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Mitchell’s WWE SummerSlam Results & Report! (8/23/20)

SummerSlam enters the ThunderDome!

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WWE SummerSlam 2020

The Biggest Party of the Summer is a little different this year!

Plans change but the show must go on! WWE uses their brand new THUNDERDOME for SummerSlam 2020! Will you see it coming?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff – WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews VS MVP; Crews wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Asuka; Bayley wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega; The Street Profits win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • No Disqualifications Loser Leaves WWE Match: Sonya Deville VS Mandy Rose; Rose wins and Deville must quit the WWE.
  • Street Fight: Seth Rollins VS Dominik Mysterio; Rollins wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks VS Asuka; Asuka wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Champion.
  • WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton; McIntyre wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
  • WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: Braun Strowman VS “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt; The Fiend wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the SummerSlam Kickoff Show!

Join Charly Caruso, Renee Young, Booker T, JBL and Peter Rosenberg in reviewing, discussing and analyzing all the action for the Biggest Party of the Year! And this is special also because Renee is having her last preshow appearance! Let’s all give the pioneer of WWE broadcasting a big hurrah and thank you for all the hard work and time she has devoted to the business!

 

Backstage interview with Zelina Vega, Angel Garza and Andrade Almas.

El Idolo y El Lethal Lothario are preparing to challenge the Raw Tag Team Champions, but Garza wants to know what happened to Charly Caruso. She’s hosting the preshow. Darn. What will Garza do with this rose now? It’d be a shame to waste it, Sarah. Vega swats it away and gets to the questions. Before discussing the match, does Vega have any comments on poisoning Montez Ford? “Listen, Bootleg Charly,” the title match is more important that all that.

Vega did NOT poison Ford, but even if she did, which she didn’t, it wouldn’t matter! Ford is fine now! His “tummy ache” was blown out of proportion, he proved doubters wrong when he recovered to cheat against Almas last Monday, and there’s also Bianca Belair! Belair attacked “an innocent bystander!” The WWE Universe is being poisoned by the Profits, and her men are the antidotes, and the next Raw Tag Team Champions. The trio heads out, but will they leave the ThunderDome with the gold?

 

Shayna Baszler crashes the Kickoff Show!

“Oooh~! Bayley Dos Straps~! Two Belts Banks~! Are they ready for Asuka~? Are they going to get along? Does anybody give a crap?” Shayna only cares about the Raw Women’s Championship. She said it before, she’ll say it again: It doesn’t matter how that match goes, because I got next. But Nia Jax has been adamant about getting her turn, so what does Shayna say to that? Well Nia is more obsessed with Shayna, and all that says is Nia has trouble going to sleep. So when Nia’s suspension is lifted, Shayna will be more than willing to help with that. Shayna sets the mic down and takes her leave. Will Shayna make Nia #TapNapOrSnap while also hunting down the Raw Women’s Championship?

 

WWE United States Championship: Apollo Crews VS MVP!

Apollo holds the belt that Montel Vontavius Porter commissioned for his championship reign! But with Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin barred from ringside, can Apollo and MVP finally settle this 1v1, fair and square?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the kickoff show kicks off the action with the bell!

Apollo and MVP circle, tie up, and MVP drops for a takedown! Apollo scrambles to ropes and MVP lets up on the kneebar but says he was close. The crowd cheers as MVP and Apollo tie up again. Apollo waistlocks, MVP standing switches and drops down but Apollo rolls back to a cover! TWO, Apollo sunset flips! TWO, and MVP bails out when he sees haymaker! Apollo tells MVP he was that close, and the ring count starts. MVP takes a moment to cool off and compose himself. MVP returns to the ring at 6, he and Apollo approach, but MVP claims he needs to check his shoes. Apollo doesn’t by that but the ref still keeps him back, and MVP sucker punches Apollo!

MVP whips Apollo, Apollo goes up and over to handspring and dropkick MVP down! MVP gets up, Apollo arm-drags him down to an armlock! Apollo cranks on MVP, MVP fights up and powers Apollo to a corner. The ref counts, MVP lets up, but Apollo dodges the sucker punch to throw hands! Apollo whips corner to corner, runs in but MVP tosses him out hard! Apollo hit steel steps on the way down and the ring count climbs as he’s on the ground. MVP doesn’t give him much time as he goes out and brings Apollo back up. MVP brings Apollo around the way to bounce off commentary! Apollo gets in the ring, MVP follows and drags Apollo up.

MVP throws forearms then whips corner to corner. MVP runs in but the boot misses! Apollo enziguris MVP down then climbs up top! MVP uses the ropes to trip Apollo up! MVP throws forearms and climbs up to join Apollo. SUPERPLEX! Both men hit hard but MVP manages a cover, TWO! MVP grows frustrated but he stalks Apollo to ropes. MVP throws forearms, whips Apollo but Apollo reverses. MVP holds ropes, Apollo blocks the boot to clothesline MVP out! Apollo builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp wipes both men out! The ref starts another ring count as both men are down. The count reaches 5 before either man sits up. MVP and Apollo get up at 7, hurry over at 8, and get in at 9.5!

The crowd cheers as MVP and Apollo rise. MVP throws a punch, Apollo gives it back. MVP hits again but Apollo hits again. Apollo gets the edge and fires off with furious hands! The ref counts but Apollo pie faces MVP. Apollo runs corner to corner to splash! And then again for another splash! Apollo SPINE BUSTERS MVP down! Apollo hits the standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!! MVP survives but Apollo is on him with the lift. MVP fights off the bomb and reels Apollo in, but Apollo slips out of the Play Maker to hit the CREWS MISSILE!! Cover, Apollo wins!

Winner: Apollo Crews, by pinfall (still WWE United States Championship)

But here come Lashley and Benjamin! They don’t have to worry about a ringside ban now that the match is over! But Apollo is still too fast and he gets away! “Not today!” Apollo still has HIS championship, and the Hurt Business can’t do anything about that! Will MVP, Benjamin and Lashley come up with a business plan that gets them back towards that title?

 

“WWE Universe, it’s time to ignite the Party of the Summer!”

The superstars are here, we are here, and we are in the THUNDERDOME! Are you ready!? The beat drops, check this fire! The Chosen One Then Now And Forever is actually what’s wrong with WWE. Will Drew McIntyre rip the head off the “evil son of a b*tch?” Will The Golden Role Models still have all the gold after taking on Asuka?! Will Dominik Mysterio avenge his father in a fight with the Monday Night Messiah? And “something so unhinged, you’ll never see it coming.” The Monster, The Fiend, Falls Count Anywhere. Where will it end for Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt when there’s nothing holding them back? “Tonight, we turn up!” Make some noise for SummerSlam 2020!

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Asuka!

The Empress of Tomorrow starts her double header now! Will she end the longest reign in SmackDown Women’s Championship history? Or will Bayley’s best friend, The Boss, be a factor?

The introductions are made, the SmackDown belt is raised, and Asuka’s first step to double championship glory begins!

Asuka and Bayley circle, tie up, and Asuka powers Bayley to ropes. Bayley turns it around but they go all around the ropes until Asuka wrenches the arm. Asuka throws forearms on Bayley then runs, but Bayley drops down. Asuka rolls, runs and dropkicks Bayley’s hurdle! Bayley sits up to get kicks from Asuka! And more kicks! Asuka runs again but Bayley dodges the sliding wizard! Asuka blocks the kick to waistlock but Bayley elbows back. Asuka clubs and hooks Bayley up for an IRON OCTOPUS! They drop down, Bayley is caught, but she gets a ropebreak with a foot! Asuka lets go at the ref’s count, and the ref tells Sasha to stay back. Bayley is on the apron, Asuka fires up and fakes Bayley out to slide and kick instead of hip attack!

Bayley is stuck on the ropes, Asuka kicks her over and over then hotshots the arm! Asuka runs again and now she hip attacks! Bayley flies off the apron and to the announce desk! Sasha looks worried and tells Michael Cole to shut up. Bayley stirs, Asuka goes out to leap, for a FLYING DDT! Sasha is in shock and fans lose their minds on their screens! Asuka drags Bayley up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Bayley scrambles away to ropes but Asuka stalks over. Bayley kicks Asuka’s legs out then throws her to the ropes. Bayley dumps Asuka to the apron, drags her back up and hotshots her! Asuka is stuck in the ropes now and Bayley climbs up for a GUILLOTINE CUTTER! Bayley drags Asuka to a cover, TWO!

Bayley is already frustrated as Asuka survives. Bayley stomps Asuka and Sasha taunts Asuka as Bayley chokes Asuka on the ropes. The ref counts, Bayley stops at 4, then drags Asuka up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps on Asuka with a chinlock and she thrashes Asuka around. Asuka endures, the crowd rallies but Bayley talks smack to Michael Cole. “How many days?!” 317, as bedazzled in Bayley’s hair. Bayley knees Asuka in the back, has her on the ropes, and poses for the fans. Bayley drags Asuka up but Asuka throws hands. Bayley furiously hammers Asuka down but Asuka keeps kicking. Bayley drops down on Asuka and covers, TWO! Sasha grows frustrated now as Bayley stalks Asuka to the ropes.

Bayley throws big forearms but Asuka resists the whip! Bayley throws more and more forearms but Asuka reverses the whip to kick away on the leg! Bayley blocks a kick, spins Asuka, BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives and the Role Models can’t believe it! Asuka gets to a corner, Bayley runs in but Asuka elbows her away. Asuka boots then rolls Bayley, TWO! Asuka ducks a punch to ROUNDHOUSE Bayley down! Both women are down and the crowd rallies up. The ref starts a standing count and it reaches 5 before either sits up. Asuka and Bayley crawl and rise, to stand at 8. Asuka dodges Bayley again, follows after and rallies with shoulder tackles! Bayley gets up again, Asuka throws her to a corner! Asuka runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Asuka shoves and pops Bayley up for a KNEE!

Bayley is on the ropes, GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka aims from the corner as Bayley sits up, BASEMENT HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives but Asuka keeps her cool. Bayley is on the apron, Asuka follows her out there. Asuka throws forearms but Bayley hits back. They brawl, Asuka kicks low and gets space. Asuka runs, Bayley catches the hip attack for a SHIN BREAKER! Sasha laughs at Asuka’s pain as the knee hits the apron edge! Bayley puts Asuka in, and chop blocks the leg out! Cover, TWO!! Bayley has the legs, steps through and laces them up, for the TRAILER HITCH! Asuka endures the modified death lock and the fans rally up for her. Asuka crawls, turns and reverses the hold to an ANKLE LOCK!

Bayley gets up, Asuka reels her in, but Bayley elbows hard! Bayley is free, Asuka staggers, but Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Bayley lives but Asuka is too tired to show frustration. Asuka gets up, as does Bayley. Asuka heads up top but Bayley stops her with haymakers! They brawl, Asuka swats Bayley away and Asuka leaps for a missile- NO! Bayley has a KNEEBAR!! Asuka endures as Bayley cranks on the leg with a modified toehold! Asuka crawls to the ROPEBREAK! Bayley holds on until 4 and lets go with some anger. Asuka hobbles, Bayley runs corner to corner, sunset flip into the buckles! Bayley puts Asuka in a drop zone, climbs up top, MACHO ELBOW, into an ARMBAR!! Asuka caught Bayley!!

Sasha freaks out as Asuka and Bayley turn around. Asuka KICKS Sasha to shut her up! Bayley is free, Asuka goes out and fires off a BACK HAND! Asuka puts Bayley in, but Sasha swipes at Asuka! Asuka boots Sasha, Bayley rolls Asuka! TWO!! Asuka back kicks hard, then runs, but Sasha takes the hip attack for Bayley! Bayley cradles Asuka, Bayley wins!!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)

And then Sasha attacks Asuka! The Boss helps Bayley keep her historic reign going, and the two give Asuka the DOUBLE SLAM! Does Asuka stand a chance of taking Sasha’s belt away as revenge for this? Or will Bayley and Sasha still have all the gold?

 

The Mysterio Family talks backstage.

Rey and Angie are with their baby boy, Dominik, as he prepares for his debut match. Is Dominik ready? Yes. Dominik wants a second with just dad. Mama leaves and Dominik says he appreciates Rey being in his corner. But this is Dominik’s fight, so Rey needs to promise- Rey knows where this is coming from. Rey can’t promise anything, but Dominik says he has to. Seth Rollins has done so much to them both. So please, Rey needs to let Dominik be a man and do this himself. Rey has to promise not to get involved. Rey says it’s very hard to do this, but he does give Dominik his word. If Dominik’s going down, he’s doing down fighting. They hug and Rey says he knows Dominik will do this. Will El Hijo del Rey prove worthy of the Mysterio name?

 

Kevin Owens is here!

The Prizefighter makes a surprise appearance and says, “Look at all my friends!” when pointing to the WWE Universe. Samoa Joe says Kevin is not just joining commentary, he’s extra security for tonight. Kevin has a tie while wearing a Street Profits shirt, as he’s also their friend.

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Andrade Almas & Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega!

Did La Muneca poison #KingTez? The video says yes, she says no, but perhaps the point is moot now that this is going to be settled in the ring! Will Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins get revenge while they get the smoke? Or will El Idolo y El Lothario get the gold and get away with it all?

It rains red SOLO cups for the Profits as they make their entrance! The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who really wants the smoke!

Almas starts with Ford and they stare down. They tie up, Ford waistlocks and clubs Almas. Almas elbows and ROCKS Ford then KNEES low! Almas CHOPS Ford at the ropes, whips but Ford flips up and over Almas to hit a leaping lariat! Ford glares at Garza and runs at Almas but Almas boots back. Almas hops up but Ford STEINERS him off the top! Ford clotheslines Almas out of the ring hard! Garza runs in but Dawkins intercepts with a BIG right! The Profits whip Garza for a double flapjack! Vega is worried already as Ford shakes the ropes. Ford builds speed to FLY! But Garza and Almas both catch him, for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Dawkins checks on Ford as Almas drags Ford up and into the ring.

Almas stalks Ford and stomps him down. Almas clobbers Ford then tags in Garza. Almas puts Ford in the ropes and on the apron, then Garza baseball slide dropkicks Ford down! Garza goes out to talk trash to Ford then put him back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Garza keeps on Ford with an armlock and cranks on the shoulder. Ford endures, fights his way up, but Garza puts him in a corner. Garza puts Ford up top, Ford fights Garza off! Ford BOOTS, but Garza traps the legs in the ropes! Garza dropkicks the legs out! Off come the pants! Garza drags Ford around, tags in Almas, and Almas wraps on a DRAPING TRIANGLE HOLD! Ford hammers away but Almas lets go at 4.

Almas throws haymakers and forearms on Ford, drags him around and has the armlock. Ford endures, the fans rally and Dawkins coaches Ford up. Ford fights his way up, throws haymakers but Almas hits back. Almas puts Ford in the corner, puts Ford in the ropes and Garza tags in to KNEE Ford hard! Garza drags Ford to a cover, TWO! Garza puts Ford up on the top rope and clubs away on the back. Then Ford is in the Tree of Woe, Garza taunts Dawkins and runs to PENALTY KICK! Tag to Almas, Garza holds Ford in place for the WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Ford survives and Vega is furious with the count. Almas stomps Ford, tags Garza, and they mug Ford.

Garza drags Ford into a modified cobra twist, Almas tags in for more mugging. Almas back suplexes, Ford lands on his feet and enziguris Almas! Ford dodges Almas to tag in Dawkins! The Curse of Greatness rallies up and hits Almas with a leaping back elbow! Dawkins decks Garza then runs to CYCLONE SPLASH Almas! Dawkins reels Almas in but Almas fights out, to boot feint and ELBOW! Almas runs, into Dawkins’ SPEAR!! Both men are down and Vega shouts for Almas to get up. The fans cheer, Dawkins and Almas crawl, hot tags to Garza and Ford! Ford goes up top and LEAPS for the crossbody! Garza rolls it and puts his feet on the ropes! Almas anchors the feet, but the ref sees it! No count, Ford spins Garza but Garza ducks the enziguri to basement dropkick! Cover, but Dawkins breaks it!

Vega protests and is on the apron, but the ref reprimands Vega. Garza has Ford but Ford throws hands. Garza SUPERKICKS Ford into Vega! Garza gets Ford, but Ford slips out of the Wing Clipper! Tag to Dawkins, Almas is too busy checking on Vega! CASH OUT! FROM THE HEAVENS!! With a twist even! Cover, The Profits win!!

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

Kevin says he wore the right shirt, because Ford and Dawkins are still on top! Will Garza have something to say about Almas worrying too much about La Muneca than about the match?

 

Backstage interview with the Golden Role Models.

Kayla Braxton has Bayley and Sasha, and congratulates Bayley on retaining her title. Now they said Asuka couldn’t beat both of them, but without Sasha’s help, Bayley- Whoa, stop right there, none of that “Gotcha Journalism.” Bayley will not be offended by that lack of respect tonight, because no one is going to ruin the historic and magical night. Now surely there are some “earth shattering” questions for Sasha, so get to it.

Yes, Kayla does ask if Sasha expects Bayley to return the favor against Asuka. If Bayley can beat Asuka, Sasha can beat her, too. Asuka got the fight of her life out there. Asuka takes it personal because of what they did to Kairi, but Sasha is The Boss! She loves being #TwoBeltzBanks, but she’ll also love tapping Asuka out. #BankOnThat! Bayley says there will be a CLEAN SWEEP! And then at Payback, they retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, and the dominance continues! Will the Role Models really roll on through the next week with all the gold?

 

No Disqualifications Loser Leaves WWE Match: Sonya Deville VS Mandy Rose!

The Golden Goddess offered peace and friendship in the eleventh hour, but there’s no going back as far as the Gladiator Gal is concerned. Fire and Desire WILL fight, but it isn’t about hair anymore. This is all about their WWE careers! Is this grudge worth losing their dreams over?

The bell rings and Sonya circles with Mandy. They go face to face, Sonya talks some smack, and then she shoves Mandy. Mandy comes back, her knee is caught and countered to a roll up, TWO! Mandy ROCKS Sonya and Sonya bails out. Sonya fires off on Mandy and dares her to bring it! They brawl more, Mandy throws Sonya into barriers! Mandy drags Sonya back up to bump off steel steps, then bring around to throw more haymakers! Sonya hits back but Mandy still drags Sonya to the ramp. Mandy suplexes Sonya onto the LED ramp! Mandy drags Sonya up and POSTS her! Sonya staggers about as Mandy seethes. Mandy brings Sonya around to POST again! Sonya crawls, Mandy says, “You want to ruin my life?!” Mandy slaps Sonya then throws her into barriers!

Mandy gets up on the desk to egg Sonya on! Then she LEAPS to CLOBBER Sonya!! Mandy won’t let up, she rains down hands! Sonya pushes Mandy away but Mandy decides to use that No Disqualification stipulation. Mandy brings out a TABLE! Sonya scurries away while Mandy sets this table up. Mandy struggles to get it up on its feet, but the table finally stands. Sonya returns to JAM Mandy with a chair! Sonya JAMS Mandy again, then throws the chair aside and gets in Mandy’s face! Sonya slaps Mandy around, bumps her off the announce desk, and then again! And again and again! The ref warns Sonya that this may be No Disqualifications but she still needs to be careful. Sonya puts Mandy in to cover, TWO!

Sonya taunts Mandy as she gives her kicks to the chest! Mandy gets up, Sonya runs, SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sonya grows frustrated more as she stalks Mandy to ropes. Sonya pushes Mandy into the corner and kicks her more. Mandy blocks a kick and trips Sonya for ground ‘n’ pound! Sonya kicks Mandy away, gets to another corner, but Mandy runs in to clothesline! Mandy brings Sonya out, runs but the knee is countered again! Sonya has the dragon sleeper and cranks back! Mandy endures, Sonya drops down for the body scissors! Mandy pries against the hold, elbows Sonya in the chest and is free! The fans rally but Sonya drags Mandy back with handfuls of hair! Mandy turns around but into a TRIANGLE HOLD!

Sonya bridges to keep her own shoulders off the mat as she also slaps Mandy around! Mandy makes it a cover, TWO! Mandy is free again but Sonya kicks her toyingly. Sonya taunts Mandy, then jams her knee into Mandy’s mouth. Sonya eggs Mandy on. “Is this all you got?!” Sonya pie faces Mandy, drags her up, but Mandy SLAPS Sonya! Mandy fires off fast hands, Sonya knees low and runs. Mandy hits her KISS FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!! Sonya bails out, Mandy goes out the side. Mandy and Sonya meet at the corner and Mandy throws more forearms. Mandy pushes Sonya into barriers, then drags her over to that table. Mandy bounces Sonya off the desk over and over and over!

Mandy scoops Sonya to set her on the table and then heads up top! But Sonya gets off the table for her own safety. Mandy hops down in frustration and looks for anything else she can use. Mandy brings out a chair and slides it along the table! Sonya ducks before her head is taken off! Mandy tries again but Sonya tosses the table aside! They brawl again, Sonya pushes and BOOTS Mandy down! Both women are on the floor but Sonya drags Mandy up into the ring. Sonya stalks Mandy, drags her up to a fireman’s carry, but Mandy fights out. Mandy reels Sonya in to underhooks, but Sonya resists! Sonya slips out and KNEES Mandy in the head! Sonya underhooks to steal Mandy’s facebuster, only for Mandy to fight free! Mandy KNEES Sonya down again! KISS FROM A ROSE AGAIN!!

Sonya stirs, Mandy runs in, ANOTHER KNEE!! Mandy won’t let it end there, she underhooks Sonya for the GOLDEN FACEBUSTER! But that’s still not enough for Mandy! Mandy dares Sonya to get up for all that tough talk, ANOTHER KISS FROM A ROSE!! Mandy wins!!!

Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall (Sonya must leave WWE)

Incredible! All the fire, desire, fury and pain, and it’s Mandy who wins! Sonya loses her cool as she loses her job! Will Sonya ever come to regret taking things down this path? As for Mandy, Otis comes out to celebrate with his sweet peach! She even shows off her own caterpillar! Will Mandy move on to have even bigger victories in the future?

 

Street Fight: Seth Rollins w/ Buddy Murphy VS Dominik Mysterio w/ Rey Mysterio!

The Monday Night Messiah claims everything he does is for “the greater good.” Apparently that means gouging Rey Mysterio’s eye and trying to end Dominik’s career before it began was for Raw’s benefit. But will Dominik make Rollins suffer for everything he’s done to the Mysterio Family and the roster as a whole?

The bell rings and Rollins circles with Dominik. Dominik and Rollins tie up, Rollins gets around to the waistlock and throws Dominik down to slap him all around. Dominik gets up, keeps his cool and goes with Rollins again. Rollins gets the arm, hammerlock, headlock takeover, but Dominik gets out. Rollins is toying with Dominik as he taunts Rey. Dominik and Rollins circle, and Rollins puts his hands back to give Dominik a free shot. Dominik headlocks but Rollins shoves him right down. Rollins grins as he soaks up the heat from the crowd. Dominik and Rollins circle, tie up, Rollins headlocks and taunts Rey again. Rollins wrenches and yanks on Dominik’s arm, but Dominik throws haymakers!

Dominik rocks Rollins but Rollins knees low. Rollins whips, Domink ducks and tilt-o-whirls to arm-drag Rollins! Rollins gets up, Dominik gets around but Rollins bucks off the waitslock, only to run into more arm-drags! Dominik handsprings to show off the agility! Rey cheers Dominik on and Rollins applauds. Rollins and Dominik circle, tie up with knuckle locks, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins clubs away on Dominik over and over then stomps him to a corner! Rollins digs his boots into Dominik but drags him up to scoop and slam! Dominik sits up as Murphy taunts, “How does that feel?!” Rollins has Murphy fetch him a kendo stick, but Dominik kips up to dropkick Rollins down!

Dominik gets the kendo stick and Rollins panics! Dominik chases ROllins around the ring, just missing him with the kendo stick! Rollins gets in the ring and gets Dominik as he returns! Rollins stomps and clubs Dominik down then kicks the stick away. Rollins throws haymakers, whips Dominik corner to corner and Dominik hits hard! Rey coaches Dominik but Rollins has Dominik on the ropes. Rollins whips corner to corner hard again and Dominik bounces off the buckles! Dominik sits up and gets to a corner but Rollins is after him again. Rollins suplexes Dominik away! Rollins taunts Rey more as he drags Dominik up into a camel clutch! Dominik endures as Rollins eggs Rey on. Dominik refuses to quit so Rollins shoves him down.

Rollins dares Rey to get involved, “What kind of dad are you!?” Rey says he trusts his son, and Dominik fires off on Rollins! Dominik runs, but into a SLING BLADE! Rollins digs his knee into Dominik’s face at the ropes, then goes after the fingers! Rollins pulls the fingers as far as they’ll go then stomps Dominik down. Mother Angie can only watch backstage as Rollins stalks Dominik to the corner. Murphy gives Rollins a chair and Rollins taunts Rey with it. Rollins takes a seat and dares “Papa” to get in. Dominik crawls over but Rollins kicks him down. Rey is on the apron but Dominik tells him to stay back. Rollins CLUBS Dominik down and stomps him more! Rey again gets on the apron but so does Murphy.

Rollins taunts Rey that if Rey won’t help, Rollins will end this. But Dominik evades the Curb Stomp and drop toehold Rollins onto the chair! Dominik fires off hands on Rollins! Dominik climbs up to rain down rights on Rollins, but Rollins turns it to a running BUCKLE- NO! Dominik Ranas Rollins into the buckles first! Dominik whips corner to corner, Rollins reverses but Dominik goes up. Rollins catches Dominik but Dominik TORNADO DDT’S! Cover, TWO!! Murphy is relieved but Rey says Dominik he’s still got this! Dominik and Rollins both slowly stand, and Dominik gets the kendo stick! Dominik SMACKS Rollins in the ribs! Then SMACKS him on the back! And again! Dominik hits so hard he breaks the stick on Rollins’ body!

Dominik puts the stick aside to climb up top. The fans fire up but Rollins stops Dominik with haymakers! Rollins throws more haymakers, climbs up top, but Dominik resists the superplex! Dominik fights back, clubs Rollins and shoves him down! Rollins comes back in an instant, for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Dominik survives and both Rey and Angie are relieved! Rollins mutters, “That should’ve been it.” Murphy gives Rollins more kendo sticks, Rollins’ own body showing the marks. Rollins SMACKS Dominik, and SMACKS again! Rollins asks Rey, “Is this enough?” Rollins keeps giving Dominik SMACKS as he dares Rey to save his son! Rey shouts to Dominik to keep fighting, but Rollins orders for a table!

Rollins SMACKS Dominik more and more as Murphy puts the table in. Rollins tells Rey that he got his son into this mess, this is what they both get! Another SMACK on Dominik before Rollins sets up the table. Murphy taunts Dominik as Rollins uses another kendo stick to SMACK him! Rollins SMACKS Dominik to the corner with the table and hoists Dominik up top. Rollins SMACKS Dominik one more time before climbing up. Rollins says this is Rey’s fault, and makes him look at his own son. But Dominik trips Rollins! Rollins is crotched, Dominik uses the stick to bring Rollins up for a SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP, through the table!! Both men crash down but Dominik rises first!

Dominik uses whatever he has left to get to a corner and to the top rope, Rey and fans cheering him on the entire way. Dominik is up, leaps, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dominik is beside himself! Dominik goes outside, looks for something under the ring, and brings out a chair! Dominik slides the chair in too far, and Rollins gets it first! Rollins pushes the chair away and SUPERKICKS Dominik down! Rollins brings Dominik up for a POWERBOMB! Rey panics now as Rollins grits his teeth and glares at Dominik. Rollins rips Dominik’s vest off and grabs another kendo stick. “Remember this, Rey?!” Rollins SMACKS Dominik in the chest! And SMACKS him on the back! Angie can’t watch but Rey gets on the apron. Dominik tells him to stay away!

Rollins SMACKS Dominik over and over and over again! Those marks return to Dominik’s body, but that’s not enough for Rollins. Murphy fetches a pair of handcuffs?! Rollins brings the cuffs over and hooks one end to the middle rope. Rollins dares Rey to do something as he drags Dominik over. “You can stop this at any minute, Rey!” Rey sees Angie on stage and hurries to talk with her! Mother and father Mysterio discuss this and Rollins now eggs Angie on. But Dominik rolls Rollins up! TWO!! Murphy is in as Dominik tackles Rollins, KNEE TRIGGER! Murphy goes after Dominik on the outside, and brings him to the steel steps!!! Rey hurries back to clobber Murphy! THIS Rey can step in to stop!

Rollins and Murphy go after Rey 2v1 and beat him down! Dominik gets back up but Rollins THROWS him into barriers! Rey brawls with Rollins and Murphy again but that’s still 2v1, and he gets thrown into the LED boards of the apron. Rollins and Murphy cuff Mysterio to the rope! Rey is vulnerable as Rollins and Murphy each have a kendo stick. But wait. Angie’s still on stage. Rey shouts at them to stop it! “Take me! Take me!!” Murphy keeps Mysterio put as Rollins points to Angie. Dominik fires off on Rollins! Dominik dodges Murphy to throw him over the railing! Dominik fires off on Rollins, and RAMS him into steel steps! Rollins tumbles up and over, Dominik is after him with clubbing forearms!

Murphy returns but Domink back drops him away! Rollins leans on the apron, Dominik gives Rollins a basement 619! Dominik puts Rollins in, stalks him to ropes, and gives him a proper 619!! Dominik keeps going, following Rey’s example with another FROG SPLASH, but onto knees!! Rollins saves himself at the last second! Rey is stuck on the ropes, Rollins drags Dominik around and grinds him down! Rey is just out of reach as Rollins makes him look at Dominik! “Reach! Just a little more! Reach!” Rollins brings Dominik even closer just to taunt Rey, then CURB STOMPS Dominik!! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Architect just demolished the young superstar in front of his own father, but shows him one mercy: he gives Dominik the keys to the cuffs. Rollins has wounded the Mysterio Family deeper than just gouging an eye or bruising the skin. Will anyone ever stop “the greater good” the Monday Night Messiah vows to bring about? As for Dominik, Rey frees himself, and still tells Dominik he is so proud of him. Dominik’s first match is his loss, but will he be able to climb up and redeem himself?

 

Raw Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks w/ Bayley VS Asuka!

The Golden Role Models want the sweep, but they’ve only added fuel to the fire inside the Empress! Will Asuka get revenge for Kairi and for the SmackDown Women’s Championship screw job all in one fell swoop?

The introductions are made, the Raw belt is raised, and the double header finishes one way or another!

Asuka and Sasha circle, Sasha dropkicks the bad leg! Sasha drops elbows on the leg over and over, continuing where Bayley left off! Asuka kicks with her good leg but Sasha lets go to mock Asuka’s pain. Sasha avoids Asuka’s kicks to kick Asuka again. Asuka throws body shots so Sasha gets the leg. Asuka spins through to kick away on Sasha’s face! Sasha trips Asuka and rains down rights. Asuka turns it around to give them back, but Sasha gets up. Asuka blocks, kicks and kicks and kicks. Asuka back kicks, runs, and sliding forearms Sasha out of the ring! Sasha regroups with Bayley, Bayley says to use Champion’s Advantage! But Asuka brings Sasha back to the apron. Sasha spins to kick Asuka back! Bayley applauds but the fans boo as Sasha tries to Rana Asuka.

Asuka blocks and spins to a KNEEBAR! Sasha kicks, the ref counts, Asuka lets go and Sasha gets away. Asuka follows into the ring and tosses Sasha to a corner! Asuka runs in to hip attack! Asuka drags Sasha up to snapmare and KICK! Cover, TWO! ARMBAR! Sasha turns as Asuka pulls, Sasha gets up to stomp Asuka down! Asuka lets go, Sasha gets away but comes back to tackle Asuka. Asuka puts Sasha through the ropes to KICK her again! Asuka joins Sasha on the apron to kick and kick and kick, but Sasha slips in and the leg kicks POST! Sasha knees Asuka, goes out and SUNSET BOMBS Asuka to the floor!! Even Bayley loses her mind over that one! Bayley says Asuka is stupid, dumb and done for!

The ring count climbs, Sasha goes into the ring and the count passes 5. The count gets to 8 but Asuka springs up into the ring! Sasha covers, TWO! Sasha tries again, TWO! Sasha grows frustrated as Asuka survives. Sasha drags Asuka up and tells her to give up. Sasha bumps Asuka off buckles and kicks away! The ref counts, Sasha lets up at 4, but then digs her boot in! The ref counts more, Sasha lets off to run corner to corner, and BOOT! Bayley says the kick is good as Sasha covers, TWO!! Sasha keeps her cool as Asuka survives. Sasha drags Asuka up and rams her shoulder into Asuka over and over! The ref counts, Sasha stops, and then Sasha sets Asuka sideways on the ropes.

Sasha takes her time talking trash but Asuka blocks the Stock Drop to an Electric Chair! For a FACEBUSER! Into a KNEEBAR!! Sasha endures, crawls, but Asuka shifts to an ANKLE LOCK! Sasha gets up, rolls, but Asuka goes up only for Sasha to swat her first! Sasha elbows Asuka back, then says it’s done! Sasha climbs up to join Asuka, but Asuka fights back with body shots! Asuka clubs away and grabs Sasha for a SUPER DDT!! Both women are down and Bayley is stunned silent! But Sasha rolls and flops out of the ring to save herself! The ring count starts, Bayley checks on Sasha and wants the count to slow down. The count passes 5, Asuka goes out to fetch Sasha.

Asuka dodges Sasha’s punch to whip her into barriers! Asuka RAMS Sasha into the LED boards! Sasha gets in the ring, Asuka climbs up top, and Asuka gets her bad leg moving before she leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Asuka shakes her head, she’s not done with Sasha. Sasha is in the corner, Asuka stomps a mudhole! Asuka stops at the ref’s count, then yanks Sasha out, to get a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Sasha can’t believe she didn’t get Asuka with that! Asuka stirs but Sasha stomps her down. Sasha drags Asuka to a drop zone then climbs up top. Sasha FROG SPLASH FLOPS!

Bayley asks if Sasha is okay and then tells her she has this. Asuka’s leg is done for, Sasha is better than Asuka! Two belts for life! But Sasha runs into a TAKEDOWN! ASUKA LOCK!!! Sasha flails, pries at the body scissors, gets around, but Asuka reels her back in! Sasha uses the buckles to push off and roll back to a cover, TWO! BANK STATEMENT! Sasha has Asuka now, but Asuka reaches, crawls, but Sasha kicks off the ropes! Asuka gets free to get the ASUKA LOCK! Sasha scrambles around, gets up and elbows free! Sasha throws Asuka away, but the ROUNDHOUSE rocks her!

Asuka and Sasha stagger about, Bayley is on the apron just like the earlier match! Asuka runs in but both Sasha and Bayley avoid the hip attack! Asuka BACK HANDS Bayley down! Sasha gets Asuka, but Asuka rolls out of the backstabber into an ASUKA LOCK!! Sasha flails, reaches, but she’s all alone!! Sasha taps, Asuka wins!!

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

The Empress makes the most of her second try! Bayley tried to help Sasha, but did she try hard enough? Will it matter now that #TwoBeltzBanks is no more? As for Asuka, we know Shayna Baszler is after the title. Will the Empress be able to refocus and be ready for the Queen of Spades?

 

WWE World Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Randy Orton!

The leader of Claymore Country knows The Viper is dangerous, skilled, and selfish. The third-generation superstar wants the glory of being champion again, and has destroyed legend after legend just to prove a point. Will McIntyre take an RKO outta nowhere? Or will Orton definitely see the Claymore flying right into his face?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if McIntyre’s first reign can deny Orton his 14th!

McIntyre rushes Orton but Orton bails out to stall. Orton wants McIntyre to get back before he returns. McIntyre stares Orton down as he waits. Orton gets up on the apron, McIntyre takes just a step and Orton hops down. Orton comes back when McIntyre backs away, but then he uses the ropes as defense! The ref brings McIntyre back and Orton tells the ref to do his job. Orton comes back, he circles with McIntyre, but Orton ducks a punch to kick low! Orton whips, McIntyre reverses but Orton slides out to deny McIntyre anymore. McIntyre pursues Orton, they go around the ring, back in the ring, and Orton stomps McIntyre down!

Orton stomps McIntyre more, brings him up but McIntyre shoves him. Orton dodges the chop but McIntyre denies the RKO to run Orton over! Things speed up, Orton rips McIntyre, but still McIntyre denies the RKO! McIntyre has to bail out now to cool off, and Orton grins. McIntyre takes a couple breaths as the ring count climbs, but he smirks and nods as he comes back at 7. Orton paces, McIntyre circles with him, and McIntyre blocks the kick to grab Orton by his throat! McIntyre puts Orton in a corner to fire off! The ref counts as McIntyre ROCKS Orton! McIntyre whips Orton corner to corner, Orton avoids the boot but McIntyre again denies the RKO!

McIntyre runs at Orton but Orton POSTS him! McIntyre tumbles out hard and Orton sneers as he pursues. Orton drags McIntyre up to throw into barriers! Orton drags McIntyre back up to bounce off the announce desk! And the POST again! And then bounce off the desk again! Orton tears the hood off, throws whatever else away and brings McIntyre for a back suplex onto the desk!! McIntyre writhes while Orton refreshes the count. Orton brings McIntyre up for another back suplex to the desk! Orton gets in McIntyre’s face to say, “That title is coming home with me.” McIntyre pushes Orton away, Orton refreshes the count and comes back. Orton has McIntyre from the desk, for a suplex to the floor!

Both men are down but Orton sits up with another grin. The ring count reaches 5, Orton drags McIntyre up and puts him back in. Orton covers, ONE!! McIntyre scowls as Orton is a bit surprised. Orton stays on McIntyre as he pulls McIntyre’s hair and reels him into a chinlock. Orton grinds McIntyre down, McIntyre endures and the crowd rallies. McIntyre fights up, throws body shots but Orton throws McIntyre down by his hair! Orton stomps McIntyre’s hand, then his foot. McIntyre grits his teeth while clutching his limbs. Orton grabs a leg to then stomp McIntyre in the stomach. Orton scrapes his laces on McIntyre’s face! McIntyre gets to ropes but Orton just stomps him more.

Orton takes a moment to pose and soak up the heat. McIntyre is in the corner, Orton stalks over, but McIntyre hits back. McIntyre throws big haymakers but Orton kicks low. Orton whips corner to corner, McIntyre reverses and catches the boot to JAM the knee! Both men are down, McIntyre gets up first and heads back for Orton, only for Orton to kick McIntyre’s leg out! McIntyre is furious but Orton stands up again. Orton stalks McIntyre to ropes, drags McIntyre up and throws haymakers. Orton punches at the mark he left on McIntyre’s face and then gets in McIntyre’s face. Orton runs, into a SPINE BUSTER! Both men are down but McIntyre seethes as he forces himself over to Orton.

McIntyre has the leg, spins through, and uses the FIGURE FOUR! McIntyre wants to avenge Ric Flair using his signature move! Orton resists but McIntyre powers through to lock it on! Orton endures, flails, reaches, but McIntyre cranks harder! McIntyre has a bridge, Orton is on his shoulders, TWO! Orton reaches, drags himself and McIntyre over, and rolls, only for McIntyre to roll it back! McIntyre SLAPS Orton and cranks even harder on the hold! Orton grabs the ref, drags him down, then rakes McIntyre’s eyes!! Orton proves he can be just as dirty as the Dirtiest Player with that one. McIntyre shakes his head out, makes sure his eyes still work, but now he has a bloody scratch under his eye.

Orton walks over, but into a CHOP!! McIntyre evens things with Orton in an instant! McIntyre fires up, some blood starting to seep out. McIntyre drags Orton around to throw haymakers, but Orton gives them back. They brawl on their knees, then fight up to their feet. McIntyre throws a haymaker, Orton uses a EuroUpper. McIntyre CHOPS, Orton kicks low! They keep throwing hands over and over, and McIntyre again denies an RKO to rally with lariats! McIntyre whips, and OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Orton! Orton gets up for McIntyre to smother and OVERHEAD SUPLEX again! McIntyre hurries to the top rope, Orton stands, FLYING AX HANDLE! McIntyre still kips up! The crowd fires up with McIntyre as he drags Orton up in a corner.

McIntyre bumps Orton off buckles, hoists him up top and CHOPS again! McIntyre climbs up to join Orton, throws more haymakers, then brings Orton to the very top. Orton trips McIntyre up! Orton headbutts McIntyre again and again, then punches McIntyre into a Tree of Woe. Orton is bleeding now from his own headbutts, but McIntyre sits up to SUPLEX Orton off! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grimaces as he drags Orton up. McIntyre underhooks but no Future Shock! McIntyre slips around Orton to spin him around, NOW FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!?! Orton survives and McIntyre is beside himself. Both men have blood coming from the face, but McIntyre drags Orton up for a fireman’s carry. Orton flails, elbows free, then throws McIntyre out.

McIntyre JABS back from the apron, climbs up top again, and LEAPS, but Orton gets under! Orton comes back to hit the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Orton grits his teeth as McIntyre rolls to the apron. McIntyre gets up, Orton hobbles over and drags McIntyre in. But McIntyre knows what’s coming, pushes Orton for a GLASGOW KISS! Orton wobbles, McIntyre clotheslines Orton and himself out of the ring! The ring count begins, Orton is up in first at 5, McIntyre follows at 7. Orton KICKS McIntyre, drags him out, DRAPING DDT! Orton slowly stands up as McIntyre stirs. The crowd rallies but Orton hears the voices in his head. Orton wants McIntyre to get up but McIntyre flounders. Orton looms over McIntyre, then lines up a shot.

McIntyre sits up again, Orton runs in, but McIntyre pops Orton up for a POWERBOMB! No punting here! McIntyre fires up and takes aim from the corner! The crowd fires up, too, as McIntyre demands Orton get up! Orton slowly rises, McIntyre runs, but Orton ducks the Claymore! McIntyre spins the RKO into a backslide, McIntyre wins!?!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (still WWE World Champion)

Well, no one saw THAT coming! Orton can’t believe neither his or McIntyre’s best move finished it! McIntyre says this isn’t Orton’s business, or even his. This is everyone’s business! But even so, will the WWE World Championship still be McIntyre’s for a long, long time?

 

Keith Lee heads to Raw!!

The Limitless One has shown us what he is capable of on NXT, but now he’s going to take on WWE’s longest running brand! Will Monday nights now #BaskInHisGlory?

 

WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match: Braun Strowman VS “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt!

Firefly Fun House Bray tried to bring The Black Sheep back into the fold at Money in the Bank, but failed. Classic Face of Fear Bray tried to drag Braun down into the swamp, but failed. But perhaps they both succeeded in one thing: making Braun into a true Monster Among Men! Will Braun prove he is “the most evil SOB on the planet” and hold on to the gold? Or will he #LetHimIn and lose it all as The Fiend comes around to play?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this hell-raising trilogy is about to be completed!

Braun powers Fiend to the corner and hammers away, but Fiend just laughs it all off! Fiend hits back fast and then gets Braun for an URENAGE! Braun crawls, Fiend drags him up for the NECK CRACK! Fiend sits Braun up for ANOTHER! Braun is down and Fiend finally takes off his jacket. Braun gets out of the ring and staggers over to commentary but Fiend CLUBS him on the back! Fiend goes looking under the ring, and brings out a toolbox! Fiend JAMS the box into Braun’s stomach, then SMASHES it on Braun’s back! Fiend tosses the box aside to pull the desk hood off. Braun ROCKS Fiend with big haymakers and uppercuts! Then Braun headbutts Fiend to barriers, Braun runs to BUST Fiend through the timekeeper’s area!!

Braun finishes moving pieces off the announce desk but Fiend is on his feet?! Fiend throws a throat chop and fast hands, but Braun CHOKE SLAMS Fiend onto the announce desk!! The desk only falls apart but Fiend might be broken! Fiend gets back up again?! Braun knees low, Fiend kicks low! Fiend throws Braun into steps, Braun uppercuts back. Braun has the steel steps and SMASHES Fiend in the face! Braun glares down at Fiend as Fiend finally stays down for a moment. Braun drags Fiend up, puts him back in the ring, stalks Fiend and corner splashes! Braun scoops Fiend up, MONSTER SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Fiend survives and shocks Braun!

Braun wracks his brain on what to do now as Fiend flops out of the ring. Braun pursues, brings Fiend up and throws him into barriers! Braun throws body shots, throws Fiend up the ramp, and then kicks him towards the stage. Braun rams Fiend into the screen wall! Fiend flounders up and Braun toys with him. Braun bounces Fiend off the screen, then heads backstage! They brawl into gorilla position, Fiend hits back with knees, and throws Braun the wall! And then the other wall! Fiend gets Braun for SISTER ABIGAIL!! Cover, TWO!?! Braun survives, and Fiend is actually amused. Fiend kicks Braun, sits him up and claws at Braun’s eyes! They both go back to the stage, Fiend dragging Braun by his beard to throw him HARD into the screen! The screen flickers but stays on as Fiend stalks Braun.

Fiend kicks Braun and Braun has a cut on his bald head. Fiend ROCKS Braun with that uppercut and they go to the edge of the stage. Fiend drags Braun back up, brings him to the ramp and kicks him down the way. The hurt hand talks to Bray again as Braun flounders about. Fiend grabs Braun for a MANDIBLE CLAW! Braun resists as Fiend tries to smother him! Braun choke grips Fiend to RAM him into the apron! Braun is free of The Fiend’s grip but both behemoths catch their breath. Bruan brings Fiend up to CLUB him down! Cover, TWO! Braun drags Fiend up and into the ring then follows after. Fiend stands, Braun scoops him! MONSTER SLAM!! Cover, TWO!?! Fiend survives but Braun just hammers away! Braun roars right in Fiend’s face before getting back to his feet.

Braun considers his options, and goes outside to check what tools were in the toolbox. Braun chooses the box cutter?!? Braun brings the blade into the ring and cuts up the mat covering! Braun rips through cloth and foam to get to the hardwood underneath! Fiend staggers up as Braun clears out a huge patch of the ring floor! Braun asks Fiend, “Why won’t you die?!” Fiend gives Braun an URENAGE to the wood! And then a SISTER ABIGAIL to the wood!! Fiend drags Braun up for another SISTER ABIGAIL! Braun might’ve hit more pad than wood that time, but Fiend covers, and wins!!

Winner: The Fiend, by pinfall (NEW WWE Universal Champion)

“Brutal” doesn’t even begin to cover this! But then Roman Reigns SPEARS Fiend outta nowhere!?!? The Big Dog wrecks The Fiend, then goes out to SPEAR Braun Strowman! “You ain’t a monster unless I’M here!” Roman grabs a chair and brings it over to SMACK Braun! And again! And again! And AGAIN! Roman doesn’t stop until he’s satisfied, and the chair is bent! Roman tosses that one aside and goes back to The Fiend. The crowd is thunderous as Roman aims from the corner. Fiend flounders up, into another SPEAR!! The shirt says it all: “Wreck EVERYONE & Leave.” Roman wants the Universal Championship back, and no “freak in a mask” is going to keep it from him. Will the Roman Empire rebuild itself on top of the wreckage of Braun and Bray?


My Thoughts:

A great SummerSlam, and I’m not really sure what there is to complain about. I mean, not all the results went the way I expected, though that might’ve been what made for better stories. For one, I thought Dominik was going to win against Seth Rollins, especially at that moment where he rolled Rollins up while Rey tried to calm Mama Angie down. The tide shifting in that match made for a really effective win for Rollins and even a powerful moment for Dominik. Rey didn’t interfere with the match itself, as he promised Dominik, and now it’ll be a test to see if Dominik can dust himself off and rise up. As for Rollins, I wonder if Aleister Black comes back. The “arm injury” could’ve been a way to keep him out of this so that he could become the main opponent for Rollins in the next phase.

Another match I thought would go the other way was the Raw Tag Team Championships. Ford came back triumphantly from the “poisoning,” so I would’ve thought the math gives us new champions. But instead, the dysfunction returns! Almas cares more about Vega than Garza or the win, which is why they lost. I was feeling that MVP and the Hurt Business would focus on The Profits at some point, so this could be how we get to that tomorrow night. And then Garza and Almas give us a killer feud for someone, probably Garza, to turn Face but still lose. MVP and Apollo have a good US Championship but I can see why it got put on the kickoff show. Maybe Apollo takes on Lashley in a match to settle things with the Hurt Business before moving on, which could be half the reason we get Payback as PPV.

Mandy VS Sonya was really good stuff, probably as aggressive as it would’ve been if this was still the Hair VS Hair match. I was still expecting this to go as I felt on Friday, with Mandy sticking to wanting to show mercy, but it seems Sonya gave her no choice but to follow through and finish her. Sonya is “leaving” the WWE, probably to decompress after the real-life attempt on her life and maybe even try those rumored acting roles she was interested in. But I’m sure one day, she returns to be even stronger than ever. She can easily use an attack on Mandy or whatever Face is on top to “get back in.” As for Mandy, who had an awkward but admirable Caterpillar, I feel like she still has to wait on the outside before having a title opportunity because of Sasha and Bayley still holding belts. Speaking of…

Only Asuka, Sasha and Bayley could give us such an incredible double header. It should’ve been obvious at a certain point that Asuka wasn’t going to become a double champion, as the entirety of wrestling has had quite a few of those already just the last year. But the way tonight went is actually a bit like how I imagined the dysfunction of Bayley and Sasha going. Bayley gets Sasha to help her beat Asuka, but doesn’t really reciprocate, and Sasha loses. Bayley VS Naomi will be a quick detour before Bayley and Sasha break up and give us that long awaited match perhaps in time for the Royal Rumble, and that will be some great long term story telling. Shayna had a great part in the kickoff show to remind us she wants next, so finally getting her and Asuka fighting over not only the Raw title, but establishing who is/was THE most dominant NXT Women’s Champion, will be great stuff.

Keith Lee showing up on Raw tomorrow night, that’s quite the surprise! I didn’t expect his call up to happen so quickly but here it is. I’m not entirely sure who Keith even feuds with, but it could be just as obvious as Rollins. Rollins will want the new guy to choose the right side of this, and Keith obviously chooses the side that isn’t Rollins’. Other than that, it’s title pictures but both Apollo and McIntyre are Faces. I suppose Keith feuds with Rollins long enough for a championship to change hands, Keith gets passed Rollins and goes after the first Heel champion he sees. I just kinda wish he was either staying in NXT or going to SmackDown, but there might be reasons now as to why it’s not SmackDown.

Both top titles being a one-two double main event was of course a great idea, and how it should be. McIntyre VS Orton was great stuff, I loved the constant finisher denials, and I will even give credit to this ending as a quick pin! It fits the tagline of “You’ll never see it coming,” and could even keep Orton in the mix for the world title. I didn’t realize the Universal Championship was going to be Falls Count Anywhere until before the show, so that was a great touch. This was definitely like some kind of superhero comic fight, in a good way, but I do wish they’d go out into more than just the gorilla position. Maybe they just wanted to keep things nice for Raw and beyond. I’m a little disappointed there was no use of Alexa Bliss, but I did like Strowman cut up the ring mat.

It was a great surprise that Fiend won, and a WILD surprise that Roman Reigns returned! The shirt said it all but it was still wild to see him actually wreck Bray and Braun. Maybe Payback gives us a Triple Threat of those three, even if it isn’t for the title. Either way, great to see The Big Dog back, there’s a lot that can happen now with him in the mix.

My Score: 9.2/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/10/22)

MOX VS JERICHO 2!

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Can the Maniac tame the Lionheart?

Jon Moxley puts up the Interim AEW World Championship, but not against The Wizard of the Painmaker, but against LIONHEART Chris Jericho!! Will Dynamite never, ever, EEEVER… be the same, again?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Coffin Match: Darby Allin VS Brody King; wins.
  • Tornado Tag: The Lucha Brothers VS La Faccion Ingobernable; win(s).
  • Ricky Starks VS Aaron Solo w/ The Factory; wins.
  • AEW TBS Championship: Jade Cargill w/ The Baddies VS Madison Rayne; wins and
  • Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley VS Chris Jericho; wins and

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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/10/22)

C Block’s top spot is up for grabs!

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Will the Ace of the Universe stay on top?

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the biggest G1 Climax ever! But will Hiroshi Tanahashi still lead C Block? Or will Hirooki Goto trump the Ace?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: YOSHI-HASHI, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Ishii & Yano win.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS Bullet Club; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga VS Great-O-Khan; Tama wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
  • G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor; Okada wins.
  • G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto; Goto wins.

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Here are the current standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

  • David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
  • Yujiro Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
  • Shingo Takagi: 2-2, 4 points
  • Will Ospreay: 2-2, 4 points
  • YOSHI-HASHI: 2-2, 4 points
  • Juice Robinson: 2-3, 4 points [ELIMINATED]
  • El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points

 

G1 Climax, D Block: David Finlay VS El Phantasmo!

The Rebel leads the block while the Headbanga is technically last. But ELP still has this match and another until his run is done, can he turn the block upside down? Or will Finlay shock ELP just like he did so many others in the block?

Fans rally up and ELP encourages them to get louder. The bell rings and ELP has the fans settle down. ELP and Finlay circle and the fans clap again, “RE-BE-RU!” “E L P!” Finlay shoots in but ELP keeps his distance. They tie up, Finlay gets an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. ELP rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back, but Finlay spins and wrenches to wristlock again. Finlay grinds the arm down but ELP rolls and trips Finlay. ELP turns Finlay over to a BOW ‘N’ ARROW, but Finlay pops out to a cover, ONE! Fans applaud the exchange, then ELP handsprings up. Fans applaud that, and ELP stomps, stomps, claps to get fans on that We Will Rock You rhythm.

ELP and Finlay tie up, Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock but ELP switches it onto Finlay. Finlay switches it onto ELP but ELP switches it back. Finlay switches it back again, but ELP switches it again. Finlay steps through the ropes and back in to wrap ELP’s arm around ropes. The ref counts, Finlay cranks the hold but lets off, to kick the ropes! The rope jams ELP’s arm, ELP swings on Finlay but into an arm-drag that Finlay then turns into a ghost pin, TWO! ELP scrambles away and fans fire up. Finlay and ELP reset and fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and ELP headlocks. Finlay endures the grind, powers up and out, but ELP runs him over!

ELP flexes and fans applaud. Things speed up, Finlay hurdles but ELP shoves and follows to RANA! Finlay ends up in a corner while ELP kips up and fans applaud. Fans also rally up as ELP struts around. ELP springboards to backflip and strike his pose. Fans applaud and ELP bets Finlay can’t do that. Finlay and ELP circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock this time. ELP headlocks but Finlay powers out to get his own headlock, and the takeover. ELP headscissors, Finlay kips free but roles reverse as ELP headlocks to the takeover. Finlay headscissors, ELP kips free and sweeps the leg. Cover, ONE!

Finlay goes to sweep but ELP jumps and body scissors to a cover, ONE! Finlay sits on ELP for a cover, ONE! ELP has the cover back, ONE! Finlay has the cradle, TWO!! ELP escapes and scrambles away while fans fire up. Finlay says it was that close. Fans rally again, ELP and Finlay reset and circle. ELP wants a handshake? Finlay kicks that away and shoves ELP. ELP throws a forearm but Finlay gives it back. ELP throws another, Finlay returns it, and fans rally as they speed up! ELP knees low, CHOPS Finlay, and then runs, into a dropkick! ELP bails out, Finlay slingshots, but ELP avoids the plancha. ELP gets in the ring to HOTSHOT Finlay down!

Fans fire up as ELP builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans rally up again as ELP stands. ELP stomps Finlay, Finlay throws body shots, but ELP KICKS Finlay’s arm! ELP brings Finlay around to smack off the apron, then he climbs up the apron. Fans rally and ELP takes aim, but Finlay anchors ELP’s foot! ELP CLUBS Finlay, throws hands, then mule kicks him away! ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit again and fans fire up! ELP drags Finlay up and into the ring, then climbs the ropes to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Finlay is still in this. ELP drags Finlay up, throws forearms, but Finlay kicks low.

ELP ROCKS Finlay and fires off more shots in the corner! The ref counts, ELP lets off to whip Finlay corner to corner. Finlay bounces off buckles into the atomic drop! ELP scoops and SLAMS Finlay, then he goes up the corner. Fans fire up as ELP aims, FALLING AX HANDLE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP stomps Finlay into the corner. ELP digs his boots in, then claws at Finlay’s face! The ref counts and ELP lets off. Finlay kicks from below but ELP stomps him down. ELP reels Finlay in, flexes and brings Finlay up, but Finlay RANAS free! ELP ends up on ropes, Finlay clotheslines him up and out! Then PLANCHAS! Direct hit in return!

Fans fire up with Finlay and he drags ELP up. Finlay puts ELP in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to UPPERCUT! Finlay then hits an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as ELP is still in this and Finlay eggs ELP on. ELP throws a body shot but Finlay CHOPS him down! Finlay drags ELP up, ELP fights the back suplex and throws headlock punches. Finlay still back suplexes but ELP lands on his feet to roll Finlay up! TWO, and ELP dodges Finlay to springboard CROSSBODY! Then LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP snarls and he BENDS Finlay’s fingers! ELP drags Finlay up to straitjacket,

ELP torture racks, spins around, but Finlay slips off and clinches, IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then a shove and scoop, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up as Finlay says he’s gonna bring him around! Finlay drags ELP up, cravats, ACID DROP!! Cover, TWO!?! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Finlay puts ELP in a drop zone and climbs up the corner. Fans rally as Finlay reaches the top, but ELP trips Finlay up! Finlay lands on his shillelagh, ELP ROCKS him, then climbs up after him. But Finlay throws body shots and shoves ELP away! ELP backflips to land on his feet! Then steps up to ENZIGURI Finlay!

Fans fire up as Finlay dangles from the top rope. ELP climbs up after him, drags Finlay up to the very top, and SUPER STEINERS! Then ELP goes right up for the THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! Finlay survives and the fans are thunderous! ELP and Finlay both sputter but ELP drags himself up the ropes. ELP drags Finlay up and reels him in. ELP tucks the arms, but Finlay slips out to cradle! But then rolls through, but ELP slips out of Trash Panda to INVERTED SUPLEX, but Finlay slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO!! Finlay coms back to jackknife, TWO! ELP has the cover, TWO! Finlay has it but ELP turns it right around, AND WINS!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Finlay earns 0)

The Headbanga is still alive! And he may have just won the biggest two points in the block! Will ELP finish strong in the final round? Or will Finlay slam the door shut when he faces Yoshi-Hashi?

 

G1 Climax, B Block: Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Great-O-Khan!

The Good “Bad” Guy is on his way up, but the Dominator is out of the running. Tama still has Jay White in the final round, will he go in red hot? Or will Khan’s Eliminator all but eliminate Tama from the Climax?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, clinch, and then Khan waistlocks. Khan trips Tama to get a back mount but Tama slips around to use a leg guard. Khan lets off and the fans applaud this opening exchange. Tama and Khan reset and circle again, then Khan shoots in. Tama avoids the leg pick to throw Khan with arm-drags! Tama keeps on an armlock and fans applaud again. Khan endures, fights up, but Tama wrenches to wristlock. Tama wrenches again and keeps on the wrist, but Khan pulls on an ear! The ref reprimands but Khan puts Tama in the corner. Khan CHOKES Tama, then TOSSES Tama across the way!

Fans applaud the showing of strength, and Khan stalks up behind Tama. Khan throws Tama out of the ring, then tells Jado to stay back. Khan drags Tama up to whip hard into railing! Tama falls down and fans rally up, but Khan stands on Tama’s head. Khan shakes the railing as he digs his boot in, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Khan goes into the ring and Tama sputters on the floor. The ring count starts and Khan stands at the center of the ring. Tama gets in at 7 of 20 but Khan is right on him for a scoop SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Khan stalks Tama. Tama throws body shots but Khan CLUBS him down.

Khan wrenches an arm, bumps Tama off buckles, then CLUBS him. Khan hops up to sit on Tama’s head! Fans applaud as Khan pulls Tama’s arms back. The ref counts, Khan hops off at 4, and Tama falls over. Khan eggs Tama on while giving him toying kicks. Tama crawls but Khan goes to make him kiss his boot! Tama fights it as the fans rally up, but Khan CLUBS Tama! Tama fires up but Khan CLUBS him again! And again! Tama just gets powered up! Tama fires off haymakers on Khan! Tama whips, Khan reverses but Tama bounces off the buckles, into a back elbow! But Tama says F that, and he LARIATS Khan down!

Fans fire up while both Tama and Khan stir. Tama sits up first but Khan follows. Tama runs in to rally with clotheslines and elbows! Khan swings, Tama dodges, and he DROPKICKS Khan down! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he paces around. Khan is in a corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jado coaches Tama to keep going and fans rally back up. Tama drags Khan up, elbows him down, then clamps on to back suplex. Khan fights that off with a headlock, and an IRON CLAW! Khan then fireman’s carries but Tama fights free to the dragon sleeper!

But Khan IRON CLAWS from below! Snap suplex! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Tama crawls away to a corner, Khan storms over and brings him up. Khan fires off forearm after forearm and he sits Tama down. Khan drags Tama back up to whip corner to corner and clothesline! Khan then clamps onto Tama to dribble his head off the buckles! Khan then SLAM DUNK- NO, Tama fights that off and HEADBUTTS back! Tama dribbles Khan now! Khan blocks the Slam Dunk now! Khan elbows Tama, then Mongolian Chops! Fans fire up as Khan SLAM DUNKS Tama after all! Khan then waits on Tama to stand up, and he runs, into an uppercut!

Khan BOOTS back but Tama ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Tama leaps but into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up again as both men are down. Khan crawls his way over to Tama and drags him up. Khan throws a forearm, but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another forearm but Tama gives it back. Khan throws another, Jado coaches Tama and Tama hits back again. Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster and faster! Khan gets the edge, then he DECKS Tama! Khan fires up and fans rally! Tama gets up, Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! Jado coaches Tama, he stands up, and Khan Mongolian Chops again!

Fans rally as Tama gets up again. Khan Monogolian Chops him back down! Khan eggs Tama on, Tama throws fast hands! SUPERMAN- MONGOLIAN CHOP! Khan intercepts Tama, to then MONGO- Fireman’s carry! SRC! Fans fire up and Tama roars! Tama goes to the corner and climbs up, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives and fans are thunderous! Tama grins and pounds the mat! Fans clap along, Tama watches Khan rise at the ropes, and Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, Khan blocks it! To IRON CLAW! And then IRON RACK! Khan spins out for the NECKBREAKER! Fans are thunderous again as Khan roars!

Khan drags Tama up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Tama endures the Sheepkiller and throws hands! Khan CHOPS Tama, scoops him, and swings for a BACKBREAKER! HITSUJIGOROSHI LUNA! Tama endures again but the fans still rally! The ref checks, Tama’s hand drops once. And then it drops twice. But Tama gets his second wind! But Khan IRON CLAWS for the ELIMI-NO, COUNTER GUN STUN!! Fans are thunderous as Tama crawls to the cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)

The Dominator falls again, and the Good Bad Guy still has a shot! Can Tama reload and shoot down the Switchblade before the semifinals?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!

The Submission Master is second in the block while the King of Darkness could be a wild card. Both lost to The Ace, who is in action later on, who here will be poised right behind Tanahashi with a win tonight?

For whatever reason, ZSJ is wearing a mask, and a hat that says “I AM ZSJ.” Evil attacks ZSJ at the ramp, but surprise! It’s a Young Lion in disguise! The Submission Master just tricked the trickster, but the Young Lion takes the beating for him! Dick goes looking for the real ZSJ, but gets caught into an armlock! ZSJ grins, brings Dick around and gets Evil in a headlock! ZSJ drags them both to ringside! Dick hits low, Evil smacks ZSJ off the apron, and EVIL says this is what ZSJ gets for tricking them! Evil lines up his shot, but ZSJ stops from being rammed into railing! ZSJ turns it around with a headlock, and he has Abe-san move! Then he RAMS Evil into railing!

Fans applaud as ZSJ gives Evil another taste of his own medicine, then ZSJ wrenches an ear! ZSJ puts Evil in the ring, the ref rings the bell, and ZSJ drags Evil up. ZSJ wrenches and twists a wrist but Evil throat chops! Evil whips ZSJ to a corner, but he stops from hitting bare buckles! Dick already brought the Bullet Club Special into play! Evil runs in, but ZSJ dodges! Evil hits bare steel! ZSJ rolls Evil up, TWO!! Evil survives but ZSJ EuroUppers! ZSJ runs, but Dick grabs his leg! ZSJ uses that to TWIST Dick’s arm! But then Evil shoves the ref at ZSJ! ZSJ stops the ref, and has him duck when Evil swings a clothesline!

ZSJ pushes the ref away, and blocks Evil’s low blow! ARM TWIST! Fans applaud as ZSJ bests Evil’s plot again! ZSJ scoops, but Evil slips out! Evil spins ZSJ around, EVERY- NO, ZSJ slips around to trip Evil up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! ZSJ WINS!!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil earns 0)

That was the fastest win in this year’s G1! The Submission Master thwarted all the tricks and the House of Torture had no chance to spring other traps! Has ZSJ just secured himself a spot in the semifinals? Or will it still come down to his battle with Naito next week?

 

G1 Climax, A Block: Kazuchika Okada VS Tom Lawlor w/ Royce Isaacs!

The Top Dog crushed both the Rainmaker and The Filthy One with Death From Above, but neither run has been torpedoed just yet. Will Okada rebound before the finish line? Or will this one get filthy?

Being clever, Royce Isaacs brings an umbrella to shield them from the rain. Fans rally up already, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” and Lawlor makes sure Okada hears it. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Lawlor shoots in for a leg but Okada blocks. Lawlor still trips Okada up, goes for a press, ONE. The two reset, grapple Lawlor waistlocks and drags Okada down to a leg lock. Okada fights before Lawlor can lock in anything more dangerous, grabs to Lawlor’s leg back, and the two stand. Okada facelocks, Lawlor gets around to a waistlock, but Okada throws him over. Lawlor headscissors and fans applaud the exchange.

Lawlor twists Okada’s wrist but Okada reaches out to a ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off and fans continue to clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” Lawlor and Okada circle. Okada waistlocks and ripcords, but Lawlor twists Okada’s arm to a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Okada reaches out to another ROPEBREAK, and Lawlor lets go again. Okada bails out and Lawlor spins around, OFF COME THE SHORTS! Lawlor of course has his denim tights on, but he uses the shorts to wrangle Okada. Lawlor wrenches and SLAMS the arm against the apron, then POSTS Okada! Okada falls and the claps shift to “O-KA-DA!” Lawlor drags Okada up to CHOP him!

Lawlor brings Okada around, puts him in the ring, and the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” claps return. Lawlor stomps Okada’s hand, drags him up, and CHOPS again! Okada staggers, Lawlor CHOPS him again. Okada scowls this time but Lawlor CHOPS again. Okada still scowls so Lawlor throws a forearm! And another forearm! Okada still frowns, so Lawlor wrenches the arm again! Lawlor whips Okada to ropes, ducks Okada’s elbow and BOOTS the bad arm! Lawlor runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans fire up as both men are down! Okada shakes out the bad arm and fans rally. Lawlor gets to his corner but Okada storms over.

Okada fires forearms, whips Lawlor to ropes, but Lawlor reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Lawlor with an elbow! Fans fire up and Okada whips Lawlor to a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow! Then he kicks low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Okada gets fans to clap, clap, clap, stomp but Lawlor blocks the Alabama Lift. Lawlor CLUBS Okada, wrenches his arm and EuroUppers! “TOM! LAW-LOR!” runs corner to corner but Okada dodges! Okada puts Lawlor up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Fans fire up while Lawlor tumbles to the railing! The “TOM! LAW-LOR!” clap returns as Lawlor crawls. Okada goes out to fetch Lawlor, and he whips Lawlor hard into railing!

Okada runs in to BOOT Lawlor over the railing! Okada moves railing back to drag Lawlor back up, and he drapes Lawlor out! Lawlor WRENCHES the arm! DOUBLE WRISTLOCK over the railing, and then through it! Lawlor BOOTS the railing to jam Okada’s arm! Fans rally and Lawlor hobbles his way back to ringside. Lawlor drags Okada up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally up more. Lawlor slingshots in to get the ARMBAR! Okada clasps hands to block that, and he moves around, only for Lawlor to make this a TRIANGLE HOLD! With a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Okada endures this hybrid hold but he’s turning red!

Okada moves around, sputters and gets the ROPEBREAK! Lawlor lets off in frustration while fans applaud. Isaacs coaches Lawlor up and he drags Okada from the ropes. Lawlor twists the wrist, cravats and throws knee after knee after knee into Okada’s head! Lawlor lets off, fans rally up and he runs the ropes, but he fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, Lawlor runs in and dodges the haymaker to WHEEL KICK! Fans fire up and Lawlor tries again, but Okada DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up even more with both men down! Lawlor is dazed as he and Okada stir. Okada stands up, and he brings Lawlor around.

Okada wrenches for the MONEY CLIP, but Lawlor powers through to waistlock! Okada throws elbows, but Lawlor ENZIGURIS! Okada staggers to a corner but he comes back with a SHOTGUN! Lawlor hits buckles then falls down! Fans rally up again and Lawlor reaches out in another daze. Okada stands, he drags Lawlor up and Alabama Lifts for the REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Okada then goes to a corner and climbs up. Fans clap, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” as Okada reaches the top, MACHO ELBOW INTO THE ARMBAR!! Okada clasps hands but Lawlor slaps them to the beat! Lawlor uses a LEG CRAVAT to add on! Okada scrambles to the ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up and Lawlor lets Okada go. Lawlor beats his chest to the rhythm, and he drags Okada back up. Okada ROCKS him with a forearm! But Lawlor ROCKS Okada back! Okada throws another forearm, but Lawlor gives it back! Okada, then Lawlor, faster and faster and fans fire up! Okada ROCKS Lawlor again, and again, and then UPPERCUTS! Lawlor grins and grabs the bad arm to UPPERCUT it! And UPPERCUT again! Lawlor then wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And another ELBOW BREAKER! Lawlor then wrenches the arm, hammerlocks it, and he fires off forearms to the beat! “TOM! LAW-LOR! TOM! LAW-LOR!”

Lawlor roars, spins, but Okada SWATS the lariat! But that hurts Okada’s arm, too! ROLLING ELBOW!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Lawlor drags Okada up, has the bad arm, ARMBREAKER DDT! And then a omoplata, into the RINGS OF SATURN!! Lawlor shows savage innovation on par with ZSJ! Okada endures and fans rally up, but Lawlor pulls way back on the arms! Okada reaches with his leg for another ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but Lawlor lets off in frustration. Fans clap for “TOM! LAW-LOR!” again and he waits on Okada to get up. Okada slowly rises, Lawlor gets his arms!

But Okada intercepts the knee for a scoop and SLAM! Fans fire up with Okada and he drags Lawlor up to ripcord, but the bad arm can’t hold on! Okada has to crawl over to Lawlor and drag him up again. Lawlor ducks the lariat to URENAGE! Lawlor roars and fans fire up with the “TOM! LAW-LOR!” rhythm. Lawlor drags Okada up by the bad arm, then gets the other, for KAMI-GOYE to the arm! And then KAMI-GOYE to the head! Then then the straitjacket! Okada fights it off with his good arm, steps forward and reaches out, but Lawlor gets a LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Lawlor feels the energy building!

Lawlor copies the Rainmaker Pose!! The clapping continues, “TOM! LAW-LOR!” gets the straitjacket, for the- WAIT, Okada victory rolls! TWO! Lawlor runs in but Okada ducks the Penalty Kick to roll-up! TWO, and Lawlor runs to PENALTY KICK the bad arm! Lawlor then gets that arm for a STANDING ARMBAR! Then a hammerlock, and tornado into the body scissors! Okada power sup to back drop, and he sits on the cover! OKADA WINS!!

Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lawlor earns 0)

Okada snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! And though he didn’t need the lariat, the Rainmaker still washes away The Filthy One! Okada is back on top of the block, but can he hold onto that top spot in the final round?

 

G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto!

The Ace leads the block after beating Zack Sabre Jr, who beat the original block leader, the Fierce Warrior! Now Tanahashi and Goto meet, the top spot still up for grabs! Will Tanahashi solidify his rank before the end? Or will Goto create a rock-paper-scissors situation?

As always, Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans applaud. The bell rings and fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi circles with Goto, they tie up, and are in a deadlock! Goto finds a point of leverage and powers Tanahashi to ropes. Red Shoes calls the break and Goto lets off with a pat on the shoulder. They circle and tie up again, and are in another deadlock. Goto powers Tanahashi back but Tanahashi turns things around to put Goto on the ropes. Tanahashi lets off with a pat on the shoulder, but then he throws a body shot! Tanahashi headlocks, wrenches an arm to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches back.

Tanahashi endures as Goto twists the wrist, and he drops to get a leg pick! Tanahashi ties up the legs and fans applaud the exchange. Tanahashi shifts to a headlock and grinds, but Goto pries the hold. Tanahashi powers the hold on again, but Goto powers up. Goto can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight! Fans rally as Goto endures the grind and fights up. Goto tries again but still can’t power out! Tanahashi grinds Goto down, but Goto fights his way back up. Goto throws body shots, then powers up and out, to put Tanahashi in a headlock! Fans applaud the exchange as now Tanahashi endures the grind.

Tanahashi fights up, throws body shots, powers out, but Goto counters a hip toss with a hip toss! Goto runs and runs Tanahashi over! Fans fire up and Goto stomps Tanahashi down. Goto drags Tanahashi up to CLUB him, whip him to a corner, and run in, but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up for the air guitar! Fans rally and Tanahashi waits on Goto to stand. Tanahashi then runs, but Goto sidesteps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on, but Goto slides out before he can skin the cat! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a body shot! Goto brings Tanahashi around to CLUB and put in the ring.

Fans applaud as Goto stomps Tanahashi. Goto CLUBS and kicks Tanahashi while the fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Goto whips Tanahashi corner to corner, then runs in, but Tanahashi dropkicks the legs out! Goto bails out but Tanahashi pursues to put Goto in! Tanahashi says this is ending in the ring, and Tanahashi stomps a leg. Tanahashi YANKS the leg, then drops an elbow! Tanahashi has the toehold but Goto tries to fight back with a chinlock. Tanahashi cranks the leg, then stands to stomp it. Tanahashi drops another elbow, then ties up Goto’s legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Goto endures, CHOPS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi holds on!

Tanahashi puts more pressure on the knees but Goto drags himself back! Goto reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets off while fans applaud. Tanahashi paces, stomps Goto more, then brings him up. Fans rally but Goto CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi kicks the bad leg, then kicks it again. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows! Tanahashi dodges the lariat, but Goto deflects the boot to DISCUS LARIAT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally as Goto and Tanahashi sit up. Tanahashi gets to a corner but Goto drags him up. Goto fires forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Goto runs in to MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO!

Goto keeps his focus while Tanahashi is still in this. Goto drags Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi blocks the fireman’s carry with elbows. Goto powers through, but Tanahashi slips out! Goto fireman’s carries again but Tanahashi slips off, SLING-DOG! Fans fire up and Tanahashi fires up, too! Tanahashi drags Goto by his legs, ties those up, but Goto kicks Tanahashi away! Tanahashi grabs the bad leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then an INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi ties the legs up for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Goto endures and fans rally up! Goto crawls, reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him away from ropes!

Goto endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Goto still reaches out, for the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go, almost too tired to hold on. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Tanahashi stomps Goto. Goto goes to the apron but Tanahashi drags him up. Tanahashi grabs at the bad leg and brings it in, but Goto fires off forearms! Tanahashi lets the leg go, and Goto bumps him off buckles! Then LARIATS him down! Fans fire up and Goto drags himself over to a corner. Goto climbs up and fans rally! But Tanahashi rises to throw a body shot! Tanahashi climbs up after Goto but Goto throws body shots. Tanahashi and Goto brawl up top and fans fire up!

Goto gets the edge with forearm after forearm, then he HEADBUTTS Tanahashi! Goto adjusts, but Tanahashi throws more body shots! Tanahashi SUPERPLEXES Goto down!! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi gets the legs, but Goto uses that to drag Tanahashi down! Goto omoplatas one arm, then grabs the other, SHORYU KEKKAI!! Tanahashi endures and moves around while fans rally, but Goto pulls back on the arm more! Goto pulls Tanahashi back into a crossface modification!! Tanahashi endures, moves around, and reaches out for a ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Goto lets go, and fans rally up as Goto rises.

Goto drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, USHIGOROSHI! Tanahashi writhes and Goto roars! Goto drags Tanahashi up again, dragon sleepers, but Tanahashi spins it around to wrench. Goto ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi drops to his knees and Goto roars again! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi ROCKS Goto with a forearm! Goto ROCKS Tanahashi back! Tanahashi ROCKS Goto, Goto ROCKS Tanahashi, and fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster! Tanahashi fires off a flurry, but Goto gives those back! Tanahashi fires off a strike fest, but Goto HEADBUTTS! SHOTEI from Tanahashi!!

And then Tanahashi falls over, into Goto’s groin! That was an incidental low blow but the damage is done all the same! Tanahashi gets and roars! He wants Goto to stand, and Goto downs, into the SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi hurries to go up the corner! Goto stands again, for the HIGH FLY ATTACK! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi goes back up! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS as Goto moves!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Red Shoes helps Goto with some blood in his mouth, and then Goto gets himself to a corner. Tanahashi stands, runs in, but Goto dodges! RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Goto then clamps on to make it a cradle, GOTO SANSHIKI! TWO!!! Tanahashi escapes by nanoseconds and shocks everyone! The fans are electric and rallying again. Tanahashi roar, runs in, but is sent into the ropes! Goto has Tanahashi for the DRAPING SHOUTO!! But he can’t make the cover, he’s just too tired! Fans are electric and Goto manages to crawl to the ropes. Goto drags himself up the ropes, he roars and takes aim, BUZZSAW!! Tanahashi staggers up into the fireman’s carry! But Tanahashi slips into a cradle! TWO!!! Tanahashi holds onto Goto for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! But Goto suplexes for SHOUTEN KAI!!

Fans are electric all over again as Goto’s mouth has even more blood coming from it! But Goto still dragon sleepers Tanahashi for the G T R!!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!

Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tanahashi earns 0)

This might have been the hardest fought match in the G1! Goto literally tastes his own blood, but it is Tanahashi who tastes bitter defeat! Is there still a chance for The Ace to take the block?

As for the Fierce Warrior, he catches his breath, checks his bloody mouth, and gets his NEVER Openweight Six Man title belt. Goto then gets the mic to say, “There’s one match left in my G1 Climax. I’m barely hanging on, but I’m alive!” Fans applaud that, and Goto vows he will win his next G1 match, “and shine the light of hope through all the darkness in the world!” Fans applaud Goto’s subtle calling out of Evil. Goto then says, “Finally, to my son at home, watching on NJPW World, Daddy’s damn tough! I will live! I will survive! I will thrive!” Fans applaud as Goto has one more battle on the 16th! Will that be the moment Goto takes the C Block?

 

Here are the NEW standings!

A Block

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

B Block

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

C Block

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

D Block

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

My Thoughts:

Another great event for G1, and it definitely puts a lot of great pressure on the last few rounds coming up. ELP gives Finlay the shocking upset, and now technically, everyone outside of Juice is a viable winner of the D Block. Tama VS Khan was great stuff, but I figured Khan would lose. He’s already out and Tama could take the block if he beats Jay White in the last round, putting the spotlight on next Tuesday, 8/16. I figured ZSJ would beat Evil, but it was amazing and hilarious how he did it. I never expected ZSJ to use a Young Lion as a decoy, and then wins in under five minutes! ZSJ is leading the block, but as I said just yesterday, it all comes down to ZSJ VS Naito, also on 8/16.

Okada VS Lawlor was great stuff, Lawlor showing off a great amount of his technical ability. But to bring drama into the last few A Block rounds, Okada had to win here. Lawlor and Yano are both facing Jeff Cobb this weekend, if even one of them can beat Cobb, Cobb is done. Okada just has Archer on 8/16, and that is “win and you’re in.” Even if Jonah beats Fale, he’ll only be 4-2 to either Okada’s 5-1, or Archer’s 4-2 with the tiebreaker from that count-out win. And then we got awesome stuff from Tanahashi VS Goto. It wasn’t a shocker that Goto won, but that is still great for Goto to win. If ZSJ beats Naito, that’s it, ZSJ is in. But if ZSJ loses to Naito, Goto has to beat Evil to get in. Naito only gets in if he beats ZSJ AND Evil beats Goto. Tuesday is going to be a huge, I can’t wait!

My Score: 8.9/10


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