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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/22/20)

It’s a GOLDEN Monday Night Raw!

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WWE Raw Coverage 3.0

Raw puts FOUR championships on the line!

It’s a veritable gold rush as the WWE 24/7, WWE Women’s Tag, Raw Tag Team and Raw Women’s Championships are ALL ON THE LINE! Who holds the gold at the end of the night?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders; The Street Profits win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair; Asuka wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Ninja Nightmare: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Natalya VS Liv Morgan; Natalya wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The IIconics; Bayley & Banks win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Apollo Crews VS Shelton Benjamin; Crews wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!

The WWE World Champion already had his own #ChampionshipMonday last week when he ended up having to defend his title in a tag team match alongside R-Truth. Claymore Country still holds the gold, so now McIntyre is finally able to celebrate his win from Backlash. “Welcome everybody to Monday Night Raw!” Or as McIntyre heard, Championship Monday. It was just last week that Truth hastily accepted that #WinnerTakesAll tag match. Wrap your head around that. But with the future in Truth’s hands, McIntyre is still champion. But that was the past, now we look to- Dolph Ziggler?! The Show-Off is now Raw thanks to that trade between brands!

Ziggler goes to the ring and McIntyre did not see this coming. He’s excited, though. Ziggler knows, this is a great surprise. But a lot of people know that AJ Styles went back to SmackDown, so in return, Raw gets The Show-Off and… The GLORIOUS Robert Roode! Raw got the better end of the deal. No one is happier to see McIntyre as world champion than Ziggler. Ziggler would hate to see McIntyre lose that title, before he gets what he’s owed. And what is Ziggler owned? Oh did McIntyre forget his own comeback story? C’mon! McIntyre was in the WWE and got fired. He should’ve been done, and he would’ve, if not for Ziggler.

Ziggler picked McIntyre up off the ground, dusted him off and put him on Raw. These two went on to be dominant Raw Tag Team Champions because of Ziggler! And now, McIntyre is the dominant WWE World Champion… Because of Ziggler. And McIntyre needs a challenger for Extreme Rules, so all Ziggler is asking for is what he is owed: a WWE World Championship title match. The crowd boos in disagreement. McIntyre sees Ziggler is taking responsibility for McIntyre’s success. Nice revisionist history. But let’s see Ziggler’s half of their break up. Not smooth sailing, huh? No Big Daddy Claymore means Ziggler was losing a whole lot. And SmackDown to Raw as a 2 for 1 special, huh? McIntyre wants Ziggler to listen to this: It’s not that Ziggler isn’t talented, far from it. “But buddy! You’ve become exactly what we used to despise. You’ve become an entitled jackass.”

McIntyre says Ziggler thinks the world owes him stuff. But McIntyre does need an opponent. And these two have so much history together. Ziggler called McIntyre the Scottish Psychopath for what he’s capable of. So could you imagine what McIntyre is capable of with the title on the line? What he’ll do and how far he’ll go. Does Ziggler really want that match? He does. Well okay then! Let’s make it official! Extreme Rules, McIntyre VS Ziggler for THE WWE World Championship! An incredible announcement! Will these former dogs of war tear each other apart to have the golden prize?

 

Nia Jax heads to the ring!

The Irresistible Force isn’t scheduled for this time, but she’s forcing Raw to make time for her. She makes a crew member give her a chair, and she takes it into the ring to have a seat. Is she waiting for something? We’ll find out after the break.

Raw returns and Nia has a mic now. “It must be Monday. Because Charlotte Flair got exactly what she wanted, whether she deserved it or not. She went ‘Woo~’ and was granted the title match versus Asuka tonight,” when Nia was cheated at Backlash AND last week on Raw, by a BIASED referee! Where is the fairness in that? But wait, here comes R-Truth! The WWE 24/7 Champion asks “What’s Up?” as he heads down the ramp to the ring. Nia shakes her head, not in the mood for fun. He gets in the ring as he raps, then he does the splits! He apologizes to Nia and says she is confused. Truth’s match with “the evil leader of a ninja clan,” Akira Tozawa, for the 24/7 48-7 7/11 I-95 South European “I Binged Episodes of Reno 911” Television Championship!

Oh but wait. Is SHE the real Akira Tozawa?! Everyone knows ninjas are masters of deception! TRUTH SHUT UP! She has no time for him to think she’s Tozawa. He has no time to be okie-doked! If she’s not Tozawa, who is she?! Tozawa appears behind commentary, laughing at Truth’s foolishness. Truth just thinks there’s two Tozawas. The ninjas appear but Truth runs away! The ninja give chase as Truth goes backstage. Nia can’t believe this. She is NOT leaving until- Here comes Flair! The Queen thanks the fans for the applause. Charlotte will explain to everyone what’s really going on: Nia squandered her opportunities and dropped the ball. Now she’s throwing a hissy fit! Oh so funny, Charlotte. We all know Charlotte gets what she wants cuz her daddy’s Ric Flair. Actually he’s now Charlotte Flair’s Dad, and he loves that.

But speaking of families, ahem. Oh wait, someone help her in by holding the ropes. A stage hand lowers the ropes for her to enter. Nia says if Charlotte’s father hasn’t helped her career, she’s delusional. Well maybe she is. Charlotte remembers that it was her dad who ended Asuka’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania, and then beat Asuka twice in the last month. Well you know who she hasn’t beaten? Nia. The one time they went 1v1, Nia not only beat Charlotte, she dominated her. And since then, Charlotte’s been building her legacy off easy targets and avoiding Nia. We both know the one woman built to take the crown is Nia. Charlotte laughs then ATTACKS! The two dominant women brawl and referees hurry out!

The refs work to keep the Queen and the Irresistible Force apart but the crowd wants to “Let Them Fight!” Nia gets loose, but gets a BOOT from Charlotte! The brawling continues but the refs work to keep them apart again. Nia did damage to Charlotte’s arm but Charlotte left her mark on Nia, too. Will this fight be settled regardless of who has the title at the end of the night?

 

The Street Profits are hyped backstage!

“We are ready~!” Dawkins and Ford are ready to end the Anything You Can Do series! It all comes down to the tag team titles! The Viking Raiders, Erik & Ivar- They appear! Do they have a message for the Vikings? Well yes. The Vikings are the end of the road. This isn’t for life, it’s forever! They walk different, talk different, yet somehow, through it all, they have become friends. The Viking Profits even have a theme song! But this is a warning: friendship is put aside when the bell rings. The Profits are the champs and are willing to do whatever it takes to finally win. Well as friends, there’s nothing that will stop Erik & Ivar from reclaiming their gold. Bring the smoke! And see you in the ring, fam! Well okay then! As the two teams head out, Zelina Vega comes by. Who wins this ultimate tiebreaker? And will Vega’s stable swoop in like vultures on the winners?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS The Viking Raiders!

Through golf and ax throwing, through basketball and bowling, through the fire and the flames! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins have kept pace with this pair of war machines and vice-versa. But now, in order to truly prove which dynamic duo is superior, we return to what started it all: wrestling! Will the Profits finally get a win over their rivals? Or will the streak started in NXT continue on #ChampionshipMonday?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s Dawkins starting against Ivar as this epic tiebreaker begins!

Ivar and Dawkins circle, tie up, and Ivar headlocks. Dawkins powers out and hurdles, then hurdles again to whip Ivar. They collide,  neither falls, and Ivar swats the dropkick away to HEEL KICK Dawkins! Tag to Erik, Ivar corner clotheslines and sends Dawkins into knees! Ivar hits Ford, then becomes the weapon, hip attack senton in the corner! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives but Erik drags him up to whip him to a corner. Dawkins stops himself to ROCK Erik, then tags in Ford! Ford runs in, dodges Erik and flips up and over to then hurdle and leap frog for a dropkick! Ford kips up and fires up as he shouts at Ivar.

Ford runs and FLIES out onto Erik, but Erik catches him!? And BOMBS him at Dawkins! Erik roars and Ivar comes over to roar with him! The champions are in trouble as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar grinds Ford’s arm down. Ford fights his way up but Ivar knees low. Ivar puts Ford in the corner and throws big hands! Tag to Erik and he whips Ivar into the corner. Ford goes up and over, hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on the Raiders! Cyclone splash for Ivar, elbows for Erik! Dawkins dropkicks Ivar out then hits a bulldog on Erik! Ford tags back in, Dawkins brings Erik up. “Anything you can do, we can do better!” THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, but Ivar breaks it! Ivar throws Ford out and returns to his corner. Ford brings Erik up and the crowd duels as Erik ROCKS Ford! Both men fall, but Erik tags in Ivar!

The Warbeard breaks through ford’s line to handspring back elbow! Ivar rocks Dawkins off the apron, then roars as he goes after Ford. Ford cartwheels, Ivar cartwheels, but Ford enziguris! Ivar stays up to BOOT Ford! Ford tags Dawkins, Erik tags in, and now these two do cartwheels! QUADRUPLE CARTWHEELS! But then the Profits swing into a double stack! POWERBOMB POWERSLAM! Tag to Ivar, and he goes up top, aimed at Dawkins! VIKING SPLASH but it FLOPS! Dawkins gets up, CASH OUT SPINE BUSTER! Tag to Ford and he goes up top. Dawkins SPEARS Erik while Ford flies in FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, the Profits win!!

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

FINALLY! The Profits have a victory over their rivals! But the Viking Profits are still friends, and they hug it out to show respect.  But then Angel Garza and Andrade Almas attack! El Latino y El Idolo are en la casa! They stomp down the Profits but run away when the Vikings return. Will the Profits get payback when they fight Angel and Almas straight up?

 

The disciples speak to the Monday Night Messiah.

Austin Theory and Buddy Murphy have been thinking, but Seth Rollins has them be silent. “Gentlemen, tonight I have a message for Rey Mysterio. Soon, all will be revealed.” What plans does The Architect have for the lucha libre legend?

Raw returns to Rollins again as he says, “Sometimes in life, we are destined for roles beyond our choices.” Rollins did not choose to be the Monday Night Messiah, nor did Mysterio choose to be a sacrifice. But the different between them is that Rollins has embraced and accepted his role for the greater good. Mysterio has been defiant. Defiance breeds suffering. The saddest part of it all is that Mysterio allowed his own son, Dominik, to get involved in this. Rollins wants Mysterio to know that whatever becomes of him and Dominik, from this moment forward, it is on Mysterio. The greater good is coming for them all, and there is nothing Mysterio can do to stop it. It has been said that legends never die. But they sure as hell can outlive their welcome.

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

The Queen just left the trainer’s room with tape on her shoulder. Has she thought at all about postponing the title match? Her arm is clearly hurt. The Queen never postpones. No one said wrestling is ballet. Her arm will be just fine once it’s holding up the title.

Charly Caruso then moves on to interview Garza and Almas, purposefully ignoring Zelina. Charly asks about the surprising attack where they worked together, but the question remains: what prompted the attack on the Profits? When you know what you want, you have to be willing to take risks. Like being with a beautiful woman, gazing deeply into her eyes, and then- Zelina interrupts and has Garza cool it. But Vega tells the WWE Universe that we are looking at a united front. Her clients have taken their differences and turned them into strengths. Soon, they will take a common prize in the Raw Tag Team Championships. El Idolo and El Latino want another shot at those titles, will they get them?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Charlotte Flair!

Nia may complain, but The Empress of Tomorrow beat her whether she likes it or not. But now, Asuka goes up against someone she’s yet to beat in 1v1 competition! Empress VS Queen, Chapter 8, begins after the break!

Raw returns and Charlotte makes her return to the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the epic eighth begins!

Asuka and Charlotte circle as Charlotte tests the bad arm. They tie up, Charlotte uses her leverage to get a headlock, then grinds Asuka down. Asuka throws body shots and powers out, but Charlotte runs her over! The bad shoulder seems fine enough for that, but things speed up. Charlotte sees Asuka drop down so she kicks her! Charlotte bumps Asuka off buckles then stomps away in the corner. The ref counts, Charlotte lets up at 4, and Nia is watching backstage as Charlotte stomps Asuka more. Charlotte whips, Asuka wrenches the arm and kicks the leg. Asuka goes after that bad shoulder but Charlotte avoids a takedown.

Charlotte throws forearms but Asuka wrenches to wring out the bad shoulder! The crowd is fired up as Asuka KICKS the bad arm! And kicks, then runs. Asuka hip attacks but Charlotte dodges to DECK Asuka! Asuka flops off the ropes to the mat, and Charlotte goes out to drag her back up. But Asuka hotshots the bad arm! Charlotte shakes it out as she paces around the outside. Asuka goes to the apron to SLIDING KICK Charlotte down! Asuka fires up and aims again, for a flying dropkick! But she hits the floor and Charlotte BOOTS her down! Charlotte drags Asuka up and into the ring then covers, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool as she gets back up.

Charlotte drags Asuka up into a headscissors squeeze, and she RAMS Asuka into the mat over and over. The crowd boos but Asuka endures the squeeze. The crowd rallies up, Asuka fights against the hold, but Charlotte goes after wrists. Charlotte headscissor throws Asuka then kips right up! Charlotte drags Asuka to a drop zone then climbs up top. MOONSAULT, but Asuka moves! Charlotte lands on her feet but misses in the corner. She still gets Asuka for the backbreaker to buckle shot! Asuka flops out of the ring as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Charlotte is choking Asuka at the ropes! The ref counts, Charlotte lets Asuka go at 4, then stalks her to a corner. Charlotte CHOPS and forearms and again, then again! The ref reprimands but Charlotte backs off long enough to run back in. But Asuka gets her for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both women are down, Nia is still watching backstage, and Asuka kicks away on Charlotte’s bad arm. Charlotte gets up and blocks the back hand, but Asuka blocks the chop to ROUNDHOUSE! But Charlotte BOOTS back! Both women are down again but Asuka crawls to a corner. The crowd rallies as Charlotte lines up a shot. Charlotte runs in, but Asuka dodges to send her into buckles!

Charlotte clutches the bad arm, and turns around into the FLYING ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Asuka wants the good arm, but then shifts to the bad one! Charlotte clasps her hands, moves around, shouting as she endures the pain. Charlotte uses her long legs to get the ropebreak! Asuka lets go at 4, having done some damage. Asuka staggers up but Charlotte kicks a leg out! Then chop blocks it! Charlotte has her target, and SPEARS Asuka down! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Asuka saves herself and Charlotte is seething. Charlotte drags Asuka to the center of the ring, but Asuka cradle counters the Figure Four, TWO! ARMBAR!!

Charlotte clasps hands as best she can, but now it’s a triangle hold. Charlotte dead lifts and POWERBOMBS Asuka down! Cover, ONE, into the ASUKA LOCK!! Charlotte is trapped, Asuka cranks back, CHARLOTTE TAPS!! Asuka wins!!

Winner: Asuka, by submission (still Raw Women’s Champion)

FINALLY! For years, with EIGHT matches between them, Asuka finally wins one! The Empress finally avenges her undefeated streak and holds tight to her title! What does this mean for Charlotte now?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

After seeing that match, does she think her brawl with Charlotte affected the outcome? Do you know what Nia thinks? She thinks it’d be a real shame if someone kicked the Queen while she’s down. Nia leaves, but did she just give away her next move? Or is there nothing Charlotte can do about it?

 

Raw hears from Edge.

“So here we are, Randy. You won at Backlash. But I don’t think you lived up to your claim of being the better natural wrestler. You hit me with an RKO and tore my triceps off the bone. Another surgery. you did that. But i kicked out. I kept fighting.” Now, Orton can tell himself to make himself better that he was proving a point, but that’s BS. Edge saw it, felt it. The panic when Edge had the Anti-Venom. Orton hit Edge with an “accidental” low blow? Okay. But then Raw last week, Edge thought Orton isn’t calling himself the Greatest Wrestler Ever because he won the Greatest Wrestling Match Ever. He’d be shouting it from the mountain tops or putting it on merchandise. Whatever Orton needs to do, since beating Edge meant that much. But beating Orton is what Edge expected. So Edge is disappointed he didn’t see that low blow coming, and that he didn’t do it first.

But Orton says Edge lit a fire inside him, that Edge reminded Orton what it was to be the Legend Killer. Well this injury, not being able to hold his daughters on Father’s Day. That showed that Edge needs to awake up a side of him that’s been asleep for far too long. The second Orton hit the punk kick, then questioned Jay’s (Christian’s) guts, his manhood when you KNOW he isn’t medically cleared, only to punt him, too. Christian and Edge have been best friends before 36 years! Long before the world knew who they were. They have walked through every trial and tribulation in life together! When Orton did that, he put the “PG Superstar” who was happy to be here, doing what he loves, to bed. And for that, Edge is thankful. Orton woke up the side of Edge that will sink to any level to get what he wants, and doesn’t care how many backs he steps on to get to the top.

Edge doesn’t care about winning anymore. He wants to embarrass, emasculate and make Orton wish his daddy fired blanks the night he was conceived. When Orton comes home, his kids will run up to him but see that look in his eyes and ask, “Daddy,a re you okay?” And he won’t be. When he hugs his wife at night, they can’t look each other in the eyes because they now what’s coming. Edge knows Orton has voices in his head, but Edge will scream louder than them all. Edge won’t sleep until every aspect of Orton’s life is affected. Edge will tear Orton’s life apart brick by brick. “You have no idea what you’ve done.” Orton woke up “the evil” that is The Rated R Superstar. “Get some sleep while you can, Randy.”

 

Backstage interview with Randy Orton.

He cuts Charly off to ask her if she knows what a snake does when it feels threatened. It’s like any other animal, really. You corner a snake and it will strike wildly. Sometimes blindly. That snake will do what nature intended for it to do, and that is to do what it has to to survive. Edge and Christian come back, try to have those comebacks at The Viper’s expense. He strikes wildly, but he does what he must to defend his family and his livelihood. He does what he must to survive. “It’s mother nature.” Now Orton wishes Christian and Edge full recoveries, and that they both happy, healthy, long lives as long as they do it far, far away from Orton. Now Orton has something to discuss with The Nature Boy.

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte.

The ice pack is pretty indicative of how she feels. How does she feel after losing to Asuka? Well she’s not happy! But she gives Asuka credit for targeting the arm. It was the only way Asuka was going to win. Nia attacks!! And she, too, goes after the bad arm! She POSTS Charlotte then looms over her. Nia says Asuka beat her, but Nia’s going to hurt her! She SMASHES Charlotte’s arm inside the lid of a dumpster! Nia mocks the “WOO~” before leaving Charlotte behind. Did the Irresistible Force just break The Queen?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship Ninja Nightmare: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas!

After Nia’s sit-in protest, this match had to be moved later on the card. But the 24/7 48-7 7/11 I-95 South European Television Championship is always on the line, so time is relative. Will Truth and Tozawa settle things from their Christmas caper across New York?

But wait! Here comes Bobby Lashley!? The Rocky Mountain Machine, and MVP behind him, head right for the ring given their beef with Truth! Lashley CLOBBERS Ninjas 1 and 2 while Tozawa ducks under the ring. MVP BOOTS Ninja 3 while Lashley RAMS Ninja 4 into barriers! Ninja 3 is fed to the ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPINE BUSTER to the apron!! Lashley storms his way into the ring and Truth is 2v1! ALL MIGHTY FULL NELSON! Lashley thrashes Truth then drops him like a rag doll! MVP and Lashley feel they’ve made their point, and they take their leave. Will Lashley and MVP finally leave Truth alone?

As for Tozawa, he finally reemerges, and sees his has a chance! Cover, Tozawa wins!!

Winner: AKira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

The leader of the ninja clan has taken the title back! ANd all it took was the sacrifice of his pawns. Will Truth be able to get his baby back? Will he even regain consciousness?

 

Backstage interview with Natalya.

She feels so awful for Charlotte after what Nia did to her. With Becky Lynch “out on diaper duty,” and now The Queen possibly being shelved, what the Raw Women’s Division needs is Natty’s leadership. Asuka is a great champion, but “breaking news~!” She’s not the one to give motivational speeches to rally the roster. Also breaking news, they’re really dropping the ball. Sarah could’ve scheduled time with Natty for her important announcement. Care to elaborate? Well no but apparently we don’t have any more time. So wait just like everyone else after Natty’s match. Natty sure is catty. Will she deliver on this promise of big news tonight?

 

Natalya w/ Lana VS Liv Morgan!

The Queen of Harts got on the young superstar’s case over the tag team match they both lost last week. And now, she’s joined forces with the Ravishing Russian after she was removed from Team Lashley! Will these two become a combination to be reckoned with?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Liv gets a headlock. Natty powers out and runs Liv over with a shoulder then spins for the DISCUS! Cover, TWO! Liv gets up but Natty bumps her off buckles. Natty stomps a mudhole but the ref counts. Natty lets up at 4, argues with him, then storms over to Liv. Natty brings Liv up and tells the crowd to shut up, too! Natty gut wrenches Liv to a Canadian rack, but Liv gets a ropebreak! The ref counts, Natty dumps Liv to the apron and shoulders her to the floor. Lana cheers while the crowd is divided. Natty drags Liv up and into the ring but Liv skins the cat to headscissor Natty towards steel steps! The crowd fires up as Liv drags Natty up and into the ring.

Liv climbs up but Lana lurks close. The ref warns Lana, Liv shouts at Lana, but Natty chop blocks a leg! Natty drags Liv around to a Sharpshooter! Liv taps, Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

The Queen of Harts makes Liv feel the pain before letting up. The new best buddies celebrate together, soaking up the heat from the crowd. Is this new partnership going to be what gets Natalya and Lana back on top of the world?

 

Backstage interview with The Big Show!

The Giant made such a memorable return, and has done so much over his career. Did he ever think he’d be fighting off ninjas with the Viking Profits? Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Raw gets taken over by ninjas. And a lot of them! Show just came by to say hi to old friends, and then an opportunity came up. It was Show’s pleasure to help lend Viking Profits a hand. Get it? Anyway, where else will you get this kind of stuff other than the WWE? And if you’ve been watching his show, The Big Show Show, on Netflix, that’s mostly what his career is focused on. He’s not here for his success, but for what happened to his friends.

Last week, Christian was taken out. People forget that Show isn’t all about fun. They forget that Show is also “one heartless, angry giant.” When that side comes out, he can do whatever he wants to whoever he wants, and there’s nothing anyone can do about that. The World’s Largest Athlete is going to the ring, as that heartless, angry giant. Will there be no stopping the Big Show’s wrath?

 

Ric Flair heads to the ring!

The Nature Boy is back and ready to “anoint” Randy Orton! Will the ceremony go through given what we just heard from Big Show? We’ll find out after the break.

Raw returns and Flair is in the ring with a mic. The crowd continues to “WOO~” as he waves to them. “First of all, earlier tonight, The Queen, my daughter,” was injured. Ric makes this short and sweet: Nia will wish she lived in another environment. It doesn’t matter how big and bad you are, when his daughter is on a mission, and she will be, Nia will be in trouble. But to the subject in hand, Randy Orton! Ric has been asked over and over, “Who is the best performer in the business today?” The word “arguably” doesn’t apply here. Everyone wants to be the best, but only one can be the best, and that is Orton! In 24 hours, he took the Hall of Famer Edge, and the icon Christian, and punted them back into retirement! The crowd boos that, but Flair says Orton is the Apex predator, the greatest ever, and wants to say so in front of millions!

Orton makes his entrance and joins Flair in the ring. Ric isn’t sure about us, but he’s been dying for this moment. Orton is THE most dominant, vicious performer in the WWE. “And that is a tough slot to sit on, control, manage and dictate from!” Ladies and gentlemen, the best performer in the HISTORY of the WWE. Flair is honored to be here with him. They shake hands and Orton thanks Flair for the words. It means al ot coming from Flair. How nostalgic for half of Evolution to be in the ring together. But sometimes, nostalgia can be confused with legacy. It was nostalgic last week when Flair showed the entire world that he IS the Dirtiest Player in the Game. It was nostalgic that Orton punted Christian as hard as he can as punishment for accepting #OneMoreMatch. And it was nostalgic for Edge at Backlash to step into the ring for the very last time.

The way Orton is feeling, this fire in his gut that has been reignited. This fire to be the Legend Killer once again is not nostalgia. It is Orton cementing his legacy. In the span of two days, Orton became the Greatest Wrestler Ever, and he “euthanized” the careers of Edge & Christian. The voices in Orton’s head, which are always disagreeing, are all united with Orton in the pleasure of being the Legend Killer. “Well…!” It’s the Big Show! He warned us about this! Show shouts “ENOUGH!” He storms into the ring to join Orton and Flair, because he won’t let them glorify everything Orton did. Edge and Christian are show’s friends, and Orton will pay for what he did to them. They’ve known each other a long time, and from day one, Show knew Orton was a “narcissistic parasite’ that feeds on anyone that can bring him to that next level. And that is someone Show used to respect in Flair.

Over and over, Orton latches on to others, like he did to Edge. He latched on to people that made him better, because Orton lacks the discipline and the motivation to do it himself! Orton doesn’t even care what he did, did he? He’s like every other parasite: when he gets what he wants, he leaves the host to die. But we both know that Edge isn’t done. And Edge will pay Orton back for everything. But it won’t be Edge’s satisfaction alone. Because this “pissed off giant” is going to break Orton’s body. Whoa, whoa, hold on! Show is not going to touch a hair on Flair’s head. Flair is the reason everyone here has their dream jobs! Show won’t go after Orton, either, because they’re friends who came up together. Show took Orton under his wing 20 years ago and Orton thinks the world of Show’s list of accomplishments. Show is indeed, and everyone agrees with this, a future Hall of Famer.

And y’know what else? Some might even say Show… Is a legend. The crowd cheers, but Orton wouldn’t have ever guessed kicking his friends’ heads off would piss Show off so much. And it would be a shame if Show suffered the same fate as them. Now the crowd boos, understanding where Orton is going with this. Show does, and he dares Orton to fight! Orton and Flair leave, because Orton says he gave Show his chance. Orton gave Show a shot to see what he’s capable of. Show knows what Orton is capable of when he puts his mind on it. Guess what? Orton is focused and motivated! And what happens next is on Show! The Viper and the Nature Boy leave, but when will Orton strike back?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS The IIconics!

The #GoldenRoleModels have certainly been on a roll as of late. Winning the titles, retaining the titles at both Backlash and last Wednesday on NXT, and The Boss even beat Nikki Cross on SmackDown. Though, a lot of that came about because #BayleyDosStraps’ mouth wrote checks Banks had to cash. Will the best friends stay bound by gold? Or will Peyton Royce & Billie Kay make history from WrestleMania 34 repeat itself?

The introductions are made, the tag title belts are raised, and this newest battle of buddies begins!

There’s a lot of trash talking as the teams sort out, and Bayley volunteers Sasha to start off. Sasha is surprised by that, and then she turns around into Billie’s BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Sasha survives Shades of Kay and Peyton tags in. Billie wheelbarrows Sasha and Peyton runs, but Bayley trips Peyton up and drags her out! Sasha arm-drags Billie while Bayley bounces Peyton off the desk! Sasha KNEES Billie then tags Bayley. They double whip, crisscross and ram Billie into buckles. Bayley bullies Billie and grinds on an arm. Billie fights up and pulls hair, but Bayley fights out of the IIconic corner. Peyton returns the favor, Billie clobbers Bayley, then Peyton tags in. Billie wheelbarrows Bayley through the ropes for Peyton to KNEE down! The IIconics are in control as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Billie brawls with Bayley! Billie knees low then clubs Bayley down as the crowd rallies. Billie talks smack and pushes Bayley around to then whip her into the corner. But Bayley decks Peyton, dodges Billie and rams into her with shoulders! Bayley mocks the IIconic pose before hitting the back elbow! Bayley goes again but Billie botos her away! Tag to Peyton and BIllie knees Bayley down. Billie feeds Bayley to Peyton’s PERFECT PLEX! Bridge, but Banks breaks it up! Billie goes after Sasha but Sahsa throws her out. Peyton throws Sasha out then goes to Bayley. Bayley throws hands and heads for Sasha but Peyton holds her back. Bayley ROCKS Peyton, tags Sasha, then whips Peyton into Sasha’s KNEE! Bayley and Sasha combine for the double SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sasha and Bayley are frustrated but Sasha brings Peyton around by her hair. Sasha suplexes Peyton once, uno amiga. Another suplex. dos amigas! But as she tires the thir,d Peyton siops out to shove her into Bayley! Peyton rolls Sasha up, TWO!! Sasha flounders into a back suplex, but she boots Billie away and drags Peyton down! BANK STATEMENT! Peyton claws at the hold but taps, Sasha and Byaley win!

Winners: Sasha Banks & Bayley, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

The Boss cashes in the check and #BayleyDosStraps lives on! “Oh my God, we are good!” And that’s what happens when you’re the best! Right, sister? Sasha says she’s been thinking. Bayley talks about being #BayleyDosStraps. And Sasha can’t help but thinking, if Bayley has two titles, why not Sasha? Bayley is her best friend and Sasha loves seeing her happy, but Sasha wants to experience that, too. Sasha is just trying to say, that she wants a title match. The crowd chants, “YES! YES!” but Sasha says at Extreme Rules, she is officially challenging… ASUKA for the Raw Women’s Championship! She had Bayley going for a minute! But speaking of the Empress, she returns!

The Raw Women’s Champion is still feeling good after the war she went through with Charlotte. She gets in the ring and tells the Golden Role Models that, “You are not the boss of me.” But Asuka still accepts! And then Bayley DECKS Asuka! Asuka is in a 2v1 situation but she still fights back! Asuka fires forearms all over the place, but Sasha hits the BACKSTABBER, into the BANK STATEMENT! The Blueprint throws Asuka aside to pick up the Raw Women’s Championship belt. Will we have #BossyDoubleBelts after Extreme Rules?

 

MVP talks with Lashley backstage.

Sarah asks if Lashley was making a statement going after Truth. Going after Truth? Lashley should be WWE World Champion right now, but he’s not because of “that clown.” So rag dolling Truth was introducing the rest of the Raw roster to the “hurt business.” MVP says that Lashley is a man revitalized, free of distractions! This association has done wonders for Lashley’s career, and it can do the same for Apollo Crews. The referee may have missed the trick Crews used, but we didn’t. MVP was proud! Until Crews agreed to face Shelton Benjamin againtonight! Apollo is talented, but he doesn’t get the “business side” of being a champion. Once Apollo sits under MVP’s learning tree, MVP can help Apollo realize his potential as one of the most prolific WWE United States Champions since… Well, MVP. And if Apollo makes the wrong decision, that’s on him. It’s not personal, just business.

Speaking of, the Most Exclusive Nightclub on the Planet is about to kickoff, and MVP as the proprietor has other responsibilities. MVP and the would-be champion head out, ready to address some business. What will Apollo’s response to all this bed when he joins MVP in the VIP Lounge?

 

Ruby Riott finds Liv Morgan backstage.

Liv doesn’t want to deal with this right now, but Ruby tries to talk to her. Liv gets it, last week didn’t go her way, and neither did tonight. Nothing has gone her way, and she doesn’t need someone making her feel worse about that. Ruby lets Liv go, but perhaps Ruby wasn’t going to pour salt in the wound. Will the Riott Squad ever be whole again?

 

Raw returns to the VIP Lounge!

MVP is already in the ring and that once again means big things popping and little things stopping. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view. The VIP Lounge is for people like him, people who are better than all of you. The crowd boos that. But as the most exclusive club on the planet, MVP hopes his guest understands the privilege of being invited. Here is potentially MVP’s newest client, the WWE United States Champion, Apollo Crews! Apollo heads to the ring, joins MVP in the lounge, and MVP says “this just feels right.” The US Champion in the VIP Lounge, it’s organic. But last week, Apollo said that if he wasn’t a fighting champion, he wouldn’t be a champion. MVP respects that. And when Apollo beat MVP to get that Money in the Bank Ladder Match spot, Apollo also won a lot of respect from MVP.

But then, Apollo got recklessly hurt, forfeiting his spot in that very match! As MVP shook his head in disbelief, it was then that he realized Apollo needs someone to navigate those bad decisions. MVP has made those mistakes so that Apollo doesn’t have to. The WWE US Champion is a ticket to fame and fortune! It is the opportunity for Apollo to give his daughter the life he’s always wanted for her. Whoa, MVP, hold on. Before going further, Apollo says he got here without any of MVP’s help. Apollo fought and earned the title, even risking his career to do it. So as much as he appreciates the offer, Apollo must again turn MVP down.

Okay, okay, let’s keep it 100. If MVP wasn’t dropping gems, Apollo wouldn’t be out here listening. MVP sees the potential for Apollo to become one of the greatest WWE US Champions ever! Not as great as MVP, but still great. There’s no rule that says Apollo has to be here week in and week out, putting his body in harm’s way. If Apollo wants to stay champion, he can do it for a very long time. But he can’t do that without MVP in his corner. And why is that? Is MVP going to help Shelton Benjamin in the rematch tonight? Or is his boy, Lashley, gonna come get Apollo? Or is MVP going to try and take the title himself? The thing is, Apollo has been dealing with people like MVP his whole life. Whoa, whoa, people like MVP? Yes, those who want to change him. He won’t let anyone or anything do that.

Alright, check this. How long has Apollo been champion? Three weeks? Try being a champion 343 DAYS! A historic reign! MVP likes Apollo and wanted to do this the nice way. They tried this twice now, there won’t be a third. Whether Apollo likes it or not, that title is “coming home” where it belongs. Apollo gets in MVP’s face but here comes the Gold Standard! If Apollo isn’t joining the MVP stable, is Shelton? And before things get going, MVP wants one more moment to say something. Apollo is listening, and Benjamin blindsides Apollo! That’s what MVP was going for! Apollo falls out of the ring and Benjamin POSTS him! MVP tells Apollo that “Lesson number 1: never put yourself in a two-on-one situation, because it leaves your blindside vulnerable. That gem was free, the next one’s gonna cost you.” Has Apollo already paid the price for not selling out?

 

Apollo Crews VS Shelton Benjamin!

Raw returns as this match is already underway, and Apollo arm-drags free of Benjamin’s hold. Apollo throws haymakers on Benjamin then whips him. The bad arm holds him back and Benjamin whips Apollo into a corner. Benjamin blocks the boots, turns Apollo sideways, then slingshots out to ROUNDHOUSE Apollo in! Cover, TWO! Benjamin keeps on Apollo’s bad arm with a jam, then brings him back up. The crowd rallies but Benjamin sends the bad arm into buckles! Benjamin brings Apollo out but Apollo throws body shots. Apollo CHOPS and dropkicks as the crowd rallies up. Standing moonsault, but into an ARMBAR! Benjamin cranks on the arm but Apollo fights his way up to a cover. TWO, and Apollo dodges Benjamin to clothesline himself and Benjamin out!

Apollo slowly rises as the ring count climbs. Benjamin runs in but gets POST! Apollo puts Benjamin in, brings him up and enziguris him back down! Then he scoops Benjamin, for the CREWS MISSILE! Cover, Apollo wins!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall

The fighting champion fights through the pain, and MVP still applauds. Will Apollo prove he doesn’t need MVP’s help? But then Lashley comes up and gets Apollo in the ALL MIGHTY FULL NELSON! Lashley thrashes Apollo down to the ground, and then MVP picks up the belt. MVP places it on Apollo, but will Lashley be the one to take it from him?

 

Dominik and Rey meet up backstage.

The son asks his father, “Are you sure about this?” Rey says he is. And he wants Dominik to trust him on this one. They’re going to show the Monday Night Messiah what the Mysterio Family is made of. That confrontation happens after the break.

 

The Mysterio Family heads to the ring!

The crowd cheers as Rey and Dominik return, still hyped from seeing the son show off speed like his father to dupe Rollins and his disciples. Rey picks up a mic as he stands with Dominik in the ring. “One of the most terrifying things that can happen to one as a parent is not being able to get a hold of your child.” Last Monday, Rey felt that when he called Dominik many times and got no response. That scared the hell out of Rey. And trust Rey when he says that when he found out where Dominik was headed, he didn’t feel any better knowing Dominik was going to the PC to avenge Rey against Rollins. Even the most confident father doesn’t expect his son to get out of a 3v1 situation like that. But Dominik did. And for that, Rey is proud.

But Rey is also angry. He is angry because Dominik put himself at risk, and his mom was even more worried than Rey! Rey knows Dominik understands this business, the risks they take just getting in the ring. Rey is angry with Rollins for what he did, trying to blind him. Rey accepts that, though. He knows that Dominik is bigger, but Rey is still the father. No matter how big and strong Dominik gets, he is always Rey’s child. But since Dominik fought for Rey, Rey is going to fight for Dominik. “I’ve got this one, son. I need to get revenge on Seth Rollins. But I need to do it myself.” Dominik takes up the mic to say that while he understands where Rey is coming from, he isn’t going anywhere. Rollins will learn this is what a family looks like. And this family wants a fight!

Ask and you shall receive! Rollins makes his way out on stage, but where are his disciples? “So you want a fight?” Well, they’re putting their Messiah in a very difficult position. Rollins isn’t sure what to do. Does he go in and slaughter a father in front of his son? Or does he slaughter the son in front of his father? Rollins is conflicted, but it isn’t really up to him. This is fate, prophecy and destiny! It seems that since they’re both in the same place at the same time, two eyes are better than one. Rollins heads down the ramp, but he drops to his knees and… Out come Murphy and Theory!” It’s on you, Rey! This is your decision.” But Humberto Carrillo and Aleister Black attack first! Mysterio’s allies have his back!

A brawl breaks out ringside as Rollins runs away. Murphy is fed to Dominik to throw hands! Aleister finishes up with the strike fest! Theory is put in,. Carrillo roundhouses to ENZIGURI! Carrillo FLIES out to take out the disciples! The crowd is thunderous as Rollins is alone with four! He tries to reason with them, but Aleister and Carrillo keep him from going anywhere. Rollins goes to the apron, to get a 619! And then thrown into barriers! The Mysterios grab Rollins to bring him towards the steel steps!! Eye for an eye, after all! Rollins fights as long as he can, and the disciples make the save! They throw Carrillo down, knock Aleister aside, but the Mysterios almost have their revenge! Murphy BOOTS Rey down then Theory clubs Dominik! The disciples go after Rey together and hold him down while Rollins goes after Dominik!

Rollins drags Dominik up, drags him over, and Rey can only watch! Dominik is brought closer, but Carrillo and Aleister have chairs! They save Dominik and run Rollins off! The Monday Night Messiah and his disciples have a new war for the soul of Raw on their hands! Will Rey, Dominik and their friends free Mondays from the megalomaniac?


My Thoughts:

A really good Raw to start pushing things along towards Extreme Rules, though with a lot more recaps than I’d like. Opening with McIntyre interrupted by Ziggler was quite a surprise. At first it seems like Ziggler and AJ Styles were a 1:1 trade, but nope, Styles is worth Ziggler AND Robert Roode, which mathematically proves the WWE has wasted The Show-Off AND the Glorious One. The promo between Ziggler and McIntyre was good stuff, but I feel like Ziggler is getting the title shot at Extreme Rules in a story where they’re referencing their past because we can’t get that between McIntyre and Jinder Mahal. Mahal is again injured, so he won’t be back for some time, but Mahal and McIntyre can still revisit their 3MB history in the future. Needless to say, the match at Extreme Rules will be great, but it’ll still be McIntyre’s win.

There continues to be great interweaving of stories as Nia protests and technically gets in the way of R-Truth’s title defense, for a title that is always being defended. And when Truth finally does defend his title, MVP and Lashley cost him. Truth should’ve run for it when Lashley and MVP were beating up ninjas that were most certainly 205 Live roster members. I’m definitely confident Tony Nese and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott were among the four ninjas. But Tozawa becoming champion again is great, he’ll be able to put on some great comedy segments. As for Truth, he should actually respond by helping Apollo Crews against MVP and Lashley. Crews VS Lashley for the US Championship is a great way to bring back a story that had a lot of potential the last time they were both on Raw but with a very serious tone.

The Raw Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and it was impressive for the Profits to steal the Viking Raiders’ finisher at one point. But as soon as Zelina appeared at the end of the promo segment between the Viking Profits, it was clear her team was going to attack the winners. Profits finally getting a win over the Vikings was great, and they’re going to have a great match with Almas and Garza that could go either way. We got great promos from Edge and Orton to lead up to the “anointing” of Orton by Flair. Big Show getting involved is actually a pretty great move while Edge is unable to wrestle because of his arm. Orton and Show are definitely having a match, but I have a bad feeling they’re going to give it Extreme Rules stipulation because it’s Orton and Show. The irony of Orton’s promo is that he was talking about nostalgia in a bad light but a match like this is all about nostalgia.

The segments with Seth Rollins and the Mysterios were all great. It almost felt like Rollins was going to establish some kind of event coming with how he talked about “the greater good” was “coming for them all.” Is there going to be something down the line like that? Where at a Big Four PPV like Rumble or Mania, something was going to happen? That aside, Rey had a great promo to go in line with this being the Raw after Father’s Day. And of course, a brawl breaks out, with Aleister and Carrillo coming to support Rey and Dominik. There is definitely going to be a Six Man of Rollins, Murphy & Theory against Aleister, Carrillo and I would think Rey. Dominik can be ringside, and things can get out of hand, but while a PPV would be pretty big for his first match, a tag match that big would help take some of the pressure off.

Natalya beating Liv in a match was basically filler as a vehicle to get two new stories going. Lana joins Natalya as, guess what? A manager! Though, I do expect Natty trying to teach Lana how to be a better wrestler, and the drama might come from whether or not Lana can improve. Ruby returns and naturally Liv assumes it’s all to make Liv feel worse, but clearly it is also to get back to the Riott Squad reunion Raw was paving the way for before the pandemic. I hope that means Sarah Logan is going to be hired back, too. Then, there was great stuff in the title pictures and adjacent. I did not expect the Raw Women’s Championship to be anything other than the main event, but it became clear through the night there was a reason. Nia and Charlotte are starting up a feud, which is might be a veiled way of punishing Nia since I would think Charlotte finds a way to win that.

Sasha & Bayley had a really good match with The IIconics but naturally they retained. That tease was pretty good, but it was clear Sasha wasn’t really challenging Bayley. If it wasn’t for this being Raw, I would’ve thought Sasha would challenge Io Shirai for her NXT Women’s Championship. But Asuka has traded off with all four of the WWE/NXT Horsewomen at one time or another, but with Sasha the least. Their match for Extreme Rules should be pretty good, and I can see the other brands trying to put obstacles in the #GoldenRoleModels’ way so that Bayley can’t support Sasha and vice-versa. Surely SmackDown establishes a #1 contender among the half dozen or so other stars they have. Of the SmackDown women left to challenge Bayley, my top guesses are Nikki Cross or Dana Brooke. Dana hasn’t had a shot, so that’d be big for her, but Nikki hasn’t really had a singles shot in some time, either, so it’s a toss up.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/13/22)

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NJPW G1 Climax 32

Will the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion keep the “Jay1” going?

The biggest G1 Climax in NJPW continues on and Jay White is spotless at 4-0! But will Taichi change all that this close to the ending?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, David Finlay, Tama Tonga & Jado VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs; Tito & Jonah win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Takagi wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi VS Jay White; White wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 4-0, 8 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points
  • Taichi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

G1 Climax, C Block: Aaron Henare VS KENTA!

The Ultimate Weapon and the Fang Revived are both out of the running, but this is about pride! Will Henare conquer Kenta? Or will he #GoToSleep instead?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. Kenta gives testing kicks, as does Henare. They keep testing each other, but neither man gets a clean shot. Kenta tries a palm strike but Henare ducks it to give some kicks. Kenta tries kicks but avoids the roundhouse, and fans applaud this great kickboxing exchange. Henare moves to using hands and he gets some body shots in! Kenta bails out and fans applaud Henare bringing the fight. Kenta takes his time returning, and he circles with Henare again. Henare anticipates a kick but Kenta rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kenta fires off haymakers and puts Henare in a corner!

The ref counts, Kenta knees low as he lets off, and runs in, but into an elbow! Henare goes up to FLYING CHUCK! Fans fire up and Kenta staggers up, but he avoids the heel kick! Kenta bails out again and fans applaud. Henare goes out after Kenta and CLUBS him down! And again! Henare HEADBUTTS Kenta, then KICKS him against the post! And again! Henare fires up but Kenta ducks, the kick hits POST! Kenta kicks that leg then POSTS Henare’s shoulder! Kenta hurries to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER that arm, then he kicks the bad leg! Then another ELBOW BREAKER, and another kick to the bad leg!

Henare falls over and the ref reprimands but Kenta KICKS Henare in the leg again. Kenta hammerlocks Henare and RAMS him into railing! Fans cheer the savagery while Kenta stomps the leg. Kenta puts the leg in the railing and stomps it more! The ref reprimands and backs Kenta off, so Kenta drags Henare up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Kenta is annoyed but fans rally up and Kenta gets Henare’s bad leg. Kenta has the standing toehold but Henare endures. Kenta drops an elbow on the leg and has a seated toehold. Henare tries to fight the hold but he reaches out for the ROPEBREAK instead.

The ref counts, Kenta lets off slowly, and he stomps the bad leg. Kenta drags Henare up, but Henare throws body shots! Kenta kicks Henare low, then stomps him on the back. Henare wrenches the arm to ELBOW BREAKER again! Kenta is just picking apart that whole left side! Kenta joins the fans in clapping, and gets them to stop clapping all at once. Kenta stomps Henare down, drags him up and fires off haymakers! Henare just snarls through them! Kenta KICKS but Henare snarls. Kenta CLUBS Henare but fans rally up as Henare stands. Henare roars but Kenta kicks the bad leg! Kenta runs, but into a KICK!

Henare falls over because the left leg is a weak base right now, but he growls and gets back up. Henare gets that bad leg moving, KICKS Kenta’s own left leg, and KICKS away in the corner! The ref counts, Henare lets off at 4, and he hobbles back to snapmare Kenta for another KICK! Kenta writhes and fans applaud. Henare runs in at the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Henare fireman’s carries for a RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Fans rally up and Henare snarls. Henare drags Kenta up, HEADBUTTS him down, then goes up the corner. SECOND ROPE SENTON! Cover, TWO! Henare is annoyed but fans rally as Kenta is still in it.

Henare drags Kenta up, stalks behind him and reels him into the full nelson! Kenta fights it, throws elbows, and he ducks the lariat to spin Henare to a DDT! Fans fire up and Kenta KICKS Henare in the back! And again! Kenta stomps Henare on the apron but the ref counts. Kenta lets off and drags Henare up to drag him through the ropes! BRAINKILLER! Fans fire up and Henare sits up in the corner. Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT Henare, then he goes corner to corner to SOARING DROPKICK! Kenta goes up top as Henare is in the drop zone, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, TWO! Henare survives and fans fire up again.

Kenta slashes his throat, vowing to finish this! Fans rally and Kenta drags Henare up. Henare blocks the lift, CLUBS Kenta again and again, but Kenta BOOTS him! And LARIATS! But Henare stays up! Henare swings, misses, but he catches Kenta for the BERSERKER BOMB! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Henare pounds the mat. Henare calls his shot, clamps onto Kenta, ULTIMA!! Kenta grabs the ref with a body scissors!! The ref reprimands and they all end up by the ropes! Henare throws Kenta down, which also throws the ref down! Henare argues with the ref but fans rally up. Kenta rolls Henare, TWO!!

Kenta hurries back up, and Henare runs in, into a POWERSLAM! Fans fire up and Kenta roars! Kenta drags Henare up, fireman’s carries, but Henare fights out! Henare ROCKS Kenta, Kenta ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up as they pick up speed! Henare gets the edge, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta fires off haymaker after haymaker, but Henare hits a body shot! And the HEEL KICK! Fans fire up with Henare and he drags Kenta back up. Henare fisherman’s to the torture rack, but Kenta claws Henare’s face! Kenta drags Henare down into the armlock, but Henare rolls out of Game Over!

But Kenta shifts to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Henare endures and fans rally, and Henare deadlifts Kenta for a POWERBOMB! Fans fire up as Henare goes to a corner. Henare shakes out his bad arm, takes aim at Kenta and runs in, RAMP- KNEE! Kenta drags Henare back down, GAME OVER CROSSFACE!! Henare endures as Kenta pulls back, fans rally up as Henare starts to fade! Henare taps, Kenta wins!

Winner: Kenta, by submission (gains 2 points; Henare earns 0)

The Ultimate Weapon’s first G1 run ends in defeat and with a 1-5 record, but it was all a valiant effort. Will Henare come back next year even stronger? As for Kenta, he has momentum as he prepares for another match tomorrow! Can Kenta tear down The Ace and spoil his chances?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Toru Yano VS Jeff Cobb!

The Producer is also out of the running, but the Imperial Unit still has a chance. Will Cobb take Yano on a Tour of the Islands to keep on sailing in the G1?

As Cobb makes his entrance, he’s cosplaying Toru Yano! “Funny Jeff” has a Hawaiian shirt over his merch shirt, he has a DVD case, and he has a chair! He even gives the ring announcer a very long introduction to read off, just like Yano! And to copy Yano’s disinfectant bottle, Cobb has an air freshener spray! As for the real Yano… Wait, where is he? His music is playing but Yano isn’t walking out from the ramp or anywhere else. Cobb waits, but is he going to get a win by forfeit? The bell rings, Cobb tells the ref to start already, and the count begins. So either Yano shows up before the 20 count or he’s done!

Cobb is impatient, we’re only at 7 of 20. Wait, Yano runs in from the far side! He slides in, rolls Cobb up, TWO!! Yano panics and apologizes for his prank! Cobb runs in at the corner, Yano dodges and Cobb hits buckles! Yano shoves the ref, then sprays the disinfectant at Cobb’s face!! Roll up, TWO!! Cobb escapes but Yano brings him up to throw him out! Yano hurries after Cobb and whips, but Cobb reverses! Yano hits railing hard! Cobb wipes the spray out of his eyes, but he walks into an atomic drop! Yano tucks Cobb’s arms into his singlet, then wraps him up in the apron skirt! Yano shoves the #Cobburrito down and gets in the ring!

The ring count is rising, Cobb struggles against the skirt wrap, and we’re at 9 of 20! Cobb asks for help but we’re at 13! A Young Lion finally hurries over and helps Cobb get to his feet. Cobb wiggles into the ring at 18! Yano stands on Cobb to surf! Fans applaud as Yano hangs loose! Then Yano hurries to untie a buckle pad from a neutral corner. But Cobb comes back to kick! And kick! Cobb asks the ref for help but Yano kicks Cobb low. Yano runs, but Cobb manages a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Cobb finally gets his arms out of his singlet and fans rally up. Cobb drags Yano up to ROCK him with a right!

Cobb whips, Yano reverses, Cobb stops from hitting buckles, and then dodges! Yano hits the buckles, then Cobb hits an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Cobb drags Yano up. Yano waistlocks but Cobb switches. Yano grabs at the ref but Cobb blocks the mule kick low blow! Cobb spins Yano, kicks and then pulls Yano’s shirt up over his face! Yano is blindfolded and he staggers around, into a SUPERKICK! Then a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)

“Funny Jeff” still got serious in the end, and he is still in the running! Will Cobb be able to survive to the semifinals? Or is his fate in someone else’s hands?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: Shingo Takagi VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!

The Rampaging Dragon isn’t done in the G1 just yet, but to think the Tokyo Pimp would be leading the block! Will Takagi be able to drag Yujiro down? Or will Yujiro’s G1 run have a happy ending?

The moment the introductions are over, Yujiro rushes Takagi! Takagi blocks the boot and throws Yujiro down! The bell rings and Takagi drags Yujiro up to put in the corner. Takagi fires off forearms over and over, and fans fire up as Takagi ROCKS Yujiro again. Takagi whips and KNEES Yujiro at the ropes, then runs to run Yujiro over! Fans fire up and Takagi runs in at the corner. Yujiro BOOTS, but Takagi powers through to clothesline! Takagi then reels Yujiro in to suplex high and hard! Fans fire up but Yujiro bails out of the ring. Takagi pursues, brings Yujiro up and RAMS him into the apron! Takagi then whips Yujiro into railing!

Yujiro flounders away and Pieter checks on him. Takagi storms his way over but Pieter stands in his way. Can a bunny tame a dragon? Takagi is intrigued but Yujiro rushes in! Takagi blocks the sucker punch to ROCK Yujiro back! Pieter scampers away and Takagi scolds her before he CLUBS Yujiro. Takagi POSTS Yujiro, then tells the ref to hold on. Takagi smacks Yujiro off the apron, then again, and again! Fans rally up and Takagi puts Yujiro in the ring. Yujiro crawls away to the far side and bails out again. Yujiro goes looking under the ring and he gets a chair! Takagi takes his time walking over, and Yujiro JAMS him with the chair!

The ref reprimands and takes the chair, and Yujiro knees Takagi low. Yujiro whips but Takagi reverses. Yujiro stops from hitting railing, and he drop toeholds Takagi into the railing! Then REVERSE DDT to the floor! The ref reprimands Yujiro and he apologizes before getting in the ring. Takagi stirs and the ring count starts. Takagi stands up at 6 of 20, he gets frustrated, and he gets in at 10. Yujiro stomps Takagi over and over in the corner then digs his knee in. The ref reprimands, Yujiro brings Takagi up and snapmares for the basement BOOT! Cover, ONE!! Yujiro is surprised and annoyed, but he rains down fists!

The ref reprimands about the closed fists and Yujiro lets off. Yujiro drags Takagi up and bumps Takagi off buckles. Yujiro knees low, throws back elbows, but Takagi clinches! Yujiro digs his forearm into Takagi’s eyes! Yujiro lets off, runs in and BOOTS Takagi again! Fans applaud that bit of agility and Yujiro snapmares Takagi to drop a leg, drop an elbow, and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” but Yujiro brings him up. Takagi eggs Yujiro on and Yujiro throws a forearm! And another forearm! And another! Takagi JABS, JABS and JABS, to then DOUBLE CHOP! Fans fire up and Takagi drags Yujiro back up.

Fans fire up as Takagi says it’s go time! Another suplex, but Yujiro wrenches out and BITES the hand! The ref reprimands, Yujiro lets off to fisherman, but Takagi BITES back! Fans cheer the turnabout being fair play but the ref still reprimands. Takagi lets off and wretches from the bad taste. Yujiro ROCKS Takagi then runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up again and Takagi pounds the mat. Fans rally and Takagi aims from a corner. Yujiro stands, Takagi runs in to run him over! And then scoops to SLAM, for a SENTON! But that’s not all! Takagi drags Yujiro up, hooks him up, but Yujiro fights the Gory Especial!

Yujiro throws back elbows, but Takagi spins through to suplex! Yujiro fights that so Takagi hits a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! But Takagi says there’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along and Takagi drags Yujiro back up. But wait, here comes Sho! Takagi sees Sho and his little wrench, but Yujiro sneaks up! Takagi elbows Yujiro away, whips him to ropes, but Yujiro holds ropes. Takagi rushes in, Yujiro dodges and distracts the ref as Sho grabs at Takagi! Yujiro runs in to BOOT Takagi! Yujiro reels Takagi in, INCOLLE SLAM! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Yujiro crawls over to drag Takagi up.

Fans rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as Yujiro fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE! Cover, TWO! Takagi is still in this and Yujiro is frustrated. Yujiro drags Takagi back up and reels him in, but Takagi says no to Big Juice! Takagi throws body shots, wrenches out, blocks a haymaker and he HEADBUTTS away on Yujiro! Both men wobble but Takagi runs, only for Sho to be there with a chair! The ref reprimands, Takagi goes back to Yujiro for boxing elbows! Fans rally as Takagi runs again, but into a BOOT! Yujiro runs, but into a clothesline! Takagi runs but Yujiro distracts the ref again, Sho SMACKS Takagi with the chair!

Yujiro reels Takagi in, PIMP JUICE! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives the screw job and fans fire up! Yujiro pleads with the ref but two is two! Yujiro drags Takagi up but Takagi blocks Big Juice again! Takagi powers up to power out and he ELBOWS! JABS! YUKON feint to the DDT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up again as Yujiro flounders around. Takagi gets up and headbutts the buckles to fire back up! LARIAT! But Takagi gets Yujiro up to a MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?!? Yujiro survives and even Sho is shocked! Takagi gets back up as fans rally again. Takagi stands Yujiro up to pump handle and torture rack.

Yujiro wriggles and gets free to the apron to rake eyes! Takagi runs back in but Yujiro dumps him out! Yujiro staggers over, gets Takagi up and whips him into railing! The ref has Sho stay back as Yujiro goes over to bring Takagi around. Yujiro whips Takagi into more railing, and then he wobbles and hobbles to get Takagi back. Takagi fires off forearms in return! Takagi whips, Yujiro reverses and Takagi hits railing even harder! Takagi falls in a heap, Yujiro and Sho both shout for the ring count. The ref starts, Yujiro sits Takagi up, but no Pimp Juice Basement BOOT instead! And then FISHERMAN BUSTER to the floor!

Yujiro gets in the ring at 12 of 20 but Takagi is right after him! Takagi fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER to the floor! The count is 16 of 20!! Takagi staggers up and in at 18! Yujiro is down but Sho throws him in at 19.5! Fans fire up as this keeps going, and Takagi runs in at Yujiro with a clothesline! Takagi pump handles, torture racks, but Yujiro BITES again! The ref reprimands, Yujiro throws Takagi’s arm into him! The ref staggers but stays up, Yujiro shove Takagi into him! The ref goes down, Yujiro hits a REVERSE DDT! Fans rally but Sho sends a chair in! Yujiro gets the chair, takes aim and runs in, and he JAMS Takagi low!

Yujiro then reels back to SMACK Takagi on the back! But Takagi LARIATS through the chair! And CHUCKS the chair at Sho!! PUMPING BOMBER!! But that’s not all! Yujiro deserves this one! LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, Takagi wins!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)

Well, well, well! D Block is looking like a real rock-paper-scissors scenario! Yujiro beat David Finlay, who beat Takagi (and quite a few others) but Takagi just beat Yujiro! What will this mean for the semifinals with another D Block match up next?

 

G1 Climax, D Block: YOSHI-HASHI VS Will Ospreay!

The Headhunter and the Commonwealth Kingpin are both still alive in the block, but the window is closing! Will the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champion shock the IWGP US Heavyweight Champion? Or will Ospreay make sure Hashi does NOT #GetBackUp?

The bell rings and fans rally up. These two circle and tie up, and are in a deadlock. Ospreay finds a point of leverage and he powers Hashi to ropes. Ospreay talks some trash as he lets off, then he pats Hashi on the side. Before he knees low and hard! Ospreay headlocks and grinds Hashi but Hashi throws body shots. Hashi powers up and out to reel Ospreay into a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange, then Ospreay powers up and out. Hashi runs Ospreay over, but Ospreay kips right back up! Fans applaud again the agility, then Ospreay gets Hashi with a “made you look” and SLAP! Hashi CHOPS back!

Ospreay staggers away, stinging from that back hand. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! And whip to CHOP, then mule kick! Hashi turns Ospreay to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE, but Hashi keeps cool. Fans rally up and Hashi brings Ospreay up. Hashi CLUBS Ospreay on the back and Ospreay goes to a corner. Hashi stomps and CHOPS Ospreay and Ospreay shouts in pain! Hashi stands Ospreay up and reels him in to suplex. Ospreay slips out, shoves and fireman’s carries to then HOTSHOT! Ospreay runs to BOOT Hashi down! Fans fire up for the agility but Ospreay needs a second from the stinging in his chest.

Ospreay drags Hashi up and bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS back and Hashi sputters now. Fans fire up and Ospreay wrenches Hashi to whip corner to corner hard! Hashi bounces off buckles and hits the mat hard! Ospreay grabs the bad arm and sets it on the apron, to drop a knee right on it! Hashi shouts in pain and clutches that bad arm. Ospreay drags Hashi off the apron, wrenches the bad arm and then YANKS Hashi into the post! Hashi staggers away and leans against railing from the pain, but Ospreay leaves him behind. Fans rally up for Hashi and the ring count begins. The count is 8 of 20 as Hashi gets in the ring, and Ospreay mockingly applauds.

Ospreay drags Hashi up, but Hashi throws body shots! Ospreay gets the arm for an ELBOW BREAKER! No mercy from the Kingpin as Hashi writhes again. Ospreay tells Hashi this is his last chance to give up now. Hashi refuses so Ospreay omoplatas the good arm. Ospreay CHOPS Hashi in the side then grabs the bad arm! RECLINER ARMLOCK! Cover, but Hashi slips off before Red Shoes can count. Ospreay mockingly applauds as Hashi goes to the apron. Ospreay drags Hashi back in and wrenches again for the snapmare and top wristlock. Hashi endures again and Ospreay digs his knuckles in. Red Shoes reprimands but Ospreay pulls at the arm!

Hashi endures more, even as Ospreay is bending him across his knee! Hashi fights up, throws body shots to get free, but Ospreay CLUBS him down! Ospreay whips Hashi to a corner, runs in, but Hashi dodges! Ospreay hits buckles, but he BOOTS back! Hsahi swings but into a spin from Ospreay! Ospreay suplexes, Hashi fights it off, and Hashi suplexes to get the NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi and Ospreay both stand, but Hashi CLOBBERS Ospreay with elbows! Hashi whips, Ospreay reverses but Hashi comes back to dropkick the leg out! Then HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi as he gets back up!

Ospreay gets to the ropes, Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi brings Ospreay up to suplex and hang Ospreay out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to DROPKICK Ospreay down! Then Hashi sits Ospreay up for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Hashi gets to his feet. Hashi brings Ospreay up and reels him in, but Ospreay wrenches out. Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, kicks him and whips him, but Ospreay handsprings to a NEURALIZER! Direct hit with that kick! Fans fire up as Hashi bails out, Ospreay hurries over to PLANCHA! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up again, and Ospreay slowly sits up first.

Ospreay drags Hashi up and puts him in the ring. Ospreay aims, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Hashi is still in this and fans rally up! Ospreay keeps his focus, he drags Hashi back up, and he reels Hashi in to turn him. Hashi resists, so Ospreay gives him a Kowata Kick and a big CHOP! Hashi staggers to a corner and Ospreay runs in, but Hashi BOOTS back! Hashi runs in but into an elbow! Ospreay runs but into a CHOP! Hashi runs but into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Ospreay drags Hashi up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner.

Fans rally as Ospreay climbs, but Hashi rises! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hashi brings Ospreay up, but Ospreay fights the superplex! Fans rally as Ospreay and Hashi trade body shots! Ospreay fires off HEADBUTT after HEADBUTT, then SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Hashi down! Hashi hobbles up, into the FLYING FOREARM to the back! Ospreay gets Hashi up to a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay is surprised Hashi is still in this, but Ospreay snarls and waits on Hashi to rise. Ospreay then calls his shot, springboards, OS- NO! Hashi full nelsons to a SNAP DRAGON!

Fans rally up again as both men are down. Hashi sits up first but Ospreay follows. Hashi fires up and runs, but Ospreay swats the lariat! So Hashi CHOPS! And aims, to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up and Hashi drags Ospreay into the full nelson. Spin and pump handle, but Ospreay fights Karma with elbows. Ospreay ROCKS Hashi with a forearm, but Hashi comes back with a forearm of his own! Hashi eggs Ospreay on so Ospreay ROCKS him again! Hashi ROCKS Ospreay, but Ospreay ROCKS Hashi! Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, and then Hashi CHOPS! Hashi CHOPS again, then again!

Ospreay CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Hashi reels Ospreay in but Ospreay throws a forearm! Hashi HEABUTTS! Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES! Both men fall over and fans are thunderous! Ospreay roars and drags Hashi back up, but Hashi ducks the roundhouse! Pump handle to KARMA!! Hashi has to crawl to the cover, TWO!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi is too sore to be upset so he just gets up. Hashi roars, runs, and LARIATS! Ospreay flips around, Hashi gets him up, pump handle and KAR- STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE!! Fans fire up and Ospreay grits his teeth! Springboard, OSCUTTER!! Cover, TWO!?!

Hashi survives and fans can’t believe it! Ospreay can’t believe it, either, but he drags Hashi around. Ospreay prepares his arm, takes aim, but Hashi ducks the Hidden Blade! SUPERKICK! But Ospreay dodges the lariat, to OS- SUPERKICK!! Hashi gets Ospreay with some anti-air and he hurries to add on! DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous again! Hashi pushes himself back up, sits Ospreay up and clamps on with a SLEEPER! Ospreay endures, fights up, but Hashi spins him into the pump handle. Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Hashi runs in to LARIAT! But Ospreay roars!

Ospreay swats a lariat, ROLLING ELBOW to the HOOK KICK, tot he LIGER- FACEBUSTER from Hashi!! Hashi gets Ospreay up to the KUMAGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ospreay survives and the fans are electric! Hashi stands and fires up! Hashi runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay drags Hashi right up to turn him, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! And then from the corner, HIDDEN BLADE!! Cover, Ospreay wins!

Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hashi earns 0)

The Kingpin wins, and the D Block picture is still a mess! Can Hashi recover to have his last G1 match tomorrow? As for Ospreay, will he settle things with Juice Robinson on Tuesday and make the path forward a bit clearer?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

One way or another, The Holy Emperor finishes his run this weekend, but if he wins here, it might not even matter! Will the Sliest Wrestler in the World be able to snatch a golden ticket off the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Or will he breath with the Switchblade as the Jay1 goes 5-0?

White and Taichi both have quite a bit to put aside, from jackets to belts. Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and even White applauds. White gets his moving, too, so he isn’t out of the NJPW Dancing with the Pecs running. White gets impatient with Red Shoes and he Too Sweets with Gedo. The bell rings and fans rally up as White and Taichi stare down. White and Taichi circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Taichi finds a point of leverage and he puts White in a corner. Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi pats White on the shoulder then backs away. Fans applaud and White dusts himself off. Taichi and White reset and circle again.

Taichi offers White a sumo style showdown. Fans rally up for that and White says okay, but how does it work? They crouch, then Taichi does the sumo stomp. White asks Gedo if that’s how it’s done. White returns the stomp, and they square up at center. But then White pulls hair and RAMS Taichi into the corner! White stomps a mudhole then throws forearms. White mocks the sumo then whips corner to corner. Taichi reverses and runs in but White bails out! White says nope, Taichi isn’t getting the better of him. White wants Red Shoes to keep Taichi back so he can get in. Taichi does back up and White returns.

Gedo grabs Taichi’s foot! White CLUBS away on Taichi, mocks the sumo then whips, but Taichi reverses. White holds ropes and bails out, but Taichi rushes out after him! White slides back in, Taichi pursues, but White facelocks. Taichi RAMS White into a corner! Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, Taichi slowly lets off, but White avoids the cheap shot to CHOP! Taichi just snarls and CHOKES White! Taichi has White in the corner, Gedo protests but then Taichi tells Gedo to shut up before he CHOKES Gedo! White rakes Taichi’s eyes to make him let Gedo go! White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Taichi to the floor!

White applauds mockingly and he smirks as he mocks more of Taichi’s sumo style. White drags Taichi up to CHOKE him on the railing right in front of commentary! Red Shoes reprimands, White lets off and Taichi falls over. White borrows some camera cable to CHOKE Taichi! Red Shoes reprimands but White talks trash on Taichi. White lets off, tells Miho to shut it but she’s all the way on the other side of the ring. White drags Taichi up and into the ring, then puts him on the apron. White CLUBS Taichi in the chest again and again! Gedo likes it as White SMOTHERS Taichi with the apron skirt! Red Shoes reprimands, White tells Miho to shut up, but he does let off.

White is polite enough to put the skirt back where it belongs and he wipes the sweat away with his towel. White drags Taichi to a cover but Red Shoes refuses to count! Gedo and White ask why, but it’s obviously because of the shenanigans with the skirt! Gedo distracts Red Shoes with his dramatic whining so that White can CHOKE Taichi with the towel! Miho protests, Red Shoes sees something’s up, and White lets off on the towel. White tells Red Shoes to relax, it’s just his towel! The towel is taken away, and White gets the fans to clap again. “TA-I-CHI!” “JAY WHI-TO!” White mocks Taichi but Taichi kicks back from the ropes!

Taichi whips White, White reverses and kicks low to throw Taichi by his hair! White CHOKES Taichi, much like Taichi would. Red Shoes reprimands, he won’t count the cover. But White says Taichi does it all the time! Speaking of, Taichi CHOKES White from below! Gedo protests, White stomps Taichi into letting go, then stomps him more! White sputters and coughs at the ropes but fans rally up. White sits Taichi up into a chinlock but Taichi endures. White grinds Taichi down but Taichi kicks around. Taichi pulls White’s hair, stands up, and he throws elbows. Taichi KICKS White’s leg, KICKS it again, then blocks White’s kick to KICK again!

White hobbles away and fans fire up! Taichi storms over but White knees low. White Too Sweet CHOPS! And Too Sweet CHOPS! White whips Taichi corner to corner, then runs in, but Taichi dodges the chop! Taichi CHOKES White again! Gedo protests, Red Shoes reprimands, and White tries to choke Taichi back! Taichi breaks that grip and shoves White into the corner to GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as both men fall down! White stirs and gets out of the corner while Taichi sits up. Taichi stands and storms up on White to KICK him back down! Fans fire up while White sits back up. Taichi KICKS him down again!

Gedo grows worried for White as he manages to sit up again. Taichi KICKS White down again! Taichi taunts White, looms over him, then drags him up to snapmare and KICK in the back! White writhes and fans fire up as Taichi stalks White to ropes. Taichi drags White up, whips but White reverses. Taichi reverses back to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans fire up and Taichi looms over White again. Taichi drags White up to reel him in but White fights off the saido! White CLUBS away, fires off forearms, but Taichi KICKS the leg! White hobbles and drops to a knee. Taichi runs in at the corner, White dodges and fireman’s carries, DEATH VALLEY BOMB!

Fans fire up and Gedo cheers, but both men are down. White sits up and clutches his chest while fans rally. Taichi rolls away to a corner but White runs in, UPPERCUT! White brings Taichi out to suplex for BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this and White is frustrated. White drags Taichi up, reels him in, but Taichi fights the urenage with elbows Taichi wrenches, White ducks the roundhouse and hits a COMPLETE SHOT! White then shifts to a waistlock and he deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up but Gedo is the most excited about that one. Fans rally up, White drags Taichi up and reels him in, URENAGE! Stacked cover, TWO!

White is frustrated and Gedo is furious but White sits Taichi up. White wraps on the SLEEPER, then he drags Taichi up! Taichi backs White down but White sends him into the buckles! White runs back in but into a BOOT! Taichi rushes but White ducks to CHOP! Taichi SOBATS, White UPPERCUTS, Taichi ENZIGURIS! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Taichi and White stir, Taichi sits up and fires himself up. Gedo shouts to White to get up but OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi powers up in the corner and takes aim, but GEDO GRABS MIHO! Gedo’s got Miho by her hair! White waistlocks to SAIDO!!

Gedo says White should finish this, and he’ll keep Miho! White taunts Taichi with his “damsel in distress!” White makes Taichi look, and then he stands on Taichi’s head. White mockingly asks if Miho is okay, and Miho is almost in tears! Fans rally for Taichi but White CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Taichi stands up, White CHOPS, and Taichi just glares at Gedo! White wants Taichi to pay attention to him, so Taichi DECKS him!! Taichi goes out after Gedo and Gedo lets go of Miho. Gedo apologizes but Taichi doesn’t care. And in storms Yoshinobu Kanemaru! Suzuki-Gun doesn’t take kindly to mistreating a lady!

Gedo turns around and he sees he’s surrounded! Gedo scurries into the ring but Taichi rushes in after him. Gedo still wants mercy but White full nelsons! Taichi arm-drags White away, and DOUBLE AX BOMBERS! Fans are thunderous and Taichi gets White up to the LAST RIDE!! High stack, TWO!!? White survives but fans are thunderous again! Kanemaru coaches Taichi up while keeping Gedo down. Fans rally up and Taichi snarls. Taichi then roars and fans fire up with him! Taichi aims from the corner, for JYUTEN- NO, White drops down! White uses his opossum technique but Taichi says this isn’t much of a world champion then.

Taichi kicks White around, taunts him, and drags him up. White CHOPS back, but Taichi withstands it! Taichi eggs White on, so White LARIATS! Taichi rebounds, but swings into the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! But Taichi’s right back up! White gets around but Taichi turns things around with a DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Taichi crawls to the cover, TWO! White is still in this but fans rally behind Taichi! Taichi and White rise again and Taichi slashes his throat to say this is done. Taichi Alabama Lifts but White sprawls to block! White brings Taichi up but Taichi breaks free and BUZZSAWS! And then Taichi hooks up the arms!

Wait, Taichi backs off on the Gedo Clutch because actual Gedo is getting in the ring! Taichi KICKS the ropes to low blow Gedo! Gedo falls down but White gets Taichi, BLADE- NO, Taichi throws White down and GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!?!?! White escapes by mere nanoseconds! But Taichi runs in to Alabama Lift and- White slips off! White blocks the kick, reels Taichi in but Taichi elbows free! Taichi clinches and SUMO THROWS! And then Taichi sets up, YOKOZUNA- BLADE- NO! YOKOZUNA ELBOW!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? White is still surviving by the skin of his teeth! Miho is mad and she wants White to pay!

Fans are thunderous, Taichi slowly stands back up and he roars! Taichi drags White up, reels him into the Alabama Lift, but White sunset flips! BLADE- NO!! DANGEROUS SAIDO!! With bridge, TWO!?!!! Taichi is getting mad now and he drags White up! Alabama, but White wrenches! BLADERUNNER!!!! But White can’t make the cover!! Fans are electric as both men slowly stir! White flounders his way over, he drags Taichi back up, but he can’t get that dead weight up! White has to use the ropes, but Taichi throws haymakers from below! And CHOKES White! White still powers through to BLADERUNNER!!! Cover, White wins!!

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taichi earns 0)

White is FIVE AND OH! And in one fell swoop, The Switchblade eliminates both the Holy Emperor and the Cold Skull! Their records are not enough to take the block, will they just have to have better luck next year?

But as Taichi is taken away by Young Lions, Kanemaru and Miho trailing after, White gets the mic to say, “Hey! Hey! Come back! Come back!” He even adds in Japanese, “Don’t discriminate.” White then demands ice from the Young Lions, and they bring him a few icepacks. White puts them all on his chest given those sharp kicks from Taichi. He also claims he still has heat stroke like he did earlier this week. MORE ICE! “Shimoda! Shimoda-san, more ice!” Even more ice is brought while some fans are leaving. White again says, “Did you guys not hear? I had heat stroke, I need ice to cool down.”

White chuckles a bit and says, “Heat stroke? HEAT STROKE? I live in Florida! Do you think a little bit of sun, and heat, is going to bother me? How gullible and stupid can you all be?! But I appreciate the days off in Hiroshima, the days off those pointless matches worth zero points in the Jay1 Climax! It was nice to have that rest so I could be well-rested for matches that do matter, like today, and like against one Tama Tonga.” But that’s not what White wants to be saying. He wants to say, “Thank you all so much for all of your heartfelt messages and well-wishes and prayers, saying, ‘Jay White, please get better. Jay White, take care of yourself.'”

That really brought a tear to White’s eye and he wouldn’t be here tonight to fight his heart out for all the fans, if not for all those lovely, lovely messages. White pretends to cry over this but he can’t help but laugh. “Still my ear! Undefeated! Switchblade Era!” Jay drops the mic, but will he keep this momentum going to a spotless 6-0? Or will he drop the ball in the final round against The Good Bad Guy?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

  • Kazuchika Okada: 4-1, 8 points
  • Lance Archer: 3-2, 6 points
  • JONAH: 3-2, 6 points
  • Jeff Cobb: 3-2, 6 points
  • Bad Luck Fale: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tom Lawlor: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Toru Yano: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

B Block

  • Jay White: 5-0, 10 points
  • Tama Tonga: 4-1, 8 points
  • SANADA: 3-2, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Taichi: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Chase Owens: 2-4, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Great-O-Khan: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Tomohiro Ishii: 1-4, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

C Block

  • Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
  • Hirooki Goto: 3-2, 6 points
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Tetsuya Naito: 3-2, 6 points
  • EVIL: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • KENTA: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • Aaron Henare: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Will Ospreay: 3-2, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
  • El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-3, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]

My Thoughts:

A great event for the G1, and what a great variety in these blocks. Henare VS Kenta was a great match, even with both men out of the running. But Kenta winning makes the most sense, as he’s the veteran and he needs the momentum to take on Hiroshi Tanahashi tomorrow. There is a chance Kenta wins that, as both revenge for their IWGP US Championship No Disqualifications match, as well as clear the way for Naito or Zack Sabre Jr. That win would be a big feather in Kenta’s cap, who knows if it happens. Yano VS Cobb was a ton of fun, but of course Cobb wins to keep going. Cobb VS Lawlor is tomorrow, both their last one this G1, Lawlor could get a HUGE spoiler right at the end here.

The D Block is hilariously chaotic here, and NJPW is brilliant for finding a way to make this work. Yujiro VS Takagi was a very good match, but I figured Takagi would win. Hashi VS Ospreay was awesome stuff, Hashi is continuing to look awesome, but I figured Ospreay would win. Yujiro is right smack in the middle, but he has one of the more important wins since he beat David Finlay to start this G1 before Finlay went on that wild run. Finlay has a win over Takagi, Ospreay and Juice, but ELP also just beat Finlay, and there’s still Finlay VS Hashi tomorrow. No one really knows what will happen if all seven men end up 3-3, so I would think one person has to go 4-2 and then that guy, whoever it is, is D Block’s guy.

Taichi VS White was awesome stuff, and it really felt worth of someone facing the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. It felt like Taichi could’ve taken that win but in the end, White stays spotless. It will still come down to White VS Tama on Tuesday, “win and you’re in,” and either way, that result is going to be wild. Tama can get the golden ticket and go strong into the semifinals, or White runs the block (granted a smaller block) to look almost unstoppable.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Emergence Results & Match Ratings: 8.12.2022

ALEX SHELLEY VS JOSH ALEXANDER! CHAMPIONSHIP! TONIGHT! ‘NUFF SAID!

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OKAY! So we all know I’m just hype to get to the main event and hopefully see Alex Shelley win the title. So I’ll do the whole “here’s my picks” cheap way to do an intro, and then into the coverage.

Predictions:

  • X Division Match – Bailey retains (because I hate Jack Evans)
  • Maclin vs Callihan – Callihan wins (because Moose needs a reason to get involved)
  • VBD vs Motor City Time – VBD win (because they need relevance)
  • Honor No More vs Bullet Club – Honor No More win (because Impact made me like Matt Taven)
  • Bandido vs Rey Horus: Bandido wins (because he’s already got more name recognition)
  • Knockouts: Jordynne Grace vs Mia Yim: Jordynne wins (because they hot shot belts to new people too much)
  • World Title: Alex Shelley vs Josh Alexander: Alex Shelley wins (because I want him to)

Now on to the show!

Ratings:

  • X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Jack Evans: Bailey retains via Ultima Weapon – * 1/2
  • Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan: Never Happened
  • VBD (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering) vs Motor City Time (Kushida & Chris Sabin): EY wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
  • AAA Attraction Match: Bandido vs Rey Horus: Bandido wins via 21Plex – ***
  • NODQ Anything Goes: Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan: Callihan wins via Cactus Driver ’97 – *** 3/4
  • Honor No More (Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, Vincent, PCO & Eddie Edwards w/Maria) vs Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Hikuleo, Ace Austin, Chris Bey): Taven wins via Climax into Trash Can – *** 1/4
  • Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Mia Yim: Grace retains via Grace Driver – *** 3/4
  • IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Alex Shelley: Josh retains via C4 Spike – *****

Results:

X Division Championship: Speedball Mike Bailey (c) vs Jack Evans

It should be no surprise from previous coverage, I like nothing about Jack Evans. Bad look, no psychology, all stupid flips and cheap heel gimmicks. I’m ecstatic that we get the match with the worst wrestler out of the way immediately. 

Evans dives at Speedball’s legs, tries to get some cheap Roll-Ups, typical heel powder, bait into the corner, cheap shot but Bailey manages a Top Wristlock to slow down Evans. Evans Cartwheels out, two stupid High Risk misses, a few more dumb spots and then they meet in the middle with dueling Crossbodies. The early goings, really looks slow and stupid.

Kick Fight, Bailey gets the best of it, Dropkick, Dive, throws him back in, powders out, another dive, throws him back in, another powder and Bailey hits the old Will Ospreay fake dive, before trying to get Evans back in. Baits Bailey to the rope, catches him and then Slingshot Jecht Shot into a Muta Lock, but again, these are just moves with no real story. So congrats he’s agile and flexibile I suppose.

Random Snap Suplex for a 2. The match slows down to molasses in a mayo jar, Bailey tries to counter an Irish Whip, but Evans catches him. Still a super slow Rocket Launcher attempt that Bailey counters and kicks Evans in the face. A few more kicks and then a Corkscrew Shooting Star for 2. Delayed really dumb Cartwheel Back Elbow from Evans, into a Suplex and then Falcon Arrow. But Evans’ offense is just bad, he’s like if you ordered Kid Kash on Wish.

An awful and slow Double Kick spot actually has me laughing at how awful this is. I really enjoy Speedball, but god he can’t carry a match with a wrestler not worth the hot dog or handshake he was promised. Lame Dropkick from Bailey, Escalera Moonsault gets the sympathy pop from the crowd, but this needs to end soon. Apron Triangle Kick from Evans, throws in Bailey, Blockbuster gives Evans a near fall. Evans to the top, Bailey tries to cut him off, Evans fights him off twice, but Bailey keeps rising. Sloppy Spider Suplex from Evans, Evans goes for a spot, Bailey moves, Evans heads to the corner, Tornado Kick spot that Evans takes poorly (might’ve been a receipt for the bad Spider Suplex), Ultima Weapon from Bailey and he retains. Thankfully.

Honor No More segment with Eddie trying to fire up the troops. I’ll say this, he’s become a better talker, but he’s still not close to good. I would like Honor No More to win, but it feels like the way to write them out. Here’s to hoping even if they lose, a few of them stick around as official Impact wrestlers.

Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan

Maclin attacks Sami during his entrance, and they just brawl. The bell never rings, Sami grabs a chair, the referee tries to stop him, Sami shoves the ref but Maclin counters. Maclin tries to use the chair, the referee tries to stop him and Sami and Maclin both bully the referee and shove him to the ground before continuing to brawl.

They just go out through the crowd, continuing to fight as commentary claims the match never took place but the show must go on, so we go to the tag match!

VBD (Eric Young & Deaner w/Joe Doering) vs Motor City Time (Kushida & Chris Sabin)

Kushida and Young start off, the crowd starts the Kushida chant and Young hops out to admonish the crowd for chanting for Kushida. EY slides back in and pushes Kushida into the corner and muscles him over a little before tagging Deaner in. Deaner tries to go for the Deaner DDT early, but Kushida counters with a few short arm tackles, a lot of wrist control and then quick tags and fun tandem work.

Tandem Forward Roll Body Scissors into the Kushida PK Kick to the left arm already starts the foreshadowing on the Hoverboard Lock. EY sneak attacks Kushida during a rope run giving Deaner the opportunity to tag out, EY a few quick spots, then Kushida kicks him over the top rope, Flair Flop and stumble to the turnbuckle, a little shenanigans and EY ends up with the advantage still. Rude Awakening style Neckbreaker for a 2 count from EY before tagging in Deaner and hitting a Double Boot Face Sandwich on the apron against Kushida.

VBD keep peppering in quick tags against Kushida, and it’s working pretty well. They keep him in the corner and do their version of the Unicorn Stampede, as Kushida tries to fight back but EY drops Sabin off the apron. Fastball Special punches as both VBD men are doubled over, Kushida literally runs up and over the men, rolls off to tag in Sabin. Clears house a bit, hints at Cradle Shock on Deaner, but EY gets him. EY tries to do the MCMG reference of the 5 Hole Dive, but Kushida breaks it up and they pull off their own version. Cradle Shock/Pele Combo gets a 2 count because EY slides in to break it up. EY takes control, sets up Deaner to receive his tag and things he can land the Piledriver on Sabin. Double Neckbreakers, into the Canadian Savage aerial moves before Kushida breaks it up. VBD almost slows him down before a back hand spring Double Back Elbow has everyone laid out for a moment. Rising Fighting Spirit spot, VBD take short cuts, but get Irish Whipped, Do-si-do, doesn’t matter, High Speed Dirt into a Cravat/Cartwheel Dropkick. Deaner grabs a weapon, Doering bonks Kushida and EY gets the job done with the Piledriver.

VBD needed the win here, so I’m glad they did what they needed to, to have them remain a somewhat credible force before it all eventually implodes. 

VXT gloats a little after their Knockouts Tag Title victory on the pre-show. Deonna is gold, so it’s always nice when she’s wearing some. 

Kenny King comes out to try and bait out Heath. I don’t mind Kenny, but his promos can be corny as hell sometimes. Some cheap shots at the Bears, then a little reference to Chicago stuff, but Sami and Maclin make their way back through the crowd to distract Kenny. Heath runs down the ramp when Kenny ain’t looking, Wake Up Call after a missed Chairshot and Kenny gets left laying. Gia grabs a quick interview with Heath and the crowd responds well to him. He says he’s not gonna interfere in the 5v5, so here’s to hoping that Honor No More win, since Heath can’t continue his Wake Up Call Revenge Tour if they disband.

AAA Attraction Match: Bandido vs Rey Horus

Bandido looks like he’s having to slow down by a step or two in the early goings. Horus is just not ready to go at the speed Bandido is and its evident from Horus not ducking in time so he eats a boot while he’s obviously trying to dodge. It’s a bunch of moves pretty quick, and honestly I can’t tell what’s actually being countered, missed or just mistimed. So this early portion is not starting off good.

Things finally start to slow down when Bandido hits the Plancha, tries to continue into the ring and eats a Dropkick. Three Amigos from Bandido with the Eddie Shake before dropping down into a Worm, Handstand Senton for 2. Bandido on the outside, thought he was clever walking away, but Horus changes his angles and then jumps over the corner to land on Bandido. 180 Frog Splash from Horus for 2. Bandido has to try and fire back up, and does so as he counters the rope run with a Single Arm Gorilla Press, into a Running Leg Lariat for 2.

Horus hits a Avalanche Satellite Tornado DDT, but the worst thing is it just looked too cooperative. Was it cool? Fucking yes. But it was just too much and looked kinda dumb at the same time. Outside-In Lifting Avalanche Vertical Suplex from Bandido onto Horus for a near fall. Pop Up Cutter is a little sloppy during the run, run continues as Horus hits his own Body Roll Cutter, then a double knockout kick takes us to a 9 count (in Spanish) and a double sit up ala Kane and Taker.

I’ll be honest, if I shut my brain off and just watched, it’s definitely entertaining and fun. But the match has been one hell of a mess at many points. Popping Satellite DDT from Horus gives him another 2 count. Horus goes to the top, Bandido cuts him off, Benadryller from Bandido, 21Plex for the win!

I can give it a 3 for entertainment value, but holy hell was it a mess. 

Moose gives an interviewing denying being in cahoots with Maclin again, but Sami attacks Moose and the fight is continuing. Moose is now mad so he adds himself into this crazy brawl. D’lo finally calls in security to stop the brawl in general. SCOTT D’AMORE music hits! Scott makes it a NODQ Anything Goes match, but Moose is barred from Ringside.

Steve Maclin vs Sami Callihan (con’t)

Sami smashes Maclin’s head into the steel steps and takes a bow after the bell officially rings. Maclin is busted open and Sami is relishing in this whole situation until Maclin moves near the guardrail, Callihan gets put in the Tree of Woe and Caught in the Crosshairs on the guardrail! Suplex and then Maclin lands a Knee Drop from the apron right onto Callihan’s face.

Maclin pulls out 3 chairs and a Swiffer, Chicago pops for the Swiffer. Maclin asks if they want it…and then he throws it away, flips them off and grabs a chair to a chorus of Boos. Small “We Want Swiffer” chant but Maclin eats a T-Bone Suplex into the chair. Sami Sabu’s a chair into Maclin’s face. Another chair, another Sabu, but this time he gets the pony because it wraps around Maclin’s head like a necklace.

Thumbs Up, Thumbs…nope Low Blow. Maclin goes to down driving a chair into Sami’s ribs. Maclin grabs an equipment case with Wire Cutters, Zip Ties, Cables…it’s a box of goodies. K.I.A. from Maclin and Maclin refuses to end the match like that. He’s psyching up and looking to Zip Tie Callihan. Low Mule Kick gives Callihan the advantage. Sabu the chair a third time, “My Balls, your balls” and Sami just stomps the shit out of Maclin’s balls. Deonna is gonna be very upset with Sami after this match.

Sami goes for the Zip Ties on Maclin and has him with his hands tied behind his back. Maclin stays defiant to the end, spits at Callihan, Cactus Driver ’97, and Sami wins.

Honor No More (Mike Bennett, Matt Taven, Vincent, PCO & Eddie Edwards w/Maria) vs Bullet Club (Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson, Hikuleo, Ace Austin, Chris Bey)

It goes without saying that Honor No More should remain, plus with Bullet Club randomly using Hikuleo who hasn’t been on Impact television since GoD was still part of BC, he’s probably the fall guy. Even Vincent has more worth to Impact right now than Hikuleo. 

Bell rings and we get an ole 10 man donnybrook. Just slugfests and a few people get thrown out piece by piece before starting to pair up and then take the neutral corners. Good Brothers are double teaming Vincent early, but OGK slide into interrupt it. Gallows hits the Double Lariat to try and slow things down, but Gallows is in pain after his PCO match 2 weeks ago. Eddie cuts off someone, Bey and Ace double team Eddie to give BC a short advantage before Vincent comes back to life.

Big Triangle Kick from Ace wipes out Vincent. Ace of Beyse stand tall until they try and go after PCO, now they have problems. PCO and Hikuleo have their monster face off. One of Hikuleo’s strikes are worth about 3 of PCOs. Hikuleo dumps out PCO, Bey launches off of Hikuleo and takes out most of the HNM members. Hikuleo is about to dive, but Taven cuts him off just to get Yeeted into a pile of bodies. Ace hits a Diving Fold on a climbs Taven, into most of the dudes.

Weapons come out, and more chants for the Swiffer to return.  We have hit clusterfuck level for this match. 10 people is bad enough, little to no referee control, weapons and showboating to different camera cuts. Not a bad thing per se, but definitely makes things messier and easier to turn into garbage. Funny camera cut has Eddie Edwards crotching Ace with the ring post. Just revenge for when he tried to bang his wife. OGK has been doing a lot of the in ring work, but with trying to keep attention across 10 people, it’s just too much to watch. PCO misses the PCO-sault and Gallows drags him up the ramp just to eat Double Superkicks from OGK.

They drag Gallows into the crowd, we have no clue what else is going on, but Gallows fights back as PCO gets back up to his feet. Gallows and PCO fight amongst the people, Gallows tosses PCO over a second floor railing and into the Shadow Realm or something. Technically it’s 4v5 for now. Vincent Redrum’s Gallows through a table. So…someone is dead there. Eddie grabs Kenny and beats Karl with Kenny. Something oddly specific about that, but Gallows gets back up with the adrenaline surge, throws some fists and garbage cans before crumpling down. Gallows arm gives out for the Magic Killer, they wipe out Anderson, Taven hits the Climax on Gallows into a garbage can and Honor No More win!

The match totally fell apart, PCO getting sent to the Shadow Realm was a pop that didn’t really do anything aside from pop the crowd. Bey, Ace and Hikuleo weren’t really seen for the last 5 minutes of the match, at least. So yeah, over booked, sloppy, but…God dammit it was fun and the right team won.

Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Mia Yim

Both women go for an almost Japanese Junior style of stalemate wrestling. No real power advantage from either, not strikes thrown, both are just looking for leverage and opportunities. Poor Mia tries to anticipate a Leap Frog and eats the Manhattan Drop into Low Dropkick and then a Bridging Suplex for 1. Mia slides around with a trip, Low Dropkick of her own, Hesitation Dropkick, Jordynne powders and then Mia goes after her with a dive. Slides her back in for a 1 count.

Mia is getting a little cocky with the Snap Kicks. Jordynne tries to Suplex out of Mia’s offense, but Mia body scissors and locks in a Guillotine. It takes Jordynne a hot minute to power through the Guillotine to suplex counter it. Jordynne tried to Sunset Bomb, but Mia does a great job fighting it. Kicks her legs, holds the ropes, really looks like she’s trying not to go over, but eventually falls victim. Slow rise, and strike spot. Mia trades a few Forearms, then starts responding with Round Kicks. Jordynne keeps popping up, they trade, Sole Butt, Kawada Kicks and Jordynne shoves Mia a bit too hard so she falls into the ropes instead of bouncing off right, but it doesn’t look awful.

Jordynne goes for a Muta Lock of all things, I didn’t know she could do that, though I feel like she pulled it off once before, it’s still not something she does a lot. Mia counters and they have one another in Reverse Chinlocks and just slap the hell out of each other. It takes a headbutt from Mia to actually cause a recovery spot for both. Step Through Tornado DDT from Mia, for 2.

Classic Tornado attempt, held on, Muscle Buster from Jordynne, but Mia kicks out! They fight to the top turnbuckle, Mia gets the best, Avalanche Code Blue for…2.9! Nice reference back to her Jade days. Locomotion Cradles, Eat Defeat counter, Protect Ya Neck counter and Jordynne turns it into a Grace Driver for the pinfall victory!

Masha’s music hits right before Mia and Jordynne shake hands and she hands a death warrant to Jordynne Grace. I wasn’t sure if they’d sky rocket Masha to the top…so now we see if she stays as a Wrecking Machine or if Grace knocks her down a peg.

IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship: Josh Alexander (c) vs Alex Shelley

GIVE ME AN ALEX SHELLEY WIN! You can’t steal my Cheerios! Just let me mark out a let you jerks! 

Josh and Alex start slow, the normal feeling out style, but as Josh tries to apply his power, Alex grinds in a headlock and keeps things slow. A few quick strikes, Frakensteiner, Josh’s head gear fell off and Alex has a little fun.

Inverted Indian Deathlock as Alex claws at Josh’s face just rubbing in the advantageous position. Alex ducks into the ropes to break the Arm Wringer, Josh didn’t so he ducked back in to use the rope to trap Josh’s arm and get in a cheap but clever kick. Josh evens things up after a few run through Shoulder Tackles since Josh is really focusing on Alex’s left arm. Now Josh is finally grabbing at the legs, which makes more sense.

Gory Special into a backslide for a quick count and then Shelley keeps a few precision strikes at Josh’s arm to soften him up for the Border City Stretch. Naciente into a Border City attempt, but he couldn’t quite lock it in. Alex is enjoying going after the different injuries that he made sure Josh knew he was aware of, so Josh retaliates with that Low Diving Crossbody.

Knees, Hamstrings and Dragon Screw attacks from Alex as he’s really trying to dissect the champion. He could be trying to do too much, but it’s smart. Seated Cloverleaf into a Koji Kimura Lock combination. Alex is putting on a clinic at the moment. Rolling Elbow shades of Kotaro Suzuki in how he did it. Josh almost starts a comeback but Alex stifles it.

Power Struggle in the middle, but Josh eventually pulls off the Fisherman’s Suplex as they both take a beat to recover. Alex tries to stop the onslaught of Haymakers, but just gets molly whopped. Exploder Suplex from Josh sends Shelley to the center, Josh goes for a King Kong Knee Drop and misses. Shelley lays out Josh with a Tornado DDT, goes to the top, shrugs, Frog Splash for 2 and then Josh hooks the Ankle Lock but Alex gets to the rope.

After this point I just got engrossed and watched instead of typed. This was a hell of a match. Needs to be searched out by anyone who enjoys great wrestling and in-ring story telling. 

 

Overall Score: 8/10

So there was something charming about this show, even if it started with one of my least favorite wrestlers in all of wrestling. The match that turned into a brawl for like an hour than finally a NoDQ match was VERY old school TNA and I enjoyed the camp of the situation. It was definitely an oddly paced show with a few consecutive segments of non-wrestling and just gimmick or interview, but the last few matches saved things for me.

Lucha in general is a car crash style of wrestling that I’m very hot and cold on, but when it’s done well, it’s fucking beautiful. Bandido versus Rey Horus, was more like Jersey Shore. I can’t stop watching the awful situations, but I leave amused and feeling okay about myself; so I suppose generally positive outcome. Back to back hardcore matches are usually bad booking, but Maclin was committed to his match and that made it beautiful; while the Honor No More match was a mess, but checked enough “sports entertainment” boxes to be more than just a correct finish. Jordynne and Mia worked their assess off, there were just a couple clunky spots that stopped me from getting totally hype. And of course, the Shelley vs Alexander match was actually objectively fantastic. While I loved Sabin vs Shelley, there was definitely nostalgia and general marking out for both of them going on; I would put this match against anything else in anyone’s MOTY pool.

The wrong guy won, but damn was it a fantastic match. Solid PPV, started slow, but when it picked up, it went at the speed of a freight train. Good stuff.


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