What is the state of Drew McIntyre?
Randy Orton earned his rematch for the WWE World Championship, but can Drew McIntyre even return to Raw after the damage done to him?
- Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander; The Hurt Business wins.
- The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; The Street Profits win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Restaurant Ruckus: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa w/ ninjas; Truth retains the WWE 24/7 Championship.
- Peyton Royce VS Billie Kay; Royce wins.
- Asuka & Mickie James VS Natalya & Lana; Asuka & Mickie win.
- 8 Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews, Ricochet & The Viking Raiders; The Hurt Business wins.
- Keith Lee VS Randy Orton; Orton wins, by disqualification.
- Raw Underground – Aleister Black VS Kevin Owens; To Be Continued…
- 2v1 Handicap Match: The Riott Squad VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; The Riott Squad wins.
- Raw Underground – Aleister Black VS Kevin Owens, Part 2; To Be Continued…
- 2v1 Handicap Match: The Riott Squad VS Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler; No Contest.
- Raw Underground – Aleister Black VS Kevin Owens, Part 3; Data Kato wins.
- Street Fight: Dominik Mysterio w/ The Mysterio Family VS Buddy Murphy; Dominik wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Randy Orton heads to the ring!
The Viper opens Raw and sees the wall of ThunderDome fan screens giving him thumbs down. Orton takes a mic to say that he told us last week he would “Jump through whatever hoops to earn a rematch for the WWE Championship. A rematch I am already entitled to already.” But Orton beat Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins and Keith Lee to do it! Orton faces Keith again, and Orton says that the more likely they cross paths, the more likely Keith will be kicked in the head. Orton could go over his list of victims again, but Raw is only three hours. As for Drew McIntyre, Orton tells him that WWE stated their rematch will happen, if McIntyre recovers in time. Maybe someone doesn’t think he’ll make it.
If someone were to ask Orton why, Orton would tell them the truth: Orton kicked him in the freakin’ head and broke his jaw. Footage replays of the first two kicks in gorilla position backstage, and then the third kick in the hall when Orton got the jump on McIntyre again. Somehow, a broken jaw was the only thing that happened. And what happens when the world champion can’t defend the title at the one PPV where all the titles must be defended? The solution is quite simple, really. “You hand me the WWE Championship.” Orton is patient, but he- Wait, is that an ambulance pulling in? And driving it is DREW MCINTYRE!! The WWE World Champion is back and he’s storming the ring! Orton misses McIntyre and gets a CLAYMORE for it!!
McIntyre rains down fists on Orton, gets free of the refs and watches Orton try to get his bearings. McIntyre spares the Apex Predator for now, but will there be no mercy at Clash of Champions? And what of Orton’s match with Keith Lee later tonight?
The Hurt Business walks into the arena.
MVP goes on about a story, and the janitor says hi. MVP says the janitor was talking about Mama Benjamin, but the janitor says he didn’t say that. MVP thinks he is calling MVP a liar, so Bobby Lashley grabs him by the face! Shelton Benjamin KNEES the janitor down low! MVP says people need to be more careful or they might get hurt. So anyway, as MVP was saying…
Raw returns as Adam Pearce finds McIntyre backstage.
What is McIntyre doing back? He isn’t even medically cleared yet! McIntyre says Orton was trying to end his career. This is to show McIntyre will be at Clash of Champions, broken jaw or not! Orton will have to send McIntyre to the morgue to win! Well, he’s not medically cleared tonight because of that jaw. Pearce already has Retribution to worry about, he can’t have McIntyre causing trouble. McIntyre says it’s fine. He did what he had to do, now he’s leaving. And Pearce says no more surprises. Get to your posts, and keep the uninvited guests out! Will there be some order for once on Raw?
Six Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews, Ricochet & Cedric Alexander!
After getting beat up and beat down in Raw Underground, Apollo and his crew want payback on MVP, Lashley and Benjamin! But will they be able to get it on the road to Clash?
The second Alexander makes his entrance, the Hurt Business is all over him on stage! Ricochet and Apollo hurry to reinforce Alexander but the Hurt Business backs off to go to the ring. Fans boo and give thumbs down in their screens as MVP, Lashley and Benjamin have the ring. Apollo helps Alexander up and the three go to the ring. The trios sort out and Apollo starts against Benjamin. But at the bell, Apollo hits Lashley off the apron and goes out after him! Apollo throws Lashley around, puts him in the ring, but Benjamin BOOTS Apollo down! Benjamin stomps Apollo at the ropes, drags him up and whips him to ropes for a clothesline!
Tag to Lashley, he drags Apollo up to throw into a corner. Lashley stomps a mud hole in, Apollo hits back but Lashley clubs him down. Lashley digs his boot in, drags Apollo up and then grinds his forearms. Lashley runs to RAM into Apollo’s stomach! Tag to Benjamin and he goes corner to corner for a KNEE! Tag to MVP, he runs in to BOOT! Apollo goes down, MVP covers, TWO! Ricochet was also there but he gets back to his corner. MVP drags Apollo around to a camel clutch just to throw crossface forearms! MVP mockingly holds Apollo’s hand out to then pull on the fingers! The ref counts, MVP stops at 4, and MVP toys with Apollo into the Hurt Business corner. Apollo tries to get away but MVP is right on him with a GERMAN SUPLEX!
Tag to Lashley, Lashley grins as he looms over Apollo and slaps him around. Lashley brings Apollo up for a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps on Apollo with a chinlock and grinds him down. Apollo reaches, Lashley rakes the eyes but stops at the ref’s count. Tag to Benjamin, they mug Apollo in the open corner, then Benjamin keeps on Apollo with big forearms. Benjamin stops at the ref’s count, to sucker punch Alexander! Apollo enziguris Benjamin down! Both men crawl, Apollo reaches for Ricochet, but Alexander drags him off the apron!? And throws him into barriers?! And apron, and barriers!! Why, Alexander, Why!?
Apollo fights Benjamin, but Alexander hits him with a LUMBAR CHECK!?! The Hurt Business celebrates! Is Alexander joining them or just abandoning Apollo? Either way, Apollo flounders up to a PAY DIRT!! Cover, the Hurt Business wins!
Winners: The Hurt Business, by pinfall
Fans give thumbs down but Alexander grins as he looks down at his former friends. Will Alexander come to regret this?
The Street Profits VS Angel Garza & Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are getting ready to defend their Raw Tag Team Championships at Clash of Champions, but there is business they must take care of first. Retribution ruined things last week, but hopefully security keeps them out of it this time. Will the Profits be able to settle things with El Idolo y El Lothario tonight?
The teams sort out and Ford grows impatient. Garza gets in, the bell rings and he circles with Ford. Garza gets serious already and takes off the pants! Ford ducks the pants attack but Garza headlocks. Ford and Garza roll, Garza holds on, but Ford powers out. Things speed up as Ford hurdles but Garza holds ropes. Garza shoves but Ford comes back to LARIAT! Garza tags out to Almas without warning! Almas and Vega are frustrated with Garza, Dawkins tags in and dropkicks Almas down! Dawkins scoops Almas for an EXPLODER! Almas gets to a corner, Dawkins runs in but misses with the cyclone splash! Vega and Garza keep arguing, but then Garza drops down off the corner!
Garza doesn’t want them yelling at him anymore, but Vega isn’t going to let him go. Almas runs at Dawkins but misses with the knees! CASH OUT SPINE BUSTER! Tag to Ford, FROM THE HEAVENS SPLASH! Cover, Street Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall
Is this finally the end of Garza’s partnership with Almas and Vega? Who moves up in their place to challenge the Profits?
Wait, is that Cesaro?! The Swiss Cyborg is one half of the SMACKDOWN Tag Team Champions! And here’s the other half, Shinsuke Nakamura! The King of Strong Style picks up a Solo cup and “pours it out.” Is this a surprise Brand to Brand Invitation acceptance? What will the champs have to say to the other champs after the break?
Raw returns to the Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Champions in the ring.
Cesaro takes care of talking. He and Nakamura are surprised to learn the Profits are the longest reigning Raw Tag Team Champions in years! Lots of respect. But the WWE Universe probably didn’t know that, because all they think of when it comes to the Street Profits is what? Nakamura says it’s playing basketball, mini-golf and fighting ninjas. Yeah! Not defending the titles. But that is why these two are here: to show everyone what real tag team champions look like. And with the Brand to Brand Invitational, they challenge the Profits to a Champions VS Champions match! In other words, they want- PAUSE! That’s copyright, fam.
But while the Profits know Cesaro and Nakamura are the blue brand’s champs, but they cna’t hang with the Profits. The Profits aren’t just champions. They’re family, bruh! They have a real bond! Not like The Bar 2.0. Hell, Cesaro’s had so many partners, he might wanna get tested… Oh ahahahaha funny guys. Yes, they have jokes. But the Profits accept the challenge! BAH GAWD, HALLELUJAH, it is on! The Profits are up, and THEY want the- “STOP!!” Nakamura says SMOKE! Mic drops! Will Cesaro and Nakamura show the brand doesn’t make the champs, the champs make the brand? Or will the Profits defend home turf?
R-Truth reminisces on his 39 different WWE 24/7 Championship reigns.
He shows Lil’ Jimmy(?) the golf court match. And then dessert is served! Lots of great sweets and treats, and a NINJA?! That’s not what Truth ordered! But Akira Tozawa and a ninja ref walk in! Bon appetit! Truth tells Lil’ Jimmy to catch! Jimmy fumbled the belt! Truth uses his water to splash one ninja, bops the other with the lid, and then rams Tozawa and the ninja ref with the cart! The matradee has no idea what’s going on! Truth shows him the ninja head and says, “You can’t get on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives serving ninjas!” Truth takes the cart, the ninja filling, and the title as he books it outta there!
Peyton Royce VS Billie Kay!
No longer part of a duo but still iconic in her own way, the Venus Fly-Trap struts her stuff all on her own! But after feeding her best friend to the wolves that were Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke, she’ll have to face her former tag partner 1v1! Will the once best of friends be anything but after the break?
Raw returns and Billie makes her entrance, having returned to being the Femme Fatale. The bell rings and the two tie up. Peyton headlocks, hits the takeover but Billie headscissors. Roles reverse, Billie headlock takeovers to Peyton’s headscissors and Billie pops out. The two stand off, reluctant to fight since they’re still friends. Peyton says Billie lost their match so it’s her fault. Billie is offended and slaps Peyton! So Peyton slaps back! Billie shoves, Peyton gets her in a Gory Especial! Billie pops out, snapmares, but Peyton blocks the hip toss to go up, only for Billie to throw her off and trip her up. Billie’s elbow drop misses, Peyton waistlocks but Billie standing switches. Peyton bucks Billie off and hits the HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!
Peyton keeps her cool as she drags Billie around. Peyton knees away on Billie’s back, wraps on a cobra clutch and thrashes her about! Billie endures, fans rally up, and Billie fights to her feet. Billie arm-drags Peyton away, then picks her up to tackle her to a corner! Billie rams her shoulder in but lets up at the ref’s count. She throws Peyton into buckles, then gets her for the suplex! Cover, TWO! Billie drags Peyton around to try again, but Peyton elbows free. Billie rolls Peyton up, TWO! Peyton jump kicks Billie, for ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, Peyton wins!!
Winner: Peyton Royce, by pinfall
The Venus wins, but she still sits her friend up and helps her to her feet. Billie and Peyton hug, together though apart. Will Peyton shine as a solo superstar? And what of Billie’s own singles career?
Seth Rollins tweets at Buddy Murphy.
“Penance isn’t paid by polishing rust on a sinking ship. Dig deeper, my disciple. #FortheGreaterGood.” Will this added pressure help Murphy recover from the defeat weeks ago?
The Mysterio Family walks the halls.
Rey, Angie, Dominik and Aliyah are together, ready for a special group interview. But Murphy is lurking in the shadows! Is Murphy going to do something disturbing in order to follow in the Architect’s footsteps?
Raw returns to Charly Caruso in the ring.
She gives the Mysterio Family their introduction as Rey, Dominik, Angie and Aliyah head to the ring. Charly welcomes them all to the WWE ThunderDome and says they look great. She asks Rey if he has an update on the torn triceps. Rey thanks the WWE for having the family here together. Rey wants nothing more than closure with Seth Rollins, but he hasn’t gotten it yet. He has no time table on his tricep, but he is ready to get back on Rollins. As for Dominik, was there any words of advice for him tonight? Rey is so proud of Dominik, and Dominik knows what he must do against Murphy. Murphy wants vengeance, too, and that makes him dangerous. But Rey is confident Dominik can put an end to Murphy.
Charly asks Dominik what it means to represent the family. Dominik starts but Murphy interrupts via the titantron. “Let me answer that question for you, Dominik. You should feel awful.” It was because of Dominik that the one man who picked Murphy up, let him go. Dominik is why Rollins berated Murphy and wants nothing to do with him. Rey tells Murphy that it is not the Mysterio Family’s fault Murphy pledged his loyalty to an evil SOB like Rollins! “You reap what you sew!” That’s true. But Murphy sees clearly now. Dominik has a bright future in the WWE, but the ultimate sacrifice is to end that before it begins. Dominik wanted to fight, so let’s up the ante. Murphy challenges Dominik to a Street Fight!
Rey isn’t so sure but Dominik says Murphy has terrorized them as much as Rollins did. Dominik is more than willing to embarrass Murphy in front of his savior. Challenge accepted! Very good, Dominik. Make sure the family is ringside to watch. Because it will be the last match they ever get to see. Dominik says if Murphy touches his family, it will be Murphy’s last BREATH! Things have gotten very serious again, and could get deadly! Will either man survive this redemption wrapped in revenge?
Adam Pearce talks with Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler backstage.
The Queen of Spades doesn’t get why she has to have a handicap match against the Riott Squad. Well Pearce says Nia said that Shayna said she could beat Liv and Ruby at the same time. But Pearce says it occurred to him that Nia should have the same opportunity. Wait what? Nia doesn’t want a handicap match! But then Pearce spots McIntyre walking by. Pearce asks what McIntyre is doing back when we saw him leave earlier. McIntyre says he misplaced his phone, but he has it now and is definitely leaving. Is any of that true? Or will we see McIntyre again some time tonight?
Asuka & Mickie James VS Natalya & Lana!
The Empress of Tomorrow enjoyed watching the six-time women’s champion kick the Ravishing Russian right in the head last week, and apparently wants in on the fun. While Mickie wants another shot at lucky number seven, will she and Asuka stay focused on sinking the #BOAT, Best of All Time, and her not so impressive influencer?
Raw returns as Mickie makes her entrance, followed by the Queen of Harts and Lana. It’s quickly announced that Mickie WILL challenge Asuka for the title, just next week and not at Clash. Will the title match being even that much closer make it harder to be teammates?
Teams sort out, Mickie insists she start so Asuka lets her against Natty. Natty and Mickie tie up, go around, Natty headlocks to a takeover, but Mickie headscissors free. Natty pops out but Mickie headlocks back. Natty powers out, Mickie runs her over and then speeds things up. Mickie handsprings and dropkick Natty down, cover, TWO! Mickie keeps on Natty, tags Asuka in, and the two double whip Natty to ropes. Natty holds ropes, tags out to Lana, and Lana fires herself up to circle with Asuka. They tie up, Asuka powers Lana to ropes but lets up fast. Lana kicks but Asuka blocks and Lana apologizes. Asuka doesn’t care, she back kicks and urns. Lana dodges the hip attack and Mickie tags in!
Mickie and Asuka bicker a little and Natty tags in! Mickie dodges Lana and hits a Thesz Press! But Natty basement dropkicks Mickie down! Cover, TWO! Natty drags Mickie by her hair, throws her to buckles, and stomps a mudhole into her! Natty also rains down rights, then tags in Lana. Lana pulls Mickie’s hair to pull her against ropes, and Natty stomps Mickie down! Lana tags Natty back in, they stomp away on Mickie as the ref counts. Lana lets up and Natty drags Mickie around to tag Lana back in. They double whip Mickie hard into buckles, then Natty mockingly shows Mickie where Asuka is. “You want to tag her? Eat the mat!” And she dribbles Mickie off the mat!
Natty snap suplexes Mickie then KICKS her in the back! Mickie gets to ropes but Natty drags her up and around to club her down. Natty mocks Asuka by holding Mickie’s hand out, then rains down hands on Mickie. Natty scoops Mickie, Mickie slips off and rolls Natty up, TWO! Natty clobbers Mickie before she can reach Asuka! Asuka and Natty talk trash to each other as Natty puts Mickie on the ropes. Lana tags in, Natty chokes Mickie and Lana runs in to knee her in the back! Lana drags Mickie up for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, Asuka breaks it! Natty goes after Asuka and throws her out hard! Natty runs at Mickie but is thrown out! Mickie sees Lana coming, spins her for the neckbreaker!
Both women are down and there’s no one to tag for either! Mickie still goes to the corner to go up top! But Asuka tags in and steals her thunder to put Lana in the ASUKA LOCK!! Mickie intercepts Natty, MICK KICK! Lana taps, Asuka and Mickie win!
Winners: Mickie James & Asuka, by submission
Well, they managed to keep things together and win, but now it’s all about the Raw Women’s Championship! Will Mickie be ready for Asuka? Or just lucky enough to get number seven?
Alexander meets with the Hurt Business backstage.
Is he ready to make joining them official in the VIP Lounge? Hell yeah! Then see you out there! But Benjamin hangs back to say it’s good Alexander came to his senses. That is, if he really did. Because if this is a game, Benjamin will teach Alexander why they call themselves The Hurt Business. Understood. Benjamin catches up with MVP and Lashley, and the VIP Lounge will go live after the break.
Raw returns to the VIP Lounge.
Alexander walks out with the rest of the Hurt Business, now in matching black ‘n’ gold gear to make it real. They enter the ring, celebrate with handshakes and high-fives, then take to the mics. “Bones and bottles poppin’, nonsense and little things stoppin’,” for this very special episode. Alexander has made a career changing decision as he joins up with them. MVP introduces the newest member of the Hurt Business, Cedric Alexander! And Lashley gives Alexander his official “I’M IN” Hurt Business shirt. Now here’s the big question. It took Alexander a long time to come around, but why did he? Benjamin really wants to know. Alexander says he’ll keep it short and sweet. Instead of being on the business end of a beating, he learned, and wanted to earn.
Alexander was going broke with Ricochet and Apollo! And MVP said it himself: You can’t be a tag partner with the One And Only! What about Alexander!? Why is Alexander sacrificing his career and body for another man’s title opportunities? The Hurt Business is the future! But the Viking Raiders are here to interrupt! Erik and Ivar aren’t alone, either, because here comes Apollo and Ricochet! These four rush the ring and it’s a brawl! MVP and Benjamin are thrown out, Alexander bails out, and Lashley is all alone as he gets a corner splash to KNEES! Ricochet and Apollo both clothesline Lashley out and the Hurt Business is reeling! Will this chaos sort out after the break?
8 Man Tag: The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews, Ricochet & The Viking Raiders!
Raw returns and holla holla, playa! This is now a 4v4 battle! Will Alexander face the consequences of his actions already?
Ricochet dodges Benjamin and gets a headlock, but Benjamin powers out. Ricochet rolls off Benjamin’s back to swipe at Cedric! Benjamin clobbers Ricochet for it and drags him up to a snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Benjamin drags Ricochet up with a chinlock, knees low and whips him to ropes. Ricochet holds ropes, boots back and tags in Apollo. They kick and suplex Benjamin to then Penalty Kick and standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Apollo keeps his eyes on Benjamin for a corner splash, then goes for another, only for Benjamin to BOOT him down! Benjamin drags Apollo up and over, tags in MVP but Apollo gets away.
Apollo and MVP circle, MVP kicks but Apollo blocks to kick and club back. Ivar tags in and they mug MVP, then Ivar stomps MVP down. Ivar bumps MVP off buckles, tags Erik in and Erik feeds MVP to knees! Ivar feeds MVP to Erik’s KNEE! Erik roars before he brings MVP up for forearms. Erik knees away on MVP at the ropes, drags him up and rams him into the buckle. Tag to Ivar, Ivar whips Erik into MVP for the forearm smash! Erik snapmares MVP for Ivar’s BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! MVP survives being squashed but Ivar drops ax handles. Ivar stomps MVP, drags him up and tags in Apollo. They mug MVP more and Apollo throws forearms on MVP.
Apollo clubs MVP down, punches him more then runs, into a flapjack! MVP brings Apollo up to whip into the Hurt Business corner hard! Alexander smirks and mocks Apollo, MVP tags Lashley and they mug Apollo. Lashley throws elbow after elbow on Apollo but Apollo falls over. Lashley stays between him and his team, brings Apollo up but Apollo throws body shots. Apollo runs, Lashley kicks low and gut wrenches to a Canadian rack! Apollo slips out, hot tag to Erik! Erik runs at Lashley for big forearm shots! Lashley comes back, misses and gets shotgun knees! Benjamin tags in, but runs into an EXPLODER! Erik roars but Lashley SPEARS him!
Benjamin brings Erik up to scoop and slam! And another! And a third! The fans boo but the Hurt Business likes this as Benjamin suplexes Erik high and hard! Cover, TWO! Erik survives being thrown around but Benjamin wraps him in a chinlock. Fans rally for Erik as he fights to his feet. Erik fights, Benjamin whips him to a corner, and he hits the KNEE! Tag to Lashley and he runs in to RAM Erik! Lashley roars, tags in MVP, and MVP BOOTS Erik in the corner! Cover, TWO!! Erik survives another onslaught and the Hurt Business is annoyed. MVP has Erik on the ropes, brings him up and chokes him then clubs him. The ref reprimands, MVP puts Erik in the corner and tags in Alexander.
Alexander taunts Apollo and Ricochet then stomps away on Erik. He grinds his forearm into Erik’s face and tags in Benjamin. They mug Erik, Benjamin drags Erik up but Erik ROCKS Benjamin! Benjamin runs into Ace Ten Mao! Both men are down and fans rally up. The two men stir, crawl, and hot tag MVP and Ricochet! Ricochet dodges MVP, goes after Alexander but hits Lashley! Dropkick flip and enziguri for MVP! Baseball slide for Benjamin! Ricochet QUEBRADAS to take MVP down, then hits a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Alexander slithers in to taunt Ricochet, but MVP CLOBBERS Ricochet from behind! Fans boo as MVP covers, TWO!!
MVP tags Alexander, Alexander taunts Ricochet as he circles him. Alexander runs to NEURALIZER! Ricochet is down, Alexander covers, TWO!! Alexander is frustrated already but he taunts Ricochet. Alexander stands Ricochet up, Ricochet resists the lift and CHOPS back! Ricochet throws forearms, Alexander throws them back! Alexander CHOPS, Ricochet kicks but Alexander suplexes. Ricochet slips out to waistlock, Alexander elbows free, but Ricochet SUPERKICKS! Ricochet full nelsons for a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, MVP breaks it! Erik KNEES MVP down! Benjamin SPINE BUSTERS Erik! Apollo enziguris Benjamin, Lashley gives Apollo DOMINATOR! Ivar dodges Lashley to POST him!
Ivar builds speed and DIVES onto the Hurt Business!! Everyone outside is down but Ricochet still has Alexander to himself. Ricochet goes up top, takes aim, 630!! But he has to bail out, Alexander MICHINOKU DRIVERS!! Cover, Hurt Business wins!!!
Winner: The Hurt Business, by pinfall
Ricochet was a tenth of a second behind on the kick-out, but a win is a win for the Hurt Business! Alexander joining them pays off for them all! Ivar may have also hurt himself trying to take them all down! Tonight may have truly altered careers for years to come!
Drew McIntyre is still backstage?!
Charly knows this isn’t her business, but we heard him say he was out of here earlier. Yes, he did say that. And as much as it would hurt to disappoint Pearce, McIntyre grabbed the wrong phone. And he’s having a hard time finding the right exit. Will McIntyre sort all this out and be on his way? Or is there a plan behind all of this?
Shane McMahon meets up with Jordon Omogbehin again.
The Prizefighter and the Embodiment of the End are going to set it off tonight, Shane is looking forward to it! Speaking of, Kevin Owens arrives now, and marvels at the towering Omogbehin. But Shane says the past is the past between him and Kevin, and welcomes him to Raw Underground. That easy, huh? Well, Kevin wishes he could say it’s nice to see Shane, but no, Shane is still a jackass. Shane doesn’t take it personally, and he wishes Kevin luck tonight. Will Kevin need a bit more than that to get payback on Aleister Black?
Keith Lee VS Randy Orton!
Though the Viper wants after McIntyre for the world title, he also wants to even the score with the Limitless One from Payback’s shocking loss! Will the Legend Killer kill a legend in the making on the way to his 14th title reign? Or will he once again #BaskInHisGlory?
Raw returns and the bell rings. Keith and Orton circle, but then Orton bails out. Orton checks his jaw given the Claymore he took earlier. The ref says this match is happening already and starts his ring count. Orton comes back at 5, circles with Keith again, Orton calls for a test of strength but then Orton bails out again. Orton claims his jaw is still bugging him, so Keith grabs him by an ear! Orton grabs an ear back and hotshots Keith away! Keith staggers, Orton gets in but gets a GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Keith stalks Orton, drags him up, but Orton pokes his eyes! The ref couldn’t see behind Keith’s big back, and now Orton throws European Uppercuts.
Orton bumps Keith off buckles, brings him around to whip corner to corner, but Keith reverses. Keith swings on Orton, but denies an RKO by simply refusing to fall over! Keith shoves Orton then elbows him down! Orton bails out and really does need to check his jaw now. Keith waits, the ref counts and Orton goes around the way. Keith goes out and runs at Orton, but Orton baits him into barriers! Keith crashes, Orton gets back in the ring, and the count passes 5! It reaches 7 then 8, but Keith gets in! Orton stomps Keith’s legs and arms, as he likes to. Cover, TWO, but Orton wraps on a chinlock! Orton grinds Keith down but Keith endures.
Keith fights up as the fans build to a rally. Orton gets his legs around Keith for body scissors to wrangle him back down. Keith continues to endure but he does start to fade. The ref checks on him but Keith gets his second wind. Keith fights up, has Orton as a backpack and Orton tries to shift his grip. Orton hooks Keith’s nose but Keith still gets to his feet! Keith heads for a corner but Orton sends him into buckles! Orton goes for the RKO but Keith pushes him away again! Orton lands hard, crawls to a corner and clutches his jaw. Keith fires up and runs in to corner splash! Then he rolls and corner FOREARMS! Keith roars as Orton wobbles, and Keith scoops for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Keith keeps his focus as he drags Orton back up. Orton resists the powerbomb, slips off the top and FINALLY gets the RKO!! But then CLAYMORE OUTTA NOWHERE!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by disqualification
McIntyre has NOT left the building, and he tells Orton, “I want you to start seeing me in your nightmares, you son of a bi*ch!” Adam Pearce reprimands McIntyre for putting himself at risk, but McIntyre promises he’s done for tonight. Will McIntyre make it to Clash of Champions to finish Orton off? Will Orton be able to make it to Clash after his own jaw took another big hit?
Shane welcomes us back to Raw Underground!
Aleister Black is warming up, if you will, for his fight with Kevin Owens. Aleister gets his opponent down, gives some ground ‘n’ pound, but the opponent pushes him away. Aleister body shots to BLACK MASS! Aleister wins and even takes off the eye patch! Kevin is finally fight ready, and he gets right in the ring to TACKLE Aleister! Kevin rains down fists, Aleister has his leg guard but Kevin won’t let off. Kevin throws body shots like a hockey fight but Aleister fires off strikes. Kevin SPINE BUSTERS Aleister, they tumble out of the ring and Kevin RAMS Aleister into the apron! Then back drops him to the floor! Shane says this will have to be it for now as Raw Underground goes to break!
Raw returns as Pearce checks on Orton.
Pearce apologizes for McIntyre getting in and going out of control. Oh he’s sorry? Why? That he couldn’t do his job?! Pearce says for what it’s worth, McIntyre is gone for the night, Pearce walked him out personally. Orton tells Pearce that Pearce’s word “means nothing!” Will the Viper strike back the next chance he gets?
2v1 Handicap Match: The Riott Squad VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan won their shot at the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships for Clash of Champions, but are going to see if they can both beat one half of the championship team together. Will the #LIVingRiott be able to trump the Queen of Spades?
The bell rings and Ruby starts for the squad. She and Shayna tie up, Shayna headlocks, Ruby throws body shots and powers out. Things speed up, Ruby hurdles but is caught! Shayna aims but Ruby avoids the kick to her arm, to arm-drag Shayna once. Shayna blocks the second arm-drag to wrench the arm, wristlock to a SUPLEX! Shayna cranks on the arm and Nia taunts that she could do that, too. Ruby gets up, armdrags but can’t get free of the wristlock! Shayna twists the wrist more, Ruby stomps a food and throws body shots. Ruby clubs Shayna, tags Liv, but Shayna throws Ruby away to DECK Liv!
Ruby walks into an elbow but she anchors Shayna’s foot! Liv dropkicks the leg out and pushes Shayna in! Liv kicks the legs, but Shayna shoves. Liv comes back, goes after a leg, but Shayna gut wrench slams her fright off! And then KNEES her down! Shayna has the arm, hammerlocks it, but Nia says she’s seen better from Shayna. Shayna shoots back with, “What would you do? A SaMoAn DrOp~?” But then Shayna fireman’s carries Liv to copy Nia, but Liv rolls Shayna up! THE RIOTT SQUAD WINS!!
Winners: The Riott Squad, by pinfall
And Nia is laughing at her tag partner! But now she has to take her turn! Will Nia take this seriously enough to win for her “team”?
Raw Underground returns!
The fight between Kevin and Aleister restarts and they start throwing hands! Aleister kicks low, Kevin gets Aleister down for forearms but Aleister uses his legs to get a kneebar. Kevin gets around to RAKE THE FACE! Kevin rains down rights, Aleister kicks him away and the two clinch. Kevin tackles Aleister, Aleister guards to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Kevin drags Aleister off the ring to BOMB him into the wall!! Is Aleister out? Kevin doesn’t care, he brings him back up. Aleister BOOTS Kevin into the crowd and Kevin hits them all away. Same for Aleister on his end! Shane says to leave those guys alone and get back in the ring to fight each other! We cut away from Raw Underground for now, will the third time be the charm?
2v1 Handicap Match: The Riott Squad VS Nia Jax w/ Shayna Baszler!
Nia mocked Shayna and cost her, but now will have to put up or shut up. Will Ruby and Liv sweep the champs in one night?
The bell rings, Nia ties up with Ruby and throws her down hard! Nia keeps having to talk trash to Shayna, but Ruby throws forearms while ducking Nia’s shots. Nia shoves, Ruby crucifix to sunset but Nia drags her right up to headbutt! Shayna isn’t impressed as Nia throws Ruby to a corner. Nia runs in but only gets buckles, Ruby tags Liv! Ruby forearms and Liv dropkicks, then they have Nia in the corner for mudhole stomps! Shayna mocks Nia, “What’s the matter, champ?” Liv tags Ruby back in and they stomp another mudhole on Nia! Tag back to Ruby, Ruby whips Liv in for a back body check! Nia is down, Ruby basement crossbodies! Cover, TWO!
Nia gets up but Ruby runs, into a LARIAT! Shayna was impressed by that one. Nia covers, TWO! Nia keeps on Ruby with a cobra clutch and thrashes Ruby around. Ruby endures, Liv and fans rally, and Ruby fights her way up. Ruby jawbreakers free, but Nia runs her over! Nia drags Ruby up, hammerlocks an arm, and now she copies Shayna, but Ruby avoids the stomp! Nia drags Ruby away from Liv, fireman’s carries, but Ruby kicks and Liv tags in! But oh no, not the flashing lights! Liv and Ruby kick and RIOTT KICK, then hit the SIDE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! The lights go OUT, and the LED screens read “RETRIBUTION.”
Someone talks on the titantron, in a clearly disguised voice. “This ThunderDome is only a facade. Behind this mountain of screens is the same foundation, the same WWE as before. The same behemoth who discarded and disowned us, leaving us to survive in an unfair world, where the powerful continue to grow, while we are left to feed on nothing but the scraps of contempt.” Another says “contempt is a powerful motivator. WE are driven to destroy. To lay waste to every superstar and every fan blinded, who cannot see what you do not have. The locusts of contempt will feed upon all of you! The darkness of Retribution will seep into the pores of every superstar, and all of your so-called Universe! WE are Retribution!” Retribution throws Raw to break, but will they be planning new ways to break Raw?
Raw returns to the Mysterio Family backstage.
Sarah says we are moments away from Dominik’s newest Street Fight match. Is there any concern to the rules of this match or the comments made by Murphy? Rey says Murphy is trying to get at Rey by threatening his family and that will scare them all away. Murphy wants Dominik all alone to sacrifice him to Rollins. But there’s something he doesn’t know about the Mysterio Family. They do not scare easy. Rey promises that if Murphy tries anything, the Mysterios will handle him.
Raw Underground – Aleister Black VS Kevin Owens, Part 3!
The two men are finally back in the ring, and are still slugging it out! Kevin kicks, Aleister kicks, they throw hands, but Aleister gets Kevin with a guillotine! Kevin pops out, rains down more rights but Aleister is after the arm. Kevin DOUBLE STOMPS!! Kevin hammers away on Aleister’s head but Aleister knees him away. Kevin headbutts back and Aleister falls! Kevin wobbles around, Aleister stands, fakes Kevin out to ROUNDHOUSE him! Aleister hurries after Kevin but Kevin shoves Aleister out and into Dabba-Kato! Kevin pushes Dabba aside to throw Aleister in. Dabba is angry and throws Kevin down!
Dabba gets in the ring, and SPINE BUSTERS Kevin! Aleister capitalizes but Dabba is after him, too! CHOKE SLAM!! Shane says this is how it ends! Expect the unexpected! See you next week!
Randy Orton is heading out.
The Viper stops to grab his luggage, and clutches his throbbing jaw. Charly apologizes for bothering him but then McIntyre attacks again!! McIntyre throws Orton into trunks, and grinds his bad jaw into the spare ring’s crossbars!! “Tell me how it feels, Randy!! Tell me how it feels!!” The Scottish Psychopath wants to crush Orton’s head! But then he throws him onto the spare ring, takes aim again, and as Orton slowly rises, he gets a CLAYMORE!! Three Claymores for the three punt kicks McIntyre took!! Will Orton be lucky enough to come away with just a broken jaw?!
Raw returns as Orton is loaded into an ambulance.
Another parallel to what Orton did to McIntyre, and Adam Pearce is beside himself as he stands in silence with Pat Buck. Will Pearce be the one to hear about this from Mr. Vince McMahon?
Street Fight: Dominik Mysterio w/ The Mysterio Family VS Buddy Murphy!
Rey meant it when he said the Mysterios don’t scare off easy! Angie and Aliyah walk with him and Dominik to the ring, and everyone but Mrs. Mysterio has a kendo stick! Will even Rey’s daughter get her shots in as her brother looks to finally settle things with Seth Rollins’ disappointing disciple?
The bell rings, Murphy throws a shirt at Dominik and KNEE TRIGGERS!! Murphy throws Dominik out, goes after him and throws him into barriers! Murphy drags Dominik up and steps to Angie and Aliyah but Rey is there to guard them. Murphy goes back to Dominik to throw him across the announce desk! Murphy throws the desk hood aside before going back to stare at Rey, Angie and Aliyah., But Dominik comes back to clobber Murphy! Dominik throws elbows and knees then throws Murphy over the desk in return! Murphy tumbles, Dominik follows and has him at the corner for more forearms. Murphy kicks back, rams Dominik into barriers, then brings him around the back of the LED walls!
Murphy whips Dominik but Doiminik reverses to send Murphy into the wall! Dominik ROCKS Murphy with a right, then starts to climb?! Dominik is daring enough to be on top of the LED’s and FLY!! Direct hit with the crossbody!! Both men are down and the ThunderDome is loving it as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Murphy pushes Dominik away. Dominik clubs Murphy then bounces him off the apron. Then he throws Murphy into barriers! Dominik stalks Murphy to the ramp, throws forearms and they go up the stage. Dominik ROCKS Murphy again, and Murphy staggers away to the edge. Murphy mule kicks back, and whips again but Dominik sends Murphy into the LED stage wall! Dominik keeps on Murphy with forearms, and now follows Murphy back to ringside. Dominik clubs Murphy, ROCKS him again, but Murphy ROCKS Dominik back! Murphy runs and THROWS Dominik down onto the ramp! The ref checks on Dominik while Rey is close. The family cheers Dominik on as he slowly gets up.
Murphy is on Dominik and KICKS him in the back. Murphy watches the Mysterios watch him as he drags Dominik back up. Murphy ROCKS Dominik with another right, then has everyone move out of the way. Murphy brings Dominik to the steel steps! Dominik fights back and RAMS Murphy into the barriers! Murphy boots back, then suplexes Dominik to hang him out to dry on the barriers! Dominik tumbles down in front of the LED fan screens while Murphy catches his breath in the ring. Dominik writhes but Murphy fetches him and tosses him back to ringside! Murphy KICKS Dominik in the back, then drags him back up. They go into the ring, Dominik rolls to the far side but Murphy has a chair!
Murphy stalks Dominik back outside, and JAMS the chair into Dominik’s ribs! And SMACKS him on the back! Dominik writhes from the chair shots and both mother and sister are concerned. Murphy puts Dominik in, covers, TWO! Murphy looms over Dominik, sits him up and puts on a seated cobra twist. Dominik endures, his family cheers him on and fans build to a rally. Murphy cranks harder as they have a standing cobra twist now, but Dominik powers out to get around. Murphy turns things back onto Dominik but Dominik HIP TOSSES Murphy out of the ring! Murphy returns, only gets the buckles, and Dominik goes up and around. Murphy denies the tornado DDT to POST Dominik! And AGAIN! Murphy POSTS Dominik a third time, right in front of mother and sister!
Murphy lets Rey think about what his son is going through before dragging Dominik back out. Murphy wraps Dominik up in the ropes, and then has a kendo stick! But Dominik boots Murphy down first! Murphy goes back for the stick but Rey takes it from him! Rey didn’t get involved but he won’t let Murphy have his way! Wait, Angie and Aliyah get Dominik out of the ropes while Murphy as a table! Dominik DIVES and SUNSET BOMBS Murphy through the table!! Just like Rey would do! The family is fired up as Dominik puts Murphy in! Dominik goes up top fast, for a FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!
Dominik won’t take time to be surprised, he has Murphy on the ropes and ties HIM up! Rey and Dominik FIRE OFF on Murphy! Rey talks to the camera as he says, “Seth! I hope you’re watching, ‘messiah.’ How does that feel, Seth?!” Rey SMACKS Murphy, Dominik SMACKS Murphy, “Payback is a B*TCH!!” They keep on SMACKING Murphy, full karma for what Murphy and Rollins did! They even pull up the shirt so that it’s to bare skin as ALIYAH gets a shot in!! Angie isn’t so sure, but she is angry. She SMACKS Murphy, Aliyah SMACKS Murphy, it’s a family affair! Murphy QUITS, Dominik wins!!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by verbal submission
The family triumphs together, but they keep adding on! They want Murphy to pay for the sins of Seth Rollins! Will Rollins regret leaving his disciple alone to be the sacrifice?
This wasn’t the best episode, or a great one, but what a great ending! I figured the whole family would get in on the Street Fight since even Aliyah brought out a kendo stick. I loved that Angie was reluctant at first but then when she got a taste of payback, she got into it like the rest of the family. And it’s rare that outside of an I Quit match, we get someone verbally giving up, so that was a creative way to end it here. It was a great main event to an episode full of recaps we didn’t need and weird pacing of everything else. As great as it was for McIntyre to get his own payback on Orton with three Claymores and a general defiance of Adam Pearce’s authority, there was a recap package each time, like no one was paying attention. And I totally expect Pearce getting chewed out and Orton’s ability to go to Clash to be in question.
For that matter, Keith should’ve tried to find McIntyre to talk to him about once again getting involved with his Raw TV matches. Maybe that happens next week, too, and I almost want there to be such “uncertainty” with Orton being able to make it to Clash that they make Keith a contender and then we end up with a Triple Threat. WWE has been doing a great job of making PPV’s we don’t expect much out of into incredible nights, making McIntyre VS Keith VS Orton would be a way to do that. I do find it interesting they’re making next week’s Raw a big deal with the Raw Women’s title and then Champions VS Champions. I would think Asuka retains and then Natalya gets Clash of Champions, or we even get another Triple Threat.
Garza dumps Vega and Almas before they could dump him and I really hope we get that singles feud now. Cesaro and Nakamura bringing the Brand to Brand Invitation back was great, and their match with the Street Profits will be great. I wonder if this leads to a Winners Take All match at Clash, but not a unification match. WWE has teams they could be using but aren’t, so keeping both titles with one team for a time could work out until other stories sort out. For example, the Hurt Business could be challenging for the titles but are busy with Apollo and friends. I didn’t think Alexander would turn, and certainly not tonight, but it’s happened and it’s working well already. The Hurt Business could go for all the possible gold, Alexander even being a 24/7 Champion or something.
I like that we’ve been getting more “on location” 24/7 Championship matches, and Truth continues to be hilarious no matter what situation he’s put in. I hope his 40th reign gets to be part of Clash. Have him lose it in the kickoff but win it back right before the main event for a celebration before whatever top title match goes down. Raw Underground was a bit of a letdown tonight. I wanted Kevin and Aleister to have an actual good fight, but it kept being put on pause, and then it doesn’t even resolve! Babatunde gets in and wrecks it all! It’s great Babatunde is gaining points but it should’ve been separate of the story Raw is supposed to be building for Kevin and Aleister! Just seems really confusing.
I did like how they’re handling the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship build, though. Nia puts Shayna in a Handicap Match and then costs her, so that their own little rivalry is continuing inside their tag title reign. A bit of a shame Nia’s half got “interrupted,” because I felt like it would’ve served the story better if there was a resolution. But at least we got Retribution’s mission statement finally. The promo would’ve been truly perfect if they really were bringing released superstars back, but from all the rumors of who is in and who isn’t, that’s not at all what they’re doing.
I do appreciate they’re locking in Dominik Dijakovic and Dio Madden as the towering men, because at least their stories within kayfabe can still work. Dijak was supposed to debut for Raw sooner but ended up back in NXT to help the Keith Lee story. Dio gets F5’d by Lesnar and doesn’t even get to come back to commentary after, so he’d feel bitter. Just not sure how the other members, whoever they’ll turn out to be, will fit in. If Mia Yim does end up one of them, it won’t really work for the promo, but it would work with my hopeful theory that Keith is secretly behind this.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Report! (2/27/21)
Let the Castle Attack BEGIN!
NJPW’s huge Osaka weekend event begins!
NJPW returns to Osaka for a Castle Attack! Will the Rainmaker still be atop the mountain? Or will Darkness Fall when Everything is Evil?
- Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado; Loa wins.
- Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado; Goto wins.
- KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens; Yano wins and retains the KOPW 2021 trophy.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo; White wins.
- Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Okada wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Six Man Tag: Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS The United Empire!
The King of Cozy Style, Ikari no Mogyuu, and the Ace are all targets of Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan, and the Dominator is going after Tanahashi’s NEVER Openweight Championship on day two! But will the Once in a Century Talent and his iconic compatriots be able to stand up against the United Empire in this opening round?
As usual, the United Empire stands firm, even as their opponents make their entrance. Tanahashi shoves off the muscles and fans cheer. Tanahashi and Khan dare each other to step up, and so that’s who starts! Fans cheer and the bell rings, and fans rally up already as Khan and Tanahashi circle. Ospreay sneaks in with Cobb, but Kojima and Tenzan are ready to counter! The ref tells them all to back off, and Khan has the Empire stand down. But that’s a fake out! They attack Tanahashi’s team, and throw Tenzan and Kojima out! The Empire mugs Tanahashi, double whips him corner to corner, then send Ospreay in, only for Tanahashi to toss Ospreay out!
Cobb and Khan mug Tanahashi, whip him to ropes, but Tanahashi ducks the double clothesline to send Khan into Cobb! Tanahashi kicks Khan low then whips him to a corner, but Khan reverses. Khan runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi hops up to crossbody! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars before he tags in Kojima. Kojima DECKS Ospreay, and fires off the machine gun CHOPS on Khan! The ref is busy keeping Ospreay out so Kojima gets plenty of extra CHOPS in! Kojima whips Khan corner to corner, hits a forearm smash, and then throws Khan down. Kojima climbs, Cobb intercepts with forearms! Ospreay hits Tenzan and Tanahashi while Cobb TOSSES Kojima down!
Khan clamps on with the head-arm triangle! Cobb and Ospreay throw Tenzan and Tanahashi around ringside but Kojima gets a ropebreak! Khan lets go, drags Kojima over, tags in Ospreay, and the Empire mugs Kojima. Ospreay CHOPS Kojima then BOOTS him! Ospreay scoops and slams Kojima to then run and drop a leaping knee! Cover, TWO! Ospreay bumps Kojima off buckles, tags in Cobb, and Cobb headbutts Kojima in the back. Cobb CLUBS Kojima, stays between him and his team, and then scoops Kojima. Ospreay talks trash while Cobb taunts Kojima’s team. Cobb throws knees into Kojima, then RAMS Kojima into the Emipre’s corner.
Khan tags in, stomps Kojima, but Kojima hits back! Khan ROCKS Kojima, and hits the Mongolian Chop! Khan taunts Tenzan with how Tenzan can’t use this move anymore, and then Mongolian Chops again! Kojimma stands up and he ROCKS Khan with forearms! And a ROLLING ELBOW! COZY CUTTER! Both men are down but fans fire up! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to rally on Khan, then he hits Cobb an Ospreay for good measure! Tanahashi blocks Khan’s boot to bring him out for a DRAGON SCREW! Ospreay runs in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi catches Cobb in the ropes, DRAPING DRAGON SCREW!
Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he goes after Khan’s legs. Tanahashi ties the legs up but Khan clamps his claw onto Tanahashi’s face! Khan gets up, Tanahashi breaks free, but Khan ROCKS Tanahashi with a forearm! Tanahashi gives the forearm back and now it’s a brawl of forearms back and forth! Fans rally up as they pick up speed, Tanahashi fires off a strike fest but Khan Mongolian Chops! Tanahashi ROCKS Khan with a palm strike, then runs, but into Khan’s sleeper hold! Khan uses the claw, then shifts to INVERTED EXPLODER! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan tags in Cobb and Cobb drags Tanahashi up.
Cobb fires off forearms and headbutts, then whips Tanahashi to a corner. Cobb runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi waistlocks, Cobb resists the lift, and pries free! But Tanahashi half nelson spins Cobb to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Cobb, DECKS Ospreay, and fans fire up. Tenzan wants to Mongolian Chop but he remembers he can’t! So he kicks Cobb low and gives him a headbutt! Tenzan has Cobb in the corner, and throws more kicks and haymakers. Tenzan whips corner to corner then runs in to clothesline Cobb! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, and he hits the suplex! Cover, TWO!
Tenzan calls in Kojima and Tanahashi, and the three go after Cobb together. They double whip Cobb corner to corner, then Kojima runs in to back elbow! Tanahashi hits a splash! They double whip into Tenzan’s windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Tenzan keeps on Cobb and gets the ANACONDA VICE! Tanahashi and Kojima go after the rest of the Empire but Ospreay BOOTS Kojima and CLUBS Tanahashi! Cobb powers up but Tenzan holds tight. Cobb elbows free but Tenzan headbutts! Cobb ROCKS Tenzan with an uppercut, then tags in Ospreay! Ospreay slingshots in for a ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Ospreay drags Tenzan up, reels him in, and underhooks, but Tenzan resists!
Ospreay gives Kowata kicks and a SUPERKICK! Ospreay runs but into a back drop! Fans fire up with Tenzan and Tenzan dares Ospreay to stand. Tenzan remembers again he can’t Mongolian Chop, but Ospreay dares him to! Ospreay SLAPS Tenzan, and then Khan CLOBBERS Tenzan! Khan and Ospreay SUPERKICK BOOT COMBO! Cover, but Tanahashi breaks it! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi, clamps on the claw, and hits the ELIMINATOR SLAM! Kojima fires off on Khan and runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! The United Empire feed Tenzan to the OSCUTTER! Cover, the Empire wins!
Winners: The United Empire, by pinfall
United they stand victorious! Khan gets a mic and he wants everyone in Osaka to understand! They are THE United Empire!! Will this momentum bode well for Khan coming for the NEVER Openweight Championship? Or will the Ace be able to trump the Dominator’s iron hand?
YOSHI-HASHI VS Tonga Loa w/ Jado!
Before going 2v2 with the Guerrillas of Destiny for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, the Head Hunter will take on the Silverback alone! Will Loa make sure Hashi can’t #GetBackUp for tomorrow’s tag title match?
The bell rings and Hashi circles with Loa. Fans rally up and they tie up. Hashi manages to push Loa back a bit, but Loa pushes Hashi to the ropes. The ref calls for a break, Hashi turns things around, and Hashi drags Loa down to an ARMBAR! Loa holds off the extension, moves around, but Hashi stays clamped on. Hashi clubs at the clasped hands but Loa holds tight. Loa pries at Hashi’s own grip, but Hashi adjusts to get the other hand isolated! Loa gets the ropebreak with a leg and Jado protests, so Hashi lets go fast. Hashi clubs Loa’s arm but Loa shoves him away. Hashi comes back with a kick, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs and stomps him.
Hashi wrenches Loa to a wristlock, but Loa throws a forearm, only for Hashi to make it a takedown! Hashi wants the double wristlock but Loa moves around. Hashi has a short arm scissor instead! Loa endures, moves around, but Hashi stomps the arm! Hashi stomps Loa more, Loa throws body shots but Hashi clubs him. Hashi wrenches the arm, clubs it, then wrenches again to club it again. Loa pulls Hashi’s hair but Hashi elbows Loa’s elbow. Hashi wrenches again but Loa LARIATS him down! Fans cheer the exchange but then Loa stomps Hashi over and over! Loa drags Hashi up, whips him to a corner then runs in to clothesline!
Loa whips Hashi out then back in to clothesline again! Jado cheers while Hashi falls to his knees. Loa gets the bad arm moving, drags Hashi back up, and fans rally. Hashi throws body shots, wrenches, but Loa throws a haymaker and back hand! Hashi clubs the arm, Loa throws a forearm, but Hashi wrenches to an elbow breaker! Hashi runs, but the ref is busy checking on Loa and Jado trips Hashi! Loa hurries to get Hashi up for a suplex! Uno amigo, and then a wrench to a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Loa grows annoyed. Loa drags Hashi up as fans rally again. Loa throws a forearm but Hashi gives it back. Loa headbutts Hashi and Hashi is down in the corner!
Loa stomps away on Hashi, but the ref reprimands. Loa lets off, Jado taunts Hashi, and Loa whips Hashi corner to corner. Loa runs in but into a dropkick to the legs! Fans cheer as Hashi evens things back up! Hashi and Loa slowly rise, Hashi throws forearms, body shots and a CHOP! Hashi whips, Loa reverses but Hashi dodges to hit the HEADHUNTER! Hashi fires up and fans rally for him. Hashi runs corner to corner, to CHOP Loa! Hashi whips, CHOPS, but Loa just grins! Loa wags his finger at Hashi, then throws a forearm! Hashi stays up and he forearms back! Loa doesn’t budge, and he ROCKS Hashi!
Hashi stays on his feet and Loa dares him to “give me your best shot! Don’t do this to me! You came to fight me, so fight me!” Loa wants Hashi to #GetBackUp and show him what he’s got! Hashi gets up and throws forearms and CHOPS! Mule kick, and a neckbreaker! Fans fire up with Hashi and he hurries to a corner! Hashi climbs up and fans rally harder now! Loa stands and hits Hashi with a forearm first! Loa climbs up, clubs away on Hashi’s back, but Hashi resists the superplex. Hashi throws bodys shots, clubs Loa, and sunset flips, to get the RUNNING POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO! Hashi has the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa powers up but Hashi throws knees into him!
Hashi grinds Loa down but Loa powers up again! Loa fireman’s carries Hashi, but Hashi slips off to CHOP! Loa laughs, kicks, knees and ENZIGURIS! Hashi falls over but Loa tells him, “I’m gonna kill you! Don’t you die on me yet!” Hashi gets up, Loa runs, but into an elbow! Hashi runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Hashi still lives and fans fire up again! Loa likes this! “There’s that fighting spirit! I love it!” Loa drags Hashi up and vows it’s over now. Loa scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Loa rams Hashi into a corner and fires off elbows! Loa runs in but Hashi dodges! SUPERKICK, but Loa just wants more! SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK!
Loa shoves Hashi and Hashi fires off another SUPERKICK! Loa still isn’t done, he wants more!! Hashi SUPERKICKS, and Loa finally wobbles! BACKSTABBER! Hashi drags Loa to a drop zone and goes up top! Fans fire up, Hashi SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Loa still lives but Hashi keeps on him! Hashi gator rolls Loa into the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Loa grits his teeth and powers up again! Hashi slips an arm around to get the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Loa still endures, slips his head under, but Jado gets in! Hashi is ready, and he kicks then mule kicks Jado first! Hashi sends Loa into Jado! Roll up, TWO!!
Loa swings but into a full nelson, DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi fires up and the fans are with him, for the BASEMENT METEORA! Hashi isn’t done there, he drags Loa back up! Hashi gets Loa up, full nelsons again, but then shifts to a pump handle! Wait, Tama Tonga shows up! The distraction saves Loa, and he scoops Hashi for APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!
Winner: Tonga Loa, by pinfall
Well it was strange that Tama wasn’t here to start, and now we see he was an ace in the hole! And now they’re all beating Hashi up, 3v1! The ref reprimands but they’re not stopping! GoD drags Hashi up, but here comes Goto! Goto CLOBBERS Loa then fires off on Tama! After all, their match was up next, anyway! Tama whips Goto away but Goto comes back to block the hip toss and hit a hip toss! Fans cheer as Goto lariats Loa out of the ring, and the ref rings the bell on the next match!
Hirooki Goto VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
The Good Bad Guy rolls the Fierce Warrior up right away! With tights! TWO!! Goto swings, Tama gets under and Tama dropkicks Goto out! Tama hurries out after Goto, and he whips Goto into railing! Tama checks on Loa and sees he’s okay. Tama drags Goto back up, POSTS him, then goes in the ring as the ref wants. Goto stirs, the ring count begins, but Tama goes back out. The ref is busy with Tama and Jado SMACKS Goto with the kendo stick! Tama goes out to fetch Goto now, puts him back in, and clamps on with a chinbar. Tama clubs away on Goto’s chest, then paces about. Goto sits up, Tama drags him back up and snap suplexes! Cover, ONE!! Tama is annoyed but fans rally up.
Tama sits Goto up to claw his face! The ref reprimands, Tama stops, and fans rally up for Goto. Tama paces as Goto eggs him on. Tama CLUBS Goto, and Goto eggs him on more! Tama throws haymakers, but Goto gets power from it! Goto eggs Tama on, Tama headbutts, but that does more damage to Tama! Tama whips Goto, runs in but the splash misses! Goto hits a BIG suplex! Goto fires off on Tama in the corner, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to MURAMASA! Then, BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tama up, fireman’s carries, but Tama fights free. Tama swings but into a hook! Tama fights free of that, gets Goto in a dragon sleeper, but Goto turns that around!
Tama slips through to suplex, but Goto resists! Goto suplexes, but Tama slips into the dragon sleeper, TONGAN TWIST! Cover, TWO! Tama is furious but fans rally up! Tama watches Goto, hears the voices in his head like he’s The Viper, and Goto rises. Goto turns around, but he denies the Gun Stun! Goto swings, but into Tama’s spin and leap, SATELLITE DDT! Both men are down but Tama is growling. Tama gets up, goes to a corner and climbs up. FROG SPLASH FLOPS as Goto moves! BLINDSIDE SLIDING LARIAT! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Goto crawls to ropes while Tama sits up. Goto staggers over and powers up!
But Loa returns to scoop Goto! Jado is distracting the ref! Goto slips out of the scoop, and HEADBUTTS Loa down! Goto DECKS Jado but turns around into GUN- NO! Goto blocks again, shoves Tama and follows. Tama stops to swing on Goto but Goto dodges, and comes back to swing. Tama ducks, redirects, dodges, hurdles, but Goto dodges the boot to swing! Tama ducks to GUN- NO!! Goto drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, dragon sleeper, toss out, G T R!! Cover, GOTO WINS!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto, by pinfall
What a wild exchange to end this one! But now, Chaos is even with the Guerrillas, and the tiebreaker will be THE IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match! Will Goto and Hashi end GoD’s reign and be double champions? Or will it be Tama & Loa who #TurnItAllAround?
KOPW 2021 YTR Style Texas Strap Match: Toru Yano VS Chase Owens!
Mr. KOPW 2020 now defends his provisional 2021 KOPW trophy, and is going to put his twist on the Crown Jewel’s stipulation choice! But will that be enough for Yano to continue on through the year? Or will Bullet Club manage to add another accolade to the treasury?
The introductions are made, and Yano’s seems to get even longer with the more he does and has… But after all that, and some disinfectant spray, the trophy is to be presented, which comes as a surprise to Yano. The trophy is set aside, the strap is brought in, and Yano waits outside while Chase is strapped in first. Perhaps Yano doesn’t trust Chase. The strap is also taped down so there is no removal of it during the match. Chase tosses Yano the other end, and Yano is hesitant to strap in. Yano takes the cuff, puts it on, and the ref tapes it on. Then Chase tries to reel Yano in! Yano knew this would happen! The bell rings, and it’s a tug-o-war!
Yano gets enough slack that he can LASH Chase! And again! And again! Chase bails out but Yano reels him in! Chase tries to get away with what slack there is but Yano keeps reeling him in! Chase wants a time-out? And a handshake? Yano kicks him and SMACKS him instead! And another SMACK! Another SMACK! Yano uses the strap to choke Chase! That’s legal in a strap match but Chase grabs at ropes. Yano kicks Chase, whips him, but Chase grabs ropes to get out again! Yano decides to undo a buckle pad! Now we have a bare corner! Chase resists being reeled in, and he goes to undo a buckle pad!
Yano won’t let him, and Yano chases Chase around! Chase uses that to get the strap going through the corner, and he YANKS Yano into the post! Chase takes a moment to catch his breath before he stomps Yano. Chase goes into the ring to undo the corner trap, and he uses the slack to SMACK Yano now! And SMACKS him again! And again! Chase drags Yano up, puts him in, and stomps him down. Chase sits Yano up, rips Yano’s shirt off, and now has bare skin to go after! SMACK! There’s instantly a red mark on Yano’s back! Chase drops fists, chokes Yano with the strap, then lets off to go to a corner. Chase again copies Yano and undoes this buckle pad! The neutral corners are bare!
Chase tosses the buckle pad at Yano and Yano catches it. Chase dares Yano to use the pad, so Yano swings! Chase dodges and dropkicks Yano into the bare buckles! Chase stomps Yano at the ropes, throws the buckle pad down on him, then digs his foot into Yano’s face while mocking the YTR thumbs. Chase drags Yano up to throw him out, then he follows. Chase drags Yano up and whips him, but Yano reverses to send Chase into barriers! Yano gets something from under the ring! It’s extra tape! Chase CLUBS Yano first, then slips through the railing? He wants to reel Yano into the railing, but Yano resists! So Chase lets go and Yano falls over!
Chase is free to drag Yano up and YANK him into the railing! And then again! Yano falls back down, Chase slips back through and he gets Yano’s spare tape! Chase tapes Yano’s hand into a fist so he can’t open it! Then Chase drags Owens up and puts him in the ring. Chase stomps Owens, and gets the other hand! Chase tapes that one up, too! Yano can’t open either of his hands! Yano tries to resist but Chase claws Yano’s face. Chase finishes his handiwork, and gets some slack on the strap to again SMACK Yano on the back! Chase plays around as he stomps and kicks Yano down, then he mocks the Yano shrug! But Yano uses his fists to trip Chase! Yano still catapults Chase into bare buckles!
Yano runs as far as the strap allows, comes back, but Chase dodges! Yano gets bare buckles again! Fans fire up, and Chase undoes the blue corner buckle pad! That’s three, will Chase go for the fourth? Chase drags Yano up to reel him in for a haymaker! And then again! And again! Chase throws up the Two Sweets, but Yano slips under and uses the strap to flip Chase! Chase gets up to throw a strike fest, then he runs, but into an atomic drop! Yano dodges Chase’s swing, shoves him at the ref, and then LOW BLOWS! Chase couldn’t stop that with wrist tape! And Yano figures what the hell? Untile the last pad! But wait, the tape on his hands makes that tricky.
Yano tears at the tape and frees his fingers! Fans fire up as Yano goes for the last corner, but Chase reels him in! HAMMERLOCK LARIAT! Chase hits the Jewel Heist but he can’t cover from being too tired! Fans fire up, Chase gets up and says BANG, and he drags Yano back up. Chase reels Yano in, Yano shoves him away! So Chase goes out and uses the strap to reel Yano into the bare buckles! Chase drags Yano all the way out now, and whips him into the railing! Chase pulls up padding from the floor ringside!! He wants bare linoleum to come into play now! BANG, and the package, but Yano fights that off to back drop Chase onto the floor!
Yano is mad now, and he gets into the ring! The strap keeps Yano from the final corner pad, but fans rally up! Owens holds railing, Yano goes back out, but Chase gets the ring bell! Chase CLOBBERS Yano with the bell, then he gets in, and HE wants the final corner! But Yano’s dead weight is keeping him from getting close! Chase thought he had a fool proof plan but seems not. Chase goes back out to fetch Yano, and wraps the strap around Chase’s head. Chase drags Yano up and in, then drags him. Yano holds Chase back, reels him in, and Chase is annoyed. JEWEL TRIGGER!
Fans rally for Yano but Chase gets the buckle pad! Yano tries to pull Chase away but Chase’s one hand undoes all but one strap! Chase runs at Yano, but into a pop-up POWERBOMB! And YANO unties the buckle pad!! YANO WINS!!
Winner: Toru Yano (retains the KOPW 2021 trophy)
And that’s how you win YTR style! Will Yano continue to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat like this? Or will someone eventually beat Yano at his own games?
Tomohiro Ishii VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The other third of the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Champions is in action as he looks to settle things with the Switchblade! But will the Stone Pitbull be made to look like a little puppy tonight?
White insists the ref be more concerned about Ishii than him in the check. White throws off the jacket, flexes for the fans, and then has Gedo get in so they can Low Sweet. But Ishii grows impatient and he rushes over! White and Gedo bail out, “cool off,” and White mocks the clapping before giving the Low Sweet. White returns to the ring, bails right bck out, and asks about the bell. White gets in, the bell rings, and then White bails out again. White has a laugh as he goes in and out and in again, only to slide right back out. The ref reprimands, White dares Ishii to go after him, and Ishii goes! White gets far away from Ishii, goes back in the ring but Ishii is ready to follow.
White goes out, Ishii follows again. Gedo creeps up on Ishii, and White attacks! White stomps Ishii, drags him up for knees, then whips. Ishii swings, White dodges and doges and knees low. White whips, Ishii reverses but White bails out! White has a laugh, but Ishii rushes after him again! White gets in, and pretends he pulled a muscle so that Gedo can rake Ishii’s eyes! Gedo RAMS Ishii into railing then gets away before the ref notices. Ishii gets in the ring but White stomps him at the ropes. White stomps Ishii around, drags him up and throws him back out. White goes out but Ishii gets back in and runs, to run White over! Ishii pursues White on the outside, drags him up and whips him into railing!
Gedo protests but Ishii drags White up by his hair. White pushes Ishii but Ishii whips White back into railing! Fans cheer but the ref says to get this in the ring. Ishii glares at Gedo as he creeps over, and Gedo backs off. White goes to the ramp and Ishii wants to chase him down but the ref tells him to stay by the ring. The ref checks on White and tells him to get back to the ring, but White stays where he is on the ramp. Ishii argues with the ref, but he goes back into the ring. White dares Ishii to fight him on the outside but Ishii dares White to get back in. White goes in, Ishii kicks and clubs him! Ishii ROCKS White with a forearm, stomps him down, and then drags him up at the ropes.
White holds the ropes, the ref calls for the break, but White fireman’s carries and HOTSHOTS Ishii to the apron! Gedo cheers while Ishii flops to the floor. White drags Ishii back up to SNAKE EYES him off the railing! The ref checks Ishii and White mockingly asks if Ishii is okay. The ref tells White to stay back, White goes into the ring, and fans rally up for Ishii. White goes back out to drag Ishii up and RAM him into the apron! And RAM him into railing! And RAM him back into the apron! And then back into the railing! Those ribs take serious damage as Ishii goes down in a heap! Gedo mockingly asks what’s wrong, and White drags Ishii up.
White says they have to get into the ring, so he’s putting Ishii in the ring. White asks if Ishii is done, but Ishii refuses to quit! The fans rally so White stomps Ishii over and over! White digs his fingers into Ishii’s face then stomps him again! White stomps Ishii in the ribs and Ishii goes to the ropes. White pushes Ishii around and then gets him into a corner. White RAMS into the bad ribs, the ref wants White to back off but White RAMS Ishii one more time. Gedo cheers but he’s the only one as White puts Ishii in a rear bearhug. Ishii endures the squeeze, so White JAMS a knee into Ishii’s back. White goes back to the rear bearhug, mockingly asking if Ishii has a hard time breathing.
White is squeezing tighter and Ishii shouts in pain! Ishii endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer the toughness but White stomps Ishii at the ropes! The ref checks on Ishii again but White drags Ishii back up. White whips Ishii hard into a corner and Gedo wants the ref to call this. White whips, Ishii reverses, and then Ishii runs in but White dodges! Ishii crashes into buckles, and White fireman’s carries him up! Ishii slips off, but White elbows Ishii away, only to run into a POWERSLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up! Ishii growls as he gets up and he stalks White to a corner.
Fans rally as Ishii CHOPS White, and CHOPS again! And CHOPS, and then hooks White’s arms in the ropes so he can CHOP again! White falls over and Ishii hammers away! The ref reprimands, Ishii backs him down with a glare! Ishii comes back but White RAMS a shoulder into the ribs! White goes to suplex but it’s Ishii who brings White up and over! Ishii sits up, fans rally, and Ishii looms over White. Ishii brings White up but White fights off the back suplex. White swings but Ishii spins him around. White switches, Ishii wrenches, but White avoids the back suplex to turn Ishii. Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker but White kicks low to DDT!
Both men are down again and Ishii gets to the corner. White runs in to uppercut Ishii, and fireman’s carry, for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and White grows annoyed but fans fire up! White drags Ishii back up, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage off and they end up in a corner. White knees Ishii, CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Ishii eggs him on. White CHOPS Ishii again, then puts some stank on the next CHOP! Ishii just turns things around to CHOP White high! The ref reprimands but Ishii shoves him away! Ishii CHOPS White high again! Ishii drags White up, CHOPS high and hard again and again!
The ref comes back, Ishii shoves him, and CHOPS White more! The ref finally gets Ishii to stop those near throat chops, and Ishii drags White up to whip him corner to corner. Ishii runs in to corner clothesline, then whips corner to corner. White reverses, Ishii bounces off buckles, but runs into the COMPLETE SHOT! White drags Ishii up into a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Gedo is fired up and fans rally up as both men are down. Gedo calls for the Kiwi, and White drags Ishii back up. White reels Ishii in, fisherman hooks but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii rams White into a corner, but White CORNER HALF HATCHES Ishii! Ishii clutches those bad ribs as he flops out of the ring!
The ref checks on Ishii but Ishii refuses to quit. White goes out to fetch Ishii, and he drags Ishii up to RAILING HALF HATCH!! White leaves Ishii for dead as Ishii writhes. Fans rally up but a ring count begins. The count is already 6 of 20 before Ishii sits up. Ishii still hasn’t gotten up and we’re past 10 of 20! It’s 15, Ishii finally starts going towards the ring, and he’s in at 18! White drags Ishii up and is pissed, but he hits BLADEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious! White drags Ishii around, reels him in, but Ishii fights the urenage. White knees low but Ishii gets around to headbutt! Ishii runs, but into a BIG urenage!
White drags Ishii up, fisherman and KIWI KRUSHER! Cover, TWO!? Ishii survives and fans fire up! White asks Gedo for ideas, then drags Ishii around. White gets the sleeper hold but Ishii hooks the leg to block the suplex. Ishii throws elbows but White KNEES him low and hard! White drags Ishii back to center, has an arm and a leg, and stomps away on the ribs! Gedo wants the ref to stop this for Ishii, but Ishii doesn’t want this to end like that! White stands Ishii up and keylocks an arm so he can JAM Ishii in the ribs! White puts Ishii in a corner for more hard body shots! Gedo cheers but the ref reprimands. Ishii dares White to bring it, and White throws forearms!
Ishii tanks them because his head is still hard as stone! White throws more forearms but Ishii leans into them! Ishii backs White down like this, so White KNEES the ribs! Ishii ROCKS White back! Ishii drags White up and Gedo starts getting worried. Ishii puts White up top, Gedo swipes at him but the ref reprimands. White claws Ishii’s eyes! But Ishii RISING HEADBUTTS! White holds on to keep from falling! Ishii climbs up, drags White up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! The ribs make that double-edged, but Ishii hurries to high stack cover, TWO!! White survives but is sputtering. Ishii powers up and takes aim. Gedo gets on the apron, but hops off when Ishii glares at him.
White gets Ishii in the sleeper, but Ishii throws him over! Ishii puts the sleeper on now! White fades already but Gedo gets on the apron! Ishii goes after Gedo, pushing the ref aside! Gedo sucker punches Ishii down! White gets Ishii in the SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! Fans rally but White drags Ishii back up! Ishii tries to fight the sleeper hold but he’s fading! White leans on the hold, but Ishii gets a second wind! Ishii reaches for ropes, but White gets a leg for a FISHERMAN BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and Gedo is furious again! Fans rally for Ishii as White drags himself over.
White drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii fights free of the suplex! White forearms, throws a strike fest, but Ishii gets around. They both swing and dodge but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Both men are down as Ishii clutches his ribs. Ishii fires up to fight through the pain and the fan srally behind him. Ishii runs, but White gets around! Ishii switches and he puts White in a sleeper! Ishii leans on White and now White fades! Ishii spins White but WHITE hits the BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ishii survives and White is beside himself! White slashes the throat, drags Ishii up, but no Blade Runner! GERMAN SUPLEX! Ishii and White are down again and both sputter as they sit up.
Gedo rallies for White but Ishii hits his head off the mat to power up! Ishii gets moving, fakes White out, but White still boots Ishii! Ishii ENZIGURIS! Ishii is roaring, Gedo is panicking, and Ishii drags White up to a POWERBOMB!! High stack, TWO?!? White survives but Ishii sits him up. Gedo gets in with the brass knuckles! The ref reprimands, Ishii dares Gedo to use them, but he blocks White’s low blow! Ishii whips White into Gedo then LARIATS White! SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO?!?! White survives again but Ishii is just firing up more! Ishii drags White up, suplexes him, but White fights that off!
White tries to suplex but Ishii suplexes first. White slips out, dragon sleepre to an inverted suplex and he puts Ishii on his shoulder! White flips Ishii to the blade position but Ishii slipls out! Ishii swings but White turns him around, crosses the arms, but Ishii fights out again, only to run into a SNAP SLEEPER SUPLEX! White hurries to get Ishii up but Ishii POINT-BLANK LARIATS! Ishii suplexes, White fights out but Ishii HEADBUTTS! White still wants a Triple S, but Ishii waistlocks! White switches, Ishii switches, but White blocks and dodges to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, White wins!!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall
A masterful exchange and it’s the Switchblade that hits the mark! White even needs to check that he won, it was that sudden! He hugs Young Lions in almost mocking celebration! But when the Young Lion pushes him away, he BOOTS them down! But does this victory mean White is done with Ishii and back on his way towards the top?
Kazuchika Okada VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Rainmaker technically got his singles match with the King of Darkness not too long ago, but it was little more than an excuse to get Okada alone so Bullet Club could beat him up. We’ve seen Bullet Club in action all night, will any of Evil’s allies be able to back him up? Or will Okada prove Everything is NOT Evil?
The bell rings and Okada rushes Evil! Evil dodges, but then Okada dodges to fire off forearms. Evil kicks low, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada reverses and BOOTS Evil down! Evil bails out, fans cheer, and Okada dares Evil to come back. Dick and Evil regroup, Red Shoes keeps Okada back, and Okada waits. Evil slides back in, circles with Okada, and Okada points Dick out to Red Shoes. Dick stays back, Okada and Evil circle, but then Dick swipes at Okada! Evil attacks from behind, whips Okada to ropes, but Okada holds ropes and boots back. Okada scoops and slams Evil, then slingshot sentons!
Fans cheer as Okada takes a moment before he covers. ONE, but Okada drags Evil back up. Okada turns Evil to hit a neckbreaker! Okada drags Evil up and clamps on a chinlock. Evil endures, even as Okada digs his knee in. Evil reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot! Okada holds until Red Shoes counts 3, and he brings Evil up to elbow him back down. Evil goes to a corner, Okada stomps him down! Dick protests but Okada tells him to shut up. Okada drags Evil up, snapmares him, then runs to basement dropkick! Evil bails out as fans rally up. Dick checks on Evil, Okada goes out and tells Dick to back off. Okada drags Evil up and ROCKS Evil with a forearm!
Okada glares at Dick then chases him off! Dick goes in the ring, Okada follows, Evil CLOBBERS Okada! Evil mockingly applauds and then he scrapes Okada out of the ring. Evil drags Okada up and whips him into railing! Evil scuffs Okada’s face, then drags him up, to RAM into the railing and the timekeeper! Poor Abe-san! Why don’t they ever move him away from ringside? Evil drags out chairs while everyone is busy helping Abe. Evil brings Okada over, CLUBS him down, then gets a chair ready! Evil puts that chair around Okada’s head, and then has the other chair! HOMERUN! Evil goes into the ring and leaves Okada on the floor. Fans rally for “O-KA-DA!” as a ring count begins.
Okada slowly stirs, and finally gets up at 10 of 20. Okada gets in at 13, but Evil is after him. Evil whips Okada into the bare corner! When did Dick take the buckle pad?! Evil drags Okada to a Half Crab! Okada endures as Evil pulls back, using Okada’s own knee pad for leverage. Okada gets the ropebreak, and Evil lets go at 4. Evil paces, drags Okada up, but Okada throws a forearm! Okada throws more forearms, but Evil rakes Okada’s eyes! Evil throws Okada out, and then gets in Red Shoes’ face so Dick can stomp away on Okada! Dick drags Okada up and puts him in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows something fishy is up so he refuses!
Evil is upset with Red Shoes but he drags Okada back up. Evil reels Okada in to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO! Evil is furious with Red Shoes but the count is the count. Evil mocks the fans clapping for “O-KA-DA!” and he drags Okada up. Okada throws a heavy body shot! Okada throws forearms, uppercuts, and then whips. Evil reverses, Okada dodges but Evil kicks him to throw him down! Okada avoids the back senton, and hits a basement EuroUpper! Both men are down, fans rally up, and Okada stands first. Evil follows but Okada rallies with elbows! Okada whips, Evil reverses but Okada elbows him down! Osaka fires up with Okada!
Okada whips Evil corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Kick and DDT! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his focus and gets the fans going with clap-clap-clap-stomp. Evil gets up but he fights off the Alabama lift! So Okada RAMS Evil into a corner! Okada puts Evil up top, Evil boots but Okada blocks! Okada clubs the leg then EuroUppers, and he dropkicks Evil off the top! Evil falls to the floor and Dick checks on him. Okada catches his breath in the ring, the ring count starts, and Dick coaches Evil. Okada goes out to fetch Evil, and drags him up. Okada elbows Evil, but then Dick talks trash. Okada chases Dick up the ramp but Evil pursues! Okada kicks and clubs Dick!
Evil runs in but Okada gets him, too! DOUBLE DDT’s to the ramp! Okada and fans rally with clap-clap-clap-stomp! Okada leaves Evil and Dick behind as he goes back down the ramp. But then Okada goes back and figures he should bring Evil back. Okada clubs Evil to make sure he keeps going towards ringside. Okada puts Evil in and fans cheer as he covers, TWO! Evil is still in this but Okada isn’t frustrated. Okada drags Evil up but blocks thje kick! Okada spins, Evil blocks the kick and gives it to Red Shoes so he can mule kick Okada low! Fans rally again, Evil pretends he can’t hear them, and then he runs in to clothesline Okada in the corner! Snap suplex and cover, TWO!
Evil is frustrated again but he gets Okada’s legs! Okada resists as Evil tries to turn him over, and Okada gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Evil lets go at 4, but Dick is there to get cheap shots in! Dick runs way before Red Shoes sees, and Evil smirks as he scuffs Okada with his boot. Evil talks trash, Okada gets up and fans rally again. Evil slaps Okada around, so Okada gets mad. Okada runs but into a fireman’s carry! Okada fights free, Evil elbows him away and runs, but into a HUGE FLAPJACK! Both men are down again and fans rally up again. Okada stands, Evil goes to a corner, but Okada BOOTS him! Okada Alabama lifts but Evil fights off! Evil pulls hair but Okada ROCKS him!
Okada runs, Evil goes to the corner, but Okada ROCKS him again! Evil reverses the whip, but runs into the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada goes to a corner, climbs up, but Evil stands, so Okada hits a BIG missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Okada keeps his cool as he drags Evil back up. Okada gut wrenches but Evil resists. Evil gets the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, but Okada clubs Evil first. Okada backs off, runs into the corner, but Evil boots him away! Evil boots Okada again, then dodges. Okada stops from hitting bare buckles, but Evil clotheslines Okada into them! Okada goes down in a heap while Evil smiles. Fans rally up but Evil drags Okada up.
Evil hoists Okada up top, climbs up to join him, and then goes to the very top! Evil drags Okada up, and hits a SUPERPLEX! Evil doesn’t cover, he gets the SHARPSHOOTER! Okada endures as Evil sits back deep! The fans rally, Okada claws for ropes, but Evil adds more torque! Okada refuses to quit and he gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Evil lets go at 4! Evil catches his breath in a corner while Okada is down. Evil drags Okada back up, reels him into the fireman’s carry, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans fire up! Evil is annoyed again but he vows to end this. Evil slashes the throat, stands Okada up and spins him, but Okada denies Evil.
Okada wants the clip but Evil knees low. Evil whips, Okada reverses and Evil gets bare buckles! MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, claws Okada’s eyes, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil lets go and then he grabs at Red Shoes! Dick CLUBS Okada with a pipe!! Dick gets in, Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil gets in Red Shoes’ face while Dick fires off haymakers! Dick whips Okada but Okada BOOTS him down! Evil kicks and whips Okada but Okada reverses to dropkick Evil down! Okada gets Evil’s arm for the MONEY CLIP! Evil endures, pries at Okada’s fingers, but Okada leans on the hold. Evil fights up, grabs at Red Shoes, but Red Shoes SWATS Evil’s hand!
Okada gut wrenches Evil to a TOMBSTONE! And back to MONEY CLIP! Evil reaches, turns a bit red, starts to fade but gets a second wind. Evil is up, grabs Red Shoes again, but Okada CLUBS Evil! Okada wrenches the other arm but Evil shoves Okada into Red Shoes! Evil runs but Okada gets around, DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada shouts to Red Shoes but he’s still down. Okada puts on Money Clip, Dick has the CHOKER!! The Spoiler is trying to spoil this finish! But Okada powers up and RAMS Dick into the bare buckles! Okada is free, and he gut wrenches Dick to hit a TOMBSTONE!! Okada takes the choker now?! To throw it away! That’s our Rainmaker for ya! But Evil LOW BLOWS Okada!!
Evil gets the legs, but Okada LOW BLOWS Evil back!! Turnabout is fair play! Both men are down, as is Red Shoes, and fans rally up! Okada sits up first, and he drags Evil up. Okada gut wrenches again, for a SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up with Okada again as he sits Evil up for the MONEY CLIP!! Red Shoes returns, Evil endures, and Okada keeps Evil away from ropes with a back2backbreaker! MONEY CLIP AGAIN! Evil is in the middle of the ring as he starts to fade again! Red Shoes checks on Evil as he’s turning red again! Evil finds a third wind and he reaches, but Okada clamps on tighter! Evil tries one more time and gets a ropebreak!
Okada lets go and both men are down again. Fans rally up for Okada again as he has Evil’s wrist. Okada drags Evil up, and reels him in for a LARIAT! Okada drags Evil up again, but Evil LARIATS! Okada swings but into Evil spins him to a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Both men slowly rise, and Evil runs, to LARIAT Okada inside-out! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans rally up again but Evil rises first. Evil staggers over, slashes his throat and stands Okada up. Evil spins him but Okada denies the STO again! Evil still tries but Okada spins. Evil avoids the discus, but Okada tries to steal Everything! Evil denies that, and tries to steal the Rainmaker lariat!
Okada denies that but he swings into Evil’s clinch! Okada denies the STO again! Okada gut wrenches Evil, for a SIT-OUT TOMBSTONE!! Okada brings Evil up, ripcords, TRUE RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall
The tried and true finisher finishes Evil! This won’t be the end of things, but has Evil learned a little of why Okada is still on a whole different level? After catching his breath, Okada gets the mic. He gets fans to clap-clap-clap, clap-clap-clap, clap-clap clap-clap clap-clap-clap. “OSAKA-JOOOOO~! If I can speak frankly, that felt damn good!” Okada apologizes to the fans for “having to put up with more of Bullet Club’s crap tonight.” But by taking care of business, Okada is sure we’re all satisfied. Okada says there’s something still bothering him, though. “Well, I should just put it out there, huh? It’s about time I get back to that IWGP Heavyweight title!”
Okada knows that as a responsible adult, he should follow proper protocol. So that starts with winning the 2021 New Japan Cup! After doing that, he’ll be back where he belongs. But he’s sure they’re all thinking that the double title thing is getting boring. If Okada were to poll Osaka, they’d say that the one who has to save the titles is him! So he’ll win the NJ Cup, take back the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and make it rain again! Fans like the sound of that! Okada knows while the fans couldn’t chant and shout, he knows they were giving it their all to support the wrestlers, and thanks them for it! The wrestlers will do their best all over again tomorrow for night two! Until then, good night!
The Rainmaker has made it known where he wants to be, but will that only make the road back that much harder? Will Tetsuya Naito make it a bit easier by taking the IWGP Intercontinental Championship back on night two?
A very good event for NJPW to begin this weekend, but it also felt like a last-minute go-home for tomorrow’s event, as well as the New Japan Cup. The opening Six Man was good, and the United Empire wins so Khan has some momentum, but it was good math that neither he or Tanahashi were involved in the finish. That way, the NEVER Openweight Championship match could go either way. Tanahashi really only just got that belt, though, so I’m leaning towards him retaining. Ospreay & Cobb will still face Kojima & Tenzan, but that will probably go the Empire’s way like tonight did.
In similar fashion, it was good math for Goto-Hashi and GoD to split the difference. I like that Goto didn’t just win, he won in such a sudden turnaround. But with it being 50-50 here, I’m thinking GoD retain the tag titles and we wait to see if another team moves up to challenge them. Yano VS Chase was a good match, a lot of good antics from Yano, but Yano felt like a natural choice to win here. It might be awhile before someone wins and takes the KOPW 2021 trophy, but it definitely has to be in something really ridiculous.
White VS Ishii was a very good match, maybe a little long, but the slug fest nature of it and Ishii enduring bad ribs made it work. As did another fast exchange finish with White going over. White is definitely going into the NJCUP strong. Okada VS Evil was very similar, a long but storied match that turned out very well. As I said before, Okada trying to focus on the Money Clip works as a way of extending his career, but I also like this new element that when things get difficult, he can always bust out the Rainmaker lariat. Okada declares his NJCUP intentions, but that in itself could signal he doesn’t win it all, and puts someone else over. At this point, I feel like Sanada doesn’t even need to declare to be considered a favorite. Sanada’s already had great matches with Okada, Naito and Ibushi, maybe one more time is the charm for him to join the upper tier.
My Score: 9/10
Andrew’s NJPW Castle Attack Results & Match Ratings: 2.27.21
Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?
Castle Attack is a two day event, with this first one having top tier talent; but no championship stakes. Does that hurt the show?
Kazuchika Okada finally gets his hands on EVIL, Jay White gets his “get right match” against Ishii after the last month of issues, and just generally a lot of feud building. The obvious thread is all of the CHAOS versus Bullet Club going on, but I don’t think any of us are excited for Tanga Loa and YOSHI-HASHI.
We also have The United Empire kicking things off to help give Great O-Khan more momentum going into his match against Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Even if the card seems a little flat, maybe we get surprised?
- The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Ospreay wins via Oscutter @10:22 – * ½
- Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI: Loa wins via Ape Shit @12:58 – (-*)
- Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto: Goto wins via GTR @6:39 – ** ¼
- KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens: Yano retains @12:50 – ** ½
- Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii: White wins via Blade Runner @25:42 – ****
- Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo: Okada wins via Rainmaker @28:11 – *** ¼
The United Empire (Will Ospreay, Jeff Cobb & Great O-Khan) vs TenCozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Hiroshi Tanahashi
So we saw a lot of dynamics that we’ve grown to expect. Tenzan struggles to not use the Mongolian Chops, O-Khan continues to prove himself a credible enough threat to Tanahashi, but this was a sloppy match. Between an early awkward exchange that made it seem like O-Khan didn’t know how to sell Kojima’s flurry, Ospreay slipped on the rope when he was coming in toward the end; even though he kinda saved it, it was obviously screwed up.
Interactions were clumsy, the match never got exciting and really just did what these kind of matches usually do, but not even as well as most Young Lions.
Tanga Loa w/Jado vs YOSHI-HASHI
Welp, this match was straight garbage. The sad thing about this match was that Loa did a pretty solid job at trying to vocally antagonize HASHI and keep things interesting, but HASHI was in slow motion. HASHI would visibly confirm things too much, his moves were bad, kept trying to rally the crowd but they didn’t respond; so there were a ton of times he waited a beat to see if the crowd would ever come alive, and they never really did.
Tanga Loa was his usual self with better verbal interactions. He kept trying to get HASHI to fight and prove what he had instead of cursing, but HASHI just fell into the waste of space mannerisms he was known for 99% of his career. He should go back to Loose Explosion on his tights, because he is the drizzling shits.
So Tama comes out to distract Hashi allowing for Loa to turn the situation and hit Ape Shit. Bullet Club beatdown ensues, Goto runs out, clears out Loa…and the referee decides to just start the match since Goto and Tama were supposed to wrestle anyway!
Tama Tonga vs Hirooki Goto
A quick start is stifled by the malaise that is known as Castle Attack so far. Tama dumps out Goto, Goto starts reviewing his life choices and why he’s here today, and then spends enough time on the outside to build a bird house before Jado eventually limps over and hits him with a kendo stick shot. Like…why? Goto saw it coming. Stevie Wonder saw it coming. The terrible decisions of YOSHI-HASHI have polluted Goto’s mind as well!
When things get back into the ring, at least Tama and Goto are good wrestlers. Tama hits the Tongan Twist and Veleno, but a missed Stinger Splash and countered Gun Stun gave Goto some space. Tama tried for Gun Stun again, but he got caught, Goto throws him on his shoulders Ushigoroshi style, but drops him into the GTR and lands it! So a surprising GTR gives Goto a victory from the jaws of defeat, and at least the in-ring action was serviceable enough to get the highest rating of the show so far.
I really hope the back half blows my socks off, because this is sad so far.
KOPW 2021 Trophy: YTR Strap Match: Toru Yano (c) vs Chase Owens
Now the gimmick here is instead of touch the 4 corner pads, you have to remove the 4 corner pads. So it seems like the person to remove the last pad, will be the winner.
We get a mostly expected Yano gimmick match. He made small references to his earlier gimmick of being a cheating, violent, always disqualified heel; when he started whipping Chase early and being more aggressive than we usually see. But Chase was clever using the outside to a great advantage. Yano was forced to go after Chase because Chase was going to take the pads off from outside, and then used Yano’s momentum against him by ramming him into posts and barricades.
The last pad was solid comedy where both took turns knocking the other out, too far from the last pad. So we had some goofy “drag the dead body” spots. Chase nearly had things won until Yano came to, pulled him close for Oni Koroshi! Yano makes it to the corner, takes it off and the God of all KOPW continues!
Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii
Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.
Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.
A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!
— njpwworld (@njpwworld) February 27, 2021
THANK GOD we got a match worth watching! Great pacing, solid story, this is something to watch.
Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo
Ugh, okay so we know what we get with EVIL any more right? Okada tried to eliminate Dick Togo early when he hit Double DDTs on the ramp, but then the trek back to the ring was awkward. Okada bringing EVIL back to the ring, was a microcosm of the match, where it was just very slowly paced, inactive and not a good idea.
Part of the point in this match was for Okada to finally get closure on EVIL beating him during last year’s New Japan Cup; but he wanted to drag out the old aggressive EVIL. EVIL fired up late, and the crowd responded excitedly expecting something good, but it was short lived. Plus, we have Okada being a complete moron. He was shoved into Red Shoes, fights off Dick and lays EVIL out and goes for the stupid Money Clip. He goes for a submission after he was driven into the referee. This is a gap in logic so embarrassing, just so Dick could interfere again with the garrote.
All the garrote did was possibly foreshadow when Okada Tombstoned Dick, and then had a moment where he considered using the weapon. This is either a throw away for Okada to continue to be the Golden Boy, or it’s a hint that darker things are on the horizon for Okada.
Either way, Fire/Thunder Driver lead to the Rainmaker again, and we’re finally at a point where Okada is beating people with the move that started it all! No more Money Clip! It looks bad and it’s just sad.
Overall Score: 4.25/10
At least we got one match really worth watching out of this show. Jay White versus Tomohiro Ishii is truly the only thing to watch from this whole show.
I don’t know how some people didn’t find the YOSHI-HASHI embarrassing, but it completely was. The opener was sloppy to the point of uselessness. Tama and Goto was just flat given how the story was being told. Then we’ve got the gimmicky goofball match being a highlight before the semi-main and main events. I’ve seen more salient card structure and match booking from Dragon Gate during the waning days of ANTIAS.
Tomorrow has to be better because if it’s worse, then I think 2015 TNA would be happy to know they aren’t the bottom of the barrel anymore. This show was so embarrassing I think I’m just gonna end the article with the hockey coach from Letterkenny:
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