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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (7/8/19)

#ManSquared VS Tranquilo!

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Raw prepares for the Extreme!

Extreme Rules is around the corner, so Raw is rising to the occasion! Will The Man and Her Man be able to beat El Idolo and La Muneca before taking on the Lady and Lone Wolf? And who does Roman Reigns get stuck with in a sampler with Shane and McIntyre?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mixed Tag Elimination: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega; Rollins & Lynch win.
  • 2 Out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The Miz & The Usos VS Elias & The Revival; Miz & Usos win.
  • Open Challenge: Rey Mysterio VS ???; Bobby Lashley wins.
  • No Way Jose VS Cesaro; Cesaro wins.
  • The Viking Raiders VS Colin & Devin Justin; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Ricochet VS Luke Gallows w/ The Club; Ricochet wins.
  • Ricochet VS Karl Anderson w/ The Club; Ricochet wins.
  • Beat the Clock Challenge: Bayley VS Sarah Logan; Bayley wins in 4:32.
  • Beat the Clock Challenge: Nikki Cross VS Dana Brooke; Cross wins with 1:50 to spare.
  • Roman Reigns & ??? VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre; Shane & McIntyre win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Mixed Tag Elimination: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch VS Andrade Almas & Zelina Vega!

Raw opens with the Raw Women’s Champion and her man, the Universal Champion! They prepare for Extreme Rules and the #WinnersTakeAll title match by going up against #TeamTranquilo! Will Rollins & Lynch roll into Philly with a win? Or will Almas and Vega secure themselves future title opportunities together?

The teams sort out and the ladies start. Vega and Becky circle and tie up. Becky waistlocks and throws Vega down, then drags her up for another. Becky grins as she brings Vega up again but Vega gets a ropebreak. She can’t hold on, Becky shoves to run Vega over. Fans are rallied up for Becky as she keeps Vega from Almas. Vega tries going under but gets caught and yanked back! Becky wrenches Vega but Vega throws hands. Becky counter punches and Vega goes to the apron. The ref counts but Becky drags Vega up. Vega kicks Becky away and then hits a DDT! Cover, ONE! Vega kicks Becky down then whips her to a corner. Becky reverses, but runs into buckles. Vega steps up to kick Becky in the chin!

Vega chokes Becky on the ropes but lets up at 4. She runs in to Tiger Feint into a choke! The ref counts and Vega lets Becky go. Vega kicks Becky down but Becky elbows and boots back. Becky snap suplexes Vega down, hot tag to Almas! Almas is in and Becky wants to fight, but Rollins steps up. Almas shoves Rollins so Rollins comes back. They tie up and go around on the ropes. Rollins wrenches Almas’ arm over and over to then yank on it. Almas uses the ropes to flip through and reverse the wrench onto Rollins. Rollins rolls and handsprings to arm-drag Amlas. Things speed up and Almas ducks to whip. Rollins reverses but Almas goes up and over. Almas arm-drags Rollins back, but then Rollins arm-drags again. Almas headlock takeovers but pops out of Rollins’ headscissor counter.

The two stand up and roles reverse, then they stand off. Fans cheer as each man catches their breath. Almas and Rollins tie up but Almas kicks low. Almas throws forearms then CHOPS Rollins! Rollins slips out of the back suplex but Almas kicks low. Almas runs but Rollins follows to Slingblade! Rollins keeps moving, he clotheslines Almas out, to then DIVE! Direct hit takes Almas to barriers but Rollins keeps going, tag to Becky before a second DIVE! Becky has Vega for the Becksploder! Mule kick and forearms! Becky has Vega again, Disarm-Her! Vega taps and is ELIMINATED! Becky did her part, now it’s up to Rollins to finish this off.

But wait, Sassy Southern Belle, Lacey Evans, has appeared ringside. Becky doesn’t need to be in the match anymore, so she fights with Lacey! Rollins pulls Becky away to save this for Sunday. Lacey trash talks while Becky still wants at her, but we go to break while things cool off.

Raw returns as Almas clobbers Rollins from behind! Almas stomps Rollins down then walks off his frustration. Almas puts Rollins in a corner for a CHOP! Vega is still ringside to cheer Almas on as he stomps Rollins in the stomach. Almas runs to dropkick Rollins in the back! Cover, TWO! Almas wraps on a chinlock but Rollins works his way up fast. Fans rally as Rollins fights back, but Almas scoops and slams Rollins down. Almas heads to a corner and climbs up top, but Rollins stop shim with right hands! Rollins climbs but Almas clubs back on him. Rollins falls but comes back fast, only for Almas to trip him up! Almas has Rollins in the Tree of Woe, for Woe Stomps! Cover, TWO! Rollins survives and Becky is relieved.

Almas drags Rollins back up as fans rally again. Almas suplexes for uno amigo. Then he continues through for dos amigos. But as Almas goes for tres, Rollins counters to a Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Almas and Rollins stand and Rollins throws hands and CHOPS! Rollins whips corner to corner but Almas reverses, only for Rollins to forearm him away. Rollins runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Almas away again, then springboards for a flying knee! Cover, TWO! Vega is growing frustrated but Rollins keeps his cool as he climbs. Almas shoves Rollins all the way down! Vega gets a spike-rana! Becky forearms Vega down! Becky rains down rights but Almas drags Becky off. Rollins throws Almas away and checks on Becky. She’s fine, but sees Almas coming! She gets Rollins clear but takes the shoulder herself!

Rollins clobbers Almas and fires off for what just happened! Rollins checks on Becky again but Almas clubs and throws Rollins into barriers! Almas drags Rollins into the ring and a corner, then runs corner to corner. CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Rollins lives and Almas can’t believe it! Almas clubs away in frustration then shoves Rollins all the way out. Vega again lines up a shot, but Rollins blocks the headscissors! Rollins holds her up, for Becky to dropkick down! But then Almas wrecks Rollins with a dropkick! Almas runs, into Rollins’ kick! CURB STOMP! Cover, #ManSquared wins!

Winners: Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch, Rollins pinning Almas

The champions stand tall, but now they’ll have to go to the extreme! Can they defeat the Lone Wolf and his Lady when the rules are thrown out the window?

But speaking of, Baron Corbin attacks Rollins from behind! Becky throws hands on Corbin but Lacey returns with a Woman’s Right! Corbin goes after Rollins more! Referees back them off, but will this sneak attack ensure Corbin and Lacey are the new champions? Worse yet, Paul Heyman is on Raw! Is the Beast here, too?!

 

Raw returns to Corbin and Lacey backstage.

The two have a good laugh over what they just did to Rollins and Becky. The “lovebirds” are down, because love makes you blind. Who knows what happens to them when Becky loses Seth’s title. Or when Seth loses Becky’s title. This might end their relationship. But this is why Lacey and Corbin are a true power couple: it’s not about love, it’s business. Love is just a liability. Like that song, Love Stinks.

 

Paul Heyman is in the ring!

The Advocate introduces himself then gets to business. The PPV this weekend is titled, “Extreme Rules.” Heyman knows something about getting extreme. The PPV is going to be in Philadelphia. Heyman knows a lot about being extreme in Philly. So this Sunday, at Extreme Rules in Philly, his client will cash-in on either the WWE World or Universal Champions. That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. He hasn’t failed to follow through on a spoiler even once. So if he wanted to ever put his reputation on the line, this might be the time he lies. So either he is telling the truth or is bluffing. Only he knows the answer. Well, him and the future reigning, defending, undisputed universal and/or world champion, Brock Lesnar. The stakes have been raised, will either champion survive this Sunday?

 

Raw announces a major Extreme Rules PPV match!

Despite last week’s insane and literally explosive ending to a Falls Count Anywhere match that hospitalized both Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley, they’re not finished with each other yet! The Monster Among Men and the Rocky Mountain Machine both swear to be there in Philly to settle this in a LAST MAN STANDING MATCH! Will there be anything left of either man when all is said and done?

 

Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre talk with a janitor?

The word is that this particular janitor is the Best Garbage Man in the World. Well Shane is The Best in the World, so Tony here should be Roman Reigns’ tag partner. Tony isn’t so sure about that, but Shane and McIntyre will check on him later. Because apparently, Shane actually gets to choose Roman’s partner! Just how badly can Shane stack the deck this time?

 

2 Out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag: The Miz & The Usos VS Elias & The Revival!

The Hollywood A-Lister joins forces with Jimmy & Jey to continue feuds with The Drifter and the #TopGuys! Will Miz help the Usos put Shane’s cronies on #LockDown? Or will Elias, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder manage to break out of this Most Must-See Penitentiary?

Raw returns as the Usos make their entrance. “Hey, Uce! Check it out!” They’re teaming with The Miz! Miz got rid of Shane, now he’s on a real team. The Revival will lose those titles on Sunday to give way to seven-time champs, Uce! And Elias better like singing the blues, because he’s gonna get locked down with they asses! Miz and the Usos hit the ring and the tension already runs high. Teams sort out and Dawson starts with Jimmy.

Jimmy and Dawson circle and tie up. Dawson waistlocks to headlocks to a takedown. Jimmy rolls to a cover, ONE and Dawson holds on. Jimmy gets up and powers out but Dawson runs him over. Things speed up and Jimmy hurdles to arm-drag Dawson down! Jimmy has an armlock but Dawson pulls hair. Dawson uses that to whip Jimmy and elbow him down! Tag to Elias but Jimmy throws uppercuts! Elias throws furious hands but the ref backs him off at 4. Elias kicks Jimmy down then whips, then lariats Jimmy down. He hits Miz for good measure, and the ref keeps Miz back. Elias goes back to Jimmy to throw more hands. Elias scoops and tosses Jimmy down! Tag to Dash and he goes at Jimmy in the corner with stomps.

Fans rally up for the Usos while Miz trash talks Eilas. Elias meets Miz around the corner and they brawl! Miz throws Elias into barriers! Meanwhile, Jimmy fights off the Revival with haymakers. Miz keeps throwing Elias around and throwing hands of his own. Elias runs into the ring but Miz chases him out the other side. Elias runs away to the stage but Jimmy runs into a Shatter Machine! The Revival take the first fall!

Elias & Revival – 1; Miz & Usos – 0

The Miz realizes he let himself get too riled up, and now his team is down. Will he and the Usos make a comeback after the break?

Raw returns as Jimmy crawls to a corner. The bell rings to start the second fall, and Dash runs in at Jimmy! Jimmy dodges and sends Dash into buckles! Jimmy crawls but Dash tags Dawson. The Revival club away on Jimmy, then bottom rope guillotine! By the way, Elias left because he doesn’t want to face Miz anymore. Dawson drops elbows, knees and a headbutt on Jimmy to then cover, ONE! Dawson stomps Jimmy to a corner but fans rally up. Jimmy CHOPS Dawson back! And again! Dawson drags Jimmy down and tags in Dash. Dash basement dropkicks Jimmy then covers, TWO! The Revival keep their cool as they tag again. Dawson drives in a shoulder for a rear bearhug.

Fans rally as Dawson shifts to put Jimmy in a seated abdominal stretch. Jimmy fights his way up but Dawson whips him away. Jimmy dodges to send Dawson over and up to the post! Dawson flops down but tags Dash. Dash hits Miz and swing on Jey. Jimmy back drops Dash and tags in Jey! Jey rallies for his brother on both Revival! Mule kick to pop-lock uppercut on Dash! Whip to a fireman’s carry but Dash lands out of it. Dash still falls for the Dragon Whip kick! Jey has the fans fired up with “UCE! O!” Jey runs in and hits the hip attack! Dash is down and Jey climbs up, big crossbody! But Dash rolls through, TWO! Jey back drops but Dash sunset flips, but Jey sits on it! TWO, and Jey dodges Dash. Dawson tags in before Dash takes the Samoan Drop.

Dawson walks into a mule kick and uppercut, but blocks the superkick to give a knee and haymaker! Suplex to Brain Buster! Cover, TWO! Dawson argues with the ref but two is two. Miz returns and fans rally as Dawson drags Jey up. Jey slips out of the suplex but Dawson has the foot. Jey still makes the tag! Enziguri to FINALE! Cover, Miz and Usos tie it up!

Elias & Revival – 1; Miz & Usos – 1

But Dash throws Miz out! Jey tags back in as Miz falls and this third fall begins without delay! Tag to Jimmy, and the Usos SUPERKICK Dash! They SUPERKICK Dawson! Dawson is down, Jey FLIES onto Dash! Uso Splash from Jimmy to Dawson! Cover, The Miz and Usos win!

Winners: The Miz & Usos, Jimmy Uso pinning

Jimmy and Jey are rolling towards Philly! Will they take those Raw Tag Team Championships for their own? Or can the Revival find a way to retain?

 

Raw catches up with Mr. & Mrs. Maverick.

Drake couldn’t help but celebrate being champion, no matter where he went with Renee Michelle. He was also all in for the Fourth of July, despite being British. Drake’s celebrating definitely got on Renee’s nerves, and couldn’t understand why he had to have the belt in every picture. What about a picture of the two of them? They took one by the Jaws attraction at Universal Studios, but the belt got in the way of Renee… The honeymoon enters its next phase: right here in Newark, New Jersey!

Renee Michelle watches guard backstage while Drake Maverick hides in a trunk. He’s clearly borrowing ideas from Truth. And she is annoyed again. Their honeymoon was in Orlando, where they live, and now she’s his bodyguard?! He knows this isn’t ideal, but they’re here together, right? Him, her, and the WWE 24/7 Championship. There’s a lot of room in the crate, if she wants to join him, wink wink. She’s not going for that.

Okay, after tonight, he’ll have shown the world how great a champion he is, then he’ll show her how great a husband he is with a real honeymoon. She agrees that then and only then will they consummate the marriage. Maverick is so excited to finally get it on with his wife! Uh oh, the horde has come! Maverick runs as dozens of Raw superstars come running. Will Maverick be able to keep up his part of the bargain?

 

Shane and Drew now talk to the Best Beer Server in the World.

This is a huge opportunity to be considered for Roman’s partner. Say thank you. “Thank you, Mr. McMahon.” NO, it’s Mr. Best in the World. “Thank you, Mr. Best in the World.” Who else will Shane consider to team with The Big Dog in their Extreme Rules appetizer?

 

Open Challenge: Rey Mysterio VS ???

The King of Lucha Libre is back at 100%! And he returns to Raw tonight to prove he’s still got it. “I’ma keep it short and simple. Because I stood in this ring six weeks ago,” and did the hardest thing ever: surrendered the WWE United States Championship. The doctors told him it’d be a long time before he could return, but he refused. Mysterio rehabbed harder and grew hungrier than he has in a long time. He beat the predictions, and now he’s back! Mysterio wants to compete against anyone willing and able, hence this open challenge! Who will it be?! Bobby Lashley!? The Rocky Mountain Machine makes his own miraculous return! Is Lashley going to make mince meat out of Mysterio before going after the Monster Among Men?

The minute Lashley gets in the ring, Mysterio attacks! Lashley shoves him away, the bell rings, and Mysterio kicks and punches away! Mysterio runs, ducks under Lashley and dropkicks a leg out. He runs again, but into a scoop! Lashley carries Mysterio, but Mysterio turns it into a DDT! Mysterio dropkicks Lashley onto the ropes, then dials it up! 619 hits! Lashley staggers and Mysterio climbs, but he leaps into an elevated complete shot! Lashley glares as he builds up speed to SPEAR Mysterio down! Cover, Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley, by pinfall

Lashley looks at almost 100%! And then he throws Mysterio out of the ring! Lashley shows no mercy as he drags Mysterio up by his mask! He drags Mysterio up the ramp and to the stage. Lashley stares at the same spot he and Strowman crashed through last week, and hoists Mysterio up. Th ref reprimands Lashley but Lashley drops Mysterio. But then he hauls him back up, to throw him onto the referees! And he’s not done, as he grabs a mic. “Braun Strowman, last week I was the first- No, the only man standing! And you better believe I will be the last man standing!” Will this superhuman super villain dominate Strowman unlike anyone ever before?

 

Raw returns to a backstage interview with The Club.

Charly Caruso specifically asks AJ Styles about beating down Ricochet after their match last week. Styles doesn’t owe anyone an explanation. “Get out my face.” Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows also refuse to comment. They go into their team locker room. Will Gallows’ actions speak for him when he takes on the One and Only later?

 

No Way Jose VS Cesaro!

This match was meant to happen last week, but considering the then WWE 24/7 Champion, R-Truth, was a part of the conga line, things got a bit crazy. And in that chaos, the Swiss Cyborg attacked the Fighting Fiesta and brutalized him just outside the ring! Will Jose get revenge for that here tonight? Or will it just be more of the same from Cesaro?

The conga line runs scared from Cearo, for good reason. Jose leaps out at Cesaro and throws hands! Jose bumps Cesaro of steps then into barriers! He puts Cesaro back in but the ref keeps him back. Cesaro catches his breath and the bell rings, but he runs into a back drop! Jose throws big hands on Cesaro, then whips to ropes. Cesaro ducks and throws a BIG European Uppercut! Then he boots Jose into a corner for more! Cesaro throws EuroUppers from all sides, then gut wrench suplexes Jose down! Cesaro dusts off his hands while Jose crawls to ropes. The Swiss Cyborg takes Jose for a swing! Then into the Sharpshooter! Jose endures but can’t escape, he taps out! Cesaro wins!

Winner: Cesaro, by submission

Cesaro lets go when he’s satisfied, and shouts out The Bar with his sideways thumb. Will Cesaro continue to raise the bar on the Raw roster?

 

The Street Profits are back on Raw!

They’re backstage, beatboxing, until they notice the cameras. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today for a very special reminder.” Don’t cross Cesaro or you’ll end up upside down. Plug the Network! Right, this Sunday, streaming live, it’s Extreme Rules! The Scottish Psychopath and the BEST, in the WOOOORLD, SHANE MCMAAAHON join forces to take on The Big Dog, Roman Reigns, and… The Undertaker!! Who you got winning? Taker been digging holes. But he and Roman gonna take souls. #HolesandSouls. But wait, Roman has to make it to Sunday. Shane is picking Roman’s partner. And if Taker shows up, he’s done. But Shane could pick anyone? Anyone. Like Kawhi? Yeah, anyone. But that’s all the time they have. The Profits cue the transition.

 

Mike tries to make things up to Maria.

He is very very sorry about last week, he hasn’t been himself, but he is so excited to have another baby. Mike loves her, and Maria loves him. They go back and forth with their cutesy “I love you more,” but then Maria says, “Ice cream.” What? Maria demands ice cream. And pickles. Okay, non-fat ice cream. Is he saying she’s fat? No, he’s saying there won’t be fat on the ice cream! He hurries away, while Maria scowls and wonders what kind of man taps out to a woman. Is there still really love between these two?

 

Raw holds titantron interviews with Bayley and Nikki Cross.

Both women will be in a Beat the Clock Challenge, and the winner of the challenge determines the stipulation for the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at Extreme Rules PPV between Bayley and Alexa Bliss. This interview right now is to ask Nikki’s feelings of winning for Alexa gain. The pressure is definitely on. Nikki owes so much to Alexa, and isn’t sure where she’d be without her. Seriously? Bayley can’t believe Nikki doesn’t see how Alexa is using Nikki! Alexa does that! This is what Alexa does! Nikki is the only reason Alexa has the title match, and will be the only reason Alexa can get an advantage at Extreme Rules. Nikki explodes over Bayley running Alexa down. Alexa was right about Bayley being jealous! This only motivates Nikki to shut Bayley up!

Micahel Cole keeps the peace as he explains the challenge rules. The fastest match is the winner. Bayley will face Sarah Logan while Nikki Cross takes on Dana Brooke. Bayley remembers the Riott Squad. Sarah loves being chaotic, but Bayley isn’t afraid of chaos. Sarah better bring her best because the SmackDown Women’s Champion vows to pick her stipulation. As for Nikki, she won’t lie that Dana is stronger but she’s not tougher. Nikki needs this for Alexa’s sake! Which woman beats the clock? #LetsPlay!

 

Raw returns to R-Truth and Carmella searching.

They’re clearly looking for Drake Maverick and the WWE 24/7 Championship. He’s not in a trunk, nor under it. He’s not in the trash, around it, or under desks. But wait. Maybe he’s in a drawer! No, he can’t fit in that. You never know! Truth just wants his baby back. Maverick better not be showing her no scary movies. The title needs Truth. Truth is always on the go. The hands on the clock be moving too slow. Truth wants to be alone with his baby tonight. Wait there he goes! And the rest of the Raw roster. Hurry! Fabulous Truth, GO! Wait that’s the wrong direction, Truth!

 

The Viking Raiders VS Colin & Devin Justin!

The war returns to Raw! Erik and Ivar are still climbing the ranks of the tag team division, will this newest raid help them reach title contention?

The bell rings and Erik starts with Colin. He throws Colin down then German Suplexes him away! Devin tags in and runs, but into a scoop and backbreaker! Then Erik rag dolls Devin into a gutbuster! Tag to Ivar, gut wrench bomb to Ivar’s giant splash! Cover, but Ivar drags Devin up! Erik and Ivar grin, wanting to have some fun with the Justin brothers. Erik throws Colin in and then tags. The Vikings take a brother each, Erik gives them a powerslam powerbomb combo! Then Dustin is fed to THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, the Viking Raiders win!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, Erik pinning

The raid is successful again, but here comes that WWE 24/7 title chase! The other superstars rush the ring only to be thrown out by the Vikings! Hawkins runs into Ivar’s seated senton! Truth wants at Maverick but he encounters the Vikings first. The other superstars go around the ring, and Truth bails out. Truth and Carmella head out again, will they head Maverick off at the pass?

 

Raw returns to a backstage interview with Roman Reigns.

Clearly, Shane McMahon wants to play around, and is going to stick Roman with a partner of his choosing. Who does Roman think Shane chooses? Roman doesn’t know. Roman doesn’t care. But he knows that the master of mind games is on his side at Extreme Rules.

 

Ricochet VS Luke Gallows w/ The Club!

The Phenomenal One lit a fire under the Good Brothers, and they lit one under him. AJ Styles didn’t beat the One and Only when the title was on the line, but then he and the Good Brothers #BeatUpRicochet! There will be another go for the gold at Extreme Rules, can ol’ Doc Gallows soften Ricochet up for Styles? Or will Ricochet be ready to be better than phenomenal?

Ricochet makes his entrance and speaks on what happened as of late. It seems that when Styles congratulated him on beating Samoa Joe and then challenged him to a match, Ricochet was ready to prove himself. Ricochet did prove himself. But then the celebration was ruined by a beating. The title is on the line Sunday, but we know what happens tonight. Gallows has Anderson and Styles, so Ricochet figures he’ll fight all three. The Club make their entrance together, and Styles grabs a mic for himself. “Hey, Ricochet! Thanks for reminding us who you are.” But Styles gives him some advice: the WWE moves pretty quickly, so slow down and appreciate the moment. Ricochet might as well, because Gallows is going to stomp a mudhole in him,.

As speaking of appreciating moments, let’s appreciate last week’s moment! Footage replays to review how close Styles came to winning, and how Ricochet managed to survive. And most importantly, it rubs in what the Club did to Ricochet after the match. The bell rings and Gallows circles with Ricochet. Ricochet ducks the punch to throw hands of his own. He backs Gallows down then whips but Gallows reverses. Gallows runs into a boot, and Ricochet leaps into a CHOKE SLAM! The Club cheers Gallows on and Gallows grins as he covers. TWO, but Gallows keeps on Ricochet with hands in the corner. Gallows lets up at the ref’s count, then brings Ricochet out. Ricochet throws hands back, but he runs into a BOOT!

The Club gloats and trash talks as Gallows drives elbows into Ricochet’s shoulders. Gallows wraps on a chinlock and Ricochet endures. Fans rally up for Ricochet and he works his way up. Ricochet fights back but Gallows clubs him down. Gallows drags Ricochet up by his beard to headbutt him back down. The Club taunts Ricochet more as Gallows stands Ricochet up. Gallows stomps and uppercuts Ricochet, then whips him corner to corner again. Ricochet puts a boot up and enziguris Gallows away, only to run into a LARIAT! Styles is hyped to watch his pal beat down Ricochet. They all throw up Too Sweets but fans boo and jeer. Gallows scoops Ricochet but Ricochet sunset flips, to win!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

The King of Flight didn’t even need to fly, he just snags one from the egotistical Gallows! But Styles won’t let it end here. As Ricochet said, he’ll fight the three of them! Which means next up, it’s the Machine Gun, Karl Anderson! Unless Ricochet isn’t man enough! Ricochet accepts, and that match is after the break!

 

Ricochet VS Karl Anderson w/ The Club!

Raw returns and this match begins! Styles distracts Ricochet so that Anderson can attack! Anderson throws Ricochet around then whips, but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet elbows Anderson away but Anderson whips him again. Ricochet boots Anderson then hops out to springboard in, flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps on Anderson but Styles distracts again! Anderson throws Ricochet into buckles, face first! Styles laughs at Ricochet while Anderson stomps him out. Anderson whips Ricochet again to run him over hard with an elbow! Cover, TWO! Anderson smothers Ricochet with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Ricochet fights his way up but Anderson wrangles him down hard.

Ricochet endures as Anderson cranks the chinlock. Fans rally and Ricochet powers up again. Ricochet fights out and throws hands, then whips. Anderson reverses but Ricochet rolls off his back to run again, for a tilt-o-whirl headscissor! Ricochet throws hands on Anderson more, then mule kicks to a big haymaker! He runs but into Anderson’s SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson keeps his cool as he drags Ricochet up by his nose! Anderson throws EuroUppers and pulls on Ricochet’s ears as he trash talks. He throws another uppercut, then runs, into the dropkick-flip and enziguri! Styles swipes at Ricochet, Anderson blasts Ricochet with an uppercut!

Anderson whips again but Ricochet dodges to FLY! Ricochet gets Gallows as Styles gets clear. Ricochet shoulders at Anderson then moonsaults onto Styles! He gets back in and dodges Anderson! Anderson hits the post, and Ricochet runs corner to corner for a big dropkick! Anderson is down and Ricochet climbs up! Ricochet aims, 630 senton! Cover, Ricochet wins again!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

But Styles and Gallows attack! The Club won’t let Ricochet have any momentum going into Extreme Rules as they beat him down again! Styles drags Ricochet up for a BRAIN BUSTER! Then he has the Club drag Ricochet up again, for MAGIC KILLER! But that’s still not enough. Styles to recreate last week, and the Club hoist Ricochet up for him on the second rope. But then Styles drops Ricochet to talk instead. “Hey, I’m a good guy.” He’ll leave enough of Ricochet left so that he can make it to Extreme Rules to lose the title. So stay down.

The Club starts to leave, but Ricochet doesn’t stay down. So they go back and grab Ricochet. Anderson and Gallows hold Ricochet still for the Phenomenal Forearm! The Club throw up Too Sweets, but will Styles be holding up the United States Championship?

 

Raw takes a look at the Evolve Wrestling 10th Anniversary!

The place where so many current WWE and NXT superstars came from celebrates a full decade of action! That special event is on the WWE Network this Saturday, featuring great matches of Evolve’s past, present and future!

 

Maverick finally finds his way back to Renee Michelle.

He’s so sorry,b ut he did it! They can go now! Maverick survived the night! But wait, how did Truth and a ref get in the trunk Renee was sitting on? “Hornswoggle! That’s my baby!” Carmella pops out of the other and says, “Get him!” Truth carries the referee while Carmella follows after. The chase continues right past Bayley. Will Maverick really survive the night as champion?

 

Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre find Roman’s partner.

They talk with the janitor with a limp as he goes into the restroom. Is this going to be the match-up we see later tonight?

Raw returns as Shane offers the janitor $5000. Gary the janitor would love that. They explain it’s to be in the match with Roman, all Gary has to do is stand on the corner. Maybe put a mask on him so no one knows who he is. The deal is struck, but will Gary really have to do nothing for the five grand?

 

Beat the Clock Challenge: Bayley VS Sarah Logan!

The champion goes first in this wrestling time trial, and against the returning Kentucky Valkyrie! Can Bayley make quick work of Sarah to put the pressure on the Loony Lass?

The bell rings and the clock starts ticking! Bayley and Sarah tie up and Bayley waistlocks to a takedown. She tries a cover, ONE, but she stays on Sarah with fast hands. Sarah shoves Bayley off and then lifts Bayley up. Bayley slips out to a sunset flip, ONE! Sarah waistlocks and shoves but Bayley goes up and crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Bayley keeps her cool but knows she has to hurry. She shoves Sarah to give a knee int he corner. The clock distracts her a little and Sarah puts her on the apron. Bayley slips in but into a flapjack headbutt! Sarah then baseball slides Bayley right off the apron! Sarah howls as she lets the ring count climb. Bayley is up at 6 but Sarah is on her with a cover, TWO!

Sarah throws forearms then whips, but Bayley reverses only for Sarah to reverse and shotgun knee back! Cover, TWO! The clock passes two minutes while fans rally up for Bayley. Sarah kicks Bayley but Bayley hits back. Sarah whips but Bayley goes up and tackles Sarah! Bayley rains down rights then covers, ONE! Sarah dropkicks Bayley quick! Cover, TWO! Sarah keeps her cool as she drags Bayley around. She grabs the legs for the inverted cloverleaf! Bayley endures being dragged around, but she fights her way to the ropebreak! Sarah lets go at 4 and then grinds her kenes in. Sarah lets up at 4 again and drags Bayley into a a surfboard, to stomp Bayley down!

The clock climbs as Sarah goes to dropkick Bayley again. Bayley dodges to clobber Sarah on the apron. Bayley hurries in fast to LARIAT! She dodges Sarah’s clothesline but not the second! Cover, ONE! Bayley rolls Sarah, TWO! Bayley knees Sarah again then runs in, for a sunset flip buckle bomb! She drags Sarah to a cover, Bayley wins!

Winner: Bayley, by pinfall, in 4 minutes, 32 seconds

The champion sets the bar, but now it’s time for the Goddess’ proxy to play! Can Nikki Cross cross off Dana Brooke faster than that? Or is that just not enough time?

 

Beat the Clock Challenge: Nikki Cross VS Dana Brooke!

Raw returns and all Dana has to do is play defense! Can she run the clock down to help Bayley win the challenge? Or will a devoted and determined Nikki Cross be too much for her?

The bell rings and the clock counts down. Dana bails out to troll Nikki and flex, but then comes back to refresh the count. Nikki loses her cool as Bayley high-fives with Dana. Nikki runs and chases Dana back into the ring, then headbutts Dana down! She drags Dana to whip but Dana reverses to throw Nikki out. Nikki glares at Bayley before going back to shoulder Dana. Nikki slingshot dropkicks then covers, ONE! Dana gets Nikki in a cover, TWO! Nikki decks Dana then drags her around for a rain of right hands! She drags Dana up to throw her into buckles then stomp away. Nikki hoists Dana up top, but Dana hops off to throw Nikki down! Dana climbs up top and leaps, only to FLOP!

Nikki covers but Dana tricks her, TWO! Dana fireman’s carries but Nikki slips out to backslide! Dana rolls through and rolls Nikki up, TWO! Nikki kicks low then hits the PURGE! Cover, Nikki wins!!

Winner: Nikki Cross, by pinfall, with 1 minute 50 seconds to spare

Nikki wins and Alexa gets to choose the stipulation! Bayley gives it up to Nikki, she won fair and square. What will Alexa choose? Nikki takes a mic to speak now! “Bayley, come here. Because I’ve got something that I want to say to you. And I want to say it to your face!” Bayley does enter the ring to hear Nikki out. Nikki says that for the last few weeks, Bayley’s been trying to say Alexa isn’t Nikki’s friend. But Nikki thinks the real problem is Bayley doesn’t know what real friendship is. But that’s okay! Because Nikki will show Bayley what friendship means at Extreme Rules, when Alexa lets Nikki make the title match a HANDICAP MATCH! Oh so that Nikki can literally win the title for Alexa…

“And here’s some free advice for you.” Bayley can find herself a friend, someone as loyal and honest as Alexa. Someone to really slap some sense into Bayley! Bayley SLAPS Nikki! Nikki is furious, but she runs into a Bayley2Belly! Bayley doesn’t end there, she drags Nikki to a corner and climbs up. MACHO ELBOW! The SmackDown Women’s Champion sends a message back to Alexa via Nikki, but can she survive when The Goddess has her “friend” there to fight with her?

 

Raw returns as Mike returns with the ice cream and pickles.

But now Maria is furious. She can’t be eating ice cream, she’d get fat! She wants to know if Mike would still want to impregnate her if she wasn’t pregnant. Of course! He would do that right now! Well he will never impregnate her again. And she’s not even sure if he did it this time. GASP! Does that mean what he thinks he means? She just screams at him and throws the flowers. Is Mike not the baby daddy this time!?

 

Corey Graves has an exclusive interview with Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch.

The Universal and Raw Women’s Champions are still seething over the attack from Corbin and Lacey. How is their relationship going to affect this coming match and vice-versa? How would it feel if Becky cost Seth his title? Or how it would feel if Seth costs Becky her title? This must be rough to mix work and personal life. Well isn’t this nice? Corey sits behind the desk being all emo but now he’s trying to be a proper journalist? Becky makes one thing clear: she backs up her words, Rollins backs up his. The only difference is that Extreme Rules won’t have rules> And when #ManSquare is done with Corbin and Lacey, they’re done with Corbin and Lacey! And then Rollins and Becky will roll on as champs. “What she said.”

 

The Street Profits return again.

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins finish watching replays from SmackDown, when Kofi Kingston not only refused Samoa Joe’s “truce” handshake, but gave a middle finger back, then decked Joe with Trouble in Paradise. “Daaaaaaayum.” Kofi got up in Joe’s grill like the Fourth of July cookout. IF YA SMELLLLL~ No! No impersonating The Rock. Fine… But LIVE at Extreme Rules, Kofi VS Joe, who wins? Kofi’s their guy. But even they don’t want to mess with Joe. Then what about #WinnersTakeAll Mixed Tag? Rollins & Lynch VS Corbin & Lacey? Duh, Baron Corbin. … GOTTEE! Oh man, dang! You can’t do that, you’ll get booed. Well even Mama Corbin is against him. Besides, two words: Becky Lynch! The Man and Her Man want the smoke. #WeWanttheSmoke!

 

Roman Reigns & ??? VS Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre!

The deal was struck to make things that much harder on Roman Reigns this close to Extreme Rules and the No Holds Barred tag match. Roman makes his entrance first, then Shane and McIntyre are next. They have mics to first make Mike Rome give a proper introduction for “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOooorld, SHANE, McMAAAHON!” Shane knows Roman knows he’s the best, because he won at Super Showdown 1, 2, 3. And then they’ll do this again as an example for their match with Taker and Roman. McIntyre adds that unlike “all these idiots” in Newark, McIntyre has always been able to look through Roman. Roman plays the nice guy, but he has no respect for anyone. Not Shane, not authority, only himself.

But McIntyre makes a promise: tonight, like Sunday, McIntyre will beat respect into Roman. But for now, the fans will shut up and listen to what Shane has to say. Without further ado, Roman’s partner has been found! Shane introduces us to, “the Fifth Grade Spelling Bee Champion, the Three Time Prudential Employee of the Month,” Gary “The Goat” Garbett! Gary wears a lucha mask as he limps out and holds his stomach. Does he have a nervous stomach from walking out here? This “tag” match starts after one last break.

Raw returns and McIntyre starts with Roman. Roman throws clotheslines and whips, but McIntyre reverses only to get the leaping lariat! Roman runs Shane off but walks into McIntyre’s boots. McIntyre runs but into Samoan Drop! Roman locks ‘n’ loads already, but McIntyre kicks the Superman Punch away. Roman still uppercuts, but gets a Glasgow Kiss. But as Roman stumbles back, he tags in Gary!? McIntyre throws Roman into the post, and now Gary has to come in. McIntyre throws Gary in and Shane wants a tag! He gets his tag, and then shuffles around. Fans rally for Gary as Gary goes to the apron. Shane drags Gary up but Gary swing kicks Shane back! And springboards to clothesline Shane down!?

McIntyre runs in but Gary dodges and handsprings for a… Neuralizer?! Gary fires off on Shane, and swings a big back elbow! Gary runs to FLY and take McIntyre out! And he hurries back to the ring, to springboard for a crossbody! Shane is down but McIntyre gives Gary a CLAYMORE! Shane covers, Shane and McIntyre win!

Winners: Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre, Shane pinning

The Best in the World is furious, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre down! Shane runs away and brings McIntyre with him. They’ll wait for Extreme Rules and No Holds Barred. The mask is pulled off, and it wasn’t Gary the janitor, it was Cedric Alexander! Will Alexander pay for tricking Shane? Will Shane and McIntyre pay for thinking they could humiliate Roman when Roman has the Phenom on his side?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Well it seems not even Paul Heyman can completely reverse Go-Home Syndrome. Vince McMahon must have still had a lot to say about what went on this episode, basically tying Heyman’s hands creatively speaking. There was still good stuff, but this was not at all like what we got last week. I do like that Heyman got to at least give us a “This is a spoiler. Or is it?!” promo to keep everyone guessing. Opening with the Mixed Tag was a surprise, I thought it was going to be the main event, but they organized the order of things nicely. The action was good, too, though obviously the only reason for the small brawl of Becky and Lacey was to give us that break. This “no wrestling during commercials” decree is still hurting things.

However, the matches are still good. The 2 Out of 3 Falls Six Man Tag is definitely something rare for WWE, and it was obviously so they could get one fall in before a commercial break. Elias, The Revival, The Usos and The Miz all did great. But again, the only problem is that the way WWE does 2 Out of 3 Falls is that either the first or second fall is really short just so we can get to the third fall sooner. Miz and Usos win so Miz can stay strong while we wait for a proper conclusion with Shane, and so the Usos can go in strong against Revival for the tag titles. This match didn’t necessarily hurt The Revival since Elias abandoned them, but I can’t say they retain, either. Both teams are great, so their tag match could go either way.

I knew Strowman and Lashley were going to be booked with superhuman resilience by having a match at Extreme Rules, but I didn’t think Lashley would be back to action here, and just to beat down the returning Mysterio. This seems more Vince’s choice than Heyman’s because he wants Lashley and Strowman to reach a new superhuman level just because. I’m thinking Strowman wins since he’s been winning against Lashley this whole time, and because Lashley stood tall against Mysterio. As for Mysterio, it’s not clear where he’s going now that he’s back from injury. He might circle back to the US Championship even though he’s already checked off his WWE Grand Slam.

The building story of Ricochet and The Club is going well, actually. Oddly, Styles firing The Club up hasn’t stopped them from losing. Gallows and Anderson were both fodder for Ricochet to build up only for The Club to all beat him down. The US Championship match could go either way, which is actually a good thing. Cesaro obviously puts No Way Jose away fast, and Jose’s not so clean move through the ropes didn’t help anything. Cesaro might circle back to Ricochet which makes me think Ricochet retains. The Kanellis story keeps going, and builds to where many assumed it would go: Who is Maria’s baby daddy? This better not be another Anonymous Raw GM type disappointment, but knowing Vince, that’s still a big possibility.

The great story of the night was the 24/7 Championship. So many great little gags, and despite her character being so against Maverick’s obsession, clearly Renee Michelle is all in on this. There has to be something where she either costs Maverick the title or somehow takes the title for her own, same as fans have wanted to see from Carmella. The SmackDown Women’s Championship story is still doing alright, and at least going down a logical path. For one, it was good to see Sarah Logan back on Raw, but she’ll need a new theme to separate herself from the Riott Squad. Then, Nikki Cross not only won the challenge for Alexa tonight, she could literally win the title for Alexa in their Handicap Match. And with Bayley standing tall tonight, Alexa and Nikki might actually do just that.

As for the sampler of Shane & McIntyre VS Roman and a random partner, this didn’t seem that necessary. It was just more excuses for Shane to have TV time during each other, looking at different non-wrestler partners for Roman to be put with. But as expected, the final choice wasn’t the real partner at all. This was a great opportunity for Alexander to actually be in a match since coming to Raw, but it wasn’t going to be enough because he’s still not at a McIntyre level. Shane and McIntyre win but Roman stands tall, so the math is muddy enough that Taker really will have to be the deciding factor. And I’m pretty sure that means Roman and Taker win. And the hopefully when it comes to Roman and Shane, they’re done and Roman can focus on SmackDown stuff.

My Score: 7.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Windy City Riot Results & Report! (4/12/24)

Will the winds of change blow?

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NJPW starts a riot!

As NJPW lands in Chicago, the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Testuya Naito, defends the title against Jon Moxley! Is The Maniac going to become the face of NJPW?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Strong Survivor: Matt Vandagriff VS Zane Jay; Vandagriff wins.
  • Kickoff Show – Mina Shirakawa & Viva Van VS Alex Windsor & Trish Adora; Windsor & Adora win.
  • Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita; Narita wins.
  • NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM; Vaquer wins and retains the title.
  • NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff; TMDK wins and become the new NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions.
  • Shota Umino VS Jack Perry; Shota wins.
  • Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi; Ali wins.
  • Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd; Team Kidd wins.
  • NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr; ZSJ wins and becomes the new NJPW World Television Champion.
  • Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii; Nemeth wins.
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley; Moxley wins and becomes the new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

Finally, months after the betrayal, The King of Pancrase gets his chance at teaching #SouledOut Narita a lesson! Will Meanest Man in the World show no mercy? Or will the House of Torture find a way to stack the deck even now?

The Windy City knows “KAZE NI NARE~!” and then Suzuki CLOBBERS Narita! The bell rings, Narita bails out and the fans fire up as Suzuki goes after him! Suzuki stomps Narita, whips him into railing, then storms up to stomp Narita down! The fans fire up for “SU-ZU-KI!” as he whips Narita hard into more railing! Suzuki stomps Narita more, then CHOKES Narita with camera cables! The fans fire up, the ref reprimands, but Suzuki lets go. The fans cheer the “MURDER GRAMPA!” as he gets a chair! Suzuki then stomps Narita, drags him up and puts his arm through railing! The ref reprimands as Suzuki pulls on the arm!

Suzuki lets off, the fans fire up more, and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki brings Narita along, SMACKS him off the apron, and the ref finally starts a ring count. Suzuki kicks away on Narita then shoves him into the ring. The fans cheer and Suzuki drags Narita up. Suzuki whips but Narita flops and flounders out of the ring. The fans boo but Suzuki is amused. Suzuki taunts Narita, but Narita trips Suzuki and whips him into railing! The fans boo as Narita goes into the ring, builds speed, and as Suzuki gets on the apron, Narita BOOTS him back down! Narita stomps Suzuki against railing while the ring count starts.

Narita fires forearms, Suzuki eggs him on, so Narita claws the eyes! Suzuki gets in the ring, Narita storms in to stomp away at the ropes! The fans boo as Narita kicks Suzuki back out, then whips him hard into railing! Suzuki sputters, Narita brings Suzuki around to whip into more railing! Suzuki grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH Narita! The fans fire up but Narita kicks Suzuki, only to slip in the water! Narita puts Suzuki in the ring, stands on him for a cocky cover, TWO! The fans boo but Narita soaks up the heat. Suzuki rises, Narita fires a forearm then runs to BOOT! Suzuki staggers, Narita whips, but Suzuki reverses!

Suzuki runs in to BOOT Narita at the corner! The fans fire up as Suzuki fires forearm after forearm! The fans count and Suzuki goes past ten, and even tells the ref to back off! Narita sits down in the corner but Suzuki fires off more forearms! Suzuki tops it off at TWENTY! The fans fire up, Suzuki drags Narita to his feet, then snapmares Narita to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO! Suzuki keeps on Narita with a SLEEPER! Narita fights up, slips around, and has a SLEEPER! Suzuki switches to put the SLEEPER back on Narita! The fans fire up as Narita flails, but Suzuki drops back into body scissors! Narita is caught and the fans fire up!

Narita flails, reaches out, but Suzuki rolls him away from ropes! Narita is fading, the ref checks. The arm drops once! The arm drops twice! Narita comes back at the third and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts as Suzuki thrashes around! The ref pries at the hold, but Suzuki holds on! The ref counts again, Suzuki lets go at 4, and Suzuki gets in the ref’s face! Narita breathes again, rises up, and then runs up to KNEE STOMP! The fans boo as Narita goes to get a chair! The ref stops Narita, but Narita wedges the chair into the corner. But Suzuki kicks Narita first! Suzuki whips, follows, then shoots around to the SLEEPER!

Narita wrenches out! Narita whips, Suzuki stops himself, and then Suzuki BOOTS Narita down! The fans fire up as now Suzuki has the chair! The ref says no, the fans boo, and Narita has his push-up bar! Suzuki shoves the ref aside, PUSH-UP BAR SHOT!! Then the DOUBLE CROSSER! Cover, Narita wins!

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

The fans boo because of course the Souled Out son of a gun had to cheat to win, but it’s surprising that he did it all on his own! Suzuki is pissed, he runs back up but the Young Lions keep him away! So the Young Lions are sent into railing for it! Will anyone ever humble Narita’s inflated ego?

 

NJPW Strong Women’s Championship: Stephanie Vaquer VS AZM!

Having dethroned Giulia in the background of Stardom’s Cinderella Tournament, La Primera feels unstoppable! But will she be able to keep up with the Highspeed Superstar? Or will Stephanie show she’s a real speed demon herself?

The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly a Strong Star!

The bell rings and the fans rally up already as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, but then Vaquer uses her height for leverage. AZM digs her heels in to push back, and the fans rally up more. Vaquer gets around to waistlock, sit-down, roll and JAPANESE BRIDGE! TWO, and the fans cheer as the two reset. AZM runs up to kick low, whip, but Vaquer reverses. Vaquer hurdles but AZM comes right back to shove, follow and run up again. Vaquer pops AZM up but AZM slips free to then duck ‘n’ dodge and trip Vaquer up! Then PENALTY KICK! SLIDING KICK! Kip up! The fans fire up with AZM and she gets them even hotter!

AZM gets Vaquer up but Vaquer JAWBREAKERS! AZM blocks a kick, gives a kick, then runs to sunset flip! Vaquer stays up, scuffs AZM and then runs to drop the leg, brother! The fans fire up and Vaquer clamps on a chinlock. Vaquer squeezes tight but AZM endures. The fans rally, AZM fights around, reaches out, but Vaquer drags her by her hair! The fans boo but Vaquer wraps on a headscissors, and she turns AZM over to RAM her into the mat again and again and again! The fans cheer as Vaquer lets off to cover, TWO! AZM stays in this but Vaquer stays calm. Vaquer looms over AZM, then springboard KNEE DROPS!

Vaquer digs her heel into AZM’s head, but the ref counts. Vaquer lets off, drags AZM up and the fans rally up. Vaquer bumps AZM off buckles, sits her down, then goes up to stand on AZM’s face! The ref counts, Vaquer steps off, and she drags AZM up. AZM fires a forearm but then falls over. Vaquer stands AZM up to HEADBUTT her down! AZM drags herself up to fire another forearm! Vaquer HEADBUTTS again! AZM forearms again and again and again! The fans fire up, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS again and again and again! Vaquer runs, AZM gets around and spins her, snap suplex! The fans fire up while both women are down!

AZM stands, whips Vaquer to a corner, but Vaquer stops herself to CLUB AZM! Vaquer whips, runs up, but into a BOOT! AZM fires up, but Vaquer puts AZM’s leg in the ropes! Vaquer has the other leg, to DRAPING DRAGON SCREW! AZM writhes, flops out of the ring, but Vaquer goes to the apron. Vaquer watches like a hawk, but AZM avoids the kick! AZM trips Vaquer to ROUNDHOUSE Vaquer down! Vaquer slumps to the floor, AZM goes up and up and SUPER DIVING STOMPS!! The fans are thunderous as AZM stands tall! AZM drags Vaquer up, puts her in, and then goes back up the corner!

AZM aims and the fans fire up for the MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Vaquer reaches out, so AZM traps that arm and pulls the other arm! Vaquer endures as AZM has a mounted armlock! Then AZM YANKS the arm into an ARMBAR! Vaquer clasps hands to fight the hold, then kicks around, ROPEBREAK! AZM lets go and fans rally as she brings Vaquer around. AZM KICKS Vaquer in the side, then drags her into a drop zone! AZM steps on Vaquer before she climbs back up. The fans fire up for the DIVING- NO, Vaquer avoids the stomps to DROPKICK!

But AZM’s right back up! She ROUNDHOUSES Vaquer, then runs, but Vaquer reels her in, BIG back suplex! Both women are down again and the fans are thunderous! The two women slowly sit up and the fans rally again. AZM fires a forearm first, but Vaquer HEADBUTTS! AZM fires another forearm, so Vaquer HEADBUTTS! Forearm, HEADBUTT, then AZM fires a flurry! Vaquer SLAPS AZM! The fans fire up as Vaquer then blocks a slap into an ARMBAR! AZM stacks it, TWO! CROSSFACE!! Vaquer pulls way back on AZM, AZM is fading, reaches out, but Vaquer rolls her from ropes!

AZM kicks around still, ROPEBREAK behind Vaquer’s back! The fans fire up as Vaquer lets go in frustration. Vaquer drags AZM up, ducks the haymaker, then spins her to snap suplex! Cover, TWO! AZM is still in this and the fans fire up! Vaquer goes to a corner, climbs up, but AZM rises! AZM ROCKS Vaquer, but then Vaquer HEADBUTTS back! AZM ROUNDHOUSES back, goes up after Vaquer, and the fans fire up for the SUPERPLEX! AZM positions Vaquer just right, hurries back up top, and DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Vaquer survives and neither Chicago nor AZM can believe it!

AZM drags Vaquer up, “This is Awesome!” as she reels Vaquer in. Vaquer wrenches out, EAT DA FEET! Vaquer runs, AZM follows and tilt-o-whirls, LA MYSTICA! Then the step over, AZM SUSHI ROLL! TWO!! Vaquer escapes the cradle, and AZM hurries to a corner. AZM runs in, but is sent into buckles! HEADBUTT HEADBUTT HEADBUTT!! Vaquer sits AZM down, runs corner to corner, METEORA! Vaquer drags AZM up and tucks her in, but AZM pops free! AZM ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a SUPERKICK! Vaquer runs, but AZM follows again! Tilt-o-whirl but no Mystica! PACKAGE BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Vaquer wins!

Winner: Stephanie Vaquer, by pinfall (still NJPW Strong Women’s Champion)

AZM’s speed was there, but so was Vaquer’s strength! Vaquer keeps her THREE belts, from NJPW Strong to CMLL, but will she be able to hold onto all of them through the Summer?

Well hold on, speaking of, here comes Alex Windsor! She gets a mic to say, “Now I understand that you maybe don’t know who I am, so allow me to formally introduce myself. I am at the top of the UK Women’s Scene. I have conquered Europe, I have overcome Japan. Every single country, every single company I have been to, I have made my presence known. And trust me when I say, it doesn’t stop here. So uh, if you’re up for it, May 11th, Resurgence, you put your NJPW Strong Women’s Championship on the line against Alex Windsor!” The fans are torn on this, but Alex bloody dares Vaquer!

Vaquer looks Alex up and down, takes the mic, and says, “You’re on.” Will Vaquer be able to break the Iron Willed Windsor? Or will Alex prove she’s just as NJPW Strong, if not stronger?

 

NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo VS TMDK VS West Coast Wrecking Crew VS #NoFilthyDaysOff!

The Guerrillas of Destiny have passed on the torch, but there’s a chance the fire could be blown out in the Windy City! Can The Headbanga & Young Guerilla make it through Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls, Royce Isaacs, Jorel Nelson, Tom Lawlor AND Fred Rosser all at once? Or are we guaranteed NEW Strong Tag Team Champions?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see who defies the odds to win the gold!

Tensions are already running high given the beef between WCWC and their former leader, Lawlor. In this Fatal 4, only two teams are legal at a time, and ELP steps up to start against Hysterical Haste. The fans rally up with the bell as the two circle. They tie up, Shane headlocks, but ELP powers up and out. Shane runs ELP over, drags him back up, and runs, but ELP drops, hurdles, and drops again. ELP DROPKICKS Shane down then handsprings up! The fans cheer but Shane KICKS ELP, whips him to the corner, only for ELP to ROCK Mikey! Shane DROPKICKS ELP down! Tag to Mikey and TMDK double whip.

TMDK DOUBLE ELBOW ELP then SENTON FIST DROP COMBO! Cover, ONE, and Mikey whips ELP. Leo tags in, ELP gets around Mikey and sends him into the UPPERCUT! ELP BLASTS Shane, Leo sends Mikey to the corner to SPLASH! ELP back elbows, then feeds Mikey to Leo’s SIDEWALK SLAM! ELP is up, for the FALLING ELBOW! Then the high five! The fans fire up as Leo aims, but then Rosser tags in! Rosser eggs Mikey on, they RAM shoulders! And RAM again! Rosser runs but Mikey ELBOWS him! Mikey runs, Rosser dodges and ROLLING ELBOWS! Tag to Lawler, the fans fire up, and NFDO RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP TACKLE COMBO!

Rosser BLASTS WCWC, drops a leg on Mikey, then scoops Lawlor to SLAM him on Mikey! Rosser BLASTS Shane, too, but Royce sneaks a tag. The fans fire up as Lawlor and Royce stare down. The two circle, but then ELP tags in off Lawlor! No filthy showdown yet, but then Royce SHOVES ELP into Lawlor, then GERMAN SUPLEXES ELP! The fans boo as WCWC BLAST Leo! Royce RAMS ELP into the corner, stomps a mudhole in, then tags in Jorel. Jorel stands ELP up to CHOP, then CHOPS again! The fans rally up as Jorel winds up, but then he pokes ELP in the eyes! The fans boo but Jorel says he’s smarter than that.

Jorel RAMS ELP into the corner, tags Royce, and then WCWC wrench and DOUBLE ATOMIC DROP! ELP hobbles, Jorel sweeps the legs, and Royce deadlift suplexes! Royce holds ELP up, kicks Shane away, but then Lawlor reaches out to tag in! Royce SLAMS ELP down, but he has to exit now. Lawlor drags ELP up, and clamps on a GUILLOTINE! ELP endures, fights his way up, reaches out, but Lawlor redirects him. Rosser tags in and CLUBS ELP. NFDO double whip to ELBOW ELP down, then Lawlor hooks Rosser up, HALF NELSON FACEBUSTER SPLASH onto ELP! Cover, TWO! Rosser stares down WCWC then gets ELP up.

Rosser kicks and KNEES ELP, then HEADBUTTS! Rosser HIP ATTACKS ELP, runs, but Royce tags in! Royce then knees Rosser low and TOSSES him! Tag to Jorel, WCWC BLASTS everyone else! Then WCWC double wrench and double- NO, ELP slips free of the suplex! ELP go esup and over, slips under, but Royce gets a leg! ELP ENZIGIRIS but then Jorel gets a leg! ELP BOOTS Jorel into Royce! Hot tag to Leo! The fans fire up as Leo UPPERCUTS Jorel! Royce ducks ‘n’ dodges but Leo still BOOTS him! Leo scoops Jorel for SNAKE EYES, and the BOOT! Leo choke grips Royce, but Jorel gets up! So Leo gets him, too!

The fans fire up but WCWC break the guzels to throw hands! WCWC double whip, but Leo breaks the line to DOUBLE LARIAT back! The fans fire up but TMDK attack! They double whip but Leo breaks those lines, only for TMDK to get under! BACK SUPELX NECKBREAKER COMBO! NFDO fire off on TMDK! The fans fire up as NFDO double whip, but Shane JUMP KICKS Rosser and Mikey ELBOWS Lawlor! TMDK pinball Lawlor, get him up, but Lawlor slips free! Lawlor shoves Mikey into Shane, then he and Rosser clamp on, SLEEPER HOLD and CROSSFACE CHICKEN WING! The fans fire up as TMDK endure!

Mikey holds Shane’s hand, but then Leo DOUBLE LARIATS all four men!! The fans are thunderous as Leo gets NFDO, DOUBLE GODSENDS!! Leo SPLASHES Jorel, scoops him, and POWERSLAMS! The fans are thunderous as Leo tags ELP in! ELP and Leo coordinate, tune up, and Jorel stands. But Royce trips ELP! Leo still grabs Jorel, but Jorel STUNNERS! Royce LARIATS Leo up and out! Jorel KNEES ELP, Royce UPPERCUTS, feed to the POP UP POWERBOMB! And then CATAPULT into the fireman’s carry, DEATH VALLEY BACKBREAKER!! Cover, Lawlor breaks it! The fans are thunderous again and Royce is furious!

“This is Awesome!” as WCWC CLOBBER Lawlor! But Rosser gets in to stand Lawlor up. The four stare down, and the filthy brawl is on! The fans fire up as the forearms fly back and forth! NFDO DECK WCWC, then they DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW on Jorel! NFDO aim at Royce, DOUBLE ROLLING ELBOW but Royce ducks! The elbows clash, Royce BOOTS Rosser! Lawlor sweeps the leg then KNEES Royce down! But Jorel SHOTGUNS Lawlor! But he turns around into SUDDEN DEATH! And then EKP DIVES onto the others before GODSEND!! ELP is back on the apron, he climbs up Leo, but Shane sneaks a tag!

SUPER THUNDERKISS, but Shane TOSSES ELP out! Mikey gets Leo, Shane LAST SUPPER on Jorel! TMDK WINS!!

Winners: TMDK, by pinfall (NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Tag Team Champions)

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, and they don’t let an opportunity get past them! Shane & Mikey have gold, will Zack Sabre Jr. join them later tonight?

Meanwhile, WCWC are pissed! They CLOBBER NFDO for it! Royce POSTS Rosser, then OVERHEAD BELLY2BELLY SUPLEXES to the floor! Jorel beats down on Lawlor, then shouts in his face, “WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?” WCWC gets Lawlor up, reel him in, PILEDRIVER!! MACHO ELBOW!! Team Filthy is truly no more, and then Jorel brings out SCISSORS!! The fans boo as Royce sits Lawlor up! Jorel grabs a handful of hair, and CUTS it away! The fans boo as Jorel & Royce disrespect their mentor as they just cut random pieces away! Jorel shouts, “It didn’t have to be this way!”

The fans tell Royce he’s sick as he EATS Lawlor’s hair! Rosser manages to rise to his feet, but he’s in no shape to fight! WCWC knows that, and Jorel MAKES Rosser eat hair!! The fans are disgusted, but the WCWC leaves. Will they prove they’re truly the filthiest of them all?

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

The Roughneck and his mentor, Jon Moxley, got the win over the Scapegoat and Ren Narita just a few days ago at NJPW Sakura Genesis. But now this is a more personal showdown as Shota wants to finally shut Jack up once and for all. Will there be a Paradigm Shift here in Chicago? Or will Perry prove Shota doesn’t know Jack?

As Jack makes his entrance, he has guards in riot gear. The fans are chanting “C M PUNK!” at him, but he came prepared! He has the flag of Chicago draped on his shoulders, then holds it up as he struts around. Then Jack turns around and drops the flag to reveal “CRY ME A RIVER” painted on the back of his jacket! Jack is rubbing it in everyone’s faces as he goes down to the ring, but will Shota make Jack cry?

Jack gets on a corner to soak up the heat, and Chicago sure gives him all he can handle. Though, there are some fans actually cheering “SCAPEGOAT! SCAPEGOAT!” The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Jack puts Shota on ropes. Jack lets off clean and that surprises Shota, maybe even confuses him. The two reset, tie up again, and now Shota puts Jack on ropes. The ref counts, Shota lets off with pats on the shoulder, but then Jack SLAPS Shota! Jack bails out while fans boo, and a ring count starts. Jack grabs some water to take a sip, then he SPLASHES the fans! Shota rushes out, but the water trips him up!

Jack and Shota brawl, Shota RAMS Jack into railing, then CLUBS Jack around. Shota puts Jack in, but Jack KICKS Shota down! The fans boo as Jack stomps Shota to ropes. Jack CHOPS Shota, Shota staggers away, and Jack whips, Shota reverses, scoops, DROPS and basement dropkicks! The fans fire up with Shota while Jack flounders to a corner. Shota runs up to CLUB Jack down, then stomps him around. But Jack CLAWS Shota’s face! Jack CLUBS Shota, snapmares, and basement dropkicks to the back! Cover, ONE!! Shota is tougher than that, the fans chant “You Got Choked Out!” “No He Didn’t!” in reference to the All In video.

Jack stalks Shota, stands him up, and facelocks! The GUILLOTINE is a direct shot at #BrawlIn! The fans are torn, but then Jack snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Jack says okay, he drags Shota up and he whips Shota to a corner. Jack runs up to clothesline, then he stomps Shota down. The ref counts, Jack goes up the corner to soak up the heat. Jack then hops down to drag Shota up. Shota ROCKS Jack first! Jack CLUBS Shota, whips, but Shota ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Jack! The fans fire up with Shota and he storms up on Jack again. Shota whips corner to corner, runs in and UPPERCUTS! Then FISHERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Not quite perfect but Shota does the Jungle Life dance! The fans sing along, Shota drags Jack up, and then clinches. Jack fights the lift, throws elbows, and he CLAWS Shota’s back! The ref reprimands, but Jack runs up, into a drop toehold! Shota slingshots to APRON DDT! The fans fire up again while Jack flops to the floor! The ring count starts, Shota takes a full lap, then returns to Jack. Shota drags Jack up at 5 of 20, puts him in at 7, and Shota goes up the corner. Fans chant for “LUCHASAURUS!” while Shota MISSILE DROPKICKS! Shota then clinches to EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Jack is still in this but Shota keeps his cool.

Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and hits the TRI- NO, Jack slips free! Jack waistlocks, Shota standing switches, but Jack grabs the ref and then LOW BLOWS Shota!! The fans boo as Jack gets away with that one! Jack then drags Shota out, has him on the apron, DRAPING DDT to the floor! Jack drags Shota up, puts him back in, then brings Shota around to underhook. TIGER DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Shota survives and the fans fire up! Jack sighs, rises up and hears all the boos. Jack walks around to soak up more heat, then he scuffs Shota. Shota crawls, Jack scuffs him again, but Shota shakes his head.

Jack scuffs Shota more, pie faces him, then eggs Shota on. Shota rises up to fire a forearm! Jack puts his hair back and Shota roars! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota fires another forearm! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota staggers around, but Shota comes back to forearm! Jack sighs, then SPITS at Shota! The fans boo more and Shota scowls. Shota storms up on Jack, then ROCKS him! Jack ROCKS Shota, Shota ROCKS Jack, repeat! They go back and forth, the fans strongly on Shota’s side! Shota gets the edge, then UPPERCUTS! Shota eggs Jack on, pie faces him, so Jack SLAPS back! Jack CLUBS Shota, runs, but into a DROPKICK!

The fans are thunderous as both men are down! Shota pounds the mat and rises up, and the fans rally behind him. Shota drags Jack back up, dragon sleepers, and TRIDENT! Cover, TWO!! Jack survives but Shota just fires up again! Shota drags Jack into a half nelson, spin and POP UP KNEE! IGNITION! Cover, TWO!! Jack is still in this but Shota is still fired up! The fans are still with him as he aims from a corner! Jack slowly sits up, Shota kicks low and underhooks, but Jack wrenches out! Shota blocks the superkick to ROCK, ROLLING- SUPERKICK! Jack hops up, POISON-RANA! But Shota’s up to BLAZE- NO, Jack ducks!

Jack runs, into a pop-up! But Jack blocks the uppercut and spins Shota around, for an UNPRETTIER?! Shoutout to Christian Cage as Jack covers, TWO!!! Shota survives and Jack is furiously headbutting the mat! Jack drags Shota up, calls the end, and runs up, GLASSJAW!! Cover, TWO?!? Shota survives the knee shot and Jack is beside himself! The fans chant “G T S! G T S!” Jack lets his hair back down, will he listen to Chicago? Shota is in a corner, Jack aims and runs in, SHINING WIZARD! Another shot at Phil Brooks! The fans are rowdy as ever as Jack flips them off, and he shoves Shota down. Jack says night-night!

Jack takes his time going up to Shota, then brings Shota up to fireman’s carry! Jack flips everyone off before the GO TO- DDT COUNTER!! The fans are electric as Shota aims from the corner! Shota says night-night to Jack! BLAZE BLADE!! Underhooks, DEATH RIDER!! Cover, Shota wins!!

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

The Scapegoat was less fighting the Roughneck and more the specter of the Second City Saint, and perhaps that cost him! Shota brings Jack down tonight, but will he still bring a Paradigm Shift to NJPW?

Wait, Jack gets to his feet and offers a handshake? He suddenly respects Shota now? Shota trusts it and shakes Jack’s hand. Jack raises Shota’s hand in victory, but still flips off Chicago. Is this itself a paradigm shift in Jack’s personality?

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

Chicago’s other hometown hero is here, bringing the TNA X-Division Championship AND the DREAMWAVE Alternative Champion with him. The Beacon is shining with gold but he wants to have the Junior Heavyweight Division spotlight on him. Will he do that by defusing the Ticking Timebomb? Or will Hiromu still be the Best of the Super Juniors?

Hiromu shows off a very jacked Daryl Jr. but Ali refuses to accept that thing as alive. Ali gets on a corner for fans to cheer, but then Hiromu gets on a corner and all the fans cheer! The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, are in a deadlock, and then they break. They circle again, the fans cheer on “TA-KA-HA-SHI!” and he bows to Chicago. Ali gets the fans fired up, but then Hiromu gets the fans really fired up! Ali and Hiromu feel things out, knuckle lock, but Ali brings Hiromu down to wrench. Hiromu slips through, puts the wristlock up and over, using Ali’s own head to break the hold.

Hiromu then wrenches Ali to a wristlock, but Ali rolls, handsprings and wrenches back. Hiromu wrenches, Ali wrenches, repeat! The fans fire up as Hiromu WRINGS Ali! Ali stands, uses ropes to flip through, then wrenches to hammerlock. Ali headlocks, Hiromu powers up and out, but Ali runs Hiromu over! Things speed up, Hiromu drops down, hurdles, but Ali drops on the monkey flip for a cover, TWO! Hiromu sweeps the legs to cover, ONE as Ali goes Matrix! Hiromu rolls Ali up, TWO! The two stand off and the fans cheer. Ali gets Chicago fired up again, then he shoves Hiromu. Hiromu sputters and claims Ali hit him so hard!

The ref has Ali stay back while Hiromu shouts, “Oh my gosh!” Hiromu goes to Daryl Jr. and has him sit in the center. Daryl flops over but Hiromu says Daryl can handle this. Hiromu gets fans chanting for Daryl, but Ali is annoyed by these antics. Ali says fine, he’s gonna mess Daryl Jr. up! Ali circles with Daryl, but then Hiromu slips in! Ali sees that and the fans boo. Hiromu apologizes, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu dodges, scoops up Daryl, they duck ‘n’ dodge and then Hiromu says MEOW~! Or no, Daryl says meow! Catch! Hiromu throws Daryl at Ali, Ali catches Daryl and then Hiromu dropkicks Ali’s legs out!

The fans cheer while Ali flounders, and Hiromu picks Daryl Jr. back up. Hiromu shows Daryl to the crowd, the fans cheer, but then Ali runs up! Hiromu dodges to CHOP! Hiromu CHOPS again, then follows Ali around. Hiromu CHOPS again, whips, but Ali holds ropes. Ali bails out but Hiromu pursues, and CHOPS! The fans fire up as Hiromu follows Ali, but then Ali takes a swing! Hiromu counter punches, says “Oh my gosh,” then chases Ali around the ring! Ali suckers Hiromu into a DRAPING DDT to the floor! The ring count climbs, Ali talks trash on Hiromu, then stomps him. Ali drags Hiromu up and in at 9 of 20.

Ali shouts, “What’s my name?” The fans chant for Ali and he goes in to KNEE Hiromu in the back, then clamps on the chinlock. Hiromu kicks around, the fans duel, and Hiromu has the ROPEBREAK! Ali CLUBS Hiromu as he lets off, then whips Hiromu to a corner. Hiromu reverses, runs up, but Ali slips out to ROUNDHOUSE! Ali slingshots for the NECKBREAKER! Cover with a bridge, TWO! Hiromu stays in this but Ali stays on Hiromu with another chinlock. Hiromu endures the squeeze and the fans rally up. Hiromu fights up to his feet, throws body shots, but Ali CLUBS him again. Ali whips Hiromu to a corner, then runs to NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Ali is growing frustrated but he has the fans cheering. Ali sits Daryl up in the corner so he can watch what’s about to happen. Ali of course knows this is a stuffed animal, it doesn’t matter, but he’s still gonna mess Hiromu up. Ali kicks Hiromu around, tells him he’s crazy, but then Hiromu CHOPS! And CHOPS! Ali knees low, runs, but Hiromu follows to RANA! The fans fire up while Ali flounders to ropes. Hiromu drags himself up, they end up in corners, and Ali runs in. Hiromu dodges to clothesline, snapmare and basement dropkick! Ali bails out but Hiromu goes to the apron. FLYING SHOTGUN! Ali is sent into railing!

The fans fire up with Hiromu as he stands back up. The ring count starts, Hiromu goes back to Ali but we reach 10 of 20 before Hiromu gets him up. Hiromu puts Ali into the ring, cover, TWO! Hiromu drags Ali up by his hair, then fireman’s carries. But Ali slips free, runs up, but into a BOOT! Hiromu runs, but Ali ducks, only to swing into a spin and suplex, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO! The fans rally and duel again as Hiromu rises. Hiromu stalks Ali, drags him up and fireman’s carries, but Ali fights free again. Ali shoves, runs in, and DROPKICKS in the corner! Ali keeps moving, and he DROPKICKS again!

Ali goes again, but Hiromu LARIATS first! The fans fire up, Hiromu whips Ali to ropes, then scoops him, but Ali tilt-o-whirl DDTS! Cover, TWO! Hiromu survives but both men are down, and the fans rally up. Ali slowly rises, makes his way to ropes and goes up a corner. Ali reaches the top but Hiromu throws body shots and elbows first! Hiromu climbs from the outside, and fans are freaking out as Hiromu aims for the floor! Ali fires body shots to send Hiromu to the apron. But Hiromu UPPERCUTS Ali! Ali backflips, and lands on his feet!! The cameraman almost got an eyeful, though! Ali hurries up to SHOVE Hiromu down!

Hiromu hits railing, and then Ali DIVES into him! The railing is sent WAY back, commentary takes a hit, and the fans are thunderous! Ali is busted open, but he still drags Hiromu up and into the ring, then goes up the corner! The fans rally, Ali aims, 450- NO, he has to roll through as Hiromu moves! Ali comes back, but Hiromu sends him hard into buckles! The fans rally up while the ref checks both men. Ali and Hiromu are both somehow okay, as is Chris Charlton on commentary. Hiromu crawls his way over to Ali, brings him back up to the top rope, and then CHOPS! Hiromu climbs, brings Ali up, but Ali resists!

Ali throws body shots, then he HEADBUTTS Hiromu down! Hiromu staggers to his feet, Ali stands on the top rope, but Hiromu runs up! Ali jumps to SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Ali then skins the cat, takes aim, and 450 SPLASHES! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

The X-Division/Alternative Champion is triumphant here in his hometown! And best of all, Ali shows Hiromu respect by shaking his hand. Hiromu wants Ali to shake Daryl Jr’s hand, too, and so do the fans! Ali sighs, goes over to pick Daryl Jr. up, and he shakes Daryl Jr’s hand! The Windy City cheers him on, will Ali become the champion not just Chicago needs, but that the world needs?

 

Riot Rules 8 Man Tag: Team Eddie Kingston VS Team Gabe Kidd!

The Mad King has lost the AEW Continental Championship and the ROH World Championship, but he is still NJPW Strong! However, this War Dog vows he will take everything from the company that, in his eyes, has all but thrown away its identity. There are no rules holding these teams back, but no one even knows who recruited who! Who drew the hotter hand to take the win here in Chicago?

Well of course Gabe got his fellow War Dog, Clark Connors, as well as The Fang Revived, Kenta, and the LEADER of Bullet Club, #GoatSlayer Rebel, David Finlay! As for Eddie, he’s already bringing a trash can of goodies as he’s got The United Empire’s Jeff Cobb and TJP! The enemies of his enemies are his allies tonight, and then we add HOMICIDE! Eddie’s old friend has come around to F Kidd’s S up! Team Eddie rushes down the ramp, Bullet Club runs up to meet them, the bell rings as the brawl is on! No need for tags or count outs in this match, anyway! Homicide fires off on Kidd while TJP has Connors, Cobb has Kenta and Eddie is after Finlay!

TJP sends Connors into railing, Eddie throws Kenta over railing! Homicide and Kidd brawl, Kidd gets the edge, and Finlay helps out. TJP stomps away on Connors while digging a chair into him, and Eddie grabs the ring bell! Kidd CLUBS Eddie first, then throws hands. Homicide fires off on Finlay, Cobb UPPERCUTS Kenta! TJP brings more chairs, and one is wrapped in barbed wire! Homicide UPPERCUTS Kidd, TJP digs the wires into Connors’ head! Eddie places the bell against Connors’ head and DING! TJP kicks Finlay away, Kidd gets in the ring, and so does Homicide. Eddie joins Homicide, but then the Dogs drag Eddie out!

Homicide runs up, he CLOBBERS Kidd, then goes out to CHOKE Kidd! Finlay wraps a chinlock on Homicide, Eddie CHOPS Connors in the ring! Connors goes to a corner, Eddie fires MACHINE GUN CHOPS! But Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie with a shillelagh! The fans boo but then TJP runs up on Finlay. TJP SOBATS, runs, but Finlay dodges the boot! And he ducks the blood mist! But TJP DROPKICKS Finlay out all the same! TJP runs to WRECK Finlay with a dropkick, then Cobb brings out a TABLE! The fans fire up seeing that, and the Empire gets the table in the ring. The table is put in the corner, then TJP grabs Finlay.

TJP bends Finlay back in a chinlock stretch, then feeds him to Cobb. Cobb picks Finlay up but the War Dogs save Finlay! The fans boo but TJP and Homicide turn things around on the Dogs. Everyone falls out of the ring again, TJP throws down hands on Connors but Finlay pulls TJP’s hair. Homicide has fans move aside so he can TOSS Kidd over railing! Finlay gets in the ring with a chair while Homicide SMACKS Kidd with a trash can lid! Finlay undoes the red corner’s buckle pad, Eddie CLOBBERS Connors with the trash can! Eddie even headbutts the trash can until it’s dented! But Connors CHOP BLOCKS Eddie!

Cobb SMACKS Kenta with the buckle pad, but Finlay CLAWS Cobb’s face! TJP SMACKS Finlay with a kendo stick! The fans fire up as TJP CHOKES Finlay with the stick! Kenta CLUBS TJP, grabs the stick and SMACKS TJP with it! And SMACKS him again! Cobb CLOBBERS Connors off of Eddie! Cobb rains down fists, Eddie SMACKS Connors with the trash can! Finlay has a loose skateboard deck and SMACKS Cobb with it! Eddie crotches Connors on the railing, then CLOBBERS him! Eddie then goes out to the crowd to CLAW Connors’ face, and send him into the railing! Eddie fires hands, Kenta SMACKS away on Cobb with the kendo stick!

Cobb blocks a shot and JAMS Kenta in return! Cobb SMACKS Kenta, Connors hits Eddie back! Connors then crotches Eddie on the railing! Eddie falls over, Connors talks trash on the fans, but TJP drags Finlay around. Homicide and Kidd are brawling in the crowd! Fans count as Homicide rains down TEN fists, then takes a BITE out of Kidd’s forehead! Cobb puts Kenta in the ring, TJP drags Kenta around to trap an arm, and Eddie SMACKS Connors with a stop sign! TJP puts the skateboard on Connors’ back to ride him! Finlay CLOBBERS Eddie to rain down fists! TJP HIP DROPS Connors, then Cobb brings him up.

Homicide and Kidd are still brawling somewhere in the crowd, Cobb keeps Connors down in a corner, and TJP drop toeholds Finlay down! TJP skateboards on Finlay’s back! Finlay powers up to throw TJP off, then IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Eddie grabs at Finlay but Finlay hits him back. Finlay goes out after Eddie, HEADBUTTS him, but the fans rally up. Finlay throws hands, Eddie hits back! Eddie CHOKES Finlay with camera cable! Eddie rains down fists and sits Finlay down. Cobb ROCKS Kenta, then CHUCKS the trash can! Kenta ducks, the can hits post! Eddie and Connors get in the ring, Eddie fires knees.

Eddie hits a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX and Connors writhes. Kidd TOSSES Homicide over railing! But Homicide hits Kidd with the railing! And again! And again! Finlay and Connors mug Eddie, CLAW his eyes, but TJP hurries over to CLOBBER Kidd! Kidd shoves TJP into railing, gets into the ring, but Homicide finds a ladder! The fans cheer as Homicide gets Kidd up, reels him into a corner, and CLAWS Kidd’s back! Then TORNADO- NO, Kidd powers out to LARIAT! “I’m a MAD MAN, y’know!!” The fans boo but Kidd grabs that ladder! Kidd RAMS Homicide low, then equips the ladder like Terry Funk!

Kidd CLOBBERS Cobb, CLOBBERS Eddie, and CLOBBERS TJP as he does the ladder-copter! But then Cobb returns, GERMAN SUPLEX!! The ladder dropped away just in time but Kidd still tumbles out. Connors runs up to SPEAR, but Cobb blocks it! Canadian Rack, but Connors slips free, ducks ‘n ‘dodges and SPEARS!! Down goes Cobb and the fans fire up! Connors grabs the barbed wire off his hat, wears it as a crown of thorns, and then he drags TJP up. The fans tell Connors he’s sick as he BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS! And BARBED WIRE HEADBUTTS again! Connors fires up, drags TJP back up, but gets BLOOD MIST!!

The fans fire up as TJP then sits Connors in a corner, and digs that wire in! TJP scrubs Connors’ face through the wires! TJP goes side to side for the BARBED WIRE BOOT WASH! Homicide joins in, Connors is fed to an ELBOW! And then speaking of “fed,” Homicide has a FORK! Homicide DIGS the fork into Connors’ forehead!! Kenta runs in, but blocks the fork! URAKEN! Homicide sits back but TJP kicks Kenta. TJP whips, Kenta reverses and BOOTS! Kenta runs to HYDRAULIC DROPKICK Homicide! HYDRAULIC DROPKICK for TJP! Homicide puts TJP up top, climbs up after him, but Cobb CLUBS Kenta!

Cobb drags Kenta back but Kenta fires elbows. Kenta fireman’s carries, but Cobb’s too big! Cobb CLBUS Kenta, but Kenta CROSS COUNTERS! Kenta runs, into a LARIAT! TJP adjusts up top to MAMBA SPLASH, but he has to roll through as Kenta moves! Kenta fireman’s carries! GO TO SLEEP!! But Cobb CROSSBODIES! Finlay returns and SMACKS Cobb with a kendo stick! And again! Finlay whips Cobb into the barbed wire chair wedged in the corner!! Cobb falls out of the ring, but Eddie blocks the kendo stick smack! LOW BLOW! Eddie fires off shots on Finlay!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie even headbutts the stick to break it!

The straps come down, and finally, Eddie and Kidd meet! They LARIAT, CHOP, CHOP and repeat! The fans “WOO~” with every CHOP! Eddie CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Kidd BITES Eddie’s forehead! The Mad Man spits, flips everyone off, and Kidd whips Eddie! Eddie stops himself, then clinches! EXPLODER through the table!! The fans are thunderous as Eddie rises, barbed wire in hand! Eddie wraps his hand in the barbed wire, and he aims as Kidd rises! But then the Dogs CLOBBER Eddie! The fans boo as Finlay, Connors and Kenta all beat down Eddie! They get a steel chain to gag Eddie and sit him up!

Kidd storms around as the Dogs hold Eddie open! But Homicide returns and the fans fire up! Homicide fires off shots on Kidd! Kidd denies one cutter, shoves Homicide, but Homicide returns to CUTTER after all! Eddie meanwhile breaks free to fire off hands on Kenta and Connors! Connors hits low, CLUBS away, then he and Kenta mug Eddie. The chain wraps Eddie up, but Homicide gets Kidd up. Only for Finlay to SHILLELAGH Homicide! Feed to Kidd’s HANGING GUILLOTINE, then PILEDRIVER!! The Dogs keep Eddie down while Kidd covers, Bullet Club wins!

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

The War Dogs worked together to tear down Eddie’s team, and Finlay says they run this! But Eddie still puts up a fight! As do TJP and Cobb! It is chaos as Eddie CHOKES Kidd and Cobb throws hands down on Finlay! Young Lions and refs rush in to stop this, but Eddie and Kidd still throw windmilling haymakers! TJP still wants after Kenta, refs pull him back, and Kidd ROCKS Eddie! TJP and Cobb stand tall as the Dogs fall back. Kidd wants to tear Eddie apart, and Eddie gets a mic! “Hey! HEY! Gabe! Get in, you effing t*at! You effing b*tch! May 11th! May 11th! California! No ropes, Last Man Standing, you effing p*ssy!”

The fans are thunderous as the challenge has been made, and Kidd even gets some last shots in on Eddie! Eddie grabs the ladder but is told to stand down! Eddie gets back on the mic to say, “I’m gonna kill that mother effer!!” The fans are loving this as Resurgence will become violence, but will the Mad Man dethrone the Mad King once and for all?

 

NJPW World Television Championship: Matt Riddle VS Zack Sabre Jr!

The Original Bro has been taking this title on Ex-BRO-dition to Major League Wrestling, where he even fought some TMDK members in Bad Dude Tito and Kosei Fujita. But now, the original star of this title division has come back to prove The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Will ZSJ have the answer to this Riddle? Or will the Super King prove he’s mightier than The Mighty?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if “season three” gives way to a reboot!

The bell rings, 15 minutes on the clock, and the fans rally already as the two circle. They feel things out, Riddle goes for a leg but ZSJ flips him around to facelock. They go around, trade waistlocks, then break. The fans cheer as the two reset and go again. They feel things out, Riddle powers his way to a waistlock but ZSJ wrenches to an armlock. ZSJ steps over, headscissors Riddle onto his back, but Riddle moves around, and goes for the ARMBAR! ZSJ clasps hands, bridges up and rolls back, but they’re in the ropes. ZSJ still gets the KNEEBAR, but Riddle stands to pry ZSJ off! ZSJ goes for the leg again, Riddle gets away!

The fans cheer the technical exchange as the two reset. They circle, the fans sing for “OH~ Zack Sabre Jr~!” ZSJ pops Riddle up and drops him down into the ARMBAR! Riddle holds that off so ZSJ floats to a HEEL HOOK! Riddle endures, ZSJ eggs him on, and he pushes on the hold. Riddle rolls and rolls and rolls and also gets a HEEL HOOK! They duel with heel hooks, ZSJ kicks Riddle away, and the fans cheer the newest standoff. ZSJ and Riddle reset, feel things out, and ZSJ snapmares. Riddle avoids the Penalty Kick, trips ZSJ but ZSJ kicks him away. ZSJ avoids a Penalty Kick and the fans cheer again.

ZSJ and Riddle circle, feel things out again, and knuckle lock. Riddle shoots around, gut wrenches and SUPLEXES! Riddle rolls back, drags ZSJ up, GUT WRENCH PLEX! The fans are torn but Riddle smiles all the same. Riddle runs to BROTON but into an ARMBAR! Riddle scrambles, ROPEBREAK, but ZSJ has the DISARMER! The ref counts, ZSJ lets off and the fans fire up with him. ZSJ kicks Riddle, kicks again, but then Riddle blocks. Riddle stands up, ZSJ avoids the sweeps and SLAPS Riddle back! Riddle CHOPS ZSJ down! The fans are torn again while Riddle scowls now. ZSJ rises, and Riddle KICKS!

Riddle eggs ZSJ on, KICKS him again, and KICKS him again! Riddle kicks ZSJ around, then stands him up to KICK! ZSJ eggs Riddle on now, blocks that kick, and SNAPS a toe! Riddle falls over, ZSJ gets the foot and bends the toes back to SNAP! Then he twists the other foot all around, and STOMPS the leg down! Riddle bails out as we pass five minutes, and the fans are all fired up! Riddle hobbles up and into the ring, ZSJ is on him and snap suplexes! ZSJ gets the foot, hooks the leg, then twists the other foot! ZSJ turns Riddle over, ties the legs up, and has the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Then ZSJ throws Riddle away!

Riddle storms up to CHOP! And forearm! ZSJ UPPERCUTS! Riddle goes to a corner, ZSJ runs in, but into a HANGING ARMBAR! The ref counts, Riddle lets go and ZSJ falls back. Riddle adjusts his shorts, goes up the corner, and leaps, FLYING KNEE into a HALF CRAB! ZSJ shifts to lean on that hold, STF, but Riddle has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer this technical exchange, ZSJ brings Riddle up, but Riddle gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! ZSJ is still in this but Riddle BROTONS! The fans are torn but Riddle is having fun again as he goes up top. Riddle aims for the FLOATING- NO, he has to bail out as ZSJ moves!

ZSJ runs up, TRIANGLE HOLD! And he fires off ELBOWS! ZSJ squeezes with the legs but Riddle powers up to deadlift, and POWERBOMB! ZSJ sits up, FLASH KNEE! Cover, TWO! ZSJ survives, but Riddle crosses his arms to mock the fans. Riddle KICKS ZSJ, KICKS him again, and again! Riddle runs side to side to forearm SMASH! Then again, but ZSJ dodges to go up, around and TORNADO DDT! Into a GUILLOTINE!! ZSJ has the body scissors, too! ZSJ flails, endures, fights up, and he lifts ZSJ to then power through into a suplex! ZSJ slips free to SLEEPER! Riddle flails, throws ZSJ off, and ARMBAR!

ZSJ clasps hands to fight the hold, but Riddle works on breaking it. ZSJ lets it go so he can shift and have the ARMBAR! Riddle clasps hands but ZSJ pulls fingers! ZSJ has the ARMBAR, but Riddle shifts into the leg guard to fire shots! The ground ‘n’ pound favors Riddle, but then ZSJ catches him to a TRIANGLE HOLD! Riddle deadlifts, but ZSJ slips free to ZACK DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! We pass ten minutes, time is on Riddle’s side! ZSJ goes to the corner, runs up, but Riddle catches Penalty Kick into the HALF CRAB! Riddle pulls on the leg but ZSJ flips Riddle off as he endures! ZSJ reaches out, even as Riddle pulls way back!

Riddle lets go to deadlift but ZSJ PELES the arm! Riddle still gets ZSJ for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Then Riddle goes up top, FLOATING BRO! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and the fans fire up! Riddle is stunned, that move almost never fails! Riddle has fans chanting “BRO! BRO! BRO!” for him as he aims, and KICKS! KICKS! And SLAPS, to then KICK! KICK! And CHOP! Three minute warning, Riddle just toys with ZSJ, but ZSJ kicks, KICKS, blocks, CHOPS, CHOPS and CHOPS! Riddle wobbles ZSJ grabs a leg, but Riddle JUMP KNEES! Riddle hurries to haul ZSJ up, ripcord and FINAL FLASH!

But Riddle’s not done with ZSJ, he gets the gut wrench and tuck, BRO- VICTORY ROLL! And EURO CLUTCH!! TWO?!? Riddle escapes, but ZSJ KICKS! Then he runs up, into a FLASH KNEE!! Two minute warning, Riddle runs, but ZSJ catches him in to a ghost pin! ZSJ wins!!

Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by pinfall (NEW NJPW World Television Champion)

ZSJ goes from the first-ever champion to the first-ever TWO-TIME NJPW World TV Champion! Riddle is mad with himself and storms off. Is Riddle going to find a way to some other title opportunity in NJPW? Or will he come back for another try?

As for ZSJ, he gets the mic to say, “Alright, Chicago, what’s up, mates? Are we having a lovely time or what? Are you having a lovely time?” Chicago sure is! ZSJ says his year hasn’t gone well. He wanted the world title, but he had to get his baby back! Did she miss him? Also, he needs industrial cleaner, he doesn’t trust the last champion. But it’s been a minute, so this is usually where ZSJ goes talking about challengers, but he won’t bother, he’s tired, it’s straight to the pub. But he will defend this title in the US very, very soon. Cheerio, everyone, buh-bye. Wait! Someone is not letting ZSJ get away that easily, because here comes Cobb!

The fans cheer as The Imperial Unit makes his way back out here, and he steps in to the ring with ZSJ. Cobb looks at the title he’s come close to taking on multiple occasions, and ZSJ sets it down at his feet. ZSJ says not today, though, he’s tired. Cobb and ZSJ shake hands to agree on it, so when and where will we get this sequel? Wait, ZSJ tries to scoop Cobb! Cobb says nope and he scoops ZSJ! ZSJ slips away, bails out, and gets the mic back. “Hawaiian Jeffery, please may I have my championship back? And I promise, I’ll give you a championship match, just not today, I’m tired.” ZSJ also compliment’s Cobb hair.

Cobb hands the belt over, ZSJ thanks him and heads out. ZSJ is back on top of the NJPW World TV Division, but will he end up the first man to lose this title twice?

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

The Showoff is basically showing off now, saying he isn’t going to defend his IWGP Global Heavyweight Champion until he faces Hiroshi Tanahashi. Is he really looking past the Stone Pitbull like that? Or will Ishii not give Nemeth a choice on who has next?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, tie up, and they’re in a deadlock. Nemeth uses his height for leverage but Ishii gets around to waistlock. Nemeth switches and hooks Ishii up in the COBRA TWIST, but Ishii slips right out to waistlock. Nemeth switches, tries for the Cobra Twist but Ishii slips around again. Ishii lifts, Nemeth hooks a leg to fight it, and he switches to wrangle Ishii to a cover. TWO, they end up in ropes, and the ref has them both separate. The fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up, are in another deadlock, but Nemeth uses his height as leverage to put Ishii on ropes.

The ref counts, Nemeth lets off, but Ishii CHOPS! Nemeth CHOPS back! Ishii CHOPS again! Nemeth CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth as fans “WOO~,” but then Nemeth throws a forearm! Ishii fires a forearm in return, they go back and forth and Nemeth gets the edge. The fans fire up but then Ishii ROCKS Nemeth again and again. Ishii runs, RAMS Nemeth, but Nemeth stays up. The fans fire up as Nemeth ROCKS Ishii, runs and RAMS him! Ishii rebounds to CLOBBER Nemeth! The fans fire up more while Nemeth flounders. Nemeth slowly rises, Ishii brings him up and bumps him off buckles.

Ishii CHOPS Nemeth and Nemeth falls over. Ishii eggs Nemeth on, Nemeth stands, and the fans rally. Nemeth fires forearms, but Ishii CHOPS him down! The fans rally behind Ishii as he looms over Nemeth. Ishii drags Nemeth up to suplex high and hard! Cover, TWO! Ishii kicks Nemeth around while egging him on. Ishii slaps Nemeth around, the fans rally, and Nemeth fires body shots! Nemeth kicks, DROPKICKS, and Ishii falls! The fans fire up while both men go to corners. Ishii stands, Nemeth runs in, STINGER SPLASH! And then NECKBREAKER! Nemeth drops ELBOW after ELBOW, then winds up for the JUMPING ELBOW! Cover, TWO!

Nemeth is a little annoyed but Ishii is tougher than that. Nemeth reels Ishii in, but Ishii fights the lift! Ishii powers up and back drops Nemeth away! The fans fire up while Nemeth staggers to his feet. Nemeth fires hands but Ishii just scowls. Nemeth looks around as the fans say he messed up, but he still throws hands! Ishii doesn’t budge, then he just DECKS Nemeth with one shot! The fans fire up while Nemeth flounders to a corner. Ishii storms up, brings Nemeth up to the top rope, and climbs. Ishii brings Nemeth up to the very top, for the STALLING SUPERPLEX! The fans are all fired up while both men are down!

Ishii rises, looms over Nemeth, then drags him up. Ishii reels Nemeth in, but Nemeth fights the lift now! Nemeth wrenches, and jumps on, SLEEPER! Ishii has Nemeth as a backpack, but he shifts around to put the SLEEPER on Nemeth! Nemeth flails, gets around, OLYMPIC SLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again! Nemeth rises while the fans rally. Nemeth runs up, but Ishii denies the satellite DDT with a throw! Ishii runs up but Nemeth UPPERCUTS! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth, but Nemeth SWATS the lariat to SATELLITE DDT! Cover, TWO! Ishii survives and the fans fire up while Nemeth is a bit surprised.

The fans rally as Nemeth watches Ishii rise. Nemeth kicks low, runs, FAM- NO, Ishii turns the leg drop into a POWERBOMB! The fans fire up again and Ishii headbutts the buckles to fire himself up! Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks to HEADBUTT! And FAMOUSER! Cover, TWO!! Ishii survives and the fans fire up again! Nemeth is beside himself, but rises as the fans rally again. Nemeth goes to a corner, Ishii staggers to his feet, and Ishii runs in! Nemeth BOOTS Ishii, runs up, and LARIATS! Ishii just roars! Ishii ROCKS Nemeth but now Nemeth roars! The fans fire up with Nemeth, but then Ishii LARIATS him down! Cover, TWO!!

Nemeth survives and Ishii growls in frustration. Ishii sits Nemeth up while fans chant “This is Awesome!” Ishii runs but Nemeth ducks the sliding lariat! Ishii blocks Nemeth’s superkick, then ENZIGIRIS! The fans fire up again while Ishii aims from a corner! SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Nemeth survives again and Ishii grows further frustrated. Ishii fires back up and the fans are with him as he drags Nemeth up. Ishii suplexes, but Nemeth fights it! Nemeth wrenches, HEADBUTTS, but Ishii still whips! Nemeth reverses, but Ishii bucks the Danger Zone! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK 101! Cover, TWO!!!

Ishii just gets an arm up and Nemeth’s shock is clear on his face, even with his hair over his eyes! The fans fire up again as both men slowly rise. Ishii winds up but Nemeth ROCKS him first! Then GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Ishii rises right up! Ishii staggers, but he avoids Danger Zone to STEAL DANGER ZONE!! The fans are thunderous as Nemeth staggers up, into the LARIAT!! Cover, ONE?!?! Nemeth shocks everyone as he kicks it into another gear! Ishii rises, into the SUPERKICK 101!! Cover, ONE?!?!? Now Ishii shocks everyone! “This is Awesome!” as both men are down, catching their breaths.

Ishii and Nemeth go to corners, then they run in! DOUBLE LARIATS collide but neither man falls, and then Ishii HEADBUTTS! Nemeth rebounds to HEADBUTT, but then they DOUBLE HEADBUTT! Ishii BATTERING RAM HEADBUTTS!! Cover, TWO!?!? Nemeth survives that shot, but Ishii roars as he rises up! Ishii slaps himself to get back in this! Ishii drags Nemeth up, reels him in, suplexes, but Nemeth slips free, DANGER- NO, Ishii clinches! Nemeth slips free, ROCKS Ishii, SUPERKICK 101! Then he dodges Ishii to DANGER ZONE!!! Cover, Nemeth wins!!

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

Nemeth is a Wanted Man, and this is why! He took Ishii to the Danger Zone, proving that hanging with NJPW isn’t Mission: Impossible! But will Nemeth prove he’s a Top Gun when he finally gets his dream match with President Tanahashi?

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

The Uncontrollable Charisma has finally been back on top of NJPW since WrestleKingdom, and he even just defeated his Los Ingobernables de Japon teammate, Yota Tsuji, just a week ago at Sakura Genesis. At the same time, The Maniac put out the challenge that same night, and Naito said okay! Will Naito continue to keep NJPW tranquilo? Or is there truly about to be a Paradigm Shift in the world of pro-wrestling?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if the winds of change start to blow!

Moxley paces as Naito takes his time with his entrance attire, and Naito tells Moxley to tranquilo. Naito really takes his time with his pants, and is finally ready. The bell rings and the fans fire up already! Naito looks around but Moxley keeps his eyes right on Naito. The two slowly circle while the fans rally and duel. They approach but Naito dodges, and the fans cheer while Moxley keeps cool. They go again, and again Naito avoids Moxley’s grip. Naito again says tranquilo, and they circle. Moxley flips Naito off, the fans are torn, but Naito doesn’t even flinch. The two circle, tie up, and Moxley puts Naito on ropes.

The ref counts, Moxley lets off, but Naito SPITS at Moxley! Naito kicks low, TOSSES Moxley out, but gets Moxley with the fake out and tranquilo pose! The fans cheer while Moxley seethes. Moxley snarls, storms in, but Naito slips away to the outside. The fans cheer as Naito continues to troll Moxley, but then Moxley rushes out to fire off forearms! Moxley whips Naito into railing, then fires more forearms! Naito hits back, Moxley headlocks, and then he SMACKS Naito off the timekeeper’s table! The fans rally as Moxley goes up and over the railing to get Naito back up. The ref reprimands but Moxley ROCKS Naito!

Moxley SMACKS Naito off the table, SMACKS him off it again, then brings Naito around. The crowd moves aside as Moxley fires hockey scrum punches. Moxley then whips Naito, but Naito reverses and Moxley hits railing! The fans fire up, Naito checks his face, then he takes a seat to relax. The fans cheer, but then Moxley BOOTS Naito down! Moxley drags Naito up, brings him around, and back to ringside so he can POST Naito! Naito falls, the fans are torn, but Moxley paces around. Moxley storms back up on Naito, drags him up, and puts him in the ring. Moxley stalks Naito to the ropes, then stands on Naito’s face!

The ref counts, Moxley lets off to grab a hand, and Moxley SNAPS fingers! Moxley reels Naito in, PILEDRIVER! Cover, TWO! Naito’s still in this but Moxley paces again. Moxley waits on Naito to get up, then KICKS him! And ROCKS him! And ROCKS him, and ROCKS him again! Then Moxley KICKS a leg! And KICKS the leg, and then KICKS the leg out! Cover, TWO! Naito is still in this but Moxley eggs him on. Moxley paces around, drags Naito up and then CHOPS! Moxley KICKS, CHPOS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley KICKS, ROCKS, but Naito SPITS! Moxley fires off ELBOW after ELBOW, then whips, but Naito sunset flips!

Moxley rolls through, steps through, FIGURE FOUR! Naito endures, the fans rally, but Moxley talks trash even as he puts on pressure! Naito powers the main leg up but Moxley powers it back down! Naito sits up, SPITS at Moxley, but Moxley puts on more pressure! Naito fights around, turns things over, but Moxley slips free to get the legs again. Moxley SPITS, then he turns Naito over into a TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! Naito endures, the fans rally, and Naito fights his way around. Moxley drops down into a modified STF! Naito again endures, moves around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Moxley lets go at 4.

Moxley eggs Naito on, talks more trash, then PENALTY KICKS! Naito sits up and shakes his head. Moxley KICKS again, but Naito again sits up. Naito even smirks as he annoy Moxley. Moxley KICKS but Naito blocks! Naito CLAWS the eyes, but Moxley kicks low! Moxley suplexes for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Moxley CHOKES Naito, the ref counts, but Moxley lets off. Moxley storms around, the fans rally, and Naito stirs. Moxley goes to the apron, then climbs a corner. Naito rises, Moxley leaps, Naito BODY SHOTS! Naito ENZIGIRIS, Moxley drops to his knees, but Naito still has to catch his breath.

The fans rally as Naito smirks and rises up. Naito brings Moxley around to fire forearm after forearm! Naito whips, atomic drops, and then runs to ELBOW Moxley down and basement dropkick in the back! Naito whips corner to corner, runs up, JUMP KICK! He can’t get up and over so he ELBOWS then NECKBREAKERS! Cover, TWO! Naito clamps on a cravat for a neck wrench on the mat! Moxley endures, the fans rally, but Naito thrashes him around. Moxley fights up, he drags Naito up and he DUMPS Naito to the apron! Naito gets up but Moxley fires a forearm! Naito gives it back, they go back and forth!

The fans rally as the shots keep going, faster and faster! Naito ROCKS Moxley but Moxley BOOTS Naito! Naito wobbles, Moxley goes out to the apron, but Naito fights the half nelson suplex! Naito fires elbows, gets free, but Moxley ELBOWS back! And then APRON DDT! Naito flops down to the floor while the fans fire up! Moxley leaves Naito behind to mock the tranquilo! The fans are torn but Naito stirs. Naito slowly crawls, the fans rally up, and Naito stands. Naito shakes out the cobwebs, flounders into the ring, and Moxley drags Naito up. Moxley TOSSES Naito out, then builds speed to DIVE into a chair?!

The fans fire up as Naito sneaks that one! The ref checks Moxley but he’s somehow still in this! Naito goes up to the apron and brings Moxley up, for an APRON NECKBREAKER! Moxley flops down while Naito leaves him behind. The ring count starts, Moxley stirs at about 3 of 20. Moxley turns over, he’s busted open! Naito counts along as we pass 10 of 20, then reach 15! Moxley rises at 17, staggers about, and slides in at 19.9!! The fans fire up and Naito is actually annoyed. Naito drags Moxley up, reels him in, and TORNADO DDTS! Moxley sits up in a daze, the crimson mask already complete on his face!

Moxley staggers back to his feet, Naito runs in, but Moxley KING KING LARIATS! Both men are down and the fans fire back up! The ref checks both men, especially Moxley with that blood, but they’re both okay to continue. Moxley sits up as we pass 15 minutes, a quarter of the allotted hour time limit. Moxley says he’s not gonna be taken alive! Not tonight! The fans fire up with Moxley as he is ready to Die Hard! Moxley fires a haymaker, Naito gives it back! Moxley throws another, so Naito SPITS, then ROCKS him! Moxley ROCKS Naito, Naito ROCKS Moxley, so Moxley SPITS! Naito SPITS, and the forearms fly again!

The fans are thunderous as this gets fast and furious! Moxley fires a flurry, then winds up to run, but Naito gets around! Waistlock, but Moxley switches, to a SLEEPER! Naito RAMS Moxley into buckles, gets free, but the CURB STOMP OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Moxley hurries to clamp on, REAR NAKED CHOKE!! Naito flails but the body scissors are on! Blood pours off of Moxley’s head, will he give out before Naito does? The fans rally as Naito endures and fights around! Moxley uses that to get the BULLY CHOKE!! Naito fights to his feet, Moxley keeps a SLEEPER! The fans continue to rally as Naito flails!

Naito pries at the hold, then drops, victory roll! TWO!! Moxley stands, Naito wrenches and fires the heavy elbows! Again and again, and then the wrench, tilt-o-whirl, but Moxley slips free! CUTTER!! But that’s not all! DEATH RIDER!! Cover, TWO?!? Naito survives Moxley’s best shot and the fans are thunderous! Moxley snarls, the fans rally and duel, and Moxley wipes the blood from his eyes. Moxley underhooks Naito again, but Naito slips around to DESTINO!!! TWO!!! Moxley survives Naito’s best shot now! But Naito is just as confident about trying again! DESTI- NO!! Moxley slips free to ROLLING ELBOW! ROLLING ELBOW! DEATH RIDER!!! Cover, TWO?!?!?

The fans are electric as Naito survives another shot! But Moxley won’t let up, he KING KONG LARIATS again!! Cover, ONE?!?!? HOW?!?! Naito staggers about, but into a DEATH RIDER!!!! Cover, MOXLEY WINS!!!!

Winner: Jon Moxley, by pinfall (NEW IWGP World Heavyweight Champion)

Chicago cannot believe it, but they are loving it! From WWE World Champion to AEW World Champion to now NJPW’s IWGP World Champion, this is history being made before our eyes!! The Maniac makes himself a modern legend, but what does this mean for Naito? Is Naito’s destino simply that he cannot last?

As for Moxley, he does push-ups just to show he has more in that tank! He sets the title down on the lion logo then gets the mic. Moxley says a quick prayer while the fans say, “You Deserve It!” Moxley gets the mic on to say, “Arigato gozaimasu, Chicago! Holy s*it… This was a treat for everybody here that might not ever get a chance to fly across the ocean and NJPW, an authentic NJPW wrestling show live and in person. And it was special to be a part of it here, and there’s nowhere better to have done it than right here in Chicago.” The fans cheer that!

Moxley says he’s wrestled in every building in Chicago, big, small and tiny, and the fans have been with him every step of the way. He thanks them for being here to make it special, as he now stands atop the effin’ NJPW mountain!! The fans fire up for Moxley again, “Thank You, Moxley!” Moxley says he’s just getting started, so he has a message for everyone in NJPW and around the world. First order of business as the King of NJPW is to pick who’s coming at him first! Mox calls the shots, and the long list of Japanese legends he’s defeated over the last five years is really something, but that’s the easy stuff.

Moxley won’t run or hide from the Young Lions, the young and hungry stars of NJPW! He won’t sit atop a mountain and be scared of the hungriest hunters in the game. So stepping up first, this will be the final exam for #SHOOTER!! The fans fire up, but then in runs REN NARITA! PUSH-UP BAR ATTACK!! The fans boo as Narita stomps away on Moxley! Narita gets the mic while he CHOKES Moxley to tell “Shooter, no no no. I’m next challenger, mother effer!” Narita stomps away, but then here comes The Roughneck! Narita turns tail and runs, the fans cheering “SHOOTER! SHOOTER!” Narita laughs as he retreats, but Shota helps Moxley sit up.

Moxley manages to glare at Narita through the crimson mask, and Shota gets the mic for him. Moxley says, “What the heck, man? Narita! You just graduated from being a Young Boy… to being a dead man!” Moxley just said he isn’t gonna run and hide, so if Narita wants a fight, he’ll get a fight! Will The Maniac tear apart that Souled Out SOB? Will Shota get to have his match with his mentor sometime after that?


My Thoughts:

A great event for NJPW, and I did not think they’d have so many changes to the title landscape. Well, Vaquer retained but that’s because she only just got that belt off Giulia. And good on Windsor to step up, though I’m not sure she’ll take that title, either. Anyway, great Fatal 4 Way that also referenced the story between Tom Lawlor and Team Filthy falling apart. Great win for TMDK here, and rather surprising because I didn’t think ELP & Leo would be losing those belts. I wonder if ELP & Leo go back to the heavyweight titles for the Summer.

And then quite the surprise that ZSJ won the NJPW World TV title back. TMDK is taking over, and maybe this move was because Riddle is more an MLW wrestler than a NJPW wrestler. ZSJ VS Cobb the third time around is going to be awesome, great trilogy, and maybe Cobb wins this time. United Empire needs some positives in their post Ospreay era. Cobb and TJP did really good in helping Eddie and Homicide against what ended up being less Team Gabe Kidd and just Bullet Club War Dogs or whatever. Good win for Bullet Club here, and setting up a NO ROPES Last Man Standing for the NJPW Strong Championship is going to be awesome stuff.

Great non-title matches, too. Narita cheating Suzuki to win, but Shota winning despite Jack trying to cheat is good stuff for the Reiwa Musketeer rivals. Great fun in the Hiromu VS Ali match with Daryl Jr, aka El Hijo De Daryl cuz he had a little lucha mask. Great win for Ali, too, but he isn’t scheduled for the Best of the Super Juniors so maybe this was so Chicago gets a win. And then great match of Nemeth and Ishii with Nemeth getting a great win to keep his momentum up while waiting on a match with Tanahashi.

And of course, an awesome main event from Naito and Moxley. I should’ve known Moxley was gonna bleed, but I was NOT expecting Moxley to win the title. Great for Moxley personally, but I’m surprised NJPW made this move. Is Moxley going to bring this title to Dynasty AND Double or Nothing? Well, I suppose Moxley could tell us as much on Dynamite, but this is all still really surprising. I’m not gonna say I agree with Gabe Kidd’s claims NJPW is letting AEW get their way, but it certainly seems like NJPW is hoping AEW helps them with the American audience.

That stuff aside, Narita and Shota being winners works for them stepping up to the world title. Narita probably won’t win, but maybe Shota proves the student has surpassed the master. Might be a bit of NJPW fast tracking their new neo new musketeers, but it’s not like other companies haven’t done that.

My Score: 8.9/10


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Mitchell’s AEW Battle of the Belts Results & Report! (4/13/24)

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

Battle of the Belts returns, and to settle the score from Dynamite’s Six Man Tag, Hook puts up his FTW Championship against Shane Taylor!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor; Hook wins and retains the title.
  • AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero; Strong wins and denies Rocky a title match.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet; Athena wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

Bryan Danielson is still down on the ramp after Konosuke Takeshita’s Brainbuster and the medics check him. The battle with Will Ospreay at Dynasty is still in the books, but what condition will Bryan be in?

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

Lexi Nari is with the FTW Champion and The Wrestler, and notes we saw Hook make the save for Shibata during Collision against Shane Taylor Promotions. At the same time, Hook is about to face Shane Taylor himself with the FTW title on the line. Knowing what Shane’s capable of, what is Hook’s strategy going into that match? Shibata uses his voice-to-text translator say, “Pardon the interruption… Hook, I’ll have your back tonight.” Hook appreciates that, but even knowing what Shane’s capable of, Hook’s got his own way of handling this. Shibata says bet, and Hook gives him the fist bump.

FTW Championship: Hook VS Shane Taylor w/ Anthony Ogogo!

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil knows he’s up against a bad, bad man, but this is FTW Rules! Everyone who fights for this title is a bad, bad man, so will Hook prove he’s the baddest? Or will Shane #SendHook back to New York without his gold?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who’s really the biggest badass in AEW!

The bell rings, the two circle, and they feel things out. Shane swings, Hook dodges to fire off fast hands and forearms! The fans fire up behind Hook but Shane shoves him away. Hook ducks the haymaker, waistlocks, but Shane fights with elbows. Shane swings again, but Hook gets under! Shane CLUBS the Camino down, then whips. Hook holds ropes, then DUMPS Shane out! Shane tumbles to the floor, Hook pursues, and Hook SMACKS Shane off railing! Hook SMACKS Shane off steel steps, then has Shane sit in a corner. Hook rains down fists, then lets off to revel in the cheers. Hook throws knees again and again, then CLUBS Shane again.

Shane staggers along railing, but Hook puts him in the ring. The fans cheer again, Hook storms in, but Shane JABS! JABS! And BODY SHOTS! Hook falls, sputters, and the ref has Shane stay back to check. That could’ve been a liver shot but Shane hauls Hook up. Shane CHOPS Hook in the career, and Hook sputters as he goes along ropes. Shane taunts Hook, puts him in a corner, and CHOPS again! Hook staggers to another corner, Shane taunts him, “I thought you were the man!” Shane BODY BLOWS again and Hook coughs. Hook fires hands in return, backs Shane down, then reels Shane in! Shane’s too big for the suplex, though!

Shane shoves Hook, and BODY BLOWS! Hook falls to the mat, but Shane drags him back up. Shane HEADBUTTS Hook, Hook is dazed, and Shane says he thought Hook was a killer. Shane says to bow down to the killer that’s badder! Shane CHOPS Hook, suplexes him, and hangs him out to dry! Hook sputters and falls, Shane soaks up heat, and Battle of the Belts goes picture in picture.

Shane drags Hook up, TOSSES him out, then goes out to bring Hook up. Shane whips Hook hard into steel steps! Hook writhes, Shane storms around, then Shane drags Hook up. Shane makes Hook take a seat in a corner, then runs up to KNEE Hook against railing! Hook falls over, but he’s somehow still conscious! Shane drags Hook up and hangs him out to dry on the railing! Hook sputters and falls to the floor, and Shane talks more trash. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the ring, and BOTB returns to single picture. Shane has Hook on the apron, for the APRON LEG DROP! Hook sputters more while Shane seethes.

Shane storms in, talks trash on the fans, then soaks up the heat. Shane drags Hook up, puts him in the corner, and BODY SHOTS! BODY SHOT! HAYMAKER! Hook slumps down in the corner but the fans rally up. Shane waits on Hook, Hook says he’s still in this! Shane stands Hook up to BODY SHOT, BODY SHOT and BODY SHOT! Then Shane ROCKS Hook again, again, and AGAIN! Hook flops back down while Shane storms around. The ref checks with Hook, Shane says to call it already! Hook says no, he’s still in this! Shane drags Hook up, tells Hook to quit or he gets send home in a body bag!

The fans boo as Shane whips corner to corner, hard! Hook sputters, Shane runs in, but Hook dodges! Shane hits buckles, Hook hurries to waistlock! Shane fights the grip, then ROCKS Hook! Hook ROCKS Shane back! And ROCKS him again and again! The fans fire up as Hook fires more shots! Hook runs to LARAIT! Shane stays up, Hook LARIATS again! Hook runs, ducks the haymaker, and GERMAN SUPLEXES!! Shane staggers up in a daze, and Hook clinches to EXPLODER!! Hook covers, TWO!! Shane is still tougher than that and Hook is beside himself! Hook runs up in the corner, but into an URENAGE!

Shane drags Hook into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and he SPLASHES down! Cover, TWO?!? Hook survives and shocks Shane! Shane storms around, the fans rally up, and Shane drags Hook up. Shane slaps Hook around, then winds up, but Hook dodges! And dodges! REDRUM!! Shane is caught, he flails around, but then he fights up! Shane RAMS Hook into buckles, but Hook still holds on! Shane RAMS Hook in again, but Hook still has his hooks in! BACKPACK SENTON!! Shane is free, but then Hook springs up, REDRUM!! He even traps the arms!! Shane flails, reaches out, but he’s fading! Shane’s OUT, Hook wins!!

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

The Cold-Hearted Handsome Devil does it again! He takes damage and finds a way to win! But now, will he have that face to face meeting with Chris Jericho this Wednesday Night Dynamite?

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

Lexi is with Azucar as he is just moments away from his Title Eliminator match for the International Championship. However, Lexi wants to know if he knows what’s going on with Best Friends. Rocky says Chuck, Trent and Orange Cassidy are like brothers to him, and yet he has no idea what’s going on there. But right now, he can’t really worry about that, he has to focus on the match with Roderick Strong. When Rocky wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny of becoming International Champion. Kyle O’Reilly pops in, wishes Rocky luck, and then heads back out. Will Azucar be able to get one over on the Savior of the Backbreaker? Or will he just end up broken?

 

AEW International Championship Eliminator: Roderick Strong w/ The Undisputed Kingdom VS Rocky Romero!

While Azucar is confident, it was just last night on Rampage that Roddy took offense to him and Kyle O’Reilly even thinking there was a chance this match doesn’t go The Undisputed Kingdom’s way. Will Roddy prove them all wrong by crossing Rocky off the list? Or is this were The Kingdom starts to crumble?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans are behind Rocky as he and Roddy tie up. Rocky waistlocks, Roddy wrenches to wristlock, but Rocky rolls, wrenches and wristlocks back. Roddy tries to pull hair but Rocky twists the wrist. Roddy pulls on Rocky’s ear to have the headlock and takeover. Rocky fights up, pops out the back, and then steps over. Rocky hooks an arm but Roddy fights off the takedown to hip toss and cover. ONE, but Roddy facelocks. Rocky fights up, pries at the hold, but Roddy holds on tight. Rocky still fights his way out of the hold, wristlocks and wrenches again, then YANKS the arm.

Roddy ROCKS Rocky then CHOPS him! Roddy whips, Rocky slides under then ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky then wrenches Roddy and goes up a corner. Rocky FLYING KNEE DROPS right on the arm! The fans cheer the Latino Heat and Rocky goes back to the corner. Rocky CHOPS Roddy, Roddy CHOPS back! Rocky CHOPS, Roddy kicks low! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, ROCKS him, then reels Rocky in for a BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes but Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy and The Kingdom talk trash, Roddy swings but Rocky dodges! Rocky CHOPS and then stomps away on Roddy!

Rocky digs his boot in, lets off as the ref counts, then stands Roddy up. Rocky snapmares and runs to basement dropkick! Roddy flounders, Rocky covers, ONE!! Rocky keeps one eye on The Kingdom, then he brings Roddy around. UPPERCUT and Roddy staggers. Roddy BOOTS, whips, but Rocky goes Spiderman! Rocky then dodges Roddy and sends him tumbling out! Rocky goes out to PENALTY KICK from the apron! Rocky leaps to DIVING STOMP! Roddy writhes, Rocky gives more Latino Heat, and BOTB goes picture in picture.

Rocky tells The Kingdom to back off, and so does the ref. Taven mocks Rocky’s Latino Heat, but Rocky puts Roddy in the ring. Rocky storms up on Roddy to KICK his leg! Roddy hobbles to a corner, Rocky CHOPS him and then follows him. Rocky ROCKS Roddy, ROCKS him again, but Roddy bails out. Rocky goes after Roddy on the apron, but Roddy lifts! Rocky fights that to then elbow Roddy! But Rocky has to watch out for The Kingdom lurking! Roddy BOOTS Rocky, then POSTS him! Rocky falls to the floor, Roddy hops down and he drags Rocky up. Roddy gives Rocky a RAILING BACKBREAKER! Rocky writhes, The Kingdom mocks him more, and Roddy drags Rocky up.

Roddy puts Rocky in the ring, stomps Rocky around, then drags him up to CHOP! Rocky staggers to a corner, Roddy storms up on him, and then DECKS him! Roddy soaks up the heat, then he digs his boots into Rocky! The ref counts, Roddy lets off at 4, but just switches feet! The ref counts more, Roddy steps away, and Rocky sputters along the ropes. Roddy gets Rocky up but Rocky ROCKS him first! And again! Roddy hits back, Rocky CHOPS, and CHOPS! Rocky runs, but Roddy blocks the Rana to make it a POWER BREAKER! Rocky writhes, Roddy covers, TWO! Roddy clamps onto Rocky with a motorcycle stretch!

Rocky endures as Roddy digs knee into Rocky’s back. Rocky fights up, moves around, but Roddy knees him low! Roddy scoops Rocky to RAM him into buckles! Then OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE! Cover, TWO! Rocky is still in this but Roddy stays on Rocky with stomps. Roddy stomps and stomps as BOTB returns to single picture. Roddy goes back to the motorcycle stretch but the fans rally again. Rocky fights up, fights back, and he KICKS Roddy’s leg! And KICKS! Roddy CLUBS Rocky, eggs Rocky on, but Rocky roars! Rocky fires forearms, then UPPERCUTS! Roddy wobbles, Rocky KICKS and KICKS and SOBATS!

Rocky CHOPS, whips, but Roddy reverses. Rocky reverses back to kick, but Roddy ducks the enzigiri! Rocky REWIND HEEL KICKS! Roddy flops out of the ring and the fans fire up! Rocky builds speed, fakes Roddy out and DIVES onto Taven! Then Rocky DIVES onto Roddy! Rocky puts Roddy in, runs up, SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives but Rocky keeps his cool. Rocky fires forearms in the corner, then winds up! The fans fire up as Rocky runs in, clothesline! Another clothesline! But Roddy follows to RAM Rocky, and CHOP him! And CHOP! And CHOP! Roddy whips, Rocky comes back into the SICK KICK! Cover, TWO!

Roddy is frustrated but he hauls Rocky up. Fireman’s carry, but Rocky fights free! Roddy shoves, lifts again, but Rocky pops up to RANA! The fans fire up as Rocky ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and DDTS! Cover, TWO! Roddy survives but Rocky stays focused. The fans rally for Rocky as he stalks Roddy. Roddy RAMS Rocky, gets him up top, and then climbs up after him. Rocky fights with fists and a HEADBUTT! Rocky then cravats, SUPER SLICED BREAD!! Cover, TWO!! Roddy survives again and Rocky is beside himself! The Kingdom is also worried, they rally up for Roddy. The fans rally for Rocky as he goes out to the apron.

Rocky climbs but The Kingdom is lurking again. The ref tells them to back off, but Roddy ROCKS Rocky first! Roddy has Rocky up top but Rocky DECKS Roddy! Rocky adjusts, Roddy stands, METE- STRONG KNEE!! Cover, Roddy wins!

Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (denies Rocky Romero a title opportunity)

The Kingdom helps Roddy, whether Roddy will say it that way or not. Kyle is here to celebrate with his friend, but he also checks on his other friend in Rocky. Kyle helps Rocky up to his feet, and wants the fans to give it up for Rocky. But then Wardlow LARIATS Rocky, and The Kingdom stomps away! Kyle has them stop, this isn’t cool! But then Roddy STRONG KNEES Kyle down?!? The fans boo as Roddy tells Kyle that he could do it on his own, but there’s only ONE man that can be International Champion! Kyle made the wrong decision! Roddy’s arrogance just ended his friendship with Kyle, will Kyle make Roddy pay for that?

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

Lexi Nair is with the Professor of Professional Wrestling and notes how last week, Serena walked on stage after Yuka Sakazaki’s return victory. Why? Serena says she was sitting in the back, watching that impressive match, and thought to herself that she was watching a great pro-wrestler. Someone that Serena would love to tear it up with. Tonight, the Professor is here on BOTB, but has no championship opportunity. She’s not sweating it, though. Since her return, Serena is undefeated. She checked the rankings, and The Professor is sitting pretty at Number 3! So week by week, she’s climbing her way up to inevitably become champion.

Serena tells Yuka, that was an invitation. To where? Into the Deeb Dojo! Serena will show Yuka that Serena is better, and that she is what she says she is: The Professor of Pro-Wrestling! Serena wants to test herself against the Wrestling Magical Girl, but who will be the one taking a step closer to a title opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

After Roddy’s sudden rejection of Kyle O’Reilly, they are now going to battle over the International Championship! It’s the fight neither man wanted, but will Kyle give Roddy payback for what he did with interest?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship: Athena w/ Billie Starkz VS Red Velvet!

The Fallen Goddess is 49-0 after defeating Hikaru Shida on Supercard of Honor last week, and when she says she’s the Forever Champion, she means that. But will “forever” come to a crashing halt in Kentucky? Or will The Chef be the one getting served an L?

The introductions are made by Lexi Nair, so just a little biased in Athena’s favor. The belt is raised, and here in the main event, we see who is the face of the ROH Women’s Division!

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings and the fans fire up for Athena already. The two circle, tie up, and they go around. They go into a corner, along ropes, then Athena throws Velvet down. Velvet holds on, they roll on the mat with the collar ‘n’ elbow, then they stand up. Athena puts Velvet in a corner, the ref counts, but Athena lets off with a cocky smile. Velvet keeps cool and resets with Athena. They tie up. Velvet wrenches an arm to wristlock, but Athena handsprings and wrenches back. Velvet rolls, kips up, and wrenches back. Velvet headlocks but Athena powers up and out. Velvet runs Athena over, but Athena kips up!

The fans fire up while both women brush themselves off. They reset again, tie up, and Athena headlocks. Velvet powers up and out, but Athena wrenches to whip. Velvet ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA, but Athena handsprings through! The fans fire up and Athena cheers herself on. But Velvet DROPKICSK Athena down! Athena gets up, Velvet arm-drags, arm-drags again, and then Velvet cheers herself on. Athena runs up into another arm-drag! Velvet has the armlock but Athena fights up and throws Velvet down by her hair! The fans cheer but the ref reprimands, and things speed up.

Velvet drops, runs up and CALF KICKS Athena down! Athena bails out, Billie there to check on her. Velvet goes to the apron, Athena grabs a leg but Velvet kicks her away. Velvet then ASAI MOONSAULTS land takes Athena down! The fans fire up, Velvet drags Athena up and puts her in the ring, then has her on the apron. Velvet climbs up, brings Athena up, but Athena shoves her back. FLAPJACK off the top buckles! Velvet staggers, Athena reels her back in, APRON BACK SUPLEX! The fans fire up with Athena while BOTB goes picture in picture.

Velvet crawls into the ring but Athena follows her. Athena looms over Velvet, drags her up, then CLUBS her down. Athena stands Velvet up to whip her hard into a corner. Athena revels in the cheers before she runs in and back body blocks! Then Athena goes side to side to forearm SMASH! Athena smiles as Velvet leans against buckles. Athena shoves Velvet down, stomps her around, then drags her back up. Velvet fires body shots, but Athena bumps her off buckles. Velvet avoids the forearm to DOUBLE CHOP! Velvet fires body blows but Athena throws hands! Velvet CHOPS, Athena CHOPS, they CHOP, then Athena CHOPS Velvet off her feet!

The fans cheer while Athena snarls. Athena sits Velvet back up, KICKS her in the back, then KICKS her again! And again! Athena stands Velvet up, bumps her off buckles, then scoops to put Velvet in the Tree of Woe. Athena KICKS away on Velvet’s back, then lets her fall out of the Three. Billie applauds, tells Velvet she should’ve known better, but Velvet swipes at Billie. Billie gets away, cheers Athena on, but Velvet fires hands on Athena! Athena swings back but Velvet bobs ‘n’ weaves! Velvet ROCKS Athena, kicks her legs out, then runs up , into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Athena is annoyed but still in control as BOTB goes to break.

BOTB returns once again as Athena hits buckles! Velvet rallies on Athena with clothesline after clothesline! Velvet runs, tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Athena onto ropes! Velvet runs up to DOUBLE KNEE! Velvet shoves Athena down, runs, and tilt-o-whirls again, REVERSE DDT! Cover, TWO! Athena survives and Velvet is frustrated. Athena crawls away, wanting mercy! But Velvet storms up, only for Athena to YANK Velvet into buckles! Athena then fireman’s carries Velvet for the WASTELAND! Roll through and another fireman’s carry, for another WASTELAND! Another roll through, and then Athena mocks the stirrin’ it up motion!

But Velvet pops up to RANA! Cover, TWO!! Athena escapes, Velvet runs up to wheelbarrow, but Athena URENAGES her down! Cover, TWO!! Athena is furious as Velvet survives! Athena goes up a corner, the fans cheer, and Velvet rises. But Velvet ROUNDHOUSES first! Velvet ROCKS Athena, climbs up after her, then CHOPS! Velvet goes to the very top, to SUPER VICTORY THROW! Athena flounders but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, Velvet rolls through! THE SLICE! And then the tilt-o-whirl DDT!! Cover, TWO!!! Athena survives and Velvet is fuming! Velvet pushes Athena around while the fans rally up.

Athena is in the drop zone, so Velvet goes up top. Velvet tells Billie to shut up, but Athena gets out to the apron. The fans boo but Velvet adjusts position, to leap and SUPER CROSSBODY! Athena catches her!? And then brings Velvet around to FALCON ARROW to the floor! The fans fire up as Athena roars, but so does Velvet as she rises! Only for the SUPERKICK to knock her down! Athena has a wild look on her face and Billie cheers on the Overlord. Athena gets Velvet up, THROWS her into the LED board, then THROWS her around again! Athena drags Velvet up and into the ring, storms in after her, and reels her in! Canadian Rack, but Velvet sunset flips it! TWO!!!

Athena escapes, Velvet runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then SUPERKICKS! But Athena DECKS Velvet with a forearm! Athena goes up top, Velvet rises in a daze, to get the O-FACE!! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (still ROH Women’s World Champion)

And that’s FIFTY and zero! Fifty wins, no losses, and no slowing down as she title belt clinks with Billie. But as is customary on ROH, Athena sets her belt down, and Billie does, too. They drag Velvet up, mock “stir it up,” but Velvet SLAPS Athena! And SLAPS Billie! But then Athena and Billie mug Velvet! The fans boo as Billie picks up her belt, takes aim, but then QUEEN AMINATA is here! Aminata runs down into the ring, dodges Billie to DECK Athena, then HEADBUTT for Billie! That’s payback for cheating in the TV title match! But then Athena runs up, into an Alabama Lift! AIR RAID CRASH!!

Aminata saves Velvet while also making her own impact, will The Queen not be denied her crown? Or will the Fallen Goddess look to make her pay for this insolence?


My Thoughts:

A really good BOTB but uh, after ten of these, we already know nothing really happens on these. Great action and promos like on Collision, but no titles were ever changing hands. And after two hours of Collision, the crowd was of course tired out. Hook of course defeated Shane but it was a really good showing of Hook’s resilience to take all that damage and still win. Really good match from Roddy and Rocky that Roddy of course won, and turns out I was right in thinking they’d fast track Roddy VS Kyle here. That match will be great stuff, but it’d be a shame if Kyle’s first title shot ends up a loss, even with The Kingdom all there to interfere and distract.

Good promo from Serena to make it clear that she’s having a match with Yuka, just in case it wasn’t clear last week. And then a great main event for the ROH Women’s Championship. Red Velvet looked great even in defeat, and natural move for Aminata to show up and go after Athena & Billie. Aminata really has her pick of the two titles at this point, and while payback on Billie for Supercard is an obvious route, why wouldn’t she go right to the source and take down Athena? Athena’s made it to 50-0, and if not when Athena faced Billie, not when she faced Nyla Rose nor when she faced Shida, her first loss should be to pass the torch to Aminata.

Aminata went through the grind, paid her dues, and has got organically over with ROH viewers, so if she isn’t gonna be the historic first Women’s TV Champ, make her the woman that takes down the top woman in ROH.

My Score: 8.6/10


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