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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival 2019 A Block Ratings & Analysis: Part 4

A Block and Andrew bring out Part 4! Top 3 competitors are only separated by 2 points. How does the Champion Carnival start to take shape?

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A Block and Andrew bring out Part 4! Top 3 competitors are only separated by 2 points. How does the Champion Carnival start to take shape?

Welcome to Part 4 of the Champion Carnival A Block! Shuji, Zeus and Ryoji are currently in the drivers seat, but with Okabayashi with only 2 matches completed…he could be a big spoiler.

This will cover matches on 4/15 – 4/16 – 4/17.

 

Ratings:

  • Dylan James vs Yuma Aoyagi: Dylan wins via Chokeslam @5:00 – **
  • Zeus vs Atsushi Aoki: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @10:45 – *** 1/4
  • Yuji Okabayashi vs Gianni Valletta: Valletta wins via Chainwrapped Double Axehandle @9:05 – ***
  • Yuma Aoyagi vs Atsushi Aoki:Aoki wins via Rolling Cradle @10:00 – *** 1/2
  • Atsushi Aoki vs Ryoji Sai: Aoki wins via Rolling Cradle @8:35 – *** 1/4
  • Shuji Ishikawa vs Gianni Valletta: Valletta wins via Chainwrapped Double Axehandle @5:05 – *1/2
  • Kento Miyahara vs Yuma Aoyagi: Miyahara wins via Shutdown Suplex Hold @17:55 – ****

 

Analysis:

So…yeah…I got nothing. Yuma and Dylan was fine, but even with Yuma trying to get a jump at the bell, this was never overly competitive. Yuma got one shot with a Japanese Leg Clutch pin attempt, but it was never really close. So nothing bad, just nothing much.

Aoki is once again outmatched in size. Not so much height this time, but Zeus is a former bodybuilder and Aoki is a Junior Heavyweight, so the math isn’t hard here. Zeus easily overpowers Aoki for most of the match until Aoki gets annoyed. Three or four of Aoki’s chops get returned by one of Zeus’ and Aoki drops. So he fires up, stomps on Zeus’ foot and DDTs him. Aoki has decent flurries of offense, usually branching off of stepping on Zeus’ foot. Only messy moment was a Crucifix Pin attempt that Aoki looked like he double clutched on so that made it odd, but it wasn’t totally messed up. Solid match and Zeus had to pull out the Jackhammer, which he seemed like he was avoiding all match until he started getting annoyed with Aoki’s resiliency. We end 4/15 with a big WASSHOI!

So the 4/16 matches of A Block start with the living crap basket himself, Gianni Valletta. Now I give him some points, the crowd started chanting for Okabayashi so he went to the outside and whipped his chain against the guardrail as a scare tactic. As for the match it was a brawl. Some time outside went back and forth, but the turning point was when the referee tried to stop Valletta from biting Okabayashi in the corner, and Okabayashi kicked him away, bumping the referee. So a low blow, followed the the chain that we should all know Valletta carries, and that equals the first win for that moron. It’s a good upset, done in a way that keeps Okabayashi looking strong. But any points for Valletta will leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Finally, Aoki gets someone that’s closer to his size and style.Yuma got a few wins so far, but Aoki finally has a believable match up. This doesn’t disappoint. More Junior Heavyweight style, but Aoki kept focusing on Yuma’s arm since he has a multitude of Arm submissions in his arsenal. Yuma nearly pulls off End Game, but Aoki gets to the rope. After some back and forth, Yuma has Aoki reeling, goes to meet him in the corner, and Aoki does that Forward Roll Cradle for a surprise pinfall. Not a surprise that Aoki finally won, surprise since Yuma had most of the momentum at that point.

The first of 3 matches for 4/17, sees Aoki with another winnable match up. Sai has a height advantage, but is not a particularly impressive physique, so the pace is actually fairly quick. Lots back and forth moments, even though Aoki was mostly fighting from beneath. The crowd always gets behind Aoki, so it’s great to hear them pop hard for him. In a very similar way to his first victory, as soon as the match looks to be in Sai’s favor, Aoki manages a rolling cradle for a surprise victory.

Well I think we’re noticing a theme with Valletta’s matches. They are usually started before the bell, involve outside shenanigans, and sloppy wrestling. Since he won this one, it followed suit with the Okabayashi match, with ref bump, low blow, chain. However, the general wrestling was just significantly worse. Shuji being a top contender for the Block, this really hurts. Could come back to bite him since Valletta would’ve been one of those matches you check off as a win ahead of time.

Aoyagi is the last remaining member of Nextream, but Miyahara being the champion…everyone’s going to want to step it up. Aoyagi took his sweet time stepping it up though. Kento manhandled him and Yuma looked outclassed for a while. Yuma caught Miyahara in End Game, and that was the closest he was to really winning the match. Yuma managed to pull off his triple German Suplexes, but nothing really looked to point in Yuma’s favor. He showed some fighting spirit, but Kento just outclassed him. Good match, but only one real hold your breath moment to suspend disbelief.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Good couple of days! Honestly the only reason these upsets don’t rank higher is because they seem like hollow upsets. By that I mean Valletta getting a few wins is just a tool to keep the standing closer, but he’s got no chance in hell at winning this block.

As for A Block in general, we didn’t really get a monumental shift. Zeus moved into first, Shuji is 1 point behind, Dylan James and Kento are 2 points behind. At this point, Aoyagi is eliminated because he only has 1 match left and Valletta is eliminated because Zeus beat Valletta, so even if Valletta were to win out…Zeus holds a tie breaker.

Everyone else is technically still alive, but Aoki is most likely dead in the water. Anyway! The next part should start making the finish a little clearer as we slowly get through the tournament.

Current Standings:
Zeus (4-2) – 8 Points
Shuji Ishikawa (3-2-1) – 7 Points
Dylan James (3-2) – 6 Points
Kento Miyahara (3-2) – 6 Points
Ryoji Sai (2-2-1) – 5 Point
Yuji Okabayashi (2-1) – 4 Points
Yuma Aoyagi (2-5) – 4 Points
Gianni Valletta (2-4) – 4 Points
Atsushi Aoki (2-3) – 4 Points

 


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Mitchell’s WWE Money in the Bank Results & Report! (5/19/19)

Who climbs the ladder to bring down the contracts?

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WWE MITB 2019

WWE history could be made tonight!

With both her titles on the line in one night, will Becky Two Belts have even one belt by the end? Will Kofi Kingston prove himself a worthy WWE Champion? And who will be Mr. and Ms. Money in the Bank?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos; The Usos win.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Bayley wins and is Ms. MITB 2019.
  • WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
  • Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon VS The Miz; Shane wins.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese VS Ariya Daivari; Nese wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley; Bayley wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • Roman Reigns VS Elias; Reigns wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
  • Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS ???; No Contest.
  • WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins and retains the WWE Championship.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Brock Lesnar wins and is Mr. MITB 2019.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the WWE MITB Kickoff Show!

Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Sam Roberts as they catch everyone up and make their predictions for tonight’s PPV!

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!

The only double champion in the WWE today defends both belts tonight. She was put through a table during the dual contract signing by both her opponents. Is this the end of Becky Two Belts already? What we saw on Raw was a pair of jackals taking her down because those two clowns know they can’t win alone. Tonight, Becky just evens the odds and The Southern Belle learns it’s a different thing facing The Man alone. That need to prove yourself will be Lacey Evans’ downfall. And Becky don’t need to be reminded what she’s up against. The right road isn’t the easy one when you’re blazing trails.

Becky isn’t here to have plentiful reigns, but meaningful reigns. She knows she has two rosters full of women aiming for her. But the Double Champ dishes out double beatings, because that’s what happens when the Man comes around. There’s still fire in the Lass Kicker, will she be kicking double the lass all over again tonight?

 

Lacey Evans speaks.

“Becky Two Belts? More like Becky Big Mouth, if you ask me.” She talks so much trash, but the longer trash sits, the longer it rots. Then you bag it up and take it to the curb. That’s where Becky will end up if it’s up to Lacey. Becky can talk all she wants, but it’ll be all the sweeter when Lacey wins. And then Becky’s night goes from bad to worse when Charlotte Flair takes her turn and completes the sweep so that Becky realizes a Man is no match for a Queen and a Lady. Is the Sassy Southern Belle talking too much trash herself? Or is she on the right side of this MITB gamble?

 

Nikki Cross speaks.

“When I was growing up, I was always the outcast. Always picked on, always the last one chosen.” And then Alexa Bliss made Nikki feel like she was important. Nikki will give Alexa a chance as a friend. It saddens Nikki that Alexa cant’ compete, but Nikki makes her own luck tonight. She’ll be just like The Goddess, so #LetNikkiPlay, and #LetNikkiWin!

 

WWE Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix, joins the panel!

The Glamazon tags in for Otunga, but she’s not the only one. Sonya Deville is here to speak on the Women’s MITB and her friend, Mandy Rose. The two had to decide who would enter for SmackDown, but it wasn’t a tough choice for Sonya. She as a confident woman knows when to step up, and when to step back. But isn’t there concern that Mandy won’t win because she’s inexperienced? Not when Mandy has been a great talent in first-evers like her first Womens’ Rumble and her first Women’s Tag Chamber. Then does Sonya really have Mandy’s back should she win tonight? Of course! But then Zelina Vega comes by. Why are we talking to Sonya? Why is Zelina here?! Does Zelina even compete? Sonya gave up her spot because she’s a good friend, unlike Zelina. Zelina is just Andrade Almas’ mouthpiece!

Coach keeps the arguing down, and wants to ask questions. But Sonya says Zelina started this while Zelina goes on about Almas. Coach has things move on, because we have in-ring action!

 

WWE MITB Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos!

The new Wild Card Rule makes this match possible, and is also why this match is happening. Jimmy & Jey were upset Shane McMahon was just simply handing “The Planet’s Tag Team Champions” those SmackDown Tag Team titles. The two teams competed over the belts, and the Usos lost! Now they have a rematch, just to settle a score! Will the Uso Penitentiary coming to Money in the Bank?

The Usos again say , “Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Whoa! … Whoa!” Because tag teams are kicking off things. It’s Usos VS “Spongebob and Patrick!” They sing the theme song. But it’s time for Hartford to enter the Uso Penitentiary! The teams sort out, and Bryan starts against Jimmy.

Fans rally behind Jimmy with “Uce! O!” Jimmy and Bryan tie up and Bryan gets a headlock. Jimmy powers out but Bryan runs him over. Things speed up and Bryan kicks Jimmy. But Jimmy dodges the next kick to CHOP away on Bryan! Tag to Jey and Jey throws uppercuts. Jey snapmares to a cover, TWO! Jey brings Bryan around for more CHOPS but Rowan tags in. Rowan attacks but Jey sunset flips. Rowan blocks and shoves but things speed up and Rowan crossbodies Jey down! The Big Redwood roars while we go picture in picture.

Rowan scrapes Jey out of the ring and keeps the ref busy while Bryan bumps Jey off the apron. Bryan feeds Jey to Rowan for a springboard knee. Rowan rips off Jey’s shirt and tosses it to the fans! Rowan scoop slams Jey while we return to single picture, then drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Rowan keeps on Jey and tags in Bryan. Bryan kicks Jey down then bumps him off buckles. Bryan gives Jey CHOPS and more buckle bumps. He CHOPS Jey in the Planet’s Corner but Jey fights back! Bryan trips Jey and tags Rowan. Rowan drops an elbow then covers, TWO! Rowan drags Jey up to drive a knee into his back. He then puts Jey in the fist vice! Jey endures the squeeze on his head but fans rally up. Rowan shifts to a neck wrench and Jey powers towards his corner.

Rowan clubs Jey down then suplexes him away from Jimmy! Then he hits Jimmy just because! Rowan tags Bryan and Bryan takes his time going after Jey’s legs. Bryan hooks them and fish hooks Jey’s face! He lets up at the ref’s count, but then does it again. He lets go again and stomps the knees. Jey scrambles to an open corner but Bryan is on him with CHOPS! Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! And then another! He keeps going, but gets caught into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down but fans fire up! Jey and Bryan crawl, tag to Rowan. Rowan misses and gets post! Jey tags in Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Rowan with a rain of rights. Rowan shoves him away but he comes right back! Another shove, but Jimmy mule kicks and uppercuts. He tries to lift Rowan but Rowan slips out.

Rowan suplexes but Jimmy slips out and boots him away. Jimmy goes up, Whisper in the Wind! Cover, ONE!! And Jimmy ends up outside on the apron! Jimmy kicks Rowan away then climbs up fast. He leaps, but into Rowan’s arms! Rowan pops Jimmy up for a jackhammer! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and we go picture in picture again.

Rowan shakes his head, but keeps his cool. He drags Jimmy back up and onto the top rope. He clubs away on Jimmy then climbs up to join him. Jey returns and tags in! Jey helps Jimmy fight Rowan up top, but Rowan gives them each headbutts. Rowan makes the brothers bump heads, then grabs them both! We’re single picture again as Rowan wants and gets a DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Bryan returns and calls Rowan over. Rowan tags Bryan and Bryan stalks Jey. Fans boo as Bryan starts giving Jey No Kicks! Bryan kicks and kicks, but Jey ducks the buzzsaw! Dragon whip enziguri! Bryan roundhouses, Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey hurries up top, leaps, Uso Splash ends up in the LaBell Lock!! Bryan has Jey stuck, but Jey flails and reaches! Jey drags himself, but Jimmy saves him!

Rowan goes after Jimmy and tosses him out. But Jimmy dumps Rowan out, and DIVES! Only to be caught in the claws! Jey DIVES, but into the claws! SUPERKICK from Jimmy, SUPERKICK from Jey, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Usos both run, and DOUBLE DIVE! They take Rowan out! Fans are fired up but Bryan DIVES, into SUPERKICKS! Jey tags Jimmy and they each climb up. They both leap at Bryan, the Double Uce! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The Usos, Jimmy by pinfall

The Usos still have all division on #LockDown! Will they use the Wild Card to get the SmackDown Tag titles back even though they’re Raw superstars?

 

WWE and wrestling fans mourn the loss of Ashley Massaro.

 

A golden WWE tradition returns.

This PPV will again have a Men’s and Women’s MITB Ladder Match. 81% of winners have successfully “cashed in” to become a champion. But what are the odds of a dual champion staying a dual champion when she’s doubling down? What are the odds a Beastslayer defeats the Phenomenal One? What are the odds of an underdog champion proving he’s worthy? And what price will the McMahons pay for upsetting both an A-Lister and a Big Dog?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!

Naomi is ready to float like a firefly and sting like a Bumble Bee (Teen Titans, that is). But Nikki Cross is ready to play, Dana Brooke is ready to take her turn, and The Queen of Harts is the best there is, was and ever will be. But will any of Raw’s women take it? Or will SmackDown win with the Golden Goddess, the War Goddess, the Huggable or the OG Ms. MITB?

All eight women stare at the briefcase as the bell rings. And then chaos breaks loose! Bayley has Naomi, Natty has Mandy and Carmella has Dana, until Nikki drags her out! Nikki gets Carmella and then Dana in the apron! Bayley tosses Ember out while Nikki brings in the first ladder! Nikki rams four women at once! And then becomes a crazy copter! She hits Natty and Mandy, and even Bayley! Naomi gets decked, too! Mandy again! But Dana comes in and dropkicks Nikki down! Ember and Dana both go after the ladder and it’s tug-o-war. So Ember uses it to ram Dana into a corner! But Nikki jumps on Ember with a thrashing sleeper hold. Ember backpack sentons Nikki on the ladder! Mandy throws Nikki out then gives Dana a Kiss from a Rose!

But Carmella yanks Mandy off the top rope! Mandy takes a tumble and Carmella takes the ladder. Natty puts in another ladder, but Carmella spots her. Carmella shoves Natty into her own ladder! Natty hits back and then swings Carmella into the ladder! Carmella kisses the steel, but then Naomi runs in. Natty catapults Naomi but she lands on the rungs! Naomi enziguris Natty down! Then she throws Carmella out. Mandy has a ladder, but Naomi takes it from her. Naomi swings but into a gut wrench suplex! Mandy soaks up the heat but Bayley rams her with a ladder. Bayley is all alone and stands the ladder up. But Ember stops her and they fight over the ladder. Dana copies Becky Lynch from last year and climbs anyway!

Carmella yanks Dana off and then shoves the ladder into Bayley and Ember. The ladder smacks Bayley in the hip, and Carmella adds on with a FABULOUS Kick! Carmella eyes “Frankie” but Mandy returns to kick out Carmella’s leg! Mandy stalks Carmella but Carmella slaps her away. Ember rocks Mandy with a right! Dana and Ember each go for ladders but so do Nikki and Bayley. Naomi also returns and everyone wants a ladder. Naomi hops ladder to ladder to dropkick Mandy to a ladder! But then Nikki and Ember run at Naomi! She slides under, but finds herself caught. Naomi does the splits and the ladder foursome collides! Natty returns while Carmella has medics check her knee. Natty sits Naomi on the ladder, then walks all over her! But Bayley throws Natty into the corner ladder!

Bayley elbows Naomi down, but Nikki drags up one of the ladders. Bayley bulldogs Nikki on the steel! She toughs otu her own bad leg but Dana pushes her down. Dana drags Bayley into buckles but Ember has Dana with a bac kick to boot. Ember runs but Dana dodges. Dana scoops and slams Ember on the ladder, then has her in a special Tree of Woe! Fans fire up for the handspring back elbow! Dana dumps Ember out then goes back to Bayley. She throws hands on Bayley but Bayley hits back. Dana kicks but Bayley blocks and knees like a boss! Bayley sunset flip bombs Dana onto the ladder! Everyone is down, but Bayley sees the briefcase. Bayley drags the tallest ladder up and over to be right under the briefcase. She stands it up but Mandy returns.

Mandy and Natty sandwich Bayley inside the ladder! And again! And a third time! Bayley finally falls over, but Naomi returns. The ladder stands again while Naomi gives Bayley some Starship Pain! Natty and Mandy fight over the ladder but Nikki SPEARS Natty from underneath! Naomi climbs! But Ember and Nikki stop her! Code Breaker for Naomi! Ember gets Nikki but Nikki throat chops back. Nikki gives Ember the Purge! But Dana sneaks back in and tips the ladder over on Nikki! Nikki is down and fans are fired up as Dana is all alone! Dana stands the ladder back up and starts climbing! But Mandy returns again! Mandy catches up to Dana and fights as Dana has the clip. Dana swings on the chain!! Dana flails but Mandy grabs her. Mandy gets Dana back on the ladder and they both fight for position!

Dana bumps Mandy off the ladder and Bayley yanks her off! Naomi and Bayley hurry after Dana, but Nikki scrambles up, too! Nikki grabs at the chain but everyone is fighting. Natty tips everyone off!! But wait, Ember aims at Natty, SUPER ECLIPSE!! A total Eclipse of the (Neid)hart! Fans are thunderous while losing their minds! The Shenom is all alone, with one ladder nearby! But Mandy stops her with a back suplex. Ember lands on her feet but Mandy kicks low. Mandy underhooks and lifts Ember, Pedigree on a ladder! Mandy pushes that ladder aside to go back to the tallest one. She stands it up, climbs it, but wait? Mella is back?! Mella doesn’t care she has a bad leg, she won’t let Mandy do this. Mandy runs at Carmella but gets a forearm! And bumps off rungs!

Carmella shows no mercy as she throws Mandy all around! FABULOUS Kick takes Mandy down! Carmella hobbles into the ring and to that ladder, but as she climbs, Sonya Deville interferes! Sonya won’t let Carmella win, she SPEARS Carmella down! And then she positions the ladder? Sonya fetches Mandy to get her in the ring! Fans boo as Sonya basically parallels James Ellsworth for Carmella! Sonya literally carries Mandy up the ladder! Mandy revives and climbs the rest of the way, and gets her hands on the briefcase! But Bayley gets up and stares them both down. And then shoves them both down, too! Bayley grabs the briefcase, and takes it down! Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley; Ms. Money in the Bank 2019

The Huggable Bayley did it, and she did it all by herself! A former Raw Women’s Champion, the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, and now Ms. MITB! As a SmackDown Superstar, could this contract make Bayley WWE’s first Women’s Triple Crown Champion!?

Charly Caruso interviews Bayley in the ring, and congratulates her. Bayley’s a step closer to becoming another WWE Women’s Champion. She and Sasha were the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. The team got split up in the Shake-Up, but Bayley is going to prove a point. She wants to remind everyone what she’s capable of. And everyone sees that now! She’s not #JustBayley, she’s Ms. MITB!

 

Triple H is backstage!

And he’s on the phone. He’s loving how the night’s going already. Bayley winning that contract, just- Sami Zayn wants to talk with HHH. Or rather, he wants to talk with Shane. Well Shane’s getting ready for that cage match. But this is important. HHH is upset he’s being interrupted, but Sami says the WWE has a big problem. Sami reminds HHH that he won against Braun Strowman to win his way into the Men’s MITB, but Strowman is coming for payback! Sami just knows it! But he can’t relax because of the fear of Strowman.

HHH tells Sami to breathe. Sami just says there’s a lot of concern that Strowman will do something. HHH will alleviate that concern: Strowman was banned from the building. Okay, then, can there be further protection? If Sami wants protection, tape up your hands and leave the office. Thanks for stopping by. Sami is rightfully fearful for his life after screwing Strowman out of the MITB ladder match. Will he be able to focus on the golden opportunity?

 

WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio!

The first time around, it was a one-minute shocker at Wrestlemania where the Destroyer dispatched the King of Lucha Libre. In the non-title rematch, Mysterio got even with Joe and that left Joe very upset. Finally, a tiebreaker with the title on the line will decide which man is really better. Will Mysterio make his familia proud? Or will Joe embarrass Papi in front of Dominique all over again?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this rubber match!

Mysterio fires off hands but Joe kicks the leg! Joe kicks again and has Mysterio in a corner. Fans duel while Joe lets Mysterio get back up. Mysterio dodges and kicks back! Mysterio runs and slides then huricanranas Joe around! He fires hands on Joe but Joe shoves him away. Joe puts Mysterio on the apron but Mysterio kicks back. Mysterio springboards for a seated senton! Joe checks his nose but Mysterio fires off more kicks and punches. Joe hits back and scoops but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio gets knees and a CHOP! Joe ignores his bloody nose as he drags Mysterio up for a pomb, but Mysterio huricanranas! Cover, Mysterio wins!?

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion

Dominique cheers backstage as his father finally gets his WWE Grand Slam! But Joe is as shocked as Mysterio! Did Joe have his shoulders up? Did the referee make an awful mistake? Will Mysterio give Joe a rematch?

Mysterio gets back in the ring and Dominique comes out to join him. Father and son celebrate together as they walk back up the ramp. But then Joe attacks!! Joe headbutts away on Mysterio and puts Mysterio back in the ring! Joe drags Mysterio up for a HUGE urenage! A bloody and angry Destroyer grins at Mysterio, but then eyes Dominique. Joe drags Mysterio up again to make Dominique watch a second urenage! Dominique isn’t sure what to do, but Joe tells him to figure out something. Dominique goes to his dad, but Joe drops a senton on Mysterio! Joe leaves and Dominique goes to his father’s side. Will Mysterio have a reason to give Joe a rematch?

 

Braun Strowman ignores the building ban!

He throws whatever he can get his hands on as far as it’ll fly! The Monster Among Men is hunting for Sami Zayn! He intimidates a WWE employee but he has no idea where Sami is! Strowman spares this poor man as his hunt continues. Will Strowman find Sami before Sami #GetsTheseHands on the MITB contract?

 

Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon VS The Miz!

They were once the Best Tag Team in the World, and certainly in the WWE. But then one loss and Shane O’Mac snapped! He betrayed his partner and attacked Papa Miz! Wrestlemania’s Falls Count Anywhere clearly didn’t settle anything as Shane rubbed in his victory and the assault on Miz’s father. But now, instead of fighting all over the arena, they’ll be trapped inside a steel structure! Will Shane run away again? Or will he man up and fight Miz in the cage?

The door is closed and the bell rings! Shane immediately hurries up to a wall! Miz drags Shane down to the mat then tackles him down! Miz rains down hands but Shane pushes him away. Shane runs away but Miz stops him again. Miz throws Shane at a wall, but Shane uses it to climb! Miz again has to yank Shane down, and then throws It Kicks into a corner. He kicks and kicks and kicks and fans fire up as Miz throws Shane down. Miz kicks Shane in the back, then circles him like a shark. He throws more kicks, taunting Shane between them. Shane sits back up, only to get more kicks! Miz takes aim but Shane powerbombs him into a wall! Shane kicks Miz while he’s down now, grinding him into the steel.

Miz drags himself up but Shane kicks him back down. Shane throws body shots and jabs now, then kicks of his own. Shane bumps Miz off the steel then clubs him down between the ropes. He Oklahoma Rolls Miz, TWO! Shane throws hands again, then big knees. Shane throws Miz face first into steel! He boots Miz down then kicks him while he’s down. Shane throws Miz into the cage again, then lifts Miz in a torture rack, for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps his cool as he stalks Miz. He toys with Miz while fans boo and jeer. Shane puts Miz in a corner for a mudhole stomp, then he goes to the adjacent corner. He climbs up and takes aim, Coast2Coast gets caught! Into the Figure Four! Miz shouts out to Ric Flair with this one!

Shane endures and flails, then grabs a rope, but there are no ropebreaks! Shane uses that to drag himself to the door! The door opens but Miz lets go to drag Shane back! Shane kicks away on Miz and gets free! But Miz grabs him just in time! Miz drags Shane back inside, but Shane’s managed to get a chair?! Shane swings but Miz boots him down! Both men are down with the chair between them. Shane and Miz both see the chair, but also the door. Fans know “Miz is Awesome!” as he gets the chair! Shane begs for mercy, and even apologizes! But Miz doesn’t care, and he SMACKS Shane! Miz makes sure the door is closed as he gives Shane another SMACK! Shane crawls to the door but Miz slams it on his head! Miz SMACKS Shane with another chair shot, then another! And another! And another!

Miz taunts Shane as he SMACKS away! “You had enough? Nah, you ain’t had enough.” Miz circles Shane and fans want “One More Time!” He obliges, with another SMACK! Shane crawls but Miz drags him back up. Miz gives Shane a Skull Crushing Finale on the chair!! Cover, ropebreak?! But no, no! There aren’t ropebreaks in a cage match, right?! What is wrong with this ref? Unless… Is this ref kissing up to Shane? Fans call BS while Miz goes after Shane again. Miz puts Shane in a corner and on the top rope. Miz climbs up to hoist Shane back up. Shane fights off and arm-drags Miz down! Shane drags himself back up but fans rally for Miz. Miz is motionless while Shane climbs up. Shane reaches the top as Miz revives! Miz uses the chair to SMACK Shane’s leg! Shane stops and Miz catches up to him!

Miz grabs Shane and throws haymakers. Miz sits on the top with Shane and throws haymakers! Shane resists as Miz drags him back over. Miz has Shane stuck, and bumps him off the cage! And then dumps him down! To drop a splash! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives on his own this time! And gets a triangle hold on Miz! Miz flails but there’s no ropebreaks for him. Shane cranks back hard but Miz refuses to give in! Fans rally and Miz bridges back to a cover, TWO! Shane crawls away to the door, but Miz revives to stop him again! Miz drags Shane in, and catapults him into steel, but Shane uses it again! Shane’s up top but Miz hurries to stop him!

Shane is halfway again, and Miz has a sinister idea. Flashbacks to Wrestlemania as Miz pulls on Shane. Shane fights for his life as Miz keeps pulling. Shane slips out and out of his shirt! He hits the floor, and wins!!

Winner: Shane McMahon, by escape

Shane literally escapes and survives! Miz glares down at Shane, because this settles nothing! Will Shane run away to avoid the trilogy?

 

Mick Foley will return to Monday Night Raw with a huge announcement!

The Hardcore Legend is introducing WWE’s newest championship! What could it be? Or is it really a classic being revived with a new look? Only Foley knows!

 

HHH hurries backstage!

Something bad happened, and it involves Sami Zayn! He’s stuck upside-down on a wall! Cameras, get outta here! HHH and WWE have an emergency, but is Strowman really to blame?

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese VS Ariya Daivari!

The Cruiserweight Division returns to a PPV main card! But that aside, the Premier Athlete wants to prove he isn’t champion because he took it easy. He’s kept himself competing even after earning the title, and now he’ll make the Privileged Persian Lion earn it, too! Will Daivari Dinero hit the jackpot on MITB night? Or will Nese show him the power of perseverance?

The introductions are made, with Daivari driving in to the arena in a Mercedes Benz, and the title is raised as we begin this big money Cruiserweight match!

The two circle, and tie up. Daivari powers Nese to a corner but backs off to get in sucker punches! He jabs and kicks but Nese hits back. Daivari haymakers and whips Nese corner to corner but Nese stops himself. Nese elbows and moonsaults but Daivari gets clear. Nese goes Matrix to mule kick and knee lift. Daivari jumps the sweep but Nese dodges the buzzsaw to get the sweep anyway. Nese drops a leg and covers, TWO! Nese keeps on Daivari but Daivari jawbreakers back. Daivari whips but Nese reverses to hotshot Daivari down! Nese triangle moonsaults but lands on his feet as Daivari dodges. Daivari puts Nese on the apron and then grinds his face on the ropes! The ref reprimands Daivari but the damage is down.

Daivari dumps Nese back into the ring then trash talks in Farsi. Daivari bobs ‘n’ weaves with a blind Nese then clobbers him with haymakers. Nese gets to a corner but Daivari is on him with a hard corner to corner whip. Nese hits buckles and drops to the mat but Daivari grins as he looms over the champion. Daivari drags Nese up but Nese hits back. Daivari knees low then back suplexes, but Nese lands on his stomach. Nese crawls but Daivari stomps him. Daivari grabs both legs but Nese fights the turn. Daivari still gets Nese in the inverted Crab! Nese endures and crawls, then rolls to send Daivari into buckles! The ref checks on Daivari while Nese gets to the opposite side. Daivari hurries after Nese but gets a big left hand.

Nese bobs ‘n’ weaves and snapmares Daivari to boot and heel kick him down! Nese knips up and runs at Daivari in the corner. Daivari takes the back elbow but he tosses Nese to the apron. Nese kicks Daivari down then triangle moonsaults again, to hit it! Cover, TWO! Daivari lives but Nese keeps his cool. Nese drags Daivari up and pump handles, but Daivari fights him off. Nese CHOPS back but Daivari reels him in for a full nelson spin, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives and Daivari grows frustrated. Daivari sneers at Nese as he drags him back up. Fans rally as Nese CHOPS Daivari agani. Daivari grabs the beard but Nese shoves and forearms him back! Nese runs but into Daivari’s leaping knee!

Daivari whips but Nese slides under to pump handle! Daivari slips out and dodges to rondhouse Nese back! He puts Nese on the top rope and crosses the arms. But Nese holds on with his strong legs! Daivari CHOPS Nese again and again until Nese is in a Tree of Woe on the outside! Daivari stomps Nese out of the Tree and to the floor! He pursues Nese but Nese shoves him away. Nese runs back but is put on the apron. Nese cartwheels and rocks Daivari! He puts Daivari in and climbs up high. Daivari intercepts, crosses the arms for an arm-drag bomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese still lives and Daivari grows frustrated.

Daivari drags Nese up again, hammerlocks and swings, but Nese dodges to roll up! TWO, but Nese tosses Daivari out to FLY! A Premier Flop takes out Daivari, but Nese keeps going! He puts Daivari in, climbs up, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Now Daivari survives and Nese is shocked! But Daivari is in a corner. Nese runs side to side but gets a SUPERKICK! Daivari hops up, Lion Splash! But no cover, hammerlock to Lion’s Lariat!! Cover, TWO!? Nese survives Daivari’s best move!? Daivari is furious as he climbs up top. Nese SHORYUKENS and SUPER STEINERS! Daivari ends up in a corner and Nese runs, Premier Knee! Cover, Nese wins!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion

Daivari brought the fight, but Nese won it! The Premier Era continues, but how much harder will it get for him from now on?

 

HHH confronts Braun Strowman.

Obviously the Monster Among Men is the number one suspect in attacking Sami Zayn. But this isn’t going to get his spot in the MITB Ladder match back. Strowman has no idea what HHH is talking about. The attack on Sami! That wasn’t Strowman. HHH won’t argue about it, and won’t ask anyone to escort or arrest Strowman. But as his boss, HHH needs Strowman to leave. “Whatever, man.” Strowman actually obeys, but if he didn’t do that to Sami, then who did?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans!

And so the Champ Champ’s night begins! She owes the Sassy Southern Belle for several sucker punches, that contract signing beating from Monday, and just that generally judgmental attitude. Will The Man deny the Woman’s Right to the Raw Women’s title? Or will Becky Two Belts go down to one belt going into her match with Charlotte later on?

The introductions are made, the red brand’s belt is raised, and we begin The Man’s first match!

Fans chant for “Becky Two Belts!” but Lacey covers her ears. Becky and Lacey circle then Becky dropkicks Lacey to a corner! Becky fires off stomps but backs off to throw Lacey down. Lacey flounders but Becky dropkicks her back down! Becky drags Lacey up for a waistlock slam, but then Lacey crawls out of the ring. Becky builds speed to wreck Lacey with a dropkick! Fans cheer but Lacey hits Becky back. Lacey whips but Becky reverses to send her into barriers! Becky stalks Lacey to club and elbow her. Lacey shoves Becky then tries to run away through the fans! Becky stops her and throws her at the apron. Becky puts Lacey back in and stalks her to a corner.

Lacey yanks Becky at buckles but Becky stops herself. Becky hits back then baits Lacey in. Lacey blocks the jump kick to throw Becky into buckles. Lacey wrings Becky’s arm to slam her on the mat. Fans sing Becky’s theme but that only angers Lacey. Lacey dribbles Becky’s head off the mat, then drops knees on the arm. Lacey then stands and stomps Becky’s arm! Becky fights back with her good arm but Lacey kicks low for a sit-out DDT. Lacey gator rolls Becky to a corner and throws her arm on the apron. She pulls Becky into the post! The ref counts but Lacey lets up at 4, to throw the arm into the post. Becky rolls but Lacey covers, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool then goes after Becky. Becky boots back and puts Lacey on the apron.

Lacey hits back and sweeps the legs! Lacey slingshots for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey grits her teeth and drags Becky around with an armlock and chinbar. Becky endures being bent back on Lacey’s knee. Fans rally as Becky fights her way up. Lacey throws Becky down by her hair! Lacey goes after the arm again, and bends Becky back again. Fans rally and Becky throws hands. Becky gets back up and arm-drags free. Lacey knees low and hits a neckbreaker! Somersault to a splash! Cover, TWO! Lacey pulls out her handkerchief and wipes herself off. She then rubs it in Becky’s face! Becky hits back with wild hands! She whips but Lacey reverses to put Becky on the apron. Lacey shoulders but into a kick!

Becky climbs and leaps for a flying forearm! Both women are down but fans rally up for Becky. But Lacey is up first, only for Becky to hit back. Lacey kicks and aims, but the Woman’s Right misses! Becky rallies with lariats and a calf kick! Fans fire up with Becky as she kicks Lacey more. Becksploder! Becky hits Lacey with the Straight Firearm, then climbs up high for a missile dropkick! Lacey ends up flopping out of the ring! Becky pursues from the apron, another flying forearm takes Lacey down! Becky puts Lacey back in, cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Becky wonders what she has to do. Becky drags Lacey around and climbs up top yet again.

Becky leaps but has to roll through. Lacey elbows Becky back, then uses the ropes for a springboard stunner! And a leaping roundhouse! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Lacey is losing her composure. Lacey says she’ll end it, and she trash talks the “Nasty” Becky. She pulls the braids out of Becky’s hair, but Becky waistlocks and rolls her! TWO, but Becky’s after the arm! Lacey scrambles and gets the rope. Becky lets up but wants at her again. The ref pulls Becky back, Lacey chop blocks! Roll up, but Becky holds it off to get a Disarm-Her! Lacey taps, Becky wins!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion

Becky Two Belts is still at two belts! But Lacey was tougher than she expected, will Becky be in any shape for facing Flair yet again?

But speaking of, here comes Charlotte! The Queen is all smiles, because she’s choosing to make Becky go again here and now!

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair!

The Man grins, because she realizes she should’ve expected this. Will she still be Becky Two Belts even though she had no time to rest? Or will we see the birth of #CharlotteNineTimes?

There is no need for introductions, only the blue brand’s belt is raised, and we begin again!

Charlotte is still all smiles as the bell rings, and watches Becky shake off the damage form Lacey. Charlotte tackles Becky to a corner and rams her shoulder in again and again! And she grinds a boot into Becky’s face. Charlotte lets up but runs into a forearm! Becky back kicks and gets to a corner. Charlotte runs in but into a boot! And more boots! Becky hops up but Charlotte dodges! Charlotte kicks Becky while she’s down, then throws hands. She slaps Becky then kicks her at the ropes. Becky hits back and backs Charlotte down. Becky whips but Charlotte goes to the apron. Charlotte boots Becky down, then hurries up top. Becky intercepts with forearms! Becky throws Charlotte off the top and to the mat!

Fans cheer as Becky runs to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Charlotte CHOPS Becky! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! The Flair Chops stagger Becky, but Becky dodges to enziguri! Charlotte shakes it off but Becky keeps moving, only for her shotgun to get caught! Charlotte gets a Boston Crab! Becky endures as Charlotte bends her backwards! Fans rally as Becky reaches and crawls. Becky manages the ropebreak, and Charlotte holds on until 4. Charlotte isn’t bothered at all, because she’s still in much better shape. She runs back in but into elbows. Becky and Charlotte brawl with big forearms back and forth. They go around and around but Becky gets an edge. So Charlotte kicks out the leg! Charlotte looms over Becky and SLAPS her. She runs, but Becky dodges to forearm her down!

Both women are down again, but then they brawl as they sit up. They brawl and trash talk as they stand up, too! Becky hits, Charlotte hits, repeat! Becky gets the edge again, and wants the arm! Charlotte whips Becky off to forearm her back down. Charlotte stomps Becky around then grinds her feet into Becky’s head. The ref counts and Charlotte lets off at 4. Charlotte pulls Becky back against ropes, but again stops at 4. Becky crawls on the apron but Charlotte joins her. Charlotte goes for Natural Selection but Becky holds on! Charlotte crashes and burns while Becky gets back in the ring.

Becky leaves Charlotte to the mercy of the ring count because of Champion’s Advantage. The count begins and reaches 5, but is that Lacey Evans?! A Woman’s Right sucker punch again! Charlotte grabs Becky but Becky cradle counters! TWO!? BOOT!! Cover, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Queen gets her throne back thanks to the Southern Belle! #CharlotteNineTimes is real, but will she hold onto that belt for long?

As for Becky, she goes after Lacey! Becky has another reason to hate the Lady of WWE, and beats her up against the barriers. But Charlotte goes after Becky to save the woman who helped her win. And they both get Becky in the ring to keep up the beating! Lacey holds Becky for Charlotte as Charlotte stomps away. Becky endures double boots to her body, but then Lacey pulls Becky back while Charlotte CHOPS away! “How does that feel now?!” Charlotte climbs up, but here comes Bayley! The Hugger evens things up and saves Becky! She knees Lacey then gives her a Bayley2Belly!

Charlotte attacks Bayley with a forearm! The Queen goes after Becky again, stomping away. She goes back for her SmackDown Women’s Championship, but then runs at Bayley! Bayley dodges and sends Charlotte into buckles! Fans are thunderous, because they want Bayley to cash in! Bayley thinks about it. Charlotte is down, and the briefcase is right there. Bayley grabs her briefcase, and brings it to the ref! Is it happening? IT IS!!

SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley!

The bell rings, and Bayley drags Charlotte out to a drop zone! Bayley climbs up high, and drops the Macho Elbow!! Cover, Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion

Ms. MITB 2019 is a success! Bayley goes from #JustBayley to the top woman on SmackDown! And she’s the first Women’s Triple Crown Champion in WWE history! And she celebrates with the WWE Universe! Raw title, Women’s Tag Title, SmackDown title, she’s had them all! Is this just the beginning for Bayley’s rise to the top?

 

Roman Reigns arrives!

But the Big Dog needs to look behind him, because here comes Elias! The Drifter SMASHES Roman with his guitar! Then strolls on past him and to gorilla position. Fans sing and cheer as Elias walks to the ring and has his team set up his stool. He has another guitar, and is properly introduced.

Elias plays an electric guitar for Hartford, and says that felt good. He normally does acoustic, but obviously his guitar just broke. Elias is not only the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history but in WWE history. Vince McMahon texted Elias and gave him credit that the future of the WWE is in good hands. Elias felt good reading that, and begs the question: “With all this success, why would you come to a morally substandard toilet bowl like Hartford?” Fans are a little divided on that one. With the Big Dog down, the Era of Elias can begin. He has a song just for that, titled Long Live Elias. So please, silence your phones, hold your applause and shut your mouths! Elias begins playing his guitar again, then sings.

“You people here are so boring. Your life would suck without me. I bring energy to the world, like Vince says. Elias is my name. Roman could’ve been me, but no one wants to hear him talk. Roman, shut your mouth, Elias just took you for a walk.” Elias went to North Carolina, a beautiful place. “Now I understand why the Whalers left this city, it’s because Hartford is a disgrace.” Fans boo harder as Elias again says Hartford is a disgrace. Elias finishes up, and thanks the fans. “I love none of you.” Elias goes up the ramp to do what everyone here wishes they could do: get the hell out of Hartford.

But Elias will leave them all a lasting image: his post. Elias raises his fist, but here comes Roman! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman’s fist leaves Elias rolling down the ramp! But he’s not done, he puts Elias back in the ring hard. The bell rings and the match begins!

Roman Reigns VS Elias!

SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!

Winner: Roman Reign, by pinfall

Well that didn’t take long. Elias didn’t want to give an encore, and now he can’t. Is this going to prove to everyone, but mostly the McMahons, that the WWE is the Big Dog’s Yard?

 

WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles!

The Architect has gone from inaugural NXT Champion to a sell-out to a Kingslayer to the Beastslayer, but there was a time when even he was just starting out. It was during that time that he encountered the already incredible Phenomenal One. Styles saw promise in Rollins back then, and he was right. Styles himself would one day arrive in the WWE, take over and make SmackDown the House That AJ Styles Built! But now, he wants to build something even better by adding this title to his legacy. Who builds their legacy with the WWE Universal Championship?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this first-for-WWE match-up finally happens!

Rollins and Styles stare down as fans duel. They tie up and it’s fast and furious already as they push each other around. Styles gets Rollins in a corner but backs off at 4 with a shove. Rollins keeps his cool as he circles with Styles again. They tie up again as fans duel even harder. Rollins puts Styles in the corner, but then gives his own little shove. Styles keeps his cool now, and they go again. Another tie up and Styles waistlocks. Rollins standing switches but so does Styles. Rollins trips Styles but Styles headscissors him down. Fans cheer this exchange as Styles dares Rollins to bring it. The two circle again, and they tie up. Rollins gets the arm and wrenches. Styles powers out and arm-drags Rollins back. Fans cheer but still duel as Styles and Rollins go again.

Rollins headlocks but Styles fights with body shots. Styles powers out and hurdles but Rollins clotheslines Styles down! Rollins goes back to CHOP Styles to a corner. He whips Styles corner to corner hard, and Styles falls to the mat. Rollins snapmares and drops a knee on Styles, then covers, TWO! Styles sits up but Rollins just kicks him right in the back. Rollins drags Styles up for more CHOPS, but Styles CHOPS back! Styles kicks but Rollins punches and whips. Styles reverses but Rollins boots him. Rollins hops up but Styles gets under and dropkicks Rollins down! Fans continue to cheer and duel while Styles kicks Rollins while he’s down. Styles chops Rollins to a corner to then ram his shoulder in. He stops at 4 but then knees Rollins down.

Styles kicks Rollins hard in the chest, then lifts him for a quick backbreaker! Styles circles Rollins and brings him back up. Rollins CHOPS but Styles hits back. They brawl and Rollins whips. Rollins hip tosses and rains down rights! He whips but Styles reverses, only to run into a buckle shot! Styles is down on the apron while Rollins catches his breath. Rollins goes around to join Styles and brings him up. Rollins suplexes but Styles blocks. Styles kicks back then brings Rollins in, for a Clash!? Rollins kicks free and lands on his feet, only to get Styles’ sliding knee! Styles drags Rollins into the ring but Rollins hits him back. Rollins goes to suplex but Styles hotshots! Only for Rollins to DIVE onto him! They both crash into the announce desk!

The ring count begins while both champion and challenger are down. Rollins and Styles both head for the ring at 6, and get in at 7. Rollins clotheslines Styles back out and DIVES again! Another crash into the desk, but Rollins puts Styles in the ring fast! He throws forearms on Styles, then runs, but into a forearm from Styles! Styles runs but Rollins follows to Slingblade him down! Rollins runs at Styles in the corner for another forearm, then dumps him down. Rollins springboards, flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Styles survives but Rollins keeps focus. Fans fire up as Rollins hobbles back to Styles. Rollins lifts but Styles resists, so Rollins kicks away on Styles’ face! Then he tries again, only for Styles to spin out. Styles swings but Rollins spins him, ripcord, but Styles blocks the Revolution Knee! Fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi!

But Styles is too tired to cover! Fans duel again as both men slowly move. Styles gets to one corner and Rollins the other. Styles runs in for a big clothesline! He prepares but is denied the Clash with a back drop. Rollins sits on the sunset, TWO! Sunset, TWO! High stack, deadlift! Buckle Bomb! Styles flops down and Rollins climbs up, Frog Splash! Cover, TWO! Rollins is too tired to be frustrated. He just sits up while fans rally. Styles crawls but Rollins stalks him. Rollins throws big hands on Styles, then drags Styles up. He hoists Styles to the top rope, then throws more hands before climbing up to join him. Styles hits back and sends Rollins down.

Styles adjusts but Rollins is up fast, only for Styles to slip under and trip him up! German Suplex, but Styles holds on, for another lift. Rollins rolls through with a wheelbarrow, TWO! Roaring elbow blocked by a boot! Torture rack, spin-out, Tower Hacker Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans are loving it! Styles thinks on what he has to do to win, but fans know “This is Awesome!” He runs in but Rollins puts him on the apron. He forearms Rollins back and springboards, but Rollins trips him up! Styles is stuck up top, and Rollins hurries to sit him up. Rollins climbs up behind Styles, and drags him up in a dragon sleeper… INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Roll through, inverted Falcon’s Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Rollins can’t believe it!

Now it’s Rollins who has to come up with something else to put Styles away. Fans rally up as Rollins stands. Rollins still has the tried and true, “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks then runs, but Styles dodges to roll Rollins to a Calf Crusher! Rollins endures but Styles cranks back hard! Rollins rolls it back and kicks Styles away! His leg is free but it is hurting! Styles crawls away but Rollins pursues. Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins escapes with one good leg! Styles gets back up and waits for Rollins. Rollins stands and SUPERKICKS Styles down! Both men are down again, but fans rally and duel again. Styles and Rollins crawl for each other to start throwing hands! Rollins hits, Styles hits, repeat. Rollins CHOPS but Styles punches again.

Fans duel, Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Rollins dodges to enziguri! And dodges the Pele! Mule kick! Curb Stomp countered! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives THE Styles Clash?! No one can believe it, but the fans are loving it! Styles grits his teeth as Rollins starts sitting up. Styles goes to the apron, takes aim and springboards. Phenomenal misses! Revolution Knee hits! And then, SUPERKICK! Styles is on his face, but Rollins gets back up! CURB STOMP!! Rollins put so much into that, he has to crawl to a cover! Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion

The workhorse of the WWE, the Architect, is #BetterThanPhenomenal! Styles leaves, but then comes back? Rollins expects a fight, but Styles doesn’t make a move. Rollins raises the belt up, but Styles offers a handshake. After thinking it over, Rollins accepts it. There is now respect between them, but will we get an epic rematch down the line?

 

Backstage interview with Xavier Woods and WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston!

How does Kofi Kingston respond to Kevin Owens constantly claiming he’s only WWE Champion thanks to the New Day? Kevin is always in the wrong saying that like it’s an insult. Kofi has done a lot of great things in the WWE even before the New Day, but does have to admit the New Day helped him reach the world championship. “It is what it is.”

But Woods won’t let Kofi sell himself short. Kofi had this in him the entire time, and that’s why he was able to make it to the spot he’s in now. And now, Kevin will learn why he never should’ve crossed the New Day. Kofi will have Kevin 1v1, and this isn’t about making a statement, this is about making a huge statement! And if anyone thinks they can make a way to the WWE Championship by going after Kofi’s brothers, they’ll see that it won’t ever work. And that is why Kofi is your W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! But will he still be champion after finally having it out with the Prizefighter?

 

Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS ???

Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik bring the fiesta to Hartford, complete with pinatas! And they love that MITB is once a year. It’s like Christmas but with gold. But every day for them is a Lucha House Party! However, the party is about to be over, because here comes Lars Sullivan!

The Leviathan heads down the ramp and targets the luchadors. Metailk leaps at him but is caught in a Freak Accident! Lince leaps but he gets long dart’d! Kalisto is all alone but not backing down! He brings the fight but Lars headbutts him down. Lars is bloody from his own headbutt, but he clubs away on Kailsto’s face! Lars hauls Kalisto up, for a Leviathan Bomb! The Mile High Monster just crashed the Lucha House Party, and only enjoys his own blood. Can any force in the WWE stop the Freak? Can anyone even survive?

 

WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens!

Kofimania was a dream come true for so many, but none more than the man himself. However, KO took advantage of Kofi’s good mood and Big E’s absence to pull off a Big O betrayal! The Prizefighter doesn’t see Kofi as a worthy WWE champion, but will he be proven wrong tonight?

The introductions are made, Xavier Woods watches backstage, and the belt is raised as we begin this championship grudge match!

Kofi and Kevin brawl with the bell! Kevin knees and chops Kofi to a corner, then chops more. He clubs Kofi but Kofi hits back. Kevin whips Kofi to a corner but Kofi comes right out with a big clothesline! Kevin bails out but Kofi pursues. Kofi leaps off the steel steps for a big ax handle! Fans cheer Kofi as he puts Kevin back in. Kofi drags Kevin back up to headbutt him to a corner. Kofi stomps a mudhole in as fans rally behind him. Kevin bails out again but Kofi pursues. Kevin tackles Kofi into the apron, then whips, but Kofi reverses to send Kevin into barriers! Kofi drags Kevin up again to whip Kevin again. Kevin reverses now but Kofi uses that to climb and LEAP for bigger ax handles!

Kofi puts Kevin back in the ring and stalks him to a corner. He kicks Kevin while he’s down, and headbutts him to a corner. Kofi whips Kevin corner to corner but Kevin reverses. Kevin gets under as Kofi goes up and over, SUPERKICK! Kevin stomps Kofi out and shouts, “That’s why this is MY show!” Kofi crawls but Kevin stalks him to a corner. He whips Kofi hard against buckles then dares fans to say something. Fans boo and jeer but Kevin goes back to stomp Kofi more. Kofi shoves Kevin but Kevin whips him corner to corner again. Kofi flops down then Kevin drops a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows annoyed already but then taunts Kofi, “Where are your little buddies at?” He stalks Kofi and clubs him back down.

Kofi crawls to the apron but Kevin drags him back up. Kofi throws forearms on Kevin! Kevin knees back then throws Kofi into a post! Kofi hits hard and then hits a camera man! Kevin shows no mercy, with the apron frog splash! Kevin roars as a ring count begins. The ring count reaches 5 before Kevin puts Kofi in the ring. Cover, TWO! Kofi toughs it out but Kevin grows frustrated. Kevin kicks Kofi in the back while fans boo and jeer. Kevin CHOPS Kofi to a corner. He clubs Kofi on the back then drops a knee. Kevin soaks up the heat but Kofi throws body shots. Kofi haymakers but Kevin trips him up. Kevin tries to turn Kofi but Kofi resists, so Kevin catapults. Kofi lands on the ropes to kick back! Then turns, only to leap into a kick!

Kevin wants to lift but Kofi back drops Kevin into buckles! Both men are down with bad backs but fans rally up. Kofi crawls away while Kevin stands in a corner. Kofi runs in but gets a boot. Kevin runs out but Kofi dodges to double CHOP! Kofi dropkicks Kevin down, then runs for a leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Kofi as he hits the New Day Boom Drop! But Kevin makes it a roll up! And turns over to a Boston Crab! Kofi endures the pain in his back and drags himself over, ropebreak! Kevin lets go, but pursues Kofi on the apron. He drags Kofi up and wants a bomb, but Kofi holds on for dear life! Kofi shoulders and punches back, but so does Kevin. They brawl on the edge, Kevin kicks Kofi away. Kofi double stomps Kevin onto the apron!

Kevin slumps to the floor while Kofi drags himself back in. Kofi climbs while Kevin stands, and Kofi LEAPS, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin puts Kofi back in, covers, TWO!! Kofi still lives, but Kevin just stands him back up. “You should’ve stayed down!” Kevin SLAPS Kofi then whips, Pop-Up but Kofi escapes! Kofi wants the SOS but Kevin slips out. Kevin wants a stunner but Kofi slips out, SOS hits! Cover, TWO!! Kevin escapes and both men are down! Kofi is surprised, but he doesn’t stop. He gets to a corner and fans rally up behind him. Kevin stands but blocks Trouble in Paradise into another Boston Crab! Kofi endures all over again, crawls and reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Kevin lets go but he’s further frustrated.

Kevin tells the Kofimania fans to shut up, but that only makes them boo more. He goes to superkick but Kofi deflects and takes Kevin down! Kofi fires forearms over and over and over! He roars as he drags Kevin up, but Kevin snapmares. Kevin pops-up, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin shouts at the fans again, then waits for Kofi to stand. Kofi does stand, and Kevin kicks, but no stunner! Trouble in Paradise! But Kevin falls out of the ring! Kofi doesn’t want to win by count-out, he drags Kevin back in. But Kevin’s dead weight so that takes some doing. Kevin revives, kicks, STUNNER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Kofi saves himself!

Kevin is beside himself as has to drag Kofi back and around. He ends up even dragging off Kofi’s shoes! He throws the shoes at fans! Kevin then climbs up, Swanton gets knees!! Kofi gets up and hits Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE World Championship

He did it! And without his shoes! Kofimania rolls on through MITB, truly championship material! And he celebrates with Xavier, too! With a dream this strong, will it ever come to an end?

 

WWE Super Showdown is coming!

WWE returns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with HUGE matches! Goldberg VS Undertaker! Triple H VS Randy Orton! Andrade Almas challenges for the WWE Intercontinental Championship against THE DEMON Balor! For the first time in WWE history, a 50-Man Over-the-top-rope Battle Royal! As if that wasn’t big enough, the Monster Among Men takes on the Rocky Mountain Machine 1v1! Will the ring survive such epic action?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!

Sami Zayn beat Braun Strowman to take his spot in this match, but with some help from the Lone Wolf and Scottish Terminator. However, someone stuck Sami to a wall to take him out of this match! The Monster Among Men claims it wasn’t him, but who else could it have been? Plus, there’s still the issue of who takes his spot! The Lone Wolf- er, “Hartford’s Favorite Son”, Extraordinary Man, Scottish Terminator, King of Flight, Beacon of Light, El Idolo and The Viper all make their entrance, but is there no (new) eighth man?

The bell rings, and there doesn’t seem to be. Randy Orton bails out while Baron Corbin brawls with Mustafa Ali, Drew McIntyre goes after Ricochet, and Andrade Almas attacks Finn Balor! Almas looks to get his shots in on Finn now before WWE Super Showdown. McIntyre bumps and CHOPS Ricochet while Corbin stomps Ali. Almas CHOPS Finn but Finn hits back! Corbin knees Ali while McIntyre bumps Ricochet off buckles again. Finn baits Almas and dumps him out! McIntyre CHOPS Ricochet while Ali tumbles out of the ring. Orton attacks Ali by giving him a back suplex onto an announce desk! Corbin goes after Finn while Ricochet dumps McIntyre out. Ricochet baits Corbin in, and then both Ricochet and Finn clothesline Corbin out!

Ricochet and Finn stand alone, but decide to work together. Orton trips Finn but Ricochet still FLIES onto everyone else! Orton gives Finn a back suplex to the desk! The Viper sees Ricochet as he comes in, and dodges to back suplex him onto the desk! Orton has a hat trick and goes after a ladder. He puts that in the ring as Hartford cheers him on. Orton takes his time standing the ladder up, then takes his time climbing up. He approaches the top but Almas springboards and dropkicks the ladder down! Orton is up but gets the elbow! Corbin brings a new ladder in but so does McIntyre. Corbin hits Orton while McIntyer hits Almas. Then McIntyre hits Orton and Finn. McIntyre stands his ladder in a corner while Corbin rams Orton out of the ring.

Corbin puts his ladder in a corner and McIntyre moves the middle one out of the way. Ricochet returns to give McIntyre a Code Breaker! Ali gives Corbin a somersault facebuster! Ali DIVES at McIntyre! Almas attacks Ricochet, but Ricochet denies La Sombra to dump Almas out. Ricochet has a ladder, but Ali is there, too. They each climb but also pull each other off. Ricochet elbows Ali, but Ali goes up and over to climb again! Ricochet yanks him down but Ali yanks Ricochet down. Ali waistlocks and back suplexes, but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet puts Ali on the apron then climbs! But Ali somersaults in to follow! They brawl up top but McIntyre and Corbin return to go after each of them. The bigger men clobber Ali and Ricochet, then move the ladder aside again.

Corbin and McIntyre work together to throw Ali onto a ladder! McIntyre gives Ricochet a belly2belly suplex on a ladder! McIntyre sees Orton return but gets a hotshot. Orton dumps Corbin out and kicks him, draping DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head as he stalks Corbin. Fans want to see it, but Corbin denies it! Claymore hits Orton! McIntyre sees Finn and has Corbin take him. Finn kicks Corbin away, then goes after McIntyre. Slingblade for Corbin, shotgun dropkick for McIntyre! McIntyre hits the ladder! Finn ducks Corbin to double stomp that ladder onto him! Fans fire up as Finn stands a ladder up. But then he throws it down on McIntyre to keep him away.

McIntyre writhes while Finn re-positions the other ladder. Finn climbs and reaches, but Almas attacks him with the other ladder! Almas pokes and jabs Finn off, then sets up a ladder bridge. Ricochet returns and boots Almas. Ricochet hops up but Almas knocks him down hard! Almas leaves Ricochet behind to climb. Finn follows from the other side, and they brawl back and forth. Finn rocks Almas and reaches, but Almas hits back. Almas reaches but Finn hits back. They brawl more, and Almas climbs up, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB Finn onto the ladder bridge!! How did either man survive!? Fans lose their minds over it!

Ali returns and elbows Corbin away. Ali leaps for a tornado DDT! HE also kicks Orton away, and then McIntyre. Ricochet returns but misses, Ali reverse-ranas Ricochet down! Ali pushes the bridge ladder out, then adjusts the main ladder. Almas trips Ali up and Ali ends up stuck in a rung. He CHOPS Ali and Ali is in a Tree of Woe on that ladder. Almas fetches a new ladder and sets it up. He stomps and kicks Ali down, and then begins to climb. Ali sits up and grabs at Almas! Ali frees himself and brawls with Almas. They both reach the top and keep fighting. Ali bumps Almas on the rung, then brings him around for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Fans lose their minds all over again!

McIntyre returns but brings out the tallest ladder yet. Ali anchors McIntyre’s feet but McIntyre stands him up and CHOPS him down. McIntyre makes sure Ali is down before he sets the tall ladder as a new bridge, between desk and ring. He drags Ali up and slaps him around before scooping him way up. Ali escapes and SUPERKICKS McIntyre away! Corbin returns to choke slam Ali through the Spanish announce desk! Corbin smirks as he leaves Ali for dead. He helps McIntyre up, only to throw him over into the crowd! Corbin goes to the ring and stops Finn’s climb. He tosses one ladder down, to choke slam Finn on it! Ricochet springboard missile dropkicks Corbin out! Then DIVES, into a DEEP SIX! But McIntyre returns for a revenge CLAYMORE!

All seven men are down for one reason or another. Finn drags himself to the ladder and climbs. McIntyre pursues and clubs him down. McIntyre folds up the main ladder to throw it at Finn! Then he suplexes Finn onto that same ladder! But it was double-edged! Finn looks broken, but McIntyre isn’t done! He grabs Almas, Inverted Alabama Slam onto Finn!! McIntyre breaks one man with another man, then stands the ladder up. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but it’s not over. Ricochet springboard clotheslines McIntyre down! Ricochet scrambles up the ladder, but McIntyre returns to pull him down. McIntyre tosses Ricochet onto the ladder bridge!! The ladder breaks apart!!

And now, McIntyre climbs back up. But Orton yanks him off, for an RKO! Corbin throws Orton into a post! And he climbs up! Corbin reaches the top, but Ali returns! Ali climbs over Corbin, but Corbin yanks him back down, only for Ali to huricanrana Corbin out! Ali scrambles back to the ladder and climbs! He reaches the top, touches the briefcase, but is that… BROCK LESNAR?! The Beast becomes the eighth man?! He bulldozes a ladder over and wipes out camera crews! Then he leaps into the ring, and tips Ali over! Fans are losing their minds all over again as Lesnar laughs. Lesnar stands a ladder up, climbs, and takes his time enjoying the moment. He takes the briefcase down, Brock Lesnar wins!?!?

Winner: Brock Lesnar; Mr. Money in the Bank 2019

Everyone in the WWE Universe is shocked. Is Brock Lesnar really the BEAST in the Bank?! Is he about to just snatch away the WWE Universal Championship, or even the WWE World Championship, without even trying?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well that was certainly something. WWE struggled to give most fans a reason to look forward to MITB 2019, but 90% of this PPV gave us above and beyond expectations. First, the WWE Cruiserweight match wasn’t in the Kickoff! It was a main show match! And despite what some live fans might’ve thought, Nese VS Daivari was solid. It was on par if not better than what we get on 205 Live regularly, and as it should be. Nese wins, as I figured, to grow his reign. The Usos VS Bryan & Rowan was our kickoff match, and it was pretty great, also as expected, but I didn’t think the Usos would win. Now they might have another shot at those belts where they win, and that complicates things even with the Wild Card Rule being a thing.

The Women’s MITB opening the main show was a giveaway that the winner would cash in later in the night. Carmella did a good job selling her bad leg early, but kinda forgot during her heroic return. There were great callbacks to the previous Women’s MITB, too, like Dana climbing a vertical ladder and a non-participant trying to help their friend. But Fire & Desire fall short and it’s Bayley who wins, also as expected! And then she cashes in to win! It was a great string of action with Becky VS Lacey being better than most likely thought, but at least with the right result. Charlotte was a perfect Heel daring Becky to do the double header immediately, and even their match was pretty good. Sure, Charlotte wins, but that’s so in the moment we’re all angry, for Bayley to then be the hero again! #BayleyTripleCrown yay~!

Speaking of in the moment, Joe being screwed out because of bad officiating was another odd choice, but it does keep him strong and gives him a claim to a rematch while still letting Rey Mysterio finally have his WWE Grand Slam. I expect the next US Championship match to be No Disqualifications, which can allow Dominique to defend his father and get “roughed up” by Joe. Dominique’s been training to be a wrestler just like Mysterio, so it’d be a great thing for him and the fans to see him give it a go. And with the next regular PPV being Extreme Rules, it all works. Though, if this US title match was short just so Lars could destroy Lucha House Party for fun, that’s sad. Lars can do plenty of that on TV, no need for that on PPV.

I was rather surprised and a touch disappointed in the Shane stories. First, for a cage match, Shane VS Miz was pretty good. But instead of weasel Shane escaping by his shirt coming off, make the finish about the dirty official siding with him, to play up on a similar “man VS authority” a la… Daniel Bryan. Boom, Miz is truly full circle ending up like his arch-nemesis. As for the Roman and Elias segment, it was pretty good overall, but still could’ve been better. Elias still gets to play a song, and Roman wins like we knew he would, but I can’t be sure if this is better than Shane and his new crew trying to screw Roman out only for Roman to win anyway. I’m not sure how this story with them all ends, but I’d love if we got one more team-up of Miz and Roman.

The WWE Universal and WWE World Championship matches were both great. Rollins VS Styles, truly phenomenal. And it’s actually nice to see that Styles returns to being Face even after losing, because fans still like Styles too much right now for him to truly go Heel. Kofi VS Kevin was great, but thinking about those title matches Kofi had on TV being just to boost ratings, it kinda makes the “you’re not worthy!” angle Kevin uses meaningless, because Kofi already proved he could defend the belt. But either way, Kofi wins here to at least prove it to Kevin, and moves on.

The Men’s MITB match was epic right up until the end when it just got Vince’d. There was such great action, and then Vince just had to throw Brock Lesnar back into things. It was almost too fitting that it was Ali on the ladder when Lesnar came out to bury everyone. Ali was the most underdog of the seven known superstars, and had some of the strongest fan support in this match. Though, ignoring Lesnar, it would’ve been Corbin as the only disappointing choice from how the fans were reacting. But classic Vince, he can’t let go of big beefy Brock being in the world title scene, and now makes him even more dangerous because he can just cash-in on a tired Rollins. But because he’s Lesnar, he’ll probably wait until Summerslam.

My Score: 8.3/10


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AXS wraps Wrestling Dontaku with TWO HOURS!

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NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019

It’s the AXS finale of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019!

AXS and NJPW give us TWO hours and two championship matches! Jeff Cobb defends the NEVER Openweight Championship while Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!

 

Coverage of NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi; Taichi wins and becomes the new NEVER Openweight Champion.
  • EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.

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NJPW and AXS set the scene for this epic Wrestling Dontaku 2019 finale!

“Legacies will be defined” as The Rainmaker pushes past redemption and moves on to reestablish himself. It was through the 2019 New Japan Cup that Kazuchika Okada earned another chance at the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Jay White, and it was at G1 Supercard that he took that title back! The now five-time champion keeps his promise of giving Cold Skull Sanada the first shot! The story of Okada and Sanada goes back to Sanada’s debut in 2016, in which he attacked Okada on Los Ingobernables de Japon leader Tetsuya Naito’s behalf. Sanada has climbed the ranks in the singles division, but is this the night he finally proves he is worthy? Or will Okada continue to prove he’s on another level?

Meanwhile, the Stone Pitbull and the King of Darkness have recently renewed a rivalry. They teamed with Okada and Sanada in a tag team match on the first night, and it went Evil’s way when put Tomohiro Ishii in the Scorpion Deathlock, a move copied from Ishii’s mentor! However, it was the referee who called the match for the sake of Ishii’s well-being, Ishii did not submit. Will Evil finally make Ishii give in? Or will Ishii get revenge for Evil adding insult to injury?

 

NEVER Openweight Championship: Jeff Cobb VS Taichi!

The Hawaiian Hulk has a title belt in both ROH and NJPW! But that only means more work for the Olympic wrestler, and that includes facing the Sliest Wrestler in the World, backed by Suzuki-Gun! Will all the tricks in Taichi’s book amount to nothing against the colossal cross-promotion champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is presented, and the dramatic Taichi takes his time removing his entrance gear. Miho Abe takes care of his coat but Cobb makes sure Taichi puts his knapsack down, too. Taichi does, the bell rings, and we begin!

Cobb and Taichi slowly circle. Taichi goes back to his corner to have Miho fix his hair. Cobb grows annoyed but Taichi is in the corner so he can’t be touched. They circle but then Taichi bails out to regroup with Miho, Taka Michinoku and Kanemaru. Taichi takes his time returning, all to troll Cobb. Miho gets on the apron to be a distraction, and Taichi gets in from behind! He clubs Cobb, but it only annoys Cobb more! Cobb kicks Taichi then CHOPS him! Cobb CHOPS Taichi more, but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi whips but Cobb reverses and things speed up. Cobb hurdles and dropkicks Taichi! Fans applaud Cobb’s agility while Taichi bails out. Cobb builds speed, but Taichi uses Miho as a shield!

Fans boo but Cobb bails out. Cobb tells Taichi to man up but Taichi still “cowers” behind Miho. Red Shoes reprimands Taichi, but he doesn’t see Kanemaru attack Cobb from behind! Kanemaru’s forearms do more to Cobb than Taichi’s. But Cobb whips Kanemaru into railing! And he throws forearms on him! Taichi uses his mic stand on Cobb! Taichi chokes Cobb while Red Shoes is down. Red Shoes gets up with help from a Young Lion, and stops Taichi. Taichi whips Cobb into railing then brings him to NJPW commentary. He bounces Cobb off the announce desks then chokes him with cables! Taichi leaves Cobb behind long enough to take the NEVER Openweight belt. Taichi holds it up as if it’s already his. Fans boo and Red Shoes shakes his head.

Cobb drags himself up and gets in the ring before a count begins, but Taichi stomps away on him. Taichi stands on Cobb’s back and head, but lets up at Red Shoes’ count. Taichi smirks as he stands Cobb up to choke him into a corner! Red Shoes counts again but Taichi lets up, only to grind Cobb’s face on ropes. Taichi smirks more as he rakes Cobb’s face! He stops at Red Shoes’ count but then brings Cobb up for a snapmare and swift kick. Cobb only gets mad and stands back up. Cobb throws big forearms on Taichi! Taichi mule kicks Cobb away, then runs in for a big corner clothesline. Taichi keeps moving, but Cobb dodges. Cobb wants a belly2belly but Taichi rakes the eyes! Taichi runs, but into a scoop to suplex! Cobb puts Taichi on the top rope, to CHOP him.

Cobb adjusts and climbs to join Taichi. Taichi holds on but Cobb gets up for a stalling SUPERPLEX! Taichi bounces up from momentum alone then flounders to a corner. Cobb slowly stands and gets himself to a corner while Taichi slowly sits up. Cobb runs in but Taichi dodges. Taichi misses his kick but Cobb chops and clotheslines with no wasted motion! Cobb whips corner to corner then runs in for a BIG elbow! Cobb fireman’s carries Taichi for a Samoan Drop! “Gochimuchi” Moonsault but Taichi dodges! Taichi kicks but misses and Cobb waistlocks. Taichi elbows free but Cobb shoves. Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Taichi hits his enziguri! Taichi brings Cobb in, but he can’t lift Cobb! He kicks away on Cobb’s face, then tries again, but that doesn’t change anything! Cobb back drops Taichi instead!

Taichi wrenches and hook kicks Cobb! Taichi hits the buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Cobb is tougher than that, so Taichi focuses his power. Off come the pants! Taichi aims and kicks, but Cobb deflects to hit back with a big right. Taichi kicks but it barely bothers Cobb. Neither does the next kick or the next kick. If anything, Cobb starts liking it. Cobb forearms Taichi and dares him to come back. He throws more forearms, and Taichi falls to his knees. Cobb dares Taichi to stand, and Taichi fires himself up. Taichi kicks away on Cobb’s chest, but Cobb blocks and brings Taichi in for a Fall Away Slam! Cobb runs as fans rally, but Taichi dodges to mule kick! But Cobb forearms back, so Taichi enziguris! Both men are down but fans are fired up!

Miho, Taka and Kanemaru coach up Taichi but the fans rally behind Cobb. Taichi grabs Cobb for a dragon sleeper, but Cobb powers out. Cobb arm-drags Taichi off, then scoops him for- No, Taichi gets out of the Tour for a BIG saido suplex! Taichi drags Cobb up again, dragon sleeper and armlock, but Cobb endures the “stretch bar.” Cobb reaches but Taichi cranks back. Fans rally again but Taichi shifts to a cover, TWO!! Cobb still has life and Taichi grows frustrated. Taichi stands Cobb up and brings him up in an Alabama lift. But Cobb is just too much! Cobb clubs Taichi and gut wrench suplexes! He holds on and rolls to bring him up for another! Cobb still holds on, for a PILEDRIVER! Cobb can’t cover, he’s too tired!

Fans rally as both men are down! Cobb stirs but goes the wrong way. Miho panics and almost cries for Taichi but it’s Cobb who slowly stands up. Fans duel as Cobb drags Taichi back up. Taichi is dead weight but Cobb gets him up and whips him, but Taichi boots! Taichi is alive and whips, but Cobb reverses to the Athletic Plex! Cobb drags Taichi up, throws him, but Taichi holds ropes. Taichi boots and roundhouses! And rabbit ax bombers to another enziguri! Both men are down again, and it’s Taichi who can’t make a cover! Taichi revives and fires up! He takes aim at Cobb, who staggers over. Superkick blocked, for a Tour- No, Taichi escapes, but gets a LARIAT! GACHIMUCHI! And then, a Tour of the- No, roll up! TWO!!

Taichi pushes Red Shoes to LOW BLOW Cobb! Chicken wing cradle, TWO!! Not even a kick to the balls can stop Cobb! But Taichi aims, SUPERKICK!! Then Alabama lift, BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Taichi wins!!

Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; NEW NEVER Openweight Champion

For the second time ever, the Sliest Wrestler holds this belt! And most surprisingly, he barely had to cheat! Cobb is no longer champion in both ROH and NJPW, but will Cobb be back for a rematch?

 

EVIL VS Tomohiro Ishii!

Again, the Stone Pitbull did not submit to the Scorpion Deathlock as put on by the King of Darkness. However, he was still trapped in it with no way out. Will Ishii fall for that trap again? Or will he have an escape plan this time?

NJPW returns after the entrances and we get right to the bell!

Evil and Ishii collide, then collide, then collide. Ishii runs and bumps Evil, who comes back on the rebound, but so does Ishii! They just keep ramming into each other! Evil and Ishii each fire up as the fans fire up. Evil throws a forearm but Ishii gives it back, and repeat. They go back and forth like this, fast and furious, and the fans rally up with them! The brawl keeps going, forearm for forearm, elbow for elbow! Evil gets rocked and Ishii keeps on him. Ishii runs but into Evil’s elbow! Evil runs but they go shoulder to shoulder again! They both run, and they both collide! Evil finally knocks Ishii down!

Fans cheer while Evil catches his breath and Ishii writhes. Evil drags Ishii up to toss him out. Evil follows to club away, then whip into barriers! Ishii hits the floor but Evil doesn’t let up. Evil brings Ishii up to throw into the post! You could hear that *BING* of head hitting metal! Evil stomps Ishii then drags him back up to throw back into railing. He puts Ishii’s leg through the rails to kick! Ishii hobbles as the ring count passes 15! Evil puts Ishii in at 17 and fans cheer. Evil stomps the leg now, but Ishii eggs him on! So Evil slams the leg and puts on a toehold. Ishii endures while pulling Evil’s hair. Evil pulls back on the leg and ankle, but Ishii drags himself to a ropebreak. Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go.

Evil looms over Ishii but Ishii throws body shots. Ishii chops but it doesn’t hurt. Evil CHOPS Ishii and he staggers back! Ishii chops but Evil CHOPS! They keep going back and forth, Ishii’s chop meeting Evil’s CHOP! Ishii fires off many chops but Evil just needs one double hand CHOP to floor Ishii! Evil keeps on that leg, clearly preparing for the Scorpion Deathlock. He puts it on, but Ishii resists being turned over! Ishii slaps Evil so Evil chokes and CHOPS Ishii. Ishii just takes the chops and stands up. He wobbles over to Evil to fire off forearms, but Evil kicks the bad leg out. Evil whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back with a clothesline! However, Ishii hobbles, showing that Evil’s plan is working.

Evil stands but Ishii CHOPS him in a corner. Ishii CHOPS and forearms and repeats. He whips corner to corner but Evil reverses to forearm, only to run into a powerslam! Both men are down but Ishii’s up first. Ishii drags Evil up but Evil resists the back suplex with elbows. Evil brings Ishii towards a corner but Ishii rams his shoulder in! And again and again! Ishii runs back in but into a boot, only to clothesline Evil anyway! Fans rally both ways as Ishii gets his back and legs moving. Ishii drags Evil up and hoists him onto the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join Evil, but Evil resists. Evil holds onto the crossbars so Ishii headbutts him! Ishii lifts Evil for the SUPERPLEX! He crawls to a cover, TWO!

Fans rally up as Ishii stands. Ishii wants Evil to stand, then he runs, but Evil boots the lariat and blocks the other. He passes Ishii’s kick to Red Shoes to mule kick Ishii’s leg! Evil suplexes Ishii into buckles! The Pitbull bails out of the ring but Evil pursues. Evil goes under the ring and tosses chairs around. Ishii hits back and brings Evil over. Evil blocks the suplex, but Ishii still tries. Evil suplexes to put Ishii on the rails, Anarchy Suplex! Almost a Magic Killer! Evil gets back up and grabs one of those chairs. He puts one around Ishii’s head and has the other! Red Shoes runs out to reprimand Evil but Evil shoves him away! Evil then swings and SMACKS the chair off around Ishii’s head! The Pitbull goes down while we go to break.

NJPW returns again as Evil drags Ishii up. Fans cheer as Evil wants to end this in the ring. Evil rallies the fans and takes aim at Ishii. He runs corner to corner and hits a BIG corner clothesline! Evil roars while Ishii flops to the mat. Evil drags Ishii up for a suplex and he puts Ishii on the top rope. Now Evil joins Ishii up there but Red Shoes is worried. Evil stands Ishii up, for a SUPERPLEX of his own! He crawls to a cover, TWO!! Ishii’s far tougher than that, so Evil goes after the legs! Scorpion Deathlock! Ishii endures this hold all over again, but he also powers up! He crawls himself towards the ropes but Evil sits down deeper! Fans rally as Ishii powers up again. Ishii crawls again, but Evil sits back down.

Ishii grabs at Red Shoes to keep himself from tapping, and then he gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go and wipes the sweat from his brow. Evil looms over Ishii and drags him back up. He lifts Ishii but Ishii slips out. Ishii waistlocks but Evil elbows out. Ishii swings but Evil dodges to waistlock, only for Ishii to swing again, which Evil again dodges. Evil swings but Ishii blocks, and Ishii waistlocks only for Evil to elbow out. Evil swings again, but into Ishii’s back suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Evil goes after the legs again with elbows to the knee. But Ishii eggs him on! Evil mule kicks the knee but Ishii fires off forearms. Evil ROCKS Ishii with that right!

Fans rally as Ishii falls to his knees, but Evil runs. Ishii blocks a clothesline with a clothesline, then runs. Evil runs from the corner, but Ishii sees it coming and clotheslines him down! Ishii grits his teeth while fans are thunderous. He puts Evil in the Scorpion Deathlock! Evil endures the move now as Ishii sits down deep! Evil powers his way over, but Ishii cranks back harder! But Evil still gets the ropebreak! Ishii lets go and is frustrated, but he doesn’t let up. He goes after Evil again, dragging him up by his singlet. Ishii goes after a leg with a knee jammer! Evil fights off the shin breaker, then spins, but into Ishii’s elbows from all sides! Evil spins again but into another big forearm! Ishii sits Evil up for the sliding lariat! Cover, TWO!!

Fans are thunderous all over again as Ishii stands Evil up. Ishii suplexes, but Evil knees out. Evil shoves and German Suplexes! But Ishii’s up to clobber Evil! Evil headbutts and LARIATS back! Ishii flounders but Evil is up again. Evil wants another and runs, and LARIATS again! Cover, TWO!! Ishii still lives! The fans are at a fever pitch as Evil catches his breath. Evil slashes the throat to say it’s over. He drags Ishii up, spins, but Ishii slips out! Evil spins Ishii again, but Ishii gets a waistlock and German Suplex! But now Evil’s up in an instant! Only to run into Ishii’s LARIAT! ONE?! Evil hits another lariat! Then lariats collide! Both men fall over! Red Shoes checks on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue.

Fans rally up and gives both men new life. Ishii and Evil stand, and head for each other. They collide with clotheslines again, and stagger on weak legs. Evil and Ishii run and collide yet again! Evil roars and runs, but Ishii tanks the clotheslines! Ishii headbutts then forearms then headbutts Evil again! Evil falls to a knee but Ishii stands him back up, only for Evil to hook the arm! Ishii spins Evil around but Evil spins out of the full nelson to suplex Ishii! Ishii knees free and spins Evil, only for Evil to get him with a Half ‘n’ Half Suplex! Evil drags himself to a corner while Ishii slowly stands. Evil runs but gets caught! Ishii wants to steal the STO!

But Evil spins Ishii around, full nelson to fireman’s carry, but Ishii slips out, clothesline blocked! Rolling elbow hits! Enzugiri! Evil is out cold but Ishii isn’t done with him! Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO?! Evil still lives and Ishii can’t believe it! But he won’t stop, he suplexes to the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!

Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall

Finally, after a human demolition derby, the Stone Pitbull is victorious! Two of the toughest in NJPW went head to head and Ishii proves the tougher, but when and where will we see this match again?

 

NJPW Media Backstage Interviews

Ishii says “That’s what you get, facing me in a singles match.” Did Evil learn his lesson? If not, Ishii will happily teach him it again.

But then Taichi walks in to smirk at Ishii. “Oi. Congrats on earning the right to challenge me.” What? You heard Taichi right, Ishii now has the right to challenge for the NEVER Openweight Championship. So Taichi wants after Ishii, huh? Well there’s no one else, so Ishii might as well be the new #1 Contender. Be happy to be chosen. Well if Taichi wants this, Ishii’s game. No it’s about Taichi throwing the Pitbull a bone. Then ask him nicely? As if. The Pitbull should be begging. Accept it and be grateful. Yeah, Taichi seems so grateful, the way he’s treated that belt already. It was broken when Taichi got it from Cobb. Whatever. Ishii accepts the challenge. No, no, Ishii is challenging Taichi, got it? Whatever you say. Weirdo.

But it’s been awhile since Ishii’s seen that belt. Taichi just wants revenge from the New Japan Cup. Reminds Ishii of another wrestler in NJPW. But Ishii’s up for this match anytime, because the results will be the same. When and where will NJPW give us this new NEVER Openweight Championship showdown?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi returns to NJPW!

The Ace has been gone since suffering an elbow injury and going through the subsequent surgery to repair it. He surprises the fans here at Wrestling Dontaku, because he has something he wishes to say.

“Tanahashi desu. I had surgery on my left elbow. The cast came off the other day, and I got my stitches out. But I wish I could have competed here.” It was a year ago that here, in Fukuoka, that the crowd was behind him. He rode that wave of energy to win the 28th G1 Climax that August. And then he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in the Tokyo Dome. But then in February, he lost, and his losses piled up. And he feels as low as the floor right now. Fans cheer, wanting him to rise back up.

Tanahashi knows he’s starting from the bottom. But as he stands back up, he vows that on June 5th, at Ryogoku, he’ll make another comeback! He continues to say that after that, he’ll again go after the IWGP Heavyweight title! Will the Once in a Century Talent make yet another heroic return?

But wait, here comes Jay White and Gedo! Fans boo as the Switchblade takes the mic from Tanahashi. Gedo tells White some things, and then White grins at Tanahashi. Fans boo as White begins to speak. “You want the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? You think you deserve the IWGP Heavyweight Championship?” The line starts behind White, and Tanahashi is at the back, even behind Hirooki Goto! White is the REAL champion, and it doesn’t matter who wins between Okada and Sanada, White’s turn is next. “Do you understand me?” Gedo makes a move on Tanahashi, but it’s just so White can get his cheap shot in! White stomps Tanahashi as fans boo and the bell rings. White rains down rights then stomps him more.

Gedo ups the ante by bringing out chairs! White grabs one and puts it around Tanahashi’s newly recovered arm! He grabs the other chair, but Young Lions save Tanahashi! White fights them off but Tanahashi is safe from further harm. White picks up the mic again to tell Tanahashi, “I am next!” Fans boo White and cheer Tanahashi. Will the Switchblade and The Ace settle things in the ring to decide who really is next to face the top champion in NJPW? For that matter, we still have the main event to go. Who will be the top champion in NJPW after the dust settles?

 

NJPW and AXS advertise G1 Climax 29!

Mark your calendars, because on July 6th, 2019, AXS will begin coverage of the Summer’s major heavyweight tournament! The biggest and best of NJPW will once again compete in a round robin tournament to crown a #1 Contender to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship!

 

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA!

The Rainmaker’s redemption was completed in Madison Square Garden during the history G1 Supercard event! Now Okada returns to give Cold Skull first crack at this fifth title reign. With the Switchblade already calling his shot, who will have the Bullet Club’s cutthroat leader targeting them through the Summer?

The introductions are made, both men take off their elaborately decorated jackets, and the belt is presented. The bell rings and fans are already thunderous as we begin!

Okada and Sanada hear the fans duel before circling. They approach and watch the other closely. Okada backs off so Sanada does the same. They circle again and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Sanada wristlocks and standing switches. Okada switches back but Sanada drops to an armlock. Sanada waistlocks but Okada wrenches free. Okada wrenches more but Sanada reverses it back. Okada rolls and trips up Sanada, and gets the toehold. Sanada endures as Okada cranks back. Sanada tries to chinlock but Okada cranks again. But Sanada manages to sit up and gets Okada’s arm, but Okada blocks the armbar. Okada rolls but Sanada denies a cover. Okada has the leg for a standing toehold, but Sanada works on an escape. Sanada rolls and rolls and breaks free, and fans applaud.

Okada backs off and takes his time circling with Sanada. Sanada and Okada go again, and Okada rolls to get the wristlock. He brings Sanada to the mat then back up for a wrench. Okada gets both arms for a standing stretch, but Sanada endures. Sanada goes to power up but Okada brings him back around. Okada digs his head into Sanada’s back, but Sanada works on turning it around. Sanada and Okada struggle but Okada gets it back. Sanada tries again, and though he gets it, Okada quickly turns it back around. Okada throws Sanada down but Sanada throws Okada from the mat. Okada rolls Sanada, ONE! Sanada rolls Okada, ONE! Okada sweeps Sanada but Sanada gets off to sweep. Okada gets out and both men knip up!

Fans cheer as these two are evenly matched to this point. Okada and Sanada have to nod in respect to the other, too. They circle again and tie up. They stare down as they shift from knuckle locks to collar and elbow. Okada puts Sanada on the ropes, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Classic Okada fakes the chop to pat Sanada’s shoulder. But Sanada comes back with fiery kicks and forearms! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, and boots Sanada to a snapmare. Okada runs and basement dropkicks Sanada down! Okada catches his breath while Sanada checks his head. The champ stands Sanada up and laces the arm through for a modified stretch. Sanada endures but Okada lets go.

Okada brings Sanada around to scoop slam him, then slingshot senton! Sanada clutches his ribs while Okada takes his time returning. Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps on Sanada with a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee in his neck while Okada pulls back. Sanada works on an escape but Okada just brings him back. Fans duel as Sanada works his way back up. Sanada elbows free but Okada clubs him on the back. Okada whips and runs in, but Sanada boots him away. Sanada dropkicks Okada’s legs out! Okada grits his teeth and clutches his knee. Sanada brings Okada up, blocks Okada’s kick, and trips Okada up! Okada pushes him away but runs into a huricanrana! Sanada rolls through to get the arms and legs!

Okada powers out of Paradise and speeds things up, but Sanada dropkicks the leg again! Dragon screw, to Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada hears them out. Fans duel and rally as Sanada takes aim from a corner, to kick Okada out of Paradise! Cover, TWO, but Sanada keeps cool. Sanada chinlocks but Okada endures. Okada works on an escape but Sanada elbow drops him down. Sanada puts the chinlock on again, but Okada reaches for ropes. Sanada wrangles Okada away and cranks back on the chinlock. Okada scrambles and uses his long legs to get the ropebreak! Sanada lets go but comes back to bring Okada up. He puts Okada in a corner to whip corner to corner. He hits a back elbow then snap suplexes Okada down! Cover, TWO!

Sanada keeps his cool while bringing Okada up again. Okada hits low with a shoulder, then throws forearms. Okada runs but into Sanada’s elbow! Sanada moonsaults but Okada dodges to hit a running uppercut! Both men are down but fans continue to cheer. Okada sits up first, and he runs at Sanada to rally with forearms and elbows! He whips but Sanada reverses. Okada dodges but so does Sanada, but then back to Okada and he runs Sanada over with an elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and whips Sanada corner to corner. Okada hits a back elbow to DDT! Cover, TWO! The champion is still in control while we go to break.

NJPW returns and Okada aims at Sanada on the outside. Okada slingshots but Sanada trips him up. Sanada whips Okada but Okada reverses to send Sanada into barriers! Then he boots him over! Okada fires the fans up as he gets space. He runs back to FLY and crossbody Sanada into more barriers! Both men are down and Red Shoes checks on them both. Okada clutches his leg again, that leap was double-edged. A 20-count begins and passes 10 before Okada stands. Okada drags Sanada up but brings him to ringside at 17! He gets Sanada in at 18 and fans cheer that he wants to end this in the ring. Okada still clutches that leg but manages to stand.

Okada drags Sanada up again to scoop slam him down. He goes to a corner and climbs up, but has to leap over Sanada. He uppercuts Sanada then runs, but Sanada hurdles and dropkicks Okada out of the ring! Now Sanada slingshots and wipes Okada out! Fans fire up as Sanada walks off the pascado. Sanada takes a lap around the ring while Okada is still down. Sanada returns as the 20-count begins again. He lets it reach 10 before bringing Okada up. He puts Okada in at 14 and covers, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool and brings Okada back up. Okada blocks the back suplex and elbows Sanada off. Okada runs but Sanada reels him in. Sanada suplexes but Okada lands on his feet. Okada swings but into the dragon sleeper! But he arm-drags out to flapjack Sanada down!

Both men are down, catching their breath and clutching their legs. Fans rally up and Okada forces himself to stand. Sanada follows but Okada boots him. It doesn’t have as much power, so Sanada boots. Okada blocks it and throws uppercuts to then go for a lift. Sanada fights out, but Okada blocks the boot. Sanada blocks Okada’s boot to give him a forearm. Okada staggers into a boot, then a rolling sabat! Sanada whips but Okada reverses, only for Sanada to fake out the dropkick! Sanada fireman’s carry but Okada slips out. They trade standing switches and Okada German Suplexes, but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada whips but Okada reverses again, but Sanada tumbles and springboards to missile dropkick Okada down! Fans fire up again as the tide looks to be turning.

Okada gets to a corner and fans duel again. Sanada runs in but is popped up to the Air Raid Crash neckbreaker! Okada catches his breath but he crawls over to Sanada. He positions Sanada before climbing up top again. Okada leaps, Macho Elbow hits! But he’s not done there, Okada hits the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags Sanada up and wristlocks, but Sanada drops down to roll Okada! TWO, and Okada has a cover! TWO and Sanada has it back, TWO! Okada sunset flips, TWO! Sanada sits on Okada, TWO! Okada again, ONE, Sanada jackknifes! TWO, Sanada drop toeholds Okada to a leg nelson, Japanese Clutch, TWO!! Okada has Sanada in a cobra clutch! Sanada endures and flails while fans rally again.

Sanada sits up and Okada drags him up, to wring him out! But Sanada dropkicks the clothesline away! Sanada drags Okada up to whip but Okada reverses to hit his dropkick now! Okada drags Sanada back up, gut wrench but Sanada wriggles to the dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Okada rolls through to gut wrench! Tombstone piledriver! But Okada isn’t done, because he still needs his namesake. He wrings Sanada out but Sanada spins to Salida, into the dragon sleeper! Okada endures and maybe even fades under the first part of Skull End! But Okada fights back up and scoops, only for Sanada to counter lift to Anarchy Suplex! Just like Evil earlier, Sanada gets a Magic Killer style move!

Fans duel again as Okada and Sanada sit up. They might even be turning towards Sanada more. Sanada drags Okada up, double chicken wing to the Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada escapes but barely! Sanada keeps on him, scoop and backbreaker. He goes to a corner and climbs up, Moonsault! But he lands on his feet as Okada evades! Sanada staggers back, one of his knees buckling. He still runs at Okada, only to get a boot. Sanada tries again, but into another boot. Okada runs out but Sanada dodges the shotgun. Sanada spins but int a spinning Rainmaker! Okada roars as he drags Sanada back up, wristlock but Sanada full nelsons to another Salida! Okada blocks this one, so Sanada uses the buckles for the climb! He has the Skull End dragon sleeper again!

Okada endures but Sanada takes him for a swing! Then drops down for the body scissors! Skull End in full, but Okada refuses to quit! Red Shoes checks as Okada fades, but Okada revives. Okada flails with his arms then pops out! Sanada keeps the body scissors to get the sleeper with the other arm! He cranks back hard as fans duel and rally. Okada endures and flails again, not fading out. Red Shoes watches Okada like a hawk, but Okada pops out again. Sanada fights to get the head again but Okada crawls for ropes. Okada reaches, but Sanada wrangles him away with a wristlock! Skull End returns a third time, but Okada still flails. Red Shoes checks, his arm drops once. It drops again. Sanada gives up the hold to drag him over?! MOONSAULT to the back! And then again, to knees!!

Both Sanada and Okada are down again! Fans are thunderous again as they duel and rally. Sanada and Okada are exhausted but still push themselves back up. They head for each other, and grind forehead to forehead. Okada throws an elbow, but Sanada returns it. Okada gives Sanada another, but again Sanada gives it back. Another forearm from Okada, and another forearm from Sanada as they stand. Okada, Sanada, repeat. They pick up speed, but Okada dazes Sanada. Okada keeps hitting him, but Sanada refuses to fall. Okada hits Sanada a third time, but Sanada gives him an uppercut! Sanada shakes the sweat from his hair as fan return to a fever pitch. He drags Okada up for another heavy uppercut! Okada falls to his knees, but Sanada brings him back up.

Sanada throws another but Okada backslides! Sanada rolls of and dodges the rainmaker! He waistlocks but Okada bucks him off. Okada runs to shotgun dropkick Sanada down! Okada watches Sanada in the corner, then runs in, only to get elbows! Sanada springboard moonsaults to a dragon sleeper! But Okada uses the buckles to turn it around! Okada has the dragon sleeper, then gut wrenches! But Sanada wiggles to battle over the gut wrench! He gets Okada up, but Okada wiggles and flails! Okada manages to get the gut wrench back! But Sanada slips up and around to a waistlock. Okada tries but can’t buck Sanada off, and Sanada gets the dragon sleeper!

Okada endures again but flips over as Sanada drops back. He drags Sanada up but Sanada dodges! Sanada wrings Okada out but Okada still tries! Sanada ducks that clothesline, to wring Okada out and steal the Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives his own move! Sanada finally shows frustration, but then he vows to end it. He drags Okada back up, cravat to Salida, but Okada slips out. Okada spins but Sanada blocks to then spin for a roaring elbow! Cravat, Sliced Bread, but into a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And the TRUE Rainmaker!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion

The first defense of this fifth reign and The Rainmaker is STILL the top champion in NJPW! Okada goes 6-0 against Sanada all-time, but it gets tougher and tougher each time! Will we get to see lucky number 7 in the future? Will Sanada finally break through? Or is Okada just on too high a level?

Okada offers a hand to Sanada to help him up. Sanada declines, helping himself up. However, Sanada does take the hand in a small handshake, to then give a fist bump. It sounds like there will be a seventh round one day, we can only wait and see.

NJPW skips to after Okada is again wearing his IWGP Heavyweight Championship belt, to when Okada takes up the mic. “Sanada-san! At the signing ceremony, you honored me by calling me your rival.” That made Okada very happy. So in front of Hakata, he wants to say something to Sanada: he is Okada’s rival, too! Their story has just begun! “But I’m not gonna lose.”

Okada addresses the fans again as he notes “We have changed over from the Heisei Era to Reiwa.” What do the NJPW fans think? Hard to tell. But Okada wonders who will entertain the pro-wrestling world in this Reiwa Era. Okada promises he’ll bring the excitement. He vows to be the star of the new era for the true fans! He’ll bring the heat! “As the 69th IWGP Heavyweight Champion, I will keep the new era exciting.” As long as he’s NJPW’s top champion, he’ll- Wait, the lights go out! A video plays. Is that… CHRIS JERICHO!? The dark clown that Y2J has become says “I’m the Painmaker! And on June 9th at Dominion in Osaka, I will challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! And I’m gonna win.” Jericho shouts he’ll win, but then hushes himself. Y2J is returning to NJPW and aiming for the top!!

Okada just tells Jericho, “Bring it on, you bastard!” Because Okada vows HE will win! Okada will win and return as champion, to again make it rain! Will Okada continue to be the best in NJPW by beating the Best in the World at What He Does? Or will Jericho completely turn NJPW upside-down at Dominion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

One hour of NJPW on AXS alone is great, so two hours is amazing! Especially when they know how to properly book surprises. I didn’t think Taichi would win the NEVER Openweight Championship off of Jeff Cobb in a mostly clean way. Sure he had Miho be his distraction and his shield, but the Suzuki-Gun antics weren’t even deciding factors this time. Well, an argument can be made that they amounted to something, especially the low blow. But for the most part, Taichi managed to just keep on Cobb until Cobb couldn’t get up. At the same time, Cobb being a dual ROH and NJPW champion wasn’t going to last forever, so it was a good move to make it someone mostly unexpected. Now Taichi VS Ishii will be a good first defense for Taichi, I’m just not sure Taichi survives.

For that matter, Ishii VS Evil was insane. It really was just a demolition derby slug fest type fight, and that’s exactly what it should’ve been. Ishii wins not just because he’ll challenge Taichi but because that was the story of him and Evil. Evil got him last time with the Sharpshooter, and that was a great part of the match’s story, but for that reason, Ishii survives the hold and puts Evil away with a standing finisher. And with another G1 Climax on the horizon, Evil can snap back in the NJPW Heavyweight ranks with an impressive showing. I’m honestly surprised Tanahashi is making another comeback, but NJPW without him would also seem odd. White obviously wants to finish Tanahashi for good, that’s another good story going into G1 Climax 29.

NJPW is also building stars properly. Sanada’s history with Okada has been building over the last three years, and it clearly works in getting fans behind Sanada as we heard from the Fukuoka fans. Okada VS Sanada VI, the longest and best match so far of their series, and I really do look forward to a seventh. If anything, the day Sanada beats Okada is the day Sanada reaches that heavyweight/world championship level. He will be the face of NJPW one day, but not until Okada stops. Okada has been such a strong force in NJPW and with that heavyweight championship, he’s almost the NJPW John Cena or Randy Orton. If it weren’t for his matches always being great, I’d say he should move on. If anything, he should still think about going after a different title once this fifth reign ends.

Jericho returning to NJPW is also great, Okada VS Y2J at Dominion will be great, but I don’t think Jericho is the one to end this fifth reign, and certainly not at this point. Beating Jericho will help build Okada’s fifth reign up, and perhaps solidify Okada’s legacy.

My Score: 9.1/10


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