World Tag League takes another turn!
NJPW hits Saitama and gives World Tag League another turn. Los Ingobernables de Japon only just loss, but will they get lucky in round seven?
- World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe; Honma & Makabe win.
- World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale; Chase & Fale win.
- World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- World Tag League 2021: Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS The Guerrillas of Destiny; Takahashi & Evil win.
- World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI; Goto & Hashi win.
- World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Dangerous Tekkers; Dangerous Tekkers win.
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Here are the current 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
World Tag League 2021: TAKA Michinoku & Minoru Suzuki VS Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe!
There can only be one last place team! Will the Blue Playmaker & Meanest Man in the World or the Great Bash Heels finally get on the board?
The second GBH is in the ring, Suzuki-Gun attacks! Makabe hits back, throws more forearms, then sends Suzuki out, but Taka has Honma in a corner. The bell rings and GBH double whip Taka to run him over! Fans fire up as Honma finally takes off his jacket. Honma CLUBS and stomps Taka, brings him up and ROCKS him with forearms. Taka stays up as Honma keeps throwing forearms, then Taka pokes Honma in the eye! The ref reprimands but Taka rakes Honma’s eyes now! Taka uppercuts, runs, but Honma ducks and runs to run Taka over. Fans fire up as Honma drags Taka up to scoop and SLAM! Honma fires up, runs, but Suzuki gets a cheap shot in!
Honma swings on Suzuki but gets caught in a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref reprimands and counts, Suzuki lets off at 4. Suzuki drags Honma out to whip into railing! Taka DECKS Makabe, then Taka goes after Honma while Suzuki whips Makabe into railing! Taka POSTS Honma and a ring count starts. Suzuki throws forearms into Makabe’s back, Taka puts Honma in at 9 of 20. Taka chokes Honma with a knee, but lets off as the ref counts. Taka sits Honma up to fish hook his face, then scrapes his soles off Honma’s forehead. Fans rally up for “G B H!” but Suzuki tags in. Suzuki stomps Honma, ROCKS him with a forearm, but Honma CHOPS back.
Suzuki and Honma trade forearms and fans rally up. Honma gets the edge but Suzuki grits his teeth as Honma keeps going. Suzuki then DECKS Honma with a forearm in return! Suzuki gets a leg and turns Honma for a HALF CRAB! Taka stands on Honma’s head, the ref counts that and Taka lets off with a quick kick. Suzuki fish hooks Honma’s face, slaps him over and over, then tags to Taka. Taka stomps Honma’s head while fans rally up. Taka lets off and the ref checks on Honma. Taka and Suzuki then both stand on Honma’s head. The ref gets Taka to let off, but Taka distracts the ref so Suzuki can have an APRON ARMBAR!
Suzuki rocks back ‘n’ forth to pull on the arm, then Taka stands on Honma’s head again. The ref reprimands, Suzuki lets off and Taka drags Honma up. Taka throws knees, then SHINING WIZARDS in the corner. Tag to Suzuki, he drags Honma up while fans rally. Suzuki snapmares Honma to then KICK him. Honma fires up and Suzuki gives him more KICKS! Honma blocks one, but Suzuki SLAPS him, only for Honma to HEADBUTT and DDT Suzuki down! Fans fire up as Honma crawls over, hot tag to Makabe! Makabe rallies on Suzuki and DECKS Taka! Fans fire up as the Rampaging King Kong clotheslines Suzuki in the corner, then climbs up to rain down punches!
Makabe laughs as he reels Suzuki in, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Makabe drags Suzuki up, waistlocks, but Suzuki elbows free. Suzuki ROCKS Makabe with a forearm, then runs in and BOOTS him in the corner! Suzuki snapmares Makabe down, runs and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Suzuki stomps Makabe. Makabe eggs Suzuki on, Suzuki slaps him around. Makabe gets up and talks some trash, Suzuki throws a forearm. Suzuki eggs Makabe on so Makabe forearms back. The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up as they go faster and faster. Suzuki winds up and DECKS Makabe!
Suzuki stands Makabe up for more forearms, then whips him to ropes. Makabe reverses, Suzuki ducks one lariat but not the LEFT! Both men are down and fans fire up! Hot tag to Honma! Honma CHOPS Suzuki to the corner then whips corner to corner. Honma runs in to back elbow, then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Honma kicks Suzuki around. Honma throws forearms over and over, but runs into a knee! Suzuki drags Honma over in a facelock, tag to Taka, and they whip Honma corner to corner. Taka clotheslines, Suzuki BOOTS, then Suzuki ROCKS Honma with a forearm. Suzuki runs, BOOT SUPERKICK COMBO! Cover, Makabe breaks it!
Suzuki throws Makabe out, Taka whips but Honma reverses, only for Taka to reverse back, JUST FACELOCK! Honma endures and crawls forward to the ROPEBREAK! Taka lets off, drags Honma up, but Honma fights the scoop to HEADBUTT! Honma fires up, runs and KOKESHI FLOP! La Magistrol! TWO! Taka hurries to SHINING WIZARD! Cover, TWO! JUST FACELOCK! Taka pulls back, Makabe shoves Suzuki away and gets in to stomp Taka down. Suzuki returns to kick and whip Makabe, and BOOT him! Suzuki & Taka double whip, but Makabe breaks the double clothesline to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Honma runs in to FLYING HEADBUTT Taka!
Honma runs again, KOKESHI! Honma goes up top, Makabe keeps Suzuki out, DIVING KOKESHI! Cover, Great Bash Heels win!!
Winners: Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Suzuki-Gun earns 0)
Suzuki & Taka lost again! How is it they’re the team that’s 0-7?! But as for Everyone’s Kokeshi & Rampaging King Kong, have they finally gotten things rolling?
World Tag League 2021: Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan VS Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale!
TenCozy have lost to the rest of Bullet Club so far, but will they lose to even the Crown Jewel & Rogue General? Or will this be their chance to finally gain some ground?
Bullet Club Low Sweets, then they pounce on TenCozy! Fale is after Tenzan while Chase kicks Kojima. Bullet Club CLUBS away on TenCozy, Chase chokes Kojima in the corner while Fale throws hands on Tenzan. The bell rings to get this on record as Chase stomps a mudhole into Kojima. Tenzan kicks Fale back but Fale chokes him! Bullet Club whips TenCozy at each other, but TenCozy dosido and then ROCK Bullet Club! Chase falls into a corner, TenCozy focuses on Fale. They double whip and double shoulder Fale down! Fans fire up and TenCozy focuses on Chase now. They pinball him between forearms and Mongolian Chops, until Kojima hits the Mongolian Chops!
Fans fire up as Kojima drags Chase up and scoops to SLAM him. TenCozy coordinate, ELBOW DROP HEADBUTT COMBO! Kojima stomps Chase, Tenzan goes to a corner. Kojima CHOPS and forearms Chase against ropes, then CLUBS him down. Kojima whips but Chase holds ropes and boots back. Fale tags in, he runs Kojima over, then he and Chase knock Tenzan off the apron. Fale stomps Kojima, then stomps him to ropes. Fale puts Kojima’s arm around ropes and pulls! Fale CLUBS Kojima, then digs in a knee. The ref counts, Fale lets off. Fale taunts Tenzan and distracts the ref so Chase can drag Kojima out and RAM him into railing.
Kojima flounders, the ring count starts, but Kojima stands at 5 of 20. Kojima staggers and gets in at 7, Fale stomps him down. Tag to Chase, Fale puts Kojima back by the ropes, he and Chase stand on Kojima’s back and salute! The ref counts, Fale and Chase let off. Chase DECKS Tenzan, then drags Koijma up to headlock. Kojima throws body shots but Chase headlock punches Kojima down. Chase drops knees, then covers, TWO! Fans rally up, Chase keeps Kojima down with a chinbar. Chase throws Kojima down, then puts some stank on his Mongolian Chops! Tenzan is upset, but Chase Mongolian Chops Kojima down! Chase drags Kojima up, puts him in a corner and stomps him.
Chase steals the MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Chase whips corner to corner, runs in but Kojima dodges to kick and COZY CUTTER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima gets up to hot tag Tenzan! Tenzan runs Chase over, DECKS Fale, then gives Chase some real Mongolian Chops! Tenzan stomps Chase in a corner, CHOPS him, then CHOPS and headbutts! Tenzan stands Chase up to stomp then whip corner to corner. Tenzan runs in to clothesline, then TENZAN BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally for “TEN COZY!” as Chase gets up. Chase throws a forearm, Tenzan gives it back. Chase forearms gain, Tenzan gives it back again.
Chase throws another forearm, Tenzan Mongolian Palm Strikes! Tenzan runs but into a boot! Chase runs but into a WHEEL KICK! Cover, TWO! Tenzan drags Chase into the ANACONDA VICE! Chase endures, Fale gets in to stomp Tenzan! Tenzan lets go but then gets up to CLUB Fale out of the ring. Tenzan turns around into Chase’s strike fest! Chase runs, into the MOUNTAIN BOMB! Fans fire up as Tenzan crawls, hot tag to Kojima! Kojima CLUBS and whips Chase for forearms! Chase gets to a corner, Kojima stomps and gives him proper MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima gives him a little extra, too!
Kojima drags Chase up, whips him corner to corner then runs in to forearm smash! Kojima shoves Chase down and fans fire up as he climbs up top. But Fale throws Kojima down! The ref reprimands but Fale tags in. Fale drags Kojima up to throw body shots and then clubbing forearms in the corner. Fale lets off and Kojima falls over, so Fale drops the BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fale DECKS Tenzan, then goes back to Kojima. Fale whips Kojima, Chase gets in to forearm smash! Chase goes to the apron to BOOT Tenzan down while Fale SPLASHES Kojima! Fale then fireman’s carries Kojima while Chase climbs, FLYING STOMP DEATH VALLEY COMBO!
PENALTY KICK from Chase, Fale covers, but Tenzan breaks it! Chase CLUBS Tenzan, he and Fale double whip, for the body shot, knee lift and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Bullet Club has Kojima. Fale runs, Kojima kicks him first! Kojima elbows free of Chase’s waistlock, swats Fale’s lariat away then CLOBBERS Fale from behind! Off comes the armband, and Kojima runs, into the SHI TRIGGER! Chase DECKS Tenzan, Fale hits Kojima with the GRENADE!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winners: Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale, by pinfall (gain 2 points; TenCozy earn 0)
It doesn’t matter what combination, Bullet Club has TenCozy’s number! Does this put Kojima & Tenzan out of the running? Will the Crown Jewel & Bad Luck Fale find themselves fighting for those trophies?
World Tag League 2021: Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata VS The United Empire!
Just as Team Blue Justice got up, they got knocked back down by the House of Torture. As for the Dominator & Ultimate Weapon, they were the ones who took down Los Ingobernables de Japon! Will Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare grow even stronger conquering these two legends?
The teams sort out, and Nagata starts against Khan. They circle and feel things out. They grapple, break, go again, and Nagata keeps Khan’s attempts at bay to then arm-drag Khan down to a double wristlock. Nagata wrenches, tags in Tiger Mask, and they fire off KICKS at the ropes! Nagata & Tiger double whip to then double shoulder Khan down! Fans cheer, and Tiger Mask stomps Khan. Khan sits up but Tiger forearms him down. Khan gets up, Tiger throws another forearm and another stomp. Tiger runs, but Henare gets a cheap shot in. Then Khan Mongolian Chops Tiger from behind! Khan throws Tiger out, Henare goes after him, and Khan DECKS Nagata!
Khan and Nagata end up brawling on the outside, and Khan Mongolian Chops Nagata down! Khan stands on Nagata’s head while Henare puts Tiger Mask in the ring. Khan covers, TWO! Fans rally up but Khan pretends he can’t hear them. Khan brings Tiger around in a facelock, Henare tags in. The Empire mugs Tiger Mask, Henare throws more body shots and then kicks the legs out! Cover, TWO! Henare and Khan argue the count, then Henare DECKS Nagata! Henare rains down forearms on Tiger. Henare spins around and has a KNEEBAR! Tiger Mask endures, fights around but they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Henare lets go and tags in Khan.
Khan drags Tiger up to Mongolian Chop down! And again! Cover, TWO! Khan paces while fans rally up. Khan drags Tiger up but Tiger throws kicks! Khan blocks a kick and ROCKS Tiger with a forearm. Tiger catches Khan’s clothesline to spin and double underhook, but Khan breaks free, only for Tiger to sobat! Fans rally up, Tiger tags Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Khan, then BOOTS Henare! Fans fire up as Nagata KICKS Khan in the chest again and again! Khan flounders to a corner and Nagata brings him up to whip corner to corner. Nagata runs in to BOOT! Khan blocks the exploder, Nagata throws forearms then BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO!
Nagata drags Khan up, fans rally but Khan blocks the suplex. Khan throws body shots but Nagata blocks the hell stab! And he blocks the iron claw! Nagata and Khan struggle, but Nagata throws the hand away to throw a forearm! Khan throws one back, Nagata throws another. Fans rally up as they pick up speed! Forearm for forearm, back and forth, but then Khan MOngolian Chops! And again! But Nagata blocks the third to kick, KICK and run, but Khan gets around! IRON CLAW SLEEPER! Henare DECKS Tiger, the Empire mugs Nagata! Mongolian Chop, BUZZSAW, and knee drop! Khan and Nagata are both down but fans rally up. Khan crawls, hot tag to Henare!
Henare stalks Nagata, brings him up and throws forearms and knees. Henare grinds on the facelock but Nagata endures. Nagata puts Henare on the ropes, MAGIC SCREW! Fans fire up, Nagata rolls to hot tag Tiger Mask! Tiger fires off KICKS on Henare, whips but Henare reverses, only for Tiger to block the kick and sweep the leg! Henare staggers up, blocks Tiger’s kick, but gets dragged into a KNEEBAR! Khan gets in to stomp away on Tiger! Khan DECKS Nagata, Henare fireman’s carries Tiger, and Khan runs, only for Nagata to BOOT! Tiger with the crucifix takedown and cover, TWO! DOUBLE FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Nagata gets Khan for the NAGATA LOCK II!
Fans rally as the Empire endures submissions, and Henare crawls to the ropebreak! Tiger lets go, Nagata throws Khan out, and they double whip Henare to a corner. Tiger KICKS, Nagata BOOTS! Nagata hits the EXPLODER, then he stands Henare up for the DOUBLE GIRI! Tiger Mask underhooks the arms, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Khan barrels in to break it! Nagata stomps Khan, he and Tiger whip Khan to a corner. Tiger runs in but Khan dodges then BOOTS Nagata! Khan clotheslines Tiger, then puts on the HITSUJIGOROSHI! The ref reprimands, Khan isn’t the legal man! Khan holds Tiger back but Tiger fights free! Nagata runs at Henare but Henare blocks the boot to DECK Nagata!
Henare ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT Tiger! Fireman’s carry, IMPERIAL DROP!! Cover, the United Empire wins!
Winner: The United Empire, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Tiger Mask & Yuji Nagata earn 0)
Blue Justice falls to the dominance of Khan and Henare! Will they establish themselves over all of NJPW’s Heavyweight Tag Team Division?
World Tag League 2021: Yujiro Takahashi & EVIL w/ Dick Togo VS The Guerrillas of Destiny!
The Tokyo Pimp & King of Darkness broke even at the expense of Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask, and the Guerrillas of Destiny used TenCozy to climb back up. They’ve proven their dominance over #ThirdGen, but will things still be Too Sweet in Bullet Club?
Evil wants to Low Sweet as Bullet Club, but Jado says no, “Don’t trust.” Tama Tonga & Tonga Loa go with the Master Heater on this one. Evil says they can trust him, but Jado says, “Never.” Loa wonders though. “Never?” Fans rally up, they want to see the group Low Sweet. Tama & Loa reconsider, so everyone Low Sweets. But as soon as GoD turns their backs, the House of Torture attacks! The bell rings as Evil throws Tama out, Dick stomps Jado, and Yujiro keeps the Silverback in the ring. Evil brings Tama around the way in a headlock, and RAMS him into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san suffers again! Evil uses the mic cord to CHOKE Tama!
Evil tells Tama to give up but Tama says no! Evil lets go and he puts Tama in the ring. Fans rally up for GoD but Evil drags Tama up to scoop and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Tama throws body shots, but Evil wrenches the arm and tags in Yujiro. They mug the Good Bad Guy, then Yujiro whips Tama into bare buckles! The Bullet Club special comes into play already! Yujiro sits Tama up to punch him down, and then again. Cover, TWO! Tag to Evil, then Evil has the ref pay attention to Loa. Evil drags Tama up to put in the cobra twist, and House of Torture forms the chain! Jado storms over with his kendo stick and the others let go! Evil covers, TWO!
Evil argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Evil claws Tama’s face, then whips him into the bare buckles! Tama hits chest first and falls back, Evil tags Yujiro. Yujiro drags Tama up, snapmares and runs to basement BOOT! Cover, TWO! The House of Torture is frustrated with the ref but fans rally up for Tama. Yujiro drags Tama away, stomps him down, then has him on ropes. Yujiro brings Tama up but Tama throws body shots and uppercuts! Tama forearms, Yujiro forearms back then BOOTS! Tama is on the ropes, Evil holds him there and Yujiro BOOTS Tama again! Yujiro runs to BOOT Tama a third time, and Tama falls to his knees.
Yujiro brings Tama up, but Tama fights the fisherman buster and throws hands. Yujiro rebounds into a COMPLETE SHOT! Both men are down, Tama crawls, hot tag to Loa! Loa rallies on the House of Torture with big shoulders! Loa scoops and SLAMS Yujiro, then scoops and SLAMS Evil! Fans fire up, Loa DECKS Dick off the apron! Loa runs at Yujiro, clothesline and whip, to then clothesline again! EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Loa sets up, STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Loa is annoyed but fans still rally behind him. Loa drags Yujiro up, whips him to ropes but Yujiro holds ropes. Yujiro BOOTS Loa, blocks Loa’s boot and throws him down to basement BOOT!
Yujiro drags Loa back up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Yujiro gets up, drags Loa up and fireman’s carry, but Loa slips out to waistlock. Yujiro elbows him away, runs to duck and dodge, but Loa SPEARS him down! Fans fire up as both Yujiro and Loa crawl, hot tags to Evil and Tama! Tama dodges to dropkick! And dropkick! And dropkick again! Fans fire up as Evil crawls to a corner and Tama throws off the vest. Tama rallies the fans, runs corner to corner but misses the elbow. Evil fireman’s carries, but Tama fights off. Evil rakes Tama’s eyes! The ref counts, Evil runs but Tama hurdles, hurdles and HAKU CHOPS!
Tama brings Evil around to fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Tama goes up top, SUPREME FLOW! Cover, Yujiro breaks it! Loa gets in to kick Yujiro, CLUB him down, then feed him to Tama. They get Yujiro up, TONGAN TWIST! The Guerrillas focus on Evil, NIGHTFALL! Cover, TWO! Evil survives the back suplex neckbreaker but Jado calls for the finish! Fans fire up, the Guerrillas get Evil up, but Evil fights Magic Killer off! He’s used it himself, after all! Evil shoves Tama into the ref! Dick gets in with the SPOILER CHOKER on Tama! Tama flails, but he pushes Dick back and Jado SMACKS Dick with the kendo stick!
Fans cheer as Jado drags Dick out to RAM him into railing! Tama is up, he blocks Evil’s low blow! Evil begs for mercy but Tama winds up to punch instead! Loa scoops to POWERSLAM Evil! Jado calls for it again, the ref is back up, and the Guerrillas set up. But Evil grabs the ref! CANE SHOT from Yujiro to Loa! GUN STUN from Tama to Yujiro! Evil shoves the ref at Tama but Tama hurdles! Evil blocks Gun Stun to LOW BLOW! EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Evil gets the ref over, covers Tama, the House of Torture wins!!
Winners: Yujiro Takahashi & Evil, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Guerrillas of Destiny earn 0)
Seems Jado was right from the start not to trust them! Yujiro & Evil cheated Tama & Loa just like they would any other team! Will the House of Torture face the consequences soon enough? Or will they take the World Tag League trophies long before then?
World Tag League 2021: Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI!
The Joker & The Ace feel a bit foolish after the Dangerous Tekkers turned the tables on them, but the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter are coming off a great win over the Great Bash Heels. Will Yano & Tanahashi be the ones who #GetBackUp? Or will Goto-Hashi keep their own momentum going?
Yano & Tanahashi crouch and the ref is wary to do his check. Yano tells him to get on with it, and the ref checks them. Tanahashi shows off the muscles and Yano shouts, “SUGOI~! (Amazing!)” Goto-Hashi get impatient now and Yano tells them to hold on. The teams sort out, Goto has Hashi stand down. Yano goes through the selection process, and Tanahashi is chosen. Fans cheer as we start with Tanahashi and Goto. Fans rally up and the two circle. They tie up, Tanahashi waistlocks but Goto wrenches to wristlock. Tanahashi wrenches Goto back to a wristlock, but Goto rolls and wrenches Tanahashi back. Goto hammerlocks, Tanahashi slips through to hammerlock then headlock.
Goto powers up and powers out to get the headlock now. Tanahashi powers up and out but Goto runs him over! Fans fire up as Goto runs, but Tanahashi drop toeholds to a headlock then takeover. Goto headscissors, Tanahashi kips free, and the two stand off as fans cheer. Well, Tanahashi squats so not quite a stand off… Fans rally up, Tanahashi and Goto reset, but Yano wants in, so Tanahashi and Goto tag out to Yano and Hashi! Fans fire up as the two circle, but then Yano crouches. Yano eggs Hashi on, Hashi stays cool, and then Hashi crouches to stare Yano down. Yano has the ref come over, and then Goto hops in to help Hashi with his eyes.
Yano protests but then Goto kicks him and Hashi DECKS Tanahashi! Goto-Hashi then double whip Yano, then run him over with double shoulders! Then they coordinate for the hip toss senton! Fans fire up and Hashi brings Yano up. Hashi CLUBS Yano, whips him to ropes, but Yano holds ropes. Yano dodges Hashi then slaps him on the head! Tanahashi gets in, they bring Yano around, but Goto won’t let them steal the hammering! Goto bodies Tanahashi, then he and Hashi hammer away on Yano! Fans fire up, then Goto-Hashi hammer away on Tanahashi! Yano comes back but he gets a second round of hammering!
Hashi stomps Yano, fans rally up, and Hashi brings Yano around to ROCK with a forearm. Hashi stomps away on Yano in the corner, the ref counts, Goto adds on, but then they both let off at 4. Tag to Goto, he stomps Yano, then drags Yano up to snapmare and neck wrench. Yano endures, even as Goto shifts to a chinbar. Yano crawls and reaches out to get the ropebreak! Goto lets off but he stomps Yano down. Goto drags Yano up, CLUBS him on the back, then tags Hashi. They mug Yano, Hashi brings Yano around with a cravat, and fans rally up as Yano endures the neck wrench. Yano throws body shots, pulls hair, but Hashi breaks free to ROCK Yano with a forearm.
Hashi whips, Yano reverses and throws Hashi down by his hair! Hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi rallies on Goto-Hashi, then fires body shots and forearms. Tana whips but Hashi reverses, only to get flying forearms! Goto gets in, Tana blocks the kick to DRAGON SCREW! Tana blocks a kick from Hashi, and DRAGON SCREWS him, too! Fans fire up with The Ace as drags Hashi up. Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Hashi in a drop zone, then hops up to SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Tanahashi waits on Hashi to rise. Tanahashi runs, but into a CHOP! Tanahashi keeps moving but Hashi CHOPS again!
Tana fires forearms, but Hashi reverses the whip and ducks the clothesline to BLOCKBUSTER! Fans fire up, Hashi crawls over, hot tag to Goto! Goto drags Tanahashi up to fire off forearms then whip him to a corner. MURAMASA, then BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Goto drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off fast hands! Tanahashi runs, Goto follows but Tanahashi dodges to dropkick a leg out! Fans rally up as both men are down. Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! Yano goes right to the corner and unties the buckle pad! Goto runs in, Yano dodges and throws the pad to him. The ref goes to take the pad from Goto, but Hashi gets in to slap Yano on the head!
Hashi kicks Yano, throws forearms, then whips him to the padded corner. Goto runs in to clothesline! Hashi runs in to clothesline! Hashi feeds Yano to Goto’s kick, and Goto hooks Yano up. Hashi runs but Tana trips him up and drags him out to DECK him! Yano hits an atomic drop to a trip and catapult into Tanahashi’s forearm! Yano rolls Goto up, TWO! Hashi POSTS Tanahashi, and Goto reverses the whip to send Yano at the bare buckles! Yano stops himself, dodges Goto and Goto gets buckles! Roll up, but Hashi breaks it! Hashi stomps Yano, Tana kicks Hashi, but Hashi throws Tana out! Goto-Hashi regroup, they double whip Yano, but Yano gets around to waistlock Goto.
Goto ducks and Hashi SUPERKICKS Yano! Hashi turns Yano, Goto helps out, HEAD BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives and fans fire up! Goto gets Yano back up, dragon sleeper, and Hashi has the legs. But Tana gets in to CLUB Hashi down! Goto deflects Tana’s kick but Tana ducks the discus to run, into a fireman’s carry! Hashi gets up, SUPERKICK to USHIGOROSHI! Fans fire up with Goto-Hashi as they get Yano. Yano says they’re scary but he still reverses Goto’s whip. Yano shoves Hashi into bare buckles, but Goto stops the low blow! Hashi waistlocks, but then avoids Yano’s low blow mule kick!
Goto-Hashi pull Yano’s arm and leg, then turn him for the dragon sleeper and leg lift. SHOUKO!! Cover, Goto-Hashi win!
Winners: Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi, by pinfall (gain 2 points; Yano & Tanahashi earn 0)
The Joker & the Ace have been trumped once again! Goto-Hashi even crouch over Yano to rub it in, too. The Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter continue to rise, will they be the ones to raise those World Tag League trophies in the end?
World Tag League 2021: SANADA & Tetsuya Naito VS Dangerous Tekkers!
Cold Skull & Uncontrollable Charisma meet the Holy Emperor & Submission Master again after their Wrestle Grand Slam showdown over the summer. Will Los Ingobernables de Japon stay tranquilo and rebound from their first defeat? Or will they #JustTapOut and give the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships the top spot in the block?
Naito takes his time with his suit, as usual. Taichi shows off the dancing pecs and fans cheer. The teams sort out and ZSJ calls Naito out over his history of bad knees. LIJ fist bump and fans cheer as Naito goes forehead to forehead against ZSJ. There’s an argument about the language barrier, ZSJ knowing English and Japanese but refusing to speak in Spanish. Sanada has Naito stand down so that he starts for LIJ, and fans rally as he and ZSJ circle. The two feel out the grapple, tie up with knuckle locks, and then go shoulder to shoulder in a test of strength. ZSJ rolls back to wrench the knuckles then he wrangles Sanada to a top wristlock. Sanada gets up but ZSJ shifts to a hammerlock.
Sanada reaches back to headlock, but ZSJ slips out the back to hammerlock, shoot the half and cover, ONE! Fans cheer as the two stand off. ZSJ talks a little trash to Naito as he circles with Sanada again. They go back to the knuckle locks, ZSJ brings Sanada to the mat and turns him around for the motorcycle stretch. ZSJ even steps over to lean more on Sanada. Sanada fights up, works to turn the hold around, but ZSJ turns it back. Fans cheer as ZSJ brings Sanada down to his knees and wraps on the straitjacket stretch. Sanada endures the knee in his back, fights up and fights to put the straitjacket onto ZSJ. ZSJ endures now, fights up and turns it, but Sanada turns it back!
Fans cheer, and this looks familiar from their previous match-ups. ZSJ bridges, turns and puts the jacket on Sanada, but Sanada turns it back onto ZSJ. ZSJ fights up, spins and again puts the jacket on Sanada, but Sanada just puts it back on ZSJ. ZSJ drops, rolls back, puts the jacket on Sanada yet again, only for Sanada to wiggle the jacket down. Sanada trips ZSJ, steps through but ZSJ kicks him away. Sanada cartwheels away from the leg trap and dropkicks ZSJ down! Fans cheer while ZSJ falls back to the Tekkers corner. Taichi tags in, he and Sanada circle now. The dancing pecs return and fans cheer. Taichi wants Sanada to join in, so Sanada shows off his dancing pecs.
Taichi gives some applause to that, and the two circle. They feel out the knuckle locks, and Sanada kicks low to CLUB Taichi to the LIJ corner. Tag to Naito and he stomps Taichi down. Naito snapmares and wraps on the PLUMA BLANCA! Taichi endures the leg hook full nelson, reaches for Naito’s face, but Naito keeps him away. Taichi moves around, reaches out, and gets a ropebreak with a foot. Naito lets Taichi go quickly and cleanly to throw big elbows and forearms on him. Naito whips Taichi to a corner, Taichi reverses and chokes Naito into the STO! Red Shoes won’t count that as a cover, so Taichi lets off the choke, only to choke again.
Red Shoes knows better and he counts, but Taichi lets off. Taichi then chokes with both hands! Red Shoes counts again, Taichi lets off. Fans rally up, Taichi chokes but Naito breaks free to choke Taichi! ZSJ runs in but Naito chokes him now! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito lets off, but Taichi blocks Naito’s kick! Taichi CLUBS the leg, traps Naito’s arms, and ZSJ gets the leg to DRAGON SCREW! Talk about something familiar! Sanada gets in, he gets caught for a DRAGON SCREW! LIJ clutch their knees, Sanada bails out. Taichi wraps Naito’s leg around ropes and pulls! ZSJ drags Naito around for a toehold against the apron’s edge! And then a heel hook!
Taichi stands on Naito’s head, Red Shoes counts and the Tekkers let off at 4. Taichi drags Naito around by his leg and has a CALF KILLER! It’s in deep, and Naito endures as Taichi bends him back. Taichi lets go to tag ZSJ, and ZSJ stomps Naito’s legs. ZSJ stands on Naito’s knee, has the leg in a toehold, and pulls way back on the foot! Naito pulls ZSJ’s hair, Red Shoes reprimands, ZSJ lets go of the toehold to YANK the leg! ZSJ drags Naito by his leg, has a standing toehold, but fans rally as ZSJ hits the KNEE JAMMER! Tag to Taichi as ZSJ keeps Naito down with the toehold and headlock. ZSJ lets off, Taichi stands on the bad leg then stomps the knee!
Taichi kicks Naito down, stomps the leg again, but Naito still looks up at him defiantly. Fans rally, Taichi pushes Naito around, kicks at him, but Naito chops! And chops! And CHOPS! Taichi kicks the leg, and again and again, then drags Naito by his leg. Tag to ZSJ, the Tekkers keep on the leg, and ZSJ hits a spinning toehold! ZSJ kicks at the leg but Naito kicks back with his good one. ZSJ just stomps the knee! Fans rally up as ZSJ gives toying kicks to Naito. Naito gets up to throw a forearm! And another! And another! ZSJ kicks the bad leg again! ZSJ gets the leg but Naito fights the shin breaker. ZSJ EuroUppers, runs, but Naito dropkicks the leg out!
Fans rally up while both men are down. ZSJ and Naito crawl, hot tags to Taichi and Sanada! Taichi BOOTS, whips, but Sanada forearms back! Sanada arm-drags, then gets around for a back suplex BACKBREAKER! Taichi bails out, Sanada PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Taichi! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans get louder and Sanada puts Taichi in the ring. Sanada drags Taichi up, Taichi kicks but Sanada blocks it! Sanada trips Taichi and starts to tie him up, but Taichi fights off Paradise. Sanada kicks, whips but Taichi reverses to wrench and DANGEROUS HOOK KICK! Fans rally up while both men are down.
Taichi gets up first, he brings Sanada up and whips him to corner clothesline! Taichi snapmares and KICKS Sanada, then he drags Sanada up. Sanada fights off Seiteijyujiryou, to fireman’s carry! Taichi slips off, waistlocks, but Sanada switches. Taichi fights the lift and breaks free to PELE! Both men are down again and fans rally back up. Taichi stands while Sanada goes to a corner. Taichi runs in, but Sanada elbows him away. Sanada Quebrada but Taichi gets under. Taichi runs into the fireman’s carry, Sanada throws him into the dragon sleeper. ZSJ runs in and EuroUppers Sanada down. Naito gets in, blocks EuroUpper and spins ZSJ for a NECKBREAKER!
Taichi dodges Naito to GAMANGIRI, but Sanada dropkciks Taichi! Taichi comes back, AX BOMBER! All four men are down and the fans fire up! ZSJ bails out, Naito slowly rolls out, and Taichi crawls to the ropes. Sanada stirs and sits up, Taichi runs in to BOOT! Sanada throws a forearm, Taichi KICKS. Sanada forearms, Taichi KICKS. Taichi eggs Sanada on so Sanada forearms again. Sanada eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS again. They go back and forth, fans rally as they pick up speed, but then the two stagger. Sanada EuroUppers, Taichi sobats! Taichi drags Sanada up but Sanada fires off forearms. Taichi ducks the rolling elbow but Sanada holds off the saido! ROLLING ELBOW!
Sanada ducks the Pele to underhook, TIGER DRIVER! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Sanada and Taichi stir, hot tag to Naito! Naito DECKS ZSJ, stomps Taichi in a corner then whips him corner to corner. Naito runs in, JUMP KICK, leg sweep, but then Naito DECKS ZSJ again before COMBINACION CABRON! Naito drags Taichi up, dragon sleepers for the BACKBREAKER, then basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Naito as he drags Taichi up. Hammerlock and half nelson, but Taichi fights that. Taichi dodges the back elbow to KICK the leg out! Naito and Taichi are down again but fans rally back up. Hot tag to ZSJ!
ZSJ storms over, gets the bad leg and STOMPS down on it! ZSJ STOMPS it again, then hits KNEE JAMMER after KNEE JAMMER! Fans rally up as Naito drags himself up in a corner. ZSJ runs in but Naito dodges and Sanada runs in to back elbow! Feed to back elbow, dropkick and ENZIGURI, to back suplex and running jackknife! Sanada keeps Taichi out but TWO! ZSJ escapes, Sanada goes out after Taichi, and fans fire up for Naito. Naito wrenches but ZSJ mule kicks the bad leg! Naito still throws back elbow after back elbow! Fans fire up as ZSJ goes to a corner. Naito hobbles over, drags ZSJ up, hoists him up top, then climbs up. But ZSJ slips out to trip Naito!
Taichi gets the arms, ZSJ DRAGON SCREWS the leg again! And then DRAGON SCREWS it again! ZSJ steps through to have the DEATHLOCK, and then rolls Naito into Yes I Am a Long Way from Home. Sanada gets in but Taichi catches him for SEITEIJYUJIRYOU! LIJ endures simultaneous submissions while fans rally! ZSJ keeps shifting his grip on the arm but Naito refuses to quit! Naito pulls hair, ZSJ shifts around again to keep on the hold! Fans rally as hard as ever and Naito keeps fighting, to roll to the ROPEBREAK! The Tekkers let go in frustration and all four men are down again. Fans are thunderous as Sanada and Taichi bail out.
ZSJ drags Naito up and gets the leg, but Naito turns shinbreaker into SATELLITE DDT! Fans fire up again as both men are back down! Naito crawls over, hot tag to Sanada! Sanada dropkicks ZSJ down, then brings him up to throw forearms. ZSJ ends up in a corner, Sanada throws more forearms. Sanada whips corner to corner, ZSJ reverses, but Sanada tumbles out and springboards back in. ZSJ dodges, Taichi clotheslines in the corner! ZSJ EuroUppers then feeds to Taichi’s boot! ARM PELE, choke grip, CHOKE SLAM BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Sanada survives and fans fire back up! Taichi fires himself up, and OFF COME THE PANTS!
ZSJ drags Sanada up as Taichi aims from a corner. Sanada slips out of the suplex to dragon sleeper! Naito dropkicks Taichi’s legs out! Naito gets the legs for a FIGURE FOUR! Sanada gives ZSJ the SKULL SWING, into the SKULL END! Now the Tekkers endure submissions, but Taichi drags Naito out to the apron and they fall to the floor! ZSJ is caught in the body scissors but he endures as fans rally up again. “L I J!” “Z S J!” but time is running out! ZSJ reaches out, but he’s fading! Red Shoes checks, Sanada lets ZSJ go and puts him in the drop zone. Sanada goes up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS, but he has to land on his feet as ZSJ moves!
Taichi gets Sanada for the DANGEROUS SAIDO! But Naito gets Taichi with CORRIENDOSHIKI DESTINO! ZSJ SHOTGUNS Naito down! Fans are thunderous as all four men are down again! Naito and Taichi slowly roll out of the ring and fans rally again. ZSJ kicks Naito for good measure while he and Sanada rise. ZSJ grins as he and Sanada get back up. There’s only three minutes left, and Sanada EuroUppers. ZSJ EuroUppers back! Sanada comes back to EuroUpper again, and he eggs ZSJ on. ZSJ EuroUppers, but Sanada comes back to EuroUpper again. Fans rally up as the EuroUppers keep going, back and forth. Sanada EuroUppers and ZSJ falls over!
ZSJ gets back up but Sanada EuroUppers again. Two minute warning, ZSJ EuroUppers! Sanada EuroUppers, ZSJ EuroUppers, Sanada EuroUppers again! And again! ZSJ turns one into a backslide! TWO, but now Sanada backslides ZSJ! TWO, and ZSJ headlocks. Sanada powers out, ZSJ sunset flips, TWO! Sanada prawn hold, TWO! ZSJ sunset flip, TWO! Double cover bridge, TWO!! Last minute!! Sanada fireman’s carries, throws to the dragon sleeper, but ZSJ jumps up and over to trip Sanada and EuroClutch, TWO!!! Fans fire up as ZSJ hooks, spins, scoops, but Sanada slips out! Under 30 seconds, O’Conner BRIDGE-
NO! Feed to a Taichi ROUNDHOUSE! ZSJ scoops, HOLY ZACK DRIVER!! Cover, Tekkers win!!
Winners: Dangerous Tekkers, by pinfall (gain 2 points; LIJ earns 0)
With literal seconds on the clock, the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions pull it off! And now they lead the block! Will this be the loss that keeps Sanada & Naito out of the finals? As for the Tekkers, they get the mics, but ZSJ still asks in Japanese that the fans give them a moment to catch their breaths. That was a crazy ending, after all. And then ZSJ says, “Oi, Saitama. Buenos bloody noches, dickheads!” Do they understand Spanish? Or only Japanese? Either way, shut up. It doesn’t matter. The only thing that does matter is Dangerous bloody Tekkers! Dangerous T and Zacky Big Tekkers, the WORLD tag team champions! “We’re the bloody champions.”
Where are Sanada & Naito, huh? Crying backstage. GoD, last year’s winners, where are they? “No bloody chance.” The Tekkers are taking everything! They have the titles, now they’ll win the trophies. That is their destiny. ZSJ says his Japanese isn’t good enough, so he’ll hand this off to Taichi now. Taichi “apologizes” that they’re not LIJ. They probably wanted LIJ to win, huh? Then why are they still here? Taichi and Zack are better promo guys anyway. This is their ring, these are their titles, and this is their tournament. The Dangerous Tekkers will reign supreme. You got that, ya bastards? The Tekkers stand alone at the top of the block, will they be the pinnacle of the division?
Here are the NEW World Tag League Standings!
Dangerous Tekkers: 6-1, 12 points
SANADA & Tetsuya Naito: 5-2, 10 points
Chase Owens & Bad Luck Fale: 5-2, 10 points
Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI: 5-2, 10 points
The United Empire: 5-2, 10 points
Toru Yano & Hiroshi Tanahashi: 4-3, 8 points
EVIL & Yujiro Takahashi: 4-3, 8 points
Guerrillas of Destiny: 4-3, 8 points
Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: 2-5, 4 points
Yuji Nagata & Tiger Mask: 1-6, 2 points
Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe: 1-6, 2 points
Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku: 0-7, 0 points
A great round for World Tag League, and definitely a surprise that Suzuki & Taka are dead last. They’re basically eliminated at this point, but they could be quite the spoiler in the last few rounds. Of course, Great Bash Heels and Team Blue Justice are basically in the same boat with only being 1-6. House of Torture continues to be the instigators of dysfunction in Bullet Club, I am hoping NJPW will find a way to make the Bullet Club Civil War happen. Goto-Hashi going over Yano & Tanahashi was only a moderate surprise because NJPW is still giving Hashi his due.
LIJ VS Tekkers going as close to the time limit as they did was the big surprise of that match, I almost thought we were going to see a tie. Tekkers going over makes sense, the champions are going to be strong and probably even finalists at this point.
My Score: 9.0/10
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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