Raw heads for Money in the Bank!
Drew McIntyre is WWE World Champion. Becky Lynch is Raw Women’s Champion. But who steps up for golden opportunities before Money in the Bank?
- Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Asuka VS Ruby Riott; Asuka wins and advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
- Aleister Black VS Oney Lorcan; Aleister wins.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Shayna Baszler VS Sarah Logan; Baszler wins and advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
- Akira Tozawa VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- Angel Garza VS Tehuti Miles; Garza wins.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Kairi Sane VS Nia Jax; Jax wins and advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match.
- Bobby Lashley w/ Lana VS No Way Jose; Lashley wins.
- The Viking Raiders VS Ricochet & Cedric Alexander; The Viking Raiders win.
- Champion VS Champion: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; McIntyre wins.
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Drew McIntyre opens Raw!
The Scottish Stud has the cameraman get in the ring with him so he can speak directly to the WWE Universe. “Thank you for the privilege of allowing me into your living room.” For himself and all the WWE superstars, this is an honor. McIntyre also thanks fans for their outpouring of support. If you didn’t know, the internet can be pretty negative. But ever since he won the title, everyone has been so positive. It is surreal. McIntyre lives his life long dream. He beat The Beast in under five minutes, and then 20 minutes later, he had to face The Big Show. McIntyre watches the match back, and remembers all the hard hits and body slams. But even after a Choke Slam, McIntyre kept going. And Show made the mistake of telegraphing. McIntyre hits his Claymore and gets the win!
Back to the present, McIntyre makes a point of beating two big men back to back. That sets the tone for his reign. He will be a champion that shows up and defends the title. To all the superstars, if you deserve a shot, you get a shot. McIntyre can’t say how much this title means to him. But here comes Andrade Almas! El Idolo is back and with Zelina Vega again by his side. Vega pretends to tear up but then gets immediately serious. She stops McIntyre here to introduce Raw’s real top champion, the WWE United States Champion, Andrade~! McIntyre remembers Andrade. Right, of course! Vega feels bad for ruining the speech. It sounded great, like out of Braveheart. But really, they’re here to congratulate him in person. Because who else can say they had TWO WrestleMania Moments in one night?
But while McIntyre had two, Almas had an injury that robbed him of even one. So it’d be such a shame if someone injured McIntyre and took his title. McIntyre stops Vega there and gets to Vega’s point for her. He remembers when they were both in NXT, and Almas hurt McIntyre to take the NXT Championship. McIntyre lost six months from a torn bicep. But Almas doesn’t do a lot of talking, so he should listen. If he wants Champion VS Champion tonight, “you’ve got it!” Almas does speak for himself, and says that last time, Almas took the title and took McIntyre out. And that was him being nice. No more Mr. Nice Guy tonight! What does Almas have in store for McIntyre tonight? Or can McIntyre keep history from repeating itself?
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Asuka VS Ruby Riott!
The Empress of Tomorrow may not have gotten the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships back, but there’s always another title to go after! Will Asuka stop the Riott before it starts? Or is Ruby going to take a step closer to cashing in?
The bell rings, Asuka laughs and applauds at Ruby but says, “Mudi mudi mudi!” It is impossible to beat Asuka! Ruby gives the trash talk back but offers a handshake. Asuka laughs more, and rushes Ruby instead! Ruby headlocks but Asuka tries to power out. Ruby holds on and rams shoulder. Asuka eggs Ruby on and Ruby runs. They collide but it doesn’t make Asuka budge. Ruby throws haymakers instead then runs, but Asuka follows. Ruby dodges and keeps moving to run Asuka over! Cover, ONE! Ruby pushes Asuka around and wants to see “The Real Asuka.” Asuka grabs Ruby’s arm! Asuka yanks on it and clamps onto the shoulder again. She stomps away on the arm then grinds the shoulder into the mat.
Ruby fights her way around and gets a ropebreak with a leg. The ref counts, Asuka lets up, but she stomps Ruby down in a corner. Asuka pushes Ruby around and grinds her forearms in. The ref counts but Ruby pushes Asuka away. Ruby elbows, goes up, but no Deadly Nightshade as Asuka KICKS her down! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps her cool as she brings Ruby up to ram her shoulder first into buckles! Asuka digs her heel into Ruby but stops at the count of 4. She argues with the ref while Ruby crawls along the ropes. Asuka stomps Ruby back down then thrashes her about. The ref counts but Asuka lets up at 4 again. Asuka drags Ruby up from the apron but Ruby hits back. But Asuka comes back with the hip attack! Asuka blasts Ruby down, then sliding KNEES from the apron!
Asuka brings Ruby up but Ruby throws her over barriers! Ruby walks into a ROUNDHOUSE! The ring count climbs to 5 as Asuka talks trash. Asuka dances around while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Asuka grinds Ruby down again. Ruby fights up and fights back but Asuka throws her down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Asuka just kicks Ruby over and over on the ropes. Asuka runs but Ruby dodges the hip attack to SUPERKICK! Asuka is stuck and Ruby BOOTS her down! Ruby shakes out her bad arm while Asuka is on the outside. Ruby fetches Asuka back in then covers, TWO! Asuka checks her teeth while Ruby looks up at the MITB briefcase. Ruby kicks Asuka around then drags her up. She makes Asuka look at the briefcase, then whips her to a corner. Ruby runs in to forearm then whip her corner to corner. Asuka comes back to forearm Ruby down! Asuka crawls towards Ruby and grabs her by the hair. She brings Ruby in for a forearm, but Ruby gives it back.
Asuka and Ruby brawl up to their feet, but Asuka gets the edge. Asuka kicks but Ruby blocks! Ruby back kicks then runs, for a rolling bulldog! Cover, TWO! Ruby grows frustrated but then she gets caught into an armbar! Ruby endures, moves up and wants a cover. TWO and Asuka lets Ruby go. Ruby wrenches but the Riott Kick is blocked! Asuka has an ANKLE LOCK! Ruby gets up but Asuka reels her in, trapped leg German! Asuka runs to SHINING WIZARD Ruby down! Cover, TWO!! Ruby still lives and Asuka is furious! Asuka drags Ruby up and into the chicken wing, but Ruby backs her into buckles! Ruby cravats and knees Asuka into the corner! Ruby runs side to side to BOOT Asuka down! Then she goes the other way, for another BOOT! Ruby brings Asuka out and aims from behind, RABBIT LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka survives and Ruby grows frustrated now. Ruby drags Asuka to a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Ruby STAGE DIVE SENTONS BUT FLOPS! Into the ASUKA LOCK! But Ruby rolls around to cover, TWO!! Both women back off as they catch their breath. Asuka is furious and she goes after Ruby. Ruby holds the ropes then elbows Asuka away. Asuka runs into a COMPLETE SHOT! Ghost pin, TWO!!, into a RINGS OF SATURN! Ruby has her on hold, and stomps away! Asuka endures, moves around, makes it a cover, TWO back to Ruby’s cover! TWO and Asuka gets around, to the ASUKA LOCK!! Ruby taps, Asuka wins!!
Winner: Asuka, by submission (advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match)
The Empress is in her very first MITB Ladder match! Charly Caruso interviews Asuka in the ring. Charly notes Asuka’s new aggression. Asuka says in Japanese that she is still Asuka! And when it comes to MITB, NO ONE is ready!
Raw returns with MVP’s VIP Lounge.
“Ladies and gentlemen, tonight, I offer you a very special edition.” He has exclusive breaking news for Raw next week. Next week, three Men’s MITB qualifying matches will happen. If you win the MITB Ladder match, you have a 365 day window to cash in on the WWE World Championship, “anytime, any place.” First, Rey Mysterio VS Buddy Murphy! Then, Aleister Black VS Austin Theory! And last but not least, Apollo Crews VS “one of the most decorated WWE superstars of all time,” MVP! MVP isn’t trying to sway anyone, but if you’re putting money on anyone, put it on the guaranteed winner. Ya boy, MVP is #BALLIN! But out of these three first-time-ever match-ups, who come out with tickets punched to MITB?
Aleister Black VS Oney Lorcan!
As MVP just said, The Embodiment of the End is going to compete for a spot in the MITB Ladder Match. Will he sharpen his edge on the back of the Boston Brawler?
The bell rings and the two approach. They circle and tie up, and Aleister gets an arm. Oney moves towards a waistlock but Aleister wrenches and trips him back. Aleister facelocks but Oney fights his way up. Oney slips out, chinbars Aleister, then gets the waistlock. Aleister fights up and wriggles free but Oney headlocks. Aleister powers his way out and around back to a facelock. Oney pries free to wrench and headlock back. Aleister rolls Oney to a cover, ONE! Aleister waistlocks then facelocks and they end up on ropes. The two separate clean and circle again. They tie up, Oney headlocks and holds tight as Aleister tries to get out. Aleister rolls Oney again, ONE! Aleister arm-drags Oney down hard and clamps onto the arm! Oney gets up and arm-drags free, but Aleister arm-drags again!
Aleister grinds but Oney gets up. Oney powers Aleister to ropes then puts him on the apron to European Uppercut! Aleister is down and Oney builds speed! But Aleister gets in, dodges Oney, and QUEBRADAS! Oney is right up but Aleister snapmares him to a cover. TWO and Aleister BOOTS Oney out! The two catch their breath while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Oney fires off on Aleister in a corner! The ref backs him off but Aleister elbows Oney away. Aleister swings into a half nelson! He fights free and throws EuroUppers. Oney gives them back then knees low. Oney whips and elbows Aleister down! Cover, TWO! Oney wants the half nelson but Aleister grabs a leg. The two struggle against each other and Oney goes for a full nelson. Aleister endures as Oney leans on him. Aleister pries against the hold then breaks free. But Oney trips Aleister to a BOSTON CRAB! Half Crab, even! Aleister endures and reaches back to get around. Aleister boots Oney over and over until he’s free! Oney comes back but gets another elbow. Aleister hits a flying takedown, to the HEEL HOOK! Oney flails and gets the ropebreak!
Aleister lets Oney free but starts kicking away. Oney clinches and swings, into an armlock! Oney stays up but Aleister cranks on the arm! ROPEBREAK! Aleister lets Oney go and Oney CHOPS! Aleister BOOTS back then throws more EuroUppers. Oney shoves but Aleister rallies with forearms and elbows. Aleister unleashes the strike fest! KNEE THRUST! Aleister kips up and runs, but Oney gets under the springboard to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Aleister lives but the Fury of 205 Live fires up! Oney half nelsons but Aleister wheelbarrows to a victory roll! TWO and Oney CHOPS again! Oney CHOPS again and fires up. He dares Aleister to stand, and Aleister KNEES back! Aleister brings Oney back up with a foot, to BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
Another week, another fight, and another incredible display of fortitude! Aleister wins and Sarah interviews him in the ring. Surely Aleister sees Oney as a tough competitor, but what is his game plan for Austin Theory? “Game plan? My game plan is to win.” Will #AllDay come to an end and #FadeToBlack?
The Man comes back around to Raw!
Becky Lynch’s reign as Raw Women’s Champion surpasses one YEAR! She grabs a mic to say, “It’s only been a couple of weeks since I stood here last.” WrestleMania gave her a short time to beat the “human bone breaker,” but she did it. Becky wants to clear up some confusion as to what happened. She told Shayna Baszler that it would be heart versus skill. But it was even more than that. A lot has been said about Becky lately. Maybe she’s arrogant. Or maybe she lets us think that. Maybe things are going to her head. Or maybe she uses that to get into others. Because the more Shayna destroyed opponents, the sillier Becky became. Why is that? Because the only person that can get close enough to The Queen to destroy her, is the jester, “who she sees as posing no threat.” That’s why Becky’s still champ.
Someone born to bully everyone will never beat someone born to survive everything. That brings Becky to the MITB Ladder match. Becky wants whoever wants it the most to get the contract to then name a time and a place. That is where you will find The Man waiting for them. Becky always has a plan. But she promises the winner that thinks they can beat her, she will shock the world all over again. Bold words from Becky, but will she be the one shocked instead?
Backstage interview with Andrade and Zelina.
Tonight, the Champion VS Champion match is happening. McIntyre is coming off one of the most impressive WrestleMania performances in history. Is this going to be a cause for concern? Vega speaks up, first correcting Charly on how she says “Andrade.” Secondly, Vega asks who comes up with these questions? Because it can’t be Charly. Not even she’s that ridiculous. But if we’re talking dominant champions, look no further than Almas. McIntyre won, that was great, but that was one night. Almas has defended his title month after month after month against the best. So remember: the last time McIntyre was champion, he was dethroned by Almas. Almas says it took McIntyre so long to win that title. After tonight, he won’t have as strong a hold on it.
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Shayna Baszler VS Sarah Logan!
The Queen of Spades wrecked the Elimination Chamber field but failed to beat Becky. Will the Kentucky Viking be the first to exact some revenge?
Before making her entrance, Shayna is asked about the “derogatory remarks” Ronda Rousey has made towards professional wrestling. Shayna’s response is just a death glare before going to the ramp. The bell rings and the two tie up. Shayna headlocks but Sarah slips out to club her on the back. Shayna ROCKS Sarah with a right then digs her forearms into Sarah. She hammers away on Sarah from head to torso! The ref reprimands as Shayna just keeps adding on, and he pulls her away. Shayna STOMPS Sarah’s arm!! Sarah just got Dakota’d! And SARAH wins!?!
Winner: Sarah Logan, by disqualification
Shayna throws a tantrum, but after what she did to Sarah, Sarah doesn’t look in any shape to join the MITB Ladder match. Will Shayna not stop until she’s broken everyone in her path back to Becky?
Seth Rollins speaks backstage.
“At WrestleMania, I lost to Kevin Owens. And once again, my career has been crucified.” Rollins says no more as Raw goes to break. What will the Monday Night Messiah do to resurrect his mission?
Akira Tozawa VS Austin Theory!
The Stamina Monster returns to Raw! But he’ll also be returning to NXT this Wednesday as part of the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament! Vega joins commentary to watch her stable member compete. Will Theory prove himself ready for next week’s MITB qualifier?
The bell rings and Tozawa circles with Theory. Theory kicks low then clubs Tozawa down. He throws forearms but Tozawa gives them back! Theory knees low then back suplexes, but Tozawa slips out! Tozawa ducks, back kicks, spins but slides under to spin and hit the roundhouse! Theory ends up in a corner and Tozawa runs in. Theory stops the monkey flip but Tozawa rains down hands! Tozawa gets to about 7 before Theory flapjacks him on buckles! Theory shakes out the cobwebs before dragging Tozawa up. He snapmares and stomps Tozawa down! Theory mocks Tozawa for not being part of WrestleMania. Theory stomps Tozawa at the corner but the ref backs him off. Tozawa grits his teeth but Theory drags him around to rain down rights. Theory lets up to clamp on a chinlock!
Tozawa endures the knee in his back as Theory bends him back. Theory jams the knee in harder then bends him more. Tozawa endures, reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot. Theory lets up at 4 to stomp Tozawa again. Theory drags Tozawa up and CHOPS! Tozawa staggers but Theory wrenches and whips him corner to corner hard! Cover, TWO! Theory still grins as he looms over Tozawa. Tozawa hits back with body shots but Theory blocks the boot to trip him up! Theory hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Theory stays on Tozawa with an armlock and forearm to the chin. He grinds Tozawa down then grabs the other arm. Tozawa endures, even as Theory stands on his back! Theory pulls harder on the arm then throws it onto the mat! Theory paces while watching Tozawa writhe.
Tozawa crawls but Theory stalks him to ropes. Tozawa CHOPS, but Theory eggs him on. Tozawa CHOPS but Theory DECKS him! Vega likes what she sees as Theory brings Tozawa up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Tozawa with another chinlock. Theory has a half camel clutch but Tozawa fights up. Tozawa throws body shots but Theory gives him a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, and we’re back to the armlock. Tozawa fights his way up but Theory whips. Theory pops Tozawa up but Tozawa huricanranas! Theory bails out, and Tozawa BOOTS Him down! Tozawa runs but Theory gets clear. Tozawa stops himself, to apron CANNONBALL! They both wreck into barriers and Vega is speechless! Vega claims it’s fine, but Theory staggers away.
Tozawa drags Theory up and into the ring. Tozawa enziguris then climbs up, for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Vega manages to keep confident but Tozawa stalks Theory. Tozawa drags Theory up but Theory gets the ropes. Theory swings an elbow but Tozawa ducks to JAB! Tozawa runs to tilt-o-whirl, to the IRON OCTOPUS! Theory powers out and spins Tozawa around to a fireman’s carry! ATL TKO!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Andrade and Angel Garza appear, and Vega stands on the desk. La Muneca’s men raise their fists together, then drag Tozawa up. They add on with CHOPS! They put Tozawa up top then drag him out on the ropes! SUPER LA SOMBRA DDT!! Vega applauds as her men stand tall. Will this stable soon take over Raw?
Raw shares part of WWE Chronicle: Drew McIntyre.
“There’s a saying in Scotland, ‘What’s meant to be will be.'” If McIntyre was to put the last few months into words, from the amazing victories to the bitter disappointments and the realizations that everything can change overnight, it is that McIntyre has found “perspective.” Not just as a superstar, but as a husband and a person. The community’s support is felt in every fiber of his body. If McIntyre can give everyone a brief moment of joy in the darkness, then his journey has been worth it. This is more than a redemption story for him, but for everyone.
The last 19 years have prepared him for his WrestleMania Moment, even if it isn’t the moment he’s dreamed off since he was a boy. His moment won’t have fireworks or cheers, but it’ll have something bigger. McIntyre will feel the fans as he has in Houston. It won’t be his moment, it will be ours.
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
The King of Lucha Libre has had a legendary career, but there is one thing he hasn’t had yet: The MITB contract. What would it mean to finally be Mr. MITB? Well looking back through his career, 2010 was perhaps a standout year for Mysterio. He won his second world championship, but two months later, gets hit with a cash-in from Kane. Kane ended that reign right then and there. But Mysterio’s point is that no one knows better than him how dangerous Mr. MITB can be. First comes beating Murphy in the qualifier. Mysterio respects Murphy for the bright superstar he is. But he doesn’t want this as badly as Mysterio does. Mysterio puts it all on the line to become Mr. MITB, and have his chance to cash in.
Seth Rollins speaks again.
“Everyone needs something to have faith in.” Rollins wants the WWE Universe to know that he is still here for them. “Your messiah has truly risen.”
Angel Garza VS Tehuti Miles!
All of Vega’s men will be in action tonight now that El Latino es en la casa! But will the Latino Lothario be able to go the distance against Miles?
The bell rings and Garza pushes Miles around. Miles dares Garza to bring it, and then he baits Garza into a waistlock. Garza bucks Miles off but Miles bypasses him and things speed up. Miles leaps but Garza dropkicks him out of the air! Garza CHOPS Miles then has him against the ropes. Garza CHOPS again then whips, to pop-up kick Miles down! And off come the pants! Garza throws them at Miles then dropkicks him back down! Garza has the cameraman get on the apron so he can look right into the camera. He talks trash in Spanish, and tells the ladies they’re more than welcome. Garza then drags Miles up and cranks on him with a grounded cobra twist. Miles endures but Garza hammers away on the ribs.
Garza cranks on Miles more but Miles refuses to quit. Garza drags Miles up to club him around, then put him on the top rope. He climbs up behind Miles and dedicates this to the “honeys.” Tree of Woe Penalty Kick! Garza grins as Miles flops to the mat. Garza drags Miles up and underhooks, for the WING CLIPPER! Cover, Garza wins!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall
La Muneca’s men are 2-0 on the night! Will El Idolo make it a perfect night for Vega’s stable of studs?
But once again, the trio is in the ring together! Just like Tozawa, Miles gets slapped around and put in a corner. Theory and Garza hoist Miles up top and hand him off to Almas. SUPER LA SOMBRA!! Vega laughs as her men make another example. Will McIntyre relive the past in the worst way possible?
Backstage interview with The Kabuki Warriors.
Asuka is in and Kairi Sane has her match later tonight. “Ruby was NOT ready for Asuka!” Kairi’s confidence going in against Nia Jax is clearly through the roof as she and Asuka joke around. Will the Pirate Princess be able to get past the Irresistible Force so that she and Asuka can join forces in MITB?
Raw returns with a backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Charly knows McIntyre has to focus, but he must surely know what Vega and Almas have been saying and doing tonight. His response is the scar on his arm. Two to three times a week, he looks at it and is reminded of Almas. McIntyre remembers back to when he lost the title, had to take six months off, and had his career derailed. But McIntyre worked his arse off to get back and is now WWE Champion! But he doesn’t forgive or forget. Almas has strong words but McIntyre has a promise: McIntyre will hurt Almas, Claymore him, and if it costs Almas six months, so be it. Will Raw end with WarGames revenge?
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier: Kairi Sane VS Nia Jax!
Raw’s last spot in the Women’s MITB Ladder Match will be filled! Will the Pirate Princess set sail alongside Asuka? Or will the Irresistible Force make her return even grander with this golden opportunity?
The bell rings and Kairi rushes at Nia, only to be TOSSED! Kairi grins as she gets up, and get around to waistlock Nia. Nia throws her off easily, but Kairi baits her into buckles! Kairi climbs and boots Nia then kicks her away. She climbs back up and then leaps over Nia. Kairi pantomimes her climbing the ladder and grabbing the briefcase, before telling Nia to “kiss this.” Nia rushes Kairi but Kairi dodges and dropkicks! Nia only staggers so Kairi dropkicks again. Kairi’s kicks still have no effect, and Nia just throws her out of the ring! Asuka is watching backstage anxiously and is very fired up for Kairi. Kairi gets up and in but Nia is on her with a scoop slam! Nia slaps Kairi around then drags her back up. Nia clobbers Kairi with one arm! And again!
Nia toys with Kairi as she brings her back up. The ref reprimands but Nia TOSSES Kairi again! Nia drags Kairi up to throw her again! Nia swaggers about before she brings Kairi up. She trophy lifts then SAMOAN DROPS Kairi! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall (advances to the Women’s MITB Ladder Match)
The Raw entrants have been determined! Asuka and Shayna are dangerous in their own way, but Nia just annihilated Kairi! Will everyone have to worry about the returning Irresistible Force now?
Charlotte Flair returns to Raw!
The Queen is once again NXT Women’s Champion after her incredible match with Rhea Ripley! What’s old is new again as she is now a twelve-time champion between all three brands. She grabs a mic and says, “Tonight is history lessons with The Queen.” First, The Queen wins the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble. That allowed her to choose a champion of her choice. There’s Becky, but been there, done that a bunch. Then there was Bayley, but been there, done that more than a bunch. So what did that leave Charlotte with? Becky didn’t make a challenge. Bayley didn’t make a challenge. It was “the next big thing,” Rhea Ripley. That got The Queen’s attention. It was ballsy! It reminded Charlotte of someone.
But that was then, and this is now. Because now, Charlotte is a two-time NXT Women’s Champion! Not after beating Becky again. Not after beating Bayley for the millionth time. It was because Charlotte beat “the next big thing,” which makes Charlotte the BIGGEST thing. Charlotte reminds us last year that Vince knew Charlotte was the biggest thing. That’s why he had her “save” WrestleMania 35. This year, Rhea chose the Queen. Because Rhea secretly wants to be The Queen. But Rhea lacks humility. That’s why Charlotte is standing here reminding everyone that there always be someone faster, stronger and better. Charlotte will remind NXT of “humility.”
That brings her to Io Shirai. That was an amazing victory, but Charlotte isn’t in this just for victories. Charlotte is here to teach lessons. Lesson number one: Everyone boys down to The Queen. WOO~! But will the Evil Genius be a rebellion Charlotte can’t crush?
Bobby Lashley w/ Lana VS No Way Jose!
The Rocky Mountain Machine listened to the Ravishing Russian at WrestleMania, and LOST! Will he know better this time against the fighting fiesta?
The bell rings and Lashley ties up with Jose. Lashley waistlocks but Jose fights off the lift. Joe elbows out but Lashley elbows back. Lana coaches Lashley and Lashely lariats Jose down! Lana says Lashley should finish it but Lashley stomps away and throws hands in the corner. The ref counts and Lana shouts for Lashley to attack. Lashley storms out and tells Lana to “please shut the HELL up!” He then storms back into the ring and runs at Jose, but just manages to block the boo! Jose ROCKS Lashley but Lashley throws Jose overhead! Lashley aims as Jose rises, but then Lana distracts Lahsley with something. Jose rolls Lashley up, TWO!! Lashley MOUNTAIN TOP SLAMS Jose down! Then SPEARS!! Cover, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall
Lashley still gets a win despite Lana’s influence. Will Lashley make his way towards a title in spite of her hanging around?
Seth Rollins speaks yet again.
“To all the nonbelievers, you have left me no alternative. Tonight, I stomp out all doubt.” What does this ominous warning mean for the Raw roster?
The Viking Raiders VS Ricochet & Cedric Alexander!
Erik and Ivar return and the raid returns with them! Will they start a new warpath to return to the Raw Tag Team Championships? Or will the newest and fastest team fly high with MITB on the horizon?
The teams sort out and Erik starts against Ricochet. Ricochet dodges to throw kicks and fists but Erik puts him in a corner. Ricochet dodges to CHOP but Erik just growls. Things speed up, Ricochet rolls off Erik’s back, then ducks under, and handsprings back. Erik LARIATS Ricochet then DECKS Alexander! Erik tags in Ivar and goes after Ricochet. Ivar climbs up but Ricochet escapes Erik to enziguri! Alexander dropkicks Erik then Ricochet No Hands Ranas Ivar down! Alexander builds speed and DIVES onto Erik at the ramp! Ricochet LIONSAULTS onto Ivar! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps on Ivar with a facelock and clubbing forearms. He backs Ivar down and tags in Alexander. Alexander adds onto Ivar but Ivar blocks the whips. Ivar kicks Ricochet and throws Alexander into a corner.
Ivar whips Ricochet at Alexander but Alexander puts him on the apron. Alexander gets clear of Ivar, and the enziguris sandwich Ivar in the middle! TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Ivar survives but Alexander clamps on with a facelock. Alexander drags Ivar but Ivar powers up. Alexander clubs away and drags Ivar over to the corner. Tag to Ricochet and they both club away on Ivar. They double whip but Ivar breaks the clothesline! Erik tags in as Ricochet hurdles Ivar. Alexander sends Ivar out while Ricochet dodges Erik. Alexander ROCKS Erik with a right, then covers! TWO, but Alexander keeps his focus. Alexander facelocks Erik and drags him up. Tag to Ricochet again, and Alexander half hatch suplexes! Ricochet knee-boards for a senton! Cover, TWO!
Tag back to Alexander and he drags Erik up. Alexander CHOPS Erik to the corner, then decks him with a right. He scrapes Erik out and slingshots, but the pescado misses! Hot tag to Ivar but Ricochet springboards in! Erik catches Ricochet to TOSS him out onto Alexander! The fast and the furious crash and burn! But now Ivar DIVES!! The Warbeard wipes Ricochet and Alexander out, and we go to break!
Raw returns as Erik grinds Alexander down with an armlock. Alexander fights his way up and throws body shots. Erik whips him into the corner and tags Ivar. The Vikings give Alexander knee after KNEE! Ivar drags Alexander up and snapmares him. Ivar runs to drop a knee then covers, TWO! Alexander reaches but Ivar brings him away from Ricochet. Tag to Erik and Ivar RAMS into Alexander. Erik RAMS in, too, digging into the ribs. Tag back to Ivar, and Ivar RAMS in again! Ivar looms over Alexander as he tags Erik back in. The Vikings bring Alexander up, for a scoop slam! Then Erik scoops Ivar to SLAM on Alexander! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives but Ivar tags back in. The Vikings mug and club him in the corner.
Ivar scoops but Alexander slips out to sunset flip! ONE but Alexander cartwheels and basement dropkicks! Alexander is on the apron, and hits the step-board COMPLETE SHOT! Both Ivar and Alexander crawl, hot tags to Ricochet and Erik! Ricochet throws forearms then springboards to crossbody! Ivar runs in but gets an enziguri! Ricochet corner uppercuts Ivar, then swings on Erik. Erik throws Ricochet but no Ace Ten Mao, Ricochet hits the dropkick-flip! And enziguri! Ricochet tiger feints high on Ivar! And shoulders into Erik for a springboard lariat! Ricochet fires up and standing shooting stars! Cover, TWO! Ricochet sees Alexander is back and tags him in. They both aim at Erik and Alexander runs. Neuralizer misses! Erik gives Ricochet Ace Ten Mao!
Tag to Ivar and Ivar seated sentons Alexander! Cartwheel dodges the superkick to LARIAT! Ivar roars as he sidewalk slams Alexander! BASEMENT SPLASH! Tag back to Erik, and they give Alexander a corner splash and knees! Then human weapon hip attack! Erik covers, TWO! Alexander flounders about but Erik tags Ivar. The Vikings drag Alexander up, but Alexander BOOTS! Alexander runs, but into the waistlock! SPRINGBOARD LARIAT GERMAN! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Erik has Ricochet in the full nelson for a knee! Then the HEEL KICK! Ivar tags Erik and they focus on Alexander again. THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, The Viking Raiders win!
Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
Raw again goes through a #VikingExperience! Will the war return to the tag team titles sooner rather than later?
Raw returns with a backstage interview with The Street Profits.
Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins have their Raw Tag Team Championships, but that’s not all! Welcome the newest addition to Raw! The strongest, the toughest, the quickest, THE EST of WWE… Bianca Belair! Yes, the welcome is official. But a question for the champions: The Viking Raiders want the titles back. Their response? Ford says that they have a lot of respect for Erik and Ivar, and all vikings in general. Did you know that Vikings introduced the words “happy” and “egg” to the English language? And they were crazy navigators! And shockingly enough, they actually had excellent hygiene. The More You Know! Thumbs up.
Bianca tells her boys, UH-UH! While they’re playing around, when was the last time they actually beat the Viking Raiders? Um… ZERO TIMES! Erik and Ivar are cosplaying, but the Profits get whooped. So stop with the games, and get, that, smoke. Bianca clappin’ at Ford and Dawkins has them speechless. Will the Profits be up higher than ever when they get serious about being champions?
Champion VS Champion: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Austin Theory and Angel Garza are also joining La Muneca in accompanying the WWE United States Champion to the ring. Theory and Garza defeated their opponents and then made examples out of them. Will it be a three for three sweep on the night? Or are they going to get lost in Claymore Country?
Vega gets in McIntyre’s face about Almas being champion. McIntyre asks if Almas is going to rein her in. That only upsets Vega more and even riles up Almas. But the ref has Vega and the others exit, and then the bell rings. Almas CHOPS but McIntyre doesn’t even budge! McIntyre HEADBUTTS Almas down then brings him up. “Three years!!” McIntyre puts Almas in the corner to CHOP! Almas boots but McIntyre throws haymakers! McIntyre CHOPS again and Almas staggers. Almas chops but McIntyre just hammers away! Vega protests and McIntyre stops at the ref’s count. McIntyre whips Almas, Almas goes up but McIntyre BOOTS him out of the air! McIntyre taunts Almas as he bails out to regroup with Vega’s team. But Garza backs off as McIntyre goes out to fetch Almas.
McIntyre scoops Almas and lifts him way up to snake eyes on barriers! Almas gasps and sputters but McIntyre CHOPS Almas! McIntyre refreshes the ring count to then bring Almas up. He CHOPS Almas against the post! Garza and Theory bark at McIntyre but the ref tells them to stay back. McIntyre goes back to Almas, but Almas yanks him into the post! And again! Almas stomps away on the once injured arm! And Almas CHOPS McIntyre around the way. He SLAMS the arm on steps! Then CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS and KNEES McIntyre against barriers! Almas gives the arm a shoulder breaker then stalks McIntyre into the ring. McIntyre fights off the armlock and whips him to the ropes. Almas gets stuck but frees himself. Almas ducks the punch to get a draping armbar! He lets go at 4 but the team cheers.
Almas goes up top and leaps, but McIntyre catches him! Almas goes after the bad arm and fights free. He runs, into McIntyre’s clothesline! McIntyre whips to elbow Almas down! Almas dodges but runs into a BOOT! McIntyre gets the bad arm moving as he goes to the top rope! “Look at me!” Almas stands and McIntyre uses a flying ax handle to take him down! McIntyre kips up, and glares down at the scar on his arm. He looms over Almas as Vega coaches. McIntyre CLUBS Almas back down, then hauls him up. Underhooks but Almas slips out. Boot feint to ELBOW! Almas throws more elbows at the ropes, but backs off as the ref counts. Theory takes a swipe while Almas runs, but McIntyre tosses Almas out ONTO Theory and Garza!
McIntyre goes out to fetch the one who grabbed his foot. He finds Theory and CHOPS him! McIntyre then puts Almas in and climbs up again. Vega distracts this time, and Almas trips McIntyre up! Almas laughs as he drags McIntyre up! We’ve seen this already tonight, and McIntyre remembers! He pops Almas off to CHOP him back! McIntyre elbows in the corner, then drags Almas up, INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! Vega is in shock as McIntyre glares. McIntyre counts down, to the CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The WWE World Champion triumphs over the United States Champion! But here comes Seth Rollins?! And Garza chop blocks McIntyre from behind! Rollins runs down to the ring, Garza runs away, and Rollins SUPERKICKS McIntyre down! The Monday Night Messiah gives McIntyre a CURB STOMP! Rollins stares at the world championship, but leaves it behind. McIntyre stirs, so Rollins CURB STOMPS him again!! Is this what Rollins meant? Is his resurrection going to be at the expense of McIntyre’s redemption story?
A pretty good episode of Raw, and a lot of good progress towards MITB. The only women’s qualifier that was weak as Nia VS Kairi because it ended up a squash. Of course, that mostly comes off the outcome being almost too obvious. Nia just got back, so she wasn’t going to lose. And this only adds on that Kairi is on her way out, unless she’s going to pal around with Asuka as a sidekick rather than a tag partner. Shayna “breaking” Sarah Logan’s arm like that was a good use of brutality for her, showing that her character is only more motivated now. But the real interesting part is that they brought up Ronda Rousey’s comments to Shayna. It’s an interesting move stirring up trouble within the MMA Horsewomen, and could make for some twists and turns whenever it is Ronda returns to the ring.
The Men’s MITB qualifiers are going to be great next week. Aleister VS Theory, Mysterio VS Murphy and even Apollo VS MVP are all solid match ups. I liked how MVP’s set-up of his own match sounded like Edge was back in this. Even with Edge doing a Last Man Standing match, ladder matches are riskier because it’s hard to do the physics calculations of a ladder in a split second. It’s better Edge wait for something more 1v1 and easier to stay on top of. Bianca Belair getting on the Profits over their comedy promo was a good move. She should be the reason they get serious in and out of the ring, but this should’ve been during the title chase. If she’d been on Raw sooner, or had waited until they lost, it’d have better pacing. But better late than never, I suppose.
And I guess this means the story with Vega’s team is already over. Well, that and what Vega’s team did. I will say that Vega’s stable is pulling together well, and they definitely made big moves tonight. Garza and Theory get good wins, and Theory is getting a big opportunity just being in a qualifier. Rollins’ attack on McIntyre was somewhat surprising, as I would’ve thought revenge on Kevin is the next step. But I suppose the top title is the best way to spread his “message,” and a match of Heel Rollins VS Face McIntyre will be great. At this point, Mr. MITB could be on either brand, but I don’t think that will have bearing on the title match. I would hope McIntyre wins to become the new face of Rollins’ opposition, and maybe even join forces with Kevin.
My Score: 8/10
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!
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!
- 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 – *** ¾ – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi (c) vs Tetsuya Naito: Ibushi retains via Kamigoye @27:50 – *** ¾
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!
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 28, 2021
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.
Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)
Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!
NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!
NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
- Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.
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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?
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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