Raw stands at the gates of Hell in a Cell!
Before stepping inside the sadistic structure of steel, Drew McIntyre steps up to the Phenomenal Raw Tag Team Champion, AJ Styles! Will the Scottish Warrior stumble and fall this close to facing the All Mighty Bobby Lashley?
- Nikki Cross VS Charlotte Flair; Nikki wins.
- Jeff Hardy VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Morrison wins.
- Career on the Line: Jeff Hardy VS Cedric Alexander; Hardy wins and stays a WWE superstar.
- Eva Marie VS Naomi; changed to…
- Piper Niven w/ Eva Marie VS Naomi; Niven wins.
- The New Day VS RKBRO; RKBRO wins.
- Asuka VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins.
- Alexa Bliss VS Nia Jax; Bliss wins, by disqualification.
- Elias VS Jaxson Ryker; Ryker wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; McIntyre wins, by disqualification.
- Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & The Viking Raiders VS AJ Styles, Omos & Bobby Lashley w/ MVP; McIntyre & The Viking Raiders win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Alexa Bliss welcomes us to the Playground.
She is happy we’re here to play, but she admits she got complaints about what Lily did. Even she was surprised how far Lily went. Alexa says she had good intentions, but things got out of hand. Shayna Baszler may have stomped on Lily but Lily tried to bring the house down. So in light of her naughtiness, and WWE going back on the road soon, Lily is in time out. But that doesn’t mean Shayna didn’t deserve any of this. Oh hey, Nia, what a nice surprise! Alexa’s worried, how is Shayna? Cut the crap! Shayna will see you at Hell in a Cell! Yay! Alexa can’t wait! Nia asks what happened to Alexa. They were friends. Nia knew Alexa. The real one.
Nia tells Alexa to butt out of her career and stop messing with her friends. Oh? Well Alexa doesn’t appreciate Nia just barging in here with such vicious and disgusting allegations. Nia was never Alexa’s friend. Well maybe Nia needs to smack some sense into Alexa. They’re going to get in the ring, tonight! Alexa frowns, and tells Nia, “I didn’t mean to hurt anybody. I really didn’t.” Can Nia forgive her? Alexa cries, and Nia feels bad, until Alexa starts laughing. JK~! “I accept.” Will Twisted Lil’ Bliss put Nia through some of the Hell she and Lily put Shayna through? Or will Nia squash Alexa and give the scraps to Shayna this Sunday?
Nikki Cross VS Charlotte Flair!
The Looney Lass may be lucky to have gotten wins over the Raw Women’s Champion and the Queen week after week, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Will Nikki prove she’s both in a rematch against Charlotte this close to HIAC?
Sarah asks Charlotte backstage why she’s willing to have this match. AKA, why is she not focusing on Rhea Ripley and this Sunday? Everyone knows those two will have the best match of the night, but Rhea lacks the maturity of a champion. Charlotte will show everyone how it’s done. And while she doesn’t need this match, she does need that supposed loss removed from her record. Charlotte has not poured blood, sweat and tears into this business just so a flash in the pan, whose 15 minutes of fame are almost up, can live a delusion. Charlotte will end Rhea’s delusion of staying champion in Charlotte’s Division. Will the Queen’s anger only get the better of her tonight?
The bell rings and Nikki circles with Charlotte. They tie up, Charlotte knees low then throws Nikki down by her hair! But then Rhea Ripley makes her entrance? The Queen sneers as the Nightmare struts out on stage. Nikki rolls Charlotte up! ONE, and Nikki baits Charlotte into a corner. Charlotte puts her outside but Nikki ROCKS Charlotte first! Charlotte KNEES Nikki down and Rhea smiles as Charlotte dares her to come closer. Charlotte then RAMS Nikki into barriers, and tells her “Watch this.” Charlotte BOOTS Nikki back down! The ring count is climbing, though! Charlotte puts Nikki in at 8 of 10 and follows at 9. Rhea still grins as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Charlotte throws Nikki down, then dribbles her off the mat! Charlotte wraps on a chinlock and thrashes Nikki about! Nikki endures but Rhea looks amused at ringside. Nikki fight sup, throws body shots, but Charlotte throws her down again! Charlotte seethes, scoops Nikki, but Nikki slips out to duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl for a hammerlock and La Magistrol! TWO and Charlotte gets up to CLOBBER Nikki! Rhea says she’ll take note of that as Charlotte chokes Nikki on ropes! The ref counts, Charlotte lets off, and Rhea asks, “How’s the ego goin’, mate?” Charlotte kicks and pie faces Nikki around, but Nikki headbutts low! And throat chops!
Nikki headbutts into a CHOP! Charlotte fires off more CHOPS, and CHOPS Nikki off her feet! Rhea cheers Nikki on in a grumpy way, and Charlotte runs in at Nikki in the corner. Nikki goes up and over to sunset flip! Charlotte stays up to stomp away on Nikki’s stomach! The ref counts and Charlotte lets off with a grin of her own. Charlotte taunts “Princess” Rhea as she hoists Nikki up top. Charlotte CHOPS Nikki but stares down Rhea. Charlotte climbs up but Nikki hits back! Nikki CLUBS Charlotte, adjusts, then boots her for a TORNADO DDT! Charlotte bails out but Nikki fires up! Rhea applauds as Nikki aims from the apron, and leaps! But into Charlotte’s arms!
Charlotte gets Nikki up, stares Rhea down again, and gives kissy face before the FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up, the ring count is climbing again! Wait, Charlotte forgets the count and NIKKI wins?!
Winner: Nikki Cross, by count-out
The Queen is furious and Nikki is laughing all the way to the bank! Rhea laughs pretty well, too, but Charlotte is a sore loser and she BOOTS Nikki down at the ramp! Rhea shrugs, as she figured this might happen. Charlotte puts Nikki in the ring for ground ‘n’ pound, and a Figure Four! But Rhea gets her in a pump handle, RIPTIDE!! The Nightmare reminds the Queen of the real fight that’s coming! But will Rhea be so focused on Charlotte that she’s not be ready for Asuka?
Matt Riddle talks with Jeff Hardy.
The Bro feels bad, having let Randy Orton down. Orton was ringside and Riddle lost focus. And hey, Hardy’s a tag legend, what advice does he have to be more successful? It’s about teamwork, continuity, and most of all, trust. When trust is broken, the team’s spirit is gone. Hardy is surprised he’s saying this, but Riddle should listen to Orton. Orton’s been here a long time, and when The Viper speaks, listening shows respect. Now, Hardy has a match with John Morrison next. He has to go. Whoa, Hardy has four eyes?! Riddle wishes he did! Then he could see super far! Or maybe four arms, so that he could shred on two guitars, or play two drums at once!
Then Riddle and Boogs and Woods and even Orton could be a band! Oh, right, Hardy had to go, so he’s gone. But then Orton shows up! Riddle asks Orton about Elton John. What? Nevermind. But sorry about last week, Riddle wants Orton to know he won’t let him down tonight. Then do him a favor. Don’t be another Orton. Just be Riddle, whatever that means. Does that mean Orton likes Riddle? Nope. Oh, you! But will RKBRO solidify their partnership against one of the greatest tag teams ever?
Jeff Hardy VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!
Speaking of great tag teams, the Charismatic Enigma is half of another all-time great, and #JohnnyDripDrip is hoping to rep for The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century *stare off into distance*! Will Hardy take Morrison to the extreme and render him OBSOLETE? Or will the Mayor of Slam Town take Hardy on a Moonlight Drive?
Raw returns and The Miz is on commentary now while Hardy makes his entrance. Miz says he still feels like a million bucks despite the injured leg because he is still the two-time WWE Grand Slam Champion. But as Hardy gets up on the corner for his signature pose, Morrison uses a Drip Stick to BLAST Hardy in the eyes! Miz tells Morrison to hurry and Morrison gets in! The bell rings and Morrison fires off on Hardy with forearms and elbows and a KICK! Morrison mocks the Hardy’s hand gestures but Hardy DECKS him! Hardy bumps Morrison off buckles, RAMS shoulders into him, then throws more hands! Hardy lets off to hit a corner splash!
Hardy swings but Morrison BOOTS the Hardyac dropkick away! Morrison handsprings and LARIATS Hardy down! Miz says Morrison always has something new in his arsenal! But Cedric Alexander is walking out? PRIMED has beef with Hardy and all “has-beens” but Morrison keeps focus going after Hardy with ground ‘n’ pound! Hardy shoves Morrison away but gets an Eddy Gordo kick! Morrison keeps moving around, brings Hardy up, and whips him to ropes. Hardy ducks the hurdle, stops before the leap and gets the leg trap clutch! Cover, TWO! Hardy CLUBS Morrison down, fires off on him in a corner, then whips corner to corner.
Morrison reverses but Hardy BOOTS him back! Morrison is down, Hardy throws his towel at Miz, then climbs up for WHIPSER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Morrison survives and Miz rants as Hardy goes to the apron. Morrison throws hands but Hardy shoulders in! Hardy gets Morrison up but Morrison lands on the apron to mule kick! Morrison fireman’s carries for a TKO HOTSHOT! Hardy flops down and Alexander likes that as Morrison hits STARSHIP PAIN!! Cover, Morrison wins!
Winner: John Morrison, by pinfall
Alexander barks at Jeff Hardy and “apologizes” to him for last week. Alexander says he should’ve shown the respect Hardy deserves. Alexander grew up idolizing Hardy. But then Alexander watched the match and how Hardy taunted and disrespected him back! All Alexander could see was someone who he was a fan of was nothing more than a sore winner! So the only thing Alexander is sorry for now is not kicking his disrespectful old ass into a retirement home! Hardy responds back that if Alexander is sorry about that, then how about Hardy puts his career on the line right NOW! Alexander takes Hardy up on that, and we see if the Charismatic Enigma can survive, after the break!
Career on the Line: Jeff Hardy VS Cedric Alexander!
Raw returns and the bell rings! Hardy dodges then RAMS Alexander, then tosses him out of the ring to WRECK him with a dropkick! Hardy goes out, puts Alexander back in but Alexander gets a leg for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Alexander seethes while Hardy writhes, and Alexander hurries to cover, TWO! Alexander gets a leg for a HALF CRAB! Hardy endures, Alexander sits deeper but Hardy crawls. Alexander lets off to stomp the leg, then gets Hardy up to KICK the leg. Hardy hobbles, Alexander brings him around, but Hardy hits a JAWBREAKER! Hardy elbows Alexander, Alexander runs in at a corner but Hardy sends him into buckles!
Hardy swings for the HARDYAC! Cover, TWO! Hardy grits his teeth and hobbles as he watches Alexander. Kick but no Twist! Alexander scoops for the MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives and Alexander is furious! “I got something for you, Jeff!” Alexander climbs up top and mocks the Hardy Boyz, as he SWANTON FLOPS!! Hardy dodges and kicks but still no Twist! Jump KNEE, and a NEURALI- NO! Hardy ducks the kick, gives a kick, and hits the TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws his shirt off to go up top and try it for himself! SWANTON BOMB!! Direct hit, cover, Hardy wins!!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall (still an active WWE superstar)
Alexander’s arrogance bit him on the ass, and Hardy wins his own gamble! Will PRIMED ever be able to get past the WWE veterans?
Eva Marie VS Naomi!
No longer all red everything, the #EvaLution will be televised! But will the return be as inspirational as Eva wants it to be? Or will she #FeelTheGlow her first night back?
Raw returns and Eva makes her entrance. And she’s not alone? Is that Piper Niven from NXT UK?! And Piper is the one getting in the ring? What kinda bait and switch is this?!
Piper Niven w/ Eva Marie VS Naomi!
The bell rings and Piper runs Naomi right over! Naomi gets to ropes but Piper drags her up. Naomi fires off hands but Piper HEADBUTTS her down! Piper drags Naomi up to whip her to ropes, Naomi leaps but Piper catches her! And SLAMS her down! Piper runs to BACK SENTON! Piper runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! Eva approves of her protege and Piper drags Naomi up to scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, Piper wins!!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
Piper the Viper just destroyed a former SmackDown Women’s Champion! Eva announces that Eva Marie won? What? She wasn’t in the ring! Is Eva going to take credit for the success of someone else?!
Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose have a photoshoot.
The #SexyMuscleFriends are interrupted by a loud ruckus and walk over. It’s Natalya and Tamina sparring in the practice ring! Can they keep the noise down a bit? Natty “apologizes,” but it seems these two care more about how they look on camera than they do in the ring. And what’s that supposed to mean? No offense, but if the SMF put half as much effort into their wrestling as they do their looks, they’d be the champs by now. Hey, they do take this seriously! They won their match a couple weeks ago, remember? Natty & Tamina were watching, after all. But maybe they’re just jealous that those titles would look better around Mandy & Dana.
Natty says neither of them are going to be champions because their priorities are all wrong. There’s working hard and working smart. And it’s pretty clear that their brains didn’t get them here. Oh, well it seems to Mandy & Dana that if Natty & Tamina didn’t have the last names that they do, the doors would’ve been slammed shut on them years ago. Then bring it! Dana and Mandy kick off their shoes and get in the ring, only for Natty and Tamina to go right after them! The four brawl, security and referees hurry to stop it, but this is far from over! When and where will Dana & Mandy get their shot on the second gen superstars?
Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre.
Kevin Patrick asks him about being locked inside Hell in a Cell with “The All Mighty” Bobby Lashley, in what could be McIntyre’s final WWE World Championship match, and how he intends to shift focus onto AJ Styles. McIntyre tells Kevin that he doesn’t have to say the full “All Mighty” title when bringing Bobby up. In fact, the way he’s been acting, the company he keeps and how he represents the title, Lashley should be called, “Trashley.”
But McIntyre doesn’t need to refocus for anything. Styles is good, and surely Lashley and MVP are throwing back some champagne. But Styles is a man ready to walk into hell. That’s what McIntyre wants out of Trashley. It’s what McIntyre warned Lashley about, both the physical, the mental and the tactics. Scots are known for being strategists. One of their best was William Wallace. Right, from Braveheart? Big Willy as McIntyre thinks of him. But known for his courage, his ferocity and his Claymore the size of the Isle of Man, and known for his big, humongous, gigantic and unmatched brain!
One of McIntyre’s favorite William Wallace strategies was at the Battle of Sterling Bridge. Wallace knew the enemy was cocky, so the Scots were on one side of the river, with a very narrow bridge crossing it. The enemy thought they could just cross over, take out the Scots and Big Willy. But Big Willy waited for half the enemy army to be across that bridge and then ANNIHILATED each and every of them! Why couldn’t the enemy do more? Because the corpses were piling up in their way! But what does this have to do with HIAC? Well aside from the arrogance, nothing, because McIntyre loves that story!
But while McIntyre won’t tell us his strategy, he promises it is just as cold, calculated and successful! And it will make McIntyre WWE World Champion once again! So now, bugger off, Kevin. Will McIntyre honor Big Willy this Sunday? Or is he the one being cocky while crossing the narrow bridge?
The New Day VS RKBRO!
Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston didn’t win the Tag Team Battle Royal, but neither did Randy Orton & Matt Riddle. This has been building for weeks now, will the 11-time W, W, E, Tag, Team, CHAMPIONS~ show the Viper and the Bro what it really means to be a team?
Raw returns as RKBRO makes their entrance. It’s still just Orton’s music and Riddle scooting up behind Orton, but better than individual entrances, right? Orton also still won’t pose with Riddle. The teams sort out, Woods starts with Riddle, and they circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Riddle powers Woods back but Woods uses that to corner Riddle! Kofi taunts Riddle, “Wrong side of town, Bro!” Woods keeps Riddle cornered with the collar ‘n’ elbow, but Riddle switches to a sleeper! Woods RAMS Riddle into buckles, Kofi tags in and powers up, mule kick to assisted Manhattan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Kofi keeps on Riddle with an arm wrench, then tags Woods. Woods CLUBS the arm, tags Kofi, and Kofi climbs to DOUBLE STOMP the arm! Riddle clutches his elbow, Kofi wrenches and tags Woods, and Woods CLUBS the arm again! Woods wrenches but Riddle throws forearms! Riddle ROCKS Woods but Woods wrenches, so Riddle CHOPS! Woods shoves and arm-drags Riddle, then gets a facelock! Riddle fights up but Woods moves him towards the New Day corner. Riddle gets away, still holding onto Woods’ leg, and Orton tags in! Woods gets away, and stands off with the Legend Killer.
The two circle, Woods and Orton tie up and Orton headlocks. Orton grinds Woods down to the mat, but Woods fights up. Woods pries the hold and makes it a top wristlock, to then get a headlock of his own. Orton powers out, Woods duck sand dodges and elbows back! Kofi tags in, Woods baits Orton into a shoulder! Schoolboy and springboard FROGGY-BODY! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Orton with an armlock but Orton pulls hair. Kofi wrenches but Orton knees low! Orton brings Kofi around for EuroUppers, then whips him corner to corner., Kofi goes up and up and missile dropkicks back! Orton bails out but Riddle jumps in, only to get an EXPLODER from Woods!
The New Day has the ring as RKBRO regroups, but the New Day build speed! They fake RKBRO out and laugh! Kofi twerks while bouncing on ropes as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Riddle fires off forearms on Woods! Riddle runs but into a forearm from Woods! Woods runs but into a HARD forearm from Riddle! Riddle runs but into a HARD forearm from Woods! Woods throws more forearms, runs, but into a FLYING KNEE from Riddle! BACK TO THE FUTURE from Riddle! Cover, TWO!! Tag to Orton, and Riddle gets a boost for an ASSISTED FLOATING BRO! Orton stomps Woods, covers, TWO! Orton keeps Woods down with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Woods endures, Kofi coaches him up, and Woods stands, only for Orton to YANK the arm! Woods falls in a heap but Orton gets him up to YANK the arm again! And again!
Orton wrenches, tags Woods, and Riddle KICKS Woods in the ribs. Orton scrapes laces on Woods’ face, then Riddle kicks Woods around before dropping a BROTON! Riddle keeps Woods down with a back mount and ground ‘n’ pound, to an ARMBAR! Woods blocks, turns, but Riddle wrangles him back down! Woods keeps moving, shifts, but Riddle scoops around to keep him from ropes! Woods gives it one last go, has a cover, ONE! Riddle tags Orton, Woods scrambles but Orton stomps Woods down! And then stomps him more, and more, and more! Orton drags Woods up and pulls him back against a knee before wrapping on a chinlock.
Woods endures all over again but the ThunderDome rallies up. Woods fights up, fights back with body shots, but Orton CLUBS him down! Woods fireman’s carries but Woods slips out! Tag to Kofi! Springboard ax handle for Orton! Kofi DECKS Riddle then rallies on Orton! Kofi dropkicks Orton down, keeps moving and jumps, but Orton dodges the stomp! Orton back suplexes, Kofi lands on his feet and hits the LEAPING LARIAT! Kofi hits the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi claps, “New! Day Rocks!” But Riddle swipes at him. Kofi swipes back but Orton gets up. Orton ducks Trouble in Paradise and tags in Riddle!
Riddle fires off KICK after KICK in the corner, then goes side to side for a forearm! And side to side for another forearm! BROSPLODER! Kofi sits up into a PENALTY KICK! Riddle reels Kofi in, ripcord and FINAL FLASH! Riddle goes to a corner, climbs up top, FLOATING BRO!! Woods gets in in, but Orton intercepts Woods with a POUNCE! Riddle covers Kofi, TWO?!? Kofi survives and bails out to regroup with Woods, and RKBRO looks at each other. Orton and Riddle both nod as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Riddle fights Woods off on the top rope. Riddle adjusts but Woods bumps ropes to trip Riddle up! Riddle lands on his bros, but he still fights Woods off. Kofi tags in and Woods hits a SUPERPLEX! Kofi is up top, for a FRGO SPLASH!! Power and Glory! Cover, Orton breaks it! Woods gets up but Orton kicks him and throws him out! Woods stays on the apron as Orton gets Kofi up. Orton whips but Kofi reverses to send Orton out! Kofi catches his breath, he heads after Riddle, but gets caught to a cradle! TWO, and Kofi swings, but into a PELE from Riddle! Woods tags in, steps in, GET OVER- NO! Riddle blocks the DDT to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Riddle seethes as Woods survives but Orton seems to be enjoying this. Orton tags in, Riddle gets Woods up, and they work together for a DOUBLE POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Woods survives, but Orton glares at him. Orton drags Woods up, puts him through ropes, but Kofi saves Woods from the DDT! Orton gets a hotshot, Woods GAMANGIRIS! Woods steadies himself but Riddle tags in! Riddle rushes over and drags Woods up the ropes! But Woods slips under to Electric Chair! Kofi tags in as Riddle fights! Kofi goes up, FLYING STOMP DOOMSDAY! Cover, TWO!?!? Riddle still lives and the New Day can’t believe it!
Kofi mule kicks Orton down and gets Riddle back up. Woods tags in, and Woods scoops. Kofi goes up but Riddle slips off! Riddle shoves Woods at the corner, Kofi leaps over but Riddle KNEES him out of the air! Kofi stumbles all the way out of the ring and now Riddle reaches for Orton. Woods gets Riddle first, but Riddle turns things into a fireman’s carry! Orton tags in as Woods fights out! RK- NO! Woods rolls Orton up, TWO!! Orton kicks low, whips Woods to a corner and runs in. Woods BOOTS him, and somersaults, HONOR- RKO!!!! Cover, RKBRO WINS!!
Winners: RKBRO, by pinfall
Bro! Riddle and Orton just defeated a top tier tag team! Riddle raises Orton’s hand in victory and is vibing, but Orton brings his hand away. Riddle strikes his pose again, and Orton… Doesn’t pose with him. Well, tag teams still take time, right? But will it only be a matter of time before the Viper and the Bro take a bite out of the Raw Tag Team Champions?
Backstage interview with Rhea Ripley.
Could she shed some light on what happened between her and Charlotte earlier tonight? Rhea says tonight is just another example of why Charlotte is the delusional one. Charlotte thinks she’s better in every single way, but the truth is that Charlotte can’t control herself when Rhea’s around. Instead of focusing on the title match, Charlotte is mending her bruised ego. It’s funny seeing someone so powerful crumble. Rhea is going to send Charlotte packing to the back of the line when she retains the Raw Women’s Championship. But right now, Rhea is going to focus on her match with Asuka. So please, go away. The Nightmare sounds ready, but is she ready for the Empress of Tomorrow?
Asuka VS Rhea Ripley!
Things may not have gone Asuka’s way at WrestleMania 37 or at #WrestleManiaBacklash, but she could change the flow of momentum right here! Will Rhea run into a speedbump going into HIAC?
Raw returns and Rhea makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two circle slowly. They approach, tie up, and Asuka headlocks. Rhea powers out, but Asuka goes up and over in the corner to then do her dance. Rhea shrugs it off but Asuka dodges the haymaker. Things speed up, Rhea hurdles but Asuka turns hip toss into takedown and cover, TWO! Rhea has a ghost pin, TWO! Asuka mule kicks, but Rhea throws body shots. Rhea clinches and tosses Asuka into a corner, then takes a second to check her chin. Rhea runs in, ducks a roundhouse, but Asuka ducks Rhea’s haymakers again. Asuka SLAPS Rhea, then BOOTS her!
Asuka runs and clotheslines but Rhea just tanks it! Asuka shoves Rhea, Rhea HEADBUTTS Asuka! Rhea gets Asuka up, has her hair, but Asuka blocks the toss to reel Rhea in for an IRON OCTOPUS! Rhea looks shocked but she endures as Asuka pulls the arm back. Rhea powers out of the hold, fireman’s carries, but Asuka slips around to a SLEEPER! Rhea flails as Asuka becomes a backpack! Rhea reaches back and BACKPACK SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Asuka gasps for air but survives, and Rhea gets up as she catches her own breath. Rhea stands Asuka up for a SHORT ARM CLOTHESLINE! And then another!
Rhea drags Asuka back up, reels her in, but Asuka swings on her! Rhea ducks and waistlocks, then ripcords Asuka back out, but Asuka breaks free! Asuka ROCKS Rhea, CLUBS her, then whips, but Rhea blocks! Rhea whips Asuka, runs in but Asuka moves! Rhea dropkicks buckles and falls hard! Rhea bails out, clutching an arm, but she gets up for Asuka to mule kick from the apron! And PENALTY- NO! Rhea blocks the kick, makes it an Electric Chair, and SLAMS Asuka onto barriers! Asuka checks her teeth and Rhea grins as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Asuka fights the body scissors into a ground ‘n’ pound! Rhea guards, boots Asuka away, and gets up, only for Asuka to duck, dodge and dropkick! Rhea flounders to a corner, Asuka runs in but Rhea BOOTS her back down! Rhea snarls, bumps Asuka off buckles, and then hoists her up top. Rhea ROCKS Asuka with haymaker after haymaker, then lets off at the ref’s count. Rhea goes up top, gets Asuka up, but Asuka resists the superplex! Asuka throws body shots, shoves Rhea down, and adjusts for a missile dropkick! Both women are down but the ThunderDome is fired up!
A standing count begins, Asuka slowly sits up but Rhea follows. They throw hands at 5 of 10 and fight to their feet. Asuka fires off more forearms but Rhea shoves. Rhea runs into a POP-UP KNEE! Asuka runs in at the corner but Rhea dodges. Asuka still follows and LARIATS Rhea down! Asuka crawls to a cover, TWO! Rhea slowly gets up but Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Asuka hurries to get Rhea up in a waistlock. Rhea fights but Asuka ripcords. Rhea turns that around into a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Asuka survives and Rhea grows frustrated. Rhea gets Asuka back up but Asuka BACK HANDS!
Asuka gets around to a waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka runs, SLIDING WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and Asuka can’t believe it! Asuka gives Rhea KICK after KICK after KICK! Rhea wobbles, blocks the next kick, and turns that into a cravat and KNEE! Asuka shoves Rhea away, catches her on the rebound but Rhea forearms! Rhea whips, Asuka wheelbarrows but the victory roll is turned into the PRISM TRAP!! Asuka endures the hanging cloverleaf but rolls to get a takedown! Asuka wants the chinlock and arm, but Rhea gets up! Rhea elbows free, gets behind but no atomic drop!
Asuka headlocks, hammerlocks but Rhea ducks the strikes to pump handle! RIPTIDE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
The Nightmare overcomes Asuka, but Charlotte runs in outta nowhere and CLOBBERS her! They brawl, Charlotte TACKLES Rhea then rains down rights! Rhea turns it around to throw hands from all sides! Charlotte gets up, Rhea puts her in a corner and the ref pulls them apart. Charlotte ROCKS Rhea, RAMS her into a corner, and then lets off, only for Rhea to ROCK her in return! The brawl keeps going faster and faster! Referees and security rush out to stop this! Adam Pearce is here to have them stand down! Charlotte is so furious, she hits the officials away from her to get back at Rhea! Charlotte digs her fingers into Rhea’s face but Rhea kicks her away!
Rhea and Charlotte are each a little bloody but their rage boils over! Charlotte wants Rhea and Rhea wants Charlotte, but the officials tell them to save this for Sunday! Charlotte is shrieking, “It’s MY championship!” And she eggs Rhea on! Charlotte even elbows Pearce away! Rhea BOOTS Charlotte down!! Charlotte is cussing up a storm judging from the mute censoring, and then she rushes the ring! The referees and officials drag her away as Rhea eggs her on now! Will there be hell to pay when Queen and Nightmare finally have it out?
Bobby Lashley, MVP and the ladies keep partying.
That’s what it is to be a champion! But Kevin Patrick walks in and asks their insight as to why McIntyre is facing Styles tonight. MVP takes this. First, why is Kevin so rude? He always comes in without knocking! And why does he insist on blatantly disrespecting the champion? Kevin address Lashley as “The All Mighty,” got that? Kevin apologizes but MVP tells him to shut up, he’s just making it more awkward. And as far as McIntyre VS Styles, how this came about doesn’t matter nor does MVP care. Lashley sure doesn’t care, either. He’s the champ, and this is one of many perks of being champ.
Now, if McIntyre is foolish enough to take on someone the caliber of AJ Styles barely a week before HIAC, that’s McIntyre’s business, not the champ’s. The only thing Lashley cares about is HIAC. Because then McIntyre finally runs out of opportunities to face the All Mighty. Lashley tells us that when McIntyre walks into the Cell, he’ll wish he’s never even uttered the name, “Bobby Lashley.” And when Lashley gets his hands on McIntyre, break his face, and throw his lifeless body around the Cell, just remember that McIntyre asked for this.
Lashley heard McIntyre compare himself to William Wallace. Lashley likes that comparison. Because in the end, McIntyre has committed a capital offense of trying to take the world title. Lashley will PUBLICLY EXECUTE McIntyre, and mount his head on a stick. The All Mighty’s wrath has been provoked, will he eviscerate the Scottish Warrior inside the Cell?
Alexa Bliss VS Nia Jax!
Lil’ Miss Bliss has changed into something almost unrecognizable compared to how she was when she and the Irresistible Force were frenemies. Will her newfound darkness be the demise of the Irresistible Force?
Raw returns and Nia makes her entrance. The bell rings, Nia rushes in but Alexa fires off kicks! Alexa gets around to jump on for a SLEEPER! Nia RAMS Alexa into buckles, then throws her off! Alexa sits up and slithers about, contorting herself as she moves. Nia scoops Alexa but Alexa again gets a sleeper! Nia rams Alexa back into buckles, runs in but Alexa dodges the boot to kick the leg! Alexa drops knees on the knee, then KICKS Nia against ropes! And fires forearms! Alexa is vicious but Nia shoves her away! Alexa KICKS and forearms again, then runs, into a BODY CHECK! Nia looms over Alexa, then drags her back up. “What the heck is wrong with you!?”
Nia TOSSES Alexa to a corner! Alexa sits up again, and Nia shakes her head. Nia runs in to HIP ATTACK! Alexa flounders, Nia gets her up and scoops her for a SLAM! Cover, TWO! Alexa lives but Nia sits her up for a half nelson, then a cobra clutch! Alexa endures as Nia thrashes her about. Alexa fights up as Nia shouts, “What happened to you?!” Nia gets Alexa up but Alexa swats her in the face! Alexa SLAPS Nia, but runs into a LARIAT! Nia runs, but Alexa sits up like the Deadman to avoid the leg drop, brother! Alexa then KICKS Nia down! Alexa gets Nia up, but Nia shoves her away. Nia runs but Alexa slips to the apron and Nia hits buckles!
Alexa climbs, smiles, but Reginald appears outta nowhere! Alexa gets distracted, Nia blocks the tornado DDT, but Alexa dropkicks legs out! Alexa ROCKS Nia, roars in her face, and reels her in for a BASEMENT DDT! Alexa paces about, then glares at Reggie! Reggie scurries away as Alexa climbs. Alexa aims, for TWISTED BLISS!! Cover, but Reggie gets in and drags her away!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by disqualification
Alexa is furious with Reggie and he tries to apologize. Alexa stays put, they lock eyes and… Is Alexa hypnotizing Reggie? He tilts his head the same as Alexa does, and back the other way. Nia gets in the ring and Alexa bails out! Has Alexa planted a seed within the mind of the sommelier?
MVP meets with New Day backstage.
He pretends not to know Woods’ name. Kofi tells MVP to stop creeping. What doe s he want? Nothing! Just curious if Kofi considered what they discussed last week. Maybe it makes more sense after tonight’s loss. Either way, #KofiMania is dead and gone, never to come back. And if he wants to know who to blame- Durr, look in the mirror, right? That’s what MVP is gonna say? No, not at all! You look to the left. MVP asks if Kofi ever wonders why he hasn’t gotten close to a WWE Championship opportunity since? It’s because he’s wasting his career in a tag team with people who don’t measure up. At least in a singles match, you only have yourself to blame for losing. But in a tag match, you don’t even have to take the loss, and yet you are still the loser.
Can MVP hurry up? Woods has to get home and put water in Mama P’s dish. Kofi tells MVP that unless he wants to be picking up his teeth and walking with two canes, shut up and keep moving. What’s the endgame here? Is Kofi to tell MVP he’s right? That he agrees with MVP? Nah, man. Kofi will never say that. Like Kofi has said before, he’ll say it again since MVP isn’t hearing him. The reason Kofi has been so successful here is because of the bond with his brothers. Nothing MVP says will ever change that. So just move on.
MVP accepts that. But he’ll wish Kofi good luck with his match this Sunday. Oh right, they don’t have one! That’s fine. Have fun with your friends. Whatever, just go. Will MVP’s provoking of Kofi come back around to bite him? Or is it going to get in Kofi’s head sooner or later?
Elias VS Jaxson Ryker!
The Drifter ran away, but now he must face the consequences of abandoning his follower. Will Ryker finally wreck Elias once and for all?
Raw returns as Ryker makes his entrance. The bell rings and Elias hits the SYMPHO-KNEE on Ryker right away! Elias fires off on Ryker, CHOPS and ROCKS him, then whips to CLOBBER him! Elias grins as he gets Ryker back up to DECK him! Ryker gets up to throw body shots, Elias knees low then bumps Ryker off buckles. Elias CHOPS Ryker, whips him corner to corner, but Ryker comes back to CLOBBER Elias back! Ryker CLUBS Elias now, bumps him off buckles, and whips him to ropes. Ryker kitchen sink KNEES Elias, and dares him to get up! Ryker drags Elias up but Elias throws body shots. Ryker CLUBS him down, bumps him off buckles again, then CLUBS away on his chest!
Ryker CHOPS Elias in return, and CHOPS him again! Elias CHOPS, Ryker fires off hands, the ref breaks them up and Elias BOOTS Ryker! Elias CHOPS again, runs, but Ryker hits a SPINEBUSTER! Ryker dares Elias to get up again, and then reels him in to throw him out! Ryker pursues to make sure Elias doesn’t run away, and Elias kicks low! Ryker gets Elias up to POST him! The ring count climbs, Ryker gets in at 5 of 10. Elias staggers around, hears it’s 8, but takes his time! Elias decides to run away again!
Winner: Jaxson Ryker, by count-out
Ryker calls Elias a coward for letting it end this way again! Will Ryker ever truly have vindication against The Drifter?
Drew McIntyre VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
Before the Scottish Warrior enters into Hell to dance with the All Mighty, he wants to show he has no fear! Will the Phenomenal One simply be fodder for the Claymore tonight? Or will Styles make McIntyre regret using him as a tune-up?
Raw returns and Bobby Lashley makes his entrance! He, MVP and the ladies put the VIP Lounge on the stage again so that they can watch this main event with their own eyes. Then Styles and Omos make their entrance, being cheered by the ladies as they cross through the lounge. Will the Raw Tag Team Champions be invited to join them? Styles tells Omos not to get distracted and keep with him at ringside. The bell rings and the two circle. McIntyre focuses on Styles and not Omos as they tie up. Styles wrenches but McIntyre breaks free. Styles backs off to avoid a haymaker, and the two go again.
Styles powers McIntyre to a corner to ram his shoulder in, but lets off as the ref counts. Styles whips, McIntyre reverses and Styles hits buckles. Styles still elbows McIntyre away then CHOPS him in the corner. And again! McIntyre blocks the next chop to grab Styles and TOSS him into another corner! McIntyre CHOPS Styles off his feet! McIntyre gets Styles up, whips him to ropes and back drops him SKY HIGH! Styles has a rough landing and McIntyre grins as he walks over. McIntyre gets Styles up to DECK him, then stomp him! McIntyre dares Styles to get up but is on him in a corner. McIntyre whips Styles to ropes but Styles kicks back!
Styles throws forearms, fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but McIntyre dodges the Pele to backslide! Styles rolls through but McIntyre has the underhooks! FUTURE SHOCK! But McIntyre doesn’t pin?! McIntyre stares Lashley down and tells him up his! Lashley gets pissed, McIntyre aims at Styles but Omos bails Styles out of the ring! Lashley is at ringside, but here come the VIKING RAIDERS! Erik & Ivar aren’t just evening the odds, they’re keeping an eye on the Raw Tag Team Champions! McIntyre says he has nothing to do with this, but he appreciates the back-up. Will things get even more explosive after the break?
Raw returns again and McIntyre stomps a mudhole into Styles as the Raiders cheer him on! The ref counts, McIntyre lets off, and Lashley is still fuming at ringside. Styles fires off body shots but McIntyre throws hands! McIntyre whips Styles hard to a corner and Styles bounces off buckles! Styles gets up, McIntyre whips him to ropes and tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO!! Styles is still in this but McIntyre has him in the corner again. McIntyre gets Styles up and reels him in for a suplex. Styles kicks and knees free, then ROCKS McIntyre with haymakers! Styles whips, McIntyre holds ropes and catches Styles for an uppercut!
McIntyre grins and taunts Lashley as he brings Styles back up. The ref counts as McIntyre mugs Styles against ropes. McIntyre lets off, Styles throat chops! Styles gets McIntyre for a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT, and then dumps McIntyre out to the floor! MVP has Lashley stay back as McIntyre gets up. Styles goes after McIntyre and POSTS him! Omos likes that and wants Styles to punish McIntyre. McIntyre gets up and drags himself back onto the apron but Styles is after him with haymakers. Styles gets McIntyre up for a suplex, but McIntyre blocks! The Raiders rally and McIntyre throws body shots. McIntyre hotshots Styles in return!
Styles leans on ropes as he sputters, and McIntyre whips him corner to corner! McIntyre runs but into BOOTS from Styles! Lashley likes that as McIntyre is dazed. Styles drags McIntyre around into a chinlock then a neck wrench. McIntyre endures as Styles shifts to a chinlock. The ThunderDome rallies, McIntyre throws body shots, and he CHOPS Styles! McIntyre runs but into Styles’ SLEEPER! Styles becomes a backpack and he squeezes tight! McIntyre drops to a knee, but he fights up to his feet. McIntyre reaches back for a JAWBREAKER! Styles staggers, McIntyre catches his breath, but he turns around into Styles’ PELE! But McIntyre comes back with a LARIAT!
Both men are down, Lashley and MVP aren’t happy and Omos looks worried. The Viking Raiders rally and coach McIntyre up. McIntyre and Styles slowly stand, and McIntyre snarls. McIntyre rallies on Styles with elbows and clotheslines! McIntyre drags Styles around to a DEAD LIFT BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives because he’s Phenomenal, but McIntyre keeps focus. Omos assures Lashley that Styles has this, but then McIntyre hits a MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre frowns, Lashley paces, and McIntyre gets Styles up. McIntyre hoists Styles up top, throws haymakers, then climbs up.
Styles resists the superplex, slips out and under to trip up McIntyre! Fireman’s carry to an USHIGORISHI! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is still in this and MVP asks if Omos is sure Styles has this. Styles gets McIntyre back up, reel shim in but no Clash! McIntyre back drops Styles up and out of the ring! McIntyre goes out after Styles, MVP again has Lashley stay back, and McIntyre puts Styles in the ring. Lashley steps closer but McIntyre JABS him, then TOSSES Him into barriers! McIntyre backs MVP down with a glare, then goes back to the ring. McIntyre climbs up top and leaps for a HUGE FLYING CLOTHESLINE! McIntyre kips up but Lashley attacks!!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by disqualification
The Viking Raiders go after Lashley in return! They give him knee after knee in the corner, then toss Lashley out of the ring! McIntyre pursues to get Lashley for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! MVP goes to Lashley’s side as the Raiders are fired up in the ring! What’s going to happen when Raw returns from break?
Six Man Tag: Drew McIntyre & The Viking Raiders VS AJ Styles, Omos & Bobby Lashley w/ MVP!
Holla holla, Raw returns and all the fighting is going to be in one match! Though, with Lashley taking his time getting his ring gear on, this looks more like a 3v2 Handicap to start. Styles and Ivar start, and Styles headlocks. Erik tags in as Ivar powers out, Ivar KNEES Styles and feeds him to Erik’s KNEE! Erik roars and drags Styles up., but Styles throat chops! Styles whips Erik corner to corner but Erik goes up and over and comes back with a kitchen sink- No, wait! Styles rolls through and rolls Erik up to then ENZIGURI! Styles roars at Erik and swings, into a waistlock SLAM! Erik roars again, drags Styles up and brings him over to tag in Ivar.
The Viking Raiders tag again so then whip and scoop Styles for a SLAM! Ivar is the human weapon, scoop slam SENTON! Erik covers, TWO! Erik keeps his eyes locked on Styles but here comes Lashley! And he goes after McIntyre! Lashley TOSSES McIntyre into barriers but then backs away. Styles CLOBBERS Erik from behind, then gets him up to bring him over. Erik hits back but Styles tags Lashley in. Lashley CLUBS Erik, bumps him off buckles and fires off haymakers! Lashley lets off to go side to side and DECKS Erik with that forearm shot! McIntyre gets up and is furious, but Lashley covers Erik, TWO!
Lashley tags Styles in, they put Erik in a corner, and Styles forearm smashes! Tag to Omos, and now things get rough as Omos KNEES Erik down! Lashley tags in, and clinches Erik, but Erik fights with elbows! ACE TEN MAO! But Lashley still anchors Erik from his corner, reels him in and hits a COMPLETE SHOT! MVP talks trash that they should never think they can match the All Mighty! Lashley sucker punches McIntyre! But he turns around and Erik ROCKS him with a right! Tag to Ivar, and Ivar rams Lashley, to scoop and SIDEWALK SLAM on the rebound! BASEMENT SPLASH! Ivar roars and scoops Lashley, but Lashley slips out and shoves him to ropes!
Ivar rebounds and rolls off Lashley’s back! Ivar cartwheels to avoid Lashley’s shot, and swings, but into a half nelson! Ivar snapmares free and runs, into a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Cover, Erik KNEES Lashley down! Styles dropkicks Erik, but McIntyre BOOTS Styles! Lashley gets up to clinch McIntyre for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly of his own! Ivar BOOTS Lashley but Omos tags in! The Warbeard shows no fear as he fires off but Omos pushes him away. Omos CLOBBERS Ivar with the shoulder tackle! The towering titan looms over Ivar as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and Lashley rains down fists on Ivar in a corner. Lashley lets off to then throw more hands and stomps! The ref counts, Lashley digs his boots in but stops at 4, just to do it again! The ref counts, Lashley stops this time and he gets Ivar up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Lashley keeps Ivar down with a chinlock and shifts to a neck wrench. Lashley grinds Ivar down, jams his knee into Ivar’s back, then twists harder on the neck wrench. MVP tells Lashley to make Ivar pay for the disrespect, but Ivar endures even as Lashley turns him for the STRADDLE ATTACK! Lashley flexes on McIntyre but Ivar CHOPS him!
Ivar throws body shots, haymakers, but Lashley trips him! Lashley puts Ivar in the corner, throws big elbows, then lets off as the ref counts. Lashley grins and gets Ivar up to tag in Omos. Omos goes corner to corner to BACK BODY BLOCK! Ivar gasps as Omos tags Styles. Styles snapmares Ivar, wraps on a chinlock and squeezes tight. Ivar endures, fights up and throws body shots! ThunderDome rallies as Ivar and Styles trade shots! PELE! Styles runs in but into the SEATED SENTON! Erik and McIntyre fire up for Ivar as he crawls over! Hot tags to McIntyre and Omos! McIntyre sees how tall Omos is for himself as the two circle.
Omos and McIntyre get face to face, and McIntyre shrugs. But Omos choke grips first! Omos is making McIntyre kneel with one hand, but McIntyre kicks at Omos’ legs! Omos holds on but McIntyre kicks and throws forearms! McIntyre backs Omos down but Omos shoves him away! Styles tags in and springboards, but McIntyre gets under! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And another! McIntyre runs in to get Styles in a corner, for a third OVERHEAD Belly2Bell! But Lashley distracts the ref as Omos grabs and THROWS McIntyre down by his head! The Raiders storm over but Omos POUNCES Ivar over barriers! Erik leaps off steps to ROCK Omos!
Erik fires off but Omos grabs him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Styles and McIntyre both crawl, Styles gets to a corner and MVP tells him to tag out. Styles goes over and reaches out, but he stumbles and tags in Lashley, not Omos! Everyone is shocked by that, most of all Lashley! Lashley gets in, to get a CLAYMORE!! McIntyre hurries to cover, McIntyre and the Viking Raiders win!!
Winners: Drew McIntyre & The Viking Raiders, by pinfall
The Scottish Warrior just took out the Rocky Mountain Machine! Lashley is furious but he still has to go through hell with McIntyre! McIntyre says he can’t wait! Will McIntyre get to do this and more to Lashley in their most hellacious battle yet?
I really thought Raw was getting past Go-Home Syndrome. They didn’t shove nearly as many recap packages in this time, and really tried to give us matches that progressed things. But they also couldn’t help themselves by giving us FOUR weak finishes. We got Elias running away to lose by count-out again, we got Reggie disqualifying Nia in her match with Alexa, and then there was the finish to Charlotte VS Nikki and McIntyre VS Styles. The latter two worked to a degree but the others were just bland. Elias VS Ryker was most bland, didn’t need to happen here, could’ve waited until next week’s post-PPV Raw.
Nia VS Alexa was a good match until the finish because of how it played off the story between them. WWE sucks at using their own continuity, but for once they nailed it. And I will say, it is interesting to see Alexa “hypnotize” Reggie. Is there going to be a twist where Lily possesses Reggie? His acrobatics would make for an interesting wrestling style for Lily if that’s true. But I am glad we’re finally getting Alexa in matches again. We should’ve had this a month ago, giving us a better build to Alexa VS Shayna at HIAC. Then we’d see Alexa actually look like a real contender to the Raw Women’s Championship.
There was still some copy-paste with Charlotte, Nikki, Rhea and Asuka, but the matches made a lot of it worth it. Nikki getting a ring count win was great, I really feel like it works for what they’re doing with Nikki. Asuka VS Rhea was another great match, I’ll forgive them for not having anything else because it still works. Charlotte and Rhea brawling after was awesome stuff, too, definitely something this feud and Raw in general has needed. Their match isn’t in the Cell but it will probably have the intensity of one, all the more reason it could go either way. Then whoever wins comes out as a very strong champion with a strong division to face.
Well, a mostly strong division. The most glaring flaw in tonight was Eva Marie’s debut. Granted, Eva was gonna have heat from fans anyway, but wow that bait ‘n’ switch with Piper Niven. And yes, her name is Piper Niven, even though commentary at least pretended they didn’t know her. I guess no one on Raw watches NXT UK and they can’t even be bothered to research things with a quick call to someone. Way to promote your own product, Vince! I swear, if Rhea interacts with Piper like she has NO IDEA who that is even though they were BOTH on NXT UK at the same time… But Piper got a strong debut for herself, so at least there’s that.
Natty & Tamina had a decent segment with Mandy & Dana, at least. The tag champs didn’t say it, but they were implying Mandy & Dana were like the Divas of old, but I bet Mandy & Dana get to show them otherwise on the road to Money in the Bank. I have no idea how SmackDown is going to get in the Women’s Tag Division again with no Riott Squad, no Mella & Billie, no anything, but maybe Mandy & Dana can use “Brand2Brand Invitation” to go over to SmackDown and have the title match there. At the same time, Raw really needs the ratings so the match might still happen over here. The RawDown Women’s Division is really suffering these days.
Morrison VS Hardy was a good match, and Hardy VS Alexander with Hardy’s career on the line was alright. I had a feeling this wasn’t how Hardy was going to leave WWE, but I have a feeling this story of Hardy and Alexander could lead to that in the end. Who knows if that means Jeff joins Matt Hardy in AEW or goes into true retirement to be with the kids. New Day VS RKBRO was an amazing tag match, almost like they were competing for tag titles right there. RKBRO winning was the right move for several reasons, but I like the follow-up with MVP. I really think the build to MITB with MVP, Lashley and New Day will be what helps get Raw out of the ditch.
And that’s especially given how Lashley is totally retaining now. Sure he was still partying with the ladies, but we got a great double main-event out of things. McIntyre VS Styles was great to start, but when the Viking Raiders showed up, I should’ve figured a Teddy Long style mash-up match. The Six Man was great stuff, but they had another momentum killer commercial break just as Omos finished with Ivar there. Omos got to dominate the Viking Raiders but that was a sloppy way to go from the champions dominating to McIntyre snatching away the victory.
McIntyre standing tall here totally means he loses, and then he’ll have no choice but to try for a different title. Well, there is MITB but I feel like someone else could benefit from that, too. Though, look at what happened with Otis and then The Miz. Maybe SmackDown wins the Mr. MITB briefcase given the story with Roman Reigns, and then it’s about earning the shot against Lashley between contenders like Kofi, Styles… Wow, there aren’t that many choices, are there? Too bad WWE let go of a Monster Among Men and hasn’t even tried using Limitless Keith Lee lately. Bring Lee back and that will definitely fix some things.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/22)
BOSJ, round six!
The blocks keep rolling into round six!
Round five was red hot but the Best of the Super Juniors is far from over! Will Hiromu Takahashi still have a leg to stand on in A Block? Who between Desperado, Phantasmo and Lindaman will be EL GANADOR? (The Winner)
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan; Wato wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP; TJP wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Connors wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne; Zayne wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN; Lindaman wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori; Austin wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Bushi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO; Sho wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo; Eagles wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Here are the current standings in A Block!
Taiji Ishimori: 4-1, 8 points
Ace Austin: 4-1, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 3-2, 6 points
YOH: 3-2, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-4, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-4, 2 points
Here are the current standings for B Block!
El Phantasmo: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 4-1, 8 points
El Lindaman: 3-2, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-2, 6 points
Douki: 3-2, 6 points
Bushii: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-4, 2 points
Titan: 1-4, 2 points
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan!
These two champions each lost last round, but the round robin isn’t done yet! Will the Way of the Grandmaster or the Immortal get away from last place?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two circle, they shake hands to show sportsmanship and the fans applaud. Wato and Titan then tie up, Wato waistlocks but Titan spins to facelocks. Wato slips out to hammerlock but Titan reaches back to headlock. Wato spins Titan to facelock but Titan wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato rolls, kips up, wrenches back and wristlocks, but Titan spins and slips through to spin Wato and wrench back. Fans applaud the exchange and Titan kicks Wato around. Titan wrenches again, then whips Wato. Wato reverses, drops, hurdles, but Titan waistlocks. Titan then spins Wato to a knuckle lock and CHOPS!
Titan goes up the corner, tightrope walks, and fans rally as he jumps and bounces and FLYING ARM-DRAGS, but Wato handsprings through! Wato wheelbarrows and arm-drags, but Titan handstands then handsprings through! Titan sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Wato sweeps, covers, ONE! Titan handsprings while Wato somersaults, and fans fire up as the two stare down. Wato and Titan nod and fans rally up. Wato throws a forearm, Titan throws it back. Wato throws another so Titan gives it back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster. Wato gets the edge, runs, but Titan dropkicks him down!
Wato bails out, Titan builds speed, and rolls to FOSBURY, but Wato gets back in the ring! Titan looks for Wato and Wato already builds speed, but Titan ducks. Wato stops, Titan looks up, PLANCHA! Fans fire up with Wato and he dusts himself off before he brings Titan up. Wato puts Titan in the ring, aims from the apron and springboards, but Titan gets under! Titan ducks the roundhouse to fire off palm strikes, a back hand and a ROUNDHOUSE! But he runs into the back elbow! Wato runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge! CALF KICK! Wato wobbles, Titan springboards, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Titan and Wato stir, Wato gets up first and he drags Titan into a waistlock. Titan throws elbows but Wato holds on. Titan backs Wato into the corner, and he throws more elbows! Wato lets go and fans rally again as Titan powers up the arm. Titan runs corner to corner, but Wato BOOTS him! Wato goes up, throws Titan down, but Titan kips up to PELE! Titan then goes up after Wato, drags him out to a Canadian Rack, and brings Wato out for a SPINNING SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Wato survives and fans fire up! Titan hurries to get Wato up and whip him to the corner. Titan roars, runs corner to corner, DRIVE-BY LARIAT!
Wato falls into the drop zone and Titan gets back up on the apron. Titan climbs the corner, leaps, but Wato avoids the double stomps! Titan hobbles on the bad leg, Wato reel shim in, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as each man goes to a corner. Wato roars and he runs corner to corner, but Titan puts him on the apron. Wato blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI, then he springboards! FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Wato again and he brings Titan in for the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and shocks Wato! Wato drags Titan up and reels him back in, but Titan escapes the scoop!
Titan fires off a strike fest, sobat and BUZZSAW, BUZZSAW, and fans fire up! Titan aims from the corner, SUPER- NO! Wato blocks, spins Titan, and SUPERKICKS back! Scoop and T T D!! Tenzan Tombstone Driver!! But Wato isn’t done there! He goes up top and aims, R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!
Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titan earns 0)
Wato wins and is rising up! But can he make the comeback in time for the finals? As for Titan, is he doomed to be stuck at the back of the pack?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP!
Japones Del Mal and Public Enemy Number One both won big last round, but now someone’s momentum has to come to a screeching halt! Will Douki step closer to the front of the pack? Or will TJP dab on ’em as he drags Douki down?
TJP rushes Douki the moment he’s in the ring! But Douki dodges the dropkick, and swings his metal stick! TJP dodges that, kicks Douki and whips but Douki reverses and throws TJP out! The bell rings as Douki goes to the apron, and Douki hits a FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Douki drags TJP up and POSTS him! Douki puts TJP in the ring, but then TJP bails out the other side. TJP gets a chair and the ref has him stop! TJP wants after Douki, he shoves the ref aside, but Douki dropkicks TJP down! Douki takes the chair, stands it up, and runs, but TJP gets in and uses the chair to jump up! RANA!
Douki flounders out and fans fire up again! TJP goes out after Douki and he drags Douki up. Douki fights the suplex, TJP keeps trying, and Douki hits an APRON DDT! Fans fire up and rally again as Douki gets back in the ring. Douki climbs up, aims as TJP stands, but TJP trips Douki up! Fans rally and TJP drags Douki to the ropes. TJP goes out to slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! TJP jams his knee into Douki’s back, then scrapes his sole on Douki’s face! TJP stomps Douki, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. TJP EuroUppers Douki back down! TJP puts Douki in a corner, stomps his leg, then digs his knee in.
The ref reprimands but fans rally up as TJP gives Douki boot washes. TJP runs side to side, for a big BOOT WASH! Fans rally again, TJP drags Douki up and EuroUppers. Douki staggers to ropes, TJP whips him to ropes, but Douki holds ropes to stop. TJP runs but Douki drops down and TJP tumbles out! Douki PLANCHAS TJP down! Fans fire up and Douki gets back up. Douki gets the chair and he sets it up nearby. Douki ROCKS TJP and makes him have a seat, then he builds speed in the ring! Douki DIVES and WRECKS TJP out of the chair! Fans fire up while the ref checks on TJP. TJP’s somehow okay to continue, so Douki gets him up and in.
Douki stalks TJP, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Douki drags TJP up and Gory Especials. But TJP fights off, and Douki spins him around to HELL STAB! Douki runs in but TJP goes up and over! Only for Douki to catch him in the Gory Especial! TJP arm-drags free, spins Douki around, but Douki breaks the dragon sleeper. TJP keeps Douki from running but Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up again and Douki runs, but TJP springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while TJP is frustrated. TJP grits his teeth and he drags Douki back up.
TJP spins Douki, dragon sleeper, but Douki slips out of the inverted suplex! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Douki is beside himself! Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and Douki drags TJP into the wheelbarrow! But TJP victory rolls to the leg lock! TJP wants the crossface, but Douki slips around to get the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But TJP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Douki lets go at 4. Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and he gets TJP up in a torture rack. But TJP slips out, dragon sleeper, SUDDEN IMPACT! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up again!
TJP drags Douki to a drop zone and he points up to the sky. This one’s for Kobe! MAMBA SPLASH into the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls back but TJP endures and fights his way to ropes! But Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN- NO, TJP steps up, slips through, PINOY STRETCH!! Douki taps, TJP wins!!
Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)
The Fil-Am Flash turns things around in a flash, and he has a tiebreaker win over Douki! Will TJP’s 3-3 prove stronger? Or will Douki manage to turn things around in these last few rounds?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Wild Rhino ran through the Nova Fireball, while the Heel Master snatched a win off the Bone Soldier! Will Connors keep barreling through towards the top? Or will Kanemaru wrangle him like he did the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Connors shoves Kanemaru to ropes but Kanemaru stays up. They circle again, tie up, and Connors headlocks. Kanemaru endures the grind, tries to pry free but Connors holds on. Kanemaru throws body shots, powers out, but Connors runs him over! Fans fire up and Connors runs, things speed up but Kanemaru bails out to slow it down. Fans rally, Connors rushes out but Kanemaru kicks low! Kanemaru CLUBS Connors, Connors uppercuts Kanemaru! Connors puts Kanemaru in the ring and hurries in, but Kanemaru hurries right back out.
Connors keeps cool, and he dares Kanemaru to get back in. Kanemaru dares Connors to come back out, so Connors does. Connors chases Kanemaru back in, and Kanemaru stomps Connors down! Kanemaru puts Connors in a corner with a rake of the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru whips Connors corner to corner, but Connors comes right back to CLOBBER Kanemaru! Fans fire up and Connors calls for a flip? Connors drags Kanemaru up, whips him and scoops him, but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls to a cradle! TWO, Kanemaru gets a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Connors knees low! Kanemaru rakes Connors’ eyes!
Kanemaru runs, but Connors goes sideways, but Kanemaru catches him for a sleeper! But Connors slips around to back suplex, only for Kanemaru to kick and headlock takeover! Kanemaru makes it a cover, TWO, and Kanemaru dropkicks Connors down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kanemaru sees Connors go to a corner, he runs in, and BOOTS! Then he reels Connors into a scoop, for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kanemaru goes up the corner and waits on Connors. Kanemaru leaps, but Connors blocks Deep Impact! Connors then suplexes Kanemaru, but Kanemaru slips off and kicks low.
Kanemaru runs, but Connors drops down and goes the other way, to POUNCE! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Connors grins as he aims from a corner and revs up. Kanemaru gets up slowly and Connors grows impatient. Connors storms up but Kanemaru victory rolls him! TWO, and Kanemaru runs, into a POWERSLAM! Connors shakes his head and roars! Connors drags Kanemaru up as fans rally, but Kanemaru fights the lift! Kanemaru whips, rolls Connors up, TWO!! Connors escapes, and he SPEARS Kanemaru down! Fans fire up and Connors gets Kanemaru back up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!
Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)
Connors keeps winning in Korakuen! Is he going to stampede his way to the top of the block? As for Kanemaru, will he go back to drinking his sorrows away?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne!
The Funky Weapon tried and failed to break the Murder Machine, while The Sauce lost to his own tag partner, Ace Austin! Will Taguchi get burned again this round? Or will he stay cool and keep his pants on?
The bell rings and fans rally up, “TA-GU-CHI!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” The two approach, circle, then tie up. Zayne wrenches to a wristlock, Taguchi rolls and wrenches to wristlock back. Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches again and headlocks. Fans applaud this opening exchange, but Taguchi throws body shots. Taguchi powers out, then keeps Zayne moving with dropdowns and sidesteps. But Zayne disrupts the pattern with his springboard knee drop! Zayne then rolls, RUNNING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up as Taguchi bails out! Zayne builds speed, but Taguchi gets in, only for Zayne to sidestep! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS but misses as Zayne sidesteps again.
Fans fire up while Taguchi tumbles to ropes. Zayne shrugs, then he drags Taguchi up. Zayne snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Zayne gets a leg and KICKS Taguchi in the butt! And then again! Zayne drags Taguchi up to ROCK him with a forearm, then has him in a corner. Zayne wrenches, whips corner to corner and runs in, but Taguchi boots him! Taguchi goes up, headscissors, and he RAMS Zayne into his butt! And again, and again, and again! Taguchi lets Zayne go, fans rally and Zayne rushes in, but Taguchi drops down a la Nakamura to dump him out! Taguchi then FLYING HIPS from the apron!
Fans fire up, Taguchi brings Zayne up to put him in, and springboards for a MISSILE HIP! Taguchi kicks Zayne out so he can TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHA! Direct hit, and Taguchi even bows in respect to Shingo Takagi on commentary. Taguchi then puts Zayne in, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” Zayne drops but Taguchi was just faking him out! OH MY GARFUNKLE! Zayne rolls and throws Taguchi away, then ROCKS him with forearms and elbows! Taguchi rebounds but into a leg sweep, and Zayne runs to SOMERSAULT AX- NO! Taguchi dodges, and he brings down his tights!!
But Zayne blocks the hip attack! “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” EH!? Zayne BITES Taguchi’s ass!! The ref reprimands, Taguchi flails, and Zayne lets off. Fans fire up as Zayne runs, but into a HIP ATTACK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Taguchi slowly gets up, clutching his cheeks. Taguchi throws a forearm, but Zayne gives it back. Taguchi throws another forearm, Zayne gives it back. The forearms keep going back and forth as they stand, but Taguchi gets the edge. Taguchi runs, HIP ATTACK hits JUMP KNEE, but Zayne’s knee takes more damage?! Taguchi then gets the leg, ducks the enziguri, and has OH MY GARFUNKLE!
Fans fire up as Zayne reaches out, but Taguchi reels him in! Zayne fights free to scoop Taguchi, but Taguchi sunset flips, TWO! Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS! Zayne hurries to the corner while Taguchi is down, CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, Zayne wins!
Winner: Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)
The Sauce was too spicy and the Funky Weapon misfires! Will Zayne heat up at the right time to take the block? Is Taguchi only good as a spoiler now?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira!
Direct Drive got a huge win just yesterday in the main event, but it’s back to the grind! Will Yoh keep moving forward and show us that passion? Or will Nova Fireball burn him up already?
Akira DIVES on Yoh as soon as he’s ringside! Akira POSTS Yoh, and he fires up! The fans fire up, the bell rings, and Akira brings Yoh up to RAM into the apron! Then TIGER FEINT down! Fans fire up more and Akira gets Yoh back up and in the ring. Akira climbs up the corner and leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this but Akira keeps cool. Akira gets fans to clap, “A! KI-RA!” and he finally takes off his shirt. Akira stomps Yoh, pulls Yoh’s jacket off and then stomps Yoh to ropes. Akira drags Yoh up to pull his shirt off and throw it away, but Yoh kicks back! Yoh throws a forearm but Akira gives it back!
Akira CLUBS Yoh, follows him to ropes, and he CLUBS Yoh against ropes again and again. Yoh ROCKS Akira back! And again! But Akira knees low! Akira runs, things speed up, Yoh drop toeholds and runs, but Akira dodges the sliding kick. Akira kicks, whips but Yoh reverses to dropkick Akira out of the ring! Fans fire up and Yoh aims, PLANCHA! Down goes Akira and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh catches his breath and the ring count climbs. Yoh goes back to Akira as Akira gets up at 10 of 20. Yoh puts Akira in at 12, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Akira staggers away to the next corner, and Yoh CHOPS him again!
Akira goes to another corner, Yoh walks over to CHOP him again! Fans fire up and Yoh wrenches to whip corner to corner. Yoh runs in to back elbow, then he reels Akira in for a NECKBREAKER! Then he gets Akira up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Yoh grits his teeth. Yoh drags Akira into a waistlock, fans rally, “A! KI-RA!” “Y! O H!” but Akira powers Yoh back to a corner! Akira elbows free, runs corner to corner but Yoh dodges. Yoh mule kicks, runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow, victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while both men are down! Akira and Yoh go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes.
Akira runs corner to corner at Yoh, corner clothesline! Then he goes corner to corner again, back elbow! Akira fires up, reels Yoh in, GOURD BUSTER! Akira wants Yoh to get back up, and he winds up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Akira seethes but fans still rally. Akira vows to end this and he drags Yoh back up. Akira goes from the corner, FIRE- NO! Yoh ducks to SUPER- NO! Akira blocks and ROUNDHOUSES, but Yoh JUMP KNEES! Akira SUPERKICKS! Yoh drops, Akira aims from a corner again. Yoh sits up, Akira runs in, YOH SUPERKICKS!! Both men are down again and fans fire up more!
Yoh and Akira slowly stir, and Yoh grits his teeth as he crawls after Akira. Yoh waistlocks and reels Akira in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, gets Akira up again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh gets Akira up again, but Akira kicks to resist the third! Akira elbows back, switches with Yoh, but Yoh resists and throws elbows. Yoh runs, Akira follows, wheelbarrow, but Yoh full nelsons! Akira breaks the nelson but Yoh gets the waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Akira escapes but Yoh fires up now! Fans rally with Yoh and he drags Akira up. Yoh bumps Akira off buckles, puts him up top, and CHOPS!
Yoh goes up to join Akira, CLUBS him, then brings him up. Fans rally but Akira fights free! Akira tucks Yoh in, CHEEKY- NO! Yoh mule kicks Akira away! Yoh adjusts, but Akira is right back up! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives but Akira roars! Akira brings Yoh up, reels Yoh in, SPEEDFIRE!! But Akira won’t cover, he goes to the corner! Yoh slowly sits up, Akira runs in, FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!!
Winner: Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)
Direct Drive falls apart so soon after his big win! Will his passion not be enough to get back to the finals? As for Akira, is there still a chance he can be more than a spoiler?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN!
The ROH Pure Champion won against the CMLL World Welterweight Champion just last round, but now he’s up against another champion! Will the Decoder have a winning formula for the G-Rex Champion? Or will Lindaman rebound and be feeling GLEAT again?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two approach. Lindaman offers a handshake, Yuta takes it, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They circle, tie up, and Yuta gets around to the waistlock. Lindaman wrenches out to the wristlock but Yuta rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks to then spin and wrangle Lindaman down to the mat. Fans applaud the exchange, and Lindaman gets up. Lindaman wrenches, hammerlocks, waistlocks, but Yuta fights and pushes Lindaman into the corner. Yuta runs, Lindaman drops then hurdles, but Yuta avoids the dropkick! Lindaman staggers up, Yuta CLUBS him to the corner.
Yuta whips, Lindaman reverses and then runs in, but Yuta goes up and over. Lindaman comes back, into a scoop SLAM! But he avoids the senton! Lindaman runs but Yuta ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Lindaman. Lindaman rolls through, gets around Yuta, and kicks the legs out to then dropkick Yuta in the back! Fans rally up and Lindaman brings Yuta up. Lindaman bumps him off buckles, sits him down and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts as Lindaman digs his boot in, but Lindaman counts along! Lindaman lets off, shakes the ref’s hand, then stomps Yuta one more time! Fans rally as Lindaman eggs Yuta on.
Yuta gets up and he throws forearm after forearm! Yuta runs but Lindaman elbows him at the ropes! Lindaman CLUBS Yuta, runs and dropkicks Yuta down! Yuta bails out, Lindaman builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up again! The fans rally, “LIN-DA-MAN!” and he drags Yuta up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Lindaman pushes Yuta down again to cover, TWO! Again, ONE! High stack, TWO!! Yuta is still in this and fans fire up! Lindaman brings Yuta up, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Lindaman comes back, blocks the boot, but Yuta dodges the lariat! Lindaman BOOTS!
Lindaman goes up, Yuta GAMANGIRIS and sends Lindaman tumbling down! Fans fire up and Yuta builds speed, to DIVE! Lindaman is sent into the Young Lions and fans fire up with Yuta! Yuta drags Lindaman up, puts him back in, and he gets Lindaman’s arm to wrench and HOTSHOT! Lindaman staggers, Yuta goes up top. CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yuta hurries to get the arms, CATTLE MUTILATION! Lindaman endures and fans fire up, and Lindaman manages to crawl backwards and reach his leg out! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Yuta lets off and is a bit surprised. Yuta drags Lindaman up with a facelock, but Lindaman’s almost dead weight!
Yuta wrenches, lifts but Lindaman fights free and knees low. Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta with a forearm! Yuta runs to ROCK Lindaman back! Yuta eggs Lindaman on, Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta! Yuta runs, ROCKS Lindaman, but they both roar! They both run, DOUBLE FOREARMS! Both men wobble and fans fire up! Lindaman stands up first, he runs again, but Yuta atomic drops! But Lindaman ducks the enziguri! But Yuta reels Lindaman in, atomic drop and ENZIGURI after all! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down again and fans rally! Lindaman fires up and he brings Yuta up to KUMA-
NO, Yuta throws Lindaman down and has the arms! They roll, stand, Yuta wrenches for the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Yuta roars! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Yuta then hooks the arms as he rolls, but Lindaman slips out of Dragon’s Lair to float and deadlift waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta survives but Lindaman chicken wings the arms! TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, Lindaman wins!!
Winner: El Lindaman, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yuta earns 0)
A GLEAT rebound victory for Lindaman, will the G-Rex Champion still have a chance at the finals? Will Yuta have to rework his formula to get that winning combination?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Inevitable comes off a huge win while the Bone Soldier comes off a rather shocking loss. Will the Impact X-Division Champion add to Taiji’s woes? Or will THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion make sure he only owes one golden ticket?
The champions show off their belts, and while Austin brags he’s a three-time, Taiji has him beat with four-time! Fans applaud Taiji’s accomplishment, and rally up as the belts are put away. The bell rings and the two champions circle. Taiji kicks low, ROCKS Austin, then throws haymakers in the corner. The ref reprimands, Taiji whips corner to corner, but Austin stops himself to roll, drop toehold and EDDY GORDO! Austin runs, but handsprings over the dropdown to headlock. Taiji powers out but Austin runs him over. Austin poses but Taiji kips up while Austin runs, and Taiji hurdles to then duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl!
Austin avoids the Mistico to arm-drag Taiji, then hurries to get the DISARMER! Taiji endures but Austin brings out his ace! PAPER CUT! Taiji scrambles out of the ring while Austin hides his ace. Fans rally up, Austin waits on Taiji as he takes his time to come back. Taiji gets in but just slides back out. Austin goes out after Taiji but Taiji gets back in. Austin sees Taiji coming and dumps him out! Austin CHOPS Taiji right in front of the fans, but Taiji blocks the apron bump. Taiji kicks, but Austin dropkicks! Austin kips up on the apron, handsprings to avoid the sweeps, then PENALTY KICKS Taiji down!
Fans rally up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. But Taiji runs around the corner to deny the Fall to Glory. Taiji slides in, Austin rushes him, but Taiji fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Austin! Austin tumbles to the floor, and Taiji undoes the blue buckle pad! The ref reprimands but too late, the Bullet Club Special is in play. Fans rally while Austin stirs on the outside. Taiji waits as the ring count starts, but Austin gets up and in at 8 of 20. Taiji brings Austin up by the bad arm, CLUBS it, then wrenches it to a hammerlock. Taiji RAMS Austin’s bad arm into the buckles! Fans rally, “ACE AU-STIN!” but Taiji CLUBS the bad arm again.
Taiji wraps Austin up in a cobra clutch but Austin endures. Fans rally more and Austin fights up. Austin throws body shots, but Taiji ripcords to RAM the arm then WRING it out! Taiji gets fans to fire up, but they then go back to “ACE AU-STIN!” Taiji gets Austin up but Austin throws body shots and forearms! Austin CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS and forearms, then CHOPS away at the ropes! Austin fires off forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Taiji reverses but Austin holds ropes to stop himself. Taiji runs in but Austin goes Spider-Man to dump Taiji out! Austin builds speed and he FALLS TO GLORY!
Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Austin shakes out the bad arm. Austin drags Taiji up, puts him in, and then steps in to FLYING- NO, Taiji ducks the kick to gut wrench and CIPHER UTAKI! Fans fire up while both men are down. Taiji crawls to the corner, fans rally again, and Taiji grits his teeth as he drags himself up the ropes. Austin runs in but Taiji sends him into the POST! Austin falls back, Taiji gets him up to hammerlock and half nelson. Taiji scoops for the SHOULDER BUSTER! Austin writhes and Taiji crawls back to his corner. Fans rally up, Taiji waits on Austin to stand. Taiji runs in, but Austin elbows him away!
Austin knees, knee lifts, but Taiji ducks the heel kick! But Austin reels Taiji in to RIPCORD SLAM! Then HOUSE OF CARDS! Taiji flounders, Austin aims, THE FOLD!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Taiji barely gets his foot on the rope and Austin can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous and Austin fires back up. Austin builds speed, but Taiji flops down? The ref checks Taiji and Austin goes out to fetch him. Austin drags Taiji up to put him in, and fans rally as Austin goes to the corner. Austin slingshots up to springboard in, but Taiji avoids the flying leg drop! Austin lands on his feet but Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, MISTICO! And then BONE LOCK!!!
Austin flails, kicks, reaches out, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!! Austin survives but he clutches his arm. Fans are thunderous as Austin gets to the apron. Taiji runs in but into a shoulder! Austin steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Austin aims again, THE- NO, Taiji catches him to a dragon sleeper! Inverted suplex to BACKBREAKER! Taiji crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous again as Taiji drags himself up the ropes. Taiji storms over to Wato, drags him up and reels him in, BLOODY- NO! Austin wrenches out, reels Taiji in, but Taiji wrenches out. But Austin NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Austin fires up, but Taiji gets around to MISTI- NO, Austin rolls him, O’CONNER BRIDGE! AUSTIN WINS!!
Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)
Taiji can’t believe it! The three-time Impact X-Division Champion trumps the four-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! And now, Austin leads the block!! Will the Inevitable have a shot at that title no matter what now? Can the Bone Soldier regain the lead with what little time is left?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado!
The Black Mask lost to Douki but the Rogue Luchador toughed it out and got the win on Master Wato. Will Bushi lose to two Suzuki-Gun members in a row? Or can he make Desperado tranquilo on that title comeback?
Desperado yawns while waiting on Bushi to take off the entrance attire. But then Bushi rushes Desperado and fires forearms! The bell rings, Bushi whips Desperado to ropes but Desperado holds ropes to stop himself. Desperado then BOOTS Bushi, but Bushi dodges and RANAS Desperado out! Fans fire up and Bushi builds speed, but Desperado gets in to run Bushi over! Bushi bails out now, and Desperado builds speed, to slide! Bushi ducks, but Desperado avoids his kick. Desperado pops Bushi up to the apron, Bushi mule kicks him down! Bushi then aims, and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi roars!
Bushi drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and he KICKS Desperado in the back. Desperado sits up, Bushi kicks him, then brings him up to throw a forearm. Desperado hits back, they start going back and forth but Bushi gets the edge. Bushi whips corner to corner but Desperado reverses. Desperado runs in but Bushi swing kicks him! Bushi goes up but Desperado DECKS him! Desperado goes out, scoops and SLAMS Bushi, and fans fire up as Desperado gets space. Desperado catches his breath, comes back to get Bushi’s leg and drag him around, to SMASH the leg on the floor! The ring count is climbing but Desperado brings Bushi up and in at 10 of 20.
Desperado drags Bushi back up, whips him out of the ring, and then stomps the bad leg! The ref reprimands but Desperado POSTS Bushi! Desperado takes the medic’s chair away and he throws it down on Bushi’s leg! Desperado stomps the chair but the ref stops him at that. Bushi writhes, Desperado says he didn’t hit Bushi with the chair so it’s fine. Desperado gives the chair back, then puts Bushi in the ring. Desperado SPLASHES the leg, fans rally up, and then Desperado stomps the leg again. Desperado stomps more, drags Bushi up, and he scoops to SLAM Bushi down! Fans rally up and Desperado grabs the leg for a toehold!
Desperado thrashes the leg but Bushi still endures. Fans rally more, Bushi CLUBS Desperado but Desperado rakes Bushi’s eye! KNEE JAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Desperado drags Bushi up. Bushi fires forearms but Desperado knees low. Desperado ducks the enziguri to get the STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi endures as Desperado thrashes the leg around! Bushi crawls, reaches out, Desperado thrashes more, but Bushi gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud and rally up more but Desperado wags his finger. Desperado brings Bushi up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA- NO, Bushi slips out, but the bad leg jams!
Bushi gets to a corner and Desperado shrugs. Desperado runs in, but into a BOOT! Bushi goes up, FLYING RANA! Fans fire back up while both men are down, and Bushi crawls to Desperado. Desperado swings but Bushi ducks and spins Desperado to a DDT! Fans rally more, Bushi rushes in and blocks Desperado’s boot to put it in the ropes. Bushi dropkicks the leg, then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up more while Bushi shakes out his bad leg. Bushi hobbles over to Desperado, drags him up, FISHER- NO, Desperado slips out! Bushi dodges, ENZIGURI! A glancing blow but enough for FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!
Fans continue to rally, and Bushi drags himself to the corner. Bushi goes up, leaps, but Desperado gets under! Bushi’s leg buckles and Desperado CHOP BLOCKS! Both men are down again but the fans still rally! Desperado gets up and snarls as he gets the leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH- NO, Bushi makes it a cradle, TWO! Bushi rushes in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Desperado rolls Bushi around to gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Bushi survives! Desperado gets Bushi back up, reels him in and underhooks, but Bushi fights off Pinche Loco to backslide! Desperado rolls through, underhooks, PINCHE-
NO! Bushi fights it off again, Desperado blocks a kick and ducks the enziguri but Bushi HEEL KICKS! Fans rally again and Bushi gets to a corner. Bushi runs out but Desperado blocks the Code Breaker to LOCO MONO! Desperado runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Both men go to opposite ends, Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Bushi hobbles up to hop on, DESTROYER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Desperado survives and Bushi is beside himself! Bushi drags himself to the corner and gets up the ropes. Bushi fires up and calls his shot, MX!!! But Desperado flounders away! Bushi manages the cover, Bushi wins!!
Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)
The Black Mask breaks even at 3-3, and he brings Desperado away from the top of the block! Can Bushi get past the Rogue Luchador to have a chance? Or can Desperado salvage this before the end?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO!
The Ticking Timebomb has lost two in a row, with Kanemaru and Yoh both going after his leg. Will he be able to defend that leg from the Murder Machine? Or will Sho blow up Hiromu’s chances of a threepeat?
The ref is very thorough with his check of Sho, given his reputation with House of Torture. But then Sho decides to get a chair and wait for Hiromu at the entryway! The ref wants Sho to stop, but where is Hiromu? Hiromu came out the other entrance! He tells everyone to stay quiet so they can surprise Sho. Hiromu gets himself a chair, and when Sho turns around, he freaks out to see Hiromu! Hiromu throws the chair at Sho, Sho shields himself with his chair, but his fingers still get pinched! Sho falls over and shakes out his hands, and Hiromu smirks as he takes off his jacket. Hiromu then gets Sho up and POSTS him!
Fans fire up and Hiromu gets his own scrapbook to SMACK Sho with it! Hiromu has a Young Lion deliver the book to Milano Collection AT-san, then he puts Sho in the ring. The bell rings and this is on the record as Hiromu CHOPS Sho! Hiromu whips Sho corner to corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Sho bails out, and Hiromu aims from the apron, FLYING JOHN WOO, but Sho uses a Young Lion shield! The Young Lion goes down and Hiromu can’t believe what just happened! Sho gets the chair back to SMACK Hiromu on the leg! Hiromu tumbles, the ref tries to stop Sho but Sho digs the chair into the leg!
The ref reprimands and gets Sho to let off, but Hiromu hobbles. Sho complains that Hiromu did stuff to him, but fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” Sho storms over after Hiromu, stomps the leg, then gets the leg for a STANDING KNEEBAR! Hiromu endures, the ring count is starting, and Sho keeps on the leglock! Sho then lets Hiromu go to get in at 10 of 20! Sho wants the count to go faster, Hiromu gets up and hobbles at 15. Hiromu gets in at 17! Fans rally but Sho stomps Hiromu’s leg. Sho drags Hiromu to DDT the leg! Fans still rally but Sho gets the leg in a KNEEBAR! Hiromu gets to the ROPEBREAK, the ref counts, and Sho lets go at 4.
Sho looms over Hiromu but Hiromu CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Sho kicks the bad leg, drags Hiromu up, wrenches the arm, and he KICKS the leg. Sho digs his heel into the leg, wrenches again, then KICKS it again. And then wrenches again to KICK again! Sho digs his heel into the leg again, and fans rally up as Hiromu endures. Sho kicks, KICKS and SUPERKICKS Hiromu down! Cover, TWO! Hiromu clutches the knee but Sho kicks him around. Sho toys with Hiromu, taunts him, kicks him more, but Hiromu eggs Sho back on. Fans rally, Sho kicks Hiromu more then starts slapping him around.
Sho runs, but Hiromu clotheslines him out of the ring! Hiromu goes out and snap suplexes Sho to the floor! Fans fire up and Hiromu gets Sho up to bring him around and throw into barriers! Sho writhes and fans fire up as Hiromu drags Sho back up. Hiromu whips Sho to the back wall behind the bleachers! Hiromu mocking asks what’s wrong, then he drags Sho back to ringside. The ring count is climbing, but Hiromu RAMS Sho into the barriers again! The count is 10 of 20, but Hiromu brings Sho back into the ring at 14. Hiromu then has Sho on the apron, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!
Hiromu grins, feeling much better, as he now drags Sho up. Hiromu runs to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans fire up, Hiromu puts Sho back in, and runs, to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as Hiromu gets back up and brings Sho around. Hiromu suplexes, for a NECKBREAKER! Then dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, but Sho slips out! Sho shoves Hiromu at the ref, then blocks Hiromu’s kick! Sho hands it to the ref but the ref throws it back and Hiromu ROUNDHOUSES Sho! Fans fire up and Hiromu hugs the ref for the assist. But Sho uses that to shove them both down! GERMAN SUPLEX on Hiromu!
Sho laughs but fans rally up as Sho goes to his corner. Sho brings out his friend, the wrench! Hiromu staggers up, but he SUPERKICKS Sho first! Hiromu roars, fans fire up, and Hiromu gets Sho up to fireman’s carry! But Sho slips off, ducks the elbows, but Hiromu spins Sho to a RAN- NO! Sho blocks the rana to get Hiromu up, POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Sho still laughs because he feels he has Hiromu right where he wants him! Fans rally up but Sho drags Hiromu into the straitjacket, but Hiromu RANAS the piledriver, into D!! Sho flails and reaches out, but Hiromu has him caught! Sho reaches for the ref, but then he deadlifts Hiromu, but Hiromu pulls the arm harder!
Sho fades, he’s back on the mat! The ref checks, Sho is still conscious! Wait, EVIL drags the ref out of the ring!! The House of Torture strikes again! Hiromu lets go of Sho, thinking he’s won, but then wonders where the ref went. Sho gets something from under the ring? Evil gets in, but Hiromu dodges to SUPERKICK! And D!! Evil is caught but it won’t matter if he passes out! Sho fits whatever that plate is inside his boot! Evil is fading, Hiromu lets him go and kicks him out. Sho gets back in, Hiromu brings him up but Sho KICKS the bad leg with his loaded boot!! Then KICKS again and again and again! Sho steps through, ties up the legs, FIGURE FOUR KNEEBAR! Hiromu taps, Sho wins!!
Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)
Young Lions get in to make Sho stop torturing Hiromu! The Murder Machine may have just ended Hiromu’s chances at the threepeat! Is there no way Hiromu can take the block with what his leg’s been through? Is Sho going to add insult to injury by going to the finals in his place?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo!
The Sniper of the Skies was shot down by the Fil-Am Flash while the Headbanga got one over on Lindaman. Will Eagles reload and fire back up? Or will ELP maintain momentum and lead the pack?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. “EA-GEL-SU!” “E L P!” Eagles encourages them to get louder and faster and the fans oblige. ELP and Eagles tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. They go again, are in another deadlock, but ELP uses leverage to push Eagles to ropes. Eagles turns things around but then so does ELP, and they go along the ropes, in a corner then out of the corner to another corner. Red Shoes calls the break, ELP lets off and Eagles pats him on the shoulder. But then ELP throws a forearm! Eagles hits ELP back, ELP hits Eagles again, and the forearms go back and forth.
Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, but ELP knees low! ELP headlocks, grinds, but Eagles powers out. ELP runs Eagles over, and fans cheer as ELP flexes. ELP runs, Eagles stays low, but ELP steps on him and struts. Fans rally as he adds a little pizazz to it, but Eagles gets up and tells him “SUCK IT!” ELP runs in but Eagles trips him up, runs and handsprings over the dropdown to strut. Fans rally as Eagles speeds it up, and then still tells ELP to “SUCK IT!” ELP rushes in but into a headlock takeover! ELP headscissors, Eagles kips free, but ELP sweeps to cover. ONE, but ELP jumps Eagles’ sweep to body scissor and roll, TWO!
Eagles sits on the cover, TWO! Eagles rolls through the sunset to jackknife, TWO as ELP bridges up! ELP spins Eagles to the backslide, TWO! Both men stand again, Eagles steps forward for ropes, but ELP swings him around. Eagles uses that to go up and around and arm-drag ELP away! Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! ELP gets up but into the WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up and ELP bails out, fans fire up as Eagles builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the Young Lions manage to stop them from crashing into the crowd, for the most part. Fans fire up and Eagles roars! Red Shoes checks on ELP, he’s okay to continue, so Eagles brings him up.
Eagles CHOPS ELP off his feet, fans rally more, and Eagles brings ELP up to CHOP again. ELP staggers and flops, but Eagles drags ELP up again. ELP CHOPS back, throws forearms, then he rakes the eyes! And gives PURPLE NURPLES! ELP ROCKS Eagles with a forearm, then he puts some stank on his hand, but Eagles SOBATS first! Eagles cravats and uses the post, but ELP blocks the Shiranui! LAWN DART INTO THE POST! Fans rally up while both men are down and Red Shoes checks Eagles. ELP staggers up, he takes the doctor’s chair away just like Desperado earlier, and he sets it down. ELP brings Eagles up to DDT onto the chair!
Both men writhe but ELP gets in at 12 of 20! Eagles gets up at 15, and springs in at 17! Fans fire up but ELP covers. Red Shoes refuses to count and ELP says no fair, he hurt himself on the DDT, too. ELP stands Eagles up in the corner and CHOPS him! And then CHOPS again! ELP brings Eagles along by his ear and has him in another corner. Eagles dodges the chop, but ELP dodges back to CLAW Eagles’ back! ELP puts Eagles in a Tree of Woe, digs his knee into Eagles’ neck, then runs corner to corner and back again, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up, ELP goes corner to corner again, and he rallies up the fans as he aims.
ELP runs back in, for a HESITATION DROPKICK! Eagles falls out of the Tree, ELP covers, TWO! ELP is annoyed, he drags Eagles up and suplexes, and he holds Eagles for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP is annoyed again. ELP pushes Eagles around, CLAWS his back, and Eagles writhes. ELP drags Eagles up to DECK him! ELP brings Eagles up again to DECK him again. Fans rally up, ELP ROCKS Eagles to a corner. ELP whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but ELP goes up and over and rolls and then ducks and dodges to springboard, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
LIONSAULT, but Eagles bails out! ELP lands on his feet and builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Eagles falls against Young Lions again! Fans fire up and ELP gets Eagles in the ring. ELP builds speed again and FLIES! ELP takes Eagles down but lands pretty hard himself! Fans fire up for the daredevil tope but Red Shoes checks on ELP. ELP manages to get up and he tells fans to move aside for a moment. He grabs up all their chairs, and then has more fans move aside! ELP BUZZSAWS Eagles, then goes to the corner?! ELP climbs the corner?! Fans are thunderous as ELP is up top, for a tightrope walk, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!
BUT EAGLES MOVES! ELP manages to land on his feet but he still tumbles and crashes into the Young Lions! ELP clutches his leg, Eagles hurries and DOUBLE KNEES ELP against the barriers!! Fans are stunned and Red Shoes checks again. Fans rally back up while Eagles shakes out his legs. ELP sputters and is somehow okay! Eagles gets up and into the ring, and the ring count starts. ELP flounders up at 4 of 20, drags himself up at 6, but flops over at 9! He gets back up again at 12, flounders around at 15 of 20, hobbles up at 16, and bumps against the apron at 18! ELP springs back in at 19.9!! Eagles is shocked, but he hurries to kick the leg!
Eagles hits a SPINNING TOEHOLD, then gets ELP around to trap an arm and grab the legs! INDIAN DEATH- STOMP! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!! ELP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go quickly, ELP gets to a corner. Eagles is after him as fans rally, and Eagles stomps him. Eagles whips corner to corner but ELP falls over from the bad leg. Fans rally, Eagles aims from a corner and runs corner to corner, DOUBLE- NO! ELP blocks and puts Eagles outside. Eagles blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI ELP down! Eagles springboards, to dropkick the legs out! ELP writhes, Eagles gets the legs, RON MILLER SPECIAL! ROPEBREAK!!
Eagles lets ELP go again and fans are thunderous! Eagles drags ELP around to stand him up. ELP fights off the backpack to straitjacket, but he can’t lift for the torture rack! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS, but ELP ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! ELP clutches his leg, grits his teeth, and crawls his way over to bring Eagles up. Eagles SLAPS ELP, ELP SLAPS Eagles. They SLAP each other, it’s becoming a SLAP fight! Fans rally and the slaps become forearms! ELP hits first, Eagles hits back. ELP stands up and throws off the elbow pads. Eagles eggs ELP on and ELP throws a big elbow!
ELP eggs Eagles on but Eagles gives that elbow back! ELP staggers, but comes back to slap again. Eagles slaps, they slap and slap and then stare down. The haymakers start flying and fans fire up! They slow down, but ELP slaps. Eagle SLAPS, they double SLAP, Eagles ducks to SLAP! Eagles runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!? Eagles then dodges and LARIATS! ELP stays up to LARIAT again!! Fans are electric while both men are down! ELP drags Eagles up and in, hooks the arms, but Eagles back drops free and sits down! TWO, Eagles slips around to backslide, TWO! Eagles rolls ELP and wants the leg, but ELP kicks him away!
Eagles hotshots off ropes, ELP rolls but with tights! Red Shoes sees that clearly and ELP feels stupid for not being more careful! Fans rally, ELP CHOPS Eagles, then tries the torture rack again. ELP gets Eagles up but Eagles lands out of the throw to kick the bad leg! SUPER- NO! ELP blocks the kick to CHOP, and tuck! ELP steals TURBO BACKPACK!! Cover, TWO!!! Eagles survives his own move and ELP is furious! ELP gets to a corner and fans are thunderous again! ELP flounders with the bad leg but he still works to climb! ELP shakes out the bad leg, gets to the top, and 450 FLOPS!! Eagles manages to dodge another stolen move!
Wait! Eagles straitjackets and torture racks! But Eagles doesn’t spin or swing, it’s a BURNING HAMMER!! Fans are electric again and Eagles drags ELP to the drop zone. Eagles goes up now, to steal THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! ELP survives the stolen move, but Eagles hurries to bring him up! ELP is dead weight but fans are rallying! Eagles gets ELP up, SUDDEN DEATH OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Well, of course, it’s sudden! ELP drags himself over to cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as ELP slashes his throat and vows to end this! ELP hauls Eagles up, tucks the arms, but his leg won’t let him lift Eagles!
Fans rally more, ELP shakes out his bad leg and he brings kneepads down. ELP gives Eagles some Kowata Kicks, then reels Eagles back in. ELP tucks the arms, gets Eagles up, but Eagles RANAS to a cover! TWO!!! Fans are electric again as ELP staggers up! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! PELE!! Eagles roars, gets ELP up, SHIRANUI, but ELP slips free! Eagles blocks the elbow, spins ELP, underhoosk for a TIGER DRIVER! High stack, TWO, into THE RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! ELP flails, reaches out, fans are thunderous, ROPEBREAK!! Eagles lets go and he drags ELP back to a drop zone.
Fans are thunderous, Eagles goes up, but ELP trips him! And then ENZIGURIS! Eagles flops onto the ropes, ELP goes up top and he drags Eagles back. ELP has a torture rack, for a SUPER SWINGING NECKBREAKER!!! Fans are electric all over again as ELP drags Eagles back up, tucks the arms back in, C R II!!! But the bad leg is slowing ELP down! ELP pushes Eagles to the cover, TWO!?!?! HOW?!?! The fans are volcanic and ELP is in shock! Eagles and ELP go to opposite ends, Eagles flounders around, and ELP takes aim. ELP runs in, to KNEE Eagles against ropes! Not quite V-Trigger but good enough with one leg!
ELP hoists Eagles up with an Electric Chair Lift, he wants to tuck Eagles in! But Eagles slips off to POISON-RANA!!! ELP is down and the fans are rallying again! Eagles goes up, to 450 SPLASH the legs! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!! ELP flails, TAPS, Eagles wins!!!
Winner: Robbie Eagles, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)
This was only the main event of round six, yet this was almost like a BOSJ finals! ELP may only have two losses, but is this one big enough to derail his run? As for Eagles, he gets the mic, and gets fans to clap, “EA-GEL-SU!” Eagles tells ELP, “I may hate you, but thank you for bringing out the best in me.” Fans cheer that sentiment after what we just saw. But ELP still flips Eagles off, he’s a sore loser. Eagles says he does hate ELP, but he loves Korakuen Hall! Eagles says this is his first time winning a singles match main event in NJPW, and for that, he is so proud! Fans applaud, that is a great accomplishment.
Eagles says, “Get used to this. Get used to this sight. Robbie Eagles, main event, with his arm raised high in victory. Now there’s still plenty more of the tournament to go, so I’ll rest up, put this ice on my neck, my head, sit in the bath with ice if I need to, but I will recover, and I will go on to get to the finals in the Budokan.” Eagles can’t wait until the fans can all say, “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” Fans clap along with that, as well as, “ROBBIE! OI! ROBBIE! OI!”
Fans applaud, and Eagles says, “It’s my dream to hear you all chant again. But just to leave you with one last message, to thank you all for the support you’ve given me…” And in Japanese, Eagles says, “Thank you for believing in me.” Fans applaud, will their support be the wind under Eagles’ wings that lifts him to the top?
Here are the current standings in A Block!
Ace Austin: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 3-3, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-4, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-5, 2 points
Here are the current standings for B Block!
El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-2, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-3, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-3, 6 points
TJP: 3-3, 6 points
Douki: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
Titan: 1-5, 2 points
What a night for NJPW and the BOSJ! This was awesome stuff, especially with some great surprise results. They’re really keeping us guessing on who is taking these blocks. Well, for the most part. Titan and Wato are both pretty far back, but I am surprised Wato won here. I didn’t expect Titan to take as many losses as he has, but maybe they’re planning him to be a big spoiler in the final round. TJP winning was more expected and Douki is still an outside shot, but I think he’ll serve a similar role of just being a final round spoiler. Connors gets another great win, I think he’s been winning since they all arrived in Korakuen. However, he hits a really strong part of the block these final three rounds, he might not keep the streak going.
Taguchi VS Zayne was genius stuff from a comedic standpoint but that’s how Taguchi is. Did not think Zayne would bite Taguchi’s butt, but thankfully for all, the red undies were in the way. Zayne winning makes sense, though, stays just outside the top. Akira winning was also a surprise with Yoh having the main event win last night. The fans kept with the “A! KI-RA!” rhythm more than I thought, too, so I wonder how the Japan audience feels about Yoh. Great match out of Yuta and Lindaman, and Lindaman wins to stay strong near the top. Austin beating Taiji and being the only 5-1 entry was a great surprise. I would be quite surprised if someone from outside NJPW got to the finals.
Bushi beating Desperado was another great surprise, especially with Desperado VS Douki being the very next round. Douki beat Bushi, so if Douki were to beat Desperado, he’d be ahead of both of them and that’d be nuts. As for Hiromu, he’s only going to make the finals if he wins all three remaining rounds and Sho and Yoh each lose before the ninth. Sho and Yoh each have a win over him, so those two meeting in the last round is even bigger now. And then regardless of standings in the block, Eagles VS ELP was an awesome match. That was probably match of the tournament so far, really puts pressure on ELP to win the rest of his matches, this is going to be quite the home stretch.
My Score: 9.1/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 5.26.2022
OLD TNA, a sprinkle of ROH and the current IMPACT roster makes for an interesting night! The Battle of Futures Past has to have most TNA fans happy, with a little Frankie Kazarian versus some Hail Sabin. VBD taking on all the gold holders will make for something interesting. You have to assume the heels go over here to stoke the fires for Slammiversary main event, right?
Aside from that we definitely have a small Queen of the Mountain preview with Jordynne and Chelsea. Plus another Ultimate X Qualifier with “The worst wannabe Spiderman outside of Time Square” Trey Miguel facing Alex Shelley. I feel like I can already read the tea leaves here, but I’ll save that for drunk thoughts before the match starts.
Let’s get the show started!
Since we got some old vibes, IMPACT gave us the old Fox Sports Net intro, with the modern twist!
This is Wrestling Reinvented.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
- Ultimate X Qualifier: Alex Shelley vs Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Crucifix Counter Cradle – ** 3/4
- Masha Slamovich vs Havok: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – SQUASH
- Chelsea Green vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Grace Driver – ***
- Battle of Futures Past: Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian: NO CONTEST – ***
- Shera & Raj Singh vs Bhupinder Gujjar & Massive Cassidy: Gujjar wins via Gargoyle Spear – ** 1/2
- Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering) vs Josh Alexander & The Briscoes: EY wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
Ultimate X Qualifier: Alex Shelley vs Trey Miguel
So Shelley has been on a tour of putting over the newer X Division stars. As much as I hate Trey, I expect Shelley to lose this but put up a damn good fight.
They set the stage that during the small stint where The Rascalz left IMPACT, which ended up with Wentz & Dez heading to NXT with Trey coming back a little later; apparently Shelley trained Trey. Sadly for Shelley, it hasn’t done anything. Sure Trey has learned a few more moves, but he can’t put a match together to save his life, can’t cut a promo and doesn’t evoke sympathy or anger, he’s just a waste of space.
We get a little back and forth early, Trey thinks he’s got a bit of an advantage when he turns around the offense on the outside so he taunts a bit with Push Ups in the center of the ring. Trey turns things around shortly after the taunt, as the crowd goes mild. Trey slides in Shelley, attempts a Senton but Shelley avoids and aims for the Basement Dropkick sending Trey Ass over Tits. A little corner work as Shelley props Trey in the ropes and wrenches with a Dragon Screw. Shelley is playing the arrogant role again, and much like again Mike Bailey, I don’t foresee this ending well.
Some solid strikes from Shelley, PK to the shoulder blades, rolling into the Border City Stretch but Trey gets a foot on the ropes. Trey starts trying to fight back the close chops, Shelley goes to run the ropes, and we see a clunky but somewhat effective Sliding Dropkick/Jump Over Double Stomp spot. After some recovery time, Trey is posted in the corner, Front Flips over Shelley, doesn’t sell the dinged up knee, really weak strike combination into a Stomp to the back and it all just looks terribly choreographed including the bad miss from Shelley into the Death Drop float over to Dragon Sleeper Stretch.
Trey’s offense is just one bad move after another, he is truly everything bad about early years Ospreay. Moves with no purpose aside from the move looks cool. Shelley tries to sell and slow things down from time to time, but Trey’s lack of understanding how to wrestle makes this match hard to watch. Trey doesn’t even sell convincingly…ugh this is sad. Shelley must understand the match is lacking because he tries to turn up his cruelty, and that helps but seems hard to buy since everyone loves Shelley.
One thing I do love is Shelley pulls out Marufuji’s Pole Shift Flowsion for a close 2, Automatic Midnight (Air Raid Crash) is a near fall but Shelley immediately goes into the Border City Stretch. We get a few cradle counters from both until Trey apparently gets the best of the counter roll garbage. The crowd reaction was Kyle Petty sour.
Trey is trash, stop pushing him until he learns how to wrestle.
Masha Slamovich vs Havok
Masha’s first somewhat real test, so lets see if Havok’s gatekeeper status continues.
Masha and Havok go for tough strikes, Masha hits the Headbutt and Havok tosses her showcasing the power. Masha eats a corner splash, then comes out of the corner, Spinning Heel Kick, lights up Havok and Russian Death Device.
I expected Gatekeeper status, but Masha put this match away so fast all of Decay comes out and are completely confused. Either Havok is on her way out, or they might go for some super natural power up storyline.
Chelsea Green vs Jordynne Grace
Chelsea tries to powder early to mess with Jordynne, but Jordynne chases her down and pounces. Chelsea is just eating offense for a while, until she manages a Middle Rope Rewind Kick and then starts handling Jordynne on the outside. We go to commercial, come back and Chelsea has Jodrynne in the corner landing that Double Wrist Capture Curb Stomp into the turnbuckle.
As Chelsea keeps up some offense, Jordynne seems to be getting more and more pissed off. Chelsea hits the ropes for a Big Boot or something and eats a Spinebuster for her trouble. Strike/Scoop Slam exchange but Chelsea actually got the best of things until we get an awkward spot in the corner that Chelsea looks like she had to stick around too long to tell Jordynne to grab her in the Sleeper.
Big Power moves after make you forget about the bad spot for a while. Spinning Torture Rack Bomb gives Jordynne the 2, and Chelsea barely kicks out a few times. Jordynne tries to pull out the Muscle Buster as shades of her past and TNA past. Lifted Flatliner gives Chelsea a near fall. Grace Driver attempt but Chelsea fights back before Jordynne lays in some Vader Hammers. UnPretty-Her attempt number two, and countered yet again.
After a One Winged Angel or Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex potential fake out, Chelsea slips out of the Electric Chair and then gets captured in the Grace Driver for the pinfall.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
Battle of Futures Past: Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian
Quick attempts at offense before Kaz hits the Shoulder Tackle right into the Ground Headlock. Kaz is doing a good job trying to wear down Sabin and keep him off his feet. Holy crap Ole Dinosaur Bone referenced Serotonin as part of Kaz’s past factions. Big props to Tom for that pull.
A small series of roll ups keep the even footing moving, while if you were scoring things Kaz might be a little ahead since he was using a lot of the Headlock control, before Sabin just dumps Kaz out and over the top rope off the apron. From this point, Sabin drives Kaz into the post, hits an Apron Soccer Ball Kick and generally keeps control.
Kaz tries to pop back into the fight when they’re back in the ring, but Sabin stifles all of that with a damn good Lariat. Then a Foot Choke in the corner (Sabin didn’t team with Nash, what the hell man). Rocks Kaz, puts him in the Cross Arm Bow and Arrow before Kaz tries to rise out of it. Sabin sees the situation changing and German Suplex, drives him into the corner, stomps, tries to pull him out but Kaz lands on his feet and we get some classic Kaz offense! Up and Over, Alley Oop into the Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop. Back and forth, transition through the ropes, Sabin tries to follow but the old Leg Cutter with the middle rope stuns Sabin. Outside In Slingshot DDT, for 2.
Cradle Shock, slip out, Enzuigiri, Yakuza Kick and Sabin is rolling a few things together all of a sudden. Tornado DDT and it’s only 2. Kaz counters the corner attack with the back elbow, tries to jump to the top rope, Sabin follows for the Avalanche German, and near fall again! Both men try for some move to give them momentum, counters all over, both run the ropes, Double Crossbody spot.
As they sell, Honor No More hits the ring and ruins a really damn good match.
Honor No More are furious with what they call "20 years of lies and disrespect." #IMPACTonAXSTV @TheEddieEdwards @KennyKingPb2 @PCOisNotHuman @TheHorrorKingVM @RealMikeBennett @MattTaven pic.twitter.com/QnuLl7C9z9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
Taven with a fantastic line after Heath says they sound stupid and he just chirps “With that accent”. Why is IMPACT Taven 10000% better than everything he did in ROH? Dammit why.
Shera & Raj Singh vs Bhupinder Gujjar & Massive Cassidy
Cass gets the best reaction of this crowd all night. It even seems to hype up Gujjar a little.
Raj and Gujjar start, which makes sense given the story they were working with of Raj trying to manage Gujjar and attach his name to the successful newcomer. Gujjar hits a Slingblade into Fame Asser before tagging in Cass. Cass Scoop Slams Gujjar into Raj, counts 2 big elbow drops while pointing at Gujjar so he can tag him in, Slingshot Elbow for the babyface team. It takes until Shera distracts Gujjar and the mob mentality backfires for the faces since Cass is mad and keeping the referees attention.
Shera and Raj double team and beat on Gujjar until the Power Slam on Raj gives the opening. The Massive One runs with the hot tag and eats all of their lunches. Shera postures up to Cass, Cass hits the Big Boot and Lariats him out, Gujjar gets the Crossbody on the outside. Cass Chokeslams Raj, motions to Gujjar and asks the crowd “him” which gets a decent reaction. Gargoyle Spear looks a little less ridiculous in tag team action.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering) vs Josh Alexander & The Briscoes
Josh leads off against…Deaner. Well nice to know the faces will get the early momentum. Josh works a Wristlock, keeping Deaner grounded of flipped but always controlled. Sussex County Chicken next in and lets Deaner slap and just sparks up the Red Neck Kung Fu. But Deaner gets the best of the situation and brings in EY. EY was caught a little unawares by Mark’s…well Mark offense, and Jay gets tagged in. Let’s also remember that Jay is a two time ROH Heavyweight Champion. So he starts to take it to EY and that shouldn’t be seen as a surprise.
Dogpile moment with Jay hitting the Tope con Hilo and Mark with the Corkscrew Splash into all three VBD members. Commercial break comes back with EY taking control back from Jay but there’s a bit of a back and forth. Jay tags in Josh, and EY doesn’t run for the tag. He wants to lead by example. Josh rocks him in the corner, 10 count punches, throws EY into the other corner for the Flair Up and Over, but EY ducks down getting Josh caught in the ropes, Deaner side swipes Josh as Joe distracts the referee.
EY tags in Deaner, Deaner hits some frantic offense, EY comes back in for a few near falls and a corner Neck Jammer using the quick tag with Deaner to keep thing fluid. Great tug of war momentum spots where Josh tries to fight back, but VBD pulls him back, and Josh has to fend off the entire faction before finally tagging in Mark for the Chicken Flavored Hot Tag. Jay blind tags to hit the Neckbreaker, Froggy Boy combo, but VBD breaks up the pin.
Big Joe hasn’t been the legal member yet, but he keeps making his presence felt. Jay has to fight back, EY tries something off the ropes, Jay hits the Frankensteiner. Assisted Powerbomb for 2, Doomsday call, but a distracted ref allows for a flag hit on Mark. Deaner DDT, but Josh breaks it up. Josh tries to finish Deaner, but EY dumps him out and Joe comes from off screen with the Flying Crossbody to squash Josh. Casey Jones mask usage, EY with the Piledriver, and VBD pick up an interesting win.
Overall Score: 7/10
Well the main event not utilizing Doering in the match and just having him run…legal interference is an interesting strategy that ultimately worked. So you know, you can’t argue with results. Getting some Dusty BS finish on the Battle of Futures Past makes me hope it’s leading to OGK + Eddie vs MCMG + Kaz. Yes that’s the Mark in me just loving Motor City and all things old school TNA. Havok being completely destroyed corroborates what I said after she lost to Tasha where she’s useless now. Granted yes Decay has all the spooky stuff, so maybe they can give her a magic potion, James Mitchell comes back, sacrifice Sunny’s sex tape or something, bring back some of the old Disciples of the New Church, like Vampiro could be cool. OR – she’s on her way out of the company. Either way, I like it when the card logically shakes out how the visual presents things.
I think my last real talking points are: 1. What move was Jordynne going for from the Electric Chair? 2. Ain’t it nice to see Cass help Gujjar get over a little? – Never really expected Cass to be back in a position to help anyone else like this, but it’s nice to see. So all in all, solid show with decent implications leading to Slammiversary.
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