Super Showdown 2019 promises to be historic with the largest battle royal in WWE history! Plus, a first-time-ever of The Undertaker VS Goldberg!
- Kickoff – The Usos VS The Revival; The Usos win.
- WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Demon Finn Balor VS Andrade Almas; Balor wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Roman Reigns VS Shane McMahon w/ Drew McIntyre; Shane wins.
- 3v1 Handicap: Lucha House Party VS Lars Sullivan; Sullivan wins, by disqualification.
- Triple H VS Randy Orton; Orton wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley; Strowman wins.
- WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Dolph Ziggler; Kingston wins and retains the WWE Championship.
- 50-Man Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal; Mansoor wins.
- The Undertaker VS Goldberg; The Undertaker wins.
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It’s the WWE Super Showdown Kickoff show!
Join Charly Caruso, Beth Phoenix and David Otunga in the studio as they recap and predict the action that could be equal to or greater than Wrestlemania!
Paul Heyman speaks.
The Advocate has been authorized to advocate Brock Lesnar’s position. Lesnar brutalized Seth Rollins yet did not cash-in. So why didn’t he do that? The week before Wrestlemania, Rollins kicked Lesnar low, and then did it again AT Wrestlemania to steal the title. Do you think Lesnar will let any being get away with that? Lesnar took a chair on Monday to exact a price from Rollins’ body, because Lesnar can. And now that Rollins has paid, it’s time for a new payment: the WWE Universal Championship. Because Lesnar promises to cash in, and take the title away from “Set Freakin’ Rollins.” Will Jeddah become Suplex City for the Beast in the Bank?
WWE superstars speak on the historic 50-Man Battle Royal.
This is the biggest battle royal ever in WWE History, but there can only be one winner. Ricochet promises as the One and Only to be that last man left. Robert Roode says that tonight, live from Jeddah, an opportunity awaits. An opportunity to be the man of holding this historic honor. 50 men enter, one is left standing, and that man will be #AbsolutelyGLORIOUS. Will either of these two men be the historic winner? Or will one of the other 48 take their place?
Backstage interview with WWE Universal Champion, Seth Rollins.
Before touching on what Brock Lesnar did to him on Raw, the obvious question is how he’s feeling. Well if it’s about being 100%, he’s not. Who would be 100% after what Lesnar did to Rollins’ body? But it is what it is. Everyone expects Lesnar to cash-in before the night is over, so how is that affecting Rollins going towards Baron Corbin. Rollins said he would be a fighting champion, so he’s here in Jeddah to do that. The Lone Wolf is a lot of things but he is the #1 contender. Rollins will face Corbin, stomp Corbin out and beat him to retain the title. If Lesnar keeps his word and does show, Rollins will be ready for the Beast. Will the Architect have a double tough double header before he heads home for the States?
More superstars speak on the battle royal.
Heavy Machinery are bringing #BlueCollarSolid to Jeddah, so it’s fitting the literally biggest tag team is in the biggest battle royal ever. 50 men is 500 toes to step on! They’ll get the other 480 out, but then it’ll come down to their 20. Rusev has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of the Undertaker, but he will CRUSH the rest of the field! Whose 10 toes will be standing tall in the ring?
Kickoff – The Usos VS The Revival!
Jimmy & Jey have pulled pranks and poked fun at the #TopGuys over that very attitude. But when these two teams actually faced off, Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson pulled off a win by pulling some tights. Will the Uso Penitentiary lock Dash & Dawson up this time? Or will The Revival break out once and for all?
The teams sort out and and Dawson starts with Jey. Fans rally for the Usos already as Jey and Dawson tie up. Dawson headlocks but Jey powers out. Dawson runs him over and things speed up, Jey hip tosses but Dawson blocks. Jey ducks the clothesline to uppercut Dawson down! Tag to Jimmy and the Usos double whip Dawson for a double back drop! The Usos see Dash coming and hit him with elbows. The Usos then clothesline Dawson out and toss Dash onto him! Jeddah fires up for the Usos as the Revival regroup. But Jimmy intercepts them to CHOP them both! Jimmy puts Dawson in but Dash tags in. The Revival speed up to double clothesline Jimmy down! Dash then slingshots for an elbow drop, covers, TWO!
The Revival keep their cool as Dash rip Jimmy’s shirt off. Fans boo as Dash stomps Jimmy in the corner. Dash tags Dawson and the Revival combine, drop toehold to elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Dawson drops his leg but fans rally with “Let’s Go, Usos!” Dawson whips and elbows Jimmy out of the ring, but Dash comes around to throw haymakers. Dash bumps Jimmy off the apron and Dawson is on him with a snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Dawson keeps on Jimmy with a chinlock and grinding forearms as fans rally up. Jimmy endures and feeds off the fan energy. Jimmy gets up and powers his way to Jey, but Dawson turns him around for an abdominal stretch! Fans boo while Jimmy endures. Jimmy fights out again and hip tosses!
Dawson tags Dash, and Dash intercepts Jimmy. But Jimmy ducks the enziguri to give an enziguri! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Dash and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to Dawson and Jey! Jey rallies with lariats, mule kick to uppercut! Then a duck to the Samoan Drop! Jey throws his shirt to the crowd as he aims at Dawson. Fans echo “Uce! OH!” for the running hip attack! Cover, TWO! Dawson lives but Jey keeps his cool. Fans do not slow down in cheering but Dawson shoves and uppercuts Jey. Dawson then drags Jimmy up and Dash climbs up. But Jey shoves Dash away and Jimmy escapes, crossbody! Cover, TWO!!
Dawson scrambles to the corner but Jey just wants another “Uce! OH!” Jey runs in, but Dash saves Dawson! Jey only gets buckles, and then Dawson feeds Jey at Dash. Dash ducks, cradle! But the ref is busy with Dash! The fans count past 5, but Jey lets off to uppercut Dash! SPINEBUSTER from Dawson, TWO!! Dawson is frustrated, but he keeps on Jey by pulling on his hair. Tag to Dash, and the Revival combine for a double back suplex. But Jey slips out! Jimmy tags in and the Usos each kick the #TopGuys. SUPERKICK for Dash! Dawson blocks and counters, but gets a SUPERKICK from Jey, then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Dash runs into SUPERKICKS! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning
And the #LockDown is complete! The Usos superkick-off the Super Showdown, but will they be kicking it up a notch towards the Raw Tag Team Championships?
WWE Super Showdown will be historic.
It will have epic encounters, empires colliding, passions burning, and legends rising. Who rises to greatness tonight?!
WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS Baron Corbin!
It is Wrestlemania deja vu as the Architect steps up to compete first on the card! He’s banged up but mentally prepared for whatever happens tonight! Will Rollins make it through the Lone Wolf only to have a Beast cashing in?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin!
Fans clearly love Rollins more than “Jeddah’s Favorite Son,” and they even chant “Burn It Down!” for him already. Rollins and Corbin circle but Rollins is wary of the ribs. They tie up and Corbin powers Rollins to the corner. The ref counts and Corbin lets up, but he slaps the ribs. Rollins punches back! Rollins throws hands on Corbin but Corbin hits back. Corbin knees the ribs and then runs, but Rollins speeds things up to dropkick Coribn down! Corbin gets to a corner and Rollisn runs in, but is put on the apron. Rollins hits back then shoulders in, to slingshot, but Corbin trips him up! Rollins hits ribs on ropes then the mat, and Corbin quickly suplexes Rollins to hang him out to dry. Corbin stomps away on Rollins.
Fans boo as Corbin puts Rollins in a corner for more punishment to the ribs. Corbin even stands on the ribs! He lets up at 4, but argues with the ref. Fans rally up for Rollins but Corbin yanks him up to drop him down. Rollins grits his teeth but Corbin keeps kicking the ribs. Corbin suplexes and hangs Rollins out to dry again. Cover, TWO! Corbin complains about the count but fans boo and jeer. Fans rally for Rollins again but Corbin kicks Rollins to a corner. Corbin throws hands but Rollins counter punches! Rollins backs Corbin down but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin slides out then in, and clotheslines Rollins down! Cover, TWO! Fans still cheer “Let’s Go, Rollins!” as Corbin glares at the ref. Corbin stalks Rollins and waistlocks him for a rear bearhug.
Rollins endures as the bad ribs take the squeeze. Corbin throws body shots on top, but fans rally up. Rollins grits his teeth and fights his way up. Rollins pries his way out but Corbin back suplexes him down! Cover, TWO! Corbin is again annoyed with the ref, but fans boo as he soaks up the heat. Corbin looms over Rollins at the ropes and dares him to quit. Rollins kicks back, so Corbin stomps him back down. Corbin yanks Rollins up but Rollins lands on his feet to PELE! Both men are down and Rollins rests those ribs. Rollins sits up as fans rally again. Rollins counter punches Corbin again, then CHOPS! More haymakers and chops, and Rollins picks up speed. Rollins whips but Corbin reverses, only for Rollins to reverse back and hit Corbin with a roaring elbow! Corbin runs in but into a boot.
Rollins hops up and aims, to leap over Corbin. He runs and Slingblades Corbin down! Corbin rolls out but Rollins keeps moving, to DIVE! Corbin is sent into the announce desk! Rollins puts Corbin in but Corbin rolls all the way out. So Rollisn DIVES again! Fans fire up with Rollins as he drags Corbin up and in again. Rollins hurries to a corner and climbs up, but Corbin stops him with a choke grip! And a choke slam- sunset flip! Cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives but Rollins keeps his cool. Fans chant “Burn It Down!” and Rollins goes along with his drumming stomps. Rollins aims but Corbin bails out. Rollins runs but DIVES into an elbow! Corbin gives Rollins the yo-yo slam! Cover, TWO!
Corbin is furious now! He insists the count is not fast enough, but this gives Rollins time to get to a corner. Corbin runs in for a big clothesline, then another! He goes corner to corner but Rollins returns the clothesline! Mule kick, but he misses the stop to get DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Corbin is exhausted. Corbin is again angry with the referee, “It should be over!” He goes back to Rollins, and reels him in, but Rollins slips through to dodge. Corbin slides out again, but slides into an elbow! That sends Corbin back out, so Corbin grabs himself a chair!
Corbin brings the chair in, but the referee stops him! Corbin does remember that a disqualification won’t get him the title. But he won’t let the ref tell him what to do anymore! “Do you know how to do your job?!” The referee shouts back! And Rollins rolls Corbin, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion
The Lone Wolf’s temper gets the better of him, and the Architect uses that to get through! But then Corbin comes back to give him END OF DAYS! “A sore loser” should also be added to Corbin’s list of accolades. But worse yet, here comes THE BEAST!! The Beast in the Bank has his Advocate carrying the briefcase. They promised Friday, and that’s today! Rollins can barely move as Brock Lesnar marches down to the ring, a chair in hand again. Lesnar and Heyman get in the ring, though Heyman falls over! Rollins gives Lesnar a low blow! Rollins sees he has an opening, and uses the chair to SMACK Lesnar! The Architect returns those chair shots in full!
Each SMACK keeps the Beast from using his briefcase. Lesnar grabs the briefcase but that leaves him vulnerable to more chair shots! Rollins dares Lesnar to cash in now! And asks how it feels to be on the other side of the SMACKS! Lesnar even uses his briefcase as a shield, but Rollins won’t stop. Heyman panics as Rollins CURB STOMPS Lesnar on the briefcase!! The Beastslayer staves off a cash-in, but that is just one night in the full year Lesnar still has. Will Rollins keep Lesnar from cashing in when we’re back in the States?
Brock Lesnar takes his time leaving the ring. Rollins really battered the Beast. From the swelling and bruising, Rollins may have even broken Lesnar’s left elbow. Fans taunt Lesnar with “Nana na na, Hey Hey Hey~, good-bye~!” Will Mr. Money in the Bank be in any shape to cash-in any time soon?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Demon Finn Balor VS Andrade Almas!
El Idolo has been going after the Extraordinary Man and the prestigious title he holds ever since they first encountered each other on Raw. Now both men are SmackDown stars, but the fight continues. Almas has pushed the man to this point, and now he meets the Demon! Will Almas be able to stay tranquilo when faced with Balor’s inner diablo?
The introductions are made, with a truly chilling entrance for The Demon, and the belt is raised. Demon VS Idol begins with the bell!
Almas is wary of the Demon as he approaches. Balor waistlocks and throws Almas but Almas gets clear of a stomp. Almas gest up and circles with Balor. They tie up and Balor waistlocks but gets an elbow. Almas headlocks but Balor powers out and runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Balor has a facelock. Almas works his way up and jawbreakers free. Almas shoves Balor to a corner and hits a big knee! He brings Balor around and hammerlocks, but Balor powers out to back drop. Almas sunset flips but Balor rolls through to basement dropkick! Balor trips Almas up for double stomps! Balor glares at Almas as he goes to a corner. Fans fire up but Almas turns the tables, only to miss and fall out of the ring. Balor runs and wrecks Almas with a dropkick! Balor is on the apron but Almas trips him up!
Almas puts Balor back in and springboards to missile dropkick Balor down! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps his cool and looms over Balor. Fans rally up and Almas drags Balor up. Almas suplexes for uno amigo, then dos amigo. Almas keeps going, but Balor slips out fo the third, only for it to come back around! Cover, TWO! Almas grows frustrated, but he keeps on Balor with an arm surfboard. Fans rally for Balor as he endures. Balor works his way up and around to turn Almas, but Almas kicks back. Almas whips but Balor reverses, only to run into an elbow. Almas drags Balor back up and to a corner, dragon sleeper for the tornado inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps on Balor with a chinlock, but fans rally back up. Balor works his way back up and elbows free. Balor CHOPS Almas, but Almas hits back.
They go back and forth, but Almas throws elbows form all sides. Balor whips and dropkicks Almas down! Almas gets up but Balor follows. Fans rally as Almas runs in, blocks boots and hits a clothesline. Almas goes to the ropes but Balor counters his clothesline with a clothesline. Almas boots but Balor clotheslines Almas out! Balor builds speed to FLY! The Demon whips El Idolo out! Balor puts Almas in fast and hops up on the apron. Almas shoulders out but Balor dodges, to then kick away on Almas between the ropes! Balor lets Almas go at the ref’s count and Almas staggers away. Balor runs in corner to corner for a CHOP! Almas staggers away again and Balor whips him corner to corner for another CHOP!
Balor whips Almas again but Almas reverses and redirects, only for Balor to go up and over. Almas BOOTS Balor, then brings him in for another dragon sleeper. But Balor blocks the tornado to hit his own elbow drop DDT! And then 1916! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his cool as fans rally up. Balor runs but Amlas dodges the Slingblade to CHOP! But Almas runs into the Slingblade anyway! Balor runs into another boot, but stays standing!? Almas kicks and hits the elbow! But Balor stands again! Almas is in shock, so he tries a handspring PELE! Balor is down and Almas goes corner to corner, Cien Knees! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives and Almas grows frustrated. Fans rally up as Almas drags Balor to a drop zone. Almas goes up top, moonsault! Almas lands on his feet when Balor dodges to moonsault again, but gets knees!
Balor crawls away to the apron, but Almas follows. Balor shoulders in then throws more haymakers. Almas blocks the kick to throw hands of his own, then runs to sunset flip! But Balor holds the ropes! Balor double stomps Almas down! Balor puts Almas back in then climbs up, double stomps to the back! Cover, TWO!! Almas lives but Balor keeps his cool. Balor fires up with fans as he drags Almas up. Almas back drops out of the powerbomb but Balor sunset flips. Now it’s Almas who rolls through to basement Meteora! Almas drags Balor up, hammerlock, La Sombra DDT! Cover, TWO!? Balor survives Almas’ best move?! Fans declare “This is Awesome!” but Almas shakes his head. Almas swears to be champion, and drags Balor up.
Almas powerbomb lifts but Balor slips out to powerbomb Almas! Balor blasts him with a shotgun dropkick! Balor hurries to the top but Almas intercepts with haymakers. Almas climbs from the outside to join Balor, springboard, but Balor blocks! Balor gives Almas a SUPER DDT! Balor goes back up, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Demon is the key to Finn Balor beating El Idolo! Will anyone dethrone Finn Balor as champion with this second gear always up his sleeve?
More WWE superstars speak on tonight’s 50-Man Battle Royal.
The Miz says 50 superstars have the opportunity to make history, but only one will. He has main-evented Wrestlemania, is the star of his own reality show, but he’s yet to win such a big battle royal. So to everyone else in the ring, from Samoa Joe to Shinsuke to Nakamura to Buddy Murphy, “Bye bye bye!” But this isn’t N*Sync, this up-and-out of the ring! Miz will create history because he’s… AWESOME! But Jinder Mahal vows to cement his legacy by winning this historic match. Not only that, but the Modern Day Maharaja won then lost the WWE 24/7 Championship. So on the flight back, Mahal will hunt R-Truth down to take that title back. Who returns home triumphant in more ways than one?
Roman Reigns VS Shane McMahon w/ Drew McIntyre!
The Big Dog made SmackDown his Yard during the Superstar Shake-Up when he Superman Punched Vince McMahon! But “The Best in the World” could not stand by, as hypocritical as it seemed. Will Shane O’Mac prove the WWE is still McMahon Land? Or will Roman prove Shane’s bark is worse than his bite?
But of course, the “BEST in the WOOOOOOOORLD~!” has his World Cup trophy present, too. That doesn’t bug Roman one bit as he steps in the ring. The bell rings, and we begin this Best Grudge Match in the World!
McIntyre distracts Roman and Shane goes right at him! Shane punches and kicks away on Roman in the corner, but then punches Roman around the ring. Shane grinds Roman’s face into the ropes, but lets up at the count. He comes back to throw more hands on Roman, but Roman throws big hands of his own! Roman whips Shane corner to corner then runs in, only to get post! Shane stomps and kicks Roman again, then drags him up for throat punches. Shane throws Roman into the other post! Roman falls out of the ring and McIntyre looms. McIntyre gets a cheap shot in while Shane talks with the ref. Shane goes to fetch Roman, puts him in the ring, then CHOKES him! The ref reprimands Shane but Shane lets up to club Roman more. Shane gives Roman a swift Russian Leg Sweep, covers, TWO!
Shane argues with the ref but stomps and punches Roman more. Roman stands but gets more hands, to give uppercuts! Shane wobbles but Roman starts rallying with clotheslines. Roman whips, Shane reverses, and Shane dodges the leaping lariat to give a flying back elbow! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Roman with crossface forearms, and then a chinlock. Shane digs his knee into Roman but fans rally up. Roman powers up but Shane wrangles him to the mat for a cover, TWO! Shane is back with the chinlock but Roman endures again. Shane thrashes him around and Roman starts to fade. But Roman feeds off fan energy, and powers his way back to his feet. Roman powers Shane into buckles to then ram his shoulder in again and again! He gives Shane those point-blank lariats! Roman gets all 10, then runs to BOOT Shane down!
McIntyre looms again but Roman has him back off. Roman hears the fans as he locks ‘n’ loads. Roman runs but Shane chop blocks his feet out! Cover, TWO! Shane keeps on Roman by pulling on his hair. Shane drags Roman into the triangle hold! It’s like Shane promised! But Roman endures, reaching for ropes. Fans rally as Shane squeezes. Roman refuses to fade out, as he does what he promised: dead lift Shane up for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Shane survives and crawls away. Roman sees Shane slump out of the ring, so he heads out to fetch him. Roman puts Shane back in but McIntyre attacks! McIntyre throw shim into barriers, but then Roman throws McIntyre into the post! Roman gives McIntyre a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Shane leaps in for a SUPERMAN PUNCH!
Roman puts Shane back in but Shane kicks the ropes to hit Roman low! Shane runs to SPEAR Roman!! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives Shane’s second-hand copy of his own move. Shane drops elbows over and over on Roman, then sits him in a corner. Shane stomps Roman again, then goes to the opposite corner. This was the other promise Shane made, and he climbs up top. But Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Shane down! Cover, TWO!! Shane still lives and Roman is surprised. Roman catches his breath while fans rally back up. Roman glares at Shane as he goes to the corner. The fans echo the battle cry, and Roman runs into Shane’s kick! Roman rocks Shane with another uppercut! But Shane falls into the ref! McIntyre slips in to CLAYMORE Roman! Shane hurries to the cover and the ref counts, Shane wins!!
Winner: Shane McMahon, by pinfall
The Scottish Terminator is again Shane’s insurance policy! McIntyre helps Shane win, then hoists him up on his shoulders to celebrate. Will the Best in the World continue to play the part of spoiled rich kid and get away with everything?
Backstage interview with WWE Champion, Kofi Kingston!
Kofimania is joined by Xavier Woods as The New Day is here. When Doph Ziggler returned to attack Kofi, it was to take that title. With everything Kofi’s been through, is he concerned he can’t keep up with Ziggler’s intensity? The New Day chuckles at that. Is Kofi not intense? There’s more to a fight than intensity. This match is about more than just the title. Ziggler left Kofi beaten and battered. Kofi could’ve stayed on a stretcher but he forced himself to stand tall to show everyone what a champion really is.
Woods say Kofi isn’t just a champion, he’s a hero! Ghana loved Kofi’s homecoming! It was the best preparation Kofi could’ve had. Ziggler may be fighting with intensity, Kofi is fighting with purpose. Kofi will do this for everyone who has ever had a dream and believed in themselves. ZIggler obsesses, but Kofi will give Ziggler something new to obsess over: a night where Ziggler didn’t get the job done. And Kofi will remain the W, W, E, World, Heavyweight, CHAMPION!
3v1 Handicap: Lucha House Party VS Lars Sullivan!
Ever since arriving on the WWE main roster, The Freak has been destroying who he wants, when he wants. But Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik have been the only trio to put up a fight and survive the Leviathan’s presence. Can they combine their powers to be the first men to down the Mile High Monster? Or will Lars’ first actual match go the way all his assaults have gone?
The bell rings, and Kalisto starts against Lars. Fans echo “Lucha! Lucha!” as Kalisto keeps out of Lars’ reach. Lars grins, though, as he finally gets Kalisto in a corner! Lars rams his shoulder in again and again, but lets up at the ref’s count. Kalisto crawls but Lars picks him up to club him back down. Lars grabs Kalisto and trophy lifts him, to snake eyes off the buckles! Kalisto crawls but Lars actually throws him to his corner! Lars dares someone to tag in, so Lince takes the challenge. Lince stays away but finds he’s in a corner. He manages to turn things around and CHOPS Lars! Lince throws fast hands but Lars shoves him away. Lars blocks a boot to give a BIg body shot! Lars drags Lince up again, for a gut wrench to the Canadian rack.
Lince fights out and throws more hands, but Lars grabs him to shove him way out of the ring! The ref keeps Lars back but not for long as Lars goes out to fetch the Golden Lynx. Lars throws Lince into the ring, then runs to run Lince over hard! Kalisto and Metalik get the fans rallying but Lars picks Lince up. Lars shoves Kalisto off the apron but Metalik tags in. Lars shoves Lince away, too, then laughs as he waits for Metalik to join him. The King of the Ropes checks on his friends first, then kicks Lars back. Lars staggers and Metalik springboards up and over, handspring back elbow! Metalike mule kicks then tags Kalisto. Kalisto springboards, but is caught! Lars throws Kalisto but Kalisto lands on his feet. Kalisto boots Lars back, but leaps into a lariat!
Lars grimaces as he looms over Kalisto. Lars runs at Kalisto but gets dumped out! Kalisto hurries to his corner while Lars shakes the stars out of his head. Lars gets back in to blast Metalik away! Kalisto kicks Lars from the mat, but Lars still back suplexes to THROW Kalisto down! Lars drags Kalisto around to throw clubbing forearms. Lars roars and decides to go up top. The Leviathan aims but Lince and Metalik trip him up! And kick him down! They attack together but the ref rings the bell!
Winner: Lars Sullivan, by disqualification
The match ends but the fight continues! Kalisto anchors Lars’ feet as Lince and Metalik double dropkick him down! The Lucha House Party keep Lars down with hammering hands, then Lince climbs up. Lince hits a flying splash! Metalik goes up top and walks the ropes, for the springboard elbow drop! The Lucha House Party hurry away, leaving Lars gasping for air. Lars still gets back up, and pursues! Metalik gets a back drop! Kalisto gets run over! Lince gets thrown down the way! Lars drags Kalisto up and slams him on the ramp! Then he goes back to Metalik and Lince. Lince slingshots to dropkick, then slingshots again, into an apron Freak Accident! The Mile High Monster stands tall over all three luchadors, but is he going to leave even more destruction in his wake?
Triple H VS Randy Orton!
The Game was the man who wanted a young third-generation wrestler like Orton to be the Evolution of the WWE. But when the Legend Killer rose too fast, the Game pulled the plug. These two have been mentor and student, friends and enemies, but most of all, rivals. Who wins this newest chapter between Game and Viper to prove they are THE Apex Predator of the WWE?
The bell rings, and fans already duel as the two circle. Fans even chant “NXT! NXT!” for HHH being the man behind that brand. Orton and HHH stare down as fans already chant “This is Awesome!” HHH and Orton tie up and Orton powers HHH to a corner. The ref counts and Orton backs off. HHH comes back to put Orton in the corner, but HHH lets up at the ref’s count. HHH lets Orton out so that the two can circle and tie up again. The Game gets the wristlock and wrenches through. Orton works against the hold to get a headlock takeover. HHH headscissors but Orton pops out, and fans cheer this mat-based opening. Fans let HHH know “You Still Got It!” and HHH says, “I know.” HHH and Orton tie up again and HHH gets the hammerlock.
Orton reverses the hold and goes back to a headlock. HHH pries his way out and the two fight for wrist control. Orton powers through to a headlock, but HHH pops out to get his own. Orton powers out but HHH runs him over! Things speed up and Orton’s back drop is countered to double underhooks! But Orton slips out and away before a Pedigree could be delivered. Orton grins while fans cheer. Fans continue to duel and cheer as Orton and HHH circle again. HHH and Orton tie up, and HHH gets the wristlock again. HHH gives Orton shoulder breakers then wrenches again. Orton punches right out! Orton goes to HHH in the corner to throw more hands, then stomps HHH’s feet. He also scrapes HHH’s face, then whips corner to corner.
HHH dodges to send Orton into posts! HHH drags Orton up for more attacks on the arm. Orton ends up on ropes but HHH just hotshots the shoulder. HHH drags Orton out to throw that arm onto the barrier. Orton writhes but HHH takes that arm and slams it on the steel steps! HHH pursues Orton around the corner, to yank Orton into the post! HHH refreshes the count so he can keep on Orton. He puts Orton in the ring and on the apron, to slam that arm on the edge! Orton writhes more, and bails out of the ring. HHH pursues Orton again, but Orton suckers him in for a back suplex to the announce desk! Orton leaves HHH to the mercy of the count.
HHH writhes from the pain of landing on monitors, but Orton goes back out to go after him. Orton drags HHH over but HHH denies any steel step bump. HHH whips but Orton reverses to send HHH into the steps! Orton stalks HHH and puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE! HHH is still tough but Orton stomps the limbs. Orton picks HHH apart this way, then strikes his infamous pose. Fans cheer and chant “RKO! RKO!” but HHH gets Orton’s arm again. Orton uppercuts then stomps HHH out for that, and even drops a knee. Cover, TWO! Orton drags HHH around as fans rally up. Orton squeezes HHH with a chinlock, and HHH starts to fade. Fans continue to rally and HHH powers his way to his feet. But Orton squeezes tighter and HHH starts to drop again.
Fans give HHH that second wind and he throws body shots. Orton grabs HHH by the beard to reel him in for a lariat! HHH is down but Orton takes time catching his breath. Orton covers, TWO! Orton puts HHH back in the chinlock, but fans rally up again. HHH powers his way up again, but Orton squeezes tighter. HHH refuses to fade this time, as he throws body shots. Orton throws haymakers but HHH comes back with his own! Orton kicks low then throws more hands, but HHH throws hands back. They brawl back and forth but Orton gets an edge. Orton whips but HHH reverses, only for Orton to duck, into the leaping knee!
HHH runs at Orton in the corner for a big clothesline! Orton staggers into a whip but reverses. HHH sees the back drop again and counters with his classic knee smash! HHH wobbles but heads for Orton. He underhooks, but Orton trips HHH up to catapult him into a corner! Orton runs but into HHH’s clothesline! Cover, TWO! Orton and HHH are tired but they’re not staying down. Orton gets to a corner but HHH heads his way. HHH walks into Orton’s boots, but still kicks! HHH underhooks but Orton puts him on the apron. Orton punches HHH and drags him through the ropes. HHH holds on and fights back, but Orton dropkicks him down! Orton and HHH are both down but Orton is up first. Fans rally as Orton has HHH in the corner. Orton hoists HHH up top, and he throws more haymakers.
Orton climbs up to join HHH, and throws more hands. But HHH slips under to carry and throw Orton. Orton lands on his feet but his RKO is denied, clothesline to the back! HHH gets himself fired up with the fans. HHH goes to a corner to tell Orton, “SUCK IT!” But Orton gets the spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton got the better of HHH but not enough to end it. Fans still love the action as Orton stands. HHH goes to the apron but Orton pursues. Orton drags HHH through the ropes, for the draping DDT! But Orton is too sore and tired to cover! Fans still cheer as Orton starts to hear the voices! Orton waits for HHH to get up, drumming the mat as he does.
HHH stands, but denies the RKO for a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! HHH tries again, TWO! A third time turns into Orton’s pin, TWO! HHH wants a crossface, and has it on! Orton endures the hold, HHH’s hands covering Orton’s eyes to blind him. Fans rally both ways as Orton moves around. Orton grabs a thumb but HHH puls back harder. Orton works his way around, reaches out, and has a ropebreak with his hand! HHH lets go at 4 to put as much damage on Orton as he can. Fans rally again as HHH stands. HHH goes to Orton but Orton shoves him away. HHH comes back again and has the arm,b ut Orton spins around. But HHH kicks low, underhooks,b ut Orotn back drops. HHH rolls through, but RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, TWO?! HHH survives THE RKO?!
Fans want “One More Time!” Orton hears the fans and decides to go for something truly dangerous. Orton hasn’t done this in so long, but he’ll give one to this legend here! HHH slowly sits up, but he blocks the punt! HHH glares at Orton as he stands, and reels him in for a PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Now Orton survives a move few ever do! Orton crawls to the apron as fans again declare “This is Awesome!” HHH stirs and hurries after Orton. HHH and Orton are again by the announce desk, and Orton thumbs HHH’s eyes! Orton wants another back suplex but HHH blocks, to back suplex Orton on the announce desk!
HHH hurries to give Orton another! And then a third! HHH shows no mercy as he gives Orton a furious FOURTH back suplex to the desk! HHH brings Orton back into the ring, and soaks up the cheers of the fans. Orton stirs as HHH glares at him. HHH runs, but into an RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
The Viper needed more than one, but he still got it done! The Legend Killer defeats another legend, and is truly a living legend himself. Will this huge win be the last chapter between these titans of the WWE?
Backstage with Baron Corbin.
The Lone Wolf is furious about what went down against Seth Rollins. Corbin blames the referee, and then Rollins took advantage. Corbin wants someone to take care of a referee costing him not just a match but the WWE Universal Championship! He promises heads will roll, but will he get compensation?
Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley!
Two of the biggest, strongest and most dominant men in the WWE today face off to truly put the “super” in Super Showdown! The Monster Among Men won their Arm-Wrestling match, but then the Rocky Mountain Machine threw Strowman down, using his own Monster Slam to do it! Now they’ll use more than just their arms to settle things, but who will #GetTheseHands?
The bell rings and these two towers circle in the ring. They tie up and Strowman shoves Lashley away. Strowman roars as he flexes, but Lashley just comes back for more. Strowman shoves Lashley again to flex more. Lashley again shrugs it off, and gets a waistlock to a headlock. Strowman powers out of the headlock and the two collide. Neither man falls so Lashley tries again. Strowman still doesn’t back up, and even brushes his shoulder off. Lashley wants a test of strength, so Strowman accepts. They tie up with the knuckle lock and go shoulder to shoulder. Lashley kicks low and Strowman falls to a knee! But Strowman powers back up, so Lashley kicks again. But Strwoman powers Lashley up with on arm!
Things speed up and these giants are also fast! Lashley bumps Strowman, Strowman runs Lashley over! Strowman runs and splashes Lashley in a corner, but misses the second time. Lashley scoops! Stolen Monster Slam!! Cover, TWO!! Lashley is shocked, but he doesn’t leave Strowman be. Lashley throws haymakers and chokes Strowman on the ropes. He backs off at the count of 4, but drags Strowman up for more big hands. Lashley elbows Strowman down then sits him back up. Strowman block sand CHOPS Lashley back. Lashley hits low then clubs Strowman down again. Lashley puts Strowman in a chinlock, but fans rally up. Strowman endures but Lashley shifts to put his whole weight on Strowman. Strowman endures more and fights his way up.
Lashley clubs Strowman again then runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Strowman fires up to run Lashley over with more shoulders! Strowman goes corner to corner to splash Lashley again! Lashley slumps out of the ring, but Strowman goes out to take a lap. Strowman BLASTS Lashley off his feet! He takes another lap, to BLAST Lashley again! The ring count reaches 6 but Strowman puts Lashley in. Strowman runs back in for another splash, then gives Lashley one big clubbing forearm! Fans cheer for Strowman as Lashley slowly stands. Strowman scoops Lashley now, sit-out slam! Cover, TWO! Lashley survives that monstrous Michinoku Driver, but Strowman keeps going. But Strowman misses in the corner and gets post!
Lashley hurries out after Strowman, and copies him again, to BLAST Strowman into barriers! Lashley soaks up the cheers and jeers as he drags Strowman to the ramp. He suplexes Strowman to the LED ramp panels! Lashley drags Strowman back up and to the ring to put him in. Cover, TWO! Strowman still lives and Lashley is livid. Lashley rains fists down, then goes to a corner. Lashley decides to go up top?! He aims at Strowman, but Strowman tosses him down! And scoops, for a MONSTER SLAM! But he’s not done there, he gives Lashley ANOTHER Monster Slam! Cover, Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The real-life King of the Monsters has concluded, and it is Strowman who stands tall! Will the Monster Among Men turn this win into a title opportunity?
More superstars speak on the biggest battle royal in WWE history.
Mustafa Ali knows everyone is fighting for something. Ali’s is to inspire. Young boys and girls will watch a man who looks a lot like them, with a name a lot like theirs, and compete in the largest battle royal in WWE. Ali wants to inspire with his fight. The fans will watch as Ali’s hand gets raised. Meanwhile, Samoa Joe is again the WWE United States Champion, but despite that, “no one was willing to step up and challenge me.” Therefore, Joe sets his sights on a different goal. Joe would love to add this accolade as he claims what is rightfully his. Who inspires the WWE Universe more when history is made?
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Dolph Ziggler!
After 11 years in the company, after obstacle after obstacle, after doing everything he had to, The New Day’s high-flyer finally got his 1v1 shot at THE WWE Championship at Wrestlemania! But now that his dream has finally come true, Kofimania only has more obstacles in his way to proving he is a worthy champion. Now a bitter and desperate Show-Off has made his return because #ItShouldHaveBeenMe! Will Ziggler make sure it is him bringing the WWE World Championship back to the United States? Or will the dream come true continue on through the Summer?
Introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of positivity and jealousy!
Kofi and Ziggler circle and tie up, and Ziggler puts Kofi in a corner. The ref counts but Ziggler pie-faces Kofi. They tie up again, and Ziggler headlocks. Kofi powers out but Ziggler runs him over. Things speed up and Kofi hurdles to back elbow! Ziggler gets to a corner, but Kofi runs in for a big splash. Kofi throws body shots then whips, but Ziggler dodges to send Kofi into buckles. Ziggler dropkicks Kofi right down! Cover, ONE, but Ziggler keeps on Kofi with raking fingers on the face. The ref sees Kofi’s feet under the ropes and calls for the break. Ziggler lets up but hits Kofi with a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Kofi with a leaping elbow drop, then covers again, TWO! Ziggler jumps on Kofi to wrap him up in a sleeper hold and body scissors.
Fans rally and Kofi works his way up. Kofi has Ziggler on his back but Ziggler slips down to throw Kofi by his hair. Ziggler rolls Kofi, TWO! Ziggler looms over Kofi at the ropes, and pulls Kofi backwards against them! He also rakes the eyes, but lets up at 4. Ziggler brings Kofi up but Kofi hits back. Ziggler clubs Kofi to a corner and stomps away. He grinds his boot into Kofi but lets up at 4. Fans still rally for Kofi but Ziggler snapmares to drop another elbow. Cover, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Kofi by wrapping on a cobra clutch. Ziggler adds the body scissors and elbows away on Kofi’s face. Kofi endures and works his way back up.
Fans rally behind Kofi as he stands and fights out. Kofi throws hands on Ziggler but Ziggler kicks back. Ziggler fires off furious fists, then grins as he whips. Kofi reverses and Ziggler hits buckles hard! Woods uses the trombone to rally the fans up again. Kofi sits up but Ziggler throws a big haymaker. Kofi kicks but Ziggler headbutts, then the Zig-Zag! But Kofi denies it and rallies with chops and a dropkick! Kofi adds the leaping lariat, then the “NEW~ DAY~” Boom Drop! But Kofi wants more, and the fans are with him. Kofi aims from the corner, and fans clap along. Ziggler staggers up but gets to the apron. Kofi walks into an elbow, then gets the satellite DDT! Cover, TWO! Kofi lives and fans cheer again.
Ziggler keeps his focus as he brings Kofi up again. Ziggler throws Kofi right into the post! Woods checks on Kofi but Ziggler grins as he pulls Kofi backwards against the buckles. Ziggler rakes the eyes and mocks Kofi, “Dig deep, Kofi!” Ziggler puts Kofi on the top rope and throws more hands. He climbs up to join Kofi on the very top, but Kofi resists. Kofi fights back and headbutts Ziggler off the top! Kofi adjusts, leaps, crossbody! But Ziggler rolls through to cover, TWO! Famouser countered, but then countered back to a sunset flip, TWO! Kofi high stacks, TWO! Ziggler rolls Kofi, TWO! Kofi ducks the punch for SOS! Cover, TWO!! Ziggler survives and Kofi can’t believe it. Fans rally up with “New! Day Rocks!” while Ziggler crawls to the far side.
Kofi runs over, but into a knee. Ziggler runs in, but is tossed out. Kofi climbs up top, for a SUPER TRUST FALL! Kofi wipes Ziggler and himself out! Woods and the fans cheer Kofi on as he hobbles up. Kofi drags Ziggler up but Ziggler powers Kofi into barriers! And steel steps! Ziggler sees Woods check on Kofi and gives him a SUPERKICK! Kofi fires hands back on Ziggler! Kofi puts Ziggler in and throws more haymakers, then climbs up top. But Ziggler gets clear of the leap and Trouble in Paradise, to roll Kofi up! TWO, into Woods’ kick! Trouble in Paradise! Cover, Kofi wins!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE Champion
Woods helps out his friend to retain the title! Would Ziggler have won if Woods wasn’t around? Will the dream continue to live by the skin of its teeth?
Backstage interview with Dolph Ziggler.
A crushing loss to be sure for Ziggler’s WWE return. Does Ziggler perhaps think he lost because of too much time away? No he does not. Ziggler can always go in the ring. Ziggler thought Kofi was a winner, he thought Kofi earned his shot and is a fighting champion, but now the entire WWE Universe saw that Kofi is a coward! But after everything Ziggler did to Kofi, some think Ziggler got what he deserved. Excuse me?! Ziggler out-wrestled “the best WWE Champion in history”, and that champion should be Ziggler! But Kofi has his friends helping him. Kofi has someone doing the real work for him!
Ziggler demands a rematch for the WWE Championship, with no one else around! A true 1v1 match! Ziggler wants Kofi in a Steel Cage! The Show-Off is clearly not done with Kofimania. Who will walk out of the steel construct THE WWE Champion?
WWE gives kudos to their dedicated Jeddah fans!
It may be over 90 degrees outside and feel like 100 degrees in the arena, but none of the WWE fans here were going to miss the show for all the money in the world! The fans make it all happen, which is why the WWE will always do its best to give them a show!
50-Man Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal!
It is time to make history with truly the largest edition of the battle royal WWE has ever done! The superstars will all start in the ring and are only out when they’re thrown out over the top and hit the floor with both feet. Who will be victorious over 49 other superstars to etch their name in history?
Superstars in this include all the men we heard from leading up to this match, but also Buddy Murphy, Matt Hardy, Sin Cara, even the Revival despite their loss last night. But of course, The Miz gets his own “AWESOME~” entrance, as does the WWE United States Champion, Samoa Joe! Even the Swiss Cyborg, Cesaro, gets his own entrance. But best of all, Titus O’Neil heads down, and doesn’t slide under the ring! Last but not least, ladies and gentlemen, Elias. The Drifter plays his guitar on his way down, and asks Jeddah, “Who wants to Walk With Elias!?” Jeddah seems open to it. This is the biggest battle royal in WWE history and Elias has a pre-celebratory song dedicated to the 49 losers in the ring. So please silence cell phones, hold applause and shut mouths!
Elias sings to Zack Ryder, Ricochet and Ali, “no matter how hard, you can’t beat me.” In fact, Elias will throw them out first. There’s Joe, Miz and Titus, “no matter how hard you try, you’ll never be Elias.” Elias is the center of the world. As for the others, they should get out now, because it’s Elias’ night, unless you figure out how to eliminate him. And it won’t happen, since no one has the talent Elias has~~! “Thank you, good night!” But Miz goes after Elias! Miz drags him into the ring, and it’s UTTER CHAOS!
There are so many men, there’s barely room to throw hands! Someone throws EC3 out and ELIMINATES him! The Bollywood Boyz end up crowd surfing, into ELIMINATION! Dawson throws and ELIMINATES Karl Anderson! Someone ELIMINATES Eric Young and Humberto Carrillo, and Woods even ELIMINATES Mike Kanellis! It gets hard to tell where everyone is, but someone ELIMINATES Luke Gallows. Someone ELIMINATES Heath Slater! The Saudi Stud, Mansoor, is now visible in the cluster while someone ELIMINATES Curt Axel, Oney Lorcan and Akira Tozawa! Bo Dallas is also ELIMINATED, no more B-Team. Someone ELIMINATES No Way Jose and Mojo Rawley and THE Brian Kendrick.
As things thin out, the Authors of Pain and Heavy machinery are clear. Rezar ELIMINATES Tony Nese while Mustafa Ali saves himself. The Viking Raiders hit a few people here and there while Matt Hardy brawls with Roode. Space clears out, and the three biggest tag teams meet. The AoP, Heavy Machinery and the Viking Raiders all stare down! And then brawl! Heavy hands fly from all six men, but the AoP pick on Tucker Knight while the Raiders have Otis Dozovic. AoP throws and ELIMINATES Tucker! But then the Raiders ELIMINATE the AoP! Wait, who is that under the ring? Is Titus hiding under the ring? He sneaks back in and blasts the Raiders! He boots Apollo Crews and Shelton Benjamin, then decks Curt Hawkins!
Jeddah cheers Mansoor as he fights with Sin Cara. Cesaro throws European Uppercuts while Titus ELIMINATES Ivar Hanson! And then throws and ELIMINATES Erik Rowe!! Titus just took out former NXT Tag Team Champions! Roode goes after Ali but Ali survives. Titus boots at Benjamin but gets caught up! Benjamin knees and ELIMINATES Titus! Woods battles with Buddy Murphy on the apron while Ryder and Jimmy Uso CHOP back and forth. Woods SUPERKICKS and ELIMINATES Murphy! Benjamin ends up on the apron but Hardy gives him a Twist of Fate! Hardy ELIMINATES Benjamin! Joe throws Hawkins to the apron, for a Coquina Clutch!
Ryder saves his Major Bro, but then gets thrown out and ELIMINATED! Joe decks Hawkins and ELIMINATES him! The Raw Tag Team Champions lost to the United States Champion! Apollo and Chad Gable trade counters and escapes, Gable German Suplexes Apollo! Nakamura attacks Gable but gets forearms and a rolling kick! Mansoor fights his way out against Mahal! The revival mug the Usos as payback from their tag match. Nakamura scoops Gable but Gable holds ropes. Rusev helps Nakamura out to ELIMINATE the Olympic medalist. Nakamura gets an enziguri from Apollo but Rusev kicks Apollo. Rusev and Nakamura ELIMINATE Apollo!
Mansoor takes the CHOPS to Cesaro! Ali and Ricochet work on Joe while Rowan works on Woods. Fans give Mansoor power to avoid elimination from Cesaro. Ricochet body scissors and ELIMINATES Mahal! But then Nakamura kicks Ricochet down. The Usos and Revival trade CHOPS, Elias and Roode work on Miz. Rowan stomps Cedric Alexander while Hardy fights off Sin Cara. Rusev and Nakamura work on hauling big Dozer out, but Otis fights free. They whip Otis but he runs them both over! Otis pumps it up, and hits the Caterpillar, times two! But then Rowan runs him over! Rowan throws and ELIMINATES Otis! Woods goes after Rowan, but Rowan gives him the IRON CLAW! And then hauls him up to toss him out and ELIMINATE Woods!
But the Usos SUPERKICK Rowan and ELIMINATE him! Only for the Revival to ELIMINATE the Usos! Hardy gives Dash a Twist of Fate and ELIMINATE him! Then one for Dawson! Hardy ELIMINATES and DELETES the Revival, but Cesaro ELIMINATES Hardy! Alexander goes after Cesaro but Cesaro throws him out. Alexander hits back, boots in, and then blocks to elbow Cesaro! He fireman’s carries Cesaro to the ropes, but Cesaro rakes the eyes. Cesaro takes Alexander swinging! Everyone keeps their distance, as Cesaro catapults and ELIMINATES Alexander! Sin Cara CHOPS Cesaro but Cesaro whips. Tilt-o-whirl huricanrana for Cesaro, and Sin Cara fights off Nakamura. Nakamura shoves Sin Cara at Cesaro, but Sin Cara manages to counter and throw them both!
Sin Cara keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl takedown! But Nakamura kicks Sin Cara and suplexes him out. Sin Cara fights back and slingshots in, sunset flip but KINSHASA! Nakamura runs in but misses in the corner. He kicks Sin Cara away then hops up, but Sin Cara kicks and ELIMINATES Nakamura instead! Rusev dumps Sin Cara and ELIMINATES him, but Miz ELIMINATES Rusev! Roode goes after Miz but Miz fights back. We’re down to our top eight as Roode kicks Miz for a GLORIOUS- No, Miz wants his Finale, but Roode spins out to throw Miz. Miz survives, then baits Roode in! Miz ELIMINATES Roode! But Cesaro lifts Miz! Miz slips out and kicks low, then has to kick Elias away. Fans fire up as Miz gives It Kicks!
Miz powers up to buzzsaw Elias, but Cesaro ducks and throws Miz. Miz survives gain, but Elias knees and ELIMINATES Miz! Now we’re down to six: Samoa Joe, Elias and Cesaro stand on one side, but Ricochet, Mustafa Ali and Mansoor stand on the other. Manny starts the fight as he goes after Joe! Ricochet and Cesaro continue their fights from raw while Ali speeds up and dropkicks Elias! Cesaro whips Ricochet at Ali but they both end up on the apron. They both kick Cesaro back, Ali somersault facebusters and Ricochet springboard clotheslines Cesaro down! But Joe runs them both over! Joe drags Ali up and throws him out, but Ali holds on. Joe stands Ali up and decks him, but Ali still survives. Ricochet helps Ali out but gets a CHOP for it.
Joe drags Ricochet up to throw him out, but Ricochet survives. Ali helps Ricochet, and they both work to drag Joe over! Joe resists, but they get Joe up and out, and ELIMINATE him! But then Cesaro clotheslines and ELIMINATES Ricochet and Ali! Mansoor ELIMINATES Cesaro!! But Elias stomps Mansoor down! Jeddah wants their Saudi Stud but The Drifter drags him up. Elias grins as he has this young NXT superstar where he wants him. But he gets Manny’s SUPERKICK! Manny throws Elias but Elias throws Manny! Manny survives and shoulders in! Then shovels and ELIMINATES Elias!! Mansoor wins!!
History has been made, and it’s the hometown hero that did it!! Mansoor celebrates with his family and friends, is this just the beginning of Mansoor’s rise in the ranks?
In-ring interview with Mansoor!
Born in Saudi Arabia, returning home victoriously and historically, how does it feel? Jeddah cheers one of their own as he says, “This moment… I don’t have the words to describe how important this moment is to me, how important it is to US!” Mansoor joined the WWE a year ago at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Mansoor stood in this ring, in this stadium, in this city of Jeddah! Back then, Manny didn’t know where he was going, he was just a boy with a dream to be a WWE superstar. A dream to represent his country proudly around the world! “Tonight, I won the most historic battle royal in WWE history, and my dream came true!” Mansoor tells Jeddah, in Arabic, that he will continue on! Fans cheer and fireworks explode! Will the first Saudi Arabian WWE superstar make even more history as his career continues?
The Undertaker VS Goldberg!
Finally, we see these two legends of wrestling face off. The Phenom and the ass-kicking machine each had their own historic streaks and their own historic careers. But now, we finally see #WhosNext to #RestInPeace!
The bell rings and fans are already cheering “This is Awesome!” Goldberg and Taker stand face to face as fans duel. Goldberg copies the neck slash! Taker throws hands! Goldberg SPEARS! But he’s not done there, he takes aim from a corner. Taker gets up, for another SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Taker survives, and sits up! Goldberg throws hands then whips, but Taker dodges to choke grip! Goldberg works out of the grip and rolls Taker for the kneebar! Taker reaches but Goldberg grips and twists. Fans rally as Taker works his way to ropes, for the ropebreak! Goldberg lets go but goes right at Taker with kicks in a corner.
Goldberg whips corner to corner but Taker dodges to send him into the post! Taker gets that leg moving as Goldberg starts bleeding! The referee checks on Goldberg but Taker shows no mercy. Taker throws big hands on Goldberg, then brings him out to wrench the arm. Taker rams his shoulder into Goldberg’s shoulder, then clubs him down. The Deadman wrenches Goldberg again and brings him to the corner. Fans cheer as we get to see the return of Old School! Ax handle! Goldberg kneels and Taker prepares his hand. Taker stalks the staggering Goldberg, then grabs him in the choke grip! CHOKE SLAM! But Taker isn’t done with Goldberg, he slashes the throat now.
Goldberg staggers up into the scoop, for the TOMBSTONE! Cover, TWO!? Goldberg survives Taker’s most devastating move!? And on his feet?! Taker throws hands at Goldberg and puts him in a corner. Taker keeps punching then whips. Goldberg ducks and double clotheslines take both men down! Fans rally and cheer as the living legends stir. Goldberg gets up first but Taker slowly follows. Both men stand, and Goldberg throws hands. Taker throws hands in return, and now it’s a brawl. Taker gets the edge, then whips Goldberg corner to corner. He runs in now, for a big corner clothesline! Goldberg staggers into another scoop, Snake Eyes and- SPEAR!!
Goldberg vows to end this, but can he really do what… JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!?! Taker survived that?! Goldberg roars and slashes his throat again. He stalks Taker again, brings him up, and wants to steal the Tombstone! But he topples over, and Taker CHOKE SLAMS! Cover, Taker wins!
Winner: The Undertaker, by pinfall
Two legends collide, only one legend rises. Is this truly the last time Goldberg laces up his boots? Is the legacy of the Deadman not dead yet?
Well, despite how it sounds here, Super Showdown was not a Wrestlemania equivalent as the WWE marketing kept saying. At least, not the most recent Wrestlemania. This was more or less what Raw has been in recent months under Vince’s steady decline into madness. This was more like WWE Screeching Halt, because it started off really fun, but things were just grating by the end. I don’t know about anyone else, but my WWE Network stream was rather jittery for the majority, and that did nothing but enhance how the matches in the middle were not paced well. That, and this was did nothing for status quo, so it was really just Super Filler Show.
The Usos VS Revival was good, because both teams are just really good. If only Vince had done better in the build of this rivalry up to this point. Balor VS Almas was good, but this was another case of needing a better build. Beth Phoenix framed the story so much better in just a few minutes than Vince did over several weeks. The one good surprise was that Shane won, but obviously it was thanks to cheating. Honestly, even fans who disliked Roman’s super push should’ve sided with Roman winning this one, but nope. Guess this keeps things going for Stomping Grounds or something. For that matter, that was how all the title matches went. Despite great matches, Rollins wins because they book Corbin so arrogant yet dense, and Kofi wins with help, so obviously these continue to Stomping Grounds and so on.
That Handicap match should’ve been booked differently, too. Obviously Lars was going to win, but he should’ve done it much faster, because it really just dragged on. HHH VS Orton was actually pretty good, but could’ve used a half step faster pacing. I do appreciate them teasing that Legend Killer kick, but it was a bit much for HHH to survive an RKO once only to run into one last one. Strowman VS Lashley was another good but badly paced match, which again made that entire middle section seem sluggish. But again, the lag might’ve been part of that. I doubt the stream being smooth would’ve helped that much, though. And nothing would’ve changed that 50-Man from starting out as a complete mess. That is literally too many people in the ring at one time.
One problem of it was also who eliminated who. I suppose a battle royal and its over-the-top rule shouldn’t reflect on a wrestler’s power level, but how is it big name tag teams were being dealt with by one person?! Titus O’Neil takes out the Viking Raiders, Matt Hardy takes out The Revival, because of what? Vince’s weird sense of humor? For that matter, as great as it was for Sin Cara to eliminate Nakamura, shouldn’t that have been the other way around? And honestly, I should’ve seen Saudi Arabia’s own winning this. This is nothing on Mansoor, but it seems like he’s just the poster boy for this controversial and grating partnership of WWE and KSA. Let’s hope Manny makes the most of this while he’s in NXT or else this is all he’ll ever be.
And lastly, despite all the hype, despite how great it sounded, despite how great both men did in their promos this week and how great it looked for them to stand in the ring together from SmackDown, this really needs to be the only time we see Taker VS Goldberg, and the last time either guy actually tries to wrestle. The Jeddah fans loved seeing it, but they were perhaps too blinded by excitement to realize just how dangerously real the landings on the Tombstone and Jackhammer were. I hope neither guy is concussed, that was honestly scary. Taker’s choke slam to finish was clearly a merciful and emergency ending so Goldberg could get patched up and checked out. Something needs to be done, starting with the Vince problem.
My Score: 6.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/24/19)
Is the One and Only better than Phenomenal?
It’s the Raw After Stomping Grounds!
Raw wants to kick ass and take names, too! The NEW United States Champion takes on some Phenomenal competition for the first time ever! Plus, Shane McMahon proves to be the Best Sore Loser in the World as he demands a handicap rematch with Roman Reigns!
- 8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day; win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick; Truth wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns; No Contest.
- Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins.
- The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
- Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater; Slater wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Heath Slater VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth VS Cedric Alexander; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Cedric Alexander VS EC3; EC3 wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: EC3 VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn; Kingston wins.
- Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens; Kingston wins.
- Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross; Bliss wins.
- Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win.
- Ricochet VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Raw opens with Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
And he is still WWE Universal Champion, even after Baron Corbin’s clever ruse. The Lone Wolf tried using a Lady to get in between Rollins and his title, but it was thanks to The Man that things didn’t go their way. Rollins and Becky Lynch made sure Corbin and Lacey Evan got what they deserved, and the two stood tall to end Stomping Grounds. And he’s all smiles as fans chant “Burn It Down!” Rollins picks up a mic to talk about last night. “Last night at Stomping Grounds, right down the road at Tacoma, Baron Corbin thought he was going to take this title from me.” But here comes The Man! And still Raw Women’s Champion! Becky joins her beau in the ring to stand side-by-side with him.
Fans cheer but Rollins is a bit surprised. Rollins says Becky interrupted him. She did? She did. But before getting into this, Rollins gives Baron Corbin some credit. Sounds crazy, but he was smart to admit he couldn’t out wrestle or out fight him, so he got a ref Rollins couldn’t hurt and who would do anything she could to stick it to Rollins. But Corbin wasn’t smart enough to realize that he has “the best back-up on the planet.” It pays to be The Man’s Man. And when it came to last night, they proved why they’re both the champions of their divisions. Lacey lost but had to come out and tried to steal a title. But The Man came around to slap Lacey’s empty head off its shoulders. But here comes Baron Corbin himself now!
And Lacey attacks from behind!! Lacey is all over Becky but Becky turns it around! Rollins pulls Becky off Lacey but Becky gets mad at him! And then goes back to hitting Lacey! Corbin finally appears but Rollins is right on him, Slingblade! Becky stops stomping Lacey long enough for a Becksploder! Corbin’s plans fail again! The Man and her Man stand tall with their titles, but Corbin says fans SHOULD chant for Becky. She saved Rollins and that title! Rollins should just give Becky his boat, then fly home to put on an apron and make dinner for The Man, since she’s the real bread winner! Lacey agrees, Becky should get her girl on out of here before Lacey puts her hands on him again.
Corbin says Becky is the only reason he isn’t Universal Champion! And he chose Lacey because she’s the only real woman on Raw! He’d even take her in a mixed tag match against The Man and Rollins anytime, anywhere. Lacey agrees! That should be at Extreme Rules. Well if those two dopes are that desperate for getting their heads stomped and arms ripped off, fine. But on one condition: if Corbin and Lacey lose, that’s it! No more matches with either of them ever again! Corbin and Lacey talk it over, and accept. And then they raise it! Oh well their ideas seem to be working out so well. Rollins doesn’t even care what the challenge is, he accepts it! Well he should’ve cared, because BOTH titles are on the line! Will this unique mixed tag championship match be as extreme as it is historic?
8 Man Tag Elimination Match: The Planet’s Tag Team Champions & The Revival VS The Usos & The New Day!
Washington is still Daniel Bryan Country! The SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions combine forces to take on respective challengers as Jimmy & Jey join forces with Big E & Xavier Woods! Will Dash & Dawson help Bryan & Rowan restore the prestige to WWE’s tag team division? Or will they be no match for positivity and the penitentiary?
Raw returns as the #TopGuys make their entrance, followed by The New Day! Usos break it down: champions VS challengers! “The Little Rascals” and “Spongebob and Patrick” team up but they’ll get locked down! But in this elimination match, once one member of a duo is eliminated, so is his partner! Who will end up at a major disadvantage first?
Teams sort out and Bryan starts against Woods. Woods doesn’t mind that the fans cheer for Bryan, but then Scott Dawson tags in on his own. Dawson says it’s okay, he’ll get this done. He nudges Bryan but Bryan pushes back. Dawson and Woods tie up, and Dawson gets a headlock takeover. Woods gets up and powers Dawson. Tag to Big E and Big E runs Dawson over! Woods holds Dawson in place for Big E’s SPLASH, with a leg drop added! Cover, TWO! Big E keeps on Dawson and whips to scoop. But Dawson slips out and tags Rowan. Big E suplexes Dawson but gets run over by Rowan! Rowan hits Woods and then throws Big E with a sit-out urenage! The Usos come in but get sent out by Rowan alone! Big Red Splash FLOPS!
Fans rally and Bryan tags in, as does Woods. Woods dodges, slides, and mule kicks. Woods whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to then run and leaping lariat! Washington fires up as Bryan clotheslines Woods out. The Revival cheer Bryan, too, as he DIVES to hit- Dawson!? Woods got clear, but then he runs into Bryan’s forearm! Bryan climbs up fast, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Kip-up and fire up! Bryan aims at Woods, to give him Yes Kicks! He aims the buzzsaw but misses! Woods waistlocks but Bryan standing switches to roll up! TWO, and Dash uppercuts Bryan!? Woods rolls Bryan up, The New Day ELIMINATE The Planet’s Tag Team Champions! The Revival’s pettiness may have just cost them!
Dawson goes at Woods but Woods reverses the whip. Dash tags in and Dawson puts Woods out. Woods hits Dash back then kicks Dawson. Woods springboards, into a SHATTER MACHINE! The Revival ELIMINATE The New Day!! Things are evened up in a blink of an eye! Will the Usos be able to avenge the New Day after the break?
Raw returns as The Usos DOUBLE FLY! They take out both Dash & Dawson! They throw hands then put Dash in. Dawson runs but gets a double back drop! Fans rally for the Usos but Dash puts Jey on the apron. Jey kicks back then climbs up for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dash flounders but blocks Jey’s kick, and ducks the dragon whip! Jimmy tags in and Jey reverses the whip, Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dash keeps The Revival alive, but Jimmy keeps moving. Jimmy climbs but Dash springs up. Jimmy jumps over and Dash hits Jey, only to gt a SUPERKICK! Then Jimmy pop, lock and uppercuts! He ducks the clothesline but leaps into Dash’s powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash grows furious that Jimmy survives!
Fans rally up as Dash and Jimmy are on the apron. Dash throws hands and pulls off Jimmy’s shirt to CHOP him. Jimmy headbutts back! Jimmy gets in but his superkick is countered to an Electric Chair! Dawson tags in and climbs up top, Electric Chair Bulldog! Cover, TWO!! Dawson argues with the ref, but two is two. Dawson stomps Jimmy but fans rally up. Jimmy counter punches but Dawson shoves him away. Dawson blocks the kick but still gets the dragon whip! Jimmy climbs up but Dawson stops him with a forearm! Dawson climbs up but Jey tags in. Dawson punched Jey down and calls for Dash. Dash climbs the other corner, but Jey shoves Dash down! Jey climbs up on Dash, SUPERPLEX from Dawson to Jimmy, but Jey SPLASHES down! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The New Day & The Usos, Jey Uso pinning
The Usos win it for their team, but most importantly, this means they beat the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Jimmy & Jey head to Extreme Rules with a championship match on the card?
Raw found Braun Strowman warming up for his Tug of War match.
The Monster Among Men has already proven he’s strong enough to flip a semi truck, but now he shows that he can tow one, too! That’s roughly 8 tons! Can Bobby Lashley stand against such strength?
Raw presents Miz TV!
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show returns, and his guests are at the center of the most exciting title chase in recent history: The WWE 24/7 Championship! Yes, it is Carmella and R-Truth! The Fabulous Princess walks out with the now 7-time champion, but Miz assures him the interview is a pause on the 24/7 rules. In just a month, this WWE 24/7 Championship has led mobs of superstars all over the world, from a golf course, a tarmac, on an airplane over the Red Sea, and perhaps wildest of all, Drake Maverick’s wedding. Miz shares the YouTube footage from over the weekend, and poor Maverick having his special day ruined with a roll-up.
Back in the present, Miz is shocked! A wedding? Really? Really! This old gag returns after however long. And the fans support it? Yes! Truth thanks them! But he explains to Miz that the 48/7 European TV Championship “ain’t no joke, bruh!” Truth has been barely able to eat, drink or be merry, “if you know what I mean.” He can’t go shopping, he can’t go to picnics, without looking over his shoulder. Truth even has WWE Superstars showing up at his house! Dressing like police, “Sir! Please turn your music down! Your car is on fire!” Yeah right. Truth’s smarter than that. Carmella translates that while the wedding crashing was extreme, the title is that important to him. Wait, here comes Drake Maverick!
A dejected Rockstar Spud says winning that title was the biggest moment of his career, and his wedding was supposed to be the biggest moment of his life, and Truth ruined both of them! His new wife won’t talk to him or go on their honeymoon. And that means they haven’t… “consummated the marriage!” Fiber’s good for that. No, Truth, not constipated… Fans chant “Constipation!” Maverick talks man to man with Truth, asking for a rematch. No shenanigans, just a straight up match right here and now on Raw, to see if Maverick can win back the love of his back. Yeah, let him win his wife back. No, the title!!
Miz is getting information in his ear. If Truth accepts, then it is with a ban from ringside for anyone else. Fans want to see it! Truth accepts Hornswoggle’s challenge! Miz shouts for a ref, and we’ll get this after the break!
WWE 24/7 Championship: R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Drake Maverick!
Raw returns as the bell rings, and Maverick fires off on Truth! Truth shoves Maverick away and hits the Lie Detector! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; still WWE 24/7 Champion
Well that didn’t last long. Surely Maverick was still hungover from the reception. But now that the match is over, the floodgates open!! Truth doesn’t see it in time, and now he’s surrounded! He manages to knock down EC3 and a few others, then ducks Gran Metalik’s springboard dropkick! Truth kicks Metalik and throws him out onto his amigos! But No Way Jose slips in! Truth avoids the roll-up, but not the NEURALIZER! Cedric Alexander covers, but No Way Jose breaks it up!
Alexander and Jose brawl but the Lucha House Party piles on. Truth and Carmella retreat through the WWE Universe! Truth has the title now, but will he finish Raw with it?
As for Maverick, he stands up, but is clearly distraught. Charly Caruso gets in the ring to ask him about this tough week. Where does he go from here? (Other than just staying 205 Live GM) He can’t really bring the words out, so he simply takes his leave.
Lacey and Corbin talk backstage.
She wants to be Raw Women’s Champion, so he better- Yes, he knows. Rollins has been a thorn in Corbin’s side, too. Coribn will enjoy stomping Rollins out. They need to keep their heads in the game. Rollins is treated like he’s Superman, but Superman has his kryptonite. And for Rollins, it’s Becky. Take her out then they’ll both get the titles. And they might even be a power couple of their own.
2v1 Handicap Match: Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre VS Roman Reigns!
The Best in the World couldn’t screw The Big Dog out of a Stomping Grounds victory, so now he and the Scottish Terminator try again together! Can Roman again rise up and defy the odds? Or is this deck finally stacked enough to stop him?
Wait, Shane makes sure it is clear this is the kind of Handicap Match with no tagging! Now Roman really will have to overcome both Shane and McIntyre at the same time. He doesn’t seem to care as he makes his entrance, though. Roman uppercuts Shane the second he gets in the ring! The bell rings and McIntyre throws Roman in a corner! McIntyre clubs away on Roman and throws in big knees. Roman hits back with big hands of his own, until McIntyre shoves him away. Roman clotheslines McIntyre out but Shane comes back with body shots! But Roman backs Shane into a corner and rams his shoulder in! BIG uppercut! But McIntyre drags Roman out to throw him into barriers! And then more barriers! And then the steel steps!
Shane joins McIntyre on the outside to stomp Roman. McIntyre drags Roman to bounce him off the base steps! And then picks up the other steps while Shane holds Roman up. Shane feeds Roman to McIntyre’s step battering ram! McIntyre drags Roman into the ring and both he and Shane stalk Roman. Fans duel as McIntyre sits Roman up for Shane’s kick! Shane kicks Roman more then McIntyre stomps him. McIntyre drags Roman up, and Shane whips Roman into a CLAYMORE! But that’s not enough for Shane, he has McIntyre bring Roman up again. McIntyre whips Roman at Shane, for Shane’s SPEAR! Shane again steals Roman’s move, but Shane still won’t end it. He has McIntyre take aim again, for a second CLAYMORE!
And that’s still not enough! Shane climbs to a corner while McIntyre holds Roman, but a gong!? The lights go down, and then come back on, with The UNDERTAKER! He catches Shane, for a CHOKE SLAM! Taker boots McIntyre then fires off fast hands in the corner! Taker DECKS McIntyre, then clotheslines him out! Shane staggers up, but Taker clotheslines Shane out! The Deadman just saved Roman Reigns from Shane and McIntyre! Fans are thunderous as Taker slashes the throat, eyes rolled back. Taker strikes his famous pose and the dark light shines! Is Taker here to finally end The Best in the World?
Tug of War: Bobby Lashley VS Braun Strowman!
The Monster Among Men won an arm wrestling contest, which Lashley took very sorely. Then Strowman beat Lashley at Super Showdown, which Lashley also took sorely. But now the Rocky Mountain Machine wants to see just how strong Strowman truly is in this old school test! Lashley used a telephone pole for his training, and tore the rope apart! Will that happen to this rope here tonight? Or will one titan fall to the other before that happens?
Fans fire up as each man goes to their corner. They chant “Get These Hands!” as each man straps in. The ribbon is centered with the red line, and the bell rings! Lashley gets an early advantage, but Strowman holds tight. Strowman digs in so hard, the mat carpet is coming up! Strowman is mere inches from the red line, but he grins! Was he toying with Lashley!? Strowman reels Lashley all the way over!
Winner: Braun Strowman
But Lashly is again a sore loser as he goes after Strowman with clubbing hands and stomps! Lashley throws Strowman into a post! Then he grab the rope to pull Strowman back! The rope blinds Strowman as it goes across his eyes! Lashley finally lets go, and Strowman slumps out of the ring. But Lashley isn’t done, he goes out and runs around the corner, only for Strowman to BLAST him off his feet! Lashley gets up to blast Strowman into barriers! Lashley boasts like he won, but he still hasn’t beat Strowman in a match. Will he change that the next time these two meet?
Backstage interview with AJ Styles.
The Phenomenal One is cleared to compete, and he’s ready to go! But as great as rehab was, why is he after Ricochet so soon? Because sitting at home was killing him. But now there’s a new WWE United States Champion. The match Ricochet had with Samoa Joe was so incredible- Wait why is No Way Jose’s music playing? Styles sees Gallows and Anderson in the conga line!! They’re just partying, good brother. But what about preparing for the Viking Raiders?! Oh AJ, it ain’t nothing but a G&A Thing. They’ve talked about this!
No, he talked about this. They’re still at the top of their game. Like when they lost to the Usos? Come on! Where is the NJPW Gallows & Anderson? The Club!! Where are the former Raw Tag Team Champions? What happened? Well what happened to Styles!? Gallows calms Anderson, and vows they will take the fight to the Raiders.
The Good Brothers VS The Viking Raiders!
Both these teams held gold while in NJPW, but it seems only one team has held onto that mean streak that made them champions. Can Gallows and Anderson bring back the Doc and Machine Gun? Or will Erik & Ivar put them through a Viking Experience they’ll never forget?
Raw returns as Gallows and Anderson watch the Raiders make their entrance. The bell rings and Gallows goes right at Ivar! He kicks Ivar and throws body shots in the corner. Then a big uppercut! Gallows brings Ivar over and tags Anderson to mug Ivar. But Ivar kicks and clubs Anderson back, then tags in Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Anderson! Erik stalks Anderson to a corner and whips him corner to corner. Anderson reverses but Erik goes up and over, only to get a BIG lariat! Anderson grits his teeth as he rains down rights on Erik! He lets up at the ref’s count but brings Erik over to tag Gallows. The Club whips Erik and Gallows kicks low. Anderson clubs Erik down for Gallows to drive elbows into. Gallows then clamps on a chinlock to thrash Erik around.
Styles watches backstage and likes what he sees from his boys. Erik powers up as fans rally, and he fights out of the hold. Erik shoves but Gallows YAKUZA Kicks! Then Gallows uppercuts Ivar! Tag to Anderson, fireman’s carry, Boot of Doom! Cover, TWO! Erik survives but Anderson scowls. Anderson rains down more hands, but stops to soak up the heat. They want Styles to see this. But Erik forearms Anderson down! Tag to Ivar and Ivar runs Anderson over! Ivar hits Gallows back, but misses in the corner, to still give Anderson a seated senton! Gallows runs in but Ivar cartwheels to clotheslines Gallows out! Ivar builds speed and Erik tags in, Ivar DIVES into Gallows! Erik has Anderson, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning
And Styles is disappointed all over again. What will it take for The Club to get back on track?
Nikki Cross finds Alexa Bliss backstage.
The Goddess is clearly upset, and Nikki apologizes. Alexa isn’t mad at her, she just isn’t sure what they could do different. Nikki still takes the blame, so Alexa says they can just use that as motivation. Bayley is just that good at manipulating people. But there has to be a way to get a rematch. Yeah, they need a plan. But Alexa needs to be alone for that, so Nikki scoots away. Does Alexa already have that plan in motion?
Raw returns and Nikki ends up encountering Naomi and Natalya.
They aren’t sure how to say this, but Nikki being friends with Alexa Bliss, something is up. Alexa is not very trustworthy. Nikki sees the best in people, but they’ve seen the worst in Alexa. Yes, Nikki knows Alexa’s past but- Alexa comes by and asks what’s going on. Is Nikki betraying her with this “neon Bayley buddy”? That’s Ms. Neon to Alexa. Natty and Nikki try to keep the peace but Naomi says Nikki will just have to learn the hard way. As for Alexa, she’s gonna #FeelTheGlow the hard way. Will Naomi and Natty be able to shine some light on Alexa’s true colors?
Mojo Rawley VS Heath Slater!
We all know Heath’s got kids, and needs the money, but is taking on a shattered Mojo really the way to go about it?
But wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion returns! As does the horde of superstars chasing him! Truth gets in the ring, but now he’s a target of them as much as he others! Slater keeps out the mob but Mojo points out Kalisto. Truth sends Kalisto FLYING onto the group! And then Mojo goes after Truth! Truth dumps Mojo out but Slater hits a neckbreaker on Truth! Cover, SLATER WINS!!
Winner: Heath Slater, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
What a crazy turn of events! Slater’s got championship money coming tonight, baby! But wait, that means he’s the new target! EC3 drags him out, but Slater ducks to send EC3 into Mojo! #RunHeathRun! But wait, he ends up back in the ring as he fights of Eric Young and Titus O’Neil! Truth is waiting, LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Simply incredible! Raw has seen three WWE 24/7 Championship matches in one night!! Truth is now an 8-time champion, but the chase doesn’t stop! Cedric Alexander returns outta nowhere, to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
This is the busiest this title has been in its one month of existing! The Soul of 205 Live finally has a title on Raw, but now he has to run away with it! Alexander dodges Mojo but EC3 hits the Top One Percent! Cover, EC3 wins!!
Winner: EC3, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Ethan Carter III finally gets himself a title! But then Carmella just steals the belt?! That’s not a valid title change! But then Truth rolls EC3 up! Truth wins again!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
NINE TIMES! Truth is a NINE TIME WWE 24/7 Champion! The chase is on again, will there be even more title changes before Raw is over?
Backstage interview with WWE United States Champion, Ricochet!
The One and Only has his first title in the WWE, and it’s still surreal to him. But Ricochet knows it is a feeling he doesn’t want to let go. He will do what he can to keep this title and this feeling. It may be cliche to say, but it did take the support of his family, friends and fans to get him here. But that was Stomping Grounds. Tonight, he faces a wrestler who he has admired his entire career in AJ Styles. Styles is a trailblazer for those who aren’t the biggest but they are the most determined. Ricochet will prove to Styles and himself that he is worthy of holding this title. Will the King of Flight fly higher than ever before here tonight?
Kofi Kingston VS Sami Zayn w/ Kevin Owens!
Kofimania lives on! And he did it by falling with style as he literally leaped over Dolph Ziggler to escape the cage. Charly interviews Kofi in the ring to congratulate him again on his victory. But before she can ask anything more, Sami Zayn interrupts! He and Kevin say the softball journalism is just wasting our time. Luckily, he and Kevin came prepared. Kevin has some real questions so “Not Renee” can just leave. Time for an impromptu edition of the Sami & Kevin show! Let’s see if Kofi can keep up.
Question 1: Why is Kofi here? 2: Who does Kofi think he is? 3: Why doesn’t he just get the hell out of here?! Kofi asks them something back. Does Kevin not see the giant zit that’s bleeding? Kofi can see it all the way from the ring. Sami asks why Kofi is such a “paper champion”? Why is it that Kofi’s identity as champion is “guy that gets help from his friends?” AKA Big E and Xavier Woods, who lost to Kevin and Sami! So why does Kofi use his friends? Hey, just because the best frenemies are always on and off, doesn’t mean everyone does that, too. Kofi, Xavier and Big E are brothers! This bond can’t be broken!
And not winning by himself? But didn’t he beat Kevin at MITB by himself? And Kofi beat Ziggler by himself in that cage match. And just like that, Kofi will beat “Sam Zayn” by himself. Wow. The arrogance. “I did it all by myself!” Classic delusions of grandeur by Sami’s estimation. Sami will give Kofi a reality check! It isn’t about ego, it’s about perseverance! The WWE Championship isn’t just about Kofi but about the fans. And to be honest, Kofi is getting tired of Sami talking. So Sami should just come and get another Trouble in Paradise courtesy of THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, Champion, BABYYYYYY~! Kofi is ready, but is Sami ready?
Raw returns with the bell and Kofi circles with Sami. Kevin cheers Sami on as he wristlocks Kofi. Kofi rolls and handsprings to wrench back. Kofi picks a leg and drops a splash! Cover, TWO! Sami gets to the ropes and apron. Kevin comes by to check on Sami as he gets back in. Fans rally for Kofi but Kevin tries to start a Sami chant. Kofi and Sami tie up and Kofi waistlocks to a headlock. Sami pulls hair but the ref reprimands him. Sami throws body shots and haymakers, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Kevin cheers but fans boo as Sami comes back for more. Sami CHOPS Kofi then bumps him off buckles. Fans rally for Kofi but Sami whips Kofi corner to corner. Sami runs in but Kofi elbows him away. Kofi slips out and kicks Sami away, then springboards for ax handles!
Kofi rallies with chops and a dropkick! He keeps moving to leaping lariat Sami down! Fans fire up as Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi makes sure Kevin is watching as he aims from the corner. Kevin warns Sami, and Sami ducks the Truoble to roll Kofi up! TWO, but Sami kicks Kofi back down. Kevin argues with the ref but Sami throws hands on Kofi. Sami whips Kofi corner to corner, but Kofi springboards to dropkick Sami down! Sami rolls to ropes again, but Kofi is on him with another whip. Kofi jumps but Sami bails out. Sami regroups with Kevin, but Kofi slides out. Sami dodges and hotshots Kofi down! Kevin gets cheap shots in! And then jogs away to get away with it. Sami goes out to fetch Kofi into the ring as Kevin applauds.
Sami stalks Kofi and rains down hands into Kofi’s head. He wraps Kofi in a chinlock but fans rally up. Kofi gets up and fights out but Sami punches him back. Sami whips and runs Kofi over with forearms! Sami toys with Kofi and brings him up for more hands. He whips Kofi but Kofi clotheslines Sami back! Fans rally up as Kofi slowly stands. KOfi counter punches Sami and backs him down. Kofi whips but Sami reverses to kick and punch Kofi back down. Saim runs but Kofi leaps on him! Kofi rains down furious rights! Then runs back in, but gets an exploder into buckles! Kevin shouts for Sami to cover and Sami does, TWO! Sami and Kevin grow frustrated but Sami keeps on Kofi in the corner.
Sami hoists Kofi up top but Kofi fights back! Kofi then adjusts and leaps, but Sami gets clear. Kofi lands on his feet but gets a Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Sami and Kevin are shocked that Kofi survives! But Sami aims and runs corner to corner, to get leaping double stomps! Fans rally up again and Kofi runs at Sami, but is put on the apron. Kofi punches back then springboards, into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives again and Sami grows frustrated. Sami drags Kofi up, waistlocks, but Kofi resists the lift. Kofi punches away on Sami, but Sami reels him in, Blue Thunder gets a sunset flip counter! Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall
Sami and Kevin are stunned! Kofi proves he can get it done on his own, but Kevin gets on the mic. If Kofi thinks he’s so great, then he needs to prove it more! Have a match with Kevin Owens, right here and now! Kofi considers it, and figures why not! Kofi goes back to the ring for another match! Is he going to complete the sweep after the break?
Kofi Kingston VS Kevin Owens w/ Sami Zayn!
Raw returns as Kofimania goes for a double header! The bell rings and Sami distracts! Kofi falls for it, and gets a SUPERKICK from Kevin! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON onto knees! Kofi saves himself there and Kevin goes to the corner. Kofi and Kevin both stand, SUPERKICK! Kevin covers, TWO! Kevin grimaces as he drags Kofi up, and whips him, to a Pop-up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi sends Kevin out but Kevin drags Kofi out. Kevin kicks and prepares a bomb, but Kofi back drops Kevin down! Both men are down and crawling around while Sami lurks nearby. Kofi runs at Kevin but is sent into the barriers! Kevin runs at Kofi but gets an SOS to the ramp! Both men are down again but Kofi crawls to the ring.
Kofi gets in at 9, Kevin is down! The count hits 10, and Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by count-out
But Sami is right on Kofi! Kofi throws Sami out and Sami is with Kevin, as Kofi FLIES!! Kofi still has so much left despite all he’s been through, but is he going to hit a wall sooner or later?
But wait! Samoa Joe attacks Kofi on the stage!! Joe drags Kofi up to throw him into LED panels! And then swings him around to slam him back into them! Joe drags Kofi up for an urenage! Kofi writhes while Joe looms over him. Joe leaves and the referees bring But Joe attacks again! With the Coquina Clutch!! Kofi is out cold, and Joe finally leaves him alone. Is the Samoan Submission Machine going to be the one to end Kofi’s dream come true?
Raw announces a HUGE Extreme Rules PPV match!
After the Undertaker returned to save Roman Reigns, they will team up to take on Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre! Will the Yard truly belong to The Deadman and the Big Dog? Or will the Best in the World and his Scottish Terminator find a way to stack the deck in their favor?
Naomi VS Alexa Bliss w/ Nikki Cross!
The Goddess failed to bring the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Raw, but she still claims it is because Bayley is a bully and a liar. But Naomi and Natalya know Alexa is all that and more, it’s just a matter of getting Nikki to see that. Will this match do a lot to expose Alexa’s true intentions? Or will the wool still be pulled over the eyes of Crazy Cross?
The bell rings and Naomi SLAPS Alexa! Alexa swings but Naomi splits to dodge! Alexa runs into a kick and another slap! Naomi runs into a big lariat! Alexa scowls as she looms over Naomi. She goes to pick Naomi up but Naomi kip-ups! So Alexa throws Naomi down! Cover, ONE! Alexa grows annoyed, but she stands on Naomi’s hair. Naomi kicks Alexa away! Then kicks her legs out, to drop the splits leg drop! Cover, TWO! Alexa scrambles away and regroups with Nikki. But Naomi runs and baseball slides, to WRECK Nikki! That was not her intent but Alexa did dodge. Alexa gets back in and catches Naomi with the Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall
The Goddess doesn’t seem that torn up about Nikki getting hit. But then she goes after Naomi more! She stomps Naomi down and tells Nikki to get hers in. Alexa keeps kicking Naomi then brings her up for Nikki. Nikki doesn’t understand, but she does shove Naomi and Alexa down. Here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts runs off Alexa and Nikki to defend Naomi. Is this going to settle down after the break?
Naomi & Natalya VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
Raw returns and now it’s friends against friends! Nikki still doesn’t seem sure about this, but she starts against Naomi. Naomi dropkicks Nikki down then brings her over to the corner. Natty tags in and she rolls Nikki, ONE! Natty keeps on Nikki with a snap suplex, then another. Nikki gets up and avoids a third, then hops on for a thrashing sleeper hold! Natty throws Nikki off, then hits a discus lariat! Cover, TWO! Natty keeps on Nikki but Nikki headbutts back. Tag to Alexa and Alexa grabs Natty, only for Natty to power her all the way back! Natty rams knees in then tags in Naomi. Naomi puts on a full nelson and thrashes her about. Alexa endures but gets a Full Nelson bomb! Body scissor cradle, TWO!
Naomi keeps on Alexa with a facelock, then bulldogs her into buckles. Tag to Natty and Natty rebound sits Alexa down. Natty runs on Alexa but Nikki blocks her path. Alexa DECKS Natty with a right! Cover, TWO! Nikki rallies for Alexa while Alexa wraps Natty in a chinlock. Natty endures as fans rally up. Natty fights her way up and fights out of the hold, then scoops Alexa for a Michinoku Driver! Both women are down but Natty crawls to a cover, TWO! Nikki still roots Alexa on as Natty clubs away. Natty snap suplexes Alexa down then drags her up for another. Natty drags Alexa around and wants the sharpshooter, but Alexa powers out! Tag to Nikki! Nikki rallies on Natty with furious forearms! She throws Natty into Naomi! Then splashes on Natty in the corner, to a bulldog! Cover, TWO!
Nikki keeps moving, going to the ropes. She shoulders and slingshots in for a dropkick! Then she hurries up top, and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki doesn’t slow down, she fires up more. She brings Natty to their corner and Alexa tags in. Natty fights back, but Alexa lets Nikki take care of Natty with The Purge! Alexa covers, Alexa and Nikki win!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning
Nikki is still confused, but only because Alexa let her do all the work. Though, Alexa did do a lot of work against Naomi in their singles match. Are they going to work like this all the way to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
Ricochet VS AJ Styles!
Raw brings us this incredible first-time-anywhere match-up! And while it isn’t for the WWE United States Championship, surely a win would mean the Phenomenal One is back at the front of the line for the title he once held. But with how hard he fought to get here, will the One and Only only fight that much harder to be better than phenomenal?
The bell rings and Styles circles with Ricochet. They tie up as fans duel and Styles powers Ricochet to a corner. The ref calls for a break and Styles backs off. Styles and Ricochet circle again and tie up again. Ricochet wrenches and wristlocks, but Styles rolls and handsprings to reverse it. Ricochet works to do the same but Styles catches him to a headlock! Styles has Ricochet on the mat but Ricochet rolls to a cover, ONE! Ricochet rolls again and Styles lets go. Styles runs into an arm-drag, and then another! Styles stays back to avoid a third, and fans cheer the exchange.
But here come Anderson & Gallows down the ramp. Ricochet is wary of The Club being here in Styles corner now. He and Styles tie up again, and Ricochet headlocks. Styles powers out but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet has to worry about Anderson swiping at him, but Styles is just as surprised. This isn’t what he meant when he said they should take things more seriously. Styles can do this on his own! He even gets on the mic to tell them they’re not ruining this. He wants them to leave, and now. The Club backs off to leave Styles be. Raw goes to break, will Anderson & Gallows really honor Styles wishes?
Raw returns once again, and it really is just Styles and Ricochet now. They tie up again, and Ricochet waistlocks. Styles standing switches, but Ricochet does, too. Ricochet headlocks, and holds on as Styles tries to power out. Fans duel again as Styles gets back up. Styles throws forearms and back suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet. Ricochet runs and rolls off Styles’ back, then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick Styles down! Cover, ONE! Ricochet keeps on Styles with haymakers in the corner. Ricochet wrenches and brings Styles to the mat. Styles gets up but Ricochet wrenches again, then tucks Styles in for a modified standing stretch. Ricochet makes it a cover, TWO!
Styles powers Ricochet to a corner! Ricochet forearms back but Styles CHOPS back! Ricochet throws another forearm but Styles rocks him with a right! Styles shakes it off while bringing Ricochet up for a CHOP! He whips but Ricochet rolls off his back again, only to get a PELE! Styles brings Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. He rams his shoulder into Ricochet, then snapmares him for a swift kick to the back. Fans duel while Styles grimaces through a scratched and bloody face. Styles drags Ricochet up again but Ricochet blocks the suplex. Ricochet fights back with forearms, but runs into a back drop! Styles looms over Ricochet before bringing him up for a stiff forearm! Ricochet hits back and then dropkicks Styles down!
Styles bails out but Ricochet runs, to FLY! Direct hit but a bit double-edged! Ricochet gets up to get Styles back in the ring. Ricochet covers, ONE! Styles gets to a corner but Ricochet is on him with a snapmare. Ricochet runs and hits a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Styles. Styles kicks Ricochet back and snap suplexes him into buckles! Cover, TWO! Ricochet is dazed but still in this. Styles keeps his cool as he stalks behind Ricochet. Styles clamps on a chinlock and bends Ricochet back in a pseudo Camel Clutch. Ricochet endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up behind him.
Ricochet stands and fights out with body shots and uppercuts. He backs Styles into a corner then whips, but Styles reverses. Styles runs in but into a boot! Ricochet runs, ducks and dropkick-flips! Styles back hands but Ricochet PELES Styles! Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stand. Ricochet counter punches Styles, then throws forearms and CHOPS! He whips Styles but Styles reverses again, only to get a forearm! Ricochet keeps moving to huricanrana Styles! Styles goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in, shoulder tackle! Then springboard, flying clothesline! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Ricochet can’t believe it! Ricochet keeps his cool, though, and gets Styles up.
Styles blocks the suplex, so Ricochet throws hands. Styles escapes the suplex and returns to the corner. He elbows Ricochet back then hops up, but Ricochet gets under the moonsault! Only to run into a scoop, inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet lives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles gets up and stalks Ricochet again. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet counters to a jackknife cover, TWO! Ricochet boots but misses, and Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! High stack cover, TWO!! Styles is still frustrated but still focused. He brings Ricochet up but Ricochet uppercuts him away! Ricochet baits Styles into a corner and gives him a back elbow. Ricochet CHOPS then suplexes, twisting neckbreaker! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!!
Ricochet’s frustration starts to boil over as Styles survives. But he drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top. Ricochet aims, 630 but he has to bail out! Styles forearms Ricochet away, springboard to the PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
And the Phenomenal One beats the champion! Styles takes the belt, but helps Ricochet up. Styles shows Ricochet respect by raising his hand. But is this just the first time we’ll be seeing both men in the ring together? Will Extreme Rules have an even greater rematch?
Stomping Grounds surprised us with a lot of great stuff, and Raw follows up with some great action, too! Though, they do get the slightly disappointing part out of the way early in further recycling the rivalries of Rollins-Corbin and Becky-Lacey. Extreme Rules gives us a Mixed Tag match that should be pretty fun, and the creative part is that it’s for both the WWE Universal and Raw Women’s Championships. It sounds like it won’t be something more like a No Disqualifications match, because I’d love to see Becky and Rollins smack away on Lacey and Corbin side by side with kendo sticks. It’d make that match worth it since there’s no way Corbin and Lacey win those titles. And it probably keeps Lesnar from cashing in, too, since Becky would be there to back up Rollins.
I guess we’re still recycling Strowman VS Lashley, too. Their tug of war was a fun bit, but Strowman sure is sweeping Lashley in everything. I wonder if this means we see the return of a Bull Rope Match, and not the kind where they need to tag the corners. These two whipping each other with the rope, using the rope to “choke” each other, that might be what this feud needs to end decisively. And then one of these guys can start challenging for a title again, depending on who has what after Extreme Rules. Probably the Universal Championship to give Rollins some competition but also to be thrown in the mix with Lesnar and that MITB cash-in. Strowman and Lashley both daring Lesnar to try would be pretty good stuff to carry Raw to Summerslam.
Teaming up the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions was a pretty good match for tonight, after what we got before Stomping Grounds. I just wish it wasn’t the kind of elimination match where one member means the whole team. But given what else we got tonight, the time constraints were surely why, and perhaps for the greater good. With the Heels not working together well, I still hope this turns things into a story for all the titles. These four teams, and perhaps throw in the Viking Raiders and Heavy Machinery for a massive Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championship #WinnersTakeAll match would be great for Extreme Rules or Summerslam. How else are the Planet’s Tag Team Champions supposed to save the division?
I think the best thing Raw did tonight was the WWE 24/7 Championship stuff. I wish Maverick had put up more of a fight, but perhaps this prompts something big on 205 Live. Then the rest of the action was amazing, with the multiple title changes and Truth racking up the title reigns. It was incredibly creative for it to invade a scheduled match, I’m surprised they didn’t try that sooner. I don’t know if we even need anything more on SmackDown, this was great. The second best thing was Undertaker returning to Raw to go after Shane and McIntyre! It isn’t really clear why, but maybe it leads to something even better, like Taker VS Roman at Survivor Series for Taker’s 30th anniversary and actual last match.
It’s pretty clear Raw still needs SmackDown to help since Kofi pulled double duty. It’s great build for his reign, but it’s just a shame Vince didn’t schedule a Raw-exclusive story here. Joe going after Kofi was pretty great, though, and I would love if Kofi VS Joe got to be the Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules the PPV. In order for Kofi to establish himself, he needs someone as vicious as Joe to overcome. Though, it would be nice if there was a SmackDown superstar that could’ve done it. But at the same time, it’ll be like Alexa VS Bayley, teasing that Raw could end up owning both belts. Styles VS Ricochet was great, and Styles’ story with the Club is taking interesting turns. Ricochet VS Styles has to be the US Championship match, I just hope it’s Styles who turns instead of the Club turning on him.
My Score: 8.3/10
(NOAH) WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.40 ~ 23RD JUNE 2019
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
NOAH is in a tiny transition between tournaments this week. Hisame brings us the updates in preparation for the Global Junior Tag League!
In between “Global Junior Tag League” ending on the 13th June, and “Global Junior Tag League” starting on the 27th June, NOAH held a small interim tour of only three days. In the past these tours would have names like “Navigation with Spirits”, “Navigation to The Future” (or my personal favorite “Navigation on Stormy Seas”), but sadly LIDET have done away with these, and now all the interim tours are simply “NOAH The Spirit”.
It should be mentioned that all the tours have had excellent attendances with full houses each night, and this has given a tremendous morale boost to NOAH.
Yoshiki Inamura and his “rival” Kinya Okada faced off on the first night in Aizu, with the more experienced Inamura picking up the win. The rest of the tour was Inamura teaming with Kongoh, and Okada having matches with seniors like Daisuke Harada & Masao Inoue.
Junta Miyawaki faced his seniors (and lost to them) starting with Hi69 in Aizu on the 19th, Naomichi Marufuji on the 22nd and Atsushi Kotoge on the 23rd. Kotoge’s unanimated lack of expression and unusual calm demeanor is starting to scare people…
Miyawaki showed his first element of defiance, by refusing to shake hands with Marufuji. It’s rare for Miyawaki to act in this way towards his seniors (I can’t imagine this happening to Misawa had he asked Marufuji for one at that age and at that point in his career, then again 2001 was a very different world).
Hitoshi Kumano had his first singles match ever with Takashi Sugiura on the 22nd June in Nagano, and said that he was so happy about facing his hero, he couldn’t sleep. Nothing was going to mute this excitement, even the fact that he lost to him.
RATELS entered into their usual squabble about Global Junior League (this happens every year, with Tadasuke threatening to poison everyone last year, but this year he yelled out to whoever was listening, that he would win), with Daisuke Harada saying he was going to win in the backstage interview.
Naturally, this did go down well with the others, with Tadasuke walking off over it, and then coming back to point and yell at Harada that it was HIS victory that would happen.
On the 22nd June, YO-HEY lost to Yoshinari Ogawa, and Tadasuke became irate and started yelling. Harada got into the ring to try and calm the situation, but this only made Tadasuke angrier and he left (still shouting), although he later apologized and said he was disappointed.
RATELS seemed to have patched up their differences by the 23rd, but again no one wanted to trust each other, and in their post match interview, when they went to do their handshake they all jumped back into a defensive pose with their fists raised. Even HAYATA (who is in Block B), and was smirking at the others arguing with each other, joined in.
Kaito Kiyomiya, Shuhei Taniguchi (and various other partners) faced Kongoh each night. The record stands with Kiyomiya having two victories over the group in three nights, the third was when Kenoh pinned Hi69 following the foostomp.
On the final night of tour, Kaito Kiyomiya spoke on the microphone, and hinted that he and Taniguchi may team up together to take the tag belts. One of his dreams was to hold both championships.
Kenoh’s tri-weekly column was back to talk about the Misawa Memorial show, his rants against others, his shock at Atsushi Aoki’s death, and KENTA’S return to Japanese wrestling (albeit New Japan), or as he put it “that man has returned”.
Kenoh (who says he respects KENTA, despite his rant) says that he will make NOAH a place that KENTA will want to come home to, as well as making him regret that he ever chose New Japan over “his home”. Naturally, Kenoh wouldn’t be able to keep his ire at Marufuji supporting KENTA out of it, and said that Marufuji’s message of support to him was Marufuji saying “anything to be popular”.
Both Marufuji and KENTA responded to Kenoh in different ways.
In usual talkative style, Marufuji posted a picture of Kenoh’s article with graphics over it, with a message that didn’t really translate too well but basically saying there was nothing wrong with being supportive, and hinting at a secret (and for good measure he called him “Kenoh-kun”, which he knows will wind him up)
KENTA, in usual quiet style, made no comment, and simply posted a picture of the column to his Instagram story.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
- GHC Junior Champion: Minoru Tanaka
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and KAZMA SAKAMOTO)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: Stinger (Kotaro Suzuki & Yoshinari Ogawa)
~ Go Shiozaki got stuck in his jacket
~ YO-HEY wouldn’t let HAYATA leave during the post match interview in Aizu
~ Hitoshi Kumano said he is aiming to have a body that does not lose to the heavyweights, but would cause havoc amongst the juniors
~ Takashi Sugiura photographed Masao Inoue at the urinal (again)
~ Yoshinari Ogawa held a training session for the roster at Takaoka, Toyama before the event started. He taught Kaito Kiyomiya and the new trainee.
~ IPW have mentioned that Daisuke Harada will be defending the IPW Junior Heavyweight title, but have said that NOAH will make the announcement.
~ Naomichi Marufuji’s search for a tag partner continues.
~ In Aizu, AXIS wore t-shirts with “AIZU” on them.
~ Hitoshi Kumano can be considered the unofficial third member of AXIZ.
Riki Choshu’s Power Hall (featuring Go Shiozaki and Yoshiki Inamura) will be broadcast live on the 26th June on Samurai at 6.30pm
The opening night of Global Junior League (Thursday 27th June 2019, Korakuen Hall) broadcast at Friday 5th July on Samurai.
“The long days of summer are just around the corner: the stories behind the famous photograph of June 2000”
Global Junior League: Mini interview with YO-HEY
Global Junior League: Mini interview with Minoru Tanaka
The Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Ten Year Event, and “The Future of Noah”, presented by 22 year old Kaito Kiyomiya
“It’s been ten years since Mitsuharu Misawa died” ~ Keiji Mutoh’s memories
PICTURE CREDITS: Noah GHC, KENTA, PKDX
GIF CREDIT: Noah GHC
Newsletter by Hisame