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Raw runs it back for Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman!

After the back and forth on last week’s Raw, we go around one more time! Will Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman shut T-Bar & Mace down for good?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Drew McIntyre & Braun Strowman VS T-Bar & Mace; changed to…
  • 2v1 Handicap: T-Bar & Mace VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins, by disqualification.
  • Drew McIntyre & Braun Strowman VS T-Bar & Mace; T-Bar & Mace win.
  • Six Man Tag: Damian Priest & The New Day VS The Miz, Elias & Jaxson Ryker; Priest & The New Day win.
  • WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: Sheamus VS ???; no contest.
  • Randy Orton & Matt Riddle VS Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander; Orton & Riddle win.
  • Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald VS Asuka, Naomi & Lana; Ripley, Baszler & Jax win.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke; Charlotte wins.
  • Drew McIntyre VS Braun Strowman; Strowman wins and joins the WrestleMania Backlash WWE Championship match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drew McIntyre & Braun Strowman VS T-Bar & Mace!

Things only ended last week because of a disqualification and time running out on Raw! Tonight, the now unmasked T-Bar & Mace vow that they will bring extinction upon the Scottish Warrior and Monster Among Men! But Braun and McIntyre talk backstage. No thank you for the save last week? McIntyre asked for a handicap match, not for someone to get in his business. Well Braun saved McIntyre’s career. If people would listen and not let em0tions get in the way, he’d do this. Follow Braun’s lead, kid!

“Kid?” McIntyre says HE is the one with 20 years experience and titles! So maybe Braun will listen to McIntyre! Braun is the Monster Among Men who has destroyed more men than McIntyre can imagine. Braun will do what McIntyre couldn’t do and win against both T-Bar & Mace! Fine then! Wait, is this now a handicap match?! Braun grabs the mic from Mike Rome and makes it official! Will Braun end what T-Bar & Mace started?

The bell rings and Braun starts against T-Bar! They tie up, Braun powers T-Bar to a corner and fires off clubbing hands! The ref counts, Braun lets off but clubs T-Bar more. Braun whips T-Bar corner to corner hard, then gets him up to ROCK him with a right! Braun stalks T-Bar to a corner and bumps him off buckles. Braun CLUBS T-Bar down, glares at Mace, then gets T-Bar up again. Braun whips T-Bar corner to corner hard, then DECKS Mace off the apron! T-Bar staggers up, Braun runs at him and corner splashes! Braun whips T-Bar corner to corner again and hits another splash! Mace tags in and attacks from behind!

Mace kicks and throws hands on Braun! Mace whips but Braun blocks and breaks free. Mace dodges to run and LEG LARIAT! Braun flounders about but Mace is on him in the corner. Mace gets Braun up, tags T-Bar in, and they mug Braun in their corner! The ref counts, T-Bar wraps Braun’s arm around ropes and tags in Mace. The mugging continues, Mace goes corner to corner but Braun BOOTS him away! Braun gets up and throws hands with Mace. Mace ROCKS Braun, tags T-Bar, Braun ROCKS Mace! Braun ROCKS T-Bar but T-Bar stomps Braun back down! The ref counts, T-Bar lets off and tags Mace back in.

T-Bar and Mace go after Braun, Braun CLUBS T-Bar but Mace CLUBS Braun! T-Bar and Mace both stomp away, the ref counts but they don’t listen!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by disqualification

T-Bar & Mace keep going, so here comes McIntyre! A reversal of roles from last week and McIntyre RAMS T-Bar into barriers! McIntyre brawls with Mace, fires off windmill haymakers, but now he’s getting mugged! Braun runs back in to go after T-Bar and McIntyre clotheslines Mace out! Braun tosses T-Bar, and the warrior and monster stand tall again. McIntyre finally thanks Braun, and Braun says McIntyre must think he’s funny. But will these two settle things with the towering titans together now?

 

Drew McIntyre & Braun Strowman VS T-Bar & Mace!

Raw returns and we’re getting the scheduled tag match after all! McIntyre has T-Bar with a chinbar and armlock, but T-Bar fights his way up. T-Bar throws body shots, forearms, and then whips. McIntyre ducks to kick back and underhook! T-Bar fights free to wrench and mule kick, front kick and back elbow! McIntyre staggers to a corner, T-Bar runs in but into an elbow! McIntyre CHOPS and CHOPS and then fakes a chop to SLAP T-Bar! T-Bar ROCKS McIntyre, runs, but into a GLASGOW KISS! Cover, TWO! McIntyre gets T-Bar up to wrench, but T-Bar pulls hair! Mace tags in, he and T-Bar mug McIntyre, then KNEE AND BOOT!

Mace ripcords and reels McIntyre in for a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mace keeps on McIntyre with a chinbar, McIntyre fights up but Mace pulls hair! Mace throws McIntyre down, McIntyre gets the ropebreak, and Mace lets off. McIntyre throws hands, Mace hits back! They brawl, Mace whips but McIntyre reverses to a Russian Leg Sweep! Both men are down and head for their corners! Hot tags to Braun and T-Bar! Braun CLOBBERS T-Bar, then runs corner to corner to SPLASH! Braun whips corner to corner, runs in again, but T-Bar dodges! Braun POSTS himself, McIntyre tags back in to DECK Mace! McIntyre gets T-Bar for a NECKBREAKER!

T-Bar is in a corner, McIntyre runs in but is put on the apron. McIntyre ROCKS T-Bar, climbs up top and leaps to hit a FLYING CLOTHESLINE! McIntyre kips up and fires up! McIntyre gets T-Bar up for a fireman’s carry but T-Bar fights free! T-Bar fireman’s carries, but McIntyre slips down to hit FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, Mace breaks it! Mace drags McIntyre up to ROCK him, Braun CLOBBERS Mace! Braun puts Mace in a corner to fire off hands! Braun throws Mace out hard, goes out and McIntyre pushes T-Bar out. Braun gets going, the Strowman Express BLASTS Mace! And then comes around, but T-Bar moves and McIntyre CLOBBERS Braun by accident!

T-Bar throws McIntyre over barriers, gets in the ring, the count hits 10!!

Winners: Mace & T-Bar, by count-out

Another week, another case of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat! Braun is pissed at McIntyre and scoops him for a MONSTER SLAM!! “Don’t you ever hit me again!” Braun tried to help McIntyre and teach him, and this is the thanks he gets?! The Monster Among Men misunderstands, but what’s done is done. Will McIntyre be able to brush all this off as he heads back to the WWE World Championship?

 

WWE and Make A Wish join forces once more!

World Wish Day is this Wednesday, so join in and donate at wish.org/wwe!

 

McIntyre goes to Adam Pearce backstage.

McIntyre wants Braun in a match tonight. Pearce can do that. Good. Will the Scottish Warrior get even or just #GetTheseHands?

 

Raw presents an all new Miz TV!

Miz and John Morrison welcome us to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show, and their guests are already in the ring. This has been an amazing couple of weeks! The stars were out for the Oscars, a future Oscar award winning documentary in WWE 24: The Miz dropped on Peacock and the WWE Network, and the reviews have been raving! And immediately after tonight’s Raw is another all new and hilarious Miz And Mrs! Now, you might be wondering why Miz has the Drifter in the ring! Elias introduces himself and Jaxson Ryker, and then Johnny Drip Drip and MC M I Z join in to “honor” Bad Bunny’s historic and sold out 2022 tour!

A sincere congratulations while taking full credit. Because without their star power rubbing off at WrestleMania, Bunny wouldn’t have sold out a flea market! He didn’t even comp them tickets! Maybe they should’ve given him a custom Miz TV mic like HHH did. No, it has to be something more to prove they’re the multi-talents they are! So here is a free concert with Elias! Elias says this is going to be incredible! When they approached him and Ryker, Elias knew they had to accept! They’re all musical geniuses, unlike Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston, who are more like a junior high school band. Elias dedicates this to his muse, Shane McMahon.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Hey Hey, Hop Hop: Unplugged.” They try to harmonize as a quartet, and then start their acoustic version of their “song.” But wait, who turns the lights off?! UGH! It’s because The Archer of Infamy is making his entrance! And he tells them, “I am sorry that I had to interrupt that emotional performance. But I just felt like that was a concert you just have to attend in person.” Like when he was in the best seat in the house, watching Miz lose to Bad Bunny. In fact, this performance was so moving, Priest and his partners came up with a surprise of their own. The New Day heads out, and Woods still has his bass! Or at least the case

Priest promises this will be representative of their performance. It was so… rotten. They throw TOMATOES! Miz, Morrison, Elias & Ryker are flopping like that quartet! HEADSHOT on Miz! Commentary watches out for rogue fruit while Raw goes to break!

Six Man Tag: Damian Priest & The New Day VS The Miz, Elias & Jaxson Ryker!

Raw returns and there’s still a bit of a mess, but Woods starts with Elias. They tie up, Woods headlocks, and Elias powers out to ram Woods down! Elias CHOPS Woods in a corner, throws hands, then stomps him down. Elias bumps Woods off buckles, tags in Ryker, and they mug Woods. Ryker throws hands, brings Woods out but the ref has him let off. Elias and Miz claw at Woods’ face! Ryker ROCKS Woods, scoops him and SLAMS him! Cover, ONE! Ryker drags Woods up, tags Elias, and they mug Woods more. Elias DECKS Woods with a EuroUpper, then gets him up to whip. Woods ducks and dodges and slides to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Woods gets Elias up but Elias CLUBS him down! Elias tags Miz, Miz hurries in but into a drop toehold! Woods hops over to headlock, wrench, and then tag Kofi. The New Day double wrench, double CHOP, and double kick to double BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Miz with a facelock, tags Woods back in, and they snapmare to Penalty Kick and Sliding Lariat! Kofi drops a splash, Woods goes up to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Woods gets Miz up, wrenches and tags Kofi, to whip Miz into a shoulder, roll up and springboard ax handle! Cover, TWO! Kofi drags Miz over, and he tags Priest in! Miz runs away to cower in his corner!

Miz tags Ryker, and Ryker steps to Priest! Priest and Ryker tie up, go around the ropes, and Ryker gets a headlock. Priest powers out but Ryker CLUBS him! Priest dodges a boot, and the clothesline, to sweep the leg! Ryker gets up, Priest blocks his boot to spin and sweeps the leg again! Ryker scrambles over to tag in Elias, but Priest sweeps his legs, too! Miz runs in, Priest dodges, Miz jumps the sweep but not the return! Tag to Kofi, Kofi clotheslines Elias out, then Miz! Woods has Francesca to play a tune for them to dance to! Morrison and Miz regroup but Kofi fetches Elias into the ring. Kofi climbs up top, Elias turns around into the FROG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Kofi gets Elias up but Elias puts him in the corner! Miz tags in, he stomps away on Kofi, then lets off as the ref counts. Miz has Kofi in an open corner, whips him corner to corner, but Kofi slips out to swing kick! Kofi climbs but Ryker distracts the ref! Elias YANKS Kofi down to the floor! Woods protests but Miz BOOTS Kofi down! Morrison is fired up for his team as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Miz basement BOOTS Kofi down! Cover, TWO! Miz rains down fists then taunts Woods and Priest. Miz gets Kofi onto ropes, chokes him, but lets off so that Morrison can rub a tomato in Kofi’s face! The juice stings Kofi’s eyes! Tag to Elias and he stomps Kofi down! Elias drags Kofi up, DECKS him with a forearm, then drags Kofi around to wrench the arm. Elias facelocks for an ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Elias drags him back up for a chinlock. Kofi endures as Elias puts on the squeeze, and fans rally on their screens. Kofi fights up, fights back, but Elias whips him away to CLOBBER him!

Elias drags Kofi over, tags Ryker in, and Ryker drops a headbutt to the ribs! Cover, TWO! Ryker keeps between Kofi and his corner to whip Kofi into a sleeper! Kofi flails, reaches, but Ryker squeezes tight! Kofi throws elbows and body shots, but Ryker reels him in for a forearm! Tag to Elias, slingshot suplex SLAM and a SLIDING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! The duet didn’t finish this but Elias kicks Kofi to ropes. Kofi hits back, throws counter punches and fires off, but Elias RAMS him into the corner! Miz tags in, the mugging continues as Miz stomps a must-see mudhole, then he lets off so Elias can get his shot in! Miz sucker punches Woods!

Miz goes back to Kofi for the It Kicks! Kofi stays up as Miz kicks and kicks but the buzzsaw misses! SOS!! Kofi can’t make the cover but both he and Miz are down! Fans fire up, Priest is ready! Hot tags to Elias and Priest! The Archer of Infamy rallies on the Drifter and his follower! BOOT for Ryker, BIG back elbow for Elias! Priest runs to elbow Ryker, but Ryker waistlocks! Priest swings, BELLCLAP to ROUNDHOUSE to HEEL KICK! Elias runs into a low kick, Priest gets him up but Elias slips out of Broken Arrow and shoves. Priest comes back with a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Priest keeps going and climbs a corner. Elias staggers up, Priest hits a FLYING WHEEL KICK! Cover, Miz BOOTS Priest!

Miz drags Priest up, but Priest hits BROKEN ARROW! Hot tag to Woods! Wood climbs, leaps but into Elias’ SymphoKNEE! Cover, TWO!! Elias tags Ryker and they work together to get Woods up. They double whip, Woods kicks back! Ryker swings, Woods dodges and Kofi tags in! Tilt-o-whirl and set up with Priest, Kofi jumps in, MISSILE DROPKICK DOUBLE LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO!?! Ryker is tough as nails! Miz swings on Priest but gets a ROUNDHOUSE! Morrison catches Miz but Priest ROUNDHOUSES Ryker! Priest keeps moving, Woods tags in, Priest FLIES to take out Miz & Morrison! Woods rolls Ryker, Ryker rolls through to POLISH HAMMER!

Elias goes up, Kofi trips him! Woods turns Ryker’s bomb into a cradle! New Day & Priest win!!

Winners: Damian Priest & The New Day, by pinfall

That was fast and furious mortal combat, and in the end, MC M I Z, Elias and Ryker got rocked by POP, the Power of Positivity! Will Priest, Kofi & Woods use this to springboard towards the top of the charts?

 

Sonya Deville arrives on Raw?

Normally she is Pearce’s assistant manager on SmackDown, but she’s here… to let Charlotte Flair into the building?! Charlotte was suspended indefinitely for her actions last week, but she’s already being let back in!? What strings did Sonya have to pull to make this happen?!

 

Raw returns with Sonya in the ring!

“Please welcome to the ring, 13-time WWE Women’s Champion, The Queen, Charlotte Flair.” Charlotte walks out, again defying her suspension with help from Sonya, and gets herself a mic. Sonya says also in the ring is WWE official Eddie Orengo, the one Charlotte assaulted, as shown by replay footage. Sonya says that Charlotte was suspended indefinitely and given a $100,000 fine. But that said, Pearce’s decision was rushed because he didn’t hear both sides of the story. Sonya gives Charlotte the floor to speak her mind.

Charlotte thanks Sonya for this chance to repent. Charlotte spent a week reflecting, and realized the error in her ways. She apologizes to the WWE management, to the WWE Universe, and to the referee here. She didn’t even realize what happened in the moment. Instinct took over! Charlotte is here to right those wrongs. She tells Eddie, “I’m really sorry for putting my hands on you. I’m so sorry for manhandling you last week.” Sonya gives Eddie a mic so that he can accept her apology. He didn’t realize Rhea Ripley interfered, and had he, she would’ve won. So there it is! Charlotte paid the fine in full, made an apology here, and is now reinstated! She will even return to in-ring action tonight! And Sonya makes Eddie the referee for that match.

Charlotte wants everyone to wait because there’s one more thing. Eddie admitted it was his mistake. So then, Charlotte needs him to apologize to her now. Eddie is a bit reluctant, but he does say he’s sorry. Good. Now everything is finalized, and Sonya looks forward to Charlotte’s return tonight. How is Sonya able to go over Pearce’s head with this? And will Charlotte be able to keep her cool this time so things don’t go the exact same way as before?

Speaking of, Pearce confronts them backstage! Sonya says this was a last minute thing right before the show. She is sorry. Oh is she? Pearce might actually accept that if he believed it. Pearce storms off, Charlotte seems amused, but is there something more to this we don’t know about?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He tries to tell the other person that Sonya is attempting a power grab, but he is interrupted by Braun. Braun says the match with McIntyre sounds great, but he wants to remind Pearce of something from a few weeks ago. It was his “bright idea” to make a Triple Threat #1 Contender’s match to see who faces Bobby Lashley for the title at #WrestleManiaBacklash. Does Pearce remember who won that match? McIntyre. Yeah, Braun knows that, too. But who lost it? Randy Orton. Exactly! AKA not Braun! McIntyre didn’t pin Braun so Braun should still be a contender!

So here’s an idea: After Braun beats Braveheart, make Backlash a Triple Threat! What’s Pearce think? Or does he have to check with Sonya first? Pearce says that wont’ be necessary. If Braun wins, he’s added to the title match. Finally, Pearce is making sense. Is the Monster Among Men about to complicate the All Mighty’s next defense?

 

WWE United States Championship Open Challenge: Sheamus VS ???

The Celtic Warrior offered a non-title open challenge to anyone that wanted it last week, and he then brutalized Humberto Carrillo for accepting it! Sheamus promises to put the title on the line this time, but will anyone dare deem themselves worthy?

Raw returns and Sheamus says he could watch the highlights from last week over and over. That is proof that the US Champion is back and better than ever! He promised to be a fighting champion and he proved it! Carrillo came out and added himself to a list of many who tried to take something away from Sheamus. Now you’re probably saying, “But Sheamy, you didn’t even let the bell ring! Why?” The answer is simple: Carrillo doesn’t belong in the ring with Sheamus! Carrillo couldn’t step up to Sheamus’ level! Sheamus is a fierce fighter, but a generous man. And after last week’s successful open challenge series debut, Sheamus will do it again!

So if you fancy getting stretchered out in the ThunderDome, and being the guest of honor at your own funeral like “Dumberto” last week, go ahead and come on down! Take a swing on ol’ Sheamy! But this beautiful belt is not going to be on the line! Wait, what happened to what he said on social media? And here comes Carrillo again! He wants more?! Sheamus is shocked! Is Carrillo out of his mind? Is he loco? Listen, you had your chance, Carrillo so… Sheamus sucker punches Carrillo! And stomps him down! And hammers away with fists! Sheamus drops knees, then goes back to the mic.

You see that right there?! All bark and no bite!” But then Carrillo jumps on Sheamus and fires off on him! Sheamus’ jacket becomes a blinder so Carrillo can get at him! Sheamus gets free but Carrillo dumps Sheamus out! Then dropkicks him off the apron! And again! Carrillo runs and DIVES! Direct hit and Sheamus tumbles over the announce desk! Carrillo es en fuego, and he vows he’ll make Sheamus regret underestimating him! No title, no match, but plenty of anger! Will Sheamus put the gold on the line just to goad Carrillo into a grudge match?

 

Backstage interview with MVP & Bobby Lashley.

Kevin Patrick informs them that Braun VS McIntyre could change how the WWE World Championship match goes at Backlash. How will preparations change if- MVP stops Kevin right there. Braun hasn’t been added to anything yet, so let’s not jump to conclusions. And while Kevin likes hypotheticals, MVP likes reality. And the reality is, he and Lashley have some grievances to address. What MVP could do is give us all a hot, juicy scoop right now, but he won’t. What will the downsized Hurt Business have to say tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.

Would she care to comment on Charlotte’s “apologetic return?” Despite Charlotte’s apologies meaning nothing, Rhea loved seeing her get fined $100,000. Maybe their paths will cross again, but Rhea is focused on her Six Woman Tag tonight. Charlotte can play rugby with the refs, Rhea will focus on retaining her Raw Women’s Championship.

 

Bobby Lashley & MVP head to the ring!

The Chief Hurt Officer and Vice President of the Hurt Business are back in the ThunderDome, but as MVP said, they have some grievances to air. They each get mics, and Lashley starts by saying, “A few weeks ago, I did exactly what I said I was going to do. I walked into WrestleMania, and walked out of WrestleMania, the WWE Champion!” MVP confirms, he did do that. And when Lashley grabbed McIntyre and made him pass out, he held the title up high and commanded respect! The respect he received from the live audience was like a dream come true! It felt even better because McIntyre was crumpled up like a dollar bill thrown on the sidewalk, that no one cares about!

But now it’s like this. McIntyre is bubblegum stuck to his shoe. WrestleMania Backlash, Lashley must defend his title against McIntyre again! But he will beat McIntyre again! Though, this time could end up a Triple Threat? MVP is offended by that! Why would the WWE treat their most prestigious and most dominant champion so poorly? Why? Bobby Lashley is the CHO of the Hurt Business, THE All Mighty WWE World Champion! Any business involving this title can’t be conducted without first consulting the Chief, and the champ! Anything else is intentionally disrespectful!

MVP says Lashley has been the All Mighty Champion for 56 days! But his reign could be in jeopardy through a Triple Threat he wasn’t even consulted about? We saw this happen in his US Championship. Someone beat someone else, no one beat Lashley! So McIntyre could beat Braun and get this title back. Braun could beat McIntyre and get this title. So potentially, Lashley could lose his title and not even have a part in the outcome? That is disgusting, unacceptable and not fair!

And fair or not, Lashley could beat both men head to head at any time! But after tonight, the Backlash match could become a Triple Threat!? Lashley will have to observe that match very closely. After chasing this title for 16 YEARS, no one will stop him from leaving Backlash STILL champion! MVP says the All Mighty has spoken, but will they have any say in what happens next?

 

Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.

Kevin Patrick says after last week’s surprising victory over Randy Orton, Riddle must be riding high. Riddle says he feels awesome, bro! He feels like he’s scooting high through the clouds. Not even Cloud 9. This is like Cloud 12! Kevin kinda gets what he means. Riddle breaks it down like this: “Randy, he’s a legend killer, right? An apex predator, which I still really don’t understand. But most importantly, he’s a viper, a big, scary, slithering snake!” And Riddle smooshed him like a sexy little mongoose! Like Ricky Ticky Tavi! Remember him? Oh hey, Randy, they were just talking about you, bro!

Orton doesn’t get what planet Riddle’s from. He’s from Earth. Shut up… But, they have nothing in common. Except they’re both from Earth. Orton tries not to get mad. He says he underestimated Riddle, thought he’d teach Riddle a lesson. But in a way, Riddle earned Orton’s respect. Something else was that if they were to ever be a tag team, they’d be #RKBRO. Oh? Orton hates to admit it, but that is catchy. So how about they gave it a try in the ring tonight? Orton already called in some favors, they have a match as a tag team, if they want it. WHOA! #RKOBRO? So down! Let’s get matching snakeskin speedos! And also-

Orton stops Riddle there, and Riddle “zips” his mouth. They’ll see how it goes out there, and then they can talk. Another unexpected twist! Totally, bro! But will Riddle be able to trust Orton? Or will his dream be crushed #OuttaNowhere?

 

Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Reginald talk backstage.

So “The Queen” beats up a ref, but just apologizes to get reinstated? Nia wouldn’t believe a word coming out of that spoiled brat’s Cheshire cat mouth! The WWE enables her, just like they do Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke. Shayna says forget all of that. They don’t need any more distractions, and that includes Reggie. What? What did he do? He distracted Nia and that’s why she lost to Tamina! No, Shayna distracted her. Well, it doesn’t matter now. They have a match tonight, so no more distractions! Shayna storms off, and a delivery man comes by to hand Nia flowers. OMG, Reggie! Did you get these for her? No. Then who?

Angel Garza walks in to say he got them! They’re just as beautiful as Nia! And good luck in the match tonight. The roses smell lovely, and Reggie is upset. But then Nia uses the roses to SMACK Mandy upside the head! Mandy and Dana were minding their own business, but will they get involved with Nia’s tonight?

 

MVP finds Braun backstage.

Braun knows he’s there, and tells him to talk. That’s a poor attitude. Is that how you talk to the representative of the All Mighty Lashley? If MVP talks to Braun like that again. MVP will have a hard time speaking period. MVP says Lashley knows Braun is trying to get into the Backlash title match, and doesn’t appreciate Braun’s groveling. Stop right there. If Lashley has something to say to Braun, he can say it to Braun’s face. But if MVP is going to relay messages, take this one back: After Braun beats McIntyre tonight, “there ain’t a damn thing you or Bobby can do from stopping me from walking out of WrestleMania Backlash as the new WWE Champion.” The Monster heads out, but will MVP have a plan ready for tonight’s main event?

 

Randy Orton & Matt Riddle VS Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander!

The Viper and the Bro aren’t a team yet, but they could be. Will this be the origin story of #RKBRO? Or will the Gold Standard & PRIMED Alexander shoot that down right away?

Raw returns as Benjamin & Alexander make their entrance. The teams sort out, Riddle starts against Alexander and they circle. Alexander says Riddle can’t trust Randy but we’ll see. Riddle gut wrenches Alexander once, twice, then wraps on a chinlock! Alexander arm-drags free, blocks a kick and DRAGON SCREWS him down! Alexander drags Riddle to the corner, tags Benjamin and Benjamin rains down rights! Benjamin gets Riddle at the ropes, Riddle hits back with forearms, but Benjamin blocks the kick to JAM the knee! Riddle writhes, but Benjamin drops a knee on Riddle’s knee! Tag to Alexander and Alexander kicks the leg!

Alexander hooks up the bad leg for a standing toehold and a SNAP lock! Alexander taunts Riddle and SNAP LOCKS again! Riddle punches back, but Alexander claws Riddle’s face! The ref reprimands, Alexander lets off, and he drags Riddle over to tag in Benjamin. Benjamin stomps Riddle, drags him up and puts him in the corner. Benjamin traps the leg, tags Alexander, then runs side to side to KNEE the leg! Alexander runs side to side to dropkick the leg! Riddle falls, Alexander taunts Orton, and he keeps Riddle back. Alexander stands on the leg to SMASH it into the mat! Riddle reaches but Alexander drags him away from Orton!

Tag to Benjamin, Alexander digs knees in and Benjamin drags Riddle up to throw knees. Benjamin gets the leg for a SHIN BREAKER! Benjamin gets the leg, turns Riddle with a Half Crab, but Riddle endures and gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Benjamin lets off and tags in Alexander. Fans rally but Alexander stomps Riddle’s bad leg! Alexander gets Riddle up to forearm but Riddle fires forearms back! They brawl, Riddle kicks with the good leg, but Alexander blocks! FINAL FLASH point blank! Hot tags to Benjamin and Orton! The Apex Predator rallies on Benjamin, throws hands and stomps him in a corner!

Orton throws EuroUppers over an dover, then whips corner to corner. Benjamin reverses but Orton comes back to CLOBBER him! Orton blocks a kick but gets the DRAGON WHIP! Benjamin runs but into the SPINNING POWERSLAM! Orton paces, hears the voices in his head, and he watches Benjamin get up. Alexander leaps in, but into an RKO! Benjamin whips Orton but Orton reverses to send him out! Benjamin returns but Orton kicks him! Orton has Benjamin in the ropes and Riddle wants in! Orton tries to ignore him, but he tags him in! DRAPING DDT! Riddle is up top, for the FLOATING BRO!! Cover, RKBRO WINS?!?

Winners: Randy Orton & Matt Riddle, by pinfall

Is it really happening?! Riddle hugs but Orton tells him no. Riddle steps back and the two have their hands raised in victory. Orton says it’s too soon to do a team pose, but maybe one day. Will this most unlikely of duos be golden before we know it?

 

Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax w/ Reginald VS Asuka, Naomi & Lana!

The champions unite against their challengers as the Nightmare, the Queen of Spades and the Irresistible Force take on the Empress of Tomorrow and the #RavishingGlow! But will there be any distractions that ruin the champions’ teamwork? Or is no one ready to feel the glow?

The teams sort out, Asuka starts but Rhea stays back. Shayna steps up for her team and circles with Asuka. They tie up, Asuka gets a leg but Shayna blocks with a facelock. Shayna drags Asuka down, Asuka rolls to get her own facelock, but Shayna waistlocks. Asuka wrenches, and dares Rhea to tag in. Shayna knocks Asuka down, and now Rhea tags in to throw Asuka around! Rhea gets Asuka up but Asuka fires off body shots! Rhea runs into a pop-up KNEE! Asuka drags Rhea over, bumps her off buckles, and Naomi tags in. Naomi says kiss this then she splashes Rhea! Tag to Lana, they double snapmare roll and double KCIK sandwich! Cover, ONE!

Lana keeps on Rhea, Rhea blocks the whip, and Rhea whips Lana. Lana blocks the hip toss to wheelbarrow but Rhea tries to block. Lana victory rolls, TWO, and Rhea HEADBUTTS Lana down! Rhea gets Lana up for a BIG suplex! Cover, TWO! Rhea is annoyed, she sits Lana up to KICK her in the back! Lana ends up in enemy territory but Rhea throws Lana back down. Rhea taunts Asuka, drags Lana into the body scissors and squeezes tight! Lana endures but Rhea adds a dragon sleeper! Lana is caught but she reaches for ropes. Lana gets free of the dragon sleeper but Rhea CLUBS her over and over! Lana keeps fighting, throws elbows, and pushes back to a cover! ONE, and Rhea clubs away again!

But the Sexy Muscle Friends are here~! They look to have something planned, but Shayna goes after them first! She gets SPLASHED with a huge bucket of water! Nia runs over to help Shayna but she slips in the puddle! Reggie checks on Nia as she flounders like a fish, and everyone else is laughing at them as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Shayna stands on Lana’s head! Shayna has the arm trapped again, and STOMPS it! Lana writhes as she clutches her elbow, and Shayna DECKS Naomi! Shayna gets Lana up to go after the arm with a top wristlock! Lana gets a jawbreaker! Shayna whips, Lana tilt-o-whirls to a Ravishing Russian Leg Sweep! Hot tag to Asuka! Asuka hip attacks Rhea down, then runs Shayna over! Asuka hits a CODE BREAKER on Nia! HIP ATTACK on Shayna! Cover, TWO! Shayna escapes, Asuka stays fired up with Kowata Kicks! Asuka runs but Shayna ducks the sliding kick to roll up. Asuka blocks a kick but not the KNEE!

Shayna drags Asuka up, Nia tags in, and Shayna whips Asuka to Nia’s scoop and SLAM! Nia runs and drops the elbow! Cover, TWO!! Asuka survives, but Nia drags her up to whip her to a corner. Nia runs in to SPLASH Asuka, then throws her down just to drag her up. Nia shoves, fireman’s carries and SAMOAN DROPS Asuka! Asuka manages to get to a corner but Nia just smiles as she runs in. Asuka dodges and Nia gets buckles! Asuka fires off BACK HAND after BACK HAND! Tag to Naomi, for a springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Naomi fires off on the corner, runs and rallies on Nia with elbows, but Nia stays up!

Naomi fires off shots, but Nia blocks the whip to reverse! SPRINGBOARD ENZIGURI! SPIKE-RANA! Cover, but Shayna breaks it! Reggie also distracts, but Naomi runs him off. Nia CLOBBERS Naomi, drags her over and tags in Rhea. Rhea stomps Naomi, drags her up and reels her in for an atomic SLAM! Cover, Asuka breaks it! Rhea throws Asuka out hard, storms back to Naomi, and drags her up into a back suplex. Naomi lands on her feet, Lana tags in! Naomi dodges Rhea, Rhea blocks the rana and pumps Naomi for the RIPTIDE! But Naomi isn’t legal, Lana FLYING CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!!

Lana keeps moving, Rhea is on ropes and gets DOUBLE KNEES! Lana keeps moving, but Rhea scoops her! Shayna intercepts Asuka but gets a BACK HAND! Nia BLASTS Asuka, Rhea swings Lana, but Lana hits a crucifix takedown, TWO!! Rhea DECKS Lana, hauls her up, RIPTIDE!! Tag to Nia, she runs to drop the leg, brother! Cover, the champions win!

Winners: Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax, by pinfall

The Raw Women’s and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions all stand tall over their challengers and hold their belts up high. Will the challengers be able to regroup and go for gold? Or will others step up to face them first?

 

Sonya Deville finds Mandy & Dana backstage.

Mandy & Dana got Nia that water she wanted, but Sonya says they should be ashamed of themselves. First, for getting involved in a match they had no business being in. Second, for playing a prank and embarrassing Nia. And now laughing about it. Though Sonya isn’t really surprised, since Mandy’s always had a lack of good taste. Wipe that look of your face, because Charlotte Flair needs an opponent, and it’s Mandy. And it’s next. Mandy and Dana shrug off Sonya’s attitude, but will the Golden Goddess be able to trump The Queen?

 

Raw returns to Alexa’s Playground.

Alexa says, “Lily’s truly my BFF. She understands me. She’s a confidant, a mentor, the little devil and angel on my shoulder.” But you can have a Lily of your own. All you have to do is ask nicely. C’mon, she’ll show you how. Come closer. Closer. Look into Alexa’s eyes. Concentrate. “Think dark thoughts. Think twisted thoughts. We all have them.” Now repeat after Alexa: “Lily. Lily. Lily.” Then, picture something peaceful. Take a deep breath in, and let it out. Think about how peaceful it is, and then Lily jump scares us! Alexa laughs. Did they get you? That was all Lily’s idea to prank us. She’s so mischievous some times.

But to be honest, Lily is getting restless here on the playground. It’s time Alexa lets Lily “play” with the rest of the WWE. But don’t blame Alexa for what happens next. “Lily made me do it.” Alexa laughs and swings with Lily, but who is about to become their plaything?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Mandy Rose w/ Dana Brooke!

The Queen is back thanks to Sonya, and now they’re both going to get some payback! Will Charlotte vindicate herself while defeating Sonya’s former friend?

Raw returns as Mandy makes her entrance, Dana by her side. The bell rings and Mandy circles with Charlotte. They tie up, go around, and Charlotte wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Mandy handsprings, wrenches back and has a wristlock in return. Charlotte fights it, cartwheels and wrenches to throw Mandy by her hair! Mandy kips up! And trips Charlotte to a jackknife, TWO as Charlotte bridges! Mandy fights the backslide, spins and runs but Charlotte runs her over! Charlotte seethes, high stack coves with feet on the rope, but Dana points it out! The ref stops counting, Charlotte tells Dana to stop the chirping. Charlotte was juts playing around, but Mandy ROCKS her and dropkicks her down!

Mandy fires off on Charlotte in a corner, backs off as the ref counts, but Charlotte knees her down! Charlotte throws Mandy into the corner, hoists her up top, but Mandy boots her away! Mandy adjusts, leaps and missile dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Dana coaches Mandy to keep going and Mandy thinks about what to do next. Mandy gets Charlotte up, whips her to a corner and fires off forearms! The ref counts, Mandy stomps, but lets off at 4. Charlotte goes along the ropes and Mandy fires off again! Charlotte blocks the whip but Mandy ROCKS her! Mandy whips Charlotte but at the ref! Charlotte is upset and BOOTS Mandy down! Cover, TWO!!

Charlotte is upset with Orengo again, and he says that was a fair count. Charlotte swears it was longer and gets upset. Mandy rolls her up!! TWO!! Mandy hits a KNEE FROM A ROSE!! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives and now Mandy is stunned! Dana coaches Mandy to keep going, and Charlotte is in a corner. Mandy runs in but Charlotte hits a backbreaker to BUCKLE SHOT! Charlotte then hits NATURAL SELECTION! Cover, Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall

Charlotte doesn’t let Orengo raise her hand, and celebrates her victory on her own. Will Charlotte get Orengo to fall in line as she heads back for the top?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

Surely he can’t be happy about the stipulation, where if Braun wins, he’s in at Backlash. No, he’s not. McIntyre thought it was “Get These Hands,” not “Get These Handouts.” But Braun is a monster, and a monster complainer. Braun got his way here but he won’t get in McIntyre’s way at Backlash! It only ends one way: with a Claymore. Will things stay the course for a WrestleMania rematch? Or will the Strowman Express force McIntyre and Lashley to take a detour?

 

Drew McIntyre VS Braun Strowman!

The Scottish Warrior pinned The Viper in the #1 Contender’s Triple Threat, but the odd man out wants back in! Will the Monster Among Men #GetTheseHands on a huge opportunity at Backlash? Or will he face backlash now in the form of McIntyre’s boot in his face?

The bell rings and the two circle. Braun and McIntyre tie up, Braun shoves McIntyre back, and he reminds us who he is. They tie up again, McIntyre waistlocks then headlocks, but Braun power sup and out! McIntyre elbows back from a corner, runs, but barely makes Braun budge with the shoulder! McIntyre kicks and throws hands! McIntyre whips, Braun reverses but McIntyre dodges, only to get run over by Braun’s shoulder! Braun smirks and asks, “What’s the matter, Drew?” Braun gets moving, rolls over McIntyre’s drop down, but McIntyre dropkicks the leg out! McIntyre drags Braun to drop elbows on the leg! McIntyre has a toehold, but Braun SWATS McIntyre off him!

McIntyre gets Braun in a corner but Braun clubs him away. Braun puts McIntyre up and out, but McIntyre ROCKS him! McIntyre climbs, but Braun ROCKET LAUNCHES him across the way! And ROCKS him with an uppercut! McIntyre ends up outside and Braun gets on the tracks! But here comes Lashley! The Rocky Mountain Machine promised to watch this closely, and that means in person! Lashley and MVP are on the stage as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more and Braun whips McIntyre corner to corner hard! McIntyre bounces off buckles and hits the mat, and Braun stomps him! MVP & Lashley sit by commentary as they watch and discuss what’s happening. Braun CHOPS McIntyre, whips him corner to corner hard again, and again McIntyre bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Braun drags McIntyre up, scoops him, but McIntyre shifts to a sleeper hold! Braun flails, McIntyre squeezes tight, and Braun turns red! Braun RAMS McIntyre into a corner, rams him more, then runs corner to corner, but only gets buckles! McIntyre OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes Braun!?

Both men are down, but McIntyre crawls after Braun. Braun denies the Future Shock but gets caught for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! MVP shouts at McIntyre to beat Braun already. McIntyre snarls, but he does aim at Braun. McIntyre runs but the Claymore is turned into a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Braun is beside himself while MVP & Lashley are maybe impressed. Braun gets back up, watches McIntyre crawl to ropes and drag himself up. Braun brings McIntyre around, and- No! McIntyre blocks the clubbing forearm! McIntyre elbows Braun away, then hits a GLASGOW KISS! Both men stagger and Braun even falls over!

McIntyre shakes out the cobwebs and demands Braun get up. Braun does, into a SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! MVP is amused now as McIntyre struggles to finish Braun. McIntyre sits Braun up just to stomp him down, then gets him up in underhooks! Braun powers up to RAM McIntyre into a corner! Braun has McIntyre up top and ROCKS him with an uppercut! And then another one! Braun climbs up now, gets McIntyre up, and SUPERPLEXES! Both men are down and MVP shoots out of his chair! Braun crawls to cover, TWO!!! McIntyre survives and Lashley is stressing just a bit. Braun is furious as both he and McIntyre flounder up.

Braun gets McIntyre and shouts, “I’M the Monster!!” before he CLUBS McIntyre back down! Then he run sin and SPLASHES McIntyre in a corner! McIntyre flounders, Lashley gets up to distract the ref! Braun SPLASHES then scoops, but MVP saves McIntyre! Braun DECKS MVP, but McIntyre hits FUTURE SHOCK!! McIntyre doesn’t cover, he goes to a corner to take aim! But T-Bar & Mace return! McIntyre ROCKS them, but Braun scoops! MONSTER SLAM!! Braun wins!!!

Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall (added to the WrestleMania Backlash title match)

The Hurt Business may only operate in reality, but the reality is, things just got much more complicated! The Monster is making the already All Mighty WWE World Championship rematch into a TRIPLE THREAT! Will Lashley lose his title without even being involved in the decision? Will McIntyre settle all the scores at once? Or will Braun finally #GetTheseHands on THE WWE Championship?


My Thoughts:

This was a pretty good Raw, and certainly a step better than last week’s. Though, I will say the first 20 minutes were a complete mess. They “cancel” the tag match to give Braun a handicap match that gets disqualified like last week’s, and then we get the scheduled tag anyway, because they didn’t know how else to fill 20 minutes. They could’ve done something else there, but whatever, Vince and his team can only do so much after cutting people and coasting on the Peacock paycheck. At least we got a great main event out of it, with Braun fighting his way into the Backlash main event. I do find the timing of T-Bar & Mace coming back curious, and how they only went for McIntyre and not Braun. Win or lose at Backlash, I wonder if Braun is going to try and lead a new trio with T-Bar & Mace.

On that note, I’m a little disappointed they’re insisting T-Bar & Mace keep those names despite ditching Retribution and the masks. Let them be Dominik Dijakovic and Dio Maddin again, anyone who actually pays attention knows their names. Honestly, Keith Lee could show up and link T-Bar back to being Dijakovic, it’s story that writes itself, but it’s all Vince’s stupid way of doing things that keeps continuity from existing. Though, Sonya still seems to keep her grudge with Mandy, which is why she made Mandy face Charlotte. Sonya “reinstating” Charlotte after only one week of suspension is a bit of a shame, but it does add some intrigue to her own story as a WWE official. Sonya is surely trying to take the senior official position from Pearce by making him look incompetent and this could make Raw a bit more fun to watch than it has been.

The trios matches were both very good tonight. The “song” from Miz, Morrison, Elias and even Ryker was properly awful and therefore hilarious, as was Priest & the New Day pelting them with tomatoes. That wasn’t quite Steve Austin’s beer truck or Kurt Angle’s milk truck, but it was perfect for this. The match was great, there was a lot of cohesion on both sides, and because Miz has been the chump for so long, his team was losing, but it was fitting that Ryker takes the loss since he’s just Elias’ sidekick. The Six Woman Tag was strong, and it was quite the surprise the Heels won. I will say Nia being clumsy this time was set up better, because a bunch of water is a logical reason why she’d slip. Last time was just them forcing things and that’s always awful.

Sheamus again fighting Carrillo, not having a match, was a natural move, and Carrillo getting the better of Sheamus this time was also a natural move. Sheamus surely will put his title on the line because Carrillo isn’t going to stop until he gets his shot, and that match will be great, but I would think Sheamus still wins so that he can continue this angle of a fighting champion that only fights, never has matches or puts his title on the line. Riddle and Orton teaming up was a surprising change to their story, and I really like it. Corey Graves being paranoid on commentary is a great little detail, and I hope #RKBRO gets to face Styles & Omos just once so we can see which makeshift team is stronger. It might not be much, but anything that builds the Raw Tag Division is a plus right now.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!

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BOSJ, Round 6!

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It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!

NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.

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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!

Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?

Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!

Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.

Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.

Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.

Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!

Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!

Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!

Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?

Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!

Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!

Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!

Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!

Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!

Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!

Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!

Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!

The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.

Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.

Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.

Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!

Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!

Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!

Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!

Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!

Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)

The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!

Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?

Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.

ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.

Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.

ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.

ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!

ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!

Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)

The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!

These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?

The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!

Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.

Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!

Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!

Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!

Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.

Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.

Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!

Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!

Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?

Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!

Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!

Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.

Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!

Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.

Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!

Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!

Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.

Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!

Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!

Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!

Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!

Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)

The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?

 

Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!

SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.

I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.

My Score: 8.9/10


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