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Mitchell’s WWE TLC Results & Report! (12/15/19)

Tables, Ladders and Chairs, OH MY!

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WWE TLC 2019

Two TLC matches for the price of one!

Will King Corbin regret treating Roman Reigns like a mutt? Will the Kabuki Warriors hold onto their gold against The Man and The Queen? That and more to wrap things up before the holidays!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Match: Humberto Carrillo VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Carrillo wins.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships Ladder Match: The New Day VS The Revival; The New Day wins.
  • Aleister Black VS Buddy Murphy; Aleister wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships Open Challenge: The Viking Raiders VS ???; Double Count-Out, Viking Raiders retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • TLC Match: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin; Corbin wins.
  • Bray Wyatt VS The Miz; Wyatt wins.
  • Tables Match: Rusev VS Bobby Lashley; Lashley wins.
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships TLC Match: The Kabuki Warriors VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the titles.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the TLC Kickoff Show!

Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Booker T in reviewing and predicting all the action for tonight! What does the last WWE PPV of 2019 have in store?

 

WWE TLC becomes TMZ.

Rusev and Lana have been having yet another rocky love affair, and that includes Lana “tongue wrestling” with the Rocky Mountain Machine. Restaurant brawls, wild rumors, a pregnancy scam, restraining orders, and multiple arrests on both sides. The only thing left was divorce. Rusev and Lana are split, but on the condition of the Bulgarian Brute getting “Bob” Lashley in a Tables Match! And it all happens on #RUSEVDAY!

Lana and Lashley are live via video. Has this been worth it? Their relationship has definitely be worth it. THe only real problem is Rusev’s jealousy. Getting rid of him means it’ll be Ravishing Ever After. Otunga questions manipulating the legal system. Is he a therapist? How about Otunga’s relationship? How about getting in Otunga’s face? Booker wants to redirect things to the match, but he does have to wonder if this relationship is keeping him from the better opportunities? Lashley needed an ally, and now he has a lover. Lana isn’t holding him back. Let’s leave it at that. Lana says she can do a better Spinaroonie. Why is everyone constantly attacking her? They have their own issues so they should mind their own business!

Charly wants to ask if Lana’s Lashley loses to Rusev. Is that Renee? Oh wait, Wannabe Renee! The girl that does Renee’s job worse after Renee got her own show. If Charly keeps asking all these stupid questions, she should not come anywhere near the locker room. Because Lana’s Bobby IS going to destroy Rusev! But sorry, she’s just realy flustered. Lashley says tonight will be a very easy win. Lana says this will finish Rusev. It will literally CRUSH her ex! Coachman has them cut from Lana’s rant. Charly says Lana is not one to take seriously, no matter what. But will the Tables Match “literally” be the end of this grudge one way or another?

 

The Revival interrupt the panel.

They’re talking about Authors of Pain being an unstoppable team? They should be talking about the soon-to-be four-time tag team champions! But that’s fine, ignore Dash & Dawson like the rest of this company does. AOP is better than them? Well maybe after tonight, The Revival proves everyone wrong! After winning the tag titles, maybe Booker and his “better half” get in the ring, Booker and Stevie Ray will learn who is the better team! This is serious talk! Let them Texas boys get a Carolina beating! Is Harlem Heat going to stop The Revival? Maybe those HOF rings should go to the #TopGuys! Ladder match, SmackDown Tag Titles, the best team on this DAMN PLANET! When Booker is ready to go, come find them! The Revival “politely” hand their mics to Coach before heading out. The Revival and The New Day open the main show!

Booker T takes a moment to let us know that he didn’t respond, because sometimes you gotta go down to their level to raise them up. Booker did not want to go viral on the internet, but he promises something will happen. When and where will Dash & Dawson learn some respect?

 

Kickoff Match: Humberto Carrillo VS Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega!

Ultimo Ninja outsmarted El Idolo and La Muneca on Raw, but can he get them again here tonight? Or have Almas and Vega patched things up in the six days since?

The bell rings and Almas runs at Carrillo but Carrillo waistlocks. Almas elbows out and blocks a dropkick, to give a basement dropkick! Almas taunts Carrillo before he CHOPS him to a corner. Almas goes after the legs and then whips corner to corner. He gives Carrillo a BIG knee strike! Cover, ONE, but Almas keeps focus. Carrillo gets to ropes but Almas whips and back drops Carrillo down! Fans boo but Almas soaks up the heat as he stomps Carrillo down. Almas drags Carrillo up and whips again, but Carrillo holds ropes. Carrillo elbows back, wheelbarrows and arm-drags, then springboards for an even bigger arm-drag! Fans fire up as Carrillo triangle jumps, but Almas shoves him down! Carrillo crashes and burns down to the ground as TLC goes picture in picture.

Almas brags and Vega cheers while Carrillo stirs on the outside. Almas goes out and fetches Carrillo for more CHOPS! Almas puts Carrillo in as TLC returns to single picture, and he stomps Carrillo at the ropes. The ref counts but Almas lets up at 4. Carrillo is on the apron as Almas stomps him more. Almas goes out to the apron with Carrillo inside, and brings him up for a hanging armbar! The ref counts, Almas lets go at 4. And then Almas kicks Carrillo against ropes! Fans boo Almas and cheer on Carrillo, but Almas wrenches Carrillo to a shoulder breaker. Almas grinds Carrillo down, but fans rally up as Carrillo endures. Carrillo fights up but Almas throws him down! Almas keeps on Carrillo with an armlock and chinbar. Carrillo endures again as Vega shouts at him to quit. Carrillo doesn’t quit, he gets up and fights back again! Fans cheer as he hits a jawbreaker!

Almas staggers but comes back, and ducks Carrillo’s enziguri! Almas pulls Carrillo up, back suplex but Carrillo escapes to huricanrana! Carrillo gets to a corner, Almas runs in, but Carrillo dodges! Now Almas crashes and burns as he knees buckles! Vega coaches Almas up as TLC goes picture in picture again.

Carrillo clutches his knee in the ring while Almas clutches his out of the ring. But Almas returns before the ring count climbs too high. Almas tells the Carrillo fans to hush, but Carrillo counter punches him! The brawl goes on as TLC returns to single picture, and Almas CHOPS again! Almas whips, Carrillo slips through the back drop to springboard crossbody! Carrillo spins, kicks but hits the enziguri! Somersault moonsault but Almas school boys Carrillo into buckles! Almas gets moving corner to corner, but Carrillo follows to dropkick! Almas’s eyebrow is bleeding, Carrillo builds speed to FLY! The Fosbury Flop wipes Almas out to the announce desk! Cover, TWO! Almas lives but Carrillo won’t let up.

Carrillo brings Almas up, but Almas standing switches, only to get an elbow. Almas boots but misses and Carrillo forearms! Carrillo triangle dropkicks Almas off the ropes! Cover, TWO! Vega worries as Carrillo puts Almas in the drop zone. Fans cheer as Carrillo heads up top. But Almas trips him up! Almas throws forearms and heads up to join Carrillo, but Carrillo rocks him with that right! The bloody eyebrow hinders Almas but he refuses to give up. He elbows Carrillo into the Tree of Woe, then from the post, WOE STOMPS!! Double-edged as Almas hits ropes, but he gets Carrillo up and in! Minneapolis loses its mind while Almas covers, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” and it’s just the Kickoff!

Almas fires himself up, bloody as he is, and wants to shout out Latino Heat. Carrillo counters the suplex but Almas escapes. Almas ducks the kicks but misses his elbow. Carrillo fakes Almas out, but Almas LARIATS! Both men are down but fans are fired up! The standing count climbs to 5 as both men get to opposite corners. Almas and Carrillo slowly stand at 7, but Carrillo runs into a BOOT! Almas drags Carrillo in but gets an enziguri! Carrillo climbs up but Almas resists. They brawl more up top, Carrillo hops down, but comes back, triangle enziguri! Carrillo drags Almas up, but gets back dropped into buckles! Almas fires up, goes corner to corner, CIEN SHADOWS! Cover, TWO!! Carrillo still lives and Almas’s shock shows through the blood!

Almas hammerlocks but Carrillo fireman’s carries. Deja vu from Raw as Almas almost runs into Vega! But Almas counters the victory roll to his own cover, TWO! Almas hits one suplex, cleans his face up and hurires up top. But Carrillo stops him with clubbing forearms! Carrillo climbs up, has Almas caught, SUPER POISON-RANA! But that’s not all, Carrillo is up top again, MOONSAULT! Cover, Carrillo wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

A second and even more incredible victory for Ultimo Ninja! Vega is beside herself with frustration, but she and Almas must admit, Carrillo got them again! Is this the beginning of the end of this alliance?

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“About one’s career, there’s always this one competitor. This one person that challenges your move set.” Buddy Murphy is that one for Aleister. He makes Aleister contemplate everything he’s done. Even beyond TLC, Aleister feels they are destined to do this forever. Unless Aleister “amputates” Murphy from his career tonight, and makes him #FadeToBlack. And all of this, because Murphy decided to pick. A fight. With him.

 

Firefly Fun House has a special TLC edition!

“Let. Me. In.” Bray decorates a Christmas Ladder! Season’s greetings! As the year comes to a close, we should all reflect on how we’ve been. Did you make friends or enemies? Did you hurt or heal someone? Were you naughty or nice? Either way, in the end, we’re all the same. We’re all humans and we all make mistakes. That’s why you need to remember that everyone, good or bad, naughty or nice, demon or angel, everyone needs some TLC. Tables, Ladders and Chairs and your imagination! Choose your weapon, and let the festivities begin!

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships Ladder Match: The New Day VS The Revival

Awwww~ Minneapolis! Don’t be sour! Clap for this opening match and feel~ the power~! Only one team will bring those titles down, but who rises up to be champions on the last WWE PPV in 2019?

The teams are introduced, the titles are hanging high above, and we begin this elevated epic!

Kofi and Big E have the fans on their side, but the brawl begins already! Kofi has Dash and Dawson has E. The Revivla CHOP and whip, but the New Day reverses to knock the #TopGuys down! Big E snapmares Dash for Kofi’s Penalty Kick! Big E then gives Kofi a boost for a leap frog senton! The Revival bails out and the New Day get the ladders already. But The Revival go right after them on the ramp! Dash punches and stomps Big E into the railing while Dawson headlocks Kofi. The Revival mug the New Day then bring ladders to the ring. Fans rally behind the New Day and they return to stop the Revival short! Big E throws Dawson into a post! Kofi bounces Dash off a ladder! Kofi kicks Dash and Big E sends Dawson into commentary!

Dash bounces Kofi off the apron and throws punches and stomps. Dawson gets up and hits back, bouncing Big E off a desk. Dawson whips Big E into steel steps! The Revival regroup and pick on Kofi, they ram him into the LED apron! With the New Day down, the Revival decide it’s time to go up. They put a ladder on the apron and go back to Kofi. They bring him up, to whip at the ladder! But Kofi goes up, builds speed and baseball slides, but the Revival pick up the ladder to SLAM it back down on him! And again and again! Kofi collapses and The Revival bring the ladder back up. They run at Kofi but he again leaps over, to CROSSBODY! A very double-edged match for Kofi but it does serious damage to the Revival, too! Dawson clutches a knee as Big E returns to get the ladder in the ring.

Fans rally as the ladder is set up. The Revival manages to return and drag Kofi out to CLOBBER him! Dash holds onto the ladder and Dawson helps pull. But Big E pulls it away from them both, to RAM them with the back end! The Revival is down, Big E goes out, and he bumps Dash off the side of the ladder. Big E sets Dash on the ladder, clubs away, and then hops up on the apron. Big E runs, but Dawson saves Dash! Big E splashes down on ladder only! The Revival bring the ladder back around, but Kofi FLIES! But the Trust Fall is caught, and Kofi is slammed into ladder! The New Day is wrecked as The Revival gets the ladder back in. Fans rally for the New Day but the Revival stand the ladder up. Dash and Dawson both climb, but Big E returns to yank Dawson off! Belly2belly! Big E grabs Dash, and gives him a LARIAT!

Now Big E climbs, but Dawson hurries to the top rope. Dawson LEAPS to dropkick the ladder out! Big E gets caught up in rungs and now also clutches his leg! But then The Revival ram him up the middle with the ladder! Low blows are okay in a No Disqualification type, and so is this basement dropkick to the ladder! The ladder goes in deep…! The Revival move the ladder to the ropes and bring Big E up, to THROW him onto it! Kofi slowly returns and the Revival soak up the heat from Minneapolis. The Revival bring Kofi up, but Kofi slips out! Kofi fights with elbows and boots, then springboards and even uses the ladder, SEESAW ATTACK! The Revival are down but so is The New Day! Fans rally up as The New Day regroups.

Big E goes after Dawson’s bad leg with a Stretch Muffler! Dawson endures, Dash returns and makes the save. Kofi goes after Dash with big hands and then throws him back out. Big E goes after Dawson again! And then Kofi RAMS Dawson with the ladder! Fans want that “One More Time!” but the New Day focuses on standing the ladder back up. Kofi climbs and Big E steadies the ladder, but Dash throws Big E out! Dawson anchors Kofi but Kofi fights back! The Revival tip the ladder, but Kofi springboards off the top rope! Tornado DDT for Dawson! Trouble in Paradise for Dash! Fans are thunderous for #Kofimania as Kofi stands the ladder back up! Kofi hurries but Dawson anchors him again. Dawson and Kofi brawl, ELEVATED SHATTER MACHINE!! The Revival have taken the New Day out of the picture, but they still need to climb up. Fans boo as they do, but Big E is back!

Big E throws Dawson into a post, then yanks Dash off to throw out. Dash is on the apron, Big E SPEARS through him!! Big E and Dash crash to the floor, but Dawson is still in. Big E brings in a little ladder and rams it into Dawson’s ribs! And again! Big E puts the little ladder aside, and gets a bigger ladder! Big E stands this new ladder beside the other, and then he goes after Dawson. Big E rams Dawson into the side of a ladder, then goes out for a third ladder?! He has this ladder set up in a corner. Dawson comes back and brawls with Big E, but Big E finishes his work of making a ladder bridge. Dawson resists but Big E still bumps him off this ladder bridge. Big E puts Dawson on the bridge and fans anticipate what’s coming. Big E climbs up from the corner, but Dash returns!

Dash trips Big E up on the top rope, and Dawson revives. The Revival coordinate, going after Big E. Dawson SUPERPLEXES Big E and himself onto the ladder! The ladder bends, but then Big E is put back on the bridge. Dash SPLASHES, and the ladder BREAKS!! Fans lose their minds but also say “This is Awesome!” The Revival regroups and they head up top. But Kofi LEAPS in outta nowhere! Kofi fights the Revival up top, but they stick him between rungs! They bash Kofi into the ladder itself, until Kofi is in the highest Tree of Woe ever. But Big E is back! Big E scoops Dash, for a SUPER BIG ENDING!! Fans are thunderous as Dawson is in shock! But he focuses back on the title belts, because he’s so close to victory!

Dawson climbs, touches the belts, but Kofi revives! Kofi SMACKS him with a belt, and Dawson CRASHES into the broken ladder below! Kofi is the only one left up top, and the belts swing to him. The New Day wins!!

Winners: The New Day; still SmackDown Tag Team Champions

This was just the beginning of the night and it was incredibly destructive! What more are we going to see on TLC 2019? What more will it take for the New Day to lose lucky number 7?

 

Backstage interview with King Baron Corbin.

The Wolf King has his own TLC match with Roman Reigns. After smothering him with dog food, Roman Reigns was unleashed. Is Corbin concerned about facing Roman in such a dangerous match? Being concerned is for peasants and nerds. Roman thinks he has the upper-hand, but Corbin has him where he wants him. Corbin has won mentally, and now he’ll win physically. Corbin will use tables, ladders and chairs to show Roman who his master is, and make him #BendTheKnee.

 

Aleister Black VS Buddy Murphy!

The Aussie Juggernaut knocked on the door, but now it’s time for him to face what’s on the other side. Will everyone know what the Best Kept Secret is all about? Or will he simply #FadeToBlack?

Murphy mocks Aleister by sitting cross legged, but Aleister is not flustered. He sits down the same way, right up to Murphy. The two stand and the bell rings, and it’s on! Murphy just barely dodges Black Mass and gets out of the ring! Murphy dares Aleister to come out, but then he slides in. Aleister gets back in, Murphy gets a headlock takeover but Aleister headscissor counters. Murphy pops out and roles reverse as Aleister headlock takeovers but Murphy headscissors back. Aleister pops out, Murphy sweeps, ONE. Aleister sweeps, ONE, and both men kip up. Fans fire up as the two stare down. Murphy and Aleister circle, Murphy rushes in but Aleister sends him out. Murphy slides in but Aleister sits down again. Murphy nods and gets up.

Murphy dares Aleister to do something, but Aleister stays put. Murphy kicks, Aleister gets under and comes back with an arm-drag! Murphy tries to whip free but Aleister brings him down in an armlock. Aleister grinds, Murphy gets up and pulls hair. They end up in a corner, Murphy pie faces and KICKS Aleister! Murphy runs in but into another arm-drag! Aleister cranks the arm but Murphy gets up. Murphy forearms and arm-drags free, but his boot is blocked. Murphy elbows Aleister right after, but gets a ROUNDHOUSE for it! And another! Aleister whips, Murphy reveres, but Aleister KICKS Murphy off his feet! Fans cheer as Murphy wobbles to a corner. Aleister runs in but Murphy dodges, only to get an elbow from Aleister. Aleister puts Murphy on the apron, leg sweep! Murphy crashes down and Aleister goes out to the apron.

Aleister aims as Murphy rises, but Murphy blocks the kick! And sends Aleister into the post! Then the steel steps! Both men are down and fans are dueling as Aleister has a bloody nose. Murphy drags Aleister up for a big right hand, and then sends him back into the ring. Murphy stalks up behind Aleister and stomps him down. The ref counts but Murphy lets up just a moment before grinding more boots in. The ref pulls Murphy off but Murphy soaks up the heat. Murphy drags Aleister up, but Aleister fireman’s carries! Murphy slips out, and wrangles Aleister down to pull on the arms! Murphy chinbars Aleister before throwing clubbing forearms. Aleister endures, the bloody nose keeping him from breathing easy. Fans rally as Murphy throws in more elbows. Aleister fights up, fights back, and shoves. Murphy denies the kick and tosses Aleister out!

Murphy takes his time fetching Aleister, and throws him into the desk! Murphy snatches Aleister’s spiked jacket and puts it in the ring. Fans boo as Murphy looks the jacket over. Murphy puts it on, but Aleister returns! Murphy throws the jacket, Aleister dodges it but perhaps commentary doesn’t! Aleister BOOTS Murphy for that, and throws hands! Aleister whips, Murphy reverses and puts on a sleeper. Aleister powers Murphy to a corner and gets free, but Murphy BOOTS back! Murphy hops up, leaps, into a BOOT from Aleister! Both men are down, but Minneapolis rallies up as the ref starts a standing count. The count reaches 5 as Aleister uses the ropes to get up. Murphy stands at 7, but Aleister ROCKS him with a right. And another!

Aleister counter punches and fires off a strike fest, but Murphy back kicks hard. Murphy suplexes, Aleister slips out, ducks a hand to give more strikes! Leg sweep and knee thrust! Fans fire up as Murphy flounders. Aleister fires up, runs in, but Murphy goes up and over, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Aleister hits a spin-back knee! Then springboards, QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Aleister grows frustrated, but he just wipes his bloody nose. Fans rally as Aleister lifts Murphy with one foot. Murphy blocks the kick but gets an elbow! Murphy flops out to the apron, Aleister hurries after him. Aleister plots something nasty and brings Murphy over. Murphy fights the suplex for dear life and BOOTS again!

Murphy brings Aleister over to steal his idea but he gets shoved into the post! Aleister uses the post to ASAI MOONSAULT! Direct hit! Aleister puts Murphy in, hurries after, boot to KNEE TRIGGER! Cover, TWO!! Aleister grows further frustrated, but he keeps his focus on Murphy. Aleister drags Murphy up, dragon sleeper but Murphy powers out, only to get another BOOT! Murphy hits buckles and Aleister puts him up top. Aleister climbs but Murphy fights him off. Aleister returns, step-up kick! Murphy still fights the superplex off, then adjusts, sunset flip but no bomb! So Murphy tucks him in, SUPERKICK! Very cheeky, Murphy! ANOTHER! ANOTHER! ANOTHER! And then a running BOMB! Cover, TWO!?! Aleister still lives and Murphy can’t believe it! Fans feel “This is Awesome,” too!

Murphy sits up and brings Aleister up. Murphy has both wrists, and says this is the fight Aleister wanted! But Aleister blocks the knee! Murphy goes at the nose and jaw, but Aleister back elbows! Murphy SUPERKICKS! KNEE TRIGGER! AUSSIE GOYE!! Suplex, BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO?!? Aleister shocks Murphy again! Murphy gets to a corner as fans rally up. Aleister gets himself to the opposite corner, and the two stare down from across the way. Fans duel as both men rise. Both men run in, the sweep is dodged but Aleister fires off strikes. Murphy does, too! But BLACK MASS OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Aleister wins!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

Bloody and brutal, but in the end, Buddy didn’t see the shot that took him down! Aleister stands tall after this fight, but will this lead to even bigger fights in the New Year?

 

Backstage interview with Rusev!

The Bulgarian Brute’s reaction to the supposed proposal of Lashley to Lana is, “I’m elated!” By law, when Lana remarries, he doesn’t have to pay alimony. That is one reason to be thankful. Rusev is also thankful to be free after all this harassment. The only rule tonight is to put Lashley through a table. Whatever plans Lana had planned should just be cancelled, because she’s going to be stuck picking out splinters from Lashley’s back. Rusev is ready to celebrate RUSEV DAY!

 

Raw Tag Team Championships Open Challenge: The Viking Raiders VS ???

Erik and Ivar have brought the war to Raw’s Tag Team Division week after week, and yet who is there left to beat? The open challenge begins, who answers the call?

Erik and Ivar speak to throwing down the gauntlet. They dominated then, and they vow to destroy now! “Let the raid begin!” And the team brave enough to appear is… the OC! Will Gallows and Anderson truly become the Best Tag Team in the World when they once again become champions?

Anderson speaks to answering the open challenge. Gallows says that is “lameski.” Yes, very lame. Much like Minneapolis. And it’s lame because there is only one tag team that has beaten the Viking Raiders. The Good Brothers! They have a beautiful trophy to prove it! You don’t have trophies! But this isn’t just about the tag titles, this is about Erik and Ivar avenging their only loss. And about the OC defending their position as the best tag team in the world. The OC leave the trophy behind and this match is set to begin!

The titles are raised and the teams sort out. Erik starts against Anderson and they tie up. Erik puts Anderson on ropes but lets up, and Anderson headlocks on! Anderson grinds Erik down, but Erik powers up to put Anderson in a corner. Erik snapmares Anderson out but Anderson dodges to headlock. Erik powers out, things speed up, Anderson turns around into a takedown and waistlock slam! Erik roars and he drags Anderson up. Tag to Ivar and Erik feeds Anderson to a knee. Ivar does the same and Erik knees Anderson down. Fans fire up with the Vikings as Ivar grinds Anderson down. Ivar wrenches, rams shoulders and then grinds Anderson back down. Anderson endures, fights his way up, and throws hands! Anderson tries to whip but Ivar blocks and reels him in, tag to Erik. Ivar scoop slams Anderson, then Erik scoop slams Ivar onto Erik! Cover, TWO!

Erik stalks Anderson but Gallows barks at him. Erik swipes at Gallows, Anderson clobbers Erik out! Erik staggers into a YAKUZA KICK! Anderson goes out to fetch Erick, and ram him into the LED apron! Anderson puts Erik in, covers, ONE! Anderson keeps on Erik with a chinlock. Anderson cranks back hard, fans rally up, and Erik powers his way up. Erik fights out and runs, but Anderson hits a SPINE BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Anderson grows frustrated with Erik as he drags him over. Tag to Gallows and the OC mug Erik. Gallows throws big body shots and uppercuts! Erik flops down but Gallows drags him back up. Gallows clubs and suplexes, then runs to drop a big elbow. Cover, TWO! Gallows sneers as he rams in elbows over and over on Erik’s chest. Gallows then locks on a thrashing headlock and grinds Erik down. Erik endures and fans rally up with “SKOL! SKOL!”

Erik feeds off the viking power, but Gallows shoves to ROUNDHOUSE! Tag to Anderson and Anderson covers, TWO! Erik still lives but Anderson puts him in the OC corner. Erik fights out with big forearms and elbows! Anderson keeps Erik from Ivar, but Erik goes up and over to somersault and hot tag! The War Beard rallies on the Machine Gun! Ivar whips, redirects, pump handles and tosses! Ivar clobbers Gallows, side walk slams and SPLASHES Anderson! Fans fire up with Ivar as he runs corner to corner, but Anderson dodges. Anderson turns around into the seated senton! Ivar throws hands on Gallows then whips. Gallows reverses, Ivar tumbles out to the apron and ROCKS Gallows with a right! Ivar climbs up but Anderson shoves him down! Tag to Gallows, Gallows back suplexes, back suplex neckbreaker combo! Cover, TWO!

Gallows snarls and tags Anderson back in. The OC go after Ivar with double whips, but Ivar breaks through the line, to handspring and back elbow! Tag to Erik, Anderson gets THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, but Gallows breaks it just in time! Ivar has Gallows but gets uppercuts! Gallows Pole for Erik! Ivar boots Gallows, Gallows BOOTS back! All four men are down and spilling out of the ring! Anderson gets rocked by Erik, then so does Gallows. Anderson tosses Erik into the crowd! The ring count reaches 6 and Ivar DIVES! The count goes to 10!!

Double Count-Out; Viking Raiders retain the Raw Tag Team Championships

Fans boo and are disappointed, this match ends in a draw! The OC stomp Erik and Ivar as fans call BS. Anderson brings Erik over to the KFC table and bounces him off it! Anderson confiscates the meal and drags Erik over. But Ivar denies Magic Killer with a tackle! Erik sends Gallows into steel steps! Ivar and Erik see the feast and clear it off. Fans don’t like wasting food, but they do like this TABLE POWERBOMB! The raid continues on, but will the OC have something to say about this food fight?

 

Backstage interview with The Miz.

The Hollywood A-Lister lets us know that Monroe is fine, and safe. After last Friday, the entire family is in an undisclosed location to not take any chances. Bray Wyatt isn’t just unpredictable, he’s a monster. Maybe even more than The Fiend. Is Miz worried about being changed? Does it matter? Bray violated the sanctity of Miz’s home! Miz’s feelings are irrelevant. This is the most important match, and most personal match, of his entire career. Miz isn’t fighting as a WWE superstar but as a husband, father and a man protecting his family! Miz is willing to fight anyone, or anything, in that ring tonight. But will he make it through the night against a truly twisted individual?

 

TLC Match: Roman Reigns VS Baron Corbin!

The Big Dog is raring to take a bite out of the Wolf King, who has gone from sophomoric jokes to public humiliation and ambushes in order to prove he’s the alpha male of SmackDown. But not even the King’s Court has been enough. Will Roman finally shut Corbin up here tonight?

Corbin grabs a mic and says Minneapolis doesn’t know how to welcome their king. But Corbin will teach them how to show respect when he beats down Roman! Roman will #BendTheKnee to the king! Roman makes his entrance and Corbin sicks his “guards” on him! Roman wrecks them like he did on Friday! He catches on, to SPINE BUSTER through a table! “Who wants some now?!” No guards do. Corbin runs at Roman with a chair but gets an uppercut first! The match now begins and Roman throws Corbin into the stage wall! And then he RAMS Corbin with a ladder! Roman drags Corbin up and throws big hands. Fans rally behind Roman as he punches Corbin down and throws him off the stage! Roman pursues and fans cheer getting to see the action even closer.

Roman bounces Corbin off trunks and railing, and then brings him around the way. Corbin fights back and bounces Roman off chairs. Roman staggers deeper into the crowd but Corbin follows to throw more hands. Corbin pushes Roman along and bounces him off more chairs. Roman uppercuts back, and throws Corbin over to ringside! Roman hurries back over as commentary hurries to give him space. Fans cheer for Roman as he throws Corbin into steel steps. Roman bounces Corbin off the desk and then puts him in the ring. Corbin dodges Roman to hit a DEEP SIX! Cover, TWO! Corbin rains down furious right hands then soaks up the heat as he mocks Roman’s poses. Corbin drags Roman up and throws him hard into a post! Roman tumbles to the floor and Corbin soaks up the heat. Corbin goes out and brings Roman up to ram into barriers!

Corbin puts Roman in but walks into another uppercut! Roman throws hands but Corbin knees low. Corbin whips Roman into a corner, runs in but has to slide out. Corbin slides back in and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Corbin drags Roman up to ram elbows into the shoulder, then he dumps Roman out to the apron. Corbin goes out to hush the crowd and whip Roman. Roman reverses and Corbin is sent into more barriers! Roman throws Corbin into barriers across the way, then puts him back in the ring. Corbin kicks the ropes to low blow Roman! Corbin whips Roman into steel steps! Corbin goes after a table, which fans like, but then he tosses it down to troll them. Corbin grabs a ladder instead and brings it around. Corbin takes aim, runs in, and RAMS Roman in the ribs! And then he SLAMS the ladder on Roman’s back! Corbin drags Roman into the ring and covers, TWO!

Corbin goes out to fetch a chair, and he grins as he aims at Roman. Corbin SMACKS Roman on the back! Corbin dares Roman to get up again and SMACKS him again! Corbin chokes Roman with the chair as he shouts, “You’re nothing!” Corbin wedges the chair into a corner and mocks Roman’s poses more. Fans boo but Corbin drags Roman up to a corner. Corbin whips Roman in, but Roman slips free. Roman lariats in return! Roman whips, Corbin reverses, leaping lariat takes Corbin down! Corbin flounders, Roman gives him point-blank lariats in the corner! Roman gets all 10 of them, then runs to BOOT Corbin down! Fans fire up and Roman aims from the corner. Roman locks ‘n’ loads, Corbin rises, but no Superman Punch! No Choke Slam, either!

Roman baits Corbin in but Corbin slides out. Roman dodges the lariat, but not the Choke Slam Backbreaker! Corbin mocks Roman more as he fires up in the corner. Fans troll the “Burger King!” but Corbin dares Roman to stand. Roman rises again, Corbin lets out the battle cry, but runs into a BOOT! Roman sends Corbin into the CHAIR! SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO! Corbin survives and both men are down, sore and exhausted from this match already. Fans chant, “We Want Tables!” as it is the only part of this TLC not used yet. Roman sits up and says he hears the fans. Roman goes out and fetches a table! Roman puts the table in the ring, sets it up, but Corbin bails out of the ring. Roman realizes Corbin’s disappeared, and goes looking. Corbin sucker punches Roman, with a can of dog food!

Fans boo, Corbin lifts Roman, CHOKE SLAM through the table!! Cover, TWO!! The referee clears some of the wreckage while Corbin sits in frustration. Corbin goes out and pushes the ladder and table aside to clear off the announce desk! Well it’s still a table, right? Corbin even clears off the German announce desk! Corbin goes back to Roman and drags him out. Fans boo as Corbin puts Roman on top of one desk. Corbin stands up on the desk to again mock Roman’s poses. Fans boo as Corbin drags Roman up into powerbomb position, but Roman fireman’s carries! SAMOAN DROP through the German announce desk!! Both men are down and fans are losing their minds! And now “This is Awesome!”

The referees check on both men but they’re somehow okay to continue. Roman sits up and uses the other desk to help himself up. Corbin stirs as Roman hobbles. Fans fire up for Roman and he is feeling it! Roman takes aim, lets out the battle cry, and gets a big running start around the entire ring! Roman comes in, but SUPERKICK! Dolph Ziggler appears from under the ring! Rumors of the Show-Off’s demise were greatly exaggerated, and now he’s helping Corbin clear out the timekeeper’s area! Corbin just tosses the ring bell boy aside and Ziggler punches him out for no apparent reason! The King’s iron fist is more like iron feet as he stomps the poor guy out! Ziggler helps Corbin bring back the handcuffs and the dog food!

Fans boo as Corbin goes back to the ring bell guy. But a DRIVE-BY DROPKICK saves the young man! Roman goes looking for something now, and brings out a kendo stick! Roman aims at Corbin, but has to SMACK the “royal guards” again! One after another, Roman SMACKS them down! Roman sees where Corbin ran off to this time, and smacks more guards on the way. But the Revival return! They’re part of the King’s Court, and they SMACK Roman with the kendo stick! The Revival put Roman in the ring and whip roman, but Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES Dash! Then one for Dawson! Corbin returns, Roman dodges and clotheslines him out! Roman sees the court lined up, builds speed and FLIES! Roman bowls all the King’s guards and all the King’s men, then puts Corbin back in the ring again.

Fans fire up as Roman aims at Corbin from the corner. “OOOAAH~!” Ziggler throws a CHAIR into Roman’s face! Roman wobbles into a ZIGZAG! Ziggler and the Revival help their king by dragging Roman up. Ziggler feeds Roman to the SHATTER MACHINE! Corbin drags Roman around and lines up with the chair, FULL METAL END OF DAYS! Cover, Corbin wins!

Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall

Give a LOT of credit to the King’s court (jesters). They helped Corbin survive and defeat Roman Reigns. But is this only the beginning of a tyrannical reign from the Wolf King?

 

Bray Wyatt VS The Miz!

Just when you think the only twisted side of Bray was “him,” we learn that the happy-go-lucky Firefly Fun House host was just as demented! We still don’t know what happened to Daniel Bryan, but now the Most Must-See WWE superstar has joined the “fun.” Will Miz win against Bray for the sake of his family, the WWE Universe and even his archenemy? Or is this just a nightmare before Christmas in the making?

Bray Wyatt has his own entrance different from The Fiend’s. But, perhaps that makes sense when Bray is different from “him.” Bray hops up on the announce desk to wave hi to all his Fireflies and say, “I’m really excited about all of this.” Bray takes pictures with the fans before going into the ring. Miz doesn’t seem amused by any of the antics. Fans chant “Yowie Wowie!” and the match begins!

Bray wants Miz to take it easy, but Miz BOOTS him back! Miz fires off hands and rams in knees, but the ref backs him off. Miz goes back for more knees, but the ref stops him again. Miz glares at Bray but Bray says, “It’s just a match!” Bray wants Miz to take it easy but Miz fires off! Miz kicks and stomps and kicks but the ref counts as they end up against the ropes. Miz stops at 4, only to come back for more! He fish hooks Brya’s face at the ropes, and makes him bite the ropes! The ref wants Miz to stop, but Miz clobbers Bray down! Miz pulls the sweater over Bray’s head to mug him! Miz throws in knees but Bray doesn’t even try to fight back. Until now! Bray puts Miz in the corner, misses and Miz throws It Kicks! Or Yes Kicks.

Miz stops at the count of 4 to run and double knee! And again! And then the A-List Lariat! Miz is fuming but fans are cheering, as Bray has Miz in position! But no Sister Abigail, FINALE! Miz doesn’t even consider covering, he is seething. Bray stirs but also chuckles. Miz bounces Bray’s head off the mat! “You think this is funny!?” Miz dribbles Bray’s head more, then hammerlocks an arm. Miz must’ve watched other promotions as he grabs at Bray’s other arm! Bray grins as Miz tortures the arm! Bray even dares Miz to “DO IT!” DARK ARMBAR!! The arm pops out and Bray goes reeling, but he’s still smiling!? Bray runs into barriers to put his arm back in place! Fans chant, “Let Him In!” Miz wrecks Bray with a dropkick then throws him into the Spanish announce desk!

Miz brings Bray back around to throw into steel steps! Miz throws Bray over the other steel steps, then eyes the reconstructed German desk. Miz bounces him off the side, and then off the front. Miz refreshes the count and gets space. Miz runs at Bray, but gets sent into the timekeeper’s area! Bray looks angry again, and he drags Miz up. He has Miz hanging off the barriers, DRAPING ABIGAIL! The ring count climbs to 7 but Bray is smiling again! Bray goes into the ring, the ring count restarts, but Bray smiles and laughs as he leaves Miz to the mercy of the count. Miz drags himself over at 5, 6 and stands at 8. Miz is in at 9.5! Bray brings Miz up, SISTER ABIGAIL! Cover, Bray wins!

Winner: Bray Wyatt, by pinfall

Bray almost looks disappointed that it’s over. But he still smiles and says he “forgives” Miz. But The Fiend is on the titantron? Fans chant “Let Him In!” as Bray locks eyes with his alter ego. The Fiend wants Bray to do something, so Bray will! “WEE~!” Bray brings out the MALLET!! Bray brings the mallet into the ring and watches Miz closely. Miz hasn’t moved, and Bray grins as he drags the mallet over menacingly. But wait, the lights go out? This is usually The Fiend’s move! Bray is so excited! “HE’S HERE! HE’S HERE!” Who is here?! The Fiend can’t be here, because Bray is here! Bray looks around, but when he turns around, KNEE PLUS! That’s DANIEL BRYAN!

Fans shout “YES! YES! YES!” as Bray pulls down the hood to reveal that his hair and bear have been trimmed down. Fans are fired up as Bryan fires off Yes Kicks on Bray in the corner! Bryan goes corner to corner, big dropkick! He keeps going, another dropkick! Another, but Bray dodges, only to get another KNEE PLUS! Fans are fired up as Bryan stands tall over Bray! Bryan keeps Bray from getting to his hammer, and gives him DANIELSON STOMPS! Maybe now they’re Yes Stomps?

Bryan then sees the mallet, and takes it for his own! Bryan looks to the fans, and they say, “YES! YES! YES!” Bryan raises the mallet, but the lights go out again! And when they come back up, Bray is gone. But the Universal Championship is still here. Bryan hammers the mat, and stands up top. Fans are happy to see Bryan’s back, but will The Fiend have something to say about this?

 

Tables Match: Rusev VS Bobby Lashley w/ Lana!

Scandal, arguments and divorce. Whatever started this Ravishing Reality TV Romance story, this will end it! Will Lana’s lover be a loser on Rusev Day?

The bell rings and fans rally behind “Rusev Day!” Lashley bails out to go to Lana, but Rusev hurries out. They brawl and Rusev clubs away on Lashley with both hands! Rusev reels Lashley in for a LARIAT! Lana is not pleased. Lashley gets into the ring but Rusev gives him a shove. Rusev grags a table already and puts it in the ring. Lana takes the table away! Lashley clobbers Rusev from behind and stomps Rusev down! Lana shouts at Rusev as Lashley whips Rusev to ropes and clotheslines him down! Fans boo as Lashley brings Rusev up and around to a gut wrench! Canadian Rack, twisting slam! Lashley goes back out and now he gets a table. Lana cheers while fans boo, but Lashley sets up the table. Rusev runs out to go after Lashley and send him into steel steps!

Rusev throws haymakers and this fight goes up the ramp. Rusev brings Lashley around to suplex Lashley onto the ramp! Fans fire up with Rusev as Rusev brings Lashley to the set up table. Fireman’s carry but Lashley flips the table over. Lsahley then escapes and throws hands. Rusev knees low and whips, but Lashley reverses to send Rusev into steps! Lashley soaks up the heat as he brings Rusev up to shove into a post! Lashley brings a table up, to throw at Rusev! Rusev gets clear and the table breaks on the post! That was a creative idea to turn this match upside-down. Lashley drags Rusev up to put him in the ring, and then Lashley resets the table from a moment ago. Lashley goes in and punches Rusev around. Lashley drags Rusev up to whip him corner to corner, then goes out to fetch another table. Lashley puts this table in the ring while Lana glares at Rusev.

Lashley stands the table up in a corner but Rusev is on him! Rusev throws haymakers and then lines up a shot, but Lashley blocks to throw hands on Rusev. Lashley whips but Rusev stops himself. Rusev whips but Lashley stops himself. Lashley catches Rusev but Rusev fights off the Complete Shot. The two separate, Lashley SPINE BUSTERS Rusev ont he mat! Lana smiles and claps as Lashley adjusts the table. Lashley drags Rusev back up again, runs into the corner and RAMS into Rusev’s ribs! Rusev is down and Lashley leaves him behind to fetch yet another table. Lashley puts this table into the ring and set it up on its legs. Lashley brings Rusev to a corner for buckle bumps, then hoists him up top. Lashley climbs up and has his shot lined up, but Rusev fights back!

Rusev slips out, trips Lashley up, and then hoists Lashley onto his shoulders! Lashley holds onto the rope so Rusev puts him on the apron. They both remember that other table, and Rusev works to knock Lashley off. Lashley hits back, and works to suplex Rusev out! Rusev holds on now and works to suplex Lashley in. There’s a suplex and a table waiting either way, but Lashley hotshots! Rusev BLASTS Lashley off the apron but Lashley flies over the table! Rusev almost curses his own strength. Rusev goes out and gets the steel steps as a weapon! And he RAMS Lashley down at the ramp! Fans cheer as Rusev seeks something from far away. Rusev uncovers railing and brings it over! Rusev has the steel railing and aims at Lashley, to RAM him down!

Fans cheer as Rusev holds the railing up high, and then positions it against the apron. Rusev is treating this piece of steel like a table as he brings Lashley up. Lashley rakes the eyes! And throws big hands, to then SLAM Rusev onto the railing!! Fans lose their minds as Rusev’s body bends the steel! Lashley looks for something more, and brings out a kendo stick! Lashley brings the bamboo over to SMACK Rusev on the back! And again! And in the ribs! Rusev tries to walk away but Lashley SMACKS him more! Rusev follows after Lana, but Lana laughs at his pain. Lashley puts Rusev back in and follows after to SMACK and SMACK and SMACK him against the table! Lana is the only one applauding as Lashley takes the table and puts it in a corner.

Lashley uses the stick to again SMACK Rusev down as fans boo and jeer. Lashley goes for a head shot, but Rusev blocks it! Rusev powers up but Lashley kicks low. Lashley runs, but Rusev SMACKS back! Rusev uses the stick to run Lashley over and over! And SMACK him over and over! Then he breaks the stick! Lana is panicked as Rusev lines up a MACHKA KICK! Lashley is down but Rusev is fired up! Rusev adjusts one table and then goes back to Lashley. But Lana hops on! She claws at Rusev’s eyes, and lines him up for Lashley’s SPEAR! But it isn’t straight, it just bounces Rusev off the table! So Lashley brings Rusev up to EXPLODER through the other!! Lashley wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley

Lana’s twisted love helped Lashley conquer Rusev! She and Lashley leave Rusev in the wreckage. Is Rusev going to be as heartbroken as that table? Are Lana and Lashley going to live ravishingly ever after?

 

The Street Profits comment.

“DAWKINS!” On the final, final, FINAL WWE PPV of this decade, Lashley has Lana all to himself. Any advice to the All Mighty? Three words: Get a vasectomy. WHOA! You can’t say that! But be real, fam! Otherwise, one of Lashley’s little swimmers goes all Phelps and-

Whoa wait, what’s going on just off-camera? Roman Reigns and The New Day are brawling with the King’s Court! That TLC fiasco settled NOTHING! Roman sends Corbin into the Street Profits’ set! Whoa, Mustafa Ali, Shorty G and Buddy Murphy are involved, too?! The Profits try to help Roman’s side out, but TLC cuts away! Just what does this mean for SmackDown?

 

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships TLC Match: The Kabuki Warriors VS Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair!

No one is ready for Asuka and Kairi Sane! Well, no one. But The Man and The Queen have scores to settle with the Empress of Tomorrow and the Pirate Princess dating further back than just 2019. Plus, checking off these tag team titles are incentive for the best frenemies to get along. Will Becky and Charlotte complete the triple crown? Or will this be a mist opportunity?

The introductions are made, the belts are already hoisted high, and this climb-the-ladder style TLC begins!

The brawl is on and Becky has Asuka while Charlotte rams Kairi! Becky bumps Asuka off more buckles while Charlotte throws Kairi out. Things spill out of the ring, and Becky bowls Asuka into chairs! Charlotte does the same to Kairi on the opposite end! Charlotte clears off an announce desk more out of anger than anything. Charlotte gets herself a chair while Asuka hits Becky back. Asuka whips but Becky reverses, and Asuka is sent into barriers! Charlotte stalks up behind Kairi and DECKS her with a right! Charlotte puts Kairi onto the apron but Kairi hurries up to leap, into a BOOT! Becky and Charlotte regroup to keep Kairi down, and then bring her over to the desks. Becky clubs Kairi while Charlotte clears things off in a huff.

All the announce desks are open as Becky bumps Kairi onto the American one. Kairi shouts for Asuka but Becky throws her onto the Spanish desk! Charlotte throws Kairi back to the American desk! Becky clubs Kairi down, then she and Charlotte get a ladder. They put that in the ring, but Asuka throws a chair at Charlotte! And then one at Becky! Asuka hip attacks Becky off the apron then stomps away on Asuka. Kairi returns and the Kabuki Warriors whip to kick, SMACK and FULL METAL BASEMENT! The Kabuki Warriors fire up as they take a seat on the chair. But Becky slowly returns, only for Kairi to be right on her! Becky hits back, Asuka hits her. Asuka bumps Becky off the apron then puts her in the ring. Becky flounders but drop toeholds Asuka onto the chair! A leg might’ve gotten Asuka in the eye! Becky bulldogs Asuka off the ladder!

Asuka bails out but Kairi anchors the ladder. Charlotte has Kairi and throws her into the ladder! Becky dropkicks Asuka back out of the ring, then goes out to bring her around. Charlotte helps out, they lift Asuka but Kairi saves Asuka from the bomb! Kairi hops onto Charlotte but is rammed into a post! Becky stomps Asuka down then Charlotte drags her up. Man and Queen try again, and reverse-bomb her into the post! Back to the ladder, they set it up fast! Kairi hurries to fetch something from under the ring. Another chair! Kairi throws it but it hits ropes and hits her back! Kairi checks her face, and is furious at the chair. She throws it in and gets it over this time. Then another! Kairi is throwing a tantrum as she throws these chairs! Becky and Charlotte throw them back!

Kairi realizes she’s cornered, so she goes under the ring!? Becky and Charlotte reach for her, and drag her out! But she has the FIRE EXTINGUISHER! She blasts them in the face! Asuka has a bull rope!? She whiplashes Becky then Charlotte then back again! Asuka swings the rope around like a wild cowgirl! Kairi brings out more of those chairs, Asuka brings Becky up and around, Russian Leg Sweep BLOCKBUSTER onto the chair pile!! That was nasty for all three women involved! But Kairi just laughs it off. Charlotte attacks back, but the Kabuki Warriors beat her down. Asuka grabs an arm chair!? Charlotte clubs Kairi down but Asuka brings the arm chair around. Kairi hits Charlotte back, but Charlotte will not take a seat!

Kairi has a kendo stick, Asuka kicks Charlotte into the chair, and the stick is used to lock the Queen in! That’s a tight fit and Charlotte fights, but Asuka kicks and kicks and kicks! Then Asuka dumps Charlotte out of the chair to go back to Becky. The Kabuki Warriors have the ladder back, and Kairi ties the bull rope to it. Becky tries to fight but gets beat down again. Asuka brings Becky up, scoop slam onto the ladder! The Kabuki Warriors tie Becky down! Becky is bound to the rungs! The Kabuki Warriors dust off their hands, then finally head for the ladder in the ring. But Charlotte returns! Charlotte anchors Kairi but Asuka’s apron kick knocks her down! Asuka throws Charlotte into barriers, then with Kairi, throws her into a post! The Kabuki Warriors throw Charlotte into the front row and leave her behind!

Asuka and Kairi finally head to the ladder and start the climb. Becky is all tied up, Charlotte is far, far away, so the Kabuki take their time. But as they reach the top, Charlotte is back and SMACKS away with the kendo stick! Charlotte tips the ladder over and SMACKS some more! The Kabuki Warriors bail out and regroup as Charlotte folds the ladder. Charlotte aims and RAMS Asuka down! Kairi grabs at the ladder but is pushed away. Charlotte goes out to throw Asuka into more chairs! Charlotte chases Kairi down and scoops to EXPLODER Kairi into barriers! Charlotte realizes where Becky is, and unties her! But she takes too long, Asuka returns to SMACK her down! Asuka taunts the helpless Becky as she and Kairi send Charlotte into steel steps! Asuka says Kairi should weigh anchor, so Kairi hops up on the announce desk.

Fans fire up as Kairi leaps for the InSANE Elbow, but gets boots!! Becky kicks Asuka way, too! Becky wriggles and undoes the ropes the rest of the way! Becky and Charlotte regroup and go after the Kabuki Warriors with a vengeance! They bounce them both off the desks, and give them chair shots across the back! Charlotte bounces Asuka off the table while Becky fires off with a kendo stick! Charlotte CHOPS Asuka and throws her into barriers! Becky keeps on Kairi and puts her in the ring. Charlotte and Asuka join them and take up some chairs. The chairs are set side by side and the Kabuki Warriors are made to take their seats. Charlotte SLAPS Kairi, Becky rocks Asuka. Becky and Charlotte both run, and both DECK the Kabuki Warriors!

The Kabuki Warriors bail out again but Charlotte fetches Asuka. Charlotte puts Asuka on a table and Becky climbs. Charlotte keeps Kairi away, Becky drops The Man’s Leg through Asuka and the table!! Fans are all fired up as Becky and Charlotte scoop Kairi together to ram into the post! They scoop Kairi again and bring her around the way, to ram her into another post! And then slam her on the ground! Becky clears off a table and Charlotte helps position it. Becky makes sure there’s space for the table near the corner. Charlotte fetches Kairi, she and Becky double suplex Kairi over, but Kairi DOUBLE DDT’S!

Kairi drags Charlotte onto the table, then puts Becky beside her. Fans fire up as Kairi again weighs anchor. Kairi is up, InSANE Elbow, but Charlotte gets clear! Kairi and Becky wipe out, but Charlotte hurries away. Kairi drags Becky up and clubs on her back, then bounces her off a chair. Kairi leaves Becky behind but can do more than crawl. Charltote runs in to SPEAR Kairi down! Charlotte then drags Kairi up, moves some chairs and lifts Kairi up, POWERBOMB through the table!! But Asuka returns, GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka brings the table over and dumps it onto Becky. Asuka buries Charlotte with chair after chair after chair. She even uses a ladder to keep Charlotte down! Asuka checks on Kairi and helps her up from the wood wreckage.

Asuka and Kairi coordinate, and they bring the ladder off Charlotte in order to put it in the ring. The Kabuki Warriors stand the ladder up, getting the rope they used earlier out of the way. The ladder is under the belts and Kairi keeps guard as Asuka climbs. But Charlotte and Becky overwhelm with their chairs! Chair shots for the Kabuki Warriors from all sides! Fans are divided as Charlotte BOOTS Asuka through the chair! Becky SMACKS Kairi more, but Kairi hits back! Kairi and Becky are so exhausted they can barely brawl. Charlotte positions yet another table and brings Asuka over. Asuka is on the table as Charlotte climbs up top. But Asuka gets up after her! They fight, Asuka gets up under Charlotte, POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE!!

Asuka hurries to find Kairi but Becky forearms her down! Becky gives Asuka a BECKSPLODER onto the stack of spare ladders! And another! Asuka scurries away as Becky goes to the ladder. Asuka comes back around but Becky uses the bull rope to whiplash her over and over! Becky hurries up top now, but Asuka grabs the bull rope! She yanks the ladder over! Becky hotshots on ring ropes, Asuka hurries to get the ladder back up! Asuka stands the ladder up, climbs as fast as she can, and grabs the belts! The Kabuki Warriors win!!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors; still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions

The Man was so close and yet so far from becoming #BeckyTwoBelts again! But in the end, the Empress and the Princess were the superior duo! Is there going to be a duo that can even come close?

 

Wait! That backstage brawl from before has spilled out to ringside!

It’s Mayhem in Minneapolis! as The Viking Raiders and The OC have joined the fray for a crossbrand battle! Roman yanks off railing!? And he uses it to RAM Corbin! Roman pursues Corbin up higher while the New Day, the Viking Raiders, The Street Profits, The OC, Shorty G, and all the King’s Court are brawling in a cluster! Roman and Corbin brawl high up above, but Roman SPEARS Corbin onto everyone!! TLC goes off the air, but what does this mean for the rest of the holiday season?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

This TLC was off to a hot start but it sure went cold and rather sideways before the end. For a kickoff match, Carrillo VS Almas was great! Carrillo gets another win, and the dysfunction between Almas and Vega grows stronger. I don’t know if I want to see that duo split up or not, but I’m sure there’s a way to make both possibilities work out. The SmackDown Tag Title ladder match was an amazing opener, though very scary at times when it comes to knee damage. I really thought Dawson and Big E were really hurt, but it seems they were fortunate to still be walking. It’s really tough to say how New Day retaining affects things. It’s good for Kofi to still have something but the Revival really could’ve used another reign. Though, Revival getting in Booker’s face during the kickoff show, that could make for an incredible WrestleMania match with Harlem Heat.

Aleister VS Murphy was pretty great, especially when you factor in Aleister’s bloody and possibly broken nose. He still finished the match and got his win in a real fight feel, that sudden Black Mass knockout. Not sure where Aleister goes from here other than the US Championship. At the same time, Lesnar has to do something for Royal Rumble, I’m just not sure if it’s time for Aleister to go for the world title yet. Sadly, things started really dropping off after this. I was right to think The OC would answer the open challenge, but this match wasn’t much more than what you’d get on a Raw. Also those “fans” were so obviously not fans if they were eating KFC in front of the barriers. I kinda wish the KFC table spot would’ve been part of the match. Sure it would’ve disqualified the match, but it would’ve brought the actual quality up. From endless squash matches to a product placement match, Vince just doesn’t know how to use either of those teams, does he?

Roman VS Corbin was on its way to being a good non-title TLC, but it got overbooked with Ziggler and The Revival coming out without any retaliation. I’m also surprised this match didn’t main event given the actual ending of the show. If Vince wanted that moment to end the show, then let their TLC match main event. Why have that brawl break out between Faces and Heels of both Raw and SmackDown like that, too? Limit it only to SmackDown, and then still go to that same spot and have Roman spear Corbin onto the pile. But instead, things “spill out” immediately after the women’s tag title match ended, just so Vince’s favorite story can be the last thing we see.

I also don’t think Bray VS Miz was booked effectively. I did like that Bray was laughing off the pain and not even really trying to fight Miz until the end. I suppose we were all expecting too much for Bryan to be on Bray’s side, but I would’ve at least wanted to see Bryan with a patchy beard before giving us his literal baby face from the NXT Reality TV days. Bray/Fiend VS Bryan for the Universal Championship at Royal Rumble might still be coming, but I’m not sure what to make of this right now.

Rusev VS Lashley was alright, but Table Matches are becoming like Cage Matches to me. How can you book these things creatively when there’s only so much the thing in question can do? There’s limits to the cage, there’s limits to the table. It worked out they had the two tables set up, as that Spear didn’t work. I don’t think that was the plan, but it was good to have a back-up plan. Lana started planting the seeds of Lashley dumping her, too, in the kickoff. Even he had a hard time dealing with her verbal outbursts. I really hope they don’t drag this out too much, I don’t know how much longer I can take Lana being so strongly cringe worthy on purpose.

The Women’s Tag TLC was pretty scary at times, such as Asuka going into chair legs and Kairi apparently boomeranging a chair into herself. It was also sloppy, as it just seems like Kairi and Charlotte haven’t learned to sync up. There was good innovation during this match, though, such as bringing in a bull rope to combine it with the ladder. I won’t say I’m disappointed we didn’t get PCB reunited with Paige screwing over the Kabuki Warriors, because the Kabuki Warriors do really deserve to keep those titles. Honestly, when Starrcade gave us the Fatal 4 Way tag, that was a superior match but probably because it allowed Bliss-Cross and Bayley-Banks to take some of the responsibility. For what this match was, I was able to enjoy it pretty well. This should probably be the last of it between these two teams, to try and get SmackDown in on these tag titles now.

My Score: 7.9/10


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

Will the winds of change blow?

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NJPW starts a riot!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Minoru Suzuki VS Ren Narita!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Ren Narita, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Shota Umino VS Jack Perry!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Shota Umino, by pinfall

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

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

 

Mustafa Ali VS Hiromu Takahashi!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: Team Gabe Kidd, by pinfall

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Nic Nemeth VS Tomohiro Ishii!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Nic Nemeth, by pinfall

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

 

IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Tetsuya Naito VS Jon Moxley!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.9/10


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

Rumble, bad man, rumble!

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The tenth edition goes the X-tra mile!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

AEW Collision bleeds over a bit.

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

 

Backstage interview with Hook and Katsuyori Shibata.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Hook, by submission (still FTW Champion)

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

 

Backstage interview with Rocky Romero.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Backstage interview with Serena Deeb.

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

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Dynasty!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

My Score: 8.6/10


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