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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/2/20)

Raw turns the corner on the Road to WrestleMania!

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The Raw After Super Showdown, and BEFORE Elimination Chamber!

WWE Super Showdown passed but we’ve already got Elimination Chamber on the way! What will Raw to do shift gears on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Tag Team Championships “Now or Never” Match: Seth Rollins & Murphy VS The Street Profits; The Street Profits win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Riddick Moss VS Ricochet; Moss wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • Aleister Black VS Karl Anderson w/ The OC; Aleister wins.
  • Aleister Black VS Luke Gallows w/ The OC; Aleister wins, by disqualification.
  • AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Aleister Black; Styles wins.
  • Liv Morgan VS Ruby Riott, Special Guest Referee: Sarah Logan; Morgan wins.
  • Kairi Sane w/ Asuka VS Shayna Baszler; Baszler wins.
  • Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo & Rey Mysterio; Carrillo & Mysterio win.

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The Beast opens Raw!

With the Road to WrestleMania in the home stretch, the WWE World Champion returns once again! He successfully retained against Ricochet at WWE Super Showdown and Paul Heyman gives his usual introduction for himself and the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world, BRRROCK! LESNARRR! And Heyman apologizes because he “can’t do it.” This is literally their job to come out and hype the fans up on WrestleMania. Heyman gives credit where credit is due, and while this will be the most stacked WrestleMania in years, the main event “is a sham.” Fans can boo all they want, but we all know that “they” are trying to sell us on Drew McIntyre. Ladies and gentlemen, Drew McIntyre “is a hyped up fraud.”

Heyman wants us to understand why we cheer so much for McIntyre. At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar didn’t just survive 15 “of the top stars in WWE,” he massacred those 15 consecutive top starts, only to get hit from behind in the balls by Ricochet. That left Lesnar vulnerable to McIntyre’s Claymore that sent Lesnar up and out, eliminating him from the match. Fans cheer that, “like the Pavlovian dogs I tell you you are.” But there are no excuses as to McIntyre kicking Lesnar in his face and out of the ring, “but how in the hell” does that prove McIntyre can pin Lesnar? HE CAN’T! How does that prove McIntyre can submit Lesnar? HE CAN’T! It just shows McIntyre can take advantage of a situation. And the next time Lesnar sees McIntyre, it’ll be over like that.

And why is that? “Because Drew McIntyre is nothing more than a stupid, big bitch that’s going to get squashed at Wrestle-” Here comes McIntyre! The Scottish Stud has that Terminator stare on Lesnar as he heads to the ring. McIntyre gets in the ring and in Lesnar’s face. Fans cheer for “Drew! Drew!” as Lesnar grins. Lesnar backs away, but what about Heyman’s promise? Lesnar rushes McIntyre but gets a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre kips up as fans lose their minds! Well, it was over “like that,” for Lesnar. Can McIntyre do that again at WrestleMania?

Heyman helps Lesnar out of the ring, both men completely shocked at what just happened. The fans troll with “You Deserve It!” and “Hey hey hey! Good-bye~!” as Lesnar and Heyman go up the ramp. Lesnar stares out at Brooklyn as he reaches the stage, but McIntyre runs back out! CLAYMORE AGAIN!! The Scottish Stud snatches up the WWE Championship to hold it up! Lesnar rises and fans want “One More Time!” CLAYMORE THE THIRD!! Brooklyn loses its mind all over again as McIntyre stands over his future opponent! Will McIntyre be the one to slay the Beast once and for all?!

 

Raw Tag Team Championships “Now or Never” Match: Seth Rollins & Murphy VS The Street Profits!

Super Showdown was their first chance, this is their last! If Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins fail to dethrone the “Monday Night Pariah” and “Murph the Smurf,” they can never challenge for these titles again, so long as they belong to Rollins & Buddy. Is this the motivation the Profits need to get the smoke?

“Where Brooklyn at? Where Brooklyn at?” Brooklyn lets the Profits know “We Want the Smoke!” Tonight is now or never! Ford & Dawkins have worked for YEARS to get this opportunity! If Rollins and Murphy get the win, then the fight is over. But the joke’s on them. When the pressure’s on, the Profits cook. So Brooklyn better get the Solo cups out because the Profits are up! The tag team champions make their entrance now, and we begin this all or nothing rematch!

Before the bell, Rollins and Murphy attack! The Profits fight them off, throw out Rollins, and then throw out Murphy. Fans fire up with Ford as he FLIES! But he’s caught, and BARRIER BOMBED! Dawkins runs over but Rollins and Murphy get away. Raw goes picture in picture as Rollins and Murphy now stand tall in the ring.

Dawkins checks on Ford but Rollins and Murphy flank him. Dawkins throws big right hands to ROCK Rollins and Murphy in turn, then he gets Murphy in to SPEAR! The bell rings and Dawkins bumps Murphy off buckles. Dawkins runs into a boot and staggers back. Murphy runs in, misses, but Rollins tags in. Dawkins runs back in but Murphy dodges. Dawkins keeps from crashing into buckles then decks Rollins. He climbs up but Rollins trips him up and tucks him in! Murphy hits CHEEKY NANDOS! Rollins hops in and both he and Murphy POWERBOMB Dawkins down! Cover, TWO! Rollins argues with the ref but the count is the count.

Rollins goes to the corner and watches Dawkins stand. Springboard flying knee! Cover, TWO! Rollins grows frustrated with Dawkins but he drags him up to slap him around. Dawkins gets angry and ROCKS Rollins with a right! Murphy tags in but his superkick is blocked. Rollins’ SUPERKICK hits, then Murphy adds one, before they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Dawkins down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Murphy snarls as he drags him up. Murphy knees and kicks Dawkins in the back, covers, TWO! Murphy’s right on Dawkins with a chinlock. Dawkins endures as Murphy grinds him down, but he fights his way up as fans cheer.

Raw returns to single picture as Dawkins gets to his feet. Dawkins fights with back elbows but Murphy elbows Dawkins down. Murphy clamps on with a facelock but Dawkins blocks the suplex. Dawkins suplexes but Murphy slips out to throw forearms. Murphy throws Dawkins out and tags Rollins. Rollins fetches Dawkins but Dawkins flapjacks him! Murphy hurries over but leaps into an EXPLODER! The Authors of Pain watch but it’s hard to tell if they’re concerned. Dawkins gets in to hot tag Ford! And Ford FLIES! This time he takes Rollins and Murphy out! Ford puts Rollins in but Murphy hurries after. Murphy throws Ford to the apron but Ford springboards for a HUGE crossbody!

Ford clotheslines Murphy out and slips out of a back suplex to DDT Rollins down! And kip up! Brooklyn is thunderous as he hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps going and heads back up top. Rollins rises but Ford leaps over. Rollins gets Ford with a Slingblade! The Monday Night Messiah sneers as he aims from a corner, but Ford dodges the stomp! Murphy tags in, Ford goes to huricanrana but Rollins blocks, buckle bomb enziguri combo! Cover, Dawkins just breaks it in time! Rollins springboards but into an uppercut! Dawkins fireman’s carries but Murphy saves Rollins, and together they post Dawkins!

Murphy drags Ford up as Rollins goes to a corner. Tag to Rollins and they bring Ford up. They want another, but Ford huricanranas Rollins INTO the enziguri! Murphy realizes what happens and hurries up top, but Ford gets under the leap. Ford sends Murphy out, Rollins rolls him up, TWO! Ford spins Rollins to ENZIGURI! Rollins is down but Ford fires up as he heads up top! But Rollins shoves Ford down! Ford crashes ‘n’ burns on the floor and the AOP calm down. Rollins calls them over and they stalk up to Ford! The ref sees this before they can do anything, and EJECTS THEM! Rollins is furious but he puts Ford in for himself. Murphy and the AOP keep arguing, and here comes KEVIN! STUNNER!!

The ref never saw that, and Kevin gets away before AOP gives chase! Dawkins BLASTS Murphy into the timekeeper’s area! Ford hurries up top with Rollins in position, for the WORLD STAR SPLASH!! Cover, THE PROFITS WIN!!

Winner: The Street Profits, by pinfall (NEW Raw Tag Team Champions)

Now or never? How about NOW!? The Profits are at an all time high because they have the gold! Will the Road to WrestleMania become a red Solo cup party?

 

Raw returns as Rollins and Murphy regroup backstage.

Charly Caruso asks them about the defeat. “Oh good for you!” Rollins seethes as he reminds us that anyone who stands in his way will be eradicated! He is the Monday Night Messiah! Rollins and Murphy demand to take on the Profits, take DOWN the Profits and take BACK those Raw Tag Team Championships. As for Kevin Owens, he can name the time, the place and the stipulation. Because when Rollins gets his hands on Kevin, Kevin will be crucified. Will the passion of the Prizefighter cost him everything?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: Riddick Moss VS Ricochet!

The One and Only failed to dethrone the Beast and take his WWE World Championship, but can he tackle the Riddick Regimen and take the #OneTrue Championship?

The bell rings and Ricochet waistlocks to a headlock. Moss powers up but Ricochet holds on, so Moss powers out. Ricochet slips out and slides under to CHOP Moss! Ricochet throws forearms and CHOPS then whips Moss corner to corner. Moss reverses but Ricochet goes up and over and speeds up. Ricochet dodges, Moss follows, and BLASTS Ricochet with that shoulder! Moss talks trash and drags Ricochet up to the corner. Moss rams his shoulder into Ricochet then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Fans taunt Moss as he taunts Ricochet. Moss drags Ricochet up for body shots against the ropes. Fans taunt Moss with “Who are you? Who are you?” Does Brooklyn watch NXT UK?

Moss whips Ricochet to ropes but Ricochet rolls off Moss’s back. Ricochet shoves and elbows Moss at the elbows, then springboards, into Moss’s arms! Moss Fall Away Slams Ricochet over and out of the ring! Ricochet crashes ‘n’ burns as Raw goes to break!

The bell rings and Ricochet waistlocks to a headlock. Moss powers up but Ricochet holds on, so Moss powers out. Ricochet slips out and slides under to CHOP Moss! Ricochet throws forearms and CHOPS then whips Moss corner to corner. Moss reverses but Ricochet goes up and over and speeds up. Ricochet dodges, Moss follows, and BLASTS Ricochet with that shoulder! Moss talks trash and drags Ricochet up to the corner. Moss rams his shoulder into Ricochet then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Fans taunt Moss as he taunts Ricochet. Moss drags Ricochet up for body shots against the ropes. Fans taunt Moss with “Who are you? Who are you?” Does Brooklyn watch NXT UK?

Moss whips Ricochet to ropes but Ricochet rolls off Moss’s back. Ricochet shoves and elbows Moss at the elbows, then springboards, into Moss’s arms! Moss Fall Away Slams Ricochet over and out of the ring! Ricochet crashes ‘n’ burns as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns as Ricochet fights up out of a chinlock. Moss clubs Ricochet down then whips him to ropes. Ricochet boots back, then kicks. Moss blocks that and ducks the enziguri, but not the rewind mule kick! Both men are down and fans rally up for Ricochet. Moss gets to ropes while Ricochet stands up. Ricochet counter punches, bobs ‘n’ weaves with Moss then whips. Moss reverses but Ricochet hits a forearm! Ricochet fires up as Moss flounders to a corner, and Ricochet runs in to shoulder tackle. Ricochet bumps Moss off buckles and kicks him away! Then springboards in, only for mos to get under. Moss elbows back HARD then hops up. Ricochet enziguris back then hops up to SUPER STEINER! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!

Ricochet keeps his focus as he brings Moss up. He tries to fireman’s carry but his bad back bothers him. Ricochet ROCKS Moss with an uppercut, then gets the fireman’s carry! But Moss elbows hard and keeps on Ricochet. Ricochet dropkick-flips and enziguris! Superkick gets caught to a back suplex and CLUBBING slam! Moss brings Ricochet back up for a SPIKE Neckbreaker! Cover, Moss wins?!

Winner: Riddick Moss, by pinfall (still WWE 24/7 Champion)

The King of Flight gets grounded by the Riddick Regimen! Is Ricochet on a downward trajectory after visiting Suplex City? Is Moss only going to extend his already historic reign?

 

AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Aleister Black!

The Phenomenal One and his Good Brothers roughed up the Embodiment of the End, but now he’ll be the one to face the consequences. Will Aleister add on to the humbling The Undertaker gave Styles at Super Showdown?

Well Styles isn’t taking that stupid advice, because Styles is on a collision course with Taker. Hopefully Taker is watching tonight. After what Styles does to Aleister, Taker can consider it a warning. Taker may be a legend among legend, but he’s just holding onto a spotlight that isn’t his anymore. “It’s mine! It’s the Phenomenal AJ Styles!” But now, Aleister makes his entrance, and this payback match begins!

Styles wants Aleister to wait a moment. Aleister is getting the fight he wanted, but he didn’t read the fine print. To get at Styles, he has to first go through the “toughest man in the building, Karl Anderson!” What? Since when? The Machine Gun gets in the ring and this audible is approved!

Aleister Black VS Karl Anderson w/ The OC!

The bell rings, Gallows distracts but Aleister throws hands on Anderson. Anderson knees and whips but Aleister holds ropes. Aleister sends Anderson out onto Gallows then builds speed to wreck Gallows with a dropkick. Aleister goes out and ROUNDHOUSES Anderson down! Fans cheer as Aleister stares Styles down along the way. Styles stays far away as Raw goes to break.

Aleister Black VS Luke Gallows w/ The OC!

Gallows dumps Aleister out and Brooklyn tells the OC off. Gallows throws Aleister into barriers then into steel steps, all while Styles says Aleister brought this on himself. The match isn’t even official yet and Gallows throws Aleister into more barriers. Gallows pushes Aleister in and this second match finally begins.

Gallows runs into Aleister’s boot! And another! And another! Gallows YAKUZA KICKS back! Styles likes what he sees as Gallows drops a big elbow! Gallows glares as Aleister stands up. Gallows runs corner to corner for a big corner uppercut! Aleister falls over and Gallows covers, TWO! Styles still likes it as Gallows elbows away on Aleister’s shoulder and chest. Gallows wraps on a chinlock and leans on Aleister. Styles coaches Gallows on and tells Aleister it’s alright to go to sleep. “We’ve got this one in the bag.” But Aleister fights up and fights out with body shots. Gallows rocks Aleister with an uppercut, but runs into Aleister’s knee! Aleister storms over but Gallows throws him out!

Raw is picture in picture as Anderson finally recovers from the Black Mass. Gallows stomps Aleister on the outside as Anderson and Styles watch. Gallows bumps Aleister off steel steps and then refreshes the ring count. Aleister stirs as the ring count climbs up again. It passes 5 while the OC throw up the Too Sweets. Aleister gets up, staggers around, but gets in at the count of 9.5! Gallows BOOTS him back down! The OC is all fired up as Gallows drags Aleister up to throw him back out. The ref keeps Gallows back so Styles gets in a cheap shot! Another ring count beings and Aleister staggers up and in at 4. Gallows drags Aleister up for a snap suplex then covers, TWO! The OC grows annoyed with Aleister as Gallows clamps on another chinlock.

Aleister endures again as Gallows leans on him. He starts to fade out and falls to the mat. Fans rally up for Aleister and Aleister finds his second wind. Aleister gets up and starts throwing hands! Raw returns to single ipcture as Gallows uppercuts and Aleister KNEES! Aleister ROUNDHOUSES, and again, and again! Gallows blocks one to back elbow and haymaker Aleister to a corner! The ref backs Gallows of but Gallows comes back to throw more hands. The ref reprimands Gallows but he won’t stop! That’s a disqualification!

Winner: Aleister Black, by disqualification

And now Anderson just adds on! Styles still has to face Aleister, but he and the Good Brothers will make sure Aleister stands no chance! Gallows drags Aleister up, he and Anderson give Aleister MAGIC KILLER! Styles says that’s good, and he’ll finally take that match.

AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Aleister Black!

The Phenomenal One waits for Aleister to rise, and Aleister grits his teeth. Aleister refuses to back down so this third match begins! Aleister swings but falls over! Styles kicks and stomps Aleister while he’s down! Styles kicks Aleister to a corner and eggs him to get back up. Aleister drags himself up the ropes but gets a corner clothesline! Styles throws Aleister down and shouts, “This is MY ring!” Styles watches Aleister drag himself up the ropes before throwing a big haymaker! Aleister flounders around but does his best to throw hands. Styles shrugs those shots off but walks into a fast double kick! Aleister blocks Styles’ boot to kick the legs out! But Aleister swings into a BACKBREAKER!

Styles drags Aleister up, and snap BRAIN BUSTERS! Fans boo Styles as he talks trash and paces about. Styles glares down at Aleister as he goes to the apron. Styles prepares his arm and springboards as Aleister rises. PHENOMENAL FOREARM! And then Styles mocks the Undertaker’s custom cover, and wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

The Phenomenal One put Aleister through a gauntlet of his own design, and sent a message to the Dead Man. But will Styles regret giving Taker a reason to respond?

 

Backstage interview with Ruby Riott.

After returning just to betray her former friend, Liv Morgan, she and Liv will now have it out 1v1, but with their one mutual friend as the special guest referee. Sarah Logan will be officiating, but did Ruby herself ever see the Riott Squad end up like this? Ruby says that people make and break promises on a daily basis. They show themselves to be loyal then disloyal in a single breath. The only person Ruby cares about now his Ruby. And in the Elimination Chamber, Ruby will prove she can strike whenever she pleases. And the WWE Universe will realize there are no friends inside the Chamber.

Liv Morgan VS Ruby Riott, Special Guest Referee: Sarah Logan!

Ruby rushes Liv and tackles her to a corner! Sarah counts but Liv turns things around to fire off forearms. Sarah counts again and Liv lets up. Ruby slips out but Liv goes up and up and missile dropkicks! Liv runs corner to corner for a back body press, then she throws Ruby down on the mat. Cover, TWO! Sarah has a fair count but Liv grabs Ruby’s hair. Sarah reprimands so Liv wrenches the arm to wrangle Ruby down. Ruby endures and works her way to ropes. Sarah calls for the ropebreak but Liv waits until 4. Liv runs at Ruby but Ruby pushes her into the post! And SUPERKICKS! Sarah reprimands Ruby but Ruby kicks Liv while she’s down!

Ruby snarls while working out the bad arm. She drags Liv up and Sarah reprimands the hair grabbing. Ruby shifts to a cravat and cranks on the neck. Liv endures but refuses to give in. Ruby leans on Liv and says this is Liv’s own doing. Liv works her way up and throws body shots. Ruby knees Liv down hard! Ruby puts Liv in a corner to stomp and stomp but Sarah counts. They argue and Ruby throws forearms again. Sarah backs Ruby off and reminds Ruby she’s the referee for this match. Ruby goes at Liv, Liv slips around and rolls Ruby up, TWO! Ruby swings, misses and Liv throws big forearms! Liv has Ruby on the ropes but lets up to run. Ruby spins Liv around for a Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! And Ruby ends up bumping into Sarah!

Sarah keeps her cool as Ruby clobbers Liv from behind! Ruby covers, Sarah counts, TWO! Ruby thinks Sarah is being biased but Sarah says Ruby knocked into her. They argue, and Ruby shoves Sarah! Liv rolls Ruby up, Sarah counts FAST! Liv wins!!

Winner: Liv Morgan, by pinfall

The Riott leader has only made enemies of her friends, and now Sarah shoves her down! Liv enziguris Ruby! But then Sarah KNEES Liv! Ruby was right about one thing: The Elimination Chamber leaves no room for friends. Will a member of the former Squad come out as #1 Contender to Becky Lynch’s Raw Women’s Championship?

 

No Way Jose and his conga line are backstage!

But they encounter Erick Rowan. Why all the mystery on his pet? Can’t they just see what’s in it? They want to see? Yeah! Well he’s been waiting for someone to finally ask nicely. Rowan will do Jose and his amigos a favor, and show them the pet. Rowan pulls the tarp up, opens the door and brings out… a SPIDER!! “Don’t you want to see my friend?!” Everyone runs away from Rowan’s eight legged little friend and Rowan puts him back in the cage. Now that we know what is in the cage, there’s one more question we must ask: What is it’s name?

 

Kairi Sane w/ Asuka VS Shayna Baszler!

While the Empress of Tomorrow will meet the Riott Squad, the Queen of Harts and the Queen of Spades in the Elimination Chamber, the Pirate Princess revives a rivalry from her days in NXT! Will Kairi represent the Kabuki Warriors well against the bloodthirsty Baszler?

Before the match, Kairi and Asuka grab mics to give introductions. “Shayna, Shayna, Shayna. You are lucky tonight!” Asuka’s wrist is keeping her from competing tonight, which is upsetting. But Kairi says “I got this!” So at Elimination Chamber, Asuka promises to take out all her opponents, and get one more chance at Becky at WrestleMania! Kairi laughs and Asuka says she’s hungry for Baszler! But speaking of, Baszler makes her entrance and this NXT revisit begins!

Shayna and Kairi circle around the ring. Kairi teases Shayna then goes after a leg but Shayna throws her off. Kairi gets up and circles with Shayna again, and the two feel out the approach. Shayna kicks, Kairi gets under and waistlocks. Shayna grabs the arm to torture the wrist but Kairi gets ropes. The ref reprimands as Shayna keeps on Kairi, but then Shayna sweeps the legs to sit Kairi down. Asuka protests but Shayna says she can’t do anything with the bad wrist. Kairi does something and SLAPS Shayna! Kairi then redirects Shayna, goes up and around to headscissor! And then Kairi sweeps Shayna’s legs to give it back. Kairi says kiss this and then runs. Shayna catches the Sliding D to get a Kimura! Kairi rolls Shayna, TWO!

Shayna scoops Kairi but Kairi slips out to waistlock. Shayna standing switches and shoves but Kairi dodges. Kairi comes back to get a SPINE BUSTER! Asuka coaches Kairi up but Shayna scowls as she stomps and stomps and stomps the leg! Asuka protests more and coaches Kairi up. Shayna smirks as she stalks Kairi. Kairi throws shots but they don’t do enough. Shayna kicks at Kairi’s leg then grabs it for a leg DDT! Shayna watches Kairi writhe but Kairi eggs Shayna on. Kairi swings hands but Shayna grabs the arm to whip Kairi into the post! Shayna kicks the bad leg! Shayna stares Asuka down as Kairi bails out. Fans boo as Shayna dusts her hands off and a ring count begins.

Kairi forces herself to stand at 4 and climbs into the ring at 6. Shayna is on her with clubbing forearms. Shayna grabs the leg and twists but Kairi kicks her away. Kairi dumps Shayna over and out to the apron, then runs, only for Shayna to move and KICK back! Shayna covers, TWO! Shayna drags Kairi by her leg and wrenches the knee. Kairi endures the toehold as Shayna bends her leg and twists! Asuka coaches Kairi and she kicks with her free leg. Shayna turns her around and isolates the ankle, to STOMP!! Asuka shouts and yells at Shayna, but Kairi rolls Shayna up again! ONE, Shayna ROUNDHOUSES Kairi down! Shayna covers, TWO! Kairi refuses to stop, and here comes Becky!

The Man swaggers around with sunglasses and fur coat as she holds up the Raw Women’s Championship. Shayna throws Kairi out so she can stare Becky down while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kairi throws double CHOPS on Shayna! Then she palm strikes from all sides! Shayna shoves and body shots Kairi back, then drags her into a suplex. Kairi fights and DDT’s Shayna down! Becky is on commentary and wears Jerry Lawler’s crown as she watches Shayna stir Kairi and Shayna slowly stand and Shayna throws haymakers. Kairi gives them back and we have a brawl! Shayna kicks the bad leg and then goes to buzzsaw, but Kairi blocks! Kairi trips Shayna then runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Kairi fires up as Shayna goes to the corner and fans fire up as she marches the plank. The Pirate Prince runs corner to corner to hit the SLIDING D!

Asuka and Brooklyn cheer as Kairi climbs up top. Shayna knows what’s coming and kicks Kairi’s legs out! Shayna climbs up top and clubs away on Kairi’s back. Kairi resists but Shayna gets the GUT WRENCH SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Shayna is annoyed but she drags Kairi back up. She gives Kairi toying kicks and then harder strikes. She runs but Kairi SPEARS her down! Kairi heads up top again, takes aim and weighs anchor, for the InSANE Elbow! Into BOOTS! Shayna locks on the Kirafuda Klutch! Kairi taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

Becky isn’t surprised, but she also talks some smack. The Man holds up her title and says she’ll still be holding it. Shayna sends a message by putting Kairi back into the Klutch! Shayna throws Kairi down again and Becky dares Shayna to try that with her. Will both women get their wish and have a WrestleMania showdown on the horizon?

 

Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo & Rey Mysterio!

There is blood between these four men. Bad blood, that is. Who wins this incredible lucha libre battle for the ages?

Raw returns from single picture as El Latino makes his entrance. From the entrances, La Muneca is back by El Idolo’s side, but will Garza keep from taking that personally? The teams sort out and Carrillo starts with Almas. The bell rings and Carrillo goes right at the WWE United States Champion with fast hands! They brawl and Carrillo CHOPS! And CHOPS! And whips! Almas bails out to catch his breath and regroup with Garza. Carrillo runs but Garza helps Almas get clear, only for Carrillo to handspring back. Mysterio LEAPS at Garza, but gets caught! Garza swings Mysterio into barriers! Almas RAMS Carrillo into barriers on the other end, then CHOP him back!

Almas puts Carrillo back in and stomps Carrillo all around. Carrillo gets to ropes and Almas fires up. Almas brings Carrillo over and tags in Garza. They double whip and double back drop Carrillo high and hard! Garza keeps on Carrillo with a wristlock and CHOPS in the corner. He sets Carrillo on the second rope to KNEE him in the gut! Garza brings Carrillo over and tags in Almas. They mug Carrillo in the corner and Almas stomps a mudhole in. Vega likes what she sees as Almas CHOPS Carrillo again. Almas mugs Carrillo and then tags Garza in. They double whip Carrillo again but Carrillo kicks back! Garza catches Carrillo and sends him to Almas, but Carrillo headscissors Almas away!

Carrillo back elbows Garza then uses Almas to springboard arm-drag Garza! Carrillo springboard headbutts Almas down! Cover, ONE! Carrillo KICKS Almas down and Vega is annoyed. Carrillo whips but Almas reverses to ROCK and CHOP Carrillo! Almas whips, Carrillo reverses but Almas goes Tranquilo! Fans do like that. Garza then runs in to stop Carrillo short, and starts to undo his pants. Carrillo stops him, shoves him, and takes Garza’s pants off for him! To then throw them up, pop up and over Garza, and dropkick Almas out of Tranquilo! Mysterio springboards to huricanrana Garza down! Carrillo runs to FLY! Direct hit on Almas! Mysterio helps Carrillo get up and in and they have control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again as Almas gives Carrillo a shoulder breaker. Carrillo forearms Almas and again until he’s free. Fans rally as Carrillo crawls, but Almas stomps him down. Almas brings Carrillo up but Carrillo slips to the apron to ROCK Almas. But Garza uses the apron skirt to trip up Carrillo! Carrillo crashes down and Almas goes out to fetch him. Almas drags Carrillo up and whips him hard into barriers! Almas goes back into the ring, tags to Garza and then sets Carrillo on the apron. Garza runs to PENALTY KICK Carrillo down! Garza goes out to put Carrillo in the ring then cover, TWO! He keeps on Carrillo with an armlock and chinbar.

Carrillo fights up but Garza clubs him into a cobra twist. Carrillo endures and fights his way free to hip toss Garza down! Garza hurries to go after Carrillo but gets a jawbreaker! Carrillo crawls but Garza grabs a foot, to get an enziguri! Hot tags to Almas and Mysterio! Mysterio springboards to seated senton Almas! And headscissors! And springboard Quebrada to the DDT! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio paces as fans rally for him. Almas elbows Mysterio away then whips, but Mysterio kicks back! Carrillo tags in as Mysterio springboards up and back to headscissor Almas. Carrillo dropkicks Almas out then rocks Garza! Ultimo Ninja goes up and LEAPS, but crashes into barriers as Vega helps Almas get away! Raw goes to break as Carrillo is down and out.

Raw returns as Almas crashes ‘n’ burns now. He apparently missed his Woe Stomps, given Carrillo gets out of the Tree of Woe. Hot tags to Garza and Mysterio! Mysterio wheelbarrows to victory roll Garza onto ropes! Mysterio dropkicks Almas back up to then dial it up, but the call is blocked! Garza drags Mysterio to the corner to KNEE in the ribs! Vega is excited as Garza covers, TWO! Garza clubs and clubs Mysterio on the back then puts him up top. Mysterio boots back then leaps, DESTROYER!! Cover, but Almas breaks it! Vega breathes again as Almas drags Garza over. Almas tags in and runs at Mysterio, boot feint to elbow! Fans boo and jeer as Almas drags Mysterio up.

Almas suplexes for uno amigo. Fans boo as he hits dos amigos. Vega grins but Mysterio escapes and Carrillo tags in! Missile dropkick to somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated but he drags Almas into the drop zone. Carrillo climbs up top but Almas trips him up! Almas dumps him down and Vega shouts for the knees. “SI! SI!” and Almas goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, but Mysterio breaks it! Garza goes after Mysterio, powerbomb but huricanrana! Mysterio adds Almas on, it’s a party call! 6 1 9!! Mysterio leaps to huricanrana Garza down! Carrillo is up top and aimed at Almas, for a SUPER MOONSAULT! Cover, Mysterio and Carrillo win!!

Winners: Rey Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Vega is in shock! El Idolo and El Latino lost under her command! And biggest of all, Carrillo pinned the WWE United States Champion! Does this mean big things for the young star?

 

Beth Phoenix returns to Raw!

The Glamazon goes to the ring and takes up a mic. “I really appreciate being given this time on Monday Night Raw. I’m here tonight to give a medical update on my husband, Edge.” But before she can, Randy Orton appears! The Viper has already decimated the Rated R Superstar and V1 Matt Hardy, “apologizing” but refusing to explain. Beth glares at Orton as he walks to the ring. Orton wants a hug but she keeps him at arm’s length. He offers a handshake instead. Beth can’t believe he’s even thinking she’d dare do such a thing after what the “son of a bitch” did? Orton paces, and then takes a seat in a corner to let her continue with her news.

Beth says she isn’t really surprised Orton is here. But this is great, because if anyone needs to hear this, it’s him. Beth is here as the wife of Adam Copeland who needs her husband. She is here as a mother of their children because they deserve a father. Maybe there is a possibility- Orton hops down off the corner and starts pacing again. Beth keeps her eyes on him as he gets himself a mic. “I know what you were going to say.” There is not a possibility but a certainty that Edge will never wrestle again. Orton owes Beth an explanation. He says he’ll give her one, but he’s not sure how to put it to words. Orton starts with a “little story.”

Back in the October of 1999, there was a live event in St. Louis, where Orton lives. Cowboy Bob Orton took Randy to meet WWE agents because Randy wanted to “Break into the business.” Backstage, Orton was just a fan despite growing up in the business. To see Austin, HHH, Michaels, Foley and others, that was amazing. But the one to show respect to Bob was Edge. Randy was so proud to be the son of a legend. Edge said Bob was one of the best Heels ever. Bob was one of the reasons Edge was in the business. Bob introduced Randy to Edge, Edge looked at Randy with all the sincerity he could muster as he wished Randy luck in making it to the same level. Randy used that as motivation to go from being insecure to becoming who he is today.

Then Orton and Edge were in main events for the WWE Intercontinental Championship stealing the show ever night. Then Rated RKO became a team and became tag team champions. Just when things were the best they could be, Orton flew too high, hit a rough patch and made some poor life choices. He dug a hole so deep that he should’ve been buried in it. But he wasn’t, because Edge pulled Orton out of it and saved him. Orton realized there’s more to life than wrestling! Orton found a wife, had kids and helped his kids through life! All of that is because Edge saved him! So what Orton was doing was returning the favor by saving Edge.

At the Royal Rumble, the fans were just SO excited to have Edge back, even Orton had goosebumps. It was an amazing feeling, but then Edge came back the next night. Edge thought he was back for good. Edge thought he was going to be full-time again. Orton knew better. Someone was going to make a name for themselves off Edge, and they were going to ruin Edge’s life. Orton says he was doing Edge’s family a favor. Orton wanted Beth to have her husband. He wanted their daughters to have their father home. How are they doing, by the way? Because thanks to Orton, Edge can go on hikes, ride bikes and take them to things. Orton did it out of love for Edge, Beth and their daughters!

Beth is getting emotional, but Orton points out the sad truth: “Everybody blames me for what I did.” They think Orton is selfish, but Beth knows that it isn’t that at all. The one to blame is BETH. She’s an enabler! If Edge was a drug addict, she wouldn’t give him those drugs. If Edge was an alcoholic, she wouldn’t give him a beer. But Edge is a junkie for the CHEERS! And Beth did NOTHING to stop him! Orton had to step in as a brother and did what he did so that Edge could be Adam Copeland! Fans are divided and Beth is conflicted. But Orton says that putting it into words, he realizes something. Orton loves Beth’s family more than Beth ever could! What?! Now fans are a bit upset with Orton, but “the truth hurts, don’t it?”

Beth glares at Orton and SLAPS him! Orton keeps his cool, turns back around, and stares Beth in the eye. Beth doesn’t back down, he calls her a “b*tch” and she kicks low! Orton RKO’s Beth Phoenix!! And then storms off. Referees rush out to check out on her and fans are speechless. The Viper crosses yet another line, but will he ever face the consequences? Natalya, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins and even D-Von come out to check on a long time friend. Is the Glamazon going to be okay? Not just physically, but emotionally?

 


 

My Thoughts:

For Super Showdown not being the best, this Raw was pretty great! And that’s considering it had to go right into go-home mode at the same time. For one, Heyman gives another good promo, and McIntyre just decimates Lesnar! We’re still far out from WrestleMania so this shouldn’t affect McIntyre’s math. We need him to dethrone Lesnar in an epic showdown or it’s all for naught. Then the Raw Tag Team Championship match was great, much more worthy of a PPV. It’s so great for Ford & Dawkins to have the titles, but I really hope they aren’t just giving those right back to Rollins and Murphy at Elimination Chamber.

I do not get what Vince is doing to Ricochet. Lesnar squashing him easily was unfair but logical. Ricochet not beating Riddick Moss for the 24/7 Championship is just awful. For a title that has given fans a lot of laughs, and is now making a serious turn, why not give it to a seriously amazing wrestler? If Ricochet could shock the world leaping out of the ring and to the floor with ease, imagine what he could do as he runs around with this title just to avoid being rolled up!? VINCE!! Also, I was hoping Ricochet would reunite with Aleister in a more organic method than the Dusty Rhodes Classic and Vince’s lack of ideas. Aleister went through an OC gauntlet, but will now have a No DQ match with Styles. I hope Ricochet helps keep Gallows & Anderson out of it to give us that reunion.

I actually really liked how the Riott Squad segment went tonight. Sarah was trying to keep the peace during last week’s contract signing and tried again in the match, but of course the tension and such got to her, too. Liv getting the win tonight and then Sarah immediately turning on her was all good, and their segment in the Chamber match will be good all on its own. Sadly, we didn’t get quite the same build out of Shayna, Kairi, Asuka and Becky. Only Vince could ruin this rematch. The story beats were here, but not at all paced the way it should have been. Obviously Shayna was going to win, like she will on Sunday, but I don’t think it helped anyone. Becky doing her best Tyson Fury meets Conor McGregor was odd, too. Since when has The Man been flashy like this? VINCE!!

Thankfully, the last match and the last segment made up for a lot of that. The tag match was incredible! It was just so fast moving and rich with story, and how great for Carrillo to get the pin? I wish we were getting a United States Championship match for the Chamber, but there’s still Mania, obviously. If you put these four in a match together where now it’s every man for himself, maybe even add ladders, and the US Championship could steal the show. And of course, the closing segment with Beth and Orton was powerful. I think Orton got real cheers. But of course, we all knew an RKO was coming at some point. We never got the medical update, so I’m thinking maybe we get that next week, and it’s revealed Edge CAN wrestle, and is coming for revenge!

My Score: 8.5/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)

Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!

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NJPW Castle Attack

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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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?


My Thoughts:

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


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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? 

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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?

Ratings:

  • 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

 

Results:

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!

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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