Will The Architect burn down El Idolo?
With Survivor Series just under a week away, Seth Rollins is raring for a fight! And he’s willing to give up his spot on Team Raw for it! Will he stay Raw’s Team Captain when Andrade has Zelina Vega up his sleeve?
- Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair VS The IIconics; Lynch & Flair win.
- Karl Anderson w/ The OC VS Humberto Carrillo; Carrillo wins.
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lana VS No Way Jose; Lashley wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Rollins wins and is part of the Survivor Series Raw Men’s Team.
- Akira Tozawa VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
- Erick Rowan VS Alex Malcom; Rowan wins.
- Kevin Owens VS Drew McIntyre; No Contest.
- Natalya VS Asuka w/ Kairi Sane; Asuka wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The Viking Raiders VS
Curt Hawkins & Zack RyderRandy Orton & ???; No Contest, The Viking Raiders retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
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The Man is here!
Becky Lynch holds her Raw Women’s Championship up high, ready for the Survivor Series Triple Threat coming! And fans are fired up to see her in Boston! Becky tells “ya little snakes,” Bayley and Shayna Baszler, that if they’re here, they should just show themselves. They’re running around, yelling about brand supremacy. Becky doesn’t give two bullocks about brands! If they’re wanting a fight, let’s fight! Why wait for Survivor Series when they can end this tonight?! “Because after all, what better place for an Irish person to fight than right here in Boston?” Becky waits, but instead she gets the IIconics! Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are back and ready in in red. They’re “so sorry to interrupt.” But talking about Survivor Series, what were they going to do? Stay silent? For those who haven’t heard, the terrible news is that the Raw Women’s Team snubbed the IIconics! Just a terrible oversight, really.
But “listen up, toots.” The IIconics are the future, and the- Who cares about the future? Becky knows it is her and Charlotte, “tethered together forever” to go against them, but Becky wants both IIconics! But before anything can happen, Charlotte Flair makes her appearance! Becky wants them all to herself? Doesn’t want to tag with Charlotte? Well the feeling is mutual, but the powers that be say they have to. And guess what, Charlotte has a match at Survivor Series as team captain for the Women’s Triple Threat Elimination Tag! “So, Becks, shall we?” But wait, here comes Samoa Joe?! The Samoan Submission Machine is obviously not here to compete right now, between the cast and the suit. But what is he going to do while the Man and the Queen battle the IIconics?
Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair VS The IIconics!
Raw returns and the IIconics just rush Charlotte and Becky! They stomp away but the ref restores just enough order for the IIconics to bulldog Becky off Billie’s knee! The IIconics then throw Becky into buckles! And oh yes, Samoa Joe is on commentary! With Dio Maddin still out after standing up to Brock Lesnar only to get an F5 for it, Joe takes over alongside Vic Joseph and Jerry Lawler.
Back to the ring, Charlotte fights back on Peyton! Peyton hits back then whips, Charlotte reverses but Billie tags in. Peyton scoops but Charlotte elbows her away. Charlotte runs at Billie to get a hotshot! Heel kick from Peyton Billie covers, TWO! The IIconics tag again, and double wrench, kick and kick! Then they stomp and pose on Charlotte’s back! Peyton toys with Charlotte, but Charlotte throws a big right hand! Peyton powers Charlotte into the corner, Billie tags in and the IIconics mug The Queen! “You need to realize that we are the future!” Charlotte DECKS and CHOPS the future! Billie rolls Charlotte up, TWO! Charlotte trips Billie, has the leg, and gets the Figure Four, right to the FIGURE EIGHT! Peyton runs in, for a BECKSPLODER! Billie taps, Charlotte and Becky win!
Winners: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch, Flair by submission
The frenemies are still strong together, and get a win over former Women’s Tag Team Champions. Will they one day find their way back to those tag titles?
But wait! Shayna Baszler and her Horsewomen are attacking the IIconics! The Queen of Spades dares the Queen and Man to fight, so they fight! This is a 3v2 and Shayna kicks Becky down to KNEE her down! Jessamyn and Marina have Charlotte down after a flurry of fists and stomps, then they get out of the ring. Becky and Charlotte regroup, to chase after! Security tries to keep the peace, but even King wants to “Let Them Fight!” Charlotte and Becky are backed down to ringside, until Becky DECKS a guard! Joe likes the #StraightFire and so does Boston, but it seems Becky will have to wait until Sunday. Will The Man finally get to slap the head off the NXT Women’s Champion at Survivor Series?
Backstage interview with Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins.
The Major Bros got a huge win in Germany and are now challenging for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Their entire careers have prepared them for this. But them, the Authors of Pain come by… Akam and Rezar HEADBUTT and BODY SLAM and just all around brutalize the Major Bros! Rezar and Akam talk down to them in their native tongues, more or less saying Ryder & Hawkins don’t deserve the tag title match tonight. But then, if Ryder & Hawkins can’t compete, who will?
Karl Anderson w/ The OC VS Humberto Carrillo!
The Machine Gun goes solo right now as The OC fires back. Styles states something for the record, “so all of you idiots can understand it.” Styles would love to defend his United States Championship against Humberto Carrillo, but Humberto disrespected the champ! Gallows agrees. And when you disrespect one member, you disrespect all members. That’s why “Hot Karl Mother Lovin’ Anderson” is going to do the beating down! That’s a party! They’re already the Best Tag Team in the World, but they’re going to teach Carrillo a lesson. But will it be Anderson who learns a thing or two from Ultimo Ninja?
The bell rings and Carrillo ties up with Anderson. Anderson clubs and kicks Carrillo into a corner then rakes the eyes! Anderson stops to whip Carrillo corner to corner, but Carrillo goes up and over and then arm-drags Anderson! Carrillo uses the ropes to fly for another arm-drag! Fans fire up as Carrillo dodges, goes up the ropes and leaps for a headbutt! Anderson flounders but Carrillo puts him in a drop zone. Carrillo climbs but Gallows drags Anderson out. Carrillo stares the OC down and the ref reprimands them, but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are watching out for their amigo, and then Carrillo FLIES! Carrillo bowls over the OC and is fired up as we go to break!
Raw returns and Carrillo brawls with Anderson. Anderson uppercuts Carrillo then whips him corner to corner hard! Gallows taunts Carrillo as Anderson CHOPS him! Styles applauds as Anderson throws haymakers. Anderson brings Carrillo up to scoop slam, then covers, TWO! Anderson keeps on Carrillo, but Boston rallies up. Carrillo fights back but Anderson clubs and whips to run Carrillo over! Cover, TWO, and it’s back to the chinlock. The Profits coach Carrillo, fans rally up, and Carrillo fights back again. Anderson cranks and drags Carrillo down! Carrillo endures and fights his way up to fight out with body shots. Anderson uppercuts again and has Carrillo in the corner. Carrillo elbows back, then boots Anderson down, to shotgun dropkick him further! Fans fire up with the Profits as they cheer Carrillo.
Carrillo hits a running uppercut, snapmares and basement dropkicks! Somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! But Carrillo keeps his cool as Anderson crawls to a corner. Carrillo runs in, but is put on the apron. Carrillo SLAPS Anderson away, then climbs up, leaping crossbody! Cover, TWO! Anderson escapes and Carrillo can’t believe it. The OC are worried but the Profits are cheering, Carrillo springboards, into a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Anderson is getting up. Fans rally for Carrillo as Anderson brings him up. Anderson lifts, but Carrillo huricanranas to send Anderson into the post! Anderson staggers out, into a springboard enziguri! Carrillo puts Anderson in the drop zone but Gallows lurks nearby. Styles distracts and Gallows hotshots Carrillo! Anderson cradles but the Profits turn it around! Carrillo wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
The referee couldn’t keep up, and the Profits beat the OC at their own game! With the momentum still on his side, is Humberto Carrillo going to grab gold in the near future?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
The Architect has had his ups and downs lately, so what is with accepting Andrade’s challenge for the Survivor Series spot? Well what else was he going to do? He would not be a good leader if he backed down from a challenge! Boston has elite talent, such as a certain football quarterback. Rollins is a leader who leads by example. He admires Andrade’s talent and his international career. But this isn’t Monday Night Almas, it is Monday Night Rollins! And he promises to once again #BurnItDown!
Bobby Lashley w/ Lana VS No Way Jose!
The Rocky Mountain Machine has his Ravishing Russian girlfriend with him as he prepares to wreck shop. But Lana first has a mic to say this is the happiest day of her life. She’s filed for divorce! Fans chant “Rusev Day! Rusev Day!” but Lana hopes they’re upset to hear that they aren’t going to see her future ex-husband! Lana reiterates that she and Rusev are going to be divorced! When Rusev landed here in the states after returning from Europe, he was served a temporary restraining order while they’re in Massachusetts! Rusev cannot be within 90 MILES of Lana! Lashley corrects Lana, it’s just 90 feet. But Rusev will be out of her life soon enough, and it’ll be Lana x Lashley forever.
Fans still cheer for Rusev as the Fighting Fiesta takes on Lashley! Lashley wrenches Jose to a wristlock, a shoulder breaker, and a headlock. Jose powers out but Lashley grabs the hair! Jose ROCKS Lashley with hands! Jose whips but Lashley reverses, Jose goes up and over! Jose blows a kiss to Lana! Then dances around before throwing more big hands! Jose headlocks but Lashley powers up to slam Jose down. Lashley runs to run Jose over! Lashley whips, and BODY SLAMS Jose down! Fans boo as the All Mighty drags Jose up into a full nelson and just thrashes away! Jose fades out fast, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
The party is over for Jose, but things have only just begun for Lana and Lashley. And they really make the most of their making out… Will they continue to rub their love into the faces of everyone watching?
Seth Rollins VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Architect is willing to show he is the right man to lead Raw into Survivor Series by putting up a fight! But La Muneca has a microphone to say it is her pleasure “to announce the man that, after tonight, will be leading Team Raw into battle against Team SmackDown and Team NXT.” That man is “the greatest in-ring technician on the face of the planet,” El Idolo, ANDRADE~! Will Vega be a factor once again? Or does Rollins have a plan to counter her presence?
The bell rings and Rollins circles with Almas. They tie up and Almas pulls hair to get the arm. Almas wrenches, shoulder breaker, but Rollins turns it around to a hammerlock. Almas reaches down and gets a standing switch, but Rollins wrenches back again. Almas handsprings and wrenches Rollins back, but Rollins rolls and handsprings to do the same. Rollins trips, headlocks but Almas pops out. The two go move for move but back off and Boston cheers the exchange. Almas and Rollins circle again, and reach out for knuckle locks Almas kicks low to headlock and hit the takeover. Rollins headscissors but Almas moves around. Almas pops out to a headlock of his own, but Rollins gets up to roll Almas off. The two stand off again and Boston is still fairly impressed.
Rollins and Almas circle and tie up again, and Rollins headlocks. Almas powers Rollins to ropes but the ref calls for the break. Rollins dodges the cheap shot chop to get another headlock takeover. Vega is upset but Almas works his way up again. Almas pulls hair to get Rollins on ropes, and the ref counts. Almas fakes Rollins out to get the headlock again! Rollins powers out but Almas bumps shoulders. Neither man falls, so Almas shoves! Rollins dares him to run, Almas does and things speed up. Rollins hurdles, Almas leaps, Rollins arm-drags! And another arm-drag, to an armlock! Fans cheer but Vega is upset. Almas works his way up and powers out but Rollins kicks him back. Rollins runs but into a dropkick! Cover, ONE, but Almas stomps Rollins down.
Rollins goes to a corner but Almas CHOPS him down. Almas whips Rollins corner to corner, Rollins goes up and over to then run, and he dodges a dropkick to give a dropkick! Cover, ONE! Rollins drags Almas up and CHOPS, but Almas forearms back. Rollins CHOPS again, then whips corner to corner. Rollins hits a forearm smash, then whips Almas corner to corner again. Almas puts Rollins on the apron this time but Rollins forearms him away. Vega hooks Rollins’ leg! Almas blasts Rollins down with a forearm! And then Vega huricanranas, but Rollins blocks her! The ref sees it all this time, and EJECTS Vega! Almas is furious, but he triangle TORNILLOS Rollins down! El Idolo may not have his manager watching his back, but he’s in control as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as Rollins and Almas rise. Almas walks into a fireman’s carry, but slips out to shove. Rollins dodges, and SLINGBLADES! Almas runs into a boot, Rollins hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Rollins clotheslines Almas out then builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit to Almas’ back but Rollins isn’t done! Rollins runs again, to DIVE again! He hits Almas in the front this time! Rollins puts Almas in then takes aim, springboard flying knee! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps his cool as he goes to ropes, and stomps out “Burn It Down!” Almas rises, Rollins aims, mule kick to- No! Almas dodges but gets a PELE for it! Rollins lifts but Almas huricanranas out of the bomb, Rollins gets buckles! And then CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO!! Almas can’t believe Rollins survives!
Almas drags Rollins up and in to hammerlock, but Rollins fights out of the bomb to back drop. Almas sunset flips but Rollins high stacks, ONE into a dead lift! BUCKLE BOMB! SUPERKICK! Rollins flounders onto the cover, ROPEBREAK! Rollins can’t believe he forgot about ropes! Almas sits up but Rollins stands. Almas throws a big forearm, but Rollins responds with his own. They go back and forth, Almas throws forearms from all sides, but Rollins fires off many! Then a knee, a kick and a CHOP! Rollins suplexes but Almas slips out, but Rollins breaks the waistlock to ROCK Almas with a kick. But he falls for Almas feint to ELBOW! Almas suplexes, uno amigo! Dos amigos! Almas gets up again, shimmies the shoulders, Tres Amigos! Cover, TWO!!
Latino Heat’s signature didn’t work, so Almas goes for another! But Rollins is up top fast, only to get tripped up! WOE STOMPS! No wait Rollins dodged it!? Rollins shoulders back, springboards, but Almas gets under. Almas boots, the elbow misses, SUPERKICK! FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Samoa Joe asks if we are believers in Almas now. Rollins crawls to the corner and goes up top. But wait, that’s Lucha House Party attacking!? They shove Rollins down and go after him!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification; stays on Team Raw
They work together to BOOT Rollins into barriers! Then Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik get in the ring to attack Almas 3v1! But Rollins fights them off! Almas and Rollins throw the Lucha House Party out and defend their brand! But Almas and Rollins seem to respect each other now. They’ll settle this one day, but The Architect still leads Team Raw. Will Rollins lead them to victory in that incredible 15-Man Elimination match?
Buddy Murphy knocks on Aleister Black’s door!
He wants to pick a fight with the man, but when there’s no response, he claims Aleister is all talk. Murphy walks away, but Aleister opens the door! Just a moment too late. Will Aleister learn the identity of who came looking… for a fight… with him?
Triple H arrives!
The NXT Women’s Champion appearing was apparently just a precursor. Will NXT continue their takeover now that the Game is here?
Akira Tozawa VS Buddy Murphy!
The Stamina Monster finally makes his Raw debut, and he has a message for his opponent tonight: “Good luck.” Will Tozawa be the one needing luck against the Aussie Juggernaut?
The bell rings and these two former Cruiserweight Champions circle and tie up. Murphy gets the wristlock and yanks on the arm over and over. He grinds Tozawa down, but Tozawa flips, handsprings and wrenches back. Murphy rolls and handsprings to wrench back to yank more. Tozawa spins and breaks free to chop, but it doesn’t budge Murphy! Murphy throws Tozawa to a corner but misses his chop, and Tozawa keeps trying. Tozawa finally affects Murphy with the CHOPS, then runs, into a pop-up flapjack! Murphy runs but into a huricanrana! Murphy bails out but is back up, Tozawa dropkicks him down! Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE, into a SUPLEX! Murphy grins as he gets back up and drags Tozawa into the ring. Cover, TWO, but Murphy keeps his cool.
Murphy drops knees on Tozawa’s back then hauls him up for a cobra twist. Tozawa endures and works on an escape. He gets around and circles with Murphy but Murphy gets the twist back. Tozawa pops out but Murphy blocks his hip toss. Murphy tries but Tozawa blocks the hip toss. Tozawa body shots then hip tosses Murphy OUT! Murphy hurries back in, into a SUPERKICK! Was that a tooth flying!? Murphy looks out cold, but Tozawa can’t capitalize. Fans rally up as Murphy gets to a corner. Tozawa runs in, but he is put on the apron. Tozawa enziguris back hard! Then climbs up top, to leap, missile dropkick! Murphy ends up across the ring, to get a BOOT! Tozawa fires off kicks, spins, slides under, but Murphy hauls Tozawa up. Tozawa slips out, to SNAP SAIDO! Bridging cover, TWO!
Tozawa keeps moving, PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! This is why Murphy was such a dominant Cruiserweight Champion! But Tozawa drags him into a drop zone and heads up top. Fans fire up but Murphy is up fast. Tozawa leaps over, turns around into a BOOT from Murphy! Murphy hops up but gets a BOOT from Tozawa! Tozawa climbs up to join Murphy, but Murphy pushes him away, Tozawa is back, Murphy slides under and tucks him in, SUPERK- NO! Tozawa mule kicks Murphy first! Then hops back, POISON-RANA! Murphy flops out of the ring, Tozawa runs, to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits! Tozawa puts Murphy in the ring and in the drop zone! Tozawa climbs up top but Murphy hurries to the apron. Tozawa kicks Murphy away again, and Murphy is stuck between ropes, TOKYO TOWER SENTON on Murphy’s back! Cover, TWO!? Murphy survives!
Tozawa fires off fast hands and a kick, but runs into a KNEE-TRIGGER! Murphy pump handles, MURPHY’S LAW! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Best Kept Secret is out, and the secret is that Murphy’s on a roll! But will he again pick… a fight…. with Aleister?
Erick Rowan talks to his pet again.
Peekaboo~! He sees his cute little… Whatever it is. And how it’s growing! Will Rowan need a bigger cage for his little critter?
Murphy finds Aleister’s room again, and this time, gets an answer.
Aleister stares Murphy down, but no one says a word. Is this an unspoken acceptance of Murphy’s challenge?
Erick Rowan VS Alex Malcom!
Big Red brings his pet by and sets it down on the ring steps. He leaves it there to then get in the ring with “The Pride of Boston.” But wait, the Singh Brothers and their 24/7 Championship chase runs by! R-Truth is in hot pursuit! But Rowan runs the Bollywood Boys over! Truth realizes the trouble and runs the other way. Rowan gets in, the bell rings and Malcom tries to run away, too! Rowan grabs him, reels him in, and trophy lifts! To toss out onto the Singh Brothers! Malcom checks on them first, but he gets a BODY CHECK from Rowan! Rowan bowls three men at once! Then just manhandles Malcom back into the ring! Rowan clamps on the Iron Claw, for the SLAM! Cover, Rowan wins!
Winner: Erick Rowan, by pinfall
Rowan goes back to his precious pet, and gets away to safety. Of course, he’s the most dangerous thing out here right now. Will Rowan wreak havoc through all of Raw?
Backstage interview with Randy Orton.
The Viper joins Team Raw at Survivor Series, but he’s not really a team player. Will he put issues aside to win on Sunday? “For 18 years it’s been proven I don’t play well with others, unless it benefits me.” Being the greatest benefits him. The Viking Raiders want a fight, so someone should tell them he’ll be ready for a fight with a partner of Orton’s choosing that will benefit him. Is the Viper planning on taking those Raw Tag Team Championships this close to Survivor Series?!
Kevin Owens VS Drew McIntyre!
They might be tag team partners this Sunday, but the Prizefighter and Scottish Terminator still want to show who ranks higher on Raw. Will this match strengthen or weaken Team Raw before Survivor Series?
The bell rings and McIntyre rushes Kevin, only to get a CHOP! McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner to haymaker and CHOP, then whip him corner to corner. Kevin elbows back and hops up to missile dropkick McIntyre down! Kevin haymakers and CHOPS back, then rams in his shoulder. The ref backs Kevin off and Kevin whips corner to corner, only for McIntyre to reverse hard! McIntyre glares at Kevin as he drags him up for more haymakers. McIntyre CHOPS Kevin then throws more hands. He clubs away on Kevin, but the ref counts. McIntyre lets up to bring Kevin up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! McIntyre gets Kevin’s arms and digs his knee in for the half surfboard. Fans rally up for Kevin as he endures, and Kevin powers up. Kevin stomps a foot then elbows and forearms and CHOPS!
Kevin whips McIntyre to ropes but McIntyre kicks back! And CHOPS back, too! McIntyre puts Kevin in a corner, whips him corner to corner, but misses the tackle to get only post! Kevin runs in, CANNONBALL! Kevin kicks, but no stunner as McIntyre bails out. Fans boo but Kevin heads out to throw hands on McIntyre. McIntyre hits back but Kevin throws hands. Kevin whips, McIntyre stops himself and elbows Kevin back. McIntyre bumps Kevin off the apron as the ring count climbs. Kevin BOOTS McIntyre down then gets in the ring. McIntyre hobbles up but Kevin is on the apron. McIntyre blocks the kick to TOSS Kevin into barriers! McIntyre grins as he wrecks his Survivor Series teammate! Kevin is down and we go to break!
Raw returns and McIntyre has Kevin back in the half surfboard. Kevin endures and Boston rallies up. Kevin fights his way up but McIntyre clubs him down. McIntyre throws big hands in the corner, then drags Kevin up to whip and overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre is right on Kevin with a chicken wing chinbar! Kevin endures as McIntyre cranks him back, but fans still rally. Kevin fights his way up and throws a headbutt! Then a CHOP! Kevin runs, kicks McIntyre’s back drop away, then dumps McIntyre out. McIntyre is up fast but gets haymakers and another headbutt! Kevin goes to the apron, to CANNONBALL again! Fans fire up with Kevin, but he does have to catch his breath after that. Kevin drags McIntyre up and into the ring, then climbs up top as fans cheer him on. But McIntyre goes to the apron, so Kevin hops down. GLASGOW KISS! That headbutt rocks Kevin back to the corner!
McIntyre waits for Kevin to stand, but he walks into a SUPERKICK! Kevin runs in, but to a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY to the apron!! McIntyre leaves Kevin for dead, but Kevin rises with the count. Fans rally for “KO! KO!” but the count passes 5! Then 8! Kevin is in at 9! McIntyre dead lifts to a SIT OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre cannot believe Kevin survived! He drags Kevin up and onto the top rope. McIntyre CHOPS Kevin then climbs up to join him. McIntyre is on the very top but Kevin resists! Kevin fights back with body shots and haymakers! Kevin headbutts McIntyre down! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives and Kevin is in shock. McIntyre crawls but Kevin takes aim. Kevin kicks but still no stunner. So he SUPERKICKS! McIntyre LARIATS back!
McIntyre runs, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Kevin’s old finisher didn’t finish it?! Boston declares “This is Awesome!” as Kevin rises up to the top rope. Kevin aims again, SWANTON onto knees! McIntyre grimaces as Kevin writhes. McIntyre wants Kevin to stand, and Kevin manages to with that bad back, to SUPERKICK first! Another kick, still no stunner, CLAYMORE! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! McIntyre is furious! Kevin gets to ropes but McIntyre is on him with the underhooks. No Future Shock, jackknife cover, TWO! Kevin blocks a kick to give a kick, STUNNER!! Kevin finally hits it, but he has to crawl to a cover! He finally gets it, ROPEBREAK!! McIntyre returns the favor! Kevin can’t believe it, but he isn’t done. He waits for McIntyre to sit up, but McIntyre blocks the superkick! FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!?!
McIntyre is losing his mind over neither finisher finishing Kevin, but Boston still knows “This is Awesome!” McIntyre climbs, leaps but Kevin gets under. Another kick, another STUNNER!! But he’s still having to crawl for a cover, and here comes HHH!! The Game just stands there, menacingly! What will happen after the break?!
Raw returns and HHH is in the ring with Kevin. HHH wants water. The Forgotten Sons, Damien Priest and Dominik Dijakovic are at the ramp as HHH compliments the match. HHH says he loves Boston and the wrestling history here. “Magic happens in this building right here in Boston.” And that includes tonight. There is an opportunity for some magic. Does Kevin know why he’s here? The same basic reason as for Rollins. HHH has a soft spot for Rollins’ passion. But it’s different for Kevin because Kevin is a different breed. When HHH brought him in, Kevin turned on his best friend to become NXT Champion, and had the guts to take that title right into the ring on Raw, get in John Cena’s face and pick a fight! And before the night was over, Cena left in an ambulance and Kevin stomped on the WWE United States Championship, holding that NXT Championship up high. Kevin helped put NXT on the map!
And then Kevin was “taken.” Kevin didn’t ask to leave. Maybe he didn’t want to leave. But Kevin was called up by people who didn’t understand Kevin, and realized too late they didn’t want him. Because Kevin was too talented, too smart, and “not the right fit.” Kurt Angle fired Kevin, Shane McMahon fired Kevin, and the company said over and over again, “You don’t belong here.” But HHH knows where Kevin belongs. HHH sees it in Kevin when he looks him in the eyes. HHH sees the guy that has the highest in-ring IQ and is as every bit as good he says he is. That guy “doesn’t fit the mold,” and that’s what HHH loves! Kevin looks at the guys HHH brought. This isn’t a threat. They’re making sure HHH can talk with Kevin. They aren’t here to attack. But isn’t it ironic that these guys came all the way here for Kevin? Yet, Team Raw are in the back, unsure what’s about to happen. Why aren’t they showing up? Because they don’t give a DAMN about Kevin!
“But that’s only half of it, Kev.” The other half is because walking out here gets their asses handed to them. That will prove Raw is not the top brand, it is now- Wait! Team Raw attacks after all! Ricochet, Cedric Alexander, and even Mojo Rawley are here. But then the Undisputed Era attacks Kevin!? HHH doesn’t approve of this but Adam Cole seems to argue they don’t need Kevin. The brawling escalates as The OC rushes the ring! The OC have had beef with the Undisputed Era, and NXT is sent running! Raw isn’t running scared, will things only heat up as we get closer and closer to Survivor Series?
Charly Caruso gives us breaking news!
AJ Styles will defend his United States Championship next week! Humberto Carrillo is here to talk on this huge opportunity. He isn’t sure how to describe it. But this is his opportunity, and he’ll do his best to capitalize on it.
More breaking news comes from Paul Heyman, who gives his usual introduction. Heyman was asked to sit here and tell us the story behind the main event of the world title match. But everyone knows the story of how Brock Lesnar victimized and brutalized Rey Mysterio and his son, Dominic. Then Lesnar beat Kofi Kingston to become champion, only for Mysterio to bring Cain Velasquez to the WWE. The Godfather put some fear in Lesnar, but Lesnar would still defend his title at Crown Jewel. Lesnar conquered Cain but was mugged by Mysterio. And now, everyone wonders what the physical state of Lesnar is after that pipe attack. Lsenar is fine, and will be more than ready for Mysterio at Survivor Series. There are rumors spreading that he is hurt and could lose. So to make this more interesting, Lesnar VS Mysterio, NO HOLDS BARRED! “One Beast wins, one legendary luchador loses.”
Heyman does not predict, he spoils this match: Mysterio either pulls off a miracle and avenges his family’s honor, or Lesnar massacres Mysterio in such a way, “they will have to pull this footage from WWE history,” it will be that horrifying. “Miracle or massacre? We all find out together.”
Rey Mysterio responds.
Mysterio first wants to say how happy he is for Humberto. This is great for Latino wrestlers, and Mysterio says he is confident Carrillo can pull off the upset. As for his own match, Mysterio says Lesnar made the mistake of a lifetime for turning this match into No Holds Barred. Mysterio accepts the stakes. Mysterio showed us all what he can do with a little help from a little friend. And that same steel friend will be with Mysterio in Chicago. So Mysterio asks if Lesnar thinks the stipulation is for his advantage, or Mysterio’s? Lesnar started this. What would Lesnar do to someone who did that to his family? Just what Mysterio plans on doing. The old Mysterio would want an apology. But that’s not Lesnar’s style. Lesnar doesn’t apologize, and that’s fine. Because at Survivor Series, Mysterio isn’t coming for apologies, he’s coming for the title! In Spanish and in English, Mysterio dedicates this coming match to Dominic.
Natalya VS Asuka w/ Kairi Sane!
The Queen of Harts missed out competing for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships alongside the Queen of All Eras, but perhaps she can earn herself something individually. Natty takes on the Empress of Tomorrow without back-up, will she be getting back up after this? Or is she just not ready for Asuka?
Raw returns as Natty makes her entrance. The bell rings and Natty circles with Asuka. They tie up, Natty gets the arm and wrenches. Asuka spins and wrenches back but Natty rolls and handsprigns to trip Asuka up. Natty has the leg but Asuka goes for a headscissor. Natty gets away and fans cheer the exchange. Asuka grins and offers a handshake, but then leaves Natty hanging. Natty kicks low to headlock but Asuka fights out. Natty bumps Asuka but Asuka just roars. Asuka dares Natty to go again, they both run and they both collide. Neither falls so Asuka wants another. Natty goes, Asuka follows, but her hip attack is caught! Asuka victory rolls, TWO! Discus gets a boot to then get a BACK HAND! Cover, TWO!
Asuka grins as Kairi applauds. Asuka circles Natty and toys with her. Asuka drags Natty into an armlock and grinds, but Natty powers up. Asuka hooks her for an Iron Octopus! Natty endures as Asuka pulls hard! But Natty pries an arm free to turn Asuka around, Alabama turns into a sunset flip. Natty slips through to basement dropkick! Natty and Asuka rise, but Natty elbows Asuka away. Natty kicks but Asuka keeps coming. Natty turns her around for a snap suplex! Natty fires off haymakers, whips Asuka corner to corner, but Asuka reverses to run in. Asuka only gets buckles, then Natty rebounds, but Asuka lands on her feet! Asuka headlocks but Natty throws her off to get around, German Suplex! Natty fires up and spins, DISCUS! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives but Natty won’t let up.
Natty drags Asuka into a waistlock but Asuka reaches for ropes. Asuka elbows Natty off and bails out. Natty chases so Asuka gets back in. Kairi comes running but Natty knocks her down. Asuka wrecks Natty with a dropkick! But Natty wrecks Asuka into barriers! Natty stomps Asuka and puts her in the ring. Natty warns Kairi to stay back, but she runs into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by pinfall
What a knockout kick! They may be teammates for Survivor Series, but will there be animosity left over by then?
Raw Tag Team Championships: The Viking Raiders VS Randy Orton & ???
After the Authors of Pain pulverized the Major Bros, Erik and Ivar were without challengers. But the Viper stepped up, and has supposedly recruited someone to help him take these titles. Will Orton throw a wrench into all of Raw’s plans by moving out of the 5v5v5 match into the tag team champions match?
But who is Orton’s partner? It’s the One and Only Ricochet! Is the Real-Life Superhero being too trusting around the Viper? Or can this unlikely duo take home the gold?
Ricochet starts against Erik and they tie up. Ricochet gets around Erik to kick, but Erik just snarls. Erik puts Ricochet in a corner but Ricochet gets away to CHOP away. Ricochet whips but Erik goes up and over and tackles Ricochet down! Erik turns him over to dead lift and slam Ricochet down! Erik looms over Ricochet, but Ricochet dodges the chop to handspring headscissor and dropkick! Erik bails out but Ricochet takes aim, to build speed and FLY! Orton tagged in just before, Erik catches the tope but Orton saves him! Ivar runs in, but into a forearm! Erik hits Orton with haymakers, Ricochet hops up to MOONSAULT! Erik gets clear, ACE TEN MAO! But Orton back suplexes Erik on the apron!
But wait! Team SmackDown is attacking more Raw superstars back stage! Eric Young and Mojo Rawley get wrecked by Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro! But Cedric Alexander rushes to the rescue! But that’s 3v1! There’s chaos backstage as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more, focusing on Orton in the ring with Erik. Erik endures the facelock but fights his way up. Orton shifts to get a headlock, but Erik fights out to ROCK Orton with a right! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Fans rally and Erik tags in Ivar! Orton tags in Ricochet! Ricochet leaps over Ivar, then rolls off his back. But so does Hanson!? Ricochet rolls and handsprings but Ivar cartwheels! Dropkick-flip and enziguri rocks Ivar! Ricochet handsprings but misses the enziguri. Ivar handsprings to bacl elbow! Fans fire up but Orton tags in. Ivar rocks Orton first, then tosses Riocchet out. Warbeard builds speed to DIVE! The massive tope wipes Orton and Ricochet out! Ivar puts Orton in the ring then throws Ricochet into barriers! Ivar heads to the ring but Orton catches him bewteen ropes! DRAPING DDT!
Fans fire up as Orton hears the voices! “Are you raedy for a good time?!” SmackDown floods the ring!
Heavy Machinery, Lucha House Party, the GLORIOUS Show-Offs and Cesaro are beating down the challengers! But the Viking Raiders drag SmackDown superstars out to wreck them into barriers. But that’s just too much even for them! They get to the ring to regroup with Orton and Ricochet! SmackDOwn surrounds the ring, but here comes NXT! Matt Riddle, Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Swerve Scott, Lio Rush, and Pete Dunne, they all want their part! They wreck SmackDown’s invasion squad, but Raw welcomes them to try! But the Undisputed Era returns! And the Forgotten Sons! Damien Priest and Dominik Dijakovic, too! RKO for Wesley Blake! RECOIL for Dijakovic! And now it all breaks loose! NXT has the Raiders, Ricochet and Orton, but here comes ROLLINS! He, The OC, Carrillo and the Profits attack whoever isn’t Raw!
It is chaos in the ring, out of the ring, by the ramp! NXT regroups in the ring but AJ Styles fires off! Roderick Strong ROCKS him with a knee! HHH is on camera! “In six days, this was just the beginning! This is the beginning of the end!” NXT will show the world that they are THE brand of WWE! Until then, get ready for Wednesday. “Bring everything you’ve got! I’m going to leave the doors wide open for you!” NXT doesn’t back down, they are beating down SmackDown and Raw here. Raw ends as Keith Lee TOSSES Carrillo onto everyone else! Will anyone be daring enough to accept HHH’s open challenge?
Not really a good go-home, but it made up for it by the end. Not all the matches were that great, and Boston was bored for a good number of them. One thing that was better for home viewers would be Samoa Joe on commentary. Joe is great on any mic so of course he’d be great here. I just don’t know the point of introducing him when they did. I suppose live fans wouldn’t have realize he was over there without an entrance, but then give live fans that moment before turning on the cameras, and give home fans a nice surprise just by having him there. Joe’s placement aside, the opening segment was good with Becky wanting after Bayley and Baszler already. Her match with Charlotte against the IIconics was alright, and of course The Man and the Queen win. There are clearly still trace amounts of my hope for a WWE Horsewomen match for the tag titles or something like that.
It was great to see NXT and SmackDown all up and down the episode, but it seemed the kind of chaos that wasn’t good for booking. Much of that chaos bled into the Raw specific stories making for a really weird night overall. Why have Rollins put his spot on the line in a really good match with Almas if Lucha House Party is costing Almas? I suppose it does save Almas from talks of “BURIED!” but it just seemed odd. Was Aleister napping in his room when Murphy knocked? He got there just as Murphy disappeared around the corner. Murphy VS Tozawa was another great match, but it seems that Boston doesn’t know and therefore care about Tozawa so it came off like an old episode of 205 Live. This Erick Rowan story with Truth, The Singh Brothers and his mystery pet is a bit baffling. Why does Truth not cover the Singhs on his way out? Why doesn’t Rowan just take the 24/7 Championship just because he can?
And while it makes no sense to make Raw superstars fight each other if they’re on the same team, McIntyre VS Kevin was match of the night! At least, right until HHH showed up. The random commercial cut didn’t help things. But HHH trying to recruit Kevin was a great promo, and then we got just a sample of brawling. It was interesting to see HHH upset with Undisputed Era there, but I think it works for Undisputed Era to be upset that HHH feels NXT needs an alumni to come back to take on Raw and SmackDown. Natty VS Asuka was another weird choice of making teammates fight each other. There wasn’t a very good announcement of who is on the Raw Women’s Team, either. Charlotte, Natty and I assume both Kabuki Warriors which is why the IIconics can’t be one. Is Raw going to have an insane return to join them?
While an unlikely duo in kayfabe, it made a lot of sense to put Ricochet with Orton given the story that’s been building. I do like that, after a great attack by AoP on Hawkins & Ryder, the Raw Tag Team Championships actually felt like they could’ve changed hands. In that scenario, I feel Erik and Ivar would just replace Orton and Ricochet on Team Raw. But of course, that wasn’t going to happen, even if it was Orton and Ricochet facing the Viking Raiders. The brawling backstage randomly was a great prelude to the brawl that ends tonight. I really didn’t expect this big of a brawl to close show until SmackDown, but at the same time, SmackDown would only be 24 hours from WarGames so not the best for the NXT superstars to risk it. HHH’s open challenge to both brands is great, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for Wednesday.
And of course, there was the big development in the WWE World Championship match. Heyman did another amazing job in his promo, and Mysterio had a great response, and No Holds Barred really is the perfect way for Rey to win that title off Lesnar. However, with word that Rey is leaving WWE, he might not be winning because it’s Brock gat dang Lesnar. Now, that’s “leaving.” Not retiring, not quitting, just leaving. Dominic really is trying to get into the business, so Rey might be taking time off to help him behind the scenes. Lesnar already brutalizes opponents and targets when a match has rules. In a match with no rules but to win, Lesnar can beat Mysterio down so bad, it writes Mysterio off for however long he and Dominic need, and that’s actually just fine. What’s not fine is that probably gives us Lesnar VS Rollins all over again for the Royal Rumble.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)
Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!
NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!
NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
- Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!
The King of Cozy Style, Ikari no Mogyuu, and the Ace are all targets of Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, and the Dominator is going after Tanahashi’s NEVER Openweight Championship on day two! But will the Once in a Century Talent and his iconic compatriots be able to stand up against the United Empire in this opening round?
As usual, the United Empire stands firm, even as their opponents make their entrance. Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans cheer. Tanahashi and Khan dare each other to step up, and so that’s who starts! Fans cheer and the bell rings, and fans rally up already as Khan and Tanahashi circle. Ospreay sneaks in with Cobb, but Kojima and Tenzan are ready to counter! The ref tells them all to back off, and Khan has the Empire stand down. But that’s a fake out! They attack Tanahashi’s team, and throw Tenzan and Kojima out! The Empire mugs Tanahashi, double whips him corner to corner, then send Ospreay in, only for Tanahashi to toss Ospreay out!
Cobb and Khan mug Tanahashi, whip him to ropes, but Tanahashi ducks the double clothesline to send Khan into Cobb! Tanahashi kicks Khan low then whips him to a corner, but Khan reverses. Khan runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi hops up to crossbody! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars before he tags in Kojima. Kojima DECKS Ospreay, and fires off the machine gun CHOPS on Khan! The ref is busy keeping Ospreay out so Kojima gets plenty of extra CHOPS in! Kojima whips Khan corner to corner, hits a forearm smash, and then throws Khan down. Kojima climbs, Cobb intercepts with forearms! Ospreay hits Tenzan and Tanahashi while Cobb TOSSES Kojima down!
Khan clamps on with the head-arm triangle! Cobb and Ospreay throw Tenzan and Tanahashi around ringside but Kojima gets a ropebreak! Khan lets go, drags Kojima over, tags in Ospreay, and the Empire mugs Kojima. Ospreay CHOPS Kojima then BOOTS him! Ospreay scoops and slams Kojima to then run and drop a leaping knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay bumps Kojima off buckles, tags in Cobb, and Cobb headbutts Kojima in the back. Cobb CLUBS Kojima, stays between him and his team, and then scoops Kojima. Ospreay talks trash while Cobb taunts Kojima’s team. Cobb throws knees into Kojima, then RAMS Kojima into the Emipre’s corner.
Khan tags in, stomps Kojima, but Kojima hits back! Khan ROCKS Kojima, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Khan taunts Tenzan with how Tenzan can’t use this move anymore, and then Mongolian Chops again! Kojimma stands up and he ROCKS Khan with forearms! And a ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to rally on Khan, then he hits Cobb an Ospreay for good measure! Tanahashi blocks Khan’s boot to bring him out for a DRAGON SCREW! Ospreay runs in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi catches Cobb in the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!
Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he goes after Khan’s legs. Tanahashi ties the legs up but Khan clamps his claw onto Tanahashi’s face! Khan gets up, Tanahashi breaks free, but Khan ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi gives the forearm back and now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth! Fans rally up as they pick up speed, Tanahashi fires off a strike fest but Khan Mongolian Chops! Tanahashi ROCKS Khan with a palm strike, then runs, but into Khan’s sleeper hold! Khan uses the claw, then shifts to INVERTED EXPLODER! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan tags in Cobb and Cobb drags Tanahashi up.
Cobb fires off forearms and headbutts, then whips Tanahashi to a corner. Cobb runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi waistlocks, Cobb resists the lift, and pries free! But Tanahashi half nelson spins Cobb to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Cobb, DECKS Ospreay, and fans fire up. Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but he remembers he can’t! So he kicks Cobb low and gives him a headbutt! Tenzan has Cobb in the corner, and throws more kicks and haymakers. Tenzan whips corner to corner then runs in to clothesline Cobb! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and he hits the suplex! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan calls in Kojima and Tanahashi, and the three go after Cobb together. They double whip Cobb corner to corner, then Kojima runs in to back elbow! Tanahashi hits a splash! They double whip into Tenzan’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps on Cobb and gets the ANACONDA VICE! Tanahashi and Kojima go after the rest of the Empire but Ospreay BOOTS Kojima and CLUBS Tanahashi! Cobb powers up but Tenzan holds tight. Cobb elbows free but Tenzan headbutts! Cobb ROCKS Tenzan with an uppercut, then tags in Ospreay! Ospreay slingshots in for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Tenzan up, reels him in, and underhooks, but Tenzan resists!
Ospreay gives Kowata kicks and a SUPERKICK! Ospreay runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up with Tenzan and Tenzan dares Ospreay to stand. Tenzan remembers again he can’t Mongolian Chop, but Ospreay dares him to! Ospreay SLAPS Tenzan, and then Khan CLOBBERS Tenzan! Khan and Ospreay SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi, clamps on the claw, and hits the ELIMINATOR SLAM! Kojima fires off on Khan and runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! The United Empire feed Tenzan to the OSCUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!
Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall
United they stand victorious! Khan gets a mic and he wants everyone in Osaka to understand! They are THE United Empire!! Will this momentum bode well for Khan coming for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Or will the Ace be able to trump the Dominator’s iron hand?
YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!
Before going 2v2 with the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, the Head Hunter will take on the Silverback alone! Will Loa make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp for tomorrow’s tag title match?
The bell rings and Hashi circles with Loa. Fans rally up and they tie up. Hashi manages to push Loa back a bit, but Loa pushes Hashi to the ropes. The ref calls for a break, Hashi turns things around, and Hashi drags Loa down to an ARMBAR! Loa holds off the extension, moves around, but Hashi stays clamped on. Hashi clubs at the clasped hands but Loa holds tight. Loa pries at Hashi’s own grip, but Hashi adjusts to get the other hand isolated! Loa gets the ropebreak with a leg and Jado protests, so Hashi lets go fast. Hashi clubs Loa’s arm but Loa shoves him away. Hashi comes back with a kick, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs and stomps him.
Hashi wrenches Loa to a wristlock, but Loa throws a forearm, only for Hashi to make it a takedown! Hashi wants the double wristlock but Loa moves around. Hashi has a short arm scissor instead! Loa endures, moves around, but Hashi stomps the arm! Hashi stomps Loa more, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs him. Hashi wrenches the arm, clubs it, then wrenches again to club it again. Loa pulls Hashi’s hair but Hashi elbows Loa’s elbow. Hashi wrenches again but Loa LARIATS him down! Fans cheer the exchange but then Loa stomps Hashi over and over! Loa drags Hashi up, whips him to a corner then runs in to clothesline!
Loa whips Hashi out then back in to clothesline again! Jado cheers while Hashi falls to his knees. Loa gets the bad arm moving, drags Hashi back up, and fans rally. Hashi throws body shots, wrenches, but Loa throws a haymaker and back hand! Hashi clubs the arm, Loa throws a forearm, but Hashi wrenches to an elbow breaker! Hashi runs, but the ref is busy checking on Loa and Jado trips Hashi! Loa hurries to get Hashi up for a suplex! Uno amigo, and then a wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Loa grows annoyed. Loa drags Hashi up as fans rally again. Loa throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Loa headbutts Hashi and Hashi is down in the corner!
Loa stomps away on Hashi, but the ref reprimands. Loa lets off, Jado taunts Hashi, and Loa whips Hashi corner to corner. Loa runs in but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans cheer as Hashi evens things back up! Hashi and Loa slowly rise, Hashi throws forearms, body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Loa reverses but Hashi dodges to hit the HEADHUNTER! Hashi fires up and fans rally for him. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP Loa! Hashi whips, CHOPS, but Loa just grins! Loa wags his finger at Hashi, then throws a forearm! Hashi stays up and he forearms back! Loa doesn’t budge, and he ROCKS Hashi!
Hashi stays on his feet and Loa dares him to “give me your best shot! Don’t do this to me! You came to fight me, so fight me!” Loa wants Hashi to #GetBackUp and show him what he’s got! Hashi gets up and throws forearms and CHOPS! Mule kick, and a neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hurries to a corner! Hashi climbs up and fans rally harder now! Loa stands and hits Hashi with a forearm first! Loa climbs up, clubs away on Hashi’s back, but Hashi resists the superplex. Hashi throws bodys shots, clubs Loa, and sunset flips, to get the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO! Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa powers up but Hashi throws knees into him!
Hashi grinds Loa down but Loa powers up again! Loa fireman’s carries Hashi, but Hashi slips off to CHOP! Loa laughs, kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Hashi falls over but Loa tells him, “I’m gonna kill you! Don’t you die on me yet!” Hashi gets up, Loa runs, but into an elbow! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi still lives and fans fire up again! Loa likes this! “There’s that fighting spirit! I love it!” Loa drags Hashi up and vows it’s over now. Loa scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Loa rams Hashi into a corner and fires off elbows! Loa runs in but Hashi dodges! SUPERKICK, but Loa just wants more! SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK!
Loa shoves Hashi and Hashi fires off another SUPERKICK! Loa still isn’t done, he wants more!! Hashi SUPERKICKS, and Loa finally wobbles! BACKSTABBER! Hashi drags Loa to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, Hashi SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Loa still lives but Hashi keeps on him! Hashi gator rolls Loa into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa grits his teeth and powers up again! Hashi slips an arm around to get the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Loa still endures, slips his head under, but Jado gets in! Hashi is ready, and he kicks then mule kicks Jado first! Hashi sends Loa into Jado! Roll up, TWO!!
Loa swings but into a full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi fires up and the fans are with him, for the BASEMENT METEORA! Hashi isn’t done there, he drags Loa back up! Hashi gets Loa up, full nelsons again, but then shifts to a pump handle! Wait, Tama Tonga shows up! The distraction saves Loa, and he scoops Hashi for APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!
Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall
Well it was strange that Tama wasn’t here to start, and now we see he was an ace in the hole! And now they’re all beating Hashi up, 3v1! The ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! GoD drags Hashi up, but here comes Goto! Goto CLOBBERS Loa then fires off on Tama! After all, their match was up next, anyway! Tama whips Goto away but Goto comes back to block the hip toss and hit a hip toss! Fans cheer as Goto lariats Loa out of the ring, and the ref rings the bell on the next match!
Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Good Bad Guy rolls the Fierce Warrior up right away! With tights! TWO!! Goto swings, Tama gets under and Tama dropkicks Goto out! Tama hurries out after Goto, and he whips Goto into railing! Tama checks on Loa and sees he’s okay. Tama drags Goto back up, POSTS him, then goes in the ring as the ref wants. Goto stirs, the ring count begins, but Tama goes back out. The ref is busy with Tama and Jado SMACKS Goto with the kendo stick! Tama goes out to fetch Goto now, puts him back in, and clamps on with a chinbar. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest, then paces about. Goto sits up, Tama drags him back up and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Tama is annoyed but fans rally up.
Tama sits Goto up to claw his face! The ref reprimands, Tama stops, and fans rally up for Goto. Tama paces as Goto eggs him on. Tama CLUBS Goto, and Goto eggs him on more! Tama throws haymakers, but Goto gets power from it! Goto eggs Tama on, Tama headbutts, but that does more damage to Tama! Tama whips Goto, runs in but the splash misses! Goto hits a BIG suplex! Goto fires off on Tama in the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! Then, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tama up, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights free. Tama swings but into a hook! Tama fights free of that, gets Goto in a dragon sleeper, but Goto turns that around!
Tama slips through to suplex, but Goto resists! Goto suplexes, but Tama slips into the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but fans rally up! Tama watches Goto, hears the voices in his head like he’s The Viper, and Goto rises. Goto turns around, but he denies the Gun Stun! Goto swings, but into Tama’s spin and leap, SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but Tama is growling. Tama gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Goto moves! BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Goto crawls to ropes while Tama sits up. Goto staggers over and powers up!
But Loa returns to scoop Goto! Jado is distracting the ref! Goto slips out of the scoop, and HEADBUTTS Loa down! Goto DECKS Jado but turns around into GUN- NO! Goto blocks again, shoves Tama and follows. Tama stops to swing on Goto but Goto dodges, and comes back to swing. Tama ducks, redirects, dodges, hurdles, but Goto dodges the boot to swing! Tama ducks to GUN- NO!! Goto drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, dragon sleeper, toss out, G T R!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall
What a wild exchange to end this one! But now, Chaos is even with the Guerrillas, and the tiebreaker will be THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Goto and Hashi end GoD’s reign and be double champions? Or will it be Tama & Loa who #TurnItAllAround?
KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens!
Mr. KOPW 2020 now defends his provisional 2021 KOPW trophy, and is going to put his twist on the Crown Jewel’s stipulation choice! But will that be enough for Yano to continue on through the year? Or will Bullet Club manage to add another accolade to the treasury?
The introductions are made, and Yano’s seems to get even longer with the more he does and has… But after all that, and some disinfectant spray, the trophy is to be presented, which comes as a surprise to Yano. The trophy is set aside, the strap is brought in, and Yano waits outside while Chase is strapped in first. Perhaps Yano doesn’t trust Chase. The strap is also taped down so there is no removal of it during the match. Chase tosses Yano the other end, and Yano is hesitant to strap in. Yano takes the cuff, puts it on, and the ref tapes it on. Then Chase tries to reel Yano in! Yano knew this would happen! The bell rings, and it’s a tug-o-war!
Yano gets enough slack that he can LASH Chase! And again! And again! Chase bails out but Yano reels him in! Chase tries to get away with what slack there is but Yano keeps reeling him in! Chase wants a time-out? And a handshake? Yano kicks him and SMACKS him instead! And another SMACK! Another SMACK! Yano uses the strap to choke Chase! That’s legal in a strap match but Chase grabs at ropes. Yano kicks Chase, whips him, but Chase grabs ropes to get out again! Yano decides to undo a buckle pad! Now we have a bare corner! Chase resists being reeled in, and he goes to undo a buckle pad!
Yano won’t let him, and Yano chases Chase around! Chase uses that to get the strap going through the corner, and he YANKS Yano into the post! Chase takes a moment to catch his breath before he stomps Yano. Chase goes into the ring to undo the corner trap, and he uses the slack to SMACK Yano now! And SMACKS him again! And again! Chase drags Yano up, puts him in, and stomps him down. Chase sits Yano up, rips Yano’s shirt off, and now has bare skin to go after! SMACK! There’s instantly a red mark on Yano’s back! Chase drops fists, chokes Yano with the strap, then lets off to go to a corner. Chase again copies Yano and undoes this buckle pad! The neutral corners are bare!
Chase tosses the buckle pad at Yano and Yano catches it. Chase dares Yano to use the pad, so Yano swings! Chase dodges and dropkicks Yano into the bare buckles! Chase stomps Yano at the ropes, throws the buckle pad down on him, then digs his foot into Yano’s face while mocking the YTR thumbs. Chase drags Yano up to throw him out, then he follows. Chase drags Yano up and whips him, but Yano reverses to send Chase into barriers! Yano gets something from under the ring! It’s extra tape! Chase CLUBS Yano first, then slips through the railing? He wants to reel Yano into the railing, but Yano resists! So Chase lets go and Yano falls over!
Chase is free to drag Yano up and YANK him into the railing! And then again! Yano falls back down, Chase slips back through and he gets Yano’s spare tape! Chase tapes Yano’s hand into a fist so he can’t open it! Then Chase drags Owens up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Owens, and gets the other hand! Chase tapes that one up, too! Yano can’t open either of his hands! Yano tries to resist but Chase claws Yano’s face. Chase finishes his handiwork, and gets some slack on the strap to again SMACK Yano on the back! Chase plays around as he stomps and kicks Yano down, then he mocks the Yano shrug! But Yano uses his fists to trip Chase! Yano still catapults Chase into bare buckles!
Yano runs as far as the strap allows, comes back, but Chase dodges! Yano gets bare buckles again! Fans fire up, and Chase undoes the blue corner buckle pad! That’s three, will Chase go for the fourth? Chase drags Yano up to reel him in for a haymaker! And then again! And again! Chase throws up the Two Sweets, but Yano slips under and uses the strap to flip Chase! Chase gets up to throw a strike fest, then he runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano dodges Chase’s swing, shoves him at the ref, and then LOW BLOWS! Chase couldn’t stop that with wrist tape! And Yano figures what the hell? Untile the last pad! But wait, the tape on his hands makes that tricky.
Yano tears at the tape and frees his fingers! Fans fire up as Yano goes for the last corner, but Chase reels him in! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! Chase hits the Jewel Heist but he can’t cover from being too tired! Fans fire up, Chase gets up and says BANG, and he drags Yano back up. Chase reels Yano in, Yano shoves him away! So Chase goes out and uses the strap to reel Yano into the bare buckles! Chase drags Yano all the way out now, and whips him into the railing! Chase pulls up padding from the floor ringside!! He wants bare linoleum to come into play now! BANG, and the package, but Yano fights that off to back drop Chase onto the floor!
Yano is mad now, and he gets into the ring! The strap keeps Yano from the final corner pad, but fans rally up! Owens holds railing, Yano goes back out, but Chase gets the ring bell! Chase CLOBBERS Yano with the bell, then he gets in, and HE wants the final corner! But Yano’s dead weight is keeping him from getting close! Chase thought he had a fool proof plan but seems not. Chase goes back out to fetch Yano, and wraps the strap around Chase’s head. Chase drags Yano up and in, then drags him. Yano holds Chase back, reels him in, and Chase is annoyed. JEWEL TRIGGER!
Fans rally for Yano but Chase gets the buckle pad! Yano tries to pull Chase away but Chase’s one hand undoes all but one strap! Chase runs at Yano, but into a pop-up POWERBOMB! And YANO unties the buckle pad!! YANO WINS!!
Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)
And that’s how you win YTR style! Will Yano continue to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like this? Or will someone eventually beat Yano at his own games?
Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The other third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions is in action as he looks to settle things with the Switchblade! But will the Stone Pitbull be made to look like a little puppy tonight?
White insists the ref be more concerned about Ishii than him in the check. White throws off the jacket, flexes for the fans, and then has Gedo get in so they can Low Sweet. But Ishii grows impatient and he rushes over! White and Gedo bail out, “cool off,” and White mocks the clapping before giving the Low Sweet. White returns to the ring, bails right bck out, and asks about the bell. White gets in, the bell rings, and then White bails out again. White has a laugh as he goes in and out and in again, only to slide right back out. The ref reprimands, White dares Ishii to go after him, and Ishii goes! White gets far away from Ishii, goes back in the ring but Ishii is ready to follow.
White goes out, Ishii follows again. Gedo creeps up on Ishii, and White attacks! White stomps Ishii, drags him up for knees, then whips. Ishii swings, White dodges and doges and knees low. White whips, Ishii reverses but White bails out! White has a laugh, but Ishii rushes after him again! White gets in, and pretends he pulled a muscle so that Gedo can rake Ishii’s eyes! Gedo RAMS Ishii into railing then gets away before the ref notices. Ishii gets in the ring but White stomps him at the ropes. White stomps Ishii around, drags him up and throws him back out. White goes out but Ishii gets back in and runs, to run White over! Ishii pursues White on the outside, drags him up and whips him into railing!
Gedo protests but Ishii drags White up by his hair. White pushes Ishii but Ishii whips White back into railing! Fans cheer but the ref says to get this in the ring. Ishii glares at Gedo as he creeps over, and Gedo backs off. White goes to the ramp and Ishii wants to chase him down but the ref tells him to stay by the ring. The ref checks on White and tells him to get back to the ring, but White stays where he is on the ramp. Ishii argues with the ref, but he goes back into the ring. White dares Ishii to fight him on the outside but Ishii dares White to get back in. White goes in, Ishii kicks and clubs him! Ishii ROCKS White with a forearm, stomps him down, and then drags him up at the ropes.
White holds the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Ishii to the apron! Gedo cheers while Ishii flops to the floor. White drags Ishii back up to SNAKE EYES him off the railing! The ref checks Ishii and White mockingly asks if Ishii is okay. The ref tells White to stay back, White goes into the ring, and fans rally up for Ishii. White goes back out to drag Ishii up and RAM him into the apron! And RAM him into railing! And RAM him back into the apron! And then back into the railing! Those ribs take serious damage as Ishii goes down in a heap! Gedo mockingly asks what’s wrong, and White drags Ishii up.
White says they have to get into the ring, so he’s putting Ishii in the ring. White asks if Ishii is done, but Ishii refuses to quit! The fans rally so White stomps Ishii over and over! White digs his fingers into Ishii’s face then stomps him again! White stomps Ishii in the ribs and Ishii goes to the ropes. White pushes Ishii around and then gets him into a corner. White RAMS into the bad ribs, the ref wants White to back off but White RAMS Ishii one more time. Gedo cheers but he’s the only one as White puts Ishii in a rear bearhug. Ishii endures the squeeze, so White JAMS a knee into Ishii’s back. White goes back to the rear bearhug, mockingly asking if Ishii has a hard time breathing.
White is squeezing tighter and Ishii shouts in pain! Ishii endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer the toughness but White stomps Ishii at the ropes! The ref checks on Ishii again but White drags Ishii back up. White whips Ishii hard into a corner and Gedo wants the ref to call this. White whips, Ishii reverses, and then Ishii runs in but White dodges! Ishii crashes into buckles, and White fireman’s carries him up! Ishii slips off, but White elbows Ishii away, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ishii growls as he gets up and he stalks White to a corner.
Fans rally as Ishii CHOPS White, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS, and then hooks White’s arms in the ropes so he can CHOP again! White falls over and Ishii hammers away! The ref reprimands, Ishii backs him down with a glare! Ishii comes back but White RAMS a shoulder into the ribs! White goes to suplex but it’s Ishii who brings White up and over! Ishii sits up, fans rally, and Ishii looms over White. Ishii brings White up but White fights off the back suplex. White swings but Ishii spins him around. White switches, Ishii wrenches, but White avoids the back suplex to turn Ishii. Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker but White kicks low to DDT!
Both men are down again and Ishii gets to the corner. White runs in to uppercut Ishii, and fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and White grows annoyed but fans fire up! White drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage off and they end up in a corner. White knees Ishii, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ishii eggs him on. White CHOPS Ishii again, then puts some stank on the next CHOP! Ishii just turns things around to CHOP White high! The ref reprimands but Ishii shoves him away! Ishii CHOPS White high again! Ishii drags White up, CHOPS high and hard again and again!
The ref comes back, Ishii shoves him, and CHOPS White more! The ref finally gets Ishii to stop those near throat chops, and Ishii drags White up to whip him corner to corner. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, then whips corner to corner. White reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Ishii up into a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Gedo is fired up and fans rally up as both men are down. Gedo calls for the Kiwi, and White drags Ishii back up. White reels Ishii in, fisherman hooks but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii rams White into a corner, but White CORNER HALF HATCHES Ishii! Ishii clutches those bad ribs as he flops out of the ring!
The ref checks on Ishii but Ishii refuses to quit. White goes out to fetch Ishii, and he drags Ishii up to RAILING HALF HATCH!! White leaves Ishii for dead as Ishii writhes. Fans rally up but a ring count begins. The count is already 6 of 20 before Ishii sits up. Ishii still hasn’t gotten up and we’re past 10 of 20! It’s 15, Ishii finally starts going towards the ring, and he’s in at 18! White drags Ishii up and is pissed, but he hits BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious! White drags Ishii around, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage. White knees low but Ishii gets around to headbutt! Ishii runs, but into a BIG urenage!
White drags Ishii up, fisherman and KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!? Ishii survives and fans fire up! White asks Gedo for ideas, then drags Ishii around. White gets the sleeper hold but Ishii hooks the leg to block the suplex. Ishii throws elbows but White KNEES him low and hard! White drags Ishii back to center, has an arm and a leg, and stomps away on the ribs! Gedo wants the ref to stop this for Ishii, but Ishii doesn’t want this to end like that! White stands Ishii up and keylocks an arm so he can JAM Ishii in the ribs! White puts Ishii in a corner for more hard body shots! Gedo cheers but the ref reprimands. Ishii dares White to bring it, and White throws forearms!
Ishii tanks them because his head is still hard as stone! White throws more forearms but Ishii leans into them! Ishii backs White down like this, so White KNEES the ribs! Ishii ROCKS White back! Ishii drags White up and Gedo starts getting worried. Ishii puts White up top, Gedo swipes at him but the ref reprimands. White claws Ishii’s eyes! But Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! White holds on to keep from falling! Ishii climbs up, drags White up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! The ribs make that double-edged, but Ishii hurries to high stack cover, TWO!! White survives but is sputtering. Ishii powers up and takes aim. Gedo gets on the apron, but hops off when Ishii glares at him.
White gets Ishii in the sleeper, but Ishii throws him over! Ishii puts the sleeper on now! White fades already but Gedo gets on the apron! Ishii goes after Gedo, pushing the ref aside! Gedo sucker punches Ishii down! White gets Ishii in the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans rally but White drags Ishii back up! Ishii tries to fight the sleeper hold but he’s fading! White leans on the hold, but Ishii gets a second wind! Ishii reaches for ropes, but White gets a leg for a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious again! Fans rally for Ishii as White drags himself over.
White drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights free of the suplex! White forearms, throws a strike fest, but Ishii gets around. They both swing and dodge but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Both men are down as Ishii clutches his ribs. Ishii fires up to fight through the pain and the fan srally behind him. Ishii runs, but White gets around! Ishii switches and he puts White in a sleeper! Ishii leans on White and now White fades! Ishii spins White but WHITE hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives and White is beside himself! White slashes the throat, drags Ishii up, but no Blade Runner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ishii and White are down again and both sputter as they sit up.
Gedo rallies for White but Ishii hits his head off the mat to power up! Ishii gets moving, fakes White out, but White still boots Ishii! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii is roaring, Gedo is panicking, and Ishii drags White up to a POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? White survives but Ishii sits him up. Gedo gets in with the brass knuckles! The ref reprimands, Ishii dares Gedo to use them, but he blocks White’s low blow! Ishii whips White into Gedo then LARIATS White! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again but Ishii is just firing up more! Ishii drags White up, suplexes him, but White fights that off!
White tries to suplex but Ishii suplexes first. White slips out, dragon sleepre to an inverted suplex and he puts Ishii on his shoulder! White flips Ishii to the blade position but Ishii slipls out! Ishii swings but White turns him around, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out again, only to run into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White hurries to get Ishii up but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Ishii suplexes, White fights out but Ishii HEADBUTTS! White still wants a Triple S, but Ishii waistlocks! White switches, Ishii switches, but White blocks and dodges to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
A masterful exchange and it’s the Switchblade that hits the mark! White even needs to check that he won, it was that sudden! He hugs Young Lions in almost mocking celebration! But when the Young Lion pushes him away, he BOOTS them down! But does this victory mean White is done with Ishii and back on his way towards the top?
Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Rainmaker technically got his singles match with the King of Darkness not too long ago, but it was little more than an excuse to get Okada alone so Bullet Club could beat him up. We’ve seen Bullet Club in action all night, will any of Evil’s allies be able to back him up? Or will Okada prove Everything is NOT Evil?
The bell rings and Okada rushes Evil! Evil dodges, but then Okada dodges to fire off forearms. Evil kicks low, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada reverses and BOOTS Evil down! Evil bails out, fans cheer, and Okada dares Evil to come back. Dick and Evil regroup, Red Shoes keeps Okada back, and Okada waits. Evil slides back in, circles with Okada, and Okada points Dick out to Red Shoes. Dick stays back, Okada and Evil circle, but then Dick swipes at Okada! Evil attacks from behind, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada holds ropes and boots back. Okada scoops and slams Evil, then slingshot sentons!
Fans cheer as Okada takes a moment before he covers. ONE, but Okada drags Evil back up. Okada turns Evil to hit a neckbreaker! Okada drags Evil up and clamps on a chinlock. Evil endures, even as Okada digs his knee in. Evil reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 3, and he brings Evil up to elbow him back down. Evil goes to a corner, Okada stomps him down! Dick protests but Okada tells him to shut up. Okada drags Evil up, snapmares him, then runs to basement dropkick! Evil bails out as fans rally up. Dick checks on Evil, Okada goes out and tells Dick to back off. Okada drags Evil up and ROCKS Evil with a forearm!
Okada glares at Dick then chases him off! Dick goes in the ring, Okada follows, Evil CLOBBERS Okada! Evil mockingly applauds and then he scrapes Okada out of the ring. Evil drags Okada up and whips him into railing! Evil scuffs Okada’s face, then drags him up, to RAM into the railing and the timekeeper! Poor Abe-san! Why don’t they ever move him away from ringside? Evil drags out chairs while everyone is busy helping Abe. Evil brings Okada over, CLUBS him down, then gets a chair ready! Evil puts that chair around Okada’s head, and then has the other chair! HOMERUN! Evil goes into the ring and leaves Okada on the floor. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as a ring count begins.
Okada slowly stirs, and finally gets up at 10 of 20. Okada gets in at 13, but Evil is after him. Evil whips Okada into the bare corner! When did Dick take the buckle pad?! Evil drags Okada to a Half Crab! Okada endures as Evil pulls back, using Okada’s own knee pad for leverage. Okada gets the ropebreak, and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces, drags Okada up, but Okada throws a forearm! Okada throws more forearms, but Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Evil throws Okada out, and then gets in Red Shoes’ face so Dick can stomp away on Okada! Dick drags Okada up and puts him in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows something fishy is up so he refuses!
Evil is upset with Red Shoes but he drags Okada back up. Evil reels Okada in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but the count is the count. Evil mocks the fans clapping for “O-KA-DA!” and he drags Okada up. Okada throws a heavy body shot! Okada throws forearms, uppercuts, and then whips. Evil reverses, Okada dodges but Evil kicks him to throw him down! Okada avoids the back senton, and hits a basement EuroUpper! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada stands first. Evil follows but Okada rallies with elbows! Okada whips, Evil reverses but Okada elbows him down! Osaka fires up with Okada!
Okada whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus and gets the fans going with clap-clap-clap-stomp. Evil gets up but he fights off the Alabama lift! So Okada RAMS Evil into a corner! Okada puts Evil up top, Evil boots but Okada blocks! Okada clubs the leg then EuroUppers, and he dropkicks Evil off the top! Evil falls to the floor and Dick checks on him. Okada catches his breath in the ring, the ring count starts, and Dick coaches Evil. Okada goes out to fetch Evil, and drags him up. Okada elbows Evil, but then Dick talks trash. Okada chases Dick up the ramp but Evil pursues! Okada kicks and clubs Dick!
Evil runs in but Okada gets him, too! DOUBLE DDT’s to the ramp! Okada and fans rally with clap-clap-clap-stomp! Okada leaves Evil and Dick behind as he goes back down the ramp. But then Okada goes back and figures he should bring Evil back. Okada clubs Evil to make sure he keeps going towards ringside. Okada puts Evil in and fans cheer as he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Okada isn’t frustrated. Okada drags Evil up but blocks thje kick! Okada spins, Evil blocks the kick and gives it to Red Shoes so he can mule kick Okada low! Fans rally again, Evil pretends he can’t hear them, and then he runs in to clothesline Okada in the corner! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Evil is frustrated again but he gets Okada’s legs! Okada resists as Evil tries to turn him over, and Okada gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets go at 4, but Dick is there to get cheap shots in! Dick runs way before Red Shoes sees, and Evil smirks as he scuffs Okada with his boot. Evil talks trash, Okada gets up and fans rally again. Evil slaps Okada around, so Okada gets mad. Okada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, Evil elbows him away and runs, but into a HUGE FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally up again. Okada stands, Evil goes to a corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts but Evil fights off! Evil pulls hair but Okada ROCKS him!
Okada runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada ROCKS him again! Evil reverses the whip, but runs into the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil stands, so Okada hits a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Evil back up. Okada gut wrenches but Evil resists. Evil gets the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Okada clubs Evil first. Okada backs off, runs into the corner, but Evil boots him away! Evil boots Okada again, then dodges. Okada stops from hitting bare buckles, but Evil clotheslines Okada into them! Okada goes down in a heap while Evil smiles. Fans rally up but Evil drags Okada up.
Evil hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and then goes to the very top! Evil drags Okada up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Okada endures as Evil sits back deep! The fans rally, Okada claws for ropes, but Evil adds more torque! Okada refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go at 4! Evil catches his breath in a corner while Okada is down. Evil drags Okada back up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up! Evil is annoyed again but he vows to end this. Evil slashes the throat, stands Okada up and spins him, but Okada denies Evil.
Okada wants the clip but Evil knees low. Evil whips, Okada reverses and Evil gets bare buckles! MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, claws Okada’s eyes, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil lets go and then he grabs at Red Shoes! Dick CLUBS Okada with a pipe!! Dick gets in, Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil gets in Red Shoes’ face while Dick fires off haymakers! Dick whips Okada but Okada BOOTS him down! Evil kicks and whips Okada but Okada reverses to dropkick Evil down! Okada gets Evil’s arm for the MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, pries at Okada’s fingers, but Okada leans on the hold. Evil fights up, grabs at Red Shoes, but Red Shoes SWATS Evil’s hand!
Okada gut wrenches Evil to a TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP! Evil reaches, turns a bit red, starts to fade but gets a second wind. Evil is up, grabs Red Shoes again, but Okada CLUBS Evil! Okada wrenches the other arm but Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes! Evil runs but Okada gets around, DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada shouts to Red Shoes but he’s still down. Okada puts on Money Clip, Dick has the CHOKER!! The Spoiler is trying to spoil this finish! But Okada powers up and RAMS Dick into the bare buckles! Okada is free, and he gut wrenches Dick to hit a TOMBSTONE!! Okada takes the choker now?! To throw it away! That’s our Rainmaker for ya! But Evil LOW BLOWS Okada!!
Evil gets the legs, but Okada LOW BLOWS Evil back!! Turnabout is fair play! Both men are down, as is Red Shoes, and fans rally up! Okada sits up first, and he drags Evil up. Okada gut wrenches again, for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up with Okada again as he sits Evil up for the MONEY CLIP!! Red Shoes returns, Evil endures, and Okada keeps Evil away from ropes with a back2backbreaker! MONEY CLIP AGAIN! Evil is in the middle of the ring as he starts to fade again! Red Shoes checks on Evil as he’s turning red again! Evil finds a third wind and he reaches, but Okada clamps on tighter! Evil tries one more time and gets a ropebreak!
Okada lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally up for Okada again as he has Evil’s wrist. Okada drags Evil up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Okada drags Evil up again, but Evil LARIATS! Okada swings but into Evil spins him to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men slowly rise, and Evil runs, to LARIAT Okada inside-out! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally up again but Evil rises first. Evil staggers over, slashes his throat and stands Okada up. Evil spins him but Okada denies the STO again! Evil still tries but Okada spins. Evil avoids the discus, but Okada tries to steal Everything! Evil denies that, and tries to steal the Rainmaker lariat!
Okada denies that but he swings into Evil’s clinch! Okada denies the STO again! Okada gut wrenches Evil, for a SIT-OUT TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Evil up, ripcords, TRUE RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall
The tried and true finisher finishes Evil! This won’t be the end of things, but has Evil learned a little of why Okada is still on a whole different level? After catching his breath, Okada gets the mic. He gets fans to clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap clap-clap clap-clap-clap. “OSAKA-JOOOOO~! If I can speak frankly, that felt damn good!” Okada apologizes to the fans for “having to put up with more of Bullet Club’s crap tonight.” But by taking care of business, Okada is sure we’re all satisfied. Okada says there’s something still bothering him, though. “Well, I should just put it out there, huh? It’s about time I get back to that IWGP Heavyweight title!”
Okada knows that as a responsible adult, he should follow proper protocol. So that starts with winning the 2021 New Japan Cup! After doing that, he’ll be back where he belongs. But he’s sure they’re all thinking that the double title thing is getting boring. If Okada were to poll Osaka, they’d say that the one who has to save the titles is him! So he’ll win the NJ Cup, take back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and make it rain again! Fans like the sound of that! Okada knows while the fans couldn’t chant and shout, he knows they were giving it their all to support the wrestlers, and thanks them for it! The wrestlers will do their best all over again tomorrow for night two! Until then, good night!
The Rainmaker has made it known where he wants to be, but will that only make the road back that much harder? Will Tetsuya Naito make it a bit easier by taking the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on night two?
A very good event for NJPW to begin this weekend, but it also felt like a last-minute go-home for tomorrow’s event, as well as the New Japan Cup. The opening Six Man was good, and the United Empire wins so Khan has some momentum, but it was good math that neither he or Tanahashi were involved in the finish. That way, the NEVER Openweight Championship match could go either way. Tanahashi really only just got that belt, though, so I’m leaning towards him retaining. Ospreay & Cobb will still face Kojima & Tenzan, but that will probably go the Empire’s way like tonight did.
In similar fashion, it was good math for Goto-Hashi and GoD to split the difference. I like that Goto didn’t just win, he won in such a sudden turnaround. But with it being 50-50 here, I’m thinking GoD retain the tag titles and we wait to see if another team moves up to challenge them. Yano VS Chase was a good match, a lot of good antics from Yano, but Yano felt like a natural choice to win here. It might be awhile before someone wins and takes the KOPW 2021 trophy, but it definitely has to be in something really ridiculous.
White VS Ishii was a very good match, maybe a little long, but the slug fest nature of it and Ishii enduring bad ribs made it work. As did another fast exchange finish with White going over. White is definitely going into the NJCUP strong. Okada VS Evil was very similar, a long but storied match that turned out very well. As I said before, Okada trying to focus on the Money Clip works as a way of extending his career, but I also like this new element that when things get difficult, he can always bust out the Rainmaker lariat. Okada declares his NJCUP intentions, but that in itself could signal he doesn’t win it all, and puts someone else over. At this point, I feel like Sanada doesn’t even need to declare to be considered a favorite. Sanada’s already had great matches with Okada, Naito and Ibushi, maybe one more time is the charm for him to join the upper tier.
My Score: 9/10
Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.27.21
Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?
Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?
Kazuchika Okada finally gets his hands on EVIL, Jay White gets his “get right match” against Ishii after the last month of issues, and just generally a lot of feud building. The obvious thread is all of the CHAOS versus Bullet Club going on, but I don’t think any of us are excited for Tanga Loa and YOSHI-HASHI.
We also have The United Empire kicking things off to help give Great O-Khan more momentum going into his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Even if the card seems a little flat, maybe we get surprised?
- The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Ospreay wins via Oscutter @10:22 – * ½
- Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI: Loa wins via Ape Shit @12:58 – (-*)
- Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto: Goto wins via GTR @6:39 – ** ¼
- KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens: Yano retains @12:50 – ** ½
- Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii: White wins via Blade Runner @25:42 – ****
- Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo: Okada wins via Rainmaker @28:11 – *** ¼
The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi
So we saw a lot of dynamics that we’ve grown to expect. Tenzan struggles to not use the Mongolian Chops, O-Khan continues to prove himself a credible enough threat to Tanahashi, but this was a sloppy match. Between an early awkward exchange that made it seem like O-Khan didn’t know how to sell Kojima’s flurry, Ospreay slipped on the rope when he was coming in toward the end; even though he kinda saved it, it was obviously screwed up.
Interactions were clumsy, the match never got exciting and really just did what these kind of matches usually do, but not even as well as most Young Lions.
Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI
Welp, this match was straight garbage. The sad thing about this match was that Loa did a pretty solid job at trying to vocally antagonize HASHI and keep things interesting, but HASHI was in slow motion. HASHI would visibly confirm things too much, his moves were bad, kept trying to rally the crowd but they didn’t respond; so there were a ton of times he waited a beat to see if the crowd would ever come alive, and they never really did.
Tanga Loa was his usual self with better verbal interactions. He kept trying to get HASHI to fight and prove what he had instead of cursing, but HASHI just fell into the waste of space mannerisms he was known for 99% of his career. He should go back to Loose Explosion on his tights, because he is the drizzling shits.
So Tama comes out to distract Hashi allowing for Loa to turn the situation and hit Ape Shit. Bullet Club beatdown ensues, Goto runs out, clears out Loa…and the referee decides to just start the match since Goto and Tama were supposed to wrestle anyway!
Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto
A quick start is stifled by the malaise that is known as Castle Attack so far. Tama dumps out Goto, Goto starts reviewing his life choices and why he’s here today, and then spends enough time on the outside to build a bird house before Jado eventually limps over and hits him with a kendo stick shot. Like…why? Goto saw it coming. Stevie Wonder saw it coming. The terrible decisions of YOSHI-HASHI have polluted Goto’s mind as well!
When things get back into the ring, at least Tama and Goto are good wrestlers. Tama hits the Tongan Twist and Veleno, but a missed Stinger Splash and countered Gun Stun gave Goto some space. Tama tried for Gun Stun again, but he got caught, Goto throws him on his shoulders Ushigoroshi style, but drops him into the GTR and lands it! So a surprising GTR gives Goto a victory from the jaws of defeat, and at least the in-ring action was serviceable enough to get the highest rating of the show so far.
I really hope the back half blows my socks off, because this is sad so far.
KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens
Now the gimmick here is instead of touch the 4 corner pads, you have to remove the 4 corner pads. So it seems like the person to remove the last pad, will be the winner.
We get a mostly expected Yano gimmick match. He made small references to his earlier gimmick of being a cheating, violent, always disqualified heel; when he started whipping Chase early and being more aggressive than we usually see. But Chase was clever using the outside to a great advantage. Yano was forced to go after Chase because Chase was going to take the pads off from outside, and then used Yano’s momentum against him by ramming him into posts and barricades.
The last pad was solid comedy where both took turns knocking the other out, too far from the last pad. So we had some goofy “drag the dead body” spots. Chase nearly had things won until Yano came to, pulled him close for Oni Koroshi! Yano makes it to the corner, takes it off and the God of all KOPW continues!
Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii
Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.
Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.
A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 27, 2021
THANK GOD we got a match worth watching! Great pacing, solid story, this is something to watch.
Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo
Ugh, okay so we know what we get with EVIL any more right? Okada tried to eliminate Dick Togo early when he hit Double DDTs on the ramp, but then the trek back to the ring was awkward. Okada bringing EVIL back to the ring, was a microcosm of the match, where it was just very slowly paced, inactive and not a good idea.
Part of the point in this match was for Okada to finally get closure on EVIL beating him during last year’s New Japan Cup; but he wanted to drag out the old aggressive EVIL. EVIL fired up late, and the crowd responded excitedly expecting something good, but it was short lived. Plus, we have Okada being a complete moron. He was shoved into Red Shoes, fights off Dick and lays EVIL out and goes for the stupid Money Clip. He goes for a submission after he was driven into the referee. This is a gap in logic so embarrassing, just so Dick could interfere again with the garrote.
All the garrote did was possibly foreshadow when Okada Tombstoned Dick, and then had a moment where he considered using the weapon. This is either a throw away for Okada to continue to be the Golden Boy, or it’s a hint that darker things are on the horizon for Okada.
Either way, Fire/Thunder Driver lead to the Rainmaker again, and we’re finally at a point where Okada is beating people with the move that started it all! No more Money Clip! It looks bad and it’s just sad.
Overall Score: 4.25/10
At least we got one match really worth watching out of this show. Jay White versus Tomohiro Ishii is truly the only thing to watch from this whole show.
I don’t know how some people didn’t find the YOSHI-HASHI embarrassing, but it completely was. The opener was sloppy to the point of uselessness. Tama and Goto was just flat given how the story was being told. Then we’ve got the gimmicky goofball match being a highlight before the semi-main and main events. I’ve seen more salient card structure and match booking from Dragon Gate during the waning days of ANTIAS.
Tomorrow has to be better because if it’s worse, then I think 2015 TNA would be happy to know they aren’t the bottom of the barrel anymore. This show was so embarrassing I think I’m just gonna end the article with the hockey coach from Letterkenny:
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