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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/4/21)

Raw wraps up the Draft!



Coverage Raw 2021

The 2021 WWE Draft comes to a close!

SmackDown went through half the picks, now Raw finishes things up! Who will stay on Team Red? And who is moved over to the blue brand?


  • WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Jeff Hardy; Priest wins and retains the title.
  • Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke; Baszler wins.
  • Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; Garza & Carrillo win.
  • Big E & Drew McIntyre VS The Dirty Dawgs; Big E & McIntyre win.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Backstage Bamboozle: Reggie retains the 24/7 Championship.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Natalya & Tamina; Rhea & Nikki win and retain the titles.
  • The New Day VS The Hurt Business; The New Day wins.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins, by disqualification.


Raw shows their first night’s draft picks!

Big E, Edge, RKBRO, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H, Rey & Dominik Mysterio, “Doudrop” Piper Niven, “Bearcat” Keith Lee, Nia Jax, John Morrison, Reggie, Drake Maverick, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Austin Theory, Zelina Vega, T-Bar, the Alpha Academy, Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez are ALL Team Red! How much bigger can things get with night two?


Becky Lynch is here!

The SmackDown Women’s Champion is here, and the Man’s come ’round to Nashville! Big Time Becks gets a mic, and she’s excited to be on Monday Night Raw. It’s been a year and a half since she’s been on this show and it feels good to be back. But she’s about to make a lot of executives unhappy with jumping the gun, but she doesn’t care! She does what she wants! So the first pick for Monday Night Raw tonight is… Fans already guess it, and it’s BECKY! This is her show now! Now she’s still holding the SmackDown title but she was the longest reigning Raw Women’s Championship, and she never actually lost that belt!

And the person holding that belt right now, they’ve gone back and forth. Charlotte hasn’t been the same since the last time Becky beat her. But when Charlotte last beat Becky, Becky’s been better than ever and Charlotte can’t stand it! So Becky thinks it is time to become #BeckyTwoBelts once again! Fans like the sound of that but here comes The Queen! Charlotte struts her way to the ring, but fans chant for “Becky Two Belts!” Charlotte wants to first say hi to her old friend, Becks. But Charlotte says that before Becky won, she was just “Becky Preshow.” Charlotte made Becky famous. And Becky needs to get over her inferiority complex. She’ll always be looking up to the most decorated woman in sports entertainment.

But it’s good Becky is leaving SmackDown, these two have unfinished business. But here comes Bianca Belair! The EST is back on Raw and in her reddEST outfit. Fans chant for “E S T!” as Bianca hears them talking unfinished business. Bianca’s got unfinished business with both of them. They must feel threaten cuz they both took cheap shots at Bianca on Friday during and after the main event. So neither of these two are ready for the EST of the WWE to become the EST of Monday Night Raw. “Cuz I go here now.” Aw how cute, Bianca. But shh, the champions are talking. Hold up, Charlotte. Who you think you talking to? Did you just disrespect Bianca?

Fans chant “Charlotte Sucks! Charlotte Sucks!” and Charlotte counters with “What? What?” Bianca says Charlotte is here, but she don’t even go here! So then, Becky. Get your girl cuz she don’t know Bianca. Whoa, whoa, Charlotte is no one’s girl. And she is not a girl, she is a woman! And she isn’t disrespecting Bianca. Bianca’s done a lot, from winning the Royal Rumble to winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship to main-eventing WrestleMania! She’s done almost as much as Charlotte! But the only thing anyone should be doing is asking for autographs and thanking Charlotte for paving the way.

Becky says that sounds pretty disrespectful. If it was Becks, she’d fight Charlotte right now. But Becky’s beaten Charlotte so many times, there’s nothing to left to prove. But Becky feels these two haven’t fought on Raw. What would happen? Charlotte wants everyone to wait. “Bianca, I only give out opportunities. Not charities.” Becky says she wouldn’t take that, either. Bianca says she can give Charlotte something. The earrings start coming off but Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce come out to stop this. They can make the right opportunity for this in one hell o fa main event. For the first time ever on Raw, Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair!

But there’s more! Natalya & Tamina are having a rematch for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships with Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H! And even bigger, a US Championship match will kick things off! And with that, the Charismatic Enigma heads out! Jeff Hardy is heading to SmackDown, but can he grab the title and bring it along with him?


Raw returns with the first round of draft picks.

The cat’s outta the bag, it’s official now, Raw chooses BECKY LYNCH! SmackDown chooses the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, The Usos! Sounds like Paul Heyman’s negotiations worked out. The Usos are backstage shaking hands and Paul Heyman thanks God for this mercy. Raw now chooses… BOBBY LASHLEY! Mondays stay mighty and Lashley is happy his suit matches the brand. And SmackDown closes the round with… Sasha Banks! The Boss stays on the blue brand, will she make it #LEGIT?


WWE United States Championship: Damian Priest VS Jeff Hardy!

Raw returns to the ring and the Archer of Infamy makes his entrance. He and Hardy have faced off already, will Priest make sure Hardy doesn’t take this title away to SmackDown?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and a critical moment in this Draft happens in the ring!

Hardy and Priest circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Priest wrenches to a hammerlock then a headlock. Hardy powers out, Priest runs him over with a shoulder. Things keep moving, Priest rolls over Hardy’s drop down. Hardy rams shoulders but Priest rebounds to run Hardy over! Cover, TWO! Priest keeps on Hardy but Hardy JAWBREAKERS back! Hardy kicks, throws hands, but Priest counter punches! Priest ROCKS Hardy then ROUNDHOUSES him down! Hardy flops out of the ring, Priest goes out to get him up. Choke grip but Hardy fights free! Hardy is on the apron now, and he LEAPS, only to crash ‘n’ burn as Priest dodges!

Priest gets in the ring and then builds speed, but Hardy moves! Priest slips out the side, goes up the steps, CANNONBALL! Direct hit and Priest fires up as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Hardy fights Priest as they’re both up top! Hardy throws headlock punches and then elbows Priest down. Hardy adjusts for a WHISPER IN THE WIND! Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps going and he CLUBS Priest at the ropes. Priest reverses the whip, dodges the haymaker and WHEEL KICKS Hardy down! Priest hurries to get Hardy up, dragon sleeper and RECK- NO! Hardy slips out, TWIST- NO! BELL CLAP and a RIPCORD ROUNDHOUSE! Hardy rebounds to SLINGBLADE! Kick and TWIST OF FATE! Hardy throws off the shirt and climbs up top! Fans fire up and Hardy SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! And into a ghost pin! Priest wins!!

Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

The momentum flips in an instant, and the US Championship stays on Raw! Priest shows Hardy respect by helping him up, and Hardy shows it back. Hardy is still frustrated, can he use the move to SmackDown as a way to refresh himself? Sarah interviews Hardy to ask him about that move. Hardy says he loves the fans, and is so good to be in front of them again. He’s been to the highest of highs and crashed back down to reality at times. That said, Hardy going to SmackDown might be the perfect opportunity to see a different side of him. A different ego, if you will. But for the next few weeks, he’s still here so he intends to make the most of it.

Wait, who is this coming out? Austin Theory, Raw’s choice from NXT! Theory doesn’t mean to disrespect Hardy as he introduces himself and says a dream has come true. Theory got put on Raw and he gets to be in the ring with the legendary Jeff Hardy! Hardy motivated and inspired Theory and look where he is today! Theory doesn’t mean to fanboy right now, but could they take a selfie? Fans aren’t sure but Hardy gives Theory that opportunity. They take the pic, Theory saves it, then he CLOBBERS Hardy! Theory fireman’s carries to the A T L!! Hardy is down from the Austin Theory Liftoff, and Theory takes another selfie to rub it in. Is Theory going to use this to make his way up to the top?


Backstage interview with RKBRO.

Randy Orton and Matt Riddle are both still on Raw, but they’re going to defend their tag titles at Crown Jewel against AJ Styles & Omos. Riddle is just excited to have Orton back! especially with Ogre Omos choke slamming him. Is that a snake in Orton’s pocket or is he just as happy as Riddle? But hey! They’re back in action, time for sweet revenge. Speaking of, Orton took some sweet time off. He is glowing right now, like a skinless snake sitting in the sun. What? Riddle learned that snakes shed their skin in school. Orton says the useless facts are fine, but is he done? Yes. Okay. Then they have the opportunity to defend their titles and shut Styles & Omos up once and for all.

But that’s not until Crown Jewel. So don’t fret, because it’s a very special night here in Nashville. Orton has a proposition. “Omos. I’m talking to you, big brother. I think that it is time, Omos, that you finally go one on one… with the Legend Killer.” Riddle is in awe! Is the Viper about to bring down the biggest prey he’s ever gone after?


Raw returns with more draft picks!

The second round of tonight opens with Raw taking Seth Rollins! A highly logical pick, of course. SmackDown chooses… WWE Intercontinental Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura, and his rockin’ bard, Rick Boogs! The duo is fired up and rocking backstage! Raw then chooses… Damian Priest! The US Championship truly stays on Raw now that the Archer of Infamy is staying! But SmackDown takes SHEAMUS! Will the Fella make Fridays all about the fights?


Shayna Baszler VS Dana Brooke!

The Queen of Spades has been on the meanest of mean streaks and that’s still putting it mildly. But #FlexAppeal is back and she’s stepping up to fight the bully. Will Dana be the one to succeed? Or will she end up sidelined just like Nia Jax and Eva Marie?

Raw returns and Dana is in the ring. The bell rings, Dana dodges Shayna, goes after Shayna’s arm then fires off haymakers. The ref counts, Dana lets off only to tie Shayna up in the ropes. Dana digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, but Shayna gets her arms and brings her around for a BACKBREAKER! Dana writhes and clutches her arms as they were jammed in that move, but Shayna gets her up to whip hard into buckles! Shayna then stands on Dana, isolates the arm and lets down her hair, but Dana turns stomp into roll up! TWO, and Shayna has an ARMBAR! Dana flails, Shayna drags her into the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Dana taps, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission

But she isn’t done! She goes out and pursues Dana. The ref tells her to back off, we’ve seen this two weeks in a row already. Shayna wrenches the arm and BOOTS it against the LED apron! Shayna smirks, pulls steel steps apart, then drags Dana over to steps! But here comes DOUDROP! Piper Niven won’t let Shayna bully Dana any longer. Shayna smirks at Piper, but then goes after her from behind! The clubbing forearm didn’t knock Piper over, and now Shayna may have picked on the wrong person. Will Piper be the one to give Shayna a taste of her own medicine?


The Usos are fired up backstage.

Heyman finishes a call but Kevin Patrick spooks him. Kevin asks that they must all feel good now that The Bloodline stays together on Raw, all thanks to Heyman’s influence. Well at least Kevin is prettier than Kayla. And yes, this is Heyman’s influence. He isn’t just the Special Counsel, he is the Warden of the Uso Penitentiary. Is that how Heyman managed Brock Lesnar’s free agency? Heyman is speechless and the Usos are in a bad mood again. They leave without him, can Heyman ever set the record straight?


Mansoor & Mustafa Ali VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo!

A rematch from a couple weeks ago, the Star of Saudi Arabia and the Beacon see if they can game plan a counter strategy for the lucha libre cousin combo. Will Garza & Carrillo keep their win streak going? Or can Mansoor & Mustafa finally figure teaming up out?

Mansoor starts with Carrillo, and Carrillo knees Mansoor right at the bell! Carrillo CLUBS and stomps Mansoor, then drags him up to whip him to a corner. Corner splash and fast hands! Carrillo CHOPS, stomps, then whips corner to corner. Mansoor returns to tilt-o-whirl inverted DDT! Both men crawl, hot tags to Ali and Garza! Things speed up, Ali calf kicks Garza then bumps him off buckles. Garza reverses the whip but Ali slips out of the corner to ROUNDHOUSE and somersault, into a ROLLING ELBOW! OFF COME THE PANTS! Now Garza matches Carrillo, but Ali wrenches, knees and FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, Carrillo breaks it!

Mansoor throws Carrillo out then PLANCHAS, only to miss! Carrillo CLOBBERS Mansoor and tells him off, but Ali O’Conner Rolls! TWO, and into a buckle Garza digs his boots in, then lets off so Carrillo can POST Ali! Garza covers, he and Carrillo win!

Winners: Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

Handsome for sure, but devious to boot! Will these two continue to heat things up in the Raw Tag Division?

Wait, here comes Big E! The Powerhouse of Positivity loves the energy, but what will he have to say about all things WWE Draft 2021? We find out, after the break!


Raw returns with the third round of draft picks!

Raw starts this one off with… The Phenomenal AJ Styles and Omos! It only makes sense if they’re to challenge for the Raw Tag Team Championships. But will Omos give Orton his 1v1 match? SmackDown responds with… Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades has a whole new set of superstars to go after now. And Raw takes the relentless Kevin Owens! The Prizefighter is back on Raw! SmackDown closes and selects NXT’s Xia Li! Tian Sha has sharpened her to a razor’s edge, who will she cut down in the near future?


Big E is in the ring!

“Nashviiiille~! It feels incredible to be on MY show, Monday Night Raw! But, I’d be lying if I said this past week or so didn’t meet me with some challenges. For one, for the second consecutive year, Kofi & Woods were drafted to a brand that I am not on.” Fans boo that, but then rally up with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Big E thanks them for that and notes the most physically grueling match of his career where he made sure the All Mighty Bobby Lashley fell down to his knees, and he came to show the world that he is indeed our RIGHTFUL WWE World Champion! Nashville chant “E! E! E!”

But in typical WWE fashion, before Big E could even breathe, his very next challenger came and declared himself. “This man is no joke. This man is a two-time WWE Champion. This man is an actual and literal swordsman. This man, is Drew McIntyre.” Big E won’t waste any more time by asking McIntyre to come to the ring and speak his mind. And so, here is the Scottish Warrior! And his sword, Angela, too! McIntyre joins Big E in the ring, Big E tells him to watch where he points the sword. McIntyre raises it up over his head before he sheaths it in the corner. McIntyre then gets a mic to tell Nashville, “It’s a DREW day, yes it is!”

Now McIntyre is going to SmackDown but he has unfinished business on Raw. Many months ago, he was screwed out of the WWE title and he has been biding his time. He’s been waiting for a hero to liberate the title from Lashley, and Big E did it! This is the part where most would antagonize Big E or egg him into a match, but McIntyre tells the truth. Big E deserves to be WWE Champion. Fans cheer that sentiment, and chant, “You Deserve It!” Big E has the love of the fans, of the others in the back, but surely Big E was waiting on social media for a congratulation. But McIntyre does things the old fashioned way and he wants to congratulate Big E face to face.

Fans cheer as the two shake hands, and McIntyre says, “But… Yeah, it was coming. Technically, you did cash-in on an injured Lashley. Although technically, Lashley attacked me from behind and I got cashed in on, so he does deserve it. And technically nobody likes Lashley anyway so you did the world a favor! And technically, it finally, after all this time allows me to do this. E, I challenge you for a match for the WWE Championship.” But wait, the Dirty Dawgs are here? Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler want all of this to wait a moment. Roode & Ziggler were minding their own business, waiting to here where they’re going, but couldn’t help but overhear this beautiful story.

Ziggler says this is all very inspirational. Ziggler’s a huge fan of E’s and is very proud. He even texted Big E but he left it unread and that’s fine. But this is a motivational, inspirational story. Ziggler just wanted to know why Big E was handing out congrats, he forgot Ziggler. Big E is supposed to thank Ziggler? Yeah! Many forget, but Ziggler has a reminder. Footage plays of 2013, when Ziggler was World Heavyweight Champion and Big E was his sidekick. Big E was super strong! They were at WrestleMania and beyond! Surely his mentoring had nothing to do with Big E’s success. But without Ziggler, there is no New Day, no Money in the Bank cash-in. Hell! Woods might not’ve been born! There is no Big E without #DZ!

McIntyre says Ziggler might have a point. But Ziggler reminds McIntyre where he was a few years ago. Ziggler is just bringing it up because McIntyre, another inspirational story of bringing himself back to the WWE, owes it all to Ziggler. 2018, they were a duo, helping each other out, and Ziggler was the one guiding McIntyre, all the while knowing McIntyre would main event against Brock Lesnar! All Ziggler’s ever wanted as a gentleman is a simple, “Thank you.” He did all the work, these guys rode the coattails. So he wants a thanks from them? Yes. Big E and McIntyre huddle up, and clearly Ziggler’s upgraded from them to Roode. Oh ha ha!

Roode says he is twice the friend and twice the tag team partner McIntyre ever was! As for Big E, he was a bodyguard! Bug Roode puts the “body” in bodyguard! Big E? Well this is BIG BOB! No one will ever call him that. Don’t disrespect Big Bob! And this is about Dolph! He was the kingmaker here! He is just asking for a simple thanks! “Because I am the perfect gentleman.” McIntyre and Big E nod, and McIntyre says, “What does Nashville think?” Fans boo Ziggler and Big E says they do owe something. That something is an ASS WHOOPIN’! The two Dirty Dawgs can take on Big E & BIG D! Right here, tonight, and right now!! It’s go time, after the break!

Big E & Drew McIntyre VS The Dirty Dawgs!

Raw returns and Ziggler starts against McIntyre. The bell rings, they circle, Ziggler fires off hands. McIntyre comes back and CLOBBERS Ziggler! Then he dead lift suplexes and TOSSES Ziggler to the corner! Tag to Big E and he puts Ziggler on the apron. Big E then gives Ziggler an APRON SPLASH! Ziggler flounders and Big E dares Roode to tag in. Roode tags in but things speed up and Big E hurdles to CLOBBER Roode. Big E tags in Drew, he CHOPS Roode then whips. Roode kicks back, swings but misses, NECKBREAKER and a kip up from McIntyre! Tag to Big E, he walks over into Roode’s kick. Roode bumps Big E off buckles, tags Ziggler, and they whip to dropkick! Cover, ONE!!

Big E snarls but Ziggler wraps on a chinlock. Ziggler wants Big E to show “daddy” something. Fans rally up for E and he fights up but into the Dawgs’ corner. Tag to Roode, they mug Big E, then Roode stomps a mudhole. The ref counts, Roode lets off and brings Big E up. Roode suplexes and goes to the corner to hop up. Roode leaps but the knee drop hits nothing but mat! Big E tags in McIntyre and he BOOTS Roode down! McIntyre gets Roode up, whips him to ropes and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! McIntyre clinches in the corner, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ziggler runs in but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!

McIntyre runs at Roode but Roode dodges and McIntyre hits posts! Roode distracts the ref, Ziggler SUPERKICKS McIntyre down! Fans boo as the Dawgs get away with that one, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Roode grinds McIntyre down with a chinlock. Fans rally as McIntyre endures and fights up to his feet. McIntyre throws body shots then ROCKS Roode with a right! McIntyre ends up in the Dawgs’ corner, he fights his way out, but Roode kicks McIntyre’s leg! Roode whips but McIntyre reverses to GLASGOW KISS! Both men are down from the headbutt and fans fire up! Roode tags Ziggler, hot tag to Big E! Big E gets DZ for an OVERHEAD B3lly2belly of his own! Then another! Then dodge to the side Belly2Belly! Fans fire up and Big E swivels them hips. Big E runs and hits the BIG SPLASH! Big E claps it up and fans join in, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”

Big E scoops Ziggler, Ziggler claws eyes and slips off, to run and- NO! No DDT as Big E shoves Ziggler. Ziggler runs into the Urenag-E! Cover, Roode breaks it! Roode drags Big E up but is thrown out! Big E runs but into a knee! Ziggler runs up, ZIGZAG!! Cover, McIntyre breaks it in time! Roode clubs McIntyre out of the ring, then leaps, into McIntyre’s arms! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Ziggler still rolls Big E, TWO! SUPER- NO! Big E dodges and CLOBBERS Ziggler on the return! Straps come down and Big E drags Ziggler up! McIntyre tags in, which disappoints Big E. McIntyre gives us the countdown, and CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre & Big E win!

Winners: Big E & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall

Big E is fine with McIntyre doing that, but here comes Roode! Big E intercepts, scoops and hits the BIG ENDING! McIntyre picks up the title and looks at it. Big E takes it from him, and if McIntyre wants it so bad, then it’ll be on at Crown Jewel. McIntyre likes the sound of that! Will Big E be able to keep the title away from McIntyre and SmackDown?


Reggie asks Adam Pearce for something.

Someone said Pearce wanted to talk to Reggie in regards to the Draft. Um, that’s news to Pearce. Maybe someone gave him bad info. Huh. Wait, wait, wait. The VIKING RAIDERS block Reggie’s path! R-Truth gets Reggie! Just give up the title! Reggie slips out of his jacket then dodges Truth, dodges Drew Gulak, dodges Jaxson Ryker, and dodges Drake Maverick coming in on a golf cart! Reggie goes up a table, up a crane lift’s arm, then flips off that, only to end up face to face with Apollo Crews & Azeez. Apollo says it is okay. Good to see Reggie again. Right, yeah. Maverick rushes in, Reggie dodges and the chase takes off into the night!

Apollo says he was right, things would get very exciting here on Raw. But will the Pride of Nigeria and his Commander look to take over more than just the 24/7 tier?


Kevin Owens is here!

And with him comes the KO Show! What will the Prizefighter say about what’s been happening on SmackDown?

Raw returns and Kevin doesn’t have his set, but he doesn’t have much time to say anything, anyway, as Akira Tozawa barges out! Tozawa apologizes but wants to say, Kevin is here, welcome back to Raw! Fans cheer that, but Tozawa says he isn’t here to fight Kevin. He wants to fight Reggie for the 24/7 Championship! Tozawa waits, but Kevin tosses the mic aside to STUNNER! Tozawa is down, Kevin shrugs and moves on. Will Kevin worry about venting next time?


Raw has more draft picks!

To open the fourth round, Raw chooses… The Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins return to Raw, Monday wants the smoke! SmackDown counters by taking the Viking Raiders! Erik & Ivar were once Raw Tag Team Champions, can they raid the SmackDown tag titles soon enough? Raw then selects… The Prince, FINN BALOR! The inaugural Universal Champion is back on the red brand, will he make Mondays Too Sweet? SmackDown closes this round with… The One & Only RICOCHET! Will going to Fridays be a fresh start for the King of Flight?


WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H. VS Natalya & Tamina!

#SuperBrutality is again facing the Queen of Harts & Daughter of Superfly! While they were drafted to Raw, will Rhea & Nikki keep the keys to all brands here tonight? Or will Natty & Tamina once again be statement makers and title takers?

Raw returns and Natalya & Tamina make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the belts stay on the red team or go back to blue.

The teams sort out, Natty starts with Nikki, kicks and bumps her off buckles, then bumps her off more buckles! And more buckles! Natty fires off in the corner, the ref counts and Natty lets off. Natty whips, Nikki goes up and over and keeps moving to dropkick Natty’s legs out. Nikki then basement dropkicks and Natty bails out. Nikki pursues and fires off hands! Natty goes around the way, Nikki chases her into the ring but Tamina tags in. Nikki DECKS Natty but Tamina BOOTS Nikki down! Tamina fires up and she drags Nikki up to bump off buckles. Tamina then TOSSES Nikki across the ring! Tamina stands Nikki up, clotheslines and HEADBUTTS Nikki down!

Tamina and Natty taunt Nashville, then Tamina toys with Nikki. Tamina fireman’s carries but Nikki slips into a SLEEPER! Rhea reaches out but Tamina throws Nikki away! SUPERKICK! Cover, Rhea breaks it in time! Tamina drags Nikki up, tags Natty, and then Natty gets the legs. Natty steps through but Nikki cradles! TWO, Nikki slips off the scoop, tag to Rhea! Rhea and Natty fire off hands, Rhea shoves Natty then dodges to dropkick Tamina! Rhea spins Natty for a short arm LARIAT! And another! Ripcord and HEADBUTT! Then a snapmare to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Rhea and she drags Natty back up. Natty shoves but Rhea heel kicks!

Natty dodges in the corner, uses ropes to rebound Rhea for the sit-down spine jammer! Natty steps on Rhea but Rhea avoids the basement dropkick! NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Tamina breaks it! Tamina drags Natty to the corner, tags in, but Rhea BOOTS Tamina out! Natty & Tamina regroup, but Nikki SUPER CROSSBODIES! Nikki is fired up, she and Rhea get Tamina in! Pump handle, RIPTIDE! Tag to Nikki and she gets a boot off Rhea’s shoulders, ELECTRIC CHAIR SPLASH! Cover, Nikki & Rhea win!

Winners: Rhea Ripley & Nikki A.S.H, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

That was some BOOM ZIP KAPOW, superhero level action! But we all know Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox are still owed a shot. Will #SuperBrutality have to worry about the tank and the Shiniest Wizard from here on out?


Raw returns with the fifth round of draft picks!

Raw opens this round with choosing… Karrion Kross! Doomsday stays on Mondays, who faces the apocalypse next? SmackDown chooses… Humberto Carrillo & Angel Garza! We just saw them win tonight, will they keep things going once they move to Fridays? Raw continues and selects… Alexa Bliss! She may be mourning Lilly, but will she be back more twisted than ever? SmackDown closes this round with Cesaro! The Swiss Cyborg stays on the blue brand, will he be able to rebuild towards the top?


GOLDBERG is here!

The Hall of Famer issued his final warning to Bobby Lashley, but now he wants a face-to-face to hear Lashley’s response. He gets the mic and shouts out SEC Country! “Bobby Lashley has the audacity to claim that what he did to my son was a ‘misunderstanding.’ It wasn’t. It was intentional! So tonight, I’m inviting Bobby Lashley in this ring so I can intentionally break his frickin’ neck.” And so here comes Lashley! Lashley tells Bill that for the last time, what happened at SummerSlam was a misunderstanding. And Goldberg must be out of his mind thinking Lashley is going to risk this custom made suit just to whoop Goldberg’s ass again. Some people aren’t still dressing like it’s 1998.

Lashley knows Goldberg is angry, but Goldberg needs to understand Lashley’s perspective. This is character assassination, Goldberg owes Lashley an apology. They will have a match, at Crown Jewel, but under one condition! The match is NO HOLDS BARRED. Goldberg is happy for that! He thanks Lashley for that! That match gives Goldberg “license to kill!” Lashley thinks Goldberg is crazy? Well he is! Lashley wants an apology? Here it is: Goldberg will apologize to Lashley’s kids after he leaves Lashley gasping for air in the ring. “Because there’s one thing for sure, Bobby Lashley. You’re next. And, you’re dead!” Does the Rocky Mountain Machine realize what he just gave Goldberg?

But Lashley says Goldberg can’t kill the All Mighty. And the fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree, so let Gage know that if he has the balls to do what he did last time, then it won’t be a misunderstanding this time. So what would Goldberg do if someone came out and jumped on his back? Like right now! THE HURT BUSINESS jump Goldberg from behind! But Goldberg elbows Shelton Benjamin away, throws off Cedric Alexander then KNEES him down! Benjamin swings, Goldberg dodges and SPEARS! Prime Alexander and the Gold Standard just got steamrolled, will far worse happen to Lashley at Crown Jewel?


Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Visionary sings, “Guess who’s back? Back again! Sethy’s back! Tell your friends!” And guess what? The best part is, Mikey (Kevin), is that Rollins is better than ever! But also drafted to Raw is- No no no, do NOT say his name. This is Rollins’ party! Don’t rain on his parade. Rollins takes care of that business on SmackDown. This is Raw. Rollins doesn’t give a s*it who steps to him! He is a visionary! He is a revolutionary! He is SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! Party time! Pints!! Is Rollins going to compartmentalize between the brands the next few weeks?


The New Day VS The Hurt Business!

Well, we just saw Cedric & Shelton try to punk out Goldberg only to made into the punks. Will the Power of Positivity only add to their misery here tonight?

Raw returns and Benjamin starts with Kofi. They tie up, Shelton RAMS Kofi into the corner, throws hands, then lets off as the ref counts. Shelton hits Kofi again, whips then back drops! Kofi crashes, Shelton takes a breath then tags in Cedric. They mug Kofi, Cedric CLUBS and stomps Kofi down, then drags him up to tag Shelton back in. Shelton throws hands, then forearms, then whips corner to corner. Kofi goes up and hits a TORNADO DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up. Hot tags to Cedric and Woods! Woods rallies on Cedric, dodges and LEG LARIATS! Woods whips, Cedric reverses but Woods tilt-o-whirls to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP!

Woods runs in at the corner but is put out. Woods falls off the apron, but he dodges Shelton. Kofi DOUBLE STOMPS Shelton down, Woods ROCKS and GAMANGIRIS Cedric down! Woods walks the tightrope for the LIMIT BREAKER! Cover, New Day wins!

Winners: The New Day, by pinfall

Woods shouts, “CROWN ME! CROWN ME! CROWN ME! ALL HAIL KING WOODS!!” But out come The Street Profits! Nashville chants, “We want the smoke!” but the Profits congratulate the New Day. Congrats on their new movie, too, “Escape the Undertaker.” How did they do it? No, that’s spoilers. But all the chopping up they did on SmackDown, the Profits want to congratulate the New Day on this win. Plus, they wanted to tell the WWE Universe that they are back on Monday Night Raw! And #WeWantTheSmoke! Everyone high fives and share the drinks. Kofi loves it! Will they each love being on their new home brands after Crown Jewel?


RKBRO head to the ring!

The Bro scoots alongside The Viper, but will the Mountain of a Main accept the 1v1 challenge? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns and Orton has a mic. “Omos. I’m here, and I am ready.” We still haven’t gotten a response for the challenge, so it makes Orton wonder… Is Omos AJ Styles’ personal colossus? Or just a big bitch? Styles & Omos head out now, and Styles has the music cut short to say, “Are you kidding me? You want a response?” They were celebrating Styles’ win over Gilligan there. Riddle is Gilligan cuz Styles is Skipper. But anyway, Orton is insignificant. It doesn’t matter if Omos destroys Orton tonight or not, and he would. Because frankly Randy, does Riddle have any brain cells left to stop Styles & Omos from taking the titles at Crown Jewel?

It’s great that they’ve all been drafted to Raw, actually! Because Styles & Omos can gloat week after week that they brought an end to this asinine team known as R K BRO. And as far as the 1v1 goes- Orton DECKS Styles! Omos DECKS Riddle, and these two are 1v1 after all! Orton dodges Omos, to RKO Styles! RKBRO bails out, because this was never about going 1v1 tonight! Can Orton and Riddle make sure Styles and Omos only get beat at Crown Jewel?


Raw returns with the last round of the entire draft!

Raw opens this sixth round with choosing… Carmella! The Most Beautiful Woman in ALL of the WWE is here on Mondays, and she is happy to hear it! SmackDown chooses… NXT’s RIDGE HOLLAND! Northern Grit is going to make the blue brand black ‘n’ blue! Raw chooses the NCAA champion and 2020 gold medalist, GABLE STEVESON! And SmackDown closes out the year with the very last pick! SAMI ZAYN! The Great Liberator is staying on SmackDown, will he continue to claim conspiracy now that he’s Mr. Irrelevant?


Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair!

So the Queen is still Raw Women’s Champion, but she’s going to SmackDown after Crown Jewel. Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch are going to Raw but they’ll be battling for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Crown Jewel. Will the EST defeat one champion before going after the other? Or will Bianca’s return to Raw be ruined before it’s even official?

But wait! Here comes Big Time Becks! She clearly wants to see this up close and personal. But will she have any affect on the outcome like she did on Friday? We find out, after the break.

Raw returns once again and the bell rings. The fans cheer for “E S T! E S T!” but Charlotte keeps her cool. Charlotte and Bianca circle, tie up, and go around. Charlotte headlocks, hits a takeover, but Bianca moves around to headscissor. Bianca squeezes tight but Charlotte kips free, only for Bianca to headlocks. Bianca hits a takeover but Charlotte headscissors. Bianca pries free then kips up and runs in, but Charlotte sweeps. Cover, ONE! Bianca sweeps, covers, ONE! Charlotte kicks low, throws Bianca by her hair, then smirks as she stands over her. Things speed up, Charlotte cartwheels and handsprings, but Bianca returns the favor!

Bianca scoops, Charlotte slips off, things keep moving and Charlotte basement dropkicks! Charlotte kips up again and grins as she has Bianca in a corner. Charlotte bumps Bianca off buckles, whips and bumps Bianca into more buckles, but gets annoyed as fans chant for the EST. Charlotte whips corner to corner, Bianca goes up and over and handsprings to a corner to say kiss this. Charlotte runs in, Bianca goes up and over again then dropkicks Charlotte down! Bianca kips up and fans fire up and says kiss this again. But Charlotte rolls it up, TWO! Bianca kicks low, bumps Charlotte off buckles and brings Charlotte around for another buckle bump.

Bianca taunts Charlotte, runs in but Charlotte BOOST her! Charlotte whips Bianca to a corner, Bianca reverses but Charlotte tumbles up then out. Charlotte shoulders into Bianca, ROCKS her with a forearm, then drags Bianca out to the apron. Bianca fights back with body shots, ROCKS Charlotte in return, then reels Charlotte in. Charlotte pulls the ponytail to block the suplex! Charlotte kicks low, turns Bianca around, BACKBREAKER to ELBOW DROP DDT to the apron! Charlotte drags Bianca down to TOSS her into the timekeeper’s area! Charlotte soaks up the heat and mocks the EST as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once more and Charlotte has a dragon sleeper on Bianca! Bianca fights with knees, then uses the corner to go up and over. Bianca runs into a knee from Charlotte, but she dodges the boot to dropkick! Bianca wrenches Charlotte to a suplex and she holds Charlotte up for a count of 10! Cover, TWO! Bianca stomps Charlotte and handsprings to a MOONSAULT onto knees! Charlotte CHOPS Bianca, then CHOPS again! And again! Bianca dodges but she runs into a clothesline from Charlotte! Charlotte rolls Bianca up, TWO! Charlotte dead lifts Bianca to a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!

Charlotte goes to a corner and aims as Bianca rises. Charlotte runs in as fans duel, Bianca slips out of Natural Selection! Bianca wrenches sand suplexes but charlotte slips out to use the ponytail! Bianca ROCKS Charlotte, torture racks, KISS OF- NO! Charlotte lands on her feet, both women dodge the other, SPEAR from Charlotte! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte is furious but she also grins as she stalks Bianca to a corner. Bianca back elbows but Charlotte ROCKS her back. Charlotte has the leg but Bianca avoid the knee drop! SPINEBUSTER! Not the cleanEST but still good! High stack, TWO! Charlotte survives but Bianca puts her in a drop zone!

Bianca climbs up, but Charlotte bumps ropes to trip her up! And then BOOTS her down! Charlotte climbs up as Becky boasts on commentary, MOONSAULT but Bianca moves, SECOND MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Charlotte hurries to get a leg, but Bianca turns the Figure Four into and inside cradle! TWO, and Bianca ROCKS Charlotte! Torture rack, KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, but Becky drags Bianca out?!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by disqualification

And Becky RAMS her into steps! BECKSPLODER into barriers! And then Becky puts Bianca back in the ring for a MANHANDLE SLAM! But SASHA BANKS is here! And she’s getting revenge on Becky! Mudhole stomps and a METEORA! But then METEORA for Bianca! Sasha stomps Bianca but Becky fires off on Sasha! Sasha gets around to hit a BACKSTABBER! The Legit Boss just sent a message to both the Man and the EST, will she be the one keeping the SmackDown Women’s Championship on Friday Night SmackDown?

My Thoughts:

Another pretty good Raw, even with the Draft. Quite a few of the supplemental picks from after SmackDown surprised me. I thought this was the chance for Nia to go to SmackDown but guess not. And Alpha Academy coming to Raw makes sense after seeing that Gable Stevenson is skipping NXT to be right on Raw. I have a feeling Stevenson interacts with Chase Gable & Otis right away, given Chad is a former Olympiad. But the entire 24/7 “Division” being kept on Raw makes sense. It seems only USA Network cares about this title and the pseudo American Ninja Warrior moments backstage with Reggie and the others.

One thing surprising was that the draft and the countdown to Crown Jewel is clearly putting a finite point on a few of the smaller feuds. Shayna beat Dana quickly but Piper stopped her from breaking Dana, only for Shayna to be drafted to SmackDown. Garza & Carrillo go to SmackDown, which does help that division build up a bit, and puts a pin on the feud with Mansoor & Ali. But only seeing T-Bar and not Mace in the supplemental picks, I wonder if the two of them finally ditch their Retribution gimmicks, as random as that’d be. Tozawa’s newest shtick seems to be similar to what John Morrison’s was a few weeks ago: getting beat up by guys that’re too much for him.

Kevin Owens being split of from Sami Zayn kills my hopes of them feuding with “Happy” Corbin & “Madcap” Moss to then move on to the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, and this might even be a sign Kevin is leaving to join his friends in AEW. On the other hand, Raw naturally secures the Raw Tag Team Champions and their challengers so that the titles stay put no matter what, and they can perpetuate that feud forever. The segment between RKBRO and Styles & Omos was alright, but it gets them screen time. But Austin Theory had a great impact his first day back going after Hardy. Also, why the hell is Vince acting like Theory wasn’t here during ThunderDome era?

Rhea & Nikki VS Natty & Tamina was good but obviously filler because who else does WWE even have right now before all these draft picks and call ups take effect? I was most disappointed that Natty & Tamina didn’t break up over this. Tamina should stay on SmackDown, Natty should be a supplemental pick to Raw. Tamina goes Bloodline, Natty at least gets to give more midcard strength to Raw. And as for Shotzi & Tegan still waiting their turn, that better happen on the “season premiere” of SmackDown as an aside to the King of the Ring and Queen’s Crown tournaments starting. Plus, it’s been over two months so what the hell are they waiting for?

We got a good segment out of Heyman and the Usos, but it seems almost too easy to just let the pick go the right way. Why not actually show some Heyman wheelin’ ‘n’ dealin’ skills by saying Usos can be traded back to SmackDown? Give Raw the New Day back and certainly fans like myself will be happy! Then there will be more purpose to New Day VS Hurt Business tonight! For that matter, Hurt Business look real weak losing right after failing to beat down Goldberg. Lashley VS Goldberg, No Holds Barred is fine, but feels like more of an excuse to have Hurt Business work as a trio against Goldberg, only for Gage to help out or something.

Big E and Drew McIntyre did have a really good match with the Dirty Dawgs, and naturally we’re getting Big E VS McIntyre at Crown Jewel. McIntyre will lose, move on to SmackDown, and try again with the Universal Championship. Sheamus going to SmackDown makes sense, because I’ve been wanting him to get the Intercontinental Championship for a Grand Slam this whole time. Rollins had a quick but great promo, because it adds to how complex his character is becoming. And we got great stuff out of the women’s title story, with Becky here giving away she is now on Raw, and her stirring up trouble with Charlotte and Bianca.

Charlotte VS Bianca was really good, and Sasha showing up making that big statement works. There is a possibility that Sasha Banks comes away with the SmackDown title at Crown Jewel because she’ll be staying on SmackDown through the draft. It’s either that or as I theorized on SmackDown, the SmackDown title is with someone drafted to Raw, we get a title trade like the New Day and Profits last year.

My Score: 8.2/10

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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.


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

My Thoughts:

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

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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!


  • 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.

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.

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.

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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