It all comes down to Rainmaker VS Kingpin!
The biggest G1 Climax in NJPW has perhaps the biggest final match-up possible! Will Will Ospreay finally defeat Kazuchika Okada once again?
- 8 Man Tag: Chaos VS The House of Torture; Chaos wins.
- Bad Dude Tito & JONAH VS Royce Isaacs & Tom Lawlor; Tito & Jonah win.
- Six Man Tag: The United Empire VS Bullet Club; The United Empire wins.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
- Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi VS KENTA & El Phantasmo; Kenta & ELP win.
- Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay VS The Good Brothers; Tanahashi & Finlay win.
- KUSHIDA & Tama Tonga VS Taiji Ishimori & Jay White; Kushida & Tama win.
- G1 Climax 32 Finals: Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay; Okada wins and earns the Right to Challenge Contract.
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Shingo Takagi & Hiromu Takahashi VS KENTA & El Phantasmo!
The Rampaging Dragon missed out on being in the semifinals, all because the Headbanga was a spoiler! Will Takagi and the Ticking Timebomb get some payback for that? Or will the Fang Revived help ELP keep the momentum going?
LIJ attacks the moment they’re in the ring! Takagi of course goes after ELP while Hiromu is after Kenta! The bell rings as Kenta CLUBS Hiromu down, and ELP returns fire on Takagi! Takagi and ELP go back and forth, fans rally up, but ELP BOOTS Takagi! Kenta RAMS Hiromu into railing while ELP CLUBS Takagi down. ELP goes after Takagi’s neck and shoulders with elbows, then whips him to ropes. Takagi reverses but ELP RANAS, handsprings and dropkicks! But Takagi rebounds to run ELP over! Fans rally up while ELP flounders. Takagi drops an elbow, then he brings ELP up to bump off buckles.
Takagi fires off forearms then JABS, then a CHOP! ELP sits down and Takagi tags Hiromu. Fans rally for “L I J!” as they double whip ELP to ropes, to run him over with double shoulders! Hiromu whips ELP into an open corner and clotheslines, then snapmares and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Hiromu fires up and the fans fire up with him as he fireman’s carries. ELP fights free, CLAWS Hiromu’s back, then CLAWS him again! And he CLAWS Hiromu’s chest! ELP puts Hiromu in the corner to slowly CLAW Hiromu’s back! The ref reprimands, but Kenta headlocks Hiromu against the corner, and SMACKS him with his book over and over!
ELP keeps the ref distracted with Takagi but the fans rally up for “HI-RO-MU!” ELP digs his knees in, tags Kenta, and then they both dig their boots in! The ref counts, both Kenta and ELP let off, and Kenta drags Hiromu up. Kenta whips Hiromu to ropes, elbows him down, then covers. TWO, but Kenta clamps onto Hiromu with a chinlock. Hiromu endures and fans continue to rally. Hiromu kicks his way around, stands up and throws elbows into Kenta’s ribs. Kenta throws Hiromu by his hair! Tag to ELP and ELP climbs up. Kenta stands Hiromu up in a facelock, and ELP powers up, to then hop down and CLAW Hiromu’s back!
Fans applaud as ELP flexes on Hiromu. “Who’s your stepdaddy, Hiromu?” ELP snapmares and chinlocks to thrash Hiromu around, but then Takagi runs in to chinlock ELP! ELP CLAWS Takagi’s face! ELP tells Takagi to get out, and he throws Takagi out! ELP steps over Hiromu to have a mounted armbar. Tag to Kenta, and ELP holds Hiromu’s fingers open! Kenta gets his book, for a PAPERCUT!! Hiromu screams in pain as he clutches his hand! ELP and Kenta play dumb and Kenta drags Hiromu up. Fans rally as Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOP! But Kenta knees low! Fans rally but Kenta dusts off his book.
The ref reprimands but Kenta aims. Hiromu blocks the book attack! Hiromu takes the book back and SMACKS Kenta with it! ELP fetches the book and says Hiromu bent it! Hiromu swings but into Kenta’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Hiromu but Kenta KICKS him! And KICKS him! And KICKS him! Hiromu blocks the next one, then blocks the haymaker, for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans rally up as Hiromu and Kenta are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Takagi and ELP! Takagi swings but misses. ELP CHOPS, whips, but Takagi reverses. Takagi blocks the boot to LARIAT in the corner!
Takagi suplexes but ELP slips free to CLAW Takagi’s back! ELP runs, but into Takagi’s ELBOW! ELP MULE KICKS! Takagi JABS! ELP JABS! Takagi YUKON LARIATS! Fans fire up for that exchange and Takagi encourages them to keep going. They rally for “TA-KA-GI!” as he stalks ELP to a corner. Takagi throws a forearm, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but ELP goes up and over! ELP rolls, dodges, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Then LIONSAULTS FLOPS! SLIDING BOMBER! Cover, TWO! Hiromu swings on Kenta but Kenta dodges, so Hiromu WRECKS him with a dropkick! Fans fire up as LIJ regroups.
Hiromu brings ELP up, and he CHOPS ELP to a corner. LIJ double whip, Hiromu runs in to clothesline! Takagi runs in to clothesline! Feed to the SUPERKICK, then Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, Kenta breaks it! Hiromu throws Kenta back out and FLYING JOHN WOO! Kenta is sent into railing hard! Fans fire up with Takagi’s “OI! OI! OI!” Takagi fires off boxing elbows on ELP all the way to six and he DECKS ELP! Takagi then drags ELP back up, pump handle and torture racks, but ELP sunset flips and reels Takagi in! C R- NO, Takagi powers through to a jackknife! TWO and ELP has it, TWO! Takagi has it back, TWO!! ELP GHOST PIN, TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous and Takagi runs in but ELP sends him at the ref! Takagi just stops himself, but turns around into a NUT PUNCH!! Cradle, ELP & Kenta win!!
Winners: Kenta & El Phantasmo, by pinfall
Tonight, the Headbanga is the Nutcracker, and for him, it was just Too Sweet! Will ELP use this to go after Takagi’s KOPW trophy? Will Takagi welcome it if it means getting revenge? But Hiromu gets some payback right here, by taking Kenta’s copy of his autobiography! Takagi throws it back, but the cover comes off! So Takagi RIPS that cover up! Will Kenta want his own payback for that insult?
Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay VS The Good Brothers!
The Ace & The Rebel faced of with Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows just yesterday as part of an 8 Man Tag, and thanks to some sneaky tactics by Toru Yano, Tanahashi’s side won. Will Tanahashi & Finlay win again against the Impact World Tag Team Champions? Or will the Machinegun and Doc shoot down this rag tag tag team?
Tanahashi shows off the muscles and fans cheer. Karl tries to get the fans to clap for “AN-DER-SON!” but no, it’s “Let’s Go, Ace!” The teams sort out, the Good Brothers Too Sweet, and Anderson starts against Finlay. Fans rally up for “THE RE-BEL! THE RE-BEL!” as he and Anderson circle. They tie up, Anderson waistlocks but Finlay wrenches to a hammerlock. Finlay headlocks, Anderson pries free to a hammerlock and headlock, and hits a takeover. Finlay headscissors but Anderson kips free, and fans cheer the standoff. Anderson talks with Gallows real quick, then he circles with Finlay again.
The fans rally up more, and Anderson again pretends it’s for him. But no, it’s for “THE RE-BEL! THE RE-BEL!” Finlay and Anderson tie up, and Anderson pulls hair to put Finlay in a corner! Finlay grabs at Anderson’s ears, the ref reprimands them both and Anderson pulls more hair! Anderson says he’ll give a clean break, and he slowly lets off. Then he swings on Finlay! But Finlay dodges to stomp a mudhole into Anderson! Finlay ROCKS Anderson with a right, taunts him, then ROCKS him again! Finlay ROCKS Anderson again, but Anderson ROCKS Finlay back. Finlay forearms, Anderson forearms, and fans rally as they build up speed!
Anderson KNEES low, checks his ears, then pulls on Finlay’s ears! Anderson whips, Finlay dodges, and wrenches the arm to a wristlock! Anderson drops to a knee, Finlay wrenches him again, to an ELBOW BREAKER! Tag to Tanahashi, and fans rally as #RebelAce double whip and double elbow Anderson down! They shake hands to then DOUBLE ELBOW DROP! Fans fire up as Tanahashi air guitars and Finlay air drums! Tanahashi then drags Anderson up, but Anderson grabs Tanahashi’s nose! But Tanahashi grabs Anderson’s beard! So Anderson pulls Tanahashi’s hair! Anderson drags Tanahashi over to tag in Gallows.
Anderson and Gallows mug Tanahashi, then Gallows bumps him off buckles. Gallows whips Tanahashi corner to corner, runs in but Tanahashi dodges! Tanahashi fires off body shots, Anderson rushes over but Tanahashi DECKS him! But that allows Gallows to get away, and he BOOTS Tanahashi down! Gallows runs to drop a BIG elbow! And another! And another! Cover, TWO! Fans rally, but Gallows stomps Tanahashi’s leg then rains down a fist! Fans rally for “Let’s Go, Ace!” but Gallows tells them to shut up! Gallows throws up the Too Sweet, drops another fist, then clamps on a big chinlock! Gallows squeezes tight but fans rally up.
Tanahashi endures as Gallows leans all his weight on Tanahashi’s head. Fans rally, Tanahashi fights up and throws elbows into Gallows. Gallows throws Tanahashi by his hair! Gallows stands on Tanahashi’s head, then scrapes his sole off the face. Gallows puts Tanahashi in the corner, tags Anderson, and Anderson RAMS his shoulder in! Anderson brings Tanahashi out, scoops him and SLAMS him, then soaks up the applause before the “GOMENASAI” SENTON! Cover, TWO! Anderson drags Tanahashi into a chinlock of his own, and grinds Tanahashi down. Fans rally as Tanahashi endures and fights up again.
Tanahashi throws elbows into Anderson now, but Anderson pulls hair again! Tanahashi breaks free, Anderson ducks the shotei, but kicks right into the DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as both men are down! They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Gallows and Finlay! Finlay dodges, fires off forearms, and an uppercut! Finlay kicks away on Gallows’ leg, then ROCKS him with a right! Gallows blocks the whip to whip Finlay to a corner! Finlay dodges to UPPERCUT! Finlay keeps moving, to UPPERCUT again! And then ANOTHER UPPERCUT! Finlay shoves Gallows out and goes up for a FLYING UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO!
Fans fire up with Finlay and he calls his shot! Finlay cravats and goes up the corner, but no Acid Drop! Gallows YAKUZA KICKS Finlay down! Tag to Anderson while fans rally again. Anderson drags Finlay up and EuroUppers. Anderson whips, Finlay ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEAPING UPPERCUT! Tag back to Tanahashi! Tanahashi runs to FLYING FOREARM Anderson! Tanahashi DECKS Gallows, then fires off on Anderson! Tanahashi scoops and SLAMS Anderson into a drop zone, then goes up the corner! Fans fire up for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays fired up and the fans rally behind him!
Tanahashi runs, but Anderson turns slingblade into SPINEBUSTER! Gallows gets in to DECK Finlay! Tanahashi goes to a corner, Anderson hits the ROCKET KICK, Gallows hits the SPLASH! Then BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tanahashi survives but Anderson is annoyed. Anderson calls Gallows back in and fans rally up. Gallows drags Tanahashi up, the Good Brothers combine, but TORU YANO sprays them with baby oil! Gallows chases Yano off, and Anderson turns around into a PRIMA NOCTA from Finlay! Tanahashi is up, he runs, SLINGBLADE! Fans fire up as Tanahashi goes up top!
Tanahashi aims and leaps, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, #RebelAce wins!!
Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi & David Finlay, by pinfall
This rag tag duo just beat the Impact World Tag Team Champions! And Tanahashi just pinned the NEVER Openweight Champion! Granted, Yano had a factor in it again, but will Tanahashi & Finlay look to take the Good Brothers’ gold?
KUSHIDA & Tama Tonga w/ Jado VS Taiji Ishimori & Jay White w/ Gedo!
The Timesplitter wants the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship while the Good Bad Guy wants the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Tama has a golden ticket from the G1, will he help Kushida get his? Or will they both breathe with the Switchblade and Bone Soldier Reborn?
Bullet Club Too Sweets and the teams sort out. Fans rally as Tama and White start, a rematch from the B Block’s final round! White and Tama circle, Taiji distracts and White attacks! White CLUBS away on Tama, Tama swings back but misses. White knees low, fires off forearms, then whips Tama to ropes. Tama reverses but White bails out! Tama pursues, White slides back in and stomps Tama down! Gedo applauds but he’s the only one. White drags Tama up, tags Taiji in, and Bullet Club mugs Tama with big clubbing forearms and stomps! The ref reprimands, White steps out and Taiji lets off.
Fans rally for Tama and he elbows Taiji. Tama swings on White but White gets away, and Taiji kicks Tama low. Taiji ROCKS Tama with haymakers, Jado coaches Tama on, and Kushida tags in! Tama reverses the whip and but he and Kushida hurdle Taiji, to then DOUBLE CHOP Taiji down! Fans fire up and Kushida drags Taiji up. Kushida wrenches an arm, snapmares and SLAMS the arm down! Kushida then ties up Taiji’s legs in a DEATHLOCK KNEEBAR! Taiji endures, rolls, and gets the ROPEBREAK! Kushida lets off and talks trash on White. Kushida drags Taiji up and CHOPS him to a corner!
Fans rally, Kushida whips corner to corner, but Taiji BOOTS him back! Taiji goes up to headscissor and BOOT Kushida, then he hits a BUCKLE SHOT! Taiji throws Kushida out, tags White, and Taiji distracts the ref by talking trash on Tama. White whips Kushida into railing! White then grabs camera cable to CHOKE Kushida! The ref is still busy with Taiji and Tama but Jado points it out. White lets off and gets in the ring. White wants Kushida to be counted out! Fans rally up for “KU-SHI-DA!” as the ring count starts. White keeps shouting at Kushida but Kushida gets up. White goes out and whips Kushida into railing again!
White puts Kushida back in and covers, TWO! Fans rally up while Gedo complains. White keeps Kushida from Tama, knees him low, then whips him to ropes and ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but White tags Taiji. White stands on Kushida’s head, then Taiji joins in. They scrape Kushida, then Taiji cravats to throw shoulder after shoulder into Kushida’s head! Kushida hits back with body shots and CHOPS, and a KICK to the leg! Taiji avoids the leg sweep to claw Kushida’s face! The ref reprimands but Taiji whips Kushida to ropes. Kushida handsprings to BACK ELBOW! Fans fire up again as both men are down!
Hot tags to White and Tama! Tama DROPKICKS White, and OFF COMES THE VEST! White gets to a corner and Tama runs corner to corner, but White dodges the splash! White clamps on the sleeper but Tama elbows free! White CHOPS, whips, but Tama reverses. White reverses back but swings into the dragon sleeper! White spins around to suplex but Tama slips out. White CHOPS again, then whips Tama to a corner. Tama comes back to CLOBBER White! Fans are thunderous and Tama runs in to STINGER SPLASH! Tama reels White in for a BIG back suplex! Tama pounds the mat and the fans clap along!
Gedo shouts to White as he stands up, Tama rushes in to GUN- NO, White reels Tama in, BLADE- NO! Tama slips out, but White dodges the superman punch! White has the sleeper, Tama elbows that away. White waistlocks, Tama throws another back elbow, but into the SAIDO! Fans fire up again while both men are down! White and Tama crawl, White tags in Taiji! Taiji runs at Tama in the corner to DOUBLE KNEE! Snapmare and NECK TWIST! Taiji rolls Tama into the omoplata and YES LOCK!! Tama endures and fans rally up! Taiji pulls back but Tama moves around, and Tama claws his way to the ROPEBREAK!
Fans applaud and Taiji lets Tama go. Taiji drags Tama up, wrenches and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And then another! And another, but Tama turns that into a TONGAN TWIST! Fans rally up as Tama crawls over, hot tag to Kushida! Kushida goes up to top FLYING AX HANDLE, then he KICKS away on Taiji’s arm! Kushida whips, Taiji reverses but Kushida CROSSOBDIES! Kushida ducks the haymaker to PELE! Kushida WRECKS White with a dropkick, too! Fans fire up and Kushida drags Taiji up for an ELBOW BREAKER! Taiji avoids the Penalty Kick and fans fire up as the forearms start flying!
Taiji gets the edge, whips Kushida, but Kushida reverses. Taiji handsprings but into a PENALTY KICK! Kushida gets the arm to wrench it! Taiji resists the Hoverboard and White gets in! BLADE- NO, Kushida feeds White to a SUPERMAN PUNCH! White bails out and Tama pursues. Tama whips but White reverses and Tama hits railing! Taiji scoops Kushida for CIPHER UTAKI! Taiji roars while Kushida writhes, and Taiji says BANG! Gedo is fired up as Taiji hauls Kushida up, BLOODY- CRADLE! KUSHIDA & TAMA WIN!!
Winners: Kushida & Tama Tonga, by pinfall
But White CLOBBERS Kushida to stop the celebration! Taiji throws Young Lions out of the ring, then clamps onto Kushida with the BONE LOCK! Tama gets in, GUN- NO, White slips away! And Kushida fights his way around to put the BONE LOCK on Taiji!! Taiji suffers now while Tama keeps White out of the ring! White and Gedo tell someone to get in there and save Taiji! Young Lions get in the ring while Jado brings the belts! Tama holds up the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship, could we see him become the GOLDEN Good Bad Guy? And is it only a matter of time before Kushida takes Taiji’s title?
G1 Climax 32 Finals: Kazuchika Okada VS Will Ospreay w/ The United Empire!
The Rainmaker conquered the A Block while the Commonwealth Kingpin conquered the D Block. But as Ospreay admitted himself, Okada leads their rivalry 6-1! Will Will repeat that one time he defeated Okada here tonight? Or will Okada make it rain with back-to-back G1 Climax championship wins?
Fans are fired up already as the bell rings and the two stare down. The claps for “O-KA-DA!” “O-SU-PREAY!” are thunderous as the two circle. Then things calm down as the two feel out the grapple. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Okada headlocks. Ospreay endures the grind, powers up, but can’t power out as Okada holds tight. Okada grinds the hold, fans rally up and Ospreay throws body shots. Ospreay powers out, Okada stops himself and drops down to get the headlock back! Fans rally again as Ospreay endures and fights up. Ospreay back suplexes but Okada lands on his feet to headlock and takeover!
Ospreay headscissors, Okada kips free and headlocks for another takeover. Ospreay headscissors but Okada shrugs that off. Fans applaud the exchange while Ospreay keeps his shoulder up. Ospreay fights up, Okada grinds the headlock more, but Ospreay stands up. Fans rally and Ospreay powers Okada to ropes. Red Shoes counts the ropebreak and Okada lets go. Ospreay backs up slowly, but Okada avoids the chop! Okada headlocks, Ospreay powers out but Okada runs him over! Okada poses, things speed up, and Ospreay hurdles. Okada reels Ospreay into a wristlock ripcord but Ospreay ducks!
Ospreay springboards, but Okada denies the OsCutter! Fans fire up as the two stand off again! Okada and Ospreay stare down from opposite corners as the fans clap again, “O-KA-DA!” “O-SU-PREAY!” Okada and Ospreay circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Okada pushes Ospreay back to the ropes, Red Shoes calls the ropebreak, and Okada lets off slowly. Okada ROCKS Ospreay! No fake outs here! Okada CLUBS Ospreay while the Empire protests. Okada whips, Ospreay dodges and RANAS! Fans fire up and Okada bails out! Ospreay slingshots but Okada moves! Ospreay lands on the apron and Okada trips him up! Okada kicks Ospreay, to DDT to the floor!
Fans fire up while Red Shoes checks Ospreay. Ospreay’s okay to continue, though he clutches his neck. Okada leaves Ospreay behind to get in the ring, and Red Shoes starts the ring count. Fans rally up while Okada watches Ospreay. Ospreay sits up at 7 of 20, so Okada goes out to fetch him. Okada kicks low, to DDT to the floor AGAIN! Khan protests but Okada leaves Ospreay behind again. Fans rally again while Ospreay checks his head and neck. The ring count returns and Ospreay leans against railing at 4. Ospreay stands up at 8 and hobbles into the ring at 9, which fans applaud. But Okada drags Ospreay up to hit a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Ospreay is still in this. Okada drags Ospreay up with a chinlock. Okada grinds Ospreay and JAMS his knee in! Ospreay flails, pries at the hold, but Okada uses that to get a straitjacket stretch! Fans rally and Ospreay endures more. Okada shifts back to the chinlock but Ospreay scrambles forward to the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go and Ospreay kicks at him. Okada drags Ospreay up to CLUB him on the back. Okada CLUBS Ospreay in the corner and Ospreay falls to his knees! Fans rally as Ospreay stands up, but Okada CLUBS him again! Okada clamps on with the chinlock again but Ospreay endures.
Ospreay fights up, throws back elbows, and then body shots. Okada CLUBS Ospreay’s neck again, whips him to a corner, but Ospreay reverses. Ospreay runs in but Okada dodges! Okada comes back with a back elbow! And then a kick to a- SUPLEX from Ospreay! Ospreay wasn’t gonna let Okada DDT him a third time! Fans fire up as Ospreay and Okada rise. Ospreay fires off a flurry of forearms then whips Okada to ropes. Okada reverses, Ospreay handsprings, NEURALIZER! Direct hit and Okada is down, but Ospreay goes to the apron! Okada stands, and Ospreay springboards for PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up more as Ospreay stands back up. Ospreay shakes out his arms, drags Okada up and reels him in, but Okada fights the lift. Okada RAMS Ospreay into a corner, hoists him up top, but Ospreay BOOTS Okada away! Okada comes back but Ospreay puts him up top to DROPKICK him to the floor! Ospreay knows Okada well! Fans fire up and Ospreay goes up top! SUPER SKY TWISTER!!! Fans are thunderous as Ospreay takes Okada down! The Empire coaches Ospreay and he gives a thumbs up. Ospreay stands and fires himself up before fetching Okada. Okada is dead weight but Ospreay drags him up.
Fans rally and Okada gut wrenches! Ospreay slips off, and uses the railing to jump, OSCUTTER to the floor! Red Shoes checks on Okada now as the fans rally up. Ospreay stands up, hobbles over to Okada, and he drags Okada up and into the ring. High stack cover, TWO! Okada is still in this but Ospreay keeps his cool. Fans rally back up and Ospreay drops a knee on Okada’s head! Ospreay KNEES and KICKS Okada in the back! Ospreay then drags Okada up, CLUBS him, and stalks Okada to a corner. Fans rally and Ospreay stands Okada up to ROCK in the back! Okada falls over and Ospreay paces around him.
Ospreay drags Okada up, snapmares him and clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench. Okada endures, fans rally up and Ospreay puts on the pressure. Okada fights his way back up, throws back elbows, but Ospreay ROCKS him with a forearm! Ospreay whips but Okada reverses, to back drop Ospreay HIGH! Fans fire up while Ospreay writhes on the mat. Okada and Ospreay stand, Ospreay rushes in but Okada FLAPJACKS him! Okada drags Ospreay back up and catches the haymaker! Ospreay resists, but Okada still puts on the MONEY CLIP! Ospreay endures and fans rally as Okada puts on the squeeze!
Ospreay fades, dropping to a knee, but he fights up to arm-drag free! Ospreay rushes in but into Okada’s JAWBREAKER to BACK2BACKBREAKER! And then MONEY CLIP!! Ospreay endures while fans rally again. Okada leans on the hold but Ospreay moves around. Okada makes it a MONEY CLIP STRETCH! The Empire coaches Ospreay and he scoots back, ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go and both men are down on the mat. Fans rally again and Okada stands up. Okada drags Ospreay up, scoops him, and SLAMS him! Okada goes to the corner and climbs up, for the MACHO ELBOW! And of course, the Rainmaker Pose!
Okada drags Ospreay up, wristlocks, but Ospreay backs him to a corner! Okada uses that to throw Ospreay into the corner! Okada ROCKS Ospreay with a forearm, and fans rally up again. Ospreay stands up, Okada ROCKS him again. And EuroUppers! Okada wrenches and whips Ospreay corner to corner hard, and Ospreay bounces off buckles to hit the mat! The Empire looks worried while Okada eggs Ospreay on. Fans haven’t stopped rallying and Okada kicks at Ospreay. Ospreay gets mad as Okada slaps him. Ospreay throws a forearm but Okada ROCKS him right back! Fans fire up and Ospreay fires off Kowada Kicks and CHOPS and more kicks and a CHOP, repeat!
Ospreay CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Okada falls over but stands right back up to SHOTGUN Ospreay into the corner! Only for Ospreay to come right back and LARIAT!! Both men are down and the fans are thunderous! Ospreay and Okada stir, and Ospreay crawls after Okada as Okada crawls to ropes. Ospreay pushes Okada to the apron then joins him out there. Okada sits up and Ospreay reels him in! Okada fights the piledriver, Ospreay keeps trying, and Okada back drops Ospreay to the apron! Fans rally as both men are on the edge. Okada drags Ospreay up now, gut wrenches him, but Ospreay fights free!
Ospreay HOOK KICKS Okada, then goes up the corner, APRON OSCUTTER!! Both men crash down and then fall tot he floor while fans are thunderous again! Red Shoes checks both men but they’re okay to continue. The ring count starts and both men are still down at 5 of 20. Ospreay sits up at 6 and stands up at 10 to get in the ring. Okada is still down at 12, but starts to sit up at 13. Fans rally up and Okada sits all the way up at 16! Okada stands and staggers, and leans on the railing at 18! Okada turns around and slides in at 19, but Ospreay hits him with COAST2COAST! Cover, TWO!! Ospreay hurries right up top, to BLINDSIDE CHEERIO!
Fans fire up and Ospreay roars! Ospreay springboards, to OSCUTTER!! But his own neck slows him down on the cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are thunderous again! Okada and Ospreay crawl to opposite ends of the ring, and then drag themselves up the ropes. Ospreay aims to SUPERKICK Okada down! Ospreay then drags Okada up, reels him in and underhooks the arms, but Okada flips through the lift to short arm LARIAT! Ospreay stays up and roars, then BOOTS Okada! And again! And again! Okada short arm LARIATS again! Both men are down but Okada holds onto the wristlock! Fans rally up as Okada stirs.
Okada stands and he drags Ospreay back up, to short arm LARIAT again! Okada roars, drags Ospreay back up and wristlocks, but Ospreay fires back elbows! Okada CLUBS Ospreay on the back, EuroUppers, then runs, into the Tiger Wall Kick! But Okada DROPKICKS first! Okada whips, Ospreay avoids the dropkick! Ospreay springboards, OS- DROPKICK!! Okada knocks Ospreay out of the sky! The fans are thunderous and Okada gut wrenches Ospreay for the TOMBSTONE!! Then Okada stands Ospreay up, ROLLING- NO, Ospreay swats the lariat to ROLLING ELBOW! And HOOK KICK! And CHELSEY GRIN!!
Okada falls over from the blindside elbow and fans are electric! Ospreay aims from a corner, Okada rises and Ospreay runs in, into a DROPKICK! But Ospreay’s right up! But he runs into a gut wrench! Ospreay turns that around onto Okada, and he ties up the legs! HOLY CROSS TOMBSTONE!! Cover, TWO!?!? Okada survives but Ospreay prepares his elbow pad! Ospreay aims as Okada sits up, HIDDEN BLADE!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Okada survives and Ospreay can’t believe it! Fans rally up and Ospreay goes to the corner. Ospreay goes up top, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Okada is still alive!
Ospreay drags Okada up, reels him in, tucks him in, STYLES CLASH!! Cover, TWO!!!! Okada survives because Ospreay isn’t quite phenomenal! Fans are electric again as Okada drags himself to ropes. Ospreay glares and stands up. Ospreay aims a finger gun and says BANG! Shoutout to the Cleaner, V-TRIGGER!! Ospreay Electric Chair Lifts?!? But Okada slips out to scoop and LANDSLIDE!! Okada ripcords for RAINMAKER!!! Cover, TWO!?!?!? Okada can’t believe it, but neither can anyone else!! The Empire rallies and the fans are erupting while both men are down! Okada drags himself around to find Ospreay.
Okada grits his teeth, he grabs at Ospreay, but Ospreay tries to crawl away. Okada tells Ospreay it’s not done yet! Ospreay resists as Okada goes for the wristlock. Ospreay throws elbows but Okada won’t back off! Okada stands Ospreay up, but Ospreay throws more elbows! Okada GERMAN SUPLEXES! Okada holds on and he drags Ospreay up again! Ripcord, SPANISH FLY!! Ospreay turns it around on Okada and fans are electric again! They’ve been fighting for 30 minutes and they’re still not done! Ospreay sits up first but Okada slowly follows. Okada reaches out but Ospreay pushes his hands away.
They’re still on the mat but Ospreay ROCKS Okada with a forearm! Okada ROCKS Ospreay back! Ospreay ROCKS Okada back! Fans rally back up as Okada turns around and ROCKS Ospreay! Ospreay snarls and grits his teeth, then he ROCKS Okada! The forearms fly back and forth as the two stand up! Ospreay seethes then fires back! Fans fire up as the brawl continues, and Okada falls over! Okada stands back up as Ospreay glares at him. Okada fires a flurry, but Ospreay roars and ROCKS Okada! Okada EuroUppers, Ospreay HOOK KICKS! Ospreay and Okada fall over and the fans are thunderous again!
Ospreay crawls over to Okada, brings him around and underhooks the arms. Ospreay lifts but Okada fights it off! Alabama Lift, REVERSE NECKBREAKER! But Ospreay just gets right up! HIDDEN- NO, Okada ducks the Hidden Blade, then ducks the Buzzsaw, to ENZIGURI! Okada drags Ospreay up, pump handles and scoops, but Ospreay slips free! But Okada ducks the haymaker to ripcord, only for Ospreay to POP-UP ELBOW! Ospreay aims from a corner as fans are electric again! HIDDEN- SPIN-OUT POWERSLAM!! Ripcord and RAINMAKER!!! Okada falls on the cover, and Okada wins!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by pinfall (G1 Climax 32 Champion)
Two years in a row, Kazuchika Okada wins the final of the G1 Climax!! Will Ospreay have to complete his G1 dream next year?
As for Okada, he stands up and catches his breath, he is presented with the G1 Climax trophy and banner by JAM Project, the band that sings the G1 Climax theme song. Okada and JAM Project stand together for the photo ops, then he has his own moment to hold both trophy and banner overhead. Trophy and banner are set in place and Okada gets the mic. “BUDOKAN! Once again, thank you for your hot and enthusiastic support! Ospreay, you’re the best, man. You brought the heat. However, I’ll rule this thing for as long as it takes for you to beat me, ya bastard!”
Okada continues to say thanks to the fans for all their support this last month. “Even though the world is still in a difficult place, so many of you came out here. And those who couldn’t are watching right now on NJPW World. All of that support helped make this a hot G1 Climax!” Fans applaud that, and clap for “O-KA-DA!” Okada says this was his ELEVENTH G1 Climax, “and this year was as tough as ever. I won last year, too, making this a repeat victory. After winning last year, I challenged the meaning of winning the G1 Climax. Winning the G1 shouldn’t be seen as a stepping stone to winning the IWGP World title.
“Today’s match proved that the G1 means something other than winning a belt that changes hands. It’s a once-a-year league to decide who is really the best! You don’t win this just so you get an IWGP World Heavyweight title shot after. To me, that flies in the face of what winning the G1 really should be about. Therefore, I’ll raise the value of what it means to win the G1! I’ll raise the value of what it means to have earned that January 4th Tokyo Dome main event spot! It’s the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion challenging the G1 Climax Champion, Kazuchika Okada!” Fans applaud the idea of turning the tables on the top title!
Okada continues to say that he knows every competitor gave it their all, so that makes him all the more confident he’ll succeed! “NJPW, you know where I want to be on January 4th. Naito says you always give in to me, so don’t let this time be any different! Kento-dono, if you would please!” Fans clap for “O-KA-DA!” again, and he says, “I want the Tokyo Dome packed on January 4th, 2023. We’re eight months in to this 50th anniversary year, I’ll spend the rest of the year enticing those who haven’t yet discovered pro-wrestling! And I’ll make pro-wrestling fans even more excited about it! NJPW and Kazuchika Okada will continue to light pro-wrestling up! Please, continue to support us!”
Fans applaud again and Okada says, “All I can do is thank you, so thank you very much.” Fans clap for him again, and he says, “I hope pro-wrestling continues to be something you cherish. I’m not doing this just for me or NJPW, I’m doing this to fill a Tokyo Dome that we can all enjoy together! Please, stay with me! Thank you very much!” Okada tears up a bit, but he tells the fans that things got really heated up, so they should go home and cool off. “NJPW’s 50th anniversary continues, Kazuchika Okada and NJPW will continue to excite you all! For the rest of this anniversary year, and all of the wrestling world, I will make it rain!”
Okada drops the mic, poses with the banner and trophy, and the silver streamers fly! Will Okada redefine the power structure between the G1 Climax winner and the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion? Who will he meet for that battle come Wrestle Kingdom?
A great event for the G1 Climax, and it of course set up a lot of upcoming matches for titles/prizes. Takagi & Hiromu VS Kenta & ELP was a lot of fun, but I figured ELP would cheat to beat Takagi. ELP is surely coming after the KOPW trophy, but I would love if Kenta wants a match with Hiromu over what happened to Kenta’s book. Tanahashi & Finlay VS Good Brothers was really good, and what a great surprise from Yano showing up to squirt oil all over Gallows. Yano VS Gallows is probably going to be a match, and I would think Tanahashi challenges Anderson for the NEVER Openweight Championship, a title Tanahashi’s only had the one time.
Great stuff out of Tama & Kushida VS White & Taiji. The IWGP World and Junior Heavyweight losing here is probably a sign that they win in their separate 1v1 matches. As awesome as it would be for Tama to take the title before Wrestle Kingdom, this makes me think he won’t win it. Kushida VS Taiji could go either way, but Kushida getting the win on Taiji makes me think Taiji survives him to retain the title. And of course, we got just an awesome match between Okada and Ospreay. Quite a few times, I thought Ospreay was winning here, but in the end, it seems NJPW is sticking with old faithful, Kazuchika Okada. Okada VS White will be great for Wrestle Kingdom, but so would Okada against just about anyone.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Bianca’s the readiEST Raw Women’s Champion!
Damage Control looks to do some damage!
With Bayley coming after the Raw Women’s Championship at Extreme Rules, Bianca Belair looks to remove a pawn from play in Iyo Sky!
- Bianca Belair w/ Asuka & Alexa Bliss VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control; Bianca wins.
- Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio; Rey wins.
- Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano VS The Alpha Academy; Kevin & Gargano win.
- Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Joey Gibson & Fred Lester; Omos wins.
- Matt Riddle VS Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day; Riddle wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Bianca Belair w/ Asuka & Alexa Bliss VS Iyo Sky w/ Damage Control!
The RawEST Women’s Champion has the Empress of Tomorrow and the Five Foot Fury backing her up because we all know DMG CTRL doesn’t roll alone! Bianca gets the mic to say, “Y’know, Bayley, I really considered coming out here and challenging you again tonight. I mean, why wait for Extreme Rules? But then I remembered that you would never make this just about you and I. And even if you did come out here and accepted my challenge, it wouldn’t be you alone. I learn from my mistakes, and it was not about to be three on one again, especially not after last week.”
Bayley could’ve faced Alexa 1v1 but no. Iyo & Dakota had to interfere again because Bayley can’t fight her battles alone. So Bayley, Bianca will say this: If Bayley wants the title at Extreme Rules, then good luck. Because her girls will be watching Bayley’s girls to make sure this stays between the two of them. But here comes DMG CTRL makes their way out. Bayley thought Bianca would’ve learned her lesson last week. This will never be just about the two of them because it is bigger than the two of them. Bayley wouldn’t expect the fans to understand, either.
Bianca was groomed, handpicked and trained to be a champion. But those like DMG CTRL had to groom themselves, train themselves, and dreamt about this since they were 12 years old! Bayley said she would take over the WWE and that is what she’s doing! Yes, Bianca is in this position, she’s thriving, she’s accomplished all these things, but she was placed, picked, chosen. “Girl… Uh-uh.” Bianca has earned everything, nothing was handed to her. She’s here because she’s been showing up and showing out. Where’s Bayley been? Rehabbing?
Now, Bianca is sorry Bayley got hurt but she’s not sorry Bayley came back to Bianca as champion. Bianca will not belittle herself to go down to Bayley’s level. Bayley tells fans to shut up! She WAS injured, she DID get hurt. She couldn’t even walk 10 months ago, but she taught herself how to walk again, and how to run again. And Bayley pinned Bianca at Clash at the Castle! Something NO ONE had done in over 300 days! So yes, Bayley was injured, that’s why she wasn’t here. So fall in line like everyone else!
Bianca says no no no. Last time Bianca checked, Bayley WAS here when Bianca reached the top of her game. When Bianca main evented WrestleMania, Bayley WAS here. And the last 1v1 match these two had, Bianca KOD’d Bayley onto a ladder. Bianca gets it, though. She understands why Bayley returned with back-up. It’s because Bayley wasn’t ready to face a champion like Bianca alone. Bayley says, “Y’know what?” But then fans taunt and boo and that upsets Bayley.
“We’re not talking about the past, okay? The past is the past and I’m sick of you running your mouth.” But Bayley just got a great idea! At Extreme Rules, she feels like winning the Raw Women’s Championship in a LADDER MATCH. Fans cheer that ide and Bianca even smiles. Consider the ante up. But since Bianca can’t have Bayley, she’ll get extreme with Iyo tonight! Let’s go! Iyo nods and hands her belt over to Kai. She calls for the ref while the others exit, and the bell rings! For Iyo to turn around into a SHOTGUN dropkick!
Bianca kips up and fans fire up as Iyo bails out! DMG CTRL regroups but Bianca wants the Evil Genius to get back in, while Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Bianca CLUBS away on Iyo in a corner. Bianca whips corner to corner, Iyo reverses and runs in but Bianca puts her on the apron. Bianca clinches but avoids the haymaker! Bianca waistlocks to bring Sky back into the ring, for a SLAM! Bianca keeps hold of Sky and fans rally up. Bianca ripcords Sky to then run her over with a shoulder! Bianca drags Sky up and TOSSES her across the ring! Sky gets up, and Bianca TOSSES her the other way! Sky gets to a corner, Bianca runs in and RAMS her shoulder in!
Bianca digs her shoulder in, then carries Sky! But Sky sunset flips, only for Bianca to stay up and drag Sky up. Sky dodges, tilt-o-whirls, but Bianca blocks it for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Sky ends up in another corner. Bianca climbs up to rain down fists. But Sky slips out to trip Bianca up with her hair! Sky fires off on Bianca now but lets off as the ref counts. Sky sweeps the legs and digs her boots in, to then hit a SWINGING METEORA! Cover, TWO!
Sky drags Bianca up and whips her to ropes. Bianca reverses, but Sky reverses back to hook Bianca up for an IRON OCTOPUS! Bianca endures, fights around, pries Iyo off but Iyo sunset flips, TWO! Bianca ends up in a corner now, but she dodges Sky and ROCKS her with a forearm! Bianca runs in to CLOBBER Sky! Sky goes to a corner, Bianca goes up to rain down fists! Fans count along, all the way to TEN! Sky tries to trip Bianca up again but Bianca kicks her away! Bianca flips up and over, then DECKS Sky! Cover, TWO! Bianca is frustrated but she looms over Sky.
Bianca drags Sky up, torture racks, but Sky fights with elbows! Sky swings but into another waistlock! Sky fights the lift, throws some elbows, but Bianca holds on tight! Sky keeps fighting, and she HOTSHOTS Bianca in the ropes! Sky then hits a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK and Bianca hits POST! Bianca flops down and DMG CTRL is loving it as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Sky has Bianca in a chinlock, but Bianca powers up! SIDEWALK SLAM! Both women are down and fans rally up. Bianca and Sky rise, Sky is on Bianca first but Bianca ROCKS Sky! Sky ROCKS Bianca, Bianca ROCKS Sky! Sky runs, Bianca dodges and follows to CLOBBER Sky! Bianca rallies and DROPKICKS Sky down! Bianca kips up, drags Sky up and CLUBS away on her! Bianca whips Sky to a corner, runs in but Sky turns things around, only for Bianca to snap suplex first! And roll through to the longEST stall, and a SLAM! Cover, TWO!
Sky survives and Bianca breathes easy again. Bianca drags Sky up, chicken wings, but Sky fights to get the ropes! Sky then switches, rolls Bianca up, TWO! Sky stands on the ponytail! Fans boo but then Bianca trips Sky up with the ponytail! HANDSPRING- NO, Sky avoids the moonsault to kick, run, QUEBRADA, but into a scoop and SLAM! HANDSPRING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Sky survives again and Bayley is stressing out. Bianca glares at Bayley, stalks Sky, and she drags Sky up into a torture rack. “This is Awesome!” as Sky fights the KOD!
Sky is on the apron, she ROCKS and GAMANGIRIS Bianca away! Sky goes up top for a CROSSBODY! But Bianca rolls it through! Bianca shakes her head, and she FALL AWAY SLAMS Sky down! Cover, TWO! Sky rolls away but Bianca drags her into a drop zone. Bianca climbs up, Sky pops up to SHOTEI! Sky then climbs up after Bianca, fires forearms and a HEABUTT! Sky stands on the very top to SUPER- NO, Bianca blocks the Steiner to push Sky away. Bianca BOOTS Sky, adjusts, but Sky goes up top! SUPER ARM-DRAG!!
Sky fires up and she aims from a corner. Sky runs in for the SHINKANSEN! Bianca is in the drop zone now and Sky goes up! But Bianca trips her up! And SHOVES her onto DMG CTRL! Bianca aims, for a PLANCHA!! Bianca is all fired up and so are the fans! But Sky SHOTEIS and SHOTEIS and SHOTEIS! Sky pushes Bianca in, springboards, but Bianca gets under! Torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
A big win over the Genius of the Sky! Bianca is ready to fly, will Bayley regret choosing a Ladder Match for their showdown?
Someone arrives in the back.
It’s Solo Sikoa & Sami Zayn! They’re here so the Honorary Uce can face AJ Styles, will he make the Phenomenal One pay for the disrespect shown to the Bloodline?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Last week, when Seth Rollins attacked Matt Riddle, that helped The Judgement Day defeat him and Rey. Part of that was also Dominik daring Rey to hit him, even kneeling and begging him to do it. What is going on in Rey’s mind right now? Kevin Patrick’s a father, yeah? So he knows there’s nothing like holding your newborn child in your arms. Wanting to give them the world, watching them grow up, envisioning the kind of person they’ll become, always wanting the best for them, no matter what. Rey will always love Dom, and he will never, under any circumstances, fight him.
But last week, when Dom gave him that chance, Rey wondered what happened to the kid he raised. He could not recognize this man Dom has become. Rey knows deep down inside, this is not Dominik. It can’t be! This is Rhea manipulating Dom’s heart and mind. But Rey can’t let that sway his focus. Tonight, Rey takes on Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins, and he needs to be at his best. Rey’s had his fair share of battles with Rollins, and he knows how savage Rollins can be. Rollins wanted to do more than just injure Riddle last week.
Rey may have mercy for his own flesh and blood, but with everything going on his head right now, there is no mercy for Rollins. Will the King of Lucha be able to take out all his anger on the Visionary?
The Miz meets with security backstage.
“Alright, gentlemen. I have recruited you for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am offering a prize package worht up to one MILLION dollars, including but not limited to an exclusive cameo in the upcoming spinoff movie of the Marine franchise, gift cards accepted at most department stores, a certified pre-owned vehicle, and career advice from yours truly, which in and of itself is worth $2 million.”
Now he did not want big, bulky, muscular dumb security, he wants smart and stealthy! That is why he chose them. They are not just elite security professionals, no! They are MIZFORCE! Say it with him! “MIZFORCE!” Again! “MIZFORCE!” One more time! “MIZFORCE!” Now go! Find He Who Shall Not Be Named and make sure he is not here! GO GO GO! The guards hurry off, but will MIZFORCE find Dexter Lumis before Lumis finds Miz?
Seth Rollins VS Rey Mysterio!
The Visionary has pushed things with Matt Riddle so far, they’re going into the FIGHT PIT at Extreme Rules! Will Rollins sharpen his edge at the expense of the King of Lucha? Or will he suffer for everything Judgement Day has put Rey through instead?
Before the match, Rollins gets the mic and fans sing his song, “OH~ OHH~ OHHHH~!” Rollins welcomes Edmonton to Monday Night Rollins! And he is our host for the festivities. He is a visionary, he is a revolutionary, he is Seth “FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!” And Rollins should be here as the NEW United States Champion, But the only reason he is not, that reason has a name that Rollins doesn’t even wanna say. But he is not champion now because of Matt Riddle!
Last week, Rollins had Lashley in the center of the ring, dead to rights, but Riddle made Rollins take his eye off the ball for one single second, and it cost him! Riddle has been a thorn in Rollins’ side for months, but that is the last time! In two weeks, they finish this at Extreme Rules inside… THE FIGHT PIT! Fans like the sound of that! Some even chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” But then the singing of “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” drowns that out. Rollins has to be honest, though, this past week, Rollins has heard the whispers and read the tweets. No one thinks he stands a chance!
Everyone says the Fight Pit is Riddle’s match. Rollins had to go home and take a long look in the mirror. Rollins came to the harsh conclusion that he’s SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS! It doesn’t matter what kind of match it is! Cage match, Hell in a Cell, Tables, Ladders, Rollins has been in every single type of match you can imagine, and he’s won ’em all! As good as Riddle may be inside the cage, he has nothing on Rollins. Rollins has one thing Riddle will never have: his brain! His Einstein level acumen for the fight game!
Extreme Rules may be Rollins’ first time inside the Fight Pit, but he’ll tell us this. “When all the dust settles, Riddle is gonna be flat on his back, and the entire world is gonna be singing my song, calling me the King of the Fight Pit!” Fans sing again, “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Rollins knows Riddle is watching, so Riddle better take notes. Rollins is going to give “Father of the Year,” Rey Mysterio the beating he is too much of a coward to give his own son! HAHAHAHAH! But with that Rey makes his entrance! Will Rey show who’s really the coward here?
Rey DROPKICKS Rollins the moment he’s in the ring! The ref tries to stop Rey but Rollins bails out. Rollins is furious and throwing a fit, but Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Rollins puts Rey in a corner to grind his forearms in. Rollins talks trash, stomps away and digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Rollins lets off, and wipes the blood from the cut on his forehead. That’s from Rey spiking Rollins off steel steps. Rollins CLAWS Rey’s back, then he fishhooks Rey’s nose! Rollins lets off as the ref reprimands, but he ROCKS Rey to a corner. Rollins whips Rey corner to corner but Rey goes up and over then tilt-o-whirls and RANAS! Rey fires off on Rollins, whips, but Rollins reverses, only for Rey to KICK him away. Rey runs but into a tilt-o-whirl BACKBREAKER!
Rey writhes and Rollins seethes while fans rally. Rollins stalks Rey to ropes, drags him up and ROCKS him in the back. Rollins looms over Rey, drags Rey up and ROCKS him again. Then Rollins reels Rey in for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Rollins snarls as Rey crawls to the apron. Rollins drags Rey up but Rey counter punches! Rey fires off haymakers, slingshots up and over to a sunset flip, TWO! Rollins CLOBBERS Rey! Fans rally and duel as Rollins stalks Rey.
Rollins kicks Rey around, then kicks him to a corner. Rollins CHOPS Rey, whips him corner to corner, then runs in to forearm smash! Rey flops down and Rollins conducts the “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Fans boo, too, though, and that upsets Rollins. Rey stands up, Rollins runs corner to corner, but Rey dodges! Rollins hits buckles and then Rey fires off haymakers! Rey RAMS Rollins, whips but Rollins reverses. Rey drop toeholds to send Rollins into buckles! Rey then climbs up and rains down fists on that bloody forehead! Fans count all the way to TEN, and Rey gives us some Latino Heat!
Rey follows Rollins, whips, but Rollins reverses. Rey holds ropes, elbows back then springboards, but Rollins catches him to a fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER DROP! Rey flounders but Rollins drags him up to slide him out! Rey belly flops onto the floor and Rollins goes out after him. But here comes Dominik, with a chair! Is Dom here to attack Rollins for their past? Or is he here to watch his father suffer? Dom pats Rollins on the shoulder, so it’s the latter as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Rollins whips Rey HARD into the corner! Dom is sitting ringside now to watch as Rollins drags Rey out onto the apron. Rollins CLUBS away on Rey, then lets off to line up a shot. Rollins BOOTS Rey into the ring! Rollins offers a fist bump, and Dom takes it! Fans boo them both but Rollins goes into the ring. Rollins tells Dom to watch this. Rollins drags Rey up to snap suplex! Uno Amigo! And then another snap suplex, Dos Amigos! Rollins drags Rey up again, gives some Latino Heat, and suplexes again, but Rey throws knees! Rey makes it a DDT!
Dom isn’t as happy watching now with Rey and Rollins both down. Rey gets up, adjusts his mask and goes to a corner. Rey climbs, but Rollins Electric Chair Lifts him off the corner! Rollins turns Rey around but Rey RANAS Rollins into the buckles! Fans fire up while both men are down again! Rey goes to the apron and fans fire up as he climbs. But Rollins ROCKS Rey first! Rollins climbs up, brings Rey up, but Rey throws body shots! Rey HEADBUTTS Rollins away, but Rollins springs right back up! Rey fights with body shots and shoves Rollins away again! Then SEATED SENTONS!
Rey keeps moving, he ducks ‘n’ dodges to springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives the sudden turnaround but Rey keeps moving. Rey slides under but Rollins catches him, only for Rey to victory roll! TWO, and Rey dropkicks Rollins onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins gets up to get Rey in position, BUCKLE BOMB! And FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Dom is annoyed. Rollins goes to ropes, drags himself up, and thinks what he has to do to keep Rey down. Rey flounders, Rollins aims, but Rey avoids the stomp! Rollins kicks low, but Rey fights the underhooks!
Rollins CLUBS away on Rey, gets him up, but Rey fights and RANAS Rollins out of the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed to SLIDING SPLASH! Direct hit on Rollins and Dom stands up in frustration! Rey puts Rollins in the ring, hurries up the corner again, FLYING SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rollins survives and Dom sits back down. Fans taunt Dom with “Dominik’s Useless!” Rey dropkick Rollins onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Rollins ducks the 619! Rey hurries after Rollins but Rollins shoulders in! Rollins GOURDBUSTERS Rey down!
Rollins climbs up the corner slowly, and Rey trips him up! Rey climbs up after Rollins now, fires some haymakers, then goes up to SUPER- NO! Rollins blocks the Steiner and swings Rey back up! SUPER STEINER AFTER ALL!! Rollins flounders to ropes, 619!! But Rey hit Rollins so hard, Rollins flounders to the far side of the ring! Rey hurries to the apron, and he FLYING RANAS Rollins down again! But Dom gets up and has the chair! Rey turns around to see Dom, and the ref tells Dom no. Dom drops the chair, but then dares Rey to use it now!
Fans boo, Dom is just distracting Rey! Rollins distracts the ref, RHEA RIPLEY POSTS Rey!! Dom puts Rey in the ring for Rollins to CURB STOMP!! Rollins laughs as he puts Rey in a PERUVIAN NECKTIE!! Rey is OUT, Rollins wins!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by submission
The Visionary gets to show off his new hold, not that he had to! That was a message to Riddle that Rollins can grapple just like him. But it also shows that The Judgement Day had to help Rollins out. Will The Visionary survive when he has to beat The Bro on his own? As for Rey, is there no reaching Dom anymore?
But speaking of Matt Riddle, he’s watching this backstage.
The Bro’s attention is trained on Rollins, so when someone pats him on the shoulder, he freaks out! Oh, it’s Bobby Lashley. Don’t scare him like that, bro. Didn’t think you were silent but deadly. You gotta keep your head on a swivel around here, y’know? Lashley gets it. He just wants to wish Riddle luck against Damian Priest tonight, not that Riddle needs it. And Lashley also heard what Rollins was saying about The Fight Pit. The MMA guys know what it’s like, but Rollins doesn’t. It’s either you tap out, or you get knocked out. That’s what Rollins fears, so don’t let him get away on this one.
Riddle says he’s not letting Rollins get away. Riddle will fight him, submit him, knock him out, Rollins ain’t going anywhere. Alright. One more thing: Lashley knows Riddle wanted to help Lashley last week, but he should never do that again. “My bad, Bobby.” Well, Riddle has Rollins where he wants him, so knock his teeth out! Damn straight, bro! Riddle is fired up now. Will The Bro take the fight to the Punisher before entering the Pit?
Johnny Gargano & Kevin Owens head for gorilla.
Along the way, they find one of the MIZFORCE guards knocked out cold! Is that a bad sign for The Miz?
Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano VS The Alpha Academy!
The Prizefighter and Johnny Wrestling have been putting Austin Theory in his place, and that doesn’t sit well with his pals, Chad Gable & Otis. “Master” Gable and #4PointOtis are waving American flags in Canada to try and make a point, but will it be homefield advantage for KO?
The teams sort out and Gargano starts against Gable. They tie up, Gable headlocks, spins and hammerlocks to a drop toehold. Gable then floats back to a headlock and grinds the hold. Gargano powers up and out, Gable runs him over, ‘A THANK YEW~!” Things speed up, fans sing “GA-BLE~, GABLE GABLE GABLE~… GA-BLE~! GA-BLE~!” as Gargano RANAS and wheelbarrows Gable to an arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! Fans fire up as Gable scrambles away. Tag to Otis and Gargano winds up to tag Kevin! Fans fire up as Kevin and Otis circle.
Kevin and Otis tie up, Kevin headlocks but Otis powers out. They RAM shoulders but neither falls. Kevin runs and RAMS Otis but almost bounces off! Otis nods, so Kevin DROPKICKS him! Otis staggers, Gable tags in but Kevin fires off haymakers! Kevin whips, CLOBBERS Gable, then SENTONS! And MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Kevin drags Gable up for a short arm LARIAT! Tag to Gable, he hops on, BACKPACK SENTON! Cover, TWO! Gable goes to a corner, Gargano runs in but Gable puts him on the outside. Gable runs, Otis tags in, Gargano SLINGSHOT SPEARS Gable!
Otis choke grips Gargano, then lifts him up to toss into the WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! “For the Academy!” Fans boo Otis as he looms over Gargano and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Gargano fights off the Academy! Otis catches Gargano to keep him from Kevin! And then Otis RAMS Gargano into the corner! Tag to Gable, Otis whips Gable in but Gargano TOSSES him out! Otis run sin, Gable dodges and Otis POSTS himself! Gargano crawls, Kevin reaches out, but Gable anchors Gargano! Gable drags Gargano away, Gargano rolls and sends Gable towards Kevin! Gable stops himself, but Gargano rolls him up, SCHOOLBOY KICK! Fans fire up for the HOT TAG! Kevin rallies with CHOPS and forearms on Gable!
Kevin whips, atomic drops and LARIATS Gable down! Kevin DECKS Otis, corner clotheslines Gable then runs to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Gable is in the corner, “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Kevin then hauls Gable up, AOI SHOUDOU! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives but Kevin hurries to a corner. Kevin climbs, leaps, SWANTON onto knees!! Kevin writhes and Gable crawls to the other corner. Gable climbs up now, and MOONSAULTS! He has to land out as Kevin moves, but he blocks the superkick. Gable spins Kevin around, Kevin fights the waistlock.
Kevin kicks low but Gable denies the Stunner! Kevin comes back to trip Gable, and he steps through! Fans fire up for the SHARPSHOOTER! Gable endures, flails, reaches around, but Kevin drags Gable away! Otis runs in to CLOBBER Kevin! Fans boo but Otis tells them to “SUCK IT!” Gable and Kevin crawl for their corners, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano DROPKICKS Otis down, then he swings a kick. Gable ducks it and waistlocks but Gargano switches. Gable switches back but Gargano switches again, only for Gable to switch one more time. Gargano bucks the O’Conner Roll while tagging in Kevin!
Gargano ROUNDHOUSES Gable, scoops him, and LAWN DARTS Gable into buckles! Kevin goes up top and he SWANTON BOMBS! Cover, TWO!?! Gable survives and shocks everyone! Kevin drags Gable back up, whips him to ropes, but Gable slips out of the pop-up! Gable gets around Kevin to GERMAN SUPLEX! Gargano tags in and he GAMANGIRIS Gable! Slingshot, but no DDT! NORTHERN LIGHTS, and a roll through, to then EXPLODER! Gable tags Otis and Otis Electric Chair Lifts Gargano. Gable tags in and goes up, for the FLYING BULLDOG!! Cover, Kevin breaks it!!
But Otis CLOBBERS Kevin! And SPLASHES in the corner! Kevin flops out but Otis pursues, to CLOBBER Kevin again! Fans boo but Otis clears off the announce desk! Otis runs at Kevin, but Kevin sends him into steel steps! SUPERKICK but Otis stays up! SUPERKICK, and now Otis is on the desk! Kevin goes to the barrier and climbs up! MACHO ELBOW through the table!! Fans are losing their minds while Gable and Gargano stand in the ring. Gargano fires off forearms, then a ROLLING- THROAT CHOP from Gable!
Gable spins now but Gargano mule kicks. Gable blocks the lariat, but not the DISCUS LEFT!! Fans fire up with Gargano and he goes to the corner. Gargano aims and powers up, but THEORY swipes at him! Fans boo, Gable hits a ROLLING ELBOW! And then a CLIFFHANGER DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Gargano survives and shocks Theory! Gable is also furious, so he kicks Gargano out of the ring. Theory takes a swing but misses! SUPERKICK takes Theory down! Gargano GAMAN- NO, Gable blocks! But Gargano ducks his clothesline to slingshot, ONE FINAL BEAT!! Cover, Gargano & Kevin win!!
Winners: Kevin Owens & Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
The long awaited debut of #PandaExpress is a success! The Academy and Mr. MITB couldn’t stop them, will Kevin and Gargano soon find themselves heading for some gold?
AJ Styles heads to gorilla.
More MIZFORCE guards are down and out but Styles shrugs it off. Kevin Patrick finds him, though, and asks that before facing Sami Zayn, can Styles explain why he rejected Finn Balor’s offer to join Judgement Day? Has everyone forgotten what The Judgement Day did to Styles? To get respect, you gotta show respect. Styles has been on his own for a while now and… Finn appears! Finn says he comes in peace as Styles’ friend. We all know the importance of having friends around here, right?
Finn says The Judgement Day has achieved so much already. But with Styles, him and Finn together, they could change the business again! Okay, hear him out. Styles has a match with Sami Zayn, right? And Sami’s got back up in Solo Sikoa. So as a friend, the Judgement Day would like to offer Styles an olive branch. Styles says they’ll watch his back? Yeah! Styles says he can watch is own back.
Omos & MVP head to gorilla now.
The Nigerian Giant continues to dominate, just how many men will be sent to the slaughter this time?
Theory regroups with The Alpha Academy backstage.
What happened out there? He thought they were the masters of success! Where was the success? Gable says his number one guy, Otis, hasn’t been 100% since throwing down with that “moron,” Braun Strowman! If not for that two ton doofus, the Academy would’ve schooled those fools. Well y’know what, Chad? It would’ve been good to know that before he got hit in the jaw. But they gotta get even with Kevin & Gargano. Gargano’s not gonna embarrass Theory twice in a dump like Canada!
But then Theory gets a phone call. Hello? It’s for Gable. It is? Well, okay. Gable is in high demand. Hello? “A two ton doofus, huh? Bet you think you’re real funny.” Braun promises Gable he won’t be laughing next week, beause the Monster of All Monsters is coming for him in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota! That way, they won’t have to fly Gable’s body home for his funeral! Sh-sh-shoosh please… Theory says Gable’s got this. But Otis, Gargano tried to big dog you out there and you gotta let him know who you are! What you represent! What you’re gonna do!
Next week, Otis VS Gargano, and it’ll be Gargano’s last match because of Otis! It’ll be the end of Gargano’s very short and sad career. Otis is fired up but Gable is dreading next week. Will the Academy’s teacher go into early retirement?
Handicap Match: Omos w/ MVP VS Joey Gibson & Fred Lester!
Montel Vontavius Porter is sitting with commentary at the reconstructed desk, and the Nigerian Giant against stares down two mere mortals. Will either one of these men survive the night?
The bell rings, Omos choke grips Gibson, and keeps Lester from running away! Omos SHOVES them both out of the ring! Omos then goes out, drags Joey Gibson up and RAMS him into steel steps! And then Omos storms over to Lester, scoops and LAWN DARTS him off the apron, to then BOOT him down!! MVP is singing as Omos TOSSES Lester into the ring, and SPLASHES him in the corner! Omos then goes back for Gibson to drag him up by his head! Omos TOSSES him into the ring, too! Omos then clobbers Gibson back down!
Omos roars, he drags Lester up with both hands, MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE BOMB! And then MOUNTAINTOP CHOKE BOMB for Gibson! Cover, Omos wins!
Winner: Omos, by pinfall
MVP is all fired up for Omos, and Omos then TOSSES his opponents out of the ring! MVP says Braun may be a Monster Among Monsters, but Omos is the only titan of WWE! Omos puts Gibson onto the desk, then places Lester next to him. Omos then climbs up onto the desk! Omos roars triumphantly, will he soon stand tall over all of the WWE?
The Miz regroups with MIZFORCE.
But they’re all out cold and heaped on top of each other! Miz is freaking out! MIZFORCE was supposed to be the best of the best! But of course this what happens. Wait, is he… LUMIS IS IN THE HOCKEY GEAR! Miz turns around to see him. HIGH STICKING! And then Lumis CRACKS the stick on Miz’s back! Lumis then sits with Miz, and wraps him up in THE SILENCE!! Miz fights but can’t get away, and he is OUT! Lumis pats Miz on the head, what will Lumis do to him this time?
Nikki A.S.H. VS ???
The Almost SuperHero is going solo tonight, and… CANDICE LERAE is here?!? Mrs. Johnny Wrestling, the Poison Pixie, has come to Raw! Will she get going just like her husband has?
The bell rings and Nikki tells Candice to go back to NXT! Candice blocks Nikki’s kick, trips her up, and dropkicks her out of the ring! Candice runs and baseball slides, but gets caught in the apron skirt! Nikki fires off on Candice, then refreshes the ring count. Nikki puts Candice in the ring, pushes her around, and tells her to go away. Nikki strikes a pose, but Candice rolls her up! TWO, and Candice fires off forearms and CHOPS! Candice fires off hands in the corner but lets off as the ref counts.
Fans fire up with Candice, she runs and back body blocks in the corner! Snapmare and SUPERKICK! Nikki staggers, into a BACKSTABBER! Candice hurries to a corner, she goes up but Nikki ROCKS her first! Nikki climbs up after Candice, talks trash on her, but Candice throws hands! And then takes her for a WILD RIDE!! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
The Wrestling Family is on fire! Will Raw soon see the way? As for Nikki, she’s thrown off her superhero mask. Is this the breaking point for the Almost SuperHero?
Finn Balor talks with Judgement Day backstage.
They all trust each other, right? Then trust him about Styles. Styles is gonna come around. Kevin Patrick walks over to ask Damian Priest if he might hold back against his former friend in Riddle tonight. Rhea asks back, “What’s with the dumbass questions?” Priest says yeah, what’s he supposed to say? Of course he’s NOT holding back. And he’s gonna have zero remorse! KP said it himself, Riddle’s a former friend. This right here, this is his crew! This is his family. Rhea’s said it time and again, the Judgement Day runs Raw! So as far as Priest is concerned, Riddle is just running his brains into the clouds like always.
Just look at this past year! Riddle spent most of it pretending to be Randy Orton! And now Rollins has Riddle so confused, Riddle thinks he’s in the UFC. “Yo, Riddle. You’re not a Viper. You’re not a cage fighter anymore. And you sure as hell aren’t my friend. Tonight like everyone else, you Riddle, will fall while the Judgement Day will rise. Nothing personal, bro.” The Judgement Day laughs, but will they have the last laugh in the end?
Sami Zayn w/ Solo Sikoa VS AJ Styles!
As he shows off, the Honorary Uce has his own official shirt! He is truly accepted into the Bloodline, but will he be able to defend their honor against the Phenomenal One? Or will Styles show that shirts don’t amount to much?
The bell rings and the two circle. Sami backs away to a corner as fans cheer him on, but Styles tunes that out. They tie up, Sami headlocks, and fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE OLE~!” Styles powers out, Sami RAMS him and knocks him over! Sami holds up the finger, #WeTheOnes! Styles smirks while Sami talks trash, and Styles reaches up to headscissor him down! And then DROPKICK him! Styles CHOPS Sami in a corner, then bump him off buckles in another corner. Sami staggers around but Styles scoops him for a BACKBREAKER!
Styles looms over Sami, throws down a fist, and then drops a knee! Cover, TWO! Styles follows Sami to ropes, whips him to ropes, but Sami holds them to elbow Styles back. Styles dodges Sami but runs into a back drop! Cover, ONE!! Sami is annoyed and he bumps Styles off buckles. Sami climbs up, leaps, and ELBOWS Styles down! Cover, ONE!! Sami drags Styles up, throws him out, but the ref is aware of Solo. Solo stays back, Sami goes out to fetch Styles, and SMACKS him off the apron. The ring count climbs, Sami drags Styles up to SMACK him off the apron again.
Sami goes in at 6 of 10, kicks Styles away then hits an ARABIAN PRESS! Fans fire up with the Honorary Uce as he shows off the shirt. Sami puts Styles in, covers, TWO! Sami paces but then drags Styles up. Sami swings but Styles fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Sami sits up, into the SLIDING FOREARM! Sami staggers to a corner, Styles runs in to clothesline! And then fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Sami sits up again and Styles reels him in! But Sami fights the Clash so Styles shoves him. Sami forearms, Styles blocks the boot and slips around to torture rack! TOWERHACKER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!
Sami bails out and Solo is there. Styles glares at Solo, but slingshots to FOREARM Sami down! Styles stares Solo down and fans fire up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns, Styles whips Sami but Sami KICKS back! Sami reels Styles in to suplex but Styles fights it! Sami keeps trying but Styles suplexes back! Sami lands on his feet to hit a NECKBREAKER! Both men go to corners, Styles runs in at Sami, but Sami gets under Styles to put him on the apron! Styles ROCKS Sami back, though, and he takes aim! Fans fire up, Styles springboards, but Sami gets under! Styles runs back in, into a BUCKLE- NO, Styles victory rolls the exploder! TWO!! Sami runs in, Styles catches him to snap suplex Sami into buckles!
Both men are down but Sami bails out to where Solo is again. Styles storms over and stares Solo down while he drags Sami up. Styles puts Sami in, he glares at Solo, then goes back inside the ring. Sami BOOTS Styles, and reels him in for a BLUE THUDNER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Sami can’t believe it but this is why Styles is a WWE Grand Slam Champion! Styles crawls to a corner, Sami runs in and fires off haymakers! Sami hoists Styles up, but Styles throws hands in return! Styles reels Sami in, TORNADO- NO, Sami blocks that to suplex, and ORANGE CRUSH! Cover, TWO!!
Sami is furious that Styles survives! Styles bails out but Sami hurries out after him! Sami POSTS Styles, and again! And then he TOSSES Styles over the barriers! Sami returns into the ring and wants the count to climb. Fans count along, Styles stirs at 6 of 10, hurries over at 8, and slides in at 9.5! Sami snarls and he drags Styles up, only for Styles to cradle! TWO!! Sami ROCKS Styles, Styles ROCKS Sami, and fans rally as they go back and forth! Sami gets the edge, but Styles roars! Sami BOOTS Styles, Styles PELES Sami! Both men are down and fans are loving this as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Sami has Styles up top. Sami climbs up after him but Styles throws haymakers. Styles hops up and sunset flips but Sami holds on! But Styles pulls him form the corner and into position! Sami kicks free of The Clash! Styles staggers around, runs in, but into a CORNER EXPLODER! Sami hurries and runs corner to corner, but Styles bails out. Fans boo but Sami hurries after Styles. Sami puts Styles in, but Styles catches Sami and rolls him! CALF CRUSHER!! Sami endures, reaches out, but Styles cranks way back! Sami still reaches, claws forward, pushes through and gets the ROPEBREAK!
Solo nods as Styles lets Sami go. Sami clutches his knee and both men slowly rise. Styles storms over to Sami but into a JAWBREAKER! Styles leans on the ropes, but he runs to sunset flip! And then deadlift into position! Sami flails, gets in the ropes, and he back drops Styles up and out! Styles holds onto the ropes, ROCKS Sami, but Sami grabs hair! The ref reprimands, Sami lets go and distracts the ref, and Solo YANKS Styles down for an APRON URENAGE! Fans boo but Sami smiles as he knows Solo just helped him out. HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!
Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall
Getting an assist in the win, Sami really IS in the Bloodline now! Solo “The Enforcer” does his job, will he, Sami and all of the Bloodline take over WWE?
Wait, here comes The Judgement Day! And of course, Finn has a mic to say, “AJ, AJ, AJ. It pains me to see you like this, bro. And I can’t help but think that if you had accepted our offer earlier, the outcome of this match may have been a little bit different. You deserve so much better than this, AJ. You deserve it, man. So seeing as I’m a fair and generous person, I’m asking you as a friend to rise up and join the Judgement Day.” Finn offers a hand, Styles thinks for a moment, but he stands up on his own. Finn throws up the Too Sweet, maybe Styles will accept that. Styles throws up the middle finger instead!
So Finn attacks Styles! As do Priest and Dom! They mug Styles, Rhea gets a chair, and Finn puts the chair around Styles’ head! Rhea holds it in place, Finn runs up, but Finn stops short of the stomp. Finn says he could’ve ended Styles’ career, but he’s Styles’ friend. This is NOT what friends do. The Judgement Day loom over Styles, having given him the most menacing of ultimatums. Will the Phenomenal One stay a lone wolf? Or will he join the wolf pack that is The Judgement Day?
Bianca, Alexa & Asuka are having fun backstage.
They’re all excited after Bianca’s big win over Iyo Sky, and then Candice finds them! Candice hopes Bianca shuts Bayley up at Extreme Rules. Oh, Bianca definitely will. And congratulations on the debut victory! Candice thanks Bianca, but then “DING DONG! Uh, why don’t you two shut up?” Bayley says compliments are just jealousy in disguise. And bullies are just cowards in disguise. Oh, Candice’s feeling real confident after one win here, huh? They can change that. Dakota says Bayley has the title match to worry about. Candice says Dakota doesn’t.
Bayley knows Candice is new here, but DMG CTRL runs things. If Candice wants a match with Dakota, just wait for next week. And Bianca, see you at Extreme Rules. Oh, they don’t have to wait for that. Things get heated but everyone backs down. Will the Poison Pixie sting #CobraKai? Will this all explode before Extreme Rules?
Matt Riddle VS Damian Priest w/ The Judgement Day!
Rollins made sure Rey & Riddle didn’t win last week, but Riddle will let him off the hook until Extreme Rules. Will the Bro get his “brovenge” on the Punisher? Or will the Judgement Day just keep on rolling roughshod through Raw?
The bell rings and Riddle circles with Priest. The fans chant “BRO! BRO! BRO!” and Riddle smirks. Riddle and Priest tie up, Priest puts Riddle in the corner but Riddle pushes back. They go along the ropes, into another corner, but Priest shoves Riddle down. Priest dares Riddle to come back and they circle again. They tie up, Priest puts Riddle on ropes but Riddle hops on to go after an arm! Riddle gets a HOVERBOARD, but Priest powers through to suplex! Riddle slips around to a SLEEPER! Priest gasps as he reaches for ropes but Riddle squeezes tight. Priest BACKPACK SENTONS!
Priest grins as he’s free, but Riddle springs to life to get the SLEEPER again! Priest scrambles to a corner, the ref counts the ropebreak, and Riddle lets off. Priest swings a back elbow but Riddle gets away. Fans cheer as the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Riddle waistlocks to headlock and hits a takeover. Priest pushes Riddle to the headscissors and holds tight. Riddle reaches out, moves around, and pushes free. Priest avoids the Penalty Kick and Riddle says it was that close. Priest shoves Riddle so Riddle shoves back. Riddle fires palm strikes but Priest bobs ‘n’ weaves to evade!
Priest swings, Riddle bobs ‘n’ weaves now! Riddle ducks Priest’s heel kick but Priest avoids the Final Flash. Riddle ducks the spin kick, but Priest blocks a kick to trip Riddle! Riddle avoids the stomps to literally kick Priest’s butt! Riddle kips up and fans fire up as Riddle dares Priest to bring it. PRiest laughs and applauds, but swings on him! Riddle catches Priest to a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! BROTON! Cover, ONE!! Priest gets to ropes but Riddle storms up on him. Riddle CHOPS Priest, KICKS away on him in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Riddle goes side to side, Priest SPIN KICKS him down!
The Judgement Day cheers but the fans boo as Priest rains down forearms! Priest paces, he drags Riddle up and says, “You’re trying to embarrass me on my birthday?!” Oh, well happy birthday, Priest. He TOSSES Riddle to a corner! But Riddle blocks the haymaker into a TRIANGLE, which he makes into a RANA that throws Priest up and out! Riddle is on the apron, Finn gets Priest out of the way, meaning Finn takes the PENALTY KICK! Riddle LEAPS at Priest, but Priest DECKS him out of the sky! Priest then suplexes for a BROKEN ARROW onto the barriers!! Riddle shouts in pain while Priest roars triumphantly, and Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Priest keeps Riddle down with a motorcycle stretch. Priest taunts Riddle, “You want more pain? Yeah, you want more pain.” Priest digs his knee in deeper but Riddle powers up! Priest shifts to a chinlock but Riddle fires body shots. Priest CLUBS Riddle down and grabs the arms for more of the motorcycle. Rhea wants Priest to make Riddle pay, but Riddle KANGAROO KICKS! Riddle fires off palm strikes and a BOOT! Then he shoots around, ripcords, FINAL FLASH! Priest goes to a corner, Riddle kips up and runs in to forearm smash! Riddle goes side to side, another forearm smash!
Riddle reels Priest in but Priest fights the clinch. Priest shoves Riddle down, runs at him, but into the BROSPLODER! Riddle goes up and out to PENALTY KICK! Then a FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Direct hit and both men are down! Fans fire up, Riddle stands and puts Priest in the ring. Riddle hurries in, he blocks a kick to give a kick and he gets Priest up for a POWERBOMB! Flip over to a FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives and Judgement Day breathes easier. Riddle goes to a corner, he climbs up top, but Priest SHOVES Riddle down! Riddle hits barriers!
Riddle clutches his side while Judgement Day laughs at him. Priest goes out to fetch Riddle, and he hoists Riddle up to run and RAM him into more barriers! Priest snarls as he looms over Riddle, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns one more time and Riddle has Priest up top now! Priest fights Riddle off with a HEADBUTT! Riddle falls, Priest stands up, but Riddle springs up after Priest! Riddle stands on the very top, brings Priest up with him, SUPER FISHERMAN SUPLEX!! Fans are fired up and Judgement Day is freaking out! Riddle crawls to the cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Riddle can’t believe it! Both men slowly sit up, Priest throws a forearm! Riddle forearms back! Priest throws a body shot, and another, but Riddle CHOPS and CHOPS! Priest ROCKS Riddle, throws body shots and a HEADBUTT!
Riddle fires off palm strike after palm strike, but Priest ROCKS him! FINAL FLASH! Riddle runs, but Priest blocks this knee to BELL CLAP! And then ROLLING- ROUNDHOUSE!! Priest sits down, Riddle aims to BUZZ- NO, Priest ducks and shoves Riddle to a corner. Riddle goes up and over, Priest catches him! Riddle fights free to dragon sleeper! And gut wrench! Riddle tucks the leg, BRO DEREK!!! Cover, TWO!?!? Priest survives and even Rhea is shocked! Riddle is beside himself, but he drags Priest into a drop zone before climbing up top!
Rhea distracts Riddle, but then drops down as Priest CLUBS Riddle on the back! Priest drags Riddle into the Crucifix, for a DOM- NO, Riddle lands on his feet so Priest LARIATS him down! COMPLETE SHOT!! Cover, TWO?!?! Priest can’t believe it but Riddle survives now! Priest snarls and he aims at Riddle. Riddle rises, choke grip, SOUTH OF- NO, Riddle slips free, ducks and RK- NO!! Priest dragon sleepers but Riddle slips free! Priest springboards, into the FINAL FLASH!! Riddle hears the voices, bro! Finn gets on the apron but Riddle DECKS him! RK- NO, Priest blocks again!
Priest torture racks Riddle but Riddle fights free. Riddle has a SPLADLE! RIDDLE WINS!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
But Dom, Finn and even Rhea attack! They mug The Bro, and then they feed him to SOUTH OF HEAVEN! “You think you know me.” WHAT?!? The Rated R Superstar is back! Edge runs in, dodges Finn and SPEARS Dom! Edge glares at Dom but Rhea saves him by dragging him out of the ring. Finn runs in, Edge dodges him, and SPEARS Finn down!! Fans are thunderous as Edge has risen like a dark phoenix! Edge gets a mic to say, “You have tried to finish me over and over again. But I always come back! Even if it takes me nine years, I come back. And I got to come back in Edmonton! In MY country!”
Edge doesn’t quit! So Finn, Edge has a challenge for you. Extreme Rules, for the first time ever, Edge VS Finn 1v1, IN AN I QUIT MATCH!!! The Prince glares at Edge, but he seems to nod yes! Who will go to the extreme to make the other say those dreaded two words?
A great episode tonight with so much set up for Extreme Rules. Especially with basically all the matches now having a stipulation, as is the point of Extreme Rules the PPV concept. Great opening segment with the Raw Women’s Championship story, and I like that it’ll be a Ladder match between Bianca and Bayley. It won’t be about pinning or submitting, which can definitely be to Bayley’s advantage since she needed DMG CTRL to pin Bianca, and can even have them help her cheat in winning the match.
Great to see Candice LeRae now joining her husband here on Raw, and it works on multiple levels that she beat Nikki. Nikki’s been just circling a breaking point that could reset her to SAnitY Nikki. Candice also getting in on the DMG CTRL story is cool, there’s a lot of possibilities here. Speaking of Johnny Wrestling, Gargano & Kevin had a great match against Alpha Academy, and of course Theory got involved. It bites him in the butt, The Academy loses, and then we get a good segment where Gable sticks his foot in his mouth. Gable is gonna get squashed by Braun, Gargano is going to have an awesome match with Otis, but I bet Theory also gets involved with that one.
Omos crushes more jobbers, but MVP was calling out Braun, so maybe Omos goes after Braun after he’s done with Gable? Omos VS Braun has potential, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they do the ring breaking superplex spot like back in the day. Great stuff out of Miz and his “MIZFORCE,” but of course MIZFORCE was going to get taken out by Lumis. At some point, Lumis has to draw a picture to illustrate what kind of match he wants with Miz, or just what he wants with Miz period.
Great match from Styles VS Sami, showing there is cross-brand storytelling with The Bloodline. I also like that there is more blending of stories as Finn keeps trying to recruit Styles. Styles refuses and pays for it, and then we get a great match between Riddle and Priest. Riddle winning with the Spladle is great because it keeps this going while still giving Riddle momentum going into the Fight Pit. Edge making his return is great, and him challenging Finn to an I Quit is wild. I cannot wait to see this one. The HHH Era is awesome!
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark: Elevation Results & Report! (9/26/22)
Arthur Ashe gets Elevated!
Mr. & Mrs. Superbad are in the Dark!
As if Grand Slam wasn’t enough, AEW has some extra innings here with Dark: Elevation! Will Mr. & Mrs. Superbad, Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford, be hot together in Mixed Tag action?
- Mixed Tag: Kip Sabian & Penelope Ford VS Capt. Shawn Dean & Skye Blue; Kip & Penelope win.
- Ortiz VS Serpentico w/ Luther; Ortiz wins.
If what I’ve read is correct, there are only TWO matches for Elevation tonight after how stacked Grand Slam was this year. And it’s pretty clear to see which way each match will go, too, so not much else to say.
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