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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (3/19/19)

Can Kofi Kingston run the gauntlet and win a title opportunity?



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SmackDown is going big! Kofi Kingston must run the gauntlet against five heavy hitters if he wants his WWE Championship opportunity! Can he do it?!



  • Sasha Banks & Bayley VS The IIconics; The IIconics win.
  • Gauntlet Match: Kofi Kingston wins and will challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Daniel Bryan; Bryan wins and is no longer facing Kofi Kingston at Wrestlemania.


The Miz is here!

The Hollywood A-Lister is in a foul mood after the beating Shane O’Mac gave him after losing at Fastlane. Miz simply skips the introductions to get to footage of last week. Shane declares himself THE Best in the World, and says the reason he beat down Miz was because he was sick and tired of helping others. Shane feels he was born to be Best in the World, so he will only ever do things for himself now. He didn’t challenge Miz, he’s ordering Miz to have a Wrestlemania match so Shane can give another Best Beating in the World.

Back to present, The Miz says that for over 10 years he was focused solely on the Road to Wrestlemania. “But at what cost?” He’s taken advantage of people, taken shortcuts and sacrificed all his friendships. That’s what Wrestlemania means to The Miz, but that’s how important his friendship with Shane was. Fans cheer Miz on and he thanks them for that. Miz says it was all to prove to his father that there is something he could be proud of his son for. Papa Miz finally said he was after becoming tag team champion, and it was thanks to Shane. Shane said that it was his own dream to be a tag team champion, and Miz wanted to do that for Shane. People actually said, “Watch yourself.” There were warnings about Shane that “behind the scenes”, he’s a little different.

Miz refused to believe them, but then Shane proved them all right. Shane attacked Miz in front of Papa Miz. “What kind of human being would do that?” And then Shane went after Papa Miz! Miz has to live with that memory. Miz was helpless at Fastlane. Shane is a “vile, disgusting human being”, just like his father, Vince. Shane wasn’t born Best in the World, he was born The Worst. If Shane thinks he’s so special just because he has money and power, he’s not! The McMahons own this company, but they don’t own Miz! They don’t own Kofi, either! Miz wasn’t born privileged, he was born for burgers at his dad’s restaurant. People said he wasn’t going to be anything, but Miz found his way through the real world and has become the Most Must-See WWE Superstar ever! And he did it on his own!

No one can deny Miz’s work ethic. Miz works harder than everyone else to prove that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t put in the work. Miz is a proven success story and is proud of it! He didn’t just get this love and respect, he earned it! And right here, right now, he has earned it! Fans cheer more to prove he’s right. “You Deserve It!” “You’re darn right I do.” As for Shane, Miz feels he deserves the one thing he finally earned all on his own: an ass whooping at Wrestlemania! Miz drops the mic, and fans are fired up behind him. Will Miz drop Shane on the Grandest Stage of Them All?


The Boss & Hug Connection are here!

Sasha Banks & Bayley promised on Raw that they’d be here, and not even the beat down Nia Jax & Tamina put on them will change that! They confront Peyton Royce & Billie Kay in a match, after the break!


Sasha Banks & Bayley VS The IIconics!

SmackDown returns as Billie & Peyton make their entrance. But as they walk out to the ring, they’re surprised! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions have finally come to SmackDown! But they look strange and small and scared in The IIconics’ ring. Like kids whose parents buy a way into an Ivy League school. They even went back to NXT to feel important, but it didn’t work. And now they’ve been chased off their own turf, and have no other choice to face the best team in the WWE! They saved the best for last, and the last will be… IICONIC! Strike the pose. Sasha & Bayley are not bothered nor impressed, and we finally have this match.

Teams sort out and Billie starts against Bayley. They tie up and Billie powers Bayley to the corner. Tag to Peyton but Bayley escapes the IIconics. Peyton and Bayley circle but Indianapolis is on Bayley’s side. They tie up and Peyton knees low. She clubs and stomps Bayley down then swings on Sasha! Bayley hits Peyton back with big forearms. Bayley whips but Peyton bails out, only to have Sasha after her. Peyton gets back in but Bayley knocks her down. Cover, TWO! Bayley drags Peyton up and tags in Sasha. The Boss & Hug double whip and again, assisted dropkick knocks Peyton down! Peyton tags in Billie and Billie talks trash, only to run into a drop toehold! Sasha drags Billie up and tags Bayley in. The Boss & Hug crisscross and throw Billie back. Bayley adds the sliding clothesline, cover, TWO!

But wait, is that Lacey Evans? The Sassy Southern Belle struts her stuff but distracts both Bayley and Billie. Bayley elbows Billie but Peyton tags in. Bayley doesn’t see it, the IIconics double team! Cover, TWO! The champions are in trouble while we go picture in picture.

Peyton elbows away on Billie then wraps on a chinlock. Peyton thrashes Bayley around but Bayley endures. Bayley powers her way up and fights out, but Peyton bumps her on buckles. Peyton runs in but into an elbow. She tries again but gets boots. Bayley runs out but into Peyton’s spinning heel kick! Cover, TWO! Peyton drags Bayley over and tags in Billie. The IIconics double wrench, kick, and mule kick Bayley down. Billie stomps Bayley then goes after the face! The referee reprimands Billie but she drags Bayley back to her corner. Tag to Peyton and the IIconics choke Bayley on the ropes. Peyton tops it off with a kick, then drags Bayley up. Bayley fights back with body shots but Peyton whips her away. Bayley goes up and over and rolls Peyton, TWO! Peyton tackles Bayley out of the ring to prevent the tag!

Sasha protests but Peyton talks trash. Peyton fetches Bayley and puts her in the ring. Peyton kicks Bayley then tags Billie. The IIconics double knee Bayley down then Billie wraps on an armlock. Billie grinds her forearm into Bayley’s face but fans rally up. Bayley powers her way up but Billie wrangles her down by her ponytail! Billie pulls on Bayley’s arm then rakes the face! The ref reprimands her again but Billie stops at 4. Bayley powers up again but Billie throws her into a post! Tag to Peyton and the IIconics feed Bayley boots. Billie clotheslines Bayley down on the apron, then Peyton puts Bayley in the Motorcycle Stretch! Peyton stops at 4 and grinds in a boot. Bayley pushes Peyton away and crawls for her corner! She shoves Peyton away but Billie tags in.

Billie grabs Bayley and whips, but Bayley hits Peyton! Both Bayley and Billie throw each other down by their hair! Hot tags to Peyton and Sasha! The Boss rallies on Peyton with clotheslines and dropkicks. She blocks Peyton’s kick to give her a kick. Sasha runs corner to corner for the meteora, then throws her out for a flying meteora! Cover, but Billie breaks it. Sasha throws Billie out but Peyton rolls Sasha, TWO! Backslide from Sasha, TWO! Sasha SLAPS Peyton, then trips Billie! Peyton grabs Sasha to throw her but Sasha swings around for kicks! Sasha puts Peyton in, slingshot but Billie disrupts. Bayley runs in but Billie boots her down! Peyton rolls Sasha, Billie helps on the backside! The IIconics win!!

Winners: The IIconics, Peyton Royce pinning

SmackDown’s best friends work together to steal a win from Raw’s best friends! Are the IIconics now on the fast track to a title match at Mania?


Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

The King of Lucha Libre has a huge announcement. He brings in his son, Dominic, and Rey is glad to have him here for this announcement. After having pinned Samoa Joe last week in the tag team match, Mysterio now challenges Samoa Joe for the WWE United States Championship! How does Dominic feel about this? Well Joe is just a bully, but his dad will do what he always does: bring a championship home! With Dominic front row for that match, will Mysterio make his son proud?


The Kevin Owens Show returns!

The Prizefighter brings back his hit WWE talk show, and it’s new and improved! New graphics, an improved wardrobe, but the tie is a bit tight. The Road to Wrestlemania has been a bumpy one, and what is usually KO-Mania is now KOFI-Mania! Kevin will be watching Kofi Kingston run the gauntlet and then watch his WWE Championship match very closely. But another match everyone wants to see is for the Raw Women’s Championship. Therefore, his guests tonight are two of those superstars. First, The Man, Becky Lynch! Indianapolis is glad to see her! And second, The Queen, Charlotte Flair! Fans aren’t as pleased to see Charlotte, but that doesn’t really matter to Charlotte.

Charlotte and Becky take their seats in the ring and Kevin thanks them for being here. Kevin knows better than most that sometimes friendships just go… wrong. No one gets under your skin like a best friend, right? Right! Things have been said, and KO has cue cards so he can quote these. Ronda Rousey isn’t anyone’s friend here, but Ronda has called Becky a “joke”. That the WWE could make it a 2v1 and she’d still win. Ronda said- Oh no, can’t say that, that’s disgusting. Well just last night, Ronda attacked security and her own husband had to intervene. Well Ronda isn’t here but Charlotte is. Kevin has quotes that Charlotte says Becky will be back to carrying her bags by Summerslam. But then Becky said that Charlotte and Ronda are the “Chosen Ones”, and The Queen was simply shoehorned in.

The point is, these two have said a lot back and forth, and Kevin speaks for the WWE Universe when he says, “Nobody really wants to see you guys talk anymore.” But on the KO Show, it’s #FightOwensFight! No wait that’s not it for tonight. Tonight is #FightBeckyFight! And #FightCharlotteFight! What do they think about that? Charlotte and Becky stand up and Charlotte grabs a mic. “I would beat the holy HELL out of Becky!” And Becky, before you respond, let Kevin get out of the way. Becky responds with FISTS! They fight over the table! Fans love these two throwing fists back and forth. Charlotte gets Becky down but Becky turns it around! They spill out of the ring and Charlotte rams Becky into the apron. And then the barriers! Referees appear but fans want to “Let Them Fight!”

Becky returns the favor by throwing Charlotte into the announce desk! Security hurries out to pull these two apart. Charlotte hits one of them! Becky throws another! And then they’re back after each other! Security keeps trying to stop them but Becky and Charlotte have hold of each other. They again break free of the referees and security to scrap their way back to the announce desk. Reinforcements come and Becky takes the ring. If this is what it’s like with just these two, will the arena be enough for them and Ronda?


Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

The Phenomenal One has a grudge match with Randy Orton coming at Wrestlemania! And by his own words, Orton was built by the WWE. What does Styles think he has that can beat Orton? Well Orton is third-generation, 6’5″ and 250, but just as agile as anyone. Orton isn’t just good, he’s great. It’s why Orton is a multiple time champion. Orton is a first round draft pick and Styles is a walk-on. But look at him now. Styles may not have all those advantages, and this may be Orton’s House, aka this is home field advantage. But Styles isn’t coming to build, he’ll look to tear the house down! And Styles also wishes Kofi good luck against Orton in tonight’s gauntlet.


Daniel Bryan and Rowan head to the ring!

The Planet’s Champion awaits a contender at Wrestlemania, but he has some words about that, after the break.

SmackDown returns as Bryan picks up the mic. “Injustice.” Kofi Kingston being in this gauntlet match is an injustice, in Bryan’s opinion. Because Kofi Kingston doesn’t deserve an opportunity for the title. Bryan knows what it’s like to be against a stacked deck, to be against the Authority! And despite the delusion, this has not happened to Kofi. Kofi was chosen to replace Mustafa Ali in the Elimination Chamber. He was hand-picked out of the Tag Team Division for an opportunity he did not earn. Granted, in the Elimination Chamber, Kofi fought his heart out, but he also lost! Kofi has earned NOTHING! Because unlike Bryan, Kofi is a B+ Player. But that’s okay for the fans, because B+ is “good enough”! That should be on a shirt! Sell it with pancakes, Booty O’s and other crap no one needs to buy! But B+ is NOT good enough.

And no matter how much the fans chant for Kofi, which they do now, it won’t change the fact that Kofi lost a gauntlet match, that he lost the Elimination Chamber, and he lost the handicap match at Fastlane! But awwwww~ Indy~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your world famous five-time champs, and feel~ the power~! Because The New Day is here! Kofi Kingston is here to fight for his right at the world title! Big E and Xavier Woods give him final encouragement as the gauntlet finally begins!

Gauntlet Match!

The fans are fired up for Kofi Kingston as he starts against The Bar! It will be one at a time, but who is first? We find out after the break.

Kofi Kingston VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro!

SmackDown returns and Kofi starts the gauntlet against the Celtic Gladiator! Kofi and Sheamus circle and tie up. Sheamus puts Kofi in the corner and grinds him into buckles. He backs off at 4 but comes back to do some more. Kofi puts Sheamus in the corner, then they circle again. Sheamus goes for a leg but Kofi gets a waistlock. Sheamus gets a ropebreak and Kofi lets up. The rest of the New Day watch backstage, because they’ve been barred from ringside. Fans taunt Sheamus but he knees Kofi and gets a headlock takeover. Cover, TWO, but Sheamus tries again. TWO, and Kofi works to make a pin on Sheamus. The two stand up and Kofi pries his way out of the hold. Kofi hammerlocks Sheamus back as fans cheer.

Sheamus endures the hammerlock and works his way up. He elbows and reverses the hammerlock. Kofi works his own way to a reversal, then kicks Sheamus. Sheamus arm-drags but Kofi holds on to make it a cover! ONE, but Kofi keeps on the arm. Sheamus powers his way up and whips Kofi off. Kofi goes up and over and arm-drags Sheamus back into the armlock! Sheamus keeps his shoulders up as Kofi works to make it a cover. Kofi gets the cover, ONE, but Kofi keeps the arm. Sheamus forearms Kofi away then runs in, but Kofi dumps him out. Kofi runs and FLIES! The Trust Fall takes out Sheamus! Kofi and fans fire up while Cesaro glares. Kofi puts Sheamus back in but keeps his eyes on Cesaro. Sheamus knees Kofi on the way back in! Cesaro applauds while Kofi falls over.

Sheamus drags Kofi up for Beats of the Bodhrain! He gives about half a dozen before punch Kofi down. Cesaro laughs and applauds while Sheamus looms over Kofi. Fans rally up and Kofi slips out of the back suplex. Kofi heel kicks Sheamus down! Kofi has to catch his breath before kicking Sheamus more. He stomps Sheamus against ropesbut lets up at 4. Sheamus yanks Kofi into ropes then chokes him against them. Sheamus backs off but Cesaro gets a cheap shot in! Cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps his cool as he drags Kofi to the center of the ring. Sheamus drops a knee and covers, TWO! He wraps Kofi up in a chinlock, but fans rally as Kofi endures. Kofi powers up and fights out, but runs into Sheamus’ elbow! Kofi is in trouble while we go to break.

SmackDown returns as both Sheamus and Kofi slowly stand up. Sheamus is on Kofi but Kofi CHOPS Sheamus! Kofi bobs ‘n’ weaves and CHOPS away on Sheamus! Kofi dropkicks Sheamus down then speeds things up for a leaping lariat! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the Boom Drop! Kofi takes aim from the corner and points at the Wrestlemania sign. Sheamus stands and Kofi spins, but he’s caught! Kofi powers out of the Cloverleaf and boots Sheamus away. He hops up and up and hits a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Sheamus survives but Kofi keeps his cool. The Bar regroups but Kofi drags Sheamus back in. Sheamus yanks Kofi into the ropes! Irish Curse Backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi lives but Sheamus goes for the legs. Sheamus gets the Cloverleaf! Kofi endures and fans rally up again! But Kofi flips and rolls Sheamus, TWO!! Sheamus knees Kofi hard! Cover, TWO!!

Both men are down but stirring, this first round already taking so much out of Kofi. Sheamus gets to the corner while The Usos join The New Day in watching, as well as eating pancakes. Sheamus fires up and takes aim at Kofi. He drums his chest while Kofi slowly stands. Sheamus runs out but misses, roll up! TWO!! TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Cover, Kofi ELIMINATES Sheamus! The first one is down, and now Mustafa Ali and the Hardy Boyz are part of the Team Kofi viewing party. But immediately Cesaro European Uppercuts Kofi in the back!

Kofi Kingston VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus!

Cesaro covers, TWO! Kofi survives that sneak attack but Cesaro keeps on him with EuroUppers! Cover, TWO! The Swiss Cyborg throws haymakers and body shots in the corner. He gives more EuroUppers, but the ref gets him to let up. Cesaro gut wrench throws Kofi and covers, TWO! Cesaro goes right after the leg in an inverted Half Crab! Kofi endures as fans rally up. Kofi turns and shoves Cesaro away! Cesaro comes back and whips Kofi corner to corner. Kofi boots Cesaro and hurries up the corner. Cesaro is on Kofi again with haymakers. Kofi counter punches from the other side of the ropes, then springboards, but into a catch! Tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and we go picture in picture.

Cesaro looms over Kofi as he clutches his back and gasps for air. Cesaro drags Kofi up for another backbreaker, then bends Kofi across his knee. Kofi endures and fights his way out with ax handles. Cesaro lets Kofi go but brings him back around for haymakers.  Cesaro knees Kofi into ropes but Kofi fires back, only to get a BIG EuroUpper! Kofi collapses but Cesaro drags him onto the apron. Cesaro slams Kofi’s chest on the apron! Then he catapult guillotines Kofi into the bottom rope! And he drags Kofi in for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Kofi continues to survive but Cesaro keeps his cool. Cesaro stalks Kofi but Kofi hits back with haymakers! Kofi whips while we return to single picture. Cesaro reverses but Kofi crossbodies Cesaro down! Cover, TWO!

The viewing party is joined by R-Truth and Carmella while Cesaro gives Kofi another backbreaker. Cesaro bends Kofi across his knee again, but Kofi refuses to quit. Kofi fights out again, then starts kicking. Cesaro blocks one kick for a takedown, into the Swiss Swing! Kofi goes around and around and around maybe a dozen times before Cesaro shifts to a Cloverleaf of his own! Kofi endures the hold all over again, and drags himself towards ropes. Cesaro drags Kofi away and sits down deep! Kofi grits his teeth while fans rally up. Kofi finds room to turn and climbs his way up Cesaro’s body. Cesaro makes it a suplex! Cover, TWO!!

Cesaro says Kofi’s never going to get that title match. Cesaro tries to turn Kofi over but Kofi grabs a leg. Kofi and Cesaro fight against each other, and Cesaro shifts to a Lion Tamer take on the Crab. Kofi uses his free leg to kick free, but Cesaro just gets him in Gotch position. But Kofi back drops out! And hits SOS!! Cover, Kofi ELIMINATES Cesaro! Kofi sweeps The Bar, but now he has the Big Red to deal with!

Kofi Kingston VS Rowan!

The right hand man of the Planet’s Champion storms to the ring, ready to pick apart what’s left of Kofi. Kofi gets to a corner, checks his laces and catches his breath. This third round begins and Kofi goes right at Rowan! Rowan shoves Kofi away to run him over with a lariat! Rowan puts Kofi in a corner for a double CHOP! And clubbing forearms, before going corner to corner for a big splash! Rowan tosses Kofi out then follows behind to crossbody Kofi down! Kofi barely stirs but Rowan drags him up for headbutts. Rowan refreshes the ring count before whipping Kofi into barriers! Rowan tells fans to get out of his way as he whips Kofi to their side!

Fans boo as Rowan gets a steel chair! Rowan SMACKS Kofi!! He ELIMINATES himself! It seems Rowan was only in this match to hurt Kofi, because he keeps going! Rowan lifts Kofi for a big bearhug, then rams him into the post! And tosses him into the timekeeper’s area! The viewing party, which ash added Heavy Machinery, are all furious over this! This is probably why The New Day was barred from ringside! Rowan clears off the announce desk, then clamps on the claw, IRON CLAM SLAM through the desk!! Fans boo and Kofi’s friends are beside themselves after the completely one-sided destruction. But the Gauntlet doesn’t end here, because up next: the WWE United States Champion, Samoa Joe! Does Kofi stand a chance of surviving the Samoan Submission Machine?

SmackDown returns again, and Kofi fights out of Joe’s neck wrench. Kofi staggers up but Joe runs him over with an elbow! The viewing party, which has now added Nikki Cross, are all fired up for Kofi even as Joe jabs and knees him to a corner. Joe drags Kofi up for more fast hands and elbows. The referee backs Joe off but Joe soaks up the heat from the fans. Joe drags Kofi up to make him look at the Wrestlemania sign. Joe mocks Kofi’s dreams before punching him to the other side of the ring. Kofi CHOPS back! And punches and kicks! Kofi backs Joe down then whips but Joe reverses. Joe hits the back elbow and PELE! Kofi flops onto the ropes but Joe drags him into a cover, TWO!

Joe says Kofi should just let this end, or else it’ll end in more pain. Joe drags Kofi up for a neck wrench, trapping one arm behind him. Fans rally for Kofi and he escapes to swing wild on Joe. Kofi runs but Joe flips him over with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but he might still be out. Joe drags Kofi up into a modified cobra clutch. Fans and friends won’t give up on Kofi, so Kofi doesn’t give up, either. Ricochet joins the other superstars in cheering Kofi. Kofi fights free but runs back into a sleeper! He jawbreakers back! Joe staggers back but Kofi runs into the urenage! Cover, TWO! Kofi is proving to be superhuman, but Joe is his super villain right now with another neck wrench.

Kofi fights up and out again, but Joe headbutts. Joe suplexes but Kofi slips out, and trips Joe up! Kofi runs in but misses in the corner, Joe CHOPS his back! Joe puts Kofi up top, Muscle Buster roll through! Kofi ELIMINATES Joe!! He has gotten through four, and just has one man left! But that man is perhaps the most dangerous of all, because it’s The Viper, Randy Orton! Not that Joe is done with Kofi! He puts on the Coquina Clutch against the ropes! No one can help Kofi as he fades out. Referees go after Joe and get him to let Kofi go, but the damage is done.

Kofi Kingston VS Randy Orton!

The viewing party try to will Kofi back up, but The Viper is on his way to pick the bones. Is this gauntlet going to be over thanks to the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling?

SmackDown returns again, and Orton throws Kofi into barriers. Orton mocks the fans as he drags Kofi up. “He ain’t your guy, trust me.” Orton whips Kofi but Kofi reverses and sends Orton into steel steps! Kofi somehow has more to give as he drags himself to the ring. The ring count begins but Orton and Kofi both get in at 4. EC3 has joined the viewing party as Orton bumps Kofi off buckles. Orton throws EuroUppers into Kofi over and over. He stomps away on Kofi, picking him apart, then scrapes his laces on Kofi’s face. Orton drags Kofi around to stomp Kofi more. Cover, TWO, but Orton grins. Orton grabs Kofi’s hair and drags him up into the chinlock. Kofi endures and fans build to another rally.

Orton grinds and squeezes as tight as he can, but Kofi refuses to give up. Kofi stands up and powers out of the hold! He throws body shots and forearms, and then CHOPS Orton off his feet! Orton stands but Kofi CHOPS him down again. Kofi dropkicks but Orton deflects. Orton stomps away on Kofi, then drags him up. Orton puts him in the corner and rains down punches. He throws more EuroUppers, and is basically toying with Kofi now. Orton whips but Kofi reverses. Orton dodges, but Kofi denies the RKO! TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Orton is down but far away! Kofi crawls for the cover, but Orton rolls out of the ring. Kofi feels his title shot slipping away as we go to one last break.

SmackDown returns once again, and Orton punches away on Kofi on the top rope. Orton throws EuroUppers, then climbs up to join him. Kofi throws body shots back then clubs away! Kofi knocks Orton down then adjusts, big crossbody! But Orton rolls through, TWO!! Orton kicks low and puts Kofi through the ropes. Orton gives Kofi a draping DDT! And now The Viper hears the voices in his head. Orton stalks Kofi as Kofi slowly stands. Kofi rolls up the RKO!! KOFI WINS!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Championship

HE DID IT!! Kofi did the impossible, and now he has a chance! The New Day celebrates with Kofi Kingston! But wait, Vince McMahon is here?! The Chairman congratulates Kofi Kingston on this victory. Kofi IS going to Wrestlemania! As long as he can defeat just one last man. WHAT?! Big E, Woods, please leave or else Kofi forfeits the opportunity. And Kofi, good luck.

Kofi Kingston VS Daniel Bryan!

Kofi has to defeat the champion to prove he can beat him at Wrestlemania?! Bryan is picking the bones even more than anyone tonight, can Kofi hope to win?!

The bell rings and Bryan fires off kicks on Kofi in the corner! Fans chant “NO! NO!” but Kofi kicks back! Kofi whiops but Bryan reverses to knee Kofi down. Bryan puts Kofi on the top rope and in a Tree of Woe. Bryan gives Kofi more No Kicks in the Tree! Then he sits Kofi up for a SUPER BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kofi still lives! But Bryan goes after him with the Lebell Lock! Bryan wrenches back as hard as he can, but Kofi moves around, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets Kofi go, but comes back with more No Kicks! Kofi takes kick after kick after kick, then ducks the buzzsaw! SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Kofi barely got that move off, but both he and Bryan are down. Kofi crawls and Bryan stalks over.

Bryan kicks and kicks then runs corner to corner for the dropkick! And another! And then a roll up!! TWO, and Kofi is exhausted. Bryan runs into an uppercut, but disrupts Kofi’s jump! Bryan drags Kofi up for stomp after stomp after stomp! Fans boo and chant “NO! NO!” as Bryan aims at Kofi. Bryan hits the KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; no longer faces Kofi Kingston at Wrestlemania

The New Day storm back out but Bryan gets away. Kofi’s dream was just crushed, is it dead for good?



My Thoughts:

While Raw spun its wheels to stay put, SmackDown actually hits the gas to accelerate. They advertised the gauntlet would open, but it was actually good they saved it for last. The Miz gives a great Face promo and he really gives some passion to this coming match with Shane. Bayley & Banks VS IIconics was a great match, and it was actually a good move for the Heels to cheat and win. Now we’ll surely have that Triple Threat/Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Also it was a good move for The IIconics to finally say WWE Women’s Tag Team Division. With two weeks and four shows left, hopefully this escalates where the IIconics will confront the Divas of Doom and/or the Samoan Dynasty, or vice-versa, across both Raw and SmackDown.

It was great to see Kevin Owens brings his talk show back while Miz is busy with Shane. And it was great for him to be self-aware about setting up a fight and needing to get out of the way. That was a great brawl between Charlotte and Becky to keep things going on SmackDown, but I don’t see this changing anything in the Raw Women’s Championship Triple Threat. Becky will win, Ronda will leave either on her own or by “suspension”, and we go from there. Kevin himself might not have anything for Mania unless he wants to resort to the Andre the Giant Battle Royal. Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe is official, and it will be great just on the action. Having Dominic ringside will be interesting, but the match can go either way to me.

Another amazing Gauntlet Match, but of course Kofi was going to make it to the end. He really impresses lasting this long, and then still having a match with Bryan. This puts some serious heat on Vince and Bryan for further screwing Kofi over. I’m pretty sure something happens that gets us Bryan VS Kofi in the last two weeks we have. It will either be something that compels Vince to change his mind, or angers Bryan into giving Kofi a match. The New Day wrecked four tag teams already, they should really turn it up and just wreak havoc for the first hour until Vince shows up and gives in. At this point, it’s the only thing I can see because Kayfabe Vince doesn’t seem to care otherwise.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (4/22/19)

Raw settles in after the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up!



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Raw is now Phenomenal AND Awesome! Both AJ Styles and The Miz moved from SmackDown, but what will they and the other new stars do next?



  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe; Styles wins and advances to the main event.
  • Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Naomi wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: The Miz VS Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins and advances to the main event.
  • Cedric Alexander VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party; No Contest.
  • Becky Lynch VS Alica Fox; Lynch wins.
  • Ricochet VS Robert Roode; Roode wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Baron Corbin; Styles wins and will challenge Seth Rollins for the title at Money in the Bank.


Triple H returns to Raw!

The Game was victorious against The Animal in their No Holds Barred Wrestlemania match, and now he’s back as the COO! HHH gets Des Moines fired up as he picks up the mic. Because here comes Seth Rollins! Iowa’s own is here to #BurnItDown! Rollins stands with HHH in the ring and says, “This whole thing is too surreal for me, man.” To be standing in the ring, in his home state, after everything he and the fans have been through together, it’s unreal. HHH shakes hands with Rollins, and Rollins reviews how he was in the fight of his life at Wrestlemania. Rollins Slayed the Beast to bring the title home! Fans chant “Welcome Home!” to make it complete.

HHH agrees, Rollins walked in the Kingslayer and came out the certified BEASTSLAYER! Rollins did what he said when he stepped in the ring, stomped “bucket head” Brock Lesnar three times, then walked out THE WWE Universal Champion! And now Rollins stands in his home state (pause to hear the fans cheer again) but now with a new landscape. The Superstar Shake-Up changes everything. Rollins as Universal Champion and measuring stick has the whole world gunning for him. And Rollins knows that. Money in the Bank is coming, but if anyone knows a thing or two about that contract, it’s Rollins. He cashed it in and changed his career, but also had it cashed in on him. Rollins promises he won’t let Mr. MITB get the drop on him again.

HHH warns Rollins not to put the cart before the horse. Don’t worry about who wins that contract, be worried about who he defends against that same night. Did Heyman blow up HHH’s phone to get a rematch for Lesnar? No, surprisingly. Heyman hasn’t said a thing since Mania, and Lesnar must be licking his wounds. Then what’s next? That’s what tonight will determine! Because “the best of the best” are on Raw and will compete into two Triple Threats to then move on to a main event match. The winner of that goes on to Money in the Bank to face Rollins for the Universal Championship. Rollins likes the sound of that. But here comes one of those contenders, it’s Samoa Joe!

The current WWE United States Champion says “It seems I missed my invitation.” Joe reminds us that he does what he wants when he wants. And tonight, the champion has arrived! Joe admits, Becky Lynch came up with a real interesting concept of double champion. Joe has room for one more belt, “and that would be yours”, Rollins. But here comes another of the contenders, Rey Mysterio! The King of Lucha tells Joe that he’s not the only one wanting to make an impact. As for Rollins, Rey isn’t here just to drop knowledge. He’s here for a dream match. After tonight, at Money in the Bank, Rey VS Rollins. But yet another contender appears! It’s Drew McIntyre!

The Scottish Terminator makes himself clear. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks they deserve, McIntyre cleaned up Raw yet has had no title opportunities! This is DREW’S time! What was it HHH said? Rollins is the measuring stick here? The only reason Rollins is champion is because he got to Lesnar before McIntyre. Everyone knows what McIntyre is capable of. McIntyre promises to win his Triple Threat, go to MITB, beat Rollins and finally be Universal Champion! But now we get The Miz! The Hollywood A-Lister says that first and foremost, he’s back! And the more things change the more they stay the same, because Miz and Rollins are on the same brand and Rollins has something Miz wants. Miz has had a reboot thanks to the “Best in the World”.

This is not the same Miz as before, because he has seen the light. Miz can be a man worthy of the title. And what more must-see match for MITB than Rollins VS Miz?! But now we get Baron Corbin, who wants everything to stop right here. Corbin puts this in perspective for everyone: he is the most deserving of all to challenge Rollins. At Wrestlemania, Rollins slayed the beast, but Corbin retired a legend. McIntyre didn’t beat a gold medalist in his farewell match. Miz didn’t beat a gold medalist in his farewell match. Mysterio didn’t, either. But finally, here comes the Phenomenal One! He leaves the House that AJ Styles Built but looks just fine being on Raw.

And after hearing the fans cheer for him, Styles asks if Corbin ever shuts up. Because c’mon. Corbin’s face is almost as annoying as his voice. And speaking of annoying, it seems like everyone forgets Styles is Raw! Including Rollins. Styles promises to win his triple threat, then bet the other winner, and Raw will realize why SmackDown was the House that AJ Styles Built. But to that point, this is Raw, so Styles promises to give the fans what they’ve always wanted: Rollins VS Styles for the Universal Championship! HHH looks to Rollins, and Rollins sees what HHH meant. Everyone guns for the champ. Rollins is ready. It doesn’t matter who it is at MITB, because this is Seth Freakin’ Rollins, who will BURN IT DOWN! Mic drop from the champ, but who will make it through the special double header to be his contender?


WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: AJ Styles VS Rey Mysterio VS Samoa Joe!

A match worthy of any title, the Phenomenal, the King of Lucha and the Destroyer fight for just the first step towards Rollins and Money in the Bank. Who backs up their words with actions?

Raw returns with the bell and all three men circle. Joe quickly headbutts Mysterio then brawls with Styles. Joe knees low then kicks Styles while he’s down. Mysterio returns and enziguris Joe, but Styles hits Mysterio, too. Styles whips Mysterio corner to corner hard then goes back after Joe with a forearm. Mysterio boots Styles then uses Styles to alley-oop to huricanrana Joe out! Now Styles and Mysterio are alone as they circle. Fans duel for these fan favorites as they approach. Mysterio kicks away on Styles’ leg but Styles reverses the whip. Mysterio slides under but Styles gets him with a backbreaker! Styles catches his breath and aims at Joe from the apron. Sliding knee rocks Joe down!

Styles goes back to Mysterio and snap suplexes hard! He drags Mysterio up but Mysterio throws hands. Mysterio runs but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as he drags Mysterio up again. He wants the Clash but Mysterio scrambles out. Styles pursues but has to hit Joe first. He gets Mysterio back in the ring and back up for the Clash, but Mysterio manages to get ropes. Styles powers him up but the bomb is countered to a spike-rana! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Joe kicks Styles to a corner then bumps Mysterio off buckles. Joe drags Styles up to whip and run Styles over with the elbow! He drags Mysterio up to throw those swift jabs, then whips and slides Mysterio out to the floor!

Joe goes back to Styles but Styles fights back. Styles whips but runs into the urenage! Cover, TWO! The WWE United States Champion has control while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mysterio fights back against Joe. Mysterio runs but Joe gets him for the powerslam! Cover but Styles breaks it! Styles hobbles over to Joe in the corner and brings him up. Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz but Joe tanks it to fire palm strikes. Joe spins, misses, and gets Styles’ PELE! Cover, but Mysterio breaks it! All three men are down but Mysterio and Styles go after each other. Mysterio CHOPS then kicks Styles, then whips. Styles reverses but Mysterio kicks him back. Mysterio runs and wheelbarrows for a bulldog! Mysterio sees Joe coming and trips him into the ropes! Fans fire up as Mysterio dials it up, but Joe bails out. So Mysterio springboards and corkscrews to take Joe down! Mysterio hurries up to a corner, climbs, but Styles stop shim.

Styles climbs up from the outside but Mysterio fights him off. Mysterio wants a superplex but Styles denies him. Joe hurries up and in, and gets both men for a SUPER DOUBLE BACK DROP! All three men are down but Des Moines are fired up! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Joe crawls to cover Mysteiro, TWO. Joe crawls to cover Styles, TWO! He tries Styles again, TWO! Joe grows frustrated while we go to break.

Raw returns and Mysterio fights against Styles. Mysterio runs but Styles clobbers him! Joe clobbers Styles! Cover on Styles, TWO!! Joe drags Mysterio up and puts him on the top rope. Mysterio fights Joe off and hits the seated senton! Mysterio tilt-o-whirls for a Crucifix Driver! But Styles breaks the cover immediately! Styles drags Mysterio up and whips him, but Mysterio goes up and over to headscissor Styles out! Joe attacks Mysterio and scoops, but Mysterio spins around for a tornado DDT! All three men are down but Mysterio is up first. He clubs Joe on the ropes then dials it up! 619 misses, into the Coquina Clutch! PHENOMENAL- COQUINA! Joe has Styles now but Styles uses buckles to make a cover, TWO! Joe swings but gets another PELE!

Styles brings Mysterio up but Mysterio pops through to headscissor Styles on ropes! DIAL IT UP on JOE! Then springboard but Styles BOMBS Mysterio, onto Joe! Then Styles Clash on Mysterio onto Joe! Cover on Joe, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; advances to the main event

The main event is already Phenomenal as Styles advances! Who will meet him from the other Triple Threat later tonight?


Naomi VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

Iowa loves to #BurnItDown with Rollins, but will they #FeelTheGlow as Naomi goes against one half of the IIconics?

Raw returns as the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance. They say that what Naomi did last week can be summed up in a few words: “Thank you, next.” That song from that singer obsessed with them. Who is it? Trenta? Venti? Grande! Ariana, that is. This is why they’re the champions. Billie has Peyton’s back and Peyton has Billie’s. But who has Naomi’s? Bayley’s on SmackDown! Bayley said no to the glow! The IIconics laugh at their own joke, but they tell Naomi she’s living in the past if she thinks she can beat the future! And the future is… IICONIC! Strike the pose. The IIconics may say that now, but will Naomi show them what she can do solo?

The bell rings and Billie boots Naomi right down! She also throws Naomi around then covers, ONE! Billie keeps on Naomi with a grounded abdominal stretch. Billie claws Naomi’s face but the referee reprimands her. Naomi endures and fights her way up, only to get a knee. Naomi roundhouses back then lariats Billie down! She adds an elbow and a running jawbreaker, then a SLAP! Billie is furious but runs into Naomi’s headlock. Peyton gets up on the apron, Naomi gets both IIconics with the bulldog! Slingshot sunset flip, Naomi wins!

Winner: Naomi, by pinfall

The champions are furious! Naomi gets a win on one, but they point out this won’t change who the champs are. Will Naomi find yet another partner to help her challenge Billie & Peyton in the future?


WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender Qualifier Triple Threat: The Miz VS Drew McIntyre VS Baron Corbin!

The reformed A-Lister takes on a tall task in facing the Scottish Terminator and the Lone Wolf. Will we see Awesome VS Phenomenal? Or will see one man rebound from losing to The Shield on Easter Sunday?

Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance. Corbin already made his entrance over the commercial break, but we can assume he’s not Des Moines’ Favorite Son. The bell rings and Miz sees he’s between two towering opponents. Miz throws hands on McIntyre but Corbin whips. Miz boots back then rolls Corbin up, but McIntyre pries him off. McIntyre scoops but Miz roll shim up, TWO! Miz bails out, and wags his fingers “Not so fast.” McIntyre and Corbin work together and flank Miz. He gets back in the ring and then wrecks McIntyre with a dropkick! But Corbin wrecks Miz with an uppercut! Corbin and McIntyre stomp away, then mock the fans who boo. McIntyre drags Miz up and in, then stalks him. He brings Miz up for a CHOP and Corbin likes the sound of that. Corbin drags Miz up but Miz fires hands!

McIntyre clubs Miz and Corbin adds on. They work together to mug Miz with a running body shot. Corbin drags Miz up for McIntyre, but then he sucker punches McIntyre! Corbin goes back to Miz, the alliance over, and throws him out. He pursues after Miz and rams him into barriers! Corbin whips Miz but Miz reverses to send him into barriers! But then McIntyre clobbers Miz from behind! McIntyre puts Miz in and deadlift suplexes Miz up and over! Cover, TWO! Corbin returns but stops when McIntyre glares at him. Corbin tries to explain that whole sucker punch, but gets a boot! McIntyre drags Miz up and CHOPS Miz back down. Then he clubs him down, then tosses him to a corner. Miz hits back but Corbin returns. Miz sends him out but Corbin slides back in, to clothesline McIntyre! Roll up, TWO!

Corbin runs into a corner at Miz but gets post instead! Miz has the fans behind him as he looks at both opponents. Miz blocks and counter punches Corbin again and again! He fires off It Kicks in the corner! Then he gives McIntyre double knees! And then Corbin! A-List Lariat on McIntyre! Miz springboards for ax handles on both men! Fans fire up as Miz sees both men on their knees. MIz gives them both It Kicks! Miz swings the buzzsaw at McIntyre, but McIntyre ducks to let it hit Corbin! And then McIntyre gives Miz the Glasgow Kiss! But it rocks McIntyre, too, so he staggers back. McIntyre drags Miz up for a fireman’s carry and then puts him on the top rope. He CHOPS Miz then climbs up to join him.

Miz hits back but McIntyre clubs away. The brawl is fast and furious and McIntyre backs off! Miz adjusts, but Corbin is sent right into him! McIntyre climbs over Corbin to get to Miz again. McIntyre CHOPS Miz again, then fireman’s carry, but Corbin adds on! SUPER CELTIC CROSS POWERBOMB!! But no one can cover, and we go to break!

Raw returns and Corbin throws hands with McIntyre on the outside. Miz is in the ring but he’s climbing up top! The brawl is back and forth, fast and furious, but Miz LEAPS onto them both! Miz wipes them out but has to get one in the ring. He drags Corbin up to throw him into the timekeeper! Then he puts McIntyre int he ring only to run into an elbow. McIntyre gets through the boot to give Miz another elbow, then the Inverted Alabama Slam! Cover, TWO! Styles watches backstage as Miz survives. McIntyre fires himself up while he dares Miz to stand. Miz does stand, but he gets clear of the Claymore to get a Figure Four! McIntyre endures the hold, and then shoves the ref to poke Miz’s eyes! Miz lets go and McIntyre hobbles only to be sent out.

Miz works on getting vision back while Corbin stalks McIntyre. Corbin ditches McIntyre to go after Miz, DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is furious with the referee but a two is two! He goes back out to hit Miz but runs into steel steps! Miz slides under McIntyre and rolls him up, TWO! BIG Spinebuster from McIntyre! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Miz still lives and McIntyre is even more furious. Fans chant for The Miz even as McIntyre looms over him. McIntyre drags Miz up for underhooks, but Miz slips out to kick low and DDT! Cover, TWO! Corbin returns and reels Miz in, END Of- No! Another low DDT! Cover, TWO!! Miz knows how close he was but he’s still so far!

All three men crawl, and McIntyre gets to a corner. Miz stalks Corbin but Corbin denies the Finale. Corbin runs but is clothesline’d out! Miz and McIntyre run, CLAYMORE!! but Corbin shoves McIntyre out, covers, and wins!!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall; advances to the main event

The Lone Wolf grins as he takes advantage of McIntyre’s work! It will be Styles VS Corbin in the #1 Contender’s Match, but who moves on to face The Architect?


Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

He was watching that match, so how does he feel about facing Corbin in the main event? Corbin’s big, but it’s about the size of the fight in the dog. Styles is a Georgia bulldog with a lot more fight in him than the Lone Wolf, the “former” United States Champion. Yes, Corbin won that, won Money in the Bank and beat Kurt Angle. But Styles is a former United States Champion, a former WWE World Champion, and the longest champion on SmackDown in history! Styles beat up John Cena! But this isn’t about accolades, this is about picking a fight with a big bully, and winning. Hopefully Rollins watches later tonight, because he’ll hear, “and the winner of this match, The Phenomenal AJ Styles!”


Sami Zayn is here!

The zany Underdog from the Underground makes his way to the ring to speak, after the break.

Raw returns and Sami says he’s doing something no other superstar has had the courage to do: tell the WWE Universe the truth about themselves. No one wants to hear stuff like that, so the fans just used denial and deflection, and create a false narrative about Sami. Somehow Sami is “bitter”? Sami squashes that by saying he’s the exact opposite. Sami is jubilant and happy! In fact, those ten months away from the fans was the happiest time of his life! If fans don’t believe him, Sami will show us how beautiful life is. Sami hiked in Switzerland, reconnected with nature, and wept at the beauty all around him. Then Sami relaxed on a beach in Mexico! He’s snuggled up in a hammock!

Sami then went to Scotland to see the castles. “Look at that face!” Sami’s all smiles! Has anyone ever seen such unbridled joy? Sami lived the good life. But his return approached, he suddenly felt depressed and anxious. A dark cloud was over his head, but why? What was it about the WWE that made him sick? The corporate structure? Or perhaps the other superstars who are “total egomaniacs” and delusional? No, that wasn’t it. Sami dug deep, deep down, and he found the root of the problem: THE FANS! The fans perpetuate and impose a toxic environment on the superstars! Fans boo and Sami criticizes them for that. Y’know why that feels good? Because it’s easier to pass blame than to hold yourselves accountable! But fine, it doesn’t matter, Sami makes the fans responsible. Sami holds the fans accountable!

Fans think they get away with this because of the mob mentality, but it won’t keep them safe from Sami! Sami would much rather be back in Norway, Iceland or Sweden or Switzerland or Mexico. Anywhere but depressing Des Moines! Fans definitely boo that. But if fans have a problem with that, take a page out of his book. Take a trip. “Doesn’t that sound nice?!” They can all go… TO HELL! Sami laughs and spins around his way out of the ring. Will Sami’s mission against the fans get him anywhere?

But Cedric Alexander makes his entrance! The Superstar Shake-Up moved him to Raw full-time, now it’s time to see if the Age of Alexander can be reborn!

Cedric Alexander VS Cesaro!

Raw gives a highlight reel of the Soul of 205 Live and his incredible run through the Cruiserweight Division. But now 205 Live’s Soul goes against the Swiss Cyborg, a last-minute Shake-Up from SmackDown! Will Cesaro end the Age of Alexander’s newest chapter before it even begins?

Raw returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Cesaro circles with Alexander. They tie up and Cesaro powers Alexander to the corner hard! Cesaro dares Alexander to get up, and Alexander ties up with him. Cesaro gets the arm and wrenches, but Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse. Alexander headlocks and goes for a takeover but Cesaro powers out! Alexander lands on his feet but gets rocked with a right! Cesaro throws a BIG European Uppercut, then a chop. Cesaro CHOPS again, then stomps Alexander. He whips corner to corner but Alexander goes up and over to handspring headscissor and dropkick Cesaro out! Alexander builds speed as fans fire up, but Cearo gets in. Aelxander slides under and tries to scoop, but Cesaro gets out to scoop slam Alexander! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO!

Cesaro keeps on Alexander with a chinlock, then shifts to a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Alexander endures. Alexander fights up and fights out but Cesaro shoves him. Cesaro runs into a boot, but catches Alexander for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alexander clutches his back but he survives. Cesaro sits Aleander up for a running forearm! Cesaro keeps on Alexander with another chinlock. Alexander fights as fans rally again. Alexander gets up and fights with body shots. He throws forearms then runs, but Cesaro BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps his cool as he stomps Alexander’s arm. Cesaro gut wrenches Alexander for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Alexander gasps for air while clutching his back, but Cesaro looms over him.

Cesaro stomps Alexander’s hand then reels him into another chinlock. Cesaro puts his weight on Alexander but Alexander keeps getting up. Alexander fights but Cesaro whips, only for Alexander to sunset flip. Cesaro stays up, then drags Alexander up for a lift. Alexander sunset flips again, TWO! Alexander CHOPS and punches Cesaro, then throws forearms. Cesaro shoves but Alexander blocks the boot to elbow! Alexander dropkicks the legs out then dropkicks Cesaro in the head! Fans fire up with Alexander as he knips up! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron. He boots Cesaro away then springboards in, but Cesaro overpowers the complete shot! Cesaro suplexes but Alexander slips out, and scoops to a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO!

Alexander brings Cesaro up but Cesaro EuroUppers, only for Alexander to backslide. Cesaro powers out, but Alexander dodges to handspring, NEURALIZER! Cesaro tumbles out and Alexander builds speed again, to FLY! Direct hit wipes Cesaro out! Alexander puts him back in the ring then aims from the corner. Springboard, EUROUPPER! Cover, Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall

The Swiss Cyborg was just too much for Alexander’s first Raw opponent! Will Cesaro head for a title match of his own in the near future? What will it take for the Soul of 205 Live to revive himself now that he’s in the big leagues?


Backstage interview with The Usos!

Jimmy & Jey are ready to be on Raw. SmackDown was #LockDown, now Raw gonna be Uso Lit! Who is here? Lucha House Party! Party over! The Viking Raiders! Who? Those bearded brothers from Braveheart. FREEDOM~! The Major Brothers, Hawkins & Ryder. Those guys like toys, but here come the #TopGuys. The Revival see the Usos. Good hands in the tag team division, perhaps SmackDown’s greatest. But this is Raw, this is their territory. So the Usos aren’t locking down- Hey, wake up! Oh, sorry, they had a crazy dream about two guys talking about beating the Usos? Usos bring the Penitentiary with them, will Dash & Dawson be the first two put away?


The Viking Raiders VS Lucha House Party!

Erik & Ivar gave the WWE Universe quite the experience, but now Rowe & Hanson- Er, Erik & Ivar prepare for war! Will the fiesta survive the raid?

Raw returns as the LHP make their entrance. But the Vikings attack! They wreck Kalisto then dump down Gran Metalik. They attack Lince Dorado with big knees! Metalik returns bot Erik catches him. Ivar brings Kalisto over for Erik to have on his shoulders, for a powerbomb-powerslam combo! This isn’t even a match but the Vikings keep going. They grab Lince, and feed him to Thor’s Hammer! The Vikings leave the luchadors down and out, who else will suffer a brutal Viking Experience?

No Contest


Backstage interview with Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder.

The Raw Tag Team Champions just saw what happened to Lucha House Party, are they concerned? Hawkins isn’t sure what to say. We all saw the same thing! Those guys went berserk! They’re big, strong, agile but Ryder says they’re still new. The Major Brothers have been here for over a decade and are still here. They earned these titles, so they’re not letting these “smelly, horny, woolly mammoths” just take them away. But will they really have a say in it when the Viking Raiders come for gold?


Becky Lynch VS Alicia Fox!

The Man is the Champ-Champ, and she’s going strong towards her match with The Sassy Southern Belle at Money in the Bank. Will she stay strong against Ms. Crazy Like a Fox?

Raw returns and Becky Two Belts hears the fans chant for her. She then speaks, “There’s something in the air tonight in Iowa.” Becky sensed it backstage and in the locker room. It’s the Superstar Shake-Up. That time of the year where new challengers emerge. Becky didn’t have to wait long, she saw Lacey Evans win that shot. “The woman who likes to sucker punch The Man.” Becky doesn’t mind a good sucker punch, because she’s thrown her own here and there. It’s not the punching, it’s the woman behind them. Becky has made a career of slapping bleached blondes currying favors. Lacey is just the new take on an old approach. While Lacey is “furthering her career”, Becky will cement hers with a fight! But before Alicia can appear, Lacey does!

Lacey struts down the ramp and says Becky always wanting to fight, she can’t understand it. How can Becky let her emotions get the better of her? Is it because she’s Irish? Or like a man, she wants to be the center of attention? Lacey will educate Becky. Lesson 1: a lady is in complete control of her emotions. Lesson 2: a lady is not a show-off. And lesson 3, the most important of all: a man respects a lady. Lacey will teacher Becky that with her Woman’s Right, and then she’ll take both belts to put around her waist. Becky wants Lacey to back up. After everything Becky’s been through, she was just trying to enjoy herself. But “you absolute plank” is on her last nerve. Lacey talks about Irish emotions, those emotions wanna slap Lacey’s head off her shoulders!

Lacey may be new around here, but do not confuse happiness for content. Becky will go to MITB and dismantle Lacey because she can. And then The Man will collect on her debts. But now, Alicia does make her entrance, and we can begin this match!

The bell rings and Des Moines cheers Becky on again. Becky and Alicia circle and tie up, and Becky gets a headlock. She throws Alicia with a takedown but Alicia gets up. Alicia fights out and puts a headlock of her own. Becky powers out but Alicia runs her over with a shoulder. Cover, but Becky slips out and has a little fun. Things speed up and Becky deflects the dropkick to back kick Alicia to the corner. Alicia gets out but Becky wants at her. Becky dares Alicia to get in and fans rally up. Alicia draws near and Becky wrecks her with a baseball slide! Becky bumps Alicia on the apron then throws forearms. Becky brings Alicia around to bump off more apron, but then Alicia rams Becky into barriers!

The ring count hits 8! Alicia drags Becky up and in at 9, then slithers to a cover. TWO, but Becky is in trouble while we go to break.

Raw returns and Becky has Alicia in a corner. She brings Alicia out to whip but Alicia kicks back. Alicia boots Becky down then covers, TWO! Alicia tries again, ONE! She keeps Becky down in a chinlock, but fans rally up. Becky feeds off the energy and gets up to fight out. She throws EuroUppers but Alicia shoves to tilt-o-whirl. Becky headscissors through but Alicia denies the Disarm-Her. Alicia throws Becky to the apron then catches her breath. Becky crawls around the way but Alicia finds her. Alicia brings Becky up but Becky throws Alicia into barriers! Becky puts Alicia in but Alicia hits her back. Becky elbows from the corner then hops up for flying forearms. Fans fire up as Becky throws Alicia with a Becksploder! And then another!

But Becky’s far from done with Alicia as she runs in. Alicia rolls her up, TWO! Becky gets the Disarm-her! Alicia taps, but Lacey appears to throw her Woman’s Right!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission

The Sassy Southern sucker punch gets the better of Becky again! Lacey brushes herself off and puts her hat back on, to hit Becky with another Woman’s Right! Will Lacey be adding a belt to her ensemble after Money in the Bank?


Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

The Lone Wolf warms up for Styles. He’s already defied expectations, but if he does it again, he’ll not only earn a title shot, but he’ll have a chance to settle things with the man who was a thorn in his side during his GM days. Where is Charly getting these interview techniques? The same school that Kim Kardashian got her law degree? And who’s expectations did he defy? Those “grease balls” sitting at home in their basements on the computer? Those people didn’t think he’d beat Kurt Angle, either. The only thing better than proving “those idiots” wrong is getting revenge on Rollins. So he’s looking past Styles? No, he’s looking straight through him! But will Corbin even get through Styles to go to Money in the Bank?


Ricochet VS Robert Roode!

The One and Only is now on his own after more of the Superstar Shake-Up moves happened. Will he be able to overcome the slightly renamed GLORIOUS One after the break?

Raw returns as Roode makes his GLORIOUS entrance. And Bobby is now Robert, complete with a mostly shaven look. Roode explained in a exclusive interview that with this Shake-Up, he’s been able to drop 150 pounds of dead weight named Chad Gable. But Ricochet is just as young, talented and also lacking that something special. That same something special is what Roode has to be GLORIOUS, but will his new name and new look really help give him a fresh start?

The bell rings and Roode circles with Ricochet. Roode and Ricochet tie up and Roode powers Ricochet to the corner. Ricochet turns it around but backs off at the ref’s count. Roode kicks low then throws hands on Ricochet in a corner. Ricochet punches back and backs Roode down. Roode headlocks but Ricochet powers out. Things speed up and Roode gets the headlock back. Ricochet endures then fights his way out. Roode knees low then stalks Ricochet. He CHOPS Ricochet to ropes then whips. Ricochet rolls off Roode’s back then rolls under to handspring headscissor and dropkick Roode down! Roode wants a timeout at the ropes but Ricochet dares him to come back. Ricochet walks over but is sent to the apron. He shoulders back in then dumps Roode out!

Fans fire up as Ricochet builds speed to fake Roode out! Roode swipes but misses, and gets the moonsault! The King of Flight is fired up while we go to break!

Raw returns and Roode has Ricochet in a chinlock. Ricochet fights his way up but Roode wrangles him back down. Roode grinds Ricochet down but fans rally up. Ricochet endures as Roode squeezes tighter. Ricochet feeds off the energy and fights out of the hold. He runs but into Roode’s knee! Roode drags Ricochet up to whip and knee again. He kicks away then suplexes Ricochet up and over! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated but he keeps on Ricochet. He drags Ricochet into a half camel clutch but he also fish hooks Ricochet’s face. He lets go at 4 but then goes back to the camel clutch. Roode sits deep on it but fans rally. Ricochet powers his way up but Roode knocks him back down. Roode drags Ricochet up to whip him to a corner. Ricochet boots Roode away, then somersault shotgun dropkicks!

Both men are down but Ricochet slowly stands. Roode slowly follows and they start throwing hands. Ricochet dodges and runs to rally with forearms! Ricochet headscissors Roode to a corner, then goes corner to corner for a shoulder tackle. He slips out to the apron and bumps Roode on buckles, then kicks the buckle to snap Roode back. Ricochet aims and springboards for a leaping lariat! Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Roode survives but Ricochet keeps his cool. Ricochet drags Roode up and to a fireman’s carry but Roode fights out. Roode waistlocks but Ricochet fights out. Ricochet grabs at Roode but Roode elbows back. Roode runs but Ricochet rolls him, TWO! Ricochet leaps into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!

Roode grows frustrated but he has one more move to try. He winds it up… GLORIOUS! Ricochet stands but denies the DDT to reel Roode in, TKO knee! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet drags Roode to a drop zone and climbs up top! He goes for the 450 but has to land on his feet as Roode dodges. Roode rams Ricochet into buckles! GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode wins!!

Winner: Robert Roode, by pinfall

The GLORIOUS Reinvention is successful! Roode revitalizes himself with the name change, but will this lead him to putting that new name on a title belt? Can Ricochet rebound and get on track as a singles competitor in his own right?


Welcome to Firefly Fun House~!

Who is that in the red sweater? Iiiiiit’s BRAY~! Brat Wyatt has missed us. But he knew we’d all be back together some day. He saw it in his dreams. Bray Wyatt promises we’ll all have fun. All the fireflies will feel safe here. And he can’t wait to show us what he’s learned. Tada~! Here are his very special friends! Mercy the Buzzard! Pammy the Witch! “You are going to love them.” Now, Bray admits he used to be a very bad man. Boo~! Yes, he deserves that. But Bray has been punished for that, so that part of him is dead.

However, he has a reminder so that he won’t ever go back to being that “pathetic slob loser.” Bray shows a cardboard cut-out of himself, and CUTS IT UP! YAY~! The fun is just getting started. So remember, fireflies: Bray will light the way, all you ahve to do is let him in. See you next week!



WWE Universal Championship #1 Contender’s Match: AJ Styles VS Baron Corbin!

The Phenomenal One and the Lone Wolf made it through four other incredible superstars to make it to this match. But now, who will show they’ve still got more in the tank to punch their ticket to Money in the Bank?

Raw returns as Corbin makes his entrance. And this time, we do have to hear Mike Rome list Corbin’s accolades. But again, the former Raw General Manager, Golden Gloves boxing champion, United States Champion and Mr. Money in the Bank is NOT Des Moines’ Favorite Son. Corbin accepts that, and the bell rings so we can begin this major main event!

Corbin circles with Styles but obviously the fans are on Styles’ side. Styles and Corbin approach and Corbin talks trash. Styles gets Corbin with a right hand! Corbin comes back but gets CHOPS. Styles shows Corbin he’s just fine and then kicks away on Corbin’s leg. Corbin rocks Styles back with a right, then drags Styles up. Styles slips out and dropkicks Corbin away. Styles throws more hands against the ropes but backs off at the ref’s count. Corbin gets back up to knee Styles low. Corbin throws Styles out but Styles is on the apron. Styles shoulders in then slingshots but into a big right! Styles goes down and Corbin stomps away. Corbin whips Styles corner to corner hard and Styles goes down again. Corbin looms over Styles but fans still rally up. He stands Styles up to punch him back down.

Corbin sits Styles up to punch him back down again and again. He drags Styles up but Styles throws hands back! Styles runs and clotheslines Corbin out! Styles slingshots but lands on the apron when Corbin gets clear. Corbin trips Styles and Styles falls on the apron hard! Corbin whips Styles into the timekeeper area, but Styles roundhouses back! Fans fire up as Styles uses the barriers. But Corbin catches him to drop him on the barriers! The Lone Wolf has the advantage while we go to one more break!

Raw returns again and Corbin has Styles down in a half nelson. Corbin leans on Styles but Styles fights his way up. Styles fights out as fans rally, but Corbin throws another right. Corbin lifts and tosses Styles with a spin! Cover, TWO! Corbin grows frustrated but he still stalks Styles to a corner. He drags Styles up and puts him on the top rope. Corbin climbs but Styles fights back. Corbin rocks Styles again, then wants a superplex, but Styles slips out to trip Corbin up! Styles gets up and throws kicks into Corbin’s leg. Fans rally as Styles kicks Corbin off his feet. Styles wants the leg but Corbin shoves him away. Styles comes back with a sliding forearm! He clotheslines Corbin in the corner then goes for a fireman’s carry. But Corbin slips out, only for Styles to give him the Phenomenal Blitz!

Corbin grabs Styles and glares at him, for the choke slam. Styles wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Corbin swings but Styles dodges to climb around for a sunset flip. But into the Clash! But Corbin is too tall and he kicks Styles away. Both men are down but crawling. Corbin stands in a corner but Styles dodges. Corbin slides out then in but gets the PELE! Styles keeps moving, but gets a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Styles still lives and Corbin can’t believe it. Corbin crawls to ropes while Styles goes the other way. Corbin runs at Styles in the corner for a big clothesline! And then another! Corbin reels Styles in but Styles rolls him for the CALF CRUSHER! Styles pulls back hard but Corbin slams Styles’ head on the mat! Corbin is free but the damage is done.

Corbin crawls to a corner and drags himself back up. Styles runs in but Corbin boots him. Corbin puts Styles on the ropes then hops up, and leaps! Styles dodges and Corbin hotshots himself! Styles takes aim and springboards, Phenomenal Forearm! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; NEW #1 contender to the WWE Universal Championship

The Phenomenal One is victorious after a night of incredible action! Now he heads to Money in the Bank to take on The Architect! And speaking of, Seth Rollins comes out to meet his challenger! Rollins offers a handshake, and Styles accepts it! These two respect each other, but will that change with a month left to go?



My Thoughts:

A rather crazy Raw tonight, what with more changes after the backlash of Superstar Shake-Up. The most obvious is that the infamous Viking Experience name change was changed again. Viking Raiders is a better compromise to keep “War” out of the team name, but I wish they’d also just let Erik & Ivar be Rowe & Hanson. But then this compromise was ruined by Vince sneaking his choice in anyway, and now every match where they use Thor’s Hammer, the pop-up powerslam, will have commentary shouting “Viking Experience!” If only Vince felt the wrath of Thor’s Hammer… The next most obvious was Robert Roode’s new name and the change to his facial hair. I was surprised to see him win, but I suppose if he’s in a rivalry with Ricochet now, they’d need to go back-and-forth at least this much.

Cesaro VS Cedric was great, and I suppose it works that Cesaro wins. Alexander’s promotion to Raw works better if he has some trouble with the transition, and it’ll make his first win on Raw that much more exciting. Bray Wyatt turning all those creepy promos into this children’s show is a hilarious next step in this new story. His new self is great with this underlying just-barely-holding-on-to-sanity characteristic. I wouldn’t mind seeing some more interactions with Mercy and Pammy for a few weeks, maybe a couple months, to really explore how this is going. Maybe it becomes part talk show with an occasional guest.

I felt like The IIconics pointing out Naomi was all alone was going to prompt her new friend to appear to keep the IIconics from screwing her out of the match. But surprisingly, Naomi won clean. I still feel like Naomi will end up teaming with someone, perhaps Tamina. With Nia Jax out with injury and given the history and real-life bond between them, Tamina going to Naomi or vice-versa makes sense to me. Lacey Evans more than likely misspoke about having both belts after one match with Becky, she’s only the Raw Women’s Championship #1 contender. But either way, she had a pretty good showing without a match, as she gives a good promo and then a great sucker punch attack just as Becky’s match ended. Lacey’s push may be fast but I’m sure she’ll deliver in the match.

But the big thing was that Raw rightfully upped the ante for that Universal Championship now that it’s finally on TV. Both triple threats were incredible, worthy of a title in their own right. They both ended about how they should, and it made sense for Corbin to be opportunistic in that moment at the end. Samoa Joe and Mysterio can either have a proper US Championship match or be in the MITB ladder match, and MITB can also include Miz and/or McIntyre if they see fit. Styles VS Corbin was pretty good for under 15 minutes, and honestly I was surprised Corbin didn’t find a sneaky way to win. But Styles winning is great, we’ll get a dream match already with MITB PPV. I would think Rollins retains, but at least with Styles, it’d be believable if he’d take it so soon.

My Score: 8.1/10

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With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!




With the Global Tag League in full effect, Hisame brings us those weekly NOAH updates! Read up on one of the best Japanese promotions that tends to fly under the radar!

NOAH’s first show back on the mainland was held on a midweek night, and while the attendance was not good (819), the show was intense and the fans that did not go were lamenting that they were prevented from going due to it being a midweek night, and therefore, a work night.

Due to Quiet Storm sustaining a concussion after receiving a kick to the head from Kenoh in Sapporo, NOAH have changed their cards (no date has been given for a return of either himself or Kimya Okada yet), and 50 Funky Powers have so far been deducted four points, as per the rules of Global Tag League which counts a team being unable to compete as an automatic loss and a win for the other team (hence the reason why The Tough have two points), and Rocky Kawamura was drafted in to compete at Korakuen Hall. His gimmick is Rocky (the character from the films), and Mohammed

Yone took his name from Mohammed Ali, so you had two boxing fans together.

Yone laughed afterwards and said that he himself might try coming to the ring in boxing gloves.

True to his word, NOSAWA Rongai bought a “friend” to Korakuen Hall.

The “friend” turned out to be Hideki Suzuki who had a match in 2018 in NOAH against Naomichi Marufuji and Atsushi Kotoge (he teamed with Jay Bradley), but wasn’t seen at all again until 2019.

Suzuki got in the ring and asked for a tag match against Marufuji (Suzuki will team with NOSAWA), as he was at ringside (and all of the heavyweights are tied up in Global Tag League), Marufuji, after telling Suzuki that he should build his own gang, said “lets just have a match” and nominated Junta Miyawaki to be his partner. Miyawaki told NOSAWA that he was going to get the victory over him.

Match has been set for the last night of Global Tag League on May 4th.

When asked why he was here, Hideki said he was “job hunting” and hadn’t been employed since the beginning of the year. He later admitted that he was here for himself.

As if the Korakuen Hall crowd weren’t wound up enough, there was a HUGE upset for AXIZ when Masao Inoue (whom the crowd had been cheering on), got the sneak win over Katsuhiko Nakajima.

After the match, Inoue and Saito went to imitate AXIZ’S pose, but at the last moment Saito walked away leaving Inoue to crash to the floor.

The crowd laughed.

Saito laughed louder.

Nakajima, however, didn’t find anything amusing and said that Masao Inoue has borrowed something big, and he will be coming to take it back.

Whatever it is that is going on between Stinger and Daisuke Harada took another turn at Korakuen Hall.

Yoshinari Ogawa offered his hand to Daisuke Harada again, and Harada went to take it, but Tadasuke objected. Harada shoved him aside, and Tadasuke fell against the ropes with a look of surprise. Ogawa tried again, but this time YO-HEY came between them. After that, Harada looked at his hand and just left the ring.

AXIZ were not the only team to have a bad night at Korakuen Hall, their rivals in KAIOH did too.

Takashi Sugiura (complete with stitches after the headbutts from Atsushi Kotoge in Sapporo) stood still and staring at his two former protegees as they entered the ring.

They probably knew that it was a very very bad sign. This match was not about “The Sugiura Army” beating KAIOH, this was about Takashi Sugiura beating down two upstarts, and although they put him through hell, he prevailed with the headlock choke on Kaito Kiyomiya. After the match he got on the microphone and told Kiyomiya that he wouldn’t push the issue now as it was Global Tag League, but he wanted Kiyomiya to remember, that he would be coming for the title.

NOAH held their next event on Sunday 21st April at a new venue (which had been a former fish market) in springtime Niigata. Attendance was a full house of 865.

Naturally, being an event by the Shinano River, a fight went outside and to the riverside, and Marufuji almost threw YO-HEY in. Tadasuke thought it would have been funny, but YO-HEY said that the next time NOAH come to the venue, he is going to bring goggles and a flotation device for Marufuji.

Marufuji’s response was basically, “bring them for yourself”.

Fact is, that if NOAH go back there in the summer or autumn, someone will most likely go in (probably Kotoge in his cape).

Daisuke Harada made the first defense ever of the IPW Junior Heavyweight title against Hitoshi Kumano. While I don’t have too much details on the match itself, one fan did liken it to a fight that one of the Four Pillars would have put on. It was that intense.

Harada said that he wants his next challenger to be British, and said it would be interesting to see if anyone came over to NOAH. He also said that with Global Junior Tag League starting, he was equally interested to see if a team would enter.

When asked about the handshake with Ogawa, Harada walked away.

Yoshinari Ogawa had said that you could see how the situation was developing, as Kotaro Suzuki added, “If the leader’s heart is swayed, then the team is over”

Kaioh were almost beaten in Global Tag League by The Inferno. That was until Kiyomiya changed the tide of the match, and got the pin via the Tiger Suplex on Maybach Taniguchi.

So far Kenoh has not managed to get a single win at Global Tag League. Once the league is over, and especially if Kaioh do not win the titles, then his resentment is going to erupt.

As of the time of writing, The Sugiura Army lead the scoreboard with eight points.

April 17th – Korakuen Hall, Tokyo
April 21st – Mandaijima Multipurpose, Niigata

Post match promos – April 13th, Mars Gym, Sapporo
Post match promos – April 14th, Mars Gym, Sapporo
Post match promos – April 17th, Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

Fortune Dream6 & “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2”
On the 17th April at Korakuen Hall, Kenta Kobashi announced that Fortune Dream6 would return on June 10th. NOAH participation was announced as Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura vs Yuji Okabayashi & Kazusada Higuchi. Addtionally, Masa Kitamiya will team with Yuya Aoki against  Shoki Kitamura & Towa Iwasaki.

Yoshihiro Takayama has announced via his official blog, that “TAKAYAMANIA EMPIRE 2” will be held on Monday, August 26 2019 at Korakuen Hall.
Card to be announced.

Although Takayama cannot be at the show (although he wants to find a way to be there), there is good news on the horizon as he says that his condition is improving gradually and he can now feel the soles of his feet.


~ Although he cannot wrestle due to concussion, Kinya Okada has been seen at ringside doing his usual duties. Poor boy looks sad, like he did when he was unable to debut due to injury.
~ Minoru Tanaka was hungover at the Niigata event. Said he hoped it would help his hangover. It didn’t.
~ Each time Atsushi Kotoge went to do the “Revolutionary Hero” pose, Marufuji smacked his arm down (Yoshiki Inamura in Niigata was a little more game)
~ Takashi Sugiura said there are to be no further entries into the “Sugiura Army”, he also doesn’t like NOSAWA being put at the center of the group in the official photographs for the new “Sugiura Army” t-shirts.
~ I don’t want to know exactly what a “YO-HEY Teriyaki McBurger” is
~ Takashi Sugiura’s most infamous dog video this week was him on his lap, and chewing the cord of his tracksuit pants.

The 4th May Global Tag League finals will be broadcast at 10pm JST on Samurai TV
The 28th May show will be broadcast live at 6.30pm JST on G+ (its the first night of Global Tag League)

King Shame, Takashi Sugiura on becoming the core of the new born Noah


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