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
Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/26/22)
BOSJ, round six!
The blocks keep rolling into round six!
Round five was red hot but the Best of the Super Juniors is far from over! Will Hiromu Takahashi still have a leg to stand on in A Block? Who between Desperado, Phantasmo and Lindaman will be EL GANADOR? (The Winner)
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan; Wato wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP; TJP wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Connors wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne; Zayne wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN; Lindaman wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori; Austin wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado; Bushi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO; Sho wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo; Eagles wins.
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Here are the current standings in A Block!
Taiji Ishimori: 4-1, 8 points
Ace Austin: 4-1, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 3-2, 6 points
YOH: 3-2, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-2, 6 points
SHO: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
Clark Connors: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-4, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-4, 2 points
Here are the current standings for B Block!
El Phantasmo: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 4-1, 8 points
El Lindaman: 3-2, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-2, 6 points
Douki: 3-2, 6 points
Bushii: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Master Wato: 1-4, 2 points
Titan: 1-4, 2 points
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS Titan!
These two champions each lost last round, but the round robin isn’t done yet! Will the Way of the Grandmaster or the Immortal get away from last place?
The bell rings and fans rally up. The two circle, they shake hands to show sportsmanship and the fans applaud. Wato and Titan then tie up, Wato waistlocks but Titan spins to facelocks. Wato slips out to hammerlock but Titan reaches back to headlock. Wato spins Titan to facelock but Titan wrenches out to a wristlock. Wato rolls, kips up, wrenches back and wristlocks, but Titan spins and slips through to spin Wato and wrench back. Fans applaud the exchange and Titan kicks Wato around. Titan wrenches again, then whips Wato. Wato reverses, drops, hurdles, but Titan waistlocks. Titan then spins Wato to a knuckle lock and CHOPS!
Titan goes up the corner, tightrope walks, and fans rally as he jumps and bounces and FLYING ARM-DRAGS, but Wato handsprings through! Wato wheelbarrows and arm-drags, but Titan handstands then handsprings through! Titan sweeps the legs, covers, ONE! Wato sweeps, covers, ONE! Titan handsprings while Wato somersaults, and fans fire up as the two stare down. Wato and Titan nod and fans rally up. Wato throws a forearm, Titan throws it back. Wato throws another so Titan gives it back. Fans rally as they go back and forth, faster and faster. Wato gets the edge, runs, but Titan dropkicks him down!
Wato bails out, Titan builds speed, and rolls to FOSBURY, but Wato gets back in the ring! Titan looks for Wato and Wato already builds speed, but Titan ducks. Wato stops, Titan looks up, PLANCHA! Fans fire up with Wato and he dusts himself off before he brings Titan up. Wato puts Titan in the ring, aims from the apron and springboards, but Titan gets under! Titan ducks the roundhouse to fire off palm strikes, a back hand and a ROUNDHOUSE! But he runs into the back elbow! Wato runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge! CALF KICK! Wato wobbles, Titan springboards, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down!
Titan and Wato stir, Wato gets up first and he drags Titan into a waistlock. Titan throws elbows but Wato holds on. Titan backs Wato into the corner, and he throws more elbows! Wato lets go and fans rally again as Titan powers up the arm. Titan runs corner to corner, but Wato BOOTS him! Wato goes up, throws Titan down, but Titan kips up to PELE! Titan then goes up after Wato, drags him out to a Canadian Rack, and brings Wato out for a SPINNING SHOULDER BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Wato survives and fans fire up! Titan hurries to get Wato up and whip him to the corner. Titan roars, runs corner to corner, DRIVE-BY LARIAT!
Wato falls into the drop zone and Titan gets back up on the apron. Titan climbs the corner, leaps, but Wato avoids the double stomps! Titan hobbles on the bad leg, Wato reel shim in, HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as each man goes to a corner. Wato roars and he runs corner to corner, but Titan puts him on the apron. Wato blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI, then he springboards! FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Wato again and he brings Titan in for the MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and shocks Wato! Wato drags Titan up and reels him back in, but Titan escapes the scoop!
Titan fires off a strike fest, sobat and BUZZSAW, BUZZSAW, and fans fire up! Titan aims from the corner, SUPER- NO! Wato blocks, spins Titan, and SUPERKICKS back! Scoop and T T D!! Tenzan Tombstone Driver!! But Wato isn’t done there! He goes up top and aims, R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!
Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Titan earns 0)
Wato wins and is rising up! But can he make the comeback in time for the finals? As for Titan, is he doomed to be stuck at the back of the pack?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: DOUKI VS TJP!
Japones Del Mal and Public Enemy Number One both won big last round, but now someone’s momentum has to come to a screeching halt! Will Douki step closer to the front of the pack? Or will TJP dab on ’em as he drags Douki down?
TJP rushes Douki the moment he’s in the ring! But Douki dodges the dropkick, and swings his metal stick! TJP dodges that, kicks Douki and whips but Douki reverses and throws TJP out! The bell rings as Douki goes to the apron, and Douki hits a FLYING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Douki drags TJP up and POSTS him! Douki puts TJP in the ring, but then TJP bails out the other side. TJP gets a chair and the ref has him stop! TJP wants after Douki, he shoves the ref aside, but Douki dropkicks TJP down! Douki takes the chair, stands it up, and runs, but TJP gets in and uses the chair to jump up! RANA!
Douki flounders out and fans fire up again! TJP goes out after Douki and he drags Douki up. Douki fights the suplex, TJP keeps trying, and Douki hits an APRON DDT! Fans fire up and rally again as Douki gets back in the ring. Douki climbs up, aims as TJP stands, but TJP trips Douki up! Fans rally and TJP drags Douki to the ropes. TJP goes out to slingshot senton back in! Cover, TWO! TJP jams his knee into Douki’s back, then scrapes his sole on Douki’s face! TJP stomps Douki, but Douki throws body shots and forearms. TJP EuroUppers Douki back down! TJP puts Douki in a corner, stomps his leg, then digs his knee in.
The ref reprimands but fans rally up as TJP gives Douki boot washes. TJP runs side to side, for a big BOOT WASH! Fans rally again, TJP drags Douki up and EuroUppers. Douki staggers to ropes, TJP whips him to ropes, but Douki holds ropes to stop. TJP runs but Douki drops down and TJP tumbles out! Douki PLANCHAS TJP down! Fans fire up and Douki gets back up. Douki gets the chair and he sets it up nearby. Douki ROCKS TJP and makes him have a seat, then he builds speed in the ring! Douki DIVES and WRECKS TJP out of the chair! Fans fire up while the ref checks on TJP. TJP’s somehow okay to continue, so Douki gets him up and in.
Douki stalks TJP, scoops and SLAMS him, then runs to DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Douki drags TJP up and Gory Especials. But TJP fights off, and Douki spins him around to HELL STAB! Douki runs in but TJP goes up and over! Only for Douki to catch him in the Gory Especial! TJP arm-drags free, spins Douki around, but Douki breaks the dragon sleeper. TJP keeps Douki from running but Douki kicks and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up again and Douki runs, but TJP springboards for a FLYING FOREARM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while TJP is frustrated. TJP grits his teeth and he drags Douki back up.
TJP spins Douki, dragon sleeper, but Douki slips out of the inverted suplex! Gory Especial, DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and Douki is beside himself! Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and Douki drags TJP into the wheelbarrow! But TJP victory rolls to the leg lock! TJP wants the crossface, but Douki slips around to get the ITALIAN STRETCH #32! But TJP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Douki lets go at 4. Fans rally up, Douki fires up, and he gets TJP up in a torture rack. But TJP slips out, dragon sleeper, SUDDEN IMPACT! Cover, TWO!! Douki survives and fans fire up again!
TJP drags Douki to a drop zone and he points up to the sky. This one’s for Kobe! MAMBA SPLASH into the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls back but TJP endures and fights his way to ropes! But Douki rolls him away! ITALIAN- NO, TJP steps up, slips through, PINOY STRETCH!! Douki taps, TJP wins!!
Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)
The Fil-Am Flash turns things around in a flash, and he has a tiebreaker win over Douki! Will TJP’s 3-3 prove stronger? Or will Douki manage to turn things around in these last few rounds?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!
The Wild Rhino ran through the Nova Fireball, while the Heel Master snatched a win off the Bone Soldier! Will Connors keep barreling through towards the top? Or will Kanemaru wrangle him like he did the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, Connors shoves Kanemaru to ropes but Kanemaru stays up. They circle again, tie up, and Connors headlocks. Kanemaru endures the grind, tries to pry free but Connors holds on. Kanemaru throws body shots, powers out, but Connors runs him over! Fans fire up and Connors runs, things speed up but Kanemaru bails out to slow it down. Fans rally, Connors rushes out but Kanemaru kicks low! Kanemaru CLUBS Connors, Connors uppercuts Kanemaru! Connors puts Kanemaru in the ring and hurries in, but Kanemaru hurries right back out.
Connors keeps cool, and he dares Kanemaru to get back in. Kanemaru dares Connors to come back out, so Connors does. Connors chases Kanemaru back in, and Kanemaru stomps Connors down! Kanemaru puts Connors in a corner with a rake of the eyes! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru whips Connors corner to corner, but Connors comes right back to CLOBBER Kanemaru! Fans fire up and Connors calls for a flip? Connors drags Kanemaru up, whips him and scoops him, but Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls to a cradle! TWO, Kanemaru gets a jackknife bridge! TWO, and Connors knees low! Kanemaru rakes Connors’ eyes!
Kanemaru runs, but Connors goes sideways, but Kanemaru catches him for a sleeper! But Connors slips around to back suplex, only for Kanemaru to kick and headlock takeover! Kanemaru makes it a cover, TWO, and Kanemaru dropkicks Connors down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kanemaru sees Connors go to a corner, he runs in, and BOOTS! Then he reels Connors into a scoop, for BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Kanemaru goes up the corner and waits on Connors. Kanemaru leaps, but Connors blocks Deep Impact! Connors then suplexes Kanemaru, but Kanemaru slips off and kicks low.
Kanemaru runs, but Connors drops down and goes the other way, to POUNCE! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Connors grins as he aims from a corner and revs up. Kanemaru gets up slowly and Connors grows impatient. Connors storms up but Kanemaru victory rolls him! TWO, and Kanemaru runs, into a POWERSLAM! Connors shakes his head and roars! Connors drags Kanemaru up as fans rally, but Kanemaru fights the lift! Kanemaru whips, rolls Connors up, TWO!! Connors escapes, and he SPEARS Kanemaru down! Fans fire up and Connors gets Kanemaru back up, TROPHY KILLER!! Cover, Connors wins!!
Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)
Connors keeps winning in Korakuen! Is he going to stampede his way to the top of the block? As for Kanemaru, will he go back to drinking his sorrows away?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Alex Zayne!
The Funky Weapon tried and failed to break the Murder Machine, while The Sauce lost to his own tag partner, Ace Austin! Will Taguchi get burned again this round? Or will he stay cool and keep his pants on?
The bell rings and fans rally up, “TA-GU-CHI!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” The two approach, circle, then tie up. Zayne wrenches to a wristlock, Taguchi rolls and wrenches to wristlock back. Zayne rolls, handsprings, wrenches again and headlocks. Fans applaud this opening exchange, but Taguchi throws body shots. Taguchi powers out, then keeps Zayne moving with dropdowns and sidesteps. But Zayne disrupts the pattern with his springboard knee drop! Zayne then rolls, RUNNING MARIPOSA! Fans fire up as Taguchi bails out! Zayne builds speed, but Taguchi gets in, only for Zayne to sidestep! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS but misses as Zayne sidesteps again.
Fans fire up while Taguchi tumbles to ropes. Zayne shrugs, then he drags Taguchi up. Zayne snap suplexes, covers, TWO! Fans rally, Zayne gets a leg and KICKS Taguchi in the butt! And then again! Zayne drags Taguchi up to ROCK him with a forearm, then has him in a corner. Zayne wrenches, whips corner to corner and runs in, but Taguchi boots him! Taguchi goes up, headscissors, and he RAMS Zayne into his butt! And again, and again, and again! Taguchi lets Zayne go, fans rally and Zayne rushes in, but Taguchi drops down a la Nakamura to dump him out! Taguchi then FLYING HIPS from the apron!
Fans fire up, Taguchi brings Zayne up to put him in, and springboards for a MISSILE HIP! Taguchi kicks Zayne out so he can TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHA! Direct hit, and Taguchi even bows in respect to Shingo Takagi on commentary. Taguchi then puts Zayne in, and he calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “ORYA~!” Zayne drops but Taguchi was just faking him out! OH MY GARFUNKLE! Zayne rolls and throws Taguchi away, then ROCKS him with forearms and elbows! Taguchi rebounds but into a leg sweep, and Zayne runs to SOMERSAULT AX- NO! Taguchi dodges, and he brings down his tights!!
But Zayne blocks the hip attack! “ITADAKIMAAASU~!” EH!? Zayne BITES Taguchi’s ass!! The ref reprimands, Taguchi flails, and Zayne lets off. Fans fire up as Zayne runs, but into a HIP ATTACK! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Taguchi slowly gets up, clutching his cheeks. Taguchi throws a forearm, but Zayne gives it back. Taguchi throws another forearm, Zayne gives it back. The forearms keep going back and forth as they stand, but Taguchi gets the edge. Taguchi runs, HIP ATTACK hits JUMP KNEE, but Zayne’s knee takes more damage?! Taguchi then gets the leg, ducks the enziguri, and has OH MY GARFUNKLE!
Fans fire up as Zayne reaches out, but Taguchi reels him in! Zayne fights free to scoop Taguchi, but Taguchi sunset flips, TWO! Zayne EDDY GORDO KICKS! Zayne hurries to the corner while Taguchi is down, CINNAMON TWIST!! Cover, Zayne wins!
Winner: Alex Zayne, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)
The Sauce was too spicy and the Funky Weapon misfires! Will Zayne heat up at the right time to take the block? Is Taguchi only good as a spoiler now?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS Francesco Akira!
Direct Drive got a huge win just yesterday in the main event, but it’s back to the grind! Will Yoh keep moving forward and show us that passion? Or will Nova Fireball burn him up already?
Akira DIVES on Yoh as soon as he’s ringside! Akira POSTS Yoh, and he fires up! The fans fire up, the bell rings, and Akira brings Yoh up to RAM into the apron! Then TIGER FEINT down! Fans fire up more and Akira gets Yoh back up and in the ring. Akira climbs up the corner and leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this but Akira keeps cool. Akira gets fans to clap, “A! KI-RA!” and he finally takes off his shirt. Akira stomps Yoh, pulls Yoh’s jacket off and then stomps Yoh to ropes. Akira drags Yoh up to pull his shirt off and throw it away, but Yoh kicks back! Yoh throws a forearm but Akira gives it back!
Akira CLUBS Yoh, follows him to ropes, and he CLUBS Yoh against ropes again and again. Yoh ROCKS Akira back! And again! But Akira knees low! Akira runs, things speed up, Yoh drop toeholds and runs, but Akira dodges the sliding kick. Akira kicks, whips but Yoh reverses to dropkick Akira out of the ring! Fans fire up and Yoh aims, PLANCHA! Down goes Akira and fans fire up with Yoh! Yoh catches his breath and the ring count climbs. Yoh goes back to Akira as Akira gets up at 10 of 20. Yoh puts Akira in at 12, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS him! Akira staggers away to the next corner, and Yoh CHOPS him again!
Akira goes to another corner, Yoh walks over to CHOP him again! Fans fire up and Yoh wrenches to whip corner to corner. Yoh runs in to back elbow, then he reels Akira in for a NECKBREAKER! Then he gets Akira up for a FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Yoh grits his teeth. Yoh drags Akira into a waistlock, fans rally, “A! KI-RA!” “Y! O H!” but Akira powers Yoh back to a corner! Akira elbows free, runs corner to corner but Yoh dodges. Yoh mule kicks, runs, but Akira follows to wheelbarrow, victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while both men are down! Akira and Yoh go to opposite ends and drag themselves up the ropes.
Akira runs corner to corner at Yoh, corner clothesline! Then he goes corner to corner again, back elbow! Akira fires up, reels Yoh in, GOURD BUSTER! Akira wants Yoh to get back up, and he winds up, BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO! Akira seethes but fans still rally. Akira vows to end this and he drags Yoh back up. Akira goes from the corner, FIRE- NO! Yoh ducks to SUPER- NO! Akira blocks and ROUNDHOUSES, but Yoh JUMP KNEES! Akira SUPERKICKS! Yoh drops, Akira aims from a corner again. Yoh sits up, Akira runs in, YOH SUPERKICKS!! Both men are down again and fans fire up more!
Yoh and Akira slowly stir, and Yoh grits his teeth as he crawls after Akira. Yoh waistlocks and reels Akira in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh holds on, gets Akira up again, GERMAN SUPLEX! Yoh gets Akira up again, but Akira kicks to resist the third! Akira elbows back, switches with Yoh, but Yoh resists and throws elbows. Yoh runs, Akira follows, wheelbarrow, but Yoh full nelsons! Akira breaks the nelson but Yoh gets the waistlock, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Akira escapes but Yoh fires up now! Fans rally with Yoh and he drags Akira up. Yoh bumps Akira off buckles, puts him up top, and CHOPS!
Yoh goes up to join Akira, CLUBS him, then brings him up. Fans rally but Akira fights free! Akira tucks Yoh in, CHEEKY- NO! Yoh mule kicks Akira away! Yoh adjusts, but Akira is right back up! SECOND ROPE SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Yoh survives but Akira roars! Akira brings Yoh up, reels Yoh in, SPEEDFIRE!! But Akira won’t cover, he goes to the corner! Yoh slowly sits up, Akira runs in, FIREBALL!! Cover, Akira wins!!
Winner: Francesco Akira, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)
Direct Drive falls apart so soon after his big win! Will his passion not be enough to get back to the finals? As for Akira, is there still a chance he can be more than a spoiler?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS EL LINDAMAN!
The ROH Pure Champion won against the CMLL World Welterweight Champion just last round, but now he’s up against another champion! Will the Decoder have a winning formula for the G-Rex Champion? Or will Lindaman rebound and be feeling GLEAT again?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two approach. Lindaman offers a handshake, Yuta takes it, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. They circle, tie up, and Yuta gets around to the waistlock. Lindaman wrenches out to the wristlock but Yuta rolls, wrenches and hammerlocks to then spin and wrangle Lindaman down to the mat. Fans applaud the exchange, and Lindaman gets up. Lindaman wrenches, hammerlocks, waistlocks, but Yuta fights and pushes Lindaman into the corner. Yuta runs, Lindaman drops then hurdles, but Yuta avoids the dropkick! Lindaman staggers up, Yuta CLUBS him to the corner.
Yuta whips, Lindaman reverses and then runs in, but Yuta goes up and over. Lindaman comes back, into a scoop SLAM! But he avoids the senton! Lindaman runs but Yuta ducks the Penalty Kick to roll Lindaman. Lindaman rolls through, gets around Yuta, and kicks the legs out to then dropkick Yuta in the back! Fans rally up and Lindaman brings Yuta up. Lindaman bumps him off buckles, sits him down and stomps a mudhole! The ref counts as Lindaman digs his boot in, but Lindaman counts along! Lindaman lets off, shakes the ref’s hand, then stomps Yuta one more time! Fans rally as Lindaman eggs Yuta on.
Yuta gets up and he throws forearm after forearm! Yuta runs but Lindaman elbows him at the ropes! Lindaman CLUBS Yuta, runs and dropkicks Yuta down! Yuta bails out, Lindaman builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and fans fire up again! The fans rally, “LIN-DA-MAN!” and he drags Yuta up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Lindaman pushes Yuta down again to cover, TWO! Again, ONE! High stack, TWO!! Yuta is still in this and fans fire up! Lindaman brings Yuta up, whips him to a corner, then runs in, but into a BOOT! Lindaman comes back, blocks the boot, but Yuta dodges the lariat! Lindaman BOOTS!
Lindaman goes up, Yuta GAMANGIRIS and sends Lindaman tumbling down! Fans fire up and Yuta builds speed, to DIVE! Lindaman is sent into the Young Lions and fans fire up with Yuta! Yuta drags Lindaman up, puts him back in, and he gets Lindaman’s arm to wrench and HOTSHOT! Lindaman staggers, Yuta goes up top. CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Yuta hurries to get the arms, CATTLE MUTILATION! Lindaman endures and fans fire up, and Lindaman manages to crawl backwards and reach his leg out! ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Yuta lets off and is a bit surprised. Yuta drags Lindaman up with a facelock, but Lindaman’s almost dead weight!
Yuta wrenches, lifts but Lindaman fights free and knees low. Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta with a forearm! Yuta runs to ROCK Lindaman back! Yuta eggs Lindaman on, Lindaman runs and ROCKS Yuta! Yuta runs, ROCKS Lindaman, but they both roar! They both run, DOUBLE FOREARMS! Both men wobble and fans fire up! Lindaman stands up first, he runs again, but Yuta atomic drops! But Lindaman ducks the enziguri! But Yuta reels Lindaman in, atomic drop and ENZIGURI after all! Yuta runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down again and fans rally! Lindaman fires up and he brings Yuta up to KUMA-
NO, Yuta throws Lindaman down and has the arms! They roll, stand, Yuta wrenches for the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Yuta roars! HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Yuta then hooks the arms as he rolls, but Lindaman slips out of Dragon’s Lair to float and deadlift waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Yuta survives but Lindaman chicken wings the arms! TIGER SUPLEX!! Bridging cover, Lindaman wins!!
Winner: El Lindaman, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yuta earns 0)
A GLEAT rebound victory for Lindaman, will the G-Rex Champion still have a chance at the finals? Will Yuta have to rework his formula to get that winning combination?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Taiji Ishimori!
The Inevitable comes off a huge win while the Bone Soldier comes off a rather shocking loss. Will the Impact X-Division Champion add to Taiji’s woes? Or will THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion make sure he only owes one golden ticket?
The champions show off their belts, and while Austin brags he’s a three-time, Taiji has him beat with four-time! Fans applaud Taiji’s accomplishment, and rally up as the belts are put away. The bell rings and the two champions circle. Taiji kicks low, ROCKS Austin, then throws haymakers in the corner. The ref reprimands, Taiji whips corner to corner, but Austin stops himself to roll, drop toehold and EDDY GORDO! Austin runs, but handsprings over the dropdown to headlock. Taiji powers out but Austin runs him over. Austin poses but Taiji kips up while Austin runs, and Taiji hurdles to then duck and dodge and tilt-o-whirl!
Austin avoids the Mistico to arm-drag Taiji, then hurries to get the DISARMER! Taiji endures but Austin brings out his ace! PAPER CUT! Taiji scrambles out of the ring while Austin hides his ace. Fans rally up, Austin waits on Taiji as he takes his time to come back. Taiji gets in but just slides back out. Austin goes out after Taiji but Taiji gets back in. Austin sees Taiji coming and dumps him out! Austin CHOPS Taiji right in front of the fans, but Taiji blocks the apron bump. Taiji kicks, but Austin dropkicks! Austin kips up on the apron, handsprings to avoid the sweeps, then PENALTY KICKS Taiji down!
Fans rally up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. But Taiji runs around the corner to deny the Fall to Glory. Taiji slides in, Austin rushes him, but Taiji fireman’s carries to HOTSHOT Austin! Austin tumbles to the floor, and Taiji undoes the blue buckle pad! The ref reprimands but too late, the Bullet Club Special is in play. Fans rally while Austin stirs on the outside. Taiji waits as the ring count starts, but Austin gets up and in at 8 of 20. Taiji brings Austin up by the bad arm, CLUBS it, then wrenches it to a hammerlock. Taiji RAMS Austin’s bad arm into the buckles! Fans rally, “ACE AU-STIN!” but Taiji CLUBS the bad arm again.
Taiji wraps Austin up in a cobra clutch but Austin endures. Fans rally more and Austin fights up. Austin throws body shots, but Taiji ripcords to RAM the arm then WRING it out! Taiji gets fans to fire up, but they then go back to “ACE AU-STIN!” Taiji gets Austin up but Austin throws body shots and forearms! Austin CHOPS and forearms and CHOPS and forearms, then CHOPS away at the ropes! Austin fires off forearm after forearm, then whips corner to corner. Taiji reverses but Austin holds ropes to stop himself. Taiji runs in but Austin goes Spider-Man to dump Taiji out! Austin builds speed and he FALLS TO GLORY!
Fans fire up for the Fosbury Flop and Austin shakes out the bad arm. Austin drags Taiji up, puts him in, and then steps in to FLYING- NO, Taiji ducks the kick to gut wrench and CIPHER UTAKI! Fans fire up while both men are down. Taiji crawls to the corner, fans rally again, and Taiji grits his teeth as he drags himself up the ropes. Austin runs in but Taiji sends him into the POST! Austin falls back, Taiji gets him up to hammerlock and half nelson. Taiji scoops for the SHOULDER BUSTER! Austin writhes and Taiji crawls back to his corner. Fans rally up, Taiji waits on Austin to stand. Taiji runs in, but Austin elbows him away!
Austin knees, knee lifts, but Taiji ducks the heel kick! But Austin reels Taiji in to RIPCORD SLAM! Then HOUSE OF CARDS! Taiji flounders, Austin aims, THE FOLD!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Taiji barely gets his foot on the rope and Austin can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous and Austin fires back up. Austin builds speed, but Taiji flops down? The ref checks Taiji and Austin goes out to fetch him. Austin drags Taiji up to put him in, and fans rally as Austin goes to the corner. Austin slingshots up to springboard in, but Taiji avoids the flying leg drop! Austin lands on his feet but Taiji runs in to tilt-o-whirl, MISTICO! And then BONE LOCK!!!
Austin flails, kicks, reaches out, scrambles over, ROPEBREAK!! Austin survives but he clutches his arm. Fans are thunderous as Austin gets to the apron. Taiji runs in but into a shoulder! Austin steps in, FLYING CHUCK! Austin aims again, THE- NO, Taiji catches him to a dragon sleeper! Inverted suplex to BACKBREAKER! Taiji crawls to the cover, TWO! Fans are thunderous again as Taiji drags himself up the ropes. Taiji storms over to Wato, drags him up and reels him in, BLOODY- NO! Austin wrenches out, reels Taiji in, but Taiji wrenches out. But Austin NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up and Austin fires up, but Taiji gets around to MISTI- NO, Austin rolls him, O’CONNER BRIDGE! AUSTIN WINS!!
Winner: Ace Austin, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)
Taiji can’t believe it! The three-time Impact X-Division Champion trumps the four-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion! And now, Austin leads the block!! Will the Inevitable have a shot at that title no matter what now? Can the Bone Soldier regain the lead with what little time is left?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS El Desperado!
The Black Mask lost to Douki but the Rogue Luchador toughed it out and got the win on Master Wato. Will Bushi lose to two Suzuki-Gun members in a row? Or can he make Desperado tranquilo on that title comeback?
Desperado yawns while waiting on Bushi to take off the entrance attire. But then Bushi rushes Desperado and fires forearms! The bell rings, Bushi whips Desperado to ropes but Desperado holds ropes to stop himself. Desperado then BOOTS Bushi, but Bushi dodges and RANAS Desperado out! Fans fire up and Bushi builds speed, but Desperado gets in to run Bushi over! Bushi bails out now, and Desperado builds speed, to slide! Bushi ducks, but Desperado avoids his kick. Desperado pops Bushi up to the apron, Bushi mule kicks him down! Bushi then aims, and SLINGSHOT RANAS! Fans fire up and Bushi roars!
Bushi drags Desperado up, puts him in the ring, and he KICKS Desperado in the back. Desperado sits up, Bushi kicks him, then brings him up to throw a forearm. Desperado hits back, they start going back and forth but Bushi gets the edge. Bushi whips corner to corner but Desperado reverses. Desperado runs in but Bushi swing kicks him! Bushi goes up but Desperado DECKS him! Desperado goes out, scoops and SLAMS Bushi, and fans fire up as Desperado gets space. Desperado catches his breath, comes back to get Bushi’s leg and drag him around, to SMASH the leg on the floor! The ring count is climbing but Desperado brings Bushi up and in at 10 of 20.
Desperado drags Bushi back up, whips him out of the ring, and then stomps the bad leg! The ref reprimands but Desperado POSTS Bushi! Desperado takes the medic’s chair away and he throws it down on Bushi’s leg! Desperado stomps the chair but the ref stops him at that. Bushi writhes, Desperado says he didn’t hit Bushi with the chair so it’s fine. Desperado gives the chair back, then puts Bushi in the ring. Desperado SPLASHES the leg, fans rally up, and then Desperado stomps the leg again. Desperado stomps more, drags Bushi up, and he scoops to SLAM Bushi down! Fans rally up and Desperado grabs the leg for a toehold!
Desperado thrashes the leg but Bushi still endures. Fans rally more, Bushi CLUBS Desperado but Desperado rakes Bushi’s eye! KNEE JAMMER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Desperado drags Bushi up. Bushi fires forearms but Desperado knees low. Desperado ducks the enziguri to get the STRETCH MUFFLER! Bushi endures as Desperado thrashes the leg around! Bushi crawls, reaches out, Desperado thrashes more, but Bushi gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud and rally up more but Desperado wags his finger. Desperado brings Bushi up, gut wrenches, GUITARRA- NO, Bushi slips out, but the bad leg jams!
Bushi gets to a corner and Desperado shrugs. Desperado runs in, but into a BOOT! Bushi goes up, FLYING RANA! Fans fire back up while both men are down, and Bushi crawls to Desperado. Desperado swings but Bushi ducks and spins Desperado to a DDT! Fans rally more, Bushi rushes in and blocks Desperado’s boot to put it in the ropes. Bushi dropkicks the leg, then hits a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up more while Bushi shakes out his bad leg. Bushi hobbles over to Desperado, drags him up, FISHER- NO, Desperado slips out! Bushi dodges, ENZIGURI! A glancing blow but enough for FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!
Fans continue to rally, and Bushi drags himself to the corner. Bushi goes up, leaps, but Desperado gets under! Bushi’s leg buckles and Desperado CHOP BLOCKS! Both men are down again but the fans still rally! Desperado gets up and snarls as he gets the leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! STRETCH- NO, Bushi makes it a cradle, TWO! Bushi rushes in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Desperado rolls Bushi around to gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Bushi survives! Desperado gets Bushi back up, reels him in and underhooks, but Bushi fights off Pinche Loco to backslide! Desperado rolls through, underhooks, PINCHE-
NO! Bushi fights it off again, Desperado blocks a kick and ducks the enziguri but Bushi HEEL KICKS! Fans rally again and Bushi gets to a corner. Bushi runs out but Desperado blocks the Code Breaker to LOCO MONO! Desperado runs, into a DROPKICK! Both men are down and fans fire up again. Both men go to opposite ends, Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Bushi hobbles up to hop on, DESTROYER!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Desperado survives and Bushi is beside himself! Bushi drags himself to the corner and gets up the ropes. Bushi fires up and calls his shot, MX!!! But Desperado flounders away! Bushi manages the cover, Bushi wins!!
Winner: Bushi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Desperado earns 0)
The Black Mask breaks even at 3-3, and he brings Desperado away from the top of the block! Can Bushi get past the Rogue Luchador to have a chance? Or can Desperado salvage this before the end?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS SHO!
The Ticking Timebomb has lost two in a row, with Kanemaru and Yoh both going after his leg. Will he be able to defend that leg from the Murder Machine? Or will Sho blow up Hiromu’s chances of a threepeat?
The ref is very thorough with his check of Sho, given his reputation with House of Torture. But then Sho decides to get a chair and wait for Hiromu at the entryway! The ref wants Sho to stop, but where is Hiromu? Hiromu came out the other entrance! He tells everyone to stay quiet so they can surprise Sho. Hiromu gets himself a chair, and when Sho turns around, he freaks out to see Hiromu! Hiromu throws the chair at Sho, Sho shields himself with his chair, but his fingers still get pinched! Sho falls over and shakes out his hands, and Hiromu smirks as he takes off his jacket. Hiromu then gets Sho up and POSTS him!
Fans fire up and Hiromu gets his own scrapbook to SMACK Sho with it! Hiromu has a Young Lion deliver the book to Milano Collection AT-san, then he puts Sho in the ring. The bell rings and this is on the record as Hiromu CHOPS Sho! Hiromu whips Sho corner to corner, runs in and SPLASHES! Then snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up, Sho bails out, and Hiromu aims from the apron, FLYING JOHN WOO, but Sho uses a Young Lion shield! The Young Lion goes down and Hiromu can’t believe what just happened! Sho gets the chair back to SMACK Hiromu on the leg! Hiromu tumbles, the ref tries to stop Sho but Sho digs the chair into the leg!
The ref reprimands and gets Sho to let off, but Hiromu hobbles. Sho complains that Hiromu did stuff to him, but fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” Sho storms over after Hiromu, stomps the leg, then gets the leg for a STANDING KNEEBAR! Hiromu endures, the ring count is starting, and Sho keeps on the leglock! Sho then lets Hiromu go to get in at 10 of 20! Sho wants the count to go faster, Hiromu gets up and hobbles at 15. Hiromu gets in at 17! Fans rally but Sho stomps Hiromu’s leg. Sho drags Hiromu to DDT the leg! Fans still rally but Sho gets the leg in a KNEEBAR! Hiromu gets to the ROPEBREAK, the ref counts, and Sho lets go at 4.
Sho looms over Hiromu but Hiromu CHOPS him! And CHOPS again! Sho kicks the bad leg, drags Hiromu up, wrenches the arm, and he KICKS the leg. Sho digs his heel into the leg, wrenches again, then KICKS it again. And then wrenches again to KICK again! Sho digs his heel into the leg again, and fans rally up as Hiromu endures. Sho kicks, KICKS and SUPERKICKS Hiromu down! Cover, TWO! Hiromu clutches the knee but Sho kicks him around. Sho toys with Hiromu, taunts him, kicks him more, but Hiromu eggs Sho back on. Fans rally, Sho kicks Hiromu more then starts slapping him around.
Sho runs, but Hiromu clotheslines him out of the ring! Hiromu goes out and snap suplexes Sho to the floor! Fans fire up and Hiromu gets Sho up to bring him around and throw into barriers! Sho writhes and fans fire up as Hiromu drags Sho back up. Hiromu whips Sho to the back wall behind the bleachers! Hiromu mocking asks what’s wrong, then he drags Sho back to ringside. The ring count is climbing, but Hiromu RAMS Sho into the barriers again! The count is 10 of 20, but Hiromu brings Sho back into the ring at 14. Hiromu then has Sho on the apron, fireman’s carries, APRON DEATH VALLEY!
Hiromu grins, feeling much better, as he now drags Sho up. Hiromu runs to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans fire up, Hiromu puts Sho back in, and runs, to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up as Hiromu gets back up and brings Sho around. Hiromu suplexes, for a NECKBREAKER! Then dragon sleeper, inverted suplex, but Sho slips out! Sho shoves Hiromu at the ref, then blocks Hiromu’s kick! Sho hands it to the ref but the ref throws it back and Hiromu ROUNDHOUSES Sho! Fans fire up and Hiromu hugs the ref for the assist. But Sho uses that to shove them both down! GERMAN SUPLEX on Hiromu!
Sho laughs but fans rally up as Sho goes to his corner. Sho brings out his friend, the wrench! Hiromu staggers up, but he SUPERKICKS Sho first! Hiromu roars, fans fire up, and Hiromu gets Sho up to fireman’s carry! But Sho slips off, ducks the elbows, but Hiromu spins Sho to a RAN- NO! Sho blocks the rana to get Hiromu up, POWER BREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Sho still laughs because he feels he has Hiromu right where he wants him! Fans rally up but Sho drags Hiromu into the straitjacket, but Hiromu RANAS the piledriver, into D!! Sho flails and reaches out, but Hiromu has him caught! Sho reaches for the ref, but then he deadlifts Hiromu, but Hiromu pulls the arm harder!
Sho fades, he’s back on the mat! The ref checks, Sho is still conscious! Wait, EVIL drags the ref out of the ring!! The House of Torture strikes again! Hiromu lets go of Sho, thinking he’s won, but then wonders where the ref went. Sho gets something from under the ring? Evil gets in, but Hiromu dodges to SUPERKICK! And D!! Evil is caught but it won’t matter if he passes out! Sho fits whatever that plate is inside his boot! Evil is fading, Hiromu lets him go and kicks him out. Sho gets back in, Hiromu brings him up but Sho KICKS the bad leg with his loaded boot!! Then KICKS again and again and again! Sho steps through, ties up the legs, FIGURE FOUR KNEEBAR! Hiromu taps, Sho wins!!
Winner: Sho, by submission (gains 2 points; Hiromu earns 0)
Young Lions get in to make Sho stop torturing Hiromu! The Murder Machine may have just ended Hiromu’s chances at the threepeat! Is there no way Hiromu can take the block with what his leg’s been through? Is Sho going to add insult to injury by going to the finals in his place?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS El Phantasmo!
The Sniper of the Skies was shot down by the Fil-Am Flash while the Headbanga got one over on Lindaman. Will Eagles reload and fire back up? Or will ELP maintain momentum and lead the pack?
The bell rings and fans rally as the two stare down. “EA-GEL-SU!” “E L P!” Eagles encourages them to get louder and faster and the fans oblige. ELP and Eagles tie up, are in a deadlock, and they break. They go again, are in another deadlock, but ELP uses leverage to push Eagles to ropes. Eagles turns things around but then so does ELP, and they go along the ropes, in a corner then out of the corner to another corner. Red Shoes calls the break, ELP lets off and Eagles pats him on the shoulder. But then ELP throws a forearm! Eagles hits ELP back, ELP hits Eagles again, and the forearms go back and forth.
Fans rally as the forearms go faster and faster, but ELP knees low! ELP headlocks, grinds, but Eagles powers out. ELP runs Eagles over, and fans cheer as ELP flexes. ELP runs, Eagles stays low, but ELP steps on him and struts. Fans rally as he adds a little pizazz to it, but Eagles gets up and tells him “SUCK IT!” ELP runs in but Eagles trips him up, runs and handsprings over the dropdown to strut. Fans rally as Eagles speeds it up, and then still tells ELP to “SUCK IT!” ELP rushes in but into a headlock takeover! ELP headscissors, Eagles kips free, but ELP sweeps to cover. ONE, but ELP jumps Eagles’ sweep to body scissor and roll, TWO!
Eagles sits on the cover, TWO! Eagles rolls through the sunset to jackknife, TWO as ELP bridges up! ELP spins Eagles to the backslide, TWO! Both men stand again, Eagles steps forward for ropes, but ELP swings him around. Eagles uses that to go up and around and arm-drag ELP away! Eagles ducks and dodges to RANA! ELP gets up but into the WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up and ELP bails out, fans fire up as Eagles builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the Young Lions manage to stop them from crashing into the crowd, for the most part. Fans fire up and Eagles roars! Red Shoes checks on ELP, he’s okay to continue, so Eagles brings him up.
Eagles CHOPS ELP off his feet, fans rally more, and Eagles brings ELP up to CHOP again. ELP staggers and flops, but Eagles drags ELP up again. ELP CHOPS back, throws forearms, then he rakes the eyes! And gives PURPLE NURPLES! ELP ROCKS Eagles with a forearm, then he puts some stank on his hand, but Eagles SOBATS first! Eagles cravats and uses the post, but ELP blocks the Shiranui! LAWN DART INTO THE POST! Fans rally up while both men are down and Red Shoes checks Eagles. ELP staggers up, he takes the doctor’s chair away just like Desperado earlier, and he sets it down. ELP brings Eagles up to DDT onto the chair!
Both men writhe but ELP gets in at 12 of 20! Eagles gets up at 15, and springs in at 17! Fans fire up but ELP covers. Red Shoes refuses to count and ELP says no fair, he hurt himself on the DDT, too. ELP stands Eagles up in the corner and CHOPS him! And then CHOPS again! ELP brings Eagles along by his ear and has him in another corner. Eagles dodges the chop, but ELP dodges back to CLAW Eagles’ back! ELP puts Eagles in a Tree of Woe, digs his knee into Eagles’ neck, then runs corner to corner and back again, BASEMENT DROPKICK! Fans fire up, ELP goes corner to corner again, and he rallies up the fans as he aims.
ELP runs back in, for a HESITATION DROPKICK! Eagles falls out of the Tree, ELP covers, TWO! ELP is annoyed, he drags Eagles up and suplexes, and he holds Eagles for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Cocky cover, TWO! Fans rally and ELP is annoyed again. ELP pushes Eagles around, CLAWS his back, and Eagles writhes. ELP drags Eagles up to DECK him! ELP brings Eagles up again to DECK him again. Fans rally up, ELP ROCKS Eagles to a corner. ELP whips corner to corner, Eagles reverses but ELP goes up and over and rolls and then ducks and dodges to springboard, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
LIONSAULT, but Eagles bails out! ELP lands on his feet and builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Eagles falls against Young Lions again! Fans fire up and ELP gets Eagles in the ring. ELP builds speed again and FLIES! ELP takes Eagles down but lands pretty hard himself! Fans fire up for the daredevil tope but Red Shoes checks on ELP. ELP manages to get up and he tells fans to move aside for a moment. He grabs up all their chairs, and then has more fans move aside! ELP BUZZSAWS Eagles, then goes to the corner?! ELP climbs the corner?! Fans are thunderous as ELP is up top, for a tightrope walk, ARIHARA MOONSAULT!!
BUT EAGLES MOVES! ELP manages to land on his feet but he still tumbles and crashes into the Young Lions! ELP clutches his leg, Eagles hurries and DOUBLE KNEES ELP against the barriers!! Fans are stunned and Red Shoes checks again. Fans rally back up while Eagles shakes out his legs. ELP sputters and is somehow okay! Eagles gets up and into the ring, and the ring count starts. ELP flounders up at 4 of 20, drags himself up at 6, but flops over at 9! He gets back up again at 12, flounders around at 15 of 20, hobbles up at 16, and bumps against the apron at 18! ELP springs back in at 19.9!! Eagles is shocked, but he hurries to kick the leg!
Eagles hits a SPINNING TOEHOLD, then gets ELP around to trap an arm and grab the legs! INDIAN DEATH- STOMP! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!! ELP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets go quickly, ELP gets to a corner. Eagles is after him as fans rally, and Eagles stomps him. Eagles whips corner to corner but ELP falls over from the bad leg. Fans rally, Eagles aims from a corner and runs corner to corner, DOUBLE- NO! ELP blocks and puts Eagles outside. Eagles blocks a punch to GAMANGIRI ELP down! Eagles springboards, to dropkick the legs out! ELP writhes, Eagles gets the legs, RON MILLER SPECIAL! ROPEBREAK!!
Eagles lets ELP go again and fans are thunderous! Eagles drags ELP around to stand him up. ELP fights off the backpack to straitjacket, but he can’t lift for the torture rack! Eagles ROUNDHOUSES, SUPERKICKS, but ELP ENZIGURIS! Both men are down and fans are thunderous again! ELP clutches his leg, grits his teeth, and crawls his way over to bring Eagles up. Eagles SLAPS ELP, ELP SLAPS Eagles. They SLAP each other, it’s becoming a SLAP fight! Fans rally and the slaps become forearms! ELP hits first, Eagles hits back. ELP stands up and throws off the elbow pads. Eagles eggs ELP on and ELP throws a big elbow!
ELP eggs Eagles on but Eagles gives that elbow back! ELP staggers, but comes back to slap again. Eagles slaps, they slap and slap and then stare down. The haymakers start flying and fans fire up! They slow down, but ELP slaps. Eagle SLAPS, they double SLAP, Eagles ducks to SLAP! Eagles runs, into a LARIAT! Cover, ONE?!? Eagles then dodges and LARIATS! ELP stays up to LARIAT again!! Fans are electric while both men are down! ELP drags Eagles up and in, hooks the arms, but Eagles back drops free and sits down! TWO, Eagles slips around to backslide, TWO! Eagles rolls ELP and wants the leg, but ELP kicks him away!
Eagles hotshots off ropes, ELP rolls but with tights! Red Shoes sees that clearly and ELP feels stupid for not being more careful! Fans rally, ELP CHOPS Eagles, then tries the torture rack again. ELP gets Eagles up but Eagles lands out of the throw to kick the bad leg! SUPER- NO! ELP blocks the kick to CHOP, and tuck! ELP steals TURBO BACKPACK!! Cover, TWO!!! Eagles survives his own move and ELP is furious! ELP gets to a corner and fans are thunderous again! ELP flounders with the bad leg but he still works to climb! ELP shakes out the bad leg, gets to the top, and 450 FLOPS!! Eagles manages to dodge another stolen move!
Wait! Eagles straitjackets and torture racks! But Eagles doesn’t spin or swing, it’s a BURNING HAMMER!! Fans are electric again and Eagles drags ELP to the drop zone. Eagles goes up now, to steal THUNDERKISS 86!! Cover, TWO!!! ELP survives the stolen move, but Eagles hurries to bring him up! ELP is dead weight but fans are rallying! Eagles gets ELP up, SUDDEN DEATH OUTTA NOWHERE!!! Well, of course, it’s sudden! ELP drags himself over to cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as ELP slashes his throat and vows to end this! ELP hauls Eagles up, tucks the arms, but his leg won’t let him lift Eagles!
Fans rally more, ELP shakes out his bad leg and he brings kneepads down. ELP gives Eagles some Kowata Kicks, then reels Eagles back in. ELP tucks the arms, gets Eagles up, but Eagles RANAS to a cover! TWO!!! Fans are electric again as ELP staggers up! ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! PELE!! Eagles roars, gets ELP up, SHIRANUI, but ELP slips free! Eagles blocks the elbow, spins ELP, underhoosk for a TIGER DRIVER! High stack, TWO, into THE RON MILLER SPECIAL!!! ELP flails, reaches out, fans are thunderous, ROPEBREAK!! Eagles lets go and he drags ELP back to a drop zone.
Fans are thunderous, Eagles goes up, but ELP trips him! And then ENZIGURIS! Eagles flops onto the ropes, ELP goes up top and he drags Eagles back. ELP has a torture rack, for a SUPER SWINGING NECKBREAKER!!! Fans are electric all over again as ELP drags Eagles back up, tucks the arms back in, C R II!!! But the bad leg is slowing ELP down! ELP pushes Eagles to the cover, TWO!?!?! HOW?!?! The fans are volcanic and ELP is in shock! Eagles and ELP go to opposite ends, Eagles flounders around, and ELP takes aim. ELP runs in, to KNEE Eagles against ropes! Not quite V-Trigger but good enough with one leg!
ELP hoists Eagles up with an Electric Chair Lift, he wants to tuck Eagles in! But Eagles slips off to POISON-RANA!!! ELP is down and the fans are rallying again! Eagles goes up, to 450 SPLASH the legs! And then RON MILLER SPECIAL!!!! ELP flails, TAPS, Eagles wins!!!
Winner: Robbie Eagles, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)
This was only the main event of round six, yet this was almost like a BOSJ finals! ELP may only have two losses, but is this one big enough to derail his run? As for Eagles, he gets the mic, and gets fans to clap, “EA-GEL-SU!” Eagles tells ELP, “I may hate you, but thank you for bringing out the best in me.” Fans cheer that sentiment after what we just saw. But ELP still flips Eagles off, he’s a sore loser. Eagles says he does hate ELP, but he loves Korakuen Hall! Eagles says this is his first time winning a singles match main event in NJPW, and for that, he is so proud! Fans applaud, that is a great accomplishment.
Eagles says, “Get used to this. Get used to this sight. Robbie Eagles, main event, with his arm raised high in victory. Now there’s still plenty more of the tournament to go, so I’ll rest up, put this ice on my neck, my head, sit in the bath with ice if I need to, but I will recover, and I will go on to get to the finals in the Budokan.” Eagles can’t wait until the fans can all say, “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! OI OI OI!” Fans clap along with that, as well as, “ROBBIE! OI! ROBBIE! OI!”
Fans applaud, and Eagles says, “It’s my dream to hear you all chant again. But just to leave you with one last message, to thank you all for the support you’ve given me…” And in Japanese, Eagles says, “Thank you for believing in me.” Fans applaud, will their support be the wind under Eagles’ wings that lifts him to the top?
Here are the current standings in A Block!
Ace Austin: 5-1, 10 points
Taiji Ishimori: 4-2, 8 points
Alex Zayne: 4-2, 8 points
YOH: 3-3, 6 points
SHO: 3-3, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 2-4, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 1-5, 2 points
Here are the current standings for B Block!
El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
El Phantasmo: 4-2, 8 points
El Lindaman: 4-2, 8 points
Robbie Eagles: 3-3, 6 points
Wheeler Yuta: 3-3, 6 points
TJP: 3-3, 6 points
Douki: 3-3, 6 points
Bushi: 3-3, 6 points
Master Wato: 2-4, 4 points
Titan: 1-5, 2 points
What a night for NJPW and the BOSJ! This was awesome stuff, especially with some great surprise results. They’re really keeping us guessing on who is taking these blocks. Well, for the most part. Titan and Wato are both pretty far back, but I am surprised Wato won here. I didn’t expect Titan to take as many losses as he has, but maybe they’re planning him to be a big spoiler in the final round. TJP winning was more expected and Douki is still an outside shot, but I think he’ll serve a similar role of just being a final round spoiler. Connors gets another great win, I think he’s been winning since they all arrived in Korakuen. However, he hits a really strong part of the block these final three rounds, he might not keep the streak going.
Taguchi VS Zayne was genius stuff from a comedic standpoint but that’s how Taguchi is. Did not think Zayne would bite Taguchi’s butt, but thankfully for all, the red undies were in the way. Zayne winning makes sense, though, stays just outside the top. Akira winning was also a surprise with Yoh having the main event win last night. The fans kept with the “A! KI-RA!” rhythm more than I thought, too, so I wonder how the Japan audience feels about Yoh. Great match out of Yuta and Lindaman, and Lindaman wins to stay strong near the top. Austin beating Taiji and being the only 5-1 entry was a great surprise. I would be quite surprised if someone from outside NJPW got to the finals.
Bushi beating Desperado was another great surprise, especially with Desperado VS Douki being the very next round. Douki beat Bushi, so if Douki were to beat Desperado, he’d be ahead of both of them and that’d be nuts. As for Hiromu, he’s only going to make the finals if he wins all three remaining rounds and Sho and Yoh each lose before the ninth. Sho and Yoh each have a win over him, so those two meeting in the last round is even bigger now. And then regardless of standings in the block, Eagles VS ELP was an awesome match. That was probably match of the tournament so far, really puts pressure on ELP to win the rest of his matches, this is going to be quite the home stretch.
My Score: 9.1/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 5.26.2022
OLD TNA, a sprinkle of ROH and the current IMPACT roster makes for an interesting night! The Battle of Futures Past has to have most TNA fans happy, with a little Frankie Kazarian versus some Hail Sabin. VBD taking on all the gold holders will make for something interesting. You have to assume the heels go over here to stoke the fires for Slammiversary main event, right?
Aside from that we definitely have a small Queen of the Mountain preview with Jordynne and Chelsea. Plus another Ultimate X Qualifier with “The worst wannabe Spiderman outside of Time Square” Trey Miguel facing Alex Shelley. I feel like I can already read the tea leaves here, but I’ll save that for drunk thoughts before the match starts.
Let’s get the show started!
Since we got some old vibes, IMPACT gave us the old Fox Sports Net intro, with the modern twist!
This is Wrestling Reinvented.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
- Ultimate X Qualifier: Alex Shelley vs Trey Miguel: Trey wins via Crucifix Counter Cradle – ** 3/4
- Masha Slamovich vs Havok: Masha wins via Russian Death Device – SQUASH
- Chelsea Green vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Grace Driver – ***
- Battle of Futures Past: Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian: NO CONTEST – ***
- Shera & Raj Singh vs Bhupinder Gujjar & Massive Cassidy: Gujjar wins via Gargoyle Spear – ** 1/2
- Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering) vs Josh Alexander & The Briscoes: EY wins via Piledriver – *** 1/4
Ultimate X Qualifier: Alex Shelley vs Trey Miguel
So Shelley has been on a tour of putting over the newer X Division stars. As much as I hate Trey, I expect Shelley to lose this but put up a damn good fight.
They set the stage that during the small stint where The Rascalz left IMPACT, which ended up with Wentz & Dez heading to NXT with Trey coming back a little later; apparently Shelley trained Trey. Sadly for Shelley, it hasn’t done anything. Sure Trey has learned a few more moves, but he can’t put a match together to save his life, can’t cut a promo and doesn’t evoke sympathy or anger, he’s just a waste of space.
We get a little back and forth early, Trey thinks he’s got a bit of an advantage when he turns around the offense on the outside so he taunts a bit with Push Ups in the center of the ring. Trey turns things around shortly after the taunt, as the crowd goes mild. Trey slides in Shelley, attempts a Senton but Shelley avoids and aims for the Basement Dropkick sending Trey Ass over Tits. A little corner work as Shelley props Trey in the ropes and wrenches with a Dragon Screw. Shelley is playing the arrogant role again, and much like again Mike Bailey, I don’t foresee this ending well.
Some solid strikes from Shelley, PK to the shoulder blades, rolling into the Border City Stretch but Trey gets a foot on the ropes. Trey starts trying to fight back the close chops, Shelley goes to run the ropes, and we see a clunky but somewhat effective Sliding Dropkick/Jump Over Double Stomp spot. After some recovery time, Trey is posted in the corner, Front Flips over Shelley, doesn’t sell the dinged up knee, really weak strike combination into a Stomp to the back and it all just looks terribly choreographed including the bad miss from Shelley into the Death Drop float over to Dragon Sleeper Stretch.
Trey’s offense is just one bad move after another, he is truly everything bad about early years Ospreay. Moves with no purpose aside from the move looks cool. Shelley tries to sell and slow things down from time to time, but Trey’s lack of understanding how to wrestle makes this match hard to watch. Trey doesn’t even sell convincingly…ugh this is sad. Shelley must understand the match is lacking because he tries to turn up his cruelty, and that helps but seems hard to buy since everyone loves Shelley.
One thing I do love is Shelley pulls out Marufuji’s Pole Shift Flowsion for a close 2, Automatic Midnight (Air Raid Crash) is a near fall but Shelley immediately goes into the Border City Stretch. We get a few cradle counters from both until Trey apparently gets the best of the counter roll garbage. The crowd reaction was Kyle Petty sour.
Trey is trash, stop pushing him until he learns how to wrestle.
Masha Slamovich vs Havok
Masha’s first somewhat real test, so lets see if Havok’s gatekeeper status continues.
Masha and Havok go for tough strikes, Masha hits the Headbutt and Havok tosses her showcasing the power. Masha eats a corner splash, then comes out of the corner, Spinning Heel Kick, lights up Havok and Russian Death Device.
I expected Gatekeeper status, but Masha put this match away so fast all of Decay comes out and are completely confused. Either Havok is on her way out, or they might go for some super natural power up storyline.
Chelsea Green vs Jordynne Grace
Chelsea tries to powder early to mess with Jordynne, but Jordynne chases her down and pounces. Chelsea is just eating offense for a while, until she manages a Middle Rope Rewind Kick and then starts handling Jordynne on the outside. We go to commercial, come back and Chelsea has Jodrynne in the corner landing that Double Wrist Capture Curb Stomp into the turnbuckle.
As Chelsea keeps up some offense, Jordynne seems to be getting more and more pissed off. Chelsea hits the ropes for a Big Boot or something and eats a Spinebuster for her trouble. Strike/Scoop Slam exchange but Chelsea actually got the best of things until we get an awkward spot in the corner that Chelsea looks like she had to stick around too long to tell Jordynne to grab her in the Sleeper.
Big Power moves after make you forget about the bad spot for a while. Spinning Torture Rack Bomb gives Jordynne the 2, and Chelsea barely kicks out a few times. Jordynne tries to pull out the Muscle Buster as shades of her past and TNA past. Lifted Flatliner gives Chelsea a near fall. Grace Driver attempt but Chelsea fights back before Jordynne lays in some Vader Hammers. UnPretty-Her attempt number two, and countered yet again.
After a One Winged Angel or Japanese Ocean Cyclone Suplex potential fake out, Chelsea slips out of the Electric Chair and then gets captured in the Grace Driver for the pinfall.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
Battle of Futures Past: Chris Sabin vs Frankie Kazarian
Quick attempts at offense before Kaz hits the Shoulder Tackle right into the Ground Headlock. Kaz is doing a good job trying to wear down Sabin and keep him off his feet. Holy crap Ole Dinosaur Bone referenced Serotonin as part of Kaz’s past factions. Big props to Tom for that pull.
A small series of roll ups keep the even footing moving, while if you were scoring things Kaz might be a little ahead since he was using a lot of the Headlock control, before Sabin just dumps Kaz out and over the top rope off the apron. From this point, Sabin drives Kaz into the post, hits an Apron Soccer Ball Kick and generally keeps control.
Kaz tries to pop back into the fight when they’re back in the ring, but Sabin stifles all of that with a damn good Lariat. Then a Foot Choke in the corner (Sabin didn’t team with Nash, what the hell man). Rocks Kaz, puts him in the Cross Arm Bow and Arrow before Kaz tries to rise out of it. Sabin sees the situation changing and German Suplex, drives him into the corner, stomps, tries to pull him out but Kaz lands on his feet and we get some classic Kaz offense! Up and Over, Alley Oop into the Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop. Back and forth, transition through the ropes, Sabin tries to follow but the old Leg Cutter with the middle rope stuns Sabin. Outside In Slingshot DDT, for 2.
Cradle Shock, slip out, Enzuigiri, Yakuza Kick and Sabin is rolling a few things together all of a sudden. Tornado DDT and it’s only 2. Kaz counters the corner attack with the back elbow, tries to jump to the top rope, Sabin follows for the Avalanche German, and near fall again! Both men try for some move to give them momentum, counters all over, both run the ropes, Double Crossbody spot.
As they sell, Honor No More hits the ring and ruins a really damn good match.
Honor No More are furious with what they call "20 years of lies and disrespect." #IMPACTonAXSTV @TheEddieEdwards @KennyKingPb2 @PCOisNotHuman @TheHorrorKingVM @RealMikeBennett @MattTaven pic.twitter.com/QnuLl7C9z9
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
Taven with a fantastic line after Heath says they sound stupid and he just chirps “With that accent”. Why is IMPACT Taven 10000% better than everything he did in ROH? Dammit why.
Shera & Raj Singh vs Bhupinder Gujjar & Massive Cassidy
Cass gets the best reaction of this crowd all night. It even seems to hype up Gujjar a little.
Raj and Gujjar start, which makes sense given the story they were working with of Raj trying to manage Gujjar and attach his name to the successful newcomer. Gujjar hits a Slingblade into Fame Asser before tagging in Cass. Cass Scoop Slams Gujjar into Raj, counts 2 big elbow drops while pointing at Gujjar so he can tag him in, Slingshot Elbow for the babyface team. It takes until Shera distracts Gujjar and the mob mentality backfires for the faces since Cass is mad and keeping the referees attention.
Shera and Raj double team and beat on Gujjar until the Power Slam on Raj gives the opening. The Massive One runs with the hot tag and eats all of their lunches. Shera postures up to Cass, Cass hits the Big Boot and Lariats him out, Gujjar gets the Crossbody on the outside. Cass Chokeslams Raj, motions to Gujjar and asks the crowd “him” which gets a decent reaction. Gargoyle Spear looks a little less ridiculous in tag team action.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) May 27, 2022
Violent By Design (Eric Young, Deaner & Joe Doering) vs Josh Alexander & The Briscoes
Josh leads off against…Deaner. Well nice to know the faces will get the early momentum. Josh works a Wristlock, keeping Deaner grounded of flipped but always controlled. Sussex County Chicken next in and lets Deaner slap and just sparks up the Red Neck Kung Fu. But Deaner gets the best of the situation and brings in EY. EY was caught a little unawares by Mark’s…well Mark offense, and Jay gets tagged in. Let’s also remember that Jay is a two time ROH Heavyweight Champion. So he starts to take it to EY and that shouldn’t be seen as a surprise.
Dogpile moment with Jay hitting the Tope con Hilo and Mark with the Corkscrew Splash into all three VBD members. Commercial break comes back with EY taking control back from Jay but there’s a bit of a back and forth. Jay tags in Josh, and EY doesn’t run for the tag. He wants to lead by example. Josh rocks him in the corner, 10 count punches, throws EY into the other corner for the Flair Up and Over, but EY ducks down getting Josh caught in the ropes, Deaner side swipes Josh as Joe distracts the referee.
EY tags in Deaner, Deaner hits some frantic offense, EY comes back in for a few near falls and a corner Neck Jammer using the quick tag with Deaner to keep thing fluid. Great tug of war momentum spots where Josh tries to fight back, but VBD pulls him back, and Josh has to fend off the entire faction before finally tagging in Mark for the Chicken Flavored Hot Tag. Jay blind tags to hit the Neckbreaker, Froggy Boy combo, but VBD breaks up the pin.
Big Joe hasn’t been the legal member yet, but he keeps making his presence felt. Jay has to fight back, EY tries something off the ropes, Jay hits the Frankensteiner. Assisted Powerbomb for 2, Doomsday call, but a distracted ref allows for a flag hit on Mark. Deaner DDT, but Josh breaks it up. Josh tries to finish Deaner, but EY dumps him out and Joe comes from off screen with the Flying Crossbody to squash Josh. Casey Jones mask usage, EY with the Piledriver, and VBD pick up an interesting win.
Overall Score: 7/10
Well the main event not utilizing Doering in the match and just having him run…legal interference is an interesting strategy that ultimately worked. So you know, you can’t argue with results. Getting some Dusty BS finish on the Battle of Futures Past makes me hope it’s leading to OGK + Eddie vs MCMG + Kaz. Yes that’s the Mark in me just loving Motor City and all things old school TNA. Havok being completely destroyed corroborates what I said after she lost to Tasha where she’s useless now. Granted yes Decay has all the spooky stuff, so maybe they can give her a magic potion, James Mitchell comes back, sacrifice Sunny’s sex tape or something, bring back some of the old Disciples of the New Church, like Vampiro could be cool. OR – she’s on her way out of the company. Either way, I like it when the card logically shakes out how the visual presents things.
I think my last real talking points are: 1. What move was Jordynne going for from the Electric Chair? 2. Ain’t it nice to see Cass help Gujjar get over a little? – Never really expected Cass to be back in a position to help anyone else like this, but it’s nice to see. So all in all, solid show with decent implications leading to Slammiversary.
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