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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/16/19)

Long live the King of the Ring!

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All Hail King…?

Here ye! Here ye! Tonight, Baron Corbin and Chad Gable shall do battle for the throne! There can only be ONE King of the Ring!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders; The OC win.
  • 2019 King of the Ring Finals: Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable; Corbin wins and is named King of the Ring.
  • Mike Kanellis VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins.
  • Rusev VS Mike Kanellis; Rusev wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Mayoral Mayhem: R-Truth VS Mayor Glenn Jacobs, aka Kane; Kane wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Rey Mysterio VS Cesaro; Mysterio wins.
  • Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS Sasha Banks & Bayley; Banks & Bayley win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Mayoral Mayhem II: Mayor Glenn Jacobs, aka Kane VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Lacey Evans VS Dana Brooke; Evans wins.
  • Seth Rollins VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler; Rollins wins, by disqualification.

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Seth Rollins is here!

And though he’s still WWE Universal Champion, the #Monsterslayer isn’t Raw Tag Team Champion after he and Braun Strowman lost to Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler. Rollins picks up the mic and loves Knoxville, Tennessee for being loud! Clash of Champions was a great night, though not really for #Braullins. It no longer matters who is to blame, they lost the tag titles. Then facing each other for the Universal Championship, there’s something everyone needs to know about Strowman. “He is very large. He is very strong, and last night,” Strowman took Rollins to his limits. But in the end, Rollins put Strowman down with the Curb Stomp. But he had to keep stomping a second, a third and then even resort to the Pedigree and a fourth stomp! Rollins admits he doesn’t have to worry about a rematch. Because he couldn’t even celebrate before being attacked! Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” as Rollins can only describe his assailant as The Fiend.

The Fiend hit Rollins with both the Sister Abigail and the Mandible Claw. Rollins eventually came to when the lights were on and Bray Wyatt was gone. But that’s fine, because now he and Bray will go 1v1 at Hell in a Cell! Yowie wowie indeed. But Bray’s here in his Firefly Fun House! And oh my lucky stars, the Universal Champion and Bray’s “future best friend,” Seth Rollins! Good to see him here. And good to see he’s okay. Really? Bray’s sick and needs some help, but- Ramblin’ Rabbit interrupts. RUN, SETH, RUN! Bray shuts Ramblin’ up before saying there’s no need for name calling. But mistakes happen. Rollins should know, after all. He’s made a lot of mistakes. And yet he’s been forgiven! But just as Bray said last week, friends forgive, but The Fiend never forgets. That’s why The Fiend “said hello” last night. And who knows. He might even have more to say tonight. Rollins glares at Bray on screen, but Bray just smiles and laughs. “See you in Hell!”

Rollins watches the shadows as the Firefly Fun House theme still plays. When and where will Bray send his next message?

 

Braun Strowman is storming backstage.

The Monster Among Men is in an even worse mood as Charly Caruso asks him a question. What is Strowman planning to do tonight? To make sure whoever is in that ring #GetsTheseHands! Who will be the victim of Strowman’s rage?!

 

The NEW Tag Team Champions head to the ring!

The GLORIOUS Show-Offs, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, are feeling on top of the world after getting the better of Strowman & Rollins at Clash of Champions. But they’re not alone, because the new SmackDown Tag Team Champions join them! The Revival managed to beat the New Day’s Big E and Xavier Woods, making Woods suffer a submission right to his still recovering knee. And now, the four champions meet in the ring to have a #TagTeamSummit. Roode says that when he and Ziggler decided to become a team, no one believed it. Not the fans, not the locker room, not even Michael Cole. And Cole thinks he knows everything. “But take a good hard look at greatness!” The NEW– BRAUN!! The Monster Among Men did say he’d go after whoever was around, and that’s four tag team champions!

The Revival try but fail to take Strwoman down, Strowman JABS Dawson then throws Dash. Ziggler runs at Strowman but Roode retreats! Strowman runs Ziggler over and sees all the tag champs outside. Strowman goes out to run Dawson over! Then Dash! Then Ziggler! Roode runs away again because he has to worry about Rollins! But is this just the beginning of a new chapter for #RoodeDolph VS #Braullins?

 

The Women’s Tag Team Champions sipping some coffee.

Alexa Bliss doesn’t like going “I told you so,” but she did say they’d beat Fire & Desire. And they did. “Out like yesterday’s trash.” And speaking of trash, Sasha Banks trashes what she can’t have. She said the tag titles meant nothing to her, but Bayley forgives her? Typical. But “Sasha Smurf” and Bayley will see what real friends are like. Cheers to that. But will the current champs be able to survive a match with the original champs?

 

Six Man Tag: The OC VS Cedric Alexander & The Viking Raiders!

The Phenomenal United States Champion faced and beat the former Cruiserweight Champion, but then proceeded to beat him down with help from his Good Brothers. But now Styles, Gallows & Anderson will once again take on Alexander, Erik & Ivar! Will the OC still be feeling #TooSweet? Or will a new age be born of the raid?

The teams sort out, and Styles starts against Alexander in another go from the last few weeks. Alexander fires off furious strikes on Styles! Styles goes to a corner and the ref keeps Alexander back. Alexander dodges Styles’ retaliation to retaliate more! That enziguri takes Styles down! Alexander whips but Styles reverses, only for Alexander to throw a big knee back! And a Penalty Kick! Styles is rocked but the #EbonyLion is fired up! Alexander has Styles in the corner and fires off, before he tags to Erik. Alexander feeds Styles to Erik’s big knee! Erik roars in Styles’ face, bu Styles flounders to tag in Anderson. Anderson runs in but gets run over! Erik whips, Anderson dodges, but Anderson gets caught. Ivar tags in, Erik slams Anderson, then Erik slams Ivar on Anderson! Cover, TWO!

Ivar drags Anderson up and grinds Anderson’s arm down. Anderson endures, but Ivar clubs away. Tag to Erik, but Anderson gets away. Tag to Gallows, and he stands up to Erik. Erik dares him to bring the fight, so Gallows kicks and clubs away. Erik forearms back! Erik knees Gallows back then whips him corner to corner. Gallows reverses but Erik goes up and over and shows his agility! But his knees miss in the corner, and Gallows throws him out of the ring. Gallows is kept in, so Styles throws Erik into the barriers, and Anderson hits a shotgun boot! The OC takes control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Anderson has Erik in a chinlock on the mat. Erik endures and fights his way up, but Anderson knees low. Anderson hits Alexander just because, but then gets Ace Ten Mao! Both men are down, but heading for their corners. Hot tag to Ivar! The Warbeard rallies on the Good Brothers, and flattens Gallows with a splash! Styles baits Ivar in but Ivar still hits the seated senton! Cartwheel clotheslines takes down Anderson! Tag to Alexander and his springboard clothesline hits Anderson! Gallows breaks the cover, then throws Ivar down with the Gallows Choke Slam! But Erik throws Gallows with an exploder! Anderson hits a neckbreaker on Erik, but Alexander mule kicks. Alexander whips, Anderson reverses, but Alexander handsprings to Neuralizer! Anderson wobbles but Styles tags in. Alexander whips Anderson, Anderson reverses but gets a back elbow! Styles springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, The OC win!

Winners: The OC, AJ Styles pinning

And now it’s time to #BeatDownCedric! But the Raiders run in, only for the Good Brothers to attack! These four throw fists, but Gallows and Erik are left. Erik dumps Gallows on his head but the brawl continues outside! Ivar climbs, and LEAPS! The cannonball wipes all of them out, including Ivar! But Styles watches Alexander get back up. Alexander stands as Styles climbs, but Alexander trips Styles up! Alexander throws big hands and has Styles wobbling. Alexander hops up, throws more fists, and goes way past 10! Fans fire up with Alexander as he sits Styles up, for a SUPER STEIN- NO! SUPER STYLES CLASH!! Styles gets the better of Alexander again! The OC may not be standing tall, but they did win the brawl. Will they continue to run roughshod over Raw?

 

The FABULOUS Truth got a tour of Tennessee, and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Truth’s seen some great Halls of Fame, but this one is outstanding! But, he needs something cleared up. The giant ball up top could crush them! How do they dribble it? They don’t… But Carmella recaps the accolades of the University of Tennessee, from 8 national championships, alumni like Candice Parker, and don’t forget the coach, Pat Summit. It’s KAAANE~! Or rather, Mayor Glenn Jacobs. But just between them, how tall were those girls to play with that giant basketball? Nevermind, some mysteries are best left unsolved. Also, Truth only now recognizes who this is. Larry Byrd! No, Truth, it’s Glenn Jacobs. But this is an honor to have the WWE 24/7 Champion in their presence. If Truth has some time, Mr. Jacobs has a limousine waiting for them. Wow, a presidential ride. Any secret service? No… That’s fine. Let’s go!

 

2019 King of the Ring Finals: Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable!

It is finally time! The Lone Wolf has already claimed to be our once and future King of the Ring, but will he be surprised by the biggest underdog in this entire tournament?

Raw returns as Gable makes his entrance, now wearing royal purple in preparation. The introductions are made, the bell rings and fans are fired up for Gable!

Gable and Corbin circle, and they tie up. Gable waistlocks but Corbin standing switches. Gable switches back but Corbin breaks free with force. Corbin and Gable tie up but Gable gets the leg right away! Corbin gets to ropes and Gable lets up. They circle again and tie up. Gable fakes Corbin out to then get the facelock! Corbin gets up and pulls hair, then throws a big right to rock Gable! Fans boo but Corbin just grins and chuckles. Corbin drags Gable up but Gable gets the waistlock. Corbin is too tall to suplex and he elbows Gable off him. Corbin tells the fans to hush as he drags Gable up for a BIG clubbing forearm. Fans still jeer but Corbin bumps Gable off buckles. Corbin stomps and punches but “Corbin Sucks!” Corbin brings Gable up to knee hard, then tells the fans to hush. Fans just boo.

Gable gets the ankle and trips Corbin but Corbin shoves Gable away. Gable dumps Corbin out, but Corbin gets back in, only for Gable to dropkick him out! Fans fire up for Gable as he goes out. Gable goes around the way, but is BACK DROPPED into the timekeeper’s area! Gable crashes and burns while we go to break.

Raw returns and Gable is stranded on the outside. The ring count climbs but Gable flounders in at 9.5! Corbin is frustrated with the little wrestler that could, and looms over Gable as he slowly stands. Corbin tells fans to hush again, before he DECKS Gable! Cover, TWO! Corbin is annoyed with the ref now, but he keeps focus on Gable. He rains down rights on Gable, then elbows, before wrapping on a chinlock half nelson. Gable endures as Corbin leans on him. Fans rally up and Gable fights his way up to throw hands. Gable whips but Corbin reverses. Corbin runs in, Gable dodges, Corbin slides out then in to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Gable still lives and Corbin is getting frustrated. Corbin drags Gable up, shoves him to ropes, and clobbers him on the rebound! Fans boo but Corbin just shrugs it off. Corbin laughs at Gable as he slowly gets up, but Gable fires back! Gable runs, and hits a big forearm! Corbin rebounds to BOOT!

Corbin shouts Gable has “No chance!” He watches Gable get up slowly, but fans rally behind Gable as Corbin whips him corner to corner hard! Gable hits buckles then falls to the mat. Corbin says the crown will be on his head soon enough. He drags Gable up again and puts him back in a corner. Corbin throws hands and elbows, then hoists Gable up top. Gable catches the arm for a hanging armbar! Gable holds on but Corbin deadlifts and POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Corbin is starting to lose his cool because he hasn’t won yet. Corbin wraps Gable back in the chinlock half nelson, but fans rally up again. Gable endures and fights his way up. Gable throws more body shots, but Corbin shoves to clobber him again! Fans boo harder now as Corbin says this is HIS kingdom! Corbin drags Gable up again, grinning as he shoves Gable again. But Gable ducks and rolls to get the ANKLE LOCK!!

Cobin shoves once, but Gable holds on! Twice, but Gable holds on! Corbin pulls hair and punches Gable off! Gable gets to a corner and Corbin runs in, but he gets only a post! Gable climbs as fans fire up again! Corbin stands, Gable leaps for a big missile dropkick! Corbin ends up in a corner, and Gable runs in, for a big rolling kick! Corbin staggers, Gable comes back for another! Gable keeps going, a third rolling kick! But then the fourth gets a pop-up SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Gable still lives and Corbin cannot believe it! Knoxville is still on Gable’s side as he and Corbin slowly rise. Corbin rolls out of the ring and grabs Gable from the outside. He drags Gable out and throws him hard into barriers! Fans boo Corbin as Corbin whips Gable into more barriers! Corbin doesn’t let up, he brings Gable up again to throw him a third time!

Corbin points to the throne, because he still feels that’s his. Corbin refreshes the count and comes around the way, but Gable dodges and Corbin only gets steps! A ring count climbs and Corbin flounders at 4. Corbin is in at 7, but Gable goes after his leg! Gable swings it into the post! And again! Corbin gets a taste of his own medicine! Gable dropkicks the legs out, then says Corbin’s on his level now. Gable fires off furious forearm! “This is MY tournament!” Gable runs, INTO DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but not out yet! Both men go to corners, and Corbin runs in, but Gable dodges. Corbin slides out, in, but gets CHAOS THEORY!! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives by the skin of his teeth! But Gable won’t stop, he goes back up top. Gable MOONSAULTS, but lands on his feet as Corbin dodges. END OF- NO, rolling takedown! Ankle Lock! Corbin endures and flails, Gable drops the GRAPEVINE! Corbin crawls, and gets the ROPEBREAK!

Gable lets go, feeling that win evade him. Gable wants it again, though, and fires off on Corbin in the corner. Corbin shoves him off, scoops, spins, END OF DAYS!! Cover, Corbin wins!!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall; becomes 2019 King of the Ring

The Lone Wolf pulls victory from the jaws of defeat! And he goes to the throne, just as he predicted. What will King Corbin do first in his newest reign of terror?

 

The Street Profits are hype!

King Corbin won’t ruin the mood, because today is Maria Kanellis’ baby gender reveal party! Everyone is so excited to hear the news about the newest Baby Kanellis! Another girl? Mike’s first baby boy? We find out later tonight!

 

Raw returns to the Baby Gender Reveal party!

Montez Ford gathers everyone around to prepare for the big news. Such a beautiful day to celebrate life! And here is the mother of honor! Maria thanks everyone for being here, and it’s time to reveal the gender of her baby. It’s… A BOY! The bet pool is complete, and Mike has himself a boy! But Maria says we all know who the father is. It’s Ricochet. WHAT?! The One and Only says this is a lie to fire Mike up! Ricochet would never! Well, not ever, just- Mike SLAPS Ricochet! And everyone is upset with Ricochet. Mike and Ricochet will settle things in the ring, but will that clear up the truth? Also Angel Dawkins almost thought Maria would point him out. WHAT?! No no no no, no way he’d do that. But maybe they can have a baby on a pole match? How about Maria on a pole? Isn’t that how they got in this mess in the first place? OOOOH~!

 

Mike Kanellis VS Ricochet!

Maria’s husband didn’t even bother dressing to have this match, he wants to fight! Ricochet keeps trying to explain Maria was lying, but Mike isn’t listening. Will Ricochet make Mike listen in this match?

The bell rings, and Ricochet dodges Mike’s angry punches. Mike dares Ricochet to fight him, but Ricochet keeps dodging. Mike SLAPS Ricochet again, but Ricochet keeps his cool. So Mike DECKS Ricochet and stomps him out! The ref pulls Mike off Ricochet and Ricochet SUPERKICKS Mike! Ricochet throws forearms and shoulders Mike in the corner. Ricochet bumps Mike and kicks him away. Ricochet springboards and clotheslines Mike down! RECOIL! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

Mike didn’t listen to reason, but he needs to stop listening to Maria. Who else will Maria implicate in the mystery of the Kanellis Baby Daddy?

 

Raw checks in with Firefly Fun House!

Bray looks at his collection of pictures. Bonjour, Fireflies! Bray is busy as a beaver adding to the Wall of Friends! But… Something is missing. Don’t you agree? Bray will go find some more friends. Who will Bray, or more likely The Fiend, go “say hi” to next?

 

Maria is ashamed of Mike.

What will it take to motivate him? Of course Ricochet wasn’t the father! But maybe if Mike felt humiliated, he’d man up to defend their child’s honor. But no. So since Ricochet isn’t the father, maybe Maria should reveal the real father. That man is… The real father of her second child is… RUSEV!? The Bulgarian Brute returns, but also without Lana. And Rusev goes to the ring, but Mike wants Rusev to stop. Mike is having an awful day, and now this. Mike doesn’t want to fight. If this is all true, then… At this point, Mike is defeated. Congratulations. Mike goes to run for it, but Rusev cuts him off! Rusev chases Mike, and Mike falls over the steel steps! Rusev runs him over with a lariat! He drags Mike up to throw hard into the barriers! Then into the LED apron! Then into more barriers!

Mike slumps down but Rusev drags Mike up. Rusev throws Mike into the timekeeper’s area! That spot is getting busy tonight… Rusev drags Mike up and into the ring, and stomps about. Mike flounders to his feet, the bell rings to make this a match!

Rusev VS Mike Kanellis!

MACHKA KICK! But Rusev isn’t done asserting dominance as an alpha male. He drags Mike, “RUSEV, CRUSH!!” ACCOLADE!! Mike taps, Rusev wins!

Winner: Rusev, by submission

Maria walks away, leaving her husband for dead. This baby mama drama aside, is Rusev going to dominate like he did in the past?

 

Raw checks back in with Truth’s tour of Tennessee!

There’s still so much to see as they arrive at the University of Tennessee’s football stadium! The Home of the Volunteers is amazing! Who do they volunteer for, though? Salvation Army? No, Truth, the football team is nicknamed, “The Volunteers.” So no Santa Clauses ringing bells? Mayor Jacob says the football team is great, but what makes Knoxville great is the teachers and firefighters and police officers. In fact, here’s someone Truth should meet. Officer Burns is here and Truth shakes his hand. Wait is he a regular officer or Robocop? A regular officer as sworn in by Major Jacobs. Oh sweet. Carmella, the President sworn in someone as a police officer. And not just that, Burn is also a referee. Wow, working two jobs. Truth has another obligation. Thanks, Mr. President but uh, gotta go! Truth turns and runs into the goal post!

Jacobs and the referee hurry over, Jacobs covers Truth, Jacobs wins!

Winner: Mayor Glenn Jacobs/Kane, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

“I still got it!” Jacobs/Kane says as he runs off with the gold. Will Truth be able to get that title back from a politician? Or will he run into a lot of red tape before getting back at the Big Red Machine?

 

Rey Mysterio VS ???

The King of Lucha Libre is still going, encouraged by the hopes and dreams of his son, Dominic! But he’s going up against the Swiss Cyborg, Cesaro! And Cesaro has a mic to speak to Rey. “You shouldn’t have listened to your son, Rey.” Cesaro swears to beat the hell out of Dominic the day he finally enters the ring. Mysterio takes offense, and he dropkicks Cesaro off the apron! Then fires off at the ramp! Mysterio throws Cesaro in and the match finally begins, and Cesaro UPPERCUTS Mysterio down! Cover, TWO!

Cesaro takes his jacket off and snap suplexes Mysterio up and over. He drops elbows on Mysterio then covers, ONE! Cesaro throws more uppercuts then chokes Mysterio on the ropes. Mysterio grits his teeth as he catches his breath and fans are on his side. But Cesaro whips Mysterio corner to corner hard! Cesaro drags Mysterio up for more European Uppercuts then stomps him in the corner. Cesaro gut wrenches Mysterio to bring him up, but Mysterio huricanranas Cesaro into a post! Cesaro falls out of the ring and Mysterio runs to DIVE, into another uppercut! Cesaro shakes out the bad arm before he drags Mysterio up. Cesaro looks to end Mysterio rather then the match, and he suplexes Mysterio up. Mysterio fights free and shoulders back! Mysterio kicks Cesaro then runs, to 619 Cesaro in the back!

Cesaro hops down but Mysterio just keeps moving, and he DIVES to DDT Cesaro down! Fans fire up for Mysterio while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Cesaro clobbers Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro drops elbows and covers, TWO! Cesaro wraps Mysterio up in a chinlock, but fans rally as Mysterio endures. Mysterio fights back but Cesaro kicks and whips. Mysterio reverses but is put up top. Mysterio comes back to headscissor but he’s put on the apron. He shoulders back then springboards, but Cesaro uppercuts him down! Mysterio hits the floor and Cesaro goes out to fetch him. Cesaro slingshots to senton! Cover, TWO! Cesaro grows frustrated but Mysterio isn’t a living legend for nothing. Cesaro knocks Mysterio down and wraps on a chinlock. Mysterio endures being bent back in the partial camel clutch, but he does fight back. Cesaro just readjusts to have a partial cobra clutch. Mysterio fights up more but Cesaro shoves. Mysterio ducks, springboards and crossbodies, but Cesaro rolls through to swing Mysterio around, only to get a Crucifix DRIVER!

Both men are down but fans rally for Rey. Mysterio feeds off the energy and goes at Cesaro, but Cesaro shoves. Mysterio kicks back then waistlocks but Cesaro standing switches. Mysterio bucks Cesaro off, springboard moonsault to a tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps his cool, he’s been through tough matches before. He tilt-o-whirls but Cesaro slips out to BOOT Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! But right into a crossface! Mysterio endures but rolls it back to a cover, ONE! Cesaro catches the kick but gets the enziguri! He wobbles, and Mysterio dials it up! But the 619 is caught! Fireman’s carry, pop-up, trophy lift to gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio still lives and Cesaro is growing angry. Cesaro drags Mysterio up by his mask, then suplexes. Uno amigo, then another for dos amigos. Latino Heat must be upset, but Rey denies tres! Huricanrana, dial it up! 6 1 9!! Cesaro flounders and Mysterio climbs, leaps into a powerbomb, to hit a DESTROYER! Cover, Mysterio wins!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

And the lucha libre legacy continues! Mysterio stops the Swiss Superman from stopping him, but can he keep up the pace?

 

Bray puts the last nail in the wall.

And his newest addition to the Wall of Friends: Seth Rollins. Bray smiles, but the Fiend is lurking. Will Rollins have to be careful when in the ring with the GLORIOUS Robert Roode?

 

The Authors of Pain are ready to write a new chapter.

Rezar and Akam reintroduce themselves. “No one has seen us in a match since before WrestleMania.” “There’s a very good reason for that: we haven’t had a match since before WrestleMania.” They’re fighters. They’ve fought their whole lives. So they are here to fight, but no one wants to get hurt. Neither man could make a living in MMA because everyone else was too afraid to fight them. And now the WWE is full of men too afraid to fight them. The tag team division is soft. None of them are men. None of them are man enough to fight. None of them have the manhood to fight. SO this is a warning. The AOP will be the future of the WWE Tag Team Division. And that future will be written in pain. With the WWE Draft coming soon, will both brands be too afraid to recruit these hungry warriors?

 

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS Sasha Banks & Bayley!

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions knew all along the Boss & Hug Connection weren’t what they claimed to be. But will being right be enough to beat them in a match? Or will Sasha and Bayley take a step closer to taking back what was theirs?

The teams sort out and We start with Alexa and Bayley. They tie up and Alexa gets the arm. Bayley rolls and throws Alexa down by her hair. Bayley brings Bliss over to tag in Banks. Banks stomps away on Bliss then backs off to tag Bayley. The best friends mug Alexa but Alexa grabs Bayley. Bayley spins but gets a SLAP and a right! Then Insult2Injury! Cover, ONE! Alexa keeps on Bayley but Bayley powers her to a corner. Bayley rams her shoulder in, then rolls back for wacky waving- BOOT! Alexa hops up, grabs Bayley, sunset flip bomb! Cover, TWO! Sasha scrambles over to bail Bayley out. But Alexa leaps from the apron to cannonball them both! Alexa shakes out a sore feeling in her knee, but covers Bayley, TWO! Alexa brings Bayley over and rags Nikki. Alexa whips Nikki in for a big splash, then runs in to SLAP Bayley! Nikki snapmares and dropkicks Bayley down, cover, TWO!

Nikki keeps on Bayley but Bayley hits back. Bayley puts Nikki on the apron but the hotshot is denied. Tag to Sasha and she drags Nikki out for Bayley to knee. Bayley holds Nikki for Sasha’s Stock Drop! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps on Nikki and mocks the fans cheering for her. Sasha suplexes then covers, ONE! Alexa reaches for Nikki but Sasha stays between them. Nikki shoves but Sasha hits Alexa into the post! Alexa is mad now, but the ref keeps her out. Sasha whips Nikki then taunts Alexa, only to run into boots. She hits Nikki anyway, but Nikki knees the Stock Drop away! Bayley runs over but Nikki sends her out! So Bayley trips Alexa up! Sasha runs Nikki over, and Bayley tosses Alexa into steel steps! The Boss & Hug Connection is dominating and devastating, as Bayley throws Alexa’s leg into steel steps! The referee checks on Alexa while Sasha stomps away on Nikki in the corner!

The referee backs Sasha off while medics check on Alexa. Things aren’t looking good for Bliss-Cross while we go to break.

Raw returns again as Bayley has Nikki in a chinlock. Fans rally for Nikki as she fights up, and Nikki hits a jawbreaker! Alexa is out with her bad knee, so Nikki is all alone! Nikki knees but Bayley clotheslines! Tag to Sasha, and she stomps Nikki around. She grinds a boot into Nikki in the corner, but lets up at 4. She whips Nikki to the Boss-Hug corner, tag to Bayley. Bayley is a step stool for Boss in Motion! Bayley keeps on Nikki then tags in Sasha. Sasha is the step stool no,w but Nikki uses it for CHAOS IN MOTION! She clobbers Bayley and fires off but Sasha throws her out. Sasha tags Bayley and Bayley goes at Nikki, only to get forearms! Sasha runs to slide, but she gets caught in the skirt! Nikki fires off furious forearms on Sasha, but Bayley goes for the daredevil dropkick, only to get sent into barriers!

Tennessee is fired up for Nikki as she puts Bayley back in. Nikki climbs, Bayley stands, Nikki leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Sasha is still trapped as Bayley and Nikki get back up. Nikki rallies with forearms and short clotheslines. Nikki runs into the corner, splash to bulldog! Nikki keeps herself going, and wrecks Sasha with a dropkick! She goes back to Bayley but get a forearm. But she rolls Bayley, TWO! Nikki whips but Bayley reverses, only to get an elbow. Nikki hops up, reels Bayley in, tornado DDT! Nikki brings Bayley up, THE PURGE! Cover, but Sasha breaks it in time! Sasha tags in and goes at Nikki, cradle counter! TWO, but Nikki kicks Sasha. Sasha spins through to hit the backstabber! And put on the Bank Statement! Nikki endures, but can’t, she taps! Sasha & Bayley win!!

Winners: The Boss & Hug Connection, Sasha by submission

They’ve beaten the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! But Sasha isn’t done with beating, she wants to beat up Nikki! Alexa can’t run to the rescue but here comes THE MAN! Becky has her own chair and wants to settle things with Sasha! They go chair to chair! Becky jabs low but Sasha dodges. Sasha dodges again, and now Bayley has a chair! Becky sees she’s outgunned, but no longer outnumbered! Charlotte Flair is here! Charlotte still wants Bayley, and she BOOTS the chair away! In heels, no less! And she SMACKS Bayley now! Sasha is in shock seeing she is outgunned and outnumbered now. She swings, but Becky gets her first! That chair shot sends Sasha retreating, and fans are fired up for The Man! Will Becky and Charlotte end up teaming up again to show Bayley and Banks who the stronger Horsewomen are? And what of the Women’s Tag titles?

 

Sasha Banks speaks backstage.

“Listen here, Becky. I don’t give a DAMN how many chairs you throw my way.” Sasha is the star, Sasha is the winner, and Sasha is the one challenging for a rematch at Hell in a Cell. Unless the Man isn’t man enough to accept. “Your move, b*tch!” Will the Raw Women’s Championship change hands inside a sadistic steel structure?

 

Raw catches up with Major Kane.

Truth is hiding on top of the limo! The driver doesn’t say anything as Jacobs hops out with title in hand. “It sure is great to be back on Monday Night Raw.” “Sure is!” Truth rolls him up!! Truth wins!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

But Kane grabs Truth by the throat! Truth says he shouldn’t want to do that. This belt is like his job: 24/7! Truth begs the President Mayor Superintendent of Administration to spare him. Kane lets Truth go, and decides to enjoy the show. After all, it is Raw. This is home! But Truth admits, he’s still got it.

 

Becky Lynch responds to Sasha already!

“The Man and the Boss went to war, and I loved it.” Becky told Sasha this was a cat ‘n’ mouse game. But good ol’ Sasha, brought in a chair, then cried all day long that she got beat with it. Becky even got a $10 THOUSAND fine, but Becky won’t worry about that. She’s after Sasha, and like a cornered rat in a cage, they’ll have their Hell in a Cell match. Becky will break Sasha down. They’re not just at Hell in a Cell, they’ll be IN the Cell!

 

Lacey Evans VS Dana Brooke!

The Sassy Southern Belle looks to keep on a roll in the ring, having gotten past her quarrels with the Queen of Harts. But will Dana take advantage of this opportunity to be back on Raw?

The bell rings and Lacey throws her skirt at Dana to then go after her with boots and stomps! The ref counts and Lacey lets up, to then whip. Dana reverses to forearm, then she blocks a kick to throw Lacey down. Dana stomps and kicks Lacey in the butt now! Then she tackles her to the corner to throw forearms! The ref backs Dana down, but Dana whips Lacey corner to corner. Dana hits the handspring back elbow and snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Lacey bails out but Dana keeps on her at the apron with a CHOP! And another CHOP! Dana drags Lacey up but Lacey sweeps the legs! Lacey drags Dana onto the apron to slam her on the edge. Lacey climbs back in, slingshot wrecking ball dropkick! Cover, TWO! Lacey keeps on Dana with a chinlock and armlock combo.

Dana endures but fans rally. Lacey bends Dana back but Dana fights out with knees. Dana gets to a corner, Lacey runs in but misses. Dana rolls Lacey and lariats her down! Dana is rallying, then she scoop slams Lacey down to drop a handspring splash, onto knees! Lacey grabs Dana by her hair, for the WOMAN’S RIGHT! Lacey takes the time to compose herself before taking Dana’s legs, for a SHARPSHOOTER! “This is for you, Natty!” Lacey makes Dana tap to the Hart’s hold! Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by submission

The Sassy Southern Belle makes Dana submit, but will this message to Natty be received well? Or will Natty come back with her claws sharpened?

 

Seth Rollins VS Robert Roode w/ Dolph Ziggler!

The Architect became a Monster Slayer, but he is also the Fiend’s “friend.” Will Rollins be able to focus on the GLORIOUS half of the new Raw Tag Team Champions? Or will Roode benefit from Bray Wyatt holding Rollins’ attention?

The bell rings and Rollins circles with Roode. They go around, Roode wristlocks but Rollins wrenches to a hammerlock. Roode reaches back to headlock but Rollins cranks on the arm. Roode elbows out to get the headlock, but Rollins powers out. Roode runs Rollins over but then things speed up. Rollins hip tosses then arm-drags Roode, and Rollins has the armlock. Roode gets up and pulls hair to put Rollins in the corner. The ref counts but Roode knees low and CHOPS hard. Roode whips Rollins but Rollins reverses to scoop for a slam. Rollins drops a knee on the run, then Penalty Kicks Roode in the back! Rollins brings Roode up to whip but Roode reverses to hit a GLORIOUS Kitchen Sink knee. Rollins is reeling, and Roode is on him in the corner for shoulders. The ref counts and Roode lets up to throw body shots instead.

Rollins staggers out of the corner but Roode CHOPS him again. Roode whips but Rollins kicks him away. Rollins clotheslines Roode out hard, then builds speed. But Ziggler is in his way! Rollins chases Ziggler around the ring, but Roode swings on Rollins, only to get sent into the apron! Rollins hops up to leap for a flying knee! Down goes Roode, and Rollins brings him back into the ring. Ziggler is lurking and taunting, but Rollins ignores him, only for Roode to blast him off the apron! Rollins his barriers, and then Ziggler gets a cheap shot! Ziggler laughs while Rollins is reeling. Roode suplexes and hangs Rollins out to dry on the barriers! Rollins is in trouble as Raw goes to one more break.

Raw returns once more, and Roode squeezes Rollins with a rear bearhug. Rollins gets up and elbows out, then CHOPS! Rollins runs but into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Roode keeps his cool as he drags Rollins up and throws him out. Rollins gets serious now,but he gets a SUPERKICK from Rollins! Roode hurries out but Rollins fights back with haymakers and CHOPS! Rollisn throws Roode into the barriers! Then into the ring, to dodge Roode and hit a Slingblade! Rollins suplexes but Roode slips out to throw Rollins out. Rollins stays on the apron and shoulders in. Rollins springboards, but Roode dodges the knee, for a spinebuster, only for Rollins to slip out! Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but stirring. Rollins sits up first as fans rally with “Burn It Down!” Rollins goes to a corner and climbs up top, but Roode stops him with a haymaker.

Roode throws more hands before climbing up. Roode stands Rollins up but Rollins resists, and then slips under! Rollins goes corner to corner for a BUCKLE BOMB! Mule kick, CURB STOMP! Cover, Ziggler interferes!!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification

Ziggler rains down rights on Rollins! Then rakes his eyes! Before throwing more rights! But Rollins fights back! Rollins and Ziggler scrap all over the ring, but here comes The OC?! They want to assert dominance but Rollins fights them all! SUPERKICK from Ziggler! Roode & Dolph have helped The OC, so the OC will help them. MAGIC KILLER for Rollins! Styles drags Rollins up, and he wants the Clash! Styles HITS Styles Clash! But that’s still not enough, all five men stomp away on Rollins. They mug Rollins with big hands and kicks, each getting a turn. Ziggler SUPERKICKS Rollins down again! But wait, is that… KANE!? The Big Red Machine is here, and he decimates #RoodeDolph! Then he hits Anderson, Styles and grabs Gallows for a CHOKE SLAM! Anderson staggers up and so does Styles. They both get grabbed, for a DOUBLE CHOKE SLAM!

Knoxville cheers on their monstrous mayor as he stands tall! But wait! Just before Kane can summon his hellfire, the lights start going out! And it is… THE FIEND IS HERE! Kane tries to fight but The Fiend has him in the Mandible Claw!! The Fiend smothers the monster!And then, he eyes Seth Rollins! Rollins crawls to a corner as The Fiend creeps closer…! The Firefly Fun House theme gets warped a dozen different ways. Will Hell in a Cell the beginning of Rollins’ end?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well that was quite the Raw to follow Clash of Champions with. It wasn’t perfect, had some parts that dragged, like the Lacey VS Dana match. It just seems rather odd that they’re trying to make Lacey VS Natty the Raw Women’s B Story. Lacey should’ve moved on from Natty to take on Sarah Logan. Now that would be something, since Sarah can come in as a Face to match the Viking Raiders, and it’s a perfect culture clash since Sarah being a country girl and modern day viking, she is definitely not what Lacey would consider a “lady.” Then there was just classic Vince cringe in how supposedly, Rusev is the new baby daddy and Mike is just a broken man. And not even in a way that can be compelling. Corey straight up called him a “beta cuck” on commentary. Rusev looks incredible, at least, but this just kinda sucks for Mike, and it’s going to be really hard to sell Mike climbing back up to beat him to somehow win Maria back.

Cutting those things out, everything else was pretty good. It was great to see Kane back on TV, and it’s great that he can lay claim to being one of the many 24/7 Champions, but naturally Truth gets it back, mostly because he’s the best 24/7 Champion ever already. He really does still have it, especially in the comedy department. Then he gets in on the story of Rollins as he goes against Roode, Ziggler and the OC. The OC are rolling, but I wonder if they get moved around in the Draft. Perhaps the Draft can put them on SmackDown so that they can bring Finn back into the fold, and also just so they can perhaps have programs with The New Day on a regular basis. But while Kane decimates them and #RoodeDolph, it was actually a perfect move for The Fiend to go after him. I thought for a moment, the Fiend would weirdly save Rollins since Rollins is a “friend,” but this was just as good. Fiend creeping on Rollins and the Fun House theme getting demented was perfect to end the show on, and I personally do hope The Fiend takes the title at Hell in a Cell as WWE moves deeper into the Fall.

There was slight disappointment in the King of the Ring results, but that finals match was great! Fans are really getting behind Gable, but in the end, we have King Corbin. I suppose it’d be almost too cliche by now for Corbin’s ego to cost him, so at least now he has something no one can take away from him. Though, I can’t see how this is going to help, either. The midcard titles are both held by Heels, and the Universal Championship is called for. Will the Draft move King Corbin to SmackDown for him to not win the world title? If Gable had won, he would’ve gone to SmackDown to be crowned and then challenge Nakamura for the Intercontinental Championship. But maybe someone steps up to Corbin during that coronation ceremony and we have Corbin’s first meaningless feud as king. Mysterio did good against Cesaro tonight, but I feel like his age is starting to catch up to him, because that wasn’t as fast of a match as I expected. I’m thinking with NXT coming to TV, his story with Dominic can get going so that we see Dominic’s WWE debut alongside Mysterio soon.

The story of the NXT Horsewomen is going great, though slightly off target of what I expected. Bliss-Cross VS Bayley & Banks was a really good match, though I hope Alexa’s bad leg is more kayfabe than shoot. Bayley and Banks win to stay strong going towards the next phase with Charlotte and Becky, respectively, but I was really hoping there would be a Women’s Tag title curve ball thrown in. For now, Becky VS Banks II at Hell in a Cell IN the Cell is going to be great, and I expect Charlotte and Bayley will have their own great rematch probably outside of the Cell. I suppose the Women’s Tag titles can circle back to the IIconics since they’re the only other Heel tag team on the main roster, but clearly Vince’s lack of concern for the Women’s Tag Division is showing.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)

MOX VS JERICHO 2!

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Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?

Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; win(s).
  • Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; wins and
  • Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; wins.
  • Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

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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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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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