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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/1/20)

The Queen VS The Empress, ROUND SIX!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw VS NXT in a Women’s Champion VS Champion showdown!

Charlotte Flair prepares for TakeOver while Asuka prepares for Backlash! But who will be more prepared for this epic SIXTH encounter?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins; Aleister wins.
  • WWE United States Championship, Champion’s Choice: Apollo Crews VS Kevin Owens; No Contest, Crews retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • Apollo Crews & Kevin Owens VS Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega; Crews & Kevin win.
  • Bowling: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; Kay wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Backyard Blitz: Rob Gronkowski VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Kairi Sane VS Nia Jax; Jax wins.
  • Champion VS Champion: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins, by count-out.
  • Drew McIntyre VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley; McIntyre wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw opens with Seth Rollins and his disciples!

The Monday Night Messiah leads Buddy Murphy and Austin Theory to the ring, and the crowd of NXT superstars and prospects boo as hard as they can the entire time. The crowd even chants, “You Suck!” as Rollins gets a mic. Rollins says tonight is a huge night! Just in a few moments, he will have a match with Aleister Black, who has been “confused” about things in regards to Rey Mysterio. Aleister leaves Rollins no choice but to “enlighten” him personally. Mysterio will be here later tonight to speak to the WWE Universe, and as difficult as it will be for him, he will NOT be able to formally announce his retirement. Therefore, Rollins takes it upon himself to perform that formality himself.

If anyone knows Mysterio as well as Rollins does, Mysterio is too humble and modest to call himself a legend. It is Rollins’ duty as a leader to appreciate Mysterio and how he was sacrificed for the greater good of Raw. Now, let’s all stop and let that sink in. This moment will live in time forever. Rey Mysterio was chosen as a sacrifice for the greater good of Raw! If that is not legendary, then what is? And now it is true that Mysterio is without a doubt the greatest luchador to ever live. Mysterio transcends language and border, and beyond that, he is a kind man. In Rollins’ darkest hour, Mysterio presented himself to Rollins to be that sacrifice so that Rollins can be the man he is before you! It is Rollins’ duty to appreciate Mysterio properly. The crowd boos as Rollins says he honors Mysterio’s career ending with a video. Let us take a moment to admire the greatness of Mysterio.

The video plays with genuine highlights of the biggest underdog in the WWE. His 2006 Royal Rumble victory and subsequent WrestleMania 22 win to become World Heavyweight Champion are just among the true accolades Mysterio accomplished in his career. But of course, this video turns sour as we return to just weeks ago when Rollins all but gouged Mysterio’s eye out with the steel steps! In the present, Rollins and his cronies applaud but the crowd boos. “What an amazing career for Rey Mysterio!” Mysterio is undoubtedly a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And Rollins wants Mysterio to know, that when it comes time, it will be Rollins’ honor to induct him. One of the NXT stars shouts, “You’re insane!”

But here comes Aleister! Aleister goes right after Rollins and kicks him out of the ring! The crowd cheers and Aleister dares Rollins to fight him now! We’ll see what Rollins does, after the break!

 

Aleister Black VS Seth Rollins!

The Embodiment of the End wants, his fight, with The Architect! But will he be able to make the Monday Night Messiah #FadeToBlack with the disciples lurking about?

The bell rings and Rollins circles with Aleister. Aleister gives testing kicks and Rollins backs away. The two approach and Aleister dodges hands to throw body shots. Rollins grows frustrated and approaches again. They tie up, Aleister kicks and punches more and backs Rollins down! Rollins uses the ropes as defense and Aleister backs off. Rollins turns things around, runs but into the leg sweep! Aleister runs but Rollins bails out to avoid the knee. Murphy and Theory check on their leader while the ring count climbs. Aleister paces but Rollins returns at 6, only to slip out. Rollins trips Aleister and drags him out, but Aleister KICKS him down! Aleister puts Rollins back in as the crowd cheers. Aleister return, Rollins dropkicks Aleister at the ropes!

Rollins hammers away and digs his forearm into Aleister’s face! Rollins stomps away but lets up at the ref’s count. Rollings stands Aleister up to CHOP and snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Rollins grabs a hand and turns Aleister over to stand on the shoulder. The crowd rallies up and Aleister fights to his feet. Aleister throws forearms, Rollins wrings the arm out! Rollins clubs Aleister on the back then stalks him to ropes. Rollins CHOPS Aleister against the ropes and has him in a corner. Aleister throws hands back and backs Rollins down again. Rollins knees low, whips and dropkicks Aleister down! The disciples cheer but the crowd boos. The crowd rallies as Rollins drags Aleister up. Rollins chokes Aleister on the ropes, saying Aleister is disrespecting Mysterio! Aleister grits his teeth as Rollins toys with him.

Aleister gets up and throws hands but Rollins kicks low. Rollins throws Aleister out then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Aleister hits barriers! Rollins glares down at Aleister while the crowd boos. The ring count climbs again as Rollins brings Aleister up to put in the ring. Rollins looms over Aleister as the crowd rallies. Rollins whips Aleister corner to corner hard, then runs in, only to block a boot. Aleister breaks free to boot again! Aleister hops up, Rollins gets under the attack and waistlocks. Aleister standing switches and avoids the Pele! But Rollins arm-drags the waistlock, only to get a ROUNDHOUSE! Aleister runs in but is sent out hard! Aleister hits the apron on the way down, and both Murphy and Theory head over. But here comes Humberto Carrillo! Carrillo has a chair aimed at Theory and Murphy! Rollins keeps his men back, saying, “Not now!” Because for now, Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Rollins is stomping a mudhole into Aleister! The ref backs Rollins off and Aleister gets up. Rollins clubs Aleister on the back and head but Carrillo coaches Aleister on. Aleister gets up and throws haymakers and elbows back on Rollins! Rollins knees low and whips, but Aleister denies the dropkick! Aleister waistlocks but Rollins fights off the suplex. Rollins punches Aleister away but Aleister BOOTS! But Rollins returns with a SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO! Rollins looms over Aleister and kicks him to a corner. Aleister gets up, Rollins runs corner to corner, and hits a big forearm smash! The crowd boos as Rollins pushes Aleister down. Rollins springboards from the corner but Aleister dodges! Aleister counter punches but Rollins pushes, only for Aleister to rally with forearms!

Aleister fires off the strike fest, sweeps the legs, and hits the knee! And the kip up! The crowd fires up for the QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO! The crowd rallies up as Aleister brings Rollins into a waistlock. Rollins backs Aleister into the buckle and again until he’s free. But Aleister comes back with a wheelbarrow takedown! Cover, TWO and Rollins has trunks! TWO, and a ROUNDHOUSE to a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but Aleister keeps his cool. Aleister gets to his feet while Rollins stirs. Aleister lifts Rollins but Rollins pushes the foot away. They standing switch, Rollins PELES! And SUPERKICKS! FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Murphy and Theory worry for Rollins as he gets up slowly.

Rollins goes to a corner and climbs up top. Aleister is still down and Rollins Frog Splashes, onto knees! Rollins writhes from pain and bails out the side near his followers. Aleister goes out after Rollins on the apron, but Rollins throws hands. Aleister boots but Rollins headbutts! Aleister elbows, Rollins kicks low and drags Aleister in! But Aleister fires off on the leg and BOOTS Rollins into the post! Rollins goes down, Aleister goes up, SUPER MOONSAULT! Both men are down and out as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Rollins resists a superplex! Rollins fights Aleister back and headbutts him down! Rollins adjusts and leaps, to hit the Frog Splash this time! But he bounces off so he has to crawl back to the cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and Rollins grows frustrated. The crowd rallies for Aleister but Rollins aims from a corner. Rollins wants Aleister to get up, “This is for Rey!” But Aleister moves, drags Rollins down, and has the armbar! Rollins stays on his feet and scrambles around. Rollins kicks Aleister off, then drag shim up for a POWERBOMB! But Rollins falls back to a corner, so he goes to the apron again. Rollins springboards back in, but INTO a knee! Both men are down and the crowd is fired up!

Aleister gets to his feet first and staggers back over to Rollins. He lifts Rollins with his foot, and the crowd knows what this means. But so do Theory and Murphy! They get on the apron, but Carrillo goes after them! That results in a 2v1 and Rollins rolls Aleister up! TWO and Aleister Oklahoma Rolls Rollins! Aleister wins!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

The Architect and his followers can’t believe what just happened! And they go after Aleister like the sore losers they are! Carrillo tries to help but that’s still 3v2! Rollins stomps Aleister with Theory then stomps Carrillo with Murphy. Murphy and Theory go after Aleister while Rollins finishes stomping a mudhole into Carrillo. Rollins tells his followers to sit Aleister up so they can see what happens to Carrillo. CURB STOMP! Aleister calls Rollins a coward but Rollins said he warned them what would happen. “You want to be a hero!?” This is what happens to them! CURB STOMP for Aleister! The crowd boos but the damage has been done. Is there anything anyone can do to stop the merciless Monday Night Messiah?

 

Backstage interview with Angel Garza and Zelina Vega.

Before getting to the questions, Charly Caruso cues up the controversy in Garza’s match with Kevin Owens. A chop block before the match wounded Kevin’s leg, and it became a liability during the match, allowing Garza to capitalize. Before Garza can say anything, Vega steps in to say Kevin agreed to a match, so what is Charly getting at? Garza says he can handle this. He says that in love and war, everything is fair. So in matters of competition and seduction, you must always be a step ahead of the others. So in regards to last week, they think that Garza’s win was triumphant. Garza saw what he wanted and took it. IF anyone is upset, they clearly never wanted something as badly as Garza does. Charly thanks him for his time, but he thanks her, and gives her a rose. Garza heads out but Vega takes the rose away, and rips it up. “Boo freakin’ hoo.”

 

Raw hears from Shawn Michaels!

“Edge and Randy Orton. The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever.” That level of pressure, wouldn’t want to be them. But as someone who has had a few great matches in history, maybe HBK could talk WM12 against Bret Hart, or his two matches with The Undertaker. Well we’d be here all day at this rate. But for Edge and Orton,t hey have set the stage for the next greatest match ever. But who comes out on top? Maybe HBK is biased, but he says Edge! HBK believes that time, wisdom, knowledge and even faith gives Edge the edge.

 

Lana confronts MVP backstage.

The Ravishing Russian says MVP is getting into her husband’s head. Who does he think he is? Bobby Lashley is her husband, not MVP’s BFF. It doesn’t matter they go back 13 years ago- MVP interrupts Lana and says he has work to do. he has to get ready to face Drew McIntyre later. So he has no time or desire for this attention seeking drama she’s stirring up. Well he is nothing but a leech, using her Bobby to revive his washed up career. That’s not remotely true, but let’s pretend it was. Wouldn’t that make two of them? Lana smiles, then SLAPS MVP. She storms off, but that slap doesn’t deny MVP’s point.

 

Kayla Braxton introduces Apollo Crews!

The NEW WWE United States Champion defeated El Idolo last week in a rematch from their showdown that ended in misfortune. Clearly fortunes have turned around, and Apollo stands in the ring. Kayla congratulates him again, and asks what this first week has been like. It feels so good! The list goes on and on. There’s appreciation, humility, and overall, just the surreal factor that he IS the new champion. But his reign will have an interesting start, as he was given the opportunity to choose his first challenger. Apollo says there is a long list of superstars he’d love to face for this title. The first one is truly deserving. That superstar is Kevin Owens! A bold choice as The Prizefighter has already held this title and many others.

Kevin joins Apollo in the ring and before anything else, he also congratulates Apollo. And speaking of appreciation, Kevin appreciates that offer. It has been too long since he’s had a title, but the only problem he has with this, is that after last week and the loss to Garza, this seems like a pity move. Pity? There is no pity here. This is about respect. The crowd cheers that and Kevin says he still feels bad about this. What’s Kevin talking about? Kevin deserves this! Yes, but Kevin isn’t talk about deserving this. He does for every ounce of blood, sweat and tears he’s poured out the last five years. It’s just that Apollo’s first reign is going to be short. Well then! Is the respect going to be lost? Or will it be only the title Apollo gives up to Kevin?

WWE United States Championship, Champion’s Choice: Apollo Crews VS Kevin Owens!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the young reign is put to the test!

Kevin and Apollo fist bump and tie up. Kevin waistlocks but Apollo switches, only for Kevin to switch back. Apollo switches but Kevin bucks him off. Things speed up and Apollo hurdles and dropkicks Kevin down! Cover, ONE, but Apollo is on him. They tie up, Kevin puts Apollo on the ropes then headlocks. Apollo powers out but Kevin runs him over. Apollo kips right up but Kevin dropkicks him down! Apollo staggers up but Kevin clotheslines him out! Kevin builds speed but Apollo moves. Kevin goes out after Apollo but Apollo ROCKS him! They fight up the ramp then Apollo whips. Kevin reverses. Apollo moonaults off the apron! Kevin moves, gets on the apron and CANNONBALLS! Kevin fires up as the ring count climbs. He puts Apollo in at 7 and climbs up at 8. SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives by seconds!

Kevin stalks Apollo to ropes and whips him again. Apollo holds ropes but his boot misses. Kevin kicks low and Apollo collapses! Kevin claims that wasn’t a low blow but Apollo sure acts like it was. The ref checks on Apollo but Apollo wants to continue. Apollo rises as the crowd rallies. They reset and Apollo fires off hands! Kevin fights hands back! Kevin tosses Apollo out but Apollo brings him out! They brawl fast and furious as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Kevin brings Apollo up for haymakers. Apollo throws them back and we have a brawl! Kevin counter punches then CHOPS! Apollo punches back and backs Kevin down but Kevin headbutts! Kevin runs, but into a BOOT! Apollo scoops and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Apollo fires up as he brings Kevin up, but Kevin arm-drags out of the Olympic Slam! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kevin goes up and hits a MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Kevin grits his teeth as the crowd rallies up. Kevin brings Apollo back up, whips again, but Apollo slips out of the pop-up to ENZIGURI! OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives but Apollo standing moonsaults! Cover, TWO!!

Apollo keeps his cool as he and Kevin crawl to opposite ends. Kevin is in a corner and Apollo runs in, and hits the big splash! Apollo goes again, and hits the splash again! Kevin stays standing so Apollo goes a third time, only to miss! SUPERKICK! Kevin hurries up top, SWANTON ONTO KNEES! But here come Vega’s stable! They attack both men!

No Contest; Crews is still WWE United States Champion

Crews keeps his title but he and Kevin are thrown out of the ring by Garza and Andrade Almas! Vega joins her duo in the ring while Raw goes to break.

 

Apollo Crews & Kevin Owens VS Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega!

Holla holla! This seems familiar, doesn’t it? Vega’s stable wants revenge for losing the title, but will they get shut down instead?

Raw returns as Apollo whips and runs Almas over with a shoulder! The crowd rallies as Apollo throws hands. Almas stomps and punches but Apollo turns it around to throw hands. Garza distracts and Almas clobbers Crews! Almas stomps Apollo then dusts himself off. He drags Apollo away from Kevin to tag in Garza, and the stable mug Apollo. Garza wraps up Apollo’s arm but Apollo powers out. Apollo runs at Garza but misses in the corner, only to boot Garza away! Apollo hops up and leaps but into a dropkick! Off come Garza’s pants, and he throws them at Kevin. Garza digs his knee into Apollo’s back and hooks a leg. Garza hooks Apollo’s face and drags him around to tag in Almas.

Almas stomps Apollo down while Vega talks trash. Almas stomps Apollo more while he says he should still be champion. He runs and basement dropkicks Apollo down! Vega cheers but the crowd boos. Almas clubs Apollo but Apollo hits back. Almas knees Apollo down and tags Garza back in. Garza KICKS Apollo’s leg then covers, TWO! Garza drags Apollo around and wants the double underhooks. Apollo powers out of the Wing Clipper to hot tag Kevin! Garza runs away to tag in Almas! Kevin goes after Garza but gets a thumb to the eye! Almas goes after Kevin with furious stomps as the crowd boos. Vega and the stable soak up the heat while Almas drags Kevin around. Kevin kicks back but Almas has the leg for a Half Crab! Kevin endures as Almas sits deep!

The crowd rallies as Kevin powers up. Kevin kicks free and reaches for Apollo. Almas drags Kevin away but Kevin hits back. They brawl, Kevin CHOPS and atomic drops! Kevin rebounds to LARIAT! And drop the senton! Vega is worried as Kevin goes corner to corner, but Garza distracts again! Almas dropkicks Kevin down! But Apollo manages to tag in, and he trophy lifts Almas up! Almas slips free, kicks low, and snap suplexes! Uno amigo! Another one but Apollo reverses to an OLYMPIC SLAM! Both men are down but Garza chop blocks Kevin! The crowd boos but Apollo wrecks Garza with a dropkick! Almas rolls Apollo and has the ropes, TWO! ENZIGURI! Apollo hits the CREWS MISSILE! Cover, Apollo wins!

Winner: Apollo Crews & Kevin Owens, by pinfall

Almas can’t stop Apollo and now Apollo has another win! But will Apollo and Kevin ever settle their own match? Or is there another person on Apollo’s list that will get their own opportunity?

 

Backstage interview with Asuka!

The Raw Women’s Champion dances in and knows she has another match with Charlotte Flair. They will go Champion VS Champion to prepare for their respective challengers in the near future. Speaking of which, Kairi Sane will once again take on Nia Jax, who is now Asuka’s #1 contender. How are they all preparing for such daunting challenges? Asuka says something in Japanese, but says that she will take down the bully Nia at Backlash. But Charlotte says Asuka can’t actually beat Charlotte. Well, Asuka is always getting better. Charlotte just stays the same. And one more thing: The Empress never bows down to anyone. Asuka dances off again, but has her evolution finally surpassed The Queen’s?

 

The Viking Raiders welcome the Street Profits to the bowling alley.

While Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins lead the series 2-1, they’re not sure about this. They can’t get no Jordans in here? No, those are bowling shoes, for bowling. And Erik vows that this series will be tied after this. Ivar references their basketball showdown by shouting, “Check!” and passing the bowling ball to Dawkins! Ouch. That’s not how bowling works, fam! But Erik blows the horn, and the game begins. Erik bowls a strike right out of the gate! Ivar does, too! The Profits take their turns, because anything they can do, Tez and Dawks can do better. Ford bowls… a gutter ball. Well try hitting the pins. Dawkins double hands it, but also bowls a gutter ball. Ivar tries that same technique, and still gets 9! Bring the drinks! First round on the Vikings. Well that’s nice. Solo cups all around, because the manager/waitress thinks Ivar’s cute.

Erik raises a toast, “Skol!” Cheers? No, skol. Cheers. Skol! Okay. SKOL! Oh what’s in here? The viking tradition: Goat’s milk! But back to the frames! Ivar gets a strike, Ford slips and gets a gutter again. Dawkins dares Ford to step up. But he has been stepping up! Ford plays with the ball too much and he drops it on Dawkins’ foot! Ivar and Erik wait for their ball to come back, and pull out… mutton! Dawkins misses the spare and blames the ball. Ivar says Dawkins can use his ball. It’s just painted on Ivar’s chest. Erik and Ivar start showing off with no looks and backwards rolls. Ford tries to curling this but it misses. Dawkins says he’s at least getting pins, unlike Gutter Ball Tez.

Ivar finishes the turkey and sees the snack bar is open. Ivar, wait! He goes right to the kitchen and takes out turkey legs from the fridge. Now the manager/waitress is upset with him now. Get out! They can’t go anywhere with these two. But the manager/waitress won’t throw them out, because Ivar’s cute. Erik bowls one last frame, and the ball bounces out of the gutter to still get a strike! After five frames, the Viking Raiders are all but perfect with 100, while the Profits are floundering with 21. But Ford says he has a way to change this. “Guy behind the counter! We want the smoke!” The lighting changes to have lasers, and the smoke comes up! Dawkins starts burning it up with strikes and high hits! And Erik starts missing! Ford finally gets something! Ivar finally misses! Now Dawkins does the no-look, and picks up that spare! “It’s Smoke Season, bruh!”

“How the turntables have turned!” The Profits made a comeback and are now leading, 130 to 121! This is the last chance for the Vikings, and Erik says no more playing around! Ivar holds onto the ball while Erik bowls Ivar! Ivar superman slides all the way to a STRIKE! And the Vikings finish it off, 131-130! The series is tied, but where will this series of oneupsmanship go next?

 

Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

The battle of best friends is heating up! The IIconics may have self-destructed in their title challenge a couple weeks ago, this match could get them back on track. At least, it would be if they weren’t arguing with Bliss-Cross backstage! Billie shoves Nikki, Nikki shoves back, and Alexa and Peyton are close to getting involved before Adam Pierce intervenes! Will things sort out and head to the ring after the break?

Raw returns and this has moved to the ring. The bell sparks things off and the shoving continues. Nikki dodges and crossbodies! She thrashes Billie around but Billie gets up and knees low. But Nikki buckle bumps back! And again! And a third time! Billie flounders and gets the fourth buckle! Nikki fires up with the crowd as she headbutts and dropkicks Billie down! Cover, ONE, but Nikki stays close. Alexa cheers but Billie kicks Nikki away. Peyton is there to coach Billie up, SHADES OF KAY boot! Cover, TWO! Nikki survives and Billie is furious! Billie argues with the ref but Billie drags Nikki up to the corner. She stomps away but argues as the ref counts. Billie digs her boot into Nikki’s neck but lets up at 4.

Nikki gets to a corner but Billie scoops for the suplex! Cover, TWO! Billie taunts Alexa but Nikki rolls her, TWO! Nikki throws forearms and runs, but Billie spins to DECK Nikki! Billie covers again, TWO! Billie clamps onto Nikki with a chinlock and smothers Nikki while thrashing her about. The crowd rallies up and Nikki fights to her feet, only for Billie to wrangle her back down. Billie pulls Nikki back in a half camel clutch. Nikki endures as Billie taunts her, but the crowd is still on Nikki’s side. Nikki gets up, Billie knees low, and then scoops for a backbreaker! Billie and Peyton strike the IIconic pose together before Billie runs to drop an elbow. Cover, TWO! Billie argues with the ref again and even throws a bit of a tantrum. Billie goes back to Nikki to slap her around. Nikki shoves Billie back then ROKCS her! And again!

Nikki keeps hitting, then dodges to run and clothesline Billie down! The crowd fires up again and Nikki runs corner to corner at Billie for a big splash! To a bulldog! Nikki fires up even more as she goes to the apron. She shoulders into Billie, dropkicks her down, then goes up top. Nikki leaps but FLOPS as Billie moves! Billie drags Nikki up, fisherman to SPINE BUSTER! Cover, Billie wins!!

Winner: Billie Kay, by pinfall

That new move was the key for Kay to pin one of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Will this mean the IIconics are back in the title hunt? Will Bliss-Cross be able to get through Bayley & Sasha Banks this Friday to then worry about Billie & Peyton?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Does the looming threat of Bobby Lashley give him concern about facing MVP tonight? Everyone should know by now that McIntyre doesn’t back down from any challenge. He loves challenges! He has beaten seven different superstars since becoming WWE World Champion, and will gladly make MVP number eight. IN fact, it would be better if Lashley gets in there! BOOM, Claymore for Lashley! Imagine this: Anyone in the locker room, anyone around the ring, anyone off the street, that wants to step to McIntyre, he will line them all up and give them all a one-way ticket to #ClaymoreCountry. McIntyre leaves, making sure to pick up his belt on the way. Will he punch, or rather kick, MVP’s ticket tonight?

 

Raw Talk returns!

Right after the show, go to the WWE Network, whether you’re a paid subscriber or hopping on the brand new FREE version, and watch as the return episode features Seth Rollins, The Street Profits and the Viking Raiders!

 

Rey Mysterio speaks via satellite.

How is his eye? And when can we expect to see him back on Raw? Mysterio says that while his eye is still recovering, he has no answers. There is no time table for when, or if, Mysterio can return. It is about how fast he can recover. But if an infection were to set in, that could end his career. Samoa Joe doesn’t want to be blunt, but Seth Rollins throwing that “retirement ceremony” earlier tonight, is Mysterio himself considering retirement? Mysterio isn’t really sure. He doesn’t know if it’s up to him anymore. Joe knows how bad eye injuries can be. Mysterio could be cleared in a few weeks, or never again! It is definitely an answer we do not know yet, but it has been on Mysterio’s mind.

Then to Joe’s point, is there anything, anything at all, Mysterio would like to address about the ceremony? Yes, actually. For a messiah, Rollins carries so much negativity. That negativity would be a burden for any man. For Rollins to say Mysterio was “chosen” as a sacrifice? C’mon! There was no higher power involved here. Rollins chose to blind Mysterio! Dominik comes in to say that what his father is getting at, is that Rollins is no messiah. Rollins is barely a human being anymore. Something needs to be done, and it needs to be someone from the Mysterio family. Dominik cannot calm down after what Rollins did, and how Rollins lies about it! That’s BS and we all know that. Mysterio calms Dominik and continues to say that he wants to thank the WWE Universe for reaching out. That means the world to him and his family.

He knows everyone wants an official statement, so here it is: “Seth Rollins, DAMN YOU for everything you put my family through!” From wife Angie to son Dominik and daughter Aliyah, they all had to helplessly watch Rollins jam those steps into Mysterio’s eye and blood run down Mysterio’s face. They saw the man that protects and provides for them suffer. Rollins says all these lies about Mysterio. Mysterio is a man of forgiveness, but Rollins will never be forgiven for what he did to Mysterio and what he put the family through! Mysterio apologizes to Dominik, and takes his leave. As for Dominik, he warns Rollins that as a “man of scripture,” he’ll understand eye for an eye. Is Dominik going to avenge his father by any means necessary?

 

Raw learns of a WWE 24/7 Championship confrontation!

Rob Gronkowski was heading out to film a Tiktok hit, but the gardener was working in the backyard. Gronk starts up his dance number, but then spots the gardener. He’s suspicious, and for good reason! His friend is now a referee! And the gardener rolls Gronk up! The gardener wins?! Wait, it’s R-Truth!!

Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Truth shouts, “You can’t get a touchdown if you don’t flip the mulch, Mr. Rob Gronkowski!” Truth runs off and Gronk is no longer in a social media mood.

 

Kairi Sane VS Nia Jax!

Just as we heard, the Pirate Princess wants to exact some sense of vengeance on the Irresistible Force for blindsiding her weeks ago. Will Kairi make sure the big bully stumbles before facing Asuka at Backlash?

Before the match, Nia grabs a mic to say, “I did not start this. I have been repeatedly attacked by Asuka and Kairi.” The classic 2v1 advantage. Don’t believe the hype. The Kabuki Warriors aren’t what they say they are, with the bright colors and being best friends and all that Japanese gibberish. “It’s all smoke and mirrors!” Just like Asuka’s reign! Asuka didn’t earn the title! She was gifted it because of Becky’s hormones. Becky got all preggers and then felt so bad that she gave the title away. “Oh, Asuka, here~! I love you!” And yet Nia is the villain in this? No, she’s the victim! And at Backlash, Nia exposes Asuka for the “backstabbing, undermining charlatan that she really is.” Bold words, but will Nia back them up?

Raw returns as Kairi makes her entrance. The bell rings as Asuka watches backstage again. Kairi dropkicks and fires off on Nia right away, but Nia pushes her down. Nia pats Kairi on the head for being so small, but Kairi SLAPS Her! Kairi throws more hands but Nia pushes her away and runs her over! Asuka is cheering as hard as she can but Nai drags Kairi up and tosses her! Nia drags Kairi back up, fireman’s carries, but Kairi slips out to a sleeper hold! Kairi squeezes tight and Nia fades! Nia drops to her knees but gets back up. Kairi clubs and ax kicks! And again! And again! Kairi back hands Nia! The crowd roars with Kairi as she goes to the corner. Kairi climbs up but Nia headbutts her first! Nia drags Kairi off the top, but Kairi spins to DDT! Cover, ONE!!

Kairi roars as she marches corner to corner. Kairi runs in for the SLIDING D! Nia is down and Kairi climbs up again! Kairi says anchors away, but Nia bails out. Nia paces the outside to catch her breath but Kairi builds speed and slides! But Nia spins her around to SLAM her on the apron! And then Nia whips Kairi into steel steps! Kairi hits face first and is down! But Nia drags her up to put her in the ring. The crowd boos hard as Nia drops a leg! Cover, Nia wins!

Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall

The Irresistible Force infuriates Asuka, because here she comes! Asuka stares Nia down but Nia backs down. The #1 contender leaves for now, but will she leave Backlash the Raw Women’s Champion?

 

Raw hears from Randy Orton.

“For the past few months, I’ve woken when at home, sat on the couch, poured a cup of coffee and watched the WWE Network.” Orton has caught up on The Undertaker: The Last Ride, Chronicle: ArRival, WWE 360, WWE 24 and even Ride Along. But the one thing that every WWE superstar has in common is that they think Ric Flair is the greatest to ever do it. Orton agrees. But then last week, Orton watched Raw and saw Ric Flair say that in his opinion, Orton is the best ever. And y’know what? Edge said the same. But Edge also said that Orton didn’t have a passion for the business. That Orton was handed everything! That Orton did it for a paycheck! And y’know what? Edge was right.

Orton admits it, but Edge can’t stand that even half-assing it, Orton has accomplished more than anyone else! Edge scratched and clawed and pretended to be the heroes from his childhood to get here. All Orton had to do was wake up, lace the boots and get in the ring to prove he was the best. At Backlash, Orton does the same. What could very well be the greatest wrestling match ever is where Orton proves he is truly better than Edge. Orton set the bait, Edge bit. Now Edge’s storybook ending will be rewritten by the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment: R K O.

 

Champion VS Champion: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!

WrestleMania 34. SmackDown 12/11/18. SmackDown 3/26/19. Raw 11/25/19. And Raw 1/27/20. These singles matches mark the rivalry of the Empress of Tomorrow and the Queen of All Eras. Now, Raw 6/1/20 will mark the next chapter! Which wrestling royal comes out the strongest towards their respective title defenses?

Before the match, Charlotte tells those who boo her to shut up and respect their NXT Women’s Champion.Because this Sunday, TakeOver: In Your House, Charlotte defends her title in a Triple Threat against Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley. Those are two women who each and every aspiring superstar should want to be like! They also know them. They share the gym, the locker room and the entire Performance Center. Charlotte cheers each and every one of them on. She wants them to be the next Rhea, the next Shirai, the next one to stand up to her throne, so that she can make them bow down.

But speaking of bowing down, there’s a woman who has a history of bowing down. That’s the Raw Women’s Champion, Asuka! Asuka was the first ever Women’s Rumble winner, and has the longest undefeated streak in the history of the WWE! She is even a Grand Slam Champion now! It seems like the Empress just wants to be like The Queen! But speaking of, Asuka returns! No more talk, it’s time to see if Asuka is just like Charlotte, or if she’s better!

The bell rings and the two circle as the crowd cheers for Asuka. Asuka and Charlotte tie up, go around, and Charlotte goes after the wrist. Charlotte wrenches, Asuka wrenches back, but Charlotte headlocks. Asuka slips out and drags Charlotte down but Charlotte gets away. Charlotte goes to boot but Asuka evades. Asuka kicks but Charlotte evades. So Asuka shoves Charlotte! Charlotte backs off a moment but comes back to shove even harder! Charlotte kicks low then bumps Asuka off buckles! Charlotte reviews the list of wins, but Asuka blocks the buckle bump. Charlotte DECKS Asuka and CHOPS her. And again! And again! Charlotte whips corner to corner but Asuka reverses! Asuka runs in, misses, but boots back. Charlotte ROCKS Asuka with a right, then drops a knee on the knee! Asuka writhes while Raw goes picture in picture.

Charlotte stalks Asuka then drags her leg to the ropes. Charlotte wraps the leg around the ropes but the ref counts. Charlotte stops at 4 but the damage is done. The Queen looms over the Empress as she stomps her bad leg around. Charlotte drops down to toehold and crank Asuka’s leg. Asuka fights back but Charlotte rains down rights! Asuka kicks back from the mat so Charlotte clobbers her! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool as she looms over Asuka again. Raw returns to single picture as Charlotte soaks up the heat from the booing superstars. Charlotte puts the leg on the ropes to drop down on it! And again, only for Asuka to roll her up! ONE, and Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS! Charlotte grabs the leg to drop knees on it over and over! Asuka crawls to a corner as the crowd boos Charlotte.

Charlotte walks into Asuka’s elbow but gives a forearm back. Charlotte clubs Asuka down then puts the leg on the ropes again. Asuka avoids the knee drop to fire off forearms, but Charlotte ROCKS her! Charlotte again brags about the list of wins she has on Asuka but Asuka just gets angrier. Asuka fires off hands, blocks punches and gives more punches! Asuka palm strikes from all sides, but Charlotte blocks the back hand to stomp the bad leg! Asuka staggers away as Charlotte runs in, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES! Down goes Charlotte! The crowd rallies for Asuka as she and Charlotte slowly rise. Asuka fires up and runs to hip attack Charlotte in the corner! Charlotte denies the sliced bread but runs into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Buzzsaw and shining wizard! Cover, TWO!

Asuka grits her teeth as she gets over to another corner. Asuka goes outside and climbs the corner. She leaps but Charlotte avoids the missile dropkick, and wants Natural Selection! But Asuka catches it to an ARMBAR! Charlotte hurries to get up but Asuka shifts to the Triangle Hold! Charlotte hammers Asuka and then dead lifts, to get the BOSTON CRAB! Asuka endures as Charlotte pulls back, and she flips Charlotte to a cover! TWO, to a KNEEBAR! Asuka has the leg but Charlotte turns around and pries her off in a dead lift! GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down but Charlotte sits up. Asuka gets to ropes and Charlotte runs over, but her boot misses! Asuka pulls on Charlotte but Charlotte elbows free. But Asuka mule kicks and runs, Charlotte follows, only for Asuka to get the ARMBAR!

Asuka pulls on the arm, has the Triangle again, but Charlotte keeps moving around. Charlotte manages to get up again, for another dead lift! For a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and Charlotte just slumps over in frustration. The crowd rallies as Charlotte has the leg. Asuka kicks with the good leg then gets to the ropes! Asuka kicks Charlotte away and stands on the apron, but Charlotte BOOTS her down! Wait, Asuka’s music is playing? Because Nia is mocking her by wearing one of her spare masks, and even her make-up! Asuka ignores the ring count and it hits 10!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by count-out

Asuka realizes she lost, and then gets CLOBBERED by Nia! Charlotte can thank Nia for this newest win over an old foe. Nia mocks Asuka to her face and leaves her behind. Will the opportunistic challenger use every trick in the book to get the title she thinks she deserves?

 

Backstage interview with Lana.

Lana knows Bobby Lashley’s “associate,” MVP faces McIntyre tonight. Some may consider Lana’s relationship with MVP “contentious,” and the slap from earlier tonight definitely lends to that. But this on top of Lashley saying Lana is a distraction at ringside, is this all MVP’s plan? Lana isn’t sure. But no, she’s certain it isn’t Lashley. He’d never do that to her. Her Bobby requested she not go ringside during his matches, but there was nothing about MVP’s matches. Lana laughs and heads off, is she scheming something already?

 

Drew McIntyre VS MVP w/ Bobby Lashley!

The Scottish Stud is set to take on the Rocky Mountain Machine at Backlash, but will gladly go through Montel Vontavius Porter first. However, Lashley being ringside certainly smells of a trap set for the champion. But just as we heard from Lana, she joins Lashley ringside because this is MVP’s match. Is the distraction going to ruin everything Lashley and MVP have planned?

The bell rings and McIntyre ramps MVP right into a corner! McIntyre stomps away then CHOPS MVP! He throws hyamakers but MVP hits back. McIntyre clubs and punches MVP back and CHOPS again! The crowd fires up as McIntyre whips but MVP reverses. McIntyre comes back and blocks the hip toss to CLOBBER MVP again! McIntyre wants MVP to stand and then gives him a Glasgow Kiss! The headbutt sends MVP out and Lashley heads over. McIntyre keeps his eyes on Lashley, but MVP POSTS McIntyre! Then whips him into Plexiglas before putting him in the ring! MVP runs corner to corner for a BOOT! McIntyre goes down, MVP covers, ONE! MVP is shocked and Lashley is worried, but the crowd fires up.

MVP brings McIntyre up, McIntyre pushes back but MVP kicks. It does nothing and McIntyre rallies with forearms and a boot! McIntyre goes to the corner and climbs up top, for the flying ax handles! And then he kips up! McIntyre starts the countdown, but Lashley drags MVP to safety. The crowd boos but McIntyre FLIES out! Direct hit takes MVP and Lashley out and the crowd is loving it! McIntyre drags MVP up and into the ring and now we get the countdown. Three! Two! One! CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

And Lana has a big smile on her face. But Lashley goes after McIntyre with the full nelson! McIntyre tries to fight it off but he can’t get free! Raw goes off the air, what is going to happen to the WWE World Champion?!


My Thoughts:

A really good episode for Raw, very little lull, though they found a way to fill time with a recap of the opening segment to start the second hour. The “retirement ceremony” for Rollins was good, and the tribute video turning into anything but was a given. Aleister VS Rollins was a really good match, but I almost thought things were going to turn into a tag team match when Carrillo ran out. Turns out that was saved for later. Rollins gets a lot of good Heel Heat, he really is clicking as this character. The “update” video with Mysterio’s and Dominik’s response was great, and I really want to see Dominik’s in-ring debut to be him going after Rollins. That would add a wild layer to this story, and definitely set up Rollins VS Mysterio for say Extreme Rules or even SummerSlam. I don’t know if this story is how Mysterio retires or just leaves the WWE, but this has the potential to be his and Rollins’ best work in the WWE.

Apollo Crews getting to choose his opponent is an interesting move for his story. I’m surprised he chose Kevin, but with his back and forth with Kevin, I almost thought Apollo was going Heel tonight. But instead, we get the Teddy Long “impromptu” tag match because Vega, Almas and Garza aren’t done with Apollo or Kevin. Vega is dead set on crushing Garza x Charly, tearing up that rose. I wonder if there comes a point when Charly goes after Vega and that costs Garza and Almas. But at the same time, Garza and Almas are already losing to Kevin and Apollo without that kind of stuff, so I’m curious to see how Vega’s stable can turn things around. Speaking of turning things around, Profits VS Viking Raiders in random sports is turning around and is hilarious stuff now. And the Vikings turn the series around, tied 2-2. I also love the ongoing gag that Ivar is the cute one. It works since Erik is married to Sarah Logan anyway.

What a surprise for Billie Kay to win clean on Nikki Cross, with that new finisher, too. I don’t know how, but Bliss-Cross probably finds a way to retain their tag titles against Bayley and Banks so that they can have a rematch with the IIconics at Backlash. Another surprise was that we finally got some WWE 24/7 Championship action again. Truth finds Gronk’s house, pretends to be a gardener, and then surprises Gronk. I hope that brings this belt back to the WWE Performance Center and then a heaping helping of NXT superstars get to join in on the chase. There are so many great choices out in the crowd, it’d be amazing if it got passed around from one end to the other and then Truth gets it back at the end.

Given these episodes of Raw have been taped and delayed, there were leaks about Nia injuring Kairi and even busting her open. But as we did not see any blood, or a buckle bomb worthy of the move being recently banned, give credit to some WWE editors from having shots that avoided any of that. Of course, that assumes the recordings we heard about were even for tonight’s episode. In the vacuum of kayfabe, Nia definitely gets good Heel Heat for her part in ruining Charlotte VS Asuka. However, I still don’t see Nia winning the title at Backlash. As it goes, Bayley has a win over Charlotte but now Charlotte has a win over Asuka. It would be a shame for neither Rhea or Shirai to win the title at TakeOver, but we could still get some sort of Winner Takes All Triple Threat where all three titles are on the line come SummerSlam. Though to be honest, I’d rather see Shirai get her first reign over someone becoming WWE’s first-ever Women’s Triple Belt Champion.

HBK has a good promo hyping Orton VS Edge and Orton has a great promo to add on, and only now am I starting to think they’re going to take the overly done “Greatest Wrestling Match Ever” slogan serious. Orton and Edge might actually give us a solid 25 minutes or more of actual match, to then have Orton disqualify himself because he was losing. The main event and the world title picture have been going strong and that includes tonight. Lana wasn’t as much of a factor as she made it seem with her promo, but her getting to watch MVP lose in person is perhaps good enough for her. McIntyre and Lashley fighting again to end the show was pretty good, but I feel a bit cheated that we don’t see how things resolved. The WWE advertised Raw Talk and the new free WWE Network pretty hard, but they didn’t have footage of anything involving referees or security breaking it up. You get what you paid for, and since it costs nothing, we got nothing.

My Score: 8.4/10


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

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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Overall Score: 6.25/10

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

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

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

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

Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!

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NJPW Castle Attack

NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
  • Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
  • KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
  • Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
  • Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall

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

 

YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall

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

Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)

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

 

Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall

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

 

Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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