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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/24/20)

Raw is ThunderDome!

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The Raw After SummerSlam must prepare for Payback!

Asuka is once again Raw Women’s Champion, but will Shayna Baszler come after her already? Will the Hurt Business recover from MVP’s loss? And who will challenge Bayley and Sasha Banks for the WWE Women’s Tag Team titles?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler; Baszler wins, by disqualification.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Fatal 4 Way: Shelton Benjamin VS Cedric Alexander VS Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas VS R-Truth; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Championship.
  • Angel Garza w/ Andrade Almas VS Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins; Ford wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair & The Riott Squad VS Zelina Vega & The IIconics; Belair & The Riott Squad win.
  • Arm Wrestling: Bobby Lashley VS Apollo Crews, special guest referee Mark Henry; Crews wins.
  • Raw Underground – Bobby Lashley wins 3-0.
  • Keith Lee VS Randy Orton; Orton wins, by disqualification.
  • Raw Women’s Championship Lumberjack Match: Asuka VS Sasha Banks; Asuka wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Raw Underground – Bobby Lashley VS Cedric Alexander; Lashley wins.
  • Raw Underground – The Hurt Business VS The Viking Raiders; The Hurt Business wins.
  • Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy VS Rey & Dominik Mysterio; No Contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drew McIntyre opens Raw!

The leader of Claymore Country is STILL WWE World Champion after a literally bloody battle with The Viper, Randy Orton, and the spotlight is on him in the ring. Not to mention a lot of pyro. McIntyre welcomes us to the first Raw inside the THUNDERDOME! He’s going to try something different. Can he get a thumbs up from everyone in the ThunderDome? The fans all give a thumbs up in their screens. McIntyre says that last night, his match with Randy Orton, “the biggest challenge I’ve had to date with one of the greatest superstars of all time, one of the most evil men on the planet,” and McIntyre is still champion.

But does Orton want to know the secret to how McIntyre pulled it off? It’s simple. He’s hungrier than Orton, works harder than Orton, and when the chips are down, McIntyre steps up, rolls up his sleeves, and pushes forward because he is “so damn proud to be WWE Champion!” And also, McIntyre is that way because of his journey. He knows what it is to struggle, to feel desperate, and to wonder where his next paycheck is coming from. Many fans know what that’s about, but Orton doesn’t. “Always so protected. Always so coddled!” IT doesn’t matter how many mistakes Orton made, his inner circle made sure he got to the top. And as much as McIntyre can’t stand it, Orton is the absolute best. And yet, McIntyre was just that much better!

Think back to Backlash! Didn’t Orton win a match called “The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever,” and start bragging how he’s the greatest wrestler ever? Because McIntyre beat Orton with a wrestling move! What’s that make McIntyre, then? The fans have McIntyre fired up as he looks forward to his next challenge, but he also knows Orton won’t let this go. So if Orton wants to get in the ring again, McIntyre will accept a rematch and do what he didn’t get to do last time: kick Orton’s head off and send him to Claymore Country. McIntyre is ready if Orton wants Payback! Will the Apex Predator accept that offer? McIntyre gets to the stage, and Orton attacks!! This is Orton’s way of saying “Yes!”

Orton throws McIntyre into the screen wall then throws hands. But McIntyre throws them back! They brawl into gorilla but Orton clubs McIntyre. McIntyre hits back with big forearms, but Orton rake McIntyre’s eyes! And rams him into a wall! Referees back Orton off, but then Orton PUNTS McIntyre!! Fans boo as Orton looks at the floundering WWE World Champion. And then Orton lines McIntyre up for a SECOND PUNT!! Orton looks McIntyre in the face as McIntyre’s eyes glaze over. Will McIntyre recover in time to give Orton some Payback of his own?

 

Raw returns as McIntyre tries to stand.

But after getting kicked full force in the head twice, that’s easier said than done. But even so, McIntyre insists he’s fine and refuses to be helped. Is McIntyre even human?!

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

But what is she doing here? Is that any way to talk to her? Manners. But she was suspended! The keyword is, “was.” But yeah, Nia hasn’t been reinstated. All she had to do was go to Pat Buck and… APOLOGIZE! Get your mind out of the gutter. Shayna Baszler comes over and says we all just figured she said something that would get suspended again. But everyone is counting down the moments that Nia does or says something that’ll get her kicked out of here.

Why is Shayna walking around here? Doesn’t she have a match with Bayley or something? But if she needs help, give Nia a call. Or text. Yeah, sure, Shayna will call Nia, “Haystacks Calhoun.” Oh, sorry. At least he was good looking. Rude! And rich coming from the Addams Family reject. Shayna “welcomes” Nia back and leaves, but will they see each other again very soon?

 

Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler!

Speaking of Shayna’s match with Bayley, here it is! #BayleyDosStraps still looks upset that she let her best friend down and that they’re down a belt. Of course, they could get the Raw Women’s Championship back tonight! Will the Queen of Spades make sure Bayley is a non-factor for the Lumberjack match later on?

But wait! Nia Jax decides to walk out to ringside despite talking all that trash on Shayna! Will the Irresistible Force be a factor in her own right?

Raw returns as the bell rings and Shayna circles with Bayley. They tie up, Shayna gets around to get an arm and twist the wrist. Shayna yanks on the arm but Bayley gets away to a corner. Bayley comes back out, and Nia has moved further down the ramp. Shayna and Bayley go again, Bayley gets a waistlock but Shayna cranks an arm into a double wristlock! Bayley drops but the drop toehold fails. Shayna drags Bayley around, stands on Bayley’s head and twists the wrist even more! Shayna stands Bayley up for an arm jammer Sole Food! Bayley bails out and Ssaha regroups with her. Shayna tells Sasha she doesn’t deserve tonight’s Raw Women’s Championship match! The ring count climbs past 5 and Bayley returns at 7.

Bayley and Shayna go again, Bayley kicks low to club Shayna. Bayley headlocks, hits a takeover, turns Shayna over and floats all over her. Shayna gets up, Bayley hits another headlock takeover! “I can wrestle, too!” Shayna powers up, powers out and DECKS Bayley with a forearm! And another! Shayna runs in and KNEES Bayley in the corner! Bayley staggers, Shayna wrenches but Bayley rolls her up! TWO, and Shayna drags Bayley into a triangle! Sasha slides in but out just to distract Shayna, and Bayley CLOBBERS Shayna! Bayley clubs away on Shayna in the corner with furious fists while Sasha talks trash. The ref counts but Bayley lets up to stomp a mudhole.

Bayley brings Shayna out for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bayley stomps Shayna down then talks trash. Bayley tells Shayna she doesn’t deserve anything, and she throws forearms. Bayley brings Shayna up just to throw her down, and hit a sliding elbow! Then another! Cover, TWO! Bayley drags Shayna up, talks trash but Shayna throws forearms and fists! Shayna KICKS the leg, but Bayley dumps her out hard! Nia creeps even closer while Shayna writhes. Bayley lets Shayna worry about the ring count, and Shayna gets up at 6, only for Nia to go after her!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by disqualification

Nia throws haymaker, drags Shayna up, but Shayna throws Nia away! They brawl more, Nia RAMS Shayna into the LED! The Golden Role Models laugh at Shayna but things spill into the ring. Shayna glares at them, the Role Models run away but Nia CLOBBERS Shayna again! The Role Models cheer Nia on, but that only gets her attention. Nia and Shayna stop fighting to stare those two down. Shayna and Nia are going after the Role Models together?! We’ll have to wait and see!

 

Kevin Owens walks the halls.

Does anyone know where Aleister Black’s room is? Just go around the corner. Okay, thanks. Oh, here it is. Kevin knocks on the door, opens it up, and sees Aleister is inside. Kevin wasn’t sure since Aleister didn’t answer. If Aleister’s still going to be a guest on the KO Show, it’s up next. See you out there…?

 

Raw returns to the Kevin Owens Show!

“Look at everybody clapping! This is wonderful!” Kevin welcomes us to the very first THUNDERDOME edition of the KO Show! It’s always special when he hosts his show, but this is extra special. Especially with his guest, someone you wouldn’t expect on a talk show. But they’ve had common enemies, and we haven’t seen this superstar in a few weeks. Returning to Monday Night Raw, it’s Aleister Black! The Embodiment of the End has a headband for an eye patch, because he suffered a similar fate as Rey Mysterio, but at the hands of Buddy Murphy. Aleister avoids the steel steps and slides into the ring instead.

Kevin welcomes Aleister and they each have a seat. First of all, Kevin thanks Aleister for being his guest tonight. We haven’t seen Aleister in some time, and Kevin speaks for everyone that we’re all concerned given what happened. Kevin must ask how Aleister is doing. Aleister says we might as well just show footage. Kevin isn’t so sure but Aleister says he’s watched it a million times already. In that case, can the gentlemen in the truck show us that? This was about a month ago, before Extreme Rules held the Eye for an Eye match. The point of the stairs gouged Aleister’s eye, just as it did Rey Mysterio’s.

Kevin is pretty sure he knows what Aleister is feeling. Seth Rollins and his “disciples” get under your skin and in your head. They made Kevin question why he’s even in the WWE. Just ask the Mysterios, they went through the same. Kevin knows he’s done a lot of terrible things, but he’s taking a different path. Rollins is not. The reason Kevin didn’t want to show that footage- Aleister suddenly feels pain in his eye, but he uses it to sucker Kevin in! Back elbow to BLACK MASS!! Why did Aleister attack Kevin!? Aleister leaves without a word, just what is going through his already anomalous mind?

 

The Golden Role Models are both upset backstage!

They don’t get it! Why did Shayna and Nia decide to stare them down instead of keep fighting? Charly Caruso walks over to ask them about narrowly escaping. Pfft, as if! They were merely avoiding the drama between Shayna and Nia. Plus, Sasha has her rematch tonight to worry about! Sasha shouldn’t even need to be in this position to begin with. She will win that belt back and once again be #TwoBeltzBanks! Then, Bayley and Sasha will both go after Nia and Shayna! The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions might be getting ahead of themselves, but are we going to get that match-up?

 

WWE 24/7 Championship Fatal 4 Way: Shelton Benjamin VS Cedric Alexander VS Akira Tozawa w/ Ninjas VS R-Truth!

The Gold Standard is in a position no 24/7 Champion has been put in to date, and that is a straightforward Fatal 4 Way! Will he be able to thwart the Age of Alexander, the Stamina Monster AND the former 38 time 24/7, 7/11, 487, I-95 South, European Television Champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this Fatal 4 Way is #WhatsUp!

Benjamin clobbers Tozawa at the bell then scoops him up to SLAM him! Truth covers Tozawa, but Benjamin breaks it to stomp Truth. Alexander rolls Benjamin, ONE! Alexander basement dropkicks Benjamin then fires off fast hands! Alexander whips, Benjamin reveres but Alexander goes up and over and rolls to handspring back! Headscissors sends Benjamin into buckles! Benjamin puts Alexander on the apron but Alexander forearms back! Alexander springboards but into a KNEE! Alexander falls to the outside, Truth throws haymakers on Benjamin! Truth kicks then runs, but Benjamin dodges the scissors to kick low!

Benjamin drags Truth in, Tozawa uses Truth to get up and headscissor. But Benjamin stays up to POWERBOMB Tozawa to the outside! But the ninjas are there to catch their leader and put him back in! “NINJA POWER!” Truth throws Benjamin out, the ninjas capture Benjamin! Tozawa sunset flips Truth, Tozawa wins!!

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

Victory for the ninja clan leader, but Benjamin whoops the ninjas! Tozawa doesn’t mind, that means he gets away clean! Will Benjamin and the Hurt Business track down Tozawa and take that title back?

 

Backstage interview with Randy Orton.

Any comments on what McIntyre said about Orton? Or what Orton did to McIntyre, for that matter? “Yes, I do.” But Orton doesn’t say them here. Is he headed back to ringside to address SummerSlam and Payback?

 

Raw returns to Randy Orton heading to the ring.

The Viper isn’t done tonight, and fans boo as he picks up a mic. “For the longest time, I have done what I wanted to, when I want to do it, to whomever I want to do it to. But at SummerSlam last night, that wasn’t the case.” Orton promised to RKO McIntyre, “kick him in the skull and take his title! But… I didn’t.” Now Orton can be called a lot of things, and that list is a long one. But one thing he is and forever will be is a man of his word! He promised to kill the legends of Edge, Christian, Big Show, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, and that is what he did! “Because I am the Legend Killer.”

Now, McIntyre comes out and an opportunity presented itself. Orton took advantage of that opportunity, and not only kicked McIntyre once but twice, and he enjoyed it oh so much! And he did it twice because McIntyre stood in the ring and offered a pity rematch! “Who the hell do you think you are?!” Orton will remind us all that he IS Randy Orton, THE Legend Killer, THE Greatest Wrestler- KEITH LEE makes his way out here?! The Limitless One, who only just lost his NXT Championship at TakeOver: XXX is making his debut on Raw, by confronting the most dangerous man on the roster!! Orton isn’t sure what to make of this as Keith grabs a mic of his own.

“You seem a little perplexed, Randy. But I guess that would make sense. We haven’t been properly introduced, so allow me. Greetings and salutations, Mr. Orton. My name is Keith Lee, and I have come here to offer you this spectacular opportunity. This luxury, this privilege, to stop what you’re doing for just one moment, and bask in my glory.” Orton has been called many things: The Viper; Apex Predator; Legend Killer. Keith has been called many things: Game Changer, Anomaly. But one thing he is for certain is, Keith Lee is Limitless. And since the Limitless One is now Raw, and Orton, “My not so good sir,” is looking for “a fight the likes of which no one has ever felt,” with respect to Keith’s friend, McIntyre, he will step up to take Orton on right here, and right now!!

Orton circles and can’t believe Keith wants a fight. It is Keith Lee, isn’t it? Keith is Limitless and wants to fight Orton here and now?! Maybe later. Orton bails out and fans are disappointed, but Keith says it’s only a matter of time. Will this collision of Legend Killer and legend in the making be inevitable?

 

Backstage interview with Zelina Vega, Angel Garza, and Demi Burnett.

This wasn’t exactly planned, but Charly couldn’t help but overhear La Muneca getting on El Lethal Lothario’s case about flirting with Demi when he should be preparing for a match. Charly is curious about the evidence laid out in front of us. Will Vega admit she poisoned Montez Ford? Depends. Will Charly admit that she is wrong? Vega doesn’t know how many times she has to say this! The footage doesn’t prove anything! Garza tells Charly she is upsetting Zelina. But she got caught. Who hasn’t been caught at all? That doesn’t help, Garza! Vega has her match to focus on, so she’s going to get ready.

Garza goes back to Demi, and Demi mentions Ivar. Garza has his own match next, and invites Demi and Charly both to come watch. Charly doesn’t like this situation but Demi just shrugs and follows Garza. What is true and what is false in this Monday night telenovela?

 

Angel Garza w/ Andrade Almas & Demi Burnett VS Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins!

Though they didn’t win the Raw Tag Team Championships, Garza and Almas don’t seem to be sweating it. Will they earn their way back to another shot as they take the Profits on in part?

The bell rings and Garza headlocks Ford right away! Ford tries to power out but Garza hods tight. Ford gets out on the second try, hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks! Ford fires up, has Garza in a corner, but Garza puts Ford on the apron. Ford enziguris, keeps his eyes on Almas, then climbs up. Crossbody into a dropkick! OFF COME THE PANTS! Garza throws them at Ford, smothers him for a cover, TWO! Garza wraps on a chinlock, drags Ford over to the corner and puts him up top. Garza gets up to club away on Ford and taunts Dawkins, “You want the smoke?!” Tree of Woe for a Penalty Kick! Demi likes what she sees as Garza covers, ONE! Garza chinlocks again and shifts to a wristlock. Ford fights up but Garza wrenches to throw body shots.

Ford pushes Garza away, spins him around but misses the enziguri! Garza sees Ivar walking out but still dropkicks Ford out of the ring! Ivar has something behind his back, and he strolls over to Demi to present her with… more turkey! Does Demi wanna get outta here? She does. The Warbeard is the Lovebeard as he gets the girl! Garza gets pissed, but Ford gets in the ring  to dodge the dropkick and KICK Garza back! Garza staggers and kicks Ford on the top rope, then Garza climbs up. Garza brings Ford up, Ford fights back and throws body shots! Ford ROCKS Garza, Garza holds on with ropes but Ford ROCKS him again! Then FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ford wins!!

Winner: Montez Ford, by pinfall

Garza busts as Ford keeps the Profits up! Will the Profits move on to some fresh match-ups now? Will Garza want Payback on Ivar for stealing the girl?

 

Nia finds Shayna backstage.

No fists are thrown as Nia starts to apologize. She wasn’t thrilled about working with Shayna, but the more she thinks about it, the more it works. They could actually win the tag titles. And Nia certainly wants those titles. Shayna says that if they work together on that, Nia stops attacking her. As long as Shayna follows Nia’s lead, deal. Shayna SLAPS Nia before leaving, as the last shot at each other, for now.

Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan walk in as Nia leaves. Bianca Belair finds them and brings up Vega trying to get at The EST again. Gurl, uh-uh. The IIconics are just as bad. So then let’s all go out and whoop, these, three. The RiottEST Squad is going to take on La Muneca y Las IIconicas, after the break!

 

Six Woman Tag: Bianca Belair & The Riott Squad VS Zelina Vega & The IIconics!

While Billie Kay and Peyton Royce have literally been using Liv and Ruby against each other, Bianca will not be an X factor! Will Bianca be able to help the roller coaster relationship steady? Or will the IIconics only be more devious with Vega on their side?

The trios sort out and Billie steps up to start against Liv. They tie up, Billie knees low and throws Liv to the corner. Tag to Peyton and the IIconics whip to forearm Liv in the back! Peyton drags Liv up but Liv fires off forearms! Liv drags Peyton up, whips to the corner and runs in to back body block! Tag to Ruby, the Squad works together and Ruby hits a running forearm! Ruby drags Peyton up to a wistlock, Peyton elbows free and tags in Billie. The IIconics give Ruby a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Ruby survives Shades of Kay and Billie is furious! Billie clubs Ruby, tags Peyton and they wrench, kick and kick Ruby down! Tag to Vega and she ax kicks Ruby on the back!

Vega puts Ruby in an open corner for a rocket kick! Then basement meteora! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated already as she drags Ruby around to a dragon sleeper! The behind the back grip looks familiar. But Ruby powers up, throws Vega off, but Vega sucker punches Liv! Bianca gets fired up, Ruby dodges Vega, hot tag to Bianca! Vega doesn’t want any part of Bianca but has  no choice as Bianca drags her back! Bianca runs Vega over with shoulder after shoulder, then she hits the IIconics for good measure! Vega tilt-o-whirls and headscissors, but Bianca handsprings through! Bianca comes back to run Vega over!

Bianca claps at Vega, whips her and blocks the wheelbarrow takedown, to the GLAM SLAM! Bianca says “Kiss this” then runs, handspring moonsault! Cover but the IIconics break it! The Squad gets in to double enziguri the IIconics down! Bianca runs at Vega, Vega goes up and over to roll her! TWO, and Bianca ROCKS Vega with a right! Torture rack to KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca and the Squad win!

Winners: The Riott Squad & Bianca Belair, by pinfall

The KOD seals the deal, and the EST celebrates with Ruby and Liv! Will all three finally be able to move past the thorns in their side?

 

Ricochet and Alexander arm wrestle backstage.

Alexander gets the win! Mark Henry comes by and says he doesn’t want to ruin the fun, but he needs the arm wrestling table. Unless Alexander wants to take him on? Oh no, Alexander is just fine having his arm still. The crew takes the table for Henry while Ricochet and Alexander talk. But MVP comes over and asks what they’re even doing. Alexander just lost the 24/7 Championship, and instead of chasing Tozawa, he’s clowning around? Are they going to play patty cake at the slumber party next? Ha ha, funny. But this is getting sad. MVP should- MVP doesn’t remember asking Ricochet a damn thing! He’s talking to the man who just beat Ricochet in the arm wrestling contest. The same man Ricochet abandoned last week. Abandoned?!

Alexander calms Ricochet down and tells MVP he already gave him an answer. Yes, but The Hurt Business is a family business. Alexander can still roll with them and be protected, get that real talk. Hurt Business will help Alexander not waste his prime years running around with the “One and Only.” If Alexander doesn’t accept the offer, MVP isn’t sure what he has to do. But he’ll let these two get back to playing games, while MVP attends to some United States Championship business. Alexander assures Ricochet the dynamic duo isn’t breaking up, but will the two be able to keep it together?

 

Raw returns to Mark Henry in the ring!

The World’s Strongest Man welcomes us back and says that while SummerSlam is over, we are just six short days from Payback! We have two competitors for the WWE United States Championship, and we’re going to see who is physically strongest. Take it from him, this is a deciding factor. Therefore, our first competitor, the “CEO of the Hurt Business,” the All Mighty Bobby Lashley! Lashley makes his entrance, shakes hands with Henry, then takes his spot at the arm wrestling table. Next, the man who had an impressive defense of his title. He is the future, he is Apollo Crews! Apollo makes his entrance now and shakes Henry’s hand before taking his place by the table.

Henry has already told Mustafa Ali, Ricochet and Alexander to not come out here, but he also told the rest of the Hurt Business to stay out, too. This has to be a fair competition. Fair?! Lashley says he doesn’t need MVP or Benjamin to do this. Lashley is going to slam Apollo’s hand down, then beat him up! But not too bad, because Apollo needs to make it to Payback to get beaten up even more and lose that US Championship! “Do you got that, little man?” Apollo laughs that off, and tells Lashley we all saw what happened to MVP. That also happens to Lashley. But first, Apollo will win this arm wrestling contest. Henry says no more talk, it’s time to go. Apollo has Henry hold the belt, then the two competitors tie up.

Lashley acts like he needs to prepare first. Lashley takes off the jacket and carefully hangs it up. They tie up again, Lashley wants Henry to make sure this is fair. Apollo stomps Lashley’s foot! Then he pushes Lashley’s arm down! Henry says Apollo wins!! Lashley protests but he just got outsmarted is all. Lashley still tries to hit Apollo, but Apollo gets around to waistlock! Lashley fights out of the Crews Missile but runs into a BOOT! Apollo sees MVP and Benjamin running down the ramp, so he FLIES out to take them down! Apollo again makes the Hurt Business look cheap, will he bankrupt them come this Sunday?

 

Backstage interview with the Mysterios.

Rey and Dominik are here, as well as Ms. Angie. Charly asks Rey about everything that the Mysterio family has gone through, and the conflicting emotions he must be feeling. Dominik had his first match but against the two men who caused them such strife in Rollins and Murphy. Rey says that whatever happens, he is proud of his son. The same goes for Angie. Dominik stepped in the ring, facing one of the most dangerous superstars in the WWE today, in his first match ever. He gave Rollins hell, and Rey couldn’t be prouder. Charly agrees, Dominik performed admirably, but must ask if he was nervous at all. He was absolutely terrified. But no matter what, he had his family in his corner, and that is what gave him the courage.

That is something Rollins doesn’t get. Family gives them strength. One day, Rollins will have a family of his own, and will finally understand what he put the Mysterios through. For now, the family is here, together, and Rollins will have to do deal with the consequences. Dominik became a man, and proved himself last night. Tonight isn’t even about winning or losing. Rey is just proud of the young man by his side. He knows how much pain Dominik is in, but Rey loves his son. Tonight is a night they’ve been dreaming of! They’re sharing the ring together as father and son. And Rey will be damned if Rollins wins. Rollins talks about the bright future of Raw, but he’s looking at it right here. Will Dominik rebound from his first loss at SummerSlam to his first win on Raw?

 

Raw returns to Natalya and Lana in the ring.

The Ravishing Russian says she and the Queen of Harts are happy to be here. Today, they are inducting a special woman into the Hall of Fame. Natty is one of the best, no she IS the best in-ring performer. A workhorse, a peacemaker, and truth sayer! Natty says Lana doesn’t have to go on, because it’s guaranteed Natty is going into the Hall of Fame one day as the Best of All Time, #BOAT. Tonight is paying tribute to the six-time women’s champion, Mickie James, a true trailblazer in the WWE. Like every great trail, Mickie’s trail ends. Lana admits that they tried their best to help Mickie stay relevant through social media, but it didn’t work. That is why tonight, they are retiring “The Chick with the Kick.” Please join them in looking back in this highlight reel Natty worked so hard on.

The video plays NOTHING! Because there’s nothing they can think that makes Mickie’s career great. But Mickie rushes right out and pushes Natty down! Lana gets in Mickie’s face but gets the MICK KICK! Mickie just sank the #BOAT, but will she and Natty settle things in a more substantial showdown?

 

Shane McMahon walks up to the Raw Underground door.

Jordan Omogbehin is there to greet him as always, but the Hurt Business storms up! Lashley wants a fight, and he doesn’t give a damn who it is! He wants to beat the hell outta someone! Go right ahead! Shane lets the Hurt Business through first, fist bumps Jordan, and heads in himself. Who will end up a victim of the #FullLashley tonight?

 

It’s time for Raw Underground!

Lashley has that fight he wants, and he BOOTS his opponent back. The man comes back but Lashley catches him to a facelock, and cranks until the man passes out! Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Shane is impressed, but does anyone else want a go at Lashley? Lashley dumps his opponent out and Dolph Ziggler steps up! Ziggler is supposed to face Ivar but it seems Ziggler is after bigger fish. These two tie up, Ziggler gets a leg but Lashley pries him off. Ziggler comes back for more, hammers away on Lashley and gets a facelock. Lashley powers up to SLAM Ziggler down and throw hands back! Lashley kicks Ziggler while he’s down with those business shoes, but Ziggler kicks back! Ziggler hops on for a sleeper hold, but Lashley rolls. Ziggler keeps hold of Lashley, Lashley throws Ziggler off then BLASTS him all the way to the wall!! Guess Ivar doesn’t need to fight Ziggler after all.

Winner: Bobby Lashley, 2-0

MVP drags a rando from the crowd and throws him up to the ring! Lashley sees the man and BOOTS him down! That man is OUT, Lashley keeps winning!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, 3-0

Shane says Raw Underground will take a break while we figure out if anyone wants more of Lashley, and if Ziggler really is down for the count.

 

Keith Lee VS Randy Orton!

The Limitless One’s debut on Monday Night Raw is going to be one for the ages! Will he survive an already angry Apex Predator in their first-ever match?

The bell rings, Keith and Orton circle and tie up. Keith powers Orton to a corner but Orton shifts to a headlock to get out. Keith lifts Orton but Orton cranks on the headlock to stay on the ground. Keith powers out and HURDLES Orton, to then drop down and run Orton over! Orton gets to a corner as he is surprised by what just happened! Keith waits for Orton to come back, and the two circle. Keith calls for a test of strength, Orton approaches and kicks low. Orton throws European Uppercuts but Keith stays up. Orton winds back but the punch is blocked! Keith crushes Orton’s hand and brings Orton to a knee! Orton gets up but Keith reels him in for a STANDING OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Orton bails out, Keith follows and has Orton at the announce desk. Keith scoops Orton but Orton slips off to POST Keith! Keith gets in the ring fast, Orton stomps away on Keith’s legs! Orton digs his knee into Keith’s face and scrapes the face! Cover, ONE!! Orton is back on his feet from that kickout but Orton goes after Keith with a chinlock. Orton grinds Keith’s head but Keith fights his way up. The fans rally as Orton is a backpack on Keith, and Keith roars to ram Orton into buckles! Keith is free, he bumps Orton again then goes corner to corner for a corner splash! Keith keeps moving, ducks Orton and CROSSBODIES!

Orton writhes but Keith seethes as the fans cheer. Keith watches Orton stand, then he runs to POUNCE Orton out of the ring! Keith pursues again and has Orton back at the announce desk. Keith puts Orton in fast, but Orton kicks him in the ropes! Orton drags Keith out, DRAPING DDT! Keith writhes but Orton circles him. Orton hears the voices in his head and wants Keith to stand. Keith stirs, but McIntyre drags Orton out to go after him!!

Winner: Randy Orton, by disqualification

McIntyre isn’t just standing and walking after two punt kicks, he’s beating Orton up! He whips Orton into barriers, brings him around and rams him into more barriers! Orton jumps over and out to run away backstage! McIntyre staggers and seethes, frustrated that the Viper slithered away. Is Claymore Country coming to crush the head of the Viper once and for all?

 

Raw returns with a backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

McIntyre says he is really happy for his friend, Keith, but he doesn’t need Keith fighting his battles. Keith was impressive, but so is McIntyre just standing and talking here. What is McIntyre experiencing? Well he doesn’t feel good, that’s sure. Orton tried to end McIntyre’s career! To Orton, McIntyre says that- ORTON BLINDSIDES MCINTYRE! AND PUNTS HIM AGAIN!! Security and referees rush the scene to get Orton to go away but Orton vows the title is his! Orton vows to still do whatever he wants! Orton leaves for now, but was that kick the nail in the coffin?

 

Raw returns with Charly waiting by the Trainer’s Room.

“This is not a good situation right now.” Obviously McIntyre just got kicked in the head again, and what Charly is hearing is not good. There could be a skull fracture, internal bleeding, and McIntyre’s career could be in jeopardy. Will McIntyre make it to Payback? Will he even be able to wrestle ever again?

 

Raw Women’s Championship Lumberjack Match: Asuka VS Sasha Banks!

The Empress of Tomorrow didn’t get to become a double champion, but she at least stopped The Boss from being one. Will that all turn right back around right here tonight? And win or lose, will Sasha be in any shape to help Bayley fight Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax in their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match at Payback?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised and this rematch with the entire Raw Women’s Division watching ringside begins!

Sasha and Asuka circle, Sasha rolls Asuka up fast, TWO! Sasha is furious that the ref took so long to figure it out, but Asuka kicks her down! Asuka drags Sasha up to throw out to the lumberjacks! Ruby and Liv are there, but Sasha shoves Ruby! Sasha gets back on the apron, but Asuka hip attacks her down! Bayley tells Liv, Ruby, Bianca and more to stay back, and she’s supported by Lana, Natty and the IIconics. The ref tells them all to stand down, especially with Shayna stepping up to Bayley! The tension is palpable and this situation is combustible, but Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Sasha drags Asuka by her hair over to the apron! Sasha drags Asuka all the way out of the ring to club away on her! Sasha drags Asuka up, and Bayley as a lumberjack legally mugs Asuka! Bayley taunts Asuka as Sasha bumps her off the LED then puts her in. Sasha covers, TWO! Asuka gets to a corner, Sasha grows frustrated but the fans rally up. Sasha runs corner to corner but Asuka SUPERKICKS Sasha down! Asuka gets up top, Sasha stands, FLYING DDT! Asuka manages to cover, TWO!! Sasha survives and Asuka can’t believe it! Sasha flounders to ropes, Asuka stalks up behind her, and Asuka blocks a kick to trip Sasha to an ANKLE LOCK! Sasha scrambles and reaches but Asuka leans on the hold!

Sasha reaches, Bayley is there for her, and Sasha rolls to send Asuka out! Bayley watches but the Riott Squad is there to hep Asuka. Sasha LEAPS from the apron, Asuka gets clear and the Squad takes the hit! Sasha realizes what happened, but turns around into Asuka’s SLIDING KNEE! Asuka glares at Bayley as she gives chase. Bayley throws Natty at Asuka but Asuka decks her! Bayley throws Lana next, Asuka DECKS her! The IIconics are next, they get hit, too! But then Sasha attacks Asuka from behind! Sasha puts Asuka back in, climbs up top, and FROG SPLASHES! Cover, TWO!! Bayley and Sasha are both shocked! Sasha isn’t sure what to do next, but she has Bayley get her something. Bayley get a chair, Shayna gets Bayley’s leg!

Bayley fights Shayna but Shayna drags her down and kicks her in the chest! Asuka gets Sasha for the ASUKA LOCK!! Sasha flails, reaches, but she’s caught!! Sasha taps out, Asuka wins again!!

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

The Empress shuts the Blueprint out! Bayley blames Shayna for keeping this fair, but now she and Sasha must regroup to prepare! Will the Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force make for a killer combination at Payback?

 

Raw has an update on McIntyre’s medical status.

An ambulance is here, and it seems McIntyre has been loaded into the back. McIntyre is taken away, because of the severity of his injury. Standing by, Keith Lee comments on the situation. “There is a very large portion of me that would’ve liked to say, ‘Hey, bud, don’t interfere in my Raw debut.'” But instead, Keith has watched another friend get loaded into an ambulance, and it’s different. But fortunately, McIntyre is one of the toughest men Keith has ever met. McIntyre will be okay. But as for Orton, “I can’t say the same for him.” Will doctors be able to help McIntyre? Will anything be able to save Orton from the Limitless wrath of Keith Lee?

 

Raw Underground – Bobby Lashley VS Cedric Alexander!

Yes, that’s right! The Hurt Business somehow got Alexander down to the fight pit and Lashley is beating him down! Alexander fights back, waistlocks and gets a leg to trip Lashley up! Lashley counters to a facelock then waistlock then SLAM! Lashley flips over Alexander to get him in an ARMBAR! Alexander fights but Lashley elbows away on Alexander’s head! Both MVP and Shane have to call this one and pry Lashley off Alexander!

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Lashley finally lets Alexander go, but IVAR gets in! Ivar didn’t get his fight with Ziggler because of Lashley so he wants some of Lashley for himself! But the Hurt Business tackle Ivar down and beat him up! Erik gets in and now the Viking Raiders brawl with the Hurt Business! But that’s 3v2! MVP gives Erik an STO while Ivar gets beat down 2v1! Benjamin helps MVP with Erik while Lashley puts Ivar in a KIMURA! Ivar taps, Lashley wins again!

Winners: The Hurt Business

Shane gives props to MVP, Lashley and Benjamin. We’ll see more Raw Underground next week! Will Lashley return to the fight pit the NEW United States Champion?

 

Raw makes it Payback official!

After what Orton did to McIntyre, Keith Lee steps up again to finish the fight! Will Orton #BaskInHisGlory? Or will Keith #BurnInHisLight?

 

Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy VS Rey & Dominik Mysterio!

The Monday Night Messiah and his disciple have tried to ruin the dreams of the King of Lucha Libre and his son, but have not crushed their spirits! Dominik and Rey are ready for more, will they finally get revenge on Rollins and Murphy?

But before the two teams are in the ring, Rey and Dominik go after Rollins and Murphy on the ramp! Rey throws Rollins into barriers but Rollins kicks and clubs back. Dominik and Murphy brawl on the other end while Rey fires back. Rey rams Rollins into barriers, Murphy ROCKS Dominik, but Rollins throws Rey over the announce desk! Dominik is 2v1 now and put in the ring. Rollins sicks Murphy after Dominik and this match officially begins!

Dominhik jawbreakers Murphy! Dominik ducks, dodges and tilt-o-whirl arm-drags Murphy away! Murphy gets up into another arm-drag! Murphy blocks the third but not the fourth! Dominik dropkicks Murphy out of the ring! The fans fire up as Dominik builds speed, but Rollins is there! Dominik dropkicks Rollins to the desk! Murphy returns but is tossed to that side! Rey returns to FLYING RANA Rollins into the barriers! Rey puts Rollins in for Dominik, and now father and son surround him! They dropkick and drop toehold Rollins onto the ropes, but Murphy saves Rollins from the 619! But not Dominik’s CROSSBODY! The Mysterios have control as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns as Rollins runs into boots from Rey! Rey fights out of the “Greater good” corner but runs into Rollins’ fireman’s carry! Rey fights but still takes the GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Rollins grows frustrated as he stomps Rey’s hand! Rollins taunts Rey to reach for his son. Rey crawls, Dominik reaches out but Rollins sucker punches Dominik! Rollins grins as he drags Rey back up. Rey hits back with body shots and haymakers, but is shoved into the corner. Rey fights out again, goes up and wheelbarrows, then kicks Murphy away before giving Rollins the bulldog! Both men are down, Dominik is back up on the corner! Rey and Rollins crawl, Murphy tags in first! Murphy anchors Rey, drags him away, but Rey enziguris back! Hot tag to Dominik!

Dominik climbs up and leaps over Murphy to roll and send Murphy into buckles! Dominik rallies with clotheslines, whips to ropes but Murphy reverses. Dominik still clotheslines Murphy! Murphy knees low, throws Dominik out but Dominik lands on the apron. Dominik springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Dominik doesn’t slow down, he drags Murphy up. Murphy shoves, but runs into a boot! Dominik back elbows then hops up, flying huricanrana POSTS Murphy! Dominik runs corner to corner, goes up and up and TORNADO DDT’S! Cover, Rollins breaks it! Rollins gets out, Dominik stares him down, but Murphy bails out, too.

Rollins keeps Dominik’s attention until Dominik goes out to fetch Murphy in. Dominik still glares at Rollins but Murphy chop blocks Dominik! Tag to Rollins, Rollins drags Dominik up and lifts, but Dominik fights off the bomb! Dominik hops off to tag in Rey! Rey springboard seated sentons Rollins down but doesn’t slow down! Rey ducks and dodges, then tilt-o-whirl headscissors Rollins to ropes! Dial it up but Murphy tags in! Rollins gets clear of the 619 again, Murphy rolls Rey up! TWO, Murphy kicks and scoops but Rey slips off. Rey dropkicks the legs out, tags in Dominik, and they double it up!! 619 times two!! Dominik climbs up top, the lights start to flicker…?! Rollins shoves Dominik off the top!

Rey chases Rollins, but RETRIBUTION appears!! They chase everyone off, and surround Dominik and Rey! The Mysterios are mugged 6v2! Rollins smiles because they’re doing the dirty work for him. They drag Dominik up to throw forearms, then they put Rey in a corner for stomps. DOUBLE HIP TOSS on Dominik! Dominik flops out of the ring but Retribution drags him back up. Rey gets slid out hard to the floor! Then Dominik is sent into barriers! The fans boo as Retribution continues to stomp and pummel Dominik. The two biggest ones take Rey to LAWN DART him at the POST!! “This is OUR house!” They drag Rey over to Dominik to make Dominik see what happened to his father. Retribution claims they’ve earned this, but who even are they?!


My Thoughts:

A wild and crazy follow-up to SummerSlam and go-home to Payback in one go, this Raw was actually really good. There were quite a few disqualification/no contest finishes tonight, but each of those works well to keep stories going and the math even. I would not have expected the brawling between Nia and Shayna the last couple weeks result in a reluctant tag team a la Sheamus and Cesaro becoming The Bar. I don’t see them winning the Women’s Tag titles, but I bet the match is a great slug fest before things fall apart. The Lumberjack match rematch for the Raw Women’s title was pretty good, and it certainly makes for a clean break of Asuka and the Golden Role Models. I have a feeling that Shayna and Nia losing at Payback results in them having it out on the road to Asuka VS Shayna, probably at Hell in a Cell.

The “telenovela” as I’ve nicknamed it has taken quite the twist. Demi seems to go back and forth between Garza and Ivar, but Garza and Ivar already had a match so it seems like some of this is backwards. Maybe it escalates, they have a rematch and in a shocking twist that I was hoping would happen in Ziggler VS Otis, Demi chooses the loser, because she can’t help but console the man who got badly beat up. The story with The Hurt Business and Apollo’s crew escalates, but Apollo’s the only one not getting beat up anymore. The arm wrestling segment was funny, Apollo VS Lashley is going to be a great match, and the 24/7 Championship Fatal 4 was fun but the title goes with Tozawa to keep it out of the mix for the moment.

Speaking of Ziggler, what a surprising change of plans for him to fight Lashley in Raw Underground. The Hurt Business stands tall in the fight pit, but I wonder if we get some kind of Six Man after Payback. The Six Woman Tag was really good, and it was great for the Faces to win. This probably doesn’t settle anything, but it was a great blending of how Bianca is a new friend of Ruby’s, and Liv being an old friend, these three might form a new trio since this isn’t the true Riott Squad. Aleister on the KO Show was a great segment. He had the eye patch wrap, and he shocks us by going Heel as it were, suckering Kevin into that attack. There are a lot of ways they can take this, I’m just not sure if this should lead to Aleister joining Rollins. Aleister is either a loner or a leader, not a follower.

The story of Orton and McIntyre was great, and I did not expect them to bring Keith Lee into it. Though perhaps WWE releasing a video of McIntyre and Keith training together before TakeOver: XXX was the foreshadowing. I like Keith going right after Orton, that in itself is like a title, and their match at Payback will be great. McIntyre already started looking superhuman at taking two punt kicks and getting up, but it seems almost a given he shows up at Payback to shock Orton. Hopefully after a winner is decided this time, just so Keith doesn’t have beef with McIntyre. Though that would be an awesome match, too. At the very least, McIntyre VS Orton at Hell in a Cell IN Hell in a Cell will be amazing!

We got a really great surprise in the Mysterios taking on Rollins and Murphy, though it was more clear here that Dominik still needs to sharpen his lucha skills. He may also need to rethink a hood on that vest. Maybe they add layers to the costume so he can take off the hooded vest and just have a tight shirt like his father. But as soon as those lights flickered, it was clear Retribution was going to attack. I almost thought the six here tonight were going to reveal themselves and set up Payback matches somehow, but guess not. Maybe the reveal is at Payback, and we build towards huge HIAC matches, such as 8 Mans, 6 Mans, Women’s Tag, etc. I hope this doesn’t drag Survivor Series into it. I want a second year of the Triple Brand Warfare, 5v5v5, not Team Retribution VS Team WWE where no matter who wins, it feels like the story loses.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!

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NJPW Castle Attack

NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall

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

 

YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall

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

Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)

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

 

Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jay White, by pinfall

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

 

Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 9/10


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

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

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

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

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

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

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

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

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

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

Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI

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

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

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

Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii

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

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

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

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

Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo

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

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

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

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

 

Overall Score: 4.25/10

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

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

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

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