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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/6/20)

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

It’s the Raw After WrestleMania!

The reigning, defending, undisputed WWE Heavyweight Champion of the World… DRRREW! MCINTYRRRE! Hath conquered the Conqueror!! What is next for the leader of Claymore Country?



  • Asuka VS Liv Morgan; Asuka wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Austin Theory & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega; The Street Profits win by disqualification and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Bianca Belair w/ The Street Profits VS Zelina Vega w/ Angel Garza & Austin Theory; wins.
  • Six Person Tag: Bianca Belair & The Street Profits VS Zelina Vega, Angel Garza & Austin Theory; Belair & The Street Profits win.
  • Aleister Black VS Apollo Crews; Aleister wins.
  • Cedric Alexander & Ricochet VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Ricochet & Alexander wins.
  • Seth Rollins VS Denzel Dejournatte; Rollins wins.
  • Nia Jax VS Deonna Purrazzo; Jax wins.
  • Humberto Carrillo VS Brendan Vink; Carrillo wins.
  • From AFTER WrestleMania 36 Night 2 – WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS The Big Show; McIntyre wins and retains the WWE World Championship.


Asuka VS Liv Morgan!

The Empress of Tomorrow is no longer WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion alongside Kairi Sane, who is once again absent. As for the LIVing Embodiment, she is feeling pretty good after defeating the Queen of Harts. Will Liv defeat another wrestling royal? Or will Asuka rebound for both her and the Pirate Princess?

The bell rings and Asuka says Liv isn’t going to win. “Mudi mudi mudi!” Asuka laughs at Liv and then they tie up. Asuka puts Liv on the ropes and pulls hair. The ref reprimands and Asuka let sup, but Liv rolls her up! Asuka denies the cover and stomps Liv down for that one. Asuka trash talks but Liv throws forearms! Liv fires off then runs, but Asuka follows for a hip attack! Liv gasps as she gets up and Asuka is joking around. Asuka pulls hair but Liv pushes. Liv goes Matrix to avoid the kick and rolls Asuka again, TWO! Liv kicks low then whips Asuka. Asuka reverses but Liv huricanranas! Asuka is up and in the corner, Liv runs in, but Asuka sends her into buckles! Liv elbows back then hops up and up, to leaps! Missile dropkick!

Asuka bails out but Liv pursues. Liv brings Asuka over but Asuka bumps Liv off the apron. Asuka puts Liv in but Liv slingshots to huricanrana again! Liv runs into a ROUNDHOUSE! Liv is down and Asuka is back to having fun as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Asuka stomps away on Liv’s shoulder! She clamps on with an armlock but Liv endures. Liv fights her way up and throws big haymakers! But Asuka throws Liv by her hair. Asuka runs at Liv in the corner but Liv boots back. Asuka just gets angry, but Liv goes up and over. Liv returns, but runs into the pop-up knee! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps her focus and keeps toying with Liv. She kicks Liv around but Liv just gets angrier. Liv ducks the kick to roll and jackknife! TWO, but Liv counter punches Asuka. Liv runs with Asuka, for a springboard CODE BREAKER! Both women are down but stirring. A standing count begins and climbs to 5. Asuka and Liv each use ropes to stand, and Asuka runs at LIv. Liv dodges to lariat back! And again! Liv hits a running facebuster! And ENZIGURI!

Asuka flounders to a corner, Liv runs to DOUBLE STOMP her down! Cover, TWO!! Liv was so close and yet so far from defeating another former champion! But she keeps going, only to get caught into an ARMBAR! Asuka cranks on the arm, Liv rolls to a cover, TWO! Asuka lets Liv free, to GERMAN SUPLEX her! Liv wobbles but Asuka SHINING WIZARDS her down! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Asuka is enraged with Liv and the ref, but she can only take it out on one of them. Liv dares Asuka to do it, and then reverses the whip! But Liv leaps into the ASUKA LOCK!! But Liv rolls it back, TWO!! ASUKA LOCK! Liv reaches as the two go around the ring. Asuka spins Liv to arm-drag her, into the ASUKA LOCK! Liv taps, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

Liv put up quite the fight, but Asuka rebounds after WrestleMania! Will she and Pirate Princess Kairi be back on the trail of the Women’s Tag Team Championships?


Raw shares Becky Lynch’s post match interview on Night 1 of WrestleMania.

The Man retained her Raw Women’s Championship and feels great. She’s almost at a year straight. 365 days of The Man feels pretty good. But that win was her last gasp, but it wasn’t by accident. Becky always looks for a counter, and she go tone. Shayna Baszler is incredible, Becky never took that away from her. Shayna was the one that underestimated Becky. Becky will give Shayna her due as an accomplished MMA fighter and wrestler, and the longest combined-reign NXT Women’s Champion. Shayna’s skill set may be the best of the entire WWE today, but in the end, this was a test of skill VS heart. Becky has heart. But what’s next? Well Shayna thinks she has Becky’s number. If she wants to try again, Becky’s more than willing.

Raw also has Shayna’s post-match interview.

“The thrill of victory. The agony of defeat.” Shayna thinks that over a couple times. For Becky, Shayna promises there will be the agony of Shayna’s defeat. Will that rematch happen sooner rather than later?


Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Austin Theory & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega!

A WrestleMania rematch only 24 hours later! But will being on live television change anything for La Muneca’s stable? Or will the Profits continue to stay up?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin with Dawkins and El Latino. They circle and Garza stays clear of Dawkins’ grip. Garza just tags out to #AllDay, but Ford barks at him. Theory and Dawkins tie up, and Dawkins headlocks. Theory powers out but Dawkins runs him over. It feels like deja vu as things speed up and Dawkins hurdles Theory to run him over! Ford is fired up as he tags in, and Dawkins whips Theory. Ford dropkick Theory down then Garza runs into another double flapjack onto Theory! Double dropkicks send Vega’s men out, and the deja vu is in effect as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Dawkins has Theory in an armlock. He keeps Theory down as he grinds the shoulder. Theory fights up and fights out with body shots, but Dawkins whips. Dawkins runs but misses the cyclone splash. Theory runs in but is put on the apron. Theory hotshots Dawkins then somersault shotgun dropkicks! The Real Superstar mocks Ford as he drags Dawkins over. Garza tags in and he KICKS Dawkins hard in the ribs! Garza keeps on Dawkins as he cranks on an arm. Dawkins endures as Garza pulls back harder. Dawkins powers up and powers out but Garza knees him down. Tag to Theory and they mug Dawkins. Theory clubs Dawkins then drags him around to stomp him down. Theory kicks Dawkins hard in the back then puts on a facelock.

Dawkins endures as Theory goes after his arm again. Theory cranks but Dawkins powers up again. Dawkins throws body shots but Ford knees low. Theory headlocks and bumps Dawkins off buckles. Tag to Garza and he takes the toehold hand-off to splash on the leg! Garza cranks the leg and drops elbows. He wrenches the knee but Dawkins gets the ropebreak. Garza tags Theory and drags Dawkins around. Theory stomps Dawkins then clubs him around the head and shoulders. Theory rains down angry left hands but lets up to talk trash. He stomps Dawkins more then drags Dawkins around to kick him in the ribs. Theory clamps onto Dawkins with a chinbar and even fish hooks Dawkins’ face! The ref reprimands, Theory lets up, and Dawkins fights back. Dawkins blocks the kick to scoop Theory with an EXPLODER!

Dawkins and Theory are down and Vega panics. Hot tags to Garza and Ford! Ford springboards and flies in on Garza! Ford rallies with lariats and a dropkick! Garza gets up but Ford spins him for a DDT! Ford fires up and heads for a corner. Theory distracts the ref but that allows Vega to grab at Ford. The ref reprimands her, Garza enziguris Ford down, but the ref is calling for the bell!

Winners: The Street Profits, by disqualification (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

Raw returns and Dawkins has Theory in an armlock. He keeps Theory down as he grinds the shoulder. Theory fights up and fights out with body shots, but Dawkins whips. Dawkins runs but misses the cyclone splash. Theory runs in but is put on the apron. Theory hotshots Dawkins then somersault shotgun dropkicks! The Real Superstar mocks Ford as he drags Dawkins over. Garza tags in and he KICKS Dawkins hard in the ribs! Garza keeps on Dawkins as he cranks on an arm. Dawkins endures as Garza pulls back harder. Dawkins powers up and powers out but Garza knees him down. Tag to Theory and they mug Dawkins. Theory clubs Dawkins then drags him around to stomp him down. Theory kicks Dawkins hard in the back then puts on a facelock.

Dawkins endures as Theory goes after his arm again. Theory cranks but Dawkins powers up again. Dawkins throws body shots but Ford knees low. Theory headlocks and bumps Dawkins off buckles. Tag to Garza and he takes the toehold hand-off to splash on the leg! Garza cranks the leg and drops elbows. He wrenches the knee but Dawkins gets the ropebreak. Garza tags Theory and drags Dawkins around. Theory stomps Dawkins then clubs him around the head and shoulders. Theory rains down angry left hands but lets up to talk trash. He stomps Dawkins more then drags Dawkins around to kick him in the ribs. Theory clamps onto Dawkins with a chinbar and even fish hooks Dawkins’ face! The ref reprimands, Theory lets up, and Dawkins fights back. Dawkins blocks the kick to scoop Theory with an EXPLODER!

Dawkins and Theory are down and Vega panics. Hot tags to Garza and Ford! Ford springboards and flies in on Garza! Ford rallies with lariats and a dropkick! Garza gets up but Ford spins him for a DDT! Ford fires up and heads for a corner. Theory distracts the ref but that allows Vega to grab at Ford. The ref reprimands her, Garza enziguris Ford down, but the ref is calling for the bell!

Winners: The Street Profits, by disqualification (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

Vega is furious and so is her team. They argue with the ref but then they turn to mugging Ford! More deja vu from Mania, and that includes Bianca Belair! The EST and Vega go again, and Bianca SPINE BUSTERS! The Profits attack Garza and Theory and send them out of the ring! Bianca gets a mic and says Vega thinks she doing something? Girl, Uh-Uh. Bianca goes here now. The EST of NXT becomes the EST of the WWE! The strongest, the roughest, the quickest is the fastest. You can’t outrun her, so Vega should just get in the ring and settle this. Will Bianca have the biggest debut on the Raw After Mania?

Bianca Belair w/ The Street Profits VS Zelina Vega w/ Angel Garza & Austin Theory!

Raw returns and it’s deja vu no more! The bell rings and Bianca circles with Vega. Bianca mocks how tiny Vega is and they tie up. Bianca shoves the tiniest away but Vega gets up. They go again, and Bianca throws Vega down now! Bianca brings Vega up but Vega pie faces her! Vega runs away to a corner and the ref keeps Bianca back. Vega then comes back and gets a headlock. Bianca picks Vega up but Vega holds on. Bianca powers up again and powers out to then run Vega over. Things speed up and Bianca handsprings to run Vega over again! She tells Vega to “kiss this” but then Vega gets under and kicks her in the butt! Vega SLAPS Bianca and now Bianca is mad. Bianca clubs away on Vega’s back! The Profits are fired up as Bianca fires off!

Bianca drags Vega to a corner and then throws her across the way! And then back the other way! Bianca waits for Vega to stand to RAM her into the corner! Bianca digs her shoulder in and the Profits applaud. Vega rolls off Bianca’s back but she can’t roll Bianca up. Bianca handsprings, runs back in, but Vega sends her into the post! Vega BOOTS Bianca then gets space. The Profits coach Bianca up but Vega tiger feints into a rope crucifix crossface! The ref counts but Vega lets go at 4! Vega Oklahoma rolls, TWO! She ax kicks and DDT’s Bianca down! Cover, TWO! Bianca said she was the toughest and this is proving that. Vega pushes Bianca around and gets the dragon sleeper. She cranks back but the Profits rally up.

Bianca powers up and Vega becomes a backpack. Bianca brings Vega around for a BIG suplex! Ford is fired up for his wife, but she runs into Vega’s boot! Vega hops up and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca pops Vega up for a military press! And some squats! Then a drop! Bianca twirls her ponytail before running. Theory blocks her path but the Profits yank Theory down to go after him! This spills into the ring, Ford SPEARS Theory down! Husband and wife are beating down their enemies but the ref calls for a bell!

No Contest

Ford gets a mic now, and he says we’re just a day removed from WrestleMania. He has his brother and his wife, so why not just go with a “family affair?” A MIXED SIX! The EST and the Profits are up and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this finally be settled as a 3v3?


Six Person Tag: Bianca Belair & The Street Profits VS Zelina Vega, Angel Garza & Austin Theory!

Raw returns and things have reset to start with Dawkins and Theory. They tie up, and Dawkins flapjacks Theory right away! Tag to Ford and we repeat the whip and dropkick! Ford handsprings and claps in Garza’s face. Ford has Theory in the corner and CHOPS! He whips Theory corner to corner but Theory reverses. Ford goes up and over and handsprings to show off, before another dropkick! Garza swipes at Ford, and Theory clobbers Ford from behind! Ford tumbles out of the ring and Theory pursues. Theory throws Ford into the barriers as the ring count climbs. Theory puts Ford in and stays between Ford and his corner with kicks. He clubs Ford then CHOPS him to the corner.

Theory stomps a mudhole into Ford but the ref backs him off. Garza attacks in the distraction! Theory brings Ford up to snapmare and chinbar. Ford endures the chinbar and armlock combo as his team rallies for him. Ford fights his way up but Theory wrangles him back down. Theory digs a knee into Ford’s head and knuckles into Ford’s shoulder. Theory brings Ford around but Ford fights his way up. Ford pries the hold off and throws body shots! Theory blocks one to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Ford with a facelock and he grinds Ford down. Ford fights up again but Theory clubs him down and throws him out. Theory goes out to bump Ford off apron and put him back in. He keeps Ford from his corner and smothers him with a sleeper. Ford endures even as Theory is right on top of him.

Ford fights his way up and pries against the hold again. He arm-drags Theory off but Theory sucker punches Ford! Theory whips Ford but Ford reverses to enziguri! Both men are down and crawling for corners! Hot tag to Bianca! Vega runs in and dodges Bianca to kick and run again. But Bianca blocks the tilt-o-whirl to a backbreaker! And GUT buster! Theory tries to get in her way but Bianca handspring heel kicks him down! And still moonsaults onto Vega! Cover, but Garza breaks it! The ref reprimands, but Ford chases after Garza for touching his wife. But Theory SUPERKICKS outta nowhere!

Dawkins LARIATS Theory then chases Garza for Ford! Those two disappear backstage, and Vega wheelbarrows. But into a BUCKLE GLAM SLAM! Bianca torture racks, for the KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca and the Profits win!

Winners: Bianca Belair & The Street Profits, by pinfall

The fight is finally finished! A huge Raw debut for the EST, and she helps keep the Profits up! Will these three rise higher than ever now that they’re together?


Raw shares Bobby Lashley’s post-match interview from Night 2.

The Rocky Mountain Machine slot to Aleister Black. Something makes him think he needs new management. “Or a new wife.” Lana only now walks in, completely oblivious. She asks what’s going on, and Lashley says, “Nothing.” Lana blames Charly for his bad mood. Is this the beginning of the end of this ravishing relationship?


Aleister Black VS Apollo Crews!

Speaking of that match, the Embodiment of the End does not rest just because he beat one of the biggest and strongest. Is he going to make the shining star #FadeToBlack in the aftermath of WrestleMania?

The bell rings and Apollo circles with Aleister. They tie up, Aleister headlocks and grinds Apollo down. Apollo pries free and puts the headlock onto Aleister. Aleister fights against the hold and slips out. He puts the headlock back on Apollo then trips him up for a cover. ONE, and Aleister is right back on Apollo with a facelock. Apollo spins out and headlocks Aleister again. Aleister pries free to wrangle Apollo down. Aleister digs a knee in and pulls on the arm. Apollo endures, gets up but Aleister wrenches him to a hammerlock and takedown. The two roll and Apollo gets up again. Apollo reverses the wristlock and wrenches Aleister to a hammerlock. Aleister reaches back but Apollo cranks on the arm. Aleister still gets the reversal to a fireman’s carry takedown.

Apollo sits up but Aleister is right on him with a chinlock. Aleister leans on Apollo but Apollo fights his way up. Apollo pries off the hold and wrenches again to a facelock. Apollo drags Aleister down but Aleister fights his way back up. Aleister spins out to a wristlock and then the facelock. Apollo gets a leg and reels Aleister in for a headlock. Aleister powers out but Apollo runs him over! Things speed up, Apollo handsprings over but Aleister rolls off Apollo’s back. Aleister sits down but Apollo bails out, not falling for the tricks. This is a stalemate so far as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Apollo runs, but into an arm-drag! Aleister has the armlock but Apollo powers up. Apollo scoops, Aleister spins him but Apollo trophy lifts! Aleister escapes to arm-drag again! Aleister cranks Apollo’s arm, but Apollo endures. Apollo fights his way up and throws haymakers. Aleister cranks on the arm but Apollo punches free. Apollo throws hands but Aleister BOOTS! Aleister runs but into a dropkick! Aleister bails out but the ref keeps Apollo back. Apollo goes out the side but runs into a forearm! Aleister fires off strikes, then runs, into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Aleister writhes but Apollo glances at the steps. Apollo puts Aleister in and leaves the steps behind. He brings Aleister up but Aleister KICKS back! Apollo clubs Aleister but Aleister sweeps the legs! And PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Apollo is in a corner and Aleister runs in, but Apollo tosses Aleister out! Apollo stomps Aleister as he comes up to the apron. The ref counts but Aleister drags Apollo out. Apollo kicks back and MOONSAULTS! Direct hit drops Aleister and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again as Apollo covers, TWO! Aleister gets to a corner but Apollo splashes in! Apollo runs to LARIAT Aleister down! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps on Aleister and puts on a chinlock. He smothers Aleister into the mat but Aleister endures. They sit up and Aleister fights his way up. Aleister grabs a leg but Apollo clubs him back. Aleister kicks a leg, rolls to grab it and gets a takedown. Apollo pushes Aleister away, Aleister rebounds to KICK the leg again! And again! He sweeps the legs! But he runs into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Apollo surprised Aleister and keeps moving, but his bad leg stops the standing moonsault! Aleister has the dragon sleeper! But Apollo snapmares free, to enziguri! And back suplex, for the CREWS MISSILE! Cover, TWO!!

Apollo can’t believe Aleister survives! Frustration starts to build as Apollo crawls to ropes. Apollo hobbles over to Aleister as Aleister sits up. Apollo drags Aleister up to throw forearms. Aleister wobbles but Apollo keeps on him with furious fists from all sides! Aleister pushes him away, ROUNDHOUSE! But Apollo LARIATS! Apollo heads for a corner, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES! But he FLOPS as Aleister moves! Alelster grits his teeth, as he hits a running takedown! KNEEBAR! Apollo endures as Aleister cranks on the leg! Apollo reaches for ropes but Aleister’s leg lock is on tight! He reaches for the ropes, to get the ropebreak! Aleister lets Apollo go, but the damage has been done.

Apollo manages to stand but then he stumbles and falls. Aleister watches Apollo flounder about on one good leg. He lifts Apollo with his foot… for BLACK MA- NO! Apollo ducks and BOOTS! And then jumps the sweep to enziguri Aleister out of the ring! Both men are down and Raw goes to another break!

Raw returns again, and Apollo has Aleister up top! Aleister fights Apollo off and Apollo hobbles on the bad leg. Aleister leaps but Apollo gets under. Apollo runs into another leg sweep! Aleister runs to KNEE THRUST! Aleister handsprings as Apollo rises, QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Aleister won’t let up, he grabs the legs. Apollo uses the good leg to kick but Aleister Penalty Kicks back. Cover, TWO! Aleister wants the legs again, but Apollo powers him away! And manages a dropkick! Both men are down as Apollo clutches his bad leg. Apollo wills himself to walk and drag Aleister up. Apollo has a clinch but Aleister fights, so Apollo rams Aleister into a corner. Aleister kicks and knees back, then hops up top. Apollo enziguris Aleister back!

Apollo climbs up again and clubs away on Aleister’s back. He SUPERPLEXES Aleister down! Apollo crawls to the cover, TWO!! Aleister still lives and Apollo is furious. Apollo stands and hobbles after Aleister. He brings Aleister up, and military presses! But the bad leg gives out! Aleister fires off a strike fest! But he runs into a POP-UP BOMB! Cover, TWO! Apollo is losing his cool as Aleister keeps in this! Apollo drags Aleister up, goes for another military press, and drops Aleister for the standing moonsault! Adrenaline helps Apollo hit the standing shooting star! Cover, TWO!! The bad leg was still a factor in that lateral press and Apollo is enraged. Apollo goes for broke as he goes up top. Aleister hurries and BOOTS him down!

Aleister climbs up to join Apollo and looks to return the favor. But Apollo SUPER GOURD BUSTERS first! Apollo leaps, into a KNEE! Aleister lifts Apollo’s head with a foot… But Apollo spins him around! Apollo tries another lift, but Aleister spins and sunset flips, TWO! Apollo swings, misses, and gets BLACK MASS!! Cover, Aleister wins!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

Aleister wanted a fight, and he got a fight! Apollo was so close, is he on the edge of a breakthrough? Is Aleister just one more fight away from fighting for a title?


Cedric Alexander & Ricochet VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!

The newest team to join the Raw Tag Team Division is ready to get back in gear! Will this be too fast and too furious for the One Two punch of NXT?

The teams sort out and Alexander starts with Burch. They circle and tie up, but Alexander gets around to throw fast hands on Burch. Burch throws hands back and spins Alexander for a headbutt! Burch tags in Oney and the brawlers double wrench and double CHOP Alexander down! Cover, ONE, but Oney is on Alexander with a facelock. Alexander endures as Oney grinds him down. Alexander fights up but Oney throws uppercuts. Tag to Burch and the One Two stomp and uppercut Alexander more. Alexander throws hands back but Burch rocks him. Alexander chops but Burch CHOPS! Cover, TWO! Burch keeps on Alexander with a chinlock and grinds him down.

Alexander fights his way up and he endures the grind. He powers Burch to a corner and bumps him off buckles. Alexander arm-drags out but Burch wrangles him down. Burch has the chinlock and cranks hard on it. Alexander endures and fights up. He throws body shots then throws Burch off to dropkick him down! Hot tag to Oney and Ricochet! Ricochet rallies and mule kicks to front kick! Oney is in the corner and he boots Ricochet back. Oney hops up but Ricochet enziguris and NO HANDS RANAS! Cover, but Burch breaks it! Burch stomps Alexander down then drags Ricochet up. Burch back suplexes but Ricochet lands out to throw Burch out. Ricochet triangle dropkicks Burch down! But Oney has the half nelson! HALF ‘N’ HALF, but Ricochet lands on his feet!

Alexander tags in and Ricochet feeds Oney to the atomic drop! Enziguri to gourd buster, standing shooting star! Alexander tags Ricochet back in, runs, handsprings, and NEURALIZERS Oney! Ricochet brings Oney up in the fireman’s carry while Alexander DIVES and takes out Burch! Ricochet tosses Oney up for the RECOIL! Cover, Ricochet & Alexander win!

Winners: Ricochet & Cedric Alexander, by pinfall

The dynamic duo gets a big win on the Raw After Mania! Will the King of Flight and Ebony Lion put pedal to the metal towards the tag team titles?


Kevin Owens speaks.

“For the last five months, my career was hell.” Ever since he and Rollins started this in November, Kevin just wanted him 1v1. Instead, it was multiple attacks by multiple assailants that broke him down to the point where he asked himself, “Is it worth it?” Kevin says that WrestleMania, jumping off the sign to crash onto Seth and through a table, then the Stunner and the win, he had his answer. “Yes, it was all worth it to finally have a WreslteMania Moment that I could be proud of.” But now, Kevin moves onto bigger and better. But what is that? Kevin wants to be the Prizefighter again. Or maybe he needs to give more Stunners out. No matter what, Kevin’s message remains the same: He is here to stay! This is STILL the Kevin Owens Show!


Seth Rollins VS Denzel Dejournatte!

The Monday Night Messiah moves very slowly. He is still sore from being put through that table, as Kevin mentioned. But he is also seething with rage over having lost to Kevin on the precipice of becoming a wrestling god. Will Rollins take all of that out on this sacrificial lamb from NXT?

The bell rings and yes, that is the case! Rollins clobbers Denzel then puts him in a corner. He stomps away on Denzel but the ref counts. The ref pulls Rollins off at 4 but Rollins glares at Denzel. Denzel flops out of the ring but Rollins stalks after him. Rollins drags Denzel up to throw him into barriers! The ring count climbs but Rollins rams Denzel into more barriers. Rollins puts Denzel in and looms over him. Denzel manages to get to all fours, for a CURB STOMP! Rollins covers, and wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

Rollins’ rage is not satiated after dominating Denzel. Will he reassess and have a new plan to execute his vision?


Nia Jax VS Deonna Purrazzo!

The Irresistible Force is back! Will she continue where she left off and make her way back to the Raw Women’s Championship?

The bell rings and Nia pushes Deonna to a corner. Nia slaps her around then dares her to bring the fight. Deonna runs into a LARIAT! Nia drags Deonna up and around by her hair. The ref reprimands but Nia pushes Deonna around more. Nia toys with Deonna and slaps her before giving another LARIAT! She drags Deonna up to LARIAT again! Nia mocks Deonna’s pain as she drags her around more. She drags Deonna up for another LARIAT! Nia fireman’s carries Deonna for the SAMOAN DROP! But she’s not done, she brings Deonna up for a package DDT! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The Virtuosa had no chance with Nia all over her. Will Nia smash her way towards Becky Lynch and the title?


Humberto Carrillo VS Brendan Vink!

Ultimo Ninja wants to get back on track himself now that a new road begins. But will he be able to get past the supersized Aussie Smug to do it?

The bell rings and Vink corners Carrillo. Vink rushes in but Carrillo goes under, only for Vink to knee him to the far side. Vink suplexes Carrillo but Carrillo slips out. Carrillo ducks the chop to jawbreaker back! Carrillo runs and springboards to arm-drag Vink away! Vink is in a corner and Carrillo runs in, but Vink puts him on the apron. Carrillo kicks back then climbs up. Carrillo leaps and missile dropkicks Vink down! Vink bails out, Carrillo builds speed but Vink BOOTS him down! Vink gets in, drags Carrillo up, and scoops for a slam! Cover, TWO! Vink clamps onto Carrillo with a chinlock and grinds him down. Carrillo endures and fights up to throw elbows. Carrillo fights free and runs, but into Vink’s back elbow!

Vink drags Carrillo up and puts him in a corner hard. Vink stomps a mudhole then task trash. He clinches Carrillo then hip tosses him away! Vink drags Carrillo up to snapmare and clamp on a chinlock again. Carrillo endures and fights his way up. Carrillo throws body shots and elbows. He’s free, but Vink back suplexes! Carrillo slips out and elbows Vink away. Carrillo boots then ducks under to get moving. Springboard crossbody! Cover, ONE, but Carrillo dropkicks Vink! Vink blocks a kick, ducks he dragon whip but not the enziguri! Carrillo somersault moonsaults! Then hurries up top for a MOONSAULT! Cover, Carrillo wins!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Quite literally a big win over a big man, and Carrillo looks to be back on a winning path! Will Carrillo find his way to a title now that the WWE starts fresh?


Raw shares Charlotte Flair’s post-match interview after Night 2.

Charly Caruso starts to congratulate her, but The Queen says she doesn’t need anyone to do that. Charlotte says that when she was little, Ric Flair had custom cars, custom robes, and custom suits. Everyone thinks the suit makes the man, but no. Ric always said the man makes the suit. So therefore, the title doesn’t make the wrestler, it is the wrestler that makes the title. Charlotte has been Raw Women’s Champion, SmackDown Women’s Champion, and even retired the Diva’s Championship. Now she is a two-time NXT Women’s Champion. Rhea Ripley was alright. But she does what ever other woman does: Bow down to The Queen. “WOO~!” Will Charlotte once again make the black ‘n’ yellow brand bow to her?


Raw shares footage of what happened after Drew McIntyre won the WWE World Championship.

The Scottish Stud returns to the ring to show off the new side plates! McIntyre feels good finally having the world title after roughly ten years since his original WWE debut. McIntyre returns to the ring for an in-ring interview. He is the NEW WWE World Champion, but has the magnitude of this achievement hit him yet? No, and not just because it’s only been 20 minutes. McIntyre still doesn’t believe this is real. He keeps pinching himself, but he also got the plates. Those make this official. He isn’t sure where to start so he starts with the match. McIntyre thanks Lesnar and Heyman, oddly enough. If you aren’t following where he’s going with this, he says that he was mentally ready. But he saw a look in Lesnar’s eyes McIntyre never saw before. Lesnar was ready to go to war, but so was McIntyre.

There was a point when Heyman told Lesnar to keep hitting the F5 because McIntyre wouldn’t get up. But Heyman doesn’t know McIntyre that well. McIntyre’s life flashed before his eyes. He got up again and again. He has never surrendered, no matter what. Every F5 he took hurt, but it made him angry, too. McIntyre let the anger build and build, because he was determined to climb to the top of the mountain. McIntyre vowed to hit as many Claymores as he’d need to, and the Claymore made him WWE World Champion. But wait, is that The Big Show?! And he’s bringing a referee with him? What is this about?

Show gets in the ring with McIntyre and is fired up for him, too! McIntyre beat Lesnar in the WrestleMania event! Wow! Now an entire locker room of truly talented competitors targeting him. But this is a big man’s world. And McIntyre may think he’s big, but he’s not a giant. There it is, that’s what McIntyre was waiting for. Show isn’t congratulating him, and he wants something else. McIntyre knows where this is going. Show tells McIntyre he “doesn’t know s*it.” This isn’t a sudden challenge for the WWE World Championship after Mania’s off the air. This isn’t even a challenge for Money in the Bank in May. Show says that they’re both dressed to compete, so they might as well. “Ring the bell, b*tch and let’s go.”

Well the thing is, Show, as he noticed, McIntyre just beat Lesnar 20 minutes ago. That’s why he’s dressed. Why is Big Show dressed? McIntyre won’t fight Show right now. So McIntyre’s talk is just talk and he’s a punk. McIntyre flapped his gums about understanding pain and using it as fuel. But McIntyre doesn’t look angry. He looks scared. McIntyre wants Show to remember he’s not new. McIntyre isn’t afraid but he knows Show is trying to push that Scottish temper. But McIntyre puts it nice and slow for Show: “There is nothing you can say that will convince me to fight you tonight.” So Show SLAPS him instead! Well, that was an action, not a word. McIntyre throws the belt off and has a match with Show, FOR THE TITLE!!

WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS The Big Show!

McIntyre throws haymaker after haymaker on Show in the corner! The ref counts, McIntyre backs off then whips Show corner to corner. Show reverses and redirects McIntyre, but runs into a boot! McIntyre runs, but Show runs him over! Show kicks McIntyre while he’s down then has him in a corner. Show throws body shots and McIntyre hobbles away. McIntyre kicks back but Show clubs him down. Show brings McIntyre up and scoops for a slam! He talks trash on McIntyre, wondering if he’s angry now. “This is what it takes to be a champion, Drew!” Show stands on McIntyre at the ropes! The ref counts and Show lets up at 4. Show brings McIntyre up through the ropes to bend him back against them! The ref counts and Show lets up at 4.

Show drags McIntyre up and scoop slams him again. McIntyre gasps but Show kicks him while he’s down. Show taunts McIntyre as he brags about being around for FOUR DECADES, against the best int he business! McIntyre throws hands but Show HEADBUTTS him down! McIntyre flounders to a corner but Show brings him around to CLUB him down! Show climbs up and aims at McIntyre, for a VADER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives but Show is laughing. Show likes that McIntyre still has some fight in him. McIntyre drags himself up but Show says this is his pace. Show CHOPS McIntyre and stalks him along the ropes. Show CHOPS McIntyre again and watches him stagger. McIntyre seethes as Show brings him up, for another CHOP!

Show toys with McIntyre now, but McIntyre throws hands back. Show throws more clubbing forearms and then scoops for another slam! McIntyre growls and groans but Show just stands over him. Show shouts at McIntyre, “Do you want it bad enough!? What are you made of?!” He chokes McIntyre but the ref counts and he stops at 4. McIntyre gasps for air, but he refuses to stay down. Show brings McIntyre up and swings, but McIntyre dodges the chop! McIntyre CHOPS back! And whips, only for Show to reverse. Show clamps on the choke grip, but McIntyre slips out! TO SCOOP SLAM!! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grits his teeth as he gets to the ropes. He goes to the corner and hops out to the apron. McIntyre climbs up, and leaps, into the hand! CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?!

Show can’t believe McIntyre survives! Show gets up while McIntyre sputters. He powers up the giant fist, and swings! But McIntyre dodges to CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

Unbelievable! Has there ever been a champion who (not including Money in the Bank cash-in situations) had to defend their title right after winning it like this? And if McIntyre can slay a Beast and a Giant in less than an hour, what will it take to stop him now that he’s on top of the world?



My Thoughts:

Well this was an interesting After Mania episode. Raw felt more like an old post-TakeOver NXT episode where it was mostly recaps and interviews, with filler matches. And even then it seemed like they didn’t work out enough of them. Humberto has a good win over big Vink, Nia makes a return that had little impact regardless of attendance, and the new team of Ricochet & Alexander did good against Lorcan & Burch. Rollins’ dominant squash win was fine, it works within story. I probably wouldn’t have had it happen this week, though, because we just saw him get destroyed by that Mania Moment table spot. Give Rollins a promo to parallel Kevin’s, or make it seem that even the jobber stood a chance because of Rollins’ destroyed ribs. There’s a pacing to things that Vince still doesn’t understand.

We got a LOT out of The Street Profits and Bianca Belair tonight. If anything, that’s good, as it gives more meat to the feud between them and Vega’s stable. I do feel disappointed they didn’t think to call the match a Mixed Six like I did. Between Bianca joining Raw as a trade for Charlotte, Nia returning and both Becky and Shayna eager for a rematch, The Man has a lot of material to work with as we enter the Spring. Aleister VS Apollo was an incredible match that was way better than Aleister VS Lashley. While the original idea for the WWE United States Championship had to be ditched because of the virus and Almas’ injury, I hope Aleister is now part of that story with MITB on the way.

Asuka VS Liv was a really good opener, especially for Liv. She may have lost, but putting up a fight against Asuka builds her own credibility. Asuka wins but as I said for WrestleMania, I hope WWE found a way to keep Kairi Sane. It will take a long time for Asuka to build back up in the singles division, and the Women’s Tag Division still needs teams to be a division. The Kabuki Warriors honestly should’ve won, but they could easily become a two-time championship team in an epic rematch.

And lastly, that ending was way too hyped. Big Show showing up for the broadcast after Mania was over doesn’t make a lick of sense. The cameras still rolling for that doesn’t make sense, either. Why not just make McIntyre VS Show actually be part of Raw? McIntyre beating two iconic opponents in 24 hours is still just as effective as two in half an hour. It’s almost like Vince is making up for all the lost time with McIntyre, and how he didn’t push McIntyre to the moon like he did Roman Reigns. Honestly, I almost thought they were actually going to have Show win just to dump on McIntyre. But at least McIntyre gets his first defense out of the way, and per the (admittedly inconsistent) kayfabe of “one defense every 30 days,” McIntyre can now take a break while WWE waits out the pandemic.

My Score: 7.8/10

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

Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!



NJPW Castle Attack

NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!

NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?


  • 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.


Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!

The King of Cozy Style, Ikari no Mogyuu, and the Ace are all targets of Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, and the Dominator is going after Tanahashi’s NEVER Openweight Championship on day two! But will the Once in a Century Talent and his iconic compatriots be able to stand up against the United Empire in this opening round?

As usual, the United Empire stands firm, even as their opponents make their entrance. Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans cheer. Tanahashi and Khan dare each other to step up, and so that’s who starts! Fans cheer and the bell rings, and fans rally up already as Khan and Tanahashi circle. Ospreay sneaks in with Cobb, but Kojima and Tenzan are ready to counter! The ref tells them all to back off, and Khan has the Empire stand down. But that’s a fake out! They attack Tanahashi’s team, and throw Tenzan and Kojima out! The Empire mugs Tanahashi, double whips him corner to corner, then send Ospreay in, only for Tanahashi to toss Ospreay out!

Cobb and Khan mug Tanahashi, whip him to ropes, but Tanahashi ducks the double clothesline to send Khan into Cobb! Tanahashi kicks Khan low then whips him to a corner, but Khan reverses. Khan runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi hops up to crossbody! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars before he tags in Kojima. Kojima DECKS Ospreay, and fires off the machine gun CHOPS on Khan! The ref is busy keeping Ospreay out so Kojima gets plenty of extra CHOPS in! Kojima whips Khan corner to corner, hits a forearm smash, and then throws Khan down. Kojima climbs, Cobb intercepts with forearms! Ospreay hits Tenzan and Tanahashi while Cobb TOSSES Kojima down!

Khan clamps on with the head-arm triangle! Cobb and Ospreay throw Tenzan and Tanahashi around ringside but Kojima gets a ropebreak! Khan lets go, drags Kojima over, tags in Ospreay, and the Empire mugs Kojima. Ospreay CHOPS Kojima then BOOTS him! Ospreay scoops and slams Kojima to then run and drop a leaping knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay bumps Kojima off buckles, tags in Cobb, and Cobb headbutts Kojima in the back. Cobb CLUBS Kojima, stays between him and his team, and then scoops Kojima. Ospreay talks trash while Cobb taunts Kojima’s team. Cobb throws knees into Kojima, then RAMS Kojima into the Emipre’s corner.

Khan tags in, stomps Kojima, but Kojima hits back! Khan ROCKS Kojima, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Khan taunts Tenzan with how Tenzan can’t use this move anymore, and then Mongolian Chops again! Kojimma stands up and he ROCKS Khan with forearms! And a ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to rally on Khan, then he hits Cobb an Ospreay for good measure! Tanahashi blocks Khan’s boot to bring him out for a DRAGON SCREW! Ospreay runs in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi catches Cobb in the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!

Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he goes after Khan’s legs. Tanahashi ties the legs up but Khan clamps his claw onto Tanahashi’s face! Khan gets up, Tanahashi breaks free, but Khan ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi gives the forearm back and now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth! Fans rally up as they pick up speed, Tanahashi fires off a strike fest but Khan Mongolian Chops! Tanahashi ROCKS Khan with a palm strike, then runs, but into Khan’s sleeper hold! Khan uses the claw, then shifts to INVERTED EXPLODER! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan tags in Cobb and Cobb drags Tanahashi up.

Cobb fires off forearms and headbutts, then whips Tanahashi to a corner. Cobb runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi waistlocks, Cobb resists the lift, and pries free! But Tanahashi half nelson spins Cobb to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Cobb, DECKS Ospreay, and fans fire up. Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but he remembers he can’t! So he kicks Cobb low and gives him a headbutt! Tenzan has Cobb in the corner, and throws more kicks and haymakers. Tenzan whips corner to corner then runs in to clothesline Cobb! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and he hits the suplex! Cover, TWO!

Tenzan calls in Kojima and Tanahashi, and the three go after Cobb together. They double whip Cobb corner to corner, then Kojima runs in to back elbow! Tanahashi hits a splash! They double whip into Tenzan’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps on Cobb and gets the ANACONDA VICE! Tanahashi and Kojima go after the rest of the Empire but Ospreay BOOTS Kojima and CLUBS Tanahashi! Cobb powers up but Tenzan holds tight. Cobb elbows free but Tenzan headbutts! Cobb ROCKS Tenzan with an uppercut, then tags in Ospreay! Ospreay slingshots in for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Tenzan up, reels him in, and underhooks, but Tenzan resists!

Ospreay gives Kowata kicks and a SUPERKICK! Ospreay runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up with Tenzan and Tenzan dares Ospreay to stand. Tenzan remembers again he can’t Mongolian Chop, but Ospreay dares him to! Ospreay SLAPS Tenzan, and then Khan CLOBBERS Tenzan! Khan and Ospreay SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi, clamps on the claw, and hits the ELIMINATOR SLAM! Kojima fires off on Khan and runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! The United Empire feed Tenzan to the OSCUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall

United they stand victorious! Khan gets a mic and he wants everyone in Osaka to understand! They are THE United Empire!! Will this momentum bode well for Khan coming for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Or will the Ace be able to trump the Dominator’s iron hand?


YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!

Before going 2v2 with the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, the Head Hunter will take on the Silverback alone! Will Loa make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp for tomorrow’s tag title match?

The bell rings and Hashi circles with Loa. Fans rally up and they tie up. Hashi manages to push Loa back a bit, but Loa pushes Hashi to the ropes. The ref calls for a break, Hashi turns things around, and Hashi drags Loa down to an ARMBAR! Loa holds off the extension, moves around, but Hashi stays clamped on. Hashi clubs at the clasped hands but Loa holds tight. Loa pries at Hashi’s own grip, but Hashi adjusts to get the other hand isolated! Loa gets the ropebreak with a leg and Jado protests, so Hashi lets go fast. Hashi clubs Loa’s arm but Loa shoves him away. Hashi comes back with a kick, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs and stomps him.

Hashi wrenches Loa to a wristlock, but Loa throws a forearm, only for Hashi to make it a takedown! Hashi wants the double wristlock but Loa moves around. Hashi has a short arm scissor instead! Loa endures, moves around, but Hashi stomps the arm! Hashi stomps Loa more, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs him. Hashi wrenches the arm, clubs it, then wrenches again to club it again. Loa pulls Hashi’s hair but Hashi elbows Loa’s elbow. Hashi wrenches again but Loa LARIATS him down! Fans cheer the exchange but then Loa stomps Hashi over and over! Loa drags Hashi up, whips him to a corner then runs in to clothesline!

Loa whips Hashi out then back in to clothesline again! Jado cheers while Hashi falls to his knees. Loa gets the bad arm moving, drags Hashi back up, and fans rally. Hashi throws body shots, wrenches, but Loa throws a haymaker and back hand! Hashi clubs the arm, Loa throws a forearm, but Hashi wrenches to an elbow breaker! Hashi runs, but the ref is busy checking on Loa and Jado trips Hashi! Loa hurries to get Hashi up for a suplex! Uno amigo, and then a wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Loa grows annoyed. Loa drags Hashi up as fans rally again. Loa throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Loa headbutts Hashi and Hashi is down in the corner!

Loa stomps away on Hashi, but the ref reprimands. Loa lets off, Jado taunts Hashi, and Loa whips Hashi corner to corner. Loa runs in but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans cheer as Hashi evens things back up! Hashi and Loa slowly rise, Hashi throws forearms, body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Loa reverses but Hashi dodges to hit the HEADHUNTER! Hashi fires up and fans rally for him. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP Loa! Hashi whips, CHOPS, but Loa just grins! Loa wags his finger at Hashi, then throws a forearm! Hashi stays up and he forearms back! Loa doesn’t budge, and he ROCKS Hashi!

Hashi stays on his feet and Loa dares him to “give me your best shot! Don’t do this to me! You came to fight me, so fight me!” Loa wants Hashi to #GetBackUp and show him what he’s got! Hashi gets up and throws forearms and CHOPS! Mule kick, and a neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hurries to a corner! Hashi climbs up and fans rally harder now! Loa stands and hits Hashi with a forearm first! Loa climbs up, clubs away on Hashi’s back, but Hashi resists the superplex. Hashi throws bodys shots, clubs Loa, and sunset flips, to get the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO! Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa powers up but Hashi throws knees into him!

Hashi grinds Loa down but Loa powers up again! Loa fireman’s carries Hashi, but Hashi slips off to CHOP! Loa laughs, kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Hashi falls over but Loa tells him, “I’m gonna kill you! Don’t you die on me yet!” Hashi gets up, Loa runs, but into an elbow! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi still lives and fans fire up again! Loa likes this! “There’s that fighting spirit! I love it!” Loa drags Hashi up and vows it’s over now. Loa scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Loa rams Hashi into a corner and fires off elbows! Loa runs in but Hashi dodges! SUPERKICK, but Loa just wants more! SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK!

Loa shoves Hashi and Hashi fires off another SUPERKICK! Loa still isn’t done, he wants more!! Hashi SUPERKICKS, and Loa finally wobbles! BACKSTABBER! Hashi drags Loa to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, Hashi SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Loa still lives but Hashi keeps on him! Hashi gator rolls Loa into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa grits his teeth and powers up again! Hashi slips an arm around to get the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Loa still endures, slips his head under, but Jado gets in! Hashi is ready, and he kicks then mule kicks Jado first! Hashi sends Loa into Jado! Roll up, TWO!!

Loa swings but into a full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi fires up and the fans are with him, for the BASEMENT METEORA! Hashi isn’t done there, he drags Loa back up! Hashi gets Loa up, full nelsons again, but then shifts to a pump handle! Wait, Tama Tonga shows up! The distraction saves Loa, and he scoops Hashi for APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!

Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall

Well it was strange that Tama wasn’t here to start, and now we see he was an ace in the hole! And now they’re all beating Hashi up, 3v1! The ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! GoD drags Hashi up, but here comes Goto! Goto CLOBBERS Loa then fires off on Tama! After all, their match was up next, anyway! Tama whips Goto away but Goto comes back to block the hip toss and hit a hip toss! Fans cheer as Goto lariats Loa out of the ring, and the ref rings the bell on the next match!

Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

The Good Bad Guy rolls the Fierce Warrior up right away! With tights! TWO!! Goto swings, Tama gets under and Tama dropkicks Goto out! Tama hurries out after Goto, and he whips Goto into railing! Tama checks on Loa and sees he’s okay. Tama drags Goto back up, POSTS him, then goes in the ring as the ref wants. Goto stirs, the ring count begins, but Tama goes back out. The ref is busy with Tama and Jado SMACKS Goto with the kendo stick! Tama goes out to fetch Goto now, puts him back in, and clamps on with a chinbar. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest, then paces about. Goto sits up, Tama drags him back up and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Tama is annoyed but fans rally up.

Tama sits Goto up to claw his face! The ref reprimands, Tama stops, and fans rally up for Goto. Tama paces as Goto eggs him on. Tama CLUBS Goto, and Goto eggs him on more! Tama throws haymakers, but Goto gets power from it! Goto eggs Tama on, Tama headbutts, but that does more damage to Tama! Tama whips Goto, runs in but the splash misses! Goto hits a BIG suplex! Goto fires off on Tama in the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! Then, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tama up, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights free. Tama swings but into a hook! Tama fights free of that, gets Goto in a dragon sleeper, but Goto turns that around!

Tama slips through to suplex, but Goto resists! Goto suplexes, but Tama slips into the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but fans rally up! Tama watches Goto, hears the voices in his head like he’s The Viper, and Goto rises. Goto turns around, but he denies the Gun Stun! Goto swings, but into Tama’s spin and leap, SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but Tama is growling. Tama gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Goto moves! BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Goto crawls to ropes while Tama sits up. Goto staggers over and powers up!

But Loa returns to scoop Goto! Jado is distracting the ref! Goto slips out of the scoop, and HEADBUTTS Loa down! Goto DECKS Jado but turns around into GUN- NO! Goto blocks again, shoves Tama and follows. Tama stops to swing on Goto but Goto dodges, and comes back to swing. Tama ducks, redirects, dodges, hurdles, but Goto dodges the boot to swing! Tama ducks to GUN- NO!! Goto drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, dragon sleeper, toss out, G T R!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall

What a wild exchange to end this one! But now, Chaos is even with the Guerrillas, and the tiebreaker will be THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Goto and Hashi end GoD’s reign and be double champions? Or will it be Tama & Loa who #TurnItAllAround?


KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens!

Mr. KOPW 2020 now defends his provisional 2021 KOPW trophy, and is going to put his twist on the Crown Jewel’s stipulation choice! But will that be enough for Yano to continue on through the year? Or will Bullet Club manage to add another accolade to the treasury?

The introductions are made, and Yano’s seems to get even longer with the more he does and has… But after all that, and some disinfectant spray, the trophy is to be presented, which comes as a surprise to Yano. The trophy is set aside, the strap is brought in, and Yano waits outside while Chase is strapped in first. Perhaps Yano doesn’t trust Chase. The strap is also taped down so there is no removal of it during the match. Chase tosses Yano the other end, and Yano is hesitant to strap in. Yano takes the cuff, puts it on, and the ref tapes it on. Then Chase tries to reel Yano in! Yano knew this would happen! The bell rings, and it’s a tug-o-war!

Yano gets enough slack that he can LASH Chase! And again! And again! Chase bails out but Yano reels him in! Chase tries to get away with what slack there is but Yano keeps reeling him in! Chase wants a time-out? And a handshake? Yano kicks him and SMACKS him instead! And another SMACK! Another SMACK! Yano uses the strap to choke Chase! That’s legal in a strap match but Chase grabs at ropes. Yano kicks Chase, whips him, but Chase grabs ropes to get out again! Yano decides to undo a buckle pad! Now we have a bare corner! Chase resists being reeled in, and he goes to undo a buckle pad!

Yano won’t let him, and Yano chases Chase around! Chase uses that to get the strap going through the corner, and he YANKS Yano into the post! Chase takes a moment to catch his breath before he stomps Yano. Chase goes into the ring to undo the corner trap, and he uses the slack to SMACK Yano now! And SMACKS him again! And again! Chase drags Yano up, puts him in, and stomps him down. Chase sits Yano up, rips Yano’s shirt off, and now has bare skin to go after! SMACK! There’s instantly a red mark on Yano’s back! Chase drops fists, chokes Yano with the strap, then lets off to go to a corner. Chase again copies Yano and undoes this buckle pad! The neutral corners are bare!

Chase tosses the buckle pad at Yano and Yano catches it. Chase dares Yano to use the pad, so Yano swings! Chase dodges and dropkicks Yano into the bare buckles! Chase stomps Yano at the ropes, throws the buckle pad down on him, then digs his foot into Yano’s face while mocking the YTR thumbs. Chase drags Yano up to throw him out, then he follows. Chase drags Yano up and whips him, but Yano reverses to send Chase into barriers! Yano gets something from under the ring! It’s extra tape! Chase CLUBS Yano first, then slips through the railing? He wants to reel Yano into the railing, but Yano resists! So Chase lets go and Yano falls over!

Chase is free to drag Yano up and YANK him into the railing! And then again! Yano falls back down, Chase slips back through and he gets Yano’s spare tape! Chase tapes Yano’s hand into a fist so he can’t open it! Then Chase drags Owens up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Owens, and gets the other hand! Chase tapes that one up, too! Yano can’t open either of his hands! Yano tries to resist but Chase claws Yano’s face. Chase finishes his handiwork, and gets some slack on the strap to again SMACK Yano on the back! Chase plays around as he stomps and kicks Yano down, then he mocks the Yano shrug! But Yano uses his fists to trip Chase! Yano still catapults Chase into bare buckles!

Yano runs as far as the strap allows, comes back, but Chase dodges! Yano gets bare buckles again! Fans fire up, and Chase undoes the blue corner buckle pad! That’s three, will Chase go for the fourth? Chase drags Yano up to reel him in for a haymaker! And then again! And again! Chase throws up the Two Sweets, but Yano slips under and uses the strap to flip Chase! Chase gets up to throw a strike fest, then he runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano dodges Chase’s swing, shoves him at the ref, and then LOW BLOWS! Chase couldn’t stop that with wrist tape! And Yano figures what the hell? Untile the last pad! But wait, the tape on his hands makes that tricky.

Yano tears at the tape and frees his fingers! Fans fire up as Yano goes for the last corner, but Chase reels him in! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! Chase hits the Jewel Heist but he can’t cover from being too tired! Fans fire up, Chase gets up and says BANG, and he drags Yano back up. Chase reels Yano in, Yano shoves him away! So Chase goes out and uses the strap to reel Yano into the bare buckles! Chase drags Yano all the way out now, and whips him into the railing! Chase pulls up padding from the floor ringside!! He wants bare linoleum to come into play now! BANG, and the package, but Yano fights that off to back drop Chase onto the floor!

Yano is mad now, and he gets into the ring! The strap keeps Yano from the final corner pad, but fans rally up! Owens holds railing, Yano goes back out, but Chase gets the ring bell! Chase CLOBBERS Yano with the bell, then he gets in, and HE wants the final corner! But Yano’s dead weight is keeping him from getting close! Chase thought he had a fool proof plan but seems not. Chase goes back out to fetch Yano, and wraps the strap around Chase’s head. Chase drags Yano up and in, then drags him. Yano holds Chase back, reels him in, and Chase is annoyed. JEWEL TRIGGER!

Fans rally for Yano but Chase gets the buckle pad! Yano tries to pull Chase away but Chase’s one hand undoes all but one strap! Chase runs at Yano, but into a pop-up POWERBOMB! And YANO unties the buckle pad!! YANO WINS!!

Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)

And that’s how you win YTR style! Will Yano continue to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like this? Or will someone eventually beat Yano at his own games?


Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

The other third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions is in action as he looks to settle things with the Switchblade! But will the Stone Pitbull be made to look like a little puppy tonight?

White insists the ref be more concerned about Ishii than him in the check. White throws off the jacket, flexes for the fans, and then has Gedo get in so they can Low Sweet. But Ishii grows impatient and he rushes over! White and Gedo bail out, “cool off,” and White mocks the clapping before giving the Low Sweet. White returns to the ring, bails right bck out, and asks about the bell. White gets in, the bell rings, and then White bails out again. White has a laugh as he goes in and out and in again, only to slide right back out. The ref reprimands, White dares Ishii to go after him, and Ishii goes! White gets far away from Ishii, goes back in the ring but Ishii is ready to follow.

White goes out, Ishii follows again. Gedo creeps up on Ishii, and White attacks! White stomps Ishii, drags him up for knees, then whips. Ishii swings, White dodges and doges and knees low. White whips, Ishii reverses but White bails out! White has a laugh, but Ishii rushes after him again! White gets in, and pretends he pulled a muscle so that Gedo can rake Ishii’s eyes! Gedo RAMS Ishii into railing then gets away before the ref notices. Ishii gets in the ring but White stomps him at the ropes. White stomps Ishii around, drags him up and throws him back out. White goes out but Ishii gets back in and runs, to run White over! Ishii pursues White on the outside, drags him up and whips him into railing!

Gedo protests but Ishii drags White up by his hair. White pushes Ishii but Ishii whips White back into railing! Fans cheer but the ref says to get this in the ring. Ishii glares at Gedo as he creeps over, and Gedo backs off. White goes to the ramp and Ishii wants to chase him down but the ref tells him to stay by the ring. The ref checks on White and tells him to get back to the ring, but White stays where he is on the ramp. Ishii argues with the ref, but he goes back into the ring. White dares Ishii to fight him on the outside but Ishii dares White to get back in. White goes in, Ishii kicks and clubs him! Ishii ROCKS White with a forearm, stomps him down, and then drags him up at the ropes.

White holds the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Ishii to the apron! Gedo cheers while Ishii flops to the floor. White drags Ishii back up to SNAKE EYES him off the railing! The ref checks Ishii and White mockingly asks if Ishii is okay. The ref tells White to stay back, White goes into the ring, and fans rally up for Ishii. White goes back out to drag Ishii up and RAM him into the apron! And RAM him into railing! And RAM him back into the apron! And then back into the railing! Those ribs take serious damage as Ishii goes down in a heap! Gedo mockingly asks what’s wrong, and White drags Ishii up.

White says they have to get into the ring, so he’s putting Ishii in the ring. White asks if Ishii is done, but Ishii refuses to quit! The fans rally so White stomps Ishii over and over! White digs his fingers into Ishii’s face then stomps him again! White stomps Ishii in the ribs and Ishii goes to the ropes. White pushes Ishii around and then gets him into a corner. White RAMS into the bad ribs, the ref wants White to back off but White RAMS Ishii one more time. Gedo cheers but he’s the only one as White puts Ishii in a rear bearhug. Ishii endures the squeeze, so White JAMS a knee into Ishii’s back. White goes back to the rear bearhug, mockingly asking if Ishii has a hard time breathing.

White is squeezing tighter and Ishii shouts in pain! Ishii endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer the toughness but White stomps Ishii at the ropes! The ref checks on Ishii again but White drags Ishii back up. White whips Ishii hard into a corner and Gedo wants the ref to call this. White whips, Ishii reverses, and then Ishii runs in but White dodges! Ishii crashes into buckles, and White fireman’s carries him up! Ishii slips off, but White elbows Ishii away, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ishii growls as he gets up and he stalks White to a corner.

Fans rally as Ishii CHOPS White, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS, and then hooks White’s arms in the ropes so he can CHOP again! White falls over and Ishii hammers away! The ref reprimands, Ishii backs him down with a glare! Ishii comes back but White RAMS a shoulder into the ribs! White goes to suplex but it’s Ishii who brings White up and over! Ishii sits up, fans rally, and Ishii looms over White. Ishii brings White up but White fights off the back suplex. White swings but Ishii spins him around. White switches, Ishii wrenches, but White avoids the back suplex to turn Ishii. Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker but White kicks low to DDT!

Both men are down again and Ishii gets to the corner. White runs in to uppercut Ishii, and fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and White grows annoyed but fans fire up! White drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage off and they end up in a corner. White knees Ishii, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ishii eggs him on. White CHOPS Ishii again, then puts some stank on the next CHOP! Ishii just turns things around to CHOP White high! The ref reprimands but Ishii shoves him away! Ishii CHOPS White high again! Ishii drags White up, CHOPS high and hard again and again!

The ref comes back, Ishii shoves him, and CHOPS White more! The ref finally gets Ishii to stop those near throat chops, and Ishii drags White up to whip him corner to corner. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, then whips corner to corner. White reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Ishii up into a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Gedo is fired up and fans rally up as both men are down. Gedo calls for the Kiwi, and White drags Ishii back up. White reels Ishii in, fisherman hooks but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii rams White into a corner, but White CORNER HALF HATCHES Ishii! Ishii clutches those bad ribs as he flops out of the ring!

The ref checks on Ishii but Ishii refuses to quit. White goes out to fetch Ishii, and he drags Ishii up to RAILING HALF HATCH!! White leaves Ishii for dead as Ishii writhes. Fans rally up but a ring count begins. The count is already 6 of 20 before Ishii sits up. Ishii still hasn’t gotten up and we’re past 10 of 20! It’s 15, Ishii finally starts going towards the ring, and he’s in at 18! White drags Ishii up and is pissed, but he hits BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious! White drags Ishii around, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage. White knees low but Ishii gets around to headbutt! Ishii runs, but into a BIG urenage!

White drags Ishii up, fisherman and KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!? Ishii survives and fans fire up! White asks Gedo for ideas, then drags Ishii around. White gets the sleeper hold but Ishii hooks the leg to block the suplex. Ishii throws elbows but White KNEES him low and hard! White drags Ishii back to center, has an arm and a leg, and stomps away on the ribs! Gedo wants the ref to stop this for Ishii, but Ishii doesn’t want this to end like that! White stands Ishii up and keylocks an arm so he can JAM Ishii in the ribs! White puts Ishii in a corner for more hard body shots! Gedo cheers but the ref reprimands. Ishii dares White to bring it, and White throws forearms!

Ishii tanks them because his head is still hard as stone! White throws more forearms but Ishii leans into them! Ishii backs White down like this, so White KNEES the ribs! Ishii ROCKS White back! Ishii drags White up and Gedo starts getting worried. Ishii puts White up top, Gedo swipes at him but the ref reprimands. White claws Ishii’s eyes! But Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! White holds on to keep from falling! Ishii climbs up, drags White up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! The ribs make that double-edged, but Ishii hurries to high stack cover, TWO!! White survives but is sputtering. Ishii powers up and takes aim. Gedo gets on the apron, but hops off when Ishii glares at him.

White gets Ishii in the sleeper, but Ishii throws him over! Ishii puts the sleeper on now! White fades already but Gedo gets on the apron! Ishii goes after Gedo, pushing the ref aside! Gedo sucker punches Ishii down! White gets Ishii in the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans rally but White drags Ishii back up! Ishii tries to fight the sleeper hold but he’s fading! White leans on the hold, but Ishii gets a second wind! Ishii reaches for ropes, but White gets a leg for a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious again! Fans rally for Ishii as White drags himself over.

White drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights free of the suplex! White forearms, throws a strike fest, but Ishii gets around. They both swing and dodge but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Both men are down as Ishii clutches his ribs. Ishii fires up to fight through the pain and the fan srally behind him. Ishii runs, but White gets around! Ishii switches and he puts White in a sleeper! Ishii leans on White and now White fades! Ishii spins White but WHITE hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives and White is beside himself! White slashes the throat, drags Ishii up, but no Blade Runner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ishii and White are down again and both sputter as they sit up.

Gedo rallies for White but Ishii hits his head off the mat to power up! Ishii gets moving, fakes White out, but White still boots Ishii! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii is roaring, Gedo is panicking, and Ishii drags White up to a POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? White survives but Ishii sits him up. Gedo gets in with the brass knuckles! The ref reprimands, Ishii dares Gedo to use them, but he blocks White’s low blow! Ishii whips White into Gedo then LARIATS White! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again but Ishii is just firing up more! Ishii drags White up, suplexes him, but White fights that off!

White tries to suplex but Ishii suplexes first. White slips out, dragon sleepre to an inverted suplex and he puts Ishii on his shoulder! White flips Ishii to the blade position but Ishii slipls out! Ishii swings but White turns him around, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out again, only to run into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White hurries to get Ishii up but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Ishii suplexes, White fights out but Ishii HEADBUTTS! White still wants a Triple S, but Ishii waistlocks! White switches, Ishii switches, but White blocks and dodges to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall

A masterful exchange and it’s the Switchblade that hits the mark! White even needs to check that he won, it was that sudden! He hugs Young Lions in almost mocking celebration! But when the Young Lion pushes him away, he BOOTS them down! But does this victory mean White is done with Ishii and back on his way towards the top?


Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Rainmaker technically got his singles match with the King of Darkness not too long ago, but it was little more than an excuse to get Okada alone so Bullet Club could beat him up. We’ve seen Bullet Club in action all night, will any of Evil’s allies be able to back him up? Or will Okada prove Everything is NOT Evil?

The bell rings and Okada rushes Evil! Evil dodges, but then Okada dodges to fire off forearms. Evil kicks low, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada reverses and BOOTS Evil down! Evil bails out, fans cheer, and Okada dares Evil to come back. Dick and Evil regroup, Red Shoes keeps Okada back, and Okada waits. Evil slides back in, circles with Okada, and Okada points Dick out to Red Shoes. Dick stays back, Okada and Evil circle, but then Dick swipes at Okada! Evil attacks from behind, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada holds ropes and boots back. Okada scoops and slams Evil, then slingshot sentons!

Fans cheer as Okada takes a moment before he covers. ONE, but Okada drags Evil back up. Okada turns Evil to hit a neckbreaker! Okada drags Evil up and clamps on a chinlock. Evil endures, even as Okada digs his knee in. Evil reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 3, and he brings Evil up to elbow him back down. Evil goes to a corner, Okada stomps him down! Dick protests but Okada tells him to shut up. Okada drags Evil up, snapmares him, then runs to basement dropkick! Evil bails out as fans rally up. Dick checks on Evil, Okada goes out and tells Dick to back off. Okada drags Evil up and ROCKS Evil with a forearm!

Okada glares at Dick then chases him off! Dick goes in the ring, Okada follows, Evil CLOBBERS Okada! Evil mockingly applauds and then he scrapes Okada out of the ring. Evil drags Okada up and whips him into railing! Evil scuffs Okada’s face, then drags him up, to RAM into the railing and the timekeeper! Poor Abe-san! Why don’t they ever move him away from ringside? Evil drags out chairs while everyone is busy helping Abe. Evil brings Okada over, CLUBS him down, then gets a chair ready! Evil puts that chair around Okada’s head, and then has the other chair! HOMERUN! Evil goes into the ring and leaves Okada on the floor. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as a ring count begins.

Okada slowly stirs, and finally gets up at 10 of 20. Okada gets in at 13, but Evil is after him. Evil whips Okada into the bare corner! When did Dick take the buckle pad?! Evil drags Okada to a Half Crab! Okada endures as Evil pulls back, using Okada’s own knee pad for leverage. Okada gets the ropebreak, and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces, drags Okada up, but Okada throws a forearm! Okada throws more forearms, but Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Evil throws Okada out, and then gets in Red Shoes’ face so Dick can stomp away on Okada! Dick drags Okada up and puts him in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows something fishy is up so he refuses!

Evil is upset with Red Shoes but he drags Okada back up. Evil reels Okada in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but the count is the count. Evil mocks the fans clapping for “O-KA-DA!” and he drags Okada up. Okada throws a heavy body shot! Okada throws forearms, uppercuts, and then whips. Evil reverses, Okada dodges but Evil kicks him to throw him down! Okada avoids the back senton, and hits a basement EuroUpper! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada stands first. Evil follows but Okada rallies with elbows! Okada whips, Evil reverses but Okada elbows him down! Osaka fires up with Okada!

Okada whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus and gets the fans going with clap-clap-clap-stomp. Evil gets up but he fights off the Alabama lift! So Okada RAMS Evil into a corner! Okada puts Evil up top, Evil boots but Okada blocks! Okada clubs the leg then EuroUppers, and he dropkicks Evil off the top! Evil falls to the floor and Dick checks on him. Okada catches his breath in the ring, the ring count starts, and Dick coaches Evil. Okada goes out to fetch Evil, and drags him up. Okada elbows Evil, but then Dick talks trash. Okada chases Dick up the ramp but Evil pursues! Okada kicks and clubs Dick!

Evil runs in but Okada gets him, too! DOUBLE DDT’s to the ramp! Okada and fans rally with clap-clap-clap-stomp! Okada leaves Evil and Dick behind as he goes back down the ramp. But then Okada goes back and figures he should bring Evil back. Okada clubs Evil to make sure he keeps going towards ringside. Okada puts Evil in and fans cheer as he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Okada isn’t frustrated. Okada drags Evil up but blocks thje kick! Okada spins, Evil blocks the kick and gives it to Red Shoes so he can mule kick Okada low! Fans rally again, Evil pretends he can’t hear them, and then he runs in to clothesline Okada in the corner! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!

Evil is frustrated again but he gets Okada’s legs! Okada resists as Evil tries to turn him over, and Okada gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets go at 4, but Dick is there to get cheap shots in! Dick runs way before Red Shoes sees, and Evil smirks as he scuffs Okada with his boot. Evil talks trash, Okada gets up and fans rally again. Evil slaps Okada around, so Okada gets mad. Okada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, Evil elbows him away and runs, but into a HUGE FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally up again. Okada stands, Evil goes to a corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts but Evil fights off! Evil pulls hair but Okada ROCKS him!

Okada runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada ROCKS him again! Evil reverses the whip, but runs into the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil stands, so Okada hits a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Evil back up. Okada gut wrenches but Evil resists. Evil gets the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Okada clubs Evil first. Okada backs off, runs into the corner, but Evil boots him away! Evil boots Okada again, then dodges. Okada stops from hitting bare buckles, but Evil clotheslines Okada into them! Okada goes down in a heap while Evil smiles. Fans rally up but Evil drags Okada up.

Evil hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and then goes to the very top! Evil drags Okada up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Okada endures as Evil sits back deep! The fans rally, Okada claws for ropes, but Evil adds more torque! Okada refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go at 4! Evil catches his breath in a corner while Okada is down. Evil drags Okada back up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up! Evil is annoyed again but he vows to end this. Evil slashes the throat, stands Okada up and spins him, but Okada denies Evil.

Okada wants the clip but Evil knees low. Evil whips, Okada reverses and Evil gets bare buckles! MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, claws Okada’s eyes, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil lets go and then he grabs at Red Shoes! Dick CLUBS Okada with a pipe!! Dick gets in, Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil gets in Red Shoes’ face while Dick fires off haymakers! Dick whips Okada but Okada BOOTS him down! Evil kicks and whips Okada but Okada reverses to dropkick Evil down! Okada gets Evil’s arm for the MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, pries at Okada’s fingers, but Okada leans on the hold. Evil fights up, grabs at Red Shoes, but Red Shoes SWATS Evil’s hand!

Okada gut wrenches Evil to a TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP! Evil reaches, turns a bit red, starts to fade but gets a second wind. Evil is up, grabs Red Shoes again, but Okada CLUBS Evil! Okada wrenches the other arm but Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes! Evil runs but Okada gets around, DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada shouts to Red Shoes but he’s still down. Okada puts on Money Clip, Dick has the CHOKER!! The Spoiler is trying to spoil this finish! But Okada powers up and RAMS Dick into the bare buckles! Okada is free, and he gut wrenches Dick to hit a TOMBSTONE!! Okada takes the choker now?! To throw it away! That’s our Rainmaker for ya! But Evil LOW BLOWS Okada!!

Evil gets the legs, but Okada LOW BLOWS Evil back!! Turnabout is fair play! Both men are down, as is Red Shoes, and fans rally up! Okada sits up first, and he drags Evil up. Okada gut wrenches again, for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up with Okada again as he sits Evil up for the MONEY CLIP!! Red Shoes returns, Evil endures, and Okada keeps Evil away from ropes with a back2backbreaker! MONEY CLIP AGAIN! Evil is in the middle of the ring as he starts to fade again! Red Shoes checks on Evil as he’s turning red again! Evil finds a third wind and he reaches, but Okada clamps on tighter! Evil tries one more time and gets a ropebreak!

Okada lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally up for Okada again as he has Evil’s wrist. Okada drags Evil up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Okada drags Evil up again, but Evil LARIATS! Okada swings but into Evil spins him to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men slowly rise, and Evil runs, to LARIAT Okada inside-out! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally up again but Evil rises first. Evil staggers over, slashes his throat and stands Okada up. Evil spins him but Okada denies the STO again! Evil still tries but Okada spins. Evil avoids the discus, but Okada tries to steal Everything! Evil denies that, and tries to steal the Rainmaker lariat!

Okada denies that but he swings into Evil’s clinch! Okada denies the STO again! Okada gut wrenches Evil, for a SIT-OUT TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Evil up, ripcords, TRUE RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

The tried and true finisher finishes Evil! This won’t be the end of things, but has Evil learned a little of why Okada is still on a whole different level? After catching his breath, Okada gets the mic. He gets fans to clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap clap-clap clap-clap-clap. “OSAKA-JOOOOO~! If I can speak frankly, that felt damn good!” Okada apologizes to the fans for “having to put up with more of Bullet Club’s crap tonight.” But by taking care of business, Okada is sure we’re all satisfied. Okada says there’s something still bothering him, though. “Well, I should just put it out there, huh? It’s about time I get back to that IWGP Heavyweight title!”

Okada knows that as a responsible adult, he should follow proper protocol. So that starts with winning the 2021 New Japan Cup! After doing that, he’ll be back where he belongs. But he’s sure they’re all thinking that the double title thing is getting boring. If Okada were to poll Osaka, they’d say that the one who has to save the titles is him! So he’ll win the NJ Cup, take back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and make it rain again! Fans like the sound of that! Okada knows while the fans couldn’t chant and shout, he knows they were giving it their all to support the wrestlers, and thanks them for it! The wrestlers will do their best all over again tomorrow for night two! Until then, good night!

The Rainmaker has made it known where he wants to be, but will that only make the road back that much harder? Will Tetsuya Naito make it a bit easier by taking the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on night two?

My Thoughts:

A very good event for NJPW to begin this weekend, but it also felt like a last-minute go-home for tomorrow’s event, as well as the New Japan Cup. The opening Six Man was good, and the United Empire wins so Khan has some momentum, but it was good math that neither he or Tanahashi were involved in the finish. That way, the NEVER Openweight Championship match could go either way. Tanahashi really only just got that belt, though, so I’m leaning towards him retaining. Ospreay & Cobb will still face Kojima & Tenzan, but that will probably go the Empire’s way like tonight did.

In similar fashion, it was good math for Goto-Hashi and GoD to split the difference. I like that Goto didn’t just win, he won in such a sudden turnaround. But with it being 50-50 here, I’m thinking GoD retain the tag titles and we wait to see if another team moves up to challenge them. Yano VS Chase was a good match, a lot of good antics from Yano, but Yano felt like a natural choice to win here. It might be awhile before someone wins and takes the KOPW 2021 trophy, but it definitely has to be in something really ridiculous.

White VS Ishii was a very good match, maybe a little long, but the slug fest nature of it and Ishii enduring bad ribs made it work. As did another fast exchange finish with White going over. White is definitely going into the NJCUP strong. Okada VS Evil was very similar, a long but storied match that turned out very well. As I said before, Okada trying to focus on the Money Clip works as a way of extending his career, but I also like this new element that when things get difficult, he can always bust out the Rainmaker lariat. Okada declares his NJCUP intentions, but that in itself could signal he doesn’t win it all, and puts someone else over. At this point, I feel like Sanada doesn’t even need to declare to be considered a favorite. Sanada’s already had great matches with Okada, Naito and Ibushi, maybe one more time is the charm for him to join the upper tier.

My Score: 9/10

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Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.27.21

Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show? 



Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?

Kazuchika Okada finally gets his hands on EVIL, Jay White gets his “get right match” against Ishii after the last month of issues, and just generally a lot of feud building. The obvious thread is all of the CHAOS versus Bullet Club going on, but I don’t think any of us are excited for Tanga Loa and YOSHI-HASHI.

We also have The United Empire kicking things off to help give Great O-Khan more momentum going into his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Even if the card seems a little flat, maybe we get surprised?


  • The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Ospreay wins via Oscutter @10:22 – * ½
  • Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI: Loa wins via Ape Shit @12:58 – (-*)
  • Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto: Goto wins via GTR @6:39 – ** ¼
  • KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens: Yano retains @12:50 – ** ½
  • Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii: White wins via Blade Runner @25:42 – ****
  • Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo: Okada wins via Rainmaker @28:11 – *** ¼



The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi

So we saw a lot of dynamics that we’ve grown to expect. Tenzan struggles to not use the Mongolian Chops, O-Khan continues to prove himself a credible enough threat to Tanahashi, but this was a sloppy match. Between an early awkward exchange that made it seem like O-Khan didn’t know how to sell Kojima’s flurry, Ospreay slipped on the rope when he was coming in toward the end; even though he kinda saved it, it was obviously screwed up.

Interactions were clumsy, the match never got exciting and really just did what these kind of matches usually do, but not even as well as most Young Lions.

Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI

Welp, this match was straight garbage. The sad thing about this match was that Loa did a pretty solid job at trying to vocally antagonize HASHI and keep things interesting, but HASHI was in slow motion. HASHI would visibly confirm things too much, his moves were bad, kept trying to rally the crowd but they didn’t respond; so there were a ton of times he waited a beat to see if the crowd would ever come alive, and they never really did.

Tanga Loa was his usual self with better verbal interactions. He kept trying to get HASHI to fight and prove what he had instead of cursing, but HASHI just fell into the waste of space mannerisms he was known for 99% of his career. He should go back to Loose Explosion on his tights, because he is the drizzling shits.

So Tama comes out to distract Hashi allowing for Loa to turn the situation and hit Ape Shit. Bullet Club beatdown ensues, Goto runs out, clears out Loa…and the referee decides to just start the match since Goto and Tama were supposed to wrestle anyway!

Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto

A quick start is stifled by the malaise that is known as Castle Attack so far. Tama dumps out Goto, Goto starts reviewing his life choices and why he’s here today, and then spends enough time on the outside to build a bird house before Jado eventually limps over and hits him with a kendo stick shot. Like…why? Goto saw it coming. Stevie Wonder saw it coming. The terrible decisions of YOSHI-HASHI have polluted Goto’s mind as well!

When things get back into the ring, at least Tama and Goto are good wrestlers. Tama hits the Tongan Twist and Veleno, but a missed Stinger Splash and countered Gun Stun gave Goto some space. Tama tried for Gun Stun again, but he got caught, Goto throws him on his shoulders Ushigoroshi style, but drops him into the GTR and lands it! So a surprising GTR gives Goto a victory from the jaws of defeat, and at least the in-ring action was serviceable enough to get the highest rating of the show so far.

I really hope the back half blows my socks off, because this is sad so far.

KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens

Now the gimmick here is instead of touch the 4 corner pads, you have to remove the 4 corner pads. So it seems like the person to remove the last pad, will be the winner.

We get a mostly expected Yano gimmick match. He made small references to his earlier gimmick of being a cheating, violent, always disqualified heel; when he started whipping Chase early and being more aggressive than we usually see. But Chase was clever using the outside to a great advantage. Yano was forced to go after Chase because Chase was going to take the pads off from outside, and then used Yano’s momentum against him by ramming him into posts and barricades.

The last pad was solid comedy where both took turns knocking the other out, too far from the last pad. So we had some goofy “drag the dead body” spots. Chase nearly had things won until Yano came to, pulled him close for Oni Koroshi! Yano makes it to the corner, takes it off and the God of all KOPW continues!

Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii

Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.

Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.

A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!

THANK GOD we got a match worth watching! Great pacing, solid story, this is something to watch.

Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo

Ugh, okay so we know what we get with EVIL any more right? Okada tried to eliminate Dick Togo early when he hit Double DDTs on the ramp, but then the trek back to the ring was awkward. Okada bringing EVIL back to the ring, was a microcosm of the match, where it was just very slowly paced, inactive and not a good idea.

Part of the point in this match was for Okada to finally get closure on EVIL beating him during last year’s New Japan Cup; but he wanted to drag out the old aggressive EVIL. EVIL fired up late, and the crowd responded excitedly expecting something good, but it was short lived. Plus, we have Okada being a complete moron. He was shoved into Red Shoes, fights off Dick and lays EVIL out and goes for the stupid Money Clip. He goes for a submission after he was driven into the referee. This is a gap in logic so embarrassing, just so Dick could interfere again with the garrote.

All the garrote did was possibly foreshadow when Okada Tombstoned Dick, and then had a moment where he considered using the weapon. This is either a throw away for Okada to continue to be the Golden Boy, or it’s a hint that darker things are on the horizon for Okada.

Either way, Fire/Thunder Driver lead to the Rainmaker again, and we’re finally at a point where Okada is beating people with the move that started it all! No more Money Clip! It looks bad and it’s just sad.


Overall Score: 4.25/10

At least we got one match really worth watching out of this show. Jay White versus Tomohiro Ishii is truly the only thing to watch from this whole show.

I don’t know how some people didn’t find the YOSHI-HASHI embarrassing, but it completely was. The opener was sloppy to the point of uselessness. Tama and Goto was just flat given how the story was being told. Then we’ve got the gimmicky goofball match being a highlight before the semi-main and main events. I’ve seen more salient card structure and match booking from Dragon Gate during the waning days of ANTIAS.

Tomorrow has to be better because if it’s worse, then I think 2015 TNA would be happy to know they aren’t the bottom of the barrel anymore. This show was so embarrassing I think I’m just gonna end the article with the hockey coach from Letterkenny:


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