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Mitchell’s WWE Fastlane Results & Report! (3/10/19)

The Road to Wrestlemania goes through the Fastlane!

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WWE Fastlane 2019

WWE steps on the gas and drives in the Fastlane! Will the New Daniel Bryan stay the world champion? Will Becky Lynch earn her way into a Triple Threat?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Lana; The New Day wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Miz & Shane McMahon; The Usos win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Asuka wins and retains the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
  • WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS Kofi Kingston; changed to…
  • 2v1 Tornado Handicap Match: The Bar VS Kofi Kingston; The Bar wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Revival VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; The Revival wins and retains the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio VS R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Samoa Joe wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Nia Jax & Tamina; Banks & Bayley win and retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS ???; Bryan wins and retains the WWE Championship.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Lynch wins, by disqualification, and joins the Raw Women’s Championship match at Wrestlemania as a Triple Threat.
  • Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley; The Shield wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the WWE Fastlane Kickoff Show!

Join Johnathan Coachman, Beth Phoenix, David Otunga and Sam Roberts in previewing the action for tonight’s final stop before Wrestlemania!

 

The IIconics join the panel.

Billie Kay & Peyton Royce play dumb as to knowing Sasha Banks & Bayley are in town. It’s because they haven’t seen the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions on SmackDown yet. They have a good point, but then are they out here to call them out? But what happens if Nia Jax & Tamina win? The IIconics aren’t going to ask nor answer that question. Quiet, Sam. But the IIconics are the future, and the future is IIconic! Strike the pose! Then will the IIconics give a prediction on this first title defense? Billie consults with Peyton, and they go with Boss & Hug Connection. Coach thinks that’s in their best interest considering Nia- What’s that? What’s that, Coach? Look Billie in the eyes and say that again. “Thank you.” “You’re welcome.” Will the inaugural champions stay the champions? Or will the Samoan Dynasty have gold this close to Wrestlemania?

 

Backstage interview with Fire & Desire.

Mandy Rose prepares for her title match with Asuka. She won thanks to a fake eye injury, and Asuka got her back for it. Does Mandy think tonight is a long shot? Well Asuka had to attack them from behind, so she must be desperate. Asuka is the one with a long shot chance to win. Sonya says Mandy is strategic, focused, and has the mental edge. But EC3 comes along. “Mannnndy.” Oh wow, he speaks. He does a lot of things, except forgetting to introduce himself. EC3 is between brands, and he’s a bit of a hot commodity. Something these two know a lot about.

Oh so the first thing EC3 says is this? There’s more where that came from. Well Mandy’s not on Earth to flirt with a human tanning bed. She has more important things to focus on. Sonya and EC3 click at each other before EC3 leaves. Will the Top One Percent pursue SmackDown as his main roster home?

 

Carmella petitions for R-Truth’s United States Championship rematch.

The Fabulous Princess gets signatures, but Zelina Vega has advice for Carmella. Truth lost but Carmella has a clipboard like they’re somebodies. Unlike John Cena, Truth should give up. Because El Idolo will finish Rey Mysterio and move on to the title. Oh but didn’t Samoa Joe pin Almas in that Fatal 4 Way? Samoa Joe himself comes by and before this escalates, he’ll make this clear: he is the champion. And Joe will continue to be champion. If Truth, Mysterio or Almas have a problem, then just come see him. He’ll be more than happy to put their problems to sleep. And he even signs the petition. Tonight, everyone gets what they want: It’s a FATAL 4 WAY REMATCH for the title!!

 

Christian joins the panel!

He jokes around with Sam and Otunga, but he also has some matches to talk about. The Miz gets to be in his hometown of Cleveland, does Christian think that’ll help? It might be more of a distraction. If you want to know why Miz is so annoying, just look to Papa Miz. Give Papa Miz a luxury box seat, not one ringside! But Miz is approaching 40, why is he still looking for his father’s approval? The Usos are laser focused, but why is Miz worrying about his daddy issues? Christian knows about tag title reigns, it’s about chemistry. Usos have chemistry from the womb while Miz and Shane are kinda forced. And Christian never had to go for dad’s approval. Does this spell doom for the would-be Best Tag Team in the World?

 

Aleister Black & Ricochet speak.

“Our lives are defined by moments.” Ricochet will never forget falling in love with high-flying. Or the moment that he was going to the WWE. And now he’ll create a new moment in his WWE PPV debut. As a kid from Kentucky, Ricochet has always wanted to be a WWE champion, and he’ll make that dream come true. Aleister reminds us that “People fear the unknown.” With each of their victories, they put fear in the hearts of their opponents. This isn’t about the past, this is about destiny choosing them to win the Raw Tag Team Championships. One flies, one strikes, and all the rest will #FadetoBlack. Will this air strike of destiny hit its mark in the Triple Threat?

 

AJ Styles joins the panel.

The Phenomenal One speaks on the “mistake” of replacing Kofi Kingston in tonight’s WWE Championship. Kofi went through four other competitors just to get this close to the title and it was all taken away by a whim. As for Kevin Owens, Styles agrees that Bryan needs his mouth shut, but it should’ve been by Kofi. Kofi’s probably got the best chance of stopping Bryan. The Road to Wrestlemania is in the home stretch, and Styles knows what it takes to get to the end. Bryan has been doing this a long time and is going to another level. Bryan has Rowan as a back-up but Kevin will surely think outside the box. But what about Styles’ own fall? He’s gone from champion to contender to commentator. Well you can’t always be the top guy, but Styles will bide his time.

Then what about Randy Orton always having a retort? Orton’s a bully and he’s just trying to pester Styles into reacting. Christian knows Orton can get in your head without even trying. But Styles is confident, he’ll deal with Orton when the time comes.

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens.

The Prizefighter made a surprising return and now has a title match. With all the controversy, has he been able to focus? The controversy is all Vince McMahon’s thing, go ask him. Kevin still agrees, Kofi earned his shot but Kevin’s not going to refuse his own. This is to make life better for him and his family. Plus, Kevin just can’t stand Bryan talking down to the WWE Universe anymore. All the fans have wanted to punch Bryan so Kevin will do that for us! But then in come the New Day. Kofi just wants to say he has no problem with Kevin. This is Kevin’s shot, so good luck. Kevin appreciates that, and shakes Kofi’s hand. And good luck in the tag match. Speaking of, that’s up next!

But wait, the McMahons want to speak with Kofi in regards to a WWE Championship match?! Big E and Xavier Woods are excited for Kofi, but is this what we’re all thinking?!

 

Kickoff Match – The New Day VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Lana!

The power of positivity and pancakes comes to Cleveland to take on a rather effective makeshift team! Can Big E & Woods keep the King of Strong Style and Bulgarian Brute from gaining any ground in the SmackDown Tag Division?

The teams sort out and we begin with Woods and Nakamura. Woods and Nakamura circle while fans chant “New! Day Rocks!” Nakamura simply ignores it while he tests with kicks. They tie up and Nakamura waistlocks. Woods works to a wristlock, but Nakamura cartwheels and reverses back. Nakamura knees Woods to a corner then throws strikes. Nakamura whips corner to corner but Woods goes up and over. Woods runs and things speed up, Woods tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Cover, TWO! Woods brings Nakamura up but Rusev runs in. Woods turns around into a roundhouse! Nakamura tags to Rusev while we go picture in picture.

Rusev covers, TWO! Rusev grimaces as he looms over Woods. He stomps Woods at the ropes, then sits him up for a swift kick to the back! Fans rally but Nakamura tags in. Nakamura and Rusev mug Woods, but Woods hits back. We return to single picture as Nakamura knees Woods back down. Nakamura stomps Woods in the corner then kicks Woods’ leg. Tag to Rusev and Rusev throws heavy hands. Rusev rams his shoulders in over and over! Rusev taunts Big E but goes back to Woods. He lifts Woods into the bearhug! Fans rally as Woods endures the squeeze. Woods ear claps Rusev off then throws haymakers. Rusev knees low then tags Nakamura. They double whip, for pop-up knee to enziguri! Cover, TWO! Nakamura drags Woods away while we check on The Miz talking to his dad.

Papa Miz hopes Miz brings the titles home. Well then he better get to his seat, because the SmackDown Tag Titles are first! Shane comes by, says hi to Papa Miz, and gets pumped up with The Miz for their match. Back in the ring, Woods fights his way out of Nakamura’s facelock but Nakamura knees low. Nakamura puts him in the corner and tags in Rusev. Rusev puts Woods on the top rope and throws haymakers. Rusev climbs up top but Woods resists. Woods throws body shots back and headbutts Rusev down! Woods adjusts, leaps, missile dropkick hits! Both Woods and Rusev are down but fans fire up! Woods and Rusev crawl, hot tags to Nakamura and Big E! Big E rallies with overhead suplexes! And a belly2belly! Fans fire up as Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs, BIG Splash!

But Big E’s not done there. He waits for Nakamura to stand, and he scoops. Nakamura slips around to a guillotine! Big E squats, but powers back up! Big E powers Nakamura off! Nakamura rolls to the apron and slowly stands. Big E builds speed, to get a knee! Nakamura drags Big E out to kick away between the ropes! And an ax kick! Nakamura climbs while Big E staggers away. Leaping knee! Cover, TWO! The New Day still lives, so Nakamura tags Rusev. The King and Brute work together to whip Big E, but Woods tags in. Big E fights off Rusev but gets the dynamic dropkick. Nakamura runs into the swing kick and step-n complete shot! Rusev roundhouses Woods! Cover, TWO! Rusev grows frustrated as he glares at Woods. Fans rally as Rusev drags Woods into a corner.

Rusev puts Woods up top and throws heavy haymakers. Woods throws them back and boots Rusev away. Woods leaps over Rusev, to come back for a wheelbarrow, but Rusev blocks to a wheelbarrow suplex! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura returns and Rusev tags him in. They drag Woods up and whip again. Fireman’s carry to suplex! Sliding knee! Cover, TWO!! Woods stays alive so Nakamura takes aim. Woods counters the Kinshasa to a roll-up! TWO, but tag to Big E! Urenage backstabber combo! Big E runs Rusev over and hauls Nakamura up. Woods climbs, but Rusev distracts the ref. Lana trips up Woods! Nakamura boots Big E then tags Rusev. Nakamura runs but is sent out. Big E turns around into a MACHKA KICK! Cover, Woods saves it! The New Day will not die!

Nakamura throws Woods into buckles, but Woods dumps him out! Rusev runs but Woods dumps him out! Tag, and Woods builds speed! Woods FLIES, but is caught! Rusev and Nakamura double slam Woods down! Woods writhes but Rusev puts him in. Cover, TWO!! Woods continues to survive, but Rusev shouts to “CRUSH!!” Rusev stomps Woods, and puts on the Accolade! Woods endures being bent back, but he powers up to get an arm out! Rusev gets the arm back but Woods still gets closer tot he ropse. Nakamura pulls the ropes away! Big E grabs Nakamura and dumps him into the timekeeper’s area! Rusev lets Woods go to shout at Big E, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO!! Rusev runs in but misses. Tag to Big E, and Big E scoops Rusev. Woods climbs. UpUpDownDown! Cover, The New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day, Big E pinning

Lana scowls as her two heavy hitters lose again. The New Day celebrate this win, but will they be celebrating something even bigger when they regroup with Kofi?

 

“What are you willing to do to get to Wrestlemania?”

They all follow roads. Some to glory, some to pain. But all roads lead home. The Big Dog overcame a true fight for his life, but now he wants it #OneLastTime. The Shield reunites, but will they be back on top? Vince McMahon tried to deny The Man, but will Straight Fire head straight for Mania? And Vince McMahon did very much the same to Kofi Kingston, but will that come back to bite the Planet’s Champion? There are tag titles a plenty, but who is taking them all the way to the goal? The Road to Wrestlemania enters the Fastlane!

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos VS The Miz & Shane McMahon!

Jimmy & Jey may have the titles #OnLock, but will Cleveland’s own bring championships home? The Miz and Shane look to truly be the Best Tag Team in the World, will they do Papa Miz proud?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin! Jimmy starts against Shane and “The Land” is strong behind their hometown here and his Co-Besty. Jimmy and Shane approach but Shane’s test kicks keep Jimmy back. Jey points out the shoes while Jimmy circlds with Shane. Jimmy runs into a jab! And then an arm-drag! And another arm-drag! Shane gets Jimmy with a Russian Leg Sweep! Tag to The Miz and Cleveland is ready! The Co-Besties give co-jabs and fancy foot work! Jimmy slides away and tags to Jey. Jey runs into Miz’s boot! Cover, ONE! Miz keeps on Jey with CHOPS! Cleveland chants “Miz is Awesome!” as Miz gives more chops to Jey. Miz whips but Jey reverses. Jey runs into a mule kick, and Miz goes up and over with a sunset flip! TWO, but Miz brings Jey over.

Tag to Shane, and they hit the Hart Attack! Cover, TWO! Shane puts Jey in the corner for mudhole stomps and fast hands. The ref counts but Shane back elbows at 4. Shane hits Jimmy for good measure, but Jey hits back. Jey headlocks, Jimmy tags in, and the Usos work together to run Shane over! Shane sits up in a daze while Jimmy looms closer. Jimmy headbutts Shane down then throws elbows. Jimmy drops one more headbutt then covers, ONE! Fans rally for Shane as Jimmy brings him up. Jimmy throws uppercuts and puts Shane in the corner. Tag to Jey and the Usos split the wishbone. Jey stays between Shane and Miz as he rains down rights and stomps. Jey wraps Shane in a chinlock but Cleveland continues to rally. Shane endures and reaches but Jey turns Shane away. Jey shifts to a facelock but the rally builds.

Shane feeds off the energy as Jey shifts back to a chinlock. Shane fights free, but gets the dragon whip kick! Cover, TWO! Jimmy tags in and hits Miz while Jey drags Shane away. Fans boo as Jimmy stomps Shane. Jimmy drags Shane to the ropes and chokes him, but stops at 4. Jey gets a sucker punch in! Miz protests but Jimmy wraps another chinlock on. Shane endures again while fans rally up. Shane fights and crawls for his corner, but Jimmy keeps Shane away. Jimmy drops a fist, then drags Shane away. Tag to Jey and Jey hits a leaping headbutt! Cover, ONE! Shane crawls to the ropes while Jey grows frustrated. Jey throws a big right, but into the float-over DDT from Shane! Both men are down but the fans rally up! Shane and Jey crawl, hot tags to Jimmy and Miz!

Miz hits the springboard ax handles! He hits Jey then flapjacks Jimmy! Miz gives It Kicks in the corner! He goes corner to corner for double knees! And then for more! Cleveland is fired up as Miz hits the A-List Lariat. Miz boots Jey then slides under Jimmy for a sunset flip! TWO, but Miz dumps Jimmy out. Miz takes off the jersey and climbs up high! Miz LEAPS and wipes both usos out! And right in front of Papa! Papa Miz applauds, too, as Miz puts Jimmy in. Miz ducks the dragon whip, hits the low DDT! Cover, TWO! Shane and the fans rally as Miz keeps his focus. Miz runs, but Jimmy ducks the boots! Roll up, TWO! Jey tags in and Jimmy rocks Miz with an elbow. Pop Up Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!! Miz survives but Jey taunts Shane. “Watch this!”

Jey runs in, but into a full nelson! Jey resists the Finale to mule kick. Tag to Jimmy, but Miz fights back with elbows and boots. Miz goes up, into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Cover, but Shane breaks it! Shane throws hands on Jey! But Jey reverses, Samoan Drop Neckbreaker! Miz dumps Jey out, then gets Jimmy, Skull Crushing Finale! But the ref’s too busy helping Shane!! Cover counted, TWO!! Miz can’t believe how close they were! Miz keeps his cool as he drags Jimmy up. He goes after the legs now, and then the Figure Four! But Jimmy sends him into the post! Jey tags in and the Usos haul Miz up into an Electric Chair. The Usos make sure Papa Miz is watching. But Miz slips out and shoves Jey into Jimmy! Roll up, TWO!!

Miz puts Jey on the apron but runs into a kick! Jey climbs up but Miz hits back! Miz throws more lefts then climbs up. Jey fights back and hits a BIG hotshot! Jimmy and Miz are down, but Shane aims at Jimmy! But Jey gets in Shane’s way. They each want to leap! Jey leaps, Shane hits HIM!! Everyone is down and Cleveland is losing its mind! Miz sits up as fans cheer, including Papa! Papa says go up top, so Miz goes up top! Miz aims at Jey, for a frog splash! ONTO KNEES!! Cover, The Usos win!!

Winners: The Usos, by pinfall; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions

Jimmy & Jey take advantage of Miz’s gamble! The Usos keep the titles and move on towards Wrestlemania, but what does this mean for the Co-Besties? Miz and Shane still raise each other’s hands, and hug it out with Papa Miz. They raise Papa Miz’s hands, too, for his part in their run. And then Shane attacks Miz?! Shane fires hands and stomps Miz out!? Fans boo and ask “Why, Shane, Why!?”

Shane rips the “Cleveland is Awesome” shirt and uses it to choke Miz! And then he wipes the sweat with it, to throw at Miz. Shane gives Miz more stomps, right in front of Miz’s dad! Shane talks trash to Papa Miz, then grabs him by his face! He shoves Papa Miz down, then kicks Miz more! Shane drags Miz up for fists right to the head, then into a triangle hold! Shane makes sure Miz and his dad lock eyes as Miz is choked out. Papa Miz pleads that someone stop Shane, but no one can stop Miz from passing out. “That’s your son!” Shane shouts as he rubs his forearms into Miz’s face. Cleveland boos Shane out of the building, but he doesn’t care. Will Shane give us a reason why? Will Miz get revenge either way?

 

The Pack mocks The Shield.

Drew McIntyre says “The Shield rides again. One last time, to be broken by my hands.” Baron Corbin says that while the brothers have been dealing with dysfunction, these there have been dominating. Bobby Lashley says the fight brought them together, but this fight will finish it. This will not be a happy farewell tour, but a crushing and embarrassing defeat. “Believe that.” Corbin, McIntyre & Lashley feel they are the new power in the WWE, but will they feel true power tonight?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.

The Drifter is in Cleveland, playing his guitar as always. “On the Road to Wrestlemania, we’re in the Fastlane. We just saw Cleveland’s own Miz get his ass kicked by Shane.” Elias sees the future, and as far as he can tell, if that was Miz’s Dad, he’s not going to age well. But Elias is in Cleveland, and he can’t wait to be gone. He’ll head to LA and hang with his friend, LeBron. Elias ends his performance, and Cleveland doesn’t want an encore.

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!

The Empress of Tomorrow may have gotten suckered by God’s Greatest Creation, but she got her and the Gladiator Gal back. Will Asuka be ready for any other tricks up Mandy’s sleeves? Or will Mandy still not be ready for Asuka?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Mandy and Asuka circle and tie up. Mandy gets a wristlock but Asuka switches it back quick. Asuka snapmares and kicks Mandy! Asuka gets a headlock but Mandy fights out to get her own headlock. Mandy gets a takedown but Asuka rolls through to a heel hook! Mandy reaches and gets the ropebreak fast. Asuka lets Mandy go and eggs Mandy on. Mandy runs into a takedown then a shoulder. Asuka puts Mandy in a corner then runs in. Mandy puts her on the apron but Asuka hits her back. Asuka keeps Sonya back but Mandy pounces! Mandy drags Asuka in but Asuka breaks free. Asuka blocks a kick, to the Ankle Lock! Sonya runs in but back out. Mandy waistlocks but Asuka standing switches. She rolls Mandy, TWO!

Sonya distracts again, Mandy hits the Golden Knee! Cover, TWO! Mandy rains down rights on Asuka but lets up at 4. Mandy drags Asuka up again for a big suplex! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated and she tries another cover, TWO! Mandy drags Asuka up and wrenches to a standing abdominal stretch. Asuka endures and Cleveland rallies for her. Mandy digs her elbow in but Asuka fights out. Mandy throws forearms then suplexes, but Asuka slips out. Asuka can’t German so she gets an Octopus Stretch! And she pulls back hard! Sonya starts searching under the ring? Mandy shifts and slams Asuka down! Cover, TWO! Mandy grows frustrated and throws haymakers on Asuka. Asuka grows angry as Mandy talks trash.

Asuka SLAPS Mandy, then again! She throws palm strikes, but Mandy whips. Asuka hops up and hits a missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Asuka as she fires off more palm strikes! Mandy can barely cover up, but she does kick. Asuka blocks it to give a kick of her own! Asuka runs corner to corner for a hip attack! And then the German Suplex! Asuka keeps moving, Sliding Wizard! Cover, TWO! Mandy shows toughness as she slowly stands up. Asuka grins as she stalks Mandy. Asuka kicks away on Mandy at the ropes, then runs. Mandy dodges the hip attack, Golden Knee! Cover, TWO! Sonya is frustrated for Mandy as she drags Asuka up. Mandy underhooks but Asuka flails. Asuka hits the pop-up knee! Sonya panics while Mandy is dazed.

Asuka drags Mandy up for forearms from both sides. Sonya finds what she was looking for: a kendo stick! Mandy ducks the roundhouse and shoulders Asuka away. Mandy whips but Asuak reverses. Sonya forgot to reset the skirt and Mandy trips on it! Asuka back heel kicks Mandy down! Cover, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by pinfall; still SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Empress wins because Fire & Desire were too busy trying to sneak the win. Mandy isn’t happy about it, will she forgive Sonya? Who will step up to Asuka for Wrestlemania?

 

The New Day look for Kofi Kingston.

What’s the big news? He doesn’t have any! No one has let him in the office. Wait, they’re making HIM wait when they invited him over? They knock again, but then barge in. Vince McMahon is there, and wants to know what this is about. What? He had Kofi waiting. No Vince was waiting for Kofi. No, Kofi has been waiting for 11 years. Vince talked about box office hits, but he’s had it for almost a dozen years! Please do not take this opportunity from Kofi after all Kofi has done for the company. The McMahons said the people will get what they want? Well people want Kofi! Kofi for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania! Vince says what will happen… is tonight’s WWE Championship is now a Triple Threat! And it’s up next!!

 

WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS Kofi Kingston!

The New Day will have to stay backstage, but that’s fine by them! The WWE Universe has wanted Kofi to have his moment, and this might be the night! Will Kofi bring the power of positivity to that organic championship belt? Will The Prizefighter make good on his own opportunity? Or will the Planet’s Champion remain the world champion?

Wait, hold on. Something’s not right. There’s been a sudden change, the match is actually later tonight. This is a Handicap Match?! Kofi against The Bar, in tornado rules?!

2v1 Tornado Handicap Match: The Bar VS Kofi Kingston!

This is clearly Vice McMahon’s doing, but why!? Is Kofi still in the world title match tonight? Will he even make it to the end of tonight?!

Cesaro & Sheamus have no complaints as they corner Kofi. Kofi fights against them but this is too much! Fans boo as The Bar stomps away on Kofi all over. Sheamus puts Kofi in a corner and The Bar throws hands. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Cesaro still whips Kofi corner to corner. Sheamus whips Cesaro in but Kofi fights back! Kofi sends Sheamus into the post then throws hands on Cesaro. But Sheamus comse back and The Bar again has the numbers. They rain down rights and grind knees in. Cesaro runs Kofi over, and Sheamus helps out for dual Half Crabs! Kofi endures while fans boo this Cleveland Screw Job!

The Bar drags Kofi back up and Cesaro whips Sheamus in for a pump knee! Cesaro adds a running European Uppercut, and then scrapes Kofi out to the floor. The Bar drags Kofi up to club him against the barriers. Sheamus throws EuroUppers, then Cesaro gut wrenches Kofi onto the barriers. The Bar hauls Kofi into the ring to club away on the apron. Fans still chant for Kofi and still boo for The Bar. Kofi revives and boots Cesaro into barriers! Kofi shoves Sheamus into another post! He kicks Cesaro back and into the ring. Kofi climbs up but has to ax handle Sheamus down. Kofi climbs again, and leaps, into a EuroUpper! The Bar coordinates to finish Kofi off. Cesaro powerbomb lifts, Sheamus adds a clothesline, Doomsday Bomb!

But The Bar isn’t through with Kofi, as Sheamus beats his chest. Cesaro holds Kofi up, for the BROGUE! Cesaro takes the cover, but doesn’t finish it! Fans boo even louder, but The New Day come to the ring! Only for Rusev and Nakamura to attack them first! KINSHASA for Big E! MACHKA Kick for Woods! A-Swiss-ted White Noise for Kofi! Cover, The Bar wins.

Winners: The Bar, by pinfall

What horrible abuse of power did we just watch? Is Vince McMahon never going to acknowledge Kofi’s accomplishments?

 

Backstage interview with Sasha Banks & Bayley!

The Boss & Hug Connection defend their titles tonight, and give a quick shout-out to Kofi. His heart is an inspiration to them. How do Sasha & Bayley feel being champion underdogs against Nia Jax & Tamina? Well yes, Nia and Tamina are strong, but these two welcome the challenge. They’ll never take the titles for granted, and they’ll fight for everything they’ve worked for. Sasha & Bayley are ready to defend the belts on all brands and become the best women’s tag champions ever. #BankonThat.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias, again.

The Drifter is giving fans the encore they didn’t want because he doesn’t care what fans want. “It’s a New Day. Oh, yes it is. Kofi just suffered the same fate as that moron, The Miz.” They all looked like some Cleveland Cavaliers: A bunch of beat up losers, just like the fans here. Can we finally put this Kofi talk to rest? And just admit to yourself that the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best. This ends Elias’ second session, will he try to go for a third?

 

Backstage interview with Shane McMahon.

What is his explanation for his attack on The Miz tonight? He doesn’t give one.

 

Raw Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: The Revival VS Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!

The #TopGuys worked hard, and sometimes cheated, to finally get these tag titles, and they’re not about to give them up so easily. The GLORIOUS Duo got themselves this rematch by ruining the shot for the NXT air force! Will the Embodiment of the End and the One and Only show everyone not to underestimate them?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and The Revival talk trash. They get punched out of the ring, leaving the GLORIOUS Duo to brawl with Ricochet and Aleister! Aleister and Ricochet boot them out, then fake them out! Superhero landing and cross-leg sit-down! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while the other two teams talk strategy. Roode & Gable go to their corner and Ricochet officially starts with Gable. They tie up, Gable waistlocks to a takedown to another waistlock. Gable throws Ricochet around but Ricochet back flips out! Ricochet runs and rolls off Gable’s back to then handspring and headscissor Gable! He dropkicks Gable, too! Ricochet brings Gable up but Gable hits him with a right. Gable goes to monkey flip but Dash Wilder tags in.

Ricochet headscissors Gable but Dash grabs Ricochet! Tag to Dawson, assisted suplex! Cover, TWO! The Revival keep on Ricochet as Dawson whips and runs Ricochet over! Dash taunts “Ricky” as Dawson bumps him off buckles. Dawson CHOPS then stomps a mudhole into Ricochet. He drags Ricochet up to a fireman’s carry and tags in Dash. Assisted gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Dash drags Ricochet up for a EuroUpper. Fans rally and Ricochet pushes Dash away. Gable tags in and drags Ricochet up. Gable snap suplexes and floats over, TWO! The Revival talk trash while Gable drops legs on Ricochet’s arm. Gable pulls the arm back in a keylock but fans rally for Ricochet. Ricochet fights his way up and jawbreakers free!

Dawson tags in and is right on Ricochet as he hangs him out to dry. Dawson then drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt down! He hauls Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dawson fish hooks Ricochet’s nose then clamps on a vicious chinlock. Fans rally again and Ricochet fights his way up. Ricochet snapmares Dawson but Dawson shoves him. Dawson runs into a back elbow! Ricochet rocks Dash, then leaps, but Dawson keeps him from Aleister! Dawson puts him in an open corner but Ricochet boots back. Somersault shotgun dropkick! Both men are down but crawling. Roode tags in off Dawson, hot tag to Aleister! The Dutch Destroyer rallies on the GLORIOUS Duo with his strikes! Boot for Gable, and he sends Roode into Dash! Aleister sweeps the legs and drives in the knee! Aleister kips up, springboards, and quebradas!

Fans fire up with Aleister as he lifts Roode’s head. Aleister aims, but his kick is sent into Dawson! Spinebuster from Roode to Aleister! Roode coordinates with Gable and brings Aleister over. Tag to Gable, and he climbs up, But Aleister escapes the Glorious Combination. Gable elbows Aleister but runs into a boot. Ricochet tags in, Aleister Meteora to Roode! Gable rolling kicks Ricochet! Gable rolls Aleister for Chaos Theory, but Dash splashes Gable! Ricochet Shooting Star on Dash! Cover, but Roode breaks it! All six men are down but Cleveland is fired up! The teams regroup and Roode drags Ricochet up. Ricochet throws Roode out, Dawson tags in. Ricochet runs in at Dash but is put on the apron. He fights off both Revival members, and dumps Dash out.

Ricochet climbs, but Gable anchors him. Dawson haymakers Ricochet from the other side! Dawson climbs and drags Ricochet up, but Ricochet rocks him with a right! Ricochet climbs up now, and they stand all the way up. SUPER STEINER on the pile!! Everyone crashes and burns, and Cleveland loses their minds! The teams regroup again, and Ricochet drags Dawson back up and in. Ricochet and Aleister head back in the ring, but Roode clubs Aleister down. Ricochet climbs up but Dawson slips out. Roode whips Aleister into barriers! Ricochet sees that, and DIVES over the post! Ricochet hits Roode, but Gable tags in! Gable climbs up, and leaps at Dawson! Big crossbody! But roll through! TWO, and Gable victory rolls! TWO, and Gable ends up in a hotshot! SHATTER MACHINE!! Cover, The Revival retain!

Winners: The Revival, Scott Dawson pinning; still Raw Tag Team Champions

There’s no time to celebrate! Dash scrapes out Aleister but Roode comes back for a GLORIOUS DDT! BLACK MASS for Roode! Ricochet hits the Landslide on Dash! Ricochet climbs up while Aleister watches guard. 630 senton!! The Revival might have retained, but they’ve still got the NXT air force hot on their tails. Will Aleister & Ricochet get a fair shot down the road? Or will they have NXT to worry about on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?

 

WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio VS R-Truth w/ Carmella VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

Don’t worry, you’re not watching a rerun from last week’s SmackDown. The Destroyer heard the Fabulous Princess and La Muneca talking about title contenders, and decided to give all three men he beat another shot. Will Joe put all the talk to bed when he puts someone to sleep? Will Truth #BeLikeCena and win the title back? Or will the title go to someone else?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this epic rematch! Truth rushes Joe and Mysterio headscissors Almas! Joe goes after Mysterio now and clubs away. He whips Mysterio but Mysterio slides under. Joe throws Mysterio and Mysterio slides, but into Almas’ facelock. Truth clotheslines Almas to also DDT Mysterio! Carmella coaches Truth up while Joe glares from the middle of the ring. Joe builds speed to DIVE! He barrels into all three opponents! Cleveland chants for Joe as he stalks Mysterio. Joe puts Mysterio in the ring, then puts Almas in. Joe CHOPS Almas to a corner, then CHOPS Mysterio in a corner. Almas CHOPS back, but so does Joe. Joe headbutts Almas then throws forearms on Mysterio.

Joe runs but Truth anchors his feet. Almas rocks Joe with a forearm, then actually works together with Mysterio, pop-up seated senton onto Joe! They bring Joe down but fight each other now! Almas boot feints to elbow Mysterio down! Cover, TWO! Truth throws Joe into steps then back suplexes Almas. Almas whips but Truth comes back with the spinning elbow! Cover, TWO! Zelina is relieved but Carmella keeps her cool. Truth asks “What’s up?!” and does the splits. Almas waistlocks but Truth standing switches. Mysterio springboards and huricanranas them both! Mysterio wheelbarrows Almas and gets both Almas and Truth again! Almas bails out and Mysterio goes after Truth. Truth reverses the whip but gets a kick. Mysterio wheelbarrows, but Joe runs him and Truth over with clotheslines!

Joe drags Mysterio up and throws heavy knees. Carmella and Zelina are both worried as Joe jabs away on Truth. Joe headbutts Truth down then drags him back up. Joe and Truth brawl while Zelina coaches Almas back up. Truth runs but into the sleeper hold! But Mysterio dropkicks Joe onto ropes! Mysterio dials it up but misses! Joe grabs Mysterio for a scoop, but Mysterio tornado DDT’s out of it! Cover, TWO! Mysterio puts Joe in a drop zone then climbs up top. Almas trips Mysterio up and boots Truth back down. Almas CHOPS Mysterio then climbs up to join him. El Idolo references Latino Heat, but Mysterio resists the superpelx. Truth adds on and Electric Chairs Almas. Mysterio SUPER STEINERS Almas off him!

Truth throws Mysterio out and covers Almas, but Mysterio breaks it with a slingshot leg drop! Mysterio covers Truth but Joe breaks it! Joe tosses Mysterio out and stalks Truth. Joe hits the back elbow to PELE! Mysterio springboards but into Joe’s arms! But Almas springboards to dropkick them down! Almas fires up and targets Mysterio. He drags Mysterio up, facelock and Uno Amigo! Dos Amigos! Fans boo as Almas goes for Tres, but Mysterio cradles! TWO, and Almas knees Mysterio low. Almas powerbomb lifts into the Gory Special! Truth dropkicks Almas down! Carmella rallies the fans as Truth covers Almas, TWO! Truth covers Mysterio, Ropebreak! Truth goes back to Almas and drags him up. He throws haymakers, then splashes Mysterio in the corner. Truth comes back but is put on the apron. Joe trips Truth off! Almas triangle corkscrew crossbodies Joe!

Mysterio climbs up top and leaps for a SUPER Huricanrana on Almas! All four men are down and Zelina is shocked, but fans are loving this. Truth drags Mysterio up to throw into the barriers and then into the ring. Truth dodges Zelina’s headscissors, but not her SUPERKICK! Carmella marches over and tackles Zelina! It’s a cat fight, and both Almas and Truth break them up. Joe urenages Mysterio! Cover, but Truth and Almas just break it! Truth throws hands on Joe, but Almas hits La Sombra on Mysterio! Cover, but Truth breaks that. Truth runs at Joe for a corner splash. Then he tells Almas to hit his move? CIEN KNEES for Joe! And then the shoulder tackles of Cena! Spinebuster for Joe, spin-out bomb for Almas!

Truth says “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle hits Joe! Almas runs back in but he gets the kick, to Scissor Kick! Cover, but Joe back sentons! Truth kicks Joe but misses the scissors. Joe sends Truth to the post, but Mysterio puts Joe on the ropes! Dial it up, 619!! Drop the Dime! But Joe dodges, and gets the Coquina Clutch!! Mysterio fades out, Joe wins!

Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission; still WWE United States Champion

The Destroyer makes Mysterio go night-night, and successfully retains. Who is left to step to Joe at Wrestlemania?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Sasha Banks & Bayley VS Nia Jax & Tamina!

The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix, joins commentary for this historic first defense of these brand new tag titles! The Boss & Hug Connection is strong as ever, but will it prove stronger than the Samoan Dynasty?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin this historic tag title defense! We begin with Tamina and Bayley at the bell. They tie up and Tamina powers Bayley to an open corner. Tamina backs off but with a shove. Bayley fires off furious forearms! Bayley then dodges Tamina and wrenches the arm. Tag to Sasha and they crisscross Tamina to whip her backwards. Sasha headlocks but Tamina brings her over to tag Nia. Things speed up and Nia scoops Sasha. Sasha slips out and fights back. She rocks Nia with a roundhouse and tags Bayley. But Nia fireman’s carries Sasha to use her as a weapon! Nia dumps Sasha on Bayley then covers Bayley, TWO! Nia keeps on Bayley with furious clubbing forearms. She drags Bayley to the corner and tags in Tamina.

Nia feeds Bayley to Tamina’s clothesline! Tamina covers, TWO! Tamina keeps on Bayley and brings her over for mudhole stomps. Tag to Nia and Nia gloats. Bayley hits back with body shots and forearms, but Nia headbutts her down. Tag back to Tamina, headbutt to uppercut to powerbomb! Tamina covers, TWO! The Samoan Dynasty grows frustrated with Bayley. Tamina keylocks Bayley but fans rally up. Bayley feeds off the energy and fights back. But Tamina headbutts her back. Bayely fights out of the corner, hotshot for Nia! Bayley flapjacks Tamina into buckles! She hurries for her corner but Tamina keeps her back. Bayley fights free, tag to Sasha! Sasha knees Tamina then climbs up for a crossbody! She fires off kicks then runs to run Tamina over! Cover, TWO!

The Boss grows frustrated herself now, but keeps on Tamina. Tamina uppercuts but misses in the corner. Sasha knees then climbs again. She leaps but Tamina gets under. Sasha wheelbarrows but Tamina back suplexes. Sasha lands on her feet and rocks Nia. Tamina rocks Sasha then tags Nia. Pop-up Samoan Drop! Cover, but Bayley breaks it! Nia goes after Bayley and tosses her out. Nia drags Sasha to put her in an open corner. Sasha dodges and hot tag to Bayley! Bayley knees Nia in the corner, then back elbow! Bayley runs in for another, but Tamina runs in. Tamina gets sent out, but Nia catches Bayley! Bayley elbows free and runs back in, but is put on the aprno. She hits Nia and dodges Tamina! Bayley dodges Nia, too! Nia hits the post, tag to Sasha. Bayley helps Sasha hit the meteora!

The Boss & Hug coordinate again, Sasha LEAPS onto Nia and Tamina! They somehow manage to catch her, but Bayley DIVES to bowl them all over! All four women are down but fans are fired up. A ring count begins and passes 5 before the champs sit up. They get Nia in at 8 and Sasha climbs again. Bayley tags in, Sasha hits Meteora. Bayley hits the Macho Elbow! Cover, but Tamina drags Bayley off! Sasha goes after her but gets an uppercut. Tamina gets up but gets the hotshot! Bayley runs at Nia, but into a powerbomb, only to huricanrana through! Cover, Boss & Hug win!

Winners: Bayley & Sasha Banks, Bayley pinning; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

But no time to celebrate, as Nia and Tamina attack! Fans boo as they stomp and punch Bayley. Sasha runs in but gets much of the same. The Samoan Dynasty throw Bayley and Sasha out of the ring. SUPERKICK for Bayley! Nia drags Sasha up to toss her over the announce desk! Fans boo but the Samoan Dynasty soaks it all up. And they spot Beth Phoenix! Tamina eyes the Glamazon, but even Nia isn’t sure about challenging a Hall of Fame female superstar. Beth and Tamina talk trash, and Beth fires off! Nia runs Beth over!

The Samoan Dynasty beat Beth down and put her in the ring! Fans boo harder as Nia runs, for a leg drop! Nia drags Beth over, Tamina climbs up, but here comes Natalya! The Queen of Harts saves her friend, but gets a SUPERKICK! The Samoan Dynasty beat both Natty and Beth down until referees finally rush the ring. Nia and Tamina leave with big grins on their faces, but will they regret showing such disrespect?

 

WWE Championship Triple Threat: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kevin Owens VS ???

The Planet’s Champion swears to remain the world champion, because that is what both Earth and humanity needs! But Vince McMahon felt what this match needed was someone other than Kofi Kingston. And so, in steps the returning Prizefighter. The Kevin Owens Show returns to PPV with a title opportunity, will he make the most of it? But at the same time, there is still a triple threat stipulation! After Kofi got the beat down from The Bar, who is joining in? It’s Mustafa Ali! Can The Beacon of Light shine brightest in this sudden title opportunity?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans still want Kofi, but Vince McMahon made his decision. Ali, Kevin and Bryan approach, but Bryan tells them both they don’t deserve this match. Bryan has a purpose, but Kevin just punches him down! Ali helps out, too, and they club Bryan down. Kevin tosses Bryan out, and now takes Ali on 1v1. They circle and tie up. Kevin gets a headlock but Ali powers out. Kevin runs Ali over and things speed up. Ali jumps but into the fireman’s carry. He fights out, things speed up again, and Kevin runs Ali over. But Bryan returns to CHOP Kevin! Bryan CHOPS more, but Kevin CHOPS back. Kevin CHOPS Bryan in the corner and throws haymakers. Bryan bails out so Kevin goes back to Ali.

Kevin CHOPS Ali, and again. He whips Ali corner to corner, but Ali goes up and over. Things speed up again and Ali hits a flapjack dropkick. Cover, but Bryan breaks it. Bryan drags Ali up to give him No Kicks against the ropes. Fans still chant “Kofi! Kofi!” as Bryan whips. Ali holds ropes and dumps Bryan out but Kevin rolls Ali. TWO, and Kevin CHOPS Ali again. Kevin whips Ali but Ali dodges to DIVE onto Bryan! Ali runs back in to shoulder and slingshot, but Kevin shoves him down! Kevin takes aim from the apron and cannonballs! He takes out Ali, but then goes at Bryan! Cannonball into barriers! “Who’s the man now?!” Kevin puts Bryan in the ring and covers, TWO! Kevin keeps on Bryan with more chops, then a whip. Bryan reverses and gives Kevin a kitchen sink knee.

Cleveland still wants Kofi, but Bryan shakes his head. Bryan sees Ali return but Ali punches him first. Ali roundhouses Kevin then climbs up. Bryan dropkicks Ali off the top and to the floor! Fans are in shock, and boo Bryan as he soaks up the heat. Bryan goes to Kevin but Kevin fights back. Bryan stomps Kevin at the ropes, then puts him in a corner. He chops and kicks Kevin over and over, then focuses on the No Kicks! Bryan scowls at the fans before dragging Kevin up. Bryan wrenches the arm and brings Kevin to the mat. Kevin endures as Bryan traps the arm in a hammerlock. Bryan grabs the other arm and pulls back from elbows to fingers! Bryan stands on the arms for a torturous cover, TWO!

Kevin escapes to a corner, and CHOPS Bryan back! Kevin chops and haymakers then whips. Bryan goes up and over and keeps moving, to run Kevin over with a leaping lariat! Fans boo as Bryan gloats. Ali returns but Bryan stomps him down. Bryan throws Ali back out, and continues to tell Kevin he doesn’t deserve this match. Bryan gives Kevin more No Kicks, and the buzzsaw! Cover, but Ali breaks it! Bryan drags Ali up for a back suplex. Bryan smirks as he gives Ali the No Kicks. Ali ducks the buzzsaw and shoves! Bryan puts him on the aprno but Ali slingshots for the somersault facebuster! Ali fires up and fires CHOPS on Bryan. He whips Bryan but Bryan reverses. Ali goes up and over but Bryan clobbers him with a clothesline!

Only Rowan is on Bryan’s side as he gives Ali a dropkick. Kevin dodges Bryan to give Ali another cannonball! And another for Bryan! Ali SUPERKICKS Kevin, Kevin SUPERKICKS Ali! Kevin SUPERKICKS Bryan but Ali hops on for a sleeper. Backpack senton onto Bryan! All three men are down but stirring. Bryan gets to one corner and Kevin another. Fans are willing to get behind Kevin as he drags Bryan up for even more CHOPS! Kevin puts Bryan up top, then climbs up to join him. Bryan resists the superplex and he headbutts Kevin down. But Ali springs up and fires off hands on Bryan. Kevin adds on to Electric Chair Ali. Ali slips out to shove Kevin into Bryan, REVERSE-RANA on Kevin! Ali hurries after Bryan, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! But Bryan rolls away!

Ali goes after Kevin in the drop zone and climbs. 0-5-4 FLOPS! Kevin hits the STUNNER!! Cover, but Bryan barely breaks it in time! All three men are down again, but fans are firing up. Kevin drags himself on the ropes but turns around into a chop from Bryan. Kevin throws haymakers, but Bryan kicks back. Bryan misses a kick but denies a stunner, roundhouse! Kevin crawls to one corner and Bryan the other. Bryan aims at Kevin, but runs into a Pop-Up Powerbomb! Cover, TWO!? Kevin can’t believe Bryan survives! Bryan gets to the apron but Kevin’s on him. Bryan resists the bomb to back drop Kevin on the apron! Ali dodges Bryan’s knees to send them into the post! Guillotine catapult! Ali climbs up and aims at Bryan. Ali 450 onto Bryan and the apron!! He crawls while Bryan rolls away. Cover, but Rowan saves Bryan!

Rowan throws the jacket off and gets involved! SUPERKICK from Ali! SUPERKICK from Kevin! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS from them both! Rowan goes down but still on his feet, so Ali huricanranas Rowan into the post. Kevin builds speed, to FLY onto Rowan! But Bryan hits a flying knee on Kevin! Bryan puts Kevin in the ring, then climbs up high. But Ali anchors Bryan’s feet! Bryan fights with Ali on the apron, Ali CHOPS Bryan on the top rope! Ali lines up the shot, climbs up to join Bryan again, but Bryan shoves him away! Ali lands on his feet, dodges the knee, and then hits a SUPER TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up with Ali but he runs into Kevin’s Pop-Up APRON Bomb! Rowan wrecks Kevin! Rowan helps Bryan get up and in!

Bryan covers Ali while Rowan throws Kevin to the timekeeper’s area! Cover, TWO!? Ali still lives?! Bryan is furious and Rowan is shocked. Bryan drags Ali up and again says he doesn’t deserve to be in the match. He SLAPS Ali around each time, but Ali SLAPS back! Ali fires hands but Bryan shoves. Ali elbows Bryan away, hops up, but leaps into the KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan wins!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by pinfall; still WWE Champion

The Planet’s Champion remains the world champion, with a big help from Big Red. Will Bryan continue to represent Earth while shouting his rhetoric? Who will be his Wrestlemania opponent?

But things aren’t done here. Rowan palms and slams Ali to the mat! The message has been sent, but who will have a retort?

 

Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!

This is not the first time The Queen and The Man have fought each other, and it surely won’t be the last. But this is the most important time these two have faced each other. Becky won the Women’s Royal Rumble, but Vince McMahon took that right from her. Becky raised Hell to get what she deserves, but got suspended and arrested. But now she has one last chance to make it to Wrestlemania. All she has to do is win, and the Raw Women’s Championship match with Ronda Rousey goes from 1v1 to a Triple Threat! Can the Lass Kicker overcome the stacked deck to take back what’s rightfully hers?

Charlotte mocks Becky hobbling out to the ring with the crutch. She offers to help Becky into the ring but Becky refuses. Becky doesn’t let her bad leg affect her confidence but it only makes Charlotte the more assured she has this. Especially seeing Becky struggle to take her jacket off with her bad arm. The bell rings, but the ref lets Becky know she’s gotta put the crutch aside. Becky tosses it away while Charlotte points at the Wrestlemania sign. They circle and Charlotte mocks the one leg hopping. Charlotte shoves Becky around but Becky hits back with furious haymakers! Charlotte shoves Becky again but Becky eggs Charlotte on. They tie up and Charlotte puts Becky in a corner. Charlotte goes after the bad leg but lets go at 4.

Charlotte mocks Becky’s punches but Becky comes back with more! But Charlotte hits back with the CHOPS! Charlotte kicks the bad leg and then kicks Becky to a corner. Becky takes swings but Charlotte still toys with her. Charlotte grins and the brawl continues. Charlotte wraps Becky’s bad leg against the ropes, but Becky hits back with her good leg. Becky boots and leaps for a Thesz Press! She rains down rights but Charlotte gets Becky off. Charlotte elbows the knee but Becky enziguris. Charlotte ducks it to put the bad leg in a Half Crab! Fans boo and Becky endures as Charlotte pulls back deep! Charlotte digs an elbow in, too, but fans rally for Becky. Becky turns things over and kicks away with her good leg. But Charlotte again cranks the bad leg and turns Becky over for the Crab.

Becky endures and kicks Charlotte off her. Becky gets to a corner and now Charlotte gets annoyed. Charlotte walks over but Becky tosses her out. Charlotte lands on her feet and takes the bad leg to throw into the apron! And again! Becky kicks her back! Becky hobbles as Charlotte returns. Charlotte chop blocks the leg from the front! Charlotte grins as she points at the Wrestlemania sign. Becky kicks, but Charlotte turns it into a Dragon Screw. Charlotte runs in but into an elbow. She deflects the boots to elbow Becky back. Charlotte puts Becky’s bad leg on the ropes to drop a knee on it! Becky limps to a corner but Charlotte’s on her again with CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS again and again and again, but stops at the ref’s count of 4.

Charlotte puts the leg on the ropes again, but Becky dodges the knee drop! Becky kicks back, but Charlotte chop blocks again! Charlotte toys with Becky and Becky throws body shots. Charlotte drags Becky up but to a cradle! TWO, and Charlotte throws Becky with an exploder! Becky rolls out while Charlotte kips up. Charlotte struts then fetches Becky. Charlotte throws Becky sideways into barriers! The Queen mocks the fans who cheer for The Man, then puts Becky back in. Charlotte drags Becky to a drop zone then steps on Becky’s face! Becky kicks back but Charlotte kicks her down. Charlotte climbs but Becky shoves her down! Charlotte crashes into barriers!

Becky leaves her out there as the ring count climbs. The count passes 5 before Charlotte stands up. Charlotte gets in at 7, but Becky’s on her with a Disarm-Her! Charlotte rolls through and gets the Figure Four! Becky endures but here comes RONDA!! Ronda attacks Becky!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by disqualification; joins the Raw Women’s Championship match at Wrestlemania

The Baddest Woman actually helps out Becky Lynch, because that’s the fight she’s wanted all along. The Queen is furious, but The Man’s actually okay with that. Ronda points at the Wrestlemania sign, and all three will meet again. Who comes away with the title after such a star-studded match?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias, yet again.

The Drifter does come out for a third time, but fans aren’t so sure they want to see him right now. Elias still plays his guitar and sings. “Becky Lynch won, so I guess that makes her The Man. Everyone seems to love her, but honestly I’m not a fan.” Becky’s 15 minutes are almost up, and he’ll be glad to see them go. She’s so destined for failure, it’s surprising she wasn’t born in Ohio. Elias says it’s time for the main event, and the reunion of The Shield. But honestly, Elias has no faith in them, like every time the Browns take the field.

Elias finishes, but takes offense at the boos. But he’s just happy he never got interrupted once tonight. The reason for that is obvious: everyone agrees that Cleveland is the worst city to go to this close to Wrestlemania. This is his final performance, good night, and he loves none of you. But then, Lacey Evans makes her presence known! The Sassy Southern Belle struts down the ramp like always, then struts back up. Because Randy Orton gets Elias!! The Viper will strike any time, anywhere! But AJ Styles hits a Phenomenal Forearm on Orton! Styles found the time and place to deal with Orton, and took him down! Are these two through with each other? Or are they going to have more to say at Wrestlemania?

 

Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley!

The Lone Wolf isn’t alone anymore, as he’s been teaming with the Scottish Terminator and Rocky Mountain Machine over and over to assert dominance over Raw. But along the way, they made the mistake of making light of the meanest, toughest and most dominant trio in a long, long time. Will Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose make the most of this #OneLastTime? Or is it going to be the last time for another reason?

Corbin’s pack makes their entrance as always, one at a time. But The Shield brings back the Shield entrance! They come down the stairs among the WWE Universe for what could truly be one last time. The Shield hops up on the apron and enter the ring. They and Corbin’s pack stare down while the referee does his best to keep the peace. And the fight is on! All six men brawl, and Ambrose throws out McIntyre while Rollins throws out Lashley and Roman throws out Corbin. Corbin regroups with McIntyre and Lashley while fans are fired up for The Shield. Things calm down and teams sort out. The bell rings and Rollins starts against Lashley.

Lashley clubs away on Rollins then tackles him to an open corner! He rams his shoulder in again and again, then runs corner to corner. Rollins hits back, runs but Lashley follows. Rollins dodges to slingblade Lashley down! The Architect brings Lashley up but Lashley puts Rollins in the corner. Corbin tags in to bump Rollins off buckles. Corbin runs into a boot, and then the buckle shot! Rollins brings Corbin over and tags Ambrose. Snapmare leads to sliding lariat and knee drop, topped off with an elbow drop. Cover, ONE! Corbin uppercuts Ambrose and tags in McIntyre. McIntyre chops Ambrose then whips him, only for Ambrose to throw him down by his hair. Ambrose puts Mcintyre in the corner, tag to Rollins and tag to Roman.

Ambrose is a step stool for Rollins’ forearm smash, and Rollins feeds McIntyre to Roman’s leaping lariat! Cover, TWO! McIntyre bails out and regroups with the pack. Fans fire up while The Shield give props to Roman’s lack of rust. McIntyre returns and stares down Roman. Roman and McIntyre circle and McIntyre kicks and clubs Roman down. McIntyre puts Roman in a corner and stomps away. McIntyre whips Roman corner to corner but Roman elbows back. Roman uppercuts and tags Rollins. They double whip and double shoulder McIntyre, to then split the wishbone! Rollins CHOPS McIntyre in the corner, then again. He whips McIntyre but McIntyre reverses, and McIntyre kicks Rollins down as he goes up and over!

Rollins bails out but Corbin clobbers him while the ref is distracted. McIntyre tags Lashley and Lashley rams Rollins into barriers! And again! Lashley refreshes the count and drags Rollins into the ring. Lashley covers, TWO! Rollins reaches but Lashley drags him up and to the corner. Tag to Corbin and Corbin throws body shots. Corbin punches Rollins down but Rollins punches back. Corbin shoves Rollins to run him over with an elbow! He puts Rollins in a half nelson chinbar and holds on tight. Fans rally for Rollins as he endures. Rollins gets up but Corbin knees low. Corbin drags Rollins up but Rollins lands on his feet! Rollins Peles! Both Rollins and Corbin are down, but McIntyre tags in. McIntyre blasts Roman but Rollins counters the bomb with a huricanrana! McIntyre whips Rollins away from Ambrose but Rollins kicks back! Hot tag to Ambrose!

The Lunatic rallies on the pack! Ambrose throws lariats on McIntyre, but McIntyre catches the crossbody. Ambrose pops out to roll up, TWO! McIntyre swings but it’s Ambrose who clotheslines him out. Ambrose climbs up high and LEAPS for a Lunatic Elbow! McIntyre is sent into barriers but Ambrose drags him back in. Corbin trips Ambrose but Ambrose punches him down. Lashley SPEARS Ambrose behind the referee’s back! Cover, but Roman breaks it! Lashley throws Roman into barriers but Rollins fights back. Lashley and Corbin toss Rollins into barriers and into the fans! McIntyre aims at Ambrose, CLAYMORE! But Ambrose rolls all the way out!

McIntyre demands a ring count begin immediately, and it does. The count passes 5 before Ambrose sits up. Rollins is down in the front row and Roman is crawling, but Ambrose gets in at 9! McIntyre rains down rights on Ambrose then drags him over. Tag to Corbin and McIntyre sits Ambrose up for Corbin’s stomps. Corbin drags Ambrose up to punch him right back down. Tag to Lashley, and he runs to ram his shoulder in. Cover, TWO! Lashley wrenches Ambrose’s neck but Ambrose endures. Fans rally and Ambrose reaches for The Shield’s corner. Ambrose fights up, but runs into a Complete Shot! Cover, TWO! Lashley taunts Roman but Rollins has also returned. Lashley tags McIntyre so they can mug Ambrose more. McIntyre deadlift suplexes Ambrose and covers, TWO!

McIntyre stomps Ambrose’s hand then dares him to keep fighting. He drags Ambrose up for another suplex, but Ambrose counters to a suplex of his own! Fans rally and Ambrose boots McIntyre. McIntyre tags to Lashley while Ambrose climbs. Lashley is on Ambrose quick, but Ambrose resists the superplex. Ambrose forearms and headbutts Lashley down, to leap over Lashley and get a neckbreaker! Both Ambrose and Lashley are down but crawling for their corners. Fans fire up, hot tag to McIntyre. McIntyre whips, but Ambrose rebounds for the Lunatic Lariat! Fans rally again, hot tags to Corbin and Roman! Roman rallies on Corbin! Corbin reverses the whip but gets the leaping lariat! Roman rocks Lashley and McIntyre, then boots Corbin down!

Fans fire up with The Big Dog as he takes aim, Drive-By Dropkick for Corbin! Cover, but McIntyre breaks it. Rollins springboards to clothesline McIntyre! Lashley grabs Rollins, but Ambrose bails him out. Ambrose and Rollins each kick Lashley, then each dropkick him! They both build speed, and DOUBLE DIVE! They take out McIntyre and Lashley, and Roman clotheslines Corbin out. Roman builds speed into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Corbin can’t believe it! Rollins throws McIntyre to the timekeeper’s area but Lashley does the same to Rollins. Ambrose runs on the announce desks to LEAP onto them all! Those four are all down, leaving Corbin and Roman alone in the ring.

Corbin drags Roman up but gets an uppercut! They brawl with big rights back and forth. They hit harder and harder, but Corbin knees low. Corbin runs, but into a fireman’s carry! He slips out to send Roman into the post! Roll-up, TWO! Choke Slam! Cover, TWO!! Roman survives while the brawling continues in the crowd! Lashley, McIntyre, Rollins and Ambrose move all the way to the back corner of the arena! They’re in the kickoff show’s set! Ambrose rains rights on McIntyre while Lashley bumps Rollins off a trunk. Back in the ring, Corbin has Roman on the top rope. Corbin climbs up but Roman resists the superplex. Roman fights Corbin off while McIntyre and Lashley turn things around on Ambrose.

Roman fights Corbin off with headbutts while Ambrose fights the others off with haymakers. The Big Dog slips under, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Lashley and McIntyre put Ambrose on the kickoff panel desk, but Rollins is going somewhere higher? Ambrose leaps but is caught, so Rollins LEAPS onto them all!! They’re all down again! But Rollins and Ambrose rise from the wreckage! Roman is in the corner, he locks and loads, and says he’s got something for Corbin’s “b*tch ass.” Corbin catches the Superman Punch and puts Roman in the corner. Roman goes to boot but Corbin just slides under it. Corbin comes back, SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! But we all know Roman isn’t done here.

Rollins and Ambrose return as Roman takes aim. But McIntyre and Lashley return to throw them down! Roman SUPERMAN Punches each of them! END OF DAYS!! Cover, but The Shield breaks it in time! Cleveland knows “This is Awesome!” as The Shield keeps each other alive. Corbin stomps and punches Rollins and Ambrose in turn, then goes back to Roman. Corbin dumps Roman out and coordinates with his pack. They clear off an announce desk and drag Roman over. It’s clear what they want to do, and McIntyre takes Roman’s role. But Ambrose and Rollins intercept! The brawl is back on, but Lashley goes to slam Rollins. Roman SUPERMAN Punches Lashley, and Rollins Curb Stomps Lashley into the desk! Rollins leaps over Corbin for Roman to SPEAR him! The Shield then goes after McIntyre, as the rabid Hounds of Justice of old!

And now fans know The Shield will do it themselves! They drag McIntyre up, “OOAH!!” SHIELD TRIPLE POWERBOMB through the announce desk!! Fans want “One More Time!” and there is another announce desk to use… Corbin is still moving, so he becomes The Shield’s prey. The Shield flanks the ring while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Corbin realizes the trouble he’s in, but there’s no running from this! SUPERKICK from Rollins, SUPERMAN PUNCH from Roman, Dirty Deeds from Ambrose! Fans are thunderous because they’re getting “One LAST Time!” They haul Corbin up, “OOAH!!” SHIELD TRIPLE BOMB! Cover, The Shield wins!

Winners: The Shield, Roman Reigns pinning

The end of an era, and the Shield hugs to celebrate. This one last ride was victorious, but is it really the last time? Is Ambrose really serious about not renewing his contract? Will Roman make an even bigger comeback in the months to follow? Will Rollins #SlayTheBeast? All we know is, the Shield is together with one last fist bump.

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well this was a rather wild Fastlane. Oddly enough, we don’t get two Kickoff matches because one becomes a main show match. It was for the best that Mysterio VS Almas didn’t happen in the Kickoff, their feud needs proper spotlight for a blow-off. Then the WWE United States Championship Fatal 4 Way rematch was amazing, and it’s natural for Samoa Joe to retain. I’m still hoping Joe VS Cena happens at Mania, those two never got to have their program because of Joe injured his foot at that time. The New Day VS Nakamura & Rusev was surprisingly good for a Kickoff match, and I’m hoping for a rematch down the line. In fact, it sounds like there might be tie-in to Kofi’s story to Wrestlemania, since Nakamura & Rusev attacked The New Day while Kofi was put in that Handicap Match.

In kayfabe, Kofi Kingston got done dirty by Vince McMahon using semantics to trick him. There is now heat on The Bar, Nakamura & Rusev as well as Vince. But in reality, we know this is just saving Kofi for the world title at Wrestlemania. And in both, this benefits Mustafa Ali, because he finally gets to shine in a world title match. The Triple Threat we got was great, Ali was incredible. But naturally, Bryan finds a way to win to also keep things goings towards Bryan VS Kofi. This story is taking a great dynamic. Bryan claims to be a “new” Daniel Bryan, when really, it’s Kofi. And by that, I mean the guy who fans love but the company “doesn’t”, and so the company does whatever they can to make Kofi miserable. And just like Bryan did at WM30, Kofi will overcome and be the champion.

The SmackDown Tag Team Championships match was great, but the one part I didn’t see coming was Shane turning on Miz! Though, Miz couldn’t really turn in his hometown. Keeping Miz the Face is a great move, and surely means Miz will win their grudge match at Mania. The SmackDown Women’s Championship match was only okay, but the twist of Sonya’s cheating screwing Mandy was a good move. There’s new tension between them, and then throw in EC3’s strange flirting, there might be something that could actually be interesting for Fire & Desire heading for Mania. The Raw Tag Team Championships match was also great, but I got scared when Ricochet and Dawson did that Super Steiner onto the group. It almost didn’t work out. I knew the Revival would retain, but I’m thinking the Dusty Rhodes Tag Classic should be Aleister’s & Ricochet’s focus (in kayfabe).

The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match was good but also kinda short. Bayley & Banks win to stay strong, because there’s still SmackDown and NXT to compete on. Nia and Tamina going after Beth Phoenix and bringing out Natty means at least a women’s tag grudge match of Samoan Dynasty VS Natty & Beth. At most, it means Natty & Beth are the “legends” team in the possible multi-team match for the titles. The IIconics are surely the SmackDown team, and who knows how they’ll handle NXT being in on these belts. I’m just hoping that if it’s any team, is The Sky Pirates. But the prospect of Beth getting #OneLastMatch is rather interesting. Better than how WWE handled the finish to Flair VS Lynch tonight.

How is Becky supposed to feel like a conquering underdog if Ronda basically hands her a spot in the match? Or is a promo going to explain that’s to counter Charlotte being handed her spot in this? I can see Ronda wanting to ensure she gets the match we were supposed to get at Survivor Series, but this didn’t seem like the right way to do it. Ronda also isn’t helping this build with her “Wrestling is scripted” VLOG, but that’s a whole separate can of worms. Also, if they’d kept Ronda out of this, this could’ve been a great main event with a triumphant Becky rather than a weirdly grateful Becky.

But in the context that this is how they went about it, The Shield main event actually worked out. It was nostalgic, it was over the top, and it was a palette cleanser for the funk that the Flair-Lynch-Rousey mess left. Shield wins, naturally, and we close with the Shield Fist Bump here so that Wrestlemania can be about A) Rollins alone conquering The Beast and B) have THE main event be the Raw Women’s Championship, where we finally get Becky Lynch’s triumphant moment.

My Score: 7.9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (2/26/24)

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The Road to WrestleMania gets intense!

Raw has grudge matches on tap as Sami Zayn faces Shinsuke Nakamura, and The New Day faces Imperium in a Tag Team Street Fight!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura; Sami wins.
  • Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez; Raquel wins.
  • Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
  • Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; Shayna & Zoey win.
  • Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan; Nia wins, by disqualification.
  • Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory; Cody wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dominik Mysterio is in the ring.

San Jose is booing but Dom has the mic to say, “Everyone, please welcome the greatest Women’s World Champion of all time! RHEA RIPLEY!” The fans fire up as Mami makes her way to the ring, and she feels great after retaining her title at Elimination Chamber. Rhea gets the mic to welcome us to “Monday Night Mami!” The fans cheer Mami on and she smiles. Rhea says this weekend, she walked into her home country our Women’s World Champion, and she walked out of it still our Women’s World Champion. Nia Jax might’ve been the biggest threat to her reign, but it doesn’t matter how big you are. Rhea may be from Down Under, but Mami’s always on top! Because she’s Rhea BLOODY Ripley!

Wait! Here comes Becky Lynch! The Man started the Elimination Chamber match, won the Elimination Chamber match, and now she’s here to step to the champion she’ll be facing at WrestleMania! The fans cheer Becky on and she gets a mic now. “The Man has come around to San Jose!” The fans cheer that! Becky says The Man is also coming back around to WrestleMania… to fight Rhea. “But The Man came out here to say congratulations. What a night that you had on Saturday. Hell, what a night we both had on Saturday, hey?” Becky won the Chamber, Rhea successfully defended her title against Nia in her home country, stadium filled and in the main event!

Rhea had her family and friends there, what a moment. And even better, because now they won’t have to fly all the way to WrestleMania to watch her lose. Dom tells Becky “Nobody talks to Mami like that.” Fans boo Dom and Becky tells him to listen to them, “ya dirty kumquat!” Becky was talking to Mami, and if Mami won’t put Dom in his place, The Man will. The fans cheer that! Becky says Rhea is on a hell of a run, one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen. And even though the last year, Rhea has been the face of this company, she’s spent most of the time being fed grapes by this loser.

Meanwhile, Becky has been the backbone, the heart and soul of this company! She became a Grand Slam Champion, all while writing a best-selling book! The Man can do it all, including beating “Rhea Bloody Ripley.” Becky throws down her mic but Rhea asks if she’s done. Yeah? Cool. First off, never disrespect her Latino Heat like that again. Secondly, “congrats” on winning the Chamber. It’s about time Becky stopped disappointing Rhea and actually won something to get even this close to Rhea’s level. Becky says she’s the backbone, but The Man always thinks they’re the backbone of everything.

The funny thing is, that behind every great Man is an even greater woman. But Rhea isn’t behind Becky, because Mami is ALWAYS on top. Rhea drops her mic now but the two still talk some trash. Rhea & Dom leave, title in Mami’s hand. Will Becky leave Philadelphia with that title in hers? WAIT! Nia Jax runs up from the crowd to CLOBBER Becky! Fans boo as Nia HEADBUTTS Becky then dribbles her off the mat! The sore loser drops a leg on Becky! Rhea dares Nia to try her then, but Dom says Nia’s not worth Rhea’s time. Nia drops another leg on Becky! And then she drags Becky to a corner, but refs rush out here!

Fans boo Nia while Adam Pearce tells her to stop this. The producers also get Becky to safety. Pearce says Nia’s getting a fine if she keeps going rogue. Nia backs down, but will she make sure everyone feels her wrath on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Jackie Redmond has caught up with the “heated” Irresistible Force, and asks why Nia attacked Becky. Nia says, “Why? Are you kidding me?” Becky won Chamber but she should NOT be going to WrestleMania over Nia! Nia beat Becky clean, so there’s no way Nia is letting Becky make it to WrestleMania. Then with Mania still weeks away, and Nia having a match with Liv Morgan tonight, will- Nia says whatever just happened to Becky, expect ten times that for Liv. Nia storms off, will she look to end Liv’s revenge tour cold here tonight?

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

Speaking of WrestleMania, The Great Liberator still wants a spot on the Grandest Stage of Them All, even if the path isn’t quite clear. However, the King of Strong Style says Sami just plays it up so people will pity him. Will there be no sympathy from Nakamura as he looks to take that spotlight for his own? Or will Sami get even with Nakamura for their previous match’s controversial finish?

Raw returns and Nakamura makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Sami wrenches to wristlock, but Nakamura pulls hair to put Sami on ropes. The ref counts, Nakamura lets off slowly, but then he KICKS Sami in the side. Sami goes to a corner, comes back, and they tie up. Nakamura headlocks, Sami powers up and out, things speed up and Sami hurdles to arm-drag! Sami has the armlock and the fans rally up. Nakamura fights to his feet, puts Sami in a corner and throws body shots and knees! The ref reprimands, Nakamura lets off and Sami bails out. Nakamura goes out to kick Sami low!

Nakamura whips Sami, but Sami goes up the barriers to QUEBRADA! Direct hit but perhaps still double-edged for Sami, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura has Sami in a seated cobra twist! The fans rally, Sami endures and fights with elbows! Sami gets free, he stands up, but Nakamura KICKS him in the side again! Nakamura storms up in a corner, whips corner to corner hard and Sami falls in a heap! Nakamura drags Sami up, fireman’s carries to put him on the top rope, then TOP SHELF KNEES! Nakamura keeps Sami up there, to run and TOP SHELF KNEE again! Cover, TWO! Sami is still in this but Nakamura kicks him around. Nakamura drags Sami up while fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Nakamura whips, Sami goes up and over and LARIATS!

The fans fire up and Sami grits his teeth to stand. Sami storms up to fire hands on Nakamura! Sami whips, Nakamura reverses to KNEE low! Sami drops, but then he scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS! Cover, TWO! Nakamura survives and Sami is stunned! Sami grits his teeth from the pain in his side, and he hauls Nakamura up. Nakamura RAMS Sami into a corner! And again! And again! Nakamura puts Sami up top but Sami CLUBS Nakamura! Sami reels Nakamura in, TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up while Nakamura flounders out of the ring. Sami builds speed but runs into a kitchen sink knee!

Fans boo as Nakamura stalks Sami to the outside. They’re both on the apron, and Nakamura stands Sami up. Nakamura hits an APRON GOURD BUSTER! Sami flops to the floor while Nakamura soaks up the heat, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns yet again, Sami blocks a kick but Nakamura fires forearms! Sami fires those back, the two brawl and the fans fire up! Sami gets the edge but Nakamura fires a strike fest! Sami ducks the roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Nakamura goes to a corner and takes aim, KIN- NO, Sami gets around to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Sami can’t believe it! Sami watches Nakamura crawl to a corner and then goes to the other side. The fans fire up as Sami runs in, but Nakamura JUMP KNEES! Nakamura then goes up the corner to FLYING KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives and shocks Nakamura!

The fans fire up as Sami flounders to ropes. “This is Awesome!” as Sami bails out and Nakamura pursues. Nakamura stalks Sami, KICKS him in the side again, and then drapes him along the barriers. Nakamura CLUBS Sami, goes up the steel steps, and FLYING GUILLOTINE KNEES! The fans boo Nakamura while he leaves Sami behind. Sami sputters on the floor as the ring count climbs! We’re past 5 of 10, and then 8! Sami springs up at 9 to slide in at 9.9! KINSHASA!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Sami saves himself by a literal foot, but Nakamura stomps away on him for it! The ref counts, Nakamura argues with him, then goes back to a corner.

Nakamura aims again, “YAO~” but Sami sends Nakamura into buckles! BLINDSIDE HELLUVA KICK!! The fans are thunderous as Sami goes to the far corner! Sami roars, wants Nakamura to get back up, and he runs in again, HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Sami wins!!

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Sami gets even with Nakamura and gets back on the winning track! Is this just what Sami needs to find his way to WrestleMania?

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

The Hot Mess is always complaining and bringing up issues, and she’s got an issue with the woman who eliminated her from the Last Chance Battle Royal. But will she only end up complaining more when she loses to Raquel 1v1? Or will Chelsea somehow, someway, bring down Big Mami Cool?

Raw returns and Chelsea has the mic to say, “San Joseee~! I’m speaking! Let it be known that tonight, after issuing a formal complaint to WWE Management, I will be competing in protest. That’s right. Last week, I would have won the Last Chance Battle Royal, and I would have gone on to become the most illustrious winner in Elimination Chamber history, had Pea Head Pearce not added that secret, stupid last entrant, Raquel Rodriguez!” Fans cheer Raquel but Chelsea says that was wrong! The people want HER! She’s the star! Raquel flew all that way to Perth, and for what? To lose? HAHA! To be a big dumb loser like the San Jose Sharks!

Fans boo but Chelsea laughs, and then she says after tonight, everyone will SHH when Chelsea proves Raquel is a loser, by kicking her- Oh, wait, here comes Raquel! The bell rings and Chelsea draws a line int he sand, daring Raquel to cross it. Raquel steps right over it! Chelsea draws another line and dares Raquel to cross that. Raquel does! Chelsea SLAPS Raquel out of panic! Then Chelsea apologizes, only to turn and run! But Raquel reels her in, whips her, and Chelsea ducks one lariat, but not the SOUTHPAW! The fans fire up as Raquel drags Chelsea up, scoops her, and hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! The fans fire up as Chelsea staggers back up.

Chelsea bumps into Raquel, and Raquel scoops for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Chelsea flounders, Raquel drags her up and tells her to shush. Raquel hits the TEXANA BOMB! Cover, Raquel wins!

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

What was that about kicking someone’s butt? Chelsea might still need to figure out how to think before she speaks, but will Raquel let her actions do the talking for her on this Road to WrestleMania?

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

Jackie congratulates him on the big win over Shinsuke. They’ve been talking for weeks now about adversity, and Mania is 40 days away. How much did Sami need tonight’s win? “Need” is an understatement to Sami. He’s been bottling stuff up for weeks now, trying to keep his cool, but this has been in his mind all week. A loss tonight, he couldn’t even tell you what it would’ve done not just to his path to WrestleMania, but to him emotionally. It would’ve perhaps disproved his claims of being a contender. But he doesn’t need to worry about that, because this win reaffirms what he’s been saying!

The belief in himself, the fire inside, he IS a contender and will be a champion, and that his path to Mania will come to him. And if it doesn’t, then he will go out and he will find it himself. Because this isn’t the first time nor the last that- Imperium walks over. Ludwig Kaiser looks Sami up and down, then scoffs and moves on. Giovanni Vinci smirks as he walks right past Sami, and then Gunther walks by. Gunther looks Sami in the eyes, then looks him over. Gunther laughs then leaves. Does Der Ring General not think Sami is a contender? Will Sami prove him wrong?

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

Cathy Kelley is with the American Nightmare and says he made big news at Elimination Chamber by calling The Rock out for a 1v1 match. A lot of people question if that was smart given Cody’s match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania. Cody isn’t sure it was smart, either, but it’s simple: The Rock slapped Cody, Cody challenged him to a match for anywhere, anytime, and we await the rebuttal this Friday Night SmackDown. Then for tonight, Cody has a match with Grayson Waller, how does he see that going? Cody asks back, “Do you like Grayson Waller? Right? No. You don’t have to answer that right now.”

But Cody has been watching Waller. Waller won the Iron Survivor Challenge, has tons of skills, and not just on the mic. But if anything, Waller should certainly like Cody. The first time Cody was on the Grayson Waller Effect, he brought Jey Uso back to the WWE. And this past time, in front of over 50 THOUSAND people in Waller’s home country, Cody called out The Rock. And tonight, Waller gets his very first Monday Night Raw main event against Cody, and finds out first hand. Cody thanks Cathy for the time then heads out. Will the American Nightmare completely neutralize the Grayson Waller Effect tonight?

 

Imperium goes to the ring.

Ahead of their Street Fight match, Imperium is here so Der Ring General can speak. However, the fans boo so he waits it out. Gunther smiles and says, “After successfully defeating Jey Uso last week, I am standing here still your greatest and longest reigning Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion of all time!” Fans are torn on that, but Gunther continues by saying that he has to be honest, it was very, very close. Jey almost had Gunther beat, and Gunther actually felt it slipping away from him for the first time. But let’s be honest, he got lucky. Nobody’s perfect! But Gunther is still very, very close to it.

And before Kaiser & Vinci “outclass” The New Day, Gunther wants to address his future! Understand that over 600 days, Gunther has worked hard, putting his heart, soul and body into making this title into the most prestigious in this company! Fans do cheer that. “And I’ve beaten everybody along the way to achieve this.” Which leaves one question: Who will be Gunther’s opponent for WrestleMania? Fans have different ideas, but Gunther says he has seen all the ridiculous claims! Sami Zayn? Fans cheer that name! Chad Gable? “A THANK YEW~!” The Miz?! Fans cheer again. Gunther says it gets worse! He even sees people want R-Truth!

Fans really cheer for Truth, but wait! The Judgment Day makes their way out here? Finn Balor & Damian Priest are still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions after defeating “New Catch Republic,” Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne, and they’re leading the way, JD McDonagh & Dirty Dom right behind. These four step into the ring to stand across from Imperium, and the fans are torn seeing these seven stare down. Priest says, “Big Bad Gunther. We don’t sweat you, man. Although you’ve have quite the dominant run, second only to the run The Judgment Day is on.” Priest hopes Gunther was watching Chamber as Judgment Day ran the table.

And Judgment Day plans to do it again at WrestleMania. Except, they plan on adding even more gold! Priest tells Gunther in Spanish, and then in English, that they mean the Intercontinental Championship. Gunther says since they’re not cashing in the MITB briefcase, who is it gonna be then? Finn Balor? Big headed JD? Who? DOM steps up!? Fans boo and Gunther almost laughs again. Dom tells Gunther, even as fans boo louder, that when Dirty Dom and the Judgment Day say they’re gonna do something, they mean it. And that means that the Intercontinental Championship now belongs to them.

Gunther still grins at Dom, and then pushes him back. Judgment Day keeps Priest back, and Gunther dares someone to do something then. Priest says they’ll be taking that title one way or another, and Gunther doesn’t stand a chance. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and Senor MITB throws off his vest, but Finn and the boys keep him back. Gunther holds up the belt, will nothing stop him from continuing his historic reign? Or will WrestleMania be his judgment day?

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

Priest has cooled off, and Mami asks what Dom is doing stepping to Gunther of all people! Dom says he’s got this! Well, he better. Rhea heads out again, and Finn tells Dom that he really should smooth things over. Dom agrees, but encounters Andrade on the way. Dom says long time no see, and Andrade says hey, kid. Dom says he has to smooth things over first, but good seeing him. Wait, wait, wait. Andrade has a meeting with Pearce to discuss his first opponent. See you soon, huh? Yeah, maybe. Dom wishes Andrade luck, but will the Prodigal Son have to face El Idolo before getting to Der Ring General?

 

Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium!

After almost two years of fighting back and forth, these two top level teams are putting things to rest! No disqualifications, no count outs, and no limitations on what they’re allowed to do, who will prove they are the superior team once and for all?

The New Day make their entrance, and Imperium rushes out of the ring to attack! They brawl on the ramp and the bell sounds while fans fire up! The New Day are dressed in San Jose Sharks uniforms, which the fans appreciate, and the brawl goes up to the stage. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Vinci kicks Woods, but New Day hits back with haymakers. Vinci sends Woods into the LED  screen! Kaiser UPPERCUTS Kofi! Then Vinci DECKS Kofi! Kaiser rains down fists on Kofi, Vinci stomps him, but the fans rally for New Day. Kaiser drags Kofi up, feeds him to Vinci, but Woods has Francesca MK II Turbo! And he CRACKS Ludwig with her!

Woods uses the slide to SMASH Vinci, and then Kofi uses the horn piece to SMASH Kaiser! Woods uses the broken pieces to beat up on Kaiser! The brawl goes back to ringside, Kofi throws headbutts! Woods ROCKS Vinci, then helps Kofi go looking under the ring. San Jose fires up as New Day brings out a TABLE! But Imperium CLOBBERS The New Day! The fans boo as there’s no furniture yet, Imperium puts New Day in the ring. New Day DECKS Imperium off the apron! The fans fire up as New Day builds speed and they DOUBLE DIVE! Kofi wipes out Kaiser, Woods wrecks Vinci with a dropkick, and the fans fire up as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and the brawl is now in the crowd! Kofi ROCKS Kaiser, Vinci ROCKS Kofi, but Woods SMASHES a beer can on Vinci! The fans fire up as this keeps on moving, and Woods headlocks Vinci to bring him away. Kaiser ROCKS Kofi, Woods dumps Vinci back to ringside, but Kaiser sends Kofi into barriers! Woods CHOPS Vinci, Kaiser ELBOWS Kofi in the forehead! Vinci hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX on Woods! Kaiser GAMANGIRIS Kofi down! Fans want tables, but Imperium doesn’t care as they put Woods in the ring. Kaiser goes looking under the ring, and he brings out a table after all! Only to put it right back!

Fans boo but Kaiser gets himself a chair. Vinci drags Woods up, Kaiser aims and JAMS Woods in the ribs! Then SMACKS him on the back! Kaiser talks trash while fans boo, but Kaiser and Vinci sit Woods up. PENALTY KICK! Kaiser drags Woods, puts him in the ropes, and Vinci adds a chair to the mix. Vinci & Kaiser go side to side and back again, FULL METAL DOUBLE DROPKICK in the corner! Woods sputters as he falls from corner to floor! Kofi returns and he HOTSHOTS Kaiser, GAMANGIRIS Vinci, and he goes up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! The fans fire up as Kofi keeps going, and he RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS Vinci!

Kaiser runs up, but Kofi scoops and SLAMS him onto Vinci! The fans fire up as Kofi runs for the NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kaiser gets away but Kofi clinches him! Kofi and Kaiser throw elbows, then Kofi drags Kaiser down. Kofi DECKS Kaiser, then hurries to get that table! The fans are thunderous as Kofi sets it up and brings Kaiser around. But Vinci makes the save! Imperium DOUBLE SUPLEX Kofi into the ring! But Woods is back to SHOTGUN Kaiser, and mule kick Vinci! Woods fires off, Vinci kicks and CHOPS! Woods falls, Vinci stomps him out of the ring. Vinci & Kaiser regroup, Kaiser has kendo sticks!

Kaiser SMACKS Woods, then hands one to Vinci. Vinci and Kaiser DOUBLE SMACK Woods again and again and again! They stretch Woods across steel steps, and Kaiser gets space! Fans boo as Kaiser runs in, but Kofi JUMP KNEES first! Vinci LARIATS Kofi! But Woods waits on Vinci in the ring! Vinci ducks ‘n’ dodges to CROSSBODY! Vinci gets the kendo stick to SMACK away on Woods again and again and again! Kaiser has the chair and he SMACKS Woods, too! Fans boo as Imperium stands tall, and Raw goes back to break.

Raw returns again and Imperium RAMS Woods into barriers! Kaiser smirks, turns around, ARMCHAIR ATTACK! Kofi takes Kaiser down with that, then BOOTS Vinci! Kofi whips Vinci into steel steps! Fans fire up as Kofi puts Kaiser in the ring, stalks him, and Woods is there, too! Now New Day has the kendo sticks! The fans fire up again as Kaiser realizes the trouble he’s in! The New Day SMACKS away on Kaiser again and again and again! The kendo sticks are coming apart! The fans are thunderous as Woods tells Kofi, “GET THE TABLES~!” Kofi & Woods go out, stomp Imperium down, then find a table under the ring!

New Day sets the table up at ringside, then Woods CLUBS Vinci. Woods brings Vinci over, Kofi throws some hands, then they put Vinci on the table. The fans rally up as Woods climbs up a corner! Woods aims, the fans are on their feet, and Woods SUPER MACHO ELBOWS through the table!! Vinci writhes while Kofi & Woods roar! They haul Vinci out of the wreckage, put him in the ring, and Woods climbs again. Kofi hits a BACKBREAKER, Woods adds a KNEE DROP! Cover, Kaiser yanks the ref away!! The fans boo but Kaiser gets away with that one, but Kofi KENDO STICK DIVES! Down goes Kaiser!

Vinci flounders out of the ring, a red line of blood on his back from where the table got him. Kofi puts Kaiser in so he and Woods can kick him around! The fans know “This is Awesome!” as New Day drags Kaiser to his feet. Woods scoops Kaiser, Kofi climbs up, but Vinci rises! Vinci SHOVES Kofi down through a table!! The one from earlier! Woods ELBOWS Kaiser away, grabs at Vinci, Vinci SMACKS Woods with a cookie sheet! Kaiser RAMS Woods into a chair wedged in a corner!! Roll up, Imperium wins!!

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

The New Day brought the fight but they lost the fight! Will Kofi & Woods be able to rebound from this crushing defeat? Will Kaiser & Vinci look to confront Judgment Day over the titles Finn & Priest have?

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

He talks with Bronson Reed, and says this isn’t the first phone call he’s had just like this. But yes, “it” is on the front of everyone’s mind, Pearce will address it soon enough. But congratulations on the newborn baby, see you soon. Pearce finishes the call, Chad Gable walks in and they shake hands. Gable over Ivar was a hell of a win, congratulations. Oh, well A THANK YEW~ then. But Gable just wants momentum going to WrestleMania. And speaking of, we all know Gunther wants an opponent going into the big show. Everyone will be coming to Pearce with their reasons why they’re the guy.

Gable has reasons of his own. He comes here as not just a competitor but as a father. Last time Gable faced Gunther, he was this close to taking the title. But that’s not what haunts him. What haunts Gable is that Gunther reduced Gable’s daughter to tears, and laughed at her misery! Gable needs to make this right. Gable’s reasons are honest. To anyone else, this match would be about the title. But for Gable, this means more. Pearce sees that. He has a lot to think about. Who will be in the running for a shot at Der Ring General?

 

Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

Speaking of title chases, The Queen of Spades & The Hunter are hot on the trail of Damage CTRL! Will Shayna & Stark be primed for their shot at Asuka & Kairi Sane? Or will the Poison Pixie & #IndiWrestling find the way to a rematch from Elimination Chamber?

Raw returns as Indi & Candice make their entrance. The teams sort out and Candice starts against Shayna. Shayna runs up, Candice dodges to kick a leg out and ENZIGIRI! Then STEP-UP SENTON! Candice hurries to BLAST Zoey, then she dodges Shayna to back body block! Candice goes out to CANNONBALL Zoey! The fans fire up as Candice then avoids Shayna’s shoulder to KNEE her away! Step-in TORNADO- NO, Shayna SLAMS Candice outta the DDT and KNEES her down! Candice is dazed but Shayna stands on her arm! Shayna lets her hair down and STOMPS Candice’s elbow! Tag to Zoey and Zoey storms right up.

Zoey wrenches and YANKS the bad arm, then YANKS it again. Zoey steps over to HIP DROP the elbow, then she stalks Candice to ropes. Zoey wraps the bad arm around ropes and pulls! Zoey grinds forearms into Candice’s face while saying she’s a nobody! Zoey whips Candice into buckles hard, then grinds her forearms in again! The ref counts, Zoey lets off, and she brings Candice up for an INVERTED EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in there but Zoey pushes her around. Zoey stands Candice up but into a CODE BREAKER! Hot tag to Indi and the fans rally up! Indi dodges Zoey in the ropes to UPPERCUT and BOOT her away!

Indi hurries in, LARIATS Zoey, BLASTS Shayna, and LARIATS Zoey again! Indi CLUBS, DECKS and then stalks Zoey. Zoey swings, Indi dodges, but Shayna tags in before the SPINEBUSTER! Indi roars, but Shayna grabs her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Indi taps, Shayna & Zoey win!

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by submission

The Queen of Spades & The Hunter put away Candice & Indi faster than Asuka & Kairi did, will this be more than enough to name them the next contenders? Or will not even Shayna & Zoey be ready for DMG CTRL?

 

R-Truth is in the Judgment Day clubhouse?

And then he’s joined by The Miz and “DX,” aka DIY. They all sit down and Miz asks what Truth is even doing here. Well, Judgment Day’s gone for the night. He doesn’t want them to see him like this, but he was reminiscing about all the good times. Johnny Gargano says Truth’s always cheering them up, so they’ll return the favor. They’ll get revenge on The Judgment Day. And speaking of, Ciampa has a plan. Are you ready? What? He said… Are…! You…! Ready!? Oh, Truth gets it now! They’re gonna regenerate, right? What? Y’know, Regeneration X. Now that’s what’s up! No, no, it was Degeneration- Never mind. That is what’s up, and it’s AWESOME~!

Truth says let’s do it then! Hold on, he’s taking the TV back. Don’t worry about unplugging it, ain’t no cords on it. So it’s wireless? Nope. Truth, Miz and DIY head out, just what will they do to finally get one over on Judgment Day?

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

The Scottish Terminator and the winner of this year’s Elimination Chamber match is in San Jose, primed to face Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship! McIntyre gets the mic to say, “We did it.” He wants to thank the fans. You don’t achieve success alone, so everyone here and around the world, thank you for praying harder than ever before. Because of them, it is happening! McIntyre VS Rollins for the WHC at Mania! McIntyre feels like hell, though. He is more jetlag than man right now, especially after being the first man in the Chamber and the last man standing. He got hurt in there, an eardrum blown out. It was a bit of an incident after the show.

McIntyre was talking with the doctor afterward, and he told McIntyre that he is hurt, he might not make WrestleMania. Fans boo, but McIntyre told the doc, “Who do you think I am? CM Punk? Nothing’s gonna stop me from making Mania!” Fans are torn, they should’ve known McIntyre was going there with this. And then McIntyre sits down cross-legged a la Punk! “Don’t look up my kilt, ya pervs.” McIntyre tells Punk that he knows it hurts not to be part of Chamber or WrestleMania, and it probably kills Punk to see McIntyre in the world title match instead. But he wants Punk to know he thought about him after the match.

McIntyre wants to do something special just for Punk. We know Punk is straightedge, doesn’t drink alcohol, so McIntyre drank twice as much for both of them to celebrate. McIntyre grins and says okay, to more serious business. He has to talk to the champ, so if he’ll indulge McIntyre, “Mr. Rollins, c’mon down.” And here he comes! The fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as Rollins makes his way out in a baggy, wine red suit. Rollins joins McIntyre in the ring, and McIntyre points to the sign. Rollins says yeah, we’ll get to that, but if McIntyre will indulge Rollins a moment… “SAN JOSE! Welcome to Monday Night Rollins!”

And a congratulations to Drew McIntyre! Fans boo but Rollins says no, no, McIntyre did it. Rollins is proud of McIntyre for clawing his way back to a title match with him again. And this time, McIntyre has an opportunity to do what he’s been wanting since 2020: win the world title, but not in an empty warehouse! This time, it’ll be in front of a capacity crowd at the BIGGEST WrestleMania of all time! But… there is just one thing standing in the way. He is the Visionary, he is the Revolutionary, he is Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins! The fans sing again and Rollins revels in it. McIntyre says yeah, Rollins is standing in the way.

McIntyre says beating Rollins is no easy job, but beating McIntyre is no easy job, either. So why is Rollins making it so hard on himself? We’ve seen what’s going on with Roman and Cody and The Rock, Rollins should just stop. Rollins doesn’t need that in his life. McIntyre’s talked with Rollins about this, from the bad knee to the bad back. Rollins should take time off, rest up, and be at 100% for WrestleMania. But Rollins won’t listen, doesn’t have to, he’s a grown man. But it just doesn’t make sense to McIntyre why Rollins is going to SmackDown this Friday to fight Cody’s battle when Raw needs Rollins here!

That stuff is their business, screw them! When McIntyre is champion, he won’t care if SmackDown is on fire and begging for help, McIntyre wouldn’t piss on ’em to put it out! McIntyre’s responsibility will be Raw and the World Heavyweight Championship only. But here is something for Rollins to think about: The Bloodline situation. We know where this is going, Rollins doesn’t need to go down that path. We know the outcome, it has happened time and time again, and to McIntyre personally. You push Bloodline too far, you know what happens! Their match at Mania will be a killer match, the fans going wild, Bloodline will hit the ring and cost Rollins the title!

So please, for Rollins’ sake and McIntyre’s, just back off. Fans boo and Rollins takes off the sunglasses. Rollins tells McIntyre, “I respect everything you just said. But respectfully, some risks are worth taking.” Fans cheer that, and Rollins says that he’ll be straight here. McIntyre’s known Rollins a long time, he knows what Rollins is about, so he knows that everything McIntyre just said, Rollins has already thought about. Rollins has replayed it over and over, all the negative outcomes. It’s why Rollins is the Architect, the Visionary, and the truth is… McIntyre might be right. Rollins’ knee may not be ready, the back may give out, and Bloodline might leave him broken in their wake, just like they have everyone else.

WrestleMania might be an easy night for McIntyre. McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? Like Rollins said, some risks are worth taking. He’s been selfish in his career and in his life, and Rollins thought that the goal at the end of the road would fill the void. But every single time, when Rollins got to the top, he felt empty inside. It wasn’t until he had his daughter that Rollins realized not everything is about him. There are some things in life bigger than all of us! The World Heavyweight Championship is bigger than us! Taking down the Bloodline is bigger than us! Fans cheer that!

Rollins asks McIntyre back: If they don’t take care of Bloodline before Mania, then what? Let’s say McIntyre does take the title from Rollins. It doesn’t matter if McIntyre is champion or Rollins is champion, The Bloodline wants power, and it’s only a matter of time before they come for the World Heavyweight Championship. So McIntyre might be right, but what if he’s wrong? What if Rollins’ knee is 100%? What if his back is ready to go? What if they can rip The Bloodline apart once and for all to secure the future of this industry!? Because if they can do all of that, then at WrestleMania, it is just Rollins, McIntyre and the World Heavyweight Championship.

Rollins said this before Crown Jewel, and he’ll say it again here: May the best man win. And some risks are worth taking. Rollins drops the mic and takes his leave, will this gamble go his way? Or will McIntyre find his own way to win it all?

 

Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan!

The Irresistible Force is a sore loser, determined to prove she’s far more worthy of a WrestleMania moment than every single woman that was in the Elimination Chamber match. To her point, she did get the better of them all just last week. Will she do it again tonight? Or will Liv make Nia #CryAboutIt some more?

Raw returns as Liv makes her entrance. The bell rings and Liv SHOTGUNS Nia! Liv fires off forearms but Nia shoves her away. Liv runs up to back body block! Liv runs up again, SHINING WIZARD! Liv keeps moving, but Nia stops the rana! Nia swings Liv up and around, SAMOAN DROP! Nia soaks up the heat while she paces around Liv. Nia drags Liv around to pull on the arms! The fans boo and Liv endures, but Nia STOMPS her down! Liv sputters but Nia drags her up and puts her in a corner. Nia runs in to SPLASH Liv, and Liv flops down. Nia runs back in, HIP ATTACK! Nia rubs it in quite literally, then drags Liv up.

Liv fires body shots, runs, but Nia ELBOWS her down! Nia drags Liv around, and has a leg for the STRETCH MUFFLER! Liv endures as she dangles off the mat! Nia then swings Liv into buckles! Nia drops Liv, kicks her around, and then goes to the apron. Nia lines up a shot, but Liv dodges the leg drop! Fans taunt Nia with “MY HOLE! MY HOLE!” while Nia hobbles away. Liv aims, builds speed, and DVIES! Down goes Nia and the fans fire up while Raw goes to break!

Raw returns again and Nia has Liv in a BEARHUG! Liv endures as Nia squeezes and thrashes her around! Pat uses the telestrator to show us just how much Liv was suffering in the Stretch Muffler. Back to present, Liv fights out of the bearhug and ENZIGIRIS! Nia wobbles, and then CLOBBERS Liv! Nia runs to SENTON but misses as Liv moves! Liv goes to a corner, Nia runs up, but Liv slips to the apron! Nia hits buckles, Liv KNEES her back! Then HOTSHOTS her away! Nia staggers, Liv goes up the corner, and fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Nia staggers to the corner but Liv runs in! Nia blocks the Code Breaker!

Nia puts Liv in the corner but Liv ROCKS her! Liv leaps, FLYING CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nia is still in this and Liv grows frustrated. The fans rally up as Liv rushes Nia, but into a fireman’s carry! Liv sunset flips through, but Nia stays up! Nia drags Liv to her feet for a HEADBUTT! Liv ends up in a corner, Nia runs in, but Liv dodges, Nia POSTS herself! Nia falls out of the ring and Liv hurries to the apron! Liv runs but Nia catches her! SAMOAN DROP into the post! The fans boo but wait! BECKY LYNCH FLIES IN!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

The Man fires off on Nia and SMACKS her off the desk! And again and again and again! The fans fire up as Becky dribbles Nia! Becky then SMACKS Nia off the apron, puts her in the ring, and storms up on her to CLUB her right back out of the ring! Nia hurries up the ramp while the ref keeps Becky back! Becky wants Big Time revenge, will she tear Nia down before going after Rhea? And how will Liv feel about this when Becky’s revenge just cost her a win?

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller & Austin Theory.

Cathy Kelley is now with A-Town Down Under and brings up Elimination Chamber’s “massive scoop.” Does Waller feel Cody being the guest on the Grayson Waller Effect backfired on him? Waller says once again, Waller gets the biggest scoop via his show, not surprised! Big for Waller, big for Australia, but that doesn’t change the fact Cody disrespected Waller in his home. He beat up Waller’s boy, Theory, and Waller did everything he could to protect him (not), but now they flip the script. Waller will disrespect The American Nightmare in his house, and then The Rock & Roman can pick the bones. This lad ain’t ever gonna finish his story!

Cathy thanks them for their time, will the Grayson Waller Effect be super effective? Or will nothing stop Cody from making it to Mania?

 

WWE mourns the loss of Ole Anderson.

The OG Four Horseman passed away today at the age of 81. A great tag team wrestler and one half of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, he will be missed.

 

Adam Pearce finds Becky backstage.

She says after what Nia did to her, Becky was not gonna be able to move on until she ends this. Becky wants her shot at Nia. Oh, really? Then how does next week sound? Sounds perfect to Becky. Then it’s official. Becky thanks Pearce, but then Liv storms in! Liv says she was in the middle of something out there, but guess Becky doesn’t care about anyone else. Not everything is about The Man! Liv storms off, is Becky only going to settle one score to have to worry about another?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Jackie Redmond is with Main Event Jey and says despite a hell of an effort against Gunther, not an outcome Jey wanted. How does Jey plan on getting back in the title scene? Jey says he’ll keep on being him, doing what he does, keep on showing up to Raw and being Main Event Jey Uso. Last week, he was this close to having his first singles title. Feels like when he tries to get close to something, he falls short. When he tries to complete the mission, he falls short. When he tries to do something positive for himself, he falls short. When he tries to pull himself up, he falls short. Whether it is his past enemies on Raw, or his own flesh ‘n’ blood.

Jey then spots said enemy in McIntyre. McIntyre says he knows Jey is having a tough time. McIntyre is in a good place, riding high, but he felt this was a good time to have this talk. McIntyre knows how Jey is feeling, and McIntyre wants Jey to know that from the bottom of his heart, Jey deserves it. Jey fires off on McIntyre and it’s a brawl! Refs and security rush in to pull these two apart! The Scottish Terminator can’t help himself when it comes to pushing buttons, but will he regret getting on Jey’s bad side?

 

Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

The American Nightmare wants after The Rock, but it seems the Aussie Icon has just ended up a pawn in the Bloodline’s game. Will Cody get past this obstacle to have a clear path to WrestleMania? Or will Waller be drinking a shoey in The Tribal Chief’s honor?

Raw returns as Cody makes his entrance, the fans singing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” The bell rings and the fans rally up behind Cody. Waller is annoyed by that as he circles with Cody. They tie up, go around, and Cody headlocks for the takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free and hits another takeover. Waller headscissors, Cody kips free again and waistlocks. Waller elbows free, runs up and bumps Cody off buckle! Waller taunts the fans but they rally behind Cody. Waller JABS Cody, CLUBS him, but Cody turns things around to CHOP! Cody stalks Waller to a corner, whips him corner to corner but Waller reverses hard!

Waller storms up to cravat Cody and fires off knees! Fans boo but Theory soaks it up for Waller. Waller throws body shots on Cody, has him against ropes and CLUBS him. Waller ROCKS Cody with a forearm, throws body shots, and he keeps Cody on the ropes. Waller wrenches and whips Cody but Cody reverses to kick, drop and RHODES UPPERCUT! Cody then reels Waller in to suplex, and he holds Waller up! Fans cheer as Cody waits until ten for the GOURD BUSTER! Cody then clotheslines Waller up and out! Fans fire up as Cody stands tall and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Cody throws body shots to get free of a chinlock. But then Waller LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Waller keeps on Cody with a cravat and he cranks the neck wrench. Waller says he won’t let Cody disrespect him! The fans rally, Cody fights up, and commentary says Paul Heyman is somewhere in the building. Did he bring The Bloodline with him? Cody throws more body shots to get free, then he CHOPS! Waller kicks low, reels Cody in to back suplex, but Cody lands out of it! Cody CLOBBERS Waller, goes to a corner then goes up and over, to SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up with Cody as he rises!

Cody runs, springboards, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO! Waller stays in this but then Theory distracts Cody! Cody glares at Theory, runs him off, but Waller is up, to JAB! Cody drops to his knees, and Theory says that’s teamwork! Fans boo but Waller whips. Cody ducks ‘n’ dodges to DIVE! Theory is sent tumbling up and over the desk!! The fans fire up but Waller goes out to LARIAT Cody down! Waller puts Cody in, says this is the real deal, and he somersaults, but Cody dodges the flatliner! CODY CUTTER! The fans fire up again and Cody dragon sleepers for the CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody wins!

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under probably wishes they’d stayed home on this one! Cody is rolling down the Road to WrestleMania, but “Ladies and gentlemen,” The Wise Man confirms he is here by stepping on stage. Heyman has private security but Cody still gets a chair! Cody also gets a mic while Heyman says it’d figure “San Josie” would boo ladies. They’re ruining his shtick! Heyman continues his introduction, but Cody doesn’t give a damn! If this is a set-up, then come get him! Heyman has everyone calm down. This is not a Bloodline set-up. The only member of The Bloodline here tonight is Heyman. Does anyone see a drop of Polynesian blood anywhere in the security?

That’s rhetorical, because the answer is no. These gentlemen are Heyman’s “friends” from the NYPD. They are off-duty, technically, because they’re suspended, but that’s a whole different story. Heyman came here to California to let us know no one wants an apology. Heyman understands how insulting it must be to get Will Smith’d across the face. But Heyman wants Cody needs to take The Rock’s name out of his freakin’ mouth. Because The Tribal Chief, Roman…! Reigns…! has authorized Heyman to let Cody know, that if Cody does not back away from this… Like, you can’t just say you want a match with The Rock and then it magically happens.

Well, it magically happens if you ARE The Rock, but Cody screwed that all up, didn’t he? See, a year ago, they were crying in the ring with each other, Heyman forgives Cody. But The Rock doesn’t. And understanding that Cody is in the WrestleMania main event with Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Championship, Heyman is begging and pleading, “Please, Cody. Please. Pretty please, with a cherry on top… Withdraw this challenge from The Rock… or else.” Cody takes a seat and asks, “Or else what, Mr. Heyman?” Does Heyman wanna know why Cody hasn’t rained holy terror on this mic about Heyman’s new boy, Dwayne? Why Cody hasn’t trashed The Rock in media?

It’s simple! Like everyone here, Cody was a fan of The Rock! How could he not be? Put yourself in Cody’s shoes! He comes from a family where every meal was determined by ticket sales, and nobody sold more than The Rock! But Cody is done, fed up with being nice! If this is a set-up, then like Cody said, “Come and get me.” Heyman says he has a better idea. Heyman and his “friends” go to the apron and Heyman asks if he may step inside. Heyman may not. Heyman says that’s just rude. But the “friends” step in and Cody says okay, then he’ll make this clear. If one more person steps towards Cody, he is dropping every single person in this ring.

The fans fire up and Heyman says okay, he respects that. As Cody will surely respect that his threat doesn’t apply if Heyman is that one person, right? WRONG! Cody gets his chair and he JAMS everyone up! Then SMACKS them all down! And then CHUCKS the chair into the one guys’ face! CROSS RHODES!! The fans fire up as Cody stands his ground! He dares Heyman to send The Bloodline, but Heyman has his phone to call Roman Reigns. And another phone to call The Rock! Cody says go ahead, call whoever he’s got! Because the Bloodline isn’t hunting Cody, Cody is hunting The Bloodline!

Heyman looks a little worried as Cody has another round to JAM and SMACK the “friends!” Cody TOSSES one, TOSSES another, then TOSSES the third! Did this little stunt backfire in the worst way possible for The Bloodline?


My Thoughts:

Another great Raw, with great build upon the WrestleMania stories. I really like this intertwining of stories between Judgment Day and other groups. Great opening promo from Dom, Rhea and Becky, which then turned into Nia attacking Becky, which then in turn became Becky attacking Nia during her match with Liv. Now, while we’re getting Nia VS Becky 2, it feels like Liv is adding Becky to the revenge tour. There’s talk of Triple Threats for world titles at every 10th WrestleMania, what if it was for the Women’s World Championship? Granted, it’d be a shame since Becky fought her way to earn the shot, but it would hearken back to Mania 35 where Becky won a Triple Threat.

Judgment Day confronting Imperium over the Intercontinental Championship was some good stuff. And I do appreciate that even Rhea felt Dom was biting off more than he could chew stepping to Gunther. Now, it sure feels like they want Sami to get his shot after that encounter with Gunther, but I like that Andrade is also in the mix after his talk with Dom. Sami VS Nakamura was an awesome opening match, it probably should be Sami given he mentioned “doing something historic” last week. But Sami having to get through Andrade, Bronson, Gable and maybe even Dom would really make it a great road to Mania.

Awesome Street Fight tag match, too, and I was rather surprised Imperium won. But I have a feeling Kaiser & Vinci will be getting in on the Undisputed Tag Team Championship story, same as The Awesome Truth. Good but short promo from Truth, Miz & DIY to keep up the “DIY is DX” gag and establish that the feud is continuing. Awesome Truth still feels like they’re set for their shot at Mania, but maybe Imperium and a team from SmackDown get involved to make it easier for Finn & Priest to lose the belts.

Raquel all but squashing Chelsea was entertaining, though Shayna & Zoey all but squashing Candice & Indi was a little disappointing. I suppose Shayna & Zoey are still being established as challengers for DMG CTRL, we might get a Fatal 4 tag title match for the women. As I said at Chamber, maybe Bianca gets in on the tag title story since the top titles are spoken for. Meanwhile, great promo from McIntyre with Rollins, though it maybe took a little too long to get where it was going. It is good character stuff from McIntyre to be hypocritically worried The Bloodline is going to screw Rollins over when McIntyre just wants the title regardless.

Great bit with McIntyre and Jey, too, though it felt like Jey was just going on and on to stall for time as McIntyre was heading over there. McIntyre VS Jey one more time will be really good stuff to give McIntyre momentum going towards Mania. And really good stuff from Cody Rhodes tonight. Good promo before his match, good promo from Waller as well, and really good main event from Cody VS Waller. Heyman showing up was a nice surprise, though it was a weird move for him to bring fake cops that were supposedly suspended. We all knew they were getting beat up by Cody anyway, maybe this was some kind of adlib to keep from Cody beating down Jimmy and/or Solo. There’s a very good chance that happens on SmackDown anyway, so they probably didn’t wanna be redundant.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW New Beginning Sapporo Results & Report! (2/24/24)

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

It’s a WrestleKingdom rematch here in Sapporo as Tetsuya Naito gives Sanada a shot at the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship! Will NJPW still be tranquilo? Or will the Cold Skull once again be the Gold Skull?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frontier Zone: Toru Yano & Tomoya VS Tomoaki Honma & Katsuya Murashima; Yano & Tomoya win.
  • 10 Man Tag: The House of Torture VS Shota Umino, El Desperado, YOH, Togi Makabe & Boltin Oleg; Shota, Desperado, Yoh, Makabe & Oleg win.
  • 10 Man Tag: Chaos VS Matt Riddle & The United Empire; Chaos wins.
  • Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo; ELP & Leo win.
  • Nic Nemeth & Ryusuke Taguchi VS David Finlay & Gedo; Nemeth & Taguchi win.
  • BUSHI VS Taka Michinoku; Bushi wins.
  • Hiromu Takahashi VS DOUKI; Douki wins.
  • Shingo Takagi VS Taichi; Taichi wins.
  • Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura; Yota wins and Yuya must cut their hair.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA; Naito wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

It’s Guerrillas of Destiny VS Guerrillas of Destiny in the Good Bad Guy’s farewell to NJPW! Will Tama and the Silverback “big brother” The Headbanga and Young Guerilla on the way out? Or will ELP & Leo prove their title belts aren’t just for show?

For those wondering which corner Jado would, he chose neither, as he is now the special guest referee! You can bet The Master Heater will keep this one fair and square. And in a great throwback, Tama comes out in his ghost face killer paint! Meanwhile, Loa has the Mr. Terrific T paint. The four fist bump to show respect, and ELP gets the fans rallying for Tama. The teams sort out and Leo starts against Tama. The fans rally for “G O D! G O D!” as the brothers double fist bump. They circle, tie up, and Leo shoves Tama away. Tama comes back, gets around, headlocks, but Leo endures the grind. Leo powers up to lift Tama, but Tama thrashes the hold.

Leo powers up and out, but Tama slides under the boot! The fans cheer as the stand off. They reset, speed up, and Tama dodges to DROPKICK! Leo stays up and he runs Tama over! Leo runs but Tama avoids the elbow drop! The fans cheer as the two stand off again. Leo and Tama then back off, tag to ELP and Loa. The fans rally as these two circle now. ELP and Loa feel things out, tie up, and they go around. ELP headlocks, Loa powers up and out, and they RAM shoulders! Neither falls but Loa applauds ELP. ELP dares Loa to go then, so Loa runs. They RAM shoulders and ELP falls! Loa fires up and the fans cheer.

Loa flexes, runs, but ELP drops. Loa sunset flips, ELP sits on it, TWO! Loa has it, TWO! ELP has it, TWO! Wait, aren’t those counts kinda fast? ELP and Loa rock back and forth and Jado can’t even keep up! ELP and Loa let off and ask what’s going on. Jado gives them shoves, telling them to respect his authority. ELP and Loa shove back, but Tama and Leo get in! Tama tells ELP not to shove Jado, but Leo tells Loa the same, and now they’re all shoving each other! Jado tells them all to stop it, this is a clean fight! The fans cheer and GOD all agrees. So they start throwing forearms! Nothing wrong with a brawl!

Tama gets the edge on ELP and Loa gets the edge on Leo. Tama & Loa whip, but ELP & Leo dosido! Tama & Loa dodge, but then so do ELP & Leo! They each SPLASH, then ELP feeds Tama to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP hits the FALLING AX HANDLE! But Loa throws hands on them both! The fans fire up, Loa runs, but ELP hurdles and Leo DDTs Loa down! The fans fire up again as ELP winds up and high-fives Leo! ELP then ROCKS Loa with a forearm, and Loa ends up on ropes. ELP fires more forearms, puts him in a corner and throws body shots. Loa shoves ELP away so ELP BOOTS him!

Tag to Leo and ELP CHOPS Loa. Leo stands Loa up to CHOP! Leo grits his teeth but Leo brings up the vest is too much padding for Loa. Jado says there’s nothing he can do about that, so Leo bumps Loa off buckles. Leo stomps Loa, then CHOPS again! Leo then scoops Loa, ELP tags in, and Leo POWERSLAMS! ELP then springboard SWANTON BOMBS, then LIONSAULTS! Cover, ONE!! ELP argues the count but Jado says he’s being fair. ELP clamps on a chinlock and grinds Loa down. Loa endures, the fans rally up, but ELP smothers Loa. Jado reprimands, ELP lets off with an ELBOW to Loa’s head!

ELP brings Loa up and around, whips but Loa blocks! ELP pushes Loa, whips, but Loa reverses! Loa runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Loa then goes up and MISSILE DROPKICKS ELP across the ring! The fans fire up while both men are down! ELP and Loa both crawl, hot tag to Tama! Tama rallies on ELP with body shots and uppercuts! Tama fires off in a corner, then whips corner to corner. ELP reverses, runs up but Tama CLOBBERS him first! The fans fire up as the vest comes off! Tama claps and the fans clap along. ELP goes to a corner, Tama runs in, STINGER SPLASH! Then EXPLODER! ELP flounders but Tama goes over to cover, TWO!

ELP is still in this, but Tama keeps his cool. Tama CLUBS ELP, throws down hands, then brings him up. Tama dragon sleepers but ELP snapmares free! ELP dodges the superman punch to straitjacket and torture rack! Tag to Leo, Leo runs, BOOT and BRAIN SALAD! Cover, Loa breaks it! Loa kicks ELP, scoops him, but ELP slips free, feed to Leo’s UPPERCUT! Loa roars, but gets a BOOT ENZIGIRI COMBO! Tama runs up but Leo stops Gun Stun! Feed to SUDDEN DEATH! Tama is down, Leo & ELP reload to aim at Loa! SUDDEN DEATH and GODSEND!! Then Loa is in the drop zone as ELP goes up!

ELP climbs onto Leo’s shoulders, for the SUPER- GUN STUN!! Tama intercepts Thunderkiss, but then Loa grabs Tama! GOD- SPEAR from Loa!! All four men are down and the fans fire up! Jado checks them all, they all stir, and the OG GOD rise up first. They stand Leo up, bring him around and pick him up, MAGIC KILLER!! But they’re not done there, they each take a corner! Loa DIVING HEADBUTTS, Tama SUPREME FLOWS! Cover, TWO!! Leo survives the onslaught from his own brothers and the fans fire up! Tama & Loa are frustrated but they reset and call their shot again! Even Jado’s surprised they want to go this far!

Tama & Loa double whip Leo to a corner, and Loa runs in to clothesline! Tama hits the STINGER SPLASH, and then Loa goes up. The fans rally both ways as Tama tries to suplex Leo, but he’s so big! Leo suplexes Tama instead! Leo stands, Loa leaps, AX HANDLE! Leo drops to a knee, Loa fires up and kicks low. Loa scoops, but Leo slips free! Leo kicks but Loa blocks! Loa dodges the lariat, runs, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up for Leo as he aims at Tama! Choke grip, but Tama breaks free to ROCK Leo! Leo choke grips again! But Tama breaks free again, so Leo UPPERCUTS! Choke grip again, for GOD-

NO, Tama slips free, shoves, runs, GUN- NO! Leo stops that and choke grips through! GOD- GUN- NO!! Leo counters the counter, then scoops, for a POP-UP CUTTER!! ELP fires up with Leo, and Leo LARIATS Tama inside-out! Cover, ONE?!!? And that’s with Jado’s faster than normal count! Tama fires up, Leo fires up, and Leo hauls Tama up and POWER- NO, Tama fights it! Leo stops the counter, though, to POWERBOMB after all!! Cover, TWO?!?! Tama survives again and everyone is shocked! The fans are thunderous as Leo drags Tama back up with the choke grip. Leo hesitates, but he still hits GODSEND!!! Cover, ELP & Leo win!

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

The younger GOD duo defeats the older, and now the torch has been passed. Tama’s farewell to NJPW will be bittersweet, but he will leave knowing he gave it his all, and he has all of our love and respect. Tama stands with his brothers, with Jado and with ELP, and they group hug over the lion logo. Ain’t nobody realer than Guerilla, is the future in good hands with ELP & Leo?

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

The Gene Blast and The Heat Storm both want to be THE face of NJPW’s future. They’re both so determined to rise up and leave behind their Young Lion days, they’re willing to put their glorious manes! Who wins and moves forward while the other must relive their past?

The bell rings and the fans rally up as the two stare down. They circle, feel things out, but Yota avoids Yuya’s lunge in for a leg. They knuckle lock, Yuya gets around to waistlock, but Yota wrenches and switches. Yuya wrenches out to hammerlock, but Yota elbows then switches. Yota has a nelson, then he spins Yuya to a cravat. Yuya endures the neck wrench, swings an arm to bring Yota down, then rolls to wrangle Yota with a top wristlock. Yota keeps his shoulders up, moves around, and he trips Yuya. Yota gets past the leg guard to cover, ONE, but Yota holds off Yuya’s attempt at a lateral press.

Yuya lets off slowly, Yota gets up, and the fans cheer this exchange. The two reset and circle again, feel things out, and knuckle lock again. They go shoulder to shoulder in a Test of Strength and the fans rally up. Yota’s height gives him leverage, and he powers Yuya to ropes. The ref calls the break, Yuya turns things around, but Yuya still lets off. Yuya then CHOPS and whips! Yota rolls Yuya up, TWO! Yuya cradles, ONE!! Yuya tries to roll up now, TWO! Yota bails out and fans cheer. Yuya storms right up to ropes but Yota backs away. Yota paces around the outside so Yuya rests on a corner, willing to wait.

Yota walks around as the ring count climbs, and he steps back in at 5 of 20. Yuya hops down and he resets with Yota. They stare down, Yota just smiling. They go forehead to forehead, then Yota kicks low! Yota headlocks, Yuya powers out then goes the other way! They run the ropes crisscross, then Yuya drops, hurdles and HIP TOSSES Yota down! The fans fire up and Yuya covers, TWO! Yuya keeps cool, and he brings Yota up. Yuya wrenches to wrangle Yota with another top wristlock, then he drops an elbow on the elbow! And then another elbow drop! And another elbow drop! Yuya goes for another wristlock but Yota gets the ROPEBREAK!

Yuya lets go quickly and he waits on Yota. Yota stands and Yuya whips him to a corner. Yuya runs in but Yota BOOTS him! Yuya staggers back, runs in again, but Yota dodges! SPLASH! Yota keeps moving to run Yuya right over! And then he runs to SOMERSAULT SENTON! Yota just keeps moving for a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up as Yuya stays in this. Yota keeps cool, though, and he storms up on Yuya. Yota reels Yuya in but Yuya fights the suplex. Yuya shoves free but Yota BODY BLOWS! Yuya falls in a heap and the ref checks him. Yota drags Yuya up, bumps him off buckles, and RAMS him again and again!

Yota snapmares Yuya to KICK him in the back. Yota kneels for the cover, TWO! A bit cocky from Yota but he grins as he looms over Yuya. Yuya sits up, Yota stands him up, and Yota winds up to ROCK Yuya in the back! Yuya staggers to ropes but Yota storms up. Yuya CHOPS Yota, but Yota fires forearm after forearm. Yota snapmares and KICKS Yuya in the back again! The fans rally as Yuya writhes and Yota paces. Yota grabs the legs, but Yuya scrambles and reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota doesn’t let go so Yuya kicks him away. Yuya runs, but into a scoop! BACKBREAKER! Yota gets the legs again, and he turns Yuya over for the BOSTON CRAB!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep and the fans rally up! Yuya powers up, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yota lets go while the fans applaud. Yota says okay, and then he runs to baseball slide dropkick Yuya out! Yuya even tumbles to the railing! Fans rally up again as Yota grins and builds speed, but Yuya drops down! The damage to Yuya’s back keeps him from standing and taking a tope. Yota eggs Yuya on, the ring count starts, and Yuya drags himself up at 3 of 20. Yota drags Yuya to the apron and stops the count. Yota suplexes but Yuya slips free! Waistlock, but Yota bucks the O’Conner! Yota runs up, but into an arm-drag!

Yota swings, Yuya ducks, and Yuya hits another arm-drag! Then a DROPKICK! The fans fire up while both men are down! Yuya grits his teeth and clutches his back while Yota stirs and checks his chin. Yota rolls to a corner but Yuya kips up! The fans fire up and Yuya runs corner to corner, to CHOP! Yuya whips corner to corner but just reels Yota in, for a BIG back suplex! Float-over to the cover, TWO! Yota toughs it out but Yuya keeps his cool. Yuya brings Yota up, but Yota fires forearms and a knee! Yota whips, Yuya reverses to SAYANAGI! GROUND ARM SCREW! And then basement dropkick to the arm! Yota writhes, Yuya hurries to cover, TWO!

But Yuya has the top wristlock! Yota reaches out but Yuya drags him away for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota flails, reaches out, blocks the twist on the arm, but Yuya pulls harder with his top mount! Yuya breaks the grip for the DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Yota still reaches out for ropes but Yuya drags him right to center! Yuya keeps on the double wristlock but Yota kicks around. Yuya shifts into an ARMBAR, but Yota has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Yuya lets go. Yuya is frustrated but he stands back up and brings Yota around. Yuya wrenches, cording holds, and then goes for the other arm. Yota throws Yuya down and rolls back, into the BOSTON CRAB!!

Yuya endures as Yota sits deep on the hold! Yuya powers up but Yota drags him away! Yota’s bad arm forces him to change to a HALF CRAB! Yota still sits deep and Yuya has to bite his thumb to ignore the pain! Yuya fights forward, but Yota drags him away! Yota manages to get both legs on one side, LOBSTER CRAB! Yuya endures as Yota pulls! Yuya tries to fight, but Yota then digs a knee in! LION TAMER!! Yuya bites all his fingers just to keep from giving up! Yota lets go in frustration as his arms can’t hold on any longer! Yota grabs at both legs this time, and he SWINGS Yuya around! He only gets five rotations but he fires back up!

Yota tries for the legs again but Yuya traps the bad arm, to SNAP it! Yota staggers, Yuya swings but Yota catches him! BACKBREAKER, but Yuya swings out of the clinch to full nelson! Then he spins Yota to DIVORCE COURT DDT! Yota clutches the arm while both men are down! Yuya rolls to ropes while Yota writhes at center. Yuya goes back to Yota and they both stand. Yuya throws a haymaker, then another! Yota backs up to a corner, Yuya CHOPS him! Yuya CHOPS again, then fires haymakers! Yuya CHOPS then runs Yota corner to corner to bump off buckles! Yuya throws hands, runs Yota to the other corner and again bumps him off buckles!

Yuya CHOPS Yota, climbs up, and he rains down fists! The fans fire up and count along, Yuya goes all the way to TEN! Yuya pulls at Yota’s hair but Yota grins. Yuya drags Yota out by his legs, stomps him and covers, TWO! Yota rises up but Yuya fires up. Yuya runs up but Yota gets around, goes up and over to sunset flip, TWO! Yuya stands, swings, but into a wrench and wrangle, lateral press! TWO, and Yota arm-drags! Float over, headscissor cradle, TWO!! Yuya escapes, Yota runs up, but Yota blocks the arm-drag! Only for Yuya to swing around and arm-drag after all! Yota gets up, swings, but into a spin and backslide! TWO!

Yuya holds onto the arms, rolls into another backslide, TWO! The two men fight for control, stand back up, and Yuya spins Yota around for underhooks! Yota fights that to back drop but Yuya sunset flips it! TWO and Yota BOOTS Yuya down! The fans fire up while Yota catches his breath. Yota finally goes for the cover, but Yuya drags him into a ghost pin, TWO!! Yuya shifts around, sunset flip! TWO and it’s back to the ghost pin! TWO!! Yota escapes but Yuya UPPERCUTS! Yuya runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans fire up, Yota runs, but Yuya gets around the lariat! Yuya underhooks for the BUTTERFLY SLAM! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up again and Yuya grows frustrated. Yuya goes to a corner, then climbs up! Yota rises, then runs up to GAMANGIRI! The fans fire up with Yota as he climbs up! Yota fires hands, then goes to the very top! Yota brings Yuya up to join him, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives but Yota roars! Yota drags Yuya up and suplexes, but Yuya knees free! Double cording holds, DEADBOLT PLEX! But both men are down! The fans fire up as they stir, and Yuya goes to a corner. Yota eggs Yuya on, Yuya runs up, and DOUBLE FOREARMS DECK both men! The fans fire up again while the ref checks them!

Yota and Yuya stir, and Yota blinks through the daze. Yota stands up, but then falls right over! Yuya is also still down so the ref says it’ll be a standing count! The fans rally up for both guys, and they’re both down at 5 of 10! And then 7! And 8! Both men rise at 9 and the fans fire up again! We hit 25 minutes, leaving five left! Both men rise up, stare down, and they rush right in! Yuya headlocks, Yota powers out but Yuya runs him over! Cover, ONE!! The fans rally again as Yuya stands, but Yota runs him over! Cover, ONE!! Yuya storms up but Yota blocks the scoop with a facelock! Yota scoops Yuya to SLAM him!

Yuya rises and runs up, but into another scoop and SLAM! The fans fire up and Yota grins as he drags Yuya back up. Yota runs, but Yuya back drops him away! Yuya roars and the fans fire up again as he goes up the corner! Yuya aims as Yota rises, CROSSBODY FLOPS! CURB STOMP!! Yota then hauls Yuya up to suplex and FALCON BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Yuya survives and the fans fire up as Yota roars again! Yota powers up his arm, we hit the three minute warning, and Yota aims from a corner. GENE- RANA!! Then ARMBAR!! But Yota stacks him, TWO! Yota is free and KNEES Yuya! And SUPERKICKS! And GENE- ARM-DRAG, Ghost pin! TWO!!

Yuya ENZIGIRIS but Yota stays up! GENE- CUTTER!! Yuya has had an answer for every spear attempt, and now he drags Yota back up! Yuya cording holds, swings for the other arm, and roars to DEAD- NO, Yota HEADBUTTS! But Yuya HEADBUTTS! Two minute warning and a GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men rise, GENE BLAST!!! Cover, YOTA WINS!

Winner: Yota Tsuji, by pinfall (Yuya must cut his hair)

Yuya let Yota have too much space and he got blasted! Yota has the epic tiebreaker, will he make his way towards championship opportunities now? And Yota stands Yuya up by pulling his hair, as if adding insult to injury. Yuya says fine, just get it over with. The ring staff set out a white tarp and bring in a chair. Yuya reluctantly sits in the chair, and Yota has the scissors and clippers. Yota gathers up the hair in a ponytail, and Yuya grits his teeth as all of that is cut away. Then Yota just goes right down the middle with the clippers! Yuya says stop, and he does the rest himself! Yuya won’t let Yota have the satisfaction of humiliating him.

Yuya leaves to finish that haircut in the back. Will the Heat Storm find a way to shine while looking like a Young Boy?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

WrestleKingdom 18 was only 50 days ago but it feels like only yesterday that NJPW had the largest LIJ roll call in history! The Uncontrollable Charisma finally had his moment, but will the Cold Skull take it back? Or will even Sapporo be tranquilo?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who closes out this New Beginning!

As usual, Naito takes his time with his elaborate entrance attire, but again Sanada is patient because he knows all about this. Naito finishes with the pants and the bell rings. The fans rally up as the two stare down. Red Shoes assesses the cheering and feels it favors Naito. Sanada doesn’t seem bothered by that, but Naito doesn’t seem fired up by it, either. The two circle, approach, but back away. Sanada knows this trick by Naito, too, and doesn’t let it get to him. They tie up now, Naito powers Sanada back to ropes then headlocks. Red Shoes calls the break, Sanada turns things around on Naito, but Naito doesn’t let go.

Red Shoes counts, Naito slowly lets go and Sanada pats Naito on the shoulders. The fans cheer as the two reset. They circle, feel things out, and Sanada gets a leg. Sanada moves to waistlock but Naito wrenches out. Naito hammerlocks then full nelsons, but Sanada fights the hold. Sanada breaks free, hammerlocks then headlocks, and he grinds Naito down. Naito powers up and out but Sanada runs him over! The fans rally up as things speed up, and Naito arm-drags only for Sanada to counter that! Sanada then trips Naito, has the legs and he ties Naito up into Paradise! The fans cheer as Sanada has Naito caught!

Sanada pulls on the legs to put some pressure on, then he DROPKICKS Naito out of Paradise! Naito bails out but Sanada waits on him. Sanada then builds speed, but he tumbles up and out as Naito moves! Naito sweeps the legs, then dropkicks Sanada down! Naito builds speed, but he rolls and tranquilos! Sanada still fell for that old trick! Sanada cools off as he paces around, though, and takes his time returning. Naito stays back, Sanada slides in, but then Naito bails out! The fans cheer but Sanada goes out to CLUB Naito! Sanada isn’t in the mood for games and he whips, but Naito reverses to CLAW Sanada’s eyes!

Naito whips Sanada, but Sanada reverses! Naito is sent into railing after all! Sanada brings Naito around, hangs him off the apron, but Naito kicks free of that to turn things around! DRAPING DDT to the floor!! Sanada writhes while Naito strikes like a Viper! The fans rally up while Naito leaves Sanada behind. The ring count starts while Sanada clutches his head and neck. Sanada is still down at 5 of 20, and then 10! Sanada sits up at 12, pushes himself up and stands at 15. Sanada shakes out the arm and slides in at 18, and fans cheer. Naito brings Sanada up to CLUB away on the neck, though, then he whips.

Naito arm-drags Sanada, ELBOWS him down and basement dropkicks! Naito floats to a cravat and he cranks on the neck! Sanada endures and kicks around. Naito leans his weight but Sanada fights up. Naito CLUBS Sanada again, and again! Sanada goes to ropes, but Naito whips him. Naito hip toss NECKBREAKERS! Sanada writhes again, rolls to the apron and flops to the floor, but Naito pursues. Naito sits Sanada up to SAMBO LEG NELSON! No ropebreaks on the outside, is Naito going to grind Sanada down for a count out? The count does start again, and Sanada can only kick around as Naito puts on the pressure.

Naito stops at 10 of 20, then slides into the ring at 14. Sanada is down at 15, rises as the fans rally, and slides in at 18! Fans cheer but Naito is right on Sanada to CLUB away on the neck! Naito whips, Sanada holds ropes to avoid the arm-drag, and he dropkicks a leg! Naito hobbles but Sanada runs up. Naito kicks low then whips Sanada to a corner. Naito runs in but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada goes up and QUEBRADA, but Naito gets under! Only for Sanada to dropkick the legs out! Both men are down as Naito clutches his knee and Sanada shakes out his arm. Sanada stalks Naito, brings him up and has the leg, but Naito CLAWS the eyes!

Red Shoes reprimands but Naito SPITS at Sanada. Naito whips but Sanada reverses to hurdle, hurdle and DROPKICK! Sanada’s legs work just fine, and he watches Naito bail out again. The fans rally and duel, Sanada PLANCHAS! Down goes Naito and the fans fire up! Sanada encourages them to get louder so they oblige. Sanada goes back to Naito, still loving the adulation, and he brings Naito back up. Sanada puts Naito in, fireman’s carries, but Naito fights free. Naito shoves Sanada to a corner, runs up, and he blocks boots! Naito puts Sanada in the ropes for a DRAPING BACKBREAKER!

Naito drags Sanada up, whips, and HIP TOSS NECKBREAKERS again! Sanada writhes and Naito shakes out his leg. Naito drags Sanada up again, puts him up top, and then climbs up after him. But Sanada slips out to DROPKICK Naito down onto the post! That post might’ve saved Naito from a worse fall, but certainly not from a softer one! Sanada climbs up behind Naito now, brings him around, and hits a SUPER FALLING BACKBREAKER!! Then a suplex for the MAGIC SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and Sanada seethes but the fans fire up! Sanada hauls Naito up to the SKULL END! But Naito arm-drags free!

Naito runs up, Sanada sidesteps and O’Conner Roll, into SKULL END! The body scissors are in and Naito is caught! The fans fire up and duel as Naito endures! Naito kicks around, reaches out, but Sanada squeezes tight! Naito kicks and kicks and fights to gain ground but Sanada’s body scissors keep him stuck at center! The fans rally as hard as they can for Naito but he’s fading! Sanada follows his formula by letting go to go up top! ROUNDING BODY PRESS onto knees!! Naito saves himself but in double-edged fashion! Both men are down and the fans rally up again! Naito rises first and hobbles over to Sanada.

Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! Naito fires off more elbows, and Sanada staggers away to the corner! The fans rally up again, but Naito drags Sanada up to kick and ELBOW! And kick, and ELBOW! And ELBOW, ELBOW, ELBOW! Sanada falls again and this is all going to Naito’s formula! Naito drags Sanada up, puts him up top, and climbs up again. Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again to make sure he stays put this time. SUPER STEINER!! The fans fire up as both men are down! Naito then aims from the corner as Sanada rises, and the fans rally behind him.

Sanada stands, Naito runs up, into a DROPKICK! Naito stays up so Sanada whips. Naito reveres but Sanada denies the DDT to fireman’s carry! TK- DESTINO!! Naito hits it outta nowhere but he won’t leave it at that! Naito drags Sanada up, SPITS at him, then throws those ELBOWS! Sanada drops to his knees but Naito drags him up again. ELBOW! ELBOW! ELBOW! But Sanada roars! Sanada runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Naito stands Sanada up, wrenches, but Sanada denies the tilt-o-whirl! Naito and Sanada fight for control, and Naito CLUBS away! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTI- NO! Sanada fights that to the clinch!

But Naito fights from below! Sanada wrenches Naito, but Naito dragon sleepers! Is Naito trying to steal Skull End?! Sanada snapmares free before Naito truly can, and Sanada SHINING- NO, Naito ducks it! Naito UPPERCUTS, ENZIGIRIS, and then wrenches! Tilt-o-whirl, but Sanada slips free! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito gets around to waistlock! Sanada powers out to fire forearm after forearm! ROLLING ELBOW! Naito leans on ropes and the fans fire up! Naito CLUBS Sanada again and again, then ROCKS him! Sanada fireman’s carries! TKO! Both men are down again and the fans fire back up!

Sanada and Naito stir as the fans rally and duel. The “NA-I-TO!” is still stronger than the “SA-NA-DA!” but Sanada stands up first. Sanada scoops and BACKBREAKERS Naito into position! Sanada goes up again, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and the fans are thunderous! Sanada snarls, goes back up, ROUNDING BODY PRESS!! But Sanada won’t stop there, he clinches and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free! Tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO!!! And then another wrench, another tilt-o-whirl, DESTINO~!!! But that’s still not enough!? Naito scoops Sanada, but Sanada fights it! The fans duel as the two fight for control!

Sanada powers his way out of the grip and ENZIGIRIS! Naito roars?! But he turns around into a SHINING WIZARD!! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito slips free again! TORNADO- NO, Sanada stuffs it, so Naito just holds onto the facelock! Naito has the squeeze on Sanada now, but Sanada moves around. Sanada reaches out but Naito has body scissors to keep him down! The fans rally, Sanada fights up, so Naito clinches, to steal DEADFALL! Sanada rolls through!? BLINDSIDE SHINING WIZARD!! The fans are thunderous again as both men are down! Sanada kips up!! The fans fire up as Sanada runs up, SHINING WIZARD!!!

Sanada isn’t done there, he drags Naito back up! Clinch and DEAD- NO, Naito just fights free again! TORNADO CRADLE! NAITO WINS!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Sanada is furious that he got caught! Sanada stubbornly tried for his new ace card and that was perhaps his downfall. Will he have no choice but to go to the back of the line when it comes to this title?

As for Naito, he gets some water, and then takes the belt from Red Shoes. Naito drops it in a corner for a moment so he can get his baseball cap. Naito then gets the mic so he can say, “Buenas tardes, Sapporo~!” The fans cheer, and Naito thanks everyone for being here at NJPW: The New Beginning in Sapporo, “Gracias, amigos.” And tonight, here in Sapporo, there is someone who won’t be in the ring anymore. It was August, 2007, the first person that man wrestled in NJPW was Naito himself. And so Naito feels it wouldn’t be right if he didn’t address that man. The fans know he means “O-KA-DA!” who was on commentary for this match.

Naito says that all that said, this was a main event title match, and Naito won. So we have to end this the only way it can! It has been a minute since we heard this, so are you ready? The New Beginning in Sapporo must of course end with… “Bushi! Hiromu! Takagi! Titan! Yota! Y Naito! Nosotros…! LOS! INGOBERRRRRNABLEEEES~! DE! JA! PON!!” The confetti flies and the fans cheer as the tranquilo era continues! But then Naito invites The Rainmaker into the ring! Okada obliges by stepping off commentary and stepping through the gate. Okada steps inside and he stands with Naito right at the center of the ring.

Naito offers the LIJ fist bump, which fans cheer. Okada sighs and figures this is the last time he’ll even get the chance, so he reaches up. But then Naito SPITS in Okada’s eye and CLUBS away on Okada! Fans are torn as Naito whips, but Okada reverses! Naito avoids the dropkick, Okada avoids the lariat, and then ripcords! But Naito ducks the Rainmaker to tranquilo! The fans cheer and even Okada has to smile. Naito stands back up and says Okada can go now. Okada says fine and he exits. The fans cheer as The Rainmaker takes his leave, and the Uncontrollable Charisma waves goodbye. But will Naito prove he’s the true face of NJPW now that we’ve made it through the New Beginning?


My Thoughts:

A great finale to the New Beginning series here, though it’s a shame Tanahashi is hurt and could not take Nemeth up on his invitation to have a tag match, nor could he be part of the 10 Man Tag with Okada and Chaos. It’s an ankle injury, hopefully he’ll be alright. But at the same time, he doesn’t really have to wrestle, he’s President of NJPW now and should be taking it easy. Anyhow, great tag match from the Guerillas of Destiny to be Tama’s sendoff. As such, Leo & ELP naturally won, and they take the banner up for GOD, certainly as a tag team. I don’t think Loa’s leaving NJPW, so maybe Loa becomes a singles guy within the faction?

Bushi beating Taka, Douki beating Hiromu, Taichi beating Takagi, Just5Guys win that best of three, but LIJ wins out the night because both Yota and Naito win the last two matches. A really good, really cerebral match from Yota and Yuya, the storytelling of wanting to win with Young Lion moves continues between them, and I really liked how many times Yuya countered the Gene Blast, only for one to still hit. The New Japan Cup is up next, I’m sure Yota is going to have a strong showing as he tries for the world title.

Naito VS Sanada was really good, though I’m not sure it was quite like their WrestleKingdom match. But I suppose part of that was that of course Naito won. I appreciated the parallel to Yota VS Yuya with Sanada failing to hit Deadfall again and again. Naito then snatches the win with a cradle, not a finisher, technically keeping Sanada strong. I’m just not sure how Sanada does in the New Japan Cup. English commentary was pointing out getting Naito VS Sanada Part 3 through the New Japan Cup would be too much.

Sanada could obviously go for a different title in the meantime, though I have no idea what one. Just5Guys already feuded with House of Torture, they can’t default to that and the NEVER Openweight title. Nemeth just got the Global title and Riddle just got the NJPW World TV title, so I don’t think they’d lose to Sanada, but those would make for some interesting feuds. And I don’t even think Sanada would care about the KOPW Championship, though it would  be interesting to see what matches he’d come up with.

My Score: 8.8/10


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