The last Raw before WrestleMania is red hot!
WWE begins WrestleMania WEEK with a Raw packed to the brim! Will Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley be rolling into their world title clash of titans?
- Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Woods wins.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Elias & Jaxson Ryker VS Braun Strowman; Braun wins.
- Asuka & Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler; Jax & Baszler win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin; Lashley wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali; Riddle wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS King Corbin; McIntyre wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Drew McIntyre heads to the ring!
Though he faces the Rocky Mountain Machine at WrestleMania, the Scottish Warrior must make it to WrestleMania, and that’ll be hard with Bobby Lashley throwing others at him. SmackDown’s King Corbin thinks he can cash in on Lashley’s golden offer, but that confrontation will be for later tonight. McIntyre has a mic and says this is the final Raw before Mania. Just five days until WrestleMania night one, and he can’t help but think back to last year and how unique it was. Then fast-forward to now, we’re “back in business” and once again McIntyre is fighting to become WWE Champion.
So much is going through his head. Where to begin? With Corbin? Nah. The All Mighty Lashley, this match is happening. Lashley’s tried to take McIntyre out but it is happening! They’re in for the biggest FIGHT of their lives, and McIntyre can hardly wait. Such similar journeys, really, the two of them. Almost 20 years each, so many ups and downs. What is it that makes them different? “Sacrifice.” How much McIntyre is willing to give up. Lashley’s sacrificed a lot, too, traveling up and down the roads, around the world, missing special moments with the family. But when Lashley goes home, he makes up for lost time. McIntyre never had that luxury.
McIntyre left home at age 22 with one purpose in mind: becoming WWE Champion. Times were hard. There were times he wish he could go home. He remembers sitting ringside when his mother was going through chemo therapy. She told him on Skype that this is Drew’s dream, and if he comes home, she’d kick his ass herself. “Keep pushing forward. Keep sacrificing.” McIntyre did, he kept going, he gave everything to this industry! He got fired, kept going, came back, rose up and became WWE Champion! He fell off Cells, ladders, through Extreme Rules, kept sacrificing! How can Lashley beat a man who is willing to sacrifice everything?! He can’t.
McIntyre promises to run through Corbin tonight, then put a boot through Lashley’s eyes, take the title and END the All Mighty Era! But speaking of, here come Bobby Lashley and MVP! “Are you done yet, Drew?” McIntyre just goes on and on about last year. It took Drew 17 years to get here, but it took Lashley 16. There can only be one man on top. McIntyre’s time is over, and now it’s All Mighty Time. And what’s worse is that everyone is so scared of the Scottish Warrior, but Lashley saw something in McIntyre’s eyes. McIntyre is the one afraid! Lashley got McIntyre in the Hurt Lock and felt him shake, shiver, then fade out. And that’ll happen again at Mania!
Such big words! McIntyre wasn’t afraid, he just went out. But if Lashley wants to talk tough, he sent everyone after him, needed help- Lashley doesn’t need help! Did you see what he did to Shelton Benjamin? Now watch what happens to Cedric Alexander. McIntyre says who cares about waiting, let’s just do this now! MVP says that’s not how this works! WrestleMania Saturday is when this happens, and we all know right where McIntyre will be: the center of the ring, with the All Mighty, where McIntyre will lose his dignity, lose consciousness, and ultimately lose the match.
Well putting it that way, then okay, nevermind. McIntyre’s speech was nothing. Maybe he’ll be an Uber driver, an Amazon driver, or just say “Screw that” and run Lashley down! Lashley and McIntyre shout at each other, but MVP shouts over them both. This is a lot of tough talk, considering McIntyre might not even make it to Mania. Because here comes Corbin! The Wolf King tells McIntyre that he agrees with MVP. McIntyre won’t even make it to Mania so why worry about it? Corbin started something last week, and looks to finish it now! There is NO WrestleMania for McIntyre! There is NO WWE World Championship for him! Tonight, Corbin whoops McIntyre’s “punk ass!” The tough talk continues from all over, but who will be standing when it’s all over?
Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
Don’t worry, this isn’t a replay, it’s a rematch! The Phenomenal One’s colossal tag partner interfered and disqualified the match last week, so now Woods and Styles go another round! Will Styles take care of this himself this week? Or will Woods get that singles series sweep before the Raw Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania?
Before making their entrance, New Day come across Matt Riddle on his scooter. Riddle wants to say that it was messed up what Omos did last week. His power level must be WAY over 9000. And Riddle is pretty sure he’s never seen someone get as high as Kofi. But bro, Omos’ first match ever is this weekend, but do you think he can get both of them that high? Let’s hope no one gets that high this weekend. But in fact, ya bois the NEW~ DAY~ will get down when they retain their W, W, E, Raw, Tag, Team, Championships~! But Riddle has his own match with Sheamus, after getting through Mustafa Ali tonight. How’s Riddle feeling?
Well, Sheamus is a little more diesel and stinky, so he’ll be good, but Ali is more sticky, so Riddle will have to grind him down before he can break him down, know what he’s saying? But Riddle’s off to get ready. Good luck, Woods! Woods and Kofi both wonder if Riddle was talking about what they think he was talking about. Kofi is pretty sure he’s got a craving for some milk ‘n’ cookies right now… But enough about that, the New Day makes their entrance! Will they and Riddle all smoke the competition tonight?
The bell rings, Woods and Styles circle and tie up, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off haymakers in a corner, whips Woods to ropes then hits a big hip toss! Omos and Styles are both fired up, and Styles brings Woods up. Woods fires off hands in return, but Styles shoves him then rolls him for the CALF CRUSHER! Woods is caught already, Omos likes what he sees, but Woods reaches! Kofi talks trash on Omos and then throws the mic at him! IT just bounces off!! Omos storms after Kofi into the ring, and Styles lets off of Woods! Styles chases Kofi out, Omos gets on the apron and the ref is distracted. Woods rolls Styles up with a cradle, Woods wins!!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
GOTTEE! Turnabout is fair play, and the New Day are fired up! Will they use Omos’ inexperience against him and Styles to stay golden?
A Bugatti rolls up.
It’s Bad Bunny and Damian Priest! They’re rolling into Raw in style, but will they be all business this close to the Most Must-See Showdown at WrestleMania?
BRAAAUN~ is here!
Ahead of his Steel Cage match with the mocking and arrogant Shane McMahon, the Monster Among Men has a cage set up with the ring. Shane miscalculated when he let Braun choose the stipulation, and Braun paces about inside. “My whole life, I’ve had to deal with guys like Shane McMahon.” People would bully Braun for his size when they don’t know who he is, what he’s about. Shane tries to make stupid jokes to get under Braun’s skin, but Shane doesn’t get it. Shane doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into. Shane can run his mouth all he wants, but when the cage door closes, “the running ends.” He’ll be locked inside with Braun.
And Braun won’t just whoop Shane’s ass for himself, but for everyone who has ever been made fun of for being stupid, and told that they would never make something of themselves! Braun is fighting for himself and for every one of them! There’s no goods, no running, no hiding, and no games! Shane will be inside a steel cage with the Monster Among Men! “At WrestleMania, Shane, at the end of our match on Saturday, while your corpse lays in the middle of this ring after I’ve ping-ponged it around this entire cage, and I rub your face into this metal and give you a taste of the agony that it puts on people’s souls being called ‘stupid,'” the last thing Shane hears won’t be “here comes the money.” It’ll be “here comes the body bag!” At WrestleMania, Shane will #GetTheseHands!
But speaking of, here comes Shane O’Mac, not at all afraid of Braun. So much anger, Braun. What did Shane ever do to him? And when Shane gave Braun the chance to choose the match, it was a test to see how far Braun’s intellect has come since grade school. But honestly, a steel cage at WrestleMania? That choice was not that stupid. On paper, people think this favors Braun. And it would, if Shane was any other man. But he is a McMahon, and he will outwit, outmaneuver and defeat Braun. And then the next morning, when Braun wakes up and look sin the mirror, he’ll say to himself, “Boy, I am stupid…”
2v1 Handicap Match: Elias & Jaxson Ryker w/ Shane McMahon VS Braun Strowman!
The Drifter and his follower appear to fight on Shane’s behalf days before WrestleMania! And perhaps thanks to Shane’s authority, there will be NO tags needed! Will Elias & Ryker soften up Strowman so Shane will have a fighting chance?
Raw returns and the bell rings, Shane watching from a very safe distance. Braun grabs Ryker but Elias attacks, only for Braun to throw him off. Braun ROCKS Elias with an uppercut, then ROCKS Ryker with a haymaker, to then SHOVE Ryker out of the ring! Braun powers Elias to a corner, clubs away on him, then stalks him as he scrambles. Braun scoops but Ryker saves Elias to RAM into him! Elias KNEES Braun in the head! Braun is against the ropes, Ryker CLOBBERS him with double ax handles! Ryker & Elias hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX! Ryker drops ax handles, then he and Elias stomp him together!
Elias gets the legs, drags Braun around, rains down rights, and Ryker climbs up. Ryker leaps for a DIVING HEADBUTT! Elias hurries up top while Ryker holds Braun down! Elias hits the MACHO ELBOW! Double cover, TWO!! Braun launches the two but Shane creeps closer. Ryker and Elias stomp away, hammer Braun down, and Shane takes his jacket off. Elias and Ryker throw hands, but Braun explodes out! Shane hurries away as fast as he can! Braun glares at Shane, then kicks Ryker. Braun sends Elias into Ryker and then SPLASHES them both! Braun CLUBS Elias in the chest, scoops Ryker, and hits the MONSTER SLAM!
Elias staggers into a scoop, and he gets a MONSTER SLAM! Braun covers both men, and wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman, by pinfall
The Monster just mangled two men at once! Shane thinks he still has the upper hand, but will he be broken at the hands of Braun Strowman?
Backstage interview with The Miz & John Morrison.
Kevin Patrick says he wants to ask about their match this Saturday with Bad Bunny, but then notices they have paint cans. Oh, these? Kevin acts like this is odd, but no. They’re artists! You heard of Hey Hey, Hop Hop, but they’re more than just musical artists. Painters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and now Miz ‘n’ Morrison. They have a masterpiece to create, using Bunny’s Bugatti!?! Morrison feels bad, this is a $3.6 MILLION car! But there’s a scratch! This is matching paint! In that case, let’s paint! Wait, that’ snot matching, it’s RED on a WHITE car! They write, “Hey Hey, Hop Hop” and then doodle bunnies and then write their names, too!
Miz does finger-painting like his daughters love! This is so good, right? $3.6 MILLION. Imagine what it’s worth now, right? PRICELESS! But will Bunny & Priest make the Hollywood A-Lister and Guru of Greatness pay for this?
Bad Bunny is furious backstage.
He storms his way back to see the vandalism with his own eyes! Now he’s even angrier! But then Miz BLINDSIDES him! Morrison gets Bunny up and the two mug Bunny, before they throw him into the hood of another car! “This is what happens when you disrespect us! This is what happens when you play with us!” Miz drags Bunny by his hair and says he doesn’t respect Bunny! He’ll run Bunny at Mania just like he ruined the car! WWE officials chase Miz & Morrison off, Priest hurries over and asks what happened. Priest realizes just who it was, Pearce shouts for a medic. They check Bunny, but will Priest make sure Miz & Morrison are the ones who’ll need a hospital?
BREAKING NEWS for WrestleMania!
After the chaotic brawl on last Friday Night SmackDown, there will be two major matches in regards to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships! First, on Saturday, it will be a Tag Team Turmoil, Naomi & Lana VS Dana Brooke & Mandy VS The Riott Squad VS Natalya & Tamina! The winner goes on to Sunday to face Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler for the titles!
Asuka & Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Aussie Nightmare are going to clash at WrestleMania, but it was the challenger who chose to accept the challenge from the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Is Rhea going to use the Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades to soften the Raw Women’s Champion up? Or is she planning on using Nia & Shayna to show Asuka what she’s in for?
Raw shares backstage interview footage from earlier tonight. How does Rhea plan on coexisting with Asuka tonight after flipping a table onto her last week? Rhea says she won’t share a thing about her strategies. But the question is, what about Asuka? And coexisting is a given since they’re up against Nia & Shayna. Asuka will just have to wait to rip into Rhea this Sunday at Mania. With that, Rhea makes her entrance to join Asuka. Will there be coexistence or mutually assured destruction when Raw returns from the break?
Raw returns and the tag team champions make their entrances, Reggie still following Nia. But Shayna tells him to stay way behind them. The teams sort out, Shayna starts against Asuka and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna gets an arm and wrenches but Asuka wrenches through to wristlock then headlock. Shayna endures the grind, powers out, but Asuka rams her with a shoulder! They both stay up so they start shoving. Shayna mocks Asuka for losing a tooth, then runs. Shayna gets around Asuka to shove but Asuka runs Shayna over! Asuka stands on Shayna’s head to pull on the arm, then wrenches the arm to yank!
Asuka reaches over, but Rhea doesn’t want to tag! Shayna ROCKS Asuka, now Rhea tags in. Rhea circles with Shayna, they tie up, and Shayna waistlocks. Rhea switches, Shayna blocks the lift, and then wrenches free. Rhea scoops and TOSSES Shayna away! Nia tags in, and Rhea smiles as she welcomes the challenge. Nia shoves, Rhea fires off haymakers! Rhea goes to scoop but Nia fights that off to scoop instead! Rhea slips off, and tags Asuka in with a pat on the head! Asuka is upset more about the way she tagged, but goes in after Nia! Nia shoves her away, fireman’s carries, but Asuka slips off to back kick! Asuka tilt-o-whirls to the IRON OCTOPUS!
Nia endures, stays up and powers out to run Asuka over! Cover, TWO! Asuka survives but Nia drags her up. Nia shoves Asuka to a corner, runs in and splashes! Asuka flops down, crawls, but Nia looms over her. Nia pushes Asuka, Asuka hits back, but Nia drags Asuka up to whip her to a corner. Asuka dodges and Nia hits buckles, then turns around into the CODE BREAKER! Hot tags to Rhea and Shayna! Rhea dodges Shayna and BOOTS her down! Rhea DECKS Nia, Reggie distracts but gets caught! Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Rhea’s leg out! Shayna tags Nia, and Nia brings Rhea to the announce desk, just to RAM Rhea into apron! Rhea writhes as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Shayna keeps Rhea down by standing on a leg, then she STOMPS the ankle! Rhea writhes and even Asuka feels that pain. Shayna kicks Rhea’s leg, then drags her to a cover, ONE! Nia is annoyed, tags in, and the champions work together to whip, scoop and SLAM Rhea down! Nia runs to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Asuka coaches Rhea but Nia drags Rhea over to tag Shayna. They mug Rhea in the corner, Shayna snapmares Rhea to KICK her in the back! Cover, TWO! Shayna drags Rhea by her leg to HEEL HOOK! Rhea endures as Shayna twists the foot around! Rhea fights and kicks with her free leg! Shayna drops an elbow on the bad leg over and over!
Shayna stands on the leg again, drags Rhea away, and tags in Nia. Nia stands on Rhea’s leg now and has a standing toehold! Rhea endures her leg being bent and she swats at Nia, only for Nia to drop a leg on the leg! Nia looms over Rhea as she crawls, then drags her up into a seated cobra clutch! Rhea fights up, fights free with her free arm, and kicks Nia’s legs out to then basement dropkick! Both women crawl, hot tags to Asuka and Shayna! Asuka dropkicks Shayna, dodges Nia and ROUNDHOUSES her! Asuka hits a hip attack on Shayna, then one on Nia! ROUNDHOUSE for Shayna! And a SNAP GERMAN! Asuka runs to SLIDING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!!
Asuka stays fired up and she heads up top! But Rhea SHOVES Asuka down?! Rhea doesn’t care about this tag match anymore, she’s just going to destroy her Mania opponent with an atomic FACEBUSTER! Rhea feeds Asuka to Shayna and Shayna hits a KNEE! Cover, the tag champs win!!
Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by pinfall
The Nightmare shouts, “I’m not ready for what?!” Asuka fell for Rhea’s trap, but will she get even at WrestleMania? Or will the Riptide dethrone the Empress on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Cedric Alexander finds MVP backstage.
MVP asks what he’s doing, and it better not be to beg to get back in. Alexander grabs MVP by his collar, and Benjamin walks over to say he better listen. Alexander tells MVP that his greed will cost him. Last week, MVP had the audacity to tell these two they were an embarrassment! That they’re incompetent! MVP is a parasite who needed the Hurt Business to hold him up now that he’s a “crippled, past-up has-been.” Alexander may not win tonight, but he’ll give Lashley a scar he’ll remember him by. And Alexander will be watching as McIntyre defeats Lashley and exposes MVP for the fraud he is. Alexander lets MVP go, and Benjamin straightens his suit for him. Benjamin looks at the THB necklace they got MVP, and tells him to keep his “crippled ass” out of the ring.
Sarah comes by to ask if MVP is at all concerned about Lashley’s match coming up tonight. No, MVP is never concerned for Lashley. MVP is disappointed in “the arrogant, ungrateful attitude” that Alexander & Benjamin are showing. Let’s not forget that it’s because of MVP that they became tag team champions, have the fancy suits and are even relevant again! Before MVP, Alexander had never been to a five-star steakhouse. Lashley walks over and asks what happened, but MVP say sit’s fine. Lashley vows to break Alexander in half! Will there be anything left of #PRIMED after tonight?
Backstage interview with Nia, Shayna & Reggie.
Congrats on tonight’s win, but are they confident about their title defense at WrestleMania against the Tag Team Turmoil winner? Does Sarah need a drink of water after the longest question ever? Of COURSE these two are confident! So dumb! But The Ravishing Glow, Lana & Naomi walk over and say they can think of a few reasons why the champs should be worried. Oh, right, because these two are really scary. But then Dana & Mandy walk over and ask, “What about us?” What about you? But then SmackDown’s Tamina & Natty storm in! They don’t even go here! Why- But now the Riott Squad gets in on this! Wait, wait, Billie Kay wants in. Does she even have a partner? Carmella is reviewing her resumé so…
NO! All of you have a match on Saturday. The winner faces the champs on Sunday. They don’t have time for this. They head out to let their contenders argue. Who rises up to challenge the Irresistible Force & Queen of Spades on the Grandest Stage of Them All?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin!
We just saw Alexander get in the face of Montel Vontavius Porter and Lashley not take that lightly. Will the Rocky Mountain Machine pulverize PRIMED as an example to McIntyre?
Raw returns again and the former Hurt Business members are already ringside. MVP is on commentary, Benjamin is in Alexander’s corner, but then he sneaks in to attack Lashley! Benjamin and Alexander mug Lashley 2v1 and the match isn’t even underway! MVP doesn’t mind, he just talks old times with Samoa Joe. Lashley fights back but the 2v1 continues! Lashley shoves Benjamin away, DECKS Alexander and then throws knees on Benjamin! Lashley throws the Gold Standard out and MVP says that’s why he wasn’t worried. The bell rings and now Alexander is 1v1 with Lashley. Alexander throws hands but Lashley DECKS him, then scoop SLAMS him!
Lashley talks trash, bumps Alexander off buckles and RAMS into him over an dover! The ref counts, Lashley brings Alexander out for a NECKBREAKER! Lashley glares at Benjamin on the outside before he drags Alexander up to TOSS him! Lashley paces, drags Alexander up and TOSSES him the other way! Lashley drags Alexander up throws him out and Benjamin checks on him. The ref starts a ring count, Lashley paces but Benjamin gets Alexander up. The count is 6 of 10, Alexander hobbles but Lashley pursues. Alexander gets in and jumps on Lashley as he returns, only for Lashley to TOSS him again! Alexander sputters to a corner, Lashley runs in and RAMS into him!
Lashley drags Alexander around, suplexes and holds him up to SLAM him down! Lashley still glares at Benjamin, then tells MVP this is it. Alexander gets to the apron but Lashley hauls him up to ROCK him! Lashley drags Alexander in just to throw him back out! Then Lashley goes out and grins as he drags Alexander back up. Lashley fireman’s carries Alexander to POST him!! Alexander is down again and Lashley roars as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again, and Lashley leans on Alexander in a neck wrench. Alexander throws hands from below but Lashley just digs his knuckles into Alexander’s head! Alexander fights up but Lashley ROCKS him with a right! Alexander back kicks then front kicks then dropkicks! Lashley stays up and gets Alexander for a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley grows annoyed with Alexander and drags him up to throw him out again! Lashley goes back out, glares at Benjamin, then drags Alexander up to fireman’s carry again. But Benjamin saves Alexander from another post shot! Lashley storms after Benjamin but Alexander sends Lashley into the steps!
Alexander gets in the ring, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lashley hits barriers! Alexander keeps going to DIVE again! Another hit and another collision with barriers! Lashley shoves Alexander into the ring but Alexander handsprings for the NEURALIZER! Alexander runs in but is put on the apron, but he ENZIGURIS back! Alexander climbs, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, ONE?!! Alexander is shocked but MVP says he’s still confident in Lashley. Alexander clubs away on Lashley’s back, but Lashley shoves him away. Alexander ends up on the apron, he BOOTS back then steps in, but into a ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!
Lashley roars again, drags Alexander back up, and gut wrenches to the DOMINATOR!! Lashley isn’t done there, he stalks Alexander as he stirs. Benjamin wants Lashley to stop but MVP mocks Benjamin with the begging and pleading. Lashley says it’ll stop, with this! A whip and another ALL MIGHTY SPINEBUSTER!! And then the HURT LOCK!! Alexander is out, Lashley wins!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission
Benjamin attacks Lashley to get him off Alexander! Lashley catches Benjamin for a COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley stands tall as MVP says emotions cloud judgment. Lashley puts Benjamin in the HURT LOCK! MVP says this is all business, not personal, but Lashley sure seems to have a lot of rage. Will that same rage wreck McIntyre at WrestleMania?
Priest talks with Bunny backstage.
Priest and Bunny are going to address what Miz and Morrison did to the Bugatti, but will they be able to keep their cool this close to WrestleMania?
Bad Bunny & Damian Priest go to the ring!
Priest says Miz & Morrison crossed a line! It’s just because Bunny is a Grammy award winning, record smashing entertainment icon while they’re just yesterday’s news. Miz is so obsessed with Bunny that he couldn’t hold the WWE Championship for more than one week. If Miz & Morrison thought Priest & Bunny clowning them before was bad, they haven’t seen anything yet! It’s easy to beat someone down 2v1, so at WrestleMania, Priest wants to even the odds! Let’s make this a full tag team match, 2v2, Miz & Morrison VS Bunny & Priest! Bunny adds that, “I just came here, following my dreams, believing in my dreams, because i love this business. I love and respect every superstar.”
But Bunny remembers when he used to watch Raw, SmackDown and all the PPV’s with his dad and brothers and friends, the whole family. Bunny has a lot of good memories with the WWE, but now… Now Bunny isn’t sure how to feel. He isn’t what to think with this experience. Bunny came here to perform, to do a job, and is happy to have performed his song for Booker T! He loves and respects Booker, just like he does HHH, Stone Cold, the Undertaker, Ric Flair, ALL the legends! He even used to respect The Miz. But Miz doesn’t respect Bunny back, and didn’t from day one. And for no reason! Yes, Bunny did what he did, he isn’t a pro-wrestler, but he’s still man.
Miz broke Bunny’s TV set, he disrespected his DJ who is like a brother, and disrespected Bunny’s career, music and fans! For no reason! Bunny did jump from the top rope at the Royal Rumble, but c’mon! If even fans get that wouldn’t they do what Bunny did given a chance? Bunny translates all this to Spanish, and then says that’s no reason to attack someone with a guitar, paint his car. Who does the Miz think he is? Miz is a legend, Bunny respects that, but Miz doesn’t respect Bunny. “You crossed the line, bro.” Bunny doesn’t know why, and now he doesn’t care. This Saturday, WrestleMania, Bunny will show Miz to respect him as he shuts Miz’s mouth and whips his ass! You know where these two are from!? Bunny says that he will make Miz his bitch!!
Miz and Morrison mockingly applaud the “performance,” but it’s no Hey Hey, Hop Hop. Miz will make this clear: Bunny doesn’t belong here! WWE is THEIR world, Bunny’s overstayed his welcome. Miz promises to embarrass and hurt Bunny so that he’ll go crawling home. They accept the tag team challenge! Now, forget about the Bugatti, this stretch limousine is priceless. Miz and Morrison drive off, but they’ll have no choice but to face a furious Bunny and Archer of Infamy! Will Bunny & Priest #LiveForever when they defeat two of the best at the Showcase of the Immortals?
Sheamus talks with Mustafa Ali backstage.
The Fella knows he’s on his way to his match with The Bro, but there’s something he needs to know. Ali says there’s no need. “That space cadet represents everything that I want to change about Monday Night Raw.” Riddle killed Retribution and Ali isn’t US Champion! Sheamus has his match at Mania, but tonight, Ali owns Riddle! Sheamus tells Ali to relax. Sheamus and Ali don’t have much in common but there is one thing: their complete and utter dislike of the burnout holding onto the US Championship. Sheamus will be ringside rooting for Ali from commentary! But then Riddle flies through with the scooter! Will Ali bring Riddle back down from his high going into Mania?
Matt Riddle VS Mustafa Ali!
Raw returns as Ali makes his entrance. Sheamus also makes his entrance to go to commentary, and get in Riddle’s head. The bell rings, Ali and Riddle circle, and Riddle goes for a leg. Ali holds him off to get a headlock, but Riddle powers out. They tie up with a test of strength, Ali stands on a hand and wrenches the other. Riddle rolls, drags Ali into a Triangle Hold! ALi makes it a cover, TWO! Ali shoots in to waistlock but Riddle switches. Ali switches, Riddle gets an arm but Ali pulls hair. The ref counts, Ali lets off but ROCKS Riddle in the corner. Riddle tackles Ali, Ali kick shim away but runs into a GUT WRENCH! Riddle drags Ali up but ALi rolls Riddle up, TWO!
Sheamus gets annoyed already but Ali headlocks. Riddle powers out, but Ali dropkicks back! Cover, TWO! Ali clamps right on with a chinlock, but Riddle fights up. Riddle powers up but Ali throws a hand! Ali runs but Riddle tosses him up and out! Riddle then goes to the apron for a PENALTY KICK! Ali is down, Riddle drags him up and puts him in. Riddle takes Sheamus’ hat to put it on and mock Sheamus. But Ali returns to Russian Leg Sweep Riddle to the floor! Sheamus says that’s what Riddle gets, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ali fires off on Riddle in a corner! The ref counts, Ali lets off but digs his boots into Riddle. Ali lets off again, then comes back to do it again. But Riddle fights up as he holds onto the boot, and he sweeps the leg! Riddle fires off fast hands, Ali shoves and ducks a kick to shove Riddle to ropes. Riddle sunset flips, Ali rolls through to stomp Riddle’s foot! Ali aims from a corner and runs to KICK Riddle in the side! Cover, TWO! Riddle still gasps and sputters but Ali drags him up into a body scissor squeeze! Riddle endures, Ali says Riddle doesn’t deserve the US title, but Riddle fights to get up. Ali is a backpack as Riddle RAMS him into buckles! And more buckles!
Riddle runs to BACKPACK BROTON! Both men are down, but Riddle gets to a corner. Riddle runs at Ali to rally with kicks and forearms, then spins Ali for a PELE! Riddle kips up and forearm smashes! Riddle goes side to side to forearm again! BROSPLODER! Kip up and Ali ducks the kick, dodges the moonsault, but the BROTON hits! Sheamus gets frustrated with Ali, but ALi catches Riddle to a KOJI KLUTCH! Ali calls it #LightsOut, but Riddle moves around and slips out to DEADLIFT FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! TRIANGLE! Riddle has Ali now, but Ali scrambles to the ropebreak! Riddle lets off and Sheamus is annoyed.
Sheamus admits, Riddle is great in the ring, but Sheamus is better. Ali throws Riddle into ropes! ALi spins Riddle around to suplex and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Ali is furious! Ali shouts that Riddle is still unworthy, and he SLAPS Riddle around! Riddle boots, runs in but Ali elbows! Ali goes up and leaps, but the tornado is blocked! Riddle glares at Sheamus scoops Ali for the BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Sheamus is furious but Riddle stares him down! WrestleMania, The Bro VS The Fella, only ONE leaves United States Champion!
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Is he threatened by Corbin’s desire to still take Lashley up on the offer and take McIntyre’s place at WrestleMania? “Heavy is the head that wears the crown.” You’d think someone with a giant melon head like Corbin’s would have a bigger brain so that he’d realize it’s foolish to go after McIntyre right before Mania and the world championship match. But McIntyre gets it. These are huge stakes. Corbin can take McIntyre out to take his spot in a Mania main event. McIntyre could say all sorts of horrible things about Corbin, but the truth is, Corbin’s big, dangerous and even in a normal match, will do whatever it takes to get the job done. With these stakes, he’d step on his own grandma to win.
But McIntyre says he’ll do the same as every time: Claymore to the eyes, straight through to Mania, him and Lashley, a date with destiny and McIntyre takes the title back! Will the Scottish Warrior slay the Wolf King before doing even worse to the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Drew McIntyre VS King Corbin!
In the main event of the last Raw before WrestleMania 37’s epic weekend event, this could be what makes or breaks the coming clash between McIntyre and Lashley! Will Corbin remove and replace McIntyre from the Showcase of the Immortals? Or will he just help sharpen the Claymore for when it aims at the All Mighty?
Sarah interviews Lashley backstage if a change in the main event changes how he’ll feel about the match? Well, there’s a huge “if” on whether McIntyre survives. McIntyre said he’d give Lashley an all mighty ass whooping, but that won’t be possible once he puts McIntyre in the Hurt Lock and puts him to sleep! Lashley is watching this main event closely, but Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and MVP has joined commentary on behalf of Lashley. The bell rings and the two tie up. Corbin powers McIntyre to ropes but McIntyre turns it around, only for the two of them to go all around the ring. They separate, and both men acknowledge the other’s strength. They tie up again, are in a deadlock now, but Corbin gests around to waistlock. McIntyre pries at the hold but Corbin headlocks him. McIntyre powers out, Corbin runs him over, but McIntyre gets right up. Corbin talks a little smack, MVP mockingly asks if McIntyre is alright, and McIntyre ties up to get a waistlock. McIntyre gets a half nelson, then shifts through to a cravat, then a headlock.
Corbin endures the grind, but can’t power out as McIntyre holds tight! Lashley is still watching as Corbin powers McIntyre to ropes. McIntyre lets go but Corbin throws a cheap shot! Corbin runs but McIntyre follows to run Corbin over! Corbin bails out and McIntyre grins. McIntyre wants MVP to be taking notes for Lashley while Corbin paces. Corbin gets back in, ties up with McIntyre and puts him in a corner. Corbin throws haymakers and body shots, then argues with the ref. McIntyre ROCKS Corbin with haymakers in return! McIntyre whips, runs Corbin over with an elbow then covers, ONE!! Corbin surprises McIntyre just a bit but McIntyre stomps Corbin’s hand!
McIntyre hauls Corbin up, snap suplexes him, then covers, TWO! Corbin took a little longer that time but McIntyre is focused. McIntyre drags Corbin up, CHOPS him, then throws hands in a corner. McIntyre whips corner to corner, Corbin reverses and runs in, but has to slide out. Corbin slides in to LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Now McIntyre surprises Corbin, but Corbin puts McIntyre on ropes to choke him! The ref counts, Corbin lets off, and Corbin looms over McIntyre in a corner. Corbin digs his boots in, the ref counts and Corbin lets off. Corbin rains down rights, then stomps, but the ref counts. Corbin stops and stalks McIntyre around the ring.
Corbin whips McIntyre corner to corner hard and McIntyre bounces off buckles! Corbin smirks and MVP likes what he sees. Corbin looms over McIntyre and MVP tells Corbin to finish it! Corbin talks some trash, drags McIntyre up and back suplexes for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! McIntyre grits his teeth, Corbin brings him up and whips him corner to corner, but McIntyre comes back to rally with clotheslines! McIntyre whips, then OVERHEAD SUPLEXES Corbin! Then clinches for another OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Corbin swings but into McIntyre’s NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fires up, and glares at MVP. MVP mockingly asks how it’s going.
McIntyre aims as Corbin rises, and kicks low to underhook the arms! Corbin scrambles to deny Future Shock, then bails out. McIntyre pursues but Corbin trips him on the apron! Corbin whips but McIntyre reverses to POST Corbin! McIntyre then whips Corbin into steel steps! McIntyre has a wild look in his eyes as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again as McIntyre fires off on Corbin in a corner! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off to drag Corbin up, for a NORTHERN LIGHTS SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Corbin survives as McIntyre shows more of his arsenal. McIntyre SLAPS Corbin, Corbin throws a haymaker and now it’s a brawl! McIntyre windmills haymakers on Corbin, then lets off as they’re on the ropes. Lashley is still watching as McIntyre shoves Corbin. Corbin holds ropes, puts McIntyre on the apron, and ROCKS him with an uppercut! Corbin POSTS McIntyre and McIntyre hits the floor! MVP claps but tells Corbin to stay on McIntyre!
Corbin drags McIntyre up, brings him around and bumps him off the desk! MVP likes this “table service” as Corbin puts McIntyre back in. Corbin drives elbows into McIntyre’s neck and shoulders, but the ref reprimands the hair pulling. Corbin talks trash, McIntyre ROCKS Corbin! Corbin hits back, drags McIntyre up, but McIntyre throws more hands! McIntyre CHOPS then reels Corbin in. Corbin denies the suplex to suplex McIntyre back! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and MVP grows frustrated. Corbin drags McIntyre up, roll shim, and has a Pluma Blanca while throwing down furious elbows!! Corbin lets off and McIntyre clutches his jaw.
MVP says this is Corbin’s chance, and Corbin drags McIntyre back up. McIntyre hits back with haymakers and CHOPS! McIntyre runs but into a choke grip! For a CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Corbin seethes as McIntyre survives. McIntyre gets to a corner, Corbin runs in, but McIntyre dodges! Corbin slides out, slides in but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! Corbin survives and McIntyre is just a bit surprised. McIntyre keeps on Corbin with a facelock, and shifts to underhooks, but Corbin RAMS McIntyre into a corner. McIntyre elbows back hard, then runs, but into a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious but McIntyre still lives!
MVP shouts, “Corbin, do you want to go to WrestleMania?” Corbin reels McIntyre in but gets a GLASGOW KISS! then a FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, TWO!?! Corbin survives and McIntyre is beside himself. McIntyre goes to the corner, goes out and climbs up, but Corbin ROCKS him first! Corbin throws more hands, climbs up after him, rains down some rights, and stands McIntyre up. SUPERPLEX! Corbin crawls to a cover, TWO!! McIntyre isn’t done yet and now MVP is speechless. McIntyre rolls away to a corner, Corbin goes to the other. McIntyre grits his teeth, clutches his back, but he glares at Corbin. McIntyre crawls that way, stands up, but Corbin ROCKS him!
McIntyre hits back! Corbin hits again, but McIntyre kicks low! Corbin throws another haymaker but McIntyre kicks, haymakers, CHOPS, and runs into DEEP SIX!! Cover, TWO!! MVP excuses himself from commentary to talk to Corbin. “IT’s not about beating McIntyre! It’s about taking him out! Take him OUT!” MVP hands his cane over, and Corbin nods. Corbin aims at McIntyre, but McIntyre dodges to CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
MVP clearing things up only cost Corbin! The Scottish Warrior slays the Wolf King, and now only has one match to go! Will the next five days be the All Mighty Era’s last? But wait, here comes Lashley! MVP meets Lashley at the stage, and Lashley stares McIntyre down. Who will give more of themselves in order to have the WWE World Championship?
Not a great go-home but not an awful one. This did suffer from the usual go-home problems of just too many recaps and commercial breaks. Just, so much, even for what happened in this episode. We didn’t need to recap what happened to Bunny’s car right before he and Priest talked about it. But now, the info that leaked months ago is finally verified, we’re getting a tag match of Bunny & Priest VS Miz & Morrison, so that it isn’t all on Bunny going against Miz to win. The promos were good, though, and it seems like Miz is being hypocritical. He wasn’t respected for coming in as a reality show guy, but says Bunny doesn’t belong as just a celebrity fan. This should be used as material but it isn’t because Vince doesn’t know what “continuity” means.
The promo before the Woods VS Styles rematch was fun because of Riddle using weed references, but I feel like that all took longer than the match. Woods getting the quick win on Styles thanks to Kofi and Omos distracting Styles surely means that somehow, someway, Omos and Styles win the titles. That’s going to be big for Omos, and means WWE/Vince sees a lot of potential in him, let’s just hope Vince doesn’t get bored and leaves Omos wallowing in the midcard one day. Speaking of Riddle, I like that his other gag is interrupting other people with his scooter fly-by. Sheamus and Ali had a good segment, Ali VS Riddle was a really good match, and Riddle VS Sheamus is going to be great and could go either way.
Braun had a good promo about how he’s doing this for those bullied mentally and emotionally, though he might’ve missed a few things here and there. I still don’t think a steel cage was the best stipulation, but maybe it’s just a way to literally keep the fight contained to the ring rather than having a Last Man Standing type spill out towards fans when we’re supposed to keep social distance and whatnot. No idea who wins this but it’d be a shame if Shane did through his cheating. Braun’s had a decent Mania run, winning the Raw Tag Team Championships and looking strong, so I would hope he wins to stand tall for those he’s representing.
I had a feeling Rhea would make sure Asuka lost the tag match tonight as she’s going Heel for this story, but I didn’t think she’d attack Asuka herself. That was a good twist, as Rhea isn’t the kind to run away and avoid things, so that much still carries over from Face Rhea. Asuka will definitely want revenge and that will add to the intensity of their match, and I personally hope Asuka retains. The tag champions get momentum but the Tag Turmoil to determine their challengers is only slightly what I was expecting. I hope this one time, WWE throws away their Face VS Heel requirement and let Natty & Tamina win so we can get a really great match, each team having a technical type and a powerhouse. Then Natty & Tamina should win when Nia & Shayna fall apart, because neither Natty or Tamina has had anything in quite some time.
The world title story was pretty good tonight, with Lashley settling things with Benjamin & Alexander. It is sad to know that the Hurt Business split was all Vince, but who else’s idea would it have been? Lashley is dominant again, but McIntyre VS Corbin was a great match to be the main event here. They started a bit late on this whole thing of a bounty on McIntyre’s head, it didn’t really feel like McIntyre was ever going to miss Mania, but I suppose they get an A for effort. Lashley VS McIntyre will be really good if it even just matches tonight’s match. It’d be pretty wild for McIntyre if he becomes a 3-time champion in the span of just one year, but it’s hard to say he won’t get this win. You might as well flip a coin because both Lashley and McIntyre have been putting in work, either one is worthy.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (7/5/22)
A BIG 8 Man main event!
Universal Studios is still Dark!
AEW Dark has eight matches for Universal Studios, and tops it off with an 8 Man Tag! Will the Dark Order outshine The Wingmen in Orlando?
- Aaron Solo VS Fuego Del Sol; wins.
- Bear Country VS Adrian Alanis & Liam Gray; win(s).
- Jay Lethal & Satnam Singh w/ Sonjay Dutt VS Dariana Bengston & Gus de la Vega; win.
- Josh Woods VS Barrett Brown; wins.
- A.Q.A VS Avery Breaux; wins.
- Lee Moriarty VS Leon Ruffin; wins.
- Sonny Kiss VS Lamar Diggs; wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Dark Order VS The Wingmen’s Ryan Nemeth, Peter Avalon, JD Drake and Cezar Bononi
Great to see Sonny Kiss in action again, it has been some time since they’ve been anywhere in AEW. Lee Moriarty VS Leon Ruffin is going to be a really fun match but I would think Moriarty wins. The Dark Order VS The Wingmen really is full faction against full faction. Evil Uno, Preston Vance, John Silver & Alex Reynolds are pretty much the only members left, with Stu Grayson and Alan Angels leaving AEW, and Colt Cabana avoiding AEW in favor of ROH, given his falling out with CM Punk.
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/5/22)
It’s the golden finish line!
We’ve reached the end of the New Japan Road!
With the BIGGEST G1 Climax around the corner, New Japan Road finishes with NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship gold! Will the House of Torture still be standing after facing Chaos?
- Master Wato & Ryusuke Taguchi VS Kosei Fujita & Ryohei Oiwa; Wato & Taguchi win.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima; Tenzan & Kojima win.
- Six Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Alex Zayne VS Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC; Okada, Ishii & Zayne win.
- Six Man Tag: Hiroshi Tanahashi, KUSHIDA & Jado VS Bullet Club; Tanahashi, Kushida & Jado win.
- 10 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- Dog Cage Match: Toru Yano VS Dick Togo; Yano wins.
- NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Chaos VS The House of Torture; Chaos wins and are the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dog Cage Match: Toru Yano VS Dick Togo!
The Producer and the Spoiler have been fighting like cats and dogs on this New Japan Road, and it’s time for one of them to be locked up! Who is treated like an animal and put inside the cage at the finish line?
Yano has his long introduction and then “disinfects” Dick. The dog cage is brought out and in position with door closed and locked. The bell rings and fans rally for “Y T R! Y T R!” The ref has the key and that means they have to get it from him. Yano and Dick each ask, but they have to fight first. Dick rushes in, Yano dodges, and Yano asks for the key! Dick kicks Yano down and demands the key! Yano turns Dick around but Dick pokes him in the eye! And headlock punches, then FIST DROPS! Dick fires up and fans do applaud the savvy as he stomps Yano. Dick brings Yano up, whips him to ropes, but Yano holds ropes to taunt Dick.
Dick runs in, misses, and Yano SLAPS Dick. Yano asks for the key but Dick SLAPS Yano! Dick kicks, wrenches and hammerlocks to headlock and punch Yano again. Yano crawls and Dick wants that key! But Yano unties a buckle pad. Dick has the key, but he turns around for Yano to SMACK him down! Yano takes the key and fans fire up! Yano wears the key and he drags Dick up. Fans rally as Yano tosses Dick out of the ring. Yano gets fans rallying more as he goes out. Dick wants mercy but Yano says there’s no point in asking. Yano blocks the low blow! Yano kicks and whips but Dick reverses and Yano hits railing!
Dick flexes and mocks the YTR. He stomps Yano, takes the key from him, and then stomps Yano more. Dick goes to the cage but Yano CLUBS him! Yano pushes Dick away and says HE will unlock the cage. Yano opens the cage, fans rally up, but where’d Dick go? Dick must be hiding somewhere, but where? Yano goes around ringside looking for him, asking the others where Dick went. They don’t know, so Yano asks Okada on commentary. Okada apologizes, he wasn’t really paying attention. Dick then grabs Yano from below the ring! Dick trips Yano and stomps away on him! Dick drags Yano up and whips him hard into railing!
Yano flops down and Dick smirks as he brings out his SPOILER CHOKER! Dick fires up, but now Yano’s disappeared! Did he go under the ring like Dick? Dick says hush, and they’ll sneak up on Yano. Dick smacks the floor mats to sound like footsteps, and Yano reaches out! Dick grabs Yano’s hand, having tricked the trickster! Yano freaks out and Dick puts him in the ring. Dick stomps Yano, whips him to ropes, but Yano avoids the choker to atomic drop! Dick flounders and Yano grabs the choker! Fans fire up as Yano turns the tables on Dick! But then the lights turn off! A House of Torture standard! But it was all a fake out so Dick could get his choker back!
Dick CHOKES Yano, but wait! The NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships show up after all! They’re in the main event, so why wait? Dick and Yujiro drag Yano out of the ring, Sho and Evil help get him over to the dog cage. But wait, here comes Yoh, Yoshi-Hashi & Hirooki Goto! They won’t let the whole House cage Yano! Yoh goes after Sho, Hashi goes after Yujiro, Goto goes after Evil AND Dick! Yano gets up to POST Dick, then trip him! And with Hashi holding the door open, Yano CATAPULTS Dick into the cage! Dick is in, the door is closed and locked, Yano wins!
Winner: Toru Yano
The Producer gets the better of the Spoiler, and he has the key! Dick ain’t getting out without that! And now, the Six Man Tag will be a fair 3v3 with no Dicketry!
Speaking of which, with everyone already here, why wait? The main event is NOW!
NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Chaos VS The House of Torture!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi may not be IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, and they failed to earn an AEW World Tag Team Championship opportunity, but there is still gold to fight for! Will the Fierce Warrior, Head Hunter and Mr. Direct Drive, Yoh, take these titles from Evil, Sho and Yujiro? Or will the King of Darkness, the Murder Machine and the Tokyo Pimp keep these titles with Bullet Club?
Red Shoes arrives and is a bit confused, but Yoh is already stomping Sho in the ring, so Red Shoes rings the bell! Yoh drags Sho up to throw forearms and stomp him more! Sho wants a timeout but Yoh drags him up again. Sho rakes Yoh’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, but things speed up and Yoh sidesteps to drop toehold and basement dropkick! He calls the others in, and together, Chaos HAMMERS Sho! Red Shoes reprimands, but then Yujiro gets in. He gets HAMMERED! Evil stays away, but Yano makes him get in! And Chaos HAMMERS Evil, at the same time Yano rattles Dick’s cage! Fans fire up as things finally sort out.
Yoh drags Sho up, throws forearms, then wrenches to whip him into a corner. Corner clothesline to a HALF HATCH BRIDGE! TWO, but fans rally behind Chaos. Yoh stomps Sho, drags him up, and uppercuts him to ropes. Sho flounders but Yoh whips him to ropes. Sho holds ropes, then throws Yoh to the apron. Yoh avoids the leg sweep to ROCK Sho, but Sho tumbles into Red Shoes to distract him from Evil’s CHAIR SHOT! Yoh falls from being hit in the back, and Yujiro gets in to BOOT Hashi! Goto hurries after Evil but Evil JAMS him with the chair! Evil throws the chair away to then drag Goto up and over to POST him!
Yano goes after Evil but Evil rakes eyes and POSTS Yano! Yujiro JAMS Hashi with his own Bo staff! Evil stomps Yoh, drags him up and in, and Sho finally leaves Red Shoes alone. Sho covers but Red Shoes refuses to count! He may not have seen it all, but he knows House of Torture was up to something. Sho gives up on the cover and tags in Yujiro. Fans rally but Yujiro stomps Yoh around. Yujiro stalks Yoh to ropes, brings him up to kick low, then fire forearms and CHOPS. Yujiro CHOPS again, then brings Yoh around to scoop and SLAM! Yujiro runs to drop the leg, brother! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this and fans rally up.
Evil tags in and he takes off his shirt to throw at Goto. Goto gets mad, Red Shoes has to keep him back, and Evil hurries to get Yoh into the cobra twist. And then he links up with Sho and Yujiro to form a chain between ring and railing! Yoh endures, Hashi points this out, but Evil lets go of Yoh before Red Shoes sees. Cover, TWO! Goto gets in but Evil backs off. Red Shoes reprimands and Goto goes back to the corner. Fans rally, Evil drags Yoh up and wrenches to tag in Sho. Sho CLUBS Yoh’s arm, then pulls hair to bring Yoh into another wrench. Sho wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, and another, and another!
Yoh staggers away, clutching his bad arm, but Sho shoves him over. Cover, TWO, but into a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yoh endures, reaches out, but Evil pulls the ropes back! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil lets go, and Yoh moves around to get the ROPEBREAK! Sho thrashes until Red Shoes counts 4, and Yoh is freed. Fans rally up for Yoh but Sho tags Yujiro. They swipe at Goto and Hashi, then go back to Yoh. Yoh fires off forearms on them both! Yujiro knees low, Sho CLUBS Yoh, and they double whip Yoh corner to corner into the bare corner! Yano’s trick comes back to bite Chaos! Sho runs in, but Yoh dodges! Now Sho hits bare steel! Yoh dropkicks Yujiro’s legs out!
Fans fire up but Sho kicks Yoh. Sho runs, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up and even Okada is impressed. Yoh crawls, hot tag to Hashi! Fans fire up as Hashi runs Yujiro over! And again! And then scoops, but Yujiro slips out! Yujiro shoves Hashi at Evil, but Hashi RAMS into Evil! Hashi then CHOPS Yujiro, whips him into Evil, and Evil falls back against the timekeeper! Hashi fires off strikes and a CHOP on Yujiro! Fans fire up as Yujiro goes to the corner. Hashi runs in to clothesline Yujiro against the bare steel, then Hashi turns Yujiro for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Hashi drags Yujiro up and in.
Yujiro fights the powerbomb, and BITES Hashi’s hand! Hashi CLUBS Yujiro’s nose! But Yujiro rakes eyes! Goto tags in and Hashi reverses the whip. Yujiro holds ropes to BOOT Hashi, dodge Goto, and BOOT Hashi again! Sho anchors Goto’s foot and Yujiro BOOTS Goto! Tag to Evil and he hurries to DECK Yoh off the apron. The House gets Goto up to whip him into a corner. Sho runs in to forearm smash! Yujiro BOOTS, and Evil clotheslines! FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Yoh RAMS Sho into railing on the outside. Evil drags Goto up, reels him in, fireman’s carries, but Goto fights off!
Goto waistlocks but Evil switches. Goto resists the lift and backs Evil into a corner. Hashi runs in to clothesline Evil, then sets up for Yoh to DIRECT DRIVE IN MOTION! Yoh feeds Evil to Goto’s kick, and Goto sets Evil up as Hashi climbs. SUPER GOTO GOTO HUNTER! Cover, but Sho and Yujiro barrel in to break it! Yoh and Hashi throw Sho and Yujiro out, then Yoh PLANCHAS Sho down! Fans fire up as Bishamon have Evil in position! But Evil kicks Hashi away, and Yujiro drags Hashi out! Evil slips around and shoves Goto at Red Shoes! Goto stops himself from running into Red Shoes, but Evil shoves him in anyway! Then LOW BLOWS Goto!
Yano protests but Yujiro drags him down to RAM into railing! Fans rally but Yujiro gets the key for the dog cage! Yujiro unlocks the cage and frees Dick! Dick has his Spoiler Choker and he goes right after Yano! Dick stomps Yano, storms around and helps the others get up. Evil fireman’s carries Goto for DARKNESS FALLS! Cover, TWO!! Goto survives and Evil can’t believe it! Fans fire up but Evil slashes his throat. Evil drags Goto up, reels him in, EVERYTHING- NO, Goto fights off the STO! Goto fires forearms, runs, but Dick trips him up! Hashi dropkicks Evil’s leg! Yujiro gets Hashi for a REVERSE DDT!
Yujiro and Evil drag Goto up to double whip. Goto ROCKS Evil, deflects and LARIATS Yujiro! Evil kicks but runs into a fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up again while both men are down! Yoh and Sho return as Goto and Evil crawl! Hot tags to the former RPG3K! Yoh dodges Sho but Sho blocks the superkick. Sho waistlocks but Yoh elbows free. Yoh runs but Sho elbows him. Sho then fakes the run but Yoh sees through that to dodge and CLOBBER Sho! Fans are thunderous as Yoh stalks Sho. Yoh runs in to BLINDSIDE UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Sho survives but Yoh keeps cool. Fans rally up and Yoh drags Sho back up.
Sho BENDS Yoh’s fingers! Sho CLUBS the arm, facelocks, but Yoh BITES Sho’s finger! Yoh spits Sho’s hand away, kicks low and runs, but Sho uses Red Shoes as a shield! Sho runs but Yoh handsprings to dodge! Yoh mule kicks, and NECKBREAKERS! Then the suplex for FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives again and fans fire up! Yoh shakes out the stars and drags Sho up into a full nelson. Sho resists, gets to ropes, but Yoh holds on with a waistlock. Sho elbows Yoh away, and JUMP KNEES! But Yoh runs in, only for Sho to dodge and SNAP GERMAN! Sho laughs while fans rally, and Sho drags Yoh up. Sho runs, but Yoh LARIATS!
Fans fire up again while both men are down! Yoh crawls his way to Sho, waistlocks then full nelsons, for a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Evil breaks it! Hashi fires off on Evil, and Goto goes after Yujiro! Bishamon coordinate and switch to clothesline Evil and Yujiro out of the ring! Fans fire up as Bishamon leaves it in Yoh’s hands! Yoh fires up and stomps the mat! Fans rally with Yoh as he aims at Sho. Sho staggers into the SUPERKICK! Cover, Dick drags Red Shoes out! Then Dick attacks and CHOKES Yano! Yujiro aims at Yoh, PIMP CANE SHOT!! If fans could boo, they would be booing very loudly!
Dick pushes Yano and Goto into the dog cage! And then Yujiro does the same to Hashi! Dick locks the cage, Yoh is all alone now! Yujiro drags Yoh up into PIMP JUICE! Evil drags Yoh up and coordinates with Dick, for MAGIC KILLER!! They get Red Shoes back in the ring, but wait! Goto kicks the cage door open!? Yano had a spare key?! Chaos hits the House of Torture back with their Bo staffs! Yano puts Dick back in the cage! Sho freaks out but there’s nothing he can do as Yujiro, Evil and Dick are all locked up now! Red Shoes holds onto the keys now, but Sho desperately goes to his friend, the wrench!
Hashi stands on Sho’s hand! Hashi stomps Sho, and feeds him to a forearm from Goto! Mule kick and suplex, for G Y R!! Fans fire up and Yoh rises! Goto sets Sho up, DOUBLE FIERCE FLASH, into a FALCON USHIGOROSHI! Yoh drags Sho up to underhook him! Bishamon get Sho up even higher for a SUPER DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, CHAOS WINS!
Winners: Chaos, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)
Goto, Hashi & Yoh finally dethrone the House of Torture! Okada is proud of his teammates for this one! Will the rest of Bullet Club rethink letting the House of Torture hang around?
As for the winners, Hashi helps Yoh put on one of the belts, and then Yoh gets the mic. “When I was off, things got really interesting in the Junior Division. But right now, NEVER is right for me. This is my first belt in awhile, and I’m so happy to win it with my Chaos senpai. I learned a lot, absorbed a lot, and made history. And I’ll use that in my singles career, as well.” Fans applaud that sentiment, and then Yoh looks to the dog cage. “Hey, House of Torture. How long are you going to be shut in that cage?” Fans laugh, since it’s not really their choice. “Maybe they can cut the lights and you can sleep there tonight?” Fans like that idea.
Yoh then addresses the fans, “Feel free to take a picture to remember this moment!” Fans like that but Yujiro says no! No pictures! Yoh does say that they shouldn’t touch the cage or feed the animals. “As long as you follow the rules, we can all enjoy this together. Isn’t this great, House of Torture? Thanks for the fight.” Yoh has new found confidence with this new title, will he and Bishamon shine bright as the summer heats up?
A very good event to end this New Japan Road series, with a very wild and fun ending with the last two matches. Yano VS Dick was a pretty good match for it turning out to be a direct feeder into the main event. Yano winning was a given, but what a great surprise that Chaos’ new trio of Goto, Hashi and Yoh won the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles. That was a really good match, even with all the shenanigans back and forth. It’s hard to really gauge if the fans in Japan are that into this or not, but they do clearly like that Yoh is being given this chance to rise up the ranks. One day, Yoh could become a singles champion, but this moment helps elevate him and bring the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles back up like when Goto-Hashi-Ishii had them.
My Score: 8.4/10
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