Finally, the Dragon and the Golden Star face off again!
Though they couldn’t battle at Wrestle Grand Slam, NJPW’s Shingo Takagi and Kota Ibushi battle in this red hot G1! Will the Golden Star slay the Dragon?
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.
- Great-O-Khan VS KENTA; Kenta wins.
- Tanga Loa w/ Jado VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter; Loa wins.
- Tomohiro Ishii VS Zack Sabre Jr; Ishii wins.
- Kota Ibushi VS Shingo Takagi; Ibushi wins.
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Here are the current A Block standings!
Zack Sabre Jr: 4-0, 8 points
Great-O-Khan: 4-1, 8 points
Shingo Takagi: 3-1, 6 points
Kota Ibushi: 3-2, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-2, 6 points [has special singles bye]
Kenta: 3-2, 6 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
Tomohiro Ishii: 2-3, 4 points
Tanga Loa: 1-3, 2 points
Great-O-Khan VS KENTA!
The Dominator lost to the Submission Master but he still has the points to make a run for the top! Can he conquer Kenta for the United Empire? Or will Fang Revived take a bite out of that iron claw?
Before the match, Kenta gets the mic to remind Khan, “When I beat you, you have to bow down to me!” Kenta drops the mic at Khan’s feet and Khan picks it up to respond. “Beat us? Bow down? Don’t make us laugh! Let’s see you try!” Khan throws the mic down and fans cheer as the bell rings. Khan and Kenta circle, approach and tie up. Khan shoves Kenta down and dares him to bring the fight. Kenta gets up and circles with Khan, they tie up again, and Khan shoves Kenta back down. Fans cheer as Khan and Kenta circle again. Kenta throws testing kicks but Khan walks those off. Khan blocks the next kick, puts Kenta on the ropes and the ref calls for the ropebreak.
Khan lets off cleanly, but Khan dodges the sucker punch to kick and throw forearms. Kenta whips, Khan reverses but Kenta bails out. Khan pursues, Kenta leads him around the ring then slides back inside to then slide out the other side. Khan mockingly asks what’s wrong, and they each dare the other to come after them. Khan rushes over but Kenta slips under the ring. Then he springs back out to attack Khan from behind! Kenta stomps Khan and talks trash. Kenta kicks Khan around, puts him in the ring then stomps him more. Khan sits up, Kenta keeps kicking but Khan trips him up! Kenta keeps his shoulders off but Khan rains down forearms.
Khan wants the legs but Kenta kicks and resists. Khan spins Kenta to a latera press but Kenta keeps moving around. Khan hammers away on Kenta then chokes him! The ref reprimands, counts, and Khan lets go to stomp Kenta down. Khan drags Kenta up to CHOP! Kenta stands up to stare Khan down, so Khan CHOPS again. Fans rally as Khan eggs Kenta on. Kenta shows chop but gives a KICK! Khan scowls and he shows chop to get a takedown! Khan gets Kenta’s leg but Kenta also gets a leg! They battle with heel hooks but Khan kicks Kenta with his free leg. Kenta holds that leg, drags himself over to ropes, but Khan shifts things to an ankle lock. Kenta sits back to make it a cover, TWO!
Kenta and Khan circle, Khan on the defensive now. Khan dares Kenta to try something but Kenta kicks him in the leg. Khan kicks Kenta in the leg, but Kenta kicks him back. Khan tries to catch Kenta’s foot, Kenta tries to drop down on him, but they roll as Khan has the heel hook! They’re in the ropes, Khan twists the foot more! The ref reprimands and counts, Khan lets go at 4. Khan drags Kenta by the leg, stomps it and YANKS it, and then Khan eggs Kenta on. Kenta sits up, Khan stomps him, and tries to make Kenta kiss his boot! Kenta fights free, turns Khan and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Kenta drags Khan up by his ponytail and tries to make him kiss his boot! Khan gets up and gets the arm! ARMBAR! Kenta sits up but Khan wrangles him back down. Khan shifts to get a head ‘n’ arm triangle! Kenta fights up to his feet but Khan throws him down! Khan squeezes tighter on the katagatami and even leans his weight on Kenta. Kenta endures, fans rally up, but Khan sits Kenta up to thrash him around! Kenta is fading, but he pulls the ponytail! The ref reprimands, Khan just wraps Kenta up with his own arm! Kenta endures this almost Anaconda Vice but he again pulls the ponytail! They stand, end up on ropes, and Khan shifts to club away on Kenta’s head!
The ref has Khan stop but Khan gives a stomp before he backs off. Khan drags Kenta up but gets a JAWBREAKER! And a kitchen sink knee! Fans rally up as Kenta KICKS Khan in the back! Kenta stands Khan up, waistlocks, but Khan elbows free. Khan runs in at Kenta in the corner but Kenta boots him away. Khan tries again but gets more boots. Kenta goes up, reels Khan in, tornado HOTSHOT! Khan falls back and Kenta climbs up. Kenta watches Khan stand up, and hits him with the FLYING CLOTHESLINE! Cover, TWO! Kenta drags Khan up by his ponytail and fisherman’s, but Khan powers out of that to suplex and GOURDBUSTER! Both men are down as fans fire up again!
Khan stands up and kicks Kenta in the corner. Mongolian Chop! And another! Kenta wobbles but Khan gives him a third Mongolian Chop! Khan stands Kenta up to whip him to the corner and clothesline him from behind! Khan then hops up the corner to sit on Kenta! The ref counts, Khan swivels his hips but hops off at 4. Khan comes back to put Kenta up top and he Mongolian CHOPS him on the back! Kenta falls into the Tree of Woe, Khan digs his boots in! The ref counts, Khan lets off to go corner to corner. Three point stance and the SLIDING BOOT! Khan drags Kenta to center for an interesting way to get into the O’Conner, TWO!
Fans rally and Khan waits as Kenta stirs. Khan clamps on the Iron Claw! But Kenta arm-drags out of the Eliminator! Kenta dodges then spins Khan for a DDT! Both men are down again as fans rally up. Kenta kicks Khan to the apron then drags him up through the ropes. DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO! Khan flounders to the corner but Kenta runs in to FLYING KICK! Then he goes corner to corner to HESITATION DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Kenta encourages them to get louder. Khan is in a drop zone now as Kenta climbs up. Kenta jumps but Khan moves to avoid the stomps! Then he BOOTS Kenta down! Fans fire up as Khan slaps some sense back into himself.
Kenta and Khan approach on their knees and throw forearms back and forth. Fans rally up as they stand and pick up speed. Kenta SLAPS so Khan SLAPS and now it’s SLAP for SLAP back and forth, faster and faster! Khan gets the edge but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! And hits Khan back again and again! Kenta winds up for a BIG SLAP, and down goes Khan! Kenta slashes his throat and drags Khan up to a fireman’s carry. But Khan slips out to IRON CLAW! But Kenta knees free of the Eliminator! Fireman’s carry, but Khan slips out to IRON CLAW! KITSUJIGOROSHI! Kenta endures being bent and stretched and fans rally up as he reaches for ropes! But he’s fading!
Khan scoops Kenta, pops him around, but Kenta slips out to shove Khan at the ref! Then SPLASHES him into ref and corner! All three men are down and fans fire back up. Kenta hurries out and gets a chair from under the ring! Kenta brings the chair in, and SMACKS Khan right on the back! Khan writhes with the pain! He slowly gets up but Kenta SMACKS him again! Kenta stomps Khan down, sets the chair on his chest, then goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Kenta puts on Khan’s Jiangshi hat and reaches the top. DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS OF THE DEAD! The chair is thrown out but the ref is still down, so Kenta hurries to get something else. A baseball bat was under the ring!?
Kenta takes some warm-up swings and aims at Khan. Fans rally up as Khan BLOCKS the bat! But then Kenta plays dead to pin the crime on Khan! The ref and Khan argue, Kenta rolls Khan up! Kenta wins!!
Winner: Kenta, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Khan earns 0)
Kenta just outsmarted Khan! Khan tries to explain about the bat but it’s all hearsay between him and Kenta. Does this mean the Dominator must bow to Fang Revived? Kenta gets a mic and says he wants to see it. He gets another chair and brings it into the ring. Khan can’t leave until he follows through on the bet. Kenta takes a seat in the chair and wants Khan to dogeza, aka the deep, prostrate bowing. Khan asks Kenta like he can’t hear him but Kenta says he has to bow. Fans clap because they want to it, and then Kenta SHOUTS at Khan to bow. Khan struggles to bend down because he really doesn’t want to, but he’s a man of his word.
Only to iron claw and ELIMINATOR SLAM Kenta right out of his chair!! Khan lets Kenta have his points but he won’t let him have his way! Will Khan take this frustration out in the next round?
Tanga Loa w/ Jado VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter!
Here we go again. Another Bullet Club VS Bullet Club showdown in the G1. The Silverback’s score is low, but can he get up aft the expense of Tokyo Pimp? Or will go Ape Shit off some Pimp Juice?
Being that they’re all Bullet Club, everyone Low Sweets, even Pieter. Loa still wants Jado to watch Pieter, though, but not like, watch her. The bell rings, Loa and Yujiro circle and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock but Loa shoves Yujiro away. Loa assures it’s all good and they go to Too Sweet, but then Yujiro kicks low! Yujiro throws forearms but Loa just gets annoyed. Loa roars and Yujiro puts up the Too Sweet in panic. Loa can’t believe he’s pulling that now after the cheap shot. Jado calms Loa down, maybe Yujiro is being genuine. Loa and Yujiro approach, but now Loa kicks low! Loa CLUBS away on Yujiro then says no more games.
Loa whips corner to corner but Yujiro dodges to BOOT! Yujiro whips, Loa reverses and runs in but gets another boot! Yujiro runs, ducks and dodges but then blocks a boot to throw Loa down. Loa avoids the basement boot to basement LARIAT! Loa runs to SLIDING KNEE! And STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO, but the fans still marvel at Loa’s athleticism. Yujiro bails out of the ring, Loa pursues and CLUBS him down. Loa throws forearms, then brings Yujiro around to scoop and SLAM to the floor! Fans cheer but the ref wants this to get back in the ring. Loa asks if Yujiro’s alright, and then brings him up to RAM into the apron!
Loa mockingly asks if Yujiro is alright and then CLUBS him on the back. Loa brings Yujiro around to APRON BACK SUPLEX! Yujiro rolls into the ring, Loa hits a slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Loa mockingly acts surprised then brings Yujiro back up. Loa bumps Yujiro off buckles, turns him around and stomps a mudhole into him, then digs his boots in. The ref counts, Loa lets off, and Loa pats the ref on the back. Loa stands Yujiro up to scoop and RUNNING POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Loa keeps on Yujiro with a chinlock, then shifts it to a seated cobra clutch. Yujiro endures, Loa thrashes him around, but Yujiro scoots and reaches out, only for Loa to drag him back from ropes!
Yujiro reaches out with his feet but he’s still too far away! Fans rally as he kicks around, and he gets the ropebreak! The ref counts, Loa lets off and brings Yujiro up. Loa ROCKS Yujiro with a right, then RAMS him into the corner! Then rams his shoulder in again and again and again! The ref counts, Loa stops and backs off, then he whips Yujiro corner to corner. Loa runs in to clothesline, then he whips Yujiro out then in for another clothesline! Loa reels Yujiro in, Yujiro throws elbows to avoid the clinch, then ROCKS Loa with another! Loa growls but he swings into a dragon sleeper! Loa snapmares out of the DDT but runs into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT!
Fans fire up and Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Yujiro runs but Loa boots, only for Yujiro to block! Yujiro throws Loa down and basement boots! Loa bails out, Yujiro builds speed and fans rally, and Yujiro DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Yujiro is fired up after hitting the tope suicida and so are the fans! A ring count begins, Yujiro drags Loa up and puts him in the ring. Yujiro vows to end it now as he stands Loa up. Loa resists the fisherman to kick, kick and ENZIGURI! Then a BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yujiro still lives and Loa argues the count! The count was fair, so Loa drags Yujiro back up. Loa reels Yujiro in, but Yujiro resists the bomb lift.
Yujiro BITES Loa’s hand! Yujiro whips, Loa reverses, fireman’s carries but Yujiro slips off. They fight for control, Yujiro hits the FISHERSMAN BUSTER! Fans rally up, the two slowly rise, and Yujiro throws a forearm. Loa throws it back! Yujiro staggers but he hits Loa again. Loa hits back and Yujiro wobbles! Loa eggs Yujiro on so Yujiro throws forearm after forearm! Loa fires up to forearm back again, but then Yujiro ROCKS him! Yujiro fires up, fireman’s carries but Loa sunset flips! Yujiro rolls through and basement boots but Loa ducks that for a roll up! TWO, Loa runs in to BOOT! Loa eggs Yujiro on, but Yujiro reels him in for an INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Fans cheer and Yujiro fires up again! Yujiro sits Loa up, but no Pimp Juice as Loa shoves him away! So Yujiro SUPERKICKS! Yujiro runs, into a SPEAR! Loa gets Yujiro up for a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives and Loa can’t believe it! Loa drags Yujiro up, vows to end this and scoops, but Yujiro slips out to shove and fireman’s carry! MIAMI SHINE!! Cover, TWO!?! Loa lives and Yujiro is furious! But fans fire up with him as he sits Loa back up. Yujiro gets Loa up but Loa slips free to scoop, APE SHIT!! Cover, Loa wins!!
Winner: Tanga Loa, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yujiro earns 0)
Finally, the Silverback has points he can call his own! But in the end, Bullet Club is still fine as Loa helps Yujiro to his feet. Will Loa be able to make a comeback and finish his first G1 strong? Can Yujiro make sure the House of Torture is still good?
Tomohiro Ishii VS Zack Sabre Jr!
The Stone Pitbull is finally rolling but the Submission Master isn’t slowing down. Will Ishii #JustTapOut after he worked so hard to #GetBackUp? Or will ZSJ no longer be the only undefeated man in the block?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two approach. ZSJ and Ishii feel out the grapple. They knuckle lock but ZSJ quickly bridges to wrench and headlock. Ishii powers out, dodges the boot but ZSJ dodges back. Ishii blocks the kick, ZSJ blocks the clothesline and spins Ishii to a cravat. ZSJ goes to snapmare but Ishii blocks that and spins ZSJ. ZSJ blocks the suplex, gets around and wants the cobra twist but Ishii hip tosses! ZSJ drags Ishii down to a EURO CLUTCH! TWO!! Ishii narrowly escapes and fans fire up! ZSJ says Ishii is very lucky and fans rally up as the two start shoving. ZSJ EuroUppers but Ishii CHOPS him!
ZSJ talks trash, he and Ishii start shoulder bumping but ZSJ EuroUppers again. Ishii CHOPS ZSJ and sends him back to the corner! ZSJ scowls and EuroUppers, Ishii CHOPS! ZSJ flops back against the corner but he gets back up. Another EuroUpper for another CHOP, and ZSJ falls right down! Ishii drags ZSJ up, CHOPS him again, and again! Ishii kicks ZSJ, ZSJ gets up and EuroUppers. Ishii CHOPS and ZSJ falls! Ishii kicks ZSJ to the apron, then drags him up, but ZSJ resists the suplex! ROPE OCTOPUS! The ref counts, ZSJ lets go and Ishii falls down! ZSJ says that was for his chest! ZSJ then gets an arm and twists the wrist.
The ref says Ishii is in the ropes but ZSJ still hammerlocks to stomp the arm! Ishii clutches his arm but fans cheer. ZSJ eggs Ishii on and fans rally up. Ishii stands to CHOP! But that’s proving double edge with what ZSJ’s done to that arm. Even so, Ishii CHOPS again! ZSJ eggs Ishii on and then blocks the chop to grab the arm! Ishii throws ZSJ off to then ROCK him with a right. Ishii whips, ZSJ reverses and spins around to arm-drag! Basement dropkick right to the top of Ishii’s head! Fans cheer while ZSJ catches his breath. ZSJ goes after the arm, digs his elbow and knuckles into Ishii’s ribs, then isolates the arm to STOMP it!
ZSJ sits on Ishii while digging heels into the arm. Ishii barks at ZSJ but ZSJ slaps him around, then STOMPS the arm again! ZSJ paces, then clamps back onto the bad arm, bending the fingers individually, then all at once! He jams them over and over and over, then goes after the wrist, to elbow, to shoulder! Ishii scrambles around and gets a ropebreak! Fans cheer and ZSJ lets go quickly to then bring Ishii back up. ZSJ wrenches, hits an ELBOW BREAKER, and Ishii drops to his knees. ZSJ twists the wrist more and tortures the elbow while Ishii is on the mat! ZSJ twists the arm all the way around, gets Ishii up, but Ishii headbutts ZSJ in the back!
Ishii deflects the boot but ZSJ escapes the waistlock, only to run into a shoulder tackle! Ishii leans against ropes while getting his bad arm moving and feeling back in his tortured hand. Fans rally as Ishii goes back to ZSJ and CHOPS him! The pain in Ishii’s arm holds him back but he SLAPS ZSJ on the back, then CHOPS him in the chest all the same! And CHOPS again! Still so much power despite the damage done to that arm. Ishii whips, ZSJ goes up and around in the corner, but runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ishii drags ZSJ up, puts him on the top rope, then climbs up to join him. ZSJ resists, bends the bad arm but lets go when the ref counts.
ZSJ adjusts and SUNSET POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO! But ZSJ has an ARMBAR! Ishii rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go, Ishii rolls away and fans fire back up. ZSJ crawls back, gets Ishii’s arm and STOMPS it again! Ishii sits up into the PENALTY KICK but blocks it! ZSJ slaps away but Ishii spins him for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans rally for “I-SHI-I!” “Z S J!” Ishii sits up, drags ZSJ up now, and reels him in. ZSJ hooks a leg to block the suplex, elbows free, but Ishii ducks the roundhouse. Ishii waistlocks but ducks an elbow, only for ZSJ to duck under a clothesline and elbow from Ishii. Ishii gets back around, BIG back suplex!
Fans fire up as Ishii roars and stands back up. Ishii drags ZSJ up, reels him in, but ZSJ slips out to wrench the arm. Ishii blocks the Pele, runs, but into a MOUNTED ARMBAR! ZSJ shifts to get both arms in an inverted Rings of Saturn! Step over to the JIM BREAKS SPECIAL! Ishii endures, ZSJ cranks back harder, but Ishii uses that to roll to the ROPEBREAK! ZSJ lets go in frustration but fans fire back up! Fans rally while Ishii tries to get his bad arm going again. ZSJ gives Ishii toying kicks from the mat but Ishii turns to give those kicks back. They both kick but ZSJ gets Ishii in the bad arm. ZSJ then KICKS Ishii in the chest!
Ishii growls as he sits back up but ZSJ kicks at the arm again and again and again. Ishii blocks the buzzsaw to KNEEBREAKER and dropkick the leg! ZSJ comes back to KICK, but Ishii just scowls and DECKS ZSJ with a forearm! Fans fire up again as both men end up in opposite corners. Fans rally again, “I-SHI-I!” “Z S J!” as Ishii works on getting feeling in his right hand. Ishii runs in at ZSJ but ZSJ dodges. ZSJ comes back, Ishii dodges in the corner, but ZSJ TORNADO DDT’S! But Ishii springs right back up and POUNCES ZSJ! ZSJ stumbles up and PENALTY KICKS! Ishii’s back up, ZSJ BOOTS him, but Ishii comes back to LARIAT! Fans are thunderous as both men are down!
Ishii goes to the corner, adjusts his elbow pad and gets feeling in his arm. He runs but into a SLEEPER! He switches and shoves out to swat ZSJ’s kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down again but fans fire back up! Ishii roars and drags ZSJ into a POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! ZSJ lives but Ishii keeps focus. Fans rally, Ishii crawls over and sits ZSJ up. Ishii runs but ZSJ ducks to catch the lariat to a ghost pin! TWO!! Ishii narrowly escapes but he SLIDING LARIATS right through ZSJ! ZSJ sits up in a daze, Ishii gets him up and point-blank LARIATS! Ishii roars and fans are thunderous again as he suplexes. ZSJ slips out, trips Ishii up, leg roll to O’Conner Bridge! TWO!!
ZSJ keeps focus, but he swings into Ishii’s spin. ZSJ suplexes to BRAINBUSTER Ishii! KIMURA!! Ishii endures as ZSJ tortures his bad arm! Fans rally and Ishii moves around but ZSJ body scissors! Ishii throws body shots so ZSJ lets him up to wrench and tilt-o-whirl to ARTICLE 50! The cross armbreaker bends Ishii back but Ishii moves around. ZSJ turns it into a TRIANGLE HOLD! Ishii endures, powers up but ZSJ uses the lift to roll and drag Ishii back down! Fans rally hard as ever but Ishii is fading! ZSJ drives in elbows and squeezes tighter! Ishii fights up, ZSJ manages to keep hold of the arm, but Ishii stomps ZSJ’s head!
Ishii gets free but ZSJ wrenches and scoops! Ishii slips off, HEADBUTT! But ZSJ stays up?! Boot blocks clothesline but haymaker blocks roundhouse! Ishii still LARIATS with his bad arm!! Ishii jams his arm in the corner, throws off the support and runs, LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!!! ZSJ survives but Ishii drags him right up, suplex and BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ZSJ earns 0)
Incredible! The Stone Pitbull fights through the pain to give ZSJ his first loss in this year’s G1! Has Ishii put out ZSJ’s hot streak to start his own? Or will Ishii merely be a speedbump for the Submission Master?
Kota Ibushi VS Shingo Takagi!
The Golden Star and the Dragon were going to meet during Wrestle Grand Slam but it was not meant to be then. Now things have aligned so that they can battle in this fiery Fall! Ibushi wants to continue his G1 finals streak but Takagi wants to make more history as the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion! Whose G1 dream takes a step closer to becoming reality at halftime?
The bell rings and fans cheer for finally getting to see this. They clap “I-BU-SHI!” “TA-KA-GI!” as the two circle. Takagi avoids Ibushi’s testing kick and the two feel out the grapple. Takagi shows jab but thinks better of it. Ibushi gets a kick in but Takagi walks it off. The two tie up, Ibushi powers Takagi to ropes but lets off as Red Shoes calls for the break. They go again and now Takagi puts Ibushi on ropes. Red Shoes again calls for a break and Takagi pats Ibushi on the shoulders. Takagi then claps and the fans applaud, only for Takagi to throw a back elbow! Ibushi avoids that, gets a headlock, but Takagi powers out to reel Ibushi into a headlock of his own.
Takagi grinds the hold but Ibushi fights up. Ibushi powers out, Takagi runs him over, and fans cheer as Takagi brushes himself off. Things keep moving, Takagi fakes out Ibushi’s hurdle and runs him over! Takagi flexes for the elbow drop! And then another! Ibushi avoids the senton to hit a headlock takeover but Takagi headscissors. Ibushi kips out dropkick Takagi down! Fans cheer the exchange, and then Ibushi walks over to Takagi. Ibushi kicks him in the back, then again. Takagi gets up but Ibushi throws forearms. Ibushi eggs Takagi on so Takagi gives a forearm Ibushi forearms, Takagi back elbows. Ibushi fires off more forearms, then wrenches and whips corner to corner.
Ibushi runs into the corner but Takagi puts him out. Ibushi counter punches, springboards and missile dropkicks! But Takagi uses that to rebound and build speed to BLINDSIDE LARIAT! Ibushi flounders to ropes as fans cheer, and Takagi runs in to clothesline Ibushi up and out of the ring! Fans cheer more while Takagi goes out to fetch Ibushi. Takagi makes sure his arm is alright before he bumps Ibushi off the apron a couple times. Takagi then fireman’s carries for SNAKE EYES! Fans fire up with Takagi as he checks with commentary. Takagi gets Ibushi up and puts him in the ring for a slingshot knee drop! Takagi digs his knee in before Red Shoes counts.
Takagi gets Ibushi up for a high snap suplex! Cover, ONE, but Takagi holds on with a chinlock! Takagi grinds Ibushi down, leans on the hold then shifts to crank the neck. Ibushi fights up, throws elbows and forearms but Takagi pie faces him. Ibushi throws another forearm then eggs Takagi on. Takagi ROCKS Ibushi with a forearm then hits a BIG back suplex! Takagi drags Ibushi up, cravats for a neck wrench but Ibushi gets to ropes. Takagi lets off clean, whips Ibushi to ropes and KNEES him low into a DDT! Cover, TWO! Takagi sits Ibushi up to dig his elbow into the shoulder. Fans rally as Takagi drives his elbow in again and again and again, then drops a knee!
Takagi paces while Ibushi slowly sits up. Takagi digs his heel into Ibushi’s face then scrapes his sole off him. Ibushi sits up as Takagi gives toying kicks. Takagi jabs but Ibushi doesn’t flinch. Takagi throws more jabs, then JABS Ibushi hard enough for him to feel it. Ibushi comes back to get elbows from Takagi, but he still eggs Takagi on. So Takagi SLAPS him! Ibushi SLAPS back, and it’s a fast and furious SLAP fight! SLAP SLAP SLAP and a KICK from Ibushi, but both men fall down! Fans fire up and rally as both men slowly get up. Takagi goes after Ibushi with a facelock to grind him into the mat! And even gives headbutts to Ibushi’s shoulders!
Takagi gets Ibushi up but Ibushi blocks the back suplex with a headlock. Takagi body shots, back suplexes but Ibushi lands on his feet. Ibushi waistlocks Takagi but he elbows free. Takagi runs and rebounds but into a RANA! Takagi falls out of the ring and fans fire up as Ibushi heads over. Ibushi goes to the apron, fires up and TOP ROPE ASAI MOONSAULTS! Fans fire up with the direct hit at the ramp! Ibushi gets up as fans rally again, “TA-BU-SHI!” “I-KA-GI!” (Maybe squid! Maybe squid!) Ibushi gets Takagi into the ring and then aims from the corner. Takagi stands, Ibushi springboards and missile dropkicks again!
Fans keep the rally going as Takagi goes to a corner. Ibushi runs in but into a boot! Ibushi tries again but runs into an elbow. Takagi runs but into a POWERSLAM! Ibushi somersaults to the corner, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans keep rallying as Ibushi gets to his feet. Ibushi drags Takagi up and reels him in but Takagi blocks the lift. They fight for control, Takagi back drops up and out! Ibushi gets up and comes back, into an ELBOW! JAB! But Ibushi ducks the Yukon, only to run into a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up, Takagi drags Ibushi up and suplexes, but Ibushi fights it, so Takagi hits TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT!? The Dragon copies The Ace!! Cover, TWO!
Takagi fires up and fans rally up behind him. Takagi drags Ibushi back up, pump handles but Ibushi blocks the lift. Ibushi standing switches but Takagi arm-drags out of the half nelson. Takagi blocks a boot, CLUBS the leg, then hits a SAIDO! But Ibushi’s right up to get the HALF ‘N’ HALF! Fans rally up as Ibushi and Takagi slowly sit up. Ibushi fires up and sees Takagi go to the corner. Ibushi runs in to BOOT! Ibushi throws forearms, Takagi hits back with one! Ibushi comes back with a KICK! Takagi CHOPS, Ibushi stays up and KICKS! Takagi CHOPS again, so Ibushi KICKS again! Fans rally up as Takagi CHOPS and Ibushi KICKS! Takagi JABS, JABS and DOUBLE CHOPS!
Ibushi KICKS, KICKS, and KICKS, but Takagi blocks to CLUB the leg! DRAGON SCREW! Takagi gets the leg again but Ibushi KICKS him away! Ibushi waits for Takagi to stand, KICKS his clothesline away, KICKS the bad arm, but runs into an ELBOW! JAB! YUKON- COUNTER LARIAT! Ibushi takes Takagi down but he’s right back up to POINT-BLANK PUMPING! Ibushi is right up to SNAP GERMAN! Takagi runs to BLINDSIDE SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up more as both men are down! Fans rally, Takagi gets up and puts Ibushi on the top rope. Takagi climbs up to join him, they start brawling up top! Ibushi forearms but Takagi gives headbutt after headbutt!
Takagi stands Ibushi up on the very top, SUPERPLEX! Fans are thunderous as Takagi hurries over to cover, TWO! Ibushi survives but Takagi fires up with “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, Takagi powers up and runs, but Ibushi blocks Pumping, only to get ROLLING YUKON! Takagi drags Ibushi back up, swings, but into a full nelson! Takagi powers out of that, wrenches and ducks the roundhouse to MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, TWO!! Ibushi survives and fans are thunderous again! Takagi is surprised but he fires up again. He stands Ibushi up, pump handles and torture racks but Ibushi fights free! Ibushi fires off knees but Takagi blocks to SHIN- NO! Ibushi KNEES free!
Fans rally up again as Ibushi goes to the corner. Ibushi calls upon the powers of the King of Strong Style, but Takagi corner clotheslines him! Takagi runs but Ibushi ducks the sliding lariat to ENZIGURI! Ibushi crawls over to the corner and aims again. Ibushi wants Takagi to stand for this one! “YAO~!” BOMAYE!! But he’s not done there! Ibushi gets Takagi up, reels him in and picks him up, LAST RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Takagi survives and Ibushi is beside himself. Ibushi crawls over, gets the wrists and sits Takagi up, but Takagi blocks with strength! Takagi and Ibushi fight for wrist control but Takagi rams his shoulder in! JAB, then a HEADBUTT and V-TRIGGER!!
Fans are thunderous for Takagi’s “Pumping Knee” or whatever it might be called! Takagi gets up, runs, and PUMPING BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!?! Ibushi survives and Takagi is frustrated but the fans stay thunderous. Takagi drags Ibushi up and powers up again. Pump handle but again Ibushi blocks the rack! Ibushi drives in elbows, Takagi POINT-BLANK PUMPING! Ibushi stays up!? Takagi fires off boxing elbows then fires up, but Ibushi SLAPS him! Takagi is dazed on his feet, Ibushi sobats and runs, into a clothesline at the ropes! Takagi runs, into a ROUNDHOUSE! KAMI-GOYE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? The Dragon survives the knee to surpass God?!
Ibushi pulls down his kneepad and fans rally up again. Ibushi gets the wrists, but Takagi blocks the knee to a torture rack! Ibushi slips off to POISON-RANA!! Takagi staggers up and growls, but he runs into Ibushi’s V-TRIGGER!! KENNY~! Ibushi gets Takagi’s wrists from behind, BLINDSIDE KAMI-GOYE!! And then again, FORWARD KAMI-GOYE!! Cover, Ibushi wins!!
Winner: Kota Ibushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Takagi earns 0)
The Golden Star slays the Dragon! Does this mean he would’ve won at Wrestle Grand Slam? Or is this a sign of Ibushi pushing himself in order to shine bright again? Either way, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion has lost again! Will he have to abandon his hopes of making history? Or will he just work that much harder?
As for Ibushi, he gets a mic and hurries to tell Takagi, “This win was pretty big. Next time, I’ll be taking that belt back.” That way, next time they return to Aichi, Ibushi will be wearing it around his waist. Fans like the sound of that. Ibushi admits he can’t stand up, but he vows that he still won’t back down, won’t quit and won’t lose! “I’ll defend all of you!” The Golden Star is still shining, banged up as he is. Will he use this momentum to get back to the finals and get that Right to Challenge briefcase again? Or is this his ace in the hole for a shot before WrestleKingdom 16?
Here are the NEW A Block standings!
Zack Sabre Jr: 4-1, 8 points
Kenta: 4-2, 8 points
Great-O-Khan: 4-2, 8 points
Kota Ibushi: 4-2, 8 points
Shingo Takagi: 3-2, 6 points
Toru Yano: 3-2, 6 points [won special singles bye]
Tomohiro Ishii: 3-3, 6 points
Tanga Loa: 2-3, 4 points
Yujiro Takahashi: 2-3, 4 points
Another really good night for NJPW and the G1, and I continue to enjoy Kenta being a troll. He and Khan have a really good match, and Kenta winning was quite the surprise. Him wanting Khan to bow before him was also quite the interesting play, and of course Khan doesn’t go for it. The Bullet Club Civil War continues to build, I am really curious to see where they go with this after the G1 and whenever Jay White returns. Team Switch VS House of Torture definitely needs to happen at WrestleKingdom 16 this year. Loa himself winning and then Evil VS Tama Tonga tomorrow, we’re definitely getting Guerrillas & Jado VS #EvilDickPimps as part of that civil war, too.
Ishii breaking ZSJ’s G1 streak was quite the surprise, and they had a very good match. ZSJ taking this one loss is fine, I’m sure he’ll still be up there by the time we’re at round nine. Ibushi VS Takagi was an awesome main event, I didn’t think Takagi would steal Twist ‘n’ Shout from Tanahashi over in B Block. But Ibushi getting the win was also a great surprise, but it does seem to work in Ibushi’s story that he’s going up and down to now be 3-2 (unweighted, we have to remember A Block is using Naito points). Ibushi is definitely someone who Takagi can also face on the way to WK16 to make Power Struggle into a bigger event.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/24/22)
Time to weigh in before the Rumble!
Raw prepares for the Royal Rumble!
Before fighting for the WWE World Championship, Bobby Lashley and BRRROCK LESNARRR step on the scales to make this one heavy Monday Night Raw!
- Bianca Belair VS Queen Zelina Vega; Belair wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins by disqualification, and Priest retains the title.
- Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Dana Brooke & Liv Morgan VS Tamina, Carmella & Nikki A.S.H; Ripley, Brooke & Morgan win.
- The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge Round 1, Spelling Bee: The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO; RKBRO wins and gets to choose next week’s challenge.
- Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS Chad Gable w/ Otis; Orton wins.
- AJ Styles VS Austin Theory; Styles wins.
- The Mysterios VS The Street Profits; The Mysterios win.
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Corey Graves is in the ring with Adam Pearce.
Pearce welcomes the fans to the official WWE World Championship weigh-in for the Royal Rumble. “Without further ado, please welcome the challenger, Bobby Lashley!” The Rocky Mountain Machine makes his way out, MVP right behind him, and some pyro added to his pose, and some more pyro in the ring. And of course, the WWE Champion, Br- “Ladies and gentlemen.” Paul Heyman walks out on stage to give his introduction, and says he’s so tired of everyone trying to steal his shtick, especially when no one does it as good as he does.
So about to walk down the aisle and step onto the scale, your REIGNING! DEFENDING! UNDISPUTED! WWE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD~! BRRROCK! LESNARRR!! Lesnar makes his entrance, wearing a cowboy hat and jeans, and he goes to the ring to join Lashley. But given the attire and the smirk on his face, it’s hard to say he’s taking this serious. Graves points it out, and Lesnar asks if Graves would like Lesnar to get naked. How about just carrying on with this then? Graves says Lashley is the challenger, so he will go first. Lashley throws off his jacket, steps over, and stands on the scale.
The ref checks, and Lashley weighs in at 273 pounds. MVP says, “See that? 273 pounds of All Mighty killing machine! 273 pounds of specimen like no other. Closer to a god than a man. 273 pounds of bottled lightning that Brock Lesnar will have to contend with at the Royal Rumble.” The match so many had written off as impossible is happening. But Lashley knew it was inevitable. 273 pounds, and then after the Rumble, Lashley will gain some weight. The exact amount as that WWE Championship weighs. Lesnar and Heyman laugh that off, and Graves says it is Lesnar’s turn. Lesnar takes off his hat and lets Heyman hold that while he steps on the scale.
The ref checks, and Lesnar weighs in at 286 pounds. Lashley is upset, though. Lesnar thinks this is funny, huh? He’s acting like a fool because he knows Lashley will beat him for the title this Saturday. “Mark my words: this will be the shortest title run of your entire career. And that’s not a prediction. That’s a spoiler.” Lesnar laughs and says, “Well who’s the comedian now? Paul, get this. On Sunday morning, hot off the press, Bobby Lashley beats Brock Lesnar in the Hurt Lock. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new champion! The new reigning, defending, WWE Heavyweight Champion of the world~! Bobby Who?”
Lesnar laughs, takes his leave with Heyman, but it’s only a matter of time. Will Lashley have the last laugh when he’s the one leaving St. Louis with the title?
Bianca Belair VS Queen Zelina Vega!
The EST is dressed in gold, because she’s ready to go for gold in the Women’s Rumble! Will the Queen of the Ring merely be a stepping stone on Bianca repeating history?
Raw returns and Vega makes her entrance. The bell rings and they tie up. Bianca scoops and puts Vega on the apron. Bianca then blows a kiss, ducks the haymaker, drags Vega back into the ring and swings her around in the waistlock before a SLAM! Fans rally for the “EST! EST!” and Bianca avoids Vega stomping her foot! Bianca ripcords and whips but Vega reverses, only for Bianca to go up and over. Bianca handsprings, eggs Vega on, then dropkicks her down! Bianca kips up, drags Vega up, and suplexes! Bianca holds Vega up but Vega STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! Vega stomps away on Bianca in a corner and digs her boot in!
The ref counts, Vega lets off at 4 to then JUMP KICK! Vega keeps moving, and she KNEES Bianca down! Vega soaks up the heat, takes a bow, and then drags Bianca up. Bianca shoves Vega away, runs in but is sent into buckles! Vega then goes up, but Bianca ROCKS her first! Bianca scowls, trophy lifts Vega off the corner, but Vega fights free to a SLEEPER! Bianca RAMS Vega into buckles but Vega just throws elbows! Vega brings Bianca down to her knees, squeezes tight on the sleeper, but fans rally up. Bianca fights up, RAMS Vega into more buckles and then throws Vega off! Bianca scoops but Vega headscissors, but Bianca handsprings through!
Bianca rallies on Vega, dropkick and kip up! Fans fire up as Bianca brings Vega in for a suplex! Roll through, another suplex, and she even jogs in place before the SLAM! Bianca runs, handsprings, and MOONSAULTS onto knees! Vega grits her teeth, hops on, CODE- NO! No red, Bianca pops Vega off to a torture rack! KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
Well, she just beat a queen, so this was the royalEST win Bianca’s gotten yet! Will she go back-to-back at the Rumble and return to WrESTleMania?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.
Kevin Patrick tries to talk with him before his US Championship match but Kevin Owens refuses to talk. K-Peezy points out KO was the first person to give Damian Priest a pinfall loss here on Raw, and KO agrees with that. But he faked an injury. What? What did K-Peezy say? Faking an injury? Is he accusing KO of lying? Has K-Peezy been in the ring? No, he hasn’t, so his opinion is moot. KO says he fought through pain! Just reed his shirt! “Just Keep Fighting.” Now tonight, KO gets his US title match, and guess what he’ll do tonight? Read the third! Just Keep Fighting. That’s right! And he’ll do that until he is the new United States Champion.
WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!
The Archer of Infamy knows the Prizefighter is two-faced, but now he knows what to expect after being duped into a defeat. Will Priest keep the gold away from KO? Or will Damian make it hard for him to hold back?
Raw returns and Kevin makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see who goes into the Rumble with gold already around their waist!
Kevin kicks, Priest pushes him away and fires off in the corner! Kevin dodges to CHOP and CHOP and forearm in return! The ref counts, Kevin lets off but Priest turns things around to fire off fast hands! Priest CHOPS, whips corner to corner, but Kevin reverses. Kevin runs in but blocks the knee to throw the leg down. Priest ROCKS Kevin with an uppercut, then throws more forearms! Priest runs, but Kevin drops to come back and CLOBBER Priest with an elbow! SENTON! Cover, TWO! Kevin argues the count but he goes after Priest in the corner. Kevin stomps, the ref counts and Kevin backs off. Kevin then runs in, but into a choke grip!
Kevin slips out of the choke slam to CHOP and forearm, but he runs into a BOOT! Kevin bails out, Priest builds speed, and Priest goes up the ropes. Kevin gets away, Priest hops down and goes out after Kevin. Priest blocks the superkick and throws Kevin into barriers! Priest puts Kevin back in, but Kevin SUPERKICKS him off the apron! Kevin hurries to the apron, SWANTON onto the knees! Priest was ready this week! APRON CHOKE SLAM! Priest is fired up and so are the fans as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Priest fires off kick after kick then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest hits a back elbow! But Kevin fights off the suplex, only to get a BELL CLAP! And a HEADLOCK DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Priest drags Kevin up, puts him in a corner and hoists him up top. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, climbs up, but Kevin hits back! Kevin adjusts and headbutts away on Priest! Then TORNADO DDT! Priest is in a drop zone, Kevin goes up top! FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin can’t believe it! Kevin argues with the ref but the ref defends it was two. Kevin waits on Priest to get up, SUPERKICK!
Kevin gets Priest back up, whips but Priest holds ropes. Priest BOOTS back, ducks and dodges, to FLAPJACK Kevin down! Then a HEEL KICK! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives almost being beheaded but Priest keeps his cool. Kevin claims he’s got a bad arm, but Priest doesn’t trust that! Priest stomps away on Kevin at the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts 4. Kevin still says he has a bad arm but Priest KICKS him out to the apron. Priest rushes over, Kevin HOTSHOTS him! Kevin give sup faking and rolls Priest up, with tights, TWO!! STUN- NO! Priest powers out to LARIAT! Priest is fuming, is Damian coming?
Priest KICKS Kevin into a corner, stomps away, fires down hands, but the ref backs him up. Priest still comes back for more, the ref has to push him away again. Priest BOOTS Kevin, fires off more elbows, but the ref calls for the bell!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by disqualification (Priest retains the WWE US Championship)
Damian got the better off Priest, but he still has the belt. Kevin may have gotten the win, but will he think again before pushing Priest’s buttons?
Royal Rumble entrees speak.
Rhea Ripley says, “I have a score to settle with Nikki A.S.H. But the one thing that’s consuming my mind right now is the Royal Rumble. This Saturday, it’s every woman for herself, so I’m going to win at any cost. It’s gonna be an absolute nightmare for the 29 other women when I win the Royal Rumble and move on to WrestleMania.”
Dana Brooke says, “Call me crazy, but this year is gonna be my year! As reigning 24/7 Champion, I’m ready any time, at any place. And this Saturday, I’m gonna continue riding that wave, and winning the Royal Rumble.”
Liv Morgan says we’ve all seen her from being happy to be here to the girl that took the Raw Women’s Champion to her limit. We saw her nearly become champion. But at the Royal Rumble, there won’t be “nearly.” She’ll win to become the NEW Raw Women’s Champion.
Sonya Deville finds Damian Priest backstage.
He was outta control! When the ref says to do something, he should listen. Or else he’ll get fined, suspended, or worse. So get it under control! Will Priest find a way to contain the rage inside?
Six Woman Tag: Rhea Ripley, Dana Brooke & Liv Morgan VS Tamina, Carmella & Nikki A.S.H!
We just heard from one team about the Women’s Rumble, but can they back it all up with actions? Or will they almost have momentum after facing the Daughter of Superfly, the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE, and the Almost SuperHero?
Raw returns as Dana makes her entrance, followed by Liv. Then Mella makes her entrance, followed by Tamina, and lastly, Nikki. The teams sort out, Mella gets her protective mask while Dana starts with Tamina. They tie up, Dana wrenches to a wristlock, Tamina shoves her away then runs her over! Tamina soaks up the heat, taunts Liv and Rhea, then stomps Dana. Tamina rains down forearms, wraps on a chinlock and she thrashes Dana before clamping on a neck wrench. Fans rally and Dana fights up, Dana throws elbows. Tamina CLUBS Dana, back suplexes, but Dana lands on her feet to tag Rhea! Rhea dropkicks Tamina, then swipes at Nikki!
Rhea DECKS Mella, wrenches Tamina and hits her with short arm clothesline after short arm clothesline! Then a ripcord HEADBUTT, and a sweep to the legs! Rhea runs to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Rhea, she brings Tamina up but Tamina shoves her away. Rhea comes back to sobat, then she NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Mella gets in and FABULOUS KICKS Rhea! Liv ENZIGURIS Mella! Nikki kicks Liv for a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Dana SHOTGUNS Nikki, Tamina CLOBBERS Dana! Mella tags in, she pie faces Rhea, and that just pisses Rhea off! Rhea trips Mella, ties up the legs, PRISM TRAP!! Mella taps, Rhea’s team wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, Dana Brooke & Liv Morgan, by submission
That mask didn’t protect the legs! Will it protect Mella from being thrown out? but then Nikki SUCKER PUNCHES Rhea! What kind of hero uses a cheap shot?! Will Rhea personally make sure the Rumble is a nightmare for her former friend?
The Alpha Academy Academic Challenge Round 1, Spelling Bee: The Alpha Academy VS RKBRO!
In order for Matt Riddle & Randy Orton to earn a rematch for the Raw Tag Team Championships, they have to show their mental strength is superior in a series of challengers! Otis looked a little worried about that last week, but will he and “Master” Chad Gable be able to outsmart the Stallion & Viper? Or will #4PointOtis no longer be top of the class?
Raw returns and Kevin Patrick presides over this challenge. He welcomes to Raw Tag Team Champions, the Alpha Academy. Gable says that was a fine introduction but a terrible explanation. So he’ll put it in a way that even the mindless morons of Ohio can understand. SHOOSH. Tonight is the first in a triad of events over the coming weeks. Fans chant, “You Suck!” and Otis gets upset. Gable says SHOOSH, and realizes vocabulary isn’t Ohio’s strong suit. Triad means three, so there will be three events. These events will prove Gable is a genius, just as his Master’s Degree and 4.0 GPA does. Don’t boo education! If anyone needs it, it’s Ohio.
Now, this will also prove his protégé, his prized pupil, Otis has both the brawn and brains the size of a tree trunk when he and Gable decimate RKBRO into mental submission. Gable is so proud of Otis. And lastly, Gable will use this platform to officially announce that the Alpha Academy are in the Men’s Royal Rumble! And you better believe one of them is winning, and then the Alpha Academy will headline WrestleMania! Thank you! Kevin Patrick then introduces the former tag team champions, RKBRO! Orton & Riddle head to the ring, and Kevin Patrick reminds us that this is a spelling bee. Tonight’s winners will then choose next week’s challenge stipulation.
The champions open, and first up is Otis. Gable says Otis has this, and Otis nervously steps to the mic. Otis’ word is… Emmental. Can Kevin use that in a sentence? A form of Swiss cheese. E-M-M-E-N-T-A-L! CORRECT! Gable is proud and Otis is sure they’ve already got this. First up for RKBRO, it’s Riddle. Fans fire up as The Bro goes to the mic. Riddle’s word is… Calibration. Cali-bro-tion? No, calibration. Can he use that in a sentence? Uh, ok. “A simple calibration is used to set up the system for individual implementation.” Please put that into letters for Riddle. No, Riddle, you have to spell it. Oh, okay, like when he calibrates his scale for measuring ounces and-
Riddle, just spell it then! Right, sorry. C-A-L-I-B-R-A-T-I-O-N. CORRECT! Tied at 1-1 and Riddle is fired up! Gable is now up, and his word is… Disillusion. Gable laughs that one off. He was hoping for a challenger. For the sake of sportsmanship, give him the definition! SHOOSH! He didn’t need it! This is Mr. 4.0, baby! It is the disbandment of a group or organization- No, Kevin said disillusion, not dissolution. D-I-S-S-O-L-U-T-I-O-N! NO, Gable! Wrong word! What?! That was dissolution but Kevin said disillusion. This is a joke! Kevin said the word wrong! Gable says he spelled a word right! But it wasn’t the word that was said.
Orton says maybe Gable can just a freakin’ seat! Orton is ready to get this over with. Then his word and the win is… Well, one of the most commonly misspelled words. Dumbbell. Riddle says Orton has this! And looking at Riddle, Orton has this. D-U-M-B-B-E-L-L. CORRECT! Gable is furious! Dumbbell for Orton? Riddle IS a dumbbell! Gable, shut your mouth! And Ohio, let’s go ahead and shut Gable’s mouth for him! They can go 1v1 right here, right now! Gable is furious, and Orton says Gable is clearly not that smart so maybe he’ll spell out how he’s gonna beat Gable: the three most destructive letters in sports entertainment, R K O!!
Randy Orton w/ Matt Riddle VS Chad Gable w/ Otis!
Raw returns and the match is on! Orton and Gable circle, fans rally behind “Randy! Randy!” and ties up with Gable. Orton headlocks, grinds Gable but Gable fights up. Gable pries the hold, has a top wristlock and he brings Orton down. Otis says that’s the power of leverage, and Gable wernches to a wristlock. But Orton powers out to drop toehold and facelock! Gable moves around, Orton gets away, and the two circle again. They tie up, Gable wrenches, wristlocks, but Orton fights up. Riddle and the fans rally up, Orton wrenches through and headlocks. Gable powers out, Orton runs him over! Riddle is fired up as Gable gets to a corner.
Orton and Gable reset, tie up again, and Gable wrenches to a hammerlock. Orton slips around to hammerlock back, then headlocks. Gable powers out, Orton runs him over, and things speed up. Gable arm-drags, and arm-drags again! Gable keeps on the arm and fans boo as he wrenches the shoulder. Orton fights up, fans keep rallying, and Orton whips Gable to a corner. Gable goes up and over but Orton fakes out the arm-drag! RK- NO! Gable pushes Orton away, and then bails out of the ring to regroup with Otis. Fans boo and a ring count starts. Otis says you can’t RKO someone with no neck! Gable gets in the ring, he circles with Orton and they tie up again.
Orton wrenches to a wristlock, but Gable rolls, bridges, spins and handsprings to spin through and headlock. Gable then spins to the toehold and has the ANKLE LOCK! But Orton slips away and bails out to regroup with Riddle. Gable says it was that close, but Orton keeps his cool. Orton takes his time returning, but Gable throat chops him! Gable CHOPS Orton to a corner, throws body shots and haymakers, but lets off as the ref counts. Gable fires off more forearms, strikes a pose, but then Orton kicks back! Orton fires off EuroUppers over and over, whips Gable to ropes, then CLOBBERS him with an elbow!
Gable bails out again, Orton stalks up behind him! Back suplex to the announce desk! Gable flops to the floor and Otis can only glare as Orton looms over Gable. Fans are all fired up as Orton puts Gable in the ring. Otis gets on the apron, Orton knock shim down! But Gable CHOP BLOCKS a leg! Gable runs, runs Orton over, then hurries up the corner! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Orton survives and Gable can’t believe it, while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Gable has a standing toehold. Orton endures, Riddle coaches him up, but Gable stomps Orton down! Gable has Orton in a corner, hooks a leg in the ropes, then gets the other for a DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The ref keeps Gable back but Gable shoots in to get the left leg. Orton CLUBS Gable, whips him but the bad leg gives up! Gable whips Orton into a corner, but Orton comes back to LARIAT! Orton manages to rally, and he dodges to BACK DROP Gable away! Gable goes to a corner, Orton runs in to clothesline! Fans are thunderous for RKBRO as Orton reels Gable in. Gable switches, Orton bucks the waistlock and hits a BACK2BACKBREAKER!
Fans fire up as Otis coaches Gable and Riddle coaches Orton. Orton puts Gable through ropes, drags him out, time to spell “vintage!” DRAPING DDT! Orton slowly gets up as fans fire up behind him. Orton hears the voices and he waits on Gable. Riddle sees Otis getting on the apron and runs over that way. But Otis gets him for an EXPLODER! Orton is distracted, Gable backslides him! TWO, and Orton hits a POWERSLAM! Orton’s bad leg slows him down, but the fans still rally as hard as ever. Orton stands over Gable, then aims from the corner. Otis shouts to Gable, but Orton runs in, only for Gable to dodge the punt! ANKLE LOCK!!
Orton endures as Gable thrashes the bad leg! Fans rally, Riddle CLOBBERS Otis with his scooter! And then again! And again! Gable is distracted, Orton rolls to send Gable into buckles! RKO!!! Cover, Orton wins!!
Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall
RKBRO gets extra credit on The Alpha Academy! A win in the spelling bee and a win in the ring, but Riddle gets a mic. Riddle congratulations Orton, and reminds us that they get to choose the second Academy Challenge. Riddle thinks it’s time to go old school to gym class! What better way to show some physical prowess than a good, ol’ fashioned… scooter race! Is that really part of gym class? And does Otis even stand a chance of finding a scooter that can hold him up? Will RKBRO make it a 2-0 sweep? Or can Gable find a way to make a comeback?
Alexa Bliss continues her therapy.
The doctor thinks they’re making progress. Oh? He asks her a personal question: When was the very first time that Alexa met Lily? Oh, well, Lily’s been around her whole life. Any time Alexa was looked down on or bullied, Lily was there to be her friend. Alexa was just six years old when she met Lily. These two teenage girls picked on Alexa cuz she wore glasses, and they shoved her off the monkey bars. Alexa got knocked out, and when she came to, Lily was there. Those cute button eyes and the braids and stitching. Is that too much? No, keep going. Okay.
That day, Alexa and Lily got ice cream and played on the monkey bars. Lily said those mean girls would never come back, too. Then they ate candy and gumdrops, and they did that game where you stuff marshmallows in your mouth and try to say, “Chubby bunny.” Well, Alexa has plenty more to say, will we get to the bottom of Lily’s hold over Alexa?
Vince McMahon talks with Austin Theory.
Vince knows Theory is doing really good lately, especially the selfies. Yeah, look at this one! No, not that one. Well, it did feel good destroying Finn Balor, just like Vince wanted. And in the Rumble, Theory will win and face the champion of his choosing at WrestleMania! That’s exciting. If it’s not too much to ask, maybe Theory could get a late number? Like 26 or 27?Why would Theory think Vince has any influence over that at all? Especially right now, when he should focus on his opponent, AJ Styles. Whoa, as in, former WWE Champion, US Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, Grand Slam Champion AJ Styles? Yep! That AJ Styles.
Theory says that’s fine. Sounds good, even! Okay, hang on. Don’t forget your phone. And bring back a really good selfie. Yes, sir! Will Theory be able to be more than Phenomenal here tonight? Or does he finally fall out of favor with Mr. McMahon?
AJ Styles VS Austin Theory!
The Phenomenal One himself just got finished with a bright and shining star with a big ego in Grayson Waller. Will Styles check off another future star in Vince’s newest pet project?
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings, they tie up, and Theory powers Styles to a corner. The ref counts, Theory lets off to mock Styles’ pose, but Styles keeps cool. They tie up again, Styles powers Theory to a corner but Theory turns it around. The ref counts, Theory lets off, and then he double guns. Styles still stays cool, ties up with Theory and gets a headlock. Theory powers up but can’t power out as Styles holds tight. Theory powers out, Styles ducks the hurdle, rolls Theory up, TWO! Theory fireman’s carries, but Styles sunset flips! TWO, Styles wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Styles dropkicks Theory right outta the ring!
Fans fire up and Styles takes aim. Slingshot and FOREARM! Direct hit and Theory checks his chin. Styles puts Theory back in the ring, stalks Theory to ropes, brings Theory up and bumps him off buckles. Styles CHOPS, Theory staggers to another corner, but Styles brings him out. Theory kicks but Styles blocks. Theory ROCKS Styles with a forearm, but Styles KICKS Theory’s leg! Theory hobbles to the corner, but Styles storms over. Theory YANKS Styles into buckles! And then throws him down by his hair! Slingshot STOMP, deadlift suplex! Cover, ONE!! Theory is annoyed and he rains down rights before wrapping on a headlock.
Theory grinds Styles but fans rally up. Styles fights up, puts Theory in a corner, but Theory turns things around. Styles dodges to CHOP! And CHOP! Theory falls and crawls, but he throws body shots. Styles KICKS Theory in the side! Styles runs for a BIG knee drop! Cover, TWO! Styles gets Theory up, snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Theory grits his teeth but Styles drags him back up. Theory FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS him! Styles sputters while Theory seethes, and Theory stomps Styles down! Theory drags Styles up, throws forearms, then whips corner to corner. Styles hits buckles hard, and Theory gets in his face! “How’s that feel?!”
Theory throws fists down but the ref back shim off. Theory stands on Styles’ head, but lets off as the ref counts. Theory drags Styles up but Styles DECKS Theory with a forearm! Styles drags Theory up, but Theory suplexes for a GOURD BUSTER! Styles flounders in the corner, Theory hoists him up top. Theory throws forearms, climbs up to join Styles, but Styles throws body shots in return. Styles ROCKS Theory, Theory drops but then somersaults to SHOTGUN DROPKICK Styles to the floor! Fans boo but Theory grins as he looks down at Styles, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Theory has a headlock. Styles throws body shots, Theory knees low. Styles kicks back, then ENZIGURIS! Theory staggers, Styles runs in but Theory catches his crossbody for a BACKBREAKER! Then a SWINGING BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory grins as Styles survives, and he stalks Styles to ropes. Theory bumps Styles off buckles, then RAMS a shoulder into his back! And again, and again! Theory lets off as the ref counts, and Theory throws down more fists. Theory brings Styles up, but Styles JAWBREAKERS free! Styles ROCKS Theory with a right, then CHOPS him to ropes. Styles whips, Theory reverses and BACK DROPS! Cover, TWO!
Theory says HE is phenomenal but fans boo. Theory drags Styles up to snapmare and stomp him down! Theory mocks Styles’ pose again, but misses the elbow drop! Theory grits his teeth as he gets back up and runs in at the corner. Styles elbows Theory away, then QUEBRADA DDT! Both men are down but the fans fire up! Theory and Styles are on opposite ends, Styles runs in to LARIAT! Theory kicks back but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Styles hits a clothesline in the corner, then suplexes Theory to a NECKBREAKER! Styles runs, SLIDING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Theory is still in it but Styles keeps his cool.
Styles drags Theory up, fireman’s carries but Theory slips out. Styles ducks the haymaker but not the back elbow! Theory hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Theory checks his chin again, drags Styles up and says he’s got this. JAWBREAKER! Styles runs in, but into a BOOT! Theory somersaults for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Styles survives and Theory can’t believe it! Theory shakes his head, convincing himself he can do this. Theory gets Styles up to throw big forearms in the corner. Theory puts Styles up top, climbs up to join him, but Styles resists! Styles slips through and trips Theory up! Styles waistlocks, but Theory elbows out hard!
Theory reels Styles in, but Styles fights out of the powerbomb! Styles ducks and dodges to PELE! Both men are down again and fans are rallying! Styles reels Theory in, but Theory fireman’s carries! Styles fights free, rolls Theory, CALF CRUSHER!! Theory scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Styles lets go and both men slowly get up. Styles grabs at Theory but Theory holds the ropes. The ref calls the ropebreak, Theory throat chops! But Styles BOOTS back, goes to the outside, but Theory trips up his springboard! High stack, but with ropes! The ref sees that and stops the count! Theory and the ref argue, but Styles ROCKS Theory!
Styles is on the apron, he springboards in, PHENOMENAL FOREARM!! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Now that was phenomenal! Will Styles use this momentum to take the Royal Rumble and that golden ticket to WrestleMania? And what of Theory facing Vince’s wrath?
Raw holds a simultaneous interview with Becky Lynch and “Doudrop” Piper Niven.
Commentary wants to start with Piper. This match has been a long time coming, and Piper ran through the rest of the division to- Becky speaks up and asks if this is their first time. We start with the champion. And she’ll start with a champion of “a wee lass named Doudrop.” When she first got her start across the pond, who did she idolize? Becky. Who did she want to face most? Becky. Tell ’em how Becky paved the way, and as the groundbreaker she is, she gave Piper this match. People are asking, “Why would anybody in their right mind choose someone who can clearly out power them? Who can clearly break all their bones with one slam to the mat?”
Maybe that’s the answer! Maybe Becky isn’t in her right mind. Or maybe Becky is that confident in how damn good she is! Or that generous to grant an opportunity to a fellow Celt. Piper speaks up to suggest that maybe, Becky handpicked Piper because Becky is desperate. Maybe ever since she returned, she’s been ducking, dodging and scrambling just to hold onto the title. Maybe Becky thought putting the new girl in would be an easy victory. The only easy thing here will be how easy it is for Piper to break every single one of Becky’s ribs.
Becky wants “Doudou” to hold on there. Becky should be thanked for giving Piper her biggest match, her first title match here, and for paving the way and giving Piper a match at one of the biggest events of the year. If Piper had just said thanks, but no. Piper waited for Becky to get in and offer a handshake, so of course Becky slapped her across the face. And being the bigger person, Becky offers to lead Piper to victory in the tag match. But then Piper splashed Becky, dropped her, left her lying. Becky admits, she didn’t see that coming. But Piper’s in for a rude awakening at the Rumble when she steps in the ring with the #VanGOAT and Becky wins to stay Raw Women’s Champion.
Oh, is Becky done? Piper zoned out when she started hearing that whining, nagging sound, or else she was gonna lose it. But Piper will show gratitude when Becky shows respect. But Becky won’t, she will keep whining. She’s not a goat, she’s a little lamb on the way to the slaughter. The Dome is the slaughterhouse, and the new champion will be Doudrop! Becky says Piper was just another name to fill out the roster before this. Piper needs to know her place. It’s dead space and- Oh, Piper’s getting off the mic? She gonna run? She can’t run from the truth, or from this fight. Becky’s been champ for nearly three years !But then Piper barges into Becky’s room!
Piper and Becky scrap and referees rush in to stop it! Piper says her place is with the title, standing over Becky! Will Piper be the one to make Becky DouDROP that title?
Backstage interview with Rey & Dominik Mysterio.
Sarah congratulates Rey on being the WWE 2K22 cover superstar. What does it mean to be among the ranks like Stone Cold, The Rock, John Cena and The Undertaker? Rey says this is so dope. You have no idea what an honor it is to represent. Most superstars spend their careers chasing achievements, from main eventing WrestleMania or entering the Hall of Fame. Being on the cover of a WWE video game is no different, especially when that game is FIRE! Although, the one thing prouder would be seeing Dom on the cover one day. Dom says now Rey’s talking. Dom used to play those games growing up, and he knows he has to create his own legacy to be in those games. That starts Saturday when he wins the Royal Rumble.
Well okay, but that’d mean he has to throw Rey out. That’s not happening, right? Well after last week, he might be first to go! Dom’s got jokes. He’s playin’ right? Dom grins and heads out, but Rey laughs it off. Will “every man for himself” be true even for the Mysterio Familia?
The Mysterios VS The Street Profits!
Rey & Dom won alongside Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins last week, but now they’ll go against each other for some last minute momentum! Who will be on fire going into the Royal Rumble match after tonight?
Raw returns as the Mysterios make their entrance. The teams sort out, Dawkins starts against Dom. They circle, tie up, and Dom headlocks. Dawkins powers out, things speed up, Dom RANAS! Dom throws hands, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Dawkins dodges, Dom keeps moving, Dawkins hits a big back elbow! Cover, TWO! Dawkins drags Dom up, whips him to ropes, but Dom wheelbarrow sand throws Dawkins out of the ring! Rey gets in, holds the way open., Dom DIVES! Direct hit onto Dawkins, and then Rey crossbodies Ford! Rey runs, but Ford throws him out onto Dom!
Dom manages to catch Rey, but Ford FLIES! Direct hit and down goes everyone! Ohio is fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Dawkins grinds Dom down in a chinlock. Dom endures, fights up, throws body shots, but Dawkins DECKS Dom with a right! Cover, TWO! Dom is still in this but Dawkins wraps on another chinlock. Dom endures again, fights up, Rey coaches him through it, and Dom gets to his feet. Dom throws more body shots, but Dawkins knees low. Dom ends up in a corner, but he dodges the cyclone splash to kick and TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Dawkins and Dom crawl, hot tags to Ford and Rey! Rey dodges Ford to tilt-o-whirl and headscissor! Ford ends up in a corner, puts Rey on the outside, but Rey ROCKS him!
Rey goes up top, leaps, SEATED SENTON! Rey keeps moving, dodges again, but Ford FLAPJACKS Rey down! Ford somersaults, to a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Rey gets to ropes, Ford whips him, but Rey kicks back. Rey slides under, Dom gets in, and he gives Rey a boost to RANA Ford on tropes! The Mysterios dial it up but Dawkins trips Dom and drags him out! Ford runs in but Rey drop toeholds him to ropes! 6 1 NO! Ford blocks that, gets Rey up in an Electric chair, but Rey victory rolls! The Mysterios win!!
Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall
The King of Lucha finds a way to snatch this one away from the Profits! But then Dom gets behind Rey and lifts him up, but Rey RANAS Dom out! Rey tells Dom he needs to try better than that, but then Ford TOSSES Rey! But then Dawkins tosses Ford! Dawkins says he got Ford there! But then the DIRTY DAWGS get in, and they both throw Dawkins out! Roode & Ziggler talk trash, but then the Mysterios and the Profits get in to go after them! It’s a huge scrap, but the Dawgs get tossed! And then the remaining four all square off in their own corners! Will any of these men make it to the end of the Rumble match this Saturday?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Kevin Patrick brings up how the Usos are barred from ringside during the Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble, and Rollins says that sounds so good. Rollins likes K-Peezy and will give him a little “insider information.” This was never about The Usos, or anyone else but Roman VS Seth, Seth VS Roman. Now they go 1v1 at the Rumble for the title, and historically speaking, Rollins likes his odds. Rollins knows he can beat Roman because he’s already done it. Roman knows Rollins has his number. Roman wants people to think very highly of him, but Rollins is the one who can put Roman in his place.
So speaking of Roman, Rollins is going to pay SmackDown one more visit this Friday, because unlike Roman, Rollins delivers his messages in person. See you Friday, brother! Rollins laughs it up, but will he have the last laugh this Friday? And will this Saturday be the first time Roman gets the better of Rollins?
The Miz heads to the ring!
The Hollywood A-Lister promised it last week, and now it’s here! Maryse’s birthday celebration will be here on Raw, and the ring’s already filled with presents! Will all go smoothly for the It Couple this close to the Royal Rumble? We’ll see, after the break.
Raw returns and Miz welcomes us to the Maryse Birthday Extravaganza! It’s a celebration of his wife’s birthday, and then Saturday, we will celebrate The It Couple beating The Grit Couple! So without further ado, welcome the birthday girl, a woman more gorgeous, more sexier and more intelligent than anyone here, Maryse! Maryse makes her entrance, and there’s security at ringside. Miz says he speaks for everyone here when he says, “Open your first gift!” Maryse pulls the veil off a painted portrait of her and Miz as a prince and princess! Miz has done it! She feels even more special than the day she became a mother!
Or when he got her that pink Rolls Royce! Or when he got her that $500,000 ring. Well no expense spared. He got top of the line security to make sure there will be no intruders! They checked the ceiling so there wouldn’t be a Brood Bath! There will be no Edge or Beth here! Miz speaks for all of us when he says, “Open your second gift!” Miz hands it to Maryse, she pulls off the lid, and it’s… A custom hand purse! It says “No limit” on the side because there is no limit to their love. Wait, what’s this big one? Miz thought Maryse got him something. Uh, it’s her birthday. Why would she… Wait, then if he didn’t get that, and she didn’t get that… Then what’s in the box?
SECURITY! Get in here and open the box for Miz! The guard goes up to it, rips the paper away, and it’s all a trick! Miz put the brick that Maryse hit Beth with in a frame! This demonstrates that these two will always be one step ahead of Edge & Beth. Just watch this recap video as proof! Maryse asked Beth to call off the Mixed Tag, Beth refused, Miz tried to jump Edge but failed, but it still distracted Beth enough so Maryse could CLOBBER Beth! Fans boo but Miz & Mrs. just soak it up. Now it is time for everyone to get up out of their seats and sing Happy Birthday to Maryse. On three. One, two, DO NOT BOO! This is a birthday celebration! Stand up and sing!!
Now, one! Two! Three! HIT IT! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you~! Miz is so sour… But here comes EDGE! AND Beth! Edge has the music cut to tell Mike ‘n’ Maryse that they’ve been real clever. But being clever won’t matter on Saturday. All these security guards won’t matter on Saturday. Because Miz & Maryse stepped in it now! They’ve got a pissed off Rated R Superstar, and an extremely pissed off Glamazon on their hands. These two are gonna show everyone why that’s not a good thing. The Grit Couple storms to the ring, CLOBBER guard after guard, and Beth scoop SLAMS the next one! Edge TOSSES another, Beth sends one more into the steps!
The It Couple bail out of the ring, so Edge and Beth tear everything up! Beth SPEARS one guard, Edge SPEARS another! Miz & Maryse freak out over the cake being in harm’s way, but the Grit Couple give a guard a HART ATTACK! Shout out to the days of Beth teaming with Natty. Another guard gets in, he gets a 3D!! A shout out to some of Edge’s greatest rivals, before he BOOTS another guard! Edge sees the cake still standing, and Miz says he better not! Edge drags the guard up, reels him in, and POWERBOMBS him through the cake AND table! The terror on the It Couple’s faces is real this time! Will they even show up in St. Louis for that Mixed Tag match?
I have a feeling word got back that last week’s Raw was pretty sad, because they made sure this week’s Raw was really good. Now, a weigh-in segment for a title that doesn’t really have weight restrictions was really just an excuse to get Lesnar and Lashley to interact one more time. But Lashley and Lesnar are both doing really well on the mic these days, and Lesnar being dismissive of Lashley is such a great element of this. It’d be wild if Lashley won this but there’s a good chance Lesnar retains and we still get something of Lesnar VS Roman, title for title. Rollins has a good promo rather late in the night, but him hyping up the SmackDown go-home means something good is coming.
Bianca VS Vega was a short match, as was the Six Woman Tag, but sadly that’s how things are in RawDown these days… But at least we got a great promo segment from Becky and Piper. Piper leaving her room to find Becky and brawl with her was awesome stuff, and their match is going to be awesome stuff, but pretty sure Becky wins. Then they’ll set up Becky VS Bianca at WrestleMania, Bianca finally avenges her SummerSlam loss. Also, Alexa Bliss has to be returning to action during the Rumble. She might not win but she could have a really good showing to reestablish herself. Tonight’s vignette didn’t really do much, it just had her rambling about Lily’s origin story with no serious revelation.
We got a really good US Championship match, but it was a bit cheap for Priest to get disqualified when “Damian” let loose. Maybe Kevin comes back after the Rumble to try again and that builds to a US title match at the Elimination Chamber PPV in February. Styles VS Theory was a great match, too, just wish Vince would’ve let Theory and Finn have a match as good as that. And if Styles was still feuding with Grayson Waller, we could’ve built to Styles & Finn VS Theory & Waller, but nope. Vince has apparently given up on Finn, but not enough to cut him the same way they cut a lot of other great people. What a weird old man.
I loved so much of the Academic Challenge segment. Great promos from everyone, and I love that Gable got so cocky that he went with what he thought he heard and not what Kevin Patrick really said. Then we got an awesome match of Orton VS Gable, that also had the awesome aside of Riddle attacking Otis with the scooter. Now, going with a scooter race next week isn’t really something you’d see in gym class from what I’ve experienced, but it’s definitely a Riddle kind of choice. I’m not sure how, but Alpha Academy is definitely finding a way to win to push this to the third challenge, which RKBRO will win to get a tag title match.
The Mysterios VS Profits was really good, with Ford and Rey really standing out in this match. Mysterios get the win for momentum, but then the Dirty Dawgs get in on things for a nice brawl. I don’t see any of those six winning, though, but maybe the Mysterios come out tag title contenders for after RKBRO and Alpha Academy sort out. And then we got a pretty good final segment. As birthday parties that get ruined goes, I like that Miz swerved us with the giant box and then we get Edge & Beth straight up crashing the party. I spotted the Tate Twins among the security guards that got bodied, I hope that means they’re signing with NXT 2.0. The Grit Couple standing tall here, the math would suggest The It Couple finds a way to win, but who knows, Edge & Beth could defy the math.
My Score: 8.3/10
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