It’s day 2 of the G1 Climax, Block B’s start!
NJPW keeps things moving with Block B’s first round of competition! Will the Double Champion trump The Ace in day 2 of G1 Climax 30?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Block B – Juice Robinson VS YOSHI-HASHI; Robinson wins.
- Block B – Toru Yano VS SANADA; Yano wins.
- Block B – Hirooki Goto VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
- Block B – Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL; ZSJ wins.
- Block B – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Block B – Juice Robinson VS YOSHI-HASHI!
The Flamboyant One is back and raring to go! But will he be able to stop the vindicated Head Hunter now that he finally has a title?
The fans are excited to see Juice back, but it does take a moment for him to take off his Blues Brothers costume. The bell rings and fans cheer already as Juice and Hashi circle. Juice gets a stomp-stomp-clap, We Will Rock You rhythm going. Juice and Hashi tie up, Juice gets the arm, wrenches to a wristlock but Hashi spins through to reverse it onto Juice. Juice spins and gets a waistlock to slam Hashi down! Hashi sits up and moves around to throw Juice off. Hashi floats all over to cover, ONE, but Hashi is right back on a waistlock. Juice backs Hashi to ropes, the break is clean, and fans cheer. Hashi goes to kick, Juice blocks it and elbows the leg. Juice throws forearms and a CHOP! Juice jokes that his hand is hurting from that one.
Juice whips Hashi, Hashi huricanranas Juice to ropes, then catches Juice for a headlock takeover! Juice fights up, headscissors but Hashi pushes it off. Juice rolls to a cover, TWO! Hashi holds on, cranks harder, but Juice fights up, only for Hashi to hold tight as he tries to power out. Juice gets up but Hashi grinds. Juice throws body shots from all sides, powers out this time, and collides with Hashi. Fans cheer as neither man backs down. Hashi runs, Juice goes up, under and runs Hashi over with an elbow. Big back senton! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his cool, stomps Hashi then brings him back up. Juice throws forearms, a CHOP, and lets out a “WOO~!” Fans clap to the beat but Juice asks they be quiet long enough to hear the CHOP!
Juice whips corner to corner, Hashi stumbles out into an atomic drop, and then Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Juice grows annoyed but he drags Hashi back up. Fans rally as Juice snapmares and facelocks. Hashi endures the grind, works his way up, and throws body shots. Juice snap suplexes Hashi down, and holds on. Dos amigos with the second suplex! Juice gets Hashi up but Hashi fights out. Hashi suplexes Juice, has him for a neckbreaker, but Juice elbows out! Juice runs but Hashi dodges to hit the BLOCKBUSTER! Fans rally up while both men are down, and Hashi stands first. Hashi throws forearms and CHOPS on Juice, then runs to CHOP Juice in the corner! Hashi whips Juice to reel him in for another CHOP!
Hashi mule kicks, suplexes and hangs Juice out to dry. Hashi runs to dropkick Juice down! And keeps moving to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Hashi as he drags Juice back up. Hashi suplexes, and gives Juice the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Juice survives the Headbuster, but Hashi keeps on him. Hashi drags Juice up but Juice wrenches to a fireman’s carry, spins but Hashi slips out. Hashi waistlocks, Juice elbows out hard, and JABS! JAB! JAB! Juice fires up but Hashi CHOPS him first! Hashi powers up and swings, but Juice blocks to a full nelson! Juice thrashes Hashi around then SLAMS him down! Fans cheer as Hashi is down and Juice catches his breath. Juice gets to a corner, runs at Hashi and hits a big clothesline!
Juice fires up again and goes corner to corner, for a CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! Juice keeps his focus as he gets back up. Juice starts up the stomp-stomp-clap and the fans join in. We Will Rock You as Juice hoists Hashi up top. Juice CHOPS Hashi, fires up and climbs up, but Hashi resists the superplex! Juice keeps trying, Hashi keeps fighting, and Hashi gets up and over to sunset flip! Juice resists but not for long, RUNNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives but fans rally up behind Hashi. Hashi runs, Juice ducks the lariat but Hashi ducks the leg lariat! Hashi comes back and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Juice survives again but Hashi keeps his focus.
Hashi fires up, drags Juice up, fisherman and suplex, but Juice fights out! Juice powers up, but Juice ducks to SUPERKICK! Hashi reels Juice in, tries again, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi doesn’t stop, he has the Butterfly Lock! Juice endures, reaches with a leg, but Hashi still has one arm caught. Hashi cranks, the fans rally, Juice fights and reaches, to the ropebreak! Hashi drags him from the ropes!! Hashi has changed it to a sleeper, but Juice fights up again. Hashi keeps him from the ropes with a BACKSTABBER! Hashi goes up top! SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Juice survives and the fans are thunderous! Hashi stays fired up, drags Juice back up, spins him to a pump handle, but Juice fights out! Juice clubs Hashi but also falls over.
Fans rally up as both men are down. Hashi drags Juice up, Juice breaks free but Hashi CHOPS! Juice CHOPS back, fires up, and pumps up. The fans rally as Juice aims, but Hashi mule kicks first! Hashi runs, Juice blocks his lariat to LARIAT back! Juice drags Hashi up, fireman’s carries, spins and JUICE BOX GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Juice still has something! Juice drags Hashi up, chicken wings and spins, PULP- NO! ROLL UP! TWO!! Hashi hurries up to his feet, Juice punches but Hashi deflects! Hashi spins Juice but Juice ROCKS him with a right! Then the LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Juice drags Hashi up, chicken wings to PULP FRICTION!! Cover, Juice wins!
Winner: Juice Robinson, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Hashi earns 0
Hashi could not #GetBackUp after that combination! Juice gets a big win in his return, will he have the juice to conquer the block?
Block B – Toru Yano VS SANADA!
The tentative Mr. KOPW 2020 is already after another prize! But the Cold Skull won’t let The Producer get another one over him! Will Sanada bring YTR to a Skull End?
Sanada has another new look, shedding the pirate theme to become more of a futuristic, space-age… vampire? Yano is still Yano, though. The ref does a very thorough check of Yano and finds spare wrist tape under BOTH knee pads! Yano insists that’s all, and the bell rings. Sanada and Yano tie up, Sanada powers Yano to ropes, and Yano shouts for the break. Sanada lets off clean and they go again. Yano puts Sanada on the ropes this time but is more reluctant to give the break. Sanada and Yano go again, Sanada gets around for a waistlock, but he says he feels something suspicious under that shirt! The ref goes feeling around, and finds under the waistband, a THIRD roll of tape! Yano says that’s the last one, and Sanada rolls him up! TWO!!
Yano freaks out, dodges Sanadan and gets him for a special takedown, half nelson cover, TWO!! Sanada almost got caught there! Yano backs off to go after his favorite corner pad! He gets it off, but Sanada rolls him for a rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling, rolling cradle! Cover, TWO!! Yano still has the pad but he’s so dizzy he’s swinging at the ref! Sanada trips Yano up, has both legs, but Yano BOPS him with the pad! Yano rolls away and out of the ring to stumble around the outside. Is Yano walking away? Sanada would only get one point if he won this way. Yano goes to the crowd, grabs an empty chair and takes a seat! Fans cheer but Sanada is not amused. The ring count begins and Yano dares Sanada to come get him.
Sanada hears the count pass 10 of 20. It’s reaching 15 of 20! Yano is the one who gets anxious, so he runs back! He’s in at 19.69! Sanada grabs the buckle pad, so Yano unties the other! It’s a buckle pad fight! Sanada smacks the pad out of Yano’s hand, tosses him the other, and then dropkicks Yano down! Sanada goes up top, moonsaults, but Yano dodges! Yano side steps Sanada to send him into bare buckles! Roll up, TWO!! Yano drags Sanada back up, Sanada knees low and runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano trips and catapults Sanada into the other bare buckles! Sanada staggers, Yano trips him up, and Yano fires the fans up by trying to steal Paradise! Sanada boots Yano away into bare buckles, catches him for a cradle, TWO!! Yano escapes and bails out of the ring again.
Sanada aims and slingshots for the PLANCHA! Fans fire up, Sanada drags Yano up for a headlock, and he drags Yano up the ramp. Sanada rakes Yano’s eyes, and ties him up in PARADISE! Sanada stands on Yano and hears the cheers before leaving Yano behind. The ring count begins again and Yano is stuck! Young Lions untie Yano? Sanada doesn’t like that, so he ties the Young Lion up! Yano attacks Sanada, and somehow has MORE tape?! He ties Sanada to the Young Lion!! The count is already 18! Yano is in, Sanada tries to three-legged-race with the Young Lion, but the count hits 20!! Yano wins!!
Winner: Toru Yano, by count-out; gains 1 point, Sanada earns 0
Yano cuts his losses quite literally, and only gets one point since this wasn’t a pin or submission victory. Sanada unties himself from the Young Lion, but will he be able to rebound from this moment of humiliation? Will Yano taking shortcuts cost him in the end?
Block B – Hirooki Goto VS KENTA!
The Fierce Warrior “welcomes” the Bullet Club’s #FangRevived back, and wants to finally pay him back for what he did to Shibata! Will Kenta “kindly” decline and take the crucial first win instead?
The bell rings and Kenta bails out. Kenta paces around the ring as Goto eggs him on, but Kenta takes his time. Kenta slowly returns, circles with Goto again, and they tie up. Goto powers Kenta to the ropes, the ref calls for the break, and Goto pats Kenta on the shoulder as he lets off. Kenta and Goto circle, tie up again, and Kenta pulls hair to put Goto on the ropes! The ref counts, Kenta lets go but then throws a forearm! Goto DECKS Kenta for it! Goto clubs Kenta, whips him but Kenta grabs ropes. Kenta bails out, goes around the way, but Goto slides out to pursue! Goto kicks Kenta and puts him back in the ring, but Kenta bails out the side. Goto grows annoyed, chases Kenta back into the ring, but Kenta stomps Goto as he returns!
Kenta clubs away, throws haymakers and pulls hair, to then whip Goto to ropes. Goto reverses the hip toss to a hip toss, then runs Kenta over! Fans fire up as Goto keeps Kenta from escaping the ring! Goto drags Kenta up on the apron but Kenta hotshots him back! And hotshots the arm! Kenta drags Goto out to POST the shoulder! Goto goes down clutching that arm but Kenta drags him back up. Kenta wrenches and hammerlocks to RAM that arm into railing! The ref starts a ring count, Kenta kicks Goto while he’s down but drags him up. The count passes 10, Kenta puts Goto in at 12. Kenta drags Goto up, wrenches to a shoulder breaker, then KICKS the arm! And again! Goto is at the ropes and Kenta stands on his head, mocking the fans. The ref counts, Kenta lets up but drags Goto back up.
Fans rally up for Goto but Kenta gives the bad arm another wrench to breaker! Kenta drags Goto down to a Fujiwara armbar but Goto gets the ropebreak with a foot. Kenta cranks and holds until 3. Kenta kicks at Goto mockingly, then kicks harder. Kenta eggs Goto on, but Goto eggs Kenta. Kenta kicks and kicks but Goto CHOPS! Kenta kicks back, and again, then gets the arm to drag Goto back down! Goto resists, scrambles and gets the ropebreak again. Kenta holds until 3, but he kicks at the bad arm. Kenta mocks the fans rallying for Goto and he keeps kicking. Goto grits his teeth but Kenta drags him up for haymakers. Kenta toys with Goto and kicks the bad arm again. And again! Kenta taunts Goto as he just keeps kicking!
Kenta boots Goto but Goto gets up. Kenta runs to boot but Goto blocks to shove Kenta down! Goto gets to a corner, Kenta is in the other, and Kenta runs in, only to miss! Goto hits a BIG back suplex! Both men are down and Kenta goes back to a corner. Goto runs in to clothesline, then runs to BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto grits his teeth as he shakes out the bad arm. Goto brings Kenta up, fireman’s carry but Kenta rakes eyes to slip out! Kenta shoves Goto and catches him for a POWERSLAM! Goto gets to a corner, Kenta runs in again, but Goto boots him away this time. Goto swings but Kenta catches the arm, but Goto powers off to prevent the takedown! Goto runs at Kenta in a corner, but Kenta boots back. Kenta hops up, reels Goto in, tornado stungun!
Goto is down, Kenta goes up top, but Goto gets up. Kenta takes him down with a flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps his cool as he toys with Goto again. Kenta kicks and kicks but Goto just gets angry. Goto’s glare alone eggs Kenta on. Kenta kicks and kicks but Goto keeps taking them on! Goto swings but into a takedown! Kenta has the arm, but Goto gets to ropes! Kenta lets go but he stomps Goto to the ropes. Kenta kicks him over and over, then drags him up on the apron. He brings Goto through the ropes but Goto fights back! Goto and Kenta brawl with forearms, Kenta rakes the eyes! Kenta runs side to side, boots and sleeper holds Goto on the ropes! The ref counts, but Goto pries free to go after Kenta’s arm, to give back the shoulder breaker!
Kenta already has tape on the one arm, Goto KICKS out the other! Goto wrenches on the arm for a Disarmer! Kenta crawls and reaches, Goto cranks and twists, but Kenta moves around to get the ropebreak. Goto lets go but comes back to drag Kenta up. Kenta blocks the back suplex, elbows Goto, but Goto pump handles for an OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives Jigoku Kuruma (Go To Heaven), but Goto grits his teeth. Goto drags Kenta up, fans rally up as he turns Kenta to the dragon sleeper. Kenta fights back but Goto spins him to uppercut the arm over and over! Goto wrenches the other arm to club it! Goto runs but Kenta catches him to spin him to a DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up again.
Kenta sits up first, fans rally for Goto, but Kenta drags Goto up to put him through ropes. Kenta hits the DRAPING DDT! Kenta watches Goto get to the corner, runs corner to corner, and hits a leaping boot! Kenta keeps moving, LEAPING DROPKICK! Goto is in the drop zone, Kenta goes up top again, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives the coup de grace but Kenta gets space again. Goto manages to sit up, fires up, but Kenta hits PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives but Kenta is still focused. Kenta slashes the throat, drags Goto up to a fireman’s carry, but Goto blocks the GTS! Kenta fires palm strikes and is free, but he keeps hitting Goto again and again! But he runs into USHIGOROSHI!
Goto drags Kenta into the hammerlock, and pulls on the other arm! Kenta endures this modified armbar, crawls with his legs, but Goto cranks harder! Kenta still gets a foot for the ropebreak! Goto lets go but the fans keep rallying. Goto goes after Kenta, avoids being dragged down, but Kenta elbows out of the German Suplex. Kenta runs, Goto follows, Kenta dodges but runs into fireman’s carry, to dragon sleeper! Kenta drops down to go after a leg, and then hooks an arm! Goto resists but Kenta gets the crossface, for GAME OVER! Goto endures as Kenta cranks back, and Kenta focuses on just the arm a moment to make sure it’s caught! Goto rolls but ends up away from the ropes! Goto TAPS, Kenta wins!!
Winner: Kenta, by submission; gains 2 points, Goto earns 0
The IWGP United States Champion’s current #1 contender just got a big win to start his G1! Will Kenta earn another huge title opportunity even before cashing in the one he has?
Block B – Zack Sabre Jr. VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Submission Master’s tag team partner, Taichi, won his first match, so ZSJ will surely want to stay on pace. But the King of Darkness is determined to get back to the IWGP Heavyweight Championship! Will ZSJ make Evil #JustTapOut? Or will he find that Everything is STILL Evil?!
Dick gets in ZSJ’s face but ZSJ grabs his finger and twists! Evil kicks ZSJ low and stomps him down while Dick gets away. The bell rings and this is on record as ZSJ and Evil brawl on the outside. Evil toys with ZSJ but ZSJ EuroUppers. Evil CHOPS, ZSJ boots but Evil blocks to elbow the knee! Evil whips ZSJ into railing, ZSJ runs right back at Evil, but into the sidewalk slam! Evil Too Sweets the camera before finding some chairs under the ring! Dick goes after ZSJ while Red Shoes is busy with Evil! Evil leaves the chair behind and goes into the ring. Evil undoes the blue corner buckle, the new Bullet Club signature. Fans rally as the ring count climbs, and Dick taunts ZSJ.
ZSJ gets up at 10, in at 11, but Evil is on him with clubbing forearms. Evil laughs as he wrenches and whips ZSJ into the bare buckles! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done. Evil drags ZSJ around by a leg, ZSJ resists but Evil still turns him over for a rough Half Crab! Evil sits deep but ZSJ endures, powers up, and he gets the ropebreak. Evil holds on until 3, ZSJ gets to a corner. Evil taunts ZSJ, messes his hair, and dares him to hit back. ZSJ throws a HARD EuroUpper! Fans cheer as ZSJ throws more EuroUppers, but Evil rakes his eyes! Evil runs, ZSJ ducks and gets around, Cobra Twist! Evil pops out to reverse it onto ZSJ! Evil gets help from Dick but Red Shoes sees that and counts. Evil lets go at 3, then drags ZSJ back up.
Evil scoops and slams ZSJ down hard, covers, TWO! He tries again, TWO! Again, TWO!! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but fans cheer. ZSJ clutches his back and tries to get feeling in it. Evil clubs ZSJ on the back then wrenches him arm for a whip back to the bare corner! ZSJ stops himself, goes up and under, headbutts, snapmares and TWISTS the neck! Fans cheer as things are even between ZSJ and Evil now. ZSJ stands on Evil’s head as fans rally up. ZSJ gets an arm, drags Evil around and CRANKS the arm! Then BOOTS Evil down! ZSJ dares Dick to do something then goes back to Evil. ZSJ drags Evil up, wrenches the arm, clamps onto it with a hammerlock, recliner cover, TWO!
ZSJ still has the arms, twists and stands on one, with the other trapped under Evil’s body! ZSJ STOMPS the arm and fans cheer! ZSJ keeps on Evil, drags him around by the arms again, and twists for a hammerlock STOMP! And then ZSJ wrenches the other arm, but Evil avoids the Pele! ZSJ avoids Evil’s senton and boots, but Evil deflects that at Red Shoes to then mule kick low! Both men are down as fans rally back up. Evil shakes out his arms while ZSJ clutches his back. ZSJ gets to a corner, Evil runs in, but he blocks the boots! Evil turns ZSJ sideways, clubs him and Tree of Woe STOMPS him! Fans cheer and rally up, which annoys Evil just a little.
Evil drags ZSJ up, fisherman but ZSJ fights out to PELE the arm! ZSJ runs, Evil goes to the corner but ZSJ gets around him for the IRON OCTOPUS! Evil pops out but ZSJ reapplies for the Cobra Twist! Evil pulls an ear! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil FISHERMAN BUSTERS! Both men are down but fans build back to a rally. ZSJ scoots to a corner and Evil takes aim. Evil runs in, for the corner clothesline! Evil drags ZSJ back up as fans build to another rally. Evil hoists ZSJ up top, climbs up to join him, and fans continue to rally. Evil goes all the way up, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and gets to a corner while Evil grits his teeth.
Evil sits ZSJ up, slashes the throat, and brings ZSJ to his feet. ZSJ elbows the STO away, then gets a sleeper hold! Scoop but no Zack Driver as Evil rakes eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil spins, but into an arm-drag! ZSJ rolls Evil around to a chicken wing cover, TWO!! JIM BREAKS ARMBAR! ZSJ has Evil caught as he pulls way back on the arm! But Dick gets on the apron, hiding his choker! ZSJ lets Evil go to BOOT Dick down! ZSJ kicks Evil down, then fires up. The fans fire up with him as ZSJ sits Evil up, but Evil blocks the kick! Evil spins ZSJ, ZSJ sits down to block the German but Evil whips ZSJ into Red Shoes AND the bare corner!! LARIAT!
Red Shoes flops out of the ring, Dick gets back in! The Spoiler grins as he stomps away on ZSJ! Young Lions check on Red Shoes and Evil has Dick bring ZSJ up. Bullet Club double whip and double shoulder ZSJ down, for SENTON after SENTON! Dick stands on ZSJ and Evil vows to finish this! Dick feeds ZSJ to Evil, they work together, but no Magic Killer as ZSJ boots Dick away! Evil kicks low and runs but into ZSJ’s boot! ZSJ throws more EuroUppers, dodges Dick and throws him down for the ARTICLE 50 ARMBAR! Dick taps but it doesn’t matter, and then Evil stomps ZSJ! Fans rally up for ZSJ but Evil shakes his head.
Evil drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carries, but ZSJ slips out of Darkness Falls to full nelson! Evil LOW BLOW MULE KICKS, but ZSJ catches it with his legs!! ZSJ gets the leg in an ANKLE LOCK! ZSJ cranks, Evil rolls and sends ZSJ into the bare buckles! Both men are down, Red Shoes returns and the fans rally up again! Evil drags ZSJ back up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS!! Cover, TWO!?! ZSJ survives and the fans are fired up! Evil is furious, though, and he vows to end this! Spin and- NO STO! ZSJ brings Evil’s arms from underneath, into the EURO CLUTCH!! ZSJ WINS!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Evil earns 0
Evil and Dick are FURIOUS with Red Shoes! ZSJ didn’t need to make Evil tap out and he still gets one over on the former Double Champion! Is ZSJ going to make his way to the top of the block?
Block B – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito!
The Ace VS the current IWGP Double Champion is the biggest match possible in Block B, and certainly for the first round! Will Tanahashi accomplish a shortcut by pinning Naito now? Or will Naito start on the road to choosing his own challenger?
Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Tanahashi only has to take off his elaborately decorated jacket. The bell rings and fans are fired up already! Tanahashi and Naito circle slowly, but Naito is his usual half-committed self to the approach. Tanahashi cools off and waits on Naito. The fans clap for “Go Ace!” as he rushes Naito to get the leg. Tanahashi shifts to a waistlock, Naito switches but Tanahashi switches back. Naito switches again, Tanahashi gets a facelock, drags Naito down and floats to a headlock, but Naito slips out the back to a hammerlock. Naito cranks on the arm, Tanahashi reaches back to drag Naito down to a headlock! The fans cheer the technical exchange but Naito grinds forearms in Tanahashi’s face. Naito gets to his feet, pulls hair, then pries out of the headlock.
Tanahashi resists the rest of the reversal, fans rally up, and Tanahashi powers Naito back into the headlock. Naito pops out the back to hammerlock, Tanahashi turns it back onto Naito, then shifts to the headlock for another takeover. Naito rolls Tanahashi over to turn the headlock onto him but Tanahashi headscissors. Naito pops out and the two stand off, Tanahashi strumming the air guitar. Fans cheer as the two reset. Naito and Tanahashi circle, fans rally up, but like yesterday’s Okada-Ibushi, the rhythm could be “NA-I-TO!” or “TA-NAH-SHI!” Naito kicks Tanahashi low, clubs him on the back, then clubs him more. Naito whips Tanahashi but Tanahashi reverses to dropkick the legs out!
Tanahashi stomps Naito down then stomps the bad leg. Fans rally again, Tanahashi twists the leg and turns Naito over for a KNEE BREAKER! That was new from The Ace! Tanahashi stalks Naito, twists the leg again and ties the legs up in a figure four knot. Naito endures, fans rally, Naito grabs at Tanahashi’s hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Tanahashi cranks harder on the legs, and drags Naito. Naito gets the ropebreak before the Cloverleaf could lock in! Naito gets out to walk it off, but the ring count begins. Naito waits until 15, Tanahashi rushes him but Naito gets in. Naito hits Tanahashi off the apron, but fakes Tanahashi out to Tranquilo! Tanahashi gets in to senton but misses! Naito still Tranquilo as he shoos Tanahashi away.
Tanahashi ends up outside the ring now and Naito goes out to fetch him. Naito stomps Tanahashi, drags him up and whips him into railing! Naito grinds Tanahashi against the railing with a cravat! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito stops and brings Tanahashi up to whip. Tanahashi reverses and sends Naito into railing! But Naito comes back with a shotgun dropkick! Naito whips Tanahashi back into railing! Naito leaves Tanahashi behind and the ring count returns. Tanahashi stirs, gets up at 12, hobbles over and gets in at 15. Naito walks over to stomp the legs! Naito drags Tanahashi up, kicks the legs and dragon sleepers for the backbreaker to leg hook full nelson! Tanahashi endures, Naito pulls on his hair, but fans rally up. Tanahashi reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot!
Naito claims he needs help untying the hold so Red Shoes helps. Tanahashi is free but Naito is on him right away with a whip to ropes. Naito runs Tanahashi over then basement dropkicks from behind! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally up for Tanahashi but Naito gets annoyed. Naito drags Tanahashi up, Tanahashi hits back with forearms and body shots! Naito fakes Tanahashi out to kick the leg! Naito boots Tanahashi, whips him corner to corner, and runs in for the rocket kick! COMBINACION- NO! Tanahashi blocks the swinging dropkick for a swinging SLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up again!
Tanahashi gets to his feet first, drags Naito up and fires off forearms and body shots! He has Naito in a corner, whips him corner to corner but Naito reverses. Tanahashi comes back with a flying forearm! The Ace fires up more and drags Naito up. Tanahashi scoop slams Naito down, hops up and hits the second rope somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool and fans keep rallying. Tanahashi aims at Naito in the corner and runs in, but Naito boots! Tanahashi blocks it but Naito resists as best he can. Tanahashi still hits the DRAGON SCREW! Both men are down, fans cheer and rally up. Naito bails out, Tanahashi gets up and goes to the corner! Tanahashi climbs and aims at Naito for the ACES HIGH!! Direct hit and both men crash down!
Red Shoes checks on them both but they’re both okay to continue. Tanahashi gets up first as the ring count climbs. Tanahashi hobbles in at 8, Naito still hasn’t gotten up! The count passes 15! Naito gets up at 17, and in at 19.5! Tanahashi is after his leg again! Tanahashi gives Naito a DRAGON SCREW in the ropes!! And dropkicks Naito’s leg! And then hits another DRAGON SCREW! Fans are fired up with Tanahashi as he goes over to Naito. Naito resists the Cloverleaf again, reaches for ropes, but Tanahashi drags him away! Naito cradle counters, TWO!! Tanahashi goes after the legs again but Naito clubs him away. Naito elbows Tanahashi then hits a SPINE BUSTER!
Both men are down again, but fans rally up again. Naito drags Tanahashi up, rams him into a corner, and then hoists him up top. Naito climbs up and hits the SUPER STEINER! But Tanahashi sunset flips through it!? TWO!! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And then another! Tanahashi stands while Naito writhes! Tanahashi gets both legs for the Cloverleaf! Naito endures as Tanahashi sits deep on the hold! Fans rally harder and harder as Naito continues to endure! Naito drags himself over, reaches but Tanahashi cranks back! Tanahashi sits so deep on the hold! Red Shoes checks on Naito but he’s still awake! Naito drags himself over, Tanahashi cranks harder still! Naito gets the ROPEBREAK! Tanahashi lets go and is frustrated but the fans are thunderous!
Tanahashi gets up, grabs at Naito but Naito holds tight to the ropes. Tanahashi still gets Naito up, fisherman scoop, but Naito fights out! Tanahashi kicks and whips Naito and catches the leaping forearms for a full nelson! Naito breaks free before the Dragon Suplex, but Tanahashi traps the arms for a STRAITJACKET GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!?! The fans are thunderous that Naito survives! Tanahashi keeps his cool and waits for Naito to stand. Tanahashi runs, Naito ducks the Sling Blade for the rolling kick! Naito reels Tanahashi in, for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down but the fans rally up! Naito fires up with his wild eyes and tongue, and then hurries over to Tanahashi. Naito drags Tanahashi up, scoops, but Tanahashi turns it into a SLING BLADE!
Tanahashi drags Naito up, but Naito makes the scoop into DESTINO! Both men are down again and fans are again thunderous! Naito and Tanahashi stir and Naito sits up first. Tanahashi follows, the two stand, and Tanahashi throws a forearm! Naito comes back with a forearm of his own! Tanahashi hits Naito, Naito hits Tanahashi, repeat! Naito grins and Tanahashi eggs him on. Naito hits back, Tanahashi hits again, and fans clap with every hit. Things speed up faster and faster, neither man backs down as they throw more forearms! Tanahashi fires off EuroUpper, Naito spits and fires off more forearms! Tanahashi ROCKS Naito with the palm strike!
Tanahashi whips but Naito reverses to throw elbow after elbow! Tanahashi drops to the mat and fans fire up again. Naito drags Tanahashi up, throws more elbows and Tanahashi drops again. The fans are thunderous, Naito drags Tanahashi up by his hair and throws even more elbows! Naito clobbers Tanahashi with that last one, but the fans haven’t stopped clapping. Naito drags Tanahashi back up, hammerlocks and lifts, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi still lives but Naito still keeps cool. Naito looms over Tanahashi, drags him up, and wrenches to tilt, but Tanahashi blocks Destino to hit TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another! Tanahashi hits a THIRD Twist ‘n’ Shout!
Fans fire up again as Tanahashi watches Naito rise. Tanahashi runs, no Sling Blade as Naito elbows and enziguris! And tilt, no! Tanahashi reverses Destino to SLING BLADE!! Fans are booming again as Tanahashi staggers about. Tanahashi runs, for another SLING BLADE! Tanahashi hurries up top, Naito slowly rises, ACES HIGH AGAIN! But Tanahashi keeps going and is back up top! HIGH FLY FLOW FLOPS!!! Naito avoids certain defeat! Fans are thunderous once more as Naito stalks up behind Tanahashi. Tanahashi slowly rises, Naito runs in and tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?!? Naito won’t let himself be shocked as he drags Tanahashi back up.
Naito wrenches, tries again, but Tanahashi blocks Destino! Tanahashi swings a palm strike but Naito blocks to palm strike back! Naito scoops for VALENTIA! And then he brings Tanahashi up, for DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Tanahashi earns 0
The IWGP Double Champion conquers the Once in a Century Talent! Not even Tanahashi could pull off the shortcut! Did we already see the greatest match in Block B, if not the entire 30th G1 Climax?
Naito impatiently has the Young Lions get Tanahashi out so he can celebrate this victory and speak to the fans. “Buenos tardes, OSAKAAA~!” Osaka’s Edion Arena being the start of G1 Climax 30, with A Block yesterday and B Block today, he wants asks how they liked their first taste of “G1 Fever”? The tour goes to Kobe and comes back to Osaka in a month, but that’s only A Block shows. Sorry to the Kansai folks that don’t get to see the Double Champion. But he promises to be back in Osaka in November, with both titles AND the G1 Trophy, so until then, TRANQUILO! Please be patient and look forward to that date.
That said, let’s wrap it up. While the live fans can’t shout along, please shout in your hearts. The roll call is the only way to close G1 Climax’s opening weekend, of course! “BUSHI! SANADA! HIROMU! TAKAGI! Y NAITO! Nosotros Los Ingoberrrrrrnableeees~! DE! JA! PON!” Naito leaves with his two titles, but will he stay undefeated in the G1 to determine his own fate?
What a great first round for B Block, and second day overall for the G1! Some interesting parallels made already between the blocks, but especially arranging the main event match to be an incredible one. Ibushi won big against Okada, and Naito wins big against Tanahashi, though I suppose the champion would be expected to win. I wonder if the finals are already set to give us the rematch of Naito VS Ibushi. It’d be quite the amazing finals if it came down to Ibushi going back to back or Naito getting to choose his opponent. All of the other matches were great, too, and I think it will be a hilarious plot point if Yano winning by count-out will mean he doesn’t win the block and ends up just being a spoiler.
I liked Sanada’s new gear but it seems his change in gear never changes his style. I suppose that’s fine, though, because fans still really like Sanada and the Paradise Lock. I am also surprised Goto and Kenta had their match in the first round, but Kenta wins mostly so there’s no question if Goto could have a shot at his IWGP US Championship contract. ZSJ beating Evil was a great twist, as I thought Dick’s interference was going to turn things. But it seems ZSJ has Evil’s number in the overall series between them. ZSJ can definitely be a top contender in the Block, but obviously a win over Naito accomplishes very much the same as the G1 itself, i.e. a title match in the back pocket.
My Score: 9.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/3/22)
An extreme go-home!
Raw gets ready for Extreme Rules!
With Extreme Rules this Saturday, Bianca Belair and Bayley sign the contract for their Raw Women’s Championship Ladder match! But will The EST keep DMG CTRL under control?
- Rey Mysterio & AJ Styles VS The Judgement Day; The Judgement Day wins.
- Bobby Lashley VS Mustafa Ali; Lashley wins.
- Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control; Dakota wins.
- Johnny Gargano VS Otis w/ Chad Gable & Austin Theory; Otis wins.
- Braun Strowman VS Chad Gable w/ Otis & Austin Theory; Braun wins.
- Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Solo Sikoa w/ The Bloodline; Solo wins.
- Alexa Bliss w/ Bianca Belair VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control; Iyo wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Rey Mysterio & AJ Styles VS The Judgement Day!
The King of Lucha has so far failed to reach his son, Dominik. And the Phenomenal One has so far refused to give in despite his former friend, Finn Balor, reaching out to him. With an I Quit match between Finn and Edge this Saturday at Extreme Rules, will the Prince and the Punisher make Rey give up on Dom and Styles give up on his pride? Or will Rey & Styles get their pound of flesh before the Rated R Superstar gets his?
Before the match, the Judgement Day get mics as fans in St. Paul boo. Finn says, “Eleven years ago, Edge was medically forced to quit.” Rhea adds a sarcastic, “Aww.” Finn says against all the odds, Edge fought back with strength and determination, and he overcame and returned to doing what he loves most, and that is performing in the ring for all the fans. Priest says, “Let’s hear it for Edge, huh?” Finn says, “But as with most things in life, you can only outrun fate for so long. Judgement catches up to all of us. And at Extreme Rules, I am gonna act as the cruel hand of fate that reminds Edge he doesn’t belong anywhere near a ring that I’m standing in!”
Rhea laughs but fans boo. Finn says he’s doing Edge a favor cuz he’s a nice guy. Finn will beat Edge so bad that he’ll be down and out and he’ll be forced to utter the words, “I QUIT!” Priest tells Finn that he has to say, Priest is so excited to witness firsthand a beating so bad that Edge does have to say “I Quit.” And let that serve as notice to anyone that wants to step to The Judgement Day! They will always rise. And that goes especially for their opponents tonight, AJ Styles & Rey Mysterio. Fans chant, “Who’s Your Daddy?” at Dom but Rhea whispers something to him. Dom says, “I’ll tell you exactly who my daddy is, and it’s not Rey Mysterio.”
Dom tells “Jefe, I hate you. I hate you so much. You lied to me my entire life. And I have a new family now, thanks to the Judgement Day.” Finn says speaking of family, his old friend, AJ Styles! Styles, Finn could’ve ended you last night- No, not last night! Last week! He’s so mad at Styles he’s messing up! But Finn could’ve ended Styles but he chose not to. And do you know why? Because Styles is Finn’s friend. The offer is still extended. But trust Finn, he’s not a bad guy, so don’t make him do bad things! Or else the Judgement Day will start by opening up- Wait! Here comes Styles! The Phenomenal One and the King of Lucha make their entrances, and this battle begins!
Rey and Styles don’t wait for a bell, they brawl with Priest and Finn already! Styles whips Finn but Dom and Rhea get Finn outta there. Only for Rey to RANA him! Styles clotheslines Priest out of the ring to the SLINGSHOT FOREARM! Fans fire up as #REYJ stand tall already. Finn is seething as he glares at Rey but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and the match is officially underway as Finn whips Rey to a corner. Finn snarls, runs in but into an elbow! Rey runs and RANAS Finn again! Rey then runs at the corner but is put on the apron. Rey GAMANGIRIS back, goes up top and SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges and then tilt-o-whirl RANAS! Finn staggers to the corner and Priest tags in. Rey dares Priest to bring it, then goes after Priest at the ropes! Priest shoves Rey away, Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges but Priest avoids the crossbody! Rey flops, stands up, and Priest BOOTS him down! Cover, TWO! Rhea coaches Priest and he whips Rey into the corner.
Priest runs to back elbow! Tag to Finn, they mug Rey, and Finn snap suplexes Rey for Uno Amigo! And then another for Dos Amigos! Fans boo as Finn gives us Latino Heat, and he finishes THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but fans rally up as Rey stays in this. Finn drags Rey up, puts him against ropes, but Rey holds ropes to block the whip. Finn gets Rey loose to whip and slide him out of the ring! Rey hits the floor and Rhea is there to taunt him. The ref starts a ring count but Priest drags Rey up to scoop him. Priest fakes a Snake Eyes on the desk to SNAKE EYES off the apron!
Fans boo but Priest tags Finn back in. Finn waits on Rey as he crawls in. Finn stomps away at the ropes, then lets off as the ref counts. Rey crawls but Finn drags him up to snapmare and chinlock. Finn grinds Rey, leans on the hold, and fans rally up. Rey fights, throws elbows, and JAWBREAKERS free! Rey reaches out but Finn keeps him from Styles! Finn knees low, whips Rey to ropes, but Rey wheelbarrows and BULLDOGS! Fans fire up but Rhea freaks out as both men are down! Finn and Rey crawl, hot tags to Priest and Styles Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Then the SLIDING FOREARM! Priest flounders but fans fire up!
Styles clotheslines in the corner, fireman’s carries Priest, but he drops Priest as Finn gets in. Styles DECKS Finn, goes back to CHOP Priest, then he PELES Priest! Styles reels Priest in, but Priest shoves Styles and Finn holds the ropes open! Styles tumbles to the floor and the Judgement Day is back in control as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Finn tags Priest. Finn scoops Styles, BACKBREAKER LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Rhea is frustrated but the count was fair. Priest clamps on a leg crucifix full nelson! Styles endures, pushes to a cover, TWO! Styles hooks Priest’s leg and rolls him, but Priest rolls through to DECK Styles! Priest stands Styles up, springboards, but into an ATOMIC DROP! And then Styles PELES again! Fans fire up and both men crawl again, but Rhea is lurking! Finn distracts and Rhea trips Rey off the apron! Fans boo but Priest drags Styles away to then LARIAT! Tag to Finn, he and Priest whip Styles, but Styles blocks a kick!
Styles sends Priest’s kick into Finn’s stomach, and then reels them both in for a DOUBLE DDT! Fans fire up as Styles, Finn and Priest are all down, but Rhea eggs Rey on. Then Dom stands in the way and eggs Rey on! Dom kneels and dares Rey to hit him! Rey says this is not the time. But then Rhea CLOBBERS Rey while the ref is checking Priest! Rhea dusts herself off and Styles sees what happened. But then Finn SHOTGUNS Styles down! Finn goes up top, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Judgement Day wins!
Winners: The Judgement Day, by pinfall
Rey can’t keep focus with Dom in his head, and that costs the team! Styles is upset and Rey apologizes, but then Styles shoves Rey down! Dom may be in Rey’s head, but is Finn getting in Styles’? Wait, then Finn CLOBBERS Styles! He, Priest, Dom and Rhea all stomp away on Styles, and Finn keeps saying, “I’m your friend! I’m your only friend! Why don’t you listen to me?!” Fans boo but Finn drags Styles up, to feed him to Priest’s SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM!! If this is how Finn treats a longtime friend, just how far will he go to end an enemy?
Backstage interview with Bobby Lashley.
Kevin Patrick finds The All Mighty as he’s making his way into the arena, and congratulates him on his three month reign. A dominant US Championship reign, but what’s next? Has it been three months already? Well, Lashley’s legacy is solidified but he will not become complacent. He said it once and he’ll say it again: It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title. So three days, three months, three years, his mentality won’t change. Lashley knew what it takes to get here. He’s been pushed by the industry’s best and he’s beaten them all. McIntyre, Reigns, Lesnar, and Rollins.
So what’s next? Lashley wants someone who had the same hustle and desire that he had to get here. Someone with that mentality is what Lashley is after. Well, then, Mustafa Ali has plenty of desire. But for some reason, he’s still at the back of the line, waiting to be called. But he is done waiting. Ali is done! He is stepping up to the front of the line, and he wants an opportunity now. Right now! Okay, Lashley sees the hustle, the grind. Just keep it up and Lashley will make sure Ali gets that opportunity. NO! Ali isn’t asking! He’s demanding an opportunity! Lashley says people are getting too comfortable disrespecting him. If Ali wants his opportunity, he’s got it!
Will the Beacon regret getting the All Mighty’s attention? Or is he going to make the most of this opportunity he made for himself?
Sami Zayn and Jimmy Uso are backstage!
And they’re cracking up about something. Something about the couch and the chair being on fire but Sami didn’t see it so he was still dancing. Solo Sikoa is there and doesn’t seem quite as amused as Jimmy by this story. Sami’s friend runs in with a fire extinguisher, asks where his dog went, and Sami says, “I’m right here.” HA! Jimmy wishes he was there, that sounded like a good time. But then Jey storms in and Jimmy clams up. Sami says hey, Jey. What’s so funny? Sami says it’s not that important. Right, y’all’re here having a good time when they’re supposed to be handling business! Jimmy says relax, they’re just joking.
Sami says no, Jey is right. This is business. The Bloodline has to let everyone know that next week, the Tribal Chief is coming as part of the Raw season premiere. Right! Sami says the Honorary Uce can lead by example. Let’s put some fools on notice! YEET! Let’s go! Oh hey, look here. Sami addresses the Street Profits and lets them and all of Raw know. Next week, the Bloodline will be here with the Tribal Chief, so prepare to acknowledge him. Montez Ford tells Angelo Dawkins, “Look who it is! It’s the Honorary Uce! The hype man of the century, Sami Zayn! Along with the Bloodline, walking around Monday Night Raw like they own the arena.”
You don’t own anything, Sami! In fact, there’s only two things the Bloodline needs to acknowledge, and that’s DEEZ- No, whoa, hold on. Don’t do ’em like that, fam. Jimmy says no, finish it. Deez what? Say something disrespectful and get two matching boots, Tez. He of course means the bad leg the Profits gave Ford the last time they faced off. Dawkins says Jey’s got a lot of bass in his voice. How about Dawks breaks off a boot in Jey’s ass? Solo has everyone step back. The Street Champion dares Dawkins to try that on him. Then say less, fam, Dawks will see you out there!
Sami says that’s good, see you out there, fam. The Bloodline’s Enforcer is ready, will he tear into Dawkins like he did Ricochet and Moss last Friday?
Bobby Lashley VS Mustafa Ali!
The Rocky Mountain Machine has reigned for three months, and looks to keep going and going and going. But he won’t stand for those thinking he’s some big pushover. Will he turn out the lights on The Beacon? Or will Ali catch Bobby off guard here tonight?
The bell rings and Ali rushes to dropkick, but Lashley dodges! Ali crashes, Lashley fires off on him, then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes him! Lashley aims and runs in to RAM Ali into a corner! And again and again! Then he turns Ali for a NECKBREAKER! Lashley then drags Ali up to suplex and hold him! Fans fire up for the SLAM! Ali grits his teeth but Lashley aims again. Lashley runs corner to corner but into a KNEE! Ali aims to CHOP! And ROCK! And whip, but Lashley blocks! Lashley whips but Ali goes up, only to get caught! Ali slips off and ducks to then SUPERKICK! Lashley wobbles, Ali goes up and up and leaps, FLYING DDT!
Lashley bails out and fans fire up as Ali builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit, Lashley hits desk, but stays up. Ali brings Lashley back but Lashley blocks to toss Ali in first. Ali KICKS Lashley back out! But Lashley drags Ali out to join him and LARIAT! Ali gets turned inside out and fans fire up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Lashley drags Ali back up. Lashley elbows him in the corner over and over, then whips him corner to corner hard! Ali bounces off the buckles and hits the mat, and Lashley looms over him. Lashley drags Ali up to put him in a corner for more elbows. Lashley CLUBS Ali, whips him corner to corner again, and Ali bounces off buckles into the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Ali survives but Lashley keeps focus. Ali says, “I’m not staying down.” Lashley drags Ali up and bumps him off buckles. Lashley puts Ali up top, climbs up after him, and then brings Ali up. Ali fires off body shots and forearms and headbutts! Lashley falls!
Ali aims, and he 450 SPLASHES Lashley’s ARM!! Lashley writhes, Ali drags him up and CLUBS the bad arm! But Lashley shoves him away with the good arm. Ali SHOTGUNS Lashley into a corner, fires off on the bad arum, and runs, into a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!? Ali survives and shocks Lashley on that one. Lashley drag Ali up and gut wrenches him for the CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO?!? Lashley is growing frustrated with Ali, but Ali crawls and drags himself up. Lashley tells Ali to stay down, “You don’t want this.” Ali SLAPS Lashley! Lashley’s pissed now! Lashley TOSSES Ali out!
Lashley goes out, drags Ali up, and fireman’s carries to POST him! Ali flies away but Lashley refreshes the count. Lashley hauls him up again, and POSTS Ali again! Lashley refreshes the count again, hauls Ali up for a third time, and TOSSES him into the timekeeper’s area! Lashley goes into the ring to let the count handle Ali. Ali crawls, the count is 5 of 10, but Ali flounders. We’re at 8, then 9, but Ali is in at 9.999!! Lashley is more confused than anything! What is Ali thinking? Lashley aims from the corner, runs in, and SPEARS Ali!! But that’s not all! Lashley is going to teach Ali a lesson with the HURT LOCK!! Ali refuses to give up, but he fades out! Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
Lashley has a mighty body, but Ali shows he has a mighty heart. Ali still lost, but did he at least win Lashley’s respect? Lashley goes back to Ali as he sputters around. Lashley drags Ali up, but SETH ROLLINS attacks! And CURB STOMPS Lashley!! The Visionary laughs as he drags Lashley up and CURB STOMPS him onto the belt!! The Visionary gets revenge for not becoming WWE United States Champion. And then just because he can, CURB STOMP for Ali to the floor! Rollins is going to hang around because he has a face-to-face with Matt Riddle, but there is a No Physicality Agreement in effect. Will the Visionary and the Bro stick to that agreement?
Raw returns with Rollins in the ring.
Last week, after Raw went off the air, Rollins instigated another brawl with Matt Riddle, which is why there’s the No Physicality Agreement, and why Daniel Cormier will be the Fight Pit’s special guest referee! But Rollins is all smiles as he says, “Well now that we have cleared Bobby Trashley from the ring, HAHAHAHA, we can get on with this evening’s festivities. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Monday Night Rollins! And I am your host for this evening. I am a visionary. I am a revolutionary. I am Seth…” “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” “And this Saturday, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I go one on one with the Original Bro… Matt Riddle.”
It’ll be in a match that is soon to become synonymous with Rollins. “Ladies and gentlemen, behold: The Fight Pit.” The narrator of this video package says, “As animosity reaches its peak and hatred goes beyond extreme, the endurance of one’s will is put to the test in one of the most barbaric structures in WWE History. No ring ropes, only steal. No doors, no pinfalls, no escape. The only way to win is by submission or knockout. A blank canvas built for torment, painted only by destruction and devastation. Where your only weapons are your skills and your ability to absorb pain. Toughness is showcased. Careers are altered. But in the end only one will have their hand raised in victory. But neither will ever be the same again.”
Rollins says, “Oooh~! The things I’m gonna do to Riddle inside the Fight Pit. I’m gonna show him what I just showed Bobby Lashley, what I showed Cody Rhodes, what the entire world already knows, and that is I am the most dangerous man in the history of this industry. But that’s Saturday, and we’re here in St. Paul tonight. And I’m scheduled to go face to face with Matt Riddle, so let’s not waste anymore time, Riddle! I know you’re back there scootering around, so why don’t you scoot you annoying face out here so it can piss me off in person.” Fans boo Rollins but “Bro…” Here comes Riddle!
Riddle has a mic to say, “Bro, bro, bro.” Rollins says there he is! No scooter? Aww. Well there’s the guy whose face Rollins will smash this Saturday. Come and pay your respects to the King of the Fight Pit! Riddle asks Rollins what he’s even talking about. Riddle needs to remind Rollins that he’s never BEEN in a Fight Pit before. Riddle has! Well Rollins reminds Riddle that tonight, there is the No Physicality Agreement. Fans boo and Rollins says he knows they want to see them fight, but if Riddle so much as lays a finger on Rollins, the match will be off. Riddle says don’t worry, he won’t put much stitches in that pretty little forehead.
Riddle is actually going to give Rollins an educational lesson on the Fight Pit. Because Riddle won’t just hurt Rollins, he won’t just beat Rollins, Riddle is gonna kill Rollins on Saturday. When Riddle beats Rollins’ lifeless body with elbows and fists and Daniel Cormier has to pull Riddle away and raise his hand in victory, the fans won’t be singing Rollins’ song, it’ll be “BRO~ OHHH~ OHHHHH~!” Riddle gets in Rollins’ face about it but Rollins laughs it off. Until the fans echo it! Rollins says Riddle has it twisted! Even though Riddle and Cormier come from the same place, Cormier isn’t on Riddle’s side. Cormier is a fan of Rollins!
But Rollins has to admit, “Bro,” Riddle has a nice signing voice. Does he sing his kids to sleep at night? “Oh… That’s right. You’re not allowed to see your kids anymore, are you?” Rollins laughs and dares Riddle to take a shot. Wait! He can’t! Because they have their big money match and Riddle needs all the cash he can get. Cuz let’s face it, child support can get expensive. Rollins laughs in Riddle’s face but Riddle tells him his breath is KICKING. But here’s a question for Rollins: When was the last time he held a title? Oh, right! Last time he even fought for one, it was against his boy, Roman, and he choked Rollins out.
Or remember when Rollins last main-evented Mania? Oh wait, he hasn’t. But his wife, Becky, sure has! And there’s a trend here. Seems Rollins comes up second to Roman, to Becky, and this Saturday, he’ll be second to Riddle! Fans fire up for that one but Rollins is fired up. They each dare the other to throw hands but Cormier pops in via the titantron! Cormier says enough. We’ve watched you two whine, argue and complain for months. Enough! This behavior has been insane, we’re all tired of it. The parking lot, the arena, all around the world! For all the people wondering, yes, this is Daniel Cormier. He is one of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, he is THE Double Champ.
Matt, listen, bro. They go way back as UFC fighters. Rollins, Cormier has admired him from afar, ever since he won that first world title. But as the whole world is fed up, so is Cormier. Someone told them they’re in a Fight Pit, and Cormier’s down for that. He lives in the cage, he loves the cage. But there has to be a third man. Can’t be any ol’ ref, so WWE called ya boi, DC, and he will lay down the law to make sure only one of them makes it out of the pit and we put an end to this. That’s what Cormier plans to do. So no more yapping, go train hard and train smart, and we’ll see you both in Philly. Fans fire up for that, but Rollins flicks Riddle’s hat away. Who survives when it’s TIIIIIME?!
Candice LeRae comes across Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss & Asuka.
They all say hey and wish Candice luck against Dakota Kai. Bianca wants Candice to make sure she shows Damage Control what the Poison Pixie is made of. Candice thanks Bianca and vows to do just that. She heads to gorilla, will she take control against DMG CTRL?
The Miz is on the phone with Maryse.
The Hollywood A-Lister tries to get his “beautiful, gorgeous, sexy wife” to hear him out. It is being handled. This B List horror film ends tonight. This lowlife has broken into their home, attacked Miz while wearing a hockey uniform, and cost both Miz and Ciampa the US Championship. Where even IS Ciampa?! But Miz is not leaving until he gets assurances that something is being done about “you know who.” Nothing, and Miz means nothing, will ruin his birthday next week. Maryse presents: The Miz’s Birthday Bash, Live in Brooklyn! And there will be no unwanted surprise appearances from “He Who Shall Not Be Named.”
But speaking of, Dexter Lumis is creeping in from the back door! Someone calls to Miz and he storms over, narrowly avoiding Lumis’ grasp! Miz tells the staffer to shoo, he’s on the phone with his wife. Miz gets gushy with Maryse about saying bye, but Lumis is still lurking. Will the Tortured Artist ruin things despite all of Miz’s preparations?
Candice LeRae VS Dakota Kai w/ Damage Control!
Mrs. Wrestling, the Poison Pixie, came back with a strong win over the Almost SuperHero, and now she takes on one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Will Candice take Dakota for a Wild Ride? Or will #CobraKai be immune to sting Candice first?
The bell rings and Candice circles with Dakota. They tie up, Dakota gets around and she shoves Candice. Dakota taunts Candice then uses ropes as a defense. Candice backs off, but Dakota rushes in to waistlock. Candice switches, Dakota hooks a leg to trip her, and runs. Candice ducks the boot, rolls Dakota up, TWO! Dakota swings, into a backslide! TWO, and Candice arm-drags Dakota down! Candice has an armlock and she grinds Dakota. Dakota endures, fights up, but Candice arm-drags her again. Dakota is frustrated but Candice keeps on the arm. Bayley & Iyo coach Dakota and she fights up.
Dakota powers Candice into a corner, goes side to side, but Candice dodges the boot to bump Dakota off buckles! Candice snapmares and NECK SNAPS to then jackknife! TWO but Candice DROPKICKS Dakota down! Dakota goes to the apron, fans rally but Dakota avoids the shoulder. Candice avoids the boot to smack Dakota off the corner! Dakota falls to the floor and crawls to the ramp. Candice builds speed, but Dakota hurries out of the way. Candice frowns but she WRECKS Dakota with a dropkick! Bayley protests but Candice springboards to CROSSBODY! Direct hit and Dakota is down while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Dakota has Candice in a motorcycle stretch. Candice fights up and turns around to arm-drag Dakota away! Dakota staggers up, Candice RAMS into her, then elbows her! Dakota runs back in to BOOT Candice down! Cover, TWO! Dakota is frustrated but she slaps Candice around. She sits Candice up for Kawada Kicks! Fans boo but Bayley cheers. Dakota dusts her boots off to then scuff Candice around. Bayley taunts Candice that she’s gonna call Baby Wrestling, little Quill Gargano, and tell her mom’s gonna be late getting home. Candice gets mad and pie faces Dakota, but Dakota SCORPION KICKS!
Dakota puts Candice in a corner, runs Around the World, but Candice BOOTS first! Fans fire up while both women are down! Dakota flails and checks her nose while fans rally. Candice stands, she ROCKS Dakota with a forearm! And again! And then CHOPS! And ROCKS! And CHOPS again! Candice backs Dakota down with fast hands! The ref counts and Candice lets off in the corner, but fans fire up! Candice runs in to back body block! And snapmare to a step-up SENTON! Cover, TWO! Bayley and Iyo keep cool as they coach Dakota. Dakota shoves Candice, Candice tilt-o-whirls into an IRON OCTOPUS!
Dakota endures and DMG CTRL freaks out! Dakota fights to a corner and she RAMS Candice into buckles! Dakota kicks Candice, then runs in, but into another BOOT! Candice climbs up but Dakota BOOTS her! Dakota climbs up, CLUBS away on Candice, then stands Candice up. Candice fights the superplex, fights back and slips under, but Dakota holds off the bomb! So Candice YANKS Dakota into the buckles! And then hits a HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Fans fire up while DMG CTRL freaks out! Candice crawls after Dakota, fans rally behind her, but Iyo distracts the ref. Candice goes up but Bayley trips her up! Roll up from Dakota, Dakota wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
DMG CTRL snags one away from Candice and Bayley is all fired up! But will Bayley be able to maintain control of the situation with her contract signing later tonight?
Johnny Gargano walks to gorilla.
Wait, is that Lumis sitting on a trunk, petting an unconscious Miz? Gargano looks back, and Lumis is gone! Gargano pokes Miz and it startles Miz awake. Miz has a picture of Lumis and Miz at a birthday party. Gargano knows that’s not good. Miz runs away and Gargano just chuckles, “Oh, Dexter.” Gargano continues to gorilla, will he have the last laugh against the tree trunk known as Otis?
DMG CTRL celebrates backstage.
Bayley says tag team champion or not, Dakota’s gonna give- Wait, Sarah walks in to congratulate Dakota. Obviously, this is why Bayley wants Kai & Sky in her corner for the Extreme Rules Ladder match. And speaking of, the Raw Women’s Championship match- Bayley stops Sarah there. It took her that long to realize why Bayley wants “weapons” like Dakota & Iyo on her side? Sarah’s just as dumb as Bianca! Bianca only just realized the importance of allies. But this won’t ruin Bayley’s mood, because she’s gonna do Bianca a favor tonight. It’ll just be her and Bianca, but for the contract signing only.
Bayley addresses Bianca by looking right at the camera. Tonight, it will just be the two of them. “But remember: you asked for this.” The Role Model is going to play fair and square for now, but is she just going to turn up the heat at Extreme Rules?
Johnny Gargano VS Otis w/ Chad Gable & Austin Theory!
Johnny Wrestling helped Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre fight the Alpha Academy and the Youngest Mr. Money in the Bank Ever on SmackDown, and now things are 1v1! Will Master Gable’s Number One Guy crush Gargano’s Rebel Heart? Or will Otis have to take one #ForTheAcademy?
Theory joins commentary to talk down on Gargano but Gargano says he’s got his eyes on him. Gargano and Otis circle, Otis rushes in but Gargano gets around. Gargano throws hands, wrenches an arm, then drop toeholds, but Otis is way too stocky for that! Otis drags Gargano up, TOSSES him to a corner, but Gargano dodges to fire off more hands. The ref counts, Gargano climbs up and rains down fists. But Otis carries Gargano corner to corner to RAM him into the corner! Then he CLUBS Gargano down! Fans boo but Otis shouts, “For the Academy!” Gargano fires off hands but Otis shoves him. Gargano ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAMS Otis!
Otis stays up and comes back with the WRECKER ELBOW! “Who’s the man?!” Theory cheers Otis on and Otis goes back for Gargano. Otis drags Gargano up, bumps him off buckles, and CLUBS him over and over. Otis taunts Gargano, CHOKES Gargano on the ropes, and Theory says he loves it. Otis drags Gargano up, scoops him, and SLAMS him! Fans rally for Gargano but Otis looms over him. Otis drags Gargano up, gut wrenches him to a Canadian rack, and makes it a backbreaker rack! Gable and Theory high five, but Gargano endures and throws hands! Gargano gets free, goes to a corner, Otis runs in but into a BOOT!
Gargano elbows Otis away, then dodges! Otis POSTS himself! Gargano runs to LARIAT! Otis stays up, Gargano runs and LARIATS again! Nope, Otis is still up. Otis choke grips but Gargano ROLLING ELBOWS! Otis scoops Gargano but Gargano slips off to ENZIGURI! Otis staggers to a corner, Gargano runs in to back body block! Gargano runs again, but into a clinch! EXPLODER! Gargano is dazed and Gable says, “That’s my guy!” Otis drags Gargano to a drop zone and climbs up the corner, VADER FLOP!! Gargano gets up to BUZZSAW! And BUZZSAW! And SUPER- LARIAT from Otis! Theory says that is when you run into reality!
Otis trophy lifts, but Gargano fights free, DDT!! Gargano wants Otis to get up, and Otis sits up into the SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!?!? Otis survives and Theory is upset. Otis bails out of the ring but Gargano builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Otis hits the desk! Theory is upset, Gargano LEAPS the desk to CLOBBER Theory! Gargano fires off hands on Theory and fans are loving it! Gargano hurries up to the apron to TORNADO DDT Otis to the floor! Fans fire up but Otis is getting up! Gable distracts the ref, Theory SMACKS Gargano with the briefcase! Otis hauls Gargano up for the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Cover, Otis wins!
Winner: Otis, by pinfall
Theory screwed Gargano over, but he goes after Gargano more! So do Gable and Otis! But here comes BRAUN!! The Monster of All Monsters CLOBBERS Otis at the ramp! Then he runs into the ring, but both Theory and Gable bail out! Braun slides out and he catches Gable, to TOSS him into the ring! Gable’s been taking credit for Braun’s career, will Braun take all the credit for ending Gable’s?
Braun Strowman VS Chad Gable w/ Otis & Austin Theory!
The bell rings, Braun sees Otis on the outside, and he TOSSES Gable onto Otis!! Fans are fired up with Braun and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Gable is in the ring, Braun dragging himself up from commentary. That was of course the doing of Otis during commercial, but that got Otis EJECTED! Gable goes out and stalks Braun. Braun stands up, Gable rushes in and KNEES Braun into the POST! Gable gets back in the ring, he lets the ring count climb, but Braun is stirring. Braun drags himself up at the barriers, staggers over, and he stumbles into the ring at 8 of 10. Gable CLUBS and KNEES away on Braun! The fans boo but Gable says, “A THANK YEW~!” Gable throws more hands, runs the ropes, but runs into a scoop! Gable kicks free, shoves and GERMAN SUPLEXES Braun!? Bridging cover, TWO!
Gable is shocked but we’re all shocked he pulled that off! Gable tells Braun to look at him. Gable runs this ring! He CLUBS Braun, talks more trash about it doesn’t matter how big Braun is, but Braun doesn’t embarrass him in his hometown. Gable SLAPS Braun down, and we see Omos and MVP watching this backstage. Gable talks more trash, but Braun choke grips! Braun has both hands now and he puts Gable right up top! But Gable gets a HANGING ARMBAR! Braun powers up to deadlift Gable. But Gable pokes eyes! Gable runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and dropkicks a leg out! Gable climbs up a corner, he leaps at Braun and MISSILE DROPKICKS!
Braun is down, Gable goes back up, and he MOONSAULTS, but has to land out as Braun moves! Braun BOOTS Gable down! The shirt comes off, the fans fire up, and Braun glares at Gable. Braun reels Gable in, lifts him up, MONSTER BOMB!! Cover, Braun wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster of All Monsters puts away the Alpha Academy headmaster! But with the Nigerian Giant watching backstage, will Braun have to soon defend that title of alpha titan in the WWE?
Bobby Lashley finishes up with the trainer.
Lashley is mad but Kevin Patrick asks him about that blindside attack from Rollins. How is Lashley doing? Lashley is going to crush Rollins’ throat so we never have to hear that cackle again. And then, after Riddle beats Rollins in the Fight Pit, Lashley will finish Rollins off! Lashley will get Rollins next week on the season premiere, for the US Championship! No backing out, no excuses, no running away! Lashley gets Rollins in the ring to bounce him around like a pinball, then he’ll put Rollins in the Hurt Lock until he screams for mercy! Then Lashley will make Rollins pass out in the middle of the ring. That’s how Lashley feels. What will even be left of Rollins after this next week?
Corey Graves is in the ring.
He welcomes us all to this “historic moment.” There are ladders in the ring, but also chairs and the table for this contract signing. “It is the first-ever Ladder match for a women’s championship in WWE history.” So first, the challenger, Bayley. The Role Model makes her entrance solo, as promised. Then the Raw Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair. She is also solo, because she doesn’t need back-up to take on Bayley. Bianca and Bayley sit at the table and Corey says let’s not wait any longer. Let’s make this official with the contract. Bayley tells Bianca it’s just them, just like she asked. Is she okay? Does she feel safe?
Bayley feels great, really, despite not having her girls with her. But Bayley feels really good since DMG CTRL has done everything Bayley has said to a T. Her plan has been going really good and that clearly shakes Bianca’s confidence. But don’t worry about that, Bayley is doing this favor for her since Bianca’s dumb enough to accept a Ladder match for the title. But that’s fine, Bayley’s got her. Bayley signs her part of the contract and says, “Bianca, Bianca, Bianca. Look what your ego has gotten you into! I mean, I bet your ego makes you think that Bayley chose a ladder match because you KOD’d me on top of a ladder at Hell in a Cell.”
Or maybe Bianca thinks that Bayley has half the ego as Bianca and she wants to make history again by winning the first-ever women’s title ladder match. “But uh, ding dong, hello, here’s something for all you guys. It’s much bigger than that, okay? I think big picture here. The ladder is symbolic for my entire WWE career since the day I walked in. Unlike you, I’ve had to literally climb and climb and climb… *fake panting* And climb and climb and climb and try to the top. And in that process, I was you. Yeah, I was you, ponytail and all! You guys remember that, huh? Colorful sequins. And you see those little girls out there? That little girl I walked by on the ramp with the EST shirt, a Bianca Belair sign.
“You know what those signs use to say? Those signs used to say BAYLEY. They used to have headbands on. They used to put their ponytails to the side. But you know what happened, Bianca? Those signs changed. The T-shirts changed. And the cheers started to fade. They gave up on me, Bianca, and they stopped caring. And when they stopped caring, my whole career started spiraling. I started to fall further and further and further, and I had to do something to climb my way back to the top-” Bianca tells Bayley to shut up. Bianca signs her part, and it’s official. Corey thanks them both and wishes them both luck.
Bianca tells Bayley she just runs her mouth over and over again. Girl, UH-UH! Bayley has this chip on her shoulder that has absolutely nothing to do with Bianca. It might be really hard to see someone have everything you want, but comparison is the thief of joy. Bayley should never compare herself to Bianca, because she will never be Bianca, do it like Bianca or do it better than Bianca. Fans cheer that. Bianca says everything Bayley did didn’t work because Bayley was pretending to be someone she wasn’t. This is the real, authentic Bianca and that is why fans connect with her. Bayley didn’t “evolve,” she just became the real Bayley. And now she’s here showing us her real colors.
As far as her little plan, congrats, it took you a whole year to come up with a plan. But Bianca doesn’t need a plan, because she stays ready so she doesn’t have to get ready. Plus, does Bayley think she’s the only one that tried to surprise her at SummerSlam? You see how that worked out, right? But since Bayley likes plans, she can plan on still calling Bianca the Raw Women’s Champion after Extreme Rules. Well, we’ll see about that on Saturday, because DMG CTRL will disagree with that since they’ll be right by Bayley’s side. Actually, what’re they doing right now? What time is it? Because they were supposed to go get something to eat.
Oh no! Kai & Sky are attacking Alexa & Asuka! They already did something to Asuka’s leg and now they’re mugging Alexa! And then Bayley YANKS Bianca by her hair over the desk and she hammers away! Then she TOSSES Bianca back over the desk, to go after her more! Bianca bails out but can’t get away! Bayley whips but Bianca reverses and Bayley hits LED apron! Bianca bolts to the back, but Bayley laughs. Bianca finds Asuka and Alexa but the damage is done! The Empress of Tomorrow clutches her knee, will Bianca be down an ally at Extreme Rules? Alexa glares at the camera and tells DMG CTRL this is NOT over! Alexa VS Iyo, TONIGHT!!
Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford VS Solo Sikoa w/ The Bloodline!
The Profits may be out of the tag team running while Ford’s foot heals, but can Dawkins unleash the Curse of Greatness? Or will the Street Champion of the Island sharpen his edge as he also prepares for Ricochet this Friday?
The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around in a deadlock but Dawkins powers Solo back. Solo turns things around to put Dawkins in the corner, but he lets off as the ref counts. Dawkins ROCKS Solo with uppercuts and haymakers but Solo ROCKS him back! Solo CHOPS Dawkins in the corner, ROCKS him again, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins goes up and over and keeps moving but Solo RAMS him! Dawkins RAMS Solo back, then hurdles over. Solo shoves, Dawkins handsprings and DROPKICKS Solo down! Ford fires up, Solo bails out and is furious! Sami tries to cool Solo off but Solo rushes in, but Dawkins DECKS him!
Solo gets up in a fury and he grabs a chair! This is just like SmackDown! Sami slows Solo and says not to give Dawkins a win like this. Jey tells Sami to back of, Solo’s his brother. Jey says Solo’s good, he’s got this. The Bloodline lets cooler heads prevail while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Solo has Dawkins down with a neck wrench. Dawkins fights up so Solo rains down HEADBUTTS! Solo clamps on the shoulder claw but Dawkins still endures. Fans rally and Dawkins fights up. Dawkins pries free of the hold to throw big body shots and forearms! Dawkins whips, Solo reverses and then SAMOAN DROPS on the rebound! The Bloodline holds up the fingers, #WeTheOnes, and Solo snarls as he stares at Dawkins. Fans rally for Dawkins but Solo throws haymakers! Dawkins wobbles on spaghetti legs, but Solo whips him for another SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Solo is annoyed.
Sami and the Usos argue the count but Ford defends that was two. Solo taunts Dawkins, “This is it? This is who you’ve got for me?” Solo steps to Dawkins in the corner, gets in Dawkins’ face, and says, “They call me the Enforcer!” Solo whips Dawkins hard into the corner! Dawkins falls to the mat and writhes. The Bloodline loves this as Solo looms over Dawkins. Solo drags Dawkins up to clamp that claw on again! Dawkins still endures, fans rally up again, and Dawkins fights against the claw. Dawkins throws elbows but Solo throws a knee! Then clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Solo soaks up the heat as his brothers hold up the fingers.
Sami coaches Solo to keep on Dawkins, to show no mercy. Dawkins gets to a corner and Solo aims from the other. Solo powers up, “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” HIP ATTACK!! Dawkins is dazed and Solo looks at him flounder. Ford coaches Dawkins to dig deep and fight, but Solo aims again. “UCE! OH! UCE! OH!” HIP- ENZIGURI from Dawkins!! Ford and St. Paul are thunderous as Solo and Dawkins are both down! Dawkins and Solo rise, Dawkins stands first, and he LARIATS Solo! And again! Solo HEADBUTTS! Solo whips, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up and Solo goes to a corner, CYCLONE SPLASH and ENZIGURI from Dawkins!
Dawkins reels Solo in, for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Sami gets on the apron, but then Jey tells him to get down? Jey says Solo can handle this, Uce! This all distracts Dawkins either way, Solo SUPERKICKS! But now the ref doesn’t see the cover! The ref hurries, TWO!! Solo is mad at Sami and Jey! They get down, Dawkins rolls Solo! TWO!! Dawkins dodges, and he POUNCES Solo out! Sami hurries to Solo’s side to check him and coach him, but Jey pulls Sami off Solo. Jey has his brother, but then Jimmy wants everyone to just cool off. Jey and Sami argue, Dawkins FLIES! Down go the Usos! Dawkins puts Solo in, Sami yells at him about the Usos!
Dawkins DECKS Sami! But Dawkins gets in for Solo to WHEEL KCIK! And then SPINNING SOLO!! Cover, Solo wins!
Winner: Solo Sikoa, by pinfall
In the end, the Bloodline made it work! Solo gets the win and winning fixes everything. At least, it should. Are the problems between Sami and Jey going to persist? Will it end up costing the Bloodline big time down the line?
Theory talks with Otis backstage.
Theory is proud of Otis for doing exactly what he was supposed to in that ring. Wait, where’s Gable? Otis says hold on. He drags Gable up. Gable says he almost had Braun. Theory says Gable did good. But hey, they’re not done with Gargano. Next week, on the season premiere of Raw, Theory himself will take on Gargano, and Theory vows to put Gargano down. A-Town Down! Will the Youngest Mr. MITB Ever finally have his way and be rid of Johnny Wrestling?
“This version of Edge that you’ve seen since I’ve come back is pretty much Adam. More or less, the veil of character has been dropped, and I’ve been pretty transparent since I’ve come back. At 37 years old, I was told that I had to retire, forced to retire, I had no choice. Until I decided to make it a choice. Because I can’t quit. The lousy part is, by the time that choice became a reality, I was 46, and it was difficult. And it’s progressively become more and more difficult. Now I’m not looking for sympathy. It’s my choice. This is my freakin’ dream gig, I love this.
“But what’s become… harder… is the fact that it’s not just taking a toll on me now. It’s taking a toll on my entire family. And I didn’t have this family before. It’s harder to hide it from the girls when they can hear me coming down the stairs like a symphony of bones cracking in the morning. But maybe even more difficult is seeing the… doubt… Or maybe even the fear in Beth’s eyes. Because she wants her husband to come out of this whole, and I think she’s afraid that ship has already sailed. And maybe I’m… insane? Maybe I’m too selfish? Maybe I’m too damn stubborn, but those are all things that you need in order to succeed at the level that I’ve succeeded at this business. I can’t apologize for that.
“But that brings me to Judgement Day. I gotta give ’em credit. They’ve made it more difficult. No matter how many times I beat ’em, they always come back. They always pick me apart, knock me down, and it’s harder and harder to put the pieces back together to come back. But I do. And I understand that Rey wants to distance himself from this because of Dominik, I get it. And it’s my fault the Judgement Day even exists. So I know what I have to do, and my back’s against the wall. You can ask Foley, you can ask Taker, you can ask Cena, you can ask Orton, I come out swinging or headbutting or whatever the hell else I have to do to be a one man gang!
“So Finn, in an I Quit Match at Extreme Rules, you are facing something, someone that you’ve never faced before and you can’t hurt me enough. All four of can’t hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ You cannot physically hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ I hope you’re all ready for a war, because I damn sure am.” The Rated R Superstar has given his ultimatum, will the Judgement Day be the ones facing their judgement day?
Alexa Bliss w/ Bianca Belair VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control!
The Five Foot Fury is furious over what Bayley’s buddies did to the Empress of Tomorrow. Alexa’s been trying to find that spark to return to her old self, will this be just the thing she needs? Or will the Evil Genius have the same trick up her proverbial sleeve as Dakota did earlier tonight?
Raw returns and DMG CTRL make their entrance. The bell rings and the two rush in! Iyo DROPKICKS Alexa, fires off hands and knees, then whips. Alexa blocks, fires off forearm after forearm on Iyo, but Iyo shoves back. Alexa runs Iyo over, and again! And then hits a THESZ PRESS! Alexa rains down hands, then hits another THESZ PRESS! More fast hands, and then Alexa drags Iyo up. Alexa bumps Iyo off buckles, stomps a mudhole, then lets off. Iyo dodges the return, holds a leg and avoids the slaps to DRAGON SCREW! Alexa clutches her leg but Iyo stomps away on it! Iyo drops knees on the knee!
Kai & Bayley cheer and Iyo CHOPS Alexa. Alexa blocks the punch to ROCK, ROCK and SHOTGUN Iyo! Fans fire up and Alexa stands on Iyo at the ropes for a SKATEBOARD STOMP! The ref counts, Alexa lets off but runs in to KNEE Iyo against the ropes! Alexa then YANKS the ropes to bring Iyo down, and she drops INSULT2INJURY! Cover, TWO! Iyo is showing the toughness of a decorated champion, but Alexa snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Alexa drags Iyo up, dodges the Shotei, but Iyo uses the waistlock to HOTSHOT Alexa! Then a DRIVE- NO, Alexa avoids the dropkick! But Iyo avoids a wrecking ball dropkick to SHOTGUN Alexa again!
DMG CTRL are fired up and Alexa is down while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and Alexa JAWBREAKERS then CLOBBERS Iyo! And again! Then mule kicks, but Iyo wrenches out of the DDT. Alexa reverses that to hit an STO! Alexa KNEES Iyo down, covers, TWO! Bayley & Kai coach Iyo but Alexa drags her up. Alexa whips but Iyo holds ropes to BOOT back! Iyo then spins Alexa around, underhooks, TIGER BACKBREAKER! Alexa goes to a corner but Iyo runs in, SHINKANSEN! Iyo then steps on Alexa to go up top and OVER THE MOON- FLOP! Alexa shows her resilience as a decorated champion, and she hits a DDT! Alexa drags Iyo into a drop zone and now she goes to the corner!
Fans fire up as Alexa climbs up, for TWISTED BLISS! But Bayley distracts the ref! Bianca yanks Bayley out to fire off! But Dakota joins in, Bianca gets 2v1! And sent into steel steps! But Alexa CANNONBALLS them both down! Alexa hurries back and climbs up again! But a SHOTEI stops her! Iyo then tucks Alexa for an AIR RAID CRASH! Iyo goes back up fast, for OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Iyo wins!
Winner: Iyo Sky, by pinfall
DMG CTRL with another assist! They sweep the night, working together as a well-oiled machine. But then they mug Alexa! Asuka can’t help with her busted leg, and Kai & Sky fetch a ladder! Bayley beats down on Alexa, but Bianca gets in to fire off on Bayley! Kai & Sky RAM Bianca down with the ladder! And then Iyo keeps Alexa down, but wait! Asuka is still hobbling out here? On one good leg, she has a kendo stick to SMACK Dakota! But Iyo WRECKS Asuka with the ladder! Then Kai & Sky SLAM the ladder on Asuka! They keep it on top of her, and then bring it around to open it up. Bayley drags Alexa over to put her inside the ladder!
Bayley tried doing this to Shotzi on Friday, Kai & Sky DOUBLE BOOT the ladder to crush Alexa!! Fans boo as Bayley tells Asuka to stay out of her business. Kai & Sky stand the ladder up for her, and Bayley soaks up the heat as she says DMG CTRL are going to take over! Bayley drags Bianca up, stands her in the corner, and Dakota runs Around the World to BOOT Bianca down! Bayley drags Bianca back up by her ponytail and then hooks her up, ROSE PLANT! Bayley drags Alexa up, ROSE PLANT! Kai & Sky stand the ladder over Bianca and Bayley brings the Raw Women’s Championship belt up with her to the top.
Fans boo as DMG CTRL stands over their enemies, but will they be on top of the WWE after this Saturday? Or can Bianca prove she’s the toughEST and bounce back from this beating to beat Bayley back?
This was a great Raw, especially for a go-home. Great opener with The Judgement Day getting that heat in their promo, and a great match with Rey & AJ. It makes sense The Judgement Day would win, Finn needs that momentum against Edge. Also a good detail of Styles being upset with Rey. Edge also had a great promo to frame what he’s even acknowledged as his last year as a wrestler. He and Finn are going to have one hell of a match, I would think Styles helps Edge fight off the rest of Judgement Day so that it stays Edge VS Finn, but who knows how it goes. Edge saying there’s nothing they can do to him, I feel that triggers Rhea Ripley dragging Beth Phoenix from somewhere and using her against Edge, a la Roman VS Jey and Roman going after Jimmy.
I like that we’re getting integrated storytelling with Lashley and the Rollins VS Riddle feud. Lashley VS Ali was great stuff, and Ali got to look very tough even in that loss. Lashley was definitely going to show Ali respect before Rollins ambushed him, and now Lashley wants to tear into Rollins just as bad as Riddle. Riddle and Rollins had a great promo segment together, even though they were taking shots they’ve taken before. Though, I suppose those shots still hurt even a second time. Cormier had a good promo to introduce himself to the WWE fans, but this is one of those moments that affect my disbelief. How did WWE set up a camera for Cormier when this is supposed to come off as Cormier having had enough and he’s barging into the argument? Fight Pit’s still gonna be awesome, though, and could go either way if Rollins is also going into a US Championship match.
Great bit with The Miz talking on the phone with Maryse and Lumis getting him. Gargano seeing Miz and Lumis and just laughing it off was great, too. Gargano VS Otis was a great match, and we got a great transition into Braun VS Gable. The Alpha Academy splits the night but Theory stepping up to face Gargano now is a bit of a surprise. That’ll be a great match either way, I’m just not sure which way it’ll go. But Omos & MVP watching Braun’s match is another indicator that we’ll get Omos VS Braun soon. As I said last week, I feel like Braun is going to win that as Omos just feels stuck after how Vince booked him.
Great stuff out of The Bloodline tonight, both the backstage stuff where only Jey is against Sami’s stories, and then them all picking a fight with The Profits. Dawkins VS Solo was great stuff, but with all that back-up, of course Solo wins. Solo is also going to have a great match with Ricochet this Friday. If Sami costing the Bloodline some titles isn’t the make-or-break, I bet it’ll be Sami being skipped over to go after the Intercontinental Championship. Solo is getting all this momentum, it makes sense the family would want him getting the midcard gold, not the Honorary Uce. And again I’ll say, the real endgame is Sami and Kevin Owens teaming together to take the tag titles off the Usos. Kevin’s story is starting to feel like he needs his old pal to break through again.
And great stuff from the women’s division. Candice VS Dakota was great stuff, but of course DMG CTRL helps Dakota win. Great promo from Bayley backstage, great stuff for the contract signing, including the attack on Asuka & Alexa backstage. Great match from Alexa and Iyo, and during that beatdown, I honestly thought that Candice was going to rush out instead of Asuka. But Asuka shows us awesome resilience by dragging that bad leg and fighting DMG CTRL. Of course, DMG CTRL stands tall here, this gives Bayley big momentum going into the match. However, with that, I feel like Bianca is going to win. Candice should definitely go out to help her with Alexa and Asuka beat down tonight. Then Candice can team with Alexa to go after Kai & Sky and the tag titles.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (10/3/22)
Philly gets Elevated!
The Peacock and his Boys defends their gold!
AEW Dark: Elevation features the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions! But will Dalton Castle & The Tate Twins still reign in Philadelphia?
- Skye Blue VS Trish Adora; Skye wins.
- Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Tracy Williams; Cage wins.
- Lance Archer VS Cheeseburger; Archer wins.
- Abadon VS Abby Jane; Abadon wins.
- ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear; Castle & The Boys win and retain the titles.
- Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Gia Scott & Leon St. Giovanni; Kip & Penelope win.
- The Lucha Brothers w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Tony Deppen & Dante Martin; The Lucha Brothers win.
- 8 Man Tag: Best Friends VS The Factory; Best Friends win.
A really good line-up here, with the big attraction being Dalton & The Boys taking on Adrien Soriano, Matthew Omen, & Gabriel Hodder, aka Primal Fear. That’ll be a solid match that I will cover, but I don’t see the champions losing the titles. Good to see Cheeseburger but he’s gonna get eaten alive by Archer. And I like that we’re getting a full faction showdown of Best Friends VS The Factory. That’ll be a big win for Best Friends and they’ll have momentum going after Death Triangle for that feud.
PLAY BY PLAY
ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: Dalton Castle & The Boys VS Primal Fear!
The Peacock and the Tate Twins continue their reign as ROH’s trios champions, and now they defend these titles in the City of Brotherly Love! Adrien Soriano, Matthew Omen, & Gabriel Hodder are all hungry for the gold, but will they be the ones to fear Castle & The Boys?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised while The Boys help Castle with his robe and pants, and it is time to shine with gold in the Dark!
The trios sort out and Castle is all fired up as he starts against Soriano. They get in each other’s face, Castle gives a chest bump, so Soriano CHOPS him! Castle gets fanned off by the twins, then he comes back to circle with Soriano. Castle trips Soriano, rolls him with a leg, high stacks, TWO! Castle shoots in to waistlock and SLAMS Soriano down! Fans fire up, Castle waistlocks to roll Soriano around and throw down elbows. Castle gut wrenches, tag to Brendan, and he tags Brent. The Boys double whip Castle in to SPLASH Soriano at the corner, and then he feeds Soriano to a DOUBLE HIP TOSS!
The Boys roll Soriano back for Castle to shove forward into DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES! Brent covers, TWO! Brent drags Soriano up but he shoves Brent away to tag Hodder. Hodder runs in but Brent dodges to arm-drag him! Brent rushes in but Hodder kicks him low. Tag to Omen, they go after Brent but he fights back. That’s still 2v1 and they overwhelm him. They double whip, Brent ducks under but runs into a double TOSS right into the ropes! Soriano tags in and traps Brent, then Omen & Hodder run to the corners. They go up, out and Soriano runs, Primal Fear TRIPLE BOOTS Brent! Soriano covers, TWO!
Soriano drags Brent up, bumps him off buckles, but Brent elbows back. Brent hurries but Soriano reels him in. Brent lands out of the back suplex to hot tag Castle! Fans fire up with The Peacock as he rallies on Primal Fear! Castle gets around Soriano to Gotch lift OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Hodder runs in, into an EXPLODER! Omen returns, Castle dodges, blocks the boot and SAIDOS! Primal Fear regroups outside as fans fire up. “Bring me a Boy!” Brent runs in, Castle aims him and THROWS him at Omen! Then Castle has Brendan and THROWS him at Soriano! Brent returns, and Castle THROWS him at Hodder! And then he THROWS Brendan at Omen!
Brent’s back again, so Castle THROWS him at Soriano! Brendan is back, Castle THROWS him at Hodder! Fans fire up as Castle and the Boys regroup, DOUBLE BOY TOSS at Soriano! The Boys then send Soriano in for the Alabama Lift, and BANGARANG!! Cover, Castle & The Boys win!
Winners: Dalton Castle & The Boys, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)
There was no fear in The Peacock and his trusted twins, they took down Primal Fear with ease! Will they find bigger, stronger competition as they stick around AEW?
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