Raw has so much going on in one night!
Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton come face to face, the TRUE United States Championship will be decided, and Shane McMahon returns to Raw!
- WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ The Hurt Business; Crews wins and is the undisputed WWE United States Champion.
- The IIconics VS The Riott Squad; The Riott Squad wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Triple Threat: Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business VS R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Shayna Baszler VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley; No Contest.
- Raw Underground – Daba Cato goes 2-0.
- Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega; Garza wins.
- Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; No Contest.
- Raw Underground – Erik wins.
- Raw Underground – The Hurt Business goes 3-0.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews VS MVP w/ The Hurt Business!
Apollo is back and he’s going to finally face Montel Vontavius Porter as intended at Extreme Rules! Assuming the lights stay on in the Performance Center… But technical difficulties aside, will MVP prove he is the real US Champion? Or will the real US Champion win?
The introductions are made, the two different belts are both raised, and MVP grabs the mic. MVP “drops some truth gems” that he is the REAL United States Champion because Apollo didn’t show up. Bobby Lashley put the full nelson on, Apollo made excuses and MVP made history. MVP vows he will continue to rep the Hurt Business while Apollo can hang out with Ricochet and Cedric Alexander back in catering. Apollo lets MVP run his mouth, and we settle this once and for all to start Raw!
MVP and Apollo stare down but the flickering lights worry them. They tie up, go around, MVP monkey flips but Apollo holds on. They get up again, MVP spins Apollo around, then drops down to body scissors. Apollo fights off the sleeper to throw elbows! Apollo goes after MVP but MVP avoids the cover. Apollo rolls, jackknife cover, TWO! MVP gets up but Apollo handsprings up! Apollo and MVP go again, and MVP stomps Apollo’s foot! MVP throws hands then bumps Apollo off buckles. MVP throws European Uppercuts and rocks Apollo! Apollo gets up but MVP throws haymakers. MVP whips, Apollo reverses and elbows MVP down! Apollo starts to rally! Apollo snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Another try, ONE! Another, ONE! Apollo rains down right hands to keep MVP down.
Apollo goes after the arm and wrenches on the shoulder. MVP endures, fights but Apollo digs his forearm into MVP’s face. Apollo keeps on the shoulder, MVP gets up but Apollo wrenches. MVP wrenches back and ROCKS Apollo again! And BOOTS him down! The Hurt Business likes what they see as MVP looms over Apollo. MVP brings Apollo up but Apollo hits back! Apollo fires off forearm after forearm, whips but MVP is saved by Lashley and Shelton Benjamin. But Apollo FLIES out onto all three! The real United States Champion stands tall as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns as MVP Has Apollo in a cravat. MVP cranks but Apollo endures. Replay shows us Lashley interfered during commercial behind the ref’s back! Apollo tries fighting out but MVP knees low. Apollo fights up again and throws body shots. Apollo gets free, runs, but into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! MVP tries again, TWO! MVP brings Apollo up to elbow him down. Apollo gets to ropes but MVP brings him around to throw EuroUppers. Cover, TWO! MVP brings Apollo up to club and whip and drop toehold him down! MVP has Apollo in the ropes for a camel clutch! The bad neck is being attacked! The ref counts but MVP lets up at 4. MVP drags Apollo back up, throws big forearms, but Apollo hits back. MVP snap suplexes him, cover, TWO! Apollo barely gets out!
MVP drags Apollo up, throws forearms, then has Apollo in a corner for elbow after elbow from all sides! MVP whips corner to corner, powers up and runs in, but his boot misses! Apollo enziguris back! Apollo hops up, leaps, crossbody! But he rolls off, to tackle MVP into buckles! Apollo rams his shoulder in over and over as the crowd fires up. Apollo runs to hit a huge splash! And a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! The crowd rallies up for Apollo as he drags MVP up and around. MVP fights off the bomb to waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! But Apollo rises! Apollo gives MVP the CREWS MISSILE! Cover, Apollo wins!
Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
But Lashley goes after him! Apollo escapes the full nelson and gets away with both United States Championship belts! Which one will he choose to keep as the rightful title?
Backstage interview with Apollo.
Congratulations are in order! How does it feel to return to be the rightful champion? Apollo likes the sound of “rightful US Champion.” But in all seriousness, Bobby Lashley’s strength is unlike anyone else’s. Because of that full nelson, Apollo literally couldn’t turn his head away from the TV as he watched MVP walk around acting like the champ. But what hurt worse was Apollo’s kids saying, “Daddy, I thought you were the United States Champion.” But it’s okay, because now he IS champion! And he will take the classic belt and hang it in his kids’ room as a reminder of their dad’s first title in the WWE ever. As for MVP’s belt, how good does it look on Apollo? It looks so good! So thanks, P, Apollo appreciates this.
MVP grabs a mic at ringside.
“Hello? Hey! You tell me what kind of operation you three clowns are running here!!” What is with the unsafe working environment of the lights? Be ashamed of yourself! Is that how Apollo wants to win!? MVP was distracted! But he’s gonna explain something. Apollo didn’t show up because Lashley made him stay at home. But then Apollo shows up and steals MVP’s US Championship! “I don’t care about your wife! I don’t care about your kids! What I care about is my rematch!” MVP wants his rematch, but Shelton gives him an idea. The rematch will be… at SUMMERSLAM!
There’s something going on in a private dressing room.
There’s a guard, or perhaps a bouncer, at the door as dance music plays loudly. The “brainchild” of Shane McMahon is said to be behind that door. Is there something Shane O’Mac has planned for his return tonight?
Backstage interview with Bayley and Sasha Banks.
The Golden Role Models are Raw Women’s, SmackDown Women’s, and WWE Tag Team Champions because to put it simply, they have #AllTheGold! #BayleyDosStraps and #TwoBeltsBanks! But will either belt be defended at SummerSlam? Not to demean Sarah, but she is so boring! Ding dong, hello! This does no justice to what these two have accomplished! They are going to spice things up and have something special! ROLL THE FOOTAGE!
Movie trailer voice says, “In a world… full of mediocrity… two women are setting the standard, creating the blueprint, of what it means to be a champion.” We relive last week’s Raw Women’s Championship main event. Kairi chased Bayley away, but the narrator explains, “What on the surface… looked like cowardice… was actually a plan… of sheer brilliance.” Bayley turning things around on Kairi and that was a distraction to Asuka. Asuka chose to save Kairi over defending her title, and that is how Sasha “won” her second belt. “Now… they own all the gold…” They are your Golden Role Models.
But Asuka interrupts! “OI OI OI OI!” Do you think you’re going to get away with what you did to Kairi?! “Revenge will be very, very sweet!” That part scares Bayley and Sasha. What the hell is this?! They’re trying to be professional and you- Shayna Baszler interrupts the “garbage.” These two must be having fun. Shayna has a complaint. Sasha “snaked” her way to this title. But Shayna has waited long enough to finally have her own fun. And she DECKS Sasha!! Bayley is in shock as Sasha checks her chin. Shayna leaves, but when and where will she strike again?
Kevin Owens is backstage.
He picks up something to drink at catering, but the IIconics come over. They heard a little rumor that he is hosting another edition of the KO Show, and thought that they would make great guests. They would! He loves Australia. But maybe not this week. What? He already has guests for tonight. He does plan these things. Sorry, but have a water. Kevin heads off to do just as the IIconics said, but who are his guests? We find out, after the break!
Raw presents The KO Show!
The Prizefighter welcomes us back from break to his show. There are a lot of things happening tonight, one of them being the return of Shane McMahon. Kevin has plenty of thoughts on that, but he doesn’t want to talk about that. Wait, why is this mic freaking out? But Kevin wants to first talk about an issue that’s been going on. This is a very talented woman and a great friend of Kevin’s, it’s Ruby Riott! Ruby heads to the ring, definitely having gotten over a challenge in dealing with the IIconics. They sit in the chairs and Kevin thanks her for being here. He brings up the IIconics and how emotional Ruby was after finally winning. Ruby says it is no secret that she’s had bad luck since coming back. She hasn’t gotten a singles win since February and the IIconics grind salt into that wound.
Ruby has dealt with women like that her entire life. “Toxic, sad broads that gotta bring people down just to build themselves up.” Ruby brought Peyton Royce down to earth and hopefully put an end to the iconic BS. Strong words, but she should be proud. The only thing that would’ve been better is if Liv Morgan was here to celebrate. Well speaking of… Kevin got her to be on the show! Ruby is actually unsure if this is a good idea, but Liv does make her way out. Liv gets a mic and stands in the ring with Ruby and Kevin. Kevin thanks her for going through with this. Liv says Ruby wanted her to hear her out, and Kevin convinced her to try. So let’s hear it.
Kevin wants to say something first. He asked them both here, because he saw them both here when they started in the WWE. Stupid mic. It was Liv, Ruby and Sarah. Sarah is moving on to a new part of her life and that’s great. But these two can’t just throw everything away. He’s traveled with them, saw them together as friends, they’re great individuals but they also bring the best out of each other. Kevin has done a lot of really crappy things to people, said crappy things, and lost friendships because he thought it was better for his career. But he feels now it might not have been worth it. They don’t have to be friends, but it is worth hearing each other out. The crowd chants, “Hear Her Out!”
Ruby starts by saying that coming back, she thought it’d be the same. BUt she was wrong. The place was different, and Liv was different. Liv was thriving, coming into her own, and Ruby felt like she wasn’t needed anymore. Then Liv beat Ruby twice. Ruby realized Liv didn’t need Ruby. This world Ruby returned to without anyone, she wasn’t ready for it and she lashed out at Liv. She is sorry for that! That was wrong to do! But every time Ruby looks at her tattoo, the one that matches Liv’s, dedicated to their debut date, she remembers the day their lives changed. Ruby is just asking for a second chance. A second chance at the Riott Squad to be stronger than ever before! But then the IIconics crash the show!
Billie and Peyton of course have mics. Kevin washes his hands of this, but Peyton says everyone is SICK of hearing them babble on about whatever, because no one cares. Liv should’ve stayed in the tub. Ruby, the IIconics are just tired of the social media posts about her one “emotional” win over Peyton! After what? 400 losses?! Maybe some facts over emotion. Fact: The IIconics have dominated- The mic is freaking out. They DOMINATED the Women’s Tag Division. They conquered WrestleMania! And they have been, and always will be, better than Ruby and Liv. Actually, look BFF up and you’ll find a picture of them.
Liv speaks up and says maybe they’re right. Liv and Ruby aren’t friends like the IIconics. But there is one thing they will always agree on: NO ONE starts a riot better than us! The Riott Squad is reunited! Kevin says the message is clear. So unless the IIconics have something better to say, maybe they can just leave. Ruby and Liv think they’re a team now? They have nothing on the IIconics. Let’s go, right now! Any place, any time! Because right now… Actually, Peyton wants Billie to say it. No, Billie says Peyton can say it. They go back and forth and Kevin asks for more technical difficulties right now. Peyton SLAPS Kevin! And Billie laughs. Was that necessary? Billie SLAPS Kevin now! “Ladies, a little help, please?” The Riott Squad pounces!! The brawl spills out of the ring as Raw goes to break!
The IIconics VS The Riott Squad!
Peyton and Billie got the fight that they want, but will they regret it? Or can they ruin the Riott Squad’s reunion?
Billie starts with Ruby and circle. They tie up, Billie powers Ruby to a corner but Ruby turns it around. Billie shouts for the ropebreak, Ruby lets up to shove her back. Kevin has joined commentary as Ruby wrenches Billie’s arm. Billie throws hands, Ruby ducks but the throat chop hits! Billie wrenches Ruby to a straitjacket neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious already but Billie brings Ruby over to tag in Peyton. The IIconics double whip to double forearm! Peyton covers, TWO! Peyton drags Ruby around to jam her knees into Ruby’s back then she clamps on a chinlock. Ruby endures, the crowd builds to a rally, Ruby fights her way up to fight back. PEyton throws Ruby down by her green-yellow hair!
Tag to Billie the IIconics double wrench and double kick Ruby down! Billie talks trash before she kicks Ruby while she’s down! Billie drags Ruby up to club her back, then talks more trash. Ruby pushes her away to SUPERKICK her! Hot tags to Peyton and Liv! Liv rallies with flying forearms and a hair takedown! Liv whips, Peyton reverses, but Liv elbows back. Liv goes up, up and leaps for a missile dropkick! Cover, Billie breaks it! Billie drags Peyton to the corner and tags in. Billie storms up to Liv, brings her up, but Liv rolls Billie up! RIOTT SQUAD WINS!
Winners: The Riott Squad, by pinfall
But Peyton is right on Liv with hammering fists! The IIconics get up, coordinate, but Ruby saves Liv! Ruby shoves Peyton to a corner and enziguris Billie down! Ruby and Liv coordinate now, double STO! The squad heads out, will they continue to rise together? Or are there still cracks in the foundation they must be wary of?
Raw checks on the status of a near accident.
Large boxes fell over, things fell out, but no one was nearby so there were no injuries. There are rumors that perhaps, the boxes falling were not accidental. MVP is upset that they’re not talking about his loss because of these glitches and power surges! Charly Caruso understands he’s upset. She informs him that Apollo has accepted the rematch challenge. Well alright then! He feels a bit better now, but of course Apollo accepted it. What would his kids think if Daddy Apollo didn’t? But then Shelton comes by and says his 24/7 Championship belt has been stolen! What?! Well, they’ll track that down. Time to teach everyone what happens when you steal from the Hurt Business.
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
The WWE World Champion is not in a good mood after last week’s RKO outta nowhere! McIntyre had just settled things with Dolph Ziggler when Randy Orton made good on his threats. As such, the WWE world title is on the line at SummerSlam between the leader of Claymore Country and the Apex Predator! McIntyre picks up a mic to address this. “Randy Orton has spent 20 years preying on vulnerability.” He’s not the kind of guy who would show you how he felt with a finger gesture like Stone Cold. Or the kind of guy to take off and throw an elbow pad like The Rock. According to Orton, he’s better than those two. Orton is the kind who waits until you end an Extreme Rules match to hit you with an RKO outta nowhere.
But y’know what? That is on McIntyre. McIntyre was warned and it still happened. Lesson learned, it will never happen again. But McIntyre wants Orton to understand he knows how motivated The Viper is. He’s just as motivated to take the WWE title as McIntyre is to keep it. The similarities don’t end there. “Once upon a time, at one time or another, Vince McMahon himself looked at us, right in the eye and told us we were The Chosen One. We were the future of this industry.” McIntyre paces as he chooses his words. Things didn’t go as planned for McIntyre. But Orton admitted this wasn’t plan A, B, C or D. He didn’t lie awake as a kid in Scotland, a country of 5 million people, thinking about how he was going to make it to the WWE as one of the first ever.
Orton didn’t grow up being called crazy for dreaming so big, giving everything he could and finally pulling it off! This was handed to him! McIntyre doesn’t resent Orton for that. But he finds it interesting when Orton brags about the early accolades. The ones sped on a silver spoon because his father is Cowboy Bob. McIntyre never rode in a limo with Evolution, not that he wanted to. But the biggest part, McIntyre never had anyone cleaning up after him like Evolution did. No one had the influence like that for McIntyre. Making mistakes meant being punished, and in his case, FIRED for them. McIntyre has said it already, he did deserve that. But McIntyre has spoken to so many people over those years, those who cleaned up the literal crap Orton has left behind! Orton should’ve been fired WAY MORE times than McIntyre!
Orton appears, with Ric Flair by his side! Orton has a mic and tells McIntyre he’s gonna stop him right there and ask, “Is my respect not enough?” Orton said McIntyre had his respect, but McIntyre is repaying Orton by telling the fans all this? If Orton didn’t want to be here, then why is he still here? Orton is here because he enjoys coming down the ramp, hitting RKO’s and punt kicking heads. Orton appreciates McIntyre’s fighting spirit, which will make it that much sweeter when Orton hits the RKO, the punt kick, and takes the title away. Now Orton should’ve been fired for all that? Well he’s right. Orton should’ve been fired multiple times! But McIntyre was because Orton is more valuable than McIntyre ever was or will be. Orton has been given third, fourth, fifth chances because he IS The Chosen One #ThenNowandForever.
Now it’s “real cute” that McIntyre is quoting legends like Edge. But Orton challenges McIntyre right now to come up with one opinion about Orton that’s his own. The key word, “original.” McIntyre puts his belt down and says if Orton wants McIntyre to “shoot,” then fine. McIntyre thinks Orton represents everything that is wrong with the WWE! Just like the others, we all watched The Last Ride. The most interesting part was Orton. Orton talked about how The Undertaker reached down, pulled Orton up to his level when he didn’t have to. HE didn’t, but why did he? Because Taker loves this industry and wants to preserve it. How many times can Orton honestly say over the last 20 years that he’s done the same? Never.
Has Orton ever sat down with a Kevin Owens, an Apollo Crews or a Mustafa Ali type, anyone at all, and passed on the knowledge that Shawn Michaels, Taker, HHH, or Ric Flair ever passed on? How about this? Ten years ago, there was a time when Orton went home and Edge reached out. McIntyre remembers being in catering, his world crumbling around him both professionally and personally. Orton could tell. McIntyre was far from home, his mother was sick, and he was self-destructing. Maybe something from Orton could’ve changed his life, but Orton didn’t even bother. McIntyre does not see a locker room leader. He does not see someone “the boys in the back” respect. McIntyre just sees “a selfish prick!”
So here is what happens at SummerSlam. McIntyre has receipts to cash in, not just from him. For guys on the current roster, from years ago, and every legend he has ever KICKED IN THE HEAD! McIntyre will RIP Orton’s head off, and Orton will sure as hell see it coming! The RKO or the Claymore, what move will decide the fate of not only the WWE World Championship, but both of these superstars?
Nia Jax talks with WWE official, Pat Buck.
She was fined for roughing him up last week, but it’s hard to be sure if she’s apologizing or expecting an apology. Either way, the Irresistible Force heads to the ring after the break!
Kevin Owens talks with Ruby and Liv backstage.
Are they good? Is the Riott Squad back full time? Before that can really be discussed, Ric Flair walks over! Ric says the Riott Squad was great, but needs to talk with Kevin. Ric has been following Kevin’s career, there’s history. Kevin is held in high esteem at the WWE. Everyone here loves Kevin. But Ric thinks Kevin is becoming the guy too worried about this and that, helping the others, when he should be helping himself! Kevin appreciates that, and all the advice Ric has ever given. Kevin isn’t being a guidance counselor, he was helping friends. He’s sacrificed friendships and done a lot of awful things just to get to the top. But now, Kevin is taking a new path. He wants to be the kind of person he’d look up to. What Orton could be if he wanted to but chooses not to. Does Ric get what he means?
Ric will let that slide as one of Orton’s friends. Instead of giving advice, Ric is warning Kevin to listen to him. “Mind your own business, take care of Kevin Owens, and maybe you’ll get a title match at SummerSlam.” Well, Ric,if you’re so worried about Kevin’s career, watch what kind of fight Kevin has. Just tell Orton to meet him in the ring next week. Really? Really, really. See you then. Will Kevin regret wanting Orton’s attention?
Nia Jax is in the ring.
Pat is right there with her as she has a mic. “I came out here tonight to own up to what I’ve done. And in the event you’re not sure what I’m referring to,” footage replays of Nia and Shayna brawling out of control. Nia used Pat to hit Shayna, then attacked him! Nia continues by saying she really takes to heart what the millions of fans who idolize her say. So when “a scrawny, undeserving little runt from WWE management who couldn’t cut the mustard in his own career steps to me, it’s my responsibility to step back.” Oh, hey, Pat, didn’t see you there still. She knows he wants an apology, but she’s giving him an opportunity to prove he’s wrong. Have a match against her, right now. Whoa, what? Pat tells her to hold on. He is in this ring for the apology.
Oh, Pat. You’ll get the apology after the match. IT can be settled right here! This is his big opportunity! All thanks to Nia! But she’ll do him a favor. She’ll start off real slow so his little legs can keep up. He wants the apology, nothing more. Is he scared? Even for a “little guy,” she hoped he’d have more fire. He is a ginger, after all. They don’t need to speak in private, say what you have to say. She pushes the mic into him, and he tells her, “After your unsanctioned actions against a WWE official, you are indefinitely suspended… Without pay!” Nia gets angry again, he has no authority to do that! She rips his jacket off and HEADBUTTS him! Pat can barely sit up! But Nia kicks him while he’s down! Pat flops out of the ring while Nia is fuming! How long will Nia sit and think about what she’s done?
R-Truth runs to the ring!
Akira Tozawa is chasing him and the 24/7 Championship belt! The ninjas are here, too! And Shelton Benjamin! They run all around ringside, but their match for that title will happen after the break!
WWE 24/7 Championship Triple Threat: Shelton Benjamin w/ The Hurt Business VS R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa!
Truth stole the belt but it isn’t his just yet! The Gold Standard of the Hurt Business is the one defending the belt, but can he hold onto it with two opponents after him?
The introductions are skipped since we saw them all come in. The belt is raised, and this wild situation finally becomes an official match!
Tozawa bails out but Truth throws hands on Shelton! Truth whips, Shelton reverses and hits a KNEE in the corner! Shelton snapmares Truth and rains down right hands at the ropes. Shelton stomps away but Tozawa rolls him up! TWO, and Tozawa focuses his power. Tozawa dodges, kicks, spins, slides under and fires off body shots! That do nothing… Shelton kicks low, lifts and POWERBOMBS Tozawa with authority!! Truth runs up, bobs ‘n’ weaves and throws hands back! The crowd fires up as Truth hits a leaping calf kick! Truth kicks low, runs again, but misses the scissor kick to get PAY DIRT! Shelton doesn’t cover, and a ninja handsprings in! He shows off his moves but his clothesline bounces off Shelton. Shelton BOOTS the ninja down!
Tozawa stays away as his ninja henchman is thrown out. But the other ninjas run in, only for MVP and Lashley to go after them! MVP throws one into barriers and the third endures the Almighty Full Nelson! But Tozawa hits his SUPER SENTON! Cover, Tozawa wins!!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
The Hurt Business is losing their gold like a bad investment! Tozawa runs away with the title, who will give chase?
There’s some kind of match happening backstage?!
No ropes, a bunch of other men pounding the apron? Shane McMahon cheers them on as he talks to the cameras. He’s bringing something new to Raw, called the Raw Underground! Right here, 10 PM, more of whatever this is. See you there!
Backstage interview with Dominik Mysterio!
The son of Rey returns again, and answers why he continues to take these risks against Seth Rollins. He knows it might be crazy, but it’s easy to know why he’s doing this. He witnessed his father be blinded. It is understandable that Dominik’s mind isn’t in the right place. If anyone thinks he’s been crazy now, they’ll really think he’s crazy to challenge Rollins to a match at SummerSlam. That is pretty crazy, but also incredible! Will Dominik’s first match be a massive upset? Or just the only match he ever has?
Shayna Baszler VS Sasha Banks w/ Bayley!
The Queen of Spades called The Boss out and then knocked her down! Will #TwoBeltsBanks make her pay for that? Or will Shayna make her choose between #TapNapOrSnap?
The bell rings, Shayna and Sasha circle. Sasha pie faces Shayna, then SLAPS her! Shayna ducks the punch to hit a waistlock and slam, then another! Shayna drags Sasha around, shifts to a snapmare and fakes Sasha out with the kick, to pie face her back. Bayley is upset on Sasha’s behalf, but then Sasha gets up and throws a punch. Shayna blocks it to sweep her legs. Sasha swipes but her hand gets stomped! Shayna rolls Sasha to a cover, TWO! Sasha kicks low, says Shayna messed up, and reels her in. Shayna blocks the suplex, spins Sasha around, butterfly suplex to ARMBAR! Sasha rolls to the ropebreak and Shayna lets go. Bayley gets up on the apron but Shayna makes her back away. Shayna grabs Bayley’s hair but Sasha hits the arm with a code breaker! Sasha POSTS Shayna then rolls her up, TWO!
Sasha keeps on Shayna with a kick the the arm. Shayna backs off to shake out the arm but Sasha is on it! Sasha wraps the arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Sasha lets go to kick Shayna in the corner. Sasha goes after the arm with a high keylock and Bayley talks trash. Shayna endures, fights up and throws hands. Shayna rams Sasha into buckles then rams her shoulder in. Shayna fires off, backs off at the ref’s count, and walks into Nightshade! Bayley is the only one cheering for Sasha as she kicks Shayna down. Sasha leaps, crossbody! Shayna rolls through, scoops Sasha, BACKBREAKER! The crowd rallies up as Sasha blocks a kick but Shayna blocks the knee. Kirafuda! Sasha drops, Shayna rolls her and kicks! Shayna has Sasha’s arm caught but Sasha rolls through, BANK STATEMENT!
Shayna endures the submission, pries the hold apart and fights her way up. Shayna scoops again, Sasha headscissors back! Sasha laughs, blocks a kick to KNEE, but Shayna ROUNDHOUSES back! Both women are down, and Asuka jumps Bayley! Asuka thrashes Bayley into barriers and the ref wants her to stop! Asuka runs into the ring, the match is thrown out as the Golden Role Models regroup!
Asuka won’t let the Golden Role Models get away from what’s coming to them! What happens to them after the break?
Raw returns to an in-ring interview with Asuka.
The Empress of Tomorrow relives what happened last week as footage of the main event plays again. What is the update on Kairi Sane’s condition? “Kairi will be okay. But now, she’s not here. Sasha and Bayley are here, I am here!” So what Asuka wants is a rematch against Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship at SummerSlam! The crowd wants it, but Shayna speaks up. She’s not gonna fight Asuka right now. Shayna is cheering Asuka, really. She wants Asuka to win back that Raw Women’s Championship. Shayna will root, cheer and clap the entire time, because she is so excited to dismember Asuka and take that title from her. But the Golden Role Models have composed themselves to return to ringside.
Sasha laughs as she has a message for both Asuka and Shayna. “This is MY Raw Women’s Championship! Look at it! It’s mine!” But Asuka gets her rematch, only if she can beat a former NXT Women’s Champion, a member of the Four Horsewomen, and Sasha’s bestie, BAYLEY! Yes! Beating Bayley means Asuka gets her chance! Bayley sure seems surprised by that, but Asuka is raring to go! Will Bayley be ready for Asuka?
Angel Garza flirts with a young lady backstage.
He gets her number, she gets a rose. For those who don’t know, this is Demi Burnett from The Bachelor, so she knows all about getting roses. Andrade Almas walks over to say hello. Zelina Vega is right behind her. Demi doesn’t belong here. Oh yes she does! She’s a friend of Garza’s! Then they need to talk. Garza apologizes to Demi for that, promises to get her a seat and to be right back. El Idolo y El Latino both go up against the Street Profits in two singles matches! Will it be a sweep or a tie between the Raw Tag Team Champions and their challengers?
We check back in with “Raw Underground.”
One man counters the triangle hold into a dead lift POWERBOMB! The match is called, he is the winner! Shane says this is fun! But it looks like Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is disappointed in the other guy. Was there money on this match? And wow, there are… dancers here… Check out what more there is to come! And check on that guy, make sure he’s okay.
Raw returns to The Underground!
Shane is in his ring as a new wrestler steps up. He welcomes us to the hour with “very little rules, lots of excitement, carnage, chaos and quite frankly, lots of things I personally would like to see.” One thing he likes is a fight, like our next contest. “Where is Daba Cato?” Bring him in! Daba is a BIG man! At 7′ tall, at least 360 pounds, it is DABA CATO! And in the other corner, sorry, bro. The bell rings, Daba dodges a flying knee, and then grabs his opponent. His opponent throws hands but he throws knees! And hammers away with furious fists! That’s a TKO, Daba wins!
Winner: Daba Cato
Whose got next, boys? In comes some rando, but Daba is ready. The bell rings, Dbaa waits for his opponent ot kick to then catch for an ARM TRIANGLE SUPLEX! And a rain of forearms! Daba wins again!
Winner: Daba Cato, 2-0 win streak
An incredible showing, but he isn’t done until his opponent is dumped out of the ring! Shane tells Daba he’s good, but he’s on to the third round. Anyone wanna try? No? Well alright. Will Daba pile up bodies to give Shane more of what he likes?
Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega!
The Raw Tag Team Champions party their way through the crowd as always, but will have to be ready for the fight against La Muneca’s alliance. First up is the #CurseOfGreatness and the Lethal Lothario! Will Garza make a good impression on his special guest?
Before the match, the Profits get the mics and welcome us to the show! But speaking of Raw, the longest episodic show in history, does Dawks remember last week when they got jumped at commentary? Yessir! But if things go right, Dawkins might holla at Garza’s friend. Demi from the Bachelor, you don’t need a rose from Garza. Come get a rose from Dawks! Focus, bro. Sorry! Ford likes how Garza walks around in his velvet track suit~! Jeda, it’s August and velvet does not breathe! Better step your game up to at least a polo. But tonight, they are put to the test against two of the best of the best. Vega is the secret sauce, muy caliente. But SummerSlam will be about the Raw Tag Team Champions and a bond like James! Vega put those two together. Dawks may say “fam” a lot, but Tez IS family.
Things get serious now as Ford takes off the sunglasses. You attack him and his brother twice, the games are done. Why? Because the Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! With things getting fired up, Garza and company make their entrance. Will things explode with these two heated 1v1 match-ups?
The bell rings, Dawkins powers Garza to a corner and fires off hands! Garza shoves back, but gets POST! Garza flops out, Dawkins runs out to POUNCE him into Plexiglas! Garza is down in a heap as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Dawkins has Garza down with an armlock. Garza endures, fights up and fights back, knees low and clubs away. Garza runs, into Dawkin’s FLAPJACK! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins keeps on Garza with a facelock. Garza reverses the whip, hurdles over but so does Dawkins. Dawkins shoves and dropkicks Garza down! Cover, TWO! Dawkins stays on Garza while Demi watches backstage. Garza fights back and she cheers, Dawkins hits back and she frowns. Dawkins lifts but Garza fights out of the bomb. Garza gets to the corner, off come the pants! Garza leaps to missile dropkick Dawkins down! Garza is furious and dares Dawkins to get the smoke! But Dawkins powers out of the underhooks to ROCK Garza with that right!
Dawkins hits the cyclone splash then the bulldog! Ford fires up with Dawkins and makes himself dizzy. Is he okay? What happened? Dawkins checks on Ford as he leans against the announce desk. Ford says he’s okay, but Garza SUPERKICKS Dawkins down! Garza hits a basement dropkick! Cover, Garza wins!!
Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall
Demi is happy, but what happened with Ford? Ford has to have his match next, but can he?
Montez Ford w/ Angelo Dawkins VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Raw returns with this match already underway. Ford standing switches the waistlock, but Almas pries free to hit a shoulder breaker. Almas waistlocks Ford but Ford resists the lift. Ford pries out of the hold, wrenches through, then waistlocks back. Almas reaches back, wrenches through and hits another shoulder breaker. Almas has a wirstlock, Ford rolls, rolls and handsprings to wrench and waistlock again. Ford CLUBS Almas, headlocks, but Almas endures. Almas powers up to back suplex Ford high and hard! Almas stomps Ford down then CHOPS him to a corner! Almas chokes Ford on the ropes, the ref counts and Almas lets up at 4.
Almas drags Ford up, throws knees then shoves and kicks him down. Ford is back on ropes, Almas pulls him back against them! Ford wobbles to his feet but Almas knees low again! Almas stomps Ford, throws him out of the ring, and leaves him to the ring count for a moment. Almas and Garza both go to Ford but Dawkins keeps Garza back. Almas kicks Ford, whips him but Ford reverses to send Almas into barriers! Vega coaches Almas while Garza checks. Almas and Ford are up at the count of 4, and in the ring at the count of 5. Ford stomps away on Almas now, then rains down rights! Almas slips out, staggers away but Ford pursues. Almas uses the ropes as defense to then sucker punch Ford down!
The crowd boos as Ford shakes the cobwebs out, only for Almas to BOOT him down! Almas clubs Ford, brings him up and suplexes! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps on Ford with a chinlock and grinds him down. The crowd rallies, Ford fights up, fights back, but Almas ROCKS him with another right. Ford comes back to LARIAT! Ford rallies, whips but Almas reverses. Ford goes up and over and hits a leaping clothesline! The crowd fires up with Ford as he glares at Almas with wild eyes. Ford goes corner to corner, but Almas BOOTS him right down! Almas hops up, Ford dropkicks him down first! Vega coaches Almas but Ford FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Ford gets back in to use the power of the ropes! But that again wears him out!! The ref calls it, something is definitely wrong!
The ref tells Vega’s team to back off, they need medics. Medics check on Ford, but it isn’t clear what is going on. Will Ford be able to stand or even speak?
Buddy Murphy watches what he did to Aleister Black.
Just like his Monday Night Messiah, the Disciple dug the steel steps into Aleister’s eyes. Seth Rollins is there, and says Murphy made the right decision. Rollins is proud of Murphy, and Murphy should be proud of himself. The past is the past. Tonight is about the future. Speaking of that, has Rollins thought about Dominik’s SummerSlam challenge? Personally, it’s ridiculous. Dominik hasn’t wrestled a match, is not even a WWE superstar, and literally saw his father be sacrificed in front of the world. It is ridiculous, right? Rollins does not answer. Will he have an answer soon?
We return to Raw Underground!
Shane keeps the dancers from fighting each other, that is not why they’re here. Unless they want to get in the ring next week. But now, the Viking Raiders have joined the fun! Erik steps up, it’s time to fight! His opponent is Mike Reed, and the bell rings. Erik keeps his guard up, tackles Reed to the mat and rains down rights! Reed gets up but gets a SLAM and more fists! Then a dead lift GERMAN! Erik dumps his opponent out of the ring but that doesn’t end the fight! Ivar puts Reed back in and Erik hits big knees! Then Ace Ten Mao! Shane calls it, Erik wins!
Wow, Reed is OUT! Shane applauds Erik and raises his hand in victory! Who else will step up in Raw Underground?
Raw gives a medical update on Montez Ford.
Ford fainted as he did his rope shaking move, but why? Charly is at the trainer’s room as Garza walks over. Garza tells Charly not to be afraid. People like them, with full hearts, have a tendency to feel things strongly. He gives her a rose, but then Vega and Almas come over. We are all concerned about Ford. Ford is an amazing competitor, and an even better champion. But on that topic, she can’t help but wonder what this means for the titles. Come SummerSlam- Wait! Dawkins comes out. The update on Ford isn’t 100%, but the doctors are saying Ford was poisoned?! And Bianca Belair is here!
Belair was looking for Vega. She has one chance to even say what happened before she hurts Vega. Vega didn’t do anything! Uh, Belair’s husband was poisoned, so she knows one of them did something! SummerSlam is coming, and we all know Vega is the brains. Well yes she’s the brains, but she would not do something like this! Belair takes off the earrings, and SLUGS Vega! Dawkins holds Belair back, Almas and Garza both hold Vega back! Things are going down a dark path, but what is the truth behind all this?!
Raw has security footage!
A group of hooded figures are causing trouble?! They threw a fireball at a power generator! But then they run off before security comes! Who are these people? What are they doing!?
Backstage interview with The Hurt Business.
They’re dressed to leave but Charly asks them about their rough day. MVP failed to capture the United States Championship and Shelton lost the WWE 24/7 Championship. The pattern is going a certain way and- Wait, this is supposed to count as journalism? Mysterious accidents backstage, power glitches, people throwing Molotov cocktails, but she asks about their matches? Lashley mentions that Raw Underground “stunt.” She asks them not getting it done, but she should be talking about the sabotage! Shelton says this is quite coincidental with how “Raw Underground” showed up. Charly didn’t say anything about it, she just knows that’s where Raw Underground is. Then the Hurt Business has a plan.
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Monday Night Messiah, with Disciple by his side, looks to address the WWE Universe directly. Murphy hands him a mic, and Rollins says, “Before I issue a statement regarding Dominik Mysterio and his challenge,” he and Murphy have some… “housekeeping” to do. Rollins calls out Tom Philips on commentary. “If you don’t mind, I would like to ask you a few questions.” Does Tom consider himself a professional? Does he consider himself an unbiased journalist? Rollins walks to commentary as he asks if Tom takes pride in his “body of work.” Rollins wants to ask Tom, “What were you doing last week when Rey Mysterio’s stupid kid was assaulting me with a kendo stick?”
To JOG HIS MEMORY, Tom was cheering Dominik on! Tom was inciting Dominik’s rage! Does Tom understand what that means?! Tom’s voice matters! What Tom says matters as the voice of Raw! Tom is part of the greater good, whether he likes it or not! What Tom say sis important because the fans hear it, it goes into their brains, and that is what they think. It is Tom’s JOB to call things down the middle! Not to skew things, slant things, or create bias! He is then doing a poor job. And if he is doing a poor job, then he becomes a liability. So Rollins feels the time has come to find a new voice of Raw. Murphy, take him. Samoa Joe steps up! “That ain’t gonna happen, gentlemen.”
Does Rollins think he can just bully them? Joe tells them to go back to the ring, finish speaking, or Joe can slap Rollins and beat down his disciple in front of him. If Rollins is worried about Tom, Joe will make this clear: he was laughing hardest of all! Rollins tells Joe he doesn’t want to do this. No, Seth, he does. Joe takes off the headset, Rollins and Murphy back off but dare Joe to get in the ring! Then it’s out of Rollins’ hands! The tension builds but Raw goes to break! Will Joe be able to finally humble the ego of The Architect?
Raw returns and Joe is still in a standoff with Rollins and Murphy!
They have chairs, he doesn’t. But while Rollins eggs Joe on, he doesn’t see Dominik return with ANOTHER kendo stick! And he SMACKS away on Rollins and Murphy! Rollins gets the stick from Dominik while Joe hops back on commentary to hype this up! Rollins swings, Dominik dodges and Murphy gets hit! Dominik TACKLES Rollins! Dominik throws fast hands on Rollins! Dominik wrecks Murphy with a swinging dropkick, then chop blocks Rollins onto the ropes! Dominik does his dad proud by dialing it up, to 6 1 9!! Rollins bails out and Dominik climbs up!? HUGE CROSSBODY! Dominik takes down Rollins and Murphy, then takes the ring back!
Dominik swings a chair but Rollins shouts! “I’ve had enough! You’ve jumped in way over your head!!” Dominik wants Rollins at SummerSlam? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!! Will Dominik finally avenge his father and everyone else Rollins has “sacrificed”?
We return to Raw Underground!
Dolph Ziggler is in the ring?! And he’s schooling his opponent on mat wrestling. Is that Jake Atlas? Atlas pushes Ziggler to a jackknife but Ziggler slips off to rain down rights! Ziggler turns Atlas over, has the body scissor mount and clubs away. He gets Atlas in a sleeper, Atlas taps!
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
That is what they’re looking for! The Hurt Business waltzes in and Shane welcomes them. Does MVP have something to say? Shane hands him the mic. MVP has a LOT to say. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is Raw Underground, but however, I have an announcement to make.” On behalf of the CEO of the Hurt Business, this place is under new management! Lashley is in the ring as the Hurt Business has a hostile takeover in motion! They like to fight? Hurt Business came to fight! Who wants to step up to the Rocky Mountain Machine? Chase Parker does! He gets in, gets a GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB, and then gets a BIG right hand! Lashley knocked that man OUT!
Winner: Bobby Lashley
MVP wants in on this action. He takes off his jacket and “tags in.” He dares someone to take MVP, but he first picks someone out of the crowd. Shelton shoves the man. Lashley drags him up for MVP and MVP gets him with a judo takedown! And a rain of right hands! Point-blank forearms! The ref calls it, MVP wins!
Lashley dumps the rando out, but who wants Shelton? This guy just insulted Mama Benjamin! Get him, Shelton! Wait is that Brennan Williams?! Is this what he does now that he’s not on commentary? The Shogun steps up, but gets TACKLED DOWN! Shelton rains down forearms and then rams in knees! Swerve and his friends coach Brennan but he’s already beaten!
Winner: Shelton Benjamin
Anyone else?! Wait, there’s someone! Uh, no, he was just… Too late! It’s a brawl! Swerve and his buddies get hurt by the Hurt Business! Anyone who can runs away before they get hit! Who else wants some!? Shane likes this! He wants the Hurt Business to stick around! That’s what it is to be in Raw Underground! But will anyone want to fight after this change in management? “Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Hurt Business. And Business is booming.”
This was perhaps the wildest Raw in a good, long time, and for the better! The ongoing thread through the night was this apparent rise in chaos backstage, with what appear to be a group of anarchists running amok. I have no idea if this is the “new faction” WWE hyped for their show, or there are wires crossed about what is happening when. But there was also the return of Shane McMahon, and the creation of Raw Underground. It had pseudo-shoot fighting, gave us the call-up of Babatunde as Daba Cato, dragged 205 Live wrestlers in to be both jobbers and fans, had ladies dancing around, and tied into the Hurt Business story. It was like part of what WWE tried to make their ECW but also a bunch of other stuff, and somehow it worked out to be really good.
Speaking of the Hurt Business, them losing their titles might have been a big part of getting involved with Raw Underground to make this a bigger story, and I for one look forward to where they’re going with this. Tozawa has the title, so he and Truth can continue their rivalry while perhaps also bringing in some new people. Of course, that implies Raw can throw anyone else in. A lot of people have stories, but this could also be the moment for someone underutilized between Raw, 205 Live and the Performance Center to shine. Apollo did what I figured in keeping MVP’s belt for THE belt, but I really liked how he framed retiring the old belt. In fact, that might be a shoot. His kids are probably holding up that belt as we speak as a great gift from dad.
Kevin Owens takes his Face turn in a new direction with how he helped reunite Liv and Ruby. Ruby and Liv had a good match with the IIconics but it ended quick, so definitely expect many rematches as a way to build up contenders for the WWE Women’s Tag titles on the side. Then Kevin tying into the Randy Orton story is great, Kevin and Orton will have a great match next week. McIntyre’s promo was INCREDIBLE! Those shots taken at Orton were strong. Their title match at SummerSlam is going to be great stuff, especially given the glimpses we got before the lockdowns. That match could go either way and I don’t think it’d hurt anyone or be a letdown.
The Raw Tag Team Championship story and Women’s Championships story both took wild but really fun turns tonight. I never thought I’d see a story that goes into someone being POISONED. It might mostly be for the sake of bringing Bianca back into this, but she needed to be a part of this anyhow. Nia getting suspended might be a way of preserving her different feuds. Shayna is going after the titles while Charlotte is resting up. Charlotte and Nia will probably return at relatively close times, probably in time for a Big Four like Survivor Series or Royal Rumble.
Meanwhile, Shayna sucker punching Sasha was amazing! A “No Contest” finish was to preserve things there, since Shayna is more than happy to wait. It speaks to her love of fighting that she wants Asuka, who is definitely considered the more dangerous all on her own. Asuka VS Bayley next week will be great, Asuka VS Sasha for SummerSlam will be great, and Asuka VS Shayna will be great. I hope they do it up big since it also boils down to proving who is the most dominant (former) NXT Woman’s Champion ever. Speaking of, how could Bayley NOT see Sasha was going to sell her out to Asuka? Sasha said she was going to choose an NXT Four Horsewoman. Sasha isn’t going to do it because she’s trying to avoid Asuka. Charlotte is out recovering and Becky is pregnant. Bayley was it by default! But hey, guess this is a way to circle back to the dysfunction between them.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/3/22)
Is World Tag League tranquilo?
Can Naito & Sanada win back-to-back main events?
We just saw Los Ingobernables de Japon conquer Aussie Open, but can they trump The Joker & The Ace in NJPW World Tag League’s sixth round?
- Bad Luck Fale VS Ryohei Oiwa; Fale wins.
- Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls VS Kosei Fujita & Oskar Leube; Shane & Mikey win.
- Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Tomoaki Honma, Master Wato, KUSHIDA & Kevin Knight VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open; Aussie Open wins.
- World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
- World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA; Naito & Sanada win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 5-1, 10 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-2, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-2, 6 points
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
Goto & Hashi: 3-2, 6 points
Evil & Yujiro: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-5, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]
World Tag League 2022: Alex Coughlin & Gabriel Kidd VS Aussie Open!
The Mechanical Bulls are in the exact opposite spot as Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher, but that won’t stop them! Can Coughlin & Kidd ruin the All United Empire Finals? Or will Dunk-Zilla & The Aussie Arrow turn things around from their first loss this league?
The Orchestrator, Gideon Grey, is here, and he says it is Coughlin’s birthday. Gideon was going to get Coughlin a birthday present, and then he heard how horribly Coughlin’s first WTL run is going. Kidd gets impatient and Gideon says this is what he’s getting at. This is his present to them: an opportunity to win their first two points against his team, “representing the United Empire…!” Gideon gives the introductions and Aussie Open makes their entrance. And Aussie Open is so fired up, they don’t sort out, they just go after Coughlin & Kidd! Davis is after Kidd, Kyle has Coughlin, and Davis knees Kidd low to send him out of the ring!
The bell rings, Aussie Open double whip Coughlin, but he ducks their double clothesline to shove Kyle into Davis. Coughlin goes to ropes, Davis runs in but Coughlin dumps him out. Kyle runs in but Coughlin TOSSES him out onto Davis! Kidd is up top and fans cheer for the ARIHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit and fans cheer as Kidd fires up! Kidd puts Kyle back in for Coughlin, and Coughlin deadlift gut wrench suplexes! And then deadlift back suplexes! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kidd and he runs to BLAST Davis! Coughlin runs in to clothesline Kidd at the corner, then feeds him to Kidd’s EXPLODER!
The Mechanical Bulls flex and the fans fire up again. Coughlin hauls Kyle up, he and Kidd double suplex but Davis saves Kyle! Aussie Open dodge the Mechanical Bulls, Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin while Davis BOOTS Kidd! Fans fire up as Davis goes to the corner to tag in. Davis storms up on Kidd, he brings Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS back. Kidd eggs Davis on but Davis CHOPS Kidd! Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and eggs Davis on. Davis CHOPS Kidd and fans fire up for that one. Kidd CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS, then roars at Davis, but Davis knees low then throws Kidd out. Kyle BLASTS Coughlin off the apron!
Aussie Open coordinate, Kyle picks up Coughlin and Davis picks up Kidd, and they run around the way to SANDWICH the Mechanical Bulls! And then, DOUBLE APRON BACK SUPLEXES! And then, DOUBLE SCOOP SLAMS to the floor! Fans fire up as Kyle gets in the ring. The ring count starts, Coughlin and Kidd writhe as the count passes 5 of 20. Kidd sits up at 10, drags himself up with the railing, and fans rally up. The count is 15, Kidd flounders and staggers about, but Coughlin helps him up at 18 to get in at 19! Davis tags Kyle, Aussie Open double whip and double ELBOW Kidd, PENALTY KICK to SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up as Kyle looms over Kidd. Kyle sits Kidd up to ELBOW him in the head! Kyle clamps on a chinlock and grinds Kidd down. Kidd endures as Coughlin and the fans rally up. Kyle shifts to a BULLY CHOKE! Kidd endures, fights up, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Kyle cranks more, until the ref counts 4. Kyle “apologizes” then tags in Davis. Davis drags Kidd up but Kidd CHOPS! Davis scoops Kidd to SLAM him! Kidd grits his teeth as he gets back up to CHOP and CHOP! Davis scoop SLAMS again, but Kidd is right up! Kidd CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Davis whips Kidd right out, BOOTS Coughlin, and Kyle goes after Kidd!
Kyle scoops Kidd but Kidd slips off to scoop Kyle! Kidd SLAMS Kyle on the floor! Fans fire up as Kidd gets back in, dodges Davis, but Davis blocks the kick. Kidd gets free to ROCK Davis with a haymaker! Davis drops to a knee and fans fire up! Kidd roars and tags in Coughlin! The Android fires off forearms, but Davis blocks the chop. Coughlin avoids the clothesline to kick low to UPPERCUT then CHOP! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he whips Davis to a corner. Davis reverses, runs in and SPLASHES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Fans fire up with Coughlin and he drags Davis up, short arm LARIAT! Cover, Kyle breaks it!
Coughlin kicks Kyle then throws him out. Fans rally and Coughlin drags Davis up. Coughlin scoops Davis but Davis fights with elbows. Coughlin still powers out but Davis slips off to ENZIGURI! Kyle tags in while Coughlin staggers to an open corner. Kyle runs in to BOOT Coughlin, then he suplexes. Coughlin slips out to scoop Kyle, INVERTED SLAM! Fans fire up and Coughlin tags Kidd. Kidd fires up, Coughlin whips him in at Kyle for a clothesline! And then another whip for a CHOP! Kidd SUPERKICKS Kyle, feeds him to Coughlin’s scoop, and Coughlin pops Kyle around for a POWERBOMB! Kidd covers, TWO!
Fans rally again as Kidd tags Coughlin. Kidd whips Coughlin in now but Coughlin blocks Kyle’s boot. Kyle SUPERKICKS instead and Coughlin goes down! Kidd runs in but Kyle puts him on the apron to SUPERKICK! Davis is there to catch Kidd, Kyle goes out, POP-UP ROUNDHOUSE! Aussie Open goes after Coughlin, scoop for the LAWN DART CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Coughlin survives and fans fire up again! Kyle is frustrated but he tags Davis back in. Aussie Open haul Coughlin up, double wrench, but he blocks the double pump handles! The Android shows his full power as he RAMS Aussie Open into each other!
Coughlin then reels them both in, for a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Fans are thunderous as all three men are down! Kidd returns and calls to Coughlin! Fans rally as Coughlin crawls that way, hot tag to Kidd! Kidd CHOPS Davis, but Davis just frowns. Kidd eggs Davis on, and Davis CHOPS Kidd! Davis eggs Kidd so Kidd CHOPS Davis! Davis CHOPS Kidd, but Kidd CHOPS Davis! Fans rally up as the CHOPS keep going, back and forth, faster and faster! Davis CHOPS and CHOPS, and CHOPS! But Kidd CHOPS Davis down!! Fans are thunderous as Coughlin slides back in. The Mechanical Bulls pinball Davis with forearm after forearm!
Davis SLAPS Kidd, SLAPS Coughlin, so they DOUBLE HEADBUTT him! Coughlin & Kidd go to opposite corners, they’re looking to copy Aussie Open! They both run in but Davis drops out of the way! Kidd & Coughlin stop short of hitting each other, but then Kyle gets in. Kyle SUPERKICKS Coughlin, dodges Kidd and Davis BOOTS Kidd! Aussie Open throw off the elbow pads but Kidd roars. But he stands up into the DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Double pump handles, for COREALIS!! Cover, Aussie Open wins!
Winners: Aussie Open, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Coughlin & Kidd earn 0)
Well, that’ll be a birthday present Coughlin wishes he could return. Aussie Open bounce back from their first loss, are they still future winners of the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2022: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare!
Bishamon is just outside the top of this block, but they vow to #GetBackUp! However, the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon are determined to keep that All United Empire Finals dream alive! Will it be Lights Out for Khan & Henare? Or will they be able to conquer the Chaos?
Naturally, Gideon Grey is still here from last match to give his other team their introductions. The teams sort out and fans rally for Khan already. Khan starts against the Fierce Warrior and fans fire up already. Khan and Goto circle, feel out the grapple, each trying for a leg. Goto facelocks but Khan slips free and fans applaud. The two go again, clinch, and end up on ropes. The ref calls the break, Goto lets off with a pat of the shoulders. Fans applaud and Khan comes back. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, and Khan powers Goto back to ropes. The ref calls the break again, and Khan lets off with pats on the shoulder. Then an IRON CLAW on the ear!
Khan laughs while the ref reprimands, and Khan CLUBS the ear! Hashi protests but Khan UPPERCUTS him down! Khan CLUBS Goto, runs, but Hashi slides in so Bishamon can run Khan over! HIP TOSS SENTON! Henare runs in but he gets double kicks, and the drums! Goto & Hashi drag Khan up and fans fire up for the drums! Goto stomps Khan around, then drags him back up. Khan shots around and has the PONYTAIL SLEEPER! The ref reprimands, Khan lets go at 4, then CHOKES Goto with his hands! The ref reprimands again, Khan lets off, but he misses Henare sending Hashi into railing! Khan CHOKES Goto more!
The ref reprimands again and Khan lets off. Henare leaves Hashi alone, and fans rally up both ways. Khan stands Goto up for Mongolian Chops! Goto staggers, Khan has him against ropes, and he Mongolian Chops again! Khan brings Goto out to Mongolian Chop him down! Kneeling cover, TWO! Khan tags Henare, the Empire mugs Goto, and Henare stalks Goto to ropes. Henare bends Goto back against the ropes while Khan distracts the ref. Henare bangs the war drums! Fans rally, Henare lets off and Goto flops back. Henare snapmares and KICKS, then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Henare clamps onto Goto’s arm to keep him down.
Henare digs his elbow into Goto’s forehead, then JAMS Goto with the elbow. Tag to Khan and he drags Goto around. Goto CHOPS Khan! And CHOPS! But Khan knees low, then whips Goto into the corner. Khan CLUBS Goto on the back, then sits up on his throne! Henare BLASTS Hashi for good measure, and then Khan pulls Goto’s arms back. Henare KNEES Goto in the back! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan hops off at 4. Cover, TWO! Khan tells everyone to shut up but they rally for Goto anyway. Khan says Goto’s gonna kiss his foot! Goto resists as Khan pushes him down, and Goto fights up to his feet!
Goto CHOPS and CHPS and CHOPS, but Khan knees low and CLUBS Goto. Khan runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Fans fire up as both men are down! Goto crawls, hot tag to Hashi! The Head Hunter rallies on The Empire! Fans fire up as Hashi runs in to CHOP Khan in a corner! Hashi whips and CHOPS again, then mule kicks! Khan fights the neckbreaker, but Hashi dodges the haymaker to hit the HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up as Khan staggers about. Hashi runs in to CHOP again! Hashi suplexes to hang Khan out to dry. Hashi runs side to side to dropkick Khan down! Hashi keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Hashi keeps cool and fans rally up. Hashi drags Khan up, fisherman’s a leg, but Khan fights with body shots. Khan pulls on Hashi’s ears! Khan whips Hashi into Henare’s haymaker, then Khan hits the PANCAKE PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Hashi escapes but Henare tags in. Henare stomps the mat and waits on Hashi to stand. Henare runs in, RAMP- NO, Hashi fights off the Rampage with forearms! Hashi throws more forearms, but Henare DECKS Hashi with just one! Henare whips Hashi, but Hashi dropkicks the legs out! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto!
Goto fires off on Henare with forearms! Goto whips corner to corner, runs in, MURAMASA! And then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Goto drags Henare back up. Goto fireman’s carries but Henare fights that off with forearms. Goto ROCKS Henare, but Henare snarls. Henare ROCKS Goto, but Goto ROCKS Henare! The forearms go back and forth, faster and faster, and fans rally up. Henare eggs Goto on so Goto fires off a flurry! Then an ELBOW JAB! Goto runs, but into Khan’s cheap shot! ELBOW JAB, and then the Empire coordinates, BOOT ROUNDHOUSE SANDWICH!
Hashi runs in, but into an IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare drags Goto up, into the ULTIMA NELSON! Bishamon fights against these submissions, so Henare spins to BODY SHOT Goto! And then the fisherman to the torture rack! Khan has Hashi in the Iron Claw, but Bishamon escapes both Streets of Rage and Eliminator! They shove Khan and Henare into each other, then Hashi SUPERKICKS Khan! Fans fire up as Hashi calls to Goto. Forearm and feed to the fireman’s carry, but Henare slips off. Goto powers Henare back into a corner, then moves aside as Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds to the kick and hook-up!
Hashi runs, GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, TWO! Henare survives the Russian Leg Sweep Blockbuster, but Hashi says it’s lights out! Goto drags Henare up to the dragon sleeper, Hashi has the legs, but Khan PONYTAIL SLEEPERS Hashi! Goto lets Henare go but Khan shoves Hashi into him! Then HITSUJIGOROSHI for Hashi! Henare gets the legs for the FUBUKI! And then MARINE!! Fans rally up as Henare & Khan drag Goto up. Khan Mongolian Chops Goto, then whips him corner to corner. Khan whips Henare in but Goto avoids the knee! Goto fires off forearms on Khan, then whips, only for Khan to reverse! RAMPAGE!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans fire up again as Goto survives! Khan knocks Hashi down, and then the Monster Rage boils over! Henare drags Goto back up as fans rally. Fireman’s carry, and Khan runs, but Hashi LARIATS Khan down! SUPERKICK for Henare! Fireman’s carry, FIERCE FLASH into SHOUTO!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Khan & Henare earn 0)
The Dominator & Ultimate Weapon fall! Are the dreams of an All United Empire Finals finally shattered? Will Goto & Hashi head for back-to-back World Tag League wins?
World Tag League 2022: Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi!
The Meanest Tag Team in the World Tag League is still alive in the block, but if #EverybodyDies, can the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp spoil things for them? Or will the House of Torture learn not Everything is Evil?
Dick Togo accompanies the House of Torture out this time, but surely Sho is lurking. As always, Archer CLOBBERS a Young Lion in his entrance, and this time it’s Oskar Leube. And Archer again storms over to commentary to intimidate Milano Collection AT. Suzuki then makes his entrance, and fans get to shout along with, “KAZE NI NARE!” But as soon as introductions are done, Yujiro and Evil attack! Yujiro goes after Suzuki while Evil is after Archer! But Archer turns that around to send Evil out! The bell rings just before Suzuki throws Yujiro out, and then the brawling continues outside!
Fans rally as Suzuki knees Yujiro, then headlocks. Yujiro throws body shots then shoves Suzuki into railing! Evil throws his shirt at Archer to distract him, then he hits down low! Evil brings Archer around to ram into railing, then brings him into No Man’s Land. But Archer turns that around by raking Evil’s eyes! Fans cheer as The House of Torture is getting a taste of their own medicine! Speaking of, Suzuki is storming up to Yujiro with a chair! But Yujiro uses his pimp cane to fight back! CANE SHOT to the gut, then CANE SHOT to the head! But Archer goes after Yujiro now and snatches the cane away.
The ref tries to restore order but Archer JAMS Yujiro with his own cane. Suzuki gets in the ring but Yujiro is after him. Evil gets a chair, but so does Archer! Evil complains but the ref reprimands them both. Yujiro clamps a chinlock onto Suzuki, but Suzuki gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts that, Yujiro lets off, and then Yujiro slaps Suzuki around. Suzuki shoves Yujiro but Yujiro kicks low. Suzuki fires forearms but Yujiro knee slow. Evil holds Suzuki in the corner and Yujiro BOOTS Suzuki down! Evil tags in but fans rally up for Suzuki. Evil digs his boots in but the ref counts. Evil lets off at 4 and fans continue to rally.
Evil taunts Suzuki as he sits up. Evil CHOPS Suzuki, but Suzuki says that’s nothing! Suzuki eggs Evil on so Evil CHOPS again. Still not enough for Minoru, so Evil winds up, to claw Suzuki’s eyes! Fans boo but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro kicks Suzuki, SLAPS him, but Suzuki fights back with kicks! Yujiro claws Suzuki’s eyes more, then brings him around to snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot! Cover, ONE!! Fans fire up as Suzuki snarls and eggs Yujiro on. Yujiro brings Suzuki over with a headlock, Evil tags in. Evil throws his shirt at Archer again, but Suzuki CHOKES Yujiro! Evil claws Suzuki’s eyes!
The ref is busy with an angry Archer, Evil gets away with all this. Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but then Suzuki sits up with a scowl. Evil talks trash while Archer throws his shirt back. Evil gives toying kicks but Suzuki slowly stands up. Evil keeps taunting Suzuki, but Suzuki throws a body shot! Evil rakes the eyes again, but Suzuki avoids the lariat to BOOT Evil down! Fans fire up and Suzuki tags in Archer! The Murderhawk Monster storms up to Evil, knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Yujiro runs in and clubs Archer, but Archer doesn’t budge! Archer knees Yujiro low, then whips him hard into a corner!
Fans fire up, but then Dick slides in! Archer turns around and Dick stops in his tracks. Dick bows and offers a handshake. Fans say not to trust that but Archer still accepts. To then whip Dick into Yujiro! And back elbow them both! Archer whips Dick into Evil, then back elbows them both! Archer whips Dick back at Yujiro, for another back elbow! And then back at Evil for another back elbow! Fans fire up with Archer while Dick flops down. Archer brings Evil around, runs and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Archer tags Suzuki. Evil begs for mercy and he apologizes, but Suzuki-Gun doesn’t trust that. Evil goes to double low blow, but gets blocked!
Archer & Suzuki kick and stomp Evil, then whip him to the corner. Suzuki runs in, Evil BOOTS him! Evil avoids Archer and Archer hits buckles. Evil hurries to reach out to Yujiro, but Archer runs in! Evil dumps Archer out! Hot tag to Yujiro! Yujiro brings Suzuki up, blocks his kick, rakes the eyes and throws Suzuki down for a SLIDING BOOT! Yujiro stands Suzuki up to throw knees and forearms. Yujiro puts Suzuki on ropes to BOOT him! Yujiro runs, but Suzuki knees low! Suzuki has the GUILLOTINE! But Yujiro BITES the hand! Suzuki kicks low, shoots around, but Yujiro grabs the ref to stop the sleeper!
Suzuki KICKS Yujiro’s arm! Suzuki argues with the ref but then Yujiro shoves Suzuki into the ref! The ref goes down, Evil slides in and BLASTS Archer! Dick slides in to stomp away on Suzuki! Fans boo as Evil and Dick stomp Suzuki, but Archer attacks them and Yujiro! Archer throws Dick and Evil out, then he goes out to CLUB Evil down. Suzuki and Yujiro stand, Yujiro throws forearm after forearm, but Suzuki just laughs those off! Yujiro kicks low, runs, but Suzuki follows, shoots around, and has the SLEEPER! Fans fire up as Suzuki spins Yujiro around, Gotch PILEDRIVER!! Cover, SHO drags the ref out!!
The Murder Machine stomps Suzuki as fans boo hard as ever! Archer gets in to grab both of them, but Dick uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Archer! Archer still choke grips Sho! But Evil LOW BLOWS Archer! Evil then clotheslines Archer out of the ring! Suzuki fights back but gets the SPOILER CHOKER, and the WRENCH SHOT! And then EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil drags Yujiro onto the cover and Dick fetches the ref. Fans boo the cover, but the House of Torture wins!
Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki & Archer earn 0)
The Murderhawk Monster rises and is furious, and same for Suzuki! They chase off the House of Torture, beat up on Young Lions and even the railing. Suzuki snatches the chairs from the timekeeper’s area to throw at Evil and Sho as they run away! The House of Torture ruined their run, but will Suzuki & Archer look to ruin Evil’s life?
World Tag League 2022: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito & SANADA!
The Joker & The Ace have found a way to stay alive in the block, but the Uncontrollable Charisma & Cold Skull are coming off a huge win just yesterday. Will Naito & Sanada keep this tournament tranquilo? Or will love, energy and comedy win out?
Naito mocks the bad boy squat as he makes his entrance. Maybe Naito was a “Yankee” in his school days, too? Yano grows impatient as Naito takes his time entering the ring. But Yano still says Tanahashi’s muscles are “SUGOI~!” Naito takes his time with his entrance attire while fans rally up, and Yano is again impatient. Naito taunts Yano with the tearaway pants, then throws them away. The teams sort out and Tanahashi starts for his team. LIJ slowly fist bumps, and Yano is annoyed again. The fist bump finally happens, and Yano gets further impatient waiting on LIJ to choose a starter. LIJ is taking their time on purpose at this point.
Finally, Naito steps up, and fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally both ways. Tanahashi and Naito circle, Naito approaches but then backs away. They finally do tie up, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes but Naito pries the hold open. Tanahashi clamps it on tighter and fans rally up. Naito powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans applaud and Naito fights back up. Naito pries at the hold, but ends up pulling hair! Red Shoes reprimands, but then Tanahashi pulls hair! Red Shoes counts, both men let go at 4, but then Naito pulls hair again! Tanahasih breaks free, but swings into a shove.
Naito arm-drags Tanahashi, kicks him and whips him out of the ring. Naito builds speed, but he fakes Tanahashi out to tranquilo! Fans fire up and Tanahashi storms in, only for Naito to roll out. Naito takes his time returning, and he circles with Tanahashi again. They feel out a knuckle lock, but then Naito tags in Sanada. Fans applaud as Yano calls to Tanahashi. Tanahashi tags Yano and fans fire up with him. Yano and Sanada circle, and then Yano squats! Is Sanada Yankee enough to squat with him? Sanada just stares at Yano stone faced. Yano eggs Sanada on and fans rally up, but Sanada isn’t sure.
Yano gets the fans to chant for it, so Sanada steps up to squat! But then Yano shoves him over! Yano ties Sanada up?! But he can’t figure out Paradise! Sanada kicks him away and Yano ends up in a corner. Yano says, “Lucky!” and he starts untying a buckle pad! Sanada runs over to CLUB Yano, then he whips Yano corner to corner. Yano reverses, then finishes untying the pad. Yano says here goes, but Sanada kicks Yano! But the pad takes the hit! Yano throws the pad to Sanada, but Sanada just throws it down! Yano is astonished and yells… at the pad? Sanada rolls Yano for a ROLLING CRADLE!
They go around and around and around, and around and around, then cover, but Tanahashi tips it! Yano has the cover, TWO! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito, Yano staggers around, but so does Sanada. Tanahashi kicks Sanada to ropes, then Yano staggers over. Yano & Tanahashi double whip, double shoulder Sanada down, and then they both squat. Fans fire up, Yano talks some trash, and then he and Tanahashi drag Sanada up. They double whip him to a corner, then Yano whips Tanahashi in. Sanada dodges Tanahashi to dropkick Yano down! Sanada then trips Tanahashi up, and ties him up in Paradise!
Fans fire up as Sanada gets Yano, too! Sanada ties Yano up in Paradise! Fans fire up for Double Paradise! Yano and Tanahashi both call to each other but neither can do anything! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and Sanada runs to dropkick Tanahashi out of Paradise! And then Naito distracts Red Shoes so Sanada can get the buckle pad. Fans rally up as Sanada SMACKS Yano out of Paradise! Sanada goes out after Yano and stomps him down while Naito SMACKS Tanahashi with the buckle pad! Naito then sends Tanahashi into railing while Sanada drags Yano up. Sanada POSTS Yano, then stalks him around the way.
Sanada drags Yano back up, puts him back in the ring, and covers, TWO! Yano is still in this and fans rally up. Sanada tags Naito, Naito drags Yano up, and LIJ double whips Yano to ropes. They double ELBOW, then split the wishbone before DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Naito squats so he can slap Yano around. Naito drags Yano up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he grinds Yano down. Fans rally, Yano endures, but Sanada tags in. Sanada ELBOWS Yano down, then stalks him. Sanada brings Yano up, CLUBS him down, then paces around. Tanahashi coaches Yano but Sanada stays on him.
Yano pulls Sanada’s hair! Sanada breaks free, knees low and whips, but Yano reverses to throw Sanada down! Fans rally and Yano crawls over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The Ace runs and forearms Sanada down! Tanahashi BLASTS Naito for good measure, then runs in at Sanada. Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! Naito runs in, but Tanahashi blocks the kick! Tanahashi waves bye before he DRAGON SCREWS Naito! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he storms over to Sanada. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Sanada into a drop zone, then he goes up the corner. SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO!
Tanahashi stays focused and fans rally again. Sanada slowly rises, Tanahashi runs, but Sanada dropkicks Tanahashi’s legs, then DROPKICKS Tanahashi out! Sanada hurries over to the ropes, to PLANCHA, but Tanahashi slides in! Sanada lands safe on the apron, he ROCKS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi gets a leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW, a dropkick to the legs, then another DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi drags Sanada around by the legs, and ties him up in the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito BOOTS Tanahashi, CLUBS him, but Tanahashi hits back. Tanahashi sends Naito out, and fans fire up again.
Tanahashi waits on Sanada to stand and he runs the ropes, but Sanada ducks the slingblade! Sanada blocks the kick, to DRAGON SCREW back! Fans fire up and both men crawl. Sanada heads for his corner, hot tag to Naito! Naito storms up on Tanahashi to kick his legs. Naito whips corner to corner, runs in and JUMP KICKS! Leg sweep, COMBINACION feint, and a squat! Tanahashi lets his guard down, and Naito basement dropkicks! Fans fire up and Naito brings Tanahashi around into a FIGURE FOUR! But Yano stomps Naito down! Tanahashi is free and Yano coaches him up. Naito drags Tanahashi up instead.
Naito has a leg but Tanahashi fights with elbows. Naito ROCKS Tanahashi, whips him to ropes, but Tanahashi reverses to SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Tanahashi and Naito crawl, hot tag to Yano! Yano brings Naito up, ducks Naito’s haymaker and clinches to Belly2Belly! Fans fire up more and Yano whips Naito at the bare corner. Naito reverses but Yano stops himself. Yano dodges and Naito hits bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Naito survives but Yano fires back up. Yano runs in at the corner but Naito dodges, and Sanada runs in to elbow Yano! Sanada feeds Yano to Naito’s ELBOW, then Sanada back suplexes!
ROLLING JACKKNIFE BRIDGE, TWO!! Yano escapes! Fans fire up and Naito drags Yano back up. Naito throws ELBOW after ELBOW into Yano, but Yano gets around! Tanahashi gets in, Yano feeds Naito to the DRAGON PALM! Yano runs to CHOP BLOCK! Roll-up, Sanada breaks it in time!! Fans fire up again and Tanahashi drags Sanada up to throw him out. Yano hauls Naito up, but Naito fights free. Sanada drags Tanahashi out and sends him into railing. Naito feeds Yano to Sanada’s low dropkick! Tanahashi returns and gets around Sanada, but Sanada turns Twist ‘n’ Shout into MAGIC SCREW!
Fans fire up as Sanada DROPKICKS Yano, and Naito atomic drops! ENZIGURI to ROLLING ELBOWS! Then assisted TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up as Naito drags Yano back up. Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)
The Joker & The Ace bust! Their run at the top is out of the question, but can they shift into spoiler mode after this?
As for LIJ, the rest of the faction joins Naito & Sanada, including Shingo Takagi who’s been on commentary. Naito gets the mic to say, “Buenas noches, KAKOGAWA~!” Naito notes this is the first Kakogawa event for NJPW in four YEARS, so there’s surely some fans seeing them live for the first time ever. He asks if everyone enjoyed seeing the World Tag League tonight, and the fans cheer because they certainly did. Naito notes that he and Sanada have now moved up to 5-2 for 10 points. “We will win out and take the trophies? Or not? Keep watching World Tag League, enjoy the drama, and… Actually… I got nothing.”
Fans have a good laugh, but Naito does continue with, “Keep watching World Tag League to the end. By the way, now today, some of you can only clap but the rest can cheer, right?” Those fans cheer to confirm! “So let’s end this right for the first time ever in Kakogawa.” Fans cheer, liking the sound of that. “For those of you in the clapping sections, please yell out in your hearts. For those who can cheer, please yell out with me! Everyone, are you ready?” Fans cheer to say yes, they are! “There’s only one way to close out the first NJPW show in Kakogawa in four years. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRNABLEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!”
Fans are fired up to even have this much cheering back. Will they all be able to cheer the next time NJPW is in Kakogawa? Will they be cheering on LIJ as the World Tag League winners and IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
Aussie Open: 6-1, 12 points
The Mighty: 5-1, 10 points
Naito & Sanada: 5-2, 10 points
Goto & Hashi: 4-2, 8 points
Khan & Henare: 4-3, 8 points
Suzuki & Archer: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yano & Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Evil & Yujiro: 1-5, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
Coughlin & Kidd: 0-6, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
Chase & Fale: [FORFEIT]
Another great round for World Tag League, and a couple more teams are mathematically eliminated. House of Torture get their first win ruining the run for Suzuki & Archer, and I kinda want a feud of Suzuki-Gun VS House of Torture now so Suzuki can beat the crap outta Evil and Dick. Coughlin & Kidd are a great looking team despite that 0-6 record, but sometimes great looking teams don’t get the round robin run you’d expect. Aussie Open are certainly shoe-ins for the finals, and they’re up against Khan & Henare next to give us that All United Empire match since I don’t see the All United Empire Finals happening.
Bishamon looked great in their win over Khan & Henare, keeping their hopes of going back-to-back alive. But there has to be something that spoils that, because I’m still seeing LIJ making it. As I figured yesterday, Yano & Tanahashi VS Naito & Sanada was hilarious but also really competitive, and back-to-back main event wins is great for LIJ. And it’d be fitting that Aussie Open gets a second chance at LIJ for giving them that loss.
My Score: 8.7/10
(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022
NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!
Masa Kitamiya challenges Masato Tanaka
Following the tag match against Masato Tanaka and Shoki Kitamura in ZERO-ONE on the 20th November, Masa Kitamiya challenged Masato Tanaka for the ZERO-ONE World Heavyweight. Kitamiya said he wanted the belt for two reasons – one was because Masato Tanaka had the belt, and secondly because he felt that his eleventh year in wrestling had been a sad one. The match will take place at Korakuen Hall on the 1st January, the same day that NOAH at the Nippon Budokan, so Kitamiya will be wrestling two matches that day with ZERO-ONE taking place before NOAH. Kitamiya is determined to enter The Nippon Budokan as champion.
Akitoshi Saito remembers Bison Smith
Akitoshi Saito made a touching tribute to his old partner on the anniversary of his passing, by winning the match with the Iron Claw slam. Backstage he remembered “the blue eyed samurai” by recalling their last conversation, and saying that he felt Bison was with him and had given his approval for Saito to team with Yone.
Perros Del Mal De Japon Farewell
Perros Del Mal De Japon made their final appearance as a unit in Yoyogi on November 23rd. They were accompanied to the ring by Kotaro Suzuki (who may not be appearing in NOAH following The Tokyo Gurentai produce due to his contract expiring) and Ikuto Hidaka. Neither of them got involved too much in the match.
Yoshinari Ogawa came to the ring with a Singapore cane slung over his shoulder, while his partners also brandished weapons, Kai Fujimura had a baseball bat and Yasutaka Yano carried a trash can. The match was as you would expect; the first time everyone got counted out, the second time ended in a count out when the young boys got Perros counted out (Ogawa had left in disgust by this time) and when he came back, the match lasted 11 minutes and 36 seconds, and ended when NOSAWA decided to assault the referee. Ogawa took everyone out with a trash can lid before leaving. He had also managed to hit Kotaro on the head earlier, but concentrated his attack on NOSAWA and Eita. When Ogawa had gone, Perros bade farewell to each other, but their war with Ogawa wasn’t over as both Eita and NOSAWA will have singles match with him. NOSAWA’S match will be on the 14th in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, while Eita’s will be on the 23rd at the N-INNOVATION. Kotaro Suzuki was a little irritated that he didn’t get a singles match, which NOSAWA completely ignored, but he will have a singles match himself against Eita on the 20th.
MaruKen reunite to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles
Naomichi Marufuji pinned Takashi Sugiura in Yoyogi and therefore won the right to challenge the tag champions. With Masakatsu Funaki and Masaaki Mochizuki hanging over the ropes offering their hands as partners, Marufuji announced to the uproar of the crowd and the disbelief of Takashi Sugiura (whose reaction was akin to “Who? Are you fucking kidding me?”) that he would be challenging with KENTA. Backstage, Marufuji was not too sure that KENTA would accept the offer, but he did and the match has been set for the Nippon Budokan on New Year’s Day.
To explain for the newer fans, during their NOAH Junior days, KENTA and Marufuji were in a much beloved junior tag team known as MaruKen, they hold the record for the longest title reign as a junior team and they also broke down the rules for juniors fighting heavyweights as Misawa allowed them to challenge for the GHC Heavyweight Tag Titles. As a team they never had a falling out that led to their split, they just drifted apart as Marufuji noted in “Heir To The Ark” and went to do their own things and over time they became rivals. Now they reunite as heavyweights.
AMAKUSA challenges Dante Leon
AMAKUSA made a silent challenge to Dante Leon for the GHC Junior Heavyweight following their match in Yoyogi. The way the match went gave fans the impression that Alejandro might be the one to challenge, but in the end it was Amakusa who pointed silently at the belt. Title challenge will main event the N-Innovation on the 23rd December.
Kenoh & Kaito Kiyomiya
Kaito Kiyomiya overcame Kenoh in their second pre match, and taking the microphone he stood over him and said that Kenoh had just been overcome by the guy who he was saying “was just trying his best”, and what did that say about Kenoh? Kiyomiya told him it meant he “was all mouth”. Their next pre match is on the 14th December.
It has been announced that the team of Great Muta, Sting and Darby Allin will team together at Great Muta’s final match on the 22nd January at the Yokohama Arena. Allin had been tagging with Sting when Muta materialized on the 23rd September to save Sting from Buddy Matthews. There has been no mention as to who will be their opponents, but it is thought that Matthews may be involved as he has a score to settle.
YO-HEY & Kzy challenge for the GHC Junior Tag Titles
Tag championships can be volatile belts and tend to suffer more backwards and forwards than singles belts do at times. This was the story when Atsushi Kotoge and Seiji Yoshioka managed to take the belts back from The Kongoh Juniors in Yoyogi. This was the Kongoh Junior’s first defense, and Hajime Ohara and Shuji Kondo, had only held the belts for thirteen days. Following their title win, the next threat came from their own unit, as YO-HEY challenged for the belts with DragonGate’s Kzy as his partner.
“I’m in a disappointing situation with no results to speak of at all. To overcome this situation, I want the belt. With the belt in hand, I can reach even higher heights. I want to do this, so please let me challenge for the tag belt next”.
Title match will take place on the 23rd December at the N-Innovation.
Yoshiki Inamura fails to capture his first singles belt, but succeeds in other ways
Yoshiki Inamura failed to win his first singles gold when El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Junior used his experience (the part which he and Inamura were not well matched in, and I doubt Wagner Jnr has ever had anyone throw him around after catching him following a dive) to retain the gold. Inamura had wanted to win this belt to usher in his own era of NOAH, which would be separate to Kiyomiya’s (yet I think would also rival his, as Inamura would kind of be more the leader of the younger generation, which Kiyomiya knows is rising up to threaten him), and he would stand next to him and not below him as champion. Inamura might have failed in his attempt to win his first singles belt, but as Tokyo Sports said, he most definitely gave birth to his era.
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
– Shuhei Taniguchi had his best match in a long time when he and Hideki Suzuki fought to a referee stop in Yoyogi. Fans want to see a round two.
– For some reason the wrestling promotions (and not the MMA companies) were told to come to Antonio Inoki’s memorial on the 24th November at 11am instead of 1pm, someone said this could be a prank that Inoki had set up. Prank or not, in something practically unheard of NOAH (Kenoh, Yoshiki Inamura, Satoshi Kojima, Kaito Kiyomiya, Katsuhiko Nakajima and Takashi Sugiura), New Japan and All Japan, plus some staff members, went to have something eat and drink and all sat down and talked for two hours. Inoki’s final wake will be held on March 7th at Ryogoku Kokugikan, what form this will take has not been announced, but it will be a fan event. In Shinto, the deceased are mourned and funeral services are held for forty-nine days following death, the final day is a day of celebration and farewells, when the mourning period is over and the deceased can finally leave earth and cross to the afterlife. It has been said that Inoki will be sharing a beer with Giant Baba.
– Takashi Sugiura’s pants stayed on when he met up with Kenta Kobashi and had some drinks…which is more than can be said about when he visited Akira Taue’s restaurant, and got drunk with Go Shiozaki.
– Kazuyuki Fujita said in his Weekly Pro yearbook profile, that he liked drinking highballs on the Shinkansen.
– Yoshiki Inamura and Kaito Kiyomiya summon Alejandro
EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH PROMOS
NOAH THE BEST 2022 – WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD, NATIONAL YOYOGI STADIUM 2ND GYMNASIUM
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Kaito Kiyomiya
Challenger: Kenoh, ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Junior Champion: Dante Leon
Challenger: AMAKUSA, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: KojiSugi (Satoshi Kojima & Takashi Sugiura)
Challengers: MaruKen (Naomichi Marufuji and KENTA), ABEMA presents NOAH “THE NEW YEAR” 2023 (Saturday January 1st, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: The NOAH Junior Regulars (Atsushi Kotoge & Seiki Yoshioka)
Challengers: YO-HEY & Kzy, N Innovation (Friday December 23rd, Shinjuku Face)
- GHC National Champion: El Hijo Del Dr Wagner Jnr
Challenger: TBA, NOAH the BEST 2022 (Wednesday November 23rd National Yoyogi Stadium 2nd Gymnasium)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Wednesday, December 7th: Kinya Okada debut anniversary (4 years)
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Down The Wire: Fickell Rhules
The brothers Wortz return to spice up your earballs with some brotherly love for the holidays!
Cook’s 2022 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 13
It's lucky week 13 as Steve Cook's path to a winning record continues! Can Cook keep the streak going with...
Down The Wire: NFL No Cap Recap Week 12
Tom and Dave are back, with no cap, to break down all the action from week 12 in the NFL.
Down The Wire: World Cup, Turkey Day Lineup
The brothers Wortz are back to talk World Cup, their Turkey Day lineup and Zach Wilson.
Cook’s 2022 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 12
NFL Week 12 kicks off with a trio of Thanksgiving Day games! Steve Cook has all of your picks for...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (12/1/22)
Get ready for New Year's Eve!
New Force Order – A Star Wars Podcast: Rip Don Winkle
Is Yoda legitimately dyslexic? That and many more hard hitting questions answered on this edition of New Force Order!
Chairshot Radio The 5×5: Disney Park Attractions
The 5×5 is back this week on Chairshot Radio. Fresh from his vacation at Disneyworld, Patrick O’Dowd welcomes David Ungar...
Bandwagon Nerds #159: Disney’s Bold Move
This week Dave, Patrick and PC Tunney give their thoughts regarding the huge news out of Disney that Bob Chapek...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reivews: Nickelback – Get Rollin’ (2022)
Many of us have judged them as bottom tier garbage for years! Does the JAR keep this new album in...
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/3/22)
Is World Tag League tranquilo?
(NOAH) NOAH NEWSLETTER VOL.192 ~ 30TH NOVEMBER 2022
NOAH ends November with some big announcements! Returns, new debuts and surprising challenges!
DWI Podcast #351: How Silky Are You
This week we discuss War Games and Roman's hatred for red pants!
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Another MASSIVE combined card!
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (12/2/22)
Orange Cassidy is on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (12/2/22)
The SmackDown World Cup finals are here!
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: WAR GAMES! (WWE Survivor Series 2022 Review)
WWE Survivor Series War Games is in the books--and did not disappoint! Hear what the Mindless crew really thinks about...
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 12.1.2022
After the holiday, we get on track for Hard to Kill. Deonna vs Mickie James is the main event...do we...
Mitchell’s NJPW WTL X Super Jr. Tag Results & Report! (11/30/22)
World Tag League, Round 4!
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (11/30/22)
The truth shall be revealed!