NJPW turns 47 and AXS gives us TWO HOURS tonight! Jay White and Will Ospreay go Champion VS Champion in a non-title instant classic!
Coverage of the 47th Anniversary Show will be as aired by AXS TV.
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- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS Roppongi 3K; Roppongi 3K wins and become the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Taiji Ishimori VS Jushin Thunder Liger; Ishimori wins and retains the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Hiroshi Tanahashi; Okada, Goto & Tanahashi win.
- Champion VS Champion: Jay White VS Will Ospreay; White wins.
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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic anniversary!
In 1972, professional wrestling changed forever as Antonio Inoki and Carl Gotch headlined the inaugural NJPW event! The decades have gone by with dream match-up after dream match-up, and that tradition continues even now! The Switchblade ushered in the Cutthroat Era to become the NEW IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Jay White will head to Madison Square Garden for his first ever defense, but he has much more than just a tune-up tonight! The Aerial Assassin returns from injury still the NEVER Openweight Champion and looks to show he can beat White again. Will Will Ospreay ascend to even greater heights? Or will he simply Breathe with the Switchblade?
But first, the Bone Soldier Reborn hit NJPW hard upon his debut, and kept hitting all the way to becoming IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion at Wrestle Kingdom. Taiji Ishimori beat a great Junior Heavyweight in Ryusuke Taguchi, but now he dares aim for the greatest! Ishimori called out Jushin Thunder Liger, and the living legend accepted by telling the youngster, “You will regret this.” Does Liger have what it’s take to become a historic 12-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will the Bone Soldier prove he can hang with “the big boys”?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: BUSHI & Shingo Takagi VS Roppongi 3K!
A special bonus on this two hour airing, Los Ingobernables de Japon’s championship duo put up their belts again so soon, and against one of the best Junior Heavyweight teams in NJPW. Black Mask and Muscle Hawk had a confrontation with Sho & Yoh already, and left Chaos’ contenders down and out. Will hunters become the hunted or vice-versa here tonight?
Skip the entrances and start with Sho and Shingo with the bell! Sho goes right at Shingo and fires off! Shingo staggers but Sho stomps and forearms him to a corner. Sho whips corner to corner but Shingo reverses. Shingo blocks the boot to clothesline! Shingo goes corner to corner but Sho follows to get him back with a clothesline of his own! Sho runs but they both clothesline! Each man staggers back but fans fire up. Sho roars and Shingo grits his teeth as they stare down. Shingo shoves but Sho comes back with a clothesline. Shingo stays up and hits Sho back. Sho manages to stay up but Shingo throws big forearms. Shingo runs but Yoh tags in. RPG3K drop toehold and dropkick! They double dropkick Bushi, too! LIJ regroups outside but RPG3K build speed to FLY! Sho almost ends up on commentary!
Sho hobbles up but he doesn’t let that bad leg bother him. RPG3K get Shingo back in, and Yoh stomps away on Shingo. Yoh drops for a knee wrench, then yanks on the leg. Yoh drags Shingo over and tags in Sho. RPG3K split the wishbone then keep on the leg with stomps. The referee counts but Sho lets up at 4. Sho clubs then whips and then knees Shingo down! Sho kicks stiff but Shingo doesn’t flinch. Shingo stands and they both throw forearms at each other. Sho gets an edge then runs, but Bushi gets a cheap shot in. Bushi holds Sho but Yoh gets a cheap shot in! Sho breaks free and runs Shingo over! Yoh comes in and RPG3K stomp a mudhole into Shingo.
RPG3K double whip corner to corner then Sho whips Yoh in. Shingo puts Yoh out and Bushi trips him up. Shingo gives Sho a boot and PUMPING BOMBER! Bushi whips Yoh hard into barriers while Shingo gets his bad leg moving. Shingo drags Sho up and tosses Sho out. LIJ hit Rocky Romero then Shingo runs Sho into the railing! Bushi rakes Yoh’s face while Shingo rains right hands down on Sho. The referee reprimands Shingo while Bushi gets away with more. LIJ is in control while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Bushi still stomps Yoh. Shingo puts Sho in the ring and slingshot stomps down! Shingo grinds his boots in while the ref is busy with Bushi. Fans rally while Shingo pulls Sho back in a motorcycle stretch. Tag to Bushi and LIJ mugs Sho. Bushi takes his shirt off and uses it to choke Sho! The ref counts but Yoh comes in to get back at Bushi. Yoh runs but into Shingo’s spinebuster! The ref is busy helping Sho so he misses Shingo catapult Yoh into Bushi’s CHOP! Bushi basement dropkicks Yoh then stomps him out of the ring. Bushi goes back to Sho but Sho CHOPS him. But Bushi barely flinches, and he CHOPS Sho back! Bushi stomps Sho down then brings him over. Tag to Shingo and LIJ mugs Sho in the corner. Shingo hushes the crowd so they can hear his CHOP!
Sho writhes, chest stinging from those open palm chops. Fans rally but Shingo drags Sho up. Shingo toys with Sho but Sho stands to CHOP Shingo. Shingo eggs Sho on so Sho chops and punches and kicks. Sho runs but into Shingo’s back elbow, then into a jab! Shingo clobbers Sho with a left-hand lariat! The ref checks on Sho, who looks glazed over. Shingo drags Sho around while Yoh slowly returns. Sho resists a suplex then suplexes Shingo! Shingo fights out, suplexes Sho but Sho slips out. Sho waistlocks but Shingo elbows back. Shingo whips Sho but follows through to knee him into the ropes. Shingo runs but into Sho’s SPEAR! Both men are down and fans fire up. Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh uses Shingo as a step stool to hit Bushi with a flying elbow!
Yoh dragon screws Bushi, then throws haymakers on Shingo. He whips but Shingo reverses, only for Yoh to run him over with a spinning elbow! Fans fire up with Yoh as he stalks Shingo in the corner. Yoh runs corner to corner but his back elbow is caught! He elbows out but Shingo throws him down. Yoh dodges the knee drop then dropkicks the bad one. Shingo blocks the kick but Yoh gets out of the dragon screw! Yoh dragon screws Shingo back! Yoh puts Shingo in a Figure Four Leglock! Sho returns to intercept Bushi, drop down into an armbar! RPG3K has dual submissions on the champions! Bushi resists while Shingo endures but they’re both stuck! Fans rally both ways as Shingo rolls to a ropebreak! The ref helps Yoh release while Sho shoves Bushi out.
RPG3K regroup while Shingo crawls. Yoh drags Shingo up, and puts on a full nelson. Bushi wipes Sho out into railing while Shingo powers out of the full nelson. Shingo breaks free of the waistlock, too, but Yoh hits back with uppercuts. Yoh whips but Shingo reverses, pop-up Death Valley Driver! Both men are down but Shingo tags to Bushi. Bushi goes to an open corner and climbs. Bushi leaps, missile dropkicks hits! And he hits the Bushi-rooni, too! He runs in corner to corner for meteroa, then fisherman. Yoh slips out of the swinging neckbreaker but Bushi guards the enziguri. Bushi enziguris Yoh back, but Yoh mule kicks in return. Yoh ducks one kick but Bushi hits the other. Bushi runs into a lethal combination! Fans rally as both men crawl, hot tag to Sho!
Sho hits Shingo then drags Bushi up. Sho hits a big suplex then covers, TWO! Fans rally as Sho deadlifts Bushi. Bushi elbows out then runs, but Sho keeps up to dropkick! Sho waits for Bushi then runs, but Bushi blocks his lariat to code break the arm! Shingo returns to hit Yoh then coordinates with Bushi. Shingo whips corner to corner and runs in for a BIG clothesline! He feeds Sho to Bushi’s enziguri, then they combine for a spinebuster backstabber! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives and keeps RPG3K in the match. But LIJ coordinate again, wheelbarrow but Yoh SUPERKICKS Bushi! Sho fights off Shingo then works together with Yoh. RPG3K double whip but Shingo holds ropes. RPG3K blocks the double clotheslines, but not the second effort! Shingo runs but into double knee strikes! RPG3K go after Bushi, backstabber to dropkick!
Fans fire up as RPG3K drum the mat. They stalk Bushi, call for it, but Bushi breaks free of 3K. Bushi shoves Sho into Yoh then double huricanranas them down! Bushi and Sho slowly stand and Sho fires forearms. Sho whips but Bushi dodges to DIVE onto Yoh! Shingo clotheslines Sho but runs into a German Suplex! Sho holds on but Shingo resists. Sho still gets Shingo up, but Bushi shoves the ref aside! Bushi breathes green mist into Sho’s face!! PUMPING BOMBER! But LIJ isn’t done here, they coordinate, wheelbarrow and codebreaker, REBELLION! Cover, but Yoh breaks it!! RPG3K stays alive but Shingo clotheslines Yoh out. Shingo keeps on Yoh while Bushi climbs and aims at Sho. Sho stands, Bushi leaps, but Sho dodges! Bushi enziguris Sho while Yoh whips Shingo to railing. Bushi runs in, but he’s caught into 3K!! Cover, RPG3K win!!
Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champions
Rocky Romero celebrates with his boys as they become three-time champions! Will this third time be the charm to become truly the best Junior Heavyweight duo in the world?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Taiji Ishimori VS Jushin Thunder Liger!
Born Soldier Reborn considered himself one of the greatest Junior Heavyweight wrestlers even before arriving in NJPW, and he feels even more justified now that he has the title. But he wants to make it undeniable, which is why he called out the legend. Will Ishimori regret flying to close to the sun? Or will it be Liger who crashes and burns?
Introductions are made and the belt is raised. Fans are strongly behind Liger even before the bell. Ishimori and Liger circle and fans are already thunderous for the living legend. Liger and Ishimori approach but back away before tying up. Ishimori gets a waistlock but Liger reverses to a wristlock. Ishimori reverses but Liger drop toeholds! Liger has Ishimori in a figure four knot and shifts right to a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Ishimori pops out to a cover but Liger gets away fast. Fans applaud and cheer as Liger circles with Ishimori again. Liger gets a single leg takedown then goes for a toehold. Ishimori resists so Liger shifts to another knot. Liger has Ishimori in a combination figure four knot and double wristlock!
Ishimori endures and works his way around. Ishimori gets an arm free and gets the ropebreak. Liger lets go, but comes right back for a surfboard! Liger pulls Ishimori back but Ishimori endures, even as Liger rocks him back! He can’t get Ishimori up so Liger makes it part chinlock instead. Ishimori pops out again but Liger drags him away. Liger gets the legs hooked and pulls on the arms. He rocks Ishimori for THE Romero Special surfboard! Then he shifts to the dragon sleeper variant. Ishimori refuses to give up, even as Liger pulls him in deep. Liger lets Ishimori go to drag him back up. Liger throws forearms into Ishimori’s back, then shoves him to ropes. Ishimori hits back on the rebound! Ishimori runs, handsprings and enziguris Liger down!
Fans rally as Ishimori tosses Liger out hard. Ishimori pursues, then whips Liger into railing! Ishimori throws haymakers then drags him into the ring. Fans rally for Liger but Ishimori grinds his foot in. Ishimori backs off at 4 but comes back to cravat Liger. Liger manages to prevent a snapmare so Ishimori just cranks on the cravat harder. Ishimori puts Liger down for the neck twist! Liger writhes while Ishimori looms over him. Ishimori rains down rights then wraps on a chinlock. Fans continue to rally and Liger feeds off the energy. Liger fights out but Ishimori drop toeholds fast! Ishimori wants the crossface but Liger gets the ropebreak just as quickly. Ishimori backs off to come back with haymakers. He runs but into Liger’s tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Ishimori bails out but Liger wrecks him with a dropkick!
Liger aims from the apron at Ishimori, cannonball! Direct hit wipes Ishimori out, but Liger isn’t done. Liger opens the gate and drags Ishimori through. Liger suplexes and drops Ishimori with a brainbuster! The referee checks on Ishimori while Liger leaves him behind. Fans cheer as Liger stands tall in the ring! The ring count begins and passes 10 of 20 before Ishimori even sits up. Ishimori starts crawling at 15, gets to his feet at 18, and runs in at 19.9! Liger runs at Ishimori in the corner for a SHOTEI! Liger drags Ishimori up to the top rope then climbs up to join him. SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Ishimori still lives but fans still rally behind Liger. Liger drags Ishimori up, powerbomb lifts, but Ishimori counters with a DDT! Both men are down but stirring as fans continue to cheer.
Liger and Ishimori crawl towards each other, and they start throwing forearms. They go back and forth, and slowly rise to their feet. Liger throws more forearms then whips, but Ishimori goes Spider-Man to slide under and around. Ishimori shoulders in then springboard seated sentons Liger down! Liger bails out but Ishimori builds speed, corner moonsault! A direct hit, but Ishimori takes a moment to catch his breath before putting Liger in. Ishimori aims from across the way, then runs in corner to corner for meteora! Liger is down but Ishimori shows no mercy. Ishimori drags Liger up, gut wrench, Bloody Cross! Cover, TWO!! Liger lives and shocks Ishimori! Fans rally but Ishimori drags Liger. Liger hits a Fisherman Busher outta nowhere!
Liger fires up and takes aim at Ishimori. Ishimori stands, but blocks the Shotei! Ishimori runs, but into SHOTEI! Liger isn’t done there, LIGER BOMB! Cover, TWO?! Ishimori barely survives but Liger won’t let up! Liger drags Ishimori up again, suplexes but Ishimori knees out. Ishimori grabs Liger but Liger counters Bloody Cross into a Northern Lights! Liger runs but Ishimori catches the kick! Ishimori drops down to the Lebell crossface! Liger endures and fans are thunderous for him not to give up! Ishimori pulls back but Liger holds on, to get the ropebreak! Ishimori lets Liger go, and looks at a loss for what to do to end Liger. He whips but Liger slips out, only for Ishimori to clothesline. Liger stays up so Ishimori runs, and clobbers him! Cover, TWO!
Ishimori drags Liger up and runs again, but into a FLASH CRADLE! TWO!! Ishimori escapes and runs, but into a Thesz Press! Cover, TWO! Liger powers up, but Ishimori dodges, tilt-o-whirl takedown into the Lebell Lock!! Ishimori cranks back, then shifts to Rings of Saturn! Ishimori uses it to get Liger away, back to the Lebell! Liger taps, Ishimori wins!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by submission; still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Bone Soldier makes the legend submit! That in itself is a massive accomplishment! Does this truly make Ishimori the greatest Junior Heavyweight in the world? Liger leaves without a word while Ishimori takes up the mic. “Next up, April 6, I want to put this belt on the line.” He wants a match for Madison Square Garden! Ishimori calls out ROH to send him a proper challenger. It seems there’s someone already here to answer the call!
Dragon Lee, who is really more a CMLL star, steps up to Bone Soldier and says, “Ishimori, make no mistake. NJPW isn’t the only one with the best wrestlers. ROH isn’t the only one with the best wrestlers.” The best come from Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre! Lee has wanted to be Junior Heavyweight Champion, so he’ll show Ishimori and the world that HE is the best, in MSG! Ishimori responds, “I speak Spanish, too, ok?” And hola, Dragon Lee, he’s Ishimori. He is the champ, and let’s have some fun! #ItisReborn! Madison Square Garden will host an international instant classic, who will prove themselves the best Junior Heavyweight in the world?
Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto & Hiroshi Tanahashi!
The stars keep on coming as Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & SANADA take on The Rainmaker, the Fierce Warrior and the Once in a Century Talent! Will the recent title losses suffered by LIJ drag them down? Or can they make a massive comeback even against this amazing trio?
The teams sort out, and Okada starts against Naito! Fans are already loving this match and duel over fan favorites. Okada and Naito circle and tie up, but are even in strength. Okada gets Naito to the ropes but backs off to feint. Naito comes right at him with a facelock and clubbing forearms. Okada forearms back then whips. Things speed up and Naito arm-drags Okada, but Okada arm-drags back. Naito headscissor holds but Okada pops out, Naito Tranquilo! Fans cheer this stand-off as Naito takes his time standing back up. Naito and Okada circle again, and Naito kicks and clubs Okada to the ropes. Naito whips but Okada reverses. Okada boots then snapmares to dropkick Naito down! Okada tags Goto but Naito gets away. Sanada tags in and now they circle.
Sanada and Goto tie up and Goto fires forearms. Goto kicks but Sanada blocks and trips him up! Sanada goes for Paradise but Goto pushes him away. Sanada kicks back then whips Goto corner to corner. Goto reverses but runs into an elbow. Sanada hops and springboards but Goto gets clear. Sanada lands on his feet and runs but Goto follows to clothesline him down! Goto tags Tanahashi then attacks LIJ alongside Okada. The super trio whip, kick and drop elbows on Sanada, Okada tops it off with a dropkick. They look to each other, but the team pose isn’t quite ready. Tanahashi drags Sanada up to throw body shots. Tanahashi whips Sanada corner to corner for a big dropkick. He whips Sanada again but Sanada goes around with him, battling for the abdominal stretch! They go around and around, and it’s Sanada who gets it!
But it’s not for long, as Naito comes in to dropkick Tanahashi! Evil rushes Okada and Goto! LIJ stomps the super trio out then Naito whips Okada into railing! Sanada stomps Tanahashi then tags in Evil. Evil grabs Tanahashi’s leg and smashes the knee on the mat. Tanahashi clutches the notoriously bad leg but Evil smashes it again. Evil tags Naito and they smash both knees down! Tanahashi writhes but Naito ties him up in an Indian Deathlock. Tanahashi endures as Naito pulls and twists. Goto stomps Naito but Sanada whips Goto. Sanada elbows Goto down, Goto avoids the standing moonsault but not the dropkick to the back. Naito brings Tanahashi up and tags in Evil. LIJ go after the bad leg, then Evil clubs Tanahashi on the back.
Tanahashi forearms Evil but Evil eggs him on. Evil kicks low then wrenches the arm over and over. Evil whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but blocks the boot! Tanahashi uses the other foot to boot Evil, then goes to kick. Evil blocks that kick and hand sit off to referee Red Shoes, but then Tanahashi blocks the mule kick! Tanahashi gets Red Shoes to let go, then he dragon screws Evil! Both men are down with bad legs but fans rally up. Tanahashi and Evil crawl, hot tag to Okada! Okada throws forearms on Evil then whips. Evil reverses but Okada dodges to hit the big back elbow! Okada hits Naito for good measure, but Evil hits Okada. LIJ double whips but Okada DDT’s Sanada! Okada kicks and DDT’s Evil, too! Naito runs in but even he gets a DDT! Okada kips up and fires up!
Okada whips Evil for the flapjack! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Okada drags Evil up. Okada scoop slams then heads for the corner. He climbs up top, but Evil gets clear. Evil clotheslines Okada in a corner, Fisherman Suplex! Cover, TWO! Evil keeps his cool as fans continue to duel. Evil goes to fireman’s carry but Okada fights it off. Okada clubs Evil but Evil CHOPS back. Okada whips but Evil fakes him out. Evil runs but Okada wrings him out. Evil counters Rainmaker but Okada escapes Everything is Evil. Okada runs but Evil follows to clothesline Okada down! Evil tags Sanada and Sanada drags Okada up. Sanada whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to tumble and slingshot. Okada catches Sanada, reverse neckbreaker! Fans fire up as Okada tags in Goto!
Goto kicks away on Sanada but Sanada stands and blocks. Sanada spins Goto but Goto blocks the German. Goto Germans but Sanada lands on his feet. Sanada feeds Goto to Naito’s atomic drop. Naito feeds Goto to Evil’s mule kick. Sanada saido suplexes Goto down! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it. Evil throws The Ace out and LIJ goes after him and Okada. Sanada drags Goto up, fireman’s carry but Goto fights out. Goto dragon sleepers, but Sanada reverses! Goto reverses back but Sanada reverses again. Sanada pulls back on the dragon sleeper but Tanahashi dragon sleepers Sanada! Evil German Suplexes Tanahashi! Okada returns, whips Evil and dropkicks him down! Naito returns and dropkicks Okada! Naito baits Goto in, tornado DDT denied into USHIGOROSHI!
Goto fires up and goes to Sanada. Goto fireman’s carries and Ushigoroshi, but Sanada handsprings out of it! Sanada kicks back then runs, but GOto follows. Sanada dodges and rolls Goto to the dragon sleeper! He swings Goto around before bringing him into Skull End. But Goto rolls through and around to deathlock and cover! The super trio wins!
Winners: Goto, Okada & Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto pinning
What innovation from the Fierce Warrior! LIJ continues to drop, and with the New Japan Cup on the horizon, is there any hope for any of them to make it to the finals? Or will one of the three winners here be strong contenders for the cup this year?
Goto takes the mic and speaks on the New Japan Cup. He vows to be the one to win it all. But Tanahashi takes the mic and says, “Wait, wait, wait. At the New Japan Cup, I’ll be making my comeback.” He vows to win it all, but then Okada takes the mic. “Excuse me, senpai, but the winner of the New Japan Cup is gonna be me, the huge favorite!” All three men stake their claims, but only one can be the cup winner and new #1 contender. Who will it really be by the end of NJPW’s own March Madness?
Champion VS Champion: Jay White VS Will Ospreay!
Perhaps the most exciting tradition of this anniversary is such an exhibition between those who stand atop NJPW’s many divisions. One year ago, when he was the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, the Aerial Assassin took on The Rainmaker, who was then the IWGP Heavyweight Champion. Now, a new era has emerged as The Switchblade holds the same title Okada did. Ospreay himself holds his own title, and now we see IWGP Heavyweight VS NEVER Openweight! Will Ospreay show weight means nothing going into the New Japan Cup? Or will White show Ospreay just how much he’s grown since they first faced off?
The belts are put aside for this epic encounter. Fans are solidly behind Ospreay, but White bails out at the bell. White and Gedo grin as they troll Ospreay and the fans. Ospreay dares White to get in but White does things on his time. White returns at 6 of 20, then circles with Ospreay. Ospreay and White tie up and White pushes Ospreay to ropes. But Ospreay pushes back! Ospreay digs deep to put White on the ropes! Fans applaud and Ospreay lets up, but White grabs him to put on the ropes. White backs off but Ospreay ducks the sucker punch. Ospreay gets a headlock but White pulls hair to power out. White and Ospreay collide but neither falls. White taunts Ospreay into trying again, and Ospreay runs. They collide again but still neither falls.
Ospreay dares White to show him how it’s done, and White runs to run Ospreay over. But Ospreay nips right up, only for White to SLAP him. White smirks then runs, but things speed up. White sees the boots coming and pulls Ospreay up to CHOP him. He CHOPS Ospreay more then whips. Ospreay dodges and speeds up even more to finally run White over! Then he dropkicks White down! White bails out and Ospreay builds speed, only to fake him out! Superhero landing! White comes back but gets another dropkick. Ospreay slingshots and takes White down! Fans cheer Ospreay as he drags White up. Ospreay whips White hard into railing, then throws haymakers. Ospreay dodges Gedo and grabs him by the jacket. White clobbers Ospreay down!
White clubs and CHOPS Ospreay around the way, then whips Ospreay at railing. But Ospreay hops over them and rocks White back with a right. Ospreay springboards but White dodges, White saido suplexes Ospreay down! White checks his chin then refreshes the ring count. He fetches Ospreay to suplex, but Ospreay resists. Ospreay tries but can’t quite get White up. White swings Ospreay into the post, ribs first! White leaves Ospreay behind while Red Shoes checks on the NEVER Openweight champ. Gedo talks with White and White goes back to get Ospreay. White puts Ospreay in and toys with him. Ospreay tries to hit back but those ribs rob him of power. Ospreay stands and forearms but White knees low. White lifts Ospreay for a gutbuster! Ospreay coughs and sputters but White pumphandles him for another! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Ospreay as he grits his teeth. White drags Ospreay up and keylocks so he can attack the ribs. White rams his shoulder in again and again, then puts on a rear bearhug. Ospreay endures as White squeezes and leans on him. Fans rally but White deadlifts. Ospreay fights out, but then White hits another saido suplex! Ospreay rolls out of the ring but White pursues. White drags Ospreay up to ram him into the apron! Then the railing! Then back to the apron, then back into railing! White taunts the fans with “That’s why I’m the champ!” The ring count begins but White puts Ospreay in at 5. White aims as Ospreay slowly stands. He runs in but Ospreay dodges! Ospreay CHOPS White then throws uppercuts. Ospreay whips but his ribs give him trouble. White Half Hatches Ospreay into buckles, cover, TWO!
Fans cheer Ospreay on but White puts him in a seated abdominal stretch. Ospreay endures even as White digs an elbow into the ribs and hip. Ospreay pries an arm free and gets to his feet. He throws body shots and forearms but White clubs back. Ospreay rocks White with a right! And then another! Ospreay whips but White reverses, Ospreay manages to handspring but White sweeps his arms out! White checks his chin while Ospreay gets to a corner. Ospreay boots White back, then enziguris! Ospreay drags himself to the apron, and slingshots up, but White trips him up! White catches his breath while Ospreay sputters for his own. Ospreay still fights back, but White punches him down. White runs but into a body scissor that sends him out!
Fans fire up as Ospreay builds speed, SASUKE SPECIAL! The direct hit is also double-edged as Ospreay’s ribs hit White. Ospreay still stands up while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Ospreay throws White into the ring. Ospreay aims again, springboards for the flying clothesline! Fans fire up with Ospreay as he looms over White. Ospreay throws forearms and jabs then whips. White reverses but Ospreay handsprings and enziguris! Standing corkscrew moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans keep cheering Ospreay on as he brings White up. Ospreay double underhooks but his ribs won’t let him lift. White CHOPS but Ospreay kicks! Ospreay kicks and kicks and kicks, but White ducks one to reel him in. Ospreay fights to saido off to clothesline White out. Fans cheer and Ospreay builds speed again. Ospreay DIVES, but White makes it a belly2belly into railing! Red Shoes checks on Ospreay quick, but somehow he’s okay to continue.
White gets in the ring and leaves Ospreay behind. The ring count begins and passes 10 before Ospreay stands. Ospreay falls but gets back up at 15. He still has trouble, but hops in at 19.5! White drags Ospreay up into a fireman’s carry, Death Valley Bomb! Cover, TWO! White is too tired to be frustrated, but he kicks Ospreay while he’s down. He rams his knees into the ribs and sends Ospreay into a corner. White stomps a mudhole into Ospreay but backs off. He comes back with knees into Ospreay’s shoulders, then toys with him. Ospreay grabs White’s foot and stands up to put him up top! Ospreay tucks White in, Cheeky Nandos SUPERKICK! White teeters but Ospreay puts him into the Tree of Woe. Ospreay sits down to stare at White. He won’t let White sit up, either! He SLAPS White over and over and over!
Gedo gets Ospreay’s attention, but instantly regrets it. White sits up but Ospreay is right on him with the Canadian Rack. White escapes Stormbreaker but Ospreay dragon sleepers. Ospreay lifts White but White slips out to lift Ospreay. White rolls Ospreay off but Ospreay escapes Blade Runner. White CHOPS then fires off a strike fest. He runs but into Ospreay’s dropkick flip and enziguri! Ospreay swings into a Complete Shot! Deadlift German Suplex! White gets up but so does Ospreay. STANDING SPANISH FLY! But Ospreay’s too sore to cover! Fans are thunderous as Ospreay wills himself to stand. White slowly follows but Ospreay hits first. They trade forearms, and Ospreay grits his teeth to give a trio. Ospreay drags White back up but White knees low! White throws forearms back and Ospreay slouches over.
White drags Ospreay up but Ospreay breaks out to CHOP. And CHOP, and then uppercut! Ospreay calls for it but White stops him from running. Ospreay dodges and hooking SUPERKICKS White! He drags White up then hoists him into an Electric Chair. Ospreay climbs the corner with White on his shoulders, SUPER ARM-DRAG BOMB! Cover, TWO!! White survives but fans keep Ospreay going. Ospreay calls for it and runs, but White drops down before the Oscutter takes flight. Ospreay fetches White and double underhooks, but those ribs still bother him. White grins but Ospreay glares. Ospreay buzzsaws and heel kicks so fast! White is wobbly and Ospreay aims, ROBINSON SPECIAL! But Ospreay says BANG to the Bullet Club leader, Oscutter caught into White’s Rings of Saturn! White elbows and elbows and elbows, just before Ospreay would’ve been out cold.
Fans rally up as White stands. White slashes his throat and drags Ospreay up. Ospreay slips out and REVERSE-RANAS! Ospreay wobbles but he still back hand elbows White! Both men are down but the fans haven’t give up. They cheer Ospreay on as he and White slowly stir. Ospreay grits his teeth and glares at White as he crawls over. Ospreay drags White up by his hair, then pulls off the elbow pad. He aims again, but Gedo runs into the ring! Red Shoes keeps Gedo back but Ospreay wants after him. White LOW BLOWS Ospreay! Gedo goes away, and White drags Ospreay into a sleeper suplex! White drags Ospreay up, cross arms, straitjacket brainbuster! Cover, TWO!? Ospreay still lives and White is just exhausted.
White keeps wrist control and drags Ospreay back up, but Ospreay slips out and POWERBOMBS outta nowhere! Cover, TWO!! White narrowly escapes but fans are thunderous again. Ospreay puts White in the drop zone then climbs up top. Ospreay hits imploding 450! But the impact keeps him from covering! He comes back, ROPEBREAK! White survives by literal fingertips! Ospreay is beside himself but he gets back up. He’s foaming at the mouth despite his ribs hurting. Ospreay pushes through and underhooks, and somehow gets White up! But White slips out, but so does Ospreay! White ducks the hook kick and reels Ospreay in, but Ospreay lands out of the sleeper suplex! ROUNDHOUSE! HOOK KICK! Ospreay aims, spins, ROBINSON SPECIAL! Springboard, BLADE RUNNER?! White caught the cutter, but he’s not done! He drags Ospreay up, TRUE BLADE RUNNER! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
Time after time after time, The Switchblade finds a way to shock the world! The IWGP Heavyweight Champion wins, and will simply watch the New Japan Cup tournament play out. Who meets White in Madison Square Garden?
But Gedo feels this isn’t enough. He brings a chair in and hands it to White. The bell rings and fans boo as White aims with the steel. But Kota Ibushi jumps in to make the save! The Golden Star wants to hit the champ, but the Bullet Club appears to save their leader! Chase Owens and the Tongan Firing Squad wreck havoc on Ibushi and Ospreay, but now Tanahashi, Okada and Goto appear! The super trio runs Bullet Club off before anything worse can happen. White clutches his belt while he reminds Tanahashi and Okada that he already beat them. White says it doesn’t matter who comes out of the tournament, he’ll beat them all again! He holds the title up high, but will he be doing so at the end of G1 Supercard?
Okada notes how he was “the only one who didn’t get a finish” for the team. But he’s still everyone’s favorite to win, and win he will. The main event at MSG for the IWGP Heavyweight title? That sounds awesome. But as for Jay White, that “son of a b*tch”, Okada will definitely win this time! Okada leaves, but Tanahashi peers around the corner. It seems The Ace disagrees. Tanahashi comes out to take his turn, and simply says, “I want to go to New York.” He wants to be in the main event in New York, too. No, he WILL be in New York! Tanahashi sees the path to New York’s main event before him. This is the best time for the New Japan Cup, and it will be the biggest one yet. Tanahashi took the G1, he’ll take this one, too.
As for Goto, he wants Kota Ibushi to remember back to their NEVER Openweight Championship match. Goto knows him better than anyone. If Ibushi has nowhere else to go, join Goto. And for White, Goto’s coming for your head. “Don’t you forget that.” Ibushi says that he finally made a decision on his own terms. Ibushi is very thankful to Tanahashi. Tanahashi returns for Ibushi to thank and apologize to. Tanahashi likes the idea of teaming with Ibushi in the future, too. Teaming up aside, who comes out of all this the 2019 New Japan Cup Champion, and the man to challenge Jay White in the Garden?
One hour of NJPW on AXS is always great, so TWO hours is amazing! We get bonus content, and I was really surprised to see RPG3K win the titles here. I thought LIJ was going to hold on to their belts, but after EVIL & SANADA lost their titles at Honor Rising (which unfortunately AXS had no room for this year), it seems LIJ is quickly on their way back down. LIJ also lost the Six Man Tag, but this loss was a bit more logical given the sheer singles star power they were up against. Okada, Tanahashi and Goto are all major players in the New Japan Cup so naturally they go in with great momentum. Sad to say, Goto is actually the least likely of the three to go all the way, and falls even further when you factor in Naito and Ibushi.
Ishimori VS Liger was incredible, but naturally Ishimori goes over since Liger is retiring. It really did mean a lot for Ishimori to submit Liger, submissions always carry more weight than pinfalls. Ishimori called out ROH because of how G1 Supercard is advertised as their cross-promotional event, but it was clever to bring in CMLL to take the match. Ishimori VS Lee is going to be great, they’re both such fast moving guys. I would still think Ishimori wins, and this is to boost his resume in NJPW. White VS Ospreay was incredible, so it’s just a shame Ospreay can’t challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship given weight restrictions. That said, Ospreay probably won’t win it all, and he’ll focus on his own Openweight title. White could take on anyone at G1 Supercard for a great match, but Okada and Ibushi have the best chances to take the title.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (3/25/19)
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Tour leads him to who!?
Raw grows wilder as Mania draws nearer! Will Ronda Rousey face any consequences? Will Roman Reigns accept Drew McIntyre’s challenge? Angle VS SAMOA JOE?!
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan; Rousey wins in 1:25.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott; Flair fails the Beat the Clock Challenge.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan; Lynch wins in 1:18, and wins the challenge.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor; changed to…
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Finn wins and will challenge Bobby Lashley for the title at Wrestlemania.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival; Black & Ricochet win.
- Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix; Banks wins, by disqualification.
- Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews; Corbin wins.
- Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe; Angle wins.
- Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose; McIntyre wins.
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Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan!
The Raw Women’s Champion and her two Wrestlemania opponents will main event Wrestlemania! But that’s in a couple weeks. Tonight, there’s a lot of pride on the line as the Baddest Woman on the Planet divides up the Riott Squad with The Queen and The Man! Who will be the fastest winner on Raw to have bragging rights going into New York?
Before the match, Ronda picks up the mic. Boston wants Becky but they’ll have to hear the champ out first. “For the first time ever, women are going to be the main event at Wrestlemania!” The Raw Women’s Championship, Rousey VS Flair VS Lynch! And Ronda only has one thing left to say: “You’re welcome.” She throws down the mic, but then picks it back up to say something else. Not that the fans appreciate any of her words. Ronda vows to make Charlotte and Becky tap out at the same time! But just as she drops the mic, she picks it up again. She has no idea what this Beat the Clock Challenge is, it sound stupid, so let’s just get this farce over with. Now she’s done talking. Sarah Logan makes her way out and the challenge truly begins!
But wait! The Man makes sure to come out and say something herself! “It’s good to be back in Boston!” And Ronnie, stop being so weird. Ronda came here with her big money contract and the whole world yawned. Every opportunity, every advantage, the best of the best, and yet no one gave a damn until The Man came around! The fans know that the best thing to happen to Ronda is Becky! That’s why they’re the main event of Mania! And one more thing, Ronda knows how this ends: Ronda’s title above Becky’s head, and her own head beneath Becky’s boot.
But here comes The Queen, too! Charlotte has her own mic and just hears “Blah blah blah”. Yes, the women are the main event! But not because of Becky nor because of Ronda. It’s all because of what Charlotte’s done! That’s why she was handpicked to be the main event! Charlotte and Becky stand-by ringside while Ronda finally gets to her Beat the Clock Challenge with Sarah.
The bell rings and the timer starts counting while Sarah bails out! Ronda gives chase and Sarah keeps away from Ronda. Ruby and Liv try to block Ronda’s path but Ronda blasts through them. Sarah turns around and dropkicks Ronda down! Then she whips Ronda hard into ropes! Ronda clutches her arm while Sarah stomps away. Sarah grabs the legs and ties them up for an inverted cloverleaf! Ronda endures the leg hold as Sarah drags her away from the ropes! Ronda grits her teeth and sees the clock climb as she claws her way back. She gets the ropes but then climbs up and around to drag Sarah into a hanging armbar! She lets go at 4 but goes after Sarah with a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! Ronda puts on the armbar and Sarah taps! Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission, and in 1:25
The time has been set, will either Queen or Man be able to do better than the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
Charlotte steps into the ring and takes her turn.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott!
The bell rings and the time ticks down. Charlotte goes fast but Ruby dodges and dumps her out! Charlotte hurries back in and boots Ruby down. She CHOPS and CHOPS on Ruby, then gets a takedown. Ruby pushes Charlotte away and we hit the minute warning. Ruby kicks Charlotte on her return, then wrenches. Charlotte decks Ruby with a right! Then hits the backbreaker to STO! Charlotte has to hurry, but Ruby dodges Natural Selection! Ruby gets a complete shot! Cover, TWO!! Ruby just has to play defense with 20 seconds left. She grabs Charlotte’s arm and toys with her. Riott Kick, CAUGHT! Figure Four on, Figure Eight! Ruby holds on, time runs out!!
Charlotte fails the Beat the Clock Challenge
Ronda knew Charlotte wouldn’t, but now Becky wants her shot.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan!
The Man is ready but the Juvenile Delinquent distracts her, and Charlotte BOOTS Becky in that distraction! The Queen takes her frustrations out on her, and then lets Liv do what she wants. Liv shouts for the bell and it rings. Liv fires off a mudhole stomp on Becky but backs off at 4 with shrill shrikes. She stomps Becky right back down then drags her to a cover, TWO! The Squad keeps Liv focused as she thrashes Becky around in a chinlock. Becky endures as we reach less than a minute. Boston rallies and Becky fights her way up. Becky arm-drags out then throws haymakers and European Uppercuts! Things speed up as Becky rallies! Calf kick at 30 seconds but Becky keeps going.
Becky wants the arm but Liv school boys Becky into buckles! Liv gets away with 15 seconds, but her code breaker is blocked! Jackknife cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
And with seven seconds to spare! Ronda doesn’t care, because what does this matter in a Triple Threat? But Becky still feels good that she did better than both Ronnie and Charlie. Will she feel great when she beats them both for the title?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor!
The Extraordinary Man managed to beat both the Almighty and the Man of the Hour in a situation like this before, but now he has to do it again to earn a title match at Wrestlemania. Lashley & Lio come out and Lio tells Finn’s Road to Wrestlemania goes through them. This is not a road Finn wants to be on. Finn could’ve quit while he’s ahead, but now he’ll be forced to leave the game as a hot piece of garbage, just like Gronkowski. Boston takes offense to that. But as much as Lio wants to be part of ending Finn’s dreams, it’s Braun Strowman’s fault that he’s not medically cleared to compete. But that’s okay, Lashley has a different tag team partner now: Jinder Mahal!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!
The Modern Day Maharaja joins forces with the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will they leave Finn for dead on the side of the Road to Wrestlemania?
The bell rings and Lashley starts. Fans fire up for Finn as he ties up with Lashley. Lashley knees low then throws Finn to his corner. Lashley throws body shots then puts Finn in another corner for more body shots. He whips Finn corner to corner hard, but Finn dodges! Finn shoulders in but has to fight off Mahal and the Singh Brothers! Lio distracts and Lashley blasts Finn down! The deck is stacked for Finn as we go to break.
Raw returns and Finn fires forearms on Lashley. But Lashley shoves Finn back and tackles him into the corner! Lashley rams his shoulder in on Finn again and again but backs off at 4. Lashley goes corner to corner but Finn Slingblades him down! Mahal tags in and whips Finn. Finn reverses, Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Finn dodges Mahal and forearms Mahal into Lashley! Then he gets Mahal with the elbow drop DDT! Lashley returns but gets a takedown and double stomps! Finn clotheslines Mahal out! Finn builds speed but the Singhs swipe his feet! Mahal returns but Finn sends him out, to FLY! He hits EVERYONE! Finn puts Mahal in fast, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship
He’s going to Wrestlemania! Lashley again loses because of who he teams with, but now it’ll be Finn and Lashley 1v1. Lashley takes his anger out on the Singhs, then SPEARS Mahal! Will Finn finally get the better of Bobby directly? Or will he get dominated by the Dominator on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is already in New York, Times Square even. There have been many iconic stars performing on Broadway, but Elias will be bigger than them all! Times Square is buzzing to walk with Elias. Elias has gotten used to this, so he’ll play something for us. Wait, this other bearded guitarist wants in. Elias is a solo act. But typical New Yorkers: big ego, little talent. Go sell out a subway station, Elias has Mania to focus on. Will Elias really be the hit he thinks he is?
Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival!
The Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight look to take over Tag Team wrestling in the WWE from NXT to the main roster. The Dusty Rhodes Classic isn’t quite over, but can this unexpected duo stake a claim for the Raw Tag Team Championships in time for Wrestlemania?
Forget the bell, it’s time to brawl! The moment Dash & Dawson hit the ring, Aleister & Ricochet start hitting them! Dash & Dawson turn things around and whip Aleister and Ricochet at each other, but Aleister gives Ricochet a boost to missile dropkick Dawson down! Aleister then throws forearms and kicks on Dash. Ricochet adds an enziguri and Dash cowers in his corner. Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Aleister dares Dash to bring the fight. The bell rings and Dawson anchors Aleister’s feet! Dash fires off then tags in Dawson. The Revival mug Aleister then put him in an open corner. Dawson throws uppercuts then drags Aleister out for a hammerlock. Dawson brings Aleister to the mat but Aleister endures.
Fans rally as Aleister works his way up. Aleister powers his way towards his corner but Dawson throws body shots and forearms. Aleister roundhouses Dawson down then tags in Ricochet! The unexpected duo double whip then leap frog with Dawson, before Aleister sweeps the legs and Ricochet adds a basement dropkick! Dash runs in but is sent right back out! Aleister fakes The Revival out, but Ricochet gets them around the corner! Dash goes down but Dawson gets a Meteora! The #TopGuys are down on the ground while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dawson grinds his forearm in Ricochet’s face. Fans rally as Ricochet endures the seated abdominal stretch, then stands up and heads for his corner. Aleister reaches out to him but Dawson scoop slams Ricochet down. Dawson drops but misses the elbow, and again! Dash tags in as Ricochet rolls to the apron. Ricochet shoulders in then slingshots, but into Dash’s arms! Dash and Dawson combine for an assisted brain buster! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and The Revival grows frustrated. Dash drags Ricochet over but Ricochet throws forearms. Dash knees low then Dawson tags back in. Dawson stomps and toys with Ricochet, then whips. Ricochet kicks Dawson down, but Dash tags in. Dash runs over but Ricochet dodges to get him with a neckbreaker!
Ricochet and Dash are down but crawling for their corners. Dash tags Dawson, Ricochet tags Aleister! Aleister rallies on The Revival! Aleister sweeps the legs to drive in the knee! Dash returns, but The Revival get a double quebrada! Aleister throws Dash out then goes after Dawson. Dawson punches but gets a strike fest! Another swift knee, cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his focus as he stalks Dawson. He lifts Dawson with his foot but Dash drags Ricochet off the apron! Aleister goes after Dash but Dawson sunset flips! TWO, and both men dodge. Dawson fakes Aleister out for a DDT! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Dash shoves Aleister out and The Revival double whips. Ricochet tags in and Aleister goes up and over. Aleister hits a DOUBLE Black Mass?! Ricochet hits his 630! Cover, Ricochet & Aleister win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Ricochet pinning
The Revival miscalculate and now NXT’s air strike has another victory! But The Revival are quick to point out they’re still the champions. Will the #TopGuys have to put those titles on the line at Wrestlemania against the Dutch Destroyer and the One and Only?
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Terminator vows to destroy The Shield one by one! He made his challenge to Roman Reigns last week, will he get his answer? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and McIntyre has a mic. “I don’t give a damn if you like me, but you will respect me.” McIntyre says a week is a long time to wait for an answer. He’s actually a little nervous, and Roman might still be unsure what to say. So McIntyre will share some footage, and wants us to know that he could’ve finished Roman any time but didn’t. The footage is as expected, McIntyre attacking Roman Reigns from out of nowhere and kicking his head into a post. Then last week, McIntyre challenged Roman to a match but actually wants Roman to say “No” because of how badly McIntyre will beat him at Wrestlemania.
Now in the present, McIntyre really hopes Roman’s family members got through his thick skull to say no. McIntyre “exterminated” the roach, Dean Ambrose. And then last week, McIntyre beat the #1 Contender, Seth Rollins! McIntyre is sure what the superstar, Roman Reigns, wants and that is “Yes”! But McIntyre appeals to Joe Anoa’i, the man, husband and father. Hasn’t his family been through enough? “Think of your children!” They already watched Daddy fight for his life once. Do they really have to go through that again at Wrestlemania when they know it’s a losing battle? Fans chant for Roman, and McIntyre says he’ll wait all night if he has to. But Roman Reigns appears now!
Roman goes to the ring and grabs himself a mic. Roman and McIntyre stare down, and Roman says he accepts the challenge. But listen very closely to what Joe has to say. “Don’t you ever run your mouth about my wife and kids.” Roman fires off haymakers! He gets McIntyre down and then throws him into a post! McIntyre tumbles out but Roman’s still on him with big uppercuts. Roman throws him into barriers, then back into the ring. Fans are fired up as Roman walks over, but McIntyre low blow uppercuts Roman back! McIntyre drags himself to a corner while Roman gasps and sputters. McIntyre aims with a glare as Roman stands. CLAYMORE! Referees appear and get McIntyre to leave, but the damage is done. Will Roman get his revenge at Wrestlemania?
Drew McIntyre spots Dean Ambrose backstage.
“What did you call me out there? A cockroach?” McIntyre “exterminated” him? Doesn’t feel that way. So how about another try tonight? Ambrose VS McIntyre, Last Man Standing!! McIntyre does not know how Ambrose is standing now. But he promises Ambrose won’t be standing after tonight. Is Ambrose trying to get himself killed?!
Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix!
This match didn’t quite finish last week since Nia Jax & Tamina interfered. But now The Boss of Boston and the Queen of Harts will have it out! Can Natty punch a Wrestlemania title match ticket for the Divas of Doom?
The bell rings and Sasha and Natty tie up. Natty puts Sasha on the ropes but backs off to slap her! Sasha slaps back! Then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Sasha blocks and arm-drags Natty again, then grins as she circles with Natty again. Natty blocks a kick and throws Sasha down, to then hook the legs for a Surfboard! Natty holds Sasha high overhead, but Sasha endures as Boston cheers her on. Sasha slips free and rolls out, then hits a basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her cool while she drags Natty up. Natty rolls Sasha up, TWO! Natty brings Sasha up but Sasha sunset flips, only for Natty to block to the Sharpshooter! Sasha fights out and shoves Natty all the way out!
Beth keeps Bayley at bay while Sasha fetches Natty. Natty throws hands, then throws Sasha at the apron. Sasha spins around and headscissors Natty down! Then a knee into the barriers! Sasha leaves Natty behind while we go to break.
Raw returns and Natty has Sasha in a Canadian torture rack. Sasha endures as Bayley and Boston rally for her. Natty keeps up the pressure but Sasha slips out to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO, but Sasha blocks a kick to give a kick! Sasha runs and wheelbarrows, but Natty sits Sasha down! Natty then walks over Sasha, but gets tripped! Sasha gets the Bank Statement crossface! Natty reaches, crawls, but rolls Sasha away to a Sharpshooter!! Sasha endures now, reaches for the ropes, but Natty drags her away! Sasha finds a second wind and rolls Natty into a corner! Bayley and Boston are relieved, but the Samoan Dynasty attacks again! They get Bayley, then rush the ring! SUPERKICK for Sasha!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by disqualification
The Glamazon rushes the ring to tackle Tamina! And she throws hands on Nia! Fireman’s carry, but Tamina saves Nia. Beth still fights and runs Nia over! She deflects the Superkick to fire off on Tamina! She gets the chicken wings, for the Glam Slam! Natty regroups with Beth and they hold the ring! Fans let Beth know “You Still Got It!” Not only that, but Beth still wants it! She wants tag title gold with her fellow Diva of Doom! Will the Boss & Hug Connection have legendary opponents for Wrestlemania? And what of the Samoan Dynasty? Or the IIconics?
The WWE reveals the newest Hall of Fame inductees: The Hart Foundation!
Bret Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart were the Best There Is, Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in tag team wrestling. It means so much to the Hart Family, especially Natalya, that The Anvil is finally going in!
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist continues the Farewell Tour against Samoa Joe! Why such a tough challenge this close to Wrestlemania? Angle appreciates Joe for coming over from SmackDown for the night. And this tour is about retiring on his terms. Angle promises to be ready for Baron Corbin, and Joe will be his greatest test yet. But Corbin comes over and chuckles. Corbin appreciates watching this farewell tour. How many years has Angle been around? How old is he? Does he realize the fans are cheering not because he’s a great competitor, but because they feel sorry for him? Considering he’s half the man he used to be. Corbin promises the news after Mania will be “Former Gold Medalist tarnishes his career”. Angle simply tells Corbin, “Screw you.” Will Angle show Corbin he’s still good enough when going against the United States Champion?
Backstage interview with The Boss & Hug connection.
Clearly the Women’s Tag Team division is heating up. Nia and Tamina keep attacking, The IIconics won last week, and- Sasha says they vowed to take on anyone, anywhere, anytime! So how about all three teams at Wrestlemania?! A Fatal 4 Way!? Are the inaugural champions going to become former champions in New York?
It’s time for another Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess doesn’t sit on stage, she heads right for the ring. Will she be able to reconcile the Monster Among Men and Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost?
Raw returns as Alexa sits on her set in the ring. “Welcome to A Moment of Bliss.” Alexa isn’t sure what it is, but since becoming the host, the Wrestlemania card gets better and better. The women are main eventing now! Is she good or what? But Alexa is at a crossroads, because with two weeks left, she feels like her moment and her reputation are in jeopardy. She shares footage of when Colin Jost put his foot in his mouth when he mouthed off to Strowman. Strowman put his hands around Colin’s throat and almost choked the man out. Then when Colin tried to apologize with a car, Strowman ripped the car apart! “That looks like a recipe for a public relations disaster.” So Alexa hopes this becomes A Moment of Healing. First, The Monster Among Men himself, BRAUN!
Strowman storms out to the ring and shakes hands with Alexa before taking a seat. Alexa welcomes Strowman and knows what happens when Strowman’s temper gets the best of him. Strowman’s flipped an ambulance with Roman Reigns inside, yanked down the stage on top of Brock Lesnar, and utterly destroyed one of Vince McMahon’s limousines. “Sure did.” Then what would happen if Michael Che and Colin Jost were to #GetThoseHands? The saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.” Jost got him that tiny little convertible, Strowman thought about smashing Jost’s face in. Thank you for sharing your feelings, because that is the first step in the healing process. The next is listening, because via satellite, Michael and Colin!
Michael and Colin say hi, and Colin tries to compliment Strowman. Colin admits he made a mistake in Philly. He won’t put on a Mets hat, he’ll put on a Yankees hat. Boston hates that. Michael says that as a lifelong fan of the WWE, and even of Strowman, Michael respects Strowman. But Strowman also responded badly when he went after Colin. Colin may not be funny, but he’s a good guy. Colin wants to be a mentor, sincerely. He went to Harvard. His parents paid millions of dollars to get him on the Women’s Cross Country Team. Wait… Well, anyway, Colin can definitely teach Strowman how to eat, or how to read, or how to do his taxes.
And Colin knows Strowman is big and strong at 5’11” and 180 pounds, but they can talk this out. Michael says this isn’t how to do it. Colin sent him a car! Strowman, consider therapy! Or at least pay Colin back, with interest, and get him an autograph from Brock Lesnar. Or maybe they won’t go to Wrestlemania! Fans don’t care but Alexa can’t let that happen. Strowman has an idea. Michael said someone needs to take care of this, one way or another. Strowman goes with “option number three.” If Colin wants to make this right, he’ll get in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal! No way! He’s not- Listen up, smart guy! Get in the battle royal or Strowman will find you when you’re all alone! Michael accepts for Colin! WHAT?!
Listen, there’s a chance Colin will get hurt in the Battle Royal, but he will DEFINITELY be dead if this happens backstage. Michael promises Colin will be in that match and Michael will correspond alone. Colin says Michael’s the real WWE fan so he’s in, too! Colin starts a chant, but Strowman tells him to shut up. Can Alexa make this happen? As the host of Wrestlemania, she can’t do this for Strowman’s blood-lust. Michael breathes a sigh of relief, but Alexa was just kidding. This is happening! And if Michael and Colin no-show, they’ll be wondering for the rest of their lives when they’ll #GetTheseHands!
Elias is still in New York.
The Drifter has made his way to Madison Square Garden, “the world’s most famous arena.” Now it’s not Boston’s Garden, because that houses a bunch of slobs. Elias has sold this place out three times already, more than Billy Joel ever cold. Elias is given change? Does this city have no idea who he is?!
Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews!
“Boston’s Favorite Son” is apparently anything but that, as he has every other accolade of his listed. But will he at least redeem himself from last week’s quick defeat?
Raw returns and Apollo rolls Corbin up! TWO, but Apollo mule kicks and sunset flips. TWO, and now Apollo crucifix, TWO! Apollo dropkicks Corbin to a corner then baits Corbin in. Corbin slides out then in but into a dropkick! Corbin staggers and Apollo clotheslines him out! Apollo hits the moonsault off the apron, then runs back in, only for Corbin to toss him into the post! Corbin refreshes the count to drag Apollo up and throw him into barriers. He puts Apollo back in the ring then shoves him into buckles. Corbin lifts and tosses Apollo down! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref, but then points to the Wrestlemania sign to taunt fans that he’s still going, whether we like it or not.
Corbin drags Apollo up but Apollo clotheslines him back! Apollo baits Corbin into the corner again, then enziguris him down! Apollo climbs and leaps, frog splash! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and gets to a corner. He puts Apollo on the apron but Apollo shoulders in. Apollo slingshots and runs, but into End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf has redeemed himself, but this is far from satisfactory. He drags Apollo up for another End of Days! Corbin grins and applauds, but will he be feeling good after facing Kurt Angle at Mania?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Architect, Mr. Royal Rumble 2019, goes to the ring and grabs a mic. Boston is ready to “Slay The Beast!” so Rollins cuts to the chase. Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins are not cut from the same cloth. The two roads that meet at Wrestlemania could not be any different. But there is only one road out, and it will be forged with the Universal Championship and by the man who will define the WWE’s future. It will either be Rollins or Lesnar, “and that’s really heavy.” But Rollins wants to carry that burden! Rollins wants to be a champion who inspires people. The champions who inspired Rollins were Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Triple H, and even John Cena. But Brock Lesnar does not inspire people.
It goes without saying that this will be Rollins’ biggest match yet. Rollins has wanted it for a long time, but until recently, he didn’t realize how much it means to the fans. Rollins did a meet ‘n’ greet and everyone who came up to him, regardless of who they were, they all said the same thing. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and “Slay The Beast!” and Rollins says it was something like that. “Please beat Lesnar at Wrestlemania.” Rollins promised he’ll do everything he can to stop Lesnar, but now he has no choice. He MUST beat Brock Lesnar! Rollins refuses to let Lesnar be the champion that defines this company! In 13 days, Rollins will stand up to the bully that is The Beast.
And what Lesnar doesn’t understand is that with an army behind Rollins, he WILL be unstoppable! Together, they will march to Suplex City and #BURN IT- “Ladies and Gentlemen!” The Advocate, Paul Heyman, is here in Boston to say, “Thank you.” Heyman thanks Rollins for letting him know that the match is now a “Handicap Match”. It’ll be the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR VS Seth Rollins & The WWE Universe. Heyman likes Lesnar’s odds, because Rollins’ chances of winning are zero. “Do you know how pathetic you sound, Seth?” Rollins needs the fans’ love, support and affirmation? Or perhaps their thoughts and prayers? Heyman mocks other requests for thoughts and prayers, but especially Rollins needing help not being beaten and victimized by Lesnar.
Heyman says Rollins needs those thoughts and prayers, because Rollins doesn’t have a thought on how to defeat Lesnar, nor a prayer in doing so. This isn’t personal, but when Lesnar does win, Rollins needs to take it personally when he and the WWE Universe fail at Wrestlemania. Heyman tosses the mic but Rollins chases him up the ramp! Rollins scares Heyman and Heyman suddenly says he’s just saying this because Lesnar wanted him to. Rollins laughs. This isn’t about getting thoughts and prayers, this is about answering them. “We are going to Wrestlemania! We are going to beat Brock Lesnar!” And WE are going to BURN IT DOWN!! Rollins carries the banner for the fans, but will he plant the flag in Suplex City’s ashes?
Kurt Angle makes his way out, and the “You Suck!” turns to Heyman. The Olympic Gold Medalist brings the Farewell Tour to Boston, but will it continue to be successful on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe!
Angle and the Samoan Submission Machine have met before, but they’ll have their first and last match in the WWE in Boston! Will Angle win over the WWE United States Championship? Or will Joe tuck Angle in and make him go to sleep before ever making it to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns as Samoa Joe makes his entrance. Joe has a mic and asks Angle to forgive him. He forgot his bouquet of flowers to give to him. And though Joe knows the “scumbag New England mouth-breathers want it”, it’ll be a cold day into Hell before Angle can just ride off into the sunset. This is Wrestlemania Season, and stars around the world are getting ready for the big night. For Angle’s last night in Boston, Joe has a special gift. A good night’s sleep is very important, and Joe couldn’t think of a better way to say good-bye than putting Angle out once and for all. The bell rings and this very tense good-bye match begins!
Joe and Angle stare down, and then Joe headbutts Angle down! Joe stomps away on Angle, then stands him up for those swift jabs! Angle counter punches but Joe rakes his eyes! Joe brings Angle out and snap suplexes, but barely gets Angle over. Angle gets to a corner but Joe throws more hands. Fans rally behind Angle and he gets a waistlock on Joe! Joe elbows him off and snapmares him for stomps! Joe dropkicks Angle in the back, but Angle comes back with haymakers. Angle gets Joe on the ropes but Joe dumps Angle out, to DIVE! Joe bulldozes Angle into barriers and we go to break.
Raw returns and Angle fights his way out of Joe’s sleeper hold. Angle runs but Joe runs him over! Joe taunts Angle as he sits up. Joe puts him in the corner and trash talks before throwing more hands and CHOPS! Angle staggers away and Joe headbutts. Joe throws more jabs then brings Angle out for forearms. Joe runs but Angle ducks to German Suplex! Angle holds on for a second German Suplex! And then the hat trick! Cover, TWO! Angle gets back up and stalks Joe, but Joe fights out of the Angle Slam. Angle kicks but runs into an atomic drop. Joe boots and back sentons! Cover, TWO!! Angle lives and Joe is livid, but Joe keeps his eyes on Angle as he gets to a corner. Angle dodges Joe in the corner, ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Angle can’t believe it.
Angle fires up and goes for the ankle! Joe pushes him away, then gets up, to catch Angle for a powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Angle barely escapes but Joe keeps his focus. Joe puts Angle in a corner and on the top rope. Joe wants the Buster but Angle pushes him away. Angle hits a missile dropkick! The straps come down and Angle stalks Joe again. Angle lifts but Joe slips out to fire forearms and headbutts. Joe grabs Angle but Angle arm-drags him away. Angle rocks Joe with a right but runs into the sleeper! Joe squeezes and Angle fades, but fans give him a second wind! Angle rolls Joe to a cover, Angle wins!
Winner: Kurt Angle, by pinfall
The Farewell Tour wins by the skin of Angle’s teeth! Joe is shocked, will he be able to snap back before facing Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania? And what of Angle going over to SmackDown to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles?
Triple H is here!
The world heard what The Animal, Dave Batista, had to say about why he wants one more match at Wrestlemania, but now we hear The Game’s response, after the break.
Raw returns and HHH can’t believe the fans were giving an ovation that entire commercial break. It really was, trust him. But first thing’s first, congrats to the Raw Women’s Championship match for being THE main event at Wrestlemania. Congrats to them and all the women of WWE, past, present and future, because this was not given, it was earned. That’s the kind of thing that makes HHH happy. Just like coming out and realizing this mic is dry, unlike the one Batista spit all over. But some things upset HHH, like this thing buried in his pocket. He presents an envelope and a letter from Batista’s attorney. The letter states that Batista will not be competing at Wrestlemania after all. Unless HHH agrees to another stipulation.
This letter goes on and on, Batista says a lot of things like his recent realization that HHH started Evolution to protect himself. Really? Just figured that out 13 years later? Batista also realized that the moon isn’t made of cheese, so a big week for him. Batista also believes Evolution did nothing for him, except before then, he was just The Deacon following Reverend D-Von around. And then after Evolution, he was a world champion. Batista also believes HHH had an obsession that kept Batista down. Yet six world title reigns later, Batista quit when he couldn’t beat John Cena. Batista also thinks HHH kept Batista away from here, because HHH just refused to return his phone calls. HHH called Batista, but Batista’s manager said they should move Wrestlemania’s date to accommodate Batista’s shooting schedules.
But when the letter finally gets to Batista’s stipulation, as HHH will read now to properly reflect Batista’s feelings… “If you would like me to appear then at Wrestlemania, you will give me what I want. What I really, really want. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want.” This goes on and on for pages! But the bottom line, Batista wants HHH’s career on the line. If Batista wins at Wrestlemania, HHH will never compete in the ring again. HHH tells “Dave” that he beat up a 70 year old man a year after being on his deathbed, all just to get a match at Mania. HHH agreed to that match, 75 THOUSAND people, and yet Batista still demands something. This is just another attempt by Batista to quit. HHH will not let Batista quit. He will make Batista stand up to his commitment.
Batista believes HHH is obsessed with Batista? HHH doesn’t give a crap about him! The only thing HHH is obsessed with is kicking Batista’s ass. And at this point in their careers, if HHH cannot beat a “self-deluded douchebag”, then he has no business being in the ring. If Batista wants HHH’s career on the line, “you’ve got it.” The Game plays Batista’s game, but will Batista regret even wanting to play?
Elias makes quite the haul.
“New York recognizes talent.” Elias has always felt that way. There’s maybe $2000 in his guitar case. New York is the greatest city in the world, so long as Elias is here. Elias will leave no doubt that there is one universal truth. And that is… you need to watch your money. A pickpocket gets away with some of Elias’ tips, but Elias will make way more than that at Wrestlemania. And then no one will doubt that WWE truly stands for #WalkWithElias. The pickpocket comes back to take the entire guitar case!
Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose!
The Scottish Terminator thought he had terminated the Lunatic once and for all, but it seems even a Claymore off the stage wasn’t enough. Will Ambrose get payback for himself in such an extreme match? Or will McIntyre be the only one standing on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns once again as McIntyre makes his entrance. Ambrose is raring to go but the referee has him wait. The bell rings and Ambrose fires off! Ambrose punches and stomps McIntyre in a corner but McIntyre fights his way back out. McIntyre CHOPS Ambrose, then drags him up to CHOP again. McIntyre drags Ambrose up but Ambrose dodges to fire forearms. Ambrose whips but McIntyre reverses. Ambrose kicks and dumps McIntyre out. The Lunatic climbs up top and leaps but misses his Lunatic Elbow! McIntyre watches Ambrose as the count begins. The count climbs to 5 before Ambrose drags himself up. Ambrose stands at 8, but McIntyre is on him with a swinging slam into barriers! Ambrose is down again while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once again, and Ambrose headbutts McIntyre off the top rope. Ambrose adjusts and leaps but into a kendo stick SMASH! McIntyre SMACKS Ambrose more, then digs the stick’s bare tip into Ambrose’s face! McIntyre lets up to SMACK Ambrose against the ropes. The stick is splintered and McIntyre holds it up proudly. McIntyre dares Ambrose to stand back up, but Ambrose ducks and clotheslines McIntyre out! Ambrose builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends McIntyre into the barriers! They’re both down as the count begins. The count passes 5 but Ambrose is right up. McIntyre stands, too, but Ambrose throws hands. The Glasgow Kiss rocks Ambrose! McIntyre, bleeding from his back, brings Ambrose under the ring, to catapult guillotine him into the steel frame!
The referee counts on Ambrose but Ambrose is stirring. He stands at 5, but McIntyre has the steel steps! McIntyre rams Ambrose down! The referee counts again as Ambrose sputters and crawls. Ambrose forces himself up at 7! But McIntyre puts him back in the ring. McIntyre takes a chair from the timekeeper’s area and brings it into the ring. He wedges it in the corner and throws Ambrose. Ambrose slides to a stop and baits McIntyre in! McIntyre meets chair! DIRTY DEEDS! The count begins on McIntyre, but the Terminator stands at 8! Ambrose boots him back down then rains down rights! Ambrose hurries to fetch a TABLE! He sets it up in the corner to the liking of the fans. McIntyre manages to stand, and tackles Ambrose through the table!!
Fans lose their minds as the count begins again. McIntyre glares at Ambrose as Ambrose crawls from the wreckage. The count passes 5, then 7, and Ambrose stands at 9! CLAYMORE!! McIntyre knocks Ambrose right back down, and the count begins again. Ambrose slowly sits up but McIntyre looms over him. The count hits 10, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
The Terminator steps on Ambrose like the roach he called him. Will McIntyre do the same to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania?
Wrestlemania’s growing closer, but it seems Raw is slowing down. There was literally no need for the Beat the Clock Challenge tonight, and certainly not if someone other than Ronda was going to win it. Granted, the fans loved seeing Becky beat Ronda’s time, and it is something Becky can brag about in the two weeks left, but what does any of this do? The announcement that the three of them are THE main event should’ve been enough. They can talk, take credit, all of that, but there’s no need for matches like this at this point in time. For that matter, not even sure about next week having a Six Woman Tag where they join forces against Riott Squad. Pretty sure there will be dysfunction, and yet also a way where The Riott Squad still loses. This build’s homestretch just hit a speed bump.
I’m not entirely sure why Vince insists Finn has to beat everyone other than Lashley to prove he’s worthy of the title. I suppose it’s great for Lashley, but Mahal being dragged in was obviously so Lashley could lose without taking the pin. Finn VS Lashley, actually going 1v1, is still going to be good, and I’m still hoping Finn finally gets that win on Lashley directly to put this to bed. Elias’ New York promos were great, but especially the last one. I wonder if his greatest performance, aka greatest interruption, will actually be bigger than Jeff Jarrett now… Aleister & Ricochet are doing great, though at the cost of The Revival. I have a bad feeling that if Aleister & Ricochet are going for main roster tag titles at Wrestlemania, that means The Forgotten Sons win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!!
So glad to see The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way IS happening! At the same time, Bayley seeing some of the Samoan sneak attack coming was good, because it really should’ve been obvious. This also gave Beth a great moment for herself to confirm that she’s coming back for this match. I still feel like it’s between Boss & Hug retaining or the IIconics taking the belts to SmackDown. SmackDown really needs to work on their Women’s Roster overall, so I’m leaning towards Boss & Hug retaining in a big way. The Strowman celebrity angle is starting to be like screeching brakes on the Road to Wrestlemania. For what it’s worth, everyone is properly selling the dialogue, it just seems weird that Colin and Michael will be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. I really hope Strowman still wins it all, that’s the only way to salvage this.
Corbin VS Crews was alright, but it’s probably one of the things that makes the most sense tonight. Corbin needed to keep himself afloat or he really would look like the wrong choice for Angle’s farewell match at Mania. Of course, the Farewell Tour is still hitting the right notes. Angle VS Joe was a bit slow at the start but it got going, and naturally Angle wins. It actually helps both stories, Angle’s and Joe’s, that the win was a quick pin and not a finisher. It’s good to push Angle not quite being in his prime, to bring concern that he might not beat Corbin. And for Joe, it seems quick pins are becoming his weakness as this happened when Mysterio pinned him. Also good to know Angle VS Styles and Angle VS Mysterio are coming, those are going to be great for the Farewell Tour, too.
As for Ambrose constantly getting beat by McIntyre, I can’t be sure the reason other than to boost McIntyre. Roman’s brawl with McIntyre was good, and I suppose it makes sense for McIntyre to stand tall thanks to dirty tactics. McIntyre VS Ambrose was good, but the commercial interruption and the shortness overall kept it from being great. If the Beat the Clock Challenge wasn’t a thing, all of that match time could’ve gone to this. Perhaps this is not only to boost McIntyre, but to make it seem less and less likely Ambrose will even be able to help Roman at Wrestlemania. Rollins had a great promo with Heyman tonight, but there’s no guarantees he actually will #SlayTheBeast. It might only be Roman having a good night at Wrestlemania at this point.
My Score: 7.7/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.28 ~ 24TH MARCH 2019
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
After the excitement of Hakata Stalene, NOAH headed back out to Osaka, and then further into the provinces.
At Osaka World Pavilion, Hi69 finished the match by doing the Stuka Splash on Yoshinari Ogawa, after it Ogawa seemed to be struggling a bit and had to be helped up and out of the ring, although eventually he was well enough to walk unaided.
But when Hi69 & Quiet Storm had their first singles match ever on the 20th March at Toyonaka, after the match the ring was stormed by Stinger members Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki, who beat down Hi69 in revenge. It is unusual to see this happen in NOAH, although Kotaro Suzuki is capable of it (and people getting jumped does happen), it is very rare to see Yoshinari Ogawa do it. Minoru Tanaka came to the rescue.
Hi69 says he will make weight for the tag challenge (“I will get on the scales any time. However, please tell me the day before“), and has started a weight loss diary on his
Twitter, although he did admit to eating lots of meat and going up to 105.
Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 had their own post match beat down on Stinger on the 21st in Kanazawa.
KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Takashi Sugiura teamed together for the first time before they enter Global Tag League together, they seemed to get on pretty well, with KAZMA later paying tribute to Sugiura as “a symbol of NOAH’s strength”.
Naomichi Marufuji, who says he is searching for a purpose, had somewhat of a comedy match in Toyonaka with disco poses being pulled and kicking Masao Inoue in the face for messing around, but a new threat appears to be emerging from the next generation of Junior wrestlers regarding their own status being less than the heavyweights, although he didn’t make too much of a comment about it at the time, it does look like Daisuke Harada took on board Minoru Tanaka’s comments about the GHC Junior being the main event. Marufuji in a post match interview said he could see their hostility building to something, but he didn’t know yet.
A huge rivalry is brewing for Global Tag League 2019 between Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki), which started in Toyonaka and was heralded by a vicious kick battle between Kenoh and Nakajima. After the match, the two teams faced off, with Nakajima grinning evilly. Earlier on the tour, Marufuji (a veteran) was put in the unenviable position of teaming with them (the younger generation who are opposed to him), and at the end of a match which according to one attendee had a “sense of distance between them”, got kicked in the head by Nakajima after shaking hands with him.
Then Shiozaki lariated him.
In Kanazawa after the match (whereby Nakajima grinned in Kenoh’s face), Kiyomiya and Kenoh declared AXIZ to be a “wanted” tag-team.
Yoshiki Inamura won his second victory over Kinya Okada, whom he now refers to as “my rival”. He had teamed with his teacher, Masa Kitamiya, who had a big smile on his face and did genuinely seem pleased with his trainees progress. After three days of being chopped and kicked his chest was….
Maybach Taniguchi is still continuing in his monster mode, and refuses to change. His Sasumata is still being bought to the ring and used as a weapon, he is still attacking the ref after matches, speaking in grunts, and even Akitoshi Saito who seemed to be attempting to rehabilitate him, has given up. In Kanazawa they tagged together, but it all fell apart when they accidentally knocked each other down, got into an argument and then Taniguchi was defeated by the Funky Buster Bomb. Taniguchi stood in the ring as he and Saito pointed at each other threateningly as Saito left the ring.
Takashi Sugiura said that this would do no him no good in the end.
NOAH will celebrate the final night of “Spring Navigation 2019” at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday March 29th.
Global Tag League will return on the 6th April 2019, with the first night being held at Edion Arena Osaka on Saturday 6th April and finishing on 4th May at Korakuen Hall.
This years teams are as follows:
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki (GHC Heavyweight Tag champions)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Kenoh
Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino
Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Atsushi Kotoge & Mitsuya Nagai
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue
Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura.
Due to being defeated by Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight title, Naomichi Marufuji has said that he will not enter the league this year. However, there is a possibility that he may enter in the end, and probably with a surprise partner. Unspoken speculation has it that since KENTA’s 90 day release clause is up round about the time Global Tag League starts, it may well be KENTA who he enters with.
Personally, I think it is far more likely that Marufuji will enter with Masaaki Mochizuki.
KAZMA says he fears the team of Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi, as Hino knows how to work Taniguchi, however “that dick is a one-man show.”
Atsushi Kotoge has named the team of himself and Mitsuya Nagai “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”
Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue were a comedy team last year, with Saito screwing over Inoue, and Inoue not really realizing as Saito kept denying it.
The big rivalry for Global Tag League 2019 this year is Kenoh & Kiyomiya vs AXIZ.
Atsushi Kotoge returns
Atsushi Kotoge will make his return in his hometown of Osaka on the 6th April. Katsuhiko Nakajima took the opportunity to take a shot at Kenoh by looking at the match (“The Revolutionary Cloak Army” vs Kenoh and Kiyomiya) to say, “you are in the opening match” (full card hasn’t been announced yet).
NOAH The Album
Track listing has been confirmed as:
Katsuhiko Nakajima: Genius of The Kick
Daisuke Harada: KTYM
Quiet Storm: MAD
Pro Wrestling NOAH theme: Brave
GHC Jnr Theme
GHC Tag theme
Kaito Kiyomiya: Explosion Soul
Atsushi Kotoge: Switch On
Masa Kitamiya: Go For Broke
Go Shiozaki: Enforcer
Naomichi Marufuji: Hysteric
Theme of Global League
RAN: SAKURETSU (Pro Wrestling NOAH’s official song)
You can pre-order your copy here
Following his highly praised tag against Naomichi Marufuji at the Giant Baba memorial show, Masaaki Mochizuki will be making his first appearance in Pro-Wrestling NOAH on the 29th March at Korakuen Hall, he will team with Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura against Naomichi Marufuji and 50 Funky Powers.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa
~ Hitoshi Kumano says he wants to challenge for the singles belt
~ Daisuke Harada was cheered on by his nephew in Osaka
~ Kenoh has been noted to be smiling a lot more now he is teaming with Kiyomiya; but don’t let this fool you. Kenoh is still after the GHC Heavyweight, Kiyomiya knows this and has said that they will never properly be friends. Despite the brotherly feeling between them, there is still a sense of rivalry underneath.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima’ reaction to Yoshiki Inamura teaming with Masa Kitamiya was, “what’s his name? I don’t remember, he didn’t leave much of an impression“
~ Kaito Kiyomiya was again on the cover of “Weekly Pro”, he’s only twenty-two, but has already been on the cover about three or four times.
~ Takashi Sugiura imitated KAZMA SAKAMOTO’S scream
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima told a bald reporter that his head was “twinkling”.
~ After the three day in a row tour (and a week away from home), Hitoshi Kumano returned to his “children” (his French Bulldogs), and Takashi Sugiura returned home to his own dog, who wanted to immediately go outside, despite the fact it was 1.30am. He took it for a walk the next day.
~ Despite saying that he didn’t have to call Kenoh “Kenoh-san” anymore, this momentary lapse in manners is over, and Kiyomiya has gone back to calling him just that.
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live
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