Will Los Ingobernables de Japon be conquered?
Sanada & Tetsuya Naito have vowed to take the World Tag League, and so far, so good! But will things take a turn when they face The United Empire?
- World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Chase & Fale win.
- World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo; Yujiro & Evil win.
- World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; Guerillas of Destiny win.
- World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
- World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
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Here are the current World Tag League Standings!
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-0, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-1, 8 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 4-1, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 3-2, 6 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 3-2, 6 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 3-2, 6 points
The United Empire: 3-2, 6 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 2-3, 4 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-3, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-4, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-5, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-5, 0 points
World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!
The Blue Playmaker and Meanest Man in the World are still without a win, while the Crown Jewel & Rogue General fell to Los Ingobernables de Japon. Will Taka & Suzuki finally score? Or will round six start Too Sweet?
Right after, “KAZE NI NARE!” Suzuki-Gun attacks Bullet Club! Suzuki throws Fale out, Taka throws Chase. Chase hits back but Suzuki chokes Fale with his towel! Chase headlock punches Taka down, Suzuki throws knees and body shots on Fale. Fale hits back with body shots while Chase sends Taka into railing. Fale and Suzuki brawl but then Chase joins in and Bullet Club mugs Suzuki. Fale puts Suzuki in and the bell rings to put this on record. Fale tags Chase in, they mug Suzuki more, then double whip him to ropes for the body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Chase covers, TWO! Chase kicks Suzuki around, CLUBS him, then brings him up for forearms.
Suzuki kicks back, Chase throws another forearm. Suzuki gets Chase for a HANGING ARMBAR in the ropes! The ref counts, Suzuki lets Chase free at 4. Suzuki drags Chase out but Fale storms in around the way. Suzuki intercepts Fale while Taka goes after Chase. Suzuki throws knees then knees Fale against railing. Fale falls so Suzuki clubs him down. Taka stands on Chase at the railing while Suzuki gets a chair! Suzuki JAMS Fale in the ribs then SMACKS him on the back! Suzuki chokes Fale with the chair while a ring count starts. Taka stomps Chase, Suzuki gets in at 8 and Taka puts Chase in at 9. Suzuki kicks Chase around, Chase throws body shots.
Suzuki doesn’t budge so Chase gets up to throw forearms. Suzuki eggs Chase on as he throws more forearms, and Suzuki DECKS Chase with one! Tag to Taka, he stomps Chase down, and fans rally up. Taka drags Chase up to knee low, then he eggs Chase on. Chase forearms and Taka eggs him on more. Chase ROCKS Taka, so Taka pokes him in the eyes! Taka claws Chase’s face but lets off as the ref counts. Taka bumps Chase off Suzuki’s boot, then tags Suzuki in. Suzuki kicks Chase around, gives toying jabs from his knees, then harder shots to the gut. Suzuki slaps Chase, Chase chops back. Suzuki slaps Chase more, Chase throws a forearm. Chase boots, Suzuki kicks low!
Chase boots again, Suzuki runs to boot, but Chase blocks! Chase fires off fast hands but Suzuki ROCKS him! Suzuki stands Chase back up, but Chase wrenches, hammerlocks, JEWEL HEIST! Both men are down and fans rally up! Suzuki and Chase crawl, hot tag to Fale! Fale throws heavy body shots but Taka gets in to club Fale. Fale doesn’t flinch, he just throws body shots on Taka. Fale whips Taka to a corner, then whips Suzuki into Taka. Fale runs in, Suzuki dodges but Taka takes the SPLASH! Suzuki kicks Fale, runs, but Fale CLOBBERS Suzuki! And drops the elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while Fale grows frustrated.
Fale gets the choke grip, but Suzuki breaks free and kicks low. Suzuki runs in to BOOT Fale in the corner! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Suzuki drags Fale up. Suzuki wrenches an arm, has a double wristlock, but Fale scoops! Suzuki slips out to get the SLEEPER! Fale flails, Suzuki brings him down to a knee! Fans rally as Fale endures, but Suzuki throws a knee! Suzuki runs but Fale runs him over! Both men are down and fans fire up! Fale and Suzuki crawl, hot tags to Chase and Taka! Chase knees low, fires off forearms, but Taka fiers up to kick Chase’s leg! Taka slaps Chase around and eggs him on again.
Chase ROCKS Taka with forearm after forearm, thenr uns, but Taka goes the other way to BOOT! Taka whips, Chase reverses but Taka reverses back to wrench and drag Chase down! JUST FACELOCK! Chase scrambles but Taka keeps him from ropes! Suzuki intercepts Fale for a CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING, then an IRON OCTOPUS! Taka pulls back on a BULLY CHOKE! Chase endures, fans rally, Chase gets the ROPEBREAK! Taka is frustrated, but he and Suzuki mug Chase. Fale storms over but they kick and whip him first. Fale runs them both over with big shoulders! Fans rally back up, Chase runs at Taka in the corner for a forearm smash! Fale hits a SPLASH!
Fale fireman’s carries and Chase climbs, FLYING STOMP DEATH VALLEY, to a SHINING WIZARD! Fans fire up with Chase as he gets Taka back up. Chase waistlocks, but Suzuki trips Fale to a HEEL HOOK! Taka fights free, Chase forearms but Taka CALF KICKS! La Magistrol, TWO!! SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives and Taka can’t believe it! Fans are thunderous as Taka scoops but Chase slips out! SHI TRIGGER! Chase tucks Taka in, PACKAGE PILEDRIVER! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)
Still no victory for Suzuki & Taka! Perhaps they were overzealous with that opening attack. And again, Young Lions suffer for it. Will they ever get it right as a tag team? As for Chase & Fale, is there still time for them to take the top spot?
World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
Togane was the perfect place for Team Blue Justice to get their first win! But will they be able to keep going in Korakuen? Or will the House of Torture ruin all the fun?
Bullet Club Low Sweets, then teams sort out. The King of Darkness starts against Tiger Mask and fans rally up with the bell. Tiger and Evil circle, but then Tokyo Pimp gets in! Tiger intercepts him with a kick, then kicks Evil. Tiger sweeps the leg on Yujiro then he spinning back kicks Evil down! Nagata gets in, he and Tiger double whip Evil to run him over! They KICK and KICK and KICK Evil back and forth, then into the corner! Yujiro gets back in but Nagata kicks him right back out. Tiger throws forearms on Evil in the corner but Dick gets on the apron. Evil uses that distraction to throw Tiger out, then Evil distracts the ref so that Dick can DECK Tiger!
Evil then drags Tiger up to RAM him into the timekeeper’s area! Down goes Abe-san again! Yujiro bumps Nagata off the apron and Evil puts Tiger in the ring while Young Lions help Abe-san. Evil brings Tiger up to snapmare and then go after the mask! How dare he! The ref counts, Evil stops at 4 and tags in Yujiro. Yujiro gets the legs to stomp Tiger Mask in the stomach again and again! Yujiro drags Tiger up to then punch him back down. Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Yujiro drags Tiger up and snapmares. Yujiro runs to basement boot! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up more, Yujiro tags Evil, Evil points to Nagata before he chokes Tiger with the T-shirt! Evil gets away with it, covers, TWO!
Fans rally up, Evil brings Tiger up but Tiger KICKS a leg! And again! Evil blocks the chest kick to rake Tiger’s eyes! Evil runs, into a sobat! Fans rally, Tiger struggles to find the corner, but he still gets the hot tag to Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Yujiro down, then he gives Evil KICKS in the chest! Evil ends up in a corner, Nagata fires up and whips him corner to corner to BOOT! Evil fights the exploder but Nagata ROCKS him! Nagata underhooks to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Evil blocks the standard suplex. Nagata knees low, whips but Evil reverses. Nagata rolls to dodge, fakes Evil out and dropkicks the leg! Nagata runs but Dick trips him up!
Evil tags Yujiro, and Yujiro drags Nagata up to knee low. Yujiro throws more low knees, then Yujiro runs in to BOOT Nagata against ropes. Yujiro runs, but Nagata knees low! Hot tag to Tiger Mask! Tiger sobats, then sobats again! Yujiro falls and flounders, Tiger ROUNDHOUSES him in the corner! Tiger hoists Yujiro up top, climbs up after him, and fans rally as he underhooks the arms. Yuijro fights free to throw forearms back. Tiger stays up but Yujiro throws more forearms. Tiger SLAPS Yujiro, and drags him up for a SUPER ARM-DRAG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tiger drags Yujiro up to underhook, but Yujiro fights free.
Yujiro swings but Tiger catches and spins him, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Evil breaks it! Nagata kicks Evil, he and Tiger whip Evil for DOUBLE KICKS! Yujiro is in a corner, Nagata BOOTS and EXPLODERS! Tiger gets Yujiro up for the DOUBLE GIRI! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but Tiger clamps on the CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! Nagata intercepts Evil for NAGATA LOCK II! Yujiro fights up, but Tiger wrangles him back down! Fans rally as Bullet Club endures dual submissions, but Dick gets in to choke Nagata! Evil is free, and he stomps Tiger Mask! Yujiro is free, and Dick drags Nagata out of the ring to continue choking! But Tiger sobats Evil down!
Fans fire up with Tiger as he roars! Tiger drags Yujiro up, but Evil distracts the ref so Yujiro can LOW BLOW Tiger! Yujiro drags Tiger back up, for BIG JUICE!! Cover, House of Torture wins!
Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Evil, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Nagata & Tiger Mask earns 0)
Another underhanded play gives Tokyo Pimp & The King of Darkness the victory! Will Darkness Fall on all of the World Tag League?
World Tag League 2021: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Great Bash Heels aren’t happy being at the bottom, but they have a long climb ahead of them! Meanwhile, Chaos’ Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter are fighting to stay afloat! Which team will #GetBackUp and #TurnItAllAround in round six?
The teams sort out and Honma steps up to Goto. The fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Goto headlocks. Honma powers up but Goto holds out as Honma tries to power out. Goto grinds the hold, Honma throws body shots and powers out this time. They ram shoulders and Honma flexes. Goto runs, Honma dodges the clothesline and runs Goto over! Fans cheer as Honma stomps Goto, CLUBS him, then brings him up for forearms. Honma whips, Hashi tags in, Goto reverses and Goto-Hashi run Homa over! They combine for Hip Toss Senton! Makabe gets in but Goto-Hashi hammer him down! Fans cheer and Goto stomps Honma down while Hashi goes back to the corner.
Goto drags Honma up to CLUB him down, then brings him around to bump off buckles. Tag to Hashi, they stomp Honma in the corner but Honma does his best to fight back. The ref counts, Goto lets off and stares Makabe down. Hashi throws haymakers and CHOPS, and Goto makes Honma stay up for another CHOP! Hashi brings Honma around to put on the ropes and Goto holds him in place. Hashi runs and dropkicks Honma down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Hashi tags Goto and Goto stomps Honma. Goto drags Honma up to snapmare and clamp on a chinlock. Honma endures the knee in his back, Goto elbows him in the head! Fans rally again, Goto DECKS Makabe.
Goto stomps Honma more, but Honma sits up and eggs him on. Goto KICKS Honma in the chest, and again! Honma gets up, fans rally, and Honma blocks a kick to CLUB the leg. Honma runs but into a kick! Goto brings Honma around to suplex, but Honma fights it! Fans rally and Honma suplexes Goto! Honma crawls over, hot tag to Makabe! Makabe rallies on Goto, DECKS Hashi, then runs at Goto in the corner for a clothesline! Makabe whips Goto corner to corner, runs in and hits another clothesline! Makabe climbs up to rain down fists! Fans rally, Makabe gets 10, then brings Goto in, only for Goto to elbow the suplex away. Goto runs, but Makabe LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up, Makabe hauls Goto up but Goto elbows free of the waistlock. Makabe kicks low, runs, but Goto follows to LARIAT! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Goto crawls over, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi brings Makabe up to throw forearm after forearm. Hashi whips corner to corner, and CHOPS Makabe! Hashi then runs, ducks one lariat but not the LEFT! Hot tag to Honma! Honma runs Hashi over and roars! Honma CHOPS Hashi to a corner, CHOPS him more, then whips Hashi corner to corner. Honma runs in to back elbow then BULLDOG! Honma fires up and runs, KOKESHI FLOPS! Goto tags in, he and Hashi get Honma up but Honma throws forearms on them both!
Hashi mule kicks Honma, he and Goto whip, and DOUBLE CHOP! Makabe runs in but Goto-Hashi kicks him first, to then double whip. Makabe breaks through the chops to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up as Great Bash Heels coordinate now! CLOTHESLINE SANDWICH! Makabe CLUBS Hashi, Honma LARIATS Hashi down! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives but Honma drags him back up. Honma scoops but Hashi slips out to waistlock. Honma elbows free, Hashi elbows back! Honma CHOPS, runs, but FLYING KOKESHI! BASEMENT HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Hashi escapes and fans fire up again! Honma hurries to get Hashi back up, scoop and SLAM! Honma goes up top!
But Goto gets in to hit him first! Goto fireman’s carries Honma, but he slips off! Goto backs Honma int oa corner, Hashi runs in to corner LARIAT! Feed to Goto’s kick, then the RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP BLOCKBUSTER! Hashi intercepts Makabe, feeds him to the fireman’s carry, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up as Goto-Hashi get Honma up in the dragon sleeper and leg lift. But Honma fights free! Goto still suplexes but Honma slips out! Honma spins Goto around, catches Hashi, COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Honma goes up, leaps at Hashi, DIVING KOKESHI!! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives again and fans fire up!
Honma drags Hashi back up, Hashi fires off fast strikes! Honma headbutts! Honma runs, into the fireman’s carry! But Honma slips off, only for Hashi to SUPERKICK! Hashi runs to METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Honma survives and fans are thunderous! Goto-Hashi get him in the dragon sleeper and leg lift, SHOUKOU!! Cover, Goto-Hashi wins!!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Great Bash Heels earn 0)
The Great Bash Heels will still have to wait for that first win! Will they ever get on the board? As for Chaos, can they still reach the top and take the trophies?
World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!
TenCozy celebrated their 30th years in NJPW, are they invigorated to commemorate it with a World Tag League victory? Or will the Good Bad Guy & Silverback rain on their parade?
The Bullet Club Low Sweets, but it’s TenCozy who attacks first! The bell rings, Kojima throws Tama out while Tenzan headbutts Loa down. They go outside, Kojima keeps on Tama and Tenzan stomps Loa. Kojima bumps Tama off apron, fires off haymakers then facelocks. Tama turns things around to RAM Kojima into railing! Tama throws hands, Loa RAMS Tenzan into the apron! Loa RAMS Tenzan into railing, Tama POSTS Kojima! The ring count starts, climbs, but Tama chokes Kojima! Loa puts Tenzan in at 12 and Tama puts Kojima in 14. The Guerrillas keep after TenCozy in the ring, Tama keeps on Kojima and Loa keeps on Tenzna.
The Guerrillas coordinate, whip TenCozy at each other but that gets turned around! The Guerrillas dosido only for TenCozy to DECK them! TenCozy stomps Loa, then stomp Tama. TenCozy gets Loa up to double suplex him! Tama staggers into forearms and Mongolian Chops! Kojima then hits the Mongolian Chops! TenCozy double whip Tama, double kick and then they throw Tama down by his hair. Elbow drop and falling headbutt! Cover, ONE! Fans rally up as Tenzan stomps Tama, drags him up and headbutts him. Tama throws body shots and forearms, then headlocks. Loa tags in as Tenzan powers out, and Loa attacks from behind! Tama trips Kojima up, then Loa stomps Tenzan.
Loa shoves Tenzan out of the ring, distracts the ref, but Tenzan sees Jado coming. So Tama CLOBBERS Tenzan from behind! And RAMS him into railing! Tama throws body shots on Tenzan then CLUBS him down. The ref sees that and reprimands, but Loa goes after Kojima now. Tama puts Tenzan in, Loa returns, Tama CLUBS away on Tenzan. Loa drags Tenzan up, Tenzan throws body shots back! Fans rally up, Tenzan throws forearms but Loa forearms back. Loa whips, kicks and knees to then ENZIGURI! Tenzan staggers, Loa scoops Tenzan to SLAM him down! Loa then sets up for the STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up but Loa DECKS Kojima.
Loa drags Tenzan up, throws forearms, and Tama pulls Tenzan’s hair to hold him back. Loa body shots, snapmares, then Tama tags in to slingshot senton! Fans fire up, Tama DECKS Kojima again. Tama rains down hands on Tenzan, the ref reprimands the closed fists, but Tama lets off. Tama DECKS Kojima a third time! Fans still rally up for “TEN-CO-ZY!” Tenzan headbutts low then throws forearms. Tama eggs him on, Tenzan throws more forearms but Tama kicks low and CLUBS Tenzan. Tama runs at Kojima but Kojima counter punches! Tama staggers into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Both Tenzan and Tama are down but the fans fire up. Tenzan crawls over, hot tags to Kojima!
Kojima rallies on the Guerrillas! Kojima kicks, CLUBS and whips Tama, but Tama reverses, only for Kojima to CLOBBER him! Tama ends up in a corner, Kojima fires off MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima whips Tama corner to corner, runs in and forearm smashes! Tama falls, Kojima goes up! But Tama intercepts with a haymaker, then TOSSES Kojima off the top! Fans fire up and rally as Kojima stirs. Tama CLUBS Kojima with ax handles, but Kojima gets up. Tama throws off the vest, he’s serious now! Tama reels Kojima in, suplexes, but Kojima blocks! Kojima throws body shots, suplexes but Tama slips out to waistlock. Kojima elbows free to DDT!
Tama springs up and flounders back, Kojima covers, TWO! Fans fire up for “TEN-CO-ZY!” as Kojima drags Tama up. Kojima cravats but no cutter! Tama tries but no Gun Stun! Kojima runs into a fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Both men are down, hot tag to Loa! Loa runs corner to corner to clothesline! Loa whips Kojima back into the corner to clothesline again! Kojima staggers, Loa powers up, but Kojima swats the lariat to COZY CUTTER! Fans are thunderous as Kojima crawls, hot tag to Tenzan! Tenzan rallies on Loa, Mongolian Chops after Mongolian Chops! Tenzan headbutts Loa, Loa staggers to the corner and Tenzan stomps him.
Tenzan whips Loa corner to corner, runs in to SPLASH! Fans fire up as Tenzan calls his shot, TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Tenzan stomps Loa, then drags him up to headbutt. Tenzan whips, Loa reverses, Tama gets in to body shot! Loa uppercuts, Tama NECKBREAKERS! Cover, Kojima breaks it! Tama throws Kojima out, he and Loa coordinate. Loa gets Tenzan up, NIGHTFALL! Cover off the back suplex neckbreaker, TWO! Tenzan is still in this, Tama argues the count! Loa drags Tenzan up, brings him around, but Kojima gets in to fire off on the Guerrillas! Kojima fires off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW on Loa!
Kojima blocks Tama’s Gun Stun again and takes off the armband. Kojima runs, Tama ducks the lariat, to GUN STUN! Tenzan WHEEL KICKS Tama down! Fans fire up as Tenzan gets up and runs at Loa. DOUBLE LARIATS, but neither falls! They DOUBLE LARIAT again but still no one falls! DOUBLE LARIATS again, Loa flexes! But Tenzan catches him in a clinch! Loa elbows free, Tenzan HEADBUTTS! Loa drops to a knee, Tenzan Mongolian Chops! And again! And again! Fans fire up for Tenzan as he runs, ducks and dodges, but Loa SPEARS him down! Cover, TWO! Loa gets Tenzan in the OG KILLER!! Tenzan endures the crossface, but he taps! Guerrillas win!
Winners: Guerrillas of Destiny, by pinfall (gains 2 points; TenCozy earns 0)
The Silverback makes Inari no Mougu submit! Will the Guerrillas of Destiny find a way to take over World Tag League?
World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Dangerous Tekkers!
The Joker & The Ace are neck and neck with the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, but something’s gotta give! Will Yano & Tanahashi score their biggest win yet? Or will the Holy Emperor & the Submission Master make them #JustTapOut?
Yano & Tanahashi school thug squat the whole time the Tekkers make their entrance. Taichi kicks at them so he can have “center stage” in the ring to finish “singing.” Yano claims they’re copying him and Tanahashi? Well, ZSJ has the “short jacket” and Taichi’s cloak is a little like the long jacket. Tanahashi shows off his muscles, Taichi shows off the dancing pecs. Tanahashi can do that, too. The teams sort out, Yano goes through the selection process, and fans cheer that Yano should start. In that case, Yano will start! Fans rally for “Y T R! Y T R!” but then the Tekkers both bail out? They’re going to make Yano wait for who starts.
Taichi gets up on the apron, steps inside, but then Yano and ZSJ talk some trash. Now ZSJ starts against Yano! Fans rally up as Yano squats. ZSJ tells Yano to knock that off, but Yano eggs him on. ZSJ talks things over with Taichi and tells Yano to shut up. ZSJ then runs to sunset flip, TWO! Roll-up, TWO! Low headbutt then a whip to the corner, but Yano reverses that, to untie a buckle pad! Yano rushes ZSJ, dodges then throws the pad at him. The ref grabs at the pad but Yano rolls ZSJ up! TWO!! Yano swings, ZSJ dodges and EuroUppers! Yano trips over the buckle pad and ZSJ jackknifes! Tanahashi breaks that, but Taichi goes after Tanahashi!
The Tekkers get Tanahashi up, but Tanahashi fights free and sends Taichi into ZSJ! Yano rolls ZSJ up, TWO!! ZSJ escapes, Taichi regroups with him and things slow down for a second. Fans rally up but the ref wants the teams to sort out again. Yano & Tanahashi just squat! The Tekkers kick them down! Taichi throws Tanahashi out, ZSJ kicks Yano out. Taichi chokes Tanahashi against railing, ZSJ pulls Yano’s ears! ZSJ whips but Yano reverses to send ZSJ into railing! Yano drags ZSJ up, Tanahashi has Taichi. Yano throws ZSJ backstage, and Tanahashi brings Taichi along! Things are going on backstage, Yano and Tanahashi return with a partition!
Yano & Tanahashi put that up in front of the gateway, then Yano adds a table. The ring count climbs as The Joker & The Ace get in the ring. The Tekkers return, they have to clear the way. ZSJ trips over the partition! Taichi helps ZSJ up, they get in the ring at 18! They attack Yano & Tanahashi from behind! Taichi kicks and CLUBS Tanahashi while ZSJ fish hooks and claws Yano’s face! Yano breaks free but ZSJ blocks the kick! Taichi gets Yano’s arms, ZSJ DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Tanahashi rushes in, but he gets caught, DRAGON SCREW to his leg! Fans rally up as the Tekkers stand tall. ZSJ drags Yano by his leg, has the standing toehold, and Yano apologizes.
ZSJ still twists the ankle and uses his head for leverage! Taichi gets the other leg and they split the wishbone! ZSJ stands on the legs, tags Taichi in, and Taichi gets the leg to stomp it. Fans rally up, Taichi has the standing toehold, and makes Yano’s legs spread as far as they can! Yano gets the ropebreak! Taichi lets go then tags ZSJ back in. ZSJ drags Yano around, he steps through to have the butterfly deathlock! Yano endures, fans rally up, but ZSJ digs his boot and even an elbow into the legs. Yano reaches out, Tanahashi gets in and he stomps ZSJ. The ref reprimands but ZSJ lets Yano go to stomp away on the leg. KNEE JAMMER!
Tag to Taichi, he drags Yano up and snapmares to KICK him in the back! Cover but it’s really a choke! The ref reprimands, Taichi lets off, but chokes again. The ref again reprimands, so Taichi lets off to choke with both hands! Taichi stops to bring Yano up as fans rally. Taichi whips Yano into the bare corner! Taichi runs in but Yano dodges and Taichi hits buckles! Yano takes Taichi’s pants off for him! Then Yano throws Taichi down by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi wants Taichi to stand, and then he runs to FLYING FOREARM! Tanahashi CLOBBERS ZSJ for good measure, then elbows Taichi to CROSSBODY!
Fans fire up as Tanahashi catches ZSJ in the ropes! DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! ZSJ falls, Tanahashi fires up! Tanahashi drags Taichi up, scoops and SLAMS, then he goes to the corner. Tanahashi goes to the second rope, SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Tanahashi waits on Taichi again, and Tanahashi runs, but Taichi denies the Slingblade! Tanahashi denies the saido but Taichi BOOTS him! Taichi runs, Tanahashi blocks the boot for fast hands! Taichi sobats, Tanahashi SHOTEIS, Taichi wrenches to DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Taichi crawls, tag to ZSJ! ZSJ drags Tanahashi up to EuroUpper, then EuroUpper again.
Tanahashi turns EuroUpper into hooks, but ZSJ fights the backslide to hook Tanahashi. Tanahashi fights to hook ZSJ, then he spins ZSJ for TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up as both men are down! Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! Yano gets ZSJ up, whips him towards the bare corner but ZSJ reverses. Yano stops himself, baits ZSJ in but ZSJ stops himself. So Yano rolls him up! ZSJ rolls through, and catches Yano to a cobra twist! Yano endures, Taichi DECKS Tanahashi! ZSJ lets Yano go so that the Tekkers can whip him to the corner. ZSJ runs in to EuroUpper, Taichi clotheslines! Snapmare and NECK TWIST! Fans rally up but the Tekkers coordinate.
Taichi aims from the corner while ZSJ drags Yano up. But Tanahashi drags Taichi out and Yano hits M U! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ headbutts low, whips to ropes, but Yano holds ropes to taunt. Yano then dumps ZSJ out! Yano hurries to get something from under the ring. He brings out wrist tape! But ZSJ get a SLEEPER! Yano mule kicks ZSJ low! Yano drags ZSJ up, brings him over to the gateway then to the entryway! Yano throws ZSJ at the girders, and Tanahashi brings Taichi over! Yano tapes the Tekkers together, through the girder! Tanahashi gets in the ring, the Tekkers are trapped! The ring count starts, Taichi and ZSJ try to figure out how to get free!
Yoshinobu Kanemaru jumps off commentary to help his Suzuki-Gun allies! The count is 11, and Kanemaru returns with scissors! They cut the tape, the count is 15! ZSJ and Taichi shake out their bad arms, but Yano & Tanahashi storm over. Yano shouts at Kanemaru, but they get caught in DOUBLE COBRA TWISTS! Kanemaru tapes Yano’s and Tanahashi’s legs together! The Tekkers let them go and hurry to the ring as the count starts again. Taichi puts ZSJ in the ring, Yano & Tanahashi get up at 9! They’re in a one team three legged race! The count is already 15! They’re hurrying as fast as they can but they fall at 19!! They get counted out, the Tekkers win!
Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by count-out (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)
Taichi & ZSJ rub it in by squatting in the ring! Will they be able to skirt by again next round? As for Yano & Tanahashi, will they have better luck next time?
World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS The United Empire!
The Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma are still undefeated in this tournament, and look to win it all. Will they stay tranquilo against the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon? Or will the Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare bring Los Ingobernables de Japon to their knees?
Naito mocks Khan just standing there in the ring with his arms behind his back. They stare down while Red Shoes does his check. Fans rally up, Khan is the first to step back. Naito says he won the staring contest, and then he takes off his suit, still in no real hurry. The United Empire steps out while LIJ fist bump. Naito starts, fans rally up, and Naito again has his arms behind his back. Khan steps in and the bell rings. Naito and Khan circle, Naito approaching but then backing away. Naito goes to kick but Khan avoids it and they stand back to back. Naito pulls Khan’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Khan trips and rolls Naito to Mongolian Chop! And again!
Mongolian Palm Strike! Khan stands on Naito’s neck, then lets off to run. But Sanada trips him! Naito hurries to pull Khan’s hair for a modified surfboard! Red Shoes counts, they’re also in the ropes. Naito lets off, pulls again, but then lets off to tag in Sanada. LIJ hand off the hair to wrench it. Sanada wrenches the hair more, then WRINGS the hair out! Khan writhes and clutches his head, but Sanada brings him up to wrench again. Tag to Naito, Naito climbs up to drop ax handles on the hair! Khan falls, Naito sits him up and chokes him with his own ponytail! Khan sputters, Red Shoes counts, Naito lets off but then goes right back to choking Khan!
Red Shoes counts, Naito lets off on the choke, but he drags Khan over by his hair. Tag to Sanada, Sanada takes the hair and ties it around the ropes to pull! Red Shoes reprimands, Sanada lets go at 4. Tag back to Naito, he brings Khan around by his hair to then pull. Khan resists the hair whip, and reels Naito into the IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare gets in to DECK Sanada, then mugs Naito! Mongolian Chop to BUZZSAW to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up while the Empire argues the count. Naito goes to the apron but Khan pulls Naito’s hair now. Naito gets off the apron but Khan boots him into railing. Khan drags Naito up, and uses his ponytail to choke Naito in return!
Khan has Naito down on the ground but lets go before the ring count starts. Khan puts Naito in at 5 of 20, tags Henare, and Khan stands on Naito’s head so Henare can stomp Naito down. Henare eggs Naito down while doing some rope-a-dope. Naito gets up but Henare fires off body shots and a KICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for “L I J!” but Henare throws knees, then snapmares to KICK Naito in the back. Cover, TWO! Henare drags Naito up to facelock, then he tags in Khan. Khan Mongolian Chops Naito in the corner, then bumps him off buckles. Khan turns Naito around to CLUB him on the back. Khan hops up to sit on Naito’s head!
Khan taunts Naito with his hair, slaps him on the head, then pulls on the arms! Red Shoes counts, Khan hops down to then rush Sanada. Sanada gets away, Henare tags in. Henare knees Naito in the back, throws a headbutt, then slaps Naito around. Naito fires back with forearms! Naito backs Henare down but Henare rocks him with a body shot! Henare trips Naito to rain down more fists, then he gets the leg for a DOUBLE HEEL HOOK! Naito endures, fans rally up, and Naito crawls. Henare puts as much pressure as he can, but Naito still drags himself and Henare over to the ROPEBREAK! Red Shoes counts, Henare lets go at 4.
Fans rally up for “NA-I-TO!” “L I J!” but Henare drags Naito up. Henare suplexes, Naito fights but Henare won’t let him down. Naito keeps fighting, knees free but Henare kicks low. Henare whips, Naito reverses, spins Henare and hits a NECKBREAKER! Fans rally, Henare and Naito crawl, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada rallies on Henare, arm-drags and atomic drops! Sanada trips Henare and ties him up in Paradise! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. Red Shoes keeps Khan back as Sanada runs in to dropkick Henare out of Paradise! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, Sanada drags Henare up and he fireman’s carries. Henare fights free, waistlocks, but Sanada elbows free.
Sanada runs, ducks and dodges but leaps into Henare’s arms! Henare pops Sanada up to a fireman’s carry but Sanada slips off to waistlock. Henare elbows him away, whips him to a corner, but Sanada reverses. Henare staggers into a dropkick, but comes back with a SCREW HIGH KICK! Both men are down and fans rally up! Hot tag to Khan! Khan drags Sanada up and hooks him up for a cobra twist, with the IRON CLAW! Sanada endures, fans rally up, and Sanada fights his way over towards ropes. Khan puts more pressure on the stretch, then reels Sanada into am INVERTED EXPLODER! But Sanada lands on his feet to dropkick Khan’s legs out!
Fans fire up as both men are down again! Sanada crawls over, hot tag to Naito! Naito runs at Khan in the corner to dropkick the leg! Khan hobbles, Naito kicks the leg more, then he blocks Khan’s kick to run and dropkick the leg again! Khan is down, Naito gets the legs tied up in a modified FIGURE FOUR! Khan endures, Naito puts pressure on, but Khan scrambles around. Naito rolls Khan away from ropes, but Khan drags himself back. Khan endures, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! Naito has Red Shoes untie the hold and fans rally up. Naito mocks Khan’s pose again, then brings Khan up by his ponytail. Khan fights the shin breaker, so Naito kicks the leg.
Naito tries again, but Khan pushes Naito away. Naito comes back, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Khan gets his bad leg moving and he crawls over to Naito. Khan drags Naito up to throw a forearm. Naito forearms back, Khan throws another forearm. Naito forearms, mocks Khan’s pose, but Khan forearms again! Naito steadies himself to forearm back. Khan forearms, Naito rebounds to forearm. Fans rally up as they build up speed, going back and forth! Khan gets the edge, but Naito step-up ENZIGURIS! Khan HELL STABS! Khan runs, into an atomic drop! Feed to Sanada’s BOOT, Naito’s elbow, Sanada back suplexes!
Rolling jackknife, TWO!! Sanada goes after Henare on the outside while fans fire up again! Naito aims from a corner as Khan slowly rises. Naito runs in, CORRIENDO- NO! Khans hoves him off, ducks the enziguri and BOOTS Naito down! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Naito and Khan stir, crawl for their corners, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada DECKS Henare to deny the tag! Sanada gets Khan up, Khan CHOPS him! Khan whips Sanada to a corner, Sanada tumbles up and out to springboard missile dropkick! Sanada gets Khan up, fireman’s carries, TKO! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “SA-NA-DA!” “L I J!” as Sanada dragon sleepers. Khan goes after Sanada with the IRON CLAW!
Sanada breaks free, but Khan gets around, atomic FACEBUSTER! Henare DECKS Naito and then drags Sanada around to rain down forearms. Red Shoes reprimands, Henare drags Sanada up. Henare whips Sanada to a corner, runs in and SHINING WIZARDS! Khan runs in to clothesline, then the Empire coordinates, ROUNDHOUSE BOOT COMBO! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up while Henare goes after Naito on the outside. Khan clamps the Iron Claw onto Sanada and drags him up. ELIMIN- NO! Sanada slips out, Naito gets in and elbows Khan down. Henare gets in to RAMPAGE SPEAR Naito down! Sanada dropkicks Henare, but Khan gets up.
Sanada gets the fireman’s carry, throws to the dragon sleeper, but Khan breaks free! Sanada forearms but spins into a SAYANAGI! Fans fire up as all four men are down! Khan pounds the mat as he fires himself up, and he roars as he looms over Sanada. Khan drags Sanada by an arm, gets him up, HITSUJIGOROSHI! Sanada endures, but Henare adds the DOUBLE HEEL HOOK! KITSUNEGOROSHI!! Cover, Naito breaks it! Naito kicks Henare, CLUBS away on him, throws back elbow after back elbow, but Henare dodges. Khan gets Naito up, ATOMIC POWERBOMB!! The Empire kicks Naito out and they fire up as they focus on Sanada.
Henare fireman’s carries, Khan runs, but Sanada slips out! Khan stops, but Henare switches. Khan runs in now, but Sanada ducks and Khan BOOTS Henare down! Sanada O’Conner Rolls, BRIDGES, but Khan blocks that and has the IRON CLAW! ELIMINATOR!! High stack cover, the EMPIRE WINS!!
Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; LIJ earns 0)
LIJ has fallen! Their first loss is a big one, could this be the one that keeps them from taking the trophies? To add insult to injury, Henare makes Naito watch as Khan puts Sanada in Paradise! And kiss his boot! Henare even throws Naito over the railing to commentary, where Shingo Takagi is watching from! But they’re still not done! Henare gets Sanada up in a fireman’s carry, Khan runs, and they hit the IMPERIUL DROP FLAPJACK CUTTER! Takagi’s getting off commentary as Khan stands on Sanada while mocking Naito’s pose. Khan dares Takagi to do something by holding the ropes open, but it seems that Naito is having Takagi stand down.
The Empire drags Sanada up and dumps him out, then Khan tells Takagi to help those two out of here. Henare adds, “Ospreay says hi.” Takagi leaves with Sanada & Naito, will LIJ get even with the Empire soon enough? As for the United Empire, Khan gets the mic. “Bow down, peasants of Korakuen! All of it, all garbage. These juniors jealous that theyr’e not heavyweights. This facing some independents in NOAH. This nonsense about three belts. These two concurrent series serving as Tokyo Dome set-ups. This talk about foreigners coming, not coming. ALL GARBAGE!”
Khan says NJPW is for combat! “This isn’t the place to cry to the world about your petty problems! Stop disgracing yourselves! If you’re a TRUE NJPW wrestler, then stand tall and speak like this. We prove our worth in the ring, and we lead New Japan!” But why do the peasants applaud? Are they masochists? For those that show loyalty, heaven awaits. For the fools, only hell! They have the power to make that happen. “Yes! Aaron Henare. Great-O-Khan. This is the power of the UNITED EMPIRE!” Will NJPW, and then the entire wrestling world, soon belong to them?
Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-1, 10 points
Dangerous Tekkers: 5-1, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-2, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-2, 8 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 4-2, 8 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 4-2, 8 points
The United Empire: 4-2, 8 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 3-3, 6 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-4, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-5, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-6, 0 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 0-6, 0 points
A great round for World Tag League, with a few surprises. Suzuki & Taka still being without wins is shocking, but seeing that Great Bash Heels are also winless, I feel like Suzuki-Gun could get a win over them. The House of Torture of course cheat to win, they, Goto-Hashi and Guerrillas all stay viable at this point. That 4-2 spot is very strong right now. Yano & Tanahsahi VS Tekkers was a great match, and Tekkers turning the tricks on Yano & Tanahashi was great stuff.
The main event had a bit of a slow, or maybe just an awkward start, because I think them trying to follow up the comedy of Yano-Tanahashi VS Tekkers with their own comedy was just odd. Things got going eventually, and the Empire beating LIJ was a big surprise. I suppose LIJ couldn’t stay undefeated the entire time, and I feel like the math requires that they are on the bubble to add some drama to that last round on December 12.
Khan’s promo was good to sort of take shots at the various stories going on right now. Him calling NOAH an “indie” is hot stuff, and then him referencing the “three (world title) belts” is also great stuff. Ospreay of course has the argument that as he never truly lost the title, he has a claim to be IWGP World Heavyweight Champion again, Okada has made his Right to Challenge into a belt, Takagi is the official champion, I kinda hope they use the first two days of WrestleKingdom to give us Takagi VS Okada, winner faces Ospreay to have an undisputed IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.
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.
Chairshot Radio: Hockey Talk- All-Star Ignorance 
On this week’s installment of Hockey Talk, Patrick & Dave discuss the upcoming NHL All-Star game…and quickly realize just how...
Cook’s 2021-22 NFL Gambling Picks: Super Wild Card Weekend
Much like the Steelers, Cook has a mediocre at best season and yet finds himself in the Playoffs! How close...
3 Man Weave: NFL Playoff Preview
3 Man Weave is back at full strength! What else could be on the docket today but the NFL's Wildcard...
Chairshot Radio: Hockey Talk- It’s Been A While 
On this week’s installment of Hockey Talk, the guys take a look at some feel good stories going around the...
Cook’s 2021-22 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 18
Basically needing a perfect week to break even, Cook throws out one last Hail Mary for the regular season! Does...
Bandwagon Nerds #114: Return of the Reverend
The Reverend Rey Cash returns to the Bandwagon just in time to discuss all of the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe...
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Eliminator – Ancient Light (2022)
YO! The JAR tends to like the New Wave of British Heavy Metal sound. This band is inspired by that...
BWN Nerds’ Review: The Book of Boba Fett – Ch. 2
After an overall luke warm start, does the second episode heat up at all for The Book of Boba Fett?...
BWN Nerds’ Review: The Book Of Boba Fett Episode 1: Stranger In A Strange Land (2022)
The Nerds tackle Disney Plus series The Book of Boba Fett in the latest edition of the Nerd Review!
Bandwagon Nerds #113 The Marvel/DC Decathlon Pt. 5
The Marvel/DC Decathlon reaches it’s dramatic conclusion as Dave, Patrick, and PC Tunney decide brand superiority with respect to villains...
A Change In Attitude #33 Raw 16th December 1996
The fallout from IYH It’s Time kicks off the run to the 1997 Royal Rumble! Bret Hart isn’t happy...
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Is Becky Lynch sweatin' Doudrop?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (1/17/22)
Raleigh gets Elevated!
News From Cook’s Corner 1.17.22: Gory Self-Mutilation
AEW tried to catch lightning in a bottle for the second time. Did it work? What other news struck last...
NXT 2021 Year in Review: NXT UK!!!
With the OG NXT rebranding and losing a lot of credibility, at least NXT UK has been consistent! Brad brings...
DWI Podcast #307: Them Thangs Were Thanging!
Brock and Bobby, Seth and Roman & The It Couple vs The Grit Couple... all this and more this week...
The Outsider’s Edge presents The Multiverse Of Wrestling Episode
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!