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AXS wraps up the New Japan Cup in one night!

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2019

NJPW and AXS wrap up the 2019 New Japan Cup in one night! THREE HOURS of action, all in a row! Who makes it through to the finals to then win it all?

 

Coverage will be as broadcast by AXS TV

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OFFICIAL RESULTS: Quarterfinals

  • Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay; Okada wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Zack Sabre Jr; Tanahashi wins and advances to the semifinals.

PLAY BY PLAY

NJPW and AXS set the scenes for the 2019 New Japan Cup Quarterfinals!

The major tournament of the Spring continues into the third round’s Elite Eight! The Head Hunter, Yoshi-Hashi, fell to fellow Chaos member, the Stone Pitbull, Tomohiro Ishii! And Colt Cabana’s Cinderella run struck midnight as Cold Skull, Sanada, put him away with Skull End. But tonight wraps up the Quarters with two major main-event level matches! The Submission Master again meets The Ace in a rematch from 2018’s Finals! Will Zack Sabre Jr. stay undefeated in the Cup? Or will Hiroshi Tanahashi refuse to #JustTapOut? And before that, Chaos clashes again as the Aerial Assassin again challenges The Rainmaker! Will Will Ospreay finally overcome his mentor? Or will Kazuchika Okada take that step closer to revenge on Jay White?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay!

The former IWGP Heavyweight Champion has defeated the current NEVER Openweight Champion the two times they’ve met before, but never say never to the Aerial Assassin! Will Okada stay perfect against Ospreay? Or will this be the time for a shocking upset?

The bell rings and fans cheer for Okada as he and Ospreay stare down from opposite corners. Okada and Ospreay circle and tie up, but break. They go again and Okada waistlocks. Ospreay standing switches but Okada drop toeholds to a switch. Ospreay switches and floats to a facelock. Okada stands and pries his way out to a wristlock. Ospreay rolls and breaks to spin to wrench Okada. Fans applaud the technical showcase as Okada handsprings through to his own wrench. Ospreay stands and spins through to snapmare Okada, but Okada reverses to the wristlock right away. Ospreay stands again and uses his foot to pry free to a headlock. Okada powers Ospreay to the ropes, but as he usually does, he fakes a chop on the break to pat Ospreay’s shoulders.

Okada kicks Ospraey for a headlock, but Ospreay powers out. Ospreay gets run over but gets right back up! Okada grins then pie faces Ospreay. Ospreay grimaces as he forearms Okada back. Okada returns the forearm and now it’s a brawl. Okada whips but Ospreay reverses and speeds things up for a monkey flip! Ospreay is ready as Okada bails out, but he fakes Okada out with a handspring superhero landing! Okada catches his breath on the outside but Ospreay waits. Okada gets in but Ospreay dropkicks him back out. Fans rally as Ospreay slingshots, but Okada dodges and boots. Okada whips but Osrepay leaps over to hit back! Ospreay uses the railing as a springboard but into an uppercut! Okada paces while Ospreay checks his face.

Okada looms over Ospreay before putting him in. Fans applaud as Okada continues this in the ring. Okada drags Ospreay up and scoops for a dumping slam. Then a slingshot senton! Okada mocks the superhero landing pose a moment then brings Ospreay back up. Okada bumps Ospreay off buckles then stands him up for back elbow after elbow. He then brings Ospreay out, but Ospreay fights back. Okada kicks and hits a neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Okada keeps on Ospreay with a chinlock and fans start to rally up. Ospreay endures as Okada drives his knee in. Ospreay gets up and fights out, but Okada knees low. Okada whips Ospreay corner to corner but runs into a back elbow. Ospreay runs out but into a tackle. Okada puts him on the top rope to dropkick Ospreay out! Ospreay crashes down but Okada catches his breath.

Red Shoes starts the ring count but it climbs to 10/20 before Ospreay sits up. Ospreay crawls at 13, stands at 15 and drags himself in. But Okada kicks at Ospreay right at the ropes, egging him on with trash talk. Ospreay drags himself to his feet but Okada forearms him back down. Ospreay drags himself up again and glares at Okada. Okada throws another forearm then eggs Ospreay on more. Ospreay stands again, blocks the forearm, and slingshots to body scissors Okada out! Fans fire up as Ospreay builds speed for the SASUKE SPECIAL! The Aerial Assassin knocks the Rainmaker down while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Ospreay fires up. Ospreay looms over Okada now before putting him in. Ospreay throws fast strikes on Okada then whips, but Okada reverses, Ospreay handsprings to enziguri! Cover, TWO! Okada crawls to a corner but Ospreay runs in corner to corner. Okada dodges and runs back in for a back elbow. He kicks but Ospreay reverses to a forearm. Ospreay runs but into a flapjack! Ospreay winces from his rib injuries, but Okada stalks him for an Aabama lift. But Ospraey slips out and kicks back. Okada counters with a boot then gets the Alabama lift again. Okada adjusts, reverse neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ospreay still lives but Okada keeps his focus. Okada goes to a corner and climbs up. Okada leaps and hits the Macho Elbow! Fans fire up, because Okada hits the Rainmaker pose! Only for Ospreay to roundhouse him down!

Both men are down but Ospreay gets to the apron. Ospreay’s ribs bother him again but he still climbs up. Ospreay springboards and hits the Pip Pip Cheerio flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Okada narrowly escapes but Ospreay keeps his focus. Ospreay drags Okada up for the underhooks, but Okada resists the lift. Ospreay kicks him in the face again and again, then again! He puts Okada back in for the underhook, lifts him up, STORM- Arm-drag! Okada shotgun dropkicks Ospreay into the corner! Both men are down but Okada is stirring. Ospreay slowly gets up as fans rally both ways. Okada and Ospreay meet in the middle and Okada throws a heavy right. Ospreay grits his teeth and hits back. Okada hits again, but so does Ospreay. Okada throws an uppercut, then another. He toys with Ospreay now, but Ospreay backslides! ONE, to a clobbering clothesline!

Both men are down again but Ospreay still has wrist control. Ospreay drags Okada up for another clothesline. He still holds Okada’s hand as fans rally up. Ospreay drags Okada up, wristlock wring out but Okada dodges to dropkick Ospreay in the back! Okada whips but Ospreay dodges another dropkick to standing Shooting Star! Okada gets the knees up! Point blank EuroUpper, but Ospreay pops up to roundhouse and hooking SUPERKICK! Okada is on his knees and Ospreay takes aim! The arm band comes off, but Okada ducks the back hand! Okada fireman’s carry and throw, but Ospreay counters with a stunner! Okada boots back but runs into a dropkickflip and enziguri! Ospreay hook SUPERKICKS again! Ospreay puts Okada up top, Electric Chair, and then the top rope?! SUPER ICONOCLASM!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives!

Fans are thunderous as both men slowly stir. Ospreay gets to a corner and to his feet. He aims again, Robinson Special spin kick hits! Ospreay calls for it now, springboards, but into Okada’s German Suplex! Okada holds onto the waistlock and drags Ospreay back up in the wristlock. He swings Ospreay out, but SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives again! Ospreay keeps going and climbs to the top rope. Shooting Star onto Okada’s back! But Ospreay isn’t done there, he’s back up top for another Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!? Okada still lives but Ospreay won’t let up. Ospreay runs, springboards, but into a dropkick! Okada drags Ospreay up fast, gut wrenches and tombstones! But Okada roars as he drags Ospreay back up and in, swings out, Rain- STORMBREAK- SPINNING TOMBSTONE!? And then, RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals

The clash of Chaos ends with the Rainmaker going 3-0 against the Aerial Assassin! But will Okada’s quest of redemption continue from semifinals into the 2019 New Japan Cup Finals?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Ace knows what it’s like to #JustTapOut to the Submission Master, but he looks to redeem his 2018 defeat on the Road to G1 Supercard! Meanwhile, the 2018 cup winner wants to keep his streak going, will ZSJ look to go back-to-back in the tournament?

The bell rings and the cheers already build for Tanahashi as he circles with ZSJ. They approach and Tanahashi avoids ZSJ’s grip. ZSJ grins as he toys with Tanahashi, and ZSJ reels Tanahashi in for a headlock to cravat to armlock. Tanahashi rolls and gets ZSJ’s leg for a cover, but ZSJ immediately gets the headscissors. ZSJ squeezes but Tanahashi pops out to headlock. ZSJ slips out to a hammerlock and then cover, ONE! Tanahashi gets up and fans applaud this early exchange. The two circle again and fans rally behind Tanahashi. Tanahashi and ZSJ tie up again, and ZSJ kicks Tanahashi’s grip away. They go again and Tanahashi gets a leg but ZSJ grabs for Tanahashi’s. ZSJ rolls and gets the arms again, but Tanahashi gets the legs again.

Tanahashi has a toehold and ZSJ shouts in pain before getting Tanahashi with a hammerlock. Tanahashi wrenches the leg but ZSJ gets the arm again. ZSJ wants an armbar but Tanahashi blocks with the monkey grip. Tanahashi turns over and gets behind ZSJ but ZSJ gets away. Fans applaud again as the two stand back up. Tanahashi calls for a test of strength, but ZSJ hesitates to accept. ZSJ and Tanahashi go back and forth on the knuckle lock, but Tanahashi has the superior power. He brings ZSJ to his knees but ZSJ reverses. Tanahashi reverses back and brings ZSJ down again. Fans rally as ZSJ pries his way through to go after the fingers. ZSJ and Tanahashi push against each other, but ZSJ rolls through to reel Tanahashi in. Tanahashi gets up and rolls through to reel ZSJ in!

They go shoulder to shoulder now but ZSJ bridges to spin and reverse to a single wristlock. ZSJ wrenches Tanahashi’s arm back and forth but they go back to the knuckle locks. Tanahashi kicks and Northern Light Suplexes ZSJ! ZSJ gets up to check his arm but Tanahashi is on him with kicks. Tanahashi whips and sleeper holds, but ZSJ switches to his own. Tanahashi switches back, but ZSJ shifts through to Pele the arm. But he gets caught! ZSJ slips free and wrenches more, then steps over for a modified arm triangle! Tanahashi endures but ZSJ shifts to hammerlock stomp! ZSJ rests against ropes while Tanahashi writhes. ZSJ circles Tanahashi like a shark before going after the arm again. He bends it from finger to elbow for a keylock stomp! The Ace is in trouble while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns again as ZSJ paces around. He stands on Tanahashi’s legs then drags him up for an armlock. ZSJ tortures the arm again, wrenching through to a Fujiwara! Tanahashi endures as ZSJ grabs the other arm for a Rings of Saturn! Fans rally up as Tanahashi endures. ZSJ rolls through to a cover, TWO! ZSJ keeps his cool as he toys with Tanahashi again. Tanahashi only gets angry as ZSJ kicks him. ZSJ throws a BIG European Uppercut, but then he taunts Tanahahsi. Tanahashi forearms back and rocks ZSJ. ZSJ EuroUppers back, then gives another in the corner. He gives a third, then a fourth. Tanahashi fires up and gives them all back! ZSJ returns EuroUppers then w ips, but Tanahashi boots him away.

Tanahashi runs, forearm smash! Fans fire up with The Ace as he clubs and forearms ZSJ more. Tanahashi scoop slams ZSJ then hops up. Somersault senton hits, cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool as he stands back up. He runs but ZSJ boots him. Tanahashi still runs but gets another boot. He goes again, but runs into ZSJ’s cobra twist! But Tanahashi switches it onto ZSJ! But ZSJ slips through to reverse it back! ZSJ locks it on but Tanahashi powers out back to his own! Tanahashi pump handles ZSJ for a slam! Taka Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Tanahashi stands first. Tanahashi lifts but ZSJ slips through for another step-through armlock. ZSJ twists the arm! Penalty Kick outta nowhere!

Fans rally while both men are down. ZSJ clutches his own foot, he may have hurt himself from kicking Tanahashi so hard. Tanahashi and ZSJ slowly stand, and Tanahashi dumps ZSJ to the apron. ZSJ grabs Tanahashi for a rope-assisted Iron Octopus! Red Shoes counts but ZSJ lets go at 4. But Tanahashi gets ZSJ’s leg for a dragon screw! Then a dropkick to the bad leg, then another dragon screw! ZSJ tumbles into the ring, writhing while Tanahashi fires back up. Tanahashi grabs the leg for the figure four, into the Cloverleaf!  ZSJ endures a hold now, but he slips through to reel Tanahashi in for a triangle! Tanahashi resists but ZSJ reels him in deeper. Tanahashi fades! Red Shoes checks on Tanahashi, but the fans give Tanahashi a second wind! Tanahashi powers up to pop out, back to his Cloverleaf! ZSJ scrambles to a ropebreak!

Taka grows concerned for ZSJ while both he and Tanahashi are down. Fans continue to rally and Tanahashi stomps ZSJ’s bad leg. He drags ZSJ up and whips but ZSJ reverses to a guillotine facelock. ZSJ goes after the arm for the hoverboard wristlock, but Tanahashi powers through to Twist ‘n’ Shout! But Tanahashi holds on to Twist ‘n’ Shout again! Tanahashi still holds on, for the hat trick! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he runs, to Slingblade! Cover, TWO! ZSJ escapes but The Ace takes control back while we go to another break!

NJPW on AXS returns again as Tanahashi stands up. ZSJ sits up but Tanahashi is on him. Tanahashi wants the full nelson but ZSJ pops through to his own! Tanahashi switches again but ZSJ gets around him for the Octopus! He has Tanahashi locked in and pulls back on the arm! Tanahashi manages to stay off the mat and he powers out! But ZSJ denies the dragon screw to instead PELE Tanahashi’s arm! But Tanahashi palm strikes back! ZSJ kicks and kicks but Tanahashi tanks them. Dragon screw escaped to a EuroClutch cover, TWO!! ZSJ hurries to kick again! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives and ZSJ is beside himself! Taka panics while the fans are thunderous for Tanahashi again!

ZSJ grabs a wrist and drags Tanahashi up. He facelocks but then scoops, but Tanahashi slips out. Okana roll to a EuroClutch! TWO, into Napalm Death!! ZSJ has the legs and Tanahashi flails about! Tanahashi lost to this last year but he refuses to give up this year! He stomps and kicks ZSJ and gets a grounded dragon screw! Both men are down from serious leg pains while the fans reach that fever pitch. Tanahashi stands up and goes to ZSJ. He full nelsons but ZSJ slips out to a victory roll, EuroClutch, TWO!? Tanahashi narrowly escapes, but ZSJ EuroUppers! Tanahashi eggs him on so ZSJ gives more. ZSJ catches Tanahashi to a backslide but Tanahashi resists! Tanahashi spins ZSJ for a palm strike! ZSJ EuroUppers but Tanahshi Sling-Dogs! Into a Japanese Clutch now, Tanahashi wins!!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals

The Ace ends the Submission Master’s Cup streak! Taka and ZSJ can’t believe it, but the tournament run is over! With no back-to-back winner possible now, will Tanahashi be the one to move on all the way to New York and Madison Square Garden?

 


 

OFFICIAL RESULTS: Semifinals

  • Kazuchika Okada VS Tomohiro Ishii; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi VS SANADA; SANADA wins and advances to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

NJPW and AXS set the scenes for the 2019 New Japan Cup Semifinals!

There’s no stopping things now as we get to the Final Four! The only members of Chaos remaining are The Rainmaker and the Stone Pitbull after they defeated Will Ospreay and Yoshi-Hashi, respectively. Now Kazuchika Okada and Tomohiro Ishii must clash to find who is worthy of representing the stable in the tournament finals! And after The Ace put away the 2018 New Japan Cup winner, he takes on the Cold Skull! Will Tanahashi survive Skull End? Or will he learn the power of Tranquilo from Sanada?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS Tomohiro Ishii!

These two men are not only faction teammates, but they’re good friends. However, even friends can fight to see who is the better. Will they still be friends after giving their all in this match?

The bell rings and fans are thunderous already. Ishii and Okada stare down as they approach. Okada feels it out and he ties up with Ishii. They push against each other but Okada uses leverage to get Ishii back to ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Okada actually follows through to hit Ishii! Ishii is as surprised as anyone, and now he and Okada trade forearms! They go back and forth, fast and furious, until Okada kicks low. Okada headlocks but Ishii powers out. They collide and Okada bounces off of Ishii. Ishii dares Okada to try again, and Okada does. They collide again and again Okada bounces off of Ishii. Ishii runs now but Okada dodges to bounce Ishii, then run him over! Fans applaud for that display of power from The Rainmaker!

Okada brings Ishii up for elbows to the shoulders. He snapmares Ishii and runs to teasingly kick Ishii instead. Ishii gets up and throws furious forearms and headbutts! Okada throws forearms back but Ishii doesn’t budge. Ishii eggs Okada on so Okada throws more forearms then uppercuts. Okada runs but he really bounces off Ishii this time. Ishii toys with Okada now, then throws forearms. Okada takes them to give back a EuroUpper. Okada throws Ishii out to whip him at railing. Ishii reverses but Okada stops himself, only to turn around into Ishii’s powerslam! Both men are down but Ishii stands first. Ishii drags Okada up and into the ring, and he stalks behind him. He stands Okada up for a CHOP! Then another CHOP in the corner. Ishii chops more and more, making sure Okada stands to take them!

Ishii does not let up on Okada with those chops,  making sure Okada stands up again to keep taking them. Red Shoes grows concerned but Ishii just toys with Okada now. Ishii stands on Okada’s face but Okada pushes him off. Okada drags himself up but Ishii starts slapping him around. Okada stands and dares Ishii to keep giving him chops. Ishii does CHOP Okada more, and more, and more. Okada’s chest is starting to turn red and purple like his trunks but he forearms Ishii back. Ishii CHOPS Okada off his feet! Ishii then drags Okada up for a suplex, but Okada blocks. Okada breaks free but Ishii chops him again. Okada reverses, kicks and DDT’s! Both men are down and stinging from the damage done but fans rally up.

Okada nips right up! He waits for Ishii to stand before rallying with forearms and elbows. He whips but Ishii reverses, only for Okada to lariat him down! Fans fire up with Okada while Ishii bails out. Okada slingshots and splashes Ishii down! The Rainmaker is back in control while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Okada puts Ishii back in the ring. Fans applaud as Okada returns. He drags Ishii up and scoop slams him. Okada heads to the top rope but Ishii runs in! Okada leaps over but runs into a boot. He runs back in and elbows Ishii. Okada drags Ishii up for forearm after forearm, but Ishii spits on him! Okada gives Ishii more forearms, but Ishii tanks them all. Ishii even backs Okada up as he takes the forearm shots! Ishii gives Okada one big forearm and it staggers him. Okada ends up in a corner and Ishii forearms back again and again! Ishii trash talks in Japanese but Okada returns the favor. Okada manages to back Ishii down as he takes those shots, then they start going back and forth!

Ishii fires from both sides! Ishii whips but Okada reverses, only for Ishii to deny the dropkick. Okada stands and Ishii runs in, but Okada catches him into a waistlock. Ishii denies the German but misses the enziguri. Okada misses his senton and Ishii runs for the sliding lariat, but Okada dodges. Okada Alabama Lifts to the reverse neckbreaker! Ishii writhes but Okada brings him back up. Okada scoop slams again, then goes to the top rope again. Macho Elbow! Okada hits his Rainmaker pose, but sees Ishii getting back up! Ospreay got Okada before but Okada won’t let Ishii do it to him! Okada boots Ishii then whips for the flapjack! Okada gets to the top rope again, and leaps for missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up while Okada keeps his cool. He drags Ishii up and gut wrenches but Ishii slips out and shoves. Ishii runs in, but into the Alabama. Ishii powerbomb counters! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Ishii is building speed. Okada boots and uppercuts in return, but walks into the German Suplex! Ishii roars and runs, to clothesline Okada down! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives again but Ishii drags him up. Ishii runs but into a dropkick! Okada drags Ishii up, gut wrenches, but Ishii reverses it! Okada fights out and now both men fight over the gut wrench. It’s Okada who gets the TOMBSTONE! But he’s not done there, wring out for a headbutt and clothesline!! Both men are down while we go to another break!

NJPW on AXS returns as Ishii and Okada get to a corner each. Ishii runs corner to corner for a heavy clothesline! Ishii then hoists Okada up top and climbs up to join him. SUPERPLEX BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!? Okada lives and everyone is surprised! The fans reach that thunderous level again as Ishii runs and hits the Sliding D! Cover, TWO!! Ishii cannot believe it but Okada still lives! Ishii drags Okada up again, suplex but Okada fights out! Okada goes to boot but Ishii forearms him. Ishii runs into another dropkick! Okada drags Ishii up and around for a backslide, but Ishii rolls through, RAINMAKER! But Okada holds on to stand Ishii up again, for- Ishii takes the lariat! Ishii headbutts again and again, but swings into a BIG German Suplex!!

Okada holds on and drags Ishii up again. Okada has the wrist again, wrings out, but into an arm-drag and armbar! Ishii pulls on the arm but Okada flails and turns. Okada wants a cover but Ishii pulls him back down! Okada reaches with his long legs for a ropebreak! Ishii lets go but the damage was done. Fans are thunderous again as Ishii drags Okada up to yank on the arm. Ishii whips and yanks, then reels Okada in, but Okada spins! Ishii dodges to enziguri! Then he runs, but into another dropkick! But he’s right back up!? Okada shotgun dropkicks Ishii down! Both Ishii and Okada are slow to stand, but Okada fires up and runs, into a lariat! Cover, ONE?! Ishii lariats again! Cover, TWO!!

Ishii roars as he drags Okada up again. He suplexes but Okada fights out to wristlock. Ishii headbutts backwards but runs into yet another dropkick! Okada drags Ishii up, wristlocks and wrings out, but Ishii dodges to copy the Ranimaker! But Okada tanks it! Okada forearms but Ishii headbutts. Okada swings but into Ishii’s suplex, only to slip out and gut wrench, SPINNING TOMBSTONE! But Okada’s still not done, RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; advances to the finals

The leader of Chaos continues to prove why he’s their leader! Okada now makes it to the 2019 New Japan Cup finals, but who will meet him there?

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi VS SANADA!

The Ace and The Cold Skull both know the Rainmaker awaits them in the final round. Who will outlast the other to then step to Kazuchika Okada for the cup trophy?

The bell rings and fans are fired up all over again! Sanada watches as Tanahashi poses for the crowd. Then he poses for them, too! And the crowd favors the hometown hero! Sanada and Tanahashi circle and tie up. They’re even in strength but Tanahashi gets Sanada to ropes. Sanada pushes Tanahashi back then gives a clean break. Fans applaud as he and Tanahashi circle again. They tie up again, and Tanahashi waistlocks. Sanada standing switches but so does Tanahahsi. They keep going with the switches, so Sanada wrenches the arm. Tanahashi reverses and wrenches back. Sanada rolls and breaks free to fireman’s carry takedown. Tanahashi headscissors back and squeezes tight. Sanada works his way up and out to then roll Tanahashi for a deathlock!

Sanada shifts to pull on those legs harder but Tanahashi endures. Tanahashi drags Sanada’s hair but lets go at the ref’s count. Sanada pulls back but Tanahashi gets a headlock. Tanahashi wrenches hard but Sanada endures. Tanahashi shifts to a cravat but Sanada handsprings through the snapmare! Sanada runs but Tanahashi dodges. Tanahashi swings but Sanada dodges, then the double dropkicks cancel out! Fans duel again but Sanada’s clearly got more fans here. Sanada and Tanahashi circle again and tie up. Sanada catches the kick to push Tanahashi down, then he goes for it. He gets Tanahashi partway to Paradise but Tanahashi small packages! TWO, and Tanahashi trips Sanada up for a toehold.

Tanahashi wrenches Sanada’s leg and then stomps away. Tanahashi drops an elbow on the leg then wrenches harder. Sanada endures and tries the chinlock back but Tanahashi cranks the ankle. Sanada gets his free leg around Tanahashi, but Tanahashi stands up to stomp and elbow the leg again. Tanahashi makes it a butterfly deathlock now but Sanada continues to endure. Sanada drags himself backwards towards ropes but Tanahashi forearms him down. Fans rally up for the hometown hero as he CHOPS Tanahashi with open palm slaps. Tanahashi puts more pressure on the legs but Sanada refuses to quit. Sanada drags himself back and gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go but keeps on Sanada with stomps.

Tanahashi stomps and stomps but fans still cheer Sanada. He whips Sanada but Sanada reverses. Sanada hurdles and hurdles and dropkicks Tanahashi! Tanahashi bails out but Sanada slingshot planchas Tanahashi down! The Ace is in trouble in Cold Skull Country while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Sanada returns to the ring. Tanahashi grabs the leg for a dragon screw! Fans actually boo Tanahashi but he just takes that as a sign he’s doing what he has to to win. Tanahashi drags Sanada up for a scoop slam into a drop zone. He hops up and poses for his somersault senton! And he hits it! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Tanahashi runs. Sanada sees it coming and dodges to dropkick the legs out! But his next kick is caught for another Dragon Screw! But then Sanada returns the dragon screw! Both men are down with leg pain but fans fire up again. Sanada and Tanahashi slowly stand, and Sanada stalks Tanahashi to the corner. He whips corner to corner but Tanahashi reverses. Sanada tumbles and springboards but misses! Tanahashi gets a grounded dragon screw!

Tanahashi keeps on the legs with the figure four, but Sanada resists the Cloverleaf. Sanada crawls as Tanahashi turns, Sanada gets the ropebreak. Tanahashi has to let go, but he won’t let up as he stomps Sanada’s legs. Tanahashi stands Sanada up to kick the legs. He runs but Sanada huricanranas, only to be blocked into the Cloverleaf! Tanahashi sits deep on it! Sanada endures as fans rally up! Sanada powers up and drags himself to the ropes, but Tanahashi pulls back harder! Fans give Sanada a second wind and he gets another ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go but the damage is done. Tanahashi drags Sanada back up and over but Sanada forearms. Sanada hits again and again, but Tanahashi catches the kick to dropkick the other!

Tanahashi drags Sanada up but Sanada uppercuts free! Tanahashi returns it, so Sanada uppercuts again. They go back and forth with those EuroUppers, then Sanada fires many forearms. Sanada spins but into the palm strike! Tanahashi full nelsons but Sanada breaks free. Sanada runs but into a scoop, only to slip out to the dragon sleeper! Sanada cranks back, but Tanahashi spins through, Twist ‘n’ Shout! Tanahashi holds on for another Twist ‘n Shout! He drags Sanada up again, but Sanada denies the hat trick for Anarchy Suplex, the draping neckbreaker! Fans rally up for Sanada as he stands back up. Sanada drags Tanahashi up for chicken wings and a Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives but Sanada won’t let up.

Sanada drags Tanahashi up in the dragon sleeper, and drops down into body scissors! Tanahashi endures Skull End as fans rally and Sanada squeezes tight. Tanahashi starts to fade! Red Shoes checks on him but Sanada lets Tanahashi free to head for the top rope! MOONSAULT onto Tanahashi’s back! Then MOONSAULT onto KNEES! Cradle cover, TWO!! Tanahashi was so close but so far from snatching that from Sanada. Fans rally and duel as Tanahashi and Sanada sit up. Sanada gets to a corner and Tanahashi runs in, but into an elbow. Sanada hops up, quebrada to dragon sleeper, but another cradle counter! TWO!! Palm strike! Tanahashi runs, but into a fireman’s carry! Tanahashi escapes to steal the dragon sleeper! But Sanada turns it around, but Tanahashi victory rolls! TWO and Sanada has it, TWO!!

Both men narrowly escape the other but now Tanahashi full nelsons. Sanada resists the suplex and slips out to Salida to a sleeper! Sanada cranks back and swings Tanahashi around! But Tanahashi reverses to an inverted Twist ‘n’ Shout! Tanahashi runs, Slingblade! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but Tanahashi still has something to give. Tanahashi drags Sanada up and full nelsons, Dragon Suplex but Sanada lands on his feet! Sanada dodges, rolls and clutch, but Tanahashi pushes him away! Tanahashi rolls Sanada for the Japanese Clutch, but into SKULL END!! Sanada holds on tight, fans are thunderous, and Tanahashi taps!! Sanada wins!!

Winner: SANADA, by submission; advances to the finals

The Cold Skull makes The Ace tap out!! This may very well be the biggest New Japan Cup win for Sanada as he now moves on to face The Rainmaker! Who comes out of the finals the #1 contender to the Switchblade’s reign?

 


 

OFFICIAL RESULTS: Finals

  • Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA; Okada wins and will challenge Jay White for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at G1 Supercard.

PLAY BY PLAY

NJPW and AXS set the scenes for the Finals of the 2019 New Japan Cup!

This is it! A winner will be crowned to wrap up the tournament! The field of 32 is now just two as The Rainmaker looks for redemption while The Cold Skull wants his first taste of being at the top. Sanada came close to defeating Okada when they fought over the title last year, can he change the outcome this time? Or will Okada come closer to revenge on the treacherous Switchblade?

 

Kazuchika Okada VS SANADA!

One man returns to the New Japan Cup Finals. The other finally arrives after going the furthest he’s ever gone. Who goes even further, all the way to New York and the G1 Supercard? Who meets Jay White in Madison Square Garden?!

The fans are thunderously divided even before the bell. Sanada still has the home field advantage, but it may not be enough against THE franchise player. The bell rings and fans explode with cheers! Sanada shrugs it off as he circles with Okada. They tie up but back off. Okada and Sanada circle again and tie up. Okada waistlocks but Sanada standing switches. They go switch for switch, but Sanada wrenches to a wristlock. Okada rolls and wrenches back, but Sanada spins and trips Okada up for a toehold. Sanada wrenches the leg but Okada pries him off with a leg. Okada pulls on the arm but Sanada resists the armbar. Sanada gets Okada’s leg off him to go back to the toehold. Okada sits up to rear mount and waistlock. Sanada switches and has Okada now. Sanada shifts to the legs and pulls back again.

Okada endures while working on an escape. He reaches back but Sanada stands out of reach. Okada still gets an arm and pries Sanada off with a keylock. Sanada stands but Okada arm-drags him down. Sanada headscissors but Okada pops out and fans applaud. The dueling continues as both men back off and we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns as Okada and Sanada circle. They tie up again and Okada blocks Sanada’s knee. Okada rolls and wrenches to a keylock to bring Sanada back down. Sanada stands but Okada shifts to a hammerlock. Sanada headlocks out but Okada pries his way out to another keylock. Okada brings Sanada down again but not for long. Sanada spins and trips Okada to turn him into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow lock. Okada pops out to a cover, ONE and Sanada sweeps to a cover. ONE and the two stand off again. Fans applaud as Sanada and Okada circle again. Okada and Sanada tie up again, and Sanada lunges to get the leg. Sanada waistlocks but Okada grounded switches. Okada floats to a facelock then headlock, then grinds Sanada hard. Sanada hits back and powers out, but Okada runs him over with a shoulder.

Okada speeds things up but Sanada blocks the hip toss. Sanada body shots and flips off the leg to trip Okada up. Sanada puts Okada in Paradise! Fans can’t believe Sanada pulled it off! Sanada then dropkicks Okada out of Paradise! Sanada stalks Okada to a corner then whips corner to corner. Okada elbows him back then runs, but Sanada hurdles. Okada fakes out the other hurdle to throw Sanada out. Then slingshot splash wipes him out! Okada eyes that New Japan Cup trophy while adjusting his knee pads. He comes back to Sanada and puts him back in, which fans applaud. Okada takes his time following after then stands Sanada up. He bumps Sanada off the buckles, then throws in back elbows. Okada brings Sanada out to club and neckbreaker! Cover, ONE, but Okada keeps his cool.

Fans rally and duel again, but the Okada fans start to outnumber the Sanada fans. Okada snapmares Sanada and runs to basement dropkicks him down! Okada stalks Sanada to ropes and wraps on a chinlock. Sanada endures the knee as he’s being bent backward. Sanada fights his way up but Okada wrangles him back down. Okada keeps on Sanada but Sanada powers up and out. Sanada runs but into Okada’s sleeper hold! And then down to the chinlock again! Fans rally and duel while Sanada endures all over again. Sanada feeds off the energy to fight out again. He runs but avoids the sleeper to dropkick Okada’s leg out! Both men are down while Sanada catches his breath and Okada clutches his leg. But fans rally up and both men get back up.

Sanada rallies with forearms and elbows on Okada! He hits Okada with a back elbow but Okada avoids the standing moonsault, only to get a dropkick to the back! Sanada outsmarts Okada there and gets control while we go to break.

NJPW on AXS returns and Sanada brings Okada up. Okada hits back then runs but Sanada hurdles. Sanada dropkicks Okada out of the ring, but slingshots. Okada gets in but Sanada lands on the apron. Okada forearms but gets dumped back out. Sanada builds speed but tumbles when Okada dodges. Sanada cannonballs off the apron onto Okada! Fans fire up as Sanada drags Okada up and in. Sanada covers, TWO! Cold Skull keeps his cool but Okada resists the back suplex. Okada elbows but Sanada whips. Okada dodges and speeds up to elbow Sanada down! Fans fire up with Okada now as he drags Sanada up. Okada whips Sanada corner to corner and elbows him. He kicks and DDT’s, then covers, TWO! Fans rally while Okada looms over Sanada.

Okada waits for Sanada to stand before the Alabama lift. Sanada fights out but Okada boots him back. Okada lifts again but Sanada sunset flips, only for Okada to jackknife back to Alabama, reverse neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada grows slightly annoyed with Sanada but he keeps on him with a scoop slam. Okada heads up top, and leaps for the Macho Elbow! He hits his Rainmaker pose! He wristlocks and wrings Sanada but Sanada elbows out. Okada clubs Sanada and whips but Sanada tumbles and springboards for a missile dropkick! Fans duel again as both men are down. Okada and Sanada slowly sit up but it’s Sanada who brings Okada up. Sanada forearms but Okada returns it. They go back and forth, then pick up speed! Okada rocks Sanada but Sanada EuroUppers!

Sanada drags Okada back up for a fireman’s carry. Okada slips out and waistlocks, but Sanada blocks the German. Sanada elbows free and runs in at Okada in the corner, only to be put on the top rope. Okada dropkicks Sanada down and out! Okada catches his breath while Red Shoes checks on Sanada. Red Shoes says Sanada’s okay so Okada goes out to fetch him. Okada whips Sanada into railing, then boots him over them! Okada drags Sanada back up from the other side and drags him out, draping DDT to the floor! Sanada writhes and clutches his neck while Okada walks away with a grin. The ring count begins and climbs to 10/20 before Sanada stirs. Sanada crawls over at 15, and gets in at 18! Okada just heads up top again as Sanada stands, for a missile dropkick! He blasts Sanada to the other corner! Cover, TWO!

Okada keeps his cool while fans duel for both men. Okada drags Sanada up and gut wrenches, but Sanada revives to reverse to the dragon sleeper! But Okada gut wrenches again, only for Sanada to gut wrench! Sanada hits the tombstone! The hometown hero might have the fans back as he drags Okada up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Okada still lives but Sanada keeps focus. Sanada drags Okada up in the dragon sleeper, but Okada reaches with his legs. Okada manages to move forward, so Sanada shifts to a Tiger Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO!! Okada survives again and we go to break!

NJPW on AXS returns as Sanada drags a dazed Okada back up. Sanada scoops for a backbreaker then heads up top. MOONSAULT onto knees! Okada and Sanada are both slow to standing again, but Okada drags Sanada up. He backslides and rolls Sanada for Rainmaker! But Okada drags Sanada up again, but Sanada dodges, only to get a dropkick! Okada brings Sanada up again, TOMBSTONE! And the Rainmaker pose! Okada drags Sanada up a third time, wristlocks and wrings out, but Sanda Salidas into Skull End!! Sanada cranks back on the dragon sleeper, then drops for the body scissors, but Okada rolls through! Okada swings, Sanada ducks and now Sanada swings but Okada ducks! Okada steals Skull End!! Sanada endures his own hold but rolls through like Okada did, to get it back!

Fans are thunderous as Okada endures the dragon sleeper. Sanada cranks and swings Okada around! Then body scissors! Fans are at a fever pitch as Okada is trapped! Okada looks to be fading, but he still flails and reaches back. Okada pops free to make it a cover, TWO!! Sanada uses the other side for the Skull End! Okada endures being bent the other way now, but he uses those long legs to kick around. Okada starts fading again, so Sanada covers, TWO!? Where did Okada find that? But Sanada climbs up, MOONSAULT FLOPS!! Okada managed to dodge and now both men are down again! Fans go past thunderous for these two men, and we go to one last break!

NJPW on AXS returns as Okada gets to a corner. Sanada and Okada both stand slowly, and Okada is up first. But Sanada runs in, only to get a boot. Sanada staggers but runs back in, only to miss. Okada runs back in, but into an elbow. Sanada hops up, Okada gets under and shotgun dropkicks Sanada! But Sanada’s back up! Okada blocks, but Sanada spins to roaring elbow! Sanada fireman’s carry to TKO! Cover, TWO?! Okada survives and Sanada cannot believe it! But Sanada fires up with the energy of the fans and brings Okada up. Sanda scoops for another backbreaker, but Okada grabs his leg. Okada is an anchor so Sanada stomps him out first. Sanada heads for the corner but Okada still grabs the leg. Sanada stomps Okada again then climbs, but Okada anchors a leg again! Again Sanada kicks Okada off, quebrada to dragon sleeper!

Okada uses the ropes to get the sleeper, the gut wrench, SPINNING TOMBSTONE!! Then he drags Sanada up, but Sanada boots back! Okada still holds on, even as Sanada boots again and again. Okada swings but into a full nelson. Salida but Okada slips through to spinning RAINMAKER! Okada drags Sanada up once more, TRUE RAINMAKER!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; 2019 New Japan Cup Winner; will challenge Jay White for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at G1 Supercard

He does it! Not only is Okada 5-0 all time against Sanada, not only is Okada a two-time cup winner, but he is the #1 contender to the title most synonymous with his career! Okada is presented the New Japan Cup trophy and he holds it high in the ring. Then he takes to the mic.

“The New Japan Cup… I WON!!” Lots of guys from NJPW went to America. Was this company not enough for them? The NJPW ring is the best in the world! To borrow one of Sanada’s expressions, Okada LOVES pro-wrestling! And speaking of Sanada, Okada knows Nagaoka was cheering for him. Okada promises that when he returns from America, they’ll have another match. And so, Okada now heads to Madison Square Garden to crush “that son-of-a-b*tch, Jay White!” Fans sure hope he does! But speak of the devil, here’s the Switchblade. Jay White and Gedo head down the ramp, that IWGP Heavyweight Championship in tow. Fans boo and jeer but White just smirks as he joins Gedo and Okada in the ring.

Gedo talks to Okada for White, but he gets booed just as much. Congrats on winning. Is something he won’t actually say. Because Hell awaits him! In New York and MSG, Okada will fall into the abyss! The idiots booing Gedo will join Okada, too! The one who sends you there will be the STRONGEST IWGP Heavyweight Champion ever, The Switch Blade, Jay White. White now speaks for himself as he talks to Okada in English. Fans drown White out with boos. White waits until the boos stop, then tells Okada that he never thought this would happen. White’s the champ and Okada’s the “sorry soul” trying to prove he’s worthy. But this is all very real. This is NJPW’s reality. But still, congrats.

Okada won the New Japan Cup and “the privilege” to step into the ring with White. Okada sure fought hard for this, but it’ll all be for nothing! “Because you can’t beat me.” Okada never will, and certainly not for the title. White is better and everyone knows it. White promises to walk in champion and walk out still champion! It will be 3-0 that White wins. And Okada will be down and out in the world’s most famous arena, because this is the Switchblade’s era! White drops the mic and leaves with the belt, Gedo following after. Okada picks the mic back up to say, “I have no clue what you just said.” But White, just know Okada’s on a whole different level!

Okada grins and White only gets riled up, but Okada continues to again announce his journey to Madison Square Garden! And he vows to return the IWGP Heavyweight Champion! Then in America, in NJPW, in the whole world, “I’m gonna make it rain~!!” The streamers and confetti rain down for Okada, but will fortune shine upon him in Madison Square Garden?

 

Backstage Interviews

Okada admits, “That was rough.” Okada’s title defenses were rough, as was his G1 Climax win, but this New Japan Cup was particularly tough. Just as you win one match, another is on the way. Okada was the favorite to win this year, and he did. But that’s not all, he has one more match. He has to start all over again. But he’ll just keep moving forward, all the way to MSG. Will Okada raise both the New Japan Cup trophy and the IWGP Heavyweight title in New York?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great selection for three hours of wrestling! Just as this tournament started to look like Tanahashi’s story back, it became all about Okada! All these matches had amazing story, and seeing them all together, you really got the sense of how it all came together. That was a great parallel where Ospreay counters Okada, and Ishii tries the same only to fail. It was great for Tanahashi to defeat ZSJ for that story of ending ZSJ’s cup streak, but how great was it for the hometown hero to win against such a great wrestler as Tanahashi. At the same time, it seemed better for someone else to take on Okada this time, we’ve gotten plenty of Okada VS Tanahashi in the last 12 months.

Okada winning against Sanada was natural, Sanada’s not quite there yet. But I really enjoy the tease that Okada will give Sanada another crack at it should Okada win. For that matter, White and Okada had a great exchange in the ring. Especially Okada no selling everything White said to stay on his message. The G1 Supercard is going to be great, with both the ROH and NJPW matches, but Okada VS White Round 3 is definitely the one to watch. AXS TV promises another two hours of NJPW next week to cover part of G1 Supercard, so it will be perfectly natural if we get Okada VS White as part of it, and that will be amazing.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)

Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?

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It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!

Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
  • Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
  • The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
  • Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
  • Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
  • Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
  • Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!

And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.

Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!

And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.

Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?

 

8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!

Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?

Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?

Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!

Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!

Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?

Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!

Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!

Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning

The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?

 

Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.

The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?

 

Raw presents Miz TV!

The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.

Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!

A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!

Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!

Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion

Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!

Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?

As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.

 

Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.

She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!

The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?

Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!

Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!

And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?

 

Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!

The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?

Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!

Winner: Braun Strowman

But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!

No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.

 

The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!

Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?

Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.

Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning

And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?

 

Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.

The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?

 

Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.

They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?

 

Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!

We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?

But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!

Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!

Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?

 

Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!

The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!

Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.

Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!

And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?

Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!

Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.

Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.

Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall

Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?

 

Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!

Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.

Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out

But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?

But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?

 

Raw announces a HUGE Extreme Rules PPV match!

After the Undertaker returned to save Roman Reigns, they will team up to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre! Will the Yard truly belong to The Deadman and the Big Dog? Or will the Best in the World and his Scottish Terminator find a way to stack the deck in their favor?

 

Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!

The Goddess failed to bring the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw, but she still claims it is because Bayley is a bully and a liar. But Naomi and Natalya know Alexa is all that and more, it’s just a matter of getting Nikki to see that. Will this match do a lot to expose Alexa’s true intentions? Or will the wool still be pulled over the eyes of Crazy Cross?

The bell rings and Naomi SLAPS Alexa! Alexa swings but Naomi splits to dodge! Alexa runs into a kick and another slap! Naomi runs into a big lariat! Alexa scowls as she looms over Naomi. She goes to pick Naomi up but Naomi kip-ups! So Alexa throws Naomi down! Cover, ONE! Alexa grows annoyed, but she stands on Naomi’s hair. Naomi kicks Alexa away! Then kicks her legs out, to drop the splits leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa scrambles away and regroups with Nikki. But Naomi runs and baseball slides, to WRECK Nikki! That was not her intent but Alexa did dodge. Alexa gets back in and catches Naomi with the Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!

Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall

The Goddess doesn’t seem that torn up about Nikki getting hit. But then she goes after Naomi more! She stomps Naomi down and tells Nikki to get hers in. Alexa keeps kicking Naomi then brings her up for Nikki. Nikki doesn’t understand, but she does shove Naomi and Alexa down. Here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts runs off Alexa and Nikki to defend Naomi. Is this going to settle down after the break?

 

Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!

Raw returns and now it’s friends against friends! Nikki still doesn’t seem sure about this, but she starts against Naomi. Naomi dropkicks Nikki down then brings her over to the corner. Natty tags in and she rolls Nikki, ONE! Natty keeps on Nikki with a snap suplex, then another. Nikki gets up and avoids a third, then hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold! Natty throws Nikki off, then hits a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Nikki but Nikki headbutts back. Tag to Alexa and Alexa grabs Natty, only for Natty to power her all the way back! Natty rams knees in then tags in Naomi. Naomi puts on a full nelson and thrashes her about. Alexa endures but gets a Full Nelson bomb! Body scissor cradle, TWO!

Naomi keeps on Alexa with a facelock, then bulldogs her into buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty rebound sits Alexa down. Natty runs on Alexa but Nikki blocks her path. Alexa DECKS Natty with a right! Cover, TWO! Nikki rallies for Alexa while Alexa wraps Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures as fans rally up. Natty fights her way up and fights out of the hold, then scoops Alexa for a Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty crawls to a cover, TWO! Nikki still roots Alexa on as Natty clubs away. Natty snap suplexes Alexa down then drags her up for another. Natty drags Alexa around and wants the sharpshooter, but Alexa powers out! Tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Natty with furious forearms! She throws Natty into Naomi! Then splashes on Natty in the corner, to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!

Nikki keeps moving, going to the ropes. She shoulders and slingshots in for a dropkick! Then she hurries up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki doesn’t slow down, she fires up more. She brings Natty to their corner and Alexa tags in. Natty fights back, but Alexa lets Nikki take care of Natty with The Purge! Alexa covers, Alexa and Nikki win!

Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning

Nikki is still confused, but only because Alexa let her do all the work. Though, Alexa did do a lot of work against Naomi in their singles match. Are they going to work like this all the way to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

Ricochet VS AJ Styles!

Raw brings us this incredible first-time-anywhere match-up! And while it isn’t for the WWE United States Championship, surely a win would mean the Phenomenal One is back at the front of the line for the title he once held. But with how hard he fought to get here, will the One and Only only fight that much harder to be better than phenomenal?

The bell rings and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up as fans duel and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref calls for a break and Styles backs off. Styles and Ricochet circle again and tie up again. Ricochet wrenches and wristlocks, but Styles rolls and handsprings to reverse it. Ricochet works to do the same but Styles catches him to a headlock! Styles has Ricochet on the mat but Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE! Ricochet rolls again and Styles lets go. Styles runs into an arm-drag, and then another! Styles stays back to avoid a third, and fans cheer the exchange.

But here come Anderson & Gallows down the ramp. Ricochet is wary of The Club being here in Styles corner now. He and Styles tie up again, and Ricochet headlocks. Styles powers out but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet has to worry about Anderson swiping at him, but Styles is just as surprised. This isn’t what he meant when he said they should take things more seriously. Styles can do this on his own! He even gets on the mic to tell them they’re not ruining this. He wants them to leave, and now. The Club backs off to leave Styles be. Raw goes to break, will Anderson & Gallows really honor Styles wishes?

Raw returns once again, and it really is just Styles and Ricochet now. They tie up again, and Ricochet waistlocks. Styles standing switches, but Ricochet does, too. Ricochet headlocks, and holds on as Styles tries to power out. Fans duel again as Styles gets back up. Styles throws forearms and back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet runs and rolls off Styles’ back, then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Cover, ONE! Ricochet keeps on Styles with haymakers in the corner. Ricochet wrenches and brings Styles to the mat. Styles gets up but Ricochet wrenches again, then tucks Styles in for a modified standing stretch. Ricochet makes it a cover, TWO!

Styles powers Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet forearms back but Styles CHOPS back! Ricochet throws another forearm but Styles rocks him with a right! Styles shakes it off while bringing Ricochet up for a CHOP! He whips but Ricochet rolls off his back again, only to get a PELE! Styles brings Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. He rams his shoulder into Ricochet, then snapmares him for a swift kick to the back. Fans duel while Styles grimaces through a scratched and bloody face. Styles drags Ricochet up again but Ricochet blocks the suplex. Ricochet fights back with forearms, but runs into a back drop! Styles looms over Ricochet before bringing him up for a stiff forearm! Ricochet hits back and then dropkicks Styles down!

Styles bails out but Ricochet runs, to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged! Ricochet gets up to get Styles back in the ring. Ricochet covers, ONE! Styles gets to a corner but Ricochet is on him with a snapmare. Ricochet runs and hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Styles. Styles kicks Ricochet back and snap suplexes him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is dazed but still in this. Styles keeps his cool as he stalks behind Ricochet. Styles clamps on a chinlock and bends Ricochet back in a pseudo Camel Clutch. Ricochet endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up behind him.

Ricochet stands and fights out with body shots and uppercuts. He backs Styles into a corner then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles runs in but into a boot! Ricochet runs, ducks and dropkick-flips! Styles back hands but Ricochet PELES Styles! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand. Ricochet counter punches Styles, then throws forearms and CHOPS! He whips Styles but Styles reverses again, only to get a forearm! Ricochet keeps moving to huricanrana Styles! Styles goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in, shoulder tackle! Then springboard, flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps his cool, though, and gets Styles up.

Styles blocks the suplex, so Ricochet throws hands. Styles escapes the suplex and returns to the corner. He elbows Ricochet back then hops up, but Ricochet gets under the moonsault! Only to run into a scoop, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles gets up and stalks Ricochet again. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet counters to a jackknife cover, TWO! Ricochet boots but misses, and Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! High stack cover, TWO!! Styles is still frustrated but still focused. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet uppercuts him away! Ricochet baits Styles into a corner and gives him a back elbow. Ricochet CHOPS then suplexes, twisting neckbreaker! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!

Ricochet’s frustration starts to boil over as Styles survives. But he drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top. Ricochet aims, 630 but he has to bail out! Styles forearms Ricochet away, springboard to the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

And the Phenomenal One beats the champion! Styles takes the belt, but helps Ricochet up. Styles shows Ricochet respect by raising his hand. But is this just the first time we’ll be seeing both men in the ring together? Will Extreme Rules have an even greater rematch?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Stomping Grounds surprised us with a lot of great stuff, and Raw follows up with some great action, too! Though, they do get the slightly disappointing part out of the way early in further recycling the rivalries of Rollins-Corbin and Becky-Lacey. Extreme Rules gives us a Mixed Tag match that should be pretty fun, and the creative part is that it’s for both the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It sounds like it won’t be something more like a No Disqualifications match, because I’d love to see Becky and Rollins smack away on Lacey and Corbin side by side with kendo sticks. It’d make that match worth it since there’s no way Corbin and Lacey win those titles. And it probably keeps Lesnar from cashing in, too, since Becky would be there to back up Rollins.

I guess we’re still recycling Strowman VS Lashley, too. Their tug of war was a fun bit, but Strowman sure is sweeping Lashley in everything. I wonder if this means we see the return of a Bull Rope Match, and not the kind where they need to tag the corners. These two whipping each other with the rope, using the rope to “choke” each other, that might be what this feud needs to end decisively. And then one of these guys can start challenging for a title again, depending on who has what after Extreme Rules. Probably the Universal Championship to give Rollins some competition but also to be thrown in the mix with Lesnar and that MITB cash-in. Strowman and Lashley both daring Lesnar to try would be pretty good stuff to carry Raw to Summerslam.

Teaming up the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was a pretty good match for tonight, after what we got before Stomping Grounds. I just wish it wasn’t the kind of elimination match where one member means the whole team. But given what else we got tonight, the time constraints were surely why, and perhaps for the greater good. With the Heels not working together well, I still hope this turns things into a story for all the titles. These four teams, and perhaps throw in the Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery for a massive Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship #WinnersTakeAll match would be great for Extreme Rules or Summerslam. How else are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions supposed to save the division?

I think the best thing Raw did tonight was the WWE 24/7 Championship stuff. I wish Maverick had put up more of a fight, but perhaps this prompts something big on 205 Live. Then the rest of the action was amazing, with the multiple title changes and Truth racking up the title reigns. It was incredibly creative for it to invade a scheduled match, I’m surprised they didn’t try that sooner. I don’t know if we even need anything more on SmackDown, this was great. The second best thing was Undertaker returning to Raw to go after Shane and McIntyre! It isn’t really clear why, but maybe it leads to something even better, like Taker VS Roman at Survivor Series for Taker’s 30th anniversary and actual last match. 

It’s pretty clear Raw still needs SmackDown to help since Kofi pulled double duty. It’s great build for his reign, but it’s just a shame Vince didn’t schedule a Raw-exclusive story here. Joe going after Kofi was pretty great, though, and I would love if Kofi VS Joe got to be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules the PPV. In order for Kofi to establish himself, he needs someone as vicious as Joe to overcome. Though, it would be nice if there was a SmackDown superstar that could’ve done it. But at the same time, it’ll be like Alexa VS Bayley, teasing that Raw could end up owning both belts. Styles VS Ricochet was great, and Styles’ story with the Club is taking interesting turns. Ricochet VS Styles has to be the US Championship match, I just hope it’s Styles who turns instead of the Club turning on him.

My Score: 8.3/10


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(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019

NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!

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NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!

In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.

It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.

Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.

Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…

Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).

Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.

RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview. 

Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.

On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.

RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.

Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.

On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.

AXIZ and The Sugiura Army also had their last three pre-matches (although Sugiura took time out to take on Hitoshi Kumano), with a elbow brawl breaking out between Shiozaki and Sugiura on the last night. Katsuhiko Nakajima seemed to have quickly shed his politeness in asking for a title match, and was photographed in the usual grinning poses over a fallen opponent.

 

 

EVENT RECAPS
Aizu (19th June 2019)
Post match interviews

Nagano (22nd June 2019)
Post match interviews

Takaoka (23rd June 2019)

NEWS

“COME AT ME YOU BASTARDS”: Kenoh’s column (June 2019)

Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.

Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.

Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.

In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)

KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.

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TOUR TIDBITS
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.

BROADCASTS
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm

The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.

LINKS
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories

PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame


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