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Mitchell’s WWE Crown Jewel Results & Report! (10/31/19)

A rematch nine years in the making comes to Crown Jewel!

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WWE Crown Jewel 2019

WWE returns to be part of #RiyadhSeason!

Crown Jewel looks to make history this year! Along with the Universal title, World title and US title, Saudi Arabia will have its first-ever women’s match!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE United States Championship #1 Contender 20-Man Battle Royal: Humberto Carrillo wins and will challenge AJ Styles for the title later on.
  • Kickoff Show – WWE 24/7 Championship Side Quest: Sunil Singh w/ Samir VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Cain Velasquez w/ Rey Mysterio; Lesnar wins and retains the WWE World Championship.
  • World Cup Tag Team Turmoil: The OC win and are crowned the Best Tag Team in the World.
  • Mansoor VS Cesaro; Mansoor wins.
  • Braun Strowman VS Tyson Fury; Fury wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Hallway Havoc: Samir Singh wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Humberto Carrillo; Styles wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • Lacey Evans VS Natalya; Natalya wins Saudi Arabia’s first ever women’s match.
  • 10-Man Tag: Team Hogan VS Team Flair; Team Hogan wins.
  • WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt; Wyatt wins and becomes the new WWE Universal Champion.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Crown Jewel Kickoff Show!

Join Charly Caruso, Booker T, David Otunga and Scott Stanford are in the WWE Headquarters Studio as they talk about all the history and excitement going into this event.

 

Byron Saxton interviews Ric Flair!

The Nature Boy fist bumps Byron as Byron asks about leading Team Flair against long-time rival Hulk Hogan’s own team. Hogan is more than a rival, he is a nemesis! Crown Jewel will see Corbin, Orton, Nakamura, Lashley and McIntyre, five of the greatest athletes today, representing Flair, “we will make history!” That’s what they do every day! Saudi Arabia will witness the greatest event in sports entertainment in 2019! And after today, Flair and his teams will be limousine riding and jet flying all the way back to the States as Flair celebrates beating Hogan! “We prevail, we brag, and we limousine ride and jet fly!” WOO~! Nature Boy is all fired up, but will his team be the ones making history?

 

Kickoff Show – WWE United States Championship #1 Contender 20-Man Battle Royal!

AJ Styles may be running wild on Raw alongside The OC, but this battle royal could see a SmackDown superstar challenging him for the title. Who will be the one to rise above and challenge The Phenomenal One?

R-Truth gets a great ovation as he makes his way out. However, he’ll have to wait until after this match if he wants the WWE 24/7 Championship. Buddy Murphy also gets a great amount of cheers, as it seems Saudi Arabia knows about the Best Kept Secret. Erick Rowan gets a different reaction, but he’ll surely look to rebound after being nearly crushed by Seth Rollins last Monday. And El Idolo es solo, but he’s more than confident in his chances. He joins the field, full of other stars like Sin Cara, Apollo Crews and THE Brian Kendrick. The bell rings and it is a chaotic brawl right away!

Titus O’Neil goes after Almas while Luke Harper uppercuts Kendrick. Apollo works on Murphy while Shelton Benjamin brawls with Tony Nese. The premier Athlete holds onto ropes while Titus is after Truth! Harper and Rowan work together on Kendrick but he’s a stubborn one. Sin Cara goes after Almas, his long time rival. Fans cheer for Harper as he ROCKS Eric Young with an uppercut. Murphy goes after Humberto Carrillo, an old 205 Live rival. Rowan lifts up Maverick and tosses him out, Rowan ELIMINATES Rowan! But a whole group goes after the Big Redwood! Rowan holds on and rocks each of them with rights. Slater tries his best, but Rowan yanks him out and ELIMINATES Slater! Nese tries now, and rocks Rowan with a dropkick! But Rowan holds on to come back and yank Nese up and out! Rowan ELIMINATES Nese! That’s three eliminations in a row!

AJ Styles watches backstage as the brawling all continues. Murphy lifts Carrillo and Titus helps out. Rowan gets mobbed but Harper helps him out and ELIMINATES Kendrick! And ELIMINATES Eric Young! Murphy CHOPS Carrillo but Almas CHOPS Murphy! Almas goes after Sin Cara again while Harper goes after Akira Tozawa. Harper throws Tozawa but he hangs onto the ropes! Harper drags him up but Tozawa holds on. Titus clotheslines and ELIMINATES Mojo Rawley! Fans bark along with Titus. Almas scoops and tosses Sin Cara, Almas ELIMINATES Sin Cara! The field is thinning out as R-Truth fights off the Singh Brothers. Apollo ELIMINATES Titus with a toss! Tozawa is pumped for his friend, but now Almas is stomping Apollo down.

Crown Jewel goes picture in picture as Almas goes after Truth. Truth holds on so Almas throws forearms. Harper comes running through them, and then he grinds boots into Tozawa. Rowan goes after No Way Jose on the other end, then trades with Harper. Rowan hoists Tozawa up but Tozawa holds on tight! Tozawa avoids elimination so Rowan stomps him down. Almas keeps on Truth while Murphy and Carrillo continue to fight back and forth. Crown Jewel returns to single picture as Harper and Rowan stare down. Is the friendship breaking down? Jose staggers in, wanting them to party instead! Fans get behind the fiesta, and is Harper getting into it? No he just disco discus clotheslines Jose! And then Rowan ELIMINATES Jose!

But Rowan and Harper are back to arguing, but Tozawa taps Rowan on the back. Tozawa wants a fight! But he’s talking to the wrong titans… Rowan scoops Tozawa and puts him on the top rope! Harper SUPERKICKS and ELIMINATES Tozawa! Now he and Rowan are even. AJ Styles still watches as Rowan grinds boots into Sunil Singh. Samir can’t help his brother, he has to watch the WWE 24/7 Championship. Carrillo baits Benjamin in and tosses him out! Carrillo ELIMINATES Benjamin! Rowan back drops and ELIMINATES Apollo Crews! Murphy runs in at Rowan but is put on the apron. He turns around into the Iron Claw, but breaks free to knee trigger! Murphy climbs up but Rowan shoves him down and ELIMINATES him! Almas ELIMINATES Truth, but Carrillo ELIMINATES Truth! Our final five are Rowan, Harper, Carrillo, Cedric Alexander, and yes, Sunil Singh!

But Carrillo turns around into Rowan’s Iron Claw! IRON CLAW SLAM! Sunil whips but Alexander reverses to ELIMINATE Sunil! Rowan clobbers Alexander and we have our final four! Fans still love Harper as he clobbers Alexander. The super heavyweights are beating down the Cruiserweights with boots and knees in the corners. Harper and Rowan work together on Alexander, but he fights back. They stomp Alexander down, but Carrillo slowly gets up. Rowan clobbers Carrillo and Harper hauls Alexander to a corner. Harper and Rowan focus on Alexander but he fires back with forearm and an enziguri! Only to get a BOOT! Rowan tosses and ELIMINATES Alexander! The WWE 24/7 Champion and his brother use the title as a consolation prize, but R-Truth is lurking! Truth throws Samir aside and rolls Sunil!! Cover, Truth wins the 24/7 Championship!!

Winner on the side: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

At least Truth can celebrate getting his baby back! He hurries away, but then the chase is on again! ALl those eliminated have returned for a second chance at a title! Truth makes a whole lap around the ring before getting away again!

But now, the final three are Carrillo, Harper and Rowan… Harper and Rowan stare each other down, but Carrillo dropkicks them into each other! Carrillo dodges Rowan but not Harper’s BOOT! Rowan hauls Carrillo up into a corner and Harper throws an uppercut. The titans work together, Rowan whips Harper in to elbow Carrillo, and he feeds Carrillo to Rowan’s BODY CHECK! Rowan and Harper continue to disagree, but Harper tosses Carrillo. Carrillo survives, Rowan ELIMINATES Harper! Carrillo ELIMINATES Rowan and wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo; will face AJ Styles for the United States Championship later tonight

AJ Styles likes the moxie from the young Ultimo Ninja. Will Styles like it better when he beats Carrillo a second time in a week?

 

Byron Saxton interviews The New Day!

Big E comes kicking in with Kofi Kingston, watch your chin! Xavier Woods went down with injury, but how will they rebound? Brother Woods was cut down in his prime, running so fast but pulled up and hurt tore his Achilles. Woods told him, “No, Big E, no cry.” But adversity is another word for opportunity! The Power of Positivity is always on, and while they miss Woods, Kofi and Big E will hold it down against all the teams to win that World Cup! And they’ll take that to SmackDown just tomorrow night, to beat the Revival and once again become the 7-time, W, W, E, World, Tag, Team CHAMPIONS~! Because New! Day Rocks! Byron gets into it, too! But who will be the new Best Tag Team in the World?

 

Paul Heyman sees the cameras outside Brock Lesnar’s locker room.

And doesn’t take kindly to them. He shoos the cameras away so that he and The Beast can go through final preparations. Will the reigning, defending, undisputed WWE World Heavyweight Champion be ready for the rematch he’s wanted for nine years?

 

History is not given, it is forged.

By those who seize the moment. By leaders, trailblazers and legends. “Well let me tell you something, brother!” History is made as legends lead ten of the greatest superstars today to add on to their legacies. History is made when the worlds of boxing, MMA and pro-wrestling collide in two truly heavyweight matches. History is made when a champion must fight his fears in a match that can go anywhere. And history is made when walls are broken down, and women are wrestling in Saudi Arabia! Where will you be when history is made?

 

WWE World Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Cain Velasquez w/ Rey Mysterio!

Here is a piece of that history already! The Beast waits for no one, as he and his Advocate head to the ring to have it out with “The Godfather” to open the show! Will Lesnar stay the world champion? Or will history repeat itself, right down to a scar left on Lesnar’s face?

The introductions are made, with Saudi Arabia echoing Heyman’s words. The belt is raised, and this rematch of fight-sport icons begins!

Fans chant “Suplex City!” as Lesnar and Cain circle. They approach, and Cain tests Lesnar with a quick kick. Lesnar stays up but Cain gets him with another. Lesnar goes for a leg but ends up in a corner with Cain. The ref calls for the break but Lesnar keeps throwing knees. Cain works through the guard, getting shots where he can. The two break and circle again. Fans duel as Cain tests Lesnar with more kicks. Cain has Lesnar in a corner with hands but Lesnar grapples. Cain still gets his shots in with hands and knees, but Lesnar turns things around. The ref seems to be rather lax to give Cain a chance, and Cain gets Lsenar down with a roundhouse! Cain rains rights but Lesnar uses a leg guard, to get the KIMURA!! Cain endures, flails, but he taps?! Lesnar wins!?

Winner: Brock Lesnar, by submission; still WWE World Champion

But the Beast refuses to let go, he wants to torture Cain! Rey gets in with a chair and SMACKS Lesnar! That only angers Lesnar! Lesnar hits Rey and hauls him up to toss him out! Lesnar then takes the chair Rey brought in to SMACK Cain! And SMACK him again! And again! Lesnar is seething as he hauls Cain up to the fireman’s carry, and hits an F5 on the chair!! But Rey is back with another chair and he SMACKS Lesnar more! He keeps firing off on Lesnar, he won’t give Lesnar an opening! Chair shot to the face! And the back! Rey is wearing that chair out on Lesnar! Lesnar runs away and Heyman keeps him from wanting revenge. The Beast has the belt and his payback on Cain, but what will the King of Lucha Libre do to get the rest of his own revenge?

 

The tag team champions of both brands speak.

Fighting up from noting to becoming the #TopGuys, it has all lead to this. The most important tag team match in history, this is Dash Wilder’s and Scott Dawson’s time to prove they are the “most precise one-two punch.” No Flips, Just Fists. The Viking Nation travels wherever the Raiders go. And tonight, all will witness the battlefield that is Crown Jewel. Their arrival is everyone else’s fall. The Raid is here! Will either of the tag team champions be standing at the end of tonight’s Tag Team Turmoil?

 

World Cup Tag Team Turmoil!

The largest tag team turmoil match in the history of wrestling will see nine teams compete for the right to be the BEST Tag Team in the World! Will the winner be from Raw or from SmackDown? Will they be the champions or a dark horse no one expects?

The first match-up is…

Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Lucha House Party!

The GLORIOUS Show-Offs are specifically taking on Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado. Teams sort out and Lince starts against Ziggler, and the bell rings to official start the tag team turmoil!

Lince and Ziggler tie up and Ziggler powers Lince to a corner. Ziggler lets up to pie face Lince, so Lince CHOPS back! Lince whips but Ziggler reverses, only for Lince to go up and over. Lince speed sup, slides under and huricanranas Ziggler to a corner! Fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” but Ziggler elbows then dropkicks Lince down! Ziggler tags in Roode and Roode stomps Lince Pennywise down. But Lince jawbreakers back! And CHOPS to a whip. Roode reverses but gets the Golden Rewind! Tag to Metalik, who gets a boost, for a splash! Then Lince becomes a human weapon, wheelbarrow suplex splash! Cover, TWO! Metalik tags Lince as he wrenches Roode. Lince climbs to drop an ax handle. Roode hits back and grimaces as he shoves Lince back. Lince fights out of the Roode-Dolph corner but gets a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Roode hits Metalik out of anger before he stomps Lince down.

Tag to Ziggler, and Roode suplexes to throw Lince down. Ziggler adds the Famouser! Cover but Metailk breaks it! Ziggler drags Lince away for a chinlock, tearing at the mask! The fans rally up as Lince endures. Lince fights his way up and reaches, but Ziggler pulls him away by the mask! Tag to Roode, and Roode-Dolph mug Lince in their corner. Roode drags Lince up, suplexes him down and covers, TWO! Roode drags Lince away to tag Ziggler, and then he stomps Lince’s arm. Ziggler has Lince in the open corner for haymakers. Ziggler hoists Lince up top and climbs up to join him. Lince fights back and punches Ziggler down! Lince leaps for a crossbody! But he bounces off the cover!

Ziggler and Lince crawl as fans fire up, tag to Roode! Roode grabs Lince but Lince kicks him away, hot tag to Metalik! Metalik springboards in, things speed up, Roode avoids the handspring but not the CHOP. Metalik runs in, is put up top but he comes back with a headscissors! Roode flounders into kicks from Metailk, who then runs the ropes to hit a missile dropkick! Cover, but Ziggler breaks it! Lince leaps and huricanranas Ziggler away! Fans already feel “This is Awesome!” as Roode shoves Lince down into a SUPERKICK! Metalik rolls Roode, TWO, but Metalik enziguris! Roode distracts the ref, Ziggler SUPERKICKS Metalik mid-handspring! GLORIOUS DDT from Roode! Cover, Roode & Dolph ELIMINATE Lucha House Party! But right away it’s the Major Brothers!

Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!

Ryder and Hawkins run in, dodge Roode-Dolph and hit back with a clothesline and a Rough Ryder! The Major Bros clothesline Ziggler out and Hawkins gives Roode a neckbreaker! Tag to Ryder who hops up fast, Hawkins fireman’s carries for the SUPER rolling neckbreaker Samoan drop! Cover, Ziggler breaks it! Ziggler throws Hawkins out now and SUPERKICKS him! SUPERKIKC for Ryder, GLORIOUS ZIGZAG! Cover, Roode-Dolph ELIMINATE the Major Bros! But now they face Tucker and Otis!

Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler VS Heavy Machinery!

They’re COMIIIIIIN’~! The literally biggest team in this turmoil match get in the ring and fans are fired up for Otis. But it is Tucker Knight starting with Ziggler, and Tucker gets the leg. He rolls Ziggler to a cover, TWO, but Tucker holds on. Ziggler elbows out and leaps, but into Tucker’s catapult! Ziggler gets buckles then flounders off. Tucker leaps for a crossbody! Fans cheer for the uncanny agility as Tucker runs in. But Roode saves Ziggler from the splash! Roode tags in and goes after Tucker with buckle bumps and CHOPS. Roode fires off more CHOPS, then grinds Tucker’s face on the ropes. The ref reprimands Roode but Ziggler gets a cheap shot in! Tucker hits back with big hands, but Roode dropkicks Tucker down.

Tag to Ziggler and he mugs Tucker in the corner. Fans are rallying for Otis as Ziggler snapmares Tucker. Ziggler drops the elbow, covers, TWO! Ziggler keeps on Tucker with a grounded armlock, but fans continue to rally up for Heavy Machinery. Tucker fights his way up and reaches, but Ziggler keeps him away with a pull of the hair. Tag to Roode, and Roode stomps Tucker down. Roode tosses Tucker out hard to then taunt Otis. Ziggler gets more cheap shots on Tucker, and then Roode goes out to CHOP Tucker against barriers. Roode puts Tucker in, covers, TWO! Roode keeps on Tucker and tags in Ziggler. Ziggler stomps Tucker down then taunts the fans cheering for Otis. But Tucker fights back with big haymakers! Ziggler kicks low and tags Roode.

Ziggler whips Roode for Roode to whip Ziggler, Ziggler only gets post! Tucker lariats Roode down! Fans rally up and Tucker heads for Otis! Hot tag brings in Dozer! Fans love Otis as he rallies and flapjacks Ziggler! Off comes the shirt! Roode kicks but Otis just jiggles with it. Otis powers up from more kicks, and then lifts Roode up for a Fall Away Slam! “Oh yeah~!” Otis bulldozes Roode-Dolph in the corner! They’re both down, and Otis pumps up! Fans cheer as Otis hits the Caterpillar! But Ziggler denies the elbow, and fans boo. Roode-Dolph wants a time-out, but Tucker wipes out Ziggler! Roode gets up, but Otis drags him in! Otis runs in but gets boots. Roode hops up, but leaps into Otis’ arms! Tucker tags in, COMPACTOR! Cover, Heavy Machinery ELIMINATES Roode-Dolph! But now it’s a New Day, yes it is!

Heavy Machinery VS The New Day!

The Power of Positivity has the fans all fired up with flapjacks flying in! Big E goes at Tucker, but Tucker avoids the Big Ending. However, Big E wrangles Tucker in, wanting the cobra twist. Tucker almost gets it himself, so Big E shoves him away. Tucker rams Big E with his shoulder, but Big E wobbles and wavers! Big E bends back, back, back, and then applauds! Tucker gets upset with Big E having fun and whips him to a corner. Big E reverses but Tucker goes up and over, and then shows off his agility! Fans cheer for that, too. Things speed up again, and both men wipe each other out with clotheslines! Fans still feel “This is Awesome!” as Big E and Tucker tag to Otis and Kofi!

Kofi springboards to ax handle Otis, but Otis stays up. Kofi chops away but Otis just jiggles. Kofi dropkicks, but then leaps into the spin-cycle scoop slam! Otis runs corner to corner and squashes Kofi in the corner. Kofi is down and fans pump up with Otis. Now we get the Caterpillar ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Kofi survives but Otis tags Tucker in. Otis has Kofi for the Hoss Toss, but Kofi counters with a DDT! Kofi spins Otis for Trouble in Paradise! Out goes Dozer, and Big E is back. Kofi tags Big E but Tucker elbows back. Tucker catches Big E’s arms for an overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for both teams as Tucker hops up and leaps! But Tucker flops on the mat! Big E tags Kofi, scoops Tucker, and Kofi leaps in, MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, the New Day ELIMINATES Heavy Machinery! But there’s no resting yet, here come Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas!

The New Day VS The B-Team!

Will “B” truly stand for Best Tag Team in the World?

Big E and Kofi are ready as Axel and Dallas get in the ring. Axel starts with Big E but Big E throws big body shots. Big E whips but Axel boots. Axel clobbers Big E from behind then rains down rights! Axel tags Dallas, and then drops an elbow on Big E. Dallas drops knee after knee on Big E, covers, TWO! Dallas keeps Big E down with a chinlock but fans rally up. Big E powers up and fights back but Dallas knees low. Tag to Axel and the B-Team mug Big E in the corner. But Big E powers Axel off the DDT, and then throws Dallas out! Kofi climbs to TRUST FALL! Big E scoops Axel, for the BIG ENDING! Cover, The New Day ELIMINATES The B-Team! But now, #SayYeah! The #TopGuys are here, and we get a SmackDown Tag Team Championship preview!

The New Day VS The Revival!

Dash and Dawson are grinning, confident they’ll show up the New Day even before their title match. Tensions rise but the ref keeps the peace until teams sort out. Kofi and Dawson start and tie up. They go around and Dawson puts Kofi in a corner. The ref counts and Dawson gets a cheap shot in. Dawson stomps and punches but the ref backs him off. Dawson pulls Kofi by his hair to tag in Dash. The Revival double headbutt Kofi down! Dash throws uppercuts and CHOPS on Kofi, then bump him off other buckles. Dash whips Kofi corner to corner, then runs in to monkey flip! But Kofi lands on his feet! To dropkick Dash back! And dropkick Dawson down! Dash headlocks but Kofi powers out to leap, into a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Dash tags Dawson and Dawson drops a leg, drops an elbow, and drops a headbutt! Dawson brings Kofi up, back suplex drops Kofi! Cover, TWO!

Fans boo the Revival as Dawson drags Kofi up by his hair. Dash tags in, Dawson snapmares and Dash is the human weapon, assisted leg drop! Cover, TWO! Fans still rally as Kofi endures the high armlock. Dash leans on Kofi but fans rally up. Kofi fights his way up and punches Dash back. Big E reaches for Kofi but Dash wrangles Kofi away. Kofi arm-drags and then hits SOS! Both Kofi and Dash are down but fans rally up. Tag to Dawson, and he intercepts Kofi to put him back in the Revival’s corner. But Kofi fights out with fury, until Dawson kicks low. Dawson whips Kofi to a corner, Kofi leaps up to missile dropkick back! Kofi crawls but Dash hits Big E down! Dawson corner clotheslines Kofi, then tags Dash. Torture rack knee drop attack! Cover, TWO!! The Revival can’t believe it!

Fans rally up for Kofi as Dash and Dawson sneer. Dash drags Kofi up and tags in Dawson. The Revival hit an assisted suplex, but Big E rams Dash! Kofi rolls Dawson, The New Day ELIMINATES The Revival! This could be what happens tomorrow night! But Dawson is a sore loser and he clobbers Big E out of the ring! Dash throws Big E into steel steps while Dawson throws hands on Kofi! The Revival beat Kofi down as fans boo, Kofi gets the SHATTER MACHINE! And this leaves the New Day vulnerable to… THE OC!

The New Day VS The OC!

The Good Brothers, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, hurry down to the ring to pick the bones! They drag Kofi up, MAGIC- No! Kofi kicks Anderson then tosses Gallows out! Double stomps take down The Machine Gun! Big E returns and fans rally up, but Gallows trips him up to YAKUZA Kick! Anderson hits the Shotgun! Tag to Gallows, and the OC drag Kofi back up. NOW Magic Killer!! Cover, The OC ELIMINATES The New Day! A huge assist to the Revival, but now… the RAID!

The OC VS The Viking Raiders!

The Raw Tag Team Champions are the last team left! Will Erik & Ivar add the World Cup to their long list of accolades? Or will the Best Tag Team in the World be #JustTooSweet?

And the brawl is on the moment these four meet! Erik gut wrenches to gut bust Anderson, then TOSS him at Gallows! Erik throws body shots on Gallows to then whip, but Gallows reverses. Erik goes up and over to come back with a knee! But Gallows knees back to then uppercut and throw Erik out. Erik skins the cat but Anderson runsi n. Erik elbows Anderson and then Gallows, but Anderson chop blocks! Gallows dropkicks Erik down, and the OC throw up the Too Sweet. Gallows fetches Erik into the ring and brings him up for clubbing forearms. Gallows snap suplexes Erik down and covers, TWO! Gallows keeps on Erik with a chinlock, digging his fingers into the beard. Fans rally up and Erik fights his way up to break free and ROCK Gallows with a right!

Erik and Gallows crawl to their corners, hot tags to Anderson and Ivar! The Warbeard rallies, sidewalk slam to splash! Gallwos runs in but gets heavy hands! Gallows whips but runs into the seated senton! Ivar cartwheels to dodge Anderson and come back with the clothesline! Tag to Erik and Ivar scoop slams Anderson. Ivar is the human weapon, scoop slam senton! Erik dead lifts Anderson up but Gallows knocks Ivar off the top. Anderson throws Erik into the post! Tag to Gallows, and Gallows drags Erik out. Back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO!! Erik survives but Anderson tags back in. The OC want it again, but Ivar disrupts Magic Killer! Gallows YAKUZA Kicks Ivar, and Anderson chop blocks Erik again! Magic Killer!! Cover, The OC win!!

Winners: The OC, Gallows pinning; The Best Tag Team in the World

Not only that, but they’ve pinned the Raw Tag Team Champions! Will Gallows and Anderson rise back up and make the OC golden?

 

Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.

The King of Lucha is disappointed to be sure, but after going after Lesnar, what was the message? Lesnar gets props for surviving Cain Velasquez, but Lesnar hasn’t destroyed Mysterio. Lesnar will pay for what he did to Dominick, if it’s the last thing Mysterio does. Mysterio uses Spanish to give a Paul Heyman style “spoiler”: He’s coming for revenge.

 

Mansoor VS Cesaro!

The hometown hero returns! Mansoor won the historic 50-Man Battle Royal, but now he must see if he can do things 1v1. Will the Swiss Cyborg ruin the inspirational superstar’s newest homecoming?

The bell rings and the fans are of course fired up for their hero. Mansoor wants to shake Cesaro’s hand, but Cesaro slaps it away. Fans boo but Mansoor and Cesaro tie up. Cesaro powers Mansoor to a corner, and gives a sharp shove. Mansoor shoves back! The two tie up again, Cesaro wrenches to a wristlock, then shifts to a hammerlock. Mansoor slips out and reverses to then get a headlock. But Cesaro blocks the takedown and has the wristlock back. Mansoor rolls and bends back, to then hop over and wrench to an arm-drag! Mansoor smiles and the fans go wild! Cesaro and Mansoor tie up again, and Cesaro headlocks. Mansoor powers out but Cesaro runs him over! Cesaro runs, Mansoor leaps up, but into a scoop! Mansoor slips out, but Cesaro bucks him off. Mansoor springs up, O’Conner rolls to a standing moonsault! Cover, ONE, but Mansoor arm-drags to an armlock!

Cesaro grows frustrated as he endures the hold. Cesaro powers up and puts Mansoor on the ropes. The ref counts and Cesaro lets up, to hit low! Cesaro knees Mansoor then whips as fans duel. Mansoor sunset flips, kips up and dropkicks Cesaro out of the ring! Cesaro flounders but is frustrated. Cesaro turns around to get a dropkick! Mansoor builds speed to DIVE, into a European Uppercut! Fans are stunned to see Mansoor wipe out! Cesaro drags Mansoor up to whip him into barriers! Mansoor writhes as fans boo. Cesaro drags Mansoor up and into the ring to then climb up top. Mansoor staggers up, into Cesaro’s flying ax handles! Cover, TWO, but Cesaro chinlocks. Fans rally as Mansoor endures. Mansoor powers up and powers Cesaro to the corner!

Cesaro whips back but Mansoor stops himself. Mansoor boots then hops up, but Cesaro yanks him down! Mansoor hits buckles and then the mat! Cesaro covers, TWO! Mansoor checks his nose but nothing’s bloody yet. Cesaro brings Mansoor up to knock him down with a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO, but Cesaro has the chinlock again. Fans rally as Mansoor fights his way up. Mansoor fights back with body shots but Cesaro shoves him, to get the sleeper on the rebound. Fans still rally and Mansoor fights free again, only to get another shove. But Mansoor was ready, and he gets Cesaro in a sleeper! But Cesaro shifts to back suplex! Cover, TWO! Cesaro climbs up now, leaps, but into Mansoor’s dropkick! Fans cheer while both men are down, “This is Awesome!”

Mansoor finds Cesaro and gives him a jawbreaker! And a CHOP! And another CHOP! And another! Cesaro reels Mansoor in, but Mansoor lands on his feet out of the back suplex to enziguri! Mansoor runs, tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Cesaro ends up outside the ring, and Mansoor fires himself up. Mansoor runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes out Cesaro! Mansoor puts Cesaro in then climbs up top, big crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Mansoor is shocked, but he has a wild look in his eyes. Mansoor runs in, BIG tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro still lives and Mansoor is shocked again! Mansoor drags Cesaro up but Cesaro shoves him at the ref! And then gets a throat chop! Roll up, with tights! TWO!! Mansoor escapes, elbows back, then hops up. Mansoor dodges Cesaro to come back with a kick! And a slingshot neckbreaker! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!

Mansoor was so close, but also too close to the ropes. Mansoor drags Cesaro away and then climbs up top. Cesaro gets up to trip him up! Mansoor hits the buckle, and then Cesaro climbs up. Cesaro dead lifts to a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Mansoor lives and now Cesaro can’t believe it! Fans still feel “This is Awesome!” as Cesaro brings Mansoor in. But Mansoor counters to a jackknife! TWO, Mansoor runs, into a POP-UP UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO, but into a CROSSFACE! Mansoor endures being cranked back hard, but Cesaro thrashes harder. Mansoor rolls it over, TWO! Cesaro runs into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!?! Cesaro survives and Mansoor is stunned.

But Mansoor won’t be denied, he heads to the corner again. Mansoor climbs, but Cesaro has him again. Mansoor kicks Cesaro away but Cesaro JABS hard! Cesaro clubs away furiously, then sits Mansoor up. Cesaro throws a BIG EuroUpper, then climbs up to join Mansoor. Another gut wrench, but Mansoor counters to a sunset flip powerbomb!! Mansoor has a wild look in his eyes as Cesaro is back down. Mansoor hurries up top again, for a MOONSAULT! Cover, Mansoor wins!!

Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall

The hometown hero does it again! The Swiss Cyborg was no easy opponent, but Mansoor found a way to win! Will Mansoor make even more memorable moments in his growing WWE career?

Greg Hamilton interviews Mansoor in the ring.

This was his first singles match in his home country, what does a victory like this mean? Fans are all cheering, and Mansoor is a bit overwhelmed. “When I woke up this morning, I looked myself in the mirror and I said, ‘This is my most important match.'” This was the most important match of Mansoor’s life. He admits he was scared and nervous. But then he stepped into the arena, in front of all the fans, in front of his family, and he remembered, “Anything is possible.” This was the most important victory of his life, but Mansoor can’t wait for “what WE do next!” Mansoor speaks to Riyadh in Arabic to assure them, he is here for them! Mansoor says that they dreamed of a Saudi Superstar in WWE, and here he is! Mansoor is ready to carry the dreams of a people on his shoulders. How high can Mansoor go with his nation behind him?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The WWE Universal Champion’s match is Falls Count Anywhere, and it cannot be stopped until there is a winner. With that said, “is this the night you end the rivalry?” Rollins says this ends tonight! The Fiend has brought out the worst in Rollins, from Hell in a Cell to burning the Firefly Fun House. The scariest part is that a little bit of Rollins that enjoys this. Rollins has had people play mind games with him, but something about this is different. It is unsettling. But what Rollins wants us to remember, that no matter what happens, Rollins didn’t pick the fight. Bray Wyatt picked the fight! Rollins didn’t start this but he is not afraid to end this! Rollins walks in the champion, and will do whatever it takes to walk out! What lengths will Rollins go to, to #BurnItDown?

 

Braun Strowman VS Tyson Fury!

The Monster Among Men was just trying to poke some fun at boxing’s undefeated Lineal Heavyweight Champion, but things escalated to an all out brawl! And now, we have this match of super sized stars in Saudi Arabia! Will Fury #GetTheseHands? Or will he #KnockBraunOut?

Strowman sees all the pageantry behind Fury’s entrance, but wonders where he is. Fury rises from the floor! The Gypsy King has the fans all fired up, but it’s time to get serious. The two come face to face but the ref wants them to go to their corners. The introductions are made, and the bell rings for this truly massive match!

Strowman and Fury circle, and they tie up. Strowman pushes Fury away but then they tie up again. Strowman puts Fury in a corner but the ref calls for a break. Strowman gives it, to then give a shove. Fury is mad but he and Strowman circle again. They tie up and Strowman powers Fury to the ropes. Fury slips free and gives some body shots! Strowman manages to shrug them off and he ties up with Fury again. Strowman wrenches to a wristlock, but Fury rolls and manages to kip-up to a headlock! Strowman powers out, bumps shoulders, but then BOOTS Fury down! Fans roar with Strowman as he looms over Fury. Strowman hauls Fury up to club him back down, and stomp him down! Fury gets up but Strowman is on him with a headbutt! Fans duel as Strowman throws hands on Fury now, and more headbutts!

Fury wobbles but Strowman knees low. Strowman rams shoulders into Fury’s ribs, then runs corner to corner, but only gets post! Fury catches his breath while Strowman tumbles out. Strowman heads up but Fury kicks him back out. Fury then goes out to fetch Strowman, but Strowman rams him into the apron! Strowman DECKS Fury with a right! Strowman decides to take a lap! Fury stands, but Strowman comes around, but Fury dropkicks him down! Fury roars and fans fire up with him! Fury dares Strowman to get up, and he puts Strowman in the ring. Fury gets in and stalks Strwoman. Strowman dodges to scoop! But Fury fights out and drop toeholds Strowman into ropes! Strowman gets up to get a BOOT from Fury! Cover, TWO!! Fury couldn’t figure out the leg hook and that may have cost him.

Fans rally up both ways as Fury stands up. Fury drags Strowman up but Strowman powers him to a corner! Both men start throwing hands and Strowman clubs Fury down! Strowman brings Fury up to CLUB him down again! But Fury invokes his inner Deadman as he sits up! Strowman stomps Fury back down, then waits for Fury to get up. Strowman runs in again, but gets another boot! Fury catches his breath while Strowman staggers. Fury leaps into Strowman’s arms, and a World’s Strongest Slam! Strowman shouts out Mark Henry and Fury feels all 385 pounds. Strowman sees Fury is outside, and it’s time for another lap! Strowman runs around the way to run Fury over! Fans cheer as they want “One More Time!” Strowman obliges, and runs Fury over again! Strowman puts Fury in the ring at 7, and fans are fired up! Strowman gets in the ring now but Fury ROCKS him with that right!! Strowman falls in a heap as the ring count begins again! The count passes 5 but Strowman wobbles at 7! And at 9! Strowman is down, Fury wins!!

Winner: Tyson Fury, by count out

In a very boxing way, the Gypsy King gets one over on the Monster Among Men! But The Monster Among Men still gives Fury a MONSTER SLAM! “I told you, this is MY ring, you piece of crap!” But Fury does get up! Is this the last we’ve seen of these two giants colliding in the ring?

 

The WWE 24/7 Championship chase is still going on backstage!

No Way Jose, Heath Slater, Eric Young and THE Brian Kendrick are among those hunting down R-Truth! But Truth ditches them all as he sneaks out of a side room. Truth turns around to see Samir! And Sunil! How many Singhs are there? Truth wants themt o know, the one thing about being the 48/7 7/11 24/7 European Television Champion is that you always need to have an escape plan. See ya! But Truth forgot he closed the door behind him! He bounces off and hits the floor, Samir covers! Samir wins!!

Winner: Samir Singh, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

The Bollywood Boys have both held the title now! Truth can’t believe it, the Singh family just gets bigger and bigger. But will Truth get his baby back before leaving for the States?

 

WWE United States Championship: AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Humberto Carrillo!

Ultimo Ninja survived 19 other superstars to challenge the Phenomenal One here and now! But the Good Brothers overcame eight other teams to become the BEST Tag Team in the World! Will Styles keep the momentum going? Or will Carrillo shock the world and get his first title in WWE this very day?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this phenomenal rematch from Raw begins!

Styles throws forearms and punches and stomps on Carrillo already! Fans rally and duel as Carrillo gets up and hits back! Styles rocks and CHOPS Carrillo to the corner, then bumps him off buckles. Styles throws more forearms then bumps Carrillo on more buckles. Styles CHOPS but Carrillo hits back. Styles kicks Carrillo hard, and Styles tells the Carrillo fans to “shut up.” Carrillo fires back but Styles CHOPS him again. Styles whips but Carrillo holds ropes. Carrillo dodges and then comes back to springboard arm-drag! Styles is up but Carrillo headscissors him down! Carrillo kicks hard then uses the ropes again, shows off a little and arm-drags Styles again! Then dropkicks him out! Carrillo builds speed, but Styles gets clear. They go around the way and Styles baits Carrillo into the USHIGOROSHI!

Fans rally and duel again as Styles catches his breath. Styles drags Carrillo up into a chinlock and squeezes tight. Carrillo endures and fans rally up. Carrillo fights up and fights out, but Styles counters to a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Styles keeps his cool as fans continue to rally. Styles says “SUCK IT” to the Carrillo fans, but Carrillo hits back. Styles knees low and is getting annoyed with the upstart. He brings Carrillo up to snapmare and put on a chinlock. Fans rally up again as Carrillo endures. Carrillo fights his way up and out again, but Styles swings. Carrillo dodges, handsprings and back elbows Styles down! The OC coach Styles up but Carrillo runs in, another springboard but Styles throws him down! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Carrillo up and suplexes, to a BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo survives and Styles is growing frustrated.

Styles puts the chinlock back on as fans duel. Carrillo feeds off the energy and fights, but Styles holds tight. Carrillo keeps trying, and gets free, and starts trading haymakers with Styles. Styles kicks, swings, misses, and Carrillo jawbreakers! Handspring arm-drag! Fans fire up with Carrillo, somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated now, but fans still rally. Carrillo drags Styles up but Styles trips him, to catapult at the corner! But Carrillo hops up and leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo grits his teeth while Styles is sputtering. Carrillo brings Styles up but Styles throat chops! Styles tosses Carrillo out but Carrillo holds on. After all, he just went through a battle royal. Carrillo slingshots, but into a fireman’s carry! Styles Ushigoroshis, but Carrillo handsprings through! To enziguri! But Styles PELES in return! Both men are down but fans are rallying up, “This is Awesome!”

Carrillo goes to the apron but Styles follows. Styles brings Carrillo up, but Carrillo resists the suplex. Carrillo body shots and BOOTS! Styles stays up, and tosses Carrillo back in. Carrillo hops over to ROCK Styles, then leaps to dropkick him down! Carrillo runs and FLIES! Direct hit takes out Styles! Carrillo grits his teeth as he drags Styles up and in. Cover, TWO!! Carrillo doesn’t let that deter him, as he puts Styles on the top rope. Carrillo climbs to join Styles, and then stands up on the very top, SUPER STEINER denied! But Carrillo fights out of the Clash, only for Styles to sunset flip! TWO and Carrillo has Styles, TWO! The Phenomenal Blitz fires off! Cover, TWO!! The OC are growing worried as Carrillo survives. Styles catches his breath then drags Carrillo up. Styles wants the Clash, but Carrillo grabs ropes while upside-down! Carrillo skins the cat and trades forearms with Styles.

Carrillo springboards, but into a waistlock! Carrillo escapes the back suplex but his leg jams. He still dodges the boot, but Styles trips Carrillo up with that leg. Carrillo still kicks Styles into buckles with the good leg, but Styles comes back to roll him! CALF CRUSHER! Carrillo endures the leg hold like he did on Monday, but Styles really cranks back! Carrillo reaches and gets the ropebreak! Styles lets up and stalks a hobbling Carrillo. Styles has the leg, but Carrillo knees back! Carrillo swings a kick but hits the enziguri on the return! Carrillo drags Styles to a drop zone and climbs up, to MOONSAULT! Styles dodges, Carrillo rolls through but that leg bothers him. Styles runs in, but Carrillo puts him on the apron. Styles forearms back, and then takes aim! Springboard, Phenomenal Forearm hits! Cover, Styles wins!

Winner: AJ Styles, by pinfall; still WWE United States Champion

The Phenomenal wins again, and the OC is rolling! Will these three together become the Best TRIO in the World?

 

Backstage interview with Hulk Hogan!

The Immortal One says, “Let me tell you something, brother!” No wait, that’s not quite right. “Let me tell you something, Double B!” Beautiful Byron Saxton, the Hulkster is super pumped up to be in Riyadh! After 35 years of Flair flapping his gums, Hogan will put it to rest. Flair has never beat Hogan before, and Flair’s team won’t beat Hogan’s now! Hogan’s team has been clangin’ and bangin’, training day and night. “We’re ready for total destruction!” So the last question Hogan has is, what’s Flair going to do when Team Hogan runs wild on Team Flair, brother?

 

Lacey Evans VS Natalya!

History is being made by the Sassy Southern Bell and Queen of Harts! This the first-ever women’s wrestling match in the country, and fans are excited for this progress! But who gets the even bigger honor of being the first woman to win a match in Riyadh?

The bell rings, and Natty shakes hands with Lacey. They then circle and tie up, and Lacey headlocks. Natty powers out but Lacey runs her over with a shoulder. Lacey pretends to be surprised, but then things speed up. Lacey blocks the hip toss but so does Natty. Natty arm-drags Lacey and fans are dueling. Fans rally up as Natty and Lacey tie up. Natty wrenches to a wristlock, but Lacey cartwheels and reverses! Natty rolls and handsprings to wrench back, then roll Lacey up, TWO! Lacey has to give Natty a hand for that one, and they shake hands again. They tie up, Lacey headlocks and throws Natty but avoids a takedown. “This is Awesome!” as the two tie up again. Lacey headlocks and gets the takeover, but Natty headscissors. Lacey pops out to a jackknife, TWO as Natty bridges. Natty spins to a headlock takeover of her own, but Lacey headscissors. Natty kips up and out and fans are cheering this great technical exchange!

The two go again, Lacey elbows out of the waistlock, but misses in the corner. Natty picks Lacey up but Lacey lands on her feet out of the rebound to arm-drag Natty! Natty is up fast and trips Lacey again, and wants the Sharpshooter! Lacey kicks her away, but Natty runs and dares Lacey to chase her. Lacey does and Natty sends her out! Fans cheer as Natty fetches Lacey, but Lacey chop blocks Natty! Lacey swings to dropkick and wreck Natty! Lacey drags Natty in for the cover, TWO! Fans are loving this display of “Women’s Wrestling!” and Lacey has Natty in a seated cobra clutch. Natty endures as Lacey thrashes her about. Natty works her way up but Lacey whips her to a corner. Natty puts Lacey on the apron but walks into a kick. Lacey sweeps the legs to slingshot elbow drop! Cover, TWO!

Lacey goes back to the cobra clutch but fans rally up. Natty endures and stands, but Lacey reels her out to drive her down. Lacey drops knees on the arm, and again! Lacey puts the cobra twist on, but fans rally up. Natty fights her way up but into Lacey’s swinging neckbreaker! Lacey rolls back but her splash gets knees! Natty catches her breath and kicks Lacey back. Natty whips but Lacey reverses. Lacey misses in the corner, and Natty gets that rebound sit-down! Natty steps on Lacey to basement dropkick! And then, the Sharpshooter! But Lacey powers out to roll Natty, TWO! Lacey headlocks and suplexes Natty hard! Lacey drags Natty to a drop zone and goes to the corner. She hops up, then again, Sassiest Moonsault Ever! Cover, TWO!! Natty survives and Lacey is furious!

Lacey drags Natty up again for another suplex, then makes sure Natty is in the drop zone. Lacey wants one more, but Natty springs up to yank her off! Natty catches her breath but hits the DISCUS! And then, and truly, the SHARPSHOOTER! Fans are fired up as Lacey endures and reaches, but Natty drags her away! Natty sits deep, Lacey TAPS, Natty wins!!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

And the Harts make history again! Natalya wins in this truly historic moment! Saudi Arabia is happy to see this moment, especially as Natty helps Lacey up. There is still respect and sportsmanship here, and that’s an even greater thing!

 

10-Man Tag: Team Hogan VS Team Flair!

The Big Dog leads the Beacon of Light, Shorty G, the King of Flight and the Bulgarian Brute into battle against The Viper, the King of Strong Style, the King of the Ring, the Scottish Terminator and the Rocky Mountain Machine! With each team of five representing a living legend, who is victorious over the other on this historic night?

The teams sort out as tension mounts between all ten. Nakamura and Chad Gable start, but Nakamura toys with Shorty G. Nakamura kicks quick and low. He fires off strikes, but Gable catches one to get around to a waistlock and slam! Nakamura switches but Gable does, too. The two fight for control, and Nakamura triangle holds, but Gable rolls to an ankle lock! Nakamura powers out but runs into a belly2belly suplex! Gable keeps throwing Nakamura then covers, TWO! Gable drags Nakamura up to whip but Nakamura knees low. Gable ducks one kick but not the second! Tag to Corbin, and the Lone Wolf gets to pick on Gable again. Corbin whips Gable corner to corner but Gable goes up and over. Gable dodges and tags Ali to arm-drag Corbin! Ali dropkicks Corbin and again!

Ali runs, but into the grip! Corbin puts Ali in a corner but gets a roundhouse back! Ali somersaults for the facebuster! Cover, ONE, and Corbin backs away to his corner. Corbin tags in Lashley, and Rusev wants in! Ali obliges and suddenly Lashley wants out! Rusev goes after Lashley but the ref keeps him away as Lashley is in the corner. Tag to McIntyre and fans boo as Lashley runs from Rusev. Rusev and McIntyre circle and tie up and they start brawling! Rusev gets the edge but McIntyre kicks low and clubs hard! McIntyre whips, Rusev throws McIntyre back and corner splashes! Rusev whips corner to corner but runs into McIntyre’s elbow. McIntyre runs but Ruesv dodges to hit the windmill kick! Cover, TWO, and Rusev glares at Lashley. Rusev wrenches McIntyre and yanks on the arm, then tags to Ali. Ali climbs up and Ali double stomps the arm. Ali goes after the arm but McIntyre breaks free to CHOP Ali down!

Corbin tags in and drags Ali up to whip. Ali kicks back and then runs in, but into a scoop. Ali slips out to shove Corbin but Corbin puts him on the Ali. Ali hits back but Corbin shoves him off! Ali hits barriers on the way down! Team Hogan coaches Ali up but Corbin comes around to fetch Ali. Corbin puts Ali in and brings Ali over to tag in Lashley. Lashley and Corbin mug Ali but fans rally up. Lashley lifts Ali for a sidewalk slam! Lashley wraps Ali up in a chinlock and grinds him down. Lashley taunts Rusev and the ref has to keep Rusev back. Ali fights his way up and throws hands, then runs, into Lashley’s lariat! Cover, TWO! Lashley throws Ali out hard then flexes at Rusev. The ref has to hold Rusev back again, that allows Orton to get his shots in on Ali! Lashley tags out to Nakamura, and Nakamura goes around to get Ali into the ring.

Nakamura taunts Team Hogan as he bumps Ali off buckles. Nakamura gives Ali Bad Vibrations! Fans boo as Nakamura walks it off and dares Team Hogan to “C’MON!” But Ail boots, only to get turned sideways for a ROUNDHOUSE! Sliding German! Ali is down, Nakamura covers, TWO! Nakamura tags in McIntyre, and they mug Ali in the Flair corner. McIntyre puts Ali in an open corner to CHOP! McIntyre tosses Ali across the way! And then he dares Ali to stand. Ali does, but he goes up and over, only for McIntyre to pull hair. McIntyre back suplexes but Ali slips out to boot back. Ali leaps, tornado DDT! Both men are down and their teams are rallying for them! McIntyre keeps Ali away for only a moment, hot tag to Ricochet! Ricochet kicks McIntyre and throws forearms! Ricochet runs, throws more forearms, then dodges to tilt-o-whirl headscissors!

Ricochet kips up, runs in, shoulder tackles, and avoids Nakamura’s sweep. Ricochet kicks Nakamura, forearms McIntyre, then springboard clothespins! LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Ricochet hurries up to the top rope but Corbin creeps close. Ricochet hops down, but then McIntyre lifts Ricochet up with one hand, and turns him around for the inverted Alabama lift. Corbin gets a BIG right hand in first, and then the inverted Alabama Slam! Tag to Orton, and fans cheer finally getting to see The Viper in action! Orton stomps Ricochet around, then does his iconic pose. Orton CHOPS Ricochet in the corner, then snapmares Ricochet for more stomps. Orton grinds his boot into Ricochet’s stomach with every stomp, and then he goes after the legs. Tag to Lashley, and Flair smiles as Orton whips Ricochet to a corner.

Lashley runs in to ram his shoulder into Ricochet’s stomach! Lashley then brings Ricochet up to suplex and hold him there for a count of 15! Cover, TWO! Rusev wants at Lashley badly but Lashley uses that to taunt him more. Lashley puts Ricochet in the corner and tags Corbin. Corbin drags Ricochet up and throws a big right hand! Corbin drags Ricochet up to ram in elbows over and over into the shoulder. Corbin then half nelsons and chinbars to grind Riocchet down. Fans rally up for Ricochet as he fights his way up. Ricochet fights out with body shots but Corbin powers him to a corner. Ricochet goes up and over and hits Corbinab ck! Springboard, but into the choke grip, but Ricochet pops up to a sunset flip! TWO, Corbin slides out then in to clobber Shorty G and Ali, and then still LARIAT Ricochet! Fans boo but Flair gives a “WOO~” as McIntyre tags in.

McIntyre stomps Ricochet then dead lift suplexes him! Cover, TWO! McIntyre stomps Ricochet more then tags in Lashley. Lashley and McIntyre mug Ricochet, then Lashley cheap shots Rusev! But Ricochet fights out, dropkick-flip to enziguri! Orton tags in and has Ricochet by his super suit! But Ricochet escapes the back suplex, misses the enziguri but not the mule kick! Fans rally up as Ricochet crawls, hot tags to Corbin and Roman Reigns! The Big Dog rallies on all of Team Flair! Leaping lariats for McIntyre and Corbni, and a big uppercut for Lashley! Roman has targets on the outside, Drive-By Dropkick for Orton! Orton even hits post on the way out! Drive-By for Lashley! But Corbin grabs Roman, only to get a hotshot! Roman throws uppercuts and then point-blank lariats in the corner! He gets all 10, and then runs to BOOT Corbin down! Roman shouts out to Hogan, leg drop, brother!

But Roman isn’t done there, he locks ‘n’ loads from the corner! Nakamura gets up to get an uppercut, and Corbin runs into an elbow. McIntyre gets an uppercut, but Orton tags in. Orton has Roman, but no RKO yet! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, but McIntyre and Corbin break it! Ali somersaults in, but into a CHOKE SLAM! Ankle lock for Corbin, KINSHASA for Shorty G! Ricochet springboards in, to a CLAYMORE! Team Flair has regrouped and they surround Roman. But Rusev finally gets in, to clotheslines McIntyre out! And club Corbin! And toss Nakamura! Lashley doesn’t realize, and now he’s alone with Rusev! They brawl it out, and the fans are behind Rusev! Rusev gets an edge, but Lashley tosses him out. Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Lashley! Team Flair is gathered, Roman runs to FLY! The Big Dog bowls everyone over!!

Roman puts Orton in and takes aim from the corner. The fans join in the “OOAAH~!” Roman runs in, to a kick! Roman rebounds, into an RKO!! Cover, TWO!?! Roman survives the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling!? Flair and Orton are furious, but fans are loving this! Orton looms over Roman, and decides to bring out an even more vicious move. But Shorty G anchors Orton’s feet in the corner! Orton swipes at him, and the ref keeps Gable back. Ali turns Orton around, RKO! No, wait! Ali braced himself! Ricochet standing shooting stars onto Orton! And then, the high-fliers FLY out onto Corbin and Nakamura! Gable CANNONBALLS onto McIntyre! Rusev MACHKA KICKS Lashley! Roman SPEARS Orton!! Cover, Team Hogan wins!!

Winners: Team Hogan, Roman Reigns pinning

The Hulkster couldn’t be prouder of his team! Hogan wins over Flair again, thanks to his fab five! Will this lead each man of the winning team to even bigger and better things?

 

WWE Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt!

Hell in a Cell was a horror movie come to life, but just like a horror movie, it wasn’t enough to stop the nightmares. The Architect did his best to literally burn down Firefly Fun House, but even that didn’t stop Bray Wyatt. What will it take to end this horror story when this match cannot be stopped for any reason, other than a winner being named?

The lights go down, and when they come back up, red light bathes the arena, just as it did for Hell in a Cell. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this sequel to the nightmare begins!

Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” and the bell rings! Fiend throat chops Rollins then fires off haymakers and headbutts! Rollins swipes but misses wide, and now The Fiend dribbles Rollins off buckles! Fiend whips and headbutts Rollins down and fans are still chanting. The Fiend takes off his jacket and keeps on Rollins with uppercuts. Fiend chokes Rollins on ropes but Rollins gets free. The Fiend won’t leave him alone, and is laughing as he throws hands at the ropes. He whips Rollins but Rollins dodges to Slingblade! But the Fiend is up, only to run into a boot! Rollins hits a BLOCKBUSTER! Then springboards for a flying knee! Fiend staggers, into a SUPERKICK! Rollins runs but misses the stomp. Rollins rocks Fiend with a forearm, but things speed up, Fiend body checks Rollins down! Fans still cheer and Fiend laughs again.

The Fiend wags his fingers at “naughty Rollins” as he drags Rollins to the apron. Fiend clobbers Rollins but Rollins gets hobbling around the way. Fiend attacks Rollins and tosses him into the crowd! The red light follows them as they go to the crowd. Fiend bounces Rollins off a platform, then hops up to throw Rollins at a pillar. Rollins blocks and rams The Fiend into that same pillar! Rollins crawls to The Fiend and hammers away. Fiend goes back to ringside and Rollins hops up on the barriers to LEAP! But Fiend gets under, only to turn around into a SUPERKICK! CURB STOMP to the floor! But just like Hell in a Cell, The Fiend is up again! Rollins runs in, to an urenage onto the apron! The Fiend sits back to relax while Rollins writhes. Fans continue to chant as The Fiend rams Rollins into barriers.

The camera men move aside as The Fiend brings Rollins to the announce desk. The Fiend bounces Rollins off the one desk, then tosses him to the floor. Rollins rises, but dodges The Fiend! The Fiend busts through the barriers into the front row!! Rollins doesn’t cover, he looks for something he can use! Rollins has a TABLE! Fans love seeing tables. Rollins sets the table up on the outside, but takes aim at The Fiend. Rollins DIVES and hits him once, but then runs and DIVES again! The Fiend stays up so Rollins uses the announce desk cover to SMACK The Fiend down! The Fiend is down but Rollins won’t bother covering. Rollins goes back to his table to get a second table! Rollins stacks this second table on top of the first! Rollins grabs a chair and JAMS it into The Fiend’s ribs. Then he SMACKS the Fiend on the back! And then another chair shot while The Fiend’s down!

Rollins gives The Fiend more chair shots as fans rally up. Rollins finds the sledgehammer! Rollins puts the hammer aside for the moment, to stand up the chair. He puts The Fiend’s head on the chair and then has the hammer in hand! Fans anticipate what’s coming, but so does The Fiend! MANDIBLE CLAW! Rollins uses the hammer to fight free and SMASH The Fiend in the head! But the Fiend hits back to throw Rollins over the announce desk! The Fiend seems to be enjoying himself as he clears off this second desk. Rollins sits up but the Fiend creeps close. The Fiend throws hands, then gives Rollins the NECK SNAP! Fans rally as The Fiend stands tall on the desk. Rollins sputters but The Fiend stomps and kicks him while he’s down. The Fiend gives Rollins another throat chop to keep him down.

The Fiend is on one desk, runs over, and sentons! But Rollins dodges and The Fiend crashes through! Rollins hurries to a cover, ONE?!? Rollins is in shock! Rollins focuses as he grabs the chair again. Rollins jams the chair into The Fiend’s ribs, and then SMACKS him again! And again! The Fiend staggers about as he gets another chair shot to the back! Rollins has The Fiend on the desk, and decides to copy Shane O’Mac here as he climbs up top. But the Fiend is up fast! The Fiend shoves Rollins down through the table tower!! The fans lose their minds as Rollins is in the wreckage of his own making! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as The Fiend smiles at what just happened. The Fiend goes around to find Rollins and stomp away!

But then The Fiend has an even more “amusing” idea. He rips up floor mats to expose the steel grating underneath! Fans sing, “Fiend’s gonna kill~ you~!” Fiend walks over and sees Rollins barely rising up. The Fiend takes Rollins over to the exposed steel, for SISTER- No! Rollins slips out and PELES! The Fiend stays up, so Rollins grabs steel steps! Rollins RAMS The Fiend, and again! And a third time! The Fiend wobbles, Rollins lines it up, CURB STOMP ONTO STEEL!! Cover, TWO!?! Rollins is shocked again, and hurries to find anything else that can help him. Rollins finds a new chair and he SMACKS The Fiend! And again! The Fiend tumbles out into the crowd again, but Rollins hurries up onto the barrier. Rollins leaps to SMASH The Fiend again! The Fiend falls back onto that platform, and Rollins climbs up to follow.

Rollins runs in, into SISTER ABIGAIL! Rollins flops off the platform, into a shadowy void! The Fiend finds him, covers, TWO!! Rollins still lives, but The Fiend is having too much fun to be angry. The Fiend rains down rights then drags him up. The Fiend throws Rollins over to ringside as fans again declare, “This is Awesome!” Rollins hurries up the ramp but The Fiend chases him down. They brawl up and up, The Fiend stomps Rollins down. Rollins keeps trying but The Fiend keeps knocking him back down each time. They continue up the ramp, further and further. The Fiend toys with Rollins, then drags him up towards the stage. The Fiend crossface forearms Rollins, and they reach the stage. Rollins flails but The Fiend keeps hitting him. The Fiend has Rollins at the edge of the stage! Rollins fights out for dear life, so The Fiend throws him aside. Rollins mule kicks and CURB STOMPS! But again, The Fiend springs up!

The Fiend gets a SUPERKICK, and another SUPERKICK! Rollins SUPERKICKS again, and tries again, FOURTH Curb Stomp! But then a FIFTH! This is turning into Hell in a Cell all over again as Rollins hits a SIXTH! The Fiend is still moving, rolling, rising. Rollins runs back in, for a SEVENTH! Fans boo and jeer, they’re ending up by the other edge of the stage. Rollins stomps and fans chant, “Burn It Down!” Rollins wants and gets an EIGHTH Curb Stomp! But the Fiend still rises! Rollins SUPERKICKS him again, and they teeter near an edge. Another SUPERKICK, and then another! The Fiend FALLS INTO ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT! There are sparks and small explosions, and the crew hurries to extinguish the flames!

Rollins tries to get close but more sparks and explosions go off! Rollins is blinded by something, but THE FIEND RISES!! MANDIBLE CLAW!! The Fiend smothers Rollins against the trunks, and then sets him up, for SISTER ABIGAIL!! Cover, THE FIEND WINS!!

Winner: The Fiend Bray Wyatt, by pinfall; NEW WWE Universal Champion

UNBELIEVABLE! The Fiend survives things no normal man should have, and on top of it all, is victorious!! The Architect has been slain, and now the nightmare reigns. The lights go out, but when they come back on, The Fiend holds up the Universal Championship! What does this mean for ALL of the WWE?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

Y’know what, for the usual forced build, the same general distaste fans have for this WWE Saudi Arabia deal and any other arguments can be made against Crown Jewel, this second Crown Jewel ever was a really great event! For one, you can’t knock the crowd, they loved everything. The 20-Man Battle Royal was pretty fun, and while it seems like Cedric Alexander is being buried or dropped off the big stories, he at least got to be part of the final four. Fans really love Harper, even in Saudi Arabia, but it was almost too obvious from Raw last Monday that it would be Humberto Carrillo. At least they gave us a great way to Carrillo getting the better of Rowan and Harper. Carrillo had a really good match with AJ Styles, but it just seemed obvious the status quo would be maintained here. But speaking of that, it was pretty great we got the 24/7 Championship being hot potato’d again. At least then the status quo isn’t really kept, as Truth gets another reign and now Samir gets to hold the title.

I did not expect Lesnar VS Velasquez to open, but that does seem to be a trend with Lesnar lately. I also didn’t expect such a poor match, I thought they were going to stretch that for a few more minutes. But no, it was Lesnar squashing Velasquez. I suppose it gives that MMA feeling of how fights can end so fast, but that tends to come off dumb for pro-wrestling. Mysterio going after Lesnar and eventually running him off was great, but it does bring in the question of how Mysterio is supposed to get at Lesnar if they’re on separate brands. Survivor Series is cross-branded, so perhaps Mysterio gets his shot there. Of course, we have the shocker of the night with Rollins VS Fiend to factor in here, too. One of those top titles has to be going over to Raw, but after that honestly really great rematch to Hell in a Cell, Rollins can’t win that title back. The Fiend is basically unstoppable, so SmackDown should keep (and recolor) the Universal Championship. Raw can get Lesnar back and have him take on Mysterio. Just not sure if Mysterio wins.

That Tag Team Turmoil was alright, but I feel like the order of the teams could’ve worked out a little different. The Viking Raiders coming out last, I almost thought they were winning for sure. But in the end, the last team was always going to have the best advantage on paper, and they obviously wanted Revival and New Day to have their encounter to preview tomorrow night’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship match, so it just ended up being Raiders VS OC. I therefore did not expect The OC to win, but that was such a great choice. I was sure the AOP were going to go after the Raw Tag Team Championships, but maybe they also have to deal with The OC. That would make for some great stuff either way, and some unpredictability in the tag title scene is for the best.

However, for predictability in the Mansoor VS Cesaro match, that was actually a great match. Taking out the location and the fans being that strongly behind Mansoor, Mansoor still gives a great performance. When he sprang up out of the somersault, along with springing out of his own roll-up was great athleticism, that is something you can’t fake. Mansoor gets a great moment for himself and the people, I’m just surprised NXT hasn’t tried a little more with him since Super Showdown. The historic women’s match was pretty solid, and it was great to hear the fans get behind it so strongly. It made sense to have the Face win, because in the end, this is about the history and the progress made.

Fury VS Strowman could’ve been a bit smoother but it’s not like Fury had that long to train. But it was pretty clever to have this decided by the ring out count. We knew Fury would win so that he could stay undefeated in reality and kayfabe, but then Strowman gets the last move out of frustration. I don’t know if we will get a rematch, not really sure I want a rematch, but it wasn’t a complete mess. Team Hogan VS Team Flair was a lot of fun, certainly at the start and end. There was a lot of great stuff, and the story of Rusev and Lashley was clearly a major motivator in a lot of it, it was good that they got the little moment they had. Something in the middle dragged, but it makes a lot of sense for Roman to be the one to get the pin for the team. I was a little surprised this wasn’t the main event, but ending on the shocking win from The Fiend was definitely the way to go for the final moment of the show.

My Score: 8.5/10


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

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The Road to WrestleMania gets intense!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Dominik Mysterio is in the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

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

 

Sami Zayn VS Shinsuke Nakamura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Sami Zayn, by pinfall

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

 

Chelsea Green VS Raquel Rodriguez!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Sami Zayn.

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Cody Rhodes.

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

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

 

Imperium goes to the ring.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Judgment Day regroups backstage.

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

 

Tag Team Street Fight: The New Day VS Imperium!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Imperium, by pinfall

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

 

Adam Pearce is on the phone.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Shayna Baszler & Zoey Stark, by submission

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

 

R-Truth is in the Judgment Day clubhouse?

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

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

 

Drew McIntyre is here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nia Jax VS Liv Morgan!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification

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

 

Backstage interview with Grayson Waller & Austin Theory.

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

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

 

WWE mourns the loss of Ole Anderson.

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

 

Adam Pearce finds Becky backstage.

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

 

Backstage interview with Jey Uso.

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

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

 

Cody Rhodes VS Grayson Waller w/ Austin Theory!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cody Rhodes, by pinfall

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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

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The New Beginning comes to an end!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa VS El Phantasmo & Hikuleo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: El Phantasmo & Hikuleo, by pinfall

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

 

Hair VS Hair Match: Yota Tsuji VS Yuya Uemura!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS SANADA!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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