ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 412
LifeBlood looks for payback on Villain Enterprises and their brand new “mercenary,” Flip Gordon! What happens during Summer Supercard weekend?
- From Manhattan Mayhem – Jonathan Gresham VS Dragon Lee; Lee wins.
- Soldiers of Savagery VS Corey “Hyena” Hex & Geddy Cahoon; Soldiers of Savagery win.
- From Mass Hysteria – ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS The Bouncers; The Briscoes win and retain the ROH World Tag Team Championships.
- From Manhattan Mayhem – 8 Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS PJ Black & LifeBlood; LifeBlood wins.
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ROH looks back to Best in the World 2019.
Flip Gordon helped LifeBlood against the Soldiers of Savagery, despite having lost to Bandido just earlier in the night. Bandido, Mark Haskins and Tracy Williams then extended an offer to Flip to join up! Flip accepted the LifeBlood T-shirt, but the Villain, Marty Scurll, interrupted on the titantron! He congratulated LifeBlood on standing tall, but Scurll had to rain on their parade. The same night LifeBlood gained a new ally, Villain Enterprises revealed its own new “employee.” Scurll scoured the Earth, and found the perfect new recruit right under his nose. “Ladies and gentlemen, he is the intern, he is the understudy, he is the mercenary.” It was… FLIP GORDON!! But how?!
And then Flip would attack LifeBlood and be reinforced by Scurll, Brody King and PCO! Villain Enterprises would lay waste to LifeBlood, topping it off with putting Tracy on a table, for FLIP to 450 crash through!! And that is what leads us to tonight’s main event!
ROH throws it to Ian Riccaboni and Quinn McKay!
It’s Summer Supercard weekend, but the action is still hot even after! Quinn talked with Villain Enterprises that night way back when, and yet they did NOT say a thing about Flip Gordon joining! But that aside, Manhattan Mayhem continues tonight as we relive even more of, well, the mayhem!
Jonathan Gresham VS Dragon Lee!
The Octopus takes on CMLL’s Dragon as Manhattan Mayhem’s opener! But after resorting to underhanded tactics to best the Last Real Man, is Gresham starting to slip to the dark side? Or will he keep it clean against the luchador?
Find the full match on Honor Club, because ROH jumps ahead a bit to where Gresham and Lee are trading CHOPS! They pick up speed and fans are loving it! Lee eggs Gresham on, so Gresham undoes some tape. Gresham throws the tape down and the ref cleans it up, so the ref misses Gresham nut-tap Lee! Gresham smirks as that darker edge comes back. Gresham then punts the leg and arm-drags Lee around!
ROH skips forward again, and Gresham has Lee in a butterfly deathlock! Gresham grabs a leg and adds half a Crab to this! Gresham pulls back to make it a cover, TWO! Gresham argues with the ref, but the ref assures that was a fair count. But Gresham won’t back off until the ref reprimands him. The Octopus calms down and goes back to Lee.
Another skip forward, and Gresham CHOPS Lee in the corner. Lee CHOPS back! They have another CHOP fight! Gresham rocks Lee and stands on his chest! The ref counts and Gresham backs off.
Another skip, and both men are on the top rope. Gresham wants the superplex but Lee resists, so now it’s a slap fight! Gresham, then Lee, and back again! They pick up speed and Lee rocks Gresham with a flurry! Lee headbutts Gresham into a Tree of Woe, WOE STOMPS! Lee keeps moving, shotgun knee! Cover, TWO!! Gresham survives but Lee is fired up! Lee brings the knee pads down, knee trigger!! Cover, Lee wins!!
Winner: Dragon Lee, by pinfall
The tricks the Octopus tried did not work! Dragon Lee is victorious in the ROH ring, will he be rising up the ranks?
Quinn McKay interviews Dragon Lee.
After his victory over Gresham, one of the best technical wrestlers today, how is he feeling? “You know who I am? The people know who Dragon Lee is.” Dinastia Munos wrestles in Mexico, the US and in Japan to make their name AND the name of CMLL known throughout the world. NJPW, ROH and CMLL know how dedicated Lee is. Gresham is a great wrestler. They had an amazing match, and matches like this are the kind Lee wants, and the kind Lee wants the fans to see. Lee will keep coming for more. He makes his dreams a reality in NJPW, in CMLL and hopes to do the same in ROH. He has more wrestlers to face, both losses and wins. And like his brother Rush says, it’s all good. “Stay tuned, because we bring surprises, and another one is coming soon.” What will Dinastia Munos do next in ROH?
Quinn McKay now interviews Jonathan Gresham.
Whenever the referee got distracted, “what was that?” If anyone here knew anything, that’s just Gresham trying to win. Jay Lethal’s voice was ringing in Gresham’s head to do things his way. Gresham wants to be a champion, like Lethal was. Lethal’s already had championships, he knows what that’s like. He’s forgotten what it means to be hungry like Gresham. Gresham should’ve done what he felt was right, but he listened to Lethal, and lost. Gresham sarcastically thanks Lethal, but will Gresham genuinely do anything and everything to win?
Shinobi Shadow Squad trains hard.
Ryan Nova practices strikes, Eli Isom strength trains, and Cheeseburger works on suplexes. They have a picture of the OG Villain Enterprises members, with shuriken stuck in them. Triple S still wants those ROH World Six Man Tag titles, but will they be able to overcome Marty Scurll’s squad? They get their chance next week!
ROH returns to Ian and Quinn.
They are looking forward to Shinobi Shadow Squad pulling off an upset against Villain Enterprises, but that is a tall task for the three younger stars. Another title match coming next week is Kelly Klein defending her WOH World Championship against Karissa Rivera! Rivera shocked us when she defeated the inaugural champion, Sumie Sakai, in her ROH TV debut! Sumie showed respect, is this the rise of a new star in the Women of Honor Division?
Karissa Rivera speaks.
Rivera is on a mission to be the world’s best women’s wrestler. Right now, the best is Kelly Klein, and she has the title to prove it. Kelly is on a great win streak, but she’s yet to face Rivera. Rivera is confident to become the NEW WOH World Champion. She’ll bring the fight and leave it all in the ring. May the best woman win.
ROH looks closer at Rhett Titus.
The Fittest has been in ROH his entire wrestling career. That’s 14 years. He was a ROH Dojo graduate, and this is the only place he’s ever wanted to be. A memorable match for him was when he and Kenny King, All Night Express, took on The Briscoes in a Ladder War. They both put so much into that match, and he remembers passing out because of blood loss. Then there was when they finally became ROH Tag Team Champions after beating Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. He and Kenny worked so hard for that moment for being a makeshift team, but that’s what made it all worth it.
The first time Kenny King left ROH, things changed so drastically. Kenny was just gone, and Rhett bounced around tag teams. He teamed with BJ Whitmer, Cliff Compton, but it never quite matched him and King. And then, 2015, ANX returned! It was Kenny’s idea to reunite, and Rhett went with it, and they won against The Briscoes! The magic was back, but not quite. They’d miss out on the big matches and opportunities, and it frustrated them both. They then took it out on ROH by recruiting Caprice Coleman and Shane Taylor to form The Rebellion. But then that team and the four were forced to disband forever. That’s when Rhett tried again, with “Lil’ Willie” Ferrara to form The Dawgs. It was a lot of fun teaming with someone who became a good friend, but Will got discouraged, too. Will bailed on Rhett, and Rhett was back at square one.
In comes The Fittest. Being in the best shape of his life and needing to provide for a growing family, Rhett strikes out on his own! Philly’s Proving Ground match was big, but he fell short to old friend Shane Taylor. And then Kenny King just came up and said it was “disgusting,” what happened to their friendship? Kenny insulted Rhett in front of his wife and unborn child, that was the most disrespectful thing Kenny could’ve done. But at the same time, Kenny might have a point about Rhett losing some of that fire. Rhett admits he’s made mistakes, but the biggest mistake seems to be not smacking Kenny in the mouth that night. Kenny wants Rhett to wake up, but will Kenny come to regret waking something up inside Rhett?
Soldiers of Savagery VS Corey “Hyena” Hex & Geddy Cahoon!
Moses Maddox and Jasper Kaun are back to continue their streak of destruction. And they don’t even care who their opponents are, they attack while the introductions are being made! The bell rings and Moses clotheslines out the beefy but pale young man while Kaun hauls up the young man with fiery boots and camo tights. Kaun whips and CLOBBERS Camo Pants! Ian informs us this is Corey “Hyena” Hex, but does it really matter at this point? Moses fetches Hex’s tag partner, Geddy Cahoon, and drags him up to throw into a post! Geddy flies off and hits the floor! Then together, the Soldiers of Savagery DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM Hex! Cover, Soldiers of Savagery win!
Winners: Soldiers of Savagery, Kaun pinning
Another win with barely a sweat broken. Will the ROH Tag Team Division continue to shout “SOS” when these two come around?
ROH returns to Ian and Quinn.
Clearly Moses and Kaun are not a team to take lightly. Yet they seemed to not take a Triple Threat in Manhattan Mayhem seriously, as they only cared about double choke slamming Beer City Bruiser through the timekeeper’s table before just bailing. The Bouncers recovered and beat Team Coast2Coast to win an ROH World Tag Team Championship match at Mass Hysteria.
ROH World Tag Team Championships: The Briscoes VS The Bouncers!
Get the full match on Honor Club because ROH jumps into the thick of it, as all four men are down. The teams regroup as a 10 count climbs. Lowell declares “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over. The four men stand, and we have a brawl! The Bouncers punch but the Briscoes punch back. CHOPS start flying, then big jabs! Fans fire up with “BEER! BEER!” Bruiser and Milonas wind up to punch both Briscoes down! Bruiser gets Jay out while Milonas puts Mark up top. But Jay returns to dropkick Bruiser down hard! Mark fights back and Milonas is alone! Jay grabs Milonas and Mark punches him down, for a POWERBOMB! Mark leaps for FROGGY-BOW! Cover, The Briscoes win!
Winners: The Briscoes, Mark pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions
Two matches in one weekend, and #DemBoyz win both! But of course, we already know this, but the Briscoes surprisingly accept the #ToastofHonor. At the same time, we also know the Guerrillas of Destiny won’t just leave those ROH World Tag Team Championships alone. When and if the Bouncers get another shot at those titles, will it be Jay and Mark or Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa holding them?
ROH looks back to July 20th’s Six Man Street Fight!
Hot Sauce Tracy told Villain Enterprises their grudge wasn’t even about the titles right now, so they could leave those “pieces of trash” behind. And since they were on the street corner known for extreme violence, they’d up the ante and make that Six Man main event a PHILLY STREET FIGHT! Fans agreed as they chanted, “E C DUB! E C DUB!” Scurll chuckled, but he figured why not. “Be careful what you wish for.” With that, Villain Enterprises rushed the ring, and the fight was on! The Street Fight was of course extreme, pushing all six men to their limits. There would be flying, flipping, and crashing through tables! And somehow, some way, LifeBlood would win! They now have a win over the ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, but will hold onto that in their back pockets. Tonight’s escalation into an Eight Man is about settling scores!
8 Man Tag: Villain Enterprises VS PJ Black & LifeBlood!
The Darewolf joins Hot Sauce, Mr. Overkill and the daredevil luchador to take the fight to Marty Scurll, Brody King, PCO and their “intern,” Flip Gordon! Will LifeBlood keep on its roll and win against the Six Man champs again? Or will upping things to eight be too much?
ROH returns from commercial and the teams sort out. Williams starts against Scurll, and fans are already thunderous with dueling. Scurll and Williams circle and tie up, and Williams waistlocks. Scurll pries out to a wristlock, but Williams slips through to reverse it. Williams gets Scurll on the mat but Scurll is up fast. Scurll rolls, spins and reverses the wristlock again, which fans cheer. But Williams reaches back to grab Scurll’s head. Williams sits down to bring Scurll with him, then rolls and reverses the hold back. Williams waistlocks then spins Scurll into a cravat. Scurll breaks free, but Williams just gets it back. Scurll breaks free again, but gets caught again! This time, Scurll breaks free and backs off. But he runs into a waistlock and slam! Williams slaps Scurll around in a rear mount, but lets up to see what Scurll does.
Scurll gets up in a huff to shove Williams back. Williams shoves but Scurll shoves again. The shoving gets chippy and their teams clear the corners! The referee keeps the peace as best he can all by himself, and all eight men have a stand-off. Williams and Scurll assure their teams to go back to the corners, but fans cheer for Bandido. Williams tags Bandido in! Scurll knees Bandido low then whips but Bandido handsprings. Scurll gets clear but Bandido dodges him to huricanrana then dropkick Scurll down! Fans fire up but Scurll tags in Flip! Fans like this match-up, too. Flip still has fans cheer for him even in his new, more menacing form. Flip calls for a test of strength, but then uses it to flip off and pie-face Bandido. Bandido shrugs that off, but Flip tags out to Brody. Bandido doesn’t back down, he gets right in Brody’s face. Or, his chest, given the height difference.
Brody shoves Bandido back then blocks the punch. Brody CHOPS Bandido, then goes acrobatic to arm-drag Bandid across the ring! Fans are thunderous over that supersized lucha libre! Bandido is dizzy as he gets back to his feet, and Brody eggs him on. Bandido throws back elbows but Brody shoves him away. Bandido SUPERKICKS, then goes out to bait Brody into a kick! Bandido springboards and huricanranas Brody away! Tag to Scurll but Scurll gets an arm-drag to armlock. Tag to Haskins, and we get to see more from these UK rivals! Haskins wrenches and wrings Scurll out then stomps the arm! Haskins kicks Scurll in the back then snapmares him right into an armlock. Fans rally while PJ teases Scurll.
Tag to Williams and Williams climbs to drop an ax handle on Scurll’s arm. Williams throws strikes then wrenches Scurll to a wristlock. Williams tags PJ and PJ drops ax handles on the arm. PJ wrenches and drags Scurll to the mat. The ref has to keep an angry Brody back, and PJ drags Scurll over to tag in Bandido. Bandido climbs and dumdum stomps the arm! Scurll goes to an open corner and Bandido snapmares him out. Bandido runs to shotgun basement dropkick Scurll down! Cover, TWO! Bandido cravats Scurll to the corner and Haskins tags back in. Haskins takes the hand-off and wrenches Scurll. Scurll fights back but Haskins knees low. Tag to Williams and Haskins suplexes Scurll into Williams’ atomic drop! Then Williams tags PJ, and back suplexes Scurll down for PJ’s stomp! PJ flexes as he covers with one foot, ONE!
Scurll gets up but PJ stays between him and Villain Enterprises. PJ wheelbarrows and victory rolls, but to the floating “Japanese Love Bucket”! Tag to Williams, and Williams hops up, up and away for a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Williams mouths off at Villain Enterprises before throwing hands on Scurll. Williams whips but Scurll holds ropes. Scurll tosses Williams out, and both Brody and PCO bumrush LifeBlood! They’re all down, and fans fire up as Brody builds speed. Brody FLIES to bowl over Williams and Haskins! Scurll CHOPS away on PCO to fire him up! PCO runs, and FLIES to bowl Haskins and Williams over again! Villain Enterprises has Manhattan in a frenzy as ROH goes to break!
ROH returns once more as Williams is fed to Scurll in the ring. Scurll covers, TWO! Scurll drags Williams over to the corner and tags in Brody. Brody CHOPS Williams, then again! Tag to PCO, and PCO drags Williams up for a sidewalk salm! Cover, ONE, but PCO keeps moving. PCO goes up top, and SWANTONS! Cover, TWO!! Williams still lives, but PCO stalks him to a corner. Fans are thunderous for PCO and he drags Williams up and back to tag Scurll. Scurll then tags Brody, and both Scurll and PCO whip Williams corner to corner. A train begins, PCO’s splash, Brody’s clothesline, and Scurll’s European Uppercut! Scurll then feeds Williams to Brody and PCO for a DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Williams still lives, but Brody tags in Flip! Flip stalks Williams to a corner and kicks him.
Flip grabs hair and talks trash before he CHOPS Williams. He sweeps the legs then grind a foot into Williams’ throat. The ref counts and Flip lets up, to talk trash to the rest of LifeBlood. Flip then gives Williams another stomp before tagging Brody. Brody stomps Williams then tags Scurll. Scurll cusses out LifeBlood and throws up two fingers, the UK version of our dirty bird, but Williams is back on his feet. Williams blocks Scurll’s boot to CHOP him back! Then spin him around for a big back suplex! Both men are down but fans rally up. HOt tag to Bandido! Who leaps up for a tornillo crossbody! And dropkick! But Brody runs in, Bandido springboards, but Brody deflects the crossbody! He hauls Bandido back up for a pop, but Bandido fights the fireman’s carry, only to get a CHOP!
Brody runs corner to corner but only gets post! PCO runs in, but Bandido dodges him, too. Bandido runs into a BOOT! PCO hops up, he leaps, but Bandido catches him!? Manhattan can’t beileve Bandido powerslams PCO! PCO regrousp with Villain Enterprises outside, but Bandido is up to LEAP! Bandido takes them all down! Bandido puts Scurll back in but Flip slides in with a chair. Williams sees that and stops him right there! Williams has the chair and uses it to chase Flip! They go up the ramp, and this turns into another Six Man. Scurll sneaks up on Bandido to roll him up! TWO!! Scurll uppercuts Bandido then runs, but into reverse chicken wings, only for Bandido to spin him out for a knee! Bandido runs, but into a LARIAT! Both men are down again, and ROH takes one more break!
ROH returns and so has Williams. Williams rallies for Bandido as he and Scurll crawl. Hot tags to Brody and Haskins! But PCO joins in only for Haskins to duck the double clothesline and fire off kicks and chops! He kicks PCO, CHOPS Brody, repeat. But PCO blocks one kick for Brody to CHOP Haskins down. Brody and PCO haul Haskins up but Haskins slips out of the double choke slam. Haskins hops over Brody and dumps out PCO! He builds speed but they both get clear, so he Tiger Feints back in. Haskins redirects to DIVE onto PCO! Then he DIVES onto Brody! But Scurll blasts LifeBlood’s corner to then join Haskins on the apron. Scurll gets Haskins with a 52 Fake-Out enziguri! But PJ SUPERKICKS Scurll! Brody gets in and clotheslines PJ out hard! Williams CHOPS away on Brody from both sides! And then a strike fest of CHOPS!
Brody stays on his feet so Williams kicks and knees and reels him in. But Brody powers Williams into a corner. Brody rams his shoulder in, then goes corner to corner, only for Williams to get him with a corner 619! Williams pushes Brody back to then climb and leap, missile dropkick! Brody bails out, Williams wrecks him with a dropkick. Scurll hits Williams but LifeBlood goes after Scurll. PCO climbs up and aims at the cluster, FOR A MOONSAULT! “This is Awesome!” and PCO is NOT HUMAN! PCO drags Bandido up and puts him in the ring. PCO drags Bandido onto the apron but Bandido moule kicks back. To then Sunset Powerbomb PCO on the apron!! Everyone is down, and Manhattan cheers for “ROH! ROH!”
Brody has Haskins but Haskins throws knees and elbows. He fakes Brody out for a punch, but runs into a boot! And then rebounds into a forearm! Brody lifts Haskins, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!? Haskins survives?! Brody vows to end it now, and lifts Haskins again. But Haskins slips out, tags PJ, and PJ climbs for flying double stomps! Haskins goes back to the apron to Penalty Kick Scurll, then knee Brody! Bandido runs in, 21 PLEX! Darewolf springboard 450!! Cover, LifeBlood wins!!
Winners: LifeBlood, PJ Black pinning
The honorary member secures a major victory for LifeBlood! They have yet another win over the ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, but will they cash in on this momentum to take away the titles?
This was another odd episode from ROH. They gave us more Manhattan Mayhem snippets, which was fine, but we really only got part of what was supposedly an amazing Gresham VS Lee match, stuff from the ROH World Tag Team title scene we basically new from last week, and a squash match just to keep Soldiers of Savagery fresh in our minds. I would’ve preferred if we got just one of those to fill the whole space, but I guess they need to sell Honor Club. The Rhett Titus segment was actually great, and I think a Face turn for him against Kenny King would be great for Rhett. This might be what helps Rhett break out of the slump he is clearly facing, though I’m honestly surprised it didn’t happen sooner.
We also get a lot of hype going into a great Episode 413. The women’s title will be on the line, but I’m pretty sure Kelly Klein wins over Karissa Rivera. However, with Rivera giving us a great match against Sumie Sakai, I expect very much the same for her against Klein, even in losing. Then in the main event, borrowed from Manhattan Mayhem, we got a great 8 Man. The Six Man Street Fight was a high bar but this 8 Man came close. With Shinobi Shadow Squad next week, I’m sure Villain Enterprises gets the win back to stay strong as LifeBlood surely comes around for a title match at the next ROH PPV. At least, it should be, that’s how big that third match is going to be.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/25/21)
Will the Empress still reign?
Raw is revving up towards the Royal Rumble!
The Royal Rumble is this Sunday, but a lot could change right before it! Will Asuka still be Raw Women’s Champion after a rematch with twisted Alexa Bliss?
- Charlotte Flair VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Charlotte wins, by disqualification.
- Six Woman Tag: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax & Lacey Evans; Flair, Rose & Brooke win by count out, but restarted, Jax, Baszler & Evans win by pinfall.
- Slapjack w/ Retribution VS Xavier Woods; Woods wins.
- Sheamus VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Sheamus wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: The Miz & John Morrison VS Sheamus; The Miz & Morrison win.
- R-Truth VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Styles wins and Truth is NOT in the Royal Rumble match.
- United States Championship Opportunity Gauntlet Match: Matt Riddle VS The Hurt Business; Riddle wins and will challenge Bobby Lashley for the title.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Alexa Bliss; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre is back!
The WWE World Champion is healthy and ready for his match this Sunday at the Royal Rumble PPV! McIntyre has the mic, and he says it feels so good to be back on Raw! McIntyre thanks the fans for their get-well wishes all over social media. The outpouring of support means the world to him. McIntyre was lucky with the COVID symptoms. He’s 100% now and will be for the Rumble, but he’ll dedicate his match to those dealing with COVID. We will get through this together.
But speaking of being sick, McIntyre would have to be out of his mind if he took Goldberg lightly at all. McIntyre watched Goldberg since McIntyre was a teen. Goldberg came out of nowhere and rose to the top, running through opponent after opponent, 173-0 to then defat Hulk Hogan for the championship! Then he went through The Rock, the rest of the WWE, and then just disappeared. The last thing to go in a heavyweight fighter is their power. Goldberg returned the exact same animal he’s always been, set a new streak, and has beaten every new champion he’s faced! But McIntyre vows to END the new streak! This Sunday, McIntyre is STILL going to be WWE World Champion!
McIntyre says he’s fired up and wants to start things right, but here comes The Miz and John Morrison. Miz says this Sunday IS the Royal Rumble, and McIntyre VS Goldberg will be one for the ages! WWE’s Godzilla VS King Kong! Two of the hardest hitting monsters of all time! But when something that big happens, there tends to be consequences… What might those be? Well, at the very least, one or both of them, by the end, could end up injured! Oh no~! Then what would happen? Well we can’t give that away. Oh c’mon! Well okay. “Hey, John~! Whichever superstar is left standing by the end of that match will be?” A sitting duck! CORRECT!
And then these two hit the ring. CORRECT! And then they beat the hell out of whoever is champion! COOOOOORRECT! And then, Mr. Money in the Bank, will cash-in, and all you’ll hear is… “The winner, and NEW WWE World Champion… THEEEE MIIIIIZ~!” But here comes Goldberg! McIntyre waits as the pyro goes off, and out steps the Icon himself! No faking it with Gillberg this time, Goldberg storms his way to the ring with a mic of his own! Challenger stares down champion and says, “You. Me. Sunday. You’re next.” Miz and Morrison like that and then egg the two on. But that only gets Goldberg and McIntyre glaring at them.
McIntyre and Goldberg drag Miz and Morrison into the ring! SPEAR for Miz! CLAYMORE for Morrison! Then back to staring the other down! McIntyre raises the belt, but will Goldberg be raising it after the Rumble?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair!
The Royal Rumble is Sunday, but she’s going 1v1 with Shayna Baszler for the first time! If there’s one thing Charlotte does well, it’s performing under pressure. Shayna should bring that invisible crown, because it’s one thing to say you’re a queen, it’s another to be one. Charlotte loves defying odds, and she’s always willing to bet on herself, #MsWrestleMania. So the “situation” with Lacey Evans and her father won’t cause an issue? Charlotte says she’s seen her dad in a lot of dark places, this might be his darkest. Charlotte knows Lacey’s intentions. It’s one thing to have the last name Flair, it’s another to carry the weight of that name. But for now, Charlotte focuses on Shayna.
Charlotte Flair VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
While the Empress of Tomorrow is busy with Lil’ Ms. Bliss, the Queen will see how ready the Queen of Spades is this close to their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship rematch! Will Shayna be rolling towards the huge Sunday double header she has planned for herself?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Charlotte headlocks, but Shayna pries out to wrench and whip. Charlotte reverses, runs in but blocks a boot to give an elbow! Charlotte spins Shayna around into the ropes, elbows her down, then runs to dropkick Nia down for good measure! Shayna rushes in to get the sleeper! Charlotte rams Shayna into buckles, throws her off, then BOOTS her down! Charlotte gets the legs, Figure Four but Shayna fights it off! They move around, NIA drops a leg!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by disqualification
The challengers mug Charlotte! Charlotte fights back but here come Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose! The Sexy Muscle Friends fight Shayna and Nia off of Charlotte! Shayna kicks Mandy’s leg but Charlotte CLOBBERS Shayna! But here comes LACEY EVANS! Lacey brawls with Charlotte and it is chaos as Raw goes to break!
Six Woman Tag: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax & Lacey Evans!
Raw returns, and battle lines have been drawn! Will the Queen and Sexy Muscle Friends get payback together against the troublemakers?
Mandy starts with Lacey and the two circle. They tie up, Lacey pulls hair, but lets off as the ref counts. Lacey does the strut but Mandy gets the arm. Mandy wrenches and yanks but Lacey uses a leg to pry free and wrench back. Mandy gets around to headlock, throw Lacey down and keep her down. Lacey pulls hair again, then headscissors free. Lacey copies the “WOO~!” but Mandy kicks free. Mandy headlocks again, Lacey powers out but things speed up. Mandy KICKS Lacey while she’s down! Mandy headlocks again, shifts around, and tags in Dana. They bring Lacey around to double suplex! Dana covers, TWO!
Dana keeps on Lacey with a whip and runs her over with a shoulder! Dana flexes, covers, TWO! Dana keeps Lacey away from her corner with a whip and hip toss! Handspring and stomp! Cover, TWO! Dana grows annoyed, she drags Lacey back over and tags in Charlotte. Lacey scrambles away to tag Shayna! Shayna and Charlotte continue where things left off, Charlotte blocks a kick to run and baits Shayna into buckles! But Shayna dodges the splash to fire off fast hands! Shayna KICKS the leg, but Charlotte avoids the knee to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Charlotte scoops and EXPLODERS Shayna to then kip up! Charlotte swipes at Lacey but goes after Shayna.
Charlotte brings Shayna over, tags in Dana, and Dana tags Mandy. Snapmare and double handspring BOOT! Mandy covers, ONE! Mandy drags Shayna back up, tags Dana in and they stomp away in the corner! Dana CHOPS and Charlotte lets out a “WOO~!” Dana CHOPS again, then tags in Charlotte. Charlotte and Shayna scrap, Charlotte CLUBS Shayna down then whips her to a corner. Shayna reverses but Charlotte tumbles up and out to then hit back with forearms! Charlotte KNEES Shayna through the ropes then drags her to the floor! Shayna hits the steps on the way down and hurries away. Nia checks on her teammate but the ring count is climbing! Shayna shoves Charlotte in at 8 but can’t get in herself, she’s COUNTED OUT!
Winners: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, by count out
The Queen managed to get in the heads of her opponents and it cost them! Will it be this easy when it’s Charlotte and Asuka VS Shayna and Nia?
Raw returns, and it is NOT over! Adam Pearce had this match restart over commercial, and now Nia is throwing Dana around! Dana BOOTS then kicks low to throw forearms! Dana runs, Nia reels her in but Dana throws elbows! Dana handsprings and headscissors to throw Nia into a corner! Dana runs and handspring sin to back elbow! Dana keeps moving, but Nia CLOBBERS Dana! Cover, TWO! Nia drags Dana over and tags in Lacey. Lacey gets in Dana’s face and knocks her down, but the ref reprimands. Lacey drops down for a cover, TWO! Lacey stomps Dana in frustration, drops knees on Dana’s hand, then digs her into the ropes! The ref counts and Lacey lets off.
Lacey taunts Charlotte, tags Shayna, and they mug Dana in the corner. Shayna fires off body shots, snapmares Dana and KICKS her in the back! Shayna covers, TWO! Shayna has Dana’s arm, twists the wrist and STOMPS the arm! Nia tags in and goes after the arm with a cobra clutch! Dana endures as Nia smothers her then thrashes her around! Nia brings Dana up but Dana throws more elbows! Dana pushes but Nia pushes back, and Nia blocks the huricanrana! Dana manages to sunset flip but Nia breaks free, but Dana avoids the sit down! Hot tag to Mandy and Lacey! Mandy dodges Lacey to DECK Shayna, then Mandy fires off, and FLAPJACKS!
Mandy fires up, picks Lacey up and powers her to a corner! Mandy fires off forearms, the ref counts but Mandy runs to give Lacey a KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, but Shayna breaks it! Charlotte SPEARS Shayna! Nia CLOBBERS Charlotte! Nia drags Lacey to the corner to tag in! Nia aims at Mandy, Lacey drags Charlotte out but Charlotte glares. They run into the empty ringside area and Dana tags in! Nia still runs in but only gets POST! Dana manages to hit the ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Nia survives but Dana heads up top! But Nia drags her off with a ROCKET LAUNCHER TOSS!
Nia snarls and drags Dana up again, into a lift, for a CHOKE SLAM!! And a LEG DROP! Cover, Nia’s team wins!
Winners: Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Lacey Evans, by pinfall
Count out, controversy, whatever it is, that’s all the past now! Nia and Shayna are rolling towards the Royal Rumble, will they leave tag team champions as well as a Women’s Rumble winner?
Raw shares a WWE Network Exclusive from last week.
After Retribution’s Mace beat Xavier Woods, Mustafa Ali had a message. “Kofi, Xavier, people love watching you because you are their escape from reality.” But retribution is the reminder of reality! So get well soon, Kofi.
And in a message from earlier today, Ali answers Kofi’s burning question of why Retribution is after The New Day. To have the audacity to ask that! Kofi’s greatest moment came from Ali’s worst! KofiMania happened at Ali’s expense. That was Ali’s spot in the Elimination Chamber and it could’ve been Ali’s moment at WrestleMania! Ali feels the New Day took everything from him, so will he try to take everything from them?
Slapjack w/ Retribution VS Xavier Woods!
Raw returns as Woods makes his entrance. Woods is in no mood after having faced Ali’s allies twice already. The bell rings and Woods shotgun dropkicks Slapjack down! Woods throws hands, CHOPS Slapjack to a corner, then CHOPS him more! Woods whips corner to corner then back drops Slapjack high and hard! Slapjack flounders but Woods is on him. Slapjack throws Woods to the apron but Woods forearms back! Slapjack KNEES Woods, ROCKS him with a right, then slingshots out then in for an ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Slapjack digs Woods’ face into the mat, then stomps him down!
Slapjack stomps Woods more, digs his face into the mat more, then stomps him again! Slapjack goes to a corner, hops up and leaps, but Woods avoids the stomp! Woods shoves Slapjack then blocks punches to give punches! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Woods fires off over and over, whips but Slapjack reverses, only for Woods to tilt-o-whirl to a Russian Leg Sweep! Woods fires up again before he dodges and LEG LARIATS! Woods whips, Slapjack reverses and UPPERCUTS! Woods boots back, and hits the HONOR ROLL! Cover, TWO!! Slapjack survives and Ali has T-Bar make a move.
Woods sees T-Bar coming but Slapjack rolls Woods, only for Woods to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, Woods wins!!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
Mace chases Woods, but Woods gets out, only for T-Bar to BOOT Woods! T-Bar puts Woods back in and Retribution surrounds him! Ali says to “SHUT HIM DOWN!” T-Bar and Mace give Woods a DOUBLE CHOKE BOMB! Ali gets Slapjack up to get a chair and Slapjack does as ordered. T-Bar and Mace sit Woods up and Slapjack hands the chair to Ali. Ali scowls and demands Woods look at him. Ali raises the chair up, but he smirks as he spares Woods. Ali takes a seat and has Reckoning fetch him a mic.
“All this talk about wanting to be King of the Ring, but man, do you sure look like a peasant right now.” But like a real king, ALI will show mercy. “And for that, you are going to do exactly what I say. You are going to deliver a message to Kofi Kingston.” Tell Kofi that Ali heard the sad news that Kofi won’t make it to this year’s Rumble. But tell Kofi not to fear, “a replacement has been found. And his name is Mustafa Ali!” The tables have turned, and now the Beacon is ready to shine.
Matt Riddle finds R-Truth backstage.
Truth says he heard something. The Hurt Business is throwing a surprise party for him! How does he know that? Well it was Truth’s birthday last week, but he heard about a special VIP Lounge tonight! He’s getting 24 carrots! Well that makes sense as Capricorn, sign of the goat. BAAAH~! Now, don’t spoil the surprise! The secret is safe with Riddle, bro. Wait, someone got their wires crossed. Will Truth be sorely disappointed when the VIP Lounge isn’t what he thinks?
The Hurt Business heads to the ring!
The WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley, is going to be in the Men’s Royal Rumble this year, but his associates will be taking on Matt Riddle later on in a unique contender’s match challenge. But first, the VIP Lounge is decked out in black and gold as MVP says the BIGGEST things are popping, the littlest things are stopping, so relax and enjoy the view because the VIP Lounge is for people better than you. And MVP is stoked to see Bad Bunny is going to be at the Rumble and knows the after party will be lit! Lashley wanted this meeting for something important, MVP addresses the match with Riddle. Riddle may be brain dead but he is crafty. Let us not lose focus on that task in hand, Cedric Alexander.
Now, to Lashley’s business. “Sometimes you have to believe in somebody else’s belief in you.” Look at them! They all look good! Raw Tag Team and United States Championships. They believed! And more importantly, the beauty is that they’ve only just begun. So true. Benjamin says that looking at their individual accomplishments, it is hard to think that only a year ago- Alexander says that the Hurt Business is on a roll, thanks to MVP! Lashley says they collected some “outstanding debts,” to present something to represent their appreciation. It is only fitting that while these three are dripping in gold. MVP should have some gold, too. They present to him… #THB, the Hurt Business gold chain!
MVP tries it on, and loves it! It is not often that MVP is at a loss for words, but he doesn’t have any. Alexander takes credit working with the designer. Benjamin says Alexander doesn’t know what he’s talking about. But here comes R-Truth! PARTY~ TIME~! What?! Why!? Stop the music!! Truth says it is weird that the guest of honor isn’t on the list but sometimes it happens. He is NOT on the list! Truth says it is rude to eavesdrop, but he heard about this surprise party! Truth’s birthday was last week, but better late than never. No, this has NOTHING to do with Truth! This is all about MVP! Really? THB: Truth, Happy Birthday. And where the carrots at?
No, Truth. Just stop. Wait, dance break? Lashley says Truth is right. They’ve been so busy, Lashley forgot it was Truth’s birthday. And to make it up to him, they do have something for him, in the ring. MVP remembers now! Yeah, here we go. Oh wait, the other Raw superstars come out to go after the 24/7 Championship! They bust down the velvet rope, Tucker Knight rolls Truth up but Humberto Carrillo pushes him off. Lashley RAMS Carrillo into barriers! Gulak gets a haymaker, Lashley CLOBBERS Tucker and Benjamin throws Drew Gulak into steel steps! But Matt Riddle gets in to give MVP a FINAL FLASH knee! Riddle gets away but the Hurt Business tells him he’ll still pay! Will the Bro put the hurting on the Hurt Business from top to bottom?
R-Truth talks with Adam Pearce.
Truth “hides” but he asks about Royal Rumble opportunities. Truth wants to prove he can enter the MITB match and win! No, Truth, no… AJ Styles and Omos come over. Styles understands what Truth is really talking about. And being the nice guy Truth is, benevolent even, he’ll help Truth out. Styles is benevolent? Truth is a Capricorn! Sigh… Pearce arranges a match between Truth and Styles, and they accept! Truth says if Styles is benevolent, Truth is a Capricorn, and Omos must be a Taurus. Truth had a Ford Taurus, it broke down and… Well anyway, will Truth be able to prove he is worthy of the Rumble with just days left to get in?
Sheamus VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
The Fella saw the Guru and A-Lister get blasted by McIntyre and Goldberg earlier, and figured why not get in on the fun? Will Sheamus use Morrison as a great warm-up before entering the Men’s Rumble this Sunday?
Raw returns as the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century make their entrance. The bell rings, Sheamus and Morrison circle and tie up and Sheamus puts Morrison on ropes. The ref counts for the break but Sheamus lets off at 4. Morrison holds his jaw from that Claymore earlier, but gets around to waistlock. Sheamus throws Morrison down to get the arm. Morrison fights around to another waistlock, then shifts up to a chinlock. Sheamus fights up as Morrison moves around, and Morrison knees low! Sheamus blocks the knee to drop Morrison then cover, ONE! Sheamus facelocks but Morrison fights up, only for Sheamus to wrench to a hammerlock.
Sheamus cranks on the arm, wrangles Morrison down, shifts to a double wristlock but Miz cheers Morrison on. Morrison fight sup but Sheamus throws him over to add a headscissor squeeze. Morrison kicks free, shifts to a lateral press, ONE! Sheamus facelocks again, Morrison fights up and powers out, but Sheamus runs Morrison over! Sheamus runs, Morrison goes to hip toss but Sheamus blocks! Morrison avoids the counter clothesline to O’Conner roll, TWO! Sheamus avoids the Penalty Kick to roll Morrison up, TWO! Sheamus clamps back onto the arm, Morrison fights up and puts Sheamus in a corner. The ref counts for the break, Sheamus lets Morrison go but Morrison ROCKS and KICKS Sheamus!
Morrison fires off on Sheamus, KICKS him again, then stalks him to the other corner. Morrison whips, Sheamus reveres but Morrison kicks back! Morrison runs, into a BACK DROP! Sheamus looms over Morrison, kicks him while he’s down, then kicks him again! Sheamus drags Morrison back up, throws a BIG EuroUpper, then keeps on Morrison with heavy body shots! Sheamus clamps onto the arm again, grinds Morrison down, but Miz rallies up with the “Hey hey! Ho ho!” Morrison wrenches, kicks, and shifts around to ROUNDHOUSE! Morrison grounds ‘n’ pounds but Sheamus shoves him away. Morrison deflects the leg guard to spin over Sheamus and and KICK him back down!
Morrison stomps Sheamus around, has him on the ropes, then whips him corner to corner. Sheamus reverses, then shoulders into him at the corner! Sheamus rains down rights, drags Morrison up and hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Sheamus keeps his cool as he goes to a corner. Miz gets on the apron, the ref backs him off, but Sheamus stops the sneak attack from Morison! Sheamus goes up, leaps, but Morrison dropkicks him out of the air! Morrison KNEES Sheamus to the apron! Morrison has the leg on the ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Morrison stops at 4, then wrecks Sheamus with a baseball slide!
Miz creeps closer but Morrison KICKS Sheamus in the leg! The ring count climbs, Morrison puts Sheamus back in and has the leg. Morrison DRAGON SCREWS Sheamus, covers, ONE!! Morrison keeps on that leg for elbow drops to the knee! Sheamus fights back but Morrison shifts around again for more ground ‘n’ pound! Then a standing toehold to a KNEEBAR! Sheamus endures, Miz likes the aggression but Sheamus throws haymakers to get Morrison away! Morrison stalks Sheamus to a corner and drops an elbow on the leg! Morrison keeps on the leg and has a toehold to bend the leg!
Sheamus endures again, reaches for ropes but throws elbows into Morrison’s head! And then stomps him! Sheamus stomps until Morrison lets him go! Both men stand slowly, and Sheamus clobbers Morrison with ax handles! Sheamus runs in to clothesline Morrison at the corner, then TOSS him across the way! Sheamus hobbles over, fireman’s carries, but Morrison elbows free! CHOP BLOCK to the leg! Sheamus stays up but Morrison springboards! Sheamus manages to catch Morrison, swing him, and SLAM him! Cover, TWO!! Sheamus grits his teeth as he gets the bad leg moving.
Morrison crawls, Sheamus gets the legs and stomps Morrison’s stomach, to then tie up the legs! Sheamus turns Morrison, Morrison resists but Sheamus kicks him into the CLOVERLEAF! Morrison endures, crawls and gets the ropebreak! Sheamus lets go at 4, Miz checks on Morrison but Sheamus hobbles over. Morrison hotshots back! Morrison hurries back in but into a KNEE! Morrison flops into the fireman’s carry, and WHITE NOISE! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
The Miz protests! If Sheamus wants to prepare for the Rumble, he has to keep his head on a swivel! Miz challenges Sheamus to a handicap match, and Sheamus ACCEPTS! Will Sheamus be able to beat both members of the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century in one go?
2v1 Handicap Match: The Miz & John Morrison VS Sheamus!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Sheamus brawls with BOTH Miz and Morrison! Sheamus is on Miz but Morrison hops on Sheamus! Sheamus throws Morrison out over the top rope a la the Rumble, but Miz runs in! Sheamus elbows Miz away, fireman’s carries, but Morrison CHOP BLOCKS Sheamus! BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Morrison KNEES Sheamus down, Miz adds stomps, and they mug Sheamus at the ropes! Morrison and Miz double snapmare and then set Sheamus up for the BOOT, SHINING WIZARD and STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Double cover, TWO!
Miz and Morrison stalk Sheamus to ropes, he kicks them back, but Miz stomps Sheamus down! Miz digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, but Morrison drags Sheamus up with a chinlock. Sheamus elbows free, ROCKS Miz, but Morrison ROUNDHOUSES and clotheslines Sheamus out! Miz WRECKS Sheamus with a dropkick! Miz stands Sheamus up for Morrison to FLY out and take down! Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus back up, then throw him into the barriers! Morrison adds a HEEL KICK! Miz adds a BOOT! Sheamus flounders back up but Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus around the way to put in the ring. Miz climbs and Morrison sets Sheamus up, FLYING AX HANDLES!
Miz and Morrison put Sheamus in a corner but Sheamus blocks the buckle bump! Sheamus hits Miz back, Morrison KICKS and ROCKS Sheamus! Miz adds a mudhole stomp, then Morrison digs his knee in! The ref reprimands, Miz and Morrison drag Sheamus up and KICK, ROCK and repeat! Miz whips Morrison in but Sheamus throws Morrison out! Sheamus CLOBBERS Miz! Both men are down but Sheamus grits his teeth. Sheamus gets up and glares at Miz. Sheamus rallies with big ax handles on Miz! Morrison returns but gets a scoop SLAM! Miz staggers into a fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON onto Morrison!
The Celtic Warrior is seething as he sees Miz go to the apron. Sheamus stands Miz up to give him Beats of the Bodhrain! But Morrison comes over, only to miss! And now Morrison gets Beats of the Bodhrain! Sheamus shoves Morrison down, climbs up the corner, and as Miz and Morrison regroup, Sheamus LEAPS! SUPER DOUBLE FLYING CLOTHESLINES!! Sheamus drags Miz back into the ring, aims from a corner, fires himself up, and Miz stands up. Morrison anchors a foot, Miz hits the A-LIST LARIAT! Sheamus throws off the full nelson, ducks the Flying Chuck and BROGUES Morrison! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Miz and Morrison win!!
Winners: The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall
Beat down as they were to start the night, and as beat up as Sheamus was from his match with Morrison, this battle was much harder than just a normal 2v1! But in the end, the two beat the one just six days from the Royal Rumble! Will Miz leave with the WWE World Championship thanks to his MITB contract? Or will he have double the chances going into WrestleMania?
Lacey Evans “trains” with Ric Flair.
She talks waistlock counters and Ric shows her the ways. Seems innocent enough, but Charlotte Flair walks in and walks over. Lacey, leave. Lacey does, staying away from Charlotte as best she can. Ric says that just because Charlotte is a big star now, doesn’t mean there isn’t room enough in the dressing room for both. If someone wants some tips from Ric, he’ll give it. He’ll always be him. Always be himself, huh? The man who spent all his money on everyone but his family? Charlotte isn’t the villain here. When she was young, this was “cute.” Charlotte is the only one protecting Ric. He’s going from legend to an old man. She isn’t afraid to say it, either.
The tension mounts, but Charlotte takes a step back. But Lacey is still there, and she SUCKER PUNCHES Charlotte! Then kicks her into the wall! Ric hurries over to check on Charlotte, but Lacey wants him to move on. Will Lacey pay for playing father against daughter soon enough?
R-Truth VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
Truth wants to bring the 24/7 Championship to Money in the Bank! Too bad it’s Rumble season first. But will Truth still get in on the big time event when he’s up against a phenomenal gatekeeper?
The bell rings and Styles sees Truth busy with his knee pads, so he stomps and kicks him to a corner! Styles whips Truth corner to corner hard and Truth bounces off buckles! Styles taunts Truth, brings him up and throws haymakers. Truth ROCKS Styles back! Styles kicks Truth’s leg, grabs it to elbow the knee, then kick it! Styles runs in at Truth in the corner but Truth ROCKS him again! Truth runs, but into a BACKBREAKER! Styles says this is what he’ll do to 29 other men in the Rumble! Styles whips but Truth reverses and sends Styles out a la the Rumble! Styles is pissed, he gets in and drop toeholds Truth hard!
Truth checks his nose, but then he looks up to see Omos looming over him! And Omos is still on the floor level! Styles argues with the ref but Truth goes to a corner. Truth puts Styles on the apron, Styles springboards back in but Truth avoids the forearm to hit a SPIN OUT BOMB! A la his “childhood hero,” John Cena! YOU CAN’T SEE ME~! Five Knuckle Shuffle!! And the- No, Styles avoids the scissor kick! Truth fireman’s caries but Truth slips out to get the CALF CRUSHER! Truth taps, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by submission
Another would-be Rumble entrant is denied! Is Styles going to have an even easier time in the Rumble match itself?
Alexa Bliss speaks.
She’s on her swing as she sings “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary.” Alexa says last week was so much fun! And did “he” see what Randy Orton’s face looked like after what they did? The fireball that sent Orton writhing and rolling left him burned, and Alexa laughs at the idea that it’s an improvement. “For the record, I just wanted to have some fun with Asuka in my Playground, but she didn’t want to play nice.” Asuka just tried to make Alexa happy by saying “he” is still here, but Alexa didn’t take kindly to that. “But… neither did I.” Alexa pulled some trickery of her own, and became the dark side that Asuka feared we’d see. Alexa won the match, which is why she has her title opportunity tonight.
Did you like the magic trick? “He” taught it to her. And a lot of other things, actually. She can’t wait to see “him” again so she can say thanks. But tonight, Alexa can win herself a shiny new toy in the Raw Women’s Championship. And just like last week, Alexa won’t play nice. Now she sings “Ring Around the Rosies.” Will it be ashes to ashes for Asuka’s title reign tonight?
United States Championship Opportunity Gauntlet Match: Matt Riddle VS The Hurt Business!
The Bro has come close to taking the title off the Chief Hurt Officer, but the chase is never done! Can he get through Shelton Benjamin, “Prime” Alexander and Montel Vontavius Porter to earn another shot at Bobby Lashley’s gold?
Raw returns and the Hurt Business make their entrance. The first one to take Riddle on is… the Gold Standard!
Matt Riddle VS Shelton Benjamin!
The bell rings and Riddle rushes Benjamin only to miss the knee! Riddle fires off hands, kicks and forearms to put Benjamin in a corner! Riddle runs side to side to forearm smash! Then side to side, but Benjamin gets around to waistlock! Riddle throws elbows but Benjamin GERMAN SUPELXES! Riddle lands on his feet! Riddle spins Benjamin around to PELE! Benjamin ducks the Penalty Kick, blocks the Final Flash and SPINEBUSTERS Riddle down! High stack, TWO! Riddle survives an early exit but Benjamin lifts Riddle to the corner! Benjamin clubs away on Riddle then STEP UP KNEES Riddle out of the ring!
The ref counts as Riddle is down on the outside, but Benjamin drags him up and in. Benjamin clinches, throws knees, then scoop slams! Cover, TWO! Benjamin keeps Riddle from ropes with a seated cobra twist. Riddle endures, fights up as MVP taunts him, and he throws body shots! Riddle gets free to throw forearms, then he runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Benjamin grounds ‘n’ pounds, circles him and KICKS him! Benjamin drags Riddle up, Riddle blocks the suplex and throws more body shots but Benjamin clubs and KNEES Riddle back down! Cover, TWO!! Riddle is still in this and defiantly glares at MVP!
MVP wants Benjamin to stop playing with Riddle and Benjamin brings Riddle into a chinlock. Riddle endures even as Benjamin has a rear bearhug. Riddle fights up, pries free to go after the arm, and gets a GUILLOTINE! Benjamin drops, Riddle shifts around, but Benjamin fights up to suplex free! Riddle knees free of the suplex! Alexander distracts, Riddle swipes at him, but Benjamin runs in! Riddle switches to an O’Conner roll but Alexander distracts! But Benjamin reverses as Alexander argues too long! The plan backfires and Benjamin is furious! MVP tells Alexander to help but doing NOTHING! But Riddle goes up and victory rolls Benjamin, to ELIMINATE him!!
Matt Riddle VS MVP!
MVP tells Alexander to stop and let him handle business. Benjamin and Alexander argue and MVP is busy telling them to stop! The bell rings, Riddle rolls MVP up to a KNEEBAR!! MVP TAPS, Riddle ELIMINATES him!! Alexander and Benjamin blame each other, but now it’s down to “Prime” Alexander to end this! Will the young lion make up for his mistakes by solving the Riddle?
Matt Riddle VS Cedric Alexander!
Raw returns as Alexander RAMS Riddle into the corner! Alexander digs his shoulder in and KICKS Riddle while he’s down, but MVP and Benjamin aren’t happy with him. Alexander snapmares Riddle to a cover, TWO! Alexander and Riddle throw forearms, Riddle ROCKS Alexander but runs into another kitchen sink knee! Alexander fireman’s carries for a GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Alexander keeps on Riddle with an armlock and a knee in Riddle’s back. Riddle endures, fights up and slips free to CHOP! Riddle fires forearms, has Alexander in the corner for KICK after KICK, then he runs to forearm smash! Riddle keeps moving but Alexander dropkicks Riddle down hard! Cover, TWO!
Benjamin and MVP tell Alexander to stay focused and he says he’s got this. Alexander drags Riddle into a standing cobra twist, but Riddle endures again. Riddle moves around, gets to the ropebreak, but Alexander counts along before he lets go at 4. Alexander then digs his knee into Riddle at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Cover, TWO! Alexander covers again, TWO! Alexander has the rear bearhug and squeezes tight. Riddle endures, throws elbows over and over and is free! Alexander shakes out the cobwebs, but Riddle fireman’s carries him, only for Alexander to make it a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and MVP coaches Alexander to finish this.
Alexander drags Riddle into a chinlock but Riddle fights his way over to ropes again. Riddle fights up, fights back with body shots and forearms and fast hands! Alexander boots but Riddle spins him around for a PELE! Riddle kips up, runs in and forearm smashes! Then another! Then a BROSPLODER! Riddle grits his teeth as he runs, but Alexander dodges the PK, the moonsault, and gets knees up for the Broton! MVP tells Alexander to capitalize and Alexander gets up. Alexander brings Riddle up, throws body shots, but Riddle fires off fast hands! Alexander ducks a kick to give a kick, but Riddle gets him taunting, GERMAN SUPLEX!
MVP is annoyed as Riddle drags Alexander up, only for Alexander to BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! MVP is furious as Alexander slowly gets up. Alexander rains down furious fists on Riddle, stomps him down, then grabs an arm to stomp Riddle unguarded! Alexander goes to a corner, climbs up top, and LEAPS, but the Frog Splash misses! Riddle comes back, flying takedown to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Alexander stays up, dad lifts and POWERBOMBS! But Riddle has the Triangle again! Alexander fights up, Riddle slips out, but Alexander pump handles! Riddle makes that a victory roll, RIDDLE WINS!!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE US Championship)
The Bro breaks through to get another shot! And Benjamin laughs at Alexander for failing. But as Riddle goes up the ramp, Lashley ATTACKS! Lashley clobbers Riddle then puts Riddle in the HURT LOCK! Riddle is a ragdoll before Lashley finally throws him down! The Hurt Business still stands tall, but will the Rocky Mountain Machine be able to focus on the Men’s Rumble when Riddle awaits on the other side?
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.119 ~ 24TH JANUARY 2021
A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade!
A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade!
Hajime Ohara tests positive for COVID-19
It was announced on the 22nd January that Hajime Ohara had tested positive for Covid after a routine PCR test. The Osaka card was changed with YO-HEY filling in for him. Ohara has not shown any symptoms of fever, cough or loss of taste so far, and temperature taken on the morning of the 24th January was normal. Ohara is isolating at home, and true to form is studying (he was taking an online English class), and and eating nutritiously. He is determined to be back to NOAH for The Budokan.
In Osaka, the roster paid tribute to him, with YO-HEY making the Muy Bien sign, and Naomichi Marufuji finishing his promo (tantrum) with “Muy Bien”.
Kenoh from Murakami to Masakatsu
In a match that lasted only nine minutes and forty seconds, which was really for how long it needed to last, Kenoh defeated Kazunari Masakatsu for the GHC National title in Osaka on the 23rd January 2021. The match started off somewhat MMA style, and went to mat wrestling. Kenoh got his own back on Murakami for felling him with a closed fist, by doing the same, but this seemed to only make Murakami mad and he unleashed a volley of kicks and punches on Kenoh. After a brief loss of temper, Kenoh came to his senses and realized that he was going to have to take Murakami down, and he did it by using the sleeper hold, which caused the referee to stop the match.
Almost immediately after the match had finished, Masakatsu Funaki made his challenge. He simply pointed at the belt and asked Kenoh to be his next challenger. Kenoh accepted the challenge, and set it for the Nippon Budokan (12th February 2021), but backstage rather than scream abuse about his opponent, he actually said that he was it was exciting and he was looking forward to it. Murakami he said he had also enjoyed the match with, although he admitted to being scared by him.
Masakatsu Funaki seemed to have a few different reasons for challenging; he had the image of being a champion alongside Mutoh, Kenoh was not something he had experienced before, and he felt that the time was now to do it. He was also complimentary about Kenoh, saying that he was “in his thirties and riding high”. Funaki makes the third MMA fighter to have challenged Kenoh.
EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS
Post match interviews: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
~ Atsushi Kotoge admitted some jealousy of Daisuke Harada.
~ Mohammed Yone did some catering for the roster on the way home from Osaka.
~ Naomichi Marufuji won the chop challenge against Go Shiozaki, then got annoyed at it being pointed out that he beat Shiozaki in the challenge, but wasn’t the one to make the pin and win the match. Pointed out that HE was the senior to them, and would take both their belts, “so I can enter last and show them off”. And then walked off.
~ Takashi Sugiura says he aims to create a new record, and become the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the age of 50, however if Keiji Mutoh defeats Go Shiozaki for it, he will do it when he is 60.
ALL the titles, except the GHC Heavyweight Tag, have been challenged for and the matches will take place at The Budokan. Fans are hoping that Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya will challenge, especially as they are teaming together against Takashi Sugiura (Kazushi Sakuraba is absent) on NOAH’s last show before The Budokan, on the 31st January.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Go Shiozaki
Challenger: Keiji Mutoh (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA)
Challengers: Kotaro Suzuki & Ikuto Hidaka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC National Champion: Kenoh
Challenger: Masakatsu Funaki (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Sunday 31st January: “HIGHER GROUND 2021” (11.30am JST, Korakuen Hall.)
NOAH’s 23rd January show from Osaka will be available to view on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on Tuesday 26th January. The GHC National title match, and the main event were streamed live through Periscope.
The 31st January event at Korakuen Hall has not had broadcast details announced yet.
GIF taken from Noah’s Periscope
Match graphic taken from the Official NOAH Twitter
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