle rope on Dalys. Mystique gets Amapola in an arm bar and Marcela hits Isis with a michinoku driver for the fall. First Fall: Marcela pins Isis with a michinoku driver.
Dalys and Marcela start out and go back and forth. Marcela hits a hurricanrana off of the top rope onto Dalys. Dalys trips Marcela and ties her in the ropes and hits a knee attack. Mystique comes in and gets teamed on. Kaho gets drop kicked to the outside. Marcela hits a hurricanrana on Amapola and then hits a face plant on Isis. Kaho and Mystique hit sentons followed by Marcela for a two count. Marcela hits a diving senton on Isis on the outside. In the ring Dalys hits a power bomb on Isis for the pin while Kaho submits Amapola with an abdominal stretch. Kaho gets Dalys in a pinning combo but Amapola interferes so the ref DQs her since she had just submitted. Second Fall: Kaho wins via DQ because Amapola disobeyed the ref.
Winners: Marcela, Kaho Kobayashi, and Mystique
Stuka Jr, Flyer, and El Audaz vs Polvora, Vangellys, and Kawato San
What a rudos team we have here. A Japanese young lion, a Mexican Nationalist, and a Nazi or German general rather. Flyer and the young lion start the match out. They go back and forth doing some moves and transitions. Polvora and Stuka come in and work back and forth really fast. Audaz hits a cross body on Polvora but Vangellys enters and kicks him. The Technicos get the rudos to the outside and then all three technicos perform dives. Back in the ring Flyer hits a Spanish Fly on Kawato for the pin and Audaz flips off the top rope onto Vangellys for a hurricanrana pin. First Fall: Audaz pins Vangellys with a hurricanrana pin.
Flyer uses his speed to his advantage on Vangellys and then dodges a double team attack. The rudos end up teaming on them and Polvora hits a face buster off the top rope followed by Kawato hitting a double foot stomp off of the top rope for the pin on Stuka. Vangellys pins him. Second Fall: Vangellys pins Stuka after a Polvora face buster off of the top followed by a Kawato double stomp.
Flyer tries to fight off a team up attack. Stuka dodges all the triple team efforts and the rudos fall to the outside of the ring. Stuka, Audaz, and Flyer then do moonsaults off the same turnbuckle to the outside. Kawato does a canadian destroyer to Flyer, then Audaz does one to Kawato, then Polvora does one to Audaz. Stuka catches Polvora in a pinning combo for the win. Third Fall: Stuka pins Polvora with a roll up for the win.
Winners: Stuka, Flyer, and El Audaz
(Match Relampago) Cavernario vs Forastero
They posture for the first thirty seconds then finally lock up and engage. Forastero rolls to the outside and Cavernario goes for a dive but Forastero runs into the ring quick and hits a spear. Forastero continues to work on Cavernario after that. Cavernario hits a back breaker out of nowhere to change momentum. Cavernario hits a hurricanrana to the outside and then hits a dive over the top rope. Cavernario whips Forastero into the barricade. Cavernario hits a snap suplex for a two count. Cavernario then hits the slingshot splash but Forastero kicks out of that as well. Forastero hits a drop kick to the corner on Cavernario for a two count. Forastero drop kicks Cavernario to the outside then hits a dive through the middle rope. Cavernario back in the ring sneaks a lean back camel clutch on Forastero but Forastero grabs the ropes. Forastero slams Cavernario then hits a swanton bomb and wins. Forastero pins Cavernario with a swanton bomb.
They’re throwing money in the ring after that match so they really liked it. Forastero challenges Cavernario for his championship. Of course he accepts.
Angel de Oro, Niebla Roja, and Titan vs Mr. Niebla, El Terrible, and Bestia del Ring
Terrible and Bestia jump Oro and Roja during the introductions. They brawl a bit and Bestia and Terrible hit a double power bomb on Oro and Bestia pins him. Terrible slams Titan and Mr. Niebla hits a splash off of the top rope on Titan for the fall. First Fall: Mr. Niebla pins Titan with a top rope splash.
Terrible brawls with Oro in the crowd. Oro, Titan, and Roja continue to get beat on at the start of the second round. They set up for a triple power bomb on Roja but Bestia and Mr. Niebla turn around allowing Roja to pin Terrible with a hurricanrana. Second Fall: Niebla Roja pins Terrible with a hurricanrana.
They brawl on the outside in between rounds. Finally back in the ring Oro and Bestia go at it. Oro gets him to the outside and goes for a dive but fakes it. Roja and Terrible start jawing off now. Terrible works him over then postures to the crowd. Roja fights back with a shotgun drop kick. Roja drop kicks him to the outside then poses. Titan hits a hurricanrana on Mr. Niebla. Oro then launches Roja into Bestia and Terrible for a double drop kick. Oro and Roja then hit dives through the middle rope. Titan gets a pinning combo on Niebla but he kicks out. Titan kicks Niebla to the outside then hits an asai moonsault. Bestia hits a senton splash on Roja for the pin and Terrible beats Oro with a styles clash. Third Fall: Terrible pins Oro with a styles clash.
Winners: Mr. Niebla, El Terrible, and Bestia Del Ring
Caristico, Volador, and Diamante Azul vs Ultimo Guerrero, Euforia, and Gran Guerrero
Caristico and Gran Guerrero start out the main event of the show. They go back and forth trading transitions and light moves. Azul and Ultimo start fighting on the outside. Caristico gets tossed to the outside and then Volador gets worked on. Volador gets hit with a double press slam off the top. Caristico gets drop kicked off of the apron to the outside. The Los Guerrero’s triple team move is done on Diamante Azul. Euforia submits Azul with a gory special and Ultimo and Gran submit Volador and Caristico with camel clutches. First Fall: Euforia submits Diamante Azul with a gory special.
There is brawling that takes place during the break and it continues into the next round. Caristico gets attacked in the corner. Azul comes in from the ramp to hit a double clothesline. Caristico dives off of the top rope to the outside onto Ultimo Guerrero. Azul hits a german suplex on Gran for the pin. Volador hits a back stabber on Euforia for the fall. Second Fall: Volador pins Euforia with a back stabber.
Volador and Gran start out in the final round. Volador hits a big head scissors to the outside. He then super kicks Ultimo. Caristico hits a hurricanrana on Gran after being launched by Euforia. Caristico then hits one on Euforia. An arm drag to the outside is hit on Ultimo but he moves to avoid a dive by Caristico. Azul hits a double japanese arm drag on Gran and Ultimo. Azul hits a high hip toss slam on Euforia. Azul goes out to the ramp to do an attack back in but Ultimo stops him in his tracks. Gran rolls out of the ring and Volador hits a hurricanrana. Azul then hits a flip dive off the ramp onto Gran. In the ring Caristico hits a head scissors into a Fujiwara arm bar on Ultimo for the win. Third Fall: Caristico submits Ultimo Guerrero with a Fujiwara arm bar.
Winners: Caristico, Volador Jr, and Diamante Azul
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.
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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!
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
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