NJPW has had to make some adjustments, but the show must go on!
Sadly, the G1 Climax ends early for Tetsuya Naito due to injury. Will this change to A Block make things easier for the rest of NJPW’s top stars?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Toru Yano VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins.
- KENTA VS Yujiro Takahashi; Kenta wins.
- Kota Ibushi VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ibushi wins.
- Shingo Takagi VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins.
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Here are the current A Block standings!
Shingo Takagi: 1-0, 2 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 1-0, 2 points
Great-O-Khan: 1-0, 2 points
Toru Yano: 1-0, 2 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 1-0, 2 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 0-1, 0 points
Kenta: 0-1, 0 points
Tanga Loa: 0-1, 0 points
Kota Ibushi: 0-1, 0 points
Tetsuya Naito: ELIMINATED due to injury
Toru Yano VS Great-O-Khan!
Both men won in the first round, but now someone’s streak ends at one! Will there be another trick up Yano’s proverbial sleeve? Or will the Dominator dominate again and go 2-0 in his G1 debut?
Yano is already afraid of Khan just as he tries to make his entrance and he stays away. Khan only gets angry with Yano and goes after him! Khan clubs Yano down, stomps away on him, and the ref has the bell ring so this is on the record. Khan shoves Yano towards ringside, stomps him at the railing, and digs his boots in. The ref reprimands, Khan lets off and fans rally up for Yano. Khan whips Yano hard into railing! Yano flounders, Khan ignores the ref and whips Yano even harder into more railing! And again into more railing! Khan’s wrath scares commentary a bit but he isn’t done! Khan gets Yano up and whips, but Yano reverses and sends him into railing!
Fans cheer Yano and he hurries to get Khan up. Yano ties Khan’s ponytail to the railing! Khan fights back as the ring count climbs, and he’s free! Khan puts Yano in at 10 of 20, gets in at 14 and then chokes Yano! The ref counts, Khan stops, and holds onto the ponytail that had to be cut the last time he faced Yano. Khan gets Yano up but Yano throws forearms! Khan DECKS Yano, then rains down furious forearms! Khan chokes Yano again! The ref counts, Khan stops and fans rally up. Khan paces, drags Yano back up, waistlocks and RAMS Yano into a corner! Khan CLUBS Yano, sits on him, and fans cheer. Khan uses his new ponytail to taunt Yano, then he pulls Yano’s arms back!
The ref counts, Khan hops off Yano and fans cheer and rally up again. Khan gets in Yano’s face, drags him into the KATAGATAMI! Yano endures the arm ‘n’ head triangle, but Khan sneaks his ponytail in to gag Yano! Fans rally as Yano endures, even as Khan leans all his wait on him! The ref checks but Yano gets a second wind and the ROPEBREAK! Khan lets go but still keeps the gag in Yano’s mouth. The ref counts, Khan lets off and takes his ponytail back. Fans rally up for “Y T R! Y T R!” but Khan drags Yano up. Khan scoops and SLAMS Yano, then covers, TWO! Yano is still in this and Khan is annoyed, but the fans continue to rally.
Khan kicks at Yano and taunts him with the cut ponytail again. Khan sets the ponytail on his boot but Yano fights back as Khan pushes him down! Fans rally as Yano fights back up to his feet and throws body shots! Khan knees low, CLUBS Yano on the back, and has the ref handle the hair. Khan whips, Yano holds ropes and taunts Khan, but then Khan runs in. Yano dodges and SLAPS Khan on the back of his head! Khan is furious and chases after Yano but only gets ropes as Yano bails out! Khan flounders up, chases Yano on the outside, but Yano’s gotten his spray bottle in all the chaos! He sprays Khan in the face! And then a little extra!
Yano gets Khan up, whips him but Khan reverses to send Yano into railing! Fans rally up as Khan wipes his face. Khan reveals he had cuffs under his hat! Khan stalks up to Yano and goes to cuff Yano to the railing! Yano gets away, kicks low, gets back in the ring and wants the ring count to hurry. Khan gets in and Yano begs to be forgiven. But then he throws the handcuffs away! Khan fires off Mongolian Chops, whips Yano but Yano reverses to atomic drop! Yano takes a breath and unties a buckle pad! Fans fire up seeing Yano up to his old tricks, but Khan grabs the pad! They tug-o-war, the ref tells them to stop, but Khan gets the pad from Yano. Yano shoves the ref into the PAD SHOT!
Yano gets the pad to DRAGON SCREW! Wait, does that still count when it’s a buckle pad? Khan is down either way, and Yano brings out some new handcuffs! Yano cuffs them to the railing then fetches Khan. Yano drags Khan by his ponytail, then goes to cuff Khan to the railing! Khan clamps the Iron Claw onto Yano and RAMS him into railing! Yano drops in a heap, but Khan cuffs him to the railing! Khan grins as Yano’s the victim of his own plan! Khan puts the ref in the ring so he can start the count, but Yano of course has the keys to his own cuffs! Khan stomps Yano, grabs the key and says he’s the genius now. Khan takes the key with him into the ring and lets the count begin.
Yano tries to break the cuffs as the count climbs. The count reaches 10 of 20 but Yano is still stuck! Yano says, “Mudi mudi mudi!” It’s impossible! The count is past 15 as Yano panics! Yano undoes the railing itself to get loose! Yano gets in at 19, but Khan clamps on the IRON CLAW! Yano breaks free, dodges and CLAPS in Khan’s face to make him flinch! Takedown to M U! Cover, TWO!! Backslide, TWO!! Khan gets Yano’s arm, reels him in, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Then ELIMINATOR!! Cover, Khan wins!
Winner: Great-O-Khan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yano earns 0)
The Dominator avenges his hair and keeps his G1 strong! But he isn’t done with Yano, either. He puts his cut ponytail back on his boot, and he forces Yano down! Yano hits back with a LOW BLOW! Yano gets the last laugh, but can he rebound in the next round? As for Khan, will he take this frustration out on his own third round opponent?
KENTA VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!
It’s Bullet Club VS Bullet Club! But will Fang Revived make up for his loss to Toru Yano? Or will the Tokyo Pimp keep momentum going from his round one shocker?
The bell rings and Kenta throws up the Too Sweet. Yujiro considers it, but leaves Kenta hanging? Kenta offers to Pieter but she snubs him even colder than Yujiro did! The divisions in Bullet Club seem to be pretty strong, but fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Yujiro powers Kenta back, but Kenta turns things around to put Yujiro on the ropes. Kenta lets off and again offers the Too Sweet. Yujiro kicks low then clubs Kenta down! Yujiro headlocks, Kenta powers out but Yujiro runs him over. Fans cheer as Kenta backs away to a corner. Yujiro drags Kenta up, puts him in the corner and throws knees. Yujiro throws forearms, pulls hair then whips Kenta corner to corner.
Yujiro runs in and BOOTS Kenta in the corner! Yujiro snapmares and runs to basement boot Kenta down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer but Yujiro grows annoyed. Yujiro stomps Kenta, Kenta wants him to take it easy because they’re Bullet Club teammates. Yujiro still stomps Kenta at the ropes! Yujiro drags Kenta up, whips him to ropes but Kenta holds ropes to bail out. Yujiro stalks Kenta on the outside and throws forearms. Kenta goes around the way, Yujiro still follows and Kenta throws body shots! Yujiro throws body shots back, then he brings Kenta around the way to whip him into railing! Kenta drops in a heap and fans cheer but the ref wants this to return to the ring.
Yujiro stomps Kenta, the count climbs but Yujiro gets space. Yujiro hugs Pieter, she watches him swivel those hips, but the ring count is 13 of 20. Yujiro runs at Kenta but Kenta gets around to waistlock! Kenta shoves Yujiro at Pieter but he stops himself from running into her! Yujiro turns around, Kenta kicks Yujiro low and hits a DDT to the floor! But the ring count is 17! Kenta gets Yujiro up and in at 19! Fans cheer that this returns to the ring as Kenta paces around. Kenta stomps Yujiro in the stomach, then on the back. Yujiro flounders, Kenta gets Yujiro up to snapmare and KICK him in the back! Kenta’s given up on being Bullet Club friends, he drops knees on Yujiro’s face!
Kenta brings the knee pad down, but he jumps and scuffs Yujiro with his heel. Kenta then swivels his hips at Pieter, but she tries to shoo him away with Yujiro’s pimp cane. Kenta drags Yujiro back up, turns him and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Yujiro stays in this and he throws body shots back. Kenta eggs him on, Yujiro throws haymakers but Kenta sobats! Kenta KICKS Yujiro to ropes, then stomps him against the ropes, too. Kenta facelocks, grinds Yujiro down, but Yujiro endures. Fans rally up, Yujiro fights up and throws body shots. Kenta knees low, whips Yujiro to ropes, then elbows him down! Kenta paces before he covers, TWO!
Kenta kicks at Yujiro, taunts him, but Yujiro gets up to egg Kenta on. Kenta KICKS but Yujiro ROCKS him with a forearm! And another! Kenta knees low, whips Yujiro corner to corner, but Yujiro reverses. Yujiro runs in but Kenta boots! Kenta runs but Yujiro blocks the boot to throw Kenta down, and a basement dropkick! Fans fire up as both men are down, but Yujiro slowly stands back up. Yujiro hobbles over to Kenta, brings him up and CHOPS him to the ropes. Then CHOPS him again! And again! Yujiro stands Kenta up and runs in to BOOT him! Yujiro then runs to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Kenta is still in this but Yujiro keeps his cool.
Fans rally up for “YU-JI-RO! YU-JI-RO!” as he brings Kenta up. Yujiro reels Kenta in, fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yujiro gets up, stands Kenta up and reels him in, but Kenta blocks the Incolle Slam with elbows to the head! Yujiro swings but into a spin and DDT! Fans fire up as both men are down again. Kenta goes to a corner, climbs up top, and Yujiro stands for the FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta keeps cool as he drags Yujiro into an STF! Yujiro endures, drags himself and Kenta over, and gets a ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Kenta lets go at the ref’s count, then he stomps Yujiro at the ropes!
Kenta drags Yujiro up from the apron and through the ropes for a DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Yujiro’s still in this and fans fire up. Kenta aims from the corner, runs corner to corner and JUMP KICKS Yujiro down! Then he goes corner to corner again for the HESITATION DROPKICK! Yujiro is in the drop zone and Kenta goes up top! DIVING- NO, Yujiro dodges and fires up, but runs into Kenta’s kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Kenta drags Yujiro back to a drop zone and goes back up top. Fans rally up and Kenta jumps again, DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives the coup de grace but Kenta slashes his throat! Kenta fireman’s carries, Yujiro turns GTS into DDT!!
Fans are fired up as Yujiro slowly rises. Kenta sits up in a daze, gets to ropes, and Yujiro runs in to ram shoulders! Kenta BOOTS back, whips but Yujiro reverses to INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives and fans rally up again! Yujiro drags Kenta back up, Kenta ROCKS him with a forearm, then another! Yujiro DECKS Kenta with one! Yujiro drags Kenta up, fireman’s carries, MIAMI SHINE!! Cover, TWO!! Kenta survives again and Yujiro can’t believe it! Yujiro fires himself up, vows to end it here, and he sits Kenta up, PIMP- No juice! Kenta jackknifes deep, TWO!! Kenta is in the corner, Yujiro runs in but into a roll up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO, and Yujiro BOOTS Kenta!
Yujiro fires up, but runs into the BUSAIKU KNEE!! Kenta roars, drags Yujiro back up, fireman’s carry for GO- NO! Yujiro shoves Kenta at the ref! LOW- NO! Kenta blocks to a takedown! Omoplata for GAME OVER CROSSFACE!! Yujiro endures, fans rally but Kenta pulls back hard! Yujiro taps, Kenta wins!
Winner: Kenta, by submission (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)
Fang Revived just took a bite out of the House of Torture with that one! Kenta gets on the board, but can he make a comeback towards the finals? As for Tokyo Pimp, he finally shows the Too Sweet. Did he just want Kenta to prove himself first? Kenta and Yujiro Low Sweet, and perhaps Bullet Club is fine after all.
Kota Ibushi VS Tomohiro Ishii!
The Golden Star and the Stone Pitbull are both rebounding from defeats in the first round, but losing to Yujiro was perhaps the harder pill to swallow than losing to THE IWGP World Heavyweight Champion. Will Ibushi rebound and still have hope of repeating history? Or will his misfortunes continue as Ishii redeems himself?
The bell rings and fans already really for “I-BU-SHI!” “I-SHI-I!” as the two step up. They go forehead to forehead, then Ibushi shoves Ishii. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, are in a deadlock at center, then Ibushi powers Ishii to ropes. Ibushi lets off but Ishii SLAPS him! Ibushi is fired up already but the ref keeps them apart so Ishii can step away from the ropes. They tie up, Ishii headlocks, Ibushi powers out but Ishii runs him over! Ibushi kips up, things speed up and Ibushi hurdles. Ishii holds ropes to stop but he still runs into a forearm. Ibushi runs, Ishii dodges but then Ibushi dodges back. Ishii runs Ibushi over again!
Ishii paces, drags Ibushi up and then CHOPS him! Ibushi grits his teeth but Ishii CHOPS him again! Ibushi stays up, Ishii stands him up straight to CHOP again. Ibushi forearms but Ishii shakes his head. Ibushi fires another forearm, but Ishii DECKS him with one! Fans still rally and Ishii gets Ibushi up on the ropes. Ishii CHOPS but Ibushi eggs him on so the CHOPS keep coming! Ibushi sputters and Ishii CHOPS him again! The ref wants Ishii to let off but Ishii tells him to shut it. Ishii CHOPS until Ibushi sits down, so Ishii sits him up to CHOP again! And again! Ibushi’s chest is already red but he’s still egging Ishii on.
Ishii CHOPS again, and again, but Ibushi forearms! Ishii CHOPS and Ibushi falls over! Ishii kicks Ibushi to give back the goading, but Ibushi is still defiant on the mat. Ishii stands on Ibushi, the ref wants him to let off but Ibushi still eggs Ishii on. Ishii steps off, Ibushi gets up to throw forearms but Ishii leans into the shots. Ibushi still tries but Ishii CHOPS him to the corner. Ishii asks Ibushi where that fight is, but Ibushi keeps giving forearms. Ibushi SLAPS and forearms Ishii but Ishii just keeps him cornered. Ishii SLAPS Ibushi and fans fire up! Ibushi fires off more SLAPPING palm strikes. Ishii joins in and it’s a SLAP fight! Ibushi gets in twice as many shots then he KICKS Ishii down!
Fans fire up as both men are down on the mat. Ibushi rises and grits his teeth again. Ibushi drags Ishii up, whips him to a corner but Ishii reverses. Ishii runs in, Ibushi goes up and over and RANAS Ishii out! Fans fire up with Ibushi and he aims from the ropes. Ishii stands, Ibushi PLANCHAS him back down! Ibushi keeps the fans rallying and he puts Ishii back in the ring. Ibushi aims from the apron as Ishii rises, then Ibushi springboards in. Ishii gets under, comes back to ROCK Ibushi, but Ishii runs into a POWERSLAM! Ibushi somersaults to the corner, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans are fired up again as both men are back down on the mat!
Ibushi drags Ishii up, puts on a waistlock, but Ishii fights with elbows. Ibushi ducks, swings but Ishii spins him. Ibushi suplexes, Ishii slips out to wrench, and he ducks a lariat to a BIG back suplex! Both men are down again and fans continue to rally. Ishii rises, brings Ibushi up and whips but Ibushi reverses. Ishii bounces off buckles but runs into Ibushi’s dropkick! But Ishii stays up and moves forward again to POUNCE Ibushi with a shoulder! Fans are thunderous as Ibushi ends up in a corner from the impact! Ishii gets up, hoists Ibushi to the top rope, then climbs up. Ishii stands Ibushi up but Ibushi resists, only for Ishii to still get the STALLING SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally again as Ishii stands back up. Ishii brings Ibushi around, reels him in, but Ibushi fights the bomb! Ishii blocks the kick but Ibushi avoids the enziguri. Ibushi STANDING MOONSAULT but he FLOPS as Ishii moves! Ishii runs but Ibushi ducks the sliding lariat to ENZIGURI! Both men are down again but fans keep the rally alive. Ibushi and Ishii stir, and Ishii gives Ibushi kicks from the mat. Ibushi sits up as Ishii keeps kicking at him, and Ibushi gives those kicks back sharp and swift. Then he starts slapping Ishii around. Ishii slaps back then CHOPS! Ibushi KICKS, Ishii CHOPS, both men stagger but Ibushi KICKS again! Ishii CHOPS again, so Ibushi KICKS, runs and BOOTS!
Ishii rebounds, Ibushi BOOTS him again, then dodges the lariat to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Ishii is folded up on the mat! Ibushi grits his teeth and fires himself up as fans rally. Ibushi drags Ishii up, reels him in, but Ishii blocks the bomb lift. Ibushi stands Ishii up to KICK, but Ishii fires a forearm! Ibushi PALM STRIKES! Ibushi fires off more slapping palm strikes, Ishii ducks one to COUNTER SLAP! And again! They both SLAP, Ibushi LARIATS!! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down from the strike fest. Ibushi sits up and vows to end this! Ibushi reels Ishii in, lifts, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives but Ibushi isn’t done here!
Ibushi has the wrists but Ishii resists. They fight for control so Ibushi BUZZSAWS! Ishii roars and HEADBUTTS! Both men fall and fans fire up again! The ref checks on both men but somehow they’re both okay after that one. Ishii crawls towards a corner, drags himself up, and watches Ibushi rise. Ishii runs into a boot, then a sobat! Ibushi fires up to kick, but Ishii blocks to DECK Ibushi with a haymaker! Ishii fires up, Ibushi sits up but growls, and Ishii runs, but Ibushi ducks. Ishii ducks the roundhouse, GERMAN, but Ibushi just manages to land on his feet! Only to run into a LARIAT! Ibushi’s rage stands him back up, Ishii runs in, LARIAT AGAIN! Cover, TWO!?!
Fans are thunderous that Ibushi survived, and Ishii roars to power back up! Ishii drags Ibushi up to suplex, but Ibushi slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down again but Ibushi rises. Ibushi gets the wrists, but Ishii LARIATS! Once again, Ishii and Ibushi are down, but the fans still rally. Ishii stands, he drags Ibushi back up for a suplex, but Ibushi wrenches out. Ishii avoids the V-Trigger! But Ibushi CLUBS the clothesline down! Point-blank V-TRIGGER! Ibushi brings down his kneepad before he gets the wrists, but Ishii HEADBUTTS low! Suplex, but Ibushi fights to STANDING KAMI-GOYE, to TRUE KAMI-GOYE!!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Ishii earns 0)
Redemption for the Golden Star! Ibushi breaks through the Stone Pitbull and is back on the winning track! But can Ibushi still make a run for the finals? As for Ishii, is starting 0-2 already a sign he won’t reach the Climax?
Shingo Takagi VS Zack Sabre Jr!
The Dragon wants to make history in the G1 but he’s still a long way from doing that! Meanwhile, the Submission Master’s win sidelined Tetsuya Naito, and he’s only getting started! Will Takagi slay Sabreism? Or will he #JustTapOut?
The bell rings and fans already rally, “TA-KA-GI!” “Z-S-J!” Takagi and ZSJ circle, approach and feel out the grapple. ZSJ goes for a foot but Takagi keeps his distance. They tie up, Takagi powers ZSJ to ropes but ZSJ tries to get his shots in even then. Takagi goes to chop but ZSJ ducks and rolls away. ZSJ and Takagi reset, tie up with knuckle locks, but ZSJ rolls to wrench then get a single leg takedown. ZSJ has the toehold, Takagi rolls over but ZSJ uses that to tie up the legs. ZSJ floats to a headlock, facelock, but Takagi rolls to turn it around onto ZSJ. ZSJ rolls it back, shifts to the back and waistlocks. ZSJ goes up to get a headlock, then an arm to flip Takagi to a cover, ONE!
Fans cheer the technical exchange as ZSJ backs off. ZSJ and Takagi cool off and reset again as fans rally up. Takagi and ZSJ feel out another knuckle lock, then Takagi drop steps to the waistlock. ZSJ hooks a leg, wrenches his way to a hammerlock, but Takagi reaches back to headlock. ZSJ drop toeholds, anchors the leg and ties it up with the other, Bow ‘n’ Arrow but Takagi pops out to a cover, ONE! The two stare down in the corner and fans cheer again. ZSJ gives Takagi his space and the two go again. They knuckle lock, ZSJ steps over to trap an arm and get the cravat. Takagi endures the neck wrench and powers up to throw body shots.
ZSJ avoids the clubbing arm to his arms and gets the cravat back. Takagi powers up but ZSJ shifts from cravat to headlock. Takagi still powers out of that, then ELBOWS, but ZSJ blocks the lariat to wrench the arm! Takagi avoids the Pele to run, but ZSJ dodges the lariat! Takagi dodges the Penalty Kick to schoolboy, ONE! The go arm-drag for arm-drag, ZSJ has the armlock but Takagi headscissors, only for ZSJ to kip free, into Takagi’s shoulder tackle! Fans fire up again as ZSJ bails out and Takagi builds speed! ZSJ gets away so Takagi can’t dive, but Takagi shouts out LIJ’s leader with Naito’s signature pose! Takagi points a finger at ZSJ, making it clear this is also a revenge match!
ZSJ says Takagi ain’t gonna do anything, but fans are rallying hard for “TA-KA-GI!” “L I J!” ZSJ tells Takagi to give him space so he can get in. Takagi steps back, ZSJ is still not sure so Takagi goes to the opposite side of the ring. ZSJ slides in, he and Takagi rush each other and Takagi hits a BIG hip toss! Takagi clamps onto ZSJ with a chinlock, then spins him to a headlock takeover. ZSJ fights with a palm in Takagi’s face, then tries a headscissor. Takagi shrugs that off, shifts position to have a one arm nelson, but ZSJ keeps trying for headscissors. Takagi shifts position back to a headlock, but ZSJ tries to pry it apart.
Takagi keeps holding on tight, ZSJ keeps trying, but then ZSJ powers out. Takagi blocks the arm-drag to pick up and SLAM ZSJ down! Fans cheer the strength as Takagi drops elbow after elbow, then BACK SENTON onto knees! ZSJ gets the head between his feet for a NECK TWIST! Then ZSJ dropkicks Takagi out of the ring! Fans fire up while ZSJ is down and catching his breath. Takagi stirs as a ring count begins, but ZSJ rolls out to fetch him. ZSJ puts Takagi in the ring and fans cheer his sportsmanship. ZSJ gets Takagi up, throws EuroUppers to put him in a corner, then throws another uppercut! ZSJ BOOTS Takagi then digs his heels in. Red Shoes counts and ZSJ lets off.
Fans rally for Takagi but ZSJ brings up around for a neck wrench then chinlock. ZSJ gets the arms and has a straitjacket stretch but Takagi gets a ropebreak. ZSJ lets off, clamps back on with a cravat and is back on the neck wrench. Takagi fights up to arm-drag but ZSJ holds on! Takagi tires again, scoops but ZSJ snapmares to counter! ZSJ keeps on the neck wrench, but Takagi powers up and powers ZSJ to a corner. Red Shoes calls for the ropebreak but Takagi rams his shoulder in. ZSJ headbutts and headlocks but Takagi powers out. ZSJ turns hip toss into cobra twist! Fans cheer the technical savvy but Takagi powers up to hip toss after all!
ZSJ comes back into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON feint to the DDT! Fans fire up and Takagi pounds the mat. Takagi watches ZSJ stand, and he runs in to POUNCE him into the corner! Takagi has the fans rally up again and he stands ZSJ up. Takagi CHOPS, stands ZSJ up, CHOPS again, then throws in a headbutt. Takagi whips ZSJ corner to corner, runs in but blocks ZSJ’s boot. Takagi clotheslines ZSJ down, then runs, only for ZSJ to catch him with a GUILLOTINE! But Takagi suplexes out of it! BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! But Takagi says that’s not all, and fans rally up behind him again! Takagi kicks at ZSJ but ZSJ eggs him on so Takagi JABS him!
Takagi stands ZSJ up to ROCK him with a haymaker, and makes sure Red Shoes sees it wasn’t a closed fist. Takagi slaps ZSJ around but ZSJ EuroUppers! And again! Takagi JABS ZSJ down! Was that a closed fist? Hard to say but Takagi stands ZSJ up to CHOP him again. And again! Takagi eggs ZSJ on, but ZSJ blocks the chop to go after the arm! Takagi rolls, fireman’s carries but ZSJ gets to the apron to have a ROPE OCTOPUS! ZSJ lets go as Red Shoes counts and fans rally up again. Takagi staggers over but ZSJ gets a leg. ZSJ then shifts to the arm to WRING it out! Fans continue to rally as ZSJ goes after an arm with a Disarmer!
Takagi moves around as ZSJ tries for a leg lock half nelson, almost an omoplata. Takagi gets the ropebreak and ZSJ lets go quickly. ZSJ KICKS Takagi as he sits up, then gives him sharp kicks. Takagi blocks the Penalty Kick to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Takagi gets the leg and steps through, but ZSJ kicks him away. Takagi rebounds, ZSJ catches the sliding lariat to trap the arm, ARM TWIST! Fans cheer the technical savagery while Takagi clutches the arm. Fans rally back up, ZSJ goes after the bad arm again and bends it from wrist to elbow. ZSJ isolates the arm to STOMP it! Takagi writhes and clutches the arm again as ZSJ taunts him.
ZSJ gives toying kicks to the bad arm but Takagi gets up. Takagi throws forearms with the left but ZSJ EuroUppers back. Takagi does what he can with his left elbow but ZSJ throws more EuroUppers! ZSJ swings, into the Gory Especial and NOSHIGAMI! Fans rally up again as both men are down. Takagi drags ZSJ into a wheelbarrow but ZSJ elbows free. Takagi ducks to get the leg, puts it in the ropes, and hits the other leg with a SLIDING D! ZSJ clutches his legs and fans rally up as Takagi runs. ZSJ catches the lariat to a headscissors takedown to an ARMBAR! Takagi clasps hands, moves around but ends up in a TRIANGLE! ZSJ squeezes tight as fans rally again!
Takagi endures, powers up and dead lifts to a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, into an STF!! ZSJ endures as Takagi has him twisted up! ZSJ reaches, gets the ROPEBREAK, and Takagi lets off quick. Takagi has the fans rallying behind him as he WHEELBARROW GERMAN SUPLEXES ZSJ away! Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” and fans clap along. Takagi gets his bad arm moving, stands ZSJ up again, and goes for the pump handle. ZSJ fights the half nelson, Takagi throws some headbutts, but ZSJ switches to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Takagi gets right up to SAIDO! Fans fire up for that quick exchange while both men are down.
Takagi gets himself to a corner, ZSJ is in the opposite. Takagi roars and runs corner to corner but ZSJ meets him in the middle! Takagi blocks the boot, CLUBS the leg, but ZSJ wrenches to PELE the arm! ZSJ kicks Takagi’s clothesline away but Takagi comes back with a YUKON LARIAT! Takagi runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Fans are thunderous for Takagi as he gets ZSJ up. Pump handle, but ZSJ counters with a victory roll! TWO, ZSJ shoots around to trip Takagi up! Body scissors, EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! PENALTY KCIK! Takagi is right up, POINT BLANK PUMPING! Fans are thunderous again as both men are back down!
ZSJ gets to a corner but Takagi is after him. Takagi hoists ZSJ up top, climbs up to join him, ZSJ resists the suplex and has a KIMURA! Takagi endures the hold as ZSJ cranks on the arm, but Red Shoes brings up the ropebreak. Takagi headbutts free but ZSJ boots then TORNADO DDT’S! Takagi staggers up, ZSJ runs in, tilt-o-whirl TAKEDOWN, to CLARKY CAT!! ZSJ tortures both arms in a pretzel knot but Takagi endures! Takagi reaches around, ZSJ puts as much pressure as he can with his own shoulders and legs, but Takagi scrambles around! ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go in frustration but fans are fired up again!
ZSJ gets Takagi’s arm, bends the fingers, wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER, then another! And another- NO! Takagi turns that into a sleeper! ZSJ pries free, Takagi shoves and pops ZSJ up to a fireman’s carry! ZSJ shifts to get another sleeper, but Takagi hits a BACKPACK SENTON! But ZSJ still goes after the arm! Takagi shifts, pops free and runs, SLIDING D!! Both men are down again but fans return to that thunderous level! Takagi runs but ZSJ leaps, but Takagi blocks the takedown! ZSJ shifts to scoop, ZACK DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!? Takagi survives and no one can believe it! Fans are thunderous again as the two stir.
ZSJ gets Takagi’s arm, sits him up for a grounded cobra twist and he drives elbows in again and again! Takagi is down, fans still rally, but ZSJ gets Takagi up for more elbows. Takagi just uses them to fire up, “OI! OI! OI!” Takagi fireman’s carries, ZSJ slips off and wrenches to an IRON OCTOPUS, but Takagi makes that a fireman’s carry for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Another sudden turn around and Takagi’s still in this! The thunderous rally continues and Takagi roars! Takagi stands ZSJ up for boxing elbows, then powers up to LARIAT ZSJ down! Takagi fights through the pain in his right arm to get ZSJ up, but ZSJ SLAPS him!
Takagi fires off MORE boxing elbows, then wraps on a SLEEPER! ZSJ stands up, but Takagi drops back! ZSJ rolls back to get free, but Takagi blocks his Penalty Kick! Takagi stands, ZSJ fires off SLAPS, but Takagi catches him to a modified MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO?!?! ZSJ survives but Takagi’s firing up with the fans! Takagi runs, PUMPING BOMBER!! ZSJ is down but Takagi’s bad arm is hurting him too much, he can’t cover! Takagi headbutts his arm to make it work, then he stands ZSJ up. ZSJ blocks the pump handle to target the arm! Wrench but Takagi JABS! And HEADBUTTS! ZSJ is dazed, Takagi gets him up for pump handle and torture rack!
But ZSJ slips around to a SLEEPER! ZSJ has the body scissors, too, but Takagi fights that to another fireman’s carry. But ZSJ tries to make that a crucifix, into an IRON OCTOPUS!! Takagi fights, ZSJ tries to drag him back down, TRIANGLE! ZSJ squeezes tight, keeping Takagi’s arm caught. Time is running out but Takagi still has fight! Takagi dead lifts as ZSJ bridges to resist, HANGING ARMBAR!! TAKAGI TAPS!!! ZSJ WINS!!!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission (gains 2 points; Takagi earns 0)
The Submission Master scores one on the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion!! Two members of Los Ingobernables de Japon have lost in a row to this Dangerous Tekker, and now ZSJ may have a title match in his back pocket! He already snatches up the world title as if it’s his, too! He does give it back, of course, making sure Takagi knows who’s coming for it. Will Takagi be able to recover and get back to the history he plans to make?
As for ZSJ, he gets a mic to mock those who doubted him. “Ehhh? Zakku? Zack defeated the champion? Ehhh!?” Damn right he did, dickheads! Then he tells “Dragon Bollocks” Takagi, “You really are the toughest bastard. But who won today? But who won today?!” ZACK DID! And guess what? The IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion just pinned the bloody IWGP WORLD Heavyweight Champion! He again mocks fans wondering, “Huh? How’d he do that?” He’ll tell you dickheads how! “Outrageous Tekkers!” Zack is THE best technical wrestler in the world, and this G1 is now his! “Two down, seven dickheads to go! As you were.”
ZSJ tosses the mic rather than drops it before flexing his way out. Who else will he tear down and take out on his way to the top?
Here are the NEW A Block standings! (Adjusted for Naito’s absence)
Great-O-Khan: 3-0, 6 points
Zack Sabre Jr: 2-0, 4 points
Shingo Takagi: 2-1, 4 points
Kenta: 2-1, 4 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-1, 4 points
Toru Yano: 2-1, 4 points
Kota Ibushi: 2-1, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 1-1, 2 points [defeated Yuji Nagata in special singles bye]
Tomohiro Ishii: 1-2, 2 points
Round one was quite the start to this year’s G1 but round two had its own big moves. Firstly, a shame that Naito is legitimately injured and has no real timetable for return. As said in NJPW’s statement, everyone he was meant to face will instead have a special singles match opener, which is what Loa did this time. The official records will show Naito loses by “forfeit” and everyone gets the points, so there won’t be a scoreless person in the block now. As for the rest of the action, Khan getting his revenge on Yano was a good way for him to keep going in the block, and he stands as one of the only two undefeated in the block now.
Kenta and Yujiro had a very good match, especially with the story element of the Bullet Club possibly entering another civil war. Kenta winning but Yujiro showing respect was a bit of surprise, and I would love it if Kenta ended up part of Evil’s House of Torture sub-faction. Kenta has the same purple-silver hair going like Evil, Yujiro and now even Sho have, so they’d be matching. And it’d be quite the twist if Jay White expected Kenta to be on his team, only for Kenta to turn and join Evil’s side.
Ibushi VS Ishii was a great match, but I sure felt like I was saying they were both down on the mat a lot. I suppose Ibushi needed the win more so he still looks like a contender in the block, especially with no Naito now, but I felt like Ibushi’s struggles should continue with round three on Sunday. Takagi VS ZSJ was an awesome match, and it was a HUGE surprise for ZSJ to win here. ZSJ has always been very strong but just outside the top title picture, but now he and Taichi could be poised to become some real top title names. Round three having ZSJ VS Ibushi is going to say a lot towards that, given Ibushi’s own story as of late.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (8/8/22)
It’s a golden Monday night!
Can Ciampa conquer the All Mighty?
Raw kicks off the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, AND sees Bobby Lashley defend the US Championship against Tommaso Ciampa! Who reaches golden glory in Cleveland?
- Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford; Rollins wins.
- Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens; No Contest.
- Rey Mysterio
w/ Dominik MysterioVS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day; Finn wins.
- Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke; Kai & Sky win and advance to the next round.
- WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz; Lashley wins and retains the title.
- 2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade; Omos wins.
- Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; wins.
- No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS The Miz; wins.
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The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament Bracket is here!
Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky are of course a team, and they’ll be taking on Tamina & Dana Brooke! Then Asuka teams with Alexa Bliss to take on Nikki A.S.H. and “Doudrop” Piper Niven, Raquel Rodriguez teams with Aliyah against Shotzi & Xia Li, and in quite the surprise, NXT’s Nikkita Lyons & Zoey Stark will be taking on Natalya & Sonya Deville! Who will make it to the finals to be the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?
Bayley, Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky head to the ring!
The Role Model leads #CobraKai and the Evil Genius out here in The Land, and The Land boos them after all the cheap shots they’ve been taking. Bayley, Kai & Sky all get mics and Bayley says, “DING DONG~!” Fans boo but Bayley says c’mon, she hasn’t seen them in forever and this is what she gets? But Bayley, Kai & Sky are all excited to see your dumb, smiling faces! Trust her when she says they don’t wanna be here, either, but the fans need them. The fans are watching to see what these three do to salvage this division. Kai says, “Like crash SummerSlam and shake everyone up?” “Exactly!”
The fans can’t honestly sit here and say they enjoy watching Becky Lynch play dress-up every week. But they cheer! But they can’t honestly like that “champion” in Bianca Belair. But they cheer again! Bianca would be nothing without Bayley! And that’s why last week, they had to make a statement. For all the fans! First, they took care of stupid Becky’s shoulder, then they lit a fire under every single woman in the locker room, for the fans! These three are bringing back what’s been missing. Sky says it’s the hunger! Yes! The division needs to be hungry for more! But Bayley doesn’t blame the locker room. They’re just like the fans: sheeple who don’t know how to ask for more.
But if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask better questions! So here’s a question for all the idiots out there: “How am I the only one to realize what a lethal weapon Iyo Sky is? How am I the only person in this whole damn building who realized the benefits of bringing in someone like Dakota Skai?” Okay, yes, she said it wrong, big whoop! Shut up so she can think, dummies! They’re upsetting Bayley, but imagine how mad these two are? They’ve been boiling this whole time! Fans boo, Bayley gets mad, but Kai has her calm down. Bayley doesn’t have to tell them anymore. Kai & Sky will show them in this tag title tournament tonight and win it!
But wait! Here comes Alexa Bliss! AND Asuka! The Fury and the Empress are going to be in that same tournament, so this seems to be a reminder. But here comes BIANCA, too! The RawEST Women’s Champion walks down to the ring with Alexa and Asuka and they get mics, too. Alexa says, “Yeah, let’s not get too ahead of ourselves.” Fans chant for the EST, and Alexa tells Dakota & Iyo that they’re not winning. If they win tonight, guess who they’ll face next? Alexa Bliss & Asuka!! And after what they pulled last week, there’s more incentive to beat the hell out of them and win the titles.
And Bianca tells Iyo they’re not done, either. Bianca IS hungry, and she’s ready to finish what they started last week. But if we’re playing the numbers game, the three of them have no problem dealing with Bayley’s three right now. Oh pipe down. Bayley knew this would get them all worked up. But Bayley calls the shots. They can do 3v3 where it counts, which isn’t here in Cleveland! The Six Woman Tag can happen at Clash at the Castle! Bianca looks to Alexa and Asuka, and challenge accepted! Okay, then! But while Bayley is trying to keep control, Bianca says tonight, she’ll lose it! And the brawl is own! Bianca fires off on Bayley, Asuka throws Kai out while Alexa is after Iyo!
Fans fire up as things spill out of the ring, and then into the crowd! Bianca throws knees on Bayley but refs rush out to break up the others. Bayley hits back, Iyo SMACKS Alexa off the desk! Then Iyo goes after Bianca! Asuka rushes after Iyo, but then Kai rushes after Asuka! Alexa gets on the barrier to CROSSBODY everyone!! Fans are fired up as Alexa drags Kai up to fire off forearms! Officials and management rush out now, will this chaos subside after the break?
Seth Rollins VS Angelo Dawkins w/ Montez Ford!
The Visionary already burned it down with Montez Ford, but now he takes on the other half of the Street Profits! Will Rollins sweep the series? Or will the #CurseOfGreatness take down the Architect?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Dawkins powers up and out. Rollins wrenches to mule kick, but Dawkins avoids the Curb Stomp! Dawkins and Rollins circle, tie up, and Dawkins headlocks. Rollins powers up and out, things speed up and Rollins hurdles, but Dawkins handsprings! And DROPKICKS! Cover, ONE, but Dawkins wrenches to a wristlock, then YANKS the arm. Dawkins grinds the arm but Rollins pulls headbands to whip Dawkins to ropes. Dawkins hurdles then FLYING ELBOWS! Ford mocks Rollins’ short temper, then Dawkins POUNCES Rollins over the desk! Fans are fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Rollins has Dawkins down with an armlock. Dawkins fights up but Rollins wrenches. Dawkins ROCKS Rollins with forearm after forearm, then he whips Rollins to a corner. Dawkins runs in, into a BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins catches his breath but Ford is right there coaching Dawkins. Rollins kicks Ford away! Ford gets mad and gets a chair! Ford gets in the ring, the fans are fired up, but the ref has Ford stay back! Ford lets go of the chair and the ref throws it out, but he still has to keep Ford from hitting Rollins. The ref EJECTS Ford! And Rollins laughs while the fans boo. “Bye bye~!”
Rollins grins and laughs as he soaks up the heat from the fans, but Dawkins is up to clothesline Rollins up and out! Fans fire up, Dawkins builds speed, and he FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp and the fans are thunderous! Dawkins puts Rollins in, scoops him, PUMP HANDLE FALL AWAY SLAM! Dawkins then runs to CYCLONE SPLASH! And ENZIGURI! Then the underhooks for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dawkins can’t believe it! Fans fire up as Dawkins scoops but Rollins slips off to O’Conner Roll! TWO, Rollins comes back to turn Dawkins, DREAM SMASHER ELBOW! Rollins then runs, but Dawkins dodges!
Dawkins rolls Rollins up, but Rollins rolls through! Dawkins dodges again, SKY HIGH BOMB!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins survives and Cleveland is losing their mind! Rollins flops out of the ring and Dawkins snarls. Dawkins goes out and runs in around the way, but is sent into steel steps! Rollins gets in the ring, Dawkins pursues, but the CURB- NO, Dawkins dodges again! SKY- NO, Rollins wrenches and WRINGS the arm, then underhooks! PEDIGREE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
The Visionary couldn’t hit his favorite, but wait! Here’s the CURB STOMP!! Ford rushes back out but the damage to Dawkins is done! Rollins runs off, having swept the Profits. Will he face the consequences? Or just head off towards the title?
The Mysterios talk backstage.
Dominik helps Rey prepare for Finn Balor, but in walks Edge! Rey’s cool but Edge can tell Dom’s heated up. Edge has their backs, because what happened last week with that Spear was an accident. Are they cool? Dom’s cool. But then he shoves Edge! Rey calms Dom down, it was an accident! Rey’s known Edge for 20 years, he’s like family! Rey’s known Dom for 25! How can Rey take Edge’s side?! Dom storms off but Rey assures Edge he’ll talk with Dom about this. Is it going to be harder to forgive the Rated R Superstar than expected?
Backstage interview with The Miz & Tommaso Ciampa.
The Hollywood A-Lister and the Psycho Killer are here after Ciampa’s phenomenal win last week to become Bobby Lashley’s challenger tonight. Does he feel tonight is the night? Miz points out the use of “phenomenal,” and asks if Kevin Patrick couldn’t think of another word. Miz says there is nothing phenomenal about someone who sides with a hack like Logan Paul! But who had the last laugh? Ciampa! And Ciampa says people always talk about overcoming adversity. When you want something you believe in, believe in Ciampa! Who believed in Ciampa? The first-ever US Champion, Harley Race! That man trained Ciampa and made him into the man he is today.
Three years ago to the day, Harley paced away. Tonight, Ciampa dedicates his win to the King, Harley Race! And, and, AND, with Harley looking down on him, and with the Miz in his corner, Ciampa will truly make this his moment. When he steps foot in that ring and Lashley looks into his eyes, Lashley will feel Ciampa’s sacrifice, and Lashley will realize that he has already lost. Will Ciampa’s blackheart finally beat with gold again?
Ezekiel VS Kevin Owens!
Once again, the younger brother of Elias is taking on the Prizefighter, and even though Kevin claims he’s over his obsession, this will be quite the test. Will Kevin focus on the fight and not Ezekiel’s identity? Or will he #ZekeOut all over again?
The bell rings and Kevin rushes Zeke! Kevin fires off forearms, maybe that obsession has rekindled already! Kevin stomps away in the corner, Zeke slips out but Kevin goes out to POST him! And the RAM him into the desk! And then again, making the desk move! Zeke crawls, Kevin drags him up and reels him in! Fans fire up for the APRON POWERBOMB!! Kevin’s mean streak has returned and Zeke writhes! The ref is calling this match, Zeke can’t continue!
Kevin gets in the ring and looks down on Zeke while medics are rushed out to the ring. They bring a stretcher and board! Kevin laughs at the destruction he has wrought, but is this going to be the last time we see Zeke?
Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor w/ The Judgement Day!
The King of Lucha and the Prince go another round, and things are even more tense after what happened at SummerSlam and last week on Raw. Will Rey finally end things with the Judgement Day? Or will he face the punishment for resisting?
Finn gets a mic to say, “Edge thinks we should fear him. Rey Mysterio thinks that we should fear him. Those two can’t even get on the same page! Poor little Dominik Mysterio’s already abandoned both of them! The Judgement Day isn’t afraid of anyone! Y’know why? Because fear isn’t real. Fear is a product of your imagination. But danger is real! Danger is very real! And Rey, tonight, you’re going to find out that I am danger!” Priest tells Edge that to be clear, if he wanted to, he could lay Edge out. But in two weeks, the WWE is in Toronto. Edge hasn’t wrestled on Raw in Canada in 12 years!
So here it is! Priest is officially challenging Edge, 1v1! The Rated R Superstar VS The Punisher! If Edge still has a set, then he and Priest can end this! Edge may have started the Judgement Day, but in Toronto, in front of Edge’s family and friends, the Judgement Day ends Edge! What will Edge say about that challenge? As for Rey, he can’t seem to find Dominik anywhere. Well, Edge’s offer still stands, especially after being called out. Rey says he knows Dom, Dom will come to his senses. Well, okay then. Go get ’em! Rey goes it alone for now, but will he be alone in the end? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rey makes his entrance. And though Rey waits, there’s no Dom. Rey goes to the ring and gets in alone. The bell rings and Fin kicks Rey low! Finn bumps Rey off buckles, fires off body shots, then brings Rey around to bump off more buckles. Finn throws more body shots, bumps Rey off more buckles, then CHOPS him! Fans “WOO~!” then Finn whips Rey corner to corner. Rey reverses, ROCKS Finn then bumps him off buckles. Finn staggers, Rey bumps him off more buckles! Rey ROCKS Finn again, bumps him off more buckles, then fires off more haymakers. Rey whips corner to corner, Finn reverses, but Rey elbows him way.
Rey runs and tilt-o-whirls to headscissor Finn out! Fans fire up and Rey WRECKS Finn with a dropkick! Rey then goes to the apron, for a FLYING SEATED SENTON! Fans fire up and Rey KICKS Finn in the leg. Rey puts Finn in the ring, climbs up the corner, and leaps to SEATED SENTON again! Fans fire up while Finn flounders, but Rey runs in, Finn pops him up but Rey RANAS Finn into buckles! Finn flounders, Rey whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses. Rey ducks and springboards, but Finn avoids the crossbody! Rey crashes down and Finn snarls as he runs in and KICKS Rey in the side! Finn stomps Rey, then springboard stomps him again and again!
Finn lets off as the ref counts but only Priest applauds. Finn drags Rey up, clamps on and ROCKS him with forearms in the back! Finn runs but Rey rams into him! Rey slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Rey kicks low but Finn hits back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn is annoyed but he stalks Rey. Finn drags Rey up, suplexes, then holds on for Uno Amigo! Fans boo as Finn smirks and Dos Amigos! Finn then gets back up, mocks Latino Heat, but REY suplexes Finn back! Fans fire up while Finn goes to ropes. Priest coaches Finn, but Rey dodges the haymaker to fire off shots! Rey whips, Finn reverses but Rey kicks back!
Rey CLOBBERS Finn, whips him to ropes, but Finn reverses to kick and run, sunset flip! But Rey rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Finn flounders to a corner. Rey storms over, RAMS into Finn, then climbs up. Rey rains down fists, but Finn turns it around into an Electric Chair! But Rey turns that into a wheelbarrow BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Rey is frustrated as Finn survives that counter. Rey dropkicks Finn to ropes and dials it up, but Priest takes the 619 for Finn! Finn grabs Rey’s mask and RAMS him into the post! Rey is down on the outside while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Finn has Rey up top. Rey fights the superplex, fans rally up, and Rey throws body shots! Rey CLUBS Finn, then sunset flips, but Finn holds on! So Rey YANKS him down! Finn hits buckles, Rey runs in but Finn still scoops! Rey arm-drags Finn away! Rey then runs and SLIDES to SUNSET FLIP BOMB Finn into barriers! Fans fire up, but Priest creeps over. Rey stares him down, puts Finn in the ring, but Priest taunts Rey about where Dom went. Rey gets on the apron, he GAMANGIRIS Finn away, but then Finn staggers into the ref! Pries trips Rey in the distraction! Fans boo, but here comes Edge!
Edge runs down the ramp to TACKE Priest into the steps! And then BOOT him over the barriers! Edge and Priest fight in front of the fans and Finn is shocked! Finn hurries to YANK Rey up, but Rey lands on his feet to mule kick and hop on, CODE RED! Cover, TWO!! Finn escapes and Rey can’t believe it! Finn and Rey stand, they throw haymakers back and forth, over an dover, and fans fire up! Rey KICSK and KICKS and ENZIGURIS! Finn ends up on ropes, Rey dials it up! But Finn LARIATS Rey down! Finn fires up and aims from a corner to SHOTGUN Rey into the corner! Rey falls into the drop zone and Finn climbs up!
COUP DE- NO, Rey rolls and runs to RANA Finn back onto ropes! Rey redials, but Rhea is carrying Dom out like a sack of potatoes! Rhea makes Rey look at Dom, but then Finn drags Rey into a dragon sleeper! 1916!! Finn goes up top, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
Edge and Rey forgot about Rhea the Eradicator! Will the Judgement Day do just as they say and destroy Edge and the Mysterios?
Backstage interview with Tamina & Dana Brooke.
These two are a team together in the Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament, and that means Dana could be a Double Champion. And she needs a partner to get there. She’s defended her 24/7 Championship a lot, with her biggest challenger being Tamina. So together, they- Wait, Bayley, Sky & Kai walk in. Bayley wants Dana to relax, these three aren’t going to beat her up to take that title. They have their eyes set on belts that suit them. And the Women’s Tag Team Championships suit them because Bayley was the first one to hold them! Not that Dana would know about that.
But Tamina does. So keep yapping, Bayley, and Tamina will take her and her friends out of the tournament right now. Kai tells Dana, “See you out there.” Iyo Sky says in both Japanese and English, “I don’t like you.” Will Dana & Tamina not like what’s coming in the opening match of this tournament?
Vacated WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament, Opening Round: Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky w/ Bayley VS Tamina & Dana Brooke!
#CobraKai & the Evil Genius have both been NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions, though not together. But they’re taking on a duo where only one of them has had a tag title reign of their own. Will it be easy for Kai & Sky to take control? Or will the Flex Appeal & Daughter of Superfly shut them down right out of the gate?
The teams sort out, Dana starts with Kai and fans rally up. Kai and Dana circle, tie up, and Dana waistlocks. Kai pries at the hold, switches around, but Dana headlocks back. Kai powers out, but Dana blocks a hip toss to hip toss Kai! Then handsprings to BOOT Kai down! Cover, ONE, but Dana drags Kai up with a facelock. Kai endures the squeeze, pries out again but DOUBLE FOREARMS hit! Tamina tags in, and she eggs Kai on. Fans rally with Dana for “TA-MI-NA!” Kai rushes in but Tamina SWATS her, then ROCKS her! Then again! Then she DECKS Sky! Bayley protests but Tamina dodges and kicks Kai to then suplex high and hard!
Kai bails out and Sky hurries over. Tamina tags Dana and Dana climbs up, for a SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up with Dana! Bayley creeps over but then Dana stares her down. Bayley says that’s fine, Kai & Sky don’t need her. Dana doubts that, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Kai has Dana down in a motorcycle stretch. Dana endures and the fans rally up, but Kai shifts to a chinlock, Dana uses that to JAWBREAKER free! Dana then runs, dodges, rolls Kai up, TWO! Kai KICKS Dana down! Cover, ONE!! Kai is frustrated but she drags Dana up to tag Sky. Kai & Sky double whip, then BOOT, and COMPLETE SHOT to an AX KICK and BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Dana survives the onslaught but Bayley says she is proud of her team. Sky whips Dana in to the corner, runs and CROSS CHECKS her! Sky stomps a mudhole, trips Dana up, then digs her boots in!
The ref counts, Sky swings up for a DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Tag to Kai, Kai clamps on with a chinlock and grinds Dana down. Fans rally, Dana fights up but Kai throws her by her hair! Cover, TWO! Bayley coaches Kai but fans chant, “Bayley Sucks!” Bayley says no she doesn’t! Kai drags Dana up but Dana shoves her away and pops her up, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO!! Kai survives that one and Bayley is relieved. Kai and Dana crawl for their corners, but Kai drags Dana away! Tag to Sky and she runs around to stay between Dana and Tamina. Dana leaps, Sky catches her, but Tamina reaches out for the tag!
Fans fire up as Tamina dribbles Sky off buckles! Then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Kai gets in but gets a SUPERKICK! Tamina back body blocks Sky then fires off elbows! Cleveland fires up with Tamina as she whips Sky. Sky reverses, Tamina ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KCIK! Sky fires off forearms, then a SHOTEI! But Tamina SUPERKICKS! Sky rebounds into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Kai breaks it! Dana drags Kai up but Kai throws Dana out! Dana drags Kai out with her and ROCKS her! Dana runs in, but Bayley saves Kai from the handspring attack! Dana hits barriers! Sky SHOTEIS Tamina up top, then climbs up after her!
Sky fires off forearms on Tamina, Kai sneaks in a tag. Tamina BOOTS Kai down, HEADBUTTS Sky off the ropes, and then Tamina stands up to SUPERFLY! But she even catches Sky’s boots! But Kai returns with a SCORPION KCIK! And a BOOT! Tag back to Sky, and she goes up for the OVER THE MOONSAULT!! Cover, Kai & Sky win!
Winners: Iyo Sky & Dakota Kai, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Bayley raises her team’s hand in victory! But now, who will they meet in the semifinals? We’ll have to wait for Alexa & Asuka VS Nikki & Piper.
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
Kevin Patrick hurries after KO to ask him just why he brutally assaulted Ezekiel. Oh, he wants a comment? Well first comment, if KP ever runs up on KO like that again, he’ll drop KP harder than that powerbomb. Second, why did he do it? Because unlike that idiot who doesn’t know who he is, KO knows who he is! He’s KEVIN OWENS! And Kevin Owens may have been gone, but there are more eyes on this show than before, and tonight was KO reminding everyone in the back and watching at home that this is still the Kevin Owens Show!
Also, it’s of note that Piper & Nikki apparently crashed their rental car? What exactly happened there?
Trainers check on Dominik.
Rhea Ripley truly brutalized him, is it clear to him now that Edge isn’t the one to worry about?
WWE remembers the legacy of the WWE United States Championship.
Narrated by John “Bradshaw” Layfield. “America. A country built on opportunity deserves a champion that upholds its great legacy. A legacy of greatness is painted in red, white and blue.” Harley Race, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Scott Hall, JBL, Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, just to name a few. Ricky Steamboat was a proud champion, as were Booker T, Kofi Kingston, and now Bobby Lashley. “The United States Championship has helped shape the careers of 20+ Hall of Famers, and will continue to do so well into the future of the WWE.” And that new chapter starts NOW!
WWE United States Championship: Bobby Lashley VS Tommaso Ciampa w/ The Miz!
The All Mighty wants to be a fighting champion to prove he is the greatest, and he has perhaps found his greatest challenger. The Blackheart wears Harley Race’s iconic robe to the ring, but will it bring him to prominence? Or will the Rocky Mountain Machine make Ciampa feel the pain inside the Hurt Lock?
Raw returns as Lashley makes his entrance, and he’s wearing gold on his tights as well as around his waist. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who carries this great championship in The Land!
Ciampa fires off on Lashley at the bell! Ciampa whips, Lashley reverses but Ciampa slide sunder. Things speed up, but Lashley runs Ciampa over! Lashley drags Ciampa up, suplexes, and holds Ciampa up for 10 before the SLAM! Lashley paces around but Miz calls Ciampa over. Ciampa gets to a corner for Miz to give him advice, but Lashley bumps Ciampa off buckles. Lashley climbs up to rain down fists, but Ciampa trips Lashley up! Lashley still elbows Ciampa away, then throws elbows in the corner. Lashley warns Miz to watch himself, and Lashley runs, Ciampa swings, misses, then leaps into Lashley’s arms!
Lashley pops Ciampa around, Ciampa slips out and CHOP BLOCKS! Miz coaches Ciampa to keep on him and Ciampa stomps Lashley, then CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Lashley just gets up with a scowl on his face! Lashley blocks a kick to ELBOW Ciampa down! Fans fire up as Lashley takes aim, but Ciampa bails out! Ciampa and Miz regroup to talk strategy, and then Miz gets on the apron to distract. But Lashley knows that trick, and he turns around to DECK Ciampa off the apron! Lashley fireman’s carries Ciampa, but Miz blocks his path to the post! So Lashley TOSSES Ciampa into the Miz! Fans fire up as Lashley stands tall and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Ciampa is taking of the cover off a crossbar! Ciampa then stomps away on Lashley, rains down fists, and drops a HEADBUTT! Cover, ONE!! Ciampa clamps onto Lashley with a chinlock, and he grinds Lashley down into an almost Bully Choke! Fans rally, Lashley endures and fights up, but Ciampa leans on him. Lashley pries at the hold but Ciampa knee slow. Ciampa runs, Lashley runs him over! And again! And then RAMS into him at the corner! Lashley lets off to clothesline, then he runs side to side to RAM in again! Ciampa sputters and fans fire up but Miz coaches Ciampa. Lashley whips corner to corner, Ciampa BOOTS back!
Lashley staggers, Ciampa swings but into a kick! Lashley gut wrenches, CLIFFHANGER! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa survives and Miz breathes again. Miz coaches Ciampa more but Lashley trophy lifts him! Then brings him into position, but Ciampa turns powerslam into REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Ciampa crawls to a cover, TWO! Lashley stays in this and Miz is sweating. Ciampa CLUBS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa. Ciampa ROCKS Lashley, Lashley ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa forearms, Lashley fires off fists, but Ciampa kicks a leg out! FRONT DDT! Cover, TWO!
Miz argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Ciampa drags Lashley up, underhooks him, but Lashley powers out and dodges, to SPEAR!! Cover, but again Miz helps with the ROPEBREAK! The ref misses it like last week, but Lashley didn’t! Lashley glares at Miz, and then here comes AJ STYLES! Styles CLOBBERS Miz and runs him off into the crowd! Fans fire up as things are truly 1v1, and Lashley goes back to Ciampa. CRADLE!! TWO!! Ciampa hurries to a corner, pulls at the buckle pad, and it comes loose! Lashley gets Ciampa for a COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up with Lashley, he stalks Ciampa, but wait! Miz returns!
Miz slides in, slides out, but Styles is after him again! They scramble out of the ring, Lashley clamps onto Ciampa, but Ciampa RAMS him into the bare steel! And then the POST! PSYCHO KNEE!! Cover, TWO?!!? Lashley survives and shocks Ciampa! Fans fire up again and Ciampa drags Lashley up. Ciampa underhooks, but Lashley fights the lift! Lashley fireman’s carries and pops Ciampa into the nelson, but Ciampa drags Lashley down! GargaNO Escape!! Shout out to Ciampa’s greatest friend and rival, and Lashley is enduring the hold! Lashley rolls it around, drags Ciampa right up, and into a POWER- NO, Ciampa slides off again!
Ciampa tosses Lashley out of the ring, and gets Lashley with WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?!? Lashley survives again and Cleveland is thunderous! Ciampa stalks Lashley, “This is Awesome!” as Lashley BLOCKS the knee! MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Lashley drags Ciampa up, HURT LOCK!!! Ciampa flails, reaches out, but he TAPS! Lashley wins!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by submission (still WWE United States Champion)
Ciampa tried every trick in the book, but he could not derail the Rocky Mountain Machine! Will nothing stop Lashley from making the US Championship the mightiest of all?
Omos and MVP walk in backstage.
The Nigerian Giant is back, and he is going to the ring! Who will soon fall from the top of this mountain of a man’s two hand slam?
Raw shares the footage from backstage.
Miz and Styles brawled from ringside to gorilla, and officials rushed in to stop it! So because of this confrontation, Styles VS Miz is signed for action later tonight! And it will be NO DISQUALIFICATIONS! Will Styles get a phenomenal win? Or will Cleveland be AWESOME?
2v1 Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Andrea Guercio & Spencer Slade!
The Nigerian Giant is so big, he’s taking on two of Cleveland’s own at the same time! Will these mere mortals wish they’d signed up for a different night?
The bell rings and Guercio & Slade rush Omos together! But Omos TOSSES Guercio, SHOVES Slade, then he CLOBBERS Slade! Omos drags Guercio up and into the ring from the floor! Omos then runs in, but Slade dodges! Slade CLUBS away then jumps on for a SLEEPER! But Omos RAMS Slade into buckles, RAMS him again, then dares Guercio to try something., Guercio CROSSBODIES, into Omos’ arms! Trophy lift, and SLAM! Then Omos drags Guercio up by his ear, to TOSS him into the corner! Guercio & Slade stand up, Omos SANDWICHES them with the corner! Omos then scoops Guercio to give him SNAKE EYES, and a BOOT to Slade!
MVP says Omos is done playing with his food, he can finish this. DEADLIFT TWO HAND SLAM!! Cover on Guercio, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Did you really expect anything else? Omos wipes out two men, but who will be on his path of destruction next?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Kevin Patrick congratulates him on his win over Dawkins, but asks the Visionary what he thinks about Matt Riddle’s interview next week. “Did you just bring me in here to ask me about Riddle?! I told the entire world, including you, last week that I was done with Riddle! Hahaha! So what, he’s gonna come back next week for some exclusive interview? What do you think he’s gonna say? Is he gonna have some earth-shattering announcement? NO! It’s RIDDLE!” Riddle will say “Bro…! Dude…! Cool…! Randy~!” Rollins explains something here: “I am the Gatekeeper of this industry! Anyone, or anything, that’s any good, they’ve gotta go through me!”
And as great as Riddle could be in the ring, he’s even better at flushing his own potential down the toilet. Don’t believe Rollins? Ask Dana White. HAHAHA! Now look, if Riddle has even two working brain cells left, he’ll come back with this interview and tell the world, “Bro, I’m hanging up the flip flops.” And he’ll retire for good. And if he doesn’t, then Rollins might just have to Cody Rhodes Riddle’s ass out the door! Anyway you slice it, if Riddle has something to say next week, then so does Seth Freakin’ Rollins! HAHAHAHA!
Dolph Ziggler VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!
The Showoff and “Master” Gable were both a big part of last week’s Triple Threats for the US Championship, but they both lost out. Who proves they’re deserving of another shot at the other’s expense?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (8/8/22)
Columbus gets Elevated!
Elevation has CERO MIEDO!
Before AEW Dynamite: Quake by the Lake and their Tornado Tag match, the Lucha Brothers tune up against The Wingmen in a standard 2v2!
- Ruby Soho & Skye Blue VS Megan Myers & Nikki Victory; Soho & Blue win.
- Parker Boudreaux w/ Ari Daivari VS Casey Carrington; Boudreaux wins.
- Athena VS Queen Aminata; Athena wins.
- Kiera Hogan & Leila Grey w/ Stokely Hathaway VS Freya States & Alice Crowley; Kiera & Leila win.
- John Silver & Alex Reynolds VS T.U.G Cooper & Lord Crewe; Silver & Reynolds win.
- The Lucha Bros w/ Alex Abrahantes VS The Wingmen; The Lucha Bros win.
One thing to note is that Parker Boudreaux has Ari Daivari in his corner. I wonder if the Trust Busters is becoming a trio, Parker joining Daivari and Slim J. Then in Kiera and Leila teaming up, this is the one time where “Can they coexist?” should be a thing since The Baddies still haven’t fully accepted Leila. And of course, the Lucha Brothers will beat The Wingmen to get momentum going into their Lucha Rules Tornado Tag with Rush & Andrade.
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