Will Brock Lesnar get his hands on Rey Mysterio?
While the NXT takeover of SmackDown last Friday means there is much uncertainty, one thing is for sure: the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! Wants REVENGE!
- The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair & Natalya; Flair & Natalya win.
- Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy; Murphy wins.
- Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara & Catalina; Almas & Vega win.
- Rusev VS Drew McIntyre; Rusev wins, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: The OC VS Humberto Carrillo & The Street Profits; The OC wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS The East Hampton Polo Boys; The Viking Raiders win.
- NXT Championship: Adam Cole w/ Triple H VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins by disqualification, Cole retains the NXT Championship.
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A caravan of vehicles pulls into the arena.
And Triple H is in the first car! He goes to the second, whispers some things, and then heads to gorilla!
Brock Lesnar is in Long Island!
The Beast and his Advocate QUIT SmackDown, and now they’re free agents returning to Raw! Paul Heyman gives the usual introduction for the “Conqueror of Cain,” the ultimate champion of WWE, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! And for those who missed SmackDown, Lesnar has had enough of Fox. Lesnar has returned to Raw to go hunting for Rey Mysterio! You see, after the WWE Draft, Bliss-Cross was traded to SmackDown for draft considerations, while Lesnar has a “No Cut” contract, thanks to Heyman being his advocate. The WWE can’t fire Lesnar, because they have an investment in Lesnar. Therefore, Lesnar’s contract goes back to Raw. That doesn’t mean anyone can quit a show and switch shows, because Lesnar is different, Lesnar is special, Lesnar is entitled “to do whatever the hell he wants!”
And Heyman knows what fans are thinking. “Does that make Brock Lesnar better than me?” Yes, he is better than “each and every single one of you.” Lesnar is better than all of you at home, and all of those “bitches in the back” that think they’re tough guys! Which brings Heyman to the point: someone knows where Rey Mysterio is! So where is he!? Would they like for Lesnar to come over the rail and slap every man in the audience?! What would they even do? “Yo, I’m from Long Island, I’ll slap him back!” There’s no one man enough here tonight that can slap Brock back, and that includes Mysterio, who wasn’t man enough to defend “his punk son, Dominic,” from Lesnar! So someone will give up Mysterio. Someone will rat him out, point him out and Lesnar will “commit a felony” against that cabron! Or else, Lesnar will turn the entire Nassau Coliseum inside out and upside down like a true F5! Heyman says tonight will be the funeral of Mysterio’s career, at the hands of the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion, BROCK, LESNAR!
Lesnar and Heyman head out, and the hunt begins! Will anyone be able to stop Lesnar from destroying Rey Mysterio?
Lesnar asks staff where Mysterio is.
When they say they don’t know, Lesnar wrecks the poor man into the catering table! The Beast is roaming the halls, will Raw survive his wrath?
Raw returns as Lesnar rampages on.
Lesnar shouts to know where Mysterio is, and a staff member points him to a parked vehicle. Lesnar storms over to the sedan, and rips the door off, to drag out… Not Rey Mysterio. Whoever this was is spared, but Lesnar is still looking.
The Kabuki Warriors VS Charlotte Flair & Natalya!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess are still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions after taking on NXT’s Team Kick. But now, they face the Queens of Raw to keep that roll going! But will the #JoshiRoyalty be beat by these two history making women?
The teams sort out, and Natty starts against Kairi. They circle and tie up, and Kairi waistlocks to club Natty on the back. Kairi eggs Natty on, and the two circle again. They tie up, Natty wristlocks and wrenches, but Kairi slips through to wrench back. Natty rolls, handsprings and scoops to spin and spin and slam Kairi down! Cover, ONE! Kairi scrambles to her corner and tags in Asuka. Asuka and Natty circle and tie up, and Asuka wristlocks. But Natty rolls back and trips Asuka up to a leg lock! Asuka goes after Natty’s leg, too, and gets the ankle lock! Natty rolls and escapes, and fans cheer for the exchange. Natty hits low and brings Asuka over, and Charlotte tags in. Charlotte takes the hand-off and throws Asuka down by her hair. Fans “WOO~” and Charlotte soaks it up before toying with Asuka.
Asuka fires back and the two fight for control. Kairi comes in but Natty gets her! Double suplexes side by side! The Queens have the Kabukis on the outside while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Asuka grinds Natty down in a headlock. Natty fights her way up as Long Island rallies. Natty fights out and powers out, but Asuka bumps shoulders with her. They each run to collide again, but neither falls. Asuka dares Natty to try, then she follows, but Natty sees her coming! Natty runs Asuka over then goes for legs! Asuka kicks free and bails out, but Natty pursues. Into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka stands on Natty triumphantly as Kairi cheers. Asuka trash talks the fans in Japanese before dragging Natty up and into the ring. The ref checks on Natty but Asuka covers, TWO! Asuka drags Natty up into a mounted armlock and wrenches tight. Fans rally up again, and Natty endures. Natty reaches for Charlotte but Asuka wrenches again. Natty stands and throws body shots, but Asuka throws her down by her hair!
Asuka drags Natty over and tags in Kairi. The Kabuki double whip and kick, ax kick and camel clutch to basement dropkick! Fans are torn as Kairi toys with Natty. Kairi pretends to be a cat as she stands on Natty for a cover, ONE. Natty crawls but Kairi wraps her up in a straitjacket! Fans rally as Kairi thrashes Natty about. Natty endures, powers up and arm-drags free! But Kairi dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Kairi is annoyed, but she then taunts Charlotte. The two swipe at each other but Natty rolls Kairi, TWO! Hot tag to Charlotte! Charlotte rallies on Kairi, and BOOTS Asuka! Charlotte fires CHOPS off on Kairi, then whips her across the ropes. Kairi leaps but into Charlotte’s arms, for a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte kips up and fires up with Long Island! Charlotte runs in but Kairi dodges, only to run into the backbreaker! Charlotte aims, NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, but Asuka gets Kairi’s foot on the ropes!
Charlotte sees Asuka and DECKS her! Charlotte drags Asuka up and into the ring now, and BOOTS her back down! Charlotte has both Kabuki Warriors in the drop zone and walks all over them to get to the corner. Charlotte climbs and MOONSAULTS, to hit them both!! She shoves Asuka away to cover Kairi, TWO!! Charlotte is furious and she goes after Asuka again, to get a hotshot! The Queen dream team is in trouble as we go to break!
Raw returns again, and both Charlotte and Asuka crawl to corners! Hot tag to Kairi, and she CLOBBERS Charlotte just centimeters away! Kairi puts Charlotte in a corner and stomps away. She lets up at 4 to then walk the plank. Kairi runs back in, to get a BOOT! Charlotte stops the Sliding D and crawls to her corner! Fans rally up as she and Kairi both crawl, hot tags to Asuka and Natty! ANd natty spins Asuka around for a Russian Leg Sweep! She boots Kairi and discus clotheslines Asuka! Asuka reverses a whip but misses in the corner to get the rebound. But Asuka stays up, and headlocks! Natty rolls her off and hits a German Suplex! Natty gets the legs, Sharpshooter, but cradle counter, into the armbar!! Natty flails, endures, rolls up but into a triangle hold! Natty powers out to get the SHARPSHOOTER!!
Kairi rises while Asuka endures, CODE BREAKER! Charlotte SPEARS Kairi down! Asuka lurks and has Natty, but Natty counters the Asuka Lock to a takedown! SHARPSHOOTER AGAIN! Asuka screams, endures, taps! Charlotte and Natalya win!!
Winners: Natalya & Charlotte Flair, Natalya by submission
The Queens defeat the Kabuki Warriors! They might be in line for a shot at the Women’s Tag Team Championships!
Heyman and Lesnar return to confront commentary.
They ask Jerry Lawler, Vic Joseph and Dio Maddin if they know where Mysterio is tonight. Who even are the other two? But Heyman knows The King knows all. So Jerry, where is Rey? Tell them, or else the Beast will be unleashed. And if Lesnar attacks, no one can resuscitate Lawler this time. But wait! Dio stands up to Lesnar! Only to get a knee and an F5 on the announce desk!! The desk busts apart and Long Island loses its mind! The Beast moves on, but here comes Mysterio! WITH A BAT! He swings for the fences on Lesnar’s body!! Lesnar is sent limping down the ramp, and Mysterio grabs the belt! TO SMASH LESNAR! Heyman is furious, referees and medics rush out to keep the peace, and Long Island shouts for “619! 619!” Mysterio gets another small piece of revenge for la familia, but what will Lesnar do about this newest attack?
Rey Mysterio speaks!
“Brock, you tried to take everything from me!” Attacking his son, his SON, then it will be eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Fire with fire! Mysterio will now take what is most important to Lesnar: the WWE World Championship! Mysterio wants Lesnar to man up for once! Is this title match going to happen?!
Cedric Alexander VS Buddy Murphy!
The Ebony Lion and Aussie Juggernaut are set to have yet another match in their storied rivalry! Who makes big inroads towards a title as Survivor Series approaches?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around and Murphy headlocks. Alexander powers out but Murphy runs him over. Murphy runs but Alexander hurdles to speed things up! He dodges, rolls, handsprings and huricanranas to then dropkick Murphy out! Murphy is on his feet and drags Alexander out to CHOP! Murphy throws Alexander into barriers, then CHOPS him again! Murphy keeps the ring count fresh, but then Alexander dodges and he CHOPS the post! Murphy is reeling but Alexander CHOPS him back! Alexander puts Murphy in the ring and keeps Murphy from bailing out. Murphy grabs apron skirt, and then gets a cheap shot while the ref is busy. Murphy throws Alexander hard into the post! Murphy drags Alexander to a cover, TWO! He tries again, TWO!
Murphy goes after Alexander’s arm but fans rally up. Alexander fights his way up, throws body shots, but Murphy wrings out his bad arm! The ref checks but Alexander refuses to quit, so Murphy goes after the arm again! Alexander CHOPS, but Murphy wrenches and YANKS. Murphy grinds the arm down, but Alexander endures. Alexander rallies up as fans rally for him, but Murphy keylocks. Alexander reaches back to jawbreaker free! Murphy checks the jaw but comes back, to get a HARD right hand! Alexander CHOPS and forearms, repeat! Alexander then whips but Murphy reverses to boot, only to get caught and ROCKED with that back elbow! Alexander handsprings, NEURALIZER! Murphy bails out, Alexander DIVES! Direct hit into the barriers, but Alexander keeps moving, to FLY! Down goes Murphy but Alexander puts him in quick!
Alexander steps in, GET OVER HERE! The step-in springboard complete shot hits! Cover, TWO!! But Alexander won’t give up. Alexander slips back out and fans fire up with him. Alexander springboards, but leaps into MURPHY’S L- NO! Victory roll! TWO, scoop, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives and Alexander’s eyes are wild! Alexander drags Murphy up as fans cheer. Off comes the armband, and Alexander kicks Murphy while he’s down. Murphy ducks the buzzsaw, and KNEE TRIGGERS the Neuralizer apart! Pump handle, MURPHY’S LAW! Cover, Murphy wins!!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Best Kept Secret is out, and the secret is that Murphy is on a roll! He was once unstoppable as Cruiserweight Champion, will he be unstoppable on the way to a new title?
Seth Rollins is here!
But after facing The Fiend in Falls Count Anywhere, he is no longer the WWE Universal Champion. Rollins takes up a mic and asks everyone, “What’s next for Seth Rollins?” It has been a rough week, and even a rough few months. Rollins isn’t dumb, he hears the fans. He knows many loved seeing The Fiend win. But to be honest, he doesn’t care. That doesn’t concern Rollins. It is that The Fiend is taking the title to SmackDown. What concerns Rollins is that Lesnar is back. What concerns Rollins is that everything he worked for over the last year, changing the culture for the sake of guys like AJ Styles, Braun Strowman and even Baron Corbin, “that’s all a wash.” It’s all gone and we’re starting over. #RedesignRebuildReclaim just didn’t work, and he isn’t sure how much more he can give. So to answer what’s next, Rollins doesn’t know.
But Triple H is here! And with his entrance, the NXT logo is right on the titantron! HHH joins Rollins in the ring and asks him, “You don’t know what’s next?” Fans chant “NXT! NXT!” and HHH says it’s funny how history repeats itself. Whenever Rollins doesn’t know what’s next, he crosses paths with HHH. A wise man recently said, if you want to know what your future is, you have to retrace your past. Maybe Rollins’ past is his future? They go way back. Rollins was unsure of what’s next, he became NXT Champion and put the brand on the mat. Rollins was unsure, and The Shield was born. Then when Rollins was unsure again, and he became WWE Champion. It seems to be a pattern. But were those things for Rollins’ benefit or HHH’s? “Does it really matter?” In the end, Rollins walked away better.
Now, here’s an interesting moment. Rollins doesn’t know what’s next, HHH does. Everyone saw Friday Night SmackDown, when NXT “ran roughshod on that joint.” Because the roster was stuck overseas. And that was smart! And Adam Cole, the NXT Champion, beat Daniel Bryan in a match! NXT made a statement that it is here, it is real, and that they are on fire! The world wants to know what is NXT up to next, and that goes for here tonight. HHH isn’t alone, so what is NXT up to next? But HHH is out here right now to know, what Rollins is going to do next. What Rollins does next will affect what HHH does next. Survivor Series is now Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT, and NXT has something to prove. If Rollins doesn’t know what’s next, if Rollins doesn’t feel like he has what it takes, HHH knows. HHH knows how to make Rollins great! We’ve seen how this works. Rollins is either with HHH, or against him.
And as such, out come the UNDISPUTED ERA! Adam Cole leads Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish to the ring from the crowd! HHH says it again, Rollins is either with him, or against him. Rollins thinks it over, but who is this coming to the ring? It’s the OC! AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are here to defend Raw! The Undisputed Era bail out as the OC run over! But then Dominik Dijakovic and Damien Priest appear! They and the Era attack the OC! Adam Cole SUPERKICKS Styles! The Raw locker room runs out to run NXT off, but the damage has been done! And yet, Rollins is untouched. Rollins storms out, still unsure of what to do next.
Rollins confronts Triple H backstage.
If HHH wanted to light a fire, mission accomplished! If Rollins is going to NXT, he’s doing it as the top guy! He wants Adam Cole for the title, TONIGHT! HHH likes that. “Welcome back. Challenge accepted.”
Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega VS Sin Cara & Catalina!
This Mixed Tag Match comes from La Muneca taking offense to Sin Cara’s sidekick throwing her around! Vega believes she and Almas are already the greatest mixed tag combination ever, and now fans will watch Vega embarrass and humiliate “that butt ugly woman that has to hide her face behind a luchador mask.” And we also get to see Sin Cara be exposed as both a man with no face, and a man without a prayer of ever defeating El Idolo! But will things go as Vega hopes in this newest phase of the rivalry?
The teams sort out, and Almas rushes Sin Cara! Almas fires off, runs, but Sin Cara tosses him out! Sin Cara builds speed but Vega swipes at him! But Catalina takes a page of out Vega’s book, and she CANNONBALLS onto Almas! Sin Cara fetches Almas into the ring as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and both Almas and Sin Cara are down! The referee checks on both men but they’re okay to continue. They crawl for their corners, but Almas then clobbers Sin Cara to keep him from Catalina. Almas CHOPS Sin Cara to a corner but Sin Cara flops down. Almas drags Sin Cara up and hoists him to the top rope. Almas forearms and climbs up, but Sin Cara resists a superplex. Sin Cara hits back and CHOPS, but Almas brawls with him. They teeter, Almas grabs the mask! Almas DECKS Sin Cara, but Sin Cara comes back with forearms! Sin Cara hops back up, grabs hold of Almas, and fires off forearms! Sin Cara adjusts, SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! But Almas goes flying, Sin Cara can’t cover! The two crawl for their corners again, hot tags to Vega and Catalina!
Catalina dodges and dropkicks Vega! And again! Catalina fires up and whips Vega corner to corner. Vega reverses but Catalina hops up to leap! Crossbody hits but Catalina drags Vega to a fireman’s carry. Vega claws at the eyes! Catalina runs in but gets buckles, and a jump kick! Vega runs, wheelbarrow, but Catalina makes it a facebuster! Cover, but Almas drags Catalina off! Sin Cara clotheslines Almas out! Then Sin Cara runs, but Vega blocks his path! Vega kicks but Sin Cara blocks it, to hand it off to Catalina. Catalina spins around, drags Vega up into the GORY BOMB! Sin Cara still FLIES onto Almas! Catalina runs corner to corner but into a boot! Vega hops up, leaps, but the huricanrana is blocked! But Vega huricanranas Catalina into buckles! SPIKE-RANA! Cover, Vega and Almas win!
Winners: Zelina Vega & Andrade Almas, Vega pinning
Vega has her first win on Raw! But that’s just another win for this devious duo. Will it lead to big things for them both?
Rusev is here!
And he has a mic to speak. “I’m sure everybody’s going to agree with me when I say tonight is the night to end all this stupid drama!” But Rusev isn’t here to bicker with future ex-wife Lana or insult her, though he could. He is here to destroy “Bob Lashley” and say man-to-man, if Lashley wants Lana, he can have her. “But your ass is MINE!” With that, Lashley makes his entrance, and this grudge match of Lana’s lovers begins!
Or, not, as Lashley is on crutches. Lana is with Lashley as Lashley says as much as he’d love to beat Rusev up around the ring, he is not medically cleared. Lashley suffered a “debilitating injury” of a torn groin. He didn’t tear the groin during Crown Jewel or train to fight Rusev. He tore his groin making love to Lana, “in ways you can only fantasize about.” Lana kisses Lashley, but knows Rusev isn’t worried about their love life. Rusev does want a fight, so this is a very lucky day. Someone has volunteered to fight Rusev. And he will kick Rusev’s ass! Who does she mean? It’s DREW MCINTYRE! The Scottish Terminator will do Lashley’s dirty work for him! Will Rusev be able to CRUSH McIntyre all the same?
Rusev VS Drew McIntyre!
The bell rings and Rusev circles with McIntyre. Fans rally for “Rusev Day!” as Rusev dodges McIntyre once, but gets a Glasgow Kiss HEADBUTT! McIntyre CHOPS Rusev then throws big haymakers. McIntyre punches, stomps, repeat, to then whip Rusev corner to corner. Rusev lariats back! Rusev rams his shoulder into McIntyre over and over, but lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Rusev throws hands but McIntyre puts Rusev int he corner. Rusev dodges to throw more hands and some stomps of his own! Rusev lets up at 4 and then throws more haymakers. He whips but McIntyre kicks back hard! McIntyre stomps and punches Rusev over and over, but the ref pulls him off. McIntyre grinds his boot into Rusev, and Lashley and Lana both smile.
Fans rally with “Rusev Day!” as McIntyre stands Rusev up. Rusev counter punches and kicks back! Rusev runs, into a big elbow! McIntyre rains down furious rights, then stomps Rusev’s hand. McIntyre drags Rusev up to CHOP, but Rusev is getting mad! Rusev scoops and THROWS McIntyre out of the ring! Now Lashley and Lana are upset as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and McIntyre has Rusev down with a chinbar and armlock. Lashley and Lana laugh at Rusev’s suffering, but Rusev fights his way up. Long Island rallies for Rusev as he back bumps McIntyre. Rusev throws haymakers and chops, then runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Rusev escapes but McIntyre keeps his cool. Lashley is a little worried, even as McIntyre talks trash to Rusev. “You’re nothing but a bitch!!” Rusev is furious as he LARIATS back! Rusev staggers about, elbows McIntyre away, then runs out to clothesline more! He hits a big back shoulder in the corner, then a running heel kick! Fans fire up as Rusev stomps the mat. Lashley can’t believe McIntyre is in trouble. Rusev aims at McIntyre, but the kick misses! Throat chop and more haymakers, stomps and CHOPS! McIntyre hoists Rusev up but gets caught with haymakers from Rusev. Rusev leaps over, runs through, and double crossbodies collide!
Both men are down, gasping for air. Fans rally up as the two slowly rise. McIntyre is on Rusev but Rusev hits first! They brawl back and forth with big right hands. McIntyre mule kicks but Rusev throws more hands. The brawling just picks up speed, and McIntyre clubs away. MACHKA KICK! But McIntyre is sent out of the ring! Rusev hurries to fetch McIntyre, and he bounces McIntyre off steel steps! And again! But wait, Lashley SMACKS Rusev with a crutch! Of course he lied about his torn groin!
Winner: Rusev, by disqualification
Lashley beats Rusev down, and rams him into barriers! McIntyre lets Lashley do as he pleases as he puts Rusev into the ring. Lashley has the crutch again, but Rusev ROCKS him with rights first! Rusev gets to throw hands over and over, then he throws Lashley into the post! Fans fire up as Rusev glares at Lashley. Rusev then takes up the crutch for his own! But here comes an RKO!? The Viper strikes outta nowhere! Lana is laughing as Orton gives Lashley thumbs up. It seems Team Flair still rolls together even after Crown Jewel. Lashley stomps away on Rusev while Orton and the referee argue. Orton adds stomps to Rusev, but here comes Ricochet! Team Hogan also sticks together as Ricochet hits Orton and dumps Lahsley out! Ricochet springboards but Orton gets under, only to be denied an RKO with a PELE!
Ricochet dropkicks Lashley, and he knocks into Lana! The Ravishing Russian feels some of the retribution! Ricochet defends Rusev, but will the alliance of flight and might stand strong against the Viper and the snakes?
Charly Caruso interviews Becky Lynch.
It has been quite the journey for The Man, but her toughest test is coming at Survivor Series. We are getting a Triple Threat Champion VS Champion VS Champion match, Becky VS Bayley VS Shayna Baszler! This is Becky’s favorite time of year, because things are getting tribal. Becky loved the invasion on Friday. After all, she did lead an invasion of her own once. But this year is different, Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT in a “dangerous triangle.” Usually Becky is the one out for revenge, but she’s the target now. She beat Bayley’s bestie, Sasha Banks, and sent Shayna’s bestie, Ronda Rousey, into hiding after WrestleMania. But then speaking of, the Queen of Spades takes over this interview!
The NXT Women’s Champion sits with the Raw Women’s Champion and says hello. Shayna’s been waiting a long time for this face-to-face. And she knows all about “Becky Lynch, the shining example.” And yes, Shayna is friends with Ronda. They trained together. Becky pinned Ronda at WrestleMania. But to make one thing clear: Shayna is not Ronda. At Survivor Series, Shayna won’t take her eyes off Bayley, but she wants to say face to face, Shayna will beat Becky in that Triple Threat. And the only thing Becky should worry about is which one of her limbs will belong to Shayna. Becky doesn’t know Shayna that well, so she doesn’t know if she respects her, or wants to slap the head off her. But it’s good they got to talk. Now Shayna can doubt herself like Ronda did. Becky won’t let her eyes off Bayley, but she’s coming for Shayna all the same.
The champs stand up, and Shayna agrees, it was good to have this talk. Becky wants Shayna to bring her best, because it’s time to see who the real Baddest Woman on the Planet is. The top three women in the WWE will go head-to-head-to-head, but who walks out THE woman?
Six Man Tag: The OC VS Humberto Carrillo & The Street Profits!
AJ Styles and the Best Tag Team in the World walk out, but the Phenomenal One makes it clear, “I am not in the mood tonight, Long Island, so sit down and shut up.” Styles says the facts are: Gallows and Anderson are officially THE best team in the world, and they have the World Cup to prove it! Another fact: Styles is still the Phenomenal WWE United States Champion! And a third fact: The OC don’t give a DAMN about NXT. Fourth fact: The next time one of them punks cross their paths, the OC makes sure they never leave Florida again.
But another fact is that Montez Ford, Angelo Dawkins and Ultimo Ninja make their entrances together. They all have mics, and Ford says that the OC is feeling themselves in #StrongIsland. And they see the World Cup trophy, so nice. They’re officially the Best, Tag Team in the WOOOOOOOORLD~! Even though the Profits never got to be in the match. But the Profits beat The OC, too. You can’t say that. Can’t say what? That they beat the OC? Nope. Dawkins can’t say the Profits beat the OC in their first match on Raw?! No! But someone that should say something is Humberto Carrillo: “The Street Profits beat the OC two weeks ago on Raw!” Styles tells them to shut up, but Carrillo just says it again! Styles warns Carrillo to shut up or he’ll make him. No, say it in Espanol~! So Carrillo does! But Dawkins can see why Styles is hating on Carrillo: Mamas love to swipe right on dem dimples.
But it’s not about swiping right, it’s about swiping left on the OC, and how the Profits and Carrillo #WantTheSmoke! Will the young stars get that smoke and that win after the break?
Raw returns and Styles is already ramming Carrillo in a corner. Styles CHOPS then whips, but Carrillo goes up and LEAPS! Flying headbutt takes Styles down, Carrillo covers, TWO! Carrillo drags Styles up to wrench and tag to Dawkins. Dawkins hops up and drops ax handles on the arm. Dawkins wrenches Styles now, but Styles gets the ropebreak. Styles then sucker punches Dawkins and tags in Anderson. The Machine Gun fires off uppercuts on Dawkins in a corner then headlocks. Dawkins powers out and hurdles over then hurdles again. He throws Anderson tot he ropes to then dropkick him down! Dawkins drags Anderson up to a scoop, Ford tags in, slam and Ford adds a dropkick! Dawkins splashes, Ford covers, TWO!
Ford keeps on Anderson with an armlock, and sticks his tongue out at Gallows. Fans “YEAH!” with Ford as he wrenches more, but Anderson knees low! Anderson throws uppercuts on Ford, then whips him to ropes. Ford ducks and runs to hop over and boot back! Styles trips Ford up, and Anderson BLASTS Ford with an uppercut! Anderson distracts the ref and Gallows CLOBBERS Ford on the outside! Anderson goes out to fetch Ford and bump him off the apron. Anderson puts Ford in to cover, TWO! Tag to Styles, and the OC mug Ford. Styles throws haymakers then chokes Ford on the ropes. Gallows gets a cheap shot as the ref reprimands Styles. Styles covers, TWO! Styles brings Ford up but Ford throws hands! Styles knees low, whips but Ford reverses and sends Styles out! Stylse runs in, Ford dodges, dropkick takes Styles down!
Fans rally as both men crawl for their corners. Tag to Anderson, and he runs in, to get a dropkick! Tag to Gallows, he grabs Ford and suplexes, but Ford slips out! Ford leaps up but is caught! Gallows pushes Ford back and BOOTS him down! Tag to Styles and the OC isolate Ford, big clothesline in the corner. Anderson tags in, rocket kick! Tag to Gallows, and he corner splashes Ford! Uppercut to a cover, TWO! Ford is stuck in a thrashing chinlock as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Anderson smothers Ford with a chinlock. Fans rally up and Ford feeds off the energy. Ford fights back but Anderson clubs him down. Anderson hits Dawkins for good measure, then goes back to Ford with an uppercut! Cover, TWO! Anderson is back on Ford with a chinlock, but fans still rally. Ford fights his way up again, Anderson elbows him down, then whips Ford to the corner. But Ford uses that to hit Styles! Ford dodges and sends Anderson into the post! Gallows tags in, grabs Ford by the throat, but Ford fights free. Ford BLOCKBUSTERS on the run! Both men are down and crawling for their corners. Styles is back and Humberto reaches out, they get the hot tags! Ultimo Ninja rallies on Styles! He boots, and shotgun dropkicks!
Fans fire up with Carrillo as he hits a corner clothesline! He snapmares Styles to a basement dropkick! Then a somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! Carrillo drags Styles up to a fireman’s carry but Styles slips out and shoves. Carrillo springboard enziguris! Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up top, MOONSAULT! It hits! Carrillo covers, but Anderson breaks it! Dawkins runs in to POUNCE Anderson! Gallows YAKUZA KICKS! Ford dropkicks Gallows! Ford lines up his shot and runs, to FLY! He bowls over the Good Brothers! Carrillo runs into Styles’ boot, then Styles forearms Carrillo away! Styles springboards but Carrillo gets under to mule kick, front kick and flapjack, into a POWERBOMB! Cover, with feet on the ropes!! Styles and the OC win!!
Winners: The OC, AJ Styles pinning
That was dirty to say the least! The Best Tag Team in the World and the Phenomenal One steal one from Carrillo and the Profits, but will they still run roughshod over Raw?
IT IS HAPPENING!
Brock Lesnar accepts the challenge, and Rey Mysterio gets a shot at both revenge and the WWE World Championship! Will Mysterio make his vengeance that much sweeter when he once again reaches the top of the WWE? Or will Lesnar destroy Mysterio once and for all?
The Viking Raiders VS The East Hampton Polo Boys!
The raid has come to Long Island! And now knowing that that all three brands will pit their Tag Team Champions against each other, will Erik and Ivar be able to keep their undefeated streak going?
The bell rings and Erik WRECKS Polo Boy #1 with a forearm and German Suplex! Erik drags the other into the ring, and then hits him with shotgun knees! Ivar gets his as he rams Polo Boy #2 into barriers, and basement splashes! Erik has Polo Boy #1 in a backbraeker, to gut wrench gut buster! Tag to Ivar, and he climbs up top, gut wrench powerbomb and VIKING SPLASH! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, Ivar pinning
Polo shirts and sweaters across the shoulders are no match for the Warbeards! Erik and Ivar take to the mic to give fair warning. “We stand here as men bold enough to admit that at Crown Jewel, we suffered defeat.” They congratulate The OC for being crowned the Best Tag Team in the World. “Enjoy your trophy, boys.” Because victory is often times nothing more than survival. Gallows and Anderson should “thank the gods” for winning that one battle. But NOTHING stops the raid! Will the Viking Raiders be able to prove they’re the best tag team champions today when they take on The Revival and the Undisputed Era at Survivor Series?
NXT Championship: Adam Cole w/ Triple H VS Seth Rollins!
The Undisputed Era is #DrapedInGold, but The Architect might #BurnItDown and replace his WWE Universal Championship with THE title on the black and gold brand! Will Rollins end up joining HHH’s army by winning? Or will he suffer the same fate as Daniel Bryan on SmackDown?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the battle of inaugural versus current begins!
The two circle and tie up, and Rollins waistlocks. Cole switches, but Rollins wrenches out to a wristlock. Cole rolls, rolls and wrenches back, but Rollins does the same! Rollins puts Cole on the ropes but the ref counts for the break. Rollins gives Cole a pat on the shoulders, but Cole sneers. They circle and tie up again, and go around the ring. Rollins puts Cole in a corner but Cole turns it around. Cole lets up to give a shove. Fans rally and duel, and Rollins runs Cole over! Rollins throws haymakers that stagger Cole, and then he clotheslines Cole out! Rollins slingshots, PESCADO! Rollins bumps Cole off the apron then put him in the ring. HHH watches intently as Rollins powerbomb lifts, but Cole fights out. Cole kicks low then runs, into a mule kick! But he avoids the Curb Stomp and bails out. Rollins pursues and throws Cole into barriers!
Rollins drags Cole up and throws him into more barriers! HHH is right there as his champion is in trouble and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Cole grinds Rollins down with a chinlock. But Rollins fights his way up and fights out with a CHOP! Rollins runs but into a BOOT! Cole covers, TWO! Cole looms over Rollins as HHH intensely stares. Cole toys with Rollins and throws forearms. Rollins gets mad as he stands and throws forearms back! The brawl is on! Rollins CHOPS and haymakers, then runs, but dodges the boot and another chop to PELE! Cole staggers to PELE back! Rollins hits a rolling elbow! Then he blocks a kick to kick out a leg, and he adds a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives and HHH seems conflicted. HHH wants to recruit Rollins, but he doesn’t want Raw to beat NXT.
Rollins runs in and hits Cole with a forearm smash. But then Cole puts Rollins on the apron, only for Rollins to hit him away. Rollins springboards, into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Cole grows frustrated. But Cole staggers to a corner, hops up and watches Rollins rise. Cole leaps, but the Panama Sunrise becomes a sunset, TWO and Rollins BUCKLE BOMBS Cole back! Cover, TWO!! Rollins grits his teeth while Cole bails out. Rollins runs and DIVES! Direct hit sends them both into barriers, but Rollins gets up to DIVE again! He puts Cole in and takes aim, springboard flying knee! Rollins suplex,es but Cole counters to the Last Shot 1.0! Cover, TWO!! Cole is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion! Fans rally up as Cole gets to the ropes. Cole wants Rollins to rise, and Rollins slowly sits up. Cole runs, SHOTGUN KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Cole is losing his cool and HHH seems just as concerned. But Cole brings the knee pad down and takes aim. Cole runs, but Rollins ducks, rolls Cole up, TWO! Double clotheslines wipe both men out! Fans rally and HHH has come out of his seat! Cole rolls to the apron and heads up top. Rollins crawls then rises, he’s up top fast! SUPERPLEX! Roll through, to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives, showing the heart it took to become NXT Champion. Rollins goes to ropes and fans rally up again. Rollins stomps as they chant, “BURN IT DOWN!” HHH glares and Rollins takes aim, but the Undisputed Era appear! Fish & O’Reilly anchor Rollins and Strong hits a BIG knee strike!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by disqualification; Adam Cole is still NXT Champion
The Era clobber and stomp Rollins, but HHH does not protest. But here comes the OC! And more of the Raw locker room! But ore NXT superstars are here! Riddle, Dijakovic, Ciampa, and more, they’re all brawling in the ring! The fighting spills out of the ring and Long Island is fired up! It is chaotic all around the ring, Ciampa punching Ricochet while the Undisputed Era hit whoever comes close! Ricochet gets clear of the crowd to springboard and SHOOTING STAR! The One and Only bowls everyone over and Long Island loses their minds! Riddle rises, as does Priest and Ricochet, and the brawling continues! Things keep going, as Keith Lee FLIES!! The Limitless One bowls everyone over as Raw goes off the air!!
A great Raw to continue the Survivor Series build! Naturally, NXT would invade Raw the same as they did SmackDown, and a lot of great stuff was confirmed tonight. I am so glad to hear we’re getting the Women’s Champions and Tag Team Champions in Triple Threat matches. I know Revival VS New Day is Friday since they didn’t get to last week, and that match could go either way, but either team would fit very well into the tag champion triple threat. Of course the Viking Raiders win against more jobbers, but I think it was good looking ahead for them to call out The OC, so that at some point we will get Raw Tag Team Champions VS Best Tag Team in the World to see who is really the best. Though looking back, that again means they should’ve rearranged things in the Tag Team Turmoil. At the same time, the AOP need to come in and do very much the same, questioning the validity of either team’s accolades when AOP hasn’t been around for months.
I really liked how they handled the interview segment. Shayna did a pretty good job confronting Becky, and Becky did a good job in her response. I fully expect Bayley to have her own response on Friday, probably with Sasha speaking up, too, as she was one of Shayna’s targets. Actually, to really spice things up, have Bayley and Banks return to Full Sail. Sure, Shayna has the Women’s WarGames match to worry about, but with her also having this triple threat, it makes sense she’ll end up with a split focus. Bayley is also about not being overshadowed, so what better way than to be the one to fire back? Then in the Women’s Tag title scene, things are going about as I expected. It was a great match, and I figured Natty and Charlotte would win. This will result in a tag title match and I expect Paige to get revenge on Asuka and Kairi by helping Charlotte and Natty.
Some of the non-build things were still pretty good. Murphy VS Alexander was good but obviously tame compared to what they’ve done in the past. It has been said that Murphy is one of Heyman’s favorites and his win streak might be proving that. The Six Man of OC VS Carrillo & Profits was really good, and has seemingly wrapped things for now. I’m still expecting Kevin Owens to come back into things for the US Championship, but I bet Murphy would make a good contender in his own right. I was glad we got the mixed tag, but I feel like just this once, Almas and Vega should’ve lost. It just doesn’t seem like a proper feud if it’s one-sided. And while it was obvious Lashley lied about his bad groin, Rusev VS McIntyre was going pretty well, and now we’re perhaps getting Rusev & Ricochet VS Lashley & Orton before Rusev and Lashley settle things themselves.
I am really loving everything going on with the top titles and the top guys. Lesnar back on Raw, wrecking poor Dio but then getting rightfully wrecked back by Rey, all good stuff. Rey VS Lesnar for the world title, I really hope there’s a way Mysterio wins. Cain Velasquez and/or Dominic need to help, for sure. Meanwhile, Rollins’ moment of doubt and HHH trying to recruit him, that’s great story there, too. Rollins is obviously being booked strong as he almost wins that NXT Championship in a great match with Cole. But at the same time, this was the only way Rollins was going to stay Team Raw without losing, and we got that awesome brawl! I didn’t even realize Keith Lee had gotten into the ring until he was running, and WOW what a leap! I don’t know how they’d manage it, but I’m starting to think we do still need something like the best of Raw, SmackDown and NXT in a Triple Threat Elimination match. Maybe not 5v5v5 for 15 people, but four or three man teams might work.
Honestly, with it turning into a four-day weekend, use all four shows for crossover matches, from SmackDown to WarGames to Survivor Series to even Raw after. Then both networks, Fox and USA, should be satisfied with getting great viewership courtesy of NXT, the actual top brand of this company.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/5/21)
The New Japan Cup returns!
Once again, it’s NJPW’s tournament to the top!
Though this tournament technically kicked off with NJPW’s 49th Anniversary Event, things properly begin tonight! Who takes the first step towards THE IWGP World Championship?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima; The United Empire wins.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toru Yano VS Bad Luck Fale; Yano wins and advances.
- 2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hirooki Goto VS Taichi; Goto wins and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Master Wato, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima!
Jeff Cobb and Great-O-Khan are already into the next round of the tournament, and Will Ospreay is hoping to do the same! Will the United Empire be victorious again? Or will the Way of the Grandmaster help Ikari no Mogyu and the King of Cozy Style in the resistance?
The trios talk trash to each other and the ref tries to keep the peace as Ospreay eggs Tenzan on. But then the Empire rushes in and attacks anyway! The bell rings to get this on record, and Ospreay throws Tenzan out while Khan throws Wato and Cobb throws Kojima. The Empire goes out and attacks the resistance. Ospreay throws hands on Tenzan, Cobb throws Kojima into railing then goes after Cobb. Khan puts Kojima in to stomp him down while Ospreay clubs Tenzan down. Fans rally for the resistance as Khan clamps onto Kojima with a chinlock. Khan lets off and brings Kojima up for Mongolian Chops! Khan taunts Tenzan then Mongolian Chops Kojima again!
Fans fire up for Kojima as he blocks the chops to go for Mongolian Chops! Khan blocks those, fires off forearms, spins but Kojima ROCKS him first! Kojima fires off forearms and spins, but Khan Mongolian Chops him down! Khan stomps Kojima, Ospreay knocks Tenzan and Wato off the corner and Cobb stomps Kojima, too. The Empire all stomp Kojima together, then drag him up. Khan puts Kojima in a corner, he and Cobb whip Kojima corner to corner, then they send Ospreay in, only for Kojima to toss Ospreay out! Cobb kicks Kojima and holds him as Khan runs, but Kojima fights back! Kick for Khan, DDT for Cobb!
Kojima swats Khan’s clothesline away, then kicks and SPIKES him with a DDT! Fans fire up for Kojima and he fires off machine gun CHOPS in the corner! Kojima tops it off with one more CHOP, then whips Khan corner to corner. Kojima runs in to forearm smash and he throws Khan down. Fans fire up more and Kojima climbs up. Ospreay is there to throw Kojima down! Ospreay and Cobb attack Tenzan and Wato again! Khan gest Kojima’s arm and wants the Kimura! Kojima endures, fans rally up, but Khan drags Kojima over to a Fujiwara! Kojima still endures so Khan stomps the arm! Khan drags Kojima up, drags him over to the corner and Cobb tags in.
The Empire mugs Kojima, and Cobb throws forearms. Kojima reaches but Cobb brings him away from his corner. Cobb scoops Kojima, pops him up and RAMS him into the corner! Tag to Ospreay and he stomps Kojima, then CHOPS him! Ospreay scoops and SLAMS Kojima to then drop a knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his cool and Khan joins him. The fans rally but the Empire double whips Kojima. Kojima kicks Ospreay, swats Khan, and then kicks Ospreay for a COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Kojima crawls, and hot tags Tenzan! Tenzan runs Ospreay over, DECKS Cobb, and fires up!
Tenzan clubs and wants to Mongolian Chop but Khan clubs him from behind! Khan goes to Mongolian Chop but Tenzan headbutts low! And then Tenzan “steals” the Mongolian Chops! Ospreay kicks Tenzan, runs, but into the WINDMILL KICK! Fans fire up with Tenzan as he corner splashes Ospreay, then hits a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tenzan brings Ospreay up and gives him more Mongolian Chops! Ospreay mule kicks, but Tenzan blocks the fireman’s carry. Ospreay powers through but Tenzan slips off and shoves him to a corner. Ospreay boots back, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!
Ospreay fires up, fans rally, and Ospreay reels Tenzan in for double underhooks. Tenzan resists the lift so Ospreay gives him Kowata Kicks. Ospreay runs, gets around the clothesline and HOOK KICKS! But he runs into MOUNTAIN BOMB! Tenzan fires up after hitting the modified back drop, he and Ospreay hot tag Cobb and Wato! Wato springboards for the flying uppercut, but is caught! Wato elbows free, gives kicks and kicks and a mule kick. Cobb blocks the whip, Wato ROUNDHOUSES him! Wato whips, Cobb reverses but Wato dodges to leg lariat! Cover, TWO! Kojima and Tenzan hit the Empire then go after Cobb!
Bea Priestley protests but Wato whips Cobb corner to corner to elbow! Kojima elbows, then feeds Cobb to Tenzan’s headbutt! Wato springboards for the flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and the resistance regroups. Wato spins but Cobb blocks the kick to a FALL AWAY SLAM! Bridging cover, but Kojima breaks it! Khan attacks and whips Kojima to BOOT him down! Tenzan Mongolian Chops Khan down! Ospreay ROLLING ELBOWS Tenzan! Ospreay whips and pops Wato up but Wato RANAS! Cobb grabs Wato but Wato bell claps free! SCREW HIGH KICK! Tilt-o-whirl, but Cobb pops that and blocks the rana for a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, the Empire wins!!
Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall
And the resistance has been crushed! At least, for now! Ospreay and Tenzan still have a tournament battle, will the Empire be united in the second round?
But then EVIL strikes! He wants after Cobb, who will be his first opponent in the tournament! Evil rakes Cobb’s eyes and Dick Togo uses the SPOILER CHOKER on him! The rest of the Empire rushes back and runs Evil off, but the damage has been done! Will the Hawaiian Hulk make the King of Darkness defy the Empire?
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Toru Yano VS Bad Luck Fale!
It seems like the Producer and the Rogue General are fated to fight! But will Fale take care of two birds with one Grenade, and be both a second-round entrant and KOPW 2021 contender?
After Yano’s very long introduction that might be getting even longer, Yano points the KOPW trophy at Fale, and Fale SWATS it away! The bell rings, Fale rolls Yano up, TWO!! Fale looms over Yano in the corner and stomps him, and the KOPW trophy is broken AGAIN! Fale throws hands, whips Yano corner to corner, then runs in. Yano dodges, and goes to untie a buckle pad! Fale runs in again, Yano dodges, Fale stops himself from hitting bare buckles, but Yano SLAPS Fale on the back of the head! Fale glares at Yano and Yano apologizes. Yano dodges Fale, SLAPS him again, then runs. Fale runs Yano over! Yano bails out and fans rally up.
Yano clings to the railing and says he’s afraid of Fale! Fale runs out and catches Yano before he can go into the ring, and he RAMS Yano into railing! Then he whips Yano into more railing! Fale CLUBS Yano, brings him around and whips him into more railing! The ref reprimands but Fale tells him to shut up. Fale throws body shots on Yano, brings him around and whips him into even more railing! Fale stomps Yano, goes back to the ring, and lets the count handle this. Fans rally up for Yano as the count climbs, and Yano stirs at around 5 of 20. Yano slowly sits up, stands up at 15 of 20, and goes around railing. Yano hurries in at 19.9! Fale stomps Yano down but fans still rally.
Fale stands on Yano’s body at the ropes! The ref counts and Fale lets off at 3. Fale brings Yano up, Yano fires off forearms and hammering fists! Yano fires up and tries to scoop Fale! Fale is annoyed and he scoops to SLAM Yano! Fale stands on Yano for the cover, TWO!! Yano still lives and Fale is even more annoyed. Fans rally up as Fale drags Yano up to a choke grip! Yano clubs free, fires off forearms, but Fale ROCKS Yano back! Yano ends up in the corner, and Fale runs in. Yano dodges and Fale gets bare buckles to the chest! Yano tries to scoop, Fale scoops him and SLAMS him back! Fale drags Yano up, scoops and SLAMS Yano again! And then drops the elbow, only to miss!
Yano bails out, Fale rolls out after him and fans rally up again. Fale drags Yano up and whips but Yano blocks with help from railing! Fale blocks the reversal, to send Yano into railing after all! Fale runs in but Yano dodges and Fale runs into the railing! Yano comes back with TAPE! Yano goes after Fale but Fale shoves him into a post! Fale CLUBS Yano, and then has Yano’s tape! Fale is tying Yano’s hands around the corner! The ring count is climbing but Fale finishes up his work at 10 of 20! Fale CLUBS Yano, Yano kicks back, and then Yano baits Fale into running into the POST! LOW BLOW?! The ref didn’t see because he’s busy counting! Fale is down, Yano gets in at 19!! YANO WINS!!
Winner: Toru Yano, by count-out (advances to the next round)
Another win that’s outside the box and by the skin of Yano’s teeth! Yano keeps Fale from being a contender in both the Cup and for the KOPW 2021! But will Yano be able to get a new, less fragile trophy so that he can defend it at all?
2021 New Japan Cup Opening Round: Hirooki Goto VS Taichi!
The Fierce Warrior and the Sliest Wrestler in the World have both had battles with the Guerrillas of Destiny and lost. But now they can fight their way to the top of NJPW! Will Goto be ready for whatever tricks Taichi has up his proverbial sleeve?
Taichi takes off his cloak and shows off the dancing pecs, which fans cheer. Goto still doesn’t trust Taichi’s pouch, so Taichi puts that aside. The bell rings and fans rally already! Goto and Taichi stare down, stretch a bit, then slowly circle. They approach, tie up, and Goto powers Taichi to ropes. Taichi just relaxes and Goto lets off cleanly. They circle again and fans rally up. Goto and Taichi tie up, Goto puts Taichi back on ropes, and then lets off clean again. Taichi applauds and so do fans, and the two circle again. Goto and Taichi approach, tie up, and Goto headlocks, but Taichi tries the saido already! Goto fights that off, but Taichi puts him on ropes now.
Taichi lets off, but then chokes Goto! Red Shoes counts, Taichi lets go at 4. Taichi kicks Goto out of the ring, follows him out, and then whips Goto into railing! Taichi brings Goto around, scoops him, and gives him SNAKE EYES to railing! Taichi uses camera cord to CHOKE Goto! Red Shoes reprimands, counts, and Taichi lets go with one hand at 4. Red Shoes says that’s not enough, but Taichi keeps choking Goto, and even pulls hair. Red Shoes starts the ring count so Taichi lets go of Goto at 4 of 20. Taichi drags Goto up and around at 12 of 20 and chokes Goto on the railing! Taichi leaves Goto behind at 15, but Goto gets in at 19! Fans cheer but Taichi stands on Goto at the ropes.
Red Shoes reprimands, counts, but Taichi lets go of the ropes. Again, not the problem! Taichi finally steps off Goto’s neck and fans rally up. Taichi drags Goto from the apron, brings him up, and snapmares him to CHOKE him! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi stops, but then does it again! Red Shoes reprimands, that’s a choke, not a cover! Taichi lets off, and says if he wants to see a choke, here’s a CHOKE! Red Shoes counts, Taichi lets off and smirks while fixing his hair. Taichi drags Goto up, and hides a choke inside a shoulder clamp! Red Shoes checks and sees the trick so Taichi lets go. Fans rally for Goto but Taichi drags him up to snapmare again. Taichi KICKS Goto in the back, covers, TWO!
Taichi toys with Goto now as he scuffs his head. Goto grits his teeth and gets up but Taichi boots him! Taichi kicks Goto around, but Goto CHOPS and CHOPS back! Taichi chokes Goto to throw him down! Red Shoes reprimands but Taichi just drags Goto back up. Taichi gives Goto Kowata Kicks, then KICKS Goto down. Goto slowly sits up but Taichi stomps him back down. Taichi gives more Kowata Kicks, but Goto just gets mad! Goto glares at Taichi and CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS! Goto ROCKS Taichi, runs, but Taichi choke grips! Goto choke grips back! Goto chokes Taichi to a corner! Fans cheer but Red Shoes reprimands.
Goto lets go, Taichi kicks low, but Goto follows Taichi as he runs to LARIAT Taichi down! Fans fire up as both men are down! Goto catches his breath and gets up first. Goto drags Taichi up, fires forearms, whips Taichi to a corner, then runs in to MURAMASA! And BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Taichi up, fireman’s carries, but Taichi fights off, only for Goto to block the saido! Goto throws elbows, Taichi staggers to a corner, and Goto runs in, but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Both men are down but fans rally up! Taichi drags himself to a corner and gets up. Taichi powers up his arm, runs at Goto and AX BOMBERS! But Goto stays up?!
Goto fires up and runs, to LARIAT! But Taichi stays up!! Taichi runs, AX BOMBER, but Goto still stays up! Goto runs and LARIATS, Taichi still stays up! Both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS hit but neither falls! And then DOUBLE LARIATS again! Goto runs, and again DOUBLE LARIATS hit! This time, both men drop to their knees! Fans rally up, Goto runs but again LARIATS collide! Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Taichi sits up first and Goto stirs, but off come the pants! Taichi powers up from the corner, but Goto CLOBBERS him first! Goto goes to back suplex but Taichi elbows free!
Taichi runs, Goto follows but Taichi dodges and reels Goto in! Goto resists Seiteijyujiryou, reels Taichi in to a fireman’s carry, and hits USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up again as Goto drags Taichi back up. Taichi grabs a leg but Goto clubs him over and over! Goto drags Taichi up, clubs him, knees him and hits URA GTR! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives but fans fire up again! Goto stands first, drags Taichi up, reels him into the dragon sleeper, but Taichi choke grips from below! Taichi gets free of the dragon sleeper but Goto swats Taichi’s grip away! Goto spins but into a choke grip! CHOKE SLAM!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again!
Taichi sits up and slaps some sense into himself. Taichi drags Goto back up with the choke grip, but Goto gets free and swings, but into the DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Cover, TWO!?! Taichi can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous again! Taichi fires up, gives a thumbs down, then reels Goto in. Goto resists the bomb lift, but Taichi powers through to LAST RIDE! High stack cover, TWO?!? Goto survives and Taichi can’t believe it! Taichi drags Goto up and Alabama lifts, but Goto fights out of that! Goto clubs away on Taichi’s back, blocks the Alabama lift again, and fans fire up as Goto hammers away over and over. Taichi breaks free to DECK Goto!
Taichi paces, drags Goto but Goto is dead weight. Fans rally up and Taichi drags Goto by his hair. Taichi stands Goto up but Goto blocks the forearm into a spin and suplex, SHOUTEN KAI!! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Goto grits his teeth and rises again! Goto gets himself to ropes while Taichi sitrs. Goto drags himself to his feet, Taichi is in a daze but Goto powers up now. Taichi sits up into the BUZZSAW! But he pops right up to BOOT?! Goto forearms, Taichi mule kicks, Goto HEADBUTTS! Taichi is down but Goto shakes his head. Fans are thunderous again as Goto fires up and drags Taichi into the dragon sleeper!
Taichi slips out, Alabama lifts, but Goto escapes to dragon sleeper! Taichi gets out to ROUNDHOUSE! Taichi hooks the arms, TAICHI STYLE GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!!! Goto narrowly escapes and the fans are thunderous yet again! Taichi and Goto slowly rise, and Taichi goes to a corner. Taichi fires himself up, builds power and takes aim, but Goto blocks the kick! Goto fireman’s carries to G T W!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Taichi survives and the fans are now electric! Goto isn’t done, he dragon sleepers to TRUE G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (advances to the next round)
The Sliest Wrestler took the fight to the Fierce Warrior, but he couldn’t overcome him! Goto gets a mic and speaks! The New Japan Cup is back, and he’s advancing on! Goto vows that he will be going all the way to the end! Goto is a man of few words and is always direct! Will he be heading directly to the top of the tournament?
A very good event, but again I cut out matches that just didn’t feel as important. Suzuki-Gun continues to battle and brutalize Young Lions, but I did catch the part where Suzuki and Honma were arguing and slapping each other while ZSJ was trying to twist Gabriel Kidd apart. I skipped the Bullet Club match but again, Evil took the win there because he needs to go strong into his first NJCUP match this year. Evil won last year, he gets an unofficial bye this year, and his first opponent is Jeff Cobb, so he needs as much momentum as he can get for that.
Cobb helps the United Empire get the win tonight in a really fun Six Man, Evil jumps Cobb, that match is going to be good and there’s a good chance Evil cheats to win to head for a possible back-to-back win. That won’t happen, though, I think he’s running into Kazuchika Okada first since they’re on the same side of the bracket. Okada will win that, go to the finals, and we’ll see how that goes with a lot of great choices on the other side.
Yano VS Fale is becoming a great rivalry, and that was another creative and entertaining way to win. Yano’s KOPW trophy 3.0 needs to be a little heftier so it doesn’t break, and so it can look even more like Yano than this previous one. Goto VS Taichi was an incredible match for just the first round, and I’m a touch surprised Goto won. Taichi did keep things fair and square, so that’s part of it. Okada VS Takagi is tomorrow, and the winner of that faces Goto. Goto VS Okada would be an incredible match because of it being Chaos VS Chaos on top of everything.
My Score: 9/10
Andrew’s New Japan Cup Results & Match Ratings: 3.5.2021
The New Japan Cup tour officially starts today, even though we already got one upset! Who moves on to round 2!?
Even though the first two matches happened on the Anniversary show, this is the first official show dedicated to the Cup.
With one huge upset already, do we get any more shocks to the system? And no, if Yano wins (which he probably will) that’s not an upset. He has a surprisingly good record in tournament first rounds.
So let’s all revel in the goofy way Yano invents to move to round 2!
- Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr, DOUKI) vs Gabriel Kidd, Yuya Uemura & Tomoaki Honma: Suzuki wins via Gotch Style Piledriver @10:46 – ***
- Bullet Club (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori) w/ Dick Togo vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tiger Mask IV, YOSHI-HASHI, David Finlay: EVIL wins via Scorpion Deathlock @11:40 – ***
- TenCozy & Master Wato vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay) w/Bea Priestley: Cobb wins via Tour of the Islands @9:14 – ** ½
- New Japan Cup: Toru Yano vs Bad Luck Fale: Yano wins via Countout @5:50 – **
- New Japan Cup: Hirooki Goto vs Taichi: Goto wins via GTR @22:43 – **** ½
Suzuki-Gun (Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr, DOUKI) vs Gabriel Kidd, Yuya Uemura & Tomoaki Honma
This was fun and definitely had better energy than a lot of the preliminary matches New Japan has done before bigger singles. Honma and Suzuki took shots at each other often, with Honma getting the best of Suzuki often. But Honma never backed down, we’re slowly getting back to the underdog Vampire Chicken that people were initially introduced to.
ZSJ did a great job putting Gabe over in this match as well. They started with a lot of World of Sport fast paced counters, ringers, spins and what not, but surprisingly, Gabe and the face trio got the best of ZSJ at different times. Zack was actually on the receiving end for a bit, but after Yuya is tagged in legal, and the tandem locomotion corner spot, we knew it was a matter of time.
After ducking a lariat, ZSJ quick tags Suzuki and then heads out, which allows Suzuki to make quick work of Yuya, continuing to add on that story they had going earlier in the year.
Just very fun with good energy, and this is how prelim tags should work.
Bullet Club (EVIL, Yujiro Takahashi, Chase Owens & Taiji Ishimori) w/ Dick Togo vs Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tiger Mask IV, YOSHI-HASHI, David Finlay
Tanahashi starting the match against Ishimori was great. This could lay the ground work for a future Openweight challenge, especially since Ishimori got the best of the Ace. The moves were basic, but as soon as Tanahashi start flexes and doing body builder poses, Ishimori returns after he hits a few moves and also highlights his washboard abs; causing Tanahashi to grab his stomach and get flustered since he’s not 6% body fat like Ishimori.
So with the little taste of comedy, we then see YOSHI-HASHI come in and get beat on by everyone at some point. Bullet Club even pulls off an amusing human chain during an Abdominal Stretch. After HASHI eventually tags out, then we see Finlay and Tiger Mask gets some shine. Finlay actually looks really good, hitting a cool Spinning Backdrop to bring in Tiger, but Tiger isn’t quite back up to snuff.
Even with him still recovering, he pushes things to needing EVIL to tag in, and Dick Togo has to cheat to help BC win, but generally speaking, it was a fun match where Tiger taking the fall proves he’s still on the way back.
TenCozy & Master Wato vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb, Great O-Khan & Will Ospreay) w/Bea Priestley
This feud has gone on a bit long, and I’m not a big fan of Tenzan using the Mongolian Chops even though he lost a match saying he can’t. It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission I suppose, but I’m still not a fan.
This was a solid trios match with a fantastic finish, but it didn’t really excite me like the first two multi-tags. Cobb catching Wato mid Satellite DDT, to throw him into Powerbomb position, to block a Frankensteiner, toss him like pizza dough and catch him in the Tour of the Islands position, to hit his finisher. It was just a thing of beauty.
When Cobb tries, he’s a great wrestler, and he’s been much more consistent this year. I also liked that Cobb was talking smack to EVIL on the camera, but EVIL and Dick Togo jumped him to try and get a small advantage in their upcoming New Japan Cup match. It’s a good spot before intermission.
New Japan Cup: Toru Yano vs Bad Luck Fale
Now this was pretty amusing. Fale attacks Yano in the middle of his announcement, but not with a strike, with a Roll-up. Sadly for Yano, this causes the KOPW trophy to break, but he doesn’t notice right away.
Yano spends a good bit of the match running from Fale saying he’s scared. But we get to the typical Yano stuff and he tries to tape Fale to the guardrail, but Fale is keen. So he shoves Yano back, and uses the tape to tie Yano’s hands around the ring post.
As the countout starts, Fale tries to pepper in a few free shots, but Yano is kicking him away. Fale gets mad and charges, Yano shields himself with the post and then it seems like one of his defensive kicks…goes a little low. Marty Asami allows it since it look unintentional just trying to keep someone back. So Yano manages to swing his legs onto the apron and scoot halfway into the ring while tied to the ring post. Marty decides that’s good enough and counts out Fale.
The Sublime Master Thief pulls out some TOTAL BS, but it’s still funny. Afterward, he gets the broken trophy and starts crying like its Hardball and G-baby just got shot.
New Japan Cup: Hirooki Goto vs Taichi
This match had stage, Taichi was up to his old tricks of slow moving, malicious outside tactics with cables and general cheating, but that makes sense with all of the things Taichi went through to get Iizuka’s fingers back.
Red Shoes is ever lenient, and Taichi was doing it just to be a brat, every choke count he would smile bigger; hell even the crowd seemed to find it devilishly charming. But when Goto fired up, it seemed like it woke something up in Taichi. Taichi and Goto traded strikes and it was fantastic especially when they both just slumped down. Both men pulled out classics, I love when Goto does the Shouten Kai, even Taichi pulled out the Dynamic T Chokeslam! Kawada classics like the Step Kicks and the Jumping High Kick, Goto threw everything at Taichi, but they both did a good job avoiding the finishers most of the match.
It was a great back and forth where both men knew the other’s offense and it showed. Serious Taichi is more and more like Kawada, it’s fantastic, but Goto when Goto countered the counters and finally hit GTR, it was all over for the Holy Emperor!
The wrong man won, but it was a great match.
Overall Score: 7/10
Well the Yano match was enjoyable, but if you dislike his style; that was going to do nothing to change your opinion. Taichi and Goto definitely deserved to be the main event, which was beautiful. Even the undercard tags were done well and the participants seemed to have a little more fun and remember the point of those.
Even if my personal taste is that the TenCozy/Empire feud is starting to wear out its welcome, it wasn’t offensive of anything, I’m just over it. I’m also looking forward to see if Cobb can continue this streak of evolution or if the new EVIL will just make me hate that match.
So there we go, another solid show…so now I’m gonna try my best to forget Castle Attack.
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