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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (5/3/21)

Raw is ALL MIGHTY!

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Coverage Raw 2021

Raw is chocked full of champions!

The Raw Tag Team Champions AND the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions defend their titles, and Bobby Lashley faces one of his contenders! But will it be the Scottish Warrior or Monster Among Men that steps up?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos VS The New Day; Styles & Omos win and retain the titles.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Dana Brooke w/ Mandy Rose; Charlotte wins.
  • John Morrison w/ The Miz VS Damian Priest; Priest wins.
  • Lucha House Party VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin; LHP wins.
  • Drew Gulak VS Angel Garza; Garza wins.
  • Elias & Jaxson Ryker VS Randy Orton & Matt Riddle; Orton & Riddle win.
  • Open Challenge: Sheamus VS Mansoor; Sheamus wins, by disqualification.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Naomi & Lana; Jax & Baszler win and retain the titles.
  • Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Braun Strowman; Lashley wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw shares footage from earlier today.

MVP met with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville in their officer, and Pearce knows he doesn’t have to remind MVP of what Bobby Lashley said last week. MVP insists Pearce put some respect on the name, “The All Mighty Bobby Lashley.” MVP reminds Pearce that the All Mighty said he could beat Drew McIntyre or Braun Strowman in 1v1 competition. Yes, and so Pearce has a coin that they will flip, Lashley faces whoever it says. MVP checks the coin, and sees that it feels right. But McIntyre walks in and can’t believe this is a thing. MVP said Lashley isn’t worried so why even worry about the coin toss? And it doesn’t matter whether it’s tonight, next week or at Backlash, McIntyre beats Lashley to take back HIS title.

But Braun walks in to say McIntyre is “so wrong.” Lashley will eat his words when BRAUN beats him, just like Braun beat McIntyre last week. Oh, yes, surely Braun convinced himself he won all by himself, no Mace or T-Bar. Braun and McIntyre argue, Pearce tells them to save this for the Triple Threat. Braun, call the toss. Braun chooses tails, and tails never fails! Braun gets Lashley, and promises a preview of the Pay-Per-View. MVP says Braun shouldn’t plan on getting anywhere near Lashley’s championship. What’s that supposed to mean? McIntyre says that after Braun and Lashley beat each other up, they’re both getting one-way tickets to Claymore Country.

MVP says that was poetic but not what he meant. It’s that once Lashley puts Braun in the Hurt Lock tonight, Braun won’t even make it to Backlash. Oh is that so? But now we know which two titans battle in tonight’s main event! Who will be left standing to go strong into #WrestleManiaBacklash?

 

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions, AJ Styles & Omos!

Finally, the PHENOMENAL duo return! Styles and Omos have the belts and bring them to the ring, and they get mics to finally speak as champions. “For those of you who were foolish enough NOT to tune in for WrestleMania Saturday, you would’ve seen AJ Styles and Omos defeat the New Day and become the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions!” And by the way, it was Omos’ first match ever, and he WRECKED the New Day! Omos is likely to wreck them again tonight, here on Raw! But before tossing Kofi & Woods around like rag dolls in a WrestleMania rematch, Styles has a question for the WWE Universe: “Did you miss us?”

Of course you did! They’re the Raw Tag Team Champions, of course the fans missed them! And Styles is sure we have questions for them, like where they went after their victory. They went to party, that’s where! Off the coast in Florida, in the Caribbean, having Pina Coladas and getting sun tans, it was awesome! They have better things to do than throw tomatoes like the New Day. Ridiculous. And officially, Styles is a GRAND SLAM CHAMPION~! He could go on and on about all that, and how he did it in just five years. The New Day has been through a lot, Styles doesn’t want to make them jealous and stuff, but they’re here for one reason and one reason only.

But the New Day enters to interrupt! Styles smiles as he likes the gear. They’re like AJ Styles! Woods says Styles & Omos made a hell of an impact, and that was incredible. Kofi wasn’t even sure these two still worked here but they’re back, congrats on the time off. Bravo. You love to see it. Because this is the work ethic that allowed the New Day to become 11-time champions! Yeah, came and went, had a lack of respect, all that, right? That’s what champs are made of, right? Are they? But look, all jokes aside, they’ve had fun, but New Day will tell you something about them. There IS a reason why they’re ELEVEN TIME champions: Every time they get knocked down, they pick themselves up and dust themselves off, to get those titles back like clockwork!

And as for Styles, he can take shots and jabs if he wants, but here’s the fact: on the greatest night of Kofi’s career, #KofiMania, with family and friends there to celebrate with him, it was a very physically draining match, emotionally draining, and somehow, some way, Kofi was back the  very next night on Raw, not even part of the roster then, because that’s the kind of champion Kofi is, that the New Day made him! Brag, boast, and talk about you won ONE time and somehow had a month off! That’s not the way that New Day rolls, bruh. Omos says this is ENOUGH from the morons talking and joking. Omos didn’t knock enough sense into them at Mania! But after tonight, neither of them will be able to laugh! Or even walk! OH~! Come get this work, New Day!

Well then, hopefully the champs enjoyed the victory lap. Because we’re back to reality. And the reality is, the New Day aren’t just going to be the one, two, three four five so on and so on time, but the TWELVE TIME W! W! E! WORLD! TAG! TEAM! CHAMPIONS~!! It’ll be WrestleMania revisited, after the break!

Raw Tag Team Championships: AJ Styles & Omos VS The New Day!

Raw returns and Styles starts with Woods. They circle, approach, and Styles acts like he forgot something. Styles tags to Omos! The 7’4″, just-under 400 pound tower stands before Woods for the first time on a Monday night! Woods gives kicks but Omos isn’t bothered. Omos grabs Woods by his head to TOSS him! Woods flounders back up, Omos CLUBS him down! Styles loves what he sees as Omos gets Woods up to TOSS him into the New Day’s corner! Omos dares Kofi to step up, so Kofi tags in. Kofi circles around Omos, kicks him in the leg, but Omos still isn’t bothered by it. Kofi tries again, but it still doesn’t do anything. Omos blocks a kick, spins Kofi, and just shoves him down!

Omos drags Kofi up, whips him to ropes, but Kofi ducks then boots back! Omos felt that one! Woods tags in, New Day double dropkick! Omos rebounds to DOUBLE LARIAT! Styles is fired up! Omos dares the New Day to try again, Omos drags Woods up and SMASHES him with a knee! Styles and Omos high-five, but the ref says that’s a tag! Styles argues the difference with the ref, but Woods rolls Styles up, TWO!! Woods ENZIGURIS, Styles falls out of the ring, tag to Kofi! Woods WRECKS Styles with a dropkick, Kofi builds sped but Omos stands in his way. Kofi decides to TRIANGLE TRUST FALL instead! Direct hit and things are in New Day’s favor now as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Woods grinds Styles down with a chinbar and armlock. Styles fights up, throws forearms, and is free. Styles runs but into a mule kick! BASEMENT COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Woods drags Styles up and into the corner, “Time to turn up!” The Unicorn Stomp-ede starts up, tag to Kofi then tag to Woods and repeat! The cycle ends on Kofi for Woods to whip him in, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Omos is frustrated as Kofi covers, TWO! Styles survives and Omos is relieved, but Kofi drags Styles around. Kofi has the armlock, shifts to a top wristlock, but Styles endures. Styles fights up, throws haymakers, and is free again, only for Kofi to KNEE him down! Kofi covers, TWO!

Kofi drags Styles up, but Styles hits a jawbreaker! Styles reaches but Kofi keeps him from Omos. Styles elbows then PELES! Woods tags in and gets Styles by the waistband! Woods reels Styles in, Styles slips out of the back suplex, tag to Omos! Woods rushes Omos but into an iron claw! Omos CLOBBERS Kofi then SLAMS Woods! Omos dead lifts Kofi for a BACKBREAKER! Woods staggers into a scoop, for a BACKBREAKER! Omos has a New Day member in each corner, and he runs to back body block Kofi, then corner to corner to back body block Woods! Kofi staggers in, into the TWO HAND SLAM! Woods mule kicks but Omos stays on his feet! Omos BOOTS Woods down!

Omos roars as he looms over both New Day members! Styles tags in and climbs up Omos! SUPER PHENOMENAL FOREARM to Woods! Cover, Styles & Omos win!

Winners: AJ Styles & Omos, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

Talk about phenomenal! Will it take a team even greater than the New Day to dethrone a team this powerful?

 

Sonya Deville talks with someone backstage.

She understands how they feel, and will take their request into consideration. it’s Charlotte Flair! She smiles as she struts out of the office and Pearce asks what that was about. Nothing he needs to worry about. Pearce tells Sonya that while he appreciates her input and feedback, she is overstepping her bound. There’s a stare down between the two governing officials, are we just one wrong move away from a power struggle?

 

A classic never goes out of style.

Eva Marie asks, “Do I have your attention?” She’s been thinking about where she’s been and where she’s going. Does she have your attention? Good. There are twists and turns in the road of life, but she’s always tried to control her destiny. “But part of that is giving back.” She has your attention, and wants to inspire you. She’s come full circle, “this is Eva-lution.”

 

Backstage interview with MVP & Bobby Lashley.

Luck was on Braun’s side to face Lashley in tonight’s main event, but MVP says Braun’s luck actually ran out. Braun could have a salad of just four-leaf clovers, then eat a rabbit’s foot stew, and still wouldn’t have enough luck to change tonight’s outcome with the All Mighty WWE Champion. Braun is just lucky being in the ring with Lashley, or unlucky depending on your perspective. But whether it’s Braun or McIntyre, neither can compare to Lashley. MVP won’t discount how great and ferocious those two are, they’re “forces of nature” no normal man could handle.

But Lashley himself says he is no normal man. He is even more ferocious, and even more of a FREAK of nature. And neither of his opponents can take this title. You’ll have to pry it out of his cold, dead hands, and even then, Lashley doesn’t like your odds. But he could lose the title without being in the decision, and he won’t let that happen. MVP says the Strowman Express will be derailed, so all aboard the All Mighty Era!

 

The New Day are recovering backstage.

But while they have icepacks, Elias and Jaxson Ryker are lurking with a basket of tomatoes! Getting hit with these was the single most humiliating moment in Elias’ career. But they have a clear shot at them, so it’s time for payback. The trainer leaves, and the tomatoes fly! Wait, they accidentally hit RANDY ORTON!! The Viper had unfortunate timing, for Elias. But then Matt Riddle scoots by and says hey. Will RKBRO have something to say to the Drifter and his follower?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Dana Brooke w/ Mandy Rose!

The Queen dispatched with one #SexyMuscleFriend, but now she must face the other! Can Dana get payback for Mandy? Or will it be a clean sweep as Charlotte pursues the throne?

Raw returns as Dana & Mandy make their entrance. The bell rings and the Flex Appeal stares down Charlotte. They approach, tie up, and Charlotte wrenches to push Dana around. Charlotte still says Dana hasn’t gone anywhere from being the protégé she was. Dana fires off furious forearms! Charlotte shoves her away, swings but Dana dodges to handspring! Dana goes around and around and headscissors Charlotte, to then dropkick her down! Charlotte gets up, gets Dana for a backbreaker then a Complete Shot to ropes! Charlotte stomps Dana, drags her to a cover, TWO! Charlotte is annoyed that Dana is still in this, but she tells Mandy to back up.

Charlotte is on the apron and she BOOTS Dana back in! Charlotte covers, TWO! The count is not to Charlotte’s liking but she drags Dana up to throw her out hard! “I thought I taught you better than this.” Mandy gets Dana up and in but Charlotte KNEES Dana down! Dana hotshots back! Charlotte staggers, Dana turns her around to ENZIGURI! Charlotte staggers but she comes back to CLOBBER Dana! Dana rolls to a corner, Charlotte checks her neck, and then runs in, but into a BOOT! Dana elbows Charlotte, goes up and headscissors, but Charlotte powers her up,. Dana sunset flips, Charlotte STOMPS her down!

Charlotte is getting frustrated as she stalks Dana. She runs in but Dana dodges the boot! Dana fires off haymakers as Charlotte is stuck on the ropes! Dana runs corner to corner to handspring back in, for a back elbow! Charlotte staggers, Dana whips her to the other corner and handsprings in again, for another back elbow! Dana pushes Charlotte down, climbs up top, and SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte survives and Dana can’t believe it! Dana grits her teeth, Mandy coaches her up, and Dana runs corner to corner again for another handspring! Charlotte CHOP BLOCKS Dana down! Figure Four, to Figure EIGHT!! Dana taps, Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission

A valiant effort, but now Charlotte is making her pay for it! But Mandy dropkicks Charlotte out of the bridge! And then runs to KNEE FROM A ROSE! Mandy scrapes Charlotte out of the ring, but here comes Sonya! Charlotte has a big grin on her face as Sonya heads to ringside. What will this WWE official in the Queen’s back pocket have to say after the break?

 

Raw returns and Sonya stands with Charlotte in the ring.

“As WWE official, equal to that of Adam Pearce,” Sonya Deville allows Charlotte to “make a proposal.” Charlotte has to be honest. She was a bit taken aback to hear Asuka has another opportunity against Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship, and Charlotte was again left out of the conversation. Does Charlotte have to again remind us all that SHE beat Asuka’s undefeated streak? Does she again have to remind us that SHE put Rhea on the map when she won the NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36? Does Charlotte have to remind us again that RHEA stole CHARLOTTE’S chance when she took the spot at WrestleMania 37?

Yes, Charlotte has made mistakes, she understands that. She has learned the error of her ways, and is happy to be back. But Sonya can’t look Charlotte in the eye that if Charlotte is added to Backlash, that the PPV wouldn’t be a bigger deal. She’s not done talking, Sonya. Asuka and Rhea can only take the division so far. But you add Charlotte, she makes it that much more important. Charlotte is the influencer of the WWE, the original influencer of the WWE, the most FAMOUS influencer in the WWE Women’s Division! She influences, others follow. it’s more than being a locker room leader. She says something, they do it.

We all know Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, right? And how some of their friends the coattails to become famous? Charlotte relates to that. She gave Sonya the opportunity to be the authority, and she made a courageous and correct decision by undoing the unjustice of suspension! “But here’s the thing, love me or hate me, the division NEEDS me! The WWE Universe NEEDS me!” Charlotte is happy to oblige, but she needs a match worthy of her! Sonya made the right decision once, so do it again and ADD her to Backlash! Sonya, Sonya, Sonya, make that courageous decision. Sonya, be fair to Flair. You got it?

Sonya finally gets to speak and says that is a compelling argument. The men have a Triple Threat match, so then the women will, too. Charlotte has been added to the title match at #WrestleManiaBacklash. But here comes the champion! Rhea Ripley says no no no, hold on. Rhea’s put up with a lot, but this is CRAP. There’s a reason why Charlotte wasn’t in the match at WrestleMania, and it’s the same reason why NOBODY wants to see her in the coming match! “Nobody likes you,” Charlotte! NOBODY! Rhea is confident that she can beat Asuka 1v1 because she already has. And she became champion because of it. But a Triple Threat? Everyone knows how unfair that is!

But Rhea should’ve known that bringing Charlotte back was just a part of the plan. And now, the Empress of Tomorrow walks out! Asuka also says this is CRAP! Sonya tells them to watch their mouths, but Asuka mocks Charlotte as a “whining, crying little baby!” WAH WAH~! But it doesn’t matter to her! She can beat Charlotte, she can beat Rhea, and why? Because she is ready to become Raw Women’s Champion again! Charlotte says this is why no one compares to Charlotte! They get thrown one curveball, and look at them! They’re losing their minds! Rhea is walking into Backlash with a title, but Charlotte will be walking out with it!

Rhea gets in Sonya’s face about this, Sonya tries to defend her position, but Charlotte CLOBBERS Rhea! So Asuka hits Charlotte! Asuka pushes Charlotte out and is all fired up! Fair or not, will the Nightmare be in for a nightmare of her own? Is the Queen going to slip in and take her throne back? Or will the Empress destroy them all and EARN the throne back?

 

Backstage interview with Humberto Carrillo.

Dale Gas! But when it comes to him challenging the “fighting champion,” The Fella and Carrillo have gone back and forth. Carrillo says Sheamus is a “tough guy” bully, just because he thinks he can do it. Carrillo knows what it feels like to be bullied, and he won’t let anyone do it! He’ll keep challenging Sheamus over and over until he- GETS BLINDSIDED! Sheamus mugs Carrillo, bumps him off road cases and tables! He even throws him into a bigger case! Sheamus then tells Carrillo, “Looks like you’ll be in no condition to accept my open challenge tonight. But chin up, there’s always next week.” Has the Celtic Warrior cleared out one contender? Or only lit a new fire inside him?

 

Pearce confronts Sonya backstage!

What the hell? Making the Raw Women’s Championship match into a Triple Threat?! This is beyond abuse of power! Last week, they agreed to make decisions together. Sonya sent a text. They share an office! Well the service must be terrible, but this was an urgent decision that had to be made. But yes, they should make decisions together. Pearce agrees, but are they really going to be on the same page?

 

John Morrison w/ The Miz VS Damian Priest!

The Hollywood A-Lister has tried to stop the Archer of Infamy but has only ended up looking a fool. Will the Guru of Greatness be the one to take Priest to Slam Town? Or will Priest just #HitTheLights?

Raw returns and Miz has a mic. “last time I checked, I am the Miz, one of the most decorated stares in WWE history.” And this is John Morrison, AKA America’s MOIST Wanted, a man so nice you have to say his nickname twice, Johnny Drip Drip! And last Monday, they suffered a sophomoric prank by being pelted by rotten tomatoes by The New Day and Damian Priest! What kind of treatment is that for someone of their pedigree? Forget your opinions for a moment and just look at the accomplishments! A WrestleMania main event; a two-time world champion; a two-time Mr. Money in the Bank; Intercontinental Champion; United States Champion; WWE Tag Team Champion; movie star, reality TV star, the list goes on and one!

And when you hear that, you think about a first-ballot Hall of Fame inductee! An all time great whose accomplishments stack up against literally anyone in history! Cena, Rock, Austin, Hogan… Miz. It is only farfetched when you ignore the facts. But would any of them be subjected to the disrespect he received? NEVER! And what about Morriso- And yet MIZ is the bad guy? He simply wanted an itsy, bitsy, teeny-weeny, bit of respect. R E S P E C T! Aretha Franklin, baby! Now about Morrison- Priest has shown them such disrespect, they have no choice but for Morrison to BEAT respect into him! Forgiveness ain’t good for dripness, and now it’s Johnny’s turn!

But Priest makes his entrance, and it’s time to either get respect or get wrecked!

The bell rings, Morrison waistlocks then headlocks, but Priest powers out to pop-up and ATOMIC DROP! Those are still tender! Priest sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Priest clamps onto an arm, drags Morrison down, but Morrison shifts to get a toehold. Morrison floats to get a waistlock then headlock, but Priest wrenches out to a hammerlock. Priest spins Morrison for a cravat but Morrison throws body shots. Morrison wants a Moonlight Drive, but Priest shoves him to clothesline him out of the ring! Priest is fired up and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Morrison fires off on Priest against the ropes. Morrison whips, Priest comes back to knee low! Morrison trips Priest, spins to throw down forearms, then stomps him before raining down more! Priest shoves Morrison away but Morrison comes back with a SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! Miz is fired up as Morrison clamps onto Priest. Morrison squeezes the chinlock tight, but Priest endures and fights his way up. Fans rally on their screens, Priest gets up but Morrison knees low and CLUBS him on the back. Morrison runs, into a FLAPJACK! Both men are down and Miz is worried.

Morrison and Priest slowly rise, Morrison drags Priest up but Priest ROCKS him with a right! Priest fires off shots, ROCKS Morrison again, and then KICKS away from all sides! Morrison boots the punch away, then fights through a block to ROCK Priest! Priest KICKS and KICKS again, then spins, but Morrison ducks to EDDY GORDO KICK! Priest staggers about, but he punches Morrison’s forearm away! Priest BOOTS, then runs to back elbow in the corner! Priest gets Morrison up, Morrison slips out and shoves, but Priest CLOBBERS him! Cover, TWO!! Miz is relieved again as Morrison survives, but Priest looms over the Guru of Greatness.

Priest goes to a corner, climbs up, but Miz gets on the apron! Priest scares him off, but Morrison gets up top to SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!?! Priest survives and Miz is furious with the ref! The ref says the count was fair, but Morrison grits his teeth. Morrison drags Priest to a drop zone, goes up, but Priest drags him out of Starship Pain! Miz distracts, Morrison rolls Priest, but now the ref is missing the count! ONE, Morrison is angry with the ref but gets the BELL CLAP! HIT THE LIGHTS!! Cover, Priest wins!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall

The Miz realizes he just cost his friend! Priest stares Miz down as Miz fixes his suit, but how will Miz fix his Priest problem?

 

Mansoor signs a Raw contract!

He is officially Monday Night Manny! Sheamus walks in and shows off his US Championship. Surely, we all know Carrillo wanted to challenge for the title, but we know that kid doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Accidents happen, though. Hey, who is this? An intern? Awesome! Mansoor introduces himself as a Raw superstar, just like Sheamus. Oh, just like Sheamus, huh? Mr. Hot Shot, huh? Is that what this is? Well then, tonight’s a big night, huh? Let’s make it even bigger! If Mansoor answered the open challenge and faced Sheamus, not for the title, there’s no better way for the fans to get to know him then taking a Brogue in the side of the head. See you out there, buddy!

Mansoor knows things change fast around here, but he didn’t expect it to be that quick. Pearce says Mansoor will get used to it. Will the still undefeated Mansoor be taking Sheamus up on his invitation?

 

Backstage interview with MVP.

But he won’t let Kayla even start as he says Lashley VS Braun shouldn’t even happen. He still can’t figure out how Braun weaseled his way into a situation where he made the title match a Triple Threat. Braun doesn’t belong! MVP knows that, Lashley knows that, and McIntyre knows that. In fact, McIntyre and Lashley have a lot in common. Their long road to the world title, their ferocity, tenacity and will to win like no other two in the world. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise MVP if Lashley and McIntyre teamed up to take out Braun so they could have the 1v1 match they rightfully deserve. Oh, and watch what the All Mighty Lashley does to the “so-called” Monster Among Men.

 

Lucha House Party VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin!

Raw returns and this match is suddenly happening! Gran Metalik whips Alexander but Alexander runs him over. Things keep moving, Metalik hurdles but Alexander sweeps and covers, ONE! Alexander kicks low, whips Metalik to ropes, but Metalik handsprings to arm-drag! Metalik CHOPS Alexander, whips, but Alexander reverses, only for Metalik to RANA! Alexander staggers to a corner, Metalik runs in. Alexander dodges, Metalik goes up and around the ropes to missile dropkick Alexander down! Cover, TWO! Metalik gets Alexander up, runs, but into a scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Both men are down, Alexander crawls to a cover, TWO!

Tag to Benjamin and Alexander holds Metalik down for Benjamin to get him up. Benjamin scoops and SLAMS, then scoops and SLAMS! Benjamin drags Metalik back up, whips to ropes, and LAUNCHES him with a back drop! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives but Benjamin keeps on him. Benjamin scoops Metalik for a BACKBREAKER, and then the rack! Cover, TWO! Benjamin drags Metalik up, tags Alexander in, and they mug Metalik. Alexander bumps Metlaik off buckles, fires off body shots and then stomps a mudhole in! The ref counts, Alexander lets off, and #PRIMED runs back in to forearm smash! Metalik boots back, then SLING-DOGS him down!

Both men crawl, hot tags to Lince Dorado and Benjamin! Golden Lynx fires off on Gold Standard, Quebrada but Benjamin dodges to CLOBBER Lince! Cover, TWO!! Benjamin throws hands on Lince in a corner, stomps him and knees him down, but the ref counts. Benjamin brings Lince around to ROCK him with a right, then whip him to ropes. Lnice uses the pop-up to rana but Benjamin blocks it! Benjamin brings Lince up, Lince tries to DDT but is denied! Benjamin BOOTS Lince down, covers, TWO! Benjamin drags Lince up, throws more hands in a corner, then whips corner to corner. Lince comes back to tilt-o-whirl and DDT!

Both men are down, Alexander runs in but is sent right back out! Tag to Metalik, Lince springboard CROSSBODIES! Metalik is up top, tightrope ELBOW DROP! Cover, Lucha House Party wins!!

Winners: Lucha House Party, by pinfall

That was Lucha LIT! Alexander is shocked, and he gets a mic to complain to BENJAMIN!? “We went from being WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS with the Hurt Business, to this?! Look at us! No wonder MVP and Lashley decided to kick us out!” But to be honest, they didn’t get kicked out, BENJMAIN got kicked out! Alexander should’ve turned on the weak link, too! Ask yourself this question, Benjamin: How long has he been here getting opportunity after opportunity and let it all slip through his fingers? How many years  does Benjamin have left?

Alexander is in the PRIME of his life, and he refuses to waste another second keeping Benjamin alive. So this team is DONE. What does this  mean for either man going forward?

 

Angel Garza has another rose.

But Drew Gulak asks the “pretty boy” if that’s for him. Oh that’s funny, huh? Yeah. It’s funny that the supposed ladies man can’t even score. And that rose smells almost as bad as Garza’s win-loss record. Speaking of, let’s have a match right now! If Garza accepts, then Gulak will smell like roses. Gulak can smell it, because Garza will shove the rose up his ass! Gulak is confused by the insult, but will one of these men get back on track at the other’s expense?

 

Backstage interview with Shelton Benjamin.

Those were harsh words from Alexander, what is his response? Harsh? Benjamin has survived this long in the WWE because he can take a hit. He’s seen so many bright stars come and go, much like Alexander. The only reason Alexander was in the Hurt Business was because Benjamin saw something in him that no one else did. If Alexander doesn’t want to learn from Benjamin, team with him, take the hits with him, then fine! Alexander’s a grown man, but he will RESPECT Benjamin. Benjamin LET Alexander run his mouth. But if he keeps going, Alexander will be just another bright young star that fizzles out while Benjamin continues to survive!

 

Drew Gulak VS Angel Garza!

Two former Cruiserweight Champions, two former 24/7 Champions, but only one can win tonight! Who returns to former glory in the wake of WrestleMania 37?

The bell rings, Garza takes his pants off and throws them at Gulak to then fire off SHOTGUN dropkicks! Garza hammers away, then snapmares and basement dropkicks! Garza is fuming as he rains down fists on Gulak! Gulak guards but Garza taunts him now. “Is that funny?!” Garza gets Gulak up, underhooks, and lifts for a BUTTERFLY BACKBREAKER! Gulak writhes, Garza grins and stalks him to a corner, but Gulak CHOPS! And boots! Gulak headbutts low and wraps on a sleeper hold! Gulak throws Garza around in the sleeper, then squeezes tight! Garza endures, Gulak taunts him, but Garza fights up to use the corner to swing and arm-drag free!

Garza runs in to CLOBBER Gulak! And another shotgun dropkick! Garza throws more forearms and has Gulak in a corner. The ref counts as Garza chokes Gulak then ROCKS him! Garza runs side to side for the BOOT WASH! Garza pushes Gulak around, double underhooks again, for the WING CLIPPER!! Cover, Garza wins!

Winner: Angel Garza, by pinfall

The Lethal Lothario emphasized the lethal part as he got a much needed win! But he grabs the rose, and does as he threatened! He puts it down Gulak’s pants to then PUNT it deeper! Every rose has its thorn, but will Garza be smelling sweet victory?

 

Matt Riddle finds the Viking Raiders backstage.

Sup, Erik & Ivar! Did you guys catch the NFL Draft? That was pretty wild stuff, huh? But which team do they cheer for? The Vikings? Or the Raiders? Actually, Erik is a Browns fan. Did not see that coming. Ivar explains that they’re the Viking Raiders, as in Vikings who raid. It isn’t two things together. Oh! Then lets raid and serenade some ladies Right, Ivar. You sexy stallion! Riddle then catches up to Orton again and says sup, bro. Orton isn’t your bro. Yeah, he knows, but metaphorically, they’re becoming bros for sharing the same interests and goals. Okay, they need to get serious, but Riddle is honored to tag with him. They’re undefeated! Unde…? They literally had just ONE match.

Orton sighs, and says they should win another one. Yeah! Snake skin, here we come! He’s even working on a logo so- Orton has Riddle zip the lip and “hand over the key.” Will #RKBRO continue to smoke teams outta nowhere?

 

Elias & Jaxson Ryker VS Randy Orton & Matt Riddle!

The Drifter and his follower should’ve been more careful about throwing tomatoes long range. The Viper was a casualty of a food fight gone wrong, but will he and The Bro use them to solidify their tag team partnership?

The teams sort out and Orton starts with Elias. Elias walks right into a kick, then Orton bumps Elias off buckles! Orton throws hands, stomps, and uppercuts, then even a headbutt! Orton keeps Elias cornered as he fires off more, but the ref counts. Orton lets off, Elias kicks low! Elias CLUBS Orton, tags in Ryker, and they mug Orton. Ryker throws hands, stomps Orton into a corner and fires off hands! Ryker lets off, Orton pokes him in the eye! Orton wrenches, wristlocks, and tags in Riddle. Riddle KICKS Ryker, gets a body scissor and Kimura! Ryker powers out and SLAMS Riddle down! Riddle is right back up to get a sleeper! Ryker fights the Bromission off and RAMS Riddle into buckles!

Elias tags in, Riddle leaps for Orton but Ryker catches him! SYMPHO-KNEE HART ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Elias throws hands on Riddle to keep him from Orton, then CHOPS him! Elias fires off m ore hands against the ropes, then lets off to whip and CLOBBER Riddle! Cover, TWO! Elias has Riddle’s hand and bends the fingers back! Riddle endures, fights up to fireman’s carry, but Elias elbows free! Elias ROCKS Riddle, tags Ryker, and they get Riddle up to suplex into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives but Ryker stomps and drops headbutts! Ryker drags Riddle up, throws body shots, and gets Riddle for the slingshot suplex! Cover, TWO!

Ryker digs his knee into Riddle’s back, then drags him into a high camel clutch! Riddle fights up, kicks free and fires off forearms! Ryker knees low, reels Riddle in and suplexes again, but Riddle slips around to ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Both men are down, Riddle crawls his way over, hot tags to Orton and Elias! The Apex Predator rallies, kicks Elias and puts him in ropes, but Elias gets free to hotshot Orton! Elias drags Orton out, but Orton blocks the bump to bump Elias off the desk! Orton gets Elias up for the DESK BACK SUPLEX! Orton drags Elias into the ring, fights off Ryker, and then slithers after Elisa! Elias swings, into the back2backbreaker!

Orton pushes Elias back out, drags Elias back up and in, and just like last week, he tags to Riddle! Riddle climbs up, DRAPING DDT! Ryker runs in, RKO for him!! FLOATING BRO!! Cover, RKBRO wins!

Winners: Randy Orton & Matt Riddle, by pinfall

That’s 2-0 for RKBRO! Somehow, someway, the Viper and the Stallion are running wild in the tag division! Orton still isn’t up for the pose, though. Will that be the moment this team is 100% bro-fficial?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.

What is his perspective on tonight’s main event? Who wins? Tough question. From his perspective, it doesn’t matter, so long as they beat the hell out of each other. But to bring up the giants in the room, so to speak, what are his thoughts on Mace & T-Bar? Ah yes, Mange and T-Bag. Why do they keep going after him? Why did they screw him over so that there’d be a Triple Threat at Backlash? Whose side are they on and who are they against? Why did they ditch the masks but keep the names? McIntyre doesn’t know the answers, but there is an old Scottish saying: What’s far ye will not go be ye. AKA, what’s mean to be will be. And that said, what’s meant to be is McIntyre caving in some heads at Backlash and regaining the WWE Championship!

But in walks Braun, and says he heard MVP talking about how McIntyre and Lashley might team up against Braun. Braun gets it, they think he doesn’t. But he earned his opportunity beating McIntyre last week. There is nothing you can do about that! And at Backlash, BRAUN is walking out the new champion! Maybe. Maybe not. But for now, just get out of here. Will Braun take care of the Rocky Mountain Machine before Backlash even arrives?

 

Open Challenge: Sheamus VS ???

The Celtic Warrior waylaid Carrillo, and then dared the newest signee to Raw to step up. Will Mansoor make his ThunderDome debut in a fight with the fighting champion?

Raw returns as Mansoor makes his entrance! The star of Saudi Arabia is still undefeated at just under 50 wins between NXT, 205 Live and even WWE Main Event. But will his first fight on Raw be his first loss?

The bell rings, they tie up, Sheamus headlocks and throws Mansoor away. They tie up again, and Sheamus headlocks for the takeover! Mansoor kips free, headlocks back, but Sheamus powers out and runs him over! Things speed up, Mansoor leaps but into a fireman’s carry! Sheamus gets Mansoor to a corner but Mansoor grabs ropes. Sheamus lets Mansoor down to grab him by his jaw! Mansoor breaks free and shoves Sheamus, so Sheamus SLAPS him! Sheamus talks trash but Mansoor ROCKS him! Mansoor then rolls Sheamus up, ONE!! Sheamus gets up but Mansoor dropkicks him! Mansoor runs to dropkick Sheamus down! Oklahoma Roll, TWO!

Mansoor hurries to get an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Sheamus powers up to KNEE low! Sheamus gets Mansoor up, puts him on the top rope, and then lets off to CLOBBER him to the outside! The ref starts a ring count while Mansoor is down and out. Mansoor gets up at 5 of 10, in at 6! Sheamus KICKS Mansoor while he’s down then stomp him at the ropes. Sheamus gets Mansoor up for the Dublin Smile! Sheamus then JAMS Mansoor down, drags him back up, and puts him through ropes for Beats of the Bodhrain! The ref counts, but Sheamus gets all 10 before 4, to then CLOBBER Mansoor again!

Sheamus goes out to get Mansoor up, trophy lift him, and TOSS him onto the barriers! Mansoor flops down, Sheamus leaves him behind! The ring count starts up again, Mansoor flounders up at 3. He drags himself to ringside at 5, grits his teeth and glares at 7, and gets in at 9! Sheamus is shocked! Sheamus gets Mansoor up, Mansoor elbows him again and again and again! Mansoor runs, but Sheamus reel shim in! Mansoor lands out of the back suplex, and dropkicks a leg out! Sheamus hits buckles, Mansoor ENZIGURIS him down! Mansoor keeps going, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor keeps on Sheamus with a clubbing forearm, then he goes up top!

But Sheamus trips Mansoor up! Sheamus fireman’s carries, for the WHITE NOISE! Sheamus isn’t done, he puts Mansoor in a corner and goes to the other side. But wait, Carrillo attacks!!

Winner: Sheamus, by disqualification

Carrillo WRECKS Sheamus then DIVES! Direct hit and Sheamus hits the desk! Carrillo does not let up, his fury fires off forearms! Sheamus SHOVES Carrillo into the desk, but Carrillo comes back, only to get a BROGUE! BROGUE for Mansoor, too! The Fella won in the end, but he isn’t happy about it! Sheamus holds his US Championship up, but when will he finally give someone a chance at it?

 

Raw returns to Alexa’s Playground.

Lily is “whispering” something to Alexa and she laughs. They’ve had so much fun tonight. Lily’s a big fan, so seeing her favorites up close was a nightmare come true. Did we enjoy their game? Because they love to play hide ‘n’ seek. But Alexa finds Lily in “peculiar positions.” Lily’s gotten her hands dirty a few times, and her favorite color is red. But wherever Lily goes, trouble follows. What was that, Lily? Really? Lily just told Alexa that a certain someone caught her eyes. Can’t say who, though> That’s their dirty little secret. But like Alexa said before: don’t blame her for what happens next.

Alexa sings, “Lily~, Lily~, what did you make me do~? The world~ goes~ crazy~, just at the sight of you. We have so much fun together, and we’ll be friends forever! But what’s that scream? Is this a dream? Lily, what did you make me do…?” Alexa smiles, but what horrors does she and “Lily” have in store?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler w/ Reginald VS Naomi & Lana!

The Irresistible Force and Queen of Spades have been struggling to keep things together, but so far still have these titles together! Will they pull through or fall apart against the Ravishing Glow?

Raw returns as the champions make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and it’s one more go around for the gold!

Nia and Naomi rush in, Naomi fires forearms but Nia shoves to then pop-up FLAPJACK! Tag to Shayna, Naomi avoids the leg drop but Shayna grabs a leg! Shayna drags Naomi up but Naomi enziguris! Hot tag to Lana, she climbs up and leaps for a CROSSBODY! Cover, TOW! Lana hurries to get Shayna up but Shayna shoves her away. Lana tilt-o-whirls into a Ravishing Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Shayna staggers up, Lana runs in to HEEL KICK! Lana keeps moving, Naomi tags as Lana KNEES Shayna against ropes! Naomi runs in, wheelbarrow to a STUNNER! ROUNDHOUSE to victory roll, TWO!!

Shayna is up, Nia is on the apron, Naomi dropkicks Nia before bringing Shayna over. Tag to Lana but Shayna rams Naomi into buckles! Shayna elbows Lana away but the Ravishing Glow hit the DOUBL EFACEBUSTER! But Nia drags Naomi out to throw her! Lana WRECKS Nia with a dropkick and hurries to cover Shayna, but Reggie distracts the ref!! The ref is late to the count, TWO!! Shayna survives because the sommelier interfered! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Lana rolls back and escapes! Lana wheelbarrows, but back into the KIRAFUDA!! Lana taps, the champs win!

Winners: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, by submission (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Reggie’s presence pays off this time, and the titles stay with the champions! But will there ever come a time when this relationship sours?

 

MVP talks backstage.

“Braun Strowman is one of the strongest individuals I have ever seen in my life! But he is NOT the All Mighty WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley.” This is going to be a match between two bulls that will try and rip fresh from bone! A bone will break, and so will Strowman’s will. In this herd, there can only be one dominant bull, and that is Lashley! MVP and the All Mighty head to the ring, will Lashley back up MVP’s words?

Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Braun Strowman!

Speaking of breaking, there was a time when these two titans had a showdown that literally broke the stage! Will the Rocky Mountain Machine and Monster Among Men make that night look like a pillow fight with what could happen in the ThunderDome?

Raw returns as BRAAAUN~ makes his entrance! The ref makes sure they keep their cool staring down, and the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Strowman powers Lashley towards a corner. Lashley turns it around, but Braun powers him back the other way. They end up in a different corner, Lashley has Braun and he RAMS his shoulder in! Braun swings but into a waistlock. Braun backs Lashley into the buckles to fire off elbows, but Lashley gives them back! Lashley ROCKS Braun, runs, but Braun bounces him off! Lashley is shocked, Braun looks mad! Braun swings, but into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!!

Lashley gets up, MVP tells him to stay on Braun, and Lashley runs, into a STIFF ARM! Braun drags Lashley up to scoop him, but Lashley slips out! Braun clotheslines Lashley out of the ring! Lashley gets up and walks around the way with MVP. Braun keeps his eyes on them, Lashley gets on the apron and Braun BLASTS him off! Braun goes out, puts Lashley back in, and then storms up into the ring. Braun runs to the corner to SPLASH, then runs corner to corner, only to get a BOOT! Lashley runs, and CLOBBERS Braun! Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps on Braun with a chinbar then top wristlock. Braun fights up, Lashley keeps him down with a chinlock, but Braun throws body shots!

Braun gets up, gets Lashley in a chinbar, but here comes McIntyre! Braun still CLUBS Lashley down, but the Scottish Warrior is here to watch things up close and personal. Braun dares McIntyre to do something as he goes out to meet him at the ramp. Lashley LEAPS and knocks Braun down! Now Lashley stares McIntyre down, and holds out a fist? McIntyre isn’t taking sides, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more, and Lashley has Braun in a chinlock. McIntyre joins commentary to say that this is the first time he’s here to see this himself. He’s just getting the ultimate fan experience really. Braun powers up, powers out, and runs. Lashley hurdles but Braun catches him to a choke grip! MVP distracts and Lashley hits the COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Lashley is shocked by that, but he drags Braun up to throw hands! Lashley stomps Braun into the corner, digs his boots in, and lets off as the ref counts. Lashley gets Braun onto the ropes to throw clubbing crossface forearms! MVP says to pay attention to the count, then Lashley POSTS Braun!

Lashley digs forearms into Braun’s face, lets off at the ref’s count, and goes back to dig his forearms in again. Lashley lets off, he gets Braun up to snap suplex him! Cover, TWO! Lashley CLUBS Braun down, hammers away, and claws at Braun’s face! The ref reprimands, Lashley pulls on the jaw, then lets off to loom over Braun. Lashley throws hands, McIntyre tells MVP to worry about Lashley, not him. Lashley backs off to run corner to corner and RAM into Braun again! Lashley gets Braun back up, digs his forearms into Braun’s face, but lets off again at the ref’s count. Lashley gets Braun back up, throws down more hands, then goes side to side to ROCK Braun with a right!

Braun is in a daze as he’s against buckles, but Lashley drags Braun back up. Lashley climbs up, rains down more hands, then gloats. Braun Electric Chair lifts Lashley for a SLAM!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre likes what he sees as Lashley and Braun are both down. Lashley goes to a corner, Braun goes to the other. Braun runs corner to corner to SPLASH, then he suplex TOSSES Lashley! McIntyre tells MVP that Lashley might not make it to Backlash. Braun BOOTS Lashley down, then drags him back up. Braun scoops, Lashley slips out and wants the nelson! Braun fights it off and throws big elbows! Braun scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM!

Both men are down again but Braun is getting up. Lashley bails out and MVP coaches him up, but Braun gets on the tracks! Here comes the Strowman Express! But Lashley sends it into McIntyre!! McIntyre is pissed, he and Braun shove, but the ref counts. Braun gets in the ring at 8, McIntyre is on the apron! Braun turns around into a SPEAR!! Cover, Lashley wins!!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

But now McIntyre gives Lashley a CLAYMORE! This could be just like Backlash as McIntyre aims at Braun! The count down starts, CLAYMORE!! And breaking news from the back, now McIntyre will face Lashley next week! Will the Scottish Warrior get the last laugh before Backlash?


My Thoughts:

When WWE advertised that there’d be the men’s tag titles, the women’s tag titles, and then Lashley VS someone, I thought this was going to be a big time Raw. It was not. The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match was treated like filler trash. Naomi & Lana losing because of Reggie interfering is fine but now in that quick of a fashion. But I get it, Nia & Shayna are defending these titles against Tamina & Natty for a SmackDown related feud, and I of course hope this means Tamina & Natty win, but they really need to treat things evenly between the two sides of the RawDown Women’s Tag Division. No wonder NXT had to get their own women’s tag titles…

The Raw Tag Team title scene, on the other hand, is getting pretty good again. I do like that the New Day’s promo was criticizing the time off Styles & Omos had, because in kayfabe, it was without reason. The rematch was good, but not quite where WrestleMania’s match was. It was pretty clear Styles & Omos weren’t going to lose so soon, but it was also a bit of an obligation. I did like that Raw is working to intertwine the tag team stories, with Elias & Ryker failing to get revenge and instead getting a match with Orton & Riddle. RKBRO is continuing to be a fun combination in their promos and their matches, even with it just being a couple weeks, but I’m sure they’ll get even better.

LHP VS Alexander & Benjamin was rather out of nowhere, but it turned out to be pretty good. Even more surprising, Alexander and Benjamin broke up. Both guys had great passion in their promos, and a feud of these two is actually a long time coming really. Gulak VS Garza was a little less out of nowhere but started over trash talk over Garza not getting the ladies. A little early 2000’s but whatever. Sadly, this is the state of two very talented former Cruiserweight Champions. Shows you how Triple H and his team sees Cruiserweights compared to how Vince’s team does. Mansoor is here now, though, so that’s cool for him. Carrillo still going after Sheamus, too, so I guess Sheamus is going to maul them both with the US Championship on the line.

Morrison VS Priest was a great match, but there’s something even more interesting going on with how Miz kept cutting Morrison off in the promo. There is a break-up coming in the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century, which has also been a long time coming, and I feel like Morrison will come out the Face regardless because Miz was the one disrespecting him and then messing him up in that match. Morrison deserves to be in the US Championship scene and Miz putting him over to get there would actually be a great element to their real-life friendship. But also, where is Keith Lee? Still wondering what’s going on there.

I have mixed feelings about Eva Marie making such a sudden return. She didn’t have the best run the first time, but you have to appreciate she wants to make up for that. Maybe it’s good timing that fans aren’t live in the audience or they might give her grief over her original run. There is good story mixing as Charlotte gets her spot in a Triple Threat thanks to Sonya and how that feeds into this Sonya VS Pearce story. Rhea and Asuka have logical reactions, and Asuka stands tall so she can stay strong in this story, but I feel like that means she’s losing the match. Alexa’s promo was just rife with clues about her first feud on her own, and I think the keyword is how Lily likes red. I don’t want to think it’s Eva, despite her former All Red Everything gimmick, so maybe it’s just about the title and whoever holds it after Backlash.

The world title story was a bit of a mess tonight. Did we really need all these extra backstage interviews and promos? I feel like if Raw can’t give us everyone’s major thoughts in one go, there’s something wrong with the creative staff here. I will say MVP gave a great promo each time because he’s that good, but Raw really needed to figure out how to fill time without being redundant. Lashley VS Braun was a great match, even with how it finished, but McIntyre standing tall here makes me think he’ll lose at Backlash, similar math to Asuka in her Triple Threat. McIntyre VS Lashley next week might end up another case of copy and paste, just proving Raw is spinning its wheels.

My Score: 8/10


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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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