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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/28/21)

Who cashes in on a last chance?

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Coverage Raw 2021

Only one spot left on the Raw side of Money in the Bank!

Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre and AJ Styles all get one last chance to go to Money in the Bank on behalf of Monday Night Raw, but who makes the most of it?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE 24/7 Championship Matchception: Drew Gulak wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Matchception 2, We Must Go Deeper: R-Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Matchception 3, The Top Keeps Spinning: Akira-Tozawa wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • Money in the Bank Last Chance Battle Royal: Matt Riddle wins and takes Randy Orton’s spot in the Triple Threat.
  • Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax & Reginald VS Nikki Cross; Cross wins.
  • Asuka & Naomi VS Eva Marie & “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Eva & Piper win.
  • Ricochet VS John Morrison w/ The Miz; Double Count-out Draw.
  • Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Charlotte Flair, Natalya & Tamina; Charlotte, Natalya & Tamina win.
  • Strap Match: Elias VS Jaxson Ryker; Ryker wins.
  • Last Chance Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre VS VS AJ Styles VS Matt Riddle; McIntyre wins and qualifies for the Men’s MITB Ladder Match.

PLAY BY PLAY

Superstars already fill the ring!

But first, Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville speak to us backstage. “Randy Orton was scheduled compete tonight as part of a Last Chance Triple Threat Match to determine Raw’s final entrant into the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, Randy can’t compete tonight.” As such, we will open with an over-the-top-rope battle royal! The winner enters the Triple Threat in Orton’s place and is one step closer to being Mr. MITB. But Riddle rolls up on his scooter and has a note from Orton that they need to read. They open it up and read the message supposedly from Randy.

“Aloha. I, the Viper, Randy Orton, of sound body and mind, hereby declare that my best friend, Riddle, hither for take my place in the Last Chance Triple Threat match. Riddle is the coolest, most bodacious bro I could ask for, and I would be honored if he were to fight on my behalf. Aloha, the Legend Killer.” Okay, Riddle, first off, half of those weren’t even real words. And also, it makes no sense. Uh, “aloha” means both hello and good-bye. Well this was clearly written by Riddle, just look at the viper doodle! N-NO…! But it isn’t fair to take Orton’s opportunity! What if Orton was just playing games all night, couldn’t wake up even though his alarm went off, and just missed a flight! It’s just not fair to Randy.

Well, sorry, Riddle, Orton isn’t here. Then what if Riddle competed on his behalf? Riddle’s been feeling really bad for what happened. He can even enter the battle royal! Riddle can win it then the Triple Threat so that Orton can be in the match! RKBRO climbing a ladder together! That’d be money for Money in the Bank. Sonya says it’s unconventional, but she’s inclined to say, “yes.” Really? Riddle is anxious, so Pearce says yes! Riddle scoots his way down the ramp and is ready to represent! Can he win one for the Viper?

Money in the Bank Last Chance Battle Royal!

The Bro jump sin the ring with the Viking Raiders, Angel Garza, Mustafa Ali, Drew Gulak, Akira Tozawa, Mansoor, Humberto Carrillo, Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander, Damian Priest, Jeff Hardy, Jinder Mahal, and even his good bro, R-Truth! But while Riddle is already in the MITB match, can he get his tag partner in to join him at the PPV?

The bell rings and brawls erupt everywhere! Tozawa ducks to avoid haymakers while Gulak and Ali try to throw Riddle out already! Riddle slides back in and everyone goes after everyone lese! Riddle is after Ali, Truth is after Garza, Mansoor CLUBS Tozawa, and Benjamin almost has Gulak out! Priest tries to throw Ivar over but Ivar hits him away! Gulak loses grip, Benjamin ELIMINATES him! Mahal goes after Benjamin but Benjamin knock shim away to go after Alexander! Alexander clings to ropes, Priest brawls with Carrillo, Mahal throws Benjamin out to ELIMINATE him! Mahal brawls with Garza, Hardy is after Alexander, and Tozawa clings to ropes.

Manzoor dodges Garza, throws him out and over, but Garza keeps his one foot up! Garza hops his way around the ring, gets back in and goes after Mansoor! Mansoor is on the apron but Ali dumps and ELIMINATES Garza! Ali tells Mansoor to be more careful and never turn your back on anyone! But then Ali throws Mansoor out and ELIMINATES him! “What did I just say?!” Meanwhile, Hardy fights off Ivar, Mahal is after Riddle, and Tozawa is digging hits boots into Truth. Ali and Alexander are after Carrillo together while Mahal gets Riddle over the ropes! Riddle clings to the middle rope then traps Mahal’s arm! Mahal gets away to save himself but Riddle is after him.

Hardy fights off Ivar and Ali but Riddle is after him right after! Truth fires off on Mahal, but Mahal dumps Truth up and out to ELIMINATE him! Tozawa runs at Mahal but Mahal TOSSES and ELIMINATES him! Wait, Gulak comes back and rolls Tozawa up! Gulak wins the 24/7 Championship!!

Winner (of the 24/7 Championship): Drew Gulak, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

But Truth sees this and gets his own ref over! LIE DETECTOR! Cover, Truth wins the title!

Winner (of the 24/7 Championship): R-Truth, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

He’s got his baby back for the 53rd time!! But then Tozawa CANNONBALLS! Cover, Tozawa wins the title back!

Winner (of the 24/7 Championship): Akira Tozawa, by pinfall (NEW WWE 24/7 Champion)

Tozawa finishes the hot potato by hurrying out of the ThunderDome! Gulak and Truth pursue, but things continue in the ring. Ali throws hands on Riddle, but here comes OMOS?! Omos drags Ivar up and over, Erik rushes over, but Omos has him, too! Mahal helps out, they ELIMINATE the Viking Raiders!! The Phenomenal One’s Colossus TOSSES Erik into barriers! And then TOSSES Ivar into the LED apron! Omos roars, having taught the challengers to the Raw Tag Team Championships a lesson! And the rest of the battling continues as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Priest fires hands on Alexander while Mahal still tries to throw Riddle out, and Jeff Hardy is down in an open corner. These are our final five, it seems, and Priest stomps Alexander while Mahal CLUBS and stomps Riddle. Mahal digs his knee into Riddle while Alexander kicks Priest. Priest stomps Alexander again, but then Mahal and Priest stare down as the two tallest left. They talk about how each is going to be Mr. MITB, and then the haymakers start flying! Mahal knees low, throws forearms, but Priest gives them all back! Priest throws Mahal up and over but Mahal holds on! Priest runs in but Mahal ROCKS him! But then Priest SPIN KICKS and ELIMINATES Mahal!

Priest swings on Hardy but Hardy counter punches! Hardy whips, Priest reverses but Hardy knocks Priest down! Riddle runs up but into Hardy’s spin back kick! Hardy atomic drops and leg splitting leg drops Alexander, then adds the basement dropkick! And an elbow drop! Hardy kicks Priest, TWIST OF FATE! Riddle runs back in, but into a TWIST OF FATE! Alexander is up, but he denies the hat trick to throw and ELIMINATE Hardy!! Alexander laughs at Hardy, “I told you I’m better than you at every level, and I just proved it! Go home, to the retirement home!” But then Alexander turns around into a leg sweep and HIT THE LIGHTS!!

Priest drags Alexander up, throws him out, and ELIMINATES him! Now we have just the Archer of infamy and the Bro! They both nod, knowing the strike game the other brings. Priest rushes in, Riddle side steps but can’t shove him out! Priest dodges Riddle now but Riddle keeps from tumbling! They fire off hands, but Priest kicks, kicks and ROLLING ELBOWS! Riddle ducks the haymaker to GERMAN SUPLEX! Priest flounders and Riddle fires up! Riddle runs in and rocks Priest with a forearm! Riddle goes side to side to forearm again! Riddle keeps going, but runs into a WHEEL KICK! Both men are down but the ThunderDome fires up as they rise!

Priest runs in and back elbows! Priest brings Riddle around for a suplex, but Riddle slips to a SLEEPER! Priest flails, reaches, throws Riddle over the ropes, but Riddle holds on! Riddle gets the sleeper again! Priest is being bent against ropes but he has Riddle’s fingers! Riddle climbs up but Priest shifts that to a lawn dart, only for Riddle to slip out! Priest rebounds to LARIAT Riddle down! Riddle is dazed, Priest snarls and gets up! LARIAT into a HANGING TRIANGLE! Riddle drags Priest up and over to join him on the apron! Riddle lets go to get in, and BOOTS Priest! Riddle wants to do this like Orton but Priest avoids the Draping DDT! And the forearm to BELL CLAP!

Priest spins but Riddle blocks the kick! Priest choke grips but Riddle CHOPS! And FINAL FLASH!! Priest falls, Riddle wins!!

Winner: Matt Riddle (will join the Last Chance Triple Threat)

The Bro says his win is Orton’s win, so plays Orton’s music! Orton’s music does play and Riddle does his best Orton pose! The pyro goes off like Orton, will Riddle win again to keep The Viper in the game?

 

Nia Jax finds Shayna Baszler backstage.

The Queen of Spades is shuffling cards, so Nia asks if she’s getting ready for a game or a match? It keeps her head clear, okay? Otherwise, she’s gonna put her fist through a wall. Or someone’s face. Reginald is a bit worried she looked at him with that line. Nia says it’s fine. Just make sure they’re all on the same page for Shayna’s match with Nikki Cross. Reggie defends he didn’t do anything last week. It’s just that- Shut up, Reggie! Yeah, it’s Alexa Bliss. It’s her fault they’re not in the MITB match. But it’ll be Shayna’s fault if they don’t do something about it. So maybe if Shayna can give Nikki a hard dose of reality, Nikki and Alexa will end up with that stupid doll on a permanent time out.

But as Shayna, Nia and Reggie head out, ALEXA BLISS is seen in the back! Surely she heard all that, but what will she do about it?

 

What’s that smacking sound?

It’s Jaxson Ryker, practicing his strap strikes on a road case! The “unhinged” Ryker is working himself up to be ready to do that and more to Elias! Will there be no running and no hiding as the Drifter is strapped in and strapped to his former follower?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles & Omos.

Kevin Patrick asks how Styles is preparing for this Triple Threat now that Orton is out and Riddle is in? Well, usually, when you’re supposed to be somewhere and you’re not *cough* Orton */cough*, you automatically lose your opportunity. Tonight’s main event should’ve just turned into McIntyre VS Styles, 1v1! But it’s still a Triple Threat, his chances of winning have “drastically went down.” On top of that, Omos is working overtime to watch his back tonight. Speaking of, Omos went out of his way to affect that battle royal’s outcome by eliminating the Viking Raiders. Styles can tell where Kevin is going with this and doesn’t appreciate it.

Omos says he was simply scouting out the competition for his partner, Styles. Yeah! But since Kevin is so quick to jump on a barbarian bandwagon, tell us all about what happened to Styles last wee! They do have the tape queued up. They play it, and shows that the Raiders went after Omos while Styles VS Ricochet was happening. Omos was sent into the timekeeper’s area, and Ricochet turned a Phenomenal Forearm into a phenomenal Recoil. Ricochet is in the MITB ladder match, hence Styles’ spot tonight in the Triple Threat. So what does Kevin have to say about that? A series of unfortunate events? NO! Styles wants an apology for people being hypocrites!

Don’t give Omos grief over doing the exact same thing the Viking Raiders did last week! But fortunately for Styles, Riddle was in tonight’s battle royal and he’s all banged up. McIntyre’s still not 100% from the battle with Bobby Lashley, and so that means Styles has the advantage. When Styles has the advantage, he wins. That’s why he’s Phenomenal! And when he wins the briefcase, he’ll have a full year to plan out his cash-in and become WWE Champion for a third time. All the while, he and Omos will defend the Raw Tag Team Championships against any and all teams, including those “stinky” Viking Raiders. The tag champs head out, but will it be so easy for them?

 

Lucha House Party check in with Nikki Cross.

They like her mask. And they wish her good luck in her match. Thanks! Sarah comes by to talk about her new superhero persona, and Nikki is happy to inspire! She’s almost a superhero, and she found something that was always deep down. She just has the courage now to show it. She isn’t the only one, because everyone out there has this feeling deep down inside, in their hearts, that they can do and be better. That’s what this outfit represents! Wonder Woman spin! So bring out that feeling, and go for it! Just look at what she’s done! Nikki is now in the Women’s MITB match! Imagine Nikki, Ms. MITB! An inspiration to kids everywhere! She could even become Raw Women’s Champion!

Nikki slows herself down and takes a breath. One goal at a time. First, her match with Shayna and becoming “almost” a superhero. WAIT! Nikki #AASH! Almost A Super Hero! But will she definitely come away with a win?

Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax & Reginald VS Nikki Cross!

Raw returns as Shayna and team make their entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Nikki waistlocks but Shayna switches to SLAM Nikki! Shayna floats around, gets a chicken wing to cradle, TWO! Shayna has an arm, Nikki gets up, rolls, handsprings and headlocks. Shayna powers out and runs Nikki over! Shayna runs, things speed up and Nikki CROSSBODIES! Cover, ONE! Nikki headlocks again, Shayna powers up to back suplex Nikki down! Shayna rains down rights, then gets Nikki up to scoop and SLAM! Nikki writhes and gets up, but Shayna NORTHERN LIGHTS! Nikki flounders away, Shayna drags her to a cover, TWO!

Shayna gets frustrated and she shoves Nikki down. Nikki gets to ropes but Shayna KICKS her down! Shayna mocks the almost superhero, and then whips her hard into buckles! Nikki flounders, Shayna wants the ref to ask if Nikki gives up. Nikki doesn’t, so Shayna puts her in a corner for stomps! Shayna fireman’s carries but Nikki scrambles around to a sunset flip! Shayna gets Nikki up, puts her in a corner and runs in, but Nikki dodges! Knee hits buckle, Nikki dropkicks Shayna out! Reggie & Nia check on her, but then Alexa Bliss makes her presence known! Alexa smirks as she walks out on stage and Reggie shields his eyes from her hypnosis!

But then Nikki SUPER CROSSBODIES!! Direct hit on all three and Nikki fires up! Nikki gets in the ring and strike a heroic pose as the ring count climbs! Raw goes to break as Nikki keeps that energy high!

Raw returns again and Shayna throws knees on Nikki in the ring. Alexa is watching from the ramp as Shayna mocks the almost superhero more. Shayna CLUBS Nikki, kicks her, but Nikki fires forearms back! Nikki backs Shayna down, whips her to a corner, but Shayna reverses. Nikki goes up and over but Shayna kicks Nikki’s leg out! Then a KNEE! Cover, TWO! Shayna gut wrenches for a SLAM! Nikki flounders to a corner, Shayna runs in and KNEES Nikki again! Shayna gets Nikki up but stares at Alexa. Shayna hoists Nikki up top while asking why Alexa is even here. Nikki throws hands on Shayna then hits a TORNADO DDT!

Both women are down and writhing as the ThunderDome fires up! Alexa strolls around the way, but Nia is there to meet her. Is Nia resisting the hypnosis? No, she’s a puppet again! Reggie snaps Nia free by turning Alexa around! But then he has to be careful of his own mind! Alexa kicks Nia’s leg out then MULE KICK LOW BLOWS Reggie down, all in one swift motion! Alexa smirks as she leaves, and Shayna is in shock! But Nikki rolls Shayna up, TWO!! Shayna CLOBBERS Nikki for it! Shayna drags Nikki up, gut wrenches but Nikki slips out and waistlocks. Shayna bucks free but Nikki dodges to come back, tilt-o-whirl takedown to a LA MAGISTROL! NIKKI WINS!

Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall

Almost A Super Hero definitely got the win! Shayna is at a loss for words! Will this keep happening until Shayna can take care of Alexa? Or will that take nothing short of an exorcism?

 

Kofi Kingston heads to the ring!

After Xavier Woods got hurt by the Chief Hurt Officer, the New Day’s high-flyer is here to confront Montel Vontavius Porter on why they went that far! Will things stay civil this close to Money in the Bank? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Kofi has the mic. “There are certain moments in our lives that occur and they change us for the better, or for worse. And I’m not sure how last week has affected me yet. Hearing my brother, my tag team partner, my best friend, Xavier, screaming and writhing in pain, locked inside that cell with Bobby and MVP on the inside, me locked on the outside, unable to do anything for him…” Woods had Kofi’s back like always. But when Woods needed him, Kofi couldn’t do anything for him. A lot of people have disrespected Woods for a long time. A lot of people have thought as Woods as “not up to snuff.”

But after last week, Woods showing the world that he could take it to Lashley inside the cell, we saw what kind of competitor he is. Put some respect on ya boi’s name! Now Lashley won the match fair and square, yeah. But what happened after was not okay. MVP locked the door to the cell, dangled the key in Kofi’s face, as Lashley put Woods in the Hurt Lock and grated his face against steel. That image of Woods’ face, his screaming, his pain, Kofi can’t get it out of his head. It’s like a nightmare. But Kofi knows that he will make Lashley pay, when Kofi takes everything from Lashley, when he beats him at MITB, and becomes the NEW WWE World Champion! “It’s gonna be something.”

But now MVP makes his entrance for the promised face-to-face. MVP, and Lashley’s Ladies. MVP apologizes. He thought he heard Kofi say he was going to beat the All Mighty Lashley at the PPV and become champion? Is that what he heard? That is one of the most ridiculous things he’s ever heard Kofi say! And with Booty O’s and pancakes and unicorns, the New Day says some ridiculous things. But the Hurt Business is looking forward to MITB because they’ll be in front of live fans! As for Kofi, they’re looking past him. Kofi’s a feel good, all that good David VS Goliath stuff, but in reality, he’s no threat.

Now, Lashley is enjoying a well-deserved vacation, but he has a message for Kofi: Lashley enjoyed every second with Woods in the cage, and looks forward to embarrassing Kofi. And afterwards, what Lesnar did to Kofi will look like child’s play! Oh, child’s play? All Mighty Lashley, Big Bad Bobby. Kofi isn’t sure Lashley’s that guy anymore. Lashley might be getting a little soft. And that’s coming from a unicorn horn wearing, pancake throwing, hip swiveling guy like Kofi. But let’s look at Lashley’s track record as of late! Hell in a Cell PPV, McIntyre beat Lashley within an inch of his life, and if not for MVP grabbing McIntyre’s leg, Lashley would’ve lost.

Xavier Woods fought with all of his heart, put Lashley through tables and came this close to beating the WWE Champion. And Kofi already beat Lashley once, and knows damn well he can do it again! Lashley is looking more beatable than ever! Each week, a layer of that might is stripped away. Every single week, another layer, to where at MITB, Lashley might be a shell of his former self. He might end up… like MVP! Running around in overpriced suits, hobbling around, desperately grabbing onto some semblance of success. MVP says he does what he does for Lashley because just over a year ago, they started a journey together.

Lashley put in the work, made the sacrifices, and rose to the top, and MVP does the things he does for Lashley because Lashley deserves it! All the respects and accolades! Kofi didn’t deserve it?! He didn’t work hard for his success?! When Kofi was champion for almost six months, he never took a day off! In between shows, Kofi went around the world to show anything is possible! Ghana, West Africa, showing the kids that anything is possible if you believe in yourselves. Then he went back to work to defend the title! MVP has Lashley taking vacations in the middle of his reign? Lashley’s all distracted, he’s got all these ladies, he’s taking his eye off the prize.

And when you do that, you lose and someone else has the prize. And in Fort Worth, that somebody is gonna be Kofi. So to get this right, when Kofi went home as WWE World Champion and basked in the glory of being a hero, feeding his ego, that was hard work? No. MVP makes this clear to Kofi. He respects the optimism. And Kofi’s “court jester” was very optimistic about beating Lashley, too. Not only did that not happen, the extend of Woods’ injuries kept him away from work this week. And the odds of coming back next week are as likely as Kofi leaving MITB as champion. Well, MVP might want to check his odds. Spoilers: Woods WILL be back next week! Woods has heart, is a fighter, unlike MVP, who has been milking a knee injury!

MVP says his knee is legitimately hurt, he is not cleared for combat. If he was, he’d whoop Kofi’s ass! But fortunately for Kofi, MVP isn’t cleared. Kofi rushes out to test that! MVP takes a swing with his cane, but takes the TROUBLE IN PARADISE! Kofi says this is what MVP gets! MVP wasn’t hurt last week, was he? When he went after Woods, he didn’t seem hurt. But NOW, he’s hurt! MVP finally sits up in a daze, but the message has been sent. Is KofiMania 2 returning at MITB? Or will he regret putting the hurt in Hurt Business?

 

Backstage interview with Eva Marie and “Doudrop” Piper Niven.

Kevin asks Eva about the “disagreement” that happened last week. Great question, Kirwan. See, Doudrop made a rookie mistake last week and clearly was overwhelmed by being at the forefront of the #EvaLution. Poor thing. But we all make mistakes, so Eva requested a rematch so that Doudrop could learn a lesson. Eva will win, and the EvaLution will continue. Eva still doesn’t care about anyone but herself, but will she be the one to learn something?

Asuka & Naomi VS Eva Marie & “Doudrop” Piper Niven!

The Empresses of Glowmorrow were more than ready for Eva, but they did have some trouble with Pip- er, “Doudrop.” But will things be different for Eva now that she’s ready?

Raw returns and Naomi makes her entrance as she joins Asuka. Then Eva and Piper make their entrance, the teams sort out and Piper starts with Naomi. They tie up, Piper powers Naomi to a corner, but she lets off as the ref counts, Naomi boots but Piper catches it to throw it. Naomi rebounds with a k ick! Naomi headlocks, Piper powers out but Naomi sunset flips! Piper stays up to sit down on Naomi! Piper keeps moving, but Naomi avoids the senton! Tag to Asuka and she hurries up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Piper down! Asuka fires up, runs in and HIP ATTACKS Piper! And then reels Piper in for a waistlock! Piper bucks her off, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES!

Asuka runs and lariats but Piper stays up! Piper shoves Asuka, runs in and SPLASHES in the corner! Piper gets Asuka up with a scoop but Asuka slips out for an ASUKA LOCK?! Piper reaches out while staying on her feet, but she powers free to throw Asuka down! Piper crawls over but now Eva leaves Piper! Asuka rolls Piper but Piper rolls through to SENTON! Piper hurries up as Naomi runs in but Piper runs her over! Piper runs to BASEMENT SPLASH Asuka! Cover, PIPER wins!!!

Winners: Piper Niven & Eva Marie, by pinfall

Piper just beat two former women’s champions by herself!! Eva is clearly shocked and upset that her plan to return the favor backfired! Eva gets a mic to say, “The winner of this match is Eva Mariiiie~!” Still taking all the credit… When is Piper going to learn the real lesson and ditch the #EvaLution?

 

The Miz and John Morrison cruise around backstage.

Sarah asks what it would mean to Johnny Drip Drip to become Mr. MITB. The Flood Stud is getting moist just thinking about it! Miz promises that Morrison won’t just win the briefcase, he will successfully cash it in. Miz is a two-time Mr.  MITB and has successfully cashed in twice. Miz may not be the fastest, the biggest or the strongest. But…? But he is the smartest tactician! Morrison was going to say that! Miz sees beyond just a few moves. Whenever the situation is right, Miz knows when to strike! But Ricochet asks if they’re sure about that. When did he switch with Sarah?! Oh he was on the way to the ring for his match with Morrison. Is Miz surprised that he got one over on a master like him?

Y-Yes, he saw him! Another aspect of the strategy is to lure others in with a false sense of security> So he let Ricochet take a Drip Stick? Wait, when did he…? SQUIRT! Miz goes for his but Ricochet holds him at… drips tick point? SQUIRT SQUIRT! Will the Guru of Greatness be all wet after this MITB sampler?

Ricochet VS John Morrison w/ The Miz!

Raw returns as the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century make their entrance. The bell rings and Miz parks by commentary as the two circle. Ricochet and Morrison approach, test things with kicks, and Ricochet blocks one to get a half nelson.  Morrison backs Ricochet into a corner to fire off elbows, but Ricochet slips free. Morrison boots, Ricochet jumps and ducks and throws body shots! Ricochet ROCKS Morrison, reels him in and SLAMS him for an elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Miz is mad and wants Morrison to make Ricochet pay! Morrison RAMS Ricochet into a corner, fires off the elbows again and trips Ricochet up to then double mule kick!

Miz puts Morrison’s ability over as he kicks Ricochet down and covers, TWO! Ricochet sits up but Morrison has a half nelson and shifts to top wristlock. Morrison drags Ricochet from ropes but Ricochet fights up. Morrison knees low, swaggers about, then DECKS Ricochet! Morrison gets Ricochet up but no Moonlight Drive! Ricochet dropkicks Morrison out of the ring! Miz tells Morrison to get up as Ricochet builds speed, and Ricochet slides to WRECK Morrison with the dropkick! Miz says Ricochet needs to leave Morrison alone, and he blocks Ricochet with his wheelchair! Ricochet JUMPS OVER Miz to RANA Morrison! Miz is shocked and goes for the drip stick!

Ricochet snatches it! SQUIRT SQUIRTH! Miz takes more water damage and then ricochet throws the stick away! Miz shouts that Ricochet is lucky he’s in this wheelchair! Ricochet leaves Miz behind and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Morrison kicks Ricochet around. Morrison throws knees, body shots and clubbing forearms in a corner. The ref counts, Morrison stops at 4, but Ricochet fires hands back! Ricochet ROCKS Morrison with an uppercut, but Morrison fakes Ricochet with the screw high kick to sweep low! Miz likes what he sees as Morrison scuffs Ricochet, then scuffs him again! Morrison is feeling good but Ricochet shoves the scuff away, to get a mule kick! Ricochet gets up in a rage and fires off hands! And CHOPS! Ricochet runs, Morrison goes the other way, but Ricochet dodges the Flying Chuck to CROSSBODY!

Ricochet glares at Miz as he fires up. Miz says Morrison will hurt him, but Ricochet fires hands on Morrison first! Morrison knees low, whips Ricochet but Ricochet rallies with forearms! Ricochet blocks a punch, gives body shots then a KNEE! Morrison wobbles into a fireman’s carry and ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Ricochet keeps moving to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Morrison is still tough, but Ricochet gets him back up. Ricochet clinches to throw knees but Morrison gets around to Alabama Lift! ROLLING ALABAMA SLAM! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet is showing he’s tough, too! And Miz is shocked by it all!

Morrison drags Ricochet to a drop zone, but Ricochet inside cradles! TWO, and Morrison springboards, FLYING CHUCK! Morrison has Ricochet in a drop zone again, STARSHIP PAIN FLOPS!! Ricochet avoids disaster and gets to a corner. Ricochet gets up as Morrison is on the apron. Morrison goes to Eddy Gordo but Ricochet blocks to TRIANGLE JUMP DROPKICK! Ricochet builds speed but Morrison runs away! Morrison avoids the tope but Ricochet SPIRNGOBARDS?! CROSSBODY OVER THE BARRIERS!!!! NO one can believe what they’ve just seen and Miz panics for Morrison! The ring count is 5 of 10 as Ricochet drags himself up! Then we’re up to 8 as Ricochet flops over! It hits 10!!

Double Count-out Draw

Ricochet got closer, but close only works in horseshoes and hand grenades! After that insane crash landing, what will these two do with ladders involved?

 

Charlotte Flair talks with Natalya & Tamina backstage.

The Queen knows these two haven’t been the most welcoming, but they all have respect. Only these three understand how exhausting it is to uphold family legacies. Only they understand what it takes to lead a division, unlike Rhea, Mandy & Dana. It’s charming that Rhea wants to be just like Charlotte, and Charlotte did try to mentor Dana. And honestly, no one is sure what anyone sees in Mandy. Natty’s already tapped Mandy out once. There’s nothing to be concerned about. Tamina is still upset about the cheap shots last week, so tonight is the receipt. Good! They’re all on the same page! Let’s show that respect isn’t given, it’s earned! Will these three second-generation superstars coexist long enough to take on their rivals?

Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke VS Charlotte Flair, Natalya & Tamina!

Raw returns the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their entrance to join Charlotte. Then the #SexyMuscleFriends make their entrance, followed by the Raw Women’s Champion. But the teams don’t sort out, they just brawl! Rhea and Charlotte, Natty and Mandy, and Tamina and Dana, they’re all over the place! Rhea and Charlotte fight on the announce desk! They get back in the ring, keep going, and Rhea tackles Charlotte down for ground ‘n’ pound! Charlotte hits back, Natty gets in to help Charlotte but Mandy gets in to help Rhea! Tamina and Dana join in, they’re brawling all over the ring!

Mandy stomps Charlotte, Rhea throws Natty and Dana shoves Tamina out! The second gen superstars regroup as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns yet again, and the match is happening as Natty has Mandy in a cobra twist. Mandy fights free, arm-drags Natty away, then KNEE- NO! Natty blocks the knee, trips Mandy up and goes for the sharpshooter! Mandy kicks free and hot tags Dana! Dana dodges Natty to handspring and merry-go-round headscissor! Natty staggers up, Dana handspring back elbows in the corner! Dana fires off forearms, then reels Natty in for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Charlotte tells Natty to get up and Natty ROCKS Dana with rights! Natty whips, Dana reverses but Natty holds ropes and elbows Dana! Tag to Tamina but Dana dropkicks her down! But Charlotte tags in just before!

Dana goes out, dodges Natty and blocks Tamina’s superkick, but Charlotte BLINDSIDES Dana! Charlotte puts Dana in to cover, TWO! Charlotte mocks Dana to go tag her partners but then dribbles her off the mat! Charlotte swipes at Rhea but then drags Dana away. The ref is busy with Rhea as Charlotte throws Dana down and Tamina gets a cheap shot in! Charlotte kicks Dana, tags Tamina in, and stands on Dana so that Tamina can stomp away! Tag to Natty and the tag champs mug Dana. Natty gets Dana up to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Natty is annoyed but she tags Tamina back in. They mug Dana more, shove her into the buckles, then tag Charlotte in.

Charlotte takes her time bringing Dana up and around to CHOP her! And CHOP her! And CHOP her! Charlotte puts Dana’s leg on ropes but Dana avoids the knee drop! Dana  ROCKS Charlotte, BOOTS her, but Charlotte KNEES Dana back! Charlotte gets Dana up but Dana escapes the scoop to O’Conner Roll! TWO, hot tag to Rhea! The Nightmare rallies on Charlotte with short arm clotheslines! Rhea ripcords and HEADBUTTS to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rhea gets Charlotte up again but Charlotte escapes the suplex and rakes eyes! Tag to Natty, Rhea wants after Charlotte but Natty rolls Rhea up! ONE, and Rhea KICKS Natty down!

Tag to Dana, and Dana tags Mandy. They double snapmare and cartwheel to double BOOT! Cover, but Tamina breaks it! Rhea dropkicks Tamina but Charlotte chop blocks Rhea! Dana gives Charlotte a ROLLING NECKBRAEKER! Natty DISCUS LARIATS Dana! Mandy rolls Natty, ONE!! Natty rushes Mandy and lifts her, but Mandy sunset flips! TWO, and Mandy gets around to O’Conner Roll! TWO and Natty has the legs! Natty steps through, Mandy boots her, and Charlotte tags in! Mandy dodges Natty, KNEE FROM A ROSE! BOOT from Charlotte!! Cover, Charlotte and team win!!

Winners: Charlotte Flair, Natalya & Tamina, by pinfall

But Rhea CHOP BLOCKS Charlotte! And then bails out! The Nightmare gets the last laugh because she got even with The Queen! Will things only get chippier come Money in the Bank?

 

Akira Tozawa’s on the run!

The WWE 24/7 Champion comes across Ryker, who is back to smacking himself with the strap. Ryker doesn’t even care, he lets Tozawa continue on. Truth comes by, sees Ryker, and asks him why he’s doing that. Is Ryker unhappy with himself? Can he… see Truth? Ryker stops and Truth asks if Ryker wants to talk about it. Ryker is preparing for battle. Tonight, he and Elia swill be tied together with this strap. They will be bound together, and there will be nowhere for Elias to retreat. What is Ryker doing, you ask? He is purging himself of weakness and exploring ways to inflict the most pain. Well thanks for sharing, man.

Hey, when Ryker is done, can Truth borrow it? He wants to lassoey Tozawa and get his baby back! Ryker doesn’t respond, so Truth takes it as a “Maybe.” Well look at the time! That’s all for this week! Good talk. Truth heads off, and Ryker continues to test himself with the strap. Is Ryker ready to quite literally whip Elias’ ass?

 

Strap Match: Elias VS Jaxson Ryker!

The Drifter goes to the ring, and there will be no running away this time. Will he even be able to walk after Ryker gets his hands, and that strap, on him?

Raw returns and Ryker makes his entrance. The strap is fastened around each man’s left hand and the bell rings. Elias jumps right at Ryker! Elias fires off haymakers and body shots but Ryker gives them back! Elias knees Ryker down in the corner, stomps him down, then gets him up to put him through the bottom rope. Elias goes out after and CHOPS Ryker! Elias sees the steel steps, uses the straps to reel Ryker in and send him into the steel! Ryker hobbles up but Elias has the strap wrapped around the post! Ryker is held up and Elias fires off hands! Elias gathers up some slack to SMACK Ryker in the ribs! And again! Elias runs in but Ryker BOOTS him!

Ryker uses the strap to yank Elias into POST! Ryker gets Elias in the ring, then on the apron, to SMACK him with the strap! Ryker gets in, keeps Elias from going too far, and kicks him low so he can SMACK Elias on the back! And again! Ryker whips Elias up and over, then yanks Elias back in, to CLOBBER him! Ryker has a leather fist and he drops it on Elias’ head! Ryker goes to a corner, climbs up, and uses the strap to stand Elias up. Ryker knees, into a SYMPHO-KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Elias almost had Ryker there! Elias snarls as he paces around, and he gathers up some slack. Elias says there was a time he respected Ryker, but Ryker disrespected Elias!

Elias SMACKS Ryker and mocks his pain! Elias SMACKS Ryker again! Elias sits Ryker up to tell him this is what he gets, but Ryker dodges the next smack to kick low and SMACK Elias back! And again! And he whips Elias to a corner, reels him in to whip to the other corner, and then in for a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, RYKER WINS!

Winner: Jaxson Ryker, by pinfall

Brutal, direct, and quick, Ryker finally gets his vindication! Will he finally be able to walk away from Elias and chart his own path?

 

Matt Riddle prepares backstage.

Damian Priest walks over and tells Riddle, “Just wanna say, congratulations on your victory tonight in the battle royal. And good luck, Riddle.” Riddle says he’s not Riddle, he’s Randy Orton. And what does Priest want? Uh… Okay, “Randy.” Well if you see Riddle, let Riddle know Priest is looking for him. Priest saw that Burger King has those new Ch’King sandwiches, and figured they could grab a couple. But if Riddle’s not here… Riddle puts his hand out. Priest doesn’t get it, so he turns to leave. Riddle says to wait, and says he is Riddle. This was his lock ‘n’ key game with Randy. Riddle just doesn’t want to let Riddle down.

Riddle, relax, Priest knew it was you. But to be fair, Priest thinks what Riddle is doing for Randy is cool. Just to be clear, Orton is the one lucky enough to have Riddle as a friend. Aw… Riddle goes back to getting in the mindset of Orton, but will pretending to be The Viper make him as good as The Viper against Drew McIntyre and AJ Styles?

 

Backstage interview with Drew McIntyre!

Kevin asks if McIntyre can beat Styles and Riddle tonight. A valid question, so here is a valid answer. The Battle of Edinburgh, the Scots VS the English VS the Irish. English were first, outnumbering Scotland 2 to 1, but the Scots won easily. A few knuckle sandwiches and Glasgow kisses, boom, the Brits went back to Queenie. But then the Irish showed up, full on fisticuffs, and one ginger lad was throwing Scots left ‘n’ right, coming face to face with McIntyre. McIntyre kicked Sheamus right in his lucky charms, sent him flying, things were nut! And the grand finale of it all… McIntyre saved Christmas! He did? NO! That question was ridiculous, this whole thing is ridiculous!

McIntyre won’t show his hand. But he will slap Riddle around, kick Styles’ head off his shoulders, then go on to win Money in the Bank! The Scottish Warrior’s last last chance is right here, right now, can he do it?!

Last Chance Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Drew McIntyre VS VS AJ Styles w/ Omos VS Matt Riddle!

McIntyre makes his entrance first, with the claymore sword and the pyro, because for him, this is business as usual! But will going about things the same way get him the same result of a crushing defeat? Or can he overcome the Phenomenal One and the Bro roleplaying as The Viper to be one step closer to the briefcase?

Raw returns and the bell rings! Styles hits Riddle, McIntyre hits Styles! McIntyre stomps away on Styles but Riddle fires forearms on McIntyre! McIntyre DECKS Riddle but Styles CHOPS McIntyre! McIntyre gets mad and CHOPS Styles off his feet! McIntyre turns around to whip Riddle in, then runs to ROCK him with forearms! McIntyre stomps Riddle, brings him up to headbutt, then whips him into Styles’ boot! Styles rushes McIntyre but McIntyre clobbers him! McIntyre dead lift suplexes Riddle! Cover, TWO! Styles runs in but McIntyre kicks him and RAMS him into buckles! Styles goes down but Riddle fires off hands on McIntyre! And kicks!

Riddle has McIntyre in a corner, he runs side to side to forearm Styles, then McIntyre! Riddle runs side to side again, but into McIntyre’s clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Riddle! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly for Styles! McIntyre scowls even though he has control. Styles slowly gets up but McIntyre is on him with haymakers. McIntyre whips Styles to ropes and TOSSES him with the back drop! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps eyes on Styles, aims from the ropes, but Styles avoid the Claymore and throws Styles out! Omos is nearby, but he stays back while McIntyre gets up. Styles aims, slingshots, but has to bail out of the plancha as McIntyre moves! McIntyre sweeps the legs!

McIntyre goes to the announce desk and clears it off! McIntyre even stares Omos down a moment before going back for Styles. McIntyre reels Styles in, gets him up, but Styles gets free of the crucifix to KICK the leg! Riddle flies in to forearm McIntyre down! The Bro sees Styles nearby, and sees the desk! What would Randy Orton do? Riddle gets McIntyre up but Styles throws hands! Riddle CHOPS McIntyre and Styles, but McIntyre throws forearms. McIntyre bounces Riddle off steps but Styles kicks McIntyre’s knee! And then POSTS him! Styles goes back to Riddle and kick shim low to bring him to the desk. Riddle blocks the suplex to throw body shots!

Riddle turns things around, Styles blocks the suplex, but Riddle throws more body shots. Styles powers up but still can’t get Riddle up! Riddle turns things around to suplex Styles up and over to the floor! McIntyre gets Riddle, another dead lift suplex, and to the floor! McIntyre gets up but Styles ENZIGURIS him down! Styles gets McIntyre up, scoops, but Riddle has to help out. McIntyre is a big man, but they both SLAM him through the table!! Everyone is down as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Riddle fires off kicks on Styles in a corner! Styles blocks one, puts the leg on the rope then kicks the leg! Riddle hobbles, Styles hurries over, Riddle KICKS him down! Riddle runs, Styles avoids the Penalty Kick to roll up, ONE! Styles blocks another kick to DRAGON SCREW! Riddle roars and writhes but Styles gets the leg for a foot DDT! And then drops an elbow on the knee! Styles has a toehold but Riddle fights with a chinbar. Styles wrenches Riddle’s toes! Styles then gets up to stomp the leg, and stalks Riddle to a corner. Styles throws hands, gets the leg again, but Riddle KNEES free with the other! Styles wobbles and the ref checks on him.

Riddle gets up, Styles is still in this, and Styles dodges Riddle to PELE! Cover, TWO! Omos is annoyed but Styles goes out to KICK and stomp McIntyre back down! McIntyre sits up but Styles kicks him, then throws him down on the wreckage of the table! The ref checks on McIntyre, Styles goes back to the ring and fist-bumps Omos. But Riddle is back up and fires off hands on Styles! Riddle has Styles in the corner, but Styles hits a SPINEBUSTER! Styles gets the leg for a toehold again, then shifts Riddle over for a modified ankle lock! Riddle endures, moves around, and gets the ropebreak! Styles doesn’t have to let go but the tap-out won’t count, so Styles changes position!

Styles has a Half Crab now! Riddle kicks with his free leg but Styles stomps him down! Styles paces, gets Riddle up, and snap BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Styles is growing frustrated. Styles goes out as McIntyre stirs again and Styles stomps McIntyre down! Styles goes back to the ring but a KNEE catches him in the ropes! Riddle shouts out to Orton, DRAPING DDT! Riddle hears the voices in his head, or maybe just Orton’s voice in his head, as Styles gets up! Styles ducks the RKO to fireman’s carry, and DEATH VALLEY DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Riddle still lives and Styles can’t believe it!

Styles gets Riddle up, reels him in, but Riddle fights the Clash! McIntyre is back and he drags Styles out! McIntyre RAMS Styles into barriers, then into apron, then back into barriers! McIntyre goes after Riddle, but Riddle spins him, PELE- NO! McIntyre blocks, gets Riddle up and puts him in the corner! McIntyre fires off windmill haymakers! McIntyre whips Riddle corner to corner then runs in to back elbow! McIntyre gets the legs, brings Riddle out, INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM! McIntyre watches Riddle slowly stir, and McIntyre aims from the ropes again. Riddle stands, but he avoids the Claymore to send McIntyre out!

Riddle catches his breath in the ring, and Styles aims at McIntyre for a SLIDING FOREARM! Styles goes to the ring, Riddle goes TRIANGLE JUMP FINAL FLASH! Styles flops back down, Riddle goes to the apron and he APRON PENALTY KICKS! McIntyre swipes but Riddle jumps it to PENALTY KCIK! SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO!! Riddle takes out both Styles and McIntyre and fires up! Riddle has his choice, but he KICKS McIntyre against the post! And again! And again! Styles is up and he gets KICKS, too! Riddle goes back to McIntyre, PENALTY KICK! Riddle runs at Styles, but Styles moves and Riddle kicks steel steps!

The ref checks on him but Riddle says he doesn’t want to stop now! But surely a toe or foot could be broken, the ref has medics rush out. They check on Riddle, help him get up slowly and hop towards the back. Riddle feels awful, he can’t let Randy Orton down! Riddle is still taken away as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more and McIntyre throws body shots to fight out of Styles’ chinlock. Styles kicks low, runs and kicks McIntyre, but McIntyre CLOBBERS him! McIntyre rallies, whips, and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Styles hobbles up into ANOTHER OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre aims at Styles, runs in but Styles boots him away! Styles runs, McIntyre dodges the clothesline and hits a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up but his bad leg jams a bit. McIntyre gets Styles up, underhooks but Styles fights free to kick. McIntyre blocks that kick to SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO!

McIntyre is frustrated but he keeps his focus as he and Styles slowly rise. McIntyre gets Styles up, bumps him off buckles, then hoists him up top. McIntyre ROCKS Styles with a right, climbs up and gets Styles up, but Styles slips out to trip McIntyre up! Styles fireman’s carries for an USSHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives but Styles is too tired to be upset! Styles gets back up, he brings McIntyre up and reels him in, but McIntyre powers out of the Clash! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, but swings into a scoop, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Styles survives and McIntyre is beside himself!

Both men go to opposite corners, and McIntyre runs in, but into a chop block! Styles hurries to get a leg, McIntyre fights to his feet but Styles rolls him! CALF CRUSHER!! McIntyre endures as Styles pulls back as hard as he can! But wait, is that Riddle hobbling back out? His foot is heavily wrapped but he’s somehow making it here! McIntyre dribbles Styles, Riddle gets him for a BROMISSION! Styles fights free, going after the bad thighs! Riddle still kicks, rolls Styles, BROMISSION! McIntyre stomps the hold apart, gets Riddle up nd throws hands. Riddle spins McIntyre to PELE! McIntyre tumbles out, Riddle is up but Styles springboards, PHENOMNEAL- FINAL FLASH!

RIDDLE HITS AN RKO!?!? Cover, Omos drags Styles out! Omos saves Styles from taking the loss! Riddle turns around into a CLAYMORE OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!!

Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall (qualifies for the Men’s MITB Ladder Match)

Styles survives thanks to his massive insurance policy, but he and the Bro still lose as the Scottish Warrior snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! Will McIntyre add that briefcase to his list of accolades?


My Thoughts:

Wow, Raw was surprisingly great again this week. There were still more recaps than needed, but we got a lot of good stuff even with that. For one, a great promo segment with Kofi and MVP, though I will note Kofi might’ve been too hyped because he had stammered a little here and there. But Kofi pointing out things like Lashley taking it easy, having MVP help him, all good points. Kofi knocking MVP down with the Trouble in Paradise was great, too. Things are really ramping up, but it feels like Lashley is still winning at MITB, even if KofiMania 2 happening would be a great way to get fans to react.

Speaking of MITB, everything going into tonight’s Triple Threat was interesting but all around exciting stuff. Whatever reason Orton couldn’t actually be here, using it to further things on various fronts was great. The battle royal got a lot of action and story going at once, such as Mansoor being tricked by Mustafa Ali, all the 24/7 Championship chaos on the outside, and Omos screwing over the Viking Raiders. Riddle being in that match and then winning it for Orton was great stuff. Riddle made the Triple Threat an awesome match, though it was going to be that with Orton, too.

But Riddle taking the loss makes sense. Styles had Omos so he wasn’t going to lose, but he also wasn’t going to win because of the coming Raw Tag Team Championship match. The story of RKBRO is going to circle back to the tag titles, too. Priest’s promo with Riddle backstage was good, and I hope this cues Orton to try and appreciate what Riddle was doing for him. Orton was going to lose his opportunity by default without him, Riddle at least tried to get it, there’s no shame in losing here. And I suppose by default, McIntyre was going to win, but also because why wouldn’t Raw choose McIntyre? I don’t think McIntyre wins the MITB match because of all the other great choices, but him trying is also a great bit of the story.

Ricochet, Morrison and Miz had a great promo segment together, and then Ricochet VS Morrison was an awesome match. And the way they got to Double Count-out was awesome, I’ve never seen a move like that to the outside. Those guys are going to be the highlights of the ladder match because of what they can do. Elias VS Ryker as a strap match was so quick, it was like filler. Ryker was of course going to win and get past Elias, but it just doesn’t feel like a blow-off if it happens so fast. Also, Ryker wearing yellow and red, I hope this isn’t a sign Vince is going to try and make Ryker the new “I’m a real American~” Hogan. Not that I’m not patriotic, it’s just that it doesn’t need to be done with an Easter Egg to Hulkamania.

We got pretty good stuff out of Shayna, Nia, Nikki and Alexa. Nikki coming up with her nickname and catchphrase was great, she had a good match with Shayna, but of course Alexa gets involved with the puppetry. Her taking out two with one leg was great, though. Nikki wins to build momentum towards the MITB match, but no idea who is winning this with SmackDown still determining their spots. The limited roster didn’t really do Asuka or Naomi any favors. I get Eva is to get Heel Heat while fans rally behind “Doudrop” Piper Niven, but Piper ditched her last week. Why are they teaming again? Why isn’t Piper getting in Eva’s face about her name? This is bad pacing along with exposing WWE not caring for their RawDown Women’s Division like NXT does for theirs.

The Six Woman Tag was a much better segment with the promos and the brawling before the match, as well as the match itself. Charlotte, Natty & Tamina win to get momentum, but it is interesting that Rhea gets the cheap shot on Charlotte. I feel like Rhea, Dana & Mandy might win their matches, because who else is there to defend the titles against for Natty & Tamina? SmackDown has almost no one, but Asuka and Naomi can stick together to challenge whoever after MITB. Of course, the WWE Draft is coming, there’s at least two women’s tag teams going from NXT to RawDown to salvage the main roster tag division, which is sad because these belts should’ve been on all the shows outside of when Bayley & Sasha Banks had them.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (5/25/22)

Happy Anniversary, AEW!

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AEW Dynamite 2021

It’s the three-year anniversary of All Elite Wrestling!

And with Double or Nothing this Sunday, Hangman Adam Page and CM Punk have one last face-to-face! Will they keep it civil? Or will they start throwing hands before their AEW World Championship match?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears; Wardlow wins and will face MJF at Double or Nothing.
  • Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party; Moxley & Kingston win.
  • ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice; FTR wins, by disqualification, and are still ROH World Tag Team Champions.
  • Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland; Swerve wins.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm; Baker wins and advances to the finals.
  • Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly; Joe wins and advances to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

Steel Cage, MJF as Special Guest Referee: Wardlow VS Shawn Spears!

The final hurdle is here! If the War Dog can get through the Chair Man inside this cage, he’ll get Maxwell Jacob Friedman at Double or Nothing! But of course, stacking the deck as always, MJF is going to be the officiator in this match, wearing his own custom referee shirt. He claims he’ll call this right down the middle, but will MJF make sure Spears slays the giant and saves him from certain doom on Sunday?

Once again, Wardlow is in cuffs while being escorted to the ring. Fans chant, “WARD~LOW!” the whole way, and Wardlow steps inside the steel. MJF says he’s got those cuffs, as soon as he does the pat down. Wardlow is clean, but MJF “misplaced” the key. Fans boo, because they know this is just another way to rig this match! Spears attacks Wardlow outta nowhere, and MJF has the bell ring! Spears stomps, CLUBS and then throws body shots and more stomps. MJF whistles and has Spears back down, because he “found” the key. But then MJF stomps away on Wardlow, too! MJF knows Wardlow can’t attack him because that’ll violate the match contract!

Spears CLOBBERS Wardlow, stomps him, and MJF smirks. Wardlow gets up but elbows Spears away! Then BOOTS him! But MJF rakes Wardlow’s eyes! Fans boo but MJF eggs them on. Spears drags Wardlow up in the gap between ropes and steel, and both he and MJF run to RAM Wardlow into steel! MJF and Spears high-ten and then soak up the heat. Fans taunt Spears with “TEN! TEN! TEN!” and Spears brings the kneepad down. But Wardlow back drops Spears away! And BOOTS him! MJF stares Wardlow down because again, he can’t be touched. Wardlow endures the taunting, even as MJF SPITS in his face!

But then Wardlow BREAKS the cuffs on his own!? Wardlow CLOBBERS Spears over and over, THROWS him into the steel, then drags him up to TOSS him into more steel! Fans tell MJF he F’d up, but Spears HOTSHOTS Wardlow! Fans boo as Spears hurries up a corner, but Wardlow is after him! Wardlow won’t let Spears escape, he CUBS Spears over and over, then throws him down! Wardlow adjusts on the top rope to SWANTON BOMB! Cover, but of course MJF doesn’t count. Wardlow realizes he should’ve known better. Fans chant, “Ref, You Suck!” but MJF doesn’t care. He’s untouchable in this match! But Wardlow stepping closer does scare him…

Wardlow gets Spears up, but MJF LOW BLOWS him! Spears hurries to fireman’s carry, C4!! Cover, MJF is ready, TWO!! MJF went as fast as humanly possible and Wardlow still got out! Not only that, Spears realizes his finisher juts got buried! Fans chant for “WARD~LOW!” as he stirs, but Spears goes outside the cage to get his chair! This non-escape cage match has to end in the ring but Spears brings in his insurance policy! MJF holds Wardlow up for Spears, and Spears winds up, but Wardlow moves! CHAIRSHOT TO MJF!! Wardlow didn’t need to touch MJF to get even with him! And now Spears is stunned as fans chant that he F’d up!

Spears then realizes Wardlow is standing back up. Spears turns around, Wardlow brings the straps down! Spears is now wishing escape was a way to win. Wardlow gets Spears up, POWERBOMB! But that’s just one! Here’s another POWERBOMB! And then a third POWERBOMB! The Powerbomb Symphony has the fans rocking, and a spare ref runs in! Wardlow sets up Spears’ chair, gets Spears back up, and fans are thunderous! Wardlow reels Spears in again, POWERBOMB ON THE CHAIR!! Cover, Wardlow wins!!

Winner: Wardlow, by pinfall (WILL face MJF at Double or Nothing)

Wardlow got even with Spears, but now he wants MJF! Security rushes in but Wardlow DECKS each of them one at a time! There’s almost no end to these guys, but Wardlow gets that last one with a kick! Wardlow reels this guy in, gets him up, and BOMBS him against the cage!! The man falls into the gap, never to be seen again! Wardlow then climbs up the cage just to make a point that MJF can’t hold him back anymore! Is Wardlow not only going to win his freedom from MJF, but rid AEW of MJF once and for all?

 

AEW’s heart goes out to Uvalde, Texas.

After the tragedy of the school shooting, all any of us can really do is love each other and pray violence stops.

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society walks ‘n’ talks.

Daniel Garcia tells Blackpool Combat Club, Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz that this Sunday, Double or Nothing, Anarchy in the Arena, the JAS shows you how violent sports entertainers can really be. But then hold on, who is this bozo wearing a Moxley shirt? Menard and Parker get in this guy’s face. Good quality shirt. Is this polyester? Parker asks if he wants a taste of his switchblade… comb. Y’know what happens when you’re a Moxley fan? FIREBALL from Jericho!! The Wizard strikes again! Will the JAS show no mercy to anyone who isn’t on their side?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

As we celebrate three years of AEW where it all began in Las Vegas, Nevada, we have the biggest AEW World Championship match ever on the biggest night ever, Double or Nothing. And the challenger is the Best in the World, CM PUNK! Fans fire up as Punk makes his entrance! And he sits cross-legged on the stage while he rallies the fans to get louder. Punk continues down to the ring and fans chant his name. Schiavone then introduces the other half of this face-to-face, the AEW World Champion, HANGMAN ADAM PAGE! Fans fire up again as the Cowboy makes his way out, belt on his shoulder.

Hangman joins Punk and Schiavone in the ring and Schiavone says these last few weeks, both men have joined commentary and watched the other go to work. Hangman’s used Go To Sleep, Punk’s used the Buckshot, and there’s been a lot of talk and now, for the first time, they’re standing here for a face-to-face interview. Schiavone starts with Punk, saying Punk is prepared for Double or Nothing and becoming the next AEW World Champion. Punk has a mixed reaction from Vegas but with plenty of fans chanting his name. Punk says it is safe to say, “the biggest moment of my career happened right here in Las Vegas.”

Punk is grateful to be in the position he is in, loves the fans all over the world, and plans to walk in challenger, and respectfully walk out the champion. Schiavone now goes to Hangman and says Hangman knows just who he is facing, what everyone knows about CM Punk, but this confidence level is off the charts for the challenger. Fans also have a mixed reaction for Hangman, and still plenty chanting, “COWBOY S*IT!” Hangman says he said exactly what he was going to do to Punk, and did he stutter? “There is nothing that you can do to me to take this championship away from me!”

Schiavone says this is a determined champion, but Punk says he isn’t so sure why Hangman takes this personally. Hangman is a champion because he is Hangman Adam Page, the toughest SOB in AEW, and he holds that gold for a reason. But there is a locker room full of people just like Punk waiting for their shot. This is just business. It’s Punk’s shot, it’s not personal. Schiavone says there seems to be respect here, but Hangman takes the mic to say, “I said three weeks ago exactly what I was going to do to you. I said I was going to destroy you. I said I was going to annihilate you, to embarrass you. And I did not mean at Double or Nothing. I meant right now.”

Punk smirks and says, “Okay,” as Hangman says he’s been waiting for this moment not just weeks, but for months. Hangman has imagined himself sitting on the stage, cross-legged, and he’d pull out a lighter to light a pipe bomb and roll it down to Punk’s feet and watch it blow up in Punk’s face! How cathartic it would feel, and how full circle for Punk, right here in Vegas. But now that we’re here… Hangman realizes that he just can’t do it. He can’t. Not because he’s afraid he’d get fired or because he’s afraid of Punk. But when Hangman thought about what he wanted to say, he realized it’s just what Punk would do.

And fighting Punk’s hatred, pettiness and cowardice with more of the same would not be the right thing to do. But Hangman will say face-to-face, man-to-man, how he feels about Punk. “I don’t hate you. I almost pity you. And I have no respect for you and what you’ve done since you’ve gotten here. You want this AEW World Championship? I don’t think you understand what it means to be a champion. After all these years, I don’t think you get it. Because it’s not just about what happens in this ring, it’s about what happens when that red light turns off. What happens when you go back through that curtain. Those small, quiet moments when you think no one’s watching. That’s what makes a champion.”

Hangman says Punk talks a big game about worker’s rights, but has shown the exact opposite since getting here. Hangman loves this place, cares about this place, this is his home! And at Double or Nothing, Hangman will not be defending this title against Punk. For the first time in Hangman’s life, he will be defending ALL ELITE WRESTLING from Punk! Fans fire up hearing that one! Hangman then offers the mic to Schiavone and he takes it back. Punk’s response is he doesn’t get why Hangman’s so angry and taking this personally. “It makes me a little bit confused. You’re kinda talking in circles, it’s a big riddle, but if you’re so upset that I’m here, you’re gonna have to do something about it on Sunday.

“Win, lose or draw, I respect you, Hangman. But remember, those roads you traveled to get here? They were paved by me. This house that you built? It was constructed with lumber from trees that I chopped down. The world you traveled to get here, to create All Elite Wrestling, happened because I gave you the blueprint. You will shake my hand Sunday. Y’know what, Hangman, you’re gonna shake my hand right now.” Punk holds out his hand, fans are a bit torn, and Punk says all this misplaced anger isn’t for Punk, it’s for Hangman himself. Now shake his hand. Hangman says no thanks, so Punk shoves him. And Hangman DECKS Punk!

Fans fire up as Punk is rather shocked by that move. But he also smiles, perhaps getting exactly what he wanted. Hangman scowls and storms off, will he have a better poker face when it’s Double or Nothing?

 

AEW looks closer at the coming TBS Championship rematch.

The Queenslayer made the save for Statlander on Rampage, but Jade Cargill asks, “Anna Who?” The girl she already beat? But Anna says she doesn’t get all the extra BS, like the lights and the pyro and the Baddies Section. Jade already beat dat ass, but Jay thinks she deserves another shot? Jay says after her lose, she learned from some of the best on the roster. Now, she’s ready to beat the best and be TBS Champion. Double or Nothing, Jade says you put all your money on her because she is nothing but money. Will #ThatBitchShow just get even bigger and better? Or will Number 99 be the one in 30-1?

 

The Jericho Appreciation Society heads to the ring!

William Regal is already on commentary as Jericho leads Parker, Menard, Garcia and Jake Hager out. But Jericho has the music cut so the fans can’t sing Judas. Vegas, you don’t have what it takes to sing that song, so sit down and shut up! No singing for Vegas! The JAS then also goes to commentary, because they’re going to watch this next match.

Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston VS Private Party!

The Maniac & The Mad King team up together again to prepare for Double or Nothing, and enter from the crowd! Bryan Danielson would’ve been here but he got his leg trapped between ramp and ring on Rampage last Friday. But will Marq Quen & Isiah Kassidy end up appetizers for the violent appetites of Blackpool Combat Club and their allies? Or will the AFO’s party boys do the dirty work for JAS?

The second Quen & Kassidy make their entrance, there’s a brawl at the ramp! Kingston hammers Kassidy and Moxley has Quen! Moxley bumps Quen off buckles and the bell rings to get this on record! Moxley stomps a mudhole, fans are fired up as Kingston RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Moxley rains down fists on Quen, then he BITES Quen on the head! Kingston brings out a table?! Moxley whips Quen corner to corner but Quen BOOTS him and QUEBRADAS! Cover, ONE!! Quen gets Moxley up, wrenches, but Moxley rolls and wrenches back to hammerlock and SLEEPER! Tag to Kingston and fans fire up!

Kingston and Moxley mug Quen, Kingston HEADBUTTS Quen, then POWERBOMBS Quen down! Kingston paces, drags Quen back up, and he says he can do what Moxley can do. Kingston underhooks Quen, is that a PARADIGM SHIFT!? Kingston kicks Quen around, fishhooks the face, then drags Quen over to tag Moxley. Moxley whips Kingston in to SPLASH Quen, then Moxley clotheslines! Moxley feeds Quen to an STO! Moxley then drags Quen up, scoops him, but Quen slips off! Quen dodges to PELE! Tag to Kassidy, but Moxley blocks a kick and spins Kassidy, only for the DRAGON WHIP to come around!

Private Party DOUBLE DROPKICK Moxley to a corner, Kassidy runs in to back elbow! Kassidy sets up, Quen hits PARTY IN MOTION! Quen then sets up, Kassidy swaggers and runs, but Moxley CLOBBERS him! Kingston drags Quen out, Moxley gets Kassidy up, X-PLEX! Kingston hits an EXPLODER on Quen! Vegas fires up as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Moxley drags Kassidy up, throws him out, and then goes out after him. Moxley RAMS Kassidy into railing, Kingston does the same to Quen on the other side. Kingston brings a chair over, Kassidy throws hands on Moxley, but Kingston stands on Quen. The ref reprimands Kingston, and stops him from using the chair. Kassidy whips but Moxley reverses and Kassidy hits railing hard! Quen kicks Kingston back, but Moxley RAMS Kassidy into steel steps! Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Moxley drags Kassidy back up and puts him in the ring. Moxley drags Kassidy around while Kingston CHOKES Quen with camera cords!

Moxley stomps Kassidy, has the legs, TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Kassidy endures while Kingston brings Quen up. Moxley shifts to an Indian Deathlock STF while Kingston RAMS Quen into more railing! Kassidy endures, Kingston gets a drink of water, then he SPLASHES Quen with the bottle! Kassidy gets free of the STF but swings into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Moxley drags Kassidy back up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Dynamite returns to single picture and Moxley drags Kassidy off the ropes. Moxley half nelsons but Kassidy resists the suplex! Kassidy elbows free, reaches out, but Moxley keeps him from Quen!

Kassidy SCREW HIGH KICKS Moxley, tags Quen, SPRINGBOARD CLOTHESLINE! Then he sucker punches Kingston! Quen runs, flapjack dropkicks Moxley down! Moxley and Kingston regroup. Quen FLIES and takes out Kingston! Kassidy TORNILLOS to take out Moxley! Private Party puts Moxley in and Kassidy hurries, but is put in a corner. Kassidy BOOTS Moxley, leaps, FLYING STUNNER! Quen is up top now, he SHOOTING STAR PRESSES! Cover, TWO!! Moxley survives but Quen tags Kassidy. Kassidy springboards in but Moxley dodges. Kassidy comes back, Moxley sends him at Quen, SILLY STRING- NO! Moxley powers out to LARIAT Kassidy!

Kingston rushes in to URAKEN Quen! Kingston has Quen in the STRETCH PLUM, Moxley rains down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Kassidy!! Quen is tapping, Kassidy is a ragdoll! Moxley finishes Kassidy with PARADIGM SHIFT!! Cover, Moxley & Kingston win!

Winners: Jon Moxley & Eddie Kingston, by pinfall

The JAS rush the ring but Kingston goes at them first! Moxley, too! Hager RAMS Moxley into the apron, Jericho and Menard help out, but here come Santana & Ortiz! And even Bryan with his beat up leg! It’s chaos already as they brawl around ringside! Refs try to stop this but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Jericho SMACKS Kingston with a chair! Menard and Bryan claw at each other, Jericho gets in the ring and soaks up the heat like his side’s already won. But Bryan gets in the ring to go after him! Jericho kicks the bad leg! Parker helps stomp Bryan, and then the JAS undoes railing so they can leave through the crowd! If this is how it was tonight, how much more insane will it get at Double or Nothing?

 

AEW takes a closer look at the Owen Hart Cup.

Mark Henry says watching all the competition in these tournaments, he is sure Owen would be so proud. Toni Storm says just a few months ago, she thought she was out of wrestling for good. But now she is this close to the finals. Britt Baker vows to defeat Storm and win the tournament at Double or Nothing to prove once again she is the best. Kyle O’Reilly tells Samoa Joe, Double or Nothing will be an Undisputed Elite finals. But Joe ponders the question, “How do you beat someone like Kyle O’Reilly? A submission aficionado, a striking prodigy.” But like all fancy things, you just place it on the anvil and break it. And when Joe is down with Kyle, he’s coming for Adam Cole, BAYBAY.

 

ROH World Tag Team Championships: FTR VS Roppongi Vice!

As if a three year anniversary isn’t big enough, Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood defend one of their two world tag titles against a team that’s been all over the world, but still hungry for more. Will FTR stay #TwoBeltTopGuys? Or will Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta not just be kings but champions of the night?

The introductions are made by Bobby Cruz, tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace. The ROH belts are raised, and we see if RPG Vice hits the jackpot here in Vegas!

Cash starts against Rocky and fans rally, “F T R! F T R!” Cash and Rocky circle, approach, and Rocky KICKS Cash’s leg. Cash shakes that off and ties up with Rocky. Rocky waistlocks but Cash wrenches and wristlocks. Rocky rolls, wrenches back, hammerlocks, but Cash slips around to hammerlock back. Cash really clamps it on but Rocky drop toeholds and headlocks. Cash rolls to a cover, ONE! Rocky holds on, Cash fights up, and powers out. Rocky runs Cash over! Things speed up, Rocky runs Cash over again! Rocky KICKS Cash, brings him up, CHOPS and runs, but Cash hurdles to run Rocky over!

They keep moving, Cash hurdles but Rocky deflects the dropkick! Rocky gets the arms, GEDO CLUTCH! TWO! Cash goes for a leg, Rocky turns that around to a backslide, TWO! Cash runs in, but into an ARMBAR TAKEDOWN! Fans fire up, Cash rolls to the ropes! Cash gets out, fans fire up and Rocky shows off some of that Latino Heat swag. Cash gets up and in, fans rally up, and Cash tags Dax. Rocky tags Trent, and now Dax and Trent stare down. They tie up, Dax headlocks, Trent powers up and out. Dax runs Trent over, things keep moving, and Trent gets up. Dax slides under but Trent CHOPS him! Dax staggers to a corner, Trent CHOPS back!

Dax turns it around, CHOPS and CHOPS, but Trent CHOPS back! Dax CHOPS, Trent kicks low! Trent stalks Dax to a corner, whips him corner to corner hard and Dax staggers. Dax still back elbows then snap suplexes! Tag to Cash, Dax gives him the boost for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! Cash brings Trent up, but Trent blocks this suplex to suplex back. Cash slips out, waistlocks, but Rocky tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Rocky KICKS Cash, kicks again but Cash blocks! Cash ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK, and Trent gets Cash with a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Rocky hurries to cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Fans fire up while Dynamite goes picture in picture. Rocky stomps Cash, drags him up and CHOPS him to the corner. Cash CHOPS back, CHOPS with his left hand, but Rocky blocks the third chop! Rocky wrenches, ELBOW BREAKER, and a KICK to the arm! Rocky drags Cash around, snapmares him down, and tags in Trent. Trent slingshot sentons, covers, TWO! Trent clamps onto Cash with a top wristlock but Cash clasps hands. Cash fights up, gets around to push Trent towards the corner but Trent digs in his heels. Cash scoops and SLAMS! Both men crawl, hot tag to Rocky! Rocky runs and dropkicks Dax down!

Rocky stomp Cash, then drags him up to throw forearms! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Rocky clamps onto Cash with a chinlock and grinds him down. Cash endures, fights up, reaches out, but Rocky holds on. Cash atomic drops Rocky and gets free! Rocky tags Trent and Trent CLUBS Cash down! Trent hauls Cash up, CHOPS him, but Cash CHOPS back! Trent knees low, tags Rocky back in, and RPG Vice double suplex! Cover, TWO! Rocky clamps back on with another chinlock as Dynamite returns to single picture. Fans rally, Cash moves around, gets around, BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans fire up!

Rocky and Cash crawl, hot tag to Trent and he keeps Cash from Dax! Cash hops up, reaches out, Trent pulls him away, but Cash fights through to hot tag Dax! Dax ducks Trent’s haymaker to JAB, JAB, JAB and DECK Trent! Rocky runs in, Dax rallies on him, too! Dax CHOPS Trent in a corner, uppercuts, CHOPS, repeat! Rocky returns but Dax DECKS him now! Dax whips, Trent reverses and Dax hits buckles hard! Dax falls back, Trent drags Dax up to whip, but Dax reverses! Trent ducks the clothesline to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Trent holds on, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Dax switches to GERMAN SUPLEX back!

Dax holds on, he GERMAN SUPLEXES Trent again! Trent grabs ropes to deny the hat trick! Dax CLUBS Trent, Trent elbows Dax! Trent swings, Dax dodges, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, but Rocky DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! Trent hurries, tag to Rocky! Rocky KICKS Dax in the bad side, then ROCKS him and suplexes! Dax slips out, slips under, but Trent tags in before the atomic drop! Dax still elbows Trent, runs, but into a DOUBLE JUMP KNEE! Fans fire up and Rocky hurries after Cash to DECK him! Trent brings Dax up, hangs him out to dry, then Rocky goes up! Missile dropkick! Trent hits the SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO!!

Dax survives and RPG Vice can’t believe it! Trent says they’ll finish this, and fans duel. Rocky goes up as Trent Alabama Lifts, but Cash trips Rocky up! Trent dumps Dax to DECK Cash, but Dax cradles Trent! TWO!! Dax scoops but Trent cradles, TWO!! Dax pops Trent up but Trent victory Rolls, TWO!! Both men bob ‘n’ weave, Dax fakes Trent out but Trent fights off the Piledriver! Trent gets Dax back up and tucks him in, Rocky is back up top! STRONG ZERO!!! Cover, Cash barrels into Rocky to break it!! Wait, wait, is that the UNITED EMPIRE rushing down the ramp?! The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, Great-O-Khan and Jeff Cobb, are here!?!

Khan & Cobb get in the ring and they CLOBBER EVERYONE!

Winners: FTR, by disqualification (still the ROH World Tag Team Champions)

Khan throws Trent out, Cobb throws Cash out, and then Khan MONGOLIAN CHOPS Rocky! Dax is alone and the fans are losing their minds! Cobb gets Dax up, Khan runs, IMPERIAL DROP!! Khan then feeds Rocky to a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS!! The United Empire still isn’t done, they mug Dax, then clear off the timekeeper’s table! GUT WRENCH POWERBOMB through the table!! Khan gets another table, and he drags Trent over. IRON CLAW, and then he goes up the steps! ELIMINATOR through the table!! They then grab the ROH World Tag Team Championships and hold them up high. Will the United Empire conquer not just NJPW but AEW and the world?!

 

The Hardy Boyz speak.

Matt tells the Young Bucks that their stories both began with a lot of similarities. They were all born and raised by wholesome, religious parents. They had innocent upbringings where they didn’t smoke or drink. They didn’t even curse! And they all had dreams of becoming pro-wrestlers. But that’s where the parallels end. The Hardys broke into the business in the early 90s, and it was a different industry back then, and a majorly different culture. The brutal, tough roads the Hardys had to walk, the Bucks could never, EVER have survived! The Bucks don’t have the grit, the resilience that these two have. The Hardys no only survived, but they became a revolutionary tag team.

Sure, the Bucks are talented, are Elite, but let’s call it like it is. When the Hardys look at the Bucks, and even when the fans look at the Bucks, all they see are Hardy Boy cosplayers! The reason the Hardys are here in AEW is to cement their legacies as the GOATs of tag team wrestling. Jeff says that was GR-E-E-E-E-EAT. Get it? Goats? But they’re not a team in their prime, they’re a team in their OVERPRIME, and it is overtime! The pressure is on to win. This is a clean slate for Jeff, it is his time approaching the eventual time. But this final run will be the best run!

So at Double or Nothing, the Bucks are just two little stepping stones on the Hardys’ way to becoming AEW World Tag Team Champions to complete the collection! And if the Bucks think they’re in their prime, well, they will NEVER be better than the Hardys! The Hardys have been better at every stage of life! Better as babies, as kids, as teenagers, at their peak, and right here and now even as middle-aged and extreme! The Bucks may be elite, but this is the DELETE! They will DELETE the Bucks this Sunday! And there’s a saying: Never meet your heroes, they’ll probably disappoint you. But for the Bucks, it’ll be more like disappointed that they can never beat their heroes!

 

Triple Threat: Jungle Boy VS Ricky Starks VS Swerve Strickland!

Captain Charisma set up a prelude to the AEW World Tag Team Championship Triple Threat at Double or Nothing, because he wants his guy to get back at both the FTW Champion and the man who cost JB that FTW Championship. But will JB just end up getting beat up by his challengers before the title match because of Christian Cage? Or will Jurassic Express have all the momentum going into this Sunday?

The bell rings and fans fire up as these three stare each other down. JB and Swerve then come to an understanding, and they both look at Starks. Starks realizes that and bails out, and says he beat them both already so he doesn’t have to do anything. Fans chant, “Whose House?” “Swerve’s House!” as Swerve offers a handshake to JB. JB accepts, but Starks slides into shove Swerve into JB! Starks rolls Swerve up, JB breaks it as he rolls Starks up! TWO, JB ends up in Swerve’s cradle, TWO! Starks blocks Swerve’s kick and sends it into JB! Starks throws Swerve down, then goes after him, but Swerve moves around to EDDY GORDO RANA!

JB CHOPS Swerve, knuckle locks, and goes up and up, only for Swerve to bring him back down. Swerve blocks a chop and knuckle locks, then turns JB around to double knuckle lock from behind. JB hops up onto Swerve’s shoulders, Swerve throws him at Starks, JB RANAS Starks out of the ring! JB dodges Swerve, dropkicks him then kips up! Fans fire up with JB and he runs at Swerve to CLOBBER him at ropes! JB runs again but Starks trips him up! Starks throws JB out, but JB whips Starks at the corner! Starks slides through the gap and comes back around, to CLOBBER JB! But Swerve runs at the ropes!

Starks ducks but Swerve handsprings over him, only for Starks to shove him into railing! Starks gets up on the apron to strike his pose, then jump down and stomp Swerve! Dynamite goes picture in picture as Starks talks trash on the Swerve fans.

Starks drags Swerve up, whips him hard into railing, then he goes after JB. JB ROCKS and CHOPS Starks but Starks ROCKS and throws JB down! Starks drags JB up and puts him in the ring to then drag him up and around for a suplex. Starks holds JB up, does a hip swivel and then SLAMS JB down! Cover, TWO! Swerve returns but Starks kicks him and throws him out. Starks brings JB up but JB throws body shots! Starks CLUBS JB down, looms over him, and brings him up to knuckle lock and CHOP! Starks goes up slowly, tightrope walks with some swagger, and gives JB some OLD SCHOOL! Starks strikes his pose again as fans rally.

Swerve is on the apron but Starks DECKS him! Starks then drags JB up and CHOPS him. JB CHOPS Starks back! Starks CHOPS again! Starks digs his knee into JB at the corner, the ref counts, Swerve CLOBBERS Starks! Swerve whips Starks to a corner, runs in but Starks back elbows! Starks throws swerve back out, gets JB back up and wrenches to whips to ropes. OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! But Swerve gets in to throw Starks to a corner! Swerve elbows, snapmares, and then goes up for the FALLING UPPERCUT! Starks goes to the apron but Swerve joins him out there. Swerve claws Starks’ face but Starks throws an elbow.

Dynamite returns to single picture as Starks throws a forearm but Swerve gives it back. Starks BOOTS, Swerve keeps Starks from running off. Starks elbows Swerve again, JB runs in but Starks HOTSHOTS him! Swerve BOOTS Starks, JB runs and RANAS Swerve off the apron! JB throws Swerve back in, hurries and BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Cover, Starks breaks it! Starks whips JB, JB reverses to wrench and RACK BOMB! Cover, TWO! JB is annoyed, Starks gets away, Swerve ROCKS JB with a forearm! Swerve whips corner to corner hard, and then he brings JB up to the top rope. Swerve climbs up, brings JB up, but JB throws body shots.

Starks returns, he jumps up to join in, hitting each man in the head! But they double pie face Starks down hard! JB then CLUBS Swerve, gets around, SUPER POISON-RANA!! But Swerve lands on his feet!! Vegas loses its mind and JB is confused! JB and Swerve fire up, but Starks BOOTS Swerve down! JB dodges Starks’ clothesline but Starks blocks a kick. Starks ducks JB’s enziguri but Swerve’s SUPERKICK connects! JB aims but Swerve deflects that superkick to throw JB down! Swerve rolls JB’s arm to lift him up, stalling suplex, but Starks SPEARS them down!! JB lands on his feet, though, and SUPERKICKS Starks!

JB runs, but Starks MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, Swerve breaks it!! Fans are thunderous, Starks and Swerve kick each other and Starks stomps! Fans are loving “A E DUB!” as Starks tries to underhook. But Swerve powers out to a fireman’s carry, but Starks fights free of that. Starks waistlocks, Swerve switches, but Starks fights off the half nelson suplex! Swerve CHOPS Starks’ on the back again and again, but Starks arm-drags free! Swerve uppercuts, but Starks reels him in! Swerve breaks free with his leg, but Starks pokes eyes! Starks underhooks and Canadian racks, ROSHAMBEAUX! But JB gets Starks SNARE TRAP!! Starks is caught, reaches out, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK!

But JB drags Starks away! JB resets the SNARE TRAP!! Starks is fading, HOUSE CALL from Swerve!! Swerve wants someone to get up, Starks sits up in a daze. Swerve is up stop, SWERVE STOMPS!! Cover, Swerve wins!!

Winner: Swerve Strickland, by pinfall

But “Powerhouse” Hobbs gets in! And he CLOBBERS Swerve! JB jumps on Hobbs for a sleeper but Hobbs throws him off! But Luchasaurus rushes out there and he choke grips Hobbs! Hobbs pries free!? But here comes KEITH LEE! The Limitless One isn’t going to let this keep going without him! Keith, Hobbs and Luchasaurus, the big men of each team, start throwing hands! Hobbs ROCKS Keith, Luchasaurus TAIL WHIPS Hobbs, but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUMS Luchasaurus! Keith then LIMITLESS TORNILLOS them both down!! Fans lose their minds all over again and Keith regroups with Swerve. Will all of the AEW Tag Division soon bask in their glory?

 

Dan Lambert & the Men of the Year speak.

Lambert says, “Sammy, Tay and Frankie must have a combined IQ of room temperature with the air conditioning on if they thought for one second that busting up Scorpio’s TNT title belt was going to get them the match that they want. Well, somebody please tell these idiots about this new invention we have called the internet and show them how to look up American Top Team. Because maybe then, they would understand that winning every championship there is in combat sports means I probably have every belt maker in the world on speed dial.” That’s right, Lambert ordered Scorpio a brand new belt even before AEW’s favorite couple could tweet out a picture of themselves in the middle of some disgusting act wearing the old one.

So, Scorpio Sky gets a special Friday Night Rampage. The brand new, custom made TNT Championship, handcrafted in Scorpio’s image, will be presented to him and he will love it. Scorpio snaps his fingers and we cut away, but will Sammy, Tay & Frankie just look to break that belt up, too?

 

Schiavone is on stage.

This Sunday, the AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended. Schiavone introduces the champion, Thunder Rosa! La Mera Mera makes her way out, and Schiavone asks her about Deeb’s challenge. Rosa wants us to see her face. It has no face paint! This is the real Rosa, the face of someone who has worked and earned everything she has, and is grateful for being champion. That has never complained, either. Because that is what champions do. Deeb, “mi reina,” you are NOT a champion. Fans cheer Rosa on, and Rosa tells Deeb that she complains, is a little petty.

Rosa says Deeb points fingers at people and companies, pinning things on her past, with her questionable changes. Maybe Deeb should look in a mirror and blame herself. Rosa’s face used to look up to Deeb, but no more! And on Sunday, Deeb won’t see this face. On Sunday, the war paint is on. On Sunday, the warrior inside Rosa takes over! On Sunday, La Mera Mera will teach Deeb a lesson in respect for disrespecting Schiavone, for disrespecting Rosa’s mentor, Dustin Rhodes, for disrespecting the fans, and especially for disrespecting Rosa, the AEW Women’s World Champion!! And y’know what? Deeb will be very scared, because Rosa will haunt her forever!

 

AEW returns as Schiavone interviews Red Velvet backstage.

A tremendous match between The Chef and Kris Statlander in the Owen Hart Cup, but Statlander won. Velvet is surely upset. No sh*t, Schiavone. Velvet says she should have won that match, and she should be facing Ruby Soho. But speaking of, Soho walks in because she heard her name. Does Velvet have something to say to her? Yes, actually. If Soho needs to know how to beat Statlander, Velvet’s got this notebook right here. Statlander’s knee is messed up, and she has a bad shoulder, too.

Velvet leaves and Soho says she can admit, when she faced Statlander last time, Soho won by the skin of her teeth. But in the next round of the Owen Hart Cup, Soho knows she’s not facing the same Statlander. This notebook is useless, so Soho throws it away. Soho will keep what Velvet said in mind, though. Will the Runaway be able to get past whatever this new form the Galaxy’s Greatest Alien has taken and head for Double or Nothing? And speaking of…

 

Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament Opening Round: Britt Baker VS Toni Storm!

The Doctor made Maki Itoh tap out while the Lightning From Down Under struck a Hayter. Only one moves on to Double or Nothing and the finals, who wins the first of tonight’s “double main event?”

In a surprising move, Britt tells Rebel and Jamie Hayter that she’ll be fine without them. They head back to the back, this will truly be 1v1, just as Storm wanted it. The bell rings and Vegas rallies for “D M D!” Britt and Storm circle, tie up, and go around. Storm clamps onto the arm, wrenches, but Britt reaches for ropes. Storm keeps her away from ropes, but Britt wrenches back. Britt hammerlocks, spins Storm and snapmares but Storm wrenches right back. Storm keeps Britt down with a wristlock, but Britt fight sup to break free. Britt snapmares, but Storm wrenches Britt right back, then headlocks for the takeover.

Britt keeps her shoulder sup, headscissors, but Storm pops free. Storm and Britt tie up again, Britt hits a headlock takeover. Storm headscissors and she keeps Britt down. Britt gets frustrated but endures as Toni pushes up for more pressure. Britt moves around, Storm pushes up again, but Britt kicks her way to the ROPEBREAK. Fans rally and duel as Storm lets off and waits on Britt. Britt gets up, kicks Storm low, but Storm rushes in. Britt sidesteps but Storm redirects herself to avoid the table top, and she basement dropkicks Britt down! Britt bails out but Storm pursues, and she ROCKS Britt with a forearm!

Storm brings Britt around and POSTS her! The ring count climbs, Storm ROCKS Britt with an uppercut. Storm gets in the ring to refresh the count, then she uppercuts Britt again. Storm aims at the apron but Britt blocks the bump to smack Storm off the apron instead! Britt puts Storm in the ring, fans duel, and Britt climbs up. Storm shoves Britt out! Storm hurries to ROCK Britt with a right, then stalks her to steel steps. But Britt rakes eyes! Britt Hits a COMPLETE SHOT to the steps! Storm flops down and Britt gets in the ring to refresh the count! Britt hurries after Storm as Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Britt rains down fists on Storm, lets off to spell “D M D,” then she drags Storm up. Britt SMACKS Storm off the steps, then takes the fan sign that says “DMD is DUMB,” to rip it in half! Britt refreshes the count again, puts Storm back in, then takes her time getting in the ring. Storm kicks at Britt but Britt stomps and kicks Storm. Britt CLUBS Storm, scuffs her, talks trash on Storm, then puts her in a corner. Britt CHOKES Storm, but the ref counts. Britt lets off at 4, brings Storm around and throws forearms! Britt sits Storm down, drags her back out, and then pulls her into the post! The ref counts again and Britt scuffs Storm as she lets off.

Britt gets back in the ring with a smirk and she brings Storm up. Britt throws Storm down by her hair, covers, TWO! Britt clamps onto Storm with a seated cobra twist, but Storm endures. Fans rally up, Britt pulls Storm’s hair and talks more trash, but Storm endures. Storm fights up, throws body shots, and gets free! Britt ROCKS Storm, but Storm ROCKS Britt! Dynamite returns to single picture as the forearms fly back and forth! Storm gets the edge, but Britt dodges to SUPERKICK! Storm staggers, Britt goes up the corner, and Britt leaps for PITT- NO! Storm blocks the sunrise to go up and TORNADO DDT!

Britt flounders away and fans fire up. Storm fires up, she runs in corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Then Alabama lift, ALABAMA SLAM! Storm rolls Britt back to her feet and reels her in, but Britt powers up to AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up but here comes Hayter! She coaches Britt up but Britt tells her to go back. Storm rolls Britt! TWO!! Britt kicks low, reels Storm in, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Storm survives and Britt is beside herself! Britt waistlocks, ripcords, but Storm dodges to GERMAN SUPLEX! Britt flounders to the apron and out of the ring. Storm hurries after her, TORNADO DDT to the floor!!

Storm drags Britt up, puts Britt in, and fans duel! Hayter is on the apron but Storm DECKS her! Storm runs at Britt, blocks the superkick and kicks back! Storm reels Britt in, Britt back drops but Storm sunset flips! Britt sits on the cover, Hayter helps Britt grab the rope! BRITT WINS!

Winner: Britt Baker, by pinfall (advances to the finals)

Storm is shocked! Britt did 99% of the work and still stole this one! Who will The Doctor meet in the finals? We see Statlander VS Soho this Friday on Rampage!

 

Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament Semifinals: Samoa Joe VS Kyle O’Reilly!

The Panama City Playboy waits the winner of this at Double or Nothing, and he’s hoping for an Undisputed Finals! Will #KillerKyle keep that dream alive? Or will the Samoan Submission Machine make sure the Cup stays far out of their reach?

The bell rings and the two circle. Kyle and Joe test the waters with kicks, fans sing, “Joe is gonna kill~ you!” and Joe withstands Kyle’s quick flurry! Joe backs Kyle down with his own kicks and knees, and even adds elbows and a KICK! Kyle staggers but he steadies himself and the two reset. Kyle shoots in, Joe switches, Kyle flips it to a facelock. They move around, Joe wants a leg now, and he gets Kyle down! Kyle uses a leg guard and they end up in ropes, Joe lets off quickly. Fans fire up for the opening exchange and the two reset again. They knuckle lock, Kyle gets the arm and wrenches it. Joe wants the sleeper!

Kyle trips Joe, Joe kicks Kyle away and avoids the Penalty Kick to CHOP Kyle off his feet! Fans are stinging from that one, and they chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” Kyle gets up, Joe JABS, JABS, then CHOPS Kyle in the corner. Joe brings Kyle around but Kyle wants that bad arm! Joe uses the good arm to scoop and SLAM Kyle! Kyle sits up and gasps, Joe CHOPS him on the shoulder, then PENALTY KICKS and ELBOW DROPS! Fans fire up and Joe covers, TWO! Joe CLUBS Kyle, CHOPS him, CHOPS again, then HEADBUTTS! Joe throws a back elbow, reels Kyle in, and snap suplexes! Joe floats to the cover, TWO!

Joe smirks and JABS Kyle again. Joe runs but into a KNEE! Kyle wrenches the bad arm to WRING it out! Joe rolls away, Kyle snarls and he stomps Joe to ropes. Kyle gets the bad arm, hammerlocks, and he rains down elbows and knees! Kyle floats over to do the same to the other side, then he runs for a SLIDING KNEE! Joe writhes, Kyle KICKS the bad arm! And again! Joe staggers but Kyle brings him around to clinch and fire off more knees! Kyle runs but Joe CLOBBERS him! Fans fire up and Kyle flounders to the apron. Joe storms over, but Kyle gets the leg! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! Kyle then goes up the corner, FLYING KNEE to the bad arm! Cover, TWO!

But into an ARMBAR! Joe clasps hands, or rather holds his own wrist! Kyle wants the arm but Joe gets the ROPEBREAK! Kyle holds until 4 and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Kyle KICKS Joe against the ropes, then KICKS him again. Joe bails out of the ring, Kyle goes out after him, and Kyle wrenches the bad arm for a double wristlock. Kyle then hammerlocks the arm, makes Joe take a seat and he KICKS away on Joe by the barriers! Kyle ROCKS Joe, then gets some space. Kyle runs back in, but Joe DECKS him with a forearm! Fans fire up and Joe brings Kyle up. Joe CHOPS Kyle into taking a seat, then Joe gets some space. Joe encourages fans to fire up, and he run sin to BOOT WASH Kyle against railing! The front row fans fire up getting a whole new experience as Joe brings his foot back over.

Joe drags Kyle up and puts him in the ring. Joe takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in. Kyle gets the bad arm to wrench, hammerlock, and leg sweep! Joe lands on the bad arm and clutches the shoulder! Kyle rains down palm strikes on Joe, floats over to the other side for more, then back again! Kyle lets off to get the bad arm and grind the shoulder. Joe endures, even as Kyle grinds the elbow into Joe’s head. Joe fights up but Kyle throws him down! Kyle runs to drop a knee on Joe’s shoulder! Kyle paces, stomps the bad arm, then hauls Joe up as Dynamite returns to single picture.

Kyle throws forearms, KICKS, and repeat, focusing on the bad arm. But Joe uses the arm to catch the kick! Kyle fires off palm strikes, knees and another kick, but Joe ROLLING LEG SWEEPS! Kyle goes down and fans fire up with Joe! Joe JABS, JABS and JABS, to then whip and atomic drop! Joe keeps moving, and he BOOTS Kyle down! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kyle survives but Joe keeps cool. Joe stands Kyle up for knee after knee, but Kyle blocks to KICK the bad arm. Kyle runs, but Joe LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Joe is beside himself! Fans rally behind Joe and he watches Kyle rise.

Joe brings Kyle up but Kyle throws a forearm! Joe responds with palm strike after palm strike from his good arm! Joe has Kyle in the corner, puts him up top, then tucks him in! MUSCLE- NO! Kyle fights out and has the bad arm! Kyle shifts around from double wristlock to FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Joe endures but Kyle pushes back! Joe crawls, reaches out, turns on his side, ROPEBREAK! Kyle lets go quickly but still wants the bad arm. Kyle rips off the tape and snarls as he KICKS the arm again! Joe is in the corner, Kyle BOOTS him! Joe JABS, and JABS, and CHOPS! Kyle BOOTS again, but Joe KNEES Kyle as he shoots in low!

Kyle staggers, yoyos in the ropes, and LARIATS! Joe ENZIGURIS! Kyle PENALTY KICKS! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Kyle and Joe go to opposite corners, fans love “A E DUB!” for this, and Kyle runs corner to corner! URENA- NO! Arm-drag counter, and Kyle shoots around. O’Conner Roll, TWO! COQUINA CLUTCH!! But Kyle has the bad arm! Joe is still locking it in with the one good arm! Kyle sputters, and he’s out! JOE WINS!!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission (advances to the finals)

Even with one good arm, the ROH World Television Champion pulls off the victory! But here comes Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole and Joe have never had a match against each other before, and now they will in a historic finals match at Double or Nothing! Who will win the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for Dynamite, especially as a go-home for Double or Nothing. For one, opening with the Steel Cage was an awesome move. I should’ve figured MJF would go that far to try and screw Wardlow over, but it was awesome how Wardlow turned it around on MJF. That was one serious headshot and MJF sold it perfectly. Wardlow of course wins, and of course we’re now getting MJF VS Wardlow at Double or Nothing, and who knows how that goes. There is a very good chance MJF wins, though, with the dirtiest of ways to win, but I bet Vegas would go nuts if Wardlow won. Also great to see that I called the TNT Championship was being remodeled for Scorpio, I bet that thing will look awesome.

Great promo from the JAS, and wow, Jericho with another fireball just because that staffer wore a Moxley shirt. If this were sports entertainment, they would’ve mentioned Jericho getting fined a lot of money. Regal and Jericho were very good on commentary during Moxley & Kingston VS Private Party, which was a lot of fun and a pretty good sampler of what Anarchy in the Arena will look like. I don’t want it to be so chaotic because that’ll be hard for everyone to keep up with all the action, but it will surely be just brawling all over ringside and even in the ring, and who knows what we’ll see these teams do to each other.

Good promo vignette from Jade and Jay to hype up the rematch, but again, because it’s Jay again, I feel like Jade’s got this one. I did like that Velvet, though Heel, gave Ruby, a Face, advice on how to beat Statlander since Velvet is now Statlander’s enemy. Ruby had a good Face response, and Ruby VS Statlander on Rampage is going to be a great match. Great promo from the Hardys to hype up their match with the Bucks, no idea who wins that match, but I definitely see the winner going after the AEW World Tag titles. And while Rosa had a very good promo, they started her music a little early. Probably just them misreading her promo, but it also felt like they were playing her off, which is a bit rude to do to your AEW Women’s World Champion. But that aside, Rosa is surely retaining against Deeb.

Great segment from Hangman and Punk, and though Hangman purposefully danced around the issue, I’m pretty sure what he was getting at is Punk coming in and throwing off all the plans for the AEW originals, Hangman himself included. Punk also had a good counter saying he was the foundation of what AEW is even about. That match is going to be amazing, Hangman knocking Punk down technically means Punk is standing tall because he got in Hangman’s head. I would think Hangman retains the title and that strengthens his reign, probably so he’ll be real strong for Kenny Omega’s eventual return.

The ROH World Tag Team Championship match was great stuff, and I even liked that it ended up like it did because The United Empire shows up to further build towards Forbidden Door. FTR wants more tag titles, RPG Vice called out a lot of champions, and now it seems the Empire figures they’ll grab up titles, we could get a huge tag title match with this feud. The Triple Threat of JB, Starks and Swerve was great stuff, and between Swerve winning the match and Keith running off the other heavies, I have a feeling Keith & Swerve end up losing somehow. That might mean Jurassic Express finds a way to retain, maybe Team Taz wins, but who knows.

Great “double main event” from the Owen Hart Cup Semifinals, and we even got a good promo vignette to hype the matches up. Britt VS Storm was of course still affected by Hayter showing up, but I almost thought Hayter was going to accidently cost Britt. But no, Britt still wins, as expected, and she is paralleling Cole as they’re both finalists. Joe VS Kyle was awesome stuff, and especially with Joe selling the arm damage from last week. Joe winning was great, though, and that gives us a classic Face VS Heel showdown. I suppose it would be too early for Cole VS Kyle, possible dysfunction between them in AEW after doing that story in NXT, and Cole VS Joe will still be awesome. But with Lethal, Sonjay & Singh lurking, I bet Joe loses because of them and Cole wins, he and Britt will be an Owen Hart Cup winner power couple.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 29 Results & Report! (5/25/22)

BOSJ, both blocks, round 5!

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NJPW BOSJ 29

The blocks stick together again!

A Block and B Block keep at it side by side as Best of the Super Juniors 29 continues! Taiji Ishimori stands alone at 4-0, but will that change tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Alex Zayne; Austin wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Francesco Akira; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS Wheeler Yuta; Yuta wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: EL LINDAMAN VS El Phantasmo; ELP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Taiji Ishimori; Kanemaru wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS TJP; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS El Desperado; Desperado wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Hiromu Takahashi; Yoh wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Here are the current standings in A Block!

Taiji Ishimori: 4-0, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1, 6 points
Ace Austin: 3-1, 6 points
Alex Zayne: 3-1, 6 points
YOH: 2-2, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 1-3, 2 points
SHO: 1-3, 2 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 1-3, 2 points
Clark Connors: 1-3, 2 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-3, 2 points

 

Here are the current standings for B Block!

El Lindaman: 3-1, 6 points
El Desperado: 3-1, 6 points
El Phantasmo: 3-1, 6 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
Wheeler Yuta: 2-2, 4 points
Bushi: 2-2, 4 points
Douki: 2-2, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-3, 2 points
Titan: 1-3, 2 points
TJP: 1-3, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Alex Zayne!

The Inevitable and the Sauce are both fingertips away from being the top of the block, and are both coming off wins from last round. Who gets even closer to leading the pack after this red hot opener?

The bell rings and fans rally up already. The two shake hands and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Zayne and Austin tie up, go around, and end up on ropes, then in a corner. Austin powers his way out and they’re deadlock in the center. They break, and fans applaud the exchange. Zayne blocks a kick, spins Austin around and waistlocks, but Austin bucks him away. Zayne rolls, dodges the clothesline, then runs. Austin hurdles, but Zayne springboards to drop knees on the drop down! RUNNING MARIPOSA, but Austin makes it a ghost pin! TWO, and Austin arm-drags to a DISARMER! Fans fire up and Austin brings out the ace up his sleeve!

But Zayne rolls Austin! TWO! Fans fire up as the two stand off, and surprise! Zayne has Austin’s ace! Zayne takes a taste, then throws it to the fans. But Austin drop toeholds and EDDY GORDO KICKS! Then the DISARMER! And Austin brings out his second ace! PAPER CUT! Austin says no one saw anything. Zayne bails out to check his hand, but Austin builds speed! Zayne shoulders in but Austin catches him! DRAPING BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Austin builds speed again, to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit with the #FallToGlory and fans fire up more! Austin gets Zayne up, the ring count starts, and Austin CHOPS Zayne.

Austin throws forearms, then whips, but Zayne sends Austin into the ring instead. Austin skins the cat to go back out, then he avoids Zayne’s punch to dropkick him! Austin kips up on the apron and fans fire up. Austin handsprings over the sweeps, but Zayne blocks the kick! Austin handsprings through the flip, but Zayne avoids the mule kick to trip Austin up! Austin crashes down on the apron, and Zayne lines up a shot. SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Austin flounders into the ring, Zayne slingshot sentons onto him! Fans fire up for the RUNNING MARIPOSA! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Zayne brings Austin up.

Zayne puts Austin against ropes, wrenches and whips, but Austin holds ropes to block. Zayne tries again, gets Austin loose, but holds these ropes to stop himself. Zayne rushes in but Austin goes to the apron and Zayne hotshots himself off ropes! Austin then gets up, shoulders in, and steps in to FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO! Austin is annoyed but the fans rally up. Austin gets to his feet and fans rally, “ACE AU-STIN!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Austin KICKS Zayne in his back, then knees him in the head! Austin says only one can win, and he gut wrench suplexes Zayne down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally more while Austin shakes his head.

Austin drags Zayne back up, but Zayne throws body shots! Austin blocks, knees, but Zayne avoids the boot to counter punch! He eggs Austin on, ROCKS him again, then spins him for a LARIAT! Fans fire up as Austin scrambles away. Austin gets to a corner, Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne hoists Austin up, CHOPS him, then runs corner to corner as fans rally, for the DRAGON RANA! But Austin sunset flips and stacks! TWO, and Zayne run sin. Austin dodges, comes back, A-LIST LARIAT! And then point-blank lariats over and over! Fans rally up and Austin shoves Zayne down. Austin goes up the corner, and leaps, but Zayne dodges!

Austin crashes ‘n’ burns but Zayne hurries to get him up. Scoop and BAJA- NO! Austin slips out, but Zayne ducks the Penalty Kick! But Austin blocks the roll-up! Austin has the arm but Zayne kips up to arm-drag! EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up and Zayne has Austin in the drop zone! Zayne goes up top, but Austin rolls way, wanting mercy from his friend. Fans rally, and Zayne jumps down! Zayne is frustrated that he has to do this to his friend. But then Austin drags him into a cradle! TWO, Zayne ROCKS Austin! Austin ROCKS Zayne! Zayne ROCKS Austin! Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth, faster and faster!

Zayne CHOPS, then he ducks the roundhouse! Pump handle, cobra clutch, TACO- NO! Austin slips out and ROUNDHOUSES Zayne! Austin whips, Zayne reverses and BOOTS Austin! Zayne runs, but Austin SUPERKICKS! Austin runs, but Zayne pops him up for the KNEE! AUSTIN HEEL KICKS!! Both men are down and fans are fired up again! Austin and Zayne stir, they both stand, and they stare down. Austin kicks low, goes for the gut wrench but Zayne wrenches out. Zayne scoops but Austin slips out, HEEL KICK! Austin calls for The Fold, but he runs into the BAJA BLAST! Both men are down again and fans fire up more!

Zayne kips up and roars! Fans fire up behind him and he gets back to the corner. Zayne fires himself up and goes up top, determined to hit it this time! But Austin trips Zayne up! Zayne lands hard on the soft shell, and fans rally as Austin drags himself up. Austin climbs up but Zayne elbows him away! Austin ENZIGURIS, then gets some space. Austin runs and jumps up, SUPER HEADSCISSORS! THE FOLD!!! Cover, Austin wins!!

Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Zayne earns 0)

And like the ace up his sleeve, Austin pulled that one outta nowhere! Even he’s shocked he just won! Does this mean Austin is the Inevitable Best of the Super Juniors? Or can Zayne still fire back up and take the block? But at the very least, these two are still friends as they hug it out.

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS DOUKI!

The Black Mask could not crack the Decoder, but Japones Del Mal got the last laugh on the Headbanga. Both men stand at 2-2, so who leaves the other behind with a win tonight?

The bell rings and fans rally up. Douki and Bushi circle, tie up, and Douki headlocks. Bushi powers up and out, things speed up as Bushi hurdles. Douki turns around, Bushi rolls off his back, ducks and spins to arm-drag! Douki bails out, Bushi builds speed, but Douki gets back in to elbow Bushi down! Bushi bails out, Douki builds speed, and DIVES! They crash into the timekeeper’s area! Fans fire up for “DO-U-KI!” as he gets Bushi up and POSTS him! The ring count starts, Douki drags Bushi up and brings him around to RAM into the post, groin first! Douki gets in the ring at 10 of 20 while Bushi is down on the floor.

Bushi sits up at 15 as fans rally up. Bushi staggers at 18, but gets in at 19! Fans applaud but Douki stomps Bushi down. Douki drags Bushi up, SLAMS him, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Double knuckle lock cover, TWO! ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans rally and Bushi endures, and Bushi gets a ROPEBREAK! Douki lets off and mockingly asks what’s wrong. Douki slaps Bushi around, but Bushi fires off forearms! Douki rakes eyes! Douki whips, Bushi reverses and dropkicks the legs out! Douki gets to a corner and fans rally up. Bushi runs in at the corner but Douki dodges! Douki runs in, but into a BOOT!

Bushi hops up, FLYING RANA! Douki tumbles out of the ring, Bushi builds speed, and Bushi DIVES! Direct hit and Young Lions block Douki from hitting fans! Fans fire up and Bushi fires up! The ring count starts again but Bushi drags Douki up and into the ring. Bushi drags Douki up, whips him to the corner, and runs in to back elbow. Douki swings but Bushi blocks and spins him to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Bushi stomps Douki. Bushi drags Douki up, reels him in, but no Fisherman Screw! HELL STAB, and Douki runs, into a DROPKICK! Bushi drags Douki up through the ropes, APRON DRAPING DDT!

Fans fire up and Bushi gets back in. Bushi drags Douki up, reels him in, but Douki back drops! Then he tucks Bushi for the sunset, TWO! Bushi goes to stack but gets caught in ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Fans rally and Bushi endures, but Douki pulls harder on the hold! Bushi fades, but he reaches out for the ROPEBREAK! Douki holds until the ref counts 4, and fans rally up again. Douki aims at Bushi from the apron, slingshots in, but into a CODE BREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Bushi gets up and he drags Douki into the FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again as Douki’s still in this.

Bushi fires up and fans fire up with him! Bushi goes to the corner, climbs up, and he takes aim as Douki rises. M- NO! ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Douki has Bushi caught this time, and fans rally as Bushi endures! Bushi wriggles and moves, but Douki rolls him away, ITALIAN STRETCH! Bushi still endures, but Douki brings him down! Bushi kicks and flails, but he gives up! DOUKI WINS!

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

And just like that, Douki’s back up! Will he be able to keep this momentum going into round six? Can Bushi recover and turn it back around?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Francesco Akira!

The Wild Rhino finally got on the board beating the Funky Weapon, while the Nova Fireball was smoked by The Sauce! Will Connors and his buns of steel run through the fire and the flames? Or will Akira burn Connors and light back up?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Connors powers Akira to ropes. Akira puts Connors in a corner, but the ref calls for the break. Akira says okay but he keeps pushing. Akira then lets off, and gets fans to clap, “A! KI-RA!” Connors circles with Akira again, and they knuckle lock. Akira shoots in for a leg but Connors blocks, to deadlift suplex Akira fast! Connors then waistlcoks and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Akira flounders while fans fire up, and Connors taunts “little buddy” Akira, before giving him another GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors does his best Brock Lesnar jump steps and he gets Akira again. DEADLIFT GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors covers, TWO!

Fans rally up for “A! KI-RA!” “WILD! RHI-NO!” as Connors whips. Akira tilt-o-whirls, but Connors blocks and has Akira up, but Akira turns it to DDT! Akira flounders away to a corner, he goes up top, BLINDSIDE MISSILE DROPKICK! Connors flounders out of the ring, Akira follows and POSTS him! Then he RAMS Connors into the metal barriers! Akira stomps Connors down then wants the count out! The count begins, the fans rally, and Connors gets up. Akira rushes in but Connors blocks the rana to get Akira up! But Akira turns that into a RANA Into the POST! Connors is down again at 15!

Connors sits up at 16 and fans fire up! Connors is going the wrong way! Then he realizes it, and scrambles in at 19! Akira dropkicks Connors down, covers, TWO! Fans fire up and Akira wraps on a chinlock. Akira squeezes tight but fans rally up and Connors fights to his feet. Connors throws body shots, but Akira knees low. Akira runs, but Connors drops down then goes the other way to POUNCE Akira! Fans fire up as Akira is in the corner, Connors runs in to back elbow! Connors whips corner to corner, RAMS into Akira, then back drops him away! Connors drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Fans rally while Connors drags Akira back up.

Connors drags Akira up, scoops him and SLAMS him. Connors goes to the corner and fans rally. Connors climbs, but Akira CLUBS him! Akira CLUBS Connors again, then climbs up to join Connors. Fans fire up but Connors elbows Akira down! Connors adjusts, but Akira gets back up to kick a leg! Akira tucks Connors in, shouts out Ospreay, CHEEKY NANDOS! Fans fire up with Akira and he hurries to reel Connors in! Chicken wing lift, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO! Connors survives and Akira is beside himself! Fans rally up and Akira throws forearm after forearm, to the “A! KI-RA!” rhythm!

Connors stands, even as Akira throws those forearms. Connors ROCKS Akira with one shot! But Akira’s back up! Connors ducks the roundhouse and back suplexes, but Akira slips around to make it a sunset flip! TWO, and Akira BUZZSAWS Connors down! Fans fire up again and Akira hurries to aim from a corner! FIRE- NO! Connors ducks, runs in, but Akira jumps the spear to sunset flip! TWO!! Akira can’t believe it, but the fans are rallying as both men reset. Akira vows to hit this one, and he runs in, but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Connors roars and fans fire up with him! Connors hoists Akira up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)

This Wild Rhino is building up momentum, will he become a juggernaut in the block? And will Will Ospreay have to give Akira a talking to?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Titan VS Wheeler Yuta!

The CMLL World Welterweight Champion collides with the ROH Pure Champion! The Immortal finally got on the board while the Decoder broke even, but whose luck runs out right away in round five?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, tie up, and fight for control. Yuta slips through, goes from one arm to the other and wrenches to a wristlock. Yuta cranks the hold but Titan rolls and handsprings to arm-drag Yuta down! Yuta kips up to arm-drag back! Yuta sweeps and covers, ONE! Titan sweeps and rolls Yuta but Yuta ducks the buzzsaw. Titan runs but into an arm-drag! Titan arm-drags back, and dropkicks cancel out! Both men handspring up and fans fire up! Yuta says that’s good lucha libre. Fans rally and the two get forehead to forehead. Yuta CHOPS, but Titan CHOPS back!

Yuta CHOPS, Titan CHOPS back again! They CHOP and CHOP, fans rally up for the CHOP fight! Titan SOBATS, then he wrenches and whips Yuta to a corner. Yuta reverses, runs in but into a BOOT! Titan goes up but Yuta CHOPS! Titan just growls! Titan SLAPS, Yuta CHOPS, they go back and forth, but Yuta CHOPS! Titan roars, but then he tumbles off the top! Yuta hurries to build speed and DIVE! Direct hit and fans fire up with Yuta! Yuta gets Titan up and fans rally as Yuta puts Titan in. Cover, TWO! Yuta pushes Titan around, hammerlocks an arm and SNAP LOCKS it! Then Yuta gets the legs and ties those up, BOW ‘N’ ARROW!

Fans rally and Titan endures the stretch. Titan pops out to a cover, TWO! Yuta stomps Titan down, then goes to a corner. Fans rally, Titan crawls but Yuta brings him up. Yuta fireman’s carries but Titan fights free! Titan waistlocks, Yuta throws an elbow to switch and shove. Yuta follows but Titan dodges to RANA! Yuta bails out, Titan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Young Lions are the barriers again! Fans fire up as Titan resets and goes again, to DIVE! An even harder tope! Fans fire up and Titan brings Yuta up and in. Titan aims from a corner, SUPERKICK! Yuta wobbles, Titan brings him up and in to a AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Titan gets back up. Titan waits on Yuta, but Yuta ducks the buzzsaw! Yuta shoves, BOOTS, then runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Titan roars, runs, but Yuta back drops him away! But Titan kips up to PELE! Titan gets to a corner, runs in, but into an atomic drop and ENZIGURI! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Fans rally and Yuta pushes himself up. Yuta drags Titan into a waistlock, brings him up, but Titan fights the lift! Titan throws elbows, then victory rolls, TWO! Yuta has it, TWO! Fans rally, Yuta spins but into Titan’s flurry of kicks! But Yuta still ROLLING ELBOWS!

Yuta runs corner to corner to back elbow! Yuta keeps moving but Titan follows, DRIVE-BY LARIAT! Titan is outside and he throws off the armbands! Titan aims from the apron, springboards, but into a BIG dropkick! And then HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Roll into the DRAGON’S LAIR! Yuta wins!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titan earns 0)

What a fast and furious battle of champions! The Decoder gets the better of Titan, but he applauds and offers a handshake in respect. Titan accepts, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Will Yuta keep climbing to put the Blackpool Combat Club at the top of the block? Or will Titan recover and prove he is immortal?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: EL LINDAMAN VS El Phantasmo!

The G-Rex Champion just had a GLEAT main event victory yesterday, while the Headbanga has a rather shocking defeat. Will Lindaman keep his momentum going? Or will ELP be the one to get a shocker here tonight?

The bell rings and fans rally already, “LIN-DA-MAN!” “E L P!” The two circle, tie up, ELP waistlocks and SLAMS Lindaman, then floats all over him before slapping him around. ELP handsprings and strikes his pose, but Lindaman is just annoyed. Lindaman throws a forearm, so ELP gives it back. Lindaman throws another, ELP hits him back, and fans rally as they go faster and faster. ELP gets the edge, CHOPS Lindaman against ropes, then runs, but into a drop toehold! ELP ends up on ropes and Lindaman slaps him around now! Fans fire up and ELP protests, but Lindaman wrenches ELP’s hair, to then TOSS him to a corner!

Fans rally and the ref reprimands. Lindaman dusts off his hands of ELP’s hair while ELP complains about the hair pulling. Lindaman goes over to ELP but ELP throws a forearm. ELP headlocks, Lindaman powers out, but ELP runs Lindaman over with a shoulder. ELP flexes, runs, but then he steps on Lindaman’s drop down. Fans rally as ELP struts around, but Lindaman GERMAN SUPLEXES him! ELP bails out and Lindaman builds speed as the fans fire up! Lindaman FLIES! Direct hit with the tope conjilo, and the Young Lions are there to stop Lindaman from crashing into fans. Lindaman raises the Young Lions’ hands and fans fire up!

Lindaman stalks ELP while the ring count climbs. ELP flounders but Lindaman brings him up. Lindaman ROCKS ELP with a forearm, then another. ELP rakes eyes! And he POSTS Lindaman! The count is 15 of 20 but ELP whips Lindaman into steel barriers! ELP gets in at 17, Lindaman flounders up and in at 19! Fans rally and ELP is frustrated. ELP drags Lindaman up to suplex, and stall before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but ELP drags Lindaman up and fireman’s carries. GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Lindaman is still in this but ELP drags him back up. ELP reels him in, gets Lindaman up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!!

Fans fire up more as Lindaman survives again! ELP is frustrated but he kicks at Lindaman. ELP CLAWS Lindaman’s back! The ref reprimands and Lindaman writhes, but ELP gives him toying kicks. ELP talks trash, Lindaman tries to chop, but ELP rakes the eyes! ELP throws a forearm, whips, but Lindaman holds ropes to block. ELP CHOPS, wrenches and whips, but Lindaman reverses, only for ELP to hold ropes and avoid the dropkick. ELP goes to ropes but Lindaman shoves him through! Lindaman goes up and out to climb the ropes, DRAPING BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up and cheer the innovation while both men are down.

ELP rolls away to a corner, Lindaman goes to the opposite. Lindaman runs in corner to corner, hits a back elbow, and he rallies the fans again. Lindaman whips but ELP blocks, only for Lindaman to sayanagi and DDT! Lindaman drags ELP to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Lindaman gets ELP to center. Fans fire up and Lindaman goes to a corner, Lindaman runs, STMOPS, then goes up the other corner! Fans rally with “HAI HAI HAI!” Lindaman leaps but ELP gets under! ELP goes to springboard, but he slips and falls! ELP clutches his leg, but is he just pulling what Douki did to him? Lindaman goes over, and yes, ELP tries to cradle!

But Lindaman blocks and deadlift suplexes ELP! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Lindaman waistlocks and deadlifts ELP again, but ELP blocks with his longer limbs! ELP stomps the foot, back elbows, then runs. Lindaman elbows, ROLLING ELBOWS, then runs, but into DOUBLE CHOPS! Lindaman shouts, “C’MON!” ELP runs but he stumbles and falls at the ropes? Another trick, is it? Lindaman isn’t sure what to make of it as ELP keeps flopping around! The ref wants to check ELP and ELP wants a timeout? Lindaman has the ref move, ELP SUDDEN DEATH!! It was a fakeout!

ELP hurries to hook Lindaman up, C R II!! Cover, ELP wins!!

Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Lindaman earns 0)

The Headbanga tricks Lindaman and takes down the G-Rex! He even does jumping jacks just to rub it in! ELP is the top of the block for now, how long will he maintain pole position? As for Lindaman, can he redeem himself in round six?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS SHO!

The Funky Weapon lost to Connors’ buns of steel, while the Murder Machine got beat at his own game by Taiji Ishimori. Only one can rebound, so who gets out of the 1-3 traffic jam?

Taguchi brings a headlamp to the lamp because he doesn’t trust the House of Torture to keep the lights on. He lets one of the Young Lions wear it, but then Sho attacks at the corner! Sho stomps Taguchi, digs his boot into Taguchi’s neck, and the bell rings. The ref takes the title belts away, Sho drags Taguchi up and throws him out of the ring. Sho goes out to stomp Taguchi more, then drag him up with a sleeper! Sho drags Taguchi to the entryway and to the back! They fight backstage, the ref wonders what to do! Sho peeks his head out and says it’s all good. The ring count starts, and then Sho beats up Taguchi more.

The count is 10 of 20, Sho returns but what about Taguchi? Sho slides into the ring at 13, Taguchi crawls out at 15! Taguchi manages to return at 19! Just what did Sho do to him? He looks pale. Fans rally up for “TA-GU-CHI!” but Sho stomps him down. Sho drags Taguchi up, rakes the eyes, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Sho whips, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS! Fans fire up and Taguchi drags Sho up. Taguchi throws Sho out, takes off his shirt, and uses it to CHOKE Sho! Taguchi drags Sho away to the entryway now! And to the back, just like Sho did! Sho kicks and flails through the curtain, and Taguchi peeks his head out! Taguchi is clearly T-BAGGING Sho over and over!!

Sho flails and kicks as he’s smothered by the Funky Weapon! The ring count starts, Taguchi walks back out through the curtain, and Taguchi’s tights are down! He’s wearing a teal thong!! The count is 10 of 20 and Sho hasn’t moved! Taguchi gets in the ring and he reveals his second trick: he swaps Sho’s shirt (and wrench) with another! The count is 15, Sho revives and gasps as he staggers over. Sho gets in at 19 and dry heaves again. Taguchi grins, and he digs his knee into Sho’s head. The ref counts, Taguchi lets off, to then SIT on Sho’s face! Sho freaks out, the ref counts and Taguchi lets off at 4.

Taguchi drags Sho up, gives him a point blank hip attack, then brings him around to whip. Sho reverses, then dodges the Hip Attack! Taguchi crashes ‘n’ burns and Sho grumbles at Taguchi. Sho digs at Taguchi’s eyes then stomps the butt that traumatized him! Sho digs his heel into Taguchi’s rear but Taguchi gets to the ropes! The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4. Sho drags Taguchi up but Taguchi CHOPS, and CHOPS, and CHOPS! Sho kicks low, wrenches the arm and brings Taguchi down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Fans rally up and Sho drags Taguchi back up. Sho reels Taguchi in, crosses the arms, but Taguchi blocks the lift!

Taguchi back drops Sho away! Fans fire up and Taguchi runs, but Sho counters hip attack with atomic drop! Sho runs, Taguchi follows, but again Sho counters hip attack with atomic drop! Sho runs, but Taguchi somersaults to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Sho bails out, and Taguchi hurries to triangle jump PLANCHA! Direct hit and fans fire up! Taguchi gets up, he brings Sho up and puts him in the ring. Taguchi springboards but Sho dodges the missile hip. Taguchi comes back but Sho catches him to a waistlock! Taguchi elbows free, then fakes Sho out on running! Sho realizes it too late, HIP ATTACK!

Taguchi runs to HIP ATTACK Sho at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide, APRON HIP! Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! High stack cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “TA-GU-CHI!” as he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” But Sho uses the ref as a shield! But then Taguchi shoves the ref back! Sho shoves the ref, Taguchi shoves the ref, the ref is a pinball! Sho shoves the ref again, then runs, but Taguchi shoves the ref away to avoid the spear! Taguchi grabs the leg, OH MY GARFUNKLE! Sho endures, fans fire up, and Sho hops up, but Taguchi reels him in! Sho grabs at the ref, shoves him away, then elbows Taguchi away!

Taguchi runs back in, but Sho dodges and the HIP ATTACK hits the ref! Taguchi checks on the ref and says this is bad! Taguchi tells his Young Lion to have that head lamp ready! Taguchi watches for House of Torture members at the entryway, but Sho hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Sho says Taguchi’s so stupid! Sho then laughs as he goes to his corner and grabs the shirt. But surprise, it’s a Taguchi shirt and a BANANA! Sho can’t believe it! Taguchi grins, dodges and HIP- NO, waistlock! But Taguchi drop toeholds to OH MY GARFUNKLE! The ref is back, Sho grabs at him again, but then Sho drags Taguchi into an ARMBAR!

Taguchi fights, stacks Sho, TWO!! OH MY GARFUNKLE!! Sho reaches for the ref again but the ref won’t let Sho get a hold of him! Taguchi drops an elbow on the leg, then OH MY GARFUNKLE!! Sho endures, but NOW the lights go out! The headlamp shines on the match, Sho is grabbing the ref again! Sho endures the hold, but wait, Yujiro Takahashi CLOBBERS the Young Lion! And someone gets in the ring! They’re choking Taguchi! But wait, something happens, and Taguchi turns it around! The lights come back, and Taguchi is T-BAGGING Dick Togo!! Yujiro gets in to CANE SHOT Taguchi!!

Fans rally as Dick and Yujiro get out of the ring. Sho hobbles over to cover Taguchi and his bare butt! Sho wins!!

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

Sho still complains about the banana being switched with his wrench, but the House of Torture is just happy to see he won. Will the Murder Machine continue to build back up towards the top of the block? Will Taguchi be able to recover and try again in the sixth?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Heel Master defused the Ticking Timebomb, and the Bone Soldier outplayed the Murder Machine! Will Kanemaru toast a victory over THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion? Or will Taiji stay spotless in the block?

Taiji keeps looking back at Kanemaru to make sure he stays put. Taiji takes off his mask and finishes his introduction, but then he turns around and Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out! The bell rings and Kanemaru gets Taiji’s leg! Taiji kicks Kanemaru away, then bails out so he can take his jacket and title belt off. Fans rally up, Taiji rushes back in, but then Kanemaru slides right out! Taiji and Kanemaru argue and egg each other on, but Taiji goes out to chase Kanemaru. They get back in the ring, Kanemaru ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Then scoop for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO!

Kanemaru hurries to go up the corner! Fans fire up and Taiji stands, DEEP- NO! Taiji holds off the DDT and pops Kanemaru around to CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down, fans rally back up, and Taiji crawls away to his corner. Taiji grabs his title belt but the ref sees that. The ref stops Taiji, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Kanemaru tags a swig, he gets the ref aside then dodges the belt shot to WHISKEY MIST! Shove and victory roll, TWO!! But Kanemaru has the legs in a figure four clutch! KANEMARU WINS!!!

Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ishimori earns 0)

What in the world?! Taiji’s first loss in this tournament is the fastest loss in the whole thing! Maybe fastest ever! Is the Heel Master going to snatch away the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship just as fast? Can the Bone Soldier still keep the lead in the block?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS TJP!

The Sniper of the Skies lost to a IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion while Public Enemy Number One lost to the CMLL World Welterweight Champion. Will Eagles take flight again? Or will the Fil-Am Flash get back up from the bottom of the block?

The bell rings and fans rally up, “EA-GL-SU!” “T J P!” as the two circle. They tie up, TJP wrenches to a wristlock. Eagles spins, wrenches but TJP rolls, spins and cartwheels. TJP brings Eagles into the TWISTING HEADSCISSOR, but Eagles then headscissors back! TJP moves around to headstand and fans applaud. Eagles isn’t sure what to do with TJP, and then TJP lets himself down, to pop free and pat Eagles on the knee. Fans applaud, and TJP even pats Eagles on the head! Fans rally up again, “T J P!” “EA-GL-SU!” They tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength. Eagles pushes but TJP bridges, then kips up and rolls to wrench a wrist.

TJP trips Eagles and rolls him back but Eagles arm-drags TJP away. Eagles sweeps, covers, ONE! TJP sweeps but Eagles backflips over it! Fans fire up and Eagles pats TJP on the head. Eagles then dabs on TJP! TJP swipes at him but Eagles dodges and he dropkicks TJP down! Eagles gets TJP up, headlocks, and uses the corner for a tornado takedown! TJP keeps his shoulders up but Eagles traps an arm. TJP gets that arm free and tries to fight up but Eagles pushes him down. Fans rally, TJP works to get back up, and they bridge! TJP spins Eagles around to go for a cobra twist! Eagles resists so TJP tries an octopus!

Eagles still wrists so TJP wrangles him down with double knuckle locks. TJP makes it a cover, ONE as Eagles gets an arm up. TJP pushes that down but Eagles gets the other arm up. TJP gets them both down, but Eagles bridges up! Fans rally, TJP jumps on but Eagles stays up! But not for long, it’s a cover again, TWO as Eagles an arm up! TJP jumps up again but Eagles monkey flips and arm-drags TJP away! TJP comes back but Eagles dodges and RANAS! TJP comes back again, into a WHEEL KICK! TJP bails out, Eagles kips up and fans rally, Eagles fakes TJP out! Eagles does finger guns and TJP sighs.

Fans rally, TJP gets on the apron and Eagles rushes in. TJP throws a forearm, avoids the tiger feint, and the shoulder! DRAPING GUILLOTINE! The ref counts, TJP lets off at 4 and he drags Eagles to the apron. APRON NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and TJP gets in the ring while the ref checks on Eagles. Eagles is okay to continue but TJP lounges in the corner while the count starts. Eagles gets up at 8 of 20, in at 10, but TJP has his leg. TJP steps through, turns Eagles over, INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Fans rally and TJP SNAP LOCKS! And then SNAP LOCKS! And then MUTA LOCK! Eagles endures and fans rally up more!

Eagles pries free of the crossface and he gets the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets off, bumps Eagles off buckles, and then EuroUppers Eagles down. TJP drags Eagles back up, wrenches and whips corner to corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Eagles dodges TJP, but TJP goes up and over, only for Eagles to stop the DDT. Eagles blocks the kick, slips through, but TJP rakes eyes! TJP gives the slip through back, but Eagles lands out of the back suplex to ROLLING CHOP BLOCK! Eagles keeps moving, BLINDSIDE ELBOW! Fans fire up while both men are down! Eagles KICKS TJP, KICKS again, and again! Eagles runs, LEG LARIAT!

TJP goes to a corner, fans rally up and Eagles runs corner to corner. DOUBLE KNEES, but TJP stays up. TJP elbows Eagles away, but Eagles tiger feints the legs out! Eagles comes back again, METEORA! Eagles drags TJP to a cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Eagles drags TJP to get a leg, but TJP kicks him with the other. Eagles hits a spinning toehold! Fans rally again and Eagles goes to the corner. Eagles goes out and up, 450 but he has to roll through as TJP moves! Eagles kicks TJP’s leg, SHIRANUI, but TJP slips free for a rolling takedown! STF! But Eagles scrambles around, ROPEBREAK!

Fans rally again as TJP lets go. TJP gets a leg and drags Eagles from ropes. Eagles throws a forearm but TJP hits him back. Eagles ROCKS TJP, but TJP CHOPS Eagles. Eagles brings TJP up to CHOP! TJP throws forearm after forearm, but Eagles KICKS the leg out! Eagles aims, but TJP blocks the superkick to SOBAT! Eagles comes back but swings into a dragon sleeper! Eagles fights free, runs, but TJP goes to springboard, FLYING FOREARM! TJP gets Eagles up in the dragon sleeper, SUDDEN IMPACT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while both men are down again. TJP drags Eagles to a drop zone and he goes up the corner. SWANTON, but TJP has to roll through as Eagles moves!

Eagles runs in, CHOP BLOCK! Eagles goes to the apron, then the corner. Eagles springboards, but TJP catches the dropkick to DDT the leg! TJP hooks the leg but Eagles fights the crossface! TJP grabs at the arms, but Eagles turns over to get a cradle! TWO, but Eagles has the legs! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! TJP endures and fans rally up as Eagles puts on the pressure! TJP claws his way forward and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and he drags TJP away. Eagles gets TJP up into the TURBO BACKPACK! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives, Eagles goes up the corner! 450 but TJP gets his knees out of the way!

Eagles flounders in the drop zone while TJP climbs up! NBA JAM!! And then PINOY STRETCH!! Eagles endures but he is caught! Eagles taps, TJP wins!!

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

Another big win and Public Enemy Number One is no longer last place! But will he be able to keep this going towards the top? Will Eagles reload and take aim at a win in the next round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS El Desperado!

The Way of the Grandmaster finally scored last round, while the Rogue Luchador was brought down by El Lindaman! Will Wato make Desperado feel worse than he did before? Or will Desperado snatch a golden ticket for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships as he fights back up?

The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. They slowly circle, then approach and tie up. Wato powers Desperado to ropes but lets off with pats on the shoulder. Fans applaud and rally again as Desperado and Wato circle again. They tie up, Wato again puts Desperado on ropes but Desperado turns it around. Desperado feints a chop, but then actually CHOPS! Desperado taunts Wato for not seeing that coming, and the two circle again. Wato rushes in to waistlock, but Desperado spins around to facelock. Wato wrenches out to a wristloick, Desperado rolls to wrench him back. Desperado twists the wrist but Wato slips through to wrench and hammerlock.

Desperado moves around, drops and rolls, but Wato pushes him down to a headlock takeover. Desperado keeps his shoulders up but Wato traps an arm. Desperado rolls it to a cover, ONE and Wato holds on. Desperado powers up and out, and pulls Wato’s hair! The ref reprimands but Desperado headlocks. Wato powers up and out, but Desperado pulls hair again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets go and headlocks again. Wato throws body shots and puts Desperado on ropes. Desperado holds onto the ropes, the ref counts and they get off the ropes, only for Desperado to rake Wato’s eyes! Desperado stops at 4, runs, but ducks the roundhouse!

Wato back elbows, uppercuts, but Desperado blocks the sobat! Wato avoids the lariat to SOBAT after all! Fans fire up and Desperado goes to a corner. Wato brings Desperado up, whips him corner to corner, and runs in to back elbow! Wato fires off forearms but the ref backs him off. Wato rushes back in but is put on the apron. Wato GAMANGIRIS back, but Desperado rushes back in. Wato jumps over the baseball slide, only for Desperado to trip him up! Wato hits the apron, Desperado brings Wato around and POSTS him! Desperado catches his breath, drags Wato back up and POSTS Wato again!

Fans rally, the ring count climbs, and Desperado leaves Wato behind. Wato sits up at 11, drags himself up at 14, and gets in at 15! Fans applaud but Desperado looms over Wato. Desperado drags Wato up, CHOPS him to a corner, and then comes back. Wato throws forearms, but Desperado CHOPS him down! Fans fire up and Desperado drags Wato to center, for a KNEE JAMMER! And then a SPLASH on the leg! Desperado digs his knee into Wato’s leg for a deep toehold! Wato tries to kick Desperado but Desperado pulls on the hold more! Desperado ties up the legs in a BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Desperado eggs Wato on and Wato CHOPS!

Desperado eggs Wato more, and Wato CHOPS again! Desperado “falls” back and puts on more pressure! Wato endures and fans rally up! Desperado rests on his side while keeping on the leglock. Desperado taunts Wato to go for the ropes, and Wato reaches out. Wato drags Desperado with him, to the ROPEBREAK! The ref helps Desperado undo the hold, but “Oops!” Desperado drops knees on the knee. Desperado drags Wato up, but Wato CHOPS! Desperado felt that one! Wato CHOPS again, but Desperado rakes the eyes! Then Desperado gut wrenches but Wato fights Guitarra. Desperado kicks low then tries again, GUITARRA-

No, Wato slips free! But his bad leg jams! Desperado gives toying kicks while fans rally up. Wato gets up, Desperado runs, but Wato RANAS Desperado out! Fans fire up and Wato builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit and fans fire up while both men are down! Fans rally and Wato gets up to bring Desperado up and into the ring. Wato climbs up a corner and leaps, BIG missile dropkick! Desperado ends up back outside, and Wato builds speed! TORNILLO! Direct hit on Desperado, and then the Young Lions keep Wato from ending up in the front row! Even then, a fan ends up part of the action! Wato makes sure fan is okay, and he goes back to Desperado.

The ring count climbs, Wato gets Desperado in and then goes to the corner. Wato springboards, FLYING CROSBODY! Cover, TWO! Desperado clutches his arm and fans rally up. Wato fires up, he drags Desperado up, but Desperado fights the waistlock. Desperado reaches out but Wato keeps him from ropes! Desperado mule kicks but Wato kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO! Desperado deflects the superkick to hit a BIG back suplex! Desperado roars, gets a leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Then a knee drop on the knees! STRETCH MUFFLER! Wato flails and reaches out but Desperado thrashes the leg!

Wato fights and keeps reaching, ROPEBREAK! Desperado puts the leg on the ropes, HIP DROP! Wato clutches his knee and fans rally up. Desperado drags Wato up, gets the leg, but Wato fights the lift! Desperado ROCKS Wato with an elbow! Wato flops down and Desperado demands he get back up! Fans rally, Desperado brings Wato up again, but Wato KNEES free of the shinbreaker! Fans fire up while both men are down again, and Wato gets his bad leg moving. Wato wants Desperado to sit up, and he BUZZSAWS Desperado back down! Wato brings Desperado up, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE!! The bad leg couldn’t hold on!

Wato hurries to get Desperado up again, hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! But into the BUTTERFLY LOCK!! Wato has Desperado caught, but Desperado flails and moves around! Desperado keeps fighting, rocking the hold back and forth, closer and closer, ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go and fans fire up again. Wato hurries to drag Desperado to a drop zone. Fans rally as Wato climbs, R P P FLOPS! Fans fire up again as Desperado gets to the corner. Desperado gets up and aims at Wato, CHOP BLOCK! STRETCH MUFFLER! But Wato rolls it to a cradle! TWO!! Wato dodges the boot to ZIGZAG! Cover, TWO!!

Wato is furious but the fans are thunderous! Wato roars and he drags Desperado up! But Desperado slips out of the scoop, ripcord and SPINEBUSTER! To the gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Wato survives! Desperado gets up and he roars! Desperado drags Wato back up, reels him in and underhooks the arms, PINCHE- NO! Wato fights out, tilt-o-whirls and rolls Desperado! Desperado rolls through, PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Desperado wins!

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

The Rogue Luchador has his rebound, and a golden ticket to the tag titles! Is the comeback still on track? As for Wato, will he be stuck at the bottom of the block?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Hiromu Takahashi!

It’s a rematch from last year’s Best of the Super Juniors finals, as well as this year’s Wrestling Dontaku! And the twist is, both men are coming off losses from last round! Will it be Mr. Direct Drive or the Ticking Timebomb who gets back on track towards a return to the top?

The bell rings and fans rally as these two circle. They tie up, are in a bit of a deadlock, and Yoh powers Hiromu back towards ropes. Yoh lets off cleanly, but then he rushes Hiromu to whip him to ropes. Hiromu jumps over the drop down, whips, but Yoh reverses to dropkick the legs out! Yoh chases after Hiromu as he bails out to put Hiromu right back in! Yoh gets the leg, steps through, KNEEBAR! Hiromu scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Hiromu gets away again but Yoh pursues. Yoh stomps Hiromu’s bad leg, fans rally up, and Yoh gets Hiromu’s leg to YANK it! Yoh stomps the bad leg, then brings Hiromu up to put him in.

Hiromu hobbles, Yoh stalks up to CHOP BLOCK! Fans applaud the savagery and Yoh gets the leg to SMASH it on the mat! Hiromu writhes, Yoh SMASHES the knee again! Hiromu grumbles but Yoh hits a spinning toehold! Yoh tells Hiromu it’s time to get serious! Yoh steps through but Hiromu kicks him away. Hiromu CHOPS Yoh, fans rally up, and Hiromu CHOPS again! Hiromu whips, Yoh reverses to dropkick the bad leg! Fans rally up and Hiromu clutches his leg. Yoh drags Hiromu up, hauls him up, and throws him to land on the bad knee! Then FIGURE FOUR LEGLOCK! Hiromu endures as Yoh trashes around!

Fans rally, Hiromu works to drag himself and Yoh towards ropes, but Yoh puts as much pressure as he can on the hold! Hiromu still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets go in frustration but the fans rally up. Yoh stomps the bad leg and Hiromu shouts in pain. Hiromu still eggs Yoh on so Yoh stomps the leg again! And again! Fans rally, “HI-RO-MU!” while Yoh scuffs and toys with him. Hiromu gets up but Yoh brings him in to suplex. Hiromu slips out but the leg jams! Yoh kicks the leg, runs, Hiromu follows and RANAS Yoh down! Fans fire up as both men are down, and Hiromu gets himself to a corner. Fans rally again as Hiromu takes aim.

Yoh runs in first, Hiromu dodges, and he clotheslines! Hiromu throws Yoh down, and basement dropkicks! Yoh bails out and Hiromu hurries to the apron. FLYING JOHN WOO! Direct hit and Yoh ends up folded! Hiromu fires up and fights through the pain in his leg while fans rally up. Hiromu hobbles over to drag Yoh up. Hiromu puts Yoh in, drags him up, and suplexes for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Hiromu gets up and he drags Yoh up. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Yoh slips off! Hiromu mule kicks, front kicks, then fireman’s carries again. But Yoh slips off and Hriomu ends up in the corner.

Hiromu BOOTS Yoh from the corner, but Yoh blocks the superkick and dropkicks the other leg out! Fans rally again while Hiromu gets to ropes. Yoh rushes over to get the bad leg, DRAGON SCREW! Then GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Yoh then clamps on the KNEEBAR!! Hiromu endures, reaches out for ropes, and fans rally as Yoh pulls on the leg as hard as he can! Hiromu still crawls over, ROPEBREAK! Yoh lets go in frustration again, but fans rally up. Yoh watches Hiromu slowly rise, and Yoh runs in to dropkick the leg out! Yoh gets Hiromu up, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on and brings Hiromu up again, GERMAN SUPLEX!

Yoh still holds the waistlock and he brings Hiromu up again, but Hiromu reaches for ropes! ROPEBREAK! Hiromu elbows Yoh away, then dodges Yoh to SNAP GERMAN! But Yoh is right back up!? Only for HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Fans fire up while both men are down, and Hiromu grits his teeth as he gets up. Hiromu hobbles over, drags Yoh up, and he fireman’s carries. But the leg won’t let Hiromu run with it! Yoh kicks the leg, reels Hiromu in, but Hiromu wrenches out and dodges to wheelbarrow, COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up again and Hiromu gets back up. Fans fire up more as Hiromu roars!

Hiromu drags Yoh up, fireman’s carries, DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Cover, TWO! Hiromu is frustrated now but fans fire up and he gets up again. Hiromu brings Yoh up, fireman’s carry, but Yoh slips off and waistlocks! O’Conner, FIVE STAR- NO! Hiromu slips out to full nelson! Yoh breaks free, Hiromu ducks the back elbow, but then Yoh blocks the superkick! DRAGON SCREW! Hiromu falls over, clutching his bad leg! Hiromu goes to a corner and fans are thunderous as they rally up. Yoh gets up at center while Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Yoh grits his teeth and runs in at the corner to back elbow!

Yoh hoists Hiromu up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up to join him. Fans rally again as Yoh brings Hiromu up, SUPERPLEX! And roll through to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! But into the KNEEBAR!! Hiromu endures again, fans rally, and Yoh thrashes the leg around! Hiromu grabs at Red Shoes, reaches for the ropes, claws his way over, but Yoh drags Hiromu away! Hiromu flails and writhes, he fights his way forward again, ROPEBREAK!! Yoh lets go in frustration but the fans are thunderous again! Yoh gets up and shakes his head. He KICKS Hiromu’s arm away from the ropes, then brings Hiromu in.

Yoh suplexes, Hiromu fights it but his leg jams! Yoh KICKS the leg, reels Hiromu in, but Hiromu suplexes! Yoh fights that off and wrenches out, but Hiromu HEADBUTTS! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Yoh staggers, Hiromu runs, but Yoh dodges the lariat, only for Hiromu to LARIAT on the return! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives but Hiromu shakes his head! Fans rally, Hiromu gets Yoh back up and reels him in, VICTORY ROYAL! Hiromu drags Yoh into the dragon suplex, but Yoh slips out! O’Conner Roll, FIVE STAR CLUTCH!! TWO!?!? Yoh can’t believe it, and even Hiromu has to double check! Yes, that was just two! But Yoh SUPERKICKS!!

Yoh flounders against ropes and fans are thunderous again! Yoh gets Hiromu up, reels him in, suplexes, GHOSTBUSTER! Fans fire up with Yoh and he gets Hiromu in for DIRECT- NO! Hiromu slips out, but the leg again! Hiromu still gets a cradle, TWO!!! Yoh runs in, Hiromu scoops and dragon sleeper, but Yoh slips through to dragon sleeper back! SAVING GRACE BACKBREAKER! Yoh roars and fans are thunderous again! Underhooks and DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, Yoh wins!!

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

Yoh avenges himself from BOSJ 28!! Hiromu tumbles away from the top of the block, is his threepeat doomed? As for Yoh, he gets to mic to say, “Everyone, I have just one thing to say. Are you happy that I won?” The fans applaud because yes, they are! Good, because he’s damn happy. Because that wasn’t just going through the motions, that was his love for pro-wrestling. It is difficult for Yoh to express himself, and it is difficult for him to show his emotions, his true self. “But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel.” When you tell Yoh he doesn’t feel anything, that you think he’s not cut out for this… Isn’t pro-wrestling about showing who you are?

Fans applaud because they agree. Yoh continues to say that instead of doing what someone tells you to do or how to be, pro-wrestling gives you the freedom to project who you truly are. Yoh apologizes for taking so long to say that, but the just wanted everyone to know he’s happy. And as for Hiromu, Yoh thanks him. The Direct Drive is fueled by a hidden passion, but will it bring him all the way back to the finals?

 

Here are the new 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 new 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


My Thoughts:

Another great round for NJPW BOSJ, a lot of great matches and results. Austin VS Zayne was an awesome opener, with really good story of them being friends and tag partners, and it was pretty big that Austin won. He’s right back in the hunt for the top of the block with this, especially after that great surprise loss for Taiji. No one thought Kanemaru would get Taiji so quick but that was what they were going for, and now there’s some drama in Taiji’s run, trying to be champion and tournament winner at the same time. Douki also gets a great surprising win, and honestly the same with Connors getting a win on Akira. The way Akira came in, I thought he was going to be red hot, but this was quite the surprise.

Good win for Yuta, though I’m surprised Titan is also near the bottom. ELP tricking Lindaman the way Douki tricked him was a fairly clever finish, so ELP and Desperado are keeping pace at the top of B Block. Desperado beating Wato makes a lot of sense, between the feud they’ve had on and off, as well as Desperado’s comeback story. Kanemaru getting that win over Taiji, Desperado getting this win over Wato, if Kanemaru beats Taguchi down the line, Suzuki-Gun’s top Junior Heavyweights could get all the gold again like they had a year or so ago. Taguchi VS Sho was hilarious for the entryway gags, and the comedy elements actually made the House of Torture interference less annoying. But Sho wins, he’ll surely build momentum towards his match with Yoh in the final round.

Great match from Eagles VS TJP and TJP gets a great win here to recover from last round. And of course, an awesome main event from Yoh VS Hiromu. Great story in Yoh adding on to what Kanemaru did last round with the leg damage, and naturally even Hiromu has a limit to what he can take. Yoh wins big, and his promo to end was a great moment for him to help fans understand him. He could still make a run to the top and return to the finals, but that match with Sho in the last round, May 31st, will be very telling.

My Score: 9/10


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