The New Day takes on the Bloodline for a massive Monday Night Raw!
It’s a powerful Six Man Tag as WWE World Champion, Big E, reunites with Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods in the ring against the champions of SmackDown! Will the Power of Positivity stop the Tribal Chief & The Usos from asserting their dominance?
- Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Bloodline; The Bloodline wins.
- Eva Marie VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Niven wins.
- Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos; Orton wins.
- Shayna Bazler VS Nia Jax; Baszler wins.
- Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Garza & Carrillo win.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H; Rhea & Nikki win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- WWE 24/7 Championship Best Laid Plans: Reggie retains the title.
- WWE United States Championship Opportunity: Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus; Hardy wins and joins the title match at Extreme Rules.
- Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman; Reigns wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Awww~ NC State!
Don’t you dare be sour! Clap for your REUNITED New Day, from Kofi Kingston to Xavier Woods to the NEW WWE World Champiooon~, and FEEL~ the POWAAAH~! That’s right, it’s time to celebrate! Woods, Kofi and Big E head to the ring together once again and everyone is fired up for that! Big E soaks in the moment as fans chant his name, and then move to “You Deserve It!” Big E says they’re the best for that, and then says that today isn’t November 25th, but he is still going to give thanks. Thanks to the fans who chanted “New Day Rocks,” and even those who once said, “New Day Sucks.” Big E forgives them.
Big E is also thankful to those who supported him as he climbed the ladder to grab the Money in the Bank briefcase, and he is beyond grateful to all those who lost their minds when Big E became the NEW WWE Champion. Big E is grateful tot hem below the Heavens, and one incredible friend above. Fans chant for Brodie, but Big E says the celebration is going to be cut a little short, because there’s some town business! That business is with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, the Usos, and of course “their little friend, their cousin, the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, Roman Reigns.”
But Raw is the NEW DAY’s show! Tonight, they shall send the Bloodline packing! And do you know why? Fans are excited to hear, “BECAAUSE!” “New! Day Rocks! New! Day Rocks!” But speak his name and he shall appear, ROMAN REIGNS makes his entrance. He and the Usos hold up their belts for the pyro while fans are torn on how they feel seeing them. Roman has Heyman holding the belt as he leads the way down the ramp, and that golden glove has been replaced with a red one. The Bloodline then stands face to face with the New Day, holding up the belts for another round of pyro. But Big E holds up his belt in response as he stares Roman down. The battle is about to begin, after the break!
Six Man Tag: The New Day VS The Bloodline!
Raw returns and Kofi starts with Jimmy at the bell. They tie up, Jimmy headlocks but Kofi powers out, only for Jimmy to run him over. Jimmy gets on the corner to boast, “Bloodline!” Roman talks trash but Kofi gets up and shrugs it off. Kofi waistlocks Jimmy, headlocks then hammerlocks then headlocks again. Kofi wrenches, whips but Jimmy reverses. Jimmy runs in to monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi dropkicks Jimmy down, cover, TWO! Kofi keeps Jimmy from the corner and snapmares him to tag in Woods. Speed combo of Penalty Kick and SLIDING LARIAT, to Kofi’s rebound SPLASH, and Woods’ second rope ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!
Woods keeps on Jimmy and bumps him off the buckle. Tag to Big E and fans fire up as Big E runs in to CLOBBER Jimmy! Cover, TWO! Tag to Woods, Woods climbs up as Big E wrenches, Woods drops double ax handles. Woods wrenches but Jimmy headbutts and uppercuts! Jimmy RAMS into Woods, Jey tags in and he DECKS Woods with an uppercut! Jey talks trash to Woods, gets him up and scoop SLAMS him! Heyman talks trash, “I bet that hurt!” Jey pushes Woods around, talks more trash, then whips Woods to ropes. Woods ducks and Kofi tags in. Woods shoves Jey into Kofi’s shoulder! Schoolboy to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Kofi keeps on Jey with an armlock, wrench but Jey ROCKS Kofi with a right! Jey brings Kofi over, tags to Jimmy and they mug Kofi. Jimmy tags Jey back in, the Usos mug Kofi again, then Jimmy shoves Kofi down. Jey brings Kofi back up in a facelock to whip to the Bloodline corner, but Kofi DECKS Jimmy! Kofi dodges Jey and he hits buckles, but Roman tags in! Kofi fires off kicks on Jey and whips, but Jey reverses. Kofi dodges but Roman trips him up, drags him out and bounces him off the announce desk! Then POSTS him! Roman gets Kofi up and TOSSES him over the desk! The Bloodline is fired up and dares the New Day to do something as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Jey has Kofi down. Jey brings Kofi up, throws a heavy uppercut, and Kofi ends up in the corner. Jey runs corner to corner, but Kofi pops him up and over! Jey can’t hold on and he falls to the floor, clutching an arm! Kofi crawls, Jimmy calls to his brother, and Jey gets in to tag Jimmy! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Woods down! Jimmy says it’s done, then he grabs at Kofi. Kofi slides underneath, reaches out but Jimmy keeps him away! Jimmy reels Kofi into a knee, whips him to a corner but Kofi goes up and up and DOUBLE STOMPS Jimmy down! Fans are thunderous as they rally for “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi and Jimmy crawl, hot tags to Roman and Big E!
Roman slows his roll as Big E steps in the ring with him. Fans go nuts as we get world champion against universal champion, and the hands start flying! Back and forth, forearm for forearm, but then Big E ducks one to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then ANOTHER! Roman is sputtering, but getting pissed, too! But he still runs into the Belly2Belly! Big E runs but has to clothesline Jey out first! Roman gets Big E for a BIG Urenage! Cover, TWO! Roman is surprised but he focuses as he goes to the corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in but into a clinch! ANOTHER Belly2Belly, then the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps and fans join in again, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”
Big E watches Roman, scoops him up, but Roman slips off. Jimmy runs in but is thrown out! Woods tags in, Big E gives Kofi a boost to FLY! Kofi takes out the Usos! Big E sees Roman but gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Woods dares Roman to bring it, and Roman runs into a GAMANGIRI! GET OVER- NO! Roman throws the DDT away to UPPERCUT! Woods SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives, and here comes BOBBY LASHLEY! He SPEARS Big E, then hoists Kofi up to fireman’s carry! Lashley POSTS Kofi! Then Lashley CLOBBERS Jimmy, and he RAMS Jey into steel steps! The Rocky Mountain Machine has made his wrath felt, but Woods still has to watch for Roman! SPEAR!! Cover, The Bloodline wins!
Winners: The Bloodline, by pinfall
The Tribal Chief survives because the All Mighty gave him an assist. But then Lashley SPEARS Roman!! Lashley did all this for Lashley and no one else! And then Lashley aims at Big E again, to SPEAR him through the timekeeper’s area! After decimating the top of both brands, will Lashley look to tear everything apart until HE is back on top of the WWE?
Bobby Lashley storms into management’s office.
He tells Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville that if Roman isn’t done with Big E, neither is he! Lashley says Big E comes out after Lashley had one of the biggest matches of his career against Randy Orton, cashing in when Lashley was obviously hurt! Look at his knee! It’s hurt! “Oh, big guy!” Then Big E goes to SmackDown, and there’s this New Day reunion, all this other stuff! Raw is about LASHLEY, the REAL WWE Champion! Give him a match with Big E 1v1, he’d win every time. Give him a match with Roman Reigns 1v1, he’d beat him every time! Both of them together, no problem! This is the All Mighty Era and it never stops!
Adam and Sonya are speechless, so Lashley leaves. What decision will management have to address the statement Lashley made?
WWE has a medical update on MVP.
After the RKO he took last week, Montel Vontavius Porter is nursing an injured rib and will be out for an indefinite time. What devastation will Lashley unleash without his advisor by his side?
Matt Riddle talks with Randy Orton backstage.
Riddle saved up to get match headsets so they can listen to the same Spotify playlists. You never know what’ll happen with the WWE Draft coming, after all. And Riddle also made a special playlist for Randy to prepare for his match with AJ Styles. Orton takes his headset off and Riddle says that’s fine, they can jam out later. But maybe Orton needs some of Riddle’s world famous motivational speaking. Riddle knows Orton is hurting on the outside, as well as deep in his heart, from losing to Bobby Lashley. “But bro, you’re a Viper, you’re an Apex Predator! You’re a Legend Killer! You’re Randy Orton, bro! Skipper doesn’t stand a chance against you!”
Riddle starts wondering what his spirit animal be. Orton’s a viper, Styles is a Pitbull and Omos is a lion. Maybe Riddle’s a mongoose. Riddle remembers going on safari and he saw a lion get trampled by wildebeest! Orton asks if Riddle is confusing his real-life with the movie, The Lion King. No, this was a true story! It was all outta nowhere, just like Orton with that RKO to MVP. But Riddle saw it, the lion was shoved off a cliff- Orton wants Riddle to keep Omos busy with the safari story. Sure! Okay, and while he’s doing that, Orton will do his best to break Styles’ ribs, just like to MVP. Sound like a plan? Yeah!
And after thinking about it, Orton says the headphones are cool, so he thanks Riddle. Riddle says “You’re welcome,” and then jams out to Orton’s theme song.
Eva Marie VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
First, the #EvaLution gets pummeled without the bell ever ringing. Then, Eva legitimately loses, after getting pummeled again. Is Eva ever going to learn that she’s been #Doudropped like a bad habit? Or will the third time be the charm for Piper?
Raw returns as Doudrop makes her entrance. The bell rings and Eva gets a mic. “So, I have to say, I am not one for shaming or any negativity but… Look at me, look at me again, and look at you.” Fans cheer because Piper’s just fine! Eva says she’s put together and Piper’s a mess. “Girls like you can never beat women like me.” Piper doesn’t care about any of that, and she chases Eva out of the ring! Eva dares Piper to chase her, Piper chases Eva, but it’s all cat ‘n’ mouse as Eva is trolling Piper. Piper says Eva will get it soon enough, but the chase continues. Piper promises she has a punch waiting for Eva, and then she lets Eva have space to get in, only to pounce!
Piper thrashes Eva around but Eva rakes eyes! Eva throws forearms but Piper just gets pissed! Eva runs, but leaps into Piper’s arms! POWERSLAM, then a BACK SENTON! Piper runs to BASEMENT SPLASH! Cover, Piper wins again!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
Three weeks in a row, twice on record, Piper stands tall over Eva and dances the night away! Will Eva finally Doudrop the issue? Or will Piper gladly crush her a fourth time?
Management makes calls but Big E barges in.
Big E wants Bobby AND Roman tonight! “Make it happen!!” The demands keep on coming, will management give in?
Management is making more calls.
They’re trying to reassure the higher ups that things are going fine, but then Paul Heyman walks in and mocks their chatter. But he wants them to indulge him: Lashley gets up in the face of those who run the show, bitches and moans and then Big E does the same, stripping them of all their authority. Heyman won’t do such a thing. He won’t bitch ‘n’ moan because he doesn’t have to. Heyman carries an order from the Tribal Chief! Pearce stops Heyman there but Sonya has them calm down. This is coming from all sides, so here’s what’s happening: A TRIPLE THREAT match, Lashley VS Big E VS Roman. And so Heyman can tell Roman that it is official. Heyman says he’ll do just that, and wishes them a great Monday night.
Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS AJ Styles w/ Omos!
RKBRO may not even have a Raw Tag Team Championship match at Extreme Rules now that MVP is out and Lashley’s attention is on the top titles. But will the Viper make sure the Phenomenal One doesn’t fill that vacancy with a win here tonight?
Raw returns and AJ Styles makes his entrance, his towering tag partner right behind him. The bell rings and Riddle fires the fans up for “Randy! Randy!” as he circles with Styles. They tie up, Orton headlocks and he grinds Styles down to the mat. Styles makes it a cover, ONE! Orton grinds the hold harder and pushes Styles down to a lateral press, ONE! Styles gets away and Orton watches him closely. Styles tells Riddle to shut it before even starting or he’ll get smacked. Orton and Styles tie up again, Styles wrenches to wristlock and pulls on the fingers. Orton rolls, wrenches through and wristlocks in return.
Orton grinds Styles’ elbow now and then twists the wrist to a hammerlock. Styles reaches, gets a ropebreak, but Orton lets go at the ref’s count of 4. Orton backs away and fans cheer while Styles shakes out the arm. Styles and Orton circle, Styles kicks low and CHOPS! And CHOPS! Styles whips corner to corner, runs in but Orton dodges! No RKO just yet as Styles shoves Orton away! Orton wants Omos to confirm how close that was but Omos says that was nothing. Orton and Styles circle, Orton kicks low and suplexes! Cover, ONE! Orton stomps Styles’ hand, then his foot. Orton keeps stomping Styles piece by piece, then strikes the pose. Riddle joins in and fans cheer.
Orton scrapes his laces on Styles’ face, then stomps him right on the head! Cover, TWO! Orton looms over Styles and lines up a shot. But Omos trips Styles up to prevent the punt! Orton points that out to the ref but Omos defends his own innocence. The ref knows better and he EJECTS Omos! Styles is shocked and Riddle sings, “Nana na na” with the fans. But Omos CLOBBERS Riddle with a European Uppercut! Then Styles KNEES Omos out of the ring to get even! Styles then slingshots to FOREARM Orton down! Styles and Omos fire up, and Styles assures Omos he can handle this. Omos leaves as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Orton throws hands on Styles! Orton kicks but Styles blocks to spin him around and CHOP BLOCK! Styles then toeholds and drops knees on the knee! Orton clutches his leg, drags himself to a corner but Styles is after him. Styles digs his heel in but lets off as the ref counts. Fans rally for Orton but Styles gets Orton’s leg. Orton throws hands then boots Styles away! Styles dodges Orton’s clothesline but runs right into buckles! The ref checks on Styles but he’s alright. Orton comes back and rallies with big clotheslines! Styles staggers into a corner, Orton hits another clothesline! Orton climbs up and rains down fists! Fans count to 4 but Styles trips Orton up!
Styles fireman’s carries but Orton slips off to ROCK him with more haymakers! Orton EuroUppers Styles to a corner, then fans fire up as Orton gets his bad leg moving. But Styles KICKS that leg! Styles runs but into a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Orton seethes but Riddle says he’s that close! Orton puts Styles in a corner, hoists him up top and then throws more haymakers. Orton then climbs up to join Styles, but Styles slips to the outside, only for Orton to CLOBBER him down! Styles is in a daze, Orton drags him up through ropes! But Styles HOTSHOTS Orton first! Orton gasps and sputters while Styles takes aim from the apron! PHENOMENAL-
NO! Orton catches Styles in the cravat, but Styles hurries to turn RKO into SLEEPER! Styles is a backpack on Orton but Orton grits his teeth as he stays up. Orton RAMS Styles into buckles and is free! Orton gasps for air gain as he gets away, but he returns to get a BOOT! Styles hops up, reels Orton in, but Orton denies the DDT with a shove! Styles staggers up into a clinch, and Orton shows some power with an EXPLODER! Riddle likes that one, that was like his Brosploder! Cover, TWO! Orton has a bloody scratch on his eyebrow but he’s still feeling good as he looms over Styles. Fans rally behind “Randy! Randy!” and Riddle coaches Orton on.
Orton gets Styles up, but Styles throat chops! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, PELE included! Orton goes down, Styles covers, TWO! Styles grows a bit frustrated but he gets Orton back up. Styles reels Orton in and calls for it, but Orton back drops! Styles sunset flips, Orton sits on it, TWO! Styles SLIDING FOREARMS Orton down! Styles goes to the ropes, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Orton survives because Styles ain’t the Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla! Styles goes to the apron and takes aim again. Orton stands, Styles sees Riddle and takes a swing! Riddle avoids the kick, Orton storms over but into a forearm! Styles springboards but he fakes Orton out! They each point at each other with that one!
Styles slingshots in but into a kick! Orton has Styles in the ropes, DRAPING DDT! Orton hears the voices, RKO!! Cover, Orton wins!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
Riddle is fired up for his bro as Orton strikes Styles down! With the Phenomenal One cleared out of the way, who steps up in the Raw Tag Division to go after RKBRO?
Shayna Bazler VS Nia Jax!
The Queen of Spades and Irresistible Force were always a dysfunctional duo united by their success, but now they’re each only concerned about their own success. The former women’s tag team champions do battle, but who comes out the better half?
Raw returns and Shayna makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two stare down. Shayna paces but Nia is like a statue. Then they start talking trash, and Nia says, “I hate you! You were nothing without me!” Shayna tells Nia to shut up and says that SHE was always the one! They start shoving, but then Nia fireman’s carries! But then she lets Shayna down to make a point of how easy it was! Nia says she’s the winner here, but Shayna fires off kicks! Nia ROCKS Shayna, scoops her, then hits a SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, ONE, and Shayna gets to a corner. Nia runs in and SPLASHES! Nia pie faces, Shayna pie faces back! The hands start flying, Nia RAMS into Shayna!
Shayna comes back with muay thai knees! And a ROUNDHOUSE! Nia wobbles, Shayna KNEES her again, then ROUNDHOUSES her down! Nia sits up in a daze but Shayna KNEES her again! Then a KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Shayna is a backpack as Nia gets up but Shayna shifts to kick away on an arm! Shayna puts the clutch back on but Nia powers up, only to fall back! Shayna squeezes tight, Nia shouts and sputters, she is OUT!! Shayna wins!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
Shayna seems to show a hint of remorse having to do that to a former tag partner. But then she PUNTS Nia off the apron! The Queen of Spades considers what to do next, and she gets Nia up to kick away on the arm again. Shayna pulls steel steps apart, gives Nia a KICK to the face, then has her down on the steps. Shayna isolates Nia’s arm, puts it through one of the hand holds, and despite the ref saying no, Shayna STOMPS the arm!! Nia writhes and cries in pain as she clutches her wrist, but Shayna gets the arm and isolates it on the steps! Nia begs for mercy and Shayna is conflicted again. But Shayna STOMPS the arm anyway!!
Nia is screaming in agony and referees hurry out with medics. Fans are stunned as Shayna is unsure how to feel about this herself. But is this how the Queen of Spades is going to play the game in order to reach the Raw Women’s Championship?
Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!
While the Star of Saudi Arabia and The Beacon are still trying to get on the same page, it seems the cousins of the Garza lucha familia are finally seeing things eye to eye! Will the dysfunction fix itself tonight? Or will nothing defeat this handsome and debonair duo now that they’re united?
The teams sort out and Garza starts with Ali. They tie up, Ali waistlocks but Garza headlocks. Ali powers out, things speed up and Ali hurdles into Garza’s dropkick! Garza tears away the pants and throws them at Ali! Tag to Carrillo, they double whip and double hip toss to a rebound FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Carrillo keeps cool as he looms over Ali. Carrillo stands Ali up to CHOP, snapmare and clam on a chinlock. Ali endures the knee in his back and Mansoor coaches him up. Ali fights up, throws body shots but Carrillo throws him down hard! Carrillo SLAPS Ali, brings him around and suplexes. Ali slips out, waistlocks, but Carrillo switches.
Ali goes to the corner to buck Carrillo, then leaps for the TORNADO DDT! Both men are down, hot tags to Garza and Mansoor! Mansoor rallies, whips but Garza reverses, only for Mansoor to BOOT and ENZIGURI! Fans fire up with Mansoor as he runs in to clothesline Garza! Tag to Ali and he goes up, DOUBLE STOMP BACK SUPLEX! Cover, but Carrillo breaks it! Mansoor throws Carillo out and slides, but Carrillo gets under to RAM Mansoor into barriers! Ali slides out to RAM Carrillo into barriers! But Garza goes out to POST Ali! Garza tells Ali that nothing beats familia, and he puts Ali in the ring.
Tag to Carrillo, he fires up as he stretches Ali in a LAST CHANCERY! Garza runs and adds a basement dropkick to it!! Carrillo covers, the familia wins!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza, by pinfall
The lucha libre bloodline get a powerful first victory! Will they surge up the rankings towards those Raw Tag Team Championships soon enough?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Natalya & Tamina VS Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H!
The challengers walk out first and have mics to address the crowd. Before they face the champions tonight with the titles on the line, they wanted to talk to the WWE Universe about Conner’s Cure. Fans cheer for that one and Rhea says young Conner inspired us all to join the fight against pediatric cancer. Over the years, the WWE and Conner’s Cure have raised millions of dollars to fight that fight. Rhea gets a bit emotional as she says the charity has worked with the V Foundation to invest and fundraise all this money to help find the answer to pediatric cancer. And there’s still so much work to be done.
They have the honor and privilege of competing in the ring, but they wanted to do two things with the fans. Firstly, they’re dedicating this match to the kids, to everyone that’s been affected by pediatric cancer, and to Conner’s Cure. And secondly, when they count to three, everyone put your arms together in a V and shout, “Victory!” One, two, three, VICTORY over pediatric cancer! Fans cheer the inspirational moment as the challengers go to the ring. But will the eclectic duo be able to dedicate a championship victory to the fight? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and the champions make their entrance. Tamina starts with Nikki and TOSSES her to the corner, then sucker punches Rhea! Nikki fights back but Natty tags in. Tamina whips, scoops Nikki and Natty runs to HART ATTACK! Cover, Rhea breaks it! Tamina gets back in, headbutts Rhea then throws her out of the ring hard! Natty throws Nikki into the corner, throws knees and haymakers but lets off as the ref counts. Tag to Tamina, she stomps a mudhole into Nikki. Tag to Natty, she drags Nikki up to throw more hands. Natty and Tamina are a little off synch but Natty tags Tamina back in. Feed to a SAMOAN DROP!
But Tamina isn’t done here! She goes up top and takes aim, SUPERFLY onto knees! Nikki crawls but Rhea is still down! Tamina tags in Natty and she CLOBBERS Nikki from behind! Natty rebounds Nikki for the sit-down! Natty steps on Nikki and basement dropkicks! Tamina sees Rhea getting up and goes after her, but Rhea boots her to then CANNONBALL! Fans fire up with Rhea as she gets Tamina up and pump handles! RIPTIDE to the apron!! Natty is shocked, Nikki drags her down to a cradle! NIKKI & RHEA WIN!!
Winners: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H, by pinfall (NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)
They did it for Conner!! Rhea & Nikki are champions together, but is this only the beginning?
Alexa Bliss heads to the ring.
She and Lily are ready to make NC State into Alexa’s Playground! But will the Queen still be willing to come out and play after the Charlie fiasco last week? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Alexa sits on the swing. “Hello, friends! And welcome to my playground!” Now her “friend” is a real doozy, but she holds a place near and dear to Alexa’s heart. Welcome soon to be former Raw Women’s Champion and The Queen, Charlotte Flair! The music plays and Charlotte actually walks out to the ring. Fans cheer and “WOO~” for Charlotte as she enters the ring and gets a mic. Alexa says hey and wants Charlotte to make herself comfy on the rocking horse. No, that’s okay, Charlotte would rather stand and remind us that once upon a time, Alexa was a competitor. But please, continue with the hocus pocus and magic tricks.
Yes, the fun police is here. But c’mon, Charlotte! There’s no tricks up Alexa’s sleeves, her sleeves are too short. But why is there always an ulterior motive here? Alexa just wants to have fun. Girls’ night, Alexa, Charlotte & Lily! But where’s Charlie? Fans boo Charlotte being a party pooper and chant, “We Want Charlie!” but Alexa says it’s fine! SHE has Charlie! Fans chant for “Charlie! Charlie!” as Alexa sits again but Charlotte says Alexa is embarrassing herself. Charlotte doesn’t want Charlie. Charlotte wants Alexa! The old Alexa, the Five Feet of Fury, the Mean Girl, the once upon a time champion material!
Alexa can fool the fans but she can’t fool Charlotte. All this is “a pathetic attempt to hide how fragile, how delicate you really are.” Charlotte wants Lexi to admit she’s broken, and that’s why she hides behind the playground, the dolls, the dress and the pigtails, as well as that nasty black lipstick. Alexa used to walk to the ring with a title on her arm, but now she walks with a doll. “How does it feel that the doll is more popular than you?” But now that we’re talking about the old Alexa, the only reason she was champion at all was because she and Charlotte were on separate brands. But now that they’re both on Raw, Charlotte finds these games to be a joke.
But the one game she can’t comprehend is, how did Charlotte go from main-eventing WrestleMania 35 to a Monday Night Raw where she’s playing with dolls? Charlotte doesn’t play dress up nor play pretend, she is the real deal. Charlotte has beaten an Almost Super Hero, a Nightmare, and now she’s about to beat a “grown ass woman that dresses up like a little kid.” Alexa is bored as Charlotte says she gets it. “This is all a desperate cry for help.” So Charlotte will make it her job to beat some sense back into Alexa. Does Alexa want that to be tonight or this Sunday at Extreme Rules?
Alexa says, “Oh my gosh, Charlotte! We get it! You’re the best, you’re the champ, you’re in your own league, no one can reach you.” Does Charlotte ever get sick of hearing that like the rest of us do? We get it! Yes, Charlotte’s won more titles than any other woman. But that also means she’s lost more titles than any other woman. And since we’re getting personal, which Alexa loves on Girls’ Night, she asks this: “Without a title, who is Charlotte Flair? Nobody knows because even you don’t know.” If Charlotte isn’t a champion, she isn’t anything. Nothing at all. And let’s be honest, Alexa doesn’t need to play games to expose Charlotte’s insecurities. “They’re stamped right on your forehead.”
Charlotte is just so terrified of the Raw Women’s Championship moving on without her and leaving her with nothing. What would Charlotte do if she didn’t have a title? What would she say to the fans? Fans go “WOO~!” but Alexa says that’s not even originally hers! Well let’s not talk about originality, Lexi. Alexa didn’t give Charlotte Charlie to play a game. Alexa gave her Charlie as a pity gift. Alexa pities Charlotte. “Because even a narcissistic, self-centered bitch like you deserves happiness.” Charlotte pretends to cry but Alexa says Charlotte can call her whatever she wants. Alexa doesn’t care, because at least Alexa knows who she is!
And she doesn’t need to grasp at titles to stay relevant. So yes, tonight, call Alexa crazy. But at Extreme Rules, we WILL call her champion! “Now doesn’t that sound like fun?” Charlotte pretends to laugh and mocks Alexa’s points. Good for Alexa, but you’ll never find out who she is without the title. Then Charlotte pie faces Alexa. Alexa jumps on Charlotte and throws hands! Charlotte throws her off, throws off her shoes and then BOOTS Alexa down! Charlotte dusts off her hands and then finds Charlie. But Alexa jumps on again! Charlotte throws her down, grabs up Charlie, and looks at it closely as she RIPS OFF ITS HEAD! Charlotte drops the pieces and then looks for Lily!
Alexa jumps on Charlotte again! Charlotte rams Alexa into buckles, runs in but Alexa sends her into buckles! Alexa reels Charlotte in for a DDT! Charlotte falls out of the ring and Alexa picks up Lily. Will Alexa do everything she can to drop Charlotte again and tear that title away from her?
Drake Maverick brainstorms with his fellow conspirators.
Rockstar Spud has R-Truth, Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa going over his newest master plan. Operation: 24/7 is simple: drop a net on Reggie and get the title off him. But wait. Reggie is two, three, four times bigger than that. Truth, c’mon… Gulak, you’ll be the distraction. Tozawa, do your ninja stuff. Truth, when Maverick signals you, drop the net. Okay, but what’s the word? Just “now, dog!” Who cares! Reggie’s walking over! Hurry! The others hide and Gulak gets Reggie’s attention. Reggie is already worried but Gulak says there is no ref around so it’s safe. Gulak talks to Reggie about Chinese holistic medicine and the 361 pressure points!
Gulak guides Reggie to the spot and Maverick shouts to Truth! Truth drops the net but Reggie turns things around and Gulak is caught! Reggie goes up and around the pallets, over pipes and onto trunks! The others give chase but Reggie LEAPS down to the photoshoot area! He even gets some snapshots before running off! Maverick is disappointed with Truth, since he gave the word. Truth corrects Maverick, the signal was “Now dog.” Gulak says he’s really stuck right now. Maverick is furious, but will he be able to craft a foolproof plan that not even these fools can foil?
WWE United States Championship Opportunity: Jeff Hardy VS Sheamus!
The Charismatic Enigma has had his battles with the Celtic Warrior before, and came very close to defeating Damian Priest last week. With there still being time before Extreme Rules, can the extreme risk taker beat Sheamus again and get in on the title match?
Raw returns and Sheamus makes his entrance. Damian Priest joins commentary to watch this closely, saying this is all his idea to give Hardy this opportunity. The bell rings, fans rally behind Hardy but Sheamus powers him to the corner. The ref counts, Sheamus lets off as he shoves Hardy down. Hardy gets up, ties up with Sheamus but Sheamus hits a headlock takeover. Hardy headscissors, Sheamus kips free and hits another headlock takeover. Hardy headscissors again, Sheamus gets free again, but Hardy headlocks. Sheamus powers out, runs Hardy over, then fixes his mask. Sheamus stands Hardy up to throw heavy EuroUppers.
Hardy dodges, dropkicks Sheamus’ leg out then basement dropkicks. Hardy puts Sheamus in a corner, rams his shoulder in then headlocks again. Sheamus powers Hardy into the corner and throws body shots. Sheamus whips, hardy holds ropes and puts Sheamus on the apron. Sheamus CLUBS Hardy in the back, but Hardy fights off the Bodhrain! Hardy hotshots Sheamus down then goes out. Fans fire up as Hardy runs and leaps off the steps! Sheamus catches Hardy to SLAM him on the apron! Sheamus takes off his face mask to CLOBBER Hardy again! The Fella soaks up the heat as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sheamus has Hardy in a chinlock. Hardy fights up, throws body shots but Sheamus back suplexes. Hardy lands on his feet, ends up in a corner, and Sheamus runs in. Hardy POSTS Sheamus, then fires haymakers! Hardy whips, Sheamus reverses but Hardy runs him over! Hardy trips Sheamus up, leg splitting leg drop and basement dropkick! Sheamus gets up, Hardy runs in but Sheamus scoops. Hardy slips off to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Hardy has Sheamus in a drop zone and he hops up the corner, second rope SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hardy is frustrated but Sheamus gets up. Hardy kicks but no Twist as Sheamus shoves!
Sheamus runs but into a kick! Hardy drop toeholds Sheamus into buckles! Hardy goes up and swings but into a BOOT from below! Sheamus goes up, bloody nose only motivating him! Sheamus leaps to FLYING CLOTHESLINE Hardy down! Cover, TWO! Priest likes the fight from these two as Sheamus fireman’s carries. Hardy elbows free, kicks low and TWIST- NO! Sheamus pushes free to KNEE Hardy down! Cover, TWO!! Hardy survives but Sheamus staggers up to his feet. Sheamus gets the legs, ties them up, but Hardy throws hands to fight the hold! Hardy pushes, dodges the Brogue to TWIST OF FATE!
Hardy hurries to a corner, heads up top, and NC is fired up for their hero, SWANTON BOMB onto knees! Sheamus fireman’s carries but Hardy sunset flips! HARDY WINS!
Winner: Jeff Hardy, by pinfall (joins the WWE United States Championship match at Extreme Rules)
Priest gave Hardy the opening and Hardy capitalized! Sheamus blames Priest for all this and shoves Priest! Priest RAMS Sheamus into the apron! Hand start flying but the ref hurries to stop it! More refs come out but Sheamus and Priest knock into cameramen! Priest CLUBS away on Sheamus but the refs back him down. Sheamus staggers up, Priest uses the apron to LEAP and CLOBBER Sheamus! Priest hammers away, the refs pull him off Sheamus, but Sheamus POSTS Priest! Sheamus puts Priest in the ring, CLUBS away on him in return, but Priest ROCKS him with a right! Then Priest clotheslines Sheamus and himself out of the ring! The scrapping continues, will it only end on Sunday?
Triple Threat: Bobby Lashley VS Big E VS Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman!
The wrath of the All Mighty has only stirred up the anger of the Powerhouse of Positivity and the rage of the Tribal Chief! Three titans are set to battle at once, but who proves themselves the biggest and the baddest in the WWE today?
The bell rings and Lashley is right after Big E! Big E throws hands back, Lashley kicks low but Roman just watches and waits. Lashley glances over at him but Big E CLOBBERS Lashley! Now Roman makes a move, but Big E ROCKS him with a forearm! Big E drags Lashley out to the apron and he CLUBS away! Big E says, “You wanna play, Bobby? Let’s play!” APRON SPLASH! Big E shoves Lashley in but Roman hits a DRIVE BY! Universal Champion knocks down World Champion and raises up his finger. Roman knows the Bloodline are the ones, but this match continues after the break.
Raw returns again and Lashley RAMS Big E in the corner. Lashley tells Heyman to scram but he’s just checking on Roman. Lashley whips Big E but Big E reverses, only to run into an elbow. Things speed up, Big E HURDLES then CLOBBERS Lashley! Cover, TWO! Big E gets Lashley up, “This is what you want, huh?!” Big E wraps Lashley up in the cobra twist! Big E clubs to the rhythm, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Lashley endures but Roman gets in to UPPERCUT Big E down! Roman then runs at Lashley to clothesline him out of the ring! Big E staggers and Roman goes after him with a whip. Big E reverses but Roman LEAPING LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Roman is annoyed but he goes out and sees Lashley on the apron. Roman runs around the way but Lashley CLOBBERS him out of the Drive By! Lashley snarls, pushes Roman into the ring and covers, TWO! Lashley bumps Roman off buckles, throws haymakers, then runs corner to corner to RAM into Big E! Then he goes back to RAM into Roman! Lashley runs into an Urenag-E! Cover, TWO!! Big E runs in at Roman and RAMS into him! Big E keeps moving, but runs into a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Roman is further annoyed, but Big E flops out of the ring. Roman runs at Lashley in a corner to clothesline! Roman fires point-blank lariats again and again, all the way to 10!
Lashley flounders and Roman hoists him up top. Roman throws hands then climbs up to join Lashley. Lashley hits back with haymakers, but Roman ROCKS Lashley with an uppercut! Lashley wobbles and sways on the top rope, Roman climbs up to join him again. Roman gets Lashley up, but Lashley resists the superplex! Big E joins in, TOWER OF DOOM!! The powerbomb superplex shakes the ring and fans are thunderous as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once again and Lashley is down while Big E and Roman are in the ring. Roman clotheslines Big E in the corner, then says, “I run the show.” Fans boo and Roman eggs them on, then he throws hands on Big E. Roman whips corner to corner, runs in but Big E catches the clothesline for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Big E’s throwing things back to earlier tonight as he OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes again! Big E baits Roman in and gets the third Belly2Belly! Big E fires up, runs, but Lashley trips Big E up and drags him out to RAM him into barriers! Lashley roars and goes back into the ring, and he gets Roman for the COMPLETE SHOT!
Lashley shouts, “Whose house?!” Lashley gets Roman up, suplexes and stalls to show his strength, then SLAMS Roman down! Cover, TWO! Roman survives but Big E is back so Lashley goes after him. Gut wrench but Big E slips out to Belly2Belly! Roman returns but Big E CLOBBERS him! Big E sets the two side by side and fans fire up as he runs for a DOUBLE BIG SPLASH!! Cover on Lashley, TWO!! Big E sees Roman rolling away but fans rally behind Big E as he runs. Roman knees Big E away, Lashley hits a MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER! Cover but Roman drags Lashley off to throw him out! Roman covers, TWO!!
“This is Awesome!” as Roman watches Big E go to a corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in but Big E dodges! Scoop and BIG ENDING!! Cover, but Lashley drags Big E out! Lashley RAMS Big E into barriers again, then brings him to the desk! Just like last week, MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER through the table!! But this time, Lashley’s knee is just fine and he goes back to Roman in the ring. Roman slowly gets up, Lashley takes aim from a corner, Lashley runs into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Roman seethes but is too tired to be any angrier. Roman stands and he goes to the corner as Lashley slowly rises. Roman lets out the battle cry, runs but into LASHLEY’S SPEAR!! Cover, Big E breaks it!!
Lashley is furious again and he snarls as Big E gets up! Lashley puts on the full nelson but Big E fights it from locking in! They struggle, half is in, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lashley down! Roman and Big E lock eyes but Big E throws Lashley out! Big E runs to SPEAR Roman off the apron!! Big E puts Roman in, fans are thunderous and Big E scoops Roman again! BIG ENDING AGAIN!! Cover, but Lashley SMACKS Big E with a chair! No Disqualifications finally comes into play as Lashley SMACKS Big E again, and again, and again! Lashley doesn’t stop until Big E’s on the mat! Lashley snarls and then he throws MORE chair shots on Big E!
Fans boo, Lashley turns around into Roman’s SPEAR!! Cover, Roman wins!!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The WWE Universal Champion found another opening, just like earlier tonight, and he takes victory from the jaws of defeat! But will the Head of the Table be able to do the same when The Demon waits for him at Extreme Rules?
A pretty stuffed episode, but the go-home syndrome was pretty strong in the middle there with the recap packages and extra commercial breaks. And did we really need Piper VS Eva a third time? Hopefully this is the end of it and Piper can move on to someone new. And I’m thinking that someone is Shayna after how she brutalized Nia. That was a very powerful moment, and I’m thinking that not only will Nia be kept off TV for a time, maybe the WWE Draft moves her to SmackDown so she can be with the Bloodline. Same goes for Tamina now that she’s lost the tag titles. They can even have Tamina turn on Natty to side with Nia and the family as things move into the Fall.
Speaking of which, of course Rhea & Nikki win with them getting to do the Conner’s Cure moment. Both things were still great separately, and it was very endearing to see Rhea get choked up with talking about the cause. Rhea & Nikki freshen things up by being the new champions, and they better show up on SmackDown this Friday to start building towards Shotzi & Tegan finally getting their long overdue title opportunity. Alexa and Charlotte had a pretty good promo segment together, and having Alexa’s Playground back in the ring was a nice change of pace. The shots fired were pretty decent but the main thing is, Alexa stood tall here so of course Charlotte retains at Extreme Rules per WWE math.
Orton VS Styles may seem repetitive, because in a way it is, but they always put on great matches so that’s what we got tonight. Orton wins and there’s no Raw Tag Team Championship match set for the PPV, maybe something builds on the way to Crown Jewel. Mansoor & Ali losing was a bit of surprise but I am glad we’re finally seeing Garza & Carrillo as a tag team. Too bad there was no build to it. There was a lot of “corporate synergy” tonight with them plugging American Ninja Warrior Jr. for Peacock, and then Reggie actually doing some Ninja Warrior stuff again. The comedy of these bits is kinda drying up because they’re a little too focused on setting Reggie up for these stunts, but maybe they figure out how to be creative even in that.
Hardy VS Sheamus was a really good match but I feel like this was all spurred on by someone *cough* Vince */cough* thinking there needed to be more to the US Championship match. Granted, without Hardy winning his way in, it would’ve just been Priest VS Sheamus in a rematch from SummerSlam, but oh, I dunno, how about spicing up the match with stipulations? Yes, a Triple Threat will make this No Disqualifications, but I feel like Hardy is in just to take the pin. Why didn’t they just greenlight McIntyre winning the contender’s match so he could reach for the Grand Slam? WWE can’t just isolate big things to the Big Four (and apparently now Crown Jewel, too) and ask why we aren’t excited for the other shows.
The big story of tonight was of course having the world champion and the Universal Champion here at the same time. The Six Man Tag was great but I didn’t think they’d have Lashley show up to decimate everyone like that. Big points for Lashley while Roman again gets a win as the physically strongest opportunistic Heel in a long time. Then the Triple Threat at the end was awesome stuff, definitely upping the quality of tonight. All three guys looked great but Roman winning makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. For one, #RomanWinsLOL. For another, he’s got to go strong into Extreme Rules against The Demon because of course he’s going to win that and go into Crown Jewel strong to face The Beast.
My Score: 8.3/10
Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 FINALS Day Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021
Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?
Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?
So we get a fairly basic card. A few undercard tags, the semi-main contains Shingo and most of the main players not in the Finals. Jeff Cobb goes from a shot in the Finals to the opening match, that’s a big blow to the ego.
There’s a few interesting threads that can be pulled at, but the major draw is the G1 Climax 31 Finals. So let’s get to it!
- Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Kanemaru wins via Boston Crab @8:40 – **
- United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata: Yano wins via Roll-Up @8:29 – **
- House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @11:20 – * ½
- KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @10:41 – ** ½
- 5 Minute UWF Rules Match::Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr: Time Limit Draw @5:00 – *****
- TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @12:17 – *** ½
- G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Referee Stoppage @25:37 – *** ¼
Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Commentary doesn’t even really try to hide the fact that these Young Lions are very early in their careers and have no real chance. They are in this match to learn, build endurance and get experience.
Nothing special in this match, they give the Lions a few flash pinfall attempts but again, we all know better. More just moments of surprise cause the Suzuki-Gun duo were playing with their food. Still far too fresh in their training to show anything more than basics, and all I’ll say is, they didn’t embarrass themselves, so that’s a positive.
United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata
So one of the most successful teams and singles wrestlers this year, against a clown and a veteran. I mean Nagata is no slouch, but he’s not in a position to be upsetting two rising stars. Maybe Yano pulls off some thievery, but I’m not really intrigued.
Early on we see the usual Yano stuff of shenanigans and turnbuckle pads going missing. Nagata gets tagged in and we get some real wrestling. However, Cobb and Nagata square off outside when they aren’t the legal men, and Yano executes the miraculous shot to the Ding-Ding, and Rolls-Up O-Khan for the win!
This does continue the weird story between O-Khan and Yano, so at least there’s a thread of story, but it does definitely leave Cobb in a weird spot.
House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii
Early on SHO starts with the mind games having a CHAOS towel in the ring and wiping his body with it, and being generally mocking. Things start quick, turnbuckle pads are taken off, people get wrapped into ropes and I suppose this is a more tolerable usage of EVIL. House of Torture can torture the 6 man division with bad wrestling and cliché paint by numbers heel work.
Togo uses the garrot on HASHI, but HASHI and Goto manage to hit GYR on EVIL, but Dick Togo of course gets involved to distract the referee. Chairs lay out the CHOAS members, Everything is EVIL on HASHI and yeah yeah, House wins and challenge for the six mans. Ugh.
KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi
So wait, we get all Bullet Club members against the veteran Hontai Squad? I mean Tanahashi has looked extremely mortal lately, and he’s not really bringing a ton of back up. When Makabe is the second best one on your squad, and he’s barely wrestled this year…you gotta wonder.
Makabe starts things off and we can see his back and waist heavily taped. So it looks like Makabe’s part time schedule could have something to do with injuries. Injured or not, Makabe gets the most of Loa, brings in Honma, then Honma eats some offense from Tama, until Honma counters and lands a big suplex. Tiger Mask IV comes in and actually cleans house, it takes a little bit before Tama does the Double Leapfrog Haku Chop to start taking control.
Bullet Club smacks around Tiger Mask until KENTA eats a Tiger Driver (ironic, I’m aware) and then Tanahashi gets tagged in. Tanahashi works to get a measure of revenge on the Bullet Club, but then we get some spam moments. G.o.D. tries to take out Makabe, but Makabe wipes out G.o.D. easily. Makabe brings in Honma, Honma takes it to Chase Owens, but no avail. A missed Kokeshi, a blocked Brainbuster attempt, and then C Trigger into Package Piledriver gives Chase the win.
Chase looks to be setting up a challenge, but KENTA blindsides Tanahashi with the belt. KENTA and Chase play tug of war a little, Chase tells KENTA he pinned him, KENTA says he doesn’t care, and Chase relents. He says KENTA can get the first shot, but he got next.
5 Minute UWF Rules Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr
This…this is amazing. Shibata gets his first match in 4 years, and it’s against the most perfect wrestler for Shibata to have a technical and safe exhibition match.
Since its UWF this is usually done in a points system like the old IMPACT Grand Championship. But a 1 round exhibition doesn’t allow for anything beyond a Draw, but this is wonderful. It’s a technical marvel with counters, submissions, references to Inoki’s classic on the ground pose that we saw Great-O-Khan reference back to during the G1. This is just a great moment, and hard to do any real play by play, but it’s a technical marvel. Hell, Shibata looks better than he ever has.
WAIT – After the match Shibata says “Next time I’m in the ring, I will be in my ring gear”. He punctuates the line with a hard flat back bump and a kip up. …Shibata is back? SHIBATA IS BACK?!
TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi
Taguchi and Hiromu start off with a good bit of comedy, before everyone not named Tenzan starts doing the Mongolian Chops, much to Tenzan’s chagrin. Wato has some nice spots early before LIJ do their wonderful Bum Rush. BUSHI comes in, uses the shirt and then LIJ starts dominating Wato. Wato manages to get a little space and get Kojima in and we get Machine Gun Chops on SANADA in the corner!
Hiromu tries to block it, gets shoved in the corner for his own chops, BUSHI tries to stop it, and gets put in the corner for the Triple Stacker of Chops. Shingo looks, and then drops off the apron and decides he’s just gonna let them play. Shingo does cut off Kojima before he does his signature Elbow, so Shingo didn’t ignore his team, just decided he wasn’t gonna fall into the dumb spot.
Signature spams, LIJ pain train, signature spam again, and then we get solid call backs. Shingo and Tenzan are the last two, Shingo uses Mongolian Chops, Tenzan responds in his own way. Some haymakers thrown, a Headbutt from Tenzan, the attempted Flying Headbutt, but Shingo cuts him off, Pumping Bomber, and Shingo wins!
G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada
So they feel each other out early, and have the usual fast pace wild swings that get dodged and end in a small rest moment where they just smile and absorb the energy of the match. Before Ibushi can really get anything going, the arrogance of the Rainmaker returns. Very deliberate shots, perfectly rolling through his Slingshot Senton, and his single foot Dropkick. It’s really interesting to see Okada reverting back to his old self. The 2017 form is further exemplified by Shibata’s return since it helps to bring everyone back to “brighter days”.
Okada goes for his corner Hip Attack, but now Ibushi gets to start a comeback. Dropkick, Roundhouse Kicks, Standing Moonsault and Okada powders. After some fighting on the outside, Okada takes control again and hits a DDT on the ramp, which has Ibushi pretty much out. Okada waits in the ring until about 18, before he decides that’s not how he wants to win. Drags Ibushi in, tries the Money Clip, Ibushi won’t go in comfortably, Okada rocks him, whips him into the ropes, hits the Million Dollar Dropkick, and finally gets the Money Clip sunk in. Okada is in a different aggressive form that we haven’t seen since 2018 when his nearly 2 year title reign ended and he went balloon crazy.
Savage Elbow, Rainmaker Pose, Zoom Out…Wind up…Rainmaker misses and Ibushi returns with his own Lariat turning Okada inside out. Now they stand up for the strike exchange. Okada falls into an old Nakamura trap, where he starts winning the exchange, taunts the challenger and gets rocked. Ibushi grins, hits the Frankensteiner sending Okada to Powder. So now it’s Moonsault time for Ibushi, and lands perfectly on Okada.
Going back inside, Ibushi looks for Kamigoye, Okada blocks and then ducks the Round Kick, goes for a Backslide, but Ibushi rolls through and kicks Okada. Okada then eats a V Trigger and a Kamigoye…but it’s only 2! Okada flips Ibushi over when he attempts another Kamigoye, Double Legged Cradle, but ibushi kicks out. They lay each other out, Ibushi crawls to the top rope, Phoenix Splash and…Ibushi lands weird. He immediately grabs his arm, Red Shoes goes over to Ibushi, and after a few moments Red Shoes calls for the bell.
Okada wins the G1 off of Ibushi missing the Phoenix Splash and possibly dislocating his right arm.
Overall Score: 7.25/10
There’s a dark poetry in the ending to this year’s G1. Starting with Naito’s injury and ending with Ibushi’s injury, just makes this a fairly cursed year which plays into the cursed aspect of this World Heavyweight Championship. In a way, this works out for the best since if this tournament was supposed to make a newer wrestler and ended the same way, there would always be an asterisk. But it’s Okada, he’s a proven commodity and no one will really question his victory. I really appreciated the fact that he always loomed close while Ibushi was struggling with the doctor and through his injury. He held his hand many times, even seemed to tell him it’s fine, we’ll do it correctly 1 more time in the future.
Katsuyori Shibata returns, Kazuchika Okada returns to the a level of prominence by winning the G1 Climax 31 and this is a nice way to remind people of the names that many of the current crop of IWC fans know. New Japan grew quickly because of AJ Styles and Kenny Omega’s Bullet Clubs, but in the last few years we’ve seen many of the names we know fall to the back or go to different companies. This could be a return to form finally for New Japan.
Even if it ended off a failed Phoenix Splash, it could help New Japan rise from the ashes of community favor like a Phoenix.
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021
Bound for Glory is on Saturday! How does IMPACT! hype us up for one of their crowning PPVs of the year?!
We get to see Mickie in an IMPACT ring for the first since 2015, Heath tries to get answers out of Rhino and we’ll probably see a lot of Josh Alexander and Christian Cage fleshing out the last little bits of the World Title match.
Aside from that, do we get anything of note to talk about, or is it just an appetizer for the real show on Saturday?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
- Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice: NO CONTEST/Double Pinfall – ***
- Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – ***
- Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Mick DDT – *** ¼
- Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel: Miguel wins via Meteora – ** ¾
The Insiders Stream on YouTube didn’t start until about 9:00pm, I’m not sure why IMPACT constantly has issues, but YouTube is not a hard platform to utilize. These delays are inane and embarrassing.
Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice
Bey and Leo try some trickery early, but Finlay keeps pace. When Leo gets back into the match he starts throwing Finlay around a bit, which opens up opportunity for Bey. Bey looks to get flashy, but Finlay manages to get Juice in and Juice comes in hot. He nearly flips Bey out of the ring, takes Leo off the apron and tags in Finlay for some tandem work.
Leo breaks up the pinfall and then throws out Juice. Finlay grabs Bey in a Backbreaker/STO combination but Bey’s feet bump the referee. Leo chokeslams Finlay, puts Bey on top, but it takes the new referee too long to show up and it’s only a two count. We see Hikuleo trying to finish things, while the new referee tries to wake up the original referee. Leo gets double teamed, Juice Rolls Up Leo and then Bey Rolls Up Finlay, both referees count a 3 count for the different pinfalls. So we get a little call back to Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns if we’re staying within TNA Universe.
This will probably end up a triple threat, unlike the MCMG/Beer Money double pinfall which ended in overtime.
There’s a long segment with Josh Alexander giving us his story. It’s not a bad segment, but the only advantage to the show starting late means I got to rewind for the match and speed through most of this. Alexander is a great story, but I already mostly know it, and would really like to see him win at Bound for Glory. Get the title back on a wrestler on the actual IMPACT roster.
Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve:
This is a Digital Media Championship preliminary match. I find it interesting that there’s 3 men and 3 women. So instead of one or two for “inclusion” it’s actually an even spread. The way the teams are broken apart is interesting too where it’s Power vs Crazy vs Opportunistic.
The gimmicks actually paid off in the match. Jodynne massacred kids, but then things started to get a little messy. Fallah gets a handle on things, squishes the world, and then looks to BAHHnzai Drop on Tenille but Kaleb gets involved. A little more confusion, Steve hits King Kill 33 on Fallah, but Skyler pulls Steve out of the ring. Tenille hits the Spotlight Kick and the Opportunistic team win because well…there was an opportunity.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James
Mickie takes a moment to absorb the accolades from the crowd first, and then we see a quick strategy twist. Savannah looks for a few Haymakers and using her reach to her advantage, where Mickie just finds a few quick strikes and interesting angles to land some offense. Mickie looked to be building some momentum, and then Tasha got involved.
Savannah starts to dominate after the assist from her second. Big Bear Hug in the middle has Savannah just ragdolling Mickie until she can land a few choice Forearms. Mickie fights out, Sole Butts, a few nice attacks and Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press, but only a 2 count. Deonna’s music plays as Savannah kicks out, Mickie is distracted and then we see Savannah lay in some big shots. The Full Nelson Bomb only gets Savannah a 2. Mick Kick rocks Mickie and then Mick DDT for the win. Hardcore Country wins the match.
Deonna walks down, mouths off…actually pushes Mickie…so I’m confused about the no contact clause…but then Rehwoldt shows up behind Mickie and wipes her out.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) October 22, 2021
Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel
The Sauce against the other guy who can’t speak but likes to try to use food analogies and sucks at it, aka, Trey Miguel. He’s like a Young Will Ospreay with less ability to talk…so no upside at the moment cause Ospreay was pretty awful up until a year or two ago.
So this is just a lot of counters, blocks, Arm Wringers, not much direct offense, just a lot of choreographed spots. This feels like a much slower paced version of a Ricochet/Ospreay match from 2016. Zayne is a more fluid wrestler, and he just makes everything look good. Miguel does a weird Cradled Octopus but Zayne responds with a Handspring Frankensteiner, as an early highlight spot.
Miguel in Ospreay fashion hits the Cheeky Nandos, into the corner stuck Tiger Feint, Meteora and Trey wins.
Thankfully Maclin attacks Trey after the match so I feel generally better. Bullet Club comes out and take out both Maclin and Trey. El Phantasmo just baby faced himself in my house.
Show ends with the usual talking segment hyping the World Title match. Alexander gets a “You Deserve It” from the crowd and portrays himself as the everyman fighting for his boys. Christian’s music hits and Captain Charisma vacuum shows up to stir a pot that doesn’t need to be stirred.
Christian taking the experienced thrives under pressure condescending veteran angle is…annoying. Like I said a few weeks ago, the boxes they are trying to play in, I don’t love. Alexander does flip the script nicely talking about how people classified him as nothing more than a Tag Team guy, and “sounding familiar” strikes a chord with Christian. Small scuffle as Christian tries to snip back, but it’s fairly paint by numbers.
Overall Score: 5/10
Low key? This was a pretty lame episode for an Impact Go Home. The matches weren’t really anything special, with the most happening during Pick Your Poison, but it effectively being a non-issue. The YouTube delay of course hurt my enjoyment of the show, but even without the delay, I don’t really feel like this would’ve registered much higher on my scale.
I am looking forward to Bound for Glory because of who’s in the matches, but this episode didn’t help sell it. Thankfully it’s already sold out, and most people probably decided if they were purchasing it by now.
When it comes down to it, I’m expecting quite a few title changes, even though I’m figuring that Mickie’s involvement is more of a one off to give the rub to younger talent and cement her dominant reign. Alexander I would love to see win the belt and The IInspiration would do wonders and put an immediate spotlight on a division that has floundered behind a lack of real teams and no real direction.
So I’ll see all of you on Saturday for Bound for Glory!
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