Raw revs things up just days before Crown Jewel!
In order to prepare for his rematch with The Fiend, Seth Rollins uses Erick Rowan to test out Falls Count Anywhere! Will Rollins burn down the Redwood?
- Becky Lynch VS Kairi Sane w/ Asuka; Lynch wins.
- R-Truth VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
- Ricochet w/ Hulk Hogan VS Drew McIntyre w/ Ric Flair; Ricochet wins, by disqualification.
- The Viking Raiders VS Rizzo & Bryant; The Viking Raiders win.
- Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara w/ Catalina; Almas wins.
- Charlotte Flair & Natalya VS The IIconics; Flair & Natalya win.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS Erick Rowan; Rollins wins.
- Humberto Carrillo VS AJ Styles w/ The OC; Styles wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Paige returns to Raw!
The Glampire is in St. Louis to welcome us all to the show! Some may know that she advises a “very special tag team.” She is proud to be even just a small part of their success. So she introduces the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Asuka and Kairi Sane, the Kabuki Warriors! The Empress of Tomorrow and the Pirate Princess come out in robes, masks and Kairi even has a parasol. They’ve been back and forth with The Man and The Queen, and it was thanks to a green mist assist that Kairi pinned Becky Lynch. The trio stands in the ring, and Paige recalls how six months she introduce these two as a team. She took two former NXT Women’s Champions, one benig the Mae Young Classic winner and a Women’s Royal Rumble winner, and put them together. They’ve gelled as a team and are tag team champions.
Asuka snatches the mask from Paige to talk in Japanese that they are the champions! Paige takes the mic back but Kairi takes the mic from her to have a laugh. Paige tries to take the mic back but Kairi drops it. Asuka sprays Paige with mist!! The Kabuki Warriors have turned against their manager! Referees and medics hurry to get Paige a towel and some water to flush her eyes out, as well as help her out of the ring. Fans boo Asuka and Kairi, but they just laugh. But before anything worse can happen, The Man comes around! The Raw Women’s Champion gets the Kabuki Warriors’ attention, and then goes right after Kairi!! She rains down rights and kicks Kairi out of the ring! Fans rally for Becky as the Kabuki Warriors regroup. Becky gives chase and fights them both! But that proves too much, and the Kabuki Warriors start clubbing Becky down.
But Becky fights back again! Becky tosses Asuka over, then focuses on Kairi, who is her opponent anyway. They get in the ring but Kairi bails out and a ref works to restore order. This Champion VS Champion match will happen after the break!
Becky Lynch VS Kairi Sane w/ Asuka!
Raw returns as Kairi returns to the ring. The referee makes sure she and Becky are ready, and then sounds the bell. Becky stares Kairi down but Kairi fakes a bad stomach from that brawl. Kairi asks for help, and Becky walks over. But she sees the sucker back hand coming and gets Kairi with forearms! She puts Kairi in a corner to stomp a mudhole! Asuka protests and Becky backs off, but comes back to scoop Kairi. Kairi fights out and bails out to regroup with Asuka. Fans duel as Becky watches the Kabuki Warriors talk. Kairi still fakes a bad stomach and sucker Becky into a high kick! Kairi goes after Becky in the corner with swift strikes! Then she stands on Becky to stomp away! The ref counts, Kairi lets up at 4 to soak up some heat.
Kairi has Becky up to throw her into buckles! And then another corner’s buckles! Becky blocks the third to hit back and give Kairi a bump! And then another! Becky hits a bulldog! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! But Becky dropkicks Kairi hard into a corner! Becky runs in but is put on the apron. She hits Kairi first, then climbs up, but Kairi trips her up. And yanks her off! Kairi covers, TWO, but she drags Becky up by her hair. Kairi puts some stank on her CHOP! And then CHOPS more! She brings Becky out for body shots but misses her ax kick! Becky throws Kairi down and arm-drags her around! Becky has the arm in a hammerlock, then bridges through! Kairi endures but Becky lets up to bring Kairi up. Kairi throws hands but Becky whips her to a corner. Kairi goes up but gets a kick! Cover, TWO!
Becky keeps her cool while Asuka shouts for Kairi to get up. Becky drags Kairi up to yank on Kairi’s arm, and then again. Fans fire up as Becky steps through, but Kairi trips her up. Kairi bails out again, but Becky builds speed. Asuka distracts on the apron but gets away as Becky swipes at her. But where’d Kairi go? Kairi runs around the way, leaps, but into a lariat! Asuka talks trash at Becky but Becky gives it back. Becky goes to Kairi, but gets shoved into steel steps! The Man is down while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Kairi has Becky in a Bow ‘n’ Arrow hold! She bends the champion way back, but fans rally as Becky endures. Becky works on an escape, and she pops out to then hop on Kairi, TWO! Kairi knees Becky right down! Kairi laughs as she brings Becky up. She toys with Becky, giving slaps from all sides. Becky fires body shots and haymakers back! Kairi throws her down by her hair! Cover, ONE as Becky goes Matrix to mule kick. Becky is in a corner but she dodges Kairi to hit the rocket kick! And then rallies with lariats! And a calf kick! Becky rolls and fans rally. Kairi is in the corner and Becky hits the Firearm! Then a back kick and BECKSPLODER! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Kairi up but Becky stands first. Becky goes after Kairi’s arm but Kairi whips out to roll back, cross-leg Boston Crab! Becky endures as Kairi bridges back. Becky slips out and around to get a cover, TWO!
Kairi and Becky brawl, Kairi boots but Becky rebounds and forearms! Asuka shouts at Kairi while both women are down. The standing count begins and fans rally for Becky. Becky is up but Kairi cradles, TWO! Becky boots Kairi down then hauls her up for a suplex. Kairi fights out, DDT counter! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is frustrated for Kairi, and Kairi throws a small tantrum. Kairi drags Becky to a drop zone and decides to weigh anchor! She heads up top, but Becky revives to hit back! The two brawl as Becky climbs, and Becky grabs Kairi. Kairi hits back, Becky is in the Tree of Woe! Kairi adjusts but Becky slips out again! Becky TOSSES Kairi down! Becky hops up now, and hits The Man’s Leg Drop! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and shocks Becky! But Asuka is fired up for her kouhai, her junior partner!
Becky tells Asuka this is what you get, as she hauls Kairi back up. Kairi turns things around to send Becky out, but runs into a kick! And another! Asuka comes by but gets a flying forearm! Becky hurries back in, has Kairi, but Kairi hits the BACK HAND! Cover, TWO!! Kairi screams in frustration, but then drags Becky up by her hair. But Becky suddenly get her arm! DISARM-HER! Kairi taps, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
The Man gets even with the Joshi royalty! Becky offers a handshake but Kairi just kicks at her, so Becky tells her off with that same hand. Will Becky be rolling through the roster once again? Or will a challenger rise up before the holidays?
R-Truth VS Buddy Murphy!
He may not be the current WWE 747 7/11 24/7 European Television Champion, but that won’t stop Truth from bringing the energy to Raw! But will he learn that #WhatsUp is the Best Kept Secret?
Raw returns and Charly Caruso joins Truth in the ring for an interview. Truth face Buddy Murphy, but Murphy is not Truth’s buddy. No, that’s his name. Yeah he knows. But anyway, to the WWE 24/7 Championship, and how Sunil Singh took the title from him, thanks to his brother, Samir. Truth knew it! He needed his eyes checked so he went to Lenscrafters. They had a sale on bifocals. Truth puts his glasses on and fans cheers Truth having all four eyes on the prize. When Truth sees Rajin Singh and pins him, he will become a 52-time 48/7, 7/11, 24/7 European- Buddy Murphy interrupts with his introduction, and Murphy takes the mic. Truth is so focused on that 24/7 title and those who have it, except on Australia’s Finest. Truth may not know who he is yet, but after tonight, no one will forget him. Murphy drops the mics and Truth takes off his glasses, and this match finally begins.
Murphy and Truth tie up, Murphy waistlocks and Truth standing switches. Murphy switches back, but so does Truth, only to get a sharp back elbow! Murphy bumps Truth off buckles and then stomps away! The ref counts and Murphy lets up, tot hen throw haymakers! Murphy brings Truth out but Truth ROCKS him with a right! And another! Truth keeps throwing hands, whips Murphy but Murphy reverses. Truth tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Then does the splits! Only to run into a BOOT! Truth tries again but Murphy goes up and over to then run, into the Lie Detector elbow! Cover, TWO! Truth waits for Murphy to stand and fans rally up. Murphy gets up, Truth kicks low then runs, but he misses the scissor kicks! Murphy fires off a strike fest! Truth dodges the knee to hit a calf kick! Cover, TWO!!
But then the 24/7 Championship chase overflows into the arena! Now Truth knows what it’s like to see this from the outside. The Singh Brothers run away from No Way Jose, Eric Young, Curt Hawkins, Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder. Truth wants his baby back! But wait, Truth, Sunil is first so just turn around! The ring count climbs past 5, so Truth gets back in. AUSSIE-GOYE!! Cover, Murphy wins!!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Bollywood Boys bail out of the arena and their challengers keep up the chase. Truth realizes what just hit him, and hurries after the 24/7 Championship. Will Truth get his 21st reign tonight? Will Murphy find his own way to a bigger prize?
The Authors of Pain speak.
Akam and Rezar know that the other tag teams “find it disconcerting” that Akam and Rezar speak in their native tongues. Rezar lets them in on a little secret: The AOP want everyone to feel uncomfortable. The AOP knows warfare is as mental as it is physical. If they don’t know how the AOP are going to come at them, then they will not survive. Every language, style and discipline will be used so that the AOP own Raw’s Tag Team Division. “Victory for the sake of our legacy. Violence for the sake of violence. That is all you get to know this week about the Authors of Pain.”
The Street Profits are here!
Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins get St. Louis to join the party as they make their way through the crowd. They make their way to the ring and get some mics before hugging it out. And then again. Ford and Dawkins hear the fans cheering, “We Want the Smoke!” and that pumps them up more. “I must say that not only did we make our Monday Night Raw debut last week, but we showed up and we showed out!” You always remember your first. It may not have been in lovely St. Louis, the OC still felt the blues. With a stunning assist from Kevin Owens. They even kissed a baby. Speak for yourself, Fam. Dawkins was at the after party kissing on this honey named… Wait, who was she again? Dawkins, focus. Right, right. “To all the superstars that want to throw down with the Street Profits like the OC, y’all done messed up, fam.” The Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke!
Wait, what was that? Did Ford stutter? We Want the Smoke! We Want the Smoke! The Profits head out through the crowd now, and keep the party going! But will the Profits be partying all the way to the tag titles?
Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan are in the ring!
They and Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart stand together as Raw returns, talking trash already. Hogan signals for it, and the One and Only makes his entrance! Ricochet heads down the ramp and slides in, but now Flair calls for his Celtic Colossus!
Ricochet w/ Hulk Hogan VS Drew McIntyre w/ Ric Flair!
The King of Flight may have been grounded by the Scottish Terminator, he gets a second chance at gaining some momentum. With Hulkamania and the Nature Boy ringside, who will this Crown Jewel preview rematch go?
But before any bell, Ricochet DIVES out onto McIntyre! Ricochet puts McIntyre in, the match begins and Ricochet fires off! McIntyre kicks but misses and Ricochet PELES! McIntyre basil back out, and Ricochet FLIES! Direct hit takes both men out, but those bad ribs bother Ricochet. The lasting effects from last week won’t stop Ricochet from putting McIntyre back in. McIntyre is up but walks into a shoulder. Ricochet slingshots but into McIntyre’s hands! McIntyre hotshots Ricochet by the ribs! The ref checks on Ricochet but McIntyre comes out to kick Ricochet in the ribs! McIntyre then hauls Ricochet up, to bearhug and overhead suplex! Fans rally as McIntyre drags Ricochet up, to CHOP! Flair is proud of his fifth man as McIntyre puts Ricochet in.
McIntyre stomps away on the bad ribs and puts Ricochet against ropes. The ref counts but McIntyre still bends Ricochet back until the count of 4. Ricochet writhes and Hogan is worried but McIntyre drags Ricochet up again. McIntyre tosses Ricochet overhead again, and across the ring! Ricochet sits up while McIntyre smirks. He looms over Ricochet then hauls him up. Ricochet throws a body shot but McIntyre SLAPS him down! The ref checks on Ricochet but he refuses to quit here. McIntyre drags Ricochet up, Ricochet SLAPS and CHOPS back! But McIntyre BOOTS Ricochet down, to drop the leg, brother! McIntyre even gets in Hogan’s face! Hart tells Hogan to hold back but McIntyre promises this will be settled at Crown Jewel.
McIntyre has Ricochet up in a cobra twist to torture the ribs! Ricochet endures and fans are thunderous, but McIntyre thrashes Ricochet about. Ricochet fights out with elbows and hands, but McIntyre just hip tosses him away! McIntyre drags Ricochet up for a suplex TOSS! Ricochet writhes again but McIntyre is on his arm with a high armlock. McIntyre uses leverage to bend and stretch the ribs, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up with body shots, but McIntyre whips. Ricochet rolls off McIntyre’s back, keeps moving, and hits a tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Then springboards, but into McIntyre’s arms! McIntyre tosses Ricochet up, but Ricochet lands on his feet, only to run into a back drop! McIntyre drags Ricochet over, even as dead weight. McIntyre stares Hogan down before hoisting Ricochet up. Crucifix BUCKLE BOMB! McIntyre laughs as he then mocks the Hogan flexing!
Fans boo but McIntyre doesn’t care. He just brings Ricochet up and tosses him out of the ring like a sack of potatoes. McIntyre stands Ricochet up to CHOP! Ricochet CHOPS back! But McIntyre DECKS him with that right! McIntyre hauls Ricochet up to snake eyes off barriers! St. Louis is all fired up as they see McIntyre bring Ricochet right up to Hogan to punch him down! Hogan and Hart protest and coach Ricochet up but McIntyre puts Ricochet in. McIntyre stalks Ricochet to a corner and Flair likes what he sees. McIntyre whips Ricochet corner to corner, but he runs into boots! Both men are down and stirring as the legends and fans rally. Ricochet stands to CHOP and punch McIntyre! Then whip corner to corner, only for McIntyre to reverse. Ricochet goes up but gets kicked out of the air! Cover, TWO!! Flair’s ferocious fifth man is in control as we go to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre stomps away on Ricochet. He dares Ricochet to stand before stomping him more. McIntyre taunts Ricochet while soaking up the heat. He dead lifts Ricochet to the Canadian Rack but Ricochet sunset flips! TWO, and Ricochet goes up and over in the corner. But McIntyre tosses him into buckles! And then clubs him hard on the back! McIntyre crucifies Ricochet again, but Ricochet huricanranas McIntyre into buckles! Hogan and St. Louis rally behind Ricochet while Flair looks upset. McIntyre hurries over but Ricochet throws haymakers and chops! McIntyre kicks low and reels Ricochet in, but Ricochet slips around to dropkick-flip and enziguri! Both men are down again but Hart and Hogan keep St. Louis fired up. Ricochet jawbreakers McIntyre then boots from a corner! Somersault shotgun dropkick!
McIntyre is in the corner, Ricochet runs and rams his shoulder in. Ricochet springboards, flying clothesline! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again, but Ricochet has McIntyre up. McIntyre fireman’s carries, Ricochet slips out and kicks back! Ricochet tries to get the fireman’s carry, but can’t hold it! Ricochet elbows McIntyre away, but the boot doesn’t work! McIntyre elbows through the guard, and then has Ricochet, for a REVERSE ALABAMA SLAM! Cover, TWO!? Ricochet survives and Hogan coaches that it’s now or never. “This is Awesome!” and Ricochet counters Future Shock to a jackknife cover! TWO, Glasgow Kiss headbutt, DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet still lives! Hogan says it’s time to dig deep, and Ricochet reaches for ropes.
McIntyre stands up and hauls Ricochet up. McIntyre fireman’s carries and puts Ricochet on a corner. McIntyre CHOPS, then climbs up top, but Ricochet fights back! Ricochet ROCKS McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits up to SUPLEX Ricochet! The Scottish Terminator fires up, but runs into a CALF KICK! Ricochet has McIntyre in the drop zone and hurries up top! St. Louis reaches a fever pitch for the 630 SENTON! But he has to roll through, RANDY ORTON RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!!
Winner: Ricochet, by disqualification
St. Louis’ own and the captain of Team Flair is here! Ric Flair had an ace in the hole and here it is! The Viper fires up the Scottish Terminator and Flair has the last laugh on Hogan! They dump Ricochet out at Hulkster’s feet, and McIntyre shouts, “YOU, are screwed!” But in the end, McIntyre couldn’t put Ricochet away on his own. Will Team Flair be able to put Team Hogan away when it’s finally 5v5?
The OC come across Humberto Carrillo.
They’re not sure what to make of Ultimo Ninja. But this is the kid that tore it up with Seth Rollins. Styles was impressed, and so were the Good Brothers. It wasn’t that long ago that Styles was a rookie. And now he’s an inspiration! One of the most well-liked veterans in the WWE today. And last week, Carrillo’s debut against Rollins, that was cool. “But amigo!” If Carrillo wants to prove himself against the top champion, he picked the wrong one. If Carrillo wants to try his luck against the best, step into the ring with Styles tonight. Too Sweet, peace out. Will Carrillo catch Styles off guard 1v1 tonight?
The Viking Raiders VS Rizzo & Bryant!
It may not be Halloween, but the Chicago Cubs cosplayers are going to be getting something far from a treat. Will they even make it out of St. Louis against the Raw Tag Team Champions?
The teams sort out and Rizzo starts with Erik. But then Rizzo tags out to Bryant. Bryant runs in but is thrown down by Erik! Erik sees Rizzo coming and rocks him with knees and a forearm! Tag to Ivar, and the Vikings take Bryant for the seated senton! Ivar runs and hits a bronco buster on Rizzo! Fans fire up as Ivar rips the jersey off Bryant to slap him with it! Tag to Erik, Ivar scoop slams Bryant, and then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Bryant! Rizzo staggers up, but gets Ace Ten Mao! Erik roars at Rizzo before tagging Ivar back in. They each take one Cub, and then stack them up on Erik for a powerslam powerbomb combo! Does that count as a double play? Anyway, Ivar and Erik then bring Bryant up, for THOR’S HAMMER! Ivar covers out of the slam, the Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
The warpath isn’t stopping here! Erik and Ivar are in the Crown Jewel Tag Team Turmoil as the most decorated tag team in wrestling today! Will they add the accomplishment of “Best Tag Team in the World” to their resume?
Bobby Lashley sits with Lana.
The Ravishing Russian looks worried about having to confront Rusev later. What will happen when she and her husband air out their dirty laundry on The King’s Court?
Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara!
El Idolo is on a roll, with a lot of credit going to La Muneca. But the Man with No Face knows he had Almas’ number. Two can play this game, because Sin Cara has Catalina! Catalina says in Spanish that there is nothing Vega can do to stop her man from winning this time!
The bell rings and Vega snarls at Catalina. Almas rushes Sin Cara but Sin Cara dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Then Sin Cara hops up, but Almas shoves him down! Vega mocks Sin Cara with Tranquilo while Almas soaks up the heat. Almas fetches Sin Cara up for a CHOP, and then puts him in the ring. Almas drags Sin Cara up and gut wrenches to a Canadian rack for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Almas wraps on a grounded cobra twist! Sin Cara endures the stretch while Vega grins. Catalina coaches Sin Cara up and fans rally up. Sin Cara fights his way up to throw body shots. Almas knees low and Sin Cara drops! Almas drags Sin Cara up and whips him to a corner. He runs in to hit a BIG knee smash! Cover, TWO! Catalina coaches Sin Cara up more but Almas whips Sin Cara to another corner. Sin Cara dodges and Almas crashes and burns! Almas holds his knee as he hits the ground.
Sin Cara climbs up, and TORNILLOS! Direct hit wipes Almas out! St. Louis rallies as Sin Cara puts Almas in. Sin Cara runs in but is pops up, only for him to SPIKE-RANA! Vega distracts on the apron, but Catalina does her job of yanking her back. Vega huricanranas, but Catalina blocks! To swing Vega into barriers! But Almas rolls Sin Cara up and uses the ropes! Almas still wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
It didn’t go how Vega planned, but it worked out in the end! El Idolo wins, but La Muneca is furious. Will they come back for a third time just so Vega can get back at Catalina?
Charlotte Flair & Natalya VS The IIconics!
The Queens of Raw team up, but will they make Peyton Royce and Billie Kay bend the knees? Or is the future still IIconic for these two best-friends-forever?
The teams sort out, and Peyton starts against Charlotte. Charlotte and Peyton circle and tie up, and Charlotte trips Peyton! Peyton avoids the Figure Four but gets those Flair CHOPS instead! And many of them! Charlotte lets out a “WOO~” to whip, and she catches Peyton’s crossbody! Charlotte mocks Peyton calling for Billie before throwing Peyton with a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte kips up to style and profile, then tags in Natty. The Queens have Peyton for a double suplex! And they hold Peyton for a count of 5 before dropping her down! Cover, TWO! Natty drags Peyton up to scoop but Peyton slips out to throw her down by her hair! Tag to Billie, and the IIconics double kick and mule kick! Billie covers, TWO!
Billie keeps on Natty with an armlock, and claws at the face! The ref reprimands but Billie keeps on the arm. Billie talks trash while Natty endures, then throws a knee to throw Natty to the apron. Billie throws more knees then tags in Peyton. The IIconics tangle Natty up in the ropes, Motorcycle Stretch and some clawing swipes! Peyton lets up but Natty crawls for Charlotte. Peyton intercepts, but Natty cradle counters, TWO! Spinning heel kick knocks Natty down! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious, but Peyton drops elbows and wraps on a thrashing sleeper. Natty fights up and out but Peyton throws her by her hair! Tag to Billie and the IIconics work together for the bulldog special! Charlotte drags Billie off the cover! Then BOOTS Peyton!
Billie is furious but the ref backs Charlotte off. Charlotte mocks Billie’s shrill shouts, but Billie swings on her! The ref keeps Charlotte back but Natty gets Billie in the sharpshooter! Peyton runs into Charlotte’s SPEAR! Billie taps, the Queen and Queen win!
Winners: Natalya & Charlotte Flair, Natty by submission
This royal combination puts away the BFFs, but is this just the beginning of a powerful friendship?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Universal Champion is fired up for his Falls Count Anywhere, and he has to cut Charly off. He’s got Erick Rowan in a big fight in St. Louis. The former Wyatt Family, big bad muscle, but why would he do it so close to Crown Jewel? Here’s why: this is what he does! Rollins fights and fights and fights every night to prove himself! Bray Wyatt will take it to another level, because Rollins took it to a new level after burning down the Fun House. He knew it wouldn’t be gone forever, but that makes The Fiend even more dangerous. If Hell in a Cell wasn’t enough, then the only way to end this is to beat Bray and keep the title, and he does that when he burns it down! Will Rollins get through big bad Big Red? Or will Rowan show how dangerous all the branches of the old Wyatt Family are?
Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS Erick Rowan!
This match can go anywhere in St. Louis tonight! But will The Architect be leaving St. Louis still confident in his chances at Crown Jewel?
The bell rings and Rollins dropkicks Rowan right away! Rowan stays standing so Rollins throws haymakers. Those barely budge Rowan so Rollins runs and hits a forearm. Still nothing, so Rollins tries again. Rowan pops Rollins up to a suplex, but Rollins escapes. Rollins boots from a corner, then again. He hops up and leaps, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, ONE and with power! Rollins is a bit surprised, but he throws big haymakers. Rowan staggers and Rollins whips corner to corner, but Rowan reverses hard. Rowan runs in but Rollins sends him out! But Rowan drags Rollins out to give a big headbutt! Rowan brings him around to throws Rollins into barriers! And then more barriers! Rowan has Rollins up and throws him face first into the ramp-side barriers! And then boot him down! Cover, TWO!
Rowan glares at Rollins as he gets back up. He throws big haymakers to send Rollins around the way, and CHOPS him into barriers! Rowan them dumps Rollins over and things move into the crowd! The ref pursues as Rollins CHOPS back! They brawl right in front of the bleachers and head for the stage! Rowan clubs Rollins on the back as ST. Louis shouts and rallies. Rowan headbutts Rollins right into the seats! Rowan pursues and they start brawling up the stairs! Rollins has Rowan’s beard to hold him in place, but Rowan rakes eyes. They keep going up and Rowan bounces Rollins off railing. Rollins hurries up top but Rowan keeps hitting him. They reach the top of the stairs and exit the arena to the pavilion area. Rollins and Rowan brawl in front of more fans. Rollins uses a security post to smash Rowan! Rowan blocks to hit back!
Rowan brings Rollins around to then whip into the merchandise wall! Rowan dumps it over onto Rollins, and then CHOKE SLAMS Rollins through the table! Fans are loving this as Rowan covers, TWO!! Rowan is trying to use Rollins’ body to break it down as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and the two have returned to ringside! Rollins narrowly avoids a senton and hurries back into the ring. Fans rally up as Rollins build speed, to DIVE! Direct hit but Rollins wants more! Rowan staggers around and Rollins runs again, to DIVE again! Another hit, but Rowan is still up. Rowan goes around the way, Rollins runs a third time, for a third DIVE, into a scoop! But Rollins slips out to shove Rowan into steel steps! Rollins hurries drags Rowan up to throw into the other steel steps! Fans fire up as Rollins gets in the ring again. Rollins still wants the hat trick, but he DIVES into steel steps! Rowan gets Rollins back and then squashes him in a corner! And dropkicks him out of the ring! Rowan goes out to come around the way and BODY CHECK Rollins down! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Rowan grits his teeth.
Fans rally with “Burn It Down!” but Rowan brings Rollins up and pops him up for a powerbomb into the post! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Rowan grows frustrated. Rowan drags Rollins up and into a fireman’s carry. He brings Rollins to the ramp, and then up to the stage! Rollins starts fighting out and gets free! Rowan CLOBBERS Rollins down! “Are you trying to embarrass me?!” Rowan is angry that his Raw debut isn’t going so smoothly, so he clears off the announce desk! Rowan goes to fetch Rollins, and brings him over to the desk. Rowan clamps on the claw! IRON CLAW- No, Rollins slips out to SUPERKICK back! Then CURB STOMP against the desk!! Rowan is down and Rollins scrambles over to cover, TWO!! Rowan survives and slides off the stage! Rollins is furious, but he hops back up on the desk, to LEAP ONTO ROWAN! They crash into the production area but Rollins rises in a fury!
Rollins stalks Rowan and clubs him in the back. Rollins grabs a chair on the way to SMACK Rowan from behind! They end up back stage and Rollins keeps throwing chair shots! Rowan staggers and Rollins wants him to get back up. Rowan blocks the chair this time, to swing Rollins into pipes! The pipes clatter down, but Rowan throws Rollins at a trunk! Rowan grabs a road case, but Rollins avoids it! Rollins may have just saved his own life! Rollins has a ladder to ram and SLAM it into Rowan! And then, CURB STOMP to the ladder!! Rowan is under a forklift’s, well, lift! Rollins keeps him there, and wants someone to help him run the lift! “Get your ass in there! Turn it on!!” Rollins wants to use the lift to crush Rowan!?! And he does!! And covers, Rollins wins!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
Rowan is left stuck under the lift, but Rollins leaves him behind to hold his title up high! If that is what it took to keep Rowan down, what will it take to keep The Fiend from becoming Universal Champion?
Raw checks back in with Bobby Lashley and Lana.
The Rocky Mountain Machine knows Lana is still nervous about The King’s Court, so he offers to be with her in the ring. Lana appreciates that, but she feels she has to do this alone. Lashley encourages her with a kiss. Will Rusev have something to say about that when he finally gets a chance to talk with his wife?
Aleister Black speaks.
“The definition of madness is to do the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome.” All the outcomes have been the same, but Aleister doesn’t want that to change. So if Aleister is not a madman, then what is he? The next time he goes to the ring, one of two things will happen: Aleister makes sure whomever he faces has an “intimate relationship with fear” right before he kicks their head off; and they will come running to knock down his door to pick. A fight. With him!
Humberto Carrillo VS AJ Styles w/ The OC!
The Phenomenal One dared Ultimo Ninja to take on the real top champion of Raw, and the challenge was accepted. Will Carrillo impress again? Or will Carrillo learn first hand why Styles is #JustTooSweet?
Raw returns as Carrillo makes his entrance. The bell rings and Carrillo circles with Styles. They tie up and Carirllo headlocks. Styles powers out but Carrillo goes up and over in the corner, and then shows off the agility. Styles runs into an elbow, then Carrillo runs to springboard arm-drag! Carrillo runs in but misses in the corner and gets CHOPS for it! But Carrillo CHOPS back! Carrillo whips, Styles reverses, but Carrillo goes up and LEAPS for a flying headbutt! Cover, ONE but Carrillo has a facelock. Styles resists and escapes the suplex to waistlock. He O’Conner rolls, TWO, and Carrillo mule kicks to knee lifts! Carrillo hits a springboard enziguri! Cover, TWO! The Good Brothers rally for Styles but fans are on Carrillo’s side as he somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO!
Carrillo brings Styles up to whip and dropkick Styles down! Styles hurries out to regroup with The OC, but Carrillo waits for him to return. Styles gets up on the apron only to hop back down. Styles gets up again, but Carrillo knocks him down! Carrillo runs, slides, but Styles avoids to pop Carrillo up. Carrillo mule kicks from the apron, then Asais, but Styles gets under to ram Carrillo into barriers! Styles then uses the barriers for a tornado DDT! Styles takes down the upstart while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Styles has Carrillo in a chinlock. Carrillo endures and fights his way up to throw body shots. Styles CHOPS Carrillo back, but then Carrillo rolls to kick. Styles blocks it and laughs as he spins Carrillo around. Styles avoids the dragon whip but not the enziguri! Both men are down and St. Louis fires up! The Good Brothers coach Styles as he and Carrillo crawl to corners. Styles runs in but Carrillo pushes him away to then shotgun dropkick! Carrillo runs back in but Styles dodges. Styles misses as Carrillo slips out and climbs up. Carrillo leaps for a big missile dropkick! Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone and headstands, AZTEC PRESS! Cover, TWO!! Styles shocks Carrillo, but Carrillo won’t stop. He goes up again, MOONSAULT, but has to roll through as Styles evades. Styles scoops to an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO!! Now Styles is shocked!
Styles is frustrated with Carrillo, and he goes to the apron. Styles prepares the arm and takes aim. Carrillo stands, and trips Styles up! Then he goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and Carrillo is beside himself! Carrillo shoves Styles into a corner and runs back in, but Styles puts him on the apron. Carrillo slingshots back in but into a shoulder attack! Styles has the leg, CALF CRUSHER! Carrillo taps, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by submission
The Phenomenal One snatches victory from the jaws of defeat against this young star! But now the OC decide they should “shake his hand” to show some respect. Carrillo isn’t so sure, but he does reach out for it. Styles leaves him hanging, so Carrillo ROCKS him with a right! Styles gets mad and KICKS the leg out! STYLES CLASH!! Styles calls the Good Brothers in and they add on with- No! The Street Profits return to save Carrillo! There’s still beef here, and the Profits send the OC out with clotheslines and a POUNCE! Styles keeps Gallows and Anderson from going back for more, but there is surely more where this came from. Will Carrillo join the fam and shut down The Club?
Raw presents The King’s Court!
Jerry Lawler welcomes us to a special edition of the show, as it might as well become Divorce Court. Is divorce the only option left to this couple? The King first welcomes the Bulgarian Brute, Rusev! Rusev manages a smile and a wave to the fans as he joins King in the ring. King reluctantly welcomes the still legally-wed-to-Rusev, Lana. The Ravishing Russian is certainly able to smile as she makes her way to the ring. Rusev is still nice enough to hold the ropes open for her as she joins him and King in the ring. Lana and Rusev each grab a mic as King thanks them both for being here. Rusev still wears his wedding ring in hopes he and Lana can reconcile differences. Lana says that she didn’t want to do this publicly, but the truth is, Lana is stuck with the WWE Universe being very hurtful towards her. She will tell everyone the truth here and now, but the fans will not stop booing. Do they not want the truth!?
Lana calms down and says that their marriage was only about Rusev’s wants, and all he wanted from Lana was sex. Rusev says, “Well can you blame me?” No, Lana means all the time. Morning, afternoon, evening, in the kitchen, in the arena, in a locker room! Rusev has a sex addiction! Rusev can’t believe Lana would say this. Lana knows fans want to be loved and accepted and wanted, but this was never about wanting or loving. It was about Rusev wanting to put a baby in her! Rusev knew more about her monthly cycle than she did! All he wants is “Machka brats” running around the house. Rusev says he never insisted on that. He wants to grow their family because he loves her. Rusev never listens. Lana has her career to think about! No designer will dress Lana if she has stretch marks! She makes money from being ravishing, not Mama Rusev!
So all this is about is because of kids? No, there’s more to it. Rusev cheated first! WHAT?! Rusev is shocked to hear this. Lashley said so. Oh so she’s going to believe him first? He’s just talking shit! That never happened! But here comes Lashley himself! And dressed to fight! Rusev gets ready to fight, too! Rusev gets Lashley first with boots! And clubbing forearms! Rusev throws Lashley into posts then clubs him against the apron! Fans rally with “Rusev Day!” as Rusev sends Lashley into steel steps! And then into the ring, to keep on him with haymakers! Lashley turns things around to throw haymakers of his own, and then hit a Complete Shot! Lana cheers Lashley as Lashley takes aim. Rusev rises, to MACHKA KICK! And then fireman’s carry, to a Samoan Drop! Rusev snarls at Lashley and glares at Lana. Rusev still has the ring on his finger, and he takes it off! “Is this what you want?!” He shoves the ring down Lashley’s mouth and then rains down rights!
Lana has a kendo stick and SMACKS Rusev on the back! But it doesn’t even bother him! He just keeps punching Lashley! He finally look sat Lana, and blocks the stick. “Why are you doing this?!” Lashley LOW BLOW uppercuts Rusev! And Lana SLAPS Rusev, into Lashley’s low blow kick! That takes Rusev down, as it would any man. Lashley rains down rights and then Lana brings him in for a deep kiss on the lips. They make-out over Rusev, but will Rusev ever get over what just happened?
Well, that was quite the wild go-home for Crown Jewel. First, let’s worry about the developments with the Raw Women’s Division. I loved seeing the Kabuki Warriors go even more Heel on Paige. They’re showing that they’re in charge, no longer needing someone to hold their hands. Fans may not understand their promos in Japanese but they don’t care, Asuka and Kairi are honey badgers ready to tear into anyone. Kairi and Becky have a great match, including Asuka’s occasional distraction. I almost expected Charlotte to go after Asuka on Becky’s behalf, but The Man held her own and won with an actual finisher. Asuka isn’t the dominant force she used to be but Becky is on a roll like no other. And as we saw, Charlotte had plans with Natty, and they do very well against the IIconics in the IIconics’ return to television. I almost thought we were going to get double submissions, but maybe that’ll be later. On one hand, I’m sensing Asuka VS Becky next week, and on the other, I’m sensing the Kabuki Warriors recruit a third *cough* Io Shirai */cough* so they and Becky-Natty-Charlotte can fight for all the titles on Raw. Also Paige has to come back for revenge and to help her old PCB teammates.
R-Truth is great as always on the mic, but it’s a little bit of a shame his match with Murphy was only to give Murphy a quick win while the 24/7 Championship scene on Raw runs by. I still really hope things lead to Truth invading 205 Live to go after the Singh Brothers in their “Bollywood Studio.” Murphy meanwhile will be in an interesting spot. He isn’t at a Universal Championship level so he can’t challenge Rollins, but if he’s still Heel, he can’t challenge Styles for the US Championship. As if Viking Raiders VS “Rizzo” and “Bryant” wasn’t already an obvious squash match, dressing the jobbers up as Chicago Cubs baseball players, an enemy of the St. Louis Cardinals, definitely confirmed it. The Viking Raiders are probably going to win the Tag Team Turmoil, if not come very, very, very close. I really thought Catalina (whoever she really is) was going to be Sin Cara’s equalizer, but Almas found a way to cheat on his own to win again. But given what went down with Vega and Catalina, I want to see a mixed tag match so they can settle things as much as Sin Cara and Almas.
We got a great match of Styles VS Carrillo, and then a nice brawl with Carrillo and Street Profits. If this was planned, I don’t know why Profits needed their promo segment in the ring, other than to make us think that was their only segment. In the moment, that just seemed like a really dumb choice, so I still wouldn’t have done it. OC VS Carrillo & Profits next week maybe? Carrillo might win that Crown Jewel battle royal to face Styles later in the show, so he can get his shot out of the way and Kevin takes Styles on before/during Survivor Series. Ricochet VS McIntyre was definitely match of the night, as far as the fans go. They were very into it, perhaps in part because Flair and Hogan were there, but mostly because Ricochet and McIntyre raised the bar from their match last week. And then that RKO with Ricochet’s sell, what a great moment. This muddies the math, as Team Flair stands tall but Team Hogan gets a win. I said for SmackDown that Team Hogan has to be winning, the Saudi fans surely want that, so I keep that here.
That Falls Count Anywhere was great. The reason it wasn’t the main event segment was so that there would be plenty of time to get everything they wanted into this. That was a great spot with the fork lift, a direct yet still very subtle reference to something Mick Foley did with The Rock. There have been plenty of parallels in this overarching story of Rollins and Bray Wyatt to what Foley has done in his career, so this was another nice one. I can’t wait to see how this “Can’t Be Stopped” Falls Count Anywhere is going to go. And then the final segment, I don’t think it should’ve been the final segment, but I certainly appreciate them trying to spin this so that Lana isn’t the villain. Obviously there are “Jerry Lawler? More like Jerry Springer!” jokes all around, and fans were really into Rusev beating down Lashley. To somewhat add to the Crown Jewel math but also to this feud in itself, Lashley stands tall so that Rusev can get revenge in the end. I said last week and I’ll say again, this has to end with Lashley beating Rusev down so bad, Lana realizes she still cares for Rusev and goes to his side. The match aside, Rusev has to win the girl in the end.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)
Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!
NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!
NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
- Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!
The King of Cozy Style, Ikari no Mogyuu, and the Ace are all targets of Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, and the Dominator is going after Tanahashi’s NEVER Openweight Championship on day two! But will the Once in a Century Talent and his iconic compatriots be able to stand up against the United Empire in this opening round?
As usual, the United Empire stands firm, even as their opponents make their entrance. Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans cheer. Tanahashi and Khan dare each other to step up, and so that’s who starts! Fans cheer and the bell rings, and fans rally up already as Khan and Tanahashi circle. Ospreay sneaks in with Cobb, but Kojima and Tenzan are ready to counter! The ref tells them all to back off, and Khan has the Empire stand down. But that’s a fake out! They attack Tanahashi’s team, and throw Tenzan and Kojima out! The Empire mugs Tanahashi, double whips him corner to corner, then send Ospreay in, only for Tanahashi to toss Ospreay out!
Cobb and Khan mug Tanahashi, whip him to ropes, but Tanahashi ducks the double clothesline to send Khan into Cobb! Tanahashi kicks Khan low then whips him to a corner, but Khan reverses. Khan runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi hops up to crossbody! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars before he tags in Kojima. Kojima DECKS Ospreay, and fires off the machine gun CHOPS on Khan! The ref is busy keeping Ospreay out so Kojima gets plenty of extra CHOPS in! Kojima whips Khan corner to corner, hits a forearm smash, and then throws Khan down. Kojima climbs, Cobb intercepts with forearms! Ospreay hits Tenzan and Tanahashi while Cobb TOSSES Kojima down!
Khan clamps on with the head-arm triangle! Cobb and Ospreay throw Tenzan and Tanahashi around ringside but Kojima gets a ropebreak! Khan lets go, drags Kojima over, tags in Ospreay, and the Empire mugs Kojima. Ospreay CHOPS Kojima then BOOTS him! Ospreay scoops and slams Kojima to then run and drop a leaping knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay bumps Kojima off buckles, tags in Cobb, and Cobb headbutts Kojima in the back. Cobb CLUBS Kojima, stays between him and his team, and then scoops Kojima. Ospreay talks trash while Cobb taunts Kojima’s team. Cobb throws knees into Kojima, then RAMS Kojima into the Emipre’s corner.
Khan tags in, stomps Kojima, but Kojima hits back! Khan ROCKS Kojima, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Khan taunts Tenzan with how Tenzan can’t use this move anymore, and then Mongolian Chops again! Kojimma stands up and he ROCKS Khan with forearms! And a ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to rally on Khan, then he hits Cobb an Ospreay for good measure! Tanahashi blocks Khan’s boot to bring him out for a DRAGON SCREW! Ospreay runs in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi catches Cobb in the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!
Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he goes after Khan’s legs. Tanahashi ties the legs up but Khan clamps his claw onto Tanahashi’s face! Khan gets up, Tanahashi breaks free, but Khan ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi gives the forearm back and now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth! Fans rally up as they pick up speed, Tanahashi fires off a strike fest but Khan Mongolian Chops! Tanahashi ROCKS Khan with a palm strike, then runs, but into Khan’s sleeper hold! Khan uses the claw, then shifts to INVERTED EXPLODER! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan tags in Cobb and Cobb drags Tanahashi up.
Cobb fires off forearms and headbutts, then whips Tanahashi to a corner. Cobb runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi waistlocks, Cobb resists the lift, and pries free! But Tanahashi half nelson spins Cobb to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Cobb, DECKS Ospreay, and fans fire up. Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but he remembers he can’t! So he kicks Cobb low and gives him a headbutt! Tenzan has Cobb in the corner, and throws more kicks and haymakers. Tenzan whips corner to corner then runs in to clothesline Cobb! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and he hits the suplex! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan calls in Kojima and Tanahashi, and the three go after Cobb together. They double whip Cobb corner to corner, then Kojima runs in to back elbow! Tanahashi hits a splash! They double whip into Tenzan’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps on Cobb and gets the ANACONDA VICE! Tanahashi and Kojima go after the rest of the Empire but Ospreay BOOTS Kojima and CLUBS Tanahashi! Cobb powers up but Tenzan holds tight. Cobb elbows free but Tenzan headbutts! Cobb ROCKS Tenzan with an uppercut, then tags in Ospreay! Ospreay slingshots in for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Tenzan up, reels him in, and underhooks, but Tenzan resists!
Ospreay gives Kowata kicks and a SUPERKICK! Ospreay runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up with Tenzan and Tenzan dares Ospreay to stand. Tenzan remembers again he can’t Mongolian Chop, but Ospreay dares him to! Ospreay SLAPS Tenzan, and then Khan CLOBBERS Tenzan! Khan and Ospreay SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi, clamps on the claw, and hits the ELIMINATOR SLAM! Kojima fires off on Khan and runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! The United Empire feed Tenzan to the OSCUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!
Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall
United they stand victorious! Khan gets a mic and he wants everyone in Osaka to understand! They are THE United Empire!! Will this momentum bode well for Khan coming for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Or will the Ace be able to trump the Dominator’s iron hand?
YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!
Before going 2v2 with the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, the Head Hunter will take on the Silverback alone! Will Loa make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp for tomorrow’s tag title match?
The bell rings and Hashi circles with Loa. Fans rally up and they tie up. Hashi manages to push Loa back a bit, but Loa pushes Hashi to the ropes. The ref calls for a break, Hashi turns things around, and Hashi drags Loa down to an ARMBAR! Loa holds off the extension, moves around, but Hashi stays clamped on. Hashi clubs at the clasped hands but Loa holds tight. Loa pries at Hashi’s own grip, but Hashi adjusts to get the other hand isolated! Loa gets the ropebreak with a leg and Jado protests, so Hashi lets go fast. Hashi clubs Loa’s arm but Loa shoves him away. Hashi comes back with a kick, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs and stomps him.
Hashi wrenches Loa to a wristlock, but Loa throws a forearm, only for Hashi to make it a takedown! Hashi wants the double wristlock but Loa moves around. Hashi has a short arm scissor instead! Loa endures, moves around, but Hashi stomps the arm! Hashi stomps Loa more, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs him. Hashi wrenches the arm, clubs it, then wrenches again to club it again. Loa pulls Hashi’s hair but Hashi elbows Loa’s elbow. Hashi wrenches again but Loa LARIATS him down! Fans cheer the exchange but then Loa stomps Hashi over and over! Loa drags Hashi up, whips him to a corner then runs in to clothesline!
Loa whips Hashi out then back in to clothesline again! Jado cheers while Hashi falls to his knees. Loa gets the bad arm moving, drags Hashi back up, and fans rally. Hashi throws body shots, wrenches, but Loa throws a haymaker and back hand! Hashi clubs the arm, Loa throws a forearm, but Hashi wrenches to an elbow breaker! Hashi runs, but the ref is busy checking on Loa and Jado trips Hashi! Loa hurries to get Hashi up for a suplex! Uno amigo, and then a wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Loa grows annoyed. Loa drags Hashi up as fans rally again. Loa throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Loa headbutts Hashi and Hashi is down in the corner!
Loa stomps away on Hashi, but the ref reprimands. Loa lets off, Jado taunts Hashi, and Loa whips Hashi corner to corner. Loa runs in but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans cheer as Hashi evens things back up! Hashi and Loa slowly rise, Hashi throws forearms, body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Loa reverses but Hashi dodges to hit the HEADHUNTER! Hashi fires up and fans rally for him. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP Loa! Hashi whips, CHOPS, but Loa just grins! Loa wags his finger at Hashi, then throws a forearm! Hashi stays up and he forearms back! Loa doesn’t budge, and he ROCKS Hashi!
Hashi stays on his feet and Loa dares him to “give me your best shot! Don’t do this to me! You came to fight me, so fight me!” Loa wants Hashi to #GetBackUp and show him what he’s got! Hashi gets up and throws forearms and CHOPS! Mule kick, and a neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hurries to a corner! Hashi climbs up and fans rally harder now! Loa stands and hits Hashi with a forearm first! Loa climbs up, clubs away on Hashi’s back, but Hashi resists the superplex. Hashi throws bodys shots, clubs Loa, and sunset flips, to get the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO! Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa powers up but Hashi throws knees into him!
Hashi grinds Loa down but Loa powers up again! Loa fireman’s carries Hashi, but Hashi slips off to CHOP! Loa laughs, kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Hashi falls over but Loa tells him, “I’m gonna kill you! Don’t you die on me yet!” Hashi gets up, Loa runs, but into an elbow! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi still lives and fans fire up again! Loa likes this! “There’s that fighting spirit! I love it!” Loa drags Hashi up and vows it’s over now. Loa scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Loa rams Hashi into a corner and fires off elbows! Loa runs in but Hashi dodges! SUPERKICK, but Loa just wants more! SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK!
Loa shoves Hashi and Hashi fires off another SUPERKICK! Loa still isn’t done, he wants more!! Hashi SUPERKICKS, and Loa finally wobbles! BACKSTABBER! Hashi drags Loa to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, Hashi SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Loa still lives but Hashi keeps on him! Hashi gator rolls Loa into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa grits his teeth and powers up again! Hashi slips an arm around to get the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Loa still endures, slips his head under, but Jado gets in! Hashi is ready, and he kicks then mule kicks Jado first! Hashi sends Loa into Jado! Roll up, TWO!!
Loa swings but into a full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi fires up and the fans are with him, for the BASEMENT METEORA! Hashi isn’t done there, he drags Loa back up! Hashi gets Loa up, full nelsons again, but then shifts to a pump handle! Wait, Tama Tonga shows up! The distraction saves Loa, and he scoops Hashi for APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!
Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall
Well it was strange that Tama wasn’t here to start, and now we see he was an ace in the hole! And now they’re all beating Hashi up, 3v1! The ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! GoD drags Hashi up, but here comes Goto! Goto CLOBBERS Loa then fires off on Tama! After all, their match was up next, anyway! Tama whips Goto away but Goto comes back to block the hip toss and hit a hip toss! Fans cheer as Goto lariats Loa out of the ring, and the ref rings the bell on the next match!
Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Good Bad Guy rolls the Fierce Warrior up right away! With tights! TWO!! Goto swings, Tama gets under and Tama dropkicks Goto out! Tama hurries out after Goto, and he whips Goto into railing! Tama checks on Loa and sees he’s okay. Tama drags Goto back up, POSTS him, then goes in the ring as the ref wants. Goto stirs, the ring count begins, but Tama goes back out. The ref is busy with Tama and Jado SMACKS Goto with the kendo stick! Tama goes out to fetch Goto now, puts him back in, and clamps on with a chinbar. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest, then paces about. Goto sits up, Tama drags him back up and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Tama is annoyed but fans rally up.
Tama sits Goto up to claw his face! The ref reprimands, Tama stops, and fans rally up for Goto. Tama paces as Goto eggs him on. Tama CLUBS Goto, and Goto eggs him on more! Tama throws haymakers, but Goto gets power from it! Goto eggs Tama on, Tama headbutts, but that does more damage to Tama! Tama whips Goto, runs in but the splash misses! Goto hits a BIG suplex! Goto fires off on Tama in the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! Then, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tama up, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights free. Tama swings but into a hook! Tama fights free of that, gets Goto in a dragon sleeper, but Goto turns that around!
Tama slips through to suplex, but Goto resists! Goto suplexes, but Tama slips into the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but fans rally up! Tama watches Goto, hears the voices in his head like he’s The Viper, and Goto rises. Goto turns around, but he denies the Gun Stun! Goto swings, but into Tama’s spin and leap, SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but Tama is growling. Tama gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Goto moves! BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Goto crawls to ropes while Tama sits up. Goto staggers over and powers up!
But Loa returns to scoop Goto! Jado is distracting the ref! Goto slips out of the scoop, and HEADBUTTS Loa down! Goto DECKS Jado but turns around into GUN- NO! Goto blocks again, shoves Tama and follows. Tama stops to swing on Goto but Goto dodges, and comes back to swing. Tama ducks, redirects, dodges, hurdles, but Goto dodges the boot to swing! Tama ducks to GUN- NO!! Goto drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, dragon sleeper, toss out, G T R!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall
What a wild exchange to end this one! But now, Chaos is even with the Guerrillas, and the tiebreaker will be THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Goto and Hashi end GoD’s reign and be double champions? Or will it be Tama & Loa who #TurnItAllAround?
KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens!
Mr. KOPW 2020 now defends his provisional 2021 KOPW trophy, and is going to put his twist on the Crown Jewel’s stipulation choice! But will that be enough for Yano to continue on through the year? Or will Bullet Club manage to add another accolade to the treasury?
The introductions are made, and Yano’s seems to get even longer with the more he does and has… But after all that, and some disinfectant spray, the trophy is to be presented, which comes as a surprise to Yano. The trophy is set aside, the strap is brought in, and Yano waits outside while Chase is strapped in first. Perhaps Yano doesn’t trust Chase. The strap is also taped down so there is no removal of it during the match. Chase tosses Yano the other end, and Yano is hesitant to strap in. Yano takes the cuff, puts it on, and the ref tapes it on. Then Chase tries to reel Yano in! Yano knew this would happen! The bell rings, and it’s a tug-o-war!
Yano gets enough slack that he can LASH Chase! And again! And again! Chase bails out but Yano reels him in! Chase tries to get away with what slack there is but Yano keeps reeling him in! Chase wants a time-out? And a handshake? Yano kicks him and SMACKS him instead! And another SMACK! Another SMACK! Yano uses the strap to choke Chase! That’s legal in a strap match but Chase grabs at ropes. Yano kicks Chase, whips him, but Chase grabs ropes to get out again! Yano decides to undo a buckle pad! Now we have a bare corner! Chase resists being reeled in, and he goes to undo a buckle pad!
Yano won’t let him, and Yano chases Chase around! Chase uses that to get the strap going through the corner, and he YANKS Yano into the post! Chase takes a moment to catch his breath before he stomps Yano. Chase goes into the ring to undo the corner trap, and he uses the slack to SMACK Yano now! And SMACKS him again! And again! Chase drags Yano up, puts him in, and stomps him down. Chase sits Yano up, rips Yano’s shirt off, and now has bare skin to go after! SMACK! There’s instantly a red mark on Yano’s back! Chase drops fists, chokes Yano with the strap, then lets off to go to a corner. Chase again copies Yano and undoes this buckle pad! The neutral corners are bare!
Chase tosses the buckle pad at Yano and Yano catches it. Chase dares Yano to use the pad, so Yano swings! Chase dodges and dropkicks Yano into the bare buckles! Chase stomps Yano at the ropes, throws the buckle pad down on him, then digs his foot into Yano’s face while mocking the YTR thumbs. Chase drags Yano up to throw him out, then he follows. Chase drags Yano up and whips him, but Yano reverses to send Chase into barriers! Yano gets something from under the ring! It’s extra tape! Chase CLUBS Yano first, then slips through the railing? He wants to reel Yano into the railing, but Yano resists! So Chase lets go and Yano falls over!
Chase is free to drag Yano up and YANK him into the railing! And then again! Yano falls back down, Chase slips back through and he gets Yano’s spare tape! Chase tapes Yano’s hand into a fist so he can’t open it! Then Chase drags Owens up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Owens, and gets the other hand! Chase tapes that one up, too! Yano can’t open either of his hands! Yano tries to resist but Chase claws Yano’s face. Chase finishes his handiwork, and gets some slack on the strap to again SMACK Yano on the back! Chase plays around as he stomps and kicks Yano down, then he mocks the Yano shrug! But Yano uses his fists to trip Chase! Yano still catapults Chase into bare buckles!
Yano runs as far as the strap allows, comes back, but Chase dodges! Yano gets bare buckles again! Fans fire up, and Chase undoes the blue corner buckle pad! That’s three, will Chase go for the fourth? Chase drags Yano up to reel him in for a haymaker! And then again! And again! Chase throws up the Two Sweets, but Yano slips under and uses the strap to flip Chase! Chase gets up to throw a strike fest, then he runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano dodges Chase’s swing, shoves him at the ref, and then LOW BLOWS! Chase couldn’t stop that with wrist tape! And Yano figures what the hell? Untile the last pad! But wait, the tape on his hands makes that tricky.
Yano tears at the tape and frees his fingers! Fans fire up as Yano goes for the last corner, but Chase reels him in! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! Chase hits the Jewel Heist but he can’t cover from being too tired! Fans fire up, Chase gets up and says BANG, and he drags Yano back up. Chase reels Yano in, Yano shoves him away! So Chase goes out and uses the strap to reel Yano into the bare buckles! Chase drags Yano all the way out now, and whips him into the railing! Chase pulls up padding from the floor ringside!! He wants bare linoleum to come into play now! BANG, and the package, but Yano fights that off to back drop Chase onto the floor!
Yano is mad now, and he gets into the ring! The strap keeps Yano from the final corner pad, but fans rally up! Owens holds railing, Yano goes back out, but Chase gets the ring bell! Chase CLOBBERS Yano with the bell, then he gets in, and HE wants the final corner! But Yano’s dead weight is keeping him from getting close! Chase thought he had a fool proof plan but seems not. Chase goes back out to fetch Yano, and wraps the strap around Chase’s head. Chase drags Yano up and in, then drags him. Yano holds Chase back, reels him in, and Chase is annoyed. JEWEL TRIGGER!
Fans rally for Yano but Chase gets the buckle pad! Yano tries to pull Chase away but Chase’s one hand undoes all but one strap! Chase runs at Yano, but into a pop-up POWERBOMB! And YANO unties the buckle pad!! YANO WINS!!
Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)
And that’s how you win YTR style! Will Yano continue to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like this? Or will someone eventually beat Yano at his own games?
Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The other third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions is in action as he looks to settle things with the Switchblade! But will the Stone Pitbull be made to look like a little puppy tonight?
White insists the ref be more concerned about Ishii than him in the check. White throws off the jacket, flexes for the fans, and then has Gedo get in so they can Low Sweet. But Ishii grows impatient and he rushes over! White and Gedo bail out, “cool off,” and White mocks the clapping before giving the Low Sweet. White returns to the ring, bails right bck out, and asks about the bell. White gets in, the bell rings, and then White bails out again. White has a laugh as he goes in and out and in again, only to slide right back out. The ref reprimands, White dares Ishii to go after him, and Ishii goes! White gets far away from Ishii, goes back in the ring but Ishii is ready to follow.
White goes out, Ishii follows again. Gedo creeps up on Ishii, and White attacks! White stomps Ishii, drags him up for knees, then whips. Ishii swings, White dodges and doges and knees low. White whips, Ishii reverses but White bails out! White has a laugh, but Ishii rushes after him again! White gets in, and pretends he pulled a muscle so that Gedo can rake Ishii’s eyes! Gedo RAMS Ishii into railing then gets away before the ref notices. Ishii gets in the ring but White stomps him at the ropes. White stomps Ishii around, drags him up and throws him back out. White goes out but Ishii gets back in and runs, to run White over! Ishii pursues White on the outside, drags him up and whips him into railing!
Gedo protests but Ishii drags White up by his hair. White pushes Ishii but Ishii whips White back into railing! Fans cheer but the ref says to get this in the ring. Ishii glares at Gedo as he creeps over, and Gedo backs off. White goes to the ramp and Ishii wants to chase him down but the ref tells him to stay by the ring. The ref checks on White and tells him to get back to the ring, but White stays where he is on the ramp. Ishii argues with the ref, but he goes back into the ring. White dares Ishii to fight him on the outside but Ishii dares White to get back in. White goes in, Ishii kicks and clubs him! Ishii ROCKS White with a forearm, stomps him down, and then drags him up at the ropes.
White holds the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Ishii to the apron! Gedo cheers while Ishii flops to the floor. White drags Ishii back up to SNAKE EYES him off the railing! The ref checks Ishii and White mockingly asks if Ishii is okay. The ref tells White to stay back, White goes into the ring, and fans rally up for Ishii. White goes back out to drag Ishii up and RAM him into the apron! And RAM him into railing! And RAM him back into the apron! And then back into the railing! Those ribs take serious damage as Ishii goes down in a heap! Gedo mockingly asks what’s wrong, and White drags Ishii up.
White says they have to get into the ring, so he’s putting Ishii in the ring. White asks if Ishii is done, but Ishii refuses to quit! The fans rally so White stomps Ishii over and over! White digs his fingers into Ishii’s face then stomps him again! White stomps Ishii in the ribs and Ishii goes to the ropes. White pushes Ishii around and then gets him into a corner. White RAMS into the bad ribs, the ref wants White to back off but White RAMS Ishii one more time. Gedo cheers but he’s the only one as White puts Ishii in a rear bearhug. Ishii endures the squeeze, so White JAMS a knee into Ishii’s back. White goes back to the rear bearhug, mockingly asking if Ishii has a hard time breathing.
White is squeezing tighter and Ishii shouts in pain! Ishii endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer the toughness but White stomps Ishii at the ropes! The ref checks on Ishii again but White drags Ishii back up. White whips Ishii hard into a corner and Gedo wants the ref to call this. White whips, Ishii reverses, and then Ishii runs in but White dodges! Ishii crashes into buckles, and White fireman’s carries him up! Ishii slips off, but White elbows Ishii away, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ishii growls as he gets up and he stalks White to a corner.
Fans rally as Ishii CHOPS White, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS, and then hooks White’s arms in the ropes so he can CHOP again! White falls over and Ishii hammers away! The ref reprimands, Ishii backs him down with a glare! Ishii comes back but White RAMS a shoulder into the ribs! White goes to suplex but it’s Ishii who brings White up and over! Ishii sits up, fans rally, and Ishii looms over White. Ishii brings White up but White fights off the back suplex. White swings but Ishii spins him around. White switches, Ishii wrenches, but White avoids the back suplex to turn Ishii. Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker but White kicks low to DDT!
Both men are down again and Ishii gets to the corner. White runs in to uppercut Ishii, and fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and White grows annoyed but fans fire up! White drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage off and they end up in a corner. White knees Ishii, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ishii eggs him on. White CHOPS Ishii again, then puts some stank on the next CHOP! Ishii just turns things around to CHOP White high! The ref reprimands but Ishii shoves him away! Ishii CHOPS White high again! Ishii drags White up, CHOPS high and hard again and again!
The ref comes back, Ishii shoves him, and CHOPS White more! The ref finally gets Ishii to stop those near throat chops, and Ishii drags White up to whip him corner to corner. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, then whips corner to corner. White reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Ishii up into a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Gedo is fired up and fans rally up as both men are down. Gedo calls for the Kiwi, and White drags Ishii back up. White reels Ishii in, fisherman hooks but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii rams White into a corner, but White CORNER HALF HATCHES Ishii! Ishii clutches those bad ribs as he flops out of the ring!
The ref checks on Ishii but Ishii refuses to quit. White goes out to fetch Ishii, and he drags Ishii up to RAILING HALF HATCH!! White leaves Ishii for dead as Ishii writhes. Fans rally up but a ring count begins. The count is already 6 of 20 before Ishii sits up. Ishii still hasn’t gotten up and we’re past 10 of 20! It’s 15, Ishii finally starts going towards the ring, and he’s in at 18! White drags Ishii up and is pissed, but he hits BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious! White drags Ishii around, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage. White knees low but Ishii gets around to headbutt! Ishii runs, but into a BIG urenage!
White drags Ishii up, fisherman and KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!? Ishii survives and fans fire up! White asks Gedo for ideas, then drags Ishii around. White gets the sleeper hold but Ishii hooks the leg to block the suplex. Ishii throws elbows but White KNEES him low and hard! White drags Ishii back to center, has an arm and a leg, and stomps away on the ribs! Gedo wants the ref to stop this for Ishii, but Ishii doesn’t want this to end like that! White stands Ishii up and keylocks an arm so he can JAM Ishii in the ribs! White puts Ishii in a corner for more hard body shots! Gedo cheers but the ref reprimands. Ishii dares White to bring it, and White throws forearms!
Ishii tanks them because his head is still hard as stone! White throws more forearms but Ishii leans into them! Ishii backs White down like this, so White KNEES the ribs! Ishii ROCKS White back! Ishii drags White up and Gedo starts getting worried. Ishii puts White up top, Gedo swipes at him but the ref reprimands. White claws Ishii’s eyes! But Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! White holds on to keep from falling! Ishii climbs up, drags White up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! The ribs make that double-edged, but Ishii hurries to high stack cover, TWO!! White survives but is sputtering. Ishii powers up and takes aim. Gedo gets on the apron, but hops off when Ishii glares at him.
White gets Ishii in the sleeper, but Ishii throws him over! Ishii puts the sleeper on now! White fades already but Gedo gets on the apron! Ishii goes after Gedo, pushing the ref aside! Gedo sucker punches Ishii down! White gets Ishii in the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans rally but White drags Ishii back up! Ishii tries to fight the sleeper hold but he’s fading! White leans on the hold, but Ishii gets a second wind! Ishii reaches for ropes, but White gets a leg for a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious again! Fans rally for Ishii as White drags himself over.
White drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights free of the suplex! White forearms, throws a strike fest, but Ishii gets around. They both swing and dodge but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Both men are down as Ishii clutches his ribs. Ishii fires up to fight through the pain and the fan srally behind him. Ishii runs, but White gets around! Ishii switches and he puts White in a sleeper! Ishii leans on White and now White fades! Ishii spins White but WHITE hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives and White is beside himself! White slashes the throat, drags Ishii up, but no Blade Runner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ishii and White are down again and both sputter as they sit up.
Gedo rallies for White but Ishii hits his head off the mat to power up! Ishii gets moving, fakes White out, but White still boots Ishii! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii is roaring, Gedo is panicking, and Ishii drags White up to a POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? White survives but Ishii sits him up. Gedo gets in with the brass knuckles! The ref reprimands, Ishii dares Gedo to use them, but he blocks White’s low blow! Ishii whips White into Gedo then LARIATS White! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again but Ishii is just firing up more! Ishii drags White up, suplexes him, but White fights that off!
White tries to suplex but Ishii suplexes first. White slips out, dragon sleepre to an inverted suplex and he puts Ishii on his shoulder! White flips Ishii to the blade position but Ishii slipls out! Ishii swings but White turns him around, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out again, only to run into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White hurries to get Ishii up but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Ishii suplexes, White fights out but Ishii HEADBUTTS! White still wants a Triple S, but Ishii waistlocks! White switches, Ishii switches, but White blocks and dodges to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
A masterful exchange and it’s the Switchblade that hits the mark! White even needs to check that he won, it was that sudden! He hugs Young Lions in almost mocking celebration! But when the Young Lion pushes him away, he BOOTS them down! But does this victory mean White is done with Ishii and back on his way towards the top?
Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Rainmaker technically got his singles match with the King of Darkness not too long ago, but it was little more than an excuse to get Okada alone so Bullet Club could beat him up. We’ve seen Bullet Club in action all night, will any of Evil’s allies be able to back him up? Or will Okada prove Everything is NOT Evil?
The bell rings and Okada rushes Evil! Evil dodges, but then Okada dodges to fire off forearms. Evil kicks low, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada reverses and BOOTS Evil down! Evil bails out, fans cheer, and Okada dares Evil to come back. Dick and Evil regroup, Red Shoes keeps Okada back, and Okada waits. Evil slides back in, circles with Okada, and Okada points Dick out to Red Shoes. Dick stays back, Okada and Evil circle, but then Dick swipes at Okada! Evil attacks from behind, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada holds ropes and boots back. Okada scoops and slams Evil, then slingshot sentons!
Fans cheer as Okada takes a moment before he covers. ONE, but Okada drags Evil back up. Okada turns Evil to hit a neckbreaker! Okada drags Evil up and clamps on a chinlock. Evil endures, even as Okada digs his knee in. Evil reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 3, and he brings Evil up to elbow him back down. Evil goes to a corner, Okada stomps him down! Dick protests but Okada tells him to shut up. Okada drags Evil up, snapmares him, then runs to basement dropkick! Evil bails out as fans rally up. Dick checks on Evil, Okada goes out and tells Dick to back off. Okada drags Evil up and ROCKS Evil with a forearm!
Okada glares at Dick then chases him off! Dick goes in the ring, Okada follows, Evil CLOBBERS Okada! Evil mockingly applauds and then he scrapes Okada out of the ring. Evil drags Okada up and whips him into railing! Evil scuffs Okada’s face, then drags him up, to RAM into the railing and the timekeeper! Poor Abe-san! Why don’t they ever move him away from ringside? Evil drags out chairs while everyone is busy helping Abe. Evil brings Okada over, CLUBS him down, then gets a chair ready! Evil puts that chair around Okada’s head, and then has the other chair! HOMERUN! Evil goes into the ring and leaves Okada on the floor. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as a ring count begins.
Okada slowly stirs, and finally gets up at 10 of 20. Okada gets in at 13, but Evil is after him. Evil whips Okada into the bare corner! When did Dick take the buckle pad?! Evil drags Okada to a Half Crab! Okada endures as Evil pulls back, using Okada’s own knee pad for leverage. Okada gets the ropebreak, and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces, drags Okada up, but Okada throws a forearm! Okada throws more forearms, but Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Evil throws Okada out, and then gets in Red Shoes’ face so Dick can stomp away on Okada! Dick drags Okada up and puts him in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows something fishy is up so he refuses!
Evil is upset with Red Shoes but he drags Okada back up. Evil reels Okada in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but the count is the count. Evil mocks the fans clapping for “O-KA-DA!” and he drags Okada up. Okada throws a heavy body shot! Okada throws forearms, uppercuts, and then whips. Evil reverses, Okada dodges but Evil kicks him to throw him down! Okada avoids the back senton, and hits a basement EuroUpper! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada stands first. Evil follows but Okada rallies with elbows! Okada whips, Evil reverses but Okada elbows him down! Osaka fires up with Okada!
Okada whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus and gets the fans going with clap-clap-clap-stomp. Evil gets up but he fights off the Alabama lift! So Okada RAMS Evil into a corner! Okada puts Evil up top, Evil boots but Okada blocks! Okada clubs the leg then EuroUppers, and he dropkicks Evil off the top! Evil falls to the floor and Dick checks on him. Okada catches his breath in the ring, the ring count starts, and Dick coaches Evil. Okada goes out to fetch Evil, and drags him up. Okada elbows Evil, but then Dick talks trash. Okada chases Dick up the ramp but Evil pursues! Okada kicks and clubs Dick!
Evil runs in but Okada gets him, too! DOUBLE DDT’s to the ramp! Okada and fans rally with clap-clap-clap-stomp! Okada leaves Evil and Dick behind as he goes back down the ramp. But then Okada goes back and figures he should bring Evil back. Okada clubs Evil to make sure he keeps going towards ringside. Okada puts Evil in and fans cheer as he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Okada isn’t frustrated. Okada drags Evil up but blocks thje kick! Okada spins, Evil blocks the kick and gives it to Red Shoes so he can mule kick Okada low! Fans rally again, Evil pretends he can’t hear them, and then he runs in to clothesline Okada in the corner! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Evil is frustrated again but he gets Okada’s legs! Okada resists as Evil tries to turn him over, and Okada gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets go at 4, but Dick is there to get cheap shots in! Dick runs way before Red Shoes sees, and Evil smirks as he scuffs Okada with his boot. Evil talks trash, Okada gets up and fans rally again. Evil slaps Okada around, so Okada gets mad. Okada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, Evil elbows him away and runs, but into a HUGE FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally up again. Okada stands, Evil goes to a corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts but Evil fights off! Evil pulls hair but Okada ROCKS him!
Okada runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada ROCKS him again! Evil reverses the whip, but runs into the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil stands, so Okada hits a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Evil back up. Okada gut wrenches but Evil resists. Evil gets the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Okada clubs Evil first. Okada backs off, runs into the corner, but Evil boots him away! Evil boots Okada again, then dodges. Okada stops from hitting bare buckles, but Evil clotheslines Okada into them! Okada goes down in a heap while Evil smiles. Fans rally up but Evil drags Okada up.
Evil hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and then goes to the very top! Evil drags Okada up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Okada endures as Evil sits back deep! The fans rally, Okada claws for ropes, but Evil adds more torque! Okada refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go at 4! Evil catches his breath in a corner while Okada is down. Evil drags Okada back up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up! Evil is annoyed again but he vows to end this. Evil slashes the throat, stands Okada up and spins him, but Okada denies Evil.
Okada wants the clip but Evil knees low. Evil whips, Okada reverses and Evil gets bare buckles! MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, claws Okada’s eyes, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil lets go and then he grabs at Red Shoes! Dick CLUBS Okada with a pipe!! Dick gets in, Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil gets in Red Shoes’ face while Dick fires off haymakers! Dick whips Okada but Okada BOOTS him down! Evil kicks and whips Okada but Okada reverses to dropkick Evil down! Okada gets Evil’s arm for the MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, pries at Okada’s fingers, but Okada leans on the hold. Evil fights up, grabs at Red Shoes, but Red Shoes SWATS Evil’s hand!
Okada gut wrenches Evil to a TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP! Evil reaches, turns a bit red, starts to fade but gets a second wind. Evil is up, grabs Red Shoes again, but Okada CLUBS Evil! Okada wrenches the other arm but Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes! Evil runs but Okada gets around, DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada shouts to Red Shoes but he’s still down. Okada puts on Money Clip, Dick has the CHOKER!! The Spoiler is trying to spoil this finish! But Okada powers up and RAMS Dick into the bare buckles! Okada is free, and he gut wrenches Dick to hit a TOMBSTONE!! Okada takes the choker now?! To throw it away! That’s our Rainmaker for ya! But Evil LOW BLOWS Okada!!
Evil gets the legs, but Okada LOW BLOWS Evil back!! Turnabout is fair play! Both men are down, as is Red Shoes, and fans rally up! Okada sits up first, and he drags Evil up. Okada gut wrenches again, for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up with Okada again as he sits Evil up for the MONEY CLIP!! Red Shoes returns, Evil endures, and Okada keeps Evil away from ropes with a back2backbreaker! MONEY CLIP AGAIN! Evil is in the middle of the ring as he starts to fade again! Red Shoes checks on Evil as he’s turning red again! Evil finds a third wind and he reaches, but Okada clamps on tighter! Evil tries one more time and gets a ropebreak!
Okada lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally up for Okada again as he has Evil’s wrist. Okada drags Evil up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Okada drags Evil up again, but Evil LARIATS! Okada swings but into Evil spins him to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men slowly rise, and Evil runs, to LARIAT Okada inside-out! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally up again but Evil rises first. Evil staggers over, slashes his throat and stands Okada up. Evil spins him but Okada denies the STO again! Evil still tries but Okada spins. Evil avoids the discus, but Okada tries to steal Everything! Evil denies that, and tries to steal the Rainmaker lariat!
Okada denies that but he swings into Evil’s clinch! Okada denies the STO again! Okada gut wrenches Evil, for a SIT-OUT TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Evil up, ripcords, TRUE RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall
The tried and true finisher finishes Evil! This won’t be the end of things, but has Evil learned a little of why Okada is still on a whole different level? After catching his breath, Okada gets the mic. He gets fans to clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap clap-clap clap-clap-clap. “OSAKA-JOOOOO~! If I can speak frankly, that felt damn good!” Okada apologizes to the fans for “having to put up with more of Bullet Club’s crap tonight.” But by taking care of business, Okada is sure we’re all satisfied. Okada says there’s something still bothering him, though. “Well, I should just put it out there, huh? It’s about time I get back to that IWGP Heavyweight title!”
Okada knows that as a responsible adult, he should follow proper protocol. So that starts with winning the 2021 New Japan Cup! After doing that, he’ll be back where he belongs. But he’s sure they’re all thinking that the double title thing is getting boring. If Okada were to poll Osaka, they’d say that the one who has to save the titles is him! So he’ll win the NJ Cup, take back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and make it rain again! Fans like the sound of that! Okada knows while the fans couldn’t chant and shout, he knows they were giving it their all to support the wrestlers, and thanks them for it! The wrestlers will do their best all over again tomorrow for night two! Until then, good night!
The Rainmaker has made it known where he wants to be, but will that only make the road back that much harder? Will Tetsuya Naito make it a bit easier by taking the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on night two?
A very good event for NJPW to begin this weekend, but it also felt like a last-minute go-home for tomorrow’s event, as well as the New Japan Cup. The opening Six Man was good, and the United Empire wins so Khan has some momentum, but it was good math that neither he or Tanahashi were involved in the finish. That way, the NEVER Openweight Championship match could go either way. Tanahashi really only just got that belt, though, so I’m leaning towards him retaining. Ospreay & Cobb will still face Kojima & Tenzan, but that will probably go the Empire’s way like tonight did.
In similar fashion, it was good math for Goto-Hashi and GoD to split the difference. I like that Goto didn’t just win, he won in such a sudden turnaround. But with it being 50-50 here, I’m thinking GoD retain the tag titles and we wait to see if another team moves up to challenge them. Yano VS Chase was a good match, a lot of good antics from Yano, but Yano felt like a natural choice to win here. It might be awhile before someone wins and takes the KOPW 2021 trophy, but it definitely has to be in something really ridiculous.
White VS Ishii was a very good match, maybe a little long, but the slug fest nature of it and Ishii enduring bad ribs made it work. As did another fast exchange finish with White going over. White is definitely going into the NJCUP strong. Okada VS Evil was very similar, a long but storied match that turned out very well. As I said before, Okada trying to focus on the Money Clip works as a way of extending his career, but I also like this new element that when things get difficult, he can always bust out the Rainmaker lariat. Okada declares his NJCUP intentions, but that in itself could signal he doesn’t win it all, and puts someone else over. At this point, I feel like Sanada doesn’t even need to declare to be considered a favorite. Sanada’s already had great matches with Okada, Naito and Ibushi, maybe one more time is the charm for him to join the upper tier.
My Score: 9/10
Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.27.21
Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?
Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?
Kazuchika Okada finally gets his hands on EVIL, Jay White gets his “get right match” against Ishii after the last month of issues, and just generally a lot of feud building. The obvious thread is all of the CHAOS versus Bullet Club going on, but I don’t think any of us are excited for Tanga Loa and YOSHI-HASHI.
We also have The United Empire kicking things off to help give Great O-Khan more momentum going into his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Even if the card seems a little flat, maybe we get surprised?
- The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Ospreay wins via Oscutter @10:22 – * ½
- Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI: Loa wins via Ape Shit @12:58 – (-*)
- Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto: Goto wins via GTR @6:39 – ** ¼
- KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens: Yano retains @12:50 – ** ½
- Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii: White wins via Blade Runner @25:42 – ****
- Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo: Okada wins via Rainmaker @28:11 – *** ¼
The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi
So we saw a lot of dynamics that we’ve grown to expect. Tenzan struggles to not use the Mongolian Chops, O-Khan continues to prove himself a credible enough threat to Tanahashi, but this was a sloppy match. Between an early awkward exchange that made it seem like O-Khan didn’t know how to sell Kojima’s flurry, Ospreay slipped on the rope when he was coming in toward the end; even though he kinda saved it, it was obviously screwed up.
Interactions were clumsy, the match never got exciting and really just did what these kind of matches usually do, but not even as well as most Young Lions.
Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI
Welp, this match was straight garbage. The sad thing about this match was that Loa did a pretty solid job at trying to vocally antagonize HASHI and keep things interesting, but HASHI was in slow motion. HASHI would visibly confirm things too much, his moves were bad, kept trying to rally the crowd but they didn’t respond; so there were a ton of times he waited a beat to see if the crowd would ever come alive, and they never really did.
Tanga Loa was his usual self with better verbal interactions. He kept trying to get HASHI to fight and prove what he had instead of cursing, but HASHI just fell into the waste of space mannerisms he was known for 99% of his career. He should go back to Loose Explosion on his tights, because he is the drizzling shits.
So Tama comes out to distract Hashi allowing for Loa to turn the situation and hit Ape Shit. Bullet Club beatdown ensues, Goto runs out, clears out Loa…and the referee decides to just start the match since Goto and Tama were supposed to wrestle anyway!
Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto
A quick start is stifled by the malaise that is known as Castle Attack so far. Tama dumps out Goto, Goto starts reviewing his life choices and why he’s here today, and then spends enough time on the outside to build a bird house before Jado eventually limps over and hits him with a kendo stick shot. Like…why? Goto saw it coming. Stevie Wonder saw it coming. The terrible decisions of YOSHI-HASHI have polluted Goto’s mind as well!
When things get back into the ring, at least Tama and Goto are good wrestlers. Tama hits the Tongan Twist and Veleno, but a missed Stinger Splash and countered Gun Stun gave Goto some space. Tama tried for Gun Stun again, but he got caught, Goto throws him on his shoulders Ushigoroshi style, but drops him into the GTR and lands it! So a surprising GTR gives Goto a victory from the jaws of defeat, and at least the in-ring action was serviceable enough to get the highest rating of the show so far.
I really hope the back half blows my socks off, because this is sad so far.
KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens
Now the gimmick here is instead of touch the 4 corner pads, you have to remove the 4 corner pads. So it seems like the person to remove the last pad, will be the winner.
We get a mostly expected Yano gimmick match. He made small references to his earlier gimmick of being a cheating, violent, always disqualified heel; when he started whipping Chase early and being more aggressive than we usually see. But Chase was clever using the outside to a great advantage. Yano was forced to go after Chase because Chase was going to take the pads off from outside, and then used Yano’s momentum against him by ramming him into posts and barricades.
The last pad was solid comedy where both took turns knocking the other out, too far from the last pad. So we had some goofy “drag the dead body” spots. Chase nearly had things won until Yano came to, pulled him close for Oni Koroshi! Yano makes it to the corner, takes it off and the God of all KOPW continues!
Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii
Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.
Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.
A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 27, 2021
THANK GOD we got a match worth watching! Great pacing, solid story, this is something to watch.
Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo
Ugh, okay so we know what we get with EVIL any more right? Okada tried to eliminate Dick Togo early when he hit Double DDTs on the ramp, but then the trek back to the ring was awkward. Okada bringing EVIL back to the ring, was a microcosm of the match, where it was just very slowly paced, inactive and not a good idea.
Part of the point in this match was for Okada to finally get closure on EVIL beating him during last year’s New Japan Cup; but he wanted to drag out the old aggressive EVIL. EVIL fired up late, and the crowd responded excitedly expecting something good, but it was short lived. Plus, we have Okada being a complete moron. He was shoved into Red Shoes, fights off Dick and lays EVIL out and goes for the stupid Money Clip. He goes for a submission after he was driven into the referee. This is a gap in logic so embarrassing, just so Dick could interfere again with the garrote.
All the garrote did was possibly foreshadow when Okada Tombstoned Dick, and then had a moment where he considered using the weapon. This is either a throw away for Okada to continue to be the Golden Boy, or it’s a hint that darker things are on the horizon for Okada.
Either way, Fire/Thunder Driver lead to the Rainmaker again, and we’re finally at a point where Okada is beating people with the move that started it all! No more Money Clip! It looks bad and it’s just sad.
Overall Score: 4.25/10
At least we got one match really worth watching out of this show. Jay White versus Tomohiro Ishii is truly the only thing to watch from this whole show.
I don’t know how some people didn’t find the YOSHI-HASHI embarrassing, but it completely was. The opener was sloppy to the point of uselessness. Tama and Goto was just flat given how the story was being told. Then we’ve got the gimmicky goofball match being a highlight before the semi-main and main events. I’ve seen more salient card structure and match booking from Dragon Gate during the waning days of ANTIAS.
Tomorrow has to be better because if it’s worse, then I think 2015 TNA would be happy to know they aren’t the bottom of the barrel anymore. This show was so embarrassing I think I’m just gonna end the article with the hockey coach from Letterkenny:
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