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Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: New Beginning in Osaka Part 2!

Osaka continues with The Rainmaker and the Underboss!

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NJPW continues in Osaka with a major grudge match! Will The Rainmaker get revenge on the Underboss? Plus, the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship!

 

This coverage of New Beginning in Osaka will be as aired by AXS TV.

Gifs can be found courtesy of http://frentique.tumblr.com/

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Taiji Ishimori VS Ryusuke Taguchi; Ishimori wins and retains the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS Bad Luck Fale; Okada wins.

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NJPW and AXS set up the scene for more action in Osaka!

The Rainmaker has been falling since losing the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Kenny Omega. Kazuchika Okada has slowly made his climb back up, but now he faces a truly massive challenge. Bad Luck Fale has gone from Underboss to Rogue General in the Bullet Club’s return to its roots. Will Fale cause Okada to fall even further? Or can the former champion regain a glimmer of his former self?

Plus, The Bone Soldier joined Bullet Club and became IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion at Wrestle Kingdom, and he has his first defense. The Funky Weapon and his eclectic trio took the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships from Taiji Ishimori & The Guerrillas of Destiny, but looks to take even more. Can Taguchi prove he’s still got it? Or will Bone Soldier Reborn still reign?

 

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Taiji Ishimori VS Ryusuke Taguchi!

We cut right to the chase as Bone Soldier steps into the ring and takes off his mask to glare at Taguchi Japan’s namesake leader. Him and his green overalls. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Taguchi pulls off the overalls to reveal his wrestling tights. The bell rings and fans rally for Taguchi as he circles with Ishimori. Taguchi gets a leg but Ishimori counters to a facelock. Taguchi puts Ishimori on the ropes and gives a clean break. Fans applaud and the two go again. They tie up and Taguchi wrenches to a wristlock. Ishimori rolls, handsprings and cartwheels to reverse the wrench. Taguchi roll and rolls and rolls, but only makes the wristlock worse for himself. He rolls once more but Ishimori shifts to a hammerlock.

Ishimori shifts to a headlock but Taguchi powers out. Things speed up and Taguchi gets an Ankle Lock! Ishimori gets free, but falls for Taguchi’s fake! Taguchi dances as he taunts Ishimori, but Ishimori mockingly applauds. Ishimori eggs Taguchi on and baits him into a dropkick. Taguchi is down on the outside, but now Ishimori fakes him out! And Ishimori copies the dance! Fans love it but Taguchi is very upset. Taguchi says that’s his Sailor Boy dance, not Ishimori’s! But Taguchi gets back in, only for Ishimori to stomp him. Ishimori throws hands but Taguchi hits back. Ishimori puts Taguchi in a corner and whips corner to corner. Taguchi reverses but Ishimori goes Spider-Man to go under and around. Ishimori shoulders in then springboard seated sentons Taguchi down! Fans applaud while Taguchi bails out.

Ishimori waits as the ring count climbs. Taguchi gets back in at 5 but Ishimori is on him with a cravat. Taguchi endures as Ishimori jams his shoulder in. Ishimori stalks Taguchi to a corner, then brings him around for an over-the-shoulder backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Taguchi sits up but Ishimori is on him. Taguchi throws body shots and runs, but into Ishimori’s kick. Ishimori snapmares and cranks the neck with his feet! Taguchi clutches the neck but Ishimori is on him with a chinlock. Ishimori grinds Taguchi but Taguchi fights his way up. Taguchi fights out, runs, but back into the chinlock! Ishimori throws Taguchi down and pulls back! Taguchi endures and reaches, ropebreak with his leg! Ishimori lets go but brings Taguchi up. Taguchi throws up and runs, but his Funky Weapon gets an atomic drop! Ishimori runs, Taguchi follows, but again the Funky Weapon gets the atomic drop!

Ishimori grins as he brings Taguchi up. He whips but Taguchi reverses and he dropkicks Ishimori out of the ring! Taguchi’s back keeps him from pursuing right away. Fans rally up as Taguchi runs, triangle crossbody! Direct hit! Taguchi puts Ishimori in fast, springboard missile dropkick! Ishimori bails out but Taguchi builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up for Taguchi as he drags Ishimori up. Taguchi puts Ishimori in at 7 out of 20, then covers. TWO, but Taguchi keeps his cool. Taguchi drags Ishimori up for a snap suplex. He holds on and spins, that’s Uno Amigo! Then Does Amigos! Ishimori resists the suplex, but Taguchi resists the counter suplex, to hit Three Amigos! Cover, TWO!

Taguchi keeps moving as he brings Ishimori up. He double chicken wings but Ishimori resists.  Taguchi clubs Ishimori and back suplexes, but Ishimori lands on his feet! Taguchi kicks and whips but Ishimori handsprings and enzugiris! Both men are down but fans cheer Taguchi on. Taguchi gets to a corner while Ishimori stands up. Ishimori runs in, blocks boots and enziguris Taguchi in the back. Ishimori runs side to side for the Sliding German! The Bone Soldier is in control while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Ishimori aims at Taguchi from across the ring. He runs in but misses in the corner! Taguchi still clutches his neck but Ishimori is on him. Ishimori fireman’s carry but Taguchi slips out to a waistlock. Ishimori standing switches but Taguchi drop toehold. Taguchi has the Ankle Lock, but Ishimori throws him off. Taguchi dropkicks the leg out, then La Majistrol! TWO, but right to the Ankle Lock! Ishimori endures and crawls for the ropes. Ishimori gets the ropebreak and Taguchi lets go. Taguchi keeps his cool as he brings Ishimori up. Taguchi gives Ishimori a shin breaker to a gourd buster! Fans fire up as Taguchi shouts out the King of Strong Style! Taguchi runs in, Bum-a-ye! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Taguchi’s right on that Ankle Lock!

Ishimori endures the hold again as Taguchi goes in deep. But Ishimori crawls and gets the ropebreak again! Taguchi lets go but brings Ishimori back up. Double chicken wing but countered to a victory roll! TWO, and Taguchi tilt-o-whirls, but into the Bloody Cross gutbuster! Both men are down but fans are rallying. Ishimori is up first and says BANG! He drags Taguchi up again, but Bloody Sunday is countered with a roll, into the Ankle Lock! Ishimori reaches again, but Taguchi pulls him away! And smashes the knee into the mat! Taguchi puts all he has into the crank, but Ishimori refuses to quit! Ishimori drags himself towards the ropes again, but Taguchi reel shim in, DODON!! Cover, TWO!? Ishimori somehow survives! But Taguchi won’t let up, he fires up! Taguchi drags Ishimori up again, torture rack, but Ishimori pops out. Taguchi runs but into a big clothesline!

Both men are down again and Taguchi’s eyes are wide and glazed. They both get to opposite corners, but Ishimori fires up and runs in! Double knees! Taguchi slumps over but Ishimori isn’t done. Ishimori fireman’s carry, pop-up to a powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi survives that Death Valley Jackhammer fusion but Ishimori drags him up again. Bloody Sunday denied again, enziguri! Chicken wings, but Ishimori slips out of Dodon to get Taguchi up for Bloody Cross! Cover, Ishimori wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall; still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion

The Funky Weapon shows he’s still got it, but Bone Soldier shows he has more! Ishimori makes his first defense a success, and is calling out Jushin Thunder Liger?! Liger is at commentary, but he takes off the headset! Liger heads to the ring as fans cheer. Ishimori watches the legendary Junior Heavyweight take up the mic. Liger acknowledges the champion, and knows Ishimori wanted him to get in the ring. And the reason why seems Ishimori wants to defend his title against Liger. Ishimori confirms by holding the belt up. Liger says Ishimori will regret it. “You shouldn’t be messing with the big boys.”

Liger tells “sonny boy” that if he wants to call out a superior, then he’s ready to take that belt from him, any time, any place. Fans cheer the legend, and it seems the challenge has been accepted! Will the legend have one more run with the belt? Or will Bone Soldier Reborn grow his own legend off of Liger?

 

Kota Ibushi heads to the ring!

The Golden Star surprises Osaka as he walks out not to wrestle, but to speak. Ibushi lost the NEVER Openweight Championship to Will Ospreay at Wrestle Kingdom, and hasn’t wrestled since because of injuries from that match. Ibushi takes up the mic to tell Osaka he wants to talk to them about something. “My neck, and my head, and my everything else… I apologize for making you worry.” But Ibushi is happy to be able to speak to them like this. Ibushi says that he’s “going to remain in NJPW!” Fans are excited to hear the hottest free agent is staying with them! “And next month, the New Japan Cup will be my comeback!” Ibushi promises he’s not going anyway. “I’m gonna leave it all in the ring of NJPW! Thank you for your continued support!” Ibushi bows and fans cheer, because the Golden Star will rise again!

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Bad Luck Fale!

Last Summer, The Rainmaker dropped the IWGP Heavyweight Championship to Kenny Omega and dropped off from his usual excellence. He lost to The Ace, he lost to the Switchblade, and he lost Gedo when he defected to the Bullet Club. But Okada has scratched and clawed his way back in hopes of returning to the top. Can Okada get past the Rogue General? Or will he be felled by a Tongan Grenade?

Being a general, Fale of course has back-up in the form of Chase Owens and Yujiro Takahashi. The Crown Jewel and Tokyo Pimp will surely need to be watched closely. Okada makes his entrance and this special singles match begins. Okada tosses his jacket at Fale then throws forearms! The bell rings and Okada runs, but into Fale’s boot! Fale tells Okada off for that move, but Okada goes to scoop him. Fale clubs and forearms Okada away but runs into Okada’s boots. Okada runs and fires forearms but Fale only staggers. Okada keeps trying and gets Fale down to a knee. Fale shoves Okada away but Okada dumps him out. Okada slingshots and takes him out! Fale clutches his arm after the impact with the railing! But Okada’s right up and on an announce desk! Fans fire up with Okada as he goes back to Fale.

Okada clubs Fale then stares Chase down. Chase plays innocent, and Okada turns around to get run over by Fale! Fale pulls barriers aside and grabs a chair! The referee is too busy with Fale to see Chase and Yujiro stomp Okada out! Fans boo but they get away with it while Red Shoes takes the chair from Fale. Fale returns to the ring and Chase again plays innocent. Red Shoes begins the ring count, and it reaches 8 before Okada stirs. Okada gets up and in at 12, but Fale’s on him with more stomps. Fale stands on Okada to use that 350+ pound frame to crush him! Fale backs off at 4 but stomps Okada again. Chase and Yujiro cheer Fale on as he forearms Okada in the back.

Fale stalks Okada along the ropes to give him more forearms to the back. Okada falls over and Fale uses one knee to cover him. ONE, but Fale keeps on Okada with forearms. Okada hits back but Fale clubs him down again. Fale stands Okada up and whips, big back drop sends Okada flying! Okada bails out but he falls to the floor as he coughs and gasps for air. Another ring count begins and passes 10 before Okada really moves. Chase fans Fale off while the count climbs to 15! Okada stands at 16 and gets in at 19! Fale drags Okada up but Okada hits back with forearms! Fale swings but Okada dodges. Okada tries and manages a scoop, but Fale’s weight brings him down! Cover, TWO! Okada still has life but Fale drops an elbow on his back.

Chase and Yujiro taunt Okada’s pain while Fale drops another elbow. Fans cheer Okada on as Fale pulls him back by his hair. Fale covers, TWO! Chase and Yujiro taunt Okada, but Okada tries another scoop. Fale is still too big so Okada throws forearms. Fale body blows then whips, but Okada dodges and rams him with the elbow! It staggers Fale, Okada manages the scoop slam! Fans fire up but Okada’s back still slows him down. Okada throws more forearms into Fale then whips. Fale reverses but Okada holds the ropes. Okada drop toeholds Fale into ropes, then runs to basement dropkick! Okada fires up and fans join him. He runs in corner to corner for a big elbow! Then he kicks to hit the DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool while Chase and Yujiro coach Fale up.

Okada drags Fale around and then climbs up top. Fale gets up but Okada leaps over him. Okada turns around but Fale runs him over again. Fale drags Okada up to the fireman’s carry, Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud Okada’s resilience but Fale grows frustrated. Fale wants to end this and he brings Okada back up. Fale prepares the bomb but Okada resists. Okada manages a back drop of his own! But his bad back bothers him again. Both Okada and Fale are down again while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns again as Okada and Fale slowly sit up. Okada suddenly kips up! He throws forearms on Fale but Fale only staggers. Fale hits back hard, but Okada stays on his feet. Okada throws several forearms but Fale throws one and it staggers Okada again. Fans rally up and Okada brings more forearms to Fale. Fale falls to a knee but gets back up for another heavy answer. Fale eggs Okada on so Okada dropkicks him to a corner! Okada brings Fale out and wants the Alabama lift. He swings Fale around for the reverse neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he positions Fale again. Okada climbs and fans rally, Okada hits the Macho Elbow! But he’s not done there, he hits the pose!

Chase warns Fale but Okada still wristlocks. Fale fights free but Okada clubs him. Okada runs but into a clubbing clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Fale looks to be slowing down, but he still whips Okada to a corner. Fale runs in for a big corner splash, and Okada flops to the mat. Big splash from Fale! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Fale can’t believe it. Fale drags Okada up again, and wants to finish this. He lifts, Bad Luck Fall escaped as Okada uses the ropes! Okada shoulders in then forearms back. Okada climbs and leaps for a missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Okada as he brings Fale up again. Okada gut wrenches but Chase distracts on the apron. Okada knocks Chase down, then runs at Fale, but Fale uses Red Shoes as a shield! Yujiro attacks!

Fans boo as Chase helps Yujiro stomp Okada out. Yujiro hits Okada with a Fisherman Buster, and Chase adds the Shining Wizard! Fans boo harder as Chase brings Okada up again. But it’s YOSHI-HASHI to the rescue! The Head Hunter is still loyal to Okada and he fights off the Bullet Club! But gets run over by Fale! Fale returns to Okada but Okada fights back with forearms and uppercuts! Okada runs, dodges Fale’s clotheslines, but not the SPEAR! Fale drags Okada up and lifts, but Okada escapes Bad Luck Fall again! Okada dropkicks Fale in the back, then whips for another dropkick to the front! Fans fire up as Okada drags Fale up. Wristlock, swing out, but Fale grabs Okada by the throat! Fale lifts Okada but Okada dropkicks the Grenade away!

Okada swings Fale, spins, but Fale counters to GRENADE! Red Shoes revives as Fale covers, TWO!? Okada somehow survives! Osaka hits a fever pitch as Fale catches his breath. Fale positions Okada in a drop zone. Okada anchors a foot but Fale stomps with the other. Fale gets free of Okada, and goes to a corner to climb!? Okada stops him on the top rope, but Fale hits him back. Okada dropkicks Fale to sit him down! Fans cheer while Chase and Yujiro panic. Okada climbs up and brings Fale to the very top, for a SUPERPLEX!! Okada’s back takes some damage from that fall but he powers through the pain. He brings Fale up but Fale hits back with clobbering forearms. Fale swings, but into Okada’s spinning RAINMAKER! Okada keeps going, wristlock to THE RAINMAKER! Cover, Okada wins!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

The glimmer of hope shines bright! Okada wins big against the Underboss and celebrates with Yoshi-Hashi. With the New Japan Cup on the horizon, will Okada go all the way and bring about the Rainmaker Redemption?

 

Backstage interviews

Bad Luck Fale and the Bullet Club warn Yoshi-Hashi. “Yoshi-Hashi, you are a cheater. Kazuchika Okada, you are a cheater!” Will the Bullet Club’s bad mood be uplifted with New Japan Cup success?

Meanwhile, Kazuchika Okada is happy to have finally hit The Rainmaker in a match again. And he’s happy that it got him the victory again. “Man, that match was long.” And Okada doesn’t care how many Bullet Club members hit the ring, Yoshi-Hashi is more than enough. The clowns better take Okada and Hashi seriously. A long match and a heavy opponent, that’s what pro-wrestling is about. This will definitely give Okada the momentum he needs for New Japan Cup. He’ll take on the “comeback kid” and the IWGP Intercontinental Champion. It doesn’t matter who, Okada vows to kick his ass, because he is THE history-making IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Who will Okada meet in the Cup? Who will stand in his way of returning to the top?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a solid hour for NJPW on AXS, and with something rare for NJPW as far as I’ve seen. I didn’t expect Kota Ibushi to come out and talk, though obviously it wasn’t going to be an in-ring promo like other promotions do. Ibushi gave us an honest update that he’s perfectly okay to return to the ring. Ibushi in the New Japan Cup is great, Ibushi in NJPW full-time is great, and Ibushi against just about anyone in the Cup, after the cup, for a title, it’s going to be great. It’d be amazing if Ibushi won the tournament, to then challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. Ibushi staying in NJPW was surely part of why they gave him the NEVER Openweight title, and it could give them reason to give him more titles since he won’t be taking them to other promotions.

The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was a great match, I like the touch of “You Still Got It!” moment for Taguchi. In fact, an American crowd might’ve chanted something like that after that tope conjilo spot of Taguchi’s. But this was Ishimori’s first defense and Ishimori needs to look strong, so he obviously won. Ishimori VS Liger is going to be great, but with word that Liger is truly retiring soon, Ishimori is of course going to find a way to win this. Liger putting Ishimori over in a title match is great for Ishimori, that is going to boost Ishimori’s standings substantially. Okada VS Fale was pretty good, even with the Bullet Club attacking and Hashi making the save. It was great story for Okada to overcome the bigger and stronger Fale, and naturally Okada wins to feed his story.

Okada in the Cup is going to be great, and him calling out Ibushi and Naito means at least one of those matches happens. This is obviously too early to say who wins the whole thing, but any one of them would make a great opponent for Jay White as there’s story for all of them. Okada owes White for the many losses since the G1 Climax, Naito wants to be a dual champion, and Ibushi never faced Jay White in G1 Climax 28, so they’d be a completely fresh match-up.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)

Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?

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It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!

Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
  • Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
  • The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
  • Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
  • Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
  • Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.

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Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!

And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.

Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!

And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.

Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?

 

8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!

Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?

Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?

Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!

Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!

Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?

Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!

Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning

The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?

 

Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.

The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?

 

Raw presents Miz TV!

The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.

Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!

A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!

Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!

Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion

Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!

Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?

As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.

 

Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.

She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!

The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?

Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!

Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!

And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?

 

Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!

The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?

Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!

Winner: Braun Strowman

But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!

No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.

 

The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!

Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?

Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.

Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning

And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?

 

Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.

The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?

 

Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.

They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?

 

Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!

We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?

But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!

Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!

Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?

 

Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!

The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!

Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.

Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!

And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?

Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!

Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.

Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.

Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!

Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.

Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out

But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?

But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?

 

Raw announces a HUGE Extreme Rules PPV match!

After the Undertaker returned to save Roman Reigns, they will team up to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre! Will the Yard truly belong to The Deadman and the Big Dog? Or will the Best in the World and his Scottish Terminator find a way to stack the deck in their favor?

 

Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!

The Goddess failed to bring the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw, but she still claims it is because Bayley is a bully and a liar. But Naomi and Natalya know Alexa is all that and more, it’s just a matter of getting Nikki to see that. Will this match do a lot to expose Alexa’s true intentions? Or will the wool still be pulled over the eyes of Crazy Cross?

The bell rings and Naomi SLAPS Alexa! Alexa swings but Naomi splits to dodge! Alexa runs into a kick and another slap! Naomi runs into a big lariat! Alexa scowls as she looms over Naomi. She goes to pick Naomi up but Naomi kip-ups! So Alexa throws Naomi down! Cover, ONE! Alexa grows annoyed, but she stands on Naomi’s hair. Naomi kicks Alexa away! Then kicks her legs out, to drop the splits leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa scrambles away and regroups with Nikki. But Naomi runs and baseball slides, to WRECK Nikki! That was not her intent but Alexa did dodge. Alexa gets back in and catches Naomi with the Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall

The Goddess doesn’t seem that torn up about Nikki getting hit. But then she goes after Naomi more! She stomps Naomi down and tells Nikki to get hers in. Alexa keeps kicking Naomi then brings her up for Nikki. Nikki doesn’t understand, but she does shove Naomi and Alexa down. Here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts runs off Alexa and Nikki to defend Naomi. Is this going to settle down after the break?

 

Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!

Raw returns and now it’s friends against friends! Nikki still doesn’t seem sure about this, but she starts against Naomi. Naomi dropkicks Nikki down then brings her over to the corner. Natty tags in and she rolls Nikki, ONE! Natty keeps on Nikki with a snap suplex, then another. Nikki gets up and avoids a third, then hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold! Natty throws Nikki off, then hits a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Nikki but Nikki headbutts back. Tag to Alexa and Alexa grabs Natty, only for Natty to power her all the way back! Natty rams knees in then tags in Naomi. Naomi puts on a full nelson and thrashes her about. Alexa endures but gets a Full Nelson bomb! Body scissor cradle, TWO!

Naomi keeps on Alexa with a facelock, then bulldogs her into buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty rebound sits Alexa down. Natty runs on Alexa but Nikki blocks her path. Alexa DECKS Natty with a right! Cover, TWO! Nikki rallies for Alexa while Alexa wraps Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures as fans rally up. Natty fights her way up and fights out of the hold, then scoops Alexa for a Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty crawls to a cover, TWO! Nikki still roots Alexa on as Natty clubs away. Natty snap suplexes Alexa down then drags her up for another. Natty drags Alexa around and wants the sharpshooter, but Alexa powers out! Tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Natty with furious forearms! She throws Natty into Naomi! Then splashes on Natty in the corner, to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!

Nikki keeps moving, going to the ropes. She shoulders and slingshots in for a dropkick! Then she hurries up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki doesn’t slow down, she fires up more. She brings Natty to their corner and Alexa tags in. Natty fights back, but Alexa lets Nikki take care of Natty with The Purge! Alexa covers, Alexa and Nikki win!

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning

Nikki is still confused, but only because Alexa let her do all the work. Though, Alexa did do a lot of work against Naomi in their singles match. Are they going to work like this all the way to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

Ricochet VS AJ Styles!

Raw brings us this incredible first-time-anywhere match-up! And while it isn’t for the WWE United States Championship, surely a win would mean the Phenomenal One is back at the front of the line for the title he once held. But with how hard he fought to get here, will the One and Only only fight that much harder to be better than phenomenal?

The bell rings and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up as fans duel and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref calls for a break and Styles backs off. Styles and Ricochet circle again and tie up again. Ricochet wrenches and wristlocks, but Styles rolls and handsprings to reverse it. Ricochet works to do the same but Styles catches him to a headlock! Styles has Ricochet on the mat but Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE! Ricochet rolls again and Styles lets go. Styles runs into an arm-drag, and then another! Styles stays back to avoid a third, and fans cheer the exchange.

But here come Anderson & Gallows down the ramp. Ricochet is wary of The Club being here in Styles corner now. He and Styles tie up again, and Ricochet headlocks. Styles powers out but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet has to worry about Anderson swiping at him, but Styles is just as surprised. This isn’t what he meant when he said they should take things more seriously. Styles can do this on his own! He even gets on the mic to tell them they’re not ruining this. He wants them to leave, and now. The Club backs off to leave Styles be. Raw goes to break, will Anderson & Gallows really honor Styles wishes?

Raw returns once again, and it really is just Styles and Ricochet now. They tie up again, and Ricochet waistlocks. Styles standing switches, but Ricochet does, too. Ricochet headlocks, and holds on as Styles tries to power out. Fans duel again as Styles gets back up. Styles throws forearms and back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet runs and rolls off Styles’ back, then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Cover, ONE! Ricochet keeps on Styles with haymakers in the corner. Ricochet wrenches and brings Styles to the mat. Styles gets up but Ricochet wrenches again, then tucks Styles in for a modified standing stretch. Ricochet makes it a cover, TWO!

Styles powers Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet forearms back but Styles CHOPS back! Ricochet throws another forearm but Styles rocks him with a right! Styles shakes it off while bringing Ricochet up for a CHOP! He whips but Ricochet rolls off his back again, only to get a PELE! Styles brings Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. He rams his shoulder into Ricochet, then snapmares him for a swift kick to the back. Fans duel while Styles grimaces through a scratched and bloody face. Styles drags Ricochet up again but Ricochet blocks the suplex. Ricochet fights back with forearms, but runs into a back drop! Styles looms over Ricochet before bringing him up for a stiff forearm! Ricochet hits back and then dropkicks Styles down!

Styles bails out but Ricochet runs, to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged! Ricochet gets up to get Styles back in the ring. Ricochet covers, ONE! Styles gets to a corner but Ricochet is on him with a snapmare. Ricochet runs and hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Styles. Styles kicks Ricochet back and snap suplexes him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is dazed but still in this. Styles keeps his cool as he stalks behind Ricochet. Styles clamps on a chinlock and bends Ricochet back in a pseudo Camel Clutch. Ricochet endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up behind him.

Ricochet stands and fights out with body shots and uppercuts. He backs Styles into a corner then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles runs in but into a boot! Ricochet runs, ducks and dropkick-flips! Styles back hands but Ricochet PELES Styles! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand. Ricochet counter punches Styles, then throws forearms and CHOPS! He whips Styles but Styles reverses again, only to get a forearm! Ricochet keeps moving to huricanrana Styles! Styles goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in, shoulder tackle! Then springboard, flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps his cool, though, and gets Styles up.

Styles blocks the suplex, so Ricochet throws hands. Styles escapes the suplex and returns to the corner. He elbows Ricochet back then hops up, but Ricochet gets under the moonsault! Only to run into a scoop, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles gets up and stalks Ricochet again. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet counters to a jackknife cover, TWO! Ricochet boots but misses, and Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! High stack cover, TWO!! Styles is still frustrated but still focused. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet uppercuts him away! Ricochet baits Styles into a corner and gives him a back elbow. Ricochet CHOPS then suplexes, twisting neckbreaker! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Ricochet’s frustration starts to boil over as Styles survives. But he drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top. Ricochet aims, 630 but he has to bail out! Styles forearms Ricochet away, springboard to the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

And the Phenomenal One beats the champion! Styles takes the belt, but helps Ricochet up. Styles shows Ricochet respect by raising his hand. But is this just the first time we’ll be seeing both men in the ring together? Will Extreme Rules have an even greater rematch?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Stomping Grounds surprised us with a lot of great stuff, and Raw follows up with some great action, too! Though, they do get the slightly disappointing part out of the way early in further recycling the rivalries of Rollins-Corbin and Becky-Lacey. Extreme Rules gives us a Mixed Tag match that should be pretty fun, and the creative part is that it’s for both the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It sounds like it won’t be something more like a No Disqualifications match, because I’d love to see Becky and Rollins smack away on Lacey and Corbin side by side with kendo sticks. It’d make that match worth it since there’s no way Corbin and Lacey win those titles. And it probably keeps Lesnar from cashing in, too, since Becky would be there to back up Rollins.

I guess we’re still recycling Strowman VS Lashley, too. Their tug of war was a fun bit, but Strowman sure is sweeping Lashley in everything. I wonder if this means we see the return of a Bull Rope Match, and not the kind where they need to tag the corners. These two whipping each other with the rope, using the rope to “choke” each other, that might be what this feud needs to end decisively. And then one of these guys can start challenging for a title again, depending on who has what after Extreme Rules. Probably the Universal Championship to give Rollins some competition but also to be thrown in the mix with Lesnar and that MITB cash-in. Strowman and Lashley both daring Lesnar to try would be pretty good stuff to carry Raw to Summerslam.

Teaming up the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was a pretty good match for tonight, after what we got before Stomping Grounds. I just wish it wasn’t the kind of elimination match where one member means the whole team. But given what else we got tonight, the time constraints were surely why, and perhaps for the greater good. With the Heels not working together well, I still hope this turns things into a story for all the titles. These four teams, and perhaps throw in the Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery for a massive Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship #WinnersTakeAll match would be great for Extreme Rules or Summerslam. How else are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions supposed to save the division?

I think the best thing Raw did tonight was the WWE 24/7 Championship stuff. I wish Maverick had put up more of a fight, but perhaps this prompts something big on 205 Live. Then the rest of the action was amazing, with the multiple title changes and Truth racking up the title reigns. It was incredibly creative for it to invade a scheduled match, I’m surprised they didn’t try that sooner. I don’t know if we even need anything more on SmackDown, this was great. The second best thing was Undertaker returning to Raw to go after Shane and McIntyre! It isn’t really clear why, but maybe it leads to something even better, like Taker VS Roman at Survivor Series for Taker’s 30th anniversary and actual last match. 

It’s pretty clear Raw still needs SmackDown to help since Kofi pulled double duty. It’s great build for his reign, but it’s just a shame Vince didn’t schedule a Raw-exclusive story here. Joe going after Kofi was pretty great, though, and I would love if Kofi VS Joe got to be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules the PPV. In order for Kofi to establish himself, he needs someone as vicious as Joe to overcome. Though, it would be nice if there was a SmackDown superstar that could’ve done it. But at the same time, it’ll be like Alexa VS Bayley, teasing that Raw could end up owning both belts. Styles VS Ricochet was great, and Styles’ story with the Club is taking interesting turns. Ricochet VS Styles has to be the US Championship match, I just hope it’s Styles who turns instead of the Club turning on him.

My Score: 8.3/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019

NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!

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NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!

In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.

It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.

Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.

Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…

Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).

Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.

RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview. 

Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.

On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.

RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.

Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.

On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.

AXIZ and The Sugiura Army also had their last three pre-matches (although Sugiura took time out to take on Hitoshi Kumano), with a elbow brawl breaking out between Shiozaki and Sugiura on the last night. Katsuhiko Nakajima seemed to have quickly shed his politeness in asking for a title match, and was photographed in the usual grinning poses over a fallen opponent.

 

 

EVENT RECAPS
Aizu (19th June 2019)
Post match interviews

Nagano (22nd June 2019)
Post match interviews

Takaoka (23rd June 2019)

NEWS

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”: Kenoh’s column (June 2019)

Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.

Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.

Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.

In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)

KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.

BROADCASTS
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm

The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.

LINKS
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame


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