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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/6/19)

The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic returns!

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The NXT Tag Team Champions await challengers for TakeOver: New York! Who will come out of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic the new #1 contenders?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Black & Ricochet win and advance to the next round.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Forgotten Sons VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; The Forgotten Sons win and advance to the next round.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Street Profits VS Mustache Mountain; Mustache Mountain wins and advance to the next round.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: DIY VS The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish; DIY wins and advance to the next round.

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WWE honors the memory of King King Bundy.

 

The Godfather of NXT, Dusty Rhodes, lives on through the Tag Team Classic.

But where others have dreams, DIY wants a moment. “That’s where this all began. And now we get to finish what we started.” But they’re not the only ones who want to win it all. The best tag teams on both NXT and NXT UK are going to collide in this tournament. The Forgotten and the Profits, the Undisputed and the unexpected, “it is time!” Who will grab hold of that dream and never let go to make it all the way to TakeOver: New York?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!

Perhaps the most unlikely duo of the tournament, the Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight have made huge impacts on the main roster. Now they’ll look to turn the NXT Tag Division upside down and make it #FadetoBlack! Will they succeed against the well-oiled machine of the European Alliance?

The teams sort out and it will be Aleister against Aichner. Fans are fired up for Aleister and Ricochet as the bell rings. Aichner and Aleister circle and tie up. Aichner gets the wristlock and brings Aleister to the mat. Aleister fights his way back up, pries free and gets a headlock. Aichner fights and powers out, then he runs Aleister over. Cover, ONE! Aichner clubs away on Aleister then tags in Barthel. Barthel stomps and European Uppercuts Aleister. He whips but Aleister dodges and rolls off the back. Aleister boots and knees, then basement dropkicks! Cover, ONE! Aleister arm-drags and has Barthel in an armlock. Barthel throws Aichner off but runs into boots. Aichner runs over but gets an elbow. Aleister boots Barthel away again, but leaps into a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!

Barthel keeps on Aleister and brings him over to the Euro corner. Tag to Aichner and Aichner throws hands and stomps. Aichner backs off at 4, upset with the ref. Tag to Barthel and they mug Aleister in the corner. Tag to Aichner but Aleister fights out. Aleister can’t get away from them both, and he runs into the spinebuster and Penalty Kick! Barthel hits Ricochet for good measure while Aichner covers, TWO! Aichner keeps on Aleister with a chinlock to a camel clutch. Fans rally up and Aleister fights out. Aleister arm-drags Aichner then boots him. Aichner elbows back, then swings on Ricochet. Ricochet gets clear, Aleister sweeps Aichner’s legs! Aichner crawls for his corner but so does Aleister, hot tags to Barthel and Ricochet!

Ricochet rallies on the Euro Alliance with headscissors. Barthel runs in but gets sent into buckles. Aichner full nelsons but Ricochet swings him into Barthel. Ricochet neckbreakers Barthel to DDT Aichner! Fans fire up as Ricochet runs and uppercuts Barthel. Ricochet adds an elbow then puts Barthel on the ropes for Tiger Feint kick! Springboard flying uppercut! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his focus as he brings Barthel up in the fireman’s carry. Barthel fights out and clobbers Aleister. Ricochet elbows Barthel then whips. Barthel reverses but Ricochet uses that to clobber Aichner. Ricochet boots Barthel but gets the kick! Tag to Aichner, the toss into the suplex! Brain buster! Barthel DIVES onto Aleister! Aichner triangle moonsaults! Cover, TWO!!

Ricochet survives and Aichner is furious, but the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Aichner drags Ricochet up again, powerbomb lifts and spins, but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet shoves Aichner back and somersault dropkicks! Aichner flounders out of the ring but Ricochet runs. Barthel gets a cheap shot kick! Aichner springboards for a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Aichner can’t believe it! Fans applaud this insane opener and then rally up as Aichner stands. Aichner drags Ricochet up, tags to Barthel, and the Europeans mug him. They talk trash in German and Italian, but Ricochet fires off CHOPS! Ricochet boots Barthel and dumps Aichner out. Ricochet goes up and over to tag Aleister! Aleister rallies, springboard meteora!

Aleister aims, but misses the round house. Barthel puts him into post. Tag to Aichner, who goes to the outside. They meet in the middle with double dropkicks! Barthel feeds Aleister to Aichner, powerbomb lift, but Aleister fights out! Aleister stomps Aichner and Ricochet SUPER STEINERS Barthel! Barthel bails out, Ricochet DIVES on him! Aleister and Aichner stand, quebrada caught into a cover! TWO, Aichner fires off strikes! BLACK MASS!! Cover, Aleister & Ricochet win!

Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Black pinning; advance to the second round

The Unexpected Duo defeats the crossover superstars! Aleister and Ricochet have a shot at the Raw Tag Team Championships at Fastlane, but will they also go all the way to earn an NXT Tag Team Championship match?

 

NXT shares footage from the US Performance Center.

Keith Lee helps with lock drills alongside Drew Gulak and Danny Burch. But Dominik Dijakovic wants to finish his fight with Lee from last week. The trainers and trainees keep him back but Dijakovic won’t leave things without a conclusion. NXT GM William Regal makes the decision: Lee VS Dijakovic will happen again in two weeks! Will there be a true winner of this clash of titans?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Forgotten Sons VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!

Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake have had enough of being left out and overlooked. They want to immortalize themselves with winning the fourth-ever DRTTC, but they’ll have to get through the One Two Combination! Will Cutler & Blake continue to #DoUntoOthers? Or will they get left behind on this Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?

Teams sort out and we begin with Burch and Cutler. Burch and Cutler circle and tie up as fans chant “One! One Two!” Cutler puts Burch on the ropes and CHOPS but Burch is right on him with a headlock. Cutler powers out but jumps into Burch’s leg trip! Burch wrenches and brings Cutler over to tag in Lorcan. Lorcan and Burch double wrench and double CHOP. Lorcan puts on a headlock and holds on even as Cutler tries to power out. Cutler tags to Blake then manages to power out. Lorcan jumps over Cutler but into Blake’s spinning backbreaker! Blake stays on Lorcan with a shove and forearm to the back. And then another one. Blake snapmares and tags in Cutler. He drops a knee and Cutler whips Lorcan hard into buckles. Cutler drags Lorcan back over and tags Blake in.

The Forgotten Sons hit a double backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Lorcan reaches but Blake drags him away. Tag to Cutler, whip to another double backbreaker! Cover, ONE, but Cutler looms over Lorcan. Cutler drives his knees in while fans rally up. Cutler tags Blake and hoists Lorcan up top. Blake runs for Cutler to hip toss him into Lorcan! Blake high stacks, TWO! Burch is relieved and rallies up with the fans. Blake drops knees on Lorcan’s back and pulls him back. Lorcan endures and feeds off the fan energy. Lorcan pries the hold off but Blake gets it back. They roll and Lorcan gets free, hot tag to Burch! Burch rallies on Blake then hits Cutler as he comes in. Blake whips but Burch dodges to blast him with a dropkick! Burch drags Blake up but Blake tags Cutler. Blake still gets the German, but so does Cutler!

Fans fire up with Burch as he runs in for a corner clothesline to enziguri! Burch hops up, big missile dropkick! And a kip up! Tag to Lorcan, and the One Two Combination coordinate. Lorcan’s bad back makes it hard to hold Cutler up, and Blake throws Burch out! Cutler grabs Lorcan but Lorcan fires forearms. Cutler knees low but runs into Lorcan’s uppercut. Lorcan runs and FLIES onto Blake! Lorcan hurries back and rocks Cutler with a EuroUpper! He keeps going but gets clobbered by a clothesline! Cutler hits Lorcan with a butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Cutler turns Lorcan for a Boston Crab! Lorcan endures the pain in his back but fans rally up for him. Lorcan crawls but Cutler brings him away from ropes! Burch HEADBUTTS Cutler down! Burch and fans rally up and Lorcan stirs. Lorcan crawls, hot tag to Burch!

Burch knows Lorcan can’t help, so he’ll take care of Cutler alone. Cutler spins out of the facelock to throw forearms! Tag to Blake and Blake climbs up, missile dropkick complete shot! Cover, TWO!! Burch lives and the Forgotten Sons are furious! Jaxson Ryker doesn’t want to accept this for his brothers in arms. Tag to Cutler, and Burch is up in the crucifix. He slips out and tags Lorcan! Lorcan CHOPS with both hands back and forth! He manages to run with back elbows, but runs into Blake’s scoop. Lorcan slips out the back to shove Blake into Cutler! DOUBLE BLOCKBUSTER! Lorcan fires up and tags Burch. Adrenaline helps Lorcan as they pick up Cutler. Draping DDT! Cover, but Blake breaks it just in time! Lorcan goes at Blake and throws him out.

The One Two Combo coordinate again, tagging Lorcan in. Burch drags Cutler up and Lorcan climbs. Cutler holds ropes and elbows Burch away. Blake clobbers Burch, and catches Lorcan as he leaps! Powerbomb onto Cutler’s knees! Cutler climbs up as Blake has Lorcan in the dragon sleeper! Flying stomp inverted DDT, the Memory Remains! Cover, The Forgotten Sons win!!

Winners: The Forgotten Sons, Steve Cutler pinning; advance to the second round

The Forgotten Sons keep them in everyone’s mind as they defeat Lorcan & Burch! They’re in the semifinals now, but is this only the beginning of their immortalizing?

 

Velveteen Dream is here!

The Patrick Clark Experience and NEW North American Champion walks out and stands on the announce desk so that everyone can see him. Dream then takes a mic and speaks right there. “Not a speech, this is just a reminder, that Velveteen Dream is your NEW North American Champion!” And the fans chant his name. But Dream has another reminder- “Bro…!” Matt Riddle comes out? Dream does not like his moment being stepped on but Riddle has something to say, too. “Bro. To be honest, I just came out here to say hi.” And to congratulate Dream on his title victory. “But real talk, I wanna get a closer look at that North American Championship.” Dream lets him have that closer look by holding it closer. “And now that I have”, Riddle wonders what that belt would look like around his waist, bro.

Fans are conflicted because they love both guys. Riddle must be high on Cloud 9 today. Because the Dream is not Riddle’s bro. And the spotlight shines belongs to him! #DreamOver! Dream and Riddle have each said their piece, but will the Original Bro have an Experience in his first shot at a title?

 

NXT Media interviews the Sky Pirates.

Io Shirai says Bianca Belair is good, but she hasn’t pinned Shayna Baszler. Io Shirai, however, has. The EST’s response was of course that it was a tag team match. Kairi Sane points out Io isn’t the only one who wants after the NXT Women’s Championship. However, as friends, Kairi is willing to let Io have her shot. Kairi has Io’s back in beating Bianca to then go on and beat Baszler. The EST will learn why Io was the BESTO in Stardom. They have their #1 Contender’s match next week!

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: The Street Profits VS Mustache Mountain!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford want to put the #CurseofGreatness on the NXT Tag Team Championships, but they’re up against two Big Strong Boys. Trent Seven & Tyler Bate have already had the American NXT Tag Team Championships, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want a second run. Who gets what they want on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?

Teams sort out and Bate starts against Ford. Fans duel as Bate and Ford tie up. Ford gets a headlock and takeover, to a cover. ONE, and Bate headscissors. Ford pops out but Bate’s right up for a headlock of his own. Bate gets the takeover but Ford stands up. Ford tries but can’t power out of Bate’s grip. Ford stands as fans rally and pries his way out. Bate monkey flips but Ford lands on his feet! Bate gets the headlock again, Dawkins tags in. Ford reverses the whip and Dawkins runs Bate over! Cover, TWO! Dawkins waistlock slams Bate then rolls him over to a cover, TWO! Dawkins whips corner to corner but Bate goes up and under. Bate enziguris Dawkins hard! Tag to Seven! Seven fireman’s carry to Wasteland slam, Bate hits the knee-board senton! Cover, TWO!

Seven is on Dawkins, wanting the wristlock, but Dawkins elbows out. Dawkins whips and uppercuts Seven off his feet! Ford is fired up as Dawkins brings Seven over. Tag to Ford and the Profits stomp a mudhole into Seven. Ford snapmares Seven to kick him stiff in the back! Ford toys with Seven before kicking him stiff in the ribs. Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Seven down with a cravat. Seven endures and works his way up, and fights back with body shots. Ford knees low then snapmares Seven again. Ford keeps on Seven with the inverted facelock, then back to the cravat. Seven fights as fans rally again.

Ford shouts as he cranks harder but Seven shouts as he powers up! There’s a lot of shouting, but Seven gets free to CHOP! Seven CHOPS Ford again, then ducks Ford’s chop. Ford guards, so Seven DDT’s! They both crawl, hot tags to Bate and Dawkins! Bate throws hands but Dawkins shoves. Dawkins runs into a knee, Bate hits a flying EuroUpper! Bate runs in for another EuroUpper then manages to throw Dawkins with an exploder! Bate kips up and fans fire up, standing shooting star! Cover, but Ford breaks it! Seven throws Ford out hard then brings Dawkins up. Full nelson, Bate rebounds, but Dawkins breaks free to rock Bate! Bate rolling kicks but Dawkins SPEARS! Cover, but Seven breaks it now! Ford FLIES onto Seven! Dawkins brings Bate up as fans chant for “NXT!” Bate breaks free to Bop up, BANG!

Dawkins is dizzy but he back drops out of the butterfly underhook! Bate lands on his feet and runs, but Ford tags from the Mustache Mountain corner?! Is that allowed?! Dawkins pops Bate up for a spinebuster, Ford hits the high-flying frog splash! Cover, TWO!! The Profits don’t believe it! Dawkins tags from the proper corner, and drags Bate up. Ford climbs as Dawkins Electric Chairs Bate. But Seven gets up and trips Ford up! Seven gives Ford a Dragon Suplex to the apron! Bate fights back, slips down and manages a German Suplex! Bate tags to Seven then climbs up. Seven torture racks Dawkins, they somehow manage a flying knee Burning Hammer!! Cover, Mustache Mountain wins!!

Winners: Mustache Mountain, Trent Seven pinning; advance to the second round

Somehow, someway, Mustache Mountain makes it through! Will Seven & Bate bring British Strong Style all the way to New York?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic: DIY VS The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish!

After the Psycho Killer’s betrayal, no one ever thought he and Johnny Wrestling would be on the same side again. But now, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano have reunited for one more run as champions together! However, another duo has reunited as reDRagon represent the Undisputed Era! Which team will make this reunion a happy one with an opening round victory?

As Gargano and Ciampa make their entrances, they make this reunion official by reviving the DIY theme song! Full Sail loves hearing the music, and is strongly behind them. Fish and Gargano start with the bell and tie up. Fish puts Gargano in a corner and fires off body shots. Fans duel as Fish whips Gargano corner to corner. Gargano goes up and over and rolls Fish, but Fish blocks the kick. Fish reels Gargano in for a fireman’s carry but Gargano slips out. Gargano shoves Fish but Fish mule kicks back. Fish runs but into arm-drags! Fish kicks low then tags O’Reilly, but O’Reilly runs into an arm-drag! Gargano keeps O’Reilly down then wrenches him up. Tag to Ciampa, who takes the hand-off to wrench, wristlock and snapmare O’Reilly down.

Ciampa keeps O’Reilly down with an armlock and chinbar. O’Reilly endures the knee in his face, but Ciampa throws O’Reilly’s arm on the mat. O’Reilly kicks Ciampa’s bad leg and tags in Fish. Fish facelocks Ciampa but Ciampa puts him in a corner. Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Fish, then tags back to Gargano. Ciampa snapmares and Gargano hits the dropkick. Cover, TWO! Gargano keeps on Fish but Fish powers him to the corner. Tag to O’Reilly and reDRagon mug Gargano. They double whip but Gargano dodges and Ciampa tags in! Gargano sends O’Reilly out and boots Fish. Ciampa clotheslines Fish out, then knees O’Reilly down! Gargano builds speed to DIVE onto O’Reilly! Fans fire up as Gargano feeds O’Reilly to Ciampa’s neckbreaker. Cover, TWO!

Ciampa tags Gargano and feeds O’Reilly to the boots. Gargano runs corner to corner but O’Reilly puts him on the apron. Gargano hits back but O’Reilly hotshots the arm! Tag to Fish but Gargano elbows Fish away. Gargano hits O’Reilly back, then slingshots, but Fish disrupts that with a roundhouse! Gargano crashes down and Fish puts him in the ring. Fish keeps on Gargano with a snap suplex. Float over, TWO! Fish puts Gargano in the corner wtih knees and tags O’Reilly. reDRagon mugs Gargano with knees, and then table tops him to a heel hook! Gargano gets the ropebreak but Fish slingshot sentons onto him! Cover, TWO! Fish keeps on Gargano with forearms. Fish throws hands in the corner then tags O’Reilly.

O’Reilly kicks and toys with Gargano while fans duel. O’Reilly brings Gargano up but Gargano fights out! Gargano shoves O’Reilly away but O’Reilly hits Ciampa. O’Reilly throws Gargano around with butterfly suplexes, holding on to roll through and throw him again. Tag to Fish and reDRagon hit a wheelbarrow DDT to wheelbarrow suplex! Cover, TWO! Gargano lives and Fish is furious! Fish drags Gargano up to throw forearms, then reels Gargano into a body scissor. Gargano endures as Fish clubs away on his back and squeezes on the ribs. Fans rally as Gargano works against the legs. He makes it a cover, ONE, and Fish makes it a cover on Gargano! TWO, but Fish keeps Gargano down with a chinlock. Fish fish hooks Gargano’s mouth! The ref reprimands Fish but Gargano CHOPS! Fish knees low then elbows Gargano down.

Tag to O’Reilly and reDRagon double shoulder breaker! They double whip but Gargano holds ropes. Gargano boots Fish then kicks O’Reilly. Gargano uses Fish to hit O’Reilly with a tornado DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Gargano crawls but Fish trips Ciampa up! Ciampa ducks the kick to ramp Fish into the apron! Ciampa hurries, Gargano dodges O’Reilly, hot tag! The NXT Champion rallies on O’Reilly! O’reilly reverses the whip but gets a knee. Ciampa knees Fish down, but O’Reilly unleashes strikes! Ciampa jumps the sweep to drop a knee! O’reilly flounders to a corner, Ciampa hits a big forearm smash. Ciampa goes side to side for another stiff knee! Ciampa hoists O’Reilly up top, drags him out, Tower of London! Cover, TWO! O’Reilly lives but Ciampa keeps his cool.

Ciampa stalks O’Reilly, waistlocks, but O’Reilly fights back. Ciampa clubs O’Reilly then lifts, but O’Reilly rolls. O’Reilly wants the leg but Ciampa powers O’REilly up for a deadlift German suplex! Ciampa hits another! Fish saves O’Reilly but Gargano swing kicks Fish down! Gargano hits Fish with a blockbuster! Ciampa torture racks, Blue Thunder Bomb on O’Reilly! Cover, TWO!! Gargano climbs up and tags in, DIY double whips. O’Reilly boots Ciampa down but Gargano hits him abck. O’Reilly puts Gargano on the apron but Gargano mule kicks Fish away! Gargano slingshot spears, but into a guillotine!! O’Reilly cranks back but Gargano flails and reaches. Gargano powers up, Ciampa hits O’Reilly with the Psycho Knee! Jackknife bridge from Gargano, TWO!!

O’Reilly and Gargano slowly stand and start brawling! They throw forearms back and forth, but O’Reilly knees. Ax, but enziguri! The Smash comes back around, but Gargano comes back with a roaring elbow! O’Reilly rebounds a la the Lunatic, but into a SUPERKICK! O’Reilly still rebounds, DOUBLE clotheslines take them both out! The fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Gargano and O’Reilly crawl for their corners, tags to Fish and Ciampa! Fish kicks and runs, but into Ciampa’s boot. Ciampa hurries to drag Fish up but has to counter punch him first. Fish swings but Ciampa gets to the apron. Ciampa wants to German but Fish holds on for dear life. Fish walks into an elbow but stops Ciampa on the top rope. Fish climbs to join him, but Ciampa fights back. Ciampa shoves Fish down, but here comes O’Reilly. Gargano intercepts but gets put into barriers.

O’Reilly anchors Ciampa and Fish roundhouses him. Tag and Fish climbs. Fish SUPER FALCON ARROWS Ciampa, O’Reilly drops a flying knee! Cover, TWO!! Into the armbar! Ciampa keeps his grip, but Fish hits a diving headbutt! O’Reilly pulls the arm and even a leg, but Gargano barrels through Fish to break it up! All four men are down but the fans fire up. Gargano throws Fish out but O’Reilly throws him out. O’Reilly pursues Ciampa, apron knee sends Ciampa into chairs! O’Reilly puts Ciampa back in, but gets caught in the draping DDT! Gargano tags, slingshot DDT! Cover, TWO!? O’Reilly survives but DIY keeps going. Tag to Ciampa, and Ciampa boots Fish out. DIY takes aim from opposite ends, Meet Me in the Middle!! Cover, DIY wins!!

Winners: DIY, Tommaso Ciampa pinning; advances to the second round

DIY is back together and it’s like they never stopped! Ciampa and Gargano move on to the semifinals, but will they make it all the way to New York?

But wait, the current NXT Tag Team Champions walk out on stage! The War Raiders, Ray Rowe & Hanson, look out at Ciampa & Gargano. They hold their belts up high, but Ciampa holds his up, too. Will Goldie soon have a friend? Or will the odds ever be in the War Raiders’ favor?

 

And the semifinal matches are set!

Mustache Mountain will take on the Forgotten Sons, but perhaps the biggest match already is DIY VS Aleister Black & Ricochet! Will the surprise reunion or the unexpected union be what moves on to the finals?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A truly amazing episode of NXT! First, the things not related to the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Kairi Sane and Io Shirai do well in their interview promo, it’s great to see there isn’t even a question of jealousy between the Sky Pirates. Shirai VS Belair is going to be great next week, and as I said before, there’s a good chance Shirai wins, but even if she doesn’t, Sky Pirates can move on to be the NXT challengers for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Dream VS Riddle for the NXT North American Championship? Yes, please! And Lee VS Dijakovic again already is also going to be great.

Now to the real focus of the night. This is already the best Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with just the opening round. Even Forgotten Sons put up a great match in winning against Lorcan & Burch. I really thought Street Profits were going to find a way to win, like that controversial other-corner tag. But Mustache Mountain win and we get Faces VS Heels of them against Forgotten Sons. I have a feeling it’ll be the Forgotten Sons who cheat to win, mostly because Mustache Mountain has plenty more to do in NXT UK with those UK Tag Team Championships.

Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Euro Alliance was great, DIY VS reDRagon was TakeOver worthy! It’s very interesting that we’ll get DIY VS “The Unexpected” since they’re the four who have been dabbling on the main roster. DIY getting the stare down with the War Raiders might be a nod that DIY makes it to the finals, and maybe even wins the whole thing. They haven’t really set up an NXT Championship story so perhaps Ciampa wasn’t going to defend against anyone and instead challenge for the tag titles with Gargano. Sadly, we now know that Ciampa needs neck surgery, so if DIY is the DRTTC winners, things will have to be changed. Probably not in a “Who Attacked Aleister?” way, but something that will allow either Gargano to choose a new partner, or the runner-up team to take DIY’s place. But not getting DIY VS War Raiders is a shame.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (3/25/19)

Kurt Angle’s Farewell Tour leads him to who!?

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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?!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?

 


 

My Thoughts:

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


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(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!

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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.

Event recaps
March 19th: Osaka World Pavilion (post match promos)
March 20th: Toyonaka City Rose Culture Hall (post match promos)
March 21st: Kanazawa Distribution Agency (post match promos)

NEWS

Global Tag League 2019

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

Masaaki Mochizuki
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.

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

TOUR TIDBITS
~ 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.

BROADCASTS
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live

LINKS
Naomichi Marufuji reviews “Bomb Gum”

VENUE GUIDES
Osaka World Pavilion
Toyonaka City Rose Cultural Hall
Kanazawa Distribution Centre
Picture credits: Noah GHC, PKDX, Yoshiki Inamura


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