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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival B Block Results & Review: Part 2

Breaking this tournament down into bite size, chunk pieces – Mathew shares his analysis and knowledge on this second part of the Champion Carnival B Block!

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Breaking this tournament down into bite size, chunk pieces – Mathew shares his analysis and knowledge on this second part of the Champion Carnival B Block!

Welcome back to the Champion Carnival as we continue onward with the next three shows for this little piece right here.

Our first two days gave us solid matches with nothing considered bad, which gives me hope for my block going forward. We got 3 days and seven matches to cover for this one and time to see who will get some points on the board. Who will conquer the rankings this time around?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette

 

4/7/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Jake Lee vs. Daichi Hashimoto

Review: Our first match of the show is Jake Lee taking on Daichi Hashimoto. This will be Daichi’s third match as he’s one win and one loss under his belt while Jake Lee only has one loss and zero wins. Daichi winning here will have him at the top next to Nomura while Jake getting a win would help him into a better position in the standings. Which one will get two points added to their score?

A little more ground-based than I anticipated it to be but I was okay with it since they were both able to pull it off quite well. After seeing Daichi in his previous matches during the Carnival, I’m slowly growing quite fond of him and while I wouldn’t say he’s a favorite of mine, he’s showing that he is at least a solid worker. Jake Lee I don’t need to say much since if you’ve been following my columns, you know how talented I think he is and how he was able to match Daichi’s style in the match. Daichi does have a very nice Dragon Screw as he would use it to work on Jake’s leg a little bit to try and weaken it for a possible submission victory. Daichi had Jake down on the mat as he went to go for a Shining Wizard as Jake ducked it and got up to knee him in the chest for a two count. It looked like Jake was gonna go for the Backdrop Driver but Daichi would knee him in the chest to knock him down and he finally hits the Shining Wizard to get him down and gets a second victory. Two losses for Jake isn’t a great start but a solid match.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Yoshitatsu vs. Joe Doering

Review: Our main event for this show is Yoshitatsu taking on Joe Doering. Joe currently has one loss after being choked out by Suwama but he looks to get back in the game as Yoshitatsu will have his first match in the carnival. Yoshitatsu could use this chance to not only impress me and his viewers but to show he can hang with the top guys more. Will Joe redeem himself from his first loss or does Yoshitatsu knock the giant down?

Kyohei Wada, who is our senior referee that likes to pull Kento’s hair now likes to mess with Yoshitatsu a little bit as he would give him really fast counts than doing it at a normal pace. When Yoshi told the ref to count Joe out, he would do it really slow too, so I don’t know what the deal it but I enjoy him and it’s funny. If you wanted to see Joe’s dominating side, you would get it in this match since that is what he did throughout the majority of the match where he would just manhandle Yoshitatsu both inside and outside of the ring. While it had a slow beginning during the match, it would pick up a little bit during Yoshi’s comeback after he grabs the ropes to break the hold, which Kyohei slapped his head calling him stupid.

Joe called for the Brainbuster but Yoshi would roll him up for a cradle as Joe kicked out of it, only to meet a Backslide which Joe would kick out of it again. Yoshi is trying to get pumped up to try and take the big man down with a Lungblower and a Tornado DDT but Joe still fought out of it to kick out. Yoshi finally was able to get him down with the Koji Clutch as it looks like Joe could lose with another TKO but Joe would answer the ref and have his foot on the rope. Yoshi called for the Codebreaker of Jericho as Joe fought him off and rushed him with a Lariat. Joe throws Yoshi into the turnbuckle only to get kicked in the face as Yoshi went to the middle rope to jump and hit the Codebreaker of Jericho! Joe is still standing as Yoshi would hit one more for the road and Joe’s as Yoshi gets his first victory!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

4/9/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Jake Lee

Review: Our first match on this show is Jake Lee taking on Joel Redman. Jake currently has two losses and zero wins under his belt, so he’s gonna need to win here if he has any chance of making it further or his chances will drastically decrease if he loses here. Joel only has one loss but can ruin the momentum of Jake if he can score a victory here. Joel has impressed me in his first match, so let’s see if he can continue to do so. Will Jake get some points or does Joel ruin his chances?

I really am liking Joel from the two times that I’ve seen him so far in this tournament as he’s very technical and also aggressive with it, which is a really nice combo to work with as he would do that to Jake’s knee from when it was hurt on the last show. Jake was able to match his style as he did with Daichi previously and would almost get even with him a few times. Liked the little humor Joel had with Jake when they were trying to shoulder tackle each other or when he would bow to the referee and shake her hand before attacking his knee on the turnbuckle again. Joel really had Jake up into a corner both figuratively and literally as he just looked really strong in this match. Joel had Jake up on the top rope to go for a Brainbuster and Jake pushed him off as he attempted a Dropkick as Joel moved out of the way. Joel went to grab his leg as Jake hits an Enziguri and a knee to the chest as Joel kicked out at two. Jake wasted no time as he quickly picked him up and hits the Backdrop Driver and gets his first victory in the Carnival. Very nice technical match.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Sam Adonis vs. Naoya Nomura

Review: Our next main event during this show is Naoya Nomura taking on Sam Adonis. This is Sam’s first match in the Carnival as he’s another one I don’t really know of or follow currently to have an opinion of him but if All Japan wanted to try him out for this tournament, then I guess they have some faith in him. Nomura is currently in the lead with two wins and zero losses when he defeated Jake Lee and Takashi Yoshida in both very impressive matches, so a win here would give him a solid spot in the lead. Will Nomura stay undefeated or does Sam win in his Carnival debut?

So how did Sam Adonis fair here? I’m not sure if I can say I’m a big fan of him just yet but he does have the look and size with decent in-ring ability, however, he actually did to really well with Nomura here when he played with his strengths in the match. Nomura showed he can work with just about anyone and is slowly becoming my MVP of 2019 so far if he can keep up with performances like this. Nomura would hit most of the stops like the Spear to have Sam kick out of it still and he hit him hard on that one. Sam for some reason calls himself the sexy boy but I’ll roll with it as he taunts the crowd before going up to his a Superplex onto Nomura from the actual top rope, which looked really nice and quickly goes for the Cattle Mutilation but Nomura didn’t tap.

Nomura starts to get another comeback as he forearms him in the face and when he ran the ropes, Sam…just fell without touching him, did Nomura just trip him when I wasn’t looking? Anyway, Nomura hits another Spear for a two count and goes to the top rope to hit a Splash as Sam lifted his knees up and rolled him up for a two count. Sam is getting frustrated now as he charged towards him for Nomura to pick him up for the Death Valley Driver as Sam struggled off leading Nomura to flip him around to apply the Nomura Lock as Sam tapped out, remaining undefeated! Nomura is now in the lead with three wins and zero losses as he’s in a good spot right now, just hope he can win another one so he can stay in that position.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

4/10/2019
Champion Carnival B Block Match
Joel Redman vs. Sam Adonis

Review: Our first match on this show is Joel Redman taking on Sam Adonis. Joel is in a similar position as Jake Lee where he has two losses and zero wins, so if he wants to stay in the game, he’s gonna have to win here. Sam may have lost in his first match but he has time to bounce back now rather than later if he can defeat Joel right here. Sure to be an interesting match and wonder what the outcome will be. Which one of these two gaijins will win here?

I see Joel decided to change his gear up a little bit on this one and decided to wear a singlet for his match here. I was having a great streak with almost all of my matches being three stars and up and it now looks like that came to an end here with this match. Not that it’s a bad match or anything but also not a lot to make it special either. Out of the two, I can safely say that I like Joel better than Sam in this one so far as Joel is more technically sound and showed Sam’s flaws a little bit when he was out-wrestled. Joel would hit a diving knee drop off the top rope and it looks like he’s got it but Sam kicked out at two. The two would exchange blows at each other until Sam would knee him in the gut a few times before picking him up for a Powerslam, but Joel would get off him to roll him up as he gets the pinfall victory and stays in the game.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Naoya Nomura vs. Joe Doering

Review: Our next match is Joe Doering taking on the undefeated, Naoya Nomura. Nomura is in the lead with six points right now and hasn’t lost yet, so if he can win here then he’ll be in a much better lead than he is right now. Joe doesn’t have any wins on the board right now and currently has two losses to both Suwama and Yoshitatsu, so a win here would be much needed for him. Nomura would defeat Joe last year when they were both on the A Block and he could possibly make it happen again. Will Nomura stay undefeated or does Joe get revenge with some points up on the board?

Nomura not wasting any time here as he rushed towards Joe and began his little assault, but that wouldn’t last long as Joe gave him a stiff shoulder tackle to knock him down and the ball is now in his court. Compared to their match last year during the Carnival, I thought this one was much better as they work well together and had more time compared to like five minutes. Plus, Nomura is a much better talent now than he was last year with everything he’s been through and it shows right here. Nomura had to pull a bunch of stops in this match to take out someone like him as he would first hit a Spear for a two count and it looked like he was gonna try to go for the Nomura Lock but Joe would stand up and lift him for a Fireman’s Carry Slam and they’re both down as Joe would slowly crawl to him for the pin as Nomura kicked out of it. Joe would hit Nomura with a stiff Lariat and it wasn’t enough and would try to apply the Boston Crab to make him tap as Joe saw him going for the ropes and let’s go to go for the Revolution Bomb, but Nomura flipped him over! Nomura would hit another Spear and rolls him up for a two count and would go to the top rope to hit a Splash and instead of pinning him, he would go up top again to hit another one but Joe still kicked out of it. Nomura would rush towards him as Joe ducks and hits a Diving Body Press and Joe would deliver Nomura his first loss in the tournament. Very fun match, worth watching.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Champion Carnival B Block Match
Yoshitatsu vs. Suwama

Review: Our main event and final match for this set are Yoshitatsu taking on one of his rivals, Suwama. Both men currently have one win and zero losses under their belt and one of them could be considered undefeated, meaning one of them is gonna have to suffer a loss. Last year on B Block, Yoshitatsu would actually defeat Suwama by making him tap out to give Yoshi that big win in his career. Suwama has a chance to fix that loss if he can defeat him here and move up to second place. Which one of these two will be currently undefeated?

Their rivalry seemed to have simmered down a bit this year but when they fought right here, they would act like that never faded away and would start going at it. I’m usually pretty critical when it comes to Yoshi and his performances as a wrestler but I do give credit when credit is due as he really did deliver this time around and can show signs of great talent when he wants to. You can give a lot of credit to Suwama for being a great opponent to bring out the best in him, but they both have great chemistry together when they share that ring. Yoshi wants to prove that he can do better and Suwama is pretty much telling him to show him when they fight in that ring. If I had to compare their carnival matches back to back, I would say this one was better out of the two.

Suwama would go for the Last Ride as Yoshi tries to fight it and fights out of it to kick him in the face as the two would start going back and forth with the kicks to the face, forearms, and headbutts. Yoshi would hit the last headbutt and hits Suwama with a German Suplex as Suwama quickly got up to hit him with one and Yoshi did the same, the two of them would do it again as Suwama delivered the last one and both men are down as the crowd cheers for them. Yoshi planted him down face first as he applied the Koji Clutch, the same way he defeated Suwama last year and he looks to do it again but Suwama was about to break the hold until Yoshi pinned him for a two count. Yoshi is attempting the Codebreaker of Jericho as Suwama hits him with a Lariat and a Backdrop as Yoshi kicked out at two. Suwama went for the Last Ride one more time as Yoshi flipped over him for the Sunset Flip as Suwama would kick out of it. Yoshi ran towards him and Suwama delivers another Lariat and throws him to the ropes. Yoshi would kick Suwama in the face and delivers the Codebreaker of Jericho off the second rope and he quickly applied the Koji Clutch and has it in tight this time around as Suwama would pass out to give Yoshitatsu the TKO in a great match!

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: We had another solid three nights of wrestling matches except for one as the main event of the last show sent it home on a positive note. I’m glad there’s been more consistency with the matches I am giving and hope it goes up from here on out.

Favorite Match: Yoshitatsu vs. Suwama

Least Favorite Match: Joel Redman vs. Sam Adonis

Score: 7/10

 

Current Standings:
Naoya Nomura: (3-1) (6 Points)
Yoshitatsu: (2-0) (4 Points)
Daichi Hashimoto: (2-1) (4 Points)
Suwama: (1-1) (2 Points)
Takashi Yoshida: (1-1) (2 Points)
Jake Lee: (1-2) (2 Points)
Joe Doering: (1-2) (2 Points)
Joel Redman: (1-2) (2 Points)
Sam Adonis: (0-2) (0 Points)


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Joe’s CMLL Review & Results (6/18/19)

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It was another busy week for CMLL, and The Chairshot has you covered thanks to your friend Joe Dinan! See what happened below.

CMLL at Arena Puebla

Millenium, Tiger Rojo Jr, and Meyer vs Black Tiger, Centella Roja, and Fuerza Chicana

  • First Fall: Tigre Rojo pins Chicana with a sunset flip
  • Second Fall: Fuerza Chicana pins Millenium with a code breaker
  • Third Fall: Tigre Rojo pins Centella Roja with a face buster

This was your typical opener. Back and forth first round with the tecnicos getting the first pin. Second round dominated by the rudos and in the last round the tecnicos got the win. Nothing much else to say as CMLL openers don’t involve much.

Winners: Millenium, Tigre Rojo Jr, and Meyer

Stigma, Arkalis, and King Jaguar vs Cosario de Fuego, El Malayo, and El Perverso

  • First Fall: Arkalis submits Fuego with a single leg crab
  • Second Fall: Fuego pins Stigma with a muscle buster
  • Third Fall: Stigma pins Perverso with a jaw breaker

So Cosario is a new face here this week. He looked pretty decent from what I can see. It looks like King Jaguar got hurt in this match briefly but he came back and his teammates were able to pull out the victory. It’s Puebla saw it’s pretty much the formula of the first match except they did a whole lot more. Pegasso was supposed to be in Stigma’s place but he got hurt at the Sunday show.

Winners: Stigma, Arkalis, and King Jaguar

Esfinge, Triton, and Fuego vs Felino, Misterioso, and Tiger

  • First Fall: Misterioso pins Fuego with a neck breaker
  • Second Fall: Fuego rolls up Felino
  • Third Fall: Tiger pins Triton with a power bomb

We get a quick first fall with Misterioso pinning Fuego. In the second round Triton and Esfinge hit middle rope dives while Fuego rolls up Felino. We had some posturing with the midget Felino brings to the ring and then some team work action. Not long after Tiger pins Triton with a power bomb for the win.

Winners: Felino, Misterioso, and Tiger

Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero vs Gran Guerrero, Euforia, and Templario

  • First Fall: Cuatrero throws Sanson in the air and he knees Gran Guerrero
  • Second Fall: Euforia pins Cuatrero with a pump handle
  • Third Fall: Cuatrero launched Forastero into Gran and Templario for the pin

Los Guerrero’s jump Dinamitas to begin this match. We have a brawl on our hands. Dinamitas turn the table and catch Los Guerrero’s slipping and get the first fall. Templario hits a sasuke special while Euforia pins Cuatrero with a pump handle slam. They fight some in the final round until Cuatrero launches Forastero into Gran Guerrero and Templario. They take Templario’s mask as well.

Winners: Sanson, Cuatrero, and Forastero

Ultimo Guerrero, Angel de Oro, and Niebla Roja vs Mascara Ano 2000, El Terrible, and Rey Bucanero

  • First Fall: Terrible submits Ultimo Guerrero with a boston crab
  • Second Fall: NIebla Roja gets Bucanero in a pinning combo
  • Third Fall: Terrible pins Ultimo Guerrero with a roll up

Another match that begins with a brawl. Terrible gets Ultimo in a boston crab. They continue to fight each other. Just brawling pretty much and Niebla Roja catches Bucanero in a pinning combo. The final round was a more slowed down back and forth. Ultimo gets Terrible in a submission but the ref gets distracted by Mascara. Ultimo gets upset and then Terrible rolls him up for the win.

Winners: Mascara Ano 2000, El Terrible, and Rey Bucanero


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CMLL Arena Mexico Tuesday

Kaligua and Angelito vs Pequeno Violencia and Pequeno Olimpico

  • First Fall: Violencia pins Angelito with a senton splash
  • Second Fall: Kaligua pins Violencia with a splash off of Angelito’s shoulders
  • Third Fall: Olimpico pins Kaligua after getting his feet up on a moonsault

Typical CMLL opener. Violencia and Olimpico hit a double power bomb and Violencia hits a senton to pin Angelito. They also pin Kaligua but there wasn’t any point to it. Rudos double team for the whole second round until a come back is made. Kaligua does a splash off of Angelito’s shoulders on Violencia. Olimpico gets hits feet up on a moonsault by Kaligua and pins him.

Winners: Pequeno Violencia and Pequeno Olimpico

Oro Jr, Robin, and Super Astro Jr vs Raziel, Cancerbero, and Espiritu Negro

  • First Fall: Robin pins Raziel with a swanton bomb
  • Second Fall: Raziel pins Super Astro with a spinning falcon arrow
  • Third Fall: Raziel and Cancerbero submit Robin and Super Astro with a double submission

Most of the first round is spent feeling each other out and grappling. Towards the end everyone starts to trade spots and Robin gets the pin. The second round is quick with the rudos getting the advantage. Raziel pins Super Astro with a spinning falcon arrow. The rudos continue to hold the advantage starting the last round. Raziel and Cancerbero get Astro and Robin in a double submission for the win.

Winners: Raziel, Cancerbero, and Espiritu Negro

(Match Relampago) Virus vs Drone

  • Virus pins Drone with a vertabreaker

Drone and Virus grapple for like the first third of this match then Drone hit a nice middle rope dive. Back in the ring Drone goes for his knees in the corner but Virus rolls him up. Drone fights out and fights back. Virus rolls him up again but Drone kicks out. Drone goes for a split legged moonsault but completely misses. So Virus puts his foot on the rope because he’s not gonna look like a fool. Virus hits a middle rope elbow drop. Virus hits a vertabreaker to pin Drone.

Winner: Virus

Marcela, Sanely, and La Jarochita vs Dalys, Tiffany, and Reyna Isis

  • First Fall: Marcela submits Dalys with a surfboard stretch
  • Second Fall: Tiffany pins Sanely with a face buster
  • Third Fall: Dalys submits Marcela with a torture rack

Lots of fighting going on in this match so far. Sometimes the women aren’t the best wrestlers or luchadors but in my opinion they bring a realistic intensity that guys on their card level don’t. Maybe they feel like they need to prove themselves. Jarochita and Sanely hit sentons on Dalys then Marcela submits her. In this round the rudos get the advantage and do some team work action. Tiffany hits a face buster on Sanely for the pin. The rudos continue to have the advantage in the third round. They start to trade spots and stopping pin falls. Finally Dalys catches Marcela in a torture rack for the win.

Winners: Dalys, Tiffany, and Reyna Isis

Atlantis, Kraneo, and El Audaz vs Mephisto, Hechicero, and Ephesto

  • First Fall: Ephesto pins Atlantis with a slingshot splash
  • Second Fall: Kraneo pins Hechicero and Ephesto with a splash
  • Third Fall: Ephesto kicks Audaz mid air for the win

They feel each other out some but it transforms into the rudos teaming up on the tecnicos. Mephisto power bombs Audaz and Ephesto gets slingshot onto Atlantis for the pin. This round continues with the rudos dominating. Kraneo gets crotched on the barricade. A come back gets made and Kraneo goes to splash Hechicero and Ephesto but Audaz keeps doing it. Kraneo tells him to stop and then he does it. Atlantis and Mephisto square off in the final round. Audaz leaps off of the stage to hit a hurricanrana on Hechicero. Hechicero hits a running knee and a springboard drop kick on Kraneo for the pin. Hechicero throws Audaz in the air and Ephesto kicks him for the win.

Winners: Mephisto, Hechicero, and Ephesto

Soberano, Titan, and Stuka vs El Terrible, Bestia del Ring, and Forastero

  • First Fall: Bestia hits a senton on Stuka for the pin
  • Second Fall: Soberano pins Terrible with a hurricanrana
  • Third Fall: Bestia pins Soberano with a cradle tombstone

We start the match with some grappling. It evolves into Terrible and Bestia getting heat on the tecnicos. Bestia hits a senton on Stuka for the pin. Rudos continue to get heat in the next round. Soberano gets launched and Bestia and Forastero turn their backs. Soberano hits a hurricanrana and pins Terrible. Titan starts hot in the last round, using his agility on everyone. Later in the round Soberano, Stuka, and Titan each hit a middle rope dive at the same time. Terrible catches Stuka with a power bomb and Bestia hits a cradle tombstone on Soberano for the win.

Winners: El Terrible, Bestia del Ring, and Forastero

CMLL Arena Mexico Friday

Star Jr and Magia Blanca vs Espanto and Akuma

  • First Fall: Akuma pins Star with a muscle buster
  • Second Fall: Star pins Akuma with a corner drop kick
  • Third Fall: Star Jr pins Akuma with a springboard frog splash

Espanto and Akuma come out on bikes. They spend the early part grappling as usual. Espanto hits a splash on Magia. Akuma pins Star with a muscle buster. Rudos continue to work over the tecnicos. Tecnicos make a come back and Star hits Akuma with a corner drop kick. There’s some back and forth action. Espanto slips on the ropes. Blanca hits a top rope death valley. Star hits a springboard frog splash on Akuma.

Winners: Star Jr and Magia Blanca

Triton, Esfinge, and Rey Cometa vs Polvora, Kawato San, and Tiger

  • First Fall: Rey Cometa pins Polvora with a 450
  • Second Fall: Tiger takes Triton’s mask for the DQ

They do some typical feeling out grappling. Triton hits an asai moonsault on Tiger. Esfinge gets Kawato in a pinning combo. Cometa hits a 450 on Polvora. There’s a lot of back and forth action in round 2. Trading a lot of spots. Rudos start to team up on the tecnicos. They fight back and hit a pair of middle rope dives. As in all 3 of them hit 2 middle rope dives. Tiger rips Triton’s mask. Esfinge hits a big asai moonsault on Polvora. Kawato runs at Cometa but Cometa hits a Spanish fly off of the apron. Tiger takes Triton’s mask.

Winners: Triton, Esfinge, and Rey Cometa

Valiente, Soberano, and Atlantis Jr vs Cuatrero, Forastero, and Hijo del Villano III

First Fall: Soberano pins Forastero with a lionsault.

Second Fall: Forastero pins Atlantis Jr after being launched into him

Third Fall: Valiente pins Cuatrero with a lung blower

We have some decent back and forth action. Valiente hits a big middle rope dive on Cuatrero. Soberano hits a lionsault on Villano III and pins him. Atlantis Jr and hijo Villano trade blows in this round. After some back and forth Cuatrero launches Forastero into Atlantis Jr and Soberano for the pin. In round 3 the rudos have the advantage. A come back gets made and Soberano and Atlantis Jr hit middle rope dives and then Valiente hits a big one on Forastero. They all trade big moves but the pins get broken. Soberano hits some kind of vortex tornillo to the outside. Valiente hits a lung blower on Cuatrero for the win.

Winners: Valiente, Soberano, and Atlantis Jr

(Match Relampago) Rey Bucanero vs Euforia

  • Euforia wins with a roll up

They do some grappling and Bucanero tries to tear at his mask. Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind to the outside. Euforia hits a monkey flip to change momentum. They have a relatively uneventful back and forth. Bucanero hits a whisper in the wind again and goes for a pin but Euforia rolls him up.

Winner: Euforia

(Copa Dinastia) Mistico and Dragon Lee vs Ultimo Guerrero and Gran Guerrero vs Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja vs Mascara Ano 2000 and Sanson

We have the battle royal to determine the order. Sanson and Dragon Lee are the last two remaining.

Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja vs Gran Guerrero and Ultimo Guerrero

  • Angel de Oro pins Gran Guerrero with a super kick

Roja and Gran start out together going back and forth. There’s a lot of fast paced action and fighting on the outside. Gran hits a drop kick off of the apron on Niebla Roja. Roja hits a dive over the top rope onto Ultimo. Angel de Oro hits a golden moonsault on Gran. Oro and Roja hit stereo super kicks and Oro pins Gran.

Winners: Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja

Dragon Lee and Mistico vs Mascara Ano 2000 and Sanson

  • Mistico submits Sanson with a fujiwara arm bar

Lee and Sanson start out moving fast trading counters. Lee goes to handspring to the outside but he gets caught for a power bomb on the barricade. Ano and Sanson beat on Lee. Mistico knocks Sanson to the outside then he hits an over the top rope dive. Dragon Lee rolls up Mascara for the pin. Lee knees Sanson for a two count. Then Mistico gets him in la mistica for the win.

Winners: Dragon Lee and Mistico

Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja vs Dragon Lee and Mistico

  • Niebla Roja submits Dragon Lee with a rock the boat submission

Fast paced action that see Oro and Roja knocking Lee and Mistico to the outside. Oro and Roja hit stereo dives. There’s a lot of high spots in this match. Now Lee and Mistico hit stereo dives. Oro and Roja hit stereo super kicks on Lee but he barely kicks out. Lee then hits the leaping hurricanrana on Roja off of the apron to the outside. Mistico hits a canadian destroyer on Oro. Oro no sells and then hits one of his own. Mistico hits la mistica on Oro to eliminate him. Roja hits a top rope face buster on Mistico and now it’s Lee and Roja. Lee hits a running drop kick but Roja gets his hands on the ropes. Roja hits a flipping DDT on Lee for a close two. Lee hits the corner double stomp on Roja for a close two. Roja hits a poisonranna and then the rock the boat submission on Lee for the win.

Winners: Angel de Oro and Niebla Roja

Austin Theory, Caristico, and Volador Jr vs Rush, Negro Casas, and Cavernario

  • First Fall: Rush pins Austin Theory with a corner drop kick
  • Second Fall: Austin Theory pins Negro Casas with a neck breaker
  • Third Fall: Caristico pins Negro Casas with a roll up

It’s weird that Austin Theory is here cause he might not ever come back. Casas, Rush, and Cavernario jump the tecnicos. Cavernario hits a snap suplex on Volador and Rush hits the corner drop kick on Austin Theory for the fall. Cavernario goes to rip at Caristico’s mask. The tecnicos fight back and Austin Theory pins Casas with a neck breaker move. There’s some brawling on the outside now. Caristico works fast hitting a hurricanrana on Casas, then he fakes a dive. Volador hits a hurricanrana on Rush and then dives over the top. Theory hits a flipping neck breaker and then hits some kind of flipping face buster on Cavernario. Caristico school boys Negro Casas for the win.

Winners: Austin Theory, Caristico, and Volador Jr


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/17/19)

Who faces Samoa Joe for the United States Championship?!

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It’s the last Raw before Stomping Grounds!

Raw stops in Los Angeles before heading to Tacoma, and has a HUGE match to determine a #1 Contender to the United States Championship! Who wins a Fatal 5 Way to then take on Samoa Joe for the title?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way Elimination Match: The Miz VS Braun Strowman VS Ricochet VS Bobby Lashley VS Cesaro; Ricochet wins and will challenge Samoa Joe for the title at WWE Stomping Grounds.
  • The Viking Raiders VS ???; the Viking Raiders win.
  • 2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; The New Day wins.
  • The Usos VS The Good Brothers; The Usos win.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; The IIconics win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan; restarted as…
  • Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan, Ringside Ban; Rollins wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias.

The Drifter opens Raw in LA, and says he was talking to Anthony Davis. “Why? Why would you want to move to Los Angeles?” Davis said it’s because he’s garbage, and should be with other pieces of garbage. So he moved to a city where the people are more toxic than the air. Elias would rather be anywhere else, but he was invited here by Baron Corbin. And Elias is wearing referee stripes, because HE is the special guest referee for Stomping Grounds! Corbin’s trust- doesn’t matter because Seth Rollins SMACKS Elias from behind! And again! And again! Over and over and over, Rollins unleashes his fury on Corbin’s pick for special guest ref! Rollins then demands a mic so he can speak.

“After every thing I’ve been through with Brock Lesnar, I am done playing games!” Corbin still needs a special guest referee, but Rollins has a message for those who want that position. It is the first and last warning. It doesn’t matter what Corbin promises, but the chair is what awaits them. “So choose wisely!” The Architect opens Raw with a Universal title ultimatum! Will Corbin get anyone to line up for the job now that Rollins is ready to burn them down?

 

The Miz is here!

The Hollywood A-Lister has his shot at a Stomping Grounds match, but he wants to “check” on Elias real quick. Skull-Crushing Finale for the Drifter! Bobby Lashley comes out next, to SPEAR Elias! The Rocky Mountain Machine isn’t going to be shown up by Miz, it seems. Then Cesaro appears to take Elias for a swing! He goes around and around and around, for just under 10! After Cesaro is the One and Only, Ricochet! Elias sits up, only to get Ricochet’s Code Breaker! But then BRAUN appears! And yes, he finishes Elias off with a MONSTER SLAM! And with that, their massive match is up next!

 

WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 5 Way ELIMINATION Match: The Miz VS Braun Strowman VS Ricochet VS Bobby Lashley VS Cesaro!

After Miz TV became an open forum on last week’s Raw, it is clear Samoa Joe has a long and star-studded list to contend with. They all got to show what they can do to Elias, but what will they do to each other in order to meet the Samoan Submission Machine at Stomping Grounds?

Raw returns with the bell, and Strowman SHOTGUN dropkicks Lashley and Cesaro! Miz and Ricochet go after Strowman but get shoved away. Strowman grabs Cesaro and Lashley to shove them out! Miz hops on for a sleeper hold then Ricochet runs in, only to get run over! Strowman throws Miz off to then throw him across the ring! Lashley returns but gets blasted back out. Cesaro throws a European Uppercut, and manages a torture rack lift! Cesaro slams Strowman to the mat! But he won’t stop there, the Swiss Cyborg wants the Neutralizer! But Strowman back drops out of it! Cesaro lands on his feet to springboard, but gets caught! MONSTER SLAM! But Strowman can’t cover, and Lashley runs in, only to get a MONSTER SLAM onto Cesaro! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Cesaro!

Samoa Joe watches from ringside and is impressed, slightly. Ricochet springboards in and Strowman catches him! To ram him into a corner! Then throw him across the way! Miz returns but gets a BOOT! Lashley slips back in, and catches Strowman to a complete shot. Now Lashley tries his strength in snap suplexing Strowman! Lashley hits Miz out of the ring then does the same to Ricochet. But Strowman is up and ready, scoops and SLAMS Lashley! Cover, Strowman ELIMINATES Lashley!! That’s two men who #GotTheseHands! But then Strowman sees the other two on the outside, and he runs Miz over! Strowman keeps going and BLASTS Ricochet off his feet! He keeps going, to blast Miz again! The Monster roars, then puts Miz in the ring.

Miz makes it to a corner, and Strowman runs in for a monster splash. Strowman keeps going, for a second! He scoops Miz but Lashley returns to SPEAR Strowman! There are no disqualifications, so he AND Cesaro return! Cesaro lifts Strowman for a Neutralizer!! Ricochet doesn’t complain as he gives Strowman the 630 senton! Cover, and it’s a TRIPLE cover! They ELIMINATE Strowman!! The Swiss Cyborg and the All Mighty get even with the Monster Among Men, and Joe just laughs. Strowman glares as he grabs Ricochet to THROW at Lashley! Strowman then drags Lashley up to throw him into barriers! The Monster turns his attention to Cesaro and BLASTS him on stage! Cesaro hits LED walls! But Miz and Ricochet are still in this match. Who makes it back up while we go to break?

Raw returns as Ricochet gets Miz with running headscissors! Miz ends up in a corner and Ricochet runs in, but is put on the apron. Miz slides out and trips Ricochet up! Then Miz goes back in, builds speed but misses the wrecking ball dropkick as Ricochet gets in. Ricochet runs and FLIES, wiping himself and Miz out! Joe is mildly impressed as Ricochet gets Miz back inside. Ricochet climbs a corner but has to land on his feet when Miz moves. Miz runs into boots, and Ricochet slips to the outside. Ricochet bumps Miz off buckles then kicks him away. Ricochet springboards, but into a full nelson! Miz wants but is denied the Finale with a wheelbarrow roll-up! TWO, and Miz kicks low to DDT Ricochet down hard! Cover, TWO!

Miz keeps his cool as he goes after Ricochet with It Kicks! He kicks and kicks and kicks, then powers up the buzzsaw. Ricochet ducks but gets another kick. Miz runs into Ricochet’s dropkick-flip, but still ducks the enziguri! Miz knees Ricochet in the leg, but Ricochet rolls him up out of the Figure Four! TWO, and Ricochet hobbles away. Ricochet still enziguris Miz away in the corner. He somersaults, but into the takedown, Figure Four Leglock is on!! Fans rally both ways as Miz puts on the leverage. Ricochet avoids a cover, and works to turn this over. Miz fights him back, keeping the hold from reversing. Ricochet keeps trying, and gets the full turn! Miz endures now, and powers through to put it back on Ricochet! Ricochet gets the ropebreak!

Miz lets go while Joe watches intensely. Miz slowly stands and hobbles over to Ricochet. He drags Ricochet but Ricochet holds ropes. Miz stomps the legs, tries again, but cradle counter! TWO, and Ricochet dumps Miz to the apron. Ricochet can barely run, and Miz springboards, into a CODE BREAKER! Ricochet wills himself to climb up top on one leg! He aims, 630 hits!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship

Samoa Joe keeps a poker face on, but then attacks Ricochet! The Destroyer shows Ricochet no mercy as he shoves him to the ropes. Joe runs but Ricochet dumps him out! And Ricochet manages to FLY again! The King of Flight shows the crusher of dreams what he’s capable of! Will he get to show Joe even more at Stomping Grounds?

 

The Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, is here!

Stomping Grounds is Sunday, but The Man doesn’t want to wait until then to call out her contender. LA is happy to see Becky as she speaks. “The Man has come around, but now, Lacey Evans, get out here right now.” Week after week, Becky has to see that “dopey head drone on,” but for once, she has to agree with Lacey. The next time they’re within striking distance, Becky will give Lacey what she deserves. Lacey talks about doing whatever it takes to get ahead. Well how about Becky do everyone a favor and kick Lacey’s but all over LA? The Sassy Southern Belle finally appears!

“Lord, would you look at that.” Nobody cares about Becky’s opinion. Becky is mad because she doesn’t understand Lacey. Well Becky understands Lacey likes to talk as slow as humanly possible compared to getting whooped again. Lacey is a tall drink of water and a classy hat, but deep down she’s tough as nails and has been through things that not even The Man could comprehend. Or is this where Lacey tries to pluck on our heartstrings? Well this is Hollywood, so give us an act. Lacey would love a movie about herself. Lacey is not just a lady, she is a real United States Marine. Boot camp by morning and cotillian by night, all with dignity and grace. It’s what the Women’s Division deserves.

Becky knows the story, which is why it’s so hard to see why Lacey does this. Why does Lacey attack cowardly? Becky respects who Lacey was, but who Lacey is now is just trash. Well it’s what all of WWE needs. They need a legitimate, confident and classy lady to set an example. Not a “nasty” like Becky. Becky can be beat. She’s down to one belt, but- Becky grabs Lacey for a Becksloder! Becky holds her belt high, but will she be able to knock Lacey off her high horse once and for all?

 

The Revival visit Shane’s VIP Lounge!

The Best in the World and Scottish Terminator welcome the Raw Tag Team Champions and offer them a drink. They’re all still celebrating their recent triumphs, but will the party last past Stomping Grounds?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

The Lone Wolf knows Elias is now out as guest ref after what Rollins, and all those other superstars, did to him. How much is Corbin scrambling to find a replacement? He’s not scrambling at all. What happened happened, but Corbin has a lot of great choices left. He has someone in mind, and he’ll reveal them on a special edition of the Kevin & Sami Show. But then Rollins finds and SMACKS Corbin! Rollins would offer Corbin a seat, but he has work to do. Will the Lone Wolf lose his confidence with Rollins and that steel chair still roaming the halls?

 

The Planet’s Tag Team Champions appear on Raw!

The Wild Card Rule brings the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Daniel Bryan and Rowan, over, and Bryan knows why. “Because this place sucks.” Bryan means both Raw and Los Angeles.  Everyone knows that LA is the smog capital of America, and is filled with ignorant and impotent people! But Rowan & Bryan will lift you up out of the smog and educate you, as well as excite you! Tonight, Bryan will do that by destroying Universal Champion, Seth Rollins. He will prove that even one half of the Planet’s Tag Team Champions is better than all of Raw, showing the Raw Tag Team Division that SmackDown has the best team in history! Prepare to be excited! But wait! Here’s something truly exciting: the return of the Viking Raiders!

 

The Viking Raiders VS ???

Erik and Ivar are back and ready to continue where they left off! Will they continue on their warpath at the expense of Russ and Randy Taylor?

The bell rings and Erik gives shotgun knees to Russ! Then he drags Randy in to throw him overhead! Tag to Ivar and the Raiders give Randy the springboard lariat German Suplex combo! Then they feed Russ to THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning

Russ and Randy just went through a #VikingExperience they’ll never forget! But will the war spread from Raw to SmackDown thanks to the Wild Card Rule?

 

Who is that in the crowd?

It’s R-Truth and Carmella in disguise!! Well they have to keep the WWE 24/7 Champion safe. But too late! Everyone from Robert Roode to No Way Jose to Cedric Alexander are after him! They go under the ring, but they LED boards prevent anyone from getting through. So the only side left to them is opposite hard camera! The horde of contenders drags someone out from under the ring! It’s… Titus O’Neil!? Was he waiting for Truth under there? Carmella and Truth run out the other side! The chase is on, #RunTruthRun!

 

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn go over things with Baron Corbin.

The music hits, and it’s time for their talk show! What will these two have to ask Corbin after the break?

 

Heath Slater visits Shane in the VIP section.

He was hoping to talk with the Best in the World about something, but they’re in the middle of having a meal. Slater didn’t mean to interrupt, but he just figured, since #IGotKids is real, and the kids are getting older, money is tight. Can he get a raise or something? That takes a lot of balls to come in here and ask for stuff. Shane has kids, too. But he also has a lot of money. The answer is no. But, Slater can walk out on his won. This is a private party. McIntyre will take care of things.

Slater gets on the phone with the family, but McIntyre comes by to talk with Slater. He apologizes. It hurts to see Slater like this. McIntyre will do something for his old pal. Slater doesn’t want a handout, but McIntyre insists. He brings out his wallet, but drops it on the ground. Slater bends down to get it for him, but McIntyre attacks! The Scottish Terminator doesn’t care about 3MB as he slams Slater into the cases over and over! The Revival get McIntyre off him, because McIntyre needs to save his aggression for Roman Reigns on Sunday. Also Scott Dawson pockets some of McIntyre’s cash. McIntyre calms down, the Revival pick up the rest of McIntyre’s money, and they leave Slater down and out in the hall. What will become of the One Man Band now?

 

Raw returns to the Kevin & Sami Show!

This is a special night because the show returns at all! Kevin apologizes Sami for the lack of new graphics. “Thanks a lot, Bob!!” Bob’s incompetence aside, they introduce the former acting GM of Raw, the multiple time Golden Gloves boxing champion, the former WWE United States Champion, former Mr. MITB, and the man who retired Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania, “LA’s Favorite’s Son,” Baron Corbin! LA boos Corbin as he joins Kevin and Sami in the ring. The first thing Sami says to Corbin is that this is a safe space. This is a safe work environment, which is more than Sami can say about the WWE as a whole!

Just look at what Rollins did to Elias, and then to Sami when Sami was a referee! There have been zero repercussions, so sadly, Sami must step down as a possible referee candidate. Kevin does so, too, in solidarity with Sami. But these two felt there are still plenty of great choices, so please, Corbin, who did you choose? Corbin had a line outside the locker room! But here is a man who can certainly count 1 2 3. Drum roll please, for… EC3! The Top One Percent is now the Top One Official! But then Rollins SMACKS EC3, too! The Architect shows no mercy as he keeps his promise to the roster! Corbin can’t believe this! Is Rollins going to keep doing this? He’s taking an opportunity for an up-and-coming superstar? Well, back to square one.

Awwwww~ LA~! Don’t you dare be sour, clap for your WWE Champion, and FEEL~, the POWER~! Kevin tries to figure out the math on Wild Cards, but the New Day just help lay EC3 to rest. Sami has the music stop to confront them. They aren’t guests on the Kevin & Sami Show. And they’re not supposed to be here per Wild Card Rule rules! Please go away. Well first, the WWE Champion gets to go where he wants, when he wants! And then he’ll bring his boys because that’s what fans want! Kofi Kingston shouldn’t worry about all that stuff! He should worry about losing his title! If it isn’t Ziggler at Stomping Grounds, it’ll be Kevin the next time! Oh like at Money in the Bank? Wait, nope. He did not do it!

And when it comes to Ziggler, Kofi has him where he wants him: inside a steel cage! No more running, no more sneak attacks, it’ll be a war! And then Kofi will still be our W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Corbin figures that referee issues aside, Kevin and Sami can still help Corbin beat the New Day back to SmackDown where they belong! Well is that a challenge? If only they had an official out here to sanction this match. But who? Who who who? Oh, EC3 is still wearing the stripes. The New Day help EC3 up so that he can still fulfill his duties! In a very Weekend at Bernie’s way… So would he mind being an official for this match? “Sure I’d love to! This match is officially a Six Man Tag team match! And that match is gonna be happening… riiiight now~!”

Well then, will the New Day keep rolling now that they’re back at 100%? Or will the Lone Wolf gain some last minute momentum with the help of Sami & Kevin?

 

AJ Styles is in the trainer’s area.

The Phenomenal One is good to go! But wait, Doctors Anderson and Gallows visit their old buddy real quick. No, wait, no! Guys, c’mon, Styles is fine! He doesn’t need you guys to check up on him. But he was wondering where they’ve been. They all debuted three years ago in Staples Center. They dominated the Usos, and have been cool ever since. Well, they were cool in Japan, too. But they’ve had great matches with all the big names. And arguably the best team on the planet, the Usos. But seriously? Did these two get comfortable? They made money and have great stuff at home, but how about winning? How about being on TV? How about being anywhere?! Time to get serious again. Styles misses the old Gallows & Anderson.

Styles wants serious? Speaking of the Usos, they’re having another match with them. Let’s see who is serious when they beat the best team on the planet, again.

 

2 out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The New Day VS Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!

Raw returns as these teams sort out, and yes, this match has been upgraded! What will it take for a trio not to win once but twice in the same match?!

Woods starts with Sami and they tie up. Sami gets the arm and pulls the fingers. Woods endures as Sami grinds his shoulder. LA rallies for New Day as Woods spins through to wrench Sami back. Sami slips around and wrenches Woods, but Woods spins and rolls and wrenches Sami! But Sami puts Woods in a corner and throws a big forearm. Sami whips Woods corner to corner but Woods goes up and over. Woods speeds things up and slides to hit a roaring elbow! Cover, ONE! Woods keeps on Sami but Sami pushes him to their corner. Tag to Kevin and the frenemies beat Woods down. Kevin stomps away then says, “This is MY show!” Fans boo as he tags in Corbin, and Corbin stomps Woods now.

Big E runs in but the ref keeps him back. Corbin taunts Big E then drags Woods up for a knee. Corbin mocks the New Day clap then punches Woods back down! He drags Woods up and elbows Woods in the head. He has Woods in a half nelson and grinds him to the mat. Fans rally up and Woods powers up. Corbin back suplexes, Woods lands on his feet and enziguris Corbin down! Both men are down but Kevin tags in. Kevin stomps Woods down and taunts the New Day. Kevin drops a senton, but onto knees! He tags Sami, and Sami drags Woods away. Woods punches Sami but Sami whips Woods away. Woods rolls Sami up, The new Day win the first fall!

New Day – 1; Corbin-Kevin-Sami: 0

A huge advantage for #Kofimania and his team, but will they pull off the sweep after the break?

Raw returns with the second fall, and Corbin stomps away on Big E in the corner. Fans boo and jeer but Corbin soaks it up. Corbin tags Kevin and Kevin stomps Big E now. Kevin rains down rights then drops more stomps. Sami gets cheap shots in behind the ref’s back. Kevin mocks Kofi as he returns, then goes after Big E with a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin tags Sami in and they mug Big E. Sami throws down hands fast and furious! LA boos while Sami boasts “That’s how you do it!” Sami goes back to Big E with haymakers, but Big E fights back! Big E throws hands on everyone but Sami punches him back. Sami mule kicks Big E, then runs, but Big E throws him out!

Big E hurries but gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin waves mockingly at Kofi before covering, TWO! Kevin grows annoyed and tags in Corbin. Corbin goes to Big E in the corner to whip corner to corner and hard! Corbin grins at The New Day as he drags Big E up. He throws big hands on Big E, then tags to Sami. Corbin holds Big E in the corner for Sami to stomp and punch. Sami tags Kevin and Kevin bumps Big E off buckles. Kevin throws haymakers of his own, then hits Woods just because! Kevin runs at Big E but Big E dodges, sending Kevin into post! The fans rally up but Kevin returns, only to get a belly2belly! Hot tags to Kofi and Corbin! Kofi rallies on Corbin and dropkicks him, to then hit a leap- Corbin throws Kofi into a corner! But gets a swing kick!

Kofi climbs up and leaps, BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO!! But Kofi knocks Corbin down with a Penalty Kick! And then adds on the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! LA fires up with Kofi as he goes to the corner. Kofi takes aim at Corbin, but has to swipe at Sami. Kofi runs into DEEP SIX! Cover, but Woods breaks it up! Big E gets kicks from Sami and Woods gets punches from Kevin. Corbin drags Kofi up, whips him in, but misses in the corner. Corbin slides out, in, but misses Kofi to hit Sami! Kevin gets upset with Corbin, and the two argue. Kevin SUPERKICKS Corbin! Sami and Kevin leave Corbin behind! Kofi gives Corbin some Trouble in Paradise! Cover, the New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, 2-0

And there’s the sweep! The Lone Wolf can’t get anyone to stick by his side, how is he supposed to have a special guest referee? As for Kofi, will the dream come true continue past Stomping Grounds?

 

Alexa Bliss finds Nikki Cross backstage.

The Goddess has a gift for her! A new mug! No, not the mug, the thing in the mug. Oh a scroll! “The Goddess invites you to join her tonight in the ring for a Women’s Tag Team title match versus the IIconics.” OMG really? Nikki’s first title match in the WWE! Alexa knew Nikki would be upset that they didn’t just win their way, so Alexa worked her magic to get them this. Plus, with Stomping Grounds, Alexa becomes a SmackDown Women’s Champion that treats the fans right. What does that mean? Just more Bayley drama, no need to worry about that. Tonight is about them becoming tag champions together. Nikki is so excited! Try decaf. But energy levels aside, will the Goddess and the Twisted Sister take those titles off Peyton & Billie?

 

Paul Heyman returns to Raw!

The Advocate to the Beast introduces himself as he always does, representing Mr. MITB 2019, BROCK, LESNAR. Now forgive Heyman, he’s not that comfortable being on Raw with Rollins smashing people with that steel chair. But again, Heyman is not the threat to Rollins. He makes it very clear to Rollins and the WWE Universe: Heyman is NOT going to be Corbin’s guest referee at Stomping Grounds, nor does he want to be. If Corbin were to offer that position, Heyman would respectfully decline! You’d have to be an idiot to take that job because of the beating from Rollins in your future!

Which is why Heyman thought of something. What do the LA Lakers and Seth Rollins have in common? “They both traded away their balls!” The Lakers gave up Ball so LeBron could have a playmate. Rollins gave up his balls for a steel chair because that’s the only way he’s man enough to fight Brock Lesnar! And to be clear, Brock Lesnar knows how to swing a steel chair, too. So if Rollins is still here, and if Rollins has a match, and against someone like Daniel Bryan, then Rollins is vulnerable. So maybe, just maybe, Lesnar shows up to Raw, too. But then again, maybe not? Heyman wants Rollins to keep guessing that it’s Sunday, or next Monday. Heyamn doesn’t know, the fans don’t know, but most importantly, the future former reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins doesn’t know.

 

Baron Corbin talks with Eric Young.

This would be a great opportunity for him to be the referee. EY will consider it, and he wont’ forget Corbin reaching out to him. But then as he turns the corner, he sees Rollins. EY refuses the offer! He did, he really did! He doesn’t look good in stripes, he’s not good at being a ref. Relax, they go back a long way. Rollins knows EY wouldn’t turn on his old pal. But Rollins still SMACKS him down! And again, and again, and again! The Beastslayer has become a mad man, all because of Corbin and Lesnar.

 

The Usos speak.

“It feels like the Good Brothers, they trying to turn up tonight, Uce!” Those two have something to prove? Well then this is a warning to everyone! Run up, get done up! Raw becomes the Uso Penitentiary up next!

 

The Usos VS The Good Brothers!

AJ Styles got Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows fired up, wanting his pals to return to old form. Will this be the resurrection of The Club? Or will they fall short as Jimmy & Jey look to #LockDown the whole Raw Tag Team Division?

Raw returns as both teams make their entrance in turn. The teams sort out, and Gallows starts with Jey. They circle and tie up, and Gallows shoves Jey down. Jey gets to a corner but Gallows kicks Jimmy down! Jey uppercuts Gallows then ducks to throw more. Anderson tags in as Gallows uppercuts Jey down! Gallows fireman’s carries and Anderson runs, BOOT O’ DOOM! Cover, TWO!! The Club almost had it, but Anderson keeps on Jey with a rain of rights. Styles watches backstage, cheering his boys on. Anderson clobbers Jimmy on the outside before going back to Jey with a grinding chinlock.

Jey endures and fans build to a rally. Jey gets up and fights out with body shots. Anderson blocks the kick and ducks the dragon whip enziguri, to clobber Jey with a clothesline! Anderson grins as he soaks up the heat. He throws up the Too Sweet and fans join in. Tag to Gallows via Too Sweet, and they drag Jey up again. Gallows suplexes, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS Anderson down! Gallows throws Jimmy out but misses Jey! Jey tags Jimmy then SUPERKICKS! Double SUPERKICKS take Gallows down! Cover, the Usos win!!

Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning

Styles is frustrated, but so are Gallows & Anderson. Did their egos cost them against the best team in the WWE today? Can they make their comeback next time?

 

The Best Posse in the World continues their celebration.

Shane makes sure his boys are okay, and yes, they’re definitely having a good time. But with Roman Reigns waiting at Stomping Grounds, will the good times come to an end?

 

Roman Reigns returns to Raw!

The Big Dog is again a Wild Card as he walks out to the ring. Stomping Grounds will be the battleground for Roman and Drew McIntyre, and naturally Roman is still in a bad mood from that “loss” to Shane McMahon at Super Showdown. Roman picks up the mic as LA cheers. “What’s going on, LA?” Super Showdown was not a good look for Roman, but he won’t make excuses. Excuses aren’t entertaining. But you know what is entertaining? Roman whooping some ass tonight! So Roman will give Shane the opportunity to prove he is a man by actually going 1v1 with him tonight.

But Shane talks via titantron. There is some business that needs to be taken care of. Mike Rome introduces “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOORLD~,” despite Shane not being ringside. Shane knows Roman is frustrated, but he shouldn’t be. He lost to the Best in the World. There’s no shame in that. The #TopGuys said that was so hot, it was 102 but felt 150. Roman can’t take the heat, Shane’s Mr. Fahrenheit. But when it comes to this open challenge of sorts, it’s gonna be a no. Shane is chilling. Be more concerned with your Stomping Grounds opponent. McIntyre tells Roman to listen. The only reason McIntyre isn’t tearing Roman apart now is because of Shane. But at Stomping Grounds. McIntyre will kick Roman’s ass, take his name, and beat Roman down until it is uncomfortable to watch. And then McIntyre might pin him.

But the night doesn’t end there. It ends when McIntyre disfigures Roman to the point of Roman’s own children screaming in horror when they see him. Roman has had enough of all this talk, he heads to the backstage area! Shane hears word of this, and the posse moves into action! Roman finds and beats down The Revival first! Dawson ends up in the bathroom and Dash gets thrown into a garage door! Roman finds the VIP lounge, where Shane is still standing! Roman uppercuts McIntyre, then throws him into walls! He SPINEBUSTERS McIntyre through the buffet table! Shane crawls away but The Big Dog hunts him down! They end up at ringside again! Shane leaps the barrier in a single bound, but Roman does, too!

Roman rains down rights then throws Shane into barriers! And then rains down more hands! Roman puts Shane in the ring and takes aim from the corner. He locks ‘n’ loads, for a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Down goes Shane! But Roman won’t stop there, he lets out the battle cry! Shane stands, to get a SPEAR!! The Big Dog finally takes a bite out of the Best in the World! Roman takes the mic back to say, “Crawl to the back and tell Drew I’ma whoop his ass Sunday.” Will Roman crush the Celtic Colossus and make Stomping Grounds his Yard?

 

SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, hangs out with Raw superstars, Naomi and Natalya!

These three share memories of good times from their days together, but then Charly Caruso comes by to interview Bayley. What does she have to say to Alexa’s wild accusations of Bayley being a social media bully? Wait, what? There’s even a post saying Bayley wouldn’t take pictures with fans just because they wore Nikki Cross merchandise. Well that’s obviously Alexa posting it! Bayley will sort this out soon enough.

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The IIconics VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!

Finally, the so-called fighting champions will defend their titles! Peyton Royce & Billie Kay return to Raw to defend the cross-brand belts against the Goddess of Raw and her crazy new compatriot. But will Alexa’s true colors be shown before going for SmackDown gold on Sunday? Or can she keep the wool over Nikki’s eyes long enough to become a Women’s Triple Crown winner?

Raw returns as Billie & Peyton make their entrance. They made it to the city of angels! Tinsel Town! Stars and A-Listers! Which is perfect for them to defend their Women’s Tag Team Championships in! Against…? Alexa & Nikki! Seriously? Were there no other teams available? Well Alexa was a champ, and she’s tagging with Nikki. That’s like LeBron’s career. He was champion with other teams, and then came to LA and lost. Aw, poor LeBron. The only ones here with bright futures are the two with titles. They are the future, and the future is IICONIC! Strike the pose! But then Nikki and Alexa make their entrance, and we begin this long-awaited tag title match!

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out. But wait! Bayley makes her own appearance! She wants to make sure Alexa remembers their match is Sunday. Will Alexa be able to focus? Find out, after the break.

Raw returns again, and Alexa starts with Billie. Billie talks trash to tiny, tiny Alexa, but Alexa SLAPS her! Billie gets mad and throws Alexa down by her hair! But then Alexa yanks her into buckles and stomps away! Alexa shouts at the ref for counting, then SLAPS Billie again! Alexa scares Peyton off but Billie gets a sneak attack in. Tag to Peyton, and the IIconics wring, kick and kick Alexa down. IICONIC pose. Bayley looks aggravated by them. Alexa rolls Peyton, TWO! Tag to Nikki, and she throws Peyton around with arm-drags! She Oklahoma Rolls Peyton, TWO! Jawbreaker! Peyton staggers and Nikki dropkicks her down! Nikki climbs up top and leaps, but her crossbody flops! Tag to Billie, and she covers Nikki fast, TWO!

Billie argues with the ref then goes after Nikki at the ropes. She stomps Nikki then clubs her to the IIconic corner. Tag to Peyton and they mug Nikki. Peyton knocks Nikki down then hooks on a half nelson and chinbar. Fans rally for Nikki, which Bayley is all for. Nikki fights up but Peyton throws her down. Cover, TWO! Peyton is furious now, and she drags Nikki over to tag Billie. The IIconics mug Nikki more, and Billie grinds her boot into Nikki. The IIconics say Nikki is nothing, but she fights out! Nikki clubs away on Billie, then headbutts and whips. Billie holds ropes and kicks back, then clobbers Nikki with a forearm. Billie pushes Alexa off the apron, and Bayley confronts Alexa on the social media lies. Alexa shoves Bayley down!

Meanwhile, Nikki clobbers Billie down! Nikki hits Peyton but Billie rolls Nikki! Bayley goes after Alexa! The IIconics win!!

Winners: The IIconics, by pinfall; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

Bayley just cost Alexa and her “friend,” which only helps Alexa’s narrative seem more believable to Nikki. But lies aside, will Alexa truly be the first Raw superstar to hold the SmackDown Women’s Championship?

 

Alexa and Nikki regroup backstage.

Alexa apologizes, and asks if Nikki’s okay. If only Bayley didn’t interfere, there’d be new women’s tag team champions tonight. Nikki sees Bayley’s true colors! Bayely crushed Nikki’s dreams. But Nikki wants Alexa to do that to Bayley. Nikki will be in Alexa’s corner! Is this all according to plan?

 

Raw presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!

Well hey, there! Bray Wyatt is just gardening. Our minds are a lot like gardens. All anyone needs is some water, some sun, and then your ideas will grow! But some ideas are full of worms. Those are no good! There will be people who lie to you. Like people saying the Earth is round. Or that dinosaurs are extinct! What do any of them know? But Brya knows what it’s like to be different. That’s why he built this place! So that we could all be together forever! Him, Mercy, Abby, the again repaired Ramblin’ Rabbit, Ham, Devil Vince. Join them where the fun never has to end. Yes, join us. JOIN US!! “People worship what they fear. Fear is power. Follow the leader.” And do the muscle man dance! REMIX!

The Fiend?! He’s back!? “FOLLOW THE LEADER!!” And let him in.

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

He vowed to destroy Seth Rollins, but Rollins has been destroying a lot of other superstars. What will he do about the super aggressive Architect/ Bryan has a question for them: why has no one taken that chair from Rollins? Is it because management likes seeing Rollins on a rampage? But in the end, Rollins is NOT a better wrestler than Bryan! The Beastslayer has been a badass with the chair, but he has never done and never will do is beat Daniel Bryan! Will the SmackDown Tag Team Champion defeat Raw’s top champion here tonight?

 

Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan!

Raw returns as the Planet’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance! But of course, the Universal Champion isn’t far behind, and he still has that chair! The chair is bent and dented from all the damage it’s done, but will Rollins need to use it a little bit more tonight? Or can he have his match with Bryan and get out before a cash-in?

The bell rings and Rollins circles with Bryan. They tie up and Bryan headlocks to a takeover. Rollins headscissors but Bryan pops out. They go again and roles reverse as Rollins gets the headlock takeover. Bryan stands up instead to power out, but Rollins runs him over. Things speed up and Bryan tosses Rollins out. Bryan builds speed but Rollins punches him away! Rollins springboards for the lariat! Bryan bails out and Rollins runs to DIVE! Direct hit into barriers! Rollins gets back in and keeps going, to DIVE into Rowan’s claws! IRON CLAW to the apron!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification

Big Red doesn’t care about DQ’s as he clubs away on Rollins in the ring! Bryan soaks up the heat and Rowan sets Rollins up for the Knee Plus! But then The New Day come out! They go after their old enemies, Trouble in Paradise for Bryan! But then Kevin and Sami come in to go after them! And the Revival, too! They go after Woods, Kofi and Big E, but then the USOS come in! The Usos want after the Revival, and it’s just a crazy brawl! The Usos throw the #TopGuys out, then DOUBLE SUPERKICK Rowan! Big E clotheslines Rowan out! These five fire up and the Usos DOUBLE FLY! They bowl over everyone! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” as referees and security come out!

Bryan and Rollins are still in the ring and there’s going to be a RESTART! There will be a ban for everyone else at ringside, what happens now that things are truly 1v1?!

 

Seth Rollins VS Daniel Bryan!

Raw returns once more with the bell! Rollins and Bryan go at each other fast and furious! Rollins whips but Bryan holds ropes. Bryan dumps Rollins way out and hard! Bryan fetches Rollins to throw him into the steel steps! The ref begins a ring count, but Bryan drags Rollins in at 5. Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! And then another! Bryan runs again, into a clothesline! Both men are down, but LA rallies up for Rollins. Rollins and Bryan slowly stand and Rollins throws punches and chops! He CHOPS then whips, but Bryan goes up and over. Bryan runs, dodges, but gets a Slingblade! Cover, TWO!

Rollins keeps his cool as he gets to his feet. He glares at Bryan as he stomps, “Burn It Down!” Fans chant along and Rollins aims. Mule kick and run, but Bryan avoids the stomp to roll Rollins up! TWO, and Rollins rolls Bryan! TWO, Bryan covers, TWO! Rollins and Bryan stand on wobbly legs, but Bryan throws heavy European Uppercuts. Rollins CHOPS back, and we go back and forth. Then Rollins switches to haymakers and so does Bryan. Bryan goes back to EuroUppers, but the kick misses. He catches the Pele into an Ankle Lock! Rollins flails and reaches, but Bryan shifts his grip to a waistlock, trapped-leg German Suplex! But Rollins falls out of the ring!

LA loves the action as Bryan goes to the apron. Bryan leaps for a flying knee! Rollins goes down hard! Bryan soaks up the heat then drags Rollins up and in at 5 again. Bryan takes his time climbing up high, but Rollins trips him up! Rollins climbs up to join Bryan, but Bryan holds on. Bryan fights back with body shots and then headbutts Rollins down. But Rollins is right back up! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, Falcon Arrow countered! To a LaBell Lock!! Rollins flails and endures as he reaches for ropes again! He claws and crawls, but Bryan shifts to a double arm! But Rollins uses his leg for the ROPEBREAK!

Bryan lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and grimaces as he gets to his feet. Bryan gives Rollins the Yes Kicks! Or should they be the Planet’s Kicks? The buzzsaw hits! Bryan then takes aim at Rollins from a corner. Rollins stands, but catches the knee into a BUCKLE BOMB! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and Rollins can’t believe it! But Rollins just keeps moving, going up top. Rollins leaps, but onto knees! LABELL LOCK RETURNS! Rollins endures all over again, but pries out to high stack! TWO, PELE! CURB STOMP! But Rollins has to crawl to his cover, Rollins still wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Finally, the Architect has a win over Daniel Bryan! But just as he gets on stage, Corbin SMACKS Rollins with a chair! This is the Lone Wolf’s revenge from earlier tonight. Corbin SMACKS Rollins again! And again! Corbin drags Rollins into the ring and then drags him up for End of Days! Corbin holds the title up as if he’s already won! But who will his special guest referee be?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well this was definitely another go-home Raw. There was so much promise going into this, but a lot of it got squandered. We started off better by having Rollins just beat the snot out of Elias as he issues his warning. He got to do a lot of beating of random superstars, which I feel like Rollins needed at this point. There’s only so much you can do with “paranoia” over Mr. MITB cashing in. Rollins should’ve used silver Sharpie to make notches for all the superstars he beat the crap out of. That chaos to “ruin” the “main event” was pretty good, with pretty much the best of both shows’ tag team divisions going after each other. I would love if SmackDown used this to create a massive tag team championship match for no later than Extreme Rules, with the winners being both SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions.

I just wish The Good Brothers/The Club would get back on track towards those belts. It was a good move to have AJ Styles give them a kick in the pants, but I suppose it is a bit soon for them to snap back. This story should give all three something to do for the Summer, and maybe all three are in line for titles come Summerslam. And I really liked how the Shane & Friends stuff turned out. First with Heath Slater, that gets Slater more Face sympathy while getting McIntyre more Heel heat. And then Roman finally gets to just dominate Shane the way he should have at Super Showdown. Roman VS McIntyre should be a good match, but I do dread Shane getting revenge by screwing Roman over again. Maybe this is meant to lead to Extreme Rules, too.

Raw did not do a good job of making it clear that the Fatal 5 contender’s match was Elimination style. But upon realizing it was, that was a smart choice. And I’m honestly surprised it’s Ricochet first up, I thought it’d be Strowman. But they did good at switching that on us, Ricochet VS Joe will be a great match. I don’t see Ricochet winning, though, because I feel it’s much more likely Samoa Joe moves on to face Miz at Extreme Rules for their own intensely personal match. But then Raw basically relies on SmackDown’s teams with that Six Man Tag. Being 2 out of 3 was a great move, if just to stretch for time. Woods & Big E VS Kevin & Sami, however, that’s just to fill the Stomping Grounds card. I wonder if that changes given the tag team brawl and my idea for the titles.

Once again, we see Vince doesn’t care about the Women’s Tag Division, and quite literally puts his plans for the singles titles above it. The IIconics VS Alexa & Nikki was just a framing device to create more heat between Alexa and Bayley. Though I will say, this is good use of the three involved in the SmackDown Women’s Championship scene. Nikki is falling hook, line and sinker for Alexa’s evil plan, and it might actually get Alexa the title. Between this and both tag titles possibly going to the same team, the Brand Split should just end with Summerslam and certainly before SmackDown goes to Fox. We NEED the Kabuki Warriors! And while fans love Becky, she and Lacey didn’t do that much. Their promos were good, but it was just a fast beat down and that’s all, because Becky surely wins again.

My Score: 7.9/10


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