Teammates become opponents up and down the card!
Chaos, Bullet Club, Suzuki-Gun, Los Ingobernables de Japon, those things don’t matter in the NJPW Best of the Super Juniors, only winning does!
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Master Wato; Wato wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS YOH; Yoh wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO; wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: El Desperado VS Douki; Desperado wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: Taiji Ishimori VS El Phantasmo; Phantasmo wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS Hiromu Takahashi; Hiromu wins.
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Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!
SHO: 4-0, 8 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-1, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 3-1, 6 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 2-1-1, 5 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-2, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-2, 4 points
Douki: 2-2, 4 points
Bushi: 2-2, 4 points
El Desperado: 1-2-1, 3 points
El Phantasmo: 1-3, 2 points
Master Wato: 1-3, 2 points
YOH: 0-4, 0 points
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Master Wato!
Whether they’re Team 1 or 8 or Team 6 or 9, that is put aside. Only one can win here! Will it be the Funky Weapon or the Way of the Grand Master that is victorious?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Taguchi and Wato shakes hands and fans cheer the sportsmanship. The two circle, feel things out, and Wato tests the waters with a kick. Taguchi tests things with hip feints. Taguchi then shoots in, goes for a leg, but Wato gets around to a waistlock. Taguchi wrenches free, Wato rolls to wrench back. Taguchi rolls to wrench again and hammerlock. Wato reaches back to hook and wrench and hammerlock to a headlock takeover. Taguchi headscissors, Wato kips free and fans cheer the standoff. The two reset and go again. They tie up, Taguchi headlocks, but Wato throws body shots and powers out, only for Taguchi to run him over.
Things keep moving, Wato hurdles but Taguchi waistlocks. Wato elbows out, Taguchi hurdles to back elbow, uppercut and sobat! Taguchi uses Wato’s favorite combination against him! Taguchi strikes a martial arts pose and fans rally up. Wato gets up, Taguchi gives him point blank hip attacks. Taguchi then snapmares and hip attacks! Cover, TWO! Taguchi has a leg for a standing toehold but Wato endures. Taguchi drags Wato for a standing leg lock but Wato kicks with his free leg. Taguchi catches that to tie up the legs, but Wato gets the ropebreak. Taguchi holds onto the deathlock, unhooks at 4 but then hooks Wato back up.
The ref reprimands but Taguchi adds a bit more before fully letting off. Taguchi stomps Wato’s legs, drags him around to knee and elbow the leg, then apologizes as he cranks on the toehold. Wato gets the ropebreak, Taguchi lets off but then pulls on the leg again. The ref counts, Taguchi lets off and fans rally up. Taguchi drags Wato by his leg, gets both legs, but Wato’s already in the ropes with the Boston Crab! The ref counts, Taguchi lets go at 4. Taguchi then drops down on Wato, and again! Taguchi goes out to slingshot straddle attack! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Taguchi looms over Wato. Taguchi stomps Wato, and brings him up to CLUB him on the back.
Taguchi brings Wato around to whip to ropes. Wato holds ropes to avoid the hip attack then he boots and RANAS! Taguchi staggers up into a dropkick! Fans fire up as Wato builds speed and FLIES! The Tornillo takes Taguchi down at the railing! Fans fire up again as Wato rises. Wato drags Taguchi up and into the ring, then aims from the apron. Wato springboards but Taguchi gets under. Wato rolls and comes back but is put on the apron. Taguchi shoulders him then hip- NO! Wato dodges to KICK Taguchi in the butt! Then SPRINGBOARD FLYING UPPERCUT! Fans fire up with Wato and he waits on Taguchi to rise. Taguchi gets up and Wato fires off kicks!
Taguchi dodges the superkick but Wato KICKS his butt! Then SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Wato keeps his focus as fans rally up again. Taguchi sits up, ducks the buzzsaw and waistlocks but Wato switches. Taguchi reaches for ropes but Wato keep shim back. Taguchi elbows free, arm-drags then elbows Wato, to springboard FLYING ARM-DRAG! Wato goes out, Taguchi TRIANGLE JUMP PLANCHAS! Direct hit and now Wato is down! Fans rally up, Taguchi gets up and he brings Wato up. Taguchi spins Wato around and around to put him into the ring. Taguchi aims from the apron now and fans rally again. Taguchi springboards, MISSILE HIP! Cover, TWO!
Taguchi calls upon the powers of Strong Style! “OHYA~!” BUMAYE! Cover, TWO! OH MY GARFUNKEL!! Wato endures, moves around, but Taguchi cranks the ankle lock! Wato stands up but Taguchi ducks the enziguri! Wato rolls to a cradle, TWO!! Taguchi is right up and he dropkicks Wato’s leg out! LA MAGI- NO! Wato rolls Taguchi up, TWO!! Wato hurries to Oklahoma Roll, TWO!! SCREW HIGH KICK! Taguchi staggers but he ENZIGURIS back! Both men are down and fans fire up! Taguchi and Wato sit up, and Taguchi throws a forearm. Wato throws it back, so Taguchi throws another. They go back and forth and stand up.
Fans rally as they pick up speed, Wato gets the edge, and then he reels Taguchi in. Taguchi comes back with more forearms! Wato staggers, Taguchi reels him in but Wato ROUNDHOUSES! Wrench and hook, MOUSE TRAP DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Taguchi escapes and fans fire up! Wato drags Taguchi up, scoops, TTD! But Wato won’t cover here, he goes up the corner! R P P!! Cover, Wato wins!!
Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taguchi earns 0)
Wato overcomes the Funky Weapon! It may only be his second win in this tournament, but will this help the Way of the Grandmaster reach new heights?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Robbie Eagles VS YOH!
The Sniper of the Skies and Direct Drive are both part of Chaos, but only Eagles has tasted what it’s like to be THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Will Eagles head back towards that title? Or will Yoh finally kick it into gear and get on the board?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Eagles encourages them to get louder and faster and they do as he and Yoh circle. Eagles offers a handshake, Yoh takes it, and fans cheer the sportsmanship. The two tie up, Eagles gets the arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Yoh rolls, trips Eagles and has the leg for a standing toehold. Yoh drops an elbow on the leg, pulls on the toehold, but Eagles uses his leg to bring Yoh down. Eagles wants the armbar, Yoh rolls and gets his own armbar! Eagles rolls back and has the legs, but Yoh has the ropes. Eagles lets off and Yoh gets up. Eagles encourages the crowd more and points something out, but Yoh gets Eagles’ hand and wrenches.
Eagles drops and drags Yoh down to get the legs, then floats to a headlock. Yoh fights up, pries free to get a top wristlock and he wrangles Eagles down. Eagles rolls, Yoh wrenches him again, but Eagles uses ropes to flip through. Eagles wrenches, hammerlocks, spins, hits a leg takedown, then runs, but he fakes out Yoh’s drop down. Yoh still avoids the knee drop, and the fans cheer the standoff. Yoh and Eagles reset, feel out the grapple then Yoh kicks low! Yoh headlocks, Eagles powers out but Yoh runs him over. Things speed up, Eagles hurdles but Yoh waistlocks, shoves, drops but Eagles handsprings over. Yoh sidesteps to drop toehold and basement dropkick!
Fans rally as Yoh gets up. Eagles gets to the ropes, Yoh throws forearms. Yoh wrenches, whips, but Eagles holds ropes to block. Yoh keeps trying, he ROCKS Eagles with a forearm, then whips. Eagles reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! Eagles then ducks and dodges and RANAS Yoh, to then WHEEL KICK him down! Yoh bails out, fans fire up and Eagles fakes Yoh out to back flip off the ropes. Fans rally up, “EA-GLE-SU!” while Yoh paces. Yoh gets in, Eagles kicks and CHOPS him, then whips him to ropes. Yoh reverses and dropkicks! Eagles falls out, Yoh hurries and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Eagles! Fans fire up with Yoh as he gets Eagles up.
Yoh CLUBS Eagles, Eagles goes to railing but Yoh throws a forearm. Eagles CHOPS, Yoh kicks low and CLUBS Eagles again. Yoh puts Eagles in, drags him up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Yoh keeps his cool while fans rally back up. Yoh drags Eagles up, snapmares, then wraps on a chinlock. Eagles endures the knee in his back and fights up as fans rally. Eagles throws elbows and gets free but Yoh kicks low. Yoh whips Eagles to a corner, Eagles goes up but Yoh puts him out. Yoh ROCKS Eagles, brings him up and has him on the ropes to EuroUpper down! Eagles goes to the floor, Yoh builds speed but Eagles gets in to CALF KICK!
Yoh bails out and Eagles builds speed! Eagles DIVES! They crash into the railing from Eagles’ somersault tope! Eagles clutches his legs but is okay to continue. A ring count starts while Eagles slowly rises and Yoh starts to stir. Eagles fires himself up, hobbles over and brings Yoh up to put in the ring. BLINDSIDE ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Eagles keeps his cool while fans rally back up. Yoh rises, Eagles kicks him, and KICKS, and KICKS! Yoh CHOPS, Eagles throws a forearm. Yoh CHOPS again, Eagles fires off KICKS! Eagles runs, Yoh goes Matrix to dodge! But Eagles blocks Yoh’s kick to trip him! Eagles steps in but Yoh kicks him away.
Eagles comes back, Yoh dodges and rallies with forearm smashes! Yoh whips, Eagles reverses but Yoh hits FLYING FOREARMS! Yoh kips up and fans fire up! Eagles goes to a corner, Yoh runs corner to corner but into an elbow. Eagles runs but Yoh elbows back. Yoh wrenches, Eagles throws a forearm. Yoh holds onto the wrist, he throws a forearm as Eagles ROUNDHOUSES! Both men fall but Eagles is first to sit up. Fans rally up as Yoh stirs and gets up. Eagles eggs him on, Yoh throws a forearm. Eagles hits Yoh back, so Yoh hits him again. Eagles forearms, Yoh staggers to ropes. Yoh comes back with another forearm, so Eagles hits again.
They build up speed as they go back and forth and the fans rally with them. Eagles KICKS Yoh’s leg out, then brings him up. Yoh throws boxing elbows! And an uppercut! Yoh runs, but into a BOOT! Yoh tumbles to the ropes, I’ll Be Back SUPERKICK! Eagles tumbles, I’ll Be Back Too! ROUNDHOUSE, SUPERKICK, PELE! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Eagles roars as he rises, STANDING SLICED- No, Yoh slips out and SUPERKICKS Eagles down! Fans fire up even more as both men are back down! Yoh rises first and roars, and then he brings Eagles up. Yoh underhooks the arms, but Eagles slips out, cravat, but no sliced bread!
Yoh suplexes, Eagles slips out to a waistlock. Yoh switches, Eagles elbows and hooks Yoh up but Yoh fights the backpack. Eagles fights the full nelson but Yoh SUPERKICKS him in the back of the head! Fans fire up as Eagles is down and Yoh powers up in the corner. Yoh roars again, he drags Eagles up and reels him in, full nelson, DRAONG SUPLEX! But Eagles manages to land on his feet?! Yoh runs in, Eagles goes up and over but Yoh boots him. Eagles 619’s the legs out, then springboards to missile dropkick the legs! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Yoh is still in this and fans rally up! Eagles puts Yoh in a drop zone, staggers over to the corner and goes up top.
450, but Eagles catches Yoh’s knees! Eagles drops a knee on the knees! Eagles then drags Yoh around, steps through, but Yoh O’Conner Rolls for a FIVE STAR CLUTCH! YOH WINS!!
Winner: Yoh, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)
He’s done it! Yoh has gotten on the board in the blink of an eye! Does this mean there is hope for Direct Drive after all?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS SHO!
The Heel Master is just behind the Murder Monster, but could take him from his top spot here tonight! Will the House of Torture have something to say about that? Or can Kanemaru get away with it before they hit the lights?
Kanemaru doesn’t even wait for his own entrance, he attacks Sho during his! Kanemaru takes the wrench! He throws it backstage, then stomps Sho down at the entry way! The ref reprimands, Kanemaru drags Sho to ringside and whips him into railing! Fans are fired up as Kanemaru puts Sho in the ring. The bell rings to finally get this on record. Kanemaru stomps Sho, drags him up by the ear, then whips him to ropes. Sho reverses but Kanemaru ducks and dodges to tilt-o-whirl and DDT! Kanemaru gets Sho up fast, scoops to BRITISH FALL! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Kanemaru goes up the corner. Sho slowly rises, Kanemaru jumps, but into a FALLING ATOMIC DROP!
Both men are down, fans rally up, and Sho gets up and staggers over to Kanemaru. Sho brings Kanemaru up and rakes the eyes! The ref counts, Sho lets off to then dig his heels in. The ref counts, Sho lets off at 4. Sho complains about the ambush but that doesn’t excuse him here! Sho drags Kanemaru up, throws him out then whips him into railing. Kanemaru grits his teeth but Sho wrenches and whips him into more railing! Sho drags Kanemaru up, whips him back the other way and Kanemaru falls over! Sho goes back to the entry way to go find his wrench! The ref wants to confiscate it from him, but then Kanemaru dropkicks Sho’s legs out!
Kanemaru gets the wrench out of the way then drags Sho up to put him in the ring. Kanemaru drags Sho up, whips him to ropes, and dropkicks the leg out again! Sho clutches the knee, Kanemaru gets him up to hit a SHIN BREAKER! Kanemaru steps through, Sho tries to block, but Kanemaru powers through to get the FIGURE FOUR! Sho endures and fans fire up! Sho pries at the hold, but Kanemaru powers through again! Sho reaches, crawls, but Kanemaru drags him from the ropes! Fans rally harder while Sho still endures, but Sho gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Kanemaru lets Sho go at 4. Kanemaru stomps the legs while Sho writhes.
Kanemaru runs, but Sho SPEARS Kanemaru down! But Sho clutches his legs again, that took a lot to do. Sho shakes his legs to get feeling in them and he aims from a corner. Kanemaru sits up, Sho PENALTY KICKS the arm! Sho then gets the arm, drags Kanemaru down, DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Kanemaru endures now, moves around, and manages a ropebreak with a foot! Sho lets off but drags Kanemaru from the ropes to then wrench the arm. Sho KICKS, KICKS and SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO! Sho draws his bow and drags Kanemaru up. Double pump handles, but Kanemaru slips out to stomp the bad leg! Suplex to BRAINBUSTER! Fans fire up as both men are down!
Kanemaru crawls to the cover, TWO! Kanemaru drags Sho back up, suplexes, but Sho slips out! Sho shoves Kanemaru at the ref! Sho runs, but Kanemaru gets the ref and himself out of the way, so that he can shove the ref at Sho! Sho sends the ref at Kanemaru but Kanemaru moves out of the way! The ref tumbles, Kanemaru blocks the low blow! Kanemaru drags Sho to a victory roll, AND WINS!!
Winner: Yoshinobu Kanemaru, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Sho earns 0)
No one is more shocked than Sho that this has happened! Kanemaru proved why he’s the Heel Master, but will he be Best of the Super Juniors? Wait, Sho CLOBBERS Kanemaru with a clothesline! And then he fetches his wrench! Sho takes aim, but Kanemaru ducks! LOW BLOW! And then he gets his whiskey to sprinkle some on Sho! Will Kanemaru be unstoppable now that he’s he’s on top of the block?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: El Desperado VS Douki!
It’s Suzuki-Gun VS Suzuki-Gun again as the Rogue Luchador takes on Japones Del Mal! Desperado’s been struggling, will Douki get a win over the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Douki and Desperado circle, tie up, break then tie up again. Desperado waistlocks, ripcords, wristlocks then arm-drags to shoulder bump and run. Douki hurdles, Desperado rolls through the hip toss and side steps Douki. Douki ducks the leg lariat and Desperado arm-drags! Douki arm-drags back, Desperado sweeps the legs and rolls Douki back, but Douki reaches up to headscissor Desperado out! Fans fire up as Douki waits in the ring. Desperado cools off as he paces outside, and then he gets back in to circle with Douki. They tie up, Douki hits a judo throw to an arm-drag, then has the cording hold.
Desperado endures as Douki shifts to a top wristlock. Desperado fights up, stomps Douki’s foot, hooks him around and wrangles him down to a cording hold. Douki fights up, Desperado wrenches to a wristlock, but Douki uses ropes to flip through and wrench back. Douki hammerlocks, Desperado reaches back to flying-mare! Douki boots from the ropes, Desperado comes back but Douki does the splits! Desperado tumbles out, Douki wrecking ball dropkicks, then goes to the apron. Desperado blocks the mule kick to trip Douki! Douki hits apron on the way down, and Desperado gets Douki’s pipe! The ref gets Desperado to let go of the pipe, but Douki comes back with forearms.
Desperado CHOPS Douki off his feet! The ring count starts, Desperado drags Douki up and into the ring. Desperado taunts Douki then stomps him. Desperado gets the leg for a KNEE JAMMER! Douki clutches the leg but Desperado gets it for a standing toehold. Douki endures, crawls, but Desperado YANKS the leg then splashes down on it! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Desperado paces. Desperado digs his heel into the leg, but Douki CHOPS. Desperado shrugs that off and eggs Douki on. Douki CHOPS more, and that one Desperado felt. Desperado DECKS Douki, covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Desperado says, “No, no, no.”
Desperado throws Douki out and then whips him into railing! Desperado goes back to the ring and a ring count starts. Douki is down but fans rally up. Douki drags himself over to ringside at 13, Desperado taunts him, Douki gets in at 19! Desperado puts the bad leg on the ropes to STRADDLE ATTACK! Then he ties the legs up in BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! Douki endures, CHOPS Desperado, and Desperado “falls” back, adding more pressure to the hold! Desperado taunts Douki as he reaches for ropes, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Desperado tells Douki to shut up, and then “Oops!” he drops back on the hold as he lets off.
Fans rally up, Desperado gets the leg but Douki fights the shin breaker. Desperado knees low, brings Douki up but Douki sunset flips! TWO, and Desperado kicks low. Desperado runs but Douki somersaults for a back body block! Fans rally up as Douki gets his bad leg moving. Desperado goes to a corner, Douki runs in corner to corner, and clotheslines! Snapmare and Douki climbs up, to missile dropkick! Douki gets Desperado up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Douki gets Desperado up but Desperado blocks the backslide and knees low. Douki throws a forearm! Desperado kicks the bad leg! But he runs into the Gory Especial!
Desperado fights free, and he gets Douki in the Gory Especial, for the Gory Especial stretch! Douki endures as Desperado bends him back, and gets a backslide! TWO, but now he’s in a reverse surfboard stretch! Douki powers up to sunset flip, TWO! Douki gets the Gory Especial for DOTON NO JUTSU! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans fire up as both men are down. Douki drags himself to the apron, takes aim as Desperado stands, but Desperado dropkicks the legs out! Douki falls to the floor, Desperado runs and DIVES into a kick! Desperado tumbles down now and Douki gets back up on the apron. Fans fire up as Douki ASAI MOONSAULTS!
Both men are down on the outside and fans fire up! A ring count starts, and it reaches 10 of 20 before Douki gets up. Douki drags Desperado up and in at 13, then takes aim from the apron. Desperado stands, Douki slingshots, DAYBREAK! Cover, TWO! Desperado survives and fans fire up as Douki gets back up. Douki calls his shot and drags Desperado into the wheelbarrow. But Desperado arm-drags free and hits a SPIENBUSTER! Float over to the gut wrench, GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again and fans fire up! Desperado roars and he drags Douki back up. Desperado underhooks but Douki slips out to monkey flip! Roll back and ITALIAN STRECH #32!!
Desperado is caught as Douki pulls back on the hold! Desperado moves around but he’s fading! Desperado gets a second wind and he fights up, but Douki rolls him. Desperado slips out to get the STRETCH MUFFLER! Douki endures, reaches out, but Desperado drags him away! Douki rolls Desperado to a cradle! TWO!! Desperado has the leg, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Then back to STRETCH MUFFLER! Desperado gets an arm, NUMERO DOS! Douki reaches out, Desperado rolls him away from ropes! NUMERO DOS PLUS!! Douki taps, Desperado wins!
Winner: El Desperado, by submission (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)
A valiant effort from Douki, but the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion still wins! Will the Rogue Luchador keep on this hard road until he’s proven he’s the Best of the Super Juniors?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: Taiji Ishimori VS El Phantasmo!
Not only is this Bullet Club VS Bullet Club, but “The Cutest Tag Team” is facing off! Will Bone Soldier Reborn stay near the top of the block? Or will The Headbanga start climbing back up?
ELP is already checking around the ring, but for what? True, he isn’t wearing his LED jacket, so could it have been misplaced? ELP asks Taiji about it, but Taiji knows nothing about it. But at least they’re both wearing their Cutest Tag Team shirts. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. ELP takes his shirt off, so Taiji does the same. They approach, but neither feels like making the first move. Fans rally up and the two work up the courage to approach, but still don’t tie up. ELP gets fans on a “E! L P!” rhythm, the two of them approach, but they still can’t tie up. The ref insists they do something, and fans go with a more normal “E L P!” rhythm. ELP and Taiji finally tie up!
They go around, and ELP says, “Oh you’re so strong!” as Taiji puts him on the ropes. Taiji lets off cleanly with some shoulder pats. Fans cheer the sportsmanship and ELP likes it, too. ELP and Taiji circle, they tie up again, and ELP powers Taiji to ropes now. ELP lets off cleanly, and copies Kazuchika Okada in a way as he fakes punch and still pats shoulders. But then ELP gets a headlock! Taiji powers out, they ram shoulders, and neither falls! Taiji runs, they ram shoulders again, and ELP winds up, to poke Taiji in the eye and trip him! ELP flexes and kisses the biceps before he runs. Taiji drops, hurdles, ELP leaps over, but Taiji trips to cover, ONE!
ELP sweeps to cover, ONE! Double dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up! They both aim finger guns and fans fire up. ELP offers a handshake and says, “Sportsmanship.” Taiji takes the handshake and then stomps ELP’s foot! ELP crumbles, and wait! Could he have been looking for thing that’s “not” in his boot? Did Taiji take “that?” Taiji walks awkwardly and ELP points at him, but Taiji knocks him down. Taiji adjusts his boot, ELP hobbles up and hops on one foot, but Taiji CLAWS his back! ELP CLAWS Taiji’s back in return! So Taiji CLAWS ELP again! ELP CLAWS Taiji’s chest! ELP then calls time-out, no more scratching. Taiji agrees, and throws a forearm!
ELP forearms back, so Taiji forearms again. ELP forearms, Taiji forearms, repeat. ELP throws many forearms, powers up, but Taiji DOUBLE PURPLE NURPLES! So ELP DOUBLE PURPLE NURPLES in return! The ref counts, both men let go at 4. ELP throws a haymaker, runs, but Taiji mule kicks! ELP crumbles again and falls out of the ring! Taiji checks his boot while fans rally up. A ring count starts, ELP stands at 5 of 20, but he leans against railing. ELP staggers over to the ring, rolls in at 13, and goes to a corner. Taiji walks over and scoops ELP to put him in the Tree of Woe. Taiji goes corner to corner as fans rally up , and he runs in, to stand on ELP’s groin!
The ref counts, Taiji lets off at 4 and ELP falls out of the Tree. Fans rally up and Taiji cravats ELP for a snapmare and NECK TWIST! Fans rally up, Taiji covers, ONE!! ELP CHOPS from the mat, Taiji DECKS him. Taiji drags ELP up, bumps him off buckles, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, Taiji slips out, slides under, goes back out and shoulder sin. Taiji springboards, ELP get sunder to then go up and over. ELP ducks and dodges to springboard CROSSBODY, to a LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! ELP and Taiji slowly rise, ELP throws haymakers and DOUBLE CHOP! Then he atomic drops! ELP scoops and SLAMS Taiji to a drop zone, then hops up to drop an ax handle! Cover, TWO!
ELP keeps his cool, then tunes up in the corner. But he doesn’t have the thing, and ELP finally puts it together! “You son of a bitch!” He storms over to Taiji but gets caught in a cradle! TWO! ELP kicks low then whips, but Taiji reverses. Taiji runs in but blocks boots to put ELP in the ropes! ENZIGURI to SLIDING GERMAN! Fans fire up as Taiji goes back to the apron. Taiji jumps right up top and then leaps again, FLYING CODE BREAKER! ELP is down and Taiji goes back up, MOONSAULT flops as ELP moves! ELP staggers over, drags Taiji back up, but Taiji blocks the suplex. ELP blocks the suplex, straitjacket torture racks, but Taiji slips out!
ELP whips Taiji, Taiji ducks to handspring and NEURALIZER! Both men are down but fans rally up. Taiji gets up and staggers over to ELP. Taiji straitjacket torture racks! He steals the SPINNING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and Taiji drags ELP back up. Taiji also tucks the arms, but ELP fights off CR II! Taiji sunset flips through the back drop but ELP rolls through that to high stack, dead lift, and step through! STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Taiji survives and ELP is furious! ELP drags Taiji up, gut wrenches, and he steals CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Taiji survives his own move, but ELP drags Taiji up!
ELP reels Taiji in, tucks the arms, CR- RANA! Cover, TWO!! ENZIGURI! Taiji flops against ropes, fans fire up and ELP takes aim. BANG and V-TRIGGER! ELP reels Taiji in to Electric Chair lift! Taiji fights out, and hops back on to POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!! ELP survives and fans fire up again! Taiji hobbles, drags ELP back up, gut wrenches, but ELP fights to get Taiji up! CIPHER- ROLLING TOMBSTONE?!? Taiji counters his move and almost destroys his tag partner! Taiji crawls to the cover, ROPEBREAK!! ELP saves himself by a foot and fans are thunderous! Taiji goes to a corner, gets the “not” loaded boot set right and he tunes up the band!
ELP slowly rises, Taiji aims, SUDDEN- But he can’t bring himself to do it?! ELP gets Taiji for a cradle, ELP wins!!
Winner: El Phantasmo, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)
The Bone Soldier showed mercy and paid for it! The Headbanga didn’t need “that” in his boot to win, will he take the block without tricks?
Best of the Super Juniors 28: BUSHI VS Hiromu Takahashi!
Los Ingobernables de Japon closes out the night as Black Mask takes on Ticking Timebomb! Will Bushi break through? Or will Hiromu redeem himself for the time limit draw?
Tetsuya Naito joins commentary to watch this match, while also keeping his promise to Milano Collection AT to hang out today. Hiromu spots Naito on commentary and hands him the scrapbook. Naito takes it, to dump it over his shoulder, much to the despair of Milano. Hiromu gets mad at Naito so he tells him to leave, and even throws his big fluffy jacket at him. The bell rings and the two rush at each other. They each dodge, Hiromu blocks a kick to rake eyes! Hiromu whips, Bushi reverses and hurdles but Hiromu waistlocks, shoves, runs, but Bushi dodges to roll off Hiromu’s back! Hiromu dropkicks Bushi’s leg out! Then he comes in to RANA! Bushi bails out and fans fire up!
Hiromu goes to the apron and leaps, but Bushi dodges. Bushi kicks, whips but Hiromu reverses and Bushi hits railing! Bushi falls, Hiromu goes to the apron and leaps to SHOTGUN Bushi into railing! Fans rally while Hiromu looks at Naito. Naito just ignores him so Hiromu puts Bushi in the ring. Hiromu drags Bushi up, suplexes, but Bushi slips out. Hiromu elbows him away but then Bushi bails out as Hiromu runs. Hiromu builds speed but Bushi moves, so Hiromu rolls back and sits down, only to get a basement dropkick! Bushi takes off his shirt to choke Hiromu! Bushi throws Hiromu out, fans fire up and Bushi builds speed, but Hiromu ducks, so Bushi rolls back to taunt him.
Hiromu catches his breath, gets in, and Bushi kicks low. Bushi CHOPS Hiromu, whips him corner to corner but Hiromu reverses to clothesline! Hiromu runs to basement dropkick! Fans rally up and Hiromu stomps Bushi down. Hiromu puts Bushi on ropes and chokes him! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets off at 4, and Bushi flops down. Hiromu drags Bushi out and RAMS him into railing! Hiromu whips Bushi into more railing, then paces. Hiromu drags Bushi up, puts him on the apron and hooks him up in the ropes, then runs to DRIVE-BY DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Hiromu goes in to cover, TWO!
Hiromu drags Bushi around and wraps him up in a half straitjacket camel clutch! Bushi endures, fans rally up, and Bushi crawls over. Hiromu pulls back harder, but Bushi reaches out with his one free arm to get the ROPEBREAK! Hiromu lets off, fans rally up, and Hiromu drags Bushi up. Bushi blocks the suplex, wrenches out but Hiromu swings into a clinch, BACKSTABBER! Both men are down, fans rally up and Red Shoes checks. They’re both okay, Bushi sits up first. Bushi drags Hiromu up, Hiromu forearms back! Bushi forearms Hiromu, so Hiromu gives it back. They go back and forth, Hiromu gets the edge but Bushi hits again!
Bushi ROCKS Hiromu, runs in at the corner, but Hiromu dodges! Hiromu comes back but into a BOOT! Bushi goes up, and FLYING RANAS! Fans fire up as Hiromu runs, but into Bushi’s spin and DDT! Fans continue to rally up, Bushi gets up first. Bushi drags Hiromu up, puts him on the ropes and CLUBS him. Bushi goes to a corner to dropkick Hiromu down! Bushi drags Hiromu up through the ropes but Hiromu fights back with a shoulder and SUPERKICK! Bushi runs and sunset flips, but Bushi holds ropes to then RANA Hiromu into railing! Fans fire up and Bushi goes back into the ring. Bushi builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Hiromu hits railing!
Red Shoes checks but Hiromu is okay to continue. A ring count starts, Bushi stands at 5 of 20 to stomp Hiromu. Bushi drags Hiromu up at 13 of 20 to put him in at 15. Fans cheer and rally up again as Bushi drags Hiromu up. FISHERMAN- no screw as Hiromu slips out! Hiromu spins Bushi around to RANA Bushi, and uses it for D! Bushi is stuck in the triangle hold, fans rally up as he endures. Hiromu squeezes tight, Bushi crawls back but Hiromu rolls him away from the ropes! Hiromu pulls Bushi in as deep as he can, but Bushi still reaches out. Bushi crawls, and he gets the ropebreak with a foot! Red Shoes counts, Hiromu lets Bushi go, and fans rally while they’re both down.
Hiromu grins as he stands, and he drags Bushi up. Hiromu fireman’s carries but Bushi slips off so Hiromu tries a suplex. Bushi fights that, ducks Hiromu’s superkick, but Hiromu ducks the enziguri! Hiromu waistlocks, Bushi switches, Hiromu elbows free but runs into an ENZIGURI! Bushi gets back up but Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu fires up and runs, but he stops the Code Breaker to SHOTGUN point blank! But Bushi roars and rises, into Hiromu’s LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Both men are down and fans fire back up! Hiromu crawls over to Bushi, drags him up, fireman’s carries, but Bushi slips out again, so Hiromu dragon sleepers! Bushi fights that to a FISHERMAN SCREW!
Both men are down again, fans fire up and Bushi crawls over. Bushi gets Hiromu back up, reels him in, CANADIAN DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives and fans rally more! Bushi goes to a corner, drags himself up the ropes, and calls his shot. Hiromu stands, gets under MX to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly Bushi into buckles! Fans fire up as both men are down again! Hiromu crawls over, drags Bushi up, fireman’s carry, but Bushi fights and gets to the apron. Hiromu SUPERKICKS! Hiromu then runs to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB!! Fans are fired up again as Red Shoes checks on them. They’re both okay so a ring count starts.
Hiromu rises first, smiling as he leans against railing at 11 of 20. He hobbles over to Bushi, gets him up and in at 17, then brings him up to a fireman’s carry. CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu fires up and fans are with him! He drags Bushi back up, fireman’s carries again, through! So Hiromu suplexes, but Bushi slips through! So Hiromu suplexes, only for Bushi to knee free! Hiromu SUPERKICKS again! Bushi rises, Hiromu runs, but Bushi uses Red Shoes as a shield! BLACK MIST!! And then LA MAGISTROL!! TWO!!! Hiromu survives but he’s still blinded by the mist! Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Hiromu gets up, Bushi runs in, CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up as Bushi goes back to the corner. Bushi climbs up, calls for it, M- CODE BREAKER from Hiromu!! Hiromu counters Bushi with his own move! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Hiromu crawls, he and Bushi slowly rise. They go for each other, Bushi throws a forearm. Hiromu forearms back, so Bushi forearms him again. Hiromu throws another forearm, Bushi forearms again. Hiromu roars as the two stand and the forearms keep flying! Hiromu staggers to but he hits Bushi again. Bushi fires off more forearms, kicks, Hiromu ducks the enziguri but the heel kick hits! Hiromu SUPERKICKS, scoops, and spins to the DYNAMITE PLUNGER!
Fans fire up as Hiromu gets Bushi back up, suplex to VICTORIA! Cover, TWO!! Bushi is still in this and fans fire up! Hiromu shouts at Bushi, powers up, runs, but Bushi catches the lariat to a backslide with bridge! BUSHIROLL! TWO!! HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER! Hiromu gets Bushi up, runs and HIORMU-CHAN BOMBERS again!! Hiromu roars, drags Bushi back up, dragon sleeper, TIME BOMB II!! Cover, Hiromu wins!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)
The battle is over and Hiromu is on top! He finally gets to wash the black mist from his eyes and face, too! Will Bushi manage to recover from this? As for Hiromu, he gets the mic but rests on the mat. “Bushi-san, that mist… Do you hate me? Did I do something to you?” His face hasn’t stopped tingling from that poison mist. He’s worried about what’s in it. He’s kinda scared. Will he wake up covered in spots or something? He’s getting really worried. Hiromu then looks to Naito on commentary, and thanks him for being here while busy with World Tag League. Naito bows politely, despite what he did to Hiromu’s stuff. Hiromu forgives him for that, by the way.
Naito and Sanada are winning, right? Naito’s so confident in the team, that’s why he’s here on commentary, right? Hiromu vows to make the finals, too. Not only that, but Hiromu vows to be the main event! The Juniors will main event! And of course Hiromu is going to go back-to-back! “Everyone! Isn’t it crazy that the Super Juniors and World Tag League aren’t even halfway yet? This series will keep going strong, keep getting hotter.” Hiromu wants to keep having more, more, more, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE, MORE…! Fun with everyone~! Mic drop from the Ticking Timebomb, but will his literally odd number of points be able to carry him to the top?
Here are the NEW BOSJ 28 standings!
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-1, 8 points
SHO: 4-1, 8 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 3-1-1, 7 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-2, 6 points
El Desperado: 2-2-1, 5 points
Master Wato: 2-3, 4 points
Ryusuke Taguchi: 2-3, 4 points
El Phantasmo: 2-3, 4 points
Robbie Eagles: 2-3, 4 points
Douki: 2-3, 4 points
Bushi: 2-3, 4 points
YOH: 1-4, 2 points
What a wild round! Great stuff because the majority of the matches were about teammates/friends facing each other. Wato winning was a bit of a surprise, as was Yoh winning. I suppose Yoh couldn’t actually go that long without a win. Kanemaru VS Sho was great stuff because Kanemaru was ready for everything Sho was going to try, and he gets the win to ruin Sho’s streak! Desperado and Douki have a strong match, but it was clear Desperado was going to win. Taiji VS ELP was great for how Taiji turned things around on ELP by taking his boot weight, but I’m surprised ELP still won out.
And of course, Bushi VS Hiromu was awesome, and it was definitely a surprise for Bushi to use the mist on Hiromu. Hiromu having that tie with Desperado could be a good plot point, no pun intended, and could be what costs him being a finalist or could be what helps him inch out someone else. LIJ sweeping the tournaments would be pretty awesome, though.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Is Becky Lynch sweatin’ Doudrop?
The Man prepares for the Royal Rumble!
“Doudrop” Piper Niven is coming for the Raw Women’s Championship, and she won’t be Manhandled so easily! How will Becky Lynch counter Piper’s power?
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch; Piper & Becky win.
- Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- Finn Balor VS Austin Theory; Theory wins.
- Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley; No Contest.
- Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos; Omos wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs; The Street Profits & Mysterios win.
- Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins; Lashley wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Man has come ’round! Fans chant her name as she gets the mic, and she welcomes them to the Big Time! “Now we are less than two weeks away from the Royal Rumble, and the Raw Women’s Division has never been hotter. And whether you like to admit it or not, there’s only one person responsible for that, and that’s me.” Becky says it is so hot that there are stars from generations past, like Lita, Mickie James and the Bella Twins, all hoping that they can win the Rumble and challenge the #VanGOAT at WrestleMania. Face it, they need Becky because she makes stars.
Look no further than Doudrop. Becky has kindly given her the biggest opportunity of her life, a taste of the Big Time at one of the biggest events of the year. The people didn’t get her that! Piper Niven didn’t get it for herself. Becky did that! That is what Becky does! She makes people better, than she beats ’em! But Becky will admit that she admires Piper’s tenacity. She came from the rolling hills of Scotland and made a name for herself. Well no, someone else had to make up a name for her. So Becky will shoot it straight for “Doudou.” A doudrop will never be champion so long as The Man is still here.
But speaking of, here she comes! Piper storms right up to the ring, gets herself a mic and says she’s gonna tell Becky something. “You didn’t get me anything. I got myself this title match at Royal Rumble. But if it was really your plan to face me instead of Bianca, than it’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made. Just make sure you stay well out of my way tonight.” Becky says she did get Piper that win last week, and if Piper just follows her lead, they’ll get a win here tonight. But here comes Bianca Belair! “Oh, Becky. You really out here spittin’ all this nonsense about being the GOAT, the greatEST of all time, but let me remind y’all that you can’t spell greatest without E S T.”
Bianca joins Piper and Becky in the ring as fans chant for “EST! EST!” Bianca reminds us SHE is the EST of WWE. And Doudrop, uh, okay. The only reason Piper is facing Becky is because Ms. Big Time was so scared of Bianca, she interfered in last week’s match. But girl, uh-uh. That’s just buyin’ time. Because Bianca is officially entering the Royal Rumble match! And it’s gonna be every woman for themselves, so if Bianca’s gotta throw out every 29 other women like she did last year, she’ll do it. Then she’ll go main event WrestleMania… again. And Bianca can go after whichever champion she wants, which could be Becky or Piper.
But now, Bianca’s tag partner, Liv Morgan, arrives! “Well, well, well, Bianca. We may be tag teaming tonight, but I am also officially entering myself in the Royal Rumble match. And that’s not all, that’s not all. Because in two weeks, I’m also the one winning it.” But that means Bianca will be one of the 29 she outlasts on the way to WrestleMania. But since we’re on the same page- Piper pretends to snore and then says this is boring. Everyone, shut up and ref, get in here! Piper wants to fight, but it’s Becky who riles up Liv and Bianca, and then uses Piper as a shield! Piper welcomes someone to bring it, but this starts after the break.
Chad Gable prepares a speech.
“Greetings and salutations…” Otis walks over, the valedictorian of The Alpha Academy. Will this graduation ceremony go off without a hitch?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch!
Raw returns and the bell rings, and Bianca dropkicks Piper! Piper stays up but Bianca whips. Piper blocks, reverses, but Bianca goes up tot ell Piper to kiss this. Then Bianca leaps over Piper, spins her around and reels her in, but Piper blocks the suplex. Piper suplexes, Bianca slips out and then dodges in the corner! Piper hits buckles, Bianca ROCKS Piper with a forearm, then runs in to ram Piper. Piper rebounds to run Bianca over! Piper runs, Becky tags in! Piper is annoyed with Becky but Becky says she’s got this. They argue, Becky turns around into a dropkick! Bianca kips up, tags Liv, Liv dodges Becky to DECK Piper and SHOTGUN Becky!
Becky is in a corner, Liv back body blocks, then SHINING WIZARDS! Liv whips, Becky reverses but Liv stops to back elbow. Liv goes up to leap and missile dropkick Becky down! Liv then brings Becky around, springboard CODE BREAKER! Cover, Piper breaks it! Bianca gets in to ROCK Piper, but she can’t lift Piper for the torture rack. Piper shoves Bianca into a corner and SPLASHES! Piper runs at Liv but Liv sends her out! Becky rolls Liv up, has feet on the ropes, TWO! Liv kicks low, KICKS again, then runs in, but Becky dodges! Liv elbows Becky again, but runs into a MANHANDLE SLAM! Cover, Piper breaks it?! But that was her own teammate!
Piper drags Becky out of the way, wants to cover, but she’s not legal! So Piper hurries back to her corner, tags herself in, and then runs to SPLASH Liv! Cover, Piper and Becky win!
Winners: “Doudrop” Piper Niven & Becky Lynch, by pinfall
Then Piper celebrates by giving Becky a VADER SEATED SENTON! Piper laughs as she looms over Becky, but will she have the last laugh at the Rumble?
Reggie and Dana Brooke talk with someone.
Reggie knows they’ve faced giants in their career, so can they give Reggie any advice when facing Omos tonight? The person he’s talking to is Edge! Edge thinks, and he tells Reggie that he can do things Edge can’t even comprehend. So he has a chance? Hell no! Beth Phoenix scolds Edge with a smack, and Edge says he still wishes Reggie luck. And Beth talks with Dana real quick. She’s seen Dana bust her butt for years here, so it’s so great Dana has a title. Dana thanks Beth for that, and hurries away to keep up with Reggie. Edge and Beth then see Damian Priest. They shake hands and hug and Priest is happy to see the Grit Couple.
Edge says he likes what he sees with Priest’s other side. Yeah, Priest’s other side is a bit edgy, but being serious here, Priest wants some ideas on the Rumble match. Edge has experience, having won two, one of which he won from starting first. There’s no better man to ask for pointers than Edge. Well cardio is one thing, but the main thing is to keep doing you. Priest’s style is working. Someone brings over a note for Beth, and it’s from Maryse. She wants to meet Beth 1v1, woman to woman. Edge says that’s suspicious. Beth is of course going to go but Edge is going to go with her. Beth agrees, and Edge says he and Priest can talk more later. What will the It Couple have planned for the Grit Couple?
Kevin Owens then walks over to ask Priest something. Kevin is looking forward to their match tonight. Really? Yeah, no lie! He’s looking- Oh, right, because Kevin’s so honest. Yes, especially having a good, clean match. Good competition, show off some technical prowess. But also that side, that nutso, vicious side. That side shouldn’t come out. Kevin is just hoping for them having a good, clean match. Kevin also has an announcement to make, so see you then. Good talk. Kevin and his tie hurries off, but will Priest keep Damian from tearing into the Prizefighter?
Kevin heads to the ring!
The KO Show is back, and tonight’s guest is Seth Freakin’ Rollins! What will Kevin ask his new best buddy? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Kevin welcomes us to his show. He wishes he could say it’s good to be here in Tulsa, but that would be a vile lie because this place is brutal. Don’t get mad at him telling the truth! And another truth is that Kevin has a very special guest. He is a man Kevin is proud to call his best friend, and after this man beats Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble like he has in a plethora of matches before, he will be called the Universal Champion. Please welcome Seth! FRRRRREAKIN’! ROLLINS~! Rollins makes his way out to the ring, fired up as always, but especially now after having evaded a Bloodline beatdown on SmackDown last Friday.
Rollins takes up a mic and Kevin lets Rollins decide if they sit or stand. Rollins wants to stand, so he and Kevin kick the chairs aside. Kevin thanks Rollins for accepting his invitation to be a guest. Kevin wants to tell Rollins that he admires Rollins so much. There is so much Kevin admires about Rollins. From the great suits, like this striped one. He looks like a million bucks! MAHVELOUS! And even more so, Kevin admires Rollins’ courage. Do people realize how much guts it took for Rollins to show up on SmackDown, into the lion’s den, get face to face with Roman, and berate him into realizing that “The Head of the Table” is only possible because Rollins set the table.
“Yes, yes, yes! Kev, you hit the nail on the head right there!” Friday got a little testy, but the truth is, Roman’s rattled. Roman’s nervous, and dare Rollins say, Roman is scared. He’s scared! You heard it here first! Roman took the low road taking shots at Rollins’ family, sending the Usos after him. But everyone saw that the Usos couldn’t get the job done. Rollins says Roman is playing checkers while Rollins is playing chess! If Roman keeps this up, winning at the Rumble will be like taking candy from a baby. A little baby Roman! And Rollins will turn the title from blue to red and bring the Universal Championship back to their show, Monday Night Raw!
That’s huge! When Rollins wins, he’s staying on Raw with Kevin! Yes, 100%! Incredible! Then that means Raw has the best champion! Raw wouldn’t need Lesnar or Lashley, they’d have Rollins! Kevin again hits the nail on the head. Get rid of Lesnar. Rollins has a match with Lashley tonight, they can get rid of Lashley tonight! Who knows? Kevin likes the sound of that. But he has something of his own to announce and it is “earth shattering.” It will change the face of the industry! Right here and now, Kevin is officially declaring for the Royal Rumble! Rollins says that IS earth shattering!
Kevin will win the Rumble, Rollins will beat Roman, and the WWE Universe will get the match they… well, not deserve. But they’ll get the biggest Mania main-event ever! SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS VS KEVIN FREAKIN’ OWENS! Rollins likes where Kevin’s head is at. But here comes Damian Priest! Rollins says this is his time and Kevin’s show! If Priest steps any closer, Kevin will kick his ass! Kevin wants Rollins to stop but Priest tells Rollins to shut up! They’re both delusional idiots! There is not one person on this planet that believes Rollins will win at the Rumble. And Kevin is just a liar, so he isn’t winning, either.
And if Kevin doesn’t want to see Damian, then don’t wake him up. Oh and by the way, Priest talked with Pearce and Sonya. Their match tonight? That starts NOW! Kevin is freaking out, but Rollins tries to encourage him. Will it not matter when the Archer of Infamy takes aim?
In the animal kingdom, the lion bides its time as it hunts its prey. Step by step, until it finally strikes, leaving only scraps for the hyenas. When will the Million Dollar Arm finally strike?
Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens!
Raw returns and the bell rings. They tie up, Kevin waistlocks, but Priest pries free to wrench to a wristlock. Kevin rolls, headlocks, but Priest uses a chinbar to push Kevin back and power out. Kevin rams Priest, but then Kevin apologizes, Things speed up, Priest runs Kevin over with a shoulder! Priest runs in at the corner, but Kevin puts him on the apron! Kevin elbows Priest away, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES back! Priest steps in but into a SHOTGUN! Kevin stomps Priest at the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, then drags Priest to center for a SENTON! Kevin wraps on a chinlock and leans on Priest but fans rally up.
Priest fights up, priest the hold open but Kevin CLUBS him on the back. Kevin CHOPS, whips, but Priest reverses. Kevin KCISK back, CHOPS again, and CHOPS! Priest snarls, but Kevin apologizes again. This is just good, clean wrestling! Priest cools off, but then he fires off fast hands! WHEEL KICK! Kevin goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Kevin bails out. Fans boo, Priest keeps cool, but then Priest goes out the side. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps, into a SUPERKICK! Kevin gets back in the ring to refresh the count, then FROG SPLASHES off the apron! Kevin roars while Priest sputters! Kevin drags Priest up and in as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Priest CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans fire up as Priest aims from a corner, and Priest throws haymakers! Priest fires off KICK after KICK, then a ROLLING ELBOW! Kevin rebounds, into a FLAPJACK! Priest runs at Kevin in the corner, for a big back elbow! Priest reels Kevin in, but Kevin wrenches out to ROCK Priest! Kevin whips, Priest rebounds to LARIAT! Priest gets Kevin up for the BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest is annoyed but he drags Kevin up. Priest ROCKS Kevin with a right, hoists him up top in the corner and ROCKS him again! Priest climbs up, but Kevin hits back!
Priest and Kevin brawl, Priest gets the edge. Priest brings Kevin up, but Kevin blocks the superplex! Kevin throws body shots, and even a headbutt! Kevin headbutts again, Priest falls down! Kevin adjusts, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Kevin thinks of what he has to do now. Kevin aims, kicks but no stunner! Kevin ducks the heel kick, tries gain, but Priest dragon sleepers! But Kevin slips free to pop Priest up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives again and Kevin is shocked! Fans rally up, Kevin aims, kicks, but Priest blocks to spin and ROUNDHOUSE! Kevin wobbles into a choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!!
Priest is shocked that Kevin survives! Kevin rolls away to a corner but Priest follows. Priest throws hands, whips Kevin corner to corner, but Kevin falls, clutching his leg. The ref checks on Kevin, Kevin flounders up saying it’s cramping up. The ref wants a medic to check this, fans boo but Priest isn’t sure what to make of this. But then Kevin suckers him in for a STUNNER!! Cover, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by pinfall
Priest was right about Kevin being a liar! But now, Kevin could also be a contender! Will Kevin add the US Championship to his Road to WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Nikki A.S.H.
What is her plan heading into tonight’s match with former tag partner, Rhea Ripley? Nikki tells Sarah that this is no different than any other match. It is clear to Nikki now that she stands on her own, and she couldn’t feel any better. Rhea should be down and out, completely mortified after being proven the friend Nikki didn’t think she was. But Nikki, you were the one who attacked Rhea- Sarah, you need to get your facts straight! Rhea is the one who broke up the team. Rhea is the one who decided to take their friendship and flush it! She is the villain, not Nikki! And Nikki is the closest thing that the people of Tulsa will ever have to a real hero. She will be the People’s Hero.
And sometimes, heroes have to do things that regular people don’t understand. After tonight, Rhea will realize that she needs a superhero, whether she likes it or not. Nikki strikes her superhero pose and walks away, but will Rhea’s brutality smack some sense into her?
The Alpha Academy heads to the ring.
Pomp & Circumstance plays because today is Otis’ graduation! Will the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions be celebrating on top of their big title victory from last week?
Raw returns and Gable is at the podium. “Greetings and salutations my fellow colleagues and… Oh who am I kidding? I don’t have any colleagues here, considering I’m an Olympian with a Master’s Degree that did it with an immaculate 4.0 GPA! Thank you! Don’t do that. Don’t boo education. That’s gross, everybody.” But it makes sense, since the odds of anyone in Oklahoma having a Master’s, let alone graduating high school, are slim to none! Now shoosh! Tonight is about celebrating. Not just an institution but an individual. Gable could go on and on about himself, because his list is long.
But tonight is about a man who overcame the odds. An absolute tree trunk in the ring and a great student in the classroom. Gable’s prized pupil, his protégé, his number one guy, OTIS! Gable’s so proud. Last week, Otis applied the lessons and passed his final exam by decimating the moronic RKBRO and claimed the Academy’s rightful spot as tag team champions! So tonight, it is Gable’s honor and pleasure- Fans chant with “RKBRO! RKBRO!” They’re trying to have a ceremony for Otis! Gable presents to Otis, who has no last name anymore, the highest graduating honors from the Alpha Academy! The music plays again as they hug it out.
Gable says Otis has the floor. Look at that face! Otis thanks Chad, and says Gable has helped him reach his full potential. But now he has a warning: expect pure carnage for anyone who messes with the titles! They ain’t stopping, and they ain’t ever gonna stop! But here comes Matt Riddle! The Bro is in his own graduation gown, but it has mismatched sleeves… Riddle asks, “What’s up, bros? Big O, you’re looking pretty, pretty tight. And you guys don’t even wanna know what I had to get this graduation gown on time.” But when he got invited to this ceremony, he knew he had to make a very special speech.
Riddle brings out his speech, written on a napkin from this morning’s breakfast buffet. “Fellow graduates and Tulsinians. IT felt like just last week, Randy and I were the WWE Raw Tag Team Champions. We were livin’ on the edge, drivin’ with the top down, lettin’ the wind blow through our hair. We were just a couple o’ young, wild stallions runnin’ free. But today is graduation day. And our lives will change forever. Randy would always say, ‘Life comes at ya pretty fast.'” Gable stops him there, he has no idea what he’s going on about. Riddle was NOT invited to this. And Oklahoma can’t afford to lose another braincell, so just be on your way.
Riddle has “Gablestiltskin” take it easy. Riddle wants to say how proud he is of them. Them and their astronomical necks. See? He can use big words, too, Chad! Gable says Riddle is an idiot. He already ruined Otis’ night, so get to the point. RKBRO wants a rematch? Problem is, Riddle probably can’t even define the word rematch. Riddle so can! A rematch is… uh… when you have to light something up twice! Like a candle! But hey, a rematch sounds like a pretty sick idea. Fans wanna see it! Gable knew it. No wonder Orton left Riddle high and dry. Where even is he? Riddle unzips his gown to show off his “Hey Raaaandy” shirt.
Gable and Otis will give them a rematch, under one condition: they have to prove their mental aptitude in an Alpha Academy Academic Challenge! Otis suddenly looks worried. TO spell it out, it’s Riddle & Randy VS the Academy to prove the smarter team! Because we already saw who the physically dominant team is! Whoa, an academic challenge? Like Billy Madison? Or more like Wheel of Fortune? Riddle loves spinning that wheel, and maybe he and Otis could run in a giant hamster wheel. Gable kinda looks like a jacked hamster, but with three times the brains. Otis is furious and throws off his gown! Riddle wants Otis to back it up and cool off.
Otis storms up the ramp, barking about this being his night! But Orton gets in the ring to RKO Gable!! And then Riddle trips up Otis on the apron! RKBRO got one over on the Academy, and now Orton wears one of the red graduation gowns! Orton gets the mic to then tell the Academy, “We accept!” Will Riddle & Orton get PhDs in kicking the Academy’s asses?
Austin Theory visits Vince McMahon.
Theory thanks Vince for the rematch with Finn Balor. But uh, what’s Vince watching on his TV? It was the previous match, where Finn won. Oh… Theory knows he lost, but then he beat the hell outta Finn and nearly ended his career. In fact, it was like a half victory. No such thing. So tonight, Theory needs to beat Finn and beat him up. If Theory doesn’t, Vince will get someone to drag Theory to this office and Vince will beat Theory up! Smash him all over, and by the time he’s finished, it’ll just be blood, snot and broken teeth. Then Vince will take a selfie with that. And send it to Mama Theory! Oh… Theory has been warned, will he make good on this rematch?
WWE honors Martin Luther King Jr.
“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. That all men would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” That dream of MLK’s, where we judge not by the color of skin but by character, is still alive. We will all reach the Promised Land together.
Finn Balor VS Austin Theory!
Raw returns and Theory makes his entrance. The Prince is back after being out a month, will he make Theory pay for every minute he’s missed? The bell rings, they circle and tie up, and Theory puts Finn on ropes. The ref counts, Theory lets off but Finn blocks the cheap shot to kick and headlock! Finn thrashes to grind Theory down, Theory powers out but Finn ducks and dodges, only for Theory to CLOBBER him with an elbow! Theory drags Finn out of the ring to smack off the apron! And then whip him into barriers! Theory goes into the ring and the ring count climbs. Finn stands but Theory goes out after him.
Theory whips, Finn reverses, and Theory hits barriers! Finn then hits a SLINGBLADE! Theory writhes, the count is rising, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Finn rallies, trips and DOUBLE STOMPS Theory down! Theory goes to a corner, Finn runs in and CHOPS! Finn whips Theory corner to corner, Theory reverse but Finn reverses back, ELBOW DROP DDT! Cover, TWO! Finn snarls, Theory crawl to ropes and Finn KICKS him out of the ring! Finn drags Theory up but Theory HOTSHOTS! Theory somersaults in, but into a SLINGBLADE! Finn then runs, into a LARIAT from Theory! Theory hauls Finn up to FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Fireman’s carry, A T- NO! Finn makes it a roll up, TWO! Theory and Finn get up, and Finn goes to the apron. Finn shoulders into Theory, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs up!
But Theory avoids the Coup De Grace to somersault SHOTGUN! Fireman’s carry, A T L!! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Theory saves himself from Vince’s wrath, and he gets his victory selfie. But to make good on what Vince told him, Theory fires off fists! Theory then drags Finn up, fireman’s carries again, for another A T L! Theory tells Finn to expect the unexpected. But will Finn find a way to teach Theory and Mr. McMahon respect for The Prince?
Nikki A.S.H. VS Rhea Ripley!
Before the match, Rhea is interviewed backstage. How does she respond to Nikki saying it was Rhea who ruined the relationship? Rhea says she never intended for this to hurt their friendship. But Nikki made up her mind. Rhea isn’t one to forgive very easily, so what kind of hero attacks a friend? If Rhea’s the villain here, than Nikki’s more delirious than Rhea thought. It’s time to remind everyone who Rhea Ripley is. Is Nikki in for a Nightmare tonight?
Raw returns and Nikki makes her entrance, but then so do Queen Zelina Vega and Carmella. Mella says, “Hear ye, hear ye, Tulsa. The Most Beautiful Woman in All of WWE and Your Queen have arrived to tell everyone in this dusty arena that everything we predicted about Nikki A.S.H. has come true.” Zelina’s word is absolute, and therefore she is correct by default. Not only is she a beloved queen, but also a fairy godmother. Rhea would never have been rid of Nikki without their little push. Rhea should be thanking them! Because they’ve been telling Rhea for weeks that if she stuck with an Almost Superhero, she’d never be nothing more than an almost threat.
But seems things are too late. Rhea doesn’t look like anything more than a low class loser. Without Nikki as her security blanket, does Rhea have what it takes? As Zelina’s said, you’re either the most powerful women in the room, or you’re nothing. Zelina is queen, but Rhea will be standing there, covered in trash, looking for someone to leech off of. Rhea doesn’t have the guts to be champion all on her own. Rhea tells them to bring it, then, but Nikki goes after Rhea! The ref wants Nikki to let off, but Nikki keeps hammering Rhea down! Rhea hits back but Nikki throws Rhea down! Nikki is seething, and then she drags Rhea up. Rhea kicks Nikki away but Nikki throws her out!
Nikki WRECKS Rhea with a dropkick, then goes out to RAM her into steel steps! The Almost Superhero leaves Rhea down, but the match is called off. Will Rhea get right? Or will she get revenge?
Dana Brooke and Reggie regroup backstage.
What did they talk about? Staying low and staying mobile. That’s right! Reggie is faster, stronger and amazing! Use Omos’ size against him, tire him out, and go for the legs. Meanwhile, R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, Tamina, and a referee are watching while eating popcorn. Dana says Reggie can be vicious and ruthless while also super athletic. Reggie says, “Who am I kidding?” He ran into Omos full speed and bounced off him! Dana says Reggie is the most capable man she knows. Just stay away from him. But even Dana looks worried. Truth says Dana must really hate Reggie. She just told him to get got! Will Reggie even survive his run-in with Omos?
Reggie w/ Dana Brooke VS Omos!
Raw returns and Reggie makes his entrance. Dana is cheering him on, but she still looks very worried. Omos points out the clear height difference, and then he roars! Even that scares Reggie! But then here come the 24/7 Championship hunters! Dana runs into the ring, scoots under Omos and out the other side. Omos catches Tozawa, TOSSES him out, then CLOBBERS Truth! Tamina stares Omos down and Reggie climbs the corner. Tamina goes around Omos, the bell rings, and Reggie leaps! Into Omos’ arms! Omos uses both hands for the MOUNTAIN TOSS! Omos says it’s that easy. Cover, Omos wins.
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
Omos didn’t break a sweat with that one! Will the colossus of Raw continue to dominate until he’s on top of the world?
Maryse heads to the ring!
As her note said, she is here to talk with Beth face-to-face. But will that all this be? Or do Miz & Mrs. have a plan for the Glamazon? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Maryse has a mic to say, “Bonsoir (good evening), Tulsa.” She assures us The Miz couldn’t make it. He has a very big mouth and likes to agree to things without asking her first, so tonight, she is cleaning up his mess. She then asks Beth to come out alone so they can do this right. Woman to woman, wife to wife and mother to mother, Maryse wants to talk. Beth makes her entrance, but Edge still follows her out. Maryse wants Edge to wait on the ramp until they’ve had this conversation. There aren’t many ways to put this, but the match at the Rumble, it has to be canceled. Uh, okay. This oughta be good, so Beth is all ears.
Maryse says she doesn’t want it, surely Beth doesn’t want it, and the fans don’t want it! Fans boo, they DO want it. Maryse is trying to have a heartfelt moment, guys. Really? Really? Really? Maryse is sure sounding like Miz here… Maryse says she has the mic, so she can be louder than everyone here. It doesn’t matter what you think! Now she’s The Rock? But anyway, Maryse wants Beth to listen. They’re from the same generation in WWE. They fought together. Remember those two minute matches? Fans chant, “You Suck!” but Maryse asks if they’re done.
But Beth, c’mon. They fought together and made the Women’s Division what it is today! They’re great at what they do! Just look at them! Women nowadays main event WrestleMania thanks to these two! So if anything, Maryse thinks that they should be on the same team. They should be a unit! Friends! Even their daughters can be friends! They can have play dates, dinners, or even just a coffee. Beth wants Maryse to know that she speaks for everyone here when she says, “Just shut up!” Seriously? BFF’s? Playdates? Is anyone buying this? NOPE! So that means Maryse takes acting lessons from The Miz.
Beth boils it down to a simple answer: the match is NOT off. Beth is NOT missing the chance to tag team with her husband for the first time ever. And she is NOT missing the chance to Glam Slam Maryse’s ass through the canvas! In fact, why not give the fans a preview? Beth storms up to the ring but Maryse stays put. Wait, Miz attacks Edge at the ramp! But Edge DECKS Miz! Maryse really was lying about Miz being at home! But then Maryse CLOBBERS Beth with her purse! What’s in that bag?! Maryse and Miz decide to show us: it was a BRICK! A literal BRICK! Maryse tosses her hair back and celebrates with The Miz. But will Edge and Beth only look to break The It Couple for that one?
The Street Profits are fired up backstage!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have a dream! The dream is that they have a plan and will execute it and win! The best part is, they do it in Tulsa, Oklahoma~! YESSIR! All the bodies in the ring, it’ll be like a mini Rumble. Which is great cuz the Profits were the first to declare for this year’s Rumble! Their first one, tossin’ bodies! But will Ford throw Dawkins? Rey Mysterio & Dom walk over to say not to worry. They’re a team tonight, and they’ll also be in the Rumble. Rey has to get this off his chest: Los Mysterios will outlast 28 other men in the Rumble. And then, not only will they throw those guys out, they’ll take the Mysterio name back to the Mania main event!
Okay, all due respect, that’s only if the Profits don’t make it there first. Because the Profits are up! And WE WANT THE SMOKE! Will these four burn it down to then light it up on the Road to WrestleMania?
8 Man Tag: The Street Profits & The Mysterios VS Apollo Crews, Commander Azeez & The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns and the Dawgs make their entrance. Then the Pride of Nigeria and his right hand man make their entrance. Teams sort out, Dolph Ziggler starts against Dom. They tie up, Dom waistlocks but Ziggler elbows free. Ziggler talks trash, runs, but Dom follows to RANA! Dom runs at Ziggler in the corner but Ziggler CLOBBERS Dom! Tag to Robert Roode and he stomps Dom. Roode drags Dom up, suplexes, but Dom knees free! Dom kicks low, tags Rey, and Rey gets a boost to RANA! Rey whips, Roode reverses but Rey dodges and tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Rey runs in but Roode puts him on the apron. Rey DECKS Roode, climbs, and leaps, but the rana is blocked
Roode brings Rey up, but Rey RANAS Roode out of the ring! Ziggler and Dom get in, Dom whips but Ziggler throws Dom up and out! Ford and Dawkins DROPKCIK Ziggler out! All eight men are on the outside now and shouting, but the ref keeps the peace while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns, Roode tags Ziggler and the Dawgs double whip Rey to double elbow him down. Then the Dawgs hit Rey’s corner to knock everyone down! Fans boo but Ziggler drags Rey over to tag Apollo. Apollo hits a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ziggler is upset on Apollo’s behalf, but Apollo decides he’ll finish it now. Apollo gets Rey up, trophy lifts, but Rey fights free to a DDT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Rey crawls, Dawks is back! Hot tag to the Curse of Greatness! And he rallies on everyone! He hurdles Apollo to hit a FLYING BACK ELBOW! Roode runs into an EXPLODER! Ziggler runs into an EXPLODER!
Dawkins gives Apollo a CYCLONE SPLASH, then the SILENCER! But Azeez gets in to break the cover! Ford returns to ENZIGURI Azeez out! The Dawgs TOSS Ford out! But the Mysterios dropkick the Dawgs onto the ropes! STEREO 619’s! Dom goes up and out to LEAP at Azeez! But Azeez catches him! Rey jumps to add on, the Mysterios take out Azeez! But Apollo rolls Dawkins up! TWO, and pop-up for SKY HIGH! Tag to Ford, he’s up top! FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, the Profits & Mysterios win!
Winners: The Street Profits & The Mysterios, by pinfall
Ford was five-star again with that splash, but then the Mysterios decide to dump the Profits out! Rey says that’s nothing personal, just a sample of the Rumble. And then he dumps Dom out! The son’s got a lot to learn still. But will Dom & Rey look to be in that final handful at the Rumble to put their name back on the WrestleMania marquee?
WWE looks at the parallels of Lashley and Lesnar.
“Forge: to form by heating and hammering; to beat into shape.” Great warriors are born at the forge, shaped by the heat of the fire and tried in the brutality of combat. This is the beginning of two such warriors. “The great plains often invoke idyllic dreams of an unending cascades of crops and green pastures. But in winter, these dreams are overtaken by the harsh reality of desolation and decay. It is here that the heart of a Beast was forged, and a Conqueror was born.” Brock Lesnar is a two-time NCAA All American with over 100 victories, and the NCAA Division I Heavyweight Champion. And just five months after his WWE debut, The Next Big Thing was WWE Champion.
After ravaging every challenger in the WWE, the Beast would go to the UFC, and in just three fights, he’d reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Then upon returning to the WWE, Lesnar’s path of devastation continued. He took 16-time WWE Champion John Cena to Suplex City, ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak, and cemented his dominance as a three-time Universal and six-time World Champion. He is a Beast without limits, without remorse, and without fear.
“Discipline. Restraint. Control. It is from these fires that the All Mighty was forged. Son of a US Army drill sergeant, Bobby Lashley learned at an early age that only by rigorously harnessing his natural ability that he would the greatness that he sought.” A three-time NAIA wrestling champion, Lashley would follow his father’s footsteps into the Army, and he honed his craft onto his way to winning gold in the Armed Forces Championship. Lashley would emerge in WWE as a peak physical specimen, unleashing a torrent of physical power and ferocity. But while he won gold, Lashley couldn’t quite find that next level.
A sojourn into MMA ignited the fires and Lashley had a 15-2 record. Then he’d return to the WWE and he would unleash havoc on opponent after opponent with his arsenal of high impact moves, headlined by the Hurt Lock full nelson. He would become United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion, and ultimately, WWE World Champion. Now, Lashley is ready for the one challenge that eluded him. For 20 years, Lashley believes Lesnar was ducking him. But Lesnar is confident that if they’d met before, Lesnar would’ve already beaten him. But the Royal Rumble will see the champion Beast collide with an All Mighty challenger.
These paths have finally crossed. Two warriors, forged in flame, battle and gold, fight for the ultimate prize. Only one emerges THE WWE World Champion. Will the ring even stay standing as these wage war?
The Miz & Maryse are heading out.
Kevin Patrick stops them to ask about that vicious attack. Miz says it took ONE SHOT to take down the Glamazon! Now Beth needs medical attention! Now the Grit Couple is the SH- Maryse stops Miz there. The girls are watching at home. Oh, right. Daddy loves ya, girls! And Miz loves Mommy. He is the best husband ever, because he remembered that Maryse’s birthday is next week! So before saying bonny nut- No, no, it’s bonne nuit. The T is silent. Right, bonne nuit to the Grit Couple, Miz is going to throw the most expensive, extravagant and amazing birthday party that anyone has ever seen, because Miz loves Maryse.
Nothing, especially not Edge & Beth, is stronger than their love. These two make-out right in front of us… But will announcing the birthday party here come back to bite the It Couple?
Alexa Bliss has another therapy session.
She and her therapist sit quietly a moment before he welcomes her back. He’s happy to say that there are less breakable things here in the office. She isn’t sure about that. But these sessions will continue. He will not tolerate a repeat of last week, though. He does apologize for showing her such a sensitive subject, but he had to know where she stood psychological. He promises her that she will be on the road to recovery. Neat. Now, let’s do word association. Okay, sure. How does she feel about the word, “Trust.” “Lily.” Friend? Lily. Home? Lily. Doll… Lily. Imaginary. Alexa gets up out of her seat and glares at him. Okay, time’s up.
The doc bolts but Alexa cools off. She sits back down, looks around the room, but stays quiet. Will Alexa ever get over her twistedly tragic past?
Bobby Lashley w/ MVP VS Seth Rollins!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is ready to wreck everything, including Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, The Visionary is preparing to repeat history and defeat Roman Reigns once again. But who will have some major momentum on their side going towards those titanic title matches? The main event of top championship challengers begins after the break!
Raw returns and Rollins makes his entrance. The bell rings and Lashley glares while Rollins smirks. The two circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Rollins headlocks, Lashley powers up to power out, but Rollins duck sand dodges. Lashley hurdles then runs Rollins over! Fans cheer as Lashley mocks Rollins’ pose. The two reset, circle and tie up again. Rollins waistlocks, Lashley uses ropes to buck Rollins away, but Rollins hurdles and drops to then go perpendicular, SLINGBLADE! Rollins kicks, reels Lashley in, but Lashley back drops free! Lashley stalks Rollins, but Rollins fights the full nelson! Rollins drops to KICK Lashley, then he dumps Lashley out!
Rollins builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit but Lashley stays up! Rollins goes back in, builds speed again, DIVES, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Lashley roars and Rollins flounders while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins has Lashley down now! Rollins drags Lashley to a corner to SLAM a leg against the post! Rollins SLAMS the leg again, talks trash to MVP, then gets in as the ring count reaches 5 of 10. Rollins drags Lashley up, puts the bad leg in the ropes, pulls until the ref counts, then dropkicks the leg! Lashley falls, Rollins drags him to center and steps through to drop a leg on the knee! Lashley snarls and fans rally up. MVP coaches Lashley, but Rollins drops another leg on the bad knee! And then another! Rollins has the toehold, ties up the legs, but Lashley fights, only for Rollins to still get the Indian Deathlock!
Rollins keeps Lashley’s hands away while Lashley endures the hold. Rollins SLAPS Lashley in the side, but Lashley pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Lashley lets go but he punches Rollins! Rollins lets the legs free, but then he gets the bad one for a DRAGON SCREW! And into a HALF CRAB! Lashley endures, even as Rollins sits deep! Lashley powers up, fans rally up, and Lashley turns, only for Rollins to stomp the leg! Rollins has the Half Crab again! MVP coaches Lashley more but Rollins talks trash on “Bob.” Lashley fights up, turns things over, and he boots Rollins away! Rollins falls out of the ring but he’s right back in! Lashley avoids the stomp for a COMPLETE SHOT!
MVP says that’s the All Mighty Lashley he knows! Lashley grits his teeth and pushes up, just as Rollins also sits up. Rollins turns around into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then another! Lashley runs in at the corner, to RAM into Rollins! Lashley turns Rollins around, NECKBREAKER! Lashley fires up and Tulsa fires up with him! Lashley gets Rollins up, suplexes, but Rollins fights free! Lashley kicks low to gut wrench, DOMINATOR! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives but MVP coaches Lashley to keep going. Lashley aims from a corner, Rollins rises, Lashley runs in, into a KNEE! Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW! Then runs, but into a scoop!
Rollins slips out, shoves Lashley into buckles, then kicks low! Rollins underhooks the arms, PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO!?! Lashley survives but Rollins is too tired to be shocked! Fans rally behind Lashley but Rollins stands. Rollins goes to a corner, climbs up top, but Lashley gets him with a choke grip! Lashley climbs up, but Rollins fights with elbows! But Lashley clinches, for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Rollins goes flying to the other side of the ring! Lashley gets back to a corner but the Hurt Business go after him!!
Winner: Bobby Lashley, by disqualification
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin mug Lashley but Lashley fights back! That’s still 2v1, and they POST him! Alexander & Benjamin shout that he’s brought this upon himself, and then the POST Lashley again! They glare at MVP but then drag Lashley back up. But Lashley DOUBLE SUPLEXES them instead! COMPLETE SHOT for Benjamin! Fireman’s carry and the POST for Alexander! Lashley SPEARS Benjamin through barriers! Rollins is shocked at seeing the carnage, but the USOS run out from the crowd! Rollins turns around, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Jimmy & Jey make up for missing the target on SmackDown!
Rollins lost the match and then got got! Will he stand a chance of dethroning the Head of the Table if the Usos can get him on his show? As for Lashley, will he be able to go for the gold if he has his former henchmen coming after him?
This was a decent episode, but with really glaring low points. Does Vince just hate Women’s Wrestling again? Why is it that the matches tonight were basically filler to move the story along? Nikki VS Rhea being No Contest was whatever since it at least went with story. But that opening tag match had Becky, Piper, Bianca and Liv, all of which are basically the stars of the Raw Women’s Division. Yet Vince couldn’t be bothered to give that match more than a bathroom break amount of time! I suppose because it was Piper ending it all very quickly, we’re supposed to think Piper is that great, but honestly it just hurt all four women. If Bianca was taken out by just a corner splash, how is she to win the Rumble?
Finn VS Theory 2 was also way too short. I get there was a commercial break in the middle but that just makes it worse. Theory winning was clean also a shame, and not because of Vince’s weird threat to him. I get that Theory needed to win to make a feud out of this, but why not dirty it up a little? When is Finn going to get a chance to comment on how Theory is Vince’s pet project and all that? This whole thing is just hurting my brain. And only a little less than the Veer Mahaan videos coming back. He better show up in the Rumble. And this week’s Alexa therapy session was filler. It was just her associating everything with Lily but not even in a more compelling way than last week’s “triggered Alexa” vignette.
We got a good 8 Man Tag but it was also on the short side. It was pretty standard Rumble season stuff for Rey & Dom to dump the Profits out, but Rey dumping Dom was a bit of a surprise. Maybe Dom will do the same during the Rumble on Rey? I did appreciate them weaving three backstage segments into one, going from Reggie wanting advice from Edge but basically striking out, and then Edge talking with Priest and then Priest talking with Kevin. If Dana still has the 24/7 title come the Women’s Rumble, can that title end up hot potato’d around to end up on someone from SmackDown? Or does Fox just hate that title?
Omos of course destroyed Reggie, but I almost thought he was going to somehow end up 24/7 champion. That’d probably put the end to the title, though, because who would even try to take it from him? Kevin had a very good match with Priest, and his win definitely puts him in line for the US Championship, but who knows if Kevin will even go for it with him so closely connected to Rollins in their stories. And we got a good promo segment out of Maryse and Beth. But Maryse bringing up the Diva Era short matches and yet we got a short women’s match here, the irony clearly goes over Vince’s thick head. That brick in the purse, though. And telegraphing the birthday stuff for next week, Maryse’s cake is definitely going into someone’s face.
The Alpha Academy graduation was a pretty good segment. I am sure Riddle was referencing something but I can’t place it. I can’t believe they’re kayfabing that Otis never had the last name “Dozovic.” That’s taking Vince’s love of editing names to a new, dumber level. But I loved the face Otis made when Gable said they were going to have a tag team academic challenge. He’s going to end up the weak link for his team since this graduation was based on his in-ring skills. The Lesnar Lashley vignette was well made, but a rather melodramatic theme in the narration. After the string of short matches, it just felt like WWE trying too hard to be cinematic and not enough about action.
Lashley VS Rollins was great stuff, until the Hurt Business “ruined” things. It just keeps reminding us of how flippant they’ve been with that faction’s story. They work together against Goldberg but then not together against Lesnar, and now the Hurt Business is just being thrown at Lashley in an attempt to build Lashley as brutal and dominant without it being in the matches. The Usos getting the drop on Rollins was pretty good, though, since that carries over from SmackDown. If they’d let it just be the Usos trying to mess with Rollins, I think things would’ve felt a bit better.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Raleigh gets Elevated!
A lucky seven for Elevation!
AEW continues in Raleigh and has a strong seven for Elevation! Jay Lethal is keeping himself sharp for what could be an FTW Championship showdown!
- Matt Sydal & Lee Moriarty VS JR Miller & Marcus Kross; Sydal & Moriarty wins.
- Tay Conti VS Ameera; Conti wins.
- Gunn Club VS JB Cole & T.I.M; Gunn Club wins.
- Frankie Kazarian VS Labron Kozone; Kaz wins.
- Ruby Soho VS Kenzie Page; Soho wins.
- Private Party VS Chase Emory & Patrick Scott; Private Party wins.
- Jay Lethal VS Alexander Moss; Lethal wins.
Pretty clear cut stuff here, but I like that we’re seeing Sydal & Moriarty in tag action again. Kenzie Page is back in AEW and she’ll give Ruby Soho a good match. Good to see Kaz back in action, they kinda let the ball drop on his Elite Hunter story but maybe he can build himself up towards the TNT Championship. And I have a feeling in Gunn Club’s match, fans will troll Austin & Colten as “Ass Boys” again and that could come close to costing them.
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Rance and Kyle are back to talk Mickie James walking through WWE's forbidden door and the MLW lawsuit.
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (1/14/22)
The tag champs are on a Rampage!
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/14/22)
SmackDown gets extreme!
POD is WAR: Back In The Saddle
PiW returns to your earballs with plenty of pro wrestling conversation, some goodbyes and a look at the NFL Playoffs!