One more Raw to say good-bye, but to who?
The 2020 WWE Draft is coming, which means superstars will be coming and going! But tonight, Raw’s champions team together to take a stand!
- Six Woman Tag: Zelina Vega, Lana & Natalya VS Asuka, Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose; Asuka, Dana & Mandy win.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Mess Making: R-Truth w/ Lil’ Jimmy VS Drew Gulak; Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy VS Dominik Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo; Rollins & Murphy win.
- Exhibition: Keith Lee VS Braun Strowman; Double Count-Out.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Garbage Day: Drew Gulak VS R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- The Hurt Business VS Apollo Crews & Ricochet w/ Mustafa Ali; The Hurt Business wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS The Riott Squad; Jax & Baszler win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
- MVP w/ The Hurt Business VS Mustafa Ali; No Contest.
- Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & The Street Profits VS Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode; Orton, Ziggler & Roode win.
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Raw hears from Randy Orton.
“I didn’t leave Clash of Champions with the WWE Championship. Instead, I left… in an ambulance.” Orton doesn’t remember much from that ride, but he remembers the match. He remembers Big Show wrapping a hand around his throat for a choke slam through the announce desk. He remembers being ambushed by Christian at catering. He remembers Shawn Michaels kicking him right between the eyes. And he remembers McIntyre kicking Orton where he got McIntyre, putting him into the ambulance before he lost consciousness. “In those moments, I saw nothing but complete darkness.” Orton felt nothing but pain. Fast-forward the next day, McIntyre stood in the ring with his mentors on Raw, celebrating.
“Just recalling the sight of Drew standing with each of them, raising a title he didn’t deserve, makes me sick.” They laughed, they smiled, and even played some poker. They toasted with the Street Profits and enjoyed a victory lap. As the saying goes, “With every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” After the actions Show, HBK, Christian and Ric Flair took at Clash of Champions, Orton felt obligated to treat them to that equal and opposite reaction in the form of a reintroduction to the Legend Killer! Orton needed to guarantee those four men saw and felt everything Orton felt when the ambulance doors closed. The lights went out, that was the darkness he saw. And he made sure they felt the exact same pain he felt!
Wearing the night vision goggles, Orton had a front-row seat to every second of their agony. They looked here, there, but could not stop the inevitable. Show tried, started swinging, so Orton got both hands and put him through the table to end up right over there in the corner. Christian tried looking for help but there was none, and Orton whispered in his ears, “Say hi to Edge for me.” Then came HBK. HBK used the chair he was sitting in but Orton took it away and kicked HBK’s skull! Flair was grabbing for the door but Orton put his arm on Flair’s shoulder. Flair let go of the door, turned around and “met his fate.” If only Orton could’ve seen McIntyre’s face when learning the price that is paid. But the bill hasn’t been paid! Not until Orton is again WWE World Champion! This isn’t over until Orton says it’s over. Orton says McIntyre still has hell to pay!
Orton speaks to McIntyre directly here. “You tell anyone that’ll listen that you want to cement your legacy as WWE Champion. You want that legacy so badly? It’ll be waiting for you, if you survive one more WWE Championship match against me, inside… Hell in a Cell!” But then McIntyre busts into the room! And he rams Orton into the wall! McIntyre fires off fists and says he doesn’t need to turn the lights off to beat Orton’s ass! McIntyre rains down and shouts, “What do you know about Hell!?” Referees and security rush in as McIntyre keeps trying to hit Orton! The Viper slithers away but McIntyre says this is just getting started! Will the Scottish Psychopath slaughter the snake in the grass in the Six Man main event?
Six Woman Tag: Zelina Vega, Lana & Natalya VS Asuka, Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose!
La Muneca joins forces with the Ravishing Russian and the #BOAT to take on the Empress of Tomorrow and Raw’s newest additions! Will no one be ready for Flex Appeal, the Golden Goddess and ASUKA?
The teams sort out and the Queen of Harts starts with Dana. They tie up, Natty headlocks to a takedown but Dana gets up to power out. Natty runs Dana over then speeds things up. Dana hurdles, Natty blocks the hip toss to take down to a cover, TWO! Dana headlocks now but Natty powers out. Dana handsprings over Natty to come back for a swinging headscissors! Cover, TWO! Dana drags Natty up, brings her over and tags in Mandy. They mug Natty and Mandy facelocks. Mandy and Dana double suplex Natty up, hold her up and bring her down after 5! Cover, TWO! Mandy keeps on Natty with a waistlock but Natty switches. Mandy trips Natty, Natty blocks the cover and shoves, but Mandy cartwheels and dropkicks back! Cover, TWO!
Mandy keeps her cool and brings Natty up, but Vega trips Asuka! Mandy knees Natty and Dana goes after Vega. Vega gets in the ring, Mandy drags Vega up but Natty throws Mandy down! Cover, TWO! Natty pushes Mandy to a corner, throws haymakers, and Vega tags herself in. Natty didn’t like that but she lets Vega stomp a mudhole and BOOT Mandy down! Cover, TWO! Vega drags Mandy up, wrenches and hooks Mandy for a Mouse Trap to Ground Octopus! Mandy endures, pries the leg off and rolls back to a cover, TWO! Vega drags Mandy up by her hair to throw her down, then she sucker punches Asuka! Vega tags Natty in and Natty tags Lana. Natty snapmares Mandy for Lana’s sliding kick! Cover, TWO!
Lana stomps Mandy down to then bring her back. Tag to Natty, they mug Mandy and Natty scoops to slam her! Natty sucker punches Dana, drags Mandy around and gets the legs! Mandy denies the Sharpshooter, Lana tags in but so does Asuka! Asuka hip attacks Vega, side steps and runs Lana over! Fans fire up with Asuka as she hip attacks Lana! Asuka sees Vega running in and sends her into Lana! Asuka back kicks Vega, ROUNDHOUSES Natty, and pop-up KNEES Lana! Lana wobbles, Asuka shows her her sliding kick! Cover, Natty breaks it! Dana goes after Natty, handspring back elbow! Natty flops out, Asuka has Lana but Lana elbows free! Mandy tags in. Asuka runs at Lana but Lana avoids the hip attack. Lana runs into Asuka’s back elbow, and staggers into a KNEE FROM A ROSE! Cover, Mandy and team win!
Winners: Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke & Asuka, by pinfall
A big win for the champ and the new kids on the block! They all dance off together and do some flexing, will Raw make sure to secure these three in the Draft?
But wait! Here comes Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler! Vega bails out but it’s a little harder for Natty to get Lana up and running. They’re surrounded already by the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Natty hits first but Nia HEADBUTTS her down! Shayna clears the table for her, and Nia brings Natty over for a fireman’s carry. Lana saves Natty, tries to hit Nia first, but again, SAMOAN DROP THROUGH THE TABLE!! The Ravishing Russian just keeps getting wrecked! Will Natty and Lana beg SmackDown to draft them?
Raw returns to R-Truth’s Mock WWE Draft!
Truth explains to Lil’ Jimmy he isn’t done yet, but he’s got Jimmy as third overall to SmackDown. Not Truth’s decision, it’s just how he sees the Draft going. Truth doesn’t want Lil’ Jimmy to go away, either. They’re buddies. And yes, he notices the janitor. But the ref shows up! Is that Randy?! The janitor takes a swing with the mop but Truth ducks and the ref gets hit! You ain’t getting Truth, Randy! But Truth trips over the water bucket! Cover, the janitor wins!! And it’s DREW GULAK!
Winner: Drew Gulak, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
Did you have a nice trip? See you next fall! Gulak runs away, Truth says he got got! But will Truth be able to fix this before the night is over?
Apollo Crews, Mustafa Ali and Ricochet are talking backstage.
They’re worried about how the Draft will shake out, in that they might get separated. But MVP comes over and Mustafa already knows what he’s going to say. It’ll be some excuse as to why he lost last week. Wrong. They can win a match but they never win the fight. But MVP is here about the Draft, too. These guys are young and green, he’s experienced, he’s been through a number of them. It can change your career like that. Apollo was on SmackDown, “a nobody doing nothing,” and then he gets traded to Raw. Boom, he’s a champion! What is he getting at?
MVP says that this Friday, they’re all on the clock. But tonight, they’re on the clock for an opening in the Hurt Business. Alexander said no, but he came around and look at him now. It doesn’t matter if you’re on red or blue, but if you’re with the black ‘n’ gold, business is booming. Apollo says that’s just classic MVP. Let’s just get ready for the match. But is someone considering…?
Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy VS Dominik Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo!
The Monday Night Messiah, with his disciple, Buddy Murphy, behind him, is back for a rematch with El Hijo del Rey and the Ultimo Ninja! Will this battle lead to ending the war?
Before the match, Rollins has Murphy fetch the mic. But Murphy is distracted given all that’s happened with him, Dominik and Aalyah. Rollins snaps him out of it. “Now is not the time or the place, we’ve got a very important match. Give me the microphone.” Murphy keeps the mic to get something off his chest. “For months now, I have been your ideal disciple. I have done everything you’ve wanted of me, plus more.” But these last few weeks… If Rollins still wants Murphy to be his disciple, Rollins needs to apologize. Rollins? Apologize to him? What?! No, not to him! To Aalyah! Yes, Rollins despises Rey but-
Rollins snatches the mic out of Murphy’s hand! “Do you understand who you’re talking to?! I saved you!” Rollins is the messiah, Murphy’s the disciple! That is how this works! Apologize to Aalyah? For what?! That was going easy on her! He could’ve very easily exposed all the other DM’s. You know, where she tells Murphy her true feelings! How she feels Dominik’s the favorite! He could’ve put that out there but he didn’t it! And Murphy wants Rollins to apologize?! “Get this through your head, Murphy.” You are the disciple. Rollins is the messiah. He pokes Murphy in the head, but here comes Dom and Carrillo! The tensions are running high as it is, will things only get more intense from here?
Things turn into a brawl right away! Dom is after Rollins but Murphy throws Carrillo out. Murphy goes after Dom, Dom dodges and ducks to tilt-o-whirl into a Russian leg sweep! Basement enziguri from Carrillo! Rollins runs back in but is put on the apron, Carrillo helps Dom get up to BOOT Rollins down! Dom goes up, Carrillo builds speed, CRISSCROSS DIVES!! Rollins and Murphy are down, Carrillo and Dom are fired up, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Rollins has Dom in a armlock. Dom throws forearms but Rollins whips him away to clobber him! Cover, ONE, but Rollins drags Dom back up. Rollins DECKS Dom, clubs him down, stomps him around, then drags him up again to ram into the corner. Rollins rams Dom over and over and over, the ref counts but Rollins lets up at 4. Murphy tags in without permission and stomps Dom for himself. The ref counts, Murphy lets off at 4, but he comes back to stomp Dom more. Rollins tags in because he doesn’t need permission, and tells Murphy to not tag in unless told to. Understood? Disciple: Murphy. Messiah: Rollins. But Dom punches them both back! Dom decks Murphy but leaps into Rollins’ GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Rollins is frustrated but he wraps Dom up in a bearhug. Dom endures, fans rally up, but Rollins stands Dom up for a cobra twist. Dom endures the stretch but Rollins cranks harder. Dom unhooks a leg, and hits a jawbreaker! Murphy tags in as Rollins hits the SLING BLADE! But Rollins gets in Murphy’s face again! Rollins says he had it under control and that he doesn’t need Murphy! Tag to Carrillo! Carrillo crossbodies them both down! Springboard back elbow for Murphy! And then a corner clothesline! Carrillo BOOTS Rollins, runs at Murphy but is put on the apron. Carrillo shoulders in, ROCKS Murphy and climbs up again to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Carrillo runs Rollins off, Murphy rolls him, TWO! BASEMNET DDT! Cover, Dom breaks it!
Rollins whips Dom but Dom throws Rollins out. Rollins drags Dom out but Dom bumps Rollins off barriers! Murphy throws Dom over barriers! Rollins is angry with Murphy again, Carrillo FLIES and takes them both out with the Fosbury Flop! Carrillo enziguris Murphy, BOOTS Rollins and climbs up top! And leaps into the KNEE TRIGGER! Cover, Murphy and Rollins win!
Winners: Buddy Murphy & Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The disciple wins for his messiah! But he leaves Rollins behind, so is he even the disciple anymore? Rollins did say he doesn’t need Murphy, despite what we just saw. Will Rollins continue this war with the Mysterios all alone?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
“It all depends. … I see that.” But Braun Strowman storms over and Pearce says he’ll talk to this person later. The Monster knows Raw Underground was cancelled again tonight, but he didn’t drive all this way to do nothing! He won’t leave until he’s whooped someone’s ass! Find him one or he’ll go get one! Well, Strowman is a SmackDown superstar, so he isn’t even really supposed to be here. After the Draft, maybe Strowman will be on Raw, but there’s nothing Pearce can do. Why? Let him finish. It’ll be an exhibition match. The hell is that? It’ll be an unsanctioned competition. As long as someone will #GetTheseHands, fine. Then it’s a deal. Who will Pearce find? Keith Lee walks right up and says, “Sign me up.” Limitless One VS Monster Among Men?! Is Raw going to still be standing after that battle of titans?!
Raw returns as Rollins finds Murphy backstage.
Rollins shoves Murphy and demands to know what’s going on with him! Murphy wants Rollins to apologize?! Rollins apologizes for nothing because everything he does is for the greater good! But Rollins thinks… No, he knows that given the last two weeks, Murphy should apologize to him! In fact, if Murphy wants to stay Rollins’ disciple, then he has until 10 PM EST to do it. Or else, there will be hell to pay! Will Rollins get the apology he thinks he’s owed? Or will he instead get what he deserves?
Raw presents the Kevin Owens Show!
The special SmackDown edition didn’t quite go how he wanted, but the Prizefighter is back to try things from a different angle. Will he regret inviting the host of the Firefly Fun House to be his guest? We find out after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin has the ring announcer stop. Kevin is usually very excited to host his KO Show, sit down with a guest and talk, but not tonight. There’s a different feel, because Kevin feels different. He felt it over the weekend and wasn’t sure why. Then he figured it out: People are right about when The Fiend touches you, it changes you. Kevin feels changed. On Friday, that was his first time being in the presence of The Fiend, and it’s still with him. He still feels the anger, agony and dread. That’s why tonight’s different. Because it’s not about sitting down for a nice chat, so there’s no need for the arm chairs! Kevin tosses them out of the ring, as well as the signs! Tonight, the KO Show is about this!
Footage replays from SmackDown, as Alexa Bliss described the sensation she felt and the “cleansing” she was given by The Fiend. And it shows The Fiend appearing, attacking and smothering Kevin with the Mandible Claw! Kevin says that claw is really hard to describe the feeling. The feeling of The Fiend pulling the breath from his body! Kevin was paralyzed. He isn’t sure what’s going on with the dark, tortured souls coming after him! Aleister Black, The Fiend, what about The Brood? The Ministry of Darkness, maybe? But all Kevin cares about right now is that Bray Wyatt comes out so they can “chat!” Pack up the puppets, put on a nice sweater vest and come out here, Bray! But the Firefly Fun House interrupts!
Bray waves hi to Raw and Kevin! Or should he say, bonjour! It’s nice to be part of the KO Show. That’s what friends do! And Kevin is Bray’s new friend, right? It’s always nice to make a new friend. To have someone to play ball with, or have a sleepover with, maybe make a mess finger-painting with, or even bury a dead body in the woods together with! Friends are so great! Huskis worries about The Draft. Ramblin’ Rabbit, too! Don’t worry, guys! Friends stick together no matter what! Bray even wrote a song about it! “Friends! Are very special~! Friends! The warm your heart~! Friends! What would we do without them~? Friends! ’til death do us part~!” And Mercy eats Ramblin’, again. But c’mon, Kevin! Sing along!
NO! Kevin is not going to sing. That is the only thing worse than having to watch this demented Mr. Rogers reboot. And they’re not friends! Though, they could have, until Bray attacked Kevin on Friday! Bray can’t brainwash Kevin like he did Alexa. The only thing that matters is that Bray gets in this ring so we don’t have to wait until Friday for Kevin to beat the hell out of Bray! Well that’s not very nice. And Bray doesn’t like bullies. Neither does he. As for Alexa, that’s none of your business. That’s between her and him. “IT’s quite clear that you’ve got no idea what you’ve gotten yourself into.” But on SmackDown this Friday, Kevin will. So, consider this a warning! After all, that’s what friends are for! Bye~!
Well, Kevin knows what that all translates to. Kevin won’t wait until Friday, so if Bray isn’t coming to the ring, Kevin’s going to Bray. Kevin heads out but Aleister attacks!! Blindside forearm and a BLACK MASS!! The Embodiment of the End just made sure Kevin doesn’t even get to start anything with Bray! But does that mean things aren’t over between these two?
Raw returns with a backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Charly welcomes us back and welcomes the WWE World Champion. She knows for months that Orton has gotten under McIntyre’s skin. McIntyre stops her there because he knows this is about Orton. Why did he attack? How does he feel about Orton’s attack on the legends? What does he say to Orton’s Hell in a Cell challenge? McIntyre answers all of that by saying this: ” Every time I see Randy Orton, or I’m even in the same building as Randy Orton from now on, I kick the crap out of ’em.” That’s how it was at the start of the night, it will be that way to end the night, and actually, McIntyre will address Orton directly now.
“Thank you? The hell is wrong with you, Randy? The answer’s yes. We both know what that match does to people.” Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. But McIntyre isn’t going to be locked in there with Orton, Orton’s gonna be locked in there with McIntyre! If the title and legacy is on the line, Orton isn’t going to purgatory. He’s going straight to hell! Who even survives this Hell in a Cell?
Exhibition: Keith Lee VS Braun Strowman!
The Limitless One accepted the opening challenge for this exhibition against the Monster, but that might be a taller task than he thinks. What happens when these behemoths collide without having to worry about the consequences?
The bell rings and Keith stares down with Strowman as they circle. They tie up, go around, then let off when it’s a deadlock. They go again, Lee headlocks but Strowman powers out. They collide, neither even budges! Strowman brushes off his shoulder, swings on Lee but they run into each other again! Strowman rebounds to DROPKICK Lee out! Strowman goes out and builds up steam, but Keith kicks him first! Keith clubs and knees Strowman and then whips him, but Strowman reverses to send Keith into the steps! The ref’s ring count hits 10!
Strowman is FURIOUS, but he won’t let things end here! Strowman BLASTS Keith through the barriers!! The Monster doesn’t care about the consequences, and that includes the damages down to the ThunderDome! Keith gets up!? Strowman doesn’t like that and he heads back after him! The refs and security can’t stop this as Keith LEAPS to tackle Strowman! They brawl up the ramp, Strowman ROCKS Keith and Strowman brings him to the stage. But Keith sends Strowman into the LED wall!! The wall short circuits, but Keith goes back to TACKLE Strowman off the stage! They crash down into spare tables and equipment!! Strowman manages to rise and pushes Keith away!
Security and referees help the two out of the rubble, will Raw and SmackDown use the Draft to keep these two apart? Or make sure one of them gets both to do this all over again?
Bianca Belair is the SmartEST.
She and some friends get together for game night, and it’s clearly trivia. Why is the sky blue? Bianca is fast on the buzzer, and says the phrasing is misleading. The sky is made up of many colors, but blue has the shortest wavelength in the visible spectrum, so that is why it appears blue. Montage mode: Genghis Khan’s empire spanned over 9 million square miles; chess originated in India; an octopus has three hearts. Oh, sorry she’s answering them all. They can, too, if they hit the buzzer faster. And also, the answer is Plato. Bianca is on fire! Michael Jordan was the GOAT, until Bianca came around! She dominated the trivia game! Just let her know who finishes second.
Raw catches up with Drew Gulak.
The current WWE 24/7 Champion hides behind a dumpster, and he talks to the belt. Gulak will write about the title in his book, Drew Gulak’s Guide to Preparedness. Chapter 1: always be alert! But then Truth pops up out of the trash! Orton, that is the worst Drew Gulak mask he’s ever seen. Gulak bumps into the recycling! Where Akira Tozawa emerges!? “YOU!!” They go after each other, Gulak boots Tozawa down but Truth dumps him in the trash! “Mah baby!” Truth AND Tozawa jump into the dumpster, fight in the bags, and Gulak gets dragged back down! Someone is covering someone, the ref counts, and the winner is… TRUTH!!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)
FORTY-TWO TIMES!! Truth hurries off with the 24/7, 48/7, 7/11, 747, 1-95 South, European ThunderDome Television Championship! Will he get it washed before someone comes after him again?
The Hurt Business w/ MVP VS Apollo Crews & Ricochet w/ Mustafa Ali!
Shelton Benjamin and Bobby Lashley are going 2v2 without MVP, but they’re confident they can handle business. Will the Gold Standard and All Mighty United States Champion show what the Hurt Business can do for one’s career?
Raw returns and MVP has joined his business partners as he gives “an official announcement.” It seems MVP needs to clear up the confusion from last week. Apollo, Ricochet and Ali did NOT beat the Hurt Business. They won the match, but they never, EVER win the fight. They’re very talented young men, yes. So much so that MVP is offering them a position in the Hurt Business. Last week’s whatever it was would NOT have happened without interference from Retribution. MVP puts them all on notice, and will make it very clear so that they can understand. “T-Bag” and his buddies wanna run around and play tough, but they’ll learn! When you see the black ‘n’ gold, prepare to fold. Retribution can wear masks, dress up for Halloween and try to scare people, but Hurt Business fit the description of “what nightmares are made of!”
Ali comes out to say there’s just more excuses. Retribution’s logo on screen scared them? But what happened was MVP pushed Ali, and Ali pushed back. But MVP is always about excuses man! Ricochet speaks up, though. MVP gave them until the end of the night to give him an answer, but Ricochet just didn’t want to keep him waiting. Ricochet’s answer is… PASS! He got them there, huh? How cute. You think you’re funny? Well Ricochet’s gonna LeBron on him with the PASS! Hah! MVP mad? No, just disappointed that Ricochet forgot he’s about to be on the business end of some hurt. Oh but he already has. He didn’t run then, and he isn’t running now. MVP keeps things from breaking down. He wants this match to happen, and to put special emphasis on Ricochet. The teams sort out, the One and Only starts with Benjamin, and we see if The Hurt Business finally gets beat!
Benjamin and Ricochet tie up, Benjamin waistlocks but Ricochet scrambles around. Benjamin CLUBS Ricochet down, brings him up and scoops him, but Ricochet slips out the back and rolls off his back to then leap! Benjamin catches Ricochet, Ricochet sunset flips but Benjamin stays up! Benjamin drags Ricochet around into a FUJIWARA! Ricochet gets a ropebreak with a foot, Benjamin lets up. MVP coaches Benjamin as he drags Ricochet up. Tag to Lashley, Lashley throws forearms on Ricochet then brings him up for a scoop slam! Cover, TWO! Lashley puts Ricochet in a corner for big forearms, then whips him corner to corner. Lashley runs in but into a boot!
Ricochet goes out and springboards to missile dropkick! Hot tag to Apollo, and they both clothesline Lashley out! The Hurt Business regroups as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns, Lashley mugs Ricochet in the corner then RAMS into him! MVP tells Ricochet this is what he gets, and Lashley drags Ricochet back up to suplex. Lashley holds Ricochet up for a count of 10 and with one arm! He SLAMS Ricochet down, covers, TWO! Ricochet survives and Lashley grows frustrated, but he drags Ricochet around by his arm. Ricochet gets away for a moment but Lashley puts him on the rope to choke him! MVP talks trash in Ricochet’s face, but Lashley lets up at the ref’s count of 4. Lashley chokes Ricochet again, MVP gets too close and Ricochet JABS him! Lashley gives Ricochet a COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Benjamin, they mug Ricochet and Benjamin paces around him. Benjamin kicks Ricochet around, drags him back up but Ricochet kicks back. Benjamin catches it, ducks the enziguri but not the mule kick! Benjamin and Ricochet are down, fans rally up and hot tag to Apollo! Apollo rallies on Benjamin, hits Lashley for good measure, and boots Benjamin to hit the FROGGYBODY! Apollo RAMS Benjamin into a corner over and over, throws haymakers then fires up. Benjamin runs into a SPINE BUSTER! Standing moonsault! Cover, Lashley breaks it! Ricochet gets in, dodges Lashley to SUPERKICK! Lashley keeps going, SUPERKICK! Ricochet runs, into a tilt-o-whirl, flip and DOMINATOR! Apollo enziguris Lashley down!
Apollo lifts Benjamin but Benjamin slips out. Apollo breaks free, runs but Benjamin gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Tag to Lashley and MVP says they’re done. Lashley watches Apollo rise, runs in, but Apollo leaps over the Spear to ENZIGURI! Lashley staggers but gets Apollo for the MILE HIGH CHOKE SLAM! Lashley stalks Apollo, HURT LOCK!! Apollo endures but taps! The Hurt Business wins!
Winners: The Hurt Business, by submission
The Rocky Mountain Machine is the CEO of the Hurt Business for a reason! Will he, MVP and Benjamin continue to put the hurt on Apollo and his crew?
Murphy and Aalyah cross paths.
She wanted to talk to him all night. Murphy wants to apologize to her. This whole thing with Rollins has gotten way out of hand. It’s not her he needs to worry about, it’s Rollins. Is he actually going to apologize to him? He doesn’t know yet. There’s only a few minutes left before the deadline Rollins imposed. What will Murphy do?
Raw returns to the Hurt Business backstage.
MVP feels great after that win. They keep trying to tell those kids, but Lashley’s a good teacher. Ali finds them and is alone. Ali says he’ll be alone in the ring, but is fine if MVP brings his goons. After Ali takes care of MVP, he’ll go after Benjamin and then Lashley. MVP laughs and he keeps Lashley from putting the hurt on Ali now. Has the Beacon of Light made a very bad decision?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring.
The 10 PM Eastern deadline is almost upon us. The Monday Night Messiah wants an apology, Murphy told Aalyah he has no idea what he’s going to do. Rollins grabs a mic to say, “Alright, Murphy. The time has come. Your Messiah awaits your apology.” Murphy makes his entrance now, goes to the ring and stands before Rollins. Rollins doesn’t want to mince words or waste time. Murphy had an hour to think, so this should be very easy. All Murphy has to do is apologize and we can all move forward. But Murphy hesitates and Rollins doesn’t understand. Murphy is fine, so just spit it out, apologize, and they can continue to serve the greater good. Still, Murphy doesn’t speak.
What is eating at Murphy? Just get this over with! He doesn’t want to go down this road. We have seen firsthand what happens to those who stand in the way of the greater good. They’ve been through so much together. Rollins plucked Murphy from obscurity and saved his career by making him into the man he is right now before him. Just apologize. That’s all he has to do. That’s all… he has to do…! This shouldn’t be so hard! But it clearly is. Rollins keeps telling Murphy to apologize, and grabs him by the beard. Rollins made Murphy, so apologize! Rollins made him so he can break him! Rollins pushes Murphy, Murphy TACKLES Rollins!! They brawl, get up and Murphy BOOTS Rollins! They fall out of the ring, and Murphy tackles Rollins over the announce desk!
Murphy hammers away but Rollins rams him into barriers! Rollins hits back but Murphy keeps hitting Rollins! Rollins sends Murphy into the barriers, Murphy hits back, they brawl around ringside and Murphy bounces Rollins off the apron! Rollins flounders, Murphy drags him up but Rollins has a kendo stick! Murphy ducks the stick swing to tackle Rollins! Murphy has the kendo stick and SMACKS away on Rollins! Rollins scrambles away but Murphy follows to SMACK him more! Murphy chases Rollins back into the ring, Rollins begs for mercy! NOPE! Murphy SMACKS Rollins and demands Rollins apologizes! Rollins says he’s sorry, but again it’s not about Murphy. Apologize to Aalyah! Rollins begs Murphy stop. “Aalyah! Aalyah! Wherever you are-” SMACK! “I’m sorry, Aalyah! I’m sorry!!”
Murphy stops hitting Rollins and Rollins says he didn’t mean to bring her into this. Rollins takes his jacket off and asks for mercy. Murphy hesitates as Rollins asks Murphy stop. He’s done enough, Rollins is sorry. Murphy puts the kendo stick down, but Rollins goes after Murphy’s EYES!! Rollins rakes Murphy’s eyes and gets the kendo stick! Rollins SMACKS Murphy over and over! Rollins doesn’t show mercy back to Murphy! He breaks the stick on Murphy’s body, but he wants more! Rollins gets a CHAIR! Aalyah runs out to ask Rollins to stop. Dominik hurries out, too, and Rollins retreats.
Dom gets Aalyah away from Murphy, and now Rey and Angie are here. Rollins manages to get away on the outside, but Dom is still upset about Aalyah and Murphy. The Mysterio Family whisk Aalyah away, leaving Murphy all alone. Rollins still grins as Dom tries to get Aalyah to understand what Murphy has done to them. Has Rollins’ plan still worked out, even if he is without followers?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler VS The Riott Squad!
What was meant for Clash of Champions happens tonight! Will the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades make up for the delay by making quick work of Ruby and Liv? Or will the extra time to prepare mean Ruby and Liv are even more likely to take the titles?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised and we finally see what makes a stronger tag team: friendship or business!
The teams sort out, Nia starts with Liv and Liv fires off! Nia shoves Liv down, runs in but Ruby tags in. The Squad go after Nia from all angles, chop block and blindside lariat! Tag to Liv, she jumps off Nia to piggyback onto Ruby, the Squad hits a DOUBLE SENTON! Cover, TWO! Liv keeps on Nia with haymakers, she runs and Ruby tags in., Nia CLOBBERS Liv, then fireman’s carries Ruby to put her in a Tree of Woe! Nia HEADBUTTS Ruby’s stomach, then runs into HIP ATTACK Ruby down! Nia kicks Ruby out of the ring to let the ring count handle this. Shayna wants in so Nia tags her. Shayna drags Ruby up to throw her into the apron! The ring count restarts, Shayna puts Ruby in, covers, TWO!
Shayna keeps her focus as she drags Ruby away from the corner. Shayna twists a wrist and bends the elbow. Shayna STOMPS the arm!! Ruby clutches the elbow, Liv shouts at Shayna but Shayna shows no remorse. Shayna looms over Ruby, grabs the bad arm again and has the keylock. Shayna moves around to twist the shoulder, then she goes after the wrist and fingers again, to SNAP it! Liv shouts at Shayna again but Shayna mocks the pain. Shayna drags Ruby up by the arm again for a keylock and just drags Ruby around! Ruby endures but Shayna throws her out hard! Nia tags in and drags Ruby up to RAM her into the apron! The champions are just doing what they want to Ruby as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Shayna KICKS Ruby in the chest! But Ruby eggs her on?! So Shayna KICKS Ruby again! Liv shouts at Shayna, Ruby eggs Shayna on again, so Shayna KICKS Ruby again! Ruby ducks the next kick, rolls Shayna up, TWO! Shayna grabs the arm, Ruby ROCKS Shayna with the good one! Hot tag to Liv and Liv fires off on Shayna! Nia tags in as Liv ENZIGURIS! Nia throws Liv to a corner, runs in but Liv boots! Liv hops up, huricanranas Nia into buckles! Liv runs at Shayna for a back body block! Liv gives Nia one! And then back to Shayna! Liv runs at Nia, Nia CLOBBERS her! Nia shouts and runs in but Liv boots her again! Liv goes up, Nia yanks her off and swings her up., Liv sunset flips, Nia stays up and drags Liv up to HEADBUTT!
Nia asks if Shayna’s good and Shayna says she is. She wants in so Nia tags her. The champs mug Liv with body shots, and Liv crawls to a corner. Shayna runs in, Liv dodges and the knee hits the buckle! Liv avoids the kick, Shayna gets a leg but Liv still tags Ruby in! Ruby runs past Shayna to knock Nia off the apron! Liv sweeps the legs on Shayna, Ruby runs into KICK Shayna down! Ruby runs again, hops up, Liv tags in as Ruby rebounds for the TORANDO DDT! Liv runs in, DOUBLJE STMOPS! Cover, TWO!! Ruby tags back in, she wrenches Shayna but Nia runs Liv over! Ruby SUPERKICKS Nia, but Shayna sweeps the legs! KNEE to Ruby’s head! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Ruby endures, Liv runs in but Nia catches her!! Liv can’t get free, Ruby taps!! Nia and Shayna win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Shayna won’t let go! Liv tries to get Shayna off Ruby but Ruby is OUT! Nia smiles as she and Shayna get their belts back and hold them high. Liv is distraught by Ruby’s side. Will the Squad ever be the same after this? And while the Women’s Tag titles can go anywhere, will the champions still be on the same brand after the Draft?
The Street Profits speak!
We are ready! They are in the main event of Monday Night Raw! Dolph and Roode ain’t ready, because it’s time to get our Braveheart on with the world champion, Drew McIntyre! Does that mean they’re gonna moon Orton, Ziggler and Roode? Is that the only part of that movie Dawkins knows? Real talk, though. The Profits don’t need night vision to see Orton. Last Monday, what he did was cold. Ain’t no flair without Ric, and Edge & Christian taught us all we could have fun while being champs. The Big Show is an honorary Viking Profit, and the Profits are showstoppers just like HBK! Tonight, they’re coming for Orton, and not outta nowhere. The Profits are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! McIntyre walks over, and says Roode and Ziggler are all theirs. HE gets to kick the crap out of Orton. Will the champions of Raw stand tall at the end of the night?
MVP w/ The Hurt Business VS Mustafa Ali!
Montel Vontavius Porter has Lashley and Benjamin with him because Ali dared him to! Will MVP dim the lights on the Beacon to teach him another lesson?
The bell rings and Ali circles with MVP. They approach, tie up, and MVP knees hard and low! MVP scoops and slams Ali to then drop the knee! Cover, TWO! Ali gets to ropes but MVP is after him with forearms. Ali hits back, MVP ROCKS Ali. MVP brings Ali up, throws more forearms in the corner, then whips Ali corner to corner. Ali bounces off buckles into a LARIAT! MVP asks Ali how he’s feeling. Is he still feeling tough? Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! MVP rocks Ali again, has him on ropes to choke him, but lets off at 4. MVP brings Ali up, whips him to ropes but Ali ducks to dropkick MVP out of the ring! MVP regroups with the Hurt Business and a ring count starts. MVP says it’s time to teach Ali that lesson, and all three men get in!
Ali doesn’t back down but he is cornered. The ref tells them to back off, but the lights start flickering! Retribution makes its presence known again! And they’re actually here this time! T-Bar, Mace, Slapjack and the minions are all around here! Ali joins Hurt Business in this fight against them, but then Ali bails out! Ali joins Retribution instead?! MVP sees how it is as Ali sicks Retribution on them!! Mace RAMS MVP into barriers, T-Bar is after Lashley and Slapjack has Benjamin! They send Benjamin into steel steps, and then Lashley is all alone! That’s a 8v1 at least! Lashley till hits Mace but T-Bar clobbers him! T-Bar clubs away on Lashley then POSTS him! The steel steps are brought into this as they RAM Lashley into them!! “THIS is Retribution!” They are judge, jury and executioner, but have they always been with Ali?!
Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & The Street Profits VS Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode!
After Clash of Champions, the Scottish Stud is still the WWE World Champion, and the Raw Tag Team Championships still belong to Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins. But while the Viper wants to take McIntyre to Hell in a Cell, surely the Show-Off and the Glorious One will want after gold, too. Will this become a sampler of those title matches and more?
The teams sort out, McIntyre starts against Roode but then Orton swipes at him. Roode uses that opening to attack and he punches McIntyre to a corner. Tag to Ziggler, they mug McIntyre in the other corner and then whip him corner to corner. McIntyre dodges Ziggler’s splash and clotheslines Roode, then he CHOPS Ziggler! Orton gets in but the RKO is denied! McIntyre hits Roode, throws him out, and he glare at McIntyre. Ford runs in and FLIES to take out the Glorious Show-Offs! The champions stand tall as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Ziggler talks trash on Dawkins. Ziggler pushes Dawkins around but Dawkins DECKS him! Hot tag to Ford! Ford rallies on Ziggler with clotheslines and aw hip. Ziggler reverses, Ford leaps over him and leaps to lariat! Roode runs in but into a dropkick! Ziggler back suplexes, Ford lands on his feet to back suplex Ziggler! Ford handsprings and standing moonsautls! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps his cool as he runs. Roode distracts the ref, Orton trips Ford up and Ziggler attacks! Roode tags in, Ford fights him and Ziggler off, but Roode reverses the whip for a GLORIOUS SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Roode stomps Ford, drags him up and tags Orton in. Roode throws Ford out and Orton pursues to give Ford a back suplex to the announce desk!
McIntyre glares at Orton as Orton puts Ford back in the ring. Orton gets in and drags Ford up to look at his partners. Orton stomps Ford’s hand while glaring at McIntyre. Orton brings Ford up to knock him down with an uppercut. Orton stands Ford up again, taunts McIntyre and Dawkins with a possible tag, but Ford throws body shtos! Orton kicks low and throws Ford down by his hair. Orton sucker punches Dawkins and taunts McIntyre. The ref keeps McIntyre in the corner, Ford kicks back and DDT’s! Ford and Orton crawl for their corners as fans rally up. Hot tags to McIntyre and Ziggler! McIntyre rallies on Ziggler, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD suplexes him! McIntyre DECKS Roode for good measure!
McIntyre THROWS Ziggler again! McIntyre sees Orton getting in and bumps him off buckles first! McIntyre drags Orton into the ring, rains down rights, but Roode and Ziggler go after him! The ref tells them to stop, the Glorious Show-Offs mug McIntyre to a corner. Dawkins tags in, McIntyre pushes Ziggler and HEADBUTTS Roode! Ziggler SUPERKICKS McIntyre, Dawkins rolls Ziggler up, TWO! Ziggler runs in and counters the Anointment with the SATELLITE DDT! Dawkins tumbles down in a heap, Orton reaches out and Ziggler tags him in. Orton takes his time toying with Dawkins as he stomps him to the apron. Orton drags Dawkins through the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices in his head as he watches Dawkins rise! R- NO! No RKO, ANOINTMENT!!
Tag to Ford, Ford goes up top, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, but Roode AND Ziggler break it! Dawkins gets in, Roode throws him out but Ford enziguris Roode! Ziggler stalks Ford for the ZIG- NO! McIntyre tags in, Ford bucks Ziggler off but misses the enziguri to get a FAMOUSER! CLAYMORE sends Ziggler OUT! McIntyre has Orton all to himself now but Roode runs in. CLAYMORE for Roode! Orton waits for McIntyre to kip up, to RKO!! Cover, Orton, Ziggler and Roode win!!
Winners: Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, by pinfall
The Viper strikes the champion down!! Orton took advantage of the chaos, but it won’t be the same inside the cell! Will McIntyre make Orton pay when there’s nowhere to run and nowhere to hide?
An incredible episode to be the “go-home” to the WWE Draft! Obviously this is meant to at least feel like the last night some superstars will be on Raw, so the matches were all on a higher level for that reason. Orton had a long promo that wasn’t really necessary. Orton describing what he did to the legends was really just for his character’s ego, but it was great for McIntyre to attack him. McIntyre VS Orton, Hell in a Cell match for the title, is going to be great and has to be the blow-off somehow, that’ll be three matches in a row. The Six Man Tag main event was great stuff, and it works that Orton gets the win off McIntyre to make the math work in McIntyre’s favor. I’m not sure if the Draft moves Orton to SmackDown or not, he seems just fine on Raw still. But I would hope McIntyre stays because there are still plenty of people on Raw that could challenge him, they’re just in other stories.
For example, Keith Lee and Braun Strowman, who surely started a feud here tonight. The Draft will move Strowman over and they can both wreck the ring all over again! Another possibility is Seth Rollins, given his overall Monday Night Messiah story. The match he and Murphy had against Dominik and Carrillo was really good, the dysfunction with Murphy resulting in that fight was great, and while bringing in Aalyah is still an odd point, I’m still going with this somehow being Murphy’s redemption. Dom and Rey still aren’t ready to trust Murphy, but depending on Rollins’ next move, Murphy might “sacrifice” himself in saving the Mysterios.
And then there’s how things might shake out with Kevin, Aleister and Bray. The KO Show was a good segment, and Aleister attacking outta nowhere was both surprising but not surprising since that’s what he’s been doing. I feel like the easiest move is to move Kevin to SmackDown, with Kevin and Aleister have their blow-off match next Raw. Moving Aleister with Kevin means moving Vega, too. Vega may have lost to Asuka twice already, but if Bayley retains, then Vega isn’t getting a title shot because that’s Heel VS Heel, something WWE rarely does. Speaking of the Women’s Division, the Six Woman was really good but the Women’s Tag title match was incredible! Ruby basically gets Dakota’d by Shayna, she endures so much at the hands of Shayna and Nia, and in the end she is the one that takes the loss.
While they have the belts, it doesn’t matter where Shayna and Nia go, but it feels like Bayley and Sasha were the only reasons the tag belts were going to all brands. USA has been hoarding the tag titles and the 24/7 Championship, so I don’t think those champions are going anywhere. Truth, Gulak and Tozawa had some great stuff again, I wonder if Gulak is getting drafted to Raw to keep these three going. It’s a bit of a shame, WWE really should have tried to reunite Catch Point (Gulak and Riddle) in SmackDown’s tag division. And I would hope Raw makes sure they keep both the Hurt Business and Retribution, because HOLY CRAP! Mustafa Ali not just joining but LEADING Retribution!? That’s an amazing way to salvage Retribution! And I feel like it’s salvaging, there’s no way they had something this wild just waiting to be sprung on us. But now, there are four men in Retribution that can take on the four men of Hurt Business, THIS would make a great match for the traditional Survivor Series elimination tag.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (8/17/22)
American Dragon VS Dragonslayer!
Dynamite becomes the House of the Dragon!
AEW has an epic rematch between Bryan Danielson and Daniel Garcia, in a Best Two Out of Three Falls match! Will Red Death truly slay the American Dragon?
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia; Bryan wins.
- Gunn Club VS The Varsity Blonds; win(s).
- Toni Storm VS KiLynn King; wins.
- AEW World Trios Championship Tournament, Opening Round: La Faccion Ingobernable VS The Young Bucks & ???; win(s) and advances.
PLAY BY PLAY
CM Punk is here!
The Best of the World is back and the fans in Charleston, West Virginia are fired up to see him! Especially since he has THE AEW World Championship belt on his shoulder. No stage diving this time, though, he’s being a bit more careful this time. Punk goes to the ring and gets the mic as fans chant his name. “I’m trying to put my tough guy game face on before I came out here, and you guys just ruined it all by making me smile. I don’t got the prettiest smile. What I do have is the prettiest belt! Haven’t been here in some time, and I’ve got some business to attend to. Some things very, very important. Some things not so important.
“I want to get the not so important things outta the way. Where are we? Where are wee tonight? There’s somebody from around these parts that I would like to challenge to a rematch and I would like to do it right here, right now, for you beautiful people.” Fans cheer for that, they wanna see it, too! Punk sits down cross-legged and tells Hangman Adam Page, “You want that rematch, you got it right here, right now. Let’s go!” Fans are fired up for the “Cowboy Sh*t” that could go down, but where is he? Punk checks his mic, but no Hangman, and fans boo. Punk says that’s why this isn’t important. That isn’t Cowboy Sh*t, that’s Coward Sh*t!
“A little bit of advice that I suggest you take: The apology must as loud and as public as the disrespect!” And if anyone else has a problem with THE CHAMPION, Punk suggests they come on down! “Everyone wants to be the champ until it’s time to do champ sh*t!” Fans agree with that as they chant Punk’s name. “Ladies and gentlemen, I understand that Jon Moxley’s got a lot of fans. And he can be number one in your heart, but he’s not number one in this ring. I am THE AEW Champion!!” Punk knows what it takes to be the best, to talk a big game and say you’re the best, and to breathe that into existence.
He also knows what it is like to lose. Punk has lost big, but Moxley has always been number two, there has always been someone who has Mox’s number, and it’s Punk! Boo if you want, but let him know when he’s lying. “Jon Moxley is the third best guy in his own group, and that seems to be a reoccurring theme in his career.” Fans are stunned to hear that. Punk says, “That doesn’t make him a bad guy, but that doesn’t make him the best either.” Punk is the best, but yes, Mox has been carrying the torch when Punk broke his foot. Moxley talks about breaking bones and drinking blood, but between the two of them, the only one’s who has broken bones is Punk! It was his own, but still!
So again, tell Punk when he’s telling lies. Moxley has been INTERIM AEW Champion. Look that word up, it means “temporary.” And Punk is willing to test himself against Moxley, but is Moxley willing to test himself against his best friends? Let’s talk about those friends. Mox’s best friend is the third best Eddie that Punk’s ever faced. And the second best Kingston! These people aren’t number one at anything! Tell Punk when he’s telling a lie! Fans have to admit, he’s got a point. Punk says he’s missed the fans, and he’s missed competing in the ring. He’s been wanting to defend this title on a PPV, and that will be All Out, September 4th, Chicago, Illinois!
Punk is ready to test his belt against Moxley’s “number two with a bullet.” Punk is willing to test his foot! The funny thing is, heading into Chicago, Moxley isn’t even the first Jon/John that Punk beats in Chicago for a title! And he’s certainly not number one there, either. But say his name enough and here he comes! Jon Moxley is heading to the ring but Punk taunts Moxley over the time he takes to make it to the ring. Punk does “mat angels” as Moxley and his AEW World Championship belt go through the crowd. Moxley does make it to ringside, he does get a mic and he does get in the ring to stand there across from Punk.
Fans cheer for Moxley, and Moxley says, “Look out, ladies and gentlemen, CM Punk is dropping pipe bombs! Doing what he does best: writing checks with his mouth that his body can’t cash.” Moxley makes sure to point at Punk’s foot with that. And Moxley tells Punk he’s living in a fantasy land! In Punk’s mind, he’s the best wrestler in the world. But most times, Punk’s not even the best wrestler in catering. Punk thinks his mic in his hand is power. But this is the real world, and that’s just a microphone. And all the words Punk says into it don’t mean sh*t. That belt on Punk’s shoulder don’t mean sh*t. Punk says, “Who’s living in a fantasy world now?”
Moxley says, “To be fair, right now, this belt don’t mean sh*t. Not until I beat you!” Moxley says he IS the heart and soul of AEW, and every time they call him “Interim,” he thinks of Punk and that makes him sick! Punks says, “Good! You can be the ‘heart and soul’, I’ll bet he dollars and the cents!” Both men throw the belts down and inch a bit closer. Punk asks Mox if he’s done talking. Mox says we all know Punk only came to AEW because he ran out of money, so don’t give Mox that. “Being the best is about heart and soul and guts and fighting spirit, and we both know that you ran out of fighting spirit a long time ago.”
Now both men are face to face! Mox says if Punk wants to prove him wrong, then do something about it. But Mox doesn’t think Punk’s gonna do sh*t. Punk says they have a match at the PPV, which Punk will soundly defeat Moxley in. But if Punk touches Moxley now, Punk’s afraid Moxley will just start bleeding all over him. They get forehead to forehead, Moxley puts his hands back behind him to give Punk an open shot. Punk pushes Moxley away, but Moxley comes back with a peck on the cheek! AND A SLAP! The haymakers start flying and fans are fired up for it! Moxley and Punk scrap, security and officials rush in, and fans boo!
Moxley and Punk are separated but Moxley throws off his shirt! Punk eggs Moxley on, security is a wall between them, and fans boo more. Moxley tosses his belt out of the ring, then eggs Punk on! Punk tries to get after Moxley, and Moxley LEAPS onto the pile! The scrum continues but is quickly broken up. Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” and Moxley gets a chair! Moxley tosses it into the ring, and Punk uses it to take a seat! Punk eggs Mox on again, and Mox slides in! They make contact, but the security pulls them apart again! Fans boo some more, but Moxley finds an opening on the other side of the ring! The brawl is back on!
Wait, security just pulls them apart again. Fans boo as the ebb and flow just keeps going, but it seems we’ll all have to wait until Sunday, September 4th. What happens when Punk and Moxley go all out to determine an UNDISPUTED AEW World Champion?
Backstage interview with “Powerhouse” Will Hobbs.
Tony Schiavone is with Hobbs and references what we saw last week concerning himself, Ricky Starks and The Factory. Schiavone thought Starks & Hobbs were friends, so why did Hobbs betray Starks? Hobbs says he doesn’t need friends! “Ricky Starks, you proved to the whole world, your true colors came out, you told the world that you were okay with losing. I’m not okay with losing, Ricky! For two years, you got to walk around here and parade around like you’re some God’s gift to this business. You got to hide behind Powerhouse Hobbs’ back, because you knew I would get the job done.”
Hobbs was hired for one thing: make sure Starks stayed champion. And Starks couldn’t do it! Now Ricky, Hobbs not only breaks backs, he also breaks necks. And as far as The Factory goes, Hobbs has something for them, too! Will the Powerhouse turn into a juggernaut and demolish everyone in his way?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Bryan Danielson VS Daniel Garcia!
The American Dragon fought hard against Red Death, but was screwed over by The Wizard! Sounds like Game of Thrones, but it’s pro-wrestling! Or as the Jericho Appreciation Society calls it, “Sports Entertainment.” However, Bryan dares Garcia to look inside himself and decide: Is he the Best Technical Sports Entertainer? Or is he the Best Technical Pro-Wrestler? With Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat as the special guest timekeeper, will the Dragonslayer slay the American Dragon? Or will he JOIN the American Dragon in the Blackpool Combat Club?
But first, Chris Jericho joins commentary! Fans sing Judas for him as he joins Excalibur, Taz, and Good ol’ JR, then Bryan makes his entrance. Bryan shakes hands with Steamboat, then Garcia makes his entrance, complete with a new Dragonslayer logo on his tron. The bell rings on the first fall and fans rally up. The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Bryan shoots in to get a leg. Bryan trips Garcia but Garcia fights back and trips Bryan. Garcia goes for a leg, but Bryan trips him back and rains down forearms! Garcia guards but Bryan moves around. Garcia slips out, back mounts, but Bryan stands up.
Garcia is a backpack but Bryan snapmares and rolls! It’s a rough landing but Garcia holds on, then he drags Bryan around. Bryan slips out, throws body shots from above, then has a KNEEBAR! Garcia moves around to stand up, and he has a HEEL HOOK! Bryan endures, stomps at Garcia’s face but Garcia gives those back! They stomp and kick each other back and forth, but Bryan puts on a HEEL HOOK of his own! Fans cheer this technical exchange and the two end up in the ropes! The ref counts, the two let each other go, but then Garcia BOOTS Bryan into a corner! Garcia eggs Bryan on while fans boo.
Bryan stands up, they reset, tie up, and Garcia puts Bryan in a corner. Fans rally for Bryan as Garcia smothers him, but the ref counts. Garcia lets off to SLAP Bryan! Bryan keeps cool as AEW goes picture in picture.
Garcia taunts Bryan but Bryan puts his dukes up. Bryan KICKS Garcia’s leg, then eggs Garcia on. Garcia returns but Bryan KICKS the leg again! They tie up, Bryan SLAPS Garcia now, and Garcia wobbles a bit. Garcia throws some testing jabs but Bryan shrugs those off. Bryan throws body shots, then SMACKS Garcia! Bryan suplexes high and hard, covers, TWO! Bryan drags Garcia around by a leg, turns him over and hooks up the legs. Bryan reaches for the arms, brings them back, and then up and up and ROMERO SPECIAL! Garcia endures being held overhead, then Bryan sets him down to fishhook the nose!
The ref reprimands but Bryan throws haymakers onto Garcia’s head, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Garcia falls forward, out of the leg hooks, and fans rally up. Bryan paces, watches Garcia get up, and then KICKS him in the chest! Garcia is right up to CHOP! Bryan smirks and Garcia eggs him on. Bryan CHOPS back, so Garcia CHOPS again. Bryan smirks, dusts that off, and fans rally up more. Bryan and Garcia talk some trash, Garcia SLAPS Bryan! Bryan squats and Garcia kicks at him. Garcia eggs Bryan on, Bryan snarls and stands back up. Bryan stares Garcia down as AEW returns to single picture, and the forearms fire off! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia in the corner!
Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with every shot! Bryan goes corner to corner to DROPKICK! Bryan puts Garcia up top, climbs up after him, then SUPER STEINERS, but Garcia rolls it to a sunset flip! TWO! Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan EuroUppers again! Garcia CHOPS, Bryan EuroUppers, Garcia kicks low then EuroUppers back. Garcia whips Bryan to a corner, Bryan goes up and over, then keeps moving! Bryan ducks and dodges but Garcia spins him for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX into the ARMBAR! Bryan sits up, fans rally up, and Bryan clasps hands. Bryan fights but Garcia pushes him down!
Bryan rolls through, leg capture and BACK SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Garcia escapes but Bryan goes for the legs! Bryan ties the legs up, rains down forearms, and then hooks an arm! REGAL STRETCH!! Bryan makes his mentor proud while Garcia endures to make his mentor proud! Garcia crawls, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Bryan lets off, Garcia bails out, and Bryan builds speed! Bryan WRECKS Garcia with a dropkick! Then he goes to the apron to FLYING- NO, Garcia dodges the knee to SAIDO to the floor! Fans are torn as Garcia stands back up. Garcia drags Bryan up with a facelock and he puts Bryan in the ring.
Fans rally and Garcia looms over Bryan. Garcia sits Bryan up for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! That’s a very BCC move! Fans boo but Jericho loves it! Garcia gets the legs, SHARP- NO, Bryan spins it through! Bryan kicks Garcia down into the TRIANGLE HOLD! Garcia is caught but he stands up. Bryan throws hands but Garcia hooks Bryan up! PILEDRIVER!! Omoplata and DRAGON SLEEPER!!! Bryan is fading, the fans rally, but he’s OUT! That’s the first fall to Garcia!
Bryan: 0; Garcia: 1
The ref checks if Bryan is okay to continue, but Garcia says this is just the first fall! This isn’t over until he has his second! The ref starts a standing count, if Bryan can’t answer it, he’s lost! Garcia backs off to watch Bryan, and we’re past 5 of 10! Bryan crawls and stands at 8, so Garcia CLOBBERS him! Garcia stomps a mudhole while fans boo! Garcia lets off at the ref’s count to soak up the heat, then he storms back up on Bryan. Garcia stands Bryan up, EuroUppers, and CHOPS! Bryan looks dazed but Garcia brings him up to CHOP again! Garcia soaks up more heat while fans boo and he goes corner to corner. Garcia runs in to SHOTGUN Bryan, and AEW goes to break!
AEW returns and Garcia is stomping away on Bryan at the ropes! Fans boo Garcia and the ref counts, but Garcia stands on Bryan’s head! Garcia lets off and the ref checks Bryan. Bryan’s busted open from a DDT to bare concrete that happened during the break, but it isn’t too bad yet. Garcia drags Bryan from the ropes, kicks him more, and fans rally up. Bryan huffs and puffs as Garcia keeps kicking, and fans fire up! Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS Garcia’s leg, but Garcia WRINGS the arm! Then omoplata, and the DRAGON SLEEPER! Bryan fights up, so Garcia INVERTED SUPLEXES him, and still has the DRAGON SLEEPER!
Bryan endures so Garcia rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans boo as the DRAGON SLEEPER is back on! But Bryan rolls forward to make it a cover, and he gets the fall!!
Bryan: 1; Garcia: 1
And now we’re all tied up! Garcia can’t believe it but the fans are thunderous! Now it’s sudden death! And Garcia hammers away on Bryan’s bloody forehead! Jericho blames the ref for making a mistake but Garcia just soaks up the heat. Bryan is in a corner, Garcia runs corner to corner, but Bryan dodges! Garcia’s dropkick misses and Garcia ends up in a Tree of Woe! Bryan KICKS away on Garcia! Bryan sits Garcia up, climbs up after him, then rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” and then Bryan brings Garcia up. Garcia resists, but Bryan SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEXES him away!
Bryan sits up and fans are thunderous! Bryan adjusts, leaps, and MISSILE DROPKICKS Garcia all the way to the other corner! Garcia bails out as fans fire up again. Bryan kips up and fans are loving it! Bryan snarls and builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the corner! Bryan drags Garcia up to KICK and KICK and KICK! Bryan POSTS Garcia! And then YANKS Garcia into the post! And again! But Garcia YANKS Bryan! Bryan YANKS Garcia! Garcia YANKS Bryan, and both men fall over! Fans fire up and rally behind Bryan. Bryan and Garcia stir as the ring count climbs. The count reaches 5 of 10 but Garcia gets in at 7! Bryan flops at 8, but he’s back up and in at 9!
Fans are thunderous as now Garcia is also busted open! AEW goes picture in picture as the ref checks both men. They’re both okay to continue, even though Garcia’s a bit dazed. Garcia crawls forward after Bryan, talks trash on him, but Bryan just shouts at Garcia back! Garcia SLAPS Bryan but Bryan eggs him on. Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan still eggs him on! Fans rally, Garcia CHOPS, but Bryan just sits back! Garcia CHOPS but Bryan just does an ab crunch! Garcia runs to PENALTY KICK! Bryan does another ab crunch! PENALTY KICK! Ab crunch! Garcia CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS but Bryan doesn’t fall over!
Garcia runs again, into a HUGE forearm from Bryan! Garcia goes down and fans fire up as Bryan stays send. Bryan flips Garcia off, that’s a JAS thing! Garcia sit sup, and Bryan KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS, but Garcia eggs Bryan on now! So Bryan KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Garcia SWATS one, then CLOBBERS Bryan from behind! Garcia gest the legs, steps through, SHARPSHOOTER! Bryan endures the “Dragon Tamer” as AEW returns to single picture! And Garcia sits back deep! Bryan endures, hooks an arm, and drags Garcia out of his hold into the omoplata! Garcia moves around, rolls through, but Bryan stays hooked on!
Bryan reaches and finishes the LEBELL LOCK! Garcia rolls it back to a cover, TWO!! Garcia choke grips, Bryan breaks free, but Garcia SLAPS him again! Bryan staggers, Garcia runs in at the corner, DROPKICK! Bryan stays up to SLAP Garcia! ROLLING- NO, Garcia ducks to BUSAIKU KNEE!! Garcia steals something of Bryan’s! Knuckle lock cover, TWO!! Garcia and Bryan are in a test of strength as Bryan sits up, and they go forehead to bloody forehead! Garcia ROCKS Bryan, and Bryan ROCKS Garcia, but the knuckle locks don’t break! Another round of forearms back and forth, Garcia gets the edge and Bryan drops to his knees!
Fans rally as the knuckle locks stay clamped on! Bryan fights to his feet and he ROCKS Garcia over and over. Garcia hits back, the forearms keep going, and now Garcia leans onto Bryan. Bryan stands him up to ROCK him again and again and again! Garcia is down and Bryan rains down the shots! Bryan gets the wrists, but Garcia monkey flips! To steal the DRAGON STOMPS! Jericho is loving this but fans boo! Garcia lets off but Bryan trips him up! Bryan HEADBUTTS Garcia again and again, then gives him DRAGON STOMPS! Bryan lets go of one arm to focus on the stomps! Then the TRIANGLE, with HAMMERING ELBOWS!!
Garcia endures, fights to his feet, and he deadlifts Bryan! But Bryan drags him back down and throws more elbows! Garcia fires hands and the fans are loving the scrap! Bryan uses Garcia’s haymakers to turn the move around into the LEBELL LOCK!! Garcia endures, reaches out, Jericho cheers him on but fans want him to tap! Bryan catches the arm to HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOW!! LEBELL LOCK!!! Garcia is OUT, the ref calls it for Bryan!!
Winner: Bryan Danielson, by submission, 2-1
Sports Entertainer or Pro-Wrestler, those are just labels, because this was a battle of two fighters! But in the end, Garcia falls and Bryan is the winner! And yet, Garcia’s fighting spirit keeps him reaching for Bryan. Bryan and the fans applaud for the heart the Dragonslayer has, but did what Bryan say last week get through to Garcia? Is Garcia going to be BCC? Bryan offers Garcia a hand but Garcia stands up on his own. Jericho leaves commentary to CLOBBER Bryan! Jericho rains down fists because he’s the sore loser here! But Garcia pushes Jericho away?! Fans fire up for that, but Jericho is confused and furious!
Jericho asks Garcia why he just did that. Is he thinking of changing? Garcia slaps the accusing finger away! Jericho points his other finger, because he wants Garcia to think long and hard about what he does next. Fans chant “You’re a Wrestler!” at Garcia, but will he listen to them? Or will he still follow the Jericho Appreciation Society?
Backstage interview with Private Party and Swerve In Our Glory.
Schiavone notes that this Friday on Rampage, it will be these two teams fighting over the AEW World Tag Team Championships. Swerve says “You’re welcome, by the way.” Marq Quen asks, “For what? Last week, you guys disrespected us, talking about how we’re not ranked. In case you haven’t noticed, we’re number five!” Isiah Kassidy makes sure Swerve knows it by holding up five fingers. Keith Lee steps forward and Private Party steps back. Schiavone steps in to remind them all of the No Physicality Agreement.
Swerve says Private Party’s been here how long and this is the closest they’ve gotten to the tag titles? “Winning ain’t nothing new to Swerve In Our Glory, Keith Lee and myself. You need to respect your elders, because you could learn a thing or two from us.” Keith adds, “And after you Swerve In Our Glory, then you can walk your happy asses back down the ladder.” Kassidy says Keith embarrassed him once. It won’t happen again. And on top of that, Private Party takes these titles back to New York. FACTS. BLAOW! See you Friday, baby. Kassidy & Quen are confident now, but will they be popping bottles or sharing ice packs after Rampage?
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 32 Results & Report! (8/17/22)
And then there were four!
The G1 Climax’s Final Four face off!
A VS B and C VS D, the biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history reaches its semifinals! Will Tetsuya Naito make Will Ospreay trainquilo? Will Kazuchika Okada make it rain on the Good Bad Guy?
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
- Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Bad Dude Tito & JONAH; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano, David Finlay & KUSHIDA VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida win.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga; Okada wins and advances to the finals.
- G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay; Ospreay wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Kazuchika Okada VS Tama Tonga w/ Jado!
It’s A Block VS B Block, Rainmaker VS Good Bad Guy! And in G1 Climax 31, Okada lost to Tama! Will history repeat itself? Or will Tama have to fall back to the golden ticket he got from beating Jay White?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two circle. Tama and Okada shake hands to show there’s respect here and fans cheer more. Okada and Tama tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada uses his height as leverage. Okada puts Tama on the ropes and the ref calls for the break. Okada lets off, pats Tama on the shoulders, but Tama rushes in. Okada kicks low, headlocks, but Tama powers up and out. Okada runs Tama over and fans fire up. Okada runs, Tama gets up to arm-drag Okada around! Then Tama dropkicks Okada down! Fans fire up more as Tama brings Okada up. Tama CLUBS Okada and follows him to a corner.
Tama throws body shots, but Okada throws forearms! Tama knees low, Okada throws body shots but Tama CLUBS Okada down. Fans rally as Tama whips corner to corner, but Okada reverses. Okada runs in but into a back elbow. Tama runs at Okada but into the FLAPJACK! Fans applaud while Okada catches his breath. Jado coaches Tama while fans rally up. Okada drags Tama up, ROCKS him with a forearm, and Tama goes to ropes. Okada brings Tama around to CLUB him on the neck. Okada puts Tama in a corner and throws a back elbow. And then another! And then another! The ref counts and Okada lets off.
Fans rally, Jado coaches Tama, but Okada brings Tama up. Tama throws body shots but Okada knees low. Okada turns Tama for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Okada sits Tama up for a chinlock. Tama endures while Okada squeezes tight. The fans rally up more as Okada turns and twists Tama. Tama fights up to his feet, throws elbows, but Okada knees low. Okada throws Tama out of the ring then follows after. Tama staggers up into a kick and DDT to the floor! Okada leaves Tama behind while fans rally up. Jado coaches Tama while the ring count climbs. We’re at 5 of 20 but Tama is still down.
Tama pushes up off the floor at 10 of 20 and crawls his way over, and he drags himself up at 16, only to fall! Tama springs up and in at 19! Okada walks over and kicks Tama around while the fans rally up. “O-KA-DA!” eggs Tama on, so Tama fires off forearm after forearm! Okada eggs Tama on, Tama keeps throwing hands, but Okada DECKS Tama with one! Okada whips Tama to a corner, but Tama comes back to CLOBBER Okada! Fans fire up and rally again as Tama drags himself up the ropes. Tama rushes Okada to LARIAT, and ELBOW, and scoop SLAM! OFF COMES THE VEST! Fans fire up with Tama as he claps, “TA-MA! TA-MA!”
Okada is in the corner, Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! And then a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally as Tama paces around. Tama brings Okada up to CLUB him down, then he throws body shots. Tama dragon sleepers but Okada fights free! Tama throws a body shot, an uppercut, and then whips. Okada ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Tama with an elbow! Fans rally and Okada whips Tama into a corner. Okada runs in to back elbow, then kicks and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” as Okada watches Tama stand. Tama staggers into the Alabama Lift! But Tama fights it off with body shots!
Okada ROCKS Tama, but Tama ROCKS Okada. Okada EuroUppers but Tama EuroUppers back! Okada swings but into the TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up again as Okada bails out of the ring. Tama goes out after Okada and brings him up, but Okada throws body shots! Okada whips Tama into railing, and Tama bounces off into a scoop! But Tama fights that to a TONGAN TWIST to the floor! A bit of payback from earlier! Fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Both men are able to continue and Tama stands first. The ring count starts and Tama drags Okada up at 5 of 20 to put him in at 6. Fans cheer as this match continues.
Tama stalks Okada while the fans clap. Okada stands, Tama rushes in, VENENO! Cover, TWO! Tama paces around then brings Okada back up. Tama fireman’s carries, but Okada fights free and spins Tama. ROLLING- NO, Tama ducks the lariat to fireman’s carry! S R C! Tama heads for the corner and fans fire up! SUPREME FLOW! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and Tama grows frustrated, but Jado calls the shot! Tama and Jado pound the mat, and fans clap along. Tama watches Okada rise, then he rushes in, GUN- NO, Okada turns that into the BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then the MONEY CLIP!!
Tama endures and fans rally up! Tama reaches out and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans fire up more. The fans continue to rally, “O-KA-DA!” “GOOD BAD GUY!” Okada drags Tama up, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs up and fans rally for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose! Okada drags Tama up, wristlocks, but Tama throws back elbows. Okada CLUBS Tama, EuroUppers and runs, but into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Tama takes Okada down! Tama drags Okada up, but Okada fights off the suplex to shove and DROPKICK Tama in return!
Okada drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks to slips around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives but Tama just reloads and brings him back up! Double underhooks, but Okada fights free to LARIAT! Not quite the Rainmaker but Okada holds onto the wrist! Fans rally as Okada slowly rises back up. Okada drags Tama up, for a short arm LARIAT! Okada fires up and the fans follow suit! He drags Tama back up, ripcords, but Tama ducks and runs, into a DROPKICK! But he gets back up! Tama is roaring, fans are fire dup, but Okada scoops for the LANDSLIDE!!
Okada then ripcords Tama, GUN STUN!!! But Tama can’t make the cover! Jado shouts to Tama, he crawls over to Okada, pushes Okada over for the cover, TWO!!! Okada survives because of the delay! Fans are thunderous while both men are still down! Tama rises and he drags Okada back up. Tama reels Okada in, underhooks the arms, but Okada fights the lift! Tama CLUBS Okada, CLUBS him again, and fans rally as Tama CLUBS Okada one more time. Tama brings Okada up, reels him in again, but Okada back drops and sits on the cover! TWO!! Tama swings, but into a waistlock! Tama fights the suplex, throws elbows, and then whips.
Okada reverses but Tama dodges the dropkick! And he hurries to underhook, but Okada slips out! GUN- NO, Okada holds it off this time, to then get the wristlock! Ripcord, GUN- NO!! Okada turns it into a MONEY CLIP!!! Fans rally as hard as ever, and Tama turns clip into cradle! TWO!!! Okada escapes, BOOTS, but Tama PELES! Tama reloads fast and waits on Okada to stand! Okada is up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO!!! Okada fights it again, to ENZIGURI! And then pump handle scoop, POWERSLAM!! Ripcord, RAINMAKER!!! Cover, Okada wins!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
Tama put up one hell of a fight, truly worthy of the biggest G1 Climax ever, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Rainmaker! Will Okada not stop until he has that Right to Challenge briefcase once more?
G1 Climax 32 Semifinal: Tetsuya Naito VS Will Ospreay w/ Great-O-Khan!
It’s C Block VS D Block, Uncontrollable Charisma VS Commonwealth Kingpin! We know Okada awaits in the finals, will he be facing one of his great rivals in Naito? Or will it be one of his great enemies in Ospreay?
Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire while Ospreay takes his time with his coat and two title belts. Fans rally, “NA-I-TO!” “O-SU-PREAY!” and the bell rings. Ospreay encourages the fans to get louder so they do, and Naito says that’s nice. The two then circle, Naito goes back and forth to toy with Ospreay, but then they tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ospreay finds a point of leverage. He puts Naito on the ropes and Red Shoes counts. Ospreay pats Naito but Naito turns things around. Naito has Ospreay on the ropes, but then pats Ospreay on the shoulders. To then kick low and CLUB him on the neck! And again!
Red Shoes reprimands but Naito whips Ospreay. Ospreay reverses, Naito holds ropes and BOOTS Back, to then RANA! But Ospreay handsprings through! Naito ducks the Penalty Kick, avoids the Standing Moonsault, then arm-drags Ospreay! Naito ducks a roundhouse and tranquilos! Ospreay smirks while Naito bails out. Fans rally up while Naito stares Khan down. Khan keeps his distance and Naito takes a walk around the ring. Khan tells Naito to get back in so Naito does. Naito and Ospreay circle, feel out a knuckle lock, then circle some more. Ospreay blocks Naito’s kick! Naito tries to reach Ospreay but he can’t!
Ospreay ROCKS Naito with a forearm, then another! Ospreay whips, atomic drops and CHOPS Naito down, for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Khan cheers Ospreay on. Ospreay drags Naito up, ROCKS him again, then bumps him off buckles. Ospreay CHOPS Naito in the corner, then stalks him to another corner. Ospreay CHOPS again and Naito staggers. Ospreay whips him but Naito reverses, only for Ospreay to go up and over. Naito dodges, blocks a kick and puts Ospreay in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Naito then whips Ospreay to ropes for a hip toss! And basement dropkick! Naito keeps going, NECKBREAKER!
Fans fire up while Ospreay clutches his neck. Fans rally up and Naito brings Ospreay into a chinlock. Naito grinds Ospreay down with an almost bulldog choke but Ospreay endures. Fans rally up more, Ospreay pulls hair but Red Shoes reprimands. Naito lets off to snapmare Ospreay into a headscissor hold! Naito pushes up to put pressure on the neck but Ospreay endures. Ospreay rolls around and gets the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts and Khan protests, and Naito lets off. Fans rally up as Naito brings Ospreay around. Naito ROCKS Ospreay but Ospreay ROCKS Naito, repeat! Naito then CLUBS Ospreay on the neck!
Naito CLUBS away on Ospreay in the corner, then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep, SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cabron! Fans fire up as Naito poses, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up and Naito stomps Ospreay around. Naito brings Ospreay up to cravat and neck wrench! Ospreay endures, drops to a knee, and fans rally again. Ospreay fights back up, throws body shots, but Naito ROCKS him again. Naito whips, Ospreay reverses but Naito reverses again. Naito swings into a full nelson, but he arm-drags free! Naito dodges and whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER!
Fans fire up while both men are down. Ospreay sits up and grits his teeth. Ospreay waits on Naito to get up, but Naito is slow. Ospreay fireman’s carries to then SNAKE EYES and BOOT! Ospreay goes to the apron and fans fire up with him. Ospreay aims at Naito, springboards and PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is annoyed but fans continue to rally. Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in, but Naito resists the lift. Ospreay keeps trying but Naito flails. Ospreay CLUBS Naito, throws a quick Kowada Kick, then CHOPS Naito off his feet! Naito gets up but Ospreay reels him in, only for Naito to fight the bomb!
Naito ducks the lariat to BACKBREAKER into the LEG HOOK NELSON! Naito slaps Ospreay around but Ospreay still endures. Ospreay moves around, but Naito drags him from ropes! Fans rally, Naito puts on more pressure, but Ospreay kicks his way around! ROPEBREAK! Fans fire up as Red Shoes counts, and Naito lets Ospreay go. Fans rally as Naito stands and Ospreay drags himself up the ropes. Naito hammerlocks and half nelsons but Ospreay fights off the lift! Naito ripcords but Ospreay ducks the elbow. Naito CLUBS Ospreay, dodges a haymaker, then ROCKS Ospreay! Naito runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick and ENZIGURI! But Naito rebounds, into a SPANISH FLY!!
Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Ospreay and Naito sit up, talk some trash, and then get forehead to forehead. Naito throws a forearm but Ospreay gives it back. Naito grins and forearms Ospreay again! Ospreay ROCKS Naito back! Ospreay eggs Naito on so Naito ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay roars and fans fire up, and Ospreay throws another forearm! Naito gives another, and they go back and forth! Fans rally up as the speed picks up! Ospreay fires off a flurry, then CHOPS!! Naito staggers and Ospreay waits on him. Naito comes back to SLAP Ospreay! Ospreay grins and fans fire up!
Ospreay blocks a kick, ducks the enziguri but Naito dodges Hidden Blade to TORNADO- NO! Ospreay blocks to suplex and BRAINBUSTER! But Ospreay holds on, brings Naito back up, suplexes but Naito RANAS! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay escapes in time but Naito gets him for the TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous again while both men are down. Naito and Ospreay stir and Naito sits up first. Naito crawls his way over, drags Ospreay up, and throws heavy back elbows! Ospreay drops to a knee, but Naito brings him up for more heavy elbows! Ospreay drops again but he grabs at Naito. Naito brings Ospreay up for even more heavy elbows!
Ospreay falls over backwards, and the tape on his shoulders is coming off! Naito hammerlocks, half nelsons, and hits GLORIA! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but Naito is still smiling. Naito brings Ospreay up again, wrenches the arm, but Ospreay RAMS him into the corner! Ospreay runs in but Naito alley-oops him into the corner! Naito then sits Ospreay up on the top rope backwards, and climbs up behind him! Naito goes up to SUPER POISON-RANA!!! Cover, TWO!!! Ospreay survives and fans are thunderous! Naito aims from the corner as Ospreay rises, then he runs in to CORRIENDO SHIKI- NO, Ospreay blocks Destino!
But Ospreay also holds Naito up! Ospreay ties up the legs, MAGIC CROSS DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Ospreay aims from the corner! Naito sits up, Ospreay rushes in, HIDDEN BLADE!!! But Ospreay isn’t satisfied with that, he drags Naito up! Underhook and lift, STORM- DESTINO!!! Naito turns things around but both men are down! The fans are electric as both men stir on the mat! Naito crawls over to Ospreay, drags him up, but Ospreay BOOTS! Naito ENZIGURIS! Naito scoops but Ospreay slips out to HOOK KICK! Ospreay calls his shot, springboards, but Naito ducks the OsCutter! SPINEBUSTER!!
Naito hauls Ospreay up to wrench and- NO, Ospreay turns it, CHELSEA GRIN!! Fans fire up as Ospreay aims again! Ospreay runs in, but Naito ducks the blade! CORRIENDO SHIKI DESTINO!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? Ospreay survives and no one can believe it!! Naito roars, drags Ospreay up, and tilt-o-whirls, DESTI- NO!! Ospreay slips out to HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Maybe 2.999!! The fans can’t believe it, Khan can’t believe, commentary can’t believe it! But Ospreay drags Naito back up, reels him in and underhooks, for STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!!!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (advances to the finals)
After fighting back from an 0-2 start, after fighting his heart out here, Naito falls before the Climax! If this is truly Naito’s last G1 Climax, if this is truly his last year with NJPW, has it all ended here and now? Or can Naito find another path to Wrestle Kingdom?
As for Ospreay, he holds up his IWGP US Heavyweight Championship and Rev-Pro British Heavyweight Championship high as he stands over Naito, and then again as he stands on the corner. Khan waves the banner of the United Empire, then brings the mic to Ospreay. The fans applaud, but Ospreay says, “Louder, Budokan! Louder!! Motto! Gentlemen, I said MORE! I want more!” Fans applaud louder, and Ospreay is happy. “Naito, good showing. One more, onegaishimasu. This doesn’t get spoken about enough. In May, I nearly died! I had a kidney infection that nearly killed me! And in three months, three months! After saying I could’ve died, I’m in the G1 Final!”
Fans applaud that heart, and Ospreay says his opponent “is a man who seemingly, I can’t beat on my own. In the seven matches Ospreay and Okada have had, Okada has one SIX of them. SIX. Everyone is now doubting me, because they think I can’t beat Okada. I’ve seen it done with my own eyes! I have seen AJ Styles beat Okada. I have seen Tanahashi beat Okada. I’ve seen NAITO beat Okada! Hell, I’ve even see Jay White dethrone Okada. Know what makes me different? I know in my heart, I know I’m better than all those guys! I know I’m the best wrestler in the world today!!” Fans applaud that, he has a case for it.
Ospreay lists off his accomplishments: Best of the Super Juniors; the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship; the New Japan Cup; the British Heavyweight Championship; the NEVER Openweight Championship; the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship; and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship!! There’s just one more to go! “And believe me. Believe me when I say this. Believe me, I’m not gonna lose. I will beat Okada! I will lead NJPW out of the Dark Ages, and I will bring it back tot he light! Okada, matta ashita <I’ll be waiting tomorrow.> See you at the top!” The Kingpin vows to go from Grand Slam to ULTIMATE Champion in NJPW, will he succeed?
A great event as the penultimate night of the G1 this year. Yes, I skipped a lot of matches, and I wish I had time to see that 8 Man with Tanahashi, Yano, Finlay & Kushida, because it saw the return of the Good Brothers to Japan. But Tanahashi’s team won thanks to some sneaky moves from Yano. I wonder if anyone from Tanahashi’s team will go after Karl Anderson’s NEVER Openweight Championship. Any one of them would be a great opponent for Anderson, but especially Tanahashi.
But we got awesome G1 matches, as to be expected. Tama has been running strong, but it sure seems like everyone knows how to counter the Gun Stun… It makes sense that Okada wins, he could potentially go back-to-back as the G1 Climax winner. But given that, I don’t think he will. Ospreay VS Naito was a great choice to be the main event between the two semifinal matches, and honestly I didn’t think Naito was going to lose. This is supposed to be his last year, so I thought he’d get to the finals before losing and having to worry about what’s next.
Ospreay has a great promo and he does make a great argument for winning the finals. Ospreay’s checked off almost everything to do in NJPW as a singles wrestler, even more than what Okada has done. Ospreay getting the honor of being the first to check everything off the list would be huge.
My Score: 9/10
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