SmackDown promises that Mr. Vince McMahon will address his treatment of Kofi Kingston while Shane will explain his betrayal of The Miz!
- 8 Man Tag: Aleister Black, Ricochet & The Hardy Boyz VS Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev & The Bar; No Contest.
- Asuka VS Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose; Asuka wins.
- Rey Mysterio & R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Samoa Joe & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Mysterio & Truth win.
- Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS Kevin Owens & Mustafa Ali; Bryan & Rowan win.
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Here comes the Money~!
SmackDown opens with Shane McMahon and a chorus of boos. Dayton isn’t that far from Cleveland, and everyone saw what Shane did to The Miz after their loss at Fastlane. Shane stands in the ring with the Best in the World trophy as he takes a mic. Fans tell Shane “You Suck!” before he speaks. Shane waits for the jeers to die down then asks the ring announcer to join him. He tells the announcer what to say. “Ladies and gentlemen, the Best in the World, Shane McMahon.” Fans boo even harder but Shane isn’t done. He GRABS the announcer and makes him say it like he means it. “The Best in the World, Shaaane, McMahon!” Not good enough! “The BEST in the Wooooooorld~! Shaaane, McMaaaahon!” Fans boo but Shane is finally satisfied.
Shane finally addresses the fans’ questions. Why did he beat down his “Co-Besty?” Because he is sick and tired of the annoyances in his life. He’s not just talking about the WWE Universe, the WWE superstars, but also the WWE employees. “Shane, what can I do for you to help me get ahead in life?” Fans chant “We Want Kofi!” but Shane ignores them. Shane’s entire life, people have kissed up to him for their own benefit. No one knows what Shane does for them behind the scenes each and every day! Everyone else wants Shane to help them, but that stopped Sunday when he “beat the holy hell” out of The Miz in his hometown.
Shane says he’s not the Best in the World because he won a trophy, or because he became a tag team champion. He’s the best because he was born that way. Fans boo because they don’t agree. But Shane says he’s only going to do things for himself. Which is why beating Miz down was so good. Especially choking The Miz out in front of Papa Miz’s “baked potato face”. It was so liberating! And that sparked something in Shane that he won’t let go out. The WWE Universe just has to get used to this. And for The Miz, this is not a request but an order because Shane’s the boss. Shane had such a great time beating Miz’s ass, it will continue on the Grandest Stage of Them All, Wrestlemania! Miz better get ready for another Best in the World beating, because it will be AWESOME!
8 Man Tag: Aleister Black, Ricochet & The Hardy Boyz VS Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev & The Bar!
The last time the Unexpected Duo was on SmackDown, they ended up having to fight off the Swiss Cyborg, Celtic Gladiator, Bulgarian Brute and King of Japanese Strong Style. Team Xtreme came to their rescue, and now we have a star-studded and internationally flavored opening match! Will Matt & Jeff help Ricochet and Aleister make four major players #FadetoBlack?
SmackDown returns as entrances finish up. The teams sort out and it will be Nakamura and Aleister to start. Nakamura and Aleister square up and give tests kicks. Aleister gets caught but gives back the strike fest! He drags Nakamura over and Ricochet tags in. They double whip and speed things up, Kitchen Sink and standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ricochet stays on Nakamura and fires the fans up as he tags in Matt Hardy! Nakamura gets free as fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Sheamus tags in and kicks Matt low. Sheamus clubs Matt and scoops but Matt slips out. Matt boots back and hops up for an elbow drop. The shirt comes off and tag to Jeff! The Hardy Boyz work together, leg drop combo! Cover, TWO!
Jeff keeps on Sheamus with a chinlock but Cesaro distracts. Sheamus hits Jeff then tags to Cesaro. Cesaro stomps away then mocks the Hardy leg drop. Cover, TWO! Cesaro drags Jeff by his hair and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Rusev and they mug Jeff on the ropes. Rusev rams his shoulder in over and over but backs off at 4. The rest of his team choke Jeff in the distraction! They let Jeff go and Rusev wrangles him into a chinlock. Fans rally and Jeff endures. Jeff fights up but Rusev drags him back down. Fans continue to rally and Jeff fights his way back up. Jeff elbows free but Rusev pulls him down by his hair! Rusev plays innocent while fans boo. Rusev stomps Jeff then puts him back in the corner.
Tag to Sheamus and they mug Jeff more. Tag to Nakamura and he stomps away. It becomes a stomp cycle! Jeff fights back on Rusev, and hot tag to Ricochet! The One and Only rallies but Rusev reverses the whip. Ricochet rolls off his back then handsprings to headscissor! Dropkick, too! Ricochet rams his shoulder in and fights off Nakamura. Rusev intercepts the slingshot with a haymaker! Aleister defends Ricochet as Cesaro and Nakamura come over while we go to picture in picture.
Ricochet shakes the cobwebs out and Cesaro fetches him. Cesaro bumps him off the announce desk then gut wrenches him back into the ring! Cesaro wraps another chinlock on but fans rally up for Ricochet. Ricochet fights but Sheamus tags in. The Bar mug and whip Ricochet for the Bar Lariat! Sheamus drops the knee and puts on a chinlock of his own. He bends Ricochet back but Ricochet finds a way out. Rusev tags in and clubbers Ricochet down. Rusev drops elbows and covers, TWO! Ricochet crawls but Rusev is on him. Rusev brings Ricochet up to the top rope and tags in Nakamura. Nakamura struts before hitting the Top Shelf Knee! Cover, TWO! Nakamura keeps on Ricochet with his own chinlock. Fans rally again as Ricochet endures the knee in his back. Nakamura drops a knee on Ricochet’s front!
Tag to Cesaro and the mugging resumes. Cesaro rocks Ricochet with a big European Uppercut! Cesaro drags Ricochet up and shoves him back. Ricochet fights out of the corner with furious forearms! But Rusev tags in, and he kicks Ricochet’s legs out. Cesaro and Rusev stomp away then Rusev hits Matt Hardy for good measure! Rusev drags Ricochet back and tags in Sheamus. They mug Ricochet more, then Sheamus gives Ricochet a backbreaker. Sheamus returns to his special chinlock as we return to single picture.
Fans continue to rally but Sheamus shoves Ricochet. Ricochet dumps Sheamus out! Cesearo hurries to help him back in, and then tags in. Cesaro goes right at Aleister with a boot! But Ricochet back drops him! Ricochet crawls, hot tag to Matt! Matt rallies on everyone as fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Matt gives “DELETE!” buckle bumps! Tag to Jeff and the brothers double whip Cesaro corner to corner. Poetry in Motion to a Side Effect! BROGUE for Matt! Pump knee for Sheamus! Roundhouse for Aleister! Springboard flying uppercut for Rusev! Dynamic Dropkick for Ricochet! Twist of Fate for Nakamura! Roll up for Jeff, TWO! Twist of Fate for Cesaro! Jeff tosses the shirt aside and climbs up top. SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but Sheamus, Nakamura AND Rusev break it!
Matt and Sheamus brawl with haymakers, and then more brawls break out! All eight superstars throw haymakers and kicks! So here come THE NEW DAY!? They attack EVERYONE!
Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston toss out anyone they can and stomp the rest! Fans are as fired up as they are, as Woods wrecks Sheamus with a dropkick! Big E grabs Sheamus and throws him into steel steps! Then Big E comes around to wreck Cesaro with help from Kofi! Woods and Kofi keep Nakamura and Rusev down with stomps. They sit Nakamura up for Woods to hit the Shining Wizard! Then they drag Rusev up for Kofi to hit Trouble in Paradise! The New Day stand tall and Dayton is right behind them! Will this influence Vince McMahon’s supposed Wrestlemania opportunity?
The Usos speak in the bowels of the arena.
They like The New Day’s new attitude. But which team is gonna run up to Jimmy & Jey? Is it “Swiss Cheese and the Light Mayo?” What about Rusev & Shinsuke? Aleister & Ricochet? It don’t matter anyways! That leaves one last team. The brothers like the Usos, but they ain’t like the Usos. The Usos want any and all teams to run up and get done up! They’ll welcome EVERYONE to the Uso Penitentiary!
Randy Orton is here!
The Viper heads to the ring and he has something to say, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Orton stands in the ring with a mic. “There’s something I gotta get off my chest.” This is the House that AJ Styles Built? Well then in 2002, Styles was wrestling in some high school gymnasium while Orton was here making his WWE in-ring debut. In 2004, Styles was shaking hands with opponents in bingo halls while Orton was the youngest WWE Champion ever. In 2005, Styles was in Florida getting a tan with Dixie Carter while Orton was here facing The Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Orton continues on to say that 2006, 2007 all the way to 2014, Orton was champion! This isn’t the House AJ Styles Built, it was the house built long before Styles was ever here! This is the House Randy Orton Built! But speaking of AJ Styles, he appears!
The Phenomenal One heads to the ring and picks up a mic to retort. “Wow, Randy. For someone who looks down on the indies, you sure did follow my career pretty closely.” But Styles is flattered. And he’s right, he’s indy made and damn proud of it. It’s been said that guys like Orton weren’t made for that world but for the WWE. Which is good because Orton wouldn’t have made it in Styles’ world. Not with things like his weird pose and a “knockoff Diamond Cutter.” Wait a second. Is Styles saying that none of those indy pals of his never ripped anybody off? Too Sweet. Good one, good one. But take a look around backstage: Orton is surrounded by those indy pals. They all earned the right to be in the WWE. They didn’t have their daddy get them a job.
Styles talks Orton’s career now. Orton had the stroke of Triple H, the intelligence of Ric Flair and the muscle of Batista backing him to make sure he didn’t fail. Orton says he’s accomplished more before he was 24 than anyone in this industry could ever dream! A 13-time world champion and two-time Royal Rumble winner who has been to 15 Wrestlemanias and any other PPV! But Evolution was where it started. And the Legacy. And Rated RKO! No wait, better yet, the Wyatt Family. Orton sure had a lot of babysitters. Stylse knows Orton is exactly what he is. He is a viper who uses everyone else up. Which is why Styles made sure to get the jump on Orton, so he won’t be another victim.
Orton says Styles has no choice. As long as Styles is renting a room in Orton’s house, he has to answer to him. And rent is due. Make it out to the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment: R K O. Well if Orton wants his rent, come take it at Wrestlemania! Whose house will it be after these two meet on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Asuka VS Sonya Deville w/ Mandy Rose!
The Empress of Tomorrow put away God’s Greatest Creation because the Gladiator Gal was doing too much on the outside. But now Asuka looks to show Fire & Desire that neither of them are ready for her! Will that be true when Sonya puts her hair up and squares up?
SmackDown returns as Fire & Desire make their entrance. The bell rings and Sonya circles with Asuka. They tie up and Asuka avoids Sonya’s takedown but Sonya slips out of the facelock. They go around and Sonya gets a ropebreak before Asuka gets the heel hook. Sonya kicks Asuka back but Asuka catches one to hit back. Asuka gives kicks now, then bounces Sonya’s head off the mat! Sonya counters the buzzsaw to a roll up, TWO! Asuka kicks and whips but Sonya reverses. Asuka runs the ropes but misses the dropkick, Sonya SPEARS! Cover, TWO! Sonya knees Asuka’s ribs and covers, TWO! Sonya stalks Asuka to the corner while fans rally up. She toys with Asuka but Asuka gets mad. Asuka SLAPS Sonya, then throws forearms. Asuka fires off palm strikes and body shots, then the pop-up knee! Sliding Wizard!
Sonya bails out but Asuka runs in. She wrecks Mandy instead! Sonya puts Asuka in and forearms Asuka back. Mandy drags herself up but pulls the apron skirt down! It causes Sonya to stagger, Asuka rocks her with a roundhouse! Then the Asuka Lock! Sonya taps, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
Fire & Desire cost each other again! The Empress sweeps and leaves them behind on the Road to Wrestlemania, but will Sonya and Mandy be able to patch things up?
The IIconics speak.
“Oooh… Sonya and Mandy are always in each other’s way.” That’s definitely not IIconic. But Billie Kay & Peyton Royce claim Sasha Banks & Bayley are ducking them. The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are still champions, congrats! Pbbbt. They can’t run forever, they will have to come to SmackDown, where the future is IICONIC! Strike the pose. Billie & Peyton want to go BFF’s VS BFF’s, but will The Boss & Hug be too busy for the Blue Brand?
Becky Lynch is here!
And she tosses aside her crutch! The Man may not be 100% but she feels so much better after Fastlane. What will she have to say about Ronda Rousey’s assistance? We find out after the break.
SmackDown returns, and Becky shares how great it feels to be walking down the ramp on her own. Everyone got brave when she got hurt, then suspended, then un-suspended, then re-suspended and arrested and out of the biggest match of her career. “But The Man is back!” She’s back on her feet and back in the main event of Wrestlemania! This was the match she set in motion when she picked Ronda Rousey only for Charlotte to be shoehorned in. And then Becky had to earn her way back in her match twice! “Lads, do you know how hard it is to play mind-games on a woman with no brain?” But Becky did it! She got “Ronnie” so wound up, she did all this for her. Thanks, ya lil’ weirdo. Becky will pay her back by taking her arm and her title.
Becky doesn’t care if it’s the golden girl or the rowdy one, she will reclaim what they’ve tried to give someone else. And speaking of, here comes Charlotte! The Queen has a mic of her own. “First off, congratulations.” Becky finally gets in Charlotte’s main event. While Becky was suspended and arrested, Charlotte put in all the work. Charlotte’s resume speaks for itself, but she tells Becky it’s one thing to be hot for six months. Charlotte’s been hot for four years! That’s why Vince chose her! So she could get the job done. But does Becky know why the fans love her? Because they pity her. Charlotte pitied Becky. Ronda pitied her.
And no matter how much Becky spins it, that was a hand-out at Fastlane. Charlotte has never seen someone do so little yet take credit for so much. That’s why Charlotte will make Becky and Ronda relevant when they bow down! “Aw shut yer face, ya dope!” Becky’s the reason women are main-eventing at Wrestlemania. They don’t need a Queen, they need The Man. Fans agree as they chant for Becky. Will Becky stand tall against Queen and Baddest Woman?
Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan and Rowan.
What was going on in Mr. McMahon’s office? It was a private discussion. Did it have to do with Kofi Kingston? Yes, actually. As WWE Champion, Planet’s Champion, and a winner in a surprise Triple Threat, Bryan wanted to give Vince some feedback before the announcement tonight. What was Vince’s reaction? Bryan and Rowan are in a match tonight, against Mustafa Ali and Kevin Owens. Will the Beacon of Light and Prizefighter be able to get even on Bryan and Big Red tonight?
Rey Mysterio & R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Samoa Joe & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
After two Fatal 4 Ways for the United States Championship, these four men choose sides for a tag match! Will the King of Lucha Libre and John Cena’s biggest fan be able to overcome the Destroyer and El Idolo?
SmackDown returns as entrances finish and teams sort out. Truth starts against Almas and they circle. They tie up and Almas elbows Truth hard. Almas whips Truth tot he corner but Truth goes up and over to hip toss Almas down! Truth does the splits and runs, and hits Almas with the elbow! He asks the fans “What’s up?!” and tags in Mysterio. Wheelbarrow assist for headscissors on Almas! Mysterio runs but Almas blocks the destroyer. Mysterio makes it a huricanrana to put Almas on the ropes! But Joe tags in to slam Mysterio down! Joe jabs away and stomps Mysterio, to then toss him out of the ring! Zelina taunts Mysterio while we go picture in picture.
Joe fetches Mysterio and gives him headbutts. Joe puts Mysterio back in the ring and scoops him for a big slam. He drops a big elbow, then kicks Mysterio around. Joe tags Almas and Almas runs to dropkick Mysterio back down. Cover, TWO! Almas drags Mysterio away from Truth to stomp him out more. Almas tags Joe and they mug Mysterio while Zelina applauds. Joe drags Mysterio up for a neck wrench but fans rally up. Mysterio fights out but Joe knees back. Joe powerbombs Mysterio down! High stack cover, TWO, to Boston Crab! Joe pulls back on Mysterio then shifts to a crossface while we return to single picture.
Mysterio endures being pulled back as Joe shifts to a Rings of Saturn. Truth kicks Joe to save Mysterio! Joe tags Almas as fans chant “What’s up!?” with Truth. Zelina is annoyed by those chants but Almas knees Mysterio. Almas hits Uno Amigo, then Dos Amigos. Almas goes for Tres but takes time to gloat. Mysterio slips out, Mexican Destroyer! Both men are down but fans rally up. Mysterio crawls for Truth but Zelina grabs his feet! Carmella yanks Zelinda down! HOt tag to Truth! Truth references Cena with the shoulder tackles and spin-out bomb! And “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle! Truth fireman’s carry but Joe tags in! Almas slips out so Truth dodges and calf kicks Joe. Truth kicks then tags Mysterio.
Joe dodges to SUPERKICK Truth! Mysterio springboards and dropkicks to put Joe on ropes! Dial it up, but Almas intercepts, only to end up beside Joe! DOUBLE 619! Mysterio splashes Almas but Joe sentons! Urenage, but victory roll! Mysterio & Truth win!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio & R-Truth, Mysterio pinning
The King of Lucha pins the United States Champion! Does this mean Mysterio gets the next shot at Samoa Joe’s title? Joe takes his anger out on Truth with an URENAGE! And one for Almas, too! Mysterio helps Truth get away before anything worse happens. Will Joe be the one to destroy Mysterio’s legacy instead of Almas?
Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS Kevin Owens & Mustafa Ali!
The Planet’s Champion survived two opponents at Fastlane, but did have help from his Redwood Bodyguard. Now the Prizefighter and Beacon of Light team up to exact some revenge! Will they be denied or satisfied after tonight?
SmackDown returns again as Mustafa Ali makes his entrance, followed by Bryan and Rowan. Teams sort out and Kevin starts against Bryan. They tie up and Kevin gets a headlock. Bryan powers out but Kevin runs him over. Things speed up and Kevin runs Bryan over! Back senton, too! Kevin drags Bryan up but Bryan scrambles away to tag Rowan. Rowan and Kevin brawl and Rowan puts Kevin in the corner. Kevin still hits back but Rowan runs him over with a shoulder! Bryan cheers Rowan on as he drags Kevin up by his face. Rowan grinds his forearm in but Kevin elbows and PELES! Hot tag to Ali! Ali leaps in but Rowan catches him easy. Rowan suplexes but Ali slips out to bait him into the corner. Ali roundhouses then somersaults for Rowan’s tackle! Rowan hits Kevin for good measure.
Rowan stands on Ali’s chest, then tags Bryan. The Planet’s defenders mug Ali, and Bryan goes after his leg. Bryan wrenches the knee then pulls Ali’s face into a chinlock. Fans rally and Ali fights out. Ali runs but Bryan elbows him down. Bryan brings Ali up fast for a snap Half Hatch suplex! Cover, TWO, but into a sideways Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Bryan uses torturous innovation while we go to break.
SmackDown returns yet again as Rowan rams Ali into a corner, Canadian torture rack style! Tag to Bryan and Bryan throws hands on Ali as he climbs. Bryan hits a Butterfly SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! But Bryan goes right for the Lebell Lock! Ali scrambles for ropes and gets them with a foot! Bryan lets go at 4, and reminds the referee of the rule. Bryan drags Ali up for a big EuroUpper. He trash talks Ali as he gives him another. Bryan soaks up the heat before bringing Ali up to whip. Ali kicks back then runs for a flapjack dropkick! Fans rally as Ali crawls for his corner! Bryan intercepts and drags him back, but Ali slips out of the back suplex to a backstabber! Cover, but Rowan breaks it!
Kevin goes after Rowan but the stunner is denied. Kevin denies the claw slam and SUPERKICKS! Ali and Kevin DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Kevin aims at Rowan but Rowan intercepts the cannonball to toss Kevin itno barriers. Ali wrecks Rowan with a dropkick but Bryan has a waistlock. Ali standing switches and rolls up, TWO! Bryan has it, TWO! Tag to Rowan, but Ali elbows Bryan away. Ali hops up but into Rowan’s paws! CLAW SLAM! Cover, Rowan & Bryan win!
Winners: Rowan & Daniel Bryan, Rowan pinning
The Redwood does his part to protect the Planet’s Champion, and now both roll down the Road to Wrestlemania.
Vince McMahon appears!
The Chairman walks out to the ring because it’s finally time to hear what he has to say to Kofi Kingston. We’ll find out what that is, after one last break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Vince McMahon stands in the ring with a mic. He says he’s here to give the fans and Kofi Kingston what he wants. Vince is here to give Kofi an opportunity to compete for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania. Now Vince wants to explain the misunderstanding at Fastlane. The New Day reasoned with Vince to make the title match a Triple Threat. Vince agreed, but he forgot to mention how it wasn’t with Kofi. And he forgot to mention that Kofi’s match at Fastlane would be a Tornado Handicap Match against The Bar. Vince says fans hear what we wanna hear, because he never said explicitly that Kofi would be in a title match. Kofi had a match and he lost. Vince did it for a reason. Everything is a teachable moment, but The New Day is done listening! They come out to confront Vince!
The New Day is still steaming even after wrecking eight other superstars at the start of the night. Kofi has the fans behind him as he and the others have mics. Big E says they’re not in the mood to be taught a damn thing. And Woods says they’re done holding their tongues. The New Day do everything for this company! They’ve never complained or threatened to live and yet they’re still treated like garbage! Kofi has been here for 11 YEARS! He deserves better! He deserves more! Vince says Kofi doesn’t deserve a damn thing! Neither do the fans! Even Vince doesn’t deserve anything, and he created the WWE! No one deserves anything. No, this is bigger than just opinion. This is bigger than the New Day, or even Vince’s massive ego. There’s nothing bigger than that.
Well if no one deserves anything, but they’ve earned this! Kofi has defeated great WWE champions when they were champions, yet he never got his shot! And that’s just one of many reasons why Kofi IS deserving of a match for the WWE Championship. The WWE Universe has one demand: Kofi Kingston gets his fair shot for the title! And fans let Vince hear it directly! Vince wishes Kofi did deserve that, really. Vince has known Kofi a long time and is a pretty good judge of talent. If Kofi was worthy, it would’ve happened by now. Vince knows Kofi is impressive, extraordinary, and has reached incredible heights. “But let’s face it, Kofi.” Kofi will be in the Hall of Fame, but only as part of The New Day.
Kofi’s smart, right? He’s the older man, he can just coast with Big E and Woods doing the work. Vince wishes Kofi was up to par, but he’s just not. This is not an insult, but Vince was speaking with Bryan, and Bryan hit it on the mark: Kofi’s awesome, but he’s a B+ Player. Kofi keeps Big E and Woods calm as he says that he’s not asking for a free ride or a hand-out or demanding anything. But 11 years ago, Kofi was a kid with a dream. That dream has all but come true. He provides for his family while doing what he loves. But Kofi would hope that somewhere along those 11 years, that he proved himself worthy. Yet Vince says he doesn’t see it?
Kofi doesn’t complain about anything, like showing up week in and week out but other people pass him up. He doesn’t complain that Vince needs Kofi here instead of home for weddings, birthdays and holidays! He’s never been trick-or-treating with his kids, because he’s been here. Two days ago, Kofi’s son lost his first tooth! But Kofi missed that happiness when the Tooth Fairy gave him money for the tooth. Kofi never complains about those who go ahead of him, about the time away from home, or how Vince never seems to let people like Kofi compete for the title. He won’t complain, but he just needs Vince to say here, man to man, what it is that Kofi needs to do to earn a shot, so that he can go and do it! The fans believe in Kofi.
But here comes Randy Orton!? Vince says that all Kofi has to do is beat The Viper. Then he’s in! Samoa Joe comes out, too? Well, yes, beat that man, too. But then The Bar appears?! Oh, and them. And even Rowan!? Kofi has to run the gauntlet to get to Wrestlemania!? And the gauntlet goes after them! The New Day fight off The Bar, they fight off Samoa Joe, and they fight off Rowan! Bryan gets Rowan clear and Orton stays out of it completely as Kofi gives Cesaro a Trouble in Paradise! “That could be YOU, Daniel!!” Kofi is fired up, but can he make it through five intimidating opponents in one night to finally have his shot?
A really great SmackDown here, with some good stuff to move us further towards Wrestlemania. Shane’s explanation for why he turned on Miz wasn’t exactly what I expected, but it’s not a bad reason. It at least works with how Miz more or less used Shane to make good with his own father. Miz VS Shane will be fun, and I would think Miz wins as the hero of this story. That opening 8 Man Tag was great, and The New Day attacking didn’t even really ruin it. It was great to see The New Day show some aggression after all this time. The Usos have another great backstage promo, and I’m wondering if there will be a big tag match to determine contenders. Saving the Hardys for last, I wonder if it’ll be Usos VS Hardys in the end, and that match could go either way.
I was hoping for a bit more out of Asuka VS Sonya, but it sounds like we’re building to Sonya VS Mandy given the passive aggressive revenge Mandy got on her. And if that’s the case, it sounds like Lacey Evans will still be available for facing Asuka for the title. For that matter, if the Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal is to return, Sonya and Mandy could work together to be the final two, forcing them to fight out their problems. The IIconics call out Sasha Banks & Bayley, as I hoped, but only time will tell if there’s a response. With only three weeks left now, perhaps the IIconics should show up on Raw to go after the champs while they’re busy with Nia Jax & Tamina.
Randy Orton and AJ Styles did great with their promos, and I’m enjoying this new take on WWE original product VS independent grown talent. Orton VS Styles as a match is going to be great, but I would hope Styles wins. But chances are he won’t, there seems to be a lot of moments where Faces could triumph and WWE never likes to let all their heroes win at the same time. The tag match around the US title story was great, and it’s a nice surprise that Mysterio wins. Mysterio VS Joe could happen at Mania, or it could happen before. I’m still personally hoping for Joe VS Cena. Plus, Almas will still want after Mysterio so who knows how that affects things.
Becky and Charlotte have a good segment, but they’ve always been good. Kevin & Ali VS Rowan & Bryan was another good tag match, but Rowan continues to do the heavy-lifting for the champion. The entire Vince McMahon and New Day segment was incredible. I get people are upset this is just a new Daniel Bryan VS Authority thing, but they need to get over it. Tropes are a thing, enjoy the ride. Kofi has quite the gauntlet ahead of him, but I’m thinking there’s a good chance one of the opponents is softened up by their story counterparts. Orton has Styles, and there’s a chance Kevin or Ali goes after Rowan. Either way, I would think Kofi finds a way to win and force Vince’s hand. This just has to lead to Kofi finally getting his world title and Grand Slam at Mania.
My Score: 8.4/10
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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