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
Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.28.2021
The second day contains all of the championship matches! Heavyweight Tags, Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight matches! Plus a triple threat for the vacant Junior Heavy title!
The second day contains all of the championship matches! Heavyweight Tags, Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight matches! Plus a triple threat for the vacant Junior Heavy title!
With the anniversary show a few days away, the Junior Heavyweight will be even more sought after due to the nature of the Heavyweight versus Junior champ main event. Aside from the title matches we get another CHAOS versus Bullet Club match and what could be the culmination of this United Empire going after TenCozy storyline.
Now let’s see exactly how much better today’s show if from yesterday!
- TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay): Kojima wins via Cozy Lariat @6:56 – *** ¼
- Bullet Club (EVIL, Jay White & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada): Okada wins via Money Clip @8:35 – ** ½
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto): G.o.D. retains via Gun Stun @15:46 – ** ¾
- NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan: Tanahashi retains via Crucifix Cradle @18:44 – *** ¼
- -VACANT- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado vs El Phantasmo vs BUSHI: Despy wins via Pinche Loco @23:12 – *** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito: Ibushi retains via Kamigoye @27:50 – *** ¾
TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay)
Jeff & Will started right before the bell, but their inexperience as a team started to bleed through early. Cobb held the veterans on the outside for a Plancha from Ospreay, but TenCozy moved mid-flight and Ospreay crashed into Cobb. The during the Machine Gun chops in the corner, Jeff turned it around on Kojima while Will was pinned in the corner, but Kojima ducked and Cobb struck Will.
After that, the United Empire started putting it all together, but they made one fatal mistake. Cobb and Ospreay kept mocking Tenzan’s inability to use the Mongolian Chops by going back and forth using Mongolian Chops on him. A man can only take so many insults, so Tenzan fires and rips off some…Osaka Windmill Chops; then we see the TenCozy Cutter, but the United Empire makes the save.
Tenzan takes Ospreay out of the ring after an Anaconda Buster, Kojima winds up for the Cozy Lariat, Cobb hits a Superkick to stop him, goes for Tour of the Islands…but Kojima slips out! COZY LARIAT! And…wait the veterans won?! Interesting.
Bullet Club (EVIL, Jay White & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada)
This match played off yesterday’s show, and thankfully the only one that drove this match was the only match to matter. Ishii’s ribs are still messed up, so Bullet Club took turns isolating the Stone Pitbull and working him over. Stiff strikes, standing on his ribs in the corner, just a giant target on Ishii’s body.
When Ishii finally tagged out, we got a small taste of Yano’s…unique stylings, and then Okada looked to finish things. Everyone came in, did the signature spam with Ishii getting a little payback on White, but generally White looked great in this match. Okada ends up with Chase as the legal competitors, counters the Jewel Heist, locks in the terrible Money Clip and Chase taps.
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)
So the first few minutes of this match really hurt the overall impression. YOSHI-HASHI got Powerbombed and decided to take a nap. It was one of the most awkward situations with the ref checking on HASHI over and over again with no real indication that it was a sell or a momentary knock out.
HASHI was moving at the speed of smell, which made his first tag take forever and look a little dumb with Loa trying to sell but everyone including Stevie Wonder could see it just took too long. Maybe he got some smelling salts after the tag out since he finally showed some first when he came back in, but once again, YOSHI-HASHI is the problem with the match.
It started to pick up, the match got hectic in a fun way with tandem moves from everyone and if the first few minutes didn’t happen, this would’ve been quite solid. The misdirection/counter wrestling between Tama and Goto was great, the fact that it ended with a small heel tactic and not being overdone was nice. Plus with the Magic Killer not ending the match for the Guerrillas, and Tama winning with the Gun Stun; this could be a little obvious foreshadowing for the Good Brothers.
NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan
A lot of the story going into this was Yota Tsuji’s allegiances and if he’d turn on his main senpai Hiroshi Tanahashi. It’s a good thing there were those psychological wrinkles, since the chemistry between these two, still leaves something to be desired.
Early transitions were a bit clunky, but O-Khan’s strategy was sound enough to attack the legs and reference back to moves we’ve seen Tanahashi lose to. O-Khan had most of the momentum before Tanahashi catches him, goes for Slingblade, but O-Khan gets the referee in the way. So now we see the decision moment for Tsuji, does he give a chair to O-Khan, or help his senpai?
Tsuji decides to slide in the chair to Tanahashi and O-Khan is livid. O-Khan still has a few chances to win, including a nice Claw Hold Back Breaker, which he spins out into a Claw Hold Side Effect. But as he goes for The Eliminator, Tanahashi hits the flying Crucifix and rolls him into the pinfall, retaining the NEVER championship!
-VACANT- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado vs El Phantasmo vs BUSHI
Early on this was a little paint by numbers. Counters, a few signature spots to get early advantages, but the match didn’t pick up until ELP tried to take out Desperado. ELP and Despy fight up the ramp, ELP rips the mask to expose Despy’s head and pulls out the Jerry Lynn special, Cradle Piledriver right into the ramp!
ELP takes the ripped mask as a trophy, and we see a singles match between BUSHI and ELP for a good bit of time. BUSHI proves to be as stubborn as other Tetsuya’s in LIJ, and takes it to ELP fairly well. BUT – that’s not the story here. Desperado starts slowly making his way back to the ring with a new mask. Desperado comes in and goes on a warpath after ELP. Stiff looking strikes, dives that take out both of his opponents, and just an unbridled rage that makes him focus on ELP.
This of course allows for BUSHI to pick some solid spots, and after Despy returns the match really picks up. It’s also great to ELP’s heel tendencies where he takes moves from higher profile people just to turn the knife. Styles Clash, V-Trigger, an attempted One Winged Angel, Sweet Chin Music, the Undertaker arm fold pin cover, and it’s just good entertainment.
BUSHI has a great count break up where he just grabs Marty Asami’s arm to prevent the 3. BUSHI sets up for MX, but he gets caught with Sudden Death…and rolls out of the ring. So ELP has to go back to a now slowly coming back up Desperado, ELP charges, gets caught with a big right hand and not 1 but 2 Pinche Locos!
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 28, 2021
El Desperado finally wins the Junior Title, and after such a great 2020 and start to 2021, it’s well deserved.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito
Naito focused on mat wrestling in the beginning, and it was all in effort to get to Ibushi’s knees to bring the match to parity. With Naito having well documented bad knees (including miss time during the Road to), Naito had to work to make things more even.
We see a lot of old threads get pulled on, the corner spot could reference to Naito and Omega’s G1 match, the Outside In German Suplex was something Ibushi struggled to execute before on Naito. Naito pulled out an Avalanche Diamond Dust that we don’t often see, and this was somewhat interesting. New Japan continues to implore that main events are 25+ minute matches, and lately these all drag.
Even with the fun story aspects, a few big scary spots as we’ve come to expect, the match never ascended to a great height. Naito hit Valentia and a few running Destinos, but that wasn’t enough to take out the champion. Ibushi hit Kamigoye to the back of the head, much like as Wrestle Kingdom, then we got 2 more Kamigoyes and Ibushi just falling on top of Naito for the pinfall victory!
Overall Score: 6.25/10
Well now the show was better than yesterday (low bar) but still nothing exciting. New Japan still hasn’t quite figured it out. I was a little hopeful after Wrestle Kingdom when there were a bunch of good matches, even if they were spread over two days with a lot of filler in between. But New Beginning really only had one stand out match, and we’re in the same boat since today is going to be heavily forgettable in the grand scheme of things.
Possible takeaways could really only be, Kojima proving he deserves one more dance in the G1 and Desperado finally gets into the top position of the Junior division. It also can’t be ignored how heavily English commentary and Ibushi himself were implying outside threats. When they said things like “any place, any time, anyone”, so this is laying some foreshadowing, but nothing overtly interesting to glean.
Aside from that…yeah, go cut the grass, shovel snow, build some Legos, do other things aside from watching Castle Attack.
Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)
Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!
NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!
NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
- Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!
The King of Cozy Style, Ikari no Mogyuu, and the Ace are all targets of Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, and the Dominator is going after Tanahashi’s NEVER Openweight Championship on day two! But will the Once in a Century Talent and his iconic compatriots be able to stand up against the United Empire in this opening round?
As usual, the United Empire stands firm, even as their opponents make their entrance. Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans cheer. Tanahashi and Khan dare each other to step up, and so that’s who starts! Fans cheer and the bell rings, and fans rally up already as Khan and Tanahashi circle. Ospreay sneaks in with Cobb, but Kojima and Tenzan are ready to counter! The ref tells them all to back off, and Khan has the Empire stand down. But that’s a fake out! They attack Tanahashi’s team, and throw Tenzan and Kojima out! The Empire mugs Tanahashi, double whips him corner to corner, then send Ospreay in, only for Tanahashi to toss Ospreay out!
Cobb and Khan mug Tanahashi, whip him to ropes, but Tanahashi ducks the double clothesline to send Khan into Cobb! Tanahashi kicks Khan low then whips him to a corner, but Khan reverses. Khan runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi hops up to crossbody! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars before he tags in Kojima. Kojima DECKS Ospreay, and fires off the machine gun CHOPS on Khan! The ref is busy keeping Ospreay out so Kojima gets plenty of extra CHOPS in! Kojima whips Khan corner to corner, hits a forearm smash, and then throws Khan down. Kojima climbs, Cobb intercepts with forearms! Ospreay hits Tenzan and Tanahashi while Cobb TOSSES Kojima down!
Khan clamps on with the head-arm triangle! Cobb and Ospreay throw Tenzan and Tanahashi around ringside but Kojima gets a ropebreak! Khan lets go, drags Kojima over, tags in Ospreay, and the Empire mugs Kojima. Ospreay CHOPS Kojima then BOOTS him! Ospreay scoops and slams Kojima to then run and drop a leaping knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay bumps Kojima off buckles, tags in Cobb, and Cobb headbutts Kojima in the back. Cobb CLUBS Kojima, stays between him and his team, and then scoops Kojima. Ospreay talks trash while Cobb taunts Kojima’s team. Cobb throws knees into Kojima, then RAMS Kojima into the Emipre’s corner.
Khan tags in, stomps Kojima, but Kojima hits back! Khan ROCKS Kojima, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Khan taunts Tenzan with how Tenzan can’t use this move anymore, and then Mongolian Chops again! Kojimma stands up and he ROCKS Khan with forearms! And a ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to rally on Khan, then he hits Cobb an Ospreay for good measure! Tanahashi blocks Khan’s boot to bring him out for a DRAGON SCREW! Ospreay runs in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi catches Cobb in the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!
Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he goes after Khan’s legs. Tanahashi ties the legs up but Khan clamps his claw onto Tanahashi’s face! Khan gets up, Tanahashi breaks free, but Khan ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi gives the forearm back and now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth! Fans rally up as they pick up speed, Tanahashi fires off a strike fest but Khan Mongolian Chops! Tanahashi ROCKS Khan with a palm strike, then runs, but into Khan’s sleeper hold! Khan uses the claw, then shifts to INVERTED EXPLODER! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan tags in Cobb and Cobb drags Tanahashi up.
Cobb fires off forearms and headbutts, then whips Tanahashi to a corner. Cobb runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi waistlocks, Cobb resists the lift, and pries free! But Tanahashi half nelson spins Cobb to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Cobb, DECKS Ospreay, and fans fire up. Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but he remembers he can’t! So he kicks Cobb low and gives him a headbutt! Tenzan has Cobb in the corner, and throws more kicks and haymakers. Tenzan whips corner to corner then runs in to clothesline Cobb! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and he hits the suplex! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan calls in Kojima and Tanahashi, and the three go after Cobb together. They double whip Cobb corner to corner, then Kojima runs in to back elbow! Tanahashi hits a splash! They double whip into Tenzan’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps on Cobb and gets the ANACONDA VICE! Tanahashi and Kojima go after the rest of the Empire but Ospreay BOOTS Kojima and CLUBS Tanahashi! Cobb powers up but Tenzan holds tight. Cobb elbows free but Tenzan headbutts! Cobb ROCKS Tenzan with an uppercut, then tags in Ospreay! Ospreay slingshots in for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Tenzan up, reels him in, and underhooks, but Tenzan resists!
Ospreay gives Kowata kicks and a SUPERKICK! Ospreay runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up with Tenzan and Tenzan dares Ospreay to stand. Tenzan remembers again he can’t Mongolian Chop, but Ospreay dares him to! Ospreay SLAPS Tenzan, and then Khan CLOBBERS Tenzan! Khan and Ospreay SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi, clamps on the claw, and hits the ELIMINATOR SLAM! Kojima fires off on Khan and runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! The United Empire feed Tenzan to the OSCUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!
Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall
United they stand victorious! Khan gets a mic and he wants everyone in Osaka to understand! They are THE United Empire!! Will this momentum bode well for Khan coming for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Or will the Ace be able to trump the Dominator’s iron hand?
YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!
Before going 2v2 with the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, the Head Hunter will take on the Silverback alone! Will Loa make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp for tomorrow’s tag title match?
The bell rings and Hashi circles with Loa. Fans rally up and they tie up. Hashi manages to push Loa back a bit, but Loa pushes Hashi to the ropes. The ref calls for a break, Hashi turns things around, and Hashi drags Loa down to an ARMBAR! Loa holds off the extension, moves around, but Hashi stays clamped on. Hashi clubs at the clasped hands but Loa holds tight. Loa pries at Hashi’s own grip, but Hashi adjusts to get the other hand isolated! Loa gets the ropebreak with a leg and Jado protests, so Hashi lets go fast. Hashi clubs Loa’s arm but Loa shoves him away. Hashi comes back with a kick, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs and stomps him.
Hashi wrenches Loa to a wristlock, but Loa throws a forearm, only for Hashi to make it a takedown! Hashi wants the double wristlock but Loa moves around. Hashi has a short arm scissor instead! Loa endures, moves around, but Hashi stomps the arm! Hashi stomps Loa more, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs him. Hashi wrenches the arm, clubs it, then wrenches again to club it again. Loa pulls Hashi’s hair but Hashi elbows Loa’s elbow. Hashi wrenches again but Loa LARIATS him down! Fans cheer the exchange but then Loa stomps Hashi over and over! Loa drags Hashi up, whips him to a corner then runs in to clothesline!
Loa whips Hashi out then back in to clothesline again! Jado cheers while Hashi falls to his knees. Loa gets the bad arm moving, drags Hashi back up, and fans rally. Hashi throws body shots, wrenches, but Loa throws a haymaker and back hand! Hashi clubs the arm, Loa throws a forearm, but Hashi wrenches to an elbow breaker! Hashi runs, but the ref is busy checking on Loa and Jado trips Hashi! Loa hurries to get Hashi up for a suplex! Uno amigo, and then a wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Loa grows annoyed. Loa drags Hashi up as fans rally again. Loa throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Loa headbutts Hashi and Hashi is down in the corner!
Loa stomps away on Hashi, but the ref reprimands. Loa lets off, Jado taunts Hashi, and Loa whips Hashi corner to corner. Loa runs in but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans cheer as Hashi evens things back up! Hashi and Loa slowly rise, Hashi throws forearms, body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Loa reverses but Hashi dodges to hit the HEADHUNTER! Hashi fires up and fans rally for him. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP Loa! Hashi whips, CHOPS, but Loa just grins! Loa wags his finger at Hashi, then throws a forearm! Hashi stays up and he forearms back! Loa doesn’t budge, and he ROCKS Hashi!
Hashi stays on his feet and Loa dares him to “give me your best shot! Don’t do this to me! You came to fight me, so fight me!” Loa wants Hashi to #GetBackUp and show him what he’s got! Hashi gets up and throws forearms and CHOPS! Mule kick, and a neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hurries to a corner! Hashi climbs up and fans rally harder now! Loa stands and hits Hashi with a forearm first! Loa climbs up, clubs away on Hashi’s back, but Hashi resists the superplex. Hashi throws bodys shots, clubs Loa, and sunset flips, to get the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO! Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa powers up but Hashi throws knees into him!
Hashi grinds Loa down but Loa powers up again! Loa fireman’s carries Hashi, but Hashi slips off to CHOP! Loa laughs, kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Hashi falls over but Loa tells him, “I’m gonna kill you! Don’t you die on me yet!” Hashi gets up, Loa runs, but into an elbow! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi still lives and fans fire up again! Loa likes this! “There’s that fighting spirit! I love it!” Loa drags Hashi up and vows it’s over now. Loa scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Loa rams Hashi into a corner and fires off elbows! Loa runs in but Hashi dodges! SUPERKICK, but Loa just wants more! SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK!
Loa shoves Hashi and Hashi fires off another SUPERKICK! Loa still isn’t done, he wants more!! Hashi SUPERKICKS, and Loa finally wobbles! BACKSTABBER! Hashi drags Loa to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, Hashi SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Loa still lives but Hashi keeps on him! Hashi gator rolls Loa into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa grits his teeth and powers up again! Hashi slips an arm around to get the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Loa still endures, slips his head under, but Jado gets in! Hashi is ready, and he kicks then mule kicks Jado first! Hashi sends Loa into Jado! Roll up, TWO!!
Loa swings but into a full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi fires up and the fans are with him, for the BASEMENT METEORA! Hashi isn’t done there, he drags Loa back up! Hashi gets Loa up, full nelsons again, but then shifts to a pump handle! Wait, Tama Tonga shows up! The distraction saves Loa, and he scoops Hashi for APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!
Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall
Well it was strange that Tama wasn’t here to start, and now we see he was an ace in the hole! And now they’re all beating Hashi up, 3v1! The ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! GoD drags Hashi up, but here comes Goto! Goto CLOBBERS Loa then fires off on Tama! After all, their match was up next, anyway! Tama whips Goto away but Goto comes back to block the hip toss and hit a hip toss! Fans cheer as Goto lariats Loa out of the ring, and the ref rings the bell on the next match!
Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Good Bad Guy rolls the Fierce Warrior up right away! With tights! TWO!! Goto swings, Tama gets under and Tama dropkicks Goto out! Tama hurries out after Goto, and he whips Goto into railing! Tama checks on Loa and sees he’s okay. Tama drags Goto back up, POSTS him, then goes in the ring as the ref wants. Goto stirs, the ring count begins, but Tama goes back out. The ref is busy with Tama and Jado SMACKS Goto with the kendo stick! Tama goes out to fetch Goto now, puts him back in, and clamps on with a chinbar. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest, then paces about. Goto sits up, Tama drags him back up and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Tama is annoyed but fans rally up.
Tama sits Goto up to claw his face! The ref reprimands, Tama stops, and fans rally up for Goto. Tama paces as Goto eggs him on. Tama CLUBS Goto, and Goto eggs him on more! Tama throws haymakers, but Goto gets power from it! Goto eggs Tama on, Tama headbutts, but that does more damage to Tama! Tama whips Goto, runs in but the splash misses! Goto hits a BIG suplex! Goto fires off on Tama in the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! Then, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tama up, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights free. Tama swings but into a hook! Tama fights free of that, gets Goto in a dragon sleeper, but Goto turns that around!
Tama slips through to suplex, but Goto resists! Goto suplexes, but Tama slips into the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but fans rally up! Tama watches Goto, hears the voices in his head like he’s The Viper, and Goto rises. Goto turns around, but he denies the Gun Stun! Goto swings, but into Tama’s spin and leap, SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but Tama is growling. Tama gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Goto moves! BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Goto crawls to ropes while Tama sits up. Goto staggers over and powers up!
But Loa returns to scoop Goto! Jado is distracting the ref! Goto slips out of the scoop, and HEADBUTTS Loa down! Goto DECKS Jado but turns around into GUN- NO! Goto blocks again, shoves Tama and follows. Tama stops to swing on Goto but Goto dodges, and comes back to swing. Tama ducks, redirects, dodges, hurdles, but Goto dodges the boot to swing! Tama ducks to GUN- NO!! Goto drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, dragon sleeper, toss out, G T R!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall
What a wild exchange to end this one! But now, Chaos is even with the Guerrillas, and the tiebreaker will be THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Goto and Hashi end GoD’s reign and be double champions? Or will it be Tama & Loa who #TurnItAllAround?
KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens!
Mr. KOPW 2020 now defends his provisional 2021 KOPW trophy, and is going to put his twist on the Crown Jewel’s stipulation choice! But will that be enough for Yano to continue on through the year? Or will Bullet Club manage to add another accolade to the treasury?
The introductions are made, and Yano’s seems to get even longer with the more he does and has… But after all that, and some disinfectant spray, the trophy is to be presented, which comes as a surprise to Yano. The trophy is set aside, the strap is brought in, and Yano waits outside while Chase is strapped in first. Perhaps Yano doesn’t trust Chase. The strap is also taped down so there is no removal of it during the match. Chase tosses Yano the other end, and Yano is hesitant to strap in. Yano takes the cuff, puts it on, and the ref tapes it on. Then Chase tries to reel Yano in! Yano knew this would happen! The bell rings, and it’s a tug-o-war!
Yano gets enough slack that he can LASH Chase! And again! And again! Chase bails out but Yano reels him in! Chase tries to get away with what slack there is but Yano keeps reeling him in! Chase wants a time-out? And a handshake? Yano kicks him and SMACKS him instead! And another SMACK! Another SMACK! Yano uses the strap to choke Chase! That’s legal in a strap match but Chase grabs at ropes. Yano kicks Chase, whips him, but Chase grabs ropes to get out again! Yano decides to undo a buckle pad! Now we have a bare corner! Chase resists being reeled in, and he goes to undo a buckle pad!
Yano won’t let him, and Yano chases Chase around! Chase uses that to get the strap going through the corner, and he YANKS Yano into the post! Chase takes a moment to catch his breath before he stomps Yano. Chase goes into the ring to undo the corner trap, and he uses the slack to SMACK Yano now! And SMACKS him again! And again! Chase drags Yano up, puts him in, and stomps him down. Chase sits Yano up, rips Yano’s shirt off, and now has bare skin to go after! SMACK! There’s instantly a red mark on Yano’s back! Chase drops fists, chokes Yano with the strap, then lets off to go to a corner. Chase again copies Yano and undoes this buckle pad! The neutral corners are bare!
Chase tosses the buckle pad at Yano and Yano catches it. Chase dares Yano to use the pad, so Yano swings! Chase dodges and dropkicks Yano into the bare buckles! Chase stomps Yano at the ropes, throws the buckle pad down on him, then digs his foot into Yano’s face while mocking the YTR thumbs. Chase drags Yano up to throw him out, then he follows. Chase drags Yano up and whips him, but Yano reverses to send Chase into barriers! Yano gets something from under the ring! It’s extra tape! Chase CLUBS Yano first, then slips through the railing? He wants to reel Yano into the railing, but Yano resists! So Chase lets go and Yano falls over!
Chase is free to drag Yano up and YANK him into the railing! And then again! Yano falls back down, Chase slips back through and he gets Yano’s spare tape! Chase tapes Yano’s hand into a fist so he can’t open it! Then Chase drags Owens up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Owens, and gets the other hand! Chase tapes that one up, too! Yano can’t open either of his hands! Yano tries to resist but Chase claws Yano’s face. Chase finishes his handiwork, and gets some slack on the strap to again SMACK Yano on the back! Chase plays around as he stomps and kicks Yano down, then he mocks the Yano shrug! But Yano uses his fists to trip Chase! Yano still catapults Chase into bare buckles!
Yano runs as far as the strap allows, comes back, but Chase dodges! Yano gets bare buckles again! Fans fire up, and Chase undoes the blue corner buckle pad! That’s three, will Chase go for the fourth? Chase drags Yano up to reel him in for a haymaker! And then again! And again! Chase throws up the Two Sweets, but Yano slips under and uses the strap to flip Chase! Chase gets up to throw a strike fest, then he runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano dodges Chase’s swing, shoves him at the ref, and then LOW BLOWS! Chase couldn’t stop that with wrist tape! And Yano figures what the hell? Untile the last pad! But wait, the tape on his hands makes that tricky.
Yano tears at the tape and frees his fingers! Fans fire up as Yano goes for the last corner, but Chase reels him in! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! Chase hits the Jewel Heist but he can’t cover from being too tired! Fans fire up, Chase gets up and says BANG, and he drags Yano back up. Chase reels Yano in, Yano shoves him away! So Chase goes out and uses the strap to reel Yano into the bare buckles! Chase drags Yano all the way out now, and whips him into the railing! Chase pulls up padding from the floor ringside!! He wants bare linoleum to come into play now! BANG, and the package, but Yano fights that off to back drop Chase onto the floor!
Yano is mad now, and he gets into the ring! The strap keeps Yano from the final corner pad, but fans rally up! Owens holds railing, Yano goes back out, but Chase gets the ring bell! Chase CLOBBERS Yano with the bell, then he gets in, and HE wants the final corner! But Yano’s dead weight is keeping him from getting close! Chase thought he had a fool proof plan but seems not. Chase goes back out to fetch Yano, and wraps the strap around Chase’s head. Chase drags Yano up and in, then drags him. Yano holds Chase back, reels him in, and Chase is annoyed. JEWEL TRIGGER!
Fans rally for Yano but Chase gets the buckle pad! Yano tries to pull Chase away but Chase’s one hand undoes all but one strap! Chase runs at Yano, but into a pop-up POWERBOMB! And YANO unties the buckle pad!! YANO WINS!!
Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)
And that’s how you win YTR style! Will Yano continue to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like this? Or will someone eventually beat Yano at his own games?
Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The other third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions is in action as he looks to settle things with the Switchblade! But will the Stone Pitbull be made to look like a little puppy tonight?
White insists the ref be more concerned about Ishii than him in the check. White throws off the jacket, flexes for the fans, and then has Gedo get in so they can Low Sweet. But Ishii grows impatient and he rushes over! White and Gedo bail out, “cool off,” and White mocks the clapping before giving the Low Sweet. White returns to the ring, bails right bck out, and asks about the bell. White gets in, the bell rings, and then White bails out again. White has a laugh as he goes in and out and in again, only to slide right back out. The ref reprimands, White dares Ishii to go after him, and Ishii goes! White gets far away from Ishii, goes back in the ring but Ishii is ready to follow.
White goes out, Ishii follows again. Gedo creeps up on Ishii, and White attacks! White stomps Ishii, drags him up for knees, then whips. Ishii swings, White dodges and doges and knees low. White whips, Ishii reverses but White bails out! White has a laugh, but Ishii rushes after him again! White gets in, and pretends he pulled a muscle so that Gedo can rake Ishii’s eyes! Gedo RAMS Ishii into railing then gets away before the ref notices. Ishii gets in the ring but White stomps him at the ropes. White stomps Ishii around, drags him up and throws him back out. White goes out but Ishii gets back in and runs, to run White over! Ishii pursues White on the outside, drags him up and whips him into railing!
Gedo protests but Ishii drags White up by his hair. White pushes Ishii but Ishii whips White back into railing! Fans cheer but the ref says to get this in the ring. Ishii glares at Gedo as he creeps over, and Gedo backs off. White goes to the ramp and Ishii wants to chase him down but the ref tells him to stay by the ring. The ref checks on White and tells him to get back to the ring, but White stays where he is on the ramp. Ishii argues with the ref, but he goes back into the ring. White dares Ishii to fight him on the outside but Ishii dares White to get back in. White goes in, Ishii kicks and clubs him! Ishii ROCKS White with a forearm, stomps him down, and then drags him up at the ropes.
White holds the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Ishii to the apron! Gedo cheers while Ishii flops to the floor. White drags Ishii back up to SNAKE EYES him off the railing! The ref checks Ishii and White mockingly asks if Ishii is okay. The ref tells White to stay back, White goes into the ring, and fans rally up for Ishii. White goes back out to drag Ishii up and RAM him into the apron! And RAM him into railing! And RAM him back into the apron! And then back into the railing! Those ribs take serious damage as Ishii goes down in a heap! Gedo mockingly asks what’s wrong, and White drags Ishii up.
White says they have to get into the ring, so he’s putting Ishii in the ring. White asks if Ishii is done, but Ishii refuses to quit! The fans rally so White stomps Ishii over and over! White digs his fingers into Ishii’s face then stomps him again! White stomps Ishii in the ribs and Ishii goes to the ropes. White pushes Ishii around and then gets him into a corner. White RAMS into the bad ribs, the ref wants White to back off but White RAMS Ishii one more time. Gedo cheers but he’s the only one as White puts Ishii in a rear bearhug. Ishii endures the squeeze, so White JAMS a knee into Ishii’s back. White goes back to the rear bearhug, mockingly asking if Ishii has a hard time breathing.
White is squeezing tighter and Ishii shouts in pain! Ishii endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer the toughness but White stomps Ishii at the ropes! The ref checks on Ishii again but White drags Ishii back up. White whips Ishii hard into a corner and Gedo wants the ref to call this. White whips, Ishii reverses, and then Ishii runs in but White dodges! Ishii crashes into buckles, and White fireman’s carries him up! Ishii slips off, but White elbows Ishii away, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ishii growls as he gets up and he stalks White to a corner.
Fans rally as Ishii CHOPS White, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS, and then hooks White’s arms in the ropes so he can CHOP again! White falls over and Ishii hammers away! The ref reprimands, Ishii backs him down with a glare! Ishii comes back but White RAMS a shoulder into the ribs! White goes to suplex but it’s Ishii who brings White up and over! Ishii sits up, fans rally, and Ishii looms over White. Ishii brings White up but White fights off the back suplex. White swings but Ishii spins him around. White switches, Ishii wrenches, but White avoids the back suplex to turn Ishii. Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker but White kicks low to DDT!
Both men are down again and Ishii gets to the corner. White runs in to uppercut Ishii, and fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and White grows annoyed but fans fire up! White drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage off and they end up in a corner. White knees Ishii, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ishii eggs him on. White CHOPS Ishii again, then puts some stank on the next CHOP! Ishii just turns things around to CHOP White high! The ref reprimands but Ishii shoves him away! Ishii CHOPS White high again! Ishii drags White up, CHOPS high and hard again and again!
The ref comes back, Ishii shoves him, and CHOPS White more! The ref finally gets Ishii to stop those near throat chops, and Ishii drags White up to whip him corner to corner. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, then whips corner to corner. White reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Ishii up into a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Gedo is fired up and fans rally up as both men are down. Gedo calls for the Kiwi, and White drags Ishii back up. White reels Ishii in, fisherman hooks but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii rams White into a corner, but White CORNER HALF HATCHES Ishii! Ishii clutches those bad ribs as he flops out of the ring!
The ref checks on Ishii but Ishii refuses to quit. White goes out to fetch Ishii, and he drags Ishii up to RAILING HALF HATCH!! White leaves Ishii for dead as Ishii writhes. Fans rally up but a ring count begins. The count is already 6 of 20 before Ishii sits up. Ishii still hasn’t gotten up and we’re past 10 of 20! It’s 15, Ishii finally starts going towards the ring, and he’s in at 18! White drags Ishii up and is pissed, but he hits BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious! White drags Ishii around, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage. White knees low but Ishii gets around to headbutt! Ishii runs, but into a BIG urenage!
White drags Ishii up, fisherman and KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!? Ishii survives and fans fire up! White asks Gedo for ideas, then drags Ishii around. White gets the sleeper hold but Ishii hooks the leg to block the suplex. Ishii throws elbows but White KNEES him low and hard! White drags Ishii back to center, has an arm and a leg, and stomps away on the ribs! Gedo wants the ref to stop this for Ishii, but Ishii doesn’t want this to end like that! White stands Ishii up and keylocks an arm so he can JAM Ishii in the ribs! White puts Ishii in a corner for more hard body shots! Gedo cheers but the ref reprimands. Ishii dares White to bring it, and White throws forearms!
Ishii tanks them because his head is still hard as stone! White throws more forearms but Ishii leans into them! Ishii backs White down like this, so White KNEES the ribs! Ishii ROCKS White back! Ishii drags White up and Gedo starts getting worried. Ishii puts White up top, Gedo swipes at him but the ref reprimands. White claws Ishii’s eyes! But Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! White holds on to keep from falling! Ishii climbs up, drags White up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! The ribs make that double-edged, but Ishii hurries to high stack cover, TWO!! White survives but is sputtering. Ishii powers up and takes aim. Gedo gets on the apron, but hops off when Ishii glares at him.
White gets Ishii in the sleeper, but Ishii throws him over! Ishii puts the sleeper on now! White fades already but Gedo gets on the apron! Ishii goes after Gedo, pushing the ref aside! Gedo sucker punches Ishii down! White gets Ishii in the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans rally but White drags Ishii back up! Ishii tries to fight the sleeper hold but he’s fading! White leans on the hold, but Ishii gets a second wind! Ishii reaches for ropes, but White gets a leg for a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious again! Fans rally for Ishii as White drags himself over.
White drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights free of the suplex! White forearms, throws a strike fest, but Ishii gets around. They both swing and dodge but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Both men are down as Ishii clutches his ribs. Ishii fires up to fight through the pain and the fan srally behind him. Ishii runs, but White gets around! Ishii switches and he puts White in a sleeper! Ishii leans on White and now White fades! Ishii spins White but WHITE hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives and White is beside himself! White slashes the throat, drags Ishii up, but no Blade Runner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ishii and White are down again and both sputter as they sit up.
Gedo rallies for White but Ishii hits his head off the mat to power up! Ishii gets moving, fakes White out, but White still boots Ishii! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii is roaring, Gedo is panicking, and Ishii drags White up to a POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? White survives but Ishii sits him up. Gedo gets in with the brass knuckles! The ref reprimands, Ishii dares Gedo to use them, but he blocks White’s low blow! Ishii whips White into Gedo then LARIATS White! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again but Ishii is just firing up more! Ishii drags White up, suplexes him, but White fights that off!
White tries to suplex but Ishii suplexes first. White slips out, dragon sleepre to an inverted suplex and he puts Ishii on his shoulder! White flips Ishii to the blade position but Ishii slipls out! Ishii swings but White turns him around, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out again, only to run into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White hurries to get Ishii up but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Ishii suplexes, White fights out but Ishii HEADBUTTS! White still wants a Triple S, but Ishii waistlocks! White switches, Ishii switches, but White blocks and dodges to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
A masterful exchange and it’s the Switchblade that hits the mark! White even needs to check that he won, it was that sudden! He hugs Young Lions in almost mocking celebration! But when the Young Lion pushes him away, he BOOTS them down! But does this victory mean White is done with Ishii and back on his way towards the top?
Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Rainmaker technically got his singles match with the King of Darkness not too long ago, but it was little more than an excuse to get Okada alone so Bullet Club could beat him up. We’ve seen Bullet Club in action all night, will any of Evil’s allies be able to back him up? Or will Okada prove Everything is NOT Evil?
The bell rings and Okada rushes Evil! Evil dodges, but then Okada dodges to fire off forearms. Evil kicks low, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada reverses and BOOTS Evil down! Evil bails out, fans cheer, and Okada dares Evil to come back. Dick and Evil regroup, Red Shoes keeps Okada back, and Okada waits. Evil slides back in, circles with Okada, and Okada points Dick out to Red Shoes. Dick stays back, Okada and Evil circle, but then Dick swipes at Okada! Evil attacks from behind, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada holds ropes and boots back. Okada scoops and slams Evil, then slingshot sentons!
Fans cheer as Okada takes a moment before he covers. ONE, but Okada drags Evil back up. Okada turns Evil to hit a neckbreaker! Okada drags Evil up and clamps on a chinlock. Evil endures, even as Okada digs his knee in. Evil reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 3, and he brings Evil up to elbow him back down. Evil goes to a corner, Okada stomps him down! Dick protests but Okada tells him to shut up. Okada drags Evil up, snapmares him, then runs to basement dropkick! Evil bails out as fans rally up. Dick checks on Evil, Okada goes out and tells Dick to back off. Okada drags Evil up and ROCKS Evil with a forearm!
Okada glares at Dick then chases him off! Dick goes in the ring, Okada follows, Evil CLOBBERS Okada! Evil mockingly applauds and then he scrapes Okada out of the ring. Evil drags Okada up and whips him into railing! Evil scuffs Okada’s face, then drags him up, to RAM into the railing and the timekeeper! Poor Abe-san! Why don’t they ever move him away from ringside? Evil drags out chairs while everyone is busy helping Abe. Evil brings Okada over, CLUBS him down, then gets a chair ready! Evil puts that chair around Okada’s head, and then has the other chair! HOMERUN! Evil goes into the ring and leaves Okada on the floor. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as a ring count begins.
Okada slowly stirs, and finally gets up at 10 of 20. Okada gets in at 13, but Evil is after him. Evil whips Okada into the bare corner! When did Dick take the buckle pad?! Evil drags Okada to a Half Crab! Okada endures as Evil pulls back, using Okada’s own knee pad for leverage. Okada gets the ropebreak, and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces, drags Okada up, but Okada throws a forearm! Okada throws more forearms, but Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Evil throws Okada out, and then gets in Red Shoes’ face so Dick can stomp away on Okada! Dick drags Okada up and puts him in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows something fishy is up so he refuses!
Evil is upset with Red Shoes but he drags Okada back up. Evil reels Okada in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but the count is the count. Evil mocks the fans clapping for “O-KA-DA!” and he drags Okada up. Okada throws a heavy body shot! Okada throws forearms, uppercuts, and then whips. Evil reverses, Okada dodges but Evil kicks him to throw him down! Okada avoids the back senton, and hits a basement EuroUpper! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada stands first. Evil follows but Okada rallies with elbows! Okada whips, Evil reverses but Okada elbows him down! Osaka fires up with Okada!
Okada whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus and gets the fans going with clap-clap-clap-stomp. Evil gets up but he fights off the Alabama lift! So Okada RAMS Evil into a corner! Okada puts Evil up top, Evil boots but Okada blocks! Okada clubs the leg then EuroUppers, and he dropkicks Evil off the top! Evil falls to the floor and Dick checks on him. Okada catches his breath in the ring, the ring count starts, and Dick coaches Evil. Okada goes out to fetch Evil, and drags him up. Okada elbows Evil, but then Dick talks trash. Okada chases Dick up the ramp but Evil pursues! Okada kicks and clubs Dick!
Evil runs in but Okada gets him, too! DOUBLE DDT’s to the ramp! Okada and fans rally with clap-clap-clap-stomp! Okada leaves Evil and Dick behind as he goes back down the ramp. But then Okada goes back and figures he should bring Evil back. Okada clubs Evil to make sure he keeps going towards ringside. Okada puts Evil in and fans cheer as he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Okada isn’t frustrated. Okada drags Evil up but blocks thje kick! Okada spins, Evil blocks the kick and gives it to Red Shoes so he can mule kick Okada low! Fans rally again, Evil pretends he can’t hear them, and then he runs in to clothesline Okada in the corner! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Evil is frustrated again but he gets Okada’s legs! Okada resists as Evil tries to turn him over, and Okada gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets go at 4, but Dick is there to get cheap shots in! Dick runs way before Red Shoes sees, and Evil smirks as he scuffs Okada with his boot. Evil talks trash, Okada gets up and fans rally again. Evil slaps Okada around, so Okada gets mad. Okada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, Evil elbows him away and runs, but into a HUGE FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally up again. Okada stands, Evil goes to a corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts but Evil fights off! Evil pulls hair but Okada ROCKS him!
Okada runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada ROCKS him again! Evil reverses the whip, but runs into the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil stands, so Okada hits a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Evil back up. Okada gut wrenches but Evil resists. Evil gets the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Okada clubs Evil first. Okada backs off, runs into the corner, but Evil boots him away! Evil boots Okada again, then dodges. Okada stops from hitting bare buckles, but Evil clotheslines Okada into them! Okada goes down in a heap while Evil smiles. Fans rally up but Evil drags Okada up.
Evil hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and then goes to the very top! Evil drags Okada up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Okada endures as Evil sits back deep! The fans rally, Okada claws for ropes, but Evil adds more torque! Okada refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go at 4! Evil catches his breath in a corner while Okada is down. Evil drags Okada back up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up! Evil is annoyed again but he vows to end this. Evil slashes the throat, stands Okada up and spins him, but Okada denies Evil.
Okada wants the clip but Evil knees low. Evil whips, Okada reverses and Evil gets bare buckles! MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, claws Okada’s eyes, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil lets go and then he grabs at Red Shoes! Dick CLUBS Okada with a pipe!! Dick gets in, Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil gets in Red Shoes’ face while Dick fires off haymakers! Dick whips Okada but Okada BOOTS him down! Evil kicks and whips Okada but Okada reverses to dropkick Evil down! Okada gets Evil’s arm for the MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, pries at Okada’s fingers, but Okada leans on the hold. Evil fights up, grabs at Red Shoes, but Red Shoes SWATS Evil’s hand!
Okada gut wrenches Evil to a TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP! Evil reaches, turns a bit red, starts to fade but gets a second wind. Evil is up, grabs Red Shoes again, but Okada CLUBS Evil! Okada wrenches the other arm but Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes! Evil runs but Okada gets around, DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada shouts to Red Shoes but he’s still down. Okada puts on Money Clip, Dick has the CHOKER!! The Spoiler is trying to spoil this finish! But Okada powers up and RAMS Dick into the bare buckles! Okada is free, and he gut wrenches Dick to hit a TOMBSTONE!! Okada takes the choker now?! To throw it away! That’s our Rainmaker for ya! But Evil LOW BLOWS Okada!!
Evil gets the legs, but Okada LOW BLOWS Evil back!! Turnabout is fair play! Both men are down, as is Red Shoes, and fans rally up! Okada sits up first, and he drags Evil up. Okada gut wrenches again, for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up with Okada again as he sits Evil up for the MONEY CLIP!! Red Shoes returns, Evil endures, and Okada keeps Evil away from ropes with a back2backbreaker! MONEY CLIP AGAIN! Evil is in the middle of the ring as he starts to fade again! Red Shoes checks on Evil as he’s turning red again! Evil finds a third wind and he reaches, but Okada clamps on tighter! Evil tries one more time and gets a ropebreak!
Okada lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally up for Okada again as he has Evil’s wrist. Okada drags Evil up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Okada drags Evil up again, but Evil LARIATS! Okada swings but into Evil spins him to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men slowly rise, and Evil runs, to LARIAT Okada inside-out! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally up again but Evil rises first. Evil staggers over, slashes his throat and stands Okada up. Evil spins him but Okada denies the STO again! Evil still tries but Okada spins. Evil avoids the discus, but Okada tries to steal Everything! Evil denies that, and tries to steal the Rainmaker lariat!
Okada denies that but he swings into Evil’s clinch! Okada denies the STO again! Okada gut wrenches Evil, for a SIT-OUT TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Evil up, ripcords, TRUE RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall
The tried and true finisher finishes Evil! This won’t be the end of things, but has Evil learned a little of why Okada is still on a whole different level? After catching his breath, Okada gets the mic. He gets fans to clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap clap-clap clap-clap-clap. “OSAKA-JOOOOO~! If I can speak frankly, that felt damn good!” Okada apologizes to the fans for “having to put up with more of Bullet Club’s crap tonight.” But by taking care of business, Okada is sure we’re all satisfied. Okada says there’s something still bothering him, though. “Well, I should just put it out there, huh? It’s about time I get back to that IWGP Heavyweight title!”
Okada knows that as a responsible adult, he should follow proper protocol. So that starts with winning the 2021 New Japan Cup! After doing that, he’ll be back where he belongs. But he’s sure they’re all thinking that the double title thing is getting boring. If Okada were to poll Osaka, they’d say that the one who has to save the titles is him! So he’ll win the NJ Cup, take back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and make it rain again! Fans like the sound of that! Okada knows while the fans couldn’t chant and shout, he knows they were giving it their all to support the wrestlers, and thanks them for it! The wrestlers will do their best all over again tomorrow for night two! Until then, good night!
The Rainmaker has made it known where he wants to be, but will that only make the road back that much harder? Will Tetsuya Naito make it a bit easier by taking the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on night two?
A very good event for NJPW to begin this weekend, but it also felt like a last-minute go-home for tomorrow’s event, as well as the New Japan Cup. The opening Six Man was good, and the United Empire wins so Khan has some momentum, but it was good math that neither he or Tanahashi were involved in the finish. That way, the NEVER Openweight Championship match could go either way. Tanahashi really only just got that belt, though, so I’m leaning towards him retaining. Ospreay & Cobb will still face Kojima & Tenzan, but that will probably go the Empire’s way like tonight did.
In similar fashion, it was good math for Goto-Hashi and GoD to split the difference. I like that Goto didn’t just win, he won in such a sudden turnaround. But with it being 50-50 here, I’m thinking GoD retain the tag titles and we wait to see if another team moves up to challenge them. Yano VS Chase was a good match, a lot of good antics from Yano, but Yano felt like a natural choice to win here. It might be awhile before someone wins and takes the KOPW 2021 trophy, but it definitely has to be in something really ridiculous.
White VS Ishii was a very good match, maybe a little long, but the slug fest nature of it and Ishii enduring bad ribs made it work. As did another fast exchange finish with White going over. White is definitely going into the NJCUP strong. Okada VS Evil was very similar, a long but storied match that turned out very well. As I said before, Okada trying to focus on the Money Clip works as a way of extending his career, but I also like this new element that when things get difficult, he can always bust out the Rainmaker lariat. Okada declares his NJCUP intentions, but that in itself could signal he doesn’t win it all, and puts someone else over. At this point, I feel like Sanada doesn’t even need to declare to be considered a favorite. Sanada’s already had great matches with Okada, Naito and Ibushi, maybe one more time is the charm for him to join the upper tier.
My Score: 9/10
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