NJPW puts the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles up for grabs!
Evil’s betrayal continues to have consequences on NJPW’s landscape! NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions must be crowned!
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Chaos VS Bullet Club; Chaos wins and advances to the semifinals.
- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins and advances to the semifinals.
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NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Chaos VS Bullet Club!
The Rainmaker and Tokyo Pimp take their feud to a new division as they join in on this trios title tournament! Kazuchika Okada has Toru Yano and Sho while Yujiro Takahashi calls upon the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Gedo and Jado! Will Okada make it rain alongside the Clown Prince and the shock master?
The trios sort out, and after Bullet Club gives a Low Sweet, we start with Okada and Yujiro. The fans cheer already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada’s height gives him leverage. Okada has Yujiro on the ropes, Okada fakes his chop but pats Yujiro. But Gedo and Jado attack! Yujiro knocks Sho and Yano off the apron and Bullet Club goes after Okada. They double whip Okada corner to corner, but Okada dodges Yujiro to throw forearms. Okada sends Gedo into Yujiro, then forearms Jado. Gedo runs at Okada but Okada dodges him again, and Jado takes the elbow! Okada kicks Gedo and hits a DDT! Yujiro runs into the flapjack! Okada kips up and the fans cheer again. Okada circles Yujiro as the fans rally up.
Okada drags Yujiro up, Yujiro throws forearms but Okada gives them back. They brawl with forearm after forearm, then Okada throws European Uppercuts! Yujiro rakes eyes! Yujiro runs, but Okada boots. Yujiro blocks it, throws Okada down, then basement dropkicks! Okada bails out and Yujiro hits Yano for good measure. Gedo SMACKS Okada with a strap! Jado CHOPS away on Sho while Gedo lashes Okada more. Okada gets in but Yujiro throws him back out and Gedo lashes him again! Okada gets back in again but Yujiro stomps him down. Jado keeps hitting Sho while Yujiro throws down haymakers on Okada. Yujiro drags Okada up, snapmares, runs and basement dropkicks again! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer but Yujiro complains about the count. Yujiro drags Okada up, bumps him off bare buckles! That’s Bullet Club’s favorite move these days. Jado tags in and scrapes Okada’s face on the ropes! Jado taunts Sho but Red Shoes keeps Sho back. Jado clubs Okada down to the mat then rains down right hands. Red Shoes reprimands but Jado lets up to tag in Gedo. Gedo sits Okada up to dig his fingers into Okada’s eyes! The ref counts, Gedo lets up and “apologizes.” Gedo toys with Okada but the fans rally up. Okada forearms back but Gedo rams Okada into the bare buckle! Jado holds Okada in place with grinding forearms as Yujiro tags in.
Yujiro stomps Okada, Red Shoes reprimands, but Gedo taunts Sho again. Yujiro mule kicks Okada, grinds forearms into his face and then backs up to run and BOOT! Okada falls and Yujiro covers, TWO! The fans cheer but Yujiro keeps on Okada with a fireman’s carry. Okada blocks and clubs Yujiro back. Yujiro mule kicks low, throws more forearms, then CHOPS Okada in the corner. Yujiro whips corner to corner, Okada reverses and elbows! Okada kicks low but Yujiro bites his hand! Red Shoes reprimands, Okada throws forearms but Yujiro gives them back. Yujiro runs corner to corner but into boots! Okada shotgun dropkicks Yujiro down! The fans fire up as both men crawl, hot tags to Gedo and Yano!
Yano gets in Gedo’s face, but just goes to his favorite corner. Gedo stops him from untying the buckle pad by pulling hair. Red Shoes reprimands about hair pulling, but then Yano pulls Gedo’s beard! Red Shoes counts, Yano lets up but grabs again! Red Shoes counts more, Yano lets go of the beard, blocks Gedo’s attempt at grabbing hair, and then goes back to the beard! Red Shoes counts once again, but then breaks Yano’s hold with force! And that hurts Gedo’s face! Red Shoes apologizes and Yano goes back to the buckle pad! Yano has his favorite weapon, but Gedo uses Red Shoes as a shield. Red Shoes tells Yano to give up the buckle pad, so Yano hands it over. But Gedo pokes Yano’s eye! Gedo whips Yano but Yano reverses, only for Gedo to stop himself from hitting bare buckles!
Yano runs in, Gedo moves but Yano stops himself now. Gedo kicks low, whips but Yano reverses to Manhattan drop! The fans cheer as Yano whips Gedo again, but Gedo reverses. Yano blocks to redirect and reverse, Gedo gets the bare buckles! Yano pumps up the fans, and dodges Gedo’s blindside attack! And whips him back into bare buckles! Yano finishes his cheer and tags in Sho! Sho DECKS Jado to have Gedo alone. Sho throws forearms, whips Gedo to one corner, then runs in to corner clothesline! Sho whips again, Gedo reverses but Sho stops himself. Sho kicks away on Gedo, then SUPERKICKS him down! Sho drags Gedo up in a dead lift waistlock, but Gedo elbows free. Gedo pokes Sho in the eyes and hits a jawbreaker!
Gedo goes to kick but Sho blocks! Sho spins Gedo and elbows him, but Gedo grabs Red Shoes. Sho runs into Jado’s kendo stick SMACK! Gedo tags in but Yujiro hits Yano down. Jado drags Sho up, Bullet Club whips, mule kick to knee lift! Then a double back suplex! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up but Jado smirks. Jado drags Sho up, Sho throws forearms back, then runs. Jado sends Sho to the apron, for a draping DDT!! Cover, but Okada breaks it! Yujiro throws Okada out and goes after him. Gedo gets in with brass knuckles but Red Shoes sees those plain as day! Gedo tries to reason with Red Shoes, but that’s so Jado can get his kendo stick! Sho catches the swing to LARIAT back!
Sho aims the kendo stick at Gedo but Yano drags Gedo out of the ring! Yujiro returns and hits Sho. Okada returns and dropkicks Yujiro back! Sho has Jado all to himself now, runs and SPEARS! Cover, TWO! Sho is right on Jado with a Kimura! Jado endures, taps, Chaos wins!!
Winners: Chaos, by submission (advances to the semifinals)
Sho strikes and Chaos heads forward! Will Sho add another tag belt to his collection? Is the feud of Okada and Yujiro going to end? Okada grabs a mic to talk to Yujiro. “Sorry to bring this up during the NEVER tournament,” but he knows Yujiro wants to enter KOPW 2020. Then lets have one more 1v1 rematch between them in the opening round! Yujiro likes that and dares Okada to name his stipulation match. Yes, Okada should choose a stipulation now. How about a 3v1 handicap match? Okada against Yujiro, Gedo and Jado! The Rainmaker makes a wild bet, but will he bust or hit the jackpot?
NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun!
Evil betraying LIJ is exactly why this tournament is happening, so naturally the former champions, Bushi and Shingo Takagi, want what was theirs! The Cold Skull, Sanada, jumps in, will they bring the trios titles back to LIJ? Or will they be stopped by Douki, El Desperado and the Man with the Worst Personality, Minoru Suzuki himself?
But as LIJ gets their introductions, Suzuki-Gun strikes! Douki and Desperado go after Bushi and Sanada while Suzuki himself goes after the NEVER Openweight (singles) Champion! Suzuki throws Shingo out, Douki has Sanada, and that leaves Desperado and Bushi to start in the ring. Shingo is sent into railing while Douki clubs Sanada down. Desperado elbows Bushi in the neck then drags him up. Desperado whips, Bushi huricanranas but Desperado blocks! Bushi fights off Desperado’s bomb but Desperado ROCKS him with a right. Desperado runs in, Bushi boots back and hits a FLYING RANA! Fans cheer but Suzuki is right on Bushi with a kick and whip. Bushi slips out and swing kicks, but Suzuki grabs a foot for an ankle lock! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Suzuki lets go at 3.
Sanada is sent into railing while Suzuki BOOTS Shingo. Suzuki whips Shingo into more railing and throws big forearms. Shingo gives them back, but Suzuki throws body shots and haymakers. It’s a lot to keep up with but Desperado puts Bushi back in. Desperado and Douki stomp away on Bushi. Douki gets in Red Shoes’ face as Desperado uses his shirt to choke Bushi! That’s usually Bushi’s move! Desperado scrapes his soles on Bushi’s head, then drags Bushi back up. The fans rally as Desperado bumps Bushi off buckles. Tag to Douki, they mug Bushi, and Douki whips. Douki elbows Bushi down, covers, TWO! Fans cheer but Douki drags Bushi back up. Douki CHOPS Bushi to the Suzuki corner, and CHOPS even harder! Suzuki holds Bushi in for Douki to CHOP again! And again!
Tag to Suzuki, Suzuki toys with Bushi but the fans rally up. Suzuki pulls on the mask but Bushi CHOPS back. Suzuki laughs and eggs Bushi on so Bushi throws forearms. Suzuki CHOPS Bushi back and stalks him to ropes. Suzuki grabs the leg for another Ankle Lock! Bushi rolls around but Suzuki just CRANKS and TWISTS the heel! Suzuki practically has Bushi in a hanging hold! Suzuki then shifts to an ARMBAR! Bushi endures, Desperado keeps Shingo from getting in and Douki goes after Sanada. Suzuki breaks Bushi’s grip! Bushi still fights as the fans rally up. Shingo gets free of Desperado and attacks Suzuki! Suzuki is right after Shingo and whips him into barriers! Douki and Desperado stomp Bushi down while Suzuki returns.
The fans rally up and that annoys Suzuki. Tag to Desperado and he drags Bushi back up. Desperado pulls on Bushi’s mask, but Bushi forearms back! Bushi backs Desperado down but Desperado rakes Bushi’s eyes! Desperado drags Bushi up, suplexes, but Bushi slips out. Bushi waistlocks, Desperado elbows free, but Desperado runs into the enziguri! Both men are down and crawling, but Douki gets in to stomp Bushi down! Red Shoes reprimands but Douki brings Bushi up for forearms. Douki and Desperado double whip, but Bushi dodges Douki and boots Desperado! BULLDOG DROPKICK COMBO! The fans fire up for Bushi as he slowly sits up. Hot tag to Shingo! The Dragon decks Suzuki before he rallies on Desperado and Douki! What a fast scoop slam!
Suzuki scowls as Shingo fights Desperado and Douki off. Shingo sends Douki at Desperado, then DOUBLE LARIATS! Fans fire up with Shingo as he glares at Suzuki. Shingo drags Desperado up, but Desperado fights off Noshigami. Shingo knees low and runs but anticipates Desperado going perpendicular! Shingo tanks the spear, whips but Desperado reverses to SPINE BUSTER! Hot tag to Suzuki! Suzuki smiles as he kicks Shingo around. Shingo gets up and CHOPS back. Suzuki CHOPS, Shingo CHOPS, repeat! They move to throwing forearms back and forth, faster and faster. Suzuki whips Shingo to a corner, Suzuki runs and boots Shingo! Suzuki snapmares, Shingo tanks the Penalty Kick! Suzuki throws forearms, knees and then gets the Penalty Kick! Cocky cover, ONE!
Fans fire up for Shingo as he shoves Suzuki. Suzuki eggs him on so Shingo throws a forearm. Shingo eggs Suzuki on and Suzuki forearms back. Shingo throws another forearm and Suzuki staggers! Suzuki just comes back with more, but Shingo gives them all back! They pick up speed, faster and faster, not even bothering to guard! Shingo gets the edge, Suzuki wobbles but ROCKS Shingo back! Suzuki BOOTS but Shingo elbows, JABS, but Suzuki ducks the haymaker to sleeper hold! Shingo powers Suzuki up but Suzuki slips out to a guillotine facelock! But Shingo powers through to BRAIN BUSTER! Both men are down, but Sanada has returned to the corner! The fans rally up, and Shingo tags Sanada in!
Sanada knees Suzuki, whips him corner to corner, but Suzuki reverses. Sanada elbows him away, Quebradas, but Suzuki gets under. Sanada kicks first, runs, but into a kitchen sink knee! Tag to Douki! Douki aims at Sanada corner to corner, corner clohtesline! Douki keeps moving, LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Douki slashes the throat to drag Sanada back up. Douki spins Sanada around, Gory Especial but Sanada fights out. Douki uppercuts and Sanada staggers. Sanada goes to boot but Douki catches him! Douki pops Sanada into Gory Especial position, for WIDOW’S PEAK! Backslide cover, TWO!! Desperado DECKS Bushi while Douki drags Sanada back up. They double whip Sanada, Douki back elbows Sanada, whips him to Desperado’s SPINE BUSTER, then springboard double stomps! Cover, TWO!!
The fans fire up but Douki calls for the end! Wheelbarrow, lift, but Sanada fights out. Douki enziguris Sanada, but Sanada dodges. Bushi knees Douki, Shingo clotheslines and DDT’s! Sanada and Bushi dropkick sandwich! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives but Sanada hears the fans fire up. Sanada drags Douki up into the dragon sleeper! Douki flails but fades! Suzuki gets in to sleeper hold Sanada! Shingo pries Suzuki off and shoves him. They return to throwing forearms fast and furious! Shingo eggs Suzuki on, Suzuki hits harder, but Shingo fires off forearms from all sides! Suzuki ROCKS Shingo, Shingo follows Suzuki’s run to clothesline him at the ropes!
Shingo runs, Suzuki follows but Shingo turns to clothesline! Suzuki slips around to sleeper hold Shingo! Then spin to the Gotch, but Shingo back drops out! Shingo runs but Suzuki avoids the sliding lariat! Suzuki boots, Shingo PUMPING BOMBERS! Bushi decks Desperado and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Sanada has Douki again, but Douki cradle counters! TWO!! Sanada fireman’s carries Douki, TKO but Douki slips out to get around and arm-drags Sanada! Douki rolls Sanada around, it’s like La Magistrol meets ghost pin! TWO!!! Sanada escapes and shocks Douki! Douki runs in but Sanada elbows him away! Quebrada to SKULL END!! Douki taps out, LIJ wins!!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by submission (advance to the semifinals)
Cold Skull helps LIJ take a step closer to regaining the titles! But that doesn’t stop Suzuki from brawling with Shingo! Shingo gets the edge on Suzuki but Suzuki just laughs it off. Young Lions try but can’t stop these two from throwing forearms on each other! Suzuki laughs until Shingo JABS him! Shingo dares Suzuki to get back in the ring, but Suzuki just grabs the NEVER Openweight singles belt! Suzuki sets the belt down and dares Shingo to come get it. Shingo and Suzuki talk smack but Suzuki picks the belt back up. Shingo hurries out and Suzuki lets him have his belt back. But surely this is the King of Pancrase making his challenge! Is Shingo in for the most brutal challenge of his reign, and perhaps his career?
As for who takes the mic, Sanada volunteers for that role. Sanada wonders if he can say this, but when it comes to the NEVER Openweight Division, he likes the Six Man championships best! “Oi, Korakuen! See you next time.” Sanada is a man of few words, but will he, Bushi and Shingo be able to back them all up?
A really great start to a tournament that took me by surprise. I should’ve tuned into that press conference last week to hear about NJPW Strong, the New Japan Cup USA tournament, and probably this in the midst of it. It partially disappoints me because Evil should have stake in this, but it kinda works for his character to not care. It also makes things easier, as Evil’s focus is Naito and the Double Championship match for Jingu. Obviously Sanada joins Shingo and Bushi so LIJ still has three men to compete for the belts, and I would hope they’re a finalist at least. They have a really good main event with Suzuki-Gun, and the better match always main events in NJPW. But Okada had a bit more of a promo than Sanada did, so I felt like that could’ve been something.
Chaos VS Bullet Club has a really good match of their own but it just made a lot of sense for Chaos to win. Okada wanting to settle this in a handicap match is very surprising, but also, since Gedo and Jado jump in to help anyway, this makes it so he at least knows they’re there. KOPW 2020 is already off to a great start, but I feel like winning 3v1 would actually give away that Okada isn’t winning it all. Chris Jericho is credited with inventing the Money in the Bank but never won it, so Okada inventing KOPW to not win it (at least this year) would be par for the course.
My Score: 8.4/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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