Raw has its new roster!
Big E is still WWE World Champion after Crown Jewel, but there are new stars coming to Raw! Who will be the first to go for his gold?
- Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat Tag: The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs VS The Alpha Academy; The Dirty Dawgs win and will challenge RKBRO for the titles later tonight.
- Zelina Vega VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; Vega wins.
- Damian Priest VS T-Bar; Priest wins, by disqualification.
- Carmella VS Liv Morgan; Carmella wins.
- Keith Lee VS Cedric; Lee wins.
- Dominik Mysterio VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs; RKBRO wins and retains the titles.
- WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens; Rollins wins and will challenge Big E for the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Big E is here!
Houston is ready to feel the power as the Powerhouse of Positivity walks out, still WWE World Champion! Big E gets the mic and he welcomes, “Ladies and gentlemen, boy sand girls, cats and dogs, welcome to the season premiere of Monday Night Raw! And what better town to host a season premiere than a town that gave us DJ Screw, a town that gave us those incredible Mitchell & Ness Oilers throwbacks, and a town that has a Pappadeaux’s on damn near every corner!” He is talking about HOUSTON, TEXAS~! Fans chant for the Astros and Big E lets them show the love. He wishes the Astros luck, and continues.
Big E would be remiss if he didn’t mention the oh so gracious and brand new KING OF THE RING, Xavier Woods! Big E also tips his cap to Drew McIntyre, “a man who pushed me, a man who sharpened my iron, a man who is the reason that I am better today than I was a week ago.” There is no rest for the weary, though, and there is an influx of talent from SmackDown to Raw. He therefore asks who (Who who who?) Wait! Here comes SETH ROLLINS! The Visionary has his white coat with black trim and swaggers his way to the ring. Rollins gets a mic and has a good laugh, then says, “You already know why I am out here.” Big E says Rollins lost to Edge so…
Rollins shouts, “He’s not here, but I am! And I want that title around your waist as soon as possible!” But, Rollins lost to Edge. That means Rollins is at the back of the line. Rollins says he’s had a long week, going through hell on Thursday. And for the past year on SmackDown, he earned his stripes. But the Universal Champion is too afraid to give Rollins his opportunity, so here he is asking Big E. Does Big E want to be like Roman Reigns? Or does he want to be a fighting champion? C’mon, E! This is the season premiere! What better way to start it off than Big E VS Seth Freakin’ Rollins for the WWE Championship?! C’mon, think about it.
But here comes REY MYSTERIO! Rey tells Rollins, “Clearly your vision is impaired after getting your head bashed in by Edge.” It’s been a minute since they’ve seen eye to eye, but if anyone deserves a title shot, it’s Rey. And Rey believes his resume speaks for itself. A former US Champion, Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and a former WWE Champion. Rey is willing to do whatever it takes to win that championship one more time. Rollins wants Big E to ignore Rey, but here coms FINN BALOR!
The Prince says, “Hey, Rey-Rey. You know I’ve got nothing but love for ya. But with all due respect, I am a two-time NXT Champion. I am a two-time Intercontinental Champion. And Seth, I was the first-ever Universal Champion.” But there’s one title he’s yet to hold, and now that he’s here on Raw, he wants the WWE Championship. Rollins wants Big E to understand he is the most qualified, but here comes KEVIN OWENS! “I don’t want to be that guy, but if we’re going to come out here and talk about our accolades, I wanna play, too.” Former NXT Champion, former three-time US Champion, former two-time Intercontinental Champion, and there’s something about the first time that he won that title. Oh yeah! It was right here in Houston!
But wait! Kevin says there’s something coming to him. What else happened in Houston? Oh right! He became Universal Champion in this very building and correct him if he’s wrong, but the person he beat that for was “Cruella Deville,” Seth Rollins! Rollins’ head was about where Big E’s standing, and his legs were where Rey’s standing- Rollins attacks Kevin! And DECKS Rey Then brawls with Balor ! Balor BOOTS back, Kevin kicks but Rollins avoids the Stunner! Kevin chases Rollins tot he stage but Sonya Deville comes out to stop this before it gets too chaotic. If these guys want a shot at the title, they’re in luck! Later on tonight, it’ll be a Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match!
Rollins argues that this shouldn’t happen, and it should just be his opportunity! But Sonya says let’s raise the stakes a bit for the season premiere. Let’s make it a LADDER MATCH!! Rollins is even more upset, but will he be able to take out all his anger on his opponents? Or will someone else “steal” this chance from him again?
Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat Tag: The Street Profits VS The Dirty Dawgs VS The Alpha Academy!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are ready to bring the smoke to Houston, but they’re up against some familiar foes. Will they be able to get past, Robert Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Chad Gable and Otis Dozovic to get a shot? Or will another team get their shot at RKBRO?
Raw returns as the Dirty Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Alpha Academy makes their entrance, and in this kind of Triple Threat Tag, only two teams are active. Ford and Gable start, they tie up, go around, and Gable puts Ford in the open corner. Ford slips away and hits a headlock takeover. Gable headscissors, Ford kips out but Gable hits a headlock takeover. Ford headscissors, Gable kips free, Ford wrenches an arm to a wristlock. Ford grinds the arm, wrenches to a wristlock but Gable rolls, bridges, and handsprings to wrench and headlock then spin and drop toehold! Gable has the armlock and shouts, “For the Academy!”
Gable keeps on the armlock, then shifts to a facelock. Ford fights up, Gable clinches and headlocks but Ford powers out, only for Gable to run him over! Things speed up, Ford hurdles and jumps, but into a waistlock! Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Ford lands on his feet to dropkick Gable down! Ford taunts Otis by dusting off his hands, then he brings Gable up to tag in Dawkins. The Profits whip then run Gable over, but Roode gets in. He gets double hip tosses, then Ziggler runs in to get a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Otis gets in and the Profits go after him! He shoves them away but they double dropkick him out! The Profits are fired up and RKBRO is watching as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Roode suplexes Ford and holds him up for 5 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! Roode does push-ups to show off then he stomps Ford. “Big Bob” brings Ford around to whip him into the corner. Ford elbows back, then ROCKS Ziggler! Ford fights the Dawgs, Roode spins Ford but Ford ENZIGURIS! Roode tumbles out, Ford crawls for his corner but Ziggler gets Roode in. Ziggler tags, anchors Ford, and ducks the enziguri! But Ford turns Famouser into a SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! But he can’t make the cover! Otis gets in to drag Ziggler to the Academy corner! Otis tags in and he gets Ford to throw him into the Academy corner! Otis runs in but Ford doges and Otis POSTS himself!
Gable tags in, he gets Ford’s legs and drags him back, but Ford kicks him away! Hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Gable, Roode, but Gable throat chops! Gable whips, Dawkins hurdles and FLYING ELBOWS! Roode gets in but gets a FLAPJACK! Gable gets an EXPLODER! Ziggler gets a T-BONE SUPLEX! Dawkins fire sup, spins Gable, SILENCER! Cover, Roode breaks it! Roode whips but Dawkins reverses to throw Roode out. Dawkins runs at Gable but Otis makes the save! Otis and Gable mug Dawkins, then Otis runs, DISCUS LARIAT GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, Ford FROM THE HEAVENS breaks it!!
Otis runs at Ford but he gets dumped out! Ford ENZIGURIS Otis down, but Roode tags in! Roode attacks Ford, whips him to ropes but Ford dodges to FLY out onto Otis! Dawkins pops Roode up for the ANOINTING! Dawkins crawls towards the Profits’ corner but Ford looks back to see Omos storming up! Ford LEAPS but Omos catches him to THROW him into barriers! Roode and Ziggler coordinate while Omos DECKS Dawkins! GLORIOUS ZIGZAG!! Cover, the Dirty Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall (will challenge RKBRO later tonight)
The Show-Off and the Glorious One get the win thanks to the Mountain of a Man, and now they just have to wait for later tonight. Will the Dawgs be able to win the gold without help? Or will the Viper and the Stallion knock them down, too?
The ring crew prepares the red carpet.
After the break, we have our first ever Queen of the Ring coronation! Who will celebrate with Queen Zelina here in Houston?
Raw returns and Zelina Vega makes her entrance.
The first true Queen of the WWE waves to her subjects, already wearing the cape and holding the scepter. But she is already upset with the ring announcer. “How dare you introduce me like that, Mike Rome. I’m not just some superstar, okay? I am the first-ever Queen’s Crown Tournament Winner! You are talking about royalty here. So try it again with some actual bravado, like we rehearsed.” Mike Rome says, “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Your Majesty, your one and only official Queen of WWE, QUEEN ZELINA!” She then puts the crown upon her head and sits upon the throne. She is satisfied, and says she is no longer underappreciated for her greatness.
Zelina told us all that she is the only woman fit to be queen. Her ascension to the throne was always her destiny. “None of those other girls in the locker room ever had a chance.” But they’re watching backstage… Zelina says we will all bow down to THE Queen! She thanks them, then says the question still remains. What kind of a queen will she be? A generous queen? A beautiful queen? A cruel queen? A queen to be loved or to be feared? The answer is simple: All of the above! Piper Niven stops watching as Zelina says “If you are not the most powerful woman in the room, then you are nothing.” And Zelina will prove that as she defeats Piper again!
This crown proves she is best of the best! We will talk of her reign as years to come! She will be as iconic like Nefertiti, as ruthless as Cleopatra- No, better! All Hail Queen Zelina! But speaking of, here comes Piper Niven! Will Doudrop overthrow Zelina in a rematch from Crown Jewel?
Zelina Vega VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven!
Raw returns and the bell rings. Zelina wants Piper to bow down and kiss her boot, but Piper takes the scepter and reels Zelina in for a LARIAT! Piper then throws double ax handles and TOSSES Zelinan around! Piper drags Zelina up and TOSSES her again! Zelina flounders to ropes, Piper scoops her and SLAMS her! Piper runs and hits a BACK SENTON! Zelina is gasping and crawling but Piper drags her from ropes. Piper scoops, Zelina slips out and pulls hair to shove Piper. Piper scowls and Zelina wants mercy, but Piper corners her. Zelina throws Piper into buckles then stomps away! The ref counts as she digs boots in and Zelina lets off at 4.
Zelina runs in to JUMP KICK! And then she shoves Piper down, hops up the corner, leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Zelina is shocked and hurries to another corner. She unties a buckle pad! The ref sees that but she’s already undone the pad. The ref goes to put it back but Zelina gets her scepter! Zelina CLOBBERS Piper with it! Cover, Zelina wins!
Winner: Zelina Vega, by pinfall
The queen defends her honor by resorting to tricks. Will Piper look to get her revenge for this one? Or will another show up La Muneca Reina?
Becky Lynch is here!
The title swap on SmackDown, tense as it was, has now restored The Man as the Raw Women’s Champion, and she is here to make this season premiere big time! What will the “new” champion have to say now that she’s full-time on Mondays? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Becky has the mic to say, “The Man and the new Raw Women’s Champion and the new face of Monday Night Raw has come around to Houston! Oh, it feels good to have this title back on this shoulder. The title that I never lost. The title that I won at WrestleMania 35 and no one has been able to beat me for since.” And Becky will pick up where she left off. She only came back two months ago but she’s made headlines ever since. In a history making, groundbreaking, earthshaking Triple Threat match, she overcame insurmountable odds to send Sasha Banks off and Bianca Belair packing with her little braid between her legs.
“Because as the Man of the People, I know you don’t want to see Bianca Belair anywhere near this title.” There is a whole new crop of women wanting a taste at the big time. You wanna see Becky beat Rhea Ripley! Liv Morgan! But they will all learn, just like Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair learn, that you can’t always get what you want. Unless you’re Becky, she always gets what she wants. But here comes Bianca after all! Houston cheers for the EST as she swaggers down the ramp and then has a mic of her own. “Becky, with you, it’s always something something very much something.”
Bianca left Crown Jewel with a lot of feelings, but shame wasn’t one of them. Because Becky didn’t pin Bianca. Or should she say, she wasn’t the one Becky cheated? Don’t think Bianca didn’t see the rope trick. But if anyone should be ashamed, it’s Becky. Becky only thinks she gets what she wants because she hasn’t faced adversity. She’s found every single way to slip away, but all of that’s about to change. Bianca beat Sasha at Mania, Bayley at Hell in a Cell, and last week she beat Charlotte Flair. So technically, Bianca has a rematch for the Raw Women’s title, which just so happens to be Becky’s. So that 26 seconds of fame is up and so is the title reign.
But there is one thing Becky’s right about: the NEW Face of Raw has arrived, and that is no one other than the E S T! Well, Becky figured Esther would have something to say so she prepared something. Here is her face after triumph at Crown Jewel. What a lovely face. And here is Bianca’s face after losing at Crown Jewel. Aww, so sad, so grumpy. That’s not the face of Raw but the face of a loser. And not facing adversity? Becky faced it, overcame it and slapped the head off it to become a hero to the people! Bianca, on the other hand, has had a straight shot to the title. She won the Royal Rumble, won in the main event at Mania, beat the best women in the WWE, but only because Becky wasn’t around. And since then, it’s been nothing but disappointment for Bianca.
Bianca says the only thing she’s disappointed is that she hasn’t smacked the goofy smile of Becky’s face to show everyone who she really is. Let’s be real: the only thing Becky’s done since coming back is hiding how hurt her feelings really are. Because Becky really thought everyone would be so happy to see Big Time Becks again that they’d forget about lil’ ol’ Bianca. But they keep rooting for her, and that bothers Becky. Becky might have the title but she still seeks validation. So behind that forced smile, the catchphrases, the ego and the title, Becky has nothing. Having the title is a beautiful thing. But if you’re not enough with it, you’re not enough without it. We all know it
Bianca has shown who she is without the title, she is still the EST. But Becky, at the end of the day, she will never be the storngEST, the fastEST or the smartEST because Bianca sees right through her! SO either shut up or run up because Bianca wants her match for the title right here tonight! Oh she wants to act tough, wants to act like she’s better than Becky? One more time to see who the best woman is? “Well look at my face. It says, ‘Get to the back of the line, b*tch.'” But Bianca ROCKS Becky then stomps away in the corner! Fans fire up and Bianca gives Becky a SPINEBUSTER! Becky bails out, Bianca pursues and TOSSES her over the announce desk!
Bianca is furious but Becky comes back with a kendo stick! But Bianca blocks it, takes it from Becky, and runs her back into the ring! Bianca SMACKS away on Becky’s back! Becky ducks to mule kick then gets the stick again. But Bianca gets Becky’s arm! Torture rack, but Becky claws Bianca’s eyes! Becky gets the stick and uses it in a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Becky holds up the belt then runs off. Becky gets another mic and says, “You want your match? You got it! Just not tonight!” Big Time Becks does things on her time, but when will she and the EST go around one more time?
Kevin Owens finds Finn Balor backstage.
Big match, big opportunity. They’ve known each other a long time and there are few people Kevin respects as much as Finn. But Kevin has to win this. Every man for himself. That’s just the way Finn likes it. See you out there. How far will the Prince and the Prizefighter each go to be the one going after Big E and the title?
Damian Priest VS T-Bar!
The WWE United States Champion has new music and tron but the same mission: #LiveForever. Will he continue to do that as he defeats the towering T-Bar? Or will he feast his eyes on defeat instead?
Raw returns and T-Bar makes his entrance. The bell rings and T-Bar circles with Priest. They approach, T-Bar kicks low and throws heavy hands. T-Bar whips, Priest wrenches, dodges and BELL CLAPS! Dragon sleeper but T-Bar manages to pick Priest up for SNAKE EYES! T-Bar runs to CYCLONE BOOT! Cover, TWO! T-Bar snarl and stomps Priest, then drags him up. Priest throws body shots, dodges a boot and choke grips, but T-Bar breaks free to BACK ELBOW! Priest fires back with kick after kick, but spins into T-Bar’s choke grip! CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! T-Bar goes to a corner, goes up top, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, ONE?!?
T-Bar drags Priest up by his hear and says he’s taking that title. Priest ROCKS T-Bar with forearm after forearm, then fires off more fast hands! T-Bar goes to a corner, Priest runs corner to corner, BIG leaping elbow! And then the BROKEN ARROW! T-Bar flounders up, Priest runs in to clothesline him out of the ring! T-Bar staggers to the announce desk, Priest goes out after him. T-Bar THROWS the armchair at him!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by disqualification
But Priest doesn’t fall, he’s enraged! He CLOBBERS T-Bar with a lariat! And then SLAMS the armchair down on him! And he rains down furious fists and stomps! Priest hammers away on T-Bar at the announce desk, then RAMS him into the barriers! He drags T-Bar up again and THROWS him at the post! T-Bar tumbles down the steel steps, but Priest drags him back up to put him back in the ring. Priest drags T-Bar up to the dragon sleeper, for the RECKONING! The Archer of Infamy has rage to spare, will all of Raw feel his wrath soon enough?
Carmella admires her safety mask.
“The only asset more valuable than this custom designed, diamond coated carbon fiber mask is my beautiful face. I’m like the diamond of WWE. So precious, so rare, so expensive, honey. Which makes me the perfect fit for the red brand.” She can’t help others are insecure around her, like Liv Morgan, a jealous hater following her here from SmackDown to deny the WWE Universe her beauty! But Mella always has a plan. With the mask protecting her money maker, no one can stop her influence over Raw as the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE! But will she back up all her words in one more rematch with Liv Morgan?
Carmella VS Liv Morgan!
Raw returns and Mella’s team has put on the protective mask. Liv makes her entrance and she’s showing off her Chucky inspired Halloween costume already. The bell rings, Mella ROCKS Liv with a forearm! Mella puts Liv in a corner to fire off wild hands, then dares Liv to mess her face up now. Mella throws back elbows, lets off to say, “I’m hot! You’re not!” Then she runs in to FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! Cover, ONE! Mella drags Liv up but Liv throws forearms! Liv runs in to back elbow in the corner, then runs, into BOOTS! Mella shoves Liv to a cover, TWO! Mella wraps on a chinlock and grinds Liv down. “You’re so jealous of me!”
Liv fights up, throws elbows but Mella knees her down. Mella says Liv is jealous but Liv kicks and kicks and ENZIGURIS! Mella staggers, Liv runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Liv whips Mella corner to corner but runs into another boot. Mella checks her mask, runs at Liv but Liv puts her in the ropes to CLUB her into a draping position. SPRINGBOARD STOMP! Cover, TWO! Mella bails out, Liv goes out and spins Mella to WING SNAPPER! Mella stops from being sent into the desk and elbows Liv away, but then Liv BULLDOGS Mella off the hood! Liv congratulates Corey on the engagement, though.
Liv puts Mella in the ring, runs at the ropes but Mella dodges to backslide! But Liv rolls through to make it a cradle! TWO! Mella runs and tilt-o-whirls into the FACEBUSTER! Cover, Mella wins!
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall
Off comes the mask and the celebration begins! But will anyone ever humble the Most Beautiful Woman in the WWE?
Keith Lee VS ???
The Limitless Bearcat is ready to tear his way through the roster and towards titles! Who will simply be the next stepping stone on the road to gold?
Raw returns and Keith’s opponent is Cedric Alexander! Shelton Benjamin is in Alexander’s corner, but will the Hurt Business learn what getting hurt really feels like? The bell rings and Keith rushes Alexander, puts him in a corner, then TOSSES him across the way! Alexander bails out, Benjamin checks on him and Keith dares Alexander to get back in the ring. The ring count is climbing, Benjamin has Alexander use up most of it, and then Alexander gets in at 8. Alexander kicks at Keith’s leg but Keith just stands there. Keith swings on Alexander, Alexander gets around but Keith shoves him away! Then runs in, but Alexander slips to the apron to GAMANGIRI!
But Keith is just angry! Alexander springboards into a claw, and Keith STO’s Alexander down hard! Keith drags Alexander up to throw a HEAVY body shot, then clamps on claws to CLOBBER Alexander with a crossface forearm. Alexander flounders to a corner, Keith runs in to SPLASH, then he shoves Alexander back down. Keith smirks as he runs in to the corner, but misses again! Alexander kicks away on the leg, runs, and dropkicks the leg! Keith staggers, Alexander handsprings but Keith follows to POUNCE Alexander down! Keith hauls Alexander up to short arm LARIAT! Keith drags Alexander up, fireman’s carries and growls as he hits the BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Cover, Keith wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall
Ferocious dominance from the Bearcat, but Benjamin sneaks in. Keith sees him before he can make a move, so the Gold Standard backs away slowly. Will Benjamin test Keith’s limits soon enough?
Dominik helps his father prepare backstage.
He gets Rey some water and asks what else he needs. No, Rey is good. He just has to get in the zone. It’s been a minute since he was in a ladder match and with three opponents. But whoever wins is #1 contender. Dom has trust in his father, but then Austin Theory walk sin asking if they know where the towels are. And then he realizes he’s looking at THE Rey Mysterio, “King of the 619!” Theory says Rey is his hero. Can they get a selfie? Uh, sure. Oh, but uh, maybe Dom can take it for them? No, he isn’t a photographer and this isn’t Theory’s locker room. Then how about they “take a selfie,” in the ring?
Dom accepts the challenge. Rey respects his son’s guts, and Dom says Rey doesn’t have to worry, he’s got this. And that battle of young up and comers is coming up next!
Dominik Mysterio VS Austin Theory!
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The bell rings and Dom circles with Theory. They tie up, Theory knees low then throws big forearms. Theory whips Dom corner to corner but Dom reverses. Theory goes up and over to dropkick Dom down! Theory mocks Latino Heat and fans boo! Dom scowls and fans rally up behind him as he circles with Theory. They tie up, Dom knuckle locks, ROCKS Theory with a forearm, then goes up and up and hits a FLYING arm-drag! Dom dropkicks Theory to ropes, and shows the proper way to do Latino Heat! Dom whips, Theory reverses and kicks low. Theory whips but Dom ducks and dodges to RANA!
Theory flounders, Dom storms over but Theory throws hands. Theory suplexes, Dom slips out and wheelbarrows but Theory blocks to a half nelson BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Theory mocks Latino Heat again, as well as the fans cheering Dom. The fans boo Theory as he brings Dom up, suplexes, but Dom turns it into a cradle! TWO, and Dom gets to a corner to boot. Theory blocks but Dom ENZIGURIS! Theory runs in, Dom dodges and comes back to back elbow! Dom goes up and reels Theory in, SUPER BULLDOG! Theory stagers, Dom runs in but the monkey flip is made into a FLAPJACK! Then fireman’s carry, ATL! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
And Theory gets his phone for the victory selfie. The ref reprimands but Theory gets one with the ref, too. Theory leaves, but will he be this cocky #AllDay? Or will someone bring him back down to earth?
RKBRO talks at gorilla.
C’mon, Randy. So many cool ideas for Halloween! Two-headed Viper! Mario & Luigi! Orton can even be Luigi cuz green makes his eyes pop. Or, they could be those two creepy twins from The Shining. What size dress does he wear? Riddle, take a breath, stop talking, and focus. Tonight, Orton promises they can talk about Halloween until they’re both blue in the face, but they need to retain their titles first. Ziggler & Roode are former champions and are here to prove something. Does Riddle understand? Yes! Let’s clean those Dirty Dawgs up! Get it? Cuz they’re dirty!
Riddle scooters out and the champions make their entrance. But will this oddball stable still have these titles through the holiday season? Or will DZ and “Big Bob” pull off a victorious double duty tonight?
Raw Tag Team Championships: RKBRO VS The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns and the challengers make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the Dirty Dawgs can win twice in one night!
The fans chant for RKBRO already as the teams sort out. Ziggler starts with Riddle and they circle. They feel it out, Riddle gets a leg and picks Ziggler up but Ziggler sunset flips, ONE! Riddle rolls Ziggler to a ghost pin, ONE! Ziggler makes it a press, ONE! Ziggler eggs Riddle on but then tags to Roode. Riddle points to Orton and fans cheer for “RANDY! RANDY!” Riddle tags Orton in and Orton circles with Roode. They tie up, Roode gets a waistlock but Orton pries at the hold and hooks a leg to get the switch. Roode tries the same trick but then he elbows out! Orton goes to a corner, Roode CHOPS him! Roode climbs up and rains down fists! “I’m Big Bob!” Roode flexes, Orton pokes him in the eye!
Orton throws EuroUppers, whips Roode corner to corner but Roode reverses. Orton dodges, but Roode narrowly avoids an RKO! Roode bails out and fans fire up. Orton tells Roode how close that was as fans chant for “RKO! RKO!” Roode takes his time returning, but Orton kicks him low and brings him around for a EuroUpper! Roode falls down so Orton stomps him down. Orton stomps the limbs, tags Riddle, and positions Roode for the Assisted Floating Bro! Cover, TWO! Roode gets to ropes, Riddle storms over and throws forearms and kicks in the corner! The ref counts, Riddle lets off and even Orton applauds.
Roode bails out, Riddle goes up and out, but Roode trips him up! Riddle crashes and burns on the apron and is in a daze as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Ziggler has Riddle in a sleeper. Roode distracts the ref and Ziggler pulls hair to keep Riddle from Orton! Tag and Ziggler throws hands. Roode bumps Riddle off buckles and he CHOPS! Roode whips corner to corner and then runs in, but Riddle falls and Roode dropkicks only buckles! Both men are down, fans fire up and Roode anchors Riddle, but he still gets the hot tag to Orton! The Viper rallies, dodges and POWERSLAMS! Orton puts Roode on the apron, drags him through the ropes, but Ziggler distracts Orton. Orton swipes on Ziggler, Roode HOTSHOTS Orton down! Roode drags Orton out to whip him hard into the timekeeper’s area!
A ring count starts, Ziggler tags in and he drags Orton back to the ring. Ziggler puts Orton in at 7 of 10, covers, TWO! Ziggler clamps onto Orton with a Crossface but Orton blocks the grip! Orton powers up, throws elbows but Ziggler CLUBS Orton down. Tag to Roode, the Dawgs mug Orton, then Roode clamps on a sleeper of his own! Orton endures, reaches out but Roode keeps him from Riddle. Orton keeps fighting towards his corner and fans rally up. Orton powers up to back suplex Roode down! Orton and Roode crawl for their corners, hot tags to Riddle and Ziggler! Riddle spins Ziggler and PELES but misses! FINAL FLASH for Ziggler! FINAL FLASH for Roode!
Riddle runs to forearm smash Ziggler then BROSPLODER! Then the same for Roode! BROTON for Ziggler, BROTON for Roode! Riddle keeps moving, PENALTY KICK for Ziggler! Cover, but Roode breaks it! Orton gets in, RKO for Roode! SUPERKICK for Orton! But Riddle clamps on, crucifix takedown, TWO! Ziggler rolls to a cradle, TWO! Ziggler wants a leg but Riddle drags him to a splayed cradle! RKBRO wins!!
Winner: RKBRO, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)
It wasn’t an RKO but it was still outta nowhere! The #Splaydle wins it for the Viper and the Stallion, but who will they run into next on the road to Survivor Series?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Kevin Patrick asks about the Fatal 4 Way Ladder match just days after his grueling Hell in a Cell match. Does Rollins have a target on his back? “Of course I have a target on my back! I am without question the biggest threat to the WWE Champion. The champion knows it, and every single person in this Fatal 4 Way ladder match knows it!” Kevin said it but doe she understand what Rollins has been through? Rollins has suffered, and he shouldn’t have to deal with a Fatal 4 Way! But it doesn’t matter. Rollins will put that all behind him, win the match, and why is that, Mike? Because he is the Visionary! He is the revolutionary! He is THE Seth Freakin’ Rollins! And he is your next WWE Champion. Rollins manages to laugh now, but will someone else have the last laugh tonight?
Bobby Lashley has a message.
He tweeted out earlier today that when he returns to Raw, “There will be no one more focused, no one more vicious, no one who can TOUCH the All-Mighty!!! This is STILL. MY. SHOW!!!”
Becky said Bianca would get her match, and now it’s happening next week! Will The Man still be the champ after one more round with The EST?
WWE World Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match: Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio VS Finn Balor VS Kevin Owens!
Each man said their part but now they have to prove themselves worthy! Will the Visionary, the King of Lucha Libre, the Prince or the Prizefighter literally get their hands on the shot at the top of the WWE?
Kevin, Rey and Finn make their entrances, but Raw goes to break. Raw returns as Rollins makes his entrance. He tempts fate by walking under a ladder before going into the ring. The bell rings, Rey KICKS Rollins in the leg and throws hands. Finn adds on, Rey KICKS Rollins gain, then Kevin wants a Stunner! Rollins bails out again but Kevin pursues to ROCK Rollins wand THROW him into barriers. Finn and Rey brawl, Finn KICKS but Rey KICKS back. Kevin SLAMS Rollins off barriers in the background as Rey sunset flips. Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Finn goes out to get a ladder while Rollins and Kevin are busy. But Rollins sees Finn and CLUBS him down!
Rollins bumps Finn off barriers, Rey drags Rollins up tot he apron, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Rey down! Kevin throws Rollins back into barriers! Kevin moves the ladder into the ring but Rollins gets another one. Rollins runs at Kevin but Kevin snatches that ladder away to RAM Rollins, RAM Finn, then RAM Rollins again! Rey PLANCHAS but into a LADDER SHOT! Kevin says this is HIS show but Big E is watching backstage. Kevin stands the ladder up but Finn CLUBS Kevin from behind. The ladder falls over, Finn drags Kevin up into a dragon sleeper. Kevin slips around and suplexes but Finn slips out. But Kevin kicks low to POWERBOMB Finn into the ladder!
Rollins leap sin, Kevin dodges and SUPERKICKS! Rollins lands on the ladder, and Kevin goes to a corner! Fans fire up as Kevin climbs, to SWANTON onto only ladder! Rollins avoided disaster and Kevin writhes as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Rollins RAMS Kevin in a corner with the ladder. Then he RAMS Rey down in the other! Finn staggers over but Rollins RAMS him down, too! Rollins aims at Kevin again and RAMS him down! Rollins holds up the ladder triumphantly and says, “I shouldn’t even be in this match!” Finn trips Rollins and DOUBLE STOMPS the ladder into him! Kevin gets Finn but Finn BACK DROPS Kevin onto the ladder and Rollins! Finn drags himself to the taller ladder, stands it up, climbs it, but Rey follows from the other side! Finn has his hands on the contract but Rey grabs his other hand! Rey throws haymakers, but Finn hits back!
Kevin tips the ladder and both men get HOTSHOTS! Kevin GERMAN SUPLEXES Finn then runs at Rey. Rey BOOTS Kevin, leaps, but into Kevin’s arms! Kevin swings Rey and AIR RAID CRASH! Kevin fires up, stands the ladder up and climbs! Fans fire up as he paws at the contract but Rollins drags him down! BUCKLE BOMB! But Kevin SUPERKICKS right back! Kevin steadies himself, goes to the ladder and climbs. Kevin gets his hand on the hook that holds the contract up, but Rey drags him back down! Kevin whips Rey into the ladder! Rey goes down, the ladder falls over, but Kevin goes out after Rey.
Kevin THROWS Rey into barriers! Then RAMS Finn down with another ladder! Kevin RAMS Rey, then goes around the way to RAM Rollins! Fans rally and duel as Kevin goes around the way. Kevin brings out a TABLE! Kevin sets it up but Rollins slithers into the ring. Finn gets Kevin with haymakers, Rollins DIVES out onto them both! Rollins gets back up but so does Rey. They both go into the ring and Rollins throws hands. Rollins whips but Rey wheelbarrows to BULLDOG! Kevin gets back in to whip Rey, but Rey turns bomb into rana and puts Kevin on ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins trips him up! Fans boo Rollins but he gets in to whip. Rey reverses and sends Rollins out!
Kevin stands a ladder up on the outside, Rey 619’s the ladder into him! Rey then climbs up and uses the ladder to FULL METAL SEATED SENTON onto Kevin!! Fans go nuts as Rey puts the ladder on the apron. Rollins stops Rey, they fight over the ladder and then start brawling! Finn runs to FLY out and take them both down! The Prince is fired up as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns once more and Kevin BOOTS Rollins from a corner. Rollins throws hands, Kevin hits back and fires off forearms! Rollins kicks low to hit a DDT! But Rey is up on the ladder! Rey reaches but Rollins tips the ladder! Rey gets another hotshot! Rollins staggers, folds the ladder up and tells everyone to shut up. Rollins props the ladder up in the corner, kicks Rey out of the ring, then digs his boot into Kevin. Rollins goes after Finn and whips him corner to corner into the ladder! Fans boo but Rollins runs into a SLINGBLADE! Kevin SUPERKICKS Finn, but Finn gets up to SHOTGUN Rollins! Kevin SUPERKICKS again, Finn PELES! Rey leaps in, SEATED SENTON!
Rey keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl but Kevin blocks to a FACEBUSTER! All four men are down and fans are loving this! Rollins throws a fit ringside as he tosses a small ladder aside to get another tall one! This might be the biggest ladder of them all! Finn CLUBS Rollins and throws him into the timekeeper’s area! Finn makes a bridge out of the tall ladder but Rollins comes back to scoop! Finn slips off to SLINGBLADE Rollins down! Finn gets in to stop Rey at the top of the ladder! Finn throws hands, grabs at the contract himself now, but Kevin drags him down! STUNNER!! Kevin hurries and gets Rey for an Electric Chair. But Rey headscissors Kevin out!
Rey aims at the apron, leaps, but Kevin catches him to POWERBOMB him through the table!! Kevin goes back into the ring, climbs up the ladder, he has the hook! But Rollins grabs at Kevin’s foot to drag him down again! Rollins brings Kevin around but Kevin fights the bomb to get Rollins up! Rollins fights free of the bomb to back drop Kevin out onto the ladder bridge!! Kevin goes crashing, but Finn is climbing! Finn’s bad leg slows him down and Rollins drags him down to CURB STOMP! Rollins hurries up the ladder while everyone is down! Rollins unhooks the contract and is the winner!!
Winner: Seth Rollins (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE World Championship)
After going through hell and losing to the Rated R Superstar, Rollins is the one with his shot at the title! And Big E walks out on stage to stare down his next challenger. Big E applauds, Rollins laughs. “All’s fair in love and war.” Rollins says fair is fair and offers a handshake. Big E doesn’t take it so Rollins walks past him. Rollins says his time is coming, but will he be proven wrong in a big way?
Backstage interview with Rollins.
He won a title opportunity on his first night back. “Do you know why I call this show Monday Night Rollins? Because this is MY show! And I’m back, baby, and better than ever!” And more importantly, he is the next WWE Champion, because he is the Visionary, the revolutionary, Seth Freakin’ Rollins!
So, a pretty good Raw. Certainly better than the post PPV SmackDown. But at the same time, too many short matches to fill between the opener and the last hour. Couldn’t we have gotten a little bit more out of either woman’s match? This was the umpteenth time Liv and Mella had a match, why can’t they get past three paragraphs? Why couldn’t they be separated by the draft and instead of a team like Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox? I did like Liv mentioned the engagement of Corey Graves and Carmella, but if their feud is to matter, the matches need to be longer than what we’ve gotten. Same goes for Zelina and Piper Niven. I get Zelina cheated to win, but why not give us a match that’s better than their Crown Jewel match before that?
Becky and Bianca had good promo stuff tonight, and they’re getting one more title match next week, but hopefully this is to finish things off and move on. Of course, I have no idea who Becky would move on to next. Zelina is Heel, though I’m sure Becky could find a way to still feud with her, and there’s still the entire WWE Women’s Tag Division debacle where Vince used the Draft to break up all the other teams. It’s a damn train wreck unless they fast track Tegan Nox or Mia Yim. Again I say, Vince is dragging the WWE Women’s Division to before the (R)Evolution. I don’t even know what could force Vince’s hand to doing things better at this point.
Priest VS T-Bar was alright, because at least T-Bar isn’t being forgotten without Mace around. I would’ve liked a better match, but no, Vince is making Priest into the kind of guy with a berserker rage, using his name “Damian Priest” to denote the conflict of good and evil within him. He was doing just fine as The Archer of Infamy but Vince is going to do what Vince is gonna do. I hope Priest VS Keith happens, though. Keith looked great squashing Alexander, Benjamin is obviously next, maybe Lashley is after that so Lashley VS Keith can happen at some point. Dom VS Theory as a short match is alright, it built off the main story of the night, and it’s clearly Theory’s thing to go against the veterans and legends and somehow come out the winner.
We got a great Triple Threat Tag contender’s match, but I was surprised to see Omos interfere at all when it wasn’t going to get him and Styles the title match tonight. Dawgs winning is fine, it was clear RKBRO was going to retain tonight and the Dawgs take all sorts of losses to the bigger names. I would’ve loved if it was Otis & Gable who won tonight, that makes for a unique match-up with RKBRO, but maybe that’ll be part of the Survivor Series build. And the world title story was great stuff. Big E has plenty of contenders, so it was great to see them all interact. The Fatal 4 Way Ladder match was awesome stuff, I just wish there were less commercials, or they used picture in picture.
Rollins winning was of course the plan, Big E is Face and Rollins was the only Heel in that ladder match. Big E VS Rollins will be a lot of fun, both in the build and the match, but I would think Big E retains. Rey will fall back to a story with Theory, Balor could also get in on the US Championship, Kevin… I’m not sure. There’s still talk of Kevin leaving WWE or he could find someone to get along with and go for the tag titles, but I wish it was still Sami Zayn.
My Score: 8.3/10
Lucha Central Weekly: WWE Releases, AAA TripleMania Regia, and Matanza Is Back In MLW (episode escaped from the vault!)
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
Miranda, Dusty, and Brendan bring you the latest in Lucha Libre as if it totally wasn’t over a week old!
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Mitchell’s NJPW WTL x BOSJ Results & Report! (11/27/21)
BOSJ, Round 6!
It’s Sniper of the Skies VS Rogue Luchador!
NJPW Power Struggle’s Junior Heavyweight title match is revisited as Robbie Eagles and El Desperado meet in the Best of the Super Juniors, Round 6!
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Taguchi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO; Sho wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH; Yoh wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo; Bushi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado; Eagles wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Ishimori wins.
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Here are the current BOSJ 28 standings!
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Funky Weapon is on a roller coaster ride in this BOSJ, but now he’s meeting the Heel Master, who is the top of the block! Will Taguchi be able to even out? Or will Kanemaru continue to lead the way?
Wait, Kanemaru attacks Taguchi while he’s posing! Kanemaru stomps away at the ropes, the bell rings to get this on record, and then Kanemaru keeps stomping. He takes Taguchi’s shirt off and continues stomping him. Taguchi gets up, Kanemaru kicks low but Taguchi CHOPS back. And CHOPS! But Kanemaru rakes eyes! Kanemaru runs, Taguchi goes the other way and the two run the ropes. Kanemaru stops himself but Taguchi keeps going as fans rally. Taguchi eggs Kanemaru on to join him, but Kanemaru just lets him keep going. Then he pushes him to keep him going! Taguchi is getting tired, Kanemaru dropkicks the legs out!
Taguchi clutches his leg, Kanemaru drags him back and SMASHES the knee into the mat. Taguchi writhes but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru drags Taguchi up, has the leg, for a SHIN BREAKER! Taguchi writhes even more and gets to ropes. Kanemaru puts the leg on the ropes to stand on it! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets off at 4. Kanemaru drags Taguchi back to drop an elbow and clamp on a toehold. Taguchi fights back with a chinlock but Kanemaru wrenches the leg. Kanemaru then lets off to drop knees on the knee, then pulls on the toehold again. Taguchi gets the ropebreak, Kanemaru lets go at 3.
Kanemaru drags Taguchi away from the ropes to YANK the leg. Fans rally for Taguchi but Kanemaru has the leg for a HALF CRAB! Taguchi endures, crawls forward and gets the ropebreak! Kanemaru lets go at 4, then stomps Taguchi’s bad leg. Kanemaru starts kicking Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes to the corner but Kanemaru keeps kicking. Taguchi hits back but Kanemaru rakes eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru stomps the bad leg again. Kanemaru whips corner to corner, runs in but Taguchi boots him back! Taguchi gets the bad leg moving, but runs into an atomic drop! Kanemaru runs, but into the HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up as Taguchi gets his bad leg moving.
Taguchi runs at Kanemaru to hip attack at the ropes! And again! And then baseball slide to the apron GAMANGIRI! Fans fire up as Taguchi aims from the apron and springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO! Taguchi drags Kanemaru up and suplexes, Uno Amigo! Taguchi suplexes again, Dos Amigos! Then THREE AMIGOS! Cover, TWO! Taguchi keeps focus as fans rally up. Taguchi brings Kanemaru up to chicken wing, but Kanemaru blocks, and then mule kicks the bad leg! He kicks the leg again, but Taguchi gives Kanemaru a point blank hip attack! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg again but Taguchi gives another point blank hip.
Kanemaru kicks the leg again but Taguchi fires off point blank hip attacks! Taguchi runs, but into another dropkick to the legs! Kanemaru gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR! Taguchi blocks the leg lock from being completed! Kanemaru puts as much pressure as he can even with that much, and Taguchi can’t hold it back! Kanemaru has the Figure Four in and Taguchi reaches out for ropes. Fans rally up, Taguchi drags himself over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds on until 4, then drags Taguchi back up. Scoop and BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Taguchi to a drop zone, goes up top, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Taguchi is still in this, but Kanemaru goes up again. Kanemaru waits on Taguchi to rise, but Taguchi’s bad leg is really wobbly. Taguchi stands, Kanemaru waits for him to be stable but Taguchi falls over! Kanemaru hops down to get at Taguchi, but Taguchi was suckering him in! Victory roll, TWO!! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, steps through, but Taguchi kicks him down! OH MY GARFUNKEL! Kanemaru endures the ankle lock, reaches out, and fans rally up. Taguchi twists the ankle, puts as much weight as he can on the hold, but Kanemaru still fights forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taguchi lets go, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style!
Taguchi aims from the corner, “OHYA~!” BUM- NO, roll up! TWO!! ENZIGURI from Taguchi, Kanemaru staggers around, Taguchi gets the arms! Kanemaru fights the Dodon Buster so Taguchi TIGER SUPLEXES! Bridge, TWO!! Kanemaru narrowly escapes but Taguchi fires up! Fans fire up with him, and he drags Kanemaru up. Chicken wings, but Kanemaru grabs the ref and pushes him down! Taguchi avoids the low blow to get the chicken wings, DODON LOW BLOW! Taguchi shoves Kanemaru to ropes then rolls him up, Taguchi wins!
Winner: Ryusuke Taguchi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)
The Funky Weapon shoots down the top of the block! But Taguchi still has a way to go if he wants to be the Best of the Super Juniors, can he keep going on this upward trajectory? Or will Kanemaru be able to shrug this off and stay ahead of the pack?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Douki VS SHO!
Japones Del Mal couldn’t beat his Suzuki-Gun teammates, but Kanemaru exposed the Murder Machine’s weaknesses last round. Will Douki and his pipe be able to thwart Sho and his wrench?
Sho wants the ref to check Douki thoroughly, and so the ref does, only for Sho to then push the ref aside and attack Douki! The bell rings, Sho runs but Douki hurdles, drops and rolls to headscissor! Sho gets up and Douki dropkicks him down! Fans cheer and Douki stomps Sho down. Douki drags Sho up to CLUB him, then drags him up, only for Sho to rake eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho puts Douki on the ropes, and the ref counts. Sho stops at 4, whips Douki to ropes, but holds the ropes to stop himself. Sho runs in but Douki does the splits and Sho tumbles out to the floor! Douki aims and slingshots to PLANCHA, but Sho uses a Young Lion as a shield!
Douki is down, Sho drags him up and whips him into railing! Sho steps on the Young Lion on his way to stomping Douki. Sho then has the ref check on the Young Lion, so he can get away with whipping Douki into more railing! Sho drags Douki up to torture the fingers! The ref starts the ring count, Sho slides into the ring and the count passes 10 of 20. Douki gets up at 15 and in at 16. Sho walks over to drag Douki up, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. So Sho rakes his eyes again! The ref counts, Sho stops at 4, to dig his boots in at the corner! The ref counts again, Sho stops at 4. Sho drags Douki up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Sho argues the count but the ref says it was far. Sho claws Douki’s eyes again! The ref counts, Sho lets off and argues with the ref again. Sho then toys with Douki, but Douki chops. And chops! Sho eggs him on so Douki CHOPS again. Sho DECKS Douki with a forearm! Sho drags Douki up, suplexes, but Douki slips out to waistlock. Sho switches, Douki resists the lift and elbows free. Sho reels Douki in but Douki breaks free to mule kick and ENZIGURI! Both men are down but Sho gets to a corner. Douki runsin to clothesline, then he runs, only for Sho to duck. Douki wheelbarrow arm-drags him, to then dodge and springboard, TRUST FALL! Direct hit and Sho bails out!
Douki aims but Sho wants to use the Young Lion again! Douki fakes Sho out, mule kicks him then ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit again! Fans fire up with Douki but he’s still down to catch his breath. Douki crawls over to Sho, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Springboard DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Douki drags Sho back up, hooks him up, but Sho blocks the Gory Especial. Douki knees Sho low, runs in at the corner, and blocks boots to pop Sho up into the Gory Especial! But Sho pulls the fingers! The ref reprimands, Sho CLUBS the bad hand, but Douki ducks the punch to mule kick! Douki runs, but the ref is a shield now! Sho then SPEARS Douki down!
Fans rally up while both men are on the mat. Sho gets up at the ropes, drags Douki up and wrenches the arm, and brings Douki down to kick, KICK and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Sho aims his bow and drags Douki up to reel him in. Double pump handles, but Douki slips out to get ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Sho stays on his feet, reaches out, but Douki drags him from ropes to put him back in the stretch! Sho endures, Douki pulls harder on the hold and brings Sho down! Sho sputters, but he refuses to give up! Sho moves around, Douki keeps pulling, Sho turns and… ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and Sho is dazed!
Douki hurries to the apron as Sho sputters and rises. Fans rally up, DAYBREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Douki calls for the finish! Douki drags Sho into the wheelbarrow, full nelson, but Sho fights free! Switch and a shove into the ref, then a clothesline in the corner that sandwiches them both! Everyone’s done, and Sho crawls to his corner! Sho brings out the wrench! But Douki’s going to his corner, and he has his pipe! Douki blocks the wrench with the pipe to PIPE SHOT Sho down! Douki gets the ref moving, drags Sho around and wheelbarrows, but Sho grabs the ref! Sho shoves the ref into Douki, then LOW BLOWS Douki from behind!
Sho gets his wrench! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho then gets the ref up and brings him over. Sho drags Douki up, for the SNAKE BITE!! Douki’s already out, Sho wins!
Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)
The Murder Machine gets away with another one! He’s back on top of the block, will he be able to stay there from now on?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Master Wato VS YOH!
The Way of the Grandmaster surprised Ryusuke Taguchi while Direct Drive shocked the Sniper of the Skies! But will Wato stop Yoh’s momentum before it even starts?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They feel out the grapple, Wato shoots in to waistlock but Yoh wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato spins, wrenches and wristlocks back. Yoh rolls, trips Wato and has a toehold but Wato uses a leg to bring Yoh down. Yoh clasps hands and sits up out of the armbar. Yoh has a top mount but Wato slips out. Fans cheer the standoff as the two reset. They knuckle lock, Wato wrenches to a hammerlock, but Yoh goes to elbow. Wato stops that with a headlock. Yoh pries the hold but Wato holds tighter. Yoh drop toeholds and flats to the headlock but Wato slips out again to get a chinlock and an arm. Wato then floats to have the legs tied up.
Yoh crawls and gets the ropebreak. Wato lets off, and the two reset. They feel things out then Wato KICKS a leg, then KICKS Yoh in the chest. Wato KICKS Yoh to the corner then fires off forearms. Wato whips corner to corner but Yoh goes up and over, only for Wato to kick low. Things speed up, Yoh drops and sidesteps to drop toehold. Wato avoids the basement dropkick to back elbow, uppercut and rolling sobat! Fans fire up as Wato KICKS Yoh from all sides! Cover, TWO! Wato stomps Yoh, drags him up, whips to ropes but Yoh reverses to dropkick Wato down! Wato bails out, Yoh PLANCHAS out onto him! Fans fire up with Yoh while Wato is down.
Yoh stomps Wato, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Yoh drags Wato up, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh drags Wato up, CLUBS him on the neck, then CLUBS him again. Yoh brings Wato around to ROCK with a forearm, then whips Wato corner to corner for a back elbow! Yoh wrenches and DECKS Wato, cover, TWO! Yoh keeps on Wato with a headscissor necklock! Wato endures as Yoh puts on the pressure. Wato crawls, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Yoh lets go but stomps Wato down. Yoh drags Wato up but Wato throws body shots. Wato throws forearms, Yoh kicks low.
Yoh whips Wato to a corner, runs in, but Wato boots him! Yoh comes back and gets more boots, then Wato RANAS Yoh out! Wato builds speed to TORNILLO! Direct hit at the ramp and both men are down! The ref starts a count, Wato sits up at 11 and drags Yoh up and puts him in at 16. Wato then aims from the apron, springboards and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up, Wato waits on Yoh to rise to fire off kicks! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as he drags Yoh up and wrenches to reel him in. Yoh elbows free of the Mouse Trap but Wato knees low. Wato QUESTION MARK KICKS Yoh down! You gets up, but blocks the screw high kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Wato writhes, Yoh gets him for a CALF KILLER! Wato endures, crawls, drags himself and Yoh over, but Yoh throws elbows down! Yoh pulls back harder but Wato still gets the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stalks Wato and dropkicks the leg out! Yoh drags Wato from the ropes, to suplex, but Wato slips out. Wato’s bad leg jams, Yoh gets him again, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up and Yoh drags Wato back up to waistlock. Wato fights with elbows but Yoh still holds on. Wato goes to ropes, Yoh CLUBS him then full nelsons. Wato breaks free, victory rolls, TWO! Yoh gets up but Wato cradles, TWO! Wato kicks but Yoh blocks, DRAGON- NO, Wato makes it a sit-down, TWO!!
Wato gets up but Yoh uppercuts! Yoh runs but into Wato’s CALF KICK! Both men are down again and fans rally up! Wato crawls over to Yoh, drags him up, and throws a forearm! Yoh forearms back, so Wato forearms again. Yoh throws another forearm, so Wato keeps going. Wato gets the edge, knocking Yoh down. Wato drags Yoh up but Yoh fires boxing elbows! Yoh kicks a leg, then spins, but Wato blocks! Yoh ducks the roundhouse, Wato ducks the heel kick, Wato sobats but Yoh goes Matrix to avoid the roundhouse! ROLLING ELBOW and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Yoh fires up and so do the fans!
Yoh drags Wato up, underhooks, but no Direct Drive! Wato spins out to ROUNDHOUSE! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Wato rises slowly, goes to ropes and waits on Yoh to rise. Wato spins, SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato gets Yoh back up, wrenches and hooks him up, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Yoh escapes but Wato drags him to a drop zone. Wato climbs the corner, but oh stops him with a forearm! Yoh climbs, CLUBS Wato on the back, but Wato throws body shots. Yoh stumbles down, Wato gets up but Yoh GAMANGIRIS first! Yoh goes back up, brings Wato up for the SUPERPLEX! Roll through, and- Wato sips out to shove Yoh to a corner!
Wato runs in, Yoh puts him on the apron, but Wato GAMANGIRIS! Yoh staggers and flops, Wato aims again. Wato springboards, into a SUPERKICK!! Fans fire up and Yoh gets Wato right back up! Suplex to GHOSTBUSTER! And then, DIRECT DRIVE!! Cover, YOH WINS!
Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Wato earns 0)
The momentum keeps going for Yoh! He may still be at the back, but can he power his way right to the front?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS El Phantasmo!
Black Mask lost to Hiromu-chan and the Headbanga lost to the Bone Soldier in last round’s battle of teammates. Now that things are back to facing enemies, who gets back up to break even?
Judging from how bad ELP’s foot feels from his backflip entrance, he hasn’t healed up from Taiji pulling one over on him by taking “that” and putting it in his boot. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. ELP and Bushi approach, but then ELP backs up to encourage the fans to get louder. He and Bushi approach again, but again ELP backs off to encourage the fans. The fans get louder, ELP and Bushi tie up. ELP puts Bushi on ropes but Bushi turns it around. Bushi lets off cleanly, and he gives ELP space. ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” and then ties up with Bushi. ELP pulls on the mask, gets a headlock, but Bushi powers out, only for ELP to run him over.
ELP flexes, struts, runs, but Bushi drops. ELP stops to step on Bushi and strut some more. Bushi kicks and whips but ELP reverses. Bushi rolls off ELP’s back, dodges and RANAS, but ELP handsprings through! Fans cheer and ELP struts again. ELP even shows off with a backflip, but his foot hurts again! Bushi dropkicks ELP down! ELP bails out, Bushi builds speed, but ELP moves so Bushi rolls back to mock ELP’s rocker hands. ELP says no, don’t do that. ELP gets in, Bushi dodges again, then RANAS again! ELP tumbles out, Bushi runs and DIVES! Direct hit and ELP hits railing! Fans cheer as Bushi stomps ELP down.
Bushi drags ELP up, whips him into railing, then brings him up to put him into the ring. Bushi takes off his shirt to use it to choke ELP! The ref counts, Bushi lets go with one hand. The ref counts more, Bushi lets go completely. Bushi CLUBS ELP, turns him and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps cool, brings ELP up and suplexes, but ELP slips out. Bushi elbows him away but ELP mule kicks! Bushi falls over and writhes on the mat! “It” IS back in ELP’s boot! ELP drags Bushi up, whips him corner to corner, and Bushi hits hard off the buckles! Cover, TWO! ELP tries again, TWO! Another try, TWO! ELP grabs for an ear but he instead has to grab the mask.
ELP stands Bushi up, brings him in and has the cobra twist! Bushi endures, ELP reaches for ropes but the ref watches him closely. Bushi throws body shots and hip tosses ELP down! Fans rally up while both men are down. ELP crawls over to Bushi and drags him up but Bushi fires off forearms! ELP stomps Bushi’s foot! “It” might’ve crushed Bushi’s toes! ELP then isolates a hand, and he STOMPS it! Bushi clutches the fingers but ELP bends them back! The ref reprimands but ELP BITES The hand! The ref counts, Bushi stops at 4. ELP twists the wrist, gets Bushi up and knucklelocks to HOP! ELP goes up and up and tightrope walks, then kicks Bushi to keep going.
ELP struts as he tightrope walks, kicks Bushi again, and keeps going. Bushi trips ELP up and ELP ends up getting a hotshot on the way down! ELP gasps and sputters, Bushi takes aim and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Both men go down and fans fire up! Bushi gets up first and fans fire up with him. Bushi brings ELP up and into the ring, then fans rally as Bushi CHOPS and whips ELP corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs in corner to corner but Bushi swing kicks him away! Bushi goes up and leaps, missile dropkick! BUSHIROONI! Bushi then runs in at the corner to back elbow! Bushi reels ELP in, but ELP slips out and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Handspring LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Both men are down again but fans rally up. ELP kips up and brings Bushi up for an atomic drop! Then a scoop and SLAM! ELP goes to the corner, hops up, takes aim, DIVING AX HANDLE! Fans rally as ELP tunes up the band! Bushi slowly rises, ELP adjusts his boot, but Bushi blocks the kick to put the leg on the ropes! DRAPING CODE BREAKER! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Bushi drags ELP up, catches ELP’s punch and spins him for a DDT! Bushi gets ELP back up, FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO! ELP is still in this but Bushi goes to the corner. Fans rally up as Bushi aims, M- NO! ELP pops Bushi up but Bushi sunset flips!
ELP rolls through, high stacks, TWO, but ELP drags Bushi up and hooks the arms, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives, ELP isn’t phenomenal! ELP hobbles up, drags Bushi back up, reels him back in and tucks the arms. Bushi slips out to cradle! TWO!! ELP BUZZSAW! ELP goes back to a corner, gets the boot going again, Bushi stands and ELP hesitates?! ELP runs to V-TRIGGER instead! And then he Electric Chair Lifts, but Bushi fights free, to BACKSTABBER! Bushi drags ELP up and wrenches him into TERRIBLE! Cover, TWO! ELP survives but Bushi goes to the corner! Bushi goes up the ropes, ELP hobbles around, MX!! Cover, Bushi wins!
Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)
The Headbanga’s hesitation may have cost him! Will he worry less about copying Bullet Club’s best and just win as himself? As for Bushi, he evens out, but will he be able to make a play for the top?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS El Desperado!
These two only faced off earlier this month, but the irony of Eagles losing the title is that neither has had the best run in this tournament. Will the Sniper of the Skies redeem himself from Power Struggle? Or will the Rogue Luchador give a repeat performance from Osaka?
The bell rings and fans rally up already as the two stare down. Eagles and Desperado circle and Eagles gets the fans to rally harder. They tie up, Eagles waistlocks but Desperado breaks free to wrench and wristlock. Eagles spins, breaks the wristlock, wrenches and wristlocks back. Desperado rolls, breaks and wrenches back on Eagles. Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches to a hammerlock. Desperado stands on Eagles’ foot, gets a headlock and the takeover. Eagles rolls it to a cover, ONE, and Desperado keeps on the headlock. Eagles headscissors and squeezes tight but Desperado endures. Desperado bridges, moves around, and gets free to have the butterfly deathlock!
Eagles is down, Desperado floats to a headlock. Desperado grinds Eagles but Eagles fights up to his feet. Eagles tries to pry free but Desperado grinds harder. Eagles still tries to pry, and he gets the hold around, to then drop and trip Desperado to a leglock. Eagles floats to a headlock, pushes off ropes but Desperado rolls to a cover. ONE, and Eagles keeps the headlock. Desperado pulls hair to get up and pop out of the headlock. The ref reprimands and counts, Desperado shifts to a headlock. Desperado grinds the hold, Eagles puts Desperado on ropes. The ref calls for the break, Eagles lets off, but he does a step to make sure Desperado stays on his guard.
Desperado applauds along with the fans as he and Eagles reset. They circle, Desperado claws Eagles’ eyes! Desperado headlocks, Eagles powers out but Desperado runs him over! Things speed up, Eagles hurdles, Desperado leads, but Eagles comes back. Eagles blocks the hip toss and rolls to drag Desperado down and basement dropkick! Fans cheer while Eagles stalks Desperado, but Desperado rakes Eagles’ eyes again! The ref reprimands, Desperado lets off and he drags Eagles up. Eagles holds ropes to stop the whip, Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado whips, Eagles reverses to go up and around but Desperado blocks the arm-drag to SLAP Eagles down!
Desperado runs, flying arm-drags Eagles away, then runs in. Eagles dodges, goes up and around to flying arm-drag back! Desperado bails out, Eagles runs but he fakes Desperado out with the backflip, and then he DIVES! Direct hit and Desperado hits railing, and it’s enough to knock Milano Collection AT out of his seat! Eagles checks on Milano, but he’s alright. Eagles flexes because that’s how strong he is! Eagles then gets Desperado up to CHOP against the apron! Desperado hobbles away, stinging, but Eagles keeps on him. Eagles puts Desperado in the ring, stops him from crawling away, and stomps the leg!
Eagles paces, drags Desperado up and snapmares for a RUNNING KICK! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado, Desperado CHOPS back! And again! Eagles eggs him on so Desperado keeps going, but Eagles knees low and CHOPS Desperado down! Fans cheer that one, it was strong. Eagles gives Desperado space at the ropes to come back, but then he goes out to drag Desperado to the apron. Eagles SLAMS the leg on the apron! Desperado flops to the floor and flounders to the ramp. Eagles goes to the ramp and Desperado gets up. Desperado CHOPS but again Eagles eggs him on. Desperado chops again but Eagles CHOPS Desperado back down!
Eagles drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, covers, TWO! Eagles drops a knee on Desperado’s chest! Cover, TWO! Eagles stomps Desperado at the ropes, brings him around to hook the arm, and then he gets the fans to rally up as he pulls on the legs! Deathlock STOMP! Desperado writhes, Eagles covers, TWO! Another try, TWO! Eagles is frustrated but he waits on Desperado to sit up. Eagles KICKS him, and KICKS him, and KICKS again! Eagles runs, but Desperado blocks the kick! Eagles sobats, but runs into a SPINE- NO! Eagles fights out and whips Desperado to a corner. Eagles runs in but is put on the apron.
Desperado punches, Eagles blocks and GAMANGIRIS Desperado away! Eagles springboards but Desperado gets clear to come back and SPEAR! Both men are down again but Desperado gets up at the ropes. Desperado hobbles over, brings Eagles up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Desperado has the leg for the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado gets the leg again to drop knees on the knee! Eagles writhes but Desperado gets the STRETCH MUFFLER! Eagles endures as Desperado thrashes, and Eagles fights his way over. Desperado keeps him back, but Eagles keeps fighting, ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets go and fans rally up.
Desperado drags Eagles up, reels him in, but Eagles fights the shinbreaker. Desperado kicks the leg! Desperado then brings Eagles back up, but Eagles knees free! Wheelbarrow to victory roll, to RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Now Desperado endures the leg lock, crawls forward, but Eagles puts as much pressure as he can! Desperado refuses to give up, and he powers his way to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go and Desperado clutches the leg. Eagles drags Desperado back, stomps away on the leg then KICKS it! Eagles steps over, Desperado kicks Eagles away, but Eagles comes back with a PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
Eagles keeps cool while fans rally up. He gets his bad leg moving, drags Desperado back up, but Desperado dropkicks the bad leg out! Desperado gets up, hobbles over, but Eagles dropkicks him in the bad leg now! Desperado drags himself up in the corner, Eagles runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! Eagles rolls back, his leg holds him back a bit, and runs in but into a boot! Eagles comes back to Tiger Feint the leg out! Eagles then comes back with METEORA! Desperado flops down, Eagles covers, TWO! Eagles drags Desperado to a drop zone, but his own bad leg slows his climb. Eagles 450, but he catches Desperado’s knees! Eagles turns Desperado to drop knees on the knee!
Eagles gets the leg, steps through but Desperado roll shim up! TWO, to the STRETCH MUFFLER! But Eagles power sit to a cradle, TWO! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPER- NO! Desperado blocks, reels Eagles in, but Eagles fights the Guitarra to slip around and cravat, SHIRANUI but Desperado blocks that! Desperado spins Eagles around, GUITARRA- NO! Eagles slips out and ROLLING KICKS the leg out! Eagles runs, but Desperado ducks the blindside! Both men get their bad legs moving, Eagles ducks the haymaker to SUPERKICK, then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives and Eagles can’t believe it!
Eagles grits his teeth while fans rally up. Eagles aims his finger gun, rolls Desperado up but Desperado fights out to SPINEBUSTER! And then a roll, float over, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Eagles survives and fans fire up! Desperado drags Eagles up, underhooks the arms, but Eagles RANAS out but Desperado sunset flips! TWO, Eagles sits on it, TWO! Desperado runs into a schoolboy with bridge, TWO!! BIG elbow shot, but Eagles PELES back! Both men are down but Eagles fires up! Eagles drags Desperado up, cravat to SHIRANUI! Then dragon sleeper and a spin, but Desperado slips out to EL ES CULERO! DESPERADO WINS!!
Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)
Eagles can’t believe it! Desperado didn’t even need his best shots to win! But with this, will Desperado also look to take back the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships in the near future?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Ticking Timebomb and Bone Soldier Reborn were the winning halves of their tag teams last round, and now they close out this round! Will one side sweep the night? Or will we see a 1-1 split?
Hiromu hands over the guide book to Milano, and he seems to be calling Taiji a “Muscular chihuahua.” The bell rings and they ram each other! Then they start throwing forearms! Taiji gets the edge, whips but Hiromu reverses to then follow and RANA, but Taiji blocks! Taiji brings Hiromu up but Hiromu slips out, only for Taiji to get around and waistlock. Hiromu switches but Taiji elbows him away. Taiji whips, Hiromu reveres but Taiji handsprings, into a waistlock! Taiji switches again, shoves Hiromu into a corner, then blocks the boots to ENZIGURI. But Hiromu gets out of the ropes to elbow! Hiromu keeps going and he runs Taiji over!
Fans fire up while Hiromu catches his breath. Hiromu drags Taiji up, CHPOS him, then CHOPS him again! Hiromu brings Taiji around to CHOP again and Taiji leans on ropes. Hiromu whips, Taiji reverse to shoulder and WRING the arm out, then WRING it again! Hiromu bails out and clutches the arm. Red Shoes checks on him but Hiromu says he can still continue. Taiji goes out as Hiromu goes around the way. Taiji stalks Hiromu, then BOOTS him into railing! Taiji wraps the arm around railing and pulls! Hiromu grabs at Taiji’s hair but Taiji kicks the railing to jam the arm. Taiji drags Hiromu up, fans rally, and Taiji wernches to hammerlock and POST the bad arm!
Taiji puts Hiromu in, pulls on the arm and SLAMS it against the post! Then Taiji brings out a chair! Taiji SLAMS the bad arm into the post, then snatches a chair from the timekeeper’s area. Red Shoes confiscates that chair, but doesn’t see Taiji get the chair from under the ring and SMACKS Hiromu’s arm! Hiromu goes running as he clutches the bad arm, but fans rally behind him. The ring count starts, Taiji drags Hiromu up by the bad arm and puts him in the ring at 8 of 20. Cover, TWO! Taiji is annoyed but he drags Hiromu by the bad arm again. Taiji wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! And then snapmares to drop a leg on the bad arm, and trap it for an arm scissors.
Hiromu endures, moves around, but Taiji drops a knee on the bad arm, then drops a fist! Cover, TWO! Hiromu gets himself to a corner, Taiji goes over to CHOP him down! Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS, so Taiji kicks the bad arm, and gives it an ARM CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Taiji keeps on Hiromu, locking up the good arm to then pull on the bad arm. Taiji moves the arm around and around then YANKS it back! Hiromu crawls to the corner and fans rally up. Taiji paces, then drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! And again! Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, but Hiromu gets up to CHOP!
Taiji eggs Hiromu on, Hiromu throws forearms but Taiji BOOTS the bad arm! Taiji runs but Hiromu follows and RANAS Taiji down! Fans rally up as Hiromu drags himself up the ropes. Taiji runs in but Hiromu boots him! Hiromu then hops up to HANGING HEADSCISSOR! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets go at 4. Hiromu gets in to whip Taiji to the corner and clothesline! Then he snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Taiji bails out and fans rally up! Hiromu goes to the apron for the FLYING SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Taiji hits railing and Hiromu fires up! Hiromu gets his bad arm moving, then drags Taiji up to put him in the ring.
Hiromu drags Taiji up, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off to send Hiromu into the corner. Taiji runs in, blocks boots, ENZIGURI! Taiji runs to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans rally up while Hiromu is down. Taiji drags Hiromu out, underhooks, but Hiromu fights off the Bloody Cross! Taiji knees low and fireman’s carries to SNAKE EYES Hiromu on the railing! Hiromu writhes, Taiji gets in the ring and the ring count starts. Fans rally up but Hiromu stirs. Hiromu rises at 12, stands at 14, and gets in at 15, only for Taiji to basement dropkick the bad arm! Taiji steps over, YES LOCK!
Hiromu endures, moves around, reaches out and fans rally up. Taiji pulls back, but Hiromu keeps crawling over! Ropebreak! Red Shoes counts, Taiji lets go. Red Shoes checks on Hiromu but Taiji unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club favorite! Taiji goes back to Hiromu, drags him up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu fights to gut wrench Taiji! But Taiji headscissors free, but swings into a hook, spin and RANA, that Hiromu makes into D!! Taiji is stuck in the triangle hold, but he fights up to deadlift, but Hiromu RANAS him back down! Hiromu holds tight to the triangle hold but Taiji endures. Fans rally, Hiromu has Taiji down on the mat, but Taiji powers up again!
Taiji manages a deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! It was still a padded corner so Hiromu got lucky there. Hiromu falls out of the ring but fans rally up. Taiji stays in the ring as the count climbs, but Hiromu gets up. So Taiji goes to the corner and jumps up! Hiromu stops Taiji and has a waistlock! Taiji resists, but Hiromu shifts to a bomb position! Taiji fights free of that but Hiromu SUPERKICKS him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY! Both men fall to the floor as fans fire up! Red Shoes checks, they’re both okay to continue. Fans rally up and the ring count starts while both men stir.
Hiromu stands at 11, staggers about and goes to Taiji at 15. Hiromu puts Taiji in at 17, and fans cheer as he fireman’s carries again. Taiji fights free, but Hiromu suplexes. Taiji fights that, wrenches and ducks but Hiromu mule kicks and front kicks. Fireman’s carry, but Taiji shoves Hiromu to a corner. Taiji runs back in, but he leaps over the overhead Belly2Belly! Hiromu waistlocks Taiji up top, drags Taiji down, but Taiji switches. Hiromu switches, Taiji elbows free and slides under, to then double pump handle and flip Hiromu into position, CIPHER UTAKI! Both men are down and fans rally up!
Hiromu clutches his bad arm, Taiji crawls his way over. Hiromu throws a forearm, Taiji throws it back. Hiromu forearms again, they stand and Taiji throws another. Hiromu forearms, Taiji forearms, Taiji ROCKS Hiromu and gets the edge! Hiromu keeps coming back, even as Taiji throws more forearms! Taiji ROCKS Hiromu again and again but Hiromu just fires up again and again! Hiromu finally staggers back and fans cheer. But then Hiromu SHOTGUN dropkicks Taiji into a corner! Both men are down, fans rally up. Hiromu drags himself up, Taiji fires up and runs, into the OVERHEAD Belly2Belly into buckles!
Fans rally up again as Hiromu stands up. Hiromu goes over and brings Taiji up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji fights out to get the arm! Hiromu fights his way over but Taiji rolls him away, to then drag Hiromu up and POST him! That’s why he took away the pad: to open the way to the corner post! Taiji hammerlocks the arm and scoops, to then SHOULDER BREAKER! Fans rally up while Hiromu and Taiji are both down. Taiji aims, Hiromu slowly stands, Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu blocks and spins for DYNAMITE PLUNGER! Hiromu roars and fans fire up as he drags Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes but Taiji knees free, but Hiromu SUPERKICKS!
Hiromu runs into a BOOT! Hiromu roars and runs in, to a JUMP KNEE! Down goes Hiromu and Taiji roars! Taiji aims, bang! He drags Hiromu up, BLOODY- NO! Hiromu slips out, spins Taiji around, VICTORIA! Hiromu crawls to the cover, TWO! Hiromu slowly rises, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Taiji up in the dragon sleeper. Hiromu inverted suplexes but Taiji slips out and spins around to drag Hiromu down for the over-the-shoulder, only for Hiromu to roll him up! TWO!! Taiji runs in but Hiromu scoops, dragon sleepers, but Taiji snapmares free to dragon sleeper back! But Hiromu arm-drags free, rolls to a fireman’s carry, and CORNER DEATH VALLEY!
Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fireman’s carries, spins and Taiji pops out! DOUBLE LARIATS collide and both men drop to their knees! Hiromu drags Taiji up, fires up and runs, HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Taiji is dazed but Hiromu fires up again! Hiromu dragon sleepers for the inverted suplex but Taiji slips out, tilt-o-whirl takedown! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, reaches out, but Taiji rolls him away! Taiji pulls way back, HIROMU TAPS! TAIJI WINS!!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)
The Bone Soldier defuses the Timebomb and has a huge win under his belt! Can Hiromu recover and still have a chance at going back-to-back? As for Taiji, he takes a moment to rest before he gets the mic. “Hiromu. You really are something. I hate to admit it, but damn!” Fans applaud this odd showing of respect Taiji is giving as Hiromu takes his leave. Taiji says he can’t go on some “energetic rant like Hiromu,” but he’ll just say, “The NJPW Junior Division isn’t all about El Desperado and Hiromu Takahashi! I said this before, but once again. Look at me! I will show you strength and greatness! It’s Reborn!” Will Taiji prove this division doesn’t belong to anyone but him?
Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!
SHO: 5-1, 10 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-2, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2-1, 7 points
El Desperado: 3-2-1, 7 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
YOH: 2-4, 4 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-4, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-4, 4 points
Douki: 2-4, 4 points
A great round for the BOSJ, some real great surprises in the results. I thought for sure Kanemaru would keep going but Taguchi gets a win off him in a real good match. Douki using his pipe to fight off the wrench was great, but I had a feeling Sho would still win. Yoh getting another win is great, I still hope they make a big deal out of Yoh VS Sho when we get it. Bushi VS Phantasmo was good, and I like that ELP was playing it up that he got “it” back in his boot. But I find it interesting that he hesitated to use Sudden Death just to try and use Kenny Omega’s moves. I wonder if that was just to keep ELP from winning and keep him near the bottom.
I wasn’t surprised by Desperado winning, just in how he won. I didn’t think he’d win with just his signature pin, but that was quite the shocker. And then Taiji VS Hiromu was awesome stuff, and I didn’t think Taiji would get the win here. That’s big stuff for Taiji and the tournament. Taiji’s in the top three, he could make a run for the top. Desperado VS Kanemaru is next round, too, that will be a very interesting one.
My Score: 8.9/10
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