WWE history could be made tonight!
With both her titles on the line in one night, will Becky Two Belts have even one belt by the end? Will Kofi Kingston prove himself a worthy WWE Champion? And who will be Mr. and Ms. Money in the Bank?
- Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos; The Usos win.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Bayley wins and is Ms. MITB 2019.
- WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins and becomes the new WWE United States Champion.
- Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon VS The Miz; Shane wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese VS Ariya Daivari; Nese wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley; Bayley wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
- Roman Reigns VS Elias; Reigns wins.
- WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
- Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS ???; No Contest.
- WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Brock Lesnar wins and is Mr. MITB 2019.
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It’s the WWE MITB Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Sam Roberts as they catch everyone up and make their predictions for tonight’s PPV!
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!
The only double champion in the WWE today defends both belts tonight. She was put through a table during the dual contract signing by both her opponents. Is this the end of Becky Two Belts already? What we saw on Raw was a pair of jackals taking her down because those two clowns know they can’t win alone. Tonight, Becky just evens the odds and The Southern Belle learns it’s a different thing facing The Man alone. That need to prove yourself will be Lacey Evans’ downfall. And Becky don’t need to be reminded what she’s up against. The right road isn’t the easy one when you’re blazing trails.
Becky isn’t here to have plentiful reigns, but meaningful reigns. She knows she has two rosters full of women aiming for her. But the Double Champ dishes out double beatings, because that’s what happens when the Man comes around. There’s still fire in the Lass Kicker, will she be kicking double the lass all over again tonight?
Lacey Evans speaks.
“Becky Two Belts? More like Becky Big Mouth, if you ask me.” She talks so much trash, but the longer trash sits, the longer it rots. Then you bag it up and take it to the curb. That’s where Becky will end up if it’s up to Lacey. Becky can talk all she wants, but it’ll be all the sweeter when Lacey wins. And then Becky’s night goes from bad to worse when Charlotte Flair takes her turn and completes the sweep so that Becky realizes a Man is no match for a Queen and a Lady. Is the Sassy Southern Belle talking too much trash herself? Or is she on the right side of this MITB gamble?
Nikki Cross speaks.
“When I was growing up, I was always the outcast. Always picked on, always the last one chosen.” And then Alexa Bliss made Nikki feel like she was important. Nikki will give Alexa a chance as a friend. It saddens Nikki that Alexa cant’ compete, but Nikki makes her own luck tonight. She’ll be just like The Goddess, so #LetNikkiPlay, and #LetNikkiWin!
WWE Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix, joins the panel!
The Glamazon tags in for Otunga, but she’s not the only one. Sonya Deville is here to speak on the Women’s MITB and her friend, Mandy Rose. The two had to decide who would enter for SmackDown, but it wasn’t a tough choice for Sonya. She as a confident woman knows when to step up, and when to step back. But isn’t there concern that Mandy won’t win because she’s inexperienced? Not when Mandy has been a great talent in first-evers like her first Womens’ Rumble and her first Women’s Tag Chamber. Then does Sonya really have Mandy’s back should she win tonight? Of course! But then Zelina Vega comes by. Why are we talking to Sonya? Why is Zelina here?! Does Zelina even compete? Sonya gave up her spot because she’s a good friend, unlike Zelina. Zelina is just Andrade Almas’ mouthpiece!
Coach keeps the arguing down, and wants to ask questions. But Sonya says Zelina started this while Zelina goes on about Almas. Coach has things move on, because we have in-ring action!
WWE MITB Kickoff Show: Daniel Bryan & Rowan VS The Usos!
The new Wild Card Rule makes this match possible, and is also why this match is happening. Jimmy & Jey were upset Shane McMahon was just simply handing “The Planet’s Tag Team Champions” those SmackDown Tag Team titles. The two teams competed over the belts, and the Usos lost! Now they have a rematch, just to settle a score! Will the Uso Penitentiary coming to Money in the Bank?
The Usos again say , “Whoa whoa whoa whoa! Whoa! … Whoa!” Because tag teams are kicking off things. It’s Usos VS “Spongebob and Patrick!” They sing the theme song. But it’s time for Hartford to enter the Uso Penitentiary! The teams sort out, and Bryan starts against Jimmy.
Fans rally behind Jimmy with “Uce! O!” Jimmy and Bryan tie up and Bryan gets a headlock. Jimmy powers out but Bryan runs him over. Things speed up and Bryan kicks Jimmy. But Jimmy dodges the next kick to CHOP away on Bryan! Tag to Jey and Jey throws uppercuts. Jey snapmares to a cover, TWO! Jey brings Bryan around for more CHOPS but Rowan tags in. Rowan attacks but Jey sunset flips. Rowan blocks and shoves but things speed up and Rowan crossbodies Jey down! The Big Redwood roars while we go picture in picture.
Rowan scrapes Jey out of the ring and keeps the ref busy while Bryan bumps Jey off the apron. Bryan feeds Jey to Rowan for a springboard knee. Rowan rips off Jey’s shirt and tosses it to the fans! Rowan scoop slams Jey while we return to single picture, then drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Rowan keeps on Jey and tags in Bryan. Bryan kicks Jey down then bumps him off buckles. Bryan gives Jey CHOPS and more buckle bumps. He CHOPS Jey in the Planet’s Corner but Jey fights back! Bryan trips Jey and tags Rowan. Rowan drops an elbow then covers, TWO! Rowan drags Jey up to drive a knee into his back. He then puts Jey in the fist vice! Jey endures the squeeze on his head but fans rally up. Rowan shifts to a neck wrench and Jey powers towards his corner.
Rowan clubs Jey down then suplexes him away from Jimmy! Then he hits Jimmy just because! Rowan tags Bryan and Bryan takes his time going after Jey’s legs. Bryan hooks them and fish hooks Jey’s face! He lets up at the ref’s count, but then does it again. He lets go again and stomps the knees. Jey scrambles to an open corner but Bryan is on him with CHOPS! Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! And then another! He keeps going, but gets caught into a Samoan Drop! Both men are down but fans fire up! Jey and Bryan crawl, tag to Rowan. Rowan misses and gets post! Jey tags in Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Rowan with a rain of rights. Rowan shoves him away but he comes right back! Another shove, but Jimmy mule kicks and uppercuts. He tries to lift Rowan but Rowan slips out.
Rowan suplexes but Jimmy slips out and boots him away. Jimmy goes up, Whisper in the Wind! Cover, ONE!! And Jimmy ends up outside on the apron! Jimmy kicks Rowan away then climbs up fast. He leaps, but into Rowan’s arms! Rowan pops Jimmy up for a jackhammer! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and we go picture in picture again.
Rowan shakes his head, but keeps his cool. He drags Jimmy back up and onto the top rope. He clubs away on Jimmy then climbs up to join him. Jey returns and tags in! Jey helps Jimmy fight Rowan up top, but Rowan gives them each headbutts. Rowan makes the brothers bump heads, then grabs them both! We’re single picture again as Rowan wants and gets a DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Bryan returns and calls Rowan over. Rowan tags Bryan and Bryan stalks Jey. Fans boo as Bryan starts giving Jey No Kicks! Bryan kicks and kicks, but Jey ducks the buzzsaw! Dragon whip enziguri! Bryan roundhouses, Jey SUPERKICKS! Jey hurries up top, leaps, Uso Splash ends up in the LaBell Lock!! Bryan has Jey stuck, but Jey flails and reaches! Jey drags himself, but Jimmy saves him!
Rowan goes after Jimmy and tosses him out. But Jimmy dumps Rowan out, and DIVES! Only to be caught in the claws! Jey DIVES, but into the claws! SUPERKICK from Jimmy, SUPERKICK from Jey, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! The Usos both run, and DOUBLE DIVE! They take Rowan out! Fans are fired up but Bryan DIVES, into SUPERKICKS! Jey tags Jimmy and they each climb up. They both leap at Bryan, the Double Uce! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy by pinfall
The Usos still have all division on #LockDown! Will they use the Wild Card to get the SmackDown Tag titles back even though they’re Raw superstars?
WWE and wrestling fans mourn the loss of Ashley Massaro.
A golden WWE tradition returns.
This PPV will again have a Men’s and Women’s MITB Ladder Match. 81% of winners have successfully “cashed in” to become a champion. But what are the odds of a dual champion staying a dual champion when she’s doubling down? What are the odds a Beastslayer defeats the Phenomenal One? What are the odds of an underdog champion proving he’s worthy? And what price will the McMahons pay for upsetting both an A-Lister and a Big Dog?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!
Naomi is ready to float like a firefly and sting like a Bumble Bee (Teen Titans, that is). But Nikki Cross is ready to play, Dana Brooke is ready to take her turn, and The Queen of Harts is the best there is, was and ever will be. But will any of Raw’s women take it? Or will SmackDown win with the Golden Goddess, the War Goddess, the Huggable or the OG Ms. MITB?
All eight women stare at the briefcase as the bell rings. And then chaos breaks loose! Bayley has Naomi, Natty has Mandy and Carmella has Dana, until Nikki drags her out! Nikki gets Carmella and then Dana in the apron! Bayley tosses Ember out while Nikki brings in the first ladder! Nikki rams four women at once! And then becomes a crazy copter! She hits Natty and Mandy, and even Bayley! Naomi gets decked, too! Mandy again! But Dana comes in and dropkicks Nikki down! Ember and Dana both go after the ladder and it’s tug-o-war. So Ember uses it to ram Dana into a corner! But Nikki jumps on Ember with a thrashing sleeper hold. Ember backpack sentons Nikki on the ladder! Mandy throws Nikki out then gives Dana a Kiss from a Rose!
But Carmella yanks Mandy off the top rope! Mandy takes a tumble and Carmella takes the ladder. Natty puts in another ladder, but Carmella spots her. Carmella shoves Natty into her own ladder! Natty hits back and then swings Carmella into the ladder! Carmella kisses the steel, but then Naomi runs in. Natty catapults Naomi but she lands on the rungs! Naomi enziguris Natty down! Then she throws Carmella out. Mandy has a ladder, but Naomi takes it from her. Naomi swings but into a gut wrench suplex! Mandy soaks up the heat but Bayley rams her with a ladder. Bayley is all alone and stands the ladder up. But Ember stops her and they fight over the ladder. Dana copies Becky Lynch from last year and climbs anyway!
Carmella yanks Dana off and then shoves the ladder into Bayley and Ember. The ladder smacks Bayley in the hip, and Carmella adds on with a FABULOUS Kick! Carmella eyes “Frankie” but Mandy returns to kick out Carmella’s leg! Mandy stalks Carmella but Carmella slaps her away. Ember rocks Mandy with a right! Dana and Ember each go for ladders but so do Nikki and Bayley. Naomi also returns and everyone wants a ladder. Naomi hops ladder to ladder to dropkick Mandy to a ladder! But then Nikki and Ember run at Naomi! She slides under, but finds herself caught. Naomi does the splits and the ladder foursome collides! Natty returns while Carmella has medics check her knee. Natty sits Naomi on the ladder, then walks all over her! But Bayley throws Natty into the corner ladder!
Bayley elbows Naomi down, but Nikki drags up one of the ladders. Bayley bulldogs Nikki on the steel! She toughs otu her own bad leg but Dana pushes her down. Dana drags Bayley into buckles but Ember has Dana with a bac kick to boot. Ember runs but Dana dodges. Dana scoops and slams Ember on the ladder, then has her in a special Tree of Woe! Fans fire up for the handspring back elbow! Dana dumps Ember out then goes back to Bayley. She throws hands on Bayley but Bayley hits back. Dana kicks but Bayley blocks and knees like a boss! Bayley sunset flip bombs Dana onto the ladder! Everyone is down, but Bayley sees the briefcase. Bayley drags the tallest ladder up and over to be right under the briefcase. She stands it up but Mandy returns.
Mandy and Natty sandwich Bayley inside the ladder! And again! And a third time! Bayley finally falls over, but Naomi returns. The ladder stands again while Naomi gives Bayley some Starship Pain! Natty and Mandy fight over the ladder but Nikki SPEARS Natty from underneath! Naomi climbs! But Ember and Nikki stop her! Code Breaker for Naomi! Ember gets Nikki but Nikki throat chops back. Nikki gives Ember the Purge! But Dana sneaks back in and tips the ladder over on Nikki! Nikki is down and fans are fired up as Dana is all alone! Dana stands the ladder back up and starts climbing! But Mandy returns again! Mandy catches up to Dana and fights as Dana has the clip. Dana swings on the chain!! Dana flails but Mandy grabs her. Mandy gets Dana back on the ladder and they both fight for position!
Dana bumps Mandy off the ladder and Bayley yanks her off! Naomi and Bayley hurry after Dana, but Nikki scrambles up, too! Nikki grabs at the chain but everyone is fighting. Natty tips everyone off!! But wait, Ember aims at Natty, SUPER ECLIPSE!! A total Eclipse of the (Neid)hart! Fans are thunderous while losing their minds! The Shenom is all alone, with one ladder nearby! But Mandy stops her with a back suplex. Ember lands on her feet but Mandy kicks low. Mandy underhooks and lifts Ember, Pedigree on a ladder! Mandy pushes that ladder aside to go back to the tallest one. She stands it up, climbs it, but wait? Mella is back?! Mella doesn’t care she has a bad leg, she won’t let Mandy do this. Mandy runs at Carmella but gets a forearm! And bumps off rungs!
Carmella shows no mercy as she throws Mandy all around! FABULOUS Kick takes Mandy down! Carmella hobbles into the ring and to that ladder, but as she climbs, Sonya Deville interferes! Sonya won’t let Carmella win, she SPEARS Carmella down! And then she positions the ladder? Sonya fetches Mandy to get her in the ring! Fans boo as Sonya basically parallels James Ellsworth for Carmella! Sonya literally carries Mandy up the ladder! Mandy revives and climbs the rest of the way, and gets her hands on the briefcase! But Bayley gets up and stares them both down. And then shoves them both down, too! Bayley grabs the briefcase, and takes it down! Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley; Ms. Money in the Bank 2019
The Huggable Bayley did it, and she did it all by herself! A former Raw Women’s Champion, the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, and now Ms. MITB! As a SmackDown Superstar, could this contract make Bayley WWE’s first Women’s Triple Crown Champion!?
Charly Caruso interviews Bayley in the ring, and congratulates her. Bayley’s a step closer to becoming another WWE Women’s Champion. She and Sasha were the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. The team got split up in the Shake-Up, but Bayley is going to prove a point. She wants to remind everyone what she’s capable of. And everyone sees that now! She’s not #JustBayley, she’s Ms. MITB!
Triple H is backstage!
And he’s on the phone. He’s loving how the night’s going already. Bayley winning that contract, just- Sami Zayn wants to talk with HHH. Or rather, he wants to talk with Shane. Well Shane’s getting ready for that cage match. But this is important. HHH is upset he’s being interrupted, but Sami says the WWE has a big problem. Sami reminds HHH that he won against Braun Strowman to win his way into the Men’s MITB, but Strowman is coming for payback! Sami just knows it! But he can’t relax because of the fear of Strowman.
HHH tells Sami to breathe. Sami just says there’s a lot of concern that Strowman will do something. HHH will alleviate that concern: Strowman was banned from the building. Okay, then, can there be further protection? If Sami wants protection, tape up your hands and leave the office. Thanks for stopping by. Sami is rightfully fearful for his life after screwing Strowman out of the MITB ladder match. Will he be able to focus on the golden opportunity?
WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio!
The first time around, it was a one-minute shocker at Wrestlemania where the Destroyer dispatched the King of Lucha Libre. In the non-title rematch, Mysterio got even with Joe and that left Joe very upset. Finally, a tiebreaker with the title on the line will decide which man is really better. Will Mysterio make his familia proud? Or will Joe embarrass Papi in front of Dominique all over again?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this rubber match!
Mysterio fires off hands but Joe kicks the leg! Joe kicks again and has Mysterio in a corner. Fans duel while Joe lets Mysterio get back up. Mysterio dodges and kicks back! Mysterio runs and slides then huricanranas Joe around! He fires hands on Joe but Joe shoves him away. Joe puts Mysterio on the apron but Mysterio kicks back. Mysterio springboards for a seated senton! Joe checks his nose but Mysterio fires off more kicks and punches. Joe hits back and scoops but Mysterio slips out. Mysterio gets knees and a CHOP! Joe ignores his bloody nose as he drags Mysterio up for a pomb, but Mysterio huricanranas! Cover, Mysterio wins!?
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall; NEW WWE United States Champion
Dominique cheers backstage as his father finally gets his WWE Grand Slam! But Joe is as shocked as Mysterio! Did Joe have his shoulders up? Did the referee make an awful mistake? Will Mysterio give Joe a rematch?
Mysterio gets back in the ring and Dominique comes out to join him. Father and son celebrate together as they walk back up the ramp. But then Joe attacks!! Joe headbutts away on Mysterio and puts Mysterio back in the ring! Joe drags Mysterio up for a HUGE urenage! A bloody and angry Destroyer grins at Mysterio, but then eyes Dominique. Joe drags Mysterio up again to make Dominique watch a second urenage! Dominique isn’t sure what to do, but Joe tells him to figure out something. Dominique goes to his dad, but Joe drops a senton on Mysterio! Joe leaves and Dominique goes to his father’s side. Will Mysterio have a reason to give Joe a rematch?
Braun Strowman ignores the building ban!
He throws whatever he can get his hands on as far as it’ll fly! The Monster Among Men is hunting for Sami Zayn! He intimidates a WWE employee but he has no idea where Sami is! Strowman spares this poor man as his hunt continues. Will Strowman find Sami before Sami #GetsTheseHands on the MITB contract?
Steel Cage Match: Shane McMahon VS The Miz!
They were once the Best Tag Team in the World, and certainly in the WWE. But then one loss and Shane O’Mac snapped! He betrayed his partner and attacked Papa Miz! Wrestlemania’s Falls Count Anywhere clearly didn’t settle anything as Shane rubbed in his victory and the assault on Miz’s father. But now, instead of fighting all over the arena, they’ll be trapped inside a steel structure! Will Shane run away again? Or will he man up and fight Miz in the cage?
The door is closed and the bell rings! Shane immediately hurries up to a wall! Miz drags Shane down to the mat then tackles him down! Miz rains down hands but Shane pushes him away. Shane runs away but Miz stops him again. Miz throws Shane at a wall, but Shane uses it to climb! Miz again has to yank Shane down, and then throws It Kicks into a corner. He kicks and kicks and kicks and fans fire up as Miz throws Shane down. Miz kicks Shane in the back, then circles him like a shark. He throws more kicks, taunting Shane between them. Shane sits back up, only to get more kicks! Miz takes aim but Shane powerbombs him into a wall! Shane kicks Miz while he’s down now, grinding him into the steel.
Miz drags himself up but Shane kicks him back down. Shane throws body shots and jabs now, then kicks of his own. Shane bumps Miz off the steel then clubs him down between the ropes. He Oklahoma Rolls Miz, TWO! Shane throws hands again, then big knees. Shane throws Miz face first into steel! He boots Miz down then kicks him while he’s down. Shane throws Miz into the cage again, then lifts Miz in a torture rack, for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps his cool as he stalks Miz. He toys with Miz while fans boo and jeer. Shane puts Miz in a corner for a mudhole stomp, then he goes to the adjacent corner. He climbs up and takes aim, Coast2Coast gets caught! Into the Figure Four! Miz shouts out to Ric Flair with this one!
Shane endures and flails, then grabs a rope, but there are no ropebreaks! Shane uses that to drag himself to the door! The door opens but Miz lets go to drag Shane back! Shane kicks away on Miz and gets free! But Miz grabs him just in time! Miz drags Shane back inside, but Shane’s managed to get a chair?! Shane swings but Miz boots him down! Both men are down with the chair between them. Shane and Miz both see the chair, but also the door. Fans know “Miz is Awesome!” as he gets the chair! Shane begs for mercy, and even apologizes! But Miz doesn’t care, and he SMACKS Shane! Miz makes sure the door is closed as he gives Shane another SMACK! Shane crawls to the door but Miz slams it on his head! Miz SMACKS Shane with another chair shot, then another! And another! And another!
Miz taunts Shane as he SMACKS away! “You had enough? Nah, you ain’t had enough.” Miz circles Shane and fans want “One More Time!” He obliges, with another SMACK! Shane crawls but Miz drags him back up. Miz gives Shane a Skull Crushing Finale on the chair!! Cover, ropebreak?! But no, no! There aren’t ropebreaks in a cage match, right?! What is wrong with this ref? Unless… Is this ref kissing up to Shane? Fans call BS while Miz goes after Shane again. Miz puts Shane in a corner and on the top rope. Miz climbs up to hoist Shane back up. Shane fights off and arm-drags Miz down! Shane drags himself back up but fans rally for Miz. Miz is motionless while Shane climbs up. Shane reaches the top as Miz revives! Miz uses the chair to SMACK Shane’s leg! Shane stops and Miz catches up to him!
Miz grabs Shane and throws haymakers. Miz sits on the top with Shane and throws haymakers! Shane resists as Miz drags him back over. Miz has Shane stuck, and bumps him off the cage! And then dumps him down! To drop a splash! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives on his own this time! And gets a triangle hold on Miz! Miz flails but there’s no ropebreaks for him. Shane cranks back hard but Miz refuses to give in! Fans rally and Miz bridges back to a cover, TWO! Shane crawls away to the door, but Miz revives to stop him again! Miz drags Shane in, and catapults him into steel, but Shane uses it again! Shane’s up top but Miz hurries to stop him!
Shane is halfway again, and Miz has a sinister idea. Flashbacks to Wrestlemania as Miz pulls on Shane. Shane fights for his life as Miz keeps pulling. Shane slips out and out of his shirt! He hits the floor, and wins!!
Winner: Shane McMahon, by escape
Shane literally escapes and survives! Miz glares down at Shane, because this settles nothing! Will Shane run away to avoid the trilogy?
Mick Foley will return to Monday Night Raw with a huge announcement!
The Hardcore Legend is introducing WWE’s newest championship! What could it be? Or is it really a classic being revived with a new look? Only Foley knows!
HHH hurries backstage!
Something bad happened, and it involves Sami Zayn! He’s stuck upside-down on a wall! Cameras, get outta here! HHH and WWE have an emergency, but is Strowman really to blame?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Tony Nese VS Ariya Daivari!
The Cruiserweight Division returns to a PPV main card! But that aside, the Premier Athlete wants to prove he isn’t champion because he took it easy. He’s kept himself competing even after earning the title, and now he’ll make the Privileged Persian Lion earn it, too! Will Daivari Dinero hit the jackpot on MITB night? Or will Nese show him the power of perseverance?
The introductions are made, with Daivari driving in to the arena in a Mercedes Benz, and the title is raised as we begin this big money Cruiserweight match!
The two circle, and tie up. Daivari powers Nese to a corner but backs off to get in sucker punches! He jabs and kicks but Nese hits back. Daivari haymakers and whips Nese corner to corner but Nese stops himself. Nese elbows and moonsaults but Daivari gets clear. Nese goes Matrix to mule kick and knee lift. Daivari jumps the sweep but Nese dodges the buzzsaw to get the sweep anyway. Nese drops a leg and covers, TWO! Nese keeps on Daivari but Daivari jawbreakers back. Daivari whips but Nese reverses to hotshot Daivari down! Nese triangle moonsaults but lands on his feet as Daivari dodges. Daivari puts Nese on the apron and then grinds his face on the ropes! The ref reprimands Daivari but the damage is down.
Daivari dumps Nese back into the ring then trash talks in Farsi. Daivari bobs ‘n’ weaves with a blind Nese then clobbers him with haymakers. Nese gets to a corner but Daivari is on him with a hard corner to corner whip. Nese hits buckles and drops to the mat but Daivari grins as he looms over the champion. Daivari drags Nese up but Nese hits back. Daivari knees low then back suplexes, but Nese lands on his stomach. Nese crawls but Daivari stomps him. Daivari grabs both legs but Nese fights the turn. Daivari still gets Nese in the inverted Crab! Nese endures and crawls, then rolls to send Daivari into buckles! The ref checks on Daivari while Nese gets to the opposite side. Daivari hurries after Nese but gets a big left hand.
Nese bobs ‘n’ weaves and snapmares Daivari to boot and heel kick him down! Nese knips up and runs at Daivari in the corner. Daivari takes the back elbow but he tosses Nese to the apron. Nese kicks Daivari down then triangle moonsaults again, to hit it! Cover, TWO! Daivari lives but Nese keeps his cool. Nese drags Daivari up and pump handles, but Daivari fights him off. Nese CHOPS back but Daivari reels him in for a full nelson spin, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives and Daivari grows frustrated. Daivari sneers at Nese as he drags him back up. Fans rally as Nese CHOPS Daivari agani. Daivari grabs the beard but Nese shoves and forearms him back! Nese runs but into Daivari’s leaping knee!
Daivari whips but Nese slides under to pump handle! Daivari slips out and dodges to rondhouse Nese back! He puts Nese on the top rope and crosses the arms. But Nese holds on with his strong legs! Daivari CHOPS Nese again and again until Nese is in a Tree of Woe on the outside! Daivari stomps Nese out of the Tree and to the floor! He pursues Nese but Nese shoves him away. Nese runs back but is put on the apron. Nese cartwheels and rocks Daivari! He puts Daivari in and climbs up high. Daivari intercepts, crosses the arms for an arm-drag bomb! Cover, TWO!! Nese still lives and Daivari grows frustrated.
Daivari drags Nese up again, hammerlocks and swings, but Nese dodges to roll up! TWO, but Nese tosses Daivari out to FLY! A Premier Flop takes out Daivari, but Nese keeps going! He puts Daivari in, climbs up, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Now Daivari survives and Nese is shocked! But Daivari is in a corner. Nese runs side to side but gets a SUPERKICK! Daivari hops up, Lion Splash! But no cover, hammerlock to Lion’s Lariat!! Cover, TWO!? Nese survives Daivari’s best move!? Daivari is furious as he climbs up top. Nese SHORYUKENS and SUPER STEINERS! Daivari ends up in a corner and Nese runs, Premier Knee! Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Daivari brought the fight, but Nese won it! The Premier Era continues, but how much harder will it get for him from now on?
HHH confronts Braun Strowman.
Obviously the Monster Among Men is the number one suspect in attacking Sami Zayn. But this isn’t going to get his spot in the MITB Ladder match back. Strowman has no idea what HHH is talking about. The attack on Sami! That wasn’t Strowman. HHH won’t argue about it, and won’t ask anyone to escort or arrest Strowman. But as his boss, HHH needs Strowman to leave. “Whatever, man.” Strowman actually obeys, but if he didn’t do that to Sami, then who did?
Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Lacey Evans!
And so the Champ Champ’s night begins! She owes the Sassy Southern Belle for several sucker punches, that contract signing beating from Monday, and just that generally judgmental attitude. Will The Man deny the Woman’s Right to the Raw Women’s title? Or will Becky Two Belts go down to one belt going into her match with Charlotte later on?
The introductions are made, the red brand’s belt is raised, and we begin The Man’s first match!
Fans chant for “Becky Two Belts!” but Lacey covers her ears. Becky and Lacey circle then Becky dropkicks Lacey to a corner! Becky fires off stomps but backs off to throw Lacey down. Lacey flounders but Becky dropkicks her back down! Becky drags Lacey up for a waistlock slam, but then Lacey crawls out of the ring. Becky builds speed to wreck Lacey with a dropkick! Fans cheer but Lacey hits Becky back. Lacey whips but Becky reverses to send her into barriers! Becky stalks Lacey to club and elbow her. Lacey shoves Becky then tries to run away through the fans! Becky stops her and throws her at the apron. Becky puts Lacey back in and stalks her to a corner.
Lacey yanks Becky at buckles but Becky stops herself. Becky hits back then baits Lacey in. Lacey blocks the jump kick to throw Becky into buckles. Lacey wrings Becky’s arm to slam her on the mat. Fans sing Becky’s theme but that only angers Lacey. Lacey dribbles Becky’s head off the mat, then drops knees on the arm. Lacey then stands and stomps Becky’s arm! Becky fights back with her good arm but Lacey kicks low for a sit-out DDT. Lacey gator rolls Becky to a corner and throws her arm on the apron. She pulls Becky into the post! The ref counts but Lacey lets up at 4, to throw the arm into the post. Becky rolls but Lacey covers, TWO! Lacey keeps her cool then goes after Becky. Becky boots back and puts Lacey on the apron.
Lacey hits back and sweeps the legs! Lacey slingshots for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Lacey grits her teeth and drags Becky around with an armlock and chinbar. Becky endures being bent back on Lacey’s knee. Fans rally as Becky fights her way up. Lacey throws Becky down by her hair! Lacey goes after the arm again, and bends Becky back again. Fans rally and Becky throws hands. Becky gets back up and arm-drags free. Lacey knees low and hits a neckbreaker! Somersault to a splash! Cover, TWO! Lacey pulls out her handkerchief and wipes herself off. She then rubs it in Becky’s face! Becky hits back with wild hands! She whips but Lacey reverses to put Becky on the apron. Lacey shoulders but into a kick!
Becky climbs and leaps for a flying forearm! Both women are down but fans rally up for Becky. But Lacey is up first, only for Becky to hit back. Lacey kicks and aims, but the Woman’s Right misses! Becky rallies with lariats and a calf kick! Fans fire up with Becky as she kicks Lacey more. Becksploder! Becky hits Lacey with the Straight Firearm, then climbs up high for a missile dropkick! Lacey ends up flopping out of the ring! Becky pursues from the apron, another flying forearm takes Lacey down! Becky puts Lacey back in, cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Becky wonders what she has to do. Becky drags Lacey around and climbs up top yet again.
Becky leaps but has to roll through. Lacey elbows Becky back, then uses the ropes for a springboard stunner! And a leaping roundhouse! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Lacey is losing her composure. Lacey says she’ll end it, and she trash talks the “Nasty” Becky. She pulls the braids out of Becky’s hair, but Becky waistlocks and rolls her! TWO, but Becky’s after the arm! Lacey scrambles and gets the rope. Becky lets up but wants at her again. The ref pulls Becky back, Lacey chop blocks! Roll up, but Becky holds it off to get a Disarm-Her! Lacey taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion
Becky Two Belts is still at two belts! But Lacey was tougher than she expected, will Becky be in any shape for facing Flair yet again?
But speaking of, here comes Charlotte! The Queen is all smiles, because she’s choosing to make Becky go again here and now!
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Charlotte Flair!
The Man grins, because she realizes she should’ve expected this. Will she still be Becky Two Belts even though she had no time to rest? Or will we see the birth of #CharlotteNineTimes?
There is no need for introductions, only the blue brand’s belt is raised, and we begin again!
Charlotte is still all smiles as the bell rings, and watches Becky shake off the damage form Lacey. Charlotte tackles Becky to a corner and rams her shoulder in again and again! And she grinds a boot into Becky’s face. Charlotte lets up but runs into a forearm! Becky back kicks and gets to a corner. Charlotte runs in but into a boot! And more boots! Becky hops up but Charlotte dodges! Charlotte kicks Becky while she’s down, then throws hands. She slaps Becky then kicks her at the ropes. Becky hits back and backs Charlotte down. Becky whips but Charlotte goes to the apron. Charlotte boots Becky down, then hurries up top. Becky intercepts with forearms! Becky throws Charlotte off the top and to the mat!
Fans cheer as Becky runs to Oklahoma Roll! TWO, and Charlotte CHOPS Becky! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! The Flair Chops stagger Becky, but Becky dodges to enziguri! Charlotte shakes it off but Becky keeps moving, only for her shotgun to get caught! Charlotte gets a Boston Crab! Becky endures as Charlotte bends her backwards! Fans rally as Becky reaches and crawls. Becky manages the ropebreak, and Charlotte holds on until 4. Charlotte isn’t bothered at all, because she’s still in much better shape. She runs back in but into elbows. Becky and Charlotte brawl with big forearms back and forth. They go around and around but Becky gets an edge. So Charlotte kicks out the leg! Charlotte looms over Becky and SLAPS her. She runs, but Becky dodges to forearm her down!
Both women are down again, but then they brawl as they sit up. They brawl and trash talk as they stand up, too! Becky hits, Charlotte hits, repeat! Becky gets the edge again, and wants the arm! Charlotte whips Becky off to forearm her back down. Charlotte stomps Becky around then grinds her feet into Becky’s head. The ref counts and Charlotte lets off at 4. Charlotte pulls Becky back against ropes, but again stops at 4. Becky crawls on the apron but Charlotte joins her. Charlotte goes for Natural Selection but Becky holds on! Charlotte crashes and burns while Becky gets back in the ring.
Becky leaves Charlotte to the mercy of the ring count because of Champion’s Advantage. The count begins and reaches 5, but is that Lacey Evans?! A Woman’s Right sucker punch again! Charlotte grabs Becky but Becky cradle counters! TWO!? BOOT!! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Queen gets her throne back thanks to the Southern Belle! #CharlotteNineTimes is real, but will she hold onto that belt for long?
As for Becky, she goes after Lacey! Becky has another reason to hate the Lady of WWE, and beats her up against the barriers. But Charlotte goes after Becky to save the woman who helped her win. And they both get Becky in the ring to keep up the beating! Lacey holds Becky for Charlotte as Charlotte stomps away. Becky endures double boots to her body, but then Lacey pulls Becky back while Charlotte CHOPS away! “How does that feel now?!” Charlotte climbs up, but here comes Bayley! The Hugger evens things up and saves Becky! She knees Lacey then gives her a Bayley2Belly!
Charlotte attacks Bayley with a forearm! The Queen goes after Becky again, stomping away. She goes back for her SmackDown Women’s Championship, but then runs at Bayley! Bayley dodges and sends Charlotte into buckles! Fans are thunderous, because they want Bayley to cash in! Bayley thinks about it. Charlotte is down, and the briefcase is right there. Bayley grabs her briefcase, and brings it to the ref! Is it happening? IT IS!!
SmackDown Women’s Championship, MITB Cash-In: Charlotte Flair VS Bayley!
The bell rings, and Bayley drags Charlotte out to a drop zone! Bayley climbs up high, and drops the Macho Elbow!! Cover, Bayley wins!!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion
Ms. MITB 2019 is a success! Bayley goes from #JustBayley to the top woman on SmackDown! And she’s the first Women’s Triple Crown Champion in WWE history! And she celebrates with the WWE Universe! Raw title, Women’s Tag Title, SmackDown title, she’s had them all! Is this just the beginning for Bayley’s rise to the top?
Roman Reigns arrives!
But the Big Dog needs to look behind him, because here comes Elias! The Drifter SMASHES Roman with his guitar! Then strolls on past him and to gorilla position. Fans sing and cheer as Elias walks to the ring and has his team set up his stool. He has another guitar, and is properly introduced.
Elias plays an electric guitar for Hartford, and says that felt good. He normally does acoustic, but obviously his guitar just broke. Elias is not only the biggest acquisition in SmackDown history but in WWE history. Vince McMahon texted Elias and gave him credit that the future of the WWE is in good hands. Elias felt good reading that, and begs the question: “With all this success, why would you come to a morally substandard toilet bowl like Hartford?” Fans are a little divided on that one. With the Big Dog down, the Era of Elias can begin. He has a song just for that, titled Long Live Elias. So please, silence your phones, hold your applause and shut your mouths! Elias begins playing his guitar again, then sings.
“You people here are so boring. Your life would suck without me. I bring energy to the world, like Vince says. Elias is my name. Roman could’ve been me, but no one wants to hear him talk. Roman, shut your mouth, Elias just took you for a walk.” Elias went to North Carolina, a beautiful place. “Now I understand why the Whalers left this city, it’s because Hartford is a disgrace.” Fans boo harder as Elias again says Hartford is a disgrace. Elias finishes up, and thanks the fans. “I love none of you.” Elias goes up the ramp to do what everyone here wishes they could do: get the hell out of Hartford.
But Elias will leave them all a lasting image: his post. Elias raises his fist, but here comes Roman! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman’s fist leaves Elias rolling down the ramp! But he’s not done, he puts Elias back in the ring hard. The bell rings and the match begins!
Roman Reigns VS Elias!
SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reign, by pinfall
Well that didn’t take long. Elias didn’t want to give an encore, and now he can’t. Is this going to prove to everyone, but mostly the McMahons, that the WWE is the Big Dog’s Yard?
WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles!
The Architect has gone from inaugural NXT Champion to a sell-out to a Kingslayer to the Beastslayer, but there was a time when even he was just starting out. It was during that time that he encountered the already incredible Phenomenal One. Styles saw promise in Rollins back then, and he was right. Styles himself would one day arrive in the WWE, take over and make SmackDown the House That AJ Styles Built! But now, he wants to build something even better by adding this title to his legacy. Who builds their legacy with the WWE Universal Championship?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this first-for-WWE match-up finally happens!
Rollins and Styles stare down as fans duel. They tie up and it’s fast and furious already as they push each other around. Styles gets Rollins in a corner but backs off at 4 with a shove. Rollins keeps his cool as he circles with Styles again. They tie up again as fans duel even harder. Rollins puts Styles in the corner, but then gives his own little shove. Styles keeps his cool now, and they go again. Another tie up and Styles waistlocks. Rollins standing switches but so does Styles. Rollins trips Styles but Styles headscissors him down. Fans cheer this exchange as Styles dares Rollins to bring it. The two circle again, and they tie up. Rollins gets the arm and wrenches. Styles powers out and arm-drags Rollins back. Fans cheer but still duel as Styles and Rollins go again.
Rollins headlocks but Styles fights with body shots. Styles powers out and hurdles but Rollins clotheslines Styles down! Rollins goes back to CHOP Styles to a corner. He whips Styles corner to corner hard, and Styles falls to the mat. Rollins snapmares and drops a knee on Styles, then covers, TWO! Styles sits up but Rollins just kicks him right in the back. Rollins drags Styles up for more CHOPS, but Styles CHOPS back! Styles kicks but Rollins punches and whips. Styles reverses but Rollins boots him. Rollins hops up but Styles gets under and dropkicks Rollins down! Fans continue to cheer and duel while Styles kicks Rollins while he’s down. Styles chops Rollins to a corner to then ram his shoulder in. He stops at 4 but then knees Rollins down.
Styles kicks Rollins hard in the chest, then lifts him for a quick backbreaker! Styles circles Rollins and brings him back up. Rollins CHOPS but Styles hits back. They brawl and Rollins whips. Rollins hip tosses and rains down rights! He whips but Styles reverses, only to run into a buckle shot! Styles is down on the apron while Rollins catches his breath. Rollins goes around to join Styles and brings him up. Rollins suplexes but Styles blocks. Styles kicks back then brings Rollins in, for a Clash!? Rollins kicks free and lands on his feet, only to get Styles’ sliding knee! Styles drags Rollins into the ring but Rollins hits him back. Rollins goes to suplex but Styles hotshots! Only for Rollins to DIVE onto him! They both crash into the announce desk!
The ring count begins while both champion and challenger are down. Rollins and Styles both head for the ring at 6, and get in at 7. Rollins clotheslines Styles back out and DIVES again! Another crash into the desk, but Rollins puts Styles in the ring fast! He throws forearms on Styles, then runs, but into a forearm from Styles! Styles runs but Rollins follows to Slingblade him down! Rollins runs at Styles in the corner for another forearm, then dumps him down. Rollins springboards, flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Styles survives but Rollins keeps focus. Fans fire up as Rollins hobbles back to Styles. Rollins lifts but Styles resists, so Rollins kicks away on Styles’ face! Then he tries again, only for Styles to spin out. Styles swings but Rollins spins him, ripcord, but Styles blocks the Revolution Knee! Fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi!
But Styles is too tired to cover! Fans duel again as both men slowly move. Styles gets to one corner and Rollins the other. Styles runs in for a big clothesline! He prepares but is denied the Clash with a back drop. Rollins sits on the sunset, TWO! Sunset, TWO! High stack, deadlift! Buckle Bomb! Styles flops down and Rollins climbs up, Frog Splash! Cover, TWO! Rollins is too tired to be frustrated. He just sits up while fans rally. Styles crawls but Rollins stalks him. Rollins throws big hands on Styles, then drags Styles up. He hoists Styles to the top rope, then throws more hands before climbing up to join him. Styles hits back and sends Rollins down.
Styles adjusts but Rollins is up fast, only for Styles to slip under and trip him up! German Suplex, but Styles holds on, for another lift. Rollins rolls through with a wheelbarrow, TWO! Roaring elbow blocked by a boot! Torture rack, spin-out, Tower Hacker Bomb! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans are loving it! Styles thinks on what he has to do to win, but fans know “This is Awesome!” He runs in but Rollins puts him on the apron. He forearms Rollins back and springboards, but Rollins trips him up! Styles is stuck up top, and Rollins hurries to sit him up. Rollins climbs up behind Styles, and drags him up in a dragon sleeper… INVERTED SUPERPLEX! Roll through, inverted Falcon’s Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Rollins can’t believe it!
Now it’s Rollins who has to come up with something else to put Styles away. Fans rally up as Rollins stands. Rollins still has the tried and true, “Burn It Down!” He mule kicks then runs, but Styles dodges to roll Rollins to a Calf Crusher! Rollins endures but Styles cranks back hard! Rollins rolls it back and kicks Styles away! His leg is free but it is hurting! Styles crawls away but Rollins pursues. Styles hops up, moonsault DDT! Cover, TWO!! Rollins escapes with one good leg! Styles gets back up and waits for Rollins. Rollins stands and SUPERKICKS Styles down! Both men are down again, but fans rally and duel again. Styles and Rollins crawl for each other to start throwing hands! Rollins hits, Styles hits, repeat. Rollins CHOPS but Styles punches again.
Fans duel, Styles goes for the Phenomenal Blitz, but Rollins dodges to enziguri! And dodges the Pele! Mule kick! Curb Stomp countered! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives THE Styles Clash?! No one can believe it, but the fans are loving it! Styles grits his teeth as Rollins starts sitting up. Styles goes to the apron, takes aim and springboards. Phenomenal misses! Revolution Knee hits! And then, SUPERKICK! Styles is on his face, but Rollins gets back up! CURB STOMP!! Rollins put so much into that, he has to crawl to a cover! Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The workhorse of the WWE, the Architect, is #BetterThanPhenomenal! Styles leaves, but then comes back? Rollins expects a fight, but Styles doesn’t make a move. Rollins raises the belt up, but Styles offers a handshake. After thinking it over, Rollins accepts it. There is now respect between them, but will we get an epic rematch down the line?
Backstage interview with Xavier Woods and WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston!
How does Kofi Kingston respond to Kevin Owens constantly claiming he’s only WWE Champion thanks to the New Day? Kevin is always in the wrong saying that like it’s an insult. Kofi has done a lot of great things in the WWE even before the New Day, but does have to admit the New Day helped him reach the world championship. “It is what it is.”
But Woods won’t let Kofi sell himself short. Kofi had this in him the entire time, and that’s why he was able to make it to the spot he’s in now. And now, Kevin will learn why he never should’ve crossed the New Day. Kofi will have Kevin 1v1, and this isn’t about making a statement, this is about making a huge statement! And if anyone thinks they can make a way to the WWE Championship by going after Kofi’s brothers, they’ll see that it won’t ever work. And that is why Kofi is your W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! But will he still be champion after finally having it out with the Prizefighter?
Six Man Tag: Lucha House Party VS ???
Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik bring the fiesta to Hartford, complete with pinatas! And they love that MITB is once a year. It’s like Christmas but with gold. But every day for them is a Lucha House Party! However, the party is about to be over, because here comes Lars Sullivan!
The Leviathan heads down the ramp and targets the luchadors. Metailk leaps at him but is caught in a Freak Accident! Lince leaps but he gets long dart’d! Kalisto is all alone but not backing down! He brings the fight but Lars headbutts him down. Lars is bloody from his own headbutt, but he clubs away on Kailsto’s face! Lars hauls Kalisto up, for a Leviathan Bomb! The Mile High Monster just crashed the Lucha House Party, and only enjoys his own blood. Can any force in the WWE stop the Freak? Can anyone even survive?
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens!
Kofimania was a dream come true for so many, but none more than the man himself. However, KO took advantage of Kofi’s good mood and Big E’s absence to pull off a Big O betrayal! The Prizefighter doesn’t see Kofi as a worthy WWE champion, but will he be proven wrong tonight?
The introductions are made, Xavier Woods watches backstage, and the belt is raised as we begin this championship grudge match!
Kofi and Kevin brawl with the bell! Kevin knees and chops Kofi to a corner, then chops more. He clubs Kofi but Kofi hits back. Kevin whips Kofi to a corner but Kofi comes right out with a big clothesline! Kevin bails out but Kofi pursues. Kofi leaps off the steel steps for a big ax handle! Fans cheer Kofi as he puts Kevin back in. Kofi drags Kevin back up to headbutt him to a corner. Kofi stomps a mudhole in as fans rally behind him. Kevin bails out again but Kofi pursues. Kevin tackles Kofi into the apron, then whips, but Kofi reverses to send Kevin into barriers! Kofi drags Kevin up again to whip Kevin again. Kevin reverses now but Kofi uses that to climb and LEAP for bigger ax handles!
Kofi puts Kevin back in the ring and stalks him to a corner. He kicks Kevin while he’s down, and headbutts him to a corner. Kofi whips Kevin corner to corner but Kevin reverses. Kevin gets under as Kofi goes up and over, SUPERKICK! Kevin stomps Kofi out and shouts, “That’s why this is MY show!” Kofi crawls but Kevin stalks him to a corner. He whips Kofi hard against buckles then dares fans to say something. Fans boo and jeer but Kevin goes back to stomp Kofi more. Kofi shoves Kevin but Kevin whips him corner to corner again. Kofi flops down then Kevin drops a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin grows annoyed already but then taunts Kofi, “Where are your little buddies at?” He stalks Kofi and clubs him back down.
Kofi crawls to the apron but Kevin drags him back up. Kofi throws forearms on Kevin! Kevin knees back then throws Kofi into a post! Kofi hits hard and then hits a camera man! Kevin shows no mercy, with the apron frog splash! Kevin roars as a ring count begins. The ring count reaches 5 before Kevin puts Kofi in the ring. Cover, TWO! Kofi toughs it out but Kevin grows frustrated. Kevin kicks Kofi in the back while fans boo and jeer. Kevin CHOPS Kofi to a corner. He clubs Kofi on the back then drops a knee. Kevin soaks up the heat but Kofi throws body shots. Kofi haymakers but Kevin trips him up. Kevin tries to turn Kofi but Kofi resists, so Kevin catapults. Kofi lands on the ropes to kick back! Then turns, only to leap into a kick!
Kevin wants to lift but Kofi back drops Kevin into buckles! Both men are down with bad backs but fans rally up. Kofi crawls away while Kevin stands in a corner. Kofi runs in but gets a boot. Kevin runs out but Kofi dodges to double CHOP! Kofi dropkicks Kevin down, then runs for a leaping lariat! Fans fire up with Kofi as he hits the New Day Boom Drop! But Kevin makes it a roll up! And turns over to a Boston Crab! Kofi endures the pain in his back and drags himself over, ropebreak! Kevin lets go, but pursues Kofi on the apron. He drags Kofi up and wants a bomb, but Kofi holds on for dear life! Kofi shoulders and punches back, but so does Kevin. They brawl on the edge, Kevin kicks Kofi away. Kofi double stomps Kevin onto the apron!
Kevin slumps to the floor while Kofi drags himself back in. Kofi climbs while Kevin stands, and Kofi LEAPS, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin puts Kofi back in, covers, TWO!! Kofi still lives, but Kevin just stands him back up. “You should’ve stayed down!” Kevin SLAPS Kofi then whips, Pop-Up but Kofi escapes! Kofi wants the SOS but Kevin slips out. Kevin wants a stunner but Kofi slips out, SOS hits! Cover, TWO!! Kevin escapes and both men are down! Kofi is surprised, but he doesn’t stop. He gets to a corner and fans rally up behind him. Kevin stands but blocks Trouble in Paradise into another Boston Crab! Kofi endures all over again, crawls and reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Kevin lets go but he’s further frustrated.
Kevin tells the Kofimania fans to shut up, but that only makes them boo more. He goes to superkick but Kofi deflects and takes Kevin down! Kofi fires forearms over and over and over! He roars as he drags Kevin up, but Kevin snapmares. Kevin pops-up, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kofi survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin shouts at the fans again, then waits for Kofi to stand. Kofi does stand, and Kevin kicks, but no stunner! Trouble in Paradise! But Kevin falls out of the ring! Kofi doesn’t want to win by count-out, he drags Kevin back in. But Kevin’s dead weight so that takes some doing. Kevin revives, kicks, STUNNER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Kofi saves himself!
Kevin is beside himself as has to drag Kofi back and around. He ends up even dragging off Kofi’s shoes! He throws the shoes at fans! Kevin then climbs up, Swanton gets knees!! Kofi gets up and hits Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE World Championship
He did it! And without his shoes! Kofimania rolls on through MITB, truly championship material! And he celebrates with Xavier, too! With a dream this strong, will it ever come to an end?
WWE Super Showdown is coming!
WWE returns to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with HUGE matches! Goldberg VS Undertaker! Triple H VS Randy Orton! Andrade Almas challenges for the WWE Intercontinental Championship against THE DEMON Balor! For the first time in WWE history, a 50-Man Over-the-top-rope Battle Royal! As if that wasn’t big enough, the Monster Among Men takes on the Rocky Mountain Machine 1v1! Will the ring survive such epic action?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match!
Sami Zayn beat Braun Strowman to take his spot in this match, but with some help from the Lone Wolf and Scottish Terminator. However, someone stuck Sami to a wall to take him out of this match! The Monster Among Men claims it wasn’t him, but who else could it have been? Plus, there’s still the issue of who takes his spot! The Lone Wolf- er, “Hartford’s Favorite Son”, Extraordinary Man, Scottish Terminator, King of Flight, Beacon of Light, El Idolo and The Viper all make their entrance, but is there no (new) eighth man?
The bell rings, and there doesn’t seem to be. Randy Orton bails out while Baron Corbin brawls with Mustafa Ali, Drew McIntyre goes after Ricochet, and Andrade Almas attacks Finn Balor! Almas looks to get his shots in on Finn now before WWE Super Showdown. McIntyre bumps and CHOPS Ricochet while Corbin stomps Ali. Almas CHOPS Finn but Finn hits back! Corbin knees Ali while McIntyre bumps Ricochet off buckles again. Finn baits Almas and dumps him out! McIntyre CHOPS Ricochet while Ali tumbles out of the ring. Orton attacks Ali by giving him a back suplex onto an announce desk! Corbin goes after Finn while Ricochet dumps McIntyre out. Ricochet baits Corbin in, and then both Ricochet and Finn clothesline Corbin out!
Ricochet and Finn stand alone, but decide to work together. Orton trips Finn but Ricochet still FLIES onto everyone else! Orton gives Finn a back suplex to the desk! The Viper sees Ricochet as he comes in, and dodges to back suplex him onto the desk! Orton has a hat trick and goes after a ladder. He puts that in the ring as Hartford cheers him on. Orton takes his time standing the ladder up, then takes his time climbing up. He approaches the top but Almas springboards and dropkicks the ladder down! Orton is up but gets the elbow! Corbin brings a new ladder in but so does McIntyre. Corbin hits Orton while McIntyer hits Almas. Then McIntyre hits Orton and Finn. McIntyre stands his ladder in a corner while Corbin rams Orton out of the ring.
Corbin puts his ladder in a corner and McIntyre moves the middle one out of the way. Ricochet returns to give McIntyre a Code Breaker! Ali gives Corbin a somersault facebuster! Ali DIVES at McIntyre! Almas attacks Ricochet, but Ricochet denies La Sombra to dump Almas out. Ricochet has a ladder, but Ali is there, too. They each climb but also pull each other off. Ricochet elbows Ali, but Ali goes up and over to climb again! Ricochet yanks him down but Ali yanks Ricochet down. Ali waistlocks and back suplexes, but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet puts Ali on the apron then climbs! But Ali somersaults in to follow! They brawl up top but McIntyre and Corbin return to go after each of them. The bigger men clobber Ali and Ricochet, then move the ladder aside again.
Corbin and McIntyre work together to throw Ali onto a ladder! McIntyre gives Ricochet a belly2belly suplex on a ladder! McIntyre sees Orton return but gets a hotshot. Orton dumps Corbin out and kicks him, draping DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head as he stalks Corbin. Fans want to see it, but Corbin denies it! Claymore hits Orton! McIntyre sees Finn and has Corbin take him. Finn kicks Corbin away, then goes after McIntyre. Slingblade for Corbin, shotgun dropkick for McIntyre! McIntyre hits the ladder! Finn ducks Corbin to double stomp that ladder onto him! Fans fire up as Finn stands a ladder up. But then he throws it down on McIntyre to keep him away.
McIntyre writhes while Finn re-positions the other ladder. Finn climbs and reaches, but Almas attacks him with the other ladder! Almas pokes and jabs Finn off, then sets up a ladder bridge. Ricochet returns and boots Almas. Ricochet hops up but Almas knocks him down hard! Almas leaves Ricochet behind to climb. Finn follows from the other side, and they brawl back and forth. Finn rocks Almas and reaches, but Almas hits back. Almas reaches but Finn hits back. They brawl more, and Almas climbs up, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB Finn onto the ladder bridge!! How did either man survive!? Fans lose their minds over it!
Ali returns and elbows Corbin away. Ali leaps for a tornado DDT! HE also kicks Orton away, and then McIntyre. Ricochet returns but misses, Ali reverse-ranas Ricochet down! Ali pushes the bridge ladder out, then adjusts the main ladder. Almas trips Ali up and Ali ends up stuck in a rung. He CHOPS Ali and Ali is in a Tree of Woe on that ladder. Almas fetches a new ladder and sets it up. He stomps and kicks Ali down, and then begins to climb. Ali sits up and grabs at Almas! Ali frees himself and brawls with Almas. They both reach the top and keep fighting. Ali bumps Almas on the rung, then brings him around for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Fans lose their minds all over again!
McIntyre returns but brings out the tallest ladder yet. Ali anchors McIntyre’s feet but McIntyre stands him up and CHOPS him down. McIntyre makes sure Ali is down before he sets the tall ladder as a new bridge, between desk and ring. He drags Ali up and slaps him around before scooping him way up. Ali escapes and SUPERKICKS McIntyre away! Corbin returns to choke slam Ali through the Spanish announce desk! Corbin smirks as he leaves Ali for dead. He helps McIntyre up, only to throw him over into the crowd! Corbin goes to the ring and stops Finn’s climb. He tosses one ladder down, to choke slam Finn on it! Ricochet springboard missile dropkicks Corbin out! Then DIVES, into a DEEP SIX! But McIntyre returns for a revenge CLAYMORE!
All seven men are down for one reason or another. Finn drags himself to the ladder and climbs. McIntyre pursues and clubs him down. McIntyre folds up the main ladder to throw it at Finn! Then he suplexes Finn onto that same ladder! But it was double-edged! Finn looks broken, but McIntyre isn’t done! He grabs Almas, Inverted Alabama Slam onto Finn!! McIntyre breaks one man with another man, then stands the ladder up. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but it’s not over. Ricochet springboard clotheslines McIntyre down! Ricochet scrambles up the ladder, but McIntyre returns to pull him down. McIntyre tosses Ricochet onto the ladder bridge!! The ladder breaks apart!!
And now, McIntyre climbs back up. But Orton yanks him off, for an RKO! Corbin throws Orton into a post! And he climbs up! Corbin reaches the top, but Ali returns! Ali climbs over Corbin, but Corbin yanks him back down, only for Ali to huricanrana Corbin out! Ali scrambles back to the ladder and climbs! He reaches the top, touches the briefcase, but is that… BROCK LESNAR?! The Beast becomes the eighth man?! He bulldozes a ladder over and wipes out camera crews! Then he leaps into the ring, and tips Ali over! Fans are losing their minds all over again as Lesnar laughs. Lesnar stands a ladder up, climbs, and takes his time enjoying the moment. He takes the briefcase down, Brock Lesnar wins!?!?
Winner: Brock Lesnar; Mr. Money in the Bank 2019
Everyone in the WWE Universe is shocked. Is Brock Lesnar really the BEAST in the Bank?! Is he about to just snatch away the WWE Universal Championship, or even the WWE World Championship, without even trying?
Well that was certainly something. WWE struggled to give most fans a reason to look forward to MITB 2019, but 90% of this PPV gave us above and beyond expectations. First, the WWE Cruiserweight match wasn’t in the Kickoff! It was a main show match! And despite what some live fans might’ve thought, Nese VS Daivari was solid. It was on par if not better than what we get on 205 Live regularly, and as it should be. Nese wins, as I figured, to grow his reign. The Usos VS Bryan & Rowan was our kickoff match, and it was pretty great, also as expected, but I didn’t think the Usos would win. Now they might have another shot at those belts where they win, and that complicates things even with the Wild Card Rule being a thing.
The Women’s MITB opening the main show was a giveaway that the winner would cash in later in the night. Carmella did a good job selling her bad leg early, but kinda forgot during her heroic return. There were great callbacks to the previous Women’s MITB, too, like Dana climbing a vertical ladder and a non-participant trying to help their friend. But Fire & Desire fall short and it’s Bayley who wins, also as expected! And then she cashes in to win! It was a great string of action with Becky VS Lacey being better than most likely thought, but at least with the right result. Charlotte was a perfect Heel daring Becky to do the double header immediately, and even their match was pretty good. Sure, Charlotte wins, but that’s so in the moment we’re all angry, for Bayley to then be the hero again! #BayleyTripleCrown yay~!
Speaking of in the moment, Joe being screwed out because of bad officiating was another odd choice, but it does keep him strong and gives him a claim to a rematch while still letting Rey Mysterio finally have his WWE Grand Slam. I expect the next US Championship match to be No Disqualifications, which can allow Dominique to defend his father and get “roughed up” by Joe. Dominique’s been training to be a wrestler just like Mysterio, so it’d be a great thing for him and the fans to see him give it a go. And with the next regular PPV being Extreme Rules, it all works. Though, if this US title match was short just so Lars could destroy Lucha House Party for fun, that’s sad. Lars can do plenty of that on TV, no need for that on PPV.
I was rather surprised and a touch disappointed in the Shane stories. First, for a cage match, Shane VS Miz was pretty good. But instead of weasel Shane escaping by his shirt coming off, make the finish about the dirty official siding with him, to play up on a similar “man VS authority” a la… Daniel Bryan. Boom, Miz is truly full circle ending up like his arch-nemesis. As for the Roman and Elias segment, it was pretty good overall, but still could’ve been better. Elias still gets to play a song, and Roman wins like we knew he would, but I can’t be sure if this is better than Shane and his new crew trying to screw Roman out only for Roman to win anyway. I’m not sure how this story with them all ends, but I’d love if we got one more team-up of Miz and Roman.
The WWE Universal and WWE World Championship matches were both great. Rollins VS Styles, truly phenomenal. And it’s actually nice to see that Styles returns to being Face even after losing, because fans still like Styles too much right now for him to truly go Heel. Kofi VS Kevin was great, but thinking about those title matches Kofi had on TV being just to boost ratings, it kinda makes the “you’re not worthy!” angle Kevin uses meaningless, because Kofi already proved he could defend the belt. But either way, Kofi wins here to at least prove it to Kevin, and moves on.
The Men’s MITB match was epic right up until the end when it just got Vince’d. There was such great action, and then Vince just had to throw Brock Lesnar back into things. It was almost too fitting that it was Ali on the ladder when Lesnar came out to bury everyone. Ali was the most underdog of the seven known superstars, and had some of the strongest fan support in this match. Though, ignoring Lesnar, it would’ve been Corbin as the only disappointing choice from how the fans were reacting. But classic Vince, he can’t let go of big beefy Brock being in the world title scene, and now makes him even more dangerous because he can just cash-in on a tired Rollins. But because he’s Lesnar, he’ll probably wait until Summerslam.
My Score: 8.3/10
AAA’s Review & Results 6/16/2019
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Joe brings us AAA updates! Big matches! The Young Bucks defend the Tag Titles!
Live on Twitch 6/15
Keyra and Hijo Del Tirantes vs Mamba and Maximo
This match wasn’t even remotely advertised. Well a cookie sheet gets introduced really quickly by Tirantes. After getting beat on some Maximo hits a dive through the middle rope. Nothing really happens for a few minutes. This is a really slow paced match. Mamba hits a power bomb on Keyra, reversing her hurricanrana. Tirantes tries to pretend he was fouled. Ref ain’t having it. Tirantes argues with the ref, Maximo kisses him and then rolls him up for the win. Maximo pins Tirantes with a roll up
Winners: Mamba and Maximo
Dr. Wagner comes out for a promo talking about Silver King. Rey Escorpion comes out saying he doesn’t care. Wagner pushes Rey and folks come out to beat him up but Pagano helps Wagner out.
Taya Valkyrie, Lady Shani, and Scarlett Bordeaux vs La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Match starts out much quicker than the first thankfully. An array of trading moves. We get some normal back and forth action before it becomes a brawl again. Taya gets hit with a super kick, stunner, then a german suplex. Scarlett does a canadian destroyer on Tessa. Boy has that move been bastardized. Scarlett power bombs Tormenta but the pin gets broken up. Shani has a flurry on Hiedra and Tormenta and Scarlett hits a dive off of the top to the outside. Daga comes down and super kicks Taya and Tessa hook DDTs her for the win. Tessa pins Taya with a hook DDT
Winners: La Hiedra, Chik Tormenta, and Tessa Blanchard
Myzteziz Jr vs Puma King vs Sammy Guevara
A make shift triple threat match. Puma and Myzteziz tried to work on Sammy to start. This match is going at a crazy pace. Myzteziz hits a tornillo splash. Guevara hits one of his own. Myzteziz messes up a hurricanrana spot with Puma. There’s some double team offense with Sammy and Puma. Puma hits an over the top rope dive. Puma counters Myzteziz on the top rope for a power bomb. Sammy comes and hits a shooting star press during the pin to break it up and pin Myzteziz. Sammy Guevara pins Myzteziz Jr with a shooting star press.
Killer Kross comes out. Kross kills Puma King with a kick. He hits a modified F5 on Myzteziz
Winner: Sammy Guevera
Daga vs Laredo Kid
There is a feel out process and then each postures to the crowd. They have some back and forth pinning exchanges and then Daga starts to work him over. Laredo Kid hits a middle rope dive but it hurts him more. Daga takes advantage. It’s really a long casual back and forth. Tessa interferes when Laredo Kid has Daga beat. Laredo Kid goes for a top rope move and Daga low blows him and then double stomps the back of his head for the victory. There was a lot of posturing in this match. They try to remove Laredo Kid’s mask and Taya comes to make the save. Daga pins Laredo Kid with a double stomp to the back of the head.
La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Chessman, Australian Suicide, and Monster Clown
The rudos quickly beat up on the tecnicos. This is pretty much a hardcore match. A trashcan gets introduced fairly early. Chessman brings a chair in. Vikingo uses his agility to gain the advantage on Chessman. Aerostar hits a tornillo splash and then makes Chessman miss an attack and hit Monster Clown. Aerostar climbs a structure which is legit like 25 feet off of the ground. Aerostar cannon balls off of it. What the hell. Suicide hits a piledriver on Vikingo for a close count. They go to the top rope and over rotate on a spanish fly. Vikingo gets crotched and dropped by Suicide. Suicide goes for a sideways shooting star but Vikingo gets the knees up. Vikingo hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Australian Suicide with an imploder 450.
Winners: La Parka, Aerostar, and Hijo del Vikingo
Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano vs Rey Escorpion, Taurus, and Killer Kross
Scarlett was a baby face earlier in the night and now she’s heel because she’s with Kevin Kross. They all start brawling on the outside. Dr. Wagner clearly has hair extensions in. It’s hilarious. This is really like 5 on 3 with Scarlett and Hiedra out there. We got cookie sheets and other weapons. Psycho Clown gets his trusty broomstick. Kross is selling on the outside and Scarlett is shielding him. Clown gets his strap and hits everyone with it. Wagner and Escorpion go at it. Kross goes to the top and hits a sloppy frog splash. He goes up to the top again but Puma King comes out and head scissors him. He drops kicks a chair into him then hits a plauncha. Pagano then hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner hits a flip dive off of the apron on Taurus. Clown gets Rey in a pinning combo and Hiedra stops it. Clown makes Rey attack Hiedra and then Rey takes his mask off for the DQ. Escorpion attacks the ref with a cookie sheet. The rudos stand tall at the end. Which is usual for AAA. Psycho Clown wins via mask removal
Winners: Dr. Wagner Jr, Psycho Clown, and Pagano
Live on Twitch 6/16 Verano de Escandalo
(Reina de Reinas) Keyra vs Lady Shani (Champ) vs Chik Tormenta
Just as the match was gonna start AAA has technical difficulties. Never change AAA. We finally come back to Keyra having Shani in a pinning combo. They apologize for the technical difficulties. Hey don’t apologize to us, you guys probably have a lot of casual viewers for this show. Lol. Keyra hits a nice hurricanrana and split leg moonsault on Shani. She hits a face buster on Tormenta but Shani breaks up the pin. Tormenta does a running death valley on Keyra into Shani. We are a little sloppy in this match but it’s okay, they’re working hard. Shani does a back stabber on Keyra on the apron. I think that hurts Shani more. Tormenta kicks her and does a knee dive off of the apron. Back in the room they do a tower of doom spot. Keyra kicks out of the power bomb by Shani. Shani hits a northern lights suplex on Keyra but she kicks out. Keyra rolls out of a victory roll and stomps on Shani and then pins her. Interesting finish. Keyra pins Shani with a double stomp into a pinning combo.
The Young Bucks come out for a promo. Fenix comes out with that belt he’ll never defend. Pentagon alerts us Los Lucha Bros have 0 fear. Konnan comes out in a D Wade Jersey and a chair. Looking in the best shape he’s looked in years probably. So basically Lucha Bros turned on Konnan so he brings the Bucks in. Konnan slaps Pentagon and the Bucks come running out. The beat down is on. Definitely got better heat this time than last time they were here. Now the crowd knows to boo them later.
Faby Apache vs Hijo del Tirantes
Time to follow up that segment with this match. Tirantes beats up on Faby to start. Tormenta is at ring side with Tirantes so it’s basically a handicap match. Tirantes smashes Faby with a cookie sheet. Faby dodges the attacks finally and gets the cookie sheet and hits Tirantes and Tormenta. They keep starting up someone’s theme by accident I presume. Sounds like Scarlett’s. Faby is now beating down Tirantes. Crowd’s going crazy for this. I imagine the casual viewers on twitch aren’t. Faby gets a conveniently placed trash can and lid. She goes to put Tirantes in a surfboard stretch but Tormenta comes from behind. Faby hits a face buster on her. Tirantes hits one on her and nearly kills her but she kicks out. Tormenta throws a trash can to Tirantes. Faby drop kicks it and pins him. Faby Apache pins Tirantes with a top rope drop kick into a trash can.
Post match he goes to shake her hand but he beats her down with Tormenta.
Winner: Faby Apache
Maximo and Mamba vs Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Sammy gets on commentary during the Exoticos entrance to tell everyone to check out his youtube page. There’s a ridiculous amount of posturing to start this match. Mamba slaps Sammy and drop kicks him out. And that’s like all that’s happened for 5 minutes. Maximo knocks them out of the ring, and then Mamba comes in to go for dives but Suicide and Guevara enter and super kick them. Sammy and Suicide pretty much just beat them down. They miss spots and Maximo and Mamba kiss them then make them kiss each other. Then they hit middle rope dives. Back in the ring they both hit swanton bombs that get kicked out of. Suicide and Guevara get Maximo and Mamba to the outside. Suicide hits a back flip dive and Guevara hits a tornillo. Guevara hits a swanton bomb. Suicide hits a 450 then hits a middle rope dive on Maximo. Guevara then hits a shooting star press for the win. Sammy Guevara pins Mamba with a shooting star press
Winners: Sammy Guevara and Australian Suicide
Laredo Kid and Taya Valkyrie vs Daga and Tessa Blanchard
Taya and Tessa start fighting to start. Laredo Kid hits a hurricanrana on Daga and Taya kicks Tessa to the outside. They go for dives but Tessa and Daga get back in. Tessa is clearly jawing at someone in the crowd. Tessa spent time working on Taya. Taya gets the hot tag to Laredo and he hits a michinoku driver on Laredo followed by two moonsaults. Daga catches him and hits a neck breaker. Tessa hits a cutter on Laredo. Taya attacks her. She hits her of of the apron and Daga catches her. Taya hits a dive onto them, then Laredo Kid hits a moonsault to the outside. Back in the ring Daga hits a kicking combo on Taya. Daga hits a back stabber but Laredo breaks up the pin. Laredo hits a 450 on Daga but Tessa breaks it up. Daga pulls out brass knuckles and goes to punch Laredo but he ducks and Daga hits Tessa. They go to the top and fight and Laredo Kid hits a Laredo Fly on Daga for the win. Laredo Kid pins Daga with a Laredo Fly
Winners: Laredo Kid and Taya
Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King vs Chessman, Monster Clown, and Killer Kross
Kross coming out with Scarlett. Monster Clown grabs a kid out of the crowd because why not. We are wasting no time and it’s time for some brawling. They’re beating down the tecnicos with weapons. Scarlett is getting involved so it’s like a 4 on 3. Pagano tries a handspring attack and it goes very bad. Kross choke slams him. Scarlett seduces Aerostar then hits a Canadian Destroyer. Aerostar gets launched and hits a hurricanrana on Monster Clown. Scarlett hits Kross by accident. Aerostar hits a fast paced dive on Monster. Pagano hits a middle rope dive on Chessman. Puma hits one on Kross. Dives everywhere. Pagano completely misses a leg drop on Chessman. Pagano completely fucks up a middle rope dive by bouncing off the ropes. Aerostar climbs the structure and dives off of it. And he bounces off the floor. What’s wrong him. A ladder gets set up and Puma power bombs Chessman through it for the win. Puma King power bombs Chessman through a ladder for the pin.
Kross beats up Puma post match. He hits an F5 and a power bomb and takes Puma’s mask.
Winners: Pagano, Aerostar, and Puma King
La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo vs Texano Jr, Rey Escorpion, and La Hiedra
Match starts with a beat down. Naturally. Rudos beating down tecnicos. They throw Vikingo with a rope by the balls and then Hiedra drop kicks him. Hugo asks if that’s a foul as La Parka comes in with a chair. Myzteziz almost breaks him neck on a failed shooting star attempt. Vikingo shows him how to do it. Back in the ring Myzteziz does a few spots redeeming himself. Vikingo gets offense in on Escorpion. Tries a springboard dragonranna but messes up. Eventually he hits a hurricanrana to the outside. La Parka does a plethora of goofy spots. Myzteziz goes for a dragonranna on Escorpion but he counters with a power bomb through chairs. Vikingo slams Hiedra and hits an imploder 450 for the win. Hijo del Vikingo pins Hiedra with an imploder 450.
They beat down Vikingo post match.
Winners: La Parka, Myzteziz Jr, and Hijo del Vikingo
(AAA Tag team titles) Pentagon Jr and Fenix vs Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson (Champs)
Lucha Bros jump the Bucks. Matt Jackson does 3 northern lights suplexes to Fenix then does one to Fenix and Pentagon at the same time. Matt does a baseball slide and then Nick does a dive over him. Matt unties Pentagon’s mask and then beats him up in the crowd. Back in the ring they hit double super kicks. Pentagon hits sling blades on both Bucks. Fenix does a double cutter. They roll out and Fenix hits a huge dive and goes flying into the crowd while Pentagon hits Matt with the Pentagon driver. Matt hits a Canadian destroyer then a spear and Fenix breaks it up. Lucha bros go for super kicks but the Bucks reverse it into sharptshooters. Lucha bros break out and a ton of super kicks get hit. Nick hits a frog splash on Fenix and Penta runs up his back and hits a Canadian destroyer on Matt. Fenix then hits a stomp on the apron on Nick. Pentagon hits the package piledriver on Matt. He kicks out. Then Fenix and Pentagon do the combo package piledriver. Nick pulls the ref out. Nick does an asai moonsault to the ref and Fenix. Matt pulls off Pentagon’s mask and kicks him in the groin and then they hit a Meltzer driver. Fenix pulls the ref out now. Fenix kicks Matt in the groin and then hits a cutter for a two. A new ref is out here now. They do the combo package piledriver again and Fenix hits a middle rope splash on Nick. Penta pins Matt. Pentagon pins Matt Jackson with a package piledriver combo.
Winners: Pentagon and Fenix
Dr. Wagner Jr and Psycho Clown vs Blue Demon Jr and Taurus
There’s some posturing and now the match is on. Wagner and Demon quickly brawl into the crowd. Actually all 4 of them are brawling. Wagner is bleeding already. Finally after a long beat down Wagner and Psycho make a come back. Wagner back drops Taurus to the outside and Clown hits a dive through the middle turnbuckle. Wagner hits a senton splash on Demon. Wagner rips Demon’s mask and bites him. Clown breaks a broom over Taurus’ back. Blue Demon is bleeding badly now. Taurus sets up a table. Clown hits the double stomp in the corner for a two count. Taurus misses a corner attack and then Clown hits a dive through the middle rope. Wagner back drops Demon onto a table. Wagner then hits a michinoku driver for the win. Dr. Wagner pins Blue Demon with a Michinoku driver
Winners: Pscyho Clown and Dr. Wagner Jr
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS Results: Dominion 2019 Part 1!
It’s Rainmaker VS Painmaker in the main event!
Kazuchika Okada defends the IWGP Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho! Will Y2J stop the reign of the Rainmaker? Or will Okada continue to raise NJPW to the next level?
Coverage of Dominion in Osaka-Jo Hall will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Gifs can be found on https://frentique.tumblr.com/
- Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino; Moxley wins.
- Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima; Takagi wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan; Taguchi Japan wins.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho; Okada wins and retains the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for this Summer blockbuster!
The Rainmaker reigns once again after his long road to redemption. Madison Square Garden was the beginning of Kazuchika Okada’s fifth reign, and Okada would be successful in his first defense back in Japan. But a darker Chris Jericho has come back to NJPW to be the Painmaker that ruins the Rainmaker’s Summer. Can Okada keep going? Or will he regret playing with Y2J?
But before that, the Aerial Assassin, fresh off his Best of the Super Juniors victory, wants the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back! Will Ospreay slayed the Muscle Dragon, Shingo Takagi, in the finals, but can he slay CMLL’s Dragon Lee? Or will Lee continue the reign that also started in Madison Square Garden?
Jon Moxley VS Shota Umino!
The Lunatic is free, and he has come to NJPW! He won the IWGP United States Championship in his debut, but will the Death Rider keep going strong as this Young Lion gets to show his stuff?
Umino is definitely eager to show what he can do, as he FLIES out onto Moxley before the bell! Osaka fires up with Umino as he gets Moxley in the ring. The bell does ring and Umino climbs up to missile dropkick Moxley back down! Umino runs in corner to corner, but gets a big lariat from Moxley! Moxley goes back to Umino to rain down rights, but the ref reprimands him for closed fists. So Moxley switches to elbows! Moxley walks off his annoyance before putting Umino in the corner for a CHOP! And another! Moxley grinds his forearm into Umino’s face but lets up at the ref’s count, for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Umino survives, and Moxley mocks them before dropping an elbow. Cover, TWO!
Moxley drags Umino around for a Queen Angelito Stretch. Umino endures the deathlock and crossface, but Moxley fish hooks the mouth. Fans rally and Umino crawls, but Moxley pulls back harder. Umino powers his way forward for the ropebreak! Moxley lets go just to hammer Umino down. Moxley walks off with some swagger, then returns to loom over a dazed Umino. Umino hits back but Moxley eggs him on. Umino throws more forearms but it’s not enough for Moxley. That third one still wasn’t, and Moxley headbutts Umino, only to run into a dropkick and a German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Umino stays fired up as he fishermen’s, but Moxley spins out to forearm Umino back. Then Moxley gives Umino the X-Plex! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer Umino’s heart and Moxley even laughs. Moxley drags Umino up, Death Rider DDT! Cover, Moxley wins!
Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall
That wasn’t as easy as Moxley thought, but he still puts the Young Lion away. When and where will the Death Rider strike again? How long will he be IWGP US Champion?
Moxley isn’t done, he grabs a mic. “I bring a message from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jon Moxley, international purveyor of violence, gentleman and all around sick son of a b*tch wants in on the G1!” A huge move for the newest star in NJPW! Will Moxley rise to the challenge of the G1 Climax to take it all?! Either way, he takes his belt, and Umino, with him to the back! Has the Young Lion won the veteran’s respect?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Moxley has a floundering Umino hold onto the IWGP US Championship belt for him as he compliments the Young Lion. “I like this kid. He could be my new Young Lion. I’m gonna need some help, I’m gonna need a partner.” A training partner, a guy to spot him on the bench, to drive him home from Roppongi. Does Umino drive? Well Moxley and his Young Boy will be fine. And Moxley made his intentions clear. “See you at the G1. Come, my friend.” Moxley helps Umino up and the two head out. Is this partnership really going to work out? And how is the Death Rider going to fare in his first G1 Climax tournament?
Shingo Takagi VS Satoshi Kojima!
The Muscle Dragon suffered his first loss in NJPW when he fell to the Aerial Assassin, but he looks to spring back already. Will his Pumping Bomber beat the legendary Cozy Lariat in this special first-ever encounter?
The bell rings and the fans are already fired up. They tie up, and Shingo keeps even with Kojima. Shingo puts Kojima on the ropes, then lets up to pat his shoulders. And then CHOP him anyway! Kojima doesn’t flinch, and kicks back. He headlocks Shingo but Shingo powers out. Kojima bumps Shingo but Shingo comes back to run him over! Fans marvel at the muscles as Shingo drags Kojima up. Kojima forearms Shingo but Shingo hits back. They brawl with fast and furious forearms, then Shingo headbutts. Shingo whips but Kojima runs him over! Fans cheer as Kojima shows he’s as strong as ever. Kojima flex the pecs then slingshots to topple Shingo down! Fans cheer as Kojima gets up. Shingo follows and they brawl on the outside.
The count climbs as the punches fly, but Shingo CHOPS! Kojima keeps hitting Shingo and Shingo keep shitting Kojima. But the count hits 15! Then 17! They hear 19 and jump in! Shingo goes at Kojima with a facelock but Kojima gets up. Shingo shifts to a cravat, but Kojima endures the grind, only to get an elbow. Kojima ends up in a corner, Shingo whips him to another. Shingo runs in but blocks the boot then jab and chop! Jab, chop, and repeat! Shingo lets up at the ref’s count and checks his hand. He whips Kojima corner to corner, but Kojima dodges and CHOPS! Kojima CHOPS over and over and over! Fans fire up as he tops it off with one more big CHOP! Shingo is stinging as Kojima whips him corner to corner. Kojima forearm smashes then goes up top! But Shingo knocks him down!
Shingo joins Kojima on the apron and says HE is going for something. Kojima denies the Death Valley, but Shingo holds on to deny the cutter. Shingo fireman’s carries, and hits the apron Death Valley Driver! Both men slump to the floor but Shingo sits up first. Kojima slowly follows, and sweeps Shingo’s legs on the apron! Shingo crashes and Kojima climbs up to join him. Kojima hits an apron DDT! Kojima puts Shingo in and brings him up for a cutter! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives and surprises Kojima a bit, but Kojima keeps his cool. He clubs away on Shingo and then puts him up top. Kojima climbs up to join Shingo, and hits a SUPER CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Shingo survives again!
Kojima drags Shingo up and Shingo denies the suplex. Kojima manages to get Shingo up but Shingo slips out. Shingo waistlocks but Kojima elbows free. Kojima runs, but into a back elbow of Shingo’s, then a JAB and LARIAT! But Shingo can’t make the cover, his arms are still stinging. Shingo whips Kojima and knees him against ropes. He suplexes Kojima for a big vertical suplex! Shingo drags Kojima back up but Kojima flops over. Shingo tries again, underhooks but Kojima resists. So Shingo knees and CHOPS him with both hands! Shingo runs, but Kojima blocks the bomber! Kojima runs, but Shingo blocks on one side, only to get Cozy Lariat from the other side! Kojima brings Shingo back up, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Kojima keeps his cool as fans rally up both ways. He prepares the arm, whips Shingo, but Shingo flops over now. The ref checks on Shingo while Kojima eggs him on. Shingo stands, blocks the lariat, and underhooks, but Kojima fights free, only to get a DDT! Kojima gets to a corner and fans rally up with Shingo. Shingo runs corner to corner for a big clothesline! Then he runs to Pump- Kojima tanks the bomber?! Shingo tries again but Kojima stays up. Shingo runs but clotheslines collide! And it’s Kojima who stays up! Fans fire up as Kojima glares. Off comes the arm band! Kojima runs, but into a PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, ONE!? Kojima shows great heart, and throws forearms with Shingo back and forth again.
Shingo gives elbows from all sides, but Kojima comes back with his own! Kojima swings into a pump handle! Shingo lifts Kojima, for Made in Japan! Cover, TWO!! Kojima escapes the driver! But Shingo keeps going, PUMPING BOMBER!! Shingo won’t cover?! He gets up and brings Kojima into the pump handle fireman’s carry, Last of the Dragon!! Cover, Shingo wins!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall
The biggest Junior Heavyweight in NJPW defeats a legendary heavyweight! Takagi picks up the mic to say, “You saw it happen. I got the job done.” But he needs something more. A bigger thrill! Something heavier. You get what he means, right? Osaka has an idea, but Takagi gets to the point. He also wants in on the G1!! It doesn’t matter the size, the talent, the toughness, Takagi will take them all down, “just the way I am.” That is all. The Muscle Dragon drops the mic and also wants in the big Summer tournament! Will Takagi prove that he can be the best of both weight classes?
Six Man Tag: Bullet Club VS Taguchi Japan!
Two factions of NJPW clash as Jay White leads Taiji Ishimori and Chase Owens into battle against Juice Robinson, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and of course Ryusuke Taguchi. Will the Flamboyant One, The Ace and the Funky Weapon #BreathwiththeSwitchblade? Or will they take the Switchblade, Bone Soldier and Crown Jewel down on Dominion?
NJPW on AXS returns as the teams sort out. Chase starts against Juice with the bell. The two circle and tie up. Chase waistlocks then wrenches Juice, but Juice spins through to wrench back. Chase spins and headlocks, but Juice pries free to get a keylock to waistlock. Juice throws Chase down and keeps on him with a waistlock. Chase stands and backs Juice into ropes, and the break is clean, until Chase elbows Juice in that bad eyebrow! Chase goes after it with a headlock punch! The ref reprimands Chase but Juice just punches Chase back! Juice jabs and CHOPS in the corner over and over. The ref counts so Juice whips Chase corner to corner, to then run in for a big clothesline! Juice keeps moving, but Chase bails out.
The Bullet Club regroups while fans rally up for Juice. Juice dares Chase to get in, and Chase does, to tag out to Taiji. Taiji stares down with Juice, but Taguchi wants in. Osaka wants him in, too! Tag to Taguchi, and we revisit their resent Junior Heavyweight Championship match. Taguchi does his Sailor Boys dance, but that only gets him kicked. Taiji headlocks but Taguchi powers out and things speed up. Taguchi goes for a hip attack but gets an atomic drop! Taiji whips but Taguchi reverses to hit a corner hip attack! Then he whips Taiji corner to corner for another! Taguchi keeps moving, but misses that one! The Bullet Club blasts Taguchi’s teammates, and Taiji throws Taguchi out to join them.
White throws Tanahashi at the NJPW commentary while Chase punches Juice up the ramp. Taiji keeps on Taguchi on the other side while White CHOPS Tanahashi. Taiji whips Taguchi into barriers! White stomps Tanahashi down while Chase helps Taiji against Taguchi. Juice is down at the ramp while Taiji puts Taguchi in to cover. TWO, but Taiji tags Chase. Chase stomps Taguchi to keep him away from his corner. Chase bumps Taguchi off buckles then feeds him to White’s boot. Tag to White and Chase throws Taguchi out for White to ram into railing, apron and railing, repeat! White puts Taguchi back in while fans boo and jeer. He covers, TWO! Taguchi survives but White wraps him up with a chinlock.
Fans rally up and Taguchi feeds off the energy. Taguchi fights back and whips, but White reverses, and dodges the hip attack. The Funky Weapon has done more damage to himself than anything. He runs into another atomic drop! But he escapes White’s back suplex! Taguchi dodges and hits White with the hip attack! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taguchi and White crawl, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace has his hated nemesis and starts throwing forearms. He whips but White reverses, only to get a flying forearm! Tanahashi blasts the Bullet Club, then dodges White. He blocks the boot for a Dragon Screw! Fans fire up as Tanahashi hops up, for the senton onto White! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer “GO ACE!” as Tanahashi aims at White. White dodges Slingblade but Tanahashi elbows White away. Tanahashi runs but into a CHOP! But he keeps going! White blocks Slingblade to saido suplex! The Bullet Club take Taguchi and Juice out, then help White with Tanahashi. Taiji whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then Chase whips Taiji in to double knee Tanahashi. Chase adds a forearm smash, then White adds a running uppercut! White suplexes Tanahashi for a twisting suplex! Cover, but Juice and Taguchi both break it! Fans cheer but Bullet Club throws them back out. White drags Tanahashi up and slashes the throat. He has Tanahashi in position, but Tanahashi spins and palm strikes!
Tanahashi runs, but Slingblade is denied again! White wants but is denied Blade Runner into a Slingblade! Fans rally up while both men are down. Bullet Club hits Taguchi down and drags White to the corner, and Chase tags in! Chase grins as he aims at Tanahashi. He runs in corner to corner for a forearm, then snapmares for a Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi survives but Chase drags him up for a piledriver. Juice runs in but gets a SUPERKICK! Taguchi returns to kick Chase, then runs only to miss again! Taiji whips Taguchi into railing again while Chase drags Tanahashi up. Tanahashi goes to counter punch but Chase hits the bad arm. Chase hammerlocks and lariats, the Jewel Heist! But Chase isn’t done there, he double guns and drags Tanahashi up. Package-
No, Tanahashi escapes and trips Chase up! He laces the legs but Chase shoves him away into White’s cheap shot. But Juice yanks White down for the Left Hand of God! Chase drags Tanahashi up and whips, but Tanahashi reverses into a familiar position. But Tanahashi doesn’t steal Blade Runner, he hits a Slingblade DDT! Cover, Tanahashi and team win!
Winners: Taguchi Japan, Tanahashi pinning
The Ace gets the win for his team! But will this trios victory help Tanahashi in his newest NJPW comeback? Or is it a long road back for even the Once in a Century Talent?
Katsuyori Shibata returns to NJPW!
The man simply known as “The Wrestler” is back in Osaka-Jo Hall! But he is in a suit, so he’s not here to fight. Instead, his business is to introduce NJPW to a new star… KENTA!! Yes, the Innovator of the GTS is here! And as the shirt says, he’s ready to take over! Shibata helps Kenta into the ring and Osaka goes wild! And of course, Shibata picks up the mic to speak.
“Today, I brought a really close friend with me.” This is THE Kenta! And then the mic is given over to Kenta so that he may speak. “Hello NJPW fans, I’m Kenta.” He thanks Shibata for making this possible. And he is here because he followed his instincts. Kenta wants to show you his style of pro-wrestling. “I will see you at the G1 Climax.” Incredible! A third man declares for the tournament in one night! Will Kenta #TAKEOVER and make the rest of the field #GoToSleep?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Dragon Lee VS Will Ospreay!
The Best of the Super Juniors practically just ended, but the Aerial Assassin doesn’t take anything easy. The two-time tournament winner wants to go from two-time champion to three! Will he slay another dragon in just the span of a week? Or will CMLL’s dragon continue to reign over the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised then put carefully alongside Ospreay’s BOSJ 26 trophy, and the two rivals shake hands. The bell rings and we begin this battle of young and international icons!
Osaka is already thunderous for these two top Junior Heavyweights. The two circle and tie up. Ospreay wrenches but Lee handsprings through. Lee and Ospreay tie up again and Lee snapmares, but Ospreay handsprings through. They go again, and Lee headlocks, but Ospreay powers out. Things speed up and Lee shoves to follow then huricanrana, but Ospreay handsprings through that! Ospreay huricanranas but Lee also handsprings! Lee kicks but Ospreay dodges to handspring, but Lee just denies the Oscutter! Lee lifts for Desnucadora but Ospreay slips out. Ospreay swings a kick, but Lee ducks, and then they both dropkick! Those cancel out and both men kip up, but Lee dropkicks Ospreay back down! Fans cheer how fast and furious these two move!
Lee goes after Ospreay with a hook to the face, then wraps an arm around the ropes. Lee CHOPS Ospreay then follow shim in a corner. He knees and forearms Ospreay, then whips corner to corner. Ospreay boots and enziguris Lee back, then hits a top-rope 619! Lee bails out but Ospreay slingshots for a big crossbody! Fans fire up as Ospreay stands tall! Ospreay takes a moment to walk off the landing then drags Lee up to CHOP him back down! Ospreay drags Lee up and into the ring, and covers, ONE! Fans cheer while Ospreay drags Lee back up for a big forearm. Ospreay whips and elbows Lee down, cover, ONE!
Ospreay keeps his cool as he drags Lee around. He hammerlocks one arm, then pulls on the other, for a recliner! Cover, TWO! Ospreay stalks Lee to a corner and CHOPS him back. He CHOPS Lee more, but Lee hits back with forearms. Ospreay back kicks then whips, but Lee puts Ospreay on the apron. Ospreay hits back then springboards, but his Pip Pip Cheerio gets caught into an STO! Both men are down but stirring as fans cheer. Lee gets up and goes to Ospreay in the corner to throw forearm after forearm. Lee runs but Ospreay follows to uppercut! Ospreay sweeps the legs and runs corner to corner, but Lee dodges. Lee throws more forearms to sit Ospreay down, then runs corner to corner for the basement dropkick! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Lee keeps his cool while fans cheer. Lee kicks Ospreay then whips, but Ospreay handsprings to PELE! Ospreay gets to the apron then springboards back in, flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Lee lives but Ospreay sees him bail out. Fans rally as Ospreay builds speed, Sasuke Special! Lee dodges but Ospreay still lands on his feet! Only to get Lee’s knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up onto the railing and throws forearm. NJPW commentary gets a good look as Lee builds speed and DIVES! They both go into the next section!! Even commentary is wiped out with that insane tope suicida! Red Shoes checks on both men, and somehow they’re okay to continue. Fans rally up behind commentary who got wiped out. Everyone is up and Lee pushes Ospreay over the railing back to ringside.
Lee puts Ospreay in the ring and deadlifts him. Ospreay fights the waistlock but Lee shifts to a full nelson. Ospreay breaks that, but gets caught into the Straitjacket German! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ospreay still escapes after all of that! Lee grits his teeth and checks his mask as he goes after Ospreay again. He puts Ospreay up on the back rope and Ospreay falls into the Tree of Woe. Lee climbs up but Ospreay sits up to start brawling! They hit each other with forearms back and forth, and with little where else to go. Lee headbutts Ospreay back into the Tree, then stands up, but Ospreay kicks Lee down! Ospreay is free of the Tree while Lee falls to the floor. Ospreay climbs up, CORKSCREW MOONSAULT! He takes Lee down with him!
Osaka fires up while Ospreay clutches his ribs. But Ospreay fires up to drag Lee into the ring! Ospreay drags Lee up into the dragon sleeper, for a Bloody Sunday! Cover, TWO! Lee lives again but Ospreay keeps his focus. Both men stand and Ospreay aims, Hook Kick! But Ospreay won’t stop there, he roars as he underhooks. Lee blocks so Ospreay kicks away on his face. Underhooks to Canadian rack, but Lee pops out of Stormbreaker for a gut wrench! But Ospreay slips through to gut wrench Lee, only for Lee to tilt-o-whirl DDT! And then springs up to a suplex, only to get the Osaka Street Cutter! Both men are down after an Osaka Street Cutter in Osaka! Fans rally up and the two slowly stir. The two crawl towards each other, and start throwing forearms again.
Fans cheer as Ospreay hits Lee and Lee hits Ospreay. Both men fire up and get to their feet. Ospreay hits Lee again, but Lee hits Ospreay again. They go back and forth, then Ospreay fires several! Lee hits one and decks Ospreay! Lee runs but into a HOOK KICK! Ospreay runs, but into a German Suplex! But he lands on his feet to dropkick-flip, into Lee’s knee trigger! Lee POISON RANAS! Lee runs, but into SPANISH FLY! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Ospreay crawls to a cover, TWO!! Lee just barely survives that one!
Fans rally up as Ospreay puts Lee in the drop zone. Ospreay climbs up again, but has to fight Lee. Lee SUPERKICKS Ospreay down to the apron! Lee runs side to side, for a FLYING HURICANRANA! But Ospreay lands on his feet?! Lee is stunned as Ospreay stares him down. Ospreay eggs Lee on, and gets him with an apron pop-up bomb! Ospreay puts Lee in, climbs up top, and leaps for the Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives, but Ospreay vows to end it! Ospreay aims, Robinson Special! But that’s not all, Ospreay springboards, but into a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous all over again as both men slowly stir.
Ospreay goes back to the apron, but Lee pursues. Lee drags Ospreay up and throws forearms. Ospreay swing kicks Lee back! Ospreay hops up fast, but Lee trips him up! Into a Tree of Woe to the outside! WOE STOMPS!! Lee may have done as much damage to himself just on the landing! Red Shoes checks but again they’re somehow both okay. A ring count begins and climbs past 10, but Lee is up and in! Ospreay is still down as fans cheer. Ospreay stands at 14 but flops over at 15! The count reaches 18, Ospreay springs up at 19 and gets in at 19.5! Only to get another knee trigger! Lee drags Ospreay up, lifts, but Ospreay resists again! Ospreay elbows out and roundhouses Lee down! But Lee catches Ospreay for another STO! That Ospreay slips through! Powerbomb lift, but Lee hits a DESTROYER!!
Lee won’t end it, he runs to Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO!? How?! But Lee doesn’t take long to worry about that. He takes the knee pad down and runs again, but Ospreay blocks the Wizard! Only to get a knee trigger! Fans are thunderous again as Lee lifts Ospreay, tucks, but Ospreay lands out of Desnucadora to back heel kick Lee in the head! Then reels him out for a Hook Kick! Ospreay aims, Hidden Blade!! But not even this is enough for Ospreay! He hops way up, SUPER OSCUTTER! He holds on, to underhook, STORMBREAKER!! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Aerial Assassin wins his third Junior Heavyweight Championship as he slays his second dragon! Ospreay holds up both title and trophy, as THE Super Junior of NJPW today! How long will this newest reign last?
NJPW Media backstage interview
Ospreay says “The Junior Heavyweight wants in on the G1. I dare NJPW: put me in the G1 Climax this year! I’ll show that this trophy is just as good as the heavyweight trophy.” A fourth man makes his intentions known! Will Ospreay conquer both divisions in 2019?!
IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada VS Chris Jericho!
Y2J has already held championship gold in NJPW, but he isn’t going to stop until he holds the top prize. He dares the Rainmaker to come out and play, so Okada will play his game. But just what is a “Painmaker,” anyway? Jericho promises to show the world right here in this match. Will the Judas Effect kick in to end Okada’s fifth reign? Or is Okada still on a whole different level?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of true greats!
Okada throws his jacket at Jericho much like Jericho might do to someone else. Jericho doesn’t appreciate that but Okada laughs and grins as Jericho throws Okada’s jacket out. These two hear the fans already thunderous for Okada, and Jericho grows annoyed already. Jericho tells the “stupid idiots” to shut up, but they just boo him instead. Okada encourages the fans to cheer so they cheer loud and proud. He and Jericho finally circle and tie up. Jericho pushes Okada away and the two circle again. They tie up again, and Jericho pulls hair. Okada turns things around and the two go around the ring, with Okada on Jericho against the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break, and Okada fakes Jericho out like all the rest. But Jericho pokes Okada’s eyes!
Fans boo but Jericho clubs Okada and CHOPS him. Jericho whips then runs him over with forearms! The fans boo but Jericho just mocks them. Jericho slaps Okada around but Okada throws forearms back. Okada whips but Jericho bails out to deny the dropkick. Jericho walks it off, but Okada gives chase! They go around the ring, into the ring, and then Jericho dodges Okada only to get a BOOT! Okada heads for a corner already, and leaps for a missile dropkick! But Jericho blocks it to the Walls of Jericho! Okada endures as Jericho sits down deep. Okada crawls while Jericho mocks the fans cheering him on. Ropebreak! Jericho lets go and Okada slumps out of the ring, but Jericho runs to wreck him with a dropkick! Okada tumbles over into commentary! Those guys are having a busy night…
Jericho climbs over to join Okada, mock the fans, and throw chairs! Jericho bounces Okada off the desk, then climbs up to stand Okada up. Flashbacks to Jericho’s matches with Naito, DDT to the table! Okada is stuck in the wood and Jericho rings the bell himself, as if he’s already won. Jericho goes back to Okada, tosses more furniture aside, and drags Okada up over the railing. He stomps Okada into the railing then drives in elbows. Jericho walks around the ring to go looking for something. He brings out a spare table! Jericho sets the table up, then shoves Red Shoes aside to fetch Okada. He brings Okada to the table, but Okada resists the lift. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada powers Jericho into railing! Jericho BOOTS right back! And once again, Jericho confiscates a camera to get a close-up on Okada, while flipping the bird.
Jericho gives the camera back while he mocks the fans cheering for Okada. He puts Okada in the ring then climbs up top. Jericho dares Okada to stand, and then leaps to crossbody Okada down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Jericho grows annoyed. Jericho slaps Okada around then drags Okada up for a BIG back suplex! Jericho stands on Okada but Red Shoes doesn’t count that as a cover. They argue and Jericho shoves Red Shoes again. Fans rally up for Okada but Jericho rains down rights. Jericho sits Okada up to drive in more elbows, then pushes the “piece of s*it back down.” He slaps Okada but Okada comes back for more. Jericho keeps slapping Okada so Okada throws forearms! Okada runs but into Jericho’s dropkick! Jericho grins as he mocks the Hulkster, too.
Jericho drags Okada up and chokes him on the ropes. He lets up at the ref’s count of 4 and even mocks the count, before kicking Okada down. Jericho chokes Okada against ropes again, then backs off to bring him up. Jericho suplexes and holds Okada up about 7 counts, then drops Okada down. He covers, TWO! Okada stays in this as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Jericho drags Okada up to CHOP him. Jericho CHOPS Okada against ropes, then again. He throws forearms, too, then whips. Okada kicks Jericho back then throws forearms of his own. Jericho throws even more forearms, but runs into a flapjack! Both men are down, but then Okada kips up. Okada rallies on Jericho with elbows and forearms! He whips, but Jericho reverses, only for Okada to dodge and elbow Jericho down! Okada fires up and Osaka with him! Okada runs in for a corner elbow, then kicks to DDT Jericho down. Jericho slumps out of the ring, but Okada pursues. Okada whips Jericho across the way into railing! Then runs in to boot him over! Okada gets the fans rallying as he gets space. Okada runs back in, to FLY, into a Code Breaker!
Both Jericho and Okada are down but it’s Okada gasping for air. Jericho leaves Okada behind to get in the ring. Jericho wants the ring count to end Okada’s reign. The count climbs to 10 but Okada is up and hobbling over. Okada gets to the ring at 11 but falls at 12. Okada hops in at 16, but Jericho is on him with a basement dropkick. Cover, TWO! Jericho clubs Okada with crossface forearms, but fans cheer Okada on. Jericho gives them dirty birds as he goes back to Okada. He CHOPS Okada and follows him to a corner for another CHOP. Jericho whips corner to corner and hits a corner clothesline! He gut wrenches but Okada slips out! Okada gut wrenches Jericho, but Jericho tumbles back to get the lift back!
But Jericho slips through to grab the legs! Okada resists but Jericho gets the Walls all over again! Okada endures as fans cheer and Jericho talks trash. The champion crawls with all his might but Jericho just keeps up the pressure. Okada gives on more push, to a ropebreak! Jericho holds on until 4, then argues with Red Shoes. He chokes Red Shoes as he says Okada tapped out. But Jericho turns around into Okada’s dropkick! Jericho goes to a corner but Okada runs in, only to miss. Jericho runs in but misses, and Okada puts him up top. But Jericho kicks Okada before Okada could dropkick. Jericho leaps, into Okada’s dropkick! Okada drags Jericho up and gut wrenches, TOMBSTONE! And the Rainmaker Pose!
Okada drags Jericho back up, reels him in to wring him out, but Jericho spins through to underhook, Tiger Bomb! High stack, TWO!! Okada survives but barely! Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, runs in, but the Code Breaker is denied to the Air Raid neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he goes up top. But his back slows him down given all that time in the Walls of Jericho. Jericho runs in but Okada shoulders and punches him away. Jericho punches back but Okada punches again. Okada goes to bump Jericho on buckles, but Jericho blocks to bump Okada. Okada staggers, Jericho triangle dropkicks him down! Fans have to cheer that classic move from Jericho.
Jericho drags Okada back up to bump him off buckles. He drags Okada up to the top rope, but Okada resists. Jericho clubs Okada, but Okada hits back. Okada throws Jericho off! MACHO ELBOW! Fans fire up as Okada hits a proper Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Jericho up, wrings him out, but Jericho ducks to enziguri! Both men are down again, but fans continue to cheer. Jericho and Okada crawl to each other, and start throwing forearms on the mat. They go back and forth, and slowly stand as they do. Jericho CHOPS Okada, but Okada walks it off to forearm Jericho back. Okada throws more forearms and even European Uppercuts. Okada whips but Jericho holds the ropes to again deny the dropkick. LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Jericho keeps his cool as he stalks Okada to a corner. Jericho kicks Okada while he’s down and even in the corner. He argues with Red Shoes, but gets Okada’s shotgun dropkick! Okada gives back those corner kicks, and grinds his boot into Jericho as he gives back all the trash talk! Red Shoes counts and Okada lets up. Okada gets mad at Red Shoes and stomps Jericho more. Okada goes corner to corner, but into a Code Breaker! Jericho crawls to a cover, TWO!! Okada barely survives that one. Jericho grows frustrated, and tells Okada to “Stay down!” Jericho unties a buckle pad and tosses it at commentary. “You see what happens?! Huh!? You stupid son of a b*tch?!” Jericho drags Okada up, gut wrenches, but Okada slips out to German Suplex!
Okada holds onto Jericho with that waistlock and drags Jericho up. He wrings Jericho out but Jericho ducks the waistlock. Jericho wrings Okada out and tries to steal Rainmaker! But Okada ducks it, to steal Code Breaker! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives his own move, but Okada has more to give. Okada gut wrenches for a JUMPING TOMBSTONE! And then wristlock, but Jericho ducks to roll Okada into the Walls! And Jericho sits in deep! But Okada powers up to head for ropes! Fans rally up as Jericho demands they ring the bell! Okada reaches but Jericho drags him away! And then turns for a Lion Tamer! Jericho goes old school for this one! But Okada rolls around to pop through and spin Jericho off!
Jericho and Okada crawl then stand. Okada runs in but is sent into the bare buckles! Jericho clotheslines Okada, then demands Okada stand! He wants to use that elbow, but Okada ducks Judas Effect! Okada wrings Jericho out but Jericho again dodges Rainmaker. Jericho jumps but Code Breaker is denied again, and Okada pops Jericho up. Jericho sunset flips but Okada sits on it! Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall; still IWGP Heavyweight Champion
But Jericho won’t take that sitting down! He hammers away on Okada! Jericho is a sore loser, and shoves Red Shoes away to keep punching Okada in the head. Jericho throws Red Shoes right out of the ring, to then fetch something else from under the ring. A steel chair! Jericho brings that into the ring, and as Okada stands up, Jericho SMACKS him in the face!! Fans boo and jeer as Jericho holds his weapon up high. Jericho waits for Okada to stand again, Judas Effect! Fans continue to boo as Jericho takes a seat in his chair.
Jericho drags Okada outside the ring and then wraps the chair around Okada’s head! And rams him into the post!! Fans boo even louder but Jericho just soaks it up. Jericho goes back to Okada and brings him around to that table. Jericho finally lifts Okada, but Tanahashi hops in to save Okada! Tanahashi goes after Jericho but Young Lions hurry to keep them apart. Jericho throws things as he retreats, not wanting to face The Ace right now. Jericho grabs a mic to tell “Tana Bakahashi” that if he wants to start stuff, just look at what happened to Okada. “The Painmaker never loses! The Painmaker always wins! Chris Jericho is the Greatest of All Time, even here in this bulls*it country of Japan.” Osaka boos even more while Jericho says he’ll see them both later. “Happy Championship, B*tch!”
Tanahashi is still seething as Jericho heads up the ring. Jericho grabs Okada dollars and wipes the sweat from his pits. The Young Lions turn their attention to helping Okada while Jericho grabs more Okada dollars. He sticks one to his forehead, then rubs the other down his pants to throw at the camera. Jericho’s crude displays aside, when and where will he man up to face The Ace? Will Jericho also get another shot at Okada and the IWGP Heavyweight Championship? What even is the state of Okada after Jericho’s sore loser attack? Tanahashi helps Okada stand and head to the back, these two rivals again on the same side.
NJPW Media backstage interviews
Chris Jericho (with that Okada dollar still stuck to his head) says if Okada wants to know what a Painmaker is, ask if he understands now. He probably can’t even talk. No event closing speech from him tonight, that’s for sure. But Jericho will speak for him. “Hello, my name is Okada. Chris Jericho just kicked my ass.”
Jericho wants to know if Okada will be in the G1 this year. And Tanahashi, for that matter. If so, then maybe Jericho will be in it, too. Jericho will beat up Moxley, too, since he still owes Jericho $15,000 from ripping up that LED jacket three years ago in the WWE. Even that “little bastard, Kenta,” he’ll beat him, too. All the G1 field, for that matter. He’ll become Chris G1-icho, how about that? A major move for the Best in the World at What He Does, but will he’s the best in NJPW against the best in NJPW?
These two-hour nights for NJPW on AXS are so great! We are getting so much more of these events now, but I suppose Best of the Super Juniors Finals and Dominion are big enough to warrant it. Moxley makes his squash match with Umino even better by deciding Umino is his “Young Boy.” I wonder if this will really continue as the kayfabe for Moxley in NJPW. If this were an American promotion, we’d be getting goofy gags with them, which would actually be fun to see on social media. Takagi VS Kojima was a great match between these heavy hitters, and Kojima of course gives Takagi the rub by putting him over. Then the Six Man Tag was mostly filler, but it was a good match to keep Tanahashi going in his newest comeback.
Hooray to finally see Hideo Itami/Kenta somewhere! Granted, he got hurt a lot while in NXT and WWE, but when he was finally ready to go, they didn’t let him go full speed. Now in NJPW, and hopefully by extension ROH, Kenta really can show us what he’s capable of. Lee VS Ospreay, another amazing match for the Aerial Assassin. Just when it seemed like there wasn’t another way to recreate the spot where Ospreay lands on his feet out of a steiner, they do this one. Ospreay winning makes a lot of sense, as he is the BOSJ 26 winner, is moving to Japan to truly be full-time for NJPW, and is making a push to be an even bigger big name for the company. We got so many declarations for the G1 Climax this year, this field is looking amazing.
And of course, Okada VS Jericho was amazing, too! Two greats, who knew the other pretty well but especially Jericho knowing Okada. Okada wins but with a surprise cover, so that keeps Jericho strong for a rematch. Of course, Jericho going after Okada after totally fits his “Evil Jericho” persona. It also gives Tanahashi his heroic moment in saving Okada. Jericho was great in his promo, too, as he just straight face talks with that Okada dollar stuck to his head. And great continuity to even reference his WWE feud with Moxley/Ambrose. Jericho VS Tanahashi better happen in the G1, but I would also hope at the right moment. It either needs to open Block competition, or close a Block to lead to the G1 Climax Finals. And either way, Jericho VS Tanahashi will be amazing.
My Score: 9.3/10