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Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 30 Results & Report! (10/17/20)

The B Block winner is…!

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NJPW G1 Climax 30

Who will win the block and reach the Climax?

Naito and EVIL are 6-2, SANADA is 5-3, and the finals are tomorrow! How does B Block turn out as the saga of Evil’s betrayal continues?

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.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • B Block – Toru Yano VS YOSHI-HASHI; Hashi wins.
  • B Block – Juice Robinson VS Hirooki Goto; Juice wins.
  • B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Zack Sabre Jr; Tanahashi wins.
  • B Block – Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA; KENTA wins.
  • B Block – EVIL VS SANADA; SANADA wins.

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Here are the current B Block standings!

EVIL: 6-2, 12 points
Tetsuya Naito: 6-2, 12 points
SANADA: 5-3, 10 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 5-3, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
KENTA: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Juice Robinson: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-7, 2 points [ELIMINATED]

 

B Block – Toru Yano VS YOSHI-HASHI!

The Producer had a strong start and a harsh fall in the block, but can only defend his status as Mr. KOPW 2020 at this point. Will the Head Hunter #GetBackUp and get in line for Yano’s prize?

The ref checks Yano for all his tricks, and Hashi wants it to be thorough. Yano barely holds still but there’s at least one roll that’s obvious. Hashi takes them out of the knees on Yano’s tights. But what about the waistband? Yano takes out one roll, then another! Now it’s clean! Hashi and Yano are in agreement, but surprise! A fifth! Yano says it’s okay now, and the bell rings! Fans rally as the two tie up. Yano pushes Hashi back to ropes, the ref calls for the break and Yano gives it. Fans cheer as the two circle again. They tie up, Yano headlocks but Hashi powers out. Yano runs Hashi over and fans cheer again. Yano eggs Hashi on and then tells the ref to back off. Hashi CHOPS Yano! Yano throws forearms, Hashi CHOPS! Yano says that one hurt! And to the corner he goes!

Hashi stops Yano from untying the pad, whips but Yano reverses. Yano goes after the pad and gets it off the corner! Hashi ducks the pad attack, kicks low and grabs the pad for himself! The ref grabs the pad, Yano CLUBS Hashi into the ref! Yano runs but Hashi PAD SMACKS him! Yano gets to a corner, Hashi runs in and CHOPS! Hashi whips, Yano stops so Hashi CHOPS and mule kicks! Hashi turns Yano, for the neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and Hashi rises. Hashi drags Yano up, Yano rakes Hashi’s eyes! Yano apologizes and runs, but Hashi trips him up! Hashi drags Yano out, whips but Yano reverses! Hashi hits railing and Yano gets the disinfectant! The ref reprimands but Yano threatens him with the spray! The ref falls, Yano goes after Hashi but Hashi blocks!

The spray flies into the air, Hashi kicks Yano and Yano drops the bottle! Hashi grabs the bottle and sprays Yano! Fans cheer as Hashi brings Yano around to whip into railing! Yano goes down in a heap and Hashi has his bo staff! Hashi puts his staff on the other side of the railing, and then digs deep into his own tights…? HASHI HAD TAPE! Hashi was being just as tricky as Yano, but he was able to keep it secret! Hashi tapes Yano to the staff through the railing! Hashi is using Yano’s tricks against him masterfully! Fans rally as Hashi leaves Yano behind and Yano struggles with the staff! The staff is also hooked into the timekeeper’s table! The count is up to 10 of 20, so Yano wiggles HIMSELF through the railing! He gets through! But we’re at 16! And now 18! Yano and staff are in at 19!

Fans cheer but the ref tells Yano to stop, he has a weapon attached to his arm! The ref helps Yano undo the tape and he puts the staff aside. Hashi kicks and whips! Yano holds ropes and taunts Hashi, then dodges his clothesline to rake eyes! Yano whips Hashi but Hashi reverses, Yano stops himself from hitting bare buckles! Yano dodges, Hashi stops himself, but Yano rolls Hashi up, TWO! Yano dodges Hashi, drags him down to a cover, TWO! Hashi avoids the clothesline to waistlock, Yano grabs at the ref but Hashi avoids the low blow! Hashi stalks behind Yano, brings him in but the ref stops Hashi from giving a low blow! Yano grabs hair, the ref reprimands but Yano shoves the ref down! Yano shoves Hashi into bare buckles, AND low blows, but Hashi blocks it! Hashi rolls Yano to a school boy! Is he holding tights?! Hashi wins!!

Winner: Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Yano earns 0

The trickster got tricked and the Head Hunter #GotBackUp! Will Hashi want his shot at the KOPW 2020 trophy before the end of the year? Or will he have to get in line behind the other five that beat Yano?

 

B Block – Juice Robinson VS Hirooki Goto!

The Flamboyant One and the Fierce Warrior couldn’t derail the G1 runs of the IWGP Double Champion of the King of Darkness. But who between these two will at least end their run on an upside?

The bell rings and the two start ramming shoulders! And throwing forearms! Fans rally as they go back and forth, Juice rocks Goto and kicks low! Juice headlocks, Goto pries against the hold but Juice grinds harder. Goto powers out to get a headlock back and he grinds Juice down. Juice endures, fights up, pries at the hold but Goto cranks harder. Juice throws body shots and powers out, Goto rams him but Juice comes back to run Goto over! Fans fire up as things speed up, and Juice counters the hip toss but so does Goto, and Goto gets the hip toss! Goto runs to run Juice over and shows his bad arm isn’t bothering him! Goto kicks Juice in the corner, throws forearms, then whips Juice corner to corner. Goto runs in but Juice boots him away.

Juice puts Goto on the apron but Goto blocks a punch. Juice blocks Goto’s counter punch and wrenches the arm for a hotshot! Goto tumbles down, now the arm might be bothering him. Fans cheer as Juice aims and slingshots, PLANCHA! Direct hit but Juice crashes into railing, too. Juice stands up and fans rally up, he gets them to stomp-stomp-clap. Juice drags Goto up, We Will, We Will POST you! Goto hits steel and falls to the ground! Juice gets back in the ring and the ring count begins. Goto slowly gets up, stands at 12 of 20, and he gets inside. Juice is on Goto and that bad arm to wrench and hammerlock. Juice RAMS Goto into a corner arm first! Juice drags Goto up, wrenches and hammerlocks again, to ram into another corner!

Fans cheer and rally as Juice wrenches Goto to a cording hold. Goto endures as Juice cranks on the arm. Fans rally up as Goto fights up and throws body shots! Juice wrenches and RAMS shoulders with Goto! Juice brings Goto back up to RAM him again! And again! Juice gets fans to stomp-stomp-clap again and Juice fireman’s carries. Goto fights out, gets to a corner and dodges Juice, to SAIDO! Both men are down and fans fire up! Juice and Goto go to opposite corners, Goto runs in, MURAMASA! And then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Juice survives but Goto keeps close. Goto drags Juice up, fireman’s carries, but Juice fights out! Juice wrenches the bad arm, Goto flips but Juice blocks the boots to drop a back senton! Fans cheer as Juice aims from a corner.

Goto goes to the other corner, Juice runs in to corner clothesline! Juice fires up and goes corner to corner again, to CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Juice and stomp-stomp-clap again. Juice drags Goto up, puts him on the top rope, and CHOPS! Juice keeps the fans going as he climbs up top. Goto fights back with body shots then forearms! Juice wobbles, Goto keeps hitting him but Juice headbutts back, and again, and again! Fans cheer as Juice brings Goto up, to SUPERPLEX! But Juice holds and gets back up, but Goto blocks the suplex! Juice breaks free, but Goto brings him around for the HEAD SHOT! Both men are down but fans rally up. Juice crawls away and Goto drags himself to the corner. Juice runs at Goto but Goto meets him halfway for clotheslines! They stay up, try again but again just collide!

Both men fire up, run, and DOUBLE CLOTHESLINES hit again! Juice brings down the straps, runs again but Goto follows! Juice dodges, but runs into a fireman’s carry and USHIGOROSHI! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Goto sits up first, fires himself up and drags Juice back up. Goto dragon sleepers, Juice spins out to suplex! Goto slips out, tries again, but Juice snapmares to the chicken wings! Juice turns Goto, but NO Pulp! Fans rally with Goto as he aims, but Juice blocks the kick! Juice swings the left but misses, RIGHT HAND O’ GOD! Juice drags Goto back up, chicken wings, but Goto sleeper holds in return! Juice flails but fades fast! Juice sits down, Goto Oklahoma Rolls him, TWO!

Juice survives but Goto stomps him and whips him. Juice reverses, swings, but into the dragon sleeper! Juice drops down,. Goto drops on him to cover, TWO!! Juice gets up, dodges but so does Goto! Goto gets the arm, Juice breaks free, LEFT HAND O’ GOD! Fans fire up with Juice as he pumps up! Goto stands, Juice gives him ANOTHER LEFT HAND! But Juice isn’t done there, chicken wings and PULP FRICTION! Cover, Juice wins!

Winner: Juice Robinson, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Goto earns 0

And it’s the Flamboyant One’s G1 that ends with a positive! Will Juice’s momentum and determination help him blaze a trail to something big in the near future?

 

B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Zack Sabre Jr!

Much like yesterday’s match of Ibushi VS Taichi, there is a lot of history between The Ace and the Submission Master over the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships. The Dangerous Tekkers denied the Golden Aces the gold in the Summer Struggle, but can Tanahashi use this final round to turn things around?

Speaking of that history, ZSJ taunts Tanahashi with the tag title belt. The two back down and Tanahashi takes off the jacket to show off the muscles. Fans cheer and the checks are finished, and fans rally with the bell! Tanahashi drops down as he circles with ZSJ but ZSJ matches. They both stand, feel out the grapple, and tie up. ZSJ gets around, rolls Tanahashi, TWO! Tanahashi is on guard again and the two circle. They feel out a new grapple, ZSJ gets around to waistlock and roll Tanahashi to a ghost pin, TWO! Fans cheer as the two stand off again. ZSJ and Tanahashi circle, Tanahashi goes for a leg but ZSJ counters to a backslide and even jackknifes! TWO and Tanahashi backs off. Fans rally as the two circle again.

Tanahashi and ZSJ feel out this third grapple with knuckle locks, they’re in a deadlock but Tanahashi wrenches, hammerlocks and headlocks! ZSJ fights up but Tanahashi throws ZSJ down! ZSJ keeps his shoulders up, gets up to his feet and wrenches out to go for a high wristlock. Tanahashi keeps that at a deadlock to then arm-drag back to a headlock on the mat! Fans cheer the technical exchange, and ZSJ goes for headscissors. Tanahashi fights those off once, twice, but ZSJ tries a third time! Tanahashi shakes those off, grinds on the headlock, but ZSJ gets up to his feet. Tanahashi hits another headlock takeover, ZSJ headscissors fast and gets free to CRANK Tanahashi’s neck! ZSJ goes back to headscissor Tanahashi’s head and squeeze tight! Tanahashi endures as ZSJ pushes up to add leverage, and as ZSJ digs in knuckles into Tanahashi’s ribs!

Fans rally as Tanahashi moves around. ZSJ digs his elbows in but Tanahashi digs his knee into ZSJ’s ankle. Tanahashi pops out of the headscissors and gets the headlock back, but ZSJ gets the headscissors back right away! ZSJ pushes up to wrench the neck but Tanahashi again moves around. Fans rally as Tanahashi works on another escape. Tanahash headstands, ZSJ pushes him over and CRANKS the neck again! ZSJ sits Tanahashi up just to put the headscissor back on! Fans rally as Tanahashi continues to endure. Tanahashi pries at the headscissors, turns ZSJ over and pops out to have the legs! Tanahashi floats to a headlock, throws ZSJ down, but ZSJ again gets the headscissors! ZSJ squeezes tight, Tanahashi moves around again, but ZSJ digs his elbows into Tanahashi’s shoulders.

Tanahashi powers out, keeps the legs together for a butterfly of sorts, but ZSJ cravats! They stand up, Tanahashi tries to throw ZSJ off but ZSJ holds onto the cravat! ZSJ drags Tanahashi down, fans rally up as Tanahashi endures, and Tanahashi stands. ZSJ shifts to go for the cobra twist! Tanahashi spins around to put the cobra twist on ZSJ! Fans cheer, but ZSJ pops free to go after Tanahashi. They go around and around, Tanahashi drags ZSJ down to a cover, TWO! ZSJ has Tanahashi in a triangle hold but the fans rally up! Tanahashi powers up, stomps ZSJ and gets the legs for a CLOVERLEAF! ZSJ endures and moves around, he drags Tanahashi back down into the triangle! Tanahashi stays on his feet as ZSJ squeezes, and Tanahashi forces ZSJ through for a stretch! It’s a partial Boston Crab but ZSJ gets to ropes!

Tanahashi and ZSJ let each other go and fans rally up! Tanahashi stands, drags ZSJ up, but ZSJ throws European Uppercuts! Tanahashi ROCKS ZSJ with the palm strike, but ZSJ clamps right on him for an OCTOPUS! Fans rally as Tanahashi endures! ZSJ twists the wrist, bends fingers, but Tanahashi powers up and turns things around! Tanahashi gets the OCTOPUS! ZSJ manages to stay on his feet, get around, and again hook Tanahashi up! Tanahashi resists the Octopus to get a leg, DRAGON SCREW, but ZSJ counters to a body scissors! ZSJ turns Tanahashi over, EUROCLUTCH, ONE!! Tanahashi has ZSJ, body scissors, JAPAN CLUTCH! TWO, ZSJ has Tanahashi in a sleeper! Tanahashi rolls up and over to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up as both men are down!

Tanahashi gets up, drags ZSJ up but ZSJ fights out of the Dragon Screw to get the arm! Tanahashi counters the wrench and Pele to get the leg, REAR DRAGON SCREW! The bad leg suffers damage! Tanahashi has both legs, ZSJ cradle counters, TWO!! Tanahashi escapes, both men stand again, and Tanahashi counters to a backslide. ZSJ spins out and leaps on for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! ZSJ also has body scissors, but Tanahashi gets free to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans cheer and rally as both men rise. Tanahashi runs, ZSJ gets around Sling Blade to double pump handle! ZSJ flips Tanahashi over for EUROCLUTCH! TWO!! ZSJ dodges the dropkick but Tanahashi blocks the Penalty Kick! SLING BLADE! Fans fire up as Tanahashi goes to a corner!

Tanahashi climbs up top, ZSJ stands, HIGH FLY CROSSBODY! But ZSJ rolls through to get the arm! Tanahashi rolls ZSJ up, Tanahashi wins!!

Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall; gains 2 points, ZSJ earns 0

Tanahashi holds on longer and that angers ZSJ! They keep scrapping and Young Lions have to get in there to stop it! The Golden Aces each pinned the tag team champions, will Tanahashi and Ibushi be able to reclaim those titles?

 

B Block – Tetsuya Naito VS KENTA!

The IWGP Double Champion already lost to the Cold Skull and the King of Darkness. The only chance he has of staying in this is to win! But can he when Fang Revived is desperate to defend his IWGP United States Championship contract?

Kenta grows impatient watching Naito take off the elaborate entrance attire but the fans rally and cheer as Naito takes his time. Naito finally finishes but does some last stretches. The check is finished, the bell rings and fans rally and clap for “NA-I-TO!” Kenta shrugs that off as he and Naito slowly circle. Kenta backs off to a corner to keep Naito back. Naito waits, Kenta comes out of the ropes, but then Kenta goes out to the apron. Red Shoes has Naito stay back and Kenta teases going in and getting out. He and Naito keep going back and forth like that, but the fans cheer as both men are finally in. They tie up, Kenta drags Naito down to a cradle, TWO!! Naito gets away and fans rally up again. Naito takes his time returning now and now Red Shoes has Kenta stay back.

Naito slowly gets in, and fans cheer as he and Kenta circle again. They tie up, Kenta gets the arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Naito steps through to get a hammerlock, a wrench and a wristlock. Kenta spins and gets around to hammerlock back. Naito reaches back to wrench and get a leg to a takedown. Naito has the toehold but Kenta uses a chinlock to fight back. Kenta gets around to go after an arm but Naito rolls to a cover, ONE! Naito gets the leg but Kenta sits up to keep the pressure off. Kenta gets an arm again but Naito gets the ropebreak. Fans cheer the technical exchange as Kenta lets off. Kenta eggs Naito on but Naito keeps his cool. Fans rally up again as the two circle. Naito and Kenta approach, tie up with knuckle locks, and Naito gets in to wrench to a hammerlock then headlock!

Naito grinds Kenta down but Kenta rolls to a cover, ONE! Kenta fights up, Naito grinds harder on the headlock but Kenta pulls hair. Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta powers out. Naito holds ropes, boots back and throws elbows! Naito runs to huricanrana Kenta out of the ring! Fans cheer as Naito watches Kenta rise. Naito tells Kenta to hurry, time’s running out. Kenta doesn’t accept Naito’s invite, he gets in at his own pace. Naito stomps Kenta at the apron! Naito drags Kenta up to choke him on the ropes with a cravat! Red Shoes counts, Naito stops and drags Kenta back up. Naito cravats, Kenta endures but Naito throws elbows. Naito whips, Kenta holds ropes and bails out again. Fans cheer the savvy as Kenta goes around the way.

Naito hurries out but Kenta gets in. Naito gets in but Kenta bails out. Kenta grabs his briefcase and hides it. Red Shoes keeps Naito back but Naito goes after Kenta at the apron! Red Shoes tries to bring Naito away but Naito shoves him aside, Kenta CASE SHOTS! Naito falls down and Kenta puts the briefcase back on the timekeeper’s table. Kenta gets in and rains down right hands! Fans rally, Kenta mocks their clapping and Naito bails out. Kenta heads out after Naito and POSTS him! Kenta drags Naito up and whips him into railing HARD! Kenta mocks the fans more as he drags Naito up. Kenta puts Naito in, coves, ONE! Kenta sits Naito up with a chinlock but fans rally as Naito endures. Naito moves around, reaches for ropes, but Kenta lets go to KICK him down!

Kenta drags Naito back up, snapmares and KICKS him again! Kenta mocks the applause again as he paces around Naito. Naito sits up as fans rally up. Kenta does his weird clapping before he stomps Naito. Kenta whips and elbows Naito down! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps on Naito with a headscissor hold. Fans rally and Naito endures and rolls around. Kenta keeps Naito from ropes and pushes up to add leverage. Naito kicks his legs as Kenta squeezes his head, but Naito turns and gets a ropebreak! Red Shoes counts and Kenta lets go at 3 to bring Naito back up. Kenta turns Naito for a neckbreaker! Cover, ONE! Kenta keeps on Naito with a chinlock and he grinds Naito down. Kenta cranks back but Naito still endures. Naito fights up, throws elbows to get free, but Kenta knees low!

Kenta runs and boots, but Naito blocks to atomic drop and neckbreaker! Both men are down and fans rally up. Naito is up first and he forearms, kicks, clubs and whips Kenta, to elbow him down and basement dropkick! Naito drags Kenta up, whips him to a corner and runs in for the rocket kick! Naito sweeps the legs, COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito strikes a pose! Cover, TWO, but Naito keeps his cool. Fans rally up again and Naito drags Kenta up. Naito turns Kenta for the backbreaker to the leg hook full nelson! Kenta endures, moves around, Naito pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito drags Kenta from the ropes, Kenta endures and reaches, but Naito drags him away again! Kenta turns the other way to get the ropebreak! Naito needs help so Red Shoes undoes the hold.

Fans rally as Naito drags Kenta back up. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Kenta fights off Gloria. Naito CLUBS Kenta, runs in but Kenta boots back! Kenta boots Naito again, hops up top, and reels Naito in for the tornado hotshot! Naito flounders, Kenta goes up top, FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer and rally for “NA-I-TO!” as Kenta gets up. Kenta drags Naito up, KICKS and fires off a strike fest, to then fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO! Kenta grows annoyed but he starts toying with Naito. Kenta kicks Naito, Naito gets up but swings into a DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito survives but Kenta goes corner to corner as fans rally. Kenta runs in to BOOT Naito down, then keeps going to HESITATION DROPKICK! Naito is down, Kenta heads up top! Kenta leaps, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives the coup de grace but Kenta keeps his focus.

Kenta hears the fans rally up but he slashes the throat. Kenta drags Naito up, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights out! Naitoi spins Kenta, uses the ropes for the tornado but Kenta stops that, to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Naito survives but Kenta just drags him back up. Fans rally, Kenta gets Naito up for toying slaps but a stiff back kick! Kenta KNEES Naito point blank! Fans rally as Kenta drags Naito up and fireman’s carries again, but Naito pops up to POISON RANA! Kenta gets up, runs in but Naito counters with back elbows! Kenta drops to a knee but fans rally as Naito throws more back elbows. Naito brings Kenta up again for another round of elbows! Kenta wobbles, Naito gives one last BIG back elbow! Naito drags Kenta up to the top rope. Naito climbs to join Kenta, SUPER STEINER!

Fans fire up as Naito drags Kenta back up, hammerlocks and half nelsons, GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Kenta survives but Naito keeps his focus. Fans rally as Kenta sits up in a daze. Naito drags Kenta back up, wrenches but Kenta elbows back! Naito runs in but Kenta puts him through ropes! DRAPING DDT! Kenta SPIKES Naito with that Brain Killer! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans fire up again! Kenta aims from a corner as Naito slowly sits up. Kenta runs out, PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives again and Kenta is furious! Kenta drags Naito back up, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights out! Naito throws elbows but misses! Kenta fires off painting palm strikes, and he DECKS Naito!

Kenta drags Naito up, fireman’s carries, GO TO- REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives that sudden counter and time is ticking! Fans are fired up as Naito slowly gets up. Naito brings Kenta up and wrenches, but Kenta again elbows Naito away. URAKEN! URAKEN! Right hand! Naito elbows and ENZIGURIS! Scoop for VALENTIA! Naito fires up as he drags Kenta back up! Wrench and- CRADLE COUNTER! Kenta wins?!?!

Winner: KENTA, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Naito earns 0

The IWGP Double Champion loses at the last second!! Naito can’t believe it! Will Kenta get his shot at the heavyweight title to add to his IWGP United States Championship opportunity?

 

B Block – EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS SANADA!

It all comes down to this! Naito lost, he’s 6-3, and because he’s lost to both men, he is ELIMINATED either way! But then, will it be the King of Darkness or the Cold Skull that meets the Golden Star in the finals?

Evil and Dick Low Sweet and the bell rings, and fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” Evil ignores that as he and Sanada circle. Evil bails out and Sanada waits for him. Evil wants Sanada to stay back, but he takes his time returning. Evil mocks Hiromu on commentary with the Too Sweet, and Hiromu just gives a thumbs up and fake smile. The ring count climbs, it reaches 10 then 13 before Evil rolls in, only to roll back out. Sanada tries to egg Evil on but Evil grabs at the timekeeper’s stuff. Red Shoes reprimands, Evil wants Sanada to stay back. Evil finally gets in, Sanada runs in but narrowly avoids the STO! Sanada gets a dragon sleeper, Evil spins out but Sanada whips Evil out! Sanada runs, fakes Evil out to tumble and slingshot into the ring! Fans cheer as Sanada tricks Evil and then waits in the corner.

Dick keeps Evil calm, Red Shoes tells Evil to get back in. Evil still takes his time, telling Sanada to stay back. Evil is in, Sanada blocks a kick and has the legs! Evil kicks Sanada away before the Paradise Lock can be put in! Sanada knees low, clubs Evil then runs, but Dick swipes at him! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil clotheslines Sanada out! Evil goes out after Sanada, bringing him up and whipping him into railing! Sanada grits his teeth and Evil brings out chairs! Evil piles the chairs up, drags Sanada over and Dick distracts Red Shoes. Evil snap suplexes Sanada onto the chairs! Evil thrwows up the Too Sweet and gets in Hiromu’s face again. Fans rally for Sanada as Evil leaves him behind. Red Shoes checks on Sanada but he’s okay to continue.

Evil undoes the blue corner buckle pad, the Bullet Club classic. Red Shoes has Evil stop and Sanada slowly rises. Fans rally again and Sanada gets in. Evil drags Sanada up to scoop and slam! Evil has a cocky pin but Red Shoes won’t count, he knows what Evil was doing earlier. Evil stomps Sanada then drags him up. Fans build to a rally as Sanada throws forearms back on Evil! Evil knees low, whips but Sanada reverses. Evil holds ropes to deny the dropkick, then he drags Sanada back up. Evil throws Sanada out, gets in Red Shoes’ face and Dick stomps away on Sanada! Dick RAMS Sanada into railing! Dick puts Sanada in the ring and Evil drags him around. Evil has a leg and turns Sanada for a Half Crab! Sanada endures as Evil sits deep!

Fans rally up, Sanada powers up and heads for ropes, but Evil leans back harder! Sanada still endures and gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go at Red Shoes’ count, and paces about, not even frustrated. Evil stands on Sanada’s head, fans rally for Sanada but Evil drags Sanada up. Evil reels Sanada in, Sanada fights off the suplex, and then Sanada suplexes Evil! Evil fights that off, knees low but runs into Sanada’s basement dropkick! Evil swings into Sanada’s BIG back suplex! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Sanada is up first and drags Evil up. Evil knees low, runs, but Sanada hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks Evil down! Evil bails out but Sanada slingshots to PLANCHA! Direct hit in front of commentary and the fans are fired up! Sanada encourages fans to get loud and Hiromu claps along.

Dick creeps up but Sanada spots him! Sanada puts Dick in the ring, Dick begs for mercy but Sanada trips him up! Sanada ties Dick up in Paradise! Fans cheer as Sanada stands on Dick and eggs Evil on. Evil stays back, daring Sanada to come out after him. Sanada goes to the apron but fakes Evil out! Evil is in, Sanada kicks him down and ties Evil up! DOUBLE PARADISE! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans do get louder, and Sanada is satisfied with the volume. Sanada runs corner to corner, DOUBLE PARADISE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Sanada keeps his cool. Fans rally again as Sanada drags Evil up to a fireman’s carry. Evil kicks and rakes eyes, pulls hair and blocks a kick! Evil gives it to Red Shoes to mule kick Sanada down!

Fans rally for Sanada but Evil drags Sanada back up. Evil fisherman BUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Evil argues the count but two is two! Fans rally again as Sanada stirs. Evil drags Sanada up again, fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights and waistlocks. Evil elbows free, runs, but Sanada dodges and runs. Sanada knows Evil goes to the corner and he dodges, to go up and out and springboard in to missile dropkick! Fans fire up as Sanada drags Evil back up to a fireman’s carry. Evil fights, so Sanada tosses him into a dragon sleeper! Evil clubs free, but Sanada shifts sides to dragon sleeper again! Evil powers through, suplexes but Sanada suplexes him to ropes! MAGIC SCREW! Sanada drags Evil back up, chicken wings the arms, TIGER SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Evil survives that textbook form from Sanada but the fans rally up! Sanada says he’ll finish it now! Sanada drags Evil back up, back into the dragon sleeper, and he cranks back on Evil’s head! Evil endures, pulls hair, but Sanada gives him a SKULL SWING! Then he goes to the corner, goes up top, MOONSAULT but it FLOPS! Evil avoids disaster and both men are down! Fans rally and Red Shoes checks on both me. Sanada stirs while Dick coaches Evil up. Fans rally harder as Sanada and Evil slowly sit up. Sanada goes to the opposite side, runs in, but Evil dodges and sends him into bare buckles! Evil whips Sanada back into those bare buckles! And then scoops for the BACKBREAKER! Fans rally for Sanada as Evil has to catch his breath. Evil hobbles over, drags Sanada up, and hoists him up top!

Evil climbs, fans rally as Sanada resists, but Evil is on the very top! Evil brings Sanada up, and hits the SUPERPLEX!! Evil gets the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Evil sits DEEP on the Scorpion Deathlock but fans rally as Sanada endures! Sanada powers up but Evil sits deeper! Sanada keeps fighting forward, Red Shoes tells Dick to back off, and Sanada gets the ropebreak! Evil lets go at 4 but fans keep rallying! Evil drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives but barely! Evil grows frustrated but he slashes the throat as he vows to end this. Evil drags Sanada up again, spins him around, but Sanada fights out of the STO! Sanada tries to steal Everything but Evil spins out! Sanada fireman’s carries, T K O! Fans fire up but both men are down!

Sanada and Evil stir as fans rally up again. Evil and Sanada roll to opposite corners but Sanada sits up first. The fans still rally as Sanada runs corner to corner, but Evil boots back! Sanada tries again, Evil boots him again. Evil dodges the third time, Sanada stops himself to elbow Evil! QUEBRADA to dragon sleeper! SKULL END! But Evil rolls back, drags Sanada up and reels him in! Sanada spins out, SHIRANUI to dragon sleeper! SKULL END!! Sanada has the body scissors, Evil kicks and reaches but endures. Evil pulls on Sanada’s EAR! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil gets free but not for long! Sanada drags Evil back down into the dragon sleeper and Evil endures again! Fans rally but Evil again pulls on an ear! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil stops and works on the body scissors instead now.

Sanada still holds onto Evil’s head but Evil moves around and is free! Sanada hurries to get up top, MOONSAULT to Evil’s back! Sanada turns Evil over and wants another, MOONSAULT to the chest!! Cover, Dick drags Red Shoes out!! The Spoiler gets a chair and he aims at Sanada! CHAIR SHOT to the chest! Dick takes off the jacket and uses that to blind Sanada while he punches away! Fans rally for Sanada as Dick drags him back up. Dick feeds Sanada to Evil, they work together, MAGIC KILLER!! But Hiromu gets in to go after Dick! SUPERKICK! Fans are thunderous as the Ticking Time Bomb drags Dick up, but Evil LOW BLOWS Hiromu! Hiromu writhes but fans rally up for LIJ! Evil drags Hiromu up, Dick recovers, they combine again, MAGIC KILLER for Hiromu!

Evil drags Hiromu up to throw him out and gets the chair out of the ring. Dick gets Red Shoes back in and Evil goes after Sanada. Sanada cradle counters, TWO!! Evil LARIATS Sanada down! Fans still rally for Sanada as Evil drags him back up. Evil runs, and LARIATS again! Evil vows to end it! Evil drags Sanada back up, reels him in, but NO STO! Dragon sleeper, waistlock, btu Evil grabs Red Shoes! DICK HAS THE SPOILER CHOKER!! Hiromu returns to SUPERKICK Dick! Sanada throws Evil into Dick, JAPAN CLUTCH! SANADA WINS!!!

Winner: SANADA, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Evil earns 0

Evil is OUT, Sanada is IN! And Evil is furious about it! But it’s what he gets for betraying his friends and then trying to cheat his way to the top! The G1 Climax 30 finals are set, it will be Ibushi VS Sanada! As such, the B Block winner gets the mic! Sanada says, “I’m in the G1 Climax finals, shall we do it again?” Fans have the phones out to be the stars as the lights go down. “Everyone, thanks for your support. This is my gift to you.” So then tomorrow, Ibushi VS Sanada, Sanada vows to etch his name in history! “Oi, Ryogoku! See you tomorrow!” The Cold Skull has beaten the IWGP Double Champion and the King of Darkness, but can he bring Ibushi’s ascension to a Skull End?

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

SANADA: 6-3, 12 points
EVIL: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Tetsuya Naito: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Zack Sabre Jr: 5-4, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
KENTA: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Juice Robinson: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Hirooki Goto: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Toru Yano: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
YOSHI-HASHI: 2-7, 4 points [ELIMINATED]


My Thoughts:

A great B Block finale because obviously it was going to be! Hashi and Yano had a great match with just enough comedy, and it was a great surprise for Hashi to win. I’m starting to think that, while many great choices have beaten Yano in the G1, Hashi might be the guy to take that KOPW 2020 trophy from him. Hashi has fought for so long, he finally has a title belt as part of the Six Man Tag Champions, and it’d be wild if he became the one to have that trophy at the end of the year. Juice VS Goto was solid stuff, Juice gets that last win and I’m sure he’ll be poised for a title at some point. Of course, he and David Finlay are surely going to get in the 2020 World Tag League to defend their honor from last year, so winning that and going for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag titles could be exactly what he’s after.

And speaking of those titles. between Ibushi VS Taichi yesterday and Tanahashi VS ZSJ today, the Golden Aces are up and could be fighting for those titles at Power Struggle. That’s not to get ahead of Ibushi VS Sanada at the G1 Climax Finals, but the G1 Climax winner doesn’t get his title shot until WrestleKingdom. Ibushi could easily go after the tag titles with Tanahashi by his side on the road to WK15 and try to become a different kind of double champion. But speaking of all that, Naito VS Kenta had a slow start on purpose, but it really picked up at the end, and Kenta getting that quick win was great stuff. Kenta might want his shot at Power Struggle, but so would Evil as he lost the G1 here.

Evil VS Sanada was really good, even with the overbooking, because that overbooking fit in. Dick interfering but Hiromu countering was great for the story, and in the end, Sanada wins! What a great turn around for Sanada, going 0-3 to start but then blazing his way to the finals! I can’t be sure who wins between Ibushi and Sanada, but it’d be great for Sanada since that’s who Naito wanted anyway. And as just stated, Ibushi can fall back to the tag titles. But on the flipside, being THREEPEAT finalist and BACK-TO-BACK winner, Ibushi making the most history in the historic 30th G1, that’s hard to resist. Either way, the G1 Climax 30 is going to finally give us all something to love 2020 for.

My Score: 9.4/10


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(NOAH) NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.182 ~ 8TH AUGUST 2022

After a rare live stop in the UK for HAYATA (which Hisame was present for), she informs us of all the NOAH happenings leading towards the N-1 Victory!

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HAYATA defends the GHC Junior against Shuji Kondo in Japan and Chris Ridgeway in England

In a brutal match which combined speed vs strength, and technical ability vs psychological warfare, HAYATA succeeded in defending the title against Shuji Kondo in the main event of DEPARTURE 2022 on the 5th August. It was by no means an easy fight, Kondo possessed the size and the strength that HAYATA did not, and so HAYATA had to find a way round him, which he did by too capitalizing on the element of surprise, which was the strategy that Shuji Kondo was also aiming for. In the end, he won by The Headache after 19 minutes and 3 seconds. Backstage, HAYATA said that since he was fighting Chris Ridgeway on the 7th July, why not make it a title match?

The second GHC Junior title match (and HAYATA’S 5th defense) took place at The Portland Centre in Nottingham only about (and maybe not even) forty-eight hours after defending against Kondo. WrestleCarnival (the promotion hosting the title match), followed NOAH’s traditions by playing the theme music for the title and showing the gallery of champions. For the newer fans, each belt, even the newer GHC National, have their own title music. Ridgeway vs HAYATA was STINGER vs STINGER with the atmosphere of the venue changing radically to a NOAH show. The match was a vicious technical fight, with very much Yoshinari Ogawa psychology (not just submissions, but amazing reversals i.e. Ridgeway catching HAYATA mid flight and turning the move into an ankle lock), which was very much Match Of The Year quality. HAYATA succeeded in defending the title with The Headache. Afterwards, they shook hands.

You will be able to view the match on WrestleUniverse in due course.

Yoshiki Inamura Fire Festival

Yoshiki Inamura’s summer peaked when finishing the highest in his block, he went on to the Fire Festival 2022 finals against Daisuke Sekimoto. Sekimoto has been both a tag partner and a rival of Inamura, and so this was Inamura’s chance to both show him how much he has grown and also overcome a senior. Sadly, Inamura was not successful in his attempt.

The GHC Junior Tag Championship: A tale of a stolen belt, duct tape and a sneak win

While HAYATA was defending his belt against Shuji Kondo and then heading off to face Chris Ridgeway, Yoshinari Ogawa had his own championship problems, as Eita is still parading around with the GHC Junior Tag belt. Eita is even going to far as to proclaim himself as the GHC Junior Tag Champion, have official pictures taken with the belt, and say all his singles matches in DragonGate were championship matches. No wonder at DEPARTURE 2022, Yoshinari Ogawa came out looking grim and holding a chair which he swung at Perros Del Mal De Japon. Kotaro Suzuki, who was at ringside seconding, was taped to the corner post by Yuya Susumu and Kai Fujimura, as Ogawa chased Eita around over the belt.

Kotaro was later freed from his duct tape prison, and used as a missile by NOSAWA Rongai, as he still had his arms taped down. The match was “won” by young Kai Fujimura, who Ogawa threw over NOSAWA, after he dodged thanks to Eita showboating with the belt, and who had hit NOSAWA in the face. Ogawa once again was not successful in getting his tag belt back, as after a tug-of-war over it, Eita ran off.

N-1 Victory 2022 change: Timothy Thatcher out, Kinya Okada in

Due to Visa issues, Timothy Thatcher was announced by Naomichi Marufuji, to have pulled out of the N-1 VICTORY 2022. Marufuji admitted that there were seniors to take his place, himself included if he so wished (he didn’t because of just coming back from a knee operation), but he wanted to see NOAH’s younger generation take that slot, and therefore a match was arranged between Kinya Okada and Yoshiki Inamura at DEPARTURE on Friday 5th August. If anyone was going to have that slot, Kinya Okada vowed it would be him. He and Yoshiki Inamura were the same age and contemporaries, both from the same class and the same generation of NOAH, but whereas Inamura seemed to have all the advantages – Fire Festival, title matches, and even main evening, Okada (whose career had suffered from a couple of early injuries), was in the opening match and losing constantly. This was his chance to catch up and fought like never before, and overcame his friend/rival. Kinya Okada will therefore enter this years N-1 VICTORY 2022 in Timothy Thatcher’s place (B Block). His first match will be on August 11th against Masakatsu Funaki.

Hiroshi Hase to take part in Mutoh’s retirement road?

As Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture, Hiroshi Hase usually makes an appearance when NOAH are in town. Normally his participation involves opening the show, presenting a gift to the winner of the main event (etc), but on the 31st July he not only chopped Kendo Kashin, and chugged beer with Kazuyuki Fujita, and made Keiji Mutoh a tourism ambassador for the region (Naomichi Marufuji fulfils the same role for Saitama), he also said he would like to take part in Keiji Mutoh’s retirement road, although at first he didn’t think he would be able to as he didn’t think the people of the prefecture would approve. Hase, who has been retired since 2018, admitted he needed to get back in the ring and do some training. NOAH have announced nothing as of yet.

Kenoh names his new move, “Enrin”

Kenoh has named his double knee attack moonsault, “Enrin”, which basically means flaming circle. He says that flames are a good look for him. The name was chosen following a public poll on Kenoh’s twitter

Kenoh WBC?

Following an appearance by El Hijo Del Santo in NOAH and Kenoh as usual squaring up to him, (plus a very funny shoving spot behind Tadasuke as he talked to the camera), it appeared that El Hijo Del Santo issued a challenge to Kenoh, over his belt. Kenoh said that had never heard any belt by that name, except in boxing, but would be happy to take him on, anytime and anywhere.

Naomichi Marufuji returns, dates in America

Naomichi Marufuji made his return to NOAH at DEPARTURE 2022, teaming with Go Shiozaki and Takashi Sugiura against Daiki Inaba, Masato Tanaka and Satoshi Kojima. The match (despite it’s N-1 fight between Sugiura, Shiozaki, Tanaka and Kojima), was won by Go Shiozaki. On the 28th August, he will go to New York to face Eddie Kingston at House of Glory Wrestling. There will also be a further date in America in November for  King of The Indies 2022.

Tadasuke injured

Tadasuke has been injured with nasal bone fractures, and will therefore miss (probably) the next three NOAH shows, which includes Osaka and Hiroshima, places very special to him.

“Camel Kobayashi”

KENTA revealed in his autobiography, “Footsteps”, that his ring name was very almost “Camel Kobayashi”. This was because he was teased by his seniors as they thought he looked like a camel, and it was Naomichi Marufuji, who suggested the name! KENTA says that it was because of this nickname that Satoru Asako defeated him with the Camel Clutch, although this was not a move he usually did.

ELSEWHERE IN NOAH

– Mohammed Yone described Funky Express as “this little old man army”. Saito told him that most definitely did not describe him. They might be aging. He wasn’t.

– Eita apparently said he was the “GHC Junior” champion by mistake once

– Shuhei Taniguchi actually trusted a Kendo Kashin handshake. Think about that for a moment.

– Naomichi Marufuji said that after drinking with Mitsuharu Misawa, they were both so drunk they each paid the taxi driver, so he got two fares. Takashi Sugiura said that Kinya Okada and Daisuke Harada, both have a tendency to wander off when drunk.

– When Kenoh was looking for a name for his moonsault, Naomichi Marufuji suggested “New double knee attack moonsault”. Kenoh didn’t even bother to respond.

– When Kaito Kiyomiya was teaming with El Hijo Del Santo and Ultimo Dragon, he and Alejandro did a double over the top rope somersault. This is not a usual Kiyomiya move, and he said he was inspired by his seniors.

– A TikTok account craze has swept NOAH. Pretty much everyone except STINGER and Kongoh it appears have created an account.

– Tadasuke’s camera corner was interrupted by a scuffle in the background between Kenoh, Kaito Kiyomiya, El Hijo Del Santo, Ultimo Dragon and Alejandro.

– Kaito Kiyomiya has a new feature on his YouTube channel, “Kiyo’s Kitchen” (I get the impression that “Kiyo” is his nickname within NOAH).

EVENT RECAPS AND POST MATCH INTERVIEWS

  • Midsummer Clash 2022 (Ishikawa Industrial Exhibition Hall No.3, Sunday July 31st)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • Sunny Voyage 2022 (Act City Hamamatsu, Saturday July 30th)

Event recap

Post match interviews

  • DEPARTURE 2002 (Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Friday 5th August)

Event recap

Post match interviews

CURRENT CHAMPIONS

 

THIS WEEK IN NOAH

(August 2022 schedule)

NOAH will hold the press conference for the N-1 VICTORY 2022 at 4pm JST on Wednesday 10th August. This will be live and free to view as it will be streamed on YouTube.

  • N-1 VICTORY 2022

Thursday, August 11th

Start time: 16:00 JST

Venue: Yokohama Budokan

Broadcast: ABEMA (Live)WrestleUniverse (Live, English commentary)

Saturday, August 13th

Start time: 17:30 JST

Venue: EDION Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium

Broadcast: WrestleUniverse (Live)

Notes about broadcasts

– WrestleUniverse will have English commentary for all nights.

Unless you are living in Japan or have a VPN you know is compatible with ABEMA, please do not subscribe to the service. For fans living outside of Japan, a subscription to WrestleUniverse would be better as they show more NOAH shows than ABEMA, and usually the events get uploaded very quickly. ABEMA broadcasts are only in Japanese, you can only watch them live, and this is the only NOAH they show. They do not broadcast old shows as these belong to Samurai TV.

HAYATA UK APPEARANCES

Saturday, August 13th: HAYATA – PROGRESS Wrestling (Sheffield)

Sunday, August 14th: HAYATA – PROGRESS Wrestling (Newcastle)

I am informed that PROGRESS have their own streaming service, but I am unsure as to whether the matches will be put on WrestleUniverse.

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES 

Wednesday, August 10th: Yasutaka Yano (22)

Friday, August 12th: Junta Miyawaki debut anniversary (5)

LINKS

“Take it from me in the truest sense of the word”, Mutoh teaches Kiyomiya “The Mutoh Finishing Method” directly

Will Naomichi Marufuji never go bankrupt? When I asked the wrestlers about NOAH and the legendary heavy drinkers, there was surprising episodes….

Naomichi Marufuji, “I want to stand again as one of NOAH’s pillars” – press conference on the eve of his return for the first tine in two months

GHC Junior match signing ceremony: “I will create NOAH Junior’s brand”, Kondo declares comeback for the first time in none and a half years, HAYATA brands him as a “guy from the past”

Interview with El Hijo Del Santo towards NOAH War, Ultimo says about Kenoh, “I won’t let him lay a finger”

AKITOSHI SAITO’S N-1 EVALUATION

Takashi Sugiura

Jack Morris

Masato Tanaka

Hideki Suzuki

Anthony Greene

Masa Kitamiya

Masaaki Mochizuki

Kazuyuki Fujita

Satoshi Kojima

BOOK CORNER

“Donmai, Donmai” – Mitsuharu Misawa’s diary

Akira Taue complains of someone snoring, he thinks it was probably Yoshinari Ogawa, but Mitsuharu Misawa admits it may also have been him.

PICTURE CREDITS: House of Glory (Naomichi Marufuji & Eddie Kingston), myself (HAYATA)

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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/8/22)

It’s a golden Monday night!

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Can Ciampa conquer the All Mighty?

Raw kicks off the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, AND sees Bobby Lashley defend the US Championship against Tommaso Ciampa! Who reaches golden glory in Cleveland?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford; Rollins wins.
  • Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens; No Contest.
  • Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day; Finn wins.
  • Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Kai & Sky win and advance to the next round.
  • WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz; Lashley wins and retains the title.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade; Omos wins.
  • Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Ziggler wins.
  • No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS The Miz; Styles wins.

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The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament Bracket is here!

Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky are of course a team, and they’ll be taking on Tamina & Dana Brooke! Then Asuka teams with Alexa Bliss to take on Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Raquel Rodriguez teams with Aliyah against Shotzi & Xia Li, and in quite the surprise, NXT’s Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark will be taking on Natalya & Sonya Deville! Who will make it to the finals to be the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?

 

Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky head to the ring!

The Role Model leads #CobraKai and the Evil Genius out here in The Land, and The Land boos them after all the cheap shots they’ve been taking. Bayley, Kai & Sky all get mics and Bayley says, “DING DONG~!” Fans boo but Bayley says c’mon, she hasn’t seen them in forever and this is what she gets? But Bayley, Kai & Sky are all excited to see your dumb, smiling faces! Trust her when she says they don’t wanna be here, either, but the fans need them. The fans are watching to see what these three do to salvage this division. Kai says, “Like crash SummerSlam and shake everyone up?” “Exactly!”

The fans can’t honestly sit here and say they enjoy watching Becky Lynch play dress-up every week. But they cheer! But they can’t honestly like that “champion” in Bianca Belair. But they cheer again! Bianca would be nothing without Bayley! And that’s why last week, they had to make a statement. For all the fans! First, they took care of stupid Becky’s shoulder, then they lit a fire under every single woman in the locker room, for the fans! These three are bringing back what’s been missing. Sky says it’s the hunger! Yes! The division needs to be hungry for more! But Bayley doesn’t blame the locker room. They’re just like the fans: sheeple who don’t know how to ask for more.

But if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask better questions! So here’s a question for all the idiots out there: “How am I the only one to realize what a lethal weapon Iyo Sky is? How am I the only person in this whole damn building who realized the benefits of bringing in someone like Dakota Skai?” Okay, yes, she said it wrong, big whoop! Shut up so she can think, dummies! They’re upsetting Bayley, but imagine how mad these two are? They’ve been boiling this whole time! Fans boo, Bayley gets mad, but Kai has her calm down. Bayley doesn’t have to tell them anymore. Kai & Sky will show them in this tag title tournament tonight and win it!

But wait! Here comes Alexa Bliss! AND Asuka! The Fury and the Empress are going to be in that same tournament, so this seems to be a reminder. But here comes BIANCA, too! The RawEST Women’s Champion walks down to the ring with Alexa and Asuka and they get mics, too. Alexa says, “Yeah, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.” Fans chant for the EST, and Alexa tells Dakota & Iyo that they’re not winning. If they win tonight, guess who they’ll face next? Alexa Bliss & Asuka!! And after what they pulled last week, there’s more incentive to beat the hell out of them and win the titles.

And Bianca tells Iyo they’re not done, either. Bianca IS hungry, and she’s ready to finish what they started last week. But if we’re playing the numbers game, the three of them have no problem dealing with Bayley’s three right now. Oh pipe down. Bayley knew this would get them all worked up. But Bayley calls the shots. They can do 3v3 where it counts, which isn’t here in Cleveland! The Six Woman Tag can happen at Clash at the Castle! Bianca looks to Alexa and Asuka, and challenge accepted! Okay, then! But while Bayley is trying to keep control, Bianca says tonight, she’ll lose it! And the brawl is own! Bianca fires off on Bayley, Asuka throws Kai out while Alexa is after Iyo!

Fans fire up as things spill out of the ring, and then into the crowd! Bianca throws knees on Bayley but refs rush out to break up the others. Bayley hits back, Iyo SMACKS Alexa off the desk! Then Iyo goes after Bianca! Asuka rushes after Iyo, but then Kai rushes after Asuka! Alexa gets on the barrier to CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are fired up as Alexa drags Kai up to fire off forearms! Officials and management rush out now, will this chaos subside after the break?

 

Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford!

The Visionary already burned it down with Montez Ford, but now he takes on the other half of the Street Profits! Will Rollins sweep the series? Or will the #CurseOfGreatness take down the Architect?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Dawkins powers up and out. Rollins wrenches to mule kick, but Dawkins avoids the Curb Stomp! Dawkins and Rollins circle, tie up, and Dawkins headlocks. Rollins powers up and out, things speed up and Rollins hurdles, but Dawkins handsprings! And DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins wrenches to a wristlock, then YANKS the arm. Dawkins grinds the arm but Rollins pulls headbands to whip Dawkins to ropes. Dawkins hurdles then FLYING ELBOWS! Ford mocks Rollins’ short temper, then Dawkins POUNCES Rollins over the desk! Fans are fired up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Rollins has Dawkins down with an armlock. Dawkins fights up but Rollins wrenches. Dawkins ROCKS Rollins with forearm after forearm, then he whips Rollins to a corner. Dawkins runs in, into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins catches his breath but Ford is right there coaching Dawkins. Rollins kicks Ford away! Ford gets mad and gets a chair! Ford gets in the ring, the fans are fired up, but the ref has Ford stay back! Ford lets go of the chair and the ref throws it out, but he still has to keep Ford from hitting Rollins. The ref EJECTS Ford! And Rollins laughs while the fans boo. “Bye bye~!”

Rollins grins and laughs as he soaks up the heat from the fans, but Dawkins is up to clothesline Rollins up and out! Fans fire up, Dawkins builds speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans are thunderous! Dawkins puts Rollins in, scoops him, PUMP HANDLE FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins then runs to CYCLONE SPLASH! And ENZIGURI! Then the underhooks for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dawkins can’t believe it! Fans fire up as Dawkins scoops but Rollins slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Rollins comes back to turn Dawkins, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins then runs, but Dawkins dodges!

Dawkins rolls Rollins up, but Rollins rolls through! Dawkins dodges again, SKY HIGH BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives and Cleveland is losing their mind! Rollins flops out of the ring and Dawkins snarls. Dawkins goes out and runs in around the way, but is sent into steel steps! Rollins gets in the ring, Dawkins pursues, but the CURB- NO, Dawkins dodges again! SKY- NO, Rollins wrenches and WRINGS the arm, then underhooks! PEDIGREE!! Cover, Rollins wins!

Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall

The Visionary couldn’t hit his favorite, but wait! Here’s the CURB STOMP!! Ford rushes back out but the damage to Dawkins is done! Rollins runs off, having swept the Profits. Will he face the consequences? Or just head off towards the title?

 

The Mysterios talk backstage.

Dominik helps Rey prepare for Finn Balor, but in walks Edge! Rey’s cool but Edge can tell Dom’s heated up. Edge has their backs, because what happened last week with that Spear was an accident. Are they cool? Dom’s cool. But then he shoves Edge! Rey calms Dom down, it was an accident! Rey’s known Edge for 20 years, he’s like family! Rey’s known Dom for 25! How can Rey take Edge’s side?! Dom storms off but Rey assures Edge he’ll talk with Dom about this. Is it going to be harder to forgive the Rated R Superstar than expected?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.

The Hollywood A-Lister and the Psycho Killer are here after Ciampa’s phenomenal win last week to become Bobby Lashley’s challenger tonight. Does he feel tonight is the night? Miz points out the use of “phenomenal,” and asks if Kevin Patrick couldn’t think of another word. Miz says there is nothing phenomenal about someone who sides with a hack like Logan Paul! But who had the last laugh? Ciampa! And Ciampa says people always talk about overcoming adversity. When you want something you believe in, believe in Ciampa! Who believed in Ciampa? The first-ever US Champion, Harley Race! That man trained Ciampa and made him into the man he is today.

Three years ago to the day, Harley paced away. Tonight, Ciampa dedicates his win to the King, Harley Race! And, and, AND, with Harley looking down on him, and with the Miz in his corner, Ciampa will truly make this his moment. When he steps foot in that ring and Lashley looks into his eyes, Lashley will feel Ciampa’s sacrifice, and Lashley will realize that he has already lost. Will Ciampa’s blackheart finally beat with gold again?

 

Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens!

Once again, the younger brother of Elias is taking on the Prizefighter, and even though Kevin claims he’s over his obsession, this will be quite the test. Will Kevin focus on the fight and not Ezekiel’s identity? Or will he #ZekeOut all over again?

The bell rings and Kevin rushes Zeke! Kevin fires off forearms, maybe that obsession has rekindled already! Kevin stomps away in the corner, Zeke slips out but Kevin goes out to POST him! And the RAM him into the desk! And then again, making the desk move! Zeke crawls, Kevin drags him up and reels him in! Fans fire up for the APRON POWERBOMB!! Kevin’s mean streak has returned and Zeke writhes! The ref is calling this match, Zeke can’t continue!

No Contest

Kevin gets in the ring and looks down on Zeke while medics are rushed out to the ring. They bring a stretcher and board! Kevin laughs at the destruction he has wrought, but is this going to be the last time we see Zeke?

 

Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day!

The King of Lucha and the Prince go another round, and things are even more tense after what happened at SummerSlam and last week on Raw. Will Rey finally end things with the Judgement Day? Or will he face the punishment for resisting?

Finn gets a mic to say, “Edge thinks we should fear him. Rey Mysterio thinks that we should fear him. Those two can’t even get on the same page! Poor little Dominik Mysterio’s already abandoned both of them! The Judgement Day isn’t afraid of anyone! Y’know why? Because fear isn’t real. Fear is a product of your imagination. But danger is real! Danger is very real! And Rey, tonight, you’re going to find out that I am danger!” Priest tells Edge that to be clear, if he wanted to, he could lay Edge out. But in two weeks, the WWE is in Toronto. Edge hasn’t wrestled on Raw in Canada in 12 years!

So here it is! Priest is officially challenging Edge, 1v1! The Rated R Superstar VS The Punisher! If Edge still has a set, then he and Priest can end this! Edge may have started the Judgement Day, but in Toronto, in front of Edge’s family and friends, the Judgement Day ends Edge! What will Edge say about that challenge? As for Rey, he can’t seem to find Dominik anywhere. Well, Edge’s offer still stands, especially after being called out. Rey says he knows Dom, Dom will come to his senses. Well, okay then. Go get ’em! Rey goes it alone for now, but will he be alone in the end? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Rey makes his entrance. And though Rey waits, there’s no Dom. Rey goes to the ring and gets in alone. The bell rings and Fin kicks Rey low! Finn bumps Rey off buckles, fires off body shots, then brings Rey around to bump off more buckles. Finn throws more body shots, bumps Rey off more buckles, then CHOPS him! Fans “WOO~!” then Finn whips Rey corner to corner. Rey reverses, ROCKS Finn then bumps him off buckles. Finn staggers, Rey bumps him off more buckles! Rey ROCKS Finn again, bumps him off more buckles, then fires off more haymakers. Rey whips corner to corner, Finn reverses, but Rey elbows him way.

Rey runs and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Finn out! Fans fire up and Rey WRECKS Finn with a dropkick! Rey then goes to the apron, for a FLYING SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up and Rey KICKS Finn in the leg. Rey puts Finn in the ring, climbs up the corner, and leaps to SEATED SENTON again! Fans fire up while Finn flounders, but Rey runs in, Finn pops him up but Rey RANAS Finn into buckles! Finn flounders, Rey whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses. Rey ducks and springboards, but Finn avoids the crossbody! Rey crashes down and Finn snarls as he runs in and KICKS Rey in the side! Finn stomps Rey, then springboard stomps him again and again!

Finn lets off as the ref counts but only Priest applauds. Finn drags Rey up, clamps on and ROCKS him with forearms in the back! Finn runs but Rey rams into him! Rey slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Rey kicks low but Finn hits back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but he stalks Rey. Finn drags Rey up, suplexes, then holds on for Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Finn smirks and Dos Amigos! Finn then gets back up, mocks Latino Heat, but REY suplexes Finn back! Fans fire up while Finn goes to ropes. Priest coaches Finn, but Rey dodges the haymaker to fire off shots! Rey whips, Finn reverses but Rey kicks back!

Rey CLOBBERS Finn, whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses to kick and run, sunset flip! But Rey rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Finn flounders to a corner. Rey storms over, RAMS into Finn, then climbs up. Rey rains down fists, but Finn turns it around into an Electric Chair! But Rey turns that into a wheelbarrow BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Rey is frustrated as Finn survives that counter. Rey dropkicks Finn to ropes and dials it up, but Priest takes the 619 for Finn! Finn grabs Rey’s mask and RAMS him into the post! Rey is down on the outside while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Finn has Rey up top. Rey fights the superplex, fans rally up, and Rey throws body shots! Rey CLUBS Finn, then sunset flips, but Finn holds on! So Rey YANKS him down! Finn hits buckles, Rey runs in but Finn still scoops! Rey arm-drags Finn away! Rey then runs and SLIDES to SUNSET FLIP BOMB Finn into barriers! Fans fire up, but Priest creeps over. Rey stares him down, puts Finn in the ring, but Priest taunts Rey about where Dom went. Rey gets on the apron, he GAMANGIRIS Finn away, but then Finn staggers into the ref! Pries trips Rey in the distraction! Fans boo, but here comes Edge!

Edge runs down the ramp to TACKE Priest into the steps! And then BOOT him over the barriers! Edge and Priest fight in front of the fans and Finn is shocked! Finn hurries to YANK Rey up, but Rey lands on his feet to mule kick and hop on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Finn escapes and Rey can’t believe it! Finn and Rey stand, they throw haymakers back and forth, over an dover, and fans fire up! Rey KICSK and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Finn ends up on ropes, Rey dials it up! But Finn LARIATS Rey down! Finn fires up and aims from a corner to SHOTGUN Rey into the corner! Rey falls into the drop zone and Finn climbs up!

COUP DE- NO, Rey rolls and runs to RANA Finn back onto ropes! Rey redials, but Rhea is carrying Dom out like a sack of potatoes! Rhea makes Rey look at Dom, but then Finn drags Rey into a dragon sleeper! 1916!!  Finn goes up top, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

Edge and Rey forgot about Rhea the Eradicator! Will the Judgement Day do just as they say and destroy Edge and the Mysterios?

 

Backstage interview with Tamina & Dana Brooke.

These two are a team together in the Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, and that means Dana could be a Double Champion. And she needs a partner to get there. She’s defended her 24/7 Championship a lot, with her biggest challenger being Tamina. So together, they- Wait, Bayley, Sky & Kai walk in. Bayley wants Dana to relax, these three aren’t going to beat her up to take that title. They have their eyes set on belts that suit them. And the Women’s Tag Team Championships suit them because Bayley was the first one to hold them! Not that Dana would know about that.

But Tamina does. So keep yapping, Bayley, and Tamina will take her and her friends out of the tournament right now. Kai tells Dana, “See you out there.” Iyo Sky says in both Japanese and English, “I don’t like you.” Will Dana & Tamina not like what’s coming in the opening match of this tournament?

 

Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!

#CobraKai & the Evil Genius have both been NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, though not together. But they’re taking on a duo where only one of them has had a tag title reign of their own. Will it be easy for Kai & Sky to take control? Or will the Flex Appeal & Daughter of Superfly shut them down right out of the gate?

The teams sort out, Dana starts with Kai and fans rally up. Kai and Dana circle, tie up, and Dana waistlocks. Kai pries at the hold, switches around, but Dana headlocks back. Kai powers out, but Dana blocks a hip toss to hip toss Kai! Then handsprings to BOOT Kai down! Cover, ONE, but Dana drags Kai up with a facelock. Kai endures the squeeze, pries out again but DOUBLE FOREARMS hit! Tamina tags in, and she eggs Kai on. Fans rally with Dana for “TA-MI-NA!” Kai rushes in but Tamina SWATS her, then ROCKS her! Then again! Then she DECKS Sky! Bayley protests but Tamina dodges and kicks Kai to then suplex high and hard!

Kai bails out and Sky hurries over. Tamina tags Dana and Dana climbs up, for a SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with Dana! Bayley creeps over but then Dana stares her down. Bayley says that’s fine, Kai & Sky don’t need her. Dana doubts that, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Kai has Dana down in a motorcycle stretch. Dana endures and the fans rally up, but Kai shifts to a chinlock, Dana uses that to JAWBREAKER free! Dana then runs, dodges, rolls Kai up, TWO! Kai KICKS Dana down! Cover, ONE!! Kai is frustrated but she drags Dana up to tag Sky. Kai & Sky double whip, then BOOT, and COMPLETE SHOT to an AX KICK and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dana survives the onslaught but Bayley says she is proud of her team. Sky whips Dana in to the corner, runs and CROSS CHECKS her! Sky stomps a mudhole, trips Dana up, then digs her boots in!

The ref counts, Sky swings up for a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kai, Kai clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Dana down. Fans rally, Dana fights up but Kai throws her by her hair! Cover, TWO! Bayley coaches Kai but fans chant, “Bayley Sucks!” Bayley says no she doesn’t! Kai drags Dana up but Dana shoves her away and pops her up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Kai survives that one and Bayley is relieved. Kai and Dana crawl for their corners, but Kai drags Dana away! Tag to Sky and she runs around to stay between Dana and Tamina. Dana leaps, Sky catches her, but Tamina reaches out for the tag!

Fans fire up as Tamina dribbles Sky off buckles! Then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Kai gets in but gets a SUPERKICK! Tamina back body blocks Sky then fires off elbows! Cleveland fires up with Tamina as she whips Sky. Sky reverses, Tamina ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KCIK! Sky fires off forearms, then a SHOTEI! But Tamina SUPERKICKS! Sky rebounds into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Kai breaks it! Dana drags Kai up but Kai throws Dana out! Dana drags Kai out with her and ROCKS her! Dana runs in, but Bayley saves Kai from the handspring attack! Dana hits barriers! Sky SHOTEIS Tamina up top, then climbs up after her!

Sky fires off forearms on Tamina, Kai sneaks in a tag. Tamina BOOTS Kai down, HEADBUTTS Sky off the ropes, and then Tamina stands up to SUPERFLY! But she even catches Sky’s boots! But Kai returns with a SCORPION KCIK! And a BOOT! Tag back to Sky, and she goes up for the OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Kai & Sky win!

Winners: Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Bayley raises her team’s hand in victory! But now, who will they meet in the semifinals? We’ll have to wait for Alexa & Asuka VS Nikki & Piper.

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

Kevin Patrick hurries after KO to ask him just why he brutally assaulted Ezekiel. Oh, he wants a comment? Well first comment, if KP ever runs up on KO like that again, he’ll drop KP harder than that powerbomb. Second, why did he do it? Because unlike that idiot who doesn’t know who he is, KO knows who he is! He’s KEVIN OWENS! And Kevin Owens may have been gone, but there are more eyes on this show than before, and tonight was KO reminding everyone in the back and watching at home that this is still the Kevin Owens Show!

Also, it’s of note that Piper & Nikki apparently crashed their rental car? What exactly happened there?

 

Trainers check on Dominik.

Rhea Ripley truly brutalized him, is it clear to him now that Edge isn’t the one to worry about?

 

WWE remembers the legacy of the WWE United States Championship.

Narrated by John “Bradshaw” Layfield. “America. A country built on opportunity deserves a champion that upholds its great legacy. A legacy of greatness is painted in red, white and blue.” Harley Race, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Scott Hall, JBL, Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, just to name a few. Ricky Steamboat was a proud champion, as were Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and now Bobby Lashley. “The United States Championship has helped shape the careers of 20+ Hall of Famers, and will continue to do so well into the future of the WWE.” And that new chapter starts NOW!

WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz!

The All Mighty wants to be a fighting champion to prove he is the greatest, and he has perhaps found his greatest challenger. The Blackheart wears Harley Race’s iconic robe to the ring, but will it bring him to prominence? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine make Ciampa feel the pain inside the Hurt Lock?

Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance, and he’s wearing gold on his tights as well as around his waist. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries this great championship in The Land!

Ciampa fires off on Lashley at the bell! Ciampa whips, Lashley reverses but Ciampa slide sunder. Things speed up, but Lashley runs Ciampa over! Lashley drags Ciampa up, suplexes, and holds Ciampa up for 10 before the SLAM! Lashley paces around but Miz calls Ciampa over. Ciampa gets to a corner for Miz to give him advice, but Lashley bumps Ciampa off buckles. Lashley climbs up to rain down fists, but Ciampa trips Lashley up! Lashley still elbows Ciampa away, then throws elbows in the corner. Lashley warns Miz to watch himself, and Lashley runs, Ciampa swings, misses, then leaps into Lashley’s arms!

Lashley pops Ciampa around, Ciampa slips out and CHOP BLOCKS! Miz coaches Ciampa to keep on him and Ciampa stomps Lashley, then CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Lashley just gets up with a scowl on his face! Lashley blocks a kick to ELBOW Ciampa down! Fans fire up as Lashley takes aim, but Ciampa bails out! Ciampa and Miz regroup to talk strategy, and then Miz gets on the apron to distract. But Lashley knows that trick, and he turns around to DECK Ciampa off the apron! Lashley fireman’s carries Ciampa, but Miz blocks his path to the post! So Lashley TOSSES Ciampa into the Miz! Fans fire up as Lashley stands tall and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ciampa is taking of the cover off a crossbar! Ciampa then stomps away on Lashley, rains down fists, and drops a HEADBUTT! Cover, ONE!! Ciampa clamps onto Lashley with a chinlock, and he grinds Lashley down into an almost Bully Choke! Fans rally, Lashley endures and fights up, but Ciampa leans on him. Lashley pries at the hold but Ciampa knee slow. Ciampa runs, Lashley runs him over! And again! And then RAMS into him at the corner! Lashley lets off to clothesline, then he runs side to side to RAM in again! Ciampa sputters and fans fire up but Miz coaches Ciampa. Lashley whips corner to corner, Ciampa BOOTS back!

Lashley staggers, Ciampa swings but into a kick! Lashley gut wrenches, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives and Miz breathes again. Miz coaches Ciampa more but Lashley trophy lifts him! Then brings him into position, but Ciampa turns powerslam into REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ciampa crawls to a cover, TWO! Lashley stays in this and Miz is sweating. Ciampa CLUBS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa. Ciampa ROCKS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa forearms, Lashley fires off fists, but Ciampa kicks a leg out! FRONT DDT! Cover, TWO!

Miz argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Ciampa drags Lashley up, underhooks him, but Lashley powers out and dodges, to SPEAR!! Cover, but again Miz helps with the ROPEBREAK! The ref misses it like last week, but Lashley didn’t! Lashley glares at Miz, and then here comes AJ STYLES! Styles CLOBBERS Miz and runs him off into the crowd! Fans fire up as things are truly 1v1, and Lashley goes back to Ciampa. CRADLE!! TWO!! Ciampa hurries to a corner, pulls at the buckle pad, and it comes loose! Lashley gets Ciampa for a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up with Lashley, he stalks Ciampa, but wait! Miz returns!

Miz slides in, slides out, but Styles is after him again! They scramble out of the ring, Lashley clamps onto Ciampa, but Ciampa RAMS him into the bare steel! And then the POST! PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!!? Lashley survives and shocks Ciampa! Fans fire up again and Ciampa drags Lashley up. Ciampa underhooks, but Lashley fights the lift! Lashley fireman’s carries and pops Ciampa into the nelson, but Ciampa drags Lashley down! GargaNO Escape!! Shout out to Ciampa’s greatest friend and rival, and Lashley is enduring the hold! Lashley rolls it around, drags Ciampa right up, and into a POWER- NO, Ciampa slides off again!

Ciampa tosses Lashley out of the ring, and gets Lashley with WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?!? Lashley survives again and Cleveland is thunderous! Ciampa stalks Lashley, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley BLOCKS the knee! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley drags Ciampa up, HURT LOCK!!! Ciampa flails, reaches out, but he TAPS! Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)

Ciampa tried every trick in the book, but he could not derail the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will nothing stop Lashley from making the US Championship the mightiest of all?

 

Omos and MVP walk in backstage.

The Nigerian Giant is back, and he is going to the ring! Who will soon fall from the top of this mountain of a man’s two hand slam?

 

Raw shares the footage from backstage.

Miz and Styles brawled from ringside to gorilla, and officials rushed in to stop it! So because of this confrontation, Styles VS Miz is signed for action later tonight! And it will be NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Will Styles get a phenomenal win? Or will Cleveland be AWESOME?

 

2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade!

The Nigerian Giant is so big, he’s taking on two of Cleveland’s own at the same time! Will these mere mortals wish they’d signed up for a different night?

The bell rings and Guercio & Slade rush Omos together! But Omos TOSSES Guercio, SHOVES Slade, then he CLOBBERS Slade! Omos drags Guercio up and into the ring from the floor! Omos then runs in, but Slade dodges! Slade CLUBS away then jumps on for a SLEEPER! But Omos RAMS Slade into buckles, RAMS him again, then dares Guercio to try something., Guercio CROSSBODIES, into Omos’ arms! Trophy lift, and SLAM! Then Omos drags Guercio up by his ear, to TOSS him into the corner! Guercio & Slade stand up, Omos SANDWICHES them with the corner! Omos then scoops Guercio to give him SNAKE EYES, and a BOOT to Slade!

MVP says Omos is done playing with his food, he can finish this. DEADLIFT TWO HAND SLAM!! Cover on Guercio, Omos wins!

Winner: Omos, by pinfall

Did you really expect anything else? Omos wipes out two men, but who will be on his path of destruction next?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

Kevin Patrick congratulates him on his win over Dawkins, but asks the Visionary what he thinks about Matt Riddle’s interview next week. “Did you just bring me in here to ask me about Riddle?! I told the entire world, including you, last week that I was done with Riddle! Hahaha! So what, he’s gonna come back next week for some exclusive interview? What do you think he’s gonna say? Is he gonna have some earth-shattering announcement? NO! It’s RIDDLE!” Riddle will say “Bro…! Dude…! Cool…! Randy~!” Rollins explains something here: “I am the Gatekeeper of this industry! Anyone, or anything, that’s any good, they’ve gotta go through me!”

And as great as Riddle could be in the ring, he’s even better at flushing his own potential down the toilet. Don’t believe Rollins? Ask Dana White. HAHAHA! Now look, if Riddle has even two working brain cells left, he’ll come back with this interview and tell the world, “Bro, I’m hanging up the flip flops.” And he’ll retire for good. And if he doesn’t, then Rollins might just have to Cody Rhodes Riddle’s ass out the door! Anyway you slice it, if Riddle has something to say next week, then so does Seth Freakin’ Rollins! HAHAHAHA!

 

Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!

The Showoff and “Master” Gable were both a big part of last week’s Triple Threats for the US Championship, but they both lost out. Who proves they’re deserving of another shot at the other’s expense?

Raw returns and Ziggler makes his entrance. The bell rings, Ziggler and Gable circle. They feel things out, Gable shoots in but Ziggler gut wrenches him away. Gable slips around to mount and roll to a cover, ONE! Ziggler mounts, rolls Gable around, but Gable slips out. Ziggler gets up and the two stand off. Fans fire up as Ziggler shoves Gable and eggs Gable on. Gable shoves Ziggler and the two go again. Ziggler shoots in, gets a leg, then the ack, then the arms for a ghost pin! TWO, Gable hurries to his feet and fans cheer the standoff. They circle again, tie up, Gable shoots in to get a leg takedown but Ziggler facelocks.

Ziggler fishermans to a cradle, TWO! Gable feints then shoots in, but Ziggler facelocks to a headlock to a chinlock. Gable throws Ziggler off, gets Ziggler up in an Iranian lift, but Ziggler sunset flips through! TWO, Ziggler keeps the gut wrench! Gable pushes through to a jackknife cover, TWO as Ziggler bridges up! Ziggler turns things around, Gable pries the hold but ends up in a double hook! Gable fights off the backslide, spins Ziggler around to a waistlock, CHAOS THEORY! Fans boo Gable but Otis cheers him on. Gable looms over Ziggler, drags him up and bumps him off buckles to fire off haymakers! And then stomps!

The ref counts, Gable lets off, no more technical style here. Gable gets a leg to DRAGON SCREW it! And then a KNEE JAMMER! And another! And then a YANK on the leg! Ziggler clutches his knee and goes to a corner, but Gable drags him up. Gable CHOPS Ziggler, MONKEY FLIPS, and Ziggler lands hard. Cover, TWO! Gable looms over Ziggler, then climbs up to the top. MOONSAULT, but he has to land on his feet as Ziggler moves! Ziggler jumps, SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives but fans rally behind Ziggler. Ziggler gets space as he stands up, and he watches Gable rise. Gable blocks the superkick!

Gable spins Ziggler to a waistlock, but Ziggler switches! Gable rolls and picks a leg for the ANKLE LOCK! Ziggler endures, flails, clubs at Gable’s leg, then drags Gable down, only for Gable to hold on and twist the ankle more! Ziggler reaches back, rolls again, and gets free! Ziggler kicks a leg out, FAMOUS- NO, Gable slips free to ANKLE LOCK again!! Fans fire up for Ziggler as he endures and reaches out! Ziggler crawls forward but Gable drags him away! Ziggler turns, kicks and kicks and kicks! Gable lets go, Ziggler stands up, but he can’t plant for the superkick! Gable gets Ziggler up for a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, into the ANKLE LOCK!!

Otis tells Ziggler to tap but Ziggler endures! Fans rally and Ziggler fights up to roll! Gable sits on that for a cover, TWO! Gable blocks a superkick to an OLYMPIC- NO, Ziggler slips out! SUPERKICK!! Cover, Ziggler wins!!

Winner: Dolph Ziggler, by pinfall

But Otis chases after him! Ziggler gets away, but the tree trunk tells him he won’t get so lucky! Will Otis look to wreck Ziggler #ForTheAcademy?

 

Nikki A.S.H. & “Doudrop” Piper Niven speak.

The Almost SuperHero says that next week on Raw, there will be no more almosts! They WILL be one step closer to those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! And Piper says they get to crush the hopes and dreams of Alexa and Asuka while they’re at it!

Alexa & Asuka respond!

“Nikki, Doudrop, you’ve got it all wrong, You’re not gonna crush our dreams, you’re gonna help manifest them.” Does Asuka wanna cap this off? “No one is ready for Alexa Bliss and no one is ready for Asuka!” But then Bayley and her team walk over to say, “More like no one cares!” Alexa, where’s Lily? Or is Asuka her new toy? Wait, what’s security doing rushing off? Did something happen? Bayley and team head out and pass by Styles as he heads back to gorilla. Will the downright villainous Piper & Nikki crush the Fury and the Empress? Is Styles about to crush The Miz?

 

No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS The Miz!

This has been brewing for some time, and now it boils over! Will Styles make this a must-see beating of the Hollywood A-Lister? Or will Miz’s homecoming be AWESOME?

The bell rings and Miz rushes in, into haymakers! Miz shoves Styles, Styles trips Miz and fires off! Miz scrambles away, Styles SMACKS him off the desk! And again! Miz falls over, and Styles clears the desk! Fans rally behind Styles but Miz FLAPJACKS him on the apron! And then RAMS him into the steel steps! Styles tumbles over the steps and Miz stalks after him. Miz drags Styles up to put in the ring, but fans taunt Miz with “TINY BALLS!” Miz says read the shirt. And then Miz looks under the ring. Styles SLIDING KNEES Miz down! Styles puts Miz in the ring, then brings out a kendo stick!

Fans fire up as Styles puts that aside to bring out a chair. But no, that’s still not it. Styles brings out a TABLE! Fans love that one! But Miz then WRECKS Styles with a dropkick! Miz puts the table back under the ring, then he drags Styles into the ring. Miz gets the chair, he gets the kendo stick, and he brings those into the ring. Miz JAMS Styles with the kendo stick, then SMACKS him on the back! Miz sits the chair up to take a seat and talk trash on Styles. Styles ducks the kendo stick to fire off a Phenomenal Blitz! then a RUNNING FOREARM! Miz staggers up and Styles clotheslines him out of the ring!

Styles drags Miz onto the desk! Styles joins Miz up there, reel shim in, but Miz fights free! Throat chop and a TOSS! Styles goes over barriers and into the front row! Fans boo but Miz soaks it all up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns once more and fans rally behind Styles as he starts looking under the ring. He brings the TABLE back out! Fans fire up as Styles sets the table up, and then Styles fetches Miz from commentary. But Miz SMACKS Styles with the kendo stick! Miz puts Styles in the ring, SMACKS him again and again and again, then paces around. Miz uses the kendo stick in the chinlock to almost choke Styles! Styles endures, fights up, pushes the stick away and throws body shots! Styles is free, he ducks the stick to PELE Miz down! Fans fire up while Styles and Miz roll to opposite corners. But then they both see the kendo stick.

Miz and Styles stare down, then scramble! Styles gets the stick and Miz wants mercy! No deal, Styles SMACKS and SMACKS and SMACKS away on Miz! Front and back, then up the middle! Those “huge” balls just took a lot of damage! Then WHITE RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Miz survives but Styles goes to a chair. Styles makes sure it’s secure in ropes, then whips Miz. Miz stops, BOOTS Styles, full nelson, but Styles victory rolls! TWO, and Miz hurries to a corner Styles runs in, Miz puts him on the apron but Styles ROCKS Miz! Fans fire up, Styles springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! cover, CIAMPA drags the ref out!?

Ciampa keeps Miz in this like Miz kept Ciampa in the match earlier, but Styles attacks Ciampa! Styles SMACKS Ciampa off the apron, puts him in the ring, and then brings Ciampa around. Fans fire up but then Styles thinks not to use the Clash here. Styles throws Ciampa out to the apron! Ciampa holds on but Styles runs in. Ciampa shoulders Styles, then drags him up! Styles fights the suplex, ROCKS Ciampa with a right, then runs to DECK him! Ciampa falls through the table!! But Miz sneaks up on Styles! Roll-up, TWO!! Miz stands, Styles ROCKS him! Styles runs in, but is put back on the apron!

Styles resets, but Miz gets the chair to CHUCK at Styles!! Miz gets Styles up, SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Miz can’t believe it and “This is Awesome!” Miz snarls as he gets the kendo stick back. He SMACKS Styles’ leg, then SMACKS it again! And again! Miz drags Styles, steps in, but Styles BOOTS Miz into the chair! Styles gets Miz up, for the STYLES CLASH!! Cover, Styles wins!!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall

Now that was phenomenal! Not even Ciampa could help Miz win this one! Is this all that’s left between Styles and the Miz? Wait, what’s going on in the crowd? Who is that in the hoodie trying to get to the barrier? Security drags away… DEXTER LUMIS?!?! Styles shrugs that off, celebrates with the fans and throws up the Too Sweet. But was Lumis the reason for the strange things happening backstage? Will Lumis find a way to invade Raw?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw here in this HHH Era. Great bracket for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, with the biggest surprise being Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark from NXT are participating. I hope this doesn’t give away that Zoey isn’t winning the NXT Women’s Championship next week, but rather reestablishing that these titles will be on all brands, not just Raw & SmackDown. That said, I would love it if somehow, Nikkita & Zoey made it to the finals to meet Kai & Sky. There’s great history there as Zoey & Sky were NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, and we can finally see them face off in the ring.

That said, great promos from “Control,” aka the faction of Bayley, Kai & Sky. And we got a good encounter between them and Alexa, Asuka & Bianca. Them having a Six Woman Tag for Clash at the Castle is a bit of a surprise, but perhaps that means title matches will all happen before them. Kai & Sky VS Dana & Tamina tonight was great stuff, but of course Kai & Sky win. I’m surprised no 24/7 Championship shenanigans happened even after the match, but maybe HHH and team are just looking for the right person to take that title. And good promos from Nikki & Piper and Alexa & Asuka to call each other out before next week’s match.

Great match out of Rollins VS Dawkins, the Profits are each proving they can go in the singles division, but who knows what happens next. Them announcing Riddle will have an interview next week and Rollins having a promo about it makes me think Rollins VS Riddle that was meant for SummerSlam happens at Clash at the Castle to really put the spotlight on that event. Dom not accepting Edge after last week’s accidental Spear was classic pro-wrestling, but I feel like that is a trope that needs to change. Can’t Dom see in the footage that Rhea shoved him into the path of the attack? But even with that, this is going how I figured, where Rey & Edge are going to team up against Judgement Day. Especially after Edge had to run Priest off, and then Rhea revealed she beat the crap outta Dom.

Speaking of beating the crap out of someone, Kevin Owens brought back that same level of violence where he once beat Sami Zayn into a TKO. Kevin has been doing great even without bringing back this mean streak, but going back to those days could be what Kevin needs to get back to a title. As for Zeke, this could mean Elias comes back to fight Kevin and avenge his brother. Or we finally see Elrod make his on-screen debut to do the same. And Omos then got to beat the crap out of two somebodies, mostly to bide time until a story comes along. We already had Lashley VS Omos, I would think they’ll avoid defaulting to that.

Ziggler VS Gable was great stuff, especially with the opening exchanges of great technical wrestling. Great story of Gable working the leg and making it hard on Ziggler to hit his Superkick. But in the end, Ziggler does win, and I predict Ziggler VS Otis happens next week. I almost expected Theory to rush out here to default back to the growing feud between them, but clearly there’s something new in the works for him. Lashley VS Ciampa was awesome stuff, and it went as I figured: Miz helps Ciampa survive at one point, but Miz couldn’t save Ciampa forever as Styles goes after Miz. And then that set up Styles VS Miz in a great No DQ main event, and of course Ciampa tries to help Miz in return. That doesn’t work, and of course Styles wins.

But an even better detail was something that was happening little by little in the background of the night. First, that bit where Piper & Nikki were wondering what happened to that rental car. Then there was the security guards who rushed past Control, Asuka and Alexa. They were of course kayfabing an intruder angle, and Lumis showing up in the crowd after Styles VS Miz was the reveal. Much like Kross & Scarlett on SmackDown, Lumis is back in the WWE and was causing trouble backstage because he wants to be on Raw. Everyone was hoping for Johnny Gargano to come back in Cleveland, but maybe HHH is working on a slow burn for The Way making their way to Raw.

My Score: 8.8/10


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