It’s the last Raw before SummerSlam!
After what Brock Lesnar did to him, does Seth Rollins stand a chance of making to to Toronto? Does he stand a chance of even standing up at all?
- Natalya & Trish Stratus VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair; Lynch & Flair win, by disqualification.
- Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Maria Kanellis VS Mike Kanellis; Mike wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship: Mike Kanellis VS R-Truth w/ Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Viking Raiders VS Jay Alexander & Eric Abraham; The Viking Raiders win.
- Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre, Special Guest Referee: Kurt Angle; No Contest.
- The New Day VS The OC w/ AJ Styles; The New Day, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The New Day VS The OC; The OC wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Fatal 4 Way: The IIconcis VS The Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross; Bliss & Cross win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE stands with El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
A moment of silence and a 10 bell salute for the victims and affected communities.
Raw has a new entrance theme!
Papa Roach’s Born for Greatness is officially THE opening theme for the show!
Samoa Joe is shouting at commentary!?
The Samoan Submission Machine doesn’t care that he’s interrupting regularly scheduled programming to right a wrong! “Oh what happened to Roman Reigns on SmackDown last week?” Joe keeps getting accusations from the fans! Roman may not have made claims himself, but he’s just as guilty of slander. Was Joe anywhere near that incident!? What dose Michael Cole have to say about it?! Cole tries to talk Joe down but Joe is still furious! But a poll of fans has 80% of them believing it wasn’t just an accident. Well 80% of the fans are idiots! So Joe makes it clear: roll the footage to find out the truth!
Footage does play of Roman approaching the interview space, only for girders to fall! No serious damage was done to the Big Dog, but perhaps only by a miracle. Roman left on his own two feet, but clearly just as confused and concerned as many. Joe doesn’t see one frame of footage of himself! Where is anyone’s proof?! They’ll make Joe a suspect just because, but Joe will wait for Roman to arrive to shut this show down until an apology is given! And if anyone has a problem with that- The Man comes around to shut Joe up! Becky Lynch doesn’t care about what Joe’s issues are, she’s here to settle some of her own!
Natalya & Trish Stratus VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair!
It’s a Canadian connection as the Queen of Harts and the iconic six-time Women’s Champion team up against their SummerSlam opponents! But can The Man and The Queen coexist to roll into Toronto?
Raw returns as the bell rings and Becky ties right up with Natty. They go around on the ropes but Natty lets up. Becky shoves but Natty shoves back. Becky goes after the arm but Natty rolls. Becky still waistlocks but Natty shifts and gets the fireman’s carry takedown! Natty has an armlock and dares Becky to break her arm now. Becky gets up and waistlocks but Natty standing switches to a trip and a float over to the facelock. Becky trips Natty back to get her own facelock. But Natty rolls to an ARMBAR! Ronda would be proud, but Becky rolls to a cover, TWO! Becky wants to steal the Sharpshooter!? Natty shoves her off but Becky goes for the Disarm-Her. But Charlotte tags in! Charlotte tells Becky to move aside so she can take care of this.
Charlotte kicks Natty and CHOPS her! And chops and chops! Natty reverses the whip but Charlotte tumbles out to shoulder in. Charlotte slingshots and rolls Natty but Natty is up and tilt-o-whirls to a sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Natty clubs Charlotte hard, then snapmares her. Natty runs and walks all over Charlotte, only for Charlotte to trip her up! Charlotte then BOOTS Natty down, and taunts Trish. Charlotte kicks Natty down again then throws her against the mat. Charlotte mocks Natty reaching for the tag before ramming a knee into Natty’s back. Fans rally as Natty endures a neck wrench. Charlotte shifts to a chinlock and thrashes Natty around. Natty and Trish still reach for each other, but Charlotte brings Natty away. natty gets up and fights back to arm-drag Charlotte off. But Charlotte runs her over with a clothesline.
Charlotte goes to tag Becky, but then changes her mind. She puts Natty through the ropes to pull back. Charlotte lets up at 4 with a “WOO~!” Fans rally for Becky, and Natty starts throwing hands. Charlotte DECKS Natty to then rain down rights! Charlotte also wants to point out how weak Becky’s competition is by dominating Natty. She scoops but Natty slips out to waistlock! Charlotte elbows hard out of the waistlock to then get her own. She rolls Natty back but TWO and Charlotte goes into buckles! Natty gets up and trips Charlotte into the Sharpshooter, but Charlotte pokes her eyes! Charlotte’s boot is blocked into the discus lariat! Natty reaches but Charlotte intercepts her and throws her down! She swings on Trish but Trish gets clear. Natty rolls Charlotte, TWO! Charlotte boots and scoops for the exploder! The Queen kips up and taunts Trish. The ref keeps Trish back to keep this from breaking down.
Charlotte drags Natty up as fans rally. Charlotte runs but Becky tags in! Becky one-ups Charlotte, but Charlotte BOOTS Becky down! Charlotte is done with this match, so she just leaves the ring and goes up the ram. Natty gets Becky in the Sharpshooter!! A reminder that their match is a Submission Match! But Becky gets the ropebreak! Natty holds past 5, this match is thrown out!
Winners: Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, by disqualification
Trish goes to pull Natty off Becky, but Becky just shoves Trish away! The Queen of Harts brings out claws already, just how vicious will she be when she gets to do what she wants to make Becky quit?
Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
This rivalry was revived last week in the United States Championship Contender’s Gauntlet, and was made even more personal than before after El Idolo literally ripped the mask apart! Will the King of Lucha Libre get his revenge? Or will El Ingobernable Orginal continue to show disrespect even now?
The bell rings and Almas goes right at Mysterio! But Mysterio is ready and he dropkicks the leg out! He clubs away then runs, but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Mysterio kicks back from the mat then enziguris Almas onto ropes! Dial it up, but Almas runs Mysterio over with a shoulder! Fans boo but Mysterio dodges the basement dropkick to cover! ONE, and Mysterio backs to a corner. He boots Almas back then headscissors him into the corner! Almas again stops the call and whips Myserio into the corner! Almas stomps Mysterio down and Vega likes what she sees. Almas CHOPS Mysterio, then rams his knee in. He brings Mysterio out to whip corner to corner hard. And then he lifts Mysterio on the return, but Mysterio arm-drags Almas out! Mysterio runs, slides, and hits a sunset flip powerbomb into barriers! Vega is shocked as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Almas has Mysterio in a fireman’s carry, on the top rope! Mysterio fights back and sits down, for a SPINNING SUPER STEINER! Both men are down and Pittsburgh is fired up! Vega shouts for Almas to get up but it’s Mysterio who crawls over to a cover, TWO! Mysterio goes to ropes and the apron. Almas runs but into Mysterio’s shoulder and kick! Mysterio climbs up, seated senton! Tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Mysterio throws hands on Almas at the ropes, then whips. Almas sunset flips but Mysterio rolls through to buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Vega is furious as the fans chant, “6 1 9!” Mysterio kicks Almas and hops on, for the DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives but Mysterio keeps his cool.
Mysterio drags Almas up but Almas elbows hard! And CHOPS harder! Almas CHOPS Mysterio again, then fires himself up. He wants a third but Mysterio dodges and runs, but into another ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio lives and Almas is shocked! Almas drags Mysterio around and goes to the corner. He climbs up top but Mysterio clubs him down! Mysterio climbs to join Almas and keeps clubbing away. But Almas trips Mysterio into the Tree of Woe! WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Vega is pulling hair out of her head, she’s that furious with Mysterio’s resilience! Almas stalks Mysterio, but fans still chant “6 1 9!” Mysterio kicks back then moonsaults, but into a fireman’s carry, to make it a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO!
Mysterio brings Almas up but Almas shoves, and blocks the headscissors for a BOMB! Mysterio is in the corner, Almas runs in, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!? Mysterio survives again and Vega is throwing a tantrum! Pittsburgh is thunderous for Mysterio but Almas grabs the legs. He goes for a cover, TWO and another DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Vega is relieved but Mysterio keeps his cool. He boots Almas onto the ropes, dials it up, 619 finally hits!! Vega shouts at Mysterio but she’s also in his way of the corner. Mysterio climbs and leaps, but onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Hammerloc, but cradle counter! TWO, Almas kicks low and suplexes, but Mysterio fights out. Mysterio gets caught into another bomb! And then, Almas grabs at the mask! The ref stops him, but he keeps trying! Mysterio gets away, but Vega gives Mysterio a hotshot!! Hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
La Muneca continues to help her client succeed when he struggles! Will this end things between them and Mysterio? Will this lead to El Idolo having a title match in the near future?
Raw shares footage from the Kanellis OBGYN appointment…
Mike read magazines while in the lobby with Maria. But she insisted he pay attention to her, the first-ever pregnant champion in WWE history. Maria bragged to everyone that she is a trailblazer. And Mike has one job: protect her, her unborn child, and her WWE 24/7 Championship. Mike promises not to let her down. She doesn’t seem to trust that. Maria’s turn comes, and she has Mike follow her in. What is the fate of this anywhere, anytime, anyone title?
Raw returns to the continuation of the Kanellis appointment.
Maria gets comfortable with her title, and tells Mike to stop massaging. Mike needs to make her proud. Show her he’s a man by protecting the title. Of course he’ll do that. But just relax, focus on their new baby. Mike hugs Maria and they lie down on the chair. But then someone starts slapping his back? The “doctor” was a female referee!! Mike just betrayed and pinned Maria!!
Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
He just tricked his own wife! However, in the lobby… Truthina and Carl Mella are here! They followed the Kanellises?! OBG Why not? And Mike has something that belongs to Truth. Uh oh, his water broke! Baby doll attack! And roll up! Truth wins!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
And off goes the FABULOUS Truth! Mike got his baby, and now Truth has his! Just where is this title going to go next?!
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!
The Raw Women’s Champion is still sore, and also upset, over what went down earlier tonight. Will home field advantage give Natty an edge in their Submission Match? It better. Natty better bring all 9000 Hart family members for moral support, because if she’s let Canada down so far, it’s not going to change anything being there. Now Natty complains “the machine” has gotten behind Becky, it’s because Becky fought until the company didn’t have a choice! Becky wasn’t walking the line like a good little girl hoping everyone will like her enough not to fire her. Natty can act like Becky should be ashamed, but Becky is on top! Becky changed the business why Natty changed her swimsuit. Becky fought with a broken face while Natty was taking selfies with duck face. This is the one thing Natty has been missing in her career, and Canada will get a new hero in Becky.
“There is going to be a huge celebration” when Natty wins in front of her people. Becky won’t tap Natty no matter what. That Sharpshooter earlier is just a taste of how Natty will end Becky’s career! Will either woman have a leg to stand on or an arm to lift that title when it’s all said and done?
Steel City is now Suplex City!
The Beast and the Advocate are here just a week before the SummerSlam WWE Universal Championship match. However, Seth Rollins vows to make it to Toronto regardless of what Brock Lesnar did to him last week. Will that be true?
Paul Heyman begins his usual introduction, and grins as he says he is the Advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! And his client has authorized and instructed Heyman to educate the WWE Universe. A few questions that aren’t rhetorical: “Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the Beastslayer? Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the Conqueror’s Conqueror? Wasn’t Seth Rollins supposed to be the one man that had Brock Lesnar’s number?” Wasn’t he the Architect of Arson that would #BurnSuplexCityDown? Isn’t he supposed to be this generation’s hero, Seth Freakin’ Rollins? The answer to all that and more “lies in a piece of footage” that Heyman will play “right freakin’ now.”
That footage is of course from last week’s Raw, when Lesnar and Heyman shocked us all by appearing, and then shocked everyone even more as Lesnar would brutalize Rollins without hesitation or remorse. Barriers, German Suplexes, and repeated F5’s to a standing steel chair were enough to get Rollins carried out on a stretcher to an ambulance in the back. But that carnage somehow wasn’t enough for Lesnar. He forced the ambulance to stop, so that he could drag Rollins out and F5 his already damaged body onto the stretcher! In the present, Lesnar laughs at his vicious attack.
Heyman admits he dropped to his knees to beg Lesnar to show even just a shred of mercy. Heyman knew in his heart that WWE does need a new hero. And after what Rollins endured last week at the hands of Lesnar, things that even Heyman was shocked by, he has some inside information he would love to share. “Seth Rollins is here in Pittsburgh tonight.” The fans cheering confuses Heyman. Why would they cheer a man who would go down in a blaze of glory like that? It proves Rollins has more balls than brains. And speaking of, here’s Rollins right now! At least, his music is. But there he is! Steel chair in hand, somehow managing to walk on stage! Heyman and Lesnar stand firm, and Lesnar even eggs Rollins on.
Rollins hobbles up the steel steps, onto the apron, and somehow gets through the ropes. Only for Lesnar to kick him right in the bad ribs! Lesnar steps on the chair Rollins brought in, to then take it for his own! And he jams it into Rollins’ already ruined ribs! And he SMACKS Rollins on his battered back! “When are you going to learn?” Lesnar asks as he hauls Rollins up. He rams Rollins into the corner buckles! Rollins still crawls, glaring with hatred, but Lesnar just picks him up and rams him into the corner again! Fans are mostly silent as Lesnar rips Rollins’ shirt off to show those taped up ribs and back. Lesnar dares Rollins to stand, and Rollins does, only for Lesnar to shove him into the corner! Rollins runs at Lesnar but gets a knee to the gut! And then, another F5!
Heyman hands Lesnar the belt back and Lesnar stands over Rollins as he holds it up high. Fans boo as Lesnar and Heyman leave. We doubted if there’d be a match at SummerSlam given last week, but is the official cancellation?
Raw shares footage from the commercial break.
At the mere appearance of a stretcher, Lesnar rushed the ring again, to F5 Rollins again!
Raw returns to Seth Rollins wanting a mic.
Despite referees and medics wanting to get him to the back, Rollins speaks. “It’s gotten to the point… where I have to ask myself… Is this worth it?” Is all the pain worth it? “You love something so much, you’d do anything to protect it, to keep it safe. Even if the thing you love keeps getting you beat to a pulp.” Rollins thinks on his own question, and his answer is YES! This is all he is. “Every second of every day,” this is all Rollins has ever wanted, and it is all he has. So at SummerSlam, Rollins vows to beat Brock Lesnar. Rollins drops the mic and crawls out of the ring while fans cheer “Burn It Down!” Rollins even ruses to take the stretcher out this time. But with it hard to walk, stand, or even breathe, what hope does Rollins have of beating the Beast?
Backstage interview with Pittsburgh’s own, Kurt Angle!
The Olympic Gold Medalist is going to be a special guest referee tonight, and here come the Street Profits. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins officially introduce themselves, and plug NXT TakeOver: Toronto this Saturday, they want to cross some T’s and dot the three I’s. Intensity, Integrity and Intelligence. They want to do that, by sharing some beverages with Kurt Angle! Milk! Angle promised the wife he wouldn’t get crazy tonight. Wait, is this Angle or Mike Kanellis? But Angle is a hero to everyone, so please. Just one. Yeah! Ford fills the red Solo cups and cheers! But Drew McIntyre now appears.
Hilarious, boys, really. But overhearing all this stuff, he couldn’t help but split his sides. And he comes in peace. A reminder of what happened when they were in the ring together. Call the match down the middle, Angle. Or McIntyre will humble Angle again. Just a friendly reminder. Otherwise, McIntyre will crack Angle’s skull open. It’s true, it’s damn true. Will Angle be able to keep his emotions in check when he calls McIntyre’s match with Cedric Alexander later on?
The Viking Raiders VS Jay Alexander & Eric Abraham!
The war comes to Steel City! What happens to Pittsburgh’s own in this match?
The bell rings and Ivar goes right at Abraham with big knees! Then he hits Jay down to throw Abraham to a corner. Tag to Erik for knees all around! Erik sees Jay return and drags him in through the ropes for a German Suplex! Then he knees Abraham and rocks him with a rolling elbow! Erik scoops Jay for a gutbuster, then tags Ivar in before gutbuster powerbomb’ing Jay down! Ivar climbs and LEAPS for a viking splash! Abraham gets THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
The raid will not be stopped by mere mortal men! Who is next to have a #VikingExperience?
WWE mourns the loss of Harley Race.
Cedric Alexander VS Drew McIntyre, Special Guest Referee: Kurt Angle!
Pittsburgh cheers their hometown hero as he returns to the ring in a different capacity. The Scottish Terminator still has beef with the Age of Alexander, will things be settled with a WWE Hall of Famer calling the shots?
But speaking of that grudge, McIntyre attacks from behind! He clobbers Alexander then throws him into the apron, and then the barriers! Then he CHOPS Alexander off his feet! McIntyre clubs away then whips Alexander to the far side! McIntyre throws a BIG haymaker, then drags Alexander in the reverse Alabama. But Alexander fights out and boots McIntyre into the post! Alexander climbs the barriers, and LEAPS to tornado DDT McIntyre into the floor! Both men are down, so what is Angle to do? Oh no! Not the blackout! That means… THE FIEND HAS ANGLE! Bray Wyatt has Angle in the mandible claw!! He smothers Angle! Is The Fiend going to stack up victims before facing Finn in Toronto?!
Champions VS Champions: The New Day VS The OC w/ AJ Styles!
The SmackDown Tag Team Champions jump onto Raw to repay the favor from last week’s huge SmackDown! And now we get a tag team Champions VS Champions match out of it! But of course, the Good Brothers make sure to have their Phenomenal leader with them! Will Styles become a factor in this match?
The bell rings and Anderson goes right at Woods. He whips Woods to a corner but Woods elbows back. Gallows and Styles run at Woods while taking out Big E! The ref throws this match out!
Winners: The New Day, by disqualification
The New Day are down and the OC stomp away. Styles goes after Woods, but here comes the One and Only! Ricochet is Styles’ challenger this Sunday, and he is here to help the New Day! He dumps Gallows out, kicks Anderson down, then handspring headscissors and dropkicks Styles out to join them! Styles is speechless but Ricochet and the New Day want more! Are we getting a massive Six Man after the break?
Six Man Tag: Ricochet & The New Day VS The OC!
We are! Will the King of Flight be the edge for Xavier Woods and Big E to shut up the #OriginalOfficialandOnly Club this close to SummerSlam?
Raw returns as Styles has the headlock. Ricochet fights out but Styles reverses again to whip Ricochet. Ricochet goes up and over and arm-drags Styles around! Ricochet then huricanranas and Styles goes to the apron. Styles has Ricochet back off before he returns. They tie up and Styles kicks low. Ricochet forearms back but Styles yanks him into buckles. Styles brings Ricochet up for a suplex but Ricochet slips out to roll up, ONE! Ricochet wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Styles throat chops Ricochet down! He puts Ricochet in the OC corner to tag Anderson. Anderson gets forearms from Ricochet, but reverses the whip. Ricochet rolls off Anderson’s back and spins Anderson for a jumping neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet tags in Big E and Big E throws hands on Anderson. Big E reels Anderson in for more, but Anderson ducks the lariat to mule kick the leg! Tag to Gallows for a BOOT! Gallows throws big hands on Big E in the OC corner, then uppercuts! He headbutts Big E down, then drags him up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Gallows rains elbows down on Big E then wraps on a chinlock. Big E works his way up and fights out, but Gallows shoves for the Yakuza Kick! He clobbers Ricochet just because, too! Gallows runs corner to corner but misses Big E! Styles tags in and goes at Big E, and drags him into the OC corner. Big E fights out with big hands! But he misses once and Styles has the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles slips out of the suplex to hit Woods down. He hits Big E, springboards but misses! Big E catches Styles for the overhead suplex!
Both Big E and Styles are down! Styles crawls as Woods returns! Hot tags to Anderson and Woods! Woods goes at the OC with furious forearms! Mule kick to whip, but Anderson revers. Woods dodges and ducks to slide and rolling elbow! Styles throws Woods to a corner but gets a boot! Woods hits the Honor Roll lariat! Woods runs at Anderson, Shining Wizard! Cover, but Gallows breaks it! Ricochet springboard dropkicks in! Big E clotheslines Gallows out! PHENOMENAL FOREARM for Big E! Dropkick-flip and enziguri for Styles! Then a basement dropkick wrecks Styles out of the ring! Gallows throws Ricochet into barriers! The referee shouts at Gallows, Anderson hits Woods with a DDT! Tag to Gallows, they get Woods, MAGIC KILLER! Cover, The OC win!
Winners: The OC, Gallows pinning
The golden Good Brothers are rolling into Toronto! But will Styles still be champion after going 1v1 with the One and Only?
Samoa Joe still waits for Roman Reigns.
The Big Dog is on his way, and Joe is going to shut the show down! Will he get his way after the break?
Raw returns to Samoa Joe storming back out to the ring!
“Roman Reeeeigns~!” Joe heard about Island Time but this is ridiculous. He won’t wait any longer. Roman is around, so he should just walk out, get in the ring, and apologize. No? Fine! Joe will do this the hard way. He puts a chair in the ring and takes a seat. “Ladies and gentlemen, Raw is officially SHUT DOWN until Roman Reigns walks down here and apologizes to me in person!” He gives Roman until the count of three. One. Two. Three. Still nothing from Roman. All Roman has to do is come out. Unless he’s scared. Joe has all night, Roman. He’ll keep the fans waiting. “Where you at, Roman?!” It’s all on him.
Joe doesn’t want fans to blame him. This is because Roman is too cowardly to apologize! Joe lounges back in his chair as he waits. Joe talks with a stage hand. Roman is finally here? Well then as much as Joe wants to hang out with the ungrateful fans, he’ll go find Roman himself! Joe storms to the back, but will he find Roman for that apology?
Cameras follow Joe to the parking lot. Joe spots Roman’s car and starts shouting. Roman gets out and trash talks with Joe. But then another car hits Roman’s!! Who just tried to assassinate Roman again?!
Raw shares footage from the commercial.
Joe is stunned as the car that went after Roman just peels out! Roman is down, and Joe tells him to just stay put. He shouts for a medic. It seems he can’t get an apology if Roman is too hurt to give it. Triple H even appears to check on Roman. Roman’s health aside, just who is after his well-being?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Elimination Fatal 4 Way: The IIconcis VS The Kabuki Warriors VS Fire & Desire VS Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!
FINALLY Peyton Royce and Billie Kay will put these titles on the line! No more chicken flu or puppy fever, they must take on Asuka, Kairi Sane, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, AND The Goddess and her loyal follower! Are we guaranteed to get new Women’s Tag Team Champions this close to SummerSlam?
Raw returns and the official introductions are finally given. The belts are raised and the teams sort out, and we begin with Mandy and Billie. Billie and Mandy circle and tie up. Billie brings Mandy to the corner and rags in Peyton for some IIconic mudhole stomps. Billie tags back in and the IIconics double kick and double kick! Then they deck the Kabuki Warriors just because! They pie face Nikki and Alexa away, but Sonya tags in! Sonya runs into Sole Food, and Nikki runs into the heel kick! Alexa runs into a right hand, then the IIconics double wheelbarrow suplex her up and down! The IIconics intercept Kairi Sane and double suplex her for the gourd buster! But Asuka runs in, ducks the heel kick but not the boot! The IIconics give her the bulldog to Billie’s knee!
Fans boo but the IIconics are surprisingly standing tall! Unitl Mandy clobbers them from behind! Roll up on Billie, ONE! Mandy kicks and fires forearms off on Billie! Then she runs, but into a rolling elbow from Billie! Billie is mad now as she drags Mandy up. Peyton returns, and they combine for the wheelbarrow- Sonya roundhouses Peyton down! Mandy rolls Billie, TWO! Kiss from a Rose knee! Cover, Fire & Desire ELIMINATE the IIconics! We are guaranteed new champions now! The three teams left regroup while we go to break.
Raw returns and Alexa is speechless at how fired up Nikki is to start for her team. But Alexa has her calm down long enough for a tactics talk. Nikki tags in Asuka per Alexa’s idea, and now the Empress of Tomorrow circles with Mandy. They tie up and go around, Asuka puts Mandy on the ropes. Mandy shoves Asuka away but is frightened as Asuka starts swinging kicks! Mandy uses the ropes as defense and tags Alexa in! Alexa smiles at Asuka, but then tags right out to Sonya. Sonya isn’t afraid of Asuka, and the two go around. Asuka keeps clear of Sonya’s grip, then they tie up. Asuka goes for a leg but Sonya gets the headlock. Asuka fights out but Sonya bumps her, only for asuka to come back and run her over! Asuka gives swift kick after kick to Sonya’s chest! But Sonya blocks the buzzsaw to a waistlock takedown and kicks of her own!
Sonya backs Asuka down, then runs, but the Shining Wizard misses. Asuka hip attacks Sonya down while Kairi tags in. The Kabuki Warriors whip and push Sonya to kick, ax and bulldog to basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Paige applauds. Sonya tags Alexa, and now Alexa is just as wary of Kairi as she was Asuka. Kairi points out, she’s actually taller than Alexa! Alexa laughs it off while Kairi offers a handshake. Alexa goes to take it, but Kairi leaves her hanging while saluting! Taller and more mischievous!? Alexa laughs again, but then she and Kairi tie up fast and furious. But then Alexa kicks Kairi low to say, “Who’s taller now?” And Alexa even mocks the salute. But Kairi trips her up to drop double stomps! Cover, TWO!
Kairi keeps on Alexa with a wrench, and tags to Asuka. Asuka climbs to drop ax handles on the arm! Asuka waistlocks Alexa but Alexa tags out to Mandy. Asuka rolls Alexa but Mandy DECKS her! Tag to Sonya, and they double whip Asuka. Double kicks and knees to then throw Asuka down. Sonya covers, TWO! Sonya keeps on Asuka with a full nelson, then tags in to Mandy. Asuka fights back as Pittsburgh rallies! But Kiss from a Rose hits again! High stack, TWO! Mandy glares while Paige is relieved Asuka survives. Mandy underhooks and lifts Asuka, but can’t keep her up. So Mandy tries again, but Asuka fights out this time. Asuka slips out, pop-up knee! Then armbar takedown! Into Asuka Lock! Kairi keeps Sonya away while Mandy TAPS! The Kabuki Warriors ELIMINATE Fire & Desire!! Now it’s just them and Bliss-Cross, after the break!
Raw returns once again, and Nikki is in a kneebar from Asuka! Nikki crawls for her corner but Alexa can’t reach her. Asuka drags Nikki away slowly but surely! She shifts the hold into a Queen Angelito Stretch! A very Glampire like move! Nikki endures and fights out of the chinlock, but her leg is still caught. Nikki turns things around to pull Asuka’s hair and chin! Asuka lets go and Nikki drags Asuka over now. Alexa tags in and helps Nikki put Asuka in the corner. They mug Asuka, and then SLAP her down! Alexa stomps a mudhole into Asuka, then tags Nikki back in. Asuka eggs them on in angry Japanese, but that gets her punches and pie-faces. Asuka fires up but Nikki throat chops to a wrenching neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!
Kairi and Paige shout for Asuka to fight, but Nikki has Asuka by her colorful hair. Nikki lifts Asuka for a big fast back suplex! Cover, TWO! Asuka still lives and this frustrates Nikki. Nikki drags Asuka over and throws body shots in the corner. Asuka shoves back to give forearms to Nikki and Alexa! Mule kick for Nikki, then a dodge! Nikki hurries to keep Asuka away, only to miss her forearm into a German Suplex! Both women are down but fans are rallying up! Asuka and Nikki crawl, hot tags to Alexa and Kairi! The Pirate Princess rallies on Raw’s tiny Goddess! Blockbuster! And another! Kiair whips but Alexa reverses, only to get a crossbody! Fans fire up with Kairi as she marches the plank! Kairi hits Nikki before giving Alexa the Sliding D! Tag to Asuka, and they get Nikki with an assisted code breaker! Sliding D Enziguri combo!
Asuka gets Alexa, ASUKA LOCK!! Alexa flails but slips around to a corner! TWO!! Asuka goes to a corner and Alexa runs in, ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Kairi, and she climbs up high! But Nikki is there! She shoves Kairi down! The referee was busy with Asuka! Auska runs at Nikki but gets caught int he apron skirt! And wrecked by Alexa’s dropkick! Kairi hits Nikki, but turns into the DIVINE RIGHT! Alexa takes her time climbing up top now, for TWISTED BLISS! Cover, Alexa and Nikki win!!
Winners: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross, Bliss pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
It’s the Triple Crown Goddess! She and Nikki prove the doubters all wrong, they ARE best friends! And now they’re champions together! Will Bliss-Cross have these titles for even longer than the IIconics?
Raw presents a special contract signing edition of Miz TV!
The Hollywood A-Lister wants after the Show-Off at SummerSlam, and now things will be made official! The Miz will meet Dolph Ziggler, and have Shawn Michaels by his side, after the break!
Raw returns one more time, and Miz welcomes us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. He requested to have this signing because after everything Ziggler has done and said, Miz wants to force Ziggler to show up at SummerSlam. But first, Miz welcomes the Heartbreak Kid! And yes, it is the real HBK walking out to his theme this time. Oh and, Ziggler. Ziggler walks out now, and he takes up a mic of his own. “You call me a pariah, but I’d rather be a pariah any day of the week doing what had to be done, than be one of you two ass-kissers sitting out here in the ring together.” Ziggler steals shows and carries this company, even when he wasn’t supposed to. he is the best thing in Pro-Wrestling since HBK lost his smile, and Miz lost his balls! They wanna talk legends!? There’s only one in the ring, and Ziggler’s it, brother!
So if Miz thinks for a second he can beat Ziggler, good luck. Because when Ziggler wins, he will finally get the respect and appreciation he deserves as a “living, breathing legend!” With that, Ziggler signs his part of the contract. Miz says what’s really amazing is that this is Ziggler’s newest M.O. He just calls people names. It didn’t work in the fifth grade, it won’t work now that Miz is a “grown ass man.” If Ziggler thinks he deserves something but doesn’t have it after a decade, it’s not the fans, it’s Ziggler! Miz and Ziggler will go at it next Monday on Raw! Ziggler is confused. Well, he should’ve read the fine print. Miz thought about it. He can have many future moments, but the guy Ziggler faces may not have many left. That contract isn’t for Ziggler VS Miz. It’s for Ziggler VS… Not HBK. It isn’t? The fans already sense it. IT’S GOLDBERG!
Ziggler turns around to see the icon walking down the ramp! Ziggler has been insulting Goldberg as much as he as anyone else, and so now he’ll have to eat his words! Goldberg gets in the ring as Ziggler gets out, so Goldberg picks up a mic. Goldberg also picks up the pen, to sign his half of the contract! And then as fans chant Goldberg’s name, he tells Ziggler, “Guess what, son? You’re next!” Ziggler is furious, but he turns around on the ramp, to get a SWEET CHIN MUSIC! HBK gets his shot in, will it only take one shot from Goldberg to shut Ziggler up once and for all?
An interesting Raw to say the least. That opening hour was solid with Samoa Joe trying to hijack things over the false accusations only for Becky’s appearance to quiet him down. That tag match to open was alright, but it was clearly to set Becky up for a newly Heel Natty’s attack. Trish didn’t do a thing, but I suppose that’s to save her in-ring return for SummerSlam. That’s fine, it keeps things unclear between her and Charlotte as far as the booking math. As for Natty and Becky, I feel like Becky has to win now with Natty going Heel and getting the better of her tonight. And while Thursday isn’t Monday, we do get to see the OBGYN skit for that WWE 24/7 Championship. I expected one thing but then we got another and I was still thoroughly entertained! And best of all, Truth has the belt again for the title’s third phase (as I consider it at least).
Then things started to get a little… typical for Raw. Lesnar beating Rollins up more, just for Rollins to vow he will win because wrestling is all he has, all this could’ve been done without Lesnar beating Rollins up, and with Rollins giving the same hurting but passionate promo in a video. I get booking The Architect as too brave for his own good, but because of the cliche, it just slows down the momentum from last week’s attack. Then Joe’s demand for an apology coming back around, not a good follow-up. Though I do appreciate a parking lot hit and run to emphasize this person wants to “end” Roman. Whoever this person is, we have an obvious match for him and Roman at SummerSlam, since SmackDown must surely reveal who this person is. Just not sure how well it can turn into a story past this.
Oh, Viking Raiders. If only Vince didn’t notice you on NXT. But wow, didn’t expect to not get Alexander VS McIntyre and to instead get Fiend attacking Angle! Maybe McIntyre VS Alexander is more of a Survivor Series story. The New Day VS OC without much hype before was just an obvious sign it’d end up a Six Man holla holla. The OC winning on TV is good for the Good Brothers, but perhaps something “controversial” happens so that Styles keeps the title against Ricochet. At the same time, is there going to be tag title unification? It feels like neither show is going to have contenders, at least not equally. SmackDown’s side still feels so lacking right now, and whether or not the Street Profits lose their NXT Tag titles at TakeOver, they’re clearly going to be on Raw. Unifying the titles just saves time on the shows in these uncertain roster times.
And speaking of, finally the WWE Women’s Tag titles are defended, and off the IIconics! Heyman did as good as he could in fixing Vince’s Mania mess, and at least now the champions have something going coming out of this. It was rather surprising for Fire & Desire to be the ones to eliminate the IIconics, but maybe that becomes a story for Survivor Series. And the elimination of Fire & Desire was a bit sloppy. There was apparently a miscue with Kairi and Sonya that just made things awkward, they should’ve been brawling in the background as Mandy tapped out. And then, I really enjoyed the back and forth of Alexa and Kairi. The idea of pointing out height was a fun little bit, and I was genuinely shocked that Alexa and Nikki won. But at the same time, there is a lot of potential in the build between Bliss-Cross and Kabuki Warriors.
Oh and if it wasn’t obvious from Ziggler constantly name-dropping Goldberg, now we know they’re having the SummerSlam match and not Miz. The news did leak but the leak didn’t even need to happen because it was constantly being set up for some point, and now we’re getting it here. The question isn’t if Goldberg wins, but how long Ziggler lasts. It certainly won’t be five minutes, that’s my guess.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/13/22)
Breathe with the Switchblade!
Will the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion keep the “Jay1” going?
The biggest G1 Climax in NJPW continues on and Jay White is spotless at 4-0! But will Taichi change all that this close to the ending?
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay, Tama Tonga & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
- G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
- G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Takagi wins.
- G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
- G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi VS Jay White; White wins.
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Here are the current standings!
- Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
- Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
- JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
- Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
- SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
- Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
- Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
- Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
- EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
- Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
- Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
- El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
- Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!
The Ultimate Weapon and the Fang Revived are both out of the running, but this is about pride! Will Henare conquer Kenta? Or will he #GoToSleep instead?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Kenta gives testing kicks, as does Henare. They keep testing each other, but neither man gets a clean shot. Kenta tries a palm strike but Henare ducks it to give some kicks. Kenta tries kicks but avoids the roundhouse, and fans applaud this great kickboxing exchange. Henare moves to using hands and he gets some body shots in! Kenta bails out and fans applaud Henare bringing the fight. Kenta takes his time returning, and he circles with Henare again. Henare anticipates a kick but Kenta rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kenta fires off haymakers and puts Henare in a corner!
The ref counts, Kenta knees low as he lets off, and runs in, but into an elbow! Henare goes up to FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up and Kenta staggers up, but he avoids the heel kick! Kenta bails out again and fans applaud. Henare goes out after Kenta and CLUBS him down! And again! Henare HEADBUTTS Kenta, then KICKS him against the post! And again! Henare fires up but Kenta ducks, the kick hits POST! Kenta kicks that leg then POSTS Henare’s shoulder! Kenta hurries to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER that arm, then he kicks the bad leg! Then another ELBOW BREAKER, and another kick to the bad leg!
Henare falls over and the ref reprimands but Kenta KICKS Henare in the leg again. Kenta hammerlocks Henare and RAMS him into railing! Fans cheer the savagery while Kenta stomps the leg. Kenta puts the leg in the railing and stomps it more! The ref reprimands and backs Kenta off, so Kenta drags Henare up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kenta is annoyed but fans rally up and Kenta gets Henare’s bad leg. Kenta has the standing toehold but Henare endures. Kenta drops an elbow on the leg and has a seated toehold. Henare tries to fight the hold but he reaches out for the ROPEBREAK instead.
The ref counts, Kenta lets off slowly, and he stomps the bad leg. Kenta drags Henare up, but Henare throws body shots! Kenta kicks Henare low, then stomps him on the back. Henare wrenches the arm to ELBOW BREAKER again! Kenta is just picking apart that whole left side! Kenta joins the fans in clapping, and gets them to stop clapping all at once. Kenta stomps Henare down, drags him up and fires off haymakers! Henare just snarls through them! Kenta KICKS but Henare snarls. Kenta CLUBS Henare but fans rally up as Henare stands. Henare roars but Kenta kicks the bad leg! Kenta runs, but into a KICK!
Henare falls over because the left leg is a weak base right now, but he growls and gets back up. Henare gets that bad leg moving, KICKS Kenta’s own left leg, and KICKS away in the corner! The ref counts, Henare lets off at 4, and he hobbles back to snapmare Kenta for another KICK! Kenta writhes and fans applaud. Henare runs in at the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Henare fireman’s carries for a RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally up and Henare snarls. Henare drags Kenta up, HEADBUTTS him down, then goes up the corner. SECOND ROPE SENTON! Cover, TWO! Henare is annoyed but fans rally as Kenta is still in it.
Henare drags Kenta up, stalks behind him and reels him into the full nelson! Kenta fights it, throws elbows, and he ducks the lariat to spin Henare to a DDT! Fans fire up and Kenta KICKS Henare in the back! And again! Kenta stomps Henare on the apron but the ref counts. Kenta lets off and drags Henare up to drag him through the ropes! BRAINKILLER! Fans fire up and Henare sits up in the corner. Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT Henare, then he goes corner to corner to SOARING DROPKICK! Kenta goes up top as Henare is in the drop zone, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO! Henare survives and fans fire up again.
Kenta slashes his throat, vowing to finish this! Fans rally and Kenta drags Henare up. Henare blocks the lift, CLUBS Kenta again and again, but Kenta BOOTS him! And LARIATS! But Henare stays up! Henare swings, misses, but he catches Kenta for the BERSERKER BOMB! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Henare pounds the mat. Henare calls his shot, clamps onto Kenta, ULTIMA!! Kenta grabs the ref with a body scissors!! The ref reprimands and they all end up by the ropes! Henare throws Kenta down, which also throws the ref down! Henare argues with the ref but fans rally up. Kenta rolls Henare, TWO!!
Kenta hurries back up, and Henare runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Kenta roars! Kenta drags Henare up, fireman’s carries, but Henare fights out! Henare ROCKS Kenta, Kenta ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up as they pick up speed! Henare gets the edge, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta fires off haymaker after haymaker, but Henare hits a body shot! And the HEEL KICK! Fans fire up with Henare and he drags Kenta back up. Henare fisherman’s to the torture rack, but Kenta claws Henare’s face! Kenta drags Henare down into the armlock, but Henare rolls out of Game Over!
But Kenta shifts to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Henare endures and fans rally, and Henare deadlifts Kenta for a POWERBOMB! Fans fire up as Henare goes to a corner. Henare shakes out his bad arm, takes aim at Kenta and runs in, RAMP- KNEE! Kenta drags Henare back down, GAME OVER CROSSFACE!! Henare endures as Kenta pulls back, fans rally up as Henare starts to fade! Henare taps, Kenta wins!
Winner: Kenta, by submission (gains 2 points; Henare earns 0)
The Ultimate Weapon’s first G1 run ends in defeat and with a 1-5 record, but it was all a valiant effort. Will Henare come back next year even stronger? As for Kenta, he has momentum as he prepares for another match tomorrow! Can Kenta tear down The Ace and spoil his chances?
G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb!
The Producer is also out of the running, but the Imperial Unit still has a chance. Will Cobb take Yano on a Tour of the Islands to keep on sailing in the G1?
As Cobb makes his entrance, he’s cosplaying Toru Yano! “Funny Jeff” has a Hawaiian shirt over his merch shirt, he has a DVD case, and he has a chair! He even gives the ring announcer a very long introduction to read off, just like Yano! And to copy Yano’s disinfectant bottle, Cobb has an air freshener spray! As for the real Yano… Wait, where is he? His music is playing but Yano isn’t walking out from the ramp or anywhere else. Cobb waits, but is he going to get a win by forfeit? The bell rings, Cobb tells the ref to start already, and the count begins. So either Yano shows up before the 20 count or he’s done!
Cobb is impatient, we’re only at 7 of 20. Wait, Yano runs in from the far side! He slides in, rolls Cobb up, TWO!! Yano panics and apologizes for his prank! Cobb runs in at the corner, Yano dodges and Cobb hits buckles! Yano shoves the ref, then sprays the disinfectant at Cobb’s face!! Roll up, TWO!! Cobb escapes but Yano brings him up to throw him out! Yano hurries after Cobb and whips, but Cobb reverses! Yano hits railing hard! Cobb wipes the spray out of his eyes, but he walks into an atomic drop! Yano tucks Cobb’s arms into his singlet, then wraps him up in the apron skirt! Yano shoves the #Cobburrito down and gets in the ring!
The ring count is rising, Cobb struggles against the skirt wrap, and we’re at 9 of 20! Cobb asks for help but we’re at 13! A Young Lion finally hurries over and helps Cobb get to his feet. Cobb wiggles into the ring at 18! Yano stands on Cobb to surf! Fans applaud as Yano hangs loose! Then Yano hurries to untie a buckle pad from a neutral corner. But Cobb comes back to kick! And kick! Cobb asks the ref for help but Yano kicks Cobb low. Yano runs, but Cobb manages a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Cobb finally gets his arms out of his singlet and fans rally up. Cobb drags Yano up to ROCK him with a right!
Cobb whips, Yano reverses, Cobb stops from hitting buckles, and then dodges! Yano hits the buckles, then Cobb hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Cobb drags Yano up. Yano waistlocks but Cobb switches. Yano grabs at the ref but Cobb blocks the mule kick low blow! Cobb spins Yano, kicks and then pulls Yano’s shirt up over his face! Yano is blindfolded and he staggers around, into a SUPERKICK! Then a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)
“Funny Jeff” still got serious in the end, and he is still in the running! Will Cobb be able to survive to the semifinals? Or is his fate in someone else’s hands?
G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!
The Rampaging Dragon isn’t done in the G1 just yet, but to think the Tokyo Pimp would be leading the block! Will Takagi be able to drag Yujiro down? Or will Yujiro’s G1 run have a happy ending?
The moment the introductions are over, Yujiro rushes Takagi! Takagi blocks the boot and throws Yujiro down! The bell rings and Takagi drags Yujiro up to put in the corner. Takagi fires off forearms over and over, and fans fire up as Takagi ROCKS Yujiro again. Takagi whips and KNEES Yujiro at the ropes, then runs to run Yujiro over! Fans fire up and Takagi runs in at the corner. Yujiro BOOTS, but Takagi powers through to clothesline! Takagi then reels Yujiro in to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up but Yujiro bails out of the ring. Takagi pursues, brings Yujiro up and RAMS him into the apron! Takagi then whips Yujiro into railing!
Yujiro flounders away and Pieter checks on him. Takagi storms his way over but Pieter stands in his way. Can a bunny tame a dragon? Takagi is intrigued but Yujiro rushes in! Takagi blocks the sucker punch to ROCK Yujiro back! Pieter scampers away and Takagi scolds her before he CLUBS Yujiro. Takagi POSTS Yujiro, then tells the ref to hold on. Takagi smacks Yujiro off the apron, then again, and again! Fans rally up and Takagi puts Yujiro in the ring. Yujiro crawls away to the far side and bails out again. Yujiro goes looking under the ring and he gets a chair! Takagi takes his time walking over, and Yujiro JAMS him with the chair!
The ref reprimands and takes the chair, and Yujiro knees Takagi low. Yujiro whips but Takagi reverses. Yujiro stops from hitting railing, and he drop toeholds Takagi into the railing! Then REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands Yujiro and he apologizes before getting in the ring. Takagi stirs and the ring count starts. Takagi stands up at 6 of 20, he gets frustrated, and he gets in at 10. Yujiro stomps Takagi over and over in the corner then digs his knee in. The ref reprimands, Yujiro brings Takagi up and snapmares for the basement BOOT! Cover, ONE!! Yujiro is surprised and annoyed, but he rains down fists!
The ref reprimands about the closed fists and Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Takagi up and bumps Takagi off buckles. Yujiro knees low, throws back elbows, but Takagi clinches! Yujiro digs his forearm into Takagi’s eyes! Yujiro lets off, runs in and BOOTS Takagi again! Fans applaud that bit of agility and Yujiro snapmares Takagi to drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” but Yujiro brings him up. Takagi eggs Yujiro on and Yujiro throws a forearm! And another forearm! And another! Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS, to then DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up and Takagi drags Yujiro back up.
Fans fire up as Takagi says it’s go time! Another suplex, but Yujiro wrenches out and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro lets off to fisherman, but Takagi BITES back! Fans cheer the turnabout being fair play but the ref still reprimands. Takagi lets off and wretches from the bad taste. Yujiro ROCKS Takagi then runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Takagi pounds the mat. Fans rally and Takagi aims from a corner. Yujiro stands, Takagi runs in to run him over! And then scoops to SLAM, for a SENTON! But that’s not all! Takagi drags Yujiro up, hooks him up, but Yujiro fights the Gory Especial!
Yujiro throws back elbows, but Takagi spins through to suplex! Yujiro fights that so Takagi hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! But Takagi says there’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along and Takagi drags Yujiro back up. But wait, here comes Sho! Takagi sees Sho and his little wrench, but Yujiro sneaks up! Takagi elbows Yujiro away, whips him to ropes, but Yujiro holds ropes. Takagi rushes in, Yujiro dodges and distracts the ref as Sho grabs at Takagi! Yujiro runs in to BOOT Takagi! Yujiro reels Takagi in, INCOLLE SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Yujiro crawls over to drag Takagi up.
Fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as Yujiro fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO! Takagi is still in this and Yujiro is frustrated. Yujiro drags Takagi back up and reels him in, but Takagi says no to Big Juice! Takagi throws body shots, wrenches out, blocks a haymaker and he HEADBUTTS away on Yujiro! Both men wobble but Takagi runs, only for Sho to be there with a chair! The ref reprimands, Takagi goes back to Yujiro for boxing elbows! Fans rally as Takagi runs again, but into a BOOT! Yujiro runs, but into a clothesline! Takagi runs but Yujiro distracts the ref again, Sho SMACKS Takagi with the chair!
Yujiro reels Takagi in, PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the screw job and fans fire up! Yujiro pleads with the ref but two is two! Yujiro drags Takagi up but Takagi blocks Big Juice again! Takagi powers up to power out and he ELBOWS! JABS! YUKON feint to the DDT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up again as Yujiro flounders around. Takagi gets up and headbutts the buckles to fire back up! LARIAT! But Takagi gets Yujiro up to a MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?!? Yujiro survives and even Sho is shocked! Takagi gets back up as fans rally again. Takagi stands Yujiro up to pump handle and torture rack.
Yujiro wriggles and gets free to the apron to rake eyes! Takagi runs back in but Yujiro dumps him out! Yujiro staggers over, gets Takagi up and whips him into railing! The ref has Sho stay back as Yujiro goes over to bring Takagi around. Yujiro whips Takagi into more railing, and then he wobbles and hobbles to get Takagi back. Takagi fires off forearms in return! Takagi whips, Yujiro reverses and Takagi hits railing even harder! Takagi falls in a heap, Yujiro and Sho both shout for the ring count. The ref starts, Yujiro sits Takagi up, but no Pimp Juice Basement BOOT instead! And then FISHERMAN BUSTER to the floor!
Yujiro gets in the ring at 12 of 20 but Takagi is right after him! Takagi fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor! The count is 16 of 20!! Takagi staggers up and in at 18! Yujiro is down but Sho throws him in at 19.5! Fans fire up as this keeps going, and Takagi runs in at Yujiro with a clothesline! Takagi pump handles, torture racks, but Yujiro BITES again! The ref reprimands, Yujiro throws Takagi’s arm into him! The ref staggers but stays up, Yujiro shove Takagi into him! The ref goes down, Yujiro hits a REVERSE DDT! Fans rally but Sho sends a chair in! Yujiro gets the chair, takes aim and runs in, and he JAMS Takagi low!
Yujiro then reels back to SMACK Takagi on the back! But Takagi LARIATS through the chair! And CHUCKS the chair at Sho!! PUMPING BOMBER!! But that’s not all! Yujiro deserves this one! LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)
Well, well, well! D Block is looking like a real rock-paper-scissors scenario! Yujiro beat David Finlay, who beat Takagi (and quite a few others) but Takagi just beat Yujiro! What will this mean for the semifinals with another D Block match up next?
G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay!
The Headhunter and the Commonwealth Kingpin are both still alive in the block, but the window is closing! Will the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion shock the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion? Or will Ospreay make sure Hashi does NOT #GetBackUp?
The bell rings and fans rally up. These two circle and tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ospreay finds a point of leverage and he powers Hashi to ropes. Ospreay talks some trash as he lets off, then he pats Hashi on the side. Before he knees low and hard! Ospreay headlocks and grinds Hashi but Hashi throws body shots. Hashi powers up and out to reel Ospreay into a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange, then Ospreay powers up and out. Hashi runs Ospreay over, but Ospreay kips right back up! Fans applaud again the agility, then Ospreay gets Hashi with a “made you look” and SLAP! Hashi CHOPS back!
Ospreay staggers away, stinging from that back hand. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! And whip to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi turns Ospreay to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but Hashi keeps cool. Fans rally up and Hashi brings Ospreay up. Hashi CLUBS Ospreay on the back and Ospreay goes to a corner. Hashi stomps and CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay shouts in pain! Hashi stands Ospreay up and reels him in to suplex. Ospreay slips out, shoves and fireman’s carries to then HOTSHOT! Ospreay runs to BOOT Hashi down! Fans fire up for the agility but Ospreay needs a second from the stinging in his chest.
Ospreay drags Hashi up and bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS back and Hashi sputters now. Fans fire up and Ospreay wrenches Hashi to whip corner to corner hard! Hashi bounces off buckles and hits the mat hard! Ospreay grabs the bad arm and sets it on the apron, to drop a knee right on it! Hashi shouts in pain and clutches that bad arm. Ospreay drags Hashi off the apron, wrenches the bad arm and then YANKS Hashi into the post! Hashi staggers away and leans against railing from the pain, but Ospreay leaves him behind. Fans rally up for Hashi and the ring count begins. The count is 8 of 20 as Hashi gets in the ring, and Ospreay mockingly applauds.
Ospreay drags Hashi up, but Hashi throws body shots! Ospreay gets the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! No mercy from the Kingpin as Hashi writhes again. Ospreay tells Hashi this is his last chance to give up now. Hashi refuses so Ospreay omoplatas the good arm. Ospreay CHOPS Hashi in the side then grabs the bad arm! RECLINER ARMLOCK! Cover, but Hashi slips off before Red Shoes can count. Ospreay mockingly applauds as Hashi goes to the apron. Ospreay drags Hashi back in and wrenches again for the snapmare and top wristlock. Hashi endures again and Ospreay digs his knuckles in. Red Shoes reprimands but Ospreay pulls at the arm!
Hashi endures more, even as Ospreay is bending him across his knee! Hashi fights up, throws body shots to get free, but Ospreay CLUBS him down! Ospreay whips Hashi to a corner, runs in, but Hashi dodges! Ospreay hits buckles, but he BOOTS back! Hsahi swings but into a spin from Ospreay! Ospreay suplexes, Hashi fights it off, and Hashi suplexes to get the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Ospreay both stand, but Hashi CLOBBERS Ospreay with elbows! Hashi whips, Ospreay reverses but Hashi comes back to dropkick the leg out! Then HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets back up!
Ospreay gets to the ropes, Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi brings Ospreay up to suplex and hang Ospreay out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to DROPKICK Ospreay down! Then Hashi sits Ospreay up for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Hashi gets to his feet. Hashi brings Ospreay up and reels him in, but Ospreay wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, kicks him and whips him, but Ospreay handsprings to a NEURALIZER! Direct hit with that kick! Fans fire up as Hashi bails out, Ospreay hurries over to PLANCHA! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up again, and Ospreay slowly sits up first.
Ospreay drags Hashi up and puts him in the ring. Ospreay aims, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Hashi is still in this and fans rally up! Ospreay keeps his focus, he drags Hashi back up, and he reels Hashi in to turn him. Hashi resists, so Ospreay gives him a Kowata Kick and a big CHOP! Hashi staggers to a corner and Ospreay runs in, but Hashi BOOTS back! Hashi runs in but into an elbow! Ospreay runs but into a CHOP! Hashi runs but into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Ospreay drags Hashi up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner.
Fans rally as Ospreay climbs, but Hashi rises! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hashi brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fights the superplex! Fans rally as Ospreay and Hashi trade body shots! Ospreay fires off HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Hashi down! Hashi hobbles up, into the FLYING FOREARM to the back! Ospreay gets Hashi up to a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay is surprised Hashi is still in this, but Ospreay snarls and waits on Hashi to rise. Ospreay then calls his shot, springboards, OS- NO! Hashi full nelsons to a SNAP DRAGON!
Fans rally up again as both men are down. Hashi sits up first but Ospreay follows. Hashi fires up and runs, but Ospreay swats the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! And aims, to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Hashi drags Ospreay into the full nelson. Spin and pump handle, but Ospreay fights Karma with elbows. Ospreay ROCKS Hashi with a forearm, but Hashi comes back with a forearm of his own! Hashi eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay ROCKS him again! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, but Ospreay ROCKS Hashi! Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, and then Hashi CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS again, then again!
Ospreay CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi reels Ospreay in but Ospreay throws a forearm! Hashi HEABUTTS! Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Both men fall over and fans are thunderous! Ospreay roars and drags Hashi back up, but Hashi ducks the roundhouse! Pump handle to KARMA!! Hashi has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi is too sore to be upset so he just gets up. Hashi roars, runs, and LARIATS! Ospreay flips around, Hashi gets him up, pump handle and KAR- STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!! Fans fire up and Ospreay grits his teeth! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?!
Hashi survives and fans can’t believe it! Ospreay can’t believe it, either, but he drags Hashi around. Ospreay prepares his arm, takes aim, but Hashi ducks the Hidden Blade! SUPERKICK! But Ospreay dodges the lariat, to OS- SUPERKICK!! Hashi gets Ospreay with some anti-air and he hurries to add on! DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi pushes himself back up, sits Ospreay up and clamps on with a SLEEPER! Ospreay endures, fights up, but Hashi spins him into the pump handle. Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Hashi runs in to LARIAT! But Ospreay roars!
Ospreay swats a lariat, ROLLING ELBOW to the HOOK KICK, tot he LIGER- FACEBUSTER from Hashi!! Hashi gets Ospreay up to the KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ospreay survives and the fans are electric! Hashi stands and fires up! Hashi runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay drags Hashi right up to turn him, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! And then from the corner, HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, Ospreay wins!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)
The Kingpin wins, and the D Block picture is still a mess! Can Hashi recover to have his last G1 match tomorrow? As for Ospreay, will he settle things with Juice Robinson on Tuesday and make the path forward a bit clearer?
G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
One way or another, The Holy Emperor finishes his run this weekend, but if he wins here, it might not even matter! Will the Sliest Wrestler in the World be able to snatch a golden ticket off the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Or will he breath with the Switchblade as the Jay1 goes 5-0?
White and Taichi both have quite a bit to put aside, from jackets to belts. Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and even White applauds. White gets his moving, too, so he isn’t out of the NJPW Dancing with the Pecs running. White gets impatient with Red Shoes and he Too Sweets with Gedo. The bell rings and fans rally up as White and Taichi stare down. White and Taichi circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Taichi finds a point of leverage and he puts White in a corner. Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi pats White on the shoulder then backs away. Fans applaud and White dusts himself off. Taichi and White reset and circle again.
Taichi offers White a sumo style showdown. Fans rally up for that and White says okay, but how does it work? They crouch, then Taichi does the sumo stomp. White asks Gedo if that’s how it’s done. White returns the stomp, and they square up at center. But then White pulls hair and RAMS Taichi into the corner! White stomps a mudhole then throws forearms. White mocks the sumo then whips corner to corner. Taichi reverses and runs in but White bails out! White says nope, Taichi isn’t getting the better of him. White wants Red Shoes to keep Taichi back so he can get in. Taichi does back up and White returns.
Gedo grabs Taichi’s foot! White CLUBS away on Taichi, mocks the sumo then whips, but Taichi reverses. White holds ropes and bails out, but Taichi rushes out after him! White slides back in, Taichi pursues, but White facelocks. Taichi RAMS White into a corner! Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi slowly lets off, but White avoids the cheap shot to CHOP! Taichi just snarls and CHOKES White! Taichi has White in the corner, Gedo protests but then Taichi tells Gedo to shut up before he CHOKES Gedo! White rakes Taichi’s eyes to make him let Gedo go! White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Taichi to the floor!
White applauds mockingly and he smirks as he mocks more of Taichi’s sumo style. White drags Taichi up to CHOKE him on the railing right in front of commentary! Red Shoes reprimands, White lets off and Taichi falls over. White borrows some camera cable to CHOKE Taichi! Red Shoes reprimands but White talks trash on Taichi. White lets off, tells Miho to shut it but she’s all the way on the other side of the ring. White drags Taichi up and into the ring, then puts him on the apron. White CLUBS Taichi in the chest again and again! Gedo likes it as White SMOTHERS Taichi with the apron skirt! Red Shoes reprimands, White tells Miho to shut up, but he does let off.
White is polite enough to put the skirt back where it belongs and he wipes the sweat away with his towel. White drags Taichi to a cover but Red Shoes refuses to count! Gedo and White ask why, but it’s obviously because of the shenanigans with the skirt! Gedo distracts Red Shoes with his dramatic whining so that White can CHOKE Taichi with the towel! Miho protests, Red Shoes sees something’s up, and White lets off on the towel. White tells Red Shoes to relax, it’s just his towel! The towel is taken away, and White gets the fans to clap again. “TA-I-CHI!” “JAY WHI-TO!” White mocks Taichi but Taichi kicks back from the ropes!
Taichi whips White, White reverses and kicks low to throw Taichi by his hair! White CHOKES Taichi, much like Taichi would. Red Shoes reprimands, he won’t count the cover. But White says Taichi does it all the time! Speaking of, Taichi CHOKES White from below! Gedo protests, White stomps Taichi into letting go, then stomps him more! White sputters and coughs at the ropes but fans rally up. White sits Taichi up into a chinlock but Taichi endures. White grinds Taichi down but Taichi kicks around. Taichi pulls White’s hair, stands up, and he throws elbows. Taichi KICKS White’s leg, KICKS it again, then blocks White’s kick to KICK again!
White hobbles away and fans fire up! Taichi storms over but White knees low. White Too Sweet CHOPS! And Too Sweet CHOPS! White whips Taichi corner to corner, then runs in, but Taichi dodges the chop! Taichi CHOKES White again! Gedo protests, Red Shoes reprimands, and White tries to choke Taichi back! Taichi breaks that grip and shoves White into the corner to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men fall down! White stirs and gets out of the corner while Taichi sits up. Taichi stands and storms up on White to KICK him back down! Fans fire up while White sits back up. Taichi KICKS him down again!
Gedo grows worried for White as he manages to sit up again. Taichi KICKS White down again! Taichi taunts White, looms over him, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK in the back! White writhes and fans fire up as Taichi stalks White to ropes. Taichi drags White up, whips but White reverses. Taichi reverses back to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up and Taichi looms over White again. Taichi drags White up to reel him in but White fights off the saido! White CLUBS away, fires off forearms, but Taichi KICKS the leg! White hobbles and drops to a knee. Taichi runs in at the corner, White dodges and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY BOMB!
Fans fire up and Gedo cheers, but both men are down. White sits up and clutches his chest while fans rally. Taichi rolls away to a corner but White runs in, UPPERCUT! White brings Taichi out to suplex for BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this and White is frustrated. White drags Taichi up, reels him in, but Taichi fights the urenage with elbows Taichi wrenches, White ducks the roundhouse and hits a COMPLETE SHOT! White then shifts to a waistlock and he deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up but Gedo is the most excited about that one. Fans rally up, White drags Taichi up and reels him in, URENAGE! Stacked cover, TWO!
White is frustrated and Gedo is furious but White sits Taichi up. White wraps on the SLEEPER, then he drags Taichi up! Taichi backs White down but White sends him into the buckles! White runs back in but into a BOOT! Taichi rushes but White ducks to CHOP! Taichi SOBATS, White UPPERCUTS, Taichi ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Taichi and White stir, Taichi sits up and fires himself up. Gedo shouts to White to get up but OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi powers up in the corner and takes aim, but GEDO GRABS MIHO! Gedo’s got Miho by her hair! White waistlocks to SAIDO!!
Gedo says White should finish this, and he’ll keep Miho! White taunts Taichi with his “damsel in distress!” White makes Taichi look, and then he stands on Taichi’s head. White mockingly asks if Miho is okay, and Miho is almost in tears! Fans rally for Taichi but White CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Taichi stands up, White CHOPS, and Taichi just glares at Gedo! White wants Taichi to pay attention to him, so Taichi DECKS him!! Taichi goes out after Gedo and Gedo lets go of Miho. Gedo apologizes but Taichi doesn’t care. And in storms Yoshinobu Kanemaru! Suzuki-Gun doesn’t take kindly to mistreating a lady!
Gedo turns around and he sees he’s surrounded! Gedo scurries into the ring but Taichi rushes in after him. Gedo still wants mercy but White full nelsons! Taichi arm-drags White away, and DOUBLE AX BOMBERS! Fans are thunderous and Taichi gets White up to the LAST RIDE!! High stack, TWO!!? White survives but fans are thunderous again! Kanemaru coaches Taichi up while keeping Gedo down. Fans rally up and Taichi snarls. Taichi then roars and fans fire up with him! Taichi aims from the corner, for JYUTEN- NO, White drops down! White uses his opossum technique but Taichi says this isn’t much of a world champion then.
Taichi kicks White around, taunts him, and drags him up. White CHOPS back, but Taichi withstands it! Taichi eggs White on, so White LARIATS! Taichi rebounds, but swings into the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! But Taichi’s right back up! White gets around but Taichi turns things around with a DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Taichi crawls to the cover, TWO! White is still in this but fans rally behind Taichi! Taichi and White rise again and Taichi slashes his throat to say this is done. Taichi Alabama Lifts but White sprawls to block! White brings Taichi up but Taichi breaks free and BUZZSAWS! And then Taichi hooks up the arms!
Wait, Taichi backs off on the Gedo Clutch because actual Gedo is getting in the ring! Taichi KICKS the ropes to low blow Gedo! Gedo falls down but White gets Taichi, BLADE- NO, Taichi throws White down and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!?!?! White escapes by mere nanoseconds! But Taichi runs in to Alabama Lift and- White slips off! White blocks the kick, reels Taichi in but Taichi elbows free! Taichi clinches and SUMO THROWS! And then Taichi sets up, YOKOZUNA- BLADE- NO! YOKOZUNA ELBOW!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? White is still surviving by the skin of his teeth! Miho is mad and she wants White to pay!
Fans are thunderous, Taichi slowly stands back up and he roars! Taichi drags White up, reels him into the Alabama Lift, but White sunset flips! BLADE- NO!! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! With bridge, TWO!?!!! Taichi is getting mad now and he drags White up! Alabama, but White wrenches! BLADERUNNER!!!! But White can’t make the cover!! Fans are electric as both men slowly stir! White flounders his way over, he drags Taichi back up, but he can’t get that dead weight up! White has to use the ropes, but Taichi throws haymakers from below! And CHOKES White! White still powers through to BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)
White is FIVE AND OH! And in one fell swoop, The Switchblade eliminates both the Holy Emperor and the Cold Skull! Their records are not enough to take the block, will they just have to have better luck next year?
But as Taichi is taken away by Young Lions, Kanemaru and Miho trailing after, White gets the mic to say, “Hey! Hey! Come back! Come back!” He even adds in Japanese, “Don’t discriminate.” White then demands ice from the Young Lions, and they bring him a few icepacks. White puts them all on his chest given those sharp kicks from Taichi. He also claims he still has heat stroke like he did earlier this week. MORE ICE! “Shimoda! Shimoda-san, more ice!” Even more ice is brought while some fans are leaving. White again says, “Did you guys not hear? I had heat stroke, I need ice to cool down.”
White chuckles a bit and says, “Heat stroke? HEAT STROKE? I live in Florida! Do you think a little bit of sun, and heat, is going to bother me? How gullible and stupid can you all be?! But I appreciate the days off in Hiroshima, the days off those pointless matches worth zero points in the Jay1 Climax! It was nice to have that rest so I could be well-rested for matches that do matter, like today, and like against one Tama Tonga.” But that’s not what White wants to be saying. He wants to say, “Thank you all so much for all of your heartfelt messages and well-wishes and prayers, saying, ‘Jay White, please get better. Jay White, take care of yourself.'”
That really brought a tear to White’s eye and he wouldn’t be here tonight to fight his heart out for all the fans, if not for all those lovely, lovely messages. White pretends to cry over this but he can’t help but laugh. “Still my ear! Undefeated! Switchblade Era!” Jay drops the mic, but will he keep this momentum going to a spotless 6-0? Or will he drop the ball in the final round against The Good Bad Guy?
Here are the NEW standings!
- Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
- Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
- JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 3-2, 6 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
- Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
- SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
- Taichi: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
- Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
- EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- KENTA: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
- Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
- Shingo Takagi: 3-2, 6 points
- Will Ospreay: 3-2, 6 points
- Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
- El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 2-3, 4 points
- Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
A great event for the G1, and what a great variety in these blocks. Henare VS Kenta was a great match, even with both men out of the running. But Kenta winning makes the most sense, as he’s the veteran and he needs the momentum to take on Hiroshi Tanahashi tomorrow. There is a chance Kenta wins that, as both revenge for their IWGP US Championship No Disqualifications match, as well as clear the way for Naito or Zack Sabre Jr. That win would be a big feather in Kenta’s cap, who knows if it happens. Yano VS Cobb was a ton of fun, but of course Cobb wins to keep going. Cobb VS Lawlor is tomorrow, both their last one this G1, Lawlor could get a HUGE spoiler right at the end here.
The D Block is hilariously chaotic here, and NJPW is brilliant for finding a way to make this work. Yujiro VS Takagi was a very good match, but I figured Takagi would win. Hashi VS Ospreay was awesome stuff, Hashi is continuing to look awesome, but I figured Ospreay would win. Yujiro is right smack in the middle, but he has one of the more important wins since he beat David Finlay to start this G1 before Finlay went on that wild run. Finlay has a win over Takagi, Ospreay and Juice, but ELP also just beat Finlay, and there’s still Finlay VS Hashi tomorrow. No one really knows what will happen if all seven men end up 3-3, so I would think one person has to go 4-2 and then that guy, whoever it is, is D Block’s guy.
Taichi VS White was awesome stuff, and it really felt worth of someone facing the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. It felt like Taichi could’ve taken that win but in the end, White stays spotless. It will still come down to White VS Tama on Tuesday, “win and you’re in,” and either way, that result is going to be wild. Tama can get the golden ticket and go strong into the semifinals, or White runs the block (granted a smaller block) to look almost unstoppable.
My Score: 8.8/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Emergence Results & Match Ratings: 8.12.2022
ALEX SHELLEY VS JOSH ALEXANDER! CHAMPIONSHIP! TONIGHT! ‘NUFF SAID!
OKAY! So we all know I’m just hype to get to the main event and hopefully see Alex Shelley win the title. So I’ll do the whole “here’s my picks” cheap way to do an intro, and then into the coverage.
- X Division Match – Bailey retains (because I hate Jack Evans)
- Maclin vs Callihan – Callihan wins (because Moose needs a reason to get involved)
- VBD vs Motor City Time – VBD win (because they need relevance)
- Honor No More vs Bullet Club – Honor No More win (because Impact made me like Matt Taven)
- Bandido vs Rey Horus: Bandido wins (because he’s already got more name recognition)
- Knockouts: Jordynne Grace vs Mia Yim: Jordynne wins (because they hot shot belts to new people too much)
- World Title: Alex Shelley vs Josh Alexander: Alex Shelley wins (because I want him to)
Now on to the show!
It's MAIN EVENT TIME!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) August 13, 2022
- X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Jack Evans: Bailey retains via Ultima Weapon – * 1/2
- Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan: Never Happened
- VBD (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering) vs Motor City Time (Kushida & Chris Sabin): EY wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
- AAA Attraction Match: Bandido vs Rey Horus: Bandido wins via 21Plex – ***
- NODQ Anything Goes: Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – *** 3/4
- Honor No More (Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, Vincent, PCO & Eddie Edwards w/Maria) vs Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Hikuleo, Ace Austin, Chris Bey): Taven wins via Climax into Trash Can – *** 1/4
- Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Mia Yim: Grace retains via Grace Driver – *** 3/4
- IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Alex Shelley: Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****
X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Jack Evans
It should be no surprise from previous coverage, I like nothing about Jack Evans. Bad look, no psychology, all stupid flips and cheap heel gimmicks. I’m ecstatic that we get the match with the worst wrestler out of the way immediately.
Evans dives at Speedball’s legs, tries to get some cheap Roll-Ups, typical heel powder, bait into the corner, cheap shot but Bailey manages a Top Wristlock to slow down Evans. Evans Cartwheels out, two stupid High Risk misses, a few more dumb spots and then they meet in the middle with dueling Crossbodies. The early goings, really looks slow and stupid.
Kick Fight, Bailey gets the best of it, Dropkick, Dive, throws him back in, powders out, another dive, throws him back in, another powder and Bailey hits the old Will Ospreay fake dive, before trying to get Evans back in. Baits Bailey to the rope, catches him and then Slingshot Jecht Shot into a Muta Lock, but again, these are just moves with no real story. So congrats he’s agile and flexibile I suppose.
Random Snap Suplex for a 2. The match slows down to molasses in a mayo jar, Bailey tries to counter an Irish Whip, but Evans catches him. Still a super slow Rocket Launcher attempt that Bailey counters and kicks Evans in the face. A few more kicks and then a Corkscrew Shooting Star for 2. Delayed really dumb Cartwheel Back Elbow from Evans, into a Suplex and then Falcon Arrow. But Evans’ offense is just bad, he’s like if you ordered Kid Kash on Wish.
An awful and slow Double Kick spot actually has me laughing at how awful this is. I really enjoy Speedball, but god he can’t carry a match with a wrestler not worth the hot dog or handshake he was promised. Lame Dropkick from Bailey, Escalera Moonsault gets the sympathy pop from the crowd, but this needs to end soon. Apron Triangle Kick from Evans, throws in Bailey, Blockbuster gives Evans a near fall. Evans to the top, Bailey tries to cut him off, Evans fights him off twice, but Bailey keeps rising. Sloppy Spider Suplex from Evans, Evans goes for a spot, Bailey moves, Evans heads to the corner, Tornado Kick spot that Evans takes poorly (might’ve been a receipt for the bad Spider Suplex), Ultima Weapon from Bailey and he retains. Thankfully.
Honor No More segment with Eddie trying to fire up the troops. I’ll say this, he’s become a better talker, but he’s still not close to good. I would like Honor No More to win, but it feels like the way to write them out. Here’s to hoping even if they lose, a few of them stick around as official Impact wrestlers.
Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan
Maclin attacks Sami during his entrance, and they just brawl. The bell never rings, Sami grabs a chair, the referee tries to stop him, Sami shoves the ref but Maclin counters. Maclin tries to use the chair, the referee tries to stop him and Sami and Maclin both bully the referee and shove him to the ground before continuing to brawl.
They just go out through the crowd, continuing to fight as commentary claims the match never took place but the show must go on, so we go to the tag match!
VBD (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering) vs Motor City Time (Kushida & Chris Sabin)
Kushida and Young start off, the crowd starts the Kushida chant and Young hops out to admonish the crowd for chanting for Kushida. EY slides back in and pushes Kushida into the corner and muscles him over a little before tagging Deaner in. Deaner tries to go for the Deaner DDT early, but Kushida counters with a few short arm tackles, a lot of wrist control and then quick tags and fun tandem work.
Tandem Forward Roll Body Scissors into the Kushida PK Kick to the left arm already starts the foreshadowing on the Hoverboard Lock. EY sneak attacks Kushida during a rope run giving Deaner the opportunity to tag out, EY a few quick spots, then Kushida kicks him over the top rope, Flair Flop and stumble to the turnbuckle, a little shenanigans and EY ends up with the advantage still. Rude Awakening style Neckbreaker for a 2 count from EY before tagging in Deaner and hitting a Double Boot Face Sandwich on the apron against Kushida.
VBD keep peppering in quick tags against Kushida, and it’s working pretty well. They keep him in the corner and do their version of the Unicorn Stampede, as Kushida tries to fight back but EY drops Sabin off the apron. Fastball Special punches as both VBD men are doubled over, Kushida literally runs up and over the men, rolls off to tag in Sabin. Clears house a bit, hints at Cradle Shock on Deaner, but EY gets him. EY tries to do the MCMG reference of the 5 Hole Dive, but Kushida breaks it up and they pull off their own version. Cradle Shock/Pele Combo gets a 2 count because EY slides in to break it up. EY takes control, sets up Deaner to receive his tag and things he can land the Piledriver on Sabin. Double Neckbreakers, into the Canadian Savage aerial moves before Kushida breaks it up. VBD almost slows him down before a back hand spring Double Back Elbow has everyone laid out for a moment. Rising Fighting Spirit spot, VBD take short cuts, but get Irish Whipped, Do-si-do, doesn’t matter, High Speed Dirt into a Cravat/Cartwheel Dropkick. Deaner grabs a weapon, Doering bonks Kushida and EY gets the job done with the Piledriver.
VBD needed the win here, so I’m glad they did what they needed to, to have them remain a somewhat credible force before it all eventually implodes.
VXT gloats a little after their Knockouts Tag Title victory on the pre-show. Deonna is gold, so it’s always nice when she’s wearing some.
Kenny King comes out to try and bait out Heath. I don’t mind Kenny, but his promos can be corny as hell sometimes. Some cheap shots at the Bears, then a little reference to Chicago stuff, but Sami and Maclin make their way back through the crowd to distract Kenny. Heath runs down the ramp when Kenny ain’t looking, Wake Up Call after a missed Chairshot and Kenny gets left laying. Gia grabs a quick interview with Heath and the crowd responds well to him. He says he’s not gonna interfere in the 5v5, so here’s to hoping that Honor No More win, since Heath can’t continue his Wake Up Call Revenge Tour if they disband.
AAA Attraction Match: Bandido vs Rey Horus
Bandido looks like he’s having to slow down by a step or two in the early goings. Horus is just not ready to go at the speed Bandido is and its evident from Horus not ducking in time so he eats a boot while he’s obviously trying to dodge. It’s a bunch of moves pretty quick, and honestly I can’t tell what’s actually being countered, missed or just mistimed. So this early portion is not starting off good.
Things finally start to slow down when Bandido hits the Plancha, tries to continue into the ring and eats a Dropkick. Three Amigos from Bandido with the Eddie Shake before dropping down into a Worm, Handstand Senton for 2. Bandido on the outside, thought he was clever walking away, but Horus changes his angles and then jumps over the corner to land on Bandido. 180 Frog Splash from Horus for 2. Bandido has to try and fire back up, and does so as he counters the rope run with a Single Arm Gorilla Press, into a Running Leg Lariat for 2.
Horus hits a Avalanche Satellite Tornado DDT, but the worst thing is it just looked too cooperative. Was it cool? Fucking yes. But it was just too much and looked kinda dumb at the same time. Outside-In Lifting Avalanche Vertical Suplex from Bandido onto Horus for a near fall. Pop Up Cutter is a little sloppy during the run, run continues as Horus hits his own Body Roll Cutter, then a double knockout kick takes us to a 9 count (in Spanish) and a double sit up ala Kane and Taker.
I’ll be honest, if I shut my brain off and just watched, it’s definitely entertaining and fun. But the match has been one hell of a mess at many points. Popping Satellite DDT from Horus gives him another 2 count. Horus goes to the top, Bandido cuts him off, Benadryller from Bandido, 21Plex for the win!
I can give it a 3 for entertainment value, but holy hell was it a mess.
Moose gives an interviewing denying being in cahoots with Maclin again, but Sami attacks Moose and the fight is continuing. Moose is now mad so he adds himself into this crazy brawl. D’lo finally calls in security to stop the brawl in general. SCOTT D’AMORE music hits! Scott makes it a NODQ Anything Goes match, but Moose is barred from Ringside.
Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan (con’t)
Sami smashes Maclin’s head into the steel steps and takes a bow after the bell officially rings. Maclin is busted open and Sami is relishing in this whole situation until Maclin moves near the guardrail, Callihan gets put in the Tree of Woe and Caught in the Crosshairs on the guardrail! Suplex and then Maclin lands a Knee Drop from the apron right onto Callihan’s face.
Maclin pulls out 3 chairs and a Swiffer, Chicago pops for the Swiffer. Maclin asks if they want it…and then he throws it away, flips them off and grabs a chair to a chorus of Boos. Small “We Want Swiffer” chant but Maclin eats a T-Bone Suplex into the chair. Sami Sabu’s a chair into Maclin’s face. Another chair, another Sabu, but this time he gets the pony because it wraps around Maclin’s head like a necklace.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs…nope Low Blow. Maclin goes to down driving a chair into Sami’s ribs. Maclin grabs an equipment case with Wire Cutters, Zip Ties, Cables…it’s a box of goodies. K.I.A. from Maclin and Maclin refuses to end the match like that. He’s psyching up and looking to Zip Tie Callihan. Low Mule Kick gives Callihan the advantage. Sabu the chair a third time, “My Balls, your balls” and Sami just stomps the shit out of Maclin’s balls. Deonna is gonna be very upset with Sami after this match.
Sami goes for the Zip Ties on Maclin and has him with his hands tied behind his back. Maclin stays defiant to the end, spits at Callihan, Cactus Driver ’97, and Sami wins.
Honor No More (Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, Vincent, PCO & Eddie Edwards w/Maria) vs Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Hikuleo, Ace Austin, Chris Bey)
It goes without saying that Honor No More should remain, plus with Bullet Club randomly using Hikuleo who hasn’t been on Impact television since GoD was still part of BC, he’s probably the fall guy. Even Vincent has more worth to Impact right now than Hikuleo.
Bell rings and we get an ole 10 man donnybrook. Just slugfests and a few people get thrown out piece by piece before starting to pair up and then take the neutral corners. Good Brothers are double teaming Vincent early, but OGK slide into interrupt it. Gallows hits the Double Lariat to try and slow things down, but Gallows is in pain after his PCO match 2 weeks ago. Eddie cuts off someone, Bey and Ace double team Eddie to give BC a short advantage before Vincent comes back to life.
Big Triangle Kick from Ace wipes out Vincent. Ace of Beyse stand tall until they try and go after PCO, now they have problems. PCO and Hikuleo have their monster face off. One of Hikuleo’s strikes are worth about 3 of PCOs. Hikuleo dumps out PCO, Bey launches off of Hikuleo and takes out most of the HNM members. Hikuleo is about to dive, but Taven cuts him off just to get Yeeted into a pile of bodies. Ace hits a Diving Fold on a climbs Taven, into most of the dudes.
Weapons come out, and more chants for the Swiffer to return. We have hit clusterfuck level for this match. 10 people is bad enough, little to no referee control, weapons and showboating to different camera cuts. Not a bad thing per se, but definitely makes things messier and easier to turn into garbage. Funny camera cut has Eddie Edwards crotching Ace with the ring post. Just revenge for when he tried to bang his wife. OGK has been doing a lot of the in ring work, but with trying to keep attention across 10 people, it’s just too much to watch. PCO misses the PCO-sault and Gallows drags him up the ramp just to eat Double Superkicks from OGK.
They drag Gallows into the crowd, we have no clue what else is going on, but Gallows fights back as PCO gets back up to his feet. Gallows and PCO fight amongst the people, Gallows tosses PCO over a second floor railing and into the Shadow Realm or something. Technically it’s 4v5 for now. Vincent Redrum’s Gallows through a table. So…someone is dead there. Eddie grabs Kenny and beats Karl with Kenny. Something oddly specific about that, but Gallows gets back up with the adrenaline surge, throws some fists and garbage cans before crumpling down. Gallows arm gives out for the Magic Killer, they wipe out Anderson, Taven hits the Climax on Gallows into a garbage can and Honor No More win!
The match totally fell apart, PCO getting sent to the Shadow Realm was a pop that didn’t really do anything aside from pop the crowd. Bey, Ace and Hikuleo weren’t really seen for the last 5 minutes of the match, at least. So yeah, over booked, sloppy, but…God dammit it was fun and the right team won.
Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Mia Yim
Both women go for an almost Japanese Junior style of stalemate wrestling. No real power advantage from either, not strikes thrown, both are just looking for leverage and opportunities. Poor Mia tries to anticipate a Leap Frog and eats the Manhattan Drop into Low Dropkick and then a Bridging Suplex for 1. Mia slides around with a trip, Low Dropkick of her own, Hesitation Dropkick, Jordynne powders and then Mia goes after her with a dive. Slides her back in for a 1 count.
Mia is getting a little cocky with the Snap Kicks. Jordynne tries to Suplex out of Mia’s offense, but Mia body scissors and locks in a Guillotine. It takes Jordynne a hot minute to power through the Guillotine to suplex counter it. Jordynne tried to Sunset Bomb, but Mia does a great job fighting it. Kicks her legs, holds the ropes, really looks like she’s trying not to go over, but eventually falls victim. Slow rise, and strike spot. Mia trades a few Forearms, then starts responding with Round Kicks. Jordynne keeps popping up, they trade, Sole Butt, Kawada Kicks and Jordynne shoves Mia a bit too hard so she falls into the ropes instead of bouncing off right, but it doesn’t look awful.
Jordynne goes for a Muta Lock of all things, I didn’t know she could do that, though I feel like she pulled it off once before, it’s still not something she does a lot. Mia counters and they have one another in Reverse Chinlocks and just slap the hell out of each other. It takes a headbutt from Mia to actually cause a recovery spot for both. Step Through Tornado DDT from Mia, for 2.
Classic Tornado attempt, held on, Muscle Buster from Jordynne, but Mia kicks out! They fight to the top turnbuckle, Mia gets the best, Avalanche Code Blue for…2.9! Nice reference back to her Jade days. Locomotion Cradles, Eat Defeat counter, Protect Ya Neck counter and Jordynne turns it into a Grace Driver for the pinfall victory!
Masha’s music hits right before Mia and Jordynne shake hands and she hands a death warrant to Jordynne Grace. I wasn’t sure if they’d sky rocket Masha to the top…so now we see if she stays as a Wrecking Machine or if Grace knocks her down a peg.
IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Alex Shelley
GIVE ME AN ALEX SHELLEY WIN! You can’t steal my Cheerios! Just let me mark out a let you jerks!
Josh and Alex start slow, the normal feeling out style, but as Josh tries to apply his power, Alex grinds in a headlock and keeps things slow. A few quick strikes, Frakensteiner, Josh’s head gear fell off and Alex has a little fun.
Inverted Indian Deathlock as Alex claws at Josh’s face just rubbing in the advantageous position. Alex ducks into the ropes to break the Arm Wringer, Josh didn’t so he ducked back in to use the rope to trap Josh’s arm and get in a cheap but clever kick. Josh evens things up after a few run through Shoulder Tackles since Josh is really focusing on Alex’s left arm. Now Josh is finally grabbing at the legs, which makes more sense.
Gory Special into a backslide for a quick count and then Shelley keeps a few precision strikes at Josh’s arm to soften him up for the Border City Stretch. Naciente into a Border City attempt, but he couldn’t quite lock it in. Alex is enjoying going after the different injuries that he made sure Josh knew he was aware of, so Josh retaliates with that Low Diving Crossbody.
Knees, Hamstrings and Dragon Screw attacks from Alex as he’s really trying to dissect the champion. He could be trying to do too much, but it’s smart. Seated Cloverleaf into a Koji Kimura Lock combination. Alex is putting on a clinic at the moment. Rolling Elbow shades of Kotaro Suzuki in how he did it. Josh almost starts a comeback but Alex stifles it.
Power Struggle in the middle, but Josh eventually pulls off the Fisherman’s Suplex as they both take a beat to recover. Alex tries to stop the onslaught of Haymakers, but just gets molly whopped. Exploder Suplex from Josh sends Shelley to the center, Josh goes for a King Kong Knee Drop and misses. Shelley lays out Josh with a Tornado DDT, goes to the top, shrugs, Frog Splash for 2 and then Josh hooks the Ankle Lock but Alex gets to the rope.
After this point I just got engrossed and watched instead of typed. This was a hell of a match. Needs to be searched out by anyone who enjoys great wrestling and in-ring story telling.
Overall Score: 8/10
So there was something charming about this show, even if it started with one of my least favorite wrestlers in all of wrestling. The match that turned into a brawl for like an hour than finally a NoDQ match was VERY old school TNA and I enjoyed the camp of the situation. It was definitely an oddly paced show with a few consecutive segments of non-wrestling and just gimmick or interview, but the last few matches saved things for me.
Lucha in general is a car crash style of wrestling that I’m very hot and cold on, but when it’s done well, it’s fucking beautiful. Bandido versus Rey Horus, was more like Jersey Shore. I can’t stop watching the awful situations, but I leave amused and feeling okay about myself; so I suppose generally positive outcome. Back to back hardcore matches are usually bad booking, but Maclin was committed to his match and that made it beautiful; while the Honor No More match was a mess, but checked enough “sports entertainment” boxes to be more than just a correct finish. Jordynne and Mia worked their assess off, there were just a couple clunky spots that stopped me from getting totally hype. And of course, the Shelley vs Alexander match was actually objectively fantastic. While I loved Sabin vs Shelley, there was definitely nostalgia and general marking out for both of them going on; I would put this match against anything else in anyone’s MOTY pool.
The wrong guy won, but damn was it a fantastic match. Solid PPV, started slow, but when it picked up, it went at the speed of a freight train. Good stuff.
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