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Mitchell’s WWE Hell in a Cell Results & Report! (10/6/19)

See you in Hell! (in a Cell)

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2019

Time to Burn It Down in Hell (in a Cell)!

Bray Wyatt forgives, but “he” never forgets! Will Seth Rollins be able to #SurviveAndPrevail against the waking nightmare that is The Fiend?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – Lacey Evans VS Natalya; Natalya wins.
  • Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks; Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship.
  • Tornado Tag: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan & Luke Harper; Reigns & Bryan win.
  • Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali; Orton wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors; The Kabuki Warriors win and become the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
  • Six Man Tag: The OC VS The Viking Raiders & ???; The Viking Raiders & Braun Strowman win, by disqualification.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Street Profits Surprise: Carmella w/ R-Truth VS Tamina Snuka; Tamina wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • King Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable; Gable wins.
  • WWE 24/7 Championship Crowd Cameo: Tamina Snuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
  • SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair; Flair wins and becomes the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.
  • WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt; Referee Stoppage, Rollins retains the WWE Universal Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Hell in a Cell Kickoff Show!

Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, Booker T and Sam Roberts in recapping and predicting the action on the scariest night of WWE!

 

Bliss-Cross talk to the panel!

The Goddess and her crazy gal pal heard when we all did that Asuka and Kairi Sane are coming for the titles. Bliss isn’t sure why. Kairi just cosplays being a pirate. The fighting champions have beaten all the teams, and would just like to see a team earn a shot. Booker T disagrees, both Asuka and Kairi have resumes worthy of another try and get an upset. Alexa says those were individual accomplishments. For that matter, Alexa was the five-time (five-time etc) Women’s Champion in her own right. But what have Asuka and Kairi done as a team? Nikki says the champs proved everyone wrong, and that continues tonight. They’ll be undefeated against the Kabuki Warriors! Confident as can be, will Bliss-Cross hold onto the gold against #JoshiRoyalty?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

Kayla Braxton asks the nine-time Women’s Champion about her rematch with Bayley. Charlotte fell short at Clash of Champions, but that’s the past. Charlotte prefers to talk the Fox SmackDown debut and that tap out she got out of Bayley. Bayley’s tough girl act is just that: an act. But Charlotte IS the Queen of All Eras and she WILL be the TEN-TIME Women’s Champion. WOO~!

 

Lacey Evans VS Natalya!

The Sassy Southern Belle and the Queen of Harts are far from through with each other. Will Lacey end this with her Woman’s Right? Or will Natty finally dig her claws into Lacey and make her tap out?

The bell rings and the Golden 1 cheers for Natty as she ties up with Lacey. Natty headlocks and gets the takeover, but Lacey headscissors out with a grin. Natty pops out and now Lacey frowns. They circle again and Lacey kicks low. Lacey wrenches to a wristlock then brings Natty down for a cover, ONE. Natty gets up but Lacey is on the arm again. Lacey wrenches, wristlocks, but Natty rolls, spins, handsprings and arm-drags Lacey down! Fans cheer as Lacey backs off. Natty soaks it all up and Lacey grows annoyed. The two circle again and tie up. Natty waistlocks, drops down, trips Lacey and spanks her! Natty floats to a facelock but Lacey slips out to hammerlock, and spank back! Lacey pulls hair but the ref reprimands her. Natty moves around, Lacey facelocks to headlocks. Headlock takeover, but Natty rolls her to a cover. ONE, and Lacey holds on.

Fans rally for Natty and Natty elbows free. Natty shoves but Lacey runs her over! Fans boo as Lacey grins and soaks it all up. Lacey drags Natty up to whip into the corner. Lacey runs in but Natty dodges to lift, rebound, but Lacey counters with a takedown! Cover, TWO! Lacey claws at Natty’s face but Natty counters to an armbar! Lacey flails and rolls to get the ropebreak with her legs. Natty stomps Lacey as she lets up, then goes at her at the ropes! Lacey rolls Natty up, TWO! Natty trips Lacey, steps through, but Lacey scrambles! Lacey gets another ropebreak, and Natty lets up. Natty chases Lacey out of the ring but then dares her to “get your ass back in this ring!” Lacey cools off by commentary, but Natty comes running. Lacey kicks Natty and throws her into steel steps!

WWE goes picture in picture as Lacey drags Natty’s leg to the steps. Lacey stomps the shin on the steel! And again! The referee reprimands Lacey but she just smiles as she drags Natty up and into the ring. Lacey traps Natty’s face under the apron! She smothers Natty but lets up at the ref’s count. Lacey turns Natty around to kick at the bad leg. Lacey gets up on the apron as we return to single picture, and she chokes Natty on the ropes! The ref counts, Lacey lets up, to then slingshot elbow drop! Lacey drags Natty to a cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, but she goes after the bad leg with stomps and yanking. Natty clutches the knee as she gets to a corner, but Lacey stomps a mudhole. Lacey laces the leg on ropes to pull! Fans boo but Lacey runs in for the swinging bronco buster! Cover, TWO! Lacey is annoyed but she drags Natty around to hook the bad leg. Lacey puts on her on Sassy STF, then adds an arm to it.

Fans rally for Natty as she endures being bent. Lacey dribbles Natty’s face off the mat! Then she smashes the knee! Natty clutches her leg and the ref backs Lacey off. Lacey dropkicks Natty while she’s down then covers, TWO! Lacey drags Natty around again, stomping and yanking the leg. Lacey clamps on with a chinbar and armlock but fans rally up. Natty gets up, fights out, but Lacey throws her down by her hair. Lacey grits her teeth as she drags Natty around by the leg. Lacey steps through, wanting to steal the Sharpshooter! But Natty SLAPS Lacey off her! Lacey flounders to ropes while Natty gets up. Lacey comes back to SLAP and CHOP, then snapmare to stomp the leg! Lacey wants to try again, but Natty uses her good leg to shove Lacey out of the ring!

Natty hurries to a corner for safety, but Lacey returns. Lacey runs in to stomp and club away! The ref backs Lacey off but Lacey comes back for another swing. Natty boots Lacey out of the air! Discus clothesline gets intercepted! Lacey drags Natty to a drop zone and goes to a corner. She climbs up, then jumps up, Sassiest Moonsault Ever! FLOPS! Natty hurries to get Lacey’s legs, step through, and turn over for the SHARPSHOOTER! Lacey taps, Natty wins!

Winner: Natalya, by submission

The Queen of Harts toughs it out as Lacey let her ego get the best of her. Lacey stands up and Natty gives HER a Woman’s Right hand! Maybe that’ll punctuate and end this rivalry.

 

Backstage interview with Mustafa Ali.

The Beacon of Light is looking to recover from setbacks. It’s like one step forward, two steps back. “It is beyond frustrating.” Missed opportunities knock him down, but he won’t stay down. Next week, the WWE Draft helps him start fresh. But Randy Orton walks over to laugh. Momentum? Orton remembers a time when Ali had momentum. And he remembers stopping it flat. Ali does remember that, too. Forget next week. Let’s have a match TONIGHT! Orton thinks about it, and accepts the challenge. Will the Viper strike Ali down again? Or will Ali fly higher than ever before?

 

Backstage interview with Erick Rowan.

The rivalry between him and Roman Reigns has only intensified, but he isn’t done yet. The Lumberjack Match was a battle, but this is a war. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan think they’re tough, but they’ll learn in the Tornado Tag Match, with no rules keeping them safe, everyone will finally respect Rowan and Luke Harper. The Big Dog and Lil’ Pup Dan “get put down for good.” Will the Yard be under new ownership tonight?

 

A villainous structure was born…

Designed to imprison, destined to torture. “A structure so evil, it alters the lives of all who enter.” And once again, it has returned. For more souls. For their destruction. The Architect promises to #SurviveAndPrevail, but he has to #LetHimIn. The Man and the Boss have business to settle, but the Cell might end it all. More than that, there are grudges, there is bad blood, and there is pain. “See you in Hell!”

 

Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Becky Lynch VS Sasha Banks!

Why wait to settle scores? The second-ever Women’s Hell in a Cell match opens the show! The Boss and The Man have made history back and forth, but who takes the honor of winning the Red Brand’s belt inside the blood red cage of pain?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the Cell is lowered…

But Sasha attacks already! The Cell not even all the way down! She rams Becky off the sides, then they end up outside the Cell! Sasha snap suplexes Becky on the ramp! Sasha laughs as the referees reprimand her. The Cell finishes descending while Sasha throws Becky into barriers! The refs tell Sasha to take this back inside, but Sasha won’t let up! She keeps throwing Becky around, then finally leaves her behind. Fans are divided and dueling as The Boss brags and boasts. “Five time champion: me!” The referees check on Becky, and Sasha taunts her. But Becky kicks the door into Sasha! Then fires of forearms! They’re finally inside the Cell, but the ref needs the two to stop brawling for the bell to ring!

Becky puts Sasha in the ring, the referee checks on Sasha, and the door is finally locked shut. This match actually begins, and Becky snatches the chain off the door! She makes them a knuckle duster to punch away on Sasha’s body! And club on her back! Uppercut and dropkick and Sasha drops out of the ring! Sasha crawls around, wanting out. But Becky snatches her away and throws her into cell walls! Becky scrapes Sasha into the fencing as fans are thunderous! Becky puts the chain on the door herself now, and finally locks them in. Becky goes back to Sasha but Sasha kicks her in the leg! Sasha whips Becky into steel! Sasha fires off hands but Becky gives them back! Becky whips Sasha into steel steps! Sasha is writhing, but Becky fetches a TABLE from under the ring! Becky puts the table in the ring, then get a LADDER! Sasha attacks with a CHAIR SHOT! TLC now stands for Tables, Ladders and Cell!

Sasha sticks the ladder in a corner but Becky gets Sasha back with that chair! SMACK to the back! Becky throws Sasha into the ring and sets that table up in a corner. Becky sits the chair up while fans continue to duel. Sasha cradles Becky, TWO! School boy, TWO! Another try with a bridge, TWO! Becky swings into a backslide, TWO! Sasha wants the arm but Becky knees back. Becky bounces Sasha off the chair! And again! And again! Sasha’s arm ends up in the chair like Clash of Champions! But she roundhouses Becky away! And dropkicks the chair into Becky’s face! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps her focus as she uses the chair to stand up. Fans want he table but Sasha swings the chair! Becky dodges, and catches Sasha into a Becksploder! Sasha bails out, but Becky wrecks her with a dropkick! Sasha bounces off the Cell, so Becky dropkicks again! And again! Fans are fired up as Becky throws Sasha into the ring. Sasha spins around to kick Becky back!

Sasha is on the apron and LEAPS! Meteora INTO the ladder! That was double-edged for Sasha, but that’s how much this title means! Then Sasha throws the ladder into Becky! The referee checks on Becky while Sasha soaks up the cheers and jeers. Sasha drags Becky up into the ring, covers, TWO!! Becky survives all that damage but Sasha won’t let up. Sasha drags Becky up to throw her back out. Sasha puts Becky’s arm inside the gap of door and frame, and just jams it over and over and over! Becky finally gets free but Sasha drags her up to throw the arm into the apron. Sasha puts Becky in, covers, TWO! Sasha is losing her cool, but she puts Becky’s arm through the chair! To SMASH it! Cover, TWO! Sasha keeps on that arm, but Becky endures. Becky fights up and clubs Sasha, only for Sasha to wring her out!

Sasha has the chair again and sits it near a corner. Fans still duel as Sasha slams Becky’s arm on the chair. Sasha sits Becky in the chair, throws some forearms, but Becky keeps her from climbing. Sasha fires off forearms, then leaps, METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Becky survives and Sasha is losing her cool! Sasha goes out to fetch another chair from under the ring. And she sticks it in a wall? Sasha puts another chair in the ring and aims at Becky. Becky dodges to roll Sasha, TWO! Sasha has the chair but Becky kicks it into her! Sasha runs to the apron but Becky kicks her. Sasha ducks a kick to give a kick but Becky dropkicks her into the wall again! Both women are down, but the fans rally up. Becky sits up first and flounders. Sasha rises and returns tot he ring, but Becky is on her with uppercuts and kicks. Becky bounces Sasha off the post! Then leaps, misses, but still gets Sasha, for a Becksploder into steel wall!

Becky puts Sasha in, grabs the chair and sets it up upside-down. Sasha hits Becky with forearms but Becky gives them back! The Man and the Boss brawl, but Sasha kicks first. Sasha runs, but Becky drop toeholds her onto the chair! And then BULLDOGS her! Cover, TWO!? Sasha survives and Becky is beside herself. Sasha crawls to a corner but Becky runs in. Sasha puts her on the apron but Becky kicks back. Becky climbs up but Sasha trips her up with a kick of her own. Sasha fetches that chair, but Becky blocks it to give it back. Becky throws the chair, and missile dropkicks it into Sasha! Cover, TWO! Sasha survives and then escapes to the outside. Sasha finds something already while Becky calms herself down. Becky hobbles over to where Sasha went, but Sasha SMACKS her with a kendo stick! And smacks and smacks and smacks!

Sasha has two kendo sticks, and wedges them in a corner. Sasha moves the ladder aside to bring Becky up. Sasha bounces Becky off the side of the ladder, then throws her at the sticks! Becky blocks to throw Sasha into the sticks! Sasha is down, but Becky is finding more chairs. Becky sits the chair on the sticks, and then gets a third stick. With the chair firmly in the corner, Becky goes back to Sasha. But Sasha fires back on Becky! Becky throws forearms, shovels Sasha onto that seat, and then fires off more shots! Becky goes to the apron, takes aim at the corner, and LEAPS to dropkick Sasha off the chair!! The fans are losing their minds over that insane innovation! Becky gets up and drags Sasha back into the ring. Becky climbs up top as fans agree “This is Awesome!”

Becky leaps for a BIG leg drop, cover, TWO!! And Becky is almost in tears. But then she talks to herself, working out what to try next. Fans chant “Table! Table!” and Becky agrees. Becky gets that table up on its feet, but Sasha hits a Backstabber! Sasha drags Becky over to the corner and throws forearms. “I’m the Boss around here!” Sasha hoists Becky up and then makes sure the table is in the right spot. Sasha climbs up to join Becky, but Becky fights back! Becky slips down, Sasha holds on and fights back, and then adjusts. Sasha METEORAS Becky through the table!! Cover, TWO!?! No one can believe Becky lived! The referee clears the wreckage and Sasha returns to the ladder and hanging chair. Sasha doesn’t go for either of those, she has a new kendo stick! And she uses it in a Bank Statement crossface!!

Becky endures, turns purple, but wriggles her way under the bottom rope. There’s no ropebreak, but Becky keeps moving to get out of the ring entirely. They now tug o’ war for the stick, and Becky wins, to SMACK away on Sasha! Becky drags Sasha back around to whip, but Sasha reverses to send Becky into the hanging chair! Sasha’s method appears through the madness as she now puts Becky back in. Sasha brings chair after chair after chair with her! Fans are anticipating what plan the #Blueprint has, because it involves even more chairs! Some chairs even hit Becky as they’re tossed in. Sasha gives Becky a CON-CHAIR-TO! Repeatedly! Sasha gloats and soaks up all the noise. But she’s far from done. She climbs up, gloats more, but Becky throws chairs back at Sasha! Then climbs up top, SUPER BECKSPLODER, ONTO THE CHAIR PILE!! DISARM-HER!! Sasha pulls hair, grabs at chairs, but taps out! Becky wins!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission; still Raw Women’s Champion

The Man and The Boss went to Hell and back! And the one to get out of it the champion is STILL the Lass Kicker! Will Sasha be able to come back for more? Or has Becky moved far beyond anything Sasha can comprehend?

 

Tornado Tag: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan VS Erick Rowan & Luke Harper!

Dominance: doubted. Respect: absent. Violence: guaranteed. These four are let off the leashes known as tag ropes and can run absolutely wild! Will the Big Dog and “Lil’ Pup” stand up to the fangs of these rabid timber wolves? Or will their powers combined keep the Yard?

The bell rings and the brawl begins! Roman has Harper while Rowan has Bryan! Rowan stomps Bryan down then helps Harper with Roman. They put Roman in a corner and throw hands. Harper whips Rowan but Roman boots back! Roman throws Harper out, Rowan clotheslines Roman out. Rowan turns around to get a missile dropkick from Bryan! Bryan kips up and fans fire up as Bryan DIVES onto Harper! But Rowan gets Bryan with a scoop. Roman saves Rowan with a leaping SUPERMAN PUNCH! Harper clutches that leg but Bryan won’t let him be. Roman throws Rowan into barriers, but Harper throat chops Bryan! Harper CHOPS Bryan against the barriers while Roman puts Rowan in. Roman lifts but Rowan fights back. Rowan shoves and dropkicks Roman down! Yes, Rowan hit a dropkick! But Rowan misses the splash! Roman fireman’s carries to a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!

Harper and Bryan are still on the outside but fans fire up for Roman in a corner. Roman aims, lets out the battle cry, but runs into a Harper SUPERKICK! Harper covers, TWO!! Harper and Rowan say how close that was, but then Rowan drops an elbow. Cover, TWO! Harper drags Roman up and to a corner, to CHOP and uppercut. Rowan adds haymakers and CHOPS of his own. Harper mule kicks, but Bryan returns to attack! But that’s 2v1 and Bryan gets kicked down. Harper and Rowan stand on Bryan but Roman saves Bryan! Roman uppercuts and haymakers, but he gets mugged 2v1. Rowan grinds his foot into Roman’s head, then backs off. Roman bails out while Harper whips Bryan into barriers. Rowan comes around to body check Roman! The two then take the steel steps, and Harper brings Roman up, for Rowan to SMASH him in the face!

Roman falls but Rowan steps on him. Rowan leaves Roman for dead while Harper puts Bryan in the ring. The titans focus on Bryan in a corner, throwing big hands and grinding their boots in. Rowan whips Harper for Harper to body check Bryan. Harper feeds Bryan to Rowan’s big heel kick! Cover, TWO! Harper drags Bryan up and gives him to Rowan. Rowan Electric Chair lifts Bryan while Harper climbs. Roman revives to ROCK Harper! Bryan victory rolls, TWO! Rowan bodies Bryan then boots Roman! Rowan won’t let Bryan embarrass him, but then he gets caught! Bryan wants the LeBelle, and locks it in!! But Harper breaks it up, and drops elbows on Bryan! Harper stares almost blankly, but he puts Bryan in a corner. Harper seems to talk some trash before he feeds Bryan to Rowan’s scoop, and JACKHAMMER! Cover, TWO! Rowan stomps Bryan in frustration, but he and Harper have an idea.

Fans boo as Harper and Rowan lift Bryan up again. Rowan full nelsons and lifts, but Bryan fights out! Bryan lands on his feet out of the back suplex, then baits Rowan into a post! Bryan fires haymakers on Harper but Harper knees low. Harper whips Bryan but Bryan goes up and over to keep moving. Bryan dodges, but runs into a Michinoku Driver! Roman returns to break the cover! Rowan returns to drag Roman out of the ring, but Roman gives him an uppercut! Roman uppercuts Harper, then runs to hit the leaping lariat! Roman fires off point-blank clotheslines in the corner! Roman gets all 10, runs, but Rowan dumps him out! Bryan dropkicks Rowan! Bryan drop toeholds Harper into buckles, to kick in the back! Bryan fires off Yes Kicks in the corner! Fans echo “YES! YES!” each time, then Bryan runs corner to corner, into another scoop! But Bryan slips out to dropkick the bad knee!

Fans fire up and so does Bryan! Now we get some real Yes Kicks! From all sides! Bryan aims, but the buzzsaw misses. Rowan trips and drags Bryan out hard! But Roman hist a Drive-By dropkick on Rowan! Harper DIVES! Harper hits the announce desk!! All four men are down as referees check on them. Somehow even Harper taking that header doesn’t stop him. But the fans are loving this as the titans clear off the desks! Rowan and Harper go from the German to the American to the Spanish desk, and then they even pull off LED apron pads! Bryan is their first victim, face first into the LED! Roman is next, Rowan scoop slamming him! Then he scoop slams Harper onto Roman! Rowan drags Bryan back over, and Harper dumps a desk hood on him. Rowan rips up the timekeeper’s area to have part of the barriers! Deja vu as Harper brings Roman up. Rowan runs in, and they RAM Roman into the front row!

Harper and Rowan scare just about everyone on commentary, and Rowan has a pencil…? Rowan breaks the pencil as if a metaphor for Bryan. Rowan puts Bryan on an announce desk and Harper is already there. They haul Bryan up, full nelson lift, but Bryan huricanranas Harper away! Roman SPEARS Rowan through a desk!! Both men are writhing in pain, Rowan’s arm and Roman’s knee! All four men are down again and fans are losing their minds. Harper and Bryan have made it into the ring, and Bryan runs corner to corner to dropkick! And again! And a third time! Harper wobbles but stays up, so Bryan hoists him up top. Bryan climbs up to join Harper, for a SUPER STEIN- NO! Harper blocks to a SUPER BOMB!! Cover, TWO!? Harper can’t believe Bryan survived! Harper gets up, paces about, and then drags Bryan up. Snap Dragon Suplex! Then a Half ‘n’ Half! And a third, but Bryan lands on his feet! Roman rises to SUPERMAN PUNCH! PLANET’S KNEE! SPEAR!! Cover, Roman and Bryan win!!

Winners: Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan, Reigns pinning

Somehow, the Big Dog and the Goat survived! They took down the giants tonight, but does this end the war for respect?

Roman stands up, and Bryan manages to drag himself to his feet. The uneasy allies did do this together, so Bryan offers another handshake. Only to take it away. But then he offers a hug! Flashbacks to Team Hell No, and fans say, “YES! YES! YES!” Roman isn’t so sure, but fans boo his reluctance. Roman smirks, and hugs it out with Bryan! Will these two continue to team together as big changes continue to come to the WWE?

 

Backstage interview with Seth Rollins.

The Universal Champion has suffered mind games and malicious attacks, but how has he prepared for The Fiend? Rollins has been wondering for the last 48 hours. He’s done so much already, from slaying a King to a Beast to a Monster Among Men, but he has faced nothing like this… Fiend. What he will endure tonight will truly be the greatest test of his career to date. But Bray Wyatt can play all the games he wants. When the Cell lowers, the door locks and the bell rings, Rollins will have no choice but to fight, win, survive and #BurnItDown. At least, Rollins hopes so. Will Rollins end up abandoning all hope when he enters that steel structure?

 

Randy Orton VS Mustafa Ali!

The Viper wants to once again break the Beacon of Light’s spirit and halt his momentum in the WWE. However, once bitten and twice shy doesn’t apply to the cardiac Cruiserweight once known as the Heart of 205 Live. Will the three most dangerous letters in pro-wrestling make Ali finally look before he leaps? Or will Ali take a leap of faith and finally get back on track?

The bell rings and Ali circles with Orton. They tie up and Orton wrenches Ali to a wristlock. Orton yanks on the arm, wrenches more, then grinds Ali down to the mat. Ali works his way up, rolls then handsprings to wrench Orton back. Ali has Orton on his knees now, but Orton gets up to pull hair. The ref reprimands and Orton lets up in the corner, to CHOP Ali! Ali grits his teeth but Orton brings Ali into another corner to bump off buckles. Orton throws a European Uppercut then another CHOP. Ali crawls away but Orton drags him up by his hair. Ali fights back with CHOPS of his own! And forearms! But Orton pokes Ali right in the eye! Orton whips Ali corner to corner but runs into a boot. Ali climbs up but Orton shoves him to the floor! Ali writhes while Orton paces in the ring.

Orton goes out to fetch Ali and kick him in those ribs. Orton suplexes Ali to gourd buster him on the desk! Ali coughs and gasps but Orton drags him up for a back suplex to the desk! Ali writhes more but Orton keeps the ring count fresh. Orton smirks as he lets the ring count get Ali this time. Ali crawls over at 7, stands at 8, and gets in at 9.5! Orton looms over Ali and drags Ali up to go after the legs. Orton stomps away on Ali’s stomach and chest! Ali endures a boot being dug into his sternum, but Orton lets up to throw Ali out again. Orton fetches Ali again, clearing off the announce desk for another back suplex! But Ali lands on his feet to dropkick Orton down! The ring count climbs past 5 but Orton hits Ali and whips him into the post! Orton gets back into the ring while Ali gasps and sputters. Orton goes back out to put Ali in, covers, TWO!

Orton keeps Ali close by pulling on his hair. Orton reels Ali into body scissors, and you can see the red mark the post has left on Ali. Orton holds onto an arm and chinbars Ali, too, but Ali still endures. Orton shifts to a chinlock with those scissors, but fans rally for Ali. Ali punches Orton’s leg and gets free of the scissors. But Orton holds tight on the chinlock, keeping Ali down. Orton clubs Ali’s bad ribs, but fans still rally. Ali fights his way up and fights back, but Orton clubs him down. Orton whips Ali to a corner, but Ali kicks back! Orton staggers, Ali uppercuts back! Ali fires off elbows and CHOPS, backing Orton down. But Orton knees low to those bad ribs! Orton whips Ali, but Ali flapjack dropkicks! Orton bails out of the ring but Ali builds speed, and Ali DIVES! He sends Orton over the desk!

Ali grins as he gets up and LEAPS over the desk to tackle Orton! Ali fires off forearms and then brings Orton back to the ring. Orton hits those bad ribs again, then puts Ali in first. Ali kicks Orton as he enters! Orton staggers up and Ali whips corner to corner. Orton reverses, Ali slides to stop and slip out. Ali roundhouses back, somersaults, facebuster! Cover, TWO! Orton still lives and Ali is growing frustrated. Ali fights through the pain to stand back up, and he brings Orton up to whip. Orton reverses again, spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Ali still lives and Orton is annoyed. Orton drags Ali up by his ear, then boots, but Ali blocks to heel kick back! Orton flounders down to a drop zone, and Ali hurries to go up top! Ali aims, 450 but he has to roll through as Orton dodges! Orton wants the RKO but is denied! Ali leaps, tornado DDT!

Orton is down again, Ali climbs back up fast! Ali aims, leaps, 450 Splash FLOPS as Orton dodges again! Orton grins as he hobbles over to Ali under the bottom rope. Orton drags Ali up through the ropes as fans cheer, and he gives Ali the draping DDT! Fans know what comes next and cheer as Orton hears the voices in his head! Orton waits for Ali to rise, and then comes up, RKO- Ali handstands!? Crucifix, TWO! Orton misses in the corner, Ali roundhouses back! Ali somersaults in, into an RKO!! Truly outta nowhere! Cover, Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall

The Viper strikes and wins, certainly helping his own chances for a championship shot. But even Orton nods a little bit of respect to Ali. Will Ali be able to snap back from this as the WWE Draft looms on the horizon?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross VS The Kabuki Warriors!

Asuka and Kairi Sane won against Fire & Desire, but that doesn’t seem like enough to The Goddess and her crazy best friend. Will the Empress of Tomorrow and Pirate Princess show Bliss-Cross they’re more than worthy? Or does not even #JoshiRoyalty stand a chance against two best friends?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this surprise tag title match begins!

Kairi and Nikki start with the bell, and Kairi offers a handshake. She wants to show that there are no hard feeligns here. Nikki takes it, but Kairi uses that to whip her out of the way as Kairi goes after Alexa! Kairi then goes after Nikki with big haymakers from all sides! Nikki backs down, tag to Asuka! Kairi feeds Nikki to Asuka’s boot then throws Nikki down! Asuka toys with Nikki at the ropes, then hip attacks Alexa away! Sliding knee to Nikki! Cover, but positioning complicates things, ONE! Asuka is upset but she kicks Nikki around. The fans duel as Asuka whips Nikki in. Kairi gets her shot in but Nikki fires back! Nikki dodges to tag Alexa! The Goddess gives Asuka an STO! Knee drops, then Insult2Injury! Asuka gets up but Alexa SLAPS her! And then ROCKS her! Cover, TWO!

Alexa seethes as she drags Asuka over. Tag to Nikki and Alexa whips her in for a splash. Alexa runs in to SLAP Asuka again! Nikki snapmares Asuka to a cover, TWO! Nikki growls but Asuka fires off on her! Nikki blocks the back hand to jawbraeker! Tag to Alexa but Asuka sends Nikki out. Nikki traps Asuka in the apron skirt and Alexa wrecks with a dropkick! The friends high-five but Kairi runs in. ALexa ROCKS Kairi, but Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Alexa! And then throws Alexa into the barriers! Asuka mule kicks Alexa down, then puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO! Asuka tags Kairi and Kairi spins Alexa around, wrenching her hair…? Kairi uses the hair to pull Alexa back against the ropes! Kairi lets up to CHOP Alexa down! Kairi soaks up both good and bad vibes, but Alexa rolls her up! TWO and Kairi ax kicks Alexa down!

Kairi tags Asuka and the Kabuki Warriors mug Alexa with grinding boots. The ref counts and they let up, for Asuka to drag Alexa up and whip her to a corner. Asuka hits a corner hip attack, then is on Alexa at the ropes with a cobra twist! Asuka lets up at the count of 4, but Nikki protests. Asuka drags Alexa off the ropes and toys with her. Fans cheer for Nikki to get in, but Asuka keeps toying with Alexa. Alexa shoves Asuka but Asuka gets the leg for an Ankle Lock! Alexa endures, reaches, and gets the ropebreak, only for a second! Asuka drags her away and grapevines! Fans rally as Asuka shifts to a Half Crab! Asuka shifts to a heel hook, but Alexa works her way around to headlock! But Asuka throws her down by her hair! Asuka tags Kairi, and they mug Alexa in the corner again. Kairi marches and bops Nikki before hitting a Sliding D! Cover, but Nikki protests! But Kairi protests back, because the Kabuki Warriors would’ve won! Kairi covers again, TWO!

Kairi drags Alexa up to tag Asuka. They mug Alexa more but Alexa fights back. Asuka swats Alexa down, then toys with her more. Alexa keeps fighting back, but that kick is caught into another Ankle Lock! Alexa rolls but Asuka holds on! Alexa tries again, and rolls to send Asuka into ropes! Both women are down but heading for their corner. Hot tags to Nikki and Kairi! And it’s Crazy Nikki Cross that rallies! Nikki fires up as Kairi goes to a corner. Nikki runs in for a big splash, to a bulldog! Nikki wrecks Asuka with a dropkick, then head up top. Kairi stands, Nikki leaps, Cross-Body! Cover, TWO!! Nikki won’t let up, she has Kairi with the fisherman, but Kairi slips out to Alabama lift. Kairi Alabama SLAMS Nikki into the drop zone! Fans fire up as Kairi prepares to weigh anchor! InSANE Elbow GETS BOOTS! Nikki drags Kairi up, puts her on the ropes, draping PURGE! But Asuka breaks the cover!

Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Alexa away! Asuka drags Kairi over and tags in to go after Nikki. Asuka kicks away on Nikki’s chest, then her ribs. And then her face! Asuka grins as he goes for the buzzsaw, but it gets caught! Nikki holds tight, but Asuka SLAPS her. Asuka runs, into a LARIAT! Nikki fires up again, beckons to Bliss, but Kairi is after her. Alexa leaps to cannonball! Down they both go, leaving Nikki alone with Asuka. Asuka SPITS GREEN MIST! ROUNDHOUSE!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka pinning; NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

Tajiri would be proud! The Empress and the Princess take the titles for their own! Will the Joshi Royalty reign through the rest of 2019?

 

Six Man Tag: The OC VS The Viking Raiders & ???

AJ Styles and his Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, have been running roughshod over Raw ever since reuniting, but they’ve still got a long way to go before they’re truly running the show. Erik and Ivar have been bringing the raid right to the Club’s doorstep, but in order to fight in this 3v3, they’ve recruited… BRAUN! The Monster Among Men wants to make sure Styles, Gallows & Anderson #GetTheseHands, but will the trio of Warbeards be better than Phenomenal?

The teams sort out and Machine Gun Anderson starts against Ivar. They tie up and Anderson headlocks. Ivar powers out and has Anderson in a corner. Anderson runs out to headlock again, but Ivar uses his power again. Anderson holds tight but Ivar powers Anderson up to a fireman’s carry. Anderson slips out and waistlocks, but Ivar bucks him off. Ivar runs Anderson over! Fans roar with Ivar as he drags Anderson up and wrench. Ivar shoulders Anderson down then grinds on that arm. Anderson endures and works his way up, but Ivar wrenches and shoulders him down again. Ivar whips, Anderson reverses and dodges, to throat chop! Anderson tags in Gallows and Gallows whips Anderson in, only to get the seated senton! Gallows throws uppercuts on Ivar then whips him corner to corner. Ivar tumbles out to the apron to forearm back! He even rocks AJ Styles!

Ivar climbs, leaps over Gallows, roll to hot tag Erik! Erik fires off knees and a rolling elbow! Gallows whips but Erik goes up and over, to shotgun knee Gallows back! And then throw Gallows with an Exploder! Gallows bails out, Erik builds speed, but Anderson distracts the ref as Styles intercepts! The OC get away with that one as Erik tumbles out to the floor. Erik gets up and into the ring at the ref’s count of 3, but he gets a ROUNDHOUSE for it! Gallows drags Erik up and scoops for a Fall Away Slam! Erik flounders up and Gallows stomps and uppercuts him around. Gallows throws big body shots and more uppercuts, then tags in Styles. The United States Champion goes at Erik with Gallows help. They double whip but Erik throws Gallows out! Styles fires off on Erik, then hits Ivar! But Strowman catches Styles’ hand! Gallows trips and YAKUZA Kicks Strowman!

Erik swings on Styles but Styles ducks to PELE! Cover, TWO!! Styles stays between Erik and Ivar, then brings him over. Erik fights back but gets knees for it. Styles kicks Erik but Erik punches back. Styles drags Erik to the OC corner to CHOP. Tag to Anderson, and Anderson fires off EuroUppers. Erik fights back, but Styles is out of the way already. Anderson gives Erik a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson chinlocks Erik and grinds him down on the mat. Fans build to a rally and Ivar is chomping at the bit. Erik fights up, breaks free and ROCKS Anderson! Anderson backs away while Erik crawls, tag to Styles. Styles hits Ivar down! But runs into a back drop from Erik! Both men are down now, and Strowman is back! Strowman tags in!

Strowman runs Styles over, blasts Gallows off, then runs Styles over again! Strowman puts Styles in a corner for a headbutt, and corner to corner splash! Fans fire up with the Monster, and the Monster sees everyone is on the outside. Time to take a lap! Strowman runs around the way to run over Gallows! Then Anderson! Then Styles! Strowman puts Styles in, and Styles flounders about. Styles stands, Strowman runs in, but only gets post! Styles chop blocks a leg out! Strowman hobbles but Styles is on him, Calf Crusher!! Styles cranks back hard but Strowman endures long enough for Erik to WRECK Styles! Erik throws Anderson out but Gallows BOOTS! Ivar cartwheel LARIATS! Phenomenal Forearm for Ivar! Styles aims at Strowman in a corner, runs in, but gets buckles! Strowman scoops but Anderson attacks again! The OC aim at Strowman, YAKUZA KICK! The ref can’t restore order and calls for the bell!

Winners: Strowman & The Viking Raiders, by disqualification

The OC continue to stomp away, but the Raiders return! They go after the Good Brothers, sending Gallows out, and feeding Anderson to knees! Then they both DIVE to take out them both! Flying Viking Raiders wreck Gallows and Anderson, but Styles stalks Strowman. Styles drags Strowman up, but Strowman throws him into a corner! Styles boots back, forearms then springboards, but Strowman SWATS Styles out of the air! Strowman shows the power of that fist! Is Strowman ready to slug it out with Tyson Fury on Raw tomorrow night? Will he also find himself lined up for another United States Championship match after wrecking Styles?

 

The Street Profits are hyped!

Montez Ford says the Hell in a Cell has been a complete 360! Tell ’em, Dawkins. Dawkins, stop looking at your phone. Fam, he IS focused! WWE Draft is coming up, and that includes a showcase on Raw! Right, and the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury, will be around! Did Dawkins stutter? But even more than that, who is Dawkins’ top 5? Ford, right? Fam, Ford you ain’t even on Wikipedia! Wait, the FABULOUS Truth run in! They stumble into the Street Profits and someone rolls Carmella up! That person wins the 24/7 Championship!!

Winner: Tamina Snuka, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion

The Daughter of Superfly is back!? And has the title! But Tyler Breeze appears. He eyes the belt but Tamina DECKS him! The Profits help Truth and Mella up, but what happened? Where’s the 7/11 24/7 European Championship go? Tamina took it! Which way did she go. That way. The profits point different directions. In that case, split up! Thanks for nothing, fam. #HitTheStairs. But will Carmella get that title back before the end of the night?

 

King Baron Corbin VS Chad Gable!

The Lone Wolf King should thank “Shorty” for his custom crown, cape and scepter. If Gable hadn’t lost his cool during the King of the Ring Coronation, Corbin would still be wearing the generic regalia. Will Corbin “thank” Gable with another defeat? Or will it be the king that feels lowly in this newest rematch?

The fans troll Corbin with the “S T D!” chant The Rock invented from Friday. Corbin is upset but Gable makes his entrance out so this match can begin.

Corbin takes a moment, however, to grab a mic. Corbin waits for the boos to settle down, and says he is also disappointed that he has to face Gable again. “Especially after the night I had on Friday Night SmackDown, when I put The Rock in his place!” The fans must respect the King of the Ring, as he is their glimmer of hope. Corbin understands they all have it tough. But just remember, “Gable always has it worse.” Corbin won’t belittle Gable, but Gable’s used to being little. But since Gable won’t be big enough to be taken seriously or man enough to beat King Corbin, “from the bottom of my heart,” Corbin hopes Gable’s career is like him: short. In seriousness, Corbin decrees that Gable’s new name IS “Shorty.” Fans still say Corbin is “S T D! S T D!” Corbin goes to the ring, puts his crown away, and we finally begin.

Gable runs right at Corbin with the rolling heel kick! Waistlock slam to a full mount and clubbing crossfaces! Gable holds on as Corbin stands, but Corbin throws Gable off! Gable kicks low then throws forearms. He has Corbin in a corner, and has the Ankle Lock! Corbin holds the ropes but can’t hold on, and Gable trips him up. Corbin rolls and shoves Gable off but Gable rebounds with a clothesline! Gable rains down rights but Corbin shoves him away. Corbin scoops but Gable slips to a sleeper hold! Corbin bumps Gable off buckles, then runs Gable corner to corner to ram him into the post! Gable slumps out of the ring and Corbin mockingly applauds as he fetches him. Corbin throws Gable into the post again! Corbin puts Gable in then in a corner. Corbin throws body shots and haymakers before he whips corner to corner hard! Gable bounces off buckles, Corbin covers, TWO!

Corbin keeps his cool as he throws Gable at ropes. Gable rebounds and Corbin throws forearms. Corbin punches Gable against ropes, but fans still call him an “S T D!” Gable shoulders in from the apron then slingshots, but into a right hand! Corbin dares the fans to say something but then just brushes them off. The ring count climbs and Corbin already says he’s won. Gable climbs up at 5 and in at 7, but Corbin stomps him down. Corbin wraps on a chinbar with half nelson, but fans rally up for Gable. Gable fights his way up, fights back, and breaks free! But Corbin shoves Gable, only for Gable to dodge. Corbin slides out, then in, to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Corbin seethes as Gable survives. Corbin drags Gable up to club him back down. Corbin mockingly applauds again for “the little guy.” Gable does get up but Corbin is on him with another clubbing arm. Corbin has Gable in the corner, and he hoists Gable up top.

Fans rally for Gable but Corbin throws a swift right! And another! The ref reprimands Corbin but Corbin tells the ref to back off. Corbin climbs and has Gable, but Gable fights back! Gable forearms away then headbutts Corbin down! Gable hits a big missile dropkick! Both men are down but Gable drags himself to the corner. Corbin gets up but so does Gable. Corbin runs in, but Gable dodges to waistlock. Corbin standing switches and back suplexes, but Gable lands on his feet! Corbin runs in, Gable dodges again. Corbin slides out, slide in, but Gable dodges to leap, into a SPINEBUSTER! Matchbox cover, TWO! Fans taunt Corbin more but he’s too busy arguing with the ref. Corbin pops Gable up but Gable headscissors and basement dropkicks! Gable gets up, throws big forearms and elbows, and says “Think I’m too short?!” Gable fires more forearms and fans fire up with him!

Gable runs, but into a scoop! But he spins through, waistlocks, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, TWO!! Corbin survives and shocks Gable! Gable crawls to a corner, and fans are rallying up behind him. Gable runs corner to corner, rolling kick! He keeps going, another rolling kick! A third time, but Corbin POWERBOMBS Gable! Cover, TWO!! Gable survives and Corbin can’t believe it! Corbin is frustrated and out of breath. Corbin drags Gable up to the top rope again. But Gable gets him in the hanging armbar! The ref counts and Gable lets go at 4! To then drag Corbin to the corner, and swing a leg into the post! And again! Corbin writhes but Gable gets back in. Corbin back drops but Gable sunset flips, TWO! DEEP SIX OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, TWO!! Gable still lives and Corbin is too tired to be angry.

Corbin gets up first but fans rally behind Gable. Corbin throws big right hands, and mockingly applauds again. Fans boo and jeer Corbin as he looms over Gable. Gable drags himself up but gets punched back down. “Stay down!” Corbin drags Gable up to punch again but Gable counter punches! Corbin powers Gable to the apron but Gable shoulders in. Gable runs, slips out of End of Days to mule kick! Rolling neckbreaker! Gable’s up high, MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! ANKLE LOCK! Corbin can’t reach ropes despite his longer limbs, but he does get under a rope. Gable grapevines to torture Corbin before letting go at 4. Corbin hobbles up but Gable comes around, into an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Corbin walks off to the timekeeper’s area, and grabs his dark scepter! The Lone Wolf King wants to crown Gable his own way. Gable dodges, the ref takes the scepter, Gable rolls Corbin up! Gable wins!!

Winner: “Shorty” Gable, by pinfall

Wait, that’s not really his name! Well, whatever, Gable got the better of the cocky king! Will Gable finally win some respect now?

 

SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley VS Charlotte Flair!

The Huggable One has gone bad under the influence of The Boss. However, The Boss failed to win the Raw Women’s Championship. Can Bayley keep some gold for herself? Or will The Queen become the TEN-TIME Women’s Champion?

Wait, the WWE 24/7 Champion, Tamina, runs out into the crowd! She looks around for any contenders that might try to get the jump on her. R-Truth comes by and the chase is on behind international commentary! Tamina uses Funaki as a shield! Truth says it’s time for kung-fu fighting! Tamina is confused, but Funaki looks to fight back? Truth doesn’t want none, so Tamina shoves Funaki into him! Tamina turns around, to get a FABULOUS Kick from Carmella! Carmella lets Truth cover? Truth does, and Truth wins!!

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

TWENTY TIMES! TWENTY TIMES! And off goes the FABULOUS Truth, returning us to our regularly scheduled programming.

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this SmackDown Women’s Championship match begins.

Bayley and Charlotte circle and Charlotte rushes Bayley. Bayley dodges but they both smirk. Bayley boots but Charlotte dodges. Bayley comes back to get Charlotte the second time, but then Charlotte spins Bayley for a neckbreaker. Charlotte throws Bayley down by her hair, then pie faces her. Charlotte whips and CHOPS Bayley down! Charlotte slaps Bayley around then whips, to CHOP her down again. Fans “WOO” as Charlotte whips Bayley to a corner. Bayley goes up and crossbodies, but she flops as Charlotte dodges! Charlotte puts Bayley in a full Boston Crab! Bayley drags herself over to ropes, and gets the ropebreak! Charlotte lets up and Bayley bails out, only for Charlotte to grab her by her ponytail. Bayley rakes Charlotte’s eyes! And then clobbers Charlotte from behind! Bayley rains down rights then covers, ONE.

Bayley elbows Charlotte in the back, then throws forearms. Charlotte gets up but Byaley whips her to a corner. Bayley runs in and rams her shoulder in. Bayley rams her shoulder in more, then rolls to wacky waving run into Charlotte’s knee! Charlotte clotheslines Bayley down, then dares Bayley to get back up. Charlotte CHOPS away again! Bayley is reeling but Charlotte keeps chopping! And then Charlotte Exploder suplexes Bayley away! Charlotte kips up and the fans are dueling as she runs back at Bayley. Charlotte blocks boots and then puts Bayley’s leg on the ropes. Bayley dodges the knee drop but Charlotte decks her! Charlotte runs but Bayley slides and trips her up! Bayley drags Charlotte out to drop her on the floor! Bayley drags Charlotte around to throw the leg into the LED apron! And again! The ref counts and reprimands but Bayley backs off to bring Charlotte up into the ring.

Bayley gets in but Charlotte throws hands. Bayley sweeps the leg to stomp away on the leg. Cover, ONE, but Bayley stalks Charlotte tot he ropes. Bayley puts Charlotte in a corner to pull the leg against ropes. Bayley lets up to then turn Charlotte around and swing that leg into the post! Charlotte hobbles up but Bayley knocks her over to cover. ONE, but Bayley yanks on the bad leg. Bayley has a Half Crab on Charlotte. Charlotte endures as fans duel. Charlotte rolls around, gets Bayley for a cover, TWO! Bayley knees low and throws Charlotte to the apron, for the hotshot! Charlotte falls, Bayley covers, TWO! Bayley stalks Charlotte and is after the bad leg. Bayley “WOO” but Charlotte denies the Figure FOur steal! Roll up, TWO! Charlotte hobbles on her bad leg, and Bayley whips her at the corner. Charlotte tumbles out to boot back in! Bayley is down and Charlotte brings her over to the corner. Charlotte returns the favor and throws a leg into the post! And again!

The referee counts and Charlotte gets in at 5. Charlotte chop blocks the leg out! Then sweeps the leg! And again! Bayley hobbles around but Charlotte runs in, only to be sent into buckles. Charlotte hist a backbreaker to Natural Selection! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Bayley saves herself but Charlotte laughs it off. But Bayley kicks the bad leg! Bayley gets up but Charlotte tackles her to a corner! Charlotte drops the knee on Bayley’s knee! Charlotte climbs up now, and MOONSAULTS, onto knees! Charlotte slumps out of the ring, and Bayley kicks her away. Bayley hobbles after Charlotte, but runs into a Fall Away Slam! Charlotte laughs despite her bloody lip. Charlotte drags Bayley around and throws her bad leg into the LED board! The ref counts past 5 as fans duel hard as ever.

Charlotte puts Bayley in at 8 and goes after the leg! Figure Four, Cradle Counter! TWO, and Charlotte runs in, but Bayley blocks the boot! Bayley hangs the leg up, rolls Charlotte, but the ref sees her feet on the ropes! No count, and Bayley pleads with the ref. Charlotte BOOTS Bayley, trips her up, Figure Four! Figure EIGHT! Bayley taps, Charlotte wins!!

Winner: Charlotte Flair, by submission; NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion

The Queen has her tenth reign! This was inevitable, but to think it happens here! With the WWE Draft coming, will Bayley be forced to give up on the Blue Brand’s belt? Bayley throws a tantrum, knocking the steel steps over! When a referee checks on her, she shoves him away. “Why does it always happen to me?!” Will Bayley be able to wipe away the tears to try again?

 

Backstage interview with Chad Gable.

Chad embraces being called “Shorty,” because you also have to call him a winner. Corbin says Gable wasn’t man enough to beat the king, but just go ask Corbin what it’s like to “come up short.” Gable’s win was his most important one yet. Corbin didn’t know when to quit, but he’s not smiling anymore, is he? Gable finally showed he is the bigger man. But then Corbin attacks from outta nowhere! Corbin is not a winner, but he is a big sore loser! He throws Gable down the hall! The king is a tyrant, will his iron fist crush Gable’s spirit?

 

WWE Universal Championship Hell in a Cell Match: Seth Rollins VS The Fiend Bray Wyatt!

No one was sure what to make of the New Face of Fear’s newest form, and no one could understand what the Firefly Fun House was. Bray has already done a lot of physical and psychological damage, from WWE legends and icons to the Extraordinary Man, Finn Balor. But now he wants gold, and he’ll go after his “best friend,” Seth Rollins to do it. But Rollins promises to #SurviveAndPrevail, no matter what Bray throws at him. Will Rollins cling to both hope and title? Or will the nightmare never end?

The introductions are made and the Cell is already down. The belt is raised, and the end of this hellish night begins!

The fans duel as Rollins and Fiend fight under red light! Fiend throws Rollins off but Rollins comes back! Rollins runs but into a headbutt! Rollins bails out but The Fiend keeps his eyes on him. Rollins goes around the ring but The Fiend won’t leave him alone. Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” as Rollins finds a kendo stick! The Fiend backs off, Rollins gets in and SMACKS! But it does nothing! SMACK, but still nothing! The Fiend grabs the stick, then uppercuts Rollins. The Fiend runs into an elbow, Rollins hops up, ax handles get caught for an urenage! The Fiend goes after Rollins on the outside, throwing big uppercuts! Rollins staggers, but The Fiend throat chops him! Then throws him into the side of the Cell! Rollins crawls away but The Fiend chases him down to throw him into more Cell walls! The Fiend drags Rollins up to throat chop again, then squash him into the walls.

The Fiend waves hi to the Fireflies, then he whips Rollins across the way, into steel steps! The Fiend is upset with the camera man, he was kinda in the way. So he whips Rollins into steel steps on the other corner! The Fiend looks under the ring, but Rollins rams him with steel steps! And again! And again! Rollins has The Fiend down, the only person to do that ever! Rollins hurries to get something. He brings out a TABLE! Rollins puts the table in the ring, but The Fiend rises. So Rollins DIVES to ram him into the steel! Rollins keeps moving to DIVE again! Rollins throws the Fiend into steps, then goes back to the ring. Rollins quickly sets up the table, but The Fiend rises again. Fans are loving the table being there as Rollins runs again. Rollins DIVES, but into SISTER ABIGAIL into the steel! The Fiend roars and the fans cheer as he puts Rollins in.

The Fiend stalks Rollins as fans echo “YOWIE WOWIE!” The Fiend sees the table, and perhaps has a sinister idea. The Fiend has Rollins up but Rollins fights out! Rollins PELES The Fiend! Then SUPERKICKS! The Fiend is on the table, Rollins hurries up top, FROG SPLASH through the table!! But he bounces off of the cover! Rollins hurries over but The Fiend is rising again. The Fiend stands up tall and it scares Rollins. Rollins SUPERKICKS then runs, CURB STOMP! Byt The Fiend hops up?! SUPERKICK again, but no Curb Stomp! Sister Abigail again!! Cover, TWO!! The Fiend is furious and he hammers away on Rollins’ head! The Fiend stops, and considers something else. Like he did to Finn, NECK SNAP! The ref checks on Rollins but he’s alive. The Fiend laughs, then tells the ref to back off. The Fiend tosses Rollins out before he goes out to find something new to use.

From under the ring, The Fiend brings out… HIS MALLET!! The Fiend brings his bludgeoning buddy over and Rollins hurries to his feet. The Fiend uses the mallet to ram Rollins into the steel! He headbutts Rollins down, but Rollins is up to SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! And SUPERKICK! Rollins gets up again, Curb Stomp ON the mallet! The Fiend flounders into and Rollins aims from the corner. Rollins springboards, flying knee! The Fiend wobbles, so Rollins tries again! Springboard flying knee, but still the Fiend stands. SUPERKICK, SUPERKICK and CURB STOMP! CURB STOMP! CURB STOMP!! This is starting to look like Rollins beating down Strowman, but The Fiend keeps rising! Rollins underhooks, PEDIGREE! ANOTHER CURB STMOP! Cover, ONE?! SUPERKICK! Rollins runs again, another Curb Stomp! Another Curb Stomp! Rollins spams everything he has, but The Fiend is still conscious! This must be the tenth Curb Stomp in one match! Rollins only stops because he’s tiring himself out.

The Fiend is still stirring, so Rollins goes to a dark place in his own mind. Rollins finds a chair and puts it in the ring. Rollins has the chair and looks at The Fiend as he’s down on the mat. Rollins is careful as he walks over, unsure if The Fiend is still moving. CHAIR SHOT TO THE HEAD! Cover, ONE?!? Rollins is freaking out as he hurries for more things. He gets a ladder! Rollins sticks the chair on The Fiend’s face, then brings the ladder up. Rollins uses the ladder in a CON-CHAIR-TO! Cover, TWO!?! Is The Fiend immortal?! Rollins panics and looks for something more. Rollins tosses in several kendo sticks, and brings in a toolbox. Rollins sets the ladder on The Fiend’s face now, sticks the chair inside it like a steel sandwich, and then has the toolbox. Rollins SWINGS the toolbox on the pile over and over! The tools go flying but Rollins still hammers The Fiend’s head! Then he wedges the box in where it can fit.

Rollins throws a chair in frustration, because he still isn’t sure if The Fiend is finished. But then Rollins sees something else under the ring. Rollins picks up, the SLEDGE HAMMER! Triple H’s personal favorite might be Rollins’ salvation. Rollins brings the sledge in but the ref wants him to consider what he’s actually doing. He might kill Bray Wyatt! Rollins understands what the ref is saying. Rollins rests against the ropes, but fans might be egging him on. Rollins SMASHES the pile!! The referee calls the match off!?

Referee Stoppage; Rollins retains the WWE Universal Championship

Fans are upset, this isn’t how they wanted the match to end! Not just that there is an end to a match with no disqualifications, but also that Rollins went too far. He may have ended Bray’s career! The referees and medics get the cage up and check on The Fiend. But Rollins shouts at Bray. Bray grabs Rollins by the jaw!! The Fiend still lives!! And he smothers Rollins with a Mandible Claw!! He drags Rollins up to throw him out! Rollins bounces off the stretcher, but Bray brings Rollins up for another Sister Abigail!! And now, he rips up floor mats to expose the concrete…! The Fiend drags Rollins over, drags him up, and hits yet another SISTER ABIGAIL!

Referees reprimand him, but The Fiend chases them all off. Then he chokes Rollins with another Mandible Claw! Rollins is spitting up blood!! The Fiend somehow survives what no man should have, but perhaps he is no longer a man? Will Rollins survive the damage done to him this night? Will Bray’s laughter that echoes out haunt him for the rest of his days?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Weird that a PPV ends up feeling a lot like that SmackDown Fox debut. The pacing on this was much better, but it basically had the same feel at the end. First, it should be noted WWE didn’t have much of a match card until literally the day of this PPV. We got a lot of matches out of nowhere, that were all rather good. Tonight’s Lacey VS Natty was probably their best, but it seems Vince isn’t through with this story as Raw gives us a Last Woman Standing between them. Depending on who wins, I’m thinking the WWE Draft helps get them to a show where they can get a title match. Especially if it’s Lacey, and there’s still the embargo on her having a Raw title match while Becky has it.  Which is another thing, I’m actually surprised Becky still has the title. I was of course hoping a “Two Woman Power Trip” would begin with Bayley and Banks, but that would require a sweep from them. Sasha and Bayley both lose, despite both matches in a vacuum being pretty good stuff. This sounds like both USA and Fox networks wanted to have top champions, and I guess Sasha and Bayley aren’t enough for them.

In Becky’s case, that makes sense, she is incredibly over. But in Charlotte’s case, seems odd the historic tenth reign comes at this time, unless you account for the Draft being this Friday. Seems Fox doesn’t want to share a story with USA where their respective women’s champions also stay a team and have those tag titles. Speaking of the tag titles, good to see them be defended while the other titles take a break. Of course, those Raw and SmackDown Tag titles are a bit more predictable, in that the Draft will bring Revival over officially, and then just go from there. The Kabuki Warriors being borderline Heels was an interesting take, but we got a great match out of that. I loved that the green mist came into play! And now Asuka and Kairi are tag champs, as they should’ve been months ago. Let’s just hope WWE figures out what to do with the Women’s Tag Division before the Draft gets here. Hopefully they don’t just get rid of them because of network disagreements. Chances are we’ll hear about this decision on WWE Draft night on SmackDown.

That Tornado Tag was amazing! Roman, Bryan, Rowan and Harper all did great work to follow up that Raw Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell. I was rather surprised it was made a Tornado Tag at all, but that was for the better, and it kept anyone from cheating to win. Bryan and Roman winning was also a surprise, and I’m surprised no one got injured. There were many parts in this I was worried for them all. But depending on how the Draft goes, this might have been all for a dream team moment of Roman and Bryan. At the same time, Fox could fit the bill for both stars and SmackDown has a new team to go for the tag titles or something. I did not see Strowman being the mystery partner for the Viking Raiders, but perhaps I should have. This was mostly to plug Strowman’s coming celebrity feud with Tyson Fury, but everyone still looked great in the match. Styles did great in selling the monster punch after, too, reminding us he can be just as funny as anyone. Corbin VS Gable was great, thankfully Gable wins, but sadly those “Shorty G” rumors looked to be true all along.

Orton VS Ali was a great surprise, and while it had an Orton style pace, it still has Ali style action. Orton of course wins because he’s still Orton. Though, Ali winning out of that handstand RKO counter would’ve been amazing. Again, the Draft will have a lot to say about what title Orton might try for, if any. I was also glad to see some 24/7 Championship shenanigans. Tamina can at least say she’s had a title now. But to think the Women’s Division only got a week with the belt. That seems like a shame, but it’s back on Truth and in the Men’s Division. That’s cool for Truth, he gets 20 reigns. But I fear with Fox being involved, they’ll insist on any other number of celebrity champions. They should’ve kept it on Carmella so they could still do that, but with a fresh take.

And now, I must talk about the red steel elephant in the room. It was odd to have red lighting everywhere, to the point where the Cell no longer needed to be red, this would’ve done it. But at the same time, I can see they were going for a horror movie feel. That also was apparent with the booking of the action. Bray was no selling a lot of things like he was Michael Myers from Halloween. That was fine, until we started infusing weird Brock Lesnar tier move spamming. Superkicks aside, Bray shouldn’t have survived the dozen or so Curb Stomps. What that means is, they shouldn’t have had Rollins use over a dozen Curb Stomps, especially if they were going to move to insane levels of weapon spots. This is where a lot of the confusion, frustration and disappointment comes in. Did Rollins need to go to this level? What was the grounds of the “disqualification”? Attempt at murder? I suppose that’s always a clause in a title match rule book, since WWE doesn’t do Death Matches.

Actually, last year’s HIAC main event ended in stupid controversy, with Lesnar’s interference ending Roman VS Strowman. Though, I suppose making The Fiend overpowered to take all the damage he did, then still rise up and attack Rollins was actually worse. Vince shouldn’t have tried to write a horror movie and make it a pro-wrestling match, he should’ve just booked a normal match. Fans would’ve still been upset if The Fiend lost, but I feel like going to this degree only made it worse. So as I said to start this segment, it ends like SmackDown on Fox did: a great lead up to a finish fans all hate, but apparently networks don’t.

My Score: 7.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/17/24)

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To make Champion VS Champion at King & Queen of the Ring in Saudi Arabia official, Cody Rhodes and Logan Paul meet again to sign the contract!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Queen of the Ring Quarterfinals: Bianca Belair VS Tiffany Stratton; Bianca wins and advances.
  • King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Tama Tonga VS LA Knight; Tama wins and advances.
  • Queen of the Ring Quarterfinals: Jade Cargill VS Nia Jax; Nia wins, by disqualification, and advances.
  • #DIY VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo; DIY wins.
  • King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Randy Orton VS Carmelo Hayes; Orton wins and advances.

PLAY BY PLAY

Queen of the Ring Quarterfinals: Bianca Belair VS Tiffany Stratton!

Both of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions made it out of the first round, and now they’re both looking to make it into the next! Will The EST lead the way into the semifinals? Or will we all have to realize it’s #TiffyTime?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The fans rally and duel as the two tie up. Bianca powers Tiff to a corner, lets off as the ref counts, and she flexes. The fans fire up, the two tie up, and Bianca puts Tiff back in a corner. The ref counts, Bianca lets off at 4 but Tiff shoves her. Bianca shoves back, Tiff shoves again, and repeat. Then Tiff SLAPS Bianca! Tiff flexes and eggs Bianca on. Tiff dodges the lariat to YANK the braid! Tiff mockingly apologizes, but Bianca kips up and SLAPS Tiff back! Then waistlocks to SLAM! Bianca drags Tiff up, to SLAM her again! The fans fire up, Bianca eggs Tiff on, then Oklahoma Rolls! TWO, and Tiff gets up to kick low!

Tiff runs, but Bianca follows to run Tiff over! Bianca dusts herself off, the fans rally up, but Tiff gets under the handspring! Bianca says kiss this, then sidesteps, hurdles, but Tiff KICKS the rollback! Tiff drags Bianca up, bumps her off buckles, then pulls the hair to bring Bianca around for more buckle bumps. Tiff has Bianca by the braid again to put her in a corner for stomps. The ref counts, Tiff lets off and argues with him. The fans rally up for “E S T! E S T!” but Tiff whips. Bianca reverses but Tiff holds ropes! Bianca runs up but into a BOOT! Tiff runs up but into a scoop and GUT BUSTER! Tiff sputters, flounders, and Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!

Tiff toughs it out and the fans are torn. Bianca shakes the leg out, the damage done by Poison Pixie Candice LeRae still a factor. Bianca runs in to RAM Tiff into a corner! Bianca then climbs up and the fans fire up as she rains down fists! Bianca only gets 5 as Tiff grabs the braid! The fans boo but Bianca YANKS Tiff into buckles! Tiff tumbles out, Bianca storms to the apron, but Tiff grabs the braid again! Tiff YANKS Bianca down, and Bianca’s leg is stuck in ropes! Bianca gets free but she clutches the knee. Tiff gets Bianca out of the ring, to RAM her into steel steps! Bianca falls in a heap, clutching that knee, and Tiff soaks up the heat while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns, Tiff has Bianca’s bad leg hooked up, and Tiff bridges back for a modified deathlock! Bianca endures, reaches out, and the fans rally! Bianca crawls forward, Tiff doing her best to spider walk with her, but Bianca gets the ROPEBREAK! Tiff lets go, drags Bianca back, but Bianca kicks at her! Tiff ducks a kick, then lifts the leg, but Bianca BOOTS her while upside-down to stop the smash! Tiff tumbles right out of the ring and the fans rally up. Bianca rises, spots Tiff, but Tiff trips her up first! Tiff goes for the corner, she did this during the break! But Bianca YANKS Tiff into the post first!

The fans fire up as Tiff staggers away. Bianca crawls to center, the ring count is 3 of 10, but Tiff rolls in at 4. Tiff runs up, Bianca dodges and she runs Tiff over! Bianca scoops and SLAMS Tiff! Then scoops again, for a FALL AWAY SLAM! The strongEST, roughEST, toughEST for sure, and Bianca brings Tiff in for a suplex! Tiff slips free, waistlocks, but Bianca elbows free. Tiff goes to a corner, Bianca runs up to fire a forearm! Tiff kicks, Bianca fires more shots. Bianca whips and SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Tiff is still in this, reminding us why she’s a former NXT Women’s Champion. But the fans rally for Bianca as she gets Tiff up.

Tiff JAWBREAKERS free! Tiff runs, Bianca avoids those stomps! Sunset flip, TWO! Tiff swings, into chicken wings! But Tiff somersault clutches through! TWO and Bianca has it! TWO, Tiff kicks but Bianca blocks! Bianca ROCKS Tiff, torture racks, but Tiff flips free of the Kiss of Death! Tiff YANKS Bianca into ropes, runs and HIP ATTACKS! Tiff keeps moving, TIFFY STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!!! Bianca survives and Tiff is beside herself! The fans fire up while Tiff scowls. Tiff drags Bianca up to CLUB away. Tiff puts Bianca in a corner, runs corner to corner and handsprings, but Bianca catches her! GERMAN SUPLEX!! Bianca crawls to cover, TWO!!

Tiff survives and shocks Bianca! The fans duel between Bianca and Tiff, but then they agree “This is Awesome!” Bianca hobbles after Tiff, drags her from the apron, but Tiff holds the skirt! The ref counts, Tiff lets go, but then she CLAWS Bianca’s eyes! The fans boo but Tiff reels Bianca in to CHOP BLOCK! And then SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Bianca survives and Tiff is furious! The fans fire up as Tiff goes up and up, but Bianca trips her up! Bianca gets Tiff in the torture rack, for the KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Tiffy may not have gotten her moonsault, but that was certainly the prettiEST KOD ever! Cathy Kelley joins Bianca in the ring to congratulate her. But does she foresee her knee being a liability in the next round? Bianca says she won’t lie, she is concerned about it. But she didn’t become The EST by making excuses. She shows up and shows out every time as the strongEST, the fastEST, the quickEST, the roughEST, the toughEST, The BEST. The fans cheer her on in that! And next week, Bianca says injury or not, nothing is stopping her from becoming Queen of the Ring. But as strong and as tough as she is, will Bianca have to fight on one leg to make it to Saudi Arabia?

 

Logan Paul is backstage.

The Maverick is heading to Nick Aldis’ office, right as LA Knight steps out. And Knight says to Aldis not to tell “him” that Knight said it. Knight and Logan then stare down and Aldis has Logan step in. Knight says, “See ya, champ.” But when Knight and Logan see each other next, will Logan have two titles or none?

 

WWE visited Naval Station Mayport.

To celebrate Military Appreciation Month, and in partnership with the USO, superstars met with the men and women of the US Navy, such as Lieutenant Junior Grade Mauss and Electronic Technicians Chief Page Gibson. WWE stands by the Armed Forces, join them and The USO in honoring our troops.

 

Backstage interview with Jade Cargill.

Byron Saxton is with the other WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, and says that tonight, she takes on Nia Jax in a quarterfinal match. How is she preparing for someone who is so dominant? Jade says she’s heard all about Nia, and that she’s one of our best, The Irresistible Force. But to Jade Cargill, Nia’s just in her way. Bianca walks in, Jade congratulates her on the win, and Bianca thanks her. That match was tough, but it was worth giving lil’ Tiffy a timeout. And now what time is it? Time to go night-night! But for real, how’s the knee? Bianca says don’t worry, she’ll be fine by next week, standing across the ring from Jade.

Jade says okay, girl, one match at a time. Bianca tells Jade to go do her thing. Will a storm hit Jacksonville and wash Nia Jax out of the tournament?

 

Tama Tonga prepares backstage.

The MFT, the Good Bad Guy, is pacing and snarling. Solo Sikoa stands and says it’s time to go. Tama’s ready, Tonga Loa follows him out, but Paul Heyman asks if Solo’s talked to “him” today. Solo says all the time, Wise Man. All the time. Solo heads out now, but why is it that Solo and The Tribal Chief are on speaking terms and not his Special Counsel?

 

Backstage interview with LA Knight.

Cathy Kelley is now with The Mega Star and says we’re moments away from his match with Tama Tonga in the King of the Ring Tournament. How is Knight feeling going into this big match tonight? Aw, she doesn’t have to ask such personal questions, “LEMME TALK TO YA! You talk about King of the Ring, you talk about Tama Tonga, you talk about The Bloodline, Bloodline ain’t looking like it used to. Y’see, I don’t even know half these guys, but ol’ Tommy! Tommy Tonga! I tell you what, tonight you can get yourself introduced to a BFT, and then I’ll move on and introduce my head to that crown at King of the Ring. YEAH!”

But in steps Carmelo Hayes. Melo says what’s up, been a while. Melo just wants to give Knight the opportunity to welcome HIM to SmackDown. After all, he was a first round pick, no big deal. Except yeah it is. Knight says sure, that is a big deal. And thinking about it now, Knight isn’t sure if he agrees with this, but a lot of people look at him and say they’re reminded of Tom Brady. Now, let’s say that’s true. Who was the first draft pick the year Tom Brady was selected? Yeah, Knight doesn’t know, either. That’s Melo’s first mistake. The other is looking past Randy Orton.

Melo stops Knight there and says speaking of sellouts, the three most dangerous letters in WWE won’t be RKO. They will H I M. Melo smiles and Knight says look who won the spelling bee. WITH NOBODY saying it. No one is gonna go with that crap. How about this? With EVERYBODY saying L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!! Now go play somewhere else, kid, Knight’s busy. The Mega Star heads out, but will he make it through this dangerous new Bloodline?

King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Tama Tonga w/ The Bloodline VS LA Knight!

SmackDown returns and Knight makes his entrance. The fans are fired up for Knight while the ref has Solo and Loa exit the ring. The bell rings, Tama runs up but Knight dodges! Knight JABS, JABS and JABS! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight whips, ELBOWS Tama down, and the fans fire up! Knight says “YEAH!” and the fans echo it. Knight scoops, Tama slips free, and Tama has a SLEEPER! Knight flails, reaches out, and fans boo. Knight RAMS Tama into the corner, gets free, but Tama jumps on for another SLEEPER! Knight SLAMS Tama down, Solo frowns but the fans fire up. Knight whips, Tama KICKS him, then LARIATS!

Solo applauds and Loa nods, but the fans chant, “WE WANT ROMAN!” Tama TOSSES Knight out, but Knight lands on his feet! Knight gets right back in to LARIAT Tama down! The fans fire up and “YEAH!” as Knight stalks Tama. Knight whips, Tama reverses and runs in, but only gets buckles! Knight back drops Tama high and hard! The fans fire up and Knight stalks Tama to a corner. Knight stomps a mudhole in, “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight lets off as the ref counts, to run corner to corner and KNEE Tama down! “YEAH!” Solo storms up onto the apron but Knight stares him down. Loa also gets on the apron!

The ref warns the Bloodline, Knight runs up on them but they get away. Tama SPLASHES in at the corner! The fans boo but Tama brings Knight around to POST him! Knight sputters while Tama goes out the side. Knight flops to the apron then the floor. Tama runs up, leaps off the steps, FLYING LARIAT! Down goes Knight and Solo applauds. Solo taunts Knight while the fans boo, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Tama knocks Knight down! Tama goes up top, but Knight rolls away. Tama hops down to stomp away on Knight, and fans still want Roman back. Tama throws down hands on Knight while Solo paces. Tama drags Knight up, CLUBS away with forearms, then runs to SLIDING LARIAT! Tama soaks up the heat as the fans boo. Tama goes up a corner, Solo raises the one, and Tama SUPREME FLOPS! Knight avoids disaster and he fires off haymakers! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Tama kicks low and fans boo! Tama whips, Knight ducks ‘n’ dodges to LEAPING LARIAT! The fans fire up and Knight stalks Tama!

Knight runs up to clothesline Tama up and out! Knight gets Tama up, brings him around, and SMACKS him off the apron again and again! “YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!” Knight then brings Tama around to SMACK him off the apron again! Knight puts Tama in, stalks him, but Tama swings. Knight gets under to THROW Tama into buckles! Knight whips, scoops, and POWERSLAMS Tama down! Knight keeps moving, JUMP ELBOW DROP! The fans fire up again and Knight winds it up. Knight watches Tama rise, the fans want to see it, and Tama staggers up, only for Loa to get him outta there! The fans boo but Knight WRECKS Loa with a dorpkick!

Knight puts Tama back in, Solo stares him down. The ref tells Solo to back up, Knight dares Solo to try. Knight rolls in, Tama is up to COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Tama wins!!

Winner: Tama Tonga, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

The Bloodline has a new look but it’s the same old tricks! Solo smirks as his guy moves on, will nothing stop Tama from taking the crown?

 

LA Knight returns backstage.

The ref is checking on him, Knight says he’s fine, but it was that stupid 3v1. But then Melo walks by to say guess whose game it’s not. Couldn’t get the job done, huh? Wow, Melo’s still talking? Knight SHOVES Melo and tells Melo to shut his mouth. Melo says just watch his match, Knight will see how it’s done. The ref tells these two to back down and cool off. The words keep flying, but producers step in to keep this from turning into a fist fight. Knight is furious, but will he have to wait his turn to get at HIM?

 

Nick Aldis is in the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, at this time, allow me to introduce one half of the King & Queen of the Ring main event, the United States Champion, Logan Paul!” The fans boo but The Maverick still makes his way out here, his entire entourage with him, and perhaps a lawyer? Logan steps into the ring, shakes Aldis’ hand and goes to his table, putting the US Championship on display. Aldis then says please now welcome the Undisputed WWE Champion, Cody Rhodes! Logan is already upset at the better reaction for The American Nightmare, especially as fans sing along with Cody’s song, “WHOA~ OH~!”

Cody gets his pyro, shakes hands, signs autographs, and goes to the ring. His title is put on display next to Logan’s, and Cody goes to his table. But of course the fans cheer for “CODY! CODY!” and Cody revels in it. Cody and Logan take their seats, and Cody has a mic to ask “DUUUVAL! Jacksonville, what do you guys wanna talk about?” Cody knows they know he loves this place. And it is brought to Cody’s attention, that on this day 32 YEARS ago, does Logan have any idea what happened on these grounds upon which they stand? No, didn’t expect him to. He wasn’t even born yet. But the reason Cody knows, and the reason Logan doesn’t, is important.

32 years ago to the day was the original WarGames, 1992! The Stinger Squadron VS The Dangerous Alliance, widely considered the best WarGames match ever. And again, the reason Cody knows this is because just like… Well, this lady here with the “My Dogs Love to Wrestle” sign, and that guy way up at the tippy top, and just like this person shouting the answers, the reason is because like them, Cody is a fan of pro-wrestling. Cody is a fan of what he does. Logan is not a fan. The only way to describe him is… a tourist. Logan is just passing through, making viral moments, but it is time to get off the train.

And when Logan does, he’ll drop off that US Championship, making Cody a WWE GRAND SLAM CHAMPION! The fans love the sound of that! Logan says this is the thing the last guy said, and the guy before him. The fans boo but Logan says we’ve heard it. He doesn’t get what Cody is doing. Is this stalling? Logan isn’t here to listen to Cody talk. He’s here to sign the contract. The fans boo more but Logan just tunes it out. Logan tells Cody that he’s here to sign a contract to wrestle Cody. The fans boo harder and chant “YOU SUCK!” at Logan. Logan has Aldis hand him the contract, then says this is a horrible crowd.

Logan will do what he came here to do and sign the thing. Logan looks it over, looks to his lawyer, and it’s all here. Just one little thing though. Logan RIPS up what Aldis gave him, and has his lawyer bring out his own contract! The fans chant “You Can’t Read!” Logan says no, he can read. But it’s not what he agreed to. He agreed to a match with Cody at KQOTR, but only for the WWE Championship. He did NOT agree to put his title on the line, and he knew they’d pull something like this. So here is his lawyer, Jim Gillery, one of the best in the country, and he has a contract of their own. And this one looks good to Logan.

Bottom line: Cody’s title is on the line, not Logan’s! Aldis, get this done! The fans boo but Logan tells Aldis to do his job and get this executed! aldis tells Logan he’s had just about enough of Logan and his broccoli headed entourage! Winner Takes All IS what they agreed to backstage in their office. Aldis knows it, Logan knows it, Gillery knows it, and this is bad business! It’s unprofessional, and Aldis won’t stand for it! Gillery speaks up and asks if Aldis is threatening his client. The fans boo but Aldis paces. Cody speaks up now and says he’s known Aldis a long time. Cody knows what happens when Aldis gets mad.

Cody tells Aldis that SmackDown is great, Aldis is doing a fantastic job, don’t let anyone tell him otherwise. The fans cheer that. But Logan’s putting everyone on the spot here, so let Cody and Logan finish this up here and Cody can bring the paperwork back to Aldis. Let them have the ring, Cody will take care of this. Cody will relieve Aldis of this situation, thank you. Aldis accepts the offer and exits. The fans applaud, Logan mockingly waves bye. And Jacksonville, hard truth is, Logan signed Logan’s contract, it is done. The match is made this way. You might not like it, but Cody hasn’t done anything to deserve a shot at the US Champoinship.

The fans boo but Logan says for real, what has Cody done? Logan’s proven every time he is in the ring, he has proven he’s worthy of every title in this industry! Cody can’t say the same. So like brother Jake Paul’s next victim, Mike Tyson would say, “Thine the contract, big boy.” Logan shoves his contract at Cody, Cody frowns and stands up. “Let me tell you something, you fly by night human hat rack! Here’s the situation! The honeymoon with you is over. I’ve seen you do a flip, woopdy doo! After our match at King & Queen of the Ring, you will find out exactly who Logan Paul is on the inside.

“And you mentioned Mike Tyson. Good. Cuz in 8 days, a WWE Hall of Famer is gonna knock your brother out! And in Saudi Arabia, a future WWE Hall of Famer is gonna beat you. So you want me to sign the contract? Is that what you want?” Cody signs so now it’s only for his title, but then Logan takes a swing using his! Cody ducks, Logan stumbles into ropes, and Cody clotheslines Logan up and out! Cody is all fired up, but he has to fight off the cronies! Logan’s losers don’t stand a chance, and Cody POWERBOMBS one through a table! The fans are thunderous as Cody holds up the US Championship! AND his!

Logan is furious, and he says Cody just signed his death warrant! Will Logan become the Two Belt Maverick? Or will Cody finally deflate that massive ego?

 

Backstage interview with Nia Jax.

Cathy Kelley is with the Irresistible Force and says we’re moments away from her match. We heard from Jade, what is her response? Nia says just stop. Of course Jade has to hype herself up. You hear all these people saying Jade is so strong. And she is. Jade is so impressive. And she is. Jade is gonna be the Queen of the Ring! And she is… NOT. “Jade Cargill is NOT gonna be the Queen of the Ring. Nia Jax will be your new Queen of the Ring.” Nia heads through the curtain, will she be heading on to the next round? Or will even an Irresistible Force lose to a force of nature?

Queen of the Ring Quarterfinals: Jade Cargill VS Nia Jax!

SmackDown returns and Jade makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two get face to face. The fans fire up, but then Nia DECKS Jade! Nia soaks up heat, runs Jade over, but Jade avoids the leg drop! Jade gets Nia up to SPINEBUSTER! The fans fire up as Nia bails out! Nia is mad, she trips Jade, and then TOSSES her away! Jade’s daughter is in the front row and worried already. Jade sits up to tell her it’s okay, but then Nia YANKS Jade back down. Nia tells Jade’s daughter that “Mommy Sucks!” but her daughter says “No she doesn’t!” Jade SUPERKICKS Nia and her daughter cheers!

The fans fire up as Jade CLUBS Nia, the ring count starts, but Nia RAMS Jade into barriers. Nia puts Jade in the ring, storms in after her, but Jade RAMS Nia right back out! Jade SMACKS Nia off the desk! And off the apron! Jade lines up a shot, runs up, but Nia POSTS her! Nia CLOBBERS Jade up and over barriers! The fans boo, Nia shoves the desk hood away and throws a chair! And throws an armchair! Nia gets Jade up and HEADBUTTS her! Nia TOSSES Jade over the barriers, gets a chair, but the fans boo. Jade blocks the chair shot! And GIVES a chair shot!! But that means Nia wins!!

Winner: Nia Jax, by disqualification (advances to the semifinals)

Jade is furious but she fell into a trap by Nia! So Jade hauls Nia up and choke grips! Nia choke grips back! Jade pulls hair! Both women run into barriers, go around and around, then up and over! The ref hurries out to tell them both to stop, but both get up! Jade kicks, fires forearms, and the fans call BS! Nia HEADBUTTS, but Jade comes back to RAM Nia into a POST! Jade SMACKS Nia off barriers, more refs rush out but Nia POSTS Jade! Producers and security get involved, too, but fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!” Nia grins, she got what she wanted and that’s a ticket to the next round. But Jade runs up again!

The two COLLIDE at the ramp, refs and security get in to separate them! SmackDown goes to break, will Bianca just have to avenge Jade? Or will Nia soon become the Irresistible Queen of the Ring?

 

#DIY VS Angel Garza & Humberto Carrillo w/ Legado Del Fantasma!

Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano make their return to SmackDown, ready to go right after those WWE Tag Team Championships. However, the same goes for Legado Del Fantasma’s high-flying duo. Who takes an all important step closer to A-Town Down Under’s titles?

Speaking of, Theory & Waller are on commentary to watch this one in person. They still talk themselves up as the greatest undefeated tag team of all time, and say “you’re welcome” for gracing everyone with their presence. In the ring, the teams sort out and Humberto starts against Johnny Wrestling. Humberto and Gargano circle, the fans rally behind “JOHNNY WRESTLING!” Gargano and Humberto tie up, Humberto waistlocks but Gargano wrenches to wristlock. Humberto rolls, handsprings, wrenches and CLUBS the arm! Humberto grinds the shoulder, but Gargano fights up. Gargano spins, wrenches and drop toeholds to then facelock.

Humberto rolls, Gargano rolls with him, but Humberto trips Gargano, covers, ONE! Humberto facelocks, but Gargano fights up. Humberto suplexes high and hard, then covers, ONE! The fans rally, Humberto stalks Gargano, and then whips corner to corner. Gargano stops himself, ELBOWS Humberto, then goes up to Electric Chair, spin and RANA! Humberto gets up, Gargano ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up for DIY as Gargano runs up and CHOPS! Tag to Ciampa, DIY whips Humberto back into the corner, then Gargano goes to the apron. DIY meets at the corner to ENZIGIRI KNEE COMBO!

Ciampa keeps moving, and he LARIATS Humberto down! Angel runs in, Ciampa gets around him to ripcord and FOREARM! Gargano ROCKS Angel, then DIY both clothesline Legado up and out of the ring! Then DIY DOUBLE PLANCHA! Down goes Legado and the fans fire up with DIY as they pat themselves on the back. A-Town Down Under mockingly applaud, Ciampa puts Humberto in the ring. Humberto goes to the corner, Ciampa runs up and CHOPS! Ciampa runs but Angel is in the way! Humberto runs up, Angel tags in as Ciampa bucks the O’Conner Roll. Ciampa DECKS Angel, dodges Humberto, then builds speed.

Humberto sidesteps and Angel holds the ropes open! Ciampa tumbles out of the ring and to the floor! The fans boo but Legado soaks up the heat. Gargano checks Ciampa, we get a QR Code, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and the fans rally up as Angel keeps Ciampa from Gargano. Ciampa ROCKS Angel, TOSSES Humberto, but Angel grabs a leg! Ciampa hops up to ENZIGIRI! Angel is down, but Humberto YANKS Gargano down and SUPERKICKS him! Angel runs up, Ciampa dodges to ROCK him! And CHOP him! And ROCK him again! Ciampa kicks, Angel blocks to get the Gory Especial! Tag to Humberto, slingshot into the GARZA ESPECIAL! Humberto holds Ciampa up and Angel runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ciampa survives, the fans rally up, but A-Town Down Under say DIY peaked in “college,” aka NXT.

Humberto suplexes Ciampa, Ciampa fights that to suplex back! Humberto fights that suplex, they go back and forth, and it’s Ciampa who gets Humberto up and over! The fans fire up, Theory downplays it, but Ciampa crawls for the corner, hot tag to Gargano! Gargano rallies on Legado, ENZIGIRI for Angel, then Gargano runs. He gets Legado for a DROPKICK BULLDOG COMBO! The fans fire up with Gargano as he takes aim, only for Humberto slide in first! Humberto runs in, into a SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Gargano DIVES to hit Angel, too! Gargano goes up the corner, the fans fire up, but Santos gets on the apron!

The fans boo as Santos distracts the ref! Lopez YANKS Gargano down! The fans boo but the ref senses something is wrong! The ref EJECTS Lopez & Santos! The fans cheer, and DIY MEET IN THE MIDDLE!! Cover, DIY wins!

Winners: DIY, by pinfall

A-Town Down Under is just as upset as Legado that the screw job failed. But Theory & Waller taunt Gargano & Ciampa with the tag titles. Will Gargano & Ciampa show these two how to get it done? Or will Theory show Gargano that he’s found his own way?

 

The QR Codes are leading to something…

And then this week, on WWE’s official Twitch channel, there was video of someone meeting with a therapist. They were checking in after last time and wanted to know how things were going. That was all we got, what does it all mean?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Byron is with the Phenomenal One, and says it is no secret that Styles has had a challenging couple of weeks. So then, where does Styles go from here? Styles asks himself, where does he go from here? We all saw Backlash. Cody VS Styles, unbelievable. Styles was this close, and lost. Then he had a chance to redeem himself with the King of the Ring tournament, but he lost in the first round. So where does he go from here? Next week, Styles will go to Nick Aldis’ office and we’ll find out where things go from there. Even the Phenomenal face uncertainty, how will Styles handle his?

 

Backstage interview with Bayley.

Byron is now with The Role Model, and says she had her eyes on Jade winning the tournament. But after what happened out there, does she have a new prediction? Bayley says it is packed! Nia VS Bianca, and- In step Chelsea Green & Piper Niven. Piper pretends to be asleep and snoring, Chelsea “wakes” Piper and tells her Bayley’s done speaking. Oh thank goodness! Chelsea says Bayley is the only reason Piper lost to Bianca last week, because she sprinkled her “Bad Bayley juju” all over them! Yeah, her Bayley stink! Bayley says they don’t have time for this, let’s talk next week, okay? In the ring. That sounds good, see you then.

Bayley heads out, but it seems like Chelsea & Piper were wanting that all along. Will The Hot Mess & “Miss P” get one over on the WWE Women’s Champion?

 

King of the Ring Quarterfinals: Randy Orton VS Carmelo Hayes!

Well speaking of The Viper, he is determined to not just move on through this tournament, but to get after Tama Tonga for what he and The Bloodline did to Kevin Owens. Will Orton get what he wants by moving on to the semifinals? Or will he fail to humble… HIM?

SmackDown returns and Melo makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. The fans duel, but are more in favor of Orton. Orton and Melo feel things out, Melo kicks Orton’s bad leg and Orton backs off. Melo says he could do this all day. Orton and Melo reset, circle, and Melo gets around to kick Orton’s leg again! Orton drops to his knees, pounds the mat in frustration, but Melo just grins. Melo puts some stank on the SLAP! The fans boo and Melo says he doesn’t care about them. Melo cares about Melo! The fans tell Melo he messed up, and Orton stands. Melo stops jawing and he shoves Orton. Orton kicks Melo!

Orton RAMS Melo into buckles, POSTS him, then POSTS him again! Orton UPPERCUTS Melo again and again, the ref counts but Orton lets off. Orton TOSSES Melo up and over, the fans cheer, and Orton stalks Melo to the desk. Orton SMACKS Melo off the desk, Barrett & Graves move aside so he can DESK- NO, Melo claws the eyes! The fans boo but Melo soaks up the heat. The ring count climbs, Melo talks trash, but Orton trips Melo! Melo falls onto the desk and writhes! Orton gets Melo up to ROCK him, then he refreshes the count. Orton comes right back to DESK BACK SUPLEX! Melo writhes some more, but Orton gets him for another DESK BACK SUPLEX!

Melo flounders off the desk, fans want that “ONE MORE TIME!” while Orton goes back to the ring. Orton is considering it, and he goes back out! Orton finds Melo, gets him up, DESK BACK SUPLEX! The fans cheer as Orton stands over Melo, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and now Melo stands over Orton. Orton clutches the bad leg, the fans rally up for him, but Melo SMASHES the bad knee! Melo paces around Orton, taunts him, then grabs the bad leg. Melo kicks the bad leg, talks trash, then kicks the leg again. Melo stomps the leg then YANKS it! The fans rally for Randy but Melo stalks him. Melo waistlocks, Orton goes to ropes, Melo holds on but the ref counts. Orton CLUBS Melo but Melo puts Orton’s leg in the ropes. Melo stomps the leg, lets off as the ref reprimands, but then runs up, only for Orton to move! Melo gets caught up in the ropes now!

Orton waits on Melo to get free, then he LARIATS! And LARIATS! And SNAP- NO, Melo avoids the powerslam! Orton clutches the bad knee, and Melo grins. Melo then scowls as he takes aim, but fans chant “WHOOP DAT TRICK!” Melo runs, Orton avoids the punt! SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up, Orton covers, TWO! Melo is a former NXT North American and NXT Champion, he’s pretty tough. But Orton puts him through ropes! The fans fire up and Orton drags Melo out, only for Melo to wrench out and kick the leg! Orton hobbles, Melo hits the FIRST 48! Cover, TWO! Orton is still in this and Melo is frustrated.

Melo pulls at the tape around Orton’s leg, punches at the knee, and the fans boo. Melo lets off to go to a corner. Melo climbs up while Orton slowly rises. Melo aims, NOTHING BUT- NO, Orton moves! And then he puts Melo in ropes! DRAPING DDT!! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Orton rises, the fans chant “R K O! R K O!” Orton may have a bad leg, but he can still hear those voices! Melo rises, staggers, RK- NO, Melo rolls Orton up! TWO!! Melo hurries to get the leg, but Orton KICKS Melo away! Melo returns, ducks ‘n’ dodges, springboard, RKO!!! The fans are thunderous as Orton covers, Orton wins!

Winner: Randy Orton, by pinfall (advances to the semifinals)

Melo tried the Fade Away but got dunked on! Will he learn to be more humble the next time he faces a Legend Killer? As for Orton, he gets just who he wanted all along in Tama Tonga! Cathy Kelley congratulates Orton, but then speaking of Tama, here comes The Bloodline! Solo has a sinister smirk on his face, but Orton borrows the mic. “Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on. Are you meaning to tell me right now, The Bloodline is gonna come out and try to intimidate me? Ladies and gentlemen, maybe The Bloodline forgot who exactly I am! Let me introduce you to me.

“My name is Randy FREAKIN’ Orton! I am a FOURTEEN TIME World Heavyweight Champion, and soon to be King of the Ring. And since we’re doing introductions, Tama, next week in Saudi Arabia, I am gonna introduce my foot directly up your ass!” Solo keeps Tama back, but Orton says following that, he will introduce them to the most deadly, dangerous letters in sports entertainment: R K O!! The fans are ready, Orton is ready, Tama is ready, but Solo says that’s still not until next week. Will the Viper strike down the Good Bad Guy? Or will Tama kill the Legend Killer?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown here, lots of action and lots of story development together at once. Bianca VS Tiff was a great match, and a touch surprising it was Bianca winning if only because I wasn’t sure Jade was losing to Nia. Jade’s daughter ending up part of the act ends up a good touch, and Jade losing her cool was a good way for her to lose this match. Bianca VS Nia will be great stuff, honestly could go either way, really depends on who comes out of the Raw side as well. Usual Face VS Heel dynamic would therefore mean it’s either Lyra VS Nia or Iyo VS Bianca. And given there’s really great story behind Bianca VS someone from Damage CTRL and how that gets on her nerves, that’d be a likely choice.

In the KOTR, very good promo from The Bloodline to make it seem like Roman has further distanced himself from Heyman. Good little stare down from LA Knight and Logan Paul, and good promo from Knight with Melo to hype both guys up before their matches. Great matches in both regards, but of course The Bloodline helped Tama beat Knight being that they’re such nasty Heels. Great main event from Orton VS Melo, Melo is still looking great even in losses, and of course we get Orton VS Tama. While Tama has moved on from using a cutter as his finisher, I almost do want him to bust out Gun Stun as a “stolen” RKO.

As with QOTR, Jey VS Gunther will likely influence Orton VS Tama. It’d be awesome to see Gunther VS Orton, but it’d also be intriguing to see Jey VS Tama, where Jey sees he really isn’t done with The Bloodline, even with Solo now remaking it in his image. If they want, Jey VS Tama would plant seeds for some sort of Bloodline Civil WarGames, with it being Solo, Tama, Loa and at least one other brand new member (Jacob Fatu perhaps?) against Roman, Jey, probably Jimmy, and for all we know, Kevin Owens making a return from injury. That’d be some wild stuff because the fans love Roman now, there’s all sorts of “Can they coexist?” when it comes to the Face Bloodline, it’ll be so good.

Bayley has a good, quick promo with Chelsea and Piper, and I’m thinking that Bayley beats Chelsea next week to save Bayley VS Piper for Clash at the Castle in Scotland. It makes sense, given Piper’s Scottish, but I don’t think Bayley loses, it’s just a great opportunity for Piper to have a big match in her home country. Great tag team match from DIY VS Angel & Humberto, but given Theory & Waller were ringside, we do Faces VS Heels in WWE, and sadly it’s Legado, of course DIY won tonight. DIY VS A-Town Down Under, who knows how that goes, but there is good story that Theory hit upon about his past with Gargano in The Way. There’s a good chance ATDU find a way to win, because they need a first defense in the books.

And very good contract signing segment for Cody and Logan. Now, while in the past week, fans all over have speculated how they can do Champion VS Champion, Winner Takes All like this and not do a wonky finish that invokes Champion’s Advantage and then it’s just a big nothing. Logan finding a way to back out and not put his title on the line is a great way of doing it. It puts a lot of Heel heat on Logan, though it’s not like there isn’t a lot of that already, and think about the long game here like with Bayley VS Piper. SummerSlam is in Cleveland, Ohio this year, Logan’s hometown. Cody retaining his Undisputed title also means he beats the US Champion.

Tradition states that pinning a champion earns you a title match. Cody VS Logan Part 2 in Cleveland for Logan’s title, maybe Cody wins, maybe Logan uses Champion’s Advantage there, who knows. Cody seems to really like the idea of being not just Two Belt Champ but Grand Slam Champ, maybe it’s gonna happen before the year is out. All I know is, ever since Cody returned, the US Championship was just too perfectly fit for his Homelander-esque American Nightmare aesthetic, he’s gotta get it at some point.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/16/24)

B Block, round 3!

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It’s a shootout in the main event!

Best of the Super Juniors Round 3 continues as now B Block takes its turn! But will Robbie Eagles outdraw Taiji Ishimori? Or will The Sniper of the Skies be shooting blanks?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: El Desperado, Katsuya Murashima & Boltin Oleg VS Kevin Knight, Tiger Mask & Shoma Kato;  Desperado, Murashima & Oleg win.
  • HAYATA & Tomoaki Honma VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Yujiro Takahashi; Kanemaru & Takahashi win.
  • Six Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS TJP, Callum Newman & Blake Christian; LIJ wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Franceso Akira; Kushida wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney; Drilla wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Ninja Mack VS SHO; Sho wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Dragon Dia; Hiromu wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Taiji Ishimori; Taiji wins.

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Here are the current B Block standings!

Ninja Mack: 2-0, 4 points
Taiji Ishimori: 2-0, 4 points
KUSHIDA: 2-0, 4 points
SHO: 1-1, 2 points
Francesco Akira: 1-1, 2 points
Robbie Eagles: 1-1, 2 points
DOUKI: 1-1, 2 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 0-2, 0 points
Dragon Dia: 0-2, 0 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 0-2, 0 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: KUSHIDA VS Franceso Akira!

The Timesplitter is approaching 88 miles per hour, and is looking to turn back time to when he was the Ace of the Juniors! However, the Nova Fireball is looking to turn up the heat! Will Kushida or Akira be the one to blaze a trail to the top of the block?

Akira gets in Kushida’s face, Kushida shoves him back, and the ref has them both back off. The bell rings and Akira runs in! Kushida dodges to kick and headlock, but Akira powers out. Kushida runs Akira over, things speed up, and Akira hurdles. Kushida shoves, Akira wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Then Akira CALF KICKS Kushida down! The fans cheer and join in on “A! KI RA!” Akira CHOPS then CLUBS Kushida, but Kushida kicks back. Akira CHOPS, whips but Kushida reverses. Kushida runs in but Akira goes up and gets Kushida for the- NO, Kushida fights out of the Tarantula and brings Akira down to the apron! Kushida YANKS Akira into the post!

The fans rally while Akira shakes out the bad arm. Kushida gets Akira up and scoops to SLAM him on the floor! Kushida leaves Akira behind and the fans rally up more. The ring count starts, Akira stands and slides in at 4 of 20, only for Kushida to TOSS him right back out. Kushida goes out after Akira to scoop and SLAM him again! The fans applaud while Kushida gets Akira up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! A third cover, TWO! The fans rally while Kushida looms over Akira. Kushida wrenches the arm, CLUBS the arm, then wrangles Akira with a top wristlock. Kushida isolates the arm, to STOMP it!

Akira writhes, goes to a corner, but Kushida is after him. Akira fires a forearm! And fires another! But Kushida wrenches the bad arm and wrangles Akira again! Kushida stands on Akira’s head to twist the arm and hammerlock it, to then TWIST it! Akira flounders away but Kushida is after the legs! Kushida turns Akira over to a SEATED SURFBOARD! Akira fights, Kushida slaps him on the back to get at the arms! Kushida pulls Akira back, but Akira fights to turn things over! They roll and into the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Kushida lets off. Kushida drags Akira up, wrenches and wristlocks, then cravats to snapmare.

Kushida scrapes his soles off Akira’s face, then handsprings to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! The fans rally up while Akira slowly rises. Kushida brings Akira up, wrenches the arm, but Akira shoves him away. Kushida comes back, Akira ducks ‘n’ dodges to RANA! The fans fire up while Kushida bails out, and Akira aims. Akira slingshot, but Kushida slides back in! Akira lands on the apron, only for Kushida to KICK a leg! Kushida runs, but into a SLINGSHOT CUTTER! Both men are down and the fans rally up. Akira and Kushida rise, and Kushida goes after Akira. Akira fires forearms but Kushida knees low.

Kushida whips, Akira reverses, but Kushida ducks the enzigiri! Akira slides Kushida, Kushida slides under Akira! Kushida flips Akira to get the KIMURA! Akira gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down again and the fans fire up! Akira and Kushida go to corners, the fans rally for “A! KI RA! A! KI RA!” Akira runs in to clothesline! Then he comes back to UPPERCUT! Akira snapmares Kushida, goes to the apron, “IKU ZO!” The fans fire up and Akira climbs, but Kushida GAMANGIRIS the arm! Kushida then goes up after Akira but Akira fires forearms! Kushida drops back, Akira adjusts and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up while both men are down. Akira shakes out the bad arm, stalks behind Kushida and half nelsons, but the bad arm won’t let him full nelson! Kushida KICKS Akira in the leg! Then KICKS again! Kushida whips, Akira reverses, Kushida handsprings, but Akira DROPKICKS Kushida! Kushida bails out, Akira PLANCHAS, but into a FUJIWARA! The ref reprimands, Akira fights up, but Kushida hits an ARMBAR BULLDOG to the floor! Akira writhes and clutches his elbow, and the ring count starts. Both men are down at 5 of 20, but Kushida stands at 10. Kushida flounders at the apron, falls back, and we’re at 15!

Kushida springs up to slide in at 17! Akira staggers around, but he slides in at 19! PENALTY KICK! Kushida leaps, but Akira rolls him up! TWO, but Akira drop toeholds! Akira steps over, Kushida slips out to LA MAGISTROL, but Akira pushes it back to a cradle! TWO!! Akira goes to a corner, Kushida runs in, but into the TARANTULA!! The ref counts, Akira lets go at 4, but he fires back up! The fans rally, Akira BUZZSAWS! Akira roars and the fans fire up! Akira gets Kushida up, SPEED FIRE!! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and the fans fire back up. Akira goes to a corner, pounds the mat, “A! KI RA!”

Akira aims as Kushida slowly rises. Akira runs up, but Kushida ducks the Fireball! SHOTEI!! Kushida snarls while Akira flounders away. Akira goes to a corner, Kushida runs up, but Akira blocks the Shotei! Akira CLUBS the arm, but Kushida ROCKS him right back! Akira fires forearms in return! Akira then cravats for KNEE after KNEE! Kushida KICKS the bad arm! Akira SUPERKICKS! Akira dodges the fastball to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Akira roars, runs, but has to duck the fastball! COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO! Kushida’s still in this but Akira fires back up! Akira puts Kushida up top, CHOPS him, then climbs.

Akira brings Kushida up but Kushida fights the armlock! Kushida throws elbows, but Akira CHOPS! Akira fires forearms but Kushida wrenches his arm! ELBOW BREAKER! Akira drops down to the apron, but he SUPERKICKS back! Akira fires up again, the fans are with him, and Akira goes back up! But Kushida has a KIMURA!! HOVERBOARD ARM-DRAG!!! Akira endures as Kushida has him caught!! Akira reaches, Kushida rolls him from ropes, and cranks the hold! Akira taps, Kushida wins!!

Winner: Kushida, by submission (gains 2 points; Akira earns 0)

The Timesplitter extinguishes the Nova Fireball and continues to 3-0! Will nothing stop Kushida until he’s the Best of the Super Juniors? Can Akira reignite before it’s too late?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: DOUKI VS “Drilla” Dan Moloney!

Japones del Mal came away with a big shocker last round when he took down Hiromu in the main event! But is that one win enough to propel him to the top of the block? Or will 44 Caliber shoot Douki right back down to the bottom?

The bell rings and the fans rally up for Douki. Drilla gets annoyed by that, especially as the fans start to chant “DOUKI! DOUKI!” The two tie up, Douki headlocks, Drilla powers up, but can’t power out as Douki holds on. Drilla lifts, Douki flails, but Drilla powers out this time. Drilla runs Douki over, and fans do applaud the show of strength. Drilla runs, Douki drops down but Drilla drags him up. Douki arm-drags Drilla, then runs. Drilla hurdles, drops down, but Douki avoids the dropkick! Douki wheelbarrows but Drilla fights around to arm-drag! Drilla reels Douki in, but Douki trips him to a jackknife bridge! TWO!!

The fans fire up as Douki says it was that close. Drilla is mad, runs up, but Douki dodges to RANA! Douki RAMS Drilla, runs, springboards, but into Drilla’s arms! SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Drilla snarls while Douki goes to the apron. Drilla WRECKS Douki with a dropkick! Drilla then goes out and he RAMS Douki into the apron! Douki falls in a heap, but Drilla steps on his back! Drilla soaks up the heat while throwing up the Too Sweet. Drilla then steps away, to take a fan’s chair! Drilla scoops Douki for a BACKBREAKER on the chair! Douki writhes and flops off the chair while Drilla leaves him behind for the ring count.

The fans rally but Drilla tells them to shut up. The count reaches 5 of 20, then 10 before Douki sits up. Douki moves the chair aside, slides in at 15, and the fans cheer. But Drilla is right on him with a whip hard into a corner! Douki falls in a heap again, but Drilla storms up to pull at the mask! The ref reprimands, Drilla lets go, and Douki drags himself up with ropes. Drilla CHOKES Douki, but also goes after the mask! The fans boo, the ref reprimands and counts, and Drilla lets off at 4. Drilla stands Douki up to CHOP him down! Cover, with feet on the ropes! TWO!! Douki still gets free and the fans cheer.

Drilla sits Douki up into a chinlock and digs his knee into Douki’s back. Douki endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Drilla grinds his forearm into Douki’s face, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Drilla stomps Douki but Douki gets right up to fire forearms! Douki goes to run, but Drilla reels him in! Drilla pops him up but Douki slips free to waistlock! Drilla breaks that, switches, but Douki elbows free! Douki again goes to run, Drilla reels him back in but Douki kicks free, kicks low, and DDTs! The fans fire up while both men are down! Drilla sits up but Douki stalks him. Douki whips Drilla, Drilla reverses but Douki arm-drags first!

Douki runs in at the corner to ELBOW Drilla, then keeps going, springboard BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO! Drilla is still in this but Douki keeps cool. Douki drags Drilla up, hooks him up, but Drilla fights the lift! Douki still Gory Especials, but Drilla fights free! Douki blocks the chop, trips Drilla, and rolls him into ITALIAN STRETCH #32! Drilal reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Douki lets go, Drilla bails out, but Douki builds speed! Douki slides out, Drilla slides in! Douki hurries back up and he RAMS into Drilla! Slingshot, DAY- NO, Drilla stops that to SPINEBUSTER and DOUBLE STOMP ELBOW COMBO! Cover, TWO!

The fans rally up for Douki again while he slowly sits up. Drilla aims from a corner, loads up and runs in, but Douki ducks the boot! Douki then BOOTS back, goes to the apron, and slingshots, DAYBREAK! Douki drags Drilla to a cover, TWO! Drilla is still in this but Douki fires up! The fans are with him and he brings Drilla into the wheelbarrow. Drilla elbows free, ripcords and CHOPS, but Douki kips up! Drilla SUPERKICKS! Drilla runs, Douki ducks the boot to tilt-p-whirl, but Drilla blocks and flips Douki around! But Douki arm-drags free! And he rolls Drilla into the ITALIAN STRETCH #32!! Drilla endures while fans fire up!

Drilla fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Douki pulls until the ref counts 4, then he drags Drilla away from ropes, for ITALIAN STRETCH! But Drilla just powers right out! DRILLA KILLA!!! Cover, Drilla wins!

Winner: “Drilla” Moloney, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Douki earns 0)

The fans were behind the underdog and Drilla wasn’t having any of it! Will the Ichiban Gaijin storm his way to the top of this block? Can Douki turn this around next round?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Ninja Mack VS SHO!

The American Shinobi is on a roll at 2-0, but now he has the misfortune of running into the Murder Machine. Will the Mack attack not be able to get past a deck that’s stacked? Or can he grab a golden ticket off the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion?

OH NO! Sho’s dragging Mack out from the back! And he’s CHOKING Mack with the Torture Tool! The fans boo but Sho grins as he brings Mack all the way to the ring and throws him in! Sho puts his props aside, then “helps” Mack to his feet. Mack flops back over, Sho says he’s fine and stands him back up. And then puts a leg in the ropes? Sho has the ref ring the bell, then he runs in to clothesline! Sho scoops to SLAM Mack, then he gets the legs! BOSTON CRAB! Mack endures, the fans rally, and Mack taps!! Sho wins!!

Winner: Sho, by submission 

Sho laughs at Mack, and brags that this is how good he is! But wait! Some other Ninja Mack runs in and CLOBBERS Sho!! Wait, this is the real Ninja Mack?! Sho tied Mack up to then replace him with a fake? Well, the tape Mack’s tearing away is compelling evidence. The ref then strikes the previous decision and this match restarts! Sho bails out but Mack gives chase! Mack CLOBBERS Sho again, stands him up and DOUBLE CHOPS him! Mack rips Sho’s shirt away, throws it to the crowd, then KICKS Sho against the apron! Mack puts Sho in, the fans fire up, and Mack storms in. Sho kicks Mack, whips, but Mack reverses.

Mack drops down, hurdles over, then backflips. Sho moves but Mack handsprings up to JUMP KNEE! Mack TOSSES Sho, builds speed and the fans rally with “NINJA! NINJA!” Mack handsprings to SASUKE SPECIAL! How fitting for a ninja! The fans fire up and Mack gets Sho back in the ring. The fans continue to rally for “NINJA! NINJA!” as Mack sees Sho go to the far side. Mack slingshots to sunset flip, Sho blocks a kick but Mack fires CHOP after CHOP after forearm, then an UPPERCUT! Mack then handsprings to LION’S BARRAGE! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Sho flounders, Mack storms up on him and stands Sho up.

Mack knuckle locks, CHOPS and then goes up, up and tightrope walks! But Sho bends fingers! Sho kicks the ropes out and Mack falls! The fans boo but Sho goes out to grab the ring bell hammer. Sho brings that over, but also gets a chair. The ref stops Sho from using the hammer, but Sho just uses the chair to JAM Mack! Sho digs the chair into Mack’s back while the fans boo! Sho also digs the chair into Mack’s stomach! The ref returns, reprimands, and Sho lets go of the chair. Sho brings Mack to the very back of the crowd and BOWLS him into chairs! Weak, he only got two. But Sho leaves Mack behind to go to the ring.

The fans rally for “NINJA! NINJA!” as Mack hurries back to ringside. The ring count starts but Mack is ringside by 4 of 20. Mack slides in at 6, but Sho drags Mack up. Sho kicks low, whips, and kitchen sink knees! Sho storms up on Mack again, drags him around, and has a body scissor squeeze! Mack endures, reaches out, but Sho even pulls the mask! But Mack pushes back to a cover, TWO! Sho keeps on the squeeze, but Mack still endures. Mack fights around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, the ref counts, and Sho lets go. Mack sputters and says “Itai <It hurts.>” Sho gets Mack up, and hangs him out to dry!

Sho then drags Mack off the ropes for a CANADIAN GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mack is still in this, but Sho covers again, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Sho is annoyed but the fans rally up. Sho kicks Mack around, Mack blocks to body shot! And body shot! And body shot! Sho KNEES low! Sho scoops Mack and puts him on the top rope. Sho CLUBS away on Mack’s back, then runs to TOP SHELF KNEE! And TOP SHELF KNEE again! Sho goes corner to corner, but Mack dodges! Mack ROCKS Sho, springboards to KICK, then runs in to UPPERCUT! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Sho survives, but Mack’s on him with a CROSSFACE!

Sho endures as Mack pulls back! Sho flails, reaches out, crawls his way over, but Mack cranks the hold! Sho still gets the ROPEBREAK! Mack lets go and the fans rally again. Mack brings Sho up, DOUBLE CHOPS him, then DOUBLE CHOPS again! Mack whips corner to corner, Sho reverses, but Mack BOOTS back! And SUPERKICKS! And fires body shots and an UPPERCUT! Mack cravats, but Sho pulls the mask! Sho shoves Mack to the corner, then shoves the ref into Mack! The ref goes down, Sho SPEARS Mack! The fans are torn while everyone is down! Sho checks the ref, says he’s okay, and then grabs his Torture Tool!

Sho grins as he takes aim, but the fans boo. Wait, that’s the fake yellow Mack! Sho realizes that and wonders where the real Mack went. Mack snatches the wrench away and Sho freaks out! Mack puts the wrench down, but Sho rolls him up! But the ref’s still out, he can’t count! Sho gets mad at the ref when this is Sho’s fault! But Mack rolls Sho up! TWO!! Cradle, TWO!! Sunset flip! TWO!! Sho escapes, Mack kips up and SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up and Mack brings Sho to a drop zone. Mack goes up the corner, to NINJA- NO, Sho moves! Mack rolls through, comes back, but Sho dodges! Sho gets the title belt now! But Mack grabs Sho’s legs!

The ref grabs at the belt, it’s a weird tug-o-war, but the ref takes the belt away! Sho LOW BLOWS Mack!! Roll-up, with tights! SHO WINS!!

Winner: Sho, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Mack earns 0)

This is the worst! Sho tried to steal a win with a fake, then cheated to steal this win anyway! Will anyone ever humble the Murder Machine? Or will he continue to lie, cheat and steal until he holds both the trophy and the belt?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Hiromu Takahashi VS Dragon Dia!

The Ticking Timebomb is inexplicably 0-2 to start, but things haven’t gone so well for the Infinity Carat Diamond. Only one can win their first points of the tournament, so who ends up at the bottom of the block?

The frame on Hiromu’s framed picture of himself seems a bit patched together, but Milano Collection AT-san still accepts it graciously. Hiromu then eggs on “Taguchi.” The bell rings and the two rush up! Dia DROPKICKS Hiromu and tells him the name’s Dragon Dia! Dia fires off forearms in the corner, the ref counts, and Dia roars as he lets off. He drags Hiromu up and shouts “ORE WA DIA DA! <I’M DIA!>” Hiromu swings, Dia dodges but Hiromu ELBOWS him. Hiromu whips, ROCKS and puts Dia on ropes to KICK the ropes! Hiromu says he’s Taguchi and runs, but Dia ducks ‘n ‘dodges ‘n’ slides under a boot!

Dia tilt-o-whirls to arm-drag! Then he DROPKICKS! Hiromu tumbles out, Dia fires up and the fans rally. Dia builds speed but Hiromu ELBOWS him! Hiromu whips Dia to a corner, clotheslines and snapmares to basement dropkick! The fans cheer, Hiromu covers, TWO! Dia stays in this and the fans rally up. But even as the fans call out to Dia, Hiromu asks how Taguchi is doing. Hiromu drags Dia up, CHOPS him, then stands him up to CHOP again! Dia falls back, Hiromu covers, TWO! Dia stays in this and the fans rally up. Hiromu storms up and asks who’s this Dia the fans are talking about. Hiromu CHOPS Dia, then whips.

Dia reverses, Hiromu holds ropes and BOOTS Dia, to then have a HANGING HEADSCISSOR! The ref counts, Hiromu lets off at 4, and he drags Dia out to snap suplex to the floor! Dia writhes, the fans rally, and Hiromu asks the cameraman how Taguchi became such a great high-flyer. Hiromu really thinks this is Ryusuke Taguchi? Hiromu goes back to Dia, drags him up and brings him around POSTS him! Dia falls in a heap but Hiromu storms over to him. The fans rally up but Hiromu drags Dia up and puts him in. Cover, TWO! Hiromu keeps on Dia with a headscissors squeeze! Dia endures and the fans rally, even as Hiromu puts on the pressure.

Dia kicks around, reaches out, and has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Hiromu lets off quickly. Hiromu drags Dia up, but Dia pushes him away. Dia CHOPS, but Hiromu eggs him on. Dia CHOPS, then fires a forearm! Hiromu CHOPS, runs, and he counters a hip attack into an atomic drop! Hiromu says that proves this is really Taguchi! Hiromu runs to run Dia over, then stacks him, TWO! The fans rally as Dia stays in this, and Hiromu drags Dia up. Hiromu CHOPS Dia to a corner, then whips corner to corner. Hiromu runs in but into BOOTS! Dia then RANAS Hiromu away! Hiromu bails out, Dia fires up and slingshots, but he feints the plancha!

Dia resets but Hiromu slides in. Dia ducks Hiromu’s lariat to then trip him up and slingshot, TORNILLO! Hiromu bails out, so Dia resets, ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit and the fans fire up as both men are down! The ring count starts, the fans rally, and Dia rises at 7 of 20. Dia fetches Hiromu at 11, puts him in at 12, and the fans cheer. Dia fires up again and he goes up the corner. Hiromu rises and Dia leaps, but Hiromu blocks the DDT to fireman’s carry! CORNER DEATH VALLEY! Hiromu drags Dia up, fireman’s carries again, TIMEBOMB- NO, Dia wheelbarrows and somersaults! Hiromu stops that to drag Dia up!

Dia swings an elbow but Hiromu ducks! Dia still SOBATS, runs, but into a scoop and BACKBREAKER! The fans rally and Hiromu suplexes, FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Dia survives and the fans fire up! Hiromu keeps cool, and he waits on Dia. Dia rises, Hiromu runs, but Dia dodges and rolls, to REPTI- NO, Hiromu stops the rana to POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO! The fans fire up as Dia stays in this! Hiromu taunts Dia, slaps him around, but Dia drags himself up. Hiromu runs, but Dia blocks the lariat! Hiromu SUPERKICKS, runs, but Dia falls! Dia scrambles back up to CHOP! Hiromu gets in Dia’s face!

Hiromu CHOPS Dia, runs, but Dia HIP ATTACKS!! So is he Taguchi or not!? Dia roars, goes to a corner, and then storms up on Hiromu to chicken wing! DODON BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Hiromu survives another Taguchi move and Dia roars! Dia again shouts, “Ore wa Dia da!” Fisherman and lift, but Hiromu fights free! Dia ducks the superkick to ENZIGIRI! Hiromu rebounds, into another ENZIGIRI! Dia hurries to get Hiromu up, gets under a leg and lifts, END OVER!! Cover, TWO?!? Hiromu survives and Dia is furious! But Dia also goes to a corner and aims from a corner. Hiromu slowly rises, Dia runs up, roll and REP-

NO, Hiromu blocks the sunset to make it a CRUNCHY!! Cover, TWO!!! Dia survives and the fans fire up again! Hiromu shakes his head and has that wild grin on his face. Hiromu drags Dia up, reels him in, suplex, but Dia fights free! Dia wrenches, dodges, but Hiromu follows! Dia wheelbarrows, but Hiromu makes it a WHEELBARROW GERMAN! But Dia’s right up!! HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! Hiromu hauls Dia up, fireman’s carry, but into REPTILIAN KAI!! Cover, TWO!!! Hiromu survives #DoubleCork but the fans are thunderously behind Dia! Dia drags himself to a corner, rises up, and he goes up the corner!

Dia roars and the fans fire up again! Dia aims to 450, onto knees! Hiromu rolls Dia into a fireman’s carry and lifts him up! TIMEBOMB 1.5!! Cover, TWO!!! Dia survives the 1.5 and Hiromu can’t believe it! Hiromu stands Dia up, runs, to HIROMU-CHAN BOMBER!! And then he adds on with the OG TIMEBOMB!! Cover, Hiromu wins!!

Winner: Hiromu Takahashi, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Dia earns 0)

Hiromu finally gets on the board! And at least in his mind, he still has Taguchi’s number in this tournament. Will Hiromu make this a comeback story for the history books? Will Dia ever crack that goose egg in his win column?

 

Best of the Super Juniors 31 B Block: Robbie Eagles VS Taiji Ishimori!

The Sniper of the Skies may be 1-1, but that means he’s only a step behind The Bone Soldier’s 2-0. Who will be number one with a bullet in this main event caliber shootout?

The bell rings, the fans rally up, and Eagles encourages them to get louder. Fans start up a “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE!” “OI OI OI!” and Robbie joins in. Taiji doesn’t it but Robbie tries to start one for him. The fans don’t respond and Robbie shrugs. The two feel things out, tie up, Taiji waistlocks but Robbie switches. Taiji wrenches, Robbie rolls then wrenches back. Robbie hammerlocks but Taiji switches that onto Robbie. Robbie headlocks, hits the takeover, but Taiji headscissors. Robbie kips free, and the fans applaud as the two stand off. Taiji and Robbie reset, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Taiji wrenches right into a top wristlock!

Robbie goes to ropes, Red Shoes calls the break, but Taiji twists the wrist first. Red Shoes counts but Taiji YANKS the arm as he lets off. Taiji then whips, but Robbie holds ropes to block! Taiji tries again but Robbie still holds on, so Taiji CLAWS the eyes! Taiji whips, Robbie reverses to go up and around and arm-drag! Robbie keeps moving, hurdles Taiji to then RANA him! Taiji gets back up, but Robbie WHEEL KICKS! Robbie kips up, the fans fire up and Taiji bails out. Robbie builds speed but Taiji moves, so Robbie springboards to backflip! The fans cheer but Taiji eggs Robbie on. Robbie slides out but Taiji slides in, and still taunts Robbie.

Robbie slides back in, but Taiji catches him for a NECK TWIST! Robbie staggers away, Taiji goes out after him, and Taiji SMACKS Robbie off the commentary desk! Robbie staggers away, Taiji pursues and scoops, to LAWN DART POST him! Red Shoes reprimands and wants this back in the ring. Taiji goes back in, but he unties the blue buckle pad! The Bullet Club Special is in play, and then Taiji waits on Robbie. The ring count starts, Robbie sits up at 5 of 20, then rises at 8. Robbie slides in at 9, but Taiji storms up on him. Robbie CHOPS, and CHOPS, but Taiji CLUBS Robbie on the neck! Robbie falls and flops against ropes.

Taiji drags Robbie up, cravats for a neck wrench, and he snapmares to NECK TWIST again! Robbie writhes but Taiji looms over him. Taiji clamps on a chinlock and digs his knee into Robbie’s back. Robbie endures, so Taiji pushes him down for a FIST DROP! Taiji then pushes Robbie to a cover, TWO! Robbie gets away and the fans rally up. Taiji stalks Robbie, clamps onto an arm, CLUBS Robbie in the neck, then traps both arms in chicken wings! Taiji spins Robbie around, then gets a leg, and he lifts Robbie into the fisherman stretch! Then he hits the SHOULDER BUSTER! Robbie flounders out of the ring and Taiji says, “ROBBIE ROBBIE ROBBIE! F YOU!”

Taiji waits on the ring count, and Robbie is still down at 5 of 20. Robbie sits up at 8, stands at 9, but he falls over at 10! Robbie rises at 12 and rolls into the ring, and fans cheer the resilience. Taiji looms over Robbie, Robbie kicks from below, but Taiji stomps him! The fans rally for Robbie but Taiji wrenches an arm, hammerlocks, then scoops, but Eagles slips free! CHOP BLOCK! Robbie keeps moving, but Taiji ducks the blindside lariat! JUMP KNEE, LA MYSTICA, but Robbie stops it partway! Robbie gets the backslide, TWO! Taiji runs up, Robbie gets around, SNAP SAIDO! The fans fire up while both men are down!

The fans rally up again, and Robbie pounds the mat. Robbie waits on Taiji to sit up, and then he KICKS! And KICKS! And KICKS again! Taiji flounders, Robbie runs, and LEG LARIATS! The fans cheer as Robbie rolls and aims from a corner. Robbie runs corner to corner to DOUBLE KNEE, then he rolls back, to BASEMENT 619! Taiji sits down, Robbie runs back in, METEORA! The fans fire up and Eagles pushes Taiji to a cover, TWO! Taiji stays in this but the fans rally for Robbie again. Robbie shakes out the bad arm, goes up and out, then climbs the corner. But Taiji SLAPS Robbie first! Taiji lifts Robbie off the corner, but Robbie hooks ropes!

Red Shoes counts, Taiji puts Robbie on the apron. Robbie GAMANGIRIS back! Robbie springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK the legs! Robbie then ties up those legs into the RON MILLER SPECIAL! Taiji endures, flails around, reaches out, but Robbie puts on the pressure! The fans rally, and Taiji gets the ROPEBREAK! Robbie lets go, but drops knees on the knee! Taiji flounders away, Robbie vows to end it now. But Taiji ducks the Shining Wizard! BONE LOCK!! Robbie endures, the fans rally, but Taiji puts on the pressure! Robbie reaches back with a leg, ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer as Taiji lets go in frustration.

Taiji hobbles around, drags Robbie up, and Taiji POSTS Robbie in the blue corner!! Then Taiji hammerlocks, lifts, and SHOULDER BUSTERS! Cover, TWO!! Robbie survives and Taiji is frustrated but the fans rally up. Taiji goes to a corner, aims and BANG. Taiji drags Robbie up, but Robbie fights the lift! Taiji still tries but Robbie kicks the bad leg! Taiji runs in but Robbie ELBOWS him away. Robbie runs up, into a BOOT! Taiji runs in, blocks boots, and puts Robbie in ropes! ENZIGIRI and- Robbie springs out to FLYING CHUCK! The fans fire up while both men are down! The fans rally as Robbie rises. Robbie drags Taiji up, but Taiji fires a forearm!

Robbie fires a forearm in return! Taiji fires another forearm! Robbie kicks back! Taiji fires another forearm, and the two stand. Robbie CHOPS, Taiji CHOPS, Robbie CHOPS again! Taiji fires a flurry of forearms, but Robbie KICKS a leg! Taiji LARIATS, runs, but Robbie blocks to ROUNDHOUSE! SUPERKICK! ENZI- NO, Taiji ducks! BONE LOCK! But Robbie slips out to steal BONE LOCK! But Taiji rolls him up! TWO!! Both stand, Robbie blocks the boot, slips around and fires palm strikes! Robbie hooks Taiji up, but Taiji fights the backpack into a gut wrench! But Robbie turns that around to steal- NO, Taiji flips through to somersault clutch! TWO and Robbie has it! TWO!!

The fans fire up, Robbie rolls Taiji with the bridge, TWO!! Robbie steps through, but Taiji BOOTS him into the bare buckles!! Roll-up, TWO, but into BONE LOCK!!! Robbie endures, reaches out, and the fans rally! Taiji pulls way back on the hold! Robbie still fights his way forward, but Taiji rolls him! Robbie pops free, and rolls Taiji into the RON MILLER SPECIAL!! Taiji endures, reaches out, crawls forward, but Robbie drags him back! Robbie puts on the pressure and Taiji flails! Taiji still fights, claws at the mat, but Robbie drags him back again! Robbie KICKS away on the bad leg, then steps through to drop knees on the knee!

The fans are thunderous and Eagles steps through, but Taiji cradles! Then BLOODY CROSS!! Cover, Taiji wins!

Winner: Taiji Ishimori, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Eagles earns 0)

It was a shootout until the end, but it was Taiji who hit the mark! Will Eagles be able to reload and try again in the next round?

As for Taiji, he gets an icepack for his knee, then gets the mic. Taiji taps the mic on the mat for the sound check, then he sits up to say, “Oi Gunma, were you fired up?” The fans cheer, they definitely were. Taiji asks if they wanted Robbie Eagles to win tonight. “Be honest, that’s what you wanted! Well that’s too bad! It is what it is. Sorry to say, I’m here.” The fans do applaud his win. Taiji adds that unfortunately, he’s not interested in anything but the top! And he won’t give this spot to anybody! “You wanna be more fired up, huh? You want more, huh? Well, keep your eyes on me, and only me! Taking it all is my destiny.

“I’m given all that I need, you know what I mean? All of it… by God’s grace!” The Bone Soldier feels he is destined for greatness, but will he make destiny into reality?

 

Here are the NEW B Block standings!

KUSHIDA: 3-0, 6 points
Taiji Ishimori: 3-0, 6 points
SHO: 2-1, 4 points
Ninja Mack: 2-1, 4 points
Francesco Akira: 1-2, 2 points
Robbie Eagles: 1-2, 2 points
“Drilla” Moloney: 1-2, 2 points
DOUKI: 1-2, 2 points
Hiromu Takahashi: 1-2, 2 points
Dragon Dia: 0-3, 0 points


My Thoughts:

A great third round for B Block, and Hiromu finally getting his win here made sense. Pretty funny gag where he is convinced Dragon Dia is just Ryusuke Taguchi with a new look. Not sure why he went with that but Dia insisting he’s his own person while still using moves that Taguchi also uses was really good stuff. I also really liked Sho having a fake Ninja Mack and trying to get a win that way. Bit of a shame Mack didn’t turn things around and win, but I suppose the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion can’t be owing too many matches after this tournament.

Kushida’s still 3-0, a good move in itself. But as the guy who beat Sho, there’s a chance Kushida does have to fall back to his “golden ticket” for a title match. And great main event from Eagles VS Taiji, great win for Taiji to also be undefeated 3-0. His promo was good, and I wonder if claiming God is behind him is him taking a shot at Titan, who always thanks God for his victories. But as it stands, Kushida and Taiji are strong choices for making it out of the block, but I suppose it depends on the plans for Hiromu. Hiromu could replace Taiji as a semifinalist since Kushida already beat Hiromu, because his story really is about redeeming himself from falling short last year.

My Score: 8.9/10


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