Will the fourth round be bad luck for someone in World Tag League?
NJPW has World Tag League back on the card, and the teams must deal with the hands they were dealt! Will HenarACE finally get on the board?
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.
- World Tag League 2020: SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; LIJ wins.
- World Tag League 2020: HenarACE VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2020: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi; Evil & Yujiro win.
- World Tag League 2020: FinJuice VS The Empire; The Empire wins.
- World Tag League 2020: The Dangerous Tekkers VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; The Guerrillas of Destiny win.
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Here are the current World Tag League standings!
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 2-1
Guerrillas of Destiny: 2-1
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 2-1
The Empire: 2-1
The Dangerous Tekkers: 2-1
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 2-1
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 1-2
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-3
SANADA & Shingo Takagi VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens!
The Cold Skull and Dragon won last round’s main event and vowed to take the whole league. Meanwhile, Bullet Club’s Rogue General and Crown Jewel are feeling like “bad luck” isn’t just a nickname. Will fortunes change for Fale and Owens? Or will Sanada and #TKG be the first to break away from the pack?
The teams sort out and after a Low Sweet, the Bullet Club strikes! Owens bumps Sanada off buckles while Fale has Takagi outside. The bell rings and fans cheer as Owens digs his knee in. Takagi throws Fale away, Owens whips Sanada but Sanada dodges to dropkick the legs out! Tag to Takagi and LIJ double whip Owens to knee, roll and basement dropkick! Takagi drops an elbow, another, and then a back senton! Cover, ONE! Takagi drags Owens into body scissors and squeezes tight! Owens endures, Takagi pulls hair then shifts to a body scissor cover, TWO! Owens gets up, Takagi facelocks and wrenches and tags in Sanada. Sanada goes up to top drop ax handles!
Fans cheer as Sanada wrenches and whips Owens corner to corner. Sanada runs in, blocks Owens’ boot and trips him up! Sanada puts Owens in Paradise! Fans cheer and Sanada encourages them to get louder. Fale frees Owens to corner splash Sanada! And DECK Takagi! Fale goes after Takagi, and whips him into railing! Takagi stays up but Owens stomps Sanada on the outside, too. Fale bumps Takagi off railing, Owens puts Sanada back in. Fans cheer as Owens covers, TWO! Tag to Fale and Bullet Club mug Sanada. Sanada doubles over, Fale kicks him around, but fans rally up with “L I J!” claps. Fale tells them to shut up as he stomps Sanada. Fale stands on Sanada’s chest! The ref counts, Fale stops at 3.
Fale tags Owens, drags Sanada up, and Bullet Club mugs Sanada more. The ref keeps Takagi back and Owens tops things off with a haymaker. Owens knees on Sanada’s head but the ref reprimands. Owens lets off, drags Sanada back up and rams him into the corner! Fale chokes Sanada while Owens taunts Takagi! The ref has to keep Takagi back, and Fale tags in to throw heavy body shots! The ref didn’t see the tag so he argues with Fale, and Owens chokes Sanada now! Fale tells the ref to back off, Owens has an idea and he tags in. Owens trips Sanada, and goes to STEAL Paradise! But he doesn’t know how it works! Owens asks how to do it and Milano does his best to explain, but Sanada crawls away!
Owens stomps Sanada and suplexes. Sanada slips out, waistlocks but Owens elbows. Sanada jumps up to huricanrana! Fale tags in to clobber Sanada! Sanada dropkicks back! Hot tag to Takagi! Fans fire up as Takagi puts Fale’s leg on a rope and kicks away! Owens clubs Takagi but Takagi whips him away to corner clothesline! Clothesline for Fale, BIG shoulder for Owens! Fale runs in, Takagi dodges and tries to fireman’s carry! Fale is big, he slips off fast and whips. Takagi holds ropes, boots back and then powers up! PUMPING BOMBER, but Fale stays up! Takagi keeps trying but Fale still stays up! Fale swings, Takagi dodges, PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, Owens breaks it!
Owens clubs away on Takagi then gets away to his corner. Fale crawls, tags Owens in and Owens looms over Takagi. Owens gives toying kicks and slaps as he eggs Takagi on. Takagi forearms back so Owens gives a forearm. Takagi forearms again, Owens returns it. Fans rally up as the two pick up speed! Back and forth but then Takagi fires off from all sides! Takagi runs, into a boot! Owens runs, into a clothesline !Takagi runs, Owens fires off a strike fest but Takagi ROCKS him! Elbow, but JEWLE TRIGGER! Owens steadies himself, JEWEL- NO! Takagi JABS, feints, and DDT’s! Tag to Sanada!
Sanada whips Owens as fans rally, but Owens reverses. Owens runs in but Sanada elbows to Quebrada. Owens dodges, to corner Complete Shot! Fale gets in to stomp Sanada and club him. Bullet Club double whip, knee, and LARIAT! Cover, but Takagi breaks it! Fale shoves Takagi out and Owens aims, SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire up! Owens argues the count but he goes back to Sanada. Owens drags Sanada up, JEWEL TRIGGER! Owens tucks Sanada in, but Sanada fights off the driver to fireman’s carry! Fale body shots Sanada and saves Owens! Bullet Club double whip, but Sanada kicks back! And sends Owens into Fale, to then dragon sleeper. Owens spins around and has Sanada, Fale runs in, but Sanada gets a way! Fale CLOBBERS Owens!
Takagi returns to clothesline Fale out of the ring! Fans fire up with LIJ as they focus on Owens. Sanada dragon sleepers but Owens cradle counters! TWO!! Sanada swings, into a school boy! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Owens knees but misses, Sanada O’Conner to BRIDGE! LIJ wins!
Winners: Sanada & Shingo Takagi, by pinfall; now 3-1, Fale & Owens are now 0-4
LIJ gets that fast and furious victory, proving that this unique combination of calm and fury, ice and fire, could very well be what wins it all! Will WTL belong to LIJ?
HenarACE VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Toa Henare are at the bottom, but the Fierce Warrior and Head Hunter are on the edge! Will HenarACE bring Chaos down before they can #GetBackUp?
The teams sort out and after Tanahashi and Henare show off the muscles, Hashi starts against the Ace. Fans cheer as the two bow with the bell. Then the fans rally and the two tie up. Hashi waistlocks, Tana switches, Hashi wrenches free and cranks on the wristlock. Tana drop toeholds, floats to tie up the legs in a figure four, then shifts to a headlock. Hashi slips out to headlock back, and the two stand up. Hashi hits the takeover but Tana throws him off, and fans cheer as the two stand off. Tana strums the air guitar then “tosses” it to Henare. Tana and Hashi circle again, tie up, and Tana headlocks. Hashi tries to power out but Tana holds tight. Hashi tries again but still Tana holds tight. Hashi puts Tana in a corner, the ref calls for a break, and Hashi lets off cleanly. But then Hashi kicks low!
Hashi whips corner to corner, runs in but Tana elbows back. Tana goes up to crossbody! Fans cheer as Tana arm-drags Hashi down to an armlock. Hashi endures, fights his way up, but Tana wrenches to tag in Henare. HenarACE double whip, double shoulder, and then Henare clobbers Goto. Tomahawk elbow drop combo! HenarACE then drag Hashi around for the Double Half Crab! The ref counts and HenarACE lets Hashi go. Fans cheer as Tana returns to the corner. Henare stomps Hashi, drags him up and clubs him, then knees low and CHOPS! Hashi stays up but Henare runs. Hashi slides to trip Henare, and Goto attacks Tana!
Goto and Hashi drag HenarACE out, Goto POSTS Tana! Hashi stalks Henare, regroups with Goto at the corner and they stomp Henare down! The ref reprimands and Goto goes back to the corner. Hashi drags Henare up and puts him in. Hashi stomps Henare, tags Goto, and together, Chaos double whips Henare for double shoulders! Hashi runs, hip toss senton! Goto covers, TWO! Goto keeps on Henare with stomps. Goto drags Henare up to snapmare him into a chinlock. Henare endures, Goto drives an elbow into his head! Tag to Hashi and Hashi elbows Henare, too. Hashi hangs Henare out to dry and Goto keeps him there, Hashi runs to dropkick Henare down! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Goto and Goto stomps Henare. Fans rally up, Henare CHOPS Goto back! And CHOPS again! Goto eggs Henare on so Henare CHOPS, but Goto knees low. Goto clubs and whips henare to a corner, then runs in to clothesline! Henare blocks the bulldog to throw Goto into buckles! Henare runs but Goto spins him around to suplex, but Henare fights it off! Henare and Goto fight for suplex control and fans rally up. Henare gets Goto up and over! Both men are down and fans fire up! Henare and Goto crawl, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tana fires up, runs at Goto, and forearms him down! Hashi runs in but Tana hip tosses him! Tana runs in but blocks Goto’s boot, to a DRAGON SCREW! Hashi runs back in, but he gets a DRAGON SCREW, too!
Fans fire up with Tana as he brings Goto up. Tana scoop slams Goto to a drop zone then hops up, second rope somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Tanahashi waits for Goto to stand. Tanahashi runs, but Goto follows, and follows, and LARIATS! Both men are down as fans cheer and rally up. Tag to Hashi and he runs at Tana to CHOP him in the corner! Hashi whips to reel him in, for a CHOP! Hashi runs in again but Tana boots him away! Tana goes up and leaps to missile dropkick Hashi down! Fans fire up and rally as Tana crawls, hot tag to Henare! The Hammerhead rallies on Hashi with forearms and CHOPS! Henare whips, Hashi reverses but Henare runs him over with a shoulder tackle!
Henare runs in to corner clothesline, then fireman’s for the RUNNING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Hashi survives but Henare fires himself up. Henare aims from a corner, runs at Hashi, but into a boot! Henare catches Hashi’s arm and throws Tomahawk elbows! Henare runs but Hashi ducks and spinning mule kicks! Goto returns, fireman’s carries Henare, SUPERKICK USHIGOROSHI! BASEMENT KNEES! Cover, Tanahashi breaks it! Goto clubs Tana and regroups with Hashi. They double whip Tana but he kicks back! And throws palm strikes! Tana spins Hashi for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! HenarACE regroups and focuses on Hashi. Tana runs, SLING SWEEP! Henare covers, but Goto breaks it!
Tana throws Goto out, goes out after him and throws body shots. Henare roars and runs, RAMPAGE SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Henare grits his teeth. Goto POSTS Tana while Henare fires up! Henare drags Hashi back up, but Hashi escapes the urenage! Henare forearms Goto and elbows Hashi! But Goto dragon sleepers, only for Henare to spin through! They both fight for suplex control again, Goto slips out and dodges Henare, Hashi SUPERKICKS! Hashi SUPERKICKS Tana, he and Goto combine, dragon sleeper and DRAGON SCREW! Tana bails out, Goto fireman’s carries Henare! SUPERKICK to G Y W!! Cover, Hashi and Goto win!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall; now 2-2, HenarACE now 0-4
An incredible match up, and Chaos survives! Is there still time for Goto and Hashi to #TurnItAllAround in the tournament? Are the odds just against Tanahashi and Henare?
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii VS EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi w/ Dick Togo!
The Producer and Pitbull are 2-1, just like the King of Darkness and Tokyo Pimp. But where Yano and Ishii are on the up, Evil and Yujiro are on the downswing! Will Bullet Club send Chaos down into the darkness?
Ishii glares at Dick and Yano says having him around isn’t fair. The ref keeps Ishii back, and after Bullet Club Low Sweets, we start with Evil and Ishii. The bell rings, but then Evil tags out to Yujiro. Yujiro and Ishii circle, Ishii rushes Evil but Evil gets away. Yujiro clubs Ishii, runs, bumps Ishii but Ishii shoulder bumps back. Yujiro bumps Ishii again, Evil trips Ishii up! Yujiro runs and basement boots! Yujiro whips Ishii to a corner but Ishii comes back to run him over! Ishii glares at Evil but he drags Yujiro up to throw forearms. Tag to Yano and fans cheer as Yano fires up. Yujiro throws a forearm but Yano just goes to his favorite corner! Yujiro stops him, whips him to the other corner but Yano reverses, and unties the buckle pad!
Yano tosses the pad to Yujiro and then complains to the ref. The ref is busy arguing with Yujiro and Yano unties the other neutral corner’s pad! The ref takes the one pad from Yujiro, but Yano SMACKS Yujiro with the other! Fans cheer as Yano aims for a corner. Yano whips, Yujiro reverses and Yano hits bare buckles! It has backfired! Yujiro whips Yano the other way and Yano hits more buckles! Yujiro whips Yano at the blue corner, and Evil moves the pad! Yano hits more bare buckles! Three corners are exposed! Evil drags Yano out while Yujiro goes after Ishii! Evil RAMS Yano into railing! The ref reprimands but the damage is done, and Evil adds on! Evil rakes Yano’s eyes and Yujiro goes after Ishii more!
The ref counts, Evil stops, but Yujiro whips Ishii into railing! And now Dick stomps Yano! Evil makes the ref get in the ring as Dick puts Yano in for Yujiro. Cover, TWO! Yujiro is annoyed but he stomps Yano down. Tag to Evil, he drags Yano back up and throws him out. Evil distracts the ref and Dick attacks again! Dick DECKS Yano then grinds his boot into Yano’s neck! Ishii is furious but the ref keeps him back. Evil covers Yano, TWO! Evil argues the count but fans cheer. Evil stomps Yano, tags Yujiro and Yujiro stomps Yano, too. Yujiro sits Yano up and runs to basement boot! Cover, TWO! Bullet Club is getting upset with the ref but Yujiro stomps Yano down.
Yano hits back with forearms, but Yujiro blocks the kick to trip Yano up, and add the basement boot! Yujiro drags Yano back up, whips him to a corner, and Yano hits bare buckles again! Yujiro kicks but Yano pulls hair! Yujiro whips him away but Yano reverses to throw Yujiro down by his hair! Fans cheer as Yano crawls, hot tag to Ishii! Ishii runs but Yujiro dodges to rake eyes! Yujiro throws forearms but Ishii just gets mad. Ishii forearms and whips, Yujiro reverses and Evil gets a cheap shot in! Evil holds Ishii and Yujiro runs in, but Ishii gets away! Yujiro stops from hitting Evil swings on Ishii but misses and Ishii hits Evil! Ishii blocks the boot, forearms Yujiro back, then throws more forearms to put him in a corner.
Evil runs in and attacks, but Ishii whips him into bare buckles! Ishii whips Yujiro into Evil then runs in. Yujiro dodges so only Evil takes the corner clothesline! Ishii dodges Yujiro and Evil takes another clothesline! And another as Yujiro dodges Ishii! Yujiro runs but Ishii runs him over! Evil runs in but Ishii gets around to back suplex! Fans fire up for Ishii as he glares at Yujiro. Ishii brings Yujiro in, Yujiro bites the hand! The ref counts, Yujiro stops and fisherman’s but Ishii slips out. Yujiro forearms Ishii first then runs, to BOOT! Ishii roars and forearms, to run, into a dragon sleeper! Ishii slips through but Yujiro escapes the suplex to reverse DDT!
Tag to Evil and Evil runs at Ishii in the corner, but blocks boots first. Evil clubs Ishii, turns him sideways in the ropes, and STOMPS him down! Fans rally for Ishii but Evil drags him up to a fireman’s carry. Ishii slips off and ducks an elbow to give an elbow. Ishii whips, Evil reverses and then distracts the ref. Dick swipes at Ishii, dodges Ishii’s swipe and then forearms Ishii away! Evil runs in but Ishii dodges to send him into Dick! Dick goes flying and Ishii GERMAN SUPLEXES Evil! Both men are down but fans fire up! Ishii crawls, hot tag to Yano! Yano fires up and whips Evil, only for Evil to reverse. Yano stops himself from hitting buckles, dodges to send Evil into buckles, and rolls Evil up! TWO and Yano argues the count.
Evil blocks a kick, gives it to the ref and mule kicks Yano down! Yujiro returns and Bullet Club double whips Yano into a corner! Yujiro runs in but Yano dodges to send him into buckles! Yano spins Evil for a backslide but Evil resists. Yujiro runs in, Yano grabs the ref but Yujiro rakes Yano’s eyes! Evil and Yujiro stomp Yano down but Ishii returns to fire off forearms and CHOPS! Ishii runs but gets run over! Yujiro drops a leg, Evil drops a senton! Fans clap because that was a good combo. Evil brings Yano up, runs, but Yano atomic drops and trips, to the CATAPULT! Evil hits buckles, but he blocks the low blow!
Yujiro distracts the ref with his pimp cane, and Dick gets in with the CHOKER! Yano LOW BLOWS Dick! Evil kicks Yano and Yujiro gets in without the cane. Bullet Club whips, Yano gets around them to shove Evil into Yujiro! Ishii returns to CLUB Evil and Yano rolls him up! Cover as Ishii blocks Yujiro, TWO!! Evil escapes but Chaos double whip. Evil holds ropes and double clotheslines but no one falls! Yano waistlocks but Evil boots Ishii! Evil switches to shove Yano into Ishii, Yujiro and Evil DOUBLE LOW BLOW!! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Evil & Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall; now 3-1, Yano & Ishii are now 2-2
The King of Darkness just pinned the Clown Prince of NJPW! Will Yano’s provisional reign be in danger come WrestleKingdom? Will Bullet Club take over World Tag League one way or another?
FinJuice VS The Empire!
The World Tag League 2019 winners aren’t spotless but they won their way up to 2-1! Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb rebounded against Fale and Owens, but they’re not going to stop until they take over NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Division! Will the Dominator and the Hulk crush the Flamboyant friends?
The teams sort out and Juice starts against Cobb. Fans rally as Juice and Cobb approach. Juice waistlocks, Cobb pries the hold off and throws him to his corner. Juice and Finlay talk it over, Juice comes back and ties up with Cobb. Juice wrenches but Cobb blocks the whip. Cobb whips Jucie awya but Juice avoids Khan. Fans cheer as Cobb and Juice reset, tie up, and Jucie gets around. Juice headlocks, Cobb powers out and the two collide. Cobb rebounds to run Juice over! Cobb runs, Juice stays low then hurdles over. Juice arm-drags Cobb to an armlock! Cobb endures and Juice brings him up to wrench again.
Tag to Finlay and he goes up top to drop ax handles. Finlay hits an elbow breaker, tags Juice and Juice hits his own double ax handle. Juice wrenches, Cobb whips him away but Juice goes up and over in the corner. Cobb turns around into Juice’s arm-drag! Fans cheer and Juice flexes while holding Cobb down. Cobb moves around, gets up, but Juice wrenches and tags Finlay back in. Finlay goes up to drop another ax handle. FinJuice double whip Cobb to kick and double BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Finlay keeps on Cobb’s arm, Cobb gets up and scoops, tag to Khan! Cobb slams Finlay down, Khan stomps Finlay then brings him up. Khan CLUBS Finlay’s ear!
Khan digs his boots into Finlay at the ropes but stops as Red Shoes counts. Khan stomps Finlay in the corner and digs his boots in again. Red Shoes counts, Khan lets off, and Khan comes back to bring Finlay up. Tag to Cobb and the Empire mugs Finlay in the corner. Cobb scoops Finlay to hit a backbreaker, then another! Cobb tosses Finlay aside then glares at Juice. Tag to Khan, fans rally but the Empire mugs Finlay more. Khan puts Finlay on ropes to CLUB him, then paces. Finlay hits back with body shots but Khan uses a Mongolian Chop to knock him down! Tag to Cobb, fans rally and Finlay hits back! Cobb headbutts Finlay then scoops him, but Finlay slips out! Finlay dodges Cobb and hot tags Juice!
Juice JABS and JABS, then CHOPS! Fans fire up with Juice as he whips Cobb, but Cobb reverses, only for Juice to hit a flying clothesline! Khan runs in but Juice hits an atomic drop and LEG LARIAT! Fans fire up with Juice, he climbs up top, and leaps at Cobb for the crossbody! Cover, TWO! Juice argues the count but then he PLANCHAS, only for Khan to move! Khan BOOTS Juice down! Khan drags Juice up, puts him in, and Cobb tags Khan in. Khan stomps Juice, swipes at Finlay, but Finlay gets away. Khan goes back to Juice and drags him up to throw forearms. Fans rally as Juice staggers around but Khan forearms him again.
Khan facelocks and drags Juice over to tag in Cobb. Cobb headbutts Juice’s ribs then throws haymakers and more headbutts. Juice flops back, Cobb stands on him for a cocky cover, ONE! Cobb bumps Juice off buckles as fans rally up, and he stomps a mudhole in. Cobb glares at Finlay and Khan gets cheap shots in. Khan tags in, stays between Juice and Finlay and grinds Juice down with a facelock. Fans rally up, Juice powers up, and Juice reaches for Finlay. Cobb gets in and Red Shoes is busy with him, he misses the tag! Red Shoes keeps Finlay back and The Empire mugs Juice! Khan Mongolian Chops Juice down! Khan taunts Finlay but the fans rally up.
Juice rises, Khan puts him on the top rope backwards, then Mongolian CHOPS him on the back! Juice is in the Tree of Woe and Khan taunts him before digging his boot in. Red Shoes counts, Khan goes corner to corner, but Juice sits up to avoid the sliding boot! Juice frees himself of the Tree, hot tag to Finlay! Finlay fires off forearms on Khan, whips but Khan reverses, only for Finlay to hit a flying uppercut! Cobb is in but he gets a dropkick! Finlay PLANCHAS Khan down! Fans rally as Finlay puts Khan back in. Finlay fires up and climbs to the top, to drop ax handles on Khan. Cobb waistlocks and back suplexes but Finlay lands on his feet, to back suplex Cobb! Fans rally up, Finlay uppercuts Cobb in one corner and uppercuts Khan in the other!
Finlay shoves Khan and aims, flying uppercut! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Khan sputters. Finlay drags Khan up but Khan fights off the suplex. Khan elbows Finlay but Finlay knees back. Finlay swings into a judo throw! Khan tags Cobb, they drag Finlay up and bump him off buckles. They double whip Finlay to a corner, then Cobb whips Khan in for a clothesline! Khan gut wrench suplexes Finlay, then Cobb gut wrenches Finlay the other way! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Finlay survives but the Empire is frustrated. The Empire drags Finlay up, double whip him again but Finlay dodges to tag Juice! Finlay sends Khan out, Cobb ROCKS Juice!
Cobb slingshots Juice into the Canadian rack, but Finlay saves him! SHOTGUN LEG SWEEP! Cover, but Khan breaks it! Finlay goes after Khan but gets another Mongolian Chop! And another! Khan fires up, runs, but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! FinJuice watch Khan get up, and they double clothesline him out! Tag to Finlay but Cobb rocks Juice! Finlay whips Cobb but Cobb whips Finlay. Cobb misses the corner elbow, Juice clotheslines, Finlay uppercuts, Juice CANNONBALLS! FinJuice fires up and the fans rally for them! Juice goes to one corner, Finlay puts Cobb up top, but Khan grabs Juice! ELIMINATOR CHOKE SLAM!
Finlay runs into Khan’s CLAW SLEEPER! And then ELIMINATOR CHOKE- STUNNER! Finlay counters Khan, but Cobb blocks Finlay’s cutter! Finlay rebounds into a TOUR OF- NO! FInlay slips out ot SATELLITE DDT! Finlay slashes the throat, brings Cobb up, SLICED- TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! Cover, The Empire wins!!
Winner: The Empire, by pinfall; now 3-1, FinJuice is now 2-2
Khan and Cobb just crushed the 2019 WTL winners! They’re nearing the top of the block, will The Empire rule over the Heavyweight Tag Division? Is there still time for FinJuice to make a comeback and go back-to-back?
The Dangerous Tekkers VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!
This main event is already worthy of a title match! Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr. want to rebound from losing to LIJ, but will they end up owing Tama Tonga and Tonga Loa a title match, too?
Taichi enters the ring, and GOD jumps him! They stomp away and ZSJ hurries down the ramp! ZSJ gets in and things are even but GOD still has the advantage! The bell rings and Tama chases ZSJ out of the ring while Loa clubs Taichi. Loa rains down fists on Taichi but ZSJ hits back. ZSJ pulls on Tama’s ears and nose but Tama elbows him down. Taichi got his cloak off but Loa RAMS him into the apron! Taichi staggers to the timekeeper’s area and the ramp but Loa stmops him down. ZSJ whips Tama into railing! ZSJ cranks Tama’s neck and follows after Taichi and Loa as they go further up the ramp. Taichi bumps Loa off the stage side, ZSJ bumps Tama off railing.
Taichi drags Loa up the stairs to the stage and then over to a space. Loa hits back with body shots and clubbing forearms. ZSJ wrenches Tama’s arm and drags him up onto stage. Taichi brings Loa around but Loa blocks the suplex! Tama hits ZSJ down, Loa clubs Taichi, but Taichi and ZSJ hit back! Red Shoes tells the teams to get back to the ring but Taichi clamps onto Loa’s nose to rake eyes! ZSJ pulls Tama’s ears, and with ZSJ, they go to double suplex! Tama fights that off and then Loa saves him! The GOD stomp the Tekkers down then finally head back towards the ring. Loa headlocks and punches ZSJ while Tama pushes Taichi along. Loa scoops ZSJ but Taichi hits Tama back. Either way, everyone ends up back in the ring and fans cheer.
Loa looms over ZSJ but ZSJ EuroUppers back! And again! Taichi stomps Tama to a corner while ZSJ has Loa in another. Taichi throws Tama out and things are finally 1v1 as ZSJ has Loa. Taichi chokes Tama with camera cable! ZSJ throws Loa out, whips but Loa reverses to send ZSJ into railing! So much for being back in the ring. Loa whips ZSJ but ZSJ tumbles before hitting more railing. Taichi brings Tama back to the ram for elbows. ZSJ and Loa end up along that side as ZSJ wrenches the arm and tortures the fingers! Everyone is going back up the ramp! Fans rally as ZSJ wrenches and wrenches and brings Loa to the stage. Taichi drags Tama up to the stage the hard way, and we go back to the edge!
Tama holds off the Dangerous Saido and Loa rakes ZSJ’s eyes! Tama clubs Taichi in the chest over and over and over, Loa has ZSJ and brings him up! ZSJ fights out of the bomb for the Guillotine! Taichi gets Tama in a Cobra Twist! Red Shoes starts a ring count as the dual submissions continue! The count is at 10 of 20 when the Tekkers let go and run for it! The Tekkers hurry to the ring, get in at 15, the GOD hurry! They’re in the ring at 19!! Taichi and ZSJ stomp them down! Taichi throws Tama out so that he and ZSJ can focus on Loa. Taichi digs his boot in, ZSJ adds on, and Red Shoes counts. The Tekkers put their hands up but again that’s not the problem.
Red Shoes counts again, they still put their hands up. Red Shoes counts again, the Tekkers finally let off the boot choke. Taichi toys with Loa and ZSJ drags Loa up. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, then another, and another! Loa gets mad and grits his teeth to kick low. Loa scoops, flips off Taichi, but ZSJ slips back to be a sleeper backpack! ZSJ squeezes tight but Loa stays on his feet. Loa’s eyes bug out but he grabs at Red Shoes. Jado kendo stick SMACKS ZSJ off Loa’s back! Loa drags ZSJ away, tags in Tama, and GOD drags ZSJ up to double whip. GOD body shots, uppercuts and leaping neckbreakers! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Tama keeps ZSJ away from Taichi.
Tama clubs away on ZSJ’s chest, drags him back up and clubs his arm. Tama wrenches, ZSJ rolls and handsprings and wrenches to whip. Tama reverses and arm-drags ZSJ down! Cover, TWO! Tama drags ZSJ up, snapmares him into a chinlock and grinds him down. ZSJ endures, Loa gets in Taichi’s face but Taichi rakes Loa’s eyes! Taichi kicks Loa then clubs Tama. Loa throws hands and headbutts on Taichi then goes out after him. Tama drags ZJS up to club him on the back then CLAWS ZSJ’s back! Tama digs a knee into ZSJ in the corner but Red Shoes counts. Tama stops, tags Loa and Loa digs his boots into ZSJ. Red Shoes counts, Loa stops, and Loa taunts ZSJ. Loa scoops ZSJ, brings him around, and POWERSLAMS him! Cover, TWO!
Loa grins as he keeps on ZSJ. Fans rally as Loa chinlocks and grinds ZSJ down. ZSJ fights up, spins through and wrenches to a wristlock! Loa headbutts, powers ZSJ into an open corner, then backs off to run in. ZSJ boots Loa, climbs up top and leaps for a flying EuroUpper! Fans rally while both men are down. ZSJ rolls to tag in Taichi! Taichi chokes Loa! Tama goes after Taichi but Taichi chokes him! Loa clubs Taichi, so Taichi chokes him again! Taichi sees Jado get on the apron so he chokes Jado! Fans definitely like that. GOD goes after Taichi so Taichi tries to choke them both! GOD choke grip him back to a corner but Red Shoes counts. GOD lets off at 3, then double whip Taichi corner to corner. Loa runs in but Taichi dodges to kick him down! Taichi dodges Tama to AX BOMBER!
All three men are down and fans rally up. Taichi rises first, off come the pants! Taichi aims from a corner as Loa rises, but Loa deflects the kick to GERMAN! But Taichi is right up! Loa boots, Taichi ROUNDHOUSES, Loa LARIATS! Fans rally while both men are down! Taichi and roll to their ocrnesr, hot tags to ZSJ and Tama! ZSJ dodges Tam ato fire off EuroUppers! Tama shove shim awya, things speed up and Tama dropkicks ZSJ down! Tama drags ZSJ up, fireman’s carries but ZSJ pops off to Pele th earm! ZSJ kicks, Tama ducks but the sweep hits! Fan sfire up with ZSJ and he aims at Tama, PENALTY- No, Tama ducks the kick but ZSJ comes back to boot! ZSJ runs, Tama follows but ZSJ spins him to an IRON OCTOPUS!
Tama powers out, fireman’s carry to FLAPJACK! Both men are down as fans rally up! ZSJ gets to a corner, Tama runs in but misses the splash! Taichi corner clotheslines, ZSJ corner uppercuts, Taichi mule kicks, ZSJ PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! The Tekkers stay focused as ZSJ drags Tama back up. Taichi aims but Loa clobbers him first! Tama slips out of the scoop to dragon sleeper, Loa helps out, TONGAN TWIST!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives so Jado suggests the classic! Loa gives ZSJ to Tama, they bring ZSJ up but ZSJ boots out of Magic Killer to cradle Tama! TWO, ZSJ backslides Tama but Tama slips off to GUN- NO! ARMBAR!!
Taichi whips Loa into railing while ZSJ and Tama fight for control. Tama gets free to get the SHARPSHOOTER! ZSJ endures, Jado taunts, but ZSJ heads that way. Tama drags ZSJ away but ZSJ spins to HEEL HOOK! ZSJ has the leg caught, Tama endures, but Jado distracts! Tama is tapping but Red Shoes doesn’t see it! ZSJ is furious, he tells Jado to cut it out, but Loa shoves ZSJ into Red Shoes! EXPLODER! Tama chokes Loa with the mic stand! Jado chokes Taichi with the kendo stick! Taichi fades out, Jado eggs him on, and Taichi BLOCKS the kendo stick with the mic stand! LOW BLOW to Jado and then he’s tossed!
Loa has Taichi’s mic stand and CLOBBERS him! ZSJ has the kendo stick and fires off on Loa!! Tama CLOBBERS ZSJ with Taichi’s IRON FINGERS!! Tama hurries to revive Red Shoes, then he covers, GOD WINS!!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall; now 3-1, Dangerous Tekkers now 2-2
The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions have lost again! Taichi pushes the Young Lion aside to try and get an explanation for this, but ZSJ is in no shape to talk. Tama has Jado’s kendo stick as he stares Taichi down. Taichi’s glare as he and ZSJ exit is enough to say they won’t forget nor forgive this. Jado gets the mic to say, “Tama Tonga! Tonga Loa! GOD with Master Heater! Bullet Club, FORRRR… LIFE!!” A Low Sweet and that’s all the former tag champions need to say! GOD are near the top of the block, but have they just found their shortcut to the titles?
Here are the NEW World Tag League standings!
SANADA & Shingo Takagi: 3-1
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-1
The Empire: 3-1
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-1
Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii: 2-2
The Dangerous Tekkers: 2-2
YOSHI-HASHI & Hirooki Goto: 1-3
Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens: 0-4
Wow, what a great round for WTL! While Owens and Fale are not all that surprisingly winless, I am very surprised HenarACE lost to Goto and Hashi. I cannot be sure who HenarACE gets a win off now, because I can’t see the top teams losing past the 1’s in their records. LIJ, the Empire and the Bullet Club’s better teams are going strong, but I think it was very surprising for GOD to beat the tag champions. Tekkers lost to LIJ, now they’ve lost to GOD, so will they end up with three contenders when a WTL winner is decided? Will LIJ or GOD be the WTL winner to save us the trouble of figuring that out?
I’ve already said for BOSJ that LIJ is doing a lot of parallels here. The IWGP Double Championships are doing double duty, and Naito could end up sweeping the weekend. The IWGP Junior Heavyweight title might be in store for the same thing since Hiromu beat Taiji Ishimori, and the tournament still needs to be decided. We could end up the same here with the tag titles as Tekkers will have to face LIJ/GOD for the loss from the tournament, and then the other because of the WTL reward. And again I say doing all of that for WK15 would be perfect, because we need something big to start the new year to shake off how rough this year has been.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/8/22)
It’s a golden Monday night!
Can Ciampa conquer the All Mighty?
Raw kicks off the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, AND sees Bobby Lashley defend the US Championship against Tommaso Ciampa! Who reaches golden glory in Cleveland?
- Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford; Rollins wins.
- Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens; No Contest.
- Rey Mysterio
w/ Dominik MysterioVS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day; Finn wins.
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Kai & Sky win and advance to the next round.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade; Omos wins.
- Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; wins.
- No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS The Miz; wins.
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The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament Bracket is here!
Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky are of course a team, and they’ll be taking on Tamina & Dana Brooke! Then Asuka teams with Alexa Bliss to take on Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Raquel Rodriguez teams with Aliyah against Shotzi & Xia Li, and in quite the surprise, NXT’s Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark will be taking on Natalya & Sonya Deville! Who will make it to the finals to be the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?
Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky head to the ring!
The Role Model leads #CobraKai and the Evil Genius out here in The Land, and The Land boos them after all the cheap shots they’ve been taking. Bayley, Kai & Sky all get mics and Bayley says, “DING DONG~!” Fans boo but Bayley says c’mon, she hasn’t seen them in forever and this is what she gets? But Bayley, Kai & Sky are all excited to see your dumb, smiling faces! Trust her when she says they don’t wanna be here, either, but the fans need them. The fans are watching to see what these three do to salvage this division. Kai says, “Like crash SummerSlam and shake everyone up?” “Exactly!”
The fans can’t honestly sit here and say they enjoy watching Becky Lynch play dress-up every week. But they cheer! But they can’t honestly like that “champion” in Bianca Belair. But they cheer again! Bianca would be nothing without Bayley! And that’s why last week, they had to make a statement. For all the fans! First, they took care of stupid Becky’s shoulder, then they lit a fire under every single woman in the locker room, for the fans! These three are bringing back what’s been missing. Sky says it’s the hunger! Yes! The division needs to be hungry for more! But Bayley doesn’t blame the locker room. They’re just like the fans: sheeple who don’t know how to ask for more.
But if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask better questions! So here’s a question for all the idiots out there: “How am I the only one to realize what a lethal weapon Iyo Sky is? How am I the only person in this whole damn building who realized the benefits of bringing in someone like Dakota Skai?” Okay, yes, she said it wrong, big whoop! Shut up so she can think, dummies! They’re upsetting Bayley, but imagine how mad these two are? They’ve been boiling this whole time! Fans boo, Bayley gets mad, but Kai has her calm down. Bayley doesn’t have to tell them anymore. Kai & Sky will show them in this tag title tournament tonight and win it!
But wait! Here comes Alexa Bliss! AND Asuka! The Fury and the Empress are going to be in that same tournament, so this seems to be a reminder. But here comes BIANCA, too! The RawEST Women’s Champion walks down to the ring with Alexa and Asuka and they get mics, too. Alexa says, “Yeah, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.” Fans chant for the EST, and Alexa tells Dakota & Iyo that they’re not winning. If they win tonight, guess who they’ll face next? Alexa Bliss & Asuka!! And after what they pulled last week, there’s more incentive to beat the hell out of them and win the titles.
And Bianca tells Iyo they’re not done, either. Bianca IS hungry, and she’s ready to finish what they started last week. But if we’re playing the numbers game, the three of them have no problem dealing with Bayley’s three right now. Oh pipe down. Bayley knew this would get them all worked up. But Bayley calls the shots. They can do 3v3 where it counts, which isn’t here in Cleveland! The Six Woman Tag can happen at Clash at the Castle! Bianca looks to Alexa and Asuka, and challenge accepted! Okay, then! But while Bayley is trying to keep control, Bianca says tonight, she’ll lose it! And the brawl is own! Bianca fires off on Bayley, Asuka throws Kai out while Alexa is after Iyo!
Fans fire up as things spill out of the ring, and then into the crowd! Bianca throws knees on Bayley but refs rush out to break up the others. Bayley hits back, Iyo SMACKS Alexa off the desk! Then Iyo goes after Bianca! Asuka rushes after Iyo, but then Kai rushes after Asuka! Alexa gets on the barrier to CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are fired up as Alexa drags Kai up to fire off forearms! Officials and management rush out now, will this chaos subside after the break?
Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford!
The Visionary already burned it down with Montez Ford, but now he takes on the other half of the Street Profits! Will Rollins sweep the series? Or will the #CurseOfGreatness take down the Architect?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Dawkins powers up and out. Rollins wrenches to mule kick, but Dawkins avoids the Curb Stomp! Dawkins and Rollins circle, tie up, and Dawkins headlocks. Rollins powers up and out, things speed up and Rollins hurdles, but Dawkins handsprings! And DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins wrenches to a wristlock, then YANKS the arm. Dawkins grinds the arm but Rollins pulls headbands to whip Dawkins to ropes. Dawkins hurdles then FLYING ELBOWS! Ford mocks Rollins’ short temper, then Dawkins POUNCES Rollins over the desk! Fans are fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Rollins has Dawkins down with an armlock. Dawkins fights up but Rollins wrenches. Dawkins ROCKS Rollins with forearm after forearm, then he whips Rollins to a corner. Dawkins runs in, into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins catches his breath but Ford is right there coaching Dawkins. Rollins kicks Ford away! Ford gets mad and gets a chair! Ford gets in the ring, the fans are fired up, but the ref has Ford stay back! Ford lets go of the chair and the ref throws it out, but he still has to keep Ford from hitting Rollins. The ref EJECTS Ford! And Rollins laughs while the fans boo. “Bye bye~!”
Rollins grins and laughs as he soaks up the heat from the fans, but Dawkins is up to clothesline Rollins up and out! Fans fire up, Dawkins builds speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans are thunderous! Dawkins puts Rollins in, scoops him, PUMP HANDLE FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins then runs to CYCLONE SPLASH! And ENZIGURI! Then the underhooks for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dawkins can’t believe it! Fans fire up as Dawkins scoops but Rollins slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Rollins comes back to turn Dawkins, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins then runs, but Dawkins dodges!
Dawkins rolls Rollins up, but Rollins rolls through! Dawkins dodges again, SKY HIGH BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives and Cleveland is losing their mind! Rollins flops out of the ring and Dawkins snarls. Dawkins goes out and runs in around the way, but is sent into steel steps! Rollins gets in the ring, Dawkins pursues, but the CURB- NO, Dawkins dodges again! SKY- NO, Rollins wrenches and WRINGS the arm, then underhooks! PEDIGREE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Visionary couldn’t hit his favorite, but wait! Here’s the CURB STOMP!! Ford rushes back out but the damage to Dawkins is done! Rollins runs off, having swept the Profits. Will he face the consequences? Or just head off towards the title?
The Mysterios talk backstage.
Dominik helps Rey prepare for Finn Balor, but in walks Edge! Rey’s cool but Edge can tell Dom’s heated up. Edge has their backs, because what happened last week with that Spear was an accident. Are they cool? Dom’s cool. But then he shoves Edge! Rey calms Dom down, it was an accident! Rey’s known Edge for 20 years, he’s like family! Rey’s known Dom for 25! How can Rey take Edge’s side?! Dom storms off but Rey assures Edge he’ll talk with Dom about this. Is it going to be harder to forgive the Rated R Superstar than expected?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.
The Hollywood A-Lister and the Psycho Killer are here after Ciampa’s phenomenal win last week to become Bobby Lashley’s challenger tonight. Does he feel tonight is the night? Miz points out the use of “phenomenal,” and asks if Kevin Patrick couldn’t think of another word. Miz says there is nothing phenomenal about someone who sides with a hack like Logan Paul! But who had the last laugh? Ciampa! And Ciampa says people always talk about overcoming adversity. When you want something you believe in, believe in Ciampa! Who believed in Ciampa? The first-ever US Champion, Harley Race! That man trained Ciampa and made him into the man he is today.
Three years ago to the day, Harley paced away. Tonight, Ciampa dedicates his win to the King, Harley Race! And, and, AND, with Harley looking down on him, and with the Miz in his corner, Ciampa will truly make this his moment. When he steps foot in that ring and Lashley looks into his eyes, Lashley will feel Ciampa’s sacrifice, and Lashley will realize that he has already lost. Will Ciampa’s blackheart finally beat with gold again?
Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens!
Once again, the younger brother of Elias is taking on the Prizefighter, and even though Kevin claims he’s over his obsession, this will be quite the test. Will Kevin focus on the fight and not Ezekiel’s identity? Or will he #ZekeOut all over again?
The bell rings and Kevin rushes Zeke! Kevin fires off forearms, maybe that obsession has rekindled already! Kevin stomps away in the corner, Zeke slips out but Kevin goes out to POST him! And the RAM him into the desk! And then again, making the desk move! Zeke crawls, Kevin drags him up and reels him in! Fans fire up for the APRON POWERBOMB!! Kevin’s mean streak has returned and Zeke writhes! The ref is calling this match, Zeke can’t continue!
Kevin gets in the ring and looks down on Zeke while medics are rushed out to the ring. They bring a stretcher and board! Kevin laughs at the destruction he has wrought, but is this going to be the last time we see Zeke?
Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day!
The King of Lucha and the Prince go another round, and things are even more tense after what happened at SummerSlam and last week on Raw. Will Rey finally end things with the Judgement Day? Or will he face the punishment for resisting?
Finn gets a mic to say, “Edge thinks we should fear him. Rey Mysterio thinks that we should fear him. Those two can’t even get on the same page! Poor little Dominik Mysterio’s already abandoned both of them! The Judgement Day isn’t afraid of anyone! Y’know why? Because fear isn’t real. Fear is a product of your imagination. But danger is real! Danger is very real! And Rey, tonight, you’re going to find out that I am danger!” Priest tells Edge that to be clear, if he wanted to, he could lay Edge out. But in two weeks, the WWE is in Toronto. Edge hasn’t wrestled on Raw in Canada in 12 years!
So here it is! Priest is officially challenging Edge, 1v1! The Rated R Superstar VS The Punisher! If Edge still has a set, then he and Priest can end this! Edge may have started the Judgement Day, but in Toronto, in front of Edge’s family and friends, the Judgement Day ends Edge! What will Edge say about that challenge? As for Rey, he can’t seem to find Dominik anywhere. Well, Edge’s offer still stands, especially after being called out. Rey says he knows Dom, Dom will come to his senses. Well, okay then. Go get ’em! Rey goes it alone for now, but will he be alone in the end? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rey makes his entrance. And though Rey waits, there’s no Dom. Rey goes to the ring and gets in alone. The bell rings and Fin kicks Rey low! Finn bumps Rey off buckles, fires off body shots, then brings Rey around to bump off more buckles. Finn throws more body shots, bumps Rey off more buckles, then CHOPS him! Fans “WOO~!” then Finn whips Rey corner to corner. Rey reverses, ROCKS Finn then bumps him off buckles. Finn staggers, Rey bumps him off more buckles! Rey ROCKS Finn again, bumps him off more buckles, then fires off more haymakers. Rey whips corner to corner, Finn reverses, but Rey elbows him way.
Rey runs and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Finn out! Fans fire up and Rey WRECKS Finn with a dropkick! Rey then goes to the apron, for a FLYING SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up and Rey KICKS Finn in the leg. Rey puts Finn in the ring, climbs up the corner, and leaps to SEATED SENTON again! Fans fire up while Finn flounders, but Rey runs in, Finn pops him up but Rey RANAS Finn into buckles! Finn flounders, Rey whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses. Rey ducks and springboards, but Finn avoids the crossbody! Rey crashes down and Finn snarls as he runs in and KICKS Rey in the side! Finn stomps Rey, then springboard stomps him again and again!
Finn lets off as the ref counts but only Priest applauds. Finn drags Rey up, clamps on and ROCKS him with forearms in the back! Finn runs but Rey rams into him! Rey slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Rey kicks low but Finn hits back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but he stalks Rey. Finn drags Rey up, suplexes, then holds on for Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Finn smirks and Dos Amigos! Finn then gets back up, mocks Latino Heat, but REY suplexes Finn back! Fans fire up while Finn goes to ropes. Priest coaches Finn, but Rey dodges the haymaker to fire off shots! Rey whips, Finn reverses but Rey kicks back!
Rey CLOBBERS Finn, whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses to kick and run, sunset flip! But Rey rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Finn flounders to a corner. Rey storms over, RAMS into Finn, then climbs up. Rey rains down fists, but Finn turns it around into an Electric Chair! But Rey turns that into a wheelbarrow BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Rey is frustrated as Finn survives that counter. Rey dropkicks Finn to ropes and dials it up, but Priest takes the 619 for Finn! Finn grabs Rey’s mask and RAMS him into the post! Rey is down on the outside while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Finn has Rey up top. Rey fights the superplex, fans rally up, and Rey throws body shots! Rey CLUBS Finn, then sunset flips, but Finn holds on! So Rey YANKS him down! Finn hits buckles, Rey runs in but Finn still scoops! Rey arm-drags Finn away! Rey then runs and SLIDES to SUNSET FLIP BOMB Finn into barriers! Fans fire up, but Priest creeps over. Rey stares him down, puts Finn in the ring, but Priest taunts Rey about where Dom went. Rey gets on the apron, he GAMANGIRIS Finn away, but then Finn staggers into the ref! Pries trips Rey in the distraction! Fans boo, but here comes Edge!
Edge runs down the ramp to TACKE Priest into the steps! And then BOOT him over the barriers! Edge and Priest fight in front of the fans and Finn is shocked! Finn hurries to YANK Rey up, but Rey lands on his feet to mule kick and hop on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Finn escapes and Rey can’t believe it! Finn and Rey stand, they throw haymakers back and forth, over an dover, and fans fire up! Rey KICSK and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Finn ends up on ropes, Rey dials it up! But Finn LARIATS Rey down! Finn fires up and aims from a corner to SHOTGUN Rey into the corner! Rey falls into the drop zone and Finn climbs up!
COUP DE- NO, Rey rolls and runs to RANA Finn back onto ropes! Rey redials, but Rhea is carrying Dom out like a sack of potatoes! Rhea makes Rey look at Dom, but then Finn drags Rey into a dragon sleeper! 1916!! Finn goes up top, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
Edge and Rey forgot about Rhea the Eradicator! Will the Judgement Day do just as they say and destroy Edge and the Mysterios?
Backstage interview with Tamina & Dana Brooke.
These two are a team together in the Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, and that means Dana could be a Double Champion. And she needs a partner to get there. She’s defended her 24/7 Championship a lot, with her biggest challenger being Tamina. So together, they- Wait, Bayley, Sky & Kai walk in. Bayley wants Dana to relax, these three aren’t going to beat her up to take that title. They have their eyes set on belts that suit them. And the Women’s Tag Team Championships suit them because Bayley was the first one to hold them! Not that Dana would know about that.
But Tamina does. So keep yapping, Bayley, and Tamina will take her and her friends out of the tournament right now. Kai tells Dana, “See you out there.” Iyo Sky says in both Japanese and English, “I don’t like you.” Will Dana & Tamina not like what’s coming in the opening match of this tournament?
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!
#CobraKai & the Evil Genius have both been NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, though not together. But they’re taking on a duo where only one of them has had a tag title reign of their own. Will it be easy for Kai & Sky to take control? Or will the Flex Appeal & Daughter of Superfly shut them down right out of the gate?
The teams sort out, Dana starts with Kai and fans rally up. Kai and Dana circle, tie up, and Dana waistlocks. Kai pries at the hold, switches around, but Dana headlocks back. Kai powers out, but Dana blocks a hip toss to hip toss Kai! Then handsprings to BOOT Kai down! Cover, ONE, but Dana drags Kai up with a facelock. Kai endures the squeeze, pries out again but DOUBLE FOREARMS hit! Tamina tags in, and she eggs Kai on. Fans rally with Dana for “TA-MI-NA!” Kai rushes in but Tamina SWATS her, then ROCKS her! Then again! Then she DECKS Sky! Bayley protests but Tamina dodges and kicks Kai to then suplex high and hard!
Kai bails out and Sky hurries over. Tamina tags Dana and Dana climbs up, for a SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with Dana! Bayley creeps over but then Dana stares her down. Bayley says that’s fine, Kai & Sky don’t need her. Dana doubts that, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kai has Dana down in a motorcycle stretch. Dana endures and the fans rally up, but Kai shifts to a chinlock, Dana uses that to JAWBREAKER free! Dana then runs, dodges, rolls Kai up, TWO! Kai KICKS Dana down! Cover, ONE!! Kai is frustrated but she drags Dana up to tag Sky. Kai & Sky double whip, then BOOT, and COMPLETE SHOT to an AX KICK and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dana survives the onslaught but Bayley says she is proud of her team. Sky whips Dana in to the corner, runs and CROSS CHECKS her! Sky stomps a mudhole, trips Dana up, then digs her boots in!
The ref counts, Sky swings up for a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kai, Kai clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Dana down. Fans rally, Dana fights up but Kai throws her by her hair! Cover, TWO! Bayley coaches Kai but fans chant, “Bayley Sucks!” Bayley says no she doesn’t! Kai drags Dana up but Dana shoves her away and pops her up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Kai survives that one and Bayley is relieved. Kai and Dana crawl for their corners, but Kai drags Dana away! Tag to Sky and she runs around to stay between Dana and Tamina. Dana leaps, Sky catches her, but Tamina reaches out for the tag!
Fans fire up as Tamina dribbles Sky off buckles! Then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Kai gets in but gets a SUPERKICK! Tamina back body blocks Sky then fires off elbows! Cleveland fires up with Tamina as she whips Sky. Sky reverses, Tamina ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KCIK! Sky fires off forearms, then a SHOTEI! But Tamina SUPERKICKS! Sky rebounds into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Kai breaks it! Dana drags Kai up but Kai throws Dana out! Dana drags Kai out with her and ROCKS her! Dana runs in, but Bayley saves Kai from the handspring attack! Dana hits barriers! Sky SHOTEIS Tamina up top, then climbs up after her!
Sky fires off forearms on Tamina, Kai sneaks in a tag. Tamina BOOTS Kai down, HEADBUTTS Sky off the ropes, and then Tamina stands up to SUPERFLY! But she even catches Sky’s boots! But Kai returns with a SCORPION KCIK! And a BOOT! Tag back to Sky, and she goes up for the OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Kai & Sky win!
Winners: Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Bayley raises her team’s hand in victory! But now, who will they meet in the semifinals? We’ll have to wait for Alexa & Asuka VS Nikki & Piper.
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
Kevin Patrick hurries after KO to ask him just why he brutally assaulted Ezekiel. Oh, he wants a comment? Well first comment, if KP ever runs up on KO like that again, he’ll drop KP harder than that powerbomb. Second, why did he do it? Because unlike that idiot who doesn’t know who he is, KO knows who he is! He’s KEVIN OWENS! And Kevin Owens may have been gone, but there are more eyes on this show than before, and tonight was KO reminding everyone in the back and watching at home that this is still the Kevin Owens Show!
Also, it’s of note that Piper & Nikki apparently crashed their rental car? What exactly happened there?
Trainers check on Dominik.
Rhea Ripley truly brutalized him, is it clear to him now that Edge isn’t the one to worry about?
WWE remembers the legacy of the WWE United States Championship.
Narrated by John “Bradshaw” Layfield. “America. A country built on opportunity deserves a champion that upholds its great legacy. A legacy of greatness is painted in red, white and blue.” Harley Race, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Scott Hall, JBL, Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, just to name a few. Ricky Steamboat was a proud champion, as were Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and now Bobby Lashley. “The United States Championship has helped shape the careers of 20+ Hall of Famers, and will continue to do so well into the future of the WWE.” And that new chapter starts NOW!
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz!
The All Mighty wants to be a fighting champion to prove he is the greatest, and he has perhaps found his greatest challenger. The Blackheart wears Harley Race’s iconic robe to the ring, but will it bring him to prominence? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine make Ciampa feel the pain inside the Hurt Lock?
Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance, and he’s wearing gold on his tights as well as around his waist. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries this great championship in The Land!
Ciampa fires off on Lashley at the bell! Ciampa whips, Lashley reverses but Ciampa slide sunder. Things speed up, but Lashley runs Ciampa over! Lashley drags Ciampa up, suplexes, and holds Ciampa up for 10 before the SLAM! Lashley paces around but Miz calls Ciampa over. Ciampa gets to a corner for Miz to give him advice, but Lashley bumps Ciampa off buckles. Lashley climbs up to rain down fists, but Ciampa trips Lashley up! Lashley still elbows Ciampa away, then throws elbows in the corner. Lashley warns Miz to watch himself, and Lashley runs, Ciampa swings, misses, then leaps into Lashley’s arms!
Lashley pops Ciampa around, Ciampa slips out and CHOP BLOCKS! Miz coaches Ciampa to keep on him and Ciampa stomps Lashley, then CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Lashley just gets up with a scowl on his face! Lashley blocks a kick to ELBOW Ciampa down! Fans fire up as Lashley takes aim, but Ciampa bails out! Ciampa and Miz regroup to talk strategy, and then Miz gets on the apron to distract. But Lashley knows that trick, and he turns around to DECK Ciampa off the apron! Lashley fireman’s carries Ciampa, but Miz blocks his path to the post! So Lashley TOSSES Ciampa into the Miz! Fans fire up as Lashley stands tall and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ciampa is taking of the cover off a crossbar! Ciampa then stomps away on Lashley, rains down fists, and drops a HEADBUTT! Cover, ONE!! Ciampa clamps onto Lashley with a chinlock, and he grinds Lashley down into an almost Bully Choke! Fans rally, Lashley endures and fights up, but Ciampa leans on him. Lashley pries at the hold but Ciampa knee slow. Ciampa runs, Lashley runs him over! And again! And then RAMS into him at the corner! Lashley lets off to clothesline, then he runs side to side to RAM in again! Ciampa sputters and fans fire up but Miz coaches Ciampa. Lashley whips corner to corner, Ciampa BOOTS back!
Lashley staggers, Ciampa swings but into a kick! Lashley gut wrenches, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives and Miz breathes again. Miz coaches Ciampa more but Lashley trophy lifts him! Then brings him into position, but Ciampa turns powerslam into REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ciampa crawls to a cover, TWO! Lashley stays in this and Miz is sweating. Ciampa CLUBS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa. Ciampa ROCKS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa forearms, Lashley fires off fists, but Ciampa kicks a leg out! FRONT DDT! Cover, TWO!
Miz argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Ciampa drags Lashley up, underhooks him, but Lashley powers out and dodges, to SPEAR!! Cover, but again Miz helps with the ROPEBREAK! The ref misses it like last week, but Lashley didn’t! Lashley glares at Miz, and then here comes AJ STYLES! Styles CLOBBERS Miz and runs him off into the crowd! Fans fire up as things are truly 1v1, and Lashley goes back to Ciampa. CRADLE!! TWO!! Ciampa hurries to a corner, pulls at the buckle pad, and it comes loose! Lashley gets Ciampa for a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up with Lashley, he stalks Ciampa, but wait! Miz returns!
Miz slides in, slides out, but Styles is after him again! They scramble out of the ring, Lashley clamps onto Ciampa, but Ciampa RAMS him into the bare steel! And then the POST! PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!!? Lashley survives and shocks Ciampa! Fans fire up again and Ciampa drags Lashley up. Ciampa underhooks, but Lashley fights the lift! Lashley fireman’s carries and pops Ciampa into the nelson, but Ciampa drags Lashley down! GargaNO Escape!! Shout out to Ciampa’s greatest friend and rival, and Lashley is enduring the hold! Lashley rolls it around, drags Ciampa right up, and into a POWER- NO, Ciampa slides off again!
Ciampa tosses Lashley out of the ring, and gets Lashley with WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?!? Lashley survives again and Cleveland is thunderous! Ciampa stalks Lashley, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley BLOCKS the knee! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley drags Ciampa up, HURT LOCK!!! Ciampa flails, reaches out, but he TAPS! Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)
Ciampa tried every trick in the book, but he could not derail the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will nothing stop Lashley from making the US Championship the mightiest of all?
Omos and MVP walk in backstage.
The Nigerian Giant is back, and he is going to the ring! Who will soon fall from the top of this mountain of a man’s two hand slam?
Raw shares the footage from backstage.
Miz and Styles brawled from ringside to gorilla, and officials rushed in to stop it! So because of this confrontation, Styles VS Miz is signed for action later tonight! And it will be NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Will Styles get a phenomenal win? Or will Cleveland be AWESOME?
2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade!
The Nigerian Giant is so big, he’s taking on two of Cleveland’s own at the same time! Will these mere mortals wish they’d signed up for a different night?
The bell rings and Guercio & Slade rush Omos together! But Omos TOSSES Guercio, SHOVES Slade, then he CLOBBERS Slade! Omos drags Guercio up and into the ring from the floor! Omos then runs in, but Slade dodges! Slade CLUBS away then jumps on for a SLEEPER! But Omos RAMS Slade into buckles, RAMS him again, then dares Guercio to try something., Guercio CROSSBODIES, into Omos’ arms! Trophy lift, and SLAM! Then Omos drags Guercio up by his ear, to TOSS him into the corner! Guercio & Slade stand up, Omos SANDWICHES them with the corner! Omos then scoops Guercio to give him SNAKE EYES, and a BOOT to Slade!
MVP says Omos is done playing with his food, he can finish this. DEADLIFT TWO HAND SLAM!! Cover on Guercio, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Did you really expect anything else? Omos wipes out two men, but who will be on his path of destruction next?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Kevin Patrick congratulates him on his win over Dawkins, but asks the Visionary what he thinks about Matt Riddle’s interview next week. “Did you just bring me in here to ask me about Riddle?! I told the entire world, including you, last week that I was done with Riddle! Hahaha! So what, he’s gonna come back next week for some exclusive interview? What do you think he’s gonna say? Is he gonna have some earth-shattering announcement? NO! It’s RIDDLE!” Riddle will say “Bro…! Dude…! Cool…! Randy~!” Rollins explains something here: “I am the Gatekeeper of this industry! Anyone, or anything, that’s any good, they’ve gotta go through me!”
And as great as Riddle could be in the ring, he’s even better at flushing his own potential down the toilet. Don’t believe Rollins? Ask Dana White. HAHAHA! Now look, if Riddle has even two working brain cells left, he’ll come back with this interview and tell the world, “Bro, I’m hanging up the flip flops.” And he’ll retire for good. And if he doesn’t, then Rollins might just have to Cody Rhodes Riddle’s ass out the door! Anyway you slice it, if Riddle has something to say next week, then so does Seth Freakin’ Rollins! HAHAHAHA!
Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!
The Showoff and “Master” Gable were both a big part of last week’s Triple Threats for the US Championship, but they both lost out. Who proves they’re deserving of another shot at the other’s expense?
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Columbus gets Elevated!
Elevation has CERO MIEDO!
Before AEW Dynamite: Quake by the Lake and their Tornado Tag match, the Lucha Brothers tune up against The Wingmen in a standard 2v2!
- Ruby Soho & Skye Blue VS Megan Myers & Nikki Victory; Soho & Blue win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ Ari Daivari VS Casey Carrington; Boudreaux wins.
- Athena VS Queen Aminata; Athena wins.
- Kiera Hogan & Leila Grey w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Freya States & Alice Crowley; Kiera & Leila win.
- John Silver & Alex Reynolds VS T.U.G Cooper & Lord Crewe; Silver & Reynolds win.
- The Lucha Bros w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Wingmen; The Lucha Bros win.
One thing to note is that Parker Boudreaux has Ari Daivari in his corner. I wonder if the Trust Busters is becoming a trio, Parker joining Daivari and Slim J. Then in Kiera and Leila teaming up, this is the one time where “Can they coexist?” should be a thing since The Baddies still haven’t fully accepted Leila. And of course, the Lucha Brothers will beat The Wingmen to get momentum going into their Lucha Rules Tornado Tag with Rush & Andrade.
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