Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/31/22)
BOSJ, round nine!
Who wins in the bottom of the ninth?
NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors has reached round nine, the round robin’s end! Who is moving on to the finals on June 3rd?
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Master Wato VS DOUKI; Wato wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ryusuke Taguchi VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Kanemaru wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: BUSHI VS EL LINDAMAN; Bushi wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Clark Connors VS Alex Zayne; Zayne wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Wheeler Yuta VS TJP; Yuta wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS SHO; Sho wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Titan; Titan wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Francesco Akira; Akira wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS El Phantasmo; Desperado wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori; Hiromu wins.
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Here are the current standings in A Block!
Taiji Ishimori: 6-2, 12 points
Ace Austin: 5-3, 10 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 5-3, 10 points
SHO: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
YOH: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Alex Zayne: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Clark Connors: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Here are the current standings for B Block!
El Phantasmo: 6-2, 12 points
Robbie Eagles: 5-3, 10 points
El Desperado: 5-3, 10 points
El Lindaman: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Wheeler Yuta: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
TJP: 4-4, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Bushi: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Master Wato: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Titan: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki: 3-5, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: YOH VS SHO!
The remnants of Roppongi 3K meet again, and though both men are out of the running, this one won’t be about the tournament. Will Direct Drive outlast the Murder Machine? Or does Sho have one more trick up his sleeve?
Surprisingly, Sho doesn’t try to surprise Yoh at the ramp. He does try to tune out Yoh’s theme song as he makes his entrance. And he leaves Yoh alone as Yoh enters the ring. The bell rings and fans rally, but Sho exits to get a mic to basically say he doesn’t care about Yoh, and is done fighting him. Sho drops the mic and walks up the rampway! Is he just handing Yoh this win? Sho smirks as he slips through the curtain and the ring count starts. Yoh decides to wait in the center of the ring. We pass 10 of 20, perhaps Yoh is calling Sho’s bluff. We’re at 15 of 20, and Sho hurries back out! Sho wasn’t going to just Yoh the win, he throws the bell hammer away!
Sho gets in the ring at 18 and is angry Yoh didn’t chase after him! Was Yoh really going to accept that win? Sho swings on Yoh but Yoh dodges and CLOBBERS Sho with forearms! Fans rally and Yoh whips. Sho reverses then dodges to slide out. Fans fire up, but Sho attacks a Young Lion and throws him in. That’s a distraction so he can get the bell hammer and get in again! Sho JAMS and HAMMERS Yoh after all! Sho throws Yoh out now and goes out after him. Sho stomps Yoh, then he gets a chair out from under the ring. Sho drags Yoh up, rakes the eyes, but stops as the ref reprimands. Sho brings Yoh through the crowd and to the back wall, to whip him into it!
Sho hurries back to ringside because he wants the chair. Sho brings the chair back to where he left Yoh, but the ref stops Sho. Sho gives up the chair, to grab the trophy! Not this again! Sho poses with the trophy he won’t get to have anyway, and then he gives it to the ref. So he can get the chair! Sho SMACKS Yoh! And then Sho takes a seat and applauds with the fans. Sho brings the ref back to ringside, he wants the count out. The count does start but fans rally up, “Y O H! Y O H!” Yoh crawls his way back, stands at 9 of 20, hobbles his way through the crowd and to ringside. He hustles up to get in at 18!
Fans cheer but Sho stands on Yoh’s neck! Cover but the ref refuses after the shenanigans. So Sho CHOKES Yoh! The ref reprimands, Sho stops but he kicks at Yoh. Sho taunts Yoh, scuffs him, but Yoh stares him down. Yoh forearms and CHOPS, but Sho rakes eyes! Sho wrenches, kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO, Yoh blocks to DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up for Yoh as Sho crawls to ropes. Yoh gets a leg and DRAGON SCREWS again! Yoh keeps on that leg but Sho swings. Yoh ducks to dropkick the other leg! And then KNEEBAR! Sho scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Yoh stands up but Sho kicks him away.
Sho gets out of the ring, gets another chair, but the ref stops him. Sho shoves the ref down and gets his wrench! He aims at Yoh, fans rally up but Sho tells them to hush. Yoh dodges the wrench, and gets the chair! Fans fire up as the two stand off. Sho puts the wrench down and tells Yoh to do something then. Yoh puts the chair outside, but Sho grabs his wrench again! But now the ref is up and sees the wrench! The ref grabs at it, takes it from Sho, and fans cheer that this is a fair match again. DOUBLE LARIATS collide! And again! Yoh fires boxing elbows and fans rally up! Yoh ROCKS Sho, runs, but Sho dodges to SPEAR!
Fans fire up and Sho stomps around. Sho aims at Yoh and KICKS him down! Sho drags Yoh up, runs, but Yoh JUMP KNEES! Yoh runs, into Sho’s JUMP KNEE! Sho GERMAN SUPLEXES! Fans fire up, Sho mockingly asks what’s wrong, but Yoh gets up. Fans rally, Sho runs, Yoh dodges! LARIAT from Yoh!! Fans fire up with Yoh and he drags Sho back up. Yoh reels Sho in, suplex for the GHOSTBUSTER! Fans fire up with Yoh as he roars! Yoh gets Sho back up, reels him in, underhooks the arms, but Sho fights the Direct Drive to back drop free! Yoh goes to a corner, but he aims! SUPER- NO, Sho uses the ref as a shield! Then Sho shoves the ref into Yoh!
The ref goes down, Sho gets behind Yoh, LOW BLOW!! Truly underhanded! Sho then goes to the blue buckle pad, and he opens up the back? He had a hidden wrench!! Sho planned ahead, and now he aims at Yoh! Yoh slowly gets up, WRENCH SHOT!! Sho hides the evidence then tells the ref to do his job. Sho drags Yoh up, reels him in and double pump handles, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, Sho wins!
Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Yoh earns 0)
He didn’t even have to go that far, but he did because he wanted to! And though Sho isn’t going anywhere in the block, will he finally be finished with Yoh?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Titan!
The Sniper of the Skies is still in play, but he has to hit the mark! Will the CMLL World Welterweight Champion evade Eagles’ eye? Or will not even the Immortal be what kills Eagles’ run?
The bell rings and fans rally up. Eagles encourages them to get louder and faster and they oblige. Eagles and Titan circle, shake hands, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Titan and Eagles tie up, fight for control, and Titan headlocks to a takeover. Eagles headscissors, Titan moves around, bridges then turns Eagles over. Titan floats up and over to have a HALF CRAB! Fans applaud the creative way to get there, but Eagles endures to turn back over. Titan holds onto the legs, Eagles fights him down to get a toehold. Titan moves, Eagles stands him up and wrenches to a wristlock. Titan spins, wrenches, spins Eagles, and wrenches to a wristlock.
Eagles rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Fans applaud the exchange, but Titan spins through to trip Eagles up. Titan rolls Eagles to his feet, snapmares, then gets an arm to trap it, modified La Magistrol! ONE, Eagles rolls Titan to a cover, ONE! Titan facelocks, Eagles wrenches free to wristlock, but Titan rolls and rolls and handsprings to arm-drag! Titan has the armlock but Eagles arm-drags back! Eagles sweeps, covers, ONE! Titan sweeps, rolls and whips, but Eagles reverses to go up and around to arm-drag! Titan handstand walks through to handspring! Fans applaud, Titan sweeps and covers, ONE! Double dropkicks cancel out, and both men kip up!
Fans fire up the exchange as the two stare down. They shake hands again, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Fans rally up, Eagles and Titan tie up again. Eagles trips, runs, but Titan drops and hurdles. Eagles leaps over, Titan springboards to arm-drag! Titan runs in at the corner but Eagles puts him on the apron, Titan blocks the forearm to ROCK Eagles, then springboard CROSSBODY! Things keep moving, Eagles trips Titan and ties up the legs! Titan kicks Eagles away, both men kip up, but Eagles clutches his leg. But he kicks Titan’s leg! Fans fire up and Eagles CHOPS Titan at the ropes.
Eagles whips, Titan reverses but Eagles RANAS! Titan gets up, into Eagles’ WHEEL KICK! Eagles kips up, but again his leg bugs him. Eagles drops a knee on Titan’s head, covers, TWO! Eagles keeps focused, and he stomps Titan. Titan gets up to throw a right hand, but he falls down right after. Eagles eggs Titan on and Titan kicks back from below. Eagles stomps Titan down! Eagles drags Titan up and fans rally, “EA-GEL-SU!” “TI-TA-NN!” Eagles bumps Titan off buckles, CHOPS him in a corner, then stomps the leg. Titan hobbles along the ropes and Eagles stalks him to another corner. Eagles brings Titan up to whip corner to corner.
Eagles runs corner to corner, blocks Titan’s boot, clinches for a knee and a KICK, and Titan is down! Fans fire up, Eagles runs corner to corner, but Titan DRIVE-BY LARIATS! Eagles is down, Titan gets up on the apron! Eagles runs in but Titan slingshots to body scissor Eagles out! Titan then slingshots in, hero landing and fans fire up! Titan builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Titan scoops Eagles and SLAMS him on the floor! Titan gets back to the ring, and fans rally as he climbs up a corner. SUPER DOUBLE STOMPS miss as Eagles moves! Titan clutches his legs, he may have done more harm than good!
Eagles gets in the ring while Titan hobbles around. Eagles builds speed to SOMERSAULT TOPE! Direct hit and the Young Lions are there, but Eagles is going so fast he tumbles through them! Fans fire up while both men are down, and even more as Eagles rises! Eagles drags Titan up, puts him in the ring, and fans rally as Eagles waits on Titan. Titan slowly rises, Eagles runs and SHINING WIZARDS! Cover, TWO! Titan survives but Eagles has the fans fired up. Eagles goes corner to corner for DOUBLE KNEES! Then he rolls, but into a BOOT! So Eagles tiger feints the legs out, and METEORAS! Eagles drags Titan to a cover, TWO!
But Eagles has the leg! RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Titan endures, fans rally, and Titan reaches out! Titan drags Eagles with him, ROPEBREAK! Eagles lets off and fans rally up. Eagles goes up and 450, but he has to bail out as Titan moves. Eagles KICKS Titan’s leg out, but he runs into a SUPERKICK! Titan HEEL KICKS, then fires up to SUPER- NO! Eagles blocks and spins Titan to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! But Titan ducks the enziguri! Titan brings Eagles up, Eagles BOOTS back, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge the lariat! CALF KICK! Both men are down and fans fire up! Titan gets up fast, reels Eagles into the Canadian Rack, FACEBUSTER and SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!!
Eagles survives and fans fire up! Titan hurries to get Eagles into position at the center. Titan goes to the apron and fans fire up. Titan springboards, DOUBLE STOMPS miss again! Eagles sees Titan go to the corner and runs in, but is put on the apron. GAMANGIRI, then springboards, missile dropkick tot he legs! RON- NO, Titan kicks Eagles away! Titan drags Eagles down, ties up the legs in a figure four, and hooks Eagles’ head! IMMORAL CRADLE, TITAN WINS!!
Winner: Titan, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)
Eagles loses and is OUT of the running! He is frustrated as he leaves, what will it take for him to be back at the top of the NJPW Junior Heavyweight Division? As for Titan, has he helped prove CMLL can still stand with the best in the world?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Ace Austin VS Francesco Akira!
The Inevitable fell away from the top, but if he plays his cards right, he’ll be the one going to the finals! Will the X-Division Champion make an impact on the BOSJ? Or will Bruciare burn him up and open the way for another?
Akira is in Austin’s face as soon as he’s in the ring, but the ref has them back off. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Austin puts Akira on ropes but Akira turns it around. The ref counts the ropebreak, Akira doesn’t but Austin shoves him away. Akira ROCKS Austin, then argues with the ref. Akira CLUBS Austin over and over then stomps him. Akira whips, Austin rolls to drop toehold and EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans fire up, Austin builds speed but Akira follows to wheelbarrow. Austin turns that into a waistlock but Akira elbows free. Akira runs, ducks the roundhouse and tilt-o-whirls Austin out!
Fans rally for “A! KI-RA! A! KI-RA!” as he builds speed. Akira slides, Austin ducks and dropkicks! Austin kips up from the apron, handsprings over the sweeps and SUPERKICKS! Fans fire up and Austin slingshots in to build speed. But Akira slingshots in as he comes back, CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another, TWO!! Austin is still in this and fans fire up! Akira argues the count but the ref says it was all fair. Akira drags Austin up, snapmares and dropkicks. Cover, TWO! Akira kicks Austin around, taunting and toying with him. Akira digs his knee in at the corner, the ref counts and Akira stops.
Austin flounders in the corner and fans rally up. Akira walks over, Austin throws elbows and forearms. Akira knees low, whips corner to corner but Austin reverses. Austin runs in, is put on the apron, but he ROCKS Akira! Austin jumps up but Akira tucks him in! CHEEKY NANDOS! Cover, TWO! Akira CHOKES Austin! The ref counts, Akira lets off and he taunts Austin while fans fire up. Austin is on the apron, Akira stomps him back in. Akira drags Austin up, turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Akira keeps on Austin by pulling his hair and sitting him up. Akira has the arms, for a motorcycle stretch!
Austin endures, even as Akira pulls back on the arms and digs his knee into the back. Akira keeps trying but Austin still reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally and Akira lets off. Akira grows frustrated and he drags Austin up. Akira reels Austin in but Austin slips out to kick, knee lift, and RIPCORD SLAM! Then HOUSE- NO, Akira victory rolls, TWO! Akira ducks the heel kick, waistlocks, chicken wings, but Austin fights the pop-up! Austin elbows free, whips Akira into the corner, then runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Austin fires off the point blank lariats over and over, then tosses Akira aside. Step in, FLYING CHUCK! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up while Akira is still in this. Austin gets up and aims from a corner. Akira slowly gets up, and Austin runs in, THE- NO, Akira wheelbarrows to victory roll, STOMP 182! Fans fire up while both men are down! Akira runs corner to corner to SHOTGUN Austin in the corner! Akira drags Austin to a cover, TWO! Fans rally and Akira fires up! Akira drags Austin up, dribbles him off the mat, then CHOKES Austin! The ref counts, Akira lets off, and then he rains down fists! Fans rally, Akira rains down more fists, then Akira sits Austin up. Akira goes to a corner, runs in, but Austin ducks the Fireball! HEEL KICK!
Austin runs in from the ropes, HOUSE OF CARDS! Fans fire up as Austin aims from the corner! Akira flounders up, Austin runs in, but into a wheelbarrow! Austin blocks the victory roll to a cover, TWO! Austin suplexes Akira up to put him on the top rope! ENZIGURI! Fans rally and Austin climbs up behind Akira. Austin brings Akira up but Akira fights to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Austin flounders all the way out of the ring, and fans rally for “A! KI-RA!” Akira aims as Austin gets up, and Akira slingshots to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and both men are down! Akira crawls while fans rally and the ring count starts.
Akira drags himself up at 5 but Austin grabs the leg to bring Akira back! They brawl as we reach 10 of 20, forearm for forearm! Fans rally, Austin gets the edge but Akira ROUNDHOUSES! The count is 15 as Austin pops Akira up to the corner! Akira FLYING FIREBALLS! Akira gets in, Austin is down, THE COUNT IS UP! Akira wins!!
Winner: Francesco Akira, by count out (gains 2 points; Austin earns 0)
The Nova Fireball just burned Austin’s chances to ashes! And on top of that, Akira grabs the X-Division Championship! Does Akira want to make an impact in the name of the United Empire?
Best of the Super Juniors 29 B Block: El Desperado VS El Phantasmo!
It all comes down to this! The Sniper of the Skies misfired, and though he beat both Rogue Luchador and Headbanga in the tournament, these two still have a chance! It’s win and you’re in, who will represent B Block in the finals?
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Desperado and ELP talk trash on each other. ELP says their match should be main event, but it’s not because Desperado choked! Desperado lost to Eagles last round so this match got demoted to penultimate. ELP gets out of the ring, but Desperado says it’s ELP who isn’t a main eventer. ELP tells Desperado STFU, and says they can just do a time limit draw. Desperado eggs ELP on, ELP gets back in but he keeps his distance. Desperado steps up but ELP backs out again. ELP wants to make this a draw so he wins the block by default, but Desperado wants ELP to stay still.
ELP is in the ring and taunting Desperado now. Desperado slides in and ELP bails out. Fans applaud the trolling as ELP does jumping jacks. Desperado is annoyed, ELP says he wants a timeout. Desperado still chases him in and out and in again! ELP then turns things around and gets Desperado’s arm! ELP wrenches to a wristlock and he SNAPS a finger! And CLAWS Desperado on the back! ELP stands on Desperado’s neck, lets off at 4, then goes out to BOOT Desperado on the apron! ELP drags Desperado out for a DRAPING DDT to the floor! Fans rally up as ELP gets the ref back to the ring. ELP wants the ref to count, but he also gets a chair!
The count starts, ELP puts the chair on the apron. ELP goes back to Desperado at 7 of 20, brings Desperado over, and SMACKS him off the chair! The ref still counts, we’re at 15! ELP wants the count to slow down now, but he also wants the ref to stay inside. But ELP is setting up more stuff. He has chairs sit face to face as the count restarts. Fans rally, ELP reels Desperado in, but Desperado fights to back drop ELP onto the chairs! The count is 13 of 20, Desperado gets in at 15. Desperado has the ref stop the count, so that he can build speed and DIVE onto ELP! Direct hit and down goes ELP!
Fans fire up and rally while Desperado and ELP stir. Desperado gets up as the new ring count begins. Desperado puts ELP in, then hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, ONE! Desperado is annoyed but he works on his bad shoulder. Desperado gets ELP’s leg for a SHINBREAKER! Then a takedown into the GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Desperado steps through and ties up the legs for the BUTTERFLY DEATHLOCK! ELP endures, CHOPS Desperado, but he eggs ELP on. ELP CHOPS, Desperado still eggs him on, and ELP ROCKS him with a forearm! But Desperado falls back to put pressure on the hold! ELP hurries to sit Desperado up, and then rakes the eyes!
The ref reprimands but ELP gets free of the hold. Desperado stomps ELP, brings him up and suplexes, but ELP blocks. ELP goes to suplex but Desperado fights that off. They struggle for suplex control, ELP GOURD BUSTERS Desperado out of the ring! Desperado clutches his foot and ELP goes out after him. ELP CLAWS Desperado’s back! ELP blows his fingers clean onto Kanemaru who is on commentary. ELP puts Desperado in, covers, TWO! Fans rally up while ELP brings Desperado up to suplex, BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Desperado is still in it, but ELP suplexes for another BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!!
Fans fire up but ELP is annoyed. ELP suplexes again, a third BRAINBUSTER! ELP then reels Desperado in, gets him up, LAST RIDE! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives again and fans rally up. ELP hobbles, brings Desperado up and CLAWS him again! And again! Desperado writhes while ELP gets fans to clap, “E! L P!” ELP CLAWS Desperado over and over! ELP taunts “Despy” while standing on the mask’s tassels. ELP then stands Desperado up to ROCK with forearms! Desperado rakes eyes! Desperado whips corner to corner, ELP goes up and over and somersaults. ELP ducks and springboards, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
ELP somersaults to LIONSAULT, but he has to roll through as Desperado dodges! ELP dodges, but Desperado SPEARS! Fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Desperado stir and fans rally. Desperado stands up, and CLAWS ELP in return! Desperado gut wrenches but ELP slips out to straitjacket and torture rack. But Desperado slips off to OLYMPIC SLAM! High stack cover, TWO! STRETCH MUFFLER! ELP scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Desperado lets off, to drag ELP from ropes! GUITARRA DEL ANGEL! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while both men are down again. Desperado goes to the apron and goes up the corner!
ELP GAMANGIRIS Desperado down to the floor! ELP then climbs up the corner, stands on the very top, and leaps for a SUPER THUNDER KISS 86! Direct hit crossbody style and fans fire up! The ring count starts, ELP gets up and hobbles around. ELP brings Desperado up at 12 of 20 and puts him in at 14. ELP then goes back up the corner, aims again, but Desperado gets away to the far corner. ELP hops down, his leg jams! Desperado CHOP BLOCKS! GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And STRETCH MUFFLER!! ELP flails, reaches out, but Desperado drags him away from ropes! ELP rolls Desperado to a cradle, TWO!!
ELP is up, SUDDEN- NO, Desperado blocks and spins ELP for a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO, TO STRETCH MUFFLER!! ELP rolls, but Desperado stays with him, and gets NUMERO DOS PLUS!! Fans fire up as ELP endures, fights to get an arm free, but Desperado fights to get it back! ELP sits up out of the muffler, but Desperado has the Alabama Lift! Desperado tucks ELP in, BASTARD DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!?!? ELP survives and Desperado is shocked! Fans are thunderous and rally back up! Desperado fires up, gets ELP up, but he’s dead weight! Desperado drops ELP to stomp him!
Desperado drags ELP up, underhooks the arms, but ELP slips out! And steals EL ES CULERO! TWO!! Desperado escapes, but ELP dodges to SUDDEN DEATH!! But he has to crawl to the cover! TWO?!?! Desperado survives and fans are thunderous again! ELP fires himself up and fans rally up again. ELP drags Desperado around, reels him in and tucks the arms. But Desperado fights out of it, only for ELP to ROCK him! ELP tucks him in, C R II!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?!? Desperado survives and no one can believe it! ELP is freaking out and the fans are thunderous! ELP grins as he gets an idea.
ELP hobbles over, drags Desperado around and brings him up. ELP underhooks the arms! But the bad leg won’t let him lift and steal Pinche Loco! Fans fire up, ELP brings his kneepad down and goes back to Desperado. ELP gets Desperado up but Desperado gets a leg! ENZIGURI from ELP! ELP Hobbles around and takes aim. ELP takes aim, runs in, but Desperado ducks the kick to LOCO MONO!! Underhooks and PINCHE LOCO!!! But Desperado doesn’t cover, he rolls ELP into another underhook! But not to underhook? To tuck the arms?! Desperado steals C R II!!!! Cover a la the Deadman, Desperado wins!
Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; ELP earns 0)
The Headbanga falls! He and Desperado end up tied at 6-3 with 12 points, but Desperado has the tiebreaker! Desperado’s comeback is almost complete, but who will he meet in the battle for the trophy? Desperado stays ringside to find that out for himself!
Best of the Super Juniors 29 A Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Taiji Ishimori!
It also all comes down to this! Akira trumped Austin, and now the way is open for another! Will the Ticking Timebomb make it back to the finals and go for the threepeat? Or will the BOSJ be reborn with THE IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion fighting for the trophy?
The bell rings and Taiji SHOTGUNS Hiromu down! Hiromu flops out, Taiji goes out after him, and Taiji drags Hiromu up to POST him! Fans rally up and Taiji stalks Hiromu. Hiromu CHOPS, Taiji eggs him on, so Hiromu CHOPS again! Hiromu runs in, but into a scoop! LAWN DART into the post! Hiromu clutches his shoulder while Taiji takes the long way around to his corner. Taiji shoots a glare at Desperado, then undoes the blue buckle pad. Fans rally up and Red Shoes starts the count. The Bullet Club Special is in play but Hiromu is still down at 7 of 20. Hiromu stands at 9, shakes out the bad arm, and takes a moment before getting in at 16.
Taiji storms over but Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Taiji dropkicks the bad leg! Hiromu writhes right out of the ring, still not 100% from the damage done by the likes of Kanemaru and Sho. Red Shoes starts the ring count again while Taiji waits. Hiromu is still down at 10 of 20. Hiromu stands at 13, gets in at 15, and fans rally up. Taiji CLUBS Hiromu down, then wrenches the bad arm. Taiji ELBOWS the bad shoulder and Hiromu writhes again. Taiji smirks and nods but fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” Taiji twists Hiromu’s wrist then stands on Hiromu’s head. Hiromu endures, Taiji covers, TWO!
Taiji keeps cool and he has Hiromu in a corner. Taiji snapmares Hiromu to get the arm for a cobra twist! Hiromu endures again, fights his way up and throws body shots. Taiji ripcords to ram shoulders then WRING the arm! Fans rally, Taiji paces around Hiromu, and then kicks at him toyingly. Taiji drags Hiromu up but Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Taiji CHOPS back, CLUBS Hiromu down, then runs. Hiromu gets up and follows to RANA Taiji down! Fans fire up and Hiromu crawls to ropes. Fans rally again, Hiromu drags himself up and BOOTS Taiji! then HANGING HEADSCISSORS! Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Hiromu lets off at 4.
Hiromu gets back in to put Taiji in a corner and corner clothesline! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Taiji bails out. Hiromu goes to the apron and FLYING JOHN WOO DROPKICKS Taiji down! Fans fire up and Hiromu gets up slowly. Hiromu fires up and fans fire up with him, and he fetches Taiji. Hiromu puts Taiji in and brings him up to FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! Hiromu keeps cool and he shakes out his bad arm. Fans rally as Hiromu brings Taiji up. Hiromu fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off! Hiromu is in the corner, Taiji runs in but Hiromu dodges. Hiromu runs in but Taiji BOOTS him!
Hiromu tries again, blocks the boots, but Taiji AX KICKS! And then BUCKLE SHOT! Fans fire up and Taiji drags himself from the corner. Both men are down as Taiji gets his arm moving. Fans rally, Taiji storms back up to Hiromu and brings him up to wrench and hammerlock. Taiji RAMS Hiromu into the bare steel! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done! Taiji gets the bad arm, wrenches it again, ARM CODE BREAKER! Fans rally and Taiji backs away towards his corner while Hiromu writhes. Taiji aims, Hiromu stands up, Taiji runs in to tilt-o- NO, Hiromu blocks the Mystico! Only for Taiji to turn the gut wrench onto Hiromu!
But Hiromu turns things back onto Taiji! Taiji turns it back around on Hiromu, CIPHER- SPIKE from Hiromu! Taiji blocks the superkick, but Hiromu CLUBS Taiji! Hiromu runs, into a low kick! Taiji runs but Hiromu clotheslines him at the ropes! Hiromu then fakes Taiji out and back elbows! Hiromu spins, but Taiji ROCKS him first! Taiji whips, Hiromu reverses but Taiji handsprings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up from that exchange, but Hiromu fires back up to run! But Taiji blocks past, RUNNING DESTROYER!! Both men are down again and fans rally hard as ever! Taiji and Hiromu stir, and Taiji crawls over to Hiromu.
Taiji drags Hiromu up, but Hiromu throws the first forearm! And another! Taiji shakes his head, brings Hiromu up again, but Hiromu throws another forearm! Taiji gets frustrated, and he fires a forearm back! Hiromu throws another forearm, but Taiji gives that back. Hiromu wobbles but he comes back with another! Taiji steadies himself, and throws another! Fans rally up as they go build up speed! Taiji fires off a ton, then runs, into a SHOTGUN! Hiromu fire’s up, fireman’s carries, CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu fires up again and fans fire up with him! Hiromu hauls Taiji up, fireman’s carries, but Taiji slips off.
Hiromu elbows free, Taiji rebounds, into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO, into D!! Taiji endures the triangle hold, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Fans rally as Taiji survives and Hiromu lets him go. Hiromu gets back up, hobbles around, and he brings Taiji back up. Hiromu suplexes, but Taiji fights free. Taiji wrenches, ducks the elbows, but Hiromu wheelbarrows. No Complete Shot, but Hiromu tries the suplex again! VICTORY- NO, Taiji drags Hiromu down with the armbar! BONE LOCK!! Hiromu scrambles, ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Taiji lets him go. Taiji and Hiromu work on getting their sore arms moving while fans rally up.
Taiji brings Hiromu up, gut wrenches, but Hiromu blocks! They go around, fighting for gut wrench control! Taiji throws down elbows, then CLUBS Hiromu in the lower back. Taiji gut wrenches but Hiromu fights it! Hiromu CLUBS Taiji down, CLUBS him more, then drags Taiji up to his own gut wrench! But Taiji turns it around on Hiromu, CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu is still in this and fans fire up. Taiji hobbles over as fans rally up again. Taiji drags Hiromu up, reels him in, BLOODY- Arm-drag from Hiromu! But Taiji POP-UP POWERBOMBS! Cover, TWO, into D!!! Hiromu has Taiji caught as Taiji flails around!
Taiji endures, Hiromu pulls on the arm, and Taiji gets the ROPEBREAK! Hiromu lets go in frustration, and both men slowly stir. Fans rally back up, “HI-RO-MU!” and Hiromu stands. Hiromu hobbles back to Taiji, brings him up and suplexes, but Taiji knees free! Hiromu uppercuts, but Taiji ducks the kick to JUMP KNEE! Hiromu SUPERKICKS! HIROM-CHAN BOMBER! Fans fire up and Hiromu roars! Hiromu stands Taiji up, runs, ISHIMORI BOMBER!? Taiji roars, fans fire up, and Taiji dragon sleepers to inverted suplex! BLOODY SUNDAY!! Shoutout to the Prince, and both men are down again!
Fans rally up, Taiji drags himself to ropes, and Taiji takes aim. BANG, and he drags Hiromu back up. Taiji hauls Hiromu up, half hatch, BLOODY- Fireman’s roll from Hiromu! Fireman’s carry, for a CORNER- NO! Taiji slips off to POST Hiromu! Taiji drags Hiromu out and hammerlocks the arm. Half nelson and scoop, SHOULDER BUSTER! Hiromu writhes but Taiji slowly sits back up. Fans rally, Taiji gets himself to a corner, and he aims at Hiromu. Hiromu slowly gets back up, Taiji runs in, MYSTICO!! And then BONE- NO, Hiromu is fighting the armlocks! He wants the ropes but Taiji rolls him away! BONE- CRADLE! TWO!!!
Hiromu gets the arm, D!! But Taiji deadlift POWERBOMBS!! Both men are down and fans fire up again! Fans rally and Taiji drags himself to ropes. Taiji hurries to get Hiromu back up, and he reels Hiromu in, BLOODY- RANA!! And D!!! Taiji reaches out for ropes but Hiromu rolls away form them. Taiji deadlifts, but Hiromu slips out and HIROM-CHAN STUNNER!! Into D!!! Taiji endures, reaches out, fans are fired up, but Hiromu drags Taiji away again! Taiji tries another deadlift but Hiromu just rolls him back down! Taiji refuses to quit and the fans are thunderous! Taiji tries again, another deadlift, but Hiromu pulls the arm! Taiji is fading!! Red Shoes checks, TAIJI IS OUT!! HIROMU WINS!!
Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by submission (gains 2 points; Taiji earns 0)
And that’s the game! The Ticking Timebomb takes out the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and is moving on to the finals!! It will be Hiromu VS Desperado for the trophy!! But while Hiromu is the main event winner, Desperado gets the mic as he gets in the ring.
“When the schedule for this tour came out, I wondered if it was planned by someone who had never seen a map of Japan. This Super Juniors had some wild travel routes. But when it was all said and done… It was the most fun series ever.” Fans applaud in agreement of that. Desperado continues to say, “The foreign wrestlers, guys like Lindaman, they had amazing matches all over. We talked about the future of the division heading into January 4th. Everyone gave their all and this was the result.” Fans applaud because they also like that.
Desperado continues with “Wasn’t this Super Junior damn great? I’ll get to end it having the most fun of all. We’ve already said it all to each other. I’ll wait for you at Budokan. The winner of the main event gets to talk now, not me. See ya.” Desperado sets the mic down and fans applaud as he leaves. Hiromu gets the mic to say, “For all that, you just talked a whole lot. Very on brand. But nothing else has to be said between us, right? I’m hyped for the final. It feels like I’ve been left with nothing to say, but I’ll say this… Ishimori, after Ota-ku, you said something. That me winning my third straight, fourth overall, would show the Junior Division hadn’t changed?
“Ishimori, you said you’d break the status quo? You didn’t do it at all, did you, Ishimori-san? But you’re one of the top Juniors who fit the same mold. Hiromu, Desperado, Ishimori, it’s not up to us. We’re the ones being broken.” Fans applaud, and Hiromu says Taiji is the champion, so he should stand taller! Hiromu takes a breath, and fans rally up for him again. He says he’s not giving up his spot, no one is! “What’s the fun of changing the leader? What’s the fun in all others standing at the side? That doesn’t sound fun to me. We’re almost there. Just one more match to go. One more match! One more match! One more match left! This Best of the Super Juniors has been a blast!
“Desperado, let’s see who gets to have the most fun!” Hiromu repeats “One More Match!” over and over. In the last match of the BOSJ 29, we’ll have more, more, more, more, more, MORE MORE MORE… FUN TOGETHER~!” The Timebomb is all fired up, but will he complete the threepeat? Or will the Rogue Luchador’s return to the top be completed with the BOSJ trophy?
Here are the FINAL standings in A Block!
Hiromu Takahashi: 6-3, 12 points [FINALIST]
Taiji Ishimori: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Ace Austin: 5-4, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
SHO: 5-4, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
YOH: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Clark Connors: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Alex Zayne: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Francesco Akira: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Ryusuke Taguchi: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
Here are the FINAL standings for B Block!
El Desperado: 6-3, 12 points [FINALIST]
El Phantasmo: 6-3, 12 points [ELIMINATED]
Robbie Eagles: 5-4, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Wheeler Yuta: 5-4, 10 points [ELIMINATED]
Bushi: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
El Lindaman: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
TJP: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Master Wato: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Titan: 4-5, 8 points [ELIMINATED]
Douki: 3-6, 6 points [ELIMINATED]
A great event, but obviously I skipped the first half because they were all between eliminated participants. But there were some great results in there, like Connors finishing strong against Zayne and Yuta beating TJP. Even though Sho and Yoh were both out of the running, I kept it because of the story between these two. Sho trying to sucker Yoh into the trap only for Yoh to see through it was a great opening bit. But Sho cheating to win was also a given, he finishes strong so that should Suzuki-Gun come for the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles, Sho is ready. Suzuki-Gun’s Douki and Kanemaru also split with Six or Nine, giving credence to a Junior Heavyweight Tag title match.
I was surprised how the Blocks paralleled each other in the end. Akira gets a great win over Austin that really could lead to a great NJPW Impact crossover over the X-Division title. Titan perhaps finishes strongest of all the eliminated because he spoiled Eagles’ shot even though he was very low in the block. And in the end, after great matches, we get Hiromu VS Desperado, a great rematch from their match last tournament with that time limit draw. They’re going to have an AMAZING finals match on Friday, it can go either way, and I can’t wait.
My Score: 9/10
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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/28/23)
It’s a battle of dark horses!
Who is THE Best of the Super Juniors?
NJPW’s 30th Best of the Super Juniors tournament comes to a close, and who would’ve bet on Master Wato VS Titán? So then, who do you think wins it all?
- Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg VS Oskar Leube & Yuto Nakashima; Makabe & Oleg win.
- Clark Connors VS Ryohei Oiwa; Connors wins.
- YOH & Lio Rush VS Robbie Eagles & Kosei Fujita; Yoh & Lio win.
- 10 Man Tag: The Intergalactic Jet Setters & Third Gen VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS The House of Torture; No Contest.
- 8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Ryusuke Taguchi VS El Desperado, Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Mike Bailey; Desperado, Narita, Shota & Bailey win.
- 8 Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- Best of the Super Juniors 30 Finals: Titan VS Master Wato; Wato wins and will challenge for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
8 Man Tag: Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomohiro Ishii & Ryusuke Taguchi VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, Ren Narita & Mike Bailey!
The Dream Trio NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions defeated #SHOOTER when he had a couple big Young Lions with him, but now the ante is upped! Will the Rainmaker, The Ace of the Universe, the Stone Pitbull and the Funky Weapon win as an iconic quartet? Or will the Rogue Luchador, the Son of Strong Style, and Speedball help the Roughneck redeem himself?
Fans cheer for Tanahashi’s abs, and then the teams sort out. Shota calls Okada out but Okada walks right to the corner. Therefore, Taguchi starts, but Shota pushes him aside to stare at Okada. Taguchi is rather disheartened in the neutral corner, but the fans rally for “TA-GU-CHI!” so that reencourages him. Shota still pushes him aside, and Taguchi is sad again. But the fans rally up again and Taguchi fires back up! Shota lets it go and instead, Mike Bailey starts. The bell rings and we get an A Block rematch as the two tie up. Mike wrenches an arm, Taguchi rolls and trips Mike and has a toehold.
Mike rolls over, stands up, facelocks back and then wrenches to a hammerlock and headlock takeover. Taguchi headscissors, Mike kips free, and fans cheer the standoff. The two go again, tie up, and Taguchi arm-drags! Mike trips Taguchi, things speed up, Mike handsprings up and over. Things keep moving, Mike hurdles then drops but Taguchi holds ropes to stop himself, and he avoids the roundhouse. Taguchi runs in, Mike dodges the hip attack, but then Taguchi dodges the clothesline. Mike dodges a clothesline, Taguchi runs but Mike KICKS the hip attack! Fans fire up and Mike DROPKICKS Taguchi down!
Mike brings Taguchi up, headlocks, and he tags in Desperado! They mug Taguchi, then bring Taguchi up to double whip. They DOUBLE CHOP, roll Taguchi to his feet, and Desperado lifts Taguchi for an ATOMIC DROP! Mike lines up the shot, he KICKS Taguchi in the butt! Taguchi goes flying, into Ishii! Ishii doesn’t budge, Taguchi slumps down, but Ishii tags in. Ishii rushes in but into double kicks! Desperado & Mike double whip, but Ishii runs them both over! Narita gets in, Ishii intercepts and sends him into an UPPERCUT from Okada! Okada then sends Narita into a FLYING FOREARM from Tanahashi!
Shota runs in at Okada but Okada sends him into a low dropkick from Tanahashi! Ishii dropkicks a leg, too, then Okada BOOTS Shota down! Fans fire up as the Dream Trio flexes and roars together, and Taguchi returns to join in on that. Okada’s a bit confused by that but Tanahashi gives Taguchi a fist bump. Okada gives him a fist bump, too, but Ishii leaves Taguchi hanging. Ishii eggs Desperado on, brings him up, and fans rally up. Desperado swings, Ishii dodges, but then Ishii swings and Desperado dodges. Desperado swings again but Ishii spins him around, only for Desperado to wrench out.
Desperado swings again, Ishii spins him again, but Desperado slips out and shoves Ishii to ropes, for a scoop and BIG back suplex! Fans fire up and Desperado drags him up, but Ishii suplexes first! Fans rally, Ishii drags Desperado up again, and Ishii bumps Desperado off buckles. Ishii CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, but Desperado roars! Desperado throws forearms but Ishii doesn’t budge! Ishii CHOPS Desperado down! Tag to Okada and fans rally up. Okada brings Desperado up to ROCK him with a forearm. Okada scoops Desperado to SLAM him by the ropes. Okada then goes out to SLINGSHOT SENTON back in!
Fans rally and Okada paces around. Okada stares down with Shota while he brings Desperado up, and he CLUBS Desperado. Tag to Tanahashi, he and Okada double whip. They double shoulder Desperado down and fans rally back up. Tanahashi drags Desperado up but Desperado CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Tanahashi throws a hard body shot! Tanahashi waistlocks, Desperado elbows free and switches, but Tanahashi fights free with elbows. Tanahashi swings, but into a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up while both men are down! Desperado and Tanahashi crawl, but Ishii runs in to CLUB Desperado!
Ishii whips, Desperado reverses, but Ishii bounces off buckles, only to run into a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again while now three men are down! Desperado crawls, staggers up, Shota tags in! Shota CLOBBERS Tanahashi, intercepts Taguchi with a scoop and DROP! Then he BASEMENT UPPERCUTS Taguchi down! Shota rushes Okada but Okada ROCKS him first! Okada BOOTS Shota, whips him, but Shota reverses to DROPKICK Okada! Fans fire up with Shota and he has Tanahashi. Shota whips Tanahashi corner to corner, runs and UPPERCUTS, then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!
Shota wasn’t quite perfect but he still gets the legs. STF! But Okada gets in and he kicks Shota! Shota fires off on Okada and throws him out! Shota then goes after Tanahashi but Tanahashi blocks the kick to DRAGON SCREW! And he tags in Okada! Fans fire up as Okada TOSSES Shota out, and goes out after him! DDT to the floor! Fans fire up and Okada drags Shota up. Okada puts Shota in, he kicks him around, just toying with him, and even dares Shota to hit back. Shota gets up, and he winds up, but Okada catches him into the MONEY CLIP! The rest of the team BLASTS Shota’s team, though Taguchi lags behind.
Taguchi plays defense while Shota endures. Shota fights up, and he RAMS Okada into a corner! Shota runs in but Okada BOOTS him! Okada runs in, but into an EXPLODER! Fans fire up while both men rise. Shota fires up and he runs, to UPPERCUT Okada at the ropes! Shota then slingshots, DDT!! Fans fire up more, Shota wants to finish this, but Narita tags in!? The other young star wants his pound of flesh from Okada! Narita fires off forearms on Okada, UPPERCUTS, then whips to LEAPING LARIAT! Narita brings Okada up again, whips him to a corner, and runs in, but Okada dodges! Okada runs in, but into a BOOT!
Narita runs in, but into the FLAPJACK! Shota returns, but Okada DROPKICKS him! Fans fire up while they’re all down, and Taguchi reaches out! Okada crawls over, hot tag to Taguchi! Taguchi HIP ATTACKS Narita in the corner, whips him corner to corner and HIP ATTACKS again! Taguchi keeps moving, but Narita catches him! Taguchi fights the Cobra Twist to trip Narita, but Narita kicks free. Narita runs in, body scissor takedown! And then step through, but Taguchi cradles! TWO!! Taguchi and Narita hurry up, Taguchi clips Narita’s leg and rolls him up deep! TWO, but OH MY GAH ANKLE!
Taguchi holds on tight but Mike runs in to fire off the lightning kicks! He goes an extra couple kicks before the ENZIGURI! Fans are thunderous but Tanahashi CLOBBERS Mike! Mike kicks, Tanahashi blocks and flips Mike, but Mike lands on his feet! SOBAT! AX KICK! BUZZ- NO, Tanahashi blocks to ROCK and whip, but Mike reverses! Mike ROCKS Tanahashi, snapmares and goes up, to MISSILE DROPKICK! Fans fire up while Tanahashi bails out. Mike goes to the corner, TRIANGLE QUEBRADA! Direct hit on The Ace! Desperado and Ishii return, Ishii RAMS Desperado and whips but Desperado reverses.
Desperado ROCKS Ishii, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges and SPEARS! Fans fire up as Desperado and Narita double whip Taguchi. Narita runs in, but into a HIP ATTACK! Desperado avoids the hip attack, but then runs into a HIP ATTACK after all! Taguchi fires up, he runs, but Narita catches him, EXPLODER BRIDGE! But Okada breaks the cover! Shota attacks Okada and throws him out! Shota is after Okada on the outside, and POSTS him! And then Shota takes the timekeeper’s table, to SMACK Okada with it!! Fans fire up and so does Narita! Narita brings Taguchi up, reels him in, but Taguchi fights the suplex!
Narita shoves Taguchi, Taguchi blocks the kick, Taguchi spins Narita but Narita ducks the enziguri! Narita ENZIGURIS, then NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through and wristlocks, for the spin and COBRA TWIST! Taguchi taps, Narita’s team wins!
Winners: El Desperado, Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Mike Bailey, by submission
The Son of Strong Style breaks the Funky Weapon! And perhaps bigger than that, The Roughneck floored The Rainmaker! Is this new wave going to wash away the old guard?
The winning team shakes hands, but things get tense between Desperado and Speedball, who could’ve been tonight’s BSOJ Finals showdown. Maybe that’s what they’re arguing about. And then they start throwing CHOPS! Mike KICKS! Desperado CHOPS! Mike KICKS! Desperado likes that, and they make up? They fist bump, and fans cheer the strange sense of brotherhood. As for Shota, he gets the mic and says, “Okada…! Mr. Okada, please wait. Okada, Tanahashi, Ishii, you have the Six Man Tag titles… If you’d be so kind, I’d like to challenge for them.” Ishii gets back in the ring and asks who with?
Shota says he naturally has tag partners! One is Jon Moxley, and the other… is CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI! The ROH World Champion!? Shota tells Okada, “I guarantee I will be the one to beat you and take those titles.” Shota tosses the mic down and Okada steps in to pick up the belt. Okada says “Moxley and Claudio? Those are pretty damn awesome partners. But! Make sure you don’t let your two daddies down.” Okada leaves, but will he and his Dream Trio be able to survive this Paradigm Shift?
8 Man Tag: Just5Guys VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
Yes, we just saw this same showdown on Friday as part of the semifinals event. However, this isn’t guaranteed to go the same way as last time. Will Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Hiromu Takahashi & Bushi turn the tides? Or will Sanada, Taichi, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Douki be on top again?
Fans chant “Let’s Go, Taichi!” while the teams sort out. J5G give the thumbs up, LIJ give the fist bump, and the LIJ attack, just like Friday! And just like Friday, Hiromu keeps Douki in while the others throw everyone else out! Douki claws Hiromu’s eyes, the ref reprimands, and Bushi gets in to CLUB Douki! Bushi & Hiromu double whip Douki but Douki ducks the elbows to springboard DOUBLE BACK ELBOW! Douki stomps Hiromu, bumps him off buckles, and then stomps a mudhole in. Douki digs his boot in, the ref counts, and Douki lets off. Douki tags Taichi and Taichi digs his boot in! So does Douki! And Kanemaru CHOKES Hiromu!
The ref reprimands, Taichi lets off, but the others hold on! The ref reprimands and counts, Kanemaru and Douki let off at 4. Fans rally for “HI-RO-MU!” now as Taichi drags him up. Taichi has the motorcycle stretch and he stands on Hiromu’s back. Hiromu fights up, works to turn things, but Taichi holds him back. Fans rally, Taichi cranks the hold, but Hiromu fights up again! Hiromu tries to turn things, but Taichi brings him down to a knee. Fans rally as Hiromu keeps fighting! Hiromu turns things around, but Taichi turns them right back around! Tag to Kanemaru and Kanemaru stomps Hiromu.
Kanemaru whips, and CHOP BLOCKS the leg! Then he gets the leg for a SHIN BREAKER! Hiromu hobbles away but Kanemaru stomps the leg. Kanemaru whips Hiromu to the corner, runs in, but Hiromu BOOTS him! Hiromu runs in, but into an ELBOW! Kanemaru runs, tilt-o-whirl, but Hiromu denies the DDT! Kanemaru kicks the bad leg, CLUBS Hiromu, then runs, into a kick! Bushi runs in to dropkick the other leg out! Hiromu basement dropkicks Kanemaru! Takagi gets in, he and Bushi BLAST the rest of J5G! Bushi goes out after Taichi, Takagi stomps Kanemaru and Hiromu hobbles to tag Naito.
Naito drags Kanemaru up, he and Hiromu double whip to DOUBLE CHOP! And then DOUBLE BASEMENT DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” now as he drags Kanemaru up. Naito throws those heavy back elbows! Kanemaru falls over, Naito tags Bushi. Bushi stomps Kanemaru to a corner, CHOPS him, and CHOPS him, and CHOPS him again! Bushi pushes Kanemaru down, covers, TWO! Bushi drags Kanemaru into a chinlock and digs his knee into Kanemaru’s back! Kanemaru endures, kicks around, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go, but then he CLUBS Kanemaru down!
Tag to Takagi, and Bushi bumps Kanemaru off buckles. Takagi CLUBS Kanemaru, brings him up and reels him in. Kanemaru fights the suplex, so Takagi shifts around for a back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Takagi eggs Kanemaru on. Takagi brings Kanemaru up but Kanemaru throws hands! And UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! But Takagi HEADBUTTS Kanemaru! Kanemaru goes to a corner, Takagi CHOPS him! Takagi whips Kanemaru corner to corner, runs in, but blocks a boot to clothesline! Fans fire up with Takagi and he brings Kanemaru out. Takagi suplexes, Kanemaru slips out, but Takagi elbows him!
Takagi runs, but Kanemaru dodges to run, tilt-o-whirl, and DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Takagi and Kanemaru crawl, hot tag to Sanada! Fans fire up as Cold Skull DROPKICKS Takagi! And DROPKICKS Naito! Bushi & Hiromu mug Sanada, double whip him to a corner, and then Bushi runs in. Sanada dodges Bushi to dropkick Hiromu’s leg out! Bushi returns, into a DROPKICK! Fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada shows off the dancing pecs. Sanada waits on Takagi but Takagi gets under the Plancha! Sanada shoulders back in, springboards, but Takagi gets under!
Takagi ELBOWS, runs, but Sanada dropkicks the legs out! Both men are down but Sanada rolls to tag in Taichi. Taichi kicks Takagi around, then gives him Kawada Kicks. Takagi shakes his head so Taichi kicks, snapmares and KICKS! Takagi gets mad, stands up, but Taichi SOBATS him down! Taichi teases stealing Takagi’s catchphrase, but then BUZZ- NO, Takagi blocks the kick, CLUBS the leg, ROCKS and whips, but Taichi reverses to HOOK KICK! J5G BLASTS LIJ in return! Taichi drags Takagi up, but Takagi fights the Saido! Takagi fireman’s carries, Taichi slips free but Takagi ELBOWS him!
Taichi BOOTS Takagi, runs, but into a clothesline! Takagi runs, DOUBLE BOMBERS collide! They go again, Takagi dodges to run Taichi over! Taichi roars, but the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON- NO, Taichi BOOTS the lariat away! But Takagi just DISCUS BOMBERS! Fans fire up while both men are down! Both men crawl, hot tags to Naito and Douki! Douki blocks a kick, fires off forearms, whips, but Naito reverses to arm-drag! Naito elbows Douki down, but Douki dodges the basement dropkick to DOUBLE STOMP! Naito is right up but Douki DROPKICKS him out! Douki builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and Young Lions take the hit for the fans!
Fans fire up as Douki puts Naito in. Douki aims, slingshots, DAYBREAK!! Naito gets spiked! Cover, Hiromu breaks it in time! Kanemaru throws Hiromu out for Douki and Douki wheelbarrows Naito! SUPLEX- NO, Naito fights the nelson. Douki HELL STABS, runs in, but Naito dodges. Hiromu clotheslines! Takagi clotheslines! Feed to the atomic drop, and the CODE BRAEKER! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!?!? Douki survives the LIJ blitz and fans fire up! Naito wrenches, but Douki backslides! TWO!! Douki has the arm, LA MAGISTROL! TWO!! Naito escapes again, but Douki runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER!
Naito drags Douki up again, wrench and- NO, Kanemaru dropkicks Naito’s leg! Bushi ENZIGURIS Kanemaru! Sanada fireman’s carries Bushi, throws him into the dragon sleeper, but Takagi runs in. Sanada kicks but Takagi blocks it, DRAGON SCREW! Taichi AX BOMBERS Takagi! Hiromu SHOTGUNS Taichi! Douki runs in but Hiromu sends him into Naito’s back elbow! ENZIGURI, and then SUPERKICK, and then ASSISTED TORNADO DDT! Fans are thunderous and Naito brings Douki back up. Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
LIJ gets their win back from Friday, the series is 1-1! Takagi gives a look at the KOPW Championship and IWGP World Heavyweight Championship before they’re handed back to J5G. Will Takagi look to take at least one of those belts back for the summer? Is Sanada even defending his title at Dominion? Or will Yota Tsuji not make it back in time?
Best of the Super Juniors 30 Finals: Titan VS Master Wato w/ Hiroyoshi Tenzan w/ Los Ingobernables de Japon!
Both men entered the semifinals as the second seeds of their blocks, but they’re the ones standing here in the end! Will El Inmortal make history for Mexican luchadors in NJPW? Or will the Way of the Grandmaster lead him to the trophy?
The fans rally and duel already, “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” “WA~TO! WA~TO!” LIJ fist bump once again, and the bell rings. The fans are thunderous already as the two stare down! The two circle, feel things out, approach but then back off. They tie up, break, tie up again, and Wato waistlocks. Titan switches to a facelock, but Wato switches to a nelson. Wato spins Titan to a cravat and snapmare and then wraps on a chinlock. Titan pushes to a toehold, Wato tries to keep the chinlock but Titan pulls the leg. Wato shifts to get an arm, but Titan stacks Wato! ONE and Wato goes for the armbar again. Titan powers up to stack again, ONE!
Wato still wants the arm but Titan pushes him around to headlock takeover. Wato headscissors, Titan turns him over and rolls back to have a deathlock! Wato rolls to get free, and the fans cheer the exchange. The two reset as the fans duel, and they feel things out. Wato knuckle locks, wrenches, wristlocks, and CLUBS the arm. Wato wrenches again, wristlocks again, but Titan rolls, handsprings, and arm-drags! Titan keeps the arm but Wato fights up to arm-drag back! Titan trips, covers, ONE! Wato trips, covers, ONE! Dropkicks cancel out and both men handspring up! Fans are thunderous as the two stare down again.
Titan and Wato circle, feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Titan SOBATS! Titan wrenches and whips Wato to a corner, but Wato reverses. Titan goes up and over and handsprings away, but Wato rushes in. Titan blocks the chop to knuckle lock and CHOP! Titan goes up the corner, tightrope walks, and jumps for the FLYING ARM-DRAG, but Wato handsprings through! Things speed up, Titan hurdles, Wato leaps, and Titan runs in, but Wato dodges to RANA! Fans fire up while Titan bails out! Wato builds speed, but Titan ducks. Wato stops himself, Titan looks up, and Wato PLANCHAS!
Fans fire up with Wato and he brings Titan up. Wato CLUBS Titan, puts him in the ring, and he pushes Titan around to a facelock. Titan fights around, Wato chinlocks but Titan gets the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets go quick and he stomps Titan. Wato stomps Titan some more, then brings him up. Wato CLUBS Titan, covers, ONE! Titan also grabs the ropes, and Wato lets off. LIJ coaches Titan, fans rally up, but Wato stomps him. Titan sits up, into a KICK! And another KICK! And another KICK! Wato runs, but Titan dropkicks the leg out! Fans fire up, Titan hurries to get the legs! LA CRUCETA!
Wato flails and crawls over, ROPEBREAK! Titan lets Wato go and fans rally up. Titan drags Wato and fans rally behind him as he stomps Wato’s stomach and thigh. Titan hooks the leg, ties things up, TRAILER HITCH! Wato endures and crawls around again. Wato reaches out as Tenzan coaches him, and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally as Titan lets Wato go. Wato clutches the knee but Titan stomps the leg. Titan stomps the leg some more, brings Wato up, but Wato throws body shots. Titan kicks the bad leg again, wrenches and whips, but Wato holds ropes to block! Titan SOBATS and then whips.
Wato reverses, Titan holds ropes to avoid the dropkick, and Wato’s leg jams! Titan then dropkicks the leg out! Fans fire up while Wato writhes. LIJ coaches Titan and the fans are with him as Wato goes to a corner. Titan powers up, runs in, but Wato BOOTS him! BULL- NO, Titan handsprings through the bulldog to basement dropkick! Wato bails out and fans fire up! Titan builds speed, but Wato GAMANGIRIS him first! Titan flops out, fans continue to rally, and Wato FLIES! Direct hit and down goes Titan! Wato still clutches the bad leg but Tenzan coaches him up. LIJ checks Titan, Red Shoes starts the ring count.
Wato stands at 4 of 20 first and fires up! The fans are with him, he fetches Titan at 9 of 20 to put him in at 12. Fans applaud and Wato aims from the apron. Titan rises, Wato springboards, FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Wato gets his bad leg working, then body scissors Titan into VENDAVAL! Titan scrambles and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer and Wato lets off quickly. Wato brings Titan up, wrenches, and hooks Titan up, but Titan fights Recientemente to get the ROPEBREAK! Wato lets off, but KNEES Titan to the apron! Wato then brings Titan up but Titan GAMANGIRIS now!
Wato staggers away, comes back, but Titan slingshots to body scissor Wato up and out! Fans fire up, Titan powers up and he TOP ROPE QUEBRADA!! Direct hit and they wipe out into the commentary area! Fans are thunderous for “TI-TAN! TI-TAN!” while LIJ checks him. Wato and Titan stir as commentary fixes itself. The ring count starts, Titan sits up at 5 of 20. Titan stands at 7, fans cheer, and he hobbles his way back to the ring. Titan slides in at 10, Wato is just now sitting up. Wato stands at 15, but Titan FLIES out onto him! Fans fire up again as Wato goes back down! Fans are again thunderous for Titan!
Wato and Titan stir again and Red Shoes restarts the ring count. Titan rises at 5 of 20 again as LIJ coaches him. But Titan flops over at 8! Wato rolls at 12, both men get to the apron, and Titan drags Wato up at 17 to put him in! Fans cheer the sportsmanship, and Titan crawls to a cover. TWO!! Wato survives and Titan is a bit frustrated. LIJ and Tenzan each coach up their guys, and Titan sits up again. Titan stands and roars! Fans fire up, Titan drags Wato but Wato pushes him away. Titan tries again but Wato pushes him again. Titan powers up, drags Wato up into the fireman’s carry, but Wato fights free!
Wato ROUNDHOUSES! Titan wobbles, but he fires off his strike fest! SOBAT and- NO, Wato spins Titan to SOBAT! But then Titan goes Matrix to CALF KICK! Wato wobbles, but he dodges the lariat to ZIGZAG! But Titan kips up!? To PELE!! Fans are thunderous as both men are down again! Titan and Wato stir, Titan crawls for ropes but Wato crawls for Titan. Wato grabs the tights but Titan brushes him off. Wato throws a forearm! Titan throws it back! Wato throws another forearm, but Titan throws it back! Wato throws another forearm, Titan throws it again, and they stand! Fans rally as the shots go back and forth!
Titan eggs Wato on, Wato ROCKS him! Titan fires off another strike fest! BACKHAND, and then Titan powers up! Titan runs, into an ELBOW! Wato whips, Titan reverses to TORNADO- NO, Wato fights the DDT to tilt-o-whirl, crucifix, RECIENTEMENTE!! Cover, TWO!! Titan survives and fans are thunderous again! Wato body scissors Titan, rolls him, and has VENDAVAL!! Titan kicks around, fans rally up, but Wato thrashes him! LIJ coaches Titan, Titan pushes and kicks around again, but he’s fading! Red Shoes checks, Titan gets a second wind and he gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans cheer as Wato lets go in frustration.
Wato roars, he drags Titan up, and he waistlocks for TSU- NO, Titan fights the high angle German! Titan throws elbows, switches, shoves and TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down again and the fans are thunderous! LIJ pounds the mat to the rhythm of “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Titan rises, Wato goes to a corner. Titan powers up and runs corner to corner, LOCO LARIAT!! Wato flounders, Titan is slow to rising back up, but Titan still makes it to the apron. Titan roars and fans are behind him! Springboard, ANGEL INMORTAL!!! Cover off the double stomps to the back, TWO!??! But Titan still has the leg! TRAILER HITCH!!!
Wato endures as we pass 20 minutes, the longest match he’s had in the BOSJ yet! Wato shakes his head, flails around, Tenzan seems unsure if he should call it. Wato says no, so Tenzan tells him to get to the ropes! But Titan stands up, shifts and JAVE INMORTAL!!! Wato fights the crossface, crawls, flails, ROPEBREAK!!! The fans are electric as Titan lets go in exhaustion. Titan gets some space from Wato and he pounds the mat. Fans rally with him, as does LIJ. Off come the elbow pads, Titan brings Wato up, and he reels Wato in. Canadian Rack, spin and- NO, Wato slips free to waistlock!
Wato gets an O’Conner Roll, into TSUTENKAKU!!! Bridging cover, TWO!??! Titan survives but Wato shakes his head. Wato drags Titan up again, hooks him up, but Titan spins out to tilt-o-whirl, LA MYSTICA!! INTO A SEATBELT! TWO!?!?! Wato escapes and the fans are electric again! Wato staggers around, runs in, into a BOO! SOBAT! Front kick and CALF KICK!! Fans are thunderous, LIJ tells Titan to finish this! Titan goes to a corner, skins the cat to the top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!!! Cover, TWO?!?!? No one can believe Wato survives but Red Shoes assures us, he did!
LIJ shouts at Titan to keep going! Takagi holds up the Mexican flag, encouraging Titan to do this for his people! Titan drags Wato around, hooks a leg, but Wato drags him down into a cradle! TWO!! Wato and Titan get up, Titan SUPERKICKS! Wato SCREW HIGH KICKS!! Wato roars, drags Titan back up, TSUTENKAKU!!!! But he can’t bridge, so he just brings Titan up again! Chicken wings, for RECIENTEMENTE 2.0!!! Cover, WATO WINS!!
Winner: Master Wato, by pinfall (Best of the Super Juniors 30 Winner)
El Inmortal finally finals, and The Way of the Grandmaster has finally reached the mountaintop! With as hard as he fought to get to the finals, how hard will Titan have to fight to get back?
As for Wato, the trophy is presented by President Obari, they pose for the photo ops, then Wato has Tenzan hold onto the trophy for him as the NJPW banner is brought in by Ash Da Hero, the band who provided Shake Da Soul, the BOSJ’s theme song this year. Wato takes the banner from them and bows, then they pose together for the photo ops. And of course, Wato then gets the mic to say, “Hiromu-san. Please, come back to the ring.” Hiromu obliges, as he is the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Hiromu joins Wato in the ring, and Wato tells him, “Finally, I’ve been able to reach this point.”
As winner of Best of the Super Juniors 30, Wato knows he can, and wishes to, challenge Hiromu for his title. Hiromu takes the mic to tell Wato, “That was amazing. Congratulations. You’ve opened new doors for Junior Heavyweight wrestling. BUT! Whatever door you choose to open, I’ll be standing behind it. I’ll be delighted to accept your challenge.” Fans like the sound of that, and the two go forehead to forehead. Hiromu backs up to applaud, and Wato takes the mic back. Wato says that he wants it for his hometown of OSAKA! That means in DOMINION! Hiromu says okay, see you there!
Wato then finishes up by saying he has one last thing to say. “I have one more match to go to reach the top of the mountain.” Wato raises the trophy and the streamers flies! Wato poses with trophy and banner, will he soon be able to pose with the title? Or will the Ticking Timebomb knock Wato off the mountain to stay on top?
A great event for NJPW here to wrap up the BOSJ, but yeah, I did skip things again. Today is busy wrestling wise, y’know. NXT Battleground AND AEW Double or Nothing, only one of which I can do live later. But I did skim things to make sure I didn’t miss anything too big.
Speaking of which, the “No Contest” result in Chaos VS House of Torture is really what in WWE or AEW might’ve been called a Disqualification as Evil, in a desperate attempt to not lose to Bishamon before Dominion, dragged Great-O-Khan & Aaron Henare off commentary to put them in the ring. This continues to build to what is now a Triple Threat now for the titles, Khan & Henare representing the Empire on behalf of Aussie Open. Now that it is a Triple Threat, we can make Steiner Math jokes, but also it could really go any which way. I personally just want anyone other than House of Torture, which I think the vast majority of fans would agree with.
Great stuff out of the Team Okada VS Team Shota 8 Man Tag, and I like that Shota wasn’t the only one who wanted after Okada given Narita lost the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles to Okada. But of course this leads Shota challenging the Dream Trio. I really wanted it to be Bryan Danielson as the third man but Claudio is still a great choice. Also he was the only other choice because they had Yuta join in for Resurgence just last week, and that didn’t seem like the combo they were using anyway. I don’t see The BCC winning at Dominion, though, as I don’t see Moxley and Claudio constantly going back and forth between Japan and the US.
Great 8 Man rematch from Just5Guys VS LIJ. I had a feeling things were going to be different from Friday, LIJ winning helps bring Takagi back into the conversation of challenging Taichi for the KOPW. I don’t think anyone is tired of seeing them face off, they always bring great stipulations and great matches through those stipulations. And of course, an awesome main event from the BOSJ Finals. The fans loved both these guys, but something about their support of Titan felt so strong, I really wish it was his win. But as I’ve also said, Wato has been doing solid work, from both great matches to knowing who his character is, so him getting the nod makes sense. Hiromu VS Wato now being for Dominion is huge, making an already big show even bigger.
My Score: 8.9/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Night of Champions Results & Report! (5/27/23)
So much GOLD!
Will the landscape of the WWE completely change in one day?
WWE returns to Saudi Arabia for a Night of Champions! And a NEW World Heavyweight Champion will be crowned after Seth Rollins takes on AJ Styles!
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles; Rollins wins and is the inaugural WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
- Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus; Trish wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Mustafa Ali; Gunther wins and retains the title.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Asuka; Asuka wins and becomes the new Raw Women’s Championship.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Natalya; Rhea wins and retains the title.
- Cody Rhodes VS Brock Lesnar; Lesnar wins.
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa; Kevin & Sami win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Night of Champions Kickoff Show!
Join Kayla Braxton, Matt Camp and Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action here tonight/today!
Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.
Byron Saxton catches The American Nightmare as he arrives, and he asks about the condition of his arm, and about any last thoughts before the match with Brock Lesnar. Cody says cat’s out of the bag via the press conference the other day. There is a stress fracture, but that doesn’t change his spirits. Cody beat Brock Lesnar in under ten minutes last time. So this doesn’t change his spirits, this only changes the game plan. Cody is still going to have a broken arm tomorrow, but Lesnar is gonna wake up tomorrow being 0-2. Cody can live with this broken arm. Can Lesnar live with another loss? Cody puts it concisely himself, but will his spirit be what suffers next?
On this global stage…
“In a triple main event… Who will be victorious? Who will leave as a champion?” HHH says, “A champion is always on. It is a 24/7, 365 state of mind. Being a champion is more than a way of life. It is your life. And man, can it change your life. With the eyes of the world watching, history calls. And the answer will be deafening. In this kingdom, this is what it’s all about. Are you ready? I said, ARE, YOU, READY!? This… is a Night of Champions!”
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals: Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles!
The 60 diamonds represent the 60 years of this company. The eagle harkens back to the days of eagles on the top title. The crown harkens back to the days of THE Bruno Sammartino. Only one man can be the first to hold a title that means so much about the then, now and forever of the WWE. Will that man be a Visionary? Or will he be Phenomenal?
The introductions are made, the belt is on display, and one way or another, a new champion will be crowned!
The bell rings and the fans are thunderous already! They rally and duel, “AJ STYLES!” “SETH ROLLINS!” The two circle, Rollins avoids Styles, and fans sing for him. “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” The two reset and feel things out. They knuckle lock, then Rollins shoots past Styles and the fans sing again. But Styles DROPKICKS Rollins! And clotheslines him up and out of the ring! Then he slingshots, but Rollins avoids Styles! Styles lands on the apron and Rollins grins. Styles steps back in and fans rally up again. They tie up, Rollins headlocks, but Styles powers up and out. Styles hurdles, Rollins rolls, and the two stand off again.
Fans fire up, Styles swings but misses. Rollins comes back to SLINGBLADE! Styles bails out, Rollins goes to the apron and FLYING KNEES Styles down! Rollins puts Styles in, takes aim from the corner, but Styles ducks the Shining Wizard, only for Rollins to BOOMERANG! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps cool and he brings Styles up. Rollins goes to suplex but Styles blocks. Rollins CLUBS away but Styles RAMS him into the corner! And again, and again! The ref counts, Styles lets off, and Styles snapmares Rollins to then run and KNEE DROP! Rollins clutches his face but Styles brings him around to KICK in the back!
Rollins grits his teeth, but Styles snapmares him into a chinlock. Fans rally, Rollins endures, and Rollins fights up to throw body shots. Rollins whips, Styles goes up and over and Rollins hits buckles! Styles CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Rollins goes to another corner, Styles whips him corner to corner but Rollins reverses. Styles goes up and over but gets caught, BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins keeps going, he RAMS Styles into the opposite corner! Fans sing for Rollins again while he catches his breath. Styles sits up in the corner, Rollins puts him on the top rope. Rollins CHOPS Styles and Styles flops to the apron.
Rollins climbs the corner, drags Styles up to join him, and fans rally as the two fight for control. Styles slips under, trips Rollins up and Rollins hits buckles! Styles ROCKS Rollins with a right, but Rollins hits back! They go back and forth, fans fire up with each haymaker, and then Styles snap suplexes Rollins into the corner! Rollins is folded up and fans chant “This is Awesome!” Styles drags Rollins up to CHOP! Rollins ROCKS and CHOPS in return, and on repeat! Rollins then fires hands from all sides, but Styles comes back with the Phenomenal Blitz! SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up as Rollins goes to a corner.
Styles runs in to clothesline! Styles fireman’s carries, Rollins slips off but Styles ducks the rolling elbow to wheelbarrow FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! That was so close and Styles can’t believe it! Styles brings Rollins up, but Rollins RAMS him into a corner! Rollins gets space, but runs into an ELBOW! Styles goes up, QUEBRADA DDT! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives again and Styles is again surprised! Styles puts Rollins in a corner then up on the top rope. But Rollins throws hands! Styles comes back, but into a BOOT! FLYING SUNSET, TWO, but Rollins deadlifts Styles, for a BUCKLE BOMB!
Styles staggers, Rollins hurries to another corner and climbs up! FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Now Styles survives and surprises Rollins! Both men rise, Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS! Then he turns styles, but Styles ducks the Dream Smasher to fireman’s carry! USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and fans fire up while both men are down. Both men rise and the fans duel. Styles reels Rollins in, brings him up, but Rollins slips free to reel Styles in! Styles fights out to CHOP and PELE! Rollins falls and flounders to a corner while Styles stands up again. Fans rally, Styles storms over and then goes to the apron.
Styles climbs the corner and he brings Rollins up! Fans fire up as Styles has Rollins hooked, but Rollins RANAS free! Rollins then gets Styles up onto the top rope, climbs up behind him, and CLUBS away on Styles’ neck! Fans count and Rollins goes all the way to eight. Rollins dragon sleepers but Styles fights free! Rollins falls back, Styles works to adjust his position, but Rollins is right back up there! INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! Roll through, into SAVING GRACE! Cover, TWO!! Rollins is beside himself as Styles survives! Fans are thunderous as Rollins stands. Rollins stomps Styles, then goes back to the corner.
Rollins climbs up top, fans fire up, and Rollins PHOENIX- NO, he rolls through as Styles moves! Styles BOOTS Rollins, reels him back in at the corner, TORNADO HOT- NO, Rollins blocks that to HEADBUTT! Both men wobble, but Rollins brings Styles up again. But Styles fights the suplex! Styles tries to suplex but Rollins blocks now. They fight for control, Styles drags Rollins out to join him, and then APRON BRAINBUSTERS!! Fans go nuts as Rollins flops to the floor! Styles drags Rollins into the ring, then goes to the apron. Styles springboards, but Rollins trips him up! Styles now hits the floor!
Rollins builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Rollins clutches his leg, he may have done more harm than good. Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” for him and Rollins rises. Rollins goes to the steel steps, he and Styles get in the ring at 9 of 10! Rollins goes after Styles but Styles goes after the leg! CALF CRUSHER!! Rollins endures, reaches out, crawls around, but Styles rolls him from the ropes! CALF CRUSHER!! Styles pulls back on the leg while Rollins endures! Rollins reaches, and grabs Styles in a SLEEPER! Styles lets Rollins go and Rollins lets Styles go. Styles KICKS the leg, but Rollins LARIATS Styles!
Both men are down and fans fire up again! “This is Awesome!” as both men crawl to each other. Rollins and Styles stand, and they start throwing hands! Fans fire up with each haymaker, but Rollins gets the edge with forearms! But then Styles fires off palm strikes from all sides! And he KICKS the bad leg! But Rollins mule kicks! And Kawada Kicks! Fans fire up and Rollins swings big, but misses! Styles CHOPS, ROCKS and HEADBUTTS Rollins! Styles runs, Rollins ducks and PELES! Styles wobbles, but Rollins avoids his Pele! SUPERKICK! Styles falls over, Rollins runs in, and Rollins stomps the hand!
Rollins underhooks the arms, but Styles trips him! Styles hooks Rollins up but Rollins kicks free! Styles dodges a haymaker now and PELES! Styles steals the PEDIGREE!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Styles and Saudi Arabia are all shocked that Rollins survives! Styles crawls back to a corner as he thinks of what he has to do to finish this. Fans fire up again and Styles goes back to the apron. Styles aims but Rollins crawls over to that side. Rollins stands and glares at Styles. But Styles ROCKS Rollins first! Springboard, PHENOMENAL- SUPERKICK!! Rollins gets his bad leg working as he aims from the corner, Rollins runs in, but the leg gives up!
Rollins drags Styles up, Styles rolls him! Rollins rolls through, to get the PEDIGREE!! But the bad leg hurts from hitting it! Rollins grits his teeth, aims again, runs in, CURB STOMP!!! Cover, ROLLINS WINS!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall (INAUGURAL WWE World Heavyweight Champion)
The Visionary has done it! He has made history once again! And Triple H is here in person to present the title directly to him! Will Rollins follow through on his promises to push the industry forward and to do it “the right way?”
Becky Lynch VS Trish Stratus!
The Man wanted The Chick to help her against Damage CTRL, and that she did do. But Trish could not handle being second, could not handle sharing the spotlight, and could not handle being the past and not the present. But will Trish tear down the current generation all in the pursuit of praise and gratitude? Or will she regret ever entering The Big Time?
The bell rings and fans sing Becky’s song now. Trish says okay, Becky, let’s go. And Becky DECKS Trish! Becky fires hands on Trish, Trish gest to ropes but Becky bumps her off buckles! Becky stomps a mudhole in, lets off as the ref counts, and then she brings Trish around to bump her off buckles again! And again! And then Becky gives her more stomps! The fans fire up but the ref counts, and Becky lets off again. Trish bails out but Becky slides! Trish dodges the dropkick to RAM Becky into steel steps! And then brings her around to RAM her face first into the steps! Fans cheer and jeer but Trish soaks it all up.
Trish SMACKS Becky off the Arabian announce table, then the American announce table! Trish puts Becky back in the ring, lines up the shot and PUNTS Becky in the side! Trish looks for the kick, it’s good! Then Trish CHOKES Becky on ropes! The ref counts, Trish lets off and she goes up top. But Becky ROCKS her first! Trish ROCKS Becky back, and Becky staggers away. Trish goes after Becky and gives her a mudhole stomp. Trish then goes up the corner and brings Becky up, HANGING SLEEPER! The ref counts, Trish lets Becky go and “apologizes.” Trish then brings Becky back in, for another HANGING SLEEPER!
Trish lets go, soaks up the cheers and jeers and then takes a bow. But Becky ROCKS her for it! Trish kicks back, reels Becky in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Trish is frustrated and she storms up on Becky. Trish stomps Becky in the corner, digs her boot in, but lets off as the ref counts. Becky sputters and crawls but Trish is on her. Trish SMACKS Becky off the apron! There are fans who chant “Thank You, Trish!” and she enjoys that. Becky hits back but Trish CLUBS her down! And again! And again! Trish digs Becky’s face into the mat! The ref reprimands, Trish lets off and soaks up more cheers and jeers.
Trish shows off “Thank You Trish” on the back of her suit, and then she brings Becky into a CAMEL CLUTCH! Becky endures as fans rally up. Trish makes Becky smile with fishhooks in her mouth! The ref reprimands, Trish throws Becky down and wipes her hands off. Trish then YANKS Becky around by her hair! Trish picks the strands out of her hair, then grabs at Becky again. Becky KICKS from below! Becky fires off on Trish and fans fire up. Becky whips, Trish reverses and hits a THESZ PRESS! Fast hands but Becky gets free! Trish gets around Becky to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up but Trish swaggers around. Trish stalks Becky to ropes, then CHOPS her! Becky goes to a corner, Trish riles up the fans, and Trish CHOPS Becky again. Becky goes to another corner, Trish CHOPS her again! Becky goes to the fourth corner, then past that to the ropes. Trish CHOPS but Becky blocks! Becky ROCKS Trish with forearm after forearm! Trish hits back, the fans fire up with every haymaker! Becky gets the edge, whips to ropes, but Trish reverses. Becky comes back with FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up and Becky runs at the corner to FIRE-ARM! And ROCKET KICK! And then BECKSPLODER!
Trish scrambles away but Becky is after her! Becky has Trish in the ropes to fire off forearms and UPPERCUTS! Becky windmills hands on Trish and fans are thunderous! Becky goes up, GUILLOTINE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!! Trish scrambles away again while Becky cools off. Becky runs and WRECKS Trish with a dropkick! Becky goes to the apron, and she FLYING FOREARMS Trish down! The fans are all fired up and Becky drags Trish up. Becky puts Trish in, but Trish skins the cat to RANA Becky into the POST! Trish soaks up the cheers and jeers, showing she can still do her old tricks.
Trish puts Becky in the, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and duel, but Becky hits back! Trish rains down fists in frustration, then runs corner to corner. Trish SPLASHES Becky, puts her up top, then climbs up after her. Trish throws hands but Becky throws them back! Trish CLUBS Becky, but Becky throws body shots! Becky sends Trish back, but Trish returns! STRATUSPHERE! Cover, TWO! Trish throws a fit but fans rally up again. Trish drags Becky up, reels her in, and she points to the sky! STRATUS- NO, Becky powers out! Becky ELBOWS Trish, reels her in at the corner, and hits DIAMOND DUST!
Trish flops and Becky hurries back up! Becky drops the MAN’S LEG! Cover, TWO! Trish survives, both women are down, and the fans rally up again. Becky nods, she’s feeling the energy. Trish rises, Becky brings her in, but Trish wheelbarrows and victory rolls to get the legs! But Becky kicks her away! Trish goes to a corner, Becky runs in, but is put on the apron. Becky ROCKS Trish first, climbs up the corner, but Trish trips her up! Trish then goes back, STRATUS- NO, Becky catches those legs, and steps over into the BOSTON CRAB! Trish endures as Becky bends her back! Trish crawls, reaches out, and gets the ROPEBREAK!
Becky lets Trish go and then goes out the side. Fans rally as Becky runs in and leaps off the steps, into a KICK! Fans boo but Trish grits her teeth and gets in the ring. Trish lets the ring count climb, because a win is a win, after all! Becky stirs at 7, and springs in at 9! CHICK KICK!! Cover, TWO!?! Becky survives and Trish can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Trish drags Becky around. Trish sits Becky up to tell her she should be thanking her! Trish throws Becky down, sits her up, and throws her down again! Trish says Becky is not better than her! Trish SLAPS Becky, Becky drags Trish into the DISARM-HER!!
Trish endures, flails, reaches, and pulls Becky’s hair! Becky lets the hold go to pull Trish’s hair! The ref reprimands, the two throw hands! The ref counts, tries to separate them, Becky ducks a Chick Kick! Roll up, TWO!! MANHANDLE SLAM!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Trish survives by a literal foot and Becky can’t believe it! Trish flops out of the ring, Becky storms out after her. Trish goes under the ring, Becky drags her back out. Becky puts Trish in, but ZOEY STARK is here?!? Zoey Stark appears from under the ring to hit a Z 360!!! Zoey puts Becky in for Trish to hit STRATUSFACTION!!! Cover, TRISH WINS!!!
Winner: Trish Stratus, by pinfall
What in the world!? Zoey Stark is on Team Trish!? Trish says Becky lost because Trish is smarter than her. Becky has a bloody nose and anger in her eyes, will The Man have to turn Trish & The Hunter into the hunted?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: GUNTHER w/ Imperium VS Mustafa Ali!
Der Ring General has been absolutely dominant as champion, setting the longest reign of the last 23 YEARS! And while The Beacon has shed his “Positive Ali” façade, he still has the confidence to stand up to this challenge. Will Ali win his first title ever in WWE? Or will nothing stop Gunther from becoming the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time?
Ludwig Kaiser has the mic to demand all our gratitude for our “WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, Derrrrrr RIIING GENERAL…! GUUUUNTHERRR!” The formal introductions are made, the belt is raised, and on an already historic night, we see which path history takes!
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally up for Ali but Gunther doesn’t react. The two tie up, Gunther headlocks, and he TOSSES Ali away! Fans boo but Gunther eggs Ali on. Ali gets up, the two circle again, and they tie up again. Gunther powers Ali to a corner, smothers him, but lets off, only for Ali to dodge the chop! Ali CHOPS, but Gunther just storms up on him. They circle, Ali gets around to KICK the leg! And again! And again! Gunther blocks a kick, and reels Ali into a SLEEPER! Ali arm-drags free, then goes up and over in the corner! Ali keeps moving to DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Gunther wobbles!
Ali runs to DORPKICK again! Ali runs, but into a scoop and SLAM! Ali writhes and fans boo but Gunther stomps him down! Gunther paces while fans rally for Ali. Gunther drags Ali up but Ali throws body shots. Gunther CHOPS Ali down! Ali sputters, but Gunther brings him up, to CHOP him down again! Gunther talks trash and fans boo, but Gunther goes back to Ali. Gunther drags Ali up, but Ali throws haymakers! Fans fire up but Gunther shoves Ali to a corner. Ali BOOTS back! Ali swings, but into a scoop and SLAM! Gunther gets the legs, BOSTON CRAB! Fans rally, Ali crawls and reaches out, but Gunther drags him away!
Gunther shifts into an STF! Fans rally as Ali endures, and Ali fights up to throw body shots. Gunther knees low! Gunther TOSSES Ali out but Ali holds onto ropes. Ali gets up to shoulder into Gunther! Ali slingshots, into a BOOT! Ali falls to the floor, and Gunther drags him up to POST him! Ali goes flying then lands hard, and Gunther goes into the ring to simply let the count handle this. Ali drags himself up at 7 of 10 but falls over! The count is 9, Ali springs in at 9.99!! Gunther is annoyed but fans fire up! Gunther drags Ali up, wrenches the arm, and CHOPS Ali down! Gunther drags Ali up again, just to CHOP him back down!
Fans boo but Gunther soaks it all up. Gunther stands Ali up again but Ali breaks free, CHOPS and ROCKS and then dodges to ROCK Gunther again! Ali CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS, then fires off windmill haymakers! Fans fire up, but Gunther shoves Ali away. Gunther runs in at the corner, Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots, somersaults, and NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Ali hurries back to the corner! Ali climbs, but Gunther CHOPS! Gunther ROCKS Ali, climbs up after him, and double underhooks. Ali fights those off and he HEADBUTTS Gunther! And again! And then SMACKS Gunther off the buckles!
Ali gets up, SUPER SUNSET- Wait, Gunther holds onto the ropes! Ali gets him loose and POWERBOMBS Gunther down! Ali skins the cat to the top rope, so that he can 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! “This is Awesome!” as Ali is getting closer and closer! Ali goes up another corner, leaps, but Gunther blocks the tornado! Gunther throws Ali away to then LARIAT!! Gunther shouts at the fans, he drags Ali up, and LARIATS again!! Cover, TWO!?!? Ali survives and Gunther is furious! Fans are thunderous for Ali but Gunther eggs him on. Ali crawls over to Gunther, Gunther kicks him around and taunts him.
Ali rises up and the fans are with him. Gunther tells Ali to listen. “You don’t belong-” Ali SLAPS! Gunther SLAPS! Gunther POWER- NO, Ali slips out of the bomb to SUPERKICK!! And Ali goes up, FLYING TORNADO DDT!! Ali hurries up top again! 450- NO, Gunther moves and Ali rolls through! Gunther SHOTGUNS Ali! More like a cannon! Gunther GENERAL BOMBS Ali, high stacks, and Gunther wins!
Winner: Gunther, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
Fans boo but Ali still put up one hell of a fight. But will Gunther continue to dominate the world, no matter who is put in front of him?
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn talk backstage.
They’re feeling good. Being here is crazy. Everything since WrestleMania! Even WrestleMania was so much more than they ever expected. Winning these tag titles together, what a run. Even if it ended tonight- Wait, whoa, why would it end? It won’t, but Sami wants to “acknowledge” the fact Roman Reigns is celebrating 1000 days as Universal Champion and he wants these titles. Somehow, he finds a way. Roman’s screwed them both over before. Kevin sees that. But that’s the only thing he “acknowledges.” Here is something for Roman to “acknowledge”: Kevin & Sami won these off The Usos, a greater tag team than Roman & Solo will ever be.
But here’s another thing: Kevin is sick of hearing about Roman’s 1000 days! Roman’s had his day, he has had 1000 of them! Today is THEIR day! Kevin didn’t come all this wat just to lose! No, today is THEIR day! Today, Solo loses! Today, Roman loses! Yeah? Yeah?! YEAH! Sami & Kevin are ready, will they make sure Roman’s 1000 days with his two titles is all he gets?
Raw Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair VS Asuka!
The EST has beat the Empress of Tomorrow before, but this isn’t that Asuka. This Asuka is something more sinister, more ruthless, and more chaotic. Will Bianca not be ready for this Asuka? Or will Bianca continue the longEST women’s title reign of the last 23 years?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who is truly the B E S T!
The bell rings and the two rush in! Asuka waistlocks, headlocks, hits the takeover, but Bianca headscissors. Asuka kips free, gets around and throws Bianca down by her hair! The ref reprimands and fans boo but Asuka is having fun,. Bianca ducks the Penalty Kick, kips up, and trips Asuka to rain down fists! Asuka turns it around, but then Bianca turns it back. They go back and forth, Bianca kicks Asuka way, and then she RAMS Asuka, rebounds, and runs her over! Bianca says if Asuka wants to mess around, then come on. Things speed up, Bianca handsprings over Asuka, then hurdles, but Asuka dropkicks the roll!
Asuka swaggers around, gets Bianca’s arms, and stands on her to give her DRAGON STOMPS! Fans fire up and Asuka lets off to swagger some more. Asuka gets an arm, she wrenches it, but Bianca ROCKS her with the other arm! Bianca RAMS Asuka into the corner, then tells her this is what she gets. Bianca TOSSES Asuka across the way, runs in and RAMS her into the other corner! Bianca brings Asuka out to whip her corner to corner, but Asuka reverses. Bianca goes up and over, and DROPKICKS Asuka down! Bianca kips up again and fans fire up. Bianca drags Asuka up, scoops her, and SLAMS her!
Fans rally, Bianca runs to handspring, but Asuka avoids the moonsault! Asuka goes to the apron, Bianca runs in to handspring kick her down! Fans rally as Bianca eggs Asuka on. Bianca then goes out after Asuka, but Asuka drags her down by the hair! Asuka whips Bianca into steel steps! Asuka grins while fans boo and the ref reprimands. Asuka puts Bianca in the ring at 5 of 10, then swaggers around more. Asuka runs in to HIP ATTACK Bianca in a corner, then GERMAN SUPLEX her away! SLIDING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this but Asuka gets an ARMBAR! Bianca flails, stacks, TWO!
Asuka lets Bianca go to BUZZSAW the arm! Asuka stands on Bianca at the ropes, the ref counts, and Asuka steps off. Bianca shoves Asuka away but Asuka comes back, into a JAWBREAKER! Roll up, TWO! Both women hurry up, Bianca spins Asuka around and suplexes, but Asuka cradle counters! TWO, and Bianca runs in, into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Asuka is still having fun as fans start to rally for her now. Asuka wants an arm but Bianca fights her off. Asuka stomps away on that arm! Asuka grinds the shoulder, drags Bianca around, but Bianca fights up. Fans rally again but Asuka keeps Bianca down.
Bianca powers up again and she throws body shots. Bianca scoops but Asuka slips free to YANK Bianca down by her hair! The ref reprimands but Asuka just grins. Asuka kicks Bianca around, toys with her, and then smiles. Bianca blocks the boot, ROCKS Asuka, and then ROCKS her again! Fans rally up as Bianca fires off forearm after forearm! Asuka shoves Bianca away but Bianca BLOCKBUSTERS on the return! Fans fire up while both women are down! Bianca goes to ropes, drags herself up, and Asuka runs in, but into an ELBOW! Bianca BOOTS Asuka, goes up the corner, then goes up and over!
Bianca then runs in to rally with big shoulder tackles! And a DROPKICK! Fans fire up, Asuka swings but into a spin and suplex! A bit of a stall before a BIG SLAM, and Bianca kips up! Bianca runs to RAM into Asuka at the corner! Bianca climbs up and fans fire up as she rains down fists! Bianca goes all the way to TEN, but then Asuka slips under to grab the hair! The ref reprimands, Bianca yanks Asuka in to scoop and BACKBREAKER! Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Asuka is still in this but Bianca says okay. Fans rally and duel, Bianca has Asuka in a corner, but Asuka drop toeholds her into a buckle!
Asuka BUZZSAWS Bianca, YANKS her down with the hair, and grins while the ref reprimands her. Asuka aims, KICKS Bianca in the chest again and again and again, but Bianca ducks the buzzsaw! Bianca shoves Asuka, Asuka mule kicks back! Asuka goes up but Bianca ROCKS her first! Bianca climbs, she brings Asuka up and fans rally. Asuka resists the suplex, throws body shots then shoves Bianca away. Asuka leaps, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Bianca is still in this, as she is the tougheEST, y’know. Asuka is still amused, though, and she brings Bianca up. But Bianca resists the scoop!
Bianca suplexes, but Asuka fights that to get the arm! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!! Bianca flails, kicks around, shifts to the other side, and she gut wrenches Asuka! But Asuka fights the bomb! Asuka runs back in, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack cover, TWO!! Asuka is still in this and Bianca is beside herself. Bianca runs, handsprings, but into a takedown! ASUKA LOCK!!! Bianca pushes back to a cover, TWO! Asuka runs in, into chicken wings! GlamEST- NO, Victory Roll! TWO and Bianca has the cover, TWO! Asuka catches Bianca to a backslide, TWO! BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!!!
Bianca survives again, but nothing is ruining Asuka’s mood! She still grins and fans say “This is Awesome!” as she drags Bianca by her hair. The ref reprimands, Asuka lets go, then whips Bianca, only for Bianca to reverse! Asuka tumbles out, but then drags Bianca out by her hair! Asuka whips but Bianca stops from hitting steps, and she elbows Asuka back! Bianca sends Asuka into the steps! The ref reprimands them both, the ring count starts, and Bianca slides in at 2, only for Asuka to drag her out. Bianca returns the favor, the count rises, and they start shoving. Then they start throwing forearms!
Bianca CLUBS Asuka, puts Asuka in at 7, and hurries in after her. Asuka has the hair again! Asuka CLUBS away on Bianca, but Bianca RAMS her into ropes! Bianca CLUBS away on Asuka now, fans fire up and Asuka shoves Bianca away. The ref wants them to listen to her, and Bianca nods. Bianca goes to Asuka, RAMS her in a corner, fires off again, but the ref counts. The ref gets between them, Asuka MISTS! But Bianca narrowly avoids it! That was Asuka’s one shot, and now she’s mad! They run, Bianca gets around, torture rack! But Asuka arm-drags free! And catches Bianca to an ARMBAR!!
Bianca kicks, flails, fights around, stacks Asuka and covers, TWO! But Bianca deadlifts Asuka, for a POWERBOMB! That took all Bianca had there and she falls over! Fans fire up as Bianca shakes her arm out. Asuka goes tot he apron, Bianca storms over and grabs at her. The ref has Bianca back off, and then Asuka spits more mist, but on her own hand!? Bianca storms back over, torture racks again, but gets MIST FINGERS in the eyes!! ROUNDHOUSE!! BUZZSAW!! Cover, ASUKA WINS!!!
Winner: Asuka, by pinfall (NEW Raw Women’s Champion)
Asuka found a way around the rules, and now SHE rules over all! The EST’s great reign comes to an end, will no one be ready for this wicked Empress?
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Natalya!
The Eradicator may have the blue brand’s belt, but she and The Judgment Day still run Monday Night Raw. However, the Queen of Harts says Rhea doesn’t show respect to anyone. Rhea disagrees, she does respect Natalya, which is why she’s going to do Natty the honor of ending her career! Will the world see Rhea’s brutality? Or will Natty win herself the greatest birthday present ever?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if we get another new champion tonight!
The bell rings and Dom talks trash on Natty. The ref reprimands, but Rhea CLOBBERS Natty from behind! Rhea stomps Natty out of the ring, goes out after her and BOOTS her at the desk! Then Rhea drags Natty up to SMACK her off the desk! “You ain’t nothing, Natty!” Rhea SMACKS Natty off the desk again, and again! Rhea RAMS Natty into the steel steps! Fans are torn but Dom is loving this. Rhea brings Natty around, and RAMS her into the other steel steps! Rhea drags Natty up, puts her in the ring, and then storms up to HEADBUTT Natty down! Rhea drags Natty up, pump handles and lifts, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall (still SmackDown Women’s Champion)
Brutality and agility, because that was fast and furious! Dom celebrates with Mami, and Rhea mockingly tells Natty happy birthday. Will nothing stop Rhea from eradicating every woman put in her way?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.
Byron Saxton is with the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and Rollins wants Byron to do better than that. Say it with some oomph, some stank. The NEW~ World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Freakin’ Rollins. Yes, sounds so good! It has been a long, long time, nearly four YEARS, since Rollins held world championship gold. And tonight, on the night of nights, the starts are bright, and Rollins walks out our new WHC. That feels good! Feels right! Doesn’t it? Yes, right now. But what about going forward? What does the future of Raw look like with Rollins on top?
Oh, Sax Man, the more things change, the more they stay the same! Rollins will be live on Raw, and every Monday night moving forward, but the only difference will be that Rollins has world championship things on his mind! He is the Visionary, he is a revolutionary, and finally, he is world champion, Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! HAHAHA!
Cody Rhodes VS Brock Lesnar!
The American Nightmare thought he finished this story at Backlash, but The Beast said nothing is over until he says it’s over! Lesnar has already broken Cody’s arm, but will he break Cody’s body, mind and spirit? Or can Cody pull off another miraculous victory to keep his own story going?
Fans sing Cody’s song, and we can see Cody has a titanium “Exos cast” to keep his arm together. Cody fires the fans up and has his pyro, but Lesnar grins because he sees that cast as a target. The bell rings and the two circle. Cody keeps the bad arm back but Lesnar approaches. Cody avoids being cornered and Lesnar nods. They circle again, Lesnar approaches again, but Cody again avoids being cornered. Cody bails out of the ring but Lesnar grins again. Cody says Lesnar wanted to fight, so let’s fight! Lesnar goes out after Cody, chases him around, they get back in the ring and Cody fires off hands!
But Lesnar RAMS Cody int a corner! And RAMS him again, and again! Lesnar clinches to OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cody flounders and goes to the ropes while Lesnar grins. Fans chant “SUPLEX CITY!” and Lesnar hits another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cody flounders to ropes again, clutching the bad arm. Lesnar puts Cody in a corner to RAM him in again! And then OVERHEAD Belly2Belly again! Fans fire up as this makes three suplexes already. Lesnar stalks Cody, brings him up, but Cody ROCKS Lesnar with the cast hand! And again! And again! And again! Cody is going Cowboy Bob Orton on Lesnar!
Lesnar clinches Cody but Cody ROCKS him with the cast! Cody runs to RAM Lesnar out of the ring! Cody then builds speed, to DIVE! Cast first, too! Lesnar leans on the desk, Cody goes up to leap, AX HANDLE! Lesnar flounders into the ring, Cody climbs up, and he AX HANDLES again! Cover, TWO!! Lesnar survives taking titanium to the head again and again but fans fire up for Cody. Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER KICK! Cody springboards again, CODY CUTTER! Cover, TWO!! Lesnar is still hanging tough, but Cody is stalking him now. Cody roars and waits on Lesnar to rise!
Lesnar stands, Cody dragon sleepers, CROSS RHODES!! But Cody’s arm bothers him, he can’t make the cover! Lesnar rises again, those stitches popping open. Cody dragon sleepers, for another CROSS RHODES!! Fans are thunderous and Cody grits his teeth. Lesnar sits up in a daze, Cody shouts for him to get up again! Lesnar staggers up, Cody dragon sleepers again, but Lesnar spins around! KIMURA!!! Lesnar has the already busted arm, can Cody turn this around like he did at Backlash?! Cody moves around, reaches out, but Lesnar has the body scissors, too! Cody reaches out, fights up, but Lesnar drags him back down!
Fans are thunderously rallying for Cody as he keeps fighting, and he pushes forward again! TWO and Lesnar still has the arm! Lesnar shouts at Cody to give up but the fans rally! Cody pushes, Lesnar rolls it through and he is sitting up with the KIMURA!! Cody reaches out, he’s so close to the ropes! Cody claws at Lesnar’s back, fans rally behind him, but Cody is fading out! The pain is overwhelming him! The ref checks, but Cody comes back to life!! Lesnar is shocked but he keeps pulling on the bad arm! Cody scoots and crawls, he claws at Lesnar’s back more, and fans are thunderous! Cody starts to fade again, but he gets the ROPEBREAK!!
Lesnar lets go in frustration and the ref checks Cody. The cast is made of titanium but what is Cody made of!? Lesnar snarls, he storms back over to Cody and brings him up. Fireman’s carry, but Cody slips free! CROSS RHODES!!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Lesnar survives again, what is HE made of?! Both men sit up, Cody grabs Lesnar’s arm and ROCKS him with the cast! And again! And again! And again! But Lesnar fireman’s carries again!! F5!!! But Lesnar can’t make the cover, he’s too tired! Lesnar crawls over, pushes Cody to a cover, TWO!!?? Fans say “This is Awesome!”, but just what is it gonna take to end this?
Lesnar drags Cody into the KIMURA!! Lesnar makes Cody suffer again, and he sits back up with the hold! Cody is fading, the ref checks, and Cody is OUT!! Lesnar wins!!
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by referee stoppage
But Lesnar isn’t letting go! The ref shouts, the bell rings more, and Lesnar finally lets go! Cody sputters back awake, will he learn later that he could not win a fight with The Beast? As for Lesnar, is he finally going to let this chapter of the story end?
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa w/ Paul Heyman!
Speaking of stories, it seems one story that has yet to end is the drama of the Prizefighter, the Great Liberator and The Bloodline. Kevin & Sami have all but broken up the Tribal Chief’s table, will this be the last straw? Or will Roman celebrate 1000 years as Universal Champion by becoming THE Undisputed Champion of WWE?
As always, Roman raises the belts for the pyro. The Bloodline continues down the ramp and into the ring, for Roman to raise the belts again for more pyro. Then Kevin and Sami make their entrances, Sami in a formal white robe. The fans sing Sami’s song as he and Kevin go down to the ring, and the champs are fired up! The introductions are made, Heyman interrupting to make his introduction for himself and the “soon to be NEW tag team champions. First, from the Island of Relevancy, the Sultan of the Spike, ladies and gentlemen, this is… SOLO! Ladies and gentlemen, on his 1000th day of a historic championship reign, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE! Universal! Heavyweight! Champion! ROMAN! REIGNS!!”
Heyman gives the mic back and says that’s how it is done. But Sami takes the mic now, and he says in Arabian that we should all hold on a second. Sami says that tonight, in this ring, it is the WWE Tag Team Champions, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn! The fans are thunderous, the tag belts are raised, and we see what it truly takes to be tag team champions!
The teams sort out and as fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” for Sami, Kevin starts against Roman. Fans fire up as the bell rings and the fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” again. Roman gets annoyed, and Kevin realizes who should really start this match. Sami offers the hand, and Kevin tags him in! Roman smirks and nods as fans are thunderous for “SAMI! SAMI!” Roman gets annoyed as it keeps going, and he circles with Sami. Roman says no one would know who Sami is without him! Sami begs to differ, given the “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” returns. Roman gets annoyed and tags out to Solo, which fans boo.
Solo and Roman circle now while Roman cools off outside. Roman says he should’ve never let Sami into the Bloodline! The fans keep chanting for Sami, Roman yells at them, and the fans boo. Roman then tells Solo to take Sami out. Solo and Sami tie up, are in a deadlock, but Solo throws Sami away! Solo eggs Sami on, fans boo, and Sami comes back. They circle again, the fans are still thunderous, and the tension builds. The two tie up, Solo powers Sami to a corner, and the ref counts. Solo lets off, swings, but Sami dodges to CHOP! Sami backs away and eggs Solo on. Solo wipes it off, but Kevin fires the fans up more.
Solo and Sami tie up and Solo puts Sami in another corner. Solo CHOPS and ROCKS and rains down fists! The ref counts, Solo lets off and roars, but the fans boo. Roman soaks up the heat, Solo brings Sami up and whips him corner to corner. Solo runs in but into an elbow! Sami goes up, leaps, AX HANDLE! Fans fire up and Sami brings Solo up for more haymakers. Sami whips, Solo reverses and CLOBBERS Sami! Roman nods and tells Solo to keep going. Sami sits up, he looks to Kevin, and Kevin says sure, why not. Kevin tags in and fans fire up as Kevin fires haymakers on Solo! Kevin knees, ROCKS Solo and runs, but into an UPPERCUT!
Solo stalks Kevin to a corner, HEADBUTTS him, but Kevin COHPS! Solo SLAPS Kevin, Kevin kicks low, and the forearms go back and forth. Solo HEADBUTTS Kevin, but Kevin BOOTS back! Roman avoids the back elbow, but Kevin avoids Solo to CHOP and fire forearms. Kevin whips, Solo reverses but Sami tags in! Kevin KNEES Solo, Sami drop toeholds, and Kevin SENTONS! Fans are thunderous but Roman runs in to CLOBBER Kevin! Sami chases Roman off but Roman taunts him and the fans. And then Solo CLOBBERS Sami! Fans rally for Sami and that upsets Roman. Solo CHOKES Sami on the ropes!
The ref counts, Solo lets off, and then Roman CHOKES Sami behind the ref’s back! Fans boo but Roman gets away with it. Solo drags Sami from the ropes, scoops him and SLAMS him, then runs to FALLING HEADBUTT! Solo yells at Sami, then he drags Sami around. Solo stomps Sami in the stomach but the fans rally up. Roman is almost confused by this, but Solo keeps Sami from Kevin. Solo HEADBUTTS Sami down, and he tags Roman in. Fans boo as The Tribal Chief steps in, but he talks trash on them. Roman goes to Sami, stomps him and throws hands. Sami flounders against ropes and Roman stomps him down.
The ref reprimands, fans chant “ROMAN SUCKS!” but Roman CHOKES Sami on the ropes! The ref counts and Roman lets off at 4. Roman taunts the ref but the ref says respect his authority. Roman snap suplexes Sami and covers, TWO! Roman is upset but the ref says that count was fair. Fans boo Roman being a brat but he goes back to Sami. Sami stands to CHOP! Roman smirks, but Sami CHOPS again! Roman UPPERCUTS Sami off his feet. Roman brushes himself off, and says, “What? You think you’re the Nature Boy now?” Roman throws Sami out of the ring, distracts the ref, and Solo goes after Sami!
Solo throws hands, then he SMACKS Sami off the desk! But Kevin attacks back! The ref sees all this, Kevin points out what Solo was doing, and Sami gets to the apron. Roman goes out to put Sami in the ring, then he goes to a corner. Fans boo but Roman tells them to hush. Roman taunts Kevin, the ref keeps Kevin back, and Roman throws hands on Sami. Roman stomps Sami, but fans chant “ROMAN SUCKS!” Roman is annoyed by that, but then Sami throws body shots! And haymakers! Roman UPPERCUTS Sami back down! Roman winces, fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Roman frowns. Roman tags Solo and they drag Sami up.
The Bloodline mugs Sami, CLUBS him down, and the ref reprimands. Roman says okay, okay, and he exits. Sami crawls but Solo stomps him down. Solo drags Sami up, whips him, and SAMOAN DROPS him! Solo talks trash in Samoan and Roman says they’re the future tag team champions. Fans rally with “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” but Solo drags Sami up. Solo clamps a claw into the shoulder but Sami endures. Sami fights up, fans fire up, and Sami throws body shots. Solo ROCKS Sami, TOSSES him out, and now Roman gets to go after Sami, but Sami ROCKS Roman first! Sami fires off hands and fans fire up!
Solo sees this, hurries out, but Sami sends Solo into the desk! Sami hurries into the ring and crawls, but Solo runs in to stomp him down! Solo brings Sami up, bumps him off buckles, then SUPERKICKS Kevin! Fans boo but Solo goes to Sami. Solo puts Sami up, SLAPS him, and talks trash. Fans rally, Sami gets mad, and he ROCKS Solo in return! And again, and then fires off rapid kicks! And then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down, but fans rally as Kevin rises! Sami and Solo crawl, hot tags to Roman and Kevin! The Prizefighter dodges Roman to CHOP, and fire off haymakers! Fans fire up as Kevin stomps away!
The ref counts, Roman bails out, but Kevin goes out after him! Kevin LARIATS Roman down, then SENTONS on the floor! Fans fire up and Kevin puts Roman in the ring. Roman staggers up, swings, but misses! Kevin SUPERKICKS Roman down! Kevin goes to a corner, “SUCK IT!” but Solo is back! Kevin DECKS Solo, but Roman CLOBBERS Kevin! Fans boo and that annoys Roman again. Roman raises the finger, #HeTheOne. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, runs in, but Kevin avoids the Superman Punch! Roman avoids the lariat, returns, but into a POP-UP POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! But Kevin just goes right up the corner!
Kevin aims to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives but Heyman looks very worried! “This is Awesome!” while both men are down. Kevin rises first, he goes to another corner, and he waits on Roman to rise. Roman sits up, Kevin runs in and kicks! But Roman shoves Kevin away, Solo HOTSHOTS! Kevin staggers into the SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Kevin survives and Roman is in disbelief. Roman says, “I’M the champion! I’m gonna be the tag team champions now, you understand? I’m gonna have all the championships!” Fans boo Roman, which again upsets him. But Roman just goes to a corner and reloads.
Roman lets out the battle cry, he runs in, but into a KNEE! And a kick! And a STUNNER!! Roman rebounds to SPEAR!!! Both men are down and fans are thunderous! Heyman holds up the lei and tells the Tribal Chief to rise up. Roman raises his finger, crawls to the corner, but Sami is back! Kevin also crawls, hot tags to Solo and Sami! Sami rallies on the Enforcer of the island with haymakers from all sides! Sami whips, Solo reverses, but Sami goes up and over to then clothesline Solo out of the ring! Sami then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans fire up as Sami powers back up!
Sami pushes Solo into the ring, fans sing again, and Sami gets around to a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Solo is still in this and Heyman is still a bit worried. Fans rally up for Sami as he sits back up. Sami goes to a corner, he waits on Solo in the other. Fans are thunderous again, Solo stands up, and Sami runs in! HELLUVA- SUPERKICK!! Solo hits first, then roars and grabs Sami by the hair! SAMOAN- BOOT from Sami! And then a CORNER EXPLODER! Fans fire up as Sami reloads fast! HELLUVA KICK!!! Cover, Roman breaks it in time!! Fans can’t believe it but this isn’t over yet!
Roman scowls and talks trash on Sami. Roman tells the ref to get back and he rains down fists! The ref reprimands, fans boo, and Roman lets off to glare at the ref. Roman drags Sami up, fireman’s carries, but Sami fights free! Sami fires hands on Roman now! Roman shoves Sami back, Sami dodges but almost runs into the ref! Roan runs in, but Sami sends the SPEAR into the ref!!! Roman is furious, but then he realizes this is an opening. But Sami is locked ‘n’ loaded! He mocks Roman, and SUPERMAN PUNCHES him!! Fans fire up as Sami gets Roman with his own move! Sami then goes to the corner and mocks the “OOAH~!”
Sami runs in, but into a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Roman brings that outta nowhere, and he says Sami can’t be him. But then Kevin SPEARS Roman!! Kevin rains down fists on Roman, he and Roman bail out, and Kevin SMACKS Roman off the desk! Again and again, dribbling him like a basketball! Then Kevin RAMS Roman into steel steps! Fans fire up as Kevin clears off the Arabian announce desk! And then he clears off the American desk, too! Kevin drags Roman up and over, puts him on the American desk, but the USOS are here!?! They attack Kevin! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK him down!
The Usos get Roman out of the way, they beat down Kevin and then tip the desk onto him! The Usos then aim at Sami, SUPERKICK from Jey! SUPERKICK from Jimmy! Solo stands, but Sami ducks, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS hit Solo!!! Roman sees that and is furious! The Usos realize they messed up hitting their own brother, but Roman misunderstands! Roman asks them what the hell they’re even doing here anyway! They were told to stay home! The Usos try to explain, but Roman pie faces Jimmy! Jey says they’re just trying to help! Roman says they’re not helping! They’re disobeying him! He pie faces Jey now!
Roman tells Jey there ain’t no more Day One, but then JIMMY SUPERKICKS ROMAN!!! Even JIMMY is in disbelief!! Jey asks what the heck, Jimmy?! This is ROMAN! Why’d he do that?! Fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” and then Jimmy tells Jey to listen for once! This is what they shoulda done years ago! SUPERKICK for Roman again!!! Jimmy is all fired up, Heyman is in disbelief! Jimmy says this is THEIR time now! Jimmy would never treat Jey like Roman’s treated them! They are BROTHERS! Jey goes to Roman’s side but Jimmy says no, the Usos are for the Usos, not for Roman!
The Usos leave, and fans fire up! Jey is still reluctant, but he still goes. Solo stands, he’s furious, but Kevin gives him a STUNNER!! Sami is back, he gives Solo a HELLUVA KICK!!!! Cover, but there’s no ref! Wait, a new one slides in! Cover, SAMI & KEVIN WINS!!
Winners: Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
Jey can’t believe what Jimmy’s done, but Jimmy says that’s what Roman gets! Roman himself is in disbelief over what just happened. Is this the last day The Bloodline is a faction? As for Kevin & Sami, could this be just the beginning of their own historic reign?
What an awesome Night of Champions! I can only nitpick using the phrasing of “triple main event” when, for one, only a match that closes the show is the main event. And even then, they didn’t have all three matches at the end to try and say they all closed the show. But WWE is gonna use phrasing however they want because they can. But given that, the World Heavyweight Championship opening was a surprise. I already said in the build to this that it was a given Rollins was going to win since it was Styles going against him and Styles is anchored to SmackDown with the OC. But I also said it was going to be an awesome match, which it was. Rollins has any number of possibilities for a first challenger, even with MITB coming and grabbing up a few people into the ladder match.
And great move to have Becky VS Trish follow, too, that was great stuff. Zoey Stark getting involved was a surprise I could not have called, but what a great spot for her to get in on. The feud with Candice LeRae and Nikki Cross just wasn’t working right, so Stark moving up into a big time story like this is great. I already sense a tag match of Trish & Zoey VS Becky and a returning Lita for an even bigger battle of generations. It also is a way to keep Becky out of the MITB picture, she’s above titles now.
And speaking of, great women’s title matches. I did not see either finish coming, and they were both rather creative. Rhea getting the jump on Natty thanks to Dom should’ve been a given, and Rhea beating Natty was itself a given, but I didn’t think it’d end up a squash. And then Bianca VS Asuka was great stuff, and it was also clear that the mist was gonna come into play. But great creativity for Asuka to miss with the spit attack to then go with mist soaked hands. Asuka winning was a surprise in itself, so this was a great way to do it that keeps Bianca strong and adds to Asuka’s Heel power. As I theorized on last night’s SmackDown, I’m thinking the Women’s MITB will factor into putting the right titles on the right shows, and I’d love for interactions between Rhea and this new sinister Asuka.
Gunther VS Ali was great stuff, and naturally the fans were on Ali’s side. But given the teasing of Riddle VS Gunther even with Ali being the winner of the battle royal, Ali was not going to get this title off Gunther. But it was a great match from Ali, so I hope this leads to something good for him, perhaps the MITB ladder match. Great stuff out of Cody VS Lesnar, and very clever that Cody would use his cast as a legal weapon in the match. But at the same time, Cody can’t be so overpowered, so passing out to the Kimura was the logical finish. Cody VS Lesnar Round 3 could easily be at MITB, but given Cody’s “broken” arm and Lesnar preferring the biggest paychecks possible, perhaps they save this for SummerSlam in Detroit, not MITB in London.
And of course, the one true main event was the tag title match because it also has the Bloodline story involved. I loved everything about that segment, but especially The Usos’ part to play. They took things into their own hands again even though Roman didn’t want them to, and then Jimmy finally snapped, Superkick’d Roman and we all cheered! Jimmy saying this is what they should’ve done all along was also a great detail, because it calls back to almost three years ago when Roman used Jimmy against Jey to make them both fall in line. This Bloodline Civil War stuff is going to be great, SmackDown next Friday is going to be huge.
My Score: 8.9/10
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