Hiroshi Tanahashi defends the stars ‘n’ stripes!
NJPW visits our nationals capital for a major clash over the IWGP United States Championship! Will the Ace trump THREE challengers at once?
- Dark Match: Kevin Knight VS Nick Comoroto; Comoroto wins.
- Ren Narita VS Karl Fredericks; Fredericks wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Tanga Loa, David Finlay, Fred Rosser, Yuya Uemura & The DKC VS Tom Lawlor, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, JR Kratos & Danny Limelight; Lawlor, Isaacs, Nelson, Kratos & Limelight win.
- Great-O-Khan VS Chase Owens; Chase wins.
- 8 Man Tag: The United Empire VS The Mighty Don’t Kneel & Bad Dude Tito; TMDK & Tito win.
- Brody King VS Minoru Suzuki; Brody wins.
- Eddie Kingston VS Tomohiro Ishii; Ishii wins.
- Jay White & Hikuleo VS Kazuchika Okada & Rocky Romero; White & Hikuleo win.
- IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4 Way: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Will Ospreay VS Jon Moxley VS Juice Robinson; Robinson wins and becomes the new IWGP US Heavyweight Champion.
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Brody King VS Minoru Suzuki!
The House of Black sends their behemoth to represent them and AEW, and to “welcome” the leader of Suzuki-Gun to DC! But can Brody King trump the King of Pancrase? Or will the House of Black learn just how ruthless the Meanest Man in the World can be?
The bell rings and the fans are fired up for Suzuki as he stares down Brody. Brody pushes Suzuki, so Suzuki CHOPS! Brody CHOPS, but Suzuki just shrugs it off. Suzuki CHOPS, Brody CHOPS, and we have a CHOP fight! Suzuki seems to love these. He eggs Brody on, then BOOTS him to get the arm and YANK it! And then Suzuki brings that arm to ropes for a HOTSHOT! Fans fire up and Suzuki baits Brody into a HANGING ARMBAR- Wait, Brody keeps his arm up and he CLUBS Suzuki down! Suzuki falls to the floor but Brody goes out to ROCK him with a forearm. Brody CHOPS Suzuki, and has him against railing to CLUB him!
The ring count starts but Brody CLUBS and CHOPS Suzuki more. Brody has Suzuki against the post, but Suzuki ducks and Brody’s hand SMACKS the steel! We’re at 10 of 20 but Suzuki brings Brody’s arm to railing! Suzuki BENDS the fingers, then drags Brody into the ring at 14. Fans rally as Suzuki tortures Brody’s arm! Brody endures, but Suzuki BENDS those fingers again! They end up on ropes, Brody throws body shots but Suzuki keeps bending fingers! The ref counts, Suzuki lets off at 4 to tell him to shut up. Suzuki then BOOTS Brody, snapmares and runs, to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!
Suzuki keeps on Brody’s arm and he bends it way back! Suzuki also bends the fingers again! Brody endures as Suzuki twists the elbow, wrist and shoulder for a double wristlock! Brody reaches out with the free arm for the ROPEBREAK! Suzuki lets off to argue with the ref, and then he goes back to Brody. Suzuki knees, Brody shoves and SPLASHES Suzuki in the corner! Brody runs corner to corner and CANNONBALLS! Brody then reels Suzuki in, but his bad hand holds back the bomb lift! Suzuki gets away and he’s grinning! Fans fire up as Suzuki eggs Brody on! Brody snarls and CHOPS, but that’s the bad hand!
Suzuki CHOPS Brody, but Brody CHOPS with the left hand. Suzuki CHOPS, Brody CHOPS but that’s the bad hand again! Suzuki CHOPS, Brody CHOPS, Suzuki laughs, and the CHOP fight continues! Suzuki eggs Brody on so Brody CHOPS with the bad hand! He still hasn’t learned! Suzuki WRENCHES the arm, fans rally up behind him, but Brody throws a forearm! That doesn’t hurt as much, and Suzuki just smiles. Suzuki brings Brody in to throw a heavy forearm. Brody forearms back! Brody eggs Suzuki on so the forearms start flying faster and faster! Brody gets the edge but Suzuki dares him to keep hitting!
Brody wants Suzuki to do something, so Suzuki ROCKS him with an elbow! And another! Brody wobbles but leans on ropes, and fans fire up! Suzuki runs, but Brody dodges the boot to GERMAN SUPLEX! Brody shakes the bad arm, gets Suzuki up and reels him in, Canadian Rack! But Suzuki slips off to a SLEEPER! Brody elbows free, runs, but Suzuki follows, gets around, and kicks out a leg for the SLEEPER! Fans rally as Brody endures and starts to turn red! Suzuki spins Brody around, reels him in, and fans fire up more as Suzuki gets the Gotch lift! But Brody is too big, he back drops free! Fans fire up and Brody shakes the bad arm.
Suzuki gets up, he clamps onto Brody, SLEEPER! Brody endures again, fights up, but Suzuki becomes a backpack. Brody THROWS Suzuki off! Brody then gets Suzuki up, reels him in, but Suzuki is after the bad hand! Suzuki laughs as he bends the fingers! Brody breaks free, Suzuki ducks one lariat but not the LEFT! Cover, TWO! Brody snarls and fans rally up as Suzuki gets back up. Brody brings Suzuki up but Suzuki throws body shots. Brody hits back, Suzuki still throws hands, but Brody CLOBBERS Suzuki! Fans rally and duel, Brody brings Suzuki up for another LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Brody drags Suzuki right back up, reels him in, and gets him up! GONZO PILEDRIVER!! Cover, BRODY WINS!!
Winner: Brody King, by pinfall
The House of Black’s heavy powered through and he vanquished Suzuki! Is Brody King the new Meanest Man in the World now?
Eddie Kingston VS Tomohiro Ishii!
The Mad King of AEW and the Stone Pitbull of NJPW meet in another appetizer for the Forbidden Door PPV in June! Will Eddie be able to chip away at the sturdy Ishii? Or will he crumble running into that wall?
The bell rings and these two RAM shoulders! And again! And again! Fans fire up, and Eddie CHOPS! Ishii CHOPS, so Eddie CHOPS again. Ishii CHOPS, Eddie CHOPS, repeat! It’s a CHOP fight! Eddie snarls, fires up and CHOPS again! Ishii CHOPS back, but Eddie CHOPS again! Ishii wobbles and fans fire up, and Eddie runs to RAM Ishii! Ishii stays up, throws a forearm and runs to RAM Eddie! Eddie stays up and he CHOPS again! Eddie runs, RAMS Ishii, but Ishii rebounds to run Eddie over! Fans fire up while Ishii finally feels that stinging in his chest. Ishii goes after Eddie, Eddie throws body shots but Ishii CLUBS him!
Ishii stands Eddie up to CHOP! Fans rally and duel, “Let’s Go, Eddie!” “I-SHI-I!” Ishii DECKS Eddie with a forearm, then looms over him. Eddie pushes Ishii away, gets up slowly, but Ishii is after him again. Ishii eggs Eddie on and fans rally as the two circle. Ishii kicks low, ROCKS Eddie, and Eddie flounders to a corner. Ishii kicks at Eddie, but Eddie gets up in a huff. Eddie throws off the bandage on his face to CHOP Ishii! And CHOP! Ishii shakes his head so Eddie puts some stank on the CHOP! Ishii ROCKS Eddie with a right, then another! Eddie wobbles, but catches Ishii for a COMPLETE SHOT!
Fans rally up as Eddie gets to his feet. Eddie steadies himself and shakes out his head. Eddie clamps onto Ishii’s arm for a shoulder lock but Ishii endures. Fans rally, Ishii fights up but Eddie keeps him down on the mat. Ishii talks trash so Eddie SLAPS him! Eddie eggs Ishii on as fans rally more. Eddie gets the arms for a motorcycle stretch but still Ishii endures. They stand, Ishii fights to turn things around, and fans fire up! Ishii has the motorcycle stretch on Eddie! Eddie endures now, fights to turn things back around, but Ishii keeps the hold on him. Eddie gets the ropebreak and the ref counts.
Ishii lets off, and ducks the chop! Eddie catches the lariat for a takedown! Eddie wants the Fujiwara Armbar but Ishii resists. Ishii rolls but Eddie shifts to get a double wristlock. Ishii clasps hands to resist, then he reaches out for the ropebreak. Eddie lets off and fans rally up. Eddie has Ishii in a corner, wraps an arm around ropes and pulls, then lets off as the ref counts. Eddie CHOPS, CHOPS and MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Ishii just scowls. Ishii puts Eddie in for CHOP after CHOP after CHOP! Eddie turns it back around for more MACHINE GUN CHOPS! And then a BACK HAND! Fans fire up while Eddie rests on ropes.
Eddie catches his breath, gets to his feet and fans rally up again. Eddie brings Ishii up to JAB, CHOP, and whip corner to corner. Ishii rebounds into a back elbow, but ducks the lariat to hit a BIG back suplex! Eddie is dazed but fans rally up again. Ishii brings Eddie up in the corner, whips him corner to corner and clotheslines! Then Ishii suplexes high and hard! Cover, ONE!! Ishii is surprised but he pushes Eddie’s hands away. Ishii kicks at Eddie then eggs him on. Eddie rises slowly, Ishii runs, but Eddie hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Fans rally and duel again, “Let’s Go, Eddie!” “I-SHI-I!” as Eddie gets himself back up.
Eddie shakes out his arms, wraps Ishii up in a Misawa style chinlock, trapping one arm. Fans rally, Ishii endures and kicks forward, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally, the ref counts, but Eddie lets go at 4. Eddie shakes out his arms, CLUBS Ishii and turns him, but Ishii fights out of the neckbreaker. Eddie SLAPS him! Ishii just glares! Fans chant, “You F’d Up! You F’d Up!” Ishii SLAPS back, Eddie laughs and SLAPS again. They go SLAP for SLAP, it’s a SLAP fight! The fans fire up as the shots come in faster and faster, high, low and from all sides! They slow down, but then speed up again! They both stagger, fans are thunderous and hope they “FIGHT FOREVER!”
Ishii ducks, both men SLAP! Eddie ducks, both men SLAP! They both roar and they both SLAP! Eddie gets Ishii in the SAIDO! Ishii springs up to GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as both men stagger about then flop over!! DC is thunderous again with both men down on the mat! “This is Awesome!” and it’s only been ten minutes?! Ishii and Eddie slowly rise, and Ishii eggs Eddie on. Eddie gets up but Ishii CHOPS him! And CHOPS! Eddie eggs Ishii on, Ishii CHOPS, but Eddie brings down the straps! Eddie CHOPS, and CHOPS, and then clinches. Ishii fights the scoop, Eddie and Ishii block shots, Eddie hits the URENAGE! Cover, TWO!
The dueling continues as Eddie gets back up. Eddie drags Ishii up, half nelsons, for a HALF NELSON SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and no one can believe it! Fans rally up again, hard as ever, and Eddie rises. Eddie powers up his right hand and fans fire up again. Eddie brings Ishii up, spins, but Ishii ducks to ENZIGURI! Eddie stays up to run and LARIAT! Ishii stays up with rage alone! Eddie runs, but Ishii CLUBS the lariat, to GAMANGIRI! Eddie flops down and fans fire up again. Ishii roars as he gets up, fans duel again, and Ishii waits on Eddie. Eddie slowly rises, Ishii runs, but Eddie ducks to run, only for Ishii to LARIAT!
Ishii drags Eddie up, reels him in, but Eddie wrenches out to CHOP! Both men stagger, Eddie reels Ishii in, DDT! But Ishii’s right up!? SLIDING LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! Ishii fires up and fans are thunderous again as Ishii drags Eddie by the arms. Ishii gets Eddie up, suplexes, but Eddie blocks! Ishii keeps trying, but Eddie slips out to CHOP! Ishii forearms again and again and again, but Eddie URAKENS! Ishii HEADBUTTS! URAKEN AGAIN!! Fans still hope these two “FIGHT FOREVER!” as it’s only been 15 minutes! Eddie manages to get up and he goes to Ishii. Eddie brings Ishii up, scoops, but Ishii knees free!
Ishii HEADBUTTS, Eddie ENZIGURIS! Ishii rebounds to LARIAT!! Ishii fires up, the fans are electric, and Ishii suplexes for the BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, Ishii wins!!
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii, by pinfall
Fans give this a standing ovation, because this was a FIGHT! The Stone Pitbull stands tall, as the saying goes, but does need a minute to get to his feet. The Mad King may have lost, but it seems he did win Ishii’s respect. Will these two look to go another round with the Forbidden Door on the horizon?
Lio Rush is here!
The Man of the Hour and DC’s own heads to the ring! Fans cheer as Lio gets the mic, and he says, “Man, does it feel good to be home.” Fans cheer that! Lio says that unfortunately, he is still not cleared to compete. Yet. Lio came here tonight to Washington, D.C. for a reason! That reason is to send a message to a few people in the back, and a lot of people watching at home. That message is, “When I am cleared, the entire landscape of the Junior Heavyweight Division will drastically change at the hands of the one Lio Rush.”
And just to name a few, Lio calls out Robbie Eagles, Taiji Ishimori, Hiromu Takahashi, “You guys are all done. Because your time is dwindling. And my time is slowly approaching.” Mic drop from the Man of the Hour, when and where will we see him take on the Best of the Super Juniors?
Jay White & Hikuleo VS Kazuchika Okada & Rocky Romero!
Bullet Club has started a resurgence, and looks to take over NJPW, AEW and beyond! Will King Switch and the Young Gun shoot down the Rainmaker and Azucar? Or will THE IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and Mr. Forever prove this is NOT Jay White’s era?
Fans are already losing their minds just getting to see the Rainmaker, and the teams sort out. White says HE built all this and fans boo, but the Bullet Club section chants, “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” White and Okada start and fans are thunderous with the bell! White says this is because of him, but then fans chant, “O-KA-DA!” White says it doesn’t matter, this is his ring, and that world title will be his belt! But Okada starts throwing forearms! The ref counts as Okada has White in the corner, and Okada pushes the ref aside. White kicks low to bump him off buckles and stomp away! Now White argues with the ref, but Okada ROCKS White!
Okada throws more forearms, whips, and BOOTS White down! Fans fire up, Okada snapmares and runs to dropkick White down! Okada then brings White up, gut wrenches, but White scrambles to get free! Tag to Hikuleo! Okada watches as the towering Leo stares him down. Fans want to see Rocky get in, but Okada points out the height difference between him and Leo. Rocky says he doesn’t care, he wants in! Fans rally for Rocky so Okada tags him in! Rocky steps to Leo and gets face to chest! But Rocky shoves Leo, and again. Leo eggs Rocky on, Rocky keeps shoving, but Leo shoves Rocky down!
Fans chant, “F him up, Rocky, F him up!” Rocky gets up, fans rally, and Rocky throws a forearm! Leo says not good enough, so Rocky throws another. Leo smooths his hair back so Rocky can get a clean hit. Rocky winds up, to poke Leo in the eye! The ref reprimands and White is furious, but Rocky whips. Leo blocks, whips Rocky, but Rocky ducks and dodges to jump up and RANA Leo to a corner! Rocky CHOPS and Leo felt that! Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Leo eggs him on. Leo then blocks the chop to spin Rocky and CHOP him off his feet! Leo then drags Rocky up to bump off buckles and he tags in White.
White stands Rocky up and throws up the Too Sweet before the CHOP! White stands Rocky back up to Too Sweet CHOP again! Then White talks trash to Okada and distracts the ref, so that Leo can CHOKE Rocky on ropes! Leo DECKS Rocky, the ref has Okada stand down, and White waits on Rocky to get up. White Too Sweet CHOPS Rocky off his feet. Tag to Leo and Leo stomps Rocky around. Leo whips Rocky hard into the corner! Tag to White and he drags Rocky to a cover, TWO! White stays between Rocky and Okada as he clamps on a chinlock. Rocky endures, White bops him in the head with a Too Sweet.
Rocky reaches back, powers up, and he throws body shots. White CLUBS Rocky down, drags him back up, but Rocky wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER! Fans fire up but White keeps Rocky from Okada. Rocky ROUNDHOUSES, but White DECKS Okada! Fans boo but White grins. Rocky kicks but White blocks to CLUB the knee and CHOP again! Tag to Leo and he stands on Rocky on the apron. The ref reprimands and counts, Leo stops at 4. White taunts Rocky, “This is your big moment!” Then White CHOKES Rocky with the camera cable! White lets go before the ref sees and Rocky flops to the floor.
White claims he got tangled up in the cord. Fans rally for Rocky as White puts him in for Leo, and Leo covers, TWO! Leo drags Rocky up, fireman’s carries, but Rocky fights free! Rocky KICKS a leg, then KICKS it again. Leo shoves, scoops Rocky and SLAMS him! Leo runs but Rocky avoids the splash! Fans fire up while both men are down, and they crawl for their corners. White just gets in to go after Okada but Okada DECKS White first! Rocky crawls, reaches out, but Leo drags Rocky away! Rocky ENZIGURIS Leo! Fans are fired up again but Leo stomps Rocky down. Leo drags Rocky up, scoops him, but Rocky spins around to DDT Leo down!
Fans fire up again and Rocky crawls for his corner! Hot tag to Okada! The Rainmaker rallies on Leo, whips, but Leo reverses. Okada CLOBBERS Leo with a back elbow! Fans fire up with Okada and he gets Leo with a scoop. Leo fights, CLUBS Okada and whips him to a corner. Leo runs in, Okada dodges the splash, then scoop SLAMS Leo down! Fans fire up again and Okada waits on Leo. Leo stands, Okada tries the Alabama lift but Leo CLUBS him down. Leo short arm but Okada ducks to uppercut! Okada ducks and dodges but Leo BOOTS him! White tags in and paces around. He soaks up cheers and jeers before the Too Sweet CHOP!
White CHOPS again, and again, and Okada drops to his knees. White brings Okada up but Okada throws forearms! Okada uppercuts, White CHOPS back! White runs in to uppercut at the corner, then BLADE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! White is furious, that was barely a kickout! The ref says it was fair, so White wraps on a sleeper! Okada fights the suplex with elbows, but White swings. Okada ducks the chop, gets the arm, MONEY CLIP! White RAM SOkada into a corner, runs back in but Okada pops him up to the Alabama! REVERSE NECKBREAKER! Rocky grabs Leo’s leg but Leo kick shim away. Leo rushes in but is sent into railing!
Okada scoop SLAMS White then goes to the corner. Fans fire up as Okada climbs, and hits the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, fans are thunderous for the Rainmaker Pose! Okada gets White up, ripcords, but White ducks to clinch! BLADE- No! Okada slips free but White CHOPS! White whips, Okada reverses and Okada DROPKICKS White down! Fans fire up with both men down! Okada clutches his ankle but he and White get up. Tag to Rocky, and Rocky ducks White to dropkick Leo down! Rocky returns to clothesline White! Then he DIVES to take out Leo! Rocky then gets back in, dodges White and clotheslines again!
Rocky keeps going, the FOREVER CLOTHESLINES start up, but are interrupted as White rushes out! Rocky dodges to go up the corner and leaps, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Rocky gets up, goes to a corner and Okada gets in. They aim at White, BOOT and SOBAT, then Okada hangs White out to dry! Rocky climbs the corner, leaps in, MISSILE DROPKICK! Okada SENTONS, Rocky PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Rocky gets an ARMBAR!! But Leo stomps it apart! Okada fires off on Leo but Leo choke grips! Leo choke grips Rocky, too! Okada and Rocky CLUB the arms, but only Okada gets free!
Rocky calls for Okada and Okada BOOTS Leo’s arm! Rocky SLAPS Leo, Okada clotheslines Leo out of the ring! Fans fire up as Okada gives it to Rocky to finish! But Rocky turns around into the clinch! BLADE- NO, Rocky slips out to roll White up! TWO!! White escapes, but Rocky ROCKS him with a right! Cravat, SLICED- NO! White turns that into the clinch! But Rocky turns that into a backslide, TWO!! White escapes again, swings but misses! JUMP KNEE! White wobbles but he blocks Rocky’s kick. White ducks the enziguri but not the HEEL KICK! Rocky ROCKS White again, cravats, SLICED ROCK- NO! White powers out to BLADERUNNER!! Cover, Bullet Club wins!!
Winner: Jay White & Hikuleo, by pinfall
The Switchblade cuts down Rocky, but Okada gets in his face. White says he’ll be the new champ, but Okada says no. But then Leo CLOBBERS Okada! Bullet Club stomps away on Okada and there’s no back-up for the Rainmaker! White rains down fists, and chokes Okada with his wrist tape! White throws off the tape, then throws up a Too Sweet before he gives Okada BLADERUNNER! White snatches the world title and holds it up over Okada. Will this be the future of NJPW soon enough?
White says Leo gets to add on? This is White’s gift to the Young Gun. But wait, Tanga Loa runs in! Leo’s own brother is here to tell him not to do that. Leo throws up the Too Sweet? Loa says no, not after what Bullet Club did to Guerrillas of Destiny. Blood over Bullet Club! But Leo still leaves with White. Will Leo go against the family? Or will Loa get through to his brother?
IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4 Way: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Will Ospreay VS Jon Moxley VS Juice Robinson!
The Cold Skull had to give up this title because of injury, and it was supposed to be The Ace VS The Commonwealth Kingpin at Wrestling Dontaku. But COVID interfered, and Tanahashi defeated Tomohiro Ishii in a brutal battle. Ospreay is back for what he feels is rightfully his, but the Maniac and the Bullet Club’s newest fixer are a bit of a wrench in those plans. Will the United Empire finally have something to celebrate tonight? Or will the Once in a Century Talent defeat three top talents all at once?
The introductions are made, and there is a special guest: Tiger Hattori! Fans cheer for the now retired but still iconic referee of NJPW as he enters the ring. Tanahashi shows off the muscles, then hands the belt to Hattori-san. Hattori presents the belt to each challenger and then raises it high. Fans are already fired up for this star-studded showdown!
Ospreay CLOBBERS Mox at the bell, they spill outside, and that leaves Tanahashi and Juice in the ring. Juice rushes in but Tanahashi dodges, dodges, and then fires back. Tanahashi whips, Juice reverses and DECKS Tanahashi! Moxley RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Ospreay into railing! Tanahashi gets up, sends Juice out of the ring and PLANCHAS! Direct hit and down goes Juice! Moxley ROCKS Ospreay, follows him to the ramp, and fans fire up with Tanahashi. Moxley CHOPS Ospreay up to the stage! Juice whips Tanahashi into railing! Moxley CHOPS, Ospreay kicks low and reels Moxley in, only for Moxley to back drop him onto the stage!
Juice runs to CANNONBALL, into railing as Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi hurries back into the ring and fans rally up for him and Moxley. Moxley sees Tanahashi in the ring egging him on, and fans fire up as Moxley gets back in. They go forehead to forehead then start throwing forearms! They go back and forth, fans fire up, and Tanahashi fires up! Moxley and Tanahashi keep trading shots, and Tanahashi wobbles! Moxley CLUBS Tanahashi, brings him up, but Tanahashi JAWBREAKERS! Tanahashi fires off fast hands and fans fire up again. Tanahashi scoops to SLAM Moxley, then he goes to the corner! But Juice pulls hair to drag Tanahashi down!
Fans boo but Tanahashi DECKS Juice! And then Ospreay FLIES in to wipe Juice out! Fans fire up but then Moxley clotheslines Tanahashi in the corner. Moxley rains down fists, stopping at 9 to BITE Tanahashi! Moxley runs but Ospreay springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Then Ospreay gets Tanahashi up to throw him out, he covers Moxley, TWO! Ospreay keeps on Mox with a CHOP! And another CHOP! Ospreay whips, scoops, and SPINS for the BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Moxley gets up but Ospreay throws forearms. Moxley shoots in to HALF NELSON SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Moxley hits another HALF NELSON SUPLEX!
Moxley gets Ospreay up again, GERMAN- Ospreay lands on his feet! Ospreay CHOPS but Moxley reels him in for an X-PLEX! Fans fire up again as Moxley covers, TWO! Moxley sits Ospreay up but Ospreay claws eyes! The ref reprimands but can’t do much more. Ospreay whips, Moxley reverses, but Ospreay handsprings into a chair shot from Juice! Juice then brings that chair into the ring to JAM Tanahashi! Moxley clotheslines Juice out of the ring, then runs to DIVE! Direct hit and Juice hits railing! Fans fire up as Moxley drags Juice up and into the ring. Moxley gets the chair and sits it up.
Moxley brings Juice up, brings him in, but Juice blocks the suplex! Moxley throws body shots but Juice still blocks. Juice throws body shots, turns things around, and snap suplexes Moxley onto the chair! Juice gets the chair, staggers to a corner, and he undoes a buckle pad so he can wedge the chair in. Juice goes back for Mox but Moxley CHOPS him! And CHOPS, and ROCKS and CHOPS again! Moxley goes on repeat, but Juice whips him into the chair! Moxley flounders but Juice BITES Moxley! The ref can only reprimand but Juice wants blood! Juice lets off and insults fans, to then run and CANNONBALL Moxley!
Juice doesn’t cover, he gets his chair back. Moxley is bleeding, just like Juice wanted. But Tanahashi gets in to kick Juice! Tanahashi fires off forearms then whips corner to corner. Juice reverses, runs in but into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up as the Ace air guitars, but Ospreay pulls hair! Tanahashi blocks the kick and sends it into Juice! Tanahashi DRAGON SCREW CHAINS them both! Fans fire up, but then Moxley CUTTERS Tanahashi outta nowhere! But Ospreay ROUNDHOUSES Mox! Springboard, OS- NO! No cutter! Moxley kicks low, underhooks, but Juice runs in! Moxley kicks Juice first, DOUBLE DDT!
Moxley builds speed but Tanahashi gets in to SLINGBLADE! All four men are down and fans fire up again! Ospreay bails out and gets help from the United Empire. Fans declare, “This is Awesome!” as Ospreay starts looking under the ring. He brings out a TABLE! Fans love that, but Juice POUNCES Ospreay into railing! Juice gets Ospreay up and whips, but Ospreay reverses and Juice hits railing hard! Tanahashi blocks Moxley’s kick to DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi gets Moxley’s leg for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Moxley writhes but Tanahashi gets both legs tied up! TEXAS CLOVERLEAF here in DC!
Fans rally as Moxley endures! Tanahashi sits deep on the hold, but Ospreay sets up in a corner! Off comes the armband, but Juice trips Ospreay and throws him out over railing! Ospreay falls onto the timekeeper’s table, and Juice gets the title belt! BELT SHOT to Tanahashi!! Fans boo but Juice soaks it all in. Juice has the belt again, another BELT SHOT to Tanahashi! Cover, Moxley breaks it and throws Juice out! Ospreay 450 SPLASHES onto Tanahashi! But Moxley throws him out! Moxley covers, Juice throws him out! Cover on Tanahashi, TWO!! Fans are loving this but Juice is shocked!
Juice pounds the mat but fans rally for Tanahashi. Juice wags his finger and says it’s done. He’s gonna break Tanahashi! Juice drags Tanahashi up, reels him into a torture rack, but Ospreay SUPERKICKS! And HOOK KICKS! Moxley run sin, Ospreay slips around hi,, but Moxley slips out of the lift to PILEDRIVER!! Then he gets Tanahashi, PARA_ NO! Tanahsahi slips out to SLINGBLADE Moxley down! Tanahsahi roars, fans are thunderous, and Tanahashi goes up top! HIGH FLY ATTACK! But Juice gets the arms! PULP FRICTION!! But Ospreay springboards, OSCUTTER for Juice! PARADIGM SHIFT for Ospreay!
But Ospreay stays up!?! But Moxley ducks Hidden Blade to KING KONG LARIAT!! And then DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO!?!? But into the BULLY CHOKE!!! Ospreay is caught, he’s turning purple, Moxley squeezes as tight as he can! Ospreay fights up, but he fades! The ref checks, Tanahashi hurries up top! Ospreay gets a second wind, but Tanahashi hits HIGH FLY FLOW on them both!! Tanahashi hurries right back up, but Juice anchors a foot! Juice grabs at Tanahashi’s head, rakes the eyes, then LEFT HAND OF GOD!! Juice then fireman’s carries, but Tanahashi fights free! SHOTEI! SHOTEI! LEFT HAND OF GOD!
Moxley runs to SHOTGUN Juice off the apron! Missed the table but that’s okay, Moxley is going after Tanahashi now! Fans are thunderous again, but Tanahashi fights the underhooks! Tanahashi throws body shots, then APRON SLINGBLADES!! Tanahashi gets the table in position, he throws forearms to put Moxley on it, then he hurries back to the corner! Fans are already going nuts as Tanahashi climbs! HIGH FLY FLOW through the table!!! Fans lose their minds, but Juice rolls Ospreay up! TWO!! Juice is pissed, but he runs into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay powers up his arm as he aims from the corner!
Juice gets up, HIDDEN- NO! Juice uses the ref as a shield! Then he LOW BLOWS Ospreay! Torture rack, SPINNING BURNING HAMMER! Cover, Juice wins!!
Winner: Juice Robinson, by pinfall (NEW IWGP US Heavyweight Champion)
The United Empire tries to point out Ospreay had a ropebreak but the ref missed it. But either way, Bullet Club adds more gold to their collection! And speaking of, Jay White, Hikuleo & Chase Owens come out to celebrate with him. And per NJPW tradition, the winner gets the mic to talk! “You guys love Jon Moxley. PBBBBT! The Ace of the Universe, my ass! All you piss ant marks act like the whole world shines outta Will Ospreay’s ass! You say he’s the best in the world? Well he can’t beat me! Not only did I beat Moxley, not only did I beat Tanahashi, not only did I beat Ospreay, I beat them all at the same time!”
Juice says no more “flamboyant bullsh*t,” he’s ROCK HARD! Call him the Booster, because he’s the boost that Bullet Club needed. You thought it was call in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020? Well, you idiots haven’t seen anything yet! Because Juice is a THREE-TIME IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion! He’s Juice Robinson, dammit! And he’s Bullet Club. It had to change, and it won’t ever, because Bullet Club is oh so so so TOO SWEET~! Will Bullet Club make sure all of pro-wrestling enters their era?
This was a great event for NJPW, especially given it was a major return to the States for the “main roster,” if you will. I did skip the first half in terms of coverage, it was mostly stuff based on NJPW Strong, which I haven’t had the time to keep up with. But I did like that we saw a bit of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team story going, where Chase took on Khan 1v1. Seems it is finally Chase’s time to be a big shot, much like how Yoshi-Hashi finally got his dues last year. I also like that we got to see the United Empire have its NJPW Strong members join Cobb & Henare against the reunited TMDK (Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Johan Rock) and now honorary member, Bad Dude Tito. I really hope we get Cobb VS Jonah 1v1, that would be awesome to see.
I’m glad I kept the other matches in the second half, because Brody VS Suzuki was great stuff, and Eddie VS Ishii was probably match of the night given the fans’ energy. Brody winning was a surprise, but I suppose it was evened out by Ishii beating Eddie so that NJPW and AEW are even in these showdowns (not including the dark match with Comoroto). These could feed into the Forbidden Door in a really fun way. I would love if the House of Black took on Suzuki-Gun or LIJ in a Six Man Tag. We also got great stuff out of the tag match, but I figured Rocky would take that loss as White is going to have momentum going into the world title match with Okada. Loa coming out to confront Leo is a great follow-up on the GoD VS Bullet Club story, I would love if Leo turns to join his brothers.
That Fatal 4 Way was pretty wild stuff, to where there just weren’t enough cameras to catch it all. But I had a feeling the Fatal 4 Way aspect was so Tanahashi could lose without taking the pin. I did like that Ospreay has another complaint against NJPW officiating with the apparent ropebreak not being seen. There may be no disqualifications from violating ropebreaks, but ropebreaks are still to negate pinfalls and tapouts from counting, so it’s fair. And Juice getting the win here, we’ll certainly see a rematch of some sort for Dominion.
My Score: 9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Road Results & Report! (7/4/22)
We’re in the homestretch!
NJPW is turning the corner towards the finish line!
While America celebrates its independence, NJPW has fireworks of their own! Will two Aces trump Bullet Club’s Bone Soldier Reborn & Fang Revived?
- Minoru Suzuki VS Kosei Fujita; Suzuki wins.
- TAKA Michinoku VS Satoshi Kojima; Kojima wins.
- Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe VS Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Ryohei Oiwa; Honma & Makabe win.
- Six Man Tag: Yuji Nagata, Clark Connors & The DKC VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
- KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA; Taiji & Kenta win.
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10 Man Tag: Alex Zayne, Master Wato, Ryusuke Taguchi, Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada VS Los Ingobernables de Japon!
The Sauce was part of yesterday’s winning combination in the main event, and now the table is set for a bigger meal! Will he, Six or Nine, the Stone Pitbull and the Rainmaker have their fill? Or will Bushi, Sanada, Hiromu, Takagi y Naito be the ones having a fiesta before the G1?
LIJ first bumps and the teams sort out, we have Sanada and Ishii to start. Fans rally at the bell, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up, Sanada wrenches to a wristlock but Ishii throws a body shot. Ishii wrenches to a hammerlock but Sanada switches it onto Ishii. Ishii switches it back, but Sanada switches again to then get a headlock. Ishii powers up and out, then avoids the boot. Sanada avoids the lariat but Ishii avoids another boot. Sanada gets around to waistlock and shove Ishii to a corner, then runs in. Ishii dodges but then Sanada dodges, and Sanada kicks. Ishii blocks that, spins Sanada to a waistlock, but Sanada throws elbows.
Ishii ducks the elbow but Sanada ducks a forearm to waistlock Ishii. Ishii swings elbows but Sanada ducks then trips Ishii. Sanada wants Paradise but Ishii kicks Sanada away. Sanada gets up but Ishii trips him! Ishii tries to steal Paradise but Sanada kicks him away! Fans applaud the exchange as the two stare down. Fans rally again, “SA-NA-DA!” “I-SHI-I!” They tie up again, Sanada waistlocks and shoves but Ishii holds ropes. Ishii runs in but into another waistlock. Ishii switches and shoves Sanada but Sanada holds ropes. Sanada runs in but Ishii avoids the basement dropkick. Sanada avoids the Penalty Kick and dropkicks!
Ishii stays up but runs into a forearm! Sanada runs, but Ishii runs him over! Fans fire up and the Stone Pitbull drags up Cold Skull. Ishii bumps Sanada off buckles and tags in Okada. Okada CLUBS Sanada, scoops him and SLAMS him, then goes to the apron. Slingshot senton! Fans applaud and Okada drags Sanada up. Okada CLUBS Sanada again, and again, then whips him to ropes. Sanada reverses and Bushi hits Okada at the ropes! Okada’s team protests but Sanada dropkicks Okada’s leg out! Fans rally up while both men are down. Sanada tags Naito and he kicks and CLUBS away on Okada.
Naito whips Okada corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep and swinging dropkick! Combinacion Cabron! Naito strikes his pose and fans applaud. Naito drags Okada up, turns him around, but Okada fights off the neckbreaker. Okada kicks low to DDT! Fans rally up again as Okada drags Naito up. Tag to Taguchi and Wato comes in to knock down Hiromu. Taguchi CLUBS Naito, drags him up and gives him a point blank hip attack. Six or Nine double whip Naito to double drop toehold! And roll to double basement dropkick! Taguchi sees Bushi coming, Six or Nine double back elbow, double uppercut and DOUBLE SOBAT!
The ref reprimands but Six or Nine go back after Naito. They double whip him corner to corner, Taguchi CORNER HIPS! Taguchi then sets up for WATO IN MOTION! Wato sets up for HIP IN- NO, Naito dodges and Taguchi hits buckles! Hiromu uses Wato as a step, TIMEBOMB IN MOTION! Naito then kicks Wato and throws him out while Hiromu keeps after Taguchi. Hiromu and Naito double whip Taguchi but he ducks the clothesline. Taguchi jumps, but into a DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! Naito then gets a boost from Hiromu to TORNADO DDT! Hiromu takes out Zayne and Ishii while fans fire up.
LIJ goes after Okada and the rest while Naito SPANKS Taguchi! And again! And again! Naito drags Taguchi up and tags in Takagi. LIJ mugs Taguchi with a DOUBLE SPANK! And a DOUBLE SPANK again! Takagi then reels Taguchi in for a BIG atomic drop! Taguchi staggers about, but Takagi throws knees against the ropes. The ref reprimands and Takagi lets off. Fans rally up for “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-GU-CHI!” while Taguchi flops over. Takagi brings Taguchi up and whips him to ropes, to KNEE him hard against them! Takagi reels Taguchi in to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Taguchi is still in this and fans rally as Takagi drags him up.
Takagi YANKS and wrenches an arm, then tags in Bushi. LIJ go after Taguchi’s ass again with more spanks! Taguchi writhes but Bushi keeps him from his team. Bushi bumps Taguchi off buckles, stomps and CHOPS him, then brings him around to kick. Bushi goes up and missile dropkicks! BUSHIROONI! Fans rally up and Bushi stands on Taguchi’s face. Taguchi flails and Bushi covers, ROPEBREAK! Naito swats the foot away, Bushi covers again, TWO! Bushi CLUBS Taguchi down before he can get to his corner, and he stomps Taguchi’s ass! Bushi FISHERMAN- NO, Taguchi slips out! But Bushi kicks low!
Bushi runs, Taguchi jumps, but into another atomic drop! Bushi SPANKS Taguchi again! Bushi whips but Taguchi reverses to HIP ATTACK! Fans fire up while both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Zayne and Hiromu! The Sauce rallies on LIJ, fires off elbows on Hiromu, then SOBATS! Zayne runs for the SOMERSAULT AX KICK! Direct hit and Hiromu flounders to a corner! Fans fire up and Zayne runs in corner to corner to back elbow! Zayne puts Hiromu up top but Naito runs in! Zayne sends Naito into Hiromu! Zayne then uses Naito as a boost to DRAGON RANA Hiromu off the top!
Fans fire up more and Zayne rolls Naito up to EDDY GORDO KICK! Fans rally and Zayne sees Hiromu regrouping with Sanada and Bushi. The ref is reprimanding those three and Zayne wants the ref to move. The ref doesn’t hear him so Zayne shrugs and builds speed! Zayne FLIES over the ref to wipe out LIJ! Fans are fired up and Zayne fetches Hiromu. Zayne puts Hiromu in, stalks him, then brings him up. Zayne wrenches and scoops, BAJA BLAST! Cover, TWO! Okada DECKS Takagi and has Zayne carry on. Fans rally up, “HI-RO-MU!” “AL-EX ZAYNE!” Zayne drags Hiromu up, wraps him up, but Hiromu fights the straitjacket.
Hiromu swings but into a spin. Hiromu catches Zayne’s clothesline and spins, then jumps up, but Zayne blocks the rana takedown! Zayne throws Hiromu away, but Hiromu wheelbarrows to COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up while both men are down! Hiromu and Zayne stir, crawl for their corners, and Zayne hot tags Wato! The Way of the Grandmaster fires up as he brings Hiromu up. Hiromu fights the waistlock and elbows free. Hiromu blocks the kick, and the punch, but not the ELBOW! Wato runs, but into an elbow! Hiromu runs, into a dropkick! Wato fires up and fans fire up with him! Wato BUZZS- NO, Hiromu blocks the kick to a DRAGON SCREW!
Fans rally and Hiromu crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Takagi, and the Dragon says here it comes! Takagi runs in at Wato, blocks the boot and clotheslines! Takagi suplexes, Wato fights it, but Takagi turns it into a swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Okada breaks it! Okada coaches Wato and fans rally up. Takagi brings Wato up to throw elbows! Takagi then runs to SLID- NO, Wato dodges to BOOT and whip! Takagi reverses, but Wato RANAS! Taguchi knocks Naito and Bushi down, then Zayne and Wato double whip Takagi. Wato runs in but is put on the apron. Takagi does the same to Zayne, but Taguchi HIP ATTACKS!
Taguchi, Zayne and Wato coordinate, HIP AND DOUBLE KICK COMBO! Taguchi stands Takagi up for Wato’s FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, Hiromu breaks it! Taguchi throws Hiromu out and fans rally up. Wato goes back to a corner while Takagi snarls. Wato goes after Takagi, but he can’t scoop Takagi! But Takagi can scoop Wato! Wato fights free, CLUBS Takagi, but Takagi just shrugs. Wato runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up and Takagi brings Wato up, to SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wato survives but Takagi points to the camera. There’s still more! “OI! OI! OI!”
Fans rally up and Takagi brings Wato up again. Pump handle but then Okada gets in. Takagi BOOTS Okada, JABS, but Okada FLAPJACKS Takagi! Naito runs in but into an uppercut. Okada whips but Naito avoids the dropkick to basement dropkick! Ishii runs in to run Naito over! Sanada fireman’s carries Ishii, to throw him into the dragon sleeper! Ishii slips out to suplex but Sanada slips out to ROCK Ishii! Sanada spins but into Ishii’s SUPLEX! Takagi PUMPING BOMBERS Ishii! Wato dodges to SCREW HIGH KICK! Wato waistlocks and HIGH ANGLE GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!!
Wato is shocked but the fans fire up! Wato brings Takagi up, wrenches and hooks him, but Takagi fights the Mouse Trap. Takagi fireman’s carries but Wato CRUCIFIX DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! BUZZ- NO, Takagi ducks the kick! Takagi waistlocks but Wato elbows free and SOBATS! Front kick and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks and shoves Wato, to pop-up DEATH VALLEY! Then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, TWO!! Wato survives and fans fire up! Bushi DIVES to take out Zayne! Takagi fires up and drags Wato back up. Pump handle and lift, MADE IN JAPAN!! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall
The Dragon slays the Grandmaster, but he shows his respect with a pat on the chest. Wait, Taguchi tries to Iron Claw and maybe even Stink Face Hiromu! And Ishii stares down with Sanada. But with LIJ victorious, will their heavyweights take over the G1 Climax? Or will the Stone Pitbull have something to say about all that?
KUSHIDA & Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Taiji Ishimori & KENTA!
Speaking of that winning combination, the Time Splitter and the Once in a Century Talent are sticking together in a rematch with the Bone Soldier & Fang Revived! Will it only take a pair of Aces to win again? Or can the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion turn things around before the end of the New Japan Road?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles, and again fans are impressed. Taiji shows off his, too, though, to see who is better. The teams sort out and Kushida starts against Taiji for one more preview of their title match. They circle and fans rally. They tie up, Kushida goes low but Taiji uses that to waistlock. Kushida rolls and brings Taiji down then floats. Taiji resists the lateral press but Kushida goes after his legs. Kushida digs a knee in, throws down a palm strike, then tries for a press. Taiji moves around, gets Kushida’s arm but Kushida headscissors to counter. Kushida pushes up to put on the pressure, but Taiji moves around.
Taiji ties up Kushida’s legs then headstands to pop free. Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two reset. They feel out a knuckle lock, then Kushida KICKS a leg! And again! Kushida keeps his leg guard up as Taiji moves around. Kushida goes after a leg but Taiji pushes him away. Kushida jumps on to body scissor, then he knuckle locks and wrenches an arm. Kushida wrenches, full nelsons, spins Taiji and hammerlocks to then flying-mare! Kushida chinlocks but Taiji slips out to wrench and cover, ONE! Fans applaud as the two stand off again. Taiji backs away to his corner and Kenta tags in.
Kushida goes to his corner and he tags Tanahashi in. Fans rally “LET’S GO, ACE!” as Tanahashi and Kenta circle. Kenta starts up his own clap rhythm and fans follow along. The clapping duels between them, but the “LET’S GO, ACE!” wins out. Kenta is annoyed so he steps out to the apron. Fans clap for Kenta to try and get him back into this. Kenta steps back in slowly, but Tanahashi starts up “LET’S GO, ACE” again. Kenta tries even harder to get his clapping going, the dueling continues, and Tanahashi dares Kenta to come at him. They circle, but then Kenta uses ropes as defense. Tanahashi backs away and Kenta returns.
Kenta and Tanahashi finally approach, but Kenta again backs away to ropes. Tanahashi decides to join Kenta in the ropes. Tanahashi tells Kenta to get serious, and the two return to center. They approach and Kenta kicks low! Kenta headlocks and grinds Tanahashi down. Tanahashi pries the headlock open and turns it around onto Kenta! Fans applaud and now Kenta endures. Kenta powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds tight. Tanahashi grinds the headlock but Kenta pulls hair! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi pulls Kenta’s hair! They both end up in a corner and Red Shoes counts. Tanahashi lets go to throw body shots!
Tanahashi whips corner to corner, Kenta reverses to uppercut! Kenta whips Tanahashi corner to corner now, but runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans rally as Tanahashi air guitars. Tanahashi brings Kenta over, tag to Kushida, and Tanahashi feeds Kenta to Kushida’s HOTSHOT! Kushida drags Kenta up, wrenches the arm and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Things speed up but Kenta CLOBBERS Kushida and DECKS Tanahashi! Taiji gets in to throw Kushida out while Kenta whips Tanahashi hard into railing! Tanahashi drops in a heap while Taiji throws hands on Kushida.
Kushida hits Taiji back while Kenta rains down fists on Tanahashi! Taiji rakes Kushida’s eyes while Kenta stomps Tanahashi. Taiji puts Kushida in, CHOKES him, but Red Shoes reprimands. Kenta gets in to claw Kushida’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Kenta drags Kushida away to whip hard into the corner. Tag to Taiji, and they both dig their boots into Kushida. Red Shoes counts and they let off. Fans rally for “KU-SHI-DA!” as Taiji drags Kushida up. Taiji wrenches an arm, CLUBS it, then CLUBS it again. Taiji YANKS the arm, wrenches again, then snapmares Kushida to WRING the arm out!
Kushida writhes but Taiji smirks. Kushida CHOPS Taiji, but Taiji eggs him on. Kushida CHOPS again, but Taiji CHOPS back. Taiji CHOPS Kushida at the ropes, Kenta HOTSHOTS the arm! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji says it is in return for what they did to Kenta. Taiji stands on Kushida’s hand then stomps Kushida’s head! Tag to Kenta, he drags Kushida back from Tanahashi. Kenta stomps the bad arm, then snapmares Kushida for a KICK! Kenta stares Tanahashi down then covers, ONE! Fans rally, Kenta tells them to shut up. Kushida throws body shots and forearms but Kenta knees low. Kenta whips, Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW!
Fans fire up and Kushida rolls, hot tag to Tanahashi! Tanahashi drags Kenta up to fire off fast hands! Taiji gets in to CLUB Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands but Tanahashi SHOTEIS Taiji down! Taiji bails out and Tanahashi whips Kenta to a corner. Tanahashi runs in to SHOTGUN! And then HALF HATCH SUPLEX! Fans fire up and Tanahashi waits on Kenta to rise. Tanahashi runs, but Kenta sends Tanahashi out! Tanahashi skins the cat, but he has to BOOT Taiji away. Kenta SHOTGUNS Tanahashi down! Fans rally up while Taiji stomps Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Kushida into railing and stomps him down!
Taiji drags Tanahashi up while Kenta DDTs Kushida to the floor! Taiji rakes Tanahashi’s eyes, then he goes after Kushida with haymakers. Kenta kicks Tanahashi while he’s down, puts him in the ring, then covers, TWO! Kenta wraps on a headscissor squeeze! Fans rally while Tanahashi endures, and he reaches out with a leg. Kenta squeezes tighter but Tanahashi gets the ROPEBREAK! Taiji swats the foot away but Red Shoes saw that. Red Shoes wants Kenta to let go but Kenta thrashes around. Red Shoes makes Kenta let go, and he drags Tanahashi over. Kenta whips Tanahashi into bare buckles!
Kenta CLAWS at Tanahashi’s shoulders! Kenta tags Taiji and Taiji hops up onto the top rope. Fans rally as Kenta stands Tanahashi up. Taiji jumps, to CLAW Tanahashi’s back! Tanahashi grits his teeth while he drops to the mat. Fans rally up and Taiji drags Tanahashi back up. Taiji reels Tanahashi in, to CLAW his back again! Red Shoes reprimands but Taiji smirks. Taiji drags Tanahashi up to wrench and whip into the bare buckles again! Tanahashi clutches that shoulder as he falls over but the fans still rally behind him. Taiji drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi fires off body shots. Taiji KNEES low and CLAWS Tanahashi’s back again.
Tag to Kenta, he CLAWS Tanahashi, but Tanahashi CLAWS Kenta back! Fans rally, but Kenta DECKS Kushida to deny the tag! Kenta throws haymakers but Tanahashi fires up! Fans fire up with Tanahashi as he powers up. Kenta runs, BOOTS, but Tanahashi stays up! Kenta BOOTS again but Tanahashi kicks, into a DRAGON SCREW! Kenta has the bad leg, turns Tanahashi over, STF! Tanahashi endures and fans rally, but Kushida barrels in to break the hold! Taiji throws Kushida out, then goes out after him while Kenta keeps on Tanahashi. Kenta RAMS Tanahashi into Red Shoes! Then he DDTs Tanahashi down!
Taiji whips Kushida into railing while Kenta searches under the ring. Kenta brings out a crutch! Kenta aims at Tanahashi, wanting revenge for being put on the shelf. But Tanahashi dodges the crutch to hit a SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up while both men are down! Taiji hides the crutch while Red Shoes returns. Fans rally, both men stir, and they head for their corners! Hot tags to Taiji and Kushida! Kushida climbs up to FLYING AX HANDLE! And KICK and KICK and KICK the arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses, but Kushida FLYING FOREARMS! Taiji gets up but Kushida wheelbarrows and victory rolls, STOMP 182! Cover, TWO!
Kushida rains down palm strikes on Taiji! Kushida then gets an arm, wrenches and ELBOW BREAKERS! PENALTY KICK to the arm! Kushida whips and hip tosses into the ARMBAR Tanahashi intercepts Kenta for the TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Fans rally while Bullet Club endures double submissions! Taiji fights around, rolls and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida and Tanahashi let Taiji and Kenta go, and Tanahashi kicks Kenta out. Kushida drags Taiji up as the fans rally. Kushida hammerlocks but Taiji fights free. Taiji ROCKS Kushida, but Kushida dropkicks the bad arm! Kushida keeps moving, tilt-o-whirl, but Taiji blocks!
Taiji powers up to CIPHER UTAKI! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi was late but Kushida survives on his own. Kenta attacks Tanahashi and throws him back out. Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” while Kenta fires off haymakers on Tanahashi. Kenta throws Tanahashi at the stage, and then brings him backstage! Taiji has Kushida all alone and says BANG! Taiji drags Kushida up, half hatch, but the bad arm holds him back! Kushida KICKS the arm, but Taiji hits MYSTICO! And BONE LOCK!! Kushida endures, flails, fans rally, but Taiji pulls back! KUSHIDA TAPS, TAIJI WINS!
Winner: Taiji Ishimori & Kenta, by submission
The Bone Solder just made the Time Splitter tap out! Kenta and Tanahashi still brawl, clearly wanting to start their G1 battle now! But with Kushida losing momentum, is this a sign he’s not quite up to speed yet? As for Taiji, he gets the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship back on, and gets the mic.
“I won! HAH! Kushida! I said I would put you to the test, and you failed. You want to challenge me? You’ve got to be kidding me. You thought you could just show up and beat me? Don’t take me so lightly, bastard. Let me say this: You’re a long way from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!” Taiji asks what Kushida has to say about that. Nothing? Then go home! Kushida does head backstage, clearly upset with himself more than anything. Taiji says we don’t know who is really challenging for the belt now.
“But I will defend this belt all over and prove that I am the definitive Junior Heavyweight Champion. In the end, the most important, most important, MOST IMPORTANT thing…! Oi, look at me. I’ll show you greatness and strength. It’s Reborn!” The Bone Soldier shoots down the Time Splitter, but will time only tell if Kushida can get back to the title?
Another good event for NJPW with just one more to go tomorrow. Chaos winning against House of Torture this time could just be to even out the math going into their NEVER Openweight Six Man title match. It’s still hard to tell how much NJPW puts into their go-home math, so maybe Chaos’ Goto, Hashi & Yoh still win those titles off Evil, Yujiro & Sho like I predicted yesterday. The 10 Man Tag was a lot of fun, and it seems Zayne has good chemistry with Taguchi and Wato if they ever wanted to be NEVER Openweight Six Man champions. But LIJ wins again to show they’re all going into the G1 Climax with great momentum.
The tag match main event was great stuff, but I had a feeling it would even out between Kushida and Taiji. The G1 takes center stage so it’s going to be some time before the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match happens. Both guys will be 100% rested by then so there won’t be any doubts or excuses (in kayfabe) as to who wins and loses that match.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/4/22)
Happy Independence Day, America!
Let’s see if there’s fireworks after Money in the Bank!
Liv Morgan became Ms. MITB, and then cashed in on the SmackDown Women’s Championship! Who will Bianca Belair defend her Raw Women’s title against at SummerSlam?
- Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest; Rey & Dom win, by disqualification.
- The Miz VS AJ Styles; Styles wins.
- Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya; Bianca & Liv win.
- Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel; Rollins wins.
- Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy; Lashley & The Profits win.
- Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth; Gunther wins.
- No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
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Life. Liberty. The Pursuit of happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident. Now we celebrate the way only the WWE can! Be ready for the Big Time, hang out with your bros, and get ready to break the bank for this must-see Fourth of July Raw!
Welcome the NEW WWE United States Champion, Bobby Lashley!
San Diego is fired up to see that the All Mighty has gold again! Lashley is happy to see the fans, too, and he gets a mic to say, “I’ve been waiting for this moment a long time. And it couldn’t be a more fitting night than tonight to say this. Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” Fans chant for “BOBBY! BOBBY!” and Lashley says, “America’s Independence Day holds a very special place in all of our hearts.” Fans chant for “USA! USA!” and Lashley says he couldn’t be more proud to be here in front of the fans as the NEW United States Champion! But let’s not get it twisted. It isn’t the title that makes the man, it is the man that makes the title.
Lashley says that to say this, and please pay attention: “There is not another man in any division or any promotion that can beat me for this United States Championship.” But then (Austin) Theory has to make his way out. The former champion and new Mr. Money in the Bank has a mic of his own to tell Bobby, “Why do you get to kick off Monday Night Raw? Everybody’s been on the edge of their seats since Saturday, just waiting to hear from Mr. Headline himself, ME!” Sure, Lashley got his victory, but the world is talking about the YOUNGEST Mr. MITB in WWE History! Fans boo because that’s not true.
Theory says he had the odds stacked against him. It was hard work at MITB. Fans chant “You Suck!” and Lashley makes sure Theory knows it’s for him. Theory says shut up. He was in there with seasoned veterans, former MITB winners, but made it happen! Theory does have to admit, Lashley had him in the first half. But just like Michael Jordan or Tom Brady, Theory shined brighter than ever in the clutch! And Theory climbed up of the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to prove to the world that he can do this #ALLDAY! Lashley says he thought Theory was actively trying to become an arrogant jackass. But he was wrong, this is just second nature to Theory.
Did Theory ever think that he was gifted an opportunity he didn’t deserve just because Lashley shattered that fragile ego into a million pieces? But hey, if Theory wants another trip to the Hurt Lock, here it is! Theory says that Lashley will get a chance and fail to do so in their Six Man Tag. But Lashley, Theory sees him, Lashley sees Theory, and Theory just makes it happen. Theory always makes things happen. But the way Theory sees it, he’s going straight to the top! And y’know what? Theory was informed today that at SummerSlam, he gets a rematch to take back HIS United States Championship!
Boo all you want, fans, this is just the start! Theory knows Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns fight for the Undisputed Universal Championship one last time, one last match, Last Man Standing. They will beat the hell out of each other from one side of the stadium tot he other. And whoever is the last man standing, they go A-Town Down! At only 24 years old, Theory cashes in his contract and walks out the unified, undisputed, unquestionable, GREATEST CHAMPION in WWE history! Fans boo and Lashley says, “You forgot the If part of your whole plan. If you make it to SummerSlam! Because just like you said, it is Independence Day, and these people deserve some fireworks!”
Lashley throws down the mic, Theory tosses the case at him! Theory ROCKS Lashley then CLUBS away on him with the briefcase! Fans boo as Theory keeps hitting Lashley over an dover until the locks on it break! Theory goes back for one more, but Lashley blocks! And CLOBBERS Theory, to then MILE HIGH SPINEBUSTER!! Theory grabs the case and scrambles away while he can still move! Will Lashley end up clamping the Hurt Lock onto Theory later tonight and make him the youngest failed Mr. MITB in history?
Backstage interview with The Mysterios!
Megan asks if Rey & Dominik have a response to the inflammatory comments made by The Judgement Day? Dom says that what Finn said was both disgraceful and disrespectful. There is no one in this business Dom would rather learn from than El Jefe, his father, Rey Mysterio. Rey reminds everyone that he and Dom are the first and only father-son tag team champions in WWE history. They must be doing something right then. As far as tonight, it has been ten YEARS since Rey’s been back in San Diego to wrestle, and this is Dom’s first. And because this is their house, they’re going to teach Finn & Priest to respect 619!
Rey & Dominik Mysterio VS Finn Balor & Damian Priest!
San Diego is all fired up to have their hometown heroes live and in person! The music plays and the Mysterios watch the ramp, but the Judgement Day attack from behind! They stomp the Mysterios down, then throw them out! Raw goes picture in picture while fans boo the Prince and the Punishment!
Rey gets up and throws off his shirt. Dom gets up and does the same, and the Mysterios regroup. The Judgement Day wait on the hometown heroes, and Rey gets in the ring. The bell rings, Finn kicks Rey and bumps him off buckles. Finn fires off body shots, tags Priest, and Priest stands Rey up to ROCK with a right hand! Rey falls over, Priest stomps him then CHOKES him on the ropes! Priest lets off as the ref counts, then he KICKS Rey around. Priest bumps Rey off buckles, tags Finn back in, and the Judgement Day mug Rey. Finn brings Rey out to knee but Rey throws body shots. Rey runs and slides to SOBAT!
Rey KICKS Finn more, then runs, only for Finn to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Finn clamps onto Rey with a chinlock and grinds him down. Rey endures, fights up, but Finn knees him low. Finn CHOPS Rey in a corner, whips him corner to corner hard, and soaks up the heat as Rey falls to the mat. Finn drags Rey up, whips him corner to corner hard again, and Rey writhes. Finn stalks Rey, kicks him at the ropes, stomps him into the corner, and digs his boots in! The ref counts, Finn lets off, and Finn stands Rey up to whip him corner to corner again. Raw returns as Rey hits buckles but Rey hits Finn back! Rey tilt-o-whirl RANAS Finn away!
Hot tag to Dom! Dom dropkicks Finn, then arm-drags him around! Dom runs in at the corner but Finn kicks low. Finn bumps Dom off buckles, but Dom dodges the chop! Dom knuckle locks, CHOPS, and goes up and up to FLYING ARM-DRAG! Finn gets to his corner and tags Priest but Dom doesn’t back down. Priest kick slow, CLUBS Dom, then ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest whips Dom to ropes but Dom holds ropes. Dom elbows Priest, dodges the haymaker and whips Priest to dropkick him! Priest comes back but Dom dumps him out! Tag to Rey and he SEATED SENTONS Priest down! Fans fire up while Finn freaks out!
Rey puts Priest in, Finn runs over but Rey BOOTS him! Rey slingshots, but Priest DECKS him out of the air! Priest drags Rey up, bumps him off buckles and throws body shots. Tag to Finn, Finn stomps Rey and brings him out to scoop. Rey slips off and ENZIGURIS! Hot tag to Dom! Dom goes up top to CROSSBODY! Dom DECKS Priest, then CLOBBERS Finn! Dom whips, Finn reverses but Dom holds ropes again. Dom drop toeholds Finn to ropes! Priest hurries to tag in as Dom dials it up! Priest intercepts the call and drags Dom out, to TOSS into barriers! The Judgement Day is back on top as Raw goes picture in picture again!
Dom writhes while Priest looms over him. Priest drags Dom up, scoops him and hits SNAKE EYES off the apron! Dom flounders and Priest hauls him back up and in. Priest stares Rey down then gest in the ring. Priest drags Dom up to tag Finn. Priest scoop SLAMS Dom for Finn to SLINGSHOT STOMP! Finn paces around as he soaks up the heat, then he goes back for Dom. Finn drops elbow after elbow, then covers, TWO! Dom is still in this but Finn clamps on a chinlock. Dom endures as Finn grinds him down. San Diego rallies for Dom and he fights up, only for Finn to throw him down by his hair!
Tag to Priest and the Judgement Day mugs Dom against ropes. Priest stands Dom up, whips him into the corner, then taunts Rey. Priest runs in to back elbow Dom! Tag to Finn, the Judgement Day mugs Dom again, then Finn snapmares and KICKS! Cover, TWO! Finn drags Dom up by his hair and throws down elbows while staring down Rey. Rey coaches Dom but Finn clamps the chinlock back on. Dom endures again while the fans rally up. Dom fights to his feet, throws elbows, and Raw returns to single picture. Dom reaches for Rey but Finn throws knees. Finn whips but Dom kicks him, and SLING-DOGS!
Fans fire up as Dom and Finn crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Priest and Rey! The King of Lucha rallies with dropkicks to the legs! And then KICKS the leg! Rey whips but Priest blocks! Priest whips Rey to a corner but Rey goes up, only to get caught. TORNADO DDT COUNTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Rey hurries to a corner. Rey climbs up but Priest gets him first! Rey RAMS into Priest, GAMANGIRIS, then climbs back up. SEATED SENTON! Cover, Finn breaks it! Dom gets in o SUPERKICK Finn! Dom and Rey regroup, Dom runs in but Priest BOOTS him! Rey gets a boost from Dom to SUPER RANA Priest! Cover, TWO!!
Rey keeps cool and he calls the shots. Rey dropkicks Priest to the ropes and dials it up! Fans want it, but Priest BOOTS Rey down! Still no call connecting, and Priest ROUNDHOUSES Dom for good measure! Priest drags Rey up, fireman’s carries, and he tags in Finn. WASTELAND SLAM from Priest, Finn is up top and COUP DE- NO, Rey dodges! Rey dropkicks legs out and Finn is on ropes! Priest gets in but Dom dropkicks and Rey drop toeholds! Dial it up, DOUBLE 619!! Fans fire up and Rey climbs up, gives some Latino Heat! FROG SPLASH onto knees! Finn covers, TWO!! Rey survives and Finn can’t believe it!
But Priest throws a chair in! The ref is upset, he stops that from happening. But Finn gets another chair, only for Dom to have it! Finn shoves Dom down, but Rey flops! Talk about Latino Heat! The ref sees this, and he assumes just what Rey wants him to! The Judgement Day is DISQUALIFIED!!
Winners: Rey & Dominik Mysterio, by disqualification
Finn is furious! Rey & Dom give true tribute to Eddie Guerrero and the fans love it! Will The Judgement Day ever live this one down? Do they have something to learn from Mysterio?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Megan asks Miz what his reaction was to Logan Paul calling him out. “Proud.” Really? Yes. Miz is proud because he loves confidence, outlandish statements and headline grabbing. That is what Logan Paul does on his social media and podcasts. It is how he has his fanbase! But Logan surrounds himself with Yes Men and Yes Women who do what he says. Out there, it’s successful. But here in the WWE, it’s a different animal. It will humble you. Miz knows. He was on The Real World. But he doesn’t want Logan to make the same mistakes Miz did. Miz is a nice guy! Logan, retract your statement and accept Miz’s offer. They will be a success, they will be Undisputed Tag Team Champions!
But if Logan doesn’t, Miz will be relentless! He will make Logan earn everything, and Logan will be humbled! Speaking of which… Last week, Miz basically quite against AJ Styles. Uh, quit? He had two matches last week! If anyone is quitting, tapping out or being pin, it is Styles! Miz doesn’t take to sophomoric jokes. As in, his tiny- NO! Don’t say it, Megan. Miz will show everyone that he has COLOSSAL, MASSIVE, GIGANTIC, AMERICAN BALLS! He is the Miz! And he’s… AWESOME! But will Miz back up his words with actions? Or will this be another phenomenal win for AJ Styles?
The Street Profits host a party in the parking lot!
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to their Fourth of July Extravaganza Bonanza Cookout! They got burgers, ribs, dogs, beverages, corn on the cob and cornholing! Enjoy America’s 246th Birthday! But just like Montez Ford’s shoulder on Saturday, the USA is up! And WE! WANT! SHOOOOOSH! The Alpha Academy crash the party, and Chad Gable says this is typical. How can the Profits be partying after losing at MITB? And spare them the excuses. Shoulder up or not, a loss is a loss. And just like everyone else, The Profits think this holiday is about parties and fireworks and eating food. Pathetic!
But Master Gable has a history lesson in an annotated version of the Declaration of Independence. So please, shoosh! A thank yew. Gable begins reading but Ford intercepts. “These truths to be self-evident. That every man and woman has the right to shut Chad Gable up!” That doesn’t say that! SLAP! Gable is upset but Otis says not to disrespect an American Olympian! And Otis says he can eat TWENTY of those hotdogs without breaking a sweat! Whoa, whoa, whoa. First off, if you’re talking about American heroes, Ford served as a US Marine. Second, Otis is looking at the THREE-TIME Hotdog Eating Champion in Dawkins! THREE! Otis says he can suck ’em down like Coca Cola!
Whoa, okay, hold on. Idea! HOTDOG EATING CONTEST! Otis says no problem! He’ll take Dawkins down! There’s going to be a hotdog eating contest before their Six Man Tag match later? Hopefully there won’t be any upset stomachs tonight…
The Mysterios are backstage, when the Judgement Day attacks again!
Finn & Priest are sore losers! Finn TOSSES Rey over trunks while Priest SMACKS Dom off some! Finn gets a ladder, Priest scoops Dom, and they LAWN DART Dom into the ladder! Refs and security rush in but Finn tells them it is over when Finn says it’s over! Priest tells Rey that nothing will save him or Dom except giving in. Will the Mysterios made made to side with the Judgement Day?
The Miz VS AJ Styles!
Raw returns as The Miz makes his entrance. The bell rings and Miz rushes in, but Styles blocks the kick! Styles headlocks, Miz powers out but Styles runs Miz over. Styles runs but fakes Miz out to KICK him while he’s down. Styles then snapmares Miz to KICK him again! Styles drags Miz up to CHOP him in a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Miz reverses, Styles comes back but Miz kitchen sink knees! Miz bumps Styles off buckles, fans boo but Miz throws haymakers. Miz whips Styles to ropes but Styles turns knee into roll-up! TWO, and Styles dropkicks Miz back down! Styles clotheslines Miz out of the ring, too!
Fans fire up and Styles throws up the Too Sweet. Styles slingshots to FOREARM Miz down! Styles is fired up as Raw goes picture in picture. Styles drags Miz up and puts him in the ring. Styles stalks Miz but Miz slips out again. The ring count climbs, is Miz going to run away again? Styles goes out to chase him down! Miz gets back in the ring and KICKS Styles as he slides in! Miz digs his boot into Styles’ face, springboard stomps him, then soaks up the heat. Styles sits up but Miz KICKS him! And KICKS! Miz fishhooks Styles’ face, then clamps on a chinlock. Styles endures, fights up, and throws elbows to get free.
Styles swings but into Miz’s A-LIST COMBINATION! Cover, TWO! Miz flexes and fans boo. Miz paces around, flexes more but fans still boo. They taunt him about his “TINY BALLS!” Miz goes back to Styles and says he has MASSIVE balls! But Styles ROCKS him with haymakers! Styles whips Miz corner to corner, Miz reverses, and Styles hits hard, chest first! Miz hurries to cover Styles, TWO! Miz is annoyed but he drags Styles up to bump him off buckles. Miz KICKS and throws haymakers on repeat. The ref reprimands, Miz runs corner to corner, but only into buckles! Miz falls, clutching his legs, and Raw returns to single picture.
Fans rally as Styles and Miz stir. Miz is back in the corner, he hobbles out but Styles throws hands! Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz, topping it off with a LARIAT! And SLIDING FOREARM! Fans fire up and Styles runs in at the corner, to hit a BIG clotheslines! then a fireman’s carry to an USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Styles is frustrated but fans rally up behind him. Miz wants mercy but Styles storms up on him. Miz YANKS Styles into buckles! Miz gets up, runs corner to corner, but into a clinch! Styles rolls Miz but Miz rolls through to BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz is frustrated but he glares at Styles as he stirs.
Miz drives knees into Styles’ leg. Miz steps through, Styles kicks Miz away! Styles is in a corner, Miz runs in but into BOOTS! Styles is on the apron, he springboards, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
Big or small, Miz’s nuts didn’t help against Styles’ guts! But wait! CIAMPA attacks! Why is the Blackhearted Tommaso Ciampa after Styles on Miz’s behalf? Ciampa POSTS Styles, then brings down his kneepad! Styles flounders back into the ring, for the PSYCHO- NO, Styles dodges the knee to PELE! And PELE again! Styles reels Ciampa in, but Miz gest the full nelson! SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Miz gets the last word against Styles thanks to his Guardian Psycho! Will Ciampa watch out for the Hollywood A-Lister against Logan Paul, too?
Liv Morgan is here!
And after becoming the new Miss Money in the Bank, she cashed in on Ronda Rousey, and became the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! San Diego is fired up to see her have this moment, “You Deserve It!” Liv is already emotional as she has the mic, but she keeps it together to say thank you, “but WE deserve it!” Liv is so proud to be standing here as our NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “All of my dreams finally came true, all thanks to one unbelievable night at Money in the Bank. To outclimb six of the greatest female competitors in WWE, in the hardest battle of my life. But do you guys know what got me through that? All of you guys!”
The fans have stayed with Liv on this journey every single step of the way, and she thanks us for that. We believed in her when she feels like she gave us nothing to believe in, and yet we still stayed with her. Liv is so excited now, and she wants us to know that we gave her the confidence she needed to win MITB and cash-in on the very same night, to defeat Ronda Rousey and become the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! “Saying that out loud, it literally, it takes my breath away. So I hope you guys understand that this? This isn’t just for me. This championship, this is for ALL OF US!” But then here comes Natalya!
Liv is surprised to see the Queen of Harts here, but Natty is smiling. “Liv, there’s one person here that you should be thank, and that’s me. I am the only reason, and I mean only reason, why you were able to cash in your MITB contract. That’s because I destroyed Ronda Rousey’s knee with the most dangerous submission in the WWE, the Sharpshooter.” Natty gets in the ring with Liv to say that while she’d like a thank you, she’d much rather have that SmackDown Women’s Championship! Liv says okay, but she feels like Natty is having a hard time accepting her loss. But since Liv is the new champion, it makes total sense that Natty would come after this giant target.
But since they’re both on SmackDown, if Natty really, really wants her chance, you know where to find her. But wait! Is that Carmella? Mella wants someone to explain to her why either of them are here? This may be about red, white and blue tonight, but this is Raw. So these two can take their “blue brand butts” back to SmackDown where they belong. Fans boo and Mella is honestly shocked that these two can even share a ring. If Liv came between Mella and the Raw title, she would smack her down just like she did Bianca Belair. Did you see that? It was so good. But no worries, Nat, there’s still time.
So Natty and Liv can take their business to Friday so the spotlight can be on Mella, the next Raw Women’s Champion. Um, didn’t she have enough? After all, all eyes were on Mella when she lost. But if Mella really wants Liv to go, make her go. That gives Mella an idea. Natty, you thinking what she’s thinking? Then okay! They’ll both make Liv leave! Liv fires off hands first! But that’s 2v1! They put Liv in a corner and stomp away, but here comes BIANCA BELAIR! The Raw Women’s Champion gets in, RAMS into Mella, then slingshots to fire off! The champions turn things around on Natty and Mella! Liv tosses Natty, Bianca DECKS Mella, and now Adam Pearce hurries out!
Pearce says it seems everyone wants to fight, so he officially gives these four a match! It will be Bianca & Liv VS Mella & Natty, and that is NOW! Will the RawEST Women’s Champion and the newest SmackDown Women’s Champion stand their ground and turn back the Most Beautiful and the BOAT?
Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan VS Carmella & Natalya!
Raw is picture-in-picture while the teams sort out. Natty tells fans to shut up, and Mella steps up against Bianca. Fans chant for “E S T!” as the bell rings and the two circle. Mella tells fans to shut up, then she ties up with Bianca. They go around, Bianca headlocks and grinds Mella, but Mella pulls hair. The ref reprimands, but Bianca hits a takeover. Bianca grinds Mella down but Mella headscissors back. Bianca kicks but can’t get free until she kips up. Mella is upset but Bianca eggs Mella on. They circle again, tie back up, and Mella waistlocks. Bianca switches, Mella elbows free, then headlocks Bianca.
Mella grinds, Bianca fights up as fans rally, and Bianca powers out to run Mella over! Mella scrambles away and tags in Natty. Natty wants Liv so Bianca obliges. Liv tags in and she circles with Natty. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Liv headscissors. Natty kips free, and the two reset. Liv brushes herself off while Natty mockingly applauds. Liv kicks low, headlocks, and hits a takeover. Natty headscissors, Liv kips free, and the two reset again. Tags back to Bianca and Mella, and they go again. Bianca kicks low, bumps Mella off buckles, and Raw returns to single picture as Bianca headlocks.
Mella powers out, Bianca handsprings over and says kiss this! Things speed up, Bianca hurdles, but Mella drop son the roll! Cover, TWO, Bianca waistlocks and O’Conner Rolls! ONE, Bianca goes up the corner to say kiss this! Mella runs in, Bianca goes up and over to dropkick! And kip up! Fans fire up and Bianca tags Liv. The champs work together, Bianca whips Liv in to body block! Cover, TWO! Liv hurries after Mella but Mella tags in Natty. Natty runs in to trip Liv, float to a facelock, but Liv slips out to hammerlock and headlock. Natty powers out, Liv elbows her away. But Natty rebounds and SIT-DOWNS, then basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO!
Natty keeps on Liv but Liv wheelbarrows to victory roll! TWO, Liv dropkicks Natty down! Cover, TWO! Liv taunts Mella, whips Natty to ropes, but Natty reverses and Liv hits ropes chest first hard! Cover, TWO! Natty CLUBS Liv, SLAPS her, but Liv SLAPS back! It’s a brawl! Fans fire up, Natty hoists Liv up but Liv kicks and sunset flips! ONE, Natty has the legs! SHARPSHOOTER! Liv endures, reaches for Bianca, Bianca uses her hair as a lifeline! The ref reprimands but Liv has made it to the corner! Bianca tags in, then taunts Natty! Natty swings on her but gets run over! Bianca dropkicks Natty then reels her in! POWER- NO, RANA from Natty!
Bianca ducks the discus to BOOT Natty, then reel her in! Bianca suplexes, but Mella runs in! Bianca BOOTS Mella, but Natty gets free of the suplex to get the legs! Bianca kicks her away but Mella sneaks a tag! Bianca suplexes Natty again for the stalling suplex and SLAM! Natty scurries away, Bianca pursues, FABULOUS KICK into the post! Mella smiles and taunts Bianca while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Mella has Bianca down in a chinlock. Mella laughs as she leans on the hold but Bianca endures. Fans rally up and Bianca fights to move around. Mella shakes her head and become a backpack, but Bianca still stands! Bianca brings Mella around for a BACKBREAKER! Hot tag to Natty and she CLOBBERS Bianca! Natty drags Bianca away, bumps her off buckles, and fires off stomps! The ref counts, Natty lets off, and Bianca fights back! She hits Mella, BOOTS Natty, then dodges Natty to send her out! Fans fire up as Bianca crawls, but Natty gets back in! Natty gets a leg but Bianca leaps to tag Liv!
Liv dodges Natty, DECKS Mella, kicks Natty and ENZIGURIS! Fans fire up with Liv and she runs in at Natty in the corner, SHINING WIZARD! Liv shoves Natty to run and FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, Mella breaks it! Mella talks trash on the new champ but Liv hits a CODE BREAKER on her! Natty hits a DISCUS! Cover, Bianca breaks it! Mella throws Bianca out and leaps, but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca aims but Mella slips off to POST her! Liv KNEES Mella, Natty rolls Liv! TWO, but Natty has the legs! SHARP- NO, Liv kicks Natty to ropes, ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv and Bianca wins!
Winners: Bianca Belair & Liv Morgan, by pinfall
The champions stand tall! Another great moment for the livliEST champions in WWE today, will they both move on to have the hottEST SummerSlams ever?
Raw returns to the cookout!
Otis and Gable talk hotdog eating strategy while other superstars, like Shelton Benjamin, “Doudrop” Piper Niven and others enjoy their meals. Veer Mahaan is even here. Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali decide to have a little fun with the Lion of India. Alexander leans over and taps Veer on the left shoulder, but then he and Ali both go to the right so that no one is there. And then they snatch his food! Veer is furious and he chases them down! MVP tells Omos that the takeaway from MITB is this: It took three former world champions and three future world champions to gang up on Omos because he is literally the biggest threat here!
Dana Brooke rushes in, but she’s being chased down by the usual 24/7 Championship hunters. Omos looks that way, and Reggie bumps into him! Not again! Omos TOSSES Reggie into the trash! The Profits see that and say, “SHEESH!” Then Zeke is here and says it is so beautiful here. The party is bumping, he is all Zeked Up. When he and his brothers were kid, they got into pie eating contests all the time. Really? Who won? Uh, well, let’s just say no one. Zeke would “Zeke” the pie all over the floor, Elrod would throw up after seeing that, then Elias would throw up after seeing that. A real barforama.
But anyway, isn’t it about time for the hotdog eating showdown? Hopefully the results are better than him and his brothers. But then the ketchup misfires all over Seth Rollins’ lace shirt. Zeke apologizes and dabs it off with the hotdog bun. Oh, there’s some in Rollins’ beard… Rollins glares at Zeke, but then laughs it off? The Profits and Zeke laugh with him, but then Rollins gets mad again. Rollins tastes the ketchup then heads off. Whoa, Seth is Zekeing out. Seth Zekein’ Rollins here. But Zeke is worried. Will the Visionary burn him down?
A cryptic video plays.
A church and candles. A gold medal, a license plate, some colorful armbands, a pair of taped-up glasses. Do you think you know who this is?
Seth Rollins VS Ezekiel!
Raw returns and Elias’ younger brother makes his entrance. The bell rings and Rollins fires off on Zeke for the ketchup! Zeke covers up but Rollins stomps away on him in the corner! The ref counts, Rollins lets off, and then he drags Zeke up to CHOP him! Zeke staggers away but Rollins bumps him off buckles. Rollins whips Zeke but Zeke reverses. Rollins tumbles up, back, and into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Rollins bails out and Zeke hurries after him! Rollins hurries back in, Zeke chases after, but Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke off ropes! Rollins then turns Zeke for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Rollins is annoyed but fans rally for Zeke. Rollins ROCKS Zeke with haymakers and forearms, then has Zeke in a corner. Rollins CHOPS, then whips corner to corner, but Zeke goes up and MULE KICKS Rollins away! Just like his brother! Zeke runs in to CHOP and fire off body shots and forearms! The ref counts but Zeke fires off more! Zeke whips, then FLAPJACKS Rollins! Rollins staggers up, into a CHOP! Zeke trophy lifts, but Rollins slips off to shove. Zeke tosses Rollins out to the floor! Zeke hurries after Rollins again but Rollins kicks low. Rollins snarls, runs in, but Zeke trophy lifts him to TOSS him into the timekeeper’s area! Zeke roars as Raw goes picture in picture!
Zeke takes a moment to catch his breath, then he gets in the ring. Zeke goes back out to fetch Rollins, stomping him before bringing him around. But Rollins POSTS Zeke! Rollins gets in the ring, lets the ring count climb, and Zeke gets in at 7 of 10! Rollins is annoyed, he drags Zeke up and turns him, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rollins clamps on with a chinlock, then shifts to a neck wrench. Rollins twists Zeke’s head but Zeke endures and reaches for ropes. Zeke fights up as fans rally, and Zeke throws elbows. Zeke is free, he runs, but Rollins follows to SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Rollins huffs and puffs while Zeke goes to a corner. Rollins talks smack to the fans then runs corner to corner, but Zeke puts him on the apron! Rollins HOTSHOTS Zeke, then springboards, to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO! Zeke is still in this and Rollins is frustrated. Rollins argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rollins looms over Zeke, hearing the fans chanting for Elias’ brother. Rollins drags Zeke up and suplexes, but Zeke blocks! Raw returns to single picture as Zeke keeps fighting, to then suplex Rollins back! Both men are down and fans rally again. Rollins runs in but Zeke CLOBBERS Rollins!
Zeke starts to rally, he ducks a haymaker to lift Rollins for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Rollins flounders to a corner and Zeke runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Zeke keeps moving, STINGER SPLASH to the back! Then an Electric Chair Lift! Rollins slips off, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Zeke is a bit frustrated and he has to catch his breath. Zeke aims at Rollins from across the way, runs in again, but no splash! BUCKLE SHOT! Rollins then goes up the corner to leap and- JUMP KNEE from Zeke! Cover, TWO! Zeke keeps going, he hits a FISHERMAN SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Zeke can’t believe it!
Zeke drags Rollins to the drop zone and he climbs up top. Fans fire up, but Rollins ROCKS Zeke first! Rollins throws more haymakers, then he climbs up after Zeke. Rollins brings Zeke around, but Zeke shoves Rollins away! Zeke adjusts but Rollins is right back up! Zeke fights Rollins again, slips under to get the Electric Chair, SPIN-OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives again, and Zeke is learning why Rollins is a Grand Slam Champion. Zeke drags Rollins up, fans continue to rally, and Rollins kicks low. Rollins hits a ROLLING ELBOW, but Zeke ROCKS Rollins again. Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins back!
Rollins ROCKS Zeke, Zeke ROCKS Rollins, we go faster and faster and fans fire up! Zeke CHOPS and forearms but Rollins HEABUTTS! ROLLING- NO, roll-up! Cover, TWO! Zeke hurries to cradle, TWO! Rollins ROLLING ELBOWS Zeke, then gives him the DREAM- NO, Zeke backslides! TWO!! CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE!! Cover, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall
What a Freakin’ Zekein match! Rollins gets revenge for his ruined wardrobe, but will this help him get back up towards a title in time for SummerSlam? Will Elias and Elrod be there for their brother to cheer him up?
Wait, Rollins turns to look at Zeke again. Rollins isn’t done with Zeke and aims from the corner! But Riddle hits an RKO outta nowhere!! The Bro gets his own revenge! Will Rollins have to worry about The Stallion before moving on to the gold?
Raw returns to the cookout!
The hotdog eating contest is red hot as Dawkins and Otis chow down. It’s hard to say who is in the lead, but when time is up… AKIRA TOZAWA wins! His 48 dwarfs Otis’ 23 and Dawkins’ 22! Gable says there’s no way! No way some little guy beat his tree trunk! Otis say she doesn’t feel so good. But Theory says the Academy has to hold it together, the Six Man Tag is coming up. See you all in the ring. Gable says he can just get some Pepto. But will that be enough to settle Otis’ upset stomach before having to go toe-to-toe with the All Mighty?
Six Man Tag: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits VS (Austin) Theory & The Alpha Academy!
The Rocky Mountain Machine is the NEW United States Champion, while Ford & Dawkins were almost Undisputed Tag Team Champions. Will Lashley help the Profits get back up and get after those titles again? Or will the youngest Mr. MITB ever be taking an extra special selfie here tonight?
Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. Theory makes his entrance next, followed by the Academy. The teams sort out and Dawkins starts against Theory. They circle, tie up, and Theory headlocks. Dawkins powers out, but Theory runs him over and flexes at Lashley. Fans boo but Theory just soaks it up. Theory and Dawkins circle again, tie back up, and Dawkins waistlocks. Theory elbows free, throws haymakers, then whips corner to corner. Dawkins reverses and runs in to CYCLONE SPLASH, then ENZIGURI! Dawkins covers, ONE!! Dawkins keeps on Theory but Theory powers him to the corner and Otis tags in.
Fans chant “We Want The Smoke!” but Otis clubs away on Dawkins, to then short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he drags Dawkins up to get a leg and DRAGON SCREW! Then Gable stands Dawkins back up, for another DRAGON SCREW! Gable YANKS the leg, then says “A Thank Yew~!” Gable brings Dawkins up but Dawkins fires hands! Gable keeps Dawkins from his corner but Dawkins sunset flips. Gable rolls through to get an ANKLE LOCK! Dawkins rolls through to get free! Tag to Ford! Ford GAMANGIRIS Gable, goes right up and CROSSBODIES! Ford keeps going, sidestep and follow to a LARIAT! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Tag to Dawkins, Otis runs in and the Profits dump him out. Theory rushes in, into Lashley’s COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley and Ford get Theory and Gable, for double stalling suplexes! They both salute as veterans of the US Armed Forces, for a DOUBLE SLAM! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs to get a boost and FLY onto Theory and the Academy! Fans fire up with the #AllMightyProfits as Raw goes picture in picture!
Theory and the Academy stir while Ford rallies the fans. A ring count climbs, so Ford goes out to AX HANDLE Gable! Ford puts Gable in, keeps him from his corner, but Gable powers Ford back. Otis tags in, the Academy whip and CLOBBER Ford! Otis flexes at Lashley, Gable says, “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up, CLUBS him hard on the back, then looms over him. Otis stands on Ford’s back at the ropes! The ref counts, Otis steps off, and Gable gets cheap shots in! So does Theory! “A Thank Yew!” Otis drags Ford up to whip him hard into a corner! Otis HEADBUTTS Ford down, then CHOKES him on ropes!
The ref counts, Otis lets off at 4, but now Theory CHOKES Ford! Theory gets away with it as Gable tells fans to SHOOSH. Otis stomps Ford, drags him over, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory brings Ford up to snap suplex, then he floats to a cover. TWO but Theory clamps on with a chinlock. Ford endures, even as Theory leans on him. Ford fights up, Theory knees him low, then whips him hard into a corner! Corner clothesline and a tag to Otis, and Otis taunts Ford. Otis brings Ford up to CLUB him down, and Raw returns to single picture as Otis hoists Ford up. FALL AWAY SLAM! Ford flounders while Otis flexes.
Fans boo but Otis takes a moment to settle his stomach. Otis SPLASHES Ford in the corner, drags him over to the corner, and tags in Theory. They mug Ford, Theory snapmares and stomps Ford! Cover, TWO! Theory clamps on with another chinlock but Ford endures. Fans rally, Ford grits his teeth and fights up again, but Theory knees him low. Theory taunts, but Ford wrenches out to DDT Theory down! Gable rushes in but Ford throws him out! Ford reaches out but Gable trips Dawkins to deny the tag! Theory then keeps Ford from Lashley while Dawkins chases Gable. Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins in front of commentary!
Fans boo but Theory and the Academy have control. Theory drags Ford up, taunts Lashley, and back suplexes. Ford lands on his feet, dodges Theory, hot tag to Lashley! Theory runs away to tag Gable! Lashley TOSSES Gable! And runs him over! Lashley rallies while Theory winces, and Lashley TOSSES Gable to a corner. Lashley run sin but Gable elbows him, Gable runs in, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Lashley DECKS Otis, Theory runs away gain. Dawkins POUNCES Theory over the announce desk! Lashley is surprised, too! Lashley nods, then scoops Gable to hit a POWERSLAM! Cover, Otis breaks it!
But that splash hurt Otis’ gut! Ford gets in, runs in but Otis TOSSES Ford! Otis CLOBBERS Dawkins with an elbow, but Lashley SPEARS Otis down! Ford is up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Otis flounders out, Gable rolls Ford! CHAOS THEORY!! Gable dodges Lashley, gets him for an EXPLODER, and then heads up top! MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Lashley survives and Gable is upset with the count. Gable stalks Lashley, waistlocks, but Lashley bucks him away. Lashley dodges to SPEAR Gable down! Cover, Lashley and the Profits win!
Winners: Bobby Lashley & The Street Profits, by pinfall
A mighty win for a mighty champion! Will this momentum help Lashley defeat Theory again? Will the Profits be able to cash in on a rematch of their own? As for Otis, he staggers into the ring, and BARFS UP HOTDOGS! Everyone is disgusted and shocked, will Gable’s number one guy be feeling more like number two?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
But Becky tells Megan that no one gives a damn about anything but Big Time. Becky isn’t sharing spotlights just because Otis ate one too many hotdogs. Is Becky upset about her loss at MITB? Or just about tonight’s No Holds Barred? Becky IS upset, her body is broken to bits, and she is mad as hell. Ever since Asuka came back, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong! Becky shouldn’t have had to fight her way into a Triple Threat at Hell in a Cell, she should’ve just had a 1v1 rematch, but she still did. She shouldn’t have had to fight her way into the MITB Ladder match, but she did! And y’know what that makes her? A fighter!
Asuka can try and ruin Becky’s life, but No Holds Barred means no disqualifications, no restrictions, and NO holding back on Asuka as Becky makes her way back to HER Raw Women’s Championship! So Becky IS ready for Asuka, but Asuka isn’t ready for No Holds Barred Becks!
Uncle Sam is here?
Oh, it’s Uncle TRUTH! He waves to the fans as he goes to the ring, and he’s going to give us a real Fourth of July Celebration! What will that look like? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Truth says let’s get the USA chants going! “U S A!” “WHAT?” “U S A! U S A!” Truth likes that. Now, WWE Universe, allow him to introduce himself. He is the one, the only, UNCLE SAM! Uh, sure. Truth says that today is his favorite holiday. “Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! Now, now, now. As we all know from the movie, Independence Day, today we are here to honor those brave American heroes saved the Earth from the alien invasion back in 1996! Will Smith! Jeff Goldblum! And we can’t forget our favorite American hero, Vivica A. Fox. As we honor them, I would like to read my favorite passage from the Constitution. ‘Welcome ta Earf! BOP!'”
But wait, that ominous music! It’s LUDWIG KAISER! Imperium is here on Raw and Ludwig says if Truth is done with this ridiculous charade, he would like to introduce us to “a man who is actually worthy of celebration! Stand and pay respect to YOUR WWE Intercontinental Champion… DER RING GENERAL…! GUNTHER!!” And with that, the Intercontinental Champion invades Raw! Gunther storms up to the ring with Ludwig at his side. Truth gets the “U S A!” chants going, but Gunther steps up to “Uncle Sam,” to SLAP the wig off his head! The ref has Gunther back up, and this is a match now!
Gunther w/ Ludwig Kaiser VS R-Truth!
The bell rings, Truth tries to adjust his wig, but Gunther BOOTS him down! Gunther drags Truth up to CLUB him down, stomp him down, then egg him on. Gunther drags Truth up again but Truth fires off forearms! Fans fire up as Truth throws knees then runs, but the scissor kick misses! LARIAT! Gunther drags Truth up, reels him in, GENERAL BOMB!! High stack, Gunther wins!
Winner: GUNTHER, by pinfall
The Intercontinental Champion dominates Truth, making even Raw sacred! Will
Backstage interview with Alexa Bliss.
Sarah asks what her reaction to her friend, Liv, cashing in on Ronda Rousey and becoming champion. Well, just like last week, Alexa says she has no friends. But she is still happy for Liv. We all knew Liv would be champion one day. But Alexa realized it has been way too long since she held something other than Lily. Becky and Mella want Bianca, but maybe we need some Twisted Bliss. And imagine if Lily got a matching toy belt so they can go around together. Asuka walks in and pokes fun at Alexa. Alexa isn’t next to face Bianca, it will be Asuka after she beats down Becky in the main event! Alexa isn’t so sure, but who wins that race to the title match in Tennessee?
No Holds Barred: Asuka VS Becky Lynch!
The Empress of Tomorrow and Big Time Becks have been going back and forth for months, from Hell in a Cell to Money in the Bank. But now, with SummerSlam on the horizon, both of them agree this has to end! Who survives this fight when there’s nothing to hold them back?
Becky gets things started already, as she brings out a table! Becky’s ready to get extreme, will things only escalate from here? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Becky’s even brought out chairs and made a pile of them! Asuka makes her entrance and not only is she wearing a Jason Voorhees mask, she’s got a trash can! Becky is wary as Asuka brings that can into the ring, and then rushes her with a chair! Asuka stomps the chair down, the bell rings, Becky dodges the can but then Asuka CHUCKS it at her! SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives but Asuka stomps her down. Asuka then takes Becky’s chair to SMACK her with it! Asuka goes out and fetches more of those chairs Becky brought, but Becky kicks Asuka back. Becky wedges a chair in a corner, though that proves rather troublesome.
Asuka runs in with a chair! Becky blocks the shot, but Asuka then BACKHANDS Becky down! Asuka fires up, sets the chair up, and she drop toeholds. Becky catches herself from hitting the seat and throws Asuka at the chair. Asuka stops herself, mule kicks Becky, but Becky gets her chair from the corner. Becky resets the chair, but Asuka kicks her into it! Asuka brings Becky around but Becky blocks the suplex! Becky whips Asuka, Asuka reverses, but Becky hurdles the chair! Asuka uses the chair to go up and SHOTGUN Becky into the corner chair! Asuka then headlocks to BULLDOG Becky off the standing chair!
Becky goes to the apron but Asuka hurries after her. Asuka fires off fists but Becky blocks the German Suplex! Becky elbows Asuka, Asuka tries a powerbomb! Becky clings desperately to the ropes, then she stomps Asuka on the apron! And then APRON LEG DROP! Asuka flops down but Becky drags her up. BECKSPLODER onto the chair pile! Becky then hurries to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up as Becky takes a chair to SMACK Asuka on the back! Asuka JAMS Becky from below, and hurries after Becky. Asuka runs in, HIP ATTACK into a chair and through barriers!! Fans lose their minds while Raw goes picture in picture!
Asuka grits her teeth and rises up. Asuka fires up, drags Becky up and puts her back in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky bails out again but Asuka pursues. Becky gets a kendo stick and SMACKS Asuka with it! And again! And again! Becky soaks up the heat while Asuka crawls, and then Becky SMACKS her again! Asuka kicks low, but Becky blocks the suplex. Becky throws body shots, but Asuka RAMS her into steel steps! Asuka uses the kendo stick to SMACK Becky now! And again, and again! And again! Becky scrambles over the barriers to get away but Asuka pursues! Fans get an even closer experience as they brawl!
Becky hip drops Asuka, flexes, and fans fire up as Becky CLUBS Asuka along the way. Asuka ROCKS Becky with a stack of cups!? Asuka fires off forearms on Becky, then kicks and SOBATS her back to ringside. Asuka tosses Becky over barriers, but then Becky mule kicks Asuka down. Becky puts Asuka in the ring, looks under the ring, and brings out another table! But then she says no more tables, she puts the chairs in the ring! But Asuka WRECKS Becky with a dropkick! Asuka puts Becky in, brings the last few chairs in, only for Becky to WRECK her back! Becky drags Asuka up and in while fans chant for the table.
Becky pulls the chair from the corner out and sets it on Asuka. Then another chair, SMACKS the chair into Asuka’s chest! Becky has Asuka covered in chairs before she climbs up. But Asuka gets up to JAM Becky! Asuka makes sure the chair pile is nice and big, then she goes up after Becky! SUPERPLEX onto the chair pile!! Becky and Asuka are both down but they’re somehow both okay to continue. Asuka covers, TWO!! Becky survives and “This is Awesome!” as the two brawl on their knees! They go forearm for forearm, and Asuka dribbles Becky off the chairs! Asuka gets her trash can back, and she puts it on Becky! To KICK Becky over!
Asuka sits Becky up to KICK and KICK and KICK! And punch and BACKHAND! Becky somehow stays up, Asuka drums the top then goes up top! Asuka leaps to missile dropkick Becky down! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives being canned and smashed, but Asuka has the fans fired up for the table! Asuka goes out, brings out a table from below the ring, but Becky attacks her first! The table leans against the ring while Becky RAMS Asuka into steel steps. Becky puts this table in the ring and she throws the trash can out. Becky sets up the table but Asuka CLUBS her down! Asuka CLUBS Becky more but Becky throws body shots. And then a CHAIR SHOT!
Becky finishes setting up the table, but Asuka clamps on with an ASUKA LOCK!! Becky RAMS Asuka into buckles, gets free, but Asuka puts her outside! Asuka DECKS Becky, goes out after her, and then puts her back in. Asuka goes looking under the ring again, and she brings out… An umbrella? A Kabuki style umbrella! Asuka brings that in to SMACK, but Becky blocks! Asuka kicks, GREEN MIST! But the umbrella blocks most of it! Asuka still ROUNDHOUSES Becky down! Cover, TWO! Asuka puts Becky on the table and fans fire up as Asuka climbs! But Becky ROCKS Asuka first! Becky has an Electric Chair Lift but Asuka fights back!
Becky puts Asuka back on the corner, goes up with her, SUPER MANHANDLE SLAM through the table!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
This was a Big Time No Holds Barred battle, and in the end, Becky was ready for Asuka! She is fired up now that she’s back on top, but will she get back to the very top before the summer is over?
After the disappointing ending to a great PPV this weekend, Raw After MITB turned out great through and through! I will say, it was interesting to see some SmackDown stars show up here, but I suppose that just makes this episode feel even bigger. Gunther’s whole thing on RawDown has been about “I’m the foreigner Heel, I don’t like Americans, hate me for that reason,” so him beating up Truth while Truth cosplays Uncle Sam made sense in that context. Gunther is going to dominate for a long time, so this did help build some Heel heat that he had to go and ruin the fun just so he could get a win.
And in the case of Liv Morgan showing up, this was so we could all celebrate and she could give her first promo as champion before fully moving over to SmackDown. Liv & Bianca VS Natty & Mella was a very good match, and it’s clear what the plans for SummerSlam are. Mella isn’t giving up on the Raw title, and Natty wants another shot at the SmackDown title now that it isn’t Ronda as champion. Both matches will be good for SummerSlam, but I would think that both champions retain. Bianca beat Mella already, I don’t see her losing the second time. And Natty makes for a solid first defense for Liv to fully establish herself.
Good stuff out of Mysterios VS Judgement Day, and a great tribute to Eddie Guerrero with how that match finished. But of course Judgement Day attacked them backstage to keep this feud going. Combine that with the cryptic videos that are about Edge, I wonder if Edge and Rey join forces again after years and years, and they have an awesome tag match against Finn & Priest at SummerSlam. Miz had a good promo to try and reason with Logan Paul, but you can bet it won’t affect Logan at all. Styles VS Miz happening again was okay, it still turned out to be a really good match, and it seems if Logan isn’t going to join Miz, Ciampa is more than open to the idea. Maybe we get Miz & Ciampa VS Styles & Logan at SummerSlam to settle everything at once.
Good ol’ WWE giving us another classic holiday themed party. Good reason for everyone to be around and interacting with each other, such as the 24/7 Division running through and Reggie getting tossed by Omos again. Alexander & Ali working together to prank Veer could just be for laughs or it could be WWE’s goofy way of starting a feud between them. Either way, we need the Heart & Soul of 205 Live to reunite as a tag team to give more teams for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions to face. It was pretty clever for the cookout to also give us motivation behind Rollins VS Zeke, which turned out to be a great match. Rollins wins, of course, but I like that Riddle got the better of him. They’re definitely going to be a SummerSlam match since neither is Mr. MITB.
And speaking of that dumb move from MITB, Theory did a decent job of cutting a promo as Mr. MITB. Of course Theory wants his US Championship back to follow in Rollins’ footsteps from when Rollins was dual world and US Champion. We got a great six man, and great to see the Faces win as they all move towards SummerSlam. I’d hope Theory doesn’t win the US title back, Lashley deserves to reign longer than four weeks. And Theory should really focus on his cash-in, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Theory takes a count-out loss to stay healthy. But of course there had to be barf tonight. The second the hotdog eating contest was a thing, I knew this was going to end up like Titus O’Neil on Thanksgiving after losing to Cesaro and his swing.
I’m actually glad Asuka interrupted Alexa Bliss before she just repeated what she said last week. Asuka VS Becky was a great No Holds Barred match, though it might’ve had a rough start as the two tried to make things work when that chair just wouldn’t stay in the corner. I really liked that Asuka brought out the umbrella, it was a partial callback to Kabuki Warriors with Kairi Sane, and it worked out to be a shield to the mist, though the timing was a bit off. Becky still ended up a bit green, but the finish was great stuff. Becky is back, and I suppose Mella getting the SummerSlam match isn’t a given. We’re almost getting an exact replay of last year if Becky were to take Mella’s spot from her on the show, who knows what happens.
My Score: 8.5/10
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