This could be the biggest night yet!
The biggest G1 Climax in NJPW history perhaps has its biggest night yet! JONAH VS COBB, TANAHASHI VS EVIL, will anyone be left standing?
- Tama Tonga & Jado VS David Finlay & Kosei Fujita; Tama & Jado win.
- Tom Lawlor & Royce Isaacs VS Will Ospreay & Great-O-Khan; Ospreay & Khan win.
- Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Suzuki-Gun; LIJ wins.
- 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Bullet Club; Chaos wins.
- G1 Climax, D Block: Juice Robinson VS Yujiro Takahashi; Yujiro wins.
- G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi VS Chase Owens; Taichi wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Aaron Henare; Naito wins.
- G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH VS Jeff Cobb; Jonah wins.
- G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL; Tanahashi wins.
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Here are the current standings!
- Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
- Jeff Cobb: 2-1, 4 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-2, 4 points
- JONAH: 1-1, 2 points
- Lance Archer: 1-2, 2 points
- Tom Lawlor: 1-2, 2 points
- Toru Yano: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 3-0, 6 points
- Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
- SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
- Taichi: 1-1, 2 points
- Great-O-Khan: 1-2, 2 points
- Chase Owens: 1-2, 2 points
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Hirooki Goto: 2-1, 4 points
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 2-1, 4 points
- Zack Sabre Jr: 2-1, 4 points
- Aaron Henare: 1-2, 2 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 1-2, 2 points
- EVIL: 1-1, 2 points
- KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
- David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
- Will Ospreay: 2-1, 4 points
- Shingo Takagi: 1-2, 2 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 1-1, 2 points
- Juice Robinson: 1-2, 2 points
- El Phantasmo: 1-1, 2 points
- Yujiro Takahashi: 1-2, 2 points
G1 Climax, D Block: Juice Robinson VS Yujiro Takahashi w/ Pieter & Sho!
The Booster is reeling from his loss to David Finlay, and Tokyo Pimp is just happy to have his playmate back. But will Yujiro be even happier when he takes down the Rock Hard Juice? Or will the House of Torture suffer loss?
Yujiro and Sho offer a Too Sweet against Juice but Juice doesn’t trust them. He tells Sho to GTFO for one, but Yujiro and Sho still Bullet Club 4 Life. Fans applaud for it, and Juice steps forward. Juice throws up the Too Sweet, to kick Sho low and HEADBUTT Yujiro! Juice calls Sho a stupid SOB and throws him out! Then the bell rings and Juice JABS again and again as fans rally up, then puts some stank on the left. But Yujiro rakes Juice’s eyes! The ref reprimands but Yujiro whips Juice. Juice reverses but Yujiro KNEES him down! Fans applaud while Yujiro looms over Juice. Yujiro rains down fists but the ref reprimands.
Yujiro lets off but Juice pushes him away. Juice goes to a corner but Yujiro knees low. Yujiro throws back elbows, then he runs corner to corner. Juice blocks the boot and he elbows Yujiro back. Yujiro runs back in but into a scoop and SNAKE EYES! Juice runs to BOOT Yujiro down! Fans fire up and Juice stalks Yujiro to a corner. Juice drags Yujiro up, bumps him off buckles, and fans rally as Juice JABS and CHOPS on repeat! JAB, CHOP, JAB, CHOP, and then Yujiro whips corner to corner. Juice runs in and clotheslines, Yujiro sits down! But Sho saves Yujiro from the cannonball! Juice is annoyed, he PLANCHAS!
Sho and Yujiro both get clear, Yujiro creeps up but Juice elbows him away. Juice dodges Sho, then he DOUBLE LARIATS them both down! Fans fire up while Juice snarls over the HOT boys. Juice drags Sho up by his ears and whips him hard into railing! Sho writhes while Juice shouts at him to stay out of this match! Juice then goes back to fetch Yujiro, and whips him hard into railing! And then again! And then again! Yujiro slumps over the railing, Juice scoops him and gives him another SNAKE EYES! Fans applaud while Yujiro falls down. Juice goes back into the ring to refresh the ring count, then he pulls up floor mats!
Fans rally as Juice stalks after Yujiro. Juice drags Yujiro up, reels him in, but Sho saves Yujiro from the driver! Yujiro back drops Juice right on the bare floor! Yujiro drags himself into the ring to leave Juice behind, and the ring count starts. Juice sits up at 4 of 20, but he grits his teeth as he drags himself up to stand at 10. Juice is in and fans applaud, but Yujiro is right on him. Yujiro knees low, CHOPS Juice against ropes, then runs to BOOT! Juice flounders, Yujiro runs, but Juice BOOTS, only for Yujiro to block! Yujiro trips Juice to then basement boot! Yujiro drags Juice back up, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally up while both men are down. Yujiro stalks Juice to ropes, reels him in, INCOLLE SLAM! Cover, TWO! Juice survives and fans rally up. Yujiro shakes his head and drags Juice back up. Yujiro fireman’s carries, but Juice grabs the ref! Juice gets out of the fireman’s carry, to then fireman’s carry Juice! But Yujiro CLAWS Juice’s face! Yujiro slips away and then CHOP BLOCKS Juice! Fans rally up while Juice writhes, but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro reels Juice in but no Pimp Juice! Juice back drops Yujiro away! Fans fire up as Yujiro crawls to a corner. Juice snarls, warns Sho, and runs corner to corner, to clothesline Yujiro down!
Juice hurries to go corner to corner again, CANNONBALL! Direct hit and fans fire up! Juice snarls at Sho again, then drags Yujiro back up. Juice fireman’s carries, JUICEBOX! Cover, TWO!! Juice is furious with the count but the ref defends it was fair! Juice gets in the ref’s face and even corners him, but the ref still defends it was a fair count! Juice goes back to Yujiro, SENTON onto knees! Fans rally up as Yujiro undoes the blue corner’s buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in play! Juice runs in, and Yujiro takes the pad away! Juice hits the bare buckles! Then Yujiro run sin, SATELLITE DDT! Fans fire up with Yujiro and he drags Juice up, PIMP JUICE!! Cover, TWO!!
Yujiro can’t believe Juice survives but again, the ref says that was a fair count. Fans rally up, Yujiro drags Juice up, but Juice wrenches out! Full nelson, but Yujiro breaks it! Juice chicken wings and turns, but Yujiro turns it back! Juice spins Yujiro but Yujiro ducks to kick low! BIG- NO, Juice BITES Yujiro! Juice uses Yujiro’s favorite move, then he CLUBS Yujiro’s arm! Yujiro ducks the left but not the RIGHT HAND O’ GOD! Juice then drags Yujiro into the chicken wings, but Sho distracts everyone! Juice is furious, but Yujiro goes to waistlock! Juice switches it around, O’Conner Rolls, with tights! TWO, and Juice is sent at the ropes, but he blocks Sho’s wrench attack!
But Yujiro rolls Juice up! Cover, TWO!! Juice escapes but he has Sho’s wrench! The ref takes it from him, but Juice blocks the low blow! Juice gets Yujiro up but Yujiro fights, and BITES back! Fans applaud, the ref reprimands, and Yujiro slaps Juice’s hand into the ref’s face! And then Yujiro shoves Juice into the ref himself! The ref goes down, Yujiro gets his pimp cane! Juice hurries over, CANE SHOT LOW BLOW!! Then a PIMP CANE HEADSHOT!! Yujiro drags Juice up, for BIG JUICE!! Cover, Yujiro wins!
Winner: Yujiro Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Juice gains 0)
The Tokyo Pimp cheats Juice, but he needed a lot of help to get it done. Will Yujiro need the entire house’s help to take the block?
G1 Climax, B Block: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Chase Owens!
The Holy Emperor is not quite where he thought he’d be in the block, but at 1-1, he still has a chance. As for the Crown Jewel, he thought he’d have an easy payday against Jay White, but that didn’t go as planned, either. Will Chase make his money the right way this time? Or will Taichi be the one to pull off a heist?
Taichi shows off his dancing pecs and the fans cheer. Chase can’t but no one should hold that against him. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Taichi eggs Chase on and Chase copies Taichi’s sumo stance. Chase backs off to get more “chalk,” and then he steps forward. But then Chase backs off again. Taichi keeps cool and the two step up again. Chase just kicks Taichi! And CLUBS away on his back! Taichi CHOKES Chase to a corner! The ref counts, Taichi lets off quickly, but Chase comes back to knee low! Chase throws Taichi out, then whips him into railing! Taichi falls over and Chase shoos Miho-chan.
Chase drags Taichi up with a headlock, to punch him! Chase then brings Taichi around to show commentary, headlock PUNCH! The ref reprimands but Chase stomps Taichi down. Chase sits Taichi up to throw punch after punch! Chase then CHOKES Taichi with a camera cable! The ref counts, Chase lets off at 4, and Taichi sputters. Chase then puts Taichi in the ring and drops a knee! And another knee! Cover, TWO! Chase CHOKES Taichi! The ref counts, Chase lets off, then he drags Taichi up. Taichi kicks Chase in the leg! And again! And again! Chase picks the ankle and trips Taichi for a GROUND DRAGON SCREW!
Chase shakes out his bad leg, drags Taichi back up, and he CLUBS Taichi on the back. Taichi kicks back but Chase ROCKS him with a right! Taichi CHOKES, but Chase CLAWS Taichi’s eyes! Chase brings Taichi around to CLAW Taichi’s back! Chase then ducks a back elbow to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Chase talks trash and slaps Taichi around. Chase drags Taichi up, ROCKS him, but Taichi KICKS back. Chase throws another forearm but Taichi throws another kick! Chase headlocks, Taichi powers out but Chase whips to run Taichi over! Fans rally while Chase shakes out his bad leg.
Chase drags Taichi up, hooks him up and hits a GUTBUSTER! Taichi writhes and clutches his ribs, but Chase paces around him. Chase asks Miho for a kiss, but she says no. Chase stomps Taichi in frustration. Chase asks for another kiss, but Miho tells him to shut up! So Chase rains down fists on Taichi! And throws knees! Chase goes back out and tells Miho to kiss him. She says no, so Chase says this is her fault! C-TRIGGER! Cover, but Chase lets Taichi up! Chase is staring Miho down to say this is all her fault! Taichi flounders to ropes and Chase wants Miho to watch. But Taichi dodges the C-Trigger and BOOTS! Then he dodges Chase to GAMANGIRI in the corner!
Fans fire up and Chase is dazed! Fans rally up behind “TA-I-CHI!” Chase rises, Taichi looms over him. Chase apologizes but Taichi KICKS and KICKS and KICKS him! Chase ends up in the corner but Taichi stands on his head! The ref counts, Taichi digs his boots in more, then backs off. Chase gets up, and throat chops Taichi! Chase CLUBS Taichi, whips him to ropes, but Taichi reverses to wrench and HOOK KICK! Fans rally up behind Taichi and he reels Chase in for the DANGER- NO, Chase slips out to fire off a strike fest! Taichi SOBATS, Chase rebounds and LARIATS! But Taichi’s right up to AX BOMBER!
Chase gets up, but Taichi dodges to DANGEROUS SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Chase survives but the fans rally up for Taichi. OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims from the corner, but Chase SUPERKICKS first! Both men are down and fans rally up. Chase goes to the red corner while Taichi goes to the blue. Chase runs corner to corner to forearm smash then snapmare. Chase keeps moving, Taichi ducks the Shining Wizard, but Chase sits on the sunset flip! TWO, Taichi has it, TWO! Chase SHINING WIZARDS! Cover, TWO!! Taichi survives and fans fire up! Chase drags Taichi up and scoops to SLAM! Chase then goes to a corner and climbs!
Fans rally, Chase leaps, but Taichi moves! Chase bails out of the King Kong Knee Drop, but he avoids the Yokozuna Elbow! Chase waistlocks but Taichi bucks him away. Chase BOOTS, Taichi GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down again and fans fire back up! Taichi grits his teeth and gets back up. Taichi roars, BUZZ- NO, Chase ducks, but Taichi gets around to waistlock. Chase swings a backhand but Taichi ducks it! Taichi gets Chase’s waistband but Chase fights the throw! Chase CHOKES Taichi! Taichi breaks free, but Chase fires off SUMO PALM STRIKES! Chase shoves Taichi back, eggs Taichi on, and Taichi runs in, into a C-TRIGGER!!
Chase gets Taichi up, tucks him in, but Taichi fights the driver to Alabama Lift! Chase fights that to try again, but Taichi fights again! Alabama Lift, BLACK- NO, Chase slips out and reels Taichi in Taichi wrenches out to get the waistlock, SUMO THROW! Fans fire up and Chase staggers, but he blocks the superkick to back elbow! Chase roars, but Taichi DECKS him!! Taichi drags Chase up, Alabama Lifts, for the BLACK MEPHISTO!! Cover, Taichi wins!!
Winner: Taichi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Chase gains 0)
Chase must regret not finishing Taichi when he had the chance! Taichi drags him up and Miho steps forward. Chase scrambles away before getting his comeuppance, will he be more careful next round? As for Taichi, will he finally get some momentum in the G1?
G1 Climax, C Block: Tetsuya Naito VS Aaron Henare!
Three matches deep and the Uncontrollable Charisma finally got on the board against his former friend, Evil! Meanwhile, the Ultimate Weapon started strong but has fallen since. Will Henare reload and redeem himself? Or will this be one ungovernable the United Empire can’t conquer?
Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, but Henare is patient. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Henare gives testing kicks but Naito stays clear. They approach, but Naito backs off. They go again, but then Naito backs off again. Henare storms forward in frustration and puts Naito on the ropes. The ref counts the ropebreak and Henare backs off, egging Naito on. Fans applaud as Naito stays cool and circles with Henare. They tie approach but Henare blocks Naito’s kick! Henare throws body shots, wrenches an arm, and whips Naito. Naito reverses and arm-drags Henare! Fans fire up and Naito kicks Henare to a corner.
Naito whips corner to corner, but Henare avoids the jump kick! Henare dodges a back elbow to then go up the corner, but Naito ducks the Flying Chuck! Naito comes back to RANA Henare and fans fire up as Henare bails out. Naito builds speed, but he fakes Henare out to tranquilo! Fans applaud but Henare is furious! Henare rushes in but Naito bails out now to troll Henare. Henare goes out after Naito but Naito kicks low and whips Henare into railing! But Henare comes right back! Naito kicks low again, whips Henare, but Henare reverses to send Naito into railing! Naito staggers and Henare runs him over!
Fans rally for Naito while he writhes. Henare stomps Naito, drags him up and then CHOKES him on the railing! The ref reprimands and counts, and Henare lets off at 4. Henare stares down Naito’s dad, then stomps Naito before dragging him up for a HEADBUTT! Naito staggers away, Henare CLUBS him against railing. Henare wrenches and knees Naito, then puts Naito in the ring. Henare paces, fans rally, and Naito stands. Henare KICKS Naito’s leg, KICKS again, then he fakes Naito out to DECK him! Cover, but the ref says no, that was a closed fist! Henare is upset, but fans rally as Henare rains down forearms!
Henare then shifts to get a HEEL HOOK! Naito claws at Henare but Henare twists the leg! Naito endures, claws at Henare more, but the ref reprimands. Henare pulls the leg but Naito rolls to the ROPEBREAK! Fans rally while Henare lets off. Henare looms over Naito at the ropes, drags him up, but Naito throws a body shot! Henare eggs Naito on so he throws more shots! Henare KNEES Naito low, and again, then runs, but Naito dropkicks him down! Fans fire up while both men are down! Naito gets up but Henare follows. Naito throws haymakers and kicks, then whips Henare to ropes to elbow him down! And then basement dropkick!
Fans fire up, Naito drags Henare up and whips him to a corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! And then some stomps! Naito modifies Combinacion Cabron just for Henare, and still hits a dropkick! Fans fire up while Naito shakes out his legs. Naito drags Henare up, turns him, but Henare elbows free! Naito hits an atomic drop then runs Henare, for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Naito gets up and brings Henare around. Naito cravats for a neck wrench, but Henare endures to throw body shots. Naito CLUBS Henare, whips him to ropes, but Henare reverses. Naito reverses back to enziguri but Henare ducks it! Henare gets the arms, MOTORCYCLE STOMP!
Fans rally up as Henare snarls and stands back up. Henare stalks Naito, then ROCKS him with a forearm! And body shots! And more forearms and shots in the corner! Fans fire up as Naito sits down, but Henare stands him up. Henare whips corner to corner, runs in and SHINING WIZARD! Snapmare and KICK! Naito writhes but fans rally up for him. Henare drags Naito up to KICK him down! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this and Henare is frustrated. Fans still rally and Henare waits on Naito. Naito rises, but he ducks the heel kick! Naito shoves, kicks and TORNADO DDTs Henare down! Fans fire up while both men are down again!
Henare and Naito stir, but Naito sits up first. Naito brings Henare up and throws back elbow after back elbow! Henare drops to his knees and fans rally behind Naito as he stands Henare back up. Naito throws more back elbows, then lets go as Henare drops! Naito drags Henare up for even more back elbows! Henare ends up in a corner, so Naito puts him up top! Naito climbs up, CLUBS away on Henare, and then he climbs up all the way to SUPER STEINER! Fans fire up while Henare writhes, and Naito aims from the corner. Henare slowly rises, Naito runs in, CORRIENDO- BERSERKER BOMB from Henare!!
Both men are down, and the fans fires up again! Henare gets to ropes, drags himself up, and he storms over to Naito. Naito BOOTS Henare away, then BOOTS him again! Henare comes back, Naito dodges to SLAP Henare! Naito smirks as the fans fire up, but Henare just scowls. Henare HEEL KICKS Naito down!! Henare drags Naito to a corner, goes up the corner and flips everyone off! SUPER SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Henare grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Henare storms over and drags Naito up in a full nelson! Naito fights it off and arm-drags, then he elbows Henare to whip him to a corner!
Henare comes back, into Naito’s ROLLING KICK! And then the ENZIGURI! Naito whips, Henare reverses, Naito leaps, but into the half nelson! And then full nelson, ULTIMA!! Naito endures as Henare thrashes him around and the fans rally up! Naito starts to fade but he fights up, to jump and arm-drag! But Henare holds on! Henare puts on the body scissors! Fans rally as Naito keeps fighting and reaching out, but Henare keeps thrashing him around! Naito uses one last gasp for the ROPEBREAK! Henare thinks he won, but the ref says no, it was the ropebreak! Naito’s still in this. At least, maybe he is?
Fans rally up while the ref checks on Naito. Naito is conscious and he starts pushing up off the mat. Henare CLUBS Naito! And again! And again! Naito gets back up, Henare catches the punch to a half nelson! Then to the fisherman, and then the torture rack! Naito slips off but Henare throws a hard body shot! Naito falls and writhes, but Henare vows to end this! Henare fisherman’s and torture racks, STREETS OF- DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up again as Naito is back in this! Naito drags Henare up, brings him around, wrench and tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! Cover, Naito wins!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Henare gains 0)
Naito’s comeback continues, and the Ultimate Weapon has been eliminated! Is there still a chance the G1 Climax can be tranquilo?
G1 Climax, A Block: JONAH w/ Bad Dude Tito VS Jeff Cobb!
This could be the biggest match in the biggest G1 ever! The Top Dog is 1-1 while the Imperial Unit is 2-1, but this could truly shake up the A Block! Will Jonah rock Cobb with Death From Above? Or will he end up taking a Tour of the Islands?
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two titans step to each other. They’re about the same height, but Jonah is colossal. Jonah shoves Cobb but Cobb shoves back. Jonah smirks and they tie up. They go around, but still in a deadlock, and they break. Fans applaud, they go again, and they go around again. They both dig in their heels, and then they both break. Fans applaud again and Jonah wants a test of strength. Cobb accepts the knuckle locks, and they go shoulder to shoulder. Jonah starts powering Cobb back, and Cobb drops to a knee! Cobb grits his teeth and fights up, but Jonah kicks low! Jonah headlocks but Cobb powers Jonah back.
Cobb powers out but Jonah RAMS him! They both stay up and fans fire up! Jonah eggs Cobb on, Cobb runs and RAMS Jonah, but again they both stay up. Fans fire up, the two RAM and RAM and RAM again and again and again! Fans fire up with each shot, but Cobb gets in Jonah’s face. Jonah shoves, Cobb shoves, then they back off to corners. They both run in and RAM, and they both bounce off the collision to fall out of the ring! Fans are thunderous as both men get back up. They stare at each other from across the way, and then they meet at the ramp side. They egg each other on, run and RAM each other again, and they both stagger away to the corners!
Jonah storms up on Cobb but Cobb throws forearms first! Cobb ROCKS Jonah, but Jonah BOOTS Cobb! Jonah gets up onto the apron, for a FLYING SHOULDER! Cobb tumbles to the corner! Fans fire up again as Jonah opens the gate to No Man’s Land. Jonah drags Cobb through to SLAM the gate door shut! Cobb writhe and Jonah holds up his hands. Red Shoes reprimands but Jonah leaves Cobb behind. Jonah fist bumps Tito and Tito talks trash but fans rally up for Cobb. Cobb manages to sit up and crawl as the ring count starts. Cobb drags himself up at 5 of 20, hobbles over at 8, and drags himself onto the apron.
Cobb stands at 12 but Jonah BOOTS Cobb back down! Jonah goes out after Cobb, to RAM him into the apron! Cobb writhes on the floor and Jonah looms over him. Jonah drags Cobb up, puts him in the ring, and then Jonah stands on Cobb at the ropes! Red Shoes reprimands and Jonah steps off. Cobb sputters and fans rally up, but Jonah twists Cobb’s ear then claws his face! Red Shoes reprimands again, Jonah lets off and KICKS Cobb in the side! Jonah then wraps on a rear bearhug! Cobb endures the squeeze as Jonah leans on him. Jonah drags Cobb up but Cobb throws back elbows. Cobb goes to ropes, but Jonah runs in to kitchen sink knee Cobb down!
Fans rally up for Cobb but Jonah shakes his head. Jonah drags Cobb up, but Cobb throws body shots! And a CHOP! Jonah knees low, runs, but Cobb SPLASHES at the ropes! A bit double-edged, but Cobb gets moving. Jonah SPLASHES at the ropes, then runs, but Cobb dodges and LARIATS! But with all that momentum, Cobb tumbles out of the ring! Fans rally up and Cobb gets back in the ring. Cobb reloads and runs in but Jonah dodges. Cobb dodges and DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide!! Like two buses crashing! Fans are fired up as both men sputter on the mat. Cobb and Jonah slowly rise, and they go head to head on the mat.
Jonah ROCKS Cobb, but Cobb ROCKS Jonah! Jonah throws a body shot, but Cobb CHOPS! Jonah CHOPS, Cobb throws forearms! Jonah gives the forearm back, but Cobb hits back again. They go back and forth and fans fire up with every shot! Jonah wobbles, Cobb ROCKS him again! And again! Jonah staggers to a corner, Cobb fires off more forearms and more CHOPS, on repeat! CHOP CHOP, forearm forearm! Cobb lets off and fans rally again. Cobb whips Jonah corner to corner but Jonah reverses, only for Cobb to bounce off buckles and run Jonah over!! Fans fire up and Cobb aims at a corner. Jonah gets up, Cobb runs in and runs Jonah over again!
Cobb wants Jonah to get back up, and he does. Cobb runs Jonah over a third time! Fans fire up more as Cobb looms over Jonah. Cobb reels Jonah in, pump handles and lifts for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX!! Fans are thunderous after seeing that superhuman feat of strength! Cobb crawls, covers, TWO! Jonah is still in this but fans rally for Cobb. Cobb hauls Jonah up to whip to ropes! Jonah holds ropes, and BOOTS Cobb back! Cobb DROPKICKS Jonah back! Fans fire up for that feat of agility, and Cobb whips Jonah again. Jonah SPEARS Cobb down! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives and fans are thunderous again!
Jonah snarls, looms over Cobb and brings him up. Jonah reels Cobb in but Cobb fights off the lift! Jonah CHOPS Cobb to a corner, then CHOPS him again. Jonah runs corner to corner, but Cobb dodges the splash! Cobb storms in but into a back elbow! Jonah goes up to CROSSBODY, but Cobb catches him!? To then POWERSLAM! But Jonah rolls through it! TWO!!! Jonah hurries to SUPERKICK!! Cobb staggers, Jonah runs, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous again as Cobb survives! Jonah drags Cobb up and HEADBUTTS him to a corner. Jonah hoists Cobb up top to ROCK him, then climb up after him.
Fans rally as Jonah drags Cobb up. But Cobb fires off body shots! Cobb GRIZZLY MAGNUMS, but Jonah HEADBUTTS back! Jonah climbs up after Cobb again, and then to the very top! Fans fire up but also worry as Jonah hits a SUPERPLEX!!! The ring stays intact so Jonah goes up top! DEATH FROM ABOVE!!! Cover, Jonah wins!!
Winner: Jonah, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Cobb gains 0)
There was no Tour of the Island, there was only the tsunami! The Top Dog is now in second place, will he even conquer the Rainmaker? As for Cobb, can he pick himself back up after this quite literally crushing defeat?
G1 Climax, C Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS EVIL w/ Dick Togo!
The Ace of the Universe meets the King of Darkness in perhaps the most important match of their block! Evil lost to Naito but Naito lost to Tanahashi. Will Evil lose to Tanahashi, too? Or will this be the one time a King beats an Ace?
Evil and Dick Too Sweet, then Tanahashi shows off the muscles and the fans cheer. The bell rings and fans rally, “Let’s Go, Ace!” Tanahashi and Evil circle, they tie up, but Evil locks low! Evil headlocks, Tanahashi endures and pries free, to then power the headlock onto Evil! Fans fire up and now Evil endures the grind! Evil powers up but can’t power out as Tanahashi holds on tight! Evil tries again, and he pulls Tanahashi’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands but then Tanahashi pulls Evil’s hair! Red Shoes reprimands them both, but Tanahashi throws body shots. Tanahashi whips but Evil reverses, only for Tanahashi to elbow from the corner!
Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Direct hit, and the fans fire up for the air guitar! Evil bails out and fans rally with Tanahashi. Tanahashi goes to the apron but Dick creeps over. Tanahashi sees him, Red Shoes reprimands him, and Dick backs off. Tanahashi also sees Evil try the apron skirt trap and stays back. But then Evil trips Tanahashi off the apron! And then RAMS him into the timekeeper’s area! Abe-san goes down hard! Evil grabs a mic and while Red Shoes helps Abe-san, Evil CHOKES Tanahashi! Evil wants Tanahashi to give up but Tanahashi refuses! Red Shoes reprimands and Evil lets go. Fans rally up for “Let’s Go, Ace!” as Evil leaves him behind.
Tanahashi drags himself up the railing and hobbles into the ring. Evil stands on Tanahashi’s face but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil steps off, then drags Tanahashi up. Tanahashi ROCKS Evil, then again! And again! Evil whips Tanahashi into bare buckles! Dick took the buckle pad! Tanahashi writhes and Evil drags him to a cover, but Red Shores refuses to count! He knows what’s up with the buckle pad! Fans cheer but Evil is furious! Evil drags Tanahashi up and he tosses Tanahashi out. Evil then gets in Red Shoes’ face as Dick attacks Tanahashi! Dick puts Tanahashi in, Evil covers, TWO! Evil tries again, TWO! And again, TWO!!
Evil is furious again but fans fire up more. Fans rally, Evil kicks Tanahashi around, but Tanahashi fires forearms back! Evil rakes the eyes, so Tanahashi rakes Evil’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands both men, but Tanahashi whips. Evil reverses, but Tanahashi uses that to WRECK Dick with a dropkick! Tanahashi then dodges Evil to hit FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up more and Tanahashi drags Evil up. Tanahashi fires more forearms, then scoops and SLAMS Evil into a drop zone! Tanahashi goes up the corner to SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Evil is still in this but Tanahashi keeps cool as the fans rally up.
Tanahashi waits on Evil to rise, then Tanahashi runs the ropes, but Evil ducks the slingblade! Evil blocks the kick, hands the foot to Red Shoes, then mule kicks Tanahashi down! Tanahashi writhes but fans rally up. Evil drags Tanahashi to the corner to POST Tanahashi up the middle! And then SLAM a leg into the post! Red Shoes reprimands, Evil “apologizes,” but then SLAMS the leg again! Red Shoes reprimands and Evil “apologizes” again, just to distract him from Dick digging a chair into Tanahashi’s leg! Tanahashi suffers but crawls back to center. Evil grins and stomps away on Tanahashi’s leg! Evil then drops an elbow on the knee!
Fans rally for Tanahashi but Evil still smirks. Evil gets both legs, steps through and turns Tanahashi over! DARKNESS SCORPION! Tanahashi endures the Sharpshooter as Evil drags him away from ropes and sits deep! Fans rally and Tanahashi fights up, to then crawl forward to the ROPEBREAK! Fans applaud but of course Evil holds on until Red Shoes counts 4. Evil is frustrated, but he drags Tanahashi up to a fireman’s carry. Tanahashi throws elbows, blocks a kick, and hits a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up and Tanahashi gets his legs moving. Evil crawls to ropes and Dick coaches him on, but Tanahashi runs in!
Tanahashi blocks the boot, has the leg, DRAGON SCREW! Tanahashi then gets the leg again, GROUND DRAGON SCREW! And INVERTED GROUND DRAGON SCREW! Fans are thunderous, Evil shouts in pain, and Tanahashi keeps going! TEXAS CLOVERLEAF!! Evil endures, crawls forward and reaches out, but Tanahashi drags him from ropes! Fans fire up as Tanahashi sits deep! The bell rings, but Red Shoes says he didn’t call for it!! That was DICK!! That SOB tricked us all and Evil is free from the suffering! Red Shoes glares at Dick, and he EJECTS him!! The Young Lions drag Dick away! Why didn’t they do this from the start?
But as Tanahashi gets up, Evil gets a chair! Evil CHUCKS the chair at Tanahashi’s head!! Both men are down with Red Shoes none the wiser! Fans rally up for Tanahashi as Red Shoes returns, and he sees the chair. Red Shoes gets the chair out and lets things continue. Evil rises but fans still rally behind Tanahashi. Evil drags himself up the ropes and snarls. Tanahashi rises, Evil runs, to LARIAT! But Tanahashi stays up on sheer will alone! Fans fire up so Evil runs again, to LARIAT! But Tanahashi still stays up! Fans rally, the elbow pads come off and Evil runs, but Tanahashi dodges, only for Evil to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!!
Again, fans are thunderous and Evil is furious! Evil staggers to his feet, slashes his throat, and drags Tanahashi back up. Evil spins Tanahashi around, but Tanahashi fights through to TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Even Young Lions are pounding the mat to cheer Tanahashi on. Tanahashi stands, he brings Evil up and throws body shots. Tanahashi whips, Evil reverses but Tanahashi SLINGBLADES! And SLINGBLADES again! Tanahashi keeps moving, a third SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!! Evil survives the hattrick but Tanahashi hurries to a corner. Tanahashi climbs, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, SHO yanks Red Shoes out!
Sho stomps away on Tanahashi, drags Tanahashi up and bumps him off bare buckles! And then GERMAN SUPLEXES! Sho bails out and ushers Dick to return, with another ref! Dick makes this ref get in the ring and Evil covers, TWO!! Tanahashi is still in this! And his kick-out sends Evil into the second ref! Dick gets back in the ring, and he says he’s gonna put one out on Tanahashi. Evil drags Tanahashi up, but here come MORE refs! One grabs Dick, just as Tanahashi kicks him away! Dick and the third ref go down! Tanahashi suplexes Evil and places him on the fourth ref, MAGIC KILLER!! But it sends the ref flying!!
Fans are thunderous as no less than seven people are down at ringside! But sadly, Sho isn’t one of them! Sho has his wrench, he rushes in, but Tanahashi blocks! They fight over the wrench but Dick uses his SPOILER CHOKER! Tanahashi MULE KICK LOW BLOWS Dick away! And then LOW BLOW UPPERCUTS Sho! Fans fire up again but Evil LOW BLOWS Tanahashi from behind!! Cover, but there’s no ref to count!! Fans laugh at the karma hitting Evil! Evil is pissed, is there no one to count this? Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” but Evil drags Red Shoes up and in. Evil tells Red Shoes to do his job! Evil then drags Tanahashi up, fireman’s carries, DARKNESS FALLS!! Cover, TWO!!!
Fans are thunderous again as Tanahashi survives! Evil snarls and slashes his throat to say this is over! Evil drags Tanahashi up, reels him in and spinshim around, EVERYTHING- GROUNDED COBRA! Cover, TANAHASHI WINS!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Evil gains 0)
Evil is even more upset! He isn’t out of the running, but he isn’t anywhere closer to the top! But Evil throws Young Lions away, to drag Tanahashi up. Tanahashi LOW BLOWS Evil!! That’s what Evil gets! Will he get more of what he deserves as the G1 continues?
As for Tanahashi, after getting some ice and catching his breath, he gets the rest of the refs in the ring. All four refs stand with Tanahashi, and they all raise their hands victoriously! Tanahashi then gets the mic to say, “Agh…! Everyone, thank you for staying with us late tonight! Moments like these, every minute and every second is so, so important to me. Thank you very much. Out front, and in the back, even when it feels like we hit a wall, this energy keeps us going. So please, watch wrestling with a smile on your face and in your hearts as you continue to support us. Thank you all!” Fans applaud in thanks back to Tanahashi.
Tanahashi hears the “Let’s Go, Ace!” and he gets out his air guitar! Fans cheer and Tanahashi tells Matsuyama, “LET’S ROCK~!” Fans fire up as the air guitar concert is on! Tanahashi jumps, but again his legs are hurting. Fans still applaud, “Let’s Go, Ace!” and he stands back up. Tanahashi says, “Last one!” The fans cheer the encore, and then Tanahashi throws the air guitar to the fans. Fans still applaud, will Tanahashi give another encore? A fan throws their air guitar to him, and here we go! True last time for tonight! Big finish and Tanahashi throws the guitar back.
Tanahashi gets the mic back and says, “Everyone, sorry for overdoing it, even after I remarked how late it was. But I really wanted to give you all a show. Thank you very much. Finally, Matsuyama… AISHETEMASU~!” Tanahashi now leads the C Block, but will this win lead him to the semifinals?
Here are the new standings!
- Kazuchika Okada: 3-0, 6 points
- JONAH: 2-1, 4 points
- Jeff Cobb: 2-2, 4 points
- Bad Luck Fale: 2-2, 4 points
- Lance Archer: 1-2, 2 points
- Tom Lawlor: 1-2, 2 points
- Toru Yano: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Jay White: 3-0, 6 points
- Tama Tonga: 2-1, 4 points
- Taichi: 2-1, 4 points
- SANADA: 2-2, 4 points
- Great-O-Khan: 1-2, 2 points
- Chase Owens: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Tomohiro Ishii: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- Hiroshi Tanahashi: 3-1, 6 points
- Hirooki Goto: 2-1, 4 points
- Zack Sabre Jr: 2-1, 4 points
- Tetsuya Naito: 2-2, 4 points
- EVIL: 1-2, 2 points
- KENTA: 1-2, 2 points
- Aaron Henare: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
- David Finlay: 3-1, 6 points
- Will Ospreay: 2-1, 4 points
- Shingo Takagi: 1-2, 2 points
- YOSHI-HASHI: 1-1, 2 points
- Yujiro Takahashi: 2-2, 4 points
- El Phantasmo: 1-1, 2 points
- Juice Robinson: 1-3, 2 points [ELIMINATED]
A great night for the G1 once again, and some real big results coming out of this. Yujiro beating Juice was a surprise, but of course it was with a lot of cheating to do it. Juice is now out because he lost to the current block leader, David Finlay. Even if Finlay and Juice both ended this 3-3, Juice would be second to Finlay. But oddly, fans in Matsuyama seemed more on Yujiro’s side than Juice’s, so they were actually fired up for Yujiro as opposed to other matches in this G1. We also got a great match from Taichi and Chase, and I had a feeling Taichi would win. Taichi’s bigger than just being 1-1 right now, and still bigger than Chase, he needed the win.
Naito VS Henare was great stuff, and of course Naito wins again. He can’t be out of the running right after his triumphant win last round. Naito takes Henare out of the running with this win, and keeps his own hopes alive, I’m pretty sure it’ll come down to the very last round for Naito. Jonah VS Cobb was awesome stuff! How could not it be with everything they were doing? And what a great surprise that Jonah won! I thought Cobb was getting this one to stay right behind Okada, but maybe it’ll be Jonah who is chasing after Okada and that top spot.
And of course, Tanahashi VS Evil was great stuff, both on the match and the overbooking. Getting the entire ref corps involved was great, and of course Tanahashi wins. Evil isn’t out but him losing puts the pressure on. Tanahashi has the lead for now but has yet to face Goto, who is still near the top. Tanahashi VS Goto could determine the block, though we did get that match just before Forbidden Door… Well, maybe Goto can build upon that, using how Tanahashi got the win to go for the AEW World title, so that Goto can’t let Tanahashi take another opportunity from him. This stuff is just heating up, I can’t wait for tomorrow’s next round.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (2/7/23)
Konosuke Takeshita gets Dark!
The future of wrestling could be defined in the Dark!
Konosuke Takeshita is going strong in AEW, but he takes on MLW’s EJ Nduka! Will Konosuke still be The Future? Or will The Judge bring down the law?
- Slim J VS Mascara Dorada; wins.
- Rush w/ Jose the Assistant VS Aiden Park; wins.
- The Outrunners VS Logan Cruz & Tyshaun Perez; wins.
- Baliyan Akki VS Rico Gonzalez; wins.
- Blake Christian VS Serpentico w/ Luther; wins.
- Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Dante Casanova; wins.
- Kiera Hogan VS Megan Meyers; wins.
- Konosuke Takeshita VS EJ Nduka; wins.
Another pretty good line-up, but the highlight is of course Konosuke VS Nduka. Both are great, having been champions outside of AEW. In fact, Nduka will be featured on tonight’s debut edition of MLW Underground on the Reelz channel. Nduka is challenging Alex Hammerstone for the MLW World Heavyweight Championship in a Last Man Standing match. Between AEW Dark on YouTube and the MLW television debut, Nduka is going to get noticed by a lot of wrestling fans, and he very well could be the new MLW Champion the next time he’s in AEW.
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/6/23)
Time to rage in the cage!
Will it end where it all began?
Damage CTRL denied us and Becky Lynch the cage match with Bayley before, but now that Raw is in Orlando, The Man VS The Role Model WILL happen! Will this all come full circle for both these Horsewomen?
- Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins; Priest wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
- Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano; Lumis wins.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella; Carmella wins and advances to the Raw Women’s Championship Elimination Chamber match.
- Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy; Alexander & Benjamin win.
- Chelsea Green VS ???; Asuka wins.
- Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford; Ford wins and advances to the United States title Elimination Chamber match.
- Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch; Becky wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Edge and Beth Phoenix are here!
Orlando goes nuts as the Rated R Superstar and the Glamazon make their way to the ring! Edge even takes some selfies with fans in the front row before he stands with Beth in the ring. The Grit Couple is of course here for revenge on the Judgment Day, a grudge that goes back to last year and Extreme Rules. They get the mic, and Edge says, “Oh, Orlando…! I gotta try and bring my heart rate down after watching that video, and just say it is so damn good to be back.” Orlando is happy to have them back, and Edge says he’s “The King of Comebacks as this point, it’s getting silly.” But we all know why they’re here this time: The Judgment Day.
Fans boo and Edge agrees. But the Judgment Day is his fault. The idea was to try and elevate talent he felt deserved it. And to be honest, it worked. All of them are at a better place now than they were a year ago. Finn Balor is on a level Edge has never seen before and that is saying something. Damian Priest has proven he’s a workhorse that come out week after week against the very best. Rhea Ripley, well… Fans do cheer Rhea, and Rhea went from number one to outlast everyone, and has punched her ticket to WrestleMania. Edge makes sure everyone sees him point at the sign. Oh, and Dom’s there, too.
“For the last year, we have battled back and forth. From Cardiff to Portland to Toronto, all leading up to Extreme Rules. And I knew that Finn Balor didn’t have what it takes to physically hurt me enough to make me say, ‘I Quit.’ But as you saw in the video, the minute I saw Rhea Ripley bash Beth in the back of the head with brass knuckles and hold that chair in her hand, I knew exactly what was going to happen and I was helpless to stop it. And I am the kind of man, and I know a lot of you can relate out there, I am the kind of man that is not used to feeling helpless.” Fans cheer, and Edge “congratulates” Judgment Day with a sarcastic clap.
Fans chant “You Still Got It!” and Edge says, “I never lost it.” Fans cheer that! Edge continues to say, “But here’s the thing, guys. You just made a bad problem even worse. Because I am a cruel, vindictive, sick bastard, who will sink to any level to get my pound of flesh!” Beth calms Edge and says she’ll cut to the chase. “If you’ve got the stones, Ripley, Balor, my husband and I are here to finish this.” But speaking of, here comes the Judgment Day! Finn, Priest and Dom have the mics but Rhea isn’t here. Finn asks if he’s the only one who notices a pattern. Edge makes his triumphant return, only for the Judgment Day to beat him down again and again and again!
Finn tells Edge, “It might be time for you to say ‘I quit.’ HAHAHA!” Dom says word on the street travels fast. Fans boo Dom but Finn tells them to let Dom talk. Dom says since Edge & Beth have been gone, he has served hard time! Fans continue to boo, Finn again says to let Dom talk! Dom tells Edge & Beth to run along, before he does something to them he learned “on the inside.” Just like he did to his deadbeat dad! Rey didn’t even make it into the Rumble match! Priest says Dom’s right. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Priest says it doesn’t matter. Edge and Rey are “something else.” Every time they come back, Judgment Day beats them down, but they come back for more.
So next time they beat Edge down, Extreme Rules will look like child’s play. And speaking of child’s play, after Dawkins gets cooked and Priest enters the Money… Wait, no, Edge has him so flustered. Finn says it’s alright, Edge has Finn all mad, too. Priest promises Edge that he hates him that he can’t even speak right. Priest is getting inside the Elimination Chamber to be the United States Champion! Dom wishes Rhea was here, she could see what they’re about to do to Edge. But Rhea is busy promoting WrestleMania. Edge tells Dom to shut up! Fans cheer that! Edge says he was right, but they all confuse him! They don’t know what they really want!
Priest, the night he clotheslined Edge’s head off, he claimed he didn’t want a leader. And yet, he’s following Finn around like a giant labradoodle. He’s better than that! As for Finn, he’s a Dollar Store Jamiroquai! It’s insanity. Google Jamiroquai, kids. But the difference between Judgment Day and The Grit Couple is that Edge and Beth have each other’s backs. But they all just drop each other quicker than “Ex Con Dom” did his drawers in the clink! “Which is fitting, considering how many times you screwed your dad over.” And by the way, Edge can’t wait until Rey snaps and 619s Dom’s teeth down his stupid throat! It’s coming!
Beth says Rhea’s not here cuz she’s doing promotional appearances? We all know it’s because Beth speared Rhea’s soul out of her body. But listen to her very closely: she didn’t come here to talk. She came to beat Rhea’s ass!! But if she’s not here tonight, how about this? The Rated R Superstar, Edge and the Glamazon, Beth Phoenix VS Finn Balor & Rhea Ripley at Elimination Chamber! Oh, oh, really? Does Dom think Rhea’s in? Dom says Mami is totally in. Finn is in, so they accept! That is, if Edge & Beth make it to Elimination Chamber. The Judgment Day surrounds the ring, Edge & Beth stand their ground, and the fight is on!
Beth runs off Dom, Priest & Finn go after Edge, but here comes ANGELO DAWKINS! Dawkins BLASTS Dom, then fires off on Priest! Dawkins clotheslines Dawkins out, Edge SPEARS Finn down! Dom is freaking out, and Ford creeps up behind him. Ford spooks Dom, puts him in the ring, and Dom wants mercy! He gets chicken wings and a GLAM SLAM instead! Orlando is all fired up, but will the Curse of Greatness be able to take down Damian? Or will Punishment be heading for Montreal?
Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Damian Priest VS Angelo Dawkins!
Raw returns as Priest stomps away on Dawkins, this match already underway. But it is also truly 1v1 as Adam Pearce made sure during the break to say no one else is allowed ringside! Priest stands Dawkins up to ROCK him with a right, then whips him to ropes. Dawkins handsprings over and DROPKCIKS Priest! Dawkins fireman’s carries for a FLAPJACK! Priest bails out, Dawkins builds speed, but Priest moves. Dawkins stops, slides out the side, and runs in to POUNCE Priest onto the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous as Priest flops to the floor! Dawkins puts Priest in the ring, sees him go to the corner, and runs in to CYCLONE- FOREARM!
Priest snarls as he stomps away on Dawkins again. Priest drags Dawkins up, rams him into a corner and fires off hands! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in and back elbows! Priest brings Dawkins up for a BROKEN ARROW! Cover, TWO! Priest snarls, he sits Dawkins up and pulls on the arms for a motorcycle stretch. Dawkins endures, Orlando rallies up, and Dawkins fights but Priest CLUBS him down! Cover, TWO! Priest clamps on with a chinlock now, and he bends Dawkins against his knee. Dawkins endures, fans rally up, and Dawkins fights up. Priest swings, Dawkins blocks to ROCK back! And again! And again! Anda gain!
Priest shoves, Dawkins bobs ‘n’ weaves then ROCKS Priest again! Dawkins dodges Priest’s boot to ENZIGURI! Priest runs in again but Dawkins dumps him out! Fans fire up as Dawkins goes out and runs in again, but into a LARIAT! Priest glares at Dawkins as he storms up on him. Priest drags Dawkins up, BIG suplex to the floor! Priest slides in the ring but just to refresh the count. Priest runs in around the way, leaps off the steps and FLYING KCIKS Dawkins down! Fans boo but Priest is in control as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and both men are down after a collision. Fans rally up, Dawkins and Priest go to opposite ends, and Dawkins runs in to rally with clotheslines! Priest hits low, whips, but Dawkins hurdles and FLYING UPPERCUTS! Fans fire up with Dawkins, he runs corner to corner to CYCLONE! And ENZIGURI! And facelock, but Priest wrenches out, Dawkins ducks the lariat, to clinch and EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Dawkins grows a little frustrated but fans rally up. Dawkins brings Priest up, ROCKS him with a right, then climbs a corner. Priest choke grips first! Priest then climbs up to join Dawkins, but Dawkins HOTSHOTS him back!
Dawkins hurries in, but into a SUPERKICK! Clinch and COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Dawkins survives and Priest is growing frustrated now. Priest holds up his hand and fans boo. Dawkins rises, Priest clamps on, SOUTH OF- NO, Dawkins pops free for the SILENCER! Cover, TWO!! Dawkins hurries to a corner and climbs back up! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and Dawkins is beside himself! But Orlando fires up as he drags Priest back up. Priest clamps onto a leg, Dawkins throws hands! Dawkins brings Priest up again, but Priest ROCKS him with a forearm! Priest staggers, into a RIGHT from Dawkins!
Priest goes to a corner, Dawkins runs in, but into a SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! Choke grip, SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damian Priest, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)
The Punisher pulverizes Dawkins, and now he’s taking aim at the US Championship! Will Priest hit his mark and take that title back?
The United States Champion pulls into the arena.
Austin Theory drives a black Lamborghini, showing that The Now rides in style. Will he have anything to say about the Elimination Chamber field as it fills out tonight?
Adam Pearce meets with Maximum Males Models.
Maxxine Dupri finishes signing the contract, she, Maçé & Mansöôr are now officially part of Monday Night Raw. Pearce is happy to have them here, and is sure they have big WrestleMania plans. Maxxine confirms, she has big, BIG plans. But then Chelsea Green walks in and asks, “Are you the manager?” Chelsea, you know Pearce is the manager, they spoke last week. Pearce has MMM excuse themselves, and Chelsea says that, as they spoke last week, she is supposed to have a private room, with Swiss chocolates and fresh spring water. He took care of that. Oh, well, that was Belgian chocolate. She’s been to Belgium, she knows the difference.
Anyway, while she has him, she wants to talk about how she’s NOT in the Elimination Chamber match. But Liv is, Raquel is, Nikki is, all of who she could be. With all due respect, Chelsea, you didn’t even last five seconds in the Women’s Rumble, so- Uh, sorry, does she need to call his manager? All she wants is an opportunity. her family is in attendance, so she deserves a match. And in that match, she deserves to be presented as the big star she is. So he either makes this right, or… One call could cost him his job. Okay, thanks, bye. Chelsea heads out, but will Pearce bend to her demands?
Baron Corbin w/ JBL VS Dexter Lumis w/ Johnny Gargano!
The Modern Day Wrestling God didn’t last all that long in the Men’s Rumble, and he didn’t get a win over Johnny Wrestling last week. The Rumble was because of Lesnar, that match with Gargano was because of Lumis. Can Corbin even the score with the Tortured Artist? Or will JBL start to question his investment into Baron?
Raw returns and Lumis makes his entrance. Corbin attacks Lumis as soon as he’s in the ring! The ref reprimands and fans boo, but Corbin lets off. The bell rings and Corbin hits a SPLASH in the corner! Corbin throws Lumis down, elbows him down, then clamps on a chinlock. Corbin grinds Lumis down but fans chant, “Corbin Sucks!” Lumis endures, fights up and fights free of the hold. Lumis then headlocks, but Corbin powers out. Corbin CLOBBERS Lumis, then rains down more elbows! Corbin clamps the chinlock on again, and insults the fans. JBL coaches Corbin, Lumis still endures and fights his way back up.
Corbin knees low, he puts Lumis in a corner and fires off forearms. Corbin whips corner to corner hard and Lumis bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO! Corbin says Lumis is nothing and Gargano isn’t anything, either. Gargano says he still got a win off Corbin. Corbin grinds forearms into Lumis’ face, then twists Lumis’ head in a neck wrench. Fans rally and Lumis fights up again. Lumis throws hands, dodges Corbin’s, then DECKS him! And DECKS him again! Pop-up UPPERCUT! Lumis runs to clothesline in the corner, then BULLDOG! Fans fire up as Lumis catches Corbin for a BIG back suplex! Kip up to LEG DROP!
Fans fire up as Corbin flounders up. Lumis clinches, but Corbin RAMS him into a corner. Corbin fires off elbows, then runs in, but only gets buckles! Lumis clinches for the SIDE EFFECT! Cover, Lumis wins!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by pinfall
JBL is speechless as Gargano stands with Lumis. Gargano is headed to the Elimination Chamber for the US title, but will Lumis find himself in title talks soon enough?
Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.
Byron Saxton says The Man finally has Bayley inside that Steel Cage. What does tonight mean to her? “Orlando, Florida! Orlando, where it all began. Ten years ago, when I got off the plane with my bags to chase this WWE dream. When I first met you, Byron Saxton. A lot has happened in Orlando in those ten years, but ten years ago, I first met Bayley. In the weight room in the NXT Performance Center. And she seemed sweet and she seemed kind, and she wanted to be great. And her way of being great was high-fiving people and hugging people, and attaching herself to whoever she thought would be her meal ticket to the top.
“But I, too, Byron, I wanted to be great. And my way of being great was smashing faces, kicking down doors and changing the game so that I could become The Man of this industry! And Bayley… Bayley didn’t like that. No, she didn’t like that. So she’s attacked me and hit me with chairs and separated my shoulder. And she brought my family into this. And Bayley, I’m gonna learn you to not talk about my family. But all that aside, I had a plan. And tonight, I got what I want, and that is a Steel Cage Match.
“And so Bayley, you can bring your little friends, and you can bring your little tricks. Well, there is one hand that I haven’t played yet, and I’m thinking… I’m thinking, Byron, tonight might be the night.” What does Big Time Becks have planned for the Role Model in tonight’s main event?
Brock Lesnar is here!
Orlando goes nuts again as The Beast walks out to the ring and tips his cowboy hat with a feather in it. Lesnar gets the mic to say, “I appreciate ya. Thank you very much. Good evening, Orlando. Did y’all by chance catch the Royal Rumble? I did, too. I thought it sucked. At least, I had a sucky experience. At the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar got his ass thrown out over the top rope. That’s not the worst of it. I got my ass thrown over the top rope, by Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Now I apologize. I wasn’t on Raw last week, I had to get my head together a little bit. Bobby, you finally struck a chord in Brock Lesnar.”
All last week, Lesnar could not get Lashley out of his head. Lesnar tried to go hunting, and all he could think about was Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! Next day, Lesnar wakes up, wants to go ice fishing. He likes coastal fishing, too, but he tries to go, but all he can think of is Bobby Who? Bobby Lashley! He sits down for a big ol’ steak dinner, and all he can think about is Bobby Lashley! He gets into bed at night with his wife, and… Well, four or five hours later, all Lesnar could think about is Bobby Lashley! So for a whole week, Lesnar thought about what he’s gonna do with Lashley. Lesnar has a resolution. A violent resolution, but still.
You see, within Lesnar’s “five dollar denim jacket, is a multi-million dollar contract.” Fans like the sound of that. Lesnar reads the contract: “Bobby Lashley VS Brock Lesnar at Elimination Chamber.” Now Lashley, if you’ve got balls, you’ll get down here and sign the contract! Well here comes Lashley! Lashley is in shades and a nice suit as he heads down the ramp and to the ring. Lashley gets himself a mic, and he says, “Well nice of you to grace us with your presence, Brock. I didn’t even know you were gonna be here. But since you are, let’s take a little walk down memory lane.”
Match number one, what happened? Lashley pinned Lesnar. Match number two, Lesnar won. But if memory serves, Lashley laid Lesnar out cold as he walked out of the ring. And the third meeting was at the Royal Rumble, and Lashley threw Lesnar out without a problem. Lesnar steps closer and hands Lashley the contract. Lashley takes it, and again says that if memory serves, Lashley will be done under his terms. Lashley is going to take Lesnar’s contract and let his agent look at it, and his manager, and his lawyer, then Lashley will get back to Lesnar. This will be under consideration.
Oh, is Lesnar surprised? Surprised that Bobby Who has one up on you? Lashley emphasizes that with a poke of the finger. Lesnar smirks, and he reels Lashley in! F5!! Lesnar puts the contract in Lashley’s pocket, but fans chant “ONE MORE TIME!” Lesnar figures why not! Fireman’s carry, F5!! The Beast puts his hat back on, takes his leave, and the ball is now in the All Mighty’s court. Will this all but guarantee Lashley will want that match with Lesnar in Montreal?
Johnny Gargano finds Candice LeRae backstage.
Mr. Wrestling says hello to Mrs. Wrestling, tonight is big, right? How is she feeling? Luck hasn’t been on her side but she feels good. Lumis has a picture for good luck. Wow, the whole family! Gargano, Candice, little Quill and their dog, Pawdme, and… Who is that in the back? Nikki Cross? Cuz she’s SPYING on them! Nikki laughs and runs off! Candice isn’t sure what to make of that, but will she worry more about it once she’s in the chamber with crazy Cross?
Women’s Elimination Chamber Qualifier Fatal 4 Way: Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Piper Niven VS Carmella!
Raquel Gonzalez, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross, Asuka and Natalya are waiting, and there’s just one spot left in the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match! Will it be Michin, Mrs. Wrestling, the Scottish Viper, or the FABULOUS Princess of Staten Island going all the way to Montreal for that golden opportunity?
Raw returns, Candice is already in the ring as Mia makes her entrance. Then, last but not least, Piper Niven! She’s dropped the nickname, will she make a name for herself on the Road to WrestleMania? The bell rings and Piper CLOBBERS Mia and Candice! Piper and Mella stare down, Mella talking trash even though this is her return match. Piper scares Mella with a growl and Mella bails out to hang by hubby Corey Graves. Piper whips Candice into Mia at a corner, then runs in to SANDWICH them! Candice and Mia both fall, and Piper grins. Mella hops on for a SLEEPER! Piper throws her right off!
Mella bails out again, but Mia and Candice fire off on Piper! Piper shoves them away, runs, but into a double drop toehold! She ends up on ropes, DOUBLE DROPKICKS send her out! Fans fire up with Mia and Candice, but then the two friends circle. They fist bump, and then Mia rushes in. Candice avoids the clothesline but Mia jumps over the leg sweep. Candice deflects a boot to waistlock, but Mia switches. Candice elbows free, Mia blocks a kick, and Mia slips under to pick Candice up! BUCKLE BOMB! Mia hoists Candice up top, CHOPS her, then blocks another kick! Mia has Candice in an Electric Chair, but Candice POISON-RANAS!
Mella scurries in to cover Candice, TWO! Cover on Mia, TWO! Cover back on Candice, TWO! Another cover on Mia, TWO! Piper TRIPLE SPLASHES them all!! Cover on Mia, TWO!! Piper drags Mia up to throw her out, then she kicks Candice out. Piper covers Mella, TWO!! Piper drags Mella up, throws her right out, and Piper is all fired up! Orlando is fired up with her, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Piper has everyone in corners. Piper SPLASHES Mia, SPLASHES Candice, but Mella dodges! FABULOUS KICK! Piper rebounds to CLOBBER Mella! Candice CROSSBODIES, but Piper catches her! Mia runs in to hit a NECKBREAKER that takes Piper down! All four women are down but Piper bails out of the ring! Orlando fires up while the others stir. Mella shouts, “This is MY match!” But Mia says no it ain’t! Mella throws a forearm, but Mia ROCKS Mella! Mella throws another, but Mia fires off a flurry! Mia BOOTS, then wrenches to hit EAT DA FEET!! Cover, Piper drags Mella away!
Fans are torn but Mia is shocked! Piper storms in, Mia throws body shots and haymakers! Piper ducks a roundhouse to HEADBUTT! Mia wobbles, Piper reels her in but Candice is up top! MISSILE DROPKICK! Piper is down, Candice LIONSAULTS! cover, Mia breaks it! Friends or not, this is every woman for herself! Mia says sorry, but then Piper shoves Mia into Candice! Candice falls, but Mia runs, but into a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Candice breaks it! Piper pulls at her hair and bites her fingers in frustration, but she has Candice to herself now. Candice fires off haymakers, but Piper shoves her down. SENTON FLOPS as Candice moves!
Candice STEP-UP SENTONS! But Mella rolls Candice up! TWO!! Candice escapes, DEKCS Mella, and Mella goes to a corner. Candice runs in but is sent into buckles! Mella shouts at Candice and stomps a fabulous mudhole in! Fans boo as Mella moonwalks and says, “Mella! Is! Money!” FABULOUS BRONCO BUSTER! But Piper runs in! Mella dodges, CANNONBALL for Candice! FABULOUS KICK for Piper! Mella stacks Candice, and WINS!
Winner: Carmella, by pinfall (advances to the Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s match)
The Princess of Staten Island took advantage, and she is heading to Montreal! But will she be the one heading to WrestleMania with that golden ticket?
Baron Corbin regroups with JBL backstage.
Corbin laughs it off. “That didn’t go as planned, did it?” But where are they going to eat? Maybe get some drinks or something? JBL asks, “We? There ain’t no ‘we’. I headlined WrestleMania, I sold out arenas all over the world, I was must-watch television. You are channel changing television. That sound you hear when you get the ring, that’s the sound of remote controls around the world changing the channel to watch anything but you. And I don’t give a damn about you. I give a damn about the fact that MY Hall of Fame legacy, my CHAMPIONSHIP career, has lost all credibility, because of YOU!”
Corbin frowns but JBL continues. “Modern Day Wrestling God? I’ll tell you what you need. Not some cute little shirt, but a red nose and floppy shoes. Because you are a clown. You do not belong near me.” Corbin asks where this is coming from. He can do better! He’ll do better! JBL says, “You can’t polish a turd. I tried.” JBL storms off, did Corbin blow another major opportunity?
Meanwhile, we can see in the background that MVP is talking with Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. They shake hands, having a much better talk than JBL and Corbin just did. As the Wrestling God partnership falls apart, are we seeing the return of the Hurt Business?
Piper Niven finds Candice LeRae backstage!
Piper blames Candice for that loss! Piper should be going to WrestleMania! Mia storms in and makes Piper back off. Piper says they’re both very luck. If either of them get in the way of her and the title again, she will not be forgiving. Mia and Candice stick together, but will they both have to worry about the angry Scottish Viper slithering around?
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin VS The Alpha Academy!
Speaking of, PRIME Alexander and the Gold Standard are going up against “Master” Chad Gable and his number one guy, Otis! It’s a battle of former Raw Tag Team Champions, will one of these teams make a big impression on the Road to WrestleMania?
Raw returns and MVP is with Cedric & Shelton in their entrance! The teams sort out and Gable circles with Cedric. They tie up, Gable waistlocks and SLAMS Cedric, but Cedric gets up, only for Gable to snapmare. Gable rolls with Cedric, has a waistlock again, but Cedric pries free, only for Gable to headlock for the takeover. Cedric headscissors, Gable kips free, but Cedric arm-drags Gable. Gable arm-drags back, then blocks Cedric’s arm-drag to say, “SHOOSH!” Gable stands Cedric up but Cedric mule kicks back. Cedric runs, handsprings, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cedric flounders and Gable shouts, “A THANK YEW~!”
Gable tags Otis, the fans fire up and Otis struts. Gable cravats Cedric, Otis runs and CLOBBERS Cedric! Fans fire up but MVP protests. Cedric tags Shelton and he fires forearms on Otis! Shelton whips but Otis blocks! Otis whips, Shelton LARIATS, but Otis stays up! Shelton runs but Otis scoops! Shelton slips free to ROUNDHOUSE! Otis staggers, Shelton runs in to STEP- UP- NO!! Otis carries Shelton out for a WORLD’S STRONGEST SLAM! Fans fire up with the tree trunk and he runs, to SPLASH! Fans rally while Shelton sputters, but Otis CLUBS him on the back. Otis whips Shelton corner to corner hard and Shelton falls to the mat!
Fans rally behind Otis and he brings Shelton up. Shelton kicks but Otis blocks, and Otis spins Shelton around, only for the DRAGON WHIP to hit! Otis staggers around, Shelton runs in but into another SLAM! Otis drags Shelton up, puts him in a corner, and then runs in, only to get buckles! MVP coaches Shelton and he crawls, but so does Otis! Hot tags to Gable and Cedric! Cedric rallies on Gable, runs in to forearm smash int he corner, then snapmare and BASEMENT DROPKICK! MVP is fired up with Cedric and Cedric whips. Gable reverses, Cedric goes up and over. Things keep moving, NEURALIZER!
Gable flops out of the ring, Cedric builds speed! Cedric DIVES, but into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Gable puts Cedric in while MVP shouts to shake it off! Gable is up top, for the DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, Shelton breaks it! Otis CLUBS Shelton, throws him to a corner, and then runs in, only to get more buckles! STEP-UP KNEE! And then another STEP-UP KNEE! And a SAMOAN DROP!?! Fans are thunderous after that, but Gable KNEES Shelton out! Cedric is up, Gable CLOBBERS him! Gable goes up top, to MOONSAULT! Cedric avoids it, back suplex, LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Cedric & Shelton win!
Winners: Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, by pinfall
MVP is all fired up! He celebrates with his guys, is this the revival of the Hurt Business?
Backstage interview with The Miz.
Cathy Kelley knows The A-Lister was caught off guard last week by Rick Boogs, but what is his reaction to that return? His reaction? Miz will gladly give it to Pearce, along with a bill for the damages to his $10,000 suit that Maryse bought Miz! Who makes someone compete in a suit?! And as far as “Boogs” goes, what? He’s supposed to be impressed that Boogs can bench press 500 pounds and play the electric guitar? But speaking of, here comes Boogs! Uh, how did he get a meeting before The Miz? Oh, of course, he’s special, right? Wow, Boogs is special? Thanks, Miz.
But Boogs is just excited to be reunited with the Boogs Crew in the WWE Universe. The Boogs Crew? Oh, cut the humble crap. Miz would’ve won easily, if he was dressed and ready. Boogs got luck and he knows it, but he’s also lucky that Pearce is a lazy and incompetent official. Because if it was different and Miz was ready, it would’ve been a different story! Pearce walks up behind Miz and says, “Tell me how you really feel.” Miz sighs and smiles at Pearce. Pearce says that if Miz wants a rematch with Boogs, all he had to do was ask. In fact, how about next week? Boogs says that is righteous! THICK RICK VS The Miz, he’s so excited! Rick “Boogs out” on his exercise bar!
Miz looks at Pearce, then frowns as he walks away. But then Chelsea walks back in. She’s about to go to the ring, so she wants him to find an opponent, or she will call his boss. Okay thanks, bye~! The Hot Mess heads out, but who will Pearce send out to face her?
Chelsea Green VS ???
“Shh… It’s Chelsea.” Orlando has mixed feelings as The Hot Mess struts her way to the ring in her first singles match since coming back to the WWE. She’s already got an ego over the fact that she is back, but is she going to be ready for her opponent tonight? Because her opponent is ASUKA!!
Wait, is that Raquel Rodriguez in the crowd? Big Mami Cool snuck in from SmackDown to watch Raw in person, and she’s distracting Asuka! The bell rings and Chelsea SHOTGUNS Asuka down! Chelsea CLUBS away on Asuka, but now we see Natalya sneaking in from the other side! And Liv Morgan! Chelsea dribbles Asuka off the mat, brings her up, and shushes her, before she SLAPS her! Mella struts her way back out, since all the Chamber entrants are here. Chelsea BOOTS Asuka into buckles! Chelsea drags Asuka up, clinches, picks her up, COMPLETE SHOT! Chelsea sees everyone else and asks if they all watched that.
Chelsea says SHE should be in the Chamber, not “whatever this is,” in reference to Mella. Chelsea goes back to Asuka, kicks dirt, and also talks trash on Natty. Wait, Nikki sneaks out here now? Nikki laughs at Chelsea. Chelsea says if Nikki wants crazy, she’ll give her crazy! Chelsea also talks trash on Liv and Raquel. But Asuka gest back up! Chelsea senses something is wrong, and Asuka eggs her on in Japanese! Chelsea swings, misses, and Asuka fires off a strike fest! URAKEN! URAKEN! SOBAT! FRONT KICK! URAKEN and HEEL KICK! GERMAN SUPLEX! BUZZSAW! Chelsea wants a time-out!
Chelsea gets to a corner, Asuka runs in, but Chelsea BOOTS her! Chelsea runs in, into a CODE BREAKER, which Asuka then turns into a DOUBLE ARMBAR!!! Chelsea verbally quits, Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
The Empress of Tomorrow stands tall tonight, and she makes sure to look her future opponents in the eye. But then BIANCA BELAIR appears! The RawEST Women’s Champion is here, and she tells them all, “I want all of y’all to take a good look at each other and tell me what you see. Cuz I’ll tell you what I see. I see six top tier women in the WWE.” Fans cheer that. “But… Who has what it takes to win the Elimination Chamber match? Who has what it takes to go one on one with the EST of WWE? Because last year, I was in your position. I know what it’s like to be in an Elimination Chamber match, and I know what it takes to win. That’s how I got this.”
Bianca holds up the title, and says, “I want to wish each and every one of you good luck. Because whoever makes it out… I’ll be ready to see you at WrestleMania.” The EST has sent her message to all her potential contenders, but just who will survive the Chamber to meet Bianca in Hollywood?
Cody Rhodes is here!
Orlando goes nuts again as the American Nightmare makes his way to the ring. Fans chant Cody’s name as he gets the mic. “So, what do you guys wanna talk about? Hmm… Last week, I used my interview time to come out here and talk to you with respect about my current WrestleMania opponent, The Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, the biggest superstar in the world, the Best in the World, Roman Reigns.” Fans boo Roman, then chant for “SAMI! SAMI!” So they just read Cody’s mind. Cody did say “current.” Cody’s path to WrestleMania is straight and clear, but the destination is foggy.
The reason being, Roman is putting the titles on the line at Elimination Chamber, “against a guy who has kicked up all the dust, a guy who has all the momentum, a guy that’s walking into his hometown, and that is Sami Zayn.” Fans cheer and chant for Sami and Cody continues. “You guys seem like a perfect judge for my next question. It looks more and more like at WrestleMania, it’s going to be me standing there, challenging for the championship against Sami Zayn.” Fans like the sound of that! Cody says this with the utmost respect. “I have respect for anyone avenging an injustice done to them. I have respect for my friend, Sami Zayn. I wish you the best of luck, may the best man win.”
But wait! “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman. And I serve as Special Counsel, and The Wise Man, to YOUR Tribal Chief, the reigning! Defending! Undisputed! WWE Universal Heavyweight Champion, Roman…! Reigns!” Fans boo as Heyman continues into the ring. Fans chant “E C DUB!” and Heyman steps into the ring. Heyman tells Cody that something he may one day find out in life, “hopefully not at my expense, but one day, is that life at the very top in this industry requires an understanding that the only week busier than the week leading into a major event like the Royal Rumble, or watch the point, WrestleMania…
“Is the week coming out of a major event, like the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. And I’m sure you know that the Tribal Chief and I have had a lot on our plates in the last week. And a few things fell through the cracks, admittedly, on the Island of Relevancy. One of which is the Tribal Chief and I, in front of the entire world, want to congratulate you on winning the 2023 WWE Men’s Royal Rumble match.” Cody and Heyman shake hands and Heyman says Cody earned it and that he’s very proud of Cody. Fans cheer that, and chant, “You Deserve It!”
Cody knows that his father had a nickname for Heyman, his brother had a nickname for Heyman. But if you’ll indulge Cody, Cody will go with “Mr. Heyman.” It is because Cody has “unparalleled respect” for Heyman and Heyman knows why. But if they’re going to pull back the curtain here, might as well pull it back for everyone here in the crowd and watching at home. This is a story that should’ve been told a long time ago. The year was 2000. The till in Cody’s family dried up a bit, and Hard Times was more than a famous promo. “Simply put, my family went broke.” $100 in a checking account for all of them.
To put a visual on it, Cody’s dad was doing local car commercials and not for money. Just so he could keep a car. Fans chant for Dusty now and Heyman gets emotional. “But then he got a phone call,” Cody continues. Heyman called Dusty. Heyman told Dusty that ECW as in town, that Steve Corino was gonna talk some smack, and that if Dusty would just agree to appear on camera, that if Dusty would be on ECW TV, Heyman “would pay him and pay him well.” Fans again chant for “E C DUB!” Cody says Heyman kept his word. In addition to the money that the Rhodes family sorely needed, ECW gave Dusty his confidence back, and Cody can never repay Heyman for that.
Flash forward a bit, and they might talk about it, but before coming back here, Cody was somewhere else, “causing a little bit of trouble.” From one disruptor in sports entertainment to another, Heyman showed Cody the way, so thank you again. Fans applaud that, and Heyman again gets emotional. Fans chant, “Thank You, Paul! Thank You, Paul!” Heyman says Cody is good. Cody really got Heyman there. Heyman was here to schmooze business with him, and Cody got him personally. Heyman sighs, fans cheer, and if we’re peeling back and shooting from the hip, let’s go all the way.
Heyman says this isn’t about him, and with all due respect and love and admiration and even acknowledgement, this isn’t about Dusty. This is about Cody, about everything Cody has fought for from the bottom to the top, out the door, back in, to winning the Rumble to main-eventing WrestleMania! “And winning WrestleMania is a whole different story. Just getting there is a long, long road.” And that’s Cody’s story. That’s Cody’s story that he needs to finish to find out if this is a dream come true, or if he must “suffer the nightmare of coming just this close.”
Because Cody isn’t just main-eventing WrestleMania, he’s trying to “take away from the greatest box office attraction and greatest champion of all time, Roman… Reigns.” Fans boo but Heyman says that’s no easy task for any mere mortal, let alone someone that has no idea what it’s like under that spotlight. Will Cody crumble and wither? Will he self-destruct under that pressure because no one ever prepared him for it? Heyman says down the road is the WWE Performance Center. At that very place, Cody’s father, the American Dream, Dusty Rhodes, trained and prepped the biggest stars of this generation.
Cody’s father, Dusty, trained and prepped Seth Rollins, trained and prepped Becky Lynch, trained and prepped Bayley, trained and prepped Kevin Owens, trained and prepped for the highest level of success, the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns. But do you know who Dusty didn’t train and prep? Dusty did not train nor prepare Cody. Cody tries to smile through that but Heyman says he could counsel Cody that maybe, just maybe, Dusty wanted Cody to make it on his own. That’s how much love Dusty had for him. That Dusty wanted Cody to step out of the shadow of a national monument such as the American Dream himself.
Perhaps Dusty didn’t want Cody going through life as “Dusty’s son,” but as Cody Rhodes, “WrestleMania Main Eventer Who Stopped the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.” Maybe. But Cody, Heyman can’t convey in words how much he loved Dusty. But he can say to Cody’s face that Dusty loved Cody. To share this personally, in Heyman’s last conversation with Dusty, Dusty told Heyman… “You, Cody, were his favorite son.” Cody and the fans aren’t sure what to make of that, but then Heyman adds, “But Roman Reigns was the son he always wanted.” Heyman drops the mic and fans cannot believe he just said that!
Cody rushes up on Heyman but Heyman backs away. Fans want Cody to go after Heyman but Heyman wants him to reconsider. Cody offers a handshake, then makes Heyman take it. “I’m just trying to win a wrestling championship, and everybody, everybody, wants to make it personal. And that’s what you just did, and you’re not gonna pay for it, Mr. Heyman. Your boy, Roman Reigns, is going to pay for it. At WrestleMania, when I take those titles, personally.” Cody pushes the mic into Heyman then heads out. Will Cody ironically be hoping Roman beats Sami Zayn at Elimination Chamber so he can be the one to tear the Tribal Chief down?
Elimination Chamber Match Qualifier: Elias VS Montez Ford!
There is just ONE spot left in the United States Championship match, and it comes down to The Drifter and the flyest high flyer WWE has seen in a long time! Will all of Montreal #WalkWithElias? Or will this Profit be up, looking for gold?
Raw returns and Elias makes his entrance while Austin Theory is on commentary. The bell rings and Elias circles with Ford. They tie up, and they are in a deadlock. They go around, Ford puts Elias in a corner but Elias turns it around. The ref counts, both men let off, and they reset. Ford and Elias tie up again, Elias headlocks and he grinds Ford down. Ford powers up but Elias holds tight. Ford tries again, but Elias still holds tight. Theory isn’t concerned about Elias’ level of aggression, because the person with aggression is him. Ford powers up and out, but Elias runs him over! Cover, TWO!
Elias stands Ford up but Ford rolls Elias up, TWO! Ford cradles, TWO! Elias headlocks again and he hits a takeover. Ford keeps his shoulder up, moves around, and fans rally. Theory likes Ford’s athleticism, and the move on his regimen, but he’s intrigued to face Elias since they’ve never met in a match. Ford fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Ford hurdles then runs Elias over! Ford DROPKICKS Elisa, and then Ford snarls as he whips. Elias reverses but Ford KICKS back! Ford runs in, but into a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! Ford sputters to a corner and Elias storms up to CHOP, UPPERCUT and repeat!
Elias fires off, the ref counts, and Elias lets off. Elias then stomps Ford again, CHOPS him, and whips to back drop Ford! Ford bails out, Elias pursues, and Elias RAMS Ford into barriers! Elias then brings Ford up to STEEL STEPS BACK SUPLEX! Elias roars and fans are torn as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Elias has Ford in a motorcycle stretch. Ford endures, turns, but Elias drags him up into a waistlock. BACKBREAKER! Elias then goes to a corner and climbs up top, but Ford hops up after him! Ford fires haymakers, Elias throws body shots, and Elias CLUBS Ford down. Elias SUNSET FLIPS, but Ford holds onto the ropes! Fans fire up as Ford fights his way back up, and he ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias turns things into an Electric Chair Lift! SPINNING POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Theory says he thought that would end it, though he sounds a bit sarcastic.
Ford crawls to the apron and Elias storms over. Ford GAMANGIRIS Elias, ducks a haymaker, then bumps Elias off buckles to GAMANGIRI again! Ford goes back up, CROSSBODIES, and says “SUCK IT!” Ford rallies with clotheslines, then runs to LEAPING LARIAT! Elias staggers, Ford pumps up and hits a BIG back suplex! Kip up but Ford’s back tightens up. Ford powers through to STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Theory likes that Elias is still in this, but Ford brings Elias up. Elias CHOPS! ford ROCKS Elias with a right! Elias ROCKS Ford, but Ford ENZIGURIS! Ford runs, into the SYMPHO-KNEE!
Elias fireman’s carries for a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Ford survives and Elias grows frustrated. Theory doesn’t worry about the match, and goes on to talk trash on the other entrants. Theory thinks Johnny Gargano will be a stay-at-home dad, Bronson Reed probably can’t fit in a pod, but then gets mad at Kevin Patrick for bringing up the loss to Bronson back in their NXT days. Elias meanwhile RAMS Ford into a corner, RAMS him again, and again, and again! Elias backs off, runs in again, but Ford puts him on the apron! Elias shoulders in, slingshots, but into a HAYMAKER!
Elias flounders away, Ford goes corner to corner to FLY!! Direct hit and down goes Elias! Ford puts Elias in the ring and fans fire up! Ford goes up top, and leaps in FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ford wins!
Winner: Montez Ford, by pinfall (advances to the United States Championship Elimination Chamber match)
Ford takes the last spot, but Theory stands on the desk to hold up the title. Will Theory still have that title after the Elimination Chamber? Wait! SETH ROLLINS CLIPS THEROY! Theory hits the desk and Rollins laughs! Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” before the CURB STOMP to the floor! The Now didn’t see The Visionary coming, will nothing and no one stop Rollins from winning in the Chamber?
Bayley talks with Damage CTRL backstage.
Dakota Kai is in crutches given what Becky Lynch did to her last week, but Bayley isn’t worry. She tells Kai & Sky the plan and prepares for the main event, which is up next!
Steel Cage: Bayley w/ Damage CTRL VS Becky Lynch!
The Role Model used Damage CTRL to take control away from The Man and deny us all this match on the Raw 30th Anniversary episode. But now, there’s no running from this, there’s no hiding from this, and there’s no getting around this! Will Bayley survive Becky’s Big Time wrath? Or will Becky leave Bayley behind just like when they were in NXT?
The bell rings, fans fire up, but Bayley smirks. Fans rally for Becky as she and Bayley circle. They feel things out, Bayley ROCKS Becky then climbs the wall! Becky yanks her down, she won’t let Bayley just run away like a coward. They talk trash, Bayley says Becky doesn’t tell her what to do or when to do it. Bayley shoves Becky, so Becky ROCKS Bayley! They go back and forth, Becky gets the edge, but Bayley kicks a leg out! Becky trips Bayley! Becky says she was going for the door, but that’s not how this is going down. Becky whips but Bayley turns it around, only for Becky to stop from hitting the steel.
Becky hits Bayley back, but Bayley also blocks hitting steel. Bayley elbows Becky away but Becky goes for an arm! Bayley and Becky go around, but Bayley throws Becky into the steel! Kai & Sky like what they see as Bayley sends Becky into more steel! Bayley stomps away on Becky, then digs her boots in! She also digs Becky into the frame of the cage! Fans boo but Bayley covers, ONE!! Becky is hanging tough, so Bayley decides to climb. Becky hurries over and dropkicks the cage to shake Bayley loose! Bayley falls to the mat, then Becky drags her up to RAM her into the steel! Becky drags Bayley up again to RAM her into more steel!
Becky runs to basement dropkick Bayley into the steel! And again! Becky stomps away on Bayley now, then pushes her face into the steel! “You think you can talk about my husband?! You think you can talk about my husband now, Bayley?!” Becky lets off, then drags Bayley up. Fans rally and Becky throws Bayley into more steel! Bayley drags herself out while Becky climbs the cage. Bayley hurries to anchor Becky, but Becky kicks her away. Bayley climbs up after Becky, but Becky kicks her again. Bayley anchors a foot, but Becky dribbles Bayley’s face off steel! Becky then adjusts, brings Bayley around, but Bayley RAMS Becky into steel!
Bayley dribbles Becky now, throws her off the ropes, then adjusts to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kai & Sky coach Bayley on as she has control, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns just as Becky kicks out of a cover! And she wants the arm! Bayley hurries to push Becky away, but Becky hits a FLYING FOREARM! Both women are down and Orlando fires up! Kai & Sky coaches Bayley as she and Becky both stand. The forearms go back and forth again! Fans rally behind Becky as she gets the edge, uppercuts and SOBATS! Becky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and JUMP KICKS Bayley down! Becky whips Bayley to a corner, but Bayley uses that to get up the wall! Becky grabs Bayley’s legs to SLAM them against the steel! And again! Bayley holds on with her hands but Becky RAMS her into the steel again and again! SUPER JUMP KICK!
Bayley ends up slumped on the ropes, for Becky’s SUPER GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally and Becky fires up. Kai & Sky plead with Bayley as she gets up, but Becky clinches. Bayley slips out of the slam to SAIDO! Cover, TWO!! Becky is still in this and fans fire up again! Bayley drags herself to ropes, climbs the cage, but Becky rises! Becky drags Bayley back down, has her draped on the ropes and TOSSES her into the steel! Becky runs, to drop a leg, brother! But Bayley turns it into a HEEL HOOK!! Becky flails, reaches out, and crawls her way to the door! Becky grabs the frame but Bayley drags her away!
Bayley stands Becky up but Becky rolls to send Bayley into buckles! Roll-up, TWO!! Back to the HEEL HOOK! Becky still crawls, they roll to ropes, and Becky SMACKS Bayley off steel! And again! And again! Bayley is dazed but Becky hobbles back up. Becky climbs a corner but Bayley anchors her foot. Becky kicks her away, but Bayley tries again. Becky kicks Bayley again, but Bayley hurries up after her! They brawl, Becky shoves Bayley away! Becky is on the top rope but Bayley CLUBS her! Bayley clubs after and they braw on the top rope! Bayley RAMS Becky into the steel, SUPER BAYLEY2BELLY!! Cover, TWO!?!
Kai & Sky can’t believe it, and neither can Orlando! Bayley stalks Becky, but then decides to climb the wall! Bayley reaches the top! Becky hurries up after Bayley, catches up to Bayley, and they brawl up top now! Fans rally as the haymakers go back and forth! Bayley SMACKS Becky off the top! But Becky grabs an arm! Becky uses that to drag herself back up, DISARM-HER ON TOP OF THE CAGE!!! Bayley slips free, gets caught up on the ropes, and flops to the mat! But Becky just adjusts, only for Sky to climb up after her! The Evil Genius brawls with Becky, and then she kicks Becky down into the ring! Kai sneaks a crutch to Bayley!
Bayley JAMS Becky with the crutch! But wait, is that LITA?!? The living legend is here and she goes up after Sky! Lita YANKS Sky right off the cage! Lita storms up on Kai and uses her other crutch to YANK her into steel steps! Lita JAMS Sky, reels her in, TWIST OF FATE to the floor!! Bayley is flabbergasted, but she hurries for the door! Fans are losing their minds as Lita SLAMS the door shut! Bayley staggers into a MANHANDLE SLAM!!! Cover, Becky wins!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall
Becky had Big Time back-up, was this the ace in the hole she talked about? Did Lita help Becky put behind her Damage CTRL once and for all?
A great Raw, and full to the brim at that. Great opening segment with Edge, Beth and Judgment Day. I am glad they’re giving us that Mixed Tag for Elimination Chamber, but I was hoping they would make it Edge & Beth VS Rhea & Dom. But at the same time, if Dom was involved, it’d be obvious Dom would take the loss just so The Grit Couple can win without really hurting Rhea’s momentum. With Finn in that match instead, it could go either way. Rhea could beat Beth to win it while we see Edge and Finn set up a 1v1 rematch for WrestleMania. That’s two birds, one stone, so perhaps WWE will go with that.
I also like that they used the brawl that broke out to bring in the Profits. Dom taking the Glam Slam was beloved by all, and of course we go right into Dawkins VS Priest. Priest winning makes sense, he really is the workhorse Edge said he is, Priest will have a great showing in the Elimination Chamber. Elias VS Ford was great stuff, even with Theory on commentary. Theory wasn’t bad, but what does he really add talking himself up? At the same time, it was great for Rollins to drive-by Theory to get himself some momentum while not in the ring. And as I’d hoped, Ford is in the Chamber now, so get ready for a From the Heavens off a pod.
Corbin VS Lumis being a comparative squash was a bit of a surprise, but it leading to JBL dumping Corbin was also quite surprising. At the same time, something had to give. The WWE never books Corbin strong forever, which is why Corbin has been through more changes to his character these last few years than anyone else. I’m not sure what’ll get Corbin to the next level, if WWE even cares to do that. I still think they skipped through the Bum Ass Corbin stuff too soon, but that’s on Vince. Maybe Corbin will start trying to earn JBL’s respect like he needs it as validation for who he is.
And because HHH’s team is really clever, they gave us another “Easter egg” in a promo, with MVP talking with Cedric & Shelton before their match. Their match against Alpha Academy was pretty good, though it seemed clunky at the start. Commentary touched on it, I think Shelton was just not quite ready for how big and strong Otis was gonna run in there. But Shelton & Cedric win because clearly, the Hurt Business is on its way back. Lesnar and Lashley had a good promo together, and I’m a little surprised we’re getting that match at the Chamber. Maybe there will be something crazy that happens, compelling a WrestleMania match. Plus, from Lashley’s promo, he’s counting their Rumble match confrontation as part of the record, so the Chamber match would be round 4, making Mania round 5 and a tiebreaker of sorts.
Good backstage promos with Adam Pearce. Miz putting his foot in his mouth and ending up in a rematch with Boogs was good stuff. Officially signing MMM to Raw was a nice detail to help give us a reason we’re even watching Pearce, which sets up Chelsea “Karen Joke Punchline” Green complaining to him and getting a match. And seeing as how Chelsea avoided bringing Asuka up, it was perfect that she had to fight Asuka. It was a logical surprise to have the other women in the Elimination Chamber match show up, though I feel like Chelsea could’ve been faster about talking trash. Asuka wins, of course, and Bianca had a great promo calling out all the contenders.
Speaking of, the Fatal 4 was great stuff, and I suppose Mella winning is a good choice. She’s returning, she’s got momentum just on that, but she’ll surely be used to build up Asuka in that match. Mella had that segment with Asuka last week, Asuka will definitely mist and eliminate Mella. Asuka is definitely a frontrunner to win the Chamber, and this return to Kana in presentation has to mean Asuka’s going to WrestleMania. Piper threatening Candice and Mia was good stuff. Piper might get a partner to take them on at some point, but we can get some great 1v1 matches out of Piper VS Candice and Piper VS Mia.
Cody’s promo segment with Heyman was so good. I just knew Heyman was setting up that insult on Cody about Dusty wanting someone like Roman as a son, and it was still powerful. And while Sami Zayn is great, it of course gave the idea that WrestleMania’s main event will stay Roman VS Cody. Then we got a great main event in the Steel Cage match. Granted, it was the usual Steel Cage formula: throw each other into steel; keep each other from climbing up and out multiple times; Heel still has minions interfere. But I did like that Lita showed up to help Becky in a callback to their Crown Jewel match. Lita helping Becky win was good stuff cuz it was DMG CTRL facing karma, and fans got to see the legendary Lita celebrate with the iconic Becky. Hell, maybe we get some kind of tag match now so Lita can return to WrestleMania.
My Score: 8.7/10
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