The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic enters the semifinals! Shayna Baszler will learn who her next challenger is! Who moves closer to NXT TakeOver: New York?
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: Mustache Mountain VS The Forgotten Sons; The Forgotten Sons win and advance to the finals.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match: Io Shirai VS Bianca Belair; No Contest
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: DIY VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; Aleister & Ricochet win and advance to the finals.
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Four teams remain.
The War Raiders address the semifinalists in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Aleister Black & Ricochet, Moustache Mountain, The Forgotten Sons, and DIY. “Tonight, we will be watching. It doesn’t matter which team emerges the victor, because none of you are ready for war!”
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: Mustache Mountain VS The Forgotten Sons!
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate look to become two-time NXT Tag Team Champions, but Steve Cutler & Welsey Blake look to immortalize themselves on that DRTTC trophy! Who moves on to the finals and one step closer to TakeOver: New York?
Teams sort out and Bate starts with Blake. They tie up and fans are strongly behind Moustache Mountain. Blake gets a wristlock but Bate rolls and handsprings to reverse. Blake stands and scoop slams Bate down. Tag to Cutler but Bate dodges the elbow drop. Bate runs and runs Cutler over, then snap suplexes! Cover, ONE, but Bate grabs the arm. Bate wrenches but Cutler powers out. Cutler hits Bate hard with an elbow then stomps him down. Cutler puts Bate in a corner for more, then tags Blake. Blake drags Bate up for a neckbreaker and covers, TWO! Blake keeps on Bate with a cobra clutch. He thrashes Bate around but fans rally up. Bate endures as Blake leans on the clutch. Bate feeds off the energy of the fans and reaches for Seven. Blake suplexes but Bate slips out. Bate dodges and tags in Seven!
Seven sends Blake out and boots Cutler down. Seven CHOPS Cutler then CHOPS Blake, and repeat! Fans fire up with Seven as he fakes Cutler out to a DDT! Blake kicks Seven and goes to suplex, but Seven scoops quickly for a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Seven CHOPS Blake again then whips. Cutler tags in and Blake slides. Blake anchors one leg, Cutler chop blocks to other! Seven’s bad knee is now a prime target, Cutler gives the leg a DDT and a yank! Cutler drags Seven over but Seven holds ropes. Cutler puts the leg on the rope to sit down on it! He drags Seven over, tag to Blake. Blake comes around the side to leg drop the bad leg! Cover, TWO! Blake keeps between Seven and Bate while fans rally for the “Big Strong Boys!”
Blake spins for a toehold but Seven does his best to fight back. Seven hammers but Blake spins through again. Blake wrenches and Seven shouts, but fans rally. Blake switches legs but Seven cradles! TWO, and Seven scrambles for Bate! Blake stops Seven and puts on the Figure Four! But Seven switches it around fast! Blake and Seven reach for their corners, Blake drags Seven with him to a ropebreak! Tag to Cutler and Cutler stomps Seven down. Cutler goes for a shin breaker but gets a sunset flip! TWO and Cutler anchors Seven. Seven enziguris but misses! Cutler drags Seven up but Seven throws elbows. They both throw clotheslines and take each other out! Fans fire up and hot tags to Bate and Blake! Bate rallies on Blake then whips him to a corner. Bate tosses Blake with a back drop! Cutler returns to get a dropkick!
Both Forgotten Sons are in a corner, Bate sandwiches them with a European Uppercut! Bate lifts Cutler, for the airplane spin! But Bate sees Blake climb up, and adds him to the stack! Bate shows he IS a Big Strong Boy when he BIPLANE spins! Bate gets a few rotations but has to drop the Forgotten Sons off. He DOUBLE Huricanranas them out! Bate goes to the apron for a Shooting Star, but both Forgotten Sons get clear! But Bate catches Cutler to toss him at Blake! Fans cheer as Bate nips up! Shooting Star to Blake! Bate puts Blake in and then climbs. Jaxson Ryker warns Blake, but Bate hits the corkscrew moonsault! Cover, but Cutler breaks it!
Cutler goes to throw Bate out but Bate throws him. Tag to Seven and Moustache Mountain coordinate. Full nelson and rebound lariat Dragon Suplex! Cover, but Ryker helps Blake get a ropebreak! Cutler brings Blake out but Bate FLIES onto them both! Bate puts Blake back in and tags. Bate climbs while Seven lifts Blake. But Cutler shoves Bate down and Ryker clobbers him!! The referee didn’t see that because Seven and Blake collapsed! Seven realizes what happened, though, and runs at Ryker, only for Cutler to intercept with a knee! Blake puts Bate in, tags in Cutler, MEMORY REMAINS! Cover, The Forgotten Sons win?!
Winners: The Forgotten Sons, Steve Cutler pinning; advance to the finals
This was the biggest win of this stable’s career! The Forgotten Sons shock everyone, but will they make everyone remember their names?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.
What is the reason why the Original Bro interrupted The Velveteen Dream? Well he just wanted to say hi, and to get a look at that NXT North American Championship. Riddle isn’t just here to wrestle- But Adam Cole interrupts. Riddle thinking he can just have a North American Championship match proves to Cole just how clueless Riddle is. Sooner or later, Cole is going to have that title back. “And that’s Undisputed.” Riddle says what’s actually undisputed. Cole talks a tough game and he’s pretty good, but if he wants to continue this chat, do it in the ring, bro. Will Cole accomplish the Undisputed Era’s mission by going through Riddle? Or will Riddle earn a chance at an even closer look at the North American Championship?
Shayna Baszler is here!
The only two-time NXT Women’s Champion joins commentary because she wants to see this next match with her own eyes.
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match: Io Shirai VS Bianca Belair!
The Genius of the Sky pinned the Queen of Spades, but as it has been pointed out, it was in a Six Woman Tag match. The EST pushed Baszler to her limit, but it wasn’t enough to stay truly Un-De-Fea-Ted. Will Shirai earn her first shot at the title? Or will Bianca earn a shot at redemption against Shayna?
The bell rings and fans duel as Shirai and Belair circle. Belair pie faces Shirai around but Shirai takes pride in the fans being divided. They tie up and Belair gets a full nelson on. She thrashes Shirai around but Shirai slips out to shove Belair back. Shirai and Belair speed up and Belair runs Shirai over. Things speed up again and Belair shows her agility with the handspring, but Shirai shoves her again. They go again, Shirai shows off her handsprings and she dropkicks Belair out! Shirai builds speed but Belair gets clear. Shirai goes to the apron and huricanranas, but Belair blocks to alley-oop her onto stairs! Belair drags Shirai up and in and covers, TWO! Belair stomps Shirai and covers again, TWO! Fans cheer but Belair grows frustrated.
Belair drags Shirai up and scoops but Shirai slips out. Shirai rolls up, TWO! Belair runs Shirai over and hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Belair drags Shirai up into seated double chicken wings. Baszler is not amused or impressed, but fans rally up. Shirai powers up and victory rolls to STOMP! Shirai drop toeholds Belair down, then shouts out to Rey Mysterio with the Tiger Feint Kick! Belair flounders and Shirai springboards for a missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Shirai as she runs in at Belair, Meteora! Then double jump but Belair trips Shirai into the Tree of Woe. HAIR WHIP! Belair drags Shirai into the drop zone then climbs up top. Shirai returns to throw palm strikes but Belair clubs her back. Shirai and Belair brawl up top, but Shirai SLAPS Belair! SUPER STEINER!
Fans fire up as Shirai climbs again, Asai Moonsault onto knees! SPEAR from Belair! But both women are down, so Baszler makes her move. Baszler drags Shirai out and throws her down, then goes after Belair!
Baszler puts Belair in the Kirafuda Klutch! But here comes Kairi Sane! The Pirate Princess runs in but into the Kirafuda, too! Baszler grins as she makes Sane fade out! But Shirai is back with furious forearms! Baszler shoves her but gets a SHOTEI! Shirai tosses Baszler out then goes to check on Sane. But Baszler’s back and puts Shirai in the Kirafuda! Baszler drops down to body scissors and makes Shirai pass out, too! The Queen of Spades just choked out three top contenders, but who will she end up facing in New York?
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler.
What prompted that attack during the #1 Contender’s match? Baszler says that all these women want a shot at the title, but no one has shown they’re worthy. There’s not a single woman worthy of a match. Well then William Regal wants her to know that not one but all three women will have their shot. It will be a Fatal 4 Way of Baszler VS Belair VS Shirai VS Sane at NXT TakeOver: New York! Baszler has no words, but will she end up eating her words after Wrestlemania Weekend?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals: DIY VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!
This entire tournament has been about the unexpected! No one expected the Dutch Destroyer and King of Flight to mesh so well as a team. No one expected Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano to bury the hatchet and reunite. And no one expected the Forgotten Sons to make it to the finals! Which unexpected scenario do we get in the tournament finals?
DIY already brought the theme song back, now they bring the shirts back! Teams sort out and we start with Ciampa and Aleister. The two circle and tie up, and then break. Ciampa pie faces but dodges the kicks! He rolls Aleister then knees low. Ciampa whips but Aleister dodges to roll of Ciampa’s back. Aleister boots and knees Ciampa, to add a sliding knee! Cover, ONE, but Ciampa runs into a drop toehold. Aleister has Ciampa with an arm wrench then tags in Ricochet. Ricochet elbows the arm then wrenches it again. Ricochet puts Ciampa on the mat but fans rally up. Ciampa works his way to a headlock but Ricochet rolls him off. Ciampa BOOTS Ricochet to his corner. Tag to Gargano and DIY work together to snapmare and dropkick Ricochet down. Cover, TWO!
Fans duel again as Gargano has Ricochet in a corner. Gargano whips corner to corner but Ricochet goes up and over. Gargano sunset flips but Ricochet rolls through to roll Gargano. Things speed up, headscissors but Ricochet lands on his feet. Things speed up again, handspring but Gargano denies the huricanrana. They each kick and dodge, but Ricochet comes back with the handspring and headscissors! Ricochet dropkicks Gargano out of the ring! Ricochet builds speed but Ciampa saves Gargano, so Ricochet handsprings and hero lands. Ciampa gets up but Ricochet dropkicks him down. Aleister runs in, but he fakes DIY out with his springboard to sit-down! Ricochet joins Aleister and fans fire up! DIY regroups while fans chant for “Ricochet! Aleister!”
Ricochet sees Gargano coming but then Ciampa gets around the back. Ricochet elbows Ciampa away but runs into Gargano’s slingshot spear! Gargano drags Ricochet over and suplexes him for a cover, ONE. Gargano drags Ricochet up and into the corner. Tag to Ciampa and DIY mug Ricochet. Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Ricochet while fans duel again. Ciampa catapult guillotines Ricochet! Tag to Gargano and DIY split the wish bone. Ricochet sputters for air but Gargano is on him with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Gargano keeps on Ricochet and tags in Ciampa. DIY mug Ricochet more and Ciampa gives Ricochet a neckbreaker of his own. Ciampa mocks Aleister with the cross-leg, but the ref keeps Aleister back. Ciampa drags Ricochet back over to bump off buckles.
Tag to Gargano and Ciampa feeds Ricochet to the boots. Gargano covers, TWO! Gargano keeps Ricochet down with a keylock stomp! Tag to Ciampa and Ciampa snapmares Ricochet to a chinlock. Fans rally again and Ricochet feeds off the energy. Ricochet fights with body shots and uppercuts, but Ciampa keeps him from reaching Aleister. Ricochet forearms but Gargano tags in. Ciampa boots and Gargano enziguris! Gargano slingshots for the DDT, but Ricochet blocks it! Ricochet rocks Ciampa but Gargano hits a discus clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gargano drags Ricochet back over and tags Ciampa. Ciampa goes side to side for a knee! Cover, TWO! Ciampa drags Ricochet up and tags Gargano.
DIY works together with double whips but Ricochet dodges. Ricochet waistlocks, Gargano standing switches but Ricochet blocks Ciampa’s boot. Ricochet fights them both off, and throws Gargano into Ciampa, neckbreaker causes the DDT! They’re all down but fans rally as Ricochet crawls for Aleister. Hot tag to Aleister! Aleister rallies on Gargano, sweeps the legs and drives in the knee! Aleister handsprings but dodges Ciampa, DOUBLE Quebrada! Cover, TWO! Aleister fires up again and drags Gargano up. Suplex but Gargano knees out. Gargano blocks one boot but gets another. Aleister sweeps but Gargano jumps over to buzzsaw! Gargano runs in but is put on the apron. Gargano slingshots into a knee! Brainbuster! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it in time!
Ricochet goes after Ciampa but is sent out first. Aleister sends Ciampa out then drags Gargano up for a deadlift. Gargano standing switches but gets an elbow. Ciampa tags in and knees Aleister! Gargano SUPERKICKS, and they go to opposite ends. But Ricochet drags Gargano out and ALeister knees Ciampa down. Ricochet moonssaults but Gargano gets clear to SUPERKICK! So Aleister goes to the apron. He hops over Gargano but Ciampa catches him, Tower of London on the apron! Tag to Gargano, slingshot DDT! Cover as Ciampa draping DDT’s Ricochet, TWO!! Gargano runs and tilt-o-whirls to GargaNO Escape! Aleister endures the hold as fans are thunderous. Ciampa bridges to Fujiwara Armbar Ricochet! Dual submissions, flashbacks to the old days! But Ricochet powers up and Death Valley Drives Ciampa on Gargano!
Fans are thunderous as all four men are down. The ref checks on Gargano’s leg, but Gargano won’t let this end things. Gargano crawls and tags Ciampa. Ciampa goes at Aleister but he is worried about Gargano. Ciampa goes out to check on Gargano, but Gargano tells him to worry about the match. Aleister tags Ricochet, and now we have a brawl! Ricochet haymakers, Ciampa haymakers, repeat. Ricochet gets the edge with uppercuts, but he turns into a roaring elbow! He knees back, but Ciampa flips the boot to hit his knee trigger! PELE from Ricochet! Fans reach a fever pitch while both men are down! Ciampa and Ricochet crawl to their corners. Aleister returns and Gargano forces himself over. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Aleister tags in. Gargano can’t stand so Ciampa just goes it alone!
Ciampa ducks a kick to get the underhooks! Aleister slips out, BLACK MASS! Tag to Ricochet, who hops up fast! Ricochet 630!! Cover, Aleister & Ricochet win!!
Winners: Ricochet & Aleister Black, Ricochet pinning; advance to the finals
The unexpected union takes on the unexpected underdogs! Aleister and Ricochet roll on to the finals to meet the Forgotten Sons! Who will be THE team to take on the War Raiders in New York?
As for DIY, Candice LeRae hurries out to check on husband Johnny Gargano. Ciampa fetches the NXT Championship, but sets “Goldie” down long enough to check on Gargano. Surprisingly, Ciampa helps Gargano up and helps him walk to the ramp. Candice leads the way as these three walk together to the stage. But Gargano stumbles and Ciampa drops him. Ciampa helps Gargano up, to throw him at the titantron?! No, Gargano stops it! To do it to Ciampa! Gargano SUPERKICKS Ciampa down, and Candice is all smiles. Mr. & Mrs. Johnny Wrestling got the better of the Psycho Killer, but surely this is far from over.
Another great episode for NXT! The opening video highlighting the four teams and the War Raiders was great. It seems almost cliche but it’s great when a champion doesn’t care who they’ll face next. Champions should be confident that they’ll keep the title(s) no matter what. Especially when it gets a Heel into a situation they regret. Shayna Baszler did that to herself by attacking not just Shirai and not just Belair, but also getting Sane when she comes out to make the save. NXT TakeOver: New York is going to one-up Wrestlemania again by having a Fatal 4 Way for their women’s championship. This has to mean Shayna loses, because I really don’t see the other Horsewomen helping her win again. They’ll surely try, but it’d just be disappointing if they succeeded again.
It seems Adam Cole is obsessed with that North American Championship. He wants that title for himself and won’t let anyone else get a shot before he does. Cole VS Riddle will be an excellent contender’s match, but there’s also Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic. Perhaps TakeOver: New York gives us another huge multi-man match for that title. It would be big for any of these guys to win in a Fatal 5, maybe another Ladder match like the inaugural North American Championship match.
It isn’t just kayfabe when I say fans probably didn’t think the Forgotten Sons would be in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic finals. But it totally works that they used Ryker to screw Moustache Mountain. Trent Seven & Tyler Bate of course have more in NXT UK to do instead, but I didn’t think they’d be out of the tournament here. Then DIY VS Aleister & Ricochet was a great match, with great story callbacks to DIY’s time against The Revival and other teams. I didn’t expect DIY to lose, either, but I suppose there needs to be an NXT Champion story for TakeOver. But obviously with Ciampa being out with the neck injury, now they can use this to tie that into kayfabe. The title is likely to be vacated, but I’d think Gargano can be put into that match against just about anyone for an amazing match.
My Score: 8.6/10
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; 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.
(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!
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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