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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (3/9/20)

The Raw After Elimination Chamber!

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The Rated R Superstar returns to Raw AGAIN!

Because Edge is back for revenge on Randy Orton! Will the Viper pay for the RKO on Beth Phoenix that closed last week’s Raw?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS Rey Mysterio; Mysterio wins.
  • Bobby Lashley VS Zack Ryder w/ Curt Hawkins; Lashley wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Erick Rowan; McIntyre wins.
  • Liv Morgan & Natalya VS The Kabuki Warriors; The Kabuki Warriors win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship: Riddick Moss VS Cedric Alexander; Moss wins and retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins w/ Murphy; Aleister wins, by disqualification.
  • 8 Man Tag: The Viking Raiders & Street Profits VS Seth Rollins, Murphy & The Authors of Pain; Rollins, Murphy & The AOP win.

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The Man opens Raw!

Becky Lynch holds her Raw Women’s Championship up high, more than ready for her new #1 contender after Elimination Chamber! The Queen of Spades is coming for her title, but Becky doesn’t seem too worried about that as she grabs a mic. “Washington DC, the Man has come around.” But no more treading water or making jokes now that we know the cage fighter is going to WrestleMania. Becky cues up footage from Shayna Baszler’s shockingly dominant performance. No other woman eliminated another, Shayna did as she promised as she took out each and every one of them! And she enjoyed every single moment of it.

After her victory, Baszler told WWE media that “Becky Lynch has never faced anyone like me, because there is no one like me.” She already drew blood, and that is just a taste of what she can do. Shayna wrecked the Chamber to send a message to Becky. “Becky, look at me when I’m talking to you.” It’s like she knew Becky would watch this video! Shayna vows to take the title, “and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it, bitch!”

Back in the present, fans cheer for Becky as she considers her response. “Now here’s the thing about Shayna Baszler.” She cut through the field in a matter of minutes, and took out the one woman it took Becky’s entire career to beat. An MMA pioneer, a top tier competitor and a two-time NXT Women’s Champion, but also “a world class scumbag.” Becky tells the “black hole of charisma” off that she may be a bitch but she’s the bitch that runs the division. Fans are strongly behind Becky as she says she used to think of Shayna as “the constipated-looking robot from NXT,” the one who refused to shake Becky’s hand. Becky sees clearly now that Shayna is the biggest threat to the reign since Becky pried this title from Ronda’s hands.

Shayna isn’t just after the title, is she? Becky knows Shayna has been lurking, looking to rewrite history. Normal people like Becky don’t beat trained killers like Shayna. Except when they do. Heart VS Skill, The Man VS Queen of Spades. But Shayna is underestimating Becky, and Becky will smash Shayna’s face in for it. Mic drop and title raise, but will Becky be able to do all that with Shayna being out for blood and gold?

 

Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega VS Rey Mysterio!

El Latino es en fuego, but the King of Lucha Libre looks to extinguish that hot streak right here! Mysterio also wants revenge for the bare concreted DDT from weeks ago! With El Idolo still WWE United States Champion, who moves up in the ranks to head for Andrade Almas and WrestleMania?

Garza lounges on the ropes until the bell rings. Mysterio rushes Garza but dodges Garza’s counter to get a headlock. Garza powers out, Mysterio goes up and over, then comes back to tilt-o-whirl headscissor Garza into buckles! DC fires up as Mysterio wrenches and whips. Garza reverses to hammerlock, but Mysterio gets up to snapmare Garza! Mysterio runs and headscissors, but Garza blocks it! Garza brings Mysterio up, pushes Mysterio off, and then BOOTS him to ropes! Fans boo as Garza grins and waistlocks. Mysterio fights out with elbows and a wrench. Mysterio whips, Garza reverses, Mysterio goes up to get a SUPERKICK!

Vega applauds as Garza dares Mysterio to stand. Garza dropkicks Mysterio hard out of the ring! Vega sits up on the apron to watch as the pants come off! Fans boo but Garza just soaks it all up as Raw goes picture in picture.

Garza goes out to fetch Mysterio and throw uppercuts. Garza clubs Mysterio and puts him in the ring. The ref counts but Garza gets in to catapult guillotine Mysterio! Mysterio sputters but Garza is on him with a cover, ONE! Garza keeps hold of Mysterio by a leg and kicks him around. Garza has both legs again, but Mysterio resists the turn, so Garza catapults Mysterio into buckles! And SUPERKICKS him deeper in! The ref checks on Mysterio but Garza drags him up for stomps! Garza grinds his boot in but backs off at the ref’s count. Garza dares Mysterio to stand, Mysterio flounders to a corner, Garza runs in to BOOT! He hoists Mysterio up top to tear at the mask! The ref reprimands, Garza soaks up heat, but Mysterio elbows him down!

Mysterio fights Garza but Garza yanks him into a Tree of Woe! And CLUBS him down! Garza drags Mysterio around to cover, TWO! Garza keeps on Mysterio with a headlock and grinds him down. Mysterio endures as Garza changes to a neck crank. Raw returns to single picture as Mysterio fights up and out! Mysterio pushes Garza and then hops up, but gets a pop-up kick! Garza glares down at Mysterio as he drags him to the ropes. Garza puts Mysterio on the ropes and mocks the dial! He runs, but into a DROPKICK! Mysterio won’t let anyone mock 619! Vega shouts at Garza to get up as both he and Mysterio stir.

Mysterio crawls over and throws forearms on Garza! Garza shoves, waistlocks Mysterio but Mysterio throws him out! Mysterio dropkicks Garza out then builds speed, sliding splash! Vega panics as Mysterio drags Garza up. Mysterio puts Garza in and takes aim, to springboard seated senton! He keeps moving, basement seated senton! Garza sunset flips but Mysterio slips out to BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Garza crawls to ropes but Mysterio runs, to springboard crossbody! But Garza catches him! And shifts him around to an inverted rebound suplex! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio survives and Vega is furious! Mysterio enziguris Garza to the ropes! Dial it up, but the call disconnects, SUPERKICK!!

Garza drags Mysterio up as the fans are thunderous! “He’s done!” Garza underhooks, lifts, but Mysterio powers his way to a corner for the ropebreak! The ref counts but Garza puts Mysterio up top. The two brawl with haymakers, Garza grabs the mask and headbutts! Mysterio headbutts back! And punches Garza off the ropes! Mysterio adjusts, leaps, but no Destroyer! Alabama and spin, but Mysterio headscissors Garza onto ropes! 6 1 9!! Springboard elbow drop! Cover, Mysterio wins!!

Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall

The King of Lucha is back on top! Will he also get one more chance against Andrade and that United States Championship?

 

The Authors of Pain and Buddy Murphy “welcome” Kevin Owens to Raw.

As does Seth Rollins, with his bag of popcorn. Kevin responds by throwing his luggage at them! But he finds himself in a 3v1 mugging, and thrown into racks! Murphy kicks Kevin into trunks! The AOP throw Kevin into a bin! And dump the rack onto him! Security rushes in to back Rollins and his followers off, but the damage is done. Will Kevin be able to fight back as Rollins moves forward with “Phase 2” of his plan?

 

Stone Cold Steve Austin makes next week’s Raw “3:16 Day”!

That’s because he’ll be back on 3/16! What will the Texas Rattlesnake have to say this close to WrestleMania?

 

Raw shares Rhea Ripley’s visit to Raymond James Stadium ahead of WrestleMania 36.

Home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and now the XFL’s Tampa Bay Vipers, this stadium will also be where the NXT Women’s Championship makes history by joining the WrestleMania card. The Aussie Nightmare feels honored to be part of such history. She takes a look around, and can’t get over the sheer size. She started wrestling in front of 50 people, maybe even less. A dream is coming true and it humbles Rhea. Rhea’s dream has been to help others, but she had to first help herself find who she was.

When Rhea first came to WWE, people were all saying that she was a lot like Charlotte Flair. So since then, she made sure she would stand out differently from Charlotte. Ric Flair would say, “To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man,” aka to be the best, you must beat the best. Charlotte is certainly one of the best, and while Rhea doesn’t know what’ll happen, she knows Tampa will erupt seeing that match. Rhea vows to beat the best to become the best, but will the Riptide fail to capsize the Queen?

 

Charlotte Flair is here!

The Queen of All Eras struts down the ramp and DC lets out a “WOO~!” for her. Charlotte has a referee help her through the ropes, then she is handed a mic. “Everyone, ladies and gentlemen, did you see that package? Meet Rhea Ripley, the next big thing. The new shiny toy! Inspiring.” The video had Charlotte all fired up. What about the fans? But this is what confuses Charlotte. Rhea knows that to be the best, you must beat the best. Yet Rhea doesn’t want to be like Charlotte, she wants to be herself. Don’t lose any sleep over this because Charlotte will make this clear: Rhea is not like Charlotte, she will never be like Charlotte and there will only ever be ONE Charlotte!

So Rhea can continue to be shiny and “the next big thing” and enjoy the hype surrounding her, because it won’t last. Charlotte will remind us all why she wants the NXT Women’s Championship: to teach Rhea and everyone else a lesson. It’s one thing to be in an empty arena and talk about hopes and dreams, and another to stand in an arena of 90 THOUSAND people and be humbled by the Queen. But wait! Rhea Ripley is here! And she also struts right out to the ring. Rhea helps herself through the ropes, gets herself a mic and says, “I’m going to explain something to you.” Charlotte says we’ve heard enough from Rhea just in that video. “This is not NXT. This is Monday Night Raw!” This is Charlotte’s Kingdom! Charlotte tells Rhea she is excused.

Rhea DECKS Charlotte instead!! Charlotte can’t help but smile and laugh at Rhea’s guts. Rhea does take her leave now, a smile on her face, too. The Queen composes herself while Rhea asks how her jaw feels. But how will either woman feel when they collide in Raymond James Stadium?

 

Bobby Lashley VS Zack Ryder w/ Curt Hawkins!

The Rocky Mountain Machine is without the Ravishing Russian this week, but the Broski has his bro with him. Will any of that make a difference?

The bell rings, Lashley runs Ryder over with a shoulder then hauls him up. Lashley throws haymakers and stomps into Ryder but the ref backs him off. Lashley runs back in to RAM his shoulder into Ryder! Clearly that loss to R-Truth in the Tuwaiq Mountain Gauntlet is still bothering him…

Fans troll with “We Want Lana!” while Lashley puts Ryder in a corner and he stomps away. The ref backs Lashley off but Lashley soaks up the heat. Lashley runs corner to corner again, but Ryder knees back! Ryder hops up, but his missile dropkick misses! ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPINE BUSTER! Lashley raises a fist in victory, and drags Ryder up for a gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

He may not have a trophy but he isn’t any less mountainous. Will Lashley unleash on this homestretch to WrestleMania?

 

Raw hears from Aleister Black.

But wait, someone knocks on his door?! Seth Rollins and Murphy pay him a visit. What can he do for these “gentlemen?” Well first, nice to finally meet. Murphy has told Rollins a lot about Aleister. But Aleister seems to have a number games problem, but Rollins is an expert at it. The bottom line is, Rollins wants Aleister on his side. Will he join their movement? Perhaps not. Was Rollins not clear the first time? He’ll say it plainly: Either you’re with them, or against them. Well Mr. Rollins, those sound like fighting words. In which case, Aleister accepts. Will the Embodiment of the End make Rollins #FadeToBlack? Or is he choosing the wrong side of this war for Raw?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Erick Rowan!

The Scottish Stud is up against a Big Red Behemoth! Will McIntyre chop down the Ent (living tree) before going after Suplex City?

The bell rings and Rowan circles with McIntyre. DC chants for “Drew! Drew!” but Rowan runs in! McIntyre BOOTS and CHOPS but Rowan doesn’t flinch! Rowan clamps on the claw, but McIntyre fights out. McIntyre ducks Rowan to clotheslines him out! But Rowan drags McIntyre out, only for McIntyre to send him into post! McIntyre rams Rowan into barriers, then throws him OVERHEAD! Fans fire up as McIntyre leaves Rowan behind long enough to refresh the count. Then McIntyre gets curious about Rowan’s eight legged friend. McIntyre picks up the cage, sets it down, and then grabs the steel steps! McIntyre brings the steps over, everyone chants “YES! YES!” and McIntyre SQUASHES THE BUG!!

Rowan is furious, but he gets a Glasgow Kiss first! McIntyre puts Rowan in, Rowan shoves him and charge sin, but gets post! And the FUTURE SHOCK! McIntyre kips right up to go to his favorite corner. Fans cheer and count along, 3, 2, 1! CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Claymore Country crushes two monsters at once! He beats Rowan in the ring, and exterminates the above average arachnid in its cage. Will McIntyre do the same to Brock Lesnar’s reign at WrestleMania?

 

Liv Morgan & Natalya VS The Kabuki Warriors!

While Shayna Baszler has a match for the Raw Women’s Championship, Asuka and Kairi Sane still have their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to put on display. But will the Empress of Tomorrow, Queen of Harts or LIVing Embodiment be able to do much of anything after Shayna shredded them like paper?

Raw returns as Asuka and Kairi dance to their own music, and then laugh it up on the mics. “Asuka desu~!” “Kairi desu~!” And they are… the KABUKI WARRIORS! Asuka talks trash in Japanese to pretty much everyone. Kairi says Elimination Chamber was awful! Asuka’s hand got hurt MORE! How is she? “It’s okay.” It’s not! Look at what Shayna did!! Asuka is the absolute best so why did this happen to her!? WHY!? Asuka is so ready to beat up someone! Anyone! Who wants some?! Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross on SmackDown, they’re mean girls! Yeah, and dumb! But before they can talk more smack on the SmackDown team, Natalya and Liv make their entrances tonight. They also show the damage done by Shayna, but aren’t crying about it. Will they feel a lot better with a win over the tag champs?

The teams sort out and Liv starts with Kairi. The Pirate Princess and Liv circle but DC is on Liv’s side. They tie up, Kairi pulls hair and puts Liv on the ropes. The ref counts, Kairi pinches Liv’s cheeks and pats her on the head, then gives her a push. Liv smiles as she slaps and shoves Kairi back! Liv goes Matrix and rolls Kair, ONE! Kairi runs into Liv’s kick, then Liv whips. Kair redirects Liv, goes up and over to headscissor Liv down! Kairi laughs and runs back in, but into a drop toehold! She hits ropes and Liv comes back for a dropkick! Cover, ONE! Liv keeps on Kairi with an arm wrench and whips her into the corner. She hits a back body check then tags in Natty. They double suplex Kairi down, then Natty covers, TWO!

Natty keeps on Kairi with a whip, but Liv grabs ropes. Fans boo because Ruby Riott shows herself. Ruby has her own marks from the Chamber, but she says she’s just here to watch. Ruby stays back while Raw goes picture in picture.

Asuka tags in and attacks Natty, and the two point out each other’s bad arms. Natty shoves Asuka then dodges the clothesline to run Asuka over with a shoulder. She whips but Asuka reverses, only for Natty to catch the hip attack. Asuka counters the waistlock to a victory roll, TWO, Natty sits on the cover! TWO and Asuka has her cover back, TWO! Natty trips Asuka, but Asuka kicks her away before the Sharpshooter gets on! The Kabuki Warriors regroup but Natty and Liv double baseball slide dropkick! The fans fire up with Natty while she makes sure Ruby stays back. Natty puts Asuka in the ring then brings her around to tag Liv. Liv rolls Asuka up, TWO!

Liv throws hands but Asuka eggs her on. So Liv fires off forearm after forearm! Liv runs but Asuka runs her over! Ruby applauds mockingly as Asuka drags Liv around by her arm. Asuka cranks on the arm for a mounted armlock, but Liv endures. Fans rally and Liv fights her way up. Liv throws forearms but Asuka throws her by her hair! Asuka toys with Liv now, scuffing her with her foot. Asuka grinds a knee into Liv at the ropes and Kairi “photobombs” the moment. The ref reprimands them both and backs Asuka off. Liv fights back but Asuka DECKS her! And stomps her! And stands on her face! Asuka drags Liv up to whip into the corner, then throws big forearms over and over! She drags Liv back into the armlock as Raw returns to single picture.

Fans rally for Liv and she fights up again. Asuka keeps her from Natty but Liv punches Kairi! Liv elbows Asuka away, then goes up and around to missile dropkick! Liv hurries to her corner and tags in Natty! The two double whip Asuka and double hip toss! Cover, TWO! Natty drags Asuka back up but Asuka BACK HANDS! Asuka chokes Natty, but then Kairi hotshots the bad arm while the ref is pushing Asuka back. Fans boo as Asuka toys with the bad arm. Asuka wrenches and yanks the arm, then tags in Kairi. Kairi climbs up and drops ax handles on the bad arm! Kairi taunts Liv but fans rally for Natty. Now Kairi toys with Natty, and tags “Asuka-nee”. Asuka climbs up and drops her own ax handles on the bad arm.

Asuka drags Natty around to tag in Kairi. Kairi climbs up once more, and drops even bigger ax handles! Ruby likes it as Kairi stands and salutes for the cover. ONE, but Kairi kicks Natty in the bad arm. Fans rally but Kairi tags Asuka in again. They double whip Natty for kick, ax kick and a camel clutch dropkick combo! Cover, TWO! The Kabuki Warriors keep their cool as Asuka looms over Natty. Asuka kicks the bad arm over and over, then runs to sliding enziguri! ARMBAR! Natty flails and gets around to hammer away on Asuka! Fans fire up but Asuka grabs Natty for a guillotine! Natty powers up, but now Sarah Logan appears. Ruby doesn’t see Sarah until she’s ringside with her.

Asuka cranks on the guillotine but Natty powers up! Natty powers Asuka up and around to a scoop slam! Both women are down but fans rally up! Asuka and Natty crawl, but Sarah and Ruby fire off on each other! Sarah rocks Ruby with knees but Liv is climbing up? Liv LEAPS onto her former friends! The Riott Squad can’t leave each other alone! But this leaves Natty alone!! Kairi tags in and goes after Natty, but Natty kicks her away and rolls her up! ONE, DISCUS LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Natty drags Kairi up for a scoop but Kairi slips out to waistlock. Natty elbows out hard but Asuka tags back in. Kairi runs, into the takedown and Sharpshooter! But Asuka is legal, and she BUZZSAWS Natty! Cover, The Kabuki Warriors win!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by pinfall

Now that distractions are out of the way, will the Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess pay the SmackDown Women’s Division a visit?

 

AJ Styles and the OC are here!

The Phenomenal One and his Good Brothers were about to beat down Aleister Black all over again, but the Phenom made sure they wouldn’t get away with it! These three go to the ring and Karl Anderson gives Styles a mic. “Not once but twice, the Undertaker has stuck his nose in my business, where it doesn’t belong!” Taker has taken moments from Styles! The Tuwaiq Trophy at Super Showdown, and a win at Elimination Chamber! Footage replays of that moment, and fans chant for Undertaker more now.

In the present, Styles says that “three years ago at WrestleMania, I saw The Undertaker get beat by Roman Reigns. And after the match, the Undertaker folded his jacket, took off his gloves and his hat, and laid them nice and neat right in the middle of the ring.” Taker did his fist, as if he were riding off into the sunset. He should’ve done that when the Streak ended, but whatever. The point is: it was a beautiful and powerful moment. Yet, Taker ruined it by coming back again. Whether it was ego or the paycheck, Styles will end Taker once and for all this year!

Maybe 10, 15 years ago, Styles might have been hesitant to call Taker out, but the truth is, he doesn’t see a mythical monster anymore! He doesn’t see a Phenom! Styles just sees “a broken down old man named Mark Calaway!” Taker should’ve retired in his PRIME. Styles isn’t sure why Taker keeps coming back, but he has a pretty good idea. It’s his wife, Michelle McCool! Hey, Michelle, are you watching? Time to let the cat out of the bag! They are married, “and she plays him like a fiddle!” She makes him come back, even as Taker keeps getting hurt. Michelle is the most conniving person Styles has ever met!

So here’s some advice from Styles to Taker: “Your wife is going to run you into the ground. And I’m going to help her.” Styles says he makes sure Taker DIES in the ring! Well, no, how about this. Styles will take Taker’s soul! He will do what Michelle wants someone to do! Styles challenges Taker to a match at WrestleMania! Taker, what do you have to lose? You lost your dignity, your pride, and your mystique. Now you’re just a broken down old man. Boo all you want, fans. Cheer for Taker! But we all know they don’t give a damn about Taker. So accept the challenge to fight Styles, Taker, and Styles promises will put the nail in your coffin. The strongest words anyone has ever said to the Dead Man. Will the legacy finally die?

 

Raw returns to a backstage interview with Randy Orton.

Charly Caruso knows he is waiting for Edge, so could he share his thoughts? The Viper stays quiet, but the slight smirk on his face speaks volumes. What schemes are hatching in that twisted mind?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship: Riddick Moss VS Cedric Alexander!

The Riddick Regimen is the longest reigning WWE 24/7 Champion, and is already setting records for most traditional singles match defenses. But will his time come to an end to make way for a new Age of Alexander?

The bell rings and the two tie up. Moss throws Alexander down, builds speed and runs him over with a shoulder! Alexander gets to a corner but Moss throws hands and stomps. Alexander BOOTS back! Then hops up and leaps, into Moss’s arms to Fall Away Slam Alexander into a corner! Alexander tumbles out but Moss fetches him back into the ring. Cover, TWO! Moss clamps on with a chinlock and leans on Alexander. He cranks Alexander around but Alexander endures. Fans rally up and Alexander fights up to a jawbreaker! Alexander throws haymakers then a flurry of strikes! Moss goes down, but he sends Alexander out. Alexander boots back, and step-in Complete Shots! Cover, TWO!

Moss flounders up, Alexander runs in, but Moss puts him on the apron. Alexander punches Moss away then springboards, but Moss trips him up! Alexander crashes ‘n’ burns to the mat, then Moss RAMS him into the corner! SPIKE Neckbreaker! Cover, Moss wins!

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

Moss takes it to the house and scores big again! Will anyone be able to strip-sack the new quarterback?

 

Raw returns to MVP in the ring.

Montel Vontavius Porter wants us to understand he’d rather be anywhere but DC. They’re not even really a state, they’re just a dot on the map no one cares about. But running them down is not why he’s here. MVP is transitioning from in-ring competitor to “absolute brainiac.” MVP has tasted gold many times, and now he will lead others to the goal. He will begin his stable and build it around a man like Edge. They go way back, MVP learned a lot from Edge. Edge just has a problem with focus. With MVP’s leadership, surely Edge will be back to the prominence he once held! MVP vows to make Edge a champion again, but he needs Edge to listen to him. Everyone wants to see Edge, but Edge isn’t here for the fans.

But Edge IS here! And he’s storming his way to the ring! MVP likes the serious expression on his face. “We about to make a bunch of money, man.” MVP wants Edge to join him in the ring to talk business. “You Think You Know Me.” Edge heads right to the ring, steps up to MVP and snatches his mic to shout for Randy Orton! “I need you to grow a set and get your ass out here right now!” MVP is upset with Edge, but says this is the problem. Edge’s mental focus is off! Out here embarrassing himself. Speaking of focusing on the wrong things, how is his wife? MVP, you shouldn’t have said that. SPEAR! But Orton appears! Orton throws hands and has Edge on the ropes. Edge pushes Orton off, and STEALS the RKO!!

Fans lose their minds as Edge glares wild eyes around. Edge goes out and decides to reclaim a move that’s his! He grabs a chair, and then another chair! Edge brings those into the ring but The Viper slithers away! MVP goes after Edge, but gets an arm triangle! Edge squeezes MVP until he’s faded out, but he’s just glaring at Orton the entire time! MVP gasps for air as Edge stands over the chair. Edge drags MVP up and makes sure Orton sees this FULL METAL RKO!! MVP hits chair, but Edge isn’t done yet. Edge grabs the other chair, and with fans chanting yes, “This is YOU, Randy!” CON-CHAIR-TO!! Fans want another, so Edge gives them, and MVP, another CON-CHAIR-TO!!

Needless to say, MVP will have to look elsewhere to start that stable. But with as unstable as Edge and Orton have become, will either man be left standing on the Road to WrestleMania? Orton hesitates to leave, and Edge gives chase! Will Edge catch up to the Viper before he can slither away?

 

Next week’s Raw will have a phenomenal contract signing!

The Undertaker will appear next week to confront AJ Styles and make their WrestleMania match official!

 

Triple H won the Arnold Sports Festival Lifetime Achievement Award!

Arnold Schwarzenegger gave HHH the prize personally. HHH says the gym teaches you everything you need to know to succeed in life. The more you put in, the more you get back. Whenever possible, inspire, support and give opportunities.

 

Raw looks at Lesnar VS McIntyre.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” the Advocate to the ranging, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World says that his client, Brock Lesnar, has demonstrated for 18 years, that he is the single most dominant force in pro-wrestling. “The list of victims is endless.” Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Ric Flair, Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, HHH, and even The Undertaker. “No one, no one, has ever been so dominant for so long.”

But now, Drew McIntyre gives his introduction. Heyman spoke the truth. There has never been anyone who has dominated and conquered quite like Lesnar. Until Lesnar met McIntyre. Because when that happened, McIntyre ELIMINATED Lesnar from the Royal Rumble! And McIntyre made sure Lesnar understood it wasn’t a fluke when he gave THREE Claymores to The Beast last week. McIntyre has learned to never claim something he can’t back up. He chooses his words very carefully. Therefore, McIntyre will Claymore Lenar again, pin his ass, and become the NEW reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World at WrestleMania!

 

Charly Caruso finds Edge backstage.

Edge wants after Orton but she says Orton left the arena already. Edge seethes, but he also seems to scheme. Will Edge have a plan on how to get to Orton?

 

Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins w/ Murphy & AOP!

The Embodiment of the End refused to join the Monday Night Messiah’s mission, but that just makes him a target of “Phase 2.” Will Rollins take all of his frustrations out regarding Raw on Aleister?

The bell rings and Aleister circles with Rollins. Rollins waistlocks but Aleister goes around to hook a leg and trip Rollins up. Aleister facelocks but Rollins endures the crank. Rollins pries out to a wristlock and wrenches Aleister. Aleister rolls and arm-drags Rollins away, then arm-drags him again! Aleister headlocks but Rollins slips out to his own. Rollins throws Aleister with the takedown, but Aleister headscissors. Rollins pops out, blocks a kick to give a kick, and runs, only to miss the stomp. Aleister swings but Rollins barely avoids the Black Mass! Aleister throws Rollins out, then fakes him out to sit down crossed legged! Fans fire up as Raw goes picture in picture.

Rollins regroups with Murphy to cool down, and then takes his time returning. Aleister patiently waits as Rollins steps inside. Rollins eggs Aleister on but Aleister does not respond. Aleister ducks the boot to kip up and fire off! Rollins knees low and brings Aleister around, but Aleister slips out of the suplex to waistlock. Rollins elbows free and runs but Aleister ducks and kitchen sink knees Rollins down! Aleister brings Rollins around but Rollins rams him into a corner. Rollins runs in but Aleister boots! And KNEES! Aleister seethes while Rollins bails out again. Murphy checks on his savior while Aleister storms over. The old rivals stare down, but Rollins throat chops Aleister! And bumps him off barriers!

Rollins puts Aleister in and stomps him around. Rollins taunts and slaps Aleister, then choke shim on the ropes! The ref counts and Rollins backs off to use the ropes to snap Aleister back. Rollins soaks up the heat as he looms over Aleister. Aleister swings but misses, and now Rollins drags him up by his beard. Rollins runs, but Aleister side steps the slingblade to fire off strikes! KNEE THRUST! Cover, TWO! Raw returns to single picture as Aleister drags Rollins up. Rollins resists the waistlock and elbows back, but Aleister still lifts. Rollins elbows again, and runs to ropes! Aleister gets a hotshot, and then a slingblade! Cover, TWO!

Rollins drives elbows into Aleister’s shoulder and neck before wrapping on a chinlock. Aleister endures and fans rally up. Aleister fights up and throws Rollins off. Rollins is in a corner, and catches Aleister for a buckle shot! Rollins drags Aleister to the apron and clubs away on him! Fans jeer as Rollins gets space and KNEES Aleister back into the ring! Only Murphy cheers as Rollins stomps back into the ring. Rollins stalks Aleister to a corner and CHOPS him down! He throws haymakers and CHOPS, but Aleister staggers to another corner. The ref reprimands Rollins but Rollins doesn’t care. Rollins runs corner to corner but Aleister puts him on the apron! Rollins holds on and springboards back in, but Aleister gets clear! Aleister rallies with forearms!

Aleister fires off a strike fest, leg sweep and knee thrust! And kip up! Fans fire up, Aleister QUEBRADAS! But Murphy distracts, so he gets DECKED! Rollins rolls Aleister, TWO! Rollins kicks, Aleister ducks to boot and ROUNDHOUSE! SNAP GERMAN! Bridging cover, but Murphy attacks!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by disqualification

The disciple saves the savior and stomps away on his former rival. But Aleister turns things around! Rollins attacks Aleister to help Murphy, and then he calls to the Authors of Pain. Akam and Rezar appear and head for the ring. They all mug Aleister 4v1, then bring Aleiser up for the suplex BOMB! But here come the Viking Raiders! Erik and Ivar wage war with Akam and Rezar once again! They each are in a corner but Murphy and Rollins turn the tide! 4v2 is still in Rollins’ favor, but here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins even things out again! It’s a 4v4 fight! The resistance runs Rollins and his followers out of the ring! DC explodes with “We Want the Smoke!”

Ford tells the refs that before there’s any disqualifications, let’s just skip to an EIGHT MAN!! DC wants to see that! The Vikings and the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke. Rollins and his forces accept this challenge, and we’ll see this go down after the break!

 

8 Man Tag: The Viking Raiders & Street Profits VS Seth Rollins, Murphy & The Authors of Pain!

Raw returns as Murphy and Ford are set to start for their quartets. The bell rings and fans fire up. Murphy and Ford circle, tie up, and go around the ropes. They end up in an open corner and are pawing at each other, but they break. Ford shoves, Murphy shoves and BOOTS! Murphy whips, Ford goes up and over then handsprings to show off. And dropkicks Murphy down! Tag to Dawkins, things speed up and Dawkins dropkicks Murphy! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins drags Murphy up. Murphy elbows Dawkins away, tag to Akam and Ivar!

Ivar dodges Akam to throw haymakers and back hands! Ivar whips, Akam reverses to throw forearms. But Ivar BOOTS back! Tag to Erik, and Erik feeds Akam to Ivar’s knee! Ivar feeds Akam to Erik’s KNEE! Erik tags Ivar back in, and Ivar drags Akam up, only for Akam to knee and club him down. Tag to Rollins and Rollins throws haymakers and jabs on Ivar. Rollins whips, Ivar holds the ropes to block! Rollins tries again but Ivar won’t, so Rollins hits a rolling elbow! Tag to Murphy, and they double whip Ivar. Murphy whips Rollins in, but Ivar dodges Rollins to then run Murphy over! Tag to Erik, and Ivar scoop slams Murphy. Erik scoop slams Ivar, onto Murphy! Erik drags Murphy up but Murphy jawbreakers back!

Tag to Ford and Rezar, and Ford CHOPS away! Rezar doesn’t flinch! Ford keeps trying but still nothing. Ford ducks the punch to kick, kick and dropkick! He runs to the corner but Rezar puts him on the apron. Ford enziguris then hops up top, to leap! Into Rezar’s arms! Rezar uses a Fall Away Slam to TOSS Ford! Tag to Akam and the Authors of Pain mug Ford against the ropes! Akam knees and hammers Ford toward the corner, then tags Murphy. Murphy mugs Ford and snapmares him to a chinlock. Ford endures as Rollins taunts him. Fans rally up and Ford fights his way up to throw elbows. Murphy clubs Ford back down then puts him in the corner. Murphy taunts the Raiders but runs into a boot!

Ford fights out of Rollins’ corner but Murphy catches him. Ford sunset flips, Murphy rolls through, Ford pushes Murphy away! Tag to Erik! Erik rallies on Murphy then gives him an EXPLODER! Rezar runs in but gets knees and forearms! Erik whips Rezar but Rezar reverses, only for Erik to go up and over and shotgun knee Rezar out! Erik builds speed to DIVE! But Rezar catches Erik and stares him down! The two talk trash, Murphy METEORAS Erik down! Rollins’ followers take control as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more, and Rollins’ team drags Erik back to their corner! Murphy stomps Erik down then tags in Rollins so he can throw Erik out. Rollins goes out to throw Erik into barriers! And then back the other way, into more barriers! Fans boo but Rollins soaks it up. Rollins refreshes the count then fetches Erik to whip, but Erik whips and rams Rollins into barriers! Rollins is practically in the front row! Murphy gets Rollins back in and Rollins drags Erik back. Erik throws haymakers on Rollins as he hops for his corner, but Murphy goes past to blast the Profits and Akam hits Ivar! Rollins stomps Erik down and soaks up more heat as he taunts Erik’s team.

Erik throws hands back but Rollins tackles him to the corner. Murphy tags in and mugs Erik in the corner. Tag to Akam and Akam throws big knees into Erik! Tag to Rezar and the AOP give Erik the atomic KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Tag to Akam and the AOP mug Erik more. Akam clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Erik down. Ivar and the Profits coach Erik and fans rally up. Erik fights up to his feet and throws body shots. Akam knees back and tags in Rollins. The mugging continues with fast hands and big knees! The ref counts, Akam leaves but Rollins grinds a knee into Erik. Rollins backs off but Murphy gets in a cheap shot!

Fans rally with “We Want the Smoke!” and Ford stares Rollins down. Rollins goes to Erik but Erik throws haymakers! Rollins hits back but Erik keeps throwing forearms. They brawl back and forth, but Erik is gaining ground. Rollins clamps on with a facelock and grinds Erik down! Erik endures but Rollins says “Nobody’s getting the smoke!” Fans rally and Erik powers up to throw body shots. Rollins knees low then PELES Ivar! Rollins mocks the War Beard, but he turns around into Ace Ten Mao! Both men are down and DC fires up! Erik and Rollins crawl, hot tags to Murhpy and Ford! Ford springboards to crossbody! And then he dropkicks the AOP out! Ford dropkicks Murphy, too! And spins Murphy around, for a DDT!

Ford kips up as Raw goes picture in picture, and he hits the standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he glares down at Murphy. He runs at Murphy in the corner but Murphy puts him on the apron. Ford punches Murphy away then climbs up top, but Akam shoves him down! Ford gets caught up on the ropes and then tumbles out. Murphy tags Akam and Akam goes around the way to drag Ford up. Akam throws Ford into barriers! Rollins applauds as Akam puts Ford in the ring. Akam stomps Ford around while staying between him and Dawkins. He drags Dawkins up to whip hard into the corner! Tag to Murphy and they mug Ford.

Murphy snapmares Ford and KICKS him hard in the back. Murphy drags Ford up to throw big forearms in the back. Rollins taunts Ford on the ropes and Murphy throws another hard forearm. Murphy chokes Ford but the ref backs him off. Rollins taunts more, but Ford DECKS him! Murphy rolls Ford up, TWO, and Ford pushes him away! Murphy keeps going after Ford, snapmare and KICK! Tag to Rollins and Rollins drags Ford up to whip. Rollins runs Ford over with an elbow then just slaps him all around! Rollins whips Ford hard into the corner! Fans rally for Ford as Raw returns to single picture.

Rollins stomps Ford’s hand, then dares him to go to his corner. He stomps Ford’s hands more, just toying with him now. Rollins makes Ford hold a hand out, but Ford rolls Rollins up! TOW, and Rollins CLOBBERS Ford down! Rollins cranks Ford’s neck then locks on a chinlock. Fans continue to rally and Ford fights his way back up. Ford throws body shots but Rollins clubs him down. Tag to Murphy and he drags Ford up for a snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Murphy KICKS Ford and drives in a knee before putting the chinlock back on. Ford endures as Murphy leans on him. Ford fights up again, and DC gets thunderous for the smoke! Murphy keeps Ford away from his corner and back suplexes Ford high and hard! Murphy taunts the Raiders and Dawkins, but turns around into a SUPERKICK!

Both men are down but moving, hot tags to Rollins and Ivar! Ivar BLASTS Rollins then scoop sidewalk slams Akam! Basement splash! Ivar dodges Rezar and gives him the seated senton! Cartwheel clothesline for Akam! Fans fire up with the War Beard! Tag to Erik and they grab Rollins. High waistlock and springboard, but Akam trips Ivar up! Rollins SUPERKICKS Erik! And then snap FALCON ARROW! Cover, but Ford breaks it! Murphy flips Ford but Ford enziguris Murphy out! Akam SPINE BUSTERS Ford but Dawkins SPEARS Akam! Rezar back elbows Murphy, but Erik returns to KNEE Rezar! Erik turns into a mule kick, Rollins runs, but into an URENAGE! Tag to Ford and Ford is electric as he climbs. FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Murphy breaks it!

Dawkins throws Murphy out and ROCKS him onto the AOP. Dawkins has the Vikings DIVE! They bowl everyone over! Rollins flying KNEES Dawkins down! Ford flounders over and scraps with Rollins. SUPERKICK! Rollins goes out, Ford points to the Mania sign! Ford FLIES onto everyone!! But wait, Rollins got back in! Rollins sees Ford return, to CURB STOMP!! Cover, Rollins and team win!!

Winners: Seth Rollins, Murphy & AOP, by pinfall

The Monday Night Messiah gets payback on the Raw Tag Team Champions and the rest of the resistance! But Kevin Owens is still here!? Kevin drags Rollins out and gives him payback for the assault! The AOP push Kevin into the ring but Kevin gives Akam a STUNNER! Kevin dumps Rezar out and gives Murphy a STUNNER! Rollins CURB STOMPS Kevin down!! Rollins scowls as he goes to a corner. He gives Kevin ANOTHER CURB STOMP! Rollins has Murphy stay out of the ring so that he can stand alone over Kevin. He drags Kevin up, for A THIRD CURB STOMP! Will the resistance be able to rise up after this?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A really good episode of Raw to follow up a pretty good Elimination Chamber. After the perplexing character shift last week, Becky’s back to the Becky we need for this story. Intense Becky and intense Shayna is what we need for this build. And I like that we got multiple builds in the women’s tag match tonight. The Riott Squad feud helps the Kabuki Warriors win their match, and the Kabuki Warriors’ promo beforehand was really good. I get that Bliss-Cross are pretty much the only Face team on SmackDown, and it’s always fun to see Kairi tease Alexa for being short when Kairi is barely that much taller, but I really hope we get more teams in on this. The whole point Bliss-Cross made was that the titles are cross-brand, so give us more brand representation!

Riddick Moss is becoming the biggest winner out of this next phase in the WWE 24/7 Championship’s run. He hasn’t lost the title even once since taking it off Mojo Rawley, and he’s getting wins over superstars who have already held other titles. However, we still need more social media matches for Moss because that is what charmed fans up to this point. I know Moss can be funny, so let him be the serious guy in a funny situation like he was at the Funko Pop HQ. WrestleMania needs to really give us something big for this title, too. For that matter, what is Lashley doing for Mania? Maybe he could win the Andre the Giant Battle Royal? And also take the 24/7 Championship to also take it on a long consecutive reign? That’d be pretty cool.

The Edge and Orton segment was pretty good tonight. I still feel they should’ve taken a beat for someone to give us that promised medical update from last week. That explanation to us that Edge was still able to return would’ve taken care of the stupid “Oh hey Edge is returning” advertising that just takes the drama out. Edge stealing the RKO was great, and then giving MVP multiple Conchairtos was great. I still hope MVP can make that stable as a post-Mania story. Maybe that’s something Lashley could do? And maybe the story of recruiting is made into something.

Mysterio VS Garza was a great opening match, and I’m really hoping the rumored Fatal 4 Way for the United States Championship is happening. Mysterio, Garza, Almas and Carrillo are going to steal the show. And assuming Vega’s stable no longer has the title after Mania, I would love to see them go into the Raw Tag Team Division. Almas & Garza VS Street Profits would make for some great action and promos. At least, I would hope the Profits still have the belts. I really like that Aleister was brought around into the story with them and Rollins given the history with Murphy. With Samoa Joe out from injury and suspension, I hope Aleister joins Kevin’s resistance and becomes a tag partner against Rollins and Murphy. I feel like with the US Championship and WWE World Championship spoken for, the pay off for this story are the Raw Tag titles.

Styles’ promo was wild. I did NOT think he’d do a worked shoot like that. The contract signing next week will be interesting, but I would actually hope nothing physical happens. The emphasis should be on Styles wanting to beat Taker down at WrestleMania, so nothing more should happen between them from here to Mania. McIntyre beating Rowan and “killing” the spider creature was an insane moment to give McIntyre in-ring momentum towards the title match. Plus, his promo package with Heyman was really well done, too. I think a lot of people would agree that we NEED McIntyre to win and so does the WWE. Their stocks are dropping along with their viewership and attendance. Lesnar is a great Heel, but even the greatest villain needs to lose in the end. And that needs to happen on the Greatest Stage of Them All.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.28.2021

The second day contains all of the championship matches! Heavyweight Tags, Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight matches! Plus a triple threat for the vacant Junior Heavy title!

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The second day contains all of the championship matches! Heavyweight Tags, Intercontinental and NEVER Openweight matches! Plus a triple threat for the vacant Junior Heavy title!

With the anniversary show a few days away, the Junior Heavyweight will be even more sought after due to the nature of the Heavyweight versus Junior champ main event. Aside from the title matches we get another CHAOS versus Bullet Club match and what could be the culmination of this United Empire going after TenCozy storyline.

Now let’s see exactly how much better today’s show if from yesterday!

Ratings:

  • TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay): Kojima wins via Cozy Lariat @6:56 – *** ¼
  • Bullet Club (EVIL, Jay White & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada): Okada wins via Money Clip @8:35 – ** ½
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto): G.o.D. retains  via Gun Stun @15:46 – ** ¾
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan: Tanahashi retains via Crucifix Cradle @18:44 – *** ¼
  • -VACANT- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado vs El Phantasmo vs BUSHI: Despy wins via Pinche Loco @23:12 – *** ¾TITLE CHANGE!!!
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito: Ibushi retains via Kamigoye @27:50 – *** ¾

 

Results:

TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay)

Jeff & Will started right before the bell, but their inexperience as a team started to bleed through early. Cobb held the veterans on the outside for a Plancha from Ospreay, but TenCozy moved mid-flight and Ospreay crashed into Cobb. The during the Machine Gun chops in the corner, Jeff turned it around on Kojima while Will was pinned in the corner, but Kojima ducked and Cobb struck Will.

After that, the United Empire started putting it all together, but they made one fatal mistake. Cobb and Ospreay kept mocking Tenzan’s inability to use the Mongolian Chops by going back and forth using Mongolian Chops on him. A man can only take so many insults, so Tenzan fires and rips off some…Osaka Windmill Chops; then we see the TenCozy Cutter, but the United Empire makes the save.

Tenzan takes Ospreay out of the ring after an Anaconda Buster, Kojima winds up for the Cozy Lariat, Cobb hits a Superkick to stop him, goes for Tour of the Islands…but Kojima slips out! COZY LARIAT! And…wait the veterans won?! Interesting.

Bullet Club (EVIL, Jay White & Chase Owens) vs CHAOS (Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada)

This match played off yesterday’s show, and thankfully the only one that drove this match was the only match to matter. Ishii’s ribs are still messed up, so Bullet Club took turns isolating the Stone Pitbull and working him over. Stiff strikes, standing on his ribs in the corner, just a giant target on Ishii’s body.

When Ishii finally tagged out, we got a small taste of Yano’s…unique stylings, and then Okada looked to finish things. Everyone came in, did the signature spam with Ishii getting a little payback on White, but generally White looked great in this match. Okada ends up with Chase as the legal competitors, counters the Jewel Heist, locks in the terrible Money Clip and Chase taps.

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (c) vs CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto)

So the first few minutes of this match really hurt the overall impression. YOSHI-HASHI got Powerbombed and decided to take a nap. It was one of the most awkward situations with the ref checking on HASHI over and over again with no real indication that it was a sell or a momentary knock out.

HASHI was moving at the speed of smell, which made his first tag take forever and look a little dumb with Loa trying to sell but everyone including Stevie Wonder could see it just took too long. Maybe he got some smelling salts after the tag out since he finally showed some first when he came back in, but once again, YOSHI-HASHI is the problem with the match.

It started to pick up, the match got hectic in a fun way with tandem moves from everyone and if the first few minutes didn’t happen, this would’ve been quite solid. The misdirection/counter wrestling between Tama and Goto was great, the fact that it ended with a small heel tactic and not being overdone was nice. Plus with the Magic Killer not ending the match for the Guerrillas, and Tama winning with the Gun Stun; this could be a little obvious foreshadowing for the Good Brothers.

NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan

A lot of the story going into this was Yota Tsuji’s allegiances and if he’d turn on his main senpai Hiroshi Tanahashi. It’s a good thing there were those psychological wrinkles, since the chemistry between these two, still leaves something to be desired.

Early transitions were a bit clunky, but O-Khan’s strategy was sound enough to attack the legs and reference back to moves we’ve seen Tanahashi lose to. O-Khan had most of the momentum before Tanahashi catches him, goes for Slingblade, but O-Khan gets the referee in the way. So now we see the decision moment for Tsuji, does he give a chair to O-Khan, or help his senpai?

Tsuji decides to slide in the chair to Tanahashi and O-Khan is livid. O-Khan still has a few chances to win, including a nice Claw Hold Back Breaker, which he spins out into a Claw Hold Side Effect. But as he goes for The Eliminator, Tanahashi hits the flying Crucifix and rolls him into the pinfall, retaining the NEVER championship!

-VACANT- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: El Desperado vs El Phantasmo vs BUSHI

Early on this was a little paint by numbers. Counters, a few signature spots to get early advantages, but the match didn’t pick up until ELP tried to take out Desperado. ELP and Despy fight up the ramp, ELP rips the mask to expose Despy’s head and pulls out the Jerry Lynn special, Cradle Piledriver right into the ramp!

ELP takes the ripped mask as a trophy, and we see a singles match between BUSHI and ELP for a good bit of time. BUSHI proves to be as stubborn as other Tetsuya’s in LIJ, and takes it to ELP fairly well. BUT – that’s not the story here. Desperado starts slowly making his way back to the ring with a new mask. Desperado comes in and goes on a warpath after ELP. Stiff looking strikes, dives that take out both of his opponents, and just an unbridled rage that makes him focus on ELP.

This of course allows for BUSHI to pick some solid spots, and after Despy returns the match really picks up. It’s also great to ELP’s heel tendencies where he takes moves from higher profile people just to turn the knife. Styles Clash, V-Trigger, an attempted One Winged Angel, Sweet Chin Music, the Undertaker arm fold pin cover, and it’s just good entertainment.

BUSHI has a great count break up where he just grabs Marty Asami’s arm to prevent the 3. BUSHI sets up for MX, but he gets caught with Sudden Death…and rolls out of the ring. So ELP has to go back to a now slowly coming back up Desperado, ELP charges, gets caught with a big right hand and not 1 but 2 Pinche Locos!

El Desperado finally wins the Junior Title, and after such a great 2020 and start to 2021, it’s well deserved.

IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito

Naito focused on mat wrestling in the beginning, and it was all in effort to get to Ibushi’s knees to bring the match to parity. With Naito having well documented bad knees (including miss time during the Road to), Naito had to work to make things more even.

We see a lot of old threads get pulled on, the corner spot could reference to Naito and Omega’s G1 match, the Outside In German Suplex was something Ibushi struggled to execute before on Naito. Naito pulled out an Avalanche Diamond Dust that we don’t often see, and this was somewhat interesting. New Japan continues to implore that main events are 25+ minute matches, and lately these all drag.

Even with the fun story aspects, a few big scary spots as we’ve come to expect, the match never ascended to a great height. Naito hit Valentia and a few running Destinos, but that wasn’t enough to take out the champion. Ibushi hit Kamigoye to the back of the head, much like as Wrestle Kingdom, then we got 2 more Kamigoyes and Ibushi just falling on top of Naito for the pinfall victory!

 

Overall Score: 6.25/10

Well now the show was better than yesterday (low bar) but still nothing exciting. New Japan still hasn’t quite figured it out. I was a little hopeful after Wrestle Kingdom when there were a bunch of good matches, even if they were spread over two days with a lot of filler in between. But New Beginning really only had one stand out match, and we’re in the same boat since today is going to be heavily forgettable in the grand scheme of things.

Possible takeaways could really only be, Kojima proving he deserves one more dance in the G1 and Desperado finally gets into the top position of the Junior division.  It also can’t be ignored how heavily English commentary and Ibushi himself were implying outside threats. When they said things like “any place, any time, anyone”, so this is laying some foreshadowing, but nothing overtly interesting to glean.

Aside from that…yeah, go cut the grass, shovel snow, build some Legos, do other things aside from watching Castle Attack.

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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.

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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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