The G1 Climax is in the home stretch with Round 8!
The top four in A Block are all tied at 5-2 with 10 points! Will Ospreay, Kota Ibushi, Jay White, Kazuchika Okada, who leads A Block?!
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- A Block – Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins.
- A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Yujiro Takahashi; Ibushi wins.
- A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
- A Block – Minoru Suzuki VS Jay White; White wins.
- A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Tomohiro Ishii; Okada wins.
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Here are the current A Block standings!
Will Ospreay: 5-2, 10 points
Jay White: 5-2, 10 points
Kota Ibushi: 5-2, 10 points
Kazuchika Okada: 5-2, 10 points
Jeff Cobb: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Minoru Suzuki: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomohiro Ishii: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Shingo Takagi: 3-4, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-7, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
A Block – Will Ospreay VS Jeff Cobb!
The Assassin lost to the Golden Star but won against the Switchblade. He could lead the block, but still has Kazuchika Okada in A Block’s finale. Will he be too worried about his battle with the Rainmaker to focus on the Hawaiian Hulk?
The bell rings and Ospreay shotgun dropkicks Cobb right away! Ospreay fires off forearms and stomps then goes corner to corner. Cobb follows but Ospreay dodges and Cob hits buckles. Ospreay CHOPS but Cobb doesn’t flinch! Cobb grabs Ospreay, Ospreay breaks free and throws forearms, but Cobb CHOPS Ospreay off his feet! Fans cheer as Cobb brings Ospreay up and whips. Ospreay dodges, huricanranas and Cobb bails out. Fans fire up as Ospreay builds speed, but Cobb sees the handspring coming and catches Ospreay! Cobb drags Ospreay through ropes to the apron, lifts, but Ospreay fights off the lift to throw forearms. Ospreay kicks but Cobb ducks it to bring Ospreay up! Ospreay holds ropes again, flips into the ring and enziguris Cobb down! Ospreay runs, SASUKE SPECIAL! Direct hit at the ropes!
Fans fire up as Ospreay clubs Cobb. Ospreay puts Cobb in, throws haymakers, then bumps Cobb off buckles. Ospreay throws European Uppercuts then sweeps the legs. Ospreay runs corner to corner, basement dropkick! Cover, ONE and with power! Fans cheer and Ospreay is surprised. Ospreay gives toying kicks and slaps then throws forearms. Cobb just stands up! Ospreay throws more forearms, then offers Cobb a shot. Cobb winds up but Ospreay back kicks him first! Ospreay goes to whip but Cobb blocks with power! Cobb whips Ospreay the other way but runs into boots. Ospreay goes up, springboards, into the OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Cobb runs, leaping uppercut! RUNNING BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Ospreay just manages to escape but Cobb drags Ospreay up.
Cobb headbutts Ospreay to a corner, then CHOPS! Ospreay winces but Cobb brings him out for a scoop. Cobb pops Ospreay up for the suplex slam! Fans cheer as Cobb covers, TWO! Cobb keeps his cool, drags Ospreay back up, but Ospreay throws body shots and forearms. Ospreay runs, into Cobb’s lift for the bearhug! Ospreay endures the squeeze, fights with elbows, but Cobb throws body shots. Cobb gut wrenches Ospreay up, and around, and around, for a bomb lift, but Ospreay fights back! Ospreay’s huricanrana is blocked, but he sunset flips! Cobb stops that, drags Ospreay back up, but Ospreay dropkicks out of the two hand slam! Fans cheer and rally up as both men rise. Ospreay hurries over to kick and whips but Cobb reverses. Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Fans cheer as Cobb and Ospreay rise again. Ospreay’s in the corner, Cobb runs in but blocks the boot only to take an enziguri! Ospreay atomic drops and CHOPS, but Cobb DOUBLE CHOPS Ospreay down! GACHIMUCHI, but Ospreay moves! Ospreay standing Shooting Stars onto Cobb’s back! Ospreay turns Cobb over for the cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Ospreay goes to the apron. Fans rally up as Ospreay aims, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Cobb is still in this but Ospreay keeps cool. Cobb sits up as Ospreay goes to a corner. Fans rally up as Ospreay prepares the arm. Cobb ducks the blade, blocks the kick and CLOBBERS Ospreay to the GACHIMUCHI! Cover, TWO! Ospreay survives that quick comeback but fans rally with Cobb!
Cobb brings Ospreay up, whips him, but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay boots back, runs, but into a pop-up, only to tilt-o-whirl through! Cobb blocks the crucifix takedown, Ospreay tries a sunset flip but Cobb works to bring Ospreay back up, but Ospreay SUNSET BOMBS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Ospreay gets up. Cobb slowly stirs and Ospreay brings him up. Ospreay reels Cobb in, underhooks, but Cobb powers up and out with a back drop! Cobb walks into the dropkick-flip but ducks the enziguri to waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX, but Ospreay lands on his feet! Cobb blocks Ospreay’s superkick but Ospreay swats the clothesline away. Ospreay forearms and spins but into Cobb’s SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Cobb brings Ospreay up and runs, but into a SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!
Ospreay hurries to the apron and springboards again, 450 SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as both men are down! Ospreay gets up and waits for Cobb to rise. Ospreay runs, Cobb reels him in but Ospreay elbows and SUPERKICKS, then HOOK KICKS! Ospreay runs, springboards, OSC- NO! Cobb blocks, spins and fireman’s carries, F5000!! Ospreay goes flying but both men are down as fans rally up! Cobb crawls to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up more as Cobb looms over Ospreay. Cobb brings Ospreay up, whips and scoops, TOUR- NO! Ospreay escapes, springboards, OS- NO! Cobb blocks the cutter again! Cobb shoves Ospreay away but Ospreay goes right up the corner, SUPER OSCUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives and Ospreay is shocked!
Fans fire up as Ospreay fires up and he drags Cobb up. Ospreay reels Cobb in, underhooks, and gets Cobb up, but Cobb slips out! Cobb pops Ospreay up to an Electric Chair, then into a COYT’S WRATH GERMAN! Cobb whips Ospreay, scoops for the TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, Cobb wins!!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Ospreay earns 0
The Juggernaut just barreled through the Assassin! Has Cobb just sunk Ospreay’s chances of taking the block?!
A Block – Kota Ibushi VS Yujiro Takahashi!
The Golden Star beat the Assassin and the Rainmaker, but was screwed by the Switchblade! Tokyo Pimp tried to get one over on Jay White but couldn’t pull it off. Will he make it up to King Switch by stopping Ibushi’s ascension?
The bell rings and fans rally up as Ibushi circles slowly circles with Yujiro. They approach and Ibushi kicks. Yujiro backs off but comes back to tie up. Ibushi pushes Yujiro to ropes but lets up at the ref’s count. Ibushi pats Yujiro on the shoulders, but Yujiro kicks back! Yujiro throws Ibushi out but follows only as Ibushi gets back in. Ibushi waits for Yujiro to return and the two circle again. They tie up, Yujiro pulls hair and throws Ibushi back out! Ibushi hits railing and Yujiro goes out to bring him up. Yujiro whips Ibushi but Ibushi reverses to send Yujiro into the railing! Yujiro hurries back into the ring to avoid any more. Ibushi gets in, Yujiro stomps him down then brings him up. Yujiro throws forearms, but Ibushi just grins. Ibushi goes to retaliate but Yujiro hits first!
Yujiro whips, Ibushi reverses and dropkicks Yujiro down! Ibushi claps and gets the fans rallying. Yujiro bails out, Ibushi goes over but Yujiro drags him out! Yujiro whips Ibushi, Ibushi reverses but Yujiro stops himself to rake eyes! Yujiro whips Ibushi into railing, then reels him in for the reverse DDT to the floor! Fans cheer Yujiro being savvy as he brings Ibushi back up. Yujiro puts Ibushi in but Ibushi bails out the side. Ibushi clutches the back of his head but Yujiro goes out to fetch him. The ring count climbs to 7 of 20 but Yujiro puts Ibushi in. Yujiro stomps Ibushi around but Ibushi sits up. Yujiro keeps stomping but Ibushi eggs him on. Fans rally and Yujiro brings Ibushi up. Ibushi throws forearms but Yujiro knees low. Yujiro snapmares Ibushi and drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt! Cover, TWO!
Fans cheer but Yujiro grows annoyed. Yujiro throws haymakers but Ibushi eggs him on. Yujiro slaps Ibushi around then dares him to hit back. Ibushi gives forearms but Yujiro knees low again. Yujiro brings Ibushi up and reels him in. Ibushi blocks the fisherman suplex but so does Yujiro! Yujiro gets Ibushi up, fisherman buster! Fans rally as Ibushi goes to a corner. Yujiro waits for Ibushi to get up, then he runs in to BOOT! Yujiro runs, Ibushi LEAPING KICKS Yujiro down! Ibushi grits his teeth and fires up as the fans rally! Ibushi fires off a strike fest, then KICKS Yujiro down! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his cool and fans rally up again. Yujiro rises, Ibushi KICKS him in the chest! Yujiro stays up so Ibushi KICKS him again! And again!
Yujiro staggers to ropes, Ibushi runs in, FLAPJACK STUNGUN! Yujiro hurries up and runs back at Ibushi to BOOT! Yujiro keeps running, LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro is annoyed again but fans rally up with “I-BU-SHI!” claps. Yujiro drags Ibushi up, fireman’s carries, but Ibushi fights out. Ibushi kicks but Yujiro blocks. Yujiro throws Ibushi down, then runs, but Ibushi jumps over the basement dropkick to DOUBLE STOMP! Both men are down but fans rally up. Ibushi rises, waits for Yujiro to stand, and sobats! Ibushi reels Yujiro in but Yujiro BITES his hand! No one learns! Yujiro whips, Ibushi reverses but Yujiro denies the dropkick! Yujiro runs but Ibushi avoids the dropkick to roundhouse, but Yujiro ducks it! Yujiro reels Ibushi in but Ibushi blocks the Incolle Slam.
Ibushi elbows back, and ROUNDHOUSES! Fans fire up with Ibushi as Yujiro falls over! Ibushi reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro slips out of the Last Ride for INCOLLE SLAM! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Ibushi and Yujiro stir as fans rally. Ibushi goes to a corner but Yujiro heads that way. Yujiro brings Ibushi up and to the top rope. Yujiro climbs up to join Ibushi, brings him up and hooks a leg, SUPER FISHERMAN BUSTER! But Yujiro doesn’t stop there, ANOTHER FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and the fans are fired up again! Yujiro is shocked but he brings Ibushi back up. Yujiro brings him in but no Pimp Juice! Ibushi blocks the superkick, gets around, backslide but Yujiro rolls through!
Ibushi has the wrists but Yujiro dodges the Kamigoye! Yujiro reels Ibushi in, fireman’s carry, but Ibushi pops out of Miami Shine to V-TRIGGER! KENNY!! Ibushi drags Yujiro up, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yujiro earns 0
The Golden Star is rising again! With Ospreay dropping, will Ibushi be back on top of the block?
A Block – Shingo Takagi VS Taichi!
The Dragon was so close to stopping the Rainmaker, and now he is out of the running. However, so is the Sliest Wrestler in the World, who couldn’t stay alive against the Assassin. Instead of taking the block, who gets points for their pride and glory?
The elaborate entrance attire is removed and Taichi shows off the dancing pecs. The ref tells Taichi he also needs to put the fanny pack away. Taichi reluctantly obliges and fans cheer. The bell rings and Takagi is ready. Fans rally but Taichi hangs back. Takagi approaches, Taichi finally circles with him and they tie up. Takagi puts Taichi on ropes but lets up fast so Taichi has no excuse. They tie up again, Takagi again puts Taichi on ropes, but Takagi lets off. The two circle, tie up, and Takagi waistlocks but Taichi gets ropes. Takagi gets annoyed now and Taichi mockingly applauds as Takagi backs off. Taichi and Takagi circle as the claps, “TA-KA-GI” start up. Taichi rakes Takagi’s eyes! Taichi whips Takagi corner to corner, Takagi reverses and blocks the boot to still hit the clothesline!
Takagi runs to run Taichi over! Fans fire up with Takagi but Taichi gets to the apron and out of the ring. Takagi dares Taichi to get up but Taichi takes his time resting. Taichi gets up as the ring count starts and goes around the way. Taichi heads to the timekeeper’s area and Takagi knows what he’s up to, but that doesn’t stop Taichi from using the ring bell hammer! Taichi clubs Takagi but hides the hammer behind his back. The ref finds it, but Taichi pushes the ref away to choke Takagi with the hammer! Taichi eventually stops and gives the hammer back to the timekeeper. Because Taichi uses the camera cables! The ref reprimands, Taichi lets go and Takagi sputters. Taichi drags Takagi up and puts him in the ring.
Fans cheer but then Taichi chokes Takagi! The ref reprimands and Taichi lets up. But Taichi chokes Takagi again! The ref counts, Taichi lets go with one hand but the ref tells him to stop. Taichi lets up and paces about while Takagi sputters. Taichi stands on Takagi’s head and chokes him on the ropes. The ref reprimands and counts, Taichi stops and snapmares Takagi to KICK him! Takagi grits his teeth as Taichi slaps and kicks him around. Taichi toys with Takagi but Takagi gets up to forearm and CHOP back! Taichi chokes Takagi and throws him down! The ref reprimands but Takagi goes to a corner. Taichi runs in and corner clotheslines, then reels Takagi in. Takagi blocks the saido, elbows Taichi and whips him, only for Taichi to reverse. Takagi reverses and SAIDOS Taichi!
Fans fire up with Takagi as he goes after Taichi. Taichi grabs ropes so Takagi lets off, to stomp Taichi down. Takagi drags Taichi back up, whips him to ropes and knees him against them! Then he hits a BIG suplex! Takagi sits Taichi up, runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Taichi is still in this but Takagi keeps his cool. Takagi talks some smack and fires up as he looms over Taichi. Takagi brings Taichi up but Taichi blocks the Especial. Takagi spins him, knees him and whips him to a corner, but Taichi boots back. Taichi dodges as Takagi returns, and hits the GAMANGIRI! Both men are down and fans rally up. Taichi stands first and waits for Takagi to rise. Takagi ducks the buzzsaw, waistlocks, but Taichi elbows back. Taichi runs but into Takagi’s elbow! JAB! LARIAT!
Fans fire up and Takagi drags Taichi back up. Especial to NOSHIGAMI! Cover, TWO! Taichi survives but Takagi fires himself up! Fans clap along with “OI! OI! OI!” and Takagi powers up. Takagi brings Taichi up, pump handles but Taichi fights it off. Taichi gets a waistlock but Takagi fights that off. LARIAT, but Taichi stays up! Taichi boots, Takagi stays up and the two get forehead to forehead. Taichi kicks, Takagi chops! Taichi KICKS, Takagi CHOPS! KICK, CHOP, and Taichi wobbles! Taichi comes back to KICK, Takagi CHOPS, repeat! Taichi gets the edge and eggs Takagi on so Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS! Taichi falls and fans fire up as Takagi talks smack. Fans rally, Taichi rises and Taichi KICKS!
Takagi wobbles but he comes back to block the next kick! Takagi elbows the leg, Taichi sobats and runs, but Takagi follows to clothesline! Takagi runs, into AX BOMBER! But he’s right back up, PUMPING BOMBER! Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Takagi staggers to a corner, both men fire up, DOUBLE AX/PUMPING BOMBER! Takagi stays up, runs again, but into DANGEROUS SAIDO! Fans fire up as these two writhe and stir! Taichi sits up first and he mocks the “OI! OI! OI!” Taichi powers up and runs, PUMPING AX BOMBER! Cover, TWO! Taichi tried to get clever but it didn’t work! Taichi grimaces as fans rally up again. Takagi stirs but off come the pants! Takagi is up and he CLOBBERS Taichi into the corner! Fans fire up with Takagi as he drags Taichi back up.
Takagi fires off elbows from all sides! Takagi tops it off as he DECKS Taichi! Fans fire up more as Takagi drags Taichi back up. Takagi pump handles but Taichi slips out and shoves. Taichi blocks Takagi’s kick, shoves the ref, but Takagi blocks the low blow! Takagi spins Taichi and BLINDSIDE AX BOMBERS! GEDO CLUTCH!? TWO!! Takagi tried getting back at Taichi but it didn’t work! Fans rally up and Takagi goes to the corner. Takagi powers up and waits for Taichi to rise. Takagi runs but into a boot! Takagi still wrenches and clotheslines, but Taichi stays up! Taichi swings, into MADE INTO JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!?! Taichi survives and shocks Takagi! Takagi fires up and fans fire up with him! Takagi pumps up, waits for Taichi to rise, and he runs, to PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!!
Taichi survives and Takagi is furious, but the fans keep rallying! Takagi drags Taichi back up, pump handle and torture rack, but Taichi rakes eyes! Taichi ROUNDHOUSES and torture racks, to TOWER HACKER BOMB, into a CLUTCH! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives whatever Taichi calls that, and fans are thunderous! Taichi fires himself up and aims from a corner. Takagi blocks the kick and spins Taichi, only to get the GAMANGIRI! Taichi gets Takagi for the GEDO CLUTCH! TWO!! Takagi escapes and fans are fired up again! Taichi runs into an elbow, JAB, but he ROCKS Takagi! Takagi HEADBUTTS! Both men wobble, Takagi runs into the SUPERKICK! Taichi drags Takagi up, Alabama to BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, TAICHI WINS!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Takagi earns 0
Incredible! Taichi manages to slay The Dragon and gains points, though it doesn’t save his G1. Will this still lead Taichi to big things on the other side of the Fall?
A Block – Minoru Suzuki VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The NEVER Openweight Champion could not stop the Golden Star, but he still had a lot of fun! Will he have even more fun ending the Jay1? Or will Suzuki #BreathewiththeSwitchblade?
White and Gedo stay safe from Suzuki on the outside as they Low Sweet. White then gets back in the ring, the bell rings, and White bails back out. Classic Jay, but Suzuki keeps his cool as White returns. But then White bails out. Suzuki gives chase this time and White hurries away to the far side. Suzuki keeps pursuing but White gets back in the ring. Suzuki gets in, White gets back out. White takes his time before he returns and circles with Suzuki. White stays at the ropes but Suzuki kicks a leg out! Gedo protests as White bails out and White says, “No kicks like that!” Suzuki tells White to just get back in already. White takes a moment to shake out the leg before he gets in. White gets a leg but Suzuki gets the arm and twists it all around! Suzuki is after the fingers, too!
White grabs a leg, Suzuki twists the arm more and even the wrist! White gets to ropes and Red Shoes counts but Suzuki keeps pulling fingers! Suzuki lets go at the count of 3, and pats White on the shoulder. Fans cheer as Suzuki and White circle again. They tie up with knuckle locks, and Suzuki is after the arm again! Suzuki also gets a facelock but White gets back to a corner. Red Shoes calls for the ropebreak but Suzuki CHOPS! And CHOPS! Suzuki stands White up to CHOP again! Suzuki goes corner to corner, runs in and BOOTS! Suzuki whips White, White reverses and runs in, but Suzuki slips out! Suzuki gets the arm, DRAPING ARMBAR! Gedo hurries over but Suzuki’s glare keeps him away. Red Shoes counts, Suzuki lets White go at 3. Suzuki intimidates Gedo but White sneak attacks!
White RAMS Suzuki into railing, then again! White wraps Suzuki up with camera cable! Red Shoes reprimands, White lets Suzuki go and backs away. White comes back to bring Suzuki up and RAM him into railing! White CHOPS Suzuki in front of commentary! Gedo cheers but Suzuki grimaces. That’s not a good thing. The ring count climbs, White gets in but Suzuki is in at 12. White goes after Suzuki with clubbing forearms then ramming shoulders in the corner. White turns Suzuki for the neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! White tries again, ONE! White grows frustrated and he goes after Suzuki with a chinlock. Suzuki endures as White digs his knee in. White clubs Suzuki down and puts the chinlock back on. Suzuki pries at the fingers!
White kicks and clubs Suzuki down then shifts to a snapmare. White gets the chinlock back and Gedo cheers as he rams his knee in. White kicks Suzuki in the back but Suzuki just frowns. White kicks again, Suzuki frowns again. Suzuki gets up, White gets him in a facelock but Suzuki gets the wristlock. Suzuki CHOPS, White rakes eyes! White puts Suzuki on ropes, chokes him and rakes eyes again! Red Shoes reprimands, Gedo has a chair! Red Shoes goes out to stop Gedo, but he doesn’t see White get a chair for himself! Suzuki hits White low first! Suzuki grabs the chair and fans cheer as he SMACKS White over and over! Red Shoes gets in to stop Suzuki, so Suzuki shoves him down! Suzuki glares at Gedo before going to White. Suzuki sits White and runs to Penalty Kick him down! White crawls to a corner but Suzuki looms over him.
White kicks but Suzuki doesn’t flinch. Suzuki eggs White on, White gets up and kicks more. Suzuki blocks a kick but then White kicks the leg! HALF HATCH into the corner! White and Suzuki are both down but Gedo cheers. Fans rally up and Suzuki stirs. White runs in and uppercuts! White reels Suzuki in but Suzuki slips around to sleeper hold! White backs Suzuki down to a corner, throws elbows after elbows, but Suzuki just scowls! Suzuki ROCKS White with one forearm! Suzuki growls and glares as White rises. White throws a forearm, Suzuki laughs and winds up to ROCK White again! White flounders out of the ring! Suzuki eggs him on and White rises. White gets back up, fans rally as he gets in, and White leans on Red Shoes.
White shoves Red Shoes at Suzuki but Suzuki shoves him aside. White throws a forearm but Suzuki DECKS him! Gedo coaches White but Suzuki drags White up. Suzuki knees White into a corner, then taunts him as he slowly gets up. Suzuki pulls on White’s beard, then throws body shots over and over, to then ROCK White again! Fans cheer but Gedo is upset. Suzuki runs Gedo off and goes back to White. Suzuki whips but White reverses. White blocks the boot, elbows the knee then KNEE JAMMERS the other leg! Suzuki hobbles but White chop blocks! White gets the leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! White gets the leg again, stomps away on it, then hits another GROUND DRAGON SCREW! White drags Suzuki up, fireman’s carries and DEATH VALLEY BOMBS! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Suzuki survives but White grows frustrated. Fans rally up as White says, “My time now.” White drags Suzuki up, and CHOPS him! Suzuki stays up and even eggs White on! White CHOPS again, but Suzuki again eggs him on! White CHOPS, Suzuki stays up on anger alone! Suzuki eggs White on, White CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Suzuki grits his teeth, White CHOPS, and fans rally up. White CHOPS, Suzuki stands! Suzuki choke grips but White kicks the leg out! DDT! Gedo coaches White and White drags Suzuki up into the sleeper hold. Suzuki pries the hold apart and goes after fingers! Suzuki wrenches, White kicks the leg! Suzuki throws body shots, palm strikes, and White bails out! Fans rally as Suzuki waits for White to return.
Suzuki eggs White on but White stays out. So Suzuki pursues! Suzuki clubs White, bumps him off the apron, and puts White in. Fans cheer as this continues, and White reels Suzuki in! Suzuki fights out of Blade Runner, White elbows free of the waistlock and runs, but into the SLEEPER! White endures, Suzuki spins him but White trips him, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Gedo is fired up as White hits another GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Suzuki grimaces as he counters to a takedown and CALF KILLER! Suzuki even has a heel hook in there! White endures, crawls, reaches, turns, but Suzuki keeps hold! White drags Suzuki along with him to get the ropebreak! Suzuki lets go fast and fans rally up. Suzuki grins at Gedo before he stalks behind White.
Suzuki points at Gedo as if to say this is because of him. Suzuki sits White up to DECK him! Gedo tells Suzuki to have mercy but Suzuki sits White back up. Suzuki pulls White’s beard, then DECKS him again! Suzuki drags White back up, fans rally again, but Gedo slides in! Suzuki and Red Shoes look at him, White CHOP BLOCKS in the distraction! White reels Suzuki in, BLADE BUSTER! White slashes the throat, brings Suzuki up, but Suzuki reaches up to headscissor! Suzuki drags White down to the ARMBAR! White flails, reaches, Gedo freaks out, but White manages to get up! Suzuki tries for the triangle, and he drags White back down to the ARMBAR! Gedo gets back in, White is tapping!! Suzuki would win if Red Shoes was looking!
Suzuki keeps torturing White, but he lets go when he realizes Gedo is distracting Red Shoes. Suzuki moves Red Shoes aside to DECK Gedo! Fans fire up as Suzuki goes back to White. Suzuki brings White up, fires off fast hands from all sides, but White manages to duck and BLADE- NO! SLEEPER! Suzuki squeezes tight, spins White around, but White spins through! White has Suzuki but Suzuki pulls hair to DECK White again! Fans fire up with Suzuki, and he puts White in a SLEEPER! White fades, Suzuki leans on him, and fans rally as Suzuki drags White back up. Suzuki spins and Gotch, but Gedo grabs at Red Shoes! LOW BLOW! White reels Suzuki in, BLADE RUNNER!! Cover, White wins!
Winner: Jay White, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Suzuki earns 0
White doesn’t so much beat as he SURVIVES Suzuki! Suzuki is angry with Red Shoes but he should be going after Gedo! Young Lions bring Suzuki away just so nothing gets out of hand. Suzuki just hits them instead! Will Suzuki make sure White faces the consequences down the line? Will White still make this the Jay1 in the end?
A Block – Kazuchika Okada VS Tomohiro Ishii!
The Rainmaker begins his Chaos double header to finish the round robin! Will the Stone Pitbull block Okada’s path to the finals? Or will Okada have momentum going into his battle with Ospreay?
The bell rings and fans cheer already. Fans clap for “O-KA-DA” as Ishii stares him down. Okada and Ishii circle, approach, and tie up. They’re in a deadlock, one pushing other back just as the other gets ahead. Ishii gets Okada on the ropes, and copies Okada’s shoulder pat. But Okada sees the chop coming and gets clear! Fans cheer as the two reset. Okada and Ishii tie up again, are in another deadlock, but Okada manages to power Ishii to ropes. Okada lets off, pats Ishii on the shoulders, and then eggs him on. Ishii walks into a kick and headlock but he powers out. They collide and neither falls! Fans cheer as Okada runs and rams Ishii, but Ishii stays up to throw a forearm. Ishii runs, Okada drops then hurdles, to arm-drag! Okada snapmares Ishii then runs, but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick!
Ishii runs, rams Okada, Okada comes back to ram Ishii and then run him over! Fans cheer while Ishii is frustrated with himself. Okada stands Ishii up, turns him and hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Okada brings Ishii up, rams Ishii into a corner and throws back elbows. Ishii eggs Okada on so Okada hits him harder! Okada snapmares Ishii again, runs, and this time hits the basement dropkick! Cover, ONE! Fans cheer and Okada keeps his cool as he clamps on a chinlock. Ishii endures but Okada jams a knee in and cranks back on the hold. Fans rally up as Ishii fights and moves around. Ishii gets the ropebreak and Okada lets go. Okada brings Ishii up, scoops and slams him down, then goes to the apron. Okada slingshots but Ishii avoids the senton, and then he avoids the clothesline. Ishii also avoids the elbow, reels Okada in and suplexes!
Fans cheer as Ishii slowly rises. Ishii drags Okada up and CHOPS him! Fans cheer as Ishii CHOPS Okada again. Okada staggers but Ishii CHOPS him to a corner. Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Okada’s chest is already red but Ishii throws more CHOPS! Okada gets mad and starts stepping into the chops. Okada throws forearms, but Ishii takes those to CHOP again! Okada sits down as fans cheer and Ishii eggs him on. Ishii gives toying slaps and knees to Okada but Okada gets up. Ishii CHOPS again and again but Okada just takes those to throw forearms! Okada can’t back Ishii down and Ishii CHOPS high! Red Shoes warns Ishii and Ishii brings Okada up to CHOPS high again! And again! Okada sputters as he falls and Ishii backs off.
Ishii brings Okada up, whips him corner to corner and runs in, but Okada boots him. Okada runs, Ishii throws a forearm then runs, but into the FLAPJACK! Fans cheer as the two men are down! Fans rally and Okada rises. Okada runs at Ishii and rallies with forearms and elbows! Okada whips, Ishii reverses but Okada runs him over with an elbow! Okada fires up but Ishii headbutts low! Fans cheer and rally as both men are down again. Ishii kicks at Okada and then gives slaps. Okada gets up to ROCK Ishii with a forearm! Okada brings Ishii up, whips him to a corner and back elbows! Then kick and DDT! Ishii is SPIKED! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives but Okada keeps his cool. Okada gives toying kicks and stomps now, and slaps him around. Ishii gets up and throws forearms but so does Okada!
Fans rally as they pick up speed and go back and forth! Ishii and Okada egg each other on, Okada gets the edge but Ishii DECKS him! Fans fire up and rally as Ishii brings Okada back up. Ishii puts Okada on the top rope, climbs up to join him, but Okada fights back. Ishii and Okada brawl up top now, forearm for forearm, and Okada gets the edge! Ishii hops down but comes back up, into Okada’s elbow! Okada stands and leaps, but Ishii gets under! Okada rolls through, Ishii dodges him but comes back, into Alabama, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Fans cheer as both men are down again. Fans rally up again as the two stir. Okada goes to a corner, Ishii slowly rises, but Ishii dodges the shotgun dropkick! Ishii forearms, runs but into Okada’s boot! Okada runs, into Ishii’s POWERSLAM!
But Okada’s right up!? Okada boots, whips and ROCKS Ishii, but Ishii roars! Ishii forearms, Okada roars, but Ishii ducks to waistlock! Okada powers Ishii to a corner, but Ishii holds on to CORNER GERMAN! Okada hits buckles and fans fire up again! Ishii and Okada slowly stir as fans rally up. Ishii brings Okada up and hoists him back to the top rope. Ishii climbs up to join him again, and brings Okada all the way up, for the SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Okada survives but Ishii growls and fans rally up. Ishii runs, Okada ducks the lariat but Ishii elbows the waistlock away. Ishii ENZIGURIS but Okada comes back! Ishii blocks the boot, fires off forearms from all sides, then runs, into Okada’s dropkick! Fans fire up and Okada brings Ishii into a gut wrench! TOMBSTONE!
Okada has the arm, sits Ishii up, for the MONEY CLIP! Ishii endures, fans rally up, Okada leans on the hold, but Ishii still gets the ropebreak! Fans cheer as Okada lets go. Fans rally up again, Okada rises and brings Ishii in. Okada gut wrenches but Ishii blocks! Okada keeps trying, Ishii elbows Okada’s leg but Okada clubs him back. Okada throws a EuroUpper and ROCKS Ishii! Red Shoes checks on Ishii but he’s okay to continue. Okada brings Ishii up and ROCKS him with another EuroUpper! Fans rally up as Okada brings Ishii up. Okada gut wrenches again but Ishii fights out, to GERMAN! Ishii fires up and fans fire up with him! Ishii brings Okada up, reels him in, but Okada back drops and sits down! Cover, TWO!!
Ishii escapes, Okada blocks the lariats and spins Ishii around, back drop and sit down! TWO as Ishii sunset flips, TWO!! Okada boots, ducks the lariat but Ishii swats the discus away! Okada uppercuts, Ishii forearms, but Okada shotgun dropkicks! Ishii is right up, SLIDING LARIAT, into the MONEY CLIP!! Fans rally as Ishii endures and Okada leans on the hold! Okada arm-drags Ishii away, tries the clip again but Ishii gets chicken wing! He spins Okada to a DDT! And has the KIMURA! Okada endures, Ishii keeps after it! Ishii cranks on the arm, Okada moves around, but Ishii shifts and rolls Okada to an ARMBAR! Okada endures, reaches and gets a ropebreak! Ishii lets go and Okada shakes out the bad arm. Fans rally as both men stir.
Ishii rises and brings Okada up. Ishii puts the arm through ropes and pulls! Red Shoes reprimands, counts, and Ishii lets go at 3. Ishii pushes Red Shoes away to run back in, but Okada pops Ishii up top and dropkicks him! But Ishii stays up!? And leaps for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! The fans are thunderous as Ishii brings Okada up. Ishii runs, SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are fired up again! Ishii gets up, brings Okada up, suplexes, but Okada slips out! Okada gets Ishii up for the SPINNING TOMBSTONE! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Okada and Ishii both stir as the fans rally. Okada grabs the arm, brings Ishii up, but Ishii headbutts and headbutts and headbutts! Okada LARIATS, Ishii stays up! Ishii headbutts and GAMANGIRIS!
Fans fire up with Ishii as he runs, but into another dropkick! Ishii rises?! Ishii flounders, into an uppercut and DISCUS RAINMAKER! Okada sits Ishii up, has the arm, and the MONEY CLIP! Ishii endures, but he starts to fade! Fans rally, Ishii gets a second win but Okada squeezes tight! Ishii fights up, Okada throws Ishii, but Ishii lands on his feet to HEADBUTT! Down goes Okada! Ishii wants him to get up and fans are rallying again. Ishii runs and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! The fans are thunderous again as Ishii roars! Ishii drags Okada up, suplexes, but Okada fights out! Ishii gets around, Okada gets around, Okada gets the other arm for MONEY CLIP! Ishii CODE BREAKERS!? Well it is Jericho’s 30th anniversary.
Fans fire up as Ishii aims at Okada. Okada rises, Ishii runs in but Okada backslide counters. Ishii rolls through, dodges Rainmaker and tries to backslide back. Okada flips over, to LARIAT! Okada drags Ishii up, ducks the lariat but ishii ducks a lariat, to run into another dropkick! Okada brings Ishii up, for MONEY CLIP! Ishii endures, fans are thunderous, and Ishii gets a THIRD wind to rise up! Okada hits a back2backbreaker, and puts the MONEY CLIP back on!! Ishii fades, turns red, sputters, and is OUT! Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by submission; gains 2 points, Ishii earns 0
The Rainmaker makes it through the Stone Pitbull! He still lives in the G1! Okada gets the mic and gets the fans to clap, “O-KA-DA,” then clap-clap-clap-stomp. “MY SIXTH WIIIN~!” “Is Autumn normally this hot?” Fans cheer because they understand what he means. “I know you can’t yell, but are you all enjoying the G1 Climax?” Someone lets out a woo, is that allowed? Okada knows he’s almost done with the A Block, and then it’s the Finals. “Does Autumn normally fly by this fast?” But even then, NJPW will stay hot! Fans cheer for that, too.
“Even if you can’t yell, your love and support are heard and felt by all of us. It’s a difficult situation, but I want to return the sentiment through pro-wrestling. To do so, I HAVE to win the G1! I can’t wait to see all of you again as your G1 winner! Thank you!” The fans applaud to thank him back. Will Ospreay deny Okada’s promise to the people? Or will Okada once again make it rain?
Here are the NEW A Block standings!
Jay White: 6-2, 12 points
Kota Ibushi: 6-2, 12 points
Kazuchika Okada: 6-2, 12 points
Will Ospreay: 5-3, 10 points
Jeff Cobb: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Taichi: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Minoru Suzuki: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Tomohiro Ishii: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Shingo Takagi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yujiro Takahashi: 0-8, 0 points [ELIMINATED]
A really good Round 8 for A Block, but not as many surprises. I will say, though Taichi VS Takagi didn’t change the dynamics of the block, what a great match! I thought Takagi was going to win to rebound from that amazing match he lost to Okada, but it seems NJPW is just as high on Taichi right now. Cobb beating Ospreay was also a surprise, and it really adds to things for the final round. Again, White beat Ibushi and Okada but lost to Ospreay. Ibushi beat Ospreay and Okada, and Ospreay VS Okada is the final match. If Ospreay wins, does that put him over White? Does that also ruin White’s run so that Ibushi wins the block? If Okada wins, does that just keep Ospreay out and then it allows White to win the block? Whatever possibility that helps Ibushi win the block, I’d want that, and I’d think NJPW would do that.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Bianca’s the readiEST Raw Women’s Champion!
Damage Control looks to do some damage!
With Bayley coming after the Raw Women’s Championship at Extreme Rules, Bianca Belair looks to remove a pawn from play in Iyo Sky!
- Bianca Belair w/ Asuka & Alexa Bliss VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control; Bianca wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio; Rey wins.
- Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano VS The Alpha Academy; Kevin & Gargano win.
- Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Joey Gibson & Fred Lester; Omos wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day; Riddle wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bianca Belair w/ Asuka & Alexa Bliss VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control!
The RawEST Women’s Champion has the Empress of Tomorrow and the Five Foot Fury backing her up because we all know DMG CTRL doesn’t roll alone! Bianca gets the mic to say, “Y’know, Bayley, I really considered coming out here and challenging you again tonight. I mean, why wait for Extreme Rules? But then I remembered that you would never make this just about you and I. And even if you did come out here and accepted my challenge, it wouldn’t be you alone. I learn from my mistakes, and it was not about to be three on one again, especially not after last week.”
Bayley could’ve faced Alexa 1v1 but no. Iyo & Dakota had to interfere again because Bayley can’t fight her battles alone. So Bayley, Bianca will say this: If Bayley wants the title at Extreme Rules, then good luck. Because her girls will be watching Bayley’s girls to make sure this stays between the two of them. But here comes DMG CTRL makes their way out. Bayley thought Bianca would’ve learned her lesson last week. This will never be just about the two of them because it is bigger than the two of them. Bayley wouldn’t expect the fans to understand, either.
Bianca was groomed, handpicked and trained to be a champion. But those like DMG CTRL had to groom themselves, train themselves, and dreamt about this since they were 12 years old! Bayley said she would take over the WWE and that is what she’s doing! Yes, Bianca is in this position, she’s thriving, she’s accomplished all these things, but she was placed, picked, chosen. “Girl… Uh-uh.” Bianca has earned everything, nothing was handed to her. She’s here because she’s been showing up and showing out. Where’s Bayley been? Rehabbing?
Now, Bianca is sorry Bayley got hurt but she’s not sorry Bayley came back to Bianca as champion. Bianca will not belittle herself to go down to Bayley’s level. Bayley tells fans to shut up! She WAS injured, she DID get hurt. She couldn’t even walk 10 months ago, but she taught herself how to walk again, and how to run again. And Bayley pinned Bianca at Clash at the Castle! Something NO ONE had done in over 300 days! So yes, Bayley was injured, that’s why she wasn’t here. So fall in line like everyone else!
Bianca says no no no. Last time Bianca checked, Bayley WAS here when Bianca reached the top of her game. When Bianca main evented WrestleMania, Bayley WAS here. And the last 1v1 match these two had, Bianca KOD’d Bayley onto a ladder. Bianca gets it, though. She understands why Bayley returned with back-up. It’s because Bayley wasn’t ready to face a champion like Bianca alone. Bayley says, “Y’know what?” But then fans taunt and boo and that upsets Bayley.
“We’re not talking about the past, okay? The past is the past and I’m sick of you running your mouth.” But Bayley just got a great idea! At Extreme Rules, she feels like winning the Raw Women’s Championship in a LADDER MATCH. Fans cheer that ide and Bianca even smiles. Consider the ante up. But since Bianca can’t have Bayley, she’ll get extreme with Iyo tonight! Let’s go! Iyo nods and hands her belt over to Kai. She calls for the ref while the others exit, and the bell rings! For Iyo to turn around into a SHOTGUN dropkick!
Bianca kips up and fans fire up as Iyo bails out! DMG CTRL regroups but Bianca wants the Evil Genius to get back in, while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Bianca CLUBS away on Iyo in a corner. Bianca whips corner to corner, Iyo reverses and runs in but Bianca puts her on the apron. Bianca clinches but avoids the haymaker! Bianca waistlocks to bring Sky back into the ring, for a SLAM! Bianca keeps hold of Sky and fans rally up. Bianca ripcords Sky to then run her over with a shoulder! Bianca drags Sky up and TOSSES her across the ring! Sky gets up, and Bianca TOSSES her the other way! Sky gets to a corner, Bianca runs in and RAMS her shoulder in!
Bianca digs her shoulder in, then carries Sky! But Sky sunset flips, only for Bianca to stay up and drag Sky up. Sky dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Bianca blocks it for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Sky ends up in another corner. Bianca climbs up to rain down fists. But Sky slips out to trip Bianca up with her hair! Sky fires off on Bianca now but lets off as the ref counts. Sky sweeps the legs and digs her boots in, to then hit a SWINGING METEORA! Cover, TWO!
Sky drags Bianca up and whips her to ropes. Bianca reverses, but Sky reverses back to hook Bianca up for an IRON OCTOPUS! Bianca endures, fights around, pries Iyo off but Iyo sunset flips, TWO! Bianca ends up in a corner now, but she dodges Sky and ROCKS her with a forearm! Bianca runs in to CLOBBER Sky! Sky goes to a corner, Bianca goes up to rain down fists! Fans count along, all the way to TEN! Sky tries to trip Bianca up again but Bianca kicks her away! Bianca flips up and over, then DECKS Sky! Cover, TWO! Bianca is frustrated but she looms over Sky.
Bianca drags Sky up, torture racks, but Sky fights with elbows! Sky swings but into another waistlock! Sky fights the lift, throws some elbows, but Bianca holds on tight! Sky keeps fighting, and she HOTSHOTS Bianca in the ropes! Sky then hits a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK and Bianca hits POST! Bianca flops down and DMG CTRL is loving it as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sky has Bianca in a chinlock, but Bianca powers up! SIDEWALK SLAM! Both women are down and fans rally up. Bianca and Sky rise, Sky is on Bianca first but Bianca ROCKS Sky! Sky ROCKS Bianca, Bianca ROCKS Sky! Sky runs, Bianca dodges and follows to CLOBBER Sky! Bianca rallies and DROPKICKS Sky down! Bianca kips up, drags Sky up and CLUBS away on her! Bianca whips Sky to a corner, runs in but Sky turns things around, only for Bianca to snap suplex first! And roll through to the longEST stall, and a SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Sky survives and Bianca breathes easy again. Bianca drags Sky up, chicken wings, but Sky fights to get the ropes! Sky then switches, rolls Bianca up, TWO! Sky stands on the ponytail! Fans boo but then Bianca trips Sky up with the ponytail! HANDSPRING- NO, Sky avoids the moonsault to kick, run, QUEBRADA, but into a scoop and SLAM! HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sky survives again and Bayley is stressing out. Bianca glares at Bayley, stalks Sky, and she drags Sky up into a torture rack. “This is Awesome!” as Sky fights the KOD!
Sky is on the apron, she ROCKS and GAMANGIRIS Bianca away! Sky goes up top for a CROSSBODY! But Bianca rolls it through! Bianca shakes her head, and she FALL AWAY SLAMS Sky down! Cover, TWO! Sky rolls away but Bianca drags her into a drop zone. Bianca climbs up, Sky pops up to SHOTEI! Sky then climbs up after Bianca, fires forearms and a HEABUTT! Sky stands on the very top to SUPER- NO, Bianca blocks the Steiner to push Sky away. Bianca BOOTS Sky, adjusts, but Sky goes up top! SUPER ARM-DRAG!!
Sky fires up and she aims from a corner. Sky runs in for the SHINKANSEN! Bianca is in the drop zone now and Sky goes up! But Bianca trips her up! And SHOVES her onto DMG CTRL! Bianca aims, for a PLANCHA!! Bianca is all fired up and so are the fans! But Sky SHOTEIS and SHOTEIS and SHOTEIS! Sky pushes Bianca in, springboards, but Bianca gets under! Torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
A big win over the Genius of the Sky! Bianca is ready to fly, will Bayley regret choosing a Ladder Match for their showdown?
Someone arrives in the back.
It’s Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn! They’re here so the Honorary Uce can face AJ Styles, will he make the Phenomenal One pay for the disrespect shown to the Bloodline?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Last week, when Seth Rollins attacked Matt Riddle, that helped The Judgement Day defeat him and Rey. Part of that was also Dominik daring Rey to hit him, even kneeling and begging him to do it. What is going on in Rey’s mind right now? Kevin Patrick’s a father, yeah? So he knows there’s nothing like holding your newborn child in your arms. Wanting to give them the world, watching them grow up, envisioning the kind of person they’ll become, always wanting the best for them, no matter what. Rey will always love Dom, and he will never, under any circumstances, fight him.
But last week, when Dom gave him that chance, Rey wondered what happened to the kid he raised. He could not recognize this man Dom has become. Rey knows deep down inside, this is not Dominik. It can’t be! This is Rhea manipulating Dom’s heart and mind. But Rey can’t let that sway his focus. Tonight, Rey takes on Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins, and he needs to be at his best. Rey’s had his fair share of battles with Rollins, and he knows how savage Rollins can be. Rollins wanted to do more than just injure Riddle last week.
Rey may have mercy for his own flesh and blood, but with everything going on his head right now, there is no mercy for Rollins. Will the King of Lucha be able to take out all his anger on the Visionary?
The Miz meets with security backstage.
“Alright, gentlemen. I have recruited you for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am offering a prize package worht up to one MILLION dollars, including but not limited to an exclusive cameo in the upcoming spinoff movie of the Marine franchise, gift cards accepted at most department stores, a certified pre-owned vehicle, and career advice from yours truly, which in and of itself is worth $2 million.”
Now he did not want big, bulky, muscular dumb security, he wants smart and stealthy! That is why he chose them. They are not just elite security professionals, no! They are MIZFORCE! Say it with him! “MIZFORCE!” Again! “MIZFORCE!” One more time! “MIZFORCE!” Now go! Find He Who Shall Not Be Named and make sure he is not here! GO GO GO! The guards hurry off, but will MIZFORCE find Dexter Lumis before Lumis finds Miz?
Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio!
The Visionary has pushed things with Matt Riddle so far, they’re going into the FIGHT PIT at Extreme Rules! Will Rollins sharpen his edge at the expense of the King of Lucha? Or will he suffer for everything Judgement Day has put Rey through instead?
Before the match, Rollins gets the mic and fans sing his song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins welcomes Edmonton to Monday Night Rollins! And he is our host for the festivities. He is a visionary, he is a revolutionary, he is Seth “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins should be here as the NEW United States Champion, But the only reason he is not, that reason has a name that Rollins doesn’t even wanna say. But he is not champion now because of Matt Riddle!
Last week, Rollins had Lashley in the center of the ring, dead to rights, but Riddle made Rollins take his eye off the ball for one single second, and it cost him! Riddle has been a thorn in Rollins’ side for months, but that is the last time! In two weeks, they finish this at Extreme Rules inside… THE FIGHT PIT! Fans like the sound of that! Some even chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” But then the singing of “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” drowns that out. Rollins has to be honest, though, this past week, Rollins has heard the whispers and read the tweets. No one thinks he stands a chance!
Everyone says the Fight Pit is Riddle’s match. Rollins had to go home and take a long look in the mirror. Rollins came to the harsh conclusion that he’s SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! It doesn’t matter what kind of match it is! Cage match, Hell in a Cell, Tables, Ladders, Rollins has been in every single type of match you can imagine, and he’s won ’em all! As good as Riddle may be inside the cage, he has nothing on Rollins. Rollins has one thing Riddle will never have: his brain! His Einstein level acumen for the fight game!
Extreme Rules may be Rollins’ first time inside the Fight Pit, but he’ll tell us this. “When all the dust settles, Riddle is gonna be flat on his back, and the entire world is gonna be singing my song, calling me the King of the Fight Pit!” Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins knows Riddle is watching, so Riddle better take notes. Rollins is going to give “Father of the Year,” Rey Mysterio the beating he is too much of a coward to give his own son! HAHAHAHAH! But with that Rey makes his entrance! Will Rey show who’s really the coward here?
Rey DROPKICKS Rollins the moment he’s in the ring! The ref tries to stop Rey but Rollins bails out. Rollins is furious and throwing a fit, but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Rollins puts Rey in a corner to grind his forearms in. Rollins talks trash, stomps away and digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Rollins lets off, and wipes the blood from the cut on his forehead. That’s from Rey spiking Rollins off steel steps. Rollins CLAWS Rey’s back, then he fishhooks Rey’s nose! Rollins lets off as the ref reprimands, but he ROCKS Rey to a corner. Rollins whips Rey corner to corner but Rey goes up and over then tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Rey fires off on Rollins, whips, but Rollins reverses, only for Rey to KICK him away. Rey runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER!
Rey writhes and Rollins seethes while fans rally. Rollins stalks Rey to ropes, drags him up and ROCKS him in the back. Rollins looms over Rey, drags Rey up and ROCKS him again. Then Rollins reels Rey in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rollins snarls as Rey crawls to the apron. Rollins drags Rey up but Rey counter punches! Rey fires off haymakers, slingshots up and over to a sunset flip, TWO! Rollins CLOBBERS Rey! Fans rally and duel as Rollins stalks Rey.
Rollins kicks Rey around, then kicks him to a corner. Rollins CHOPS Rey, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Rey flops down and Rollins conducts the “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Fans boo, too, though, and that upsets Rollins. Rey stands up, Rollins runs corner to corner, but Rey dodges! Rollins hits buckles and then Rey fires off haymakers! Rey RAMS Rollins, whips but Rollins reverses. Rey drop toeholds to send Rollins into buckles! Rey then climbs up and rains down fists on that bloody forehead! Fans count all the way to TEN, and Rey gives us some Latino Heat!
Rey follows Rollins, whips, but Rollins reverses. Rey holds ropes, elbows back then springboards, but Rollins catches him to a fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER DROP! Rey flounders but Rollins drags him up to slide him out! Rey belly flops onto the floor and Rollins goes out after him. But here comes Dominik, with a chair! Is Dom here to attack Rollins for their past? Or is he here to watch his father suffer? Dom pats Rollins on the shoulder, so it’s the latter as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins whips Rey HARD into the corner! Dom is sitting ringside now to watch as Rollins drags Rey out onto the apron. Rollins CLUBS away on Rey, then lets off to line up a shot. Rollins BOOTS Rey into the ring! Rollins offers a fist bump, and Dom takes it! Fans boo them both but Rollins goes into the ring. Rollins tells Dom to watch this. Rollins drags Rey up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo! And then another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! Rollins drags Rey up again, gives some Latino Heat, and suplexes again, but Rey throws knees! Rey makes it a DDT!
Dom isn’t as happy watching now with Rey and Rollins both down. Rey gets up, adjusts his mask and goes to a corner. Rey climbs, but Rollins Electric Chair Lifts him off the corner! Rollins turns Rey around but Rey RANAS Rollins into the buckles! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Rey goes to the apron and fans fire up as he climbs. But Rollins ROCKS Rey first! Rollins climbs up, brings Rey up, but Rey throws body shots! Rey HEADBUTTS Rollins away, but Rollins springs right back up! Rey fights with body shots and shoves Rollins away again! Then SEATED SENTONS!
Rey keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives the sudden turnaround but Rey keeps moving. Rey slides under but Rollins catches him, only for Rey to victory roll! TWO, and Rey dropkicks Rollins onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins gets up to get Rey in position, BUCKLE BOMB! And FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Dom is annoyed. Rollins goes to ropes, drags himself up, and thinks what he has to do to keep Rey down. Rey flounders, Rollins aims, but Rey avoids the stomp! Rollins kicks low, but Rey fights the underhooks!
Rollins CLUBS away on Rey, gets him up, but Rey fights and RANAS Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed to SLIDING SPLASH! Direct hit on Rollins and Dom stands up in frustration! Rey puts Rollins in the ring, hurries up the corner again, FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dom sits back down. Fans taunt Dom with “Dominik’s Useless!” Rey dropkick Rollins onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins ducks the 619! Rey hurries after Rollins but Rollins shoulders in! Rollins GOURDBUSTERS Rey down!
Rollins climbs up the corner slowly, and Rey trips him up! Rey climbs up after Rollins now, fires some haymakers, then goes up to SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks the Steiner and swings Rey back up! SUPER STEINER AFTER ALL!! Rollins flounders to ropes, 619!! But Rey hit Rollins so hard, Rollins flounders to the far side of the ring! Rey hurries to the apron, and he FLYING RANAS Rollins down again! But Dom gets up and has the chair! Rey turns around to see Dom, and the ref tells Dom no. Dom drops the chair, but then dares Rey to use it now!
Fans boo, Dom is just distracting Rey! Rollins distracts the ref, RHEA RIPLEY POSTS Rey!! Dom puts Rey in the ring for Rollins to CURB STOMP!! Rollins laughs as he puts Rey in a PERUVIAN NECKTIE!! Rey is OUT, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by submission
The Visionary gets to show off his new hold, not that he had to! That was a message to Riddle that Rollins can grapple just like him. But it also shows that The Judgement Day had to help Rollins out. Will The Visionary survive when he has to beat The Bro on his own? As for Rey, is there no reaching Dom anymore?
But speaking of Matt Riddle, he’s watching this backstage.
The Bro’s attention is trained on Rollins, so when someone pats him on the shoulder, he freaks out! Oh, it’s Bobby Lashley. Don’t scare him like that, bro. Didn’t think you were silent but deadly. You gotta keep your head on a swivel around here, y’know? Lashley gets it. He just wants to wish Riddle luck against Damian Priest tonight, not that Riddle needs it. And Lashley also heard what Rollins was saying about The Fight Pit. The MMA guys know what it’s like, but Rollins doesn’t. It’s either you tap out, or you get knocked out. That’s what Rollins fears, so don’t let him get away on this one.
Riddle says he’s not letting Rollins get away. Riddle will fight him, submit him, knock him out, Rollins ain’t going anywhere. Alright. One more thing: Lashley knows Riddle wanted to help Lashley last week, but he should never do that again. “My bad, Bobby.” Well, Riddle has Rollins where he wants him, so knock his teeth out! Damn straight, bro! Riddle is fired up now. Will The Bro take the fight to the Punisher before entering the Pit?
Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens head for gorilla.
Along the way, they find one of the MIZFORCE guards knocked out cold! Is that a bad sign for The Miz?
Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano VS The Alpha Academy!
The Prizefighter and Johnny Wrestling have been putting Austin Theory in his place, and that doesn’t sit well with his pals, Chad Gable & Otis. “Master” Gable and #4PointOtis are waving American flags in Canada to try and make a point, but will it be homefield advantage for KO?
The teams sort out and Gargano starts against Gable. They tie up, Gable headlocks, spins and hammerlocks to a drop toehold. Gable then floats back to a headlock and grinds the hold. Gargano powers up and out, Gable runs him over, ‘A THANK YEW~!” Things speed up, fans sing “GA-BLE~, GABLE GABLE GABLE~… GA-BLE~! GA-BLE~!” as Gargano RANAS and wheelbarrows Gable to an arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Gable scrambles away. Tag to Otis and Gargano winds up to tag Kevin! Fans fire up as Kevin and Otis circle.
Kevin and Otis tie up, Kevin headlocks but Otis powers out. They RAM shoulders but neither falls. Kevin runs and RAMS Otis but almost bounces off! Otis nods, so Kevin DROPKICKS him! Otis staggers, Gable tags in but Kevin fires off haymakers! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Gable, then SENTONS! And MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kevin drags Gable up for a short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he hops on, BACKPACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gable goes to a corner, Gargano runs in but Gable puts him on the outside. Gable runs, Otis tags in, Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS Gable!
Otis choke grips Gargano, then lifts him up to toss into the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! “For the Academy!” Fans boo Otis as he looms over Gargano and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Gargano fights off the Academy! Otis catches Gargano to keep him from Kevin! And then Otis RAMS Gargano into the corner! Tag to Gable, Otis whips Gable in but Gargano TOSSES him out! Otis run sin, Gable dodges and Otis POSTS himself! Gargano crawls, Kevin reaches out, but Gable anchors Gargano! Gable drags Gargano away, Gargano rolls and sends Gable towards Kevin! Gable stops himself, but Gargano rolls him up, SCHOOLBOY KICK! Fans fire up for the HOT TAG! Kevin rallies with CHOPS and forearms on Gable!
Kevin whips, atomic drops and LARIATS Gable down! Kevin DECKS Otis, corner clotheslines Gable then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Gable is in the corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Kevin then hauls Gable up, AOI SHOUDOU! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives but Kevin hurries to a corner. Kevin climbs, leaps, SWANTON onto knees!! Kevin writhes and Gable crawls to the other corner. Gable climbs up now, and MOONSAULTS! He has to land out as Kevin moves, but he blocks the superkick. Gable spins Kevin around, Kevin fights the waistlock.
Kevin kicks low but Gable denies the Stunner! Kevin comes back to trip Gable, and he steps through! Fans fire up for the SHARPSHOOTER! Gable endures, flails, reaches around, but Kevin drags Gable away! Otis runs in to CLOBBER Kevin! Fans boo but Otis tells them to “SUCK IT!” Gable and Kevin crawl for their corners, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano DROPKICKS Otis down, then he swings a kick. Gable ducks it and waistlocks but Gargano switches. Gable switches back but Gargano switches again, only for Gable to switch one more time. Gargano bucks the O’Conner Roll while tagging in Kevin!
Gargano ROUNDHOUSES Gable, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS Gable into buckles! Kevin goes up top and he SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Gable survives and shocks everyone! Kevin drags Gable back up, whips him to ropes, but Gable slips out of the pop-up! Gable gets around Kevin to GERMAN SUPLEX! Gargano tags in and he GAMANGIRIS Gable! Slingshot, but no DDT! NORTHERN LIGHTS, and a roll through, to then EXPLODER! Gable tags Otis and Otis Electric Chair Lifts Gargano. Gable tags in and goes up, for the FLYING BULLDOG!! Cover, Kevin breaks it!!
But Otis CLOBBERS Kevin! And SPLASHES in the corner! Kevin flops out but Otis pursues, to CLOBBER Kevin again! Fans boo but Otis clears off the announce desk! Otis runs at Kevin, but Kevin sends him into steel steps! SUPERKICK but Otis stays up! SUPERKICK, and now Otis is on the desk! Kevin goes to the barrier and climbs up! MACHO ELBOW through the table!! Fans are losing their minds while Gable and Gargano stand in the ring. Gargano fires off forearms, then a ROLLING- THROAT CHOP from Gable!
Gable spins now but Gargano mule kicks. Gable blocks the lariat, but not the DISCUS LEFT!! Fans fire up with Gargano and he goes to the corner. Gargano aims and powers up, but THEORY swipes at him! Fans boo, Gable hits a ROLLING ELBOW! And then a CLIFFHANGER DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Gargano survives and shocks Theory! Gable is also furious, so he kicks Gargano out of the ring. Theory takes a swing but misses! SUPERKICK takes Theory down! Gargano GAMAN- NO, Gable blocks! But Gargano ducks his clothesline to slingshot, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano & Kevin win!!
Winners: Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
The long awaited debut of #PandaExpress is a success! The Academy and Mr. MITB couldn’t stop them, will Kevin and Gargano soon find themselves heading for some gold?
AJ Styles heads to gorilla.
More MIZFORCE guards are down and out but Styles shrugs it off. Kevin Patrick finds him, though, and asks that before facing Sami Zayn, can Styles explain why he rejected Finn Balor’s offer to join Judgement Day? Has everyone forgotten what The Judgement Day did to Styles? To get respect, you gotta show respect. Styles has been on his own for a while now and… Finn appears! Finn says he comes in peace as Styles’ friend. We all know the importance of having friends around here, right?
Finn says The Judgement Day has achieved so much already. But with Styles, him and Finn together, they could change the business again! Okay, hear him out. Styles has a match with Sami Zayn, right? And Sami’s got back up in Solo Sikoa. So as a friend, the Judgement Day would like to offer Styles an olive branch. Styles says they’ll watch his back? Yeah! Styles says he can watch is own back.
Omos & MVP head to gorilla now.
The Nigerian Giant continues to dominate, just how many men will be sent to the slaughter this time?
Theory regroups with The Alpha Academy backstage.
What happened out there? He thought they were the masters of success! Where was the success? Gable says his number one guy, Otis, hasn’t been 100% since throwing down with that “moron,” Braun Strowman! If not for that two ton doofus, the Academy would’ve schooled those fools. Well y’know what, Chad? It would’ve been good to know that before he got hit in the jaw. But they gotta get even with Kevin & Gargano. Gargano’s not gonna embarrass Theory twice in a dump like Canada!
But then Theory gets a phone call. Hello? It’s for Gable. It is? Well, okay. Gable is in high demand. Hello? “A two ton doofus, huh? Bet you think you’re real funny.” Braun promises Gable he won’t be laughing next week, beause the Monster of All Monsters is coming for him in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota! That way, they won’t have to fly Gable’s body home for his funeral! Sh-sh-shoosh please… Theory says Gable’s got this. But Otis, Gargano tried to big dog you out there and you gotta let him know who you are! What you represent! What you’re gonna do!
Next week, Otis VS Gargano, and it’ll be Gargano’s last match because of Otis! It’ll be the end of Gargano’s very short and sad career. Otis is fired up but Gable is dreading next week. Will the Academy’s teacher go into early retirement?
Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Joey Gibson & Fred Lester!
Montel Vontavius Porter is sitting with commentary at the reconstructed desk, and the Nigerian Giant against stares down two mere mortals. Will either one of these men survive the night?
The bell rings, Omos choke grips Gibson, and keeps Lester from running away! Omos SHOVES them both out of the ring! Omos then goes out, drags Joey Gibson up and RAMS him into steel steps! And then Omos storms over to Lester, scoops and LAWN DARTS him off the apron, to then BOOT him down!! MVP is singing as Omos TOSSES Lester into the ring, and SPLASHES him in the corner! Omos then goes back for Gibson to drag him up by his head! Omos TOSSES him into the ring, too! Omos then clobbers Gibson back down!
Omos roars, he drags Lester up with both hands, MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE BOMB! And then MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE BOMB for Gibson! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
MVP is all fired up for Omos, and Omos then TOSSES his opponents out of the ring! MVP says Braun may be a Monster Among Monsters, but Omos is the only titan of WWE! Omos puts Gibson onto the desk, then places Lester next to him. Omos then climbs up onto the desk! Omos roars triumphantly, will he soon stand tall over all of the WWE?
The Miz regroups with MIZFORCE.
But they’re all out cold and heaped on top of each other! Miz is freaking out! MIZFORCE was supposed to be the best of the best! But of course this what happens. Wait, is he… LUMIS IS IN THE HOCKEY GEAR! Miz turns around to see him. HIGH STICKING! And then Lumis CRACKS the stick on Miz’s back! Lumis then sits with Miz, and wraps him up in THE SILENCE!! Miz fights but can’t get away, and he is OUT! Lumis pats Miz on the head, what will Lumis do to him this time?
Nikki A.S.H. VS ???
The Almost SuperHero is going solo tonight, and… CANDICE LERAE is here?!? Mrs. Johnny Wrestling, the Poison Pixie, has come to Raw! Will she get going just like her husband has?
The bell rings and Nikki tells Candice to go back to NXT! Candice blocks Nikki’s kick, trips her up, and dropkicks her out of the ring! Candice runs and baseball slides, but gets caught in the apron skirt! Nikki fires off on Candice, then refreshes the ring count. Nikki puts Candice in the ring, pushes her around, and tells her to go away. Nikki strikes a pose, but Candice rolls her up! TWO, and Candice fires off forearms and CHOPS! Candice fires off hands in the corner but lets off as the ref counts.
Fans fire up with Candice, she runs and back body blocks in the corner! Snapmare and SUPERKICK! Nikki staggers, into a BACKSTABBER! Candice hurries to a corner, she goes up but Nikki ROCKS her first! Nikki climbs up after Candice, talks trash on her, but Candice throws hands! And then takes her for a WILD RIDE!! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
The Wrestling Family is on fire! Will Raw soon see the way? As for Nikki, she’s thrown off her superhero mask. Is this the breaking point for the Almost SuperHero?
Finn Balor talks with Judgement Day backstage.
They all trust each other, right? Then trust him about Styles. Styles is gonna come around. Kevin Patrick walks over to ask Damian Priest if he might hold back against his former friend in Riddle tonight. Rhea asks back, “What’s with the dumbass questions?” Priest says yeah, what’s he supposed to say? Of course he’s NOT holding back. And he’s gonna have zero remorse! KP said it himself, Riddle’s a former friend. This right here, this is his crew! This is his family. Rhea’s said it time and again, the Judgement Day runs Raw! So as far as Priest is concerned, Riddle is just running his brains into the clouds like always.
Just look at this past year! Riddle spent most of it pretending to be Randy Orton! And now Rollins has Riddle so confused, Riddle thinks he’s in the UFC. “Yo, Riddle. You’re not a Viper. You’re not a cage fighter anymore. And you sure as hell aren’t my friend. Tonight like everyone else, you Riddle, will fall while the Judgement Day will rise. Nothing personal, bro.” The Judgement Day laughs, but will they have the last laugh in the end?
Sami Zayn w/ Solo Sikoa VS AJ Styles!
As he shows off, the Honorary Uce has his own official shirt! He is truly accepted into the Bloodline, but will he be able to defend their honor against the Phenomenal One? Or will Styles show that shirts don’t amount to much?
The bell rings and the two circle. Sami backs away to a corner as fans cheer him on, but Styles tunes that out. They tie up, Sami headlocks, and fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE OLE~!” Styles powers out, Sami RAMS him and knocks him over! Sami holds up the finger, #WeTheOnes! Styles smirks while Sami talks trash, and Styles reaches up to headscissor him down! And then DROPKICK him! Styles CHOPS Sami in a corner, then bump him off buckles in another corner. Sami staggers around but Styles scoops him for a BACKBREAKER!
Styles looms over Sami, throws down a fist, and then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Styles follows Sami to ropes, whips him to ropes, but Sami holds them to elbow Styles back. Styles dodges Sami but runs into a back drop! Cover, ONE!! Sami is annoyed and he bumps Styles off buckles. Sami climbs up, leaps, and ELBOWS Styles down! Cover, ONE!! Sami drags Styles up, throws him out, but the ref is aware of Solo. Solo stays back, Sami goes out to fetch Styles, and SMACKS him off the apron. The ring count climbs, Sami drags Styles up to SMACK him off the apron again.
Sami goes in at 6 of 10, kicks Styles away then hits an ARABIAN PRESS! Fans fire up with the Honorary Uce as he shows off the shirt. Sami puts Styles in, covers, TWO! Sami paces but then drags Styles up. Sami swings but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Sami sits up, into the SLIDING FOREARM! Sami staggers to a corner, Styles runs in to clothesline! And then fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Sami sits up again and Styles reels him in! But Sami fights the Clash so Styles shoves him. Sami forearms, Styles blocks the boot and slips around to torture rack! TOWERHACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!
Sami bails out and Solo is there. Styles glares at Solo, but slingshots to FOREARM Sami down! Styles stares Solo down and fans fire up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns, Styles whips Sami but Sami KICKS back! Sami reels Styles in to suplex but Styles fights it! Sami keeps trying but Styles suplexes back! Sami lands on his feet to hit a NECKBREAKER! Both men go to corners, Styles runs in at Sami, but Sami gets under Styles to put him on the apron! Styles ROCKS Sami back, though, and he takes aim! Fans fire up, Styles springboards, but Sami gets under! Styles runs back in, into a BUCKLE- NO, Styles victory rolls the exploder! TWO!! Sami runs in, Styles catches him to snap suplex Sami into buckles!
Both men are down but Sami bails out to where Solo is again. Styles storms over and stares Solo down while he drags Sami up. Styles puts Sami in, he glares at Solo, then goes back inside the ring. Sami BOOTS Styles, and reels him in for a BLUE THUDNER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it but this is why Styles is a WWE Grand Slam Champion! Styles crawls to a corner, Sami runs in and fires off haymakers! Sami hoists Styles up, but Styles throws hands in return! Styles reels Sami in, TORNADO- NO, Sami blocks that to suplex, and ORANGE CRUSH! Cover, TWO!!
Sami is furious that Styles survives! Styles bails out but Sami hurries out after him! Sami POSTS Styles, and again! And then he TOSSES Styles over the barriers! Sami returns into the ring and wants the count to climb. Fans count along, Styles stirs at 6 of 10, hurries over at 8, and slides in at 9.5! Sami snarls and he drags Styles up, only for Styles to cradle! TWO!! Sami ROCKS Styles, Styles ROCKS Sami, and fans rally as they go back and forth! Sami gets the edge, but Styles roars! Sami BOOTS Styles, Styles PELES Sami! Both men are down and fans are loving this as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Sami has Styles up top. Sami climbs up after him but Styles throws haymakers. Styles hops up and sunset flips but Sami holds on! But Styles pulls him form the corner and into position! Sami kicks free of The Clash! Styles staggers around, runs in, but into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami hurries and runs corner to corner, but Styles bails out. Fans boo but Sami hurries after Styles. Sami puts Styles in, but Styles catches Sami and rolls him! CALF CRUSHER!! Sami endures, reaches out, but Styles cranks way back! Sami still reaches, claws forward, pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK!
Solo nods as Styles lets Sami go. Sami clutches his knee and both men slowly rise. Styles storms over to Sami but into a JAWBREAKER! Styles leans on the ropes, but he runs to sunset flip! And then deadlift into position! Sami flails, gets in the ropes, and he back drops Styles up and out! Styles holds onto the ropes, ROCKS Sami, but Sami grabs hair! The ref reprimands, Sami lets go and distracts the ref, and Solo YANKS Styles down for an APRON URENAGE! Fans boo but Sami smiles as he knows Solo just helped him out. HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
Getting an assist in the win, Sami really IS in the Bloodline now! Solo “The Enforcer” does his job, will he, Sami and all of the Bloodline take over WWE?
Wait, here comes The Judgement Day! And of course, Finn has a mic to say, “AJ, AJ, AJ. It pains me to see you like this, bro. And I can’t help but think that if you had accepted our offer earlier, the outcome of this match may have been a little bit different. You deserve so much better than this, AJ. You deserve it, man. So seeing as I’m a fair and generous person, I’m asking you as a friend to rise up and join the Judgement Day.” Finn offers a hand, Styles thinks for a moment, but he stands up on his own. Finn throws up the Too Sweet, maybe Styles will accept that. Styles throws up the middle finger instead!
So Finn attacks Styles! As do Priest and Dom! They mug Styles, Rhea gets a chair, and Finn puts the chair around Styles’ head! Rhea holds it in place, Finn runs up, but Finn stops short of the stomp. Finn says he could’ve ended Styles’ career, but he’s Styles’ friend. This is NOT what friends do. The Judgement Day loom over Styles, having given him the most menacing of ultimatums. Will the Phenomenal One stay a lone wolf? Or will he join the wolf pack that is The Judgement Day?
Bianca, Alexa & Asuka are having fun backstage.
They’re all excited after Bianca’s big win over Iyo Sky, and then Candice finds them! Candice hopes Bianca shuts Bayley up at Extreme Rules. Oh, Bianca definitely will. And congratulations on the debut victory! Candice thanks Bianca, but then “DING DONG! Uh, why don’t you two shut up?” Bayley says compliments are just jealousy in disguise. And bullies are just cowards in disguise. Oh, Candice’s feeling real confident after one win here, huh? They can change that. Dakota says Bayley has the title match to worry about. Candice says Dakota doesn’t.
Bayley knows Candice is new here, but DMG CTRL runs things. If Candice wants a match with Dakota, just wait for next week. And Bianca, see you at Extreme Rules. Oh, they don’t have to wait for that. Things get heated but everyone backs down. Will the Poison Pixie sting #CobraKai? Will this all explode before Extreme Rules?
Matt Riddle VS Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day!
Rollins made sure Rey & Riddle didn’t win last week, but Riddle will let him off the hook until Extreme Rules. Will the Bro get his “brovenge” on the Punisher? Or will the Judgement Day just keep on rolling roughshod through Raw?
The bell rings and Riddle circles with Priest. The fans chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” and Riddle smirks. Riddle and Priest tie up, Priest puts Riddle in the corner but Riddle pushes back. They go along the ropes, into another corner, but Priest shoves Riddle down. Priest dares Riddle to come back and they circle again. They tie up, Priest puts Riddle on ropes but Riddle hops on to go after an arm! Riddle gets a HOVERBOARD, but Priest powers through to suplex! Riddle slips around to a SLEEPER! Priest gasps as he reaches for ropes but Riddle squeezes tight. Priest BACKPACK SENTONS!
Priest grins as he’s free, but Riddle springs to life to get the SLEEPER again! Priest scrambles to a corner, the ref counts the ropebreak, and Riddle lets off. Priest swings a back elbow but Riddle gets away. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks to headlock and hits a takeover. Priest pushes Riddle to the headscissors and holds tight. Riddle reaches out, moves around, and pushes free. Priest avoids the Penalty Kick and Riddle says it was that close. Priest shoves Riddle so Riddle shoves back. Riddle fires palm strikes but Priest bobs ‘n’ weaves to evade!
Priest swings, Riddle bobs ‘n’ weaves now! Riddle ducks Priest’s heel kick but Priest avoids the Final Flash. Riddle ducks the spin kick, but Priest blocks a kick to trip Riddle! Riddle avoids the stomps to literally kick Priest’s butt! Riddle kips up and fans fire up as Riddle dares Priest to bring it. PRiest laughs and applauds, but swings on him! Riddle catches Priest to a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! BROTON! Cover, ONE!! Priest gets to ropes but Riddle storms up on him. Riddle CHOPS Priest, KICKS away on him in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Riddle goes side to side, Priest SPIN KICKS him down!
The Judgement Day cheers but the fans boo as Priest rains down forearms! Priest paces, he drags Riddle up and says, “You’re trying to embarrass me on my birthday?!” Oh, well happy birthday, Priest. He TOSSES Riddle to a corner! But Riddle blocks the haymaker into a TRIANGLE, which he makes into a RANA that throws Priest up and out! Riddle is on the apron, Finn gets Priest out of the way, meaning Finn takes the PENALTY KICK! Riddle LEAPS at Priest, but Priest DECKS him out of the sky! Priest then suplexes for a BROKEN ARROW onto the barriers!! Riddle shouts in pain while Priest roars triumphantly, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Priest keeps Riddle down with a motorcycle stretch. Priest taunts Riddle, “You want more pain? Yeah, you want more pain.” Priest digs his knee in deeper but Riddle powers up! Priest shifts to a chinlock but Riddle fires body shots. Priest CLUBS Riddle down and grabs the arms for more of the motorcycle. Rhea wants Priest to make Riddle pay, but Riddle KANGAROO KICKS! Riddle fires off palm strikes and a BOOT! Then he shoots around, ripcords, FINAL FLASH! Priest goes to a corner, Riddle kips up and runs in to forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm smash!
Riddle reels Priest in but Priest fights the clinch. Priest shoves Riddle down, runs at him, but into the BROSPLODER! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK! Then a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up, Riddle stands and puts Priest in the ring. Riddle hurries in, he blocks a kick to give a kick and he gets Priest up for a POWERBOMB! Flip over to a FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Judgement Day breathes easier. Riddle goes to a corner, he climbs up top, but Priest SHOVES Riddle down! Riddle hits barriers!
Riddle clutches his side while Judgement Day laughs at him. Priest goes out to fetch Riddle, and he hoists Riddle up to run and RAM him into more barriers! Priest snarls as he looms over Riddle, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns one more time and Riddle has Priest up top now! Priest fights Riddle off with a HEADBUTT! Riddle falls, Priest stands up, but Riddle springs up after Priest! Riddle stands on the very top, brings Priest up with him, SUPER FISHERMAN SUPLEX!! Fans are fired up and Judgement Day is freaking out! Riddle crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Riddle can’t believe it! Both men slowly sit up, Priest throws a forearm! Riddle forearms back! Priest throws a body shot, and another, but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS! Priest ROCKS Riddle, throws body shots and a HEADBUTT!
Riddle fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Priest ROCKS him! FINAL FLASH! Riddle runs, but Priest blocks this knee to BELL CLAP! And then ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE!! Priest sits down, Riddle aims to BUZZ- NO, Priest ducks and shoves Riddle to a corner. Riddle goes up and over, Priest catches him! Riddle fights free to dragon sleeper! And gut wrench! Riddle tucks the leg, BRO DEREK!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Priest survives and even Rhea is shocked! Riddle is beside himself, but he drags Priest into a drop zone before climbing up top!
Rhea distracts Riddle, but then drops down as Priest CLUBS Riddle on the back! Priest drags Riddle into the Crucifix, for a DOM- NO, Riddle lands on his feet so Priest LARIATS him down! COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Priest can’t believe it but Riddle survives now! Priest snarls and he aims at Riddle. Riddle rises, choke grip, SOUTH OF- NO, Riddle slips free, ducks and RK- NO!! Priest dragon sleepers but Riddle slips free! Priest springboards, into the FINAL FLASH!! Riddle hears the voices, bro! Finn gets on the apron but Riddle DECKS him! RK- NO, Priest blocks again!
Priest torture racks Riddle but Riddle fights free. Riddle has a SPLADLE! RIDDLE WINS!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
But Dom, Finn and even Rhea attack! They mug The Bro, and then they feed him to SOUTH OF HEAVEN! “You think you know me.” WHAT?!? The Rated R Superstar is back! Edge runs in, dodges Finn and SPEARS Dom! Edge glares at Dom but Rhea saves him by dragging him out of the ring. Finn runs in, Edge dodges him, and SPEARS Finn down!! Fans are thunderous as Edge has risen like a dark phoenix! Edge gets a mic to say, “You have tried to finish me over and over again. But I always come back! Even if it takes me nine years, I come back. And I got to come back in Edmonton! In MY country!”
Edge doesn’t quit! So Finn, Edge has a challenge for you. Extreme Rules, for the first time ever, Edge VS Finn 1v1, IN AN I QUIT MATCH!!! The Prince glares at Edge, but he seems to nod yes! Who will go to the extreme to make the other say those dreaded two words?
A great episode tonight with so much set up for Extreme Rules. Especially with basically all the matches now having a stipulation, as is the point of Extreme Rules the PPV concept. Great opening segment with the Raw Women’s Championship story, and I like that it’ll be a Ladder match between Bianca and Bayley. It won’t be about pinning or submitting, which can definitely be to Bayley’s advantage since she needed DMG CTRL to pin Bianca, and can even have them help her cheat in winning the match.
Great to see Candice LeRae now joining her husband here on Raw, and it works on multiple levels that she beat Nikki. Nikki’s been just circling a breaking point that could reset her to SAnitY Nikki. Candice also getting in on the DMG CTRL story is cool, there’s a lot of possibilities here. Speaking of Johnny Wrestling, Gargano & Kevin had a great match against Alpha Academy, and of course Theory got involved. It bites him in the butt, The Academy loses, and then we get a good segment where Gable sticks his foot in his mouth. Gable is gonna get squashed by Braun, Gargano is going to have an awesome match with Otis, but I bet Theory also gets involved with that one.
Omos crushes more jobbers, but MVP was calling out Braun, so maybe Omos goes after Braun after he’s done with Gable? Omos VS Braun has potential, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they do the ring breaking superplex spot like back in the day. Great stuff out of Miz and his “MIZFORCE,” but of course MIZFORCE was going to get taken out by Lumis. At some point, Lumis has to draw a picture to illustrate what kind of match he wants with Miz, or just what he wants with Miz period.
Great match from Styles VS Sami, showing there is cross-brand storytelling with The Bloodline. I also like that there is more blending of stories as Finn keeps trying to recruit Styles. Styles refuses and pays for it, and then we get a great match between Riddle and Priest. Riddle winning with the Spladle is great because it keeps this going while still giving Riddle momentum going into the Fight Pit. Edge making his return is great, and him challenging Finn to an I Quit is wild. I cannot wait to see this one. The HHH Era is awesome!
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Arthur Ashe gets Elevated!
Mr. & Mrs. Superbad are in the Dark!
As if Grand Slam wasn’t enough, AEW has some extra innings here with Dark: Elevation! Will Mr. & Mrs. Superbad, Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford, be hot together in Mixed Tag action?
- Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Capt. Shawn Dean & Skye Blue; Kip & Penelope win.
- Ortiz VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Ortiz wins.
If what I’ve read is correct, there are only TWO matches for Elevation tonight after how stacked Grand Slam was this year. And it’s pretty clear to see which way each match will go, too, so not much else to say.
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Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Sonja – Loud Arriver (2022)
Gothic Hair Metal crawls into the JAR this week! Sonja's full-length debut! How does it fair?
Talk The Keki – An Anime Podcast – Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Review, Tekken Bloodline & More!
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero has made some solid numbers in North America. Do Ethan and Mat wish for more...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (9/24/22)
Prepare for the Clash of Fates!
Chairshot Radio: Musical Chairs S2:E5- Alter Bridge & Seven Nations 
This week on Musical Chairs, the guys take a more personal approach to their choices as they both select bands...
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Bianca's the readiEST Raw Women's Champion!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Arthur Ashe gets Elevated!
Mitchell’s NJPW Burning Spirit Results & Report! (9/25/22)
A red hot finale!
DWI Podcast #342: The Pez Dispenser
Kyle from the Outsiders Edge Podcast joins us as we discuss #81-90 of the Top 100 Male Wrestlers!
Andrew’s IMPACT Victory Road Results & Match Ratings: 9.23.2022
Victory Road is the last speed bump before Bound for Glory! Main Event promises to be a bloody mess with...
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/23/22)
It's a TWO HOUR RAMPAGE!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/23/22)
Will the Brutes strike gold?
Mindless Wrestling Podcast: War Games and Blood and Vacation, oh my!
War Games is back, and in a major way! How will it go down? The Mindless crew has thoughts and...
Mitchell’s NJPW Burning Spirit Results & Report! (9/23/22)
Burning with gold!
Andrew’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Match Ratings: 9.22.2022
The last IMPACT before Victory Road tomorrow! How does this GO Home wrap things up?
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