Will the SmackDown Women’s Champion face the consequences?
Bayley betrayed and brutalized Sasha Banks, then claimed she was only ever using her friendship as a tool! Will The Boss make the Role Model regret every single one of her actions?
- Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura; Cesaro wins.
- Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross; Cross wins.
- AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn; Styles wins.
- Samoan Street Fight: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sheamus & Baron Corbin; Uso & Reigns win.
PLAY BY PLAY
SmackDown opens with The Dirt Sheet!
The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century welcome us all back to “the scintillating WWE ThunderDome.” John Morrison is the most important part of your complete and balanced breakfast, and The Miz is still the Most Must-See Superstar! Here tonight, it is there honor- Nay, their duty, to keep their loyal fans up to speed on what’s going down in WWE. They will give you the low down, the intel, the 411, “the dirt.” And not just what’s in Otis’ undies. These are the biggest secrets and the biggest stories! Tonight, they expose the truth behind Bayley’s savage attack on Sasha Banks! They expose why WWE management tried to erase the one true WWE Intercontinental Champion, Sami Zayn, from history! And they dig deep into the Samoan Family secrets that Jey Uso tries to bury! That’s D to the I to the RTY, DIRTY!!
But first, they will talk the biggest story, the hottest of hot gossip: the sudden trade of Mandy Rose! It was so scandalous, that you must see it to believe it! Roll the clip! It’s from Talking Smack! And Miz gave the announcement that Mandy was sent to Monday Night Raw! Now, people accuse Miz of being vindictive, that he and Morrison have a problem with Otis and is trying to break him and Mandy up. To clear the air, he is not playing mind-games. He is not using his influence to get petty revenge. Miz is simply trying to help Otis. As a former Mr. Money in the Bank, Miz knows the pressures of carrying that contract. “You must be on high alert. You have to look for every opportunity possible. And Otis couldn’t possibly do that with his girlfriend, Mandy Rose around,” so Miz made it easier for him. Mandy is gone, Otis can focus on cashing in. Or just hand it over to someone else.
But the point is, Otis should be thankful! Miz sent away the one true obstacle keeping Otis from the top of the WWE! Sure, Otis is heartbroken, but he’ll get over that. And from what Miz hears from his old friends on Raw, Mandy’s already gotten over it. Morrison says there are a lot of guys who want to do more than just smell the roses. Ziggler’s over there! They used to date, right? Otis has had enough, he barges right out and aims for the ring! The Dozer stomps over, Miz and Morrison try to calm him down, but they get run over! Otis CLOBBERS Morrison, then CLOBBERS Miz! Otis throws Morrison out, then throws the chairs around! The fans give thumbs up, and Tucker’s here, too! Tucker feeds Miz to Otis for an EXPLODER!
Tucker also gets Morrison in, and Otis EXPLODERS Morrison back out! Otis corner splashes Miz, Tucker fires him up more, and here comes the CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis adds on the VADER BOMB! And when Miz gets up, Otis goes after him again! His rage is not satisfied, as he strips and humiliates Miz! Speaking of undies, Miz is standing in only his tighty whities! The Dozer has demolished the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century, but it won’t bring Mandy back from Raw. What could possibly salvage his relationship with the Golden Goddess before the long distance ruins it?
SmackDown returns as Miz and Morrison regroup backstage.
The plan isn’t working! It only pissed Otis off! And Morrison says Otis is like the Incredible Hulk, you don’t like him when he’s angry. Miz says this IS part of the plan. Kayla Braxton comes by to ask if he regrets angering Otis. Miz gets a call and asks, “Was it enough?” Thumbs up! Morrison says the plan is working! But they’re not going to share details about that plan just yet. Is Otis playing right into their hands? Does Miz have spares pants in his luggage?
Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party VS Cesaro w/ Shinsuke Nakamura!
Lince Dorado and Kalisto have both been trying to give the King of the Ropes some pointers on how to handle the Swiss Cyborg tonight, but the main point is to win! LHP has their shot at the SmackDown Tag Team Championships at Clash of Champions, will Metalik gain major momentum for the team? Or will Cesaro burn these moths drawn to the flame?
The bell rings and Cesaro rushes Metalik but Metalik dodges to roll him up! TWO, Metalik speeds up to tilt-o-whirl around the world and headscissor Cesaro away! Cesaro is wobbled, Metalik goes up top but the others give him mixed ideas. Metalik leaps into Cesaro’s SLAM! Cesaro stomps Metalik while Kalisto and Lince argue, and Cesaro brings Metalik up to throw body shots. Metalik gives body shots back but is pushed into a corner. Cesaro throws a European Uppercut, Metalik’s two coaches clash again but Metalik boots Ceasro away! Metalik leaps for a flying huricanrana! Metalik stomps and punches Cesaro, then whips, but Cesaro reverses to run him over! Cesaro drops an elbow, covers, TWO!
LHP keep arguing on the outside as Cesaro clamps onto Metalik’s arm. Cesaro adds a chinbar, but Metalik fights up and throws body shots. Cesaro whips, Metalik dodges in the corner but is put on the apron. Metalik kicks Cesaro back, but now LHP get on the apron? They’re arguing with the ref, too, so the ref EJECTS them! Dorado and Kalisto blame each other but Cesaro BLASTS Metalik off the apron! Cesaro puts Metalik in the ring, Nakamura laughs at LHP but Metalik springboards and SWANTONS onto Cesaro! The King of the Ropes evens things up now that his coaches aren’t overdoing it, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Cesaro has Metalik down with a chinlock. Metalik fights up, Cesaro back suplexes but Metalik lands on his feet! Metalik boots Cesaro, runs but into a BOOT! Cover, TWO! Cesaro wraps onto Metalik with a chinlock again, but Metalik fights up and throws body shots. Cesaro throws EuroUppers and hoists Metalik up top. Cesaro throws haymakers then climbs up top, but Metalik fights back with body shots! Metalik adjusts and leaps for a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO! Cesaro survives but Metalik is too tired to be upset. Metalik gets back up top, moonsaults, but Cesaro BOOTS him! Cesaro EuroUppers in the corner, then GOTCH NEUTRALIZER! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
The Swiss Cyborg stops Metalik from snagging the win, and is rolling alongside the King of Strong Style! Will they roll right over Lucha House Party at Clash of Champions?
Backstage interview with Jey Uso!
Jey is fired up for tonight as he teams with Roman Reigns in a Samoan Street Fight! But first, let’s review last week’s normal tag match. Jey fight hard against both Sheamus and Baron Corbin without Roman at all! Roman waited until an opportune moment, which seems to be his signature now. Jey still did most of the work after that, Roman would tag in and top it off with his Spear. Their Universal Championship match aside, do Roman’s actions last week affect tonight’s “chemistry?” Jey says, “Do you know what Roman told me- Scratch that, what Paul Heyman told me?” There was miscommunication. Yeah, right.
But Jey and Roman were tuning up fools in the streets since childhood. Tonight won’t be different. The difference for Clash is only one walks out Universal Champion. Roman’s been throwing his weight around since they’ve been little, but they ain’t so little no more. Tonight is Friday Night Lockdown! Sheamus, Corbin, you’re against the Uce with the Juice! Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!
SmackDown returns to hear from Matt Riddle.
“People ask me all the time, ‘Why do you say bro so much?'” The answer is simple: Bro is universal. It can convey any emotion or thought. Don’t believe him? “Check this out, bro!” #KnowYourBro. Happy bro. Sad bro. Angry bro. Introspective bro. Scared bro. Confident bro. See? It’s that easy, bro.
SmackDown presents A Moment of Bliss!
Alexa Bliss sits on stage in her chair, with her pigtails up in little buns, and welcomes us to this first ever ThunderDome Moment of Bliss. Usually, she has a cohost right by her side, but this week, she needs to be in the hot seat! Please welcome the #1 contender to Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship, Alexa’s best friend, Nikki Cross! Nikki is fired up to be here, as always, and still hugs Alexa, despite that Sister Abigail Nikki took last week. Alexa congratulates Nikki, she is so happy for her. But Nikki knows what this show is about. Alexa asks what we all want to know. Okay, fire away. Alexa’s question is about the plan of action for her rematch with Bayley. We all saw Nikki try and lose before. In fact, Nikki’s yet to beat Bayley since last year.
Wow, she really is going all out. But Nikki is okay. Nikki says this will be different, because there’s no Sasha Banks watching Bayley’s back. Every time Nikki faced Bayley, she needed eyes on the back of her head. Now she just needs to focus on Bayley and giving her that beating Bayley deserves. We saw what Bayley did to Sasha, her best friend, with a steel chair. Nikki can feel that chair on her back, too. Bayley was so proud of herself that night. There was so much contempt. But if Bayley wants to take cheap shots, fine! Come Clash of Champions, Nikki WILL become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Does that answer your question?” It sure does.
Now, Nikki has a question for Alexa. Oh? What’s up? Alexa, what’s going on with you? What does Nikki mean? Well, last week, Alexa used, of all things, Sister Abigail! And then she just left! Alexa isn’t sure how to explain it. But that’s because even Alexa doesn’t understand it. There’s a change inside her, and she has no idea why or how. But here comes Lacey Evans! The Sassy Southern Belle says, “Lord, would you look at them?” Some nasties jaw jackin’ like it’s Dr. Phil. Alexa, she’s going through a the “change,” huh? Are we going to waste time talking about her feelings now? And as for nasty Nikki, she should be on her knees thanking Alexa. When Alexa left the match, which we all remember, she simply threw Lacey off her game. That’s the only reason Nikki won.
Nikki can give all the speeches she wants, but it will not prepare her for Bayley. Because Bayley has what Nikki will never have: a mean streak. Nikki’s too nice, too short, too week and damn sure doesn’t have a backbone. That is why Nikki will never win. Nikki takes Lacey’s handkerchief and blows in it! And throws it back at her! Lacey gets mad now, but Nikki kicks her first! They brawl down the ramp and Lacey gets serious by throwing off the skirt. Lacey storms to the ring, because she and Nikki are having their match next!
Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross!
SmackDown returns and this match is ready to begin! Will Nikki prove she’s got a nasty mean streak after all?
Alexa joins commentary as the bell rings. Nikki and Lacey circle but Lacey bails out to get some hand sanitizer. She doesn’t want to have the nasty germs. Nikki gets impatient and dropkicks Lacey down! Lacey throw’s Nikki in the ring, sweeps the legs, then slingshots for the elbow, but Nikki moves! Nikki hops on Lacey with a thrashing sleeper hold! Lacey bumps her into buckles but Nikki shoves her away. Nikki elbows, hops up and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps her cool as she reels Lacey in for a lariat! And then she hooks the arm for La Magistrol! TWO, but Nikki doesn’t let up! Lacey blocks the lariat to wring the arm out! Lacey goes after the arm with a knee drop! And another!
Nikki gets to a corner and Alexa is concerned as Lacey digs her forearms in. Lacey wrenches an arm and wraps it around the ropes, and then pulls while hooking a leg on Nikki’s head! The ref counts, Lacey stops at 4, but Nikki hits back. Lacey digs Nikki’s head into buckles, hits her hard in the side, then fixes her hair. Lacey goes after the bad arm again but lets off at the ref’s count. Lacey boots Nikki to a corner then swings in with the bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey seethes while Alexa cheers Nikki on commentary. Lacey drags Nikki up to kick her and wrench the bad arm to kick the arm! Lacey pulls Nikki’s hair and then wraps on a cobra clutch. Nikki swats at Lacey but Lacey digs her fingers in. Nikki fights up, elbows free, but Lacey reels Nikki out for a takedown!
Lacey digs her forearms into Nikki’s face then pulls hard on the arm! Nikki endures, reaches for ropes, but Lacey stomps her head! It’s a cover now, TWO! Nikki kicks and fights up to turn things into a cover on Lacey, TWO! Nikki is free but Lacey CLOBBERS her! Lacey grins as she taunts Nikki while Alexa is still concerned. Nikki headbutts low but Lacey throws her by her hair! Lacey is after that arm again with knees and fists! Nikki kicks back and gets free again. Nikki sits up but Lacey goes after the bad arm with another wringer! Alexa says Nikki’s toughness is what makes her amazing, but Lacey hits a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Lacey is shocked and frustrated while Alexa fans herself.
Lacey grabs the bottle of sanitizer, grabs Nikki’s hair, and squirts a whole bunch of sanitizer in Nikki’s face! Alexa says that’s uncalled for! Lacey smears Nikki’s face but Nikki hits back! Nikki throat chops and uses Lacey’s hair to throw her down! Nikki grits her teeth as Lacey gets to a corner. Nikki roars and runs corner to corner for a corner splash! Nikki fires off furious forearms, the ref backs her off, but Nikki runs to monkey flip Lacey! Lacey rolls to the other corner, Nikki storms over but blocks the drop toehold! She stomps Lacey’s hands! Nikki hops up and reels Lacey in for the TORNADO DDT! She drags Lacey up for the PURGE!! Cover, Nikki wins!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall
Alexa says she told us Nikki would win! Is Nikki finally ready to dethrone Bayley? As for Lacey and Alexa, Lacey gets mad at Alexa. “What’re you gonna do? Get the Fiend?!” Lacey is just mad at everyone, but Alexa goes back into that trance-like state as she stalks up and grabs Lacey for SISTER ABIGAIL!! A pattern is forming: Don’t say anything related to The Fiend or Bray Wyatt around Alexa.
Backstage, Sasha Banks prepares for a sit-down interview.
The Boss has a neck brace for obvious reasons, but she’ll find a way to tell her side of the story when SmackDown returns.
SmackDown returns with a profile of the Samoan Dynasty.
Paul Heyman narrates. “The world of sports entertainment has seen many rich, storied bloodlines.” The Harts, the Hennigs, the Flairs, the Ortons. But none greater than the Anoa’i family. A legacy spanning over 40 years, with “Your Tribal Cheif,” the razing, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion of the World, Roman Reigns as the newest in a “long line of royalty.” The Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika, to Yokozuna and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the late-great Umaga, and Rikishi and his sons, the Usos. Jey Uso will challenge family, but Roman’s dominance is not just his will, it is his birthright. “From the day Roman inherited the torch of his family’s legacy, he has made them proud with victory after championship victory.”
Meanwhile, Jey has done a “respectable” job alongside Jimmy as WWE Tag Team Champions. But these two men have fought their whole loves. Cousins as close as brothers. From the living room to the football field to the squared circle. Clash of Champions’ Gold Rush will see a Battle of the Bloodline fought with honor and pride. But make no mistake. While they all eat at the same table, there is only one at the head of this dynasty: Roman Reigns. Will this glowing review of the Big Dog and mere mention of Jey add any more tension to the ties that bind?
Sasha Banks is live from the Performance Center.
Two weeks since the “heinous” attack at the hands of former friend, Bayley, The Boss is back but still very hurt. What is the extent of her injuries? “I’m still here, ain’t I?” But Bayley put all the blame on Sasha, saying Sasha was waiting to strike Bayley first. That for years, Sasha pretended to be Bayley’s friend, and was simply using her. And now she’s nothing to Bayley. “I heard every single word Bayley said last week.” Sasha is filled with emotions as she sits in the Performance Center, “A place that we built. A place that we trained every single day together, talking about our dreams.” They talked about what they wanted to do together. They used to walk these halls together, just to talk about everything they’ve achieved.
This entire summer here at the PC, they showed the world, and told the world, that they were going to take over! But now, when Sasha walks these halls, goes to the locker room, sees all the women that go here now, because of what Sasha and Bayley did together. Their posters, pictures, titles, it’s all here! “We did all of this together. And if these walls could talk…” If the PC could tell us itself… Sasha gets emotional as she explains she came here to answer these questions. Sasha wants to call everyone stupid and naïve. She knows Bayley is watching, and Bayley IS an idiot! Bayley is NOTHING without Sasha! But since Sasha is “useless,” there will come a day when Sasha takes the one thing Bayley loves: the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
But then Bayley attacks from behind with a chair!! Sasha’s already damaged neck is in danger as Bayley tears off the neck brace and puts the chair back around her!! Trainers and prospects rush over to stop this, and Bayley spares Sasha just this once. Will Sasha ever return to exact her revenge on Bayley?
AJ Styles VS Sami Zayn!
The Phenomenal One says he should still be Intercontinental Champion because Jeff Hardy “cheated.” The Great Liberator continues to say he is champion because he never lost his title. Sami made sure Styles wouldn’t win the title back off Hardy, but now Styles is ready for him! Will Styles defeat the “real” champion to prove his point?
As he makes his entrance, Sami gets mad at Greg Hamilton again for not mentioning Sami is “the real WWE Intercontinental Champion.” Styles attacks Sami from behind! Styles drags Sami up, takes off the jacket and bounces Sami off the announce desk. Styles puts Sami in the ring, the bell rings and Styles hits a corner splash! And an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles reels Sami into the Clash but Sami bails out! Sami gets around the corner, Styles pursues and clubs away. Styles puts Sami in, Sami gets up and dodges Styles, only to walk into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles grows frustrated with Sami as Sami bails out again. Styles pursues again, bumps Sami off the apron, and he puts Sami back in the ring. But Sami stomps Styles as he gets back in!
Sami kicks away on Styles’ face, then reels him in for a DDT! Cover, TWO! Sami seethes as he sits Styles up for a thrashing chinlock. Styles endures, fans build to a rally judging from the clapping on their screens, but Sami talks trash. Styles fights up, powers Sami back into buckles, then throws elbows! Styles runs but Sami puts him on the apron! Sami counter punches Styles and bumps him off buckles! Sami runs side to side but his boot hits post! Styles DECKS Sami! Sami tumbles down, Styles aims and slingshots for a FOREARM! The “uncrowned” champ and the “real” champ are both down as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns and Sami fires off on Styles in a corner. Sami hoists Styles up top, climbs up to join him, but Styles resists and slips under! Styles trips Sami and Sami hits buckles! Styles goes to the opposite corner, Sami runs in but Styles boots him away. Styles goes to the apron, forearms Sami away then springboards, but Sami gets under! Sami catches Styles on the return for a stun gun hotshot! Sami drags Styles up, reels him in, but Styles resists the suplex. Sami keeps trying but Styles suplexes to a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but slowly rise as fans clap. Styles brings Sami up but Sami hits a jawbreaker! Sami throws haymakers but Styles gives them back. They brawl with forearms, Sami gets the edge but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, into a BOOT! PELE! Both men are down again!
Sami flounders while Styles sits up. Styles grabs Sami first, but Sami slips out of the suplex to waistlock. Styles blocks the lift, pries free and elbows Sami away. Styles runs, Sami reels him in, BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives but Sami is too tired to be surprised. Sami gest to his feet, drags Styles up but Styles catches him for a roll! Sami escapes the Calf Crusher but Styles kicks him away! Styles runs in but is caught for an EXPLODER into buckles! Sami aims from across the way, Styles slowly stands up and Sami run sin, HELLU- NO! Styles spins Sami, Sami rolls Styles but has tights! The ref sees that and stops the count! Sami argues with the ref but Styles rolls Sami! Styles also has tights but the ref DOESN’T see that, Styles wins!!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Sami is furious that he got cheated! Sure, he tried to cheat, but that’s besides the point to him! Sami CLOBBERS Styles and sends him out of the ring! Sami argues with the ref, then tells Greg Hamilton to tell the fans Sami is still champion. But here comes Jeff Hardy! THIS Intercontinental Champion limps but LCOBBERS Styles then DECKS Sami! Hardy throw’s Sami into barriers! And then bounces him off the desk! The Charismatic Enigma is furious over Sami’s attacks on him, and he brings out a TABLE! No, that’s not what he wants. He wants a LADDER!! Hardy RAMS Styles hard with the ladder, then puts the ladder in the ring.
Sami baseball slides but Hardy lifts the ladder up! Sami and Styles are both behind Hardy, so he just backs up to RAM them both! Hardy knows his way around ladders, and he’s fired up! Hardy clubs Sami, puts him in the ring, and gives Sami a TWIST OF FATE! Hardy sets the ladder up over Sami, climbs the rungs, but Sami bails out! Hardy climbs back down, grabs a mic, and says, “I am sick and tired of this Intercontinental title situation. I am sick of being called a cheat! I am tired of being called a fraud!” They need to end this once and for all! At Clash of Champions, it will be a TRIPLE THREAT, but they will “escape normal,” in a LADDER MATCH! Three men, two copies of the Intercontinental Championship belt, but only ONE will be the one true champion!
Otis and Tucker talk backstage.
Otis is himself “sick and tired” of what’s going on with Miz, Morrison and his MITB contract. But someone walks in looking for Otis. Well who else looks this dang good? Otis has been served. Served what? Dinner? Buffet style? No. He was served a LAWSUIT. What?! What is Miz up to now?!
SmackDown returns as Tucker goes over the suit. Morrison and Miz are suing Otis for “emotional distress, wanton destruction of personal property, creating an unsafe work environment,” and MITB negligence, if that’s even a thing. But also, The Dirt Sheet somehow counts as a news program, so he violated First Amendment rights. Otis hates news! Yes, but now he needs a lawyer. Otis either forfeits the MITB contract to them, or this goes to court. And he only has one week to decide. Otis says they’re in trouble. Well, mostly Otis is in trouble. But with only until next Friday Night SmackDown to take action, what’s The Dozer to do?!
Baron Corbin and Sheamus talk backstage.
A Samoan Street Fight! But Corbin has his scepter! It’ll do great damage tonight! But in comes security, the guy Sheamus has been looking for. The guy who helped set Big E up! Now, whatever he needs, Sheamus can sort him out. Well, that’s great, but Sheamus’ car is being towed. What!? Off they go! Sheamus is in the parking lot, but who is this looking at his car? It’s BIG E!! Big E is here for his revenge! Sheamus uses his “guy” as a shield and runs away! Big E tells Sheamus he better ruN! And word on the street, this is the guy who set Big E up. Big E gets his payback on him! He throws the guy into a trunk, the garage door, throws some hands and grinds his forearms in, then stomps a stampede on the man!
But that’s not all, the payback involves another trunk, and a kick to the ribs! “Larry” is getting beat down and put on the car hood! Referees hurry to try and talk Big E down, but Big E is slapping “Larry” around. And gives him a belly2belly to the car windshield!! “I ain’t done yet!” No sleeping on the job, Larry! Big E puts the guy in the trunk, but Adam Pearce comes by. The trunk is closed, Pearce wants Big E to calm down and leave the building. Big E tells Sheamus to keep running! Will Big E make Sheamus ever regret trying to sideline him?
SmackDown’s mystery woman continues to strut her stuff.
Heels are on, dress is zipped up, but just who is this? Perhaps we’ll see soon enough.
Samoan Street Fight: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Sheamus & Baron Corbin!
Blood is thicker than water, but the Samoan Bloodline will still be at odds at Clash of Champions! Can they at least hold it together here to finish off the Celtic Warrior and Wolf King?
Before the match, Heyman hands the mic to Roman. “I came out here first because I don’t want there to be any confusion this week.” Call this place what you want, but this is Roman’s yard, his island, his ring and HIS WWE! “If you want it, come and take it from me.” With that said, Jey makes his entrance to stand side by side with his cousin. This Samoan Street Fight finally begins after the break.
SmackDown returns once again, and Corbin makes his entrance on his palanquin. Sheamus is already there, and the teams stare down. The bell rings and Roman CLOBBERS Sheamus while Jey fires off on Corbin! Roman ROCKS Corbin with an uppercut, Jey uppercuts, then Roman clotheslines Corbin out! Jey LEAPS to take Corbin down! Sheamus drags Roman out, they brawl, and Roman ROCKS Sheamus with rights. Sheamus kicks low, throws hands, but is dumped over the barriers! Sheamus gets back up but Jey SUPERKICKS him down! But Corbin chucks a chair at Roman’s face! Roman staggers away, Jey runs at Corbin but gets a DEEP SIX to the ramp!
Corbin stalks Roman, puts him in the ring, and Corbin fetches his chair. Corbin goes to the ring, Roman BOOTS him down first! Roman takes the chair for his own and SMACKS Corbin on the back! And again! And again! Roman throws the chair away and he looms over Corbin. Roman takes his time going out to fetch things from under the ring. Hardy skipped it earlier but Roman has the table! Sheamus KNEES Roman down first! Sheamus rains rights down on Roman’s head, Corbin hurries over and he gets his shots in. The fans give thumbs down on their screens but Sheamus tells them to shut up. Sheamus and Corbin mug Roman, then toss him over the commentary desk!
Sheamus and Corbin bring the table up and into the ring. Jey is in the ring but Corbin goes right after him with a rain of right hands! Sheamus drags Jey up and to a corner for stomps. Corbin starts setting the table and Sheamus helps. They stand it up but Jey kicks. Sheamus blocks and spins Jey but gets the dragon whip! Jey boots Corbin, climbs up top, but Sheamus and Corbin both trip him up! Jey lands bad on his Uce, but they both pick him up to DOUBLE POWERBOMB him trough the table!! Cover, TWO!?! Jey shocks both Corbin and Sheamus, so Sheamus throws Jey out of the ring. Corbin goes looking for Roman, but Roman tosses an ARMCHAIR into Corbin’s face! Sheamus hurries over and clobbers Roman!
Sheamus clears off the announce desk and bumps Roman off the top. Sheamus drags Roman onto the table, brings him up for a fireman’s carry, but Roman fights free! Roman LOW BLOWS Sheamus, fireman’s carries Sheamus for a SAMOAN DROP on the table! The table doesn’t give and Sheamus flops down, but Corbin BOOTS Roman! Corbin whips but Roman reverses to POST Corbin! Sheamus stands, Roman glares at him and runs over, to SPEAR him through the barriers! Roman has Sheamus down right in front of the WWE Universe’s screens, but Corbin attacks again! Corbin bumps Roman off steel steps and the apron, but Jey DIVES! Corbin catches Jey to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area!
Corbin pushes Roman in the ring, goes to the corner to get his scepter, but Jey uses the Universal Championship for a BELT SHOT! Corbin staggers, Roman SPEARS him down! Jey adds the USO SPLASH! Cover, the Samoan Dynasty wins!!
Winners: Jey Uso & Roman Reigns, by pinfall
Jey turned things around on his cousin this week, but at least they took equal shares of the work this week. Jey is excited but Roman seems a bit shocked. Jey grabs the title belt, looks longingly at it, and jokes that he’s gonna raise it before handing it back to Roman. Roman smirks, perhaps lightening up. They shake hands and hug because they’re still family. But as Jey leaves the ring, Roman’s smile fades. Will the good mood still be around at the end of Clash of Champions?
This was another really good SmackDown! The development in the Otis story made a lot of sense, oddly enough. Miz and Morrison egg Otis on, he attacks, and now they have (admittedly loose) ground for a lawsuit that of course is their way of getting at the MITB briefcase. I really hope Otis’ lawyer is David Otunga, it’s been some time since we’ve seen him. And I’m thinking this turns from a lawsuit to a match, winner gets the MITB briefcase. To be honest, I’m surprised Sami didn’t resort to kayfabe lawsuits over the Intercontinental Championship. Styles VS Sami was a really good match, but I felt like they were going easy given this was Sami’s first match in six months and there are still concerns over old injuries. But I’m glad Hardy showed up and put forth the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match I was hoping to see. That match is going to be great, and could go any which way.
A Moment of Bliss was alright this week, they started to explore Alexa’s changes related to The Fiend, but I feel like they didn’t need Lacey to interrupt anything. Lacey also claiming Nikki has no mean streak didn’t really fit. Yes, Nikki’s been Face a long stretch, but there was the moment just before The Fiend chose to go after Alexa that Nikki looked like she was going back to her wild self from NXT. And Nikki always has moments like that during her matches, so it just seemed like a weak way of helping Nikki turn the tide towards her match with Bayley. Sasha did great with her promo tonight, but I just knew Bayley would go after her more. The second attack was not nearly as brutal, but it surely extends how long Sasha is out, since she’s part of Mandalorian Season 2, and a Royal Rumble surprise is way better for this feud.
The Lucha House Party dysfunction is growing, but it’s being done well actually. It doesn’t really cost Metalik but that just means he loses clean to Cesaro. I was hoping there’d be more with Cesaro, Nakamura and the Street Profits but maybe USA and Fox aren’t coming to an agreement on the whole dual brand tag champions idea. Maybe they wait past Survivor Series, so that we can still get a tag champion Triple Threat Raw VS SmackDown VS NXT with whichever teams have the titles by then. Big E returning and wanting revenge on Sheamus was great, even if Big E doesn’t get it yet. Pretty sure a grudge match is coming for the go-home episode to Clash, because I would think Clash of Champions should be a PPV of only the championship matches.
The video package profiling the Anoa’i family was great, but WWE almost always does great with video packages. The Samoan Street Fight was really just a Street Fight since there wasn’t anything themed. Though obviously, that’s for the better, things might get controversial if they tried to make it Samoan themed. But it was still a really good match, and I always like seeing someone throwing the big armchairs commentary has. Jey sniping the victory from Roman was a great turnabout, and there was great character stuff from Roman. Roman was happy they won tonight, but clearly not that happy that Jey used Roman’s title belt. It isn’t so much an “if” but “when” for the moment Roman really turns it up and brutalizes Jey to make it clear even to Jey that Roman is a Heel now.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; wins.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; win(s).
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???; win(s) and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
[Due to scheduling conflicts, coverage of AEW Dynamite will begin later tonight]
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)
And then there were four!
The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!
A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
- Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.
Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.
Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.
Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”
Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!
Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.
Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!
Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!
Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!
Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.
Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?
G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!
It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?
Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!
Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!
Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!
Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!
Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!
Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!
Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!
Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!
Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!
But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!
Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?
As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”
Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.
Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?
A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.
But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.
Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.
My Score: 9/10
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