Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 30 Results & Report! (10/8/20)
Round 6 wraps it up!
NJPW finishes another round of the G1!
Tetsuya Naito is still strong going into Round 6, but will he still be strong after? NJPW’s number one takes on The Flamboyant One in the G1!
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.
- B Block – Hirooki Goto VS YOSHI-HASHI; Goto wins.
- B Block – Toru Yano VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
- B Block – SANADA VS KENTA; Sanada wins.
- B Block – Tetsuya Naito VS Juice Robinson; Naito wins.
- B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL; Evil wins.
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Here are the current B Block standings!
Tetsuya Naito: 4-1, 8 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-2, 6 points
EVIL: 3-2, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-2, 6 points
Juice Robinson: 3-2, 6 points
KENTA: 2-3, 4 points
SANADA: 2-3, 4 points
Hirooki Goto: 2-3, 4 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 2-3, 4 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-4, 2 points
B Block – Hirooki Goto VS YOSHI-HASHI!
The Fierce Warrior didn’t get the most important win in the G1 but he did get the fastest win ever off of Toru Yano! The Head Hunter put up a great fight but still lost against Tetsuya Naito! But how will these NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions treat each other?
The bell rings and fans rally as Goto and Hashi circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Goto manages to power Hashi to ropes. Hashi turns things around, the ref counts and Hashi lets off. Hashi pats Goto on the shoulder, but then CHOPS him! Goto shakes it off as he and Hashi circle again. They approach, Hashi kicks low and headlocks but Goto powers out to reel Hashi into a headlock. Hashi powers out, Goto comes back and rams him with a shoulder, but Hashi rebounds to ram Goto back! Goto comes back, counters a hip toss with a hip toss, then runs to run Hashi over! Fans fire up as Goto brings Hashi up. Goto bumps Hashi off buckles, stomps away then clubs him down. Goto drags Hashi up, whips him corner to corner and runs in, but Hashi boots the bad arm!
Hashi wrenches that arm, clubs the arm, then hammerlocks to ram Goto into buckles! Hashi wrenches the bad arm again, and hits an arm breaker! Fans cheer as Hashi looms over Goto. Hashi stomps Goto’s bad arm and fans rally up. Hashi brings Goto up again, snapmares him down and chinlocks. Goto endures and reaches for Hashi’s hair but Hashi grabs that arm to get a double wristlock. Fans rally as Goto endures and fights off the hold, but Hashi shifts to short arm scissors! Goto is frustrated but he doesn’t give up as Hashi cranks on the arm. Fans still rally, Goto moves around but Hashi pulls harder. Goto still gets the ropebreak with a foot so Hashi lets go. Hashi toys with Goto and even slaps him! Goto gets mad and pulls Hashi’s hair to put him in a corner!
The ref calls for them to let off, but Hashi uppercuts the bad arm! Hashi elbows the bad arm, then brings Goto back up. Goto resists the suplex, but Hashi resists Goto’s suplex. Goto throws body shots and tries again, but Hashi suplexes first! Goto slips out and staggers to a corner. Hashi runs in, Goto dodges his chop to SAIDO! Both men are down but fans fire up! Fans rally as Hashi crawls to the opposite corner. Goto runs in and hits MURAMASA! Then the BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Hashi survives but Goto drags him back up. Goto fireman’s carries, Hashi fights free and waistlocks. Goto elbows free, runs, but Hashi dodges the lariat to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up while Hashi catches his breath. Goto goes to a corner now and fans rally up. Hashi runs in now, to CHOP Goto and whip, to CHOP again! Hashi mule kicks, runs but into Goto’s fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI!
Fans fire up again as both men are down! Fans build to a rally as Goto sits up first. Goto fires up and drags Hashi into the dragon sleeper. Hashi fights off GTR to get around after the bad arm! Goto rolls through, dodges the clothesline and waistlocks but Hashi elbows free. Hashi runs, Goto follows but Hashi dodges, they collide with clotheslines! They stay up, Hashi LARIATS! Cover, TWO!! Fans build to another rally as Hashi drags Goto up now. Hashi fisherman and suplexes but Goto fights free! Goto clubs Hashi, blocks the boot but Hashi dodges the elbow! DRAGON SUPLEX! Hashi runs as Goto rises, BASEMENT METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Hashi hurries to get the BUTTERFLY LOCK! Goto endures and fans rally up as Hashi leans on the hold!
Goto fights but Hashi cranks harder on the arms! Goto moves with his legs, reaches out, but Hashi turns him from the ropes! Hashi leans as hard as he can on the hold but Goto keeps moving around. Hashi gets the bad arm for the double wristlock! KIMURA-FLY! Goto endures, Hashi cranks and pulls on the arm, but Goto keeps fighting! Goto manages to get his arms free but Hashi shifts to a sleeper! Goto powers up to his feet but Hashi BACKSTABBERS! Fans fire up with Hashi as he brings Goto back up, fisherman suplex, to KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives but Hashi won’t stop! Fans rally as Hashi brings Goto back up. Hashi full nelsons, spins Goto to the pump handle but Goto fights off Karma!
Goto rolls, reels Hashi in, fireman’s carry to G T W! But Goto can’t make the cover here, he’s too tired! Fans rally up as both men slowly stir. Hashi and Goto sit up, head for each other, and Goto throws a forearm. Hashi throws a forearm back, but Goto hits him again. They go back and forth as they stand up, and fans rally as they pick up speed! Hashi gets the edge, but Goto DECKS him with one! Hashi flounders but Goto fires up! Goto focuses his power and aims at Hashi, but Hashi blocks the kick and SHOTEIS! Hashi runs, Goto swats his clothesline away, then spins, into Hashi’s LARIAT! Hashi fires up, drags Goto up, pump handle and-
No! Goto slips out of Karma to dragon sleeper, but Hashi slips out! Hashi HEADBUTTS Goto! Hashi stays up and gets his bad leg working. Hashi brings Goto back up, Goto HEADBUTTS back! Goto stays up now and Hashi is in a daze! Fans rally up as Goto drags Hashi back up to SLAP him! Goto eggs Hashi on so Hashi SLAPS back! Goto ROCKS Hashi with the next one, and BUZZSAWS! Goto drags Hashi up, G T R!! Cover, Goto wins!!
Winner: Hirooki Goto by pinfall; gains 2 points, Hashi earns 0
The Head Hunter could not #GetBackUp, and the Fierce Warrior has a chance! Will Goto be able to get back up and head to the top?
B Block – Toru Yano VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Speaking of the Producer, he lost to Goto in such a fast time, it’s almost like the match didn’t happen! And the Submission Master was also caught off guard by Sanada and didn’t realize his match ended when it did, either. Will both men be much more careful this round?
ZSJ tips the KOPW 2020 trophy over and that upsets Yano. But ZSJ tells Yano he already suspects all his little tricks and will be ready for them. The bell rings and Yano takes out the hidden rolls of tape! One under each knee pad, and two in his waistband! Yano is giving ZSJ a clean fight and fans rally up. ZSJ can’t believe those escaped the ref’s check the first time! Yano and ZSJ tie up, ZSJ powers Yano to ropes and it’s a clean break. Yano asks if ZSJ is a clean vote, and ZSJ says “Of course I’m a clean fighter!” Yano and ZSJ tie up again, Yano powers ZSJ back now and the ref asks for a clean break. Yano holds on but lets up and the fans cheer. ZSJ still accuses Yano of trickery, so Yano brings out a fifth roll of tape!? Yano promises that’s the last one! Now they can have a clean fight.
ZSJ and Yano circle, feel out the grapple, and Yano waistlocks. ZSJ standing switches, Yano switches back, ZSJ drops down to get the leg then waistlock. Yano switches again, ZSJ switches, Yano switches and the two break! Fans cheer for this great exchange! Yano goofs around so much, it makes you forget he’s an accomplished collegiate wrestler. Speaking of, Yano drops down to starting position, daring ZSJ to take him on! ZSJ does, to an Oklahoma Roll to armbar! Yano gets the ropes with a leg and ZSJ lets go fast. ZSJ gives Yano time to return and then drops down! Fans cheer as ZSJ dares Yano to show him that amateur wrestling. Yano shouts, “OKAY~!” but goes to untie a turnbuckle pad! ZSJ CLUBS Yano first, headlocks but Yano powers out.
ZSJ gets Yano, they go around and around, fans rally as Yano turns the cobra twist onto ZSJ! ZSJ reverses the twist onto Yano, drags Yano down to a grounded cobra twist cover, Yano’s foot gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets go in shock, but he kicks Yano out of the ring. ZSJ brings Yano up to throw EuroUppers, then whips Yano, only for Yano to reverse and send ZSJ into railing! Yano hurries out to get a chair from the timekeeper’s! And then he brings out those rolls of tape from under the ring! Yano JAMS ZSJ with the chair, then puts the chair on the other side of the railing. Yano grabs ZSJ’s arm, puts it through railing, and tapes it to the chair! ZSJ resists by pulling Yano’s ear but that doesn’t stop Yano! The ring count begins, Yano runs away and ZSJ is stuck!
The count passes 10 of 20 as ZSJ tries to figure out the puzzle Yano created! It’s past 15! ZSJ moves the chair around, and passes it through the thin way! ZSJ is in at 19!! Yano protests because ZSJ brought a chair into the ring! ZSJ blames Yano and the ref understands. ZSJ shouts, “Why would I do this to myself?!” The ref unravels some of the tape but ZSJ grows impatient. ZSJ tries to rip the tape but it’s strong. Yano asks what’s taking so long. ZSJ gets free and the fans cheer. Yano apologizes but ZSJ is furious. Yano asks why. Why does he think!? Yano apologizes again, explaining “gomenasai” is “I’m sorry” in Japanese. Then bow! Yano bows and even kneels! Yano offers a handshake, ZSJ takes it, but Yano anticipates and blocks ZSJ’s whip!
Yano rakes ZSJ’s eyes, reels ZSJ in, fireman’s carry takeovers and then dodges ZSJ to belly2belly suplex! Fans fire up as Yano brings ZSJ back up and throws him out. Yano goes out and the ref tells him to get this back in the ring. Yano whips ZSJ but ZSJ reverses. Yano stops himself from hitting railing, ZSJ runs in but Yano ducks the clothesline to waistlock! ZSJ blocks the lift, Yano keeps trying, but ZSJ drops down to victory roll to an ANKLE LOCK! Yano endures and the ref tells ZSJ to stop. The ring count starts but ZSJ drags Yano through the gate to the aisle! The count climbs as ZSJ drags Yano away. The count is 10 of 20 but ZSJ still drags Yano over! It gets to 15 and ZSJ lets go! ZSJ runs, Yano hurries to follow on one bad leg, and Yano gets in at 19! ZSJ stands on the bad leg and stomps it.
Yano holds the bottom rope for safety but ZSJ rams into the bad leg! The ref counts as ZSJ pulls on the leg, but ZSJ lets go at 3. ZSJ stomps the leg more, but Yano still clings to the bottom rope. Fans rally up as ZSJ brings Yano up. Yano throws forearm after forearm but ZSJ grabs the bad leg, rolls with it and has the Ankle Lock back! Yano endures the hold but fans rally up. Yano crawls, gets the corner, and unties the buckle pad! ZSJ lets go to stomp Yano but the ref backs him off. ZSJ points out the buckle pad, then he whips Yano corner to corner. Yano reverses and then finishes untying the pad! Fans cheer as Yano hobbles over. The ref reprimands but Yano asks why he has to drop the pad. ZSJ and the ref tell him to let it go but Yano pushes the ref and swings on ZSJ!
ZSJ ducks the pad, Yano ducks the roundhouse and uses the buckle pad to sweep ZSJ! High stack cover, TWO!! Yano gets up, ZSJ throws a EuroUpper and the buckle pad table tops Yano! ZSJ jumps on for the EuroClutch but Yano sits up to sunset flip! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ escapes, Yano uses the ref as a shield! ZSJ pushes the ref aside, and catches the low blow uppercut with his legs! ZSJ spins to leg hook hammerlock the arm, then he gets Yano’s other arm! Yano resists, reaches back and drags ZSJ down to a lateral press! Cover, TWO!! Yano goes for another takedown but ZSJ slips around it for a ghost pin! TWO!! Fans cheer as Yano gets to the corner. ZSJ runs in but only gets the bare buckles! Yano fires up, fans cheer, and Yano picks ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights out to drag Yano down in a guillotine!
Yano fights back up to his feet as fans rally, and he rams ZSJ into bare buckles! Small package, TWO!! Yano argues with the ref, ZSJ waistlocks him. Yano switches, ZSJ resists the lift and switches, but Yano grabs the ref! ZSJ avoids the low blow mule kick to get the ANKLE LOCK! ZSJ grapevines and has the heel hook! Yano endures, fans rally and Yano crawls for ropes! ZSJ cranks harder, Yano grabs the buckle pad and turns over! The ref warns Yano, ZSJ turns him over to lace up the legs for a modified figure four! Yano smacks away on ZSJ’s head with the buckle pad, but again it’s a buckle pad so it doesn’t really hurt. The ref takes the pad away, ZSJ CRANKS on the heel hook! Yano taps, ZSJ wins!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission; gains 2 points, Yano earns 0
Yano could not use tricks to get out of that, he had to #JustTapOut! Can the Submission Master scratch and claw his way to the top of the block?
B Block – SANADA VS KENTA!
The Cold Skull got the drop on ZSJ and now has a fighting chance in the block. But Fang Revived could not drop The Ace, even after hitting him with a briefcase! Will Kenta avoid a Skull End and make Sanada Go To Sleep? Or will he get caught off guard just like ZSJ?
Kenta has made a point of putting a note on the briefcase to remind us all that the crack in it was made by Hiroshi Tanahashi’s head. Sanada wants Kenta to put the briefcase away but Kenta is reluctant. Kenta tosses it to the ref to sucker punch Sanada! The bell rings, Kenta rains down rights on Sanada’s head! Sanada bails out but Kenta is after him with haymakers! Kenta whips Sanada hard into railing! And then off the post! Kenta stomps Sanada down, brings him back up and puts him in the ring. Cover, ONE! Kenta drags Sanada up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Kenta sits Sanada up to stomp and KICK him! Kenta drags Sanada up, whips him and catches him for a sleeper! Sanada flails as Kenta drags him down to the mat.
Fans rally up as Sanada endures and Kenta grinds him down. Sanada fights up, throws elbows, but Kenta throws him down by his hair! Kenta drags Sanada up, whips and elbows Sanada down! Cover, TWO! Kenta drags Sanada into a headscissor hold, but Sanada endures. Sanada rolls and gets the ropebreak! Kenta lets go and drags Sanada up, but Sanada throws forearms! Kenta drop toeholds and drops an elbow! Kenta rams his knee in then drags Sanada up for another chinlock. Fans rally as Sanada endures and fights up again. Sanada is up, throws elbows and is free, but he runs into Kenta’s sleeper! Sanada slips out and shoves Kenta to dropkick the knee! Kenta rushes back in but into a back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Fans rally up and Sanada stands first. Sanada goes after Kenta at the ropes, whips him but Kenta reverses to throw forearms. Kenta kicks but Sanada blocks and trips Kenta. Sanada has the legs and starts tying Kenta up, but Kenta fights out of Paradise! Kenta kicks and whips but Sanada reverses. Kenta sunset flips, Sanada rolls through and gets Kenta tied up, into Paradise Lock! Fans cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans do get louder, and louder, and Sanada dropkicks Kenta out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Sanada keeps his cool as he fireman’s carries. Kenta rakes eyes and shoves Sanada to then POWERSLAM! Both men are down but Kenta goes to a corner. Fans rally up as Sanada stands in the other corner. Sanada runs corner to corner but Kenta boots him!
Kenta climbs up, reels Sanada in, tornado stungun! Kenta is up top, leaps and hits the FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Kenta drags Sanada back up. Kenta waistlocks, Sanada resists the lift and elbows back, but Kenta clubs him. Kenta runs but Sanada sends him out to then build speed. Kenta dodges, Sanada tumbles up and over, only for Kenta to trip him up! Sanada is down on the apron while Kenta catches his breath. Fans rally up, Kenta gets in and drags Sanada up. Kenta brings Sanada through ropes, for a DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Sanada still lives and fans cheer but Kenta aims from a corner. Sanada stands, Kenta runs corner to corner to BOOT Kenta keeps going to HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Kenta climbs up top. Kenta leaps, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives the coup de grace but Kenta slashes the throat!
Kenta drags Sanada up, fireman’s carries, but Sanada fights out to dragon sleeper! Sanada drops back but Kenta rolls out of Skull End to get an arm! Kenta wrenches Sanada around on the mat, but Sanada rolls through. Kenta drags Sanada into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Sanada pops out, but Kenta wants the crossface! Sanada fights, ROPEBREAK! Kenta doesn’t get Game Over but he KICKS Sanada in the ribs! Sanada staggers up, Kenta runs, but into Sanada’s fireman’s carry! TKO!! Sanada doesn’t cover, he drags Kenta up into the dragon sleeper! Kenta spins around and rams Sanada into the ref! Kenta kicks Sanada and SPIKES him with the DDT! Fans rally up while Sanada is down and Kenta goes outside. Kenta grabs his briefcase! Kenta wants to add a crack to it with Sanada’s name on it!
Sanada stands, ducks the briefcase and dropkicks it into Kenta’s face! Sanada drags Kenta up, scoop to a backbreaker! Sanada goes to a corner, climbs, MOONSAULT onto knees!! Cradle, TWO!! Sanada survives but Kenta keeps on him! Kenta fireman’s carries, Sanada slips off to dragon sleeper! Kenta spins through to inside cradle, TWO!! Sanada ducks and O’Conner Rolls to a BRIDGE! Sanada wins!!
Winner: Sanada, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Kenta earns 0
Kenta is furious with the ref but the count was fair! The IWGP US Championship contract holder has lost again! Will he have his hands busy after the G1 trying to hold onto the briefcase? Will Sanada be able to complete the comeback in the block?
B Block – Tetsuya Naito VS Juice Robinson!
The IWGP Double Champion recovered strong and stands at 4-1. But the Flamboyant One learned that Everything is Evil just a few days ago. Will Juice recover to join the very short list of those who have pinned the dual IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion?
Juice is patient as Naito takes off the elaborate entrance attire. He even lounges on the ropes while he waits. Juice applauds when Naito finishes and the fans cheer, too. The bell rings and fans rally up as Naito and Juice circle. Juice claps and dances to the “NA-I-TO” clapping, then he gets them to clap-clap-stomp. We Will Rock You as Juice and Naito circle more. They approach but Naito dodges Juice. The “NA-I-TO” clapping returns as Naito and Juice circle again. They approach and this time Juice dodges Naito. Juice grins as he gives Naito a taste of his own medicine, but he gets serious now. Juice calls for a test of strength, and Naito knuckle locks with him. Juice gets the arm, wrenches to a wristlock, but Naito spins through and wrenches to a hammerlock.
Juice reaches back, fireman’s carry takeover to a cording hold, but Naito gets up. Naito gets a leg, drops down on it for a toehold, but Juice endures. Juice uses a leg to pry Naito off and even stomps him! Juice brings Naito up, headlocks and hits a takeover, but Naito headscissors back. Juice pops out, Naito is Tranquilo! Naito uses the chest bumping and fist raising to mock We Will Rock You. Juice smirks as the fans rally up. Naito and Juice reset and circle again. They tie up, Juice headlocks but Naito pulls hair. Juice cranks on the headlock, Naito powers Juice off but Juice runs him over! Things speed up, Naito swings into Juice’s backbreaker! Juice hits a Russian leg sweep, then drops a senton! Naito bails out but Juice follows.
Juice scoops and snake eyes Naito on the railing! Juice drags Naito up and around to whip hard into railing! Naito is down, Juice leaves him behind and the fans rally up again. A ring count begins, Naito sits up at 2 but slowly gets up. Naito stands at 12 of 20, heads over to the ring and is in at 15. Juice stomps Naito at the ropes over and over but lets off. Juice drags Naito back up, whips him to ropes but Naito holds ropes to boot Juice back! Naito ducks a boot, waistlocks, but Juice resists and elbows free. Juice runs but into Naito’s arm-drag! Naito kicks, runs and huricanranas Juice out of the ring! Naito pursues and brings Juice up to bump off the apron then ram him into railing! And repeat! And repeat! Then he whips Juice into more railing!
Fans cheer as Naito leaves Juice behind. Fans rally up as the ring count begins again. Juice sits up at 5, slowly rises and stands at 14 to get in at 15! Naito stomps Juice at the ropes, kicks him to more ropes, then chokes him on those ropes! Red Shoes counts, Naito whips Juice and catches him for a sleeper! Juice endures, Naito shifts to a dragon sleeper for the backbreaker, and then the leg hook full nelson. Naito mocking chants, “Juice! Juice!” and fans clap along. Juice grabs at Naito but Naito rakes Juice’s eyes! Juice moves around, reaches and gets the ropebreak with a foot. Red Shoes helps Naito let Juice go, and Naito keeps his cool as he mocks “Juice! Juice!” again. Juice sits up, Naito kicks him then cravats.
Naito cranks on the neck, Juice throws body shots, but Naito cranks harder! They end up in a corner, Red Shoes calls for the break but Naito throws elbows in over and over! Naito brings Juice out, slaps and chants, “Juice!” Fans rally up with the clapping, Naito kicks Juice low and reels him in. Naito turns Juice for a neckbreaker, but Juice turns it back! Naito turns Juice again, Juice turns it back again, so Naito clubs away on Juice’s back. Naito turns Juice again but Juice turns it back around to suplex! Naito fights that off, throws haymakers and kicks, then whips. Juice reverses, and hits a SPINE BUSTER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Naito and Juice stir, sit up and stand. Juice pumps up and fans clap along. JAB, JAB, JAB!
Juice powers up but Naito ducks, Juice gets him for a DDT! It was a feint! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives but Juice keeps his cool. Juice goes to a corner as fans rally up again. Juice goes up to the top rope, leaps, but Naito gets under! Naito comes back, whips Juice and elbows him! Juice comes back, but into a hip toss, Naito adds the basement dropkick! Both men are down again but fans rally up. Naito again mocks the Juice pumping as he gets up. Juice sits up, too, Naito runs at him in the corner and blocks the boots! Naito hits a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Then the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Into PLUMA BLANCA! Juice is caught in Naito’s Koji Klutch and fans rally up! Juice fights, moves around, but Naito holds on tight! Juice still crawls and gets the ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Naito lets go at 3.
Naito drags Juice up, reels him in and hammerlocks and half nelsons. Juice fights out of Gloria but Naito CLUBS him! Naito clubs Juice at the ropes and mocks the pumping. Juice swats at Naito but Naito clubs and whips. Juice reverses, dodges the flying forearms to full nelson SLAM! Both men are down again and fans rally up. Juice sits up and gets to a corner. Naito is in the other, Juice runs in, CANNONBALL! Juice fires up and the fans do, too! Juice has the fans clap for We Will Rock You as he drags Naito back up. Juice hoists Naito up top and CHOPS him! Juice has the fans keep going and he climbs up top. Naito fights back, Juice drags Naito up for the SUPERPLEX! Juice holds on and rolls, to stalling suplex to the JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Naito lives and Juice is beside himself!
The fans rally up again, Juice gets up and fires up! Juice drags Naito up, chicken wings and spins, but Naito pushes free. Naito runs in, Juice fireman’s carries but Naito slips off. LEFT HAND O’ GOD!! Juice fires up and brings down the straps! Juice beats his chest and the fans fire up! Juice brings Naito up, fireman’s carries, but Naito POISON-RANAS the Juice Box away! Both men are down again but fans fire up. Naito stands up and heads over to Juice. Naito drags Juice up, throws back elbows over and over, and Juice falls over. Fans rally up as Naito drags Juice back up, to throw more elbows. Juice falls again but fans continue to rally. Naito drags Juice back up, throws even more elbows, and Juice staggers away to a corner.
Naito hoists Juice up top, climbs up fast, and SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up as Juice lands hard! Naito runs in, tilt-o-whirl but Juice pops him off to HEEL KICK! Both men are down again and the fans rally back up! Juice rises first and fires himself up. Juice reels Naito in, Naito spins out and spins Juice, to tornado but Juice blocks the DDT! Juice pops Naito around to another suplex! Naito turns that to a DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?! Juice survives but Naito isn’t bothered! Naito drags Juice back up, wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but Juice slips out! Juice brings Naito up for a FALLING BOMB! Both men are down but fans rally again. Naito slowly sits up first, brings Juice up and throws a big forearm! Juice CLUBS Naito back, but Naito throws another forearm. Juice headbutts but Naito slaps Juice around.
Naito mocks the pumping between slaps, but Juice mocks the “open eye” as he slaps Naito back! They keep slapping and mocking each other as they get up! Things are fast and furious now, Juice JABS, JABS, and JABS! Naito ducks the Left Hand O’ God, and the right, to enziguri! Juice stays up to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Juice somehow got opened up! Naito’s foot must’ve hit Juice in the head as he flipped around. Juice drags Naito up, chicken wings and turns, but Naito denies Pulp Friction to throw elbow after elbow. Juice ducks one, LEFT HAND O’ GOD!! Juice drags Naito up, reels him in and chicken wings, PULP- NO!
Naito hooks an arm, Juice breaks free but Naito dodges the Left Hand again! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Juice survives and the fans are thunderous! Naito won’t let this stand as he brings Juice back up. Another DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Juice earns 0
The IWGP Double Champion finds a way and is now 5-1!! The only man in the entire G1 this year to BE at 5-1! Does that mean Naito is a shoe-in for the finals?
B Block – Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
Speaking of the King of Darkness, he and The Ace won big in Round 5 to stay alive in the block! But will love and energy thwart Evil this day?
Evil and Dick Low Sweet while Tanahashi shows off the muscles. The bell rings and fans rally up with “TA-NAH-SHI!” Evil pretends he can’t hear them as he and Tanahashi circle. They approach, Evil kicks low and headlocks tight. Evil grinds Tanahashi, Tanahashi pries at the hold, but Evil wrangles him back in. Tanahashi slips out the back to headlock and hit a takeover! Fans cheer while Tanahashi grinds Evil down. Evil moves around, gets up but Tanahashi grinds harder. Evil powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds, Evil fights up and powers up again but he still can’t get free! Fans cheer, but Evil tries again. Tanahashi grinds and thrashes Evil around, but Evil pulls hair! Red Shoes counts but Tanahashi pulls hair in return!
Tanahashi puts Evil in the corner to throw body shots! Tanahashi fires up, whips corner to corner but Evil reverses. Tanahashi elbows back and jump up for the crossbody! Fans fire up as Tanahashi air guitars! Tanahashi drags Evil up and fans rally again. Tanahashi throws more body shots and then EuroUppers. Tanahashi whips, Evil reverses and Dick trips Tanahashi! Dick drags Tanahashi out while Evil gets in Red Shoes’ way! Dick throws haymakers then whips Tanahashi into railing! Dick gets away with it and Evil goes out to get chairs! Evil places many chairs in a pile while Dick distracts Red Shoes. Evil JAMS Tanahashi with one chair, puts it around Tanahashi’s head, and then hits the HOME RUN!
Young Lion Yota Tsuji protests at this point, so Evil attacks him! Evil snap suplexes Tsuji onto the chairs! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil shrugs. It was just a Young Lion who isn’t even part of the match. Red Shoes checks on Tanahashi while Evil unties the blue corner’s buckle pad! Bullet Club’s favorite corner is exposed but Evil hides it from Red Shoes. The ring count begins on Tanahashi and fans rally up. Tanahashi gets up at 6, uses railing to stand at 10, and hobbles over to the ring at 14 to get in at 15. Evil drags Tanahashi up, snap suplexes him then covers, but Red Shoes refuses to count. Red Shoes knows about the chair pile, the chair shot homer, and obviously the bare buckles. Evil keeps his cool as he drags Tanahashi around and stomps the leg.
Evil drops an elbow on the leg, but fans rally as Tanahashi endures. Tsuji is back to clap, too, and Tanahashi powers his way towards ropes to get the ropebreak! Evil holds on until Red Shoes counts 4, then he taunts Tanahashi. Evil drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi throws forearms! Evil whips Tanahashi into the bare buckles! Tanahashi goes down in pain but fans rally back up. Evil suplexes Tanahashi but Tanahashi fights back. Tanahashi throws body shots, forearms and kicks, but Evil blocks! Evil hands the foot to Red Shoes, but then Tanahashi catches Evil’s kick! What do they do now?! Tanahashi has Red Shoes let his foot go, and then Tanahashi DRAGON SCREWS! Fans rally up again as Tanahashi hobbles after Evil.
Tanahashi throws forearms on Evil then whips. Evil reverses, but Tanahashi comes back with forearms! Fans cheer and rally as Tanahashi looms over Evil. Tanahashi drags Evil up, bumps him off buckles then scoop slams him into the drop zone! Tanahashi hops up, fans cheer the somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool and fans rally up behind him again. Evil slowly stands, Tanahashi throws forearms and whips. Evil reverses, Dick swipes at Tanahashi, and Evil grabs Tanahashi’s hair! Tanahashi throws forearms and runs, but Evil side steps to send Tanahashi out! Tanahashi holds on and skins the cat! Evil is there to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally up again and that annoys Evil. Evil drags Tanahashi up and FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!
Evil is losing his cool while fans fire up more. Dick tries to intimidate Tsuji while Evil gets Tanahashi’s legs. Tanahshi fights off the Sharpshooter and Evil staggers away. Evil runs but into a takedown! Tanahashi gets the legs and works to turn Evil over. Evil pulls an ear to deny the Cloverleaf, then he whips Tanahashi to Dick’s side, but Tanahashi baseball slides Dick down! Tanahashi shoulders into Evil, gets his leg through the ropes and DRAGON SCREWS! Fans fire up as Evil falls over! Tanahashi fires up and gets the leg again, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi still wants the legs, and he gets the the Cloverleaf! Evil endures as Tanahashi sits down deep! Evil powers out, Tanahashi pushes him back down and sits as DEEP as he can! Red Shoes checks on Evil but Evil refuses to quit!
Evil powers up again, reaches for ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets go and grows frustrated. Fans fire up as Tanahashi gets back up. Tanahashi drags Evil up but blocks the low blow! Tanahashi SHOTEIS! Evil ends up in a corner, Tanahashi whips but Evil reverses and redirects him into the bare buckles! Both men are down but fans rally up again. Evil and Tanahashi slowly rise and Evil brings Tanahashi around. Tanahashi throws forearms and uppercuts first! Tanahashi runs, but Evil dodges and runs, only for Tanahashi to do the same! Evil goes the other way to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Evil is furious but the fans are fired up! Evil stands up and slashes the throat! Evil turns Tanahashi around, stands him up, spins him but Tanahashi denies the STO!
Tanahashi swings a clothesline, gets caught, but still fights off the STO! Evil fireman’s carries, DARKNESS- SLING BLADE!! Tanahashi counters but both men are down! Tanahashi rises and fans fire up with him as he climbs! Dick distracts but Tsuji counters! Tanahashi aims, Evil stands, HIGH FLY CROSSBODY! Tanahashi fires up and the fans are thunderous! Tanahashi has the legs, for the CLOVERLEAF! Evil endures, Tanahashi sits deep, but Evil fights up! Evil heads for ropes, Tanahashi cranks back, Red Shoes checks on Evil as he fades! Evil grabs at Red Shoes and in comes Dick with the CHOKER!! Tanahashi lets Evil go, Evil keeps Red Shoes down, but fans rally for Tanahashi! Tanahashi powers up to power the choker off!! And SHOTEIS Dick down! Evil runs in, into TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!
Fans are thunderous again as Tanahashi hits the SLING BLADE! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi puts Evil in a drop zone and even climbs the bare corner. Tanahashi leaps, HIGH FLY FLOW to Evil’s back! Tanahashi turns Evil over, goes back up, but Dick throws a chair! Tanahashi catches it!! Red Shoes warns Dick, Tanahashi hands the chair back to Red Shoes and adjusts. But Dick trips Tanahashi!! Tanahashi lands on his love and energy! Fans rally up as Tanahashi tries to get back up. Evil hobbles over, climbs up to join Tanahashi, and brings him to the very top, SUPERPLEX!! Cover, TWO!!! Tanahashi still lives! Dick is furious but the fans are thunderous again!
Evil shakes his head as he gets back up. Evil drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, and DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives again and the fans keep rallying! Evil seethes as he slashes the throat and drags Tanahashi back up. Evil spins Tanahashi, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!!! Cover, Evil wins!!
Winner: EVIL, by pinfall; gains 2 points, Tanahashi gains 0
A hush falls over the fans as the King of Darkness trumps The Ace! Tsuji helps Tanahashi out of the ring mostly to keep him safe from Dick and Evil. Evil grabs the mic to say, “Oi, Tanahashi, I just wiped you out!” And he asks the fans, “Do all you pieces of trash realize now who is strength? Who is justice? Who is the real deal? Do you get it now?! EVERYTHING IS EVIL! It’s rrrrreeeeeaal!” Will this lead to an upheaval of the block?
Here are the NEW B Block standings!
Tetsuya Naito: 5-1, 10 points
EVIL: 4-2, 8 points
SANADA: 3-3, 6 points
Hirooki Goto: 3-3, 6 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 3-3, 6 points
Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-3, 6 points
Juice Robinson: 3-3, 6 points
KENTA: 2-4, 4 points
YOSHI-HASHI: 1-5, 2 points
Another great night, but perhaps only one surprise with the main event. I thought Tanahashi would go 4-2, but I suppose with Naito having the win over him, he’s already out of the running. I say that because I do not see Naito winning much more after this. He still has Evil, Kenta and Yano, and I really only see Evil coming close to beating him. Naito VS Evil is up next and will be an epic showdown that could decide everything now that Evil is 4-2 and right on Naito’s heels.
There is a massive log jam at 3-3 now, but Sanada getting a win off Kenta really complicates who gets a shot at that briefcase. There are a lot of possibilities there, but just about anyone against Jon Moxley would make a great match, whenever that’d happen. Sanada has a win on Naito and will surely get a shot at THE IWGP Heavyweight Championship, but I don’t think he wins that. So if Sanada gets the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship shot, he could win that and have a singles title he could just run with for a bit. But chances are, NJPW will want to have it with someone who is American, or at least based out of America, as per NJPW Strong on Fridays.
My Score: 9.3/10
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Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Champions are on a Rampage!
Four championships on one Friday night!
AEW Rampage hosts FOUR (non AEW) championship matches on one night! Will the champions make it through with their titles?
- AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico; Vikingo wins and retains the title.
- NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti; ZSJ wins and retains the title.
- NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura; Willow wins and retains the title.
- ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty; Shibata wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
AAA Mega Championship Triple Threat: El Hijo del Vikingo VS Komander VS Dralistico w/ Jose!
Two of these men teamed up just last night on ROH to win a Six Man Tag, but now they are opponents for the top title in AAA Lucha Libre. Meanwhile, La Faccion Ingobernable’s Prince of Silver and Gold is hungry for gold, will he take it away from Vikingo?
The bell rings and the three circle. Fans rally up for “LUCHA! LUCHA!” and “LUCHA LIBRE!” Dralistico swings, Vikingo dodges, but then Komander ducks Vikingo’s kick! Dralistico picks Vikingo up, throws him at Komander, but Komander throws Vikingo back. Vikingo wheelbarrows and arm-drags Dralistico but handsprings through. Vikingo dodges Komander now, shoves him to ropes, but Komander springboards! Vikingo gets under the crossbody, Komander tumbles and rolls but Dralistico jumps over, and then Vikingo jumps over Dralistico. Komander jumps over Vikingo, Dralistico jumps over Komander again, and they cycle continues!
Fans fire up for jump after jump, and then the three stand off. Dralistico raises the LFI fist and the three circle. Dralistico shoves the other two to then DOUBLE SHOTGUN! They bail out, Dralistico runs to FLY! Dralistico wipes both men out and fans fire up! Dralistico RAMS Komander into steel steps, and then he runs and RAMS Vikingo into railing! Fans cheer, Jose pats Dralistico on the shoulder and Dralistico goes back to BOOT Komander down. Dralistico puts Komander in, aims and springboards, to SWANTON! Cover, TWO! Dralistico wants a faster count but the ref says his count was fair.
Dralistico stomps Komander but fans taunt him. Dralistico bails out, tells the fans he’s done with them, but then they boo. Dralistico goes back to the ring, brings Komander up and tells everyone to hush. Dralistico CHOPS and Komander sits right down! Fans cheer as Dralistico says one more time, and he CHOPS, and CHOPS, and whips Komander. Komander reverses, runs in but is put on the apron. Dralistico swings, Komander blocks, and then Komander CHOPS! Komander slingshots up but Dralistico trips him! Dralistico ROCKS Komander, puts him in the ropes, and then goes up the corner.
Fans fire up as Dralistico WOE STOMPS Komander to the apron!! Fans fire up but then Vikingo gets in to go up and up and AIRHARA MOONSAULT! Direct hit on Dralistico and the fans are thunderous! Vikingo gets Dralistico and Komander in the ring, and then runs in at the corner. Dralistico stands up into the GAMANGIRI! Vikingo goes up the corner, to IMPLODER DRAGON RANA!! Fans fire up as Vikingo keeps Dralistico in the ring to then go up the ropes, OUTSIDE-IN PHOENIX SPLASH!! Cover, Komander breaks it! Fans fire up as this continues, they love “LUCHA! LUCHA!”
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Dralistico, Komander adds a knee, and they double whip corner to corner. Vikingo sends Komander in but Dralistico TOSSES him out! Vikingo and Dralistico step up face to face, and Vikingo CHOPS! Dralistico CHOPS! Vikingo CHOPS again! Dralistico drops to a knee, and fans rally up. Vikingo throws forearms but Dralistico gives them back. Dralistico then SOBATS, KNEES, and runs, but into a SCREW HIGH KICK! Cover, TWO! Dralistico survives and Vikingo is a bit surprised. Fans continue to rally as Vikingo sees Komander on the apron. Vikingo storms up to throw forearms on Komander while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Vikingo GAMANGIRIS Komander down to the floor, then he fires forearms on Dralistico. Vikingo gets the fans fired up as he whips corner to corner. Dralistico reverses, runs in, but Vikingo puts him on the apron. Dralistico bumps Viking off buckles, ROUNDHOUSES him, then springboards, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Vikingo is still in this and Jose is upset. Dralistico drags Vikingo up, pushes him to ropes, then goes out to look under the ring. He brings out a TABLE! Jose helps Dralistico set that up at ringside, then Dralistico goes to fetch Vikingo. Komander is there but Dralistico ROCKS him and RAMS him into railing.
Dralistico CHOKES Vikingo against the railing, Rampage returns to single picture, and Dralistico puts Vikingo in the ring. Fans rally up, Dralistico runs to SUPERKICK Komander in the corner! Dralistico tranquilos on the top rope and fans are torn. Dralistico runs side to side again but Komander avoids the boot wash to GAMANGIRI! Komander springboards and double jumps, FLYING RANA!! Not the cleanest but fans fire up. Vikingo returns, Komander goes Matrix to then arm-drag Vikingo around! And dropkick! Fans fire up again as Vikingo brawls with Dralistico on the outside, and Komander climbs the far corner!
Komander tightrope walks to double jump MOONSAULT! “This is Awesome!” as Komander puts Dralistico in the ring. Komander goes up the corner again, tightrope walks again, 450 SPLASH!! Cover, but Vikingo DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Fans fire up as Dralistico flops out onto the table. Vikingo whips Komander, Komander reverses, but Vikingo goes up and Komander hits buckles! Vikingo then springboards to FLYING POISON-RANA Komander down!! Vikingo puts Komander out on the table with Dralistico, and then runs the ropes! Fans fire up as Vikingo goes up and 630 SENTONS through the senton!!
“This is Awesome!” but Dralistico avoided disaster! Dralistico puts Vikingo in, slashes his throat, POWER- RANA!! Cover, VIKINGO WINS!!
Winner: El Hijo del Vikingo, by pinfall (still AAA Mega Champion)
Dralistico is furious that victory was snatched away from him in an instant! But this is why you cannot underestimate El Hijo del Vikingo! Will his AAA Mega reign continue through the summer?
Backstage interview with Team Triple J.
Lexi Nair is with Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Satnam Singh, as well as Jeff & Karen Jarrett, “and the talk all week has been that you, Sonjay Dutt, and your group will be suspended.” WHAT?! Fined? Suspended? The only ones who should be facing that is AEW itself! They backed Triple J into a corner and they came out swinging like any real fighters would! Lethal feels that there should be consequences for Aubrey Edwards! She’s been against Triple J since the dawn of time! Something needs to be done about her! Jeff adds that there’s been enough talk these past five days. Should the heat go on the promotion? Should the heat go on Briscoe? On Aubrey?
The reality of the fact is, these five people are walking, talking, fire-breathing heat! But wait, here comes Mark Briscoe! He wants everyone to simmer down. There will be no suspensions, he assures us that. Mark talked with Tony Khan, Tony promised them there would be no suspensions. Because if Triple J is suspended, then they can’t be here. Because if they aren’t here, then they can’t get the ass whooping they deserve! Lethal wants Mark to hold on but Mark tells Lethal to shut up! We ain’t talking about Lethal! We’re talking about Jeff and KAREN! What?! “We?” Who is “we?!” AUBREY EDWARDS!!
Triple J cannot believe this. Aubrey wants Karen? Then there’s nothing but air and opportunity between them. So then Aubrey CHOKES Karen!! Karen and Aubrey start scrapping and Triple J, other refs and security rush in to stop this! When and where will Double J & the one true Karen have to face off with the Sussex County Chicken and one pissed off zebra?
NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Action Andretti!
Speaking of just last night on ROH, the Frontman of TMDK just defended this belt against Rocky Romero to prove a point to “Samoan Joseph” about who is the better, harder working Television Champion. And here he is again as part of this championship edition of Rampage! Will the ZSJ Show continue on into the summer block? Or will NJPW have some #LightsCameraAction?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Action gets his 15 minutes of fame!
The bell rings and we’re on the clock. The two circle, fans rally, feel things out, and ZSJ shoots in to waistlock and full nelson. Then he spins Action to a cravat, but Action pries at the hold. ZSJ facelocks now, Action wrenches out of that but ZSJ rolls and slips away. Fans cheer this opening exchange and the two reset. Action shoots in but ZSJ avoids him. They tie up with knuckle locks, ZSJ bridges back and wrenches around to then wrangle Action with a top wristlock. Fans cheer and ZSJ digs a knee into the shoulder. Action rolls, cartwheels, arm-drags, but fans cheer as ZSJ holds onto the wrist!
ZSJ twists the wrist, bends the fingers, drags Action up and wrenches the arm to wrangle him again. Action keeps his shoulders up, fans rally, and Action kips up to wrench and MONKEY FLIP! But ZSJ still holds onto the wrist! Fans rally, ZSJ bends the fingers and he tortures Action’s arm. Action fights up but ZSJ keeps after the fingers. ZSJ flexes but Action stands. Action spins, flips and arm-drags free! Action then CHOPS ZSJ, then knuckle locks to go up and up and FLYING ARM-DRAG! ZSJ flounders up, Action DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up as Action runs to IMPLODER TORNILLO! Cover, TWO!
ZSJ is still in this but he goes to a corner. Action runs in, but ZSJ dodges. Action goes up, leaps, and FLYING RANAS! ZSJ bails out, fans fire up and Action builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit into the railing! Fans are fired up with Action and he brings ZSJ back up. Action puts ZSJ in, slingshots, but ZSJ shoves him! Action lands safe but swings into body scissors, which ZSJ makes into a HANGING TRIANGLE! ZSJ did this to Rocky last night! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go at 4 and he drags Action back in, to WRING the arm out! Fans sing “OH~ Zack Sabre Junior~” as he stalks Action. ZSJ sits on the arm, hammerlocks it, and TWISTS!
Action writhes while fans are torn over the savagery. ZSJ gets Action’s leg, steps over to get the arm, and he STOMPS the arm! “OI! TV Tekkers, mates!” ZSJ stalks Action to a corner, brings him up and UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! “This is Awesome!” and ZSJ knuckle locks to wrench Action. Action endures as ZSJ twists the wrist more, and then ZSJ KICKS a leg. Action stays up so ZSJ wrenches and twists the wrist. Action throws body shots and CHOPS! ZSJ jumps on to drag Action down to a DISARMER! Action endures, reaches out, and fans rally. Action kicks around, ZSJ pulls on the arm, but Action gets the ROPEBREAK!
ZSJ lets go in frustration but he storms up to drag Action up. ZSJ has a double wristlock but Action endures. Fans rally, ZSJ jumps on to body scissor! Action stays up but ZSJ keeps on that arm. Action throws body shots, then suplexes high and HARD! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Action roars, runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives and fans rally up again. Action brings ZSJ up, but ZSJ fights the torture rack to wrench and PELE the arm! And then he drop toeholds Action so he can STOMP the arm again! Fans are torn while Action clutches the bad shoulder.
ZSJ drags Action up, but Action blocks the Pele to ENZIGURI! Action puts ZSJ up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. But ZSJ gets the bad arm to twist it! And YANK it! Action throws body shots, forearms, but ZSJ DECKS Action! ZSJ eggs on the fans, the fans cheer, and Action kips up! PELE!! Action runs corner to corner and jumps up to SUPER STEINER!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Action can’t believe it! Action drags ZSJ up, torture racks, but ZSJ has a SLEEPER! Action sputters, he starts fading! But Action powers up! ZSJ lets go, slips free, but Action drops to victory roll! TWO!!!
ZSJ KICKS Action in the leg! And then KICKS him in the arm! ZSJ is mad now, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Action goes up, POISON-RANA!! ZSJ flops around, Action runs in again, “This is Awesome!” as Action SHOTGUNS ZSJ down! ZSJ is in the drop zone, Action goes up, SPLIT-LEG MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives again but Action goes right to the apron. Action springboards, but flies into a TAKEDOWN! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!!! Action flails around, but ZSJ gets the other arm! Modified Rings of Saturn, into JIM BREAKS ARMBAR!! Action verbally quits, ZSJ wins!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (still NJPW World TV Champion)
Action’s 15 minutes of fame were really just over 10 minutes as The Frontman does it again! But now he moves on to defend this title at NJPW Dominion on Sunday against Jeff Cobb in a highly anticipated rematch. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will ZSJ get crushed by the Imperial Unit?
NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Willow Nightingale VS Emi Sakura!
The Babe with the Power, too sweet to be sour, is the very-first NJPW Strong Women’s Champion after a powerful run at Resurgence. But will Willow make it through her first defense? Or will the Queen of Joshi take Willow’s throne already?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and one way or another, we witness a historic first defense!
The bell rings and the two RAM each other! Fans rally up as Emi and Willow RAM shoulders again! And again! Emi eggs Willow on so she says okay! Willow runs, RAMS Emi, but Emi roars! Emi runs, Willow follows and runs Emi over! Fans fire up and Willow waves. Willow brings Emi up to snap suplex! Willow runs up to CHOP Emi in the corner, then follows her along the ropes. Willow CHOPS Emi in the other corner and fans rally up. Willow puts Emi in the third corner, CHOPS, CHOPS and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up but Emi avoids the big chop. Emi runs in but Willow goes out to the apron.
Emi stops from hitting buckles, but Willow still counter punches her! Willow then brings Emi up, and fans fire up as they go up the ropes! Emi fights the suplex, tries to suplex Willow, but Willow fights to try again. But Emi rakes the eyes! Emi runs to BODY CHECK Willow off the apron! Emi goes out, signals to media to move, and laughs before she TOSSES Willow at railing! Fans rally as Emi runs in to SPLASH Willow against the railing! The ring count climbs as Emi drags Willow up and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Emi puts Willow in the ring, taunts the fans a bit, soaks up some heat, and then takes her time going up the steel steps. Willow sits up, Emi steps in, but Willow throws body shots! Emi CHOPS Willow, Willow goes to ropes, and Emi CHOPS her again! Willow goes to a corner, Emi soaks up the heat, and she storms up to CHOP again! And again! And again! Emi swaggers around, storms back up, but Willow CHOPS! And CHOPS! And ROCKS! Willow CHOPS again! Willow falls, Emi hurries to sit her up into a DRAGON SLEEPER! Willow endures, fights around, but Emi cranks the hold!
Fans rally, Willow fights but Emi pushes her to a cover, TWO! Willow is free of the hold, but Emi CHOPS her! And CHOPS her again! Willow eggs Emi on but Emi pokes her in the eye! The ref reprimands but Emi just grins. Emi brings Willow up to HEADBUTT! Willow staggers but she throws body shots. Emi eggs Willow on and SLAPS her! Emi brings Willow around to reel her in and hook the arms. But Willow fights with body shots! Willow fires off but Emi CLUBS her down as Rampage goes to break.
Rampage returns and Willow has Emi in a corner. Willow goes corner to corner to back body block! And clothesline! And snapmare to then go up. Emi stands, Willow MISSILE DROPKICKS! Cover, TWO! Emi survives, maybe even got Willow’s eyes again, but Willow comes back. Willow fireman’s carries but Emi slips fere to the DRAGON SLEEPER! Emi laughs, to TWISTING DDT! Willow staggers to a corner, Emi grins and runs in, BODY CHECK in the corner! Emi goes up top to TWISTING VADER! Cover, TWO!! Willow survives and Emi is frustrated. Emi reels Willow in, hooks the arms, but Willow fights again!
Willow Alabama Lifts but Emi sunset flips! Willow rolls through to BASEMENT CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Emi survives but Willow just runs in, only for Emi to sidestep and roll-up! TWO, but Emi steps over. Willow powers out of La Magistrol, and DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Willow fires up, DOUBLE LARIATS collide again! Willow fires up again, swings, but Emi gets around to CHOP LARIAT!! Both women are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks and both women are still in this. Emi drags Willow up, fans rally, but Emi underhooks the arms. BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER!! Emi fires up, she’s not done here!
Fans are thunderous as Emi waits on Willow to rise. Emi then CHOPS, CHOPS, and CHOPS again! MACHINE GUN CHOPS, but Willow shoves her away. Emi CHOP LARIATS, then whips corner to corner. Willow comes back to POUNCE Emi into the corner! Fans fire up as Willow runs to CANNONBALL! And then she drags Emi out to high stack, TWO!! Emi is still in this and fans fire up! But the straps come down and Willow fires up! Fans fire up with her, she reels Emi in to gut wrench, but Emi fights the lift! Emi slips free to SLAP! SLAP! And SLAP! Emi runs, but Willow CLOBBERS her!
Gut wrench, and BABE WITH THE POWER BOMB!! Cover, Willow wins!
Winner: Willow Nightingale, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)
Now that’s a first defense for the history books! How much better will Willow make this inaugural reign if this is just the beginning?
BREAKING NEWS for Dynamite!
After their encounter with Dralistico and Preston Vance last Wednesday, #JungleHook reunites for a TEXAS TORNADO TAG MATCH! Will Jack Perry & The FTW Champion tear apart La Faccion Ingobernable?
BIG news for ROH!
On Friday, July 21st in Trenton, New Jersey, ROH returns to PPV with Death Before Dishonor! Tickets go on sale next Friday, June 9th!
Mark Henry welcomes us back to Rampage.
“Tonight, two technical masters go face to face when Lee Moriarty takes on Shibata for the ROH Pure Championship.” Nigel McGuiness says a competitor like Shibata can pick you apart, one body part by another. But Tony Schiavone and Taz say not enough is said about just how talented Moriarty is for such a young wrestler. It looks like there’s been enough talk. It’s TIME for the main event!
ROH Pure Championship: Katsuyori Shibata VS Lee Moriarty!
The Wrestler defended this title just last night on ROH against his student, Alex “The Android” Coughlin. But now he faces #TAIGASTYLE, who has come close to snatching this title for his own not too long ago. Will tonight be Moriarty’s night? Or will Shibata make it through this Pure Wrestling Double Header?
The introductions are made, our judges are BJ Whitmer, Christopher Daniels & Jerry Lynn, and the belt is raised as we see who is truly THE Wrestler!
The bell rings and the clock is ticking on this 60 minute time limit. The two feel things out, Moriarty shoots in but Shibata holds him off with a sprawl. They clinch on the mat, Shibata slips to a waistlock and then a chinlock. Moriarty slips free but Shibata pushes him to a cover, ONE! Shibata wraps Moriarty up with his own arm and then goes for the armbar! Moriarty clasps hands but ends up in a TRIANGLE! Moriarty falls onto the ROPEBREAK, that is his first of three. Shibata even lets Moriarty know it as they reset. They knuckle lock, go shoulder to shoulder, clinch, and Moriarty tries for a leg.
Shibata powers Moriarty down, gets around to a waistlock, and they stand up. Moriarty pries the hold, fans cheer this technical exchange, but then Moriarty elbows free! Moriarty stomps Shibata into a corner, the ref counts, but Moriarty digs his boot in. Fans boo, but Shibata powers up to back Moriarty down! Shibata throws the foot down but Shibata ROCKS him! Moriarty runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans boo while Moriarty grits his teeth, and then the fans rally up for Shibata as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Moriarty mocks the applause as he stands over Shibata. Moriarty then says they can stop all that, and he grabs a leg to DDT the foot! Moriarty kips up, air guitars, and he ties up Shibata’s legs into a unique crisscross toehold. Then he sits with it for a modified stump puller! Shibata’s shoulders are down, Moriarty is practically stealing Darby Allin’s Last Supper! TWO as Shibata kicks out and Moriarty argues the count. Moriarty drags Shibata around, stomps a leg, then stomps it more and more before another DDT to the foot! Moriarty mocks the clapping from the fans, and then he drags Shibata around for a spinning toehold!
Shibata endures as Moriarty ties up the legs into another cross toehold. Moriarty puts Shibata into an Indian Deathlock, then he knuckle locks Shibata for a cover. TWO as Shibata gets an arm up! Moriarty pushes the arm back down, TWO as Shibata gets the other arm up! Moriarty pushes that arm down, TWO as Shibata gets both arms up! Moriarty CHOPS Shibata, pushes on the legs, then lets Shibata go. Moriarty gets a leg, hooks it, and ties Shibata up in another cross toehold, only for Shibata to trip him! Shibata gets Moriarty’s legs, steps through, but Moriarty fights the figure four! Shibata powers through to sync it in!
Moriarty endures, reaches out, but his shoulders are down. TWO as Moriarty sits up, Shibata keeps on the pressure, and Moriarty falls back onto his shoulders. TWO as he sits up again! Shibata has the extended leg caught in a heel hook behind his back! Moriarty falls back again, shoulders are down, TWO as he sits back up! Moriarty endures, reaches out, claws at the hold, and he pries it open. Shibata works to keep it on tight, Moriarty is down again, TWO! Moriarty sits up, Shibata thrashes around, and Rampage returns to single picture. Fans rally, Moriarty drags Shibata along as he reaches back, but Shibata drags him from the ropes!
Moriarty scrambles and goes to the opposite side, ROPEBREAK! That’s his second, he has one left, and we’ve only just past six minutes! Shibata stomps Moriarty’s bad leg, has him in a corner, and he fires off forearms! The ref counts, Shibata fires again and again, but lets off at 4. Shibata runs corner to corner but Moriarty follows to KNEE him in the corner! And then HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO as Shibata fights out of the “pancake.” Moriarty HAMMERS away on the back of Shibata’s head! Fans rally, Moriarty suplexes, but Shibata blocks! Shibata powers out but Moriarty kicks low!
Moriarty runs but into a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally, Shibata stomps his legs into working, and he storms up on Moriarty. Shibata drags Moriarty up to whip him to a corner and BOOT! And he fires off more forearms! The ref counts, Shibata runs corner to corner, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Fans fire up for that Shibata signature and he drags Moriarty up. HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Moriarty is still in this but Shibata clamps right on with a chinlock! Moriarty fights to the ROPEBREAK, but that’s his last! Shibata waistlocks. Moriarty switches to roll up, TWO! But Moriarty rolls with to get the BORDER CITY STRETCH!!
Shibata endures, Moriarty pulls him back, but fans rally up. Shibata rolls things to a cover, TWO! Moriarty ROCKS Shibata, winds up, but Shibata ROCKS Moriarty! And then SLEEPER!! Shibata sits Moriarty down, runs, PENALTY KICK!! Cover, Shibata wins!!
Winner: Katsuyori Shibata, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)
Just past nine minutes and Shibata finishes things off, but wait! Daniel Garcia is here! The Dragonslayer is a former ROH Pure Champion, and he’s walking out right to the ring! Garcia steps in, he swaggers up to Shibata, and it is clear this is what’s next for Shibata. Shibata raises the belt to signal his accepting the challenge, will The Wrestler put down this sports… enner-tay-ner?
A great Rampage here, though I’m surprised this wasn’t just a Battle of the Belts special. Excalibur said it himself on commentary in the main event, but it was great to start off with the epitome of lucha libre and finish on Strong Style technical wrestling. The AAA Mega Championship was a great opener, and was definitely another instance where I’m grateful we can pause things because they were going fast and furious. Or maybe at Flash speeds, since that’s a Warner Brothers movie they could plug. But as I figured going into this, all the champions retained, since none of these were AEW titles (directly, since ROH is a subsidiary of AEW now).
The NJPW World Television Championship continues to be a great title to watch because of the 15 minute time limit speeding things up. Likewise, ZSJ is always a great wrestler to watch, but so hard to write for cuz he has the biggest collection of named signature moves/holds of any wrestler I’ve seen. I had to double check what he was using to make Action tap, because I keep thinking things are Clarky Cat when they’re not Clarky Cat. ZSJ is setting a very high bar for this title, maybe he retains against Cobb at Dominion or maybe he loses, but it’s going to be hard for the second-ever NJPW World TV Champion to match what ZSJ has done.
Great first title defense for Willow and this title, she and Emi put on a great match. I wonder when Willow has her first defense on NJPW Strong, and who she’ll be facing. And we got a great Pure Championship match to finish, and I’m surprised it was so quick, even compared to the NJPW World TV Championship match. But great win for Shibata, I like that Garcia is stepping up, and that’s going to be an awesome match. I don’t know if they’re going to wait until Death Before Dishonor in July for that match, but knowing AEW and ROH, they can find a way to stretch things out. Especially with Garcia also busy being part of JAS and doing JAS things.
My Score: 8.7/10
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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (6/2/23)
Is the Bloodline finished?
SmackDown celebrates The Tribal Chief!
Roman Reigns celebrates 1000 DAYS as WWE Universal Champion, but what does it matter after Jimmy Uso betrayed him at Night of Champions?
- Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly; Theory & Pretty Deadly win.
- The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab; The Good Brothers win.
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans; Vega wins and advances to MITB.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford; Knight wins and advances to MITB.
PLAY BY PLAY
Paul Heyman speaks.
“Roman Reigns, your Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, stands at the apex of sports entertainment. Nearly three years ago, Your Tribal Chief reclaimed his Universal Championship. And as time passed, Roman’s title reign has surpassed legends, icons, hall of famers. On the Grandest Stage of Them All, the Head of the Table smashed and stacked his competition. Then humbled a Hall of Famer, and sent a 16-time world champion into the Ocean of Obscurity. Every contender, unable to withstand Roman’s sheer dominance and forced to…” ACKNOWLEDGE him.
“Challenger after challenger, crumble at his feet. And at his second Showcase of the Immortals as your reigning champion, Roman Reigns conquered The Beast, unifying the WWE and Universal titles on his 581st day as the champion in WWE. His power persisted. His Bloodline strengthened. His legacy flourished. Greatness on a different level. And on his 945th day, the greatest champion of any era made history by retaining his championship for the third straight WrestleMania. And now, it’s time to acknowledge the longest reign in over 35 years, over 1000 days. Roman. Reigns…!”
Austin Theory is in the ring.
The Now may not have reached even half of what Roman has achieved, but he is the United States Champion. He welcomes us to Austin Theory Live but the fans boo. Theory says they don’t need to have an attitude. Tonight is a very special night. “Tonight is the celebration of your Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns’ historical title reign. But you know what’s even better than that? If you took Roman’s title reign, and you combined it with the greatest United States Champion of all time… wait for it… Austin Theory’s reign, and you’d have… What is that? A total of 1,209 days! That is impressive. And not only that, it is very inspiring.
“It is almost as inspiring as being the guy who beat John Cena at WrestleMania.” Fans boo but Theory says we should face it. Let’s not be idiots! We all know Theory will have his 1000th day celebration for his title, and a 2000th, and maybe even a 3000th. Probably a 4000th. But if they just keep giving him guys like Sheamus, he’ll be the US Champion forever! “Guys, you really can’t boo me because I’m 25 and I’m the greatest to ever do this. And when you’re this great, everybody wants to gravitate towards you, they wanna be a part of it.” That brings Theory to the guys he wants to bring out.
These two guys did what was right! Theory presents none other than Pretty Deadly! Kit Wilson & Elton Prince make their entrance, and their theme song has a new remix, and they join Theory in the ring. They get mics, and Kit tells Theory, “We came here to tell you, that it was a pleasure destroying those ugly gremlins, the Brawling Brutes.” Elton says that unlike Sheamus, Theory is a champion the people deserve. They wanna show Theory their appreciation for such a good champion, in a way that only they can! “YES BOY~!” And they point to him! Feels good, right? But wait, here come the Brawling Brutes!
Fans fire up as Sheamus leads Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne out to the ring, ready for Fight Night! The ref hurries in to keep the peace, but will Theory & Pretty Deadly be leaving in pieces?
Six Man Tag: The Brawling Brutes VS Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly!
The trios sort out, Ridge starts against Elton. Elton headlocks, Ridge powers out and he CLOBBERS Elton! Fans fire up as Ridge UPPERCUTS Elton, then HEADBUTTS him to a corner. Ridge adds a clothesline, then bumps Elton off the buckle, KICKS him in the back and CLOBBERS him again! Ridge drags Elton up, tags in “Butch,” and they coordinate, suplex dropkick combo! Dunne drags Elton up, wrenches, but Elton throws body shots. Elton RAMS Dunne into the corner, tags in Kit, and Kit runs in to UPPERCUT! Dunne clutches his jaw while fans boo. Kit drops elbows, rains down hands, then covers, TWO!
Kit sits Dunne into a chinlock. Dunne endures, fans rally for Sheamus, and Dunne fights up. Dunne powers out, drops then hurdles to then drop and CLOBBER Kit! Fans fire up, Dunne stands on Kit’s hands, then STOMPS them! Kit ducks the buzzsaw and scrambles away. Tag to Theory, fans boo, and Theory tells Dunne he wants Sheamus! Fans fire up because they want that, too! Dunne tags Sheamus in and the Mohegan Sun Arena are fired up! These two circle, but then Theory bails out, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Elton has Dunne down with a top wristlock. Fans rally, Dunne endures and he fights up to his feet. But Elton throws him down by his hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Elton grabs at Dunne. Dunne grabs Elton’s fingers! Dunne bends the fingers, Elton screams, but Elton CLUBS Dunne down! Tag to Theory and he runs to BLAST Ridge! Theory taunts Sheamus, stomps Dunne, then brings Dunne up to CLUB him down. Fans rally for Dunne but Theory flexes on him. Theory drags Dunne over, tags in Kit, but Dunne kicks at Theory. Kit stomps Dunne, stands him up and UPPERCUTS him down!
Tag to Elton and Theory CHOKES Dunne behind the ref’s back! Pretty Deadly stomp while the ref is busy with Sheamus. Elton drags Dunne up but Dunne CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS again! Elton ROCKS Dunne, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Dunne goes up, leaps, FLYING DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Dunne and Elton crawl, hot tags to Theory and Sheamus! The Fella rallies on Theory! And clotheslines in the corner! Whip corner to corner for another clothesline! Scoop and POWERSLAM! Fans fire up as Sheamus ROCKS Pretty Deadly and has them both on the ropes!
But Theory rolls Sheamus up! TWO!! Sheamus gets Theory with an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Then an IRISH CURSE for Kit! And then an IRISH CURSE for Elton! Fans fire up and the Brutes return. Everyone fireman’s carries someone, for a TRIPLE WHITE NOISE! Fans are thunderous and Sheamus has Theory all alone! BROGUE!!! Cover, but Pretty Deadly drag Theory out! Sheamus hurries up top!? Ridge BLASTS Pretty Deadly, Sheamus steadies himself, and he FLYING LARIATS Pretty Deadly back down! Dunne goes up, everyone gathers, ASAI MOONSAULT onto Theory & Pretty Deadly!
Fans are thunderous as the Brutes prove they can fly! Sheamus commends Butch for topping things off, and SmackDown goes to break.
Elton stomps Dunne. Elton brings Dunn up but Dunne gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Kit runs in but into an ENZIGURI! ENZIGURI for Theory! GAMANGIRI for Kit in a corner! GAMANGIRI for Elton in a corner! Tag to Ridge and SPLASHES Elton! Then Ridge brings Elton up, Dunne joins in, BACK SUPLEX BOMB COMBO! Sheamus tags in and goes up for a KING KONG KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Elton survives but Sheamus keeps his cool. Sheamus drags Elton up, reels him in, Canadian rack but Elton fights free of the crucifix! Elton BOOTS Sheamus, tags Kit, then gives Kit the boost, CRY MARTINI!
Theory tags in, drags Sheamus up to ROCK him and torture rack him! TOWER HACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Theory is furious and he rains down fists! Fans boo while Theory seethes and looms over Sheamus. Theory talks trash, brings Sheamus up, but Sheamus blocks a body shot to LARIAT point blank! Elton gets in but Ridge gives him an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Kit DROPKICKS Ridge but Dunne ENZIGURIS Kit! Dunne runs at Theory but Theory shovels him up and out! Theory somersaults, into a KNEE!! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives and Sheamus is too tired to be upset. Both men crawl and fans rally up.
Sheamus and Theory reach out, hot tags to Elton and Ridge! Kit tags in, but The Fridge picks Elton up! Kit saves Elton, but then Ridge picks them both up! DOUBLE back drop! Fans fire up as Ridge kicks Kit to the apron. Sheamus has Theory, and Dunne has Elton! Fans fire up for the TRIPLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!! The Brutes all go to 10, though Dunne gets a little extra. Ridge then scoops for NORTHERN GRIT! Cover, but Theory breaks it! Dunne swings on Theory but into A-TOWN DOWN! Sheamus clotheslines Theory out! Sheamus pursues Theory, but Theory POSTS Sheamus!
Kit and Elton coordinate, they pull a sneaky move by hiding Elton under the apron skirt. The matching outfits make Ridge think that’s still Kit! Ridge drags Elton in, and surprise! Kit CHOP BLOCKS Ridge! Kit tags Elton, they get Ridge up for SPILT MILK!! And tag to Theory so he can cover, Theory & Pretty Deadly win!
Winners: Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
The three of them hurry away before Dunne returns, having pulled another fast one. Will Kit & Elton be heading towards the tag titles? Will anyone be able to take the US Championship from Theory?
Paul Heyman is backstage.
The Wise Man is holding onto both the black WWE Championship and blue Universal Championship belts for the Tribal Chief as he walks up to the private suite. Heyman walks inside, is he going to discuss the celebration plans with Roman Reigns during the break?
SmackDown returns, and Heyman’s talking with Solo Sikoa. The magnitude that has never been accomplished before in the WWE. This needs to be special for the Tribal Chief, especially given what happened at Night of Champions. Heyman wants this to be special for Roman Reigns. And he knows Solo feels the same way. Heyman will go talk with Adam Pearce to make sure that Solo’s brothers, The Usos, are nowhere to be found tonight so that this is the night that we acknowledge Roman… Reigns! Heyman smiles and heads out, how does Solo really feel about what Jimmy did to Roman?
The OC talk backstage.
The Good Brothers are worried but Mia Yim says it’s fine, tonight is his birthday. AJ Styles walks in and they say happy birthday! Yes, it IS his birthday! And he apologizes for losing at Night of Champions, he ruined their night. No, no, it is not his fault. But you take the L, keep it moving. The OC has their back. But did anyone else see the “diss” track by Hit Row? Yeah, but Styles would rather see the Good Brothers drop Hit Row. Too Sweet, baby! And that match is happening next! Will Top Dolla & Ashante THEE Adonis think twice before opening their mouths next time?
The Good Brothers w/ The OC VS Hit Row w/ B-Fab!
SmackDown returns as Hit Row makes their entrance. The teams sort out, but Adonis ambushes Karl Anderson! Fans boo and the ref counts while Adonis stomps away, but then he lets off at 4. Adonis whips to CLOBBER Anderson, then he taunts Luke Gallows. Anderson goes to a corner, Adonis drags him out and tags Dolla. Hit Row whip Anderson to a corner, then Dolla whips Adonis in to RAM Anderson! Dolla talks trash on The Machine Gun, then reels him in for an ELBOW! Dolla talks more trash, drags Anderson to the ropes, and he CHOPKES him! The ref counts, Dolla lets off and tags Adonis.
Adonis runs to STRADDLE ATTACK! Adonis sits on Anderson while smoothing his hair, but lets off as the ref counts. The ref argues with Adonis and B-Fab sucker punches Anderson! Michin storms up and B-Fab backs off. Adonis covers, TWO, but he clamps onto a chinlock. The ref has Michin and B-Fab back off, and fans rally as Anderson fights up. Anderson throws body shots but Adonis CLUBS him! Adonis whips, Anderson reverses, SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up while both men are down. Fans rally, Anderson hot tags Gallows! Doc BOOTS Adonis, BOOTS Dolla, then DECKS Adonis!
Gallows ROUNDHOUSES Adonis to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Then he keeps moving, FLYING UPPERCUT on Adonis! Fans fire up as Gallows scoops to AK 47! Tag to Anderson, the Good Brothers get Adonis up, MAGIC KILLER!! Cover, Good Brothers win!
Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall
But Dolla BOOTS Anderson! And CLOBBERS Gallows! But Styles springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Fans fire up as the birthday boy gets him some, and The Hit Row? They don’t want none! Will The OC be too sweet all the way to some gold?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
Yes, he is very excited, this is perhaps one of the biggest nights in SmackDown history. He excuses himself and ends the call as he sees Heyman walking in. Pearce tells Heyman right now that the Usos’ travel was canceled, they were told they weren’t needed tonight. And as requested, should The Usos want to show up, security has been doubled. The Usos are NOT getting inside the building. Heyman smiles and puts a call into Roman Reigns. Will nothing go wrong during the 1000 Day Acknowledgment?
BREAKING NEWS for Raw!
Seth Rollins put out the open challenge for his NEW World Heavyweight Championships on social media and it was quickly accepted by Damian Priest! Will the Judgment Day add more gold when the Punisher brings down The Visionary?
SmackDown presents an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The 21st Century Success Story, “The Dynamite from Down Under, the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon,” gets the big introduction once again as he’s already in the ring. And he says, “What a week it has been here in the WWE, and we’re gonna keep it rolling with the most honest talk show in WWE history.” Waller brings us the biggest and the best, and he’s done it again tonight. So please welcome the NEW Raw Women’s Champion, ASUKA~! The fans do like that as the Empress of Tomorrow walks out with the belt on her shoulder. She joins Waller in the ring and at the desk as he welcomes her to the show.
Waller says, “Congratulations, what an incredible performance against Bianca at Night of Champions. In fact, let’s see exactly how you got it done.” Waller and Asuka look to the tron as we all see a Progressive Match Flo recap video of that match. Asuka used blue mist fingers to finish Bianca, and Waller says wow. Asuka laughs and smiles, and in Japanese, she says “I told you saw! I’m the Raw Women’s Champion!” Waller says he could not have put it better himself! But he can’t help but notice the briefcases above the ring. There’s no shortage of people who think they’re ready for Asuka. They’re gonna climb the ladder, win the briefcase to be Miss MITB, and maybe cash in on her?
Waller says Asuka’s gotta keep her head on a swivel. Nevermind that Bianca’s gonna come looking for a rematch. Asuka is amused there. She reenacts how she spat mist on her finger, got Bianca in the eyes and made Bianca cry. Waller is amused, too! He says that was so true. And so smart! He can’t imagine the pain and suffering Bianca went through. Asuka’s even drooling some blue mist right now. Waller looks a bit worried, but also maybe excited. But then IYO SKY shows up! She tells Asuka in Japanese that she’s nothing special for what she did. And Iyo won’t even need MITB to take that title from! But she’s still gonna win it, and then Iyo will be the new champion!
Asuka laughs, and tells Iyo she’s a child, the way she’s storming up in here. Iyo tells Asuka to shut up, dammit! Asuka calls Iyo an idiot, Iyo calls Asuka a scumbag, and they go back and forth like that. Waller has them stop, this is HIS show, he did not approve a second guest! But wait, here comes BAYLEY! The Role Model says Iyo said that after both Iyo and Bayley qualify for the MITB, one of them is winning the MITB briefcase. Though it is every woman for themselves, and Bayley’s won it before, so either way, DMG CTRL will win the title- Wait! Here comes Shotzi!
Fans fire up as the Wild Child says, “Awww, Bayley! There is NOTHING that I would love more than to crush your dreams with the help of some cold, hard steel! Because, if there is anyone made for the pure chaos of the Money in the Bank Ladder match, it’s me!” Wait, here comes Lacey Evans! The Model Soldier is embodying Sergeant Slaughter and she tells Shotzi to shut up and salute her! Fans boo but Lacey says none of these nasty things are taking the briefcase anywhere, it’s coming home with her. But first, she’ll take her Cobra Clutch, wrap it around that “shrimp,” Zelina Vega, and-
Wait! Here comes Zelina! Fans fire up as La Muneca says there is only one problem with everyone’s plans. They are all underestimating Zelina. And y’know who else did that? Rhea Ripley at Backlash. Because Zelina was this close to becoming champion! So “Shrimp?” Keep that energy, Lacey. Because to be honest, even if Lacey got her hair done, her nails done and traded in those “piss soaked boots” for red bottoms, you still wouldn’t be half the woman Zelina is. So please, underestimate her. Everyone do that. Because it will be that much sweeter when she wins. Because that is how she is going to become Miss MITB!
Bayley laughs and says they’re all idiots. Waller says this is the best day of his life. Bayley asks him what kind of show he’s running here, and he’s hoping for more ladies to show up. Asuka slips away to say, “Hey hey hey hey! NO ONE is ready for Asuka!!” But then Bianca storms up to ROCK Asuka with a forearm! They brawl on the stage and fans fire up! Referees rush out to stop that scrap, only for Bianca to break lose and hit Asuka again! The refs and even some producers get in to separate them again, but fans wanna “Let Them Fight!” Will the angriEST Bianca be coming after the Empress?
Cameron Grimes talks with Adam Pearce backstage.
They watch a replay of Baron Corbin ruining Carmelo Hayes’ moment just last Tuesday on NXT, and Grimes said that’s exactly what Corbin did to him last week. Is Corbin even here? No, and with his free agency status, the next time we see him will be next Tuesday on NXT. Grimes says Melo will handle that. But the next time Corbin shows his face on SmackDown, Grimes will handle that. Pearce nods, will the Carolina Caveman crush Baron Corbin?
Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Zelina Vega VS Lacey Evans!
Since everyone was already at ringside, this match is happening now! And Vega is already clutching her jaw, it seems the Model Soldier got a cheap shot in while everyone was watching Asuka and Bianca. Will Vega still be able to humble Lacey for underestimating her? Or will another Woman’s Right simply take Vega out?
The bell rings and Lacey stomps Vega into the corner! The ref counts, fans boo, but Lacey lets off at 4. Lacey stands on Vega’s hair and salutes, then lets off to SWINGING BRONCO BUSTER! Lacey pushes Vega around, covers, TWO! Lacey sits Vega up, and clamps on the COBRA CLUTCH! And she SWINGS Vega around! Fans rally for Vega but Lacey TOSSES her away! Lacey dusts off her hands, runs in, but Vega goes up and over and rolls Lacey, Schoolgirl Kick! Cover, TWO! Vega whips, Lacey reverses but Vega KICKS her! Only for Lacey to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Lacey dribbles Vega off the mat, then smirks as fans boo.
Lacey salutes but fans boo, and Vega hits low. Lacey BOOTS Vega, drags her from ropes and stands on her for a cocky cover. The ref says it’s on the throat! Lacey steps off to argue with him, and then Lacey clamps onto Vega with a chinlock. Fans rally but Lacey throws knees into Vega’s side! Vega still endures, fans rally up, and Vega kicks from below! Lacey drags Vega up but Vega RAMS her into a corner! And again! Vega smacks Lacey off buckles, headlocks and springboards for a headlock takeover! Lacey runs in but into the tilt-o-whirl and CODE RED!! Cover, VEGA WINS!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
What did she just say about underestimating her? Because there’s the proof! Lacey toyed with Zelina but got played, will Zelina soon be La Muneca en el Banco?
The LWO celebrates backstage.
They are so proud of Vega! Latinos around the world are going to gather in celebration! And next week, when Escobar wins his qualifier and win the MITB contract, oh he can see it now. She can see it, too. Rey Mysterio can see it, too! It is only a matter of time before the entire locker room refers to them as Santos y Zelina, Mr. and Mrs. Money in the Bank! Will the LWO soon take over London?
Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: LA Knight VS Montez Ford!
The Mega Star told the Street Profits that if they want the smoke, he’ll be the one to burn ’em! Is that not an insult but just a fact of life? Or will #KingTez be the one saying “YEAH!” on the way to London?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up, the two tie up, and Knight wrenches to a hammerlock, and he slaps Ford around. Fans rally for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” The two circle, tie up, and Ford headlocks. Knight powers out the back to hammerlock, but Ford switches it onto him. Knight switches back, Ford switches again, Knight switches again. They keep going, Knight gest the ROPEBREAK, but Ford slaps him around now. Fans are a bit torn but Knight gets heated. Knight shoves, Ford shoves, repeat! Fans are on Knight’s side as the two tie up again but Ford headlocks. Knight powers out but Ford runs him over!
Ford actually seems to enjoy upsetting the Knight fans, and things speed up. Knight hurdles, but Ford whips him away to keep things moving. Ford hurdles, Knight hurdles, but Ford DROPKICKS! Fans are salty as Ford clotheslines Knight in the corner. And then in another corner! Ford whips Knight into the corner, runs in but Knight puts Ford on the apron. Ford ROCKS Knight back! But Knight BLASTS Ford! Fans cheer Knight while Ford crawls and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and both men collide! Fans rally up while both men are down, and then Knight stands. Knight throws haymakers but Ford gives them back! They go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford gets the edge, whips, but Knight reverses, only for Ford to LARIAT! Ford rallies on Knight, ducks ‘n’ dodges to LARIAT again! Knight gets up, Ford hits a BIG back suplex! Ford kips up, fans fire up, and Ford flexes to MOONSAULT, but Knight moves! Ford lands on his feet, swings but misses, and Knight torture racks! SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Knight stalks Ford and fans duel. Knight stands Ford up but Ford elbows him! Ford runs in but into an elbow! Ford falls over, Knight tries a springboard, LIONSAULT FLOPS as Ford moves! Ford ENZIGURIS Knight, then fires up to clinch and ROCK BOTTOM! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives and Ford is seething. Fans fire up as Ford drags Knight up. Ford whips, Knight KICKS back! Ford doges the lariat, both men run, DOUBLE LARIATS take them down! Fans fire up again while the ref checks both men. Knight and Ford crawl to each other, and Knight throws a haymaker. Ford gives it back!
Fans rally as the hands go back and forth, “YEAH!” “BOO!” Ford CHOPS, then DECKS Knight! Knight stands at the ropes, Ford runs in but is put back on the apron. Ford GAMANGIRIS Knight then goes up a corner! But Knight ROCKS Ford first! Knight climbs, Ford throws body shots then shoves Knight away. Knight returns and springs right up! But Ford shoves him back down! Fans fire up as Ford comes in, FROM THE- NO, Knight moves! Knight kicks low, BF- NO, Ford O’Conner Rolls, TWO! Knight O’Conner Rolls with ropes!! Knight wins!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall (advances to MITB)
The Mega Star snatches that one away from Ford, but the fans still love it! Knight then brings a ladder out and sets it up under the briefcases. Knight climbs, says this is what we’ll see, because whose game is it? Will this really be what happens when LA arrives in the UK?
Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn speak.
“Sanguis rubeus luna et exponentia exitio.” That phrase repeats as we travel through a snow covered forest. Translation: “The perfect moon will spell your doom.” The Unholy Union is here, what will they do to the landscape of SmackDown?
SmackDown sets the rest of the qualifiers!
For the Men’s MITB, Baron Corbin returns from NXT to take on “Butch” Pete Dunne, and Mustafa Ali returns from NXT to take on Santos Escobar! And then, as announced during the Grayson Waller Effect, DMG CTRL is in the mix as Bayley takes on Mia Yim and Iyo Sky takes on Shotzi! Will DMG CTRL look to take control of that briefcase one way or another?
Triple H is here!
Fans fire up for The Game as he heads to the ring! It seems even he is here to celebrate Roman Reigns’ 1000+ days as Universal Champion! What will HHH have to add to the occasion? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and HHH is in the ring with a pedestal and a familiar looking cloth. HHH has the mic to say, “On rare occasions, an athlete comes along that is so dominant that they change the entire face of their chosen sport. And when it happens, they will be talked about for generations to come. In boxing, it was the Great One, Muhammad Ali. In basketball, Michael Jordan. In the WWE, right now, we have the privilege of witnessing that greatness live. Believe me, you will talk about this for generations, so please help me welcome a man who has passed 1000 days as champion. Please help me welcome a man that you will tell your children and your grandchildren about.
“Please help me welcome the Tribal Chief, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns.” The Head of the Table makes his entrance with fans torn between boos and throwing up the ones. Roman has Solo and Heyman with him, the brand new “1000 Days” branded jacket and shirt on as he holds up the belts for the pyro. The Bloodline, if this group even still counts as that, continues on into the ring. Roman then shakes HHH’s hand and Heyman fetches a mic. Heyman also shakes HHH’s hand, and then HHH tells Roman, “On behalf of the WWE, and on behalf of the entire WWE Universe, I would like to congratulate you on surpassing 1000 days as champion.”
That is something that hasn’t been accomplished in the WWE in almost forty years! Truly an epic accomplishment. So to congratulate Roman and celebrate this historic achievement, it is HHH’s honor to present him with a brand new Undisputed WWE Universal Championship belt. HHH takes the cover off to reveal the same home base design, but with a GOLDEN face plate! Heyman removes the belt Roman is wearing on his waist so that he can hold up the new belt, for more pyro! HHH then helps Roman put that belt on, then Heyman hands Roman the mic. Roman smiles while fans are torn between cheers and jeers.
Roman says, “Pennsyl- No, no, no. I mean, c’mon! That’s not good enough anymore. The entire universe…! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!!” Wait, the USOS are here?!? How?! Heyman heard from Pearce that this wasn’t supposed to happen! But Jimmy & Jey do walk out and Roman glares at Heyman. Heyman defends he was assured this wouldn’t happen, but it is! And we see what the Usos are going to do, after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Usos are now in the ring with Roman, Solo & Heyman. And Jimmy’s staring Roman down. He even glances at the brand new Universal Championship blet. Jimmy has the mic, but Roman speaks first, telling Jey to kick Jimmy in the face! Fans boo but Roman says it again, kick Jimmy in the face. He didn’t stutter, do it now! That’s what Jimmy did to Roman. Jimmy took Roman’s tag team titles away from him, so Jey has to fix this. Jey has to kick his brother in the face! Fans boo more, and Jey just paces. Roman is not happy about that, and he tells Jey this is the last time: KICK HIM IN THE FACE AND FIX THIS RIGHT NOW!
Jimmy speaks up to that the only one who needs fixing is ROMAN. Fans cheer that! Roman scowls but Jimmy says Jey can’t fix this. Jimmy kicked Roman in the face, “The Kick Heard Worldwide.” And Jimmy did what he did in Saudi not to be the Tribal Chief, not to lead the Bloodline, but because Jimmy was being a brother. Brothers treat each other with love and respect, and as of lately, you ain’t been such a good brother, Roman. What kind of brother manipulates, betrays and hurts his own family? What kind of brother does that, Uce? Roman has gone crazy! CRAZY! This right here is Jimmy’s brother! It is embedded in Jimmy to protect Jey.
In fact, SOLO is Jimmy’s brother! He’ll protect Solo, and he’s gonna tell Solo right now, that after Roman’s done using you, he’s gonna abuse you, betray you, kick you to the side, and put you in the dirt! Jimmy IS Solo’s brother, that’s why he’s saying this. Fans cheer that, too! Roman tries to laugh it off but Jimmy tells Solo to listen to him. Fans rally for the “USOS! USOS!” and Roman says that’s because of ROMAN! Roman is the Tribal Chief! You see him? Tribal Chief. This here is an imposter! Jimmy talking like he’s the leader, like Solo don’t have a voice. Let’s hear it from Solo who Solo is loyal to!
Roman hands the mic to Solo and fans boo. Solo looks at the mic, thinks about it, and fans chant for “SOLO! SOLO!” Solo says, “I acknowledge you, My Tribal Chief.” Fans boo and Roman smiles. But then Solo says, “But these two right here… They’re my brothers.” UH OH~! Roman is shocked and the Usos smile! Solo hands the mic back, to stand with his brothers!! Roman can’t believe what he’s seeing! Jimmy says hey, hey, so what’s it gonna be, Uce? Does Roman wanna run this thing together with respect? Or just end up on the Island of Relevancy all by himself? Roman tells Jimmy to shut up, but Jimmy pie faces him!!
Heyman is shocked and cowering in the corner! Fans fire up as Jey and Solo are both tense. Roman registers what just happened, then gets up in Jimmy’s face. Jey stops them both, and he wants to keep the peace. It’s not going like this. Jey needs them both, they cannot start fighting! They’re better than that, okay? Jey gets Jimmy to understand, and Jimmy cools off. Stronger together, Uce. But see, Jey is Jimmy’s brother, and Solo is Jimmy’s brother. But so is Roman. Roman’s always been family. So be a brother, have respect, and run this place like they’ve been doing! But TOGETHER! Bloodline, right? Family, right? They are still the ones, right?
Roman wipes sweat from his brow and takes a breath. Fans want Roman to accept what the Usos are saying, but he seems unsure what to do. Roman and Jimmy HUG!! Fans cheer, and Jey is relieved. Roman then says, “No.” WHAT?! Heyman is shocked all over again! Roman lets go and Jey is upset again! How could Roman say that?! And then Solo SAMOAN SPIKES JIMMY!?!? Jey is even more devastated!! Roman takes his leave, Heyman and Solo following behind. Is the Tribal Chief’s iron grip that powerful? Heyman then asks Roman, “What about Jey?” Roman says Jey will do what he always does and fall in line. Just give it time.
Fans boo as Roman refuses to share love and respect with his family. What will it take for The Usos to change that?
An awesome episode to follow Night of Champions with! Granted, a lot of that comes from the Bloodline story, which once again continues to be the top story. And with this story already having set a high bar, they find a way to raise the bar again. Great video package narrated by Heyman to open the show, good promos backstage to expertly set up what we got in the closing segment. I did appreciate that since they’re not undoing the unification, Roman now just has one actual belt to hold onto and he can just keep the other two at home. Naturally, they just kept the cookie cutter shape they’ve been using, but I like the gold backing on the logo there, it really stands out.
And naturally, the Usos DID show up, and what an amazing emotional rollercoaster there. After all that, we are definitely getting Usos VS Roman & Solo, and that will be the moment of truth where I would think Solo really does side with his brothers. Then it’s on Roman to either “fall in line” and accept his family as family, or he ends up all alone with just Heyman. Either way, this is all great stuff that can carry the story into the Summer, maybe even to SummerSlam. And what would really put a cherry on top: if Roman, no more pawns to get in the way, gets beat by a Mr. MITB cash-in.
Great opening Six Man from Theory & Pretty Deadly VS Brawling Brutes, and I figured the Heels would find a way to win. I would think Pretty Deadly finds a way into the Undisputed Tag Team Championship scene for the summer, as those titles are meant to be on both Raw and SmackDown. And who wouldn’t love seeing a promo between Kevin, Sami and Pretty Deadly? At the same time, The Good Brothers should also get in on some of that, they got a really good win off Hit Row. Happy birthday to AJ Styles, maybe he can find his way to a title match of some kind. Him and Theory wouldn’t be half bad for MITB.
Really good Grayson Waller Effect segment, though not really because of Waller. If this same stuff happened with The Miz and MizTV, it’d amount to about the same great stuff. Asuka and Iyo getting at each other and then arguing in Japanese seems to be their thing, but I would love if we got Iyo to turn Face. Between her and Asuka being longtime rivals, and DMG CTRL about to fall apart at a moment’s notice, Iyo could come out a top Face for the SmackDown Women’s Division. But I also do like that Bianca went after Asuka, that was a logical move. I just wish we got to see the sucker punch from Lacey live and not in a replay.
The MITB qualifiers were both good matches, but Zelina was a very obvious winner given Lacey’s attitude and how Zelina seems to be on a great push. Ford VS Knight was a bit closer, but the fans are just loving Knight, so it makes sense Knight won here. We’re also going to get great stuff out of next week’s matches, and I’m thinking Bayley, Iyo, Escobar and Dunne win. Bayley and Iyo because of the DMG CTRL breakup story they’re giving us, Escobar because the LWO tease they gave us, and Dunne because it won’t be Corbin since he’s got stuff brewing in NXT and Grimes just isn’t gonna let him win.
And what a spooky vignette from Fyre & Dawn. Just as it isn’t clear what they’re planning with having the Smackdown Women’s Championship on Raw and vice-versa, I’m not sure what’s going on with the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships still being up here on main roster. I don’t think they’d unify, nor do I want them to unify, mostly because Fyre & Dawn probably wouldn’t beat Ronda & Shayna. Well, Shayna didn’t do well against spooky given Twisted Alexa during pandemic era, but I still don’t think using supernatural elements would be enough to take out Ronda. Though it would be pretty funny to see.
My Score: 8.8/10
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