NJPW and ROH shine even brighter as AXS’s coverage of G1 Supercard concludes! Who will come away with BOTH the ROH and IWGP Tag Team Championships?!
Coverage of G1 Supercard will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins and becomes the dual NEVER Openweight & ROH World Television Champion.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido; Lee wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada; The Guerrillas of Destiny win and are the dual ROH World & IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
- ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll; Taven wins and becomes the new ROH World Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS set the scene for this historic crossover event!
The history between ROH’s Franchise Player and self-proclaimed “REAL World Champion” is long and tense as the contenders for that title kept piling up. Marty Scurll won ROH’s Survival of the Fittest to become a contender while Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven went to a 60 minute time limit draw! Instead of worrying about who got the next shot at Lethal, he decided that Taven and Scurll would both get their chance in the only match fair enough: a Ladder Match! Will Lethal climb to new heights to keep that belt? Or will one of his hungry challengers finally get their first taste of the real deal?
Meanwhile, Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa again climbed to the top of NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Team Division by dethroning Los Ingobernables de Japon. At the same time, Jay & Mark Briscoe were again triumphant as the then 9-time ROH World Tag Team Champions. One pair of brothers called out the other, and said that they’d put their belts on the line if the other brothers did, too! “We’ll do title vs title at Madison Square Garden!” However, there were complications at the ROH 17th Anniversary Show in Las Vegas when The Briscoes lost their titles to Villain Enterprises’ PCO & Brody King! Things only get more complicated as Evil & Sanada want their rematch. Now all four teams will compete for all four belts! Who will find themselves atop two top promotions’ tag team divisions with one match?!
But before even all of this, the Bone Soldier Reborn continues to test himself after becoming IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! Taiji Ishimori dethroned Kushida then successfully defended against Ryusuke Taguchi and Jushin Thunder Liger! He wants even more competition, but he might have bitten off more than he can chew! Dragon Lee of CMLL and Bandido of ROH both go for gold, who comes out of this high speed, star studded Triple Threat as THE Junior Heavyweight Champion?
NEVER Openweight VS ROH World Television Championship Winner Takes All: Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb!
Title for title isn’t just for tag teams! The Aerial Assassin and the Hawaiian Juggernaut both want to prove they’re big enough for two belts, but who wins when speed takes on strength?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this battle between these two great champions begins!
Fans duel thunderously as Cobb and Ospreay jaw at each other. Given this is part ROH, the Code of Honor is asked for and upheld by both men. The bell rings and Cobb immediately leaps at Ospreay in a corner! Big back elbow then whip corner to corner. Ospreay reverses but gets POUNCED out of the ring! Cobb follows but misses, Ospreay CHOPS. Ospreay whips but Cobb reverses again. Ospreay hops up and over then springboards for a forearm! Cobb is down but Ospreay keeps moving, SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit but Cobb catches Ospreay! Only for Ospreay to counter with a DDT! Fans keep up the fire as Ospreay drags Cobb up and in.
Fans duel as Ospreay throws forearms on Cobb. Ospreay runs but Cobb puts him on the apron. Ospreay forearms again then springboards, but into Cobb’s arms! He fights out of Cobb’s grip but Cobb comes running in, only to get a boot. Ospreay hops up but gets a CHOP! Cobb climbs up to join Ospreay and hits a stalling SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps on Ospreay with more CHOPS and uppercuts. He throws Opsreay across the way! Then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Cobb drives elbows in as fans continue to duel. He whips and elbows Ospreay down. Cover, TWO! Cobb keeps his cool as he drags Ospreay up again. Ospreay breaks free to fire forearms again, but Cobb kicks low. Cobb whips but Ospreay dodges to huricanrana, only for Cobb to block and counter to a bearhug! Cobb squeezes tight but Ospreay endures and fights back.
Ospreay breaks free but Cobb CHOPS again. Cobb whips but Ospreay handsprings to enziguri! Both men are down but slowly sitting up. Ospreay is in a corner and Cobb runs in but blocks the boot. Ospreay enziguris then elevated tiger feint kicks! Cobb staggers and Ospreay springboards for another forearm! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool then fires himself up. Fans rally up as he goes to underhook. Cobb powers out but Ospreay drops down to kick away! Cobb catches the leg, so Ospreay starts slapping. Bad idea, Cobb throws him with a FALL AWAY SLAM! Cobb runs corner to corner for another uppercut, to Samoan Drop! And knip up to standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ospreay survives but Cobb keeps on him with punches.
Fans duel again as Cobb keeps throwing those hands. Ospreay gets up and gets in Cobb’s face. Ospreay throws forearms but Cobb JABS him off his feet! Cobb whips Ospreay but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay elbows Cobb then throws a clothesline, but it does nothing! He blocks Cobb’s counter then hook kicks. Cobb SUPERKICKS! Cobb runs but into a SPANISH FLY!! But Ospreay can’t cover for the power it took to make that happen! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men stir. Ospreay gets to a corner and the top rope. He aims at Cobb and flies, missile dropkick to the bad shoulder! And now Ospreay takes off the elbow pad. Ospreay aims, but Cobb ducks! TOUR OF- Crucifix! To DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives but Ospreay fires himself up again.
Ospreay drags Cobb up as fans duel again. Roundhouse rocks Cobb, then Ospreay runs, but Cobb reels him in. Ospreay fights out to back flip kick, only to get a LARIAT! Cobb sees Ospreay in a drop zone, and climbs up top!? Cobb leaps for a Frog Splash FLOP! Ospreay escapes being crushed, and then hits his Robinson Special spin kick! Ospreay calls for it, springboards, but Cobb blocks the cutter! He shoves Ospreay to a corner, but Ospreay comes back with the OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO?! Cobb survives and no one can believe it! But the fans are loving it as Ospreay takes aim again. Ospreay hits a hook kick! Then he underhooks, and gets Cobb up!? But Cobb gets out to a corner, and elbows Ospreay. Ospreay tucks Cobb in, CHEEKY NANDOS! Then from the outside, Ospreay climbs up and underhooks!? Cobb denies it with a headbutt!
Cobb scoops Ospreay now, SUPER TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! But he’s not done there! Cobb takes off the straps, pop-up TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; still ROH World Television Champion, NEW NEVER Openweight Champion
Strength wins out, and now Cobb is the first American to hold that particular NJPW title.
Jeff Cobb speaks, saying, “Will Ospreay, I respect you for the fact that you are a fighting champion.” Cobb respects both ROH and NJPW in trusting him with this opportunity. Cobb will continue where Ospreay left off and be a fighting champion in both companies! He also thanks the fans for their support, and plans to see both ROH and NJPW fans very soon.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: Taiji Ishimori VS Dragon Lee VS Bandido!
Three of the best Junior Heavyweights between the NJPW-CMLL-ROH alliance all battle for this title to establish themselves as the world’s best Junior Heavyweight! Will Bone Soldier keep his young legacy growing? Will Dragon Lee take a step towards redemption from his match with Hiromu Takahashi? Or will ROH’s LifeBlood gain its first bit of gold thanks to the gunslinger luchador?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this incredible and international match-up!
Dragon Lee kicks Ishimori out of the ring with the bell, then whips Bandido! Bandido huricanranas but Lee lands on his feet. Bandido comes back for another and it hits! Lee goes out and Bandido FLIES right on him! Bandido meets Ishimori in the ring and things speed up. Ishimori somersaults and headscissors, to a neck crank! Ishimori runs in at Bandido but misses. Bandido runs in but is put on the apron. Bandido hits back but Ishimori hits harder. Ishimori kicks Lee and whips but Lee dodges to huricanrana Bandido off the apron! Ishimori triangle moonsaults onto Lee! Fans fire up with the champ as he gets right back up. Ishimori drags Bandido up and in for chops. He puts Bandido in a corner to grind in his knee. The ref counts but Bandido lets up.
Ishimori whips corner to corner but Bandido reverses. Bandido runs in but Ishimori slips out to slide under and go around to shoulder in. Ishimori springboards for a leg lariat! Cover, but Lee breaks it up! Lee brings Ishimori up but Ishimori rakes his eyes. Ishimori whips but Lee reverses, and borrows the Combinacion Cabron from LIJ! He keeps on Ishimori with fast forearms then runs corner to corner for a hesitation dropkick! He drags Ishimori up for double underhooks, butterfly backbreaker! But he’s not done, basement dropkick and cover, but Bandido breaks it up. Bandido drags Lee up but Lee fires back. They brawl with forearms, but Lee knee triggers Bandido. Lee runs but into a tilt-o-whirl scoop and torture rack! Spinning to the knee, then a lariat! Cover, but Ishimori breaks it.
Ishimori drags Bandido up and whips but Bandido reverses. Ishimor handsprings and enziguris Bandido down! He goes after Lee with a kick, then runs, only to roll into Lee’s sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Lee fires up with the fans and brings Ishimori around. He puts Ishimori on the top rope, then CHOPS him into the Tree of Woe! Lee climbs but Bandido springboards to SUPER STEINER! Ishimori tilt-o-whirl facebusters Bandido, only to get up for Lee’s running Destroyer! All three men are down but MSG is fired up! “This is Awesome!” but not over yet. Bandido sits up first, followed by Lee. Bandido runs but into a wheelbarrow. Lee can’t hold on but he does slip out of a suplex, only for Ishimori to knee him down. Ishimori runs into a pop-up cutter! Cover, TWO!! Ishimori survives but Bandido keeps going.
Bandido has Ishimori in a drop zone, and fans fire up as he climbs. Lee returns to trip Bandido into the Tree of Woe! Woe Stomps from Lee to Bandido! Lee scoops Ishimori into a suplex, but huricanrana pin counter! TWO but Ishimori gut wrenches to the Blood Cross! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives but barely! Ishimori says BANG as he drags Lee up again. Bandido stops the other Bloody Cross to then put Ishimori up top. Bandido climbs but Ishimori fights him off. They brawl but Lee adds on. Lee throws Bandido off and goes after Ishimori. They brawl but Bandido returns to join on. Lee headbutts Ishimori, Bandido kicks Lee! Bandido climbs and has both opponents for a DOUBLE SUPER BACKFLIP POWERSLAM!! MSG is thunderous and losing their minds over that!
Bandido crawls to Lee for a cover, TWO!! Ishimori crawls away so Bandido doesn’t cover him. He does aim at Ishimori and scoops him, package piledriver! Cover, but Lee drags Bandido off to a suplex! Bandido slips out but gets an elbow, knee and reverse-rana! Lee knee triggers Ishimori! Lee goes back to Bandido, suplex to bomb! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Dragon Lee, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
CMLL’s Dragon Lee has NJPW’s championship! Lee shows respect to Bandido as he helps him up, but Ishimori clears out with frustration. Bandido shows respect back by helping Lee put on the belt. With Best of the Super Juniors on the horizon, will Bone Soldier Reborn redeem himself through that tournament? Will Lee reign with that title through the Spring and to the Summer?
Ishimori wants to know “What the hell!?” How is it the result came through those two guys? Ishimori lost the belt but not the match. “So why don’t we do it again?” But Ishimori and Lee 1v1, no triple threat. What does Lee say to that?
Lee does speak, saying that was so much work. The title is what all his effort was for. Day after day, training hard and not being given anything for free. Everything Lee has is from hard work and education. Lee is content with this win. He thanks God for this blessing, as well as for his family and his father for supporting him. He dedicates this win to his father. Thanks to him, Lee is in a good place. He became the new champion in Madison Square Garden. But he does wait anxiously for the return of Hiromu, and hopes Hiromu can be his first challenger. The real goal was always Hiromu. Lee is now champion, but he dedicates this win to Hiromu and Daryl. He hopes to see them again, strnoger than ever.
ROH & IWGP Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Winners Take All: The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Villain Enterprises VS The Briscoes VS Evil & Sanada!
A massive match for a massive moment in wrestling history! Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa, PCO & Brody King, Jay & Mark Briscoe and Los Ingobernables de Japon’s King of Darkness & Cold Skull all want to be THE best tag team between both companies. What will it take for one team to take both pairs of belts home with them?
The introductions are made, PCO gets a jolt of electricity from Destro, and then he and Brody hit the ring with both the ROH World and ROH Six Man Tag titles! Will they be leaving with three belts each after the break?
NJPW on AXS returns and The Briscoes attack first! The bell rings and it’s just a huge brawl! Everyone clears out quick except Mark Briscoe and PCO. Mark has PCO in a corner then runs in, only to be tossed right out! PCO then takes aim and DIVES onto Mark! The brawling goes crazy on the outside as Jay Briscoe and Brody trade hands. The GoD regroup, as do LIJ. It seems the ROH teams are continuing where they left off in Vegas as PCO throws hands on Mark in front of the fans. LIJ and GoD brawl, too, then the champion teams hit the ring. Brody and PCO stand up to Tama and Loa, and another brawl begins! Villain Enterprises gets the edge, then both run, only for The Briscoes to drag them out.
But GoD isn’t alone, LIJ rushes them! They brawl in the ring while #DemBoyz keep on PCO and Brody on the outside. Sanada whips but Tama reverses. Jado is there with his kendo stick and Sanada stops himself, only for Tama to clobber him from behind. Tama kicks at Evil but Evil blocks and hands off to Loa. Loa doesn’t wanna but Evil still SUPERKICKS Tama down. Tama bails out and Loa goes at Evil. Evil feeds Loa to Sanada, who ties Loa up in Paradise! Fans love it, and the Briscoes are willing to leave Loa in it until Sanada dropkicks Loa out of Paradise! The Briscoes then rush LIJ, but Mark gets a back drop. Mark lands on his feet and fights both LIJ while Jay keeps GoD down. Mark Peles Evil out but Sanada kicks him. Sanada whips but Mark reverses and lets Jay CLOBBER Sanada!
The Briscoes double whip and double shoulder Sanada down! But here comes Brody King with big hands. The Briscoes get teh better of him, but not for long as he hits a double crossbody! Loa returns and throws hands on Brody! Loa bops Brody but Brody BOOTS Loa! Brody even headscissors Loa down! Cannonball on the ropes! Brody keeps Jay Briscoe and Tama Tonga out, but then takes aim at them all. Brody FLIES and wipes them all out! Fans fire up but Mark wrecks Brody with a dropkick. Mark then climbs up and leaps, corkscrew senton! The South Sussex Chicken puts Tama back in, but Tama elbows Mark to a corner. Tama throws hands and a dropkick on Mark, then whips Mark corner to corner. Mark reverses, Jay forearms then feeds Tama to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Mark hits Loa with an apron blockbuster! Jay drags Tama up for a neckbreaker but Tama powers out. SUPERKICK from Jay, back elbow from Tama. Tama slides and dropkicks Jay down and out! Sanada returns to bait Tama in and out! Evil gets away with putting a chair on Tama’s head, then SMACKING it off with another! Evil hit a homer with that one! He feeds Tama to Sanada and LIJ double whip. Tama gets their kick and clothesline combo, but they’re not done with him yet. Evil drags Tama up and suplexes, but The Briscoes disrupt Magic Killer! Jay underhooks for the Jay Driller! Mark climbs, FROGGY-BOW! Cover, but Brody breaks it! Brody clotheslines Jay and himself out of the ring! Mark slingshots but Brody catches him to apron choke slam him!!
Brody shouts to PCO and PCO climbs! PCO apron SWANTONS Mark! And he’s right back up! He’s NOT human! Brody drags Mark back in, powerbomb lifts, GONZO BOMB! PCO climbs again, MOONSAULT! Cover, but Tama breaks it up! Loa SPEARS Brody but PCO CHOPS Tama. PCO fires off on Tama in a corner, faster and faster! Loa runs in to forearm PCO and he throws headbutts. GoD take PCO for double electric chair, to POWERBOMB HIM TO THE FLOOR! GoD says “SUCK IT” but PCO still lives!! PCO falls back over but MSG is cheering him on. Tama tries to stun Brody but gets a German Suplex! Brody clobbers Loa but Tama distracts the ref. Jado kendo SMACKS Brody, then GUN STUN! GoD coordinate, suplex to the top rope, SUPER POWERBOMB! Cover, GoD wins!
Winners: The Guerrillas of Destiny, Tonga Loa pinning; still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions
History is made as history is made! NJPW’s GoD hold belts in both companies!
But wait, who is that attacking The Briscoes? It’s Enzo and Big Cass- Er, uh, nZo and Caz XL! Former WWE wrestlers are attacking at G1 Supercard?! The Briscoes get them out of here, as does Bully Ray, while GoD celebrates their accomplishment. But wait, is that Toru Yano who just snatched the IWGP Heavyweight belts?! The Clown Prince of Chaos is all smiles as he runs away with the gold! Just what is going on with tag team wrestling?!
Tonga Loa says, “There’s a title missing, but he just got one.” Yano taking their IWGP belts? “That’s bullsh*t.” But that was just on top of other BS. There was an agreement in this match, “but just like anything else, it’s f*cking wrestling.” You can’t believe what you’re told. So the deal is: GoD doesn’t care about ROH, or whoever those guys were at the end of the match trying to take the spotlight. GoD won the titles. But another BS: they worked for free tonight. Tama takes the ROH belts and throws them away like garbage! Tama knows nobody cares about ROH.
But GoD handled their business, it was easy. And it’s surprising that those losers still had energy to fight some other losers not even in the match! The fact the Briscoes brawled with those guys, it just tells Tama that “you muthaf*ckas ain’t on NJPW’s level.” Tama can tell The Briscoes weren’t giving their best, because they were saving energy for that BS that happened. But let it be known, the double champs are done with y’all. Will GoD even care to keep those ROH tag titles after what went down?
ROH World Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match: Jay Lethal VS Matt Taven VS Marty Scurll!
The Franchise Player has had this title time and again but he wants to hold it for the rest of his career if he can. The Kingdom’s ring leader wants recognition as the “REAL World Champion” after being held down by a supposed conspiracy. And The Villain, now finally a leader of his own team, wants the belt he feels he deserves. Three men live a childhood dream of wrestling in the most famous arena in the world. But who will live an even greater dream by winning in that same arena, for the top prize in ROH?
The introductions are made, the belt is hoisted high overhead, and this epic triple threat begins after the break!
NJPW on AXS returns and all three men look up as the belt finally reaches its apex. The bell rings, and Lethal goes right at Taven! Scurll decides this is the perfect time to bail out and get a ladder. Taven and Lethal brawl to a corner and Lethal chops. Lethal sees Scurll bringing in a ladder and baseball slide dropkicks the ladder into Scurll! Lethal brings Scurll up and now they brawl. Scurll throws uppercuts then goes back to the ladder. Lethal grabs the other end, and it’s a tug-o-war, until Tavne FLIES out! Taven hits ladder but still brings Scurll and Lethal down with it! All three men are down and fans lose their minds over Taven’s self-sacrifice. Taven fights through the pain to put the ladder in the ring.
Lethal forearms but Taven forearms back, only to run into a hip toss! Lethal carthweels and dropkicks Taven down! Scurll goes after Lethal but gets a boot for it! Lethal brings another ladder over and plops it down. He snap suplexes Taven for good measure before going under the ring. Lethal finds a few chairs and puts them near the ladder. He uses one chair to jab Scurll back down, then starts setting something up. Lethal makes a bridge between the chairs with the ladder. Scurll hits Lethal then bounces him off the ladder. Scurll gives Taven a tornado DDT! Fans fire up with The Villain as he brings over yet another ladder. Scurll puts that one in the ring and then puts the first one in a corner. He sets up the other ladder in the other corner.
Taven returns but Scurll throws him into one ladder, then the other! And back again! Taven tumbles out of the ring but Lethal returns to back drop Scurll onto a ladder! Scurll bails out and Lethal has the ring to himself. Lethal takes one ladder but Scurll returns. Lethal snap suplexes Scurll and then drops a ladder on him! Taven returns but Lethal rams him with the other ladder. And then drops that ladder on Taven! Taven and Scurll writhe with back pain while Lethal eyes the prize. Lethal sets up a ladder but in a corner, sideways on the bottom rope. He kicks and chops Scurll but Scurll CHOPS back. They trade CHOPS and then Lethal whips. Scurll reverses but Lethal slides to a stop, to drop toehold! But Scurll stops himself to throw Lethal into that ladder.
Scurll places Lethal in a Tree of Woe with the ladder, and then goes out to fetch a chair! Scurll keeps Lethal in the Tree and brings the chair over, to SMACK steel into Lethal! And again! And again! Scurll gives another chair shot to Lethal and fans fire up! Scurll introduces another ladder while Lethal is stuck in the Tree. Taven returns but Scurll kicks him out. Scurll sets up the ladder but has to kick Taven away again. Scurll climbs but notices the ladder isn’t tall enough. So he fetches his umbrella! Scurll climbs but Taven yanks him down to SUPERKICK him down! Taven climbs now but Lethal is free of the Tree. Lethal drags Taven down to bounce him off that ladder. Scurll gets up to mule kick and uppercut Lethal. Fans cheer Scurll on as he CHOPS Lethal again.
Scurll keeps those CHOPS going, then runs, but Lethal dodges. He falls for 52 Fake Out! Scurll brings that corner ladder over and makes it a neck brace on Lethal. Scurll aims but Taven drags him out of the ring. Taven throws Scurll into barriers, then gives Lethal Just the Tip through the ladder! Why? Because “IIIIII’M Matt Taven!” Lethal writhes as Taven sits a ladder up. Taven climbs but Scurll returns to yank him off. Scurll and Taven brawl and Scurll CHOPS Taven. Scurll runs to clothesline Taven out, then hops to the apron, SUPERKICK! Fans fire up with Scurll as he skins the cat. Scurll climbs but Lethal returns to club him down. Lethal laces Scurll’s legs through the ladder, for a hanging figure four! But Taven returns to climb!
Lethal lets Scurll go to go after Taven. Lethal throws Taven out and then takes the ladder to slam it on Scurll. He drags Scurll back up and puts the Figure Four back on, but Scurll pushes him out of the ring. Scrull goes back to the apron, but that bad leg slows him down. Cutter on the apron! Lethal leaves Scurll down but Taven follows Lethal into the ring. Lethal CHOPS Taven then runs, but Taven tosses Lethal out. Taven kicks Lethal then runs, to slide and powerbomb Lethal onto the ladder bridge! MSG loses their minds as Lethal suffers at the hands of his own construction! But it’s Scurll who gets back in the ring! Scurll sets a ladder up but he can only hop up rather than climb. Taven returns but Scurll gets him with CHOPS!
Scurll sets the ladder in a corner and brings Taven over, but Taven denies. Taven suplexes but Scurll slips out to drop toehold Taven to ropes. Scurll runs, Villainous 619! Scurll calls for it, then stalks Taven as fans fire up. MSG shouts along, “CHICKEN WING!” But Taven kicks low and DDT’s! Taven grins then mocks the “Melvins”. Fans tell Taven what they think of him but he takes it as a compliment. Taven tries to set up a ladder but Scrull stomps it closed on his hands! Scurll grabs that hand, but Taven kicks low again, Moonlight Drive onto the ladder! Taven grimaces as he takes the corner ladder and stands it up. He climbs up as fans jeer hard as ever, but Scurll hurries up the other side! Scurll punches away then brings Taven up, SUPERPLEX!
Both Taven and Scurll are down from that hard landing, and Lethal finally returns to the ring! Lethal forces himself to stand but Scurll SMACKS him down with an umbrella shot! Scurll aims again, but Lethal dodges to Lethal- CHICKEN WING! But Lethal rams Scurll into a ladder to break free! Scurll and Taven are on the outside and Lethal goes for the standing ladder. Lethal positions it under the belt and climbs again. But Taven returns and follows after. Lethal and Taven fight as Taven climbs up behind. Lethal even spits on Taven before punching him down! The belt is within fingertips, but Scurll creeps up from behind! Chicken Wing atop the ladder! But Lethal fights his way out, but then Scurll shoves him down.
Taven returns as Scurll stands. They both fight for the top, but Scurll grabs the fingers! SNAP! But Taven has his other hand! Scurll grabs those fingers, SNAP! But Lethal uses Scurll’s umbrella to SMACK Scurll down! But that leaves Taven up top! Taven reaches but his hands hurt, and he falls off! Taven is frustrated as he works on his fingers. Fans let him know “You Deserve It!” Lethal and Taven stand and brawl with forearms. Scurll slips in as Lethal gives Taven a Lethal Combination including the ladder! The ladder tips over but Scurll focuses on another. Lethal shoves Scurll away and stands the other ladder back up. Lethal folds it and aims it at Scurll, but Scurll gets clear! The ladders are now intertwined!
Scurll knocks Lethal down then throws him out. Scurll drags the X-Ladder to the middle of the ring, but Taven attacks. Taven suplexes but Scurll Gourd Busters Taven onto X-Ladder! Lethal returns, LETHAL INJECTION! But there’s no ladder standing! Lethal hobbles up with his bad back and dumps X-Ladder out. It almost hits the front row fans! Thankfully they were paying attention. Fans still say “That’s a Lawsuit!” Lethal goes to a fresh ladder and brings it in. Scurll blocks his way so Lethal goes around the outside. Lethal searches under the ring and brings out a table! Scurll kicks Lethal away from it, to then brain buster Lethal onto the floor! Scurll takes control of the table and sets it up. He drags Lethal up to the apron and then stands him up.
Scurll wants a piledriver but Lethal is dead weight. Lethal uppercuts and boots Scurll! Scurll enziguris Lethal down and away, but Taven SPEARS Scurll through the table!! All three men are down again and fans lose their minds all over again. Taven and Scurll crawl from the wreckage while Lethal slowly stands up. Lethal brings out a new table, but Taven has a ladder. Lethal clubs Taven then puts him on the table with an uppercut and chops. He then stands a very tall ladder up nearby. Lethal climbs it and fans beg, “Please Don’t Die!” But Lethal stands up, and Hail to the King through the table!! Lethal and Taven are in the wreckage and fans are thunderous! But with these two down, Scurll crawls into the ring! Scurll gets a ladder, brings it over, and stands it up!
Scurll climbs but Lethal pursues. They both climb on opposite sides, and then start fighting. But wait! Taven has a purple ladder!? Taven brings that in and it’s taller than the one Scurll and Lethal fight on! He stands his ladder up and climbs pass them, only for Lethal to hit him off. Lethal keeps on Taven while Scurll ditches his ladder to make it a weapon! He throws it at Lethal’s head then rams it into Taven’s body. Scurll uses Taven’s ladder, but that bad leg slows him down. Scurll goes back to the silver ladder to make a bridge to Taven’s. Lethal brings in a ladder while Taven has a chair. Lethal copies Scurll’s idea for the ladder shortcut. Taven SMACKS Lethal! Then he trips up Scurll! Taven uses Scurll’s shortcut and climbs up his purple ladder, but Lethal struggles to follow.
Both men go rung for rung then throw hands near the top! Lethal grabs for the title but Taven swats it away. Taven use the title as a weapon to SMACK Lethal! Lethal lands on the ladder bridge!! Taven takes the belt down and WINS!
Winner: Matt Taven; NEW ROH World Champion
Madison Square Garden, witness history being made! Matt Taven is now Grand Slam Champion!
“Right now is about celebrating.” For Matt Taven, this moment is about a 6-year-old boy wanting this more than anything. For the last 9 months, Taven has called himself the real world champion, and no one believed him. Everyone doubted that he was ROH’s best. It came down to Madison Square Garden, where all the “Melvins” are now proven wrong. There is no one who can claim to be ROH World Champion other than Taven. “And man, isn’t that a beautiful thing to say?” The Kingdom celebrates now that their leader finally sits upon the throne. Who will come for Taven’s crown now that it’s solid gold?
A great two hours of action between both NJPW and ROH, and quite literally with all these crossover matches. It was really great to see all these title matches and the major changes to the status quo. Ospreay VS Cobb, an amazing opener, and it’s big for Cobb to be the dual champion. He’s very active in both promotions so seeing him carry the weight of both belts will be quite the responsibility. No matter who contends for which title, I’m sure Cobb will give us great matches. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship was as fast and frantic as it should be, and I was really surprised to see Ishimori lose. Dragon Lee will make a great cross-promotion wrestler, too, and I really like his hopes for facing Hiromu again. Whether we get Lee VS Ishimori or Lee VS Hiromu, both rematches will be great.
The Fatal 4 Way Tag was insane, and it’s great to see GoD win to have both belts. Their interview promos were great on their shoot merits. That Realest Guys “invasion” was definitely surprising. Seems like ROH didn’t tell their NJPW partners, which explains why Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa came off genuinely upset. Tama’s main point seems to be truly accurate, that ROH just isn’t at NJPW’s level pulling a stunt like that. And lastly, the ROH World Championship Ladder Match was pretty extreme. Perhaps too extreme, as they didn’t handle “X-Ladder” right. Never dump something like that near fans, go to the ramp side. It was quite the surprise to see Taven win, but perhaps ROH likes him better than their booking appears. No offense to Lethal, but I hope Scurll is first to challenge Taven, to bring their story of Kingdom VS Villain Enterprises into it.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/22/19)
Who WON’T be here for #RawReunion?!
It’s the first-ever Raw Reunion!
Legends and Hall of Famers are converging on Tampa to once again be part of the longest running TV series for one massive night of thrills! Plus, A Moment of Bliss invites Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, to be on the show! What goes down when the Man comes around?
- The Usos w/ Rikishi VS The Revival w/ D-Von Dudley; The Usos win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle; Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander; No Contest.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Drake Maverick VS The Boogeyman VS Pat Patterson; Patterson wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; The Viking Raiders win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Off Camera Match: Pat Patterson VS Gerald Briscoe; Briscoe wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship On Camera Intergender Match: Gerald Briscoe VS Kelly Kelly; Kelly wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Samoa Joe VS Roman Reigns; Reigns wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Kelly Kelly VS Candice Michelle w/ Naomi; wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Candice Michelle VS Madusa/Alundra Blayze; Blayze/Madusa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Sami Zayn VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Intergender “Match”: Alundra Blayze VS Ted DiBiase; DiBiase “wins” and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles w/ The Club; Rollins wins, by disqualification.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Inside a Limousine Match: Ted DiBiase VS Drake Maverick w/ Renee Michelle; Maverick wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
PLAY BY PLAY
JOHN CENA returns to Raw!
No reunion would be complete without the Franchise Player! And as always, fans sing a chorus of “John Cena Sucks~!” as he hits the ring! Cena picks up the mic and fans chant his name. “Wait, wait, wait.” All he had to do was wait for Raw Reunion and he’d be liked? Well then it’s great to be here! There will be other legends, like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Degeneration X, and Stone Cold Steve Austin! So just like us, Cena did not want to miss tonight. Because this is his home. And not just because he lives in Florida now. The WWE has always been his home. He may not be around like he used to, but the WWE Universe is still his family, because he is just as excited to be here now as he was on day one.
“So without further ado,” let’s get this going! And the Usos are first out! “Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whhhoa…!” They get in the ring with Cena for one big “WHOA!” Uce, Day One? Cena can’t be seen but he’s in the building! And to make this reunion even more lit is what the people want. Cena and the Usos dropping bars! Fans want to see and hear that! Cena says he can’t, he hasn’t done that in a long time. But the fans came for the Doctor of Thuganomics! Who this? This is Cena, who left for the movie biz. Cena says that respect for calling him out, but he ain’t getting bested. These two look just like their mug shots! How was it getting arrested? Well shout out to Hillsborough. But this is who they wanted!
Now everyone on your feet, let them hear you make some noise! Because this was fun, but you can’t see me. No don’t go, Pops is here. Here comes RIKISHI~! Yes, the first hall of famer of the night is here! Jimmy and Jey help Rikishi into the ring as he sports some Samoan Dynasty gear. Rikishi won’t let Cena leave yet, thought. Back dat ass up and turn back around. Now it goes like this. With respect, Cena is the man. But tonight, Uce, he can’t let Cena leave fast and furious without busting some moves! “Y’all ready for this?” The Usos and Cena line up, but the Revival interrupt! The Raw Tag Team Champions ruin the fun already. But wait, they’ve brought D-Von! It looks like we’ve got something brewing between tag team icons!
Hogan and Jimmy Hart are backstage!
The Hulkster is too pumped to be calm. With so many legends and icons running around, will they and Hulkamania run wild on you?
Booker T joins commentary!
Raw returns as the five-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion joins Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young at the announce desk!
The Usos w/ Rikishi VS The Revival w/ D-Von Dudley!
Jimmy and Scott Dawson start and tie up with the legends ringside. Dawson headlocks but Jimmy powers out. Dawson runs Jimmy over but things speed up. Jimmy hurdles then back drops Dawson, then back drops Dash Wilder as he runs in. He puts Dawson in the corner and tags in Jey. Jimmy holds Dawson still for Jey to hit a flying forearm! Jey snapmares Dawson then covers, TWO! Jey keeps on Dawson with a headlock but Dawson powers out. Dash distracts but gets an uppercut, Dawson hangs Jey up with a flapjack hotshot! Dawson backs off a moment to tag Dash, then The Revival double catapult guillotine Jey into ropes! Cover, TWO!
Rikishi coaches his sons up but Dash has Jey on the ropes again. Dash drags Jey up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Dawson and Dash feeds Jey to the knee. Dawson taunts Daddy Rikishi as he drops an elbow, leg and headbutt! Then a big back suplex! Dawson picks up the Uso bandanna to mock them, then throws it at Rikishi. Tag to Dash and The Revival mug Jey in their corner. They give Jey CHOPS then drive in elbows. Jey uppercuts back hard, but Dash stays on him. Jey elbows Dash away then climbs up, but Dawson distracts. Dash shoves Jey down to barriers! The Usos regroup while we go picture in picture.
Dash tells Jimmy to back off and waits for the count. Jimmy and Rikishi coach Jey up and Jey gets in at 9! Only for Dash to rain down right hands! Dash throws Jey into the post then tags in Dawson. The Revival give Jey the boosted suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawson stays on Jey as Raw returns to single picture. Fans rally up for the Usos and Jey fights back! Jey throws uppercuts but Dawson shoves to elbow Jey down. Tag to Dash and The Revival stomp Jey down. Dash snapmares Jey to wrap on a chinlock. Dash grinds Jey down in front of Rikishi, but Jey endures. Jey fights his way up and throws body shots. Dash shoves Jey but gets a kick for it! Tag to Dawson, but he misses in the corner! Dawson hits the post and falls! Hot tags to Dash and Jimmy!
Jimmy rallies on The Revival with big uppercuts! Mule kick to a pop-lock dab uppercut! Dash runs but into a Samoan Drop! Jimmy fires up and runs corner to corner but Dash puts him on the apron. Jimmy kicks back then climbs up! Dash scrambles but Dawson gets the crossbody! Dash gets the roll-up, TWO! Jimmy kicks, it’s blocked, but into the Dragon Whip! Jimmy fires up again and takes aim, shout out to Umaga with the running hip attack! He climbs, but Dash gets under. Dawson tags in, another block, but a save from the Dragon Whip! Flying uppercut German Supelx! Bridge, but Jey breaks it! D-Von cant’ believe it! Dash hits Jey but gets clothesline’d out with him!
D-Von smirks as he looms closer, but Rikishi is there to keep him back. Dawson jaws at Rikishi about not touching D-Von, but he turns around into a SUPERKICK! Tag to Jey and Jey climbs up, SUPERKICK for Dash! USO SPLASH for Dawson! Cover, the Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jey pinning
And now they’ve got a pin on the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will they keep things rolling towards an eighth tag title reign?
Alicia Fox is backstage talking Summerslam!
Dana Brooke hears her out about designing a new hat for the occasion. Alicia wants one that goes higher and higher, like 12 feet, maybe 17, maybe 30. What do they think? Kaitlyn is there to give her opinion. Whatever it is, it’ll be amazing. Well have this one then. Alicia’s getting an even bigger hat anyway so… OMG Torrie Wilson returns, too! And she looks amazing! Alicia looks great, too, like a disco ball! Santino Marella returns, too! How is Santina? Fantastic! But she is a little under the weather. But what about his little friend? Huh? Oh right, the Cobra! He loves the ladies. But then Drew McIntyre walks in… These three are “legends”? It disappoints him. But the Scottish Terminator has a different target: Cedric Alexander!
Backstage interview with R-Truth and Carmella!
The WWE 24/7 Champion returns from San Diego Comic-Con, and he’s looking out for all possible challengers. But speaking of that SDCC visit, Truth almost got caught up in a storm as he faced The Hurricane! Truth should’ve been a different bird. Like Big Bird or Larry Byrd. Larry’s got some moves. But here coems Renee Michelle, wife of Drake Maverick. She says Truth ruined her wedding, her marriage, and her husband’s life. Carmella and Renee start arguing, but Maverick rolls Truth up!!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
The Mavericks work together and get away with the gold! The chase is on again, and Charly Caruso is speechless. That is, until the Godfather walks in! Does she know what time it is? It’s time to ride… the HO TRAIN~!
Drew McIntyre VS Cedric Alexander!
The Scottish Terminator was already angry with the former Cruiserweight Champion when he tricked everyone into thinking he was Gary “The Goat,” but now he’s even angrier after having lost to Alexander 1v1! What will McIntyre do to crush the Age of Alexander once and for all?
Neither man waits for the bell, and they start brawling at the ramp! McIntyre BOOTS Alexander down, then drags him up to shove him at the steps. Alexander dodges to send McIntyre into the post! Then Alexander walks up the steps to kick McIntyre back! Alexander moonsaults, and wipes McIntyre out! Alexander rains down rights but McIntyre shoves him into the post, spine first! McIntyre rains down rights now, making sure Alexander sees the last one. The referee says they need to stop and get int he ring, but McIntyre RAMS Alexander into the barriers. Then inverted Alabama, but not on the floor. McIntyre swings Alexander AT THE APRON!! Alexander falls in a heap and McIntyre looms over him. Alexander may have won once, but has he just lost the war?
Drake Maverick makes it to the Raw locker rooms.
He quickly gathers his things, but then there’s WORMS!! Yes, it’s the Boogeyman! And he’s coming to get you! Maverick quivers in fear as Boogeyman draws near. Maverick runs, but falls over hard. Pat Patterson walks in and sees “garbage” on the ground. He stomps Maverick, and then has a ref count his pin! Patterson wins!!
Winner: Pat Patterson, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Pretty Boy Pat Patterson takes the title from Maverick and leaves him behind. A legend now holds the gold, but will he make it to the end of Raw Reunion as champion?
Christian returns to Raw!
Captain Charisma joins commentary but there’s also Lilian Garcia back as the ring announcer for this next match!
The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!
Erik and Ivar look to destroy all who oppose them! That includes the #MajorBros! Who survives this #VikingExperience?
The bell rings and the Major Bros go right at the Vikings! Ivar shoves Hawkins away but Ryder puts Erik in a corner. Ryder and Hawkins then both dropkick Ivar out! Erik throws Hawkins out but Ryder throws forearms. Erik knees but Ryder bounces Erik off the mat. Tag to Hawkins, and the Major Bros combine for the STO Russian Leg Sweep. Cover, TWO! Hawkins tags Ryder and they mug Erik with knees and forearms. Erik hits back with a BIG right! Tag to Ivar, and Erik feeds Ryder to a seated senton! Cover, TWO! Ivar drags Ryder up to snapmare and club him with forearms. Tag to Erik, and Ivar scoop slams Ryder for Erik to then scoop slam Ivar onto Ryder! Cover, TWO!
Erik drags Ryder up and tags Ivar in. The Vikings mug Ryder but Ryder escapes, tag to Hawkins! But Ivar cartwheels to dodge and he clotheslines Hawkins down! He throws Ryder into Erik’s knees! Ivar hits Hawkins with a corner splash, then becomes a human weapon again for the corner hip attack! The Vikings roar, and Ivar runs to DIVE onto both Major Bros! Ivar puts Hawkins back in, tags Erik, and they hit Hawkins with THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
The warpath Erik and Ivar are carving has run through the former #Edgeheads. How long will it be until the Vikings come for the gold?
It’s a Raw Reunion mixer backstage!
All the stars talk, and Mike Kanellis is having fun, but then Maria comes in. He was just talking to Eve! As a fellow mom, she was willing to give tips. And everyone knows Eric Bischoff. Maybe they can come to SmackDown if Raw doesn’t work out. Maria reminds Mike he was supposed to be helping her with her belly lotion so she won’t get stretch marks. Does he want her to get stretch marks?! What would happen to her modeling career? Who would provide for the family then?! Not him! Maria is the breadwinner! She storms off and Mike feels humiliated. Ron Simmons appears and sums it up using Jimmy Hart’s megaphone: “DAMN!”
The Club talks about the celebration tonight.
But no, not Raw Reunion! AJ Styles means the OC, the Original, Official, Only Club that matters. It is because they run Raw now. Not the legends that show up just because. And certainly not any newcomer trying to overshadow the OC. Well does Luke Gallows mean… Seth Rollins? Styles is ready to beat Rollins. And if he gets up, then the OC makes a statement as the most dominant group in the WWE! Then, now and forever, Too Sweet!
Pat Patterson just got beat for the title?!
“You stooge!” Patterson can cry all he wants, but Gerry beat him again!
Winner: Gerald Briscoe; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
But as he turns the corner, Gerry encounters Kelly Kelly. He celebrates with her, and then she knees him low! Cover, Kelly wins!!
Winner: Kelly Kelly; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And she’s the first-ever Women’s WWE 24/7 Champion to boot! Kelly runs off with the belt, but will she make it to the end of the night with it?
Samoa Joe heads to the ring.
The Destroyer is in no mood to celebrate and revel in nostalgia after coming so close yet still being so far from the WWE World Championship. Joe takes to the mic to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Samoa Joe.” And he is here tonight to point out a “vile atrocity” in the WWE! Tonight is to celebrate the Raw Reunion. They’re celebrating the longest running series on television today. And yet, there in lies the problem. They shouldn’t celebrate, because episodes like the Raw Reunion are a plague! Episodes like this, where the fans get to put on rose-tinted glasses and indulge in a “ridiculous addiction to nostalgia.”
Do they not believe Joe? Tonight could’ve had Samoa Joe doing what his best: wrecking superstars left and right, painting in brutality and sculpting in violence. But no, we got Usos and their daddy spitting limericks at John Cena. “It’s embarrassing!” He’s surprised there hasn’t been more pandering tonight! But wait, here comes Roman Reigns! The Big Dog does not want the #Bloodline being disrespected in His Yard. Roman heads to the ring, unafraid of Joe. The two stare down as Roman gets a mic. “If you’ve got something to say about my family, then say it.” Joe makes something clear: he has nothing to say, but he has something to resent! Well then, they’re from the same island, so he knows what happens next. Joe does. But before getting into that, he throws a punch! But Roman is ready for it!
Joe rakes Roman’s eyes to throw him into a post! Roman falls out of the ring but Joe is still on him! Joe whips Roman at barriers! Then he gets in Roman’s face before whipping him to the far side! Roman clutches his hip from the impact while Joe grins and laughs. Joe then grimaces as he drags Roman up again. Joe throws jab after jab then headbutt! Fans rally and duel as Joe puts Roman in the ring. Joe grins as he follows after, and clubs Roman back down to the mat. He stands Roman up for a strong headbutt! They go back outside, and Joe dares Roman to do something about the disrespect. Joe puts Roman back in the ring, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Joe back down!
Roman watches Joe get back up and dares him to return. Joe considers his options, but grabs a new mic to respond instead. Fans are on Roman’s side as The Big Dog eggs Joe on. “You want to do this, Uce?!” Joe shouts. Want to do this the right way?! You think the fans want this tonight?! Tampa confirms they do. Well Joe’s not doing “a damn thing” the fans want. Roman apologizes to the fans. “Not all Samoans are cowards.” Joe retaliates by saying one is gonna get put out tonight! If Roman wants this, and he does, then he’s got it! The raging Samoans are about to battle, when Raw returns!
Samoa Joe VS Roman Reigns!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and the two start throwing hands! Roman rocks Joe to a corner to throw even more haymakers! He lets up to whip Joe corner to corner. Joe dodges and Roman hits the post again! Joe CHOPS Roman, then headbutts that bad arm. He clubs away on the shoulder and Roman falls, so Joe just stomps him. The ref backs Joe off for Roman to get up. Joe is on Roman again with big forearms. Roman shakes out the cobwebs but Joe is on him with a snapmare. Fans duel as Joe puts on a deep neck wrench! Roman endures to torque and fights his way up. Roman pries free and pulls on Joe’s fingers, to then throw forearms. But Roman runs into Joe’s back elbow! Cover, TWO!
Joe seethes as he looms over Roman. He drags Roman up again and drives elbows in. Joe clamps onto the arm and chinbars for the neck wrench. Roman endures and fans rally up again. Roman elbows Joe off, then headbutts him. But Joe yanks Roman hard into ropes and out of the ring! Roman lands on his feet, but Joe DIVES to barrel him over! Joe grins as he looms over Roman again. The ring count begins and Joe takes his time to bring Roman up again. He puts Roman in at 6 then gets in at 7. Joe stalks Roman while mockingly applauding. He stands Roman up to uppercut and CHOP. Joe throws forearms and throws Roman back out of the ring. Joe runs again, but Roman gets clear! Drive-By Dropkick outta nowhere!
Roman drags Joe up and into the ring and runs to leaping lariat! Joe is in a corner and Roman fires off the point-blank clotheslines! Roman runs and boots Joe down! Roman goes to a corner to lock ‘n’ load! He takes aim, runs out, but Joe catches him to an atomic drop! Joe BOOTS Roman, to then drop a senton! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated, but he drags Roman up for the sleeper hold! Roman resists the rest of the Coquina Clutch and dumps Joe out hard. Now Roman runs as Joe gets in, SPEAR! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
And the Big Dog defends his family’s honor! Will Samoa Joe think twice before disrespecting the Dynasty?
Raw presents: Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister moves on from letting the Show-Off rile him up, to have The Architect as his special guest!
Raw returns as Miz gives the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show its introduction. Miz also notes that his guest will face AJ Styles tonight, see a Miz & Mrs. sneak-peek later tonight, and then also challenge THE Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship again! It is SETH ROLLINS! The Beastslayer did it once, and he’ll #BurnItDown again if he has to! Rollins walks out to the ring still hot after his Cross-Brand Top Ten All Star Battle Royal victory and with his ticket punched for Toronto. He sits with Miz in the ring and Miz talks about the roller coaster week Rollins had.
Losing the title at Extreme Rules (which we see footage of now), winning the battle royal (which commentary plugged during Rollins’ entrance), and yet Rollins is laughing? The biggest of Rollins’ life is a “predicament.” Yeah, it’s “BRRROCK~, LESNARRR~!” Lesnar’s big bucket head and little beady eyes, “a real Godzilla looking bastard.” Who wouldn’t fear that? Who wouldn’t want that strength and size? Rollins doesn’t. Rollins doesn’t want to be Lesnar. Lesnar is the Seth Rollins wannabe. But before Rollins can explain, here comes Paul Heyman on the titantron. Everyone knows the introduction, but Heyman says he’s the “dose of reality.” Look in the mirror and say who wants to be what, because Lesnar is the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion!
Rollins’ can’t go whining about the Money in the Bank contract and Lesnar just did it back. Yeah but it took four years to do it, because Lesnar is a Rollins wannabe. Heyman comes out on stage to say “this is the very last time-” No, THIS is the last time Rollins is saying this: if Heyman is going to talk the talk for Lesnar, then he’ll walk the walk for Lesnar. Rollins is going to stomp Heyman through the stage! Heyman wants Rollins to be reasonable, he’s only the Advocate. Time’s up! Rollins steps out but Heyman runs away. Rollins grins and says that for 20 years, Heyman has billed Lesnar as “The Beast.” Lesnar’s no beast. Lesnar is a man. Any man can lose. And at Summerslam, Rollins faces Lesnar once again, and Lesnar will lose.
But let’s go to tonight! Rollins isn’t getting ready by resting, because he’s not Lesnar. He gets ready by facing the best of the best! That’s why he’s going 1v1 with the Phenomenal AJ Styles! And Tampa, let’s #IgnitetheFire and #BurnItDown! Rollins is all fired up, but will he be the one burned by Styles and The Club?
Backstage interview with the party guests!
But Sami Zayn stops Charly right there. This is what’s wrong with Raw: wasting time getting opinions of supposed legends. They aren’t legends, they’re just people who were there. It’s like looking back at the Attitude Era through the FaceApp. Just so many desperate people, and so many pathetic fans. What everyone should be hearing is, “Go home!” Don’t come back for Wrestlemania, just go home and stay home. But then Rey Mysterio comes in telling Sami to respect those who paved the way. Oh well sorry Rey, Sami doesn’t respect any of them. And speaking of paving the way, Sami would love to run Mysterio over right now.
But Kurt Angle is here! And he keeps the peace. When Angle was in charge, they used to settle things in the ring. Mysterio’s up for that, and it seems Sami has no choice. Will Sami regret showing no respect to the King of Lucha Libre?
Raw returns to Kelly Kelly celebrating with other women legends!
Kelly shows the WWE 24/7 Championship off to Candice Michelle, Melina and Naomi. Melina and Naomi were just talking about her new license. What license? Her refereeing license!! Candice turns on Kelly with big knees and elbows! Cover, Melina counts it, Candice wins!!
Winner: Candice Michelle, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And now we have our second Women’s 24/7 Champion! Candice does her dance from back in the day, but then someone reels her in! It’s Madusa, aka Alundra Blayze! And she has Candice in a cobra clutch! Candice taps and Melina calls in, Blayze wins!!
Winner: Alundra Blayze/Madusa, by submission; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And now our third ever Women’s 24/7 Champion is crowned! “If any of you have a problem with me being 24/7 Champion, tell it to my face.” Because she doesn’t plan on being champion very long. Oh no, is she going to throw that belt away, too!?
Jonathan Coachman returns to Raw commentary!
The Coach knows a thing or two about leaving, returning and being interrupted a lot. But he’s here to watch this next match!
Sami Zayn VS Rey Mysterio!
The Critic of the Critics and overall master of obnoxious behavior chose to disrespect the legends on the wrong night. Will Mysterio teach Sami a lesson on respect tonight?
The bell rings and Sami circles with Mysterio. Sami wrenches Mysterio to a wristlock, but Mysterio rolls and uses the ropes to flip. Sami knees Mysterio low then punches him around. He whips but Mysterio kicks back! Mysterio runs but is put on the apron. He shoulders back in then kicks Sami back. Mysterio hops up but Sami trips him up! Mysterio’s in the Tree of Woe and Sami stomps away! Sami backs off, to basement dropkick Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! Sami stalks Mysterio and throws haymakers. He punches Mysterio to another corner, then snapmares him to a seated chinlock. Mysterio endures and fans rally up. Mysterio arm-drags out and then boots Sami back! He runs but Sami pops Mysterio up for a bomb! Cover, TWO!!
Sami grows frustrated but he keeps on Mysterio. He grins as he scoops Mysterio, but Mysterio pops to a tornado DDT! Both men are down but Mysterio is getting up. Sami follows but Mysterio kicks and punches. Sami reverses the whip but Mysterio dodges to wheelbarrow and victory roll Sami to ropes! Mysterio dials it up, but Sami bails out. Mysterio stares Sami down but Sami gives up. But before he can leave, here comes ROB VAN DAM!! The One of a Kind RVD returns to Raw, because he’s still Mr. Monday Nights. But not just him, here comes Sergeant Slaughter! But stand back, there’s a Hurricane coming through! The legends learned what Sami was saying, and they’re making Sami regret it. Because here comes Kurt Angle!
The four legends storm down the ramp but that leaves Sami with only the ring. Mysterio mule kicks, headscissors Sami onto ropes, then hits the 619! Mysterio hops up, shout out to RVD, Frog Splash! Cover, Mysterio wins!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
He did it for the legends! Is this the spark Mysterio needs to get back on track?
A limousine arrives at Raw…
With Ric Flair aboard! The Nature Boy is here and fashionably late for the Raw Reunion!
The Street Profits are backstage at Raw Reunion!
Well at least Montez Ford is. Where’d Angelo Dawkins go? Ford finds Dawkins coughing and putting eye drops in. What was he up to? Skating with the pilots? Nah, chillin’ with RVD! Oh wow… He and RVD were chillin’ but without Ford? Well it all happened so fast. RVD was like, “You you trying to roll up in here?” And Dawkins was like, yo! Mike Henry, too. And Kelly Kelly, and Ric Flair “WOO~!” WOO? WOO~! Yeah but then Boogeyman showed up. Really? Yeah. Someone’s phone is blowing up. It’s Dawkins. He takes it. Godfather calling! Ford missed a lot..
Alundra Blayze walks on stage!
She goes to commentary, and told us all she wasn’t going to be champion for long. Because to recreate her most infamous moment, she has a trash can! She takes the 24/7 Championship belt, but wait! It’s Ted DiBiase! The Million Dollar Man returns to Raw, too! Because he has an offer to make Blayze. He’ll buy the title off her. Because everybody’s got a price! He brings out a fat stack of Benjamin Franklins, and she takes that to hand the title over.
Winner: Ted DiBiase, by payday; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Wait does that title work like that?! Doesn’t matter now, because DiBiase heads out with his new piece of gold.
Jerry “The King” Lawler returns to Raw commentary!
It wouldn’t be a Raw Reunion without one of the biggest names on commentary! And for such a phenomenal match up next!
Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles w/ The Club!
The Architect is preparing for the WWE Universal Champion, but how will he do against the Phenomenal WWE United States Champion?
The bell rings and Rollins circles with Styles. Fans duel as Rollins headlocks. Styles tries to power out but Rollins holds on tight. Styles tries again and gets free, only for Rollins to run him over. Rollins scrambles after Styles as he scrambles to the ropes. The ropebreak makes Rollins back away, so he waits for Styles to return. Styles returns, to kick and club Rollins down! Styles drags Rollins up and bumps him off buckles. Rollins staggers away but Styles CHOPS! Rollins CHOPS back, so Styles CHOPS again. But Rollins starts CHOPPING more, only to run into a fireman’s carry! He sunset flips through, TWO! Styles throws hands but Rollins counter punches and CHOPS! Rollins whips but Styles reverses, only for Rollins to reverse and ROCK Styles with that right!
Rollins runs in for a corner clothesline, then a mudhole stomp! Styles sits down but Rollins backs off, to come back again. Styles puts Rollins on the apron but gets a hotshot for it! Rollins aims but Karl Anderson distracts. Styles pounces with forearms! Rollins goes down and the OC grin. Styles goes out to fetch Rollins, the Good Brothers behind him, but here comes DX!! Triple H and Shawn Michaels won’t let the Club think they’re the best faction in WWE just yet. HBK and HHH watch Rollins’ back now while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Rollins brawls fast and furious with Styles! Styles hotshots Rollins down but DX coaches him up. Rollins gets up but Styles back suplexes. Rollins lands on his feet, runs and slingblades Styles down! Styles runs but into a boot! Rollins hops up and leaps for the blockbuster! Rollins keeps moving, going to a corner. He springboards back in, flying knee! Mule kick hits hard! Fans echo “Burn It Down!” as Rollins stomps and mule kicks again. But the OC trip Rollins up and attack!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification
But DX stands with the Architect! HHH and HBK help Rollins up while Gallows and Anderson help Styles. Styles wants everyone to just hold on a moment. He says DX is like them, and they’re just like DX. They put up the Too Sweet! DX looks at Rollins, then at the OC. HHH and HBK put up the Too Sweet, but then say “SUCK IT!” Rollins attacks Styles while DX brawls with the Good Brothers! HBK throws Anderson out, then helps HHH clothesline Gallows out! The OC regroups and are furious, so they grab some chairs! Rollins and DX see the OC surround them, but you didn’t know~? Here come reinforcements!
The D O Double G, with X P A C 1 2 3. Then the Bad Guy, Scott Hall, and he ain’t alone because here’s Big Daddy Diesel, Kevin Nash! And looking at the math, with Chyna’s spirit, that’s seven. Wait Billy is here in spirit technically. Well point being, OC, you’re looking at some OG’s! DX and the Kliq, you better get to stepping, and make it quick. Styles and his boys back off as the combined forces of DX and the Kliq take the ring. Styles vows to show everyone something, especially HBK! Dogg asks who wants to say it. Rollins shall do the honors. Rollins takes the mic and starts to feel the pressure. “OC, if you’re not down with that, we’ve got two words for ya!” SUCK IT!! Now that’s Too Sweet!
Mark Henry talks with Mick Foley.
They’re both here, but it’s Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy who plans to head to the ring in a moment!
Ted DiBiase laughs as he has the 24/7 Championship.
But as he enters his limousine, he’s under attack! And when the doors open back up… Drake Maverick has the title!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall(?); NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
He’s back on top, baby! Now Mr. & Mrs. Maverick can… RUN!! The every-day Raw superstars run at Drake and he has to run away! Will Maverick ever catch a break?
Mick Foley is in the ring!
The hardcore legend and WWE Hall of Famer is happy to celebrate Raw Reunion in Tampa, Florida. Foley was here two months ago introducing the WWE 24/7 Championship, and oh hey, it’s coming this way! “Come to papa!” But Maverick avoids Foley, and the rest of the Raw superstars run past to keep up the chase. Foley’s not through with that title yet! But have a nice day, guys. Foley vows to be champion before the night is through.
Foley says some of the finest moments of his life have been on Raw. He thanks the fans for being part of it all. But to pick his absolute favorite, it’d have to be… January 4th, 1999! The night Foley became world champion! But wait, what happened to the footage? Oh no, the lights are going down…! THE FIEND IS HERE!! And he attacks Mick Foley with a MANDIBLE CLAW!? He’s stealing Foley’s move, and perhaps stealing Foley’s soul!! Foley passes out and the Fiend disappears into the night, laughing all the way.
Raw presents: A Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess and Nikki Cross walk out and take their seats, and take a moment to say what we just saw happen, we need this. Alexa introduces herself and Nikki. The show must go on, so they introduce The Man, Becky Lynch! The Raw Women’s Champion makes her entrance now, holding her belt up high. Becky takes her seat and Alexa brings up the Summerslam title match against Natalya, who has home field advantage in Toronto. But here comes Natty herself! Well hey, Natty, what’re you doing out here? Well she knows how the game works. If Becky wants to say something, say it to Natty’s face. Alexa loves this tension, and explains with footage what went down.
Natty wanted to face a friend in her home country, but Becky dropped the smiles to say this is all business. “Step up or else I will wipe the floor with you in your home country.” Natty desperately needs this, and Becky knows it. And in return. Natty promised to rip the orange mop of Becky’s head, then pull the horseshoe out of her ass, to beat the hell out of her. In the present, Natty brings up the shared time together in Japan, and their parallels in the WWE. Yet for Becky to be so disrespectful blows Natty’s mind. Because Natty undercut Becky before Becky even got her footing. But Becky beat Natty’s little friend, Ronda Rousey. The belt represents the Baddest Woman’s scalp, and Becky will still have it after she embarrasses Natty. Now they brawl!
Referees rush out to stop this scrap, but Alexa and Nikki just watch while sipping coffee. Tampa wants to “Let Them Fight!” but Becky and Natty are being pulled apart. What goes down when these two don’t have to hold back at Summerslam?
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.44 ~ 21ST JULY 2019
The Global Junior League is wrapping up, and Marine Day is celebrated by all! Hisame gives the overview on the NOAH course of action!
The Global Junior League is wrapping up, and Marine Day is celebrated by all! Hisame gives the overview on the NOAH course of action!
CURRENT TOUR RECAP
NOAH started the long trek to the finals (and the GHC Heavyweight Tag match championship) at Korakuen Hall on 15th July on Japan’s “Marine Day” National Holiday. By the 16th they had moved up to Japan’s North to the Shin Yuri Twenty-One Hall, with the dreaded “Demon Staircase from Hell”. 19th July in Morioka, 20th in Akita and the 21st in Aomori.
Kenoh debuted his new ring wear (its all red) and Kongoh got their first win over The Sugiura Army (who all came out wearing the “Company Dog T-shirts”)
Kenoh has vowed to enter the N-1, win it, win the GHC Heavyweight at Sumo Hall, and then return to the provinces with the belt.
Naomichi Marufuji also debuted new ring wear. He said he changed it from red as red was Kongoh’s colors, and he has gone with a black and metallic silver. Black and silver are LIDET’S colors, but Kenoh seems not to have picked up on that yet.
RATELS continued with their periodic squabble (which happens in leagues, and when one of them has a belt which another one challenges for) in a match that one fan termed “speed vs power” with Tadasuke taking on YO-HEY, and defeating him within ten minutes. Elsewhere for RATELS that evening, Daisuke Harada was bloodied by Yoshinari Ogawa, who in turn was bloodied by Harada when he threw him into a table. As YO-HEY said about the match (which he watched on the monitor), that Harada is known for bleeding, but for Ogawa, its very rare.
There was blood everywhere by the end of the match, all over the mat, the mats outside (in pools), and senior Referee Nishinaga’s shirt was smeared with it. Yoshinari Ogawa won with a sneak roll up (see “Rat Boy” in dictionary), and Harada threw one of his famous tantrums and had to be pulled off Ogawa. Ogawa said afterwards that if you think what he did to Harada was bad then he was going to do worse to YO-HEY (who is “not on Harada’s level”). YO-HEY gave a nonsensical confused and rambling promo (please DO NOT GET ME STARTED on it) about hitting Ogawa’s nose on the right side. However, in the event of things, neither bled and it was YO-HEY who took the victory.
The bloodshed resolved nothing between Harada & Ogawa as on the 16th when Harada came out to second RATELS, friction once again rose between them, with a fight breaking out at the end of the match as Harada got into the ring to attack Ogawa.
In the main event at Korakuen when AXIZ clashed with the challengers to their GHC Heavyweight tag titles, Kaito Kiyomiya aimed a missile dropkick to Go Shiozaki’s knee (despite promising that he wouldn’t as he felt that a champion should be “emphatic” at times). Also in the match sparks flew between Chris Ridgeway and Naomichi Marufuji, who had a kick\chop war. After the match they both made the “single match” signal to each other, which is something that fans very much want to see.
After the match (and Go Shiozaki tapping out to Taniguchi), NOAH announced that Shiozaki would be missing time due to a shoulder dislocation. During this time, which was a time of worry for fans and Nakajima, Nakajima came out holding both the tag belts and to AXIZ theme music. Taniguchi made him tap out on the 16th to his modified camel clutch.
Kaito Kiyomiya has now turned 23 (17th July) and fans have started detecting a change of vibe him in, he seemingly has gone from the nice young (slightly naive) boy of 22, to more steely and less sympathetic person. This was seen when talking about Shiozaki’s injury he said something to the effect of, “yeah, we all get injured, and while I sympathize, we are trying to have a title match here”, and in the title match he attacked Shiozaki’s damaged neck and shoulder. In Morioka, he was seen to have slight smirk on his lips (as opposed to his usual worried expression) when he held the belt up to Kenoh at the end of the main event, and Kenoh stalked off.
Go Shiozaki returned to action on the 20th July. He doesn’t seem to have had any further problems, and he says he is fine, but fans think that he is probably a lot worse than he is making it out to be.
The afternoon at Korakuen belonged to the juniors with HAYATA vs Kotaro Suzuki putting on a stellar match, with HAYATA wearing Kotaro Suzuki down by letting him wear himself out. HAYATA wouldn’t quit, he took everything that Suzuki threw at him, and likewise with Suzuki taking everything that HAYATA threw at him. The audience were firmly on the side of HAYATA (as opposed to NOAH’s first born son), and just as Suzuki hit the Tiger Driver, the time ran out.
Hajime Ohara, it must be said, was not in a good way during the closing stages of Global Junior League as the problem with his neck and shoulder flared up again (it had plagued him during Global Tag League 2018 too), so while fans wanted to see him win, it was probably better that he didn’t, especially as he is responsible pretty much for the planning of NOAH’s Kawasaki event. During the match on the 16th, the referee was concerned and asked him if he was fit to continue.
The semi final night of Global Junior League 2019 and the GHC Heavyweight title match came on the 21st July 2019 in the Mutsu Grand Hotel in Aomori. It is a small venue, a hotel, which NOAH created a “big match” atmosphere at.
Takashi Sugiura & NOSAWA Rongai teamed up to take on Minoru Tanaka & Kinya Okada. After the match, which Sugiura naturally won, he said that he wanted Kinya Okada to enter The Sugiura Army. Kinya Okada did (and how could he refuse after being commanded by Takashi Sugiura), and he will have his first match as one of them on the 27th July at Kawasaki when they fight Kongoh. His joining The Sugiura Army is a good move as not only does it mean that he has the chance to be mentored by Takashi Sugiura, it also brings him into conflict with Yoshiki Inamura, who is in Kongoh, and calls him “my rival”.
Global Junior League 2019 came down to HAYATA vs Tadasuke, following their wins over Hajime Ohara & Kotaro Suzuki (HAYATA, who was seconded by YO-HEY) and Tadasuke (who defeated Daisuke Harada earlier in the evening). When they met in the ring later, Tadasuke gave HAYATA the finger.
Daisuke Harada commented, “RATEL’S showdown in the final, I have nothing but jealousy.”
AXIZ defended the GHC Heavyweight tag titles successfully against Kaito Kiyomiya & Shuhei Taniguchi, with Go Shiozaki getting the win with the lariat on Shuhei Taniguchi. They were challenged for the titles by The Return of The Dark Agents (Akitoshi Saito & Masao Inoue).
Title match will take place at NOAH’s anniversary show on the 4th August.
All Japan announced this week that the memorial for Atsushi Aoki will take place on the 11th August at Korakuen Hall. NOAH wrestlers have been announced to be participating in the event (although he was an All Japan wrestler, Aoki was NOAH born) with Naomichi Marufuji, Takashi Sugiura, Shuhei Taniguchi and Hitoshi Kumano in attendance.
The main event will see Naomichi Marufuji team with Kento Miyahara and Yuma Aoyogi against Shuji Ishikawa, Shuhei Taniguchi and Suwama. Suwama has wanted a singles match with Marufuji since the Tokyo Sports Award in January, and says that he doesn’t care about the other opponents, he wants Marufuji.
In the semi, Jun Akiyama will tag with Takashi Sugiura against Naoya Nomura and Hitoshu Kumano.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: AXIZ (Go Shiozaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ NOAH have released a Sugiura Army “Company Dog” towel, which features both of Takashi Sugiura’s dogs with his little toy poodle at one end and his beloved Shiba Inu at the other, both barking “Yip! Yip!”
~ HAYATA gave Kotaro Suzuki a slight black eye
~ Kenoh has said that HE will enter the N-1, and if LIDET don’t let him, he will go ahead and do it anyway.
~ Yoshiki Inamura turned on Junta Miyawaki when Miyawaki came in to try and help him after the match in Morioka
~ Minoru Tanaka stole Rocky Kawamura’s apples and ate one in the ring, and posted that the other one was for his lunch. When asked how they were by Rocky, he said they were tasty.
~ Kenoh’s latest bout of paranoia is to claim that LIDET turned the microphone down on him during a promo.
~ Naomichi Marufuji scooped up the white and black feathers left in the ring from Kaito Kiyomiya and AXIZ’S jackets, and putting them in the palm of his hand, blew them into the crowd.
~ Mohammed Yone and Atsushi Kotoge did the Disco Fever vs Revolutionary Pose stand off. This hasn’t happened for a while.
~ RATELS went on a wander while in Akita, and came across a fenced off area because Bears were in the forest. YO-HEY joked that it was Hitoshi Kumano (who’s surname means “Bear”, and also incorporates bears into his persona\merchandise), doing a private autograph session. In one picture, in the background, HAYATA had his back to the camera while he stood by some bushes…
~ Minoru Suzuki vs Naomichi Marufuji will be their first match since the Suzuki Gun invasion of NOAH in summer 2016, although the match at TAKAYAMANIA 2 when this takes place, will not be a singles match.
~ Kaito Kiyomiya turned 23 on the 17th July
~ “The Tadasuke Women” were seen again in force at the Shin-Yuri Twenty One Hall. These middle aged to elderly women I believe are family and friends of Mohammed Yone, but they were given the name “The Tadasuke Women” after he played up to them last year. Minoru Tanaka, who sprained his ankle during the match, said that he had been distracted by them, hence the reason for his injury. Tadasuke behaved himself this year.
~ Masao Inoue suffered the usual sneak videos from Naomichi Marufuji on NOAH’s long bus journey (they have a twelve hour trip on the 22nd back to Tokyo), and then Marufuji bought out his new toy, “FaceApp” and made him into a woman (who looked a little like Betty Boop) and an old man. Marufuji also made himself into an old man, and then into woman. A photograph of himself and Takashi Sugiura as old grey men (looking like they where hosts of a daytime or direct to video art series) made Sugiura remark that they should challenge for the tag titles.
~ Referee Ben, who was kneeling at ringside, was knocked over by a dueling Chris Ridgeway and Tadasuke
NOAH’s big Kawasaki Kultz event (and the GHC Heavyweight title, plus the final night of Global Junior League 2019) will air on the 2nd August on G+ at 8.30PM JST
NOAH will be broadcast live on Sunday 4th August at 11.30am JST on G+
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah.co.jp, Daisuke Harada, Naomichi Marufuji, Battle Sports
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