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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/3/19)

Is Paul Heyman pulling our legs?

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Is Raw going to be money?

The Beast now knows he has a FULL YEAR to wait, but his Advocate says the cash-in is NOW! Will Brock Lesnar really use Raw to regain a WWE championship?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns & The Usos VS Drew McIntyre & The Revival; McIntyre & The Revival win.
  • Lucha House Party VS ???; No Contest.
  • Charlotte Flair VS Lacey Evans; Flair wins, by disqualification.
  • Arm Wrestling: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley; Strowman wins.
  • Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss; Cross wins.
  • Ricochet VS Cesaro; Ricochet wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Raw is Roman’s Yard!

The Big Dog continues to be the Wild Card as he shows up in Texas! He has his eyes set on Super Showdown and a grudge match with Shane O’Mac, but tonight he and the #Bloodline will take on two #TopGuys and Shane’s “insurance policy.” Roman enters the ring and picks up a mic. But before he can speak, Shane appears! Fans boo as Shane gets his “proper introduction” as “The Best, in the WOOOOOOOOORLD~, SHAAANE! McMAAAHON!” That’s better. As for Roman, Shane is too excited to sleep. Super Showdown brings their showdown, and Shane shutting Roman up. Shane’s not just called Best in the World for fun. He’s like a fine wine: better with age.

And Shane promises to beat Roman from end to end of the ring, and hit a classic Coast2Coast. But then he’ll add on the triangle hold and make Roman tap out for the first time in his career. After Roman taps, Shane will hold on for much longer, tighten the triangle so tight Roman’s eyes bulge out, and then the last thing he hears is, “The winner, and Best in the World~!” “Oh shut up!” Roman would love for Shane to try and tap him out. If Shane puts that triangle, Roman will pick him up and bomb him through the mat! Shane doesn’t stand a chance with Roman. The only reason Shane is out here is because he has help, like Drew McIntyre. So after Super Showdown, Roman goes to Stomping Grounds to whoop on McIntyre!

But speaking of, here comes the Scottish Terminator! McIntyre says that he doesn’t like Texas’ attitude towards Shane. Show some damn respect for him! As for Roman, his mind is all over the place. Shane is 100% correct that he’ll beat Roman at Super Showdown. and McIntyre will decimate and end Roman at Stomping Grounds! But that’s the future. Worry about tonight. McIntyre has a great idea. They don’t need to wait, they’ll take Roman out now! But the Revival attack Roman from behind! Here come the Usos! The family fights of Dash & Dawson and take the ring! Shane has his men regroup as fans fire up for the Usos! Is the Six Man happening now?! It is!

Six Man Tag: Roman Reigns & The Usos VS Drew McIntyre & The Revival!

Why wait for later tonight when everyone is here right now?! Will the #Bloodline dominate the Terminator and #TopGuys to roll on towards Super Showdown? Or will Shane’s insurance policy do what Shane’s paying him to do?

The teams sort out and Dash Wilder starts against Jey Uso. Jey SUPERKICKS Dash right down! Then he hurries up top, but Scott Dawson saves Dash. Jey hops down and together with brother Jimmy, FLIES! The Usos wipe the Revival out and we go to break!

Raw returns and Dawson whips Jey corner to corner. Jey dodges and sends Dawson to buckles. Dash tags in and stops Jey, but Jey elbows free to hot tag Jimmy! Jimmy rallies on Dash and mule kicks to an uppercut! Dash swings but misses, but also escapes the Samoan Drop. But Jimmy comes back with the dragon whip! Jimmy fires up the fans and takes aim. But he has to hit McIntyre and Dawson first. Dash dropkicks Jimmy down! Dash stomps away on Jimmy then tags in McIntyre for even more stomps. McIntyre bumps Jimmy off buckles and CHOPS him! McIntyre facelocks and suplexes Jimmy hard! Cover, TWO!

McIntyre keeps Jimmy down and then puts on an armbar. He grinds his forearm into Jimmy’s face while The Revival mock the Longhorns fans. Jimmy endures and fans rally up. Jimmy fights his way up and headbutts, then whips, only for McIntyre to reverse. McIntyre smothers and belly2belly suplexes Jimmy down! Cover, but Roman breaks it! Roman and McIntyre glare but Dash and Dawson get away with mugging Jimmy! The ref tells Roman to go back to his corner while McIntyre tags in Dawson. McIntyre grinds his foot into Jimmy and Dawson stomps Jimmy out. Dawson cranks Jimmy’s neck but pulls on hair. The ref reprimands Dawson so he lets up, only to come back and stand Jimmy up. Jimmy uppercuts back! And CHOPS! Dawson staggers, but clotheslines Jimmy down! Cover, TWO!

Dawson taunts Jey before going back to Jimmy. He drags Jimmy up into a seated abdominal stretch. Jimmy endures and works his way up. Jimmy reaches and arm-drags Dawson off, only for Dawson to shove him. Dawson runs in but Jimmy starts fighting back! Jimmy back suplexes Dawson down! Fans rally up as Jimmy crawls. Dawson gets in and intercepts, BIG spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Jimmy survives but is isolated as we go to break.

Raw returns and Roman gives McIntyre the point blank lariats. Roman runs and BOOTS McIntyre down! The University of Texas fires up with Roman as he locks ‘n’ loads. Roman runs but McIntyre dodges for a Glasgow Kiss! But Jey tags in, Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre down! Jimmy SUPERKICKS Dawson but Dash clobbers Jimmy. SUPERMAN PUNCH for Dash! But Shane trips up Jey behind the ref’s back! Roman runs after Shane, and gets hands on him! But then gets a CLAYMORE from McIntyre! Jey flounders in the ring and McIntyre takes aim. The Revival give Jimmy SHATTER MACHINE! McIntyre runs, CLAYMORE for Jey! Cover, The Revival and McIntyre win!

Winners: Drew McIntyre & The Revival, McIntyre pinning

Shane helps his boys win, but now he wants to add insult to injury on Roman. He slaps Roman around, then has the Revival drag Roman up, for a SHATTER MACHINE! But Shane drags Roman up for McIntyre. CLAYMORE! Fans boo as Shane mockingly wonders if Roman’s okay. But this still isn’t enough for the Best in the World. The Revival drag Roman up, and feeds him to Shane’s SPEAR! Shane mocks the battle cry and then tells Roman that’s what he’s getting at Super Showdown. Will Shane return to the states still feeling like The Best in the World? Or will the Big Dog get back at him for everything he’s done?

 

Raw is Miz TV!

The Hollywood A-Lister is back and is going to be part of Super Showdown’s historically MASSIVE 50 Man Battle Royal! But for right now, he and the Most Must-See WWE Talk Show are here to discuss the looming Money in the Bank cash-in from Brock Lesnar. Therefore, his special guest is the Architect and the Beastslayer, WWE Universal Champion, Seth Rollins! Rollins makes his way out and Texas is ready to #BurnItDown! The remaining time on Raw could be the last few minutes in his reign, but Rollins shows no fear as he joins Miz in the ring.

Miz welcomes Rollins to Austin! Super Showdown has a WWE Universal Championship match of Rollins VS Baron Corbin, but… Rollins might not even be champion because Paul Heyman promised Lesnar would cash in tonight. What’s going on in Rollins’ mind? Rollins wants to back things up. First, this is assuming Lesnar even shows up to Raw, which assumes Heyman told the truth. Last time Heyman told the truth was… never! Rollins is prepared, but will believe it when he sees it. Miz commends that strong front, but he and Rollins both know what it is to be Mr. MITB. As of right now, it’s not just in the hands of a normal superstar, but one of the most dominant of all time, Brock Lesnar!

Rollins knows all that, but the truth is, if Lesnar showed up to cash in, Rollins would actually be relieved. Because Rollins can’t keep worrying on what might be. He knows what will be is Super Showdown’s Universal Championship match against Baron Corbin. No one here likes Corbin, nor on the planet Earth, but Corbin did win that Fatal 4 Way to be #1 Contender. If Rollins is the fighting champion he promised to be when he slayed the Beast, the he has to focus on the Lone Wolf’s head going into the mat. Fans support that with “Burn It Down!” But wait, someone is pulling into the arena. It’s Paul Heyman! And where Heyman goes, Lesnar follows! The Beast in the Bank IS on Raw, ready to cash in. Rollins is ready!

Heyman says “Here comes the pain!” But then Lesnar stops just before gorilla position and considers things. He’s headed for the locker rooms instead, to make Rollins wait a little longer. Fans still cheer for Rollins, but is Rollins’ night far from over?

 

Lucha House Party VS ???

Raw enters #LuchaTime as “Los Avengers” look to take down The Leviathan at Super Showdown! But before taking on Lars Sullivan, they will- Wait, is that Lars now?! Did he dismantle the team the Lucha House Party was supposed to face on his way here?! He rushes the ring and the fight is on! But Lars shoves Kalisto awya, then Lince Dorado. Gran Metalik also falls, but Kalisto kicks back! Kalisto springboards, but into a clothesline! Lars lariats Lince, and catches a flying Metalik!

Metalik is lifted high over head, but Kalisto dropkicks to save him! Metalik and Lince dropkick in turn, but it takes all three to send Lars out! Lars himself is surprised! The Mile High Monster roars, but he falls back to reconsider his strategy. Will Lucha House Party return from Super Showdown still standing? Or will they all suffer a Freak Accident?

 

The IIconics and Nikki Cross are backstage.

The Loony Lass looks a miniature pound puppy all sad to find someone to play with. But the WWE is not a dog park, and Cross has the wrong master in “that mutt”, Becky Lynch. Woof woof! But wait, Alexa Bliss returns! Don’t those two have a blooming onion to eat? No! But they have a match with Nikki tonight. And with Peyton’s “wifey” Billie ringside, it’ll be #IICONIC! Well that happened. Alexa’s gonna get a coffee. Does Nikki want one? Wait, really? Yeah. Alexa knows Becky and Nikki have been bonding, but Becky and Alexa don’t get along. Well, Alexa doesn’t get along with a lot of people. Maybe Nikki’s better off with the Raw Women’s Champion.

Nikki tells Alexa she’s not gonna judge the Goddess based on her past. Alexa has been so kind to Nikki. She’s been a friend. Well since they’re friends, don’t be shy to ask for a favor. Alexa will back her up against the IIconics. Time to throw some shrimps on the barbie! Will the Goddess be a good luck charm for Nikki against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions?

 

The Man is here!

The Raw Women’s Champion holds her belt up high as she heads for the ring. But what is Becky going to say? Find out after the break!

Raw returns and Becky tells Austin, Texas, “The Man has been doing some thinking.” She wants to make some changes. Becky got home for the first time in 63 jam-packed days. She fought all over Europe, made appearances, switched brands, and won the main event of WrestleMania. Fans know “You Deserve It!” Becky appreciates the fans saying that, and says her dreams came true. She’s never been happier in her entire life. “But that’s when it hit me. Contentment is the worst thing that could happen to a fighter like me.” Content fighters get hurt, passed over or even beaten. Becky won’t let that be her. When Lacey Evans helped Charlotte Flair take that SmackDown Women’s Championship, Becky woke up.

When Becky gets pissed, and she is pissed, there is not a woman in this business that can stop her! So those who have wronged Becky, she will find them and will break her back trying and hands fighting. But speaking of Lacey, here she comes! The Sassy Southern Belle struts out with a mic and tells Becky, “You are just like a dog chasing a car.” And just like a dog, Becky wouldn’t know what to do with it. Lacey did everyone a favor. #BeckyTwoBelts shouldn’t represent the women of WWE. Becky mocks the Southern accent and then vows to rip Lacey’s arm out. Lacey says that while she’s blonde, don’t confuse her with Charlotte. Because Becky is not in Lacey’s head, and Lacey is not to be messed with.

While Becky beat Lacey, Lacey also points out Becky didn’t walk out a winner. Lacey promises to make her to be #BeckyNoBelts. Becky is not the right woman to represent Lacey’s division. Lacey vows to be the next Raw Women’s Champion, but here comes The Queen! Charlotte is the second Wild Card, dressed ready to go! Charlotte tells Becky to “please, please stop making excuses.” Becky still lost for #CharlotteNineTimes to become history. Yeah, but then what happened after? Charlotte lost the title, but- Lacey says Charlotte needs to stop embarrassing herself. Charlotte’s strutting like a peacock because she’s a daddy’s girl who needs attention.

Charlotte ignores Lacey and asks for someone to hold the ropes for her. But when no one does, Charlotte gets in on her own, and then brings up why she struts like a peacock. Because she’s halfway to beating her daddy’s championship reign record! And Lacey’s been here for four minutes, and all she’s done is make tea. Charlotte didn’t even need to take off her street clothes to leave Lacey laying. Lacey says Charlotte had nine reigns, but now she has zero belts. That’s yesterday’s news, and Lacey is the future face of the WWE. Charlotte can go back to SmackDown, or face a Woman’s Right. And Lacey shoves Charlotte right down! Charlotte keeps her composure, and Becky just sits back and watches as we get a Queen VS a Lady!

Charlotte Flair VS Lacey Evans!

Texas fires up as Charlotte and Lacey prepare to throw down. Charlotte puts her robe aside, and the bell rings. Charlotte goes right at Lacey with furious hands! They scrap and grapple but Lacey gets a ropebreak. Charlotte lets go long enough to come right back. Lacey turns things around and rams Charlotte with her shoulder. Charlotte facelocks and throws Lacey to then kick her against the ropes. Becky has a front row seat as Charlotte tosses Lacey out. Becky taunts the Model Soldier while fans “WOO~” for Charlotte.

Lacey gets up and tells fans to shut up. Lacey also declines Charlotte holding the ropes open for her. The ref has Charlotte step back and Lacey returns. The two circle and Charlotte get a takedown! Charlotte rains down forearms but Lacey turns things around. Lacey elbows but Charlotte tackles her. Charlotte has another facelock but Lacey has another ropebreak. Charlotte lets go at 4 and backs off. Lacey brushes herself off and Becky is rather amused. Charlotte and Lacey tie up again and Charlotte facelocks. Lacey switches and rains down forearms of her own. Lacey and Charlotte fight for control and Charlotte knees low. Charlotte bumps Lacey off buckles and Lacey bails out. The Queen has the Lady flustered as we go to break.

Raw returns and Charlotte has Lacey in another facelock. Charlotte waistlocks and throws Lacey around. Charlotte shifts to a wiastlock again but Lacey elbows out. Lacey gets a fireman’s carry takedown and cover, TWO! Lacey bumps Charlotte off buckles then again. Charlotte blocks and gives a bump back. Charlotte stomps away then grinds her boot into Lacey’s face. The ref counts and Charlotte stops at 4 to soak up the “WOO~!” Charlotte CHOPS away on Lacey, then CHOPS her all the way to another corner. Fans love the stylin’ and profilin’, but then Lacey throws Charlotte into buckles. Lacey stomps a mudhole into Charlotte, then walks it off for the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO!

Lacey grows annoyed but she keeps on Charlotte with a headlock. Fans cheer for Becky instead as Charlotte endures. Charlotte rolls Lacey up, TWO! Charlotte kicks Lacey right down! She paces and brings Lacey up, for an exploder! Charlotte kips up while Lacey crawls to the apron. Charlotte glares at Lacey, and runs in, only to get a knee. Lacey sweeps the legs then slingshots for the elbow, only for Charlotte to evade! Charlotte elbows Lacey from a corner, then gives her a backbreaker. Lacey staggers away, and Charlotte clotheslines her down! Charlotte grabs the leg, Figure Four but Lacey kicks Charlotte away! Lacey gets up, drags Charlotte out, neckbreaker! Somersault but gets boots! Charlotte and Lacey run at each other, double crossbodies!

Both women are down, and Becky pretends to be concerned. Fans rally but still want Becky more. Charlotte and Lacey each get up, but Becky yanks Charlotte out!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by disqualification

Becky helps the Queen but is really helping herself to Lacey! She gives Lacey the Man-Handle Slam! Becky raises her Raw Women’s Championship, but will she hold onto it while making Lacey pay?

 

Rey Mysterio is here!

The King of Lucha Libre finally got his Grand Slam with the WWE United States Championship! But his shoulder is in a sling because of what went down at the Money in the Bank PPV with Samoa Joe. Joe’s shoulders were way off the mat, and yet Joe lost. Joe brutally attacked Mysterio and injured that shoulder, meaning tonight, the title must be given up.

Mysterio is in the ring and sets it straight. He’s been a part of the WWE for a very long time, and wrestling is in his blood. Mysterio gets to share wrestling with his son, Dominique, because Dominique is training to be a wrestler in his own right. Dominique will surely carve a path, but Mysterio needs to set the right example, as both man and champion. Due to this shoulder injury, Mysterio must- But before he can say, Samoa Joe appears! Joe feels he perhaps came out too early. He apologizes, but Joe was hearing the word “Champion” and just took it as his cue. Joe wants Mysterio to continue. This is an important moment, but Joe wants an addendum to the speech. Let’s not ruin things with a lie. The fact is, Mysterio isn’t giving up because of injury, but because he never really won!

Mysterio wants Joe to get it right, too. This isn’t to have a moment or to pull some kind of trick. This is not the moment Mysterio wanted it to be. But Mysterio’s won championships his entire career. Through pain and injuries. Mysterio is man enough to do that, and man enough to do this. He asks for just a moment. Due to this injury from MITB, Mysterio is here to relinquish the WWE United States Championship. And yes, to Samoa Joe. Mysterio puts the belt down on the mat, but promises he’ll be back for it. Joe attacks Mysterio!! Coquina Clutch!! Mysterio did what Joe wanted, but Joe still makes him suffer for it! Joe picks up the title, and is the NEW WWE United States Champion! But will Joe prove he’s worthy of having it back?

 

Cesaro speaks.

“I’m gonna keep this short and sweet, because there’s enough people around here who like to hear themselves talk.” The Swiss Cyborg will let his actions speak for themselves, and he’ll do that in a rematch with Ricochet! Ricochet is a great talent but is naive if he thinks he’ll win again.

Ricochet responds.

“Cesaro’s actions have always spoken louder than his words, and he’s one of the most dynamic superstars in all of WWE.” But tonight is a preview of a rivalry that could go for a decade. The One and Only has already proven he can win once, so he’ll do his best to do it all again. Who wins this tiebreaker between King of Flight and Swiss Cyborg?

 

Arm Wrestling: Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley!

Before going to Super Showdown for a battle worthy of a Godzilla movie, the Monster Among Men and the Rocky Mountain Machine look to lock-up in a very different kind of wrestling match. Who proves they’ve got the strongest hands before someone #GetsTheseHands in Saudi Arabia?

Raw returns as Strowman loosens up. Lashley makes his entrance, and the two stand at the arm-wrestling table. Fans cheer for Lashley to “Get These Hands!” The referee has them put hands on the grip bars and elbows in the pads. Strowman is ready but Lashley SLAPS him! Lashley grins at the angered Strowman, and it takes an extra referee to keep them from throwing down. Strowman shouts for the table to be reset, and the refs do just that. Strowman wants Lashley to man up and do the arm wrestling, but Lashely just flexes at him. Lashley grips and locks up with Strowman, and we begin!

The two are so even to start, but Lashley loses grip. He claims it was Strowman’s fault, so Strowman chalks up his hand. Lashley also gets chalk on his hands and the two stare down. Strowman’s ready, Lashley joins him, and Texas fires up for a second try! The two are even again, and going back and forth! Strowman comes close but Lashley comes back. Strowman gives it another gas, and wins!

Winner: Braun Strowman

The Monster Among Men proves his arms are the strongest on Raw! But then Lashley blasts him with chalk! And with kicks and haymakers! Lashley is a sore loser as he shoves the table down, then shoves and scoops Strowman! Lashley steals the Monster Slam!! Strowman, blinded by dust and reeling from the impact, is furious as Lashley leaves. But who will be the dominant monster when the dust settles at Super Showdown?

Carmella looks for Truth backstage.

After Truth survived the golf course in a back-and-forth with Jinder Mahal, the hunt continues on Raw. Drake Maverick realizes that the key is following the FABULOUS Princess. He, EC3 and a referee are in pursuit, but where will they find Truth? Will the find Truth?

 

Peyton Royce w/ Billie Kay VS Nikki Cross w/ Alexa Bliss!

The crazy and the divine head to the ring together as Alexa keeps her promise to be by Nikki’s side. Will the Goddess’ support help Nikki get one over on one half of the Women’s Tag Team Champions?

Raw returns after the IIconics have made their entrance. The bell rings, and Peyton shows off the IIconics pose. Nikki turns Peyton around, but gets a heel kick! Peyton stomps Nikki to a corner then stomps her in the corner. The ref backs Peyton off but she kicks Nikki around more. Peyton throws hands and more stomps, then whips Nikki corner to corner. Nikki hits the buckles hard and Billie mocks her. Peyton grinds her boot into Nikki but lets up at 4. Nikki crawls but Peyton is on her, only to get a jawbreaker. Nikki rolls Peyton, TWO! Peyton runs Nikki over then covers, TWO! The IIconics grow annoyed but Alexa coaches Nikki up.

Peyton chokes Nikki on the ropes but lets up at 4. Nikki flounders to ropes but Peyton punches her around. Peyton throws Nikki tot he apron then throws knees. Peyton puts Nikki in the hanging motorcycle stretch. She lets go at 4, and mocks Nikki as she stalks her in the ring. Peyton toys with Nikki and whips her to a corner. Nikki dodges and hops on for a sleeper! Peyton flails and throws Nikki off to ram knees into her. Peyton puts Nikki in a seated abdominal stretch and Billie wants her to break those arms off. Nikki endures, bleeding from the mouth. Fans build to a rally, and Nikki fights her way up and out. But Peyton throws her by her hair! Peyton covers, TWO! The IIconics are growing further frustrated but Peyton stomps Nikki down.

Peyton toys with Nikki more. She drags Nikki back into the seated stretch and throws elbows. Nikki endures again, but fights her way up and out again. Peyton knees low then whips Nikki again. Nikki elbows out of the corner, then boots her back. Nikki throws hands and forearms, but Peyton shoves, only for Nikki to run her over! Alexa cheers Nikki as she fires up! Nikki runs corner to corner for a big splash and a bulldog! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps going and climbs up top. Peyton stands and Nikki leaps for a crossbody, only to belly flop! Peyton is in a corner and Alexa is concerned. But then the staff brings coffee. The IIconics can’t believe Alexa is more into her coffee than this match. Peyton kicks the mug out of Alexa’s hands! And then kicks at Alexa! Billi shoves Alexa down ito her coffee puddle!

Alexa is embarrassed, but then Nikki gets Peyton with the Purge! Cover, Nikki wins!!

Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall

The IIconics’ ego got in the way! Nikki wins and is happy, but Alexa is still looking upset. Alexa gets angry, and goes right at the IIconics! She dropkicks Billie then drags her up, for the Bliss-DT! The Goddess shows her wild side now, and Nikki says they BOTH won! Will these two run wild with tag title gold in the near future?

 

Raw returns to Seth Rollins in the ring!

The Architect is back and says that when he won the WWE Universal Championship, he knew there’d be a target on his back. It’s what he signed up for because it’s what he wanted. Yet that’s not what is happening with Brock Lesnar. But speak of the Beast, here he comes! At least, we think so, because the music hit. Lesnar does not walk out on stage, and Rollins is sick of the games! Everyone here is sick of it! So Rollins speaks directly to Lesnar. “You used to be one of the most feared men on Planet Earth. Used to be.” Now Lesnar is just a shell of that. If there’s any shred of the true Beast in there, he better come out here and give Raw that cash-in, RIGHT NOW!!

Fans want to see it, but instead, Baron Corbin appears. Corbin tells Rollins, “You are all fired up tonight!” Too bad it’s for the wrong person. Rollins should forget about Lesnar and worry about Corbin. Rollins is in the ring, living a childhood dream, but Corbin is a dream crusher and vows to take that Universal Championship. To do that, Corbin has to win, and he doesn’t stand a chance. Corbin will pry this belt from Rollins’ cold, dead hands. Fine by Corbin! Corbin is the guy who retired Kurt Angle. And he’ll retire Rollins, too! Rollins hits Corbin with the mic! And then with fists! Corbin knees back and throws hands of his own! But Rollins throws hands again, then dodges to PELE him out of the ring!

Rollins DIVES on Corbin right away! Rollins is all fired up, but here comes the Beast! Raw might get that cash-in, after all! But then Corbin hits END OF DAYS! The distraction gives the Lone Wolf the opening he needs to leave Rollins down and out. But then, the music hits again. NOW the Beast wants his cash-in. He even has a steel chair just in case! Rollins is reeling as the #BrockParty looms closer. Lesnar low blows Rollins!! Payback for Wrestlemania, along with a chair shot! And another! And another! Lesnar bullies Rollins with a German Suplex! Lesnar tears off his shirt and Heyman shouts if this is the cash-in. Not yet! Another chair shot! And then he throws Rollins out of the ring.

Lesnar stalks Rollins around the ring to then lift him up for an F5 to the floor! Rollins is gasping while Lesnar is glaring. Now? No, not yet. Lesnar drags Rollins up again to put him in the ring. He stops Rollins from getting to the chair, to then pick it up and SMACK Rollins again! And again! And again!! Now?! Lesnar grins, because he gives Rollins another German Suplex! Heyman almost pleads with Lesnar to cash-in! But Lesnar says it’ll be Friday. What? But it was supposed to be tonight! No, Lesnar wants this for Super Showdown. Lesnar picks up the belt to toss it onto Rollins. And then he uses the briefcase as a weapon! Lesnar laughs as he goes back to the chair he’s already destroyed with Rollins’ body, to SMACK him again and again and again!

Lesnar and Heyman leave, with fans booing and jeering while The Beast just laughs and “listens to his boombox.” There is no cash-in tonight, but will Lesnar return to Raw next week as the WWE Universal Champion? As for Rollins, the medical team has to bring him to a backboard and stretcher. Can Rollins even make it to Super Showdown at this point?

 

Raw returns as Rollins is brought to the ambulance.

Becky Lynch is among those by Rollins’ side as they load him into the back. She also hops in to be with Rollins for the ride. Is the Architect going to be able to make it to Super Showdown for Lesnar’s wanted cash-in?

 

Raw presents a new episode of Firefly Fun House!

A very special edition, at that. Bray Wyatt has something super serious to talk to us about. He puts on a sweatband, because it’s time to exercise~!

When it comes to mind, body and spirit, to be at your best, you gotta look good and feel good. But wait, who is this piggy pigging out? Huskes the Pig Boy doesn’t take care of his body. The chocolate tastes so good~! He wants more. Oh, Huskes. No one is going tot ell you, but all this gluttony is going to bite you in your tail. Or he could be great. People will tell him he’s a genius, with the whole world in his hands. Really? Yes, really! Wink.

But omg, is that…! “The both of you better get your act together, or else… Or else…!” Yowie wowie! Hold on, Boss. They’ll get Huskes in shape. Here’s how! Shake them hips and let your backbone slip. Pull up your pants to do the Muscle Man dance! Just follow his voice, you don’t have a choice. Pull up your pants for the Muscle Man dance! Wiggle that behind and erase your mind. Pull up your pants and do the Muscle Man dance! Yeah, that’s it. Wow, Huskes. Are you ready for a night out on the town? Yes, he feels better already. Now remember, fireflies. He’ll always light the way. You just have to let him in. See you next time~!

Well. That was sure something.

 

Triple H returns to Raw!

The Game is in Texas and heads to the ring, with another showdown with Randy Orton at Super Showdown! HHH takes up the mic as fans chant for “NXT!” He appreciates that, but tonight is about him and Orton. And speaking of, The Viper appears! The Wild Card Rule makes this possible on Raw, and Orton strikes his signature pose in the ring. Orton picks up his own mic and stares down with HHH. Fans chant for “RKO!” but HHH talks first. It’s been awhile since they’ve stood in the same ring. They both know what this face-to-face is about: drumming up interest in a fight. Fans hope the two men will say things or even fight, all to drum up the interest. But these 20 years together, nothing either man can say is new.

So HHH won’t waste anyone’s time with this. He will just say this: it’s been awhile since they’ve seen each other in the ring. But don’t let the suit fool you, HHH is going to Jeddah to kick Orton’s ass. Orton doesn’t mind that, but he wants HHH to know he’s not Batista. Orton is still the Legend Killer. HHH knows that better than most. Orton will gladly beat HHH this Friday for another notch on Orton’s belt. HHH sees it’s interesting. Watching those recap packages of their 20 years together, those unspeakable things they’ve done to each other. But it’s what HHH said that rang true. Putting pressure on Orton would make him a diamond in this business. HHH isn’t blowing smoke when he says Orton is one of the best ever. Just like HHH knew he would be.

But here’s the catch. A lot of people have tried to put HHH down. They’re gone, he’s still here. And Orton will not be the one. HHH starts to leave but Orton says before he goes, “can you promise me something?” That Friday, before stepping into the ring, HHH retrieves his balls from Stephanie’s purse. Orton laughs as his own line, but even HHH has to give a smirk and a nod. HHH gets back in the ring and likes that idea. He will do that. But they’re just so big, and it’s a burden to carry them around. HHH will see if he can put them in the carry-on. It’s hard to carry that weight around. Not that Orton would know, since he’s never had any. See you in Jeddah.

HHH drops the mic having left Orton speechless. Which one of these two living legends comes back an even greater icon?

 

Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.

What does he have to say about what happened to Seth Rollins? We saw what happened, Rollins is in an ambulance. Corbin needs to get out of here. To celebrate! Lesnar just did Corbin a favor, so you’re now looking at the next WWE Universal Champion! Will Corbin cash-in on Lesnar’s hard work? Or is he just setting himself up to be the Beast’s prey at Super Showdown?

 

Ricochet VS Cesaro!

Here it is! The tiekbreaker of two of the most athletic and shockingly strong superstars today! Who wins big to perhaps put them in line for title shots on the Road to Stomping Grounds?

Raw returns as Cesaro makes his entrance. The bell rings and Ricochet runs right at Cesaro. Cesaro tosses Ricochet up but Ricochet lands on the buckles. Ricochet jumps back and lands on Cesaro’s shoulders, but Cesaro blocks the huricanrana! Cesaro lifts Ricochet up but Ricochet slips out, only to get run over. Things speed up and Ricochet gets caught into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cesaro throws European Uppercuts on Ricochet in the corner, then to his back. He grinds a boot into Ricochet’s head but lets up at 3. Cesaro stalks Ricochet and throws more EuroUppers. Ricochet falls back into a corner, and Cesaro stomps him more.

Cesaro drags Ricochet up and bumps him off buckles. Then he holds Ricochet up to put on a cobra clutch. Ricochet endures and fans build to a rally. Ricochet fights out and things speed up again, tilt-o-whirl flipping huricanrana! Cesaro is dizzy as he bails out of the ring, and Ricochet hurries after. Ricochet runs around the side, up onto the barriers, and gets another huricanrana! Fans fire up with Ricochet as he goes back to Cesaro. Ricochet drags Cesaro up but Cesaro elbows back hard. Cesaro pops Ricochet up tot he apron but gets a mule kick. Ricochet runs, moonsaults, and just topples Cesaro over! Both men are a bit dazed while we go to another break.

Raw returns again, and Cesaro has Ricochet in another chinlock. HE whips Ricochet but Ricochet sunset flips. Cesaro stays up and stands Ricochet up, but Ricochet pops up to another sunset flip! TWO, and Cesaro runs into a corner. Ricochet dodges to send Cesaro into a post! Cesaro falls back form the impact, and Ricochet hops up. Ricochet aims, but Cesaro uppercuts him down! Cesaro drags Ricochet up for a deadlift SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet lives and Cesaro is surprised. Cesaro stalks Ricochet as he rolls out of the ring. Cesaro again drags Ricochet up but Ricochet shoulders back. Ricochet punches and hotshots Cesaro away.

Ricochet goes for a repeat of last week, handstand to electric chair, but Cesaro is ready! Cesaro blocks and lifts, then blocks the sunset flip to flip Ricochet back! Time to go swinging! Around and around and around for about a dozen rotations! Ricochet is dizzy, and he staggers up into a BIG EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer while Cesaro drags Ricochet up again. Cesaro says Ricochet will never win, but he gets a big knee! And then a boot! Ricochet knees Cesaro back, then springboards, but is caught! Cesaro makes it a cover, TWO! Ricochet wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Ricochet runs, tilt-o-whirls and rolls up, with a bridge, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

The One and Only wins 2-1! But Cesaro blasts him from behind! Cesaro is a sore loser as he stomps Ricochet out. Fans boo as Cesaro goes for a ladder! Cesaro thinks not, and instead brings out a table! But wait, is that R-Truth!? Is that where the 24/7 Champion has been all Raw?! And here come the others! Ricochet wrecks Cesaro with a dropkick, all the way to the fans! Carmella helps Truth get going, but the roster is headed his way! Drake Maverick leads the charge with EC3 and others not far behind. They all swarm but Cedric Alexander FLIES onto them all! He wipes out everyone but Truth! And Maverick has him! Only to get a FABULOUS Kick!

But the chase continues! Alexander and Robert Roode are right on Truth’s heels, but they end up in the backstage area. Will Truth get to the end of Raw with the belt?

 

The Undertaker returns to Raw!

The Deadman is back again, because he prepares for a first-time-ever with GOLDBERG at Super Showdown! Taker goes to the ring, and fans give the Phenom a standing ovation. “Do you ever wonder what happens when you come face-to-face with death for the very first time?” Does the sky go dark? Does the ground rip open at your feet? Or do you choke at the stench of the souls already gone? Taker tells Goldberg that Friday, Super Showdown, all those answers will be questioned.

When they stand across the ring from each other, the smiling family man, with his wife and son watch on, must become the mythical icon once again! Because Taker promises this: if Goldberg is anything less, this first match will be Goldberg’s last. Taker will open the gates of Hell and unleash “an inhuman level of brutality” that Goldberg has never felt. “When the Reaper beckons, you answer his call.” Taker vows to take Goldberg’s soul for all eternity. Because Goldberg, you’re next!! Will this first-time be the last-time for these living legends?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well for a go-home, this was pretty par for the course. We got some fairly good action and last-minute progression for stories, but I felt like things started to drag somewhere. Again, the Wild Card Rule seems almost exclusive for the Shane VS Roman story, but at least we got it out early. I was surprised Texas was so strong behind Roman, but I suppose it’s helped by Shane being such a strong Heel. The Six Man Tag was really good, and it totally made sense for Shane to interfere and help his guys win. But obviously, with Shane standing tall here, there’s a good chance Roman wins at Super Showdown. This hopefully also keeps this story from bleeding into SmackDown, let SmackDown focus on Kofi, and even Finn VS Almas.

Obviously the Universal Championship and the Lesnar cash-in tease took up the majority of the night. Almost everyone knew Heyman talking about it on social media was just for hype, that we weren’t going to actually get the cash-in. But boy, the beating Lesnar put on Rollins was brutal, even for a Lesnar beating. I would think Rollins still makes it to Super Showdown, this is just for effective story making his match with Corbin seem more difficult. It was a good touch to have Becky by Rollins’ side, since a lot of fans already know about their real-life relationship. And the bottom line: I just hope something happens where Lesnar doesn’t come back with the belt. Otherwise, Vince is just undoing all the good he actually gave us going into Wrestlemania.

The arm wrestling match of Strowman VS Lashley was an interesting choice. I was surprised it actually went to a result, most of these I’ve seen end before an actual winner because the loser doesn’t want to actually lose. But Lashley being a sore loser was actually a good play for his Heel character, as was him showing off his strength by using Strowman’s finisher. Their match will be some good strength game stuff, but hopefully the winner of it gets to do something important going to Stomping Grounds. Mysterio giving up the belt because of injury was expected, but I’m really surprised he didn’t just say it was completely vacated. Joe is champion again, and perhaps Strowman is the contender coming out of Super Showdown so we finally get what was teased on the Superstar Shake-Up SmackDown.

The Raw Women’s Division didn’t get as much this week, though that’s partially because their build isn’t part of Super Showdown. Lacey held her own in that promo triple threat with Becky and Charlotte, but things seemed just a bit off in the match with Charlotte. At first it was scrappy in a good way, but after the commercial break, things were just kinda sloppy and mistimed. It was actually a good move, planned or not, for Becky to jump in. Fans were still loving her more just for being ringside than the other two in the match. Becky VS Lacey is surely happening at Stomping Grounds, and I’m pretty sure Becky wins that. The Women’s Tag Division is what’s really suffering, all because Vince chose to have Bayley & Banks lose to the IIconics, without a plan for the IIconics.

While Peyton & Billie are good as their characters and good enough int he ring, what’s the point of them winning if all they’re doing is losing? Granted, I like this growing pair of Nikki & Alexa, but what’s going to happen? Alexa either joins Bayely as a main roster Triple Crown winner and then… who knows, or they job to the champs who have been jobbing this whole time, for a rivalry of Alexa VS Nikki. If Vince had left those belts with Boss & Hug, we for one wouldn’t be wondering what Sasha is gonna do about WWE VS AEW, and they could have gone to TakeOver: XXV for a killer match! Ricochet VS Cesaro was a killer match, too, and I hope that line about a decade-long rivalry in the making comes true. And the match even gave us a great 24/7 Championship segue. Long live Truth as champion!

loved tonight’s Firefly Fun House! That meta was thick and juicy, something to sink your teeth into. “Huskes” was obviously a reference to Husky Harris, the original form of Bray Wyatt, in the same way his other puppets have been references to the original Bray Wyatt character. Devil puppet Vince and the song, solid gold ideas. This is all working out to make me want Bray’s in-ring return even more. I hope we get to Stomping Grounds and he just does something to someone, hopefully Rollins still as Universal Champion. Then the HHH and Orton face-to-face was fine, with good back and forth about their balls. And Undertaker closing was great, I just wish WWE and USA could still do the five-minute overrun because Taker almost got cut off. Hopefully Taker VS Goldberg works out, not sure how well either man can move.

My Score: 7.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (4/15/24)

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Will it be a victorious homecoming for Sami Zayn?

Tonight on Raw, Sami Zayn returns home to Montreal as NEW Intercontinental Champion, but will he lose that title already to Chad Gable?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Sheamus VS Ivar; Sheamus wins.
  • WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers; DIY wins and will challenge The Awesome Truth for the titles.
  • Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri; Candice & Indi win.
  • Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo; Andrade wins.
  • Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Chelsea & Piper win.
  • Jey Uso VS Finn Balor; Jey wins.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

Rhea Ripley is here!

Montreal fires up for Mami as she makes her way out to the ring, but her arm’s in a sling! She holds up the Women’s World Championship with her good arm before going to the ring, clearly not in a good mood. Adam Pearce is waiting in the ring, and Rhea gets a mic. The fans cheer “MAMI! MAMI!” but Rhea says, “So… Obviously, you guys know what’s going on right now, yeah? After the attack last week from Liv Morgan… I’ve now been told that I’m stuck on the bench for quite a few months.” Fans are upset but Rhea says she’s also been informed, told, whatever, she’s pissed! Y’know why? Because she has to vacate the one thing that means the most to her, her world title!

The fans chant “NO! NO! NO!” but there’s no getting around this. Rhea takes a long look at the belt and the fans call BS. Rhea says it sure is BS. This title right here, this means the most to her in her entire life! And that’s why this is so painful. Rhea sets the belt down on the mat, and gives it one last look. Rhea pulls at her hair in frustration, but the fans chant, “Thank You, Mami!” Rhea says, “Revenge tour? This is all because your stupid little revenge tour, Liv! Are you kidding me?” Rhea could’ve actually had respect for Liv, if she’d done this face to face! Instead, she blindsides Rhea like the coward Rhea knows Liv is!

And Rhea knows why Liv did it! It’s because Rhea would’ve dropped Liv right where she stood! So this is a warning to whoever wins her Women’s World Championship. When Rhea comes back, she’s coming back for BLOOD! And not just because of injury, but because when she finds Liv back there, they’ll have to lock her up in Montreal jail! But speaking of, here comes Liv! Pearce already goes to the ropes and security is there to keep Liv back. Liv is laughing, Rhea storms out after her! Security stays between them both, Liv dares Rhea to try something with one arm! The fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but Pearce says nope!

Pearce ushers Liv away, Liv laughing all the way. Rhea is frustrated, so she HEADBUTTS a guard! The fans cheer, but when and where will Rhea’s revenge tour come looking for Liv?

 

Rhea returns backstage.

Judgment Day is there to see her off with a group hug. Damian Priest says they know when she comes back, she’ll make Liv regret ever messing with her, and even more badass than she is right now! Cuz she is Rhea Bloody Ripley, and they love her. She thanks them, and tells them to keep Judgment Day on top. Rhea heads out, will the boys be able to keep things together without Mami?

 

Sheamus VS Ivar!

After months away with his own injury, the Celtic Warrior is back! And that means Monday Night Raw is now Fight Night, fellas! He’s never felt better, but will the Viking Raider make him feel awful already?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally and welcome Sheamus back. Sheamus smiles and ties up with Ivar. They go around, break, then tie up again. Sheamus headlocks, Ivar powers up and out, but Sheamus RAMS him! Ivar rebounds, RAMS Sheamus, but Sheamus steadies himself. The fans chant “Let’s Go, Sheamus!” and the forearms start flying! Sheamus gets the edge, whips, but Ivar reverses. Sheamus ducks ‘n’ dodges and CLOBBERS Ivar! The fans fire up while Ivar goes to the apron! Sheamus storms up and grabs the arms, but Ivar HOTSHOTS Sheamus away! Ivar goes up, but Sheamus ROCKS him first!

Sheamus fires haymakers, then climbs up after Ivar to fire more! The fans fire up as Sheamus fireman’s carries Ivar, into the SUPER WHITE NOISE! Sheamus fires up and the fans are with him as Raw goes to break!

Raw returns and Ivar has Sheamus in a chinlock. The fans rally, Sheamus fights up, and Sheamus throws body shots. But Ivar UPPERCUTS back! Ivar runs, but Sheamus scoops to POWERSLAM! The fans fire up and Ivar goes back to the apron. Sheamus storms up, brings Ivar up, and hooks him in the ropes! The fans fire up as we get BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! And Sheamus goes all the way to TEN! Ivar slumps down, flops into the ring, and Sheamus hauls him up. Fireman’s carry, but Ivar elbows free! Ivar BOOTS Sheamus, then HEEL KICKS! Sheamus falls, Ivar goes up! VIKING SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Sheamus survives and Ivar pulls at his hair in frustration! Sheamus goes to a corner, but he eggs Ivar on! Ivar storms up on Sheamus to rain down fists! The fans boo, the ref counts, and Ivar lets off. Sheamus still eggs Ivar on! Ivar and Sheamus throw hands and Sheamus gets the edge! Ivar shoves, cartwheels, and knees low! Ivar runs, springboards, but into a KNEE! Ivar staggers around, Sheamus brings the kneepad down, for the KNEE CAP! Ivar falls, the fans are thunderous as Sheamus beats his chest. Ivar stands up, into the BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!

Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall

The Celtic Warrior is back, as is his classic theme song! He feels better than ever, looks better than ever, is he going to make one more run at the top of the mountain?

 

Triple H is here!

Montreal fires up as The Game walks out to the ring! He joins Adam Pearce in the ring, and there’s a podium with a cover on it. HHH gets a mic to say, “You guys are on fire tonight, I gotta tell you that.” The fans cheer again, and HHH continues by saying it is hard to believe that only eight days ago, we were in the midst of the biggest WrestleMania of ALL time. “WrestleMania 40, kingdoms fell, nightmares began, and a whole knew era started.” The fans cheer that, too! Pearce says the new era certainly started for the Tag Division. It has never been bigger, better, or deeper. WWE walked in with one set of champs, and walked out with two.

That is why Raw and SmackDown deserve titles they can be proud of going into the new era. So what does the boss say? Should we bring the champs out? Then please welcome The Awesome Truth! Fans fire up as Miz & R-Truth make their way, carrying the red tag team titles. Miz & Truth get mics, and the fans chant “You Deserve It!” Miz pats Truth on the shoulder cuz he really does. The fans cheer as Miz raises Truth’s hand, and Truth lets Miz hold on to the belt so he can do the splits! He’s still got it, too! HHH then says he wants to be the first to say, what’s up? Also, congratulations. HHH shakes their hands as he says they won probably the biggest tag match in history.

And Truth, HHH has to say from a certain perspective, seeing Truth have that Mania moment, to quote The Miz, it was awesome. But the thing is, this is a new era. So if they are going to represent this brand and those titles, then they need to do it in a way that represents an all new era. So going forward, they will now be the WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! And as such, they will be carrying THESE! Brand new belts that look like miniature World Heavyweight Championships! Truth is losing his mind! Now, now, he has seen a rabbit come out of a hat, and birds come out of a hat. Even a lady got cut in half and walked away from it. But he’s never seen a trick like that!

What? Truth says he knows good magicians, and HHH just made titles appear outta thin oxygen! That boy good! Right? The fans cheer, but only Truth is the one confused here. HHH asks Miz to explain. HHH is not a magician. That’s what a magician wants you to think. But Truth doesn’t really trust magicians. Not after Lil’ Jimmy. Everyone used to be able to see Lil’ Jimmy. So what else is HHH hiding? Miz says this is what they wanted. This is one of the most important times in WWE history! This is their chance to elevate the Tag Division! Their chance to take these new belts to new heights! That is why Pearce and HHH-

HHH!? WHERE?! Truth, that’s this guy! Man, Houdini’s got Miz fooled, too? He’s one crafty little genie. But Truth sees right through you, Tommaso Ciampa! Miz sighs and says he’ll try one more thing. Because we are in Montreal! Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” and Miz is pretty sure they’re ready for Sami Zayn. But Miz tells Truth in French, that they’re getting new belts. OMG really!? “OUI! OUI! OUI!” So they can take ’em? Oui! OUI! As in yes, but anyway, HHH speaks up. Can he just go? He takes the old belts, then hands over the new belts. HHH wishes Pearce luck on handling it from here.

HHH leaves, Awesome Truth hold up the awesome new belts, and Pearce asks why Truth made the boss leave. Who? HHH. He just left. That wasn’t HHH! Pearce says while we still have brain cells that function, the only thing left is to figure out some new challengers! Time for a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Tag Match! And that’s right now!

WWE World Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Match: #DIY VS The New Day VS The Creed Brothers!

Speaking of Ciampa, the REAL Ciampa and Johnny Gargano are still in that title hunt, but so are Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods, and so are Julius & Brutus! Which team defies the odds to head for an awesome showdown with Miz & Truth?

Raw returns and the Creeds make their entrance, followed by The New Day. There’s a QR code that flashes on screen… Then the teams sort out and one man starts for each. Brutus steps to Woods and Gargano, and Montreal rallies with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods says “O~ CANADA~!” The three approach, feel out, then Brutus DECKS Gargano! Woods CLUBS Brutus, has him in a corner and rains down fists! Brutus shoves Woods away before five but Gargano runs up to add on! Gargano gets five, Brutus shoves him away then ROCKS Woods! Brutus ROCKS Gargano, scoops Woods, but Woods rolls him up!

Gargano rolls Woods! Brutus rolls Gargano! Then deadlifts to BOMB him into Woods! Brutus breaks through their double clothesline to DOUBLE LARIAT back! Tag to Julius, the Creeds get one each, and they suplex! Kofi and Ciampa save their tag partners, then they all DROPKICK the Creeds! The fans fire up as DIY and New Day brawl! DIY get the edge, they whip, but New Day dodge to BLAST the Creeds! DIY then TOSS New Day out, and they BLAST the Creeds! DOUBLE PLANCHAS, but the Creeds catch DIY! But then New Day both FLY out! Down goes everyone, Awesome Truth applaud New Day, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and there’s a collision in the ring! The fans fire up as Ciampa, Julius and Kofi all slowly sit up. Kofi CHOPS Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, Kofi ROCKS Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS Julius, Kofi mule kicks Ciampa, Julius ROCKS Kofi! Ciampa ROCKS Julius, BOOTS Kofi, then brawls with Julius! The fans rally up as the forearms go faster and faster! Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! But theN Julius JUMP KNEES! Kofi returns, TROUBLE IN- NO, Julius blocks the kick to an ANKLE LOCK! Ciampa KNEES Julius down! Brutus CLOBBERS Ciampa, Woods MISSILE DROPKICKS Brutus!

Woods turns around, SLINGSHOT SPEAR from Gargano! Kofi JUMP KNEES Gargano! Julius clinches Kofi for an EXPLODER! Julius kips up to STANDING MOONSAULT, onto knees! Gargano SUPERKICKS Julius, Kofi rolls Gargano! Gargano slips out to BUZZSAW! Gargano goes up and out to the apron, he and Ciampa meet to ENZIGIRI KNEE COMBO in the corner! Then Gargano CANNONBALLS onto everyone else! Ciampa hauls Kofi up for PROJECT CIAMPA!! Cover, TWO!!! Kofi survives and even Miz & Truth are surprised. The fans cheer for “TRIPLE H!” to keep Truth’s illusion going. Ciampa tells Kofi “SUCK IT!”

Ciampa gets Kofi up, Kofi wrenches out to dodge and hot tag Woods! Woods GAMANGIRS then TORNADO DDTS! Gargano shoves Woods to a corner, but Woods BOOTS! HONOR ROLL! Brutus gets in but Woods BELL CLAPS! Woods ducks ‘n’ dodges, slides under, ROLLING ELBOW! Woods calls to Kofi, tags him in, but Ciampa BOOTS Woods! Kofi uses Woods to POMMEL HORSE KICK! New Day POSTS Ciampa, then WHEELBARROW FAMOUSER!! Cover, Julius drags Kofi right up! OVERHEAD SUPLEX! But Woods is back up top! Woods leaps, into an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Gargano runs up, Julius blocks a kick! OVERHEAD SUPLEX!

Julius kips up but into Ciampa’s waistlock! Julius switches, to GERMAN SUPLEX! The straps come down, Brutus tags in, and the Creeds get a team each! Brutus SPLASHES DIY to then O’Conner Roll! Gargano runs up, NORTHERN LIGHTS! Julius DOUBLE NORTHERN LIGHTS New Day!! Quadruple cover, TWO!!! All four other men kick out, Julius tags back in! Brutus goes up, Julius Electric Chair Lifts Ciampa! “This is Awesome!” and then Kofi SHOVES Brutus off the corner, into Woods’ SUPERKICK! Kofi goes up, Julius fights Ciampa off. Julius goes up but Woods sneaks a tag! SUPERPLEX for Julius, but LIMIT BREAKER from Woods!

MEET IN THE MIDDLE by DIY!! Cover, DIY WINS!!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the World Tag Team Champions)

Awesome Truth loved every minute of that match, but now they’ve got to face their friends in #RegenerationX. Will Miz & Truth be able to hold on to their newly minted titles? Or will Ciampa & Gargano prove when it comes to becoming World Tag Team Champions, you gotta do it yourself?

 

Drew McIntyre watches the highlight reel of last week’s main event.

And he’s smiling? Maybe even chuckling? Jackie Redmond says that after watching it back, she was not expecting this reaction. McIntyre laughs, as he BOOTS the TV screen in! Jackie understands now as McIntyre storms off. CM Punk got the better of McIntyre last time, but will it be no laughing matter when the Scottish Terminator gets his hands on him?

 

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Ivy Nile & Maxxine Dupri!

The first time around, the Poison Pixie bullied Maxxine the Alpha Queen into such a state that winning was easy. But then The Diamond Pitbull helped Maxxine get even with Candice, though it was Indi Wrestling that took the hit. Who finds the way to win this tense tiebreaker?

The teams sort out and Indi starts against Ivy. They tie up, Ivy waistlocks then headlocks, but Indi rolls to a cover. ONE, Ivy holds on, and they go around. Ivy facelocks, floats around to then flip Indi to a cover, ONE! Ivy’s right back on the headlock, but Indi fights up. Indi powers out, Ivy sunset flips, TWO! Indi scrambles up but Ivy DROPKICKS her! Ivy kicks, Indi blocks but the DRAGON WHIP hits! Tag to Maxxine and she climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Maxxine eggs Indi on, kicks low and facelocks, then talks trash on Candice. FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, but Maxxine dares Candice to make a move.

The ref reprimands, Candice stands down, but Indi short arm LARIATS! Indi then tags Candice, Candice CLOBBERS Maxxine and hammers away! The fans boo but Candice SMACKS Maxxine off the mat. Candice soaks up the heat, then digs her boots into Maxxine. The ref counts, Candice lets off, and then Candice smiles as she drags Maxxine up. Candice whips Maxxine into the corner, taunts Ivy, then runs up to SLAP Maxxine! Candice fires off hands, the ref counts, and Candice lets off. Tag to Indi, she keeps Maxxine from Ivy, but Maxxine BOOTS her away! Candice tags back in, runs up and drags Maxxine back again.

Maxxine hops up, ENZIGIRI misses as Candice ducks! Candice swipes at Ivy, but Ivy dodges! Maxxine knees low and DDTS! The fans fire up while both women are down! Maxxine and Candice crawl, their partners reach out, but then Indi rushes in! The ref stops Indi, but that means he misses seeing the hot tag! The fans boo as Indi gets sneaky like Candice as she BOOTS Maxxine down! Indi puts Candice on top for the cover! The ref sees that, counts, Candice & Indi win!

Winners: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell, by pinfall

What in the world is going on here? Is Candice’s toxicity poisoning Indi’s mind? Or are these Indi’s true colors? Either way, are Candice & Indi going to find the way to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?

 

WWE takes a look at Damian Priest’s rise to the top.

2019, Orlando, Florida, the Performance Center. What did Priest want out of life? One thing: his name to live forever. From Punisher to homeless to NXT to main roster, Priest has proven if you bust your ass and never give up, anything is possible, even your dreams. The first Puerto Rican world champion in literal decades, he desired championships, and he knew championships would come. Legacy and infamy wait for no man, you have go grab them for yourself. He became Senor Money in the Bank, bided his time, suffered losses, and struck when the moment was right! HE had the biggest moment at the biggest WrestleMania ever, ALL RISE for the NEW World Heavyweight Champion!

 

Judgment Day is in the clubhouse.

The others sulk, but Priest tells them to snap out of it. They’re The Judgment Day, right? Right. And they still run Raw, right? Dom is gonna teach Andrade a lesson about messing with their group! And JD McDonagh, you have his back so they can get this done! The Irish Ace is fired up, he heads out with Dirty Dom, but Finn stays behind to talk with Priest. Finn feels their focus should be getting the tag titles back, but now Finn’s in this match with Jey? What’s up with that? Priest says Finn’s focus needs to be on what’s happening tonight. Priest needs The Prince to teach Jey Uso the meaning of the word “loss.” And then at Backlash, Priest teaches Jey the meaning of the word “pain!”

Is Finn good with that? Finn smiles and nods. Of course he’s good with that! They fist bump and Finn goes to warm up. So far, the group looks solid, will Mami have nothing to worry about?

 

Raw shares an interview from before the show.

Jackie Redmond was ringside as Chad Gable got some training in with the Creed Brothers to prepare for his title match with Sami Zayn. Jackie says it looks like Gable is ready. A huge opportunity tonight, the biggest match perhaps of his entire career. How much would winning the title mean to him? Gable says it is everything. Validation, vindication for all the training, his 10+ years here in the WWE, and proving it to himself. His mood is high, it’ll be a good night. But then Jackie would be remised if she didn’t ask about the crowd factoring in. They’ll be in support of Sami, how has Gable prepared for that?

Gable says when he was on the Olympic team in 2012, he was a Minnesotan in Iowa. That means not one person in Iowa wanted him to win, but he did. So he’ll do the same time. Sami’s one of the best WWE has, but Gable training Sami helped Gable find the weakness. Tonight, Gable exposes those weaknesses. Gable goes back to grappling with the Creeds, will Gable be razor sharp for his golden opportunity?

 

Dominik Mysterio w/ JD McDonagh VS Andrade El Idolo!

The Prodigal Son thought he was getting The Idol of Lucha to join Judgment Day, or at least was united with him against Rey Mysterio. Neither of those things turned out to be true, and now Andrade has found himself in Judgment Day’s crosshairs. Will El Idolo make Raw tranquilo? Or will he pay for pulling one over on Dirty Dom?

Raw returns as Dom makes his entrance and Montreal boos. The bell rings, Dom and Andrade circle, and Dom wants a handshake? Andrade refuses so Dom CHOPS! Andrade rushes Dom but Dom runs away to the corner. Dom then gets a cheap shot, a headlock, but Andrade powers up and out. Dom pulls on Andrade’s hair to get him back in the headlock. Andrade powers out more thoroughly this time, and he runs Dom over! The fans cheer, Andrade storms up and he CHOPS Dom to a corner. Andrade whips corner to corner, Dom reverses, but Andrade goes up and out then ROCKS Dom! Andrade goes up the corner, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally as Andrade brings Dom up and snap suplexes! Uno Amigo and the fans cheer! Dos Amigos and the fans cheer more! Andrade gives Latino Heat, but Dom suplexes! Dom has Uno Amigo, then Dos Amigos! Fans boo this time, but then Andrade hits his THIRD AMIGO! The fans cheer as Andrade puts Dom in the drop zone. Andrade climbs again, but JD gets on the apron! The ref stops JD but that lets Dom trip Andrade! The fans boo but Dom drags Andrade off the corner to stomp him! Dom then soaks up the heat and flexes, Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Andrade fights up while in a chinlock. Andrade throws body shots, then ROCKS Dom! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him! Dom shoves, kicks, but Andrade blocks to DRAGON SCREW! And DRAGON SCREW again! Dom swings a lariat but Andrade dodges to CLOBBER Dom! Andrade kips up, the fans fire up and Dom is in the corner. Fans chant “SI! SI! SI!” as Andrade goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO! Dom survives but Andrade puts him in the drop zone. Andrade climbs, SPLIT LEG MOONSAULT FLOPS as Dom moves! Dom goes to the apron, drags Andrade up, but Andrade fights the suplex!

Andrade throws body shots, CHOPS, and Dom flops back! Andrade goes out to the apron but Dom KICKS the ropes! That jams Andrade up, Dom reels him in! APRON DESTROYER!! Andrade flops to the floor, JD coaches Dom to hurry! Dom gets Andrade back in, covers, TWO!! Andrade survives and the fans fire up! Dom is frustrated, as is JD, but Dom wants Andrade to rise. Andrade stands, Dom DROPKICKS him onto ropes! Fans boo but Dom talks trash before he dials it up. But Andrade gets up, boot feint to ELBOW! JD gets up but Andrade DECKS him! Then the underooks, for THE MESSAGE! Cover, Andrade wins!

Winner: Andrade El Idolo, by pinfall

But JD attacks now! No celebrating for El Idolo, the fans boo as JD and Dom get Andrade to his feet. The mugging continues, but here comes Ricochet! Ricochet also has beef with Judgment Day and he sends Dom & JD running! Will the King of Flight help The Idol put Judgment Day in their place once and for all?

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

Cathy Kelley is with Main Event Jey and knows that he’s preparing for Finn Balor, but she was hoping for any comments on Tama Tonga joining The Bloodline to attack Jimmy Uso last Friday. Yeah, messing with The Bloodline, you go down a deep, dark and dangerous road. They adding members Jey didn’t even know about. As far as Jimmy goes… Well, Jey told him to come with Jey. But hey, Jey’s gotta focus on Finn. Finn about to catch a YEETDOWN here on Monday Night Raw. YEET! Jey is ready for The Prince, but will he make it through to face The Punisher?

 

Chelsea Green & Piper Niven VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The Hot Mess and “Lil Miss P” wanted a match and got a match on Friday, but it didn’t go their way when it turned out they were facing Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill. Management is getting an earful over and over, but will the complaints stop if Chelsea & Piper win? Or will KC Squared only add to Chelsea’s bad mood?

The teams sort out and Piper starts against Kayden. They tie up, Piper shoves Kayden down, then dares Katana to try. Katana tags in, runs up and dodges, then KC Squared pinball Piper around. They both run, but into DOUBLE LARIATS! Piper fires up, then she drags Katana up. Piper clamps on a COBRA CLUTCH and she thrashes Katana around! Chelsea tags in, RIPCORD FOREARM, then short arm LARIAT! Chelsea covers, TWO! Chelsea says this is easy work, but she runs into a BOOT! Katana then drop toeholds Chelsea into buckles! Tag to Kayden, and they meet at the corner, MULE KICK METEORA COMBO! Kayden covers, TWO!

Kayden drags Chelsea up, but Chelsea SLAPS her! Then she panics and reaches for Piper! Kayden reels her in, hammerlock and clinch, to CHOP! CHOP! And CHOP! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP, then Kayden FLATLINERS! Kayden fireman’s carries Chelsea, Katana goes up and leaps over to go after Piper! But Piper catches her! FALL AWAY SLAM! Kayden hits a SWINGING LEG DROP SLAM! Cover, but Piper SPLASHES Kayden! Chelsea covers Kayden, she and Piper win!

Winners: Chelsea Green & Piper Niven, by pinfall

Chelsea celebrates like she did something, btu we know it was all Piper. But a win is a win, will this team find their way back to the tag titles? Will Chelsea never stop bugging management until they do?

 

Backstage interview with Liv Morgan.

Cathy Kelley is with Liv to ask about Rhea Ripley vacating her title. Is this the conclusion of the revenge tour? Liv can’t even lie, she is confused by the reactions. They’re all mad at her, but for what? She isn’t the villain here. Where was the sympathy for Liv when Rhea literally ripped Liv’s shoulder out of its socket? Oh, there wasn’t any. So eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, arm for an arm. This is karma at its finest, Rhea got what she deserved. But the best part is that this isn’t the end of the revenge tour. This is just the beginning, because the end will be Liv crowned as the NEW Women’s World Champion. #WatchMe. Then when and where will this revenge tour go on the road to a new champion?

 

Cody Rhodes is here!

Montreal fires up for the American Nightmare, aka the NEW Undisputed WWE Champion! They sing along, “WHOA~ OH~!” and Cody gets his pyro. Cody high-fives the front row as he makes his way down the ramp, then he steps into the ring for “WHOA~ OH~!” and more pyro. Cody gets the mic while the fans chant his name, and he revels in the cheers a moment. They sing “CODY~ CODY CODY CODY~!” and he smiles. Cody then asks, “De quoi voulez-vous parler?” The fans cheer his French, and Cody says he has to thank Adam Pearce allowing Cody to still hang out on Raw even though now he’s a SmackDown superstar.

But don’t worry, Cody ain’t going nowhere. We cannot reflect on WrestleMania 40 forever, especially with a pending challenge. The first Premium Live event of the new “season,” Backlash, is going to Lyon, France, where Cody faces for this title either the fastest rising star, LA Knight, or The Phenomenal AJ Styles. But we can certainly reflect just a little. There’s a man he could talk about for hours but will keep it brief. There was a man who said he’d be Cody’s Shield… The fans sing “WHOA~ OHH~ OHHH~!” for The Visionary, and Cody says that man certainly kept his word. That man is watching at home, so thank you, Seth Freakin’ Rollins.

The fans cheer and chant, “Thank You, Seth!” Cody continues by saying another “friend” that did reflecting was The Rock. The fans boo and chant “ROCKY SUCKS! ROCKY SUCKS!” Cody says it was news to him that Rock did a ten week training program, that he flew in the best talent of different skillsets and the greatest conditioning team money could by. Rock doesn’t have one more match left in him, he’s got many more. And in typical manic Rock fashion, Rock said that he’d make Cody bleed again. Cody says Rock’s probably right. Maybe Cody will bleed. But no amount of training and preparation, nothing Rock does can stop the fact that if Cody’s gonna bleed, Rock bleeds with him.

The fans cheer and Cody says when we talk Rock, we gotta talk Bloodline. The fans boo again, but Cody says he’s confused. The introduction of Tama Tonga “by order of The Tribal Chief,” yet Roman Reigns was nowhere to be found? More questions than answers, so one more bit of reflection. Cody wants to bring out a former member of the Bloodline, a man who is a friend of Cody’s, and a man whose energy you can feel from your head to your yeet. Well, thanks for laughing at the dad joke, but here is Main Event Jey Uso! Jey makes his way out and Montreal bounces with him! Even Pat gets on the desk to join in!

Jey hugs it out with Cody, then the bouncing continues. Cody tells Jey that he is the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Monday Night Raw is about to be his, and no one has earned it or deserves it more than Main Event Jey! “YEET!” Cody says Jey helped him #FinishTheStory, and Cody knows when one member of Judgment Day is present, the others aren’t far behind. Cody would love to have Jey’s back like Jey had his. The fans like the sound of that, and the two hug it out. Jey appreciates that, Uce, for sure. YEET! But hey, Jey’s gotta do this on his own, gotta just be him, The YEET Master! Mr. YEETDOWN!

Oh, how about this for a name? The NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Main Event Jey UUUUSO~! So then he doesn’t need Cody out here? Cody gets that. Good luck, friend. They hug it out one more time, the fans cheer, and Cody moves on. But oh, one other thing. Cody looks over and says, “Until we yeet again.” Jey responds with “YEET!” Will Jey be able to handle things when it’s just him? Or will The Prince be bringing backup to stack the deck against him?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Cathy Kelley is now with the Irresistible Force and hopes for her initial reactions to Rhea Ripley giving up the title. Nia says there are two types of people in this world: those who care about Rhea and those who want to see her get her revenge. Nia’s neither. She doesn’t give a damn about Rhea, and last time she saw Rhea, Nia had her. Now, Nia looks at the Women’s World Championship and wonders, who is gonna stop her from taking it? Liv Morgan? Last time they met, Nia had Liv, too. Becky Lynch? Nia had her, too.

In two weeks, there is the Draft. Nia might face someone she’s never seen before, and to them she says there are two types of people in this world: Those who fear Nia Jax, and those who learn to fear Nia Jax. No one on this planet is taking that title from her, because that is hers! Nia storms off, is she going to make everyone fear her then, now and forever?

 

Jey Uso VS Finn Balor!

Raw returns and The Prince makes his entrance. FROM BEHIND! He CLOBBERS Jey, stomps away, and the fans boo! The ref reprimands, Finn HAMMERs away on Jey, then lets off to throw off the jacket. The bell rings, Finn BOOTS Jey and fires off body shots in the corner! Finn RAMS into Jey, whips him to ropes, then CLOBBERS him again! Finn flexes, the fans boo, but Finn stalks Jey to ropes. Finn CHOKES Jey, the ref counts, but Finn lets off at 4. Finn brings Jey up, but Jey ROCKS him first! And again! And again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey whips, Finn reverses but Jey sunset flips! Finn rolls through to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Finn drags Jey up to ELBOW him in the head, then he clamps on a chinlock. Priest watches as Finn squeezes the air out of Jey. The fans rally, Jey fights up and he throws body shots. But Finn knees low! Finn ROCKS Jey, RAMS into him, then CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Jey sputters. Finn CHOPS Jey again, taunts the fans, “This your boy? This the guy you all like?” Finn RAMS into Jey again and again, then CHOPS again! Finn whips corner to corner, Jey reveres, then runs up, but Finn puts him on the apron! Jey ROCKS Finn first, goes up, but Finn anchors Jey! Jey throws hands, but Finn YANKS Jey down!

The fans boo as Finn fires off hands in the corner. The ref counts, Finn lets off at 4, but runs up to SHOTGUN Jey outta the ring! Jey flounders on the floor while Finn mocks the bounce, and Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Finn RAMS into Jey at the corner again and again, then CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner, runs up to CHOP, and then he whips the other way. Finn runs in again but into BOOTS! Jey storms up, headlocks, but Finn powers up. Jey switches sides, Finn headlocks, but Jey powers out. Finn ducks ‘n’ dodges, blocks the kick but the DRAGON WHIP hits! The fans fire up while both men are down! The fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” as jey and Finn rise. Jey counter punches again, and again, and again! “YEET! YEET! YEET!” Jey pops ‘n’ locks and puts some stank on the HAYMAKER! Finn staggers into a mule kick!

Jey fireman’s carries for a SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Finn flounders to a corner, Priest is upset so he moves on from the clubhouse. Jey says “UCE! OH!” and runs in, but Finn dodges! Hip attack hits buckles, Finn runs up, but into another fireman’s carry! Finn CLAWS eyes, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Jey goes to ropes but Finn stomps away! Finn stomps and stomps and stomps, but the ref counts. Finn lets off, but comes back to SLINGBLADE Jey down! Finn aims from the corner while fans boo, but Jey SUPERKICKS first! Jey goes up top and the fans fire up, for the USO- NO, Jey has to roll through as Finn moves!

Finn SHOTGUNS Jey down! Finn hurries up top, COUP- NO, Jey dodges the double stomps! And SPEARS! Jey hurries back up top, USO SPLASH! Cover, Jey wins!

Winner: Jey Uso, by pinfall

Montreal bounces for Jey as he bounces back to win this one. But then Priest storms out here and stares down his challenger. They get face to face, the fans “YEET! YEET! YEET!” but Priest holds up the world title. Jey looks at the belt, but then JD & Dom ATTACK! Priest is upset, he didn’t want that, but Finn says this is what Judgment Day does, right? They all start mugging Jey, the fans boo and chant for Cody, but Dom kicks Jey out of the ring. Dom then leaps off the apron, but Jey SUPERKICKS him! JD chases Jey down, but Jey sends JD into Finn! Jey goes up into the crowd and the fans cheer. Priest stares Jey down from afar, will Jey YEET that title right off Priest?

The cameras follow Jey backstage tot he pavilion where he high-fives fans and makes his way through to the back exit. The fans all “YEET! YEET!” as he says deuces, uces! Jey goes right outside, and he finds Sami Zayn looking up at the marquee. What’s he doing out here? Sami says over 25 years ago, the first show he ever saw in his life was right here. And now Sami is back here as the champion! Tonight, he walks in the same way he did those 25 years ago: through the front door! The fans cheer and Jey wishes Sami good luck. Sami tells the world if they wanna see the best wrestling city in the world, just follow him.

Sami now walks through the pavilion and he throws stuff around in excitement! The fans are fired up with him, they all high-five and get pictures, and he goes down the same bleachers Jey just came from. Sami is ready to give Montreal the champion they deserve, and even all of Canada by extension! Will Sami create a moment everyone will remember for the rest of their lives? Or will Chad Gable SHOOOOSH them all with a major upset?

WWE Intercontinental Championship: Sami Zayn VS Chad Gable!

Raw returns and Gable is at gorilla. Bronson Reed steps to him and wants to let him know that whoever wins tonight, whether it’s Gable or Sami, they won’t be champion for long. Because then the winner will have to answer to Big Bronson Reed! The theme song says it for Gable, “SHOOOOSH~!” Gable makes his entrance, not sweating what comes after, only what’s happening right now. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who wins this massive main event in Montreal!

The fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~!” Sami and Gable take a moment to soak it all in, then Sami fires up again. The bell rings and the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and Sami wrenches to wristlock. Gable rolls, spins, wrenches, headlocks, drop toeholds, then headlocks. Sami fights up, powers out, then drops down to hurdle. Sami arm-drags Gable, Gable arm-drags back! Sami slips around, arm-drags again, and Gable bails out. The fans cheer as Sami builds speed, but Gable gets in! Sami dodges, then he dumps Gable out! Gable stumbles from the apron, Sami builds speed, but he fakes Gable out to Arabian Press!

The fans cheer this chess game, but Gable storms in to get in Sami’s face. The fans again sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Gable fires hands on Sami in a corner, but Sami fires back! Sami headlocks, Gable powers out and he runs Sami over! Cover, TWO! Gable stalks Sami, waistlocks, but Sami fights the lift. Sami throws elbows, then knuckle locks, CHOPS, then goes up and up, but Gable trips him up! Sami gets caught up on the ropes, gets loose and goes to the floor, but Gable goes up! SUPER CROSSBODY! Direct hit and Sami’s wife is worried. Gable puts Sami in the ring, he climbs back up, and DIVING HEADBUTTS! Direct hit again and Gable covers, TWO! Gable is frustrated that Sami survives, and Sami hobbles his way to a corner.

Gable is on Sami and the bad legs! Gable puts one in the ropes, then DRAPING DRAGON SCREWS the other! Gable drags Sami to then step over and drop toehold! And then he YANKS the leg! Gable steps through, leans on the toehold, but the fans rally as Sami endures. Sami keeps his shoulders up, kicks Gable away, and Gable lets go. Gable hurries to whip Sami to ropes and CLOBBER him! But Sami’s right up to LARIAT Gable! The fans fire up as Sami goes to a corner. Gable runs up, but Sami ELBOWS him away! Sami goes up, and FLYING ELBOWS! Sami hobbles again, but he goes to a corner. Gable runs in, into a clinch!

But Gable turns exploder into victory roll, TWO! Gable gets Sami’s leg for an ANKLE LOCK! The fans rally as Sami endures, and he rolls! Gable gets sent out of the ring, and Sami takes aim! But Gable hurries back up to grab the bad leg and drag Sami down! ANKLE LOCK on the apron! Sami kicks free and stands on the apron, to ARABIAN PRESS SAULT! Direct hit and the fans are thunderous! The ref checks Sami given his leg, but Sami says he’s good, and Raw goes back to break.

 


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There WILL be new NEVER Openweight Six Man Champions!

Kazuchika Okada’s leaving NJPW meant vacating the NEVER Openweight Six Man titles. Now a tournament will be held in one go to crown new champions! Who NEVER stops until they make it reign?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match – Puzzle Presents: Touyuu VS Axe Wang; Touyuu wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and advance to tonight’s main event.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture; The House of Torture wins and advances to tonight’s main event.
  • Tiger Mask & Satoshi Kojima VS El Desperado & Shoma Kato; Tiger Mask & Kojima win.
  • HANAKO VS Starlight Kid; Starlight Kid wins.
  • DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita; Douki wins.
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura; Bishamon wins and retain the titles.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture; Tanahashi, Yano & Oleg win and are the new NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions.

PLAY BY PLAY

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The United Empire!

The Ace may also be President of NJPW, but that doesn’t mean he’s retired! He wants to get these Six Man titles back, will the Clown Prince and the Hulking Kazakh help him do that? Or will Great-O-Khan, Francesco Akira & Callum Newman conquer the Six Man Division?

The fans rally for “SACHOU! SACHOU!” as he shows off the abs. Then the trios sort out, and while Oleg gets in Khan’s face, we start with Callum and Tanahashi. The fans cheer, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but Tanahashi finds a point of leverage and powers Callum onto ropes. The ref counts, Tanahashi lets off cleanly, and the fans applaud. Callum and Tanahashi reset, tie up again, and Tanahashi headlocks. Tanahashi thrashes and grinds the hold but Callum pulls hair! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Callum lets slowly. But then Callum kicks low! Callum whips Tanahashi hard into a corner!

Callum runs corner to corner but into an ELBOW! Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! The fans cheer as Tanahashi air guitars, but Callum gets to his feet in a huff. Yano and Oleg both reach out, but Tanahashi tags Yano. The fans fire up for Yano but Akira tags in. Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Akira protests but he lets Yano have his fun. Akira then shadows Yano as he turns around. Yano is confused, turns around but Akira stays behind him. Akira then shoves Yano into the corner! Yano loses the pad and Akira dropkicks the legs out! Akira runs, rolls and basement dropkicks! Crowns up and the fans cheer.

Akira drags Yano over, tags in Khan, and Khan puts some stank on the Mongolian Chops! The Empire double whip but Yano holds ropes and tags Oleg! The fans fire up but The Empire mugs Oleg first! They double whip but Oleg holds ropes, to then come in and DOUBLE SHOUDLER TACKLE! Khan gets up but Oleg throws him with a fireman’s carry takeover! Callum runs in to BOOT Oleg, then runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS Callum and sends him flying! The fans fire up as Oleg hauls Khan up, but Khan CLAPS at him, twists an ear and CLUBS it, then clinches for a BELLY2BELLY! Khan then BLASTS Tanahashi and Yano off the corner!

Khan stomps away on Oleg, drags him back up, then Mongolian CHOPS! Oleg staggers, Khan Mongolian CHOPS again! And again! Oleg falls, Khan cocky covers, ONE! The fans rally as Khan hauls Oleg up in a facelock. Khan brings Oleg to the corner, tags Callum, and the Empire mugs him. Callum CHOPS, then tags Akira. Callum bumps Oleg off buckles, Akira CHOPS, then they double whip. Callum runs in to forearm SMASH! Akira runs in to clothesline! Feed to the DROPKICK! The fans fire up with Akira as he and Callum coordinate, back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Akira drags Oleg up and around to facelock, but Oleg throws body shots.

Khan tags in, he and Akira mug Oleg, and Khan CLUBS Oleg down. Khan drags Oleg up but Oleg ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Oleg whips, Khan reverses to NORTHERN- NO, Oleg fights the suplex, so Khan RAMS him into the corner! Khan turns Oleg around, CLUBS him, and then climbs up. The fans cheer as Khan sits on his throne! Oleg flails, the ref reprimands but Khan hops down. Khan then HIP TOSSES Oleg down! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Khan kicks Oleg around then whips. Oleg reverses and lifts, but Khan claws the ear! Oleg lets Khan down but avoids the lariat to DROPKICK Khan down!

The fans fire up while both men are down. Hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as Sachou rallies on Khan with FLYING FOREARMS! Then he BLASTS Callum and Akira off the apron! Tanahashi runs in at the corner, but blocks Khan’s boot! DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up as Akira runs in, and gets a DRAGON SCREW! Callum steps in, but Tanahashi gets his leg! Tanahashi waves bye before the DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up with Tanahashi and he waits on Khan. Khan rises, Tanahashi runs in, but Khan sidesteps and TOSSES Tanahashi! But Tanahashi skins the cat! Only for Khan to waistlock!

Tanahashi fires elbows, but Khan ducks the shotei to HITSUJIGOROSHI into MARINE! Both men are down and the fans rally up! Khan and Tanahashi crawl, hot tag to Callum! Callum runs up to whip Tanahashi, but Tanahashi reverses. Callum stops himself, comes back, but into a spin, TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! The fans rally as Tanahashi crawls, hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up with Yano, he whips Callum at the bare corner! Callum stops himself, Yano runs in, but Callum dodges so Yano hits bare buckles! Callum runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and BOOTS Yano down! The Prince of Speed shows why that’s the case!

The fans fire up with Callum as he goes Around the World for a DROPKICK! Snapmare and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! Yano survives, but Akira DROPKICKS Oleg down! Khan joins in, The Empire gets Yano up. They mug Yano in the corner, whip him corner to corner, then Khan runs in. Khan clotheslines, Akira clotheslines, and Callum runs to trip and STOMP Yano down! Cover, TWO!! Yano stays in this and the fans rally up again. Callum scowls and drags Yano to a drop zone. The Empire brawls with Tanahashi and Oleg while Callum climbs. The fans fire up as Callum aims, SHOOTING STAR, but he has to land out as Yano moves!

Tanahashi returns to dropkick Callum’s legs out! Khan BOOTS Tanahashi! Oleg scoops and SLAMS Khan! Akira dodges Oleg to ENZIGIR! The fans fire up, Akira runs and RANAS, but Oleg blocks it! Oleg swings Akira around to Shake, Rattle and- SUPERKICK from Callum! Tanahashi returns again, Callum ducks the shotei but then Tanahashi ducks the heel kick! SHOTEI! Yano rolls Callum up, Yano’s team wins!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

The Ace, the Joker and the Rook snatch the win and are now in the title match! Will this hot hand take the pot? Or will they be trumped by the winner of the next match?

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships Tournament: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The House of Torture!

Shingo Takagi is once again NEVER Openweight Champion, but he, Yota Tsuji & Bushi are looking to add to the LIJ trophy case. But Evil, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Sho want to make up for their losses, will they find redemption through this tournament? Or will everything be tranquilo in Taiwan?

Sho gets the mic to say he hates being here in Taiwan, so he wants to win, get the titles, and get outta here as fast as he can! The fans boo but Sho just taunts them all. He tells LIJ to get out here already, so LIJ makes their entrance. Takagi shows off that he cleaned up that NEVER Openweight belt from all the black spray paint Evil defaced it with! The fans cheer Takagi, Yota and Bushi in turn, and LIJ fist bump. But the House attacks! The fans boo but the bell rings, and Kanemaru has Yota in the ring. Evil KNEES Takagi, then steps on the NEVER Openweight title! Sho DECKS Bushi, Kanemaru whips Yota, but Yota comes back to run Kanemaru over!

Yota runs to SPLASH, cover, TWO! Yota keeps cool and he brings Kanemaru up. Yota reels Kanemaru in, suplexes, but Kanemaru fights it! Yota ROCKS Kanemaru, ROCKS him again, and then again! Yota runs but Sho is there! The fans boo but Kanemaru CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Kanemaru whips Yota to the corner, and surprise! Evil takes the blue buckle pad away! Yota hits bare steel, then the House BLASTS Bushi and Yota! The fans boo but Kanemaru drags Yota up. Sho SMACKS Bushi off apron, Kanemaru TOSSES Yota, and then Sho and Kanemaru stomp away. The fans boo more, but then Evil whips Takagi at the edge of the stage!

Takagi stops himself by flailing and wobbling! The fans are relieved he stays safe, but then Evil CLAWS Takagi’s back! Sho puts Yota in the ring, Kanemaru covers, TWO! Kanemaru tags Sho, Sho scuffs Yota around and taunts him. Yota rises up, fires a forearm, but Sho eggs him on! Yota fires another forearm so Sho CLAWS Yota’s eyes! Sho throws Yota out then gets in the ref’s face, Evil JAMS Yota with a chair! The fans boo but Evil taunts them. The ref has to keep LIJ from going after The House, and Evil puts Yota in for Sho to cover. ROPEBREAK! Sho is upset but he steps on Yota’s arm. Tag to Kanemaru, he and Sho DOUBLE KNEE DROP!

Kanemaru drags Yota up, whips him to ropes, then kitchen sink KNEES him down! Cover, TWO! Gene Blast stays in this for his team but Kanemaru stomps away. Kanemaru then scuffs Yota, taunts him, but Yota just gets mad! The fans rally for Yota as Kanemaru gives him more kicks. Yota stands to ROCK Kanemaru, ROCK him again, and ROCK him again! But Kanemaru CLAWS eyes! Tag to Evil, the ref is again told to stop LIJ, and Evil CHOKES Yota with a House of Torture shirt! Evil shoves Yota down, covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Evil is furious with the ref but Yota’s tougher than all that.

Evil stands Yota up, wrenches and whips Yota to a neutral corner. Evil runs in, blocks a boot, but Yota reels him in for the STOMP! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Yota and Evil crawl, hot tag to Takagi! The Rampaging Dragon runs up but Sho & Kanemaru drop away. So Takagi runs Evil over, scoops him and SLAMS him, but Evil avoids the senton! Sho & Kanemaru get in to stomp Takagi, double whip, but he holds ropes! Then DOUBLE PUMPING BOMBERS! But Evil CLAWS Takagi’s eyes! Evil runs, but into the ELBOW! JAB! YUKON LARIAT! The fans fire up as Takagi gets Evil back up.

Takagi suplexes high and hard, then covers, TWO! Evil is tougher than that, but Takagi then says in Taiwanese, he’s not done! But Takagi still uses Japanese for “TOKI GA KITA! <THE TIME HAS COME!>” The fans fire up with “OI! OI! OI!” Then he fires down HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS on Evil! Takagi runs, but Evil uses the ref as a shield! Takagi moves the ref aside, but Evil blocks the kick, gives it to the ref, and mule kicks Takagi down! The standard formula works out, and Evil tags Sho. Sho laughs as he runs up in the corner, clothesline! Then he brings Takagi around, wrenches, kicks, KICKS and SUPER- NO, Takagi blocks the superkick!

Takagi JABS, then YUKON feints to DDT! The fans fire up again and Takagi encourages them to get louder. Takagi hurries over, tag to Bushi! Bushi fires forearms on Sho, runs, but Kanemaru gets a cheap shot in! Bushi falls, Kanemaru steps in, he and Sho double whip Bushi to ropes. Bushi gets under the double elbows and shoves Kanemaru into Sho! Then Bushi DOUBLE RANAS! The fans fire up, and Bushi BLASTS Evil for good measure! Sho swings, Bushi spins him, DDT! Cover, TWO! Sho stays in this for the House but the fans rally behind Bushi. Bushi brings Sho to a corner, whips corner to corner, but Sho reverses.

Sho runs up, Bushi dodges, Yota STINGER SPLASHES! Takagi clotheslines, then feeds Sho to Yota’s V-TRIGGER! Sho wobbles, Bushi BACKSTABBERS! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives the onslaught but the fans rally for Bushi. Bushi drags Sho up, but Kanemaru runs in to BOOT Bushi down! Takagi JUMP KNEES Kanemaru! Evil whips Takagi into bare buckles! Evil mule kicks Yota, whips him, and Yota also hits bare buckles! Bushi dropkicks Evil’s legs out! Bushi drags Sho up, reels him in, but Sho breaks free and CLAWS the eyes! Sho runs, into a dropkick to the legs! Bushi SMASHES the knee, then ties the legs up! RIVERA!!

Sho endures, flails, but Kanemaru gets his whiskey! Evil distracts, Kanemaru WHISKEY MISTS! Sho is free, he has his Torture Tool! WRENCH SHOT!! Sho drags Bushi up, reels him in and tucks the arms, SHOCK ARROW!! Cover, The House wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (advance to the main event)

Like always, The House finds a way to cheat their way to success! Will The King of Darkness and his pawns find a way to trump Team Go Ace? Or will Sachou get to personally punish this faction for all their nefarious deeds?

 

DOUKI VS Kosei Fujita!

Japones Del Mal and the Ichiban Young Punk each staked their claim to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship, to the point that Douki left with the belt! If possession is nine-tenths of the law, then who will be the de factor champion after tonight?

The moment Douki’s on the apron, Fujita dropkicks him down! Fujita then builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Douki and the fans fire up! Fujita drags Douki up, puts him in the ring, then springboards to SWANTON BOMB! The bell rings, Fujita covers, TWO! Fujita runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! The fans rally as Fujita waistlocks and deadlifts Douki, but Douki throws elbows. Fujita ducks to CHOP, then he runs, only for Douki to do the splits! Fujita tumbles out, Douki builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit in return and the fans fire up again! The ref checks both men, they’re both okay to continue.

Douki sits up first, the ring count starts and Douki POSTS Fujita! Fujita falls over, Douki drags him up, and then DDTs to the floor! Douki slides in at 10 of 20, leaving Fujita to the count. The count reaches 15 before Fujita sits back up! Fujita flounders around at 17, 18, but springs in at 19! Douki drags Fujita up, CLUBS him, then stalks him to ropes. Douki CLUBS Fujita again, drags him up, and turns him for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and Douki keeps on Fujita with a chinlock. Fujita endures the knee digging into his back, reaches out, and kicks around. The fans rally more as Fujita keeps moving forward, to the ROPEBREAK!

Douki lets off in frustration, then drags Fujita back up. Fujita fires forearms but Douki eggs him on. Douki then knees low, and DDTs! Cover, TWO! Fujita is still in this and the fans cheer again. Douki whips Fujita but Fujita holds ropes to block! Douki tries again, knees low, then whips. Fujita reverses, CHOPS, but Douki HELL STABS! Douki runs, but into the WHEEL KICK! It was only a grazing blow but enough to knock Douki down! The fans rally up and Fujita hurries after Douki. Fujita fires a forearm, an UPPERCUT and a CHOP! Fujita whips corner to corner then runs in, to CHOP! Fujita snapmares Douki, then goes up, out and waits.

Douki slowly rises, Fujita springboards in, MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Douki shakes his head, he’s tougher than that. Fujita drags him up, reels him in, and suplexes high and hard! Fujita keeps moving, PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Fujita grows frustrated but he drags Douki up. Fujita waistlocks, goes to ropes, but Douki bucks the O’Conner. Fujita CLUBS Douki, brings him back, but Douki fights the lift. Douki switches, spins Fujita around and drops down, ITALIAN STRETCH 32! Fujita scrambles, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Fujita escapes by a literal foot! Douki lets go in frustration and the fans rally.

Douki turns Fujita to Gory Especial, but Fujita fights free! Fujita arm-drags Douki away, then runs up, but into a BOOTS! Douki goes to the apron, RAMS into Fujita, then slingshots for DAY- NO, Fujita stays up, pops Douki around, but Douki sunset flips! Fujita rolls through, rolls Douki and hooks the legs up, REGAL STRETCH! Douki endures and the fans rally up! Douki claws at the mat but Fujita has those legs trapped! Douki still fights but Fujita pulls way back! Douki doesn’t give in, he gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer while Fujita lets off in frustration. Fujita drags Douki up, spin him, but Douki fights the lift!

Douki throws elbows, runs, but Fujita reels him in! Douki kicks free but then Fujita ducks the enzigiri! Fujita waistlocks to deadlift, but Douki wheelbarrows! Victory roll, TWO! Douki goes for the full nelson! Fujita fights, so Douki shifts for the Bow ‘n’ Arrow Rack! Douki spins and spins, REINEDA! And then ghost pin, TWO!! Fujita escapes, but ends up in the ITALIAN STRETCH!! Douki pulls and Fujita is already red in the face! Fujita reaches out, Douki rolls him away from ropes! ITALIAN STRETCH!! Fujtia is fading! The ref checks, but Fujita gets a second wind! Fujita kicks around, reaches out, but Douki pulls!

Fujita’s fading again! The fans rally harder as Fujita gives one last kick, to the ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go and the fans cheer! Douki rises, goes to the apron, and takes aim for DAYBREAKER!! Cover, TWO?!? Fujita survives and Douki is furious! The fans rally, Douki gets the legs and turns Fujita over. Wheelbarrow, lift, but Fujita fights the rest! Fujita fires elbows, waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Douki tumbles away and the fans fire up while both men are down. Fujita rises, the fans rally, and Fujita brings Douki up. Douki ENZIGIRIS, but Fujita ENZIGIRIS! Fujita runs, but Douki ELBOWS! Douki runs but Fujita BOOTS then HEEL KICKS!

But Douki stays up! Douki runs up to LARIAT! But then Fujita rises!! Both men run, and Fujita LEG LARIATS! Douki crawls to ropes, Fujita runs in, STRADDLE ATTACK! Fujita roars, the fans fire up, and Fujita deadlift GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Douki survives but Fujita stays on him! Suplex, but Douki fights free, wrenches, hammerlocks, rolls, then drags Fujita up into Gory Especial! DODON NO JUTSU! Backslide cover, TWO! Douki just hops over Fujita to hook him up again! SUPLEX DE LA LUNA!! Bridging cover, Douki wins!!

Winner: Douki, by pinfall

And “still” IWPG Junior Heavyweight Champion, at that! If Douki can put on a match like that and pull off the victory, will nothing stop him from becoming the Best of the Super Juniors?

Oh no, Sho attacks! He wants his belt back! The fans boo as he stomps away on Douki then picks up the belt. To be fair, Sho is still the actual champion, but he takes aim with the belt! Douki dodges to ENZIGIRI! Then he reels Sho in for the torture rack, and swings for the SIDEWALK SLAM! The fans fire up as Douki takes the belt back! The Murder Machine tried and failed to take the belt back, will he also fail to stay a champion through the Spring?

 

IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships: Bishamon VS SANADA & Yuya Uemura!

Hirooki Goto & Yoshi-Hashi only just got these title back, but they’re fighting champions so they’re already putting them on the line! Will it be lights out in Taiwan? Or will the Cold Skull & Heat Storm bring gold back to Just5Guys?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if Chaos still reigns!

The teams sort out and Hashi starts against Yuya. The bell rings and the fans rally for Yuya as the two circle. They tie up, Yuya wrenches to a wristlock, but Hashi spins, wrenches back, and then hammerlocks. Yuya switches that onto Hashi, but Hashi drop toeholds. Hashi floats to a headlock but Yuya pops out the back to hammerlock again. Hashi rolls, headscissors, but Yuya fights that off to keep the headlock. Hashi keeps his shoulders up, fights to his feet, then rolls Yuya to get his own headlock. Yuya headscissors, Hashi kips free and the fans cheer! Hashi and Yuya circle again, feel things out, knuckle lock, but then Yuya shoots around to headlock.

Yuya grinds the hold, Hashi powers up but can’t power out as Yuya holds tight! Yuya grinds Hashi to the mat but Hashi endures and fights back up. Hashi throws body shots, powers up and out, but Yuya RAMS shoulders! The fans cheer as the two stare down. Yuya runs, RAMS Hashi again, but Hashi gets in Yuya’s face. Yuya shoves, runs, but Hashi ELBOWS! Hashi runs, but into a hip toss! And arm-drag! Yuya DROPKICKS Hashi, then BLASTS Goto for good measure! The fans fire up and Yuya goes back for Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, CHOPS him, then CHOPS again. Yuya whips, Hashi holds ropes, then BOOTS back!

Goto gets in, he and Hashi run Yuya over! Bishamon coordinate, ZANMAI! Sanada storms in but Goto kicks low! “SE NO!” and they DRUM away on Sanada’s back! The fans fire up with Bishamon, and Goto stomps Sanada to a corner. Hashi has Yuya in the opposite, then they whip. Sanada & Yuya reverse to send Goto and Hashi into each other! DROPKICKS send Bishamon out, then STEREO PLANCHAS take them down! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get louder. The fans oblige and Sanada brings Goto up. Yuya brings Hashi up to CHOP! And CHOP! Hashi fires a foraerm, but Yuya eggs him on.

Hashi fires more forearms, then CHOPs! Yuya CHOPS Hashi down! The fans fire up, but the ref says to get this in the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up and puts him in. The fans applaud and Yuya storms in after Hashi. Yuya drags Hashi up, ROCKS him with a haymaker, then CHOPS again! And CHOPS again! Yuya CHOPS Hashi in the corner, CHOPS him again, but Hashi CHOPS back! Yuya knees low, then CHOPS Hashi down! Tag to Sanada and the fans rally up. Sanada drags Hashi up, reels him in, and Sanada CLUBS Hashi on the neck. Sanada CLUBS Hashi again, but Hashi throws body shots! Sanada CLUBS Hashi down, then stomps him at the ropes.

The ref reprimands and counts, Sanada stops, then drags Hashi back up. Sanada knees Hashi into the corner, whips corner to corner, then runs in, but blocks a boot! Sanada trips Hashi, and ties him up for Paradise! The fans fire up and Sanada encourages them to get even louder. The fans cheer Sanada on as he then runs to DROPKICK Hashi out of Paradise! Sanada then drags Hashi up and around, reels him in, but Hashi fights the suplex! The fans rally as Sanada powers up, but Hashi still fights it! Hashi goes to suplex but Sanada slips free! Sanada blocks the superkick to CLUB the leg! Snada runs, Hashi dodges, BLOCKBUSTER!

Sanada flounders and Hashi crawls, but Yuya jumps in! Yuya drags Hashi up but Hashi SPIN BACK KICKS! Hashi crawls, hot tag to Goto! Goto runs in at a corner to clothesline Sanada! Then he runs corner to corner to clothesline Yuya! Sanada kicks and whips, then he sends Yuya in. Goto dodges Yuya, CLOBBERS Sanada, then kicks Yuya! Goto snap suplexes Yuya onto Sanada! The fans fire up and Goto brings Sanada up. Fireman’s carry, but Sanada flails free! Goto elbows free of the waistlock, then kicks and whips. Goto runs in, but Sanada BOOTS him! Sanada QUEBRADAS, but Goto gets under!

Goto runs up but into a fireman’s carry! Goto slips free, Sanada throws more elbows! Sanada runs, Goto follows, but Sanada ELBOWS! STANDING MOONSAULT, but Sanada lands on his feet as Goto moves! Then Sanada basement dropkicks! The fans fire up while both men are down! Sanada and Goto stir, and Sanada crawls for his corner, hot tag to Yuya! Yuya storms up on Goto, brings him up and reels him in, SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Goto stays in this but Yuya stays calm. Yuya drags Goto up, underhooks the arms, but Goto fights the lift! Yuya still tries, but Goto lifts Yuya to back drop him! The fans fire up while both men are down!

Yuya goes to a corner, Goto crawls to ropes. Goto stands, runs up, but Yuya ELBOWS him! Yuya runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Both men are down again and the fans rally! Goto crawls his way over, hot tag to Hashi! The fans cheer as Hashi fires off a forearm, body shot and CHOP! Yuya falls, the fans fire up, and Yuya goes to a corner. Hashi runs up to CHOP! Hashi whips to CHOP! Then he mule kicks, turns Yuya, but Yuya fights the neckbreaker! Yuya whips, Hashi reverses but Yuya CLOBBERS him! The fans fire up as Yuya kips up, and Sanada jumps in. They get Hashi up in a corner, and whip corner to corner.

Yuya runs in to CHOP! Sanada runs in to ELBOW! Sanada feeds Hashi to Yuya’s arm-drag! And then they DOUBLE DROPKICK! Hashi roars as he rises, but then a DOUBLE BOOT takes him down! Cover off #Just2Boots, TWO! Yuya is a little annoyed but Sanada keeps Goto out of the ring. Yuya drags Hashi up, underhooks, but Hashi fights the lift! Hashi wrenches out, Yuya ducks the lariat and waistlocks, but Hashi RAMS him into buckles! Goto runs in to clothesline Yuya! The fans fire up as Goto BLASTS Sanada off the apron! Bishamon fires up, they bring Yuya around, feed to the fireman’s carry, and FIERCE FLASH!

The fans fire up with Bishamon as Hashi calls for the finish! Goto dragon sleepers, Hashi grabs the legs, but Sanada CLUBS Hashi! Goto pushes Yuya aside but Sanada kicks him to whip him. But Goto reverses to fireman’s carry! But Sanada slips free! Only to run into HIDDEN GAP! And then they get Sanada up! But Sanada kicks free of Hashi! Goto fights Sanada’s suplex, Hashi gets the legs, but Sanada kicks free of Magic Killer! Sanada then puts Goto up for MAGIC SCREW! The fans fire up again as Hashi runs in! Sanada ducks, feed to Yuya’s UPPERCUT! DOUBLE CHOP! ENZIGIRI! Cold Skull & Heat Storm watch Hashi rise, SHINING WIZARD!

The fans fire up as Yuya brings Hashi back up, underhooks, and BUTTERFLY BOMBS! Cover, Goto breaks it! Sanada TOSSES Goto out and leaves it to Yuya! Yuya roars, goes to a corner and climbs up, to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and the fans fire up again! Yuya grits his teeth and roars! Yuya drags Hashi up, reels him in. Yuya traps the arms, but Hashi fights the Deadbolt! Yuya CLUBS away on Hashi, then tries again. But Hashi CHOPS! Yuya PELES! Yuya gets Hashi back up, swings him around, but Hashi LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans rally even harder! Hashi and Yuya stir, and head for each other.

Yuya gets in Hashi’s face, but Hashi fires a forearm! Yuya fires back! Hashi fires another, so Yuya HAYMAKERS! Hashi throws another forearm, Yuya fires another haymaker, repeat! They go back and forth, pick up speed, and the fans rally harder and harder! Hashi gets the edge, then CHOPS! Yuya roars, but Hashi DOUBLE CHOPS! Hashi roars, runs, but into a DOUBLE CHOP from Yuya! Goto returns but Yuya dodges! Feed to Sanada’s DROPKICK! Sanada & Yuya double whip Hashi to a corner, then Yuya runs in. Hashi dodges, dropkicks Sanada’s leg, then he sends Yuya into Sanada! SUPERKICK!

Yuya staggers, Hashi brings him around, and Hashi fires forearm, body shot and CHOP! Hashi runs, but Yuya spins him around! DEAD- NO, Hashi fights the suplex and Goto LARIATS at the ropes! Then spin and tuck, KARMA ROLL! Bishamon wins!!

Winners: Bishamon, by pinfall (still IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions)

Yuya can’t believe he got caught, but he did! Goto & Hashi

 

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg VS The House of Torture!

Ace-sachou and the Clown Prince bring back the high school “Yankee” bad boy look as they prepare to face some real punks! Will they and big bad Boltin tear down the House? Or will the King of Darkness make sure Everything is Evil again?

The introductions are made, but then the House attacks! They TOSS Tanahashi aside, then TOSS Yano, and Evil CLAWS Oleg’s face! Sho digs a chair into Tanahashi’s leg! Red Shoes is so busy with Sho that he misses Kanemaru’s WHISKEY BOTTLE SHOT on Oleg! The fans boo but the match hasn’t started, there’s nothing Red Shoes can do about any of this! Kanemaru & Evil then mug Yano on the outside, and use spare wrist tape to hogtie him! The bell finally rings as Sho puts Tanahashi in the ring, and Sho CHOKES Tanahashi! Red Shoes reprimands, Sho steps off, but Kanemaru stomps away on Yano!

Yano calls for help but Oleg is down and the House mugs Tanahashi! The fans boo but the House soaks up the heat. They stomp Tanahashi more, but Red Shoes reprimands. Evil and Kanemaru split the wishbone, and then Kanemaru CLUBS Tanahashi. But Tanahashi fights back with forearms! The House mugs Tanahashi again! Red Shoes reprimands, there has to be a 1v1! Kanemaru stays the legal man as he drops elbow after elbow on the bad knee! Tanahashi endures the toehold, so Kanemaru shifts to drag him over. Tag to Evil, he and Kanemaru split the wishbone again! Tanahashi writhes but Evil drags him around.

Evil stomps away on the bad leg while Sho keeps Yano and Oleg down on the outside. Evil has Tanahashi on ropes but the fans boo. Evil CHOKES Tanahashi, Kanemaru and Sho join in, and then Evil covers. Red Shoes refuses because of all the shenanigans. Evil stomps Tanahashi drags him from ropes to cover, TWO! Wait, who rings the bell? That’s Sho of course, and the fans boo. Red Shoes and Sho argue, and Sho acts like that was all Abe-san. Red Shoes knows better than that, so the match continues. Evil tags Sho, Sho stomps Tanahashi around, then Sho drags Tanahashi by the leg to DDT the foot!

Tanahashi writhes, Sho tags Kanemaru, and Kanemaru storms up to get the bad leg. Kanemaru SMASHES the knee! Kanemaru eggs Tanahashi on, stomps the bad leg, but Tanahashi glares at him defiantly! The fans fire up as Tanahashi rises, and he fires off forearms! But Kanemaru claws the eyes! Kanemaru runs, Tanahashi blocks the boot to DRAGON SCREW! The fans fire up, Tanahashi crawls, and Yano’s free of the tape! Hot tag to Yano! The fans fire up as Yano goes to untie a buckle pad! Shiro is free and Yano throws him to Kanemaru! Red Shoes reprimands Kanemaru, Kanemaru defends his innocence, but Yano SLAPS Kanemaru on the head!

Yano whips Kanemaru but Kanemaru reverses! Yano stops from hitting bare buckles, Kanemaru runs in, but Yano sends him into the bare buckles! Roll-up, TWO! Yano stays fired up and the fans join in. Yano gets Kanemaru up but Kanemaru body shots, elbows and runs! But Yano atomic- NO, Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes! So Yano CLAWS the eyes! Yano runs, but Evil trips him! Sho stomps Oleg down, Evil drags Yano out, and Evil CLAWS Yano’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands, but Evil and Kanemaru distract him so Sho can CHOKE Yano with a chair! Sho then drags Yano up, puts him in the ring, and Evil takes off his shirt.

Red Shoes says no, he doesn’t trust Evil with the shirt. Red Shoes confiscates the shirt, but Evil has a tag rope! Evil CHOKES Yano with the tag rope! The fans boo as Evil gets away with that one! Cover, TWO! Yano is still in this and Evil is upset with Red Shoes! Evil drags Yano up, wrenches, and YANKS the arm, to then CLUB it! Tag to Sho and he runs up to wrench Yano’s arm and bend the fingers! Sho wrenches again to ELBOW BREAKER! Yano falls but Sho tags Kanemaru. Sho pulls on the bad arm while Kanemaru goes up, and Kanemaru AX HANDLES the arm! Kanemaru wrenches the arm, YANKS and YANKS and wrangles Yano!

Kanemaru isolates the arm with atop wristlock, and STOMPS it! Then Kanemaru hits an ARM WRINGER! Kanemaru stomps Yano, BLASTS Tanahashi, then tags Sho. They get Yano up, Kanemaru wrenches the arm and Sho climbs, to AX HANDLE! Sho grins while Yano writhes, and Sho stomps Yano around. Sho bends the fingers, twists the wrist, then gets Yano up to wrap his arm around ropes. Red Shoes reprimands and counts, Sho lets off but distracts Red Shoes so Kanemaru can bend the arm! Evil tags in, he storms over, and he bumps Yano off buckles. Evil then TOSSES Yano out, and gets in Red Shoes’ face again!

Sho CHOKES Yano with the chair, then Kanemaru drags Yano up. Kanemaru wrenches and hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Sho then puts Yano in while Tanahashi protests. Red Shoes tells Sachou to stand down, and Evil covers. Red Shoes is late to the count, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO!! Yano is still in this and Evil is furious! The fans cheer, though, and Evil drags Yano up. Yano pulls hair! Evil kicks low, whips, but Yano reverses for the hair-pull takedown! The fans rally up, hot tag to Oleg! Oleg CLOBBERS Evil, BLASTS the House, then scoops Evil to SLAM him! Oleg runs to SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Oleg stays cool and he deadlifts Evil! Sho & Kanemaru attack, they reel him in, but Oleg fights the double suplex to DOUBLE SUPLEX them! The fans fire up as Oleg deadlift GUT WRENCH PLEXES Sho! Then he deadlifts Kanemaru for Shake, Rattle and THROW! The fans fire up as Oleg fires forearms on Evil, then gut wrenches. But Evil CLAWS the eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but Evil reels Oleg in. Oleg fights the fisherman to clinch and OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY! Cover, TWO! Evil survives but Oleg hauls him back up! Fireman’s carry, but Evil slips free! Evil shoves Oleg at Red shoes, then LOW BLOWS!

Fans boo but The House BLASTS Tanahashi & Yano! The House then gets Oleg up, whips him to a corner, Sho forearm SMASHES! Kanemaru ELBOWS! Evil clotheslines! Snapmare and the set-up! Yano gets in but Red Shoes is distracted! Kanemaru DICK CHOPS! Cover, TWO!! Oleg survives and the fans fire up! Evil is shocked, but he vows to end this now! The fans boo but Evil drags Oleg up, spins him around, EVERYTHING- NO, Oleg fights free! Evil knees low, runs, but Oleg CLOBBERS him! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Oleg crawls his way over, hot tag to Tanahashi! The fans fire up as The President BLASTS the House!

Tanahashi keeps going to CLOBBER Evil! Tanahashi fires forearms and body shots, then he scoop SLAMS Evil into the drop zone! Tanahashi goes up, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi stays cool as the fans fire up. Evil wants mercy but Tanahashi runs to SLING- NO, Evil ducks it, and whips Tanahashi into bare buckles! Tag to Sho and Kanemaru BLASTS Yano! Sho & Kanemaru double whip, Sho runs up to forearm smash! Feed to Kanemaru’s basement dropkick! They DOUBLE SMASH the knees! Sho clamps on the KNEEBAR!! Tanahashi endures, the fans rally, but Yano stomps Sho!

Kanemaru CLAWS Yano’s eyes and TOSSES him out! Evil gets in with the chair! Red Shoes stops Evil but Sho sneaks his Torture Tool! The Murder Machine wants to do this like he did to LIJ! Sho lines up the shot, but Tanahashi ducks! But WHISKEY MIST is there! Roll up, OLEG BREAKS IT!! The fans fire up as the House goes after Oleg! They TOSS Oleg, then they intercept Yano! They double whip, Yano holds ropes to taunt them! Yano ducks Kanemaru, shoves him into Evil, then shoves Red Shoes aside so he can DOUBLE LOW BLOW! Sho staggers up, winds up with the wrench, but Yano dodges!

SHOTEI from Tanahashi, then he SLINGBLADES Sho down! Oleg returns and he hauls Sho up! Oleg fireman’s carries Sho, and hits the ROLLING SENTON! Tanahashi is up top, HIGH FLY FLOW!! Cover, Team Go Ace wins!!

Winners: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Toru Yano & Boltin Oleg, by pinfall (NEW NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

A huge victory for The Ace of the Universe, for the Producer, and for the Young Lion! Oleg goes right from new kid on the block to a champion alongside two living legends! The House regroups, will they ever learn their lesson?

As for the new champs, Yano presents Oleg with his own high schooler blazer! It might be a couple sizes too small, but Yano still helps Oleg get it on! Oleg smiles as he is presented one of the belts, and is truly part of the club! Yano gets Shiro the buckle pad to join in on the photo op! And of course, they do the squat! Tanahashi-sachou then gets the mic so that he may speak. “Long time no see, Taiwan! Thank you very much, xièxiè.” Fans applaud his use of Mandarin! Tanahashi continues to say that NJPW hasn’t been able to visit Taiwan in some time, “but we’ll be back a lot from now on!” The fans love the sound of that!

Tanahashi vows to “keep NJPW fired up in Taiwan,” and that they’ll see them again very soon. “And finally… Taiwan, ASHITEMAAASU~!” The fans cheer and once again, the bad boy champs squat for the photo op. Will this unique trio lead the way into a brighter future for not just NJPW, but for the entire Wrestling World?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW’s return to Taiwan, though things went about how you’d expect as far as results. Great stuff in the non-title matches, and really great win for Douki over Fujita. Douki giving Sho a taste of his own medicine with the theft of the belt is great, I hope Douki literally holds onto the belt until the final round of the Best of Super Juniors. Great tag title match from Bishamon VS Sanada & Yuya, with a great win for Bishamon. I figured Yuya was taking that pin, but he and Sanada make a pretty good team, maybe they’ll try again.

And great stuff in the NEVER Openweight Six Man tournament, but I had a feeling it was going to be Tanahashi’s team winning in the end. At least, once it was them against House of Torture, it was certainly clear. It wasn’t even that Tanahashi is President of NJPW. Evil wasn’t gonna just get a belt to replace the NEVER Openweight title, and Takagi wasn’t gonna be Mr. NEVER right away, so why not put these belts back on Tanahashi and a team he now leads. Great honor for Oleg as he hasn’t even gone from Young Lion to established guy with a gimmick. Oleg’s shown he can have fun and goof around, I think he’ll be a great third man to Tanahashi & Yano.

My Score: 8.7/10


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