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Mitchell’s WWE Clash of Champions Results & Report! (9/15/19)

Who will be the champions in WWE after tonight?

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WWE Clash of Champions 2019

Prepare for the Clash of Champions!

Every single championship on the WWE main roster is on the line in one night! Who will reign atop Raw, SmackDown and 205 Live?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo VS Lince Dorado; Gulak wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
  • Kickoff Show – WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles VS Cedric Alexander; Styles wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler; Roode & Ziggler win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Revival; The Revival wins and become the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS Fire & Desire; Bliss & Cross win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Intergender Interruption: R-Truth retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn VS The Miz; Nakamura wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks; Banks wins by disqualification, Lynch retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • WWE World Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Randy Orton; Kingston wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
  • No Disqualifications: Roman Reigns VS Erick Rowan; Rowan wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS Braun Strowman; Rollins wins and retains the WWE Universal Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Clash of Champions Kickoff Show!

Join Jonathon Coachman, Charly Caruso, Booker T and David Otunga as they recap and predict all the championship caliber action tonight!

 

The New Day speak to the panel.

But they’re still missing Xavier Woods. All their titles will be on the line, so is New Day going to stay golden? The only revival they respect is one under a tent with fire and brimstone and the good book! Amen! As for Woods, his injury is in fact NOT enough to keep him away! The Revival came to SmackDown to get the attention of ya bois, and went after Woods’ leg. Congratulations, Revival, you have their attention. And now they’ll understand why that’s not good.

Then with the New Day at full capacity, is Kofi Kingston and his deeply personal rivalry with Randy Orton going to be settled? Kofi and Orton go 1v1, no outside interference, no games. Now understand that last week, Orton tried to get in Kofi’s head, but failed! And then Kofi relived one of his favorite moments in his career by putting Orton through a table! And Kofi will stay THE W, W, E, World, Heavy, Weight, CHAMPION~! Woods and Big E promise to stay the W, W, E, Smack, Down, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~! But will that all come true? Or will the champions be #ForeverTheRKO

 

Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo VS Lince Dorado!

The cruel Cruiserweight Champion claims to be the unchanging Law of 205 Live. However, Ultimo Ninja and the Golden Lynx of lucha libre both want to free the Division from Gulak’s dictatorship. Will either man free that title from Gulak’s iron grip? Or will all feel the pain and punishment Gulak promises?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this Triple Threat with Gulak dropkick’ing Carrillo! Lince is right on Gulak after that, but Gulak rolls him down to a mounting cover. ONE, and Carrillo returns. The luchadors work together on Gulak, then double dropkick him down! And again! Lince tries to kick Carrillo but Carrillo flips him away. Carrillo springboards to arm-drag Lince, but gets Gulak instead! Gulak is out, things speed up, and Lince mule kicks to whip. Gulak drags Carrillo out but Lince wrecks him with a dropkick. Lince then springboards for a planking splash! Two for one especial! Lince goes up the barriers to leap and huricanrana Gulak down! Carrillo walks into a CHOP! Lince puts Carrillo in, climbs up high, but Gulak shoves him down! Lince hits ropes and falls out of the ring while Gulak gets in.

Carrillo kicks and whips but Gulak reverses. Carrillo goes up and over and shows off his agility. Then he dodges to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Carrillo wrenches to show Gulak his grappling lessons did pay off. Carrillo kicks then wrenches again, to run up the ropes. Gulak disrupts that with an arm-drag! Cover, TWO! Gulak keeps on Carrillo’s arm to show him there’s still much to learn. Carrillo endures the grind and fans rally up. Carrillo is up but Gulak elbows and wrenches him around. Gulak adds a chinbar but Carrillo fights his way up. Carrillo fights free of the holds and has Gulak in a corner for a BOOT! Carrillo sees Lince return but still gets the enziguri. Lince climbs, crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Gulak hurries over but Lince is on him with elbows and knees. Lince runs, rolls but into a gutbuster from Gulak! Cover, TWO! Gulak grows frustrated with Lince as he drags him up.

Gulak hooks a leg and an arm for a modified abdominal stretch. Fans rally as Lince endures and fights up. Lince arm-drags free, but Gulak comes back for knees. Gulak whips but Lince handsprings to PELE! Carrillo returns to capitalize, but Gulak reverses the whip. Carrillo boots and somersault shotgun dropkicks! Gulak flounders and Carrillo corner splashes to a snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Carrillo, reverse somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps moving, handspring Japanese arm-drag! Then a dropkick! Gulak bails out but Lince lurks. Carrillo sends Lince out but misses his first kick to get the other! Gulak Electric Chairs Lince, Carrillo runs and FLIES! LUCHA DOOMSDAY! And all three men are down! The fans are loving what they’re seeing as Carrillo stands up first.

Fans say “This is Awesome!” as Carrillo puts Lince in and goes to the corner. Carrillo climbs, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, but Gulak breaks it! Gulak throws Carrillo into buckles, then hoists him up top. Gulak climbs up to join Carrillo but Carrillo fights back. Gulak falls and Carrillo adjusts, MOONSAULT! The boots get caught! Carrillo puts on a Scorpion Deathlock! Gulak endures but Lince gets Carrillo in an Iron Octopus! Gulak is free, but he grabs Lince for a back suplex TOSS into Carrillo! Cover, TWO!! Lince lives and so does this match! Gulak drags Lince back up, scoops him but LInce slips out. Lince rolls up but Carrillo rolls Lince! Gulak breaks the cover then rolls Carrillo, but Lince breaks it just in time! Lince ROUNDHOUSES, Carrillo SLAPS, Gulak LARIATS! And all three men are down! Fans are fired up for “205! 205!”

Carrillo and Lince stir first while Gulak goes to the apron. Lince jawbreakers and CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Carrillo dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! But Lince CHOPS gain! Lince puts Carrillo up top, CHOPS, but Gulak joins in! Gulka yanks Lince off for a headbutt! Gualk goes after Carrillo but Carrillo fights him off again. Lince runs in, alley-oop dropkick to Carrillo! SUPERKICK to Gulak! Lince climbs, has Carrillo, SUPER STEINER!! But that’s not all, as Lince goes back up top! GOLDEN SHOOTING STAR FLOPS!! Carrillo runs, springboards, enziguri! Now Carrillo climbs, headstand, Aztec Press! But Gulak yanks Carrillo out to throw into a post! He rolls Lince, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion

Fast & Furious, eat your heart out! Speed kills, but Gulak took advantage to keep his title! Will he remain the Law of 205 Live to the very end?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley and Sasha Banks!

The best friends have big title matches tonight, but are very relaxed. Are they supposed to be scared? They have scawy matches~! Pff. If you think this scares them, then you haven’t been paying attention. The Boss is back to collect, and the Hugger will keep this title on the champion that’s fighting for things that matter. They’ll be going home with the gold, #BankOnThat.

 

Kickoff Show – WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles VS Cedric Alexander!

Carolina’s favorite son returns home to take on the Phenomenal One! Will the Age of Alexander begin its resurrection with this prestigious championship? Or will Styles still be #TooSweet for Alexander to handle now that it’s 1v1?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised (upside down), and we begin!

Styles runs at Alexander but into the Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO!! Styles escapes but Alexander runs to FLY! Direct hit takes out Styles! Alexander puts Styles in, fans fire up, and Alexander handsprings to Neuralizer enziguri! Cover, TWO!! Alexander keeps his cool as he watches Styles stand. Alexander CHOPS, and CHOPS, and then runs in, but is put on the apron. Alexander enziguris Styles down, then takes aim. Springboard, but Styles trips Alexander up! Alexander hits cross bar, then Styles heads out to suplex and slam Alexander on the apron! Styles keeps on Alexander, STYLES CLASH TO THE FLOOR!

Styles won’t leave Alexander be, he puts him in the ring to cover, but then lets up? Styles wants to make Alexander suffer for stepping up to him. Styles drags Alexander up to a fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Alexander writhes but Styles looms over him. Styles drags Alexander up but Alexander CHOPS! Styles kicks then rolls Alexander for a Calf Crusher! Fans duel as Alexander gets his ropebreak! Styles lets go reluctantly and Alexander gets to a corner. Styles grins as he kicks Alexander around. Fans duel as Alexander crawls. Styles laughs as he keeps kicking Alexander down. Alexander goes to the apron but Styles is on him. Styles kicks, but gets caught for an elbow! Styles flounders back, Alexander step-springboards for the complete shot! Cover, TWO! Styles survives again but Alexander hobbles up. Alexander walks into Styles’ scoop and inverted DDT! Styles goes to the apron and aims, wanting to end this. Styles springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! But that’s not all, another STYLES CLASH! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion

But Styles won’t let up! He stomps Alexander, then calls his Good Brothers back in! Gallows & Anderson come out, and feed Alexander to the YAKUZA KICK! The OC beat Alexander down, and the referee can only protest. The OC throw up the Too Sweet, but this sours the homecoming for Alexander. Will anyone get the US title off the Phenomenal One?

 

A champion has what everyone wants.

“And when they come for it, you must defend what’s yours.” All the titles are on the line, and history will be made one way or another. “The greats don’t need to be goaded into greatness,” but who will prove they’re worthy of being among the legends? Who will survive when grudges are golden? Who will prove they are true champions?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman VS Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler!

The first bit of history is being made right now! The Architect and the Monster Among Men are one of the unlikeliest duos, but so are the GLORIOUS One and the Show-Off! Can the champions retain their titles to then fight over Rollins’ Universal Championship later tonight? Or will Rollins and Strowman fall apart, despite everything they said about sticking together?

The introductions are made, the tag titles are raised, and we begin the first test of #Braullins!

Strowman starts against Roode and the fans chant that Roode “Get These Hands!” Roode stares down with Strowman and pumps himself up. But the fans keep chanting, and that gets on Roode’s nerves. Roode and Strowman tie up and Strowman shoves Roode to a corner! Strowman roars but Ziggler says Roode’s still good. Roode gets up and circles with Strowman. He gets a waistlock then a headlock, but Strowman lifts him up and throws him off! Strowman says that’s not enough. Ziggler and Roode have a quick talk and Roode tags Ziggler in. “Now you’re going to get it!” Ziggler and Strowman lock eyes but Roode comes up! Strowman sees that coming but Ziggler hops on for a sleeper! But Strowman throws Ziggler off to BOOT Ziggler down, then uppercuts Roode down! Fans fire up with Strowman as he hits a big corner splash on Ziggler!

Tag to Rollins, and Strowman whips Rollins in for a big forearm smash! Rollins feeds Ziggler to Strowman’s shoulder! Cover, TWO! Rollins drags Ziggler up, suplexes but Ziggler slips out. They go around and Ziggler elbows Rollins. Tag to Roode and they double whip Rollins. Rollins kicks back and throws Ziggler out. Rollins throws hands and CHOPS on Roode, then a hand for Ziggler. But Roode clobbers Rollins from behind! Rollins ends up outside, Ziggler hits him with a satellite DDT! Strowman goes over to threaten Ziggler but the ref tells Strowman to go back to his corner. Roode gets Rollins up and throws him into barriers! Rollins flounders back and is put back in the ring. Roode covers, TWO! Roode rains down rights, then cools off to bring Rollins over. Tag to Ziggler and they mug Rollins.

Ziggler pulls Rollins’ hair and wraps on a chinlock. Ziggler traps an arm but fans rally. Rollins endures and hits a jawbreaker! Ziggler staggers away but comes back for a Famouser! Cover, TWO! Rollins goes to ropes but Ziggler drags Rollins up. Tag to Roode, and they mug Rollins at the ropes. Roode CHOPS Rollins, then suplexes Rollins high and hard! Cover, ONE, and Roode grows frustrated. Ziggler is still confident as Roode chokes Rollins at the ropes. The ref counts and Roode backs off, for Ziggler to get a cheap shot in! Roode goes up top and dares Rollins to stand. Rollins downs as Roode winds it up, but Rollins gets under! Rollins fights back, hops up, and he gives Roode the Blockbuster! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rollins and Roode crawl, hot tag to Ziggler, and he runs at Rollins! Only to get lifted for a bomb! Ziggler sunset flips through, TWO, but Ziggler hops on for a sleeper hold!

Rollins stays up but is fading fast. Rollins powers up and reaches for Strowman, but Ziggler throws Rollins down! Strowman swipes at Ziggler, but Ziggler leaps for a DDT, that gets turned into a Falcon Arrow! Both men are down and crawling, hot tag to Storwman! The Monster rallies on #RoodeDolph! He corner splashes Ziggler, then again! Strowman goes outside to run over Roode! And run over Ziggler! Strowman puts Ziggler in, runs corner to corner again, another big corner splash! Then the scoop, but Ziggler rakes eyes! Roode tags in and Strowman gets post! SUPERKICK! GLORIOUS- No, Strowman powers out! Rollins tags in, springboards, flying knee! SUPERKICK! Roode is down but Rollins fires up! Ziggler grabs Rollins’ feet, and then Roode hits low! Rollins escapes, and hits a Slingblade! Then a DIVE onto Ziggler!

Rollins springboards back in, but Roode gets clear. Rollins turns around into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode keeps his focus as he watches Rollins stir. Fans boo as Roode winds it up. GLORIOUS~, but Strowman runs him over! But into Rollins! Ziggler sends Strowman out! GLORIOUS DDT for Rollins! Cover, Roode & Ziggler win!!

Winners: Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler, Roode pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions

Miscommunication costs the champions! And now the GLORIOUS Show-Offs are golden! Will this be reason for Strowman and Rollins to hold a grudge in their singles championship match later tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Strowman.

How can he regain focus for his match against Rollins after he lost the Raw Tag Team Championships? Well first off, Strowman didn’t lose, Rollins did. Just like Rollins will lose his title tonight. It’s a losing streak for the Architect, and it’ll stay that way when Rollins #GetsTheseHands!

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch!

The Man heard what Strowman said and promises her man, Rollins, will stay champion, as will she. And Becky heard what The Boss had to say, but she has not met her match. Sasha is the one with everything to prove. And Becky doesn’t care about NXT, or Sasha’s run four years ago. Does Sasha have what it takes to be great NOW? Becky has had the greatest year in WWE! She won the title, the Rumble, and at WrestleMania! She’s on the cover of everything, and #VictoryAfterVictory, while Sasha… dyed her hair blue. And yet Sasha complains Becky got her spotlight? No, she EARNED the spotlight, as Sasha earned the beating she’s getting tonight. When Sasha used that chair, she called for The Man. The table’s set, and it doesn’t get any bigger. The Man comes around, but will the title be sticking around?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair!

The once happy-go-lucky lovable huggable Bayley refuses to be overshadowed by anyone. She went after Becky to help Sasha, her best friend. And they both went after The Queen of All Eras together. Will this be the first step to a golden Boss & Hug Connection? Or will “the most selfish person” in the WWE be the astonishing ten-time Women’s Champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the fight for the spotlight begins!

Charlotte BOOTS Bayley right away! Cover, TWO!! Bayley bails out fast, and Charlotte grins as she waves hi to Bayley. Bayley gets back up but Charlotte chases her! They go around and into the ring, and Charlotte throws hands and CHOPS! The Flair CHOPS get “WOO~” out of the fans! Charlotte scoops but Bayley slips out to throw Charlotte down! Bayley catches her breath but Charlotte fires off kicks and forearms! Charlotte throws Bayley with an Exploder! Then kips right up! Charlotte rains down rights then covers, TWO! Charlotte keeps on Bayley by going at the leg. Bayley scrambles to the ropes and Charlotte lets go. Bayley bails out again but Charlotte won’t let her be. Charlotte throws Bayley into barriers! Then into more barriers across the way!

Flair Country is fired up for their Queen as she toys with Bayley. Charlotte puts Bayley in to cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while Bayley still gasps for air. Fans cheer Charlotte on as she rams Bayley into buckles. Charlotte rams her shoulder in again and again, then blocks boots to forearm back! Charlotte drops a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley writhes but Charlotte has the leg! Figure Four but cradle counter! TWO, and Charlotte BOOTS Bayley again! Charlotte watches Bayley crawl to a corner, and stomps her into the buckles! The ref counts and backs Charlotte off. Charlotte has wild eyes as she wants at Bayley. She jukes the ref but Bayley throws Charlotte into a buckle! An EXPOSED buckle?! Bayley must’ve done that while the ref was distracted! Cover, Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion

Bayley gets away with a move worthy of the Dirtiest Player in the Game himself! And she runs away with the title, literally! Will Bayley’s bestie, Sasha Banks, join her in having a title?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The New Day VS The Revival!

AWWWWW~ Queen City~! Xavier Woods is back and this match happens! Will he and Big E keep the tag titles against the #TopGuys while getting revenge for that attack on Woods’ knee? Or will Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder #SayYeah to checking off the blue belts in their WWE careers?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out to start this tag team title grudge match!

Woods starts against Dash to prove he’s more than healthy enough for this fight. He and Dash circle but Dawson goes at the leg! Woods gets away to then dodge Dash. Woods fires off hands but has to hit Dawson away. Dash goes after the knee, then puts the knee on the ropes! Dash runs side to side but gets a CHOP from Woods! Big E aims at Dawson on the outside, to run him over! Woods drags Dash up to CHOP again, and Dash flounders to ropes. Woods CHOPS more, then whips Dash to ropes. Dash reverses but Woods dodges, slides under and mule kicks. Big E tags in and Woods feeds Dash to Big E’s urenage! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer for Big E as he drags Dash to the apron.

Big E clubs away on Dash over and over as the fans clap along. But Dawson trips Woods up! Dash recovers to drive Big E to the floor! The referee checks on Dash and Big E, but Dash is up first to put Big E into the ring. Cover, TWO! Big E crawls but Dash clobbers him down! Tag to Dawson and the Revival double guillotine Big E in the ropes! Cover, TWO, and the Revival grows frustrated. Dawson drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt, then tags Dash in. Dash is the human weapon, leg drop! Cover, TWO! The Revival keep their cool as they watch Big E closely. Dash wraps on with a chinlock and body scissors. Fans rally as Big E endures the squeeze and grind. Dawson taunts Big E as Dash rakes the face! The ref reprimands but Dash lets up. Big E hits back with big hands, but Dash powers him into the corner. The Revival mug Big E and then soak up the heat.

Dawson tags in and taunts Big E. Dawson brings Big E up, pushes him back then runs him over with an elbow! Woods is still down and out while the Revival continue to soak up heat. Dawson drives in an elbow then covers, TWO! Dawson wraps on his own body scissors and grinds a forearm into Big E’s face. The chinlock returns but fans still rally. Big E fights up as Dawson reaches for Dash. Big E walks to his corner but Dawson slips down to rake eyes! Dawson sends Big E into buckles, then throws European Uppercuts. Dawson stomps Big E, but fans boo and jeer. Dawson whips, Big E reverses and Dawson hits buckles hard! Both men are down, but Woods is still not there to tag. Woods rises as Dash tags in, and Dash runs at Big E, only to get a belly2belly! Big E hurries, Woods rises! Hot tags to Dawson and Woods!

Woods rallies on The Revival! Woods dodges to then forearm Dawson! Kick and whip but Dawson reverses. Woods dodges and ducks to tilt-o-whirl huricanrana! Dash returns but Woods boots him! Woods hits the Honor Roll! Dawson throws Woods to the apron but gets an enziguri! Get Over Here, step-in DDT! Cover, but Dash breaks it by stomping the bad leg! Big E throws Dash out then runs, but Dash slingshots over to DIVE! Big E catches Dash but Dawson saves Dash! The Revival throw Big E at a post, Big E stops himself, but gets a SHATTER MACHINE! But a man that size does damage to the Revival! The ref counts as fans declare “This is Awesome!”

Dash helps Dawson get back in, and Dawson grins as he tags in Dash. Woods is alone but he still fights the #TopGuys! But Dash chop blocks the bad leg! Woods writhes in agony as Dash tags Dawson back in. Fans rally for Woods but he’s alone again. Woods keeps fighting back but no use, SHATTER MACHINE point blank! But Dash wants to finish this, by going after the knee! They take the brace off, and then Dawson rips the tights apart! Dawson puts Woods’ legs in the TRAILER HITCH! Woods endures the torture and crawls for ropes, but Dash is there to keep them out of reach! Woods taps, the Revival win!

Winners: The Revival, Dawson by submission; NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions

The #TopGuys, “the absolute best tag team on this planet,” have now become Triple Crown Tag Champions! NXT, Raw and now SmackDown, will the WWE’s Tag Team Division #ForeverBeRevived?

“Finally!” Dawson shouts on stage. “You are welcome!” No longer are the championships covered in pancake batter. No more stupid trombones and hip swivels! The old school has quieted the new noise. And they vow an even bigger treat in the new WWE World Champion when Randy Orton puts out Kofi Kingston’s flame! And then it will be a new day, yes it will!

 

Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross!

The Women’s Tag Team Champions have Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Things have gotten rather personal after what Mandy has been saying, but Nikki would rather not speak on it. She made her point on SmackDown. Tonight is about retaining the titles! Hey, mic guy, what’s going on? It’s R-Truth and Carmella! Sorry, tiny Carmella. Just wanted to make sure everyone can hear your beautiful voice. Well thanks! And Alexa announces the 24/7 Champion’s whereabouts! The main roster comes running! Including Drake Maverick. He thanks Bliss-Cross for the assist. But will Alexa and Nikki keep their golden bond going against the equally unified Fire & Desire?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS Fire & Desire!

The Goddess and her frantic friend defend their titles and their pride against God’s Greatest Gift and the Gladiator Gal. Which pair of best friends will be the best tonight when titles are on the line?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we start with Nikki and Mandy. Nikki goes right at Mandy at the bell and they tie up. Mandy knees low and scoops Nikki, to then slam her down. Mandy toys and taunts Nikki, then runs. Nikki moves but Mandy cartwheels over to show off. Nikki clobbers her down! Nikki shows what she’s got, and Mandy is offended Nikki would copy her moves! Nikki dropkicks Mandy but Sonya tags in. Sonya runs in but NIkki hops on! Sonya throws her off then kicks her low. Sonya taunts Nikki but Nikki rolls her up! TWO but Nikki headbutts then whips Sonya to the corner. Tag to Alexa and Bliss-Cross work together for a corner forearm and a snap suplex! Cover, ONE, but Alexa keeps her head on a swivel as Mandy tags back in. Mandy goes at Alexa but Alexa hits a drop toehold! Mandy is sent reeling but Alexa runs in to club her down!

Mandy kicks but Alexa SLAPS Mandy! Mandy complains Alexa hit her in her beautiful face! So Alexa does it again! Alexa drops knees, Insult2Injury! Cover, TWO! Alexa keeps her cool, but here comes the 24/7 title chase! Truth gets in the ring and taunts the others, but Alexa rolls him up! TWO, and Truth runs away again! Carmella hops on and away they go! That chase aside, Alexa is on Mandy. Mandy waistlocks Alexa but Alexa switches. Sonya tags in and mandy bucks Alexa off. Alexa dodges one kick but not the other! Cover, TWO! Sonya grinds her forearm all over Alexa’s face to mess up the make-up. Fans rally and Alexa fights her way up, but gets thrown down by her hair. Sonya soaks up heat and shoves Alexa into the corner. Tag to Mandy and they mug Alexa with mudhole stomps! Fans boo but Fire & Desire just soak up the heat.

Mandy drags Alexa up to tag in Sonya. Mandy suplexes, then drops Alexa, Sonya adds her Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO! Sonya grows annoyed but she puts on a body scissors to squeeze Alexa. Alexa endures but fans rally for her and Nikki. Alexa fights her way up and out of the hold, but Sonya kicks low and hard! Tag to Mandy, and they mug Alexa in their corner. But Alexa suddenly rolls Mandy up! TWO, and Mandy clobbers Alexa down! “What do you got, Lexi, huh!?” Alexa pops out, both women bob ‘n’ weave, DOUBLE rights take both women out! Fans rally as they crawl, hot tags to Sonya and Nikki! And crazy Cross rallies on Sonya! Sonya flounders but Nikki corner splashes! Then hits a bulldog! Mandy runs in but is sent right back out. Nikki has Sonya for a back suplex! Fans fire up with Nikki as she heads up top! Sonya stands, Nikki leaps, Crossbody! Cover, TWO!

Nikki keeps herself fired up and drags Sonya over. Tag to Alexa, and Alexa climbs, but slowly. SOnya fights free and that trips Alexa up! Mandy yanks Nikki out to ram her into apron edge! Sonya has Alexa by the pig tails for a slam! Tag to Mandy, Fire & Desire powers combine! Cover, but Nikki breaks it in time!! Fans cheer as Nikki saves her best friend! Nikki gets back to her corner and tags back in! She climbs up top, Crossbody but Mandy gets under. Nikki hits Sonya, dodges the knee, THE PURGE! Cover, Bliss-Cross win!!

Winners: Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss, Cross pinning; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

The power of friendship, and frenzy, wins! Nikki and Alexa stand tall after shutting up the snobs, but what is next for them and those Women’s Tag titles?

 

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WWE Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura w/ Sami Zayn VS The Miz!

The King of Strong Style, via his spokesperson, Sami Zayn, claims the Hollywood A-Lister is the King of Soft Style. Where have we heard that before…? But remakes aside, will this one go Miz’s way after weeks of taking Kinshasas? Or will Nakamura deny Miz the history of tying the Intercontinental Championship record?

Sami tells everyone to shut up as he makes his way out. He wants to say he is “disgusted” at the level of disrespect shown. And that goes for the Undertaker last week in Madison Square Garden! Sami sustained a neck injury! But the trooper he is, he is still here to support the man he “liberated”! The Artist will still be our champion, and Sami gives Nakamura his introduction! Will Sami’s words be backed up by Nakamura’s actions?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the doorway to history is opened!

Miz and Nakamura circle, tie up, and Sami does his own commentary as Nakamura waistlocks. Miz wrenches free and arm-drags Nakamura, but Nakamura gets up and fights free. Sami insults the Panthers and Nakamura wrenches Miz’s arm to a hammerlock. Miz slips through to reverse the hammerlock, but Nakamura elbows fights free. Nakamura snapmares but Miz dodges the stomp and buzzsaw to jab! Sami says Miz will pay and Nakamura puts Miz in the corner. Sami’s mic goes off as Nakamura dares Miz to “C’MON!” Miz runs in and CHOPS Nakamura! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Miz whips and hits the kitchen sink knee! Then the basement boot! Cover, ONE, but Miz is on Nakamura with more CHOPS! Miz gives Nakamura grinding forearms, then mocks Nakamura’s “C’MON~!”

Miz puts Nakamura on the apron then trips him up! Sami talks trash, so Miz throws the microphone away! Fans cheer Miz as he puts Nakamura in. Sami lurks close, but that’s a distraction for Nakamura’s kick! Nakamura puts Miz back on the apron to club away. Nakamura hits Miz with a Top Shelf knee! Then drops a guillotine knee! Miz writhes and Sami laughs loud enough for everyone to hear, even without a mic. Nakamura gets in the ring to copy the It Kicks! Miz catches one, but gets the enziguri! Nakamura gives kicks in the corner but Miz catches it to kick out the other leg! Miz throws punches while blocking Nakamura’s. Miz kicks away in the corner, then runs corner to corner, for a big knee! Then another! Then the A-List Lariat! Miz dumps Nakamura down before climbing up to drop ax handles! Cover, TWO!

Nakamura lives but Miz keeps hold of a leg. Miz rams his knee into Nakamura’s knee, then grabs the other leg. Miz steps through but Nakamura trips him out of the Figure Four into an armbar! Miz clasps hands but Nakamura breaks the grip! Miz rolls Nakamura, TWO, basement DDT! Cover, TWO! Nakamura still lives but Miz keeps his focus. Miz gets up as fans rally behind him. Nakamura sits up and Miz gives him true It Kicks! Miz takes aim, but his buzzsaw misses! Nakamura rolls Miz, TWO! Full nelson but Nakamura arm-drags out. Nakamura fakes Miz out again to hit the left heel kick! Nakamura runs in, blocks the boots, roundhouse! SLIDING GERMAN! Sami is so happy for Nakamura as Nakamura stomps a mudhole into Miz. Nakamura drags Miz up, suplex to gourd buster! Nakamura goes to the corner and takes aim. Miz slowly sits up, YAO~, but the Kinshasa is sent into buckles! Knee jacker, then the Figure Four!!

Sami panics for Nakamura as Nakamura endures the legendary hold right in Flair Country! Nakamura turns and gets the ropebreak! Miz lets go and Sami is relieved. Miz drags Nakamura away to try again, cradle counter! TWO, and Miz kicks away! Miz boots Nakamura, but Nakamura distracts the ref. Sami swipes at Miz, KINSHASA to the back! Cover, TWO!? Miz survives and Sami is furious! Nakamura is beside himself, but he takes aim again. Miz slowly rises, YAO~! But Miz dodges, FINALE outta nowhere! Cover, but Sami distracts the ref! The referee reprimands Sami and Miz can’t believe it. Nakamura rolls out to the apron now, and Sami wants Miz to take it easy. Fans want Miz to go after Sami, and he does! Sami runs away around the ring, Nakamura dropkicks sends Miz into the post! Then, KINSHASA! Cover, Nakamura wins!

Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion

The door on history is slammed shut, but with a lot of help from sneaky Sami Zayn! Will Miz fight his way back to the threshold of this prestigious championship? Or will Sami continue to support his kindred spirit?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks!

The Man doesn’t care about what The Boss thinks she’s owed, because she’s going to give her a slap upside the head and then some. But will Banks reclaim some of her former glory by reclaiming the Red Brand’s title?

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and it’s time to see who is worthy of both title and monikers.

Becky and Sasha circle, and Sasha talks trash. Becky SLAPS Sasha then bounces her face off the mat over and over! Sasha flounders to ropes but fans fire up with Becky. Becky blocks the kick to a dragon screw. Sasha gets to a corner but Becky hits a Straight Firearm! Then Becky snapmares Sasha, only for Sasha to follow on the run. Sasha tilt-o-whirls but Becky resists the takedown, to roll Sasha back! Sasha escapes the Disarm-Her to get out of the ring. Becky waits for Sasha to return, but Sasha takes her time. Sasha bails out to avoid Becky, but Becky wrecks her with a dropkick! Fans cheer as Becky wonders where Sasha’s toughness went. Sasha crawls around the way, Becky climbs the steel steps to drop ax handles! Becky puts Sasha in, but dodges the shoulder to kick Sasha down! Becky climbs up, but Sasha yanks her down to throw knees and stomps! The ref counts and Sasha lets up at 4. Sasha grins as Becky gasps for air.

Sasha snapmares Becky to kick her swift in the back! Becky crawls to ropes as fans duel, and Sasha chokes Becky on the ropes. Sasha knees Becky back but the dueling gets stronger. Cover, TWO, but Sasha keeps her cool. Sasha goes after the arms and pulls Becky back! Sasha puts a boot in Becky’s back, but Becky gets up to turn. Sasha lets Becky go for a basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Sasha rams knees into Becky’s ribs, and then soaks up the heat. “Who’s the Man now?” Becky throws hands back! Sasha shoves then spins Becky to a knee smash and a roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her cool and drags Becky up by her hair. Fans duel and Sasha scoops, but Becky slips out to dodge her. Jump kick rocks Sasha, then Becky scoops Sasha. Sasha fights free but gets a kick. Becky runs in but gets a boot!

Sasha hops up, drags Becky up by her hair, and has an elevated arm surfboard. The ref counts so Sasha lets go at 4, to then soak up the heat before she leaps, into Becky’s dropkick! Both women are down and a standing count begins. Sasha and Becky stir at 5 and sit up at 7. Sasha throws hands but Becky gives them back! They brawl, Becky lariats! Becky starts rallying with strikes, then pump handles to a Fall Away Slam! Fans fire up with Becky as she brings Sasha up for big knees. Becky runs, but into the crossface! The Banks Statement is on, but Becky fights up and pops out, to a Becksploder! Becky has Sasha, throws her down, and climbs back up. Becky powers up, leaps, and hits her leg drop! Cover, TWO! Sasha survives and Becky calculates what to try next. Becky gets up and puts Sasha on the top rope. Becky says, “This is my turn now!” But Sasha fights Becky off on the top rope and sends her away. Sasha leaps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!!

Sasha screams in frustration and Becky crawls to a corner. Sasha cools off enough to run in corner to corner. Double knees hit, but Sasha hits them again from the side! Becky flops down while Sasha mocks her. Slingshot body scissors to a crossface, but Becky slips out! Becky has the arm, but Sasha rolls her up! TWO, into the Disarm-Her!! Becky has Sasha, but Sasha shifts to get a ropebreak with her legs! Becky reluctantly lets go, then runs to basement dropkick Sasha! Sasha is down and Becky climbs up. Fans cheer again as Becky takes aim. Sasha stands, Becky hits her with the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Becky is frustrated again but “This is Awesome!” to the fans. Sasha crawls away while clutching her bad arm, but Becky storms over. Becky stomps a mudhole into Sasha, but the ref pulls her off.

Sasha drags herself up but blocks the jump kick, to hit the backstabber! Then another! And flip over, to the BANK STATEMENT! Becky is stuck, but she crawls for ropes! Sasha kicks to flip to the other side! Becky uses that for a roll up, but they’re in the ropes! Sasha hotshots the bad arm! Sasha looks desperate as she takes a chair from the timekeeper’s area! She tosses that in, but that’s a distraction to the ref for a second chair, that she JABS into Becky! Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO!! Not even copying Latino Heat was enough for Sasha! Sasha grows frustrated, but she goes back for the first chair. The referee takes that from her, but Sasha takes it back. Becky takes it from Sasha, but Sasha dodges! The ref takes the chair shot!! But then Sasha begs for mercy, but Becky jabs and SMACKS her! Becky chases Sasha to the outside, but Sasha kicks the leg! Sasha retreats through the crowd, but Becky follows!

Becky stomps Sasha down on the steps and fights right in front of the fans! They go up higher, but Sasha uses whatever she can grab for a weapon. Becky still punches Sasha down, and they continue even higher up. Becky throws Sasha down on the stairs! Then she puts an arm through the railing for a Disarm-Her! Sasha taps but it doesn’t matter out there! So Sasha chop blocks Becky and runs for it! They’re at the very top now but the brawling still continues. Sasha keeps retreating, and ends up out of the arena and in the pavilion. Becky chases Sasha down and throws her into concession stands! Becky sprays hot mustard on Sasha before throwing her into walls! They end up back among the fans, and Becky takes a moment to soak in the moment.

Now Becky brings Sasha down the steps, but Sasha fights back. Sasha kicks Becky down as fans chant and duel. Becky hits Sasha back, then sends her staggering down the way. Becky feeds Sasha to a trash can! Becky throws Sasha back to ringside, but Sasha rams her into barriers! Sasha throws Becky into the LED apron, then into more barriers! Sasha drags Becky around and into the ring. Word comes in that, with the downed referee being Becky’s doing, she is DISQUALIFIED!

Winner: Sasha Banks, by disqualification; Becky Lynch retains the Raw Women’s Championship

But none of this matters because Sasha wants to hurt Becky now! Sasha has the chair again, and brings it back to the ring. Sasha aims but Becky kicks her back! Becky has the chair again, to SMACK Sasha again! And again! And again! Becky keeps the chair shots coming, then sits the chair down to have a seat. Becky bounces Sasha off the chair! And again! And again! Becky puts Sasha’s arm through the chair for the Disarm-Her! Sasha taps but this doesn’t matter, no referee or match is happening!

Extra referees, and even security, come out to get Becky to stop! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but there’s not much fight left in Sasha. Becky wants her belt, and the referees fetch it for her. Fans cheer The Man, even though she technically lost. But Becky is just fine with that, because she’s still the champ! Will The Boss get a second chance? Or did she get what she really deserved, and then some?

 

WWE World Championship: Kofi Kingston VS Randy Orton!

Ten years later, and this rivalry still hasn’t been settled. The Power of Positivity has been called “stupid” and “bulls*it” by The Viper, but it has been keeping Kofimania going this whole time. Will Kofi finally end his feud with Orton? Or will the three most destructive letters in wrestling be what ends the dream?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and perhaps the biggest championship grudge match of all begins!

Kofi and Orton circle and tie up. They go around and Orton puts Kofi in a corner. The ref counts but has to pull them apart. Orton backs off but he hears the fans cheer for Kofi. Kof grins as he and Orton circle again. They tie up again, and Orton headlocks. Kofi powers out but Orton runs him over. Orton lets Kofi get up and Kofi nods, seeing how it is. They circle and tie up a third time. Orton waistlocks, but Kofi works against the hold. Fans rally and Kofi pries the hold apart to waistlock Orton back. Orton reaches for ropes but elbows Kofi off him. Orton uses hair to reel Kofi into a headlock and takeover. Kofi endures and prevents covers, but Orton torques back on the head. Fans rally again and Kofi fights his way up. Kofi throws hands and powers out, but Orton runs him over again. Orton strikes his pose, then things speed up. Kofi hurdles, hurdles and elbows! Orton staggers to a corner but Kofi is on him for a splash!

Kofi keeps on Orton as they go corner to corner! Orton bails out before Kofi can try again, but Kofi has nothing to lose waiting in the ring. Orton takes a moment to steady himself and check his eyebrow. Kofi mocks the Orton pose and that gets Orton to storm up to the ring. Orton keeps his cool as he gets back in the ring. Kofi watches closely as fans start to duel. Orton ties up with Kofi again, and pulls hair to put Kofi in a corner. Kofi dodges the punch to CHOP Orton’s chest! Orton is stinging as he goes to the other corner, but Kofi keeps on him with another CHOP! Kofi follows Orton around the way, but Orton puts him in a corner. Kofi dodges to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Orton gets free and pokes Kofi in the eye! The ref reprimands Orton but Orton CHOPS Kofi back! And again! Kofi gets on the apron but Orton is on him, only to get a kick!

Orton wobbles, but he kicks Kofi back! Hotshot! Then Orton runs to blast Kofi off apron and into barrier! Orton snarls as he goes out to fetch Kofi. Fans cheer Kofi on but Orton bounces Kofi off the announce desk! Orton puts Kofion the barriers with a gourd buster! Then drags him out for another suplex to the floor! Orton slides in then out to refresh the count, and then back suplex Kofi ont the announce desk! Kofi slumps off but Orton won’t let up. Orton drags Kofi up and reels him in for a second back suplex! Orton puts Kofi in the ring and covers, TWO! Orton tries again, TWO! Orton keeps his cool as he puts Kofi in a corner. Orton whips corner to corner but Kofi goes up to dropkick Orton in the arm! Orton backs off to a corner, his bad shoulder is bugging him. But that’s a fake out to sucker Kofi in! Orton kicks Kofi then throws him into the post! Orton hits his pose on the ropes now while Kofi slumps out of the ring.

The ring count begins again but Orton keeps it fresh as he fetches Kofi. Orton thrwos Kofi at steel steps but Kofo stops himself! Kofi fights back with back hands and CHOPS! Kofi haymakers then goes to throw Orton. Orton blocks to then bounce Kofi off steps! The ring count passes 5 again, but Orton puts Kofi in. Orton drags Kofi to a cover, TWO! Orton still keeps his cool as he drags Kofi around. Fans duel but Orton drags Kofi up to whip into a corner. Kofi comes back with a clothesline! Both men are down and the referee starts a standing count. Both men get to corners and drag themselves up. Kofi runs in but Orton puts him on the apron. Kofi hits Orton, then springboards to ax handle Orton down! Fans fire up and Kofi fires himself up. Kofi stands and rallies with CHOPS on Orton! Kofi dropkicks and Orton goes down! But Kofi keeps moving, leaping lariat takes Orton down again! Kofi runs, for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop!

Kofi vows to end it now, and he takes aim from the corner. Fans rally and duel as Orton stands. Kofi spins, but Orton blocks to the back2backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kofi gets to the corner but Orton is still calm as before. Kofi stands on the apron but Orton drags him through the ropes. Fans know what this means, but so does Kofi! Kofi tosses Orton outside! Orton clutches his leg, but Kofi runs to FLY! The Trust Fall takes out Orton! Kofi is fired up all over again while the referee checks on Orton. Kofi puts Orton in the ring and climbs up top. Orton stands, Kofi leaps, crossbody! ROLL THROUGH, TWO! Kofi gets Orton, SOS denied, and Orton dropkicks Kofi down! Cover, TWO! Orton is growing annoyed now, and he drags Kofi up by his hair. Fans keep dueling as Orton throws hands, but Kofi throws counter punches!

Kofi kicks and punches, but Orton smothers Kofi then rakes Kofi’s eyes! Orton runs but into SOS!! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but the fans don’t stop cheering. Kofi gets up first and goes to the corner. Kofi climbs but slowly. Orton stands again, and trips Kofi up! Orton climbs up to join Kofi now, but Kofi resists! Kofi fights back, clubbing Orton on his back. Kofi headbutts Orton but Orton punches back. Orton keeps throwing hands, then climbs back up. But Kofi slips out to trip Orton up! Kofi runs, but into the powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton is still only annoyed while Kofi goes to the apron. Orton follows after and he drags Kofi through the ropes. Classic Orton with the draping DDT! Orton soaks up the cheers and the jeers as he hears the voices in his head!

Orton dares Kofi to stand with every pound of his fist on the mat. Kofi does stand, but he rolls Orton up! TWO, and Kofi is in the corner. Kofi slips out to kick Orton back! Orton staggers away as Kofi gets back in. Kofi follows after Orton but RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Kofi survives, but even now Orton isn’t frustrated, just annoyed. Orton drags Kofi to a corner, and thinks of what to do next. Orton tells Kofi to stay put, and he backs up. Is Orton bringing THAT back?! Orton aims, runs, but Kofi dodges the punt! Kofi spins Orton, TROUBLE IN PARADISE!! Cover, Kofi wins!!

Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; still WWE World Champion

Orton’s sadistic ego gets the better of him! Kofi isn’t stupid! He’s a champion, BABYYY~! Now that the past is truly behind him, what is next for the dream come true?

 

The Street Profits are loving what they’re seeing!

Kofi Kingston is still the W, W, E, CHAMPION~! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are thinking Raw will be looking mighty fine. The King of the Ring ends, Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable! They can see it now: KING Gable, and then… CIRCLE OF LIFE~! Gable celebrates as Rikishi- No, no, Rafiki. Though Dawkins don’t mind a good stink face now and then. PAUSE! Ford keeps the metaphor going, imagining them raising Gable up high for ALL to see! Hakuna Matata, fam.

But wait. King BOOKAH!? “Here ye, here ye.” The Ruler of the WWE Kingdom, on this eve of the KOTR Finals, gives his royal declaration. Wait, King Bookah, Your Highness. Dawkins asks a favor. Can he be a knight? That’d be pretty cool if Dawkins can be all, “The Dark Knight, Sir Angelo Dawkins.” You didn’t say that. Tell Booker you didn’t just say that. Talking about stink faces and getting knighted. Both of you better get your minds right. They just got royally reprimanded! Think before you speak. Now can you dig that, SUCKAAA!?

 

No Disqualifications: Roman Reigns VS Erick Rowan!

After sniffing out the Big Red Herring that was just some random man with a red beard, The Big Dog forced the Big Redwood’s hand. Rowan revealed it was him, Roman! It was him all along! And not because Daniel Bryan said to, but because Rowan wanted to! Will Rowan continue to do what he wants and completely dismantle Roman? Or will the human Tree of Woe fall in Roman’s Yard?

The introductions are made, but there’s no belt to be raised, so we simply start this brutal match!

Roman rushes right at Rowan on the ramp with big uppercuts! Rowan kicks back and the brawl begins before there’s even an actual bell! They get in the ring and now things are official. Roman rains down right hands on the top rope, and gets 9. Rowan shoves him away, and gives Roman a big elbow! Roman is dazed but Rowan drags him up to throw him out. Rowan goes out to club Roman on the back, then headbutt him against barriers. Rowan whips Roman into the other barriers and kicks him down! Then he bounces Roman off the announce desk. And throws him face first! Roman staggers, Rowan whips and Roman hits more barriers. Rowan clubs Roman in the head then bounces him off steel steps! Rowan rains down more right hands, then backs up. Rowan comes running in, but only gets steel steps!

Rowan pushes the steel steps away, but Roman brings out a kendo stick! Rowan has the steps and rams Roman into the front row! Rowan tosses the steps aside to take the kendo stick. Rowan SMACKS Roman, then throws him into the trash can! Roman and Rowan continue down the way, fans getting up close with the action. Rowan has another trash can, and slams it on Roman’s back! “How’s that feel!?” Rowan wants the fans all to see the REAL Rowan now! He brings Roman around for big haymakers, but Roman gives them back! Roman uppercuts back! Rowan staggers and Roman dumps him back to ringside. Rowan staggers about some more, but Roman takes aim, for a Drive-By Dropkick! It sends Rowan into the post and falls to the floor! Roman takes a moment to catch his breath before he clears off an announce desk! But Rowan comes back to body check WRECK Roman!

Rowan drags Roman into the ring now, and rains down heavy rights. Rowan sits Roman up just to boot him back down! Fans boo but Rowan ignores them. Rowan drags Roman up and whips him to the corner. Rowan grinds his boot into Roman and doesn’t have to stop until he wants to. “How’s it feel!?” Rowan scoops Roman and slams him down hard. Rowan grins as he runs, to drop a big elbow, and then runs again for a big splash! But Rowan won’t cover, because he wants to make Roman suffer. Rowan climbs the corner and dares Roman to stand. Roman does, and Rowan leaps for a big flying shoulder! Cover, TWO! Rowan grows frustrated already, but his evil mind still has more ideas. Rowan taunts Roman before he kicks him in the ribs. “Stay down!” Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” but Rowan kicks Roman in the ribs again.

Rowan drags Roman up but Roman fights back! Roman throws uppercuts, but swings into the urenage! Cover, TWO! Rowan is getting angrier as he drags Roman back up. Rowan throws big hands and Roman ends up in a corner. Rowan clotheslines but misses, and Roman clotheslines Rowan out! Rowan stays on his feet to drag Roman out with him! And throw him into a post! Rowan starts pulling the safety pads off the LED apron, and he brings Roman over. Rowan picks Roman up, to throw fast first into the edge! Then he BOOTS Roman down! Rowan puts Roman in to cover, TWO! Rowan is furious with the referee, and fans boo Rowan. Rowan goes out and tosses the steel steps into the ring. Rowan has plans for Roman and the steps again. Roman slowly stands and Rowan takes aim. Rowan runs at Roman, but Roman gets under to fireman’s carry to a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!

Roman and Rowan are both down but stirring. Both men go to corners, but Rowan runs in, only to miss! Roman has the steel steps now, and smashes Rowan with them! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!! Roman is surprised as Rowan escapes out of the ring. Roman gets himself out on the far side, and picks up speed going around the way. Roman LEAPS, but into Rowan’s hands! Pop-up powerbomb through the announce desk!! Rowan drags Roman up and into the ring, cover, TWO!? Roman survives and Rowan is at a loss for words! Rowan grits his teeth as he looms over Roman. Rowan drags Roman back up, tosses him back outside the ring, then throws him into the timekeeper’s area. Rowan storms his way in, clearing out space, and has the ring bell! Rowan SMASHES Roman with the bell! And that’s still not enough, as Rowan punches Roman around the way. They end up by the production area and Rowan still clubs Roman in the back.

Rowan goes to bounce Roman off equipment, but Roman stops to hit Rowan with a spare mic! Roman throws hands, but Rowan IRON CLAW SLAMS Roman through a table!! But the match can’t end outside the ring, so Rowan drags Roman up and fireman’s carries him back. Rowan goes around to the stage and dumps Roman down before climbing up on his own. Roman crawls as Rowan grabs the camera rig! Just like SmackDown! Roman grabs a pipe and SMASHES Rowan with it! Roman uses the jib on Rowan! And does it again! Rowan flounders around on stage, but Roman grins now. Roman loads up, runs in, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Rowan tumbles down the ramp, but Roman isn’t done yet! Roman fires up and lets out the battle cry, before running down, to get a BOOT! But from LUKE HARPER!? Harper has returned to help his friend!

Harper and Rowan reunite and have Roman in the ring! The fans are going nuts as Harper whips Rowan in for a big splash, Rowan feeds Roman to the DISCUS! Harper then drags Roman up for Rowan’s IRON CLAW SLAM! Cover, Rowan wins!!

Winner: Erick Rowan, by pinfall

The towering trees of darkness just took down The Big Dog! Will this bring about a new phase of destruction and doom in the WWE?

 

Seth Rollins finishes preparations backstage.

Charly Caruso walks up to ask Rollins how he feels. Strowman pins the loss on him, but Rollins doesn’t care what Strowman thinks. They lost the match because it’s a tag team match. But what Rollins is focused on is the Universal Championship. Rollins respects Strowman, but respectfully, it’s not Strowman’s night. Rollins slayed a beast, now he’ll slay a monster. That match finishes up the night, who will be the last champion of the Clash?

 

WWE Universal Championship: Seth Rollins VS Braun Strowman!

Both men have said their piece, now it’s time to see who backs it all up with actions! Will the Architect #BurnItDown? Or will the Monster Among Men #GetTheseHands on the Universal Championship?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this historic match of seemingly former tag team partners begins!

Strowman runs Rollins over right away! Then hits him in the corner with a big splash! And another! Then he scoops Rollins, but Rollins escapes to chop block a leg! Rollins kicks away on that leg, and Strowman staggers. But Strowman blocks the third kick, to flip Rollins! Rollins lands on his feet to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! Rollins climbs up, FROG SPLASH! Cover, ZERO! Rollins is shocked, but he keeps moving. No Curb Stomp, and Strowman cradles Rollins for a body slam! Strowman watches Rollins writhe to a corner. Rollins stands but Strowman TOSSES him across the way! Strowman puts Rollins in a corner to TOSS him again! Rollins stands but Strowman headbutts him right back down.

Strowman knows Rollins is tougher than this, so he throws big hands on Rollins’ ribs! And then a big uppercut! Rollins flops down into a corner, and Strowman drags him up for a headbutt. Strowman goes corner to corner, but Rollins dodges and sends Strowman into the post! Rollins springboards to hit the flying knee! Then another springboard for another flying knee! Strowman is still up so Rollins climbs again, missile- No! Strowman catches and CLUBS Rollins down! Rollins ends up outside, but Strowman goes out to come around the way. Strowman runs Rollins right over! Strowman puts Rollins in again, but Rollins rolls all the way out. So Strowman just runs around the corner to run Rollins over again! Strowman throws Rollins at barriers and Rollins ends up upside down! Strowman puts Rollins in, but Rollins again bails out. So Strowman runs in, but gets sent into the German announce desk by Rollins’ toehold!

Strowman is down and Rollins gets back into the ring. Rollins sees Strowman rising, and walking to the ring, so Rollins DIVES and sends Strowman back into the desk! Rollins gets back in, runs again, to DIVE again! Strowman topples the announce desk over! Strowman is dazed with a bloody nose, but he’s still moving. Rollins goes a third time, but is CAUGHT! But he escapes the slam to shove Strowman into steps, then SUPERKICKS Strowman onto the Spanish announce desk. Rollins gets a wild idea and goes up top. Rollins aims, but Strowman is up so fast! Strowman shoves Rollins down, but Rollins comes right back with furious hands. Strowman shoves Rollins again, then climbs, only for Rollins to be right on him! Rollins tries, but Strowman denies the superplex!

Strowman adjusts as Rollins is in the drop zone…! MONSTER SPLASH!! Cover, but Strowman can’t stay on it from his own damaged leg! Strowman crawls back to the cover, TWO!! Fans are still losing their minds over what they saw as both men are down! Strowman and Rollins stand as fans say “This is Awesome!” Strowman scoops but Rollins slips to a sleeper hold! Strowman starts to fade! Rollins squeezes tight, but Strowman finds a second wind! Strowman throws Rollins off, CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, ONE?! Rollins is in shock, but he tries a second CURB STOMP! Cover, TWO!? Rollins still can’t understand what’s going on, but he’ll just keep trying! A THIRD STOMP! Cover, TWO!?! Strowman truly is a monster! Rollins tries to figure out what to do, but he just figures one more will do it. But he runs into a scoop! But the leg gives out! Rollins underhooks, PEDIGREE!! Rollins copies The Game then STOMPS AGAIN! Cover, Rollins wins!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; still WWE Universal Champion

The Monster Among Men survived so much, but in the end, he was slain! Rollins nods respect to Strowman, but in the end, The Architect is- The lights are going out!! And THE FIEND has Rollins!! SISTER ABIGAIL ON THE STAGE! The Fiend has Rollins at his mercy, and puts on the MANDIBLE CLAW! The Fiend laughs and shouts, then disappears. Bray Wyatt told us what title he wanted, will he see Rollins in Hell… in a Cell?

 


 

My Thoughts:

We got a really good Clash of Champions overall tonight, though a lot of status quo was maintained. Perhaps the biggest shame was that the United States Championship was in the kickoff show, but even the kickoff show matches tonight were really good. That Triple Threat for the Cruiserweight Championship was finally a match worthy of PPV Sunday, but it went as expected with Lince taking the pin from Gulak. But it was also a nice touch for Gulak to take advantage of Carrillo’s work to further the point of the two of them needing a proper 1v1 down the line. Styles VS Alexander was a really good match, but I was more surprised that no one helped Alexander against The OC. I was hoping it would be Ricochet, given the connection in story and the synergy of styles. But maybe Styles will be the one to face the King of the Ring, i.e. Chad Gable for WWE’s usual Face VS Heel dynamics. Speaking of, we got a great moment with King BOOKAH and the Street Profits, but I guess we’ll never hear who Booker thinks wins.

The Raw Tag Team title match went as expected, in that #RoodeDolph wins. I didn’t like that it was another of those “one partner knocks other partner down” type situation, but I suppose it was so that Roode & Ziggler aren’t booked that strong as to defeat Strowman and Rollins straight-up. But now we have Heel champions so that a Face team like the Viking Raiders can finally move up. The SmackDown Tag Team Championship match was really good, as expected of the New Day and Revival. And The Revival wins to at least tease #FTRKO going completely golden, and because they really do make some history as being tag champions on all three brands in their WWE careers. They, too, are a Heel team that can allow a Face team to move up, just not sure who from SmackDown. Chances are, New Day fights their way back to a rematch and the New Day are once again in a tag team Hell in a Cell. The Women’s Tag Team match was solid, and naturally Bliss-Cross win. It won’t necessarily be to defend against Bayley & Banks as I hoped, but perhaps Bliss-Cross can help hype the NXT move to television to face some tag teams there.

The 24/7 Championship didn’t get quite what I was hoping for from tonight. They should’ve had way more segments, like during the Kickoff Show, and probably not during the WWE Women’s Tag title match. It already feels like Vince is begrudgingly using the Women’s Tag Division, so sprinkling an albeit entertaining moment was not the thing to do. I should have figured Sami Zayn would be a factor in the Intercontinental Championship match. I don’t know which is worse: Sami making Nakamura seem weaker, or Miz was oddly stronger because of it. I suppose this also wasn’t an excuse to bury Chris Jericho, the current record holding 9-Time WWE Intercontinental Champion. But something could still happen as the Draft draws closer, as perhaps part of SmackDown’s Fox debut. And then with Miz firmly champion again, the Draft puts him back on Raw, aka USA Network, so that he can still plug Miz & Mrs every Monday.

The SmackDown and Raw Women’s Championship matches were both great in their own way. Bayley VS Charlotte had a perfect ending for Heel Bayley, and I definitely did not see it coming. It was also a nice touch for Bayley to just bolt from the arena with her belt. Becky VS Sasha was very intense, and it was quite the twist for that ref to go down and for the two to go all around the arena after. This of course keeps things going for the Raw side of this story. With SmackDown going to Fox and the newest WWE Draft meant to cleanly break the rosters, I have a feeling we won’t get the Two Woman Power Trip if Sasha and Bayley can’t go after the Women’s Tag titles to be a floating team between all brands. At the same time, a rematch of Banks and Becky can happen in the month we have left, and somehow Bayley and Banks work their way to the tag titles before the deadline, but that might end up rather hectic and rushed in the booking.

I was surprised to see the WWE World Championship go third to last, and I feel it could’ve been paced a half beat faster, but it was still a good, storied match for Kofi and Orton. I really liked that Orton teased the return of the deadly punt kick, and Clash probably isn’t big enough to end #Kofimania. There’s still a chance that SmackDown’s Fox premiere involves something with Kofi, that world title, and The Beast, Brock Lesnar. Roman VS Rowan was an okay match. The No Disqualification stipulation ended up more like a No Holds Barred match so WWE seems to not know what any of these words mean anymore. But it all worked out in the end, because LUKE FREAKIN’ HARPER is back! And in a major story! First, I hope they don’t try and reference Bludgeon Brothers more than in their moves. Second, I bet this is finally where someone like Buddy Murphy or even Daniel Bryan can cycle back into the story on Roman’s side for a time.

Then the Universal Championship, that definitely felt like a parallel to Rollins VS Lesnar, or even some Roman VS Lesnar. However, for as amazing as some stuff was, like Strowman hitting a splash and surviving all of Rollins’ Curb Stomps: there was another parallel to those Lesnar matches, in that the disappointing result is what happened. This is confusing in retrospect. If you didn’t want Strowman to look tougher than Lesnar (which in my opinion he did) then why let it go this far? What redeemed the ending was the Fiend attacking to further drive home he will be after the title. Whether fans were okay with Rollins winning or not, I think everyone was excited to see The Fiend do that to him. Obviously there should be a Firefly Fun House to address this move, or at least a furious Rollins calling Bray out. And of course, their match needs to be IN Hell in a Cell, it just makes sense. Then because the Fiend is over like no other right now, he really should win and make the fans explode with excitement.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points

 

G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!

The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?

Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.

ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!

ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!

Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!

Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.

ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!

Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,

ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!

Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)

The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!

The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!

Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.

Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!

Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!

But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!

Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!

Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!

Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?

For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!

Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!

ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)

That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!

The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?

Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.

Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!

Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.

Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!

Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.

Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”

Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!

But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!

Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lawlor earns 0)

Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?

As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.

Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.

Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.

Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!

Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!

Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!

Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.

Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!

And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!

Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)

This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?

As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • 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
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • 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]

C Block

  • 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]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 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]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.

Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.9/10


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Will Naito Go To Sleep?

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the G1!

In what could be his last year in NJPW, Tetsuya Naito fights to stay alive in the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Kenta make him Go To Sleep?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tomohiro Ishii & Kosei Fujita VS BUSHI & Shingo Takagi; Bushi & Takagi win.
  • Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS TAKA Michinoku & Zack Sabre Jr; Isaacs & Lawlor win.
  • 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano VS Bullet Club; Okada, Tanahashi, Goto & Yano win.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens; Sanada wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Taichi; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH VS Lance Archer; Archer wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; Naito wins.

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Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • JONAH: 3-1, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Lance Archer: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
  • Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
  • SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-1, 4 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Headhunter is still alive in the G1, but so is the Tokyo Pimp! Someone’s bubble could burst right here, will Hashi be able to #TurnItAllAround? Or will he be washed away by Pimp Juice?

While Hashi makes his entrance, Yujiro attacks him on the corner! Yujiro throws Hashi down, stomps him, and pulls Hashi’s jacket and NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt off him while the ref reprimands. The ref snatches the belt from Yujiro and Yujiro says he wasn’t gonna use it. Yujiro stomps Hashi, the bell rings and Yujiro rains down fists. The ref reprimands about the closed fists so Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Hashi up while fans rally for “HEAD-HUNT-ER! HEAD-HUNT-ER!” Yujiro CLUBS Hashi, drags him up, then ROCKS him with a forearm. And another! Yujiro whips Hashi to ropes, but Hashi elbows back!

Hashi runs Yujiro over, then kicks him low to hit the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up with Hashi while Pieter panics for Yujiro. Hashi goes out after Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips but Hashi reverses and Yujiro hits railing! Yujiro falls over, but then hurries to grab things from under the ring. Yujiro has a chair, and as Hashi walks around the way, Yujiro JAMS Hashi! And CLOBBERS him! The ref reprimands, this is the same ref who called Juice VS ELP and disqualified ELP! Yujiro defends his innocence, but fans rally for Hashi. But then Yujiro goes and unties the red corner buckle pad! The remix of the Bullet Club Special!

The ref starts a ring count and Hashi sits up at 4 of 20. Hashi stands at 7, gets in at 9, but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro whips Hashi into the bare buckles! Hashi writhes and flounders but fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up to RAM Hashi into the buckles! The ref reprimands while Hashi writhes, but there’s nothing that can be done about the pad. Fans still rally but Yujiro drags Hashi back up. Yujiro scoops Hashi to SLAM him down, covers, TWO! Hashi survives and Yujiro is almost confused as to how. Yujiro fires forearms on Hashi over and over, all the way to the mat! Yujiro then drags Hashi up to snapmare and basement BOOT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally but Yujiro argues the count. The ref says his count is fair, and fans rally up. Yujiro drags Hashi up but Hashi throws body shots! And a CHOP! That’s a stinger! Yujiro knees low, knees low again, then runs to BOOT Hashi against ropes! Yujiro drags Hashi up and reels him in, FISHER- NO, Hashi fights that off to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out his bad arm. Hashi and Yujiro rise, and Hashi fires off strikes and a CHOP! Yujiro staggers away, Hashi runs in at the corner to clothesline! Hashi whips to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi runs, HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up again while Yujiro flounders away.

Hashi drags Yujiro up, suplexes him to hang him out to dry, and then runs side to side for the dropkick! Yujiro flips down, Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Hashi shakes out the bad arm. Hashi drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Yujiro fights the lift and BITES the hand! The erf reprimands, but Yujiro CLUBS Hashi and whips him to ropes Hashi reverses but Yujiro holds ropes. Hashi runs in but Yujiro BOOTS! But Hashi comes back, into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Yujiro drags Hashi up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives and fans fire up again!

Yujiro crawls over while Pieter looks worried. Yujiro drags Hashi up, reels him in, but Hashi blocks the Intercollegiate Slam! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro but Yujiro ROCKS Hashi! Yujiro whips, Hashi reverses and wrangles Yujiro, into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Yujiro endures, the fans fire up, and Hashi cranks way back. But SHO is here! Of course the Murder Machine backs up his House of Torture housemate! The ref tells Sho to go but Hashi lets Yujiro go to tell Sho himself! Yujiro crawls up behind Hashi to LW- NO, Hashi blocks it! Hashi drags Yujiro up but Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro whips, Hashi ducks and trips Sho up to then RAM him into railing!

Fans fire up as Hashi gets on the apron, and he shoulders into Yujiro to HOTSHOT him down! Hashi climbs and fans fire up again. Yujiro stands for the BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but the fans still rally behind Hashi. Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelsons, but Yujiro grabs the ref! Yujiro elbows Hashi away, then shoves the ref at him! Hashi shoves the ref back, Yujiro shoves him aside, SUPERKICK! SNAP DRAGON! And Hashi fires up to run, but Yujiro grabs at the ref! Hashi still DECKS Yujiro, then drags him up. Yujiro RAKES eyes! Yujiro whips Hashi then “falls” against the ref, so Sho can SMACK Hashi with a chair!!

Yujiro sits Hashi up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi survives and Yujiro can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Yujiro pleads with the ref. Yujiro pounds the mat in frustration, then he drags Hashi up. Yujiro reels Hashi in for BIG- NO, Hashi fights off the juice to get a SLEEPER! Then a BACKSTABBER! Yujiro writhes now and fans rally back up. Hashi goes to a corner and aims at Yujiro. Yujiro sits up, BLINDSIDE KNEE! Hashi drags Yujiro up, full nelson to pump handle, but Sho distracts again! So Hashi RAMS Yujiro into Sho, schoolboy with bridge! TWO!! Yujiro escapes , blocks a lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW!

Fans fire up again as Hashi drags Yujiro back up! Full nelson, pump handle, but Yujiro fireman’s carries! But Hashi slips off to SUPERKICK! And then the spin, pump handle, but Yujiro fights free! Yujiro shoves Hashi into the buckles!! Hashi checks his face while Yujiro gets his pimp cane! But the ref sees that and tells Yujiro no! They argue over the cane, Sho has his wrench! But Hashi blocks it! So Sho LOW BLOWS, then WRENCH SHOT! Yujiro lets the cane go, hobbles over and drags Hashi up, to a BIG JUICE!! Cover, Yujiro wins!

Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Tokyo Pimp uses the stacked deck in his favor again, and he’s right behind David Finlay! Will Yujiro take over the block? Or will The Rebel refuse to fall?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: SANADA VS Chase Owens!

The Cold Skull is right on the edge, he needs this win to stay alive. Will Sanada keep the promise of a tranquilo semifinals alive? Or will the Crown Jewel get to play spoiler?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Chase wants to Too Sweet but Sanada says no, they LIJ fist bump. No, Too Sweet, open the fist. No, fist bump, put the Too Sweet away. Chase wants a handshake but Sanada still wants a fist bump. The two circle and fans rally up, “SA-NA-DA!” They feel out the grapple, Sanada avoids the leg pick, but Chase gets a waistlock. Sanada pries free to switch and waistlock, but Chase pries free to wrench and wristlock. Sanada pushes through to get the waistlock but Chase drops to arm-drag to an armlock. Sanada reaches over to clasp hands and get a chinlock but Chase clamps it’s a choke.

Chase powers through to get the arm again, but Sanada fights up to push Chase and arm-drag. But Chase holds on to arm-drag again! Fans rally as Sanada endures but Chase grabs fingers to bend them! Sanada endures the top wristlock so Chase covers, TWO! Fans applaud the technical exchange as the two reset. Sanada and Chase tie up, Sanada clinches to a waistlock then headlock and takeover. Sanada then floats to get the legs, BOW ‘N’ ARROW but Chase pops right out to a cover, ONE!! Fans applaud this new exchange, and Chase wants a handshake to say good job. Fist bump? No, handshake.

Fans rally up and Chase says he’s a good guy. Sanada accepts the handshake, but he blocks Chase’s cheap shot kick! Sanada knew better, and he trips Chase up! Sanada ties Chase up but Chase kicks him away. Chase trips Sanada and tries to steal Paradise! Chase can’t quite get it and Sanada kicks Chase away! Chase rebounds to run Sanada over! Things speed up, Chase sunset flips but Sanada rolls through to get the legs! Sanada tells Chase this is what he gets, but Chase apologizes! No good, Sanada puts Chase in the Paradise Lock! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder, and Sanada runs in to dropkick Chase out of Paradise!

Chase bails out and fans fire up more. Sanada slingshots but Chase slides in. Sanada lands on the apron and shoulders in, but into a KICK! Chase then turns Sanada for a HOTSHOT NECKBREAKER! Sanada flops to the floor and fans rally up. Chase goes out after Sanada to drag him up. Chase wants Bushi to watch this on commentary. Headlock PUNCH! Chase then snatches Bushi’s magazine away, and throws it away. Chase puts Sanada in the ring, drops a knee, then another knee! Chase then rains down fists on Sanada but the ref reprimands. Chaes lets off, fans rally for Sanada, but Chase stands on Sanada’s bad eyebrow! Cover, TWO!

Chase clamps on a chinlock and he squeezes tight. Sanada endures and fans rally up, but Chase cranks the hold. Sanada fights up, throws body shots, but Chase scoops and SLAMS him! Chase goes to the corner, hops up and blesses his fist, but he blocks the boot! Chase wags his finger, but then misses the elbow drop! Sanada gets space, runs back in and dropkicks the leg out! Chase clutches his knee and fans fire up. Sanada fires up and runs in again, but Chase gets around! Sanada switches but Chase elbows him away. Chase runs, but Sanada hurdles, and hurdles, and dropkicks! Chase bails out and Sanada takes aim to PLANCHA!

Fans fire up as Chase goes down! Fans rally and Sanada puts Chase in the ring. Sanada covers, TWO! Chase gets up but Sanada is on him for a fireman’s carry. Chase slips off, Sanada fights the half nelson but Chase fires off a strike fest! Chase runs, but Sanada elbows him! Sanada goes to run but Chase reels him in, to schoolboy him into ropes! The ropes send Sanada down and Chase steps over, STF! Sanada endures and fans fire up, but Chase shifts to a full CROSSFACE! Sanada endures so Chase shifts right to a RINGS OF SATURN! Sanada moves around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud but Chase lets off in frustration.

Chase watches Sanada go to a corner. Chase runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada hops up but Chase GAMANGIRIS! Then SUPER FLYING MARE, into a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada fights the driver! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws him into the dragon sleeper, but Chase arm-drags free! Chase runs in at the corner, but into an elbow! Sanada QUEBRADA, but Chase catches him! Chase gives Sanada SNAKE EYES, then clamps on a SLEEPER! Sanada endures and fans rally but Chase sits Sanada down!

Chase leans on the hold, Sanada is turning red, but the fans rally up. Sanada reaches out and fans rally as he fights. Sanada powers back up, reaches out, and uses the corner to push back to a cover! TWO!! C-TRIG- NO, Sanada dodges and O’Conner- NO, Chase blocks to steal SKULL END!! Sanada fades, and Chase lets him go to further copy Sanada’s style! Chase goes up the corner, ROUNDING- NO, Sanada moves! Chase crashes and fans rally up again! Sanda goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees! Cradle cover, TWO!! Sanada escapes at the last second, and fans fire up as he fires off forearms! Chase roars, but Sanada ROLLING ELBOWS!

Sanada runs, into a C-TRIGGER! Sanda roars, C-TRIGGER again!! Chase drags Sanada up, tucks him in, but Sanada RANAS free! And then pop-up TKO!! Chase is down, Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS hits!! Cover, TWO!! Into SKULL END!!! Chase flails, fans rally up, and Chase is fading out! Chase gets a second wind, pops free of the sleeper, but Sanada fights to get the SKULL END again!! Chase flails, reaches out, but he PASSES OUT!! Sanada wins!!

Winner: Sanada, by submission (gains 2 points; Chase earns 0)

The Crown Jewel didn’t tap out, but he still met his Skull End in this one! Sanada is moving on up, but will he be able to take the block from Jay White?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Taichi w/ Miho Abe!

The Good Bad Guy and the Holy Emperor are tied for second in the block, but Jay White is pulling away with his 4-0 streak. Who wins here to then take aim at the Switchblade?

Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Tama and Taichi slowly circle, tie up, and Tama powers Taichi to ropes. The ref calls the break and Tama lets off with a pat on the shoulder. Tama and Taichi egg each other on, and they circle again. They tie up, Tama powers Taichi back again, but the ref calls for the ropebreak. Tama lets off slowly but Taichi dares him to take a shot. Tama just pats Taichi on the shoulder again. Fans applaud the sportsmanship and Taichi asks what’s wrong. Did Tama and Jado go soft after leaving Bullet Club? Taichi then grabs his bag of tricks, and tosses Tama his bag of tricks.

Tama opens it up, and sees the Iron Claw!! It’s like Tama’s seen a ghost! Taichi says go ahead, hold it! No, that’s bad juju! Fans fire up for the claw and Taichi holds it out to Tama! Tama says no, put that away. Taichi tosses it at Tama and Tama swats it away! Taichi picks it up and stomps Tama! The ref reprimands as Taichi digs his boot in. Taichi lets off at 4 but still wants Tama to wear the iron claw! Tama swats him away and the ref has Taichi back off. Taichi lets the claw go to stomp Tama down! Taichi talks trash on Jado but the ref counts as Taichi stands on Tama’s neck. Taichi kicks Tama out of the ring, then whips him into the railing!

Fans rally up but Taichi uses camera cable to CHOKE Tama! The ref reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi dares Jado to do something but Jado stays back. Taichi gives Jado a free shot but Jado refuses. Taichi goes back to Jado and CLUBS him down! Taichi drags Tama up and into the ring and fans rally up. Taichi stomps Tama, kicks him around, then taunts him. Taichi says if Tama’s the Good Bad Guy, then hit him below the belt! Taichi drags Tama up to CHOKE him! The ref reprimands and Taichi shoves Tama down. Taichi keeps egging Tama on, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK!

Taichi covers, but he’s also choking! ONE, but Taichi tries again. The ref sees the choke this time and reprimands. Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! The ref reprimands and counts, and Taichi lets off. Taichi argues with the ref, drags Tama up, but Tama throws forearms! Taichi eggs him on and then wrenches to HOOK KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Tama snarls. Taichi paces, dares Tama to go get the claw. Tama refuses so Taichi KICKS him! Taichi says use the claw, but Tama says no! So Taichi KICKS him again! Tama roars and eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS! Fans rally as the KICKS keep coming!

Tama eggs Taichi, then fires off haymakers! Taichi CHOKES him to a corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off and whips corner to corner. Tama comes back, but into a BOOT! Tama comes back again to LARIAT Taichi! Both men are down and fans fire up! Tama rises and he waits on Taichi to stand. Tama runs in to LARIAT again! And elbow! And scoop SLAM! Fans fire up more and Tama drags Taichi up. Tama reels Taichi in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Tama keeps his cool and paces around. Fans rally up, Tama drags Taichi up into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi CHOKES from underneath!

The ref reprimands, but Taichi CHOKES with the other hand! Tama breaks free with a EuroUpper, then throws more EuroUppers to put Taichi in a corner. Tama whips Taichi corner to corner then runs in, but Taichi dodges the splash to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Jado and Miho coach their guys up. Taichi sits up first, then stands, and he waits on Tama. Tama sits up, but he ducks the buzzsaw! Taichi dodges the Superman Punch, BOOTS Tama, but Tama comes back, into another GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up again and Taichi rises back up. Taichi roars, and OFF COME THE PANTS!

Taichi aims from a corner and powers up, but then the fans rallying makes him think. Will Taichi use the claw?! Taichi goes to it, grabs it from his bag, and he puts it on! Taichi laughs maniacally but Jado points it out to the ref! The ref tries to stop Taichi but Taichi shoves him away! Taichi tries to resist its call, but the iron claw is so powerful! Tama fireman’s carries Taichi! SRC!! The ref takes the claw away, Tama hurries to the corner and climbs up! SUPREME FLOW!! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but the fans fire up! OFF COMES THE VEST! Tama and Jado get the fans to clap along with the mat drums.

But wait, is it…? Now Tama is hearing the call of the claws! Tama goes over to take it from Taichi’s corner! Jado tells Tama to let those guy! The ref tells Tama, too! But the fans rallying seems to make the call stronger! Tama looks at Jado and Jado tells him no! But Taichi says DO IT! DO IT NOW! Tama is conflicted, too! Tama presses the claws into his own head, but then throws it to the ref! GUN- NO, Taichi throws Tama down to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! GUN ST- NO!! Taichi drags Tama up, DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Tama survives and shocks everyone! Miho shouts to Taichi and Jado coaches Tama as the fans are thunderous!

Taichi roars, rises up, and he drags Tama up for Alabama Lift. Tama fights that to underhook, but Taichi slips out. AX- NO, Tama catches Taichi to a dragon sleeper. But Taichi slips out before the twist, and then fights the German Suplex! Taichi PELES Tama, but Tama ENZIGURIS back! Taichi wobbles, Tama stalks him, and runs in, into a ROUNDHOUSE! But Tama stays up!? Tama and Taichi run in, Tama dodges Ax Bomber to TONGAN TWIST!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! Tama and Taichi go to opposite corners and drag themselves up to their feet. Taichi and Tama run in, DOUBLE LARIATS!

Neither man falls, they try again! DOUBLE LARIATS! Tama and Taichi lean on each other but they’re still up. Tama throws a forearm first but Taichi throws a kick! Tama throws a forearm, Taichi throws a kick! Tama fires off fast hands but Taichi SOBATS! Taichi runs, into a DROPKICK! But he’s right up to AX BOMBER!! Fans fire up and Taichi drags Tama into the Alabama Lift, BLACK M- NO, Tama slips free to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Then he blocks the superkick to GUN- NO, Taichi shoves Tama away! YOKO- NO, no elbow! Tama and Taichi clinch and fight, Taichi hits the SUMO THROW!

Fans fire up and Taichi hits the three point stance! Taichi runs in, GUN STUN!!! Cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

And the Good Bad Guy is just behind the Switchblade! Tama then grabs the Iron Claw. He tells Taichi this is over! He then hands the claw back to Taichi, and Taichi is shocked. Will Tama shoot down his last two opponents to take the block?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito VS Lance Archer!

The Top Dog is on top of the block after taking down the Rainmaker! But the battle of monsters only gets bigger, will Jonah be able to Torpedo the Murderhawk Monster’s run? Or will Archer show that no matter how big you are, #EverybodyDies?

Archer waits for Jonah at the apron, but Jonah steps right up to him. Archer moves back and Jonah gets in the ring. The bell rings and fans rally up, “JO-NAH!” “ARCH-ER!” Archer and Jonah get face to face, but Archer is taller. Archer says if Jonah wants to do something different than “all this flippin’ and floppin’ crazy sh*t,” then let’s go. Archer dares Jonah to swing on him. Jonah winds up to fire a forearm, and Archer gives it back! Jonah forearms again, Archer gives it back and eggs Jonah on. Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster! Jonah CHOPS and Archer smirks. Archer CHOPS and Jonah growls.

Jonah CHOPS, Archer CHOPS, repeat! The CHOPS gain speed and fans rally up! The CHOPS become SLAPS and they go faster and faster, and both men slowly drop to their knees! They still SLAP each other and lean on each other! Fans fire up and the monsters catch their breath. Then they start throwing forearms from their knees! They stand back up, Archer ROCKS Jonah! Archer runs but Jonah breaks the clothesline! But Archer breaks through Jonah’s clothesline! Jonah HEADBUTTS Archer low, then hits a DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Fans rally up, Jonah stands and he looms over Archer.

Jonah ELBOWS Archer, but Archer shoves him. Jonah CLUBS Archer, Archer eggs him on so Jonah ROCKS him! And HEADBUTTS him! Archer falls back down and fans fire up again. Jonah runs to ROLLING SENTON! Fans rally as Archer flounders to a corner. Jonah stalks up behind Archer and throws a heavy body shot! Jonah stands Archer up to throw haymakers! Archer chuckles but Jonah RAMS into him again and again! Jonah digs his shoulder in, Archer clubs Jonah but Jonah doesn’t feel it. Jonah lets off as the ref counts, then comes back to claw at Archer’s face! The ref counts, Jonah lets off at 4, and fans rally up.

Jonah drags Archer up, CHOPS him, but Archer CHOPS! Jonah ROCKS Archer in return! Archer sputters and Jonah catches his own breath. Fans rally up and Jonah stomps Archer in the gut! Jonah bumps Archer off buckles but Archer pushes him back. Jonah throws back elbows and Archer sits down. Jonah runs to clothesline Archer, then whips him corner to corner. Jonah SPLASHES, runs, but Archer follows to CLOBBER Jonah from behind! Fans fire up as both monsters slowly rise. Archer runs in at Jonah to back elbow! Then he runs again, to back elbow again! Archer goes again, a THIRD back elbow! Fans fire up as Jonah falls over!

Archer drags Jonah into the drop zone and fans fire up, TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO! Archer snarls and fans rally up. Archer drags Jonah up and reels him in, but he can’t scoop! Jonah scoops Archer to SLAM him! And SENTON but Archer moves! To SENTON, but he misses, too! Fans fire up as both monsters are down again! Archer grits his teeth but he grins as he brings Jonah up. Archer throws forearms but Jonah gives them back. Fans rally as the forearms keep going, and Archer gets the edge! But Jonah bobs ‘n’ weaves to LARIAT! Archer stays up to BOOT back, then he ripcords for the HELLICOASTER!! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Jonah survives that supersized ride! Archer grins and prepares the claw! Jonah rises, Archer reaches for his face! Jonah fights against the claw but Archer powers through! Jonah CLUBS the arm away, fires off haymakers, then HEADBUTTS! Jonah runs, but Archer goes the other way, DERAILER! But Jonah stays on track!! And comes back with the BODY CHECK!! Fans are thunderous after that human demolition derby! Jonah gets up in the corner, sees Archer is down, and he decides to climb! But Archer hits ropes to trip Jonah up! Fans rally as Archer climbs up behind Jonah and rains down fists!

Archer says, “Let’s do a big ass effin’ German!” Jonah doesn’t want to and he fires off back elbows! Archer staggers away and Jonah turns around. Archer ROCKS Jonah with a forearm! Archer then uses the elevation to inverted crucifix lift! But Jonah slips off! Jonah blocks the boot, ducks the haymaker, and LARIATS!! Fans fire up and Jonah drags Archer back up. Jonah reels Archer in, clamps on and lifts, BLACK FOREST BOMB!!! Fans are thunderous but Jonah goes up! But Archer rises!? STEP-UP KNEE!! Jonah flops down to the apron and fans rally again! Archer joins Jonah on the apron, but Jonah SUPERKICKS!

Jonah aims as Archer tumbles away, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Both monsters are down on the outside and fans rally again. Jonah roars and drags Archer up. Jonah whips Archer but Archer reverses! Jonah hits railing hard, and it causes the timekeeper’s table to move back! And Abe-san thought only Evil was going to give him trouble! Bad Dude Tito coaches Jonah to get up, but Archer runs in! CANNONBALL!! Tito gets in to take some of the hit!! Archer may have just crushed both TMDK members! Fans fire up as Archer drags himself up and the ring count begins. Archer drags Jonah up at 4 of 20 to smack Jonah off the apron!

The count is 8 of 20 as Archer clamps on the choke grip! Jonah breaks free and HEADBUTTS, then SPEARS Archer down! We’re at 12 of 20, Jonah gets on the apron! Archer stands up there with him to ROCK him! Jonah LARIATS Archer back into the ring at 15! But Archer BLASTS Jonah at 18!! Jonah staggers, and the count hits 20!! Archer wins!!

Winner: Lance Archer, by count-out (gains 2 points; Jonah earns 0)

Jonah has lost to count-out again! First to Toru Yano the trickster, and now to the Murderhawk Monster! But a win is a win, and now Archer leads the block! Will Jonah be able to salvage this in the final round? Or will Archer go to the semifinals and makes sure #EverybodyDies?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has scratched and clawed to stay alive, but those two strikes mean he could be struck out any moment! Will tonight be the night Naito’s run ends? Or will he refuse to #GoToSleep?

Fans clap for “NA-I-TO! NA-I-TO!” as he takes his time with his entrance attire. That annoys Kenta and he tells the fans to shut up. Kenta then tells Naito to hurry up, but that only makes Naito take longer. Kenta gets antsy and Naito seems to struggle with the shirt sleeves. Naito finally finishes by putting the pants away, and now the bell rings. Fans rally and the two stare down. Naito makes Kenta aware the claps are for “NA-I-TO!” and they circle. They approach, but Kenta pulls a Naito by backing off. Kenta uses the ropes as a defense, so Naito backs off. Kenta says Naito better follow the rules. Naito lets Kenta come back and they circle again.

Fans rally up but again Kenta goes to the ropes. Red Shoes has Naito back off, and fans rally up again. Kenta comes back, he and Naito circle and then Naito backs away to ropes. Naito trolls Kenta and Kenta says that’s stupid. Kenta and Naito circle again, fans rally back up, and then they tie up! Kenta pulls Naito’s hair, knees him against ropes, then whips. Naito reverses to arm-drag, kick low and toss Kenta out! Naito builds speed, but he fakes Kenta out to tranquilo! Kenta slides in and blocks Naito’s kick to claw Naito’s eyes! Kenta throws Naito out then he builds speed, to roll and mock Naito with a cutesy pose of his own.

Kenta dares Naito to come back, but Naito takes his time returning. Naito gets on the apron, but he avoids Kenta’s boot to drag him out and whip him hard into railing! Fans fire up and Naito brings Kenta around to whip into more railing! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito gets in, just to refresh the count. Kenta makes his way to the timekeeper’s area, and he grabs the bell hammer! Kenta CLOBBERS Naito with it!! Kenta drags Naito up to whip hard into railing! Naito tumbles up and over into No Man’s Land! Kenta grabs a mic to scold Abe-san then he goes to fetch Naito. Kenta drags Naito up and POSTS him!

Naito writhes and Kenta stomps him. The ring count climbs, Kenta drags him up and puts him in at 6 of 20. Cover, TWO! Kenta argues about the count but Red Shoes says it is a fair count. Kenta KICKS Naito in the back, then stands on Naito with a cocky cover. Red Shoes refuses to count it so Kenta drags Naito up. Naito throws a haymaker! Kenta staggers to a corner, Naito runs in but Kenta puts him on the apron. Naito blocks the haymaker to ROCK Kenta back, then Naito shoulders in, into a KICK! Kenta goes up the corner for the GUILLOTINE KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Kenta keeps his focus.

Kenta unties a buckle pad and we have another Bullet Club Special remix. Kenta whips Naito into the bare buckles hard! Naito writhes and Kenta gets fans to clap along. Then he has them stop, and he stomps Naito down. Kenta drags Naito up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kenta clamps on a headscissor hold! Naito endures the squeeze and fans rally up again. Naito moves around, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets off at 4. Kenta drags Naito up to KICK him in the chest! And then KICKS him again! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him to ropes, to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO!

Kenta clamps on with a chinlock and Naito endures as the fans rally up. Naito fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Kenta throws Naito down by his hair! Fans rally again but Kenta paces around Naito. Kenta gives toying kicks then drags Naito up. Naito fires a forearm, then another, and then another! Kenta knees low, whips Naito to ropes, but Naito reverses and slips around, to NECKBREAKER in return! Fans fire up while Kenta slowly sits up. Naito also sits up, and the two slowly stand. Naito throws haymakers and kicks and whips Kenta to ropes. Naito elbows Kenta down then basement dropkicks him!

Naito gets Kenta back up, whips him at the corner, then runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito poses! Fans rally as “NA-I-TO!” drags Kenta up to the BACKBREAKER! Then the LEG FULL NELSON! Kenta endures and eggs Naito on so Naito puts on more pressure! Kenta fights and reaches, fans rally, and Kenta crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Naito holds on, claiming he needs help. Red Shoes pries at the hold, Naito lets it off and fans applaud. Naito drags Kenta up, catches his haymaker, but Kenta standing switches. Naito elbows Kenta away and runs, but into a POWERSLAM!

Fans fire up while both men are down again. Kenta crawls to the red corner, drags himself up the ropes, and fans rally up. Naito runs in but Kenta BOOTS him! Kenta goes up, reels Naito in, TORNADO HOTSHOT! Kenta then climbs up while Naito staggers away, FLYING LARIAT! Direct hit and fans fire up! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito by going after a leg. STF! Kenta pulls back but Naito endures and fans rally. Naito reaches out while Kenta mocks the claps for “NA-I-TO!” Naito moves around, but he is fading! Naito uses a second wind to get over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Kenta pulls back before letting off.

Kenta drags Naito up into a waistlock, but Naito fights the lift! Naito elbows free, but swings into a spin a DDT! Kenta covers, TWO!! Naito survives being spiked and fans are fired up again. Kenta drags Naito up, chicken wings him, but Naito fights off the lift! Naito elbows free but Kenta CLUBS him! Kenta eggs Naito on, but Naito blocks the kick and shoves Kenta away. Naito BOOTS Kenta, then TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito crawls over to Kenta, drags him up with a cravat, but Kenta fights back with body shots. Naito fires off back elbow after back elbow! Fans applaud as Kenta drops to his knees.

Naito drags Kenta up, throws more of those heavy back elbows, and Kenta drops again. Naito stands on Kenta’s head to keep him down and the fans are thunderous. Naito drags Kenta up to throw even more back elbows! Naito drags Kenta back up to bump him off buckles. Fans continue to rally as Naito throws even more back elbows! Naito then hammerlock and half nelsons, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito drags him right back up, to wrench, but Kenta shoves free! Kenta runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! And then wrench and tilt-o- NO, Kenta slips through and hangs Naito out to dry, for SUPER BRAINKILLER!!

Fans are thunderous and Kenta crawls after Naito. Naito sits up so Kenta goes to a corner. Kenta takes aim as Naito is in the opposite corner. Kenta runs in to FLYING BOOT! Naito sits down, Kenta gets moving, HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta goes to the corner. Kenta climbs and takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans are thunderous again! Kenta stands back up, drags Naito up to a fireman’s carry, but Naito fights off to back elbow again! Then atomic drop and shove, Kenta ends up in the corner. Naito runs in, he blocks Kenta’s boots, and he puts Kenta in the ropes for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER!

Fans fire up as Naito stands back up. Naito drags Kenta over to a corner and hops up, ESPERANZA! Fans are thunderous again as Naito takes aim, but Kenta BOOTS him! Naito comes back, into a BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta drags Naito up to the fireman’s carry, GO TO- DESTINO!! Naito turns things around and we’re past 20 minutes! Fans are electric as Naito and Kenta stir! Naito and Kenta sit up slowly, then Naito lunges to forearm Kenta down. Fans rally up, “NA-I-TO!” but Kenta lunges and forearms back. Naito throws another forearm, but Kenta throws it back. Naito throws a forearm, both men grin and Kenta throws another.

Naito forearms, Kenta forearms, and fans rally as they keep going back and forth, harder and harder! Naito, Kenta, repeat, faster and faster! Naito eggs Kenta on but Kenta keeps giving shots! Naito ROCKS Kenta, fires off a flurry, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And SLAPS, SLAPS, and SLAPS away! Kenta fires up but Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito whips, Kenta reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Naito gets Kenta up, tilt-o-whirl, but CRADLE! TWO!!! Naito survives, but Kenta hurries to bump Naito off the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!!! BUSAIKU KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!! Naito survives again and no one can believe it!

Kenta roars and he drags a bloodied Naito up! Fireman’s carry, GO TO- NO, Naito blocks to scoop, VALENTIA!! Naito roars and fans fire up with him! Naito drags Kenta up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kenta earns 0)

With five minutes to spare, Naito strikes Kenta down and out! The Fang Revived is eliminated from the running, having lost to Naito, Evil and Zack Sabre Jr. Will Kenta have to settle for being a spoiler from now on?

As for Naito, he catches his breath, puts on his baseball cap, and says, “Buenas noches, Hiroshima~! Is everyone enjoying the heat of NJPW’s first summer G1 in 3 years?” Fans applaud, because they are! Naito says he’s delighted to be here in his home of Hiroshima, “and to show you what it looks like when I win in the main event. I want to thank you fans for supporting LIJ and myself from the bottom of my heart. Gracias, amigos!” Naito notes he was two down but has won three straight, and this win has him tied in the “pennant hunt.” But he knows it won’t be easy, “it’s a real bottom-of-the-ninth scenario. But I’m swinging for the fences.”

Naito hopes everyone looks forward to how this G1 Climax plays out. “Let’s end this as usual. Unfortunately, due to COVID, you’re unable to cheer out loud with me today, but please, yell out in your hearts. Everyone, are you ready? Let’s close out night one of two G1 shows here in Hiroshima the only right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! Nosotros, LOS INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” Another great roll call, and Naito rolls on in the G1! But just as he said, he has to win it in the end! Will he have a walk-off or a strikeout to close out the tournament?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Kazuchika Okada: 3-1, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 3-1, 6 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
  • Zack Sabre Jr: 3-1, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 2-2, 4 points
  • EVIL: 2-2, 4 points
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

Another great event for the G1, with matches that all mattered this time around. Hashi VS Yujiro was the most fired up fans got for a Yujiro match because they were fired up for Hashi. I suppose it’s okay that Yujiro won here, he is the one guy who beat Finlay so far, so if Finlay falls even once in the last two rounds, Tokyo Pimp could take the D Block. Sanada VS Chase was a very good match, and it was the right move for Sanada to win, but they also did it in a great way to benefit Chase. Chase passes out to the Skull End rather than tapping out, a la Stone Cold to the Sharpshooter, and that is a great honor for him. I bet there are big things for Chase on the other side of this G1.

Tama VS Taichi was also great, with a very clever story of Taichi trying to push Tama into being a Heel again. Both men have yet to face Jay White, those matches will have a big impact on who takes B Block, but they both have to take on Great-O-Khan at some point. Tama VS White is on 8/16, I would think both men go into that with momentum, but that means Tama has to beat Khan during tomorrow’s event. Jonah VS Archer was huge, just like Jonah VS Okada, mostly for how it shapes the A Block. Jonah may have lost, but he’s only lost by count-out in the G1, and that is a huge implication. It means no one can put him down in the ring. If Archer can’t beat Okada on 8/16 and Jonah beats Fale, Jonah can still take this block and make a huge impact on the semifinals.

And of course, Naito VS Kenta was great stuff, especially with every match now having Naito on the bubble. Naito wins, Kenta is out, and now Naito has the entire week to rest up and prepare for Zack Sabre Jr. ZSJ beat Naito last year to open the G1, and Naito got hurt, so that you can basically say ZSJ cost Naito all those opportunities last year. Naito will want revenge, ZSJ could still be leading the block after beating Evil tomorrow, and then it all comes down to it on 8/16. The winner of Naito VS ZSJ will be your C Block semifinalist, unless Tanahashi wins against Goto AND Kenta before then. But given the drama, I feel like Tanahashi loses to one of those guys, putting all eyes on Naito VS ZSJ.

My Score: 8.9/10


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