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?
- 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.
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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?
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
Mitchell’s AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament Coverage! (2/28/21)
The finals are so close, we can almost taste it!
AEW is closing in on a Women’s Championship Contender!
AEW Revolution is only one week away and Hikaru Shida still awaits a challenger! Who takes that pivotal step closer to her championship?
- Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida, Rin Kadokura & Mei Suruga VS Emi Sakura, Maki Itoh & Veny; Shida, Kadokura & Suruga win.
- Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, Japanese Finals: Yuka Sakazaki VS Ryo Mizunami; Mizunami wins and advances.
- Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, US Bracket Semifinal: Thunder Rosa VS Riho; Rosa wins and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Woman Tag: Hikaru Shida, Rin Kadokura & Mei Suruga VS Emi Sakura, Maki Itoh & Veny!
The Full Metal Warrior jumps into the action alongside #Marvelous and the Biggest Smile in the World to take on the Queen of Wrestling, the Fallen Idol and the Genderless Artist! But will Mei be able to fight properly when Emi-sensei is on the other side of the ring?
Shida and her team offer handshakes, but no one from the other side accepts. And then Maki, Emi and Veny ambush Shida’s team! They knock Mei and Rin out and then mug Shida 3v1! Emi underhooks and Veny helps out, ASSISTED FACEBUSTER! Maki fires up that iron head but Shida avoids the Kokeshi! Shida clubs Maki, bumps her off buckles, and whips her corner to corner. Maki reverses, runs in, and back body blocks! Maki fires up and then runs back in, to climb up. Maki asks, “Who is the cutest in the world? Itoh-chan, desu~!” Maki rains down fists and fires up, but Shida carries her off the corner! Maki fights free and fires off forearms, but Shida pie faces her!
Maki and Shida glare, and Maki fires off more forearms! Shida DECKS Maki with one! Maki gets mad now! She bumps her iron head off buckles, and HEADBUTTS Shida! Maki roars, tells Shida BLEH~, then runs, into a GAMANGIRI! Maki’s head is iron but her face is fragile! Maki tags in Emi, and Rin tags in to clobber her! Rin rallies, pushes Emi down, then hits a DOUBLE STOMP! Emi staggers up into Rin’s shotgun dropkick! Rin goes corner to corner CANNONBALL! Rin drags Emi up, wrenches and wristlocks to then crucifix, but Emi fights free to give Rin BACKBREAKER! And then the BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER!
Tag to Veny, and Veny kicks Rin around. Veny toys with Rin, gives more kicks, and drags Rin up. Rin throws a forearm but Veny brushes that off. Rin forearms over an dover and over, but Veny just SLAPS Rin down! Veny runs, but Mei trips Veny up! Mei is learning much from Emi-sensei! Rin basement dropkicks Veny against ropes! Rin climbs, Veny stands, missile dropkick knocks Veny down! But Veny rolls through and comes back with a SHOTGUN BOOT! Veny hoists Rin up, blocks the rana counter, but Rin slips out to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Veny narrowly escapes but Rin SUPERKICKS! Rin runs, SATELLITE DDT!
Rin and Veny crawl, Mei pushes Shida away to take the hot tag! Mei springboard STOMPS Veny down! Mei full nelsons to the CATTLE MUTILATION! Mei has a high bridge, but Veny gets the ropebreak with a foot! Mei lets Veny go to bring Veny up and whip. Veny reverses, runs in, but Mei boots Veny away! Mei goes up, leaps, but Veny catches Mei and pops her around, only for Mei to wheelbarrow! Veny blocks the victory roll, drags Mei back up, FACEBUSTER! Veny LIONSAULTS, covers, TWO! Mei survives but Veny tags Emi in. Sensei now stomps student around! Emi sucker punches Shida and Rin then brings Mei around for a TOSS!
Mei flounders to a corner, Emi elbows Shida down, and then Emi goes back to Mei. Emi gets the legs, sings and the team echoes it. Emi reels Mei back as Maki sings it loud and proud for her! ROLLING ROMERO as Maki holds out the note! Maki runs and KOKESHIS the surfboard apart! Did she forget Emi was underneath Mei? Emi gets mad at Maki for it, but Maki gets mad at Emi for getting mat at her! Veny tags in to stop all that and then BLASTS Shida’s corner! Veny stands on Mei’s head, digs the heel in, and then drags Mei back up. Mei throws forearms but Veny blocks the suplex! Mei stomps Veny’s foot! And then scoops, only for Veny to scoop back and SLAM Mei down!
Veny drags Mei up, scoops her again and SLAMS her again! Splash down for the cover, TWO! Veny tags Maki, Maki stomps away on Mei. Maki puts Mei through ropes and pulls her back in a rope camel clutch! The ref reprimands, Maki holds on until 4, and then mockingly keeps counting to 8. And then Maki goes after Mei for more stretching! Maki CLUBS Mei on the back, Emi gets a cheap shot in, Maki throws Mei down to cover, TWO! Maki is on the camel clutch again, Rin attacks Maki! Maki ROCKS Rin, stomps Mei, and tags out to Emi. Emi DECKS Rin, hits Shida, and goes back to Mei to throw her down! Emi pulls WAY back on the camel clutch!
Mei endures, Emi pushes Mei away, and then drags her up. Mei breaks free to fake the chops and leg scissor roll Emi! TWO, Mei runs and hops onto Emi’s shoulders for a spinning sunset flip! Emi punches but Mei goes Matrix! Mei runs, Emi spins her to underhook, but Mei fights off the driver to ROCK Emi with a right! Mei reels Emi in, scoop and SLAM! Mei shows her sensei that she has power! Shida pushes Rin aside to tag in from Mei! Shida runs to KNEE Emi in the corner! Maki runs in but Shida scoops her and wedges her above Emi! Veny runs in, Shida kicks Veny and snap suplexes Veny into both Emi and Maki!
Shida sets Emi up on the apron and gets some space. Shida runs back in to KNEE Emi back in! Shida’s fired up and she gets in the ring. Emi stands, Shida runs and reverse wheelbarrows to sunset flip! KNEE DROPS! Cover, TWO! Shida goes to suplex but Emi claws her back! Emi runs, but Shida tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS back! Shida runs but into Emi’s tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER! Emi and Shida are forehead to forehead as former teacher and student are evenly matched! But then Mei and Veny get in to boot their respective opponents! Mei and Veny run, and they BOTH get tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS!
Shida and Emi go after each other again with forearms and CHOPS! Shida ROCKS Emi, Emi CHOPS back! They keep going back and forth, Shida gets the edge, and she hammers away on Emi! Shida fires up, reels Emi in, but Emi fights to the dragon sleeper, TWISTING REVERSE DDT! Emi sings, “We Will~, We Will~ Rock You!” Maki sings along as Emi runs in and BODY CHECKS Shida! Emi CHOPS and runs, but into Shida’s KNEE! Maki runs in and gives Shida a TORNADO DDT! But Rin SUPERKICKS Maki! Veny SUPERKICKS Rin! Mei fakes Veny out, springboards and SUPER PUNCHES!
Mei shouts to Shida-senpai! They work together on Emi-sensei, SUPER FOREHEAD POKE! Full nelson and… SUPER FOREHEAD POKE! Shida gives Mei a boost, and Mei hits a SPLASH! Shida brings Emi up to whip but Emi holds the ropes! Mei kicks Emi’s arm from the rope, and whips Emi, only for Emi to crisscross them up! Emi uses Mei to sunset flip Shida, and then she traps them both in some kind of double Bow ‘n’ Arrow stretch! Mei tries to get free, Shida gets the ropebreak! Emi lets go, runs, and BODY CHECKS both of them!
Veny tags in and climbs up top! Veny ARIHARA MOONSAULTS Shida down! And then kips up! Veny swaggers about, slaps Shida and drags her up. Veny puts Shida in, drags her up, but Shida breaks free! Shida dodges a heel kick, Veny deflects the knee, Shida ducks another kick but Veny ducks the enziguri! Veny ripcord lariats but Shida dodges, only to run into the WINDMILL! Emi sets Shida up in a drop zone, VADER ELBOW! Veny goes up, MOONSAULT! Cover, Mei breaks it! Emi kicks Mei and Rin back out and Veny drags Shida up. Veny reels Shida in, fisherman but Shida fights out to roll up. Veny rolls through but Shida ROCKS Veny with that right!!
Shida suplexes, Veny slips out and Veny GERMAN SUPLEXES! Maki HEADBUTTS Shida into Veny’s lift, for a SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Shida survives and shocks Veny! Veny climbs up again, Rin intercepts with haymakers! Rin climbs up now, and hits a SUPER STEINER on Veny! Shida gets in as Veny goes to the apron. Shida drags Veny up to bump her off buckles! Shida dead lift SUPERPLEXES! And rolls through, to dead lift suplex! Cover, TWO!! TAMASHI!! Cover, but Maki and Emi break it! Maki and Emi intercept Rin and Mei, but Rin and Mei turn that around! Shida, Rin and Mei throw Emi, Maki and Veny into each other! Mei and Rin crisscross to dropkick Veny and Emi!
Shida drags Veny back up, suplexes, and hits a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!?! Shida is shocked by Veny’s toughness! Shida sits Veny up again, runs and hits the TAMASHI!! Cover, Team Shida wins!
Winners: Hikaru Shida, Rin Kadokura & Mei Suruga, by pinfall
The AEW Women’s World Champion finishes it off! Mei is so happy for her senpai, and the three stand tall. But Emi-sensei attacks! Mei and Rin go after Emi, shove her out, but Maki goes after them! Shida grabs Maki by her pigtails and bumps her off buckles! Shida throws Maki out hard, Emi stomps Maki?! Emi is upset that Maki failed, it seems. But again, Shida stands tall with her team! Will she be standing tall against whoever it is that faces her at Revolution?
Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, Japanese Finals: Yuka Sakazaki VS Ryo Mizunami!
This is it for the Magical Girl and Aneki! It’s win or go home, so who is heading to the overall tournament finals?!
Ryo again gets impatient with the ref and smacks him on the back again. The two shake hands to show there is sportsmanship. But Ryo’s handshake is so strong, Yuka falls to a knee! Ryo lets go, Yuka shakes her hand out, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, Ryo powers Yuka right to ropes, but lets off as the ref calls for a break. Yuka composes herself again and circles with Ryo. They tie up, Yuka waistlocks, but Ryo pries free and wrenches to a wristlock. Yuka rolls, handsprings, wrenches again and has another wristlock. Ryo pretends to be worried but she body shots then wrenches through to a wristlock.
Ryo clubs away on Yuka’s arm, wrenches it more, and Yuka drops to her knees again. Yuka gets up but Ryo wrenches the wrist again. Yuka endures, Ryo lifts her up by that arm to then drop her down! Ryo keeps on the hand, Yuka fights back up, and Yuka runs to flip and wrangle Ryo down with a keylock! Ryo fights up, Yuka shifts to a facelock then chinlock. Ryo powers up, powers out, but Yuka dropkicks! But Ryo just fires up! Yuka is a bit put off by that, and tries another dropkick! Ryo still stays up! Yuka gets frustrated now and she runs, but Ryo dodges the dropkick to stomp Yuka down! Ryo clubs Yuka, whips her to a corner, but Yuka goes up and over!
Yuka gets around to waistlock, but Ryo elbows. Yuka avoids the elbows and pokes Ryo in the eye! Yuka giggles but Ryo reels her in! Ryo waistlocks but Yuka slips under to roll Ryo up, TWO! Yuka cradles, TWO! Another roll up, TWO! Yuka is frustrated but so is Ryo, and Ryo bails out. Ryo catches her breath but Yuka builds speed to WRECK Ryo with a dropkick! Yuka fires up, Ryo cools off, and Ryo takes her time returning. Yuka waits as Ryo gets in, and Yuka dropkicks the legs out! Yuka clubs away on Ryo, brings Ryo around, but can’t scoop Ryo up! Ryo scoop slams Yuka down! Ryo drags Yuka up, whips her to ropes, and runs her over with a shoulder!
Ryo drags Yuka back up, ROCKS her with a forearm, then scoop slams her again! LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Ryo keeps cool as she drags Yuka back up. Ryo whips Yuka to a corner, Yuka dodges, and then Yuka runs back in to back elbow! Ryo catches Yuka to RAM her into the corner! Yuka falls but Ryo drags her up into a DEEP camel clutch! Yuka gets one arm free, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Ryo lets go fast, stomps Yuka, then drags her up again. Ryo CHOPS Yuka to a corner, CHOPS again, and then CHOPS and CHOPS and unleashes the machine gun CHOPS! Satoshi Kojima would be proud! Ryo fires up, does a dance, but Yuka ducks and the chop hits buckles!
Yuka kicks from below, but Ryo boots back! Ryo scoops, Yuka slips out and RANAS Ryo to a corner! Yuka runs to SHINING WIZARD! Yuka hops up, leaps, flying elbow! Ryo is down and Yuka brings her back up! Ryo resists the suplex, Yuka clubs her and rolls her to a CALF KILLER!! Ryo endures, reaches around, Yuka twists the foot, but Ryo gets a ropebreak with a hand! Yuka lets go, runs and hits a SLIDING LARIAT at the ropes! Yuka goes to the corner, goes up top, but cartwheels to avoid Ryo! Yuka runs, but into a POWERSLAM! Both women are down because of the bad leg, but Ryo fires up!
Ryo picks Yuka up, but Yuka wheelbarrows, only for Ryo to block the victory roll! WHEELBARROW GERMAN SUPLEX! Ryo runs and CLOBBERS Yuka at ropes! Then hits a ROUGH RYDER! Cover, TWO, but into the katagatami!! Yuka endures the head-and-arm, but Ryo squeezes tight! Yuka fights up, rolls back, and slips free to get Ryo for a TRIANGLE HOLD! Ryo endures and fights up, but she starts to fade! Yuka pulls even tighter, the ref checks on Ryo, but Ryo gets a second wind! Ryo powers up, dead lifts and POWERBOMBS Yuka down! Yuka flounders to a corner while Ryo catches her breath and fires herself up with slaps to her face!
Ryo runs and CLOBBERS Yuka! Yuka ROCKS Ryo, dodges, and ENZIGURIS! Ryo LARIATS right back!! Ryo fires up, Yuka sits up in a daze, and Ryo brings Yuka in for forearms from all sides! Ryo powers up but Yuka ROCKS her back! Yuka fires forearms from all sides, and ROCKS Ryo again! Yuka cravat rolls Ryo to KICK her down! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Ryo survives but Yuka puts her in a drop zone. Yuka goes to the apron, climbs the ropes, MAGICAL GIRL SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Ryo survives but Yuka keeps her focus. Yuka goes to the apron again, goes up the ropes again, and hits the MAGICAL GIRL 450, but has to bail out! Ryo catches Yuka for an URENAGE!!
Both women are down, the ref checks on them, but they’re stirring. Ryo fires herself up, she grabs Yuka’s hair, but Yuka grabs Ryo’s ears! Ryo HEADBUTTS Yuka in the chest! Torture rack and- VICTORY ROLL FROM YUKA! TWO, and Yuka RANAS to a cover, TWO!! Yuka runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, but Yuka rolls it over, TWO!! Ryo gets to a corner, runs and SPEARS Yuka! Then drags Yuka up to SHORT ARM LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! How did Yuka survive!?! Ryo won’t stop to worry about it, she drags Yuka up to fisherman and DRIVER!! Cover, Ryo wins!!
Winner: Ryo Mizunami, by pinfall (advances to the tournament finals)
And Aneki is heading to Dynamite this Wednesday! But will she be able to go from the Crossroads and to Revolution?
Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament, US Bracket Semifinal: Thunder Rosa VS Riho!
Nyla Rose awaits an opponent for the US Bracket Finals! Will the former NWA Women’s World Champion take one step closer to one of her goals? Or will the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion end up facing an old foe in the finals?
The bell rings, these two shake hands and then circle. They tie up as fans fire up, and they go around the ring with the collar ‘n’ elbow. Riho wrenches, Rosa wrenches back and then headlocks tight. Riho pries free, headlocks back and hits a takeover. Rosa headscissors, Riho kips out and fans cheer this opening exchange. The two circle, tie up, and Rosa trips Riho to get a facelock. Riho slips out of the facelock but so does Rosa. Rosa drags Riho up to then use a leg to hook Riho and bring her down. Riho fights out of the headscissor, rolls Rosa and runs. Rosa dodges, drops and hurdles, to arm-drag Riho! Riho arm-drags back! Rosa sweeps, covers, Riho goes Matrix to run and basement dropkick!
Fans fire up as Riho drags Rosa back up. Rosa kicks low, reels Riho in and snap suplexes! Una amiga, another snap suplex! Dos amiga, and then she hangs Riho out to dry on ropes! Rosa goes side to side to BOOT Riho down! Cover, TWO! Rosa sits Riho up to throw clubbing elbows, then bumps Riho off buckles. Rosa digs her boot in, lets off as the ref counts, and then CHOPS Riho down! Rosa digs her knee into Riho now, then drags Riho out to a cover, TWO! Rosa keeps cool and brings Riho up for a hanging neckbreaker! And another! Rosa reels Riho into a rack as she hooks a leg! Riho endures but Rosa THROWS Riho over her shoulder! Cover, TWO!
Rosa drags Riho up, bumps her off buckles, then goes corner to corner, only for Riho to dodge! Riho KNEES Rosa, runs and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Rosa to ropes! Fans fire up, Riho dial sit up, 619 hits! Cover, TWO! Riho runs again, but Rosa catches the crossbody, only for Riho to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Riho keeps close, drags Rosa up but Rosa hits back! Rosa EuroUppers, and hits another neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Rosa grows annoyed but she drags Riho around and stomps her. Rosa kicks but Riho just gets mad! Riho gets up and throws heavy forearms! Fans fire up as Rosa throws a heavy body shot and then a boot! Cover, TWO!
Rosa drags Riho around, hooks up a leg, and then goes after arms! It’s a full nelson STF! Riho endures, but Rosa SLAMS her down! Cover, TWO! Riho also gets a foot on the ropes for good measure, but Rosa pulls that away to cover again. TWO, and Rosa grows frustrated. Rosa snapmares Riho, clamps on a dragon sleeper, but Riho fights up! Fans rally, Riho gets up and throws shots to spin around, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rosa escapes and goes to a corner, but Riho goes to the opposite. Rosa runs in but Riho boots her away! Riho leaps for a FLYING RANA! Riho keeps moving, wheelbarrow, STOMP 182! Fans rally and duel as both women are down!
Riho goes to a corner, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Riho can’t believe how close that was! Riho drags Rosa up, reels her in, but Rosa blocks the Northern Lights! Rosa clubs away, RAMS Riho into the corner, RAMS her more, then runs corner to corner for an A-LIST LARIAT! And SWINGING METEORA! Rosa isn’t done, she hobbles and then comes back in, to BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!! Riho survives and Rosa can’t believe it! Rosa vows to end this, and she drags Riho up again. Rosa scoops, Riho fights out and full nelsons! Rosa elbows free of that, fireman’s carries Riho and spins, but Riho fights that, too! SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX!!
Fans fire up as Riho gets back up. Riho staggers but makes her way to a corner. Riho climbs but Rosa SHORYUKENS! Rosa climbs up, clubs Riho, but Riho throws body shots and a headbutt! Rosa is in a Tree of Woe, Riho adjusts, WOE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Rosa is still in this but Riho drags her up by her hair. Rosa throws body shots but Riho returns fire! They brawl with slapping palm strikes and heavy forearms! Rosa CHOPS, runs, but Riho CLOBBERS her at ropes! Riho runs but Rosa LARIATS! Cover, TWO!!! Rosa is losing her cool but Riho gets her with a victory roll! TWO, and Riho wheelbarrows again, but Rosa throws her off! Leg hook roll, cradle, ROSA WINS!!
Winner: Thunder Rosa, by pinfall (advances to the US Bracket Finals)
In a blink of an eye, this battle of former champions is over! But Thunder Rosa doesn’t have much time to rest, she’s up against the Native Beast on Monday’s last-minute special! Who makes it through to face Ryo Mizunami on Dynamite?
A very good, very fast hour and change for what ended up not being a B/R Live special. B/R Live went down, this ended up on YouTube where it should’ve been anyway, and here we are. The 3v3 was a pretty fun match, a lot of energy and chaos. I’m a little surprised they didn’t play up Mei being Emi’s current protégé, but I did appreciate that they played to the history between Shida and Emi, and likewise Mei being Shida’s “kouhai,” or “junior.” Everyone got to shine, Maki is again a very great character, but naturally Shida wins for her team. Shida needs momentum going into Revolution or else it’ll all be with her challenger.
The Japanese Bracket Final was a great match, though I’m a touch surprised that Ryo won. I suppose it makes some sense, she is a very strong opponent both physically and overall. She’s got a great character, and is a strong contender, but something tells me it’ll be the American finalist that goes to Revolution. Rosa VS Riho was great stuff, fast paced and Riho was not as clunky as last week. But in the end, Rosa wins, a little surprising to me as I thought we’d get a rematch of Riho VS Nyla Rose from over a year ago. Rosa’s story of the goals she’s after is still in play, but Rosa VS Nyla could go either way. Rosa or Nyla facing Shida at Revolution seem the more likely to me, and Nyla VS Shida in a rematch from Double or Nothing 2020 seems even likelier.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/28/21)
There’s gold in the Castle Attack!
Will there no longer be a NJPW Double Champion?
NJPW is not done in Osaka just yet! And Tetsuya Naito will never be done with the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, IF he can take it from Kota Ibushi! Will Naito deny the Golden Star God’s will to unify the belts?
- The United Empire VS Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan; Kojima & Tenzan win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Bullet Club; Chaos wins.
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Guerrillas of Destiny win and retain the titles.
- NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Great-O-Khan; Tanahashi wins and retains the title.
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo VS El Desperado; Desperado wins and is the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi VS Tetsuya Naito; Ibushi wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
The United Empire VS Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan!
Will Ospreay & Jeff Cobb already defeated the King of Cozy and Ikari no Mogyu yesterday in a Six Man Tag, but it seems the war continues! With the Dominator getting ready to face The Ace, will the Assassin and Hawaiian Hulk win again?
The bell rings and the Empire attacks! They throw Tenzan and Kojima out, Ospreay is after Kojima with forearms and elbows while Cobb chokes Tenzan on railing! The Empire whips Tenzan and Kojima at each other and the two collide! Ospreay goes into the ring, Cobb sets Tenzan and Kojima up, but as Ospreay slingshots, Tenzan and Kojima fight free! Ospreay PLANCHAS Cobb! Kojima attacks Ospreay, Tenzan adds on, and they put Ospreay in the ring. Kojima and Tenzan start throwing forearms, Ospreay pinballs between them, and Kojima uses the Mongolian Chops! Kojima scoops and slams Ospreay, Tenzan runs and Kojima slingshots, elbow drop falling headbutt combo! Cover, TWO!
Kojima clubs and puts Ospreay in a corner. Kojima unleashes the machine gun CHOPS! Cobb runs in but Kojima adds him to the machine gun CHOPS! Cobb turns things around on Kojima, but Kojima dodges and Cobb CHOPS Ospreay! Kojima then puts Cobb back in the corner for more machine gun CHOPS! Kojima pushes Cobb out of the way and machine gun CHOPS Ospreay! Kojima whips Ospreay corner to corner, forearms, and fires up! Kojima climbs the corner but Cobb drags him off with a military press! But Kojima slips out to hit a DDT! Fans fire up as Kojima goes after Ospreay with haymakers and CHOPS! Kojima whips, Ospreay dodges to BOOT Tenzan!
Ospreay elbows Kojima then leaps for PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Tag to Cobb and the Empire drags Kojima up to double whip. Cobb runs Kojima over, sits him up, Ospreay Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO! Ospreay DECKS Tenzan while Cobb drags Kojima up. Cobb headbutts Kojima to a corner, CHOPS him now, and CHOPS, and CHOPS, and fires off his own machine gun CHOPS! Cobb whips corner to corner, runs in and forearm smashes! Cobb throws Kojima down, covers, TWO! Cobb drags Kojima up and throws a big forearm! Tag to Ospreay, Ospreay climbs and Cobb has Kojima on the ropes, for draping double stomps!
Ospreay runs to dropkick Tenzan off the apron, then he runs to drop knees on Kojima! Cover, TWO! Ospreay keeps his focus as he looms over Kojima. Fans rally up, Kojima throws body shots but Ospreay hits Kojima down low! Ospreay powerbomb lifts but Kojima fights out to COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans rally up! Kojima hurries for his corner, hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan runs Ospreay over, DECKS Cobb, and then fires up! Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but can’t so he kicks Ospreay and headbutts him to the corner. Tenzan regular CHOPS, whips corner to corner, then runs in to corner splash! Tenzan calls his shot, and he gets Ospreay up and over with a suplex! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan stomps Ospreay, headbutts him more, but Ospreay throws forearms. Tenzan forearms back, and the two go back and forth! Tenzan kicks low, wants to Mongolian but he hesitates. Ospreay mule kicks in that opening! Ospreay whips corner to corner, runs in but Tenzan puts him up and out! Ospreay ROCKS Tenzan with a forearm, springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Tag to Cobb and he runs corner to corner at Tenzan, for a LEAPING back elbow! Cobb reels Tenzan in but Tenzan fights off the back suplex. Tenzan headbutts but Cobb JABS! Cobb runs but Tenzan WINDMILLS!
Tag to Kojima and he DECKS Ospreay before bringing Cobb up. Kojima suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Kojima but Ospreay attacks from behind! Ospreay fires off forearms but Kojima swats him away! Kojima runs, Ospreay dodges and Cobb elbows Kojima at ropes! The Empire combines, tornado ENZIGURI! Cobb lifts Kojima up, RAMS him to a corner, and Ospreay DECKS Tenzan to then run side to side and BOOT Kojima! Ospreay feeds Kojima to Cobb’s ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, but Tenzan breaks it! Fans fire up as Ospreay stomps Tenzan. Ospreay drags Tenzan up and Cobb gives him Mongolian Chops!
Cobb turns Tenzan around, Ospreay uses the Mongolian Chops! Back to Cobb for more Mongolian Chops! Ospreay and Cobb keep going back and forth hitting Tenzan with his old signature and Tenzan falls! Fans rally up for Tenzan but Ospreay slaps him around. Tenzan USES MONGOLIAN CHOPS! Isn’t he banned from doing that!? The ref doesn’t call a disqualification, though, because it isn’t outright illegal! Let’s just say Tenzan is “stealing” it from Great-O-Khan! Tenzan gives Mongolian Chops to Cobb over and over, until Cobb falls! Kojima gets in, he and Tenzan coordinate to double whip Cobb, then hit the 3D! Cover, but Ospreay breaks it!
Ospreay runs into Tenzan’s SIDE EFFECT! Kojima powers up the arm and runs at Cobb, but Cobb SUPERKICKS! Cobb scoops Kojima, for a TOUR- NO! Kojima slips out, and COZY LARIATS Cobb! Cover, Kojima & Tenzan win!!
Winners: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, by pinfall
If Ospreay & Cobb are the Empire, just call Kojima & Tenzan the Resistance! Will they continue to defy the United Empire and deny them their desire to take over NJPW? Or will the Dominator have something to say about Tenzan using those Mongolian Chops?
Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Bullet Club!
The Rainmaker, and Mr. KOPW 2021 beat the King of Darkness and Crown Jewel 1v1, but the Stone Pitbull was made to Breathe with the Switchblade! Will Tomohiro Ishii redeem himself against Jay White? Or will Kazuchika Okada and Toru Yano finally see that Everything Is Evil?
White wants Ishii to stay back while he shows off the muscles. Bullet Club then Low Sweets, and Ishii steps up. White is surprised he wants him again after losing yesterday. But White decides to start, just to tag out to Chase. White mockingly claps to rally fans, and Chase circles with Ishii. They tie up, Chase headlocks, Ishii powers out but Chase throws forearms. Chase fires off more forearms but Ishii doesn’t budge. Ishii swings, Chase dodges, and Chase collides with Ishii! Ishii’s ribs bother him, and White strikes! The ref reprimands but Evil gets in and he hits the Chaos corner! Chase and White stomp Ishii but the ref reprimands and White backs off.
Chase tags White, they mug Ishii, and then Yano gets in only for Chase to knock him down. White digs his boots into Ishii in a corner while Chase grinds Yano down in the other. Evil is after Okada on the outside while White and Chase whip Yano and Ishii. Yano and Ishii reverses, White and Chase collide! Ishii and Yano run White and Chase over! Okada whips Evil into railing! Ishii drags White up by his hair, CHOPS him to a corner, and then CHOPS him again! Ishii fires off forearms, the ref counts and Ishii lets off at 3. White rams into Ishii but Ishii tries to suplex. White knees low, whips Ishii but Ishii stops at the corner. Ishii whips, White reverses and Ishii hits the corner hard!
Gedo cheers while White drags Ishii up. Evil and Chase mug and stomp the other Chaos members, and then White throws Ishii out. White distracts the ref so that Gedo and Dick Togo can mug Ishii! Dick holds Ishii open so Gedo can mule kick him in the ribs! The ref sees Dick stomp Ishii and reprimands him. Dick backs off, Chase drags Ishii up and in for White, and White covers. ONE, but White covers again! TWO, and White tries again, TWO!! Bullet Club argues the count but White stomps Ishii back down. Only Gedo cheers as White tags Evil in. Fans rally for Ishii but Evil sits Ishii up. Ishii hits back with forearms but Evil scoops and slams him! Cocky cover, ONE!
Evil argues with the ref but then he stomps Ishii. Tag to Chase and Chase stomps Ishii before standing him up. Chase reels Ishii into a cobra twist! White mocks the fans rallying, and then the Bullet Club creates the cobra twist chain! Chaos protests but Bullet Club lets go before the ref sees. Chase tags White and they stop Ishii from getting away. They mug Ishii, but Ishii just gets mad! White rakes Ishii’s eyes, then tags Evil. Evil DECKS Okada and Yano, White digs his boots into Ishii, and then they both drag Ishii up. They mug Ishii, going after his ribs with forearms. Ishii boots White and elbows Evil away! Ishii runs White over, and drop toeholds Evil onto him!
Chase runs in but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up but Ishii clutches his bad ribs. Ishii crawls, and hot tags Yano! And Yano goes to the corner pad! That’s one undone, but Evil runs in! Yano dodges Evil, Evil stops himself from hitting bare buckles, and Yano tosses the pad to Dick! The ref argues with Dick but Evil kicks at Yano! Evil whips, Yano holds ropes, but Gedo swipes at him! The ref reprimands Gedo but Yano shoves Evil into him! Yano SLAPS Evil, then powers up with YTR, and dodges Evil’s ambush! Yano SLAPS Evil again, then whips him to the bare corner! Dick puts the pad back to save Evil!
Yano runs in, Evil dodges and Dick takes the pad away! Yano runs into bare buckles! Evil tags Chase and Chase stomps Yano. Chase throws a strike fest, runs, but Yano grabs hair! Chase breaks free, kicks low, and runs, into an atomic drop! Fans rally and Yano tags in Okada! Okada throws forearms on Chase, Chase kicks low and runs, but into Okada’s BOOT! Fans fire up and Okada reels Chase in for a gut wrench. Chase fights that, then bell claps and neckbreakers Okada down! Cover, TWO! Chase keeps his cool as he takes aim. BANG, and Chase reels Okada in. yano grabs Chase and throws him down! Evil runs Yano over, Ishii runs Evil over!
White bobs ‘n’ weaves with Ishii, reels him in, but Ishii goes to suplex! White slips out of that, wrenches, but has to duck Ishii’s clothesline! White throws a knee to the bad ribs! But Ishii still suplexes White! Ishii SWATS and ROCKS Chase, but Chase LARIATS! Chase JEWEL TRIGGERS Okada, but Okada avoids the Jewel Heist to put on the MONEY CLIP!! Chase is fading fast as Okada squeezes tight! Chase taps, Chaos wins!!
Winners: Chaos, by submission
The Rainmaker shoots down the Bullet Club and stands tall with his friends! But things are far from through between White and Ishii, will they battle again come the New Japan Cup? Will Okada rise up again and head back for the mountaintop?
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Guerrillas of Destiny VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
These two teams faced off in separate 1v1 matches and went 1-1! Now the tiebreaker is for the gold, and could go either way! Will GoD still reign? Or will Chaos #TurnItAllAround?
The introductions are made, the heavyweight tag titles are raised, GoD Low Sweets, but Chaos attacks them first!
Goto throws Loa out while Hashi is after Tama! Hashi elbows Tama, the bell rings, Goto and Hashi double whip. Goto kicks Tama, wrenches him down, and Hashi leap frogs to stomp Tama! Goto Penalty Kicks, Hashi mule kicks! Loa gets in, he gets double kicks and a double whip, for a double shoulder tackle! Then the hip toss senton! Fans cheer as Hashi goes out after Jado! Goto flanks Jado and they put him in the ring! Chaos hammers away on Jado’s back! Jado bails out, but GoD attacks Chaos back! Tama headbutts Hashi, Loa ROCKS Goto, and GoD whips Chaos, only for Goto to reverse! Loa runs Hashi over, Tama dodges Goto, and GoD double dropkick Goto out!
Loa drags Hashi up and reels him in for a POWERBOMB! The ref checks on Hashi, that bomb really rocked him! Loa toys with Hashi, doing the hand check like the ref would. The ref has Loa back off but Loa tags Tama in. Tama rains down hands on Hashi, then paces around. Fans rally for Hashi and Tama gets annoyed. Loa shouts for Hashi to show the fighting spirit! Tama drops an elbow! Hashi finally stirs, Tama drags Hashi up and fans rally again. Hashi fires forearms off on Tama! Tama hits low, headbutts hard and Hashi goes down. Tag to Loa, Tama stomps Hashi around and Loa slingshot sentons! Tama slingshot sentons, too, and Loa covers, TWO!
Fans fire up for Hashi and Loa mockingly applauds. Loa brings Hashi up but Hashi fires off forearms! Loa claps, eggs Hashi on, and Hashi throws more forearms. Loa ROCKS Hashi with one, then ROCKS him again! Loa still eggs Hashi on and he whips corner to corner. Hashi comes back but Loa leaps over the basement dropkick! Loa says he learned this tricks from last time! But Hashi still gets the spinning mule kick! Hashi crawls to hot tag Goto! Goto rallies on Loa with big shoulders and elbows. Loa blocks the hip toss, body shots and runs, but Goto follows to clothesline Loa down! Tama runs in but Goto kicks him to snap suplex him onto Loa! Goto drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and Goto drags Loa up to fireman’s carry. Loa fights free, kicks low and knees to then enziguri! Goto staggers and Loa grins. Loa runs, Goto and Loa collide with clotheslines! Neither man falls and Loa eggs Goto on. They collide again with clotheslines, and they both egg each other on! Goto and Loa run, COLLIDE, and both men fall to the mat! Fans rally, both men head for their corners, hot tags to Tama and Hashi! Hashi rallies with elbows and shoulders, Tama reverses the whip but Hashi dodges to HEADHUNTER! Fans fire up with Hashi and he runs corner to corner, but Tama dodges!
Tama fires off fists, whips Hashi corner to corner, but Hashi comes back to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Hashi keeps his cool and he drags Tama up. Hashi reels Tama in, but Tama slips out of the bomb! Tama gets around to dragon sleeper and TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives but Loa gets in. GoD drags Hashi up and they throw body shots, uppercuts, and the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Tama is frustrated but he and Loa drag Hashi back up again. Tama reels Hashi in, Hashi fights back, and he throws hands on them both! Loa gets around, GoD hits the BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, but Goto breaks it!
Loa goes after Goto, Tama adds on, they give Goto GUERRILLA WARFARE! Jado calls for Magic Killer and GoD drags Hashi up. Fans rally, but GoD still hits MAGIC KILLER! Cover, TWO!?! Hashi survives and Tama can’t believe it! Jado calls for Super Bomb so Loa drags Hashi up. Loa RAMS Hashi into a corner, Tama runs in to leap but Hashi dodges the splash! Loa kicks Hashi, gets him up, but Hashi RANAS Loa away! Tama fireman’s carries Hashi for a FLAPJACK! Tama shouts, “Why don’t you just die, Hashi?!” Tama stomps away on Hashi, fans rally up but Tama and Loa coordinate. Loa and Tama climb opposite corners, Loa leaps for the FALLING HEADBUTT, but FLOPS when Hashi moves! And Goto shoves Tama off the top! Fans rally up, Hashi crawls over, and hot tags Goto in!
Goto fires up, and he hits a corner clothesline on Loa! Then one on Tama! Then on Loa! Back to Tama! Jado gets on the apron but Goto DECKS him! GoD goes after Goto together, and double whip him to ropes. But Goto DOUBLE LARIATS GoD first! Goto hits MURAMASA on Tama, to the BULLDOG! Cover, Loa breaks it! Hashi goes after Loa, whips him to a corner, and then runs in to clothesline! Hashi reels Loa in, Goto helps out, GOTO BUSTER! Tama staggers into a fireman’s carry but fights out! Hashi still SUPERKICKS Tama! Chaos coordinates, G Y R!! Cover, TWO!?! Tama survives but Goto keeps focus. Goto and Hashi drag Tama back up again and Goto dragon sleepers.
Hashi gets legs but Loa CHOPS and GERMAN SUPLEXES Hashi! Goto DECKS Loa but Tama DECKS Goto! Tama drags Goto up and reels him in. Loa helps out but Hashi returns the GERMAN SUPLEX! Tama SUPER PUNCHES Hashi, but Goto fireman’s carries and USHIGOROSHIS Tama! Loa scoops Goto for a POWERSLAM! All four men are down and fans fire up! Jado coaches GoD while they and Chaos stir. Hashi and Loa rise first, and Hashi fires off forearms! Loa eggs Hashi on, Hashi hits more and more, but Loa ROCKS him with one! And ROCKS him and ROCKS him, but Hashi staggers about!
Loa says “I bring out the fighting spirit because you suck!” Hashi dodges his haymaker to BACKSTABBER! Hashi fires up, fans rally for him and Goto as Goto and Tama stagger to their feet. Goto runs corner to corner but Tama does, too! Goto denies Gun Stun, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights out! Tama shoves, Goto dodges, Tmama dodges and redirects but has to run from Goto! Goto follows, Tama dodges and hurdles, Goto spins but into a leaping facelock! Goto powers through to a fireman’s carry! Hashi SUPERKICKS, Goto POWERSLAMS!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives!?!
Goto drags Tama back up, dragon sleepers, but Loa has a title belt! Hashi dodges that attack, throws Loa out, but Tama snapmares Goto! Jaod KENDO SMACKS and Tama GUN STUNS!! Cover, GoD wins!!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)
Chaos forgot Jado is the insurance policy! But there’s nothing they can do about it now! GoD holds onto the gold, but will they make it through the Spring if Chaos came this close?
NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Great-O-Khan!
The Once in a Century Talent took this title off the Dragon, Shingo Takagi, in an epic battle! But now the Dominator wants to conquer the NEVER division in the name of the United Empire! Will Khan be able to trump the Ace with his iron hand?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and after Tanahashi shows off the muscles, the battle for dominance begins!
Fans rally already with “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi rushes Khan, Khan dodges and clamps on the claw, but Tanahashi slips free! Tanahashi full nelsons, Khan elbows free but Tanahashi blocks the boot! Khan clamps the claw on anyway, but Tanahashi breaks free again. Tanahashi dodges the Mongolian Chop and dropkicks a leg out! Fans cheer as Tanahashi watches Khan. Khan bails out, fans rally “Let’s Go, Ace!” but Khan taunts Yota Tsuji, the Young Lion Tanahashi has been mentoring. Tanahashi goes out to reinforce Tsuji and has him step aside. Khan sucker punches Tanahashi then whips Tanahashi into railing! And then Khan gives Tanahashi SNAKE EYES off the apron!
Khan stands on Tanahashi and mockingly asks what’s wrong. Fans still rally for Tanahashi as Khan drags him up and puts him in a full nelson. Khan is telling Tsuji to hit Tanahashi!? Tsuji seems tempted to make a name for himself, but Tanahashi fights free, only for Khan to RAM Tanahashi into the railing! Khan puts Tanahashi in, has a cocky cover, ONE! Fans rally for Tanahashi again but Khan drags Tanahashi around to dead lift him in a gut wrench. Khan carries Tanahashi around before hitting the gut wrench suplex! Cover, TWO! Khan grabs a leg and stomps the knee, to then get a standing kneebar!
Tanahashi endures, fights around, but Khan drags him from ropes for a proper KNEEBAR! Tanahashi manages to roll and get the ropebreak! Khan lets go at 4, paces about, and he drags Tanahashi up. Khan waistlocks and lifts Tanahashi to RAM him into the corner! Khan makes sure Tsuji watches as he sits on Tanahashi in the corner! The ref reprimands, Khan stands up at 4, but then grabs Tanahashi’s arms to pull them back! The ref counts again and Khan lets off at 4. Khan brings Tanahashi around to cover, TWO! Khan grows annoyed and he mocks the fans that clap, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Khan brings Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off forearms!
Tanahashi blocks the kick but Khan HELL STAB uppercuts! Khan drags Tanahashi up to knee low and whip to ropes. Tanahashi comes back with flying forearms! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he throws forearms and body shots on Khan! Khan staggers, Tanahashi throws EuroUppers, and then Tanahashi scoop slams Khan to a drop zone! Tanahashi hops up, and hits the second rope somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool, fans rally up, and Tanahashi runs corner to corner. Khan boots but Tanahashi blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi holds on to GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Khan clutches his knee, Tanahashi grabs the legs and ties them up!
Khan fights and gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi stomps Khan’s legs, then drags Khan up from the apron side. Khan hotshots Tanahashi down! Khan’s bad leg slows him down but he still gets back in the ring. But Tanahashi gets his leg in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! And a dropkick! Fans fire up as Tanahashi hits another DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi drags Khan around by the leg, ties the legs up, and has the CLOVERLEAF! Khan endures and powers up, but Tanahashi drags him from ropes! Tanahashi sits back but Khan powers up again, and Khan claws his way to the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go fast and keeps his cool as he stomps Khan down.
Tanahashi drags Khan up and reels him in, but Khan blocks the Twist! Tanahashi keeps trying, Khan throws body shots and SMASHES Tanahashi off his knee! But it was the bad knee so that was double-edged! Khan still comes back and manages a GOURD BUSTER on Tanahashi! Khan falls over because of the bad leg and fans rally up as both men are down. Khan hobbles over, stalks Tanahashi to a corner, and whips him corner to corner, following to clothesline from behind! Khan hoists Tanahashi up backwards and Mongolian CHOPS Tanahashi on the back! Khan drags Tanahashi into a Tree of Woe and digs his boots in!
The ref counts, Khan stops at 4, and he gets the bad leg moving. Khan goes corner to corner and basement BOOTS Tanahashi down! Cover, TWO! Khan keeps after Tanahashi with a lift, ATOMIC FACEBUSTER! Khan gets Tanahashi up for a BACK SUPLEX FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi is still in this and Khan grows frustrated. Fans rally up but Khan stands first. Khan says he’ll end it now! Khan clamps onto Tanahashi with the iron claw! Tanahashi resists the lift, and clamps onto Khan’s face! It’s claw versus claw, but Khan pries Tanahashi’s hand off! Tanahashi swats Khan’s hand then ROCKS him with an uppercut! Khan falls over and Tanahashi catches his breath.
Fans rally up again, “Let’s Go, Ace!” and Tanahashi steadies himself. Tanahashi watches Khan rise, then runs, but Khan uses the ref as a shield! STRAIGHT RIGHT FIST!! Both men and the ref are down and fans rally up again! Khan crawls and shouts to Tsuji to get him something! Tsuji gets a chair?! Is Tsuji now an Empire Young Lion? Tsuji slides the chair… TO TANAHASHI! Khan is furious at Tsuji’s betrayal, but Tsuji is staying loyal to The Ace! Tanahshi takes a seat and smiles at Khan, but Khan runs in. Tanahashi drop toeholds Khan onto the chair! Khan writhes and flounders into a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs, but Khan BOOTS him down!
Khan clamps on the claw, drags Tanahashi up, ELIMI- SLINGBLADE!! Tanahashi hurries up top, Khan stands, HIGH FLY FLOW-BODY! Tanahashi hurries back up, HIGH FLY FLOP!! Khan avoids the splash and both men are down again! Tsuji and the fans still rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” but Khan drags himself up in a corner. Tanahashi stands, Khan shotgun dropkicks him down! Khan is slow to rising but Tanahashi roars as he fires up! Both men stand, both men roar, and they both run at each other! Khan hits a big flying forearm! Cover, TWO! The fans are thunderous with “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Khan brings Tanahashi up.
Khan whips Tanahashi to a corner, then runs in to corner clothesline! Khan whips, Tanahashi reverses, SLINGBLADE! Khan is right up, but Tanahashi SLINGBLADES again! Khan rises again, Tanahashi runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives and Khan can’t believe it! Khan clamps a claw onto Tanahashi’s face and drags him back up! It’s a claw torture rack! Khan stomps around to add torque, but Tanahashi endures! Khan spins and spins for a SWINGING SLAM! Khan fires up, tears away the tape and clamps the claw directly onto Tanahashi! ELIMI- CRUCIFIX!! Cover, Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Champion)
The Ace had a trick up his sleeve and he snatches the victory away from Khan! Khan is furious and he grabs at the ref, but the ref says the count is the count! Tsuji stays close to Tanahashi as the belt is brought over to him. With both skill and savvy, will it take far more than strength and aggression to take this title from the Once in a Century Talent?
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo VS El Desperado!
Another unfortunate injury takes the Ticking Timebomb out of action! He forfeited this title, but his amigo in Los Ingobernables de Japon will fight to keep it close! Will the Death Mask be able to shine with gold? Will ELP only need one good shot? Or will the Rogue Luchador start on his road to taking over the Junior Heavyweight Division?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, a new champion will be crowned in the Castle Attack!
Desperado rushes ELP but he dodges. ELP dodges Bushi but Bushi dodges and ELP falls out of the ring. Desperado CLUBS Bushi, whips him to ropes, but Bushi goes to rana! Desperado blocks, Bushi fights off the bomb, but Desperado knees low. Bushi goes to a corner, Desperado runs in to back elbow, but ELP runs in! Desperado sends ELP into Bushi, then hip tosses ELP down! Bushi runs but Desperado sends his basement dropkick into ELP! Desperado then snap suplexes Bushi onto ELP! Cover on ELP, ONE! Desperado ROCKS ELP with an uppercut, then runs corner to corner at Bushi. Bushi boots back, hops up and FLYING RANAS Desperado down!
Fans fire up but ELP clubs Bushi and whips him to a corner. ELP runs in, Bushi dodges and elbows ELP, to BULLDOG DRPOKICK both opponents! Cover on ELP, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, drags ELP up and throws forearms. Desperado ROCKS Bushi with an uppercut, ELP ROCKS Desperado! ELP whips, Desperado reverses and runs in, but ELP pops Desperado up and crotches him on the rope! Bushi runs in, ELP pops him up and out but Bushi lands on the apron. Bushi blocks ELP to drag him in, but no apron DDT! ELP shoves Bushi down, climbs up to ROCK Desperado, and then climbs up higher. ELP walks the tight rope to SENTON Desperado down! Cover, TWO!
ELP grows annoyed, but he drags Desperado up to pull on the fingers, and SNAP them! And SNAP them! ELP BITES Desperado’s hand, then knuckle locks it. ELP CHOPS Desperado, goes up and up and tightrope walks, to then go to the other corner, bop Desperado, and keep on going. ELP just shows off now, saying, “Too easy, baby!” But Desperado trips ELP up! ELP is crotched on ropes, but Bushi gives Desperado the DRAPING APRON DDT! Bushi climbs up to SUPER STEINER ELP off the top! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he drags ELP up. ELP spins out of the fisherman but Bushi kicks low. Bushi whips, ELP reverses but Bushi dodges to DIVE out onto Desperado!
Bushi drags Desperado up but ELP runs to go up and SPRINGBOARD CROSSBODY them both! Fans admit that was great stuff! ELP hears fans cheering, but leaves fans hanging on the Too Sweet. ELP POSTS Bushi, then fetches Desperado. ELP talks some trash and kicks at Desperado. ELP drags Desperado up to DECK him, then CHOPS him further up the ramp! ELP ROCKS Desperado with a haymaker, but Desperado throws body shots! ELP ROCKS Desperado again, but Desperado blocks the suplex. Desperado throws more body shots, switches positions, and he suplexes. ELP slips out to TEAR Desperado’s mask! ELP reels Desperado in, Gotch hold PILEDRIVER to the ramp!!
ELP even mocks Minoru Suzuki with that one! The ref checks on Desperado but ELP drags him up first. ELP takes Desperado’s mask away! ELP mocks the fans who are offended, and then he puts the mask on to mock Desperado more! Des-ELP puts Bushi in the ring and then takes Desperado’ smask off. ELP STOMPS the mask, then PUNTS it out of the ring! Medics check on Desperado while ELP covers Bushi. TWO, and ELP whips Bushi to a corner. Bushi slips out to swing kick ELP away! Bushi climbs, leaps, and missile dropkicks ELP! Fans fire up for the Bushirooni! ELP bails out but Bushi SLINGSHOT RANAS him down! Fans fire up with Bushi as he drags ELP up.
Bushi puts ELP in, takes aim from a corner, and runs in, only for the Code Breaker to be blocked! ELP knees low and whips Bushi into the corner hard! ELP tears Bushi’s shirt off, and then wraps it around his fist to punch Bushi with! ELP sits Bushi up to CHOKE him with the shirt! The ref counts, ELP lets go at 4, and fans rally up. ELP drags Bushi up and hoists him up top backwards. ELP puts Bushi in a Tree of Woe and throws knees into Bushi’s stomach! Desperado is still down as ELP mocks the rallying claps. ELP takes aim from the corner, says BANG, and then runs in to handspring around, just for the CROTCH DIG!
The ref reprimands, ELP hops off and Bushi falls out of the Tree. ELP covers but the ref refuses to count because of all those antics. Fans rally while Desperado is still down. ELP drags Bushi up and whips him corner to corner. Bushi reverses, ELP goes up and over and then dodges to springboard crossbody! Somersault to LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! ELP clamps onto Bushi with a chinlock and grinds him down. Bushi endures, ELP shifts to a sleeper, but fans rally. Bushi reaches, fights up, and fights free! Bushi runs, but ELP gets around to half straitjacket torture rack! ELP spins for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi survives but ELP goes up top.
ELP steadies himself, takes aim, BANG and FROG SPLASH! Cover of “Thunder Kiss ’86,” TWO!! Bushi survives again and ELP is frustrated. ELP gets his boot ready, but Desperado returns! Desperado has a spare mask, even! ELP is surprised by this most of all, but he swings on Desperado! Desperado dodges to SPEAR! But that might’ve been double-edged given the bad neck. But Desperado fires off on ELP with fists! The ref pulls Desperado away but Desperado goes back for more. Desperado CHOPS ELP, whips him to the ropes, but ELP holds the ropes. ELP boots but Desperado blocks to clothesline ELP out!
Fans fire up for Desperado as he builds speed and DIVES! The somersault tope takes him and ELP out! Desperado drags ELP up and into the ring and fans fire up again. Desperado drags ELP up, reels him in and suplexes for a brainbuster! But that’s just uno amigo! Desperado hoists ELP up top with the second, and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Fans rally, Desperado climbs, and he drags ELP up. ELP resists the superplex, Desperado throws body shots, but Bushi adds on! Bushi climbs up to get around and sunset flips, POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX! Cover on Desperado, TWO! Cover on ELP, TWO! Bushi drags Desperado up for a BACKSTABBER! Cover, ELP breaks it!
Bushi goes after ELP with forearms, but ELP rakes Bushi’s eyes! The ref reprimands, ELP lets off and boots, but Bushi blocks to put the leg in the ropes! Bushi ENZIGURIS ELP down and ELP ends up stuck! Bushi gives Desperado a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Bushi aims from a corner as Desperado staggers up, CODE BREAKER! ELP gets free and throws Bushi out! ELP covers Desperado, TWO!! Desperado survives and ELP doesn’t get to steal Bushi’s work! ELP drags Desperado up, reels him in, underhooks the arms, and lifts, and surprise! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, but Bushi GHOST PINS ELP! TWO!!
Bushi throws forearms on ELP, runs, but ELP KNEES Bushi down! Was that a V-Trigger? ELP says BANG to Desperado, and V-TRIGGERS him! That was definitely a V-Trigger! And this is definitely an Electric Chair lift! But Desperado counters the One Winged Angel to EL ES CULERO!! TWO?!?! ELP narrowly escapes and Desperado can’t believe it! ELP runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! ELP endures as Desperado thrashes about, and Desperado drags him from ropes! NUMERO DOS!! But ELP rolls to make it a cradle, TWO!! Desperado mule kicks then reels ELP in! Double underhooks, but no Pinche!
ELP spins out, straitjacket and torture rack, but Desperado slips out! Desperado wrenches and reels ELP in for GUITAR DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!?! Desperado is furious! Desperado drags ELP up, reels him in again and double underhooks, but ELP stomps Desperado’s foot! LOADED MULE KICK! LOADED BUZZSAW! ELP drags Desperado, hooks the arms, CANADIAN REVOLUTION II!! Taker cover, but Bushi stops the ref!! The fans fire up as the ref reprimands Bushi but Bushi dodges ELP. ELP ducks the enziguri but not the mule kick! Bushi runs to CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi just goes to a corner.
Fans fire up as Bushi climbs and takes aim, M- LOADED SUPERKICK!! But Bushi flops out of the ring!! ELP can’t finish it here, but he takes aim at Desperado again. ELP reloads, but Desperado does the splits! LOCO MONO!! The straight right rocks ELP but Desperado isn’t done here! Desperado underhooks ELP, but ELP back drops to bridge! TWO!? PINCHE LOCO!! And a rolling butterlfy to ANOTHER PINCHE LOCO!! Cover Taker style, DESPERADO WINS!!!
Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion)
INCREIBLE! Desperado is Mr. Junior Heavyweight Champion! He has the singles AND tag team titles! Though Hiromu is hurt, does this make Desperado THE best Junior Heavyweight today?
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Kota Ibushi VS Tetsuya Naito!
The Double Championship may have run its course, but the course of history will follow the winner! Will the Golden Star God hold onto this belt to then fuse it with the Heavyweight Championship? Or will the Uncontrollable Charisma free his favorite-not-favorite belt from that fate?
The introductions are made, the white strap is raised, and Naito takes his time with his entrance gear. Fans clap already for “I-BU-SHI!” “NA-I-TO!” The bell rings and the differences between destinies begins!
Fans rally more as Naito and Ibushi circle. They approach, feel out the grapple, and tie up. Naito puts Ibushi on the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break but Ibushi puts Naito in a corner. Ibushi lets off with a sharp pat on the shoulders, but Naito comes right out to circle with him again. They approach, Naito goes for a leg but Ibushi gets around to full nelson. Naito throws Ibushi down but Ibushi headscissors. Ibushi squeezes tight, Naito fights up and around and pops out to get the leg. Naito has a toehold, Ibushi uses headscissors to bring Naito down, but Naito pries free to get the toehold back. Ibushi uses a chinlock to drag Naito off, and he grinds Naito into a headlock.
Naito powers up, but Ibushi holds tight so he can’t power out. Naito throws body shots, wrenches to a keylock, but Ibushi fights back to wrangle Naito down. Ibushi has the cording hold, Naito rolls back and gets up. Ibushi clamps onto the arm, Naito trips Ibushi up and gets through the leg guard to go after the arm. Ibushi slips around and facelocks. Naito reaches back and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Ibushi lets go and fans cheer the technical exchange. Naito paces around the ring, taking a full lap before getting back in. Ibushi is ready and the two circle again. They feel out a grapple, Naito reels Ibushi into a facelock, but Ibushi shoots around to waistlock.
Ibushi rolls Naito around, shifts again, but Naito holds off the headlock and gets a double wristlock! Naito pulls back on the arm, shifts to get the other arm, chicken wing cradle! TWO, but Naito keeps on the left arm with a hammerlock. Ibushi rolls around, gets up and wrenches Naito’s arm to a wristlock. Naito rolls, wrenches back, but Ibushi drops to drop toehold! Ibushi floats to a chinlock but Naito fights up. Naito stands, powers Ibushi to a corner, and Red Shoes calls for the break. Ibushi lets go, Naito takes his time backing off, and he pats Ibushi on the shoulder. And then he fires off with clubbing forearms! Red Shoes grabs at Naito but Naito pushes him down!
Red Shoes goes out to recover, Naito whips Ibushi corner to corner but Ibushi boots him away! Naito runs back in, Ibushi goes up and over and avoids the basement dropkick! Ibushi runs, Naito drops to pop Ibushi up and then dropkick the legs out! Fans cheer this newest exchange as Ibushi is down. Ibushi growls and Naito eggs him on. Ibushi tries to stand but that leg bothers him. Naito sits and waits while Ibushi grows frustrated with his own body. Ibushi shakes the bad leg out, Red Shoes checks it, and Naito dropkicks it again! Ibushi bails out, Naito pursues, and Naito stomps Ibushi around ringside!
Red Shoes reprimands, Naito drags Ibushi up, and Naito whips Ibushi, only for Ibushi to hobble and fall over. Fans rally up, “I-BU-SHI!” “NA-I-TO!” Naito watches from the apron as Ibushi stirs. The ring count climbs, and is already 10 of 20 before Ibushi stands. Naito goes out to catch Ibushi at the apron, and he elbows away on Ibushi’s leg! Red Shoes reprimands and Naito backs off. Naito goes in, drags Ibushi up, and he kicks away on Ibushi’s ribs! Naito has the bad leg and he CLUBS the knee! Naito hooks the legs up, modified figure four! Ibushi endures as Naito adds pressure to the knees! Ibushi sits up and eggs Naito on! Naito adds more pressure and fans rally as Ibushi endures!
Ibushi drags himself and Naito over towards the ropes and gets the ropebreak! Naito claims he needs help so Red Shoes undoes the hold for him. Naito drags Ibushi by his leg, and SMASHES the knee into the mat! Ibushi grimaces, but he glares at Naito. Naito SMASHES the knee, then kicks Ibushi down to SMASH the knee again! Cover, ropebreak! Naito keeps his cool as he looms over Ibushi. Fans rally more, Naito drags Ibushi up, but Ibushi throws forearms! Naito kicks the bad leg! Naito grabs the leg but Ibushi resists the lift. Naito kicks the leg again, runs, but Ibushi manages to dropkick Naito down! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Ibushi rises first, fires off forearms then whips Naito. Naito reverses but Ibushi manages a FLYING KICK! Ibushi rallies the fans and he hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ibushi shakes his head and he fires up more. Naito grimaces as Ibushi stalks behind him. Ibushi waistlocks, Naito mule kicks the bad leg! Naito stands Ibushi up to kick the bad leg again! Ibushi eggs Naito on so Naito kicks the bad leg again! Naito elbows, Ibushi eggs him on so Naito SLAPS Ibushi down! Naito sits Ibushi up to basement dropkick in the back! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps cool again as he stands on Ibushi’s bad leg.
Naito stomps the leg, drags Ibushi up and puts him in a corner, to whip Ibushi corner to corner. Rocket kick and sweep, COMBINACION CABRON! Naito takes a moment to pose before he drags Ibushi up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Naito drags Ibushi back up, then catches Ibushi’s forearm into a backbreaker! PLUMA BLANCA! Ibushi endures the leg hook full nelson, kicks his way around, and he gets the ropebreak with his feet! Naito holds on, Red Shoes reprimands and counts but again Naito “needs help.” Red Shoes undoes the hold, Naito drags Ibushi back up and hammerlocks, but Ibushi resists the lift! Ibushi fights free but Naito kicks the bad leg!
Naito gets the leg but Ibushi elbows free! Ibushi whips, Naito leaps, but into Ibushi’s SNAP GERMAN! Naito staggers up, Ibushi runs in but into the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down again and fans fire up! “I-BU-SHI!” “NA-I-TO!” Both slowly stir, Naito sits up first, and he drags Ibushi up to throw forearms. Ibushi throws the forearms back, and Naito grins. Naito forearms Ibushi, Ibushi forearms back! Naito DECKS Ibushi but Ibushi gets back up to throw another forearm. Naito returns it, they go faster and faster, and the fans fire up as this gets fast and furious! Ibushi gets the edge so Naito kicks the leg! Ibushi sobats, runs, but into a basement dropkick!
Ibushi hobbles, Naito trips him up, and gets the ANKLE LOCK! Naito drops down for a leg scissor! Ibushi endures and fans rally up as Naito puts more pressure on the leg! Ibushi crawls around, claws for ropes, but Naito pushes on the knee even harder! Ibushi still gets the ropebreak! Naito lets go faster this time, and takes a moment to catch his breath. Ibushi is in the corner, fans rally up, but Naito stomps Ibushi’s bad leg. Naito throws back elbows, stomps the leg, then throws more back elbows! Ibushi starts to flop over in the corner as Red Shoes counts. Naito lets off, just to stand Ibushi up for more back elbows! Naito pushes Ibushi through the ropes then climbs the corner.
Naito drags Ibushi up and hits a SUPER THROWBACK STUNNER! Naito then drags Ibushi up, for GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi barely escapes but Naito grins again. Naito drags Ibushi back to a corner, hoists him up top backwards, then climbs up behind him. Ibushi resists so Naito CLUBS away on his back! Naito sits Ibushi back up, but Ibushi slips out to trip Naito up! ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down but fans fire up again! Ibushi kicks at Naito while they’re both on the mat, and he gets Naito to the apron. Ibushi gives more kicks before he drags Naito up. Ibushi goes up the ropes, waistlocks Naito, but Naito resists the lift!
Naito throws clubbing shots, Ibushi gives them back. Ibushi dead lifts for the SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Ibushi crawls to the cover, TWO?!!? Naito narrowly escapes but his eyes look vacant! Ibushi drags himself up, grits his teeth, and aims from a corner. Naito slowly sits up, Ibushi runs to BOMAYE! Ibushi reels Naito in, Naito fights the bomb, but Ibushi still hits THE LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Naito still lives and fans fire up again! Ibushi vows to end this! Ibushi gets the wrists, sits Naito up, but Naito avoids the Kamigoye to scoop and VALENTIA!! Both men are down after the modified brainbuster but fans fire up again!
Naito rises, drags Ibushi up, and wrenches the arm, but Ibushi blocks the tilt-o-whirl! Ibushi throws elbows but Naito throws his heavier elbows! Naito throws more elbows, Ibushi drops to his knees, but Naito just stands him back up. Naito throws even more elbows into Ibushi, but Ibushi dodges to LARIAT!! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Ibushi roars and fires up, then gets the wrists. Naito elbows first, then ENZIGURIS! Ibushi staggers, into DESTINO!! Cover, TWO?!?! Ibushi survives but Naito gets up. Naito drags Ibushi up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into a gut wrench! Ibushi fireman’s carries but Naito fights it with flailing elbows!
Naito finally slips off, runs in, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Naito roars and comes back, into a V-TRIGGER! KENNY~! Ibushi sits Naito up from behind, BLINDSIDE KAMIGOYE!! Ibushi isn’t done there, he sits Naito up from the front, but Naito gets around to hammerlock and cradle! TWO, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!??!? Naito survives all that but Ibushi just wants to end him! ANOTHER KAMIGOYE! Ibushi flops down onto the cover, and Ibushi wins!!!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall (still IWGP Intercontinental Champion)
The Golden Star God is still a dual champion! Ibushi has denied Naito his wish of having the Intercontinental Championship back! Does this mean Ibushi will finish his plans and unify the top two titles in NJPW? But wait! The other dual champion, DESPERADO, returns! Desperado goes to the ring and applauds Ibushi’s win here. Ibushi stands and allows Desperado to join him in the ring. Desperado gets the mic first, and he says, “Congratulations on your defense, champion. It was pretty bold of me to come out here after you had that intense fight.” Desperado says that isn’t really important. He reminds us that he is the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
Does Ibushi remember the first time Desperado challenged for this title? What year was it? Hard to recall. Anyone here in Osaka remember? After all, it happened in Osaka, against IBUSHI! “The champion completely beat me. How long ago was that?” It took Desperado a long time but he’s finally reached that title now! Ibushi nods respect. Desperado says the last few years, there’s been a tradition at the NJPW Anniversary Show that the Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Champions have a singles match. So it might have taken Desperado a long time, but he’s here to claim his prize for winning! But Desperado doesn’t just want a singles match! He wants BOTH belts that Ibushi has!! Fans really like that idea!
Desperado doesn’t remember how long it’s been but it has been a long time. And Desperado will show Ibushi he’s not the same man he was back then. Commentary lets us know it was February 11, 2014, so that makes it 7 years and 17 days. Ibushi says it was basically 8 years. And he’s been saying he’ll take on all challengers, anytime, any place, and anyone! The challenge is on! Desperado won his first singles title, and that’s great. And though it was a long time ago, Ibushi hasn’t forgotten that match! “I will never forget how much you SUCKED back then!” Desperado says he’s a different animal now, and Ibushi will find that out!
Then he’ll see at the Anniversary Show in just FOUR days! Because Ibushi is a fighting champion! And he will never betray the fans, he’ll never quit, run away or lose! He will absolutely keep his promise! Ibushi thanks the fans for coming out to see them in these difficult times, and hopes they keep watching and supporting NJPW! Ibushi sets the mic down and finally celebrates his win! But with only a handful of days to prepare, will the IWGP Double Heavyweight Champion be ready for a determined IWGP Double Junior Heavyweight Champion?
Another great event, a touch better than yesterday’s, but mostly because of the title matches being part of the show. The non-title tag matches were both good, from Kojima & Tenzan shocking the United Empire, and Chaos standing tall over Bullet Club. I like that Tenzan stopped caring about the agreement to never use the Mongolian Chops again. Why agree to a deal with bad guys when they just rub it in your face anyway? Okada is building momentum for the New Japan Cup, but I’m pretty sure we’re going to get a match for Okada at the Anniversary Show. Guerrillas retaining the titles make sense, we’d end up with too many dual champions right now if Goto-Hashi won.
I figured Tanahashi would retain the NEVER Openweight Championship, he only just got it. The match was great, but given the story element of Tsuji’s loyalty coming into play, this is not done between them. This story might even be Tsuji’s way from moving out of Young Lion status. Usually that happens by going on excursion, but that is made so much harder right now because of COVID concerns, so tradition might have to be put aside for these special circumstances.
The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Triple Threat was great stuff, and I missed Desperado & Kanemaru winning back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles as part of the Road to Castle Attack series. But him winning the singles title is great, both for making him a dual champion, and for him to finally have that accomplishment. The Intercontinental Championship match was awesome stuff, on par with even a Heavyweight Championship match, mostly because it was Ibushi and Naito. Ibushi wins to keep the tease of title unification, but I love that Desperado wants to pounce on all of that.
I assume by unifying the Heavyweight & Intercontinental titles, that somehow removes the weight restriction. Otherwise, Desperado can’t have both Junior Heavyweight and proper Heavyweight titles. Granted, I don’t think Desperado wins more belts to make him a triple to quadruple champion, but that match is going to be great stuff to then launch us into the stacked New Japan Cup schedule for March.
My Score: 9.2/10
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