Gallus still looks to take over NXT UK! The Coffey Brothers called out BOTH Pete Dunne and Walter, and will have their tag team battle tonight!
- Flash Morgan Webster VS Wolfgang; Wolfgang wins.
- Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan VS Tyson T-Bone & Saxton Huxley; Williams & Jordan win.
- Kay Lee Ray VS Candy Floss; Kay Lee Ray wins.
- The Coffey Brothers VS Pete Dunne & WALTER; Dunne & WALTER win.
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NXT UK Media catches up with Johnny Saint and Sid Scala.
The brand has been going great, what can everyone expect going forward? Well first, a huge debut as Kay Lee Ray finally hits the NXT UK ring, and a huge main event in The Coffey Brothers VS Pete Dunne & WALTER! The head and assistant GM’s head inside to get to business.
Flash Morgan Webster VS Wolfgang!
Gallus won’t just be active in tag team action tonight as the Last King of Scotland will take on The Modfather to open the night! Will Flash send Wolfgang howling back to the Coffey Brothers? Or will all of NXT UK be Gallus?
The bell rings and they go right at each other! Flash dodges to fire off haymakers and a knee trigger! Flash has Wolfgang in the corner but Wolfgang pushes him away. Wolfgang pushes and throws Flash but Flash comes back with more punches! Flash boots, dodges, and springboards, but is caught! Wolfgang long darts Flash into buckles then flips him upside-down with a clotheslines! Fans boo as Wolfgang rains down rights on Flash. Wolfgang stomps Flash to a corner then throws in body shots. Wolfgang stomps a mudhole but backs off to shout at the referee. Fans boo more as Wolfgang grinds his boot into Flash. Wolfgang whips Flash corner to corner hard, then watches him fall to the mat. Wolfgang looms over Flash and drags him up for a facelock. He cranks hard but fans rally for Flash.
Flash powers up and fights out, but Wolfgang clubs him back down. Wolfgang drags Flash up again for a suplexes, but Flash slips out. Flash jawbreakers and jumps over Wolfgang from the corner. Things speed up and Flash headscissors Wolfgang out! Wolfgang gets up but gets a triangle dropkick! Flash builds speed to DIVE! He sends Wolfgang right into barriers but he’s not done. Wolfgang staggers around the corner, and Flash DIVES again! Fans cheer and sing for Flash as they want “One More Time!” Flash builds speed and FLIES! He takes Wolfgang out at the ramp but he keeps pursuit! Wolfgang crawls while Flash climbs, Swanton to the back! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang survives but Flash keeps his cool.
Flash brings Wolfgang up for a double underhook, but Wolfgang back drops out. Flash lands on his feet but runs into an elbow. Wolfgang hops up but Flash enziguris him out! Fans fire up again as Flash goes to the apron. Flash builds speed and swings around the post! But Wolfgang catches him, to ram him into the post! Wolfgang glares as he slams Flash into the barriers again and again. The ring count passes 5 but Wolfgang powerbombs Flash into post then onto apron! Wolfgang goes in at 9, but he’s not done with Flash. He drags Flash up for a deadlift fisherman, the Caber Toss! Cover, Wolfgang wins!
Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall
Gallus is on a roll to start the night! Will Wolfgang use this to get himself another championship opportunity? Will this also give the Coffey Brothers the confidence to take down Pete Dunne & Walter in the main event?
Wolfgang adds insult to injury as he rains down more rights on Flash! Fans boo but Wolfgang barks at the ref. The ref gets Wolfgang to leave Flash alone, but Wolfgang leaves on his own time. Is Wolfie going to be a wild card in the NXT UK Division?
Kassius Ohno speaks.
“It is absolutely, without a doubt, mind-boggling” that the guy to show NXT UK that authentic UK style is an American. The Knockout Artist has had a rough return to NXT, and told Full Sail that he was done with them. He moves on to NXT UK to start fresh. Ohno has stood toe-to-toe with some of the British legends, past and present. “These guys are good, these guys are talented”, but they’re just copies of Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels. They want to claim this is their brand? They don’t realize the opportunity they were handed! NXT UK has time to show what British Wrestling really is, but it’s just a tribute. Learn what real British strong style is against the wrestling genius, Kassius Ohno.
Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan VS Tyson T-Bone & Saxton Huxley!
The Luckyan isn’t ready to dance with the Bhangra Bad Boy, but he will still team with him. But can this team’s luck be tested against the King of the Gypsies and Divine Beast?
The teams sort out and Williams starts against Huxley. T-Bone fires Huxley up before he circles with Williams. They tie up and Williams gets a headlock. Huxley powers out and runs Williams over, then drags him up to lift. Williams wheelbarrow rolls, TWO! Williams gets Huxley’s arm and manages to bring him down, to drop a leg on the arm! He keeps on Huxley and tags in Jordan. Jordan uppercuts the arm but Huxley wrenches back. Jordan handsprings through then baits Huxley in. Things speed up but Huxley sits on Jordan, ONE! Jordan has the cover, TWO! Huxley scrambles and tags in T-Bone. Jordan dodges and dropkicks T-Bone, then dropkicks again. Jordan runs but is caught! T-Bone tosses Jordan but Jordan sunset flips. T-Bone stays up, breaks free, but misses the sit down senton! Jordan crossbodies, TWO!
Jordan gets T-Bone in a chinlock but T-Bone powers him to the corner. T-Bone runs into a boot but Huxley distracts and T-Bone’s right on Jordan! Tag to Huxley, and T-Bone feeds Jordan to Huxley’s knee. Huxley rams in more knees then scoops Jordan for a BIG slam! Cover, TWO! Jordan survives but Huxley is on him with right hands. Huxley drags Jordan up and over to the corner. Tag to T-Bone and they mug Jordan in the corner. T-Bone suplexes and holds Jordan up, before dropping him down. Cover, TWO! T-Bone grows frustrated and he goes after Jordan with a cobra clutch. Jordan endures as fans rally up. Jordan fights up but T-Bone shoulders him down. T-Bone stomps Jordan then wraps the clutch back on.
Fans rally up again and Jordan endures. Jordan powers up and dodges the shoulder to roll up! TWO, and T-Bone runs in only to miss in the corner! T-Bone catches Jordan’s crossbody again, but Jordan manages to tip T-Bone over! Jordan crawls but T-Bone is on him. Jordan enziguris T-Bone away, and hot tag to Williams! Huxley tags in but gets a missile dropkick! Williams hits a big forearm smash in the corner but Huxley denies the bulldog. Huxley bucks Williams off but Williams comes back to springboard back elbow! Huxley staggers while T-Bone gets in. Williams boots T-Bone out but Huxley back suplexes. Williams lands out of it, buckle bulldog! Huxley gets shoveled out and Williams builds speed. Williams wrecks T-Bone with a dropkick, skins the cat, and Jordan comes in for both of them to DIVE! Jordan takes out T-Bone while Williams hits Huxley!
Fans fire up as Williams coordinates with Jordan. Tag and Williams wheelbarrow facebusters Huxley. Jordan leaps for a swanton! Cover, Jordan & Williams win!!
Winners: Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams, Jordan pinning
Their second ever victory! Was this lightning striking twice? Or are Williams & Jordan finally getting some momentum? Will they turn this into a shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships?
NXT UK Media interviews Jinny.
The Fierce Fashionista claimed that it wouldn’t matter if it was Rhea Ripley or Toni Storm- Oh wow, is this interview really only happening because Toni isn’t available? Jinny is “sick and tired of hearing that girl’s name.” It’s #ToniTime? Jinny doesn’t care. She only cares about the NXT UK Women’s Championship. Having that title makes you the center of attention, and the only person worthy of the spotlight is Jinny. If they have anything else to ask, go find Toni Storm. Will the Spoiled Princess promote herself to NXT UK’s Queen after facing the champ?
Eddie Dennis speaks.
“Next week, I return from exile when I take on Ligero”, a man who has been a mainstay of UK wrestling for 20 years. Ligero is a man who Dennis respects, but warns is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dennis vowed to take down the roster one by one, and Ligero is “just the first victim in a long line”. Will the Light be dimmed by the malevolent Welshman?
Noam Dar returns to NXT UK!
The Scottish Supernova is back from his return to 205 Live to return to this other rising brand. Dar says “Hello, hello, hello.” It feels so great to be back, “and this time, the Scottish Supernova is here to stay.” Fans like the sound of that! While Dar was traveling all over showing 205 Live and the WWE his many, many talents, he’s been keeping his eye on NXT UK. This place has been doing pretty good, right? Fans agree with that. Dar feels it’ll do even better when next month, this show finally goes to the most beautiful place in the UK. They will go to Glasgow, Scotland! The British fans aren’t as excited for that, but Dar mocks them. “Oh he said where we’re not from~.”
For anyone who doesn’t know, Dar was here at the very start of this brand, showing what a true superstar looks like. And since then, Dar’s been watching from afar, “while all these dafties in the back” try to fill Dar’s big, golden boots. Yes, big golden boots. No one has, though. The UK roster has been doing okay, maybe a 4/10 at most. But NXT UK needs Dar. The deal’s done, the contract’s signed, this isn’t just a special guest appearance like when Kenny Williams and Flash Morgan Webster came and went from 205 Live, or like Mark Andrews getting dropped on his head by Buddy Murphy, “riding out on his wee skateboard.” They weren’t ready for action in the States, but NXT UK wont’ be ready for the blinding light of a Supernova.
But Mark Andrews begs to differ! The Welsh Rockstar hits the ring and Dar tries to say it was just a joke. Dar wants Andrews to keep his cool, but then he tries to sucker punch him! Andrews gets Dar first with an enziguri! Andrews looks ready for Dar, when and where will these two meet in a match?
Xia Brookside speaks.
The second-generation superstar is proud to be a Brookside. Though it has it’s own difficulties. Coming from a wrestling family got Xia bullied, but she learned to stand up for herself. She hates bullies, and the biggest one here is Rhea Ripley. Rhea has bullied Xia and others since day one, but Xia won’t stand for it anymore. This isn’t the same Xia from before. The next time they meet in the ring, Rhea learns that the hard way.
The Hunt begins very soon.
The Wild Boar and the Primate are on their way back. Who will be their prey next week?
Kay Lee Ray VS Candy Floss!
The Scottish Daredevil makes her NXT UK in-ring debut against the sugary sweet young superstar from London. Will KLR take over NXT UK?
The bell rings and fans cheer for KLR. She and Candy tie up and KLR gets the arm. She wrenches and kicks to bring Candy around for a shoulder breaker. KLR wrenches more but Candy rolls through to reverse the wristlock. KLR slips through to forearm Candy down! Fans cheer as KLR circles and toys with Candy. KLR brings Candy up for a double wristlock and rams her into the buckles. She brings Candy up to wrap and pull the arm against the ropes. Fans sing for Kay Lee as she swings on Candy. Candy dodges and rolls her, TWO! Candy runs but into KLR’s dropkick! KLR stomps away on Candy at the ropes but backs up at 4. Fans rally as KLR drags Candy up. Candy throws body shots and forearms but KLR shoves her back. KLR CHOPS and SUPERKICKS Candy, then Gory Bombs! Cover, KLR wins!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall
Putting the K L R in killer, Kay Lee Ray puts Candy away without breaking a sweat. Will she do much of the same to the other women of NXT UK?
Moustache Mountain speaks.
“So, the first round of the Dusty Cup is done, and dusted, thank you.” Trent Seven & Tyler Bate put the Street Profits out of business and they’re moving on against the Forgotten Sons. But these two haven’t forgotten a thing in NXT UK. They want a rematch with Grizzled Young Veterans, but know Zack Gibson has a bad toe. Or at least a bruised ego. But James Drake is ready, so Bate will talk with Johnny Saint to get a match. The Big Strong Boys are busy, but they’re ready to take both tag team divisions. Will Bate get his match with Mr. Mayhem? And make sure to watch tonight’s American NXT to see how Moustache Mountain does against Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake!
Johnny Saint & Sid Scala speak on Tyler Bate’s request.
Bate VS Drake is an amazing match-up, so they’ll make it happen! It’ll be next week’s main event! And speaking of, head and assistant GM are ready to watch tonight’s main event right now!
The Coffey Brothers VS Pete Dunne & WALTER!
Joe and Mark have wanted to make NXT UK their kingdom from the first day they arrived. They want to dominate from singles to tag team wrestling, and look to do both at once against the WWE United Kingdom Champion and the Austrian Anomaly. Will Gallus get its way against the Bruiserweight and the Ring General? Or will Dunne and Walter be united against common enemies?
Teams sort out and Dunne starts against Mark Coffey. The bell rings and Dunne circles with Mark. They tie up and Mark pushes Dunne to the ropes. Mark lets up at 3 but fans chant for the Bruiserweight. Dunne and Mark tie up again and Dunne gets an arm. Dunne wrenches to a keylock and brings Mark to the mat. He works the arm from wrist to elbow but Mark endures. Mark gets up and arm-drags Dunne off but the two stand off. Fans cheer as Mark and Dunne circle again. They tie up and Mark wrenches Dunne’s arm now. Mark gets a wristlock but Dunne rolls and handsprings through to a reversal. Dunne has Mark’s arm for a hammerlock stomp! Dunne grabs the arm and Walter calls for a tag. He gets it! Dunne wrenches Mark and hands him off to Walter.
Walter whips and wrings Mark out to then work the arm over. He copies Mark’s hammerlock stomp! The oneupsmanship begins already. Walter puts Mark in a corner but Mark CHOPS! And Walter doesn’t flinch! Joe tags in, saving Mark from Walter’s wrath. Joe trash talks and ties up with Walter, but Walter pushes him back. They tie up again and Joe gets a headlock. Walter lifts Joe up but Joe keeps his hold. Joe grinds but Walter powers out. Walter and Joe collide and both men egg the other on! This is the first time Walter’s said anything. Joe runs and they collide again but still neither man falls. Joe goes again, Walter bounces off, but comes back with a sleeper! But Joe pries his way out fast, only for Walter to run him over!
Walter drags Joe up and puts on a facelock. He tags Dunne, and Dunne takes Joe’s arm for another hammerlock stomp! Dunne wrenches and CHOPS Joe then wrenches again. Walter tags back in and fans want to hear it. Walter CHOPS Joe! And then CHOPS Mark! Both Coffey Brothers bail out, leaving Walter and Dunne to stare down. But Mark and Joe are right back on them and we have brawls! Dunne takes Mark and Walter takes Joe and they all spill out of the ring. The brawling goes around the corners and Joe clubs Walter while Dunne forearms Mark. Walter CHOPS Joe, and then together with Dunne, simultaneous suplexes putting the Coffey Brothers on the apron! Dunne and Walter leave Mark and Joe on the ground and go to the ring. Fans cheer as these two stare down with their favorite poses.
Dunne goes back to the corner while Walter throws hands on Joe. Walter snapmares to a cover but Joe kicks out fast. Walter wrenches Joe and tags in Dunne. Dunne CHOPS Joe and keeps him from Mark. Dunne wrenches and whips but Joe reverses. Joe runs into boots and Dunne hops up for a missile dropkick to take out the leg! Dunne goes after the legs and arms for a surfboard! But he just leaves it at the stomps on the knees. Dunne suplexes but Joe slips out. Dunne bucks Joe off but Mark tags in. The Coffey Brothers bait Dunne into Mark’s German Suplex! Mark rains down rights while Joe goes after Walter! Joe rams Walter into barriers then stomps away. Mark stomps Dunne and Joe joins him in the ring. The Coffey Brothers pose before stomping Dunne more.
Mark rocks Dunne to the corner and tags Joe. The Coffey Brothers mug Dunne then Joe whips him in hard. Joe whips Dunne in again, and again! Fans rally as Joe gives Dunne a backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Joe stalks Dunne back to the corner and stomps away. Tag to Mark and the Coffey Brothers stomp Dunne out more. Mark drags Dunne up and tags Joe back in. Joe runs at Dunne in the open corner but misses! He tags Mark quick but Dunne gets Mark in a German Suplex! Both men are down, hot tag to Joe, who just stops Dunne from tagging Walter! Joe German Suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet! Dunne roundhouses Joe, hot tag to Walter! Walter blasts Mark with a shoulder tackle! Walter runs at Joe but Joe gets around to waistlock. Standing switch and Walter has Joe.
Mark returns and the brothers work together on Walter. They double whip but Walter breaks through. Walter clotheslines Joe and jumps on Mark with a sleeper, to a German Suplex! Walter runs and BOOTS Joe! Then he rolls him out for a seated senton! Cover, TWO! Walter keeps on Joe, wanting a Boston Crab. Joe boots Walter away then runs into the corner for a big clothesline. He reels Walter in for point-blank clotheslines but Walter stays up. Joe clubs away but runs into a waistlock. He standing switches and Germans Walter! Joe spins but Walter blocks All the Best into an exploder! Cover, TWO! Joe survives but Dunne returns. Walter and Joe crawl as fans rally up. Hot tags to Mark and Dunne! The Bruiserweight rallies on Mark, stomping the hands and hitting the buzzsaw!
Joe returns, springboards, but into Dunne’s forearm! Dunne goes to a corner and ASAIS both brothers! Dunne puts Mark in but Mark ax handles Dunne down! Mark drags Dunne up but Water tags in. Mark whips Dunne, Dunne goes up and over, Walter DROPKICKS Mark! Walter butterfly suplexes Mark to a cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Walter keeps moving. Walter gets Mark in the Boston Crap! Dunne intercepts Joe with a Penalty Kick, then slingshots, but into Joe’s toss! Joe CHOPS Walter but Walter holds on to Mark! Walter lets go to block the boot and CHOP Joe back! Mark stands and dodges to PELE Walter! Walter staggers and Mark heads up top. Walter stops him with a big forearm. Joe goes after Walter and the Coffey Brothers coordinate for Doomsday! Cover, but Dunne breaks it!
Mark kicks Dunne out and goes back to Walter. Mark rains down rights but Walter reaches out with one big hand. Walter SLAPS, then sleeper holds! Mark reaches for Joe but Walter brings them both over! Joe holds the ropes but Walter only adds him to the waistlock! Dunne grabs Joe’s fingers and SNAPS them! DOUBLE German Suplex from Walter to the Coffey Brothers!! Cover on Mark, TWO!? Mark survives to keep the Coffey Brothers in this, but Walter looks to end it. Mark slips away and baits Walter in. Walter snaps off the ropes and falls back. Joe returns but Dunne enziguris him down. Dunne boots Mark and runs, but into a pop-up bearhug, but Dunne turns it into a hoverboard wristlock! Walter grabs Mark in a sleeper! Dual submissions for the Coffey Brothers!
Mark fades but Joe reaches out. Joe powers out and slams Dunne on Walter! All four men are down but fans are fired up. Joe goes at Dunne on the outside, “NO MERCY” SPEAR! Joe says this is still his Kingdom as he puts Dunne in the ring. He grabs the UK Championship, but Dunne kicks it away from him. Dunne clotheslines Joe out, then stares a bloodied Walter down. Mark has the belt but Walter boots him down! WALTER BOMB! Cover, Walter & Dunne win!
Winners: WALTER & Pete Dunne, Walter pinning
The Ring General seemingly saves the Bruiserweight from Gallus, but that’s all it was about. Walter and Dunne still stare down because they each want to be the best in NXT UK. Dunne reaches for the belt, but Walter stands on it. Walter reaches down and grabs the belt, takes a long look at it, but hands it back to Dunne. Fans applaud the show of respect, but when and where will these two finally face each other? Will Walter be the man to finally dethrone Dunne?
What a great NXT UK! At least it certainly was by the end. Wolfgang VS Webster was a good match, but it made sense later why Andrews didn’t come out to help. Andrews confronts Dar, who is now being Heel by default because he’s Scottish and he was active other places. Andrews VS Dar is going to be a great match, but I’m thinking Dar wins because he’s going to have an extended stay in NXT UK. It also sounds like Kassius Ohno is going to be around for a lengthy amount of time, which is a shame because that apparently means he won’t have a blow-off match with Keith Lee. But Ohno is a good addition, though obviously as a Heel. I wonder if he’ll be someone for Dave Mastiff to make a return off of.
Eddie Dennis is also on his way back, and I’m going to assume he beats Ligero or else his story is meaningless. The Primate and Wild Boar will surely win their return, because why else would they be getting this hype? I was really glad to see Williams & Jordan win again, NXT UK needs more strong Face tag teams. Moustache Mountain may or may not win tonight in the Dusty Rhodes Classic for American NXT, but they’re definitely going to have another shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. I’m thinking Bate & Seven win that rematch, but chances are it won’t happen until the new NXT UK TakeOver. Jinny VS Toni is probably on hold until TakeOver, too. KLR already looks to be a strong choice for contender after that. Xia VS Rhea is going to be great, too, Xia probably loses first to then make a comeback.
Dunne & Walter VS The Coffey Brothers was amazing. It felt like a TakeOver level match, and everyone looked so great. It is just obvious that Dunne VS Walter is for the WWE UK Championship and that will surely be at UK TakeOver. The Coffey Brothers should focus more on tag team wrestling for the time being, and it can circle back around to Gallus VS British Strong Style at a future UK TakeOver. When Dunne VS Walter happens, I’m feeling Walter will win. If Dunne doesn’t lose to Walter, then who ever will take that belt from him? Walter wins to freshen things up, and Walter can run through a string of contenders much like Dunne and eventually give us Walter VS Dunne rematch at whatever UK TakeOver lines up with a Big Four WWE PPV, probably Royal Rumble 2020.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (3/25/19)
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Tour leads him to who!?
Raw grows wilder as Mania draws nearer! Will Ronda Rousey face any consequences? Will Roman Reigns accept Drew McIntyre’s challenge? Angle VS SAMOA JOE?!
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan; Rousey wins in 1:25.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott; Flair fails the Beat the Clock Challenge.
- Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan; Lynch wins in 1:18, and wins the challenge.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor; changed to…
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers; Finn wins and will challenge Bobby Lashley for the title at Wrestlemania.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival; Black & Ricochet win.
- Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix; Banks wins, by disqualification.
- Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews; Corbin wins.
- Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe; Angle wins.
- Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose; McIntyre wins.
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Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Sarah Logan!
The Raw Women’s Champion and her two Wrestlemania opponents will main event Wrestlemania! But that’s in a couple weeks. Tonight, there’s a lot of pride on the line as the Baddest Woman on the Planet divides up the Riott Squad with The Queen and The Man! Who will be the fastest winner on Raw to have bragging rights going into New York?
Before the match, Ronda picks up the mic. Boston wants Becky but they’ll have to hear the champ out first. “For the first time ever, women are going to be the main event at Wrestlemania!” The Raw Women’s Championship, Rousey VS Flair VS Lynch! And Ronda only has one thing left to say: “You’re welcome.” She throws down the mic, but then picks it back up to say something else. Not that the fans appreciate any of her words. Ronda vows to make Charlotte and Becky tap out at the same time! But just as she drops the mic, she picks it up again. She has no idea what this Beat the Clock Challenge is, it sound stupid, so let’s just get this farce over with. Now she’s done talking. Sarah Logan makes her way out and the challenge truly begins!
But wait! The Man makes sure to come out and say something herself! “It’s good to be back in Boston!” And Ronnie, stop being so weird. Ronda came here with her big money contract and the whole world yawned. Every opportunity, every advantage, the best of the best, and yet no one gave a damn until The Man came around! The fans know that the best thing to happen to Ronda is Becky! That’s why they’re the main event of Mania! And one more thing, Ronda knows how this ends: Ronda’s title above Becky’s head, and her own head beneath Becky’s boot.
But here comes The Queen, too! Charlotte has her own mic and just hears “Blah blah blah”. Yes, the women are the main event! But not because of Becky nor because of Ronda. It’s all because of what Charlotte’s done! That’s why she was handpicked to be the main event! Charlotte and Becky stand-by ringside while Ronda finally gets to her Beat the Clock Challenge with Sarah.
The bell rings and the timer starts counting while Sarah bails out! Ronda gives chase and Sarah keeps away from Ronda. Ruby and Liv try to block Ronda’s path but Ronda blasts through them. Sarah turns around and dropkicks Ronda down! Then she whips Ronda hard into ropes! Ronda clutches her arm while Sarah stomps away. Sarah grabs the legs and ties them up for an inverted cloverleaf! Ronda endures the leg hold as Sarah drags her away from the ropes! Ronda grits her teeth and sees the clock climb as she claws her way back. She gets the ropes but then climbs up and around to drag Sarah into a hanging armbar! She lets go at 4 but goes after Sarah with a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! Ronda puts on the armbar and Sarah taps! Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, by submission, and in 1:25
The time has been set, will either Queen or Man be able to do better than the Baddest Woman on the Planet?
Charlotte steps into the ring and takes her turn.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Ruby Riott!
The bell rings and the time ticks down. Charlotte goes fast but Ruby dodges and dumps her out! Charlotte hurries back in and boots Ruby down. She CHOPS and CHOPS on Ruby, then gets a takedown. Ruby pushes Charlotte away and we hit the minute warning. Ruby kicks Charlotte on her return, then wrenches. Charlotte decks Ruby with a right! Then hits the backbreaker to STO! Charlotte has to hurry, but Ruby dodges Natural Selection! Ruby gets a complete shot! Cover, TWO!! Ruby just has to play defense with 20 seconds left. She grabs Charlotte’s arm and toys with her. Riott Kick, CAUGHT! Figure Four on, Figure Eight! Ruby holds on, time runs out!!
Charlotte fails the Beat the Clock Challenge
Ronda knew Charlotte wouldn’t, but now Becky wants her shot.
Beat the Clock Challenge: Becky Lynch VS Liv Morgan!
The Man is ready but the Juvenile Delinquent distracts her, and Charlotte BOOTS Becky in that distraction! The Queen takes her frustrations out on her, and then lets Liv do what she wants. Liv shouts for the bell and it rings. Liv fires off a mudhole stomp on Becky but backs off at 4 with shrill shrikes. She stomps Becky right back down then drags her to a cover, TWO! The Squad keeps Liv focused as she thrashes Becky around in a chinlock. Becky endures as we reach less than a minute. Boston rallies and Becky fights her way up. Becky arm-drags out then throws haymakers and European Uppercuts! Things speed up as Becky rallies! Calf kick at 30 seconds but Becky keeps going.
Becky wants the arm but Liv school boys Becky into buckles! Liv gets away with 15 seconds, but her code breaker is blocked! Jackknife cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
And with seven seconds to spare! Ronda doesn’t care, because what does this matter in a Triple Threat? But Becky still feels good that she did better than both Ronnie and Charlie. Will she feel great when she beats them both for the title?
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush VS Finn Balor!
The Extraordinary Man managed to beat both the Almighty and the Man of the Hour in a situation like this before, but now he has to do it again to earn a title match at Wrestlemania. Lashley & Lio come out and Lio tells Finn’s Road to Wrestlemania goes through them. This is not a road Finn wants to be on. Finn could’ve quit while he’s ahead, but now he’ll be forced to leave the game as a hot piece of garbage, just like Gronkowski. Boston takes offense to that. But as much as Lio wants to be part of ending Finn’s dreams, it’s Braun Strowman’s fault that he’s not medically cleared to compete. But that’s okay, Lashley has a different tag team partner now: Jinder Mahal!
WWE Intercontinental Championship Contender’s Handicap Match: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush & Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers!
The Modern Day Maharaja joins forces with the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will they leave Finn for dead on the side of the Road to Wrestlemania?
The bell rings and Lashley starts. Fans fire up for Finn as he ties up with Lashley. Lashley knees low then throws Finn to his corner. Lashley throws body shots then puts Finn in another corner for more body shots. He whips Finn corner to corner hard, but Finn dodges! Finn shoulders in but has to fight off Mahal and the Singh Brothers! Lio distracts and Lashley blasts Finn down! The deck is stacked for Finn as we go to break.
Raw returns and Finn fires forearms on Lashley. But Lashley shoves Finn back and tackles him into the corner! Lashley rams his shoulder in on Finn again and again but backs off at 4. Lashley goes corner to corner but Finn Slingblades him down! Mahal tags in and whips Finn. Finn reverses, Mahal sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Finn dodges Mahal and forearms Mahal into Lashley! Then he gets Mahal with the elbow drop DDT! Lashley returns but gets a takedown and double stomps! Finn clotheslines Mahal out! Finn builds speed but the Singhs swipe his feet! Mahal returns but Finn sends him out, to FLY! He hits EVERYONE! Finn puts Mahal in fast, then climbs up top! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship
He’s going to Wrestlemania! Lashley again loses because of who he teams with, but now it’ll be Finn and Lashley 1v1. Lashley takes his anger out on the Singhs, then SPEARS Mahal! Will Finn finally get the better of Bobby directly? Or will he get dominated by the Dominator on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is already in New York, Times Square even. There have been many iconic stars performing on Broadway, but Elias will be bigger than them all! Times Square is buzzing to walk with Elias. Elias has gotten used to this, so he’ll play something for us. Wait, this other bearded guitarist wants in. Elias is a solo act. But typical New Yorkers: big ego, little talent. Go sell out a subway station, Elias has Mania to focus on. Will Elias really be the hit he thinks he is?
Aleister Black & Ricochet VS The Revival!
The Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight look to take over Tag Team wrestling in the WWE from NXT to the main roster. The Dusty Rhodes Classic isn’t quite over, but can this unexpected duo stake a claim for the Raw Tag Team Championships in time for Wrestlemania?
Forget the bell, it’s time to brawl! The moment Dash & Dawson hit the ring, Aleister & Ricochet start hitting them! Dash & Dawson turn things around and whip Aleister and Ricochet at each other, but Aleister gives Ricochet a boost to missile dropkick Dawson down! Aleister then throws forearms and kicks on Dash. Ricochet adds an enziguri and Dash cowers in his corner. Fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” as Aleister dares Dash to bring the fight. The bell rings and Dawson anchors Aleister’s feet! Dash fires off then tags in Dawson. The Revival mug Aleister then put him in an open corner. Dawson throws uppercuts then drags Aleister out for a hammerlock. Dawson brings Aleister to the mat but Aleister endures.
Fans rally as Aleister works his way up. Aleister powers his way towards his corner but Dawson throws body shots and forearms. Aleister roundhouses Dawson down then tags in Ricochet! The unexpected duo double whip then leap frog with Dawson, before Aleister sweeps the legs and Ricochet adds a basement dropkick! Dash runs in but is sent right back out! Aleister fakes The Revival out, but Ricochet gets them around the corner! Dash goes down but Dawson gets a Meteora! The #TopGuys are down on the ground while we go to break.
Raw returns and Dawson grinds his forearm in Ricochet’s face. Fans rally as Ricochet endures the seated abdominal stretch, then stands up and heads for his corner. Aleister reaches out to him but Dawson scoop slams Ricochet down. Dawson drops but misses the elbow, and again! Dash tags in as Ricochet rolls to the apron. Ricochet shoulders in then slingshots, but into Dash’s arms! Dash and Dawson combine for an assisted brain buster! Cover, TWO! Ricochet survives and The Revival grows frustrated. Dash drags Ricochet over but Ricochet throws forearms. Dash knees low then Dawson tags back in. Dawson stomps and toys with Ricochet, then whips. Ricochet kicks Dawson down, but Dash tags in. Dash runs over but Ricochet dodges to get him with a neckbreaker!
Ricochet and Dash are down but crawling for their corners. Dash tags Dawson, Ricochet tags Aleister! Aleister rallies on The Revival! Aleister sweeps the legs to drive in the knee! Dash returns, but The Revival get a double quebrada! Aleister throws Dash out then goes after Dawson. Dawson punches but gets a strike fest! Another swift knee, cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his focus as he stalks Dawson. He lifts Dawson with his foot but Dash drags Ricochet off the apron! Aleister goes after Dash but Dawson sunset flips! TWO, and both men dodge. Dawson fakes Aleister out for a DDT! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Dash shoves Aleister out and The Revival double whips. Ricochet tags in and Aleister goes up and over. Aleister hits a DOUBLE Black Mass?! Ricochet hits his 630! Cover, Ricochet & Aleister win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Ricochet pinning
The Revival miscalculate and now NXT’s air strike has another victory! But The Revival are quick to point out they’re still the champions. Will the #TopGuys have to put those titles on the line at Wrestlemania against the Dutch Destroyer and the One and Only?
Drew McIntyre is here!
The Scottish Terminator vows to destroy The Shield one by one! He made his challenge to Roman Reigns last week, will he get his answer? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and McIntyre has a mic. “I don’t give a damn if you like me, but you will respect me.” McIntyre says a week is a long time to wait for an answer. He’s actually a little nervous, and Roman might still be unsure what to say. So McIntyre will share some footage, and wants us to know that he could’ve finished Roman any time but didn’t. The footage is as expected, McIntyre attacking Roman Reigns from out of nowhere and kicking his head into a post. Then last week, McIntyre challenged Roman to a match but actually wants Roman to say “No” because of how badly McIntyre will beat him at Wrestlemania.
Now in the present, McIntyre really hopes Roman’s family members got through his thick skull to say no. McIntyre “exterminated” the roach, Dean Ambrose. And then last week, McIntyre beat the #1 Contender, Seth Rollins! McIntyre is sure what the superstar, Roman Reigns, wants and that is “Yes”! But McIntyre appeals to Joe Anoa’i, the man, husband and father. Hasn’t his family been through enough? “Think of your children!” They already watched Daddy fight for his life once. Do they really have to go through that again at Wrestlemania when they know it’s a losing battle? Fans chant for Roman, and McIntyre says he’ll wait all night if he has to. But Roman Reigns appears now!
Roman goes to the ring and grabs himself a mic. Roman and McIntyre stare down, and Roman says he accepts the challenge. But listen very closely to what Joe has to say. “Don’t you ever run your mouth about my wife and kids.” Roman fires off haymakers! He gets McIntyre down and then throws him into a post! McIntyre tumbles out but Roman’s still on him with big uppercuts. Roman throws him into barriers, then back into the ring. Fans are fired up as Roman walks over, but McIntyre low blow uppercuts Roman back! McIntyre drags himself to a corner while Roman gasps and sputters. McIntyre aims with a glare as Roman stands. CLAYMORE! Referees appear and get McIntyre to leave, but the damage is done. Will Roman get his revenge at Wrestlemania?
Drew McIntyre spots Dean Ambrose backstage.
“What did you call me out there? A cockroach?” McIntyre “exterminated” him? Doesn’t feel that way. So how about another try tonight? Ambrose VS McIntyre, Last Man Standing!! McIntyre does not know how Ambrose is standing now. But he promises Ambrose won’t be standing after tonight. Is Ambrose trying to get himself killed?!
Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix!
This match didn’t quite finish last week since Nia Jax & Tamina interfered. But now The Boss of Boston and the Queen of Harts will have it out! Can Natty punch a Wrestlemania title match ticket for the Divas of Doom?
The bell rings and Sasha and Natty tie up. Natty puts Sasha on the ropes but backs off to slap her! Sasha slaps back! Then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Sasha blocks and arm-drags Natty again, then grins as she circles with Natty again. Natty blocks a kick and throws Sasha down, to then hook the legs for a Surfboard! Natty holds Sasha high overhead, but Sasha endures as Boston cheers her on. Sasha slips free and rolls out, then hits a basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her cool while she drags Natty up. Natty rolls Sasha up, TWO! Natty brings Sasha up but Sasha sunset flips, only for Natty to block to the Sharpshooter! Sasha fights out and shoves Natty all the way out!
Beth keeps Bayley at bay while Sasha fetches Natty. Natty throws hands, then throws Sasha at the apron. Sasha spins around and headscissors Natty down! Then a knee into the barriers! Sasha leaves Natty behind while we go to break.
Raw returns and Natty has Sasha in a Canadian torture rack. Sasha endures as Bayley and Boston rally for her. Natty keeps up the pressure but Sasha slips out to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO, but Sasha blocks a kick to give a kick! Sasha runs and wheelbarrows, but Natty sits Sasha down! Natty then walks over Sasha, but gets tripped! Sasha gets the Bank Statement crossface! Natty reaches, crawls, but rolls Sasha away to a Sharpshooter!! Sasha endures now, reaches for the ropes, but Natty drags her away! Sasha finds a second wind and rolls Natty into a corner! Bayley and Boston are relieved, but the Samoan Dynasty attacks again! They get Bayley, then rush the ring! SUPERKICK for Sasha!
Winner: Sasha Banks, by disqualification
The Glamazon rushes the ring to tackle Tamina! And she throws hands on Nia! Fireman’s carry, but Tamina saves Nia. Beth still fights and runs Nia over! She deflects the Superkick to fire off on Tamina! She gets the chicken wings, for the Glam Slam! Natty regroups with Beth and they hold the ring! Fans let Beth know “You Still Got It!” Not only that, but Beth still wants it! She wants tag title gold with her fellow Diva of Doom! Will the Boss & Hug Connection have legendary opponents for Wrestlemania? And what of the Samoan Dynasty? Or the IIconics?
The WWE reveals the newest Hall of Fame inductees: The Hart Foundation!
Bret Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart were the Best There Is, Best There Was, and the Best There Ever Will Be in tag team wrestling. It means so much to the Hart Family, especially Natalya, that The Anvil is finally going in!
Backstage interview with Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist continues the Farewell Tour against Samoa Joe! Why such a tough challenge this close to Wrestlemania? Angle appreciates Joe for coming over from SmackDown for the night. And this tour is about retiring on his terms. Angle promises to be ready for Baron Corbin, and Joe will be his greatest test yet. But Corbin comes over and chuckles. Corbin appreciates watching this farewell tour. How many years has Angle been around? How old is he? Does he realize the fans are cheering not because he’s a great competitor, but because they feel sorry for him? Considering he’s half the man he used to be. Corbin promises the news after Mania will be “Former Gold Medalist tarnishes his career”. Angle simply tells Corbin, “Screw you.” Will Angle show Corbin he’s still good enough when going against the United States Champion?
Backstage interview with The Boss & Hug connection.
Clearly the Women’s Tag Team division is heating up. Nia and Tamina keep attacking, The IIconics won last week, and- Sasha says they vowed to take on anyone, anywhere, anytime! So how about all three teams at Wrestlemania?! A Fatal 4 Way!? Are the inaugural champions going to become former champions in New York?
It’s time for another Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess doesn’t sit on stage, she heads right for the ring. Will she be able to reconcile the Monster Among Men and Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost?
Raw returns as Alexa sits on her set in the ring. “Welcome to A Moment of Bliss.” Alexa isn’t sure what it is, but since becoming the host, the Wrestlemania card gets better and better. The women are main eventing now! Is she good or what? But Alexa is at a crossroads, because with two weeks left, she feels like her moment and her reputation are in jeopardy. She shares footage of when Colin Jost put his foot in his mouth when he mouthed off to Strowman. Strowman put his hands around Colin’s throat and almost choked the man out. Then when Colin tried to apologize with a car, Strowman ripped the car apart! “That looks like a recipe for a public relations disaster.” So Alexa hopes this becomes A Moment of Healing. First, The Monster Among Men himself, BRAUN!
Strowman storms out to the ring and shakes hands with Alexa before taking a seat. Alexa welcomes Strowman and knows what happens when Strowman’s temper gets the best of him. Strowman’s flipped an ambulance with Roman Reigns inside, yanked down the stage on top of Brock Lesnar, and utterly destroyed one of Vince McMahon’s limousines. “Sure did.” Then what would happen if Michael Che and Colin Jost were to #GetThoseHands? The saying goes, “It’s the thought that counts.” Jost got him that tiny little convertible, Strowman thought about smashing Jost’s face in. Thank you for sharing your feelings, because that is the first step in the healing process. The next is listening, because via satellite, Michael and Colin!
Michael and Colin say hi, and Colin tries to compliment Strowman. Colin admits he made a mistake in Philly. He won’t put on a Mets hat, he’ll put on a Yankees hat. Boston hates that. Michael says that as a lifelong fan of the WWE, and even of Strowman, Michael respects Strowman. But Strowman also responded badly when he went after Colin. Colin may not be funny, but he’s a good guy. Colin wants to be a mentor, sincerely. He went to Harvard. His parents paid millions of dollars to get him on the Women’s Cross Country Team. Wait… Well, anyway, Colin can definitely teach Strowman how to eat, or how to read, or how to do his taxes.
And Colin knows Strowman is big and strong at 5’11” and 180 pounds, but they can talk this out. Michael says this isn’t how to do it. Colin sent him a car! Strowman, consider therapy! Or at least pay Colin back, with interest, and get him an autograph from Brock Lesnar. Or maybe they won’t go to Wrestlemania! Fans don’t care but Alexa can’t let that happen. Strowman has an idea. Michael said someone needs to take care of this, one way or another. Strowman goes with “option number three.” If Colin wants to make this right, he’ll get in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal! No way! He’s not- Listen up, smart guy! Get in the battle royal or Strowman will find you when you’re all alone! Michael accepts for Colin! WHAT?!
Listen, there’s a chance Colin will get hurt in the Battle Royal, but he will DEFINITELY be dead if this happens backstage. Michael promises Colin will be in that match and Michael will correspond alone. Colin says Michael’s the real WWE fan so he’s in, too! Colin starts a chant, but Strowman tells him to shut up. Can Alexa make this happen? As the host of Wrestlemania, she can’t do this for Strowman’s blood-lust. Michael breathes a sigh of relief, but Alexa was just kidding. This is happening! And if Michael and Colin no-show, they’ll be wondering for the rest of their lives when they’ll #GetTheseHands!
Elias is still in New York.
The Drifter has made his way to Madison Square Garden, “the world’s most famous arena.” Now it’s not Boston’s Garden, because that houses a bunch of slobs. Elias has sold this place out three times already, more than Billy Joel ever cold. Elias is given change? Does this city have no idea who he is?!
Baron Corbin VS Apollo Crews!
“Boston’s Favorite Son” is apparently anything but that, as he has every other accolade of his listed. But will he at least redeem himself from last week’s quick defeat?
Raw returns and Apollo rolls Corbin up! TWO, but Apollo mule kicks and sunset flips. TWO, and now Apollo crucifix, TWO! Apollo dropkicks Corbin to a corner then baits Corbin in. Corbin slides out then in but into a dropkick! Corbin staggers and Apollo clotheslines him out! Apollo hits the moonsault off the apron, then runs back in, only for Corbin to toss him into the post! Corbin refreshes the count to drag Apollo up and throw him into barriers. He puts Apollo back in the ring then shoves him into buckles. Corbin lifts and tosses Apollo down! Cover, TWO! Corbin argues with the ref, but then points to the Wrestlemania sign to taunt fans that he’s still going, whether we like it or not.
Corbin drags Apollo up but Apollo clotheslines him back! Apollo baits Corbin into the corner again, then enziguris him down! Apollo climbs and leaps, frog splash! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and gets to a corner. He puts Apollo on the apron but Apollo shoulders in. Apollo slingshots and runs, but into End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf has redeemed himself, but this is far from satisfactory. He drags Apollo up for another End of Days! Corbin grins and applauds, but will he be feeling good after facing Kurt Angle at Mania?
Seth Rollins is here!
The Architect, Mr. Royal Rumble 2019, goes to the ring and grabs a mic. Boston is ready to “Slay The Beast!” so Rollins cuts to the chase. Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins are not cut from the same cloth. The two roads that meet at Wrestlemania could not be any different. But there is only one road out, and it will be forged with the Universal Championship and by the man who will define the WWE’s future. It will either be Rollins or Lesnar, “and that’s really heavy.” But Rollins wants to carry that burden! Rollins wants to be a champion who inspires people. The champions who inspired Rollins were Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Ric Flair, Triple H, and even John Cena. But Brock Lesnar does not inspire people.
It goes without saying that this will be Rollins’ biggest match yet. Rollins has wanted it for a long time, but until recently, he didn’t realize how much it means to the fans. Rollins did a meet ‘n’ greet and everyone who came up to him, regardless of who they were, they all said the same thing. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and “Slay The Beast!” and Rollins says it was something like that. “Please beat Lesnar at Wrestlemania.” Rollins promised he’ll do everything he can to stop Lesnar, but now he has no choice. He MUST beat Brock Lesnar! Rollins refuses to let Lesnar be the champion that defines this company! In 13 days, Rollins will stand up to the bully that is The Beast.
And what Lesnar doesn’t understand is that with an army behind Rollins, he WILL be unstoppable! Together, they will march to Suplex City and #BURN IT- “Ladies and Gentlemen!” The Advocate, Paul Heyman, is here in Boston to say, “Thank you.” Heyman thanks Rollins for letting him know that the match is now a “Handicap Match”. It’ll be the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BROCK LESNAR VS Seth Rollins & The WWE Universe. Heyman likes Lesnar’s odds, because Rollins’ chances of winning are zero. “Do you know how pathetic you sound, Seth?” Rollins needs the fans’ love, support and affirmation? Or perhaps their thoughts and prayers? Heyman mocks other requests for thoughts and prayers, but especially Rollins needing help not being beaten and victimized by Lesnar.
Heyman says Rollins needs those thoughts and prayers, because Rollins doesn’t have a thought on how to defeat Lesnar, nor a prayer in doing so. This isn’t personal, but when Lesnar does win, Rollins needs to take it personally when he and the WWE Universe fail at Wrestlemania. Heyman tosses the mic but Rollins chases him up the ramp! Rollins scares Heyman and Heyman suddenly says he’s just saying this because Lesnar wanted him to. Rollins laughs. This isn’t about getting thoughts and prayers, this is about answering them. “We are going to Wrestlemania! We are going to beat Brock Lesnar!” And WE are going to BURN IT DOWN!! Rollins carries the banner for the fans, but will he plant the flag in Suplex City’s ashes?
Kurt Angle makes his way out, and the “You Suck!” turns to Heyman. The Olympic Gold Medalist brings the Farewell Tour to Boston, but will it continue to be successful on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Kurt Angle VS Samoa Joe!
Angle and the Samoan Submission Machine have met before, but they’ll have their first and last match in the WWE in Boston! Will Angle win over the WWE United States Championship? Or will Joe tuck Angle in and make him go to sleep before ever making it to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns as Samoa Joe makes his entrance. Joe has a mic and asks Angle to forgive him. He forgot his bouquet of flowers to give to him. And though Joe knows the “scumbag New England mouth-breathers want it”, it’ll be a cold day into Hell before Angle can just ride off into the sunset. This is Wrestlemania Season, and stars around the world are getting ready for the big night. For Angle’s last night in Boston, Joe has a special gift. A good night’s sleep is very important, and Joe couldn’t think of a better way to say good-bye than putting Angle out once and for all. The bell rings and this very tense good-bye match begins!
Joe and Angle stare down, and then Joe headbutts Angle down! Joe stomps away on Angle, then stands him up for those swift jabs! Angle counter punches but Joe rakes his eyes! Joe brings Angle out and snap suplexes, but barely gets Angle over. Angle gets to a corner but Joe throws more hands. Fans rally behind Angle and he gets a waistlock on Joe! Joe elbows him off and snapmares him for stomps! Joe dropkicks Angle in the back, but Angle comes back with haymakers. Angle gets Joe on the ropes but Joe dumps Angle out, to DIVE! Joe bulldozes Angle into barriers and we go to break.
Raw returns and Angle fights his way out of Joe’s sleeper hold. Angle runs but Joe runs him over! Joe taunts Angle as he sits up. Joe puts him in the corner and trash talks before throwing more hands and CHOPS! Angle staggers away and Joe headbutts. Joe throws more jabs then brings Angle out for forearms. Joe runs but Angle ducks to German Suplex! Angle holds on for a second German Suplex! And then the hat trick! Cover, TWO! Angle gets back up and stalks Joe, but Joe fights out of the Angle Slam. Angle kicks but runs into an atomic drop. Joe boots and back sentons! Cover, TWO!! Angle lives and Joe is livid, but Joe keeps his eyes on Angle as he gets to a corner. Angle dodges Joe in the corner, ANGLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives and Angle can’t believe it.
Angle fires up and goes for the ankle! Joe pushes him away, then gets up, to catch Angle for a powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Angle barely escapes but Joe keeps his focus. Joe puts Angle in a corner and on the top rope. Joe wants the Buster but Angle pushes him away. Angle hits a missile dropkick! The straps come down and Angle stalks Joe again. Angle lifts but Joe slips out to fire forearms and headbutts. Joe grabs Angle but Angle arm-drags him away. Angle rocks Joe with a right but runs into the sleeper! Joe squeezes and Angle fades, but fans give him a second wind! Angle rolls Joe to a cover, Angle wins!
Winner: Kurt Angle, by pinfall
The Farewell Tour wins by the skin of Angle’s teeth! Joe is shocked, will he be able to snap back before facing Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania? And what of Angle going over to SmackDown to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles?
Triple H is here!
The world heard what The Animal, Dave Batista, had to say about why he wants one more match at Wrestlemania, but now we hear The Game’s response, after the break.
Raw returns and HHH can’t believe the fans were giving an ovation that entire commercial break. It really was, trust him. But first thing’s first, congrats to the Raw Women’s Championship match for being THE main event at Wrestlemania. Congrats to them and all the women of WWE, past, present and future, because this was not given, it was earned. That’s the kind of thing that makes HHH happy. Just like coming out and realizing this mic is dry, unlike the one Batista spit all over. But some things upset HHH, like this thing buried in his pocket. He presents an envelope and a letter from Batista’s attorney. The letter states that Batista will not be competing at Wrestlemania after all. Unless HHH agrees to another stipulation.
This letter goes on and on, Batista says a lot of things like his recent realization that HHH started Evolution to protect himself. Really? Just figured that out 13 years later? Batista also realized that the moon isn’t made of cheese, so a big week for him. Batista also believes Evolution did nothing for him, except before then, he was just The Deacon following Reverend D-Von around. And then after Evolution, he was a world champion. Batista also believes HHH had an obsession that kept Batista down. Yet six world title reigns later, Batista quit when he couldn’t beat John Cena. Batista also thinks HHH kept Batista away from here, because HHH just refused to return his phone calls. HHH called Batista, but Batista’s manager said they should move Wrestlemania’s date to accommodate Batista’s shooting schedules.
But when the letter finally gets to Batista’s stipulation, as HHH will read now to properly reflect Batista’s feelings… “If you would like me to appear then at Wrestlemania, you will give me what I want. What I really, really want. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want.” This goes on and on for pages! But the bottom line, Batista wants HHH’s career on the line. If Batista wins at Wrestlemania, HHH will never compete in the ring again. HHH tells “Dave” that he beat up a 70 year old man a year after being on his deathbed, all just to get a match at Mania. HHH agreed to that match, 75 THOUSAND people, and yet Batista still demands something. This is just another attempt by Batista to quit. HHH will not let Batista quit. He will make Batista stand up to his commitment.
Batista believes HHH is obsessed with Batista? HHH doesn’t give a crap about him! The only thing HHH is obsessed with is kicking Batista’s ass. And at this point in their careers, if HHH cannot beat a “self-deluded douchebag”, then he has no business being in the ring. If Batista wants HHH’s career on the line, “you’ve got it.” The Game plays Batista’s game, but will Batista regret even wanting to play?
Elias makes quite the haul.
“New York recognizes talent.” Elias has always felt that way. There’s maybe $2000 in his guitar case. New York is the greatest city in the world, so long as Elias is here. Elias will leave no doubt that there is one universal truth. And that is… you need to watch your money. A pickpocket gets away with some of Elias’ tips, but Elias will make way more than that at Wrestlemania. And then no one will doubt that WWE truly stands for #WalkWithElias. The pickpocket comes back to take the entire guitar case!
Last Man Standing: Drew McIntyre VS Dean Ambrose!
The Scottish Terminator thought he had terminated the Lunatic once and for all, but it seems even a Claymore off the stage wasn’t enough. Will Ambrose get payback for himself in such an extreme match? Or will McIntyre be the only one standing on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Raw returns once again as McIntyre makes his entrance. Ambrose is raring to go but the referee has him wait. The bell rings and Ambrose fires off! Ambrose punches and stomps McIntyre in a corner but McIntyre fights his way back out. McIntyre CHOPS Ambrose, then drags him up to CHOP again. McIntyre drags Ambrose up but Ambrose dodges to fire forearms. Ambrose whips but McIntyre reverses. Ambrose kicks and dumps McIntyre out. The Lunatic climbs up top and leaps but misses his Lunatic Elbow! McIntyre watches Ambrose as the count begins. The count climbs to 5 before Ambrose drags himself up. Ambrose stands at 8, but McIntyre is on him with a swinging slam into barriers! Ambrose is down again while we go to one last break.
Raw returns once again, and Ambrose headbutts McIntyre off the top rope. Ambrose adjusts and leaps but into a kendo stick SMASH! McIntyre SMACKS Ambrose more, then digs the stick’s bare tip into Ambrose’s face! McIntyre lets up to SMACK Ambrose against the ropes. The stick is splintered and McIntyre holds it up proudly. McIntyre dares Ambrose to stand back up, but Ambrose ducks and clotheslines McIntyre out! Ambrose builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends McIntyre into the barriers! They’re both down as the count begins. The count passes 5 but Ambrose is right up. McIntyre stands, too, but Ambrose throws hands. The Glasgow Kiss rocks Ambrose! McIntyre, bleeding from his back, brings Ambrose under the ring, to catapult guillotine him into the steel frame!
The referee counts on Ambrose but Ambrose is stirring. He stands at 5, but McIntyre has the steel steps! McIntyre rams Ambrose down! The referee counts again as Ambrose sputters and crawls. Ambrose forces himself up at 7! But McIntyre puts him back in the ring. McIntyre takes a chair from the timekeeper’s area and brings it into the ring. He wedges it in the corner and throws Ambrose. Ambrose slides to a stop and baits McIntyre in! McIntyre meets chair! DIRTY DEEDS! The count begins on McIntyre, but the Terminator stands at 8! Ambrose boots him back down then rains down rights! Ambrose hurries to fetch a TABLE! He sets it up in the corner to the liking of the fans. McIntyre manages to stand, and tackles Ambrose through the table!!
Fans lose their minds as the count begins again. McIntyre glares at Ambrose as Ambrose crawls from the wreckage. The count passes 5, then 7, and Ambrose stands at 9! CLAYMORE!! McIntyre knocks Ambrose right back down, and the count begins again. Ambrose slowly sits up but McIntyre looms over him. The count hits 10, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre
The Terminator steps on Ambrose like the roach he called him. Will McIntyre do the same to Roman Reigns at Wrestlemania?
Wrestlemania’s growing closer, but it seems Raw is slowing down. There was literally no need for the Beat the Clock Challenge tonight, and certainly not if someone other than Ronda was going to win it. Granted, the fans loved seeing Becky beat Ronda’s time, and it is something Becky can brag about in the two weeks left, but what does any of this do? The announcement that the three of them are THE main event should’ve been enough. They can talk, take credit, all of that, but there’s no need for matches like this at this point in time. For that matter, not even sure about next week having a Six Woman Tag where they join forces against Riott Squad. Pretty sure there will be dysfunction, and yet also a way where The Riott Squad still loses. This build’s homestretch just hit a speed bump.
I’m not entirely sure why Vince insists Finn has to beat everyone other than Lashley to prove he’s worthy of the title. I suppose it’s great for Lashley, but Mahal being dragged in was obviously so Lashley could lose without taking the pin. Finn VS Lashley, actually going 1v1, is still going to be good, and I’m still hoping Finn finally gets that win on Lashley directly to put this to bed. Elias’ New York promos were great, but especially the last one. I wonder if his greatest performance, aka greatest interruption, will actually be bigger than Jeff Jarrett now… Aleister & Ricochet are doing great, though at the cost of The Revival. I have a bad feeling that if Aleister & Ricochet are going for main roster tag titles at Wrestlemania, that means The Forgotten Sons win the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!!
So glad to see The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way IS happening! At the same time, Bayley seeing some of the Samoan sneak attack coming was good, because it really should’ve been obvious. This also gave Beth a great moment for herself to confirm that she’s coming back for this match. I still feel like it’s between Boss & Hug retaining or the IIconics taking the belts to SmackDown. SmackDown really needs to work on their Women’s Roster overall, so I’m leaning towards Boss & Hug retaining in a big way. The Strowman celebrity angle is starting to be like screeching brakes on the Road to Wrestlemania. For what it’s worth, everyone is properly selling the dialogue, it just seems weird that Colin and Michael will be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. I really hope Strowman still wins it all, that’s the only way to salvage this.
Corbin VS Crews was alright, but it’s probably one of the things that makes the most sense tonight. Corbin needed to keep himself afloat or he really would look like the wrong choice for Angle’s farewell match at Mania. Of course, the Farewell Tour is still hitting the right notes. Angle VS Joe was a bit slow at the start but it got going, and naturally Angle wins. It actually helps both stories, Angle’s and Joe’s, that the win was a quick pin and not a finisher. It’s good to push Angle not quite being in his prime, to bring concern that he might not beat Corbin. And for Joe, it seems quick pins are becoming his weakness as this happened when Mysterio pinned him. Also good to know Angle VS Styles and Angle VS Mysterio are coming, those are going to be great for the Farewell Tour, too.
As for Ambrose constantly getting beat by McIntyre, I can’t be sure the reason other than to boost McIntyre. Roman’s brawl with McIntyre was good, and I suppose it makes sense for McIntyre to stand tall thanks to dirty tactics. McIntyre VS Ambrose was good, but the commercial interruption and the shortness overall kept it from being great. If the Beat the Clock Challenge wasn’t a thing, all of that match time could’ve gone to this. Perhaps this is not only to boost McIntyre, but to make it seem less and less likely Ambrose will even be able to help Roman at Wrestlemania. Rollins had a great promo with Heyman tonight, but there’s no guarantees he actually will #SlayTheBeast. It might only be Roman having a good night at Wrestlemania at this point.
My Score: 7.7/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.28 ~ 24TH MARCH 2019
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
Hopefully the live stream peaked some extra interest in NOAH! So for everyone new or old that needs to catch up, Hisame’s Newsletters are the perfect one stop shop!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
After the excitement of Hakata Stalene, NOAH headed back out to Osaka, and then further into the provinces.
At Osaka World Pavilion, Hi69 finished the match by doing the Stuka Splash on Yoshinari Ogawa, after it Ogawa seemed to be struggling a bit and had to be helped up and out of the ring, although eventually he was well enough to walk unaided.
But when Hi69 & Quiet Storm had their first singles match ever on the 20th March at Toyonaka, after the match the ring was stormed by Stinger members Yoshinari Ogawa and Kotaro Suzuki, who beat down Hi69 in revenge. It is unusual to see this happen in NOAH, although Kotaro Suzuki is capable of it (and people getting jumped does happen), it is very rare to see Yoshinari Ogawa do it. Minoru Tanaka came to the rescue.
Hi69 says he will make weight for the tag challenge (“I will get on the scales any time. However, please tell me the day before“), and has started a weight loss diary on his
Twitter, although he did admit to eating lots of meat and going up to 105.
Minoru Tanaka and Hi69 had their own post match beat down on Stinger on the 21st in Kanazawa.
KAZMA SAKAMOTO and Takashi Sugiura teamed together for the first time before they enter Global Tag League together, they seemed to get on pretty well, with KAZMA later paying tribute to Sugiura as “a symbol of NOAH’s strength”.
Naomichi Marufuji, who says he is searching for a purpose, had somewhat of a comedy match in Toyonaka with disco poses being pulled and kicking Masao Inoue in the face for messing around, but a new threat appears to be emerging from the next generation of Junior wrestlers regarding their own status being less than the heavyweights, although he didn’t make too much of a comment about it at the time, it does look like Daisuke Harada took on board Minoru Tanaka’s comments about the GHC Junior being the main event. Marufuji in a post match interview said he could see their hostility building to something, but he didn’t know yet.
A huge rivalry is brewing for Global Tag League 2019 between Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ (Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki), which started in Toyonaka and was heralded by a vicious kick battle between Kenoh and Nakajima. After the match, the two teams faced off, with Nakajima grinning evilly. Earlier on the tour, Marufuji (a veteran) was put in the unenviable position of teaming with them (the younger generation who are opposed to him), and at the end of a match which according to one attendee had a “sense of distance between them”, got kicked in the head by Nakajima after shaking hands with him.
Then Shiozaki lariated him.
In Kanazawa after the match (whereby Nakajima grinned in Kenoh’s face), Kiyomiya and Kenoh declared AXIZ to be a “wanted” tag-team.
Yoshiki Inamura won his second victory over Kinya Okada, whom he now refers to as “my rival”. He had teamed with his teacher, Masa Kitamiya, who had a big smile on his face and did genuinely seem pleased with his trainees progress. After three days of being chopped and kicked his chest was….
Maybach Taniguchi is still continuing in his monster mode, and refuses to change. His Sasumata is still being bought to the ring and used as a weapon, he is still attacking the ref after matches, speaking in grunts, and even Akitoshi Saito who seemed to be attempting to rehabilitate him, has given up. In Kanazawa they tagged together, but it all fell apart when they accidentally knocked each other down, got into an argument and then Taniguchi was defeated by the Funky Buster Bomb. Taniguchi stood in the ring as he and Saito pointed at each other threateningly as Saito left the ring.
Takashi Sugiura said that this would do no him no good in the end.
NOAH will celebrate the final night of “Spring Navigation 2019” at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Friday March 29th.
Global Tag League will return on the 6th April 2019, with the first night being held at Edion Arena Osaka on Saturday 6th April and finishing on 4th May at Korakuen Hall.
This years teams are as follows:
Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki (GHC Heavyweight Tag champions)
Kaito Kiyomiya & Kenoh
Mohammed Yone & Quiet Storm
Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino
Takashi Sugiura & KAZMA SAKAMOTO
Atsushi Kotoge & Mitsuya Nagai
Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue
Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura.
Due to being defeated by Kaito Kiyomiya for the GHC Heavyweight title, Naomichi Marufuji has said that he will not enter the league this year. However, there is a possibility that he may enter in the end, and probably with a surprise partner. Unspoken speculation has it that since KENTA’s 90 day release clause is up round about the time Global Tag League starts, it may well be KENTA who he enters with.
Personally, I think it is far more likely that Marufuji will enter with Masaaki Mochizuki.
KAZMA says he fears the team of Yuji Hino and Maybach Taniguchi, as Hino knows how to work Taniguchi, however “that dick is a one-man show.”
Atsushi Kotoge has named the team of himself and Mitsuya Nagai “The Revolutionary Cloak Army”
Akitoshi Saito and Masao Inoue were a comedy team last year, with Saito screwing over Inoue, and Inoue not really realizing as Saito kept denying it.
The big rivalry for Global Tag League 2019 this year is Kenoh & Kiyomiya vs AXIZ.
Atsushi Kotoge returns
Atsushi Kotoge will make his return in his hometown of Osaka on the 6th April. Katsuhiko Nakajima took the opportunity to take a shot at Kenoh by looking at the match (“The Revolutionary Cloak Army” vs Kenoh and Kiyomiya) to say, “you are in the opening match” (full card hasn’t been announced yet).
NOAH The Album
Track listing has been confirmed as:
Katsuhiko Nakajima: Genius of The Kick
Daisuke Harada: KTYM
Quiet Storm: MAD
Pro Wrestling NOAH theme: Brave
GHC Jnr Theme
GHC Tag theme
Kaito Kiyomiya: Explosion Soul
Atsushi Kotoge: Switch On
Masa Kitamiya: Go For Broke
Go Shiozaki: Enforcer
Naomichi Marufuji: Hysteric
Theme of Global League
RAN: SAKURETSU (Pro Wrestling NOAH’s official song)
You can pre-order your copy here
Following his highly praised tag against Naomichi Marufuji at the Giant Baba memorial show, Masaaki Mochizuki will be making his first appearance in Pro-Wrestling NOAH on the 29th March at Korakuen Hall, he will team with Masa Kitamiya & Yoshiki Inamura against Naomichi Marufuji and 50 Funky Powers.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki and Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa
~ Hitoshi Kumano says he wants to challenge for the singles belt
~ Daisuke Harada was cheered on by his nephew in Osaka
~ Kenoh has been noted to be smiling a lot more now he is teaming with Kiyomiya; but don’t let this fool you. Kenoh is still after the GHC Heavyweight, Kiyomiya knows this and has said that they will never properly be friends. Despite the brotherly feeling between them, there is still a sense of rivalry underneath.
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima’ reaction to Yoshiki Inamura teaming with Masa Kitamiya was, “what’s his name? I don’t remember, he didn’t leave much of an impression“
~ Kaito Kiyomiya was again on the cover of “Weekly Pro”, he’s only twenty-two, but has already been on the cover about three or four times.
~ Takashi Sugiura imitated KAZMA SAKAMOTO’S scream
~ Katsuhiko Nakajima told a bald reporter that his head was “twinkling”.
~ After the three day in a row tour (and a week away from home), Hitoshi Kumano returned to his “children” (his French Bulldogs), and Takashi Sugiura returned home to his own dog, who wanted to immediately go outside, despite the fact it was 1.30am. He took it for a walk the next day.
~ Despite saying that he didn’t have to call Kenoh “Kenoh-san” anymore, this momentary lapse in manners is over, and Kiyomiya has gone back to calling him just that.
G+ will broadcast the 17th April show on April 20th
They will also show the 28th May Korakuen Hall show live
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