Raw heats up in the homestretch! Will Finn Balor retain the Intercontinental Championship against Bobby Lashley? Will Batista confront Triple H in person?
- Shelton Benjamin VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable; Black & Ricochet win.
- Nia Jax w/ Tamina VS Natalya; Nia wins, by disqualification.
- Kurt Angle VS Apollo Crews; Angle wins.
- Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin; No Contest.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
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The SHIELD is here!
And they start off Raw by walking down the stairs in Pittsburgh! Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose were victorious in their #OneLastTime match with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley at Fastlane. The Shield goes to the ring as fans give them a huge ovation. Roman picks up a mic and says, “Over the past few months, I’ve come to realize that life is short and tomorrow is not guaranteed”. If last night was truly the last time together, he has no regrets. Roman was in the ring doing what he loves with people he loves. Roman asked them for a favor and his brothers didn’t let him down, and he is forever grateful.
But as we all know, we’re on the Road to Wrestlemania. There are three men who need to handle their business. Roman hasn’t had a singles match in over five months, so let’s correct that tonight! Ambrose is fired up because has business to handle, too. Not even Ambrose knows what it is, but good luck with it. And the real business is Rollins’. How many years has he chased the dream? Fans chant “Slay the Beast!” Roman doesn’t want to speak for Rollins but that’s exactly what he’ll do! Rollins is in the main event, he is going to beat Brock Lesnar, and he’s going to take that WWE Universal Championship. And he’ll do it while everyone chants, “Burn It Down!” Roman and Ambrose hug Rollins and hand over the mic. And just like at Fastlane, we get one last Shield fist bump.
Rollins stays in the ring while Roman and Ambrose leave together. He gazes up at the Wrestlemania sign while fans continue to chant. “Last night at Fastlane, The Shield burned it down!” But ladies and gentlemen, it’s Paul Heyman. The Advocate to the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion “and Mr. Rollins’ conqueror in the main event of Wrestlemania,” BROCK LESNAR, is here. Rollins likes that, and also shouts, “BROCK! LESNAR!” The man who dominates his opponents. The man who dominated the Big Show, ran through Samoa Joe, took Braun Strowman to Suplex City, annihilated Goldberg. Well Heyman appreciates Rollins is doing his shtick for him. But yes, that’s Brock Lesnar.
Rollins marvels at THE BROCK LESNAR that had a real tough time getting by Daniel Bryan, and got pushed to his limits by AJ Styles. THE Brock Lesnar who came so close to being beat by Finn Balor. That Brock Lesnar? Heyman says, “Touche.” Seems to Rollins that Lesnar has a problem with guys who are Rollins’ size, stature, speed and style. And with all due respect to Finn, Styles and Bryan, but there is only one uniquely suited to defeating Lesnar: “Seth Freakin’ Rollins!” Rollins tells Heyman they have just over three weeks. Run your mouth all you want, because Rollins is going to Mania, taking the title off The Beast and bringing it home to Raw every single week!
Heyman is actually at a loss for words. But he says there will be NO slaying the Beast! Rollins runs down names, but he’s not telling the whole story! Lesnar had no time to prepare for those men. Shrug shoulders all you want but there’s no booing when Heyman’s talking! Lesnar VS Mahal became Lesnar VS Styles. Lesnar VS Styles became Lesnar VS Bryan. And Lesnar VS Strowman became Lesnar VS Finn! Each time, Lesnar had less than two weeks to prepare! So “with all due respect”, Rollins runs his mouth like he knows Lesnar rather than knowing all the F5’s he took! If Rollins wants to meet Lesnar, then Heyman gives BROCK LESNAR another video package. It’s a lot of F5’s and German Suplexes.
“Ever since you won the Royal Rumble,” Brock Lesnar has had his “sadistic fantasies” about what he’ll do to Rollins. Lesnar is prepared for Rollins in the main event of Wrestlemania. Does Rollins really think he knows Lesnar? He doesn’t know Lesnar. Because behind Rollins is Shelton Benjamin!? Benjamin suplexes Rollins around a lot like Lesnar would! The Gold Standard leaves Rollins down, is he going to soften the Architect up for the Beast?
Shelton Benjamin VS Seth Rollins!
Raw returns and this match begins! Rollins goes right at Benjamin but Benjamin throws him down. Rollins gets back up but Benjamin turns it around to a scoop slam. Benjamin grins and Heyman on commentary claims this is not a conspiracy. Rollins waistlocks and headlocks but Benjamin wrenches out to a keylock. Benjamin gets a headlock and takeover, then grinds his forearms into Rollins’ face. Heyman says Lesnar isn’t here because he’s busy training for Wrestlemania, as he is an athlete. Rollins fights his way up but Benjamin keeps the headlock. Fans rally and Rollins powers out. Benjamin runs Rollins over but things speed up. Rollins runs Benjamin over with an elbow!
Rollins CHOPS Benjamin then whips to ropes. He dropkicks Benjamin down and out of the ring! Rollins pursues and throws haymakers and chops! He bumps Benjamin off barriers and puts him back in the ring. Rollins throws haymakers and has Benjamin in the corner. Rollins CHOPS Benjamin more, then whips corner to corner. Benjamin reverses but runs into a boot. Rollins hops up, blockbuster! Fans fire up as Rollins stomps “Burn It Down!” Rollins aims at Benjamin, runs in, but Benjamin dodges. Benjamin suplexes but Rollins lands on his feet. Rollins dumps Benjamin out to then build speed, into a kick! Benjamin covers, TWO! The Architect is in trouble while we go to break.
Raw returns as Rollins endures a chinlock. Fans rally and he fights his way up. Rollins fights back with body shots but Benjamin knees low. Benjamin dumps Rollins out then throws him into barriers! Benjamin throws Rollins into apron then back into barriers then runs him over with a clothesline! Heyman takes a phone call, and we can only assume it’s Lesnar. Benjamin puts Rollins in the ring and shakes his head. Benjamin doesn’t seem impressed with the #1 contender. He drags Rollins up for a powerbomb but Rollins resists. Rollins overhead bridges, TWO! Benjamin powerbomb lifts but Rollins huricanranas Benjamin into buckles! Heyman confirms, Lesnar called and is upset by what commentary is saying about Heyman. Heyman also confirms that Lesnar will be here next week on Raw!
Fans fire up for Rollins as he CHOPS Benjamin. Rollins climbs up but leaps over Benjamin. He keeps moving, slingblade! Benjamin gets to a corner and Rollins runs in. Benjamin puts him on the apron but Rollins kicks back. Rollins springboards for a flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps his cool and takes aim at Benjamin. Benjamin dodges the kick and German suplexes Rollins! Benjamin drags Rollins up for another German! Fans rally but Benjamin taunts Rollins. Benjamin fireman’s carry, but Rollins slips out to SUPERKICK! And mule kick, to Curb Stomp! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Architect overcomes Heyman’s little ploy and picks up momentum for Wrestlemania! If Heyman is right and Lesnar is appearing next week, will Rollins have some “questions” for him?
But wait, here comes Finn Balor! Pittsburgh welcomes Balor Club, and his Intercontinental Championship! The Extraordinary Man shakes hands with The Architect, and heads to the ring. But Bobby Lashley glares via the titantron. Finn defends that very belt, up next!
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Bobby Lashley!
The Rocky Mountain Machine claims Finn is simply “borrowing” the title, given Finn pinned Lio Rush and not Lashley in their odd 2v1 championship match. Lashley takes his shot to take the belt back, will he hit his mark? Or will the Road to Wrestlemania stay Too Sweet?
Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance, and it really is without Lio Rush. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Finn and Lashley circle and tie up. Lashley waistlocks and slams Finn right down. He drags Finn up to bump him off buckles then stomp a mudhole into him. Lashley backs off at 4 but comes back to choke Finn on the ropes. He lets up at 4 again, and Finn staggers away. Lashley clubs Finn in the corner then stalks him. He puts on a neck wrench but Finn endures. Fans rally for Finn but Lashley shifts to the other direction. Lashley puts Finn on ropes to club and choke him. Lashley lets up to run but into a dropkick! Finn keeps on Lashley but Lashley powers him to a corner!
Lashley rams his shoulder in then runs corner to corner. Finn evades but his kick is blocked for an elbow! Lashley joins Finn on the apron, hauls him up, but Finn resists the suplex. Finn sends Lashley down with a dropkick, then Penalty Kicks! The Extraordinary Champion has control while we go to break.
Raw returns as Lashley grinds Finn down in a chinlock. Finn fights his way up as fans rally behind him. Finn pries the hold loose and fights back with fury! He runs but into a complete shot! Cover, TWO! Finn lives but sputters for air. Lashley stomps Finn down then circles him like a shark. Lashley drags Finn up for a powerbomb, but Finn fights free again. Finn sends Lahsley out but Lashley drags him out! Apron back suplex! Lashely covers, TWO! Lashley grows frustrated but looms over Finn. He toys with Finn then brings him up. Lashley throws a haymaker then wraps on the chinlock. Lashley shifts to an armlock and grinds his forearm on Finn’s face. Finn endures and works against this hold. But Lashley knees low and prepares the bomb. But Finn back drops! Lashley sunset flips but Finn rolls through, dropkick!
Finn boots Lashley from a corner. Finn throws forearms on the run, and knocks Lashley over! Lashley gets to a corner but Finn CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner but Lashley reverses. Finn goes up but gets caught! He slips out and trips Lashley for double stomps! Fans fire up while Lashley sputters. Finn aims but runs into Lashley’s arms! Lashley rams him into one corner then to the opposite! Lashley gut wrenches to the Canadian rack, but Finn slips out and rolls up! TWO, but Finn keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl long dart! Lashley runs corner to corner, but into a slingblade! Lashley gets up fast but staggers to a corner. Finn runs in to shotgun dropkick! Lashley’s down in the drop zone, Finn climbs up! But who is ringing the bell? Lio Rush!! Lio snatches the belt and shouts that it doesn’t belong to Finn!
Finn gives chase, but sees Lashley coming. Finn kicks Lio down, then slingshots, into a SPEAR!! Cover, Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Man of the Hour redeems himself as he helps Lashley take the belt back! The Rocky Mountain Machine is again champion, but will Finn find a way back to Wrestlemania?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
He takes on Roman Reigns later tonight, but people still bring up Corbin’s “out of line” comments. What did he even say? Footage replays from October as Corbin belittled Roman’s leukemia, and acted like Roman shouldn’t come back. Yes, Corbin said that. But he’s not worried about other people’s feelings. Corbin just wanted Roman gone from the ring. But now he’s back. Overcoming that disease surely took it’s toll, and after Fastlane, no one is 100%. Corbin’s been the one carrying Raw on his back while Roman was away. He promises to house train the Big Dog, but will he get bit?
Ronda Rousey is here!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet and Raw Women’s Champion heads right to the ring and picks up a mic. At Fastlane, she interfered directly in the match between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, practically handing Becky a spot in the title match at Wrestlemania. But she doesn’t give a damn what “bandwagon b*tches” think when they all cheered when Becky beat her with a crutch. Becky’s their hero because they’re all cowards. But Becky and Charlotte will have nowhere to hide. There is no sanctuary, Ronda is going to desecrate their place of worship on the Grandest Stage of Them All. It’s why Ronda wanted them both in one match, so she can expose WWE as the carny con-artists they are. And no one can stop her!
In fact, the WWE could even make this a Handicap Match and Ronda wouldn’t break a sweat. Anyone who believes in Becky, Charlotte or this charade is a joke! But just as Ronda’s about to leave, Dana Brooke appears to respond. Dana tells Ronda this is enough. Enough of Ronda’s venom. Dana is the woman with nothing left to lose in the WWE! She won’t let Ronda disrespect hits company or its fans! Dana may not be the big time fighter, but she loves this company and this business! She’s worked so hard just to be here, just to have some respect, and to prove that she belongs! Each week, Dana fights for her chance, but barely even gets the time of day! So Dana may not be a household name, but all she wants is just one chance.
Dana brings up that Ronda has made a habit of defending after a PPV, so Dana wants to accept that challenge. Ronda kicks Dana down! And then grounds ‘n’ pounds! Dana bails out but Ronda pursues to throw her around! Ronda puts Dana back in the ring and rolls her into the Piper’s Pit! Referees rush the ring and Ronda spares Dana. To SLAP a ref! Ronda picks up her jacket and her belt and takes her leave. Will Ronda simply toy with The Queen and The Man at Wrestlemania?
Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable!
The Unexpected Duo of Dutch Destroyer and King of Flight were robbed of a proper Raw Tag Team Championship match by the GLORIOUS Duo once, and then they were in the way in the Triple Threat at Fastlane. But now they look to settle things directly! Will Aleister & Ricochet make Roode & Gable #FadetoBlack?
Raw returns as Roode & Gable finish their entrance. The teams sort out and Gable starts with Aleister. Gable throws forearms but Aleister fires them back! Gable tackles Aleister to the corner and tags in Roode. They double whip but Aleister rolls off their backs. Aleister dumps Gable out and fires off on Roode. He sweeps the leg but Roode dodges the knee to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode keeps on Aleister with kicks and body shots. Roode puts Aleister in the corner and CHOPS! Tag to Gable and Roode suplexes Aleister. Roode then back suplexes Gable for the splash. Cover, TWO! Gable keeps on Aleister with a figure four knot to chinlock. Aleister endures as Gable digs an elbow in. Fans rally up but Gable tags in Roode. The GLORIOUS Duo stomp a mudhole into Aleister.
Roode drags Aleister up for a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Roode wraps on a rear bearhug and squeezes tight. Aleister fights and fans rally. Aleister fights out but Roode shoves for another spinebuster, but Aleister sunset flips. TWO, and Roode knees low. Roode whips Aleister to an open corner but misses! Tag to Ricochet! Ricochet rallies on Roode and Gable gets a neckbreaker! Ricochet dodges Roode to huricanrana him to a corner! He rams his shoulder in then springboards, btu Roode dodges. Tag to Gable and Ricochet fights off Roode. Gable catches him in a waistlock. Blockbuster Chaos Theory! Bridging cover, TWO! Ricochet lives but Gable tags Roode back in. They coordinate but Ricochet disrupts the combo. Gable lands on his feet but so does Ricochet. Ricochet spins Gable to lariat!
Ricochet rolls Roode out of the DDT, TWO! Roode has Ricochet, TWO! Tag to Aleister! Roode has Ricochet but gets a roundhouse! To a spinning knee! Ricochet dropkicks Gable, Roode takes BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister & Ricochet win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Black pinning
The air strike strikes and wins again! Will the NXT all-stairs still find a way to take over the main roster?
But The Revival attacks from behind! The #TopGuys ruin the celebration, but they back off when Roode & Gable walk up. Who will make their way to Wrestlemania to challenge Dash & Dawson for those titles?
It’s time for A Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess walks on set and takes her seat. This is a very special episode, because the 1 BILLION social media followers have been buzzing. Not just about The Shield’s farewell address of the Intercontinental Championship change, but about Alexa’s scoop. She knows who the Wrestlemania host will be this year. Think about who they’ve had. Kim Khardashian is not as big as this person. The Rock is not as electrifying as this person. And The New Day aren’t near as positive as this person. This year’s host is none other than… Alexa Bliss! Yes, it’s The Goddess herself! She gets to host Wrestlemania!
It’s such a shock, she had nothing prepared, but well, the only thing she can say is… “It is such an honor for the WWE Universe, you’re welcome.” Fans know “You Deserve It!” and so does she. Finally, the brightest star will be on the grandest stage. This has been your Moment of Bliss.
Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.
Does The Monster Among Men regret assaulting Colin Jost? He and Michael Che will be the guest correspondents at Wrestlemania. Well Jost better stay away from Strowman. Because Strowman liked jacking Jost up. An attendant says Strowman’s car is here. What car? The Monster has a mystery on his hands while we go to break.
Raw returns, and there’s a car with a card. The attendant reads it: “Dear Mr. Strowman, we both said and did things we regret.” On behalf of the Saturday Night Live cast, Jost got him this car. Don’t destroy it like you did Vince’s limo because there are no more title matches to screw him out of. “LOL”, your friend, Colin Jost. See you at Mania. Well it does look nice. But Strowman rips the car apart! It’s too small for Strowman, anyway. What’s under the hood? Strowman rips it and the front bumper off! Strowman tells the attendant to send this piece of the car to Jost and let him know the next time they meet, it’ll be live from New York. Is SNL gonna #GetTheseHands?!
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter returns to his hometown and they’re glad to see him! Strowman did not appreciate that gift, but Elias is sure Pittsburgh will appreciate his. Elias promised himself not to return home until he was a hero everyone could believe in. Well, here he is. Elias begins to play, and fans cheer. He’s got just one question for everyone: “Who Wants to Walk With Elias?!” Steel City sure does. Statistically speaking, it is a miracle Elias is such a success. Because there is overwhelming evidence that being born in Pitt means you’ll be an enormous waste of life. Elias returns home and is quickly reminded of just how miserable everyone is here. And those miserable people hold the great ones back.
That is what Elias told Antonio Brown. “Tony, you’ve already got their money, now do whatever you can to force a trade.” And now he looks great in silver and black. But here comes No Way Jose and his conga line! Jose even has a new look! But Elias wrecks him with a dropkick! And throws him into barriers! Elias runs through the conga line and rains down rights on Jose. Elias scares off the rest of the party people before giving Jose Drift Away on the ramp! The frustration has finally boiled over and the fiesta’s done. Will Elias ever truly have his moment?
WWE proudly announces that Harlem Heat is headed to the Hall of Fame!
Booker T and Stevie Ray ruled over tag team wrestling in WCW as 10-time world tag team champions! Such an accomplishment still stands tall today, “now can you dig that, SUCKAAA~!?”
Lacey Evans walks out!
The Sassy Southern Belle struts to commentary, but her strut to the back is interrupted by Nia Jax & Tamina. Nia and Tamina just shrug her off and head to the ring. The Irresistible Force takes on the Queen of Harts for what happened at Fastlane!
Nia Jax w/ Tamina VS Natalya!
Once again, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match did not go the way the Samoan Dynasty wanted, and they took it out on The Boss & Hug Connection after the match, and even Beth Phoenix who was on commentary! The Queen of Harts rushed to rescue her good friend but got beat down, too. Can Natty get revenge on the Irresistible Force on the Glamazon’s behalf?
Raw returns as Natty makes her entrance, and she has a mic. Natty tells Nia and Tamina that after what they did, it got Natty thinking about who has her back. She used to think it was Ronda, but seems she didn’t know her that well. Natty doesn’t trust Nia and Tamina, but she does trust this woman: The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix! Beth returns to Raw to be Natty’s back up! The Queen of Harts hits the ring and we begin!
Natty goes right at Nia with fast hands, but Nia runs her over! Nia drags Natty up and tosses her to a corner. Nia runs into boots but Tamina grabs a foot! Beth protests while Nia squashes Natty in the corner. So Beth goes after Nia herself!
Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification
But The Glamazon keeps fighting, sending Nia out of the ring! Tamina runs in but Beth takes care of her, too! Some of the most physically powerful women in the WWE are ready to fight, but when and where will the Samoan Dynasty have to answer to the Divas of Doom?
But wait, the Boss & Hug Connection come for revenge in gorilla position! Security and officials do their best to stop this scrap, but this is far from over! Will Sasha Banks & Bayley get their own revenge on Nia & Tamina?
Cars pulls into the arena parking lot.
And who emerges? Dave Batista! The Animal, with quite a bit of security, heads inside!
Triple H is here!
The Game saw The Animal arrive, so he’s going to wait for him in the ring. HHH dares Batista to show up and fans even chant for him. The music hits, and Batista walks out on stage! But so does his personal security. The bodyguards walk ahead of Batista on the ramp and fans boo. Batista picks up a mic but takes a moment as fans chant and jeer. HHH speaks first. “You just gonna stand there looking like a nose-ring model or are you gonna come to the ring like I asked you to and face me like a man?” Nice guards, by the way. Probably for HHH’s protection, right? Batista speaks. The security is because Batista’s not stupid. He learned, he paid attention to the two dirtiest players in the game: HHH, and Ric Flair. Batista admits the guards are here for his protection. Where’s the sledge hammer?
But HHH’s biggest mistake was underestimating him. Batista says they’re doing this by his terms. Give Batista what he wants. That’s all he needs. HHH isn’t giving “Dave” a damn thing. Why should he? How many times has Batista quit the WWE? And HHH is supposed to hand Batista stuff? Because he’s a Hollywood star now? HHH isn’t giving Batista anything, which leads us to the next option: since Batista won’t go to HHH, HHH will go to him. HHH will walk up the ramp, tear his way through the Guardians of the Indies, and beat Batista’s ass on stage! Batista says that’s not happening. HHH can try, but Batista will be long gone.
Batista admits he quit, but because he wanted to get away from HHH holding him down and looking down on him. It’s all HHH has ever done. Batista has wanted one thing for years, and he’ll get it or he’ll hurt those HHH loves! HHH is NOT giving Batista anything but the beating he deserves! So be a man, get in the ring, and take it. But Batista knows HHH wants it, too. He sees that it’s tearing HHH inside. HHH won’t give Batista what he wants because he wants to be in control. But Batista wants it, and HHH won’t give it to him. HHH vows it’s the beating and nothing more. No, Batista wants HHH at Mania! Is that what this is about?! Beating up a 70-year-old man and hiding behind bodyguards because of a match!? If that’s what Batista wants, “YOU’RE ON!!”
Batista thanks HHH. One last match for Batista to end his career on his terms. Because he’ll use it to end HHH’s career on his terms. See you at Mania. Batista turns to leave, but HHH says Batista’s right. But dig down deep, Mr. Hollywood. Find whatever scrap is left of the REAL Animal, because the match is on HHH’s terms. “Bring everything you have, because there will be no rules, no restrictions,” NO HOLDS BARRED!! The Game has laid down the law, but will it be #GameOver at Wrestlemania?
Kurt Angle is here!
Pittsburgh’s own Olympic Gold Medalist returns home to the loving ovation of “You Suck!” Angle goes to the ring and he even looks dressed to compete. “23 years ago, I left Pittsburgh to compete in the Olympic Games.” And yes, he won a gold medal with a “broken freakin’ neck.” Then Angle traveled with the WWE and pro-wrestling for the next 20 years. He has competed against any number of legends and icons, but Pittsburgh has always been his home. That’s why he wanted to say this here. At Wrestlemania, Angle competes in his farewell match. Angle thanks the WWE, every superstar he ever shared a locker room with, and all of the fans along the way. He literally had the time of his life. The fans chant “Thank You, Kurt!” but he thanks them. Angle feels it’s only right for one last match in Pittsburgh, too!
Kurt Angle VS Apollo Crews!
One of Angle’s biggest fans gets to compete against him for the first time, and the last time. Will Angle kick off his farewell tour with success or failure?
Raw returns and the bell rings. Angle and Apollo tie up and Apollo gets the headlock. Angle powers out but Apollo runs him over. Things speed up and Angle hip tosses Apollo then arm-drags him. Angle gets the armlock and Pittsburgh cheers. Apollo gets up and powers Angle to a corner. Apollo throws body shots then whips corner to corner. Angle counters but runs into a boot. But Apollo runs into Angle’s belly2belly! Angle runs in but misses and Apollo drops him with a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps on Angle with a suplex then covers, ONE! Apollo stays on Angle with a chinlock. Fans rally for Angle and Angle fights his way up. Angle fights out and throws hands but Apollo throws some back. They go back and forth but Angle gets a German Suplex! Angle holds on for another! And the hat trick! Cover, TWO!
Angle stalks Apollo as the younger star stands up. Angle Slam escaped with an arm-drag! Enziguri! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Angle survives but Apollo doesn’t let up. Apollo heads up top, and leaps! Frog Splash FLOPS! Angle Slam! Cover, Angle wins!
Winner: Kurt Angle, by pinfall
Pittsburgh celebrates with their hero! Angle shows Apollo respect with a handshake, Apollo returns it with a hug. The farewell tour begins with a victory, but will it end with one at Wrestlemania?
Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!
The Big Dog has his first singles match in five months, and it’s to silence the sarcastic and obnoxious Lone Wolf. Will this still be Roman’s Yard? Or will Corbin take advantage of Roman’s time away?
But Drew McIntyre attacks first! The Scottish Terminator rains down rights on Roman, but he isn’t done there. He throws Roman right into a post! The referee checks on Roman while McIntyre glares from above. McIntyre goes out and drags Roman up, but Roman fights back! Roman uppercuts but McIntyre Claymores! McIntyre looks down upon a rocked Roman, then dares him to get up and fight. Roman crawls while McIntyre takes aim again. McIntyre Claymores Roman into a post! “I promise you, Roman!” McIntyre says. “This is just the beginning!” Referees and medics come to Roman’s aide and keep McIntyre back. Roman does his best to clear his head, but insists he’s fine.
Seth Rollins appears to check on Roman, but Roman tells him he’s okay, too. Rollins walks with Roman to the ramp, all the while assuring him it’ll be fine. Roman walks on his own at the stage, but he’s definitely still dizzy. Will Roman be alright to eventually make his singles return?
The Shield walks with Roman backstage.
Ambrose is furious but Rollins assures them Roman will get checked out and it’ll be fine. Roman accepts and goes into the trainer’s room, but Ambrose huffs and puffs up to HHH. “I want to fight Drew McIntyre, tonight.” And in Falls Count Anywhere. HHH gives Ambrose the match. Will the Lunatic reek revenge on the Scottish Terminator?
Falls Count Anywhere: Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre!
But as McIntyre makes his way back out, he tells Dean, “I just want to know one thing. Are you gonna take this beating like a man? Or are you gonna squeal like your pathetic brother, Roman?!” Ambrose rushes McIntyre on the ramp! The bell rings and the fight is on! McIntyre suplexes but Ambrose counters to his own! McIntyre gets off stage but Ambrose leaps onto him! Ambrose throws McIntyre into barriers and they break through to the crowd! McIntyre hits back but Ambrose bumps him off barriers .And again! Ambrose chases McIntyre up the stairs and throws headlock punches. McIntyre rakes Ambrose’s eyes then chops him back. They go up the stairs and throw more CHOPS! Ambrose chases McIntyre again as they head further up.
McIntyre hits back and drags Ambrose the rest of the way up. McIntyre bounces Ambrose off the hand rail then brings him to the top. He scoops and throws Ambrose into the wall! Fans chant for Ambrose but McIntyre drags him up to bring him to the edge! Ambrose holds on for dear life and bites McIntyre’s fingers! Ambrose jumps with ax handles! And he smashes McIntyre with a garbage can! This fight will continue all over the arena while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once again, and Ambrose kicks over the ref to get at McIntyre. They go back down the stairs as Ambrose throws forearms. McIntyre gets away from Ambrose but Ambrose pursues. McIntyre rocks Ambrose and covers, TWO! He stands Ambrose up and they start chopping! They go back to barriers and Ambrose dumps McIntyre over. Ambrose climbs the barrier and leaps, into McIntyre’s overhead suplex! McIntyre pulls the steel steps apart, and aims at Ambrose. He rams the steel into Ambrose’s head! Cover, TWO! McIntyre brings the steps up again and holds them high up. He runs and rams Ambrose again! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grows frustrated with Ambrose but he deadlift suplexes him down! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Ambrose while McIntyre drags him back into the crowd. McIntyre throws forearms. “I’m going to take out The Shield one by one.” Ambrose low blows McIntyre to shut him up! And he fires off furious fists from all sides! Ambrose paces about but McIntyre jabs him with a chair, and SMACKS him on the back! McIntyre brings Ambrose around and snake eyes on barriers! McIntyre stalks Ambrose with the chair, but Ambrose kicks back. Ambrose bumps McIntyre off production trunks. He puts McIntyre on it, and takes him for a ride! Ambrose rams McIntyre into another trunk! Then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! McIntyre drags himself up but Ambrose bounces his head off the trunks. McIntyre and Ambrose end up near commentary and then on stage.
Ambrose pursues McIntyre, cradle on the stage! TWO, and McIntyre rains down rights on Ambrose again. McIntyre drags Ambrose up and to the announce desk! He clears it off but Ambrose back suplexes him on it! Ambrose leaps on and rains down rights of his own. Ambrose fires up but McIntyre low blows back! McIntyre jams a pencil in Ambrose’s eye?! And then scoops Ambrose to long dart him into the LED boards! He does it again! Cover, TWO! Ambrose still lives, but he can barely stand. McIntyre mocks Ambrose but Ambrose SLAPS him! McIntyre slaps back, then slaps Ambrose around. He drags Ambrose through railing and hammers away. Ambrose is stuck, CLAYMORE!! The railing breaks off! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The Scottish Terminator wrecks Roman and brutalizes Ambrose! Will he finish his mission of shattering The Shield for good on the Road to Wrestlemania?
But somehow, Ambrose rises?! How is Ambrose still moving!? CLAYMORE again! We go off the air as McIntyre storms off. When and where will he look to do the same to The Architect?
Well this certainly wasn’t a bad Raw. The Shield’s farewell speech was mostly by Roman but it was well done, and it segued into Rollins’ segment with Heyman and Benjamin smoothly. Rollins’ and Heyman’s debate over Lesnar was pretty good, and both had valid points. Naturally Rollins wins against Benjamin to keep him strong, though I wouldn’t expect Lesnar’s appearance next week to turn into him giving Rollins another beating. Lesnar will likely leave laughing to keep with his usual pattern. The rest of The Shield had quite the night, too, with Corbin setting Roman up for a trap like that. McIntyre is still on his own mission to end The Shield, and wrecking Roman gets him heat and Roman some sympathy.
WWE still needs to be careful not to overdo Sympathetic Roman, but for this, it’ll be fine. Ambrose VS McIntyre was really fun, and that ending was incredible. I’m hoping for Roman & Ambrose VS McIntyre & Corbin at Mania. It won’t violate the One Last Time as it won’t be the full Shield. Rollins has Lesnar to take care of, so Roman and Ambrose can be victorious on their own to shut up Corbin and McIntyre. This allows Ambrose to ride off into the sunset should he really be leaving, and leaving indefinitely. Angle also has his own farewell coming, and probably a more real one than the rest. Apollo was a good choice to start this farewell tour, as both fan and truly athletic competitor. Angle can take on any number of superstars for his final match, but both putting them over or Angle leaving on top would be great.
I was really surprised to see Finn lose the Intercontinental Championship, but it worked for it to be because Lio Rush interfered. Finn will surely want payback on both of them, but whatever match we get, I would hope Finn wins it by beating Lashley directly. Elimination Chamber was about Finn getting the title at all, so Wrestlemania should be about him overcoming a beefy opponent. Ronda’s explanation wasn’t quite what I expected, but it does up her Heel persona. As does denying poor Dana a title match. Ironically, WWE wants Ronda to be a Heel but this way of acting is what’s getting fans to like her again. I’d hope for more from Becky and Charlotte on SmackDown tomorrow. As for Dana, maybe she should go to SmackDown, they’ve got more room there.
The “face-to-face” of HHH and Batista was interesting. The dialogue was good but the fact no action happened was a bit of a let down. But now that it’s No Holds Barred, the match is going to be even more fun. Alexa Bliss announcing herself as the Wrestlemania host was clever, but it sounds like Alexa still isn’t quite ready for an in-ring return. A shame, because I think she and Lacey Evans would’ve had a good program. All Lacey’s done since is strut about. Maybe something happens at Wrestlemania that at least causes a confrontation between them. And it definitely sounds like there’s going to be a confrontation between Strowman and Jost. That poor car… Elias was great on the mic as always, and he wrecks No Way Jose. Maybe Double J shows up next week and we get back to that.
Aleister & Ricochet VS Roode & Gable was really good, but I’m hoping they get to shine on the main roster in singles matches more. Granted, there is the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic that Aleister & Ricochet are in, but after that and once their main roster call-ups are permanent, both of them could try for the Intercontinental or United States Championships with great results. Of course, with The Revival attacking them, things might not be down as far as the Raw Tag Team Championships. Given the complications on NXT with Tommaso Ciampa’s neck surgery, I wonder if Aleister & Ricochet end up competing on both TakeOver and Mania… The Women’s Tag situation is going how I expected, Divas of Doom are looking as the likely legends team. SmackDown will need to have their own response for these titles to be cross-branded, though.
My Score: 8/10
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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