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 205 Live Results & Report! (5/21/19)
The Premier Era continues!
And STILL your WWE Cruiserweight Champion…!
- The Singh Brothers VS Lucha House Party; changed to…
- The Singh Brothers VS Jack Gallagher & Humberto Carrillo; Gallagher & Carrillo win.
- Fatal 5 Way: Ariya Daivari VS Oney Lorcan VS Akira Tozawa VS THE Brian Kendrick VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria; Tozawa wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Cruiserweight Division broke through!
For months, the WWE’s purple belt was on the Kickoff Show, but no longer! Tony Nese had his title defense against Ariya Daivari on Money in the Bank’s main card! And while Daivari Dinero was so confident he’d hit the jackpot that he drove into the arena in a Mercedes Benz, he could not bring down the Premier Athlete! Nese’s reign continues on, but who will be next up to test his toughness?
THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa meet backstage.
They’re both involved in tonight’s major main event with huge Cruiserweight title implications. They’re good friends, and shake hands to make sure they both know it won’t be personal out there. But will things get intense between them and the rest of the field knowing it could mean a shot at Nese?
The Singh Brothers VS Lucha House Party!
Sunil & Samir return to show that one loss in the Cruiserweight Division won’t slow them down on their rise to the top! They pick up some mics to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Bollywood Time~!” Because it’s definitely NOT Lucha Time. Why’s that? Because Lars Sullivan absolutely destroyed the three amigos at MITB, and then again on Raw. Actually, a little birdie told them that LHP wanted to fight him, so they won’t be fighting the Bollywood Boyz. So not to disappoint the fans, or the 1.6 BILLION people in India, the ref will count to 10 and let the Singh Brothers win by forfeit!
But wait, 205 Live GM Drake Maverick appears! And he tells the Singhs that while they’re right about LHP not being here, they’re still going to have competition! Providence likes the sound of that. Maverick found suitable replacements in… Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo! Will Bollywood Time stand up to this extraordinary duo?
The Singh Brothers VS Jack Gallagher & Humberto Carrillo!
Samir & Sunil cry conspiracy, but they’re clearly just upset they still have to compete, and against superstars they didn’t expect. They still get in the ring, and Sunil starts against Carrillo. The bell rings and Sunil “rolls film” before he ties up with Carrillo. Sunil headlocks but Carrillo powers out. Sunil runs him over and celebrates, but Carrillo kips right up and scares him! The ref keeps Carrillo back while Sunil gets to a corner. Sunil goes to Samir for a comforting hug, and then circles with Carrillo. They tie up and Carrillo gets a waistlock. Carrillo shifts to a headlock but Sunil powers out, only for Carrillo to run him over. Things speed up and Carrillo shows his agility. Carrillo ducks the clothesline, Sunil ducks the roundhouse, but Carrillo gets the enziguri!
Gallagher applauds as Carrillo goes after Sunil. Carrillo whips while Gallagher tags in, but Sunil reverses. Carrillo springboard headbutts Sunil down! Gallagher covers, ONE! Gallagher keeps on Sunil with a standing armlock, and he tortures the fingers! Sunil endures and fights his way up. He knees low and Samir applauds. Sunil whips Gallagher to a corner, but Gallagher brings back the headstand! Gallagher goes up and over Sunil then speeds up to slide under and trip Sunil. He wraps Sunil up in Gentlemen’s Paradise! And sits on him! Gallagher tags Carrillo before stomping Sunil out of paradise. Carrillo has Gallagher’s help for the flying arm-drag! He snapmares to a cover, TWO! Carrillo headlocks but Sunil powers out while Samir tags in.
Carrillo speeds up with Sunil, but manages to see Samir coming. He clotheslines Samir but Sunil knees Carrillo down. Samir returns and the brothers stomp a Bollywood mudhole! They put Carrillo in the corner for mugging, then tag to Sunil for more stomps. The ref counts but the brothers tag again. The Singh Brothers bring Carrillo up and double suplex him down. Samir covers, TWO! Samir wraps a headlock on Carrillo right away! Carrillo endures the thrashing but fans rally up. Carrillo feeds off that energy to fight out. Samir shoves and dropkicks Carrillo down! Cover, TWO! Samir keeps his cool as he drags Carrillo over. Tag to Sunil, and film rolls as Sunil drops ax handles on Carrillo’s ribs.
Sunil snapmares and drops elbows on Carrillo, then gets a bit too Bollywood, Carrillo rolls him up! TWO, and Sunil keeps Carrillo away from Gallagher. Samir tags in and the brothers mug Carrillo. Samir scrapes his laces on Carrillo’s face, then throws haymakers. He punches Carrillo to the corner then whips corner to corner. Carrillo reverses and Samir hits buckles hard! Samir crawls after Carrillo, but Carrillo gets away to hot tag Gallagher! Gallagher rallies on Samir with big clotheslines and furious fists! He whips but Samir reverses, only for Gallagher to duck and ROCK him with a right! Sunil gets in but gets punched back out! Gallagher lifts Samir and suplex, then holds him there! No less than a count of 15 before Gallagher drops him! Cover, TWO!
Gallagher keeps his cool as he turns Samir over for a Half Crab! Samir endures and reaches, tag to Sunil! Gallagher doesn’t know, and Sunil clobbers him! Sunil saves his brother and the two SUPERKICK Gallagher down! Cover, but Carrillo breaks it! Samir goes after Carrillo and throws him out. Gallagher throws Samir out, then switches on Sunil to roll up! TWO and a sucker punch! Roll up from Sunil, TWO! Gallagher gets up but gets a heel kick! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives three times in a row, but Sunil tags Samir. The Singh Brothers double suplex Gallagher but he slips out! HOt tag to Carrillo! Carrillo roundhouses Samir and Gallagher clobbers Sunil with the Gentleman’s Headbutt! Aztec Press from Carrillo to Samir! Cover, Carrillo & Gallagher win!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Jack Gallagher, Carrillo pinning
This new team wins their first match without even much time to prepare! Will this respectful alliance be what climbs to the top instead of the Bollywood Boyz?
Mike & Maria Kanellis speak.
“Tonight, it’s a Fatal 5 Way, with a chance to showcase who the greatest Cruiserweight is on 205 Live. Really?” Has Maverick not been watching? Tozawa and Kanellis beat the crap out of each other in No Disqualifications, and Kanellis won, yet still has to showcase himself? Tonight isn’t about showing anything. Tonight is about destroying the friendship of Tozawa and Kendrick. And Maria promises Mike will prove himself beyond a doubt, so that Maverick can no longer deny him his greatness. Will the Opportunist take advantage of this Fatal 5 opportunity?
Oney Lorcan also speaks.
“Tonight is an opportunity to prove that I deserve a crack at the Cruiserweight Championship.” In his way are not only former champions, but some of the most ruthless superstars 205 Live has to offer. Lorcan’s never one to walk away from a fight, and a Fatal 5 is the kind of fight he likes. Will the Boston Brawler make the most of this massive main event?
Fatal 5 Way: Ariya Daivari VS Oney Lorcan VS Akira Tozawa VS THE Brian Kendrick VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria!
The Privileged Persian Lion may have fallen short at Money in the Bank, but that doesn’t mean he’s fallen out of the picture. Meanwhile, the Fury of 205 Live is all in on this opportunity. Former Cruiserweight Champions and friends shook on it, but the Opportunist wants to break them apart while breaking through. Who takes pole position towards challenging the Premier Athlete?
Before he makes his entrance, Daivari has a backstage interview. He was impressive even in losing to Tony Nese. How does he plan on rebounding tonight? MITB was a fluke! And now he has to be in this Fatal 5 to prove he’s the top contender? Nese isn’t past Daivari just yet. Will the pissed-off Persian Lion take out all his frustrations on the other four?
The bell rings and while everyone circles, Kendrick and Tozawa stick close. Kanellis sees that and bails out, and then Daivari throws hands with Lorcan! Kendrick and Tozawa go after each of them but they clear out fast. Kanellis runs back in but into Kendrick’s boot! Tozawa lifts Kanellis and drops him with a spinning facebuster! Kanellis bails out again but Daivari comes back, only to run into double kicks from Kendrick and Tozawa. Tozawa and Kendrick double suplex Daivari up and out, but Lorcan returns. The friends double hip toss Lorcan and Lorcan bails out again. Now the friends are alone, so they figure they might as well give it a go. They tie up and push each other, but Daivari and Kanellis attack them both!
Mike stomps Tozawa while Daivari stomps Kendrick. Lorcan returns but gets decked by Daivari. Daivari stomps Tozawa while now Kanellis stomps Kendrick. Lorcan returns again but gets a knee from Kanellis. Kanellis drags Kendrick up while Daivari stands Tozawa up. Tony Nese watches backstage as Daivari hits Tozawa with a neckbreaker. Kanellis suplexes Kendrick down, then sees Lorcan. Kanellis runs over but Lorcan dumps him out! Lorcan shoulders into Daivari, then throws CHOPS! He CHOPS Daivari out of the ring, and fans fire up as Lorcan builds speed. Lorcan dives into Daivari’s fist! Daivari throws Lorcan into barriers! Daivari brushes off and goes to Tozawa in the ring.
Fans jeer while Daivari throws haymakers on Tozawa. Daivari tells the fans to shut up, but they just boo and jeer harder. Tozawa CHOPS Daivari back, then gets Daivari with the feint to JAB! Fans cheer as Tozawa climbs up top! But Daivari trips him up. Lorcan runs into Daivari’s SUPERKICK! Daivari crosses Tozawa’s arm for the arm-drag bomb onto Lorcan! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives and Kendrick returns, only to get a mule kick from Daivari. Daivari whips Kendrick but Kendrick reverses to a fireman’s carry. Daivari slips out and hammerlocks, but Kendrick ducks to roll him up! TWO, Captain’s Hook!
Daivari endures but Lorcan grabs Kendrick. Lorcan pries Kendrick off Daivari for a Half ‘n’ Half! Kendrick lands on his feet, inverted headlock takeover to the Captain’s Hook! Now Lorcan is caught, but Kanellis runs in to rake Kendrick’s eyes! Kanellis pries Kendrick off Lorcan now with a dragon sleeper. He can’t get Kendrick up so he shoves him at Lorcan! Lorcan blasts Kendrick with a European Uppercut, then Kanellis SUPERKICKS Lorcan! Kanellis covers Lorcan, TWO!! Lorcan lives again and Maria argues with the ref. Nese still watches while fans actually rally behind Mike.
Kanellis has Lorcan in a corner and CHOPS away. Maria cheers Mike on but Lorcan turns things around to CHOP Mike back! Mike turns it back around to CHOP Lorcan, but then Lorcan turns it back. Mike tries to turn it around but Lorcan dodges to keep giving CHOPS! Kanellis headlocks but Lorcan powers out to CHOP again! Kanellis CHOPS again, but Lorcan gives him a EuroUpper! Lorcan runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Kanellis grins and brushes himself off. Kanellis dares Lorcan to get up, “Is that all you got?!” Lorcan stands and grabs Mike by the beard! Lorcan slaps away but Kanellis kicks low. Kanellis whips but Lorcan comes back with a blockbuster! Lorcan keeps Daivari and Tozawa out, then sees Kendrick return. He dodges and hits the Half ‘n’ Half! Cover, but Kanellis breaks it!
Daivari returns while Kanellis brings Lorcan up. They work together to double whip, but they get double blockbusters! Lorcan fires up and stares down with Tozawa. Things speed up, Lorcan dodges Tozawa to FLY onto Daivari and Kanellis! But then Tozawa DIVES onto them all! A three-for-one on the Tozawa Torpedo! Tozawa puts Daivari in then climbs up. Daivari staggers into the missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he brings Daivari up. Daivari hammerlocks but misses the lariat! German Suplex with a bridge, TWO! Tozawa drags Daivari to a drop zone then climbs up high. But Kendrick returns and rushes Tozawa. Tozawa has to leap off to avoid Kendrick’s attack, Kendrick hits crossbar! Lorcan EuroUppers Kendrick, Tozawa boots Lorcan, and Kanellis SUPERKICKS Tozawa!
Kanellis roars as he goes after Kendrick on the top rope. Kendrick resists so Kanellis clubs away on his back. Lorcan and Tozawa go after Kanellis at the same time, TOWER OF DOOM! Kanellis takes a double powerbomb while Kendrick takes the superplex! But then Daivari Persian Splashes in on Kendrick! Cover, TWO!! Kendrick survives and Daivari can’t believe it! But Providence knows “This is Awesome!” Daivari, bloody ear and all, works to cool off and keep focus. Kendrick slumps out to Daivari whips Tozawa. Tozawa reverses and sends Daivari out. Tozawa tosses Lorcan out, too, then focuses on Kanellis. He runs in and tilt-o-whirls into the Iron Octopus stretch! Tozawa pulls back on Kanellis, but Maria distracts! She shouts and screams until Tozawa lets Kanellis go.
Tozawa tells Maria to stop, but Mike rolls him up! Daivari breaks it in time! Fans continue to rally while Daivari CHOPS Tozawa! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Daivari whips but Tozawa reverses again. Daivari sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to Penalty Kick! Tozawa tries again with Daivari in a drop zone. Tozawa climbs up but Daivari stops him! Daivari climbs up and throws hands on Tozawa. Daivari wants but Tozawa resists the superplex, and “AH! AH!” echoes with every clubbing forearm! Tozawa slows down for a moment but speeds right back up! SUPER Gourd Buster! But Kanellis returns and clubs away on Tozawa. Kanellis drags Tozawa off the top and clubs away on the apron. He knees low and throws forearms, then backs off, only to get caught into a German Suplex to the apron!
Tozawa goes back to Daivari but gets a haymaker. Tozawa hits back but so does Daivari. Daivari and Tozawa trade punches and CHOPS as they stand. Daivari whips but Tozawa dodges to hit the swinging roundhouse! Tozawa has a third time and climbs up top. Tozawa leaps, SUPER SENTON! Cover, but Kendrick pulls Tozawa off! Friendship aside, Kendrick couldn’t let Tozawa just win. Tozawa glares at Kendrick, but Kendrick says it’s not personal. Kendrick offers a handshake, but Tozawa throws hands! The friends brawl like back in the days of their rivalry! Kendrick whips but Tozawa dodges, double crossbodies collide! Both men are down, and the Cruiserweight Champion is still invested in this match backstage.
Fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa while Kendrick flounders to his feet. Tozawa spins, swings, slides under but Kendrick knows the rest! Cravat, Sliced Bread! But Kanellis gets Kendrick with Twisted Love! Daivari tries to throw Kanellis out but Kanellis throws him out instead! Lorcan returns to blast Kanellis with a EuroUpper! Daivari’s back, hammerlock on Lorcan, Lion’s Lariat!! But Tozawa Oklahoma Rolls Daivari! Tozawa wins!!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall
The Stamina Monster proves he can be just as opportunistic as Kanellis or Daivari! Tozawa celebrates with high-fives from Vic Joseph and Aiden English, but is left hanging by Nigel McGuiness. Will Tozawa celebrate with another Cruiserweight Championship reign? Or will Drake Maverick need more before someone is worthy of a shot?
A pretty great night from 205 Live. We get a new tag team of Carrillo & Gallagher, which I suppose is fine. If we got more teams the first two years of 205 Live, maybe we really would’ve gotten those Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships. But the match itself was great, and Carrillo and Gallagher as a team was good. This gives us more light on the Lucha House Party’s near future, in that they’ll be focusing on Lars Sullivan on Raw and/or SmackDown. But that’s fine, there’s any number of things they can do with Carrillo and Gallagher as a team.
Even though we’re on the road to Stomping Grounds, we might also be on the road to Super Showdown given who won tonight’s Fatal 5 Way. Tozawa was definitely a surprise, but at the same time, it would’ve been boring to go with Daivari. Tozawa is the Stamina Monster for a reason, he can just keep going and going. Plus he’s a great worker, so having him give Nese a strong fight at Super Showdown isn’t all bad. Nese will surely return to the states with the title, and then Stomping Grounds can give us Nese VS Kanellis or Nese VS Lorcan. Probably Kanellis finally breaking through since Nese is a Face. Of course, with Kanellis comes with worrying about Maria, which would be a good challenge for Nese, who has already shown he’s tough enough to outlast even the toughest in the Cruiserweight Division.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (5/21/19)
Witness the REST of the Money in the Bank Fallout!
It’s the SmackDown After Money in the Bank!
And there’s a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! But it’s not Charlotte Flair! Prepare yourself for the Bayley Triple Crown Era!
- Mustafa Ali VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Ali wins.
- Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville VS Carmella w/ R-Truth; No Contest.
- Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
- Bayley & Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair & Lacey Evans; Bayley & Lynch win.
- Roman Reigns VS Elias w/ Shane McMahon; Reigns wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Shane is backstage on SmackDown.
He finishes up a call as Elias comes in. Elias apologizes for losing to Roman Reigns. He attacked Roman then put all his energy into his performance, but then the fans called him names and such that affected him. As an emotional artist, Elias lost focus and then he got a Superman Punch and Spear. The bell just rings and Elias loses. Shane and the McMahons deserve better. Elias is looking beyond SmackDown, he wants to be at Super Showdown in Shane’s corner. Shane appreciates that but he’s taking Roman on alone at Super Showdown. Even though McIntyre was clearly advertised as Shane’s corner man.
As for tonight’s MITB rematch, Shane will be in Elias’ corner because Elias needs Shane’s help. Elias is grateful for that. The Drifter prepares for The Big Dog, but what will Shane do to help Elias make up for the loss?
It’s a New Day, yes it is!
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are on stage, and the fans already know what it’s about! “Tonight is a very special night!” Kofi and Woods are happy that after six long, hard, cold weeks, tonight is the return of BIG E!! Without any further ado, but with a blanket over him… Reveal! That’s… Not Big E. That’s barely even Medium E! “Who are you!?” Who who who?! This E has ashy knees that could start a fire! Get out here, Fake E! No, take the drape, then leave. The New Day apologizes. Things never go smoothly when you want them to.
But now, for real, BIG E! Awwww~ Providence! Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your world famous five-time champs AND WWE Champion, and feel~ the power~! And yes, he’s back! Big E makes a SmackDown return! And the ring is already filled with return party presents and a “Welcome Back, Big E!” banner! Kofi throws pancakes and everyone cheers. Big E needs to smell Woods and Kofi. Underarm please. No, no. Well Big E isn’t medically cleared to compete but he’s cleared to sniff. Big E has missed his friends AND the WWE Universe! And they’ve missed him. Big E’s been crushing it on Twitter, though. But Becky’s mom is taken. But E wants her! Woods knows, she fiiiine!
Kofi gets them back on track, they need to be serious now. World champ, seriousness. Kofi Kingston recaps that we have a #BeastintheBank. Fans boo, no one likes that. But more importantly, Kofi beat Kevin Owens to stay the W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Fans do like that. Kofi KO’d KO, but tonight’s not about Kofi. It’s about his brother, Big E, BAYBYYYYY! But then Kevin Owens interrupts! The Prizefighter is in a bad mood but the New Day is upset he’s interrupting the party. But it’s not just him, because here comes Sami Zayn! Sami asks Kevin if he believes this “absolute nonsense.” Big E gets a return party? After six weeks? Sami was gone nine months and got nothing for his return! Big E does realize they should make that up to “Sam,” so they’ll get him what Kevin just got on Sunday: nothing~!
Kevin just up and leaves! Sami, now using his mic and Kevin’s, says this is because of the New Day joking around. The only reason Kevin didn’t win against Kofi is because he was distracted worrying about his best friend, i.e. Sami, who got a backstage beating and stuck upside-down, missing out on being Mr. Money in the Bank. But that doesn’t even matter because this whole celebration is disgusting! It is disgusting how the New Day distracts and placates the people with their cereal, pancakes and hip swiveling, when the fans need to take responsibility for creating a toxic community! Sami rants, but Woods interrupts with his trombone. Fans join in with “New! Day Rocks!”
But Sami says they can yuck it up and have fun while they can. He speaks for Kevin, too, when he says this night won’t end in fun. Sami will beat Kofi in front of everyone, and then Kofi will be lucky to even walk out of here at all! Kofi tells Sami not to be fooled by the fun. When it’s time to throw down, New Day throws down! And not only will Kofi walk out of here, but he’ll walk right through Sami. “BECAUSE~! New! Day Rocks!” Which side puts their money where their mouth is in tonight’s match?
Carmella is backstage on SmackDown, looking for R-Truth.
But Drake Maverick is also looking for him. He gives Carmella a wanted poster but she doesn’t care about that. She asks Apollo Crews if he’s seen Truth, but he hasn’t. Though, Apollo does want to find the current WWE 24/7 Champion, too. Carmella continues searching, and finds a blond- Wait that’s Truth! She hurries him out of the hallway. He has the title belt. If this is his disguise, it won’t work. Everyone’s looking for him! Yeah, he’s been hiding for 24 hours! Luckily he only has 7 more to go. What? 24/7, duh! He just needs to last a little longer and then it’s his for good!
No no, Mick Foley meant the title is defended anytime, anywhere, any place! And this wig won’t help him hide much longer. Hey this wig cost $12. Why is he even on SmackDown, then? Because he needs Mella’s help! Help him, Mella! Okay, okay. Carmella sneaks Truth away, and also takes down Drake’s wanted posters. Will the FABULOUS Princess be able to keep Truth safe to the end of the show? Or perhaps she’ll be tempted by the gold herself?
Mustafa Ali VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Somehow, someway, the Beacon of Light and El Idolo are still moving after the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder match. Of course, Brock Lesnar screwed Ali over the hardest, can Ali make a comeback to find his own way to the title?
SmackDown returns as Almas and Vega make their entrance. Almas himself is headed for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at WWE Super Showdown in a few weeks, will he keep himself strong before challenging Demon Balor?
The bell rings and Almas stares down with Ali. Fans are on Ali’s side as he circles with Almas. They tie up and Almas pulls hair to put Ali in a corner. Almas backs off but misses his chop, and Ali wrenches the wrist. Almas pulls hair again but whips. Ali reverses but Almas goes Tranquilo. Vega joins in but Ali keeps his cool. They speed up and Ali arm-drags Almas out. Almas comes back in but gets a kick! Ali speeds up but runs into a clothesline! Almas covers, TWO! Almas keeps his cool and ditches some of his Kinesio tape since it’s peeling off anyway. He drags Ali up and CHOPS him against the ropes. Ali crawls but Almas keeps on him with a wristlock to shoulder breaker. Almas back suplexes but Ali slips out to REVERSE-RANA! Cover, TWO!
Ali keeps his cool but Vega grows worried for Almas. Fans rally up for Ali as he drags Almas up. Almas fights back and powers him to a corner. Ali uppercuts Almas away then hops up. Vega distracts Ali for a moment but Ali still leaps, only for Almas to dropkick him out of the air! El Idolo has control while SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Ali writhes while Almas checks his neck. Almas is fine and goes for a cover, TWO! Almas stomps Ali while getting feeling in his arms. He throws Ali out then pursues. He stomps Ali more then bumps him off the apron. Almas puts ALi back in then drags him up for a draping armbar! The ref counts but Almas lets go at 4 to then stomps Ali down. Almas stomps Ali to a corner then grinds his knees into Ali’s face. The ref counts and Almas backs off, and Ali fights back. Ali whips but Almas reverses, and runs Ali over with an elbow. Cover, TWO! Almas keeps on Ali with an armlock and Vega coaches him on. Ali endures and fights his way back up and out. Ali whips but Almas reverses again, only for Ali to go up and over.
Things speed up, and Ali tilt-o-whirls, but Almas makes it a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated for Almas while he grits his teeth. Almas grabs Ali’s arm and pulls back, but Ali endures. Ali feeds off the fan rally and fights his way up. Almas shifts his grip but Ali still gets to his feet. Ali fights free but Almas knees low and whips. Ali flapjack dropkicks Almas down! Both men go to opposite ends, and Almas runs in, only for Ali to go up and over. Ali springboards to hit a tornado DDT! Almas bails out but Ali builds speed to DIVE! Ali hits Almas in the back! Vega panics while Ali gets back in the ring and runs again, to FLY! He gets Almas from the front this time! Ali grits his teeth to fight through the pain as fans want “One More Time!”
Ali brings Almas to the ring but his own bad back slows him down. He manages to get himself back in, but Almas blasts Ali back out! Ali’s bad back hits the barriers, and Almas leaves him to the mercy of the ring count. The count passes 5 before Ali sits up, and Ali crawls to the apron. Ali gets in at 8, but Almas is all over him with stomps! Almas suplexes Ali for uno amigo, then dos amigos. He changes up the third for a scoop slam into buckles! Ali slumps out of the ring and Almas wants another count. But when Ali stands, Almas fetches Ali to whip him into barriers! Almas refreshes the count to then CHOP Ali! And scoop him to ram him into the post!
Almas drops Ali only to bring him back up. He tells people to move, to TOSS Ali into the timekeeper’s area! Almas leaves Ali for dead and another ring count begins. Ali crawls but the count passes 5 again. Ali hurries but falls, but still gets in at 9.5! Almas is furious and he takes it out on Ali with stomps. Vega tells him to finish it, so Almas turns Ali over, for CIEN KNEES to the back! Cover, TWO!! Almas can’t believe it! Fans cheer Ali but Almas brings him up. Hammerlock gets a cradle counter! ALI WINS!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
The Beacon of Light snatches victory from El Idolo! Will Ali be able to rest up and be ready for new title opportunities down the line?
Carmella gives Truth a makeover.
“O M G, Truth, you look so fabulous!” R-Truth looks at himself in the mirror. RuPaul would be proud. Is Carmella sure? He feels like something’s missing. Yes, yes, he needs… A bra! A bra? Well, could she help him? He’s never been good at undoing these. Carmella helps him with it, but will this really trick the rest of the SmackDown roster into thinking he’s not Truth?
SmackDown takes another look at Lars Sullivan.
After what the Leviathan did to Lucha House Party at Money in the Bank, you’d think he’d added them to his list of victims. A list of legends that include Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, both Matt and Jeff Hardy, and even R-Truth. But Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik came back for more on Raw, and together they managed to at least survive an encounter with the Freak. But will he soon hunt them down and leave them laying yet again?
Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville VS Carmella w/ R-Truth!
With a new SmackDown Women’s Champion, that means new opportunities. Will the Golden Goddess make up for falling short at Money in the Bank? Or will the FABULOUS Princess climb back towards the title?
SmackDown returns as Carmella makes her entrance with the 24/7 Champion. Wait, doesn’t wearing the belt give away that it’s him? Well, that doesn’t matter, because the bell rings on Fabulous VS Golden Goddess!
Mandy and Sonya can both obviously tell that’s Truth, but Mella tells them to focus on her. Carmella gets a Thesz Press and throws fast hands! Sonya bails Mandy out and Fire & Desire regroup. Carmella wants Mandy to hurry up and get back in, but Mandy chooses not to. Carmella goes after her and gets her back in for a FABULOUS Kick! Sonya talks trash so Carmella grabs at her! Carmella throws Sonya in and starts throwing down hands! But Mandy rolls Carmella up! TWO, and another FABULOUS Kick hits the mark! But then Carmella spots a wave of SmackDown superstars running down the ramp! She warns Truth and Truth scrambles into the ring!
The FABULOUS Truth runs away together, Carmella on Truth’s back! But the superstars, from the B-Team to Shelton Benjamin to Apollo Crews to 205 Live’s THE Brian Kendrick, and one ref, following after! Jinder Mahal, Noam Dar, Akira Tozawa and possibly Matt Hardy are bringing up the rear as things go backstage via the crowd! Will Truth get away with his belt?
Backstage interview with the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley!
First she wins the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, then cashes in hours later after Charlotte Flair beat Becky Lynch. It was a crazy and brutal night, but obviously Bayley would do it all again in a heartbeat. People still doubted Bayley, so she created her own opportunity so that no one can doubt her again. What should SmackDown know about Bayley the Champ over Bayley the Hugger? That she’s moved past the hugs, and that she dares every woman to bring their best.
SmackDown cameras catch up with Truth and Carmella.
They hurry to hide… in the WOMEN’S locker room!? That’s not gonna work! Truth runs out, but has to keep running from both SmackDown and 205 Live superstars! Sami walks past and is just confused and amused. Sami has his own chance against a champion, after the break!
Elias rehearses in the parking lot.
The Drifter keeps his guitar warm because he’s waiting for Roman to arrive. Will Shane have Elias’ back when The Big Dog enters the Yard?
Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn!
Kofimania beat Kevin Owens to show everyone he is a worthy world champion! But while Kevin is a sore loser, Sami is in a good mood. Because apparently Big E is down again! His bad leg was attacked by Kevin! Xavier tells Kofi to handle his business, he’ll take care of Big E. Medics come by, too, but will Kofi be able to focus after what just happened?
Kofi rushes the ring and wants right at Sami! The bell rings, and Kofi fires off! He puts Sami in a corner but the ref backs Kofi off. Kofi goes after Sami as he slips out of the ring with a big lariat! He puts Sami back in and counter punches Sami to a corner. Kofi stomps away but the ref backs him off. Kofi goes at Sami again but Sami dumps Kofi out. Sami grins while catching his breath. Sami fetches Kofi while fans rally up. He throws Kofi into steel steps! Sami mockingly applauds then refreshes the count. He drags Kofi up to throw hands then puts Kofi back in the ring. Sami stalks Kofi to rain down punches and stomps. The ref backs Sami off, but Sami walks into Kofi’s elbows. Kofi throws hands but Sami hits back. Sami whips but Kofi goes up and dropkicks back!
Sami bails out again and checks his teeth while fans rally up. Kofi catches his breath while SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns as Sami and Kofi fight on the top rope. Sami rains down rights but fans rally for Kofi. Sami wants and hits a SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO! Kofi survives and Sami grows frustrated. Sami dares Kofi to stand. Kofi stands in a corner, Sami runs in but gets tackled! Kofi fires off furious right hands! He lets up and Sami ends up in a corner. Kofi clotheslines then whips corner to corner. Sami boots Kofi then runs out, but into double stomps! Fans fire up with Kofi as he aims from a corner. “New! Day Rocks!” as Kofi spins, but Sami ducks to back suplex. Kofi slips out to hit Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Kofi’s still rolling on, and gets payback for his friend! But then Paul Heyman appears! The Advocate to the Beast in the Bank has the contract! Heyman teases opening the briefcase. Kofi is ripe for the picking, but it’s DOLPH ZIGGLER who attacks?! The Show-Off has been off SmackDown for weeks! He rains down rights and smothers Kofi into the mat, but why!? He throws Kofi into a corner and then stalks him to the apron. Ziggler bends Kofi back then throws him into the post! He grinds his knee into Kofi, then pulls his legs up for a post-assisted Boston Crab! Ziggler claws Kofi’s eyes!!
Ziggler lets Kofi fall to the floor, but he’s not done! He throws him over the commentary desk! And then drags him off it to grab a chair. He puts it around Kofi’s head! Ziggler drags Kofi up with the chair collar, to throw into the side of the desk!! Ziggler may have just crippled Kofi! But he won’t stop, he’s stomping the chair into Kofi’s face! Referees pry Ziggler off Kofi but the damage has been done. Then he comes back for more! He leaps and STOMPS the chair around Kofi’s head!! Kofi is barely moving, and that is when Ziggler decides to leave. Is Ziggler a Paul Heyman Guy?
The medical team gets a stretcher for Kofi. They carefully move the chair away, and just as carefully get Kofi on the body board. From there, Kofi is strapped in and put on the stretcher. Kofi wants to get up but the medics tell him to stay. Kofi stands! And he keeps his promise to Sami that he will walk out of here on his own two feet. Fans give Kofi support with “New! Day Rocks!” but is the dream of Kofimania coming to an end?
Roman Reigns walks into SmackDown!
But Elias finds him first. Where is he? On top of a SmackDown production truck. “Roman wants to be me, it makes so much sense. But when you talk, you sound as dumb as the people of Providence.” Roman’s jealous, jealous from the start. Jealous of Elias’ soul and Elias’ heart. It’s time to take the Big Dog for a walk. Roman just shakes his head and continues on. Their MITB rematch is coming, will SmackDown be the same?
Bayley & Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair & Lacey Evans!
The Sassy Southern Belle helped The Queen take one belt from The Man, but had no luck getting her own. And Charlotte didn’t have that belt for long, because Ms. Money in the Bank took it with a cash-in! Will the Model Soldier and #CharlotteNineTimes fare better together against #BeckyOneBelt and #BayleyTripleCrown? Or will the combined forces of the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champions be too much for even them?
Before heading out, Becky Lynch has a backstage interview. She had quite the night at MITB with her two matches going on back-to-back. What is her mindset now that she’s down to just one title? Becky doesn’t feel right without the blue belt, but if someone else has to have it without having beat her for it, at least it’s Bayley. Bayley comes by and says that while #BeckyTwoBelts sounded nice, #BayleyTwoBelts sounds even better. Yeah, yeah. Becky would shake hands with Bayley but she can’t trust herself not to deck her old friend. Bayley wants Becky to calm down, but she does welcome The Man coming back around for her gold. Will these two manage to win to then go champ versus champ?
Becky makes her entrance first, followed by Bayley. The teams sort out while SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Becky starts against Charlotte while Lacey covers her ears hearing the cheers for the champions. Charlotte shrugs it off as she circles with Becky, but then Becky goes after Lacey! Becky still owes Lacey for making her lose the SmackDown title, but then Charlotte saves Lacey by going after Becky. Charlotte drags Becky up but then Bayley runs in. Charlotte runs at Bayley because Bayley cashed in on her, but Bayley throws Charlotte out. Bayley helps Becky up but Becky doesn’t need help. But then Bayley saves Becky from Lacey, and Becky saves Bayley from Charlotte. The champs come to an understanding and focus on Charlotte.
Bayley tags in and Becky brings Charlotte up. SmackDown returns to single picture as Bayley bumps Charlotte off buckles. Charlotte blocks a bump to give a CHOP! And then give Bayley buckles bumps in return. Charlotte CHOPS Bayley more, but Bayley pushes her away. Charlotte runs back in but Bayley flapjacks her on buckles! Bayley runs back in to tackle her, then a knee. Charlotte dodges that to BOOT Bayley into buckles! Charlotte stomps Bayley over and over but the ref counts. The Queen backs off but drags Bayley up by her ponytail. Charlotte pulls Bayley against the rope but lets up at 4. Charlotte drags Bayley over and Lacey tags in. Lacey boucnes Bayley’s head off the mat but stops at 4.
Fans rally for Bayley but Lacey puts Bayley in a half camel clutch. She even adds in a cobra clutch so that she can dig her knuckles into Bayley’s head. Tag to Charlotte, and the Lady holds Bayley so the Queen can stomp her out! They stop at 4 and Charlotte brings Bayley up. Charlotte whips but Bayley reverses, only for Charlotte to tumble to the apron. Charlotte shoulders in but into Bayley’s knee! Bayley crawls but Charlotte yanks Becky down! Charlotte hurries to tackle Bayley into the corner and ram her shoulder in more! Lacey tags in and stomps Bayley. Tag to Charlotte and Charlotte CHOPS Bayley! Charlotte keeps Bayley away from Becky, and tells her to kiss this. Charlotte scoops but Bayley slips out and clotheslines Charlotte down!
Both women are down but Charlotte slumps out of the ring. She goes after Becky again but gets kicked away! Hot tag brings in The Man! And The Man goes after the Queen with an ax handle! Becky puts Charlotte in then climbs up to missile dropkick her down! She hits a calf kick then keeps moving, to dropkick Lacey down! Becky aims a kick at Charlotte, then climbs back up. Becky leaps for a flying forearm! Charlotte flounders but Becky is on her with a Becksploder! Fans fire up but Charlotte elbows Becky back. Charlotte gives Becky a backbreaker to buckle shot, then puts her leg on the ropes to drop a knee! Becky dodges and mule kicks! Then hits Lacey for good measure. But Charlotte boots Becky down!
Charlotte goes after the leg but gets pushed into buckles. Becky rolls Charlotte but Charlotte rolls through to hold the ropes! The ref sees that and stops, Becky counters to a Disarm-Her! But Lacey returns with a Woman’s Right! But Bayley returns to tag in! And Bayley hits Lacey out! But Charlotte trips Bayley, only to get a cradle counter! Bayley and Becky win!!
Winners: Bayley & Becky Lynch, Bayley pinning
The champs stand tall! They take their belts back, but they each want what the other has. Will Becky get back to being the Double Champ? Or will Bayley become the first and only Women’s Triple Double?
Carmella and R-Truth are still running around backstage!?
And Jinder Mahal catches up to them! Mahal kicks and rolls Truth up, the ref counts, TWO!! Truth fights Mahal off and catches up to Carmella. Carmella leads Truth to the parking lot. They just gotta get to a car! But the B-Team clobbers Truth! Bo covers but Axel yanks him off! Axel and Bo argue, but Truth crawls away. The B-Team go after him again but he fights them off! Truth and Carmella hurry but the B-Team is still in pursuit! Will the 24/7 Champion make it a full day with the belt?
SmackDown returns with a backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.
After being MIA for weeks, he returns to viciously attack Kofi Kingston. But why? That question does deserve an answer, but Ziggler won’t give it here. He’ll give it out there. Ziggler returns to gorilla position and walks out on stage. Obviously fans boo and jeer, and he knows they’re upset. He’d boo himself, too. But this goes way back, to when Mustafa Ali got hurt and Kofi Kingston got his opportunity. Kofi knocked it out of the park, “but it should’ve been me.” Ziggler knows Kofi jumped through hoop after hoop and ran a gauntlet. After 11 long years of earning everything, Kofi was an overnight success, but it should be Ziggler. Kofi walked into Elimination Chamber and walked out the other side a star, but it should’ve been Ziggler!
Then Kofi went to Wrestlemania and fought Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship, while Ziggler was at home! Wrestlemania became Kofimania because he was the better wrestler and man, but it should’ve been Ziggler. Every day since, Kofi has outperformed every single critic and opponent, and he’s been a fighting champion with the respect and admiration of the fans, but it should’ve been Ziggler! So that’s why Ziggler did what he did tonight. “I had to.” So at Super Showdown, Ziggler will beat Kofi for the title because he has to. Ziggler will become WWE Champion, and the fans will have no choice but to respect, admire and love Ziggler!! Because it should’ve been him all along. Is Ziggler going to come back from Super Showdown the world champion out of desperation?
Shane returns on stage.
Becuase he wants to introduce SmackDown’s Greatest Acquisition, Elias. The Drifter appears as he plays his guitar, and Shane O’Mac follows him down the ramp. But the Big Dog is on his way, too! Will this MITB rematch last longer than the original?
Roman Reigns VS Elias w/ Shane McMahon!
SmackDown returns again as Roman makes his entrance. He joins Elias in the ring and the bell rings. They tie up and Roman fires off uppercuts! Elias flounders out of the ring but Roman pursues. Shane stays close but then Elias gets another uppercut! Roman bumps Elias off barriers, then takes aim to hit the Drive-By dropkick! Shane hurries away as Roman puts Elias in the ring. Roman makes sure Shane stays away, then join Elias in the ring. Elias kicks the ropes to get Roman low! DDT and cover, TWO! Elias is frustrated but Shane has confidence. Elias stomps Roman then rains down rights. He throws Roman right into a post! Roman falls out of the ring but Elias pursues to clothesline him back down! Elias strikes his new pose while we go to one more break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Roman hits Elias with a leaping lariat! Shane panics as Roman gives Elias the point-blank clotheslines! Roman goes up to 10, then runs to BOOT Elias down! Fans fire up with Roman as he locks ‘n’ loads! Shane waits to trip Roman up! Elias hits a leaping knee! Elias electric chair lifts but Roman slips out! Roman shoves Elias to uppercut him hard! Roman puts Elias up top to uppercut him again! Then Roman climbs to join Elias, and fireman’s carries! Elias fights back and slips out to get the electric chair again! He spins Roman for the sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Elias is shocked but Shane keeps focus for both of them. Shane coaches Elias up and Elias drags Roman to his feet. Fans duel as Elias fisherman, but Roman gets free to headbutt!
The two mean brawl back and forth with big haymakers now. Fans continue to duel, but Roman uppercuts only to get a big knee from Elias! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, but Shane helps Elias get the ropebreak! Roman knows it was Shane but Shane plays dumb. Roman goes out and gives Shane a Drive-By! But Elias baseball slides Roman! Then throws him into barriers and a post! And then the steel steps! Elias puts Roman in and hurries up top. Elias leaps, Macho Elbow! Cover, TWO!! Elias rains down rights and then Shane tells him to go after a buckle pad. Elias undoes a pad, but the ref sees that. This is so Shane can give Elias his guitar! Shane distracts the ref and Elias picks up the guitar, but Roman SPEARS Elias! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
But Shane goes right after him! Shane rains down rights on Roman, then picks up Elias’ guitar for himself. Shane aims at Roman, but gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman glares, and eyes Elias’ guitar. Roman picks the guitar up and Shane begs for mercy. Shane crawls to a corner, but here comes Drew McIntyre! CLAYMORE! Shane and McIntyre talk trash on Roman and Shane raises McIntyre’s hand. Roman goes down because Shane has more than one henchman. Will Roman have to have his head on a swivel at Super Showdown?
A great SmackDown to follow up Raw and MITB! Shane’s backstage phone call aside, the main segment of Big E’s return was a great opening. Big E was on point, hasn’t missed a beat. Sami and Kevin had a great part in this, too, from Kevin being grumpy to Sami having the two mics and being extra hyper. Kofi VS Sami was a great match, though I’m surprised that wasn’t he main event. But again, Roman was on the show so… That aside, Ziggler surprising everyone with his attack was a good move for him, and he delivered his “It should’ve been me” jealousy promo, but I’m not sure being jealous and bitter is the way to go. And it is a bit of a shame this isn’t going to be for Extreme Rules but for Super Showdown, because just imagine these two going No Disqualifications with this same motivations.
Ali VS Almas was a great opening match, too! It’s at least some semblance of making it up to Ali by having him win, since he was screwed out in more ways than one at MITB. Even though Demon Balor is not losing at Super Showdown and certainly not to Almas, it would be great if Ali’s win here prompts his own run at the Intercontinental Championship. Though, I do wish WWE wouldn’t give away it would be Demon Balor. Making the Demon a surprise is part of the fun. But I suppose it wouldn’t sell Super Showdown if he didn’t go Demon. The 24/7 Championship being all over the show was great, though I wished Sonya or Mella would try something. But at least now Truth can say he’s the longest reigning 24/7 Champion.
The women’s tag match tonight was really good, and I enjoy the tease that, especially in a Wild Card era, Becky and Bayley want to go belt for belt down the line. Obviously Charlotte and Lacey are far from out of the picture, perhaps both Raw and SmackDown can hold contenders tournaments heading towards Stomping Grounds. It would at least look better if Charlotte and/or Lacey had to earn their matches again instead of it just being automatic. Becky VS Lacey again is fine, but I would hope WWE serves us by having Charlotte lose to either Ember Moon, Mandy or Sonya. Bayley being a new champion should mean new match-ups, so her and any of the others would be great. Save Bayley VS Becky for Summerslam or Survivor Series.
Roman VS Elias and Shane running around obviously made for a better match than MITB’s, but it should’ve been obvious McIntyre would help after the match. Again I say this is Shane unofficially recreating the Mean Street Posse, and I hope this builds towards Survivor Series. But chances are, Super Showdown’s Roman VS Shane match just turns into a stepping stone towards that, which is actually a shame. Though, so much of Super Showdown isn’t really necessary, it is just fanservice to Saudi Arabia, so I suppose it would be par for the course.
My Score: 8.4/10