WWE shines the spotlight on the Grandest Stage of Them All! Wrestlemania WILL see one woman take home BOTH Women’s Championships in Winner Takes All!
- Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese; Nese wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- Kickoff Show – Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal: Carmella wins.
- Kickoff Show – Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins; Ryder & Hawkins win and become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
- Kickoff Show – Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Braun Strowman wins.
- WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Seth Rollins; Rollins wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.
- AJ Styles VS Randy Orton; Styles wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Usos VS The Bar VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; The Usos win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Shane McMahon VS The Miz; Shane wins.
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Natalya & Beth Phoenix VS Nia Jax & Tamina VS The IIconics; The IIconics win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
- WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day; Kingston wins and becomes the new WWE Champion.
- WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio; Joe wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
- Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre; Reigns wins.
- No Holds Barred: Triple H VS Batista; HHH wins and does NOT have to retire from in-ring competition.
- Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle VS Baron Corbon; Corbin wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Demon Finn Balor; Balor wins and becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
- Raw & SmackDown Women’s Championships, Winner Takes All Triple Threat: Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; Lynch wins and becomes dual Raw & Women’s Champion.
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Welcome to the Wrestlemania 35 Kickoff Show!
Join Jonathon Coachman, Sam Roberts, John “Bradshaw” Layfield and Paige as they review what went down on the Road to Wrestlemania!
It’s the host of Wrestlemania 35: Alexa Bliss!
The Goddess welcomes us to the show she has prepared tonight. She’ll make the entire of Wrestlemania a Moment of Bliss.
Backstage interview with The New Day.
Specifically it’s Xavier Woods & Big E. They promise that Kofi Kingston is just fine going into the WWE Championship match. His tank is full to the brim, full of his motivation and memories about FINALLY becoming world champion! Kofi is motivated by having his family and friends behind him, on top of the 80 THOUSAND in attendance and millions around the world to become the NEW W, W, E, World, Heavyweight, CHAMPION~! “We ready, Kayla! Kayla, we ready!” The New Day is pumped for their brother, just how much more pumped is Kofi himself for this match tonight? Will #Kofimania run wild?!
Edge & Christian join the panel!
These two men know what it’s like to be tag team champions together, and they know what it’s like to be a world champion on their own. This is Kofi’s first chance at the title and the biggest chance ever, but that won’t matter in Edge’s eyes. Kofi will headbutt the glass ceiling and finally get it done. Christian knows that Kofi had to wait 11 years for this. Kofi was happy to be on this ride but then the opportunity fell in his lap. Vince McMahon called Kofi a B+ Player, but he also told Daniel Bryan that. Bryan overcame his packaging, but Christian is unsure about Kofi. Edge brings up how Christian had to wait 15 years. But Christian was scratching and clawing. Then so has Kofi. E&C may have a minor disagreement, but they both do hope Kofi does it.
As for Bryan himself, Bryan’s lived the dream and is now on the other side. The Planet’s Champion is performing at a higher level because of his lifestyle. Christian understands how Bryan feels, as Captain Charisma is now 21% Vegan. But while Bryan is the planet’s champion, Kofi is a People’s Champion, and Edge is sure that will win. Will this prediction that reeks of awesomeness come true?
Kickoff Show – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese!
The Juggernaut has proven himself against some of the best in the Cruiserweight Division today, from Cedric Alexander to Mustafa Ali to three opponents at the same time. But now he faces the Premier Athlete, a man who is a parallel to him in physique, and a man who used to be his friend. Will Nese make Murphy regret ever betraying him? Or will the unstoppable still be unstoppable?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of Body Guys!
Murphy runs right at Nese but Nese dodges the knee trigger! Nese fires off furious hands then counter punches. Murphy boots then goes up and over, but Nese keeps up to trip him up! New York fires up with their hometown kid, but Murphy dodges the triangle moonsault. Nese lands on his feet to slingshot and somersault to rock Murphy with a left! Nese puts Murphy in but has to push Murphy away on the top rope. Murphy comes right back but Nese resists the fireman’s carry. Nese fights back but still gets a gut buster drop on the buckles! Murphy checks his teeth while we go picture in picture.
Murphy stomps a mudhole into Nese but backs off at 4. Nese staggers up but Murphy is on him with a snapmare. Murphy swiftly kicks then covers, TWO! Murphy wraps Nese up in a chinlock but Nese endures. New York rallies behind Nese as Murphy shifts to a stretch. Murphy drives his elbow in again and again then wraps the chinlock back on. Nese fights his way up, we return to single picture as Murphy wrangles him back down. Murphy cranks Nese’s neck and leans his weight on him. Murphy’s eye is bloody but he ignores it while holding Nese down. Nese powers up and bumps Murphy off buckles. Murphy holds on but Nese bumps him again. Murphy is still caught so Nese tries again, but Murphy uses that to throw Nese into buckles. Nese staggers into Murphy’s grip, tornado DDT denied with a snap suplex into the buckles!
Murphy is down and Nese crawls to the opposite corner. Both men stand slowly, but Murphy walks into Nese’s elbow. Murphy comes back again but gets a haymaker! Nese rocks Murphy again, then again! Nese counter punches and snapmares to a facebuster. He runs, hits a knee lift and a heel kick! Murphy flounders to a corner while Nese nips up and fires up! New York fires up with him as he runs in for a big back elbow. Nese keeps moving but Murphy throws him to the apron. Murphy turns around to counter and rock Nese, then climbs up for a suplex chance. Nese sweeps the legs and rocks him with a roundhouse, DRAPING triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives, but Nese keeps his cool.
Nese drags Murphy up for a whip but Murphy holds the ropes. Nese tries again but Murphy holds on. So Nese mule kicks Murphy into a whip. Murphy reverses but Nese slips under, pump handle but Murphy slips out. Murphy boots Nese away! He hops up but Nese SHORYUKEN! Nese climbs up to join a dazed Murphy, but Murphy resists a superplex. Murphy bumps Nese on a buckle, then sunset flips over. Nese denies the powerbomb but gets the SUPERKICK! Murphy brings Nese out, AK-DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Murphy keeps his focus. Murphy drags Nese up by his hair and prepares the pumphandle. Nese victory rolls through, TWO! Murphy fireman’s carry to the TKO knee to knee trigger! Murphy suplexes but Nese slips out and shoves. Nese hits a REVERSE-RANA! Both men are down and New York cheers for this kickoff to the kickoff!
Nese and Murphy get to opposite corners. Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Nese and Murphy bob ‘n’ weave but Murphy gets his strike fest. Nese dodges the knee and goes Matrix to mule kick! Knee lift and roundhouse but Murphy jumps the sweep for buzzsaw, mule kick, but runs into Nese’s left forearm! Nese runs but fakes Murphy out for an elbow. Murphy rebounds to LARIAT Nese off his feet! Murphy keeps going, but Nese back drops, to a Vertabreaker! Cover, TWO!! Nese cannot believe Murphy survives! Murphy crawls to a corner but Nese pursues. Nese runs side to side but Murphy bails out, so Nese FLIES! The flop takes Murphy out and New York fires up as Nese puts Murphy in. Nese climbs up high, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Nese is beside himself.
Murphy gets back to a corner and Nese brings down the knee pad. But Murphy grabs Nese’s leg, so Nese stomps a mudhole into him. Nese runs but into a knee trigger! Murphy pump handles, Murphy’s Law!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Nese still lives! Murphy is shocked but then he gets an idea. Nese is in the corner, and Murphy brings down his knee pad. Murphy runs side to side, but Nese SUPERKICKS him! German Suplex into buckles! PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, NESE WINS!!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall; NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion
The unstoppable HAS been stopped! The Premier Athlete was the Juggernaut’s kryptonite, and now he is the new champion! With no automatic rematches, will Murphy find a way back to the title? Or will Nese move on to new competition?
The Impractical Jokers’ Sal & Q join the panel!
Being such big fans, Sal & Q are feeling like stars being here. They’re all in for The Miz and The Man. So much so, Q is wearing Miz themed undies. Q would also choose a winner for the Women’s Winner Takes All, but he’s afraid of any or all of them beating him up. Will Sal & Q get to see Miz up close during that Falls Count Anywhere match?
Jerry “The King” Lawler joins the panel!
The WWE Hall of Famer also comments on Miz VS Shane. The reality of this, Shane is a McMahon while Miz doesn’t even use his own family name. Just on their family lineages, The King chooses Shane O’Mac. Will family trees really matter when Shane and Miz can fight all over the arena?
Kickoff Show – Women’s Wrestlemania Battle Royal!
The newest tradition continues as 20 superstars will battle to throw each other over the top rope. Naomi as the inaugural winner has the best chances of repeating, but will it be someone new who throws her and all the others out?
The bell rings and the chaos begins! Mostly because Nikki Cross makes her presence known throwing around her jacket. Sarah Logan tries but gets punched away, and now things really get wild! Mandy survives but Nikki chases Maria around! Ember Moon slows Maria down and then throws Maria out, Ember ELIMINATES Maria! Candice LeRae goes after Nikki Cross but gets hung up on the top rope. Candice survives while Asuka and Nikki face off! Asuka rocks Nikki with a roundhouse but Nikki survives elimination. Asuka hits Candice with a hip attack then hits Nikki with one, Asuka ELIMINATES Candice and Nikki! Mandy goes after Asuka as well as Lana. Ember and Naomi show down, Glow VS War Goddess! They go move for move with their athletics and agility!
Naomi hits the springboard enziguri! Lana goes after Naomi but Naomi rocks her with a right. Naomi throws Ember but Ember springboards to ECLIPSE Lana! Ember whips Naomi but Naomi holds on to kick back. But Dana runs in, only to get kicked back. Ember ECLIPSES and ELIMINATES Naomi! Mandy throws Ember but Ember holds on! Ember climbs high and aims, ECLIPSE for Mandy! The War Goddess roars, but Mandy’s pal Sonya throws her over! Ember fights Sonya off and shoulders back in. The Riott Squad go after Mickie James while Ember climbs. Lana shoves Ember and ELIMINATES her! The Ravishing Russian brags like she won already, but the Pirate Princess CHOPS her! Kairi Sane rocks Lana with chop after chop but Lana SLAPS and roundhouses her!
Lana lifts Kairi but Kairi lifts her! Alabama Slam and Kairi climbs up! But the Riott Squad makes her hesitate! Sarah shoves but Kairi survives. Sarah stares down at Lana, and Lana thinks she’s a friend. They hug, but Sarah makes it a bearhug! The Riott Squad feed Lana to a headbutt! Then they ELIMINATE Lana! Fans rally for Dana Brooke as she fights off Fire & Desire. Kairi rocks Sarah down and says anchors aweigh! InSane Elbow! But Liv goes after Kairi for her friend, only to get thrown over! Kairi and Liv fight, Ruby throws Kairi over. The Squad works together, SUPERKICK ELIMINATES Kairi! But then Carmella FABULOUS Kicks Ruby, then Liv! Sarah comes over and throws Carmella around, shotgun knees to the corner!
Zelina ax and smash on Sarah, but she runs into Ruby’s scoop! Zelina escapes but gets rocked. Liv and Sarah work together for a Diamond Dust! The Riott Squad goes after Zelina but has to fight Asuka first. They work together to knee Asuka down! Asuka survives and Dana goes after the Squad. The Squad beats down Dana while New York rallies up. Dana fires up and fights them all! Thesz Press on Liv! But Ruby drags Dana off, only for Dana to throw her out! Dana ELIMINATES Ruby! Then she ELIMINATES Liv! But Zelina hops on to be a backpack, only to get thrown off. Fans fire up as Dana handsprings corner to corner, into knees! Zelina puts Dana in a corner for a jump kick and CIEN KNEES! Zelina runs at Sonya but Mandy knees her down first. Fire & Desire ELIMINATES Zelina! But then Dana fights them!
Dana scoops Mandy but Sonya saves her. Sonya baits Dana in and Mandy kicks her, Sonya ELIMINATES Dana with a sliding knee! The Final Five are Mandy, Sonya, Mickie, Sarah and Asuka. Fire & Desire gang up on Mickie but she fights them off. Mickie gets Mandy with headscissors and drags her over. Mickie hits the MICK KICK and ELIMINATES Mandy! But Sonya ELIMINATES Mickie with a spear! The final three are Asuka, Sarah and Sonya. The Empress stares down with the Viking and Gladiator. Sonya puts her hair up, time to square up. Asuka kicks Sarah then kicks Sonya! Asuka baits Sonya in and dropkicks her down! Sonya gets to a corner but gets a hip attack. Asuka gets a bulldog and clothesline combo! She throws Sonya over but Sarah goes after her.
Asuka kicks Sarah but Sonya kicks Asuka. Asuka sweeps the legs and ELIMINATES Sonya! But Sarah throws Asuka and ELIMINATES her! But wait, she hasn’t won, because in all the madness, no one noticed Carmella wasn’t thrown over! The Princess of Staten Island is all smiles as she taunts Sarah. Sarah swings, Carmella ducks but Sarah clobbers her the other way. Sarah scoops Carmella but Carmella holds on for dear life. They rebound and Carmella throws Sarah! Sarah holds on but Carmella trips her up! Carmella goes at the hands but Sarah punches back. Sarah suplexes but Carmella resists. Sarah tries again, FABULOUS KICK! Carmella WINS!
The FABULOUS Carmella adds her name to the Wrestlemania trophy! Will this victory lead Carmella back to a women’s championship?
The second hour of the Kickoff is joined by David Otunga and Shawn Michaels!
WWE’s Harvard lawyer and Hall of Fame Heartbreak Kid now give their own opinions of everything that’s led to tonight’s Wrestlemania match card!
Kickoff Show – Raw Tag Team Championships: The Revival VS Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins!
Scott Dawkins & Dash Wilder have established themselves as #TopGuys in the red brand’s tag division, by hook or by crook. But they couldn’t help but be egged on by the Major Brothers via social media and backstage taunting into this match. Will Dash & Dawson keep their titles on the biggest Sunday of the WWE year? Or will Hawkins break his streak with the help from his Broski?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin!
New York is on the side of both Hawkins & Ryder as Dawson starts against the Prince of Queens and Mr. Losing Streak, Hawkins. Hawkins and Dawson tie up and Dawson quickly arm-drags Hawkins. Dawson trash talks the “loser” before he ties up with him again. Dawson puts Hawkins in a corner but backs up at 4. He pats Hawkins on the cheek but Hawkins shrugs it off. Hawkins and Dawson circle again and fans rally for their hometown boys. But Dawson gets a headlock takeover and grinds Hawkins down. Hawkins gets up but Dawson arm wrenches to another headlock. Hawkins powers out but Dawson runs over. Things speed up and Dawson rolls Hawkins, TWO!
Hawkins gets away and Dawson taunts Ryder for teaming with Hawkins. Hawkins tags to Ryder, and now the Long Island Iced Z has the fans behind him. The Revival talk strategy and then Dawson ties up with Ryder. Dawson puts Ryder in a corner and sucker punches. Dawson CHOPS Ryder then clubs him down. He stomps Ryder then drags him over to tag Dash. The Revival double headbutt and Dash chops Ryder off his feet. Dash throws uppercuts then whips Ryder corner to corner. Ryder knees back then hops up for a missile dropkick. Ryder rocks Dawson then dodges Dash. Dawson saves Dash and Ryder crashes and burns! Hawkins checks on Ryder but the ref orders him to his corner.
Dawson tags in and fetches Ryder into the ring. Dawson drops a leg, an elbow and a headbutt before dragging Ryder over. Tag to Dash and The Revival combine for the backbreaker elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Dash tells Hawkins to stay in his “loser” corner to lose again. Ryder crawls but Dash toys with him. Dash brings Ryder into a keylock but Ryder endures. Dash cranks on the arm but Hawkins rallies New York behind Ryder. Ryder gets up but Dash shifts to a facelock then shoves. Dawson tags in as Ryder sunset flips. Dawson dropkicks then covers, TWO! Ryder reaches for Hawkins but Dawson stomps the hands. Dawson clamps a claw on Ryder’s face then wraps on a chinlock. He stomps Ryder then puts him in a keylock. Ryder endures and powers up to fight out with body shots. Dawson suplexes but Ryder resists. Ryder suplexes Dawson down!
Tag to Dash and Dash clobbers Ryder down. Cover, TWO! The Revival grows annoyed but Dash puts Ryder back in the keylock. Ryder endures and fights up again, but Dash brings him around. Ryder uses that momentum to throw Dash into buckles! Dawson tags in and intercepts Ryder, and The Revival double suplex! But Ryder turns that into a double neckbreaker! Ryder crawls and fans rally, but Dawson sucker punches Hawkins! Dawson drags Ryder back and tags in Dash. The Revival mugs Ryder in the corner then clobber him with a clothesline. Hawkins returns and the ref deals with him while Dash covers. The Revival shouts, the ref counts, TWO! Ryder slowly sits up but Dash tags to Dawson. The Revival whip and drop toehold Ryder for a running elbow drop!
Dawson chokes Ryder on the ropes but backs up at 4. The ref keeps Dash from getting a cheap shot. Dawson chokes Ryder again, but stops at 4. Tag to Dash and human weapon: leg drop! Cover, TWO! Hawkins and New York rally for Ryder but Dash drags Ryder up. Ryder fights back but Dash knees low. Dash snapmares and kicks Ryder, then takes time to soak up the heat from the fans. Dash wraps Ryder in a chinlock, but Ryder endures. Fans rally again and Ryder fights his way up. Ryder reaches but Dash whips him away. Dash sleeper holds but Ryder back suplexes! Dawson tags in but he intercepts Ryder again, only to get a back drop! Hot tag to Hawkins! Hawkins fires off on The Revival! Hawkins whips, Dawson reverses but Hawkins hits back! Dropkick for Dawson, dropkick for Dash! Hawkins spins Dawson for a backslide, TWO!
Dawson scoops but Hawkins slips out to roll up! TWO but Hawkins hits Dash first. Hawkins haymakers Dawson and PELES Dash! Dawson throws Hawkins but Hawkins rolls up, TWO! Dawson shoves and rocks Hawkins, but runs into Hawkins for double clotheslines! Both men are down and New York is fired up! Hot tag to Ryder, and Ryder aims at Dawson. Dawson stands but denies the Rough Ryder. Ryder elbows Dawson away then leap sup for a FLYING Rough Ryder! Dash returns but gets an elbow. Ryder suplexes Dash and himself out of the ring! Fans lose their minds but Hawkins helps Ryder in. Hawkins tags in and covers Dawson! But Dash drags him off! Dash gives Ryder a tornado DDT! Hawkins SPEARS Dash! But Dawson shoves Hawkins into the apron! Dawson suplexes Hawkins for a brain buster to the floor! All four men are down and the ring count begins!
The count passes 5 before Dawson stands. Dawson drags Hawkins up and in, but fans are strongly behind Hawkins. Dawson can’t believe that, and he drags Hawkins up. But Hawkins is dead weight, so the referee checks on him. Dawson taunts Hawkins, then drags him back up, CRADLE!! Hawkins & Ryder win!!
Winners: Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, Hawkins pinning; NEW Raw Tag Team Champions
They did it! Hawkins now only breaks his 296 losing streak, but he and his broski are back on top as tag team champions! Will these hometown heroes be able to create a new streak from here on?
Booker T joins the panel!
The two-time two-time Hall of Famer is excited to see the 2019 Royal Rumble winner, Seth Rollins, look to #SlayTheBeast Brock Lesnar.
Kickoff Show – Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal!
The big story going into this Wrestlemania tradition is that The Monster Among Men took offense to Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost questioning pro-wrestling’s legitimacy. Jost only made things worse with his materialistic apology that Braun Strowman then wrecked with his bare hands. Will Strowman make sure Jost, Michael Che and every other man in that ring #GetTheseHands?!
The bell rings the fight is on! Strowman fights through the pack but Jost and Che slide out under the bottom rope! They’re going to hide under the ring! Strowman quickly ELIMINATES Curt Axel, then he ELIMINATES Lince Dorado! Strowman slams Gran Metalik then throws Kalisto aside before he ELIMINATES Tyler Breeze! Apollo Crews ELIMINATES EC3 while Luke Harper ELIMINATES Shelton Benjamin. Strowman ELIMINATES Bo Dallas, but then he locks eyes with former Wyatt Brother in Harper. Fans want to see this one! But then everyone else attacks them! Harper and Strowman each get attacked by about half the remaining field. But then things break back down to separate fights as Matt Hardy survives elimination.
Titus throws Heath Slater over and BLASTS him off to ELIMINATE Slater! Titus then goes after Mustafa Ali but Ali escapes. Ali dumps and ELIMINATES Titus! No Way Jose scoops Ali but Ali escapes. Ali hops up and tornado DDT’s Jose! Ali throws and ELIMINATES Jose! Heavy Machinery double suplex Strowman! Then the Good Brothers and The Ascension work together to throw Strowman into a post! Strowman falls out but is not eliminated because he went through the middle rope. Everyone brawls again as Karl Anderson hops up. Apollo enziguris Anderson down and ELIMINATES Anderson! Andrade Almas and Kalisto trade echoing CHOPS then Metalik helps Kalisto. Lucha House Party works together while Matt Hardy gives Rhyno a Twist of Fate! The Hardy Boys throw Rhyno out and ELIMINATE him!
The GLORIOUS Duo goes after the Hardys, and even copy Poetry in Motion. But Matt denies the monkey flip and we get REAL Poetry in Motion! Matt throws Bobby Roode out and ELIMINATES him! Mahal throws and ELIMINATES Metalik! Almas elbows but Kailsto Salidas, only to get an elbow back. Almas monkey flips and ELIMINATES Kalisto! But Gable hits Almas with German Suplexes! Almas grabs the ropes to body scissors and ELIMINATE Gable! The Ascension fight together but they run into Tucker Knight! Heavy Machinery pump it up, Dozer gives us DOUBLE Caterpillar elbows! Heavy Machinery both ELIMINATE The Ascension!
Strowman returns to ELIMINATE Luke Gallows! He double shotgun dropkicks and ELIMINATES Heavy Machinery! The Monster clobbers Crews while Ali and Harper fight with suplexes. Ali holds on as best he can and gets back in. Almas goes after Ali while Strowman ELIMINATES Mahal. Harper suplexes again, Strowman boots and ELIMINATES Harper AND Ali! Strowman is among the Final Five along with The Hardys, Apollo and Almas. The Hardys stick together to go after Strowman while Apollo and Almas fight. Fans echo “DELETE! DELETE!” while Almas and Apollo fight on the apron. Strowman chases Matt but Jeff backs his brother up.
Almas headscissors to ELIMINATE Apollo, but he ELIMINATES himself! Jeff survives but Strowman puts Matt on the apron to join him. Both Hardy Boys pull on Strowman! But here come Che and Jost!! They go after Strowman from behind! But Strowman explodes out and ELIMINATES the Hardys! Now Strowman finally has who he wants. Jost and Che realize the danger they’re both in, but New York wants it. Jost calls for a mic and speaks to Strowman. Fans boo as Jost tries to reason with Strowman. “There are other solutions. Not everything has to end in violence, right?” Jost invites his personal therapist into the ring, so they can all work this out.
The therapist walks up to Strowman but fans know what Strowman should really do. Strowman throws the therapist into a corner, then clubs him down! He’s making an example for Jost as he CHOKE SLAMS the therapist! Strowman throws Jost’s therapist into him, and Jost tells Che to “get him”!? Che is too scared to move. Che says bye, but Strowman won’t let him eliminate himself. Strowman punches and ELIMINATES Che. Jost is all alone, but avoids a boot! Strowman is stuck, Jost starts pushing! Strowman holds on, shoves Jost away, then scoops him up for a MONSTER ELIMINATION!! Braun Strowman wins!
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Monster dominated the field, and gets his revenge at the same time! Strowman holds up the Andre the Giant trophy high above his head as he now gets to add his name to the plaque. With this momentum, will Strowman finally #GetTheseHands on a championship?
The Showcase of the Immortals comes to Broadway!
All the world’s a stage, and the men and women, merely players. But tonight, the players hit the ring to tell their stories on the Grandest Stage of Them All. History has been made time and again, but now the stage will see the players take the chance “to live forever.” The spotlight shines and makes the gold sparkle, but whose names will be up in lights at the end of the show?
The host of Wrestlemania, Alexa Bliss, appears!
The Goddess gladly welcomes everyone to Wrestlemania 35! “Now on a night like this, you don’t just need a host,” you need her. Alexa has the fans and the entire show in the palm of her hand, so if she wants a Wrestlemania moment, she just has to snap her fingers. Don’t believe her? Snap. It’s HULK HOGAN! The Immortal Hulkamania is back on the Showcase of the Immortals and New York is amazed! Hogan hears out his Hulkamaniacs before saying, “Let me tell you something, brother!” It’s great to be back at Mania! Especially in the Silver Dome! Er, okay, the MetLife Stadium, brother!
There are 80 thousand Hulkamaniacs, and all the WWE Superstars dream of having a Mania Moment just like this. Which leads Hogan to ask, “Whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania, Alexa Bliss, and Wrestlemania run wild on you?!” Mic drop and Alexa joins Hulk in showing off the pythons! If this is just the opening moment, what is going to happen next? Wait is that Paul Heyman? He storms right past both Hulkster and The Goddess to go to the ring. “Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong!” Heyman says that if Brock Lesnar is not on last, then they’re not gonna spend any time waiting. The Advocate says they get business done so they can get on a jet to Vegas where Lesnar is “ultimately” appreciated! They’re gonna do it right here, right now! Does that mean what it sounds like?!
WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Seth Rollins!
IT DOES! “Ladies and gentlemen”, The Advocate demands that the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, The Beast, BROCK! LESNAR! Gets to his “Rollins Stomping” now or not at all! Will Lesnar’s impatience come back to bite him in the butt against The Architect?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised by Heyman first, and Lesnar attacks Rollins the second he gets in the ring! Lesnar pursues Rollins and the brawl is on! He knees Rollins the clubs him hard on the back. Rollins hits back but Lesnar hits harder. Lesnar tackles Rollins into the barriers but fans are fired up for the Architect. But Lesnar lifts and F5’s Rollins to the floor! The Beast sneers and scowls at Rollins as Rollins crawls away. Lesnar throws Rollins into the apron head first! The ref wants to check on Rollins but Lesnar throws him into barriers. This still isn’t even a match because Lesnar keeps clubbing Rollins on the outside of the ring. Rollins staggers up but Lesnar throws him over the German announce table! New York is riled up as Lesnar drags Rollins up to throw him back over!
Rollins still forces himself to get up but Lesnar is waiting. Lesnar drags Rollins back up and finally puts him in the ring. New York still supports Rollins as Lesnar gets in. Heyman taunts Rollins while Lesnar demands for the bell. The referee checks on Rollins first but Rollins refuses to stay down. So Lesnar throws Rollins all the way out! Fans boo and jeer while Lesnar simply grins and laughs. The referee checks on Rollins but Lesnar is upon him again, throwing him back over the desk! Lesnar clears off the announce desk and brings Rollins over. He throws Rollins through the desk hood! Rollins writhes while Lesnar laughs more. Lesnar puts Rollins back in the ring and paces while the ref checks on Rollins. Rollins refuses to stay down so the ref has no choice. The bell rings and this match is finally real!
Lesnar runs in and knees Rollins! Lesnar rams his shoulder in then German Suplexes Rollins! “Suplex City, ya sons a b*tches!” He German Suplexes Rollins again! Rollins refuses to stay down but Heyman taunts the “Beastslayer”. Lesnar drags Rollins up and German Suplexes Rollins again! Rollins’ back tells the story of Lesnar’s brutal scheme, but he won’t stay down on his back. Lesnar lifts Rollins, but Rollins revives! Rollins shoves Lesnar into the ref! AND LOW BLOW UPPERCUT! Rollins gets away with that, then hits a mule kick! Heyman protests but there’s no stopping Rollins now! CURB STOMP!! But Rollins can’t cover, and Lesnar flounders away. Rollins drags himself back up, CURB STOMP AGAIN! Rollins still can’t cover but New York gives him the power for a THIRD CURB STOMP! Cover finally, ROLLINS WINS!!
Winner: Seth Rollins, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion
Rollins hath SLAIN the Beast! Heyman cannot believe it, Lesnar cannot believe it, even New York can’t believe it! But everyone in the WWE Universe LOVES it! Rollins does as he said he would, and he finally brings the Universal Championship home!
AJ Styles VS Randy Orton!
The Phenomenal One vows to keep SmackDown the House that AJ Styles Built, but The Viper took offense. Styles wasn’t there in the formative days of the Blue Brand, but Orton was. Will Orton prove to Styles who really owns the House of SmackDown? Or will Styles finally get Orton to see why he is Phenomenal?
The bell rings and these two icons tie up. Styles headlocks but Orton powers him to a corner. Orton doesn’t let up until the ref gets in there. Styles dodges the sucker punch to CHOP away! Styles whips Orton corner to corner but Orton ducks. Orton goes for but Styles narrowly avoids the RKO. Styles keeps his eyes on Orton as they go again. Styles wrenches the arm but Orton reels him into the corner to then thumb the eye! Orton dropkicks Styles down! Orton kicks and scrapes Styles then stomps away on the limbs. Styles writhes with each one while fans duel. Orton brings Styles up for a European Uppercut but then he runs into Styles’ dropkick! Orton bails out but Styles slingshots to forearm Orton down! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Styles drags Orton up and into the ring, but Orton kicks him between the ropes! Orton blasts Styles off the apron and to the barriers! Orton drags Styles up for a back suplex onto the apron! The referee counts so Orton gets Styles in the ring. Orton covers, ONE, but Orton keeps on Styles with a chinlock. Styles endures as Orton squeezes tight. Fans duel while Orton leans on Styles. Styles fights his way up again and throws body shots. Orton holds tighter but Styles pries his way out for haymakers! Styles counter punches Orton, too, then fires off the Phenomenal Blitz! Sliding forearm! Orton staggers to a corner while Styles fires up. Styles hits a corner clothesline, then fireman’s carry to Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO!
Styles keeps his cool while checking his knee. He stands up and drags Orton up. Styles wants the Clash, but Orton resists. Orton pushes out but Styles denies the RKO again. Styles runs but into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Orton keeps his cool while fans sing and duel. Styles rolls to a corner while Orton stalks him. Styles kicks Orton’s leg and thigh, but Orton resists the takedown. Orton punches Styles off him but Styles still rolls him. Orton rolls through to stomp Styles out! The Viper drags Styles up to put him through the ropes. Fans know what this means, and Orton drags Styles out, but Styles avoids the DDT to get the Calf Crusher! Orton endures as Styles cranks back! Fans duel as Styles really pulls deep! Orton crawls and reaches and gets the ropebreak!
Styles lets go to stomp on Orton’s leg now. Orton kicks Styles away with the good leg, but Styles runs in at the corner. Orton puts Styles on the apron but Styles springboards back in. Styles fakes Orton’s RKO out with that one! Styles springboards for real, 450 splash! Cover, TWO! Styles is surprised but Orton does survive. Styles hurries to the other side and springboards again, but Orton gets under. They come back, Orton gives Styles the back2backbreaker! Orton grimaces as he walks on the bad leg. Styles crawls to a corner but Orton is on him. Orton puts him on the top rope and climbs up to join him. Styles fights Orton off with haymakers but Orton headbutts back. Orton punches Styles sideways then climbs back up. Orton stands on the very top, SUPERPLEX!
Both men writhe in pain from the impact but Orton crawls to a cover. TWO, and Orton grows frustrated. Styles crawls but Orton is on him. Orton EuroUppers Styles right to the apron! Orton drags Styles up and through the ropes again, draping DDT hits! But Orton won’t cover, and fans know what he wants now. Orton hears the voices in his head and calls for it. But Styles denies the RKO again to PELE instead! Orton staggers and Styles rolls him up, TWO! RKO!! Cover, TWO!? Styles survives the RKO!? Orton cannot believe it, but it happened! Fans duel again as Styles flounders away. Orton pursues at a hobble and drags Styles up on the apron. Orton brings Styles to a corner and back up to the top rope. He turns around, because he wants THAT! Orton has Styles, but Styles slips out! Styles PELES Orton off the top!
Orton tumbles out of the ring, sore and dazed. The ring count begins and reaches 5 before Orton stands. Styles hobbles over and aims again, springboard, Phenomenal Forearm! But both men are down on the outside, so the ring count restarts. The count reaches 4 when Styles stands, then passes 5 as he hobbles over to Orton. Styles puts Orton in and then aims again. Styles springboards, but Orton catches him! Only to get a hot shot! PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles wins!
Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall
And The Phenomenal One proves his 15 year journey was all worth it! Does this prove to Orton that SmackDown really is AJ Styles’ House?
Lacey Evans is here!
The Sassy Southern Belle classes up the Showcase of the Immortals as she struts her stuff. But, um, will she ever actually do anything? Seems not, as she leaves again.
SmackDown Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: The Usos VS The Bar VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!
Jimmy & Jey showed respect to the New Day during the Tag Team Gauntlet that won Kofi Kingston his shot at the world title. However, no good deed goes unpunished, and now they must face three teams at once! Will they keep the SmackDown Tag Division #OnLock when they have the Swiss Cyborg, Celtic Gladiator, King of Japanese Strong Style, Bulgarian Brute, Dutch Destroyer and The One & Only against them?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and per Fatal 4 Way Tag rules, we start with only two men, Jey and Aleister. Aleister and Jey circle and tie up. Aleister headlock takeovers but Jey headscissors. Roles reverse as Jey headlocks and Aleister headscissors. Jey gets the headlock again, but Aleister powers out. Sheamus tags in off Jey to then dump him out, but Aleister is already on Sheamus! Sheamus powers out to a rolling senton, then wrenches and yanks Aleister’s arm. Aleister powers out but Rusev tags in off Sheamus. Rusev ducks Sheamus and Aleister boots Sheamus out, only for Rusev to run in and run Aleister over! Lana cheers Rusev on as he drags Aleister up to the corner. Tag to Nakamura and Rusev whips to lift Aleister. Nakamura enziguris and Rusev spinebusters Aleister! Nakamura covers, TWO!
The other teams are relieved, but Nakamura whips Aleister to ropes. Aleister holds on and Jimmy tags in off him. Nakamura runs over but Jimmy dumps Nakamura out! Aleister runs but Jimmy pops him up for a Samoan Drop! Nakamura returns but gets a SUPERKICK and uppercut! Then the dragon whp kick! Nakamura staggers but Jimmy whips him to the Uso corner. Nakamura uses that to hit Jey down, but Nakamura misses his roundhouse at Jimmy, to still get him with the heel kick. Ricochet tags in and springboard clotheslines Nakamura down! Cover, TWO! Ricochet drags Nakamura up and avoids the strike fest. Ricochet powers Nakamura to ropes but Cesaro tags in off Nakamura. Sheamus drags Nakamura out while Cesaro goes after Ricochet. Ricochet dodges to tilt-o-whirl, and tilt-o-whirl, and tilt-o-whirl for headscissors! But Cesaro still EuroUppers Ricochet down!
Cesaro boots Rusev away then brings Ricochet in. Sheamus intercepts Rusev and sets him up on the ropes. Cesaro gives Ricochet a Swiss Swing while Sheamus gives Rusev Beats of the Bodhrain! They both get about 10, but the NNakamura runs in. Nakamura gets 10 beats while Cesaro keeps moving. Jey returns but HE gets 10! And so does Aleister! Cesaro hasn’t stopped swinging Ricochet! Sheamus and Cesaro give Aleister and Ricochet way past 10, and then it’s time for the Sharpshooter! Cesaro shouts out Tyson Kidd and the Hart Foundation but Ricochet shows he has strength, too! Ricochet crawls for ropes, but Cesaro drags him away and seats in deep! Jimmy returns to SUPERKICK Cesaro down! Sheamus throws Jimmy out but Jey clotheslines Sheamus and himself out. Rusev tags off Cesaro but Aleister tags Ricochet.
Aleister rallies on Rusev, strike fest and sweep to sliding knee! Springboard, quebrada! Cover, but Nakamura breaks it! Nakamura stomps Aleister out then goes to his corner. Rusev is dazed as he crawls for his corner. Rusev brings Aleister over and tags Nakamura. The King and Brute combine for draping knee and suplex, then sliding knee! Cover, Shooting Star from Ricochet breaks it! Rusev returns and tags in, but he keeps between Aleister and Ricochet. Rusev stomps Aleister as he shouts, but Aleister slips out of the scoop. Ricochet tags in and mule kicks Rusev. Ricochet springboards but is caught for a swinging slam! Cover, TWO! Rusev argues with the ref but that was a two.
Rusev hauls Ricochet up into a corner and then to the top rope. He clubs away on Ricochet’s back but The Bar returns. Cesaro tags in off Rusev and throws him out. Then he tags to Sheamus. Nakamura runs in but gets double mule kicks for it. The Bar climbs up behind Ricochet, but the Usos join in! Things get scary as Rusev and Nakamura add on! DOUBLE Powerbomb Leg Sweep Back SUPERPLEX!! But Ricochet rolls through to survive?! Even Ricochet is shocked he pulled that off. Ricochet hurries up top but Nakamura hurries over. Aleister intercepts Nakamura and knees Rusev down. Ricochet aims at Sheamus, 630!! Cover, but everyone else breaks it! All eight men are down and Lana grows frustrated for her duo.
The teams regroup and Jey tags in off Ricochet. He aims at Sheamus, but frog splashes into a EuroUpper! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Cesaro but Rusev roundhouses Jimmy! Aleister gives Rusev BLACK MASS, but Nakamura gives Aleister KINSHASA! Ricochet gives Nakamura a code breaker! Sheamus hits a BROGUE! But he turns around, and blocks a superkick! But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Sheamus! Sheamus staggers, and gets a DOUBLE SUPERKICK! Jey tags back in and the Usos go to opposite ends! They both take aim and fans know what’s coming, DOUBLE UCE!! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jey Uso pinning; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary! Will Jimmy & Jey ever be anything other than the best team on the blue brand?
The WWE Hall of Fame Class stands on stage!
Fans show their love for The Honky-Tonk Man, Harlem Heat, Torrie Wilson, Brutus Beefcake, The Hart Foundation, Warrior Award winner Sue Aitchison, John Cena’s 600TH Wishmaker, Maysun Laporte, and of course, Degeneration X!
Falls Count Anywhere: Shane McMahon VS The Miz!
They were once the Best Tag Team in the World, #CoBesties, but in the end, Shane O’Mac bitterly took it as the Hollywood A-Lister using him to get his own selfish desires. Shane turned on The Miz the moment they were no longer champions, and then he assaulted Miz’s father in front of him. Now this will be settled in the ring, out of the ring, and anywhere around the arena! Will Miz walk out of New York having exacted revenge? Or will he be lucky to be walking at all?
Shane O’Mac makes sure that the ring announcement is fitting of the “BEST in the Woooorld~” before he actually hits the ring. Then he threatens the ring announcer to give an even better one before he lets Miz make his own entrance. Shane also makes sure Miz’s dad keeps his eyes on him. Miz finally appears, and this Best Grudge Match in the World finally begins!
Miz chases Shane out of the ring then around it and back into it. Shane gets Miz with an elbow and fast hands but then Shane runs away again. Miz dares Shane to get in the ring to fight like a man, but Shane grabs Miz’s dad! The chase is back on and Shane leaps the barrier, only to sucker Miz in for a punch! Shane then throws Miz back in the ring for fast hands. Miz swings but runs into more punches. Shane rope-a-dopes but Miz does hit back. Shane still hits Miz down and throws more hands. Fans boo as Shane kicks Miz down. Shane taunts Miz then throws an elbow. He drags Miz up and makes Papa Miz look at his boy. Miz powers Shane at a corner but Shane throws Miz into the post!
Shane goes out to mule kick Miz down then clear off an announce desk. Shane puts Miz on the table with fast hands, then picks up a spare monitor to SMACK Miz in the head! Miz is down and out but Shane’s not done with him. Shane goes to the ring, to the corner, and to the top rope. Shane loves doing crazy things, but Papa Miz jumps the rails?! Papa Miz defends his son while daring Shane to fight him instead?! Shane can’t believe this, but he accepts! He dares George Mizanin to get in the ring. So George does! George vows to fight for his son, Mike, and New York is on his side! He even puts his dukes up! Shane helps George have proper form. Shane shows his foot work but he doesn’t take George serious. Then he sucker punches and stomps George down!
Miz runs in and clobbers Shane! Miz fires off on behalf of his father! Shane bails out but Miz throws him into barriers! Miz throws haymaker after haymaker then throws Shane into other barriers! And then other barriers! He dumps Shane over into the front row! But Miz goes back to his father and asks medics to check on him. Papa George says he’s fine, but Miz still insists someone check on him. Miz then goes back to Shane with a furious LEAPING crossbody! He rains down lefts on Shane right in front of the WWE Universe! Miz drags Shane up and bumps him off platforming. Miz stalks Shane and rams him into an LED pillar!
Shane stumbles to the other corner of the brace, but Miz is on him with a full nelson. Shane denies the Finale to ram Miz into the LED pillar now! He keeps Miz up against the LEDs as he throws kidney shots! Shane wants Miz to suffer as he DDT’s him onto the platform leg! Cover, TWO!! Miz won’t be beat so easily, and he kicks Shane in the leg. Shane staggers back, but Miz uses the support cables to dropkick Shane to railing! Miz is seething as he stalks Shane. Shane stands up but Miz kicks his legs out. Miz stomps the leg over and over then stomps Shane in the face. Miz won’t let up but he does fetch a steel chair! Fans love how this is going as Miz SMACKS Shane’s leg against railing! And then SMACKS him on the back!
Fans are truly face to face with the action as Miz SMACKS Shane up the steps. Miz stalks and jabs Shane with the chair more as they reach the row of international correspondents. Miz throws Shane over their desk and then throws their desk onto Shane! Fans are loving this as Miz stalks Shane all the way from the Japanese desk to the Chinese! Miz throws over arm chairs just to get at Shane! Shane flounders to his feet only to get vicious haymakers from Miz! Miz then CHOKE SLAMS Shane through a table!! Cover, TWO!? Shane survives, but Miz might actually like that! The international commentary are all in shock as Miz looms over Shane. Miz picks up a monitor, to SMASH Shane OVER railing! New York loses their minds as Shane also bounces off a golf cart! Cover, TWO!?
Shane is proving tougher than expected but Miz is also more sadistic than anyone knew. Miz drags Shane around by his nose, to then ram Shane into railing. Shane limps and drags a leg as Miz beats him up into the Kickoff Show area! Miz shows no mercy as he forces Shane to go into the scaffolding. Miz full nelsons Shane for the SKULL CRUSHING FINALE!! Cover, TWO?!? But again, Miz is actually amused Shane survives. Miz pushes Shane OFF the scaffolding! Thankfully, there’s another platform. Miz stomps Shane as he joins him on that platform. Shane hits back with a camera case! Shane staggers up and retreats by climbing even higher!? Miz goes after him but Shane kicks him away. Shane, with one good leg, makes it to the very top platform. Miz finds a way up from the other side, and Shane finds himself cornered.
With nothing else left to him, Shane apologizes?! Shane begs for mercy on one good knee, but Miz doesn’t give it to him! Miz fires off more haymakers then brings Shane to the literal edge! SUPERPLEX!! They crash land through some spare platform and New York loses their minds! But it’s a cover!? Shane wins?!?
Winner: Shane McMahon, by pinfall
By a technicality of the fall, Shane was on top of Miz’s shoulders! Shane literally survives the Miz’s wrath, but will there be a sequel to this match that surpasses the original?
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: Bayley & Sasha Banks VS Natalya & Beth Phoenix VS Nia Jax & Tamina VS The IIconics!
The Glampire joins commentary for this historic first Wrestlmania defense of these brand-new Women’s Tag Titles! Paige isn’t sure who wins, just that this will be great! Can the Boss & Hug Connection keep those titles to stay the champs? Or will three teams be one too many to keep the inaugural reign going?
The Divas of Doom shout out the Hart Foundation not just in colors, but in theme songs! Uncle Bret is there to give them his support as they go to the ring.
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and while Tamina wants right at Beth, we begin with her and Bayley. Tamina and Bayley circle and tie up, but Tamina shoves her down. Bayley comes back but gets run over, and Tamina trash talks Beth. Tamina then sucker punches Beth and SUPERKICKS Natty! She also hits Sasha and the IIconics, but Beth storms in to get back at her! Nia runs in to throw Beth but Natty and Sasha go after Nia. They dropkick and shove the Irresistible Force out, then the Divas of Doom double whip Nia into steps! Meanwhile, Bayley throws Tamina into a post! Peyton Royce tags in but Bayley drop toeholds her. Bayley tags Sasha and the champs crisscross Peyton. Sasha meteora but Peyton rolls her up! TWO, but Peyton heel kicks Sasha down! Cover again, TWO!
Peyton drags Sasha over and tags in Billie. The IIconics double kick and hook Sasha before striking their pose. But Sasha rolls Billie, TWO! Billie throws Sasha down then tags Peyton. Billie blasts Bayley and then the IIconics double wheelbarrow suplex Sasha down! Peyton covers now, TWO! The IIconics grow frustrated but Sasha back slides Peyton. TWO, but Sasha blocks a kick to give a kick. Tag to Bayley and the champs double whip. Assisted Dropkick, but Beth tags in! Beth gets one of those dropkicks, and Bayley keeps on her with a sliding lariat! Bayley runs but Billie tags in to rain rights on Beth! Cover, TWO! Billie tags Peyton and the IIconics hit Beth with the bulldog knee! Cover, TWO! The IIconics are furious but both Natty and the champs are relieved. Billie tags back in but fans rally for Beth.
The IIconics try to suplex but Beth suplexes them! Beth crawls for Natty and tags in. Beth lifts Billie, Natty rounds, Hart Attack! Cover, but Bayley breaks it! Bayley bails out and Sasha tags off Billie. Natty sees Sasha coming for a waistlock slam. Tag to Beth and the Divas of Doom combine, but Bayley saves Sasha. Bayley hits Natty but Beth hits Bayley. Beth whips Bayley to a corner then whips Sasha in. Bayley helps Sasha go up and Sasha boots Beth. Then Bayley uses Sasha as a weapon, tilt-o-whirl into the crossface! Bayley hits Natty away while Beth endures the Bank Statement! Beth powers her way to a cover, but Sasha rolls through! But Beth pops out for chicken wings! Sasha victory rolls the Glam Slam away, but Natty tags in.
Natty trips Sasha but Bayley runs in. Natty clotheslines Bayley but then Sasha wheelbarrows, only for Natty to throw Sasha on Bayley! She puts the Boss & Hug Connection in a DOUBLE SHARPSHOOTER! Natty does the Hart Foundation proud as both champs endure this hold! Bayley keeps Sasha from tapping, but Tamina SUPERKICKS Natty down! Beth runs in and fights with Tamina. Nia helps Tamina by throwing Beth down by her hair. The Samoan Dynasty drags Beth up for double headbutts! Nia drags Beth up and out but The IIconics come back! Only for double Samoan Drops! Nia runs in and squashes Sasha while Tamina hits Bayley! The Boss & Hug Connection are both in drop zones, and the Samoan Dynasty gets an idea. Nia and Tamina both climb up, but Beth shoves Nia down!
Tamina hurries over to go after the Divas of Doom, but they run her over with a double lariat! Sasha double meteoras the Divas of Doom! Sasha puts Beth in and brings her around. Tag to Bayley who climbs up. Sasha tags back in as Bayley hits the Macho Elbow! Sasha climbs and hits the frog splash! Cover, TWO!! The champs are shocked they didn’t end this, but Sasha bumps Beth in the corner. Sasha fires off and tags in Bayley. The Hug & Boss haul Beth up top then climb up with her. Natty returns to help Beth by giving Sasha a spinning sit-out bomb! Bayley and Beth are still up top, and Beth brings Bayley around into chicken wings! Billie tags in before the SUPER GLAM SLAM! Peyton throws Beth out, Billie covers!! The IIconics win!!
Winners: The IIconics, Billie Kay pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
Peyton & Billie take advantage of this golden opportunity, and now they’re the second-ever champions! Wrestlemania and the titles are now truly IIconic!
WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan w/ Rowan VS Kofi Kingston w/ The New Day!
There are quite a few parallels, but plenty of differences between these two superstars. Both were called “B+ Players”, and both were held down by the McMahon Family’s authority. But like the “New” Daniel Bryan before him, Kofi has broken through those obstacles to finally challenge for the world title 1v1! Will #KOFIMANIA truly follow in the footsteps of the #YesMovement? Or will the Planet’s Champion find a way to sustain his sustainable title reign?
Awwwww~ Wrestlemania! Don’t you dare be sour! Big E & New Day have some surprises planned if and when Kofi wins. We can only guess what those are as Daniel Bryan makes his own entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we feel~ the power~ as this match begins!
New York is thunderous behind Kofi but Bryan tunes it out. Kofi and Bryan circle and tie up. Bryan headlocks and takeover but Kofi headscissors. Bryan pops out and fans chant “Kofimania!” Kofi and Bryan circle again and tie up. Bryan gets the armlock and wrenches through, but Kofi reverses to his own. Kofi gets the headlock takeover but Bryan gets the headscissors. Kofi pops out to a jackknife but they bridge to a backslide. Both men battle and Kofi flips Bryan over. Bryan comes back with a monkey flip but Kofi lands on his feet to dropkick Bryan out! Kofi builds speed and FLIES for a Trust Fall! He wipes Bryan out and The New Day is fired up. There’s another viewing party backstage as the many superstars from the battle royals and previous matches support Kofimania.
Back at ringside, Kofi puts Bryan in but Bryan bails right back out. Bryan wants to catch his breath and talk with Rowan. The referee counts as Bryan takes his time returning. Kofi corners Bryan but Bryan turns it around to throw body shots. Bryan throws EuroUppers, then puts on another headlock. Fans continue to cheer Kofi as Kofi powers out. Bryan runs Kofi over but things speed up and Kofi hurdles. Kofi back elbows but Bryan blocks to a takedown! Bryan has the legs hooked and goes for the arms. Bryan pulls Kofi into the Mexican Surfboard! Kofi endures and pries free to kick Bryan’s legs. Kofi puts Bryan in a corner for stomps, then uppercuts of his own. He whips Bryan corner to corner but Bryan goes up and over.
Things speed up again, but Kofi catches Bryan with double stomps! Cover, TWO! Bryan gasps for air while Kofi keeps his cool. Kofi stalks Bryan to another corner but Bryan trips him up. Bryan rolls the leg then gets a rear mount. He grinds Kofi’s face into the mat! Bryan lets up at 4 to rain down rights to Kofi’s back. Bryan drags Kofi up by his dreads to then back suplex. Kofi lands out of it for a leaping lariat! Kofi and fans fire up as he hits the “NEW~ DAY~” Boom Drop! Fans fire up but Bryan bails out to the apron. Kofi dropkicks Bryan down then climbs up. Kofi springboards for a crossbody, that Bryan sends into the desk! The referee and New Day check on Kofi after that crash landing, but he’s somehow okay to continue.
A ring count begins and Bryan is up first. Bryan drags Kofi up and in at 6, then takes aim from a corner. Bryan drives knees into Kofi’s back and ribs all the way to ropes. He drags Kofi up and suplexes Kofi to hang him out to dry. Bryan then kicks the draped Kofi over and over! Bryan leaves Kofi there as he goes to the top rope, for a guillotine knee drop! Cover, TWO! Kofi crawls to a corner but Bryan stalks behind him. Bryan rams knees into Kofi’s ribs then squeezes with a rear bearhug. Kofi endures and fans rally up. Kofi stands but Bryan wrangles him back down. Bryan leans his weight on Kofi then rolls him to a bridging cover, TWO!
The watch party continues to rally for Kofi as he endures the squeeze again. Kofi feeds off the energy but Bryan throws him back down. Another bridging cover, TWO! Another, ONE! Bryan keeps on Kofi but Kofi gets back up. Kofi elbows and backs Bryan into a corner and keeps elbowing until he’s free of the bearhug. Kofi catches his breath but walks into a drop toehold int buckles. Bryan runs corner to corner for a dropkick! Bryan keeps going and hits another! He wants the hat trick, but gets Kofi’s stomps, only to catch it into a Boston Crab! Kofi endures as Bryan sits down deep! The New Day and the fans give Kofi the energy for a ropebreak! Bryan lets go but the damage is done.
Kofi crawls to a corner but Bryan is on him with No Kicks. Bryan kicks Kofi then turns him around to put him on the top rope. Bryan climbs up behind Kofi, but Kofi resists. Kofi elbows Bryan away, but Bryan leaps up to club Kofi on the back. But Kofi elbows Bryan away again, only for Bryan to come back again. Bryan climbs up but Kofi fights with more elbows! They become Yes Elbows with the crowd’s cheers. Kofi turns around and aims, Bryan stands and gets a crossbody to the back! Cover, TWO!! The watch party can’t believe it, but they’re not giving up on Kofi. Kofi doesn’t give up either as he drags Bryan up for forearms. Bryan flounders but gives forearms back. They go back and forth, and fans cheer Kofi while booing Bryan.
The brawl picks up pace and goes fast and furious! Bryan throws body shots, but Kofi spins, only to get caught! But Kofi rolls the crab into a cradle, TWO! Bryan makes it his cradle, TWO! Bryan swings but denies SOS. He runs into an elbow and Kofi hops up, crossbody! Cover, TWO and to a cover, TWO! Bryan gets the arm, LeBell Lock!! But Kofi rolls and kicks Bryan down! The watch party feels Kofi is growing closer, and the fans are giving Kofi everything they have. But Kofi runs into Bryan’s stomps! Bryan goes to the opposite corner and takes aim at Kofi. He mockingly brings back his “YES! YES!” movement as Kofi stands. Bryan runs out, but his knee misses! High stack cover, TWO! SOS!! Cover, TWO, into LeBell Lock!
Kofi holds it off so Bryan elbows Kofi in the ribs. Bryan puts the hold back on, but Kofi crawls. Kofi reaches with a leg and gets the ropebreak! Bryan is frustrated, but then he grins? Is Bryan actually enjoying this? The New Day coaches Kofi up but Bryan fires off more No Kicks. But Kofi stands up with each one! Kofi feeds off the kicks! Bryan is shocked but Kofi eggs him on! The fans are thunderous as Kofi returns kick for kick. But Bryan mule kicks, only to kick into a dragon sleeper?! Kofi hits an inverted suplex! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives and slumps out of the ring right to Rowan’s feet. Kofi pursues but Rowan is in his way. The Big Red Bodyguard won’t let Kofi through, so Xavier Woods jumps in! Rowan catches and tosses Woods, then clobbers Big E on the other side!
Kofi gives Rowan Trouble in Paradise! Big E scoops and Woods jumps in, Midnight Hour on the floor! The New Day takes Rowan out, but Bryan’s building speed! Kofi intercepts with a big right hand! Kofi hurries into the ring and the fans are thunderous again. Bryan slowly stands, Trouble in Paradise misses, but not the Knee Plus!! Cover, TWO!?! Even the watch party is shocked by that! Bryan is beside himself on what he has to do to end Kofimania. Bryan grabs Kofi’s hands and gives him Danielson stomps! He makes The New Day watch each vicious one. Bryan then reels Kofi back into the LeBell Lock! Kofi endures all over again, but comes back to life!
Bryan clubs away on Kofi’s head but Kofi still holds on. Kofi pries his way out and rolls Bryan so that he can throw hands. But Bryan makes it a double wristlock! Kofi still fights through and rains rights! Kofi gives some serious ground ‘n’ pound now! Bryan holds on but Kofi just uses that to give those Danielson stomps back! The old stomping stampede returns for Kofi as he fires up! Kofi aims from a corner as he dares Bryan to stand back up. Bryan does, Trouble in Paradise!! Cover, Kofi wins!!
Winner: Kofi Kingston, by pinfall; NEW WWE Champion
Kofimania has a happy ending!! The 11 year wait is over, Kofi is a Grand Slam Champion, and most of all, he is THE world champion! The New Day celebrates, the watch party celebrates, the WWE Universe celebrates! But best of all, that sustainable belt is replaced, with THE WWE World Championship belt! Kofi finally gets to hold the gold everyone wants! How much higher will Kofimania ascend now that he’s finally champion?!
Alexa Bliss visits the Trainer’s Room.
Or as someone has renamed it, the Wrestlemania mortuary. Michael Che is icing his mouth and Colin Jost is icing a shoulder while both guys are icing knees. Alexa apologizes for Strowman’s treatment of them, he’s really nice deep down. She did try to settle things, but Jost blames Che. Che says Jost’s mouth is to blame. They argue but Alexa says they’ll be in excellent hands. Doctors Nash and Hall are here to give a… prostate exam…? Are they licensed?
WWE United States Championship: Samoa Joe VS Rey Mysterio!
Booker T joins commentary to celebrate Kofi’s win, but also to call this SmackDown based championship match! While the King of Lucha Libre was questionable for competing tonight, he is still game ready mentally against The Destroyer! But will Samoa Joe put Rey’s Grand Slam Dreams to sleep with a Coquina Clutch?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the bell rings! Joe immediately boots Mysterio right down then gives headbutt after headbutt! He scoops Mysterio but Mysterio tilt-o-whirls to a DDT! Mysterio gets to the apron and springboard huricanranas Joe onto ropes. Dial it up, 619 already! Mysterio climbs up fast and wheelbarrows, but Joe sits him down! Into the Coquina Clutch already! Mysterio fades, the referee calls it! Joe wins!!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission; still WWE United States Champion
And it’s over already!? Joe puts Mysterio to bed faster than just about anyone, but will Mysterio make a comeback and finally get his Grand Slam?
Roman Reigns VS Drew McIntyre!
The Big Dog has beaten champions and legends, and he’s even beaten Leukemia for a second time in his life. But the Scottish Terminator promises to be deadlier than that in this grudge match. Will McIntyre truly break The Shield with this match tonight? Or will Roman rise up and prove this is always his Yard?
The bell rings, and Roman stares down with McIntyre. Then they throw hands! Roman uppercuts McIntyre over and over to a corner, then whips him to ropes. McIntyre kicks back but runs into a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! Roman keeps his eyes on McIntyre as he stalks him to a corner. Roman climbs up to rain down rights, but McIntyre shoves him away before 10. McIntyre runs but into another uppercut! Roman whips McIntyre but McIntyre reverses, only to run into a boot. Roman runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre drags Roman up and CHOPS him, then headbutts him. McIntyre scoops but Roman slips out, only to get an elbow. Roman dodges the shoulder to kick McIntyre back, then drop a guillotine leg drop! McIntyre tumbles out and Roman is on him again.
Roman runs but into a Glasgow Kiss! Roman drops but McIntyre drags him back up. McIntyre puts Roman in a corner only to throw him across the way! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps his cool as he keeps on Roman with an armlock and chinbar. Roman endures being bent and twisted back, and powers his way up. Roman fights against the hold but McIntyre pulls his hair to bring him back in. McIntyre grinds his forearm into Roman’s face then puts the chinbar back on. Roman powers up again and body shots out. McIntyre knees low then whips, but Roman holds ropes to throw McIntyre out. Roman clobbers McIntyre to the floor! Roman sees McIntyre on the apron and goes outside, for the Drive-By Drop- No, McIntyre dodges and Roman hits the apron.
McIntyre clubs away, then drags Roman up for a suplex to the floor! Roman writhes but so does McIntyre as that landing was double-edged. A ring count starts and reaches 5 before McIntyre puts Roman back in. McIntyre takes his time stalking Roman to the corner. He runs in but into an elbow. Roman goes to boot but McIntyre elbows back. McIntyre drags Roman out into the inverted Alabama slam! Cover, TWO!! Roman narrowly escapes but McIntyre rains down rights. McIntyre makes sure Roman sees the last punch coming. McIntyre soaks up the heat before dragging Roman up. He puts Roman on the top rope, and CHOPS him. McIntyre climbs up and tells Roman, “You should’ve said no!” But Roman hits McIntyre back! Roman headbutts McIntyre into the Tree of Woe! But McIntyre sits back up to suplex Roman off!
McIntyre glares at Roman as he watches The Big Dog crawl. He tells Roman “I broke the Shield!” McIntyre hauls Roman up for double underhooks, “This one’s for Ambrose!” That gets Roman to fight back! Roman throws uppercuts, but McIntyre SLAPS Roman! Now Roman’s angry! Roman clobbers and whips but McIntyre reverses, only to get a boot! McIntyre tumbles out and Roman takes aim again, Drive-By Dropkick hits! Roman puts McIntyre back in but McIntyre bails out. McIntyre drags Roman out but Roman shoves him into barriers! And then hits a Samoan Drop! Roman puts McIntyre in again, but McIntyre whips, only to get a leaping lariat!
Fans fire up with Roman as he locks ‘n’ loads! Roman runs to SUPERMAN- McIntyre dodges for another Glasgow Kiss! But Roman comes back with a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Fans know what’s coming next as Roman fires up in the corner. Roman lets out the battle cry, and SPEARS McIntyre! Cover, Roman wins!
Winner: Roman Reigns, by pinfall
The Big Dog’s in-ring return is victorious! Roman shuts McIntyre up and stops the sweep of The Shield! Will Roman’s inspirational story spark something big in the coming future?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter finally takes the stage, but he’s behind a drum set? Elias is a man of more than one instrument, and he gives a nice drum intro. Then he’s on piano and plays another good intro. And then he’s in the ring with his true love: guitar. Elias speaks to New York and asks if they’ve ever seen a more handsome band. Tonight is going to be very special, because he’ll do what no one has ever done before. Elias will play alongside himself! Drum Elias counts them in and Piano Elias joins in for a very jazzy Blues number. And it is actually really good. Elias compliments his alter egos and has them take a bow. But now Prime Elias will take it from here.
“Who Wants to Walk with Elias?!” New York seems okay with that, and start singing for Elias. Elias plays along with Seven Nation Army. Well if you liked that, just wait for the triangle, bass and harpsichord. But in all seriousness, Elias promises the greatest performance in professional music history! The fans will receive the greatest blessing, because WWE truly stands for Walk With Elias! New York knows that, and Elias smiles. But for the first song, Elias has something especially for Wrestlemania, and it will surely be the Mania theme song for the rest of history. So please silence phones, hold applause, and most importantly, SHUT YOUR MOUTHS! Elias begins, but a strange video package starts to play…
It is a special bulletin breaking news of the World Series. Chicago Cubs VS New York Yankees, Babe Ruth calling his shot. Elias has no idea what this has to do with him, but as Babe Ruth hits that homer, JOHN CENA appears?! And not just any Cena, THUGANOMICS! Word Life returns and Cena hits the ring! “Kill the beat, kill the beat.” Fans are excited to see Cena back and especially as the Doctor of Thuganomics. Poor Elias just got the worst deal, because he’s in the ring with Cena ’bout to turn Heel. Silence phones, hold applause, shut mouth and no string plucks. Cena feels like he’s watching one of his own movies, cuz this just sucks. WWE is Walk With Elias? Not really feeling it. Because without a guitar, Elias is just a wasted wrestling experiment.
Cena’s a bad man, his style’s like a pitbull that bit you. Elias isn’t even a whole dog, just a little piece of Shitzu. And a graphic to illustrate. Fans are loving this but Cena’s not done. He’d ask for a duet, but Elias would just put it on the shelf. We did all just see, Elias prefers to play with himself. And Cena may be the Golden Shovel, so it’s time to bury the Push. Elias is like Cena’s (pistachio) nuts but with a harrier bush. Did Cena wear out his welcome? Guess he’ll just leave you. No AA today, so Elias will just get an F U. Sucker punch takes Elias down! And “You Can’t See Me!” Five Knuckle Shuffle throwback! Pump ’em up! AA FU! Peace out. Is this John Cena going to be the one that’s back full time?
No Holds Barred: Triple H VS Batista!
Did The Game hold The Animal down in WWE? Did The Animal simply quit out of his own frustration and selfishness? It doesn’t really matter now, because the rules are out the window and HHH’s wrestling career is on the line. Will HHH avenge Ric Flair for Batista’s betrayal? Or will Batista be the one to finally end The Game?
The bell rings and HHH gets face to face with Batista. They then rush each other and Batista tackles HHH to a corner! Batista rams his shoulder in but HHH knees him back. HHH throws hands back but Batista clobbers him down! Batista stalks HHH and whips him but HHH reverses to elbow Batista out of the ring. HHH catches his breath before pursuing Batista. Batista throws HHH over the desk! But HHH jumps up and over the desk to tackle Batista! Both men hit the apron but HHH rains down rights. HHH goes to throw Batista but Batista throws HHH over barriers! Batista goes back but HHH hits him with a toolbox! Batista staggers and falls but HHH goes back to the toolbox to empty it out. HHH has a chain! And he uses it to LASH Batista on the back!
HHH looms over Batista to LASH him again! Then HHH takes the chain and wraps it around Batista’s neck and choke him! The chain also gets in Batista’s eyes and mouth as HHH pulls back hard. HHH then lets go of the chain to sling Batista to the floor. HHH drags Batista up to whip Batista into steel steps. Batista is down and HHH tosses the chain aside. HHH picks up a pair of pliers from the toolbox! HHH drags Batista onto the steel steps and uses those pliers to crush Batista’s fingers! Batista writhes and shouts in pain but HHH uses the pliers to put on a keylock. HHH traps that arm and dares Batista to give up. HHH stomps the arm!
Batista writhes and goes to the ring, but HHH grabs a chair! HHH brings it to the ring, but he also brings needle nose pliers now. HHH grins with the sadism of old before he SMACKS Batista with a chair! Batista is on the mat and HHH sits on Batista with the chair! HHH uses the chair to choke Batista, and then he brings the needle nose pliers to go after the nose ring!! Batista can only scream and shout as HHH RIPS the ring from his nostril! The referee checks on Batista but Batista stumbles and crawls away. HHH kisses the nose ring! HHH goes back to the chain while Batista retreats to the announce desk. Batista stands as HHH wraps his hand in that chain. HHH leaps, but Batista sends him onto the desk!
Batista goes after HHH at the other announce desk, and back suplexes him on top of it! The table doesn’t give, but Batista takes a seat in an arm chair just a moment. Batista drags HHH up and whips him into barriers! HHH crawls but Batista lifts him up, for an Angle Slam onto the announce desk! The table still doesn’t give for another solid landing. Batista drags HHH off the desk to club him down. Batista whips HHH into barriers on the other side! HHH’s family is there booing Batista as Batista goes for the chair. Batista SMACKS HHH in return! Batista stalks HHH and puts him back in the ring. Finally a cover, TWO!
Batista stalks HHH to a corner and rams his shoulder back in. He whips HHH back into that corner for a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Batista keeps his cool, but HHH throws body shots. Batista clubs HHH then whips, but HHH counters with his signature knee smash. HHH gets to a corner but Batista runs in, only to miss and get post! The H Family cheers as HHH kicks low! He underhooks but Batista powers out to an Air Raid Crash! Cover, TWO!! HHH survives but Batista keeps focus. Batista throws HHH out of the ring and takes his time following after. Batista drags HHH over to bump him off the announce desk. HHH flounders while Batista picks up the top of the steel steps. Batista RAMS HHH in the head!
Batista catches his breath a moment and leaves the steel steps on one desk while clearing off the other. He scoops HHH and snake eyes him onto the steps. Batista makes sure HBK sees this as he climbs up onto the desk. Batista gives the thumbs up, and the thumbs down! He lifts HHH, but HHH back drops Batista onto the other desk! This desk doesn’t give way, either! HHH shoves the steel steps away while he catches his breath and Batista writhes in pain. HHH drags himself up while Batista stirs on the other desk. Both men slowly stand on the desks and head for each other. HHH says “SUCK IT” as he SPEARS Batista through the third desk!! Both men are down but this needs to end with a cover or submission!
HHH and Batista slowly stir, and Batista crawls away from HHH. HHH still pursues, and the two fight each other as they crawl into the ring. Batista drags HHH back down to throw haymakers and ax handles. Batista goes back into the ring but HHH slumps back down. HHH takes a moment to catch his breath, but he also finds an old friend under the ring: the sledgehammer! And not just one, but two! HHH brings one hammer with him into the ring, but Batista SPEARS him!! Cover, TWO!! HHH still lives and Batista starts to grow frustrated. Batista staggers to his feet and grabs the sledgehammer for his own! Batista runs at HHH but gets a boot. HHH grabs sledgehammer but runs into Batista’s boot. HHH roars with anger but runs into a SPINEBUSTER!
Batista fires himself up like it’s 2005. He drags HHH up for the bomb, BATISTA BOMB!! Cover, TWO!? HHH survives and Batista is shocked! Batista goes out and brings in the base steps! He shoves it towards HHH and then hobbles over to bring HHH up. Batista brings HHH to a corner, then to the top rope. Fans can tell what Batista wants as he lines it up. HHH fights for his life but Batista hits back. Batista climbs but HHH slips under! HHH POWERBOMBS Batista on the steel steps!! Batista somehow stands, but HHH is on him with a PEDIGREE!! Cover, TWO?!? How does Batista survive that?! HHH doesn’t have time question it, he just crawls to his sledgehammer.
Batista crawls back to the steel steps, but HHH aims with his hammer. HHH runs in but Batista hits low! Batista DDT’s HHH on the steps! HHH goes up and over with the power of that spike! HHH somehow drags himself to ropes while Batista flounders away. Fans see something though: It’s Ric Flair! The Nature Boy gives HHH the second hammer! And as for Batista, he tells him off for what he did. Batista gets up, but HHH uses the steps for a FLYING hammer shot! And then, one more Pedigree!! Cover, HHH wins!
Winner: HHH, by pinfall; does NOT have to retire from in-ring competition
The Nature Boy chose a side, and The Game wins! This is the first time but the most important time HHH has ever beaten Batista, but will Batista simply quit and go back to Hollywood like before?
Alexa Bliss has The B-Team model new Daniel Bryan T-Shirts.
Of course, the statement on the shirt, “And STILL… The Planet’s Champion”, was made out of over confidence that he would win. These now defunct collectors items can be yours on the WWE’s official shirt. The B-Team do a modeling dance, but Ron Simmons comes by to say… “DAMN!” Classic Ron.
Kurt Angle’s Farewell Match: Kurt Angle VS Baron Corbon!
The Olympic Gold Medalist will retire, whether he wins or loses. As such, he wants to make sure he settles the grudge with the Lone Wolf before he hangs it up for good. Will Angle show the WWE Universe and most importantly Corbin himself, that he’s still got it? Or will Corbin be the last and most embarrassing loss in Angle’s Hall of Fame level career?
The bell rings and Angle starts swinging on Corbin! Corbin staggers but boots Angle back. Corbin runs but into a belly2belly! Angle stalks Corbin to a corner but Corbin rakes his eyes. Corbin runs, slides then slides in, but into a waistlock. He elbows out and throws hands to then throw Angle into ropes. Corbin mocks the gold medalist but fans boo and jeer Corbin. Corbin drags Angle up for haymakers, then taunts Angle about this being his last chance to be a hero. He puts Angle in a corner and throws more hands, but fans boo and jeer more. Corbin knees Angle low then tells the fans to shush while he elbows Angle down. Corbin chokes Angle on the ropes while taunting Angle’s family. The ref counts and Corbin lets up at 4. Corbin hops up but misses his ax handle!
Angle gets Corbin with a German Suplex! And a second! And a third! Cover, TWO! Angle doesn’t slow down, he stalks Corbin for the Angle Slam. But Corbin slips out and boots Angle down! Corbin sneers as he drags Angle up. He prepares a bomb but Angle back drops! Corbin sunset flips but Angle rolls through to the ankle lock! Corbin endures and pushes Angle off, but Angle dodges to run, into DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO!! Angle narrowly escapes and Corbin is furious! Corbin runs in at Angle in a corner, but misses! He staggers back into the Angle Slam! Cover, TWO!! Corbin survives but Angle brings down the straps! Angle grabs the leg for the ankle lock!
Corbin endures as Angle twists, and Angle drags him away from ropes. Corbin grits his teeth as he rolls through to send Angle into buckles! Angle spits and sputters while Corbin limps to his feet. Corbin mocks the fans who wanted Cena in this match with the “You Can’t See Me” hands. Corbin then whips but Angle rocks Corbin with a right! And gets another German! And another! Angle gets a sixth German total, but he’s not done there! This is his last match, and fans fire up as Angle wants one last go at the top rope. Ange MOONSAULTS, but flops! Well it was never his best move… Corbin reels Angle in for End of Days! Cover, Corbin wins?!
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall
The Lone Wolf ruins everyone’s fun as he ruins the finale to Angle’s in-ring career. No one in the WWE Universe can believe it, nor does Angle. Will Corbin use this deafening silence to make his way to a championship?
Angle grabs a mic and fans still cheer and chant “Thank You, Kurt!” But Angle tells them that for the past 20 years, he’s had the time of his life. Even here tonight. Angle thanks each and every one of the fans, but he wants this to end his way. Play his music and say those classic two words. “You Suck! You Suck!” Of course, everyone means it with love. Angle says his final good-byes as far as the ring goes, but will Angle find a new way to be part of the WWE?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Demon Finn Balor!
The Almighty Rocky Mountain Machine has always seen as Finn the man too small and weak to measure up. But now, he must face Balor the Demon! Will Lashley still feel mighty against such a mysterious force? Or will he end the mystique of Balor while staying golden?
The introductions are made as darkness and the Demon himself descends upon the arena! The belt is raised and the bell rings to begin this supernatural meets superhuman match!
Lashley runs at Balor but Balor heel kicks and ax kicks Lashley back! Balor shotgun dropkicks Lashley then rallies with lariats. Balor throws Lashley out to then build speed and FLY! Direct hit! Lio approaches but backs off right away from Balor. Balor puts Lashley in and goes corner to corner, but into a BIG urenage! Balor gets to the apron but Lashley knocks him down. Lashley drags Balor up and suplexes him across the ring! Balor gets to the other apron but Lashley clubs him again. Lashley suplexes Balor back the other way! Balor returns to the apron but Lashley CLOBBERS him right back down! Lio trash talks Balor while Lashley picks him up and rams him into barriers! Lashley roars as he goes side to side to run back in, but into a Slingblade!
Balor scares Lio again, then runs to shotgun Lashley into barriers! The ring count climbs but Balor puts Lashley in. Balor climbs up but Lio distracts. Balor runs him off but Lashley SPEARS Balor off the apron! Both men crash on the ground, but Lashley puts Balor back in. Lashley aims again, for another SPEAR! Cover, TWO!? Balor survives?! Lashley and Lio are shocked, but Lashley glares as he drags Balor back up. Lashley lifts Balor but Balor fights out of the bomb. Balor goes to lift but Lashley’s too big. Balor knees Lashley in the ribs but he still can’t get Lashley up. He kicks and knees Lashley more, and manages a powerbomb!! The fans fire up as Balor climbs high. COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Demon conquers the Machine, and now Finn Balor is a Too Sweet two-time Intercontinental Champion! Whether man or demon, will Finn Balor reign fOreVER?
Alexa Bliss returns to the stage!
The Goddess and Wrestlemania host recaps the new champions crowned, the many surprises witnessed, and even the Demon reigning. But now we’ve broken history with 82,265 people in attendance at MetLife! Fireworks celebrate this attendance record, but the real fireworks are about to fly with the historic main event! Alexa feels like it’s time for intermission. What? No, that’s a cue for… The Fabulous Truth! Carmella won the Women’s Battle Royal, but now she and R-Truth get the fans back into things with a record-setting Seven Second DANCE BREAK~! Floss like you’ve never flossed before! Or whatever moves you prefer. And is this longer than seven seconds? Well who cares, it’s Wrestlemania.
Raw & SmackDown Women’s Championships, Winner Takes All Triple Threat: Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch!
The history of this history-making match really begins with Survivor Series 2018. Everyone wanted Ronda VS Becky, Raw Women’s Champion VS SmackDown Women’s Champion. But The Man chose to take the fight to the Baddest Woman’s brand, only to get a broken nose from Nia Jax. The dream match was changed to Ronda VS Charlotte, and that’s when things grew complicated. There was fighting between Ronda and Charlotte, Becky and Ronda, and Charlotte and Becky. Becky lost her SmackDown Women’s Championship but jumped into the Women’s Royal Rumble to win it. She called out the Raw Women’s Champion, but then Vince McMahon made an executive decision. Becky rebelled, Charlotte taunted and Ronda turned. Now we’re at a match that will settle everything between three of the baddest in the business today. When it’s Winner Takes All in a Wrestlemania first, who becomes the first UNDISPUTED Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion!?
The Queen arrives in a helicopter! And of course, with a red carpet. But of course, Ronda Rousey has Joan Jett & The Blackhearts perform their iconic song live! As for Becky, she only needs herself and the WWE Universe. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we make history!
Ronda, Charlotte and Becky stare down from their corners. They all slowly circle, with fans strongly behind Becky. Becky and Charlotte stare, but then realize Ronda is literally between them. So they both go after her! Ronda and Becky grapple while Charlotte hangs back. Ronda throws body shots to back Becky up, but Becky hits back. Only for Ronda to fire off more! Ronda kicks Becky out but Charlotte runs in, only to get a knee! Ronda kicks Charlotte out, too, then goes after Becky. She picks Becky up to drive her into barriers. Ronda scoops Charlotte for Piper’s Pit to the floor! Ronda goes back to Becky but Becky shoves her into a post! Becky boots Ronda then Charlotte scoops Ronda for an exploder into barriers! The Man and The Queen have Ronda down for now, and they go back to the ring.
Charlotte says she told us so, but Becky doesn’t care. The frenemy Horsewomen throw hands back and forth! Becky hits but Charlotte kicks the bad leg. Charlotte yanks on an arm as well, and goes to bring Becky down! She wants to steal the Disarm-Her?! Becky powers out and rocks Charlotte, to steal the Figure Four! Charlotte shoves Becky back but the two throw forearms again. Ronda returns to kicks them both down! Ronda judo throws Becky around but Charlotte knees Ronda low. Chalrotte boots Ronda into Becky, but Ronda won’t let go of Becky! Charlotte powerbomb lifts Ronda with Becky trapped, but Ronda drags them both into hanging armbars! Triple Threat means no disqualifications so Ronda doesn’t need to let go!
Becky breaks free but Charlotte’s still trapped. Becky dropkicks Ronda from under Charlotte, and Ronda hits the ground hard! The referee checks on Ronda but Charlotte knocks Becky down. Charlotte goes after Becky but Becky fights her off. Becky runs in at Charlotte in a corner, but into a backbreaker and buckle bump! Charlotte kicks Becky in the face then covers, TWO! Charlotte stomps Becky out then brings down the knee pad. She shouts out to the Nature Boy with that knee drop. Fans rally for Becky even as Charlotte bounces her off the mat. Charlotte climbs up top, MOONSAULT! But into knees! And the Disarm-Her! But Ronda returns to drag Becky into knee strikes. And then takedown to an armbar! Becky rolls around to resist, Charlotte knees Ronda down!
Charlotte catches her breath while Becky and Ronda are both down. Double Natural Selection! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Ronda, TWO! Charlotte grows annoyed but she throws Becky out of the ring. Charlotte stalks Ronda now, but Ronda throws body shots. Ronda backs Charlotte down but Charlotte gives Flair CHOPS! Charlotte lights Ronda up but Ronda still says Charlotte “chops like a b*tch”! So Charlotte b*tch SLAPS Ronda! Ronda hits the leaping elbow! Then a takedown! Charlotte resists and shifts Ronda to a Boston Crab! Ronda endures, but Becky returns to bulldog Charlotte! Flashbacks to Summerslam and other Triple Threats, but Becky doesn’t stop there. She drags Ronda up into a dragon sleeper, then kicks Charlotte as she stands up. Becky grabs Charlotte in a facelock for double DDT combo! Cover on Ronda, TWO! Cover on Charlotte, TWO!
Becky is beside herself but she focuses on Charlotte while Ronda goes to the apron. Becky forearms and mule kicks Charlotte to ropes, but runs into a boot. Charlotte runs into uppercuts from Becky, then headbutts. Becky runs into an elbow from Charlotte, and Charlotte drags Becky up to whip. Becky reverses but Charlotte tumbles to the apron. Charlotte boots Becky then climbs, but Becky joins her. They fight for control and Ronda crawls over. SUPER Becksploder! Cover, TWO!! Becky gets up and goes after Ronda but Ronda hits her away. Ronda climbs up and leaps for a double crossbody! Double cover, TWO! Ronda grabs Becky for another judo throw, then she throws Charlotte down beside her. Double Armbar!
Ronda promised to do this to them, but Charlotte and Becky lift her up for a DOUBLE BOMB! But not just one, a SECOND Double Bomb! Ronda holds on so Charlotte and Becky give her a THIRD! Becky and Charlotte then brawl with each other! Charlotte throws Becky out and covers Ronda, TWO!! Ronda survives by the narrowest of margins, but Charlotte already formulates a plan in her mind. Charlotte sees Becky get up and falls for the bait! Becky kicks Charlotte then dodges the boot for a urenage! Cover, TWO! Becky keeps her cool again as she scrapes Charlotte out. Fans rally up as Becky goes after Ronda. Ronda kicks but Becky rolls her, DISARM-HER! Ronda flails and turns but Becky stays on!
They roll again and Becky keeps the arm, but Ronda keeps pushing to ropes. Ropebreaks don’t end this, but Ronda uses the ropes to climb up and lift Becky for a buckle bomb! Ronda runs back in but gets buckles herself! Becky gives Ronda a Disarm-Her through the ropes! Charlotte BOOTS Becky outta nowhere! Ronda flops to the floor while Becky and Charlotte brawl. Charlotte rocks Becky then climbs up to join her. They stand up on the very top, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Becky lives and Charlotte clutches her own leg from that landing. Ronda drags herself back in, and goes after Charlotte. But Charlotte exploder suplexes Ronda! Becky prevents any covers to drag Charlotte in, but Charlotte throws Becky into buckles. Becky gets to the apron but Charlotte boots her down! Ronda grabs Charlotte but Charlotte kicks Ronda’s leg out.
Charlotte stomps the leg, leaving nasty bruises on it. She drags Ronda over and takes that leg to sling it against the post. Charlotte gives Ronda a post-assisted Figure Four! Ronda screams but Becky breaks the hold with a kick. Ronda rolls away while Becky whips Charlotte, only to get thrown instead. Charlotte goes back to Ronda and that leg, for a Figure Four, only for Ronda to cradle counter! TWO and Charlotte’s back on that leg! Figure Four is on, but Ronda crawls. Charlotte still gets the Figure Eight, but Becky leg drops in outta nowhere! All three women are down but New York is fired up! Fans build to a rally while Becky and Charlotte go to the apron. Becky takes this No Disqualification stipulation to the extreme with a table! New York loves where she’s going with this as she puts the table in the ring.
Becky sets the table up near a corner but Charlotte returns. Charlotte clobbers Becky into the table then bounces her off the wood. Charlotte puts Becky on the table then goes to the corner. She climbs up but Becky stops her with clubbing forearms. Becky turns around but Ronda attacks! Ronda dumps Charlotte down and decides that “Tables are for b*tches!” Ronda throws hands and throws Becky around. She scoops Becky but Becky slips out. They go around but Charlotte SPEARS them both! Cover on Becky, TWO!! Cover on Ronda, TWO!! Charlotte is frustrated but she hobbles to the table. She insists “This is MY main event!” as she puts the table up in a corner. Charlotte drags Ronda up and bounces her off the wood. And again, and again! Becky grabs Charlotte but Charlotte whips Becky off. Becky dodges but Charlotte SPEARS on the return! Cover, TWO!!
Charlotte grows further frustrated, but sees Ronda stirring. Fans rally for Becky but Charlotte is up first. Charlotte aims at Becky and Ronda, and runs in, only to get double hip tossed into the table!! Fans want that “One More Time!” but Charlotte flops out of the ring. Becky and Ronda grit their teeth and face off again! Survivor Series finally happens as they throw furious hands! Ronda throws body shots and the Shining Wizard! Ronda jackknifes through to a fireman’s carry, but that bad leg slows her down. Becky uses the Piper’s Pit for a Crucifix Pin! Becky WINS!!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall; Winner Takes All, NEW Raw & SmackDown Women’s Champion
The Man shocks the Baddest Woman with her first defeat in WWE! But more than that, she keeps her promise to the fans and herself by becoming DUAL champion! Ronda protests that her shoulders weren’t on the mat the whole time, and only instant replay catches it. But referee decisions are always final, will the McMahon Family take this into consideration? And if not, what happens next? What happens to Ronda and Charlotte now that they’re without titles? What’s next for Becky now that she’s reached the top of the WWE?
A lot of people doubted the quality of this Wrestlemania before it ever started, but I honestly feel like this did better than anyone expected. In fact, this Wrestlemania was great! The Kickoff Show had more matches than I expected, but they were all pretty solid. The Cruiserweight Championship opening was a bit of a surprise, and I thought it was gonna go a touch longer, but it actually felt just right to me. Mostly that Nese won and now we can have all sorts of fresh match-ups for the title. I wonder if Murphy goes to Raw to join Alexa… The Raw Tag Team Championships got a rather sudden match, but the stars aligned for Hawkins to break his streak. He and Ryder were in their home state, and it was the Kickoff, so the streak is over and now it’s all about defending those belts.
Both battle royals were fun, as battle royals should be. I was really rooting for Asuka, and really felt this Women’s Battle Royal would’ve revitalized her on SmackDown, and also expected Lacey Evans to be in it at all, but not even that happened. But I suppose Carmella winning it all was fine, WWE seems to really like her. The Andre the Giant Battle Royal went exactly as it should have: Strowman dominates, settles things with Jost & Che, then wins it all. Hopefully this revitalizes Strowman’s run on Raw now that titles have changed. Which was the first great thing: there were all the right title changes! Lesnar VS Rollins as a main-event opener and Rollins, though with a (very deserved) low blow, WINS! Crossfit Jesus is Raw’s savior! Demon Balor put Lashely away rather quickly, so I wonder if we get that original Universal Championship match rematch after all…
Styles rightfully wins his match with Orton, but I wonder if this ends the story at all. The same for Miz losing like that. Either of those matches could have a rematch, but it’d be hard for Miz VS Shane II to outdo this one. I was surprised The Usos retained, but they really are a top level team. A dedicated program between them and Aleister-Ricochet would be cool. The Women’s Tag Titles going to the IIconics was great, because now those titles really can be on SmackDown, and perhaps the IIconics go to Raw more often. Beth looked great, maybe The Divas of Doom can keep this return going a little longer. And I really hope Thuganomics Cena is the Cena that returns full-time, if even only for a few months. His moment with Elias was great, probably my favorite of the whole night.
The only let down tonight was Mysterio VS Joe. Not that Joe won but that Mysterio couldn’t give Joe or us a real match. Mysterio was concerned about his condition and clearly WWE knew now to push it, so Joe gets a quick win to move on. Reigns VS McIntyre was pretty great, and naturally Reigns wins. But Vince has to really be careful not to bring back bad memories of Super Roman from here on out. It’s a shame Ambrose didn’t come out to celebrate as his own moment, but it’s still yet to be seen just how serious his leaving is. The No Holds Barred was definitely brutal, and I was surprised Ric Flair showed up at all. I wonder if this kind of finish really finishes this story, but again, Batista is in Hollywood so we might have to wait for a sequel to this one.
Angle’s Farewell wasn’t want any fan wanted, but I suppose it had to be the true low point of the night for all the great things we got. Rollins winning actually made me think we weren’t getting it, but finally, finally, FINALLY Kofi Kingston is world champion! And he even brings back the classic belt! A class act for this long-awaited Grand Slam world champion, but with Money in the Bank up next, we’ll all have to worry about the cash-in for the whole year now. But just as we got Rollins and Kofi, dreading we wouldn’t get THE moment, our doubts were dispelled! Becky wins it all!! The triple threat was incredible, all the story was there, and even with a tease of controversy, we get the trifecta! That tease plants seeds of Ronda VS Becky in the future, the rest is up to Ronda and the WWE.
My Score: 9.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (9/25/23)
Judgment Day puts up the gold!
Will Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn get payback for Payback?
Raw is golden as Finn Balor & Damian Priest defend the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships and Dominik Mysterio defends his NXT North American title! However, Finn & Priest only won thanks to Dirty Dom, will they be out of luck in a fair 2v2 fight?
- Otis w/ The Alpha Academy VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Imperium; Ciampa wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Tegan Nox VS Natalya; Tegan wins and will challenge for the title next week.
- NXT North American Championship: Dominik Mysterio VS Dragon Lee; Dom wins and retains the title.
- Nia Jax VS Zoey Stark; Nia wins.
- Drew McIntyre VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods; McIntyre wins.
- Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Finn & Priest win and retain the titles.
PLAY BY PLAY
Cody Rhodes is here!
The American Nightmare has Ontario, California all fired up! They sing along with the theme song, “WHOA~ OH!” and the pyro goes off as Cody high-fives the front row and even poses for some selfies. Cody steps into the ring and, after a recap package, he gets a mic to welcome us to Raw. “For those watching at home, if you’ll indulge me for just one moment, I’m gonna turn my back on the camera so I can see a very SOLD OUT Ontario, California!” Fans fire up as Cody turns to see the other half of the arena. Fans chant for “CODY! CODY!” and he then says he has been interrupted two weeks in a row trying to talk about this, so he’ll cut to the chase.
The subject: Main Event Jey Uso. Fans chant “UCEY! UCEY!” and Cody says Jey being on Raw means that someone is going to be sent over to SmackDown. And it also means a very disgruntled locker room that thought Cody should’ve let Jey sink. That’s not Cody. And no, Jey and Cody aren’t best friends. Perhaps, there are other reasons Cody wants Jey here on Raw. Something tells Cody that we’re not in the third inning anymore. But either way, Cody wasn’t gonna watch a man get jumped by three others for making the right decision, and that right decision being turning down The Judgment Day!
Cody says The Judgment Day are “undoubtedly” the most toxic faction in the history of- Well, hold on, here comes the Judgment Day! Finn Balor, Damian Priest & Dominik Mysterio have all their prizes on hand, and even mics. Finn tells Cody, “Why you always gotta stick your nose in Judgment Day’s business?” Priest says last week, they gave Jey the chance to join a real family, but Cody couldn’t help himself. Jey turned them down, got dealt with, but Cody had to save they day because everything is about Cody. Priest talks with Dom in Spanish, but then the fans boo as Dom starts talking to Cody.
Dom tells the fans to shut up, but then he tells Cody that Jey is gonna pay! Jey will pay for disrespecting the Judgment Day. Dom tells the fans “YO SOY UN CAMPEON!” Respect him! Cody has everyone stop here. This is rude of Cody, so keep going, Dom. The fans boo again but then Cody speaks up again. Mr. MITB mentioned real family? Dom, you’ve got a real family, and they can’t stand him! And the biggest question is, since this is Raw, if they wanna come get it, he’s game! But before that, here’s a question: All of them defending their titles tonight, what happens when Mami comes back and finds they are emptyhanded?
You keep Mami’s name out your mouth! But the three look to each other, and they drop the mics! Fans fire up as Cody stares the three down, but wait! Here comes Jey from the crowd side! Main Event Jey stands with the American Nightmare against common enemies! Fans chant “USO! USO!” Finn says this is 3v2, this is easy! But then here comes Sami & Kevin from the crowd! They stand with Cody and Jey, that’s 4v3! Judgment Day reconsiders, and fans boo as they retreat. Priest says Kevin & Sami get theirs later. Oh but wait! JD McDonagh appears, with chairs! That’s 4v4 but with a little extra!
Finn nods and fist bumps his boy, and Dom says heck, this is even now! Priest stays back, but the brawl is on! He says to hell with it then! The brawl goes 4v4, but Priest ends up all alone now! He gets jumped 4v1! Cody gets a chair as Priest powers out! SUPERKICK from Jey! CHAIRSHOT from Cody! Priest tumbles out of the ring and Kevin takes a seat in the other chair. Are the walls closing in on the most toxic team in WWE today? Or can they escape the Golden State still wearing gold around their waists?
Otis w/ The Alpha Academy VS Bronson Reed!
While “Master” Chad Gable could not survive the Tsunami, perhaps his number one guy can turn the tide! Will the tree trunk that is The Dozer survive the force of nature that is Auszilla?
Raw returns and Reed makes his entrance. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two mirror images stare down. They tie up, are in a deadlock, then break. They tie up again and Reed headlocks. Otis powers out but Reed RAMS him! Neither man falls and fans fire up! Otis headlocks, Reed powers out and they RAM shoulders again! Neither falls so they both run, to DOUBLE LARIAT! Neither falls and fans are fired up! Reed SLAPS Otis, but Otis shoves Reed! The two titans egg each other on, then run in to DOUBLE LARIAT! Both men fall back and then out of the ring! Both men stand up, and they stare down from across the way.
Otis and Reed meet at the side and Otis LARIATS Reed down!! Otis keeps after Reed but is sent into the POST! Reed then CLOBBERS Otis! Reed flexes, he puts Otis in the ring, and fans fire up. Reed brings Otis up, whips him to ropes, and fireman’s carries Otis to SAMOAN DROP!?! Cover, TWO! Otis hangs in there but Reed clamps on with a neck wrench. Fans rally and Maxxine coaches Otis up. Otis fights to his feet, throws body shots, and fans fire up. Reed HEADBUTTS Otis, Otis blocks a boot, both men run, to DOUBLE CROSSBODY!! Maxxine is stunned while both men are down! Fans fire up as the real-life kaiju stand!
Otis throws body shots and he backs Reed down. Fans fire up as Otis just windmills away! Then ELBOWS him! Otis whips, Reed swings but Otis rolls under!? DISCUS LARIAT! And then an ANGLE SLAM!! Maxxine cheers Otis on as Reed flounders to a corner. Otis runs in to SPLASH! Reed falls, and fans fire up! Otis has his target, and he RIPS OFF his shirt! The CATERPILLAR ELBOW! Otis then hurries up the corner, to VADER BOMB, BUT FLOPS as Reed moves! Reed SENTONS! Reed hurries up top, fans go nuts for the TSUNAMI!! Cover, Reed wins!!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
Maxxine is speechless! The Alpha Academy has lost 0-2 to the Colossus! As the song says, this is his moment, will Reed prove he’s ready for war?
Tegan Nox finds Becky Lynch backstage.
The Man is happy to see Tegan’s back, but she was hoping to see her in the ring. When Becky made that Open Challenge last week, she was kinda hoping for someone like Tegan. And Tegan was waiting at gorilla, so what happened? Natty showed up and Tegan showed the veteran respect. Becky says you can’t do that, you gotta step on toes to show your worth. Becky has a huge title defense this Saturday, NXT No Mercy. Becky wants Tegan to be next in line after Becky wins. Tegan’s up for that. Will the girl with the shiniest wizard get her shot at the gold next week? Or will Tiffany Stratton make some big changes to Becky’s Big Time plans?
Adam Pearce is on the phone.
No, as of right now, the trade has not been finalized. Then he excuses himself as Tegan Nox walks in. She’s sorry for interrupting, but while we know Becky has her NXT Women’s Championship match on Saturday, Tegan is just wondering if she can get the winner of that. But then in walks Natty. Natty says it is great that Tegan’s finally standing up for herself. But maybe ask him to give Natty a rematch. Uh, Natty, Tegan respects you, but you lost. So step aside so someone else can have a shot. Clearly, someone is whispering in Tegan’s ear. The greatest trick of a champion is to distract the hungry challengers.
So if Tegan doesn’t think Natty has the passion, just say it to her face. Passion? Natty’s not the only one with passion around here! And Becky said if Tegan has to step on toes around here, then that’s what she’s gonna do! Pearce has them calm down, and says he isn’t handing out title opportunities. Maybe they go to the ring and we see who earns one. Natty says she’s up for that. Maybe Tegan will get hungry and remember her manners. Tegan says she’s starving. Who gets their shot at Big Time Becks?
Tommaso Ciampa VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ Imperium!
The Psycho Killer dealt with Giovanni Vinci, but now he has to deal with Der Ring General’s lieutenant. Will nothing stop Ciampa from going after Gunther and the Intercontinental Championship? Or will the Impeccable German’s European Excellence eliminate Ciampa from the board?
Raw returns and Imperium makes their entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock, but Ludwig puts Ciampa in a corner. Ludwig lets off, but throws hands! Ludwig headlocks, grinds the hold, and Gunther is watching backstage as Ciampa throws hands. Ciampa powers out but Ludwig runs him over! Ludwig “kicks dirt” at Ciampa, runs, but Ciampa hits a THESZ PRESS and fast hands! Ludwig staggers up into a snapmare, and Ciampa stomps Ludwig’s face! Fans fire up as Ciampa stomps more. Ciampa CHOPS Ludwig, CHOPS him again, but Ludwig ROCKS him with a right! And another!
Ciampa hits back with haymakers, then bumps Ludwig off buckles. Ciampa CHOPS, then ROCKS Ludwig again, and repeat! Ciampa stomps a mudhole in, the ref counts and Ciampa lets off. Ciampa brings Ludwig up but Ludwig throws hands! Ludwig hoists Ciampa up top, and then DECKS Ciampa with a haymaker! Ciampa checks his teeth as he sits on the apron, but Ludwig brings him up. Ciampa ELBOWS Ludwig away and fans rally up. But Ludwig runs in to SHOVE Ciampa off apron and into steel steps! Fans boo as Imperium stands over Ciampa, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Ludwig POSTS Ciampa! Ludwig keeps Ciampa stuck in the ropes, then runs side to side to DROPKICK Ciampa down! The ring count starts as Ciampa is on the floor. Ludwig eggs Ciampa on, Ciampa hurries in at 5 of 10, but Ludwig is on him. Ciampa TOSSES Ludwig out! Fans fire up, Ludwig hurries but Ciampa CHOPS! And ROCKS! And LARIATS! Ludwig flops to the floor and fans fire up with Ciampa. Ciampa puts Ludwig in, runs up and clotheslines Ludwig up and out! Gunther is upset as Ciampa SMACKS Ludwig off apron, SMACKS him off desk, and whips him into the steel steps!
Fans fire up as Ciampa grins and slides into the ring. Ciampa drags Ludwig in through the ropes, WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, TWO! Ludwig survives but Ciampa reels him in! Underhooks and- NO, Ludwig wrenches out to UPPERCUT! Ciampa CHOPS! They go back and forth, Ciampa BOOTS then ripcords, ROLLING- NO, Ludwig fireman’s carries! But Ciampa slips free to REVERSE DDT! Fans fire up as the kneepad comes down! But Vinci gets in, so he takes the PSYCHO KNEE! Ludwig ENZIGURIS Ciampa!! Cover, but the ref is busy with Vinci and his busted nose! Ludwig says get out, and he kicks Vinci away!
Ludwig brings Ciampa up, for a JUMP KNEE! Cover, Ciampa wins!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
Ciampa tells Gunther that he better be ready! Ciampa wants everything he has, and he’s taking it all! Gunther is furious, will he tear into Vinci and Ludwig for failing him?
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
The NXT Women’s Champion holds the belt high as she’s going to be on commentary! She wants to see who is next in line, will it be the Welsh Firecracker of the Queen of Harts?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Tegan Nox VS Natalya!
Raw returns and Natty makes her entrance. The bell rings and Natty circles with Tegan. They tie up, Natty hits a headlock takeover but Tegan headscissors. Natty kips free and the two stare down. Natty hits another takeover, denies the headscissors, but Tegan rolls her up. ONE, and Natty holds on. Natty covers, ONE, and Tegan hammerlocks. Fans rally and duel as Natty rolls and Tegan wrenches. N atty rolls and handsprings and hammerlocks, but Tegan hammerlocks back. Natty switches, Tegan switches, then Tegan stops Natty’s switch. Natty ELBOWS free, and then grins.
Tegan shoves Natty and then eggs her on. Natty shoves, spins, but Tegan dodges to TACKLE Natty! Tegan rains down shots but Natty shoves her away. Tegan UPPERCUTS Natty down! And PENALTY KICKS! Tegan then drags Natty up to suplex, for a GOURD BUSTER! Fans fire up and Tegan goes corner to corner, CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO! This is the fire Becky wants to see! Tegan runs in but Natty rolls the shining wizard up, TWO! Natty kicks low, reels Tegan in, and she gets Tegan up for a SITOUT BOMB! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Natty has the legs! Tegan scrambles and HOTSHOTS Natty off ropes!
Tegan runs, WORLD’S SHINIEST WIZARD!! Cover, Tegan wins!!
Winner: Tegan Nox, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship)
Tegan did it! She stood up for herself, stepped on some toes, and took the win! But considering Becky VS Tiffy II is EXTREME RULES, will The Man have to put up the fight of her life just to give Tegan hers? Or will the Wrestling Barbie make her Raw in-ring debut next Monday?
Judgment Day regroups.
Finn says nobody should ever get the better of them! McDonagh says it was 4v4, they should’ve had that. But then Priest CHUCKS a chair at the wall! Priest tells McDonagh to shut up! He doesn’t care who he is friends with, he is NOT Judgment Day! He just took a beating cuz of McDonagh! Get out! NOW! McDonagh leaves, Dom is scared silent and Finn is a bit unsure of what to do. Is the Punisher so stubbornly against adding The Irish Ace that he’s going to lose the war for Raw?
Seth Rollins is here!
Ontario, California sings along, “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” as the World Heavyweight Champion struts to the ring. Rollins stands in his spotlight and revels in the “WHOA~! OHH~ OHHH~!” The Visionary wants an answer from the King of Strong Style about their world title rematch, will he get it? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Rollins now has the mic. “ONTARIOOOOO~! Welcome to Monday… Night… Rollins!” And what say we play a little game? He’s sure they’ll like this one. If you guys are as sick and tired as Rollins is of Shinsuke Nakamura ducking and dodging him, then sing his song. “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Well that’s a yes. Rollins says alright, alright, alright. Question number two: If they think it is about time Rollins defended his world title, sing louder. “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” Two for two. Rollins says they’re beautiful and he loves ’em. And since we’re all in agreement, there’s only one thing left to do.
SHINSUKE! For weeks, Rollins has been calling you out, asking for this rematch, but Nakamura’s been duckin’, dodgin’ and playin’ games, but the time for games is over. Right here, right now, we are getting an answer! If Nakamura does not accept the challenge for a rematch, then Rollins is pulling the offer. He’s moving on! There are a million capable and willing talents, and Rollins wants to fight! So Shinsuke, this is your last chance. “The floor is yours.” Fans sing again “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” But then Nakamura is on the tron. “Seth Rollins… Name the time. Name the place. You have so many demands. No wonder your body fails you.
“I want nothing more than to be the straw that finally breaks your back, mangles you until there’s nothing left but dust. But I have restraint. Your stamina is admirable. But you have no patience. Only impulse. I dealt the hand, and you showed me all your cards. I have yet to show you mine. Let me make it clear! A match so brutal, so barbaric, you will NEVER walk again. A conclusion so humiliating, your daughter will be ashamed to look at you.” Nakamura says this is ROLLINS’ last chance. The last chance to hear his song, to be called a champion. Nakamura will stand tall, while Rollins will never stand again.
So yes, Nakamura accepts the challenge. Rollins, your career ends at Fastlane. LAST MAN STANDING!! Fans fire up hearing that! Rollins lets that sink in, and he takes off his sunglasses. Last Man Standing, huh? No pins, no submissions. Just a straight up fight until one man cannot answer the ten count. Two men walk in, only one walks out. Rollins throws his sunglasses down, paces around and laughs. He has to admit, Nakamura played this one perfectly, he really did. Nakamura got the match he wanted, on his terms, and played it perfectly BUT he has made one critical mistake.
Nakamura thinks that Rollins’ back is a weakness. Nakamura thinks he can exploit that weakness and beat Rollins so bad that his daughter will be ashamed to look at her father. Rollins says this broken back is not a weakness. No, no, no. For Rollins, it is a strength. The only way Rollins’ family is gonna be ashamed is if he doesn’t give it every single thing he’s got! The fans fire up and Rollins says the family knows he loves them, but they also know he loves this! Rollins paces a bit more as he says, “You think, Shinsuke, that I don’t know that every single time I step into this ring, it might be the last time I do?”
Shinsuke thinks Rollins is gonna give it less than 100%, knowing this might be his last match? Then Shinsuke’s crazy! Because Rollins’ 100% makes him the best in the world! Rollins’ 100% makes him the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! Fans fire up more and Rollins says if Nakamura wants to get crazy… Rollins VS Nakamura at Fastlane, LAST MAN STANDING! Nakamura does have it right that only one walks outta there, but it ain’t gonna be Nakamura. It’ll be the Visionary, the revolutionary, it’ll be SETH FREAKIN’ ROLLINS!! The King of Strong Style has given Rollins more fuel for the fire, will Rollins #BurnItDown in Indianapolis?
Backstage interview with Ricochet.
Jackie Redmond is with The Highlight of the Night, who is on crutches. After last week’s attack, do we have an update on when he can be back int he ring? Ricochet doesn’t really know. He’s here, he’s on crutches, and he can guarantee his fans that he will return. It’ll take more than this to keep him down. But he wants to make something abundantly clear. It doesn’t matter who wins the World Heavyweight Championship match, because Ricochet has unfinished business with Nakamura. The King of Flight is grounded for now, but will he seek & destroy the King of Strong Style soon enough?
NXT North American Championship: Dominik Mysterio VS Dragon Lee!
Dirty Dom truly did The Boy Wonder dirty when, as special guest referee, he made sure Dragon didn’t win the title shot for No Mercy. However, justice is served, because now Dragon’s getting his shot tonight! Will Dragon take this title back to NXT? Or will Dommy do his Mami proud while she’s away?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Dragon shows Dom no mercy!
The bell rings and fans fire up for Dragon. The two circle, tie up, and Dom kick slow. Dom throws hands, whips, but Dragon ducks ‘n’ dodges and runs Dom over! Fans fire up and things keep moving. Dom hurdles, Dragon leaps over, and then Dragon comes back to RANA! Fans fire up again as Dom bails out. Dragon builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit at the ramp! Fans are even more fired up as Dragon stands tall. Dragon puts Dom in, covers, TWO! Dragon keeps his cool as he whips. Dom reverses and rolls Dragon into a HALF CRAB! Fans boo but Dragon fights to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts and Dom lets go.
Dom drags Dragon up, suplexes, but Dragon fights! Dragon suplexes but Dom lands on the apron. Dom kicks low to APRON DDT! Fans boo as Dom stands tall, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns and Dom drags Dragon to a drop zone. Dom climbs the corner, gives some Latino Heat, but fans boo more. Dom tells them he’s the best, then FROG SPLASHES onto knees! Dragon saves himself and Dom writhes. Dragon and Dom rise as fans rally up, and Dragon storms up to ROCK Dom! And again! And again! Dragon whips, CLOBBERS Dom, then LARIATS! Dragon scoops but Dom slips free. Dom shoves Dragon to a corner, runs in, but Dragon pops Dom up to SUPERKICK! And JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! SWINGING BOOT! Combinacion Dragon hits, but Dragon Lee keeps going, HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!!
Dragon can’t believe it but Dom survives! Dragon stalks Dom, brings him up and in, but Dom slips free of the bomb! Dom kicks low, ROCKS Dragon, whips but Dragon gets around to SNAP GERMAN! Dom SUPERKICKS! Dragon JUMP KNEES! Dragon runs but Dom scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Dragon survives and shocks Dom! Fans are thunderous while Dom argues with the ref. Dragon stands, Dom DROPKICKS him onto ropes! Dom dials it up while fans boo, but Dragon ducks the 619! Dragon spins and mule kicks, to then FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! Dom is still in this and the fans can’t believe it!
Dragon refocuses and he brings Dom up. Dom ROCKS Dragon, Dragon ROCKS Dom! “This is Awesome!” as they go haymaker for haymaker! Dom fires off a flurry, avoids the knee and CHOPS! Dom shoves Dragon, runs in, but Dragon puts him on the apron! Dragon ROCKS Dom, runs side to side and FLYING RANAS to the floor!! Fans are electric and Dragon puts Dom back in! Dragon brings Dom in, lifts, DRAGON BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Dom survives, he is not out of this yet! Dragon can’t believe this, but he goes up the corner. Dom ROCKS Dragon first! Dom climbs, but Dragon trips him up! And puts him in the Tree of Woe!
Dragon stands up, to WOE STOMP Dom down!! Dom flounders, Dragon brings down the kneepads! Dragon runs in, Dom pops him up to CROTCH him!! Dom hurries up top to FROG SPLASH!!! Cover, DOM WINS!!
Winner: Dominik Mysterio, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
Dragon came so, so close to winning that title, but shockingly, Dom found a way to win all by himself! Dom might actually have the abilities of a true champion, but when will he have a personality to match?
Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.
Jackie brings up their joining Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso against The Judgment Day. Do either of them have something to say about that before tonight’s tag title match? Kevin says earlier wasn’t about helping Jey. All Jey did was prove he wasn’t with Judgment Day. All Kevin cares about is getting at Judgment Day himself. Sami agrees, this isn’t about Jey, about Cody or even Judgment Day. This is about two guys who started this as kids together! Who started at the bottom of the ladder and worked their way up, together! Working day in and day out together, to get to the highest point possible, the WWE Tag Team Championships in the main event of WrestleMania!!
This isn’t about anyone else but Sami & Kevin, and about taking back what is THEIRS! Sami calms down and Kevin says no more talking. Time to punch people in their stupid faces. The Prizefighter and Great Liberator are ready, but will they be able to pry the gold away from Judgment Day?
Michael Cole is in the ring.
The voice of WWE has Ontario welcome The Irresistible Force, Nia Jax. Fans boo but it’s not like Nia’s ever cared about that. She goes to the ring, and Maggle says since her return, she has laid waste to every woman who has crossed her path. So why is she targeting everyone in the Raw Women’s Division? Hm? Oh, sorry, she wasn’t paying attention. Relax, relax. But she is THE Nia Jax. “The baddest human in all of WWE.” They thought it was gonna be Rhea Ripley, the most dominant champion male or female. But Nia squashed her! Fans chant “YOU SUCK!” Nia says they thought it was Shayna Baszler. But Nia squashed her, too!
Zoey Stark? Squashed. Raquel Rodriguez? Squashed. Chelsea Green? Squashed! Piper Niven? Squashed! You put anyone in this ring with her and she will squash them! Wanna know why? Because she is Nia Jax, THE baddest in- Wait! Speaking of Zoey Stark, here she comes! So much for being squashed as she storms down and gets in Nia’s face! Yeah, Nia got her once. Congrats. But she did it while Zoey’s back was turned. Zoey dares her to do something here and now, face to face. Nia just grins and laughs, then she SMACKS Zoey! Zoey leaps in but Nia throws her away! The refs rush in as these two throw hands!
Fans fire up and want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” Stark gets shots in on Nia but Nia shoves her away! Stark is right back up! Will this be a match to prove who is truly the baddest? Or will Nia squash Stark once and for all?
Nia Jax VS Zoey Stark!
Raw returns as Irresistible Force and Hunter get their match! The bell rings, and the two rush in again! Nia shoves Stark, but Stark comes back to jump on! Nia throws her off, but Stark sticks ‘n’ moves and DROPKICKS! And DROPKICKS! Stark springboards but Nia SWATS her out of the sky! Nia then drops an ELBOW! Cover, ONE!! Stark is showing her toughness already but Nia hauls her up. Stark throws hands but Nia throws Stark! Nia runs in to SPLASH at the corner! Nia TOSSES Stark again, then grins as she runs in to SPLASH! Stark flounders, Nia stalks her to ropes, and then CHOKES her!
The ref counts, Nia steps away at 4, and she storms up to bring Stark up. Nia whips her corner to corner, runs in but Stark dodges to POST Nia!! Fans fire up as Stark eggs Nia on. Nia storms up, into a SUPERKICK! HEEL KICK! ENZIGURI! Nia goes back to a corner, Stark runs in but Nia puts her on the apron. Stark GAMANGIRIS, then springboards, MISSILE DROPKICK! Nia stays on her feet, but she staggers into a fireman’s carry! But then Stark falls under the weight! Nia drags Stark onto ropes, then goes to the apron. GUILLOTINE LEG DROP!! Nia pushes Stark back in, has her in the drop zone, and she stands on Stark.
Nia climbs the corner, A-NIA-LATOR!! Cover, Nia wins!
Winner: Nia Jax, by pinfall
Stark gets squashed AGAIN, and Nia has a sinister smile on her face. Will nothing stop her from crushing even the Women’s World Champion, whenever it is that Rhea returns?
Backstage interview with Jey Uso.
Byron Saxton asks Jey why he chose NOT to join Judgment Day. Jey says he has a “no more groups” policy. No teams, no groups, no emo bands, no Judgment Day. Cody gave Jey his second chance so he won’t do Cody like that. Plus, seeing how Judgment Day rolls, he ain’t about that. Well, we also know Sami & Kevin are taking on Finn & Priest, and that Jey has had a strained relationship with them. Where do they stand? Jey says he and KO have beef, it is what it is. As far as Sami goes, Sami is his dog. So as far as that goes, Jey says if Judgment Day tries to act up, Jey will be real close tonight. Yeet.
Judgment Day regroups again.
Finn congratulates Dom on still being champion. Dom asks where Priest went. Finn says he has to cool off, but it’ll be fine. They’ve still got a lot of work tonight. Dom nods and puts the ice pack on his head. Will Dirty Dom once again be an insurance policy for The Prince & Punisher?
The Miz is here!
The Hollywood A-Lister lives very close given Ontario is just outside of Los Angeles. And as such, he’s here to host MizTV with special guest, Drew McIntyre! What will Miz have to ask the Scottish Warrior? We find out, after the break.
Raw returns and Miz welcomes us back to the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show. His guest tonight will speak for the first time since walking away from Jey Uso getting beat down by The Judgment Day. Is he a coward? Or a conflicted hero? We find out tonight. Please welcome DREW MCINTYRE! McIntyre makes his entrance, sword in hand and pyro at his back. McIntyre steps into the ring, gets some more pyro, then sheaths his sword. Miz says give it up for McIntyre! Miz also sees all the pent up frustration in McIntyre, and would love for him to take it all out on Kofi Kingston in their match tonight.
But first, this is an open, judgment free zone, for McIntyre to speak freely. So no questions? Miz wants to explain that he is on McIntyre’s side! Miz commends McIntyre for throwing Jey to the wolves. Miz would’ve done the exact same thing! He repeats, he would’ve done the same thing! But if McIntyre wants a question, then here: Why would the bold and powerful Scottish Warrior just leave Jey high and dry like that? McIntyre says he will make one thing really clear: He is NOTHING like The Miz. Fans cheer that but Miz says they’re a lot alike! No one expected McIntyre to abandon a helpless Jey Uso, that is a very Miz move.
Also, they both know what it is to be the backbone of this company, to take it to new heights, to be the hardest worker both inside and outside the ring, AND be world champion! Only to then lose it. McIntyre was the unwavering, unbeatable WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre! Until he wasn’t. And then he received an opportunity of a lifetime. Clash at the Castle, in his own backyard, in front of his own people, to win it all again! And what happens? The Bloodline happens. Who was front and center to give him beating after beating? The Tribal Chief’s Right Hand Man, Jey Uso!
So safe to say, McIntyre doesn’t trust Jey, and rightfully so, because Jey always does what is best for Jey. So when Judgment Day put the boots to him… McIntyre adds, “Karma’s a b*tch.” Exactly! Jey made his bed, now he has to sleep in it. McIntyre IS the Batman of WWE! Miz says that must mean Cody Rhodes is Superman. Speaking of which, how did it feel to be upstaged by Cody last week? Fans boo but wait, here comes The New Day! Kofi has Xavier Woods with him, and Kofi tells “Drewsy, Big D,” that they didn’t know he was cold blooded like that. Cuz the Drew they know is not a coward like he showed us last week.
Woods says for real. The past few years, he’s been Big D! But uh, maybe there’s some shrinkage going on. What’s wrong. Drew? Scared? Or just worried his big sword was too limp to get the job done? Miz speaks up that “Big D and Massive Miz” were having a conversation, but McIntyre tells him to shut up. You just expect McIntyre to save the day like always? Well, the New Day was in the back. Did they come out to do something? No! Many stars didn’t. Cody did, but not out of the goodness of his heart. It is his mess so he’s just cleaning it up. And to McIntyre, those are the actions of a hypocrite!
Kofi tells McIntyre that HE didn’t do what he was supposed to do. He should’ve helped Jey. Miz says save it but McIntyre again tells him to shut up. Does The New Day remember all the beatings from The Usos? The opportunities taken away by The Bloodline? How Roman Reigns treated Woods? They’re just gonna forgive and forget? No, they remember it all clear as day. But that was not the time. Jey is here, trying to make things right! Miz says “Oh, make it right? Are you kidding me with that?” SHUT UP, MIZ! New Day wants to call McIntyre a coward, but given everything Jey has done to them, the New Day hasn’t stepped to Jey once.
Kofi says because they’re watching, and they look up to McIntyre. As sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Drew McIntyre does what’s right! And they respect him for it! Miz has his hand raised and asks them what it means. Again, McIntyre tells Miz to shut up. Fans chant “SHUT UP, MIZ! SHUT UP, MIZ!” Miz says no, when his hand goes up, their mouths go- GLASGOW KISS HEADBUTT!! Miz talked too much, and McIntyre says the time for talk is over. Kofi, get in the ring and we’ll find out what hard times is all about. A shot at Cody there? Well, Kofi’s ready, will he give McIntyre some Trouble in Paradise?
The Alpha Academy regroups.
Maxxine comforts Otis and promises to make him feel better. Otis feels bad but Gable says he’s still number one. Nothing to be ashamed of. Bronson Reed is massive, just like Otis. That was a great match, they can study tape and- But then Ludwig walks over. Maxxine, this is what he has been talking about. Look at these guys, and then look at Imperium. Imperium hold themselves to a higher standard while her guys are celebrating a loss. What an embarrassment! Um, for a man who speaks so many languages, who can he not understand what a loss means? SHOOSH! Ya lost! Ya lost! So you must be on your way back to boss man Gunther to get brow beat.
But uh, before you go, give Gunther a little message from Gable. Tell him Gable is still locked onto the Intercontinental Championship and will suplex his way into another shot and then take the title. And remember, that’s from Gable, so put some bass in your voice. Run along back to papa. A danke schoen~!
Drew McIntyre VS Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods!
Raw returns and the bell rings on this match. McIntyre and Kofi circle, with the fans behind Kofimania. They tie up, McIntyre puts Kofi in the corner, but lets off. Kofi dodges the haymaker to CHOP, CHOP and CHOP! McIntyre clinches to TOSS Kofi, but Kofi dodges to fire off more CHOPS! McIntyre shoves Kofi to DOUBLE CHOP him down! Even Woods is stinging from that one! McIntyre stands Kofi up to CHOP again! McIntyre JABS Kofi, whips him toa corner, but Kofi goes up and up to MISSILE DROPKICK! Kofi then forearms McIntyre in a corner! Then runs in again, but McIntyre catches the splash!
McIntyre pops Kofi around to suplex high and hard! Fans rally for Kofi but McIntyre CLOBBSER him! McIntyre runs, Kofi hurdles, then Kofi leaps, into a waistlock! McIntyre back suplexes but Kofi lands on his feet. Kofi runs to DROPKICK McIntyre outta the ring! Woods fires up and Kofi goes up the corner! SUPER TRUST FALL! Down goes McIntyre and Ontario fires up! Woods lifts Kofi onto his shoulders and the fans cheer along, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Kofi hops down to the apron, then he aims, to FLYING AX HANDLES! McIntyre staggers, Kofi CLUBS him, and Kofi puts him in the ring. Kofi climbs again, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
McIntyre hangs tough but is getting mad, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns as McIntyre looms over Kofi. Fans rally as McIntyre drags Kofi up to whip corner to corner. McIntyre runs in, Kofi dodges to SWING KICK! Kofi then goes up the corner again, FLYING- NO, McIntyre catches him for an OVERHEAD suplex! And then another OVERHEAD suplex! NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up as McIntyre kips up! McIntyre waits on Kofi as he slowly rises. McIntyre then reels Kofi in, but Kofi trips him up! Jackknife bridge, TWO! FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO! Kofi PENALTY KICKS, then runs for the “NEW~ DAY~!” BOOM DROP! Fans fire up as Kofi goes to the corner, “NEW! DAY ROCKS!”
Kofi aims, spins, TROUBLE- NO, McIntyre moves to reel him in, FUTURE SHOCK! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre is surprised that Kofi survives, but he quickly refocuses. McIntyre drags Kofi up, CHOPS him and Kofi falls over! McIntyre shakes his head as Kofi rises up again. McIntyre brings Kofi around to CHPO him down again! McIntyre drags Kofi up and reels him in, short arm- NO, Kofi slips through! Kofi then sends McIntyre up and out! Kofi BOOTS McIntyre, runs, and DIVES! Direct hit and McIntyre hits desk! Fans fire up and Kofi brings McIntyre around, but McIntyre whips him away! Kofi leaps the steps, comes back but McIntyre gets under!
McIntyre ROCKS Kofi, then inverted Alabama Lifts. APRON ALABAMA SLAM!! Woods is freaking out as McIntyre hauls Kofi into the ring. McIntyre aims from the corner, the countdown begins! “THREE! TWO! ONE!!” CLAY- NO! Kofi ducks it! S O S!!! Cover, TWO?!? McIntyre escapes and Woods can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Kofi CLUBS McIntyre. GLASGOW KISS!! Both men are down, slowly stir, and the fans rally up. Wait, here comes The Viking Raiders! Ivar CLOBBERS Woods! Then TOSSES him into barriers! And then BACKHANDS him down!! Ivar RAMS Woods into barriers, then SPLASHES against them!!
McIntyre and Kofi see all that, but Kofi is the only one who cares! CLAYMORE!!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Cowardly? That is a matter of opinion. Merciless? That is for sure! And even more so, he leaves the ring so Ivar can go after Kofi! Ivar fires off elbows in the corner while Sarah shouts praises! Fans boo but McIntyre doesn’t care. Ivar goes up the corner to VIKING MOONSAULT!! The War Beard may have just destroyed the New Day by himself, where will the raid go next?
Gunther verbally tears into Vinci.
Der Ring General is furious with him, and then asks where Ludwig was! Ludwig mentions Gable and Gunther says who cares! He didn’t expect much out of them, but he didn’t expect this! What happened out there? Ludwig blames Vinci! Gunther says that doesn’t matter, this all reflects on him! But since Ludwig seems to know how Vinci messed up, from now on, he is Ludwig’s responsibility. So if Ludwig messes up, there’s an issue. If Vinci messes up, there’s an issue. And in the meantime, Gunther will handle HIS responsibilities: being the greatest, longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time! And he will do so by beating Ciampa himself.
Der Ring General leaves, and then Ludwig looks at Vinci with disappointment. Vinci is again without anyone to pass the buck to, is there about to be a mutiny in the ranks?
Backstage interview with The Viking Raiders.
Byron asks them about brutally mauling The New Day. Do they care to explain? Ivar says Kofi & Woods took Erik out of action, and Sarah says this is merely eye for an eye. Then when and where will Kofi & Woods look to return the favor?
Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!
Payback’s match may have been a Steel City Street Fight, but there is no honor among thieves. The Prodigal Son’s already handled his business, will he help The Prince & The Punisher hold onto the gold? Or will the Prizefighter & Great Liberator fight and win these titles like they did at WrestleMania?
Things are heated already as there’s some pushing and shoving, but the ref cools them off. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see which team holds together!
The teams sort out, but then they just brawl! The bell rings, Kevin tosses Priest while Sami and Finn brawl. Finn headlocks, Sami powers out, things speed up as Sami hurdles and arm-drags! And arm-drags again! Finn avoids the third and bails out. Kevin & Sami regroup and Ontario, California is fired up for the Canadians as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Priest KICKS away on Sami in the corner, then ROCKS him with a right! Priest whips corner to corner, runs in, but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up to AX HANDLE! Cover, ONE!! Sami brings Priest up but Priest RAMS him into the corner. Finn tags in and CLUBS Sami. Finn bumps Sami off buckles, CHOPS him, then whips him corner to corner. Finn runs in to CHOP, then he snapmares to ELBOW Sami in the head! Finn wraps on a chinlock and he grinds Sami down. Fans rally, Sami fights up, but Finn puts him in a corner. Finn fires off body shots, whips corner to corner, but Sami comes back to CLOBBER Finn!
Fans fire up, Sami brings Finn around and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Kevin, they whip Finn to drop toehold and SENTON! Kevin tells Priest to “SUCK IT!” Fans fire up but the ref keeps Priest back. Kevin CHOPS Finn, ROCKS him, then ROCKS him some more. Kevin CHOPS again, throws body shots in the corner, and he whips. Finn reverses but Kevin holds ropes. Kevin BOOTS Finn, ducks Priest’s cheap shot and GAMANGIRIS Priest down! But Finn trips Kevin to DOUBLE STOMP! Fans boo but Finn stomps Kevin more. Tag to Priest, he and Finn stomp Kevin, then Priest KICKS Kevin against ropes.
Kevin throws hands but Priest ROCKS Kevin! Priest then CHOKES Kevin on the ropes! The ref counts, Priest lets off and Kevin sputters, but Finn BOOTS Kevin down! Priest drags Kevin from ropes, KICKS him and KICKS him, and KICKS, but Kevin blocks! Priest BELL CLAPS free! Kevin ends up in a corner and Priest digs his knee in. The ref counts, Priest lets off to talk trash, but Kevin CHOPS and CHOPS! Priest and Kevin throw hands, this is a hockey scrum like Payback! Priest knees low, whips, but Kevin turns back drop into DDT! Fans fire up while both men crawl, hot tag to Sami! Sami fires off hands on Priest!
Sami whips, Priest reverses but Sami goes up and over to LARIAT! Fans fire up as Sami puts Priest in a corner and climbs. Sami rains down fists fast and goes to TEN! Sami then whips, Priest reverses but Sami turns pop-up into DROPKICK! Finn runs in but Sami TOSSES him out! Priest runs in but Sami dodges to clothesline Priest up and out! Fans fire up as Sami builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit with the tope conjilo and the champs are down as Raw goes to break!
Raw returns again and Sami fires hands on Priest from above! Priest staggers away, Sami leaps, but into Priest’s choke grip! But Sami wrenches out, knuckle locks and CHOPS! Sami goes up and up and FLYING DDTS!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Sami and Priest crawl, hot tags to Kevin and Finn! Kevin dodges to clothesline Priest! Then he fires off on Finn! Kevin stomps away at the ropes, but the ref counts. Kevin lets off, Finn bails out, and fans fire up with Kevin! Kevin goes out and runs in around the way to LARIAT Finn! And he LARIATS Priest! Kevin goes up as Finn gets in, but Kevin avoids the haymaker!
Kevin ROCKS Finn, to CANNONBALL Priest! Kevin hurries back into the ring, goes corner to corner, and CANNONBALLS! Fans are all fired up for Kevin’s constant motion! Priest runs in, but gets a BIG back suplex to the desk! Kevin goes up to FROG SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!! Finn survives but Kevin doesn’t lose hope. “This is Awesome!” as Kevin watches Finn stand. But Finn denies the stunner! Kevin BOOTS Finn, but Finn GAMANGIRIS Kevin! Finn ROCKS Kevin, climbs up after him, and throws elbows! But Kevin throws body shots! Kevin HEADBUTTS Finn down, then adjusts! But Finn is back to ROCK Kevin!
Finn goes up, brings Kevin up, but Kevin fireman’s carries! SUPER ROLLING SENTON!!! Cover, TWO!!! Finn survives and no one can believe it! Kevin crawls his way back to the corner, fans rally behind him as he climbs up again. But Priest runs in! Kevin ELBOWS Priest, pushes him down, and adjusts again. SWANTON BOMB onto knees!! Finn then runs in, to SHOTGUN! Finn goes up as Kevin falls down! COUP DE GRACE!!! Cover, SAMI BREAKS IT!! Priest storms in to drag Sami up, and Priest TOSSES Sami out! The ref reprimands but Priest helps Finn clear out the cobwebs.
Finn rains down fists on Kevin, tags in Priest, and then Priest brings the straps down. Priest slashes his throat, drags Kevin up, SOUTH OF- NO, Kevin slips free, hot tag to Sami! Sami clinches to CORNER EXPLODER! Fans are thunderous as Sami aims, but here comes Dom! Dom distracts, then runs away, and Priest BOOTS Sami! Canadian Rack, RAZOR’S- NO, Sami slips free! Sami baits Priest into the corner, and POSTS him! To hit a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!!! Cover, FINN BREAKS IT!! Finn CLUBS Sami, but Kevin TACKLES Finn! Finn and Kevin scrap, they fall out of the ring, and Dom returns to HOTSHOT Sami!
Priest hits Sami with a FLATLINER!! Cover, TWO?!? Sami almost didn’t get that arm up! Dom can’t believe it, he argues with the ref, but just as promised, here comes JEY! Jey YANKS Dom down, UPPERCUTS him, and fires off more hands! Fans are thunderous as Jey keeps after Dom, but McDonagh attacks Jey! Dom & McDonagh beat Jey down! Fans boo, but HERE COMES CODY!! Cody slides through the ring to DIVE onto McDonagh! Cody & Jey go after Dom now! They run Dom off until security and producers rush out to stop this! Back in the ring, Finn drags Kevin around but Kevin hits a STUNNER!!
Priest TOSSES Kevin! Sami HELLUVA KICKS Priest!!! But McDonagh with a BELT SHOT!!! The ref was busy shouting at Cody and Dom!! Priest covers, Judgment Day wins!!
Winners: The Judgment Day, by pinfall (still Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions)
In the end, The Irish Ace was the trump card for the boys! McDonagh brings the prizes over to them to raise high over their heads, but will this get Priest to accept him? Wait, Jey & Cody return! They attack the Judgment Day! Producers and security rush in again, then Kevin and Sami jump back in! That 4v4 brawl happens after all! Kevin TOSSES McDonagh over the desk! Jey RAMS Dom into the apron! Sami hammers away on Finn! Priest tackles Jey but Cody’s after Priest! STUNNER on Dom!! Raw ends with chaos, but where will the chaos end?
A great Raw here tonight, especially the level of action in the matches. Great opener from Otis VS Reed in a true hoss fight, or as popularized by Big E, “big meaty men slapping meat.” But Reed is building himself momentum, so great win for him. Really good stuff from Ciampa VS Ludwig, and I figured Ciampa would win. Really good promo from Alpha Academy with Ludwig and then Ludwig with Imperium. Vinci looks to be close to his limit of taking crap from the others, can’t wait to see how he breaks away. Gunther VS Ciampa seems to be set for Fastlane, but I don’t see Gunther losing this soon after breaking the record.
Really good stuff with Becky firing Tegan up and then getting Tegan VS Natty in a very good match. Great win for Tegan, and great spot for her as she makes a return to TV. Now, No Mercy is going to be big given Becky VS Tiffy is under Extreme Rules, it could go either way. And either way, whether it is Becky or Tiffy, we’re going to get a great match for next week’s Raw for Tegan to showcase her skills against a top talent, but I would think the champ retains. Nia had a good return promo, and I like that it was Zoey Stark that stepped to her. Good match but Nia’s return push of course meant she was winning. But Nia has made so many enemies already, you can bet Piper, Shayna, Raquel and especially Rhea will all want after her. This would’ve been a perfect set-up for Elimination Chamber but that’s not until February.
Hilarious MizTV segment, especially with McIntyre telling Miz to shut up again and again. Also awesome match of McIntyre VS Kofi, though I should’ve figured Ivar would get involved. McIntyre is definitely on course to turn Heel, and they’re doing a great job of showing us the turn progressing week to week, not just having it be instant like is tradition. And at this point, if there’s to be a tag match, McIntyre could team with Ivar to take out New Day. Awesome promos from Rollins and Nakamura, with Nakamura feeling like a supervillain. And Last Man Standing is an awesome way to escalate things, giving Rollins an out of sorts should he end up losing. Plus, Ricochet is waiting to finish this feud with Nakamura, so that’d be a great first defense for Nakamura.
And of course, great stuff from Judgment Day and their enemies all night. Really good opening promo from Cody that then teased a very good 8 Man Tag idea, Judgment Day & McDonagh VS Cody, Jey, Sami & Kevin. But that might have to wait for Survivor Series. I do wanna say, to me personally, Priest having issue with McDonagh is starting to flip around for me. McDonagh is doing his best to be a teammate, bringing chairs for the group to have the advantage. But then, I suppose only bringing two, a chair for him and a chair for Finn, is a bit passive aggressive. Dom VS Dragon was a great match, and it was quite a surprise that Dom won it on his own.
I’m still very disappointed WWE let Mustafa Ali go before No Mercy this Saturday, because it hampers the story they were telling both on Raw and NXT. And now, what? Are they going to throw someone in at the last minute? I mean, great for that guy if it happens, but c’mon. But that aside, amazing tag title main event, where again, McDonagh is the key factor in winning. If Priest still holds a grudge, then maybe Judgment Day has good reason to kick him out for not giving McDonagh a chance when he’s doing the work.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s NJPW Destruction Results & Report! (9/24/23)
Is Kobe ready for Destruction?
Will the Aerial Assassin survive the Gene Blast?
On a night of United Empire VS Los Ingobernables de Japon, Will Ospreay defends the now IWGP United Kingdom Championship against Yota Tsuji!
- Tiger Mask & Kevin Knight VS Clark Connors & “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Connors & Moloney win.
- Six Man Tag: Just5Guys VS The House of Torture; J5G wins.
- 10 Man Tag: El Phantasmo & The Guerrillas of Destiny VS Bullet Club War Dogs; ELP & GOD win.
- YOH & Lio Rush VS Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI; Yoh & Lio win.
- Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii VS Zack Sabre Jr. & Bad Dude Tito; ZSJ & Tito win.
- KOPW Championship Handcuffed Cornermen Match: Taichi VS SHO; Sho wins and becomes the new KOPW Champion.
- IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS TMDK; Bishamon wins and retains the titles.
- Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan; Khan wins.
- IWGP World Heavyweight Right to Challenge Contract match: Tetsuya Naito VS Jeff Cobb; Naito wins and retains the Right to Challenge.
- IWGP United Kingdom Championship: Will Ospreay VS Yota Tsuji; Ospreay wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
KOPW Championship Handcuffed Cornermen Match: Taichi VS SHO!
The Holy Emperor, and pretty much everyone, knows when you face one member of the House of Torture, you face them all! That’s why he prepared something very special for this match. Just5Guys and the HOT boys will be allowed ringside, but must all be handcuffed together! Sanada, Douki & Taka Michinoku just beat Evil, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo, will they and Taichi completely topple the House? Or is this gamble going to backfire on Just5Guys?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the refs begin to secure the faction members together with the handcuffs. Sanada is cuffed to Evil, Douki is cuffed to Yujiro and Taka is cuffed to Dick. Fans applaud seeing this, but Evil is reluctant being literally stuck with his old tag partner. The feeling is mutual but these are the rules. Evil keeps stalling, Red Shoes tells him to sit down already, and Sho is getting anxious. All the cuffs are secure, the bell rings, and the technically 1v1 battle begins!
Fans rally up and Taichi eggs Sho on. Sho stays by ropes, begs the ref to do something, but the ref tells him he can’t. Sho bails out and he runs to where Dick and Taka are seated! Sho tries to uncuff Dick but he can’t, so he goes looking under the ring. Sho goes to Douki and Yujiro, then to Evil and Sanada, but no, he can’t free any of them. Sho then goes to Abe-san for help. Abe ain’t gonna do anything after all HOT has put him through! Then Taichi attacks Sho! Taichi whips Sho hard into railing! Fans fire up as Taichi looms over Sho. Taichi puts Sho in the ring, Sho wants mercy, but too late for that.
Taichi kicks Sho around, fans rally up behind him, and Taichi kicks Sho more. Sho goes to a corner and Taichi digs his knee in! The ref, Kenta Sato, counts but Taichi drags Sho out to then KICK him in the back! Sho writhes but Taichi stalks him to ropes. Taichi drags Sho up but Sho bends fingers! The ref reprimands, Taichi kicks low, but then Sho uses the ref as a shield! Sho CLAWS Taichi’s eyes, then throws him out so Evil can attack! This is almost a Lumberjack match as Sanada has to drag Evil away and Douki has to keep Yujiro back! Fans boo but J5G get the HOT boys away from Taichi.
Taichi complains about that but the ref missed it all. Taichi gets back in and Sho is scared again. Taichi tells Sho he’s gonna get what he deserves, then runs in, only to get bare buckles! Sho switched up the Bullet Club Special by making it a neutral corner! Taichi sputters as he staggers back and Sho SPEARS him down! Sho grins and he drags Taichi around. Sho kicks Taichi out, pursues, and then wrenches the arm to whip Taichi in to railing. Sho opens the gate and he brings Taichi to the back rows, to BOWL Taichi into open chairs! Fans rally for Taichi, but Sho CHOKES Taichi with a chair! J5G and HOT keep each other back while the ref reprimands.
Sho goes back and “apologizes,” then he diverts the ref’s attention to the ring for a count. Taichi sits up as the ring count begins, and Taichi stands at 5 of 20. Taichi makes his way back to ringside at 10, slides in at 15, but Sho distracts the ref and Yujiro attacks! Douki tries to drag the Tokyo Pimp back and the ref sees this! The count continues, though!? Taichi fights Yujiro, Evil works to keep Sanada back, but Douki pries Yujiro off Taichi! Taichi slides in at 19!! Fans fire up while Sho is furious the plan failed! Sho shouts at the ref but stomps Taichi down. Sho CHOKES Taichi, the ref reprimands, and Sho lets off at 4.
Sho then CLAWS Taichi’s eyes! The ref reprimands again and Sho lets off at 4. Cover, but the ref says no! Sho asks why! Isn’t it obvious? Sho shrugs that off and talks some trash as he circles around Taichi. Sho gives Taichi some mocking kicks, but Taichi stands to CHOP! And HAYMAKER! And CHOP! But Sho claws the eyes! The ref reprimands, Sho stops and whips, but Taichi stops from hitting buckles! Sho runs in to SPEAR, but Taichi blocks it! But then Sho bends Taichi’s fingers! Sho wrenches, whips, and Taichi hits bare buckles! But Taichi comes back to AX BOMBER! Both men are down and fans fire up!
Taichi stands first, and he gives Sho some Kawada Kicks. Sho goes to a corner, and Taichi runs in to BOOT him down! Taichi brings Sho out to DANG- NO, Sho fights the saido! Sho throws elbows but Taichi wrenches to HOOK KICK! Evil argues with the ref but Taichi storms out. Evil kicks at Taichi, but Taichi and Sanada both RAM Evil into the timekeeper’s area! Sorry, Abe! Seems he suffers no matter what when Evil is around. Taichi goes back for Sho in, Sho runs in but into a DANGEROUS SAIDO! Fans fire up even more, and OFF COME THE PANTS! Taichi aims, but Sho dodges the Tensho to run. But into a SOBAT!
Fans fire up and Taichi drags Sho up. Taichi reels Sho in but Sho fights the lift. Sho bends fingers again, then wrenches to bring Taichi to his knee. Kick, KICK and SUPER- NO, Taichi blocks that kick! But Sho claws the eyes again! The ref reprimands but Sho whips, only for Taichi to reverse! Sho suffers the bare buckles! Then GAMANGIRI! Cover, but Evil distracts the ref! Sanada yanks Evil away and wrenches the arm while Taichi goes back for Sho. Taichi lets the others know to be ready with their own HOT boys, as Taichi BUZZSAWS Sho back down! Taichi roars and slashes his throat as the fans fire up again!
Taichi drags Sho up, reels him in, but then Yujiro sends his pimp cane in! The ref reprimands, Taichi is mad, but Sho shoves Taichi into the ref and the ref hits bare buckles!! Down goes Sato, and Dick uses POCKET SAND on Taichi!! Sho LOW BLOWS, then he RAMS Taichi into bare buckles! Fans boo as the House still pulls out their tricks! Sho scurries to his corner to get his “Murder Tool!” Dick CHOKES Taka while Sho takes aim at Taichi. Fans boo more but wait! The FIFTH GUY is here! Heel Master Yoshinobu Kanemaru slides in and snatches that wrench away! Fans are thunderous and Sho wants mercy!
Yoshinobu tosses the wrench, and gets his whiskey! Yoshinobu takes a big swig, and WHISKEY MISTS TAICHI?!? WHAT?!? Then he BOTTLE SMASHES Taichi!!! Yoshinobu RIPS the J5G shirt to reveal a House of Torture shirt!!! The Heel Master is living up to his name by joining the other side!!! Then he hauls up Taichi, to give him a BRAINBUSTER!! Fans boo and the rest of- Well, Just FOUR Guys, is shocked! Yoshinobu puts the ref back in, Sho drags Taichi up and in, to tuck and lift, SHOCK ARROW!!! Cover, SHO WINS!!!
Winner: Sho, by pinfall (NEW KOPW Champion)
Why, Yoshinobu, why?!? Now the azure belt belongs to the Murder Machine! And then to “celebrate,” Yoshinobu BOTTLE SMASHES Taka!! And then he CRACKS Douki with it!! He just betrayed his oldest friends in NJPW, and for what?!? Wait, he also has the key! Yoshinobu frees Dick, Yujiro and Evil while Sho holds the belt over Taichi’s prone body. Evil stomps Sanada and puts him in next to Taichi. Yujiro and Dick do the same with Taka and Douki, and they’re all cuffed to ropes now! They can only watch as Taichi gets stomped by Yoshinobu and the HOT boys! Sho talks trash on Sanada, Douki & Taka to help their friend.
Sho then gets the mic, and he mockingly asks what’s wrong. It looks like these guys will be crying tonight! You can all go back to your hotel room and figure this out together. This belt is now Sho’s, he is this year’s good luck charm! Evil then takes the mic to ask “Just Five Guys-” Well first, shut up, fans! But then Evil laughs that Just Five is now Just Four! The Heel Master is now House of Torture! And Sanada, you wanted a Lumberjack match for the world title? Well then, The House of Torture now has the numbers advantage, so let’s do it! The House of Torture has five guys and Sanada’s group will have to rebrand again. But will the Cold Skull be able to deny the King of Darkness his prize?
IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS TMDK!
Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi went back and forth with Shane Haste & Mikey Nicholls during this year’s G1 Climax, and those Mighty victories earned the “Young Punks” this match. Will Hilarious Haste & Mad Mikey bring more gold to the group? Or will the Fierce Warrior & Head Hunter prove they are the ones who don’t kneel?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who is the mightiest team in NJPW!
The teams sort out and Hashi starts against Mikey. The fans rally up as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Mikey powers Hashi back step by step. Mikey puts Hashi on ropes but Hashi turns things around. The ref counts, Hashi lets off cleanly, and even Mikey applauds. But then Hashi blocks the cheap shot to CLUB the leg and clamp on a headlock. Mikey powers up but can’t power out as Hashi holds on tight. Mikey fights up, claws at an eye, then throws body shots. Mikey powers out and RAMS shoulders with Hashi! Neither falls so Mikey eggs Hashi on. Hashi runs and they RAM shoulders again!
Neither man falls so the forearms start flying back and forth! Fans fire up, Mikey gets the edge and he ROCKS Hashi! Hashi CHOPS back! Hashi runs, but Mikey ELBOWS back! Mikey runs but Hashi UPPERCUTS! Hashi runs but Mikey runs him over! Fans fire up more and Mikey tags Shane. Shane drags Hashi up, TMDK double whip, and then DOUBLE ELBOW! FIST DROP SENTON but Hashi moves! Hashi tosses Mikey, grabs Shane but Shane powers Hashi back. Goto tags in, Hashi whips Shane away and Bishamon DOUBLE SHOULDERS Shane down! Then ZANMAI, the hip toss senton! Mikey runs in but Goto kicks him, to snap suplex him onto Shane!
Fans rally up as Bishamon drags Shane up. Se-no, WAR DRUM FISTS! Shane falls and fans fire up more. Goto stomps Shane, Shane hits back, but Goto fires forearms and knees! Goto whips, Shane reverses and Mikey trips Goto so Shane can sliding boot! Then Shane BLASTS Hashi while Mikey SLAMS Goto! Mikey whips Goto hard into railing! Shane waits as Mikey drags Goto up to put him in the ring. Shane stands on Goto, tags in Mikey, and Mikey stomps Goto! Goto CHOPS back, but Mikey CHOPS! Shane tags in, TMDK double whip to DOUBLE ELBOW, and then FIST DROP SENTON COMBO! Cover, TWO!
Shane keeps on Goto with a wristlock. Shane KICKS the arm! Goto writhes and Shane shakes his leg. Shane bumps Goto off buckles, UPPERCUTS and ELBOWS and repeat! Shane brings Goto in for a HALF HATCH! Cover, TWO! Shane drags Goto over, tags in Mikey, and they wrench to put Goto on the ropes. Mikey BLASTS Hashi, Shane throws Goto down, and then Mikey drops a knee on Goto’s head! Mikey stands Goto up to CHOP again! Fans fire up while Goto is stinging, and Mikey tags Shane. TMDK coordinates, but Goto boots free! Goto throws elbows and forearms on everyone, but TMDK kick low!
TMDK runs, Goto follows to DOUBLE LARIAT! Fans fire up while all three men are down! TMDK go to opposite corner and Goto fires up! Goto clotheslines Mikey, Shane runs in but Gotos ends him into Mikey! Goto then runs to MURAMASA them both! Fans fire up as Goto then DOUBLE BULLDOGS! All three men are down again and fans rally up. Hashi is back and he reaches out! Goto crawls over, hot tag to Hashi! The Head Hunter runs Shane over! Then kicks low, to whip to a corner! Shane reverses but Hashi comes back to CHOP! Hashi mule kicks, turns Shane, but Mikey CLUBS Hashi first!
TMDK double whip Hashi, but he holds ropes! Hashi BOOTS Mikey, DUMPS Shane, then TOSSES Mikey onto Shane! Fans fire up as TMDK regroups in a daze. Hashi builds speed and FLIES out onto them both! Fans are thunderous as Hashi roars! Hashi drags Shane up and puts him in the ring. Hashi climbs up, aims and BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Shane hangs tough but Hashi calls to Goto. Goto slides in, Bishamon double whip Shane corner to corner. Goto runs in to clothesline! Hashi runs in to CHOP! Hashi feeds Shane to Goto’s fireman’s carry but Shane slips free and shoves Goto into Hashi!
Hashi falls over, Goto staggers back, and Shane hits Goto with a BIG back suplex! Goto flops out of the ring, Hashi runs in but Shane spins him, X PLEX! Shane crawls for his corner while fans rally up. Mikey is still down so Shane goes after Hashi in the open corner. Shane hoists Hashi up top, CHOPS him, then climbs up after him. Hashi fights back with forearms and Shane staggers away. Mikey is back and he’s after Hashi up top! Hashi fires more forearms and now Mikey falls back. But then Mikey gives Shane a boost, POWERBOMB SUPERPLEX COMBO!! Mikey drags Shane onto Hashi for a cover, but Goto barrels in to break it!
Fans fire up while all four men are down! Mikey gets Goto out of the ring, then he regroups with Shane. Mikey tags in, TMDK drags Hashi up. Hashi fires off forearms on them, but Shane UPPERCUTS, Mikey lifts, ATOMIC UPPERCUT! TMDK double whip, but Hashi dropkicks their legs out! Fans fire up and Goto rises! Hashi crawls over to the corner, but Mikey DECKS Goto first! TMDK HIGH LOW LARIAT on Hashi! TMDK then coordinates, and Mikey fireman’s carries Hashi. Hashi slips out, shoves Mikey at Shane but TMDK stops from colliding! Shane blocks Hashi’s kick, spins him around, BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER! Cover, Goto breaks it again!
Fans fire up but TMDK stomp Goto. They get Goto up but Goto fires forearms now! Hashi BOOTS Goto, TMDK both run but Goto follows! TMDK dodge, fake Goto out, and Mikey hits a MIKEY BOMB!! Scoop and TANK BUSTER! Goto flops out of the ring and TMDK focuses on Hashi. They drag Hashi up, Shane climbs and Mikey scoops. But Hashi slips off to shove Mikey into Shane! Schoolboy bridge, TWO!! Hashi hurries to his feet, runs in, but Mikey BLCOKS the lariat! So Hashi spins to CHOP! And SUPERKICK! Shane returns to DROPKICK! Shane calls the shot, then Mikey fireman’s carries. HIGHWAY TO HELL!! Cover, TWO?!?
Fans are thunderous as Hashi survives! Shane and Mikey fire up and go for the classic! Mikey scoops, Shane hops up the corner, but Goto anchors Shane! Hashi fights free to hit ITADAKIKARI!! Cover, Bishamon wins!!
Winner: Bishamon, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)
The Head Hunter made “Easy Pickings” out of Mikey, proving to be the MVP of this match-up! Bishamon holds onto the gold, will they always #GetBackUp as we enter the Fall?
Shingo Takagi VS Great-O-Khan w/ Callum Newman!
The unofficial best of three series between Los Ingobernables de Japon and The United Empire begins as the Rampaging Dragon once again collides with The Dominator! Takagi won last time with the KOPW title on the line, will he do it again? Or will Khan conquer Takagi for the glory of the Empire?
Khan holds out his United Empire shirt as if to offer Takagi a spot on the team. But then Khan throws the shirt onto Takagi’s head, tackles him, and rains down forearms! The ref reprimands, the match hasn’t started yet! Khan throws fists now then shoves the ref down! Khan CHOKES Takagi with the shirt! The ref reprimands, Khan tells him to shut up and he shoves the ref away. Takagi gets up and the bell rings, then Takagi runs in! But Khan picks Takagi up to DUMP him out! Khan goes out after Takagi but Takagi fires off shots! Takagi CHOPS, whips, but Khan reverses. Takagi hits railing but just gets angry!
Fans fire up as Takagi runs and RAMS shoulders with Khan! And again! And again! Khan runs Takagi over! Fans rally, but Khan grabs a chair! The ref reprimands but Khan shoves him away again! Khan then JAMS Takagi! And SMACKS him on the back! Takagi falls over while fans rally up again. Khan drags Takagi up and into the ring, calls for the ref while he kneels on Takagi’s neck, but Takagi pushes him away. Kahn drags Takagi up to SAYANAGI! Cover, TWO, but Khan clamps on the ARM ‘N’ HEAD TRIANGLE! Takagi endures as Khan leans his weight on the hold. Takagi fights around, and has the ROPEBREAK!
The fans cheer, the ref counts, and Khan lets off. Khan scuffs Takagi against ropes, eggs him on, but Takagi fires a forearm! Khan just puts his arms behind his back. Takagi CHOPS, but Khan shakes his head. Takagi CHOPS and CHOPS but Khan CHOPS! Takagi ends up in a corner, Khan ROCKS him then CLUBS him! Khan then goes up the corner to sit on his- NO, Takagi slips free! “BAKA! <IDIOT!>” DOUBLE CHOP! Takagi fireman’s carries to DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Fans fire up while both men are down! Takagi rises first while Khan goes to a corner. Fans chant for “TA-KA-GI!” as he runs in. Takagi blocks Khan’s boot to clothesline!
Takagi runs, Khan dodges, but runs into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! Fans fire up as Takagi drags Khan up, suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Khan hangs in there but Takagi wants them to hold on. “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, and then Takagi says IT IS TIME! Takagi has the fans all fired up, and he kicks Khan around. Takagi then hauls Khan up, pump handles, but Khan fights the lift! Takagi knees low, snapmares and runs, but Khan catches the sliding lariat into an armlock! Takagi fights free, JABS, JABS, and JABS! Khan Mongolian Chops! And Mongolian Chops! And then powers up, but Takagi blocks to steal the Mongolian Chops!
Takagi Mongolian CHOPS again, but Khan HELL STABS! Khan runs, but into the SAIDO! But Khan rises!? Khan BOOTS Takagi down! But Takagi rises! DOUBLE LARIATS collide! Double monster rage! Takagi SWATS Khan’s haymaker to wrench and ELBOW BREAKER! Takagi JABS and ENZIGURIS! Khan staggers, runs back in but Takagi blocks the boot to then reel Khan in for MADE IN JAPAN! Cover, TWO!! Khan survives but Takagi stays focused. Takagi fires up again and the fans are with him. Takagi drags Khan up, pump handles, but Khan fights the lift! Takagi LARIATS point blank, but Khan stays up!
Takagi LARIATS point blank again, and Khan drops to his knees! Fans fire up as Takagi pump handles and torture racks, but Khan slips free! IRON SLEEPER, into Grapple Feint O-Khan PLEX! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Khan snarls as he crawls after Takagi. Takagi goes to the corner, Khan runs in, and he BLINDSIDE CLOTHESLINES! Then he torture racks to bring Takagi around, ARGENTINE BACKBREAKER into HERCULES NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up as Takagi hangs in there but Khan stays on him. Khan drags Takagi up, reels him in, and scoops, but Takagi slips free!
Takagi waistlocks, Khan throws elbows, but Takagi BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Khan staggers, but he LARIATS Takagi down!! Fans fire up again as Khan looms over Takagi. Khan watches Takagi drag himself up with ropes, then clamps on the IRON CLAW! Takagi CLUBS the arm, then fires ridge hand chops, but he can’t break free! ELIMI- NO, Takagi slips free to ELBOW! JAB! YUKON- NO, Khan catches Takagi with the left hand, for an ELIMINATOR!! High stack, TWO!?! Takagi survives and fans are thunderous! Khan is rather stunned, but he drags Takagi back up. IRON SLEEPER! Fans rally as Takagi endures!
Khan drags Takagi up, squeezes tighter, and Takagi is fading! Then Khan shifts to right hand ELIMI- DDT!! Takagi turns things around and both men are down again! Fans fire up as we pass ten minutes, and Takagi crawls over to Khan. They junkyard dog headbutt, then start throwing forearms! Takagi fires up and fans are with him. Khan eggs Takagi on and the forearms continue! Takagi CHOPS! Khan CHOPS! Takagi forearms! Khan forearms! Khan fires forearm after forearm, but Takagi just roars! Takagi fires boxing elbows! Takagi winds up but the IRON CLAW returns! Takagi CLAWS back!
Khan grabs the waistband but Takagi breaks free! JAB! HEADBUTT! But Khan IRON STRAIGHTS!! Takagi falls and the monster rage boils up! Khan IRON CLAWS, then he drags Takagi up! ELIMI- NO, Takagi slips out to DRAGON SUPLEX! SLIDING FOREARM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Khan rises but staggers around! Fans are thunderous again as these two run. Takagi dodges to PUMPING BOMBER!! Fans are electric as Takagi hauls Khan back up. “OI! OI! OI!” echoes out and Takagi pump handles, LAST OF THE DRAGON!! Cover, TAKAGI WINS!
Winner: Shingo Takagi, by pinfall
Another epic battle, and another epic victory for the Rampaging Dragon! Will Takagi use this momentum to fly back up and fight for a title? What does Khan need to finally get up and over that hump?
IWGP World Heavyweight Right to Challenge Contract match: Tetsuya Naito VS Jeff Cobb w/ Callum Newman!
Speaking of colliding once again, this is the second time this year the Uncontrollable Charisma battles the Imperial Unit! Cobb won their G1 Climax match but Naito won the whole tournament, will Naito lose that Right to Challenge during a Tour of the Islands? Or will WrestleKingdom still look tranquilo?
Wait, what’s that canvas tote bag Naito is carrying? Wait, THAT is the “briefcase” Naito is carrying the contract in? And he’s written “Kenrisyou” on it, both in Japanese katakana and ABCs. Well, then, who will be left holding the bag, but in a good way?
Cobb is patient as Naito takes off his elaborate entrance attire. After all, he’s seen this a few times already. The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. Naito has the strong majority of the crowd but Cobb shrugs that off as he and Naito circle. They approach but then Naito backs off. They circle more, tie up, and Cobb holds firm as Naito pushes. Cobb puts Naito on the ropes, Red Shoes calls for the break, and Cobb steps just to get Naito to flinch. Cobb raises his fist to mock LIJ, but Naito SPITS at Cobb! Cobb runs in but Naito dumps hm out! Naito knocks Cobb off the apron then baseball slides him into railing!
Fans rally for Naito as he CLUBS Cobb around the way. And CLUBS him again! Naito cravats to then CHOKE Cobb on the railing, right in front of Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toru Yano on commentary. Naito puts Cobb in, Cobb rushes up but Naito catches him for a TORNADO- NO, Cobb blocks that to then suplex! Naito slips free, waistlocks, but Cobb switches and clinches, to OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up while Naito flounders away. Cobb storms up on Naito, drags him up, and ROCKS him with a right! Naito goes to a corner, Cobb throws body shots, then throat chops! Naito kicks back but Cobb eggs him on.
Naito kicks more but Cobb blocks, to CHOP! Cobb CLUBS Naito down, then paces around him. Naito sputters but Cobb pulls hair. Red Shoes reprimands and Cobb lets off. Cobb taunts Naito, brings him up, and whips him to a corner. Cobb runs in, clotheslines, then clotheslines again and again and again! Red Shoes counts, Cobb lets off and runs to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! SWINGING DROPKICK! Combinacion Cobb-ron! Fans are torn as Cobb mocks Naito’s posing, then Cobb covers. TWO, but Cobb covers again. TWO, but Cobb keeps his cool. Cobb looms over Naito, drags him up, and hoists him up into a BEARHUG!
Naito endures the squeeze, he CLUBS Cobb but Cobb just thrashes Naito around! Naito throws more elbows, gets free, but then Cobb HEADBUTTS! And short arm LARIATS! Then GACHIMUCHI FLOPS as Naito moves! Naito dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally while both men are down! Naito stands, throws forearms and kicks, then whips. Cobb reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS! Cobb staggers into an atomic drop! Naito ELBOWS Cobb down, then basement dropkicks him in the back! Fans rally as Naito has Cobb in a corner. Naito whips corner to corner, runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! SWINGING feint and then the dropkick!
Fans fire up as Naito poses for his Combinacion, then he goes back to cover. ONE!! Naito almost goes flying out of the ring there! Naito drags Cobb up, has a cravat for the neck wrench, but Cobb throws body shots. But Naito throws those heavy back elbows! Then he turns Cobb, for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito stays focused and he stomps Cobb around. Naito drags Cobb up, hammerlocks then half nelsons, but Cobb clubs free! Cobb then hits an atomic drop, and a DROPKICK! Fans fire up while both men are down! Cobb rises while Naito goes to ropes. Cobb storms over and he drags Naito up.
Cobb waistlocks and deadlifts, but Naito fights with elbows! Cobb hops down to HEADBUTT Naito, then has him at the corner. Cobb climbs up to then deadlift SUPERPLEX!! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! Cobb crawls to the cover, TWO!! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives consecutive crashes and Cobb is beside himself! Fans rally as hard as they can for “NA-I-TO!” but Cobb stands first. Cobb whips Naito to ropes, but Naito holds ropes. Naito BOOTS back, runs in but Cobb gets around to shove Naito to a corner. BACK ELBOW! Cobb then hoists Naito up!
Cobb goes up the corner, but Naito slips under! Cobb holds the corner and he punches Naito away! Naito comes back to ROCK Cobb! Naito fires more forearms, then climbs up, to the very top! Naito CLUBS Cobb, but Cobb gets Naito up! Naito still SUPER STEINERS! Fans fire up as Naito BOOTS again, goes back up and reels Cobb in, ESPERANZA! Fans rally and Naito aims from the corner. Cobb stands, Naito tilt-o-whirls, but Cobb turns Destino into ATHLETIC PLEX! Naito staggers around, into a fireman’s carry! ONE ARMED F5 THOUSAND!! Fans rally up and Cobb covers, TWO?!? Naito is somehow still in this after all that spinning!
Fans rally, Cobb rises again, and he drags Naito up. Cobb reels Naito in, but Naito fights free! Naito throws those heavy elbows! Cobb wobbles, Naito comes back, but into another fireman’s carry! But Naito pops up to POISON-RANA!! Cobb gets spiked, yet he starts pushing himself up! Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but Cobb stops Destino into a TOUR- NO, Naito victory rolls through! TWO!! Naito eggs Cobb on, catches him, and TORNADO CRADLE! TWO!! Cobb escapes and runs in, into an ELBOW! And ENZIGURI! But Cobb GERMAN SUPLEXES! Naito roars and rises up!? But Cobb LARIATS him back down!!
Cobb hauls Naito up, whips and scoops, TOUR OF THE- DESTINO!! Naito tastes blood in his mouth but he just fires up! Wrench and tilt-o-whirl, DESTINOOO~!!! Cover, NAITO WINS!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (retains the Right to Challenge)
Cobb may have conquered him in the G1 Climax, and may have been parodying him ever since, but the real deal Tetsuya Naito takes back that loss and holds onto his contract! Then is it all but a given that the Uncontrollable Charisma will main event WrestleKingdom 18? As for Cobb, where does he go from here, having fallen short?
IWGP United Kingdom Championship: Will Ospreay w/ Callum Newman VS Yota Tsuji!
Los Ingobernables is 2-0 on the night with Takagi conquering Khan and Naito denying Cobb. And now, the Gene Blast goes after the rebranded championship around the Aerial Assassin’s waist. Will LIJ be 3-0 and golden here tonight? Or will Ospreay bring about the Destruction of this Reiwa era Musketeer?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who feels like smiling after it’s all said and done!
The bell rings and fans rally up as the two stare down. There seem just as many “OSPREAY! OSPREAY!” fans as there are “YOTA! YOTA!” fans. The two circle, feel things out, then back away. Fans applaud them both being wary, then the two tie up. They’re in a deadlock but Ospreay wrenches and wristlocks. Tsuji rolls, powers through to wrench Ospreay, but Ospreay spins, slips through, waistlocks, then spins Tsuji to a cravat. Fans applaud the technical exchange, but Tsuji rolls and wrenches to wrangle Ospreay down! Tsuji has a cording hold but Ospreay fights up, waistlocks, but then Tsuji switches.
Ospreay pries the hold open, switches back but Tsuji facelocks. Ospreay wrenches out, hammerlocks, but Tsuji reaches back to headlock. Tsuji grinds Ospreay, but Ospreay endures. Ospreay powers up and powers out, but Tsuji runs him over! But Ospreay kips right up! Fans cheer and Tsuji grins. Ospreay smirks, talks a little trash, then eggs Tsuji on. Tsuji runs, Ospreay drops to hurdle, but then Tsuji leaps over! Ospreay arm-drags, Tsuji headscissors, Ospreay kips free and avoids the arm-drag! Ospreay stands on Tsuji and flexes, perhaps a shot at Chris Jericho. Ospreay then brings Tsujhi up but Tsuji arm-drags him away!
Ospreay goes to a corner, Tsuji runs in and jumps up to MONKEY FLIP, but Ospreay lands on his feet! Tsuji runs in but he flips through the hip toss! Tsuji arm-drags, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl arm-drag Ospreay out of the ring! Fans fire up and Tsuji builds speed! Tsuji DIVES and Ospreay hits railing! Fans fire up with Tsuji, and he brings Ospreay up. Tsuji puts Ospreay in the ring then runs, to run Ospreay over! Cover, ONE! Tsuji was a bit lax there but he just smiles. Tsuji drags Ospreay up, cravats, but Ospreay pulls Tsuji’s hair. Red Shoes reprimands but then Tsuji snapmares Ospreay into body scissors!
Ospreay endures, reaches out, but Tsuji hooks an arm to keep him down. Tsuji squeezes tight and Ospreay endures, to then reach out for the ROPEBREAK! Tsuji lets go quickly enough, but Ospreay fires a forearm! And another! And another! Tsuji just CHOPS back! Ospreay sputters and fans applaud as Tsuji brings him up. Tsuji ROCKS Ospreay to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. Tsuji runs in but Ospreay dodges the splash! Ospreay runs back in but into a BOOT! Tsuji goes up but Ospreay CHOPS him down! Tsuji tumbles to apron then floor, and Ospreay aims to PLANCHA! Direct hit and down goes Tsuji!
Fans fire up as Ospreay rises and shouts “IKU ZO! <LET’S GO!>” Ospreay stalks Tsuji, drags him up, and brings him around to ROCK with a forearm. And then ROCK him again! Tsuji staggers around the way but Ospreay pursues. Ospreay wrenches and whips, but Tsuji reverses! Ospreay leaps over the railing! Ospreay then ROCKS Tsuji, jumps up and FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up and Ospreay apologizes to the front row. Ospreay drags Tsuji up, puts him in the ring, and drops a knee on Tsuji’s chin! And again! Ospreay paces around Tsuji, drags him up, and CHOPS! Ospreay paces around Tsuji again, then bumps him off buckles.
Ospreay CHOPS again and Tsuji sits down, chest stinging. Ospreay digs his boot in, scrubs and scrapes Tsuji’s face, and Red Shoes reprimands. Ospreay “apologizes” before he brings Tsuji up and scoops, for a BACKBREAKER! Ospreay pushes Tsuji down to cover, TWO! Tsuji hangs tough and fans rally up but Ospreay keeps his cool. Ospreay stalks Tsuji, drags him up, and shoves him to ropes to then CLUB him on the back! Tsuji grits his teeth, then grins through the pain! So Ospreay CLUBS him on the back again! And again! Tsuji turns around to smile right in Ospreay’s face! Fans fire up as Ospreay fires off forearms!
Tsuji grins as he fires forearms in return! Ospreay CHOPS again! Ospreay whips, Tsuji reverses but Ospreay holds ropes. Ospreay BOOTS back, runs, but Tsuji scoops to BACKBREAKER! Fans fire up while both men are down! We pass ten minutes as fans rally and the two men stir. Tsuji rises first, then fires off forearms! Tsuji whips, Ospreay reverses, but Tsuji blasts through to FLYING RANA! Ospreay bails out and Tsuji grins. Tsuji builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Fans are all fired up seeing a man that big do a move that agile! Tsuji is also fired up and he does a full lap around the ring.
Fans fire up as Tsuji puts Ospreay in the ring, and he brings Ospreay up. Ospreay swings, Tsuji blocks and spins him, inverted Gory Especial for the INVERTED GORY BOMB! Cover, TWO! Ospreay is still in this but he isn’t champion for no reason. Tsuji keeps on smiling, and the fans rally up again. Tsuji brings Ospreay up but Ospreay fights the suplex. Ospreay wrenches, Tsuji forearms, and Tsuji whips but Ospreay handsprings to NEURALIZER KICK! Fans rally as Ospreay goes to the corner and he gets an “OI! OI! OI!” going. Not quite Takagi’s “Oi” but still. Ospreay springboards, PIP PIP CHEERIO! Cover, TWO!
Ospreay stays focused and stretches out his sore back. He drags Tsuji up, reels him in, but Tsuji fights the lift. Ospreay fires Kawada Kicks! But Tsuji blocks the chop! And catches the lariat to BACKBREAKER, COMPLETE SHOT and STOMP! An even more lethal combination, and Tsuji suplexes. Ospreay slips out but Tsuji elbows him! Tsuji whips, Ospreay reverses but Tsuji BOOTS him away! Tsuji tries again, Ospreay blocks but Tsuji brings him down to DOUBLE STOMP! Tsuji suplexes, but Ospreay STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRES! Both men are down again and fans fire back up!
Ospreay sits up and shakes out the stars. Tsuji crawls to a corner and Ospreay wants him to rise. Ospreay then runs in corner to corner to BOOT! That was a hell of a kick, but Ospreay just goes up. We pass 15 minutes as Ospreay BLINDSIDE FLYING FOREARMS! Fans fire up as Ospreay roars “OI! OI! OI!” and prepares that elbow. Tsuji sits up, HIDDEN- NO, Tsuji ducks it! Tsuji kicks, runs, but Ospreay flips through the lariat! But Tsuji slips out of the bomb! FALCON BOMB!! Cover, TWO?!? Ospreay survives and now Tsuji gets the “OI! OI! OI!” going. Fans rally up, Tsuji aims, and Ospreay slowly rises.
Tsuji runs in to GENE- KNEE!! CHOP! But Tsuji ROLLING ELBOWS! Tsuji runs but Ospreay Tiger Wall Kicks! Tsuji ducks the enziguri, Ospreay dodges the stomp to ROCK and ROLLING- JUMP KNEE! Tsuji runs, into a SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down again and fans are thunderous! Ospreay sits up while Tsuji flounders. Ospreay dares Tsuji to sit up, so he does. They stare down, and then Ospreay ROCKS Tsuji with a forearm! Tsuji shakes his head while fans fire up again. Tsuji ROCKS Ospreay, but he shakes his head. Ospreay ROCKS Tsuji and he almost falls over!
Tsuji sits back up, and he throws another forearm. Not enough to Ospreay! Ospreay stands Tsuji up to ROCK him! Tsuji wobbles but he grins and fires another forearm. Ospreay ROCKS Tsuji again, Tsuji hits back, and they’re picking up speed! Ospreay eggs Tsuji on while giving him shot after shot! Tsuji leans on ropes, but he just smiles again! Tsuji comes back as Ospreay eggs him on again. Tsuji and Ospreay trade shots fast and furious! Fans are all fired up as Ospreay wobbles! Tsuji ROCKS Ospreay keeps on him, and DECKS him!! Fans are thunderous as Tsuji finally clutches his jaw. But then Ospreay rises up!
Ospreay snarls and winds up, to ROCK Tsuji! And CHOP! And CHOP on the back! And HOOK KICK! Tsuji bails out to the apron, and Ospreay goes out to join him, Ospreay goes up and up and- NO, Tsuji stops the cutter! Tsuji POSTS Ospreay, SUPERKICKS him, but Ospreay fires up! Only for Tsuji to HEADBUTT! Flashbacks to that Elimination Tag! Both men wobble, Tsuji runs in, but Ospreay moves! Tsuji’s curb stomp falls to the floor, and Ospreay goes up to SUPER OSCUTTER to the floor!! We pass 20 minutes as Red Shoes checks both men. They’re both somehow okay to continue, and fans rally back up.
A ring count starts and Ospreay slowly sits up. Ospreay grits his teeth as he stands, and he slides in at 12 of 20. Tsuji stands at 14, hobbles over but flops down at 16! Tsuji still pushes himself up, and he slides in at 19! Ospreay COAST2COAST DROPKICKS!! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up with Ospreay and he calls his shot. Springboard, but no Oscutter! Tsuji shoves and scoops to BLUE THUNDER BOMB, then KNEE THRUST! CURB STOMP to the FACE!! Both men are down again and fans are fired up behind Yota more than Ospreay! Ospreay is dazed but he makes his way to the neutral corner.
Tsuji pounds the mat and the fans rally behind him. Tsuji storms up to Ospreay, stomps him, then stomps him again! Tsuji drags Ospreay up to CHOP! Ospreay shouts in pain but Tsuji puts him up top. Tsuji shouts and fans rally again. Tsuji climbs but Ospreay fires forearms! Tsuji throws shots back, then goes up to the very top! Tsuji brings Ospreay up to join him but Ospreay starts throwing headbutts! Ospreay switches positions to SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!? But Ospreay just brings Tsuji up, SIT OUT BOMB!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans are electric, Ospreay is furious, he BUZZSAWS and HEEL KICKS! OSCUTTER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!
Fans are electric because they are shocked, and Ospreay is just fuming! Ospreay vows to end this, and he hauls Tsuji up. Underhooks, Canadian Rack, STORM- STUNNER?!?! Tsuji brings that outta nowhere! TO GENE BLAST!!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Ospreay survives by a literal foot!! We pass 25 minutes, time is not on Tsuji’s side, and yet Tsuji smiles all the same! Fans are on Tsuji’s side, though, and he rises up again. Tsuji calls his shot, and goes up, up and FLYING STOMPS!!! Tsuji reels Ospreay in to underhook, Canadian Rack and STEALS STORMBREAKER!!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! Now even Tsuji’s shocked! Ospreay flips Tsuji off but Tsuji just grins.
Tsuji roars and powers up! Fans are thunderous as Tsuji aims, to GENE- HIDDEN BLADE?!?! that back elbow came outta nowhere!! Ospreay is seething, almost foaming at the mouth! “OI! OI! OI!” Ospreay aims, runs back in, and steals GENE BLAST!!! Cover, ONE?!?!? WHAT?!? Ospreay tries again, calls his shot, STORM DRIVER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?! HOW?!?! Is Tsuji even human?!? Ospreay doesn’t care if human, robot, alien or more, but Tsuji’s roar does make him hesitate! Tsuji stands, grins, even laughs. He backs Ospreay down with that stare! Ospreay just HIDDEN BLADES anyway!! Ospreay hooks arms, to STORMBREAKER!!! Cover, OSPREAY WINS!
Winner: Will Ospreay, by pinfall (still IWGP United Kingdom Champion)
Tsuji pushed Ospreay to over 27 minutes, showing us he has resilience beyond expectations, but Ospreay still comes out the victor! Ospreay applauds Tsuji’s efforts, and even fist bumps him. Did tonight prove Tsuji proves to be a Reiwa Musketeer?
As for Ospreay, fans clap and chant along with his song, and he picks up both his belt and the mic. “Kobeee~!” Fans cheer the shoutout, and Ospreay says in Japanese, “Good evening. Did you have fun?” The fans cheer but he wants to ask again, did they have fun? The fans cheer even more! Ospreay continues by telling Tsuji, “You are amazing.” Tsuji grins and fans cheer, and Ospreay says the future of NJPW is in good hands with Tsuji, thank you very much. Ospreay then says that this is a beautiful place, he loves coming to Kobe. As a kid, he’d… Oh hey! It’s Zack Sabre Jr! These two are very familiar with each other.
The NJPW World TV Champion joins the IWGP UK Champion in the ring, gets a mic of his own, and then says, “Ospreay-chan, otsukaresama. <Lil’ Ospreay, thank you for your hard work.>” Fans cheer that, and Ospreay thanks ZSJ for the same. These two Englishmen continue with Japanese as ZSJ says that was a really great match and that Ospreay is really amazing. Ospreay asks if ZSJ really means that, and ZSJ says yes, he does. ZSJ says one thing, though. What is that belt? What is it called? The IWGP UK Heavyweight Champion. Oh okay. Then that belt… He wants it. ZSJ then asks if Ospreay knows enough Japanese to keep this going.
Ospreay says to give him a second while he thinks. ZSJ says good luck, you can do it. Ospreay takes a moment, the fans cheer him on, and Ospreay comes back with, “Eto… <Um…>” Challenge? Yes, maybe. “Okay desu.” Fans love that! ZSJ then tells Ospreay-chan that he has his next opponent. When is good for Ospreay? Ospreay apologizes that he’s running thin on his Japanese. ZSJ says that’s okay, but then let’s go to English. ZSJ says Ospreay still did good, though. But next month is Royal Quest III, October 14th. And ZSJ knows Ospreay knows that they are the two best British wrestlers in the world. Time to find who is THE best, with the UK title on the line.
Ospreay asks the fans if they like the idea of a match at Royal Quest. The fans cheer that! Ospreay considers it… And then he says okay, ZSJ is on! ZSJ thanks Ospreay and Ospreay thanks ZSJ. But do they bow or shake hands? They slowly reach out, and shake hands. Fans applaud as these two rivals have one more on the books. But neither wants to let go of the shake first. They agree, same time. Three, two, one, done. Then Ospreay yoinks ZSJ’s belt off him! Ospreay plays dumb but ZSJ lets that one slide. Until Ospreay rushes in! Then ZSJ dodges to scoop! Ospreay slips free and fans cheer the standoff!
Ospreay says a Zack Driver after all this? C’mon! He’s just trying to give you the belt back. Sure, sure, mate. ZSJ bails out and takes his leave, having to get ready for AEW WrestleDream and Bryan Danielson before Royal Quest. Ospreay chuckles and tells ZSJ he’ll see him at the Copper Box Arena. Ospreay tells Kobe that before they go, he needs to know the answer to one question: Who is the best pro-wrestler in the world? “OSPREAY!” Hmm… Who is the best pro-wrestler int he world?! “OSPREAY!!” That’s right! He is THE best pro-wrestler in the world, because he is Will Ospreay, and he is on ANOTHER LEVEL! ARIGATOGOZAIMASHITA!!
Ospreay waves the Empire’s banner while the streamers fly! The IWGP UK Champion is also going to Seattle for WrestleDream in a stacked Six Man Tag Match, but will he survive one more Don Callis Family feud to make it home to London?
An awesome night for NJPW on this large Destruction tour, even though I still skipped things. Well, I did skim, pretty good stuff but the first half was filler/build matches as this tour continues into October. Great stuff out of the KOPW Championship match with a unique take on the lumberjack match. But the last time (I watched) these two factions interact, something made me think the Heel Master was going to turn on his guys, and here we are! Yoshinobu now gives the House of Torture even more of a numbers advantage, really putting the pressure on Sanada and Just Four Guys when it comes to the rivalry. But as such, I would think Sanada retains in Ryogoku.
Great tag title match, but I figured Bishamon would retain. Goto & Hashi are a great team, NJPW knows they can depend on those two. Though nothing against TMDK, it probably just isn’t their time yet. NJPW probably wants to give Aussie Open time doing stuff in AEW/ROH before they resolve things between Aussie Open and Bishamon since Aussie Open never truly lost the titles. Then we got great stuff out of all the LIJ VS United Empire singles matches. Going in, I definitely figured it was all going to go this way. I lost it laughing at Naito’s canvas tote bag being his contract briefcase. And while Tsuji looked absolutely incredible tonight, I had no doubt Ospreay was going to retain.
WrestleDream is also a big part of his and ZSJ’s schedule, so Ospreay wasn’t going to lose momentum going into that Six Man Tag, and ZSJ wasn’t going to lose going into his true dream match with Bryan Danielson. And now, Ospreay VS ZSJ one more time around for the now IWGP UK Championship, that is going to be amazing stuff. Though with ZSJ still the inaugural NJPW World TV Champion, I don’t see the need for him to win Ospreay’s title. Perhaps they give these guys like 30+ minutes to put on a Match of the Year candidate so that no one can complain about ZSJ losing.
My Score: 9/10
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