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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Report! (4/23/18)

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The Beast returns to Raw! And just days before his Universal Championship Steel Cage Match at the Greatest Royal Rumble, will he and his Advocate have something to say about The Big Dog getting one more shot at the title? Plus, all the aftermath of the Superstar Shake-Up, such as Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn having jobs!!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Elias VS Bobby Roode; Elias wins.
  • The Ascension VS WOKEN Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt; Hardy & Wyatt.
  • Titus Worldwide VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre; Ziggler & McIntyre win.
  • Chad Gable VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh; Gable wins.
  • Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman; Lashley & Strowman win.
  • Baron Corbin VS No Way Jose; no contest.
  • The Miztourage VS Finn Balor & Seth Rollins; Balor & Rollins win.
  • 10 Woman Tag: The Riott Squad, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Ember Moon & Natalya; Ruby, Liv, Sarah, Alexa & Mickie win.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE and Raw dedicate the episode to Bruno Sammartino.

To honor the life of the Hall of Fame “Living Legend”, a moment of silence with ten tolls of the bell. Bruno was truly one of the greats, if not THE greatest. He will be missed.

 

The Beast comes to St. Louis!

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman are both back on Raw for episode 1300! The Advocate waits for the boos to die down before he speaks for the “still reigning, defending, undisputed” Universal Champion. Heyman supposes people are raining down their anger because they assume Heyman will gloat. They must think he’s here to say “We Told You So!” Or that they’re here to talk like they did when Lesnar conquered The Undertaker’s Wrestlemania Streak, or when Lesnar took Cena to #SuplexSuplexSuplexCity, or when Lesnar takes out every “wannabe tough guy who doesn’t understand” that “this is real” or that no one in the locker room stands any more of a chance than members of the WWE Universe. Heyman doesn’t give predictions, he gives spoilers, and “Lesnar does not gloat, Brock Lesnar conquers!”

But Heyman gloats! Heyman gloats that Lesnar used non-PG elbows to bust Roman open and then took Roman Reigns to Suplex City, used multiple F5’s, and left Roman a heap of trash at the biggest Wrestlemania of all time! “And none of this means anything to Brock Lesnar.” Lesnar does not dwell on the past, even when we’re only talking a couple weeks. Lesnar looks to the future, especially when that future is this Friday, in Saudi Arabia, at the Greatest Royal Rumble, craving to be in a UFC fight, goes to be “locked inside of a cage with Roman Reigns.” Heyman notices the fans genuinely cheering for Roman.

But being in a cage wasn’t Roman’s idea, so Heyman tells the world: “Brock Lesnar pinned Roman Reigns, WWE had no choice”, so now Lesnar signed a “big fat contract” that he earned, but WWE wants the title at #GRR. What does Lesnar say to that? “Well, Roman Reigns is breathing, give me Roman Reigns.” Lesnar wanted a fight for the title, in a cage! The odds are stacked against Roman even more now than at Wrestlemania! So here’s the spoiler: Roman steps into the greatest cage fighter ever, so this Friday, Lesnar will “shred Roman Reigns, piece by piece, limb from limb”! Roman will only return to America in boxes as a former WWE superstar and just another victim! But speaking of, here comes Roman!

The Big Dog stares right down at Lesnar. Lesnar simply chuckles back at him, shaking his head. Lesnar thinks Roman doesn’t want any of him, but Roman marches down the ramp to prove him wrong. The WWE Universe is itching to see these two fight, and Lesnar seems pleasantly surprised to see Roman getting into the ring. Roman has a mic, but he takes a moment to stare at the title. Lesnar notices him staring at it, and taunts him with it. Roman says Heyman is right, he isn’t sure how he’s getting back. But he knows this: “I’m coming home with that title. And you can believe that.” He drops the mic, and takes his leave. This fight will happen Friday in Arabia and a cage. Can the Big Dog finally best The Beast?

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.”

The Drifter is in St. Louis, but he’s immediately interrupted!

Elias VS Bobby Roode!

The GLORIOUS One interrupts, wanting the spotlight on him over The Drifter. Will Roode make good on his first 1v1 match on Raw? Or will Elias make him pay and #DriftAway for the interruption?

The bell rings, the two tie up, and Elias puts on a headlock. Roode powers out but Elias runs him over. Elias speeds things up but Roode runs him over with an elbow. Roode chops Elias in a corner, then stomps and chops again. Roode chops Elias, Elias forearms back then chops, too. Elias puts Roode in a corner but Roode turns that around for another chop. Roode whips corner to corner but Elias reverses, only to run into Roode’s elbow. Roode goes up but has to jump over Elias, legs buckling a bit. He still gets Elias with the atomic drop and dropkick, cover, TWO.

Roode keeps on Elias with the armlock, bringing him to the mat. Elias works his way up, Roode wrenches the arm. Roode wrenches the arm again but Elias rocks him with a right! The Drifter chops Roode against ropes then whips, but Roode goes for the DDT. Elias gets away so Roode clotheslines him out. GLORIOUS Pose as we go to break.

Raw returns, and Elias puts Roode in a corner. Roode ducks the forearm to chop Elias again. Elias is reeling from that shot, so Roode gives him another. Roode whips but Elias kicks him back to then club him in the back. Elias throws Roode into a post! The referee checks on Roode while Elias catches his breath. Elias sits Roode up for a nerve hold, we go picture in picture to plug the Greatest Royal Rumble’s Casket Match of Rusev VS The UNDERTAKER. Roode endures the hold and works his way up to his feet. He hits Elias but Elias hits back so it’s a brawl now. Elias gets Roode in a corner and stomps a mudhole into him! He tops it off with a running stomp, then rams Roode’s chest into the apron edges. He adds a running knee to the head, covers, TWO.

Elias grows frustrated but he keeps on Roode. He mocks GLORIOUS while wrapping Roode into a chinlock. Fans rally for Roode and Roode powers up. Elias wrangles him down but Roode stands again. Elias brings Roode down again, but fans chant for Roode. Roode gets a second wind and back suplexes Elias down! Both men are down, but stirring. Roode gets to a corner while Elias walks over. Elias swings but Roode counters, then chops and whips. Elias reverses but Roode runs him over. Roode rallies with forearms and a corner clothesline into a neckbreaker. Roode’s firing up with the fans while he climbs up top. He takes aim and flying clothesline takes down Elias!

Roode winds it up for GLORIOUS Pose! He kicks but Elias back drops, sunset flip, TWO! Elias knees low and puts Roode in a corner, but Roode knees him away. He hops up, GLORIOUS Blockbuster! Elias rolls out to prevent the cover, which fans boo and jeer. Roode doesn’t care, he goes out to fetch Elias. He puts Elias in the ring but Elias hotshots ROode off the top and rolls him up, Elias wins!

Winner: Elias, by pinfall

The Drifter was crafty with that performance, and he ruins Roode’s first 1v1 match. Will Elias truly put on a spectacular performance in the 50-Man Royal Rumble match? Or will Roode turn things around and make this Friday the most GLORIOUS Royal Rumble ever?

 

WOKEN Matt Hardy speaks.

“I have spoken to the Oracle”, and the future is clear. They will PROCURE the Raw Tag Team Championships! But first, they must visit the Wasteland. Bray Wyatt says that without darkness, there is no light. And together, this WOKEN Yin-Yang will cast a shadow that covers the world. “RUN!”

 

The Ascension VS WOKEN Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt!

Konnor & Viktor are back on Raw thanks to the Superstar Shake-Up, but now they must face the #DeleterOfWorlds just days before the Expedition of Gold takes on The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Will they be rendered OBSOLETE already?

The bell rings and Hardy starts against Viktor. They tie up, Viktor gets the headlock but Hardy powers out. Hardy sees Viktor’s cartwheel, and says that was WONDERFUL~!

The fans and Wyatt agree, but then Viktor swings on Hardy. Bray scares Viktor, Hardy hits the Russian leg sweep. Hardy then tags in Brya, and together they hit Viktor with the leg drop and back senton. Bray goes for the yurinagi but viktor slips out. Viktor tags in Konnor, who clubs Brya, but then runs into the turn-around lariat! Bray tags in Hardy and feeds Konnor to the boots. Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” but Konnor denies the twist. Viktor tags in and the Ascension mug Hardy in their corner.

Viktor tags Konnor back in and they mug Hardy with combination strikes. Konnor drops a big elbow and covers, TWO. Tag to Viktor for a first drop and cover, TWO. Viktor keeps Hardy down while fans rally, and Hardy uses a jawbreaker to break out. Tag to Bray, and Bray rallies on Viktor with palm strikes and uppercuts. Bray wipes Konnor out then runs Viktor over with the body check! Bray prepares his Spider-Walk! Tag to Hardy and a feed to the Side Effect, TWO. “DELETE! DELETE!” Hardy brings Viktor up but Konnor saves him. Bray gets Konnor with Sister Abigail! Hardy tags him in, and brings Viktor up, they combine for a draping Twist of Fate! Cover, #DeleterOfWorlds win!

Winners: WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt, Wyatt pinning

The Yin-Yang of WOKEN & Wyatt comes for the titles, as do The Bar, though The Bar is no longer on Raw. Will Cesaro & Sheamus be DELETED in Arabia? Or will they be responsible for robbing the Red Roster of their tag titles?

 

It’s the premiere of The Sami & Kevin Show!

The Underdog and Prizefighter sit at their brand new desk to introduce the WWE Universe to their talk show. The new hottest maybe-weekly show in WWE, because “a huge void” was created when The Miz was moved to SmackDown. But who better to step up than these two? And who better in history than one of them to win the Greatest Royal Rumble? Why is it called that? The seven titles on the line. Nope. Lana gave Rusev permission to take on the Undertaker. Nope. That they’re going to win the Rumble. Yep! So make sure you have the day off to watch Sami & Kevin prove themselves the most dominant of all the WWE superstars. Watch them prove why Stephanie McMahon chose them to be the “crown jewels” of Raw.

Those comments probably rub their guest the wrong way. But tonight is about new beginnings, so they have a song for their guest. “You Suck! You Suck!” Yes, that’s for the Olympic Gold Medalist and Raw General Manager, Kurt Angle!

At least when the fans sing it, they mean it nicely. Angle joins Kevin & Sami in the ring, but they realize they don’t have a chair for him. Kevin produces a lawn chair from under the desk. “Nothing but the finest, boss.” But to get to business, how was their song? Don’t quit your day jobs, boys. Kevin understands Angle is a bit bitter, things got off on the wrong foot. And Kevin would be uncomfortable if his boss had his manhood in a jar. But they’re just poking fun. Sami & Kevin note the “outright conspiracy” they just finished with on SmackDown, which is why they took matters into their own hands. Or in Kevin’s case, own head, when he headbutted THE Vince McMahon down.

But then, either Stephanie either really appreciates their talent, or really dislikes Angle. Angle doesn’t blame Stephanie for being bitter, because he’s the reason Ronda Rousey injured Stephanie’s arm. Kevin and Sami caution Angle not to speak out of turn, he has his kids to worry about. All five of them. No, all six. It isn’t five? Sami checks his notes. Oh right, he forgot Jason Jordan. Though, so did Angle. But enough about the past, on to the future. Tonight, Angle will give Sami & Kevin the opportunities to maximize their potential. What’s that gonna look like? Angle “appreciates” the treatment and will repay them with something at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Because Angle and Daniel Bryan will both be in the 50-Man Royal Rumble, and Chris Jericho! And just about everyone else these two “endeared” themselves towards.

But for tonight, Kevin & Sami take on Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman! The Alpha Male and the Monster Among Men are going to take on the #YEPMovement! Will the first episode of the Sami & Kevin Show be the last?

 

Seth Rollins encounters The Miztourage backstage.

Bo Dallas & Curt Axel know they said good-bye to Miz and hello to their futures. They’re going to #BURNITDOWN with Rollins! He’s going to be their new leader in a NEW Shield! So long as they have the Architect.

Rollins admits they’re on the right track, but it’s gonna be a hard “no”. Will Bo & Axel find what they need to keep riding high?

 

Titus Worldwide VS Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre!

After not only rejecting their proposal but also steamrolling them in a blindside attack, The Show-Off and the Scottish Stud take on The Real Deal and his top client in a tag match for revenge. Can Titus & Apollo #MakeItAWin against the returning duo after how well Ziggler & McIntyre worked together last week?

The bell rings and Ziggler starts with Titus. Titus puts Ziggler right into a corner, and he chops and stomps away. Tag to Apollo and Titus feeds Ziggler to Apollo’s clothesline. Apollo hits the standing moonsault, TWO, but he keeps on Ziggler. He shoves Ziggler but Ziggler holds ropes. McIntyre tags in and Ziggler runs Apollo over. The Celtic Colossus brings Apollo up for chops in the corner, then furious right hands. McIntyre tosses Apollo across the way, then counters the boot with a back elbow. Ziggler tags in while McIntyre carries Apollo in the inverted Alabama Slam. Ziggler SUPERKICKS Apollo before the whiplash slam! McIntyre blasts Titus down just because, then Ziggler tags him back in. They bring Apollo up, CLAYMORE ZIG ZAG!! Cover, Dolph & Drew win!

Winners: Ziggler & McIntyre, McIntyre pinning

The Show-Off and Stud win their first match together, and with an aggressive dominance rarely seen.

In-ring interview with the winners.

Both men showed up last week, and Ziggler said things would be different. Why did he bring McIntyre with him? Everyone can tell why! Day one, no one watched Ziggler’s back, but McIntyre has his back now. McIntyre is dangerous, and he speaks for himself by saying that they’re both dangerous to a “soft” locker room with no fire or ambition. It makes him sick! These two are what superstars look like, speak, and back up their words. Trust McIntyre when he says times are changing, and though he’s not what WWE wants, he’s the reality check it needs! “We don’t give a damn about stealing the show, because this right here IS the show!” Ziggler & McIntyre look to turn the heat up on everyone in the WWE, who will be next to get that reality check?

 

Kurt Angle likes what he sees from Ziggler & McIntyre.

But he’s visited by Chad Gable, another Shake-Up addition. He won’t disappoint Angle, and Angle knows that. How’s Jason? Getting better, but this trade was for Gable as a singles competitor. Gable agrees, he will scratch and claw– Mahal interrupts to protest last week’s last-minute title match. And then Jeff Hardy goes to SmackDown!? But Mahal vows to get that title back, so he insists he goes back to SmackDown when it happens. That latter part isn’t happening. Mahal threatens calling Stephanie, but Gable says Mahal should learn respect. Mahal recognizes Gable, he’s the little boy who won with Strowman at Wrestlemania. Gable shoves, but Angle keeps the peace and says they settle this in the ring! Gable is ready, and so is the Modern Day Maharaja.

 

Chad Gable VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sunil Singh!

Just days before the “former and future” United States Champion takes on Jeff Hardy, he looks to tune up with the Olympic medalist newly added to Raw. Will he show his strength before taking on the Charismatic Enigma in Arabia? But before even the bell, Sunil distracts so that Mahal can blindside Gable off the steps!

The Maharaja grins as he drags Gable up and throws him into the barriers! Mahal does not respect Gable as he puts him in the ring, then stomps a Maharaja mudhole into him. The referee backs him off to check on Gable, then reprimands Mahal for his actions. Gable won’t let this stop him, he wants the match to happen. The bell rings, and Gable dodges Mahal to fire back. Mahal shoves him but Gable comes right back for a big takedown. Gable gets the waistlock but Mahal pushes him off to then kick him right in the face!

Mahal looms over Gable as he drags him up. He toys with Gable while fans cheer. Mahal lifts but Gable crossbodies to counter! Cover, TWO, but Mahal gets dumped out of the ring. Gable goes to the outside but Mahal runs him over. Mahal is in control while we go to break.

Raw returns, and Mahal still controls Gable with a half clutch. Fans rally and Gable works his way out. Mahal brings him back down to a knee, but Gable keeps scratching and clawing his way up. Gable fights back but Mahal knees low to then suplex Gable over. Cover, TWO, but Mahal keeps on him with clubbing ax handles and stomps. Fans cheer Gable and Gable fires back with forearms. Gable runs but into a big lariat from Mahal! Mahal drags Gable back up to whip him hard into a corner! He gives Gable crossface punches and elbows, then puts him in a chinlock. Gable endures and fights his way up again as fans cheer. Gable throws body shots but runs into a big elbow.

Mahal drags Gable over and chokes him on the ropes. Mahal backs off at the ref’s count, then drops springboard knees on Gable’s chest. But Gable boots Mahal away! Gable rallies and hits the rolling kick! Gable goes after the leg with knee wrench after knee wrench, then a dragon screw. He yanks and stretches Mahal’s leg, and Sunil panics. Gable kicks that leg but Mahal knees back. Mahal lifts Gable but Gable fights out. Mahal bucks Gable off and hotshots him on the rope, to then hit a running knee! Fans boo while Mahal grins and stalks Gable. He wants his finish but Gable blocks and uses corners to roll back into a cover! GABLE WINS!

Winner: Gable, by pinfall

The Maharaja is furious but he is now the loser in Gable’s biggest victory! If Gable can #ScratchAndClaw like this, will he one day be wrestling for a singles championship?

 

Backstage interview with The Riott Squad.

Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan & Ruby Riott made an impact by interrupting Bayley VS Sasha Banks. Are they sending a message to those two? It wasn’t just for the “frenemies” but all of Raw’s Women’s Division. The Squad aren’t here to be role models, but to disrupt. Sarah knows scared animals are easy prey, and right now, the Raw Women’s Division is full of scared animals. And if anyone gets in their way, they get the same treatment. They’re “equal opportunity agitators”, and like a can of tear gas, the Squad will make everyone drop to their knees, crying and begging for help. “Just the way we like it.”

 

Samoa Joe speaks.

Though no longer part of Raw, he and Roman Reigns will still have a match at Backlash. The Samoan Destroyer heard Roman Reigns vow to return to America as Universal Champion. He has his own prediction: he might not even have an opponent at Backlash. Joe knows that as history shows, Lesnar will conquer The Big Dog and bury him in the desert. If Roman does become the champion, will Samoa Joe simply take that belt from him shortly after?

 

The Miztourage talk to someone.

They know what you’re thinking: Miz is on SmackDown, but so were the Good Brothers. Therefore, the NEW Balor Club can be with them! Finn wasn’t thinking this. But, this would be #TooSweet!

Right? Right? Thanks, but no thanks. And don’t do the hand thing. Strike two for Bo & Axel, but is the third time the charm?

 

Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn VS Bobby Lashley & Braun Strowman!

As usual for the #YEPMovement, they’ve put their foots in their mouths, and now they must make their Raw 2v2 debut against two massive stars! Can Sami & Kevin survive a match with the Dominator and Abominable Strowman?

Fans chant “Get These Hands!” as all four men enter the ring. Kevin & Sami talk it out, and they both escape the clutches of Lashley and Strowman. They talk it out again, but end up flanked on both sides, so they escape into the ring. Sami & Kevin are extremely wary, and time it so that they slip out as Strowman and Lashley enter, only to fall for Strowman’s & Lashley’s trick. Strowman grabs them both, throws Sami into a barrier then feeds Kevin to Lashley! Lashley spins Kevin around into a neckbreaker, then hits a corner clothesline. He keeps moving, giving Kevin a big spinebuster! Fans are all fired up for the duo of dangerous individuals. Lashley rocks Kevin with a right hand then a shoudler tackle in the corner. He drives elbows into Kevin, then grinds a boot into him. Sami protests but Kevin can’t get away.

Lashley keeps on Kevin, whips him to ropes, but Kevin kicks him away. Kevin drags Lashley to his corner and Sami tags in. Sami throws hands on Lashley, mocking him before giving a chop. Lashley hits back, then snap suplexes Sami down. Cover, ONE, but Lashley keeps on Sami in a corner with back elbows. Lashley runs corner to corner but into a boot! Sami brings Lashley back over and Kevin tags in, and now Kevin throws hands. Kevin mugs Lashley in the corner, then tags Sami back in.

They both whip Lashley but Lashley kicks Sami and throws Kevin out. Lashley lifts Sami up onto his shoulder, snake eyes on a buckle. Lashley runs and crossbodies, TWO. Sami scurries to a corner but gets a shoulder tackle from Lashley. Lashley runs but Kevin holds the ropes down to dump Lashley out! Kevin adds a back senton, he and Sami are in control while we go to break.

Raw returns to Sami bumping Lashley off buckles and giving him a sharp chop. Sami chops again, taunting Bruan as he walks across the way. Sami runs back at Lashley, but into Lashley’s belly2belly suplex! Both men are down but crawling for their corners, hot tag to Kevin and he stomps Lashley before he tags Strowman! Kevin throws hands and stomps, and goes for the back senton, but Lashley’s knees meet him. Kevin tags in Sami, and now Sami stops Lashley from tagging Strowman. Sami puts Lashley in a chinlock, but Lashley carries Sami on his back. Sami brings Lashley to his knees, but Lashley powers out with a sidewalk slam!

Both men are down again, fans are at a fever pitch, but Kevin trips up Strowman! Lashley can’t tag out, but that only pissed Strowman off. Strowman stomps his way back to the apron, Lashley fights out of the enemy corner, and hot tag to Strowman! The Monster hops down and runs around the corners to bulldoze Kevin!

Then he gets in the ring to do the same to Sami! And then he hits Kevin again! And Sami, again! Strowman won’t stop, he goes after Kevin with a dropkick! The fans are thunderous for the Monster Among Men, but Sami bails and runs away, except Lashley catches up to him. Lashley brings Sami back and feeds him to Strowman for a big clubbing forearm. Strowman clotheslines Sami in the corner, and fans chant “Get These Hands!”

Sami finds himself trapped, Strowman tags Lashley in before tossing Sami. Lashley brings Sami up, for the delayed suplex slam!

Tag back to Strowman, and Strowman gives a thumbs down. He drags Sami up onto his shoulder, for the MONSTER SLAM! Cover, Strowman & Lashley win!

Winners: Lashley & Strowman win, Strowman pinning

Dominant and destructive, Lashley and Strowman dismantle Kevin & Sami. For the sake of ever having a chance at winning, everyone else in the Raw Tag Team Division better hope these two don’t stay a team.

 

Baron Corbin VS No Way Jose!

The Lone Wolf makes his Raw debut after the Superstar Shake-Up, will it bring the #EndofDays to the Fighting Fiesta already?

Corbin speaks. “C’mon, man. You didn’t think I would see through your little plan?” The conga line is just an excuse to have back-up to jump him. He knows Jose just wants to have fun, but Corbin’s idea of fun is ruining other people’s fun. He is on Raw to be a champion, so Jose isn’t even on his level. This match won’t happen so long as Jose has that “group of freaks” with him.

No Contest

Corbin leaves, but Jose responds. “Just because Baron Corbin doesn’t want us to have fun doesn’t mean the party has to stop!” Hit the music! The conga line starts up again, but as it reaches the ramp, Corbin returns to ambush Jose!

The Lone Wolf ignores the boos and jeers as he kicks Jose while he’s down. Corbin even puts Jose into the LED wall face first. He boots Jose down again, then embraces the heat as he hits Jose with a choke slam backbreaker! Corbin ruins the fun like he promised, but will it earn him opportunities like he wants?

 

Alexa Bliss brings us a Public Service Announcement.

The Goddess of Raw says “Bullies thrive on silence.” If you see someone bullying someone else, speak up. It’s not worth staying silent. Alexa remembers hanging out with Nia Jax back when they were friends, and this “sweet old homeless lady” approached them. The woman was starving, so Alexa gave her food. But Nia took the food away and ate it all down. Alexa will never forget the look of horror on that woman’s face, or the sounds of Nia laughing and chewing, while Alexa stood there and did nothing. She’ll have to live with that for the rest of her life. Alexa wants Nia Jax’s teammates to stand up in tonight’s main event, and Alexa can finish it at Backlash when she gets the title back. “And this has been, your Moment of Bliss.” Will anyone really fall for Alexa’s blatant lies?

 

The Miztourage VS Finn Balor & Seth Rollins!

The Extraordinary Man and the Architect both rejected the ideas of teaming with Bo Dallas & Curt Axel, so now they’ll have to team up together to beat them in the ring. However, Finn and Rollins will be opponents Friday in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match, joined by The Miz and Samoa Joe of SmackDown. Can Finn & Rollins keep on the same page to then work to keep the IC Title on Raw?

Finn and Bo start and circle. They tie up, Bo gets the headlock, but Finn powers out, only for Bo to run him over. Bo gloats while Finn stands up. Bo tags Axel with a “Shield fist bump”, and Axel circles with Finn. They tie up, headlock but Finn powers out again, only for Axel to run him over, too. Axel puts up Too Sweets now, then ties up with Finn again. Finn gets a waistlock but Axel elbows out. Axel whips Finn but Finn reverses, Axel sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick Axel. Cover, TWO, and Finn wrenches Axel’s arm. Bo distracts Finn and Axel forearms him down. Axel clubs Finn at the ropes and chokes him, then tags Bo for Bo to drop a knee. Cover, TWO, so Bo drops more knees. Cover, TWO, so Bo puts Finn in the chinlock.

Fans rally for Finn, as does Rollins, and Finn stands up. Bo wrangles him back down to the mat, but Finn endures the squeeze. Finn stands up and reaches for Rollins, but has to jawbreaker Bo first. Bo shoves Finn and rocks him with a forearm on the rebound, but Finn gets Bo with the Pele! Both men go down, fans rally, and hot tags to Rollins and Axel. Rollins springboards to clothesline Axel, then keeps going, slingblade! Rollins throws Axel into Bo, then clotheslines Axel out. The Miztourage regroups but Rollins builds speed to DIVE!

Rollins takes out Axel and gets him back into the ring. He kicks Axel from a corner then hops up for the blockbuster. Rollins keeps going as the fans fire up, stomping the mat to “Burn It Down!” Bo runs in, but into Rollins’ SUPERKICK! Axel kicks low but Rollins rejects the Perfect Plex to mule kick and CURB STOMP! Tag to Finn, Finn climbs up while Rollins slingshots onto Bo! Finn takes aim at Axel, COUP DE GRACE! Cover, Balor & Rollins win!

Winners: Balor & Rollins, Balor pinning

With the Miztourage taken care of, these two can now focus on THE Miz and Samoa Joe in Saudi Arabia. Four stars compete for one title in a Ladder Match, who will climb up to bring that title back to the states?

 

Natalya gives a pep talk to “her” team.

 

The Queen of Harts is ready to teach the Riott Squad, as well as Alexa Bliss and Mickie James, a lesson for being bullies. Ember adds that they’ll leave those five looking over their shoulders. Nia says mocking her is bad for your health. But the not-so best friends are a bit tense around each other still. Will there be dysfunction or victory for this team of five?

 

10 Woman Tag: The Riott Squad, Alexa Bliss & Mickie James VS Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Ember Moon & Natalya!

Just as there was a star-studded 10-Man tag last week, this week brings us the best of the Raw Women’s Division. Will the Goddess and her new best friend work well with Ruby, Liv & Sarah to defeat the Huggable One, Legit Boss, Irresistible Force, Prophecy of Flame and Queen of Harts?

The teams sort out and Liv starts against Sasha. Liv mocks Sasha before dodging her and tagging in Sarah. Liv and Sarah club away on Sasha, then #CountryStrong grinds her forearms into Sasha’s face. Fans boo and jeer while the Squad applauds. Sarah knees Sasha but Sasha kicks back. Sasha runs in but is put on the apron, but she still knees Sarah down to then swing in with wrecking ball meteora! Cover, ONE, but Sasha keeps on Sarah with an armlock. Sarah stands up and fights out, then tags Liv back in. Sarah stomps on Sasha, then Liv whips her to an open corner. Sasha boots Liv away but Liv Matrix leans under, only for Sasha to get her on the return. She sits Liv down and slaps her down, covers, ONE.

Sasha wrenches Liv’s arm and brings her over to tag in Ember. Ember takes Liv and wrenches her onto the mat. Cover, ONE, but Ember whips Liv into a corner. Ember handsprings for a heavy forearm, then springboards for the crossbody. Cover, TWO, and Liv rolls out of the ring. The Squad goes over but Ember beats them to Liv with a DIVE!

Sarah & Ruby try to save Liv, but the War Goddess and her team have control while we go to break.

Raw returns and now Sarah is in control of Sasha. Fans rally but Sarah trips up Sasha to keep on top of her with that cobra clutch. Sasha endures the thrashing while the fans rally, and she wills herself up. She fights out but Sarah catches her just short of the tag. Sarah hammers on Sasha but it’s Mickie who tags in. Mickie stomps and grinds a boot into Sasha, then drags her out for another chinlock. Fans keep the rally going, we go picture in picture for another Greatest Royal Rumble commercial advertising the rematch of Lesnar VS Reigns. Sasha feeds off fan energy and jawbreakers out again, only to run into Mickie’s knee. Mickie puts Sasha back in the chinlock, but fans won’t stop rallying for Sasha.

Sasha fights out again, but Mickie knees low. Mickie whips Sasha corner to corner, but Sasha goes up and over. She tumbles to her corner but Mickie stops her short. Sasha rocks Mickie with a right, and tags in Natty! Natty rallies with a discus clothesline, the more clotheslines. Snap suplex to Mickie, then another! Natty keeps going, snapmare and runs on Mickie to dropkick her down. She even gets the takedown into the Sharpshooter! Mickie endures the legendary hold, reaching for ropes, but Sarah chop blocks Natty down!

Natty lets go of the hold and the referee checks on her, but Mickie gets away to her corner for safety. Natty wills herself up even on a bad leg, and she tags out to Bayley, but Mickie still kicks Natty down! Bayley and the others show concern, and the referee calls for medics.

The action continues and Mickie tags out to Ruby, but Bayley is ready for her! Bayley rallies with a back suplex, then whips. Ruby holds ropes and breaks free, to hit Bayley with an STO! Cover, TWO, but Ruby puts Bayley into a chinlock. Medics check on Natty’s knee while fans rally for Bayley. Mickie talks trash about Natty staying on SmackDown, but Bayley fights her way up and out. Ruby hops on to be a backpack, but Bayley just backs her into the corner. Nia tags in, Bayley throws Rub off and Nia throws Ruby all around. She squashes Ruby in a corner, then lifts her up to throw her down!

Nia drops the leg, all the others break the cover! Chaos ensues and no one is left in the ring. Nia gets an idea, MAJOR apron splash!! All the women of Raw are down!!

Micke recovers first, and helps fan off Alexa. Natty manages to stand on the other end, but Mickie pounces with another dropkick! Mickie has some strange vendetta with Natty as she stomps and stomps, so here comes RONDA!! Rowdy Rousey scares Mickie off, but then Mickie attacks HER from behind! That’s a mistake, seeing how Ronda glares at her.

Mickie tries to smile it off, but Ronda is upon her! Ronda puts Mickie in the armbar, Mickie taps, but this match ends because of interference.

Disqualification; Riott Squad, Alexa & Mickie win

Though Natty’s team loses, Ronda is the winner in the end as she makes Mickie pay for what she did to Natty. Ronda helps Natty to the back, will the Queen of Harts be able to recover from what Mickie did to her?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This first Raw after the Shake-Up was pretty good, even with it also being a go-home to Greatest Royal Rumble. The opening tribute to Bruno was perfect, and it’s great they already have a Network special to go right after Raw. Heyman gives another good promo while Roman keeps it very short and sweet, though perhaps a bit shoe-horned in. Roode not giving Elias even time to introduce himself was brilliant, but then it was somewhat logical Elias would win the match. It’s a good move to have a program between these two to tide themselves over while the IC and US titles work themselves out. We obviously know The Ascension are never being a winning tag team again.

For that matter, there was a lot more tag team stuff tonight than usual, I almost feel like Raw could become the Tag Team show while both singles titles go to SmackDown. SmackDown gave them Breezango and The Ascension, and then with Ziggler & McIntyre winning, as well as Kevin & Sami, the Raw Tag Team Division is bigger than usual But I don’t think WWE would really do that, so each show is gonna have one of the mid-card belts. I just can’t be sure if Raw keeps the IC and SmackDown the US, or they trade. Speaking of Kevin & Sami, their match with Lashley & Strowman was great, even when Sami & Kevin lose. Lashley’s a beast, Strowman’s truly a monster, and one way or another, both of them should be holding gold by the time we get to SummerSlam.

Gable also proves he’s capable of a singles title run with his match against Mahal. If IC and US titles swap, Gable could be first in line to take that US title from Mahal, unless titles trade back with Backlash. Corbin is still Corbin, even on Raw. Like Roode and Elias, a Corbin-Jose program can help to tide them over until we’re past Backlash. The Miztourage searching for a new leader is interesting, and can have all kinds of possibilities with the end result. Personally, I want Bo to join Bray down the line.

And the Women’s 5v5 tag was really good, and it seems if it isn’t Absolution VS Natty & Ronda, it’ll be Mickie and Alexa(?) in their place. I’m sure Nia will retain at Backlash to move on to Sasha, Bayley or even Ember. Though, even with the addition of Ronda, this tag match shows Raw’s half of the Women’s Division is still shallow, hopefully they get more women in the next round of call-ups.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Who moves on to Money in the Bank?

After last Monday Night Raw’s wild ending, everyone just wants to move forward. But will the Wyatt Sick6 cast their shadow on the MITB qualifiers?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser; Kaiser wins, by disqualification.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler; Lyra wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed; Gable wins and advances to MITB Toronto.
  • Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Alba & Isla win.
  • Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston; Kross wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh; Finn & JD win and become the new WWE World Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

The Miz is on commentary!

Pat McAfee is taking tonight off for some obvious reasons, between last Monday night and how that bled over into the Pat McAfee Show.

 

Drew McIntyre is here?!

We know from Friday Night SmackDown that The Scottish Terminator did NOT quit, he just hunted CM Punk down in Chicago to beat him down! And now he’s here in Indiana, with fans chanting “C M PUNK!” at him. McIntyre says people were talking about how he quit last Monday, but they’re not talking about that anymore, are they? They’re talking about Friday! It was so good, McIntyre wants to see it again. Footage replays as McIntyre hauls a bloodied and half conscious Punk from backstage to the stage, just to drop him down in front of the Chicago fans. The fans here boo that but McIntyre smiles.

McIntyre says he prayed for this, and “The Big Man” made it happen, because he is the big man! And everyone chanting Punk’s name for months now? He’s done with you! When you chant his name, it is just in memory of him now. You’ve watched what Punk has done to McIntyre. He screwed McIntyre over in Scotland, in front of McIntyre’s friends, family, countrymen, and his WIFE! McIntyre promised his wife the world title and Punk stopped that, and the fans still chant that damn name! Those who chant for Punk are dead to him! McIntyre will talk right to Punk because he’s sitting at home now.

“I hope you’re uncomfortable and in pain, and being fed through a straw, because I did that to you. I put you there! And I didn’t just take your dignity, though, did I? I also took this.” McIntyre shows the friendship bracelet Punk was wearing! It’s worth about 50 cents, because a fan made it, but it means so much to Punk because it has the names of his wife, AJ Lee, and his stupid looking dog, Larry! The fans boo but McIntyre says Punk wears this when he leaves home so he can take them with him so that he isn’t alone. The fans chant for “LARRY! LARRY!” McIntyre says Punk IS alone, because of McIntyre.

Punk is in pain, is miserable, and that is the theme going forward, because McIntyre will enter the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and Punk will watch McIntyre all alone, and McIntyre will win while Punk is in pain because of him. McIntyre knows what it feels like to be alone. He’s felt it every time the fans chanted Punk’s name, as the roster accepted Punk and as management accepted Punk, even after McIntyre told the world what kind of person Punk really is! But McIntyre’s not alone now, is he? He puts on the bracelet, and says he has Punk’s dog and Punk’s wife, Punk’s family, in McIntyre’s corner.

McIntyre will win MITB, cash in that night, and Punk will be miserable and in pain as McIntyre has PUNK’S family by his side, and once again becomes World Heavyweight Champion, in spite of Punk! The fans boo but McIntyre has made his mission clear. Will he give everyone else broken dreams on his way back to the top of the mountain?

 

A car pulls up in the back.

And out of it exits Chad Gable! He doesn’t want cameras on him right now. He even has security help him get his things and walk through the halls. Gable is clearly not over the horrors of last Monday Night Raw, but will he be able to focus on the colossal challenge ahead of him tonight?

 

Backstage interview with Chad Gable.

At least, Cathy Kelley hopes for some words from the former Olympian ahead of his Triple Threat match. Security is doubled both inside and out to protect him. There have been murmurs of shock that Gable is even here tonight. Other than the wound on his forehead from last week, there is no word on the extent of his injuries from the Wyatt SICK6 attack. Gable was not the only victim of that rampage, will any of them be alright going into the night?

 

Bron Breakker VS Ludwig Kaiser!

The Big Bad Booty Nephew nearly broke the Impeccable German in half last week, all because of how Kaiser ruined the fun he was having with The Fella. Will Bron finish the job and leave Kaiser in pieces? Or will being #MeanerThanEvil not be enough against the European excellence?

Raw returns and Kaiser is at gorilla. Jackie Redmond is there to interview him. She says with all due respect, he is still visibly upset from last week, which was technically all because he interfered with the match of Bron and Sheamus. Kaiser says let’s forget about Sheamus, alright? Bron Breakker is strong, explosive and fast. Kaiser felt all that when Bron viciously attacked him. But Kaiser will prove he is destined for greatness! He will prove that Bron Breakker is no Ludwig Kaiser. The music plays and Kaiser makes his entrance, will he find that statement works better the other way around?

The bell rings and the fans bark for Bron. The two tie up, Bron powers Kaiser to a corner, but the ref counts. Bron lets off slowly, grins, but Kaiser pie faces him! The fans boo but Bron CHOKES Kaiser! The ref counts, Bron lets off, but Kaiser BOOTS him! And SLAPS him! And CLUBS him! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, CLUBS Bron again, then fires forearms. Bron fires back and the fans rally. Bron gets the edge, but Kaiser headlocks. Bron powers out, Kaiser reverses but Bron runs and runs and CLOBBERS Kaiser! The fans fire up and bark, and even Miz likes that! Bron snarls and goes back to drag Kaiser up.

Kaiser fights the facelock, puts Bron on ropes, and they end up in the ropes. The ref counts, Kaiser lets off, but he HOTSHOTS Bron! Bron sputters, Kaiser KICKS him down! Kaiser rains down fists, the fans boo, but Kaiser lets off to snarl and soak up the heat. Kaiser goes back but Bron RAMS him into a corner! The fans fire up as Bron RAMS into Kaiser again and again! Bron lets off to scowl at the ref, and Kaiser wants mercy. Bron just RAMS into him again and again! The ref counts, Bron grabs at Kaiser but Kaiser CLAWS the eyes! The fans boo but the ref misses it, and Kaiser KICKS the legs out! Kaiser CLUBS away on Bron now!

Kaiser drags Bron up to KICK him back down! Kaiser gets Bron up to POST him, and Bron is stuck in the ropes! Kaiser runs side to side to DROPKICK Bron to the floor! Miz says Kaiser is becoming a standout as he moves from the tag division to singles, and Kaiser goes out to scuff Bron. The fans chant “YOU SUCK!” but Kaiser sees the steel steps. Kaiser brings Bron over, but Bron RAMS Kaiser into the apron! Kaiser grimaces while Bron goes up the apron. The fans bark, Bron aims, and Bron FLYING LARIATS Kaiser over the desk! Bron does Kaiser like he did Sheamus, the fans are losing their minds, and Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Kaiser has Bron down now, and under the ropes. Kaiser fires off hands, lets off as the ref counts, and he talks trash as Bron flounders. The fans boo more, but Kaiser KICKS Bron! Kaiser eggs Bron on, pie faces him, then SLAPS him! Bron scowls and the fans rally up. Bron rises, Kaiser looks worried, so Kaiser fires CHOP after CHOP! Bron fires haymaker after haymaker! Bron whips, Kaiser reveres, but Bron runs through the lariat to FLYING BACK ELBOW! The fans fire up for the freakish athleticism and Bron hauls Kaiser, for a deadlift BELLY2BELLY! Bron then GERMAN SUPLEXES!

Kaiser flounders, Bron runs in to clothesline at the corner! The fans are behind Bron as he puts Kaiser up top. Bron climbs, but Kaiser HEADBUTTS, then throws hands! Bron staggers away, but he comes right back up, to SUPER STEINER! The fans go nuts and even Miz can’t believe what he just saw! The straps come down, Bron gets Kaiser by the neck, then trophy lifts! But Kaiser slips free! Kaiser UPPERCUTS, but Bron DUMPS Kaiser up and out! The fans fire up as Kaiser crawls, and Bron goes out the side. Bron grins and he comes in around the way, but Kaiser sends him into steel steps! Kaiser grins as he avoids that car crash!

Kaiser gets back int he ring, but then slips out the side. Now Kaiser runs in around the way, but SHEAMUS KNEES HIM DOWN!!

Winner: Ludwig Kaiser, by disqualification

The Celtic Warrior gets payback on Kaiser and the fans are loving it! Sheamus now clears the desk and the fans are loving this even more! Sheamus hauls Kaiser up, lifts, but Kaiser fights it! Bron SPEARS Sheamus down!! The fans bark with Bron as he wipes out two men with one move! Will nothing and no one stop Bron from breaking through to that next level?

 

The Judgment Day hangs out int he clubhouse.

Carlito is over, so they’re playing WWE 2K while having some chicken nuggets. They’re having Rhea Ripley beat up on all sorts of superstars. Damian Priest walks in, and he asks who hooked them up with the goods? Carlito says it wasn’t him. Dominik puts the nugs down to say that while Priest might not like this, these are all gifts from Liv Morgan. Dude, seriously? Carlito says Liv helped him win his match so she can’t be all bad. Pause the game… Carlito says yeah, they do need to figure this out. When are the distractions gonna end? Someone texts Dom, and he checks. Now what? Whoa…

Dom shows the guys, and JD’s jaw practically hits the floor! Carlito says that’s cool. Priest glares at Carlito and Carlito says no, n-not cool. Dom says Liv is crazy and Priest agrees, but it is crazier how Liv even has Dom’s number! Priest isn’t telling Dom what to do, but if it were him, he’d find a way to end this with Liv tonight. Just saying. And guys, are you having fun? You know who else is having fun? Braun Strowman, because he’s having his way with them every week. Priest doesn’t wanna be a broken record, but that should’ve been handled by now. But hey, enjoy the games. Finn says yeah, Priest is right. They gotta handle Braun, tonight.

Carlito & JD agree, but they go back to WWE 2K. Will the Judgment Day finally put their foots down and establish dominance?

 

Bron returns backstage.

And he bangs on the door of Adam Pearce. Pearce says good God almighty, calm down! What’s the issue? Bron’s issue is that he’s sick and tired of everyone getting involved in his matches! He would’ve beaten Kaiser if not for Sheamus, and he would’ve beaten Sheamus last week if not for Kaiser! Bron wants a match with Sami Zayn for the Intercontinental Championship. He is sick of this, do something! Pearce says alright, just calm down before you have a heart attack. But then speaking of Sami, here he is! And the champ stares Bron down. If Bron wants the title match, well, no one is here to get in the way. Any time, any place, just name it.

Then how about Bron VS Sami at Money in the Bank? Sami tells Pearce, “You tell Bron Breakker he’s got his match.” Pearce says then at MITB, Sami VS Bron for the IC title is OFFICIAL. Bron says he’ll destroy Sami. Bron leaves, will he tear Sami apart in Toronto?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Lyra Valkyria VS Kairi Sane VS Shayna Baszler!

The Morrigan has been a thorn in the side of Damage CTRL, only because they’ve been trying to hold her down ever since they got here. But will Lyra be able to fly high and head for Toronto? Will the Pirate Princess help Iyo Sky double their chances in the ladder match? Or will the Queen of Spades stop everyone from overlooking her and finally head back to the top?

Raw returns and Kairi makes her entrance, followed by Shayna. The bell rings, the three feel things out, and then Kari takes a swing! Lyra gets around, Kairi BOOTS Shayna, then Kairi switches to headlock. Lyra powers out, hip tosses Kairi down to a cover, ONE!! Lyra whips Kairi to a corner hard, but then Shayna LARIATS Lyra! Shayna keeps going and clotheslines Kairi in the corner, then gut wrench SLAMS her! Cover, TWO! Kairi bails out so Shayna goes right after Lyra. Shayna whips Lyra to a corner, but Lyra goes up and over, sweeps the legs, and reels her in for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, Kairi AX KICKS it apart!

Kairi wrenches to a wristlock, whips, but Lyra reverses. Kairi goes up and gets both Lyra and Shayna for a RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Kairi goes up, and she aims to SUPER CROSSBODY both Lyra & Shayna down! The fans fire up with Kairi while Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Shayna suplexes Kairi, only for Kairi to APRON DDT!! Both women are down and the fans fire up, but then Lyra runs in to WRECK Kairi with a dropkick! Lyra puts Kairi in the ring, climbs up, and MISSILE DROPKICKS! Lyra isn’t done there, she hauls Kairi up to fisherman BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Kairi survives and then Shayna BUZZSAWS Lyra! Shayna CLUBS Lyra, drags her up, and whips her to ropes. Lyra slides under, but Shayna stops the heel kick to LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Kairi runs up to BLOCKBUSTER Shayna! Kairi drags Shayna to a drop zone and the fans fire up!

Kairi goes up, INSANE ELBOW onto knees!! Shayna drags Kairi up in a KIRAFUDA, but Lyra rolls Shayna up! TWO!! Shayna escapes, Lyra SOBATS, KICKS and RAMS into her! And then ENZIGIRIS! Shayna falls, Kairi rises, but Lyra runs. Kairi ducks the enzigiri, goes for a leg, but Lyra steps over, gut wrenches, and SITOUT POWERBOMBS! Cover, Shayna KNEES Lyra in the face!! Cover, TWO!! All three women are down and the fans fire up! “This is Awesome!” as the three stir. Kairi goes to a corner, Shayna runs in but only gets buckles. URAKEN! Kairi hurries up while Shayna falls, but Shayna rises again!

Shayna GAMANGIRIS Kairi, but Lyra waistlocks Shayna! Shayna ELBOWS free, but Lyra ducks the kick! Lyra fireman’s carries, Shayna slips out! KIRAFUDA!! Lyra flails, falls back, but Kairi aims! Lyra rolls back, TWO! INSANE ELBOW!! But Lyra fireman’s carries, NIGHTWING DRIVER!!! Cover, Lyra wins!!

Winner: Lyra Valkyria, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

It was a fast and furious finish, and when the dust cleared, it was Lyra standing tall! But will she be able to fly over the field and get up that ladder to bring down the briefcase?

 

McIntyre argues with Pearce backstage.

Everything that Punk did to him, costing him at WrestleMania, costing him at Clash at the Castle, McIntyre should automatically be in the MITB ladder match! Pearce says no, everyone has to earn their way into that match, especially the guy that “quit” last week. Oh, whatever, it’s not like McIntyre meant it. Well, Pearce is gonna mean what he says, and no, McIntyre doesn’t deserve it. All McIntyre’s done is disrupt things on Raw and SmackDown. Oh, well, did McIntyre deserve CM Punk snatching a referee shirt, running out there and screwing McIntyre over? Does Seth Rollins deserve the shot at Priest after just coming back when McIntyre beat him at Mania?

McIntyre will tell Pearce this: He believes Pearce will do the right thing. Because if he doesn’t, he’ll see the true meaning of the word “disruption.” McIntyre leaves, but then Liv Morgan walks in. She’s wearing a shirt that reads “Daddy’s Girl,” and she smiles as she makes her way to gorilla. The WWE Women’s World Champion makes her entrance, and we’ll find out what she’s up to, after the break.

 

Raw returns and…

Liv has the mic to say, “Oh, Dominik~! Since I couldn’t seem to catch you backstage, I thought I’d come all the way out here to get your attention. I hope you really, really, really liked the gifts I gave you,. But I hope you liked that text I sent you even more.” She knows he’s playing hard to get, but once he’s honest with herself that she is what he really wants, she promises there’s so much more in store for him. Rhea’s never gotten Dom any gifts, has she? She’s never cared about him the way Liv does. Will “Daddy Dom” please come out here? He can thank her for the gifts, and she promises to give him another right in front of all these people.

But instead, Zelina Vega makes her way out here! La Muneca says she has a gift for everyone: it’s shutting Liv the hell up. Zelina doesn’t get why Liv’s obsessed with Rhea’s “sloppy seconds.” But that’s not even why she’s here. Zelina is here to talk about something that Liv has clearly forgotten about. While Liv is running around chasing that Dirty D, Zelina is here chasing the WWE Women’s World Championship. The fans like that! Liv says oh goodness, she has not forgotten about the title. This is the most important thing in her life! She took out Rhea for this title. She put Becky into early retirement for this! There is NOTHING that means more to her than this.

But it seems to Zelina that Liv is just about having fun. And that that fun is all she’s worried about. What’s wrong with having fun? Zelina will tell her what’s wrong. Liv schemed for her opportunities, Zelina starves for hers. So her Why will always top Liv’s libido. And what sounds “fun” to Zelina is Liv putting that title on the line. How does that sound? Zelina VS Liv for the WWE Women’s World Championship, here tonight! The fans fire up for that idea! Liv says she’d love to, but she’s busy. How about next week? Zelina is NOT waiting for next week! Try her. But wait, here domes Com! The fans boo but Liv is all smiles.

Dom has a mic, but Liv asks if he liked those gifts. She knows he does. Dom says he did get the gifts, but no he did not like them. Oh, but she knows he loved that text, right? She even gets the ropes for him. Dom tentatively steps inside, and Zelina asks what is going on here. The fans chant “SLOPPY SECONDS!” and Zelina gags before she laughs. Zelina says if Liv is too afraid to fight, she didn’t need to bring her man out here. Dom says he’s not Liv’s man. The fans boo but Dom keeps trying to talk. If Zelina’s gonna fight Liv for the Women’s World Championship… The fans keep booing, but Dom says he wants to help.

Okay, wait, this is rich. He wants to what? He wants to help! Dom knows Zelina and Rhea have had their issues, and Zelina says that’s an understatement. Dom tells the fans to let him talk! Liv agrees, Daddy needs to speak. Dom says he’d rather seen anyone but Liv with the title! Zelina says no, if she wanted to hear anything out of Dom, she would’ve tossed a coin in his begging bowl. Second, she doesn’t need Dom’s help, nor does she want it. So- LIV ATTACKS ZELINA! Liv and Zelina scrap on the mat, the fans fire up, and then Rey gets in! Rey pushes Dom aside to drag Liv away, then he goes to Zelina’s side. But then Dom SHOVES Rey!

The fans boo as Dom again disrespects his dad, and Liv takes that as Dom fighting to protect her! Dom gets outta there, but Liv hurries after. Just what is going on with this WWE telenovela?

 

Cathy Kelley still waits by Chad Gable’s room.

She confirms that WWE medical has checked on Gable, and Adam Pearce has also talked with Gable. Pearce now exits and Cathy asks for an update. Gable is shaken up, as would anyone, but he IS medically cleared and focused on tonight’s Triple Threat. Then has Gable provided any further details on that brutal attack and his mental state? Pearce says that isn’t his story to tell, and Gable might not be in a position to tell it just yet. Will Gable be alright when facing two giants so soon after facing a living nightmare?

 

Liv continues to follow after Dom.

Dom tells her to leave him alone but she just wants to talk. Liv thanks Dom for being her hero out there. He saved her from his deadbeat dad! Now she knows he wants this as much as she does. No, that was just because he can’t stand his dad! Liv still thanks him, and hugs him. Dom squirms away, but then R-Truth walks in. Was that Tom or Nick Mysterio? Well, whichever one it was, he’s a reluctant hero. Those are the best kind, right? Liv says they sure are. Truth always has a soft spot for Tom/Nick. Wouldn’t it be nice to do something for a guy like that? Liv says Truth has no idea. Truth loves it when love is in the air.

Truth tells Tom/Nick is playing hard to get. They sure are. But Liv has an idea how she can do something nice for Dom and his friends. She can talk with Pearce about a match of Dom VS Rey for next week, and for tonight, it can be JD & Finn in a match for the World Tag Team Championships. Can Truth help with that? Yeah, Truth used to be cool with Finn, but he never liked JD. JD’s never been in Judgment Day, and he’s got a freakishly large head. Liv says JD sure does. But Liv knows the guys would love a tag match with the best team in the world. Truth says he’s one half of THE WWE World Tag Team Chamipons!

OMG really? Can he help? Of course! He’s the best! Well, yes, he is. Okay, just make sure to go talk to Pearce. Liv thanks Truth, heads out, and Truth says he’s always ready to help Carmella. Miz is NOT happy on commentary, and now he has to intercept Truth! Michael Cole is now alone on commentary, will Judgment Day get everything they could ever want?

 

Men’s Money in the Bank Qualifier Triple Threat: Chad Gable VS Braun Strowman VS Bronson Reed!

It’s the moment of truth for the former leader of The Alpha Academy. Will what happened last week leave him in any shape to face the Monster of All Monsters and the Colossal Aussie? Or will he pull off the truly biggest upset victory in WWE history?

Raw returns and Bronson makes his entrance, followed by Gable’s. Gable has a mic to say, “Do you believe in miracles?” The fans are torn, but Gable says the rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated. Yes, eh was left bloodied and bludgeoned, left for dead by a bunch of monsters. There’s just one problem: Chad Gable cannot be killed! He LIVES! And in an act of true bravery, he is out here tonight to face these two monsters. And like last week, he will persevere, go on to MITB, win the briefcase, and he will become The Master in the Bank. Gable steps into the ring, but the tron is getting all glitchy…

The bell rings, Gable looks between the two mountainous men, and he CHOPS Bronson! Bronson doesn’t flinch! Gable CHOPS Braun, but Braun doesn’t flinch! Bronson CHOPS Gable, then Braun CHOPS Gable down! Gable bails out so now the big men are left alone. The fans fire up for “MEAT! MEAT! MEAT!” The two tie up, go around, and Bronson headlocks. Braun powers up and out, Bronson ducks ‘n’ dodges and RAMS Braun! Braun gets stuck int he ropes a moment, but comes back to CLOBBER Bronson! Braun keeps moving, but Bronson DUMPS him out! Gable gets in, and he waistlocks Bronson! Bronson elbows free!

Bronson lifts Gab le, and THROWS him at Braun, but Braun catches Gable! Gable fights, but Bronson DIVES?! Down goes everyone and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Gable has Braun in a HANGING ARMBAR! Braun gets free, but Bronson SPLASHES him! Gable gets in, ducks ‘n’ dodges Bronson to DROPKICK! Bronson SENTONS but Gable dodges! Gable has the giants in the corners, and he runs to forearm SMASH Bronson! And forearm SMASH for Braun! Gable goes back to Bronson but Bronson busts through the lariat to SPLASH Braun! SPLASH to Gable, then a whip into Braun’s BOOT! Bronson runs up but Braun BOOTS him, too! Braun then runs to run Bronson over! Another BOOT for Gable! Braun gets Gable up and TOSSES him into Bronson!

Both Bronson and Gable fall and the fans fire up! Braun sees both men go outside, so it’s time to get on the tracks! The Strowman Express runs to CLOBBER Gable! And CLOBBER Bronson! Braun storms back into the ring as the fans fire up, and he runs, only for Bronson to move! Braun POSTS himself! Gable GERMAN SUPLEXES Bronson!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bronson survives but Gable stomps him to a drop zone. Gable goes up and up, but Braun trips him up! Braun drags Bronson out to POST him, then scoops him, for a MONSTER SLAM on the floor! The fans fire up as Braun huffs and puffs and rips off his shirt!

Braun drags Bronson back up, but then JUDGMENT DAY attacks! JD, Dom, Finn & Carlito all attack, but Braun fights them all off! Braun stalks JD, grabs him and Dom, then goes to the ramp, only for Finn to CHOP BLOCK Braun! Judgment Day mugs the Monster of All Monsters, the fans boo, but this leaves Gable and Bronson alone! Gable adjusts, has his target, and MOONSAULTS! Cover, GABLE WINS!!

Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall (advances to MITB)

Judgment Day handles their Braun problem, and Gable actually comes through on his promise! Will Gable continue to do as he said and win the MITB contract?

Wait! The lights start turning off! The fireflies are coming out and Gable is in a panic! There’s fog filling the ring, and the piano starts playing! And then a spotlight shines on Gable, as SISTER ABIGAIL rises!! She creeps up behind him, and Gable falls into a corner! Gable scurries out of the ring but he can’t look away from fear. But then Abby crawls her way over to something else. There’s a box on the floor, and she picks it up. She sets it down on the commentary desk. What’s in the box, Cole? What’s in the box?! Abby continues on, walking through the crowd. And then she goes into the shadows, and disappears.

 

Raw returns and…

Michael Cole holds up the package. The fans are chanting “OPEN IT! OPEN IT!” The box is meant for Pat McAfee but he’s not here tonight. Cole unwraps the package, opens it up, and pulls out a VHS tape. It has the words “PLAY ME” on it, but hopefully the production truck has something.

 

Gable is backsatge.

He knocks on a door, and is thankful Otis is there. Gable asks if the others are there. He needs to talk with them. Otis calls to them, and out walk Tozawa & Maxxine. Gable says after last week, h is life flashed before his eyes, and when it did, all he could see was them, his family. It takes a big man to admit when he was wrong. These last two months have been rough for all of them, and he knows he stepped over the line. He owns that. So from the bottom of his heart, he is sorry. But that’s what families do, right? They fight, but they stick together. Otis says yeah, but anyone who hurts Tozawa & Maxxine isn’t family.

Otis is sorry for what happened to Gable, but he said what he said. They’re done. Otis leads the others away and Maxxine tells Gable that he put them through a lot. Gable really hurt Otis. Otis looked up to Gable. But for what it is worth, they are glad he’s okay. What happened to him must’ve been terrifying. But Otis just needs time, okay? Maxxine will talk with him. Maxxine heads back inside, and Gable turns around to see The Creeds & Ivy Nile. They ask if he’s alright, and Gable says no! He’s not alright! He needs help… Will Gable have to move on if Otis is unable to forgive him?

 

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The wicked witches are back in action after winning the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at Clash at the Castle, and it’s going to be against the high-flying, good vibing party girls of KC Squared! Will Kayden & Katana be able to break the spell already cast by the new champs? Or will there be no After Party here tonight?

The teams sort out, Alba and Kayden start up and they tie up. Alba throws Kayden down then soaks up the cheers and jeers. But then Kayden YANKS Alba into ropes! Isla runs in, Kayden throws her out! Kayden runs and WRECKS both Alba & Isla with a dropkick! The fans fire up, Katana comes around, and she gets a boost to CROSSBODY Alba & Isla down! KC Squared is all fired up and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns as Kayden has Alba in a TRAILER HITCH! Alba endures, crawls over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Kayden lets go in frustration but she runs back up, only for Alba to YANK her into ropes! Kayden flounders, Alba brings her up and Isla tags in. The lasses double suplex, only for Kayden to counter with a DOUBLE DDT! The fans rally up, Kayden SUPERKICKS Isla down! Kayden grabs Isla by the legs and puts her in the drop zone. Katana tags in, and she goes up for the KEG STAND! Cover, Alba breaks it! The fans fire up as Alba RAMS into Kayden! Kayden TOSSES Alba, gets Isla up, and Katana climbs.

But then Alba trips Kayden up! Isla avoids Katana, but Katana rolls Isla! TWO, and Isla ROUNDHOUSES Katana down! Tag to Alba, she gets Katana up in the Gory Especial, double double, TOIL AND TROUBLE!! Cover, Alba & Isla win!

Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall

But wait! Now DMG CTRL runs in to CLOBBER Alba & Isla! The fans boo but they beat the tag champs down 3v2! Then Dakota BOOTS Katana for good measure! Iyo goes up top, takes aim, and OVER THE MOONSAULT for both Isla & Alba! The Evil Genius said DMG CTRL needs to make a change, will this increased intensity help them take over Raw?

 

Priest returns to the clubhouse.

But Liv’s already there? She says hi then bye, and Priest hopes this was Dom ending things. Priest steps inside, but only Finn is here? Finn thought Priest was heading home already. No, he had to come back and grab the world title so that he can go out and address Seth Rollins. Don’t tell Priest that it didn’t look sketchy just now! Don’t accuse Finn of things. Liv was here telling them all that Dom’s got a match with Rey, and that Finn & JD have a tag title match TONIGHT! Oh, she did that? Yeah! It ain’t ideal, but a title match is a title match. Finn will take what he can get. Liv seems a little too good to be true, Finn admits that.

Priest says that’s exactly right. Priest will go handle his business, and he wishes Finn good luck in the tag title match. Finn nods, Priest leaves, but then Finn rolls his eyes. Is Priest getting worked up over nothing? Or is there something going on here between The Prince and “Daddy’s Girl?”

 

The Miz finds Truth.

Miz asks if Truth talked to Pearce. Oh, he did, and it’s official. Why isn’t Miz in gear? They gotta get to gorilla. Miz asks if Truth has been paying attention. Miz was on commentary tonight! Oh, oops. Truth says he did it for love. Liv and Dom is a classic romcom. Like Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and Shrek! Miz doesn’t care about that right now! This is about them! Truth says he loves Miz, but only as a friend. Truth heads out, Miz is beside himself. What is Miz to do with Truth? What are they going to do against The Prince & Irish Ace?

 

Damian Priest heads to the ring.

El Campeon has already had a busy night just trying to keep his team on track, but now he will focus on his own business. Priest has the mic and says we all saw the Seth Rollins video package earlier. It was humbling and inspiring. Real talk, Priest sees what Rollins meant when he said he sees a version of himself in Priest. He gets it. They’re both someone who can be in a group, stand out as a leader, and elevate everyone around them. They’re both someone who can come out here as champion, representing Raw, while always rising to the occasion. And tell you waht. Priest knows what he sees in Seth.

Priest sees a man… he does not want to become. To break it down, Priest doesn’t wanna be here and see his successor. See someone who is bigger, stronger, and better than him. No, don’t get him wrong. Rollins is great, but Priest is the champion of the world! And so long as he IS world champion, sorry, but Rollins will never see the mountaintop again. But wait! Here comes Rollins himself! The fans fire up as The Visionary struts his way out as Cruella’s male counterpart and goes to the ring. Indianapolis sings for Rollins as he gets the mic, and he tells them, “We are partying in Indy today!”

The fans cheer and Rollins says this is why: Royal Rumble 2025 is coming their way! But that’s in February. Tonight is Monday, and so it’s still his show, it is MONDAY NIGHT ROLLINS! The fans sing more, and Priest is amused. Rollins revels in it, then says Priest goes “All Rise for El Campeon,” well all sing for Seth Freakin’ Rollins. But Priest wants to come out here, run his mouth about Rollins, is that it? No, no, Rollins wants to get this right. Priest says that as long as he is World Heavyweight Champion, Rollins will never get the belt back? That’s about right. Ooh… Well that is bold, Priest, very bold.

The problem is, man… Rollins doesn’t believe that. Rollins doesn’t believe in this confidence, this is false bravado. Does Priest even believe the crap coming out of his mouth? Does Indy believe the crap coming out of Priest’s mouth? “NO! NO! NO!” Rollins says they don’t buy it and here’s why. They don’t buy Priest as the man, as the mountain, because his actions and his words don’t line up. Priest says all the right things, says he doesn’t want anyone’s help when it comes to this title. However, in both of his title defenses so far, it was very obvious that Priest needed the help. If not for Judgment Day or CM Punk, Priest wouldn’t be here as World Heavyweight Champion!

Priest says yeah, he gets that opinion, and Rollins is right. Priest didn’t ask for help, but people got involved. The fans boo, then chant “YOU SUCK!” Priest frowns, but says he is the world champ! And he can’t change what happened. But what he can do, look at Rollins while holding the world title, while Rollins is there representing the past and holding on to a whole lot of nothing. Rollins says, “For now.” Rollins isn’t here to run Priest down. No, Rollins has a lot of respect. But Rollins doesn’t appreciate being one-upped. Priest one-ups Rollins by challenging him to this title match> Respect, that was a bold move.

But now Rollins is here to one-up right back. A challenge for challenge. Rollins says they should sweeten the pot at MITB. Y’know, nothing official, no Pearce or anything. More like a side bet, or a gentlemen’s agreement. A cherry on top. What does Priest say that if somehow he retains the title, he gets his wish. As long as Priest is champion, Rollins never challenges for it again. But when Rollins wins, takes back the title Priest has been keeping warm these past two months, we find out if Priest really can stand on his own two feet. WHEN Rollins wins at MITB, Priest… must LEAVE Judgment Day! The fans like that idea!

Priest is a bit speechless here. Rollins says we can find out if Priest really can walk a mile on Rollins’ shoes. What does El Campeon say to that? Priest chuckles, and he has to admit, that’s good. As Priest sees it, he’s the champion. So to him, Judgment Day needs him more than he needs them. But as far as this “agreement” goes, Priest accepts. Now Rollins is shocked. They shake on it, but wait! Here comes Der Ring General! Indy fires up as Gunther goes to the ring to join Visionary and Punisher. Gunther looks between the two, the fans chant “This is Awesome!” and then Gunther gets a mic.

Gunther has everyone hold on, and he says he fully understands there’s a lot on the line here. The world title, and the gentlemen’s agreement. MITB, Seth Rollins, the workhorse who established the prestige of this title, against Damian Priest, the man who is carrying Monday Night Raw on his back right now. Gunther wishes good luck to both men. He cannot wait to see this match. The fans cheer that! Gunther then adds, “May the better man win. But don’t make a mistake. At SummerSlam, the better man out of you two, will be the lesser man when he steps in the ring with me.” Gunther drops the mic and heads out. Will the King of the Ring prove he’s the greatest of them all in Cleveland?

And as for Rollins and Priest, will The Visionary make good on the last shot he might have for a long time? Or will he force the Judgment Day to do things without their Punisher?

 

The VHS tape is ready.

The production team has a VCR to play it, and so here we are. A buzzard, the piano playing, the Wyatt Sick6, and of course, Uncle Howdy. “Are you… Happy? How have you been since the loss? Do you feel as though you have been… forgotten? Do you remember who you are?” BO DALLAS!? And he says, “I’m nobody.” Howdy says, “There you are. How did it feel when your brother died?” Bo says one of the most important things in his life… was taken from him. And it feels like nothing was ever gonna matter again. Howdy says, “Don’t you think you’re exploiting your brother’s legacy?” Bo says all he ever wanted his whole life… was to be like his brother.

Bo looked up to his brother, wanted to be like his brother. And he worked his entire career, his life, so he could have the chance to work next to his brother. They were going to… They were going to rule together. They finally made it! They had it all! And then it was taken away. There is no one on this Earth that feels more hurt by his loss than Bo! No one feels what Bo feels! So what is he supposed to do? Let his life become a mausoleum? To let everyone forget about what his brother stood for, what he fought for, what he believed in?! They wanted to forget about Bo. “They wanted to forget about all of us!”

Bo says they need to remember. The Wyatts made them all remember! Howdy says, “Yes, we did!” The two sides of one mind sit in the dark room, and then the video ends. What will the Wyatt Sick6 do to “make us remember” next?

 

Karrion Kross VS Kofi Kingston!

Mr. Apocalypse put out the challenge, and then got what he hoped for in #KofiMania running wild! There’s an agreement to leave everyone else in the back so that this is a fair fight, but will it really be fair? Or will the New Day find a way to triumph over The Final Testament?

The bell rings and Kofi DROPKICKS Kross right out of the ring! Kofi then FLIES and he takes Kross down! The fans fire up with Kofi and he gets Kross up and into the ring. Kofi goes up the corner, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” but Kross avoids the ax handle. Kofi comes back but into a BACKBREAKER! Kross then shifts to get Kofi back up, fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Kofi tumbles out of the ring but Kross has a confident sneer, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns, the fans rally, and Kofi JAWBREAKERS free of Kross! Kofi goes to the apron, springboadds in, and AX HANDLES! Kofi keeps rallying with CHOPS and a DORPKICK! Kofi runs, but into Kross’ arms! Kross RAMS Kofi into the corner, runs back in, but Kofi goes out to PENDULUM KICK! Kofi goes back up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO, and Kross swings! Kofi dodges, and he LEAPING LARIATS! The fans fire up and Kofi gives us the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP! Kross sputters and the fans fire up. Kofi claps, and the fans clap along. Kofi aims from the corner, but then Paul Ellering is on the tron!

Ellering shouts at Kofi, “Is it worth it? Is it really worth it!?” The Authors of Pain are beating up on Woods! Kofi hurries to the ropes but Kross reels him in! Kofi runs, dodges, but into the scoop and FINAL PRAYER!! Cover, Kross wins!

Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall

Kross holds up seven fingers, because Kofi is “lucky” number seven in Kross’ list of former WWE Champions he has defeated. But it would seem The New Day fell into their trap, will nothing stop The Final Testament from ruling over Raw?

 

WWE World Tag Team Championships: The Awesome Truth VS Finn Balor & JD McDonagh!

Miz really should’ve had Truth join him on commentary earlier tonight, because now they’re having to defend their titles on short notice! Again! Will the Hollywood A-Lister and the former 54-time WWE 24/7 Champion ever be done with The Judgment Day? Or will the luck of the Irish bring these belts back to the clubhouse?

Raw returns and The Awesome Truth makes their entrance. That takes care of the introductions, then the belts are raised, and we see if all is truly fair in love and war.

Truth starts against JD and the fans rally up. Truth and JD circle, but then Finn pushes Truth! JD CLUBS Truth, stomps away in the corner, but lets off as the ref counts. Finn tags in, he drags Truth up to ROCK him. Finn headlocks, Truth powers up and out, then Truth drops and blocks a kick. Truth kicks low, runs, and SCISSOR KICKS! Finn flounders to a corner, Truth does the splits! Truth goes corner to corner to STINGER SPLASH! Truth then brings Finn over to tag Miz. The Awesome Truth double whips, DOUBLE ELBOWS, then they do their secret handshake before the DOUBLE ELBOW DROP!

JD runs in but he gest a DOUBLE HIP TOSS! Finn runs in, but into a DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Then Miz & Truth DOUBLE LARIAT JD up and out! Indy is all fired up, but then here comes Liv! Whose side is she on? We’ll just wait and see, after the break.

Raw returns again and Finn stomps away on Truth at the ropes! The ref counts, Finn tags JD, and JD slingshots to ARABIAN PRESS! Cover, TWO! Liv is still at the ramp, but JD CHOKES Truth on the ropes. The ref counts, JD lets off to argue, and Finn gets a cheap shot in! JD stomps Truth, tags Finn, and they mug Truth. Truth writhes, Finn drags him up and whips. Truth KICKS Finn back, but then Finn rebounds, DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! The fans fire up and Miz reaches out. Truth and Finn crawl, hot tags to JD and Miz! JD trips up, Miz KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! The fans are thunderous as Miz stomps away in the corner!

The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, and he runs corner to corner to A-LIST LARAIT! Miz pushes Miz down, dodges Finn and Finn kicks post! Miz YANKS Finn down, hurries back up, but JD runs up. Miz RAMS into JD, but Dom & Carlito show up now! Liv says hi, but Dom & Carlito go after Miz! Miz kicks Carlito, TOSSES him over the desk, then hurries up., Miz BOOTS JD, springboards and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! JD survives and the fans fire up! JD goes to a corner, Miz runs in, but into a BOOT! JD goes up, but Miz trips him up, and Miz DRAPING CODE BREAKERS! Miz hauls JD up, but Finn returns! Miz kicks Finn, too! DOUBLE DDTS! Cover on JD, TWO!!

Dom & Carlito are frustrated but The Judgment Day is still in this. Miz has the fans fired up, and he rises up. But Dom’s on the apron! Miz swings on Dom, JD rolls Miz up! TWO, and JD swings. Miz dodges to WRECK Dom with a dropkick! JD swings again, but into the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, Carlito helps with the ROPEBREAK! The fans boo as Caribbean Cool gets away with one! But then  Miz grabs at Carlito’s hair! Carlito gets free, Miz goes for JD, but JD HEADBUTTS Miz down! And here comes BRAUN! Braun storms down to the ringside, he chases Dom & Carlito away, just like last week!

The fans fire up as Miz and JD slowly stir. Finn is back and he reaches out. Liv seems unsure what to do without Dom here. JD crawls, as does Miz. Hot tags to Finn and Truth! Truth dodges Finn, and fires those FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES! Truth hits the SPIN OUT BOMB! And we know what that means “YOU CAN’T-” NO, Finn KICKS Truth in the face! Miz gets up, Finn DECKS him off the apron! But Truth drop toeholds Finn, into the STF!! Finn endures, flails, reaches out, but JD CLOBBERS Truth! Miz springboards in, into a DROPKICK! Truth gets JD up, SPIN OUT BOMB! But Finn rolls Truth! TWO!!

Truth hurries to his feet, gets under Finn, and SPIN OUT BOMB! Finn & JD are side by side, and the fans fire up! DOUBLE “YOU CAN’T SEE ME~!” Truth runs, for a TEN KNUCKLE SHUFFLE!! JD flops out, Finn flounders around, and LIV gets on the apron!? Truth is distracted, Liv says love is in the air! Do this for her! Liv hugs Truth, JD distracts the ref, and then Liv HOTSHOTS Truth!! Finn SHOTGUNS Truth down!! Finn goes up top! COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, JUDGMENT DAY WINS!!

Winner: Finn Balor & JD McDonagh, by pinfall (NEW WWE World Tag Team Champions)

Liv IS a bad girl! She just screwed Truth so that Dom’s friends could succeed! Judgment Day has more gold again, and Liv stands with them! Finn & JD allow it, but what will Priest have to say about this? What will Mami Rhea have to say about it?


My Thoughts:

An awesome episode of Raw here tonight! Great “surprise” of McIntyre showing up to really add some heat to this  already red hot feud with Punk. Of course he just expects to be in the MITB match, and he’ll be getting his chance to qualify, but it’s hard to say if he’ll actually become Mr. MITB. Punk could easily show up in Boston next week to mess McIntyre over, or he’ll show up in Toronto to yank McIntyre off the ladder. Either way, something is going to get us to McIntyre VS Punk for SummerSlam, and no title involved, just the grudge. That’s because Gunther is promised the title match for SummerSlam, and we got a great promo from Rollins, Priest and Gunther to feed that.

As always, a lot of great stuff out of Judgment Day, and Priest accepting the stipulation of that gentlemen’s agreement is some great stuff. Rollins might win, might get cashed on at some point, who knows, but Priest being forced to leave Judgment Day would be wild. I don’t see that coming because of everything else we got tonight, but it’s good stuff to put on the pressure. Liv keeps on flirting with Dom, and I think she’s right that he really did like getting WWE 2K on PS5 AND a huge platter of chicken nuggets, but then she doubles down and helps JD & Finn win the tag titles. That closing image tells me that Liv, Finn & JD VS Rhea, Dom & Priest in Judgment Day Civil War. It doesn’t even matter who is Heel and who is Face, it’s the cards they’re showing.

Awesome match from Bron VS Kaiser, but apparently Kaiser got legit injured during it. They should’ve been more careful with that flying clothesline onto the desk, maybe not bust that out all the time… But Sheamus going after Bron was great, and maybe after Bron VS Sami, Sheamus gets his shot to see if he can finally become Intercontinental Champion and complete the ultimate WWE checklist. And good stuff from Kroff and Kofi, but I nailed the prediction last week. Kofi was out in the ring so that Woods could be mugged by The AOP, this is the same stuff they did to Lashley & The Profits. But hey, if it adds to the New Day’s dysfunction, it’s still good stuff.

Awesome Triple Threat from Lyra VS Kairi VS Shayna. Lyra winning made sense, she and Iyo Sky can have it out during the ladder match. And DMG CTRL going after the tag teams later on was a good move, too. DMG CTRL will of course want the tag titles back, so it’ll likely be Kairi & Dakota VS Alba & Isla at some point. While that was a very good Triple Threat for the men, it should’ve been clear Braun was going to be attacked by Judgment Day. Chad Gable’s story tonight was also great, seeing as how it is also connected to this larger Wyatt Sick6 story. They could’ve gone with a bigger piece of bandage on Gable’s “wound” so it’d be more apparent, but that’s a small thing compared to him being one of the Wyatts’ targets.

Apparently Pat McAfee is another, as the Wyatt Sick6 “hacked” his show some time last week, which explains why he didn’t wanna show up tonight. Very clever to make the message a VHS tape, and that promo from Taylor Rotunda as both Uncle Howdy and Bo Dallas, that was powerful stuff. They even addressed the concern that some fans think this is exploitation by showing this story is a tribute to Bray and not just some gimmick. The therapy session style of Bo basically talking to himself even shows this is a way of working through mourning and grief, but also perhaps something more, something darker. That’s where it felt like Bray’s story was going with Howdy and Fiend and everything else, so this is Bo picking up the torch as only he can.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Soul Results & Report! (6/23/24)

The G1 Climax awaits!

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Who moves on to Korakuen Hall?

A Block started their G1 Climax qualifier series, now B Block begins! Will it be Toru Yano or Boltin Oleg? Will it be TJP or Satoshi Kojima?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • El Desperado & Shoma Kato VS DOUKI & Yuya Uemura; Douki & Yuya win.
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi & Katsuya Matsumoto VS Tomohiro Ishii & Tomoaki Honma; Ishii & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • HENARE & Callum Newman VS Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Henare & Callum win.
  • Bishamon VS Chase Owens & Gedo; Bishamon wins.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg; Oleg wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima; TJP wins and advances to New Japan Soul in Korakuen Hall.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; LIJ wins.

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G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: Toru Yano VS Boltin Oleg!

While they’re once again NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions alongside The Ace, Hiroshi Tanahashi, neither The Joker or The Rook was going to pass up this chance! Will Yano take it easy on Oleg here? Or will this tank from Kazakh steamroll his way through the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, then they tie up. They go back and forth on the clinch, but Oleg powers Yano back to the ropes. The ref counts the break, Oleg lets off slowly, and the fans applaud. Yano and Oleg reset, circle and feel things out. They go around, Yano slips away but comes back. Oleg avoids the takedown to get a leg, and they roll into the ropes. The ref counts, Oleg lets off and the fans applaud. They go again, clinch, and Oleg waistlocks. Yano slips away, they tie up again, but Oleg powers Yano back onto the ropes. The ref counts, both men let off slowly, but still joke for position.

The ref gets between the two, Oleg backs away, and the fans cheer as they reset. Oleg and Yano clinch, fight for control, then back up. They feel things out, Oleg gets around to a waistlock, and he has the gut wrench! Oleg brings Yano up but Yano scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! Oleg lets off clean and Yano bails out. Yano is frustrated by how good Oleg is, and he splashes water everywhere! Yano gets his favorite red chair, the ref goes to stop him but Yano shoves him aside. Yano takes a seat on the ramp and dares Oleg to come get him! So Oleg goes out after him! Yano JAMS Oleg up, then SMACKS him on the back!

Yano drags Oleg up, and wraps him up with the apron skirt! That’s an extra large sushi roll! Yano shoves Oleg down, gets in the ring, and the ring count starts. Yano meanwhile unties a buckle pad! Oleg wriggles out of the wrap but he’s still down at 10 of 20! Oleg gets completely free by 15, and he slides in at 16! The fans cheer but Yano kicks low! Yano whips Oleg into the bare buckles! Yano tells fans to leave him alone, Oleg’s tough! Yano clamps onto Oleg’s shoulders, pushes him down to a cover, TWO! Wait, the ref finds the bit of wrist tape Yano was using to choke Oleg! The ref reprimands but Yano pretends he has no idea how that got there.

Yano storms up on Oleg, brings him around and whips him back into the bare buckles! Oleg falls over, the ref reprimands but Yano kicks Oleg and eggs him on. Yano stands Oleg up to HIP TOSS! Cocky cover, TWO! The fans applaud but Yano stomps Oleg in frustration. Yano scuffs Oleg, eggs him on, then stands him up again. But Oleg fires a forearm! Yano CLAWS Oleg’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Yano whips, but Oleg reverses. Yano avoids bare buckles, then dodges to send Oleg back in! Yano runs, but Oleg runs him over! The fans fire up with Oleg, and he scoops Yano to SLAM! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Yano stays in this but the fans rally behind Oleg. Oleg drags Yano up with the gut wrench! Time to Shake, Rattle and THROW! Oleg kips up! The fans fire up and Oleg storms over to Yano. Oleg whips, but Yano holds ropes and taunts Oleg! Oleg runs up but Yano sidesteps and clinches, for a BELLY2BELLY! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg and Yano stir, but Yano is up first. Yano brings Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And ROCKS him again! And again! Oleg runs, but Yano atomic drops! Yano trips Oleg, has the legs, and CATAPULTS him into buckles! Oleg staggers up, Yano fires up and he fireman’s carries!

Yano gets Oleg up but Oleg fights free of the bomb! Oleg SHOTGUNS Yano away! The fans fire up as Yano goes to a corner, and Oleg runs in! STINGER SPLASH from the big man, then he scoops to SLAM! Oleg jumps over Yano to go up and up and VADER BOMB! Cover, TWO! Yano survives but the fans are still with Oleg! Oleg drags Yano up, fireman’s carries, and KA- NO, Yano slips free to roll Oleg, TWO! Oleg runs up, but Yano hooks him to a backslide! TWO!! Oleg escapes, Yano swings, but Oleg gets around! Yano grabs the ref to LOW BLOW! And CHOP BLOCK! Cover, TWO!! Oleg stands, blocks the takedown, and he powers Yano into a PANCAKE! OLEG WINS!!

Winner: Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Yano tried all the tricks in the book but Oleg could not be stopped! There’s still respect between them, but will The Rook show what he’s really capable of against The Ace?

 

G1 Climax 34 A Block Qualifier First Round: TJP VS Satoshi Kojima!

Public Enemy just finished up a round robin in the form of the Best of the Super Juniors, but now he’s looking to go even bigger! But will he be able to conquer this qualifier for the United Empire? Or will things be real cozy here tonight?

The bell rings and the fans rally up and duel, “T J P! T J P!” “KO-JI-MA! KO-JI-MA!” The two circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Kojima digs his heels in and shoves TJP away, but TJP stands right up. The two go again, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. Kojima wrenches out to wristlock, but TJP rolls, spins, cartwheels, breaks free, but Kojima swats the dropkick away! The fans cheer as TJP handsprings back up. TJP and Kojima circle, feel things out, then tie up. TJP headlocks, but Kojima fires body shots. Kojima powers up and out, TJP RAMS him, but Kojima stays put! TJP runs again, RAMS Kojima, but he bounces off!

The fans rally up, and TJP stomps Kojima’s foot! TJP runs to run Kojima over! TJP keeps moving, but Kojima stay slow, then hip tosses TJP down! Kojima runs to run TJP over! TJP bails out and fans cheer Kojima’s dancing pecs! Kojima goes out to stomp TJP, then he CLUBS TJP. Kojima CLUBS TJP more, then brings him around to whip. TJP reverses and Kojima hits railing! TJP runs up to BOOT Kojima, then he fires haymakers. The ref reprimands, TJP CLUBS Kojima then puts him in the ring. TJP then drags Kojima up, bumps him off buckles, and CHOPS! TJP CHOPS again, the fans rally up, and TJP uses the MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans are torn but Kojima gets in TJP’s face! Kojima CHOPS TJP off his feet! The fans rally up, Kojima stomps TJP to ropes, then he CLUBS TJP on the neck. Kojima CHOKES TJP on the ropes, lets off as the ref counts, and the fans cheer. Kojima drags TJP up, reels him in and turns him, NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Another cover, TWO! TJP toughs it out but Kojima stays focused. The fans rally, Kojima stomps TJP, then stands TJP up. Kojima ROCKS TJP, stomps him at the ropes, then fires hands. TJP goes to a corner, kicks back, then fires hands! TJP backs Kojima down, but Kojima body shots!

Kojima ROCKS TJP and TJP staggers to ropes. Kojima stomps TJP, brings him up and whips, but TJP goes Spider-Man! Kojima runs in, TJP slips under to sunset flip, then he steps through to trap an arm! DARK SACRIFICE! Kojima clutches his arm as he bails out of the ring. The fans rally with TJP and he builds speed to go up and up and FLYING DROPKICK! Kojima staggers, the fans cheer, and TJP stands back up. CANNONBALL! Down goes Kojima and the fans rally again. The ring count starts, TJP catches his breath before he brings Kojima up at 8. But Kojima SWEEPS the legs and TJP falls on the apron!

Kojima goes up after TJP, reels him in, and APRON DDTS!! TJP flops down to the floor while the fans rally up again. Kojima is in the ring but a new count starts. TJP stirs at 8 of 20, slowly sits up, and uses railing to stand at 12. TJP stumbles, falls, and crawls over at 15. TJP stands at 17, flounders with the apron skirt, but is in at 19! Kojima stomps TJP to a corner then CHOPS! And CHOPS! And then MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Kojima shows TJP how it’s done! The fans fire up as Kojima goes an extra round before he CHOPS TJP down! Kojima then whips TJP corner to corner, runs up and forearm SMASHES!

Kojima shoves TJP down, shouts that he’s coming after the bastard, but TJP DROPKICKS Kojima first! The fans rally, TJP goes corner to corner and ELBOWS! Kojima sits down and the fans rally up! TJP gives Kojima the scrubbing! TJP runs side to side, to BOOT WASH! The fans fire up and want it one more time! TJP obliges and gives more scrubs to Kojima’s face. TJP runs, but Kojima kicks him low! Kojima fires off forearms, then a ROLLING ELBOW, a kick, and a DDT! The fans fire up while both men are down! Kojima rises, he storms over to TJP and drags him up, then cravats. TJP fights but Kojima CLUBS him!

TJP powers up and slips through to an IRON OCTOPUS! Kojima endures, stomps his way forward, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go but the fans rally up again. TJP aims, springboards, and FLYING DDTS! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again. TJP goes to a corner, pounds the mat and fans clap along. “T! J P! T! J P!” TJP runs up but Kojima blocks the knee! Kojima kicks low and COZY CUT- NO, TJP handsprings through the cutter! And basement dropkicks in return! The fans fire up and TJP goes to a corner! ONE BY ONE!! Cover, TWO!! Kojima survives and the fans fire up again!

TJP points to a corner and calls his shot! TJP makes sure Kojima is in the drop zone, and he goes up top! MAMBA FLOP as Kojima moves! COZY CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives and the fans fire up again! Kojima stays cool, and he powers up the arm! Off comes the elbow pad! Kojima runs, but into a BOOT! JUMP SOBAT! TJP runs, into a LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!! TJP survives again but Kojima drags him back up. The fans rally, Kojima suplexes, BRAINBUSTER!! Cover, TWO!!! TJP is still in this and the fans fire up! Kojima powers up again, and he runs, into a SUPERKICK! Kojima rebounds, but into a clinch, and MOUSE TRAP! TJP WINS!!

Winner: TJP, by pinfall (advances to the next round)

Even TJP is surprised that finished it! A major win over the Major League Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, but even bigger is that TJP is one step closer to the G1! But will Public Enemy be able to take down The Holy Emperor in Korakuen Hall?

 

8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Now, don’t be confused, this match did happen yesterday, too. But now, Yoshinobu Kanemaru is swapped out for Dick Togo! Will he be a spoiler for Bushi, Titan, Yota y Naito? Or will things still be tranquilo in the Summer heat?

Wait, Sho gets the mic just like he did last night. He again talks trash on LIJ, and says he hates having to be here in Ibaraki. Sho then asks Young Lion Katsuya Murashima where he’s from. Right here in Ibaraki. The fans cheer but Sho says no wonder he’s a loser! And then The House beats up on Murashima! LIJ protests but poor Murashima already flops out of the ring. Sho says The House is gonna prove LIJ are loses, just like Murashima and Ibaraki! The teams finally sort out, and after LIJ fist bumps, Naito steps to Evil. The fans rally for “NA-I-TO!” and that annoys The House, but Naito and Evil slowly circle.

The two feel things out, Evil knowing Naito’s tricks. But speaking of tricks, Dick jumps in to CLOBBER Naito! The fans boo and Red Shoes reprimands but Evil stomps away on Naito. Evil and Dick stand on Naito, Red Shoes reprimands more, but Evil tags Sho. The Murder Machine talks trash as he stomps Naito, then he DECKS Bushi! Sho stomps Naito more, whips him to ropes, but Naito reverses to kick low. Bushi gets in to RANA! The fans cheer, and Naito cravats Sho for a neck wrench. Naito brings Sho to the corner, Bushi tags in, and Bushi goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK Sho down! And Bushirooni!

The fans fire up, Bushi runs in to ELBOW Sho! Sho takes a swing, but Bushi ducks and spins Sho to a DDT! Cover, TWO! Bushi tags Titan and the fans rally up. Sho stands, Titan springboards in, CROSSBODY! But then Narita throws Titan down by his mask! Titan kips up to PELE Narita! Titan dodges Sho, knuckle locks and CHOPS, then goes up and up! Titan tightrope walks, jumps, but Evil distracts Red Shoes so Dick can LASH Titan with his belt! Sho then shoves Titan down and Evil BLASTS Naito off the apron! The fans boo but The House goes after LIJ on the outside! Another LASH from Dick’s belt and Titan staggers!

Dick CLOBBERS Titan into No Man’s Land, Sho & Evil double whip Naito hard into railing, and Narita is after Yota in the crowd! The fans boo, but Evil RAMS Naito into the timekeeper! Down goes Abe-san and the fans boo more. Red Shoes reprimands Evil but he misses Sho & Dick CHOKING Titan at the ropes! Red Shoes finally sees, Sho lets off and brings Titan around to bump off buckles. Tag to Dick and he CLUBS Titan on the back. Dick bumps Titan off more buckles, then climbs up to go after the mask! The fans boo, Red Shoes reprimands, but he’s busy stopping Evil as he has Dick’s belt! Dick almost has Titan’s mask off!

The cameramen are respectful enough to move so we don’t see any of Titan’s face, and then Red Shoes makes Dick stop. Titan gets his mask back on but Dick CLAWS Titan’s back! Dick then brings Titan around, tags Narita, and they mug El Inmortal. Titan drags Titan up, whips him to ropes, then ELBOWS him down! Cover, TWO! Narita BOOTS Yota off the apron just because, and then he tags Evil. Evil CLAWS Titan’s back, then he brings Titan around to wrench and whip into the corner. Evil clotheslines Titan, tags Sho, and Narita distracts Red Shoes so Dick can climb! The fans boo but Titan still suffers the DICK CHOP! Evil covers, TWO!

Evil argues the count but the fans cheer. Evil stands on Titan’s head, talks trash, and the fans boo again. The fans rally for “L I J! L I J!” “TI-TA-NN! TI-TA-NN!” Evil fireman’s carries but Titan slips free. Evil kicks, whips, but Titan reverses then goes Matrix! CALF KICK! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Titan hurries over, hot tag to Yota! The fans fire up and Yota fires forearms on Evil. Yota whips, Evil reverses but Yota ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! Dick runs in but Yota dodges, to then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Yota BLASTS Narita, DECKS Sho, but Evil kicks low! Evil reels Yota in, but Yota suplexes first! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up with Yota and he brings Evil up. Yota fireman’s carries, but Evil fights free. Evil waistlocks, Yota elbows free and runs, but Narita is there with his pushup bar! Red Shoes reprimands Narita but Evil puts Yota in a corner. Evil blocks a boot, puts Yota in the ropes, then WOE STOMPS him down! Tag to Narita and he drags Yota up. Narita whips Yota to a corner, runs in and ELBOWS, then goes side to side to JUMP KICK! Narita doesn’t stop, he scrapes Yota’s face off ropes! Narita runs to BOOT Yota down! Cover, TWO! Yota is still in this and the fans rally up. Narita brings Yota up, Yota takes a swing, but Narita catches him to a SLEEPER!

The fans rally as Yota endures and reaches out. Narita pulls hair to bring Yota away from ropes. Yota breaks free to hit the BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Yota crawls over, hot tag to Naito! The fans cheer again and Naito fires hands on Narita. Naito kicks, CLUBS and whips Narita, to then arm-drag! Narita comes back but into an ELBOW! Basement DROPKICK! Naito hauls Narita up and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! The fans cheer as Naito poses, and he storms over to the corner. Naito hops up, brings Narita up, but Narita breaks free, so Naito BOOTS him!

Naito runs in, Narita redirects him into a cheap shot from Dick! Then Narita KNEE STAMPS Naito down! The House blasts LIJ, and Evil gets Naito to a corner. Evil and Dick double whip Naito to the corner, then Dick runs in to BACK ELBOW! Sho runs in to FOREARM SMASH! Evil runs in to clohtesline! And FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO! The fans fire up but Evil argues with Red Shoes. But this is all a distraction so Dick can use the SPOILER CHOKER! The fans boo but Naito powers out and arm-drags Dick! Yota drags Evil out! Naito ELBOWS Dick, atomic drops, then Bushi basement dropkicks! ROLLING JACKKNIFE! TWO!!

Dick survives the combo but Naito wrenches him. Sho & Evil attack first! They whip Naito, but Naito stops himself! Titan springboards in to DOUBLE MISSILE DROPKICK! Narita knees Titan, runs, but Titan DROPKICKS! The fans fire up as Titan builds speed, and he FLIES out onto The House! Naito fires ELBOWS on Dick, then Yota SUPERKICKS! Bushi hits a CODE BREAKER! Naito tops it off with DESTINO! Cover, LIJ wins again!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, by pinfall

The hot streak continues for LIJ, which also means the House of Torture keeps losing! Will they ever learn?

As for LIJ, Naito gets the mic like he did last night, and says “Buenas tardes, KAMISUUU~!” The fans cheer, and Naito notes that it has been one year since NJPW was last here. It makes him very happy to be competing in front of them again, here in the Kamisu Bousai Arena. And he is thankful that they all came out tonight to see them. Gracias, amigos! Naito then brings up that next Sunday, he will be in the United States to challenge Jon Moxley for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. Naito acknowledges that he was the one who lost the title and let it go overseas, so he vows to bring it back. The fans cheer that!

Naito knows he still has to beat Moxley, but he asks until then, TRANQUILO! Assen na yo. And of course, it is time to close. And Naito’s pretty sure this is the first time they’ve had a role call here in Ibaraki. Are they ready? The fans cheer! Then New Japan Soul here in Kamisu Bousai Arena can only end one way! “Bushi, Hiromu, Takagi, Titan, Yota, y Naito! Nosotros! LOS! INGOBERRRRNABLEEEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!” LIJ is rolling, Naito is rolling, but will Naito rock New York and bring the title home?


My Thoughts:

Another solid night for New Japan Soul, and a great night for The United Empire as they sweep the card, while also getting TJP to the next round of the qualifiers. I personally would love seeing TJP get into the G1 Climax, really let him show what he’s got against the heavyweights. And great match from Yano VS Oleg, and I appreciate they gave Oleg the win here. Oleg VS Tanahashi is gonna be good stuff, too, but I feel like Tanahashi moves on to the B Block qualifier finals. And then another fun 8 Man Tag but of course Naito wins. Naito brings that momentum to Forbidden Door, Moxley probably has his own tune-up on Dynamite or something, and then as I said before, I would hope Naito wins the title back and brings it with him into the G1.

My Score: 8.8/10


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