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Mitchell’s WWE Hell in a Cell Results & Report! (10/6/19)

See you in Hell! (in a Cell)

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2019

Time to Burn It Down in Hell (in a Cell)!

Bray Wyatt forgives, but “he” never forgets! Will Seth Rollins be able to #SurviveAndPrevail against the waking nightmare that is The Fiend?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Lacey Evans VS Natalya; Natalya wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Tornado Tag: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan & Luke Harper; Reigns & Bryan win.
  • Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali; Orton wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors; The Kabuki Warriors win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS The Viking Raiders & ???; The Viking Raiders & Braun Strowman win, by disqualification.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Street Profits Surprise: Carmella w/ R-Truth VS Tamina Snuka; Tamina wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • King Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable; Gable wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Crowd Cameo: Tamina Snuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt; Referee Stoppage, Rollins retains the WWE Universal Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!

Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, Booker T and Sam Roberts in recapping and predicting the action on the scariest night of WWE!

 

Bliss-Cross talk to the panel!

The Goddess and her crazy gal pal heard when we all did that Asuka and Kairi Sane are coming for the titles. Bliss isn’t sure why. Kairi just cosplays being a pirate. The fighting champions have beaten all the teams, and would just like to see a team earn a shot. Booker T disagrees, both Asuka and Kairi have resumes worthy of another try and get an upset. Alexa says those were individual accomplishments. For that matter, Alexa was the five-time (five-time etc) Women’s Champion in her own right. But what have Asuka and Kairi done as a team? Nikki says the champs proved everyone wrong, and that continues tonight. They’ll be undefeated against the Kabuki Warriors! Confident as can be, will Bliss-Cross hold onto the gold against #JoshiRoyalty?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

Kayla Braxton asks the nine-time Women’s Champion about her rematch with Bayley. Charlotte fell short at Clash of Champions, but that’s the past. Charlotte prefers to talk the Fox SmackDown debut and that tap out she got out of Bayley. Bayley’s tough girl act is just that: an act. But Charlotte IS the Queen of All Eras and she WILL be the TEN-TIME Women’s Champion. WOO~!

 

Lacey Evans VS Natalya!

The Sassy Southern Belle and the Queen of Harts are far from through with each other. Will Lacey end this with her Woman’s Right? Or will Natty finally dig her claws into Lacey and make her tap out?

The bell rings and the Golden 1 cheers for Natty as she ties up with Lacey. Natty headlocks and gets the takeover, but Lacey headscissors out with a grin. Natty pops out and now Lacey frowns. They circle again and Lacey kicks low. Lacey wrenches to a wristlock then brings Natty down for a cover, ONE. Natty gets up but Lacey is on the arm again. Lacey wrenches, wristlocks, but Natty rolls, spins, handsprings and arm-drags Lacey down! Fans cheer as Lacey backs off. Natty soaks it all up and Lacey grows annoyed. The two circle again and tie up. Natty waistlocks, drops down, trips Lacey and spanks her! Natty floats to a facelock but Lacey slips out to hammerlock, and spank back! Lacey pulls hair but the ref reprimands her. Natty moves around, Lacey facelocks to headlocks. Headlock takeover, but Natty rolls her to a cover. ONE, and Lacey holds on.

Fans rally for Natty and Natty elbows free. Natty shoves but Lacey runs her over! Fans boo as Lacey grins and soaks it all up. Lacey drags Natty up to whip into the corner. Lacey runs in but Natty dodges to lift, rebound, but Lacey counters with a takedown! Cover, TWO! Lacey claws at Natty’s face but Natty counters to an armbar! Lacey flails and rolls to get the ropebreak with her legs. Natty stomps Lacey as she lets up, then goes at her at the ropes! Lacey rolls Natty up, TWO! Natty trips Lacey, steps through, but Lacey scrambles! Lacey gets another ropebreak, and Natty lets up. Natty chases Lacey out of the ring but then dares her to “get your ass back in this ring!” Lacey cools off by commentary, but Natty comes running. Lacey kicks Natty and throws her into steel steps!

WWE goes picture in picture as Lacey drags Natty’s leg to the steps. Lacey stomps the shin on the steel! And again! The referee reprimands Lacey but she just smiles as she drags Natty up and into the ring. Lacey traps Natty’s face under the apron! She smothers Natty but lets up at the ref’s count. Lacey turns Natty around to kick at the bad leg. Lacey gets up on the apron as we return to single picture, and she chokes Natty on the ropes! The ref counts, Lacey lets up, to then slingshot elbow drop! Lacey drags Natty to a cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, but she goes after the bad leg with stomps and yanking. Natty clutches the knee as she gets to a corner, but Lacey stomps a mudhole. Lacey laces the leg on ropes to pull! Fans boo but Lacey runs in for the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey is annoyed but she drags Natty around to hook the bad leg. Lacey puts on her on Sassy STF, then adds an arm to it.

Fans rally for Natty as she endures being bent. Lacey dribbles Natty’s face off the mat! Then she smashes the knee! Natty clutches her leg and the ref backs Lacey off. Lacey dropkicks Natty while she’s down then covers, TWO! Lacey drags Natty around again, stomping and yanking the leg. Lacey clamps on with a chinbar and armlock but fans rally up. Natty gets up, fights out, but Lacey throws her down by her hair. Lacey grits her teeth as she drags Natty around by the leg. Lacey steps through, wanting to steal the Sharpshooter! But Natty SLAPS Lacey off her! Lacey flounders to ropes while Natty gets up. Lacey comes back to SLAP and CHOP, then snapmare to stomp the leg! Lacey wants to try again, but Natty uses her good leg to shove Lacey out of the ring!

Natty hurries to a corner for safety, but Lacey returns. Lacey runs in to stomp and club away! The ref backs Lacey off but Lacey comes back for another swing. Natty boots Lacey out of the air! Discus clothesline gets intercepted! Lacey drags Natty to a drop zone and goes to a corner. She climbs up, then jumps up, Sassiest Moonsault Ever! FLOPS! Natty hurries to get Lacey’s legs, step through, and turn over for the SHARPSHOOTER! Lacey taps, Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

The Queen of Harts toughs it out as Lacey let her ego get the best of her. Lacey stands up and Natty gives HER a Woman’s Right hand! Maybe that’ll punctuate and end this rivalry.

 

Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.

The Beacon of Light is looking to recover from setbacks. It’s like one step forward, two steps back. “It is beyond frustrating.” Missed opportunities knock him down, but he won’t stay down. Next week, the WWE Draft helps him start fresh. But Randy Orton walks over to laugh. Momentum? Orton remembers a time when Ali had momentum. And he remembers stopping it flat. Ali does remember that, too. Forget next week. Let’s have a match TONIGHT! Orton thinks about it, and accepts the challenge. Will the Viper strike Ali down again? Or will Ali fly higher than ever before?

 

Backstage interview with Erick Rowan.

The rivalry between him and Roman Reigns has only intensified, but he isn’t done yet. The Lumberjack Match was a battle, but this is a war. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan think they’re tough, but they’ll learn in the Tornado Tag Match, with no rules keeping them safe, everyone will finally respect Rowan and Luke Harper. The Big Dog and Lil’ Pup Dan “get put down for good.” Will the Yard be under new ownership tonight?

 

A villainous structure was born…

Designed to imprison, destined to torture. “A structure so evil, it alters the lives of all who enter.” And once again, it has returned. For more souls. For their destruction. The Architect promises to #SurviveAndPrevail, but he has to #LetHimIn. The Man and the Boss have business to settle, but the Cell might end it all. More than that, there are grudges, there is bad blood, and there is pain. “See you in Hell!”

 

Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks!

Why wait to settle scores? The second-ever Women’s Hell in a Cell match opens the show! The Boss and The Man have made history back and forth, but who takes the honor of winning the Red Brand’s belt inside the blood red cage of pain?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the Cell is lowered…

But Sasha attacks already! The Cell not even all the way down! She rams Becky off the sides, then they end up outside the Cell! Sasha snap suplexes Becky on the ramp! Sasha laughs as the referees reprimand her. The Cell finishes descending while Sasha throws Becky into barriers! The refs tell Sasha to take this back inside, but Sasha won’t let up! She keeps throwing Becky around, then finally leaves her behind. Fans are divided and dueling as The Boss brags and boasts. “Five time champion: me!” The referees check on Becky, and Sasha taunts her. But Becky kicks the door into Sasha! Then fires of forearms! They’re finally inside the Cell, but the ref needs the two to stop brawling for the bell to ring!

Becky puts Sasha in the ring, the referee checks on Sasha, and the door is finally locked shut. This match actually begins, and Becky snatches the chain off the door! She makes them a knuckle duster to punch away on Sasha’s body! And club on her back! Uppercut and dropkick and Sasha drops out of the ring! Sasha crawls around, wanting out. But Becky snatches her away and throws her into cell walls! Becky scrapes Sasha into the fencing as fans are thunderous! Becky puts the chain on the door herself now, and finally locks them in. Becky goes back to Sasha but Sasha kicks her in the leg! Sasha whips Becky into steel! Sasha fires off hands but Becky gives them back! Becky whips Sasha into steel steps! Sasha is writhing, but Becky fetches a TABLE from under the ring! Becky puts the table in the ring, then get a LADDER! Sasha attacks with a CHAIR SHOT! TLC now stands for Tables, Ladders and Cell!

Sasha sticks the ladder in a corner but Becky gets Sasha back with that chair! SMACK to the back! Becky throws Sasha into the ring and sets that table up in a corner. Becky sits the chair up while fans continue to duel. Sasha cradles Becky, TWO! School boy, TWO! Another try with a bridge, TWO! Becky swings into a backslide, TWO! Sasha wants the arm but Becky knees back. Becky bounces Sasha off the chair! And again! And again! Sasha’s arm ends up in the chair like Clash of Champions! But she roundhouses Becky away! And dropkicks the chair into Becky’s face! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her focus as she uses the chair to stand up. Fans want he table but Sasha swings the chair! Becky dodges, and catches Sasha into a Becksploder! Sasha bails out, but Becky wrecks her with a dropkick! Sasha bounces off the Cell, so Becky dropkicks again! And again! Fans are fired up as Becky throws Sasha into the ring. Sasha spins around to kick Becky back!

Sasha is on the apron and LEAPS! Meteora INTO the ladder! That was double-edged for Sasha, but that’s how much this title means! Then Sasha throws the ladder into Becky! The referee checks on Becky while Sasha soaks up the cheers and jeers. Sasha drags Becky up into the ring, covers, TWO!! Becky survives all that damage but Sasha won’t let up. Sasha drags Becky up to throw her back out. Sasha puts Becky’s arm inside the gap of door and frame, and just jams it over and over and over! Becky finally gets free but Sasha drags her up to throw the arm into the apron. Sasha puts Becky in, covers, TWO! Sasha is losing her cool, but she puts Becky’s arm through the chair! To SMASH it! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps on that arm, but Becky endures. Becky fights up and clubs Sasha, only for Sasha to wring her out!

Sasha has the chair again and sits it near a corner. Fans still duel as Sasha slams Becky’s arm on the chair. Sasha sits Becky in the chair, throws some forearms, but Becky keeps her from climbing. Sasha fires off forearms, then leaps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Sasha is losing her cool! Sasha goes out to fetch another chair from under the ring. And she sticks it in a wall? Sasha puts another chair in the ring and aims at Becky. Becky dodges to roll Sasha, TWO! Sasha has the chair but Becky kicks it into her! Sasha runs to the apron but Becky kicks her. Sasha ducks a kick to give a kick but Becky dropkicks her into the wall again! Both women are down, but the fans rally up. Becky sits up first and flounders. Sasha rises and returns tot he ring, but Becky is on her with uppercuts and kicks. Becky bounces Sasha off the post! Then leaps, misses, but still gets Sasha, for a Becksploder into steel wall!

Becky puts Sasha in, grabs the chair and sets it up upside-down. Sasha hits Becky with forearms but Becky gives them back! The Man and the Boss brawl, but Sasha kicks first. Sasha runs, but Becky drop toeholds her onto the chair! And then BULLDOGS her! Cover, TWO!? Sasha survives and Becky is beside herself. Sasha crawls to a corner but Becky runs in. Sasha puts her on the apron but Becky kicks back. Becky climbs up but Sasha trips her up with a kick of her own. Sasha fetches that chair, but Becky blocks it to give it back. Becky throws the chair, and missile dropkicks it into Sasha! Cover, TWO! Sasha survives and then escapes to the outside. Sasha finds something already while Becky calms herself down. Becky hobbles over to where Sasha went, but Sasha SMACKS her with a kendo stick! And smacks and smacks and smacks!

Sasha has two kendo sticks, and wedges them in a corner. Sasha moves the ladder aside to bring Becky up. Sasha bounces Becky off the side of the ladder, then throws her at the sticks! Becky blocks to throw Sasha into the sticks! Sasha is down, but Becky is finding more chairs. Becky sits the chair on the sticks, and then gets a third stick. With the chair firmly in the corner, Becky goes back to Sasha. But Sasha fires back on Becky! Becky throws forearms, shovels Sasha onto that seat, and then fires off more shots! Becky goes to the apron, takes aim at the corner, and LEAPS to dropkick Sasha off the chair!! The fans are losing their minds over that insane innovation! Becky gets up and drags Sasha back into the ring. Becky climbs up top as fans agree “This is Awesome!”

Becky leaps for a BIG leg drop, cover, TWO!! And Becky is almost in tears. But then she talks to herself, working out what to try next. Fans chant “Table! Table!” and Becky agrees. Becky gets that table up on its feet, but Sasha hits a Backstabber! Sasha drags Becky over to the corner and throws forearms. “I’m the Boss around here!” Sasha hoists Becky up and then makes sure the table is in the right spot. Sasha climbs up to join Becky, but Becky fights back! Becky slips down, Sasha holds on and fights back, and then adjusts. Sasha METEORAS Becky through the table!! Cover, TWO!?! No one can believe Becky lived! The referee clears the wreckage and Sasha returns to the ladder and hanging chair. Sasha doesn’t go for either of those, she has a new kendo stick! And she uses it in a Bank Statement crossface!!

Becky endures, turns purple, but wriggles her way under the bottom rope. There’s no ropebreak, but Becky keeps moving to get out of the ring entirely. They now tug o’ war for the stick, and Becky wins, to SMACK away on Sasha! Becky drags Sasha back around to whip, but Sasha reverses to send Becky into the hanging chair! Sasha’s method appears through the madness as she now puts Becky back in. Sasha brings chair after chair after chair with her! Fans are anticipating what plan the #Blueprint has, because it involves even more chairs! Some chairs even hit Becky as they’re tossed in. Sasha gives Becky a CON-CHAIR-TO! Repeatedly! Sasha gloats and soaks up all the noise. But she’s far from done. She climbs up, gloats more, but Becky throws chairs back at Sasha! Then climbs up top, SUPER BECKSPLODER, ONTO THE CHAIR PILE!! DISARM-HER!! Sasha pulls hair, grabs at chairs, but taps out! Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion

The Man and The Boss went to Hell and back! And the one to get out of it the champion is STILL the Lass Kicker! Will Sasha be able to come back for more? Or has Becky moved far beyond anything Sasha can comprehend?

 

Tornado Tag: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan & Luke Harper!

Dominance: doubted. Respect: absent. Violence: guaranteed. These four are let off the leashes known as tag ropes and can run absolutely wild! Will the Big Dog and “Lil’ Pup” stand up to the fangs of these rabid timber wolves? Or will their powers combined keep the Yard?

The bell rings and the brawl begins! Roman has Harper while Rowan has Bryan! Rowan stomps Bryan down then helps Harper with Roman. They put Roman in a corner and throw hands. Harper whips Rowan but Roman boots back! Roman throws Harper out, Rowan clotheslines Roman out. Rowan turns around to get a missile dropkick from Bryan! Bryan kips up and fans fire up as Bryan DIVES onto Harper! But Rowan gets Bryan with a scoop. Roman saves Rowan with a leaping SUPERMAN PUNCH! Harper clutches that leg but Bryan won’t let him be. Roman throws Rowan into barriers, but Harper throat chops Bryan! Harper CHOPS Bryan against the barriers while Roman puts Rowan in. Roman lifts but Rowan fights back. Rowan shoves and dropkicks Roman down! Yes, Rowan hit a dropkick! But Rowan misses the splash! Roman fireman’s carries to a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!

Harper and Bryan are still on the outside but fans fire up for Roman in a corner. Roman aims, lets out the battle cry, but runs into a Harper SUPERKICK! Harper covers, TWO!! Harper and Rowan say how close that was, but then Rowan drops an elbow. Cover, TWO! Harper drags Roman up and to a corner, to CHOP and uppercut. Rowan adds haymakers and CHOPS of his own. Harper mule kicks, but Bryan returns to attack! But that’s 2v1 and Bryan gets kicked down. Harper and Rowan stand on Bryan but Roman saves Bryan! Roman uppercuts and haymakers, but he gets mugged 2v1. Rowan grinds his foot into Roman’s head, then backs off. Roman bails out while Harper whips Bryan into barriers. Rowan comes around to body check Roman! The two then take the steel steps, and Harper brings Roman up, for Rowan to SMASH him in the face!

Roman falls but Rowan steps on him. Rowan leaves Roman for dead while Harper puts Bryan in the ring. The titans focus on Bryan in a corner, throwing big hands and grinding their boots in. Rowan whips Harper for Harper to body check Bryan. Harper feeds Bryan to Rowan’s big heel kick! Cover, TWO! Harper drags Bryan up and gives him to Rowan. Rowan Electric Chair lifts Bryan while Harper climbs. Roman revives to ROCK Harper! Bryan victory rolls, TWO! Rowan bodies Bryan then boots Roman! Rowan won’t let Bryan embarrass him, but then he gets caught! Bryan wants the LeBelle, and locks it in!! But Harper breaks it up, and drops elbows on Bryan! Harper stares almost blankly, but he puts Bryan in a corner. Harper seems to talk some trash before he feeds Bryan to Rowan’s scoop, and JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Rowan stomps Bryan in frustration, but he and Harper have an idea.

Fans boo as Harper and Rowan lift Bryan up again. Rowan full nelsons and lifts, but Bryan fights out! Bryan lands on his feet out of the back suplex, then baits Rowan into a post! Bryan fires haymakers on Harper but Harper knees low. Harper whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to keep moving. Bryan dodges, but runs into a Michinoku Driver! Roman returns to break the cover! Rowan returns to drag Roman out of the ring, but Roman gives him an uppercut! Roman uppercuts Harper, then runs to hit the leaping lariat! Roman fires off point-blank clotheslines in the corner! Roman gets all 10, runs, but Rowan dumps him out! Bryan dropkicks Rowan! Bryan drop toeholds Harper into buckles, to kick in the back! Bryan fires off Yes Kicks in the corner! Fans echo “YES! YES!” each time, then Bryan runs corner to corner, into another scoop! But Bryan slips out to dropkick the bad knee!

Fans fire up and so does Bryan! Now we get some real Yes Kicks! From all sides! Bryan aims, but the buzzsaw misses. Rowan trips and drags Bryan out hard! But Roman hist a Drive-By dropkick on Rowan! Harper DIVES! Harper hits the announce desk!! All four men are down as referees check on them. Somehow even Harper taking that header doesn’t stop him. But the fans are loving this as the titans clear off the desks! Rowan and Harper go from the German to the American to the Spanish desk, and then they even pull off LED apron pads! Bryan is their first victim, face first into the LED! Roman is next, Rowan scoop slamming him! Then he scoop slams Harper onto Roman! Rowan drags Bryan back over, and Harper dumps a desk hood on him. Rowan rips up the timekeeper’s area to have part of the barriers! Deja vu as Harper brings Roman up. Rowan runs in, and they RAM Roman into the front row!

Harper and Rowan scare just about everyone on commentary, and Rowan has a pencil…? Rowan breaks the pencil as if a metaphor for Bryan. Rowan puts Bryan on an announce desk and Harper is already there. They haul Bryan up, full nelson lift, but Bryan huricanranas Harper away! Roman SPEARS Rowan through a desk!! Both men are writhing in pain, Rowan’s arm and Roman’s knee! All four men are down again and fans are losing their minds. Harper and Bryan have made it into the ring, and Bryan runs corner to corner to dropkick! And again! And a third time! Harper wobbles but stays up, so Bryan hoists him up top. Bryan climbs up to join Harper, for a SUPER STEIN- NO! Harper blocks to a SUPER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!? Harper can’t believe Bryan survived! Harper gets up, paces about, and then drags Bryan up. Snap Dragon Suplex! Then a Half ‘n’ Half! And a third, but Bryan lands on his feet! Roman rises to SUPERMAN PUNCH! PLANET’S KNEE! SPEAR!! Cover, Roman and Bryan win!!

Winners: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan, Reigns pinning

Somehow, the Big Dog and the Goat survived! They took down the giants tonight, but does this end the war for respect?

Roman stands up, and Bryan manages to drag himself to his feet. The uneasy allies did do this together, so Bryan offers another handshake. Only to take it away. But then he offers a hug! Flashbacks to Team Hell No, and fans say, “YES! YES! YES!” Roman isn’t so sure, but fans boo his reluctance. Roman smirks, and hugs it out with Bryan! Will these two continue to team together as big changes continue to come to the WWE?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Universal Champion has suffered mind games and malicious attacks, but how has he prepared for The Fiend? Rollins has been wondering for the last 48 hours. He’s done so much already, from slaying a King to a Beast to a Monster Among Men, but he has faced nothing like this… Fiend. What he will endure tonight will truly be the greatest test of his career to date. But Bray Wyatt can play all the games he wants. When the Cell lowers, the door locks and the bell rings, Rollins will have no choice but to fight, win, survive and #BurnItDown. At least, Rollins hopes so. Will Rollins end up abandoning all hope when he enters that steel structure?

 

Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali!

The Viper wants to once again break the Beacon of Light’s spirit and halt his momentum in the WWE. However, once bitten and twice shy doesn’t apply to the cardiac Cruiserweight once known as the Heart of 205 Live. Will the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling make Ali finally look before he leaps? Or will Ali take a leap of faith and finally get back on track?

The bell rings and Ali circles with Orton. They tie up and Orton wrenches Ali to a wristlock. Orton yanks on the arm, wrenches more, then grinds Ali down to the mat. Ali works his way up, rolls then handsprings to wrench Orton back. Ali has Orton on his knees now, but Orton gets up to pull hair. The ref reprimands and Orton lets up in the corner, to CHOP Ali! Ali grits his teeth but Orton brings Ali into another corner to bump off buckles. Orton throws a European Uppercut then another CHOP. Ali crawls away but Orton drags him up by his hair. Ali fights back with CHOPS of his own! And forearms! But Orton pokes Ali right in the eye! Orton whips Ali corner to corner but runs into a boot. Ali climbs up but Orton shoves him to the floor! Ali writhes while Orton paces in the ring.

Orton goes out to fetch Ali and kick him in those ribs. Orton suplexes Ali to gourd buster him on the desk! Ali coughs and gasps but Orton drags him up for a back suplex to the desk! Ali writhes more but Orton keeps the ring count fresh. Orton smirks as he lets the ring count get Ali this time. Ali crawls over at 7, stands at 8, and gets in at 9.5! Orton looms over Ali and drags Ali up to go after the legs. Orton stomps away on Ali’s stomach and chest! Ali endures a boot being dug into his sternum, but Orton lets up to throw Ali out again. Orton fetches Ali again, clearing off the announce desk for another back suplex! But Ali lands on his feet to dropkick Orton down! The ring count climbs past 5 but Orton hits Ali and whips him into the post! Orton gets back into the ring while Ali gasps and sputters. Orton goes back out to put Ali in, covers, TWO!

Orton keeps Ali close by pulling on his hair. Orton reels Ali into body scissors, and you can see the red mark the post has left on Ali. Orton holds onto an arm and chinbars Ali, too, but Ali still endures. Orton shifts to a chinlock with those scissors, but fans rally for Ali. Ali punches Orton’s leg and gets free of the scissors. But Orton holds tight on the chinlock, keeping Ali down. Orton clubs Ali’s bad ribs, but fans still rally. Ali fights his way up and fights back, but Orton clubs him down. Orton whips Ali to a corner, but Ali kicks back! Orton staggers, Ali uppercuts back! Ali fires off elbows and CHOPS, backing Orton down. But Orton knees low to those bad ribs! Orton whips Ali, but Ali flapjack dropkicks! Orton bails out of the ring but Ali builds speed, and Ali DIVES! He sends Orton over the desk!

Ali grins as he gets up and LEAPS over the desk to tackle Orton! Ali fires off forearms and then brings Orton back to the ring. Orton hits those bad ribs again, then puts Ali in first. Ali kicks Orton as he enters! Orton staggers up and Ali whips corner to corner. Orton reverses, Ali slides to stop and slip out. Ali roundhouses back, somersaults, facebuster! Cover, TWO! Orton still lives and Ali is growing frustrated. Ali fights through the pain to stand back up, and he brings Orton up to whip. Orton reverses again, spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Ali still lives and Orton is annoyed. Orton drags Ali up by his ear, then boots, but Ali blocks to heel kick back! Orton flounders down to a drop zone, and Ali hurries to go up top! Ali aims, 450 but he has to roll through as Orton dodges! Orton wants the RKO but is denied! Ali leaps, tornado DDT!

Orton is down again, Ali climbs back up fast! Ali aims, leaps, 450 Splash FLOPS as Orton dodges again! Orton grins as he hobbles over to Ali under the bottom rope. Orton drags Ali up through the ropes as fans cheer, and he gives Ali the draping DDT! Fans know what comes next and cheer as Orton hears the voices in his head! Orton waits for Ali to rise, and then comes up, RKO- Ali handstands!? Crucifix, TWO! Orton misses in the corner, Ali roundhouses back! Ali somersaults in, into an RKO!! Truly outta nowhere! Cover, Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

The Viper strikes and wins, certainly helping his own chances for a championship shot. But even Orton nods a little bit of respect to Ali. Will Ali be able to snap back from this as the WWE Draft looms on the horizon?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors!

Asuka and Kairi Sane won against Fire & Desire, but that doesn’t seem like enough to The Goddess and her crazy best friend. Will the Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess show Bliss-Cross they’re more than worthy? Or does not even #JoshiRoyalty stand a chance against two best friends?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this surprise tag title match begins!

Kairi and Nikki start with the bell, and Kairi offers a handshake. She wants to show that there are no hard feeligns here. Nikki takes it, but Kairi uses that to whip her out of the way as Kairi goes after Alexa! Kairi then goes after Nikki with big haymakers from all sides! Nikki backs down, tag to Asuka! Kairi feeds Nikki to Asuka’s boot then throws Nikki down! Asuka toys with Nikki at the ropes, then hip attacks Alexa away! Sliding knee to Nikki! Cover, but positioning complicates things, ONE! Asuka is upset but she kicks Nikki around. The fans duel as Asuka whips Nikki in. Kairi gets her shot in but Nikki fires back! Nikki dodges to tag Alexa! The Goddess gives Asuka an STO! Knee drops, then Insult2Injury! Asuka gets up but Alexa SLAPS her! And then ROCKS her! Cover, TWO!

Alexa seethes as she drags Asuka over. Tag to Nikki and Alexa whips her in for a splash. Alexa runs in to SLAP Asuka again! Nikki snapmares Asuka to a cover, TWO! Nikki growls but Asuka fires off on her! Nikki blocks the back hand to jawbraeker! Tag to Alexa but Asuka sends Nikki out. Nikki traps Asuka in the apron skirt and Alexa wrecks with a dropkick! The friends high-five but Kairi runs in. ALexa ROCKS Kairi, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Alexa! And then throws Alexa into the barriers! Asuka mule kicks Alexa down, then puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO! Asuka tags Kairi and Kairi spins Alexa around, wrenching her hair…? Kairi uses the hair to pull Alexa back against the ropes! Kairi lets up to CHOP Alexa down! Kairi soaks up both good and bad vibes, but Alexa rolls her up! TWO and Kairi ax kicks Alexa down!

Kairi tags Asuka and the Kabuki Warriors mug Alexa with grinding boots. The ref counts and they let up, for Asuka to drag Alexa up and whip her to a corner. Asuka hits a corner hip attack, then is on Alexa at the ropes with a cobra twist! Asuka lets up at the count of 4, but Nikki protests. Asuka drags Alexa off the ropes and toys with her. Fans cheer for Nikki to get in, but Asuka keeps toying with Alexa. Alexa shoves Asuka but Asuka gets the leg for an Ankle Lock! Alexa endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak, only for a second! Asuka drags her away and grapevines! Fans rally as Asuka shifts to a Half Crab! Asuka shifts to a heel hook, but Alexa works her way around to headlock! But Asuka throws her down by her hair! Asuka tags Kairi, and they mug Alexa in the corner again. Kairi marches and bops Nikki before hitting a Sliding D! Cover, but Nikki protests! But Kairi protests back, because the Kabuki Warriors would’ve won! Kairi covers again, TWO!

Kairi drags Alexa up to tag Asuka. They mug Alexa more but Alexa fights back. Asuka swats Alexa down, then toys with her more. Alexa keeps fighting back, but that kick is caught into another Ankle Lock! Alexa rolls but Asuka holds on! Alexa tries again, and rolls to send Asuka into ropes! Both women are down but heading for their corner. Hot tags to Nikki and Kairi! And it’s Crazy Nikki Cross that rallies! Nikki fires up as Kairi goes to a corner. Nikki runs in for a big splash, to a bulldog! Nikki wrecks Asuka with a dropkick, then head up top. Kairi stands, Nikki leaps, Cross-Body! Cover, TWO!! Nikki won’t let up, she has Kairi with the fisherman, but Kairi slips out to Alabama lift. Kairi Alabama SLAMS Nikki into the drop zone! Fans fire up as Kairi prepares to weigh anchor! InSANE Elbow GETS BOOTS! Nikki drags Kairi up, puts her on the ropes, draping PURGE! But Asuka breaks the cover!

Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Alexa away! Asuka drags Kairi over and tags in to go after Nikki. Asuka kicks away on Nikki’s chest, then her ribs. And then her face! Asuka grins as he goes for the buzzsaw, but it gets caught! Nikki holds tight, but Asuka SLAPS her. Asuka runs, into a LARIAT! Nikki fires up again, beckons to Bliss, but Kairi is after her. Alexa leaps to cannonball! Down they both go, leaving Nikki alone with Asuka. Asuka SPITS GREEN MIST! ROUNDHOUSE!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

Tajiri would be proud! The Empress and the Princess take the titles for their own! Will the Joshi Royalty reign through the rest of 2019?

 

Six Man Tag: The OC VS The Viking Raiders & ???

AJ Styles and his Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, have been running roughshod over Raw ever since reuniting, but they’ve still got a long way to go before they’re truly running the show. Erik and Ivar have been bringing the raid right to the Club’s doorstep, but in order to fight in this 3v3, they’ve recruited… BRAUN! The Monster Among Men wants to make sure Styles, Gallows & Anderson #GetTheseHands, but will the trio of Warbeards be better than Phenomenal?

The teams sort out and Machine Gun Anderson starts against Ivar. They tie up and Anderson headlocks. Ivar powers out and has Anderson in a corner. Anderson runs out to headlock again, but Ivar uses his power again. Anderson holds tight but Ivar powers Anderson up to a fireman’s carry. Anderson slips out and waistlocks, but Ivar bucks him off. Ivar runs Anderson over! Fans roar with Ivar as he drags Anderson up and wrench. Ivar shoulders Anderson down then grinds on that arm. Anderson endures and works his way up, but Ivar wrenches and shoulders him down again. Ivar whips, Anderson reverses and dodges, to throat chop! Anderson tags in Gallows and Gallows whips Anderson in, only to get the seated senton! Gallows throws uppercuts on Ivar then whips him corner to corner. Ivar tumbles out to the apron to forearm back! He even rocks AJ Styles!

Ivar climbs, leaps over Gallows, roll to hot tag Erik! Erik fires off knees and a rolling elbow! Gallows whips but Erik goes up and over, to shotgun knee Gallows back! And then throw Gallows with an Exploder! Gallows bails out, Erik builds speed, but Anderson distracts the ref as Styles intercepts! The OC get away with that one as Erik tumbles out to the floor. Erik gets up and into the ring at the ref’s count of 3, but he gets a ROUNDHOUSE for it! Gallows drags Erik up and scoops for a Fall Away Slam! Erik flounders up and Gallows stomps and uppercuts him around. Gallows throws big body shots and more uppercuts, then tags in Styles. The United States Champion goes at Erik with Gallows help. They double whip but Erik throws Gallows out! Styles fires off on Erik, then hits Ivar! But Strowman catches Styles’ hand! Gallows trips and YAKUZA Kicks Strowman!

Erik swings on Styles but Styles ducks to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Styles stays between Erik and Ivar, then brings him over. Erik fights back but gets knees for it. Styles kicks Erik but Erik punches back. Styles drags Erik to the OC corner to CHOP. Tag to Anderson, and Anderson fires off EuroUppers. Erik fights back, but Styles is out of the way already. Anderson gives Erik a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson chinlocks Erik and grinds him down on the mat. Fans build to a rally and Ivar is chomping at the bit. Erik fights up, breaks free and ROCKS Anderson! Anderson backs away while Erik crawls, tag to Styles. Styles hits Ivar down! But runs into a back drop from Erik! Both men are down now, and Strowman is back! Strowman tags in!

Strowman runs Styles over, blasts Gallows off, then runs Styles over again! Strowman puts Styles in a corner for a headbutt, and corner to corner splash! Fans fire up with the Monster, and the Monster sees everyone is on the outside. Time to take a lap! Strowman runs around the way to run over Gallows! Then Anderson! Then Styles! Strowman puts Styles in, and Styles flounders about. Styles stands, Strowman runs in, but only gets post! Styles chop blocks a leg out! Strowman hobbles but Styles is on him, Calf Crusher!! Styles cranks back hard but Strowman endures long enough for Erik to WRECK Styles! Erik throws Anderson out but Gallows BOOTS! Ivar cartwheel LARIATS! Phenomenal Forearm for Ivar! Styles aims at Strowman in a corner, runs in, but gets buckles! Strowman scoops but Anderson attacks again! The OC aim at Strowman, YAKUZA KICK! The ref can’t restore order and calls for the bell!

Winners: Strowman & The Viking Raiders, by disqualification

The OC continue to stomp away, but the Raiders return! They go after the Good Brothers, sending Gallows out, and feeding Anderson to knees! Then they both DIVE to take out them both! Flying Viking Raiders wreck Gallows and Anderson, but Styles stalks Strowman. Styles drags Strowman up, but Strowman throws him into a corner! Styles boots back, forearms then springboards, but Strowman SWATS Styles out of the air! Strowman shows the power of that fist! Is Strowman ready to slug it out with Tyson Fury on Raw tomorrow night? Will he also find himself lined up for another United States Championship match after wrecking Styles?

 

The Street Profits are hyped!

Montez Ford says the Hell in a Cell has been a complete 360! Tell ’em, Dawkins. Dawkins, stop looking at your phone. Fam, he IS focused! WWE Draft is coming up, and that includes a showcase on Raw! Right, and the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury, will be around! Did Dawkins stutter? But even more than that, who is Dawkins’ top 5? Ford, right? Fam, Ford you ain’t even on Wikipedia! Wait, the FABULOUS Truth run in! They stumble into the Street Profits and someone rolls Carmella up! That person wins the 24/7 Championship!!

Winner: Tamina Snuka, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

The Daughter of Superfly is back!? And has the title! But Tyler Breeze appears. He eyes the belt but Tamina DECKS him! The Profits help Truth and Mella up, but what happened? Where’s the 7/11 24/7 European Championship go? Tamina took it! Which way did she go. That way. The profits point different directions. In that case, split up! Thanks for nothing, fam. #HitTheStairs. But will Carmella get that title back before the end of the night?

 

King Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable!

The Lone Wolf King should thank “Shorty” for his custom crown, cape and scepter. If Gable hadn’t lost his cool during the King of the Ring Coronation, Corbin would still be wearing the generic regalia. Will Corbin “thank” Gable with another defeat? Or will it be the king that feels lowly in this newest rematch?

The fans troll Corbin with the “S T D!” chant The Rock invented from Friday. Corbin is upset but Gable makes his entrance out so this match can begin.

Corbin takes a moment, however, to grab a mic. Corbin waits for the boos to settle down, and says he is also disappointed that he has to face Gable again. “Especially after the night I had on Friday Night SmackDown, when I put The Rock in his place!” The fans must respect the King of the Ring, as he is their glimmer of hope. Corbin understands they all have it tough. But just remember, “Gable always has it worse.” Corbin won’t belittle Gable, but Gable’s used to being little. But since Gable won’t be big enough to be taken seriously or man enough to beat King Corbin, “from the bottom of my heart,” Corbin hopes Gable’s career is like him: short. In seriousness, Corbin decrees that Gable’s new name IS “Shorty.” Fans still say Corbin is “S T D! S T D!” Corbin goes to the ring, puts his crown away, and we finally begin.

Gable runs right at Corbin with the rolling heel kick! Waistlock slam to a full mount and clubbing crossfaces! Gable holds on as Corbin stands, but Corbin throws Gable off! Gable kicks low then throws forearms. He has Corbin in a corner, and has the Ankle Lock! Corbin holds the ropes but can’t hold on, and Gable trips him up. Corbin rolls and shoves Gable off but Gable rebounds with a clothesline! Gable rains down rights but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin scoops but Gable slips to a sleeper hold! Corbin bumps Gable off buckles, then runs Gable corner to corner to ram him into the post! Gable slumps out of the ring and Corbin mockingly applauds as he fetches him. Corbin throws Gable into the post again! Corbin puts Gable in then in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and haymakers before he whips corner to corner hard! Gable bounces off buckles, Corbin covers, TWO!

Corbin keeps his cool as he throws Gable at ropes. Gable rebounds and Corbin throws forearms. Corbin punches Gable against ropes, but fans still call him an “S T D!” Gable shoulders in from the apron then slingshots, but into a right hand! Corbin dares the fans to say something but then just brushes them off. The ring count climbs and Corbin already says he’s won. Gable climbs up at 5 and in at 7, but Corbin stomps him down. Corbin wraps on a chinbar with half nelson, but fans rally up for Gable. Gable fights his way up, fights back, and breaks free! But Corbin shoves Gable, only for Gable to dodge. Corbin slides out, then in, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Corbin seethes as Gable survives. Corbin drags Gable up to club him back down. Corbin mockingly applauds again for “the little guy.” Gable does get up but Corbin is on him with another clubbing arm. Corbin has Gable in the corner, and he hoists Gable up top.

Fans rally for Gable but Corbin throws a swift right! And another! The ref reprimands Corbin but Corbin tells the ref to back off. Corbin climbs and has Gable, but Gable fights back! Gable forearms away then headbutts Corbin down! Gable hits a big missile dropkick! Both men are down but Gable drags himself to the corner. Corbin gets up but so does Gable. Corbin runs in, but Gable dodges to waistlock. Corbin standing switches and back suplexes, but Gable lands on his feet! Corbin runs in, Gable dodges again. Corbin slides out, slide in, but Gable dodges to leap, into a SPINEBUSTER! Matchbox cover, TWO! Fans taunt Corbin more but he’s too busy arguing with the ref. Corbin pops Gable up but Gable headscissors and basement dropkicks! Gable gets up, throws big forearms and elbows, and says “Think I’m too short?!” Gable fires more forearms and fans fire up with him!

Gable runs, but into a scoop! But he spins through, waistlocks, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and shocks Gable! Gable crawls to a corner, and fans are rallying up behind him. Gable runs corner to corner, rolling kick! He keeps going, another rolling kick! A third time, but Corbin POWERBOMBS Gable! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Corbin can’t believe it! Corbin is frustrated and out of breath. Corbin drags Gable up to the top rope again. But Gable gets him in the hanging armbar! The ref counts and Gable lets go at 4! To then drag Corbin to the corner, and swing a leg into the post! And again! Corbin writhes but Gable gets back in. Corbin back drops but Gable sunset flips, TWO! DEEP SIX OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Gable still lives and Corbin is too tired to be angry.

Corbin gets up first but fans rally behind Gable. Corbin throws big right hands, and mockingly applauds again. Fans boo and jeer Corbin as he looms over Gable. Gable drags himself up but gets punched back down. “Stay down!” Corbin drags Gable up to punch again but Gable counter punches! Corbin powers Gable to the apron but Gable shoulders in. Gable runs, slips out of End of Days to mule kick! Rolling neckbreaker! Gable’s up high, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! ANKLE LOCK! Corbin can’t reach ropes despite his longer limbs, but he does get under a rope. Gable grapevines to torture Corbin before letting go at 4. Corbin hobbles up but Gable comes around, into an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Corbin walks off to the timekeeper’s area, and grabs his dark scepter! The Lone Wolf King wants to crown Gable his own way. Gable dodges, the ref takes the scepter, Gable rolls Corbin up! Gable wins!!

Winner: “Shorty” Gable, by pinfall

Wait, that’s not really his name! Well, whatever, Gable got the better of the cocky king! Will Gable finally win some respect now?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair!

The Huggable One has gone bad under the influence of The Boss. However, The Boss failed to win the Raw Women’s Championship. Can Bayley keep some gold for herself? Or will The Queen become the TEN-TIME Women’s Champion?

Wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion, Tamina, runs out into the crowd! She looks around for any contenders that might try to get the jump on her. R-Truth comes by and the chase is on behind international commentary! Tamina uses Funaki as a shield! Truth says it’s time for kung-fu fighting! Tamina is confused, but Funaki looks to fight back? Truth doesn’t want none, so Tamina shoves Funaki into him! Tamina turns around, to get a FABULOUS Kick from Carmella! Carmella lets Truth cover? Truth does, and Truth wins!!

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

TWENTY TIMES! TWENTY TIMES! And off goes the FABULOUS Truth, returning us to our regularly scheduled programming.

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this SmackDown Women’s Championship match begins.

Bayley and Charlotte circle and Charlotte rushes Bayley. Bayley dodges but they both smirk. Bayley boots but Charlotte dodges. Bayley comes back to get Charlotte the second time, but then Charlotte spins Bayley for a neckbreaker. Charlotte throws Bayley down by her hair, then pie faces her. Charlotte whips and CHOPS Bayley down! Charlotte slaps Bayley around then whips, to CHOP her down again. Fans “WOO” as Charlotte whips Bayley to a corner. Bayley goes up and crossbodies, but she flops as Charlotte dodges! Charlotte puts Bayley in a full Boston Crab! Bayley drags herself over to ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Charlotte lets up and Bayley bails out, only for Charlotte to grab her by her ponytail. Bayley rakes Charlotte’s eyes! And then clobbers Charlotte from behind! Bayley rains down rights then covers, ONE.

Bayley elbows Charlotte in the back, then throws forearms. Charlotte gets up but Byaley whips her to a corner. Bayley runs in and rams her shoulder in. Bayley rams her shoulder in more, then rolls to wacky waving run into Charlotte’s knee! Charlotte clotheslines Bayley down, then dares Bayley to get back up. Charlotte CHOPS away again! Bayley is reeling but Charlotte keeps chopping! And then Charlotte Exploder suplexes Bayley away! Charlotte kips up and the fans are dueling as she runs back at Bayley. Charlotte blocks boots and then puts Bayley’s leg on the ropes. Bayley dodges the knee drop but Charlotte decks her! Charlotte runs but Bayley slides and trips her up! Bayley drags Charlotte out to drop her on the floor! Bayley drags Charlotte around to throw the leg into the LED apron! And again! The ref counts and reprimands but Bayley backs off to bring Charlotte up into the ring.

Bayley gets in but Charlotte throws hands. Bayley sweeps the leg to stomp away on the leg. Cover, ONE, but Bayley stalks Charlotte tot he ropes. Bayley puts Charlotte in a corner to pull the leg against ropes. Bayley lets up to then turn Charlotte around and swing that leg into the post! Charlotte hobbles up but Bayley knocks her over to cover. ONE, but Bayley yanks on the bad leg. Bayley has a Half Crab on Charlotte. Charlotte endures as fans duel. Charlotte rolls around, gets Bayley for a cover, TWO! Bayley knees low and throws Charlotte to the apron, for the hotshot! Charlotte falls, Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley stalks Charlotte and is after the bad leg. Bayley “WOO” but Charlotte denies the Figure FOur steal! Roll up, TWO! Charlotte hobbles on her bad leg, and Bayley whips her at the corner. Charlotte tumbles out to boot back in! Bayley is down and Charlotte brings her over to the corner. Charlotte returns the favor and throws a leg into the post! And again!

The referee counts and Charlotte gets in at 5. Charlotte chop blocks the leg out! Then sweeps the leg! And again! Bayley hobbles around but Charlotte runs in, only to be sent into buckles. Charlotte hist a backbreaker to Natural Selection! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Bayley saves herself but Charlotte laughs it off. But Bayley kicks the bad leg! Bayley gets up but Charlotte tackles her to a corner! Charlotte drops the knee on Bayley’s knee! Charlotte climbs up now, and MOONSAULTS, onto knees! Charlotte slumps out of the ring, and Bayley kicks her away. Bayley hobbles after Charlotte, but runs into a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte laughs despite her bloody lip. Charlotte drags Bayley around and throws her bad leg into the LED board! The ref counts past 5 as fans duel hard as ever.

Charlotte puts Bayley in at 8 and goes after the leg! Figure Four, Cradle Counter! TWO, and Charlotte runs in, but Bayley blocks the boot! Bayley hangs the leg up, rolls Charlotte, but the ref sees her feet on the ropes! No count, and Bayley pleads with the ref. Charlotte BOOTS Bayley, trips her up, Figure Four! Figure EIGHT! Bayley taps, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Queen has her tenth reign! This was inevitable, but to think it happens here! With the WWE Draft coming, will Bayley be forced to give up on the Blue Brand’s belt? Bayley throws a tantrum, knocking the steel steps over! When a referee checks on her, she shoves him away. “Why does it always happen to me?!” Will Bayley be able to wipe away the tears to try again?

 

Backstage interview with Chad Gable.

Chad embraces being called “Shorty,” because you also have to call him a winner. Corbin says Gable wasn’t man enough to beat the king, but just go ask Corbin what it’s like to “come up short.” Gable’s win was his most important one yet. Corbin didn’t know when to quit, but he’s not smiling anymore, is he? Gable finally showed he is the bigger man. But then Corbin attacks from outta nowhere! Corbin is not a winner, but he is a big sore loser! He throws Gable down the hall! The king is a tyrant, will his iron fist crush Gable’s spirit?

 

WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt!

No one was sure what to make of the New Face of Fear’s newest form, and no one could understand what the Firefly Fun House was. Bray has already done a lot of physical and psychological damage, from WWE legends and icons to the Extraordinary Man, Finn Balor. But now he wants gold, and he’ll go after his “best friend,” Seth Rollins to do it. But Rollins promises to #SurviveAndPrevail, no matter what Bray throws at him. Will Rollins cling to both hope and title? Or will the nightmare never end?

The introductions are made and the Cell is already down. The belt is raised, and the end of this hellish night begins!

The fans duel as Rollins and Fiend fight under red light! Fiend throws Rollins off but Rollins comes back! Rollins runs but into a headbutt! Rollins bails out but The Fiend keeps his eyes on him. Rollins goes around the ring but The Fiend won’t leave him alone. Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” as Rollins finds a kendo stick! The Fiend backs off, Rollins gets in and SMACKS! But it does nothing! SMACK, but still nothing! The Fiend grabs the stick, then uppercuts Rollins. The Fiend runs into an elbow, Rollins hops up, ax handles get caught for an urenage! The Fiend goes after Rollins on the outside, throwing big uppercuts! Rollins staggers, but The Fiend throat chops him! Then throws him into the side of the Cell! Rollins crawls away but The Fiend chases him down to throw him into more Cell walls! The Fiend drags Rollins up to throat chop again, then squash him into the walls.

The Fiend waves hi to the Fireflies, then he whips Rollins across the way, into steel steps! The Fiend is upset with the camera man, he was kinda in the way. So he whips Rollins into steel steps on the other corner! The Fiend looks under the ring, but Rollins rams him with steel steps! And again! And again! Rollins has The Fiend down, the only person to do that ever! Rollins hurries to get something. He brings out a TABLE! Rollins puts the table in the ring, but The Fiend rises. So Rollins DIVES to ram him into the steel! Rollins keeps moving to DIVE again! Rollins throws the Fiend into steps, then goes back to the ring. Rollins quickly sets up the table, but The Fiend rises again. Fans are loving the table being there as Rollins runs again. Rollins DIVES, but into SISTER ABIGAIL into the steel! The Fiend roars and the fans cheer as he puts Rollins in.

The Fiend stalks Rollins as fans echo “YOWIE WOWIE!” The Fiend sees the table, and perhaps has a sinister idea. The Fiend has Rollins up but Rollins fights out! Rollins PELES The Fiend! Then SUPERKICKS! The Fiend is on the table, Rollins hurries up top, FROG SPLASH through the table!! But he bounces off of the cover! Rollins hurries over but The Fiend is rising again. The Fiend stands up tall and it scares Rollins. Rollins SUPERKICKS then runs, CURB STOMP! Byt The Fiend hops up?! SUPERKICK again, but no Curb Stomp! Sister Abigail again!! Cover, TWO!! The Fiend is furious and he hammers away on Rollins’ head! The Fiend stops, and considers something else. Like he did to Finn, NECK SNAP! The ref checks on Rollins but he’s alive. The Fiend laughs, then tells the ref to back off. The Fiend tosses Rollins out before he goes out to find something new to use.

From under the ring, The Fiend brings out… HIS MALLET!! The Fiend brings his bludgeoning buddy over and Rollins hurries to his feet. The Fiend uses the mallet to ram Rollins into the steel! He headbutts Rollins down, but Rollins is up to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! Rollins gets up again, Curb Stomp ON the mallet! The Fiend flounders into and Rollins aims from the corner. Rollins springboards, flying knee! The Fiend wobbles, so Rollins tries again! Springboard flying knee, but still the Fiend stands. SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and CURB STOMP! CURB STOMP! CURB STOMP!! This is starting to look like Rollins beating down Strowman, but The Fiend keeps rising! Rollins underhooks, PEDIGREE! ANOTHER CURB STMOP! Cover, ONE?! SUPERKICK! Rollins runs again, another Curb Stomp! Another Curb Stomp! Rollins spams everything he has, but The Fiend is still conscious! This must be the tenth Curb Stomp in one match! Rollins only stops because he’s tiring himself out.

The Fiend is still stirring, so Rollins goes to a dark place in his own mind. Rollins finds a chair and puts it in the ring. Rollins has the chair and looks at The Fiend as he’s down on the mat. Rollins is careful as he walks over, unsure if The Fiend is still moving. CHAIR SHOT TO THE HEAD! Cover, ONE?!? Rollins is freaking out as he hurries for more things. He gets a ladder! Rollins sticks the chair on The Fiend’s face, then brings the ladder up. Rollins uses the ladder in a CON-CHAIR-TO! Cover, TWO!?! Is The Fiend immortal?! Rollins panics and looks for something more. Rollins tosses in several kendo sticks, and brings in a toolbox. Rollins sets the ladder on The Fiend’s face now, sticks the chair inside it like a steel sandwich, and then has the toolbox. Rollins SWINGS the toolbox on the pile over and over! The tools go flying but Rollins still hammers The Fiend’s head! Then he wedges the box in where it can fit.

Rollins throws a chair in frustration, because he still isn’t sure if The Fiend is finished. But then Rollins sees something else under the ring. Rollins picks up, the SLEDGE HAMMER! Triple H’s personal favorite might be Rollins’ salvation. Rollins brings the sledge in but the ref wants him to consider what he’s actually doing. He might kill Bray Wyatt! Rollins understands what the ref is saying. Rollins rests against the ropes, but fans might be egging him on. Rollins SMASHES the pile!! The referee calls the match off!?

Referee Stoppage; Rollins retains the WWE Universal Championship

Fans are upset, this isn’t how they wanted the match to end! Not just that there is an end to a match with no disqualifications, but also that Rollins went too far. He may have ended Bray’s career! The referees and medics get the cage up and check on The Fiend. But Rollins shouts at Bray. Bray grabs Rollins by the jaw!! The Fiend still lives!! And he smothers Rollins with a Mandible Claw!! He drags Rollins up to throw him out! Rollins bounces off the stretcher, but Bray brings Rollins up for another Sister Abigail!! And now, he rips up floor mats to expose the concrete…! The Fiend drags Rollins over, drags him up, and hits yet another SISTER ABIGAIL!

Referees reprimand him, but The Fiend chases them all off. Then he chokes Rollins with another Mandible Claw! Rollins is spitting up blood!! The Fiend somehow survives what no man should have, but perhaps he is no longer a man? Will Rollins survive the damage done to him this night? Will Bray’s laughter that echoes out haunt him for the rest of his days?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Weird that a PPV ends up feeling a lot like that SmackDown Fox debut. The pacing on this was much better, but it basically had the same feel at the end. First, it should be noted WWE didn’t have much of a match card until literally the day of this PPV. We got a lot of matches out of nowhere, that were all rather good. Tonight’s Lacey VS Natty was probably their best, but it seems Vince isn’t through with this story as Raw gives us a Last Woman Standing between them. Depending on who wins, I’m thinking the WWE Draft helps get them to a show where they can get a title match. Especially if it’s Lacey, and there’s still the embargo on her having a Raw title match while Becky has it.  Which is another thing, I’m actually surprised Becky still has the title. I was of course hoping a “Two Woman Power Trip” would begin with Bayley and Banks, but that would require a sweep from them. Sasha and Bayley both lose, despite both matches in a vacuum being pretty good stuff. This sounds like both USA and Fox networks wanted to have top champions, and I guess Sasha and Bayley aren’t enough for them.

In Becky’s case, that makes sense, she is incredibly over. But in Charlotte’s case, seems odd the historic tenth reign comes at this time, unless you account for the Draft being this Friday. Seems Fox doesn’t want to share a story with USA where their respective women’s champions also stay a team and have those tag titles. Speaking of the tag titles, good to see them be defended while the other titles take a break. Of course, those Raw and SmackDown Tag titles are a bit more predictable, in that the Draft will bring Revival over officially, and then just go from there. The Kabuki Warriors being borderline Heels was an interesting take, but we got a great match out of that. I loved that the green mist came into play! And now Asuka and Kairi are tag champs, as they should’ve been months ago. Let’s just hope WWE figures out what to do with the Women’s Tag Division before the Draft gets here. Hopefully they don’t just get rid of them because of network disagreements. Chances are we’ll hear about this decision on WWE Draft night on SmackDown.

That Tornado Tag was amazing! Roman, Bryan, Rowan and Harper all did great work to follow up that Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell. I was rather surprised it was made a Tornado Tag at all, but that was for the better, and it kept anyone from cheating to win. Bryan and Roman winning was also a surprise, and I’m surprised no one got injured. There were many parts in this I was worried for them all. But depending on how the Draft goes, this might have been all for a dream team moment of Roman and Bryan. At the same time, Fox could fit the bill for both stars and SmackDown has a new team to go for the tag titles or something. I did not see Strowman being the mystery partner for the Viking Raiders, but perhaps I should have. This was mostly to plug Strowman’s coming celebrity feud with Tyson Fury, but everyone still looked great in the match. Styles did great in selling the monster punch after, too, reminding us he can be just as funny as anyone. Corbin VS Gable was great, thankfully Gable wins, but sadly those “Shorty G” rumors looked to be true all along.

Orton VS Ali was a great surprise, and while it had an Orton style pace, it still has Ali style action. Orton of course wins because he’s still Orton. Though, Ali winning out of that handstand RKO counter would’ve been amazing. Again, the Draft will have a lot to say about what title Orton might try for, if any. I was also glad to see some 24/7 Championship shenanigans. Tamina can at least say she’s had a title now. But to think the Women’s Division only got a week with the belt. That seems like a shame, but it’s back on Truth and in the Men’s Division. That’s cool for Truth, he gets 20 reigns. But I fear with Fox being involved, they’ll insist on any other number of celebrity champions. They should’ve kept it on Carmella so they could still do that, but with a fresh take.

And now, I must talk about the red steel elephant in the room. It was odd to have red lighting everywhere, to the point where the Cell no longer needed to be red, this would’ve done it. But at the same time, I can see they were going for a horror movie feel. That also was apparent with the booking of the action. Bray was no selling a lot of things like he was Michael Myers from Halloween. That was fine, until we started infusing weird Brock Lesnar tier move spamming. Superkicks aside, Bray shouldn’t have survived the dozen or so Curb Stomps. What that means is, they shouldn’t have had Rollins use over a dozen Curb Stomps, especially if they were going to move to insane levels of weapon spots. This is where a lot of the confusion, frustration and disappointment comes in. Did Rollins need to go to this level? What was the grounds of the “disqualification”? Attempt at murder? I suppose that’s always a clause in a title match rule book, since WWE doesn’t do Death Matches.

Actually, last year’s HIAC main event ended in stupid controversy, with Lesnar’s interference ending Roman VS Strowman. Though, I suppose making The Fiend overpowered to take all the damage he did, then still rise up and attack Rollins was actually worse. Vince shouldn’t have tried to write a horror movie and make it a pro-wrestling match, he should’ve just booked a normal match. Fans would’ve still been upset if The Fiend lost, but I feel like going to this degree only made it worse. So as I said to start this segment, it ends like SmackDown on Fox did: a great lead up to a finish fans all hate, but apparently networks don’t.

My Score: 7.7/10


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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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