The struggle for power and glory continues!
As the Super Junior Tag League wraps up, Will Ospreay defends his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship! Will Black Mask Bushi strike gold?
Coverage of Power Struggle 2019 will be as broadcast by AXS TV
- Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI VS Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi; Ibushi & Tanahashi win.
- Super Junior Tag League Finals: Roppongi 3K VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado; Roppongi 3K wins the 2019 Super Jr. Tag League.
- NEVER Openweight Championship: KENTA VS Tomohiro Ishii; KENTA wins and retains the NEVER Openweight Championship.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay VS BUSHI; Ospreay wins and retains the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene for Power Struggle’s second act!
Titles and tournaments are all on the line! After ruining the run in the tournament for the Birds of Prey, the Jet Black Death Mask wants his shot at Will Ospreay’s title! The Aerial Assassin will let Bushi be his third defense, but hopes to fly high to close out 2019! At the same time, the Openweight Division brings the Stone Pitbull back within reach of the Fang Revived. Tomohiro Ishii wants to take a bite out of Kenta for both payback in that Bullet Club betrayal and in taking back the NEVER Openweight title for a sixth time! But first, the Super Jr. Tag League finals see an epic rematch of Suzuki-Gun’s Kanemaru and Desperado and Chaos’ Roppongi 3K! Who will prove themselves the best in their division as we continue on the homestretch to Wrestle Kingdom?
Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI VS Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi!
Hold on! The Rainmaker and Golden Star aren’t going to just sit back and wait for Wrestle Kingdom 14’s epic IWGP Heavyweight Championship match! They each find a strong ally to join them in a tag team tune-up match! Will Okada and the Headhunter be trumped by Ibushi and The Ace?
NJPW on AXS jumps right in as Tanahashi has Hashi in the Cloverleaf! Tanahashi sits deep but Okada runs in to fight him off. Ibushi chases but runs into a gut wrench! Ibushi turns it around but Okada fights out. Tanahashi grabs Okada and helps Ibushi lift, but Okada slips out to double dropkick the down! Okada tells Yoshi-Hashi to finish this off! Hashi runs to AX BOMBER Tanahashi! Then he brings him up, fisherman scoop, KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, Okada anchors Ibushi, TWO!?! The Ace survives the Bear Cutter?! Hashi won’t stop now, he brings Tanahashi up, pump handle and half nelson, but gets TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The spinning neckbreaker takes Hashi down and Tana fires up, to run into a CHOP! Hashi SUPERKICKS, whips, but Tanahashi reverses to a SLINGBLADE!
Okada and Ibushi are still fighting outside as Tanahashi goes up top. Tanahashi aims, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Tanahashi and Ibushi win!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi, Tanahashi pinning
The champion and challenger were too busy with each other in the background, but the Once in a Century Talent gets it done! But with neither Ibushi or Okada in on the ending, who really has momentum going into their monumental main event?
But wait, the lights go down. And on the titantron, it’s someone beating up Tanahashi cosplayers. Who is this mysterious mugger? It’s CHRIS JERICHO!! The Painmaker gives Tanahashi a warning. “Wait and see what I do to you, January 5th in the Tokyo Dome!” Jericho VS Tanahashi, “It’s going to be a classic match.” And Tanahashi’s last! “Sayonara.” Y2J VS The Ace?! What an amazing match! Tanahashi grabs a mic to respond. “JERICHO! Good news! Next year, January 5th in the Tokyo Dome… I’m available.” And it’s official! Tanahashi is ready for that match, but will he be feeling the Judas Effect in the New Year?
Super Junior Tag League Finals: Roppongi 3K VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado!
Former Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions meet once again, and are once again ready to prove which duo is better. But even before getting in the ring, the Suzuki-Gun goons go right after Sho and Yoh from behind! Kanemaru and Desperado beat RPG3K down, and while Desperado beats Sho down, Kanemaru brings Yoh to ringside. Desperado gives Sho a back suplex on the ramp! Yoh is whipped into barriers, and both men writhe in pain. Kanemaru stomps Yoh down but the referee reprimands him and Desperado. Team Suzuki-Gun put Yoh in the ring while leaving Sho for dead. The bell rings and this match finally begins.
Kanemaru stomps Yoh then drags him into an open corner. He whips Yoh corner to corner but Yoh dodges! Yoh dropkicks Desperado but Kanemaru kicks low. Kanemaru whips but Yoh dodges and hits back with flying forearms! Fans fire up behind Yoh, and he blocks a kick from each man! Double dragon screws send Team Suzuki-Gun down! Desperado bails out so Yoh goes after Kanemaru. Sho is in view, crawling his way down the ramp, but Yoh throws hands on Kanemaru. Kanemaru boots back but Yoh dumps him out! Yoh PESCADO! Fans fire up with Yoh again as he stomps Kanemaru down more. Sho is getting closer as Yoh puts Kanemaru in the ring. Yoh drags Kanemaru up to throw forearms. Sho wills himself towards the ring as Yoh stomps away on Kanemaru. Yoh wrenches and whips corner to corner, then runs in, but Kanemaru puts Yoh on the apron.
Yoh forearms back but Desperado anchors a foot! Kanemaru boots Yoh down! Desperado brings Yoh up to whip into railing! Kanemaru keeps on Yoh while Desperado sees Sho. Kanemaru whips Yoh into railing, and with Yoh hanging over the edge, Kanemaru hops up to drop a guillotine leg drop! Yoh flops over and Desperado whips Sho hard into railing on the other end! Sho is writhing and screaming as the referee starts a ring count. Desperado mocks the RPG3K fans while hearing the ring count. Yoh hurries, he’s at ringside at 18, but in at 19.5! Kanemaru stomps and grinds Yoh down with his boot, but lets up at 3. He drags Yoh up to feed to Desperado’s boots. Desperado tags in now and “wonders” where Sho is right now. He drags Yoh up for a big scoop slam, but Sho finally makes it to the RPG3K corner. Desperado taunts Sho while grinding Yoh down.
Desperado sucker punches Sho! But Yoh fires back with haymakers! Desperado knees low and whips him into the Suzuki-Gun corner. Kanemaru tags in, scoop slams Yoh fast, then drags him up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Yoh is barely hanging in as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Desperado tags back in. He drags Yoh up, but Yoh suplexes Desperado! Both men are down and fans are rallying up. Kanemaru runs in to boot Sho down! And then whip him into railings again! Yoh can’t do anything to save his friend, and then Kanemaru drags him down. Desperado stands on Yoh as Kanemaru dropkicks him! Desperado covers, TWO!! Fans cheer as RPG3K lives. Desperado drags Yoh up and tags Kanemaru. Team Suzuki-Gun mug Yoh then double whip. Yoh ducks, sends Desperado at Kanemaru, catches Kanemaru and kicks Desperado, DDT Complete Shot combo! Fans fire up and Sho is back on the apron! Sho and fans rally, Yoh crawls over, hot tag to Sho!
Sho fires off forearms on Kanemaru then whips. Kanemaru reverses but Sho reverses back to kick, kick and SUPERKICK! Sho hits Desperado down for good measure before going back to Kanemaru. Sho dead lifts Kanemaru in a waistlock! But Kanemaru elbows free! Kanemaru kicks and runs, but Sho runs him over! Sho grits his teeth to get through the back pain. He brings Kanemaru up to throw big forearms then whips, but Kanemaru reverses. Kanemaru grabs the ref to distract as Desperado gets a CHAIR SHOT in! Sho goes down hard and Kanemaru laughs as he tags Desperado back in. SPEAR takes Sho down! Desperado drags Sho up, Kanemaru dropkick-starts the side slam! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Desperado is right on the leg, STRETCH MUFFLER! Kanemaru whips Yoh into railing again as Sho suffers! Desperado keeps him from the ropes and just goes after that leg with ferocity!
But something is happening in the background! Someone goes crashing into more equipment, and as Sho goes for ropes, Kanemaru SPITS WHISKEY! The ref missed it! Yoh gets back in, but Kanemaru intercepts! Sho endures as Desperado also has an arm! Yoh powers up to barrel Kanemaru into them! Sho is freed but the damage is done. Desperado vows to end it as Yoh gets sent into more barriers. Desperado underhooks but Sho breaks out to use that super strength to back drop Desperado! Desperado comes back with stomps and a CHOP. He runs, but Yoh is back, RPG3K KNEES! Yoh drags Desperado up, suplex to Sho for the Canadian rack. Kanemaru trips Yoh and Desperado knocks Sho down! Desperado suplexes, Sho slips out and waistlocks! Desperado flails desperately, but Sho is just too strong!! German Suplex hits!!
Sho fires up and the fans do, too! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, pop-up BACKBREAKER! Sho crawls to the cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Kanemaru stomps away on Sho then clubs him down. Kanemaru whips and corner clotheslines to then throw Sho down. Kanemaru hops up, Sho stands, but he gets clear! Yoh returns, Kanemaru turns around into 3K!! Fans are thunderous as Yoh fires back up. Desperado is alone as Yoh stomps it out. Fans rally and Desperado flounders over. But Desperado denies a 3K for him, kicking and throwing hands! He throws Sho into Yoh! But Sho blocks the clothesline, only for his clothesline to feed into an inverted half-nelson gutwrench! Spin-out Powerbomb!! Cover, TWO!?! Sho survives!? Desperado is furious! He drags Sho up again, underhooks, but Sho resists! Sho fights against Pinche Loco so Desperado knees low.
Sho fires back with forearm from all sides! But Desperado rakes eyes and ROCKS Sho with that right! Desperado runs, into Sho’s LARIAT! Sho powers up and Yoh returns. Sho drags Desperado up, tucks the arms under for double pump handles, but Desperado lands on his feet to headbutt back! But Yoh is back, 3K OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, ROPPONGI 3K WINS!!
Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning; 2019 Super Jr Tag League Champions
That’s a THREE-PEAT! And they’re clearly emotional over this amazing and historic victory. They take the trophies, and with a win over the current Junior Heavyweight Tag Champions, they surely have a chance at the titles again! Will the New Year be golden for RPG3K? But speaking of the champions, El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori strike! Bullet Club won’t let Chaos celebrate! Fans boo as Bone Soldier drags Yoh up for ELP to SMASH with the belt! And then they do the same to Sho, with a punch to the balls! Ishimori Electric Chairs Sho and ELP says BANG, a FULL METAL DOOMSDAY! Wrestle Kingdom has their Junior Heavyweight Tag title match, but will Bullet Club put a stamp on their title reign?
NEVER Openweight Championship: KENTA VS Tomohiro Ishii!
This all started when it was revealed in treacherous fashion that Mr. Takeover was the newest part of Bullet Club’s arsenal. Bullet Club also helped Kenta take that title off the Stone Pitbull, which only soured the taste in the Pitbull’s mouth. Will Ishii bare his fangs against #FangRevived and get payback for it all?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and tensions already run high on this golden grudge match. Said match will begin after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns with the bell and fans are on Ishii’s side as he and Kenta tie up. They are in a deadlock but Ishii manages to get Kenta to ropes. Kenta turns it around, and SLAPS out of the break! But Ishii slaps back! And they start slapping back and forth! It’s a slap fight! Kenta steps it up to forearms but Ishii responds in kind. They talk trash and throw more forearms. Kenta turns, boots but Ishii rebounds to forearm. Kenta rebounds and boots, Ishii rebounds to forearm again. Ishii runs but Kenta follows to boot. Kenta runs but Ishii runs him over! Fans cheer as Kenta is sent rolling. Ishii toys with Kenta and drags him up to CHOP. And CHOP! Ishii whips but Kenta grabs ropes to bail out, but Ishii is right on him! Ishii puts Kenta in and rains down rights, which the fans like to see!
Kenta slips out to a corner and uses the ropes as a defense. Red Shoes tells Ishii to stay back, but Kenta pokes the eyes! Kenta kicks low and DDT’s Ishii down! Kenta rains down rights of his own then walks it off. Fans rally for Ishii but Kenta stomps him down. Kenta swiftly kicks Ishii in the chest and then the leg and back tot he chest. He boots Ishii to a corner and starts slapping. Ishii just eggs him on! Kenta slaps but Ishii wants more! So Kenta gives more. Ishii slaps back and the slap fight is on again. Kenta SLAPS Ishii down! And then more! Kenta goes corner to corner while Ishii flounders and falls. Kenta drags Ishii up and turns him for a neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Kenta drops knees over and over, then pulls down the knee pad, to hop over and scuff Ishii’s face. Fans boo the Low Sweet as Kenta stomps Ishii more.
Kenta toys with Ishii now, but Ishii just gets annoyed. Kenta kicks him around, but Ishii powers up to throw hands. Kenta knees low then runs, but Ishii stays up after the boot! Ishii dodges another boot and ducks the clothesline, but Kenta fights off the waistlock. Ishii forearms then ducks the clothesline to get Kenta into a suplex! Both men are down and Kenta goes to a corner. Ishii is up and after Kenta with CHOPS! He won’t let Kenta sit down, he stands him up for more CHOPS! And again he makes Kenta stand to take the CHOPS and forearms! Forearm, CHOPS, repeat! Then a whip corner to corner, and Kenta bounces off buckles into a spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Ishii keeps his cool as he keeps on Kenta. Ishii waistlocks but Kenta gets to ropes. Red Shoes calls for a ropebreak but Kenta has to elbow Ishii off.
Kenta gives Ishii forearms then eggs him on. Ishii forearms back and we have another back and forth. Ishii says he doesn’t feel Kenta’s shots! Ishii rocks Kenta then runs but into the kitchen sink knee! Kenta made him feel that one. Kenta kicks Ishii while he’s down then stomps him on the apron. Red Shoes reprimands Kenta so he lets up. Kenta brings Ishii up and through the ropes, for kicks to the chest. Then he has him draped, for the DDT! Ishii writhes but Kenta covers, TWO! Kenta is ice cold as he brings Ishii up. Ishii fires forearms again, but Kenta kicks away on the legs! Kenta back kicks then runs corner to corner, a soaring boot! And then corner to corner again, flying basement dropkick! Classic Kenta as he continues up top, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives the coup de grace and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Kenta gives Ishii more swift kicks to the chest. But Ishii powers up again! Ishii just takes the kicks to feed off them! Kenta keeps trying but Ishii bluntly CHOPS Kenta down! Red Shoes reprimands, Ishii needs to watch how high he aims. Ishii goes after Kenta with CHOPS again but those are still up high! Ishii wants these to hurt! Red Shoes has to back Ishii off, but Ishii doesn’t care. Ishii drags Kenta up to hoist him to the top rope. Ishii climbs to join Kenta, and lifts him way up! He even holds him there before the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives but he’s spitting up a little bit of blood. Ishii keeps going, powerbomb lift but Kenta slips out. Ishii ducks Kenta’s back hand and gets a German Suplex! Kenta is up but gets another German! Ishii runs, Sliding D into an armbar! Kenta turns it over for Game Over!
Ishii endures the modified LeBelle Lock as Kenta cranks back! Fans rally but Kenta loses grip. Kenta goes after him again but Ishii refuses to quit. Ishii wriggles around, rolls Kenta over but now he’s in a triangle hold. Kenta then cranks back to get the Game Over again! Ishii endures, unable to see with Kenta’s hands over his eyes. But Ishii feels around with his legs and gets the ropebreak! Kenta lets go in frustration. Kenta backs off as Ishii crawls his way up the ropes. Kenta comes back to knee him into ropes! Then runs again, building up speed, but he sees Ishii’s counter attack coming and boots it away. Kenta also ducks the southpaw lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kenta runs to Penalty Kick, but Ishii catches it! Only for Kenta to BOOT him with the free leg!
Both men are down again and fans build to a rally. Kenta aims from a corner, runs at Ishii, PSYCHO KNEE! But Ishii rises!? Kenta ROUNDHOUSES him down! But Ishii sits up again! Fans are firing up as Kenta runs and builds speed, another Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii still lives and Kenta can’t believe it! Kenta drags Ishii up into the fireman’s carry, but Ishii pops out to a dragon sleeper! Kenta slips around and suplexes but Ishii fights that off. Kenta dodges the clothesline and fires forearms but Ishii spins to LARIAT! The southpaw hits but Ishii rests in the red corner. Kenta gets up to kick and forearm Ishii, then slap away on his head! Ishii stands right up to stare him down. Kenta forearms but Ishii just steps into them! Ishii backs Kenta down with every strike to then DECK Kenta!! That was as loud as it was hard!
Ishii wants Kenta to stand and Kenta slowly rises. Ishii runs in, corner clothesline to a whip to another clothesline. Kenta manages to reverse the whip but still gets a clothesline! Ishii drags Kenta up, lift and powerbomb! High stack, TWO! Ishii sits Kenta up, SLIDING D! Cover, TWO!! Kenta still lives but Ishii is firing up! Ishii drags Kenta back up, suplexes, but Kenta slips out to a sleeper! Ishii powers out, Kenta clotheslines back but Ishii doesn’t budge! Ishii clotheslines back but Kenta stays up. Both men run, Ishii’s clothesline takes out Kenta! Then the suplex, but it’s Kenta’s Falcon Arrow! Kenta is down and too tired to make a cover, but fans are rallying up again. Kenta rises first but Ishii follows. Ishii fires off elbows from all sides, but Kenta LARIATS back! Kenta drags Ishii up, Penalty Kick!
Kenta slashes the throat and fireman’s carries Ishii, for GO- NO! Ishii lands on his feet, suplexes, but Kenta slips out. Both men fight for suplex control, Kenta cradle counters, TWO! They both stand fast and Kenta back hands, but Ishii PELES! Kenta rebounds, Psycho Knee! Both men are down again but fans are still rallying. Both men stand and Kenta boots but Ishii blocks. Kenta gives the right hook then palm strike after palm strike. Ishii gives one back! Ishii runs into the fireman’s carry! GO TO SLEEP!! But Kenta doesn’t want to end it here?! He pulls the knee pads off and drags Ishii back up. Another fireman’s carry, GO TO SLEEP AGAIN!! Cover, Kenta wins!!
Winner: KENTA, by pinfall; still NEVER Openweight Champion
It wasn’t even about needing another, it was about wanting to do damage. The Bullet Club kept their hands clean of this match, and Kenta sends the Stone Pitbull to the back of the line by himself. Will #FangRevived continue to sink his fangs into NJPW?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay VS BUSHI!
The Aerial Assassin and fellow Bird of Prey, Robbie Eagles, were on a great run in the Super Jr Tag League, but the masked wrestler of Los Ingobernables de Japon didn’t care about any of that. He spat the green mist that screwed Ospreay over and then staked his claim to this match. Will Bushi pay for the mist spray? Or will Ospreay define his reign with another win over another rival?
The introductions are made, but the belt isn’t raised before Ospreay shotgun dropkick blasts Bushi down! Red Shoes hurries to ring the bell as Bushi bails out, and the match officially begins with Ospreay’s PESCADO! Down goes Bushi and Ospreay fires up! Ospreay drags Bushi up, whips him into railing, and Bushi hits hard. Ospreay gets the fans fired up as he drags Bushi up again for big haymakers. Ospreay puts Bushi back in the ring and he drags Bushi up for forearms and CHOPS! Ospreay whips, Bushi holds ropes and boots back, then huricanranas Ospreay out. Bushi slingshots to huricanrana again! Bushi evens things up and catches his breath as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Ospreay has made his way to the gap. Red Shoes checks on him but he’s okay to continue. Bushi goes and fetches Ospreay to then whip into railing hard! Ospreay writhes but Bushi is ice cold as he stomps Ospreay down. Bushi puts Ospreay in the ring and finally takes off his shirt, to use it to choke Ospreay! Red Shoes reprimands but Bushi lets up with just one hand at 3. Ospreay gets to ropes so now Red Shoes counts the ropebreak, Bushi lets go at 3. Bushi drags Ospreay up to knock him down! Bushi hooks a leg for the STF! Ospreay endures as Bushi cranks back on the crossface portion of the match. Ospreay powers up but Bushi hooks his face! Ospreay still gets the ropebreak and Bushi lets go reluctantly.
Bushi stomps Ospreay then drags him up, but Ospreay fires forearms back. They brawl with forearms now, and Bushi clubs Ospreay down. Bushi runs into a BIG Pop-Up Flapjack! Ospreay can breathe and recover as Bushi crashes down. Fans rally and duel as Ospreay drags himself up by ropes. Ospreay drags Bushi up for forearms then whips but Bushi reverses. Ospreay dodges, handspring, flying enziguri! Cover, TWO! Ospreay doesn’t stop, he wants the fans to get loud. The fans respond and Ospreay heads to a corner. Ospreay springboards, Pip Pip Cheerio flying forearm! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool as he drags Bushi up again. Ospreay reels Bushi in, underhooks and lifts but Bushi resists. So Ospreay kicks away, only for Bushi to catch a leg. Bushi rakes eyes, runs, but into the dropkick-flip and enziguri!
Bushi bails out and fans fire up as Ospreay builds speed! But Bushi gets in to block the Sasuke Special. Bushi drags Ospreay out through the ropes and jumps, BOOSTED draping DDT to the apron! Ospreay hits so hard but both men are down on the outside. Bushi gets up and leaves Ospreay behind in the 20 count. The count passes 10 as Bushi stomps Ospreay, but Bushi does put Ospreay back in at 13. Fans applaud Bushi doing this the right way, and Bushi stomps Ospreay before putting him in a corner. Bushi whips corner to corner then runs in for double knees! He pushes Ospreay down and hops up, missile dropkick sends Ospready down! Bushirooni! Bushi keeps going, fisherman swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay lives and this match continues after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and Bushi heads up top. Ospreay rises and Bushi leaps, but Ospreay gets under. Ospreay dodges Bushi in the corner but is hung up on the ropes! Bushi CHOPS then hops up again, to SUPER STEINER! But Ospreay lands on his feet?! Bushi swings into the Half ‘n’ Half! Ospreay fires himself up and the fans follow. Bushi is outside, Ospreay SASUKE SPECIALS! He just manages to hit his target! Ospreay grits his teeth to ignore the pain in his neck as he goes back to Bushi. He puts Bushi in and takes aim from the red corner. Bushi sits up, ROBINSON SPECIAL! The spin kick hits but Ospreay moves through his formula. Ospreay springboards, but Bushi blocks the cutter to shove Ospreay into Red Shoes! Ospreay checks on the ref but he has to continue the match.
Ospreay drags Bushi up, but Bushi wants to spit! Ospreay covers Bushi’s mouth! Then he kisses Bushi!? Because he steals the mist to spray at Bushi!! Bushi flails and Ospreay grins and winks. ROUNDHOUSE rocks Bushi! Red Shoes is reviving and Ospreay shouts for him to hurry. Ospreay springboards, but Bushi uses Red Shoes as a shield to take the OSCUTTER! Ospreay just assassinated the referee! And no one knows what to say! Ospreay looks around but where did Bushi go? He finds him by commentary, and drags him up. Bushi goes to low blow but Ospreay blocks and whips. Bushi reverses it but Ospreay stops himself. Ospreay and Bushi go to the ring, Ospreay gets Bushi with a springboard dropkick! Ospreay heads up top, aims at Bushi, SHOOTING STAR onto knees! And the BLACK MIST RETURNS! Bushi still had some left to use on Ospreay!
Fans rally as Red Shoes is still down. Another ref hurries in to take Red Shoes’ place, just as Bushi hits a DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!?! Ospreay lives and Bushi can’t believe it! But Bushi just heads up top again. He waits for Ospreay to stand, and leaps into a roundhouse! Both men are down again but a Young Lion gets Ospreay water. Ospreay splashes his eyes clean and then aims from a corner. HOOK KICK! Then the armband comes off, HIDDEN- NO! Bushi ducks the back hand, runs at Ospreay but his monkey flip is blocked! So Bushi springs up to SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes and blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but not the rewind mule kick! Bushi runs, into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Now Bushi survives but Ospreay is not done yet! Ospreay slashes the throat, drags Bushi up and underhooks, but Bushi slips out to backslide! And bridge! TWO!!
The fans are thunderous as Ospreay pops Bushi up, but gets a CODE BREAKER! Bushi vows to end it and he goes up top again. Ospreay rises, Bushi leaps, MX!! Cover, TWO?!? Ospreay survives Bushi’s modified Code Breaker!? We pass 15 minutes as Bushi heads back to the corner. He’s up again, but leaps into a CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives but Ospreay takes aim from the corner. HIDDEN BLADE! Ospreay isn’t done with Bushi yet, he hops up the buckles, SUPER OSCUTTER! But he holds on?! And rolls Bushi around, underhooks, STORM BREAKER! Cover, Ospreay wins!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall; still IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
A third defense on this run but Ospreay has run the table in 2019! Best of the Super Juniors, Super J Cup, Super Jr Tag League, what more is there for Ospreay to do? Perhaps we’ll hear from Ospreay after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Ospreay has the mic.
He wants to know, “Are you having fun?” Ospreay wonders if there’s anyone else who wants a shot at Ospreay. He beat Shingo Takagi, El Phantasmo, Ryusuke Taguchi, Rocky Romero, Sho and Yoh, Amazing Red, Bushi, and even his pal, Robbie Eagles. “God damn, I’ve beaten everyone.” Who is left in NJPW to challenge him!? Anyone from anywhere! This is your chance!! Ospreay hears fans wanting Hiromu but “he ain’t here.” So then, until someone steps up, “get a look, Osaka. Forever, IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Thank you very much.” The Aerial Assassin heads out but the lights go down! “TIME BOMB will blow up soon.” The Time Bomb is coming back?! The countdown says 62 days, but then the screen changes. That’s not Daryl but a very similar cat on screen. And he lights the fuse. A new countdown begins!
3, 2, 1! BOOM! Hiromu Takahashi IS BACK!! He and his cats head to the ring! But before he gets in, he makes sure the cats are under careful watch at commentary. Hiromu then has a ball running himself into the railing! And then up the ramp to take a tumble! “This is it!” This is what Hiromu has been missing. This is what Hiromu has been wanting! Ospreay puts the belt on the mat to welcome Hiromu back! Fans cannot believe what they’re seeing as Ospreay dares Hiromu to get in the ring. Hiromu hops up onto the apron, and walks into the ring, to get up on the ropes and soak up the adulation! But then he does turn his attention to Ospreay as he gets himself the mic. “I am Hiromu Takahashi!” And he thanks them all so much for waiting. “Now that I’m back, we’re gonna have even more, more, MORE fun in NJPW! You can rest assured of that.”
But surely they’re a bit worried, right? “Can he really do it?” “He just came back, isn’t he being a little cocky?” “He’s just gonna change his style anyway.” Heh. Hiromu grins as he says “Who besides me would challenge a beast like him!?” Fans agree, “Nobody, that’s who!” So just watch and see. Hiromu jumps and hits the mat with his back! Then runs into buckles and throws himself around, showing that he can still be as reckless as ever! He may be physically alright, but he still might not be mentally all there… But fans still support him as he bridges up. “Mic please.” Ospreay gets Hiromu the mic. “Congratulations, Will Ospreay. Now, you are the most strongest Junior Heavyweight wrestler.”
But then Hiromu sits up to say, “But Hiromu is back!” And he challenges Ospreay, for Wrestle Kingdom! If you didn’t do the math on that countdown, that’s where it was all headed. And then he licks the title…? Ospreay grins, one of his favorite rivals has returned. And even gives him a hug. And as Hiromu makes his way out, he has one more thing to say to Ospreay: “Thank you meow.” Will Ospreay remain the most dominant Junior Heavyweight when he finally gets a rematch against the most chaotic?
I did not realize this was going to be TWO HOURS when I started putting this together. But what a great two hours it was! We got the bonus tag match of Okada & Yoshi-Hashi VS Ibushi & Tanahashi. Looking at that match, it was obvious Hashi was taking the pin. And it was very smart to give the pinfall to Tanahashi. This way, Okada and Ibushi stay even because neither is gaining momentum off a finish. Then Jericho calling Tanahashi out, that is an instant classic right there. With two months to go, I really wonder if Jericho is still AEW World Champion by then. Much like how ROH didn’t let Jeff Cobb be world champion during the G1 to lose and make them look bad, I’m not sure AEW wants their top champion to look bad losing a non-title match. Even with Tanahashi being a great staple of NJWP, pretty sure Y2J won’t be Le Champeon by then.
The Super Jr Tag League finals were great! RPG3K and the Kanemaru-Desperado combo make for great rivals, and what a great achievement for RPG3K to be triple tag league winners. That is an amazing thing for those two. I still remember their excursion to ROH as the Tempura Boys, and those boys have grown so much since then. I would be really surprised and perhaps disappointed if they didn’t beat Bullet Club for those tag titles at Wrestle Kingdom. That would be big, and I think the Junior Tag Division could use something like that. The NEVER Openweight Championship was another great and stiff match for Ishii and Kenta, and that’s great. It was also telling that Kenta didn’t need to cheat. He is being allowed to be as strong as he deserves to be, so that’s a plus.
And then we get a double dose of greatness out of the main event. The match itself was incredible, so much story went into Ospreay VS Bushi. I love that black mist spot, I have never seen someone steal the mist like that! Ospreay winning makes a lot of sense, he has just been on a tear. Plus, it was the perfect set up for him to count his wins in 2019 and that cues the shocking and totally amazing return of Hiromu Freakin’ Takahashi! It is so great to see him again, to know he’s back in wrestling shape, and to get one more Ospreay VS Hiromu match at Wrestle Kingdom. As it stands, there is no predicting who wins. Ospreay has amazing momentum, but Hiromu never truly lost the title since he went out with injury. Either way, their match will be “even more, more, MORE fun,” as Hiromu put it, than everything up to this point.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/28/22)
The Super Juniors keep going!
Who stays alive in round five?
NJPW isn’t slowing down, they’re just speeding things up with another night of the Super Jr. Tag League! Will Ace Austin & Chris Bey be the ONLY 5-0 team?
- Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Yuto Nakashima & Oskar Leube; Shane & Mikey win.
- 8 Man Tag: Toru Yano, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight; Taguchi & Connors win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS SHO & Dick Togo; TJP & Akira win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman; win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Bushi & Titan win.
- Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey; Yoh & Lio win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Austin & Bey: 4-0, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 3-1, 6 points
TJP & Akira: 3-1, 6 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
Yoh & Lio: 3-1, 6 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-2, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-3, 2 points
Taguchi & Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-4, 0 points
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-4, 0 points
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors VS KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight!
The Wild Hips and the #TimeJet are both down after round four, and are walking on the edge of elimination! Who stays alive in round and who runs out of time?
Knight shows off his new orange sweatpants, and says it’s for their team, “Time 2 Fly.” Taguchi doesn’t understand why, but Kushida says Taguchi is just jealous. Taguchi offers a beer? Fans applaud and Knight accepts it. He and Connors toast, crack ’em open and sip. Fans applaud the sportsmanship, and the fans sort out. Taguchi and Knight start, fans rally as they circle. They both show off their footwork, Taguchi tests the water with a jump and Knight backs away. Then Knight jumps and Taguchi backs away. Fans applaud as both men are aware of the other’s air moves.
Knight and Taguchi circle, tie up, and Taguchi waistlocks. Knight switches, Taguchi wrenches out and has the wristlock. Knight rolls, handsprings and wrenches back! Fans applaud as Knight has the wristlock. Taguchi rolls and trips Knight to a toehold. Knight endures, gets Taguchi with a chinlock and brings him down. Taguchi rolls but Kushida stays on him! They stand and Knight wrenches to another wristlock. Knight whips, Taguchi reverses and Taguchi runs in, but Knight dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Knight drags Taguchi up but Taguchi pushes him away, and both men go to their corners.
Kushida tags in, Connors does, too. They circle, tie up and Kushida headlocks. Connors powers out but Kushida runs him over. Things keep moving, Connors hip tosses but Kushida makes that an arm-drag! Connors runs back in but into another arm-drag! Kushida goes for another but Connors avoids the arm-drag, to CLUB Kushida down! Fans applaud as Connors brings Kushida up. Knight tags in as Connors whips, and Kushida reverses the whip. Time Jet bypasses Connors, Knight drop toeholds and wrenches the arm. Kushida knocks Taguchi down then PENALTY KICKS Connors’ arm! Fans fire up as Time Jet have a secret handshake!
Knight drags Connors up and wrenches the arm, then tags Kushida back in. Knight hands off the arm for Kushida to wrench, then he tags back in. Kushida hands off the arm for Knight to wrench. And then they handoff the wrench over and over and over! Then they double wrench, snapmare and double knee drop the arms! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Knight drags Connors up. Knight has an armlock and he grinds the shoulder but Connors fights up. Connors throws body shots, but Knight knees low! Knight says its time, he runs, but Connors drops and POUNCES! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Connors and Knight crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kushida and Taguchi! Kushida dodges to kick and run, but into a HIP ATTACK! Fans rally as Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Kushida against ropes! And again! And then the baseball slide and APRON HIP! Fans applaud, Taguchi covers, TWO! Taguchi brings Kushida up, fans rally, and Taguchi snap suplexes! Uno Amigo! Another snap suplex for Dos Amigos! But Kushida slips free of the third for a ROLLING ELBOW! Kushida runs but Taguchi mule kicks him! But Kushida winds up, only for Taguchi to block the fastball! Taguchi winds up, SIDE ARM BODY SHOT!
Fans fire up while Taguchi tags in Connors. Wild Hips put Kushida in the corner and Connors ROCKS him. Wild Hips coordinate, for the WHIP HIP! And then another! Knight comes in, but he gets a WHIP HIP! Then Taguchi whips Connors to WHIP HIP Kushida! And WHIP HIP Knight! Fans fire up with Wild Hips and Connors whips Taguchi in, but Kushida dodges! Kushida elbows Taguchi to keep him in the corner, then sits him down. Connors runs in, but Kushida drop toeholds Connors into Taguchi’s gooch! Connors sits up in a daze, Kushida whips and hip tosses to handspring basement dropkick!
Tag to Knight and he runs at Connors to SPLASH! Knight runs to SPLASH Taguchi! And SPLASH Connors again! Taguchi runs in but Knight dodges, the HIP ATTACK hits Connors! Knight SPLASHES them both! Taguchi falls down, Knight scoops and SLAMS Connors! Knight then runs from the corner, SPINNING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Knight brings Connors up. Knight scoops but Connors slips out. Knight switches, shoves, and DROPKICKS! Kushida hops in and Electric Chair Lifts Connors. Knight says it’s time to fly! DROPKICK ELECTRIC CHAIR DROP! Cover, but Taguchi barrels in to break it!
Fans fire up, Kushida brings Taguchi up but Taguchi ENZIGURIS! Knight drags Connors up to UPPERCUT! Knight dodges Taguchi again, but Connors gives Taguchi the boost, POUNCE HIP! Fans fire up again and the Wild Hips combine their powers! “ORYA~!” CROSS HIPS!! Cover, but Kushida breaks it! Kushida throws Taguchi out then runs at Connors. But Connors dumps Kushida out! Connors drags Knight up, snap suplex! Connors says HE is too fly! Connors goes up the corner and fans rally. But Knight springs up after him! Connors throws body shots and shoves Knight away! Knight comes back, into a FLYING SPEAR!!
Connors drags Knight up, reels him in, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Wild Hips win!
Winners: Ryusuke Taguchi & Clark Connors, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Kushida & Knight earn 0)
It may have been #Time2Fly, but it wasn’t their time to win. Will the Wild Hips be untamable on their way to a comeback?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: TJP & Francesco Akira VS SHO & Dick Togo!
Catch 2/2 may not be the top of the block, but they’re not out of the running either. Can they stay close to the front of the pack? Or will the Murder Machine and Spoiler be a huge spoiler for the United Empire?
As always, Gideon Grey is here to make the introductions for the Public Enemy & Nova Fireball. But Sho & Dick attack right at the end! Sho stomps Akira while Dick stomps TJP, but Gideon jumps on Sho! Fans cheer the Orchestrator on but Dick drags him off Sho to SLAP him down! Now Dick & Sho stomp away on Gideon! But Catch 2/2 DOUBLE DROPKICK them out! And then DOUBLE PLANCHA! Fans fire up with the champs and the bell rings to get this on record. Catch 2/2 put Sho in the ring and they whip him to ropes. SOBAT, KICK, KICK and BASEMENT SHOTGUN!
TJP snapmares Sho, steps on his face, then covers, TWO! Sho crawls away but TJP is right on him. TJP drags him up, tags in Akira, and fans clap for “CATCH! NI NI!” as they double whip to double atomic drop, and then RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP NECKBREAKER COMBO! Cover, TWO! Akira taunts Dick then has the ref stop him from getting in. Akira drags Sho up, brings him over, and tags TJP in. TJP sits Sho down and fans fire up as TJP scrapes Sho’s face. TJP then runs side to side to BOOT WASH! TJP gets fans on the “CATCH! NI NI!” rhythm. TJP drags Sho up and around to whip to ropes, but Sho reverses.
TJP holds ropes then BOOTS Sho, but Sho distracts the ref from seeing Dick DECK TJP! Sho DECKS Akira, and if only fans could boo, they would. Sho throws TJP out and distracts the ref again so Dick can DECK TJP! Dick then sets TJP up for a PENALTY KICK from the apron! Sho talks trash to the timekeeper, and then Dick sets Akira up for a PENALTY KICK! The ref reprimands but Sho just laughs. Dick rakes TJP’s eyes, ROCKS him with an uppercut, and he CHOKES TJP before putting him in. Dick holds TJP down, the ref reprimands, but Sho ROPE GUILLOTINES! Sho covers, but the ref refuses to count because of the shenanigans!
Sho throws a fit but fans applaud the ref standing up for the rules. Sho tags Dick but fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” Dick and Sho tell the fans to shut up, and Dick headlock punches TJP down! Dick pushes TJP to a cover, but the ref notices it’s a choke! Dick lets off, but he chokes TJP with his knee! The ref reprimands again and Dick lets off to put on a headscissor squeeze. Fans rally as TJP endures. TJP reaches out, turns things over, and he pops out the back. TJP goes for an arm, but Dick slips out to hammerlock TJP back! Dick drags TJP up, snapmares and then FIST DROPS! Cover, TWO! Dick & Sho are frustrated but the fans fire up.
Fans rally for “CATCH! NI NI!” but Dick stands on TJP’s hands. Sho tags in and stands on TJP’s hands. Akira protests, but Sho claws TJP’s face! Akira protests more and the ref finally notices. Sho shifts to have a chinlock so that it’s all legal. Sho digs his knee in and cranks the hold, but fans rally with “CATCH! NI NI!” TJP fights up, throws body shots and is free. TJP runs, kicks Sho’s back drop away, and even dodges Dick’s sucker punch to dropkick him down! Sho runs in, TJP goes up and over and TORNADO DDTs! Both men are down, fans fire up as TJP crawls over! Hot tag to Akira! Akira runs in at Sho to clothselien in the corner!
Akira keeps moving, he back elbows in the corner! Akira goes up top but Dick anchors a foot! Akira kicks Dick away, jumps over Sho, but Sho hits low. Sho runs, Akira follows and wheelbarrows to STOMP 182! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Akira brings Sho up. Akira chicken wings the arms, lifts and HIGH- NO, Sho fights the suplex to wrench an arm. Sho bends the fingers! The ref reprimands, Akira swings on Sho, but Sho rakes Akira’s eyes first! Sho runs, but Akira BOOTS him! Akira runs, but Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho SPEARS Akira down! Fans rally as Sho and Akira stir. Sho tags in Dick!
Dick and Sho stomp Akira around, then drag him up. They double whip him corner to corner, Sho runs in but Akira BOOTS him! Dick runs in but into a backslide! Dick rolls through but Akira uses him as a step to SHOTGUN Sho! Fans fire up but Dick rakes Akira’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick ROCKS Akira then whips him to ropes. TJP sneaks a tag, Akira catches Dick, then TJP rushes in. Dick ducks the superkick but Akira catches that! Akira sends the kick at Dick but Dick blocks that, so Akira ENZIGURIS Dick! Fans fire up as TJP brings Dick around to springboard FLYING FOREARM! And off comes the shirt!
TJP goes to the corner, climbs up top and fans fire up! MAMBA- NO, TJP has to roll through as Dick dodges! Dick CLOBBERS TJP! Dick fires up and he stomps TJP around. Dick ROCKS TJP to a corner, whips him corner to corner but TJP reverses and runs in. Dick BOOTS TJP, runs to sunset flip, TWO! TJP sits on it, TWO! Ghost pin from Dick, TWO! CROSSFACE!! TJP endures as Dick pulls back on the hold! Fans rally for “T! J P!” and he reaches back, ROPEBREAK! Dick lets go and he drags TJP up. Dick underhooks the arms, but TJP blocks the Pedigree. Dick CLUBS TJP, hooks him up again, but TJP slips out!
Dick blocks a kick but TJP Rolls to drag Dick down into a PINOY STRETCH!! Akira intercepts Sho with a GUILLOTINE! But Evil & Yujiro grab Gideon! They threaten him, so Catch 2/2 let Sho & Dick go! They say okay, but then here comes AUSSIE OPEN! Davis & Fletcher dodge Evil & Yujiro, pick them up and SANDWICH them! Fans fire up as the Empire stands together! Catch 2/2 focus on Sho & Dick but then Sho & Dick rake their eyes! Dick & Sho whip the champs at each other but they reverse and send Sho & Dick into each other! Akira tosses Sho out, then he and TJP focus on Dick.
TJP brings Dick around to Electric Chair Lift and Akira climbs! Fan sfire up but Sho shoves Akira down! Dick slips off to rake TJP’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick stops, and Dick argues with the ref while Sho gets his wernch! Wait, It’s not there?! Akira has it!! Fans cheer, Akira throws the wrench to TJP! TJP drops the wrench, and plays like he got hit! Fans fire up as Sho & Dick defend their innocence! But Akira then SHOTGUNS Dick into Sho! TJP rolls Dick up, TWO!! Dick swings, into a SUPERKICK from Akira! The champs fire up and run, 2 BY 2!! Cover, Catch 2/2 wins!
Winners: TJP & Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Sho & Dick earn 0)
The House of Torture keeps trying tricks to win, but they continue to fail! They’re out of the running, will they have even one win before this is done? As for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, can they finish strong and conquer the finals?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: Robbie Eagles & Tiger Mask VS Alex Zayne & El Lindaman!
The Flying Tigers are right in the middle of it all, but that means they still have an outside shot! Will the Sniper of the Skies and the living legend make that shot? Or will they get burned by the #GLEATSAUCE?
The teams sort out and Eagles starts against Zayne. Fans rally and Eagles encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Eagles circles with Zayne. They tie up, Zayne powers Eagles back and headlocks, but Eagles powers out. Zayne turns that around but Eagles holds ropes to block the whip. Zayne keeps trying but Eagles holds on. So Zayne wrenches the arm, whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag Zayne! Things speed up, Eagles RANAS but Zayne manages to to handspring through! Fans applaud as Zayne wags his finger. Things speed up again, Zayne rolls off Eagles back!
Things keep moving, Eagles handsprings over the dropdown to strut! Fans applaud, but Zayne sweeps the legs! Cover, ONE! Eagles sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! The dropkicks cancel out, and both handspring up to pose! Fans fire up as Eagles aims his finger gun while Zayne twirls his hair. Zayne and Eagles fist bump to show respect and fans cheer that, too. Lindaman and Tiger tag in and they rush in! Lindaman knees low, CLUBS away, then brings Tiger around. But Tiger clinches! Lindaman ROCKS and whips Tiger, but Tiger reverses, only for Lindaman to come back and pick him up! Tiger fights free to get a SLEEPER!
Lindaman endures, fights up and JAWBREAKERS free! Fans rally and Lindaman wants a very special challenge. The ref is to judge who has the better… back muscles? The ref has them stand side by side and he looks them over, and declares TIGER the winner! Lindaman can’t believe it! He boos, then kicks low. Lindaman CLUBS away, runs, but Tiger scoops him for a BACKBREAKER! Tiger tells Lindaman he’s a sore loser, then tags in Eagles. Flying Tigers kick, KICK and DOUBLE KICK Lindaman down! Zayne runs in, into a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! The Flying Tigers KICK, KICK and DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Eagles brings Lindaman up and bumps him off buckles. Eagles CHOPS and then he bumps Lindaman off buckles. Eagles says one more time, and he CHOPS again! Tag to Tiger, he snapmares Lindaman and JABS him in the head with an elbow. Tiger clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Lindaman. Lindaman talks smack even now and Tiger ELBOWS him again! Tag to Eagles and he brings Lindaman up. Fans rally, Eagles whips but Lindaman blocks. Lindaman UPPERCUTS, spins, but Eagles avoids the discus to mule kick! Eagles whips Lindaman but Lindaman reverses! Lindaman runs in, blocks the boots, puts Eagles in the rope to DRAPING NECKBREAKER!
Fans fire up as Lindaman rolls and tags Zayne. Zayne ELBOWS Tiger off the apron, he blocks Eagles’ kick and spins Eagles around to LARIAT! Fans fire up more and Zayne fires off forearms and elbows! Zayne mule kicks, runs, but Eagles avoids the somersault kick! Zayne avoids the Penalty Kick to roll Eagles into an EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up as Zayne scoops for the BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Eagles goes to a corner. Zayne runs in to ELBOW him, then puts him up top. Zayne climbs up but Eagles throws body shots. Eagles shoves Zayne away but he flips and lands on his feet! Zayne comes back, Eagles leaps, but Zayne blocks the rana!
Zayne swings Eagles back up to POWERBOMB him down! Zayne then hurries to drag Eagles up. Zayne whips but Eagles reverses to kick, but Zayne ducks under it! Zayne hooks Eagles up, TACO- NO, Eagles slips free! Eagles cravats, ASAI DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Eagles and Zayne stir, Eagles crawls to hot tag Tiger! Tiger KICKS Zayne to a corner, whips him corner to corner, then storms up to ROUNDHOUSE! Tiger brings Zayne back out, underhooks, but Zayne fights free! Tiger gets around, Zayne switches but Tiger victory rolls, TWO! Tiger chicken wings but Zayne breaks free.
Tiger kicks Zayne, rolls and drags Zayne down to a KNEEBAR! Zayne reaches out, but Lindaman CLOBBERS Tiger! Eagles gets in to ROCK Lindaman and throw him out! Flying Tigers double whip Zayne to a corner, then Eagles goes to the apron. But Zayne slips away before the kick combo connects! Eagles ends up stuck up top, Tiger storms after Zayne and kicks him low. Tiger whips but Zayne reverses, Tiger runs into Eagles’ knees! Zayne runs in, uses Tiger as the boost to SUPER STEINER Eagles! Zayne waistlocks Tiger but Tiger fights the German Suplex. Tiger switches, but right into Lindaman’s waistlock! Zayne SUPERKICKS, but Tiger ducks so it hits Lindaman!
Tiger runs, crucifix takedown, TWO! Tiger underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER!! High stack, but Lindaman breaks it! Eagles kicks Zayne out, fans rally, “GO GO TIGER! GO GO TIGER!” Tiger SOBATS, Eagles mule kicks, and DOUBLE BUZZSAWS take down Zayne! Cover, TWO!! Zayne survives and fans fire up again! Flying Tigers coordinate and put Zayne in the corner. They double whip again, then Eagles goes to the apron. BOOT GAMANGIRI COMBO! Tiger then hoists Zayne up top and climbs up after him. Tiger underhooks the arms, but Lindaman CLUBS Tiger down! Tiger fires forearms on Lindaman, but runs into a DROPKICK!
Eagles springboards but Lindaman catches him for an EXPLODER! Tiger swings, into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Zayne adjusts while up top. Lindaman drags Tiger over, KUMAGOROSHI! Lindaman FLIES to take out Eagles! Zayne aims, “ITADAKIMASU~!” CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, #GLEATSAUCE wins!
Winners: Alex Zayne & El Lindaman, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Eagles & Tiger earn 0)
A GLEAT win for Lindaman & Zayne! They’re still hot in the block, but will they stay hot all the way until the finals? As for the Flying Tigers, have they been grounded once and for all? Or can they reload and try again next round?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: BUSHI & Titán VS DOUKI & Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
Black Mask & El Inmortal are in a great position, having beaten the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions and still strong in the block. But will they be careful not to stumble before the end? Or will Japones Del Mal & The Heel Master be a roadblock to the finals?
The teams sort out and Douki is calling out Titan. Titan accepts the challenge and fans rally at the bell. Douki and Titan circle, tie up, and Douki waistlocks. Titan spins through to facelock, but Douki wrenches out to wristlock. Douki keeps Titan from ropes, but Titan spins and slips through to wrench back. Titan wristlocks but Douki slips through to wrench and wristlock back. Douki twists the wrist, keeps Titan from ropes again, but Titan rolls, handsprings and arm-drags free! Fans fire up as Titan DROPKICKS Douki out of the ring! Titan builds speed, but he rolls and backflips out of the ring as Douki moves.
Titan raises the LIJ fist but Kanemaru BOOTS him down! Kanemaru stomps Titan, Douki ROCKS Bushi, then they switch. Kanemaru CLUBS Bushi, Douki POSTS Titan! Titan staggers to the timekeeper’s table but Douki puts him in the ring. Douki drags Titan around while Kanemaru puts Bushi in. Suzuki-Gun goes after LIJ’s masks! The ref reprimands but Douki and Kanemaru undo the laces! The ref counts and Douki leaves Titan alone. The ref has to count at Kanemaru, too, and then Kanemaru lets off of Bushi. Douki drags Titan up, puts him up top in the corner, and climbs up after him, to go after the mask!
The ref reprimands and counts again, Titan fights to keep his mask on, and he throws elbows! Douki falls back, he CLUBS Titan, and then tags Kanemaru. Titan is put in a Tree of Woe for a basement dropkick from Kanemaru! Kanemaru drags Titan to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for “L I J!” but Kanemaru CLUBS Titan down then stomps him. Kanemaru drags Titan back up, and hits a DDT! Tag to Douki and Douki kicks Titan around. Douki drags Titan up but Titan ROCKS Douki back! Douki slaps Titan around but Titan ROCKS Douki again! Douki still slaps Titan, then drags him up. Fans rally, Douki scoops and SLAMS, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!
Douki keeps on Titan, bumps him off Kanemaru’s boot, then Kanemaru tags in. Fans still rally for LIJ as Kanemaru whips and ELBOWS Titan down! Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi for good measure, then he stomps Titan down. Kanemaru stomps Titan and talks trash, then keeps on stomping. Fans rally but Kanemaru just stomps away on Titan! Kanemaru drags Titan up, CLUBS him on the neck, and then stalks him. Kanemaru drags Titan up, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to BOOT Titan down! Kanemaru drags Titan back up but Titan blocks the suplex! Kanemaru gets Titan up but Titan slips out to CLUB Kanemaru!
Kanemaru knees low, whips, but Titan reverse, then goes Matrix to CALF KICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Titan crawls, hot tag to Bushi! Bushi kicks Kanemaru, whips, but Kanemaru reverses, only for Bushi to RANA! Douki gets in to kick low and CLUB Bushi! Douki & Kanemaru double whip, but Bushi gets around to shove Douki into Kanemaru! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS them down! Fans fire up and Bushi drags Kanemaru up. Kanemaru swings but Bushi spins him to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Bushi runs corner to corner but Kanemaru dodges. But then Bushi SWING KICKS him away!
Bushi climbs up to MISSILE DROPKICK! And Bushirooni! Kanemaru bails out, Bushi builds speed but Douki cheap shots him! And HOTSHOTS him! Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! Kanemaru crawls, hot tag to Douki! Douki stomps Bushi in the corner, whips him corner to corner, but runs into a BOOT! Bushi goes up to FLYING RANA! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Bushi crawls over, hot tag to Titan! Titan springboards to CROSSBODY Douki! Kanemaru throws Titan down but Titan kips up to PELE! Douki storms up and kicks low, but Titan fires back a flurry of palm strikes! SOBAT, then Titan runs, but is put on the apron!
Titan GAMANGIRIS Douki in return, springboards and FLYING RANAS! Douki bails out, fans fire up, and Titan builds speed! TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit and fans fire up as Titan rises! Titan roars and he brings Douki back up. The ring count climbs but Titan puts Douki in at 11 of 20. Titan and Bushi coordinate, double whip Douki to ropes, and SOBAT, sunset flip, and SPRINGBOARD SPLASH into boots! Titan staggers away, Kanemaru BOOTS Bushi down! Kanemaru tilt-o-whirl DDTs Titan down! Douki is up top, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO, but into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Kanemaru dropkicks Bushi’s leg!
Kanemaru trips Bushi into the FIGURE FOUR! LIJ endure simultaneous submissions! And with Bushi in the way, Titan can’t get to the ropes on that side! Titan heads the other way but Douki rolls Titan away! ITALIAN STRETCH! Fans rally, Bushi grabs the ref and shoves him into Douki! Titan is free, Bushi and Kanemaru go outside. Kanemaru stomps Bushi down, Douki goes to the apron. Douki slingshots to hit DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans fire up! Douki roars and he reels Titan into the wheelbarrow. Full nelson, but Bushi runs in! Douki drops Titan to HELL STAB Bushi! Douki runs, but Bushi spins him to a BACKSTABBER!
Bushi DECKS Kanemaru off the apron, he sunset flips Douki and Titan SPRINGBOARD SPLASHES again! Cover, but Kanemaru breaks it! Bushi throws Kanemaru back out to then DIVE! Direct hit and a Young Lion has to keep Kanemaru from hitting the front row! Titan runs corner to corner at Douki, LOCO LARIAT! CODE BREAKER! ANGEL INMORTAL!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Bushi & Titan, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Douki & Kanemaru earn 0)
That was the strongest showing from Douki & Kanemaru yet, but it wasn’t strong enough! Are they relegated to simply spoiling another team’s run in the later rounds? As for LIJ, they stay strong, just behind the front of the pack. Can Titan & Bushi take over and guarantee a spot in the finals?
Super Jr. Tag League 2022: YOH & Lio Rush VS Ace Austin & Chris Bey!
The Men of the Hour have perhaps the match of the tournament on their hands! The #InevitableFinesse have been unstoppable so far, but will they make it to 5-0? Or will there be chaos in the block?
Bullet Club Too Sweets, and the teams sort out. Lio calls out Bey and Bey obliges, but then they argue about the other partners stepping out. Yoh and Ace exit at the same time and the bell rings. Fans rally as Bey talks trash with “The Bad Child.” Bey says it’s all about Bullet Club for life! Lio says Chaos for life, then he pie faces Bey with the three fingers. Bey and Lio start throwing forearms! Fans rally, Bey mule kicks and runs, but Lio follows! Bey ducks under the clothesline but Lio comes back to springboard and whip! Lio then redirects, Bey keeps up, but Lio ducks under. Bey ducks under, both men block kicks and both men SLAP!
Bey and Lio get forehead to forehead and talk more trash! Ace and Yoh shout to their guys to cool it off. Bey and Lio point to each other’s corners, and they both back away . Tag to Ace and Lio eggs him on. Ace wags his finger, he wants Yoh! Lio asks the crowd and they applaud. Lio says fine and heads for his corner, but then Ace pulls Lio’s hair! Lio kicks, Ace blocks and flips him, but Lio lands on his feet! Yoh tags in, Ace runs in, but Yoh ROCKS Ace! Yoh clinches but Ace throws body shots and forearms. Ace runs, Yoh drops then sidesteps to drop toehold! Yoh keeps moving to basement dropkick! Fans rally as Yoh stays between Ace and Bey.
Yoh clinches but Ace cradle counters, TWO! Ace kicks low, CHOPS Yoh to the corner, then shoos Lio. But Yoh fights back with elbows and forearms! Ace swings, misses, but he ELBOWS Yoh! Ace runs, but Yoh dumps him out! Yoh builds speed, but Bey trips him up! Bey drags Yoh out but Lio rushes over to slide! But Bey avoids the dropkick! Bey shoves Lio at Yoh but Lio stops himself. Bey whips but Lio reverses to send Bey at the apron, only for Bey to tiger feint kick! Lio ducks it, Yoh kicks Bey low! Ace rushes over but Lio moves! Yoh swipes at Ace but he handsprings over to SUPERKICK Yoh away! But Lio gets in the ring to HANDPRING KICK Ace down!
Lio builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit with the tope and fans fire up! Lio calls to Yoh to get Ace and Yoh drags Ace up. Yoh puts Ace in, then CLAWS Ace on the back. Yoh stomps Ace, bumps Ace off buckles, and tags in Lio. Lio & Yoh double whip Ace corner to corner, Lio whips Yoh in to back elbow! Lio SPLASHES, then he hooks up with Yoh, ROLLING- GAMANGIRI from Bey! Ace pushes Yoh over to BUZZSAW! Bey kicks Lio away, then tags in, and Bullet Club double whip Lio to a corner. Bey sets up for Ace’s POMMEL KICK! Ace sets up, FINESSE IN MOTION! Drop toehold, EDDY GORDO and a DOUBLE STOMP!
Fans applaud the great combinations, and Bey isolates Lio’s arm! Bey STOMPS the elbow! Lio clutches his arm but Bey drags him around. Bey wants Lio to look into the camera to “say hello to The Elite!” Bey then CLUBS Lio with a crossface forearm. Bey talks more trash, but Lio fires back with forearms! Bey ROCKS Lio, then stomps a mudhole into him in the corner! Red Shoes counts but Bey lets off at 4. Fans rally with claps for “LI-O RUSH! LI-O RUSH!” Bey shakes his head, drags Lio up but Lio ROCKS Bey! Bey CLAWS Lio’s face! Red Shoes reprimands and Bey lets off. Bey talks trash, pulls on Lio’s ear, then brings him up to ROCK with a haymaker!
Lio flops to ropes, Bey drags him back up and whips him into the corner. Tag to Ace, he and Bey DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Ace drops a knee on Lio’s head and digs it in. Ace stalks Lio and deadlift GUT WRENCH SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Ace stays between Lio and Yoh, and he makes Lio look at Bey as he flexes. Ace bumps Lio off buckles, Bey digs his boot in, then Ace bumps Lio off Bey’s boot. Fans rally, but Ace sucker punches Yoh! Bey tags in, he brings Lio up, but Lio fights the suplex. Lio cradle counters, TWO! Bey escapes, and he ELBOWS Lio down! Fans rally back up as Bey tells Yoh to “SUCK IT!”
Bey drags Lio up, brings him over, and bumps him off Ace’s boot. Tag to Ace, he and Bey both dig their boots in. Red Shoes counts, Bullet Club lets off, and Ace tags Bey back in. Ace & Bey double whip, but Lio stops himself and goes to where Red Shoes is! Lio BOOTS Ace away, he BOOTS Bey away, Red Shoes slips away as Lio handsprings to dodge the lariats! Lio kicks but Ace blocks and hands it off to Bey. Lio ENZIGURIS but Bey ducks, so Ace takes the hit! Fans fire up and Lio crawls for his corner! Bey rushes in, Lio slides under and KANGAROO KICKS! Hot tag to Yoh! Direct Drive rallies on Bey with big forearms!
Yoh whips, Bey reverses but Yoh ducks ‘n’ dodges to FLYING FOREARM! Ace returns, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up for Yoh as he scoops Bey. Yoh SLAMS Bey down, goes up the corner, TWISTING SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally and Yoh brings Bey back up. Yoh reels Bey in, suplexes, but Bey slips out to waistlock. Yoh switches, Bey elbows free, but Yoh reels him back in, only for Bey to break free and PELE! Bey crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans rally back up, and Bey drags Yoh up. Tag to Ace, Ace brings Yoh around, SLIDE KICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! Then the STANDING MOONSAULT LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO!
Fans applaud as Yoh is still in this, but Ace CLUBS Yoh in frustration. Ace puts Yoh in a corner, he tags Bey, and Bullet Club double wrench to CLAW his back! Then they double drop toehold, to DOUBLE CLAW him again! And Too Sweet. Yoh writhes but Bey looms over him. Fans rally up, Bey drags Yoh up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Bey suplexes again, Dos Amigos! But Yoh fights the third to suplex and FALCON ARROW! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Bey and Yoh crawl, hot tags to Ace and Lio! Lio rallies on Ace with big lariats! Lio whips, Ace reverses but Lio stops with a slide! Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire off fast hands and a BIG forearm!
Ace staggers, Lio whips but Ace reverses. Lio springboards, but Ace blocks Rush Hour! Ace waistlocks, Lio switches and rolls Ace, for the SPIN KICK! Fans fire up again as Lio covers, TWO! Lio is surprised, but then he calls to Yoh. Yoh tags in, they high-three and then double whip Ace. Bey stops Ace, Yoh runs in but blocks Ace’s boot. Yoh flips Ace to the apron, but Ace avoids the shoulder! Ace & Bey DOUBLE KNEE Yoh down! Lio runs in but Ace blocks the handspring kick! Bey slips in to SUPERKICK Lio! Bullet Club fires up, Bey tags back in, and they drag Yoh up. Spin and SMASH to a YOYO SLAM! Then a BLINDSIDE SUPERKICK to the HOUSE OF CARDS! Bey covers, TWO!!
Fans fire up as Yoh survives the onslaught! But Bullet Club fires back up and the fans rally with them. They line up the shot, ONE TWO S- NO, Lio saves Yoh to shove Bey into Ace! Bey switches with Lio but Lio victory rolls and uses Bey for the ROLLING STUNNER! Fans fire up as Lio mule kicks Bey. Bey ducks the heel kick, rolls Lio up, but Lio avoids the Superman Punch and Yoh SUPERKICKS Bey outta the air!! Then Lio runs, RUSH HOUR!! Yoh hooks Bey up for the FALCON USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as Lio tags back in and climbs up! But Ace anchors Lio! Yoh SUPERKICKS Ace, then PLANCHAS! Direct hit!
Fans fire up as Lio aims, FINAL HOUR!!! Cover, CHAOS WINS!!
Winners: Yoh & Lio Rush, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Ace & Bey earn 0)
What a shocker! The hot hand finally busts, Ace & Bey are no longer the top of the block! But with four rounds left, can they still cash in on a spot in the finals?
As for the Men of the Hour, Lio is the first to get the mic. He tells Yoh in English, “Very tired. Very tired. Very hot. Very hot!” Then to the crowd, “Konnichiwa~!” Fans applaud, knowing Lio knows Japanese. Lio returns to English to say that Yoh knows, and maybe some fans know, that Lio Rush knows very little Japanese. “But I hope you can understand when I say, I love NJPW.” Fans applaud as they do understand that. Lio also hopes the fans understand when he says, “I love my new partner, Yoh.” Fans again applaud, and Lio says, “Me and Yoh, very good tag team, but very new. And this was a learning experience for the both of us.
“But… We are on our way to being Super Junior Tag League Champions.” Lio tells Yoh that they are number one, all the way! “My friend, arigato gozaimasu. <Thank you very much.>” Fans applaud, and Lio lets Yoh take the mic. Lio know the fans want it, and the fans applaud to agree. Yoh takes up the mic and says that since Lio asked, he’ll speak. “Well, not just speak. I’ll ask a question. Do you all like NJPW?” Fans applaud because they do! “Do you like the NJPW Junior Heavyweights?” Fans applaud again because they do! “Do you like Yoh & Lio Rush?” And again, fans applaud because they do!
“Then it’s no problem if we win the Super Junior Tag League, right?” Fans applaud once again because they’d love to see it. “Thank you. Let’s do it!” Yoh & Lio high-three again, will they truly be the Men of the Hour and take the whole tournament?
Here are the NEW Super Jr. Tag League standings!
Yoh & Lio: 4-1, 8 points
Austin & Bey: 4-1, 8 points
Bushi & Titan: 4-1, 8 points
TJP & Akira: 4-1, 8 points
Zayne & Lindaman: 4-1, 8 points
Eagles & Tiger Mask: 2-3, 4 points
Taguchi & Connors: 2-3, 4 points
KUSHIDA & Knight: 1-4, 2 points
Sho & Dick: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki & Kanemaru: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Another great event and another great round for Super Junior Tag League. Also of note, Suzuki-Gun beat LIJ straight up, Taichi got the Gedo Clutch on Takagi without a restart. But anyway, I expected the bottom of the block to stay the bottom of the block, and mathematically, they are out. Only four rounds left, no way either of those teams will be a finalist by this point. But FIVE teams at 4-1, that’s wild stuff. These last four rounds are going to get wild because of that, and that’s really exciting.
I like that Zayne & Lindaman are in that mix, both guys are kinda underappreciated. Everyone in this has great ring work, but they’ve got great character work and energy. They’re up against LIJ next, that’ll be a big one, but I feel like LIJ will win to keep their chance alive. Yoh & Lio get a great upset win, I said just yesterday that I didn’t see Ace & Bey losing in the fifth and here we are! I like Lio more or less sharing some real feelings in the promo, he is getting to do great stuff here in NJPW and has blended really well with Yoh already. They really could be a dark horse candidate for the finals, but maybe Sho & Dick in the next round could be a “trap game” given the history between Yoh and Sho.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (11/28/22)
Fallout from Survivor Series!
No Damage Control here!
Survivor Series was war, and the RawEST team came out on top! What, or who, is next for the Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair?
- Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Mia Yim; No Contest.
- 8 Person Mixed Tag: The OC VS The Judgment Day; The Judgment Day wins.
- The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy; The Profits win.
- Anything Goes: Dexter Lumis VS The Miz; Lumis wins a WWE contract and the money Miz owed.
- Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage CTRL; Candice wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso w/ The Bloodline; Kevin wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline is here!
Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa and the Usos are all united after defeating Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre and the Brawling Brutes at WarGames! What do they have planned for Monday Night Raw?
Becky Lynch is here!
Speaking of WarGames, here comes The Man who finished it off for Team EST! Raw’s commercial free first hour is already Big Time as Becky heads to the ring. Fans are fired up for Becky as she gets the mic. “The Man has come around to Norfolk, Virginia~! Man, it feels so good to be back and once again say, welcome to Monday Night Raw! I missed you guys.” Fans chant, “Welcome Back!” Becky appreciates that, and says it feels good to be back. Now this doesn’t feel right, though> The Man of the People should be out there with the people! She wants to come say hi to the fans! She finds a fan with her shirt, as well as Norfolk 3:16.
Becky high-fives fans, especially one with a Seth Rollins shirt. Fans cheer for Becky as she goes up higher into the bleachers. Who is this in the yellow? Bobby. Fans cheer for Bobby now! Well, Bobby, after four months on the bench, coming back at WarGames was probably the most physical brutal way to come back, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. And who is this? Zachary! Well, Zachary, now that she IS back, she’ll tell him that she’s ready to go through hell, jump off cages and flatten fools, and take care of business! There’s a lot of business to be taken care of! Zach says that’s what the man does and that’s right!
But in the time she’s been gone, a lot of change has happened. A lot of new faces showed up, a lot of a familiar faces came back, and she’ll slap the heads off every one of ’em! It started on Friday with Bayley, and in Saturday at Survivor Series, and… Bayley heads out! Bayley says, “No no no! Y’know what, Becky?” Becky sings, “Here she comes to ruin the day~!” Bayley says when she saw Becky come out here, she thought Becky was feeling humbled since she’s out there with the peasants. But Becky went on and on and on! Bayley tells fans to shut up but they boo more. Becky talked about putting her body on the line for the people? UGH!
Isn’t that what Bayley has been doing? Has Becky not seen- But then fans chant for Becky and drowns her out! Oh c’mon! Becky had one brutal match and that’s how you treat her? But Bayley gets NO respect these last four months! Ladder Match, Last Woman Standing, WarGames, and yet these idiots have no appreciation for their Role Model. Becky says first off, Bayley, don’t call Bobby a peasant. Well Bob sucks! No he does not! Bayley’s reason for no respect is she kept losing! SHE’s the loser! But Bayley and her lackeys started it, Becky ended it, but if Bayley still wants to fight, then Becky will get in the ring and they’ll fight.
Big talk from the big man all the way over there! Becky asks Bobby if she should fight Bayley. Bobby says to go kick her butt! But then Sky & Kai come down from the steps! They mug Becky, even as Sky has a neck brace! Becky uses a fan sign to slap them all around! Bayley storms up, now it’s 3v1! They brawl into the concourse! Fans waiting over there cheer this brawl! DMG CTRL TOSS Becky into the merchandise area, but she throws things at them! She BASHES Sky & Kai with a chain necklace, but Bayley BASHES Becky with a Money in the Bank briefcase lunchboxes! Becky TOSSES Bayley into the table! The displays fall over!
Sky & Kai come back for more, Becky deals with them, but Bayley rains down fists! Becky kicks Bayley into the cameraman! The refs and security rush over to stop this but fans want to “Let Them Fight!” Becky and DMG CTRL still want after each other, how will this end now that it’s hit a new level of animosity?
Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Mia Yim!
The Judgment Day’s Eradicator and the Head Baddie in Charge still have a score to settle on their own, and they look to do that here tonight. Will Rhea drag Mia down into the Riptide? Or will “Michin” go crazy and make Rhea Eat Da Feet?
The bell rings and the two circle slowly. They tie up, Rhea powers Mia to a corner but Mia turns it around on her. Rhea shoves Mia away, Mia dodges the boot and arm-drags Rhea around! Rhea bails out and regroups with Dom while fans boo. Mia shrugs and says she thought Rhea was ready. Rhea whispers something to Dom and Rhea slowly returns. Mia warns Dom but Dom stays back. Mia and Rhea tie up again, Rhea knees low, then she trips Mia up. Rhea RAMS Mia into a corner, RAMS in again and again, then digs her shoulder in. Rhea lets off at 4, and says Mia’s no solution! Mia shoves Rhea but Rhea CHOPS!
Mia BOOTS Rhea, then reels her in for a TARANTULA! The ref counts, Mia lets off at 4, and then she trips Rhea up! Mia tells Dom to stay back, but Rhea goes out after her. Mia dodges Rhea, Rhea almost runs into Dom, and Mia ROCKS Rhea! Mia puts Rhea in the ring, dodges Rhea again and trips her up! Mia rains down forearms but Rhea kicks her away. Rhea kicks Mia low, stomps her foot then SMASEHS her against a knee before she hits a LARIAT! Dom soaks up the heat for Rhea while Rhea drags Mia up. Rhea KICKS Mia in the side, then CHOKES her on the ropes! The ref counts, Rhea lets off at 4, and she stomps Mia to a corner.
Rhea whips Mia corner to corner hard and Mia bounces off buckles! Rhea drags Mia up but Mia throws body shots. Rhea CLUBS Mia, whips her corner to corner hard again, and Mia bounces off buckles again. Rhea soaks up the heat now, then she looms over Mia. Rhea drags Mia up, reels her in and suplexes, and she holds Mia up before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Dom argues the count but Rhea dribbles and CLUBS Mia against the mat. Rhea grinds Mia’s face into the mat, “You think you’re the problem solver, Mia? HUH!?” Fans rally and duel, and Rhea soaks up the heat. Rhea pushes Mia around, pie faces her, and says Mia can’t just come into her world and step to her.
Mia snarls but Rhea stands her up. Mia KNEES Rhea in the head! And again! Mia KICKS, KICKS and KICKS Rhea down! Then KICKS her down again! Rhea flounders, Mia says she talks too much! SHOTGUN! Rhea ends up in a corner, fans fire up for Mia, and Mia runs in, but is put on the apron! Mia ROCKS Rhea first, then steps in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Rhea is hanging tough but Dom is worried as Mia drags her up. Mia wrenches and hooks Rhea up but Rhea powers out! Pump handle, but Mia turns that into a DDT!! Rhea bails out but Mia glares as she crawls that way over.
Mia aims, builds speed, but Dom stands in the way! The ref tells Dom to get down but Mia YANKS him into the ring! Fans fire up and Dom wants her to cool off! But Rhea CLUBS Mia, trips her, then rains down fists! Dom cheers but the ref reprimands. Here comes AJ Styles! Styles CLOBBERS Dom onto Rhea and the ref rings the bell!
Styles rains down fists on Dom then kicks him around! Fans fire up as Styles keeps hitting Dom! But Damian Priest & Fin Balor slip in! Styles DECKS Finn, but Priest BOOTS Styles! But the Good Brothers show up! It is another massive brawl! The OC runs off the Judgment Day, but Styles wants a mic! “Where you going?! I thought this was over at Survivor Series, but I guess I was wrong. But it’s gonna end tonight.” Fans like the sound of that! Styles says to make it a EIGHT PERSON MIXED MATCH! The ref gets in the ring, and the Judgment Day storm back up! It’s a 4v4 brawl and Norfolk is loving it!
The OC clear the ring again, and it’s Finn and Styles left inside! Finn dodges a clothesline but bails out, only for Styles to SLINGSHOT FOREARM! Finn is down and Anderson TOSSES Dom to the crowd! Rhea CLUBS away on Mia, Gallows scoop SLAMS Priest on the stage! Rhea whips but Mia reverses to send Rhea into steel steps! Styles puts Finn back in the ring, the bell sounds, and this 8 Person Tag is on!
8 Person Mixed Tag: The OC VS The Judgment Day!
Styles whips Finn, Finn reverses but Styles sunset flips! Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn looks for a tag but no one is there! Finn drags Styles up, but Styles stops the suplex! Styles snap suplexes Finn in return! Styles drags Finn back around to hit a BACKBREAKER! Styles asks his guys if they want some, and they say yes! Styles bumps Finn off buckles, tags The Machine Gun, and Karl stomps Finn. Karl bumps Finn off buckles, brings him back around and bumps him off more buckles. Tag to Luke Gallows, the Good Brothers mug Finn, and Gallows suplexes Finn! Cover, TWO! Gallows bumps Finn off buckles again, then ROCKS him with an uppercut!
Tag to Karl, he gets space and fans fire up for the JUMP KICK! Tag to Styles, he runs in to clothesline! Tag to Gallows and he runs in to SPLASH! Gallows scoops Finn but Finn slips off to tag Priest! The Punisher and Big LG square off, Priest knees and clubs and body shots! Priest whips, Gallows reverses but Priest kicks him away! Priest runs to back elbow in a corner! Priest brings Gallows out to suplex, but Gallows fights that to suplex! Priest slips out and BELL CLAPS! Priest KICKS and KICKS and ROLLING- UPPERCUT from Gallows! ROUNBDHOUSE from Priest, ROUNDHOUSE from Gallows!
Gallows runs in to uppercut Priest! Gallows runs again but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest runs, but into a FLAPJACK! Priests staggers to the corner, Gallows storms over to fire off body shots and an UPPERCUT! Gallows roars, he clinches Priest for the lift. Dom distracts, Gallows drops Priest and Dom runs away! Priest WHEEL KICKS Gallows! Tag to Finn and Finn fires off on Gallows! Finn tags Dom, Dom RAMS into Gallows again and again! Fans boo but Dom tags Finn back in. Finn throws hands but Gallows ROCKS Finn! And again! And again! Finn dropkicks Gallows’ legs! Tag to Priest and he runs to SUPERKICK Gallows down! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Dom but Gallows DECKS Dom! Dom tags out to Priest already, but Gallows BOOTS him! Tag to Anderson, he dodges Priest to CHOP, UPPERCUT, repeat! Priest shoves back, Anderson dodges the boot to fire off more shots! Priest choke grips and TOSSES Anderson, but Anderson dodges to CHOP and throw forearms! Anderson whips corner to corner, Priest reverses and runs in, but Anderson dodges to JUMP KCIK! Finn runs in but Anderson CLOBBERS him! Dom runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! The Machine Gun drops a SENTON on Finn! But Priest CLOBBERS Anderson! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up as Priest pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Anderson endures, fans rally, and Anderson fights up, only for Priest to KNEE low and CLUB him! Priest tells the OC to “SUCK IT!” but Anderson fights out of the corner! He BOOTS Priest, leaps, but Priest catches him! Priest RAMS Anderson back into the corner! Finn tags in, Priest snapmares Anderson for Finn’s slingshot STOMP! Tag to Dom, slingshot SENTON! Dom tags Finn back in, he tags Priest. Finn and Priest bring Anderson up, BACKBREAKER and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Rhea argues the count but Priest stalks Anderson to the corner.
Priest offers a tag to Rhea and she takes it. Fans are torn, and they mug Anderson! Rhea CLUBS Anderson, then she tags to Dom. They mug Anderson, Finn tags to stomp Anderson. Finn snapmares Anderson and clamps onto a chinlock. Anderson endures, fans rally, and Anderson fights up again. Finn KNEES low, bumps Anderson off buckles, then CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner and runs in, but Anderson dodges! Anderson gets Finn for a NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as both men crawl! Hot tag to Dom, and he CLOBBERS Anderson! Fans boo as Dom rains down fists on Anderson!
Dom soaks up the heat, drags Anderson back up, and he snap suplexes, Uno Amigo! And then Dos Amigos! Fans continue to boo as Dom gives some Latino Heat. THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Rhea is upset that that wasn’t three! Finn tags in and he stomps Anderson down! Finn soaks up the heat now, then he mocks the Too Sweet. Finn wraps on a chinlock and grinds Anderson to the mat. Fans rally up as Anderson endures and fights back up. Anderson hits a JAWBREAKER! Fans fire up but Finn keeps Anderson from his corner! Anderson ROCKS Finn, reaches out, but Finn still holds on!
Anderson ROCKS Finn again, reaches out again, but he just can’t! He swings, but Finn catches Anderson for an ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, but Styles breaks it! Finn is furious but drags Anderson up and reels him in. Finn stares Styles down as he mocks the Clash! But Anderson slips out to hit a BIG back suplex! Fans are thunderous as both men crawl! Hot tag to Styles! Styles rallies on Finn, he BLASTS Dom and Priest, then fires off a Phenomenal Blitz on Finn! LARAIT, then SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up with Styles, he drags Finn up to fireman’s carry! Priest gets up so Styles drops Finn to DECK Priest!
Gallows runs over to SPEAR Priest onto the desk! Styles runs but Finn puts him on the apron. Styles ROCKS Finn, avoids Dom, SLIDING KNEE takes Dom out! Styles hurries in, Finn rushes over but into an elbow! Styles goes up, QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, but Rhea breaks it! The Eradicator continues to bend the rules! Fans boo, but then Rhea kicks again, and Styles blocks it! But Finn rolls Styles! TWO!! SLINGBLADE! Both men are down and fans fire up as Rhea and Mia are the only ones left! Styles and Finn crawl, hot tag to Michin and Rhea! Mia dodges Rhea, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS!
Mia DROPKICKS Rhea, runs and DROPKICKS again! Rhea runs into a FLAPJACK! Mia KICKS, ROCKS, runs, and PENALTY KICKS Rhea down! Fans fire up with Mia and she runs in at Rhea, BOOT in the corner! Then a run, slide and CANNONBALL! Rhea flops out, but Mia just builds speed! This is the DIVE she wanted earlier, and it hits! Gallows puts Dom in the ring, Anderson CLOBBERS Dom! Priest choke grips Anderson but he slips free! Gallows YAKUZA KICKS, and he brings Priest up! But Dom saves Priest from Magic Killer and he POSTS Anderson! Gallows UPPERCUTS Dom, but Priest hits SOUTH OF HEAVEN on Gallows!!
Styles hits a PHENOMENAL FOREARM on Priest! But Finn TOSSES Styles! But Mia gets in! Finn turns around, into a scoop! Mia SLAMS Finn!! Fans lose their minds as Mia BOOTS Dom, reels him in, but Rhea KICKS Mia! Pump handle, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Judgement Day wins!!
Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall
Rhea redeems herself for her loss at WarGames, and she redeems the Judgment Day for falling short against the OC! Will this only be the beginning of the true war between these factions?
Backstage interview with The Street Profits.
Angelo Dawkins says it feels so good to be back! Byron Saxton surprises them and welcomes them back. Tonight, they’re set to take on the Alpha Academy, but how does it feel just to be back? As good as Byron looks in that suit right now. But it seems everything’s changed. Becky is back, Rey left, Theory lost his briefcase… But that changes now! The Profits are back in business! And the Profits are up and- “SHOOOOOSH~!” Chad Gable thought he never had to hear that catchphrase again. But while the Profits were “galivanting on their vacation,” Gable & Otis have been working, quietly becoming the best part of Monday Night Raw.
And this place has just generally been better without the Profits. But Gable isn’t the kind to raise problems, he has solutions! HE requested this match, and since his ideas are awesome, the match was approved. So tonight, the Academy puts the Profits on the shelf, for good! Oh…? Speaking of shelves, anyone ever told Gable he looks like the Elf on the Shelf? Where are you, Gable?! But the more things change, the more things stay the same. The Profits beat the Academy before, tonight will be no different. And why’s that? Because the Street Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Now get outta here, elf! Will things really be the same between these teams later tonight?
The Bloodline heads to the ring!
Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa, and the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions are, as Sami’s shirt says, “Feeling Ucey,” and they go to the ring together. They get the mics, and fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” Jimmy has the mic to say, “The Bloodline is now in your city!” They raise their fingers and so do many of the fans. “WE THE ONES! WE THE ONES!” Fans also chant “SAMI USO!” Jey says on Saturday, it was war at WarGames. “Y’all saw that. It’s probably one of the worst matches we’ve ever been through in our careers. I think I broke my hand for real. But uh, you see who was left standing tall, right?” They all raise their fingers again.
Jimmy says for the first time ever, “there are no crack sin the Bloodline, baby! Yes, sir!” But someone must be mad. Kevin Owens, that is. Kevin’s mad cuz Sami Zayn is not his dog, he’s the Bloodline’s dog! “My dawg!” Fans cheer the secret handshake! Fans then return to chanting “UCEY! UCEY!” Sami says that for the past six months, Jimmy accepted him no matter what. Jimmy really has been Sami’s “Down since day one.” That means everything to Sami. And Jey… Well, the last six months haven’t always been easy. Sami knows most of that time, Jey didn’t trust him. Sami knows Jey didn’t like him, either.
But at WarGames, “the way that you accepted me into this family… The way that you embraced me at the end of that match, that…! That! THAT! That was Ucey.” Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” again, and Sami wants Jey to know that here on out, any Bloodline business that they have to handle, Sami and Jey are on the same page. Sami offers a handshake, and Jey accepts it with a hug! Sami gets Jimmy to join the hug! Sami wants Solo to join in, and fans cheer Solo on. Jey and Jimmy tell their brother to join in, but then KEVIN OWENS appears! Sami tells Kevin to stop right there. “Before you do something stupid like come out here and try to fight me…”
Kevin says that isn’t why he’s here at all. Kevin says he’s actually here to tell Sami that he “gets it.” He completely understands why Sami did what he did on Saturday. Because how many times has Kevin done the exact same thing to Sami? How many times has Kevin betrayed Sami, stabbed him in the back, whatever you wanna call it, so Kevin gets it. He is actually not mad, he can’t blame Sami for that one bit. Kevin isn’t here to fight, it’s quite the opposite. Kevin can’t help but think about how, for 20 YEARS now, their careers have been linked to one another.
But after Saturday… Kevin doesn’t wanna fight Sami, team with him, ride to shows together, none of it. Kevin is just done with Sami. Kevin wants nothing to do with Sami. Sami says that’s fine. Because he feels exactly the same. Sami never wants to team with Kevin, never wants to fight Kevin again, and he’s fine never being in the same room as Kevin! Sami does NOT need Kevin anymore! He has family now. Yeah, well, Kevin is genuinely happy for Sami. Because finally, everyone here in the WWE Universe can finally see just how great Sami Zayn is. Kevin has known it for 20 years, Sami deserves to finally have this recognition. Kevin loves it.
“But Sami, here’s the thing. Doesn’t matter who many times they tell you you’re in the Bloodline, and it doesn’t matter how many times you call them family, just remember this: You’re not their real blood, and you never will be.” Fans are torn hearing that, but Jey says not to worry about that, he has this. Jey says Kevin is mad cuz he ain’t got no family. “But check this out, KO! If you got a problem with Sami Zayn, you got a problem with Main Event Jey Uso now. That’s on me!” Kevin says he has good news for Jey, then. Kevin said he was done with Sami Uso, but he’s not done with Jey! He’ll kick his ass any day of the week!
So why not meet back up later tonight and let’s see what happens?! Jey says cool! He pinned Kevin at WarGames, and he’ll pin Kevin’s ass tonight! Challenge accepted!! The Right Hand Man VS the Prizefighter, will Jey get Kevin on behalf of his new brother in arms?
Candice LeRae is back!
But as she heads to gorilla, Nikki Cross is watching. Cathy Kelley walks up to welcome Candice back, and asks how Candice is feeling going into a match against Dakota Kai. Candice says she hasn’t been here on Raw long, she was just keeping her head down and trying to get a lay of the and. But then DMG CTRL just attacked her, injured her, and maybe they thought she was a threat. She takes the mic to “reintroduce” herself: She’s Candice LeRae, the woman who will take Dakota OUT, tonight! Candice heads out, but will the Poison Pixie sting #CobraKai before getting stung herself?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle & Elias.
Byron says they’ve had a successful tag match, but what has it been like teaming? The Bro says it’s awesome! It’s like they were teaming up for years! Elias hits the Drift Away, Riddle hit the Floating Bro, they got the 1-2-3! Does Elias remember that? Yes, it was only just last week. Right, that was awesome! Elias says yes, it is awesome. But while Elias sees himself as a solo artist, he has to admit that they made a great duo. Riddle says they should go after those tag titles! What’s Elias say? Elias never has had WWE gold… But speaking of, The Usos, with Sami & Solo, walk over! Jey says Elias never will have gold. They’re the twos, and #WeTheOnes!
Oh, is that right? Then why don’t they put their money where their mouths are and put those titles on the line. Any time, any place! YEET. The Bloodline heads out, Sami rolls his eyes at Elias & Riddle, but Solo stares them down. Riddle says he and Elias have this. Will The Drifter & The Bro have a smash hit on their hands already?
The Street Profits VS The Alpha Academy!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford bring back the red Solo cups, and they go through the crowd! They’re back, and are facing some familiar foes. Will it be like old times for the former tag team champions? Or will “Master Gable” have a winning game plan for him and his number one guy, Otis?
Raw returns and the teams sort out. Gable and Ford start, circle, tie up, and Gable wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Ford endures, rolls, rolls and handsprings to wave hi to then wrench back. Ford has the wristlock and he mocks Gable’s pain. Ford tells Otis that if he tags in, Ford will whoop his ass, too! Ford wrenches again, but Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to headlock, spin and drop toehold! Gable headlocks and says “A THANK YEW~!” Fans boo but Ford fights up. Gable tags Otis, Otis KNEES Ford low then CLUBS him down! Ford goes to ropes, Otis CLUBS away with big crossface forearms!
Gable talks up his number one guy, Otis puts Ford in the corner. Otis runs in but Ford dodges! Gable tags in, but Ford drop toeholds him into a headlock! Gable keeps his shoulder up, fights up, but Dawkins tags in. Ford whips, Dawkins CLOBBERS Gable! Dawkins clamps onto an armlock and he grinds Gable down. Gable endures, slips out and around to trip Dawkins! Gable facelocks, gator rolls, but Dawkins slips out to headlock. Gable powers Dawkins to a corner and powers out but Dawkins whips. Gable goes up and over, ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Dawkins CLOBBERS Gable! Dawkins waistlocks, throws Gable, but Gable throws Dawkins!
Dawkins dodges, handsprings over, then arm-drags Gable! Gable arm-drags back but Dawkins DROPKICKS Gable down! Fans fire up over that exchange as Dawkins covers, TWO! Dawkins drags Gable up, wrenches, and tags Ford. They whip Gable, Ford LARIATS Gable now! Fans fire up as Ford flexes, but Otis runs in! Ford sends Otis out, then he sends Gable out onto Otis! The Profits build speed to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Direct hit on Otis AND Gable, and fans fire up with the Profits while Raw goes picture in picture!
Fans cheer the Profits on and they wait on the Academy. Otis storms in but Ford dodges and mule kicks! Ford KICKS, ENZIGURIS, and Otis staggers around. Ford SCOOPS OTIS?! But Gable CHOP BLOCKS Ford and Otis falls on him! Gable covers, TWO! Gable tells fans to “SHOOOOSH!” Gable drags Ford around, JAMS the arm, JAMS it again, then SLAMS it on the mat! Gable hauls Ford up for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Gable tags Otis, the Academy mugs Ford, then Otis CLUBS Ford to the ropes. Otis CHOKES Ford but the ref counts. Otis lets off at 4, Gable gets a cheap shot in! “A THANK YEW~!”
Gable soaks up the heat while Otis runs and SPLASHES! Ford sputters while Otis soaks up the heat. Otis stands on Ford at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps away at 4, and then Otis drags Ford up on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS! But Ford steps into the WRECKER ELBOW! Gable soaks up the heat, Otis drags Ford up and puts him in the corner. Tag to Gable, and a feed to a CROSS CHOP! Cover, TWO! Gable taunts Dawkins then stalks Ford to ropes. Gable CHOKES Ford now, lets off as the ref counts, then brings Ford around. Gable snapmares Ford and clamps on a top wristlock.
Ford endures as Gable thrashes the arm. Ford fights up, Raw returns to single picture, but Gable wrangles Ford back down! “SHOOOOSH~!” Fans boo but Ford still endures. Gable pulls on the bad arm, Ford fights up and throws body shots. Ford reaches out but Gable whips Ford away. Ford CHOPS Otis, leaps over Gable to sunset flip, but Otis distracts! Ford would’ve had this won! Gable THROAT CHOPS Ford down! “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable drags Ford up through the ropes but Ford shoulders into him! Ford GAMANGIRIS Otis, shoulders into Gable, slingshots but into the NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!
Fans rally but Gable BLASTS Dawkins! Gable brings Ford up and waistlocks, CHAOS- NO, Ford fights the German Suplex with elbows! Gable ducks an elbow, but Ford hits a DDT! Both men are down, but Gable crawls, hot tag to Otis! Otis runs in at Ford in the corner, but Ford dodges! Otis POSTS himself! Fans rally, Dawkins is back! Ford and Otis crawl, hot tags to Gable and Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Gable with big lariats! Dawkins DECKS Otis but Gable whips Dawkins! Dawkins hurdles over Gable to come back with a FLYING ELBOW! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs, CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI!
Gable staggers, into the SILENCER! Cover, but Otis breaks it! Otis drags Dawkins up and puts him in a corner. Otis runs in but Dawkins dodges! ENZIGURI for Dawkins! Dawkins runs but Gable dodges the cyclone! DRAGON SCREW! Gable waistlocks, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Ford breaks it!! Everyone is down and fans rally back up! Otis storms in, he hauls Ford up, but Ford lands out of the back suplex! For dodges, and SCOOP SLAMS Otis!!! Ford fires up and fans fire up, too! But then Ford wobbles, adrenaline wearing off. Ford sees Gable, and Gable rushes in, but Dawkins JABS Gable first!
Gable wobbles, Dawkins tags Ford! The ANOINTING to FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Ford & Dawkins are back and it’s as if they never left! Will they be partying all the way back to the top of the WWE Tag Team Division?
Austin Theory is here!
And after that fast and furious Triple Threat, he is the NEW United States Champion! The Youngest Two-Time United States Champion Ever goes to the ring, he gets the mic, and fans boo while he says, “Who’s the kid now? All of you wanted to hold me down. You wanted to be the nail in the coffin to the end of my career. But it’s not gonna change the fact that all of you said that that kid had the worst MITB cash-in of all time. You all said that that kid was stupid. Well who looks stupid now?” Fans shout, “YOU~!” But Theory won’t ever be called a kid again after what he did at Survivor Series. He beat Seth Freakin’ Rollins AND the All Mighty Bobby Lashley at the same damn time!
“And that makes me a TWO-TIME United States Champion!” And to make it clear, he is no longer the next big this or that, he has arrived and is the Now and Forever of the WWE! He is the Face of Monday Night Raw! Fans boo but Theory says there’s something he’s been thinking about a lot lately. Ever since getting to the WWE, day one everyone has had a problem with him. “And why is that? One simple word: Jealousy! Because everybody wants to be Austin Theory! That’s right, everyone wants to BE Austin Theory! And all of you, you see the inevitable. I’m younger, I’m stronger, I’m better, and I am the unescapable. And the Austin Theory Era begins NOW!
“And I’ll tell you what else!” BURN IT DOWN~! Here comes Seth Rollins! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins swaggers in a mess suit. Rollins gets in the ring, goes past Theory and gets himself a mic. Rollins throws off the sunglasses, and he stops Theory from saying anything to say, “Shut your mouth, and let them sing.” “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Theory says, “What happens when someone so young, so talented, so far ahead of every single person in this entire industry makes the so-called, once-upon-a-time undisputed future look like the past?”
Rollins tells Theory, “You may have lucked your way into that United States Championship on Saturday, but that doesn’t change a damn thing! Because you know deep down in your soul, Monday nights belong to me!” Fans cheer that, and continue to sing, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins looks at Theory, and at the belt, and says, “Before I go, I’ve only got one thing left to say to you. Congratulations… kid.” Fans cheer as Rollins asks Theory what’s wrong. Does he not like that? Does he want to hit Rollins? Does Theory wanna fight Rollins?! Well they ain’t gotta wait! They can do it here and now! “Gimme your best shot, kid.”
Fans sing, Rollins waits for Theory to do something, but Theory says, “I’ll fight you. But on the champ’s time.” Fans boo as Theory says, “I’m not your damn kid.” Theory pushes past Rollins and Rollins laughs. When and where will Theory and the Visionary fight for the gold?
WWE Investigates returns!
Byron Saxton says, “Over the past few months, Dexter Lumis has stalked The A-Lister, The Miz. With a series of mental and physical attacks. Johnny Gargano has come forward claiming to have a bomb shell regarding this explosive situation.” Johnny Wrestling revealed it was all a scam cooked up by The Miz! Miz claimed Gargano’s interview was completely false and a blatant smear job! But then Gargano revealed a Hollywood producer Miz met with was really a private investigator with hidden camera! Miz’s defense was shot full of holes, and he was exposed as holding out on Lumis.
So this all comes to an end in Lumis VS Miz, and if Lumis wins, he gets paid everything he’s owed on top of that WWE contract! It will be Anything Goes, will nothing stop the Tortured Artist from exacting both revenge and achieving redemption?
Raw returns and Byron interviews Miz on his way to gorilla. They’re moments away from the match, and Miz has Byron save his questions. Wait, is that bag full of the money owed? Yes, but this doesn’t matter, because that match isn’t happening! Miz reinjured his hand! Competing in this condition would go against any medical physician’s advice. But Adam Pearce walks in and calls Miz’s bluff. We know Miz isn’t hurt. How can he say that! Because that’s not even the right hand. Yeah, it’s his left. Not what Pearce meant. And not the point! Miz is too hurt to compete in any match, let alone Anything Goes! That’s a free for all! Whose dumb idea was that, anyway?!
Pearce tells Miz that whatever he says will not stop this match from happening, and it is happening tonight. Fine, Miz will compete. But let it be known that Lumis’ hopes of ever becoming a WWE superstar end tonight! And before the show is over, Pearce will be hearing from Miz’s lawyer! Miz heads out, bag of money in hand and bandages all around the other. Will Miz end up needing bandages for some real injuries after tonight?
Anything Goes: Dexter Lumis VS The Miz!
Miz makes his entrance, but shakes his head. He turns around, but Adam Pearce is there! Miz is still aginst this, but he says whatever happens is on Pearce. But Miz looks back and Lumis has crept closer. Miz yells at Pearce, then turns around, and Lumis is gone!? Pearce takes the bag of money, Miz looks around and Lumis CLOBBERS him from outta nowhere! Lumis drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Lumis slides in, but into a BASEMENT DDT! Miz got the drop on Lumis and now he feels confident! The bell rings and this match is on. Miz turns around and Lumis sits up! Lumis slithers up and keeps Miz from running away!
Miz kicks Lumis away, but Lumis dodges the haymaker to THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Lumis drops a forearm and Miz bails out! Lumis slithers out to DECK Miz! Lumis puts Miz back in, and then on the apron, to SLAM him against the LED! And then SLAMS Miz again! And again! Miz flops down, Norfolk chants for tables, but Lumis RAMS Miz into barriers! Lumis SMACKS Miz off the desk, then clears off the desk! Fans fire up and Lumis brings Miz over. They get up on the desk, Lumis clinches but Miz fights back! Miz full nelsons, but Lumis pries free to SHOVE Miz off and into barriers! Miz flops over into the timekeeper’s area and fans fire up while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Miz is tightening a literal vice on Lumis’ head! Lumis endures, but he just stares Miz down! Lumis stands up and stares Miz eye to eye and that scares Miz! Miz asks, “What is wrong with you?!” Lumis DECKS Miz, then takes off the vice! Lumis hits Miz with a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up as Lumis stalks Miz to ropes. They go outside, Lumis stalks Miz to the timekeeper’s area and into the crowd. Miz throws trash but Lumis doesn’t shrug. Lumis CLUBS Miz, brings him around, and aims for the tech area! Miz knees low and RAMS Lumis into barriers! And more barriers! Miz angles the tech area screen and chants for “MIZ TV!”
Miz brings Lumis around but Lumis knees low. Lumis RAMS Miz into the TV! Lumis then brings Miz around and puts him on the table! Fans fire up and Lumis goes to the barriers. Lumiz climbs up and takes aim, and he says he’s gonna make it rain! FOLEY ELBOW through the table!! Norfolk loses its mind as both men are down in the wreckage! Lumis stands up while Miz sputters and coughs. Lumis hoists Miz up and carries him back to ringside! He dumps Miz down, then pushes him into the ring. Miz crawls but Lumis just stalks him again. Lumis drags Miz up, reels him in, but Miz pulls off a buckle pad to hit Lumis with!
Lumis staggers, Miz runs in, but into a clinch! Miz elbows free to then full nelson, but Lumis arm-drags free! Miz ends up in the corner, Lumis runs in, Miz sends him into the bare buckles! Roll up, with feet on the ropes! TWO!! Lumis survives and Miz is furious! Miz fires up but fans boo. “MASSIVE! BALLS!!” But Lumis kips up! SIDE EFFECT! And THE SILENCE!!! Miz taps, Lumis wins!!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission (wins the money and the contract)
Pearce presents the contract and welcomes Lumis to Raw as he signs on the dotted line. Fans fire up and Lumis has the bag of money! “You Deserve It!” Lumis pulls the money out to give a kid in the front row $100! And the same for a few other kids in the front row! This was never about the money but the principle! But then Miz CLOBBERS Lumis! Miz steals the money back, and even snatches one kid’s $100 bill! Fans boo, but then a SUPERKICK from Johnny Gargano takes Miz out! Gargano grabs the bag, and he gives that kid the $100 bill back! Lumis and Gargano thumbs up. Will things start going Lumis’ way now that he’s a true WWE superstar?
Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai!
Just as things aren’t over between The Man and Damage CTRL, things are far from over between these two former rivals from NXT. Will Mrs. Wrestling teach #CobraKai a lesson about being a bully?
Raw goes picture in picture while Dakota makes her entrance, and Candice CLOBBERS her from behind! Candice fires off on Dakota, RAMS her into railing, then CLUBS her some more! Candice drags Dakota along to the ring as the ref reprimands, and Candice sends Dakota into the LED! Then into more barriers! Candice drags Dakota back up to whip her into more barriers on the other side! Candice stomps Dakota, rains down fists, then brings her up to SMACK off the steel steps! The ref reprimands but Dakota kicks Candice in return! Candice puts Dakota in the ring but the ref has Candice back off.
The ref checks on Dakota, she wants the match still, so the bell rings! Candice rushes in to ROCK Dakota! Candice snapmares and hammers away on Dakota! Candice drags Dakota up, snap suplexes, then covers, ONE!! Damage CTRL storms their way out but Pearce, other WWE officials and the referees all rush out to stop them! Candice drags Dakota up, bumps her off buckles, then shouts at Iyo & Bayley. Pearce tells Iyo & Bayley to go to the back, and Candice goes back to Dakota. Dakota ROCKS Candice, CLUBS her, but Candice trips Dakota up! Candice stomps away in the corner but lets off as the ref counts.
Candice taunts Bayley, but officials keep Bayley & Iyo heading up the ramp. Pearce tells Candice to let them handle DMG CTRL, so she goes back to the ring. Candice keeps glaring at Bayley, but as Raw returns to single picture, Dakota ROCKS and BOOTS Candice down! Candice goes to ropes, Dakota stomps away on her! Dakota lets off as the ref counts, Dakota CLUBS Candice then whips her to ropes. Candice sunset flips, TWO! Dakota swings, Candice gets around to backslide, TWO! Candice Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Dakota LARIATS Candice down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Candice crawls but Dakota stalks her.
Dakota stomps Candice, KICKS her in the back, then snarls as she shakes out the bad arm. Dakota drags Candice up, CLUBS her, then tosses her out of the ring. Dakota shouts, “How does it feel, huh?” Candice slowly sits up and fans rally as the ring count climbs. Candice slides in at 5 of 10, but Dakota stomps her down! Dakota CHOKES Candice on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and she drags Candice up to slap her around. Candice throws body shots, snapmares Dakota to NECK SNAPPER! Jackknife bridge, TWO! Dakota gets up to BOOT Candice back down! Dakota storms back over to bring Candice back up.
Dakota LCUBS and whips Candice hard to a corner, then storms up again. Dakota whips corner to corner, and Candice hits buckles hard again! But Candice avoids the boot wash! Dakota hobbles, hurries after Candice, but Candice puts her on the apron. Candice throws a shoulder but Dakota BOOTS her down! Dakota has Candice on the apron, drags her up, but Candice fights the suplex! They fight for control, Candice throws body shots but Dakota shoves her. Candice comes ack, APRON COMPLETE SHOT! Dakota dangles over the edge but Candice pushes her back in! Candice goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!
Candice grows frustrated but she sees Dakota bail out. Candice DIVES into a GAMANGIRI! Both women are down and Dakota still works on her bad arm as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and both women are down in the ring now. Dakota sits Candice up for Kawada Kicks! But Candice blocks one to ROCK Dakota back! Candice fires off forearms and CHOPS over and over, then fires off fast hands in the corner! And again! Fans fire up as Candice stomps a mudhole in! Candice lets off as the ref counts, then she runs in to back elbow! Snapmare and a spin, Candice ducks the roundhouse to PUMP HANDLE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dakota escapes but Candice keeps her focus. She hits the STEP-UP- NO, Dakota moves and Candice flops! Candice goes to a corner, Dakota runs in but into an elbow!
Candice goes up the corner, leaps, but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dakota grows frustrated, Candice goes back to the corner. Fans rally up, Dakota runs Around the World, BOOT! Snapmare and PENALTY- NO, Candice ducks and rolls Dakota up, TWO! BUZZSAWS! MULE KICK! BASEMENT DROPKICK! Dakota is down and Candice goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Dakota moves! Candice clutches her ribs, Dakota storms up to ROCK her with a forearm! Candice ROCKS Dakota! Dakota ROCKS Candice! They go back and forth and Norfolk is on Candice’s side! They go faster and faster, it’s just a scrum!
But Dakota pulls hair! Candice ROCKS Dakota, but Dakota SCORPION KICKS in return! Candice wobbles, Dakota fireman’s carries! DYNAMITE KICK! Cover, TWO!! Candice survives and Dakota can’t believe it! Candice crawls, sits up, and Dakota CLUBS her. Dakota hoists Candice up top, ROCKS her, but Candice SLAPS back! Dakota GAMANGIRIS Candice down! Dakota drags Candice back up, pushes her back to the top, and then climbs up after her. Candice fights with body shots, adjusts position, and hits MRS. LERAE’S WILD RIDE!! Cover, Candice wins!!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
Candice came back from that beating and just beat Dakota! Is this a sign that Damage CTRL will not take control of Raw?
The Bloodline prepares backstage.
Jey Uso does push-ups to warm-up, and he has Jimmy and Sami cheering him on. Jey’s loose and ready, but will he handle Kevin Owens? Or will Kevin #JustKeepFighting?
Backstage interview with Asuka, Alexa Bliss & Bianca Belair.
White Rabbit glitch… But Cathy Kelley asks the three how they feel just after their WarGames win. Physically, they’ve been better. But mentally, they’re good because it’s all over with. Bianca and Bayley had been going after each other for months, because it started at SummerSlam, but ended at Survivor Series. But DMG CTRL thought they could take out Becky and take over Raw, but Bianca held it down and called Becky. Every single plan that DMG CTRL had backfired. So now, Bianca is very happy with her team, because her girls did what they had to do to finally end this. Asuka agrees, and says in Japanese that sure it hurts, but it was all worth it!
Alexa… is distracted. She snaps out of it and says Bianca was right, Becky was a great call. Is everything alright with Alexa mentally as well as physically…?
BREAKING NEWS for next week!
Since the challenge was made and accepted, THE Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships are on the line next week! The Usos take on Elias & Riddle, will Jimmy & Jey make it past 500 days as champions? Or has their longest tag title reign ever be no longer?
Kevin Owens VS Jey Uso w/ The Bloodline!
The Prizefighter says he’s done with Sami, but he’s NOT done with The Bloodline! Will Kevin fight his way all the way back to the Universal Champion, Roman Reigns? Or will Main Event Jey win this main event to take care of Bloodline business?
Raw returns and Jey makes his entrance, the Bloodline by his side. The bell rings and Kevin circles with Jey. But Kevin glares at Sami and Jey says not to worry about him. Jey rushes in but Kevin ROCKS him first! Kevin fires off on Jey in the corner, lets off, but Jey throws body shots. Kevin ROCKS Jey again and again, the ref counts, and Kevin lets off again. Kevin CHOPS Jey, CHOPS again, but Jey kciks low. Jey ROCKS Kevin, but that’s his bad hand! Kevin ROCKS Jey, RAMS into him, then RAMS in again and again! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then he storms back up to CHOP! Jey ROCKS Kevin with a forearm!
Jey throws more forearms, HEADBUTTS Kevin down, and Sami rallies the fans for Jey. Jey whips Kevin but Kevin reverses to then ELBOW him down! Jey bails out, Jimmy and Sami go to his side, but Kevin goes out the side to CHOP Jey! Kevin whips Jey hard into barriers! Then he SENTONS Jey on the floor! Kevin stares Solo down, goes back for Jey and puts him in the ring. Kevin glares at Solo but he blocks Jey’s kick! But the DRAGON WHIP comes back around! Kevin falls to the ground and Raw goes picture in picture.
Sami is there to look down on Kevin, but Jey goes out to fetch him. Jey drags Kevin up, SMACKS him off the desk, and the Bloodline cheers him on. Jey throws hands, the ref counts, but Jey lets off. But Kevin kicks back to SMACK Jey off the desk! Jey gets in the ring, Kevin hurries in after him at 8 of 10. Kevin drags Jey up but Jey YANKS Kevin into the POST! Kevin clutches his arm as he sits in the corner. Jey storms up to swing, but Kevin counter punches! And again! Kevin whips, Jey reverses and Kevin hits buckles hard! Kevin falls over, the ref checks on him, but he’s okay to continue. Jey storms over again, and drags Kevin from the ropes.
Jey stomps Kevin in the gut, then paces around. Kevin clutches his ribs while Jey shakes out the bad hand. Both men are fighting through WarGames battle scars as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Jey has the finger up, #WeTheOnes. But Kevin TACKLES him to rain down fists! Jey pushes Kevin away, but Kevin kicks low and hits a DDT! Cover, TWO! Jey is still in this but Kevin pushes him down again. Kevin drags Jey to a drop zone, climbs up the corner, and SWANTONS onto knees! Kevin writhes, Jey drags him up and whips, scoop to a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kevin is still in this but Jey keeps his cool. Kevin sits up, Jey rains down a fist, but again that’s the bad hand! Kevin crawls to the corner, Jey grits his teeth and storms over, but Kevin CHOPS him! Jey goes to the far corner and fans rally up.
Jey runs in but Kevin kicks low! Kevin suplexes but the back won’t let him! Jey whips Kevin hard into the corner! Kevin falls again and the Bloodline fires up! Norfolk is torn but Sami tells Jey to finish this! Kevin sits up, clutching his back, but Jey punches him down! Jey stomps away on Kevin, but lets off at the ref’s count. Jey’s hand still bothers him, but he storms up on Kevin to whip corner to corner. Kevin reverses and Jey hits buckles, then Kevin clotheslines! Kevin goes corner to corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Both men are down and fans rally back up! Kevin and Jey slowly rise, and Kevin gets to ropes.
Jey stands and fans fire up, Kevin storms up after Jey. Kevin ROCKS Jey with a forearm but Jey ROCKS Kevin back. Kevin ROCKS Jey, Jey ROCKS Kevin, but then Kevin counter punches! Kevin forearms again and again, whips but Jey reverses! Kevin hits the corner hard and tumbles down! Cover, TWO!! Kevin refuses to give in but Sami argues the count. Jey says he’s got this, and he sees Kevin flounder to the corner. Jey runs in to HIP ATTACK! Jey raises up the finger and Raw goes picture in picture.
Kevin flops out of the ring and Sami moves away from him. The ring count starts, Jey paces as it climbs, but Kevin stirs at 5 of 10. Jimmy says to stay down but Kevin crawls over at 7. Kevin stands at 8, and he manages to get in at 9! The screen goes dark… Oh, it’s back, and yes, Kevin is in the ring. Jey stomps Kevin down, he and Jimmy and Sami all talk smack. Kevin dares Jey to hit him harder! Jey shakes out the bad hand, to ROCK Kevin! But Kevin ROCKS Jey back! And again, and again! Kevin whips Jey, Jey reverses and scoops, BACKBREAKER! Jey shakes his head while Kevin writhes. Kevin sits back up, still not done.
Kevin crawls to ropes, Jey storms up, but Kevin CHOPS him! Jey snarls and he ROCKS Kevin again! Jey shakes out the bad hand, hoists Kevin up top, and he climbs up after Kevin. Jey drags Kevin up, but Kevin fights the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Jey! And HEADBUTTS again! Jey wobbles, Kevin DECKS him to the mat! Kevin adjusts to SWANTON BOMB!! Direct hit this time! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and the Bloodline can’t believe it! Raw returns to single picture as Jey and Kevin go to opposite corners. Sami tells Jey to keep on that back. Kevin stands, Jey sputters, Kevin storms over to drag Jey up.
Kevin headlocks Jey but Jey hits a POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Jey fires up and he punches Kevin again and again, not caring about the bad hand! Jey eggs Kevin on, stomps him down, then watches Kevin go to the corner. Fans are torn as Kevin stands up again. Jey storms up but Kevin ROCKS Jey! Jey UPPERCUTS Kevin! Jey eggs Kevin on, pushes Kevin around, but Kevin JABS! Jey UPPERCUTS, Kevin JABS, then Jey fires off forearms and haymakers! The ref backs Jey off, Kevin CLOBBERS Jey! Fans fire up as Kevin stomps Jey around! Kevin goes up the corner, but his back slows him down. Jey ROCKS Kevin back!
Sami and the Bloodline cheer Jey on as he climbs up again. Jey brings Kevin to the very top, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin hooks the leg, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Fans fire up and Sami is panicking! “This is Awesome!” as Kevin and Jey are both down. Kevin crawls over to Jey but Jey crawls to the ropes. Kevin drags Jey around to a drop zone, climbs up the corner again, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives and Sami is growing frustrated on his behalf! Kevin drags himself up in the corner, he hobbles after Jey, and he brings Jey up. Sami coaches Main Event Jey and fans duel, “KO!” “UCEY!”
Kevin brings Jey around but Jey breaks free to SUPERKICK Kevin! Both men fall down again! The Bloodline cheers Jey on while fans continue to duel. Kevin crawls to one corner, Jey crawls to the other. Kevin runs corner to corner, into a JUMPING SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Kevin survives and no one can believe it!! Sami and Jimmy argue that count but the ref defends it was still two! Fans rally up again, Jey runs in at the corner, but Kevin BOOTS him! Kevin storms up, into a fireman’s carry! But Kevin slips off, kicks, but Jey powers out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Sami is furious but Kevin is still in this!
Jey glares at Kevin, Kevin sits up, and Jey SUPER- NO, Kevin blocks to SUPERKICK back! Whip and POP-UP POWER- NO, the back gives out! SUPERKICK!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Kevin is inhuman and the Bloodline is incensed! Norfolk is thunderous as Kevin flops out of the ring. Kevin staggers around, Jey builds speed, but Kevin ROCKS him! Jimmy gets on the apron but Kevin SUPERKICKS him down! Jey rushes over but Kevin ROCKS him first! They brawl at the ropes, the ref backs Jey down, but Solo TRIPS Kevin up! Kevin flops into the ring, Jey goes up top! USO- NO, Kevin avoids the splash to STUNNER!!! Cover, KEVIN WINS!!!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
The Bloodline is beside themselves! Despite all he went through on Saturday, and despite all he went through tonight, the Prizefighter comes out on top! Will Kevin continue to #StunTheWorld and find his way back to a match with the Tribal Chief?
A great Raw to follow up Survivor Series, and a great commercial free first hour. Great promo from Becky with the fans, as well as a brawl with DMG CTRL. This definitely fits what I felt in Becky and Bayley feuding, and I’m pretty sure this will determine a #1 contender to face Bianca at the Royal Rumble. Bianca, Asuka and Alexa had a good promo, and clearly Alexa is still likely to join in on the story building with Bray Wyatt. White Rabbit glitch during the promo, she’ll definitely “relapse” into being spooky Sister Abigail Alexa, and maybe we’ll get something more like Alexa at last WrestleMania with the dark crown and all that.
Good stuff from Judgment Day and OC. Rhea VS Mia turning into a Mixed 8 Tag was an interesting move, and clearly things aren’t done in this feud. I suppose that’s fine, but I can’t be sure what the endgame is. They keep teasing co-ed interaction with Rhea and Mia each getting their shots in on the guys, maybe a real co-ed rules match is what they’re after? Really good return promo and match from The Street Profits, and of course they win in their return. It’s hard to say where the Profits are going next, but all tag teams should be aiming for the tag titles. Elias & Riddle challenging the Usos already makes me think that’s just for Elias to turn on Riddle.
Great return match for Candice against Dakota, and I do like that they kept Bayley & Iyo from being ringside because they’re (in kayfabe) not cleared to compete. Iyo wearing a neck brace was a nice touch to that, too. Candice getting the win was good stuff, but I think Nikki Cross might be her real feud after spotting her in the background. And great stuff out of the Miz VS Lumis story. I noticed Miz was faking the wrong hand, which was hilarious, and it was great that Pearce pointed it out. For “Anything Goes,” what we got on TV was rather tame, but I did like them thinking outside the box with that vice.
Naturally Lumis wins to have the vice and the money, and how great that a few kids got $100. Granted, a bit of a shame that not all the kids up front got $100 but who knows how much money was even really in that bag. But this is far from the blow-off, and with Gargano still getting involved, there has to be something building so that more of The Way is working together on Raw. Theory and Rollins had a great promo together, and that is clearly the 1v1 feud with no Lashley or even Mustafa Ali getting in on things. Rollins VS Theory 1v1 will make for a great Royal Rumble match, or even just a great match on Raw to get some great ratings.
And speaking of a great match, great stuff out of the Bloodline and Kevin Owens. Great promo where Kevin and Sami certainly say they’re no longer friends after the TWENTY YEARS together, but with these two, you never know. Kevin VS Jey was so good, and Kevin winning is great stuff. I thought in WarGames, there was going to be a point where Sami ends up torn. Maybe if Kevin keeps having matches like this and it’s up to Sami to screw him over again, that could be the pivotal moment where Sami can’t bring himself to do it. They’ve been doing such a great job with the story, I have no doubt they’ll pull this one off.
My Score: 8.6/10
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