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Who survives and heads for WrestleMania?

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WWE Elimination Chamber 2020

WWE’s last stop before WrestleMania: THE ELIMINATION CHAMBER!

Before reaching the goal of WrestleMania, the brightest names in the WWE must pass one final test! Who survives the Elimination Chamber?!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Daniel Bryan VS Drew Gulak; Bryan wins.
  • WWE United States Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo; Almas wins and retains the WWE United States Championship.
  • SmackDown Tag Team Championships Elimination Chamber Match: The Miz & Morrison win and retain the SmackDown Tag Team Championships.
  • No Disqualifications: AJ Styles VS Aleister Black; Aleister wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Seth Rollins & Murphy; The Street Profits win and retain the Raw Tag Team Championships.
  • WWE Intercontinental Championship 3v1 Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS Sami Zayn, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura; Team Sami wins and Sami Zayn becomes the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.
  • Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Shayna Baszler wins and will face Becky Lynch for the championship at WrestleMania 36.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!

Join Jonathan Coachman, Charly Caruso, David Otunga and Peter Rosenberg as they recap, discuss and predict all the action in the WWE on this homestretch of the Road to WrestleMania!

 

Ruby Riott joins the panel.

She’s ready for the Elimination Chamber match, but Charly asks about how the former Riott Squad members are in the match. Ruby will not discount Sarah Logan or Liv Morgan, she taught them so much. But she’s here to put Liv in her place, and now Sarah needs to be “taken down a few pegs.” Sarah, Liv and the others will all learn a lesson, and Ruby will move on to face Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship. Peter also asks about the Riott Squad, in that they are forgetting how fearsome Shayna Baszler is.

Ruby knows the WWE Universe has their favorites, but she’s been in this position before. Ruby has been in arm’s reach of a Mania moment and she can’t even understand why she’s being overlooked again. She watched this PPV last year, and everyone that year only talked about her opponent, not her. But Ruby is here to show us why we can’t forget about her. Ruby is in charge, she runs Raw, and she will prove it in the Chamber.

Otunga asks about how this is also Ruby’s first time in the Chamber. From what Ruby has seen of it, the Chamber is unforgiving. Sarah and Liv have experience in it, but they relied on each other. They’ve always relied on others. Ruby works much better alone, against the world. It doesn’t matter what surrounds her, she just has to get through to get to Mania. Coach wishes her luck, but will Ruby be lucky to make it to the end of that match?

 

The Miz & Morrison speak via video.

“How you doin’?” Well to answer their own question, they’re having to defend their titles against FIVE TEAMS in their FIRST defense! No one thought The Miz would be WWE Champion but he was. They’re both tag team champions again, and they’ll be like the Spartans beating up a bunch of Romans, or Cortez conquering South America. History lessons! But what questions do they have? Does it matter?

Charly asks about the fairly unfair Chamber defense. How prepared are they? “This is what Miz & Morrison does to the tag team division!” They elevate it, and everyone in it! Raw, SmackDown, NXT, they all wish they were as great as these two. Stand close enough to the stars, you get the shine. All the studs and gold, hard to keep the belts on their shoulders. Peter points out that while they’re three-time champions, it’s been 9 years since they were in this position. Are they ready to take on the “demonic” Chamber?

Morrison was ready 9 years ago, he’s ready now. The Chamber has transformed, it’s bigger than Morrison remembers, but so is Morrison. Miz doesn’t want anyone to question Morrison’s ring quality! He’s born ready! They’re both ready! They’re Energizer Bunnies! Miz & Morrison, HEY HEY, HO HO! Fully charged! That is what fans will say at the end of the match!

Otunga agrees with the champs, there is no ring rust. But Morrison came back as if he and Miz never lost a step, so what is it that helps them click? Well everyone has that friend they talk to on and off, that’s Miz and Morrison, and that’s why they were able to pick things up where they left off all those years ago. Right to the personal, the nitty gritty. They’re ready for the Chamber, for the challengers, and to prove why they ARE the Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century. Look off to the distance. BE JEALOUS.

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“Three separate attacks, AJ Styles. And not once did I say die. And that was when the rules applied.” Tonight is a No Disqualification match, which means there is no one to save Styles. Not the OC, not Styles himself, no false idols. He will be all alone. For someone who has fought alone his entire life, it is Aleister’s pleasure to introduce to Styles how true loneliness feels. Will the Phenomenal One regret that gauntlet of beatings he put Aleister through?

 

Backstage interview with Braun Strowman.

The Monster Among Men defends his WWE Intercontinental Championship against three men, but it doesn’t matter how many clowns come out. He’s ready for everyone. Sami Zayn is a loud mouth, but Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro are two of the baddest. But Strowman put in 4 years of hard work, so if it’s there or 300, they will all #GetTheseHands!

 

R-Truth joins the panel!

He forgets who invited him (it was Coach) but he’s excited to be here! Truth is ready for his childhood hero, John Cena, to take on The Fiend tonight! WrestleMania 36! Uh, no, Truth, that’s not for another month. Then what are the graphics about? It’s called “promoting,” Truth. This is Elimination Chamber. Truth pretends he knew that all along. Truth mistakes Peter for Sam Roberts. Sam has curly hair, Truth. Didn’t he see the press release? The what? Is Truth messing with them? Well, anyway, Elimination Chamber is tonight, but they are talking Mania.

What does Truth make of Brock Lesnar VS Drew McIntyre? Brock ain’t no joke, but you can feel McIntyre’s presence. Truth is starting to believe in McIntyre. Just look what he did to Brock! Brock has a full plate with McIntyre and McIntyre is running through people. Mania is meant to be a big test, but Brock is a different game. If anyone can do it, it’s McIntyre. Doesn’t everyone else feel that? Peter asks Truth about his new music. Oh yeah, over a million views on World Star. Set It Off! Truth appreciates Robert Peters helping him get on Hot 97.

 

Kickoff Show – The Viking Raiders VS Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder!

While the Raw Tag Team Champions, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins, are up against the Monday Night Messiah and his disciple, the list of contenders continues to grow! Will Erik & Ivar run through the Major Brothers to be next up?

The teams sort out and Ryder starts against Erik. They circle and tie up, and Erik pushes Ryder onto ropes. The ref counts but Ryder headlocks back. Erik endures the grind and power out of the hold. Ryder dodges, waistlocks but Erik bucks him off to run him over! Erik stares at Ryder as he gets up, and then forearms him to his corner! Hawkins tags in and he ties up with Erik. Erik headlocks, Hawkins powers out, but Erik runs him over! Erik glares at Hawkins but things speed up as Hawkins hurdles up and over. Hawkins runs but into Erik’s shoulder! Erik stares at Hawkins but Ryder distracts him. Hawkins hits a big knee and an enziguri! Hawkins back suplexes Erik down, covers, TWO!

Tag to Ryder and the Major Bros mug Erik. Ryder turns Erik for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ryder keeps on Erik with a chinlock. Ryder grinds Erik down but Erik fights his way up. Erik throws elbows and whips but Ryder reverses. Ryder sends Erik out, tags Hawkins, and Hawkins leaps to lariat Erik down! Fans fire up for the Major Bros as we go picture in picture.

Hawkins drags Erik up and snap suplexes him down! He puts Erik back in the ring, tags Ryder, and the Major Bros mug Erik again. Ryder rains down rights and fires himself up before he tags back to Hawkins. WWE returns to single picture as Erik is mugged more. Hawkins snapmares to a chinlock, but fans rally up as Erik endures. Erik fights his way up and breaks free to ROCK Hawkins with a right! Hawkins is down but Erik still crawls to his corner. Hot tags to Ryder and Ivar! The War Beard rallies with big shoulders and a scoop sidewalk slam! BASEMENT SPLASH!

Fans fire up as Ivar runs corner to corner at Ryder. Ryder dodges but runs into the seated senton! Ivar cartwheel clotheslines Hawkins! Tag to Erik and Ivar runs at Ryder. Ryder knees Ivar down, but Erik pops Ryder up so that the Rough Ryder gets Hawkins! Erik gives Ryder Ace Ten Mao! Ivar drags Ryder up, feeds to Erik who pops Ryder up, THOR’S HAMMER! Cover, Viking Raiders win!!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

The Major Brothers went through a #VikingExperience they won’t forget! But will Erik & Ivar be heading for gold after tonight?

 

The Usos speak.

“It’s Elimination Chamber tonight, Uce. Six teams enter, one team survives.” Who will it be? Lucha House Party? NOPE. Heavy Machinery? NOPE. Roode-Dolph? NOPE! Miz & Morrison? NOPE! The New Day? NOPE! Tonight is lockdown. Welcome to the Uso Penitentiary!!

 

Before the excitement of WrestleMania, the WWE Universe must first feel fear.

When locked inside the Elimination Chamber, dreams disappear and are replaced by nightmares. There is no escape, and the anticipation grabs hold as the doors open. Miles of metal and pounds of flesh, “everything about this is perfect.” One last opportunity. One true path to glory. And only one goal in mind: WrestleMania. Who makes it out of this in one piece?

 

Daniel Bryan VS Drew Gulak!

The Yes Movement dared Philly’s own to step up or shut up when it comes to his critique of Daniel Bryan’s style. Will Gulak exploit all of the openings, blind spots and inefficiencies of the Goat?

The bell rings and Gulak dares Bryan to make the first move. Philly is fired up and dueling as Gulak and Bryan circle. They tie up, Gulak powers Bryan back then throws him with a fireman’s carry. Bryan gets up and circles with Gulak again. They tie up with knuckle locks, Bryan brings Gulak back and wrings him to the mat. But Gulak gets Bryan back with another fireman’s carry takedown! Gulak has wrist control now, then reels Bryan in for a headlock. Bryan powers out and things speed up, but Gulak runs Bryan over! Fans cheer as Bryan backs away to a corner. Gulak dares Bryan to come back for more, and Bryan takes a moment to compose himself. The two tie up again, Bryan hammerlocks to a headlock and a takedown.

Bryan grinds but Gulak moves around. Gulak gets the headscissors and holds on tight, but Bryan moves around, Gulak blocks the headstand but not forever. Bryan turns Gulak over and bridges back to then have a Half Crab! Bryan even traps a leg! Gulak turns and kicks and gets Bryan down, to go after a Half Crab for himself! Bryan kicks and kicks and they both have heel hooks! Gulak and Bryan stomp each other as fans rally and duel! They go around and end up by the ropes for the ropebreak! Bryan and Gulak back off but Gulak is fired up. Bryan seems rather surprised but Gulak dares him to come back for more. But instead, Bryan bails out. Gulak waits for Bryan to return, and Bryan takes a moment to pep himself up.

Bryan gets in and approaches Gulak with caution. They circle, fans rally and duel, and Bryan gets a leg. Bryan twists and turns Gulak to hook the legs. Bryan grabs at Gulak’s face! The ref reprimands so Bryan goes after the arms. Gulak resists and powers up to tip Bryan off his back! Gulak has a leg, twists to a toehold, then hooks Bryan up! Bryan resists but Gulak grabs the arms for the surfboard! Gulak takes Bryan for a ride in the Romero Special! Bryan endures, pops his arms free and turns things around to KICK a leg! Gulak grins because he’s frustrated Bryan. They tie up again, and Bryan KICKS, but Gulak grabs a leg! Gulak SLAPS and CHOPS and punches! Bryan turns things around to CHOP and KICK! Gulak grabs a kick for a dragon screw!

Gulak has the standing toehold but Bryan keeps his shoulders up. Bryan breaks Gulak’s base to dig his knuckles into Gulak’s face! Bryan punches and goes for the headlock but Gulak headscissor holds again. Gulak waits for Bryan to headstand, to SPIKE him on the mat! Bryan writhes but Gulak stalks up to him. Gulak turns Bryan for a neckbreaker STRETCH. And he spins around to then DROP Bryan! Cover, TWO!! Bryan survives but Gulak looms over Bryan. Gulak clamps on with a cravat but Bryan spins. Gulak keeps hold and knees Bryan into a corner. The ref reprimands but Gulak wrenches and CHOPS Bryan! And another CHOP! Gulak suplexes but Bryan resists. Gulak throws body shots then tries again, but Bryan again denies the suplex.

The two fight for control and end up by the ropes. Bryan suplexes and they both go out! Fans rally and duel as both men are down on the outside! The ring count climbs and reaches 5 before either man stands. Bryan and Gulak are in at 8 and fans cheer more. Gulak stalks up to Bryan at the corner and hoists. Bryan resists so Gulak knees. Bryan BOOTS and BOOTS, then hops up to leap, into a waistlock! Gulak full nelsons, Bryan slips out to a standing switch but Gulak switches back, SAIDO SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Bryan writhes and twitches, as his neck is still a concern. Gulak goes after Bryan with a full nelson and leans on him. Bryan endures and fans rally.

Bryan powers up, slips down and victory rolls! TWO and Gulak swings. Bryan blocks and full nelsons, but Gulak drops down. Bryan brings him back up, DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Bryan holds onto Gulak but Gulak standing switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Gulak holds on as Bryan grits his teeth and gets up. Bryan standing switches, Gulak elbows and switches back, RELEASE German and Bryan lands HARD on his head and neck!! Cover, TWO!! Bryan flops out of the ring in a heap! Gulak said he’d take Bryan to school but this is more than just the school of hard knocks! Bryan manages to stand at the ring count of 7 but he flops over! He gets up at 9, and in at 9.9!! But Gulak covers, TWO!!

Gulak CHOPS and whips Bryan, but Bryan goes up and over! Bryan keeps moving, dodges and hits a leaping lariat! Both men are down and Philly fires up! Bryan reaches up and the fans are shouting, “YES! YES!” Gulak and Bryan slowly stand, and Gulak throws haymakers. Bryan gives European Uppercuts and bumps Gulak off a buckle. Bryan unleashes the YES Kicks! He hoists Gulak up top and climbs to join him, but Gulak drops down to trip Bryan up! Gulak climbs back up, INVERTED SUPERPLEX!! And roll through, to the GuLOCK!!

Bryan endures being bent backwards but Gulak grinds harder. Gulak elbows over and over and over into Bryan’s shoulders, goes for the GuLock, but Bryan rolls and counters! The LeBelle isn’t quite in, but Bryan elbows and elbows and elbows! LeBelle Lock ON!! Gulak is fading out, Bryan wins!!

Winner: Daniel Bryan, by submission

Incredible! Gulak almost had the perfect game plan! But there seems to be no accounting for grit and determination! Gulak still won Bryan’s respect, but will we get to see these two go again?

 

Backstage interview with Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler.

The GLORIOUS Show-Offs won a SmackDown Tag Team Gauntlet to give themselves a huge advantage in tonight’s SmackDown Tag Team Championship Chamber match. Impressive, of course, as would tonight’s win. Well it isn’t about if but when! Once the other five teams have worn themselves out, these two enter last, pick up the pieces, and walk out the NEW SmackDown Tag Team Champions. When that happens, it will be absolutely… GLORIOUS. The screen glitches as Ziggler says he and Roode won’t need luck. The fans are watching the match just for Roode-Dolph. Them and Mandy Rose. This victory will be dedicated to her. Now they’ll do what they do best, and steal the show.

 

WWE United States Championship: Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Humberto Carrillo!

El Idolo is back and ready to pick up where he left off! And that includes showing he is better than Ultimo Ninja. But that may not be the case after Carrillo got the pin on him just last Monday Night Raw. Will Almas spring back on this homestretch to WrestleMania?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this long awaited 1v1 rematch begins!

Carrillo and Almas rush each other, and Carrillo immediately gets the boot feint to ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Almas is furious and he stomps away on Carrillo at the ropes! The ref backs Carrillo off but comes back to CHOP! Almas whips then back drops Carrillo high and hard! He stomps Carrillo more but the ref backs him off. Carrillo kicks back but Almas blocks to forearm and CHOP. Almas whips Carrillo corner to corner, then runs in, but Carrillo dodges to CHOP back! Carrillo and Almas brawl, Almas runs but into a dropkick! Carrillo clotheslines Almas out hard! Almas hits barriers but Carrillo goes out to fetch him.Carrillo CHOPS then puts Almas back in. Cover, ONE, but Carrillo keeps on Almas.

Almas knees back then whips, but Carrillo goes up and up to flying headbutt! Cover, TWO! Vega coaches Almas up but Carrillo stays close with a waistlock. Almas elbows back but Carrillo shifts to a sleeper hold. Almas elbows out and back suplexes, but Carrillo lands on his feet. Carrillo runs, springboards and flying arm-drags Almas out! Fans fire up with Carrillo as he drags Almas up. Almas hotshots Carrillo back! Vega grins as Almas shotgun dropkicks Carrillo in the head! Almas gives a tranquilo while Carrillo writhes. Almas drags Carrillo up, wrenches to a shoulder breaker then elbows before giving another. He repeats the process again and again, then drags Carrillo down to an armlock. Carrillo endures and fans rally up. Carrillo stands up, throws big forearms but Almas rocks Carrillo back.

Almas whips, Carrillo kicks him back, then Carrillo wheelbarrows to arm-drag! But Almas comes right back with an elbow! Almas soaks up the heat before he stalks Carrillo to ropes. Almas throws Carrillo out and goes out the side. He pulls up the floor mats! But Carrillo runs over, only for Almas to boot him down! Carrillo CHOPS and Almas forearms, then scoops. Almas RAMS Carrillo into the post! Almas refreshes the count so he can keep on Carrillo. Vega likes what she sees as Almas drags Carrillo up to whip into barriers! Almas leaves Carrillo to the mercy of the count, but Carrillo is in at 9.5! But Almas stomps him down! Almas clamps onto Carrillo with an armlock and he pulls back hard on the arm. Carrillo endures and grits his teeth while Philly rallies up.

Carrillo gets up, fights back and fights free, but Almas knees low. Almas throws big forearms then runs, but Carrillo dumps Almas out hard! Carrillo catches his breath while Vega panics. The ring count is on Almas now but he’s up at 5. Almas is in at 6, storms over at Carrillo, but Carrillo hits a jawbreaker! Almas ducks one kick but not the enziguri! Tilt-o-whirl backbreaker and a springboard enziguri! Fans fire up with Carrillo and he somersault moonsaults, but lands on his feet when Almas moves. Almas school boys Carrillo into buckles! Vega rallies the fans with “SI! SI!” and Almas fires up. Almas runs corner to corner, but Carrillo dodges! The boot feint doesn’t work, and Carrillo BOOTS Almas! Carrillo puts Almas on the apron but Almas ROCKS him with a right.

Almas climbs but Carrillo enziguris first! Carrillo climbs up to join Almas, clubs away on Almas’s back, and stands him up. Almas resists the superplex and fights back. Almas CHOPS Carrillo, but Carrillo stays up. Carrillo CHOPS back, stands up, and SUPER-RANAS Almas!! Cover, TWO!! Almas survives and Vega is freaking out. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Carrillo drags Almas over. Carrillo throws down hands then heads back up. Fans cheer as Carrillo MOONSAULTS! Almas moves, Carrillo lands on his feet and runs in, but Almas hip tosses him into buckles! CIEN SHADOWS!! Cover, TWO!?! Carrillo shocks Vega and Almas!

Almas points and Vega clears off concrete! Speaking of continuing where they left off, Almas throws Carrillo outside and brings him to the concrete. Almas hammerlocks, but Carrillo back drops! Almas lands on mats but Carrillo gets back in the ring. Carrillo builds speed and FLIES onto Almas! Carrillo puts Almas in, goes up top, BIG crossbody! But Alma rolls through, TWO! Carrillo La Magistrol, TWO! Almas runs, Carrillo sunset flips, TWO! ALmas sits to a prawn hold, TWO! Carrillo hops up, victory rolls, TWO and Almas has it WITH TIGHTS! Almas wins!!

Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)

Carrillo gets cheated AGAIN! Whether it’s Zelina Vega, Angel Garza or Andrade Almas, Humberto Carrillo cannot catch a break! Is there a way for Humberto’s heart to overcome this stable’s sneaky smarts?

 

Backstage interview with AJ Styles.

Charly asks The Phenomenal One how No Disqualifications factor into his rematch with Aleister Black. Styles asks back if anyone feels sorry for Aleister. Aleister has no friends, locks himself away in a dark room and listens to sad music with scented candles all over. The real question is: Are Gallows & Anderson going to join Styles ringside? Yes, yes they are. They would’ve bought tickets but Elimination Chamber was sold out. Then if they’re in his corner, is this going to be a fair match? Oh c’mon, it’s AJ Styles! No it’s not! Because he’s him! But if anyone is getting “disqualified,” that’s Styles. Wait, there are no disqualifications so… Huh, what’s that? Yeah, okay. Styles heads out, but what is going to happen when there are no rules holding anyone back?

 

SmackDown Tag Team Championships Elimination Chamber Match!

The Awesome A-Lister and Guru of Greatness don’t appreciate having to defend their titles in a match like this, but the GLORIOUS Roode and Ziggler are loving that they’re last to enter. But in the end, it’s about the last team left standing! Who makes it out of the Chamber with the championships?

Along with Roode-Dolph, the champions Miz & Morrison themselves, as well as Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik of Lucha House Party and Heavy Machinery are put in the pods. That means the first two teams to start this match are The New Day and The Usos! This incredibly storied rivalry starts off this incredible gauntlet!

Jimmy and Jey stare down with Kofi Kingston and Big E. Fans are already loving this as the four men circle. And the brawl is on! Jimmy CHOPS Kofi while Big E RAMS Jey to a corner! Jimmy headlocks but Kofi powers out, only for Jimmy to run him over. Things speed up for Kofi and Jimmy while Jey turns things around on Big E. Kofi ducks, dodges and hits a leaping back elbow on Jimmy! Cover, TWO! Kofi whips Jimmy but Jimmy reverss. Jimmy runs in and monkey flips but Kofi lands on his feet! Kofi dropkicks Jimmy down, but Jey ROCKS him with a right! Big E grabs Jey but Jey powers out of the headlock. Big E runs Jey over, and starts swiveling the hips. Things speed up, Jey runs into Big E’s belly2belly!

Big E runs but Jey gets clear as Jimmy crossbodies in! Cover, TWO! Jimmy turns around, Kofi springboards but slips a little. Kofi still collides with Jimmy and tackles him to a cover! TWO and Kofi walks into Jey’s mule kick. Jey uppercuts Kofi away and then helps Jimmy up. The Usos put Kofi on the top rope and CHOP! Miz and Morrison felt that one in their pod. The Usos climb up and they make sure Miz and Morrison are watching. But Big E drags Jimmy down to throw him out hard! Big E then gets Jey on his shoulders, Kofi adjusts, but Jimmy saves his brother! The two teams have a stand off and fans cheer. The first countdown is here, and joining this match… Lucha House Party!

Lince and Metalik double enziguri the New Day! Then double springboard over the Usos to double seated senton the New Day! LHP is back up to double mule kick the Usos. Lince get a boost from Metalik to dropkick Kofi out! LHP stomp Big E out then go after Jey with CHOPS! They double whip Jey then Metalik runs in, but is put on the outside. Metalik enziguris back, Lince handsprings for the GOLDEN REWIND! Metalik gets some help, for an elevated splash! Cover, Jimmy runs over but Metalik gets clear, Jimmy ends up dropping ax handles on his brother! LHP goes after Jimmy together but Jimmy uppercuts and CHOPS them away! Jimmy whips Metalik but Metalik runs the ropes to missile dropkick!

Lince goes up to moonsault! Metalik MOONSAULTS! Lince goes up for another MOONSAULT! Cover, but Jey breaks it! Big E returns but LHP kicks and CHOPS him first. LHP double whip but Big E holds ropes. Metalik runs in but Big E hip tosses him out hard! Then he does the same to Lince! Big E and Kofi coordinate, and Big E boosts Kofi to take out both members of LHP! Kofi throws the luchadors in and Big E drags Lince over. Kofi scoops Metalik to slam next to Lince. Big E stands ready, Kofi runs and leap frogs, but Lince gets clear! Metalik gets elbows but Big E runs at Lince. Lince goes up and over and Big E gets only post! Lince springboards but Jey shoves him!

The Golden Lynx collides with steel cage and gets stuck in the chains! He sits up and climbs to get away from Big E, but Jey pursues! Lince kicks Jey away and sits on top of a pod. The Usos both go after Lince and he fights them away. Kofi hops up from the post but Lince just clubs away with fury! Metalik joins in and LHP mugs Kofi on the pod’s roof! Kofi drops! He catches himself on the edge, but LHP stomp his hands! Kofi drops to the floor, and Lince LEAPS onto the Usos! Metalik SUPER SENTONS onto The New Day in the ring!! The countdown returns, and the next team to join… Miz and Morrison!

The champions rush in to go after the New Day! Morrison throws Kofi out while Miz throws Big E into steel! Morrison mugs Kofi against the chains and grinds a knee in! Miz throws Jey Uso into steel, then Jimmy, too! Miz and Morrison drag Lince into the ring, and double ALABAMA SLAM! Morrison runs and Miz follows, Shining Wizard and basement boot! Standing shooting star! Cover, but Metalik breaks it! Miz and Morrison mug Metalik, then whip him into a Tree of Woe! Miz unleashes It Kicks then holds Metalik up for Morrison’s spinning enziguri! Jey runs into a double gut buster, and double basement DDT! Cover, but Jimmy breaks it!

Morrison kicks Jimmy to the ropes then drags him up. Miz and Morrison double whip Jimmy corner to corner, then Miz whips Morrison in. Jimmy puts Morrison outside and boots Miz. Jimmy ROCKS Morrison with a right then Miz with an uppercut. But Miz counters Jimmy to an A-List Combination, with Morrison’s springboard DOUBLE STOMPS added on! Cover, TWO!! The Usos survive but Morrison goes right after Lince. Miz boots Jimmy out then keeps Big E out. Morrison toys with Lince, then gut wrenches him for a spinning crucifix SLAM! Cover, Metalik breaks it! Miz kicks Metalik around, then Morrison ROCKS Metalik with a right! Morrison whips Metalik at Miz and Miz pops Metalik up, but Metalik lands on the corner!

Metalik mule kicks Miz then goes up the pod again. Morrison pursues but Metalik kicks and punches back. Metalik SUPER-RANAS Morrison down!! Cover, but Miz breaks it in time! Miz throws hands on Metalik as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Miz endures that because it sounds like “Miz is Awesome,” but Kofi leaps ax handles on him! Kofi rallies and hits a dropkick to a leaping ax handle! NEW~ DAY~ Boom Drop! Kofi is fired up and aims from the corner. Fans clap along as Kofi spins, but Miz ducks to lift. Morrison springboards, FLYING CHUCK HART ATTACK! Cover, but Big E breaks it! Morrison throws hands and kicks on Big E while Miz keeps Kofi down. Morrison runs but into a belly2belly! Miz boots Big E down and gives him It Kicks!

Big E stays up, Miz gets the cheesy chant going, but Big E brings him up! Kofi climbs, Morrison can’t make it, DOUBLE STOMP BOMB!! Cover, but Morrison breaks it now! The countdown returns but we know who joins now: HEAVY MACHINERY! Otis and Tucker have the fans behind them as Otis runs over Morrison! Tucker hits Jimmy, Otis hits Jey! Metalik, Kofi, Big E, they all get run over! Tucker clotheslines Jimmy out then Otis throws Jey! Heavy Machinery SQUASH the Usos against steel! And again! And again! They keep going! Lince climbs up top and to the pod as the Usos get the belly sandwich! Heavy Machinery looks for more targets, and Tucker whips and scoops Metalik for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Otis looks around but Big E runs him over! Tucker clotheslines Big E! Heavy Machinery flank Big E for an extra thicc sandwich!

Big E is in the drop zone and fans fire up for Otis! The Dozer pumps up, and he says this one’s for Roode-Dolph. Otis hits a CATERPILLAR! Cover, but Kofi breaks it! The Usos, Miz and Morrison and Kofi go after Heavy Machinery, but… Wait, is Lince up on the ceiling!? They all see him as he SHOOTING STARS!!! Only Otis got clear! Philly loses their minds as Heavy Machinery regroups aside of the human wreckage. Metalik runs in, but gets the COMPACTOR!! Cover, Heavy Machinery ELIMINATES Lucha House Party! Otis and Tucker tell Roode-Dolph it’s only a matter of time. Because he comes the countdown! Heavy Machinery surrounds the pods, and now Roode-Dolph wants to stay in! Miz and Morrison help out and they mug Heavy Machinery 4v2!

Morrison and Roode have Tucker in a corner while Miz and Ziggler throw Otis into steel! Ziggler grinds Otis’s face into the chains! Fans rally up for Otis as Ziggler pie faces Otis around. Tucker takes more stomps as Roode whips Morrison and Morrison whips Roode. Tucker elbows Roode down, and Otis rises up against Ziggler and Miz! Morrison runs in but is thrown outside! Otis throws Miz hard on the outside! Ziggler climbs the chains but Otis grabs hold of him! Ziggler fights and scurries away and has to go to the top of a pod. But Tucker climbs up behind him! Tucker taps Ziggler on the shoulder, before bumping him off glass! Otis is waiting, and Tucker tosses Ziggler to him! Otis has Ziggler, then turns and tosses him into ropes! “Oh yeah, Tucky!!” Tucker SUPER SWANTONS onto the New Day and Usos!!!

Philly is thunderous for Heavy Machinery, but Roode goes after Otis! Roode-Dolph mug Otis at the ropes with punches and stomps. Fans boo as they grind their boots into Otis. Roode and Ziggler drag Otis up to throw at steel, but he powers up again! Otis clotheslines Roode into the ring then CLOBBERS Ziggler! Fans are all fired up for Otis as he brings Ziggler up. Roode saves Ziggler to kick Otis and reel him in. But no Glorious DDT, just a big back body drop! Otis wants after Ziggler still, and Ziggler flounders in a corner. Otis runs in, but Ziggler gets clear, sending Otis into the pod! The Dozer SMASHES through the Plexiglas!!! He’s OUTSIDE the Chamber!! Philly is losing their minds, but who wouldn’t be?!

Tucker sees what happened to his best friend and is in utter shock! “This is Awesome!” even as medics check on Otis. Tucker has to focus back on the match, and he’s locked in on Roode-Dolph. Roode and Ziggler tell Tucker to stay back, but he takes them both on! BIG hands for Roode and Dolph! Fans are on Tucker’s side but Ziggler kicks low. Ziggler runs in, but the Famouser is sent into buckles! Tucker ROCKS Roode, but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Tucker! Roode hits a GLORIOUS DDT!! Cover, Roode-Dolph ELIMINATE Heavy Machinery! All it took was a pod and a 2v1 situation. Otis rises but it doesn’t matter now as he and Tucker are out.

Fans tell Roode-Dolph what they think of them, but Ziggler just mocks Otis’s departure. Kofi hits TROUBLE IN PARADISE on Ziggler! Big Ending for Roode! The Usos are climbing opposite ends, and are on the pods… DOUBLE SUPER UCE! Cover, The Usos ELIMINATE Roode-Dolph! That’s what you call karma! And now, we just have the Usos, the New Day, and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. Miz and Morrison regroup, as do the other two teams. The long time rivals stare down, but then all four men look at Miz and Morrison. And a fight is on! Now Miz and Morrison are in a 4v2 situation as they get stomped on! The Usos and New Day take a breather, then stomp some more!

The New Day have Miz and the Usos have Morrison, and throw them both out hard. But then Jimmy SUPERKICKS Big E while Kofi SUPERKICKS Jey!! No more alliance, Kofi hook kicks Jimmy into a cobra clutch and crossface forearms! Kofi drags Jimmy up but Jimmy slips out of the inverted suplex. Jimmy shoves, pop-up SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jimmy runs into the Urenag-E! Big E runs into a Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO! All the teams are down but Jey runs at Kofi. Kofi slips out to swing kick back, then he climbs up top. Kofi headbutts Jey but Jey uppercuts Kofi! Jey climbs up but Kofi fights with body shots. Kofi gourd busters Jey down! Kofi goes up on top of a pod…! For a SUPER SPLASH! But Jey moves! Miz and Morrison cover, they ELIMINATE the New Day!!

Now it’s just the champions and the Usos! The Usos regroup in one corner and Miz-Morrison are in the other. Fans rally and duel as the four men stand. And then throw hands! Jey knees low but Morrison fires off, only to get an uppercut. The Usos throw the champs out but each one shoulders back in. Double springboards, into double SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! The Usos coordinate again, taking aim at a champion each. DOUBLE UCE, but Miz gets knees! Jey covers Morrison but Miz has Jimmy in a cradle, TWO!! Miz has Jimmy but Jimmy arm-drags out. Superkick is blocked but the Figure Four is denied. Miz ducks the double kicks, sends Jey into Jimmy, FINALE!! Cover, TWO!?! Into the FIGURE FOUR! Jimmy endures but Morrison dropkicks Jey out.

Morrison goes up as Miz has the ropes, so that STARSHIP PAIN hits Jimmy! Jimmy is out, Morrison covers, but Jey rolls Morrison! Miz has to undo the Figure Four first! TWO, but Jey SUPERKICKS Miz! SUPERKICK for Morrison! Cover, TWO!?! All four men are down and fans are rallying again. Jey drags Morrison up and whips him at Miz. Miz slides under, sunset flips, but Morrison slingshots for a prawn hold and Miz slips out to put his feet on the ropes for his match box, it’s a very complicated double cover!! The Miz & Morrison win!!

Winners: The Miz & John Morrison, by pinfall (still SmackDown Tag Team Champions)

The Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century survive this blockbuster of a match! Miz and Morrison are the last team standing and continue down the Road to WrestleMania! Will they ride off into the sunset all the way to Tampa?

 

Backstage interview with Natalya.

The Queen of Harts knows she has five talented opponents to worry about, but how is her good friend, Beth Phoenix? Beth is one of the strongest women Natty knows, and she will pull through. But that won’t be the case for Randy Orton when Edge returns again. The Viper may have struck Beth with an RKO, but he also questioned her role as a wife and mother. There is nothing Edge and Beth take more pride in than their marriage and their family. They’re family to Natty, so tonight, she will unleash her legacy. She was born to do this. But can she win it all against a stacked field?

 

No Disqualifications: AJ Styles w/ The OC VS Aleister Black!

The Phenomenal One has the Good Brothers by his side as always. They all had a part in doing damage to the Embodiment of the End, and now there are no rules keeping them back. Will Aleister have to go through Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson again just to get at Styles?

The bell rings and Styles smirks as he circles with Aleister. They approach but Styles backs off to the ropes. Styles tells Aleister to stay back but there’s No DQ so it doesn’t matter. Aleister and Styles tie up, Styles headlocks, and he holds on as Aleister tries to power out. Aleister powers out the second time but Styles grabs the ropes. “Not tonight!” Styles and Aleister circle and tie up and Styles gets a leg. They end up on the ropes, Aleister pushes Styles of, and the two reset. Another tie up and Styles gets the leg. Aleister breaks free, Styles ducks a kick and gets the leg takedown. Aleister elbows Styles away but Styles says he’s going to take the leg off.

The two circle again, tie up, and Styles goes after the leg. Aleister uses that to roll Styles and KICK him down! Aleister throws body shots on Styles in the corner then big kicks! He KICKS the leg out! Aleister stomps the ankle then drags Styles up for big uppercuts. Aleister gives more kicks, then gets the leg just to kick it! Gallows is on the apron but hops off as Aleister storms over. Styles gets Aleister’s leg for a dragon screw! Aleister still KICKS with it! Anderson distracts now and Styles chop blocks the legs out! Aleister hobbles up and Styles stalks him to a corner to chop block him again! Styles kicks the leg then drops a knee on it! Aleister is down and The OC cheer their leader. Styles stalks Aleister but Aleister keeps his guard up, even on the mat.

Styles kicks the bad leg then stands on it to stomp it! Aleister clutches that leg but Styles is after it with a toehold. Aleister endures as Styles cranks on the leg. The OC laugh but Aleister kicks Styles with his free leg! Styles rolls out of the ring but he goes under the ring. Styles brings out a kendo stick! He rushes in to SMACK the bad leg! Aleister crawls to a corner but Styles SMACKS the leg again! Styles swings again, Aleister hops over it, and Aleister ROUNDHOUSES Styles down! Aleister hobbles over, takes the kendo stick for his own, but Styles dropkicks Aleister out of the ring! Anderson creeps over but Styles slingshots, into a KNEE! Aleister leans on the announce desk while Styles sputters. Fans cheer as Aleister goes searching under the ring. Aleister brings out a TABLE!

Aleister sets the table up and goes after Styles, but Styles uses a chair! Styles SMACKS the leg then SMACKS Aleister on the back! Aleister grits his teeth as he writhes, but Styles drags him up to put in the ring. Styles wedges the chair into the corner while Aleister crawls to the opposite end. Styles grabs the leg and brings Aleister over, but Aleister throws punches. They brawl, Styles aims Aleister at the chair but Aleister slips out to hit back. Styles PELES Aleister down hard! Styles drops knees on the leg and clamps on with a toehold! Aleister endures but Styles lets up. Styles toys with Aleister, kicking him while he’s down. Fans boo as Styles drags Aleister up for haymakers. Styles KICKS the bad leg out but Aleister headbutts low! Aleister blocks a punch to give a strike fest! KNEE THRUST!

Aleister leans on the ropes while Styles goes to the opposite end. Aleister hobbles over but Styles rolls him to the CALF CRUSHER!! Styles cranks on the leg over and over, but Aleister endures as he crawls to the kendo stick! Aleister uses it to GRIND Styles’ face into the mat! Aleister is free of the hold but Styles backs down. Styles stands but Aleister SMACKS Styles’ leg now! And his head! And his back! Then his front! Aleister is fired up, but Styles kicks the bad leg. Aleister stays up but Styles PELES again! Both men are down and the OC coach Styles up. Styles stands and sees the table. He drags Aleister up but Aleister escapes the bomb.

Aleister sends Styles to the apron but Styles counter kicks, then point-blank slingshot forearms! Cover, TWO! Styles brings Aleister up, snap BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and Styles grows frustrated. Styles circles Aleister like a shark, and puts the chair back in the corner. Styles drags Aleister over to ram a knee in. Fans boo as Styles goes to a corner and climbs up top. But Aleister steps up to KICK Styles back down! Styles is in a daze on the apron while Aleister hobbles up. Aleister throws more strikes on Styles, but Styles shoves. Aleister bobs ‘n’ weaves then sweeps the legs! Running knee! Aleister manages a kip up and a springboard, QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Aleister’s bad leg slowed him down there, but fans rally up for him.

Styles flounders while Aleister aims from a corner. Aleister fights through the pain to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Again, the bad leg was a factor. Aleister stalks Styles and kicks him back down. Styles blocks a kick for an USHIGOROSHI! Styles made sure to fold Aleister up just right for that one! Fans rally up as Styles stands again and he drags Aleister up. Styles brings Aleister in for the Clash, but Aleister back drops. Styles sunset flips but Aleister rolls through to BOOT! Quebrada, but into a TOMBSTONE- NO! Victory roll, TWO!! Styles almost got caught trying to send a message! Aleister ROUNDHOUSES, then BOOTS Styles into the chair!! Styles flops out of the ring but Aleister pursues.

Aleister punches Styles and kicks him against the announce desk. And again! Styles swings Aleister’s bad leg into the side of the desk! Styles gets space, runs back in, and TACKLES Aleister up and over the desk! Aleister flops against arm chairs but Styles pulls things off the desk. Fans anticipate what’s coming as Styles drags Aleister up onto the desk. Styles wants the suplex, but Aleister sweeps Styles’ legs! Styles hits off the desk on the way down! Aleister catches his breath, then LEAPS to METEORA Styles through the table!! Fans lose their minds while the ref checks on both men. Aleister writhes but manages to rise, and he hobbles over to Styles. Aleister puts Styles in but the bad leg slows him down. Styles flounders but Aleister lifts his head with the good leg.

Gallows gets in but he gets a ROUNDHOUSE! Anderson uppercuts but Aleister KNEES him down! Aleister has Philly fired up as he watches all three OC. They all go after him! No DQ means the OC can beat him up 3v1 and it’s all fair! Gallows and Anderson drag Aleister up, and hit MAGIC KILLER! Styles prepares his arm as the Good Brothers drag Aleister up. But then the gong sounds!! And the lights go out!! When the lights come back up, The Undertaker is here! And he has both Good Brothers in his grasp! Styles springboards, into Taker’s CHOKE SLAM!! The lights go out again, and when they go up, Taker is gone! Aleister sees Styles is vulnerable and he drags himself up with the ropes. Styles manages to stand, but he turns around into BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

The Phenom helps the Embodiment of the End made the Phenomenal One #FadeToBlack! Will Styles reconsider his path down a dark alley on his Road to WrestleMania?

 

Raw Tag Team Championships: The Street Profits VS Seth Rollins & Murphy w/ The Authors of Pain!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins felt the pressure when it was #NowOrNever for these titles on Monday. And they thrived under pressure to take these titles off the Monday Night Pariah and #MurphTheSmurf. But they were also willing to give Rollins and Murphy a rematch, putting the pressure back on the former champions. Will the inevitable come back around?

Before the match, the Profits speak backstage. “Elimination Chamber! That’s right, that’s right!” They are in uncharted territories, the Undertaker is back, and the Profits have that tag title drip. But everyone is ready for March Madness, when they should be watching Ford & Dawkins prove they are NOT One And Done. #TrustTheProcess and know that the Profits are up!

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and this rematch from Raw begins!

Dawkins starts against Rollins and they tie up. Rollins tries to bring Dawkins to the corner but Dawkins gets free. Fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” as Dawkins and Rollins tie up again. Rollins waistlocks but Dawkins throws him off. Murphy assures Rollins it’s all good, and Rollins tags out. Rollins and Murphy hug, but then Dawkins waistlocks Murphy. Murphy standing switches but Dawkins wrenches out. Murphy wrenches and headlocks but Dawkins powers out. The two collide, neither falls, so Murphy SLAPS Dawkins! Things speed up, Dawkins hurdles and runs Murphy over! Ford is fired up as Dawkins wrenches the arm and yanks on the arm.

Tag to Ford and Ford hops up to drop ax handles! Ford wrenches Murphy and Dawkins tags in. Dawkins hops up and stirs it up to drop ax handles of his own. Dawkins wrenches Murphy and fans chant “We Want the Smoke!” before he yanks on the arm over and over. Rollins grows frustrated on the corner as Ford tags in. Ford hits double stomps to the arm! Ford wrenches but Murphy ROCKS him with a right. Murphy tags Rollins and they mug Ford in the corner. Rollins grinds his foot in but the ref backs him off. Rollins taunts Dawkins before he goes back to Ford. He bumps Ford off buckles in an open corner then CHOPS him. Rollins climbs up and grinds Ford’s face while mocking the red Solo cups.

Fans boo but Rollins whips Ford corner to corner. Ford goes up and handsprings around to fire up. Things speed up, Ford hurdles and hurdles and arm-drags Rollins all around! Ford wrenches but Rollins ROCKS him! Tag to Murphy, but Murphy runs into an arm-drag! Ford cranks on the arm but Murphy arm-drags free. Ford arm-drags Murphy again! Rollins shouts at Murphy as Ford tags Dawkins. Ford whips and Dawkins dropkicks Murphy, then the Profits double arm-drag Murphy out! Rollins runs in but he gets a double arm-drag! The Profits double dropkick Murphy and Rollins out and fans are fired up! Dawkins fetches Murphy into the ring but Murphy bails out. Dawkins pursues but has to go around the AOP. Rollins tags in and chop blocks Dawkins’ leg out!

Rollins clubs Dawkins and stomps him around. Neckbreaker! Rollins drags Dawkins around to jam the leg! He slaps Dawkins around while mocking “the smoke.” He traps Dawkins’ leg and tags Murphy, and Murphy kicks away on the leg! Fans rally but Murphy brings Dawkins over to drop down on the leg. And again! Murphy tries a third time but Dawkins pushes him out of the ring! Murphy scrambles in but the tag to Ford makes it! Ford crossbodies Murphy, ROCKS Rollins and runs at Murphy. Murphy back drops Ford and Ford almost lands on his feet! Ford flounders but dodges Murphy to run and hurdle over to hit a LEAPING body press! Ford spins and spins and DDT’s Murphy down! He kips up to throw Rollins out! Standing moonsault on Murphy! Cover, TWO!

Ford grabs Dawkins’ lost headband to FLY! Direct hit on Rollins and Murphy! Ford puts Murphy in but Rollins distracts the ref, and the AOP attack! They throw Ford into barriers! Akam and Rezar get away with helping their leader, but here come the Viking Raiders! Erik & Ivar throw hands with AOP! The Raiders fight the AOP to the ramp and then backstage! Rollins puts Ford in but Ford rolls him up, TWO! Rollins clobbers Ford and covers, TWO, but Rollins clamps onto Ford with a chinlock. Ford endures and fights his way up. Fans rally but Rollins suplexes Ford to the Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Rollins keeps his eyes on Dawkins as he drags Ford up. Tag to Murphy and they mug Ford at the ropes.

Murphy throws a hard right then snapmares to drive his knees in. Murphy wraps Ford up in a chinlock but fans rally up again. Ford fights up and fights out, but Murphy elbows him down. Murphy stomps Ford in the corner then runs in but Ford BOOTS! Ford elbows Rollins away but Murphy catches his leap! Ford sunset flips but Murphy slips through to meteora! Cover, TWO! Murphy tags Rollins and they drag Ford up to double whip him into the corner. Rollins whips Murphy but Ford throws him out! Ford goes up and over Rollins, Rollins back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet! Hot tag to Dawkins! The Curse of Greatness rallies on Murphy and Rollins! Clotheslines and dropkicks for everyone!

Dawkins reels Murphy in for a flapjack! Cyclone splash for Murphy! Cyclone splash for Rollins! BULLDOG! Fans fire up and Dawkins tags in Ford. Dawkins whips Ford in for a cyclone splash of his own! Assisted Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!! Ford tags back to Dawkins and Dawkins hoists Rollins up in the Electric Chair. But Rollins slips out, Ford leaps over, and Rollins SLINGBLADES Ford down! Tag to Murphy, Murphy goes to kick Dawkins but is blocked. Rollins SUPERKICKs, Murphy KNEE TRIGGERS, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dawkins! Ford springboards into double SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Murphy asks Rollins what to do, and Rollins tells him. Murphy pushes Ford out then brings Dawkins over. They coordinate, but Dawkins counters the bomb to a catapult!

Murphy hits buckles, Rollins tags in, springboard into a RIGHT hand! Ford tags in, WORLD STAR SPLASH, but Rollins gets his knees up!! Cradle, TWO!! Rollins runs in, misses the stop, Murphy tags in. Rollins ROCKS Ford, lifts, BUCKLE BOMB ENZIGURI! Murphy is up top, SUPER METEORA! Cover, but Dawkins breaks it! Rollins throws Dawkins out then runs, to DIVE! But Dawkins catches him!? For an EXPLODER! Murphy runs at Ford but is put on the apron. Murphy enziguris Ford then climbs up, but Ford ROCKS him right back! Ford climbs up to join Murphy but Murphy resists the superplex. Ford keeps trying but Murphy clubs his back. Murphy punches Ford away but Dawkins tags in.

Ford ROCKS Murphy again and now both Profits climb! The Profits really are up as they bring Murphy up. But Rollins adds on, TOWER OF DOOM!! Double powerbomb superplex!! All four men are down but here comes Kevin Owens! Kevin has a bag of popcorn as he comes down the stairs. Kevin doesn’t see an open seat so he goes to ringside and sits at one of the desks. Rollins sees Kevin, and Kevin throws popcorn at him! Dawkins POUNCES Rollins into the barriers! Murphy FLIES but the Profits catch him! For a DOUBLE BARRIER BOMB! Dawkins puts Murphy in and Ford sips from the cup! Cyclone splash and a tag, then a Pop-up SPINE BUSTER! WORLD STAR!! Cover, The Profits win!!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall (still Raw Tag Team Champions)

Kevin definitely likes what he saw. The Profits deny Rollins and Murphy and have the gold! Will WrestleMania have the smoke?

As for Rollins, he sees Murphy down on the outside, but doesn’t see Kevin getting in! Kevin sets his popcorn down and turns Rollins around, for a STUNNER! Just in time for 3/16 next week! Kevin “shares” the rest of his popcorn with Murphy on his way out. Will Kevin and the resistance continue to ruin Rollins’ “vision” for Raw?

 

WWE Intercontinental Championship 3v1 Handicap Match: Braun Strowman VS Sami Zayn, Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura!

The Monster Among Men knew that fighting one of “The Great Liberator’s” men meant fighting them all, so he gladly welcomed the adjustments to the contract. However, is he going to end up eating his words when it only takes one of them to win?

Before the match, Team Sami is interviewed backstage. Strowman vowed to retain despite the odds. Does that shake their confidence? You tell them, Kayla. Look at these faces. Does it look like Team Sami lacks confidence? Sami knows what the “bloodthirsty” Philly fans want. They want a “bash ’em smash ’em monster truck rally,” but sorry, that’s not happening tonight! Do they realize that it has been months of back ‘n’ forth yet Strowman hasn’t gotten to Sami once? Strowman wants Sami to #GetTheseHands, but not one hair on Sami’s pretty little head has been harmed.

Until tonight. Sami knows that he goes toe to toe with Strowman. Yes, Sami knows his team is behind him, but he vows to take care of this himself. For all we know, they might not even tag in. Sami vows to serve justice and bring the WWE Intercontinental Championship back to where it belongs! Is Sami going to be the one to eat his words now?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Sami’s bravery is put to the test!

Sami eggs Strowman on but then immediately goes to his corner. Shinsuke tags in and Strowman just rushes at Sami! Sami gets clear, Strowman shoves Shinsuke down, then goes after Sami again. Shinsuke takes advantage to get a headlock, but Strowman lifts him by just standing up! Strowman powers out, Shinsuke dodges and ducks to clothesline! But Strowman stays up! Strowman CLOBBERS Shinsuke! Sami definitely doesn’t want to go toe to toe with Strowman now. Strowman headbutts Shinsuke then glares at Sami. Strowman whips Shinsuke hard into buckles! He tells Sami this is for him, and whips Shinsuke again. Strowman runs to corner splash Shinsuke down. Strowman turns on a dime to go after Sami! Sami runs away but Shinsuke dropkicks legs out! And enziguris!

Tag to Cesaro and now the Swiss Cyborg hits a BIG EuroUpper! Cesaro puts Strowman against the ropes to choke, but the ref backs him off. Sami gets a cheap shot in! Sami tags in and he stomps away on Strowman! The ref backs Sami off but Sami soaks up the heat as he double guns. Sami shouts, “That’s what you get!” then tags in Shinsuke. Shinsuke rams knees into Strowman then puts him on the ropes for Bad Vibrations! Sami tags back in and he goes after Strowman in the corner with both boots! The ref reprimands but Sami just laughs. Sami backs off at the count of 4 then tags in Cesaro. Cesaro walks into a body shot but he BOOTS Strowman down! Cover, TWO! Cesaro stomps Strowman down then tags Sami. Sami is cocky again as he jabs Strowman.

Sami soaks up the heat, mocks the catch phrase, but Strowman sits up! Once again, Sami runs away and tags in Shin! Shinsuke hops onto Strowman with a sleeper hold! Strowman drops to a knee and Shinsuke grinds harder! Strowman sits down and Sami says the team’s got him! Shinsuke leans on Strowman as fans rally up. Strowman is turning red like Shinsuke’s gear, but he powers up to sidewalk slam free! Shinsuke tags to Cesaro but Strowman ROCKS Cesaro and runs him over! Strowman rallies with shoulders then TOSSES Cesaro to the corner! And the other way! And back again! Strowman runs into a boot, Shinsuke tags in.

Cesaro runs into a pop up flapjack! Shinsuke runs into a CLUBBING forearm! Fans fire up as Team Sami is all on the outside. Strowman wants to take a lap but Sami runs in and attacks! It does nothing! Sami runs away and Strowman chases him! Strowman runs over Shinsuke, then Cesaro! They keep going and Sami goes under the ring! Strowman looks for him but gets attacked by Cesaro and Shinsuke! Sami returns, and the whole team throws Strowman into steel steps! They drag Strowman back up to put in the ring. Shinsuke aims from the corner, “YAO~!” KINSHASA to the BACK! Cover, TWO!?! Strowman survives and Cesaro tags in.

Cesaro drags Strowman up, reels him in, Gotch hold, but Strowman powers up! Strowman ROCKS Shinsuke but Sami saves Cesaro. Sami runs away. Strowman runs at Cesaro but gets posted! Cesaro dropkicks Strowman in deeper! The ref backs Cesaro off, KINSHASA against the POST!! Tag and Shinsuke is legal. Sami tags in now, Shinsuke and Cesaro drag Strowman up for the double suplex HELLUVA KICK!! Cover, Team Sami wins!!

Winner: Team Sami, by pinfall (Sami Zayn is the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion)

The Great Liberator takes all the credit for the team effort! Brains (and numbers) beat brawn, but will the Monster Among Men #GetTheseHands on Sami for payback on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match!

The Queen of Spades made her return to Raw by taking a literal bite out of The Man! That is why Becky Lynch is actively rooting for Shayna Baszler in this match. But with Natalya, Asuka, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan in the mix, will Becky get the fight she wants for WrestleMania? Or will another rise up though the chaos and pain promised by the sadistic structure?

The Empress of Tomorrow, the Country Strong Viking, the LIVing Karma, and Shayna start off in the pods. That means this match starts with the Queen of Harts and the former leader of the Riott Squad. Will either woman make it to the end?

The bell rings and Ruby kicks Natty right away. Natty back drops but Ruby sunset flips, TWO! Ruby ROCKS Natty then throws her into buckles. Ruby throws heavy forearms then talks smack to Liv. Natty pushes Ruby back, dodges her in the corner, and throws her up and over the ropes. Natty pursues to throw Ruby into a support beam! “See that, Liv? You like that, Ruby?” Liv laughs as Natty grinds Ruby into steel chains for her. Natty drags Ruby up for a snap suplex to the hard floor! Natty grabs Ruby’s legs for the Sharpshooter! Liv watches and waves at Ruby as she endures the hold. But Ruby rolls and throws Natty into the Plexiglas! Natty clutches her neck while Ruby hobbles over.

Ruby drags Natty around to stomp her down, making sure Liv sees it all. Becky watches backstage as Ruby decides to climb. Ruby STAGE DIVE SENTONS! She crushes Natty then pushes her into the ring to cover, TWO! Ruby keeps on Natty by throwing her back out to the hard floor. She grinds Natty into the steel then drags her up. Ruby makes sure Sarah sees the standing STO! Ruby kicks Natty against the steel then drags her up. She throws Natty hard into the chains! Natty sputters as Ruby pushes her into steel again. But Natty slips out to Electric Chair! Ruby holds the steel to resist Natty’s plans, but Natty gets her away! Electric Chair DROP into the chains!

The first countdown is here, and the first woman to join this match is… Sarah Logan! Sarah gets out of her pod to SHOTGUN KNEE Natty into Liv’s pod! Natty checks her jaw after that one! Sarah drags Natty up to throw back into Liv’s pod. Sarah tells Ruby to watch as she goes after her. Ruby decides to climb and flee instead. So Sarah pursues! They fight on top of Liv’s pod! Liv watches as the two former friends brawl. Ruby punches Sarah but Sarah pop-up HEADBUTTS back! Sarah kicks Ruby but Ruby grabs the chains! Natty drags Ruby down from the floor and Sarah kicks at Ruby’s hands. Natty BOMBS Ruby down! Both women are down but Sarah smiles as she watches them from up above. Ruby and Natty slowly stand, and Sarah SUPER CROSSBODIES down on them both!!

All three women are down but Sarah shoves Ruby into the ring. Ruby flounders to a corner but Sarah is on her with stomps. Sarah hoists Ruby up top and climbs up to join her. Sarah howls but Natty joins in! TOWER OF DOOM, powerbomb superplex! All three women are down again, and the countdown returns! Next to join this match is… SHAYNA! The Queen of Spades goes after the Queen of Harts and posts her! Shayna butterfly gut wrenches Sarah to a DOMINATOR! Then KNEES her right in the head, before putting on the KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! Sarah taps, Shayna ELIMINATES her! Shayna throws strikes all over Ruby, butterfly gut wrench DOMINATOR again! And another KNEE! And the KIRAFUDA! Ruby taps out, Shayna ELIMINATES her now! Two eliminations in under a minute!

Shayna grins as she stalks up to Natty. Shayna opens a chamber door and drags Natty up to throw her inside! And then stomp away against the Plexiglas! Shayna backs off and Natty stands, but Shayna puts her in the doorway, to SLAM the door shut! And again! And again! Shayna shows no mercy as she wraps on the Kirafuda! Natty taps, Shayna ELIMINATES her third opponent! Fans boo as Shayna dusts off her hands while she stands all alone. Shayna just waits out the clock as Asuka and Liv are stuck in their pods. Shayna taunts Liv but Asuka is raring to go. Asuka even taunts back, so Shayna goes over to get up to the glass. Asuka calls Shayna stupid in both English and Japanese, but Shayna just laughs.

Fans boo as Shayna just swaggers about. Liv points at the Mania sign and she shouts that she’s going to Tampa. Shayna lets her hair down as she waits for a pod to open. Fans grow impatient but the countdown finally returns. Next in is… LIV! And Shayna is right on her! But Liv throws kicks, only to be shoved into steel. Liv boots back, then grabs on, only to be BOMBED into steel! And swung into chains! And into Plexiglas!! Liv is almost in tears but Shayna just smiles. Fans boo again as Shayna leaves Liv behind just to taunt Asuka. Asuka taunts back and Becky watches. Becky is actually amused by Shayna’s swagger. Liv somehow gets in the ring, and she SLAPS Shayna! Shayna LARIATS Liv down! Liv flounders to a corner but Shayna runs in, to KNEE her right down!

Shayna taunts Asuka again as she keeps on Liv. Shayna presses Liv into the glass for Asuka to look at but Asuka just talks trash at Shayna. Liv sputters as Shayna drags her up, for a HANGING SLEEPER! Shayna cranks Liv back while staring Asuka down! Liv fades out, Shayna ELIMINATES her fourth opponent! And fans boo as Asuka impatiently kicks at the pod. Shayna returns to pacing while Asuka continues to call her stupid. Fans are on Asuka’s side but Shayna encourages it. There is more pacing and taunting but time ticks by slowly when you’re waiting. The countdown finally returns, and we finally have Empress of Tomorrow VS Queen of Spades, two of the most deadly and dominant women to ever be NXT Women’s Champion. Now, they fight to see who has a WrestleMania moment with the Raw Women’s Champion!

Shayna and Asuka stand face to face and dare the other to make a move. Asuka kicks, Shayna ducks and boots, but Asuka ducks and hip attacks! Fans fire up as Asuka gives Shayna kick after kick! And a mule kick! Asuka runs, but Shayna blocks the sliding enziguri! Shayna trips Asuka to kick and kick and kick back. Shayna gut wrenches again, but Asuka slips out! Asuka and Shayna fight for the backslide, but Shayna spins out. Asuka ROUNDHOUSES Shayna, and grabs Shayna for the ASUKA LOCK!! Shayna slips out, wants the Kirafuda, but Asuka slips out again to ASUKA LOCK!! Shayna is caught!! But she rolls to the ropes, to the hard floor, and to the chains!

Shayna drags herself up but Asuka holds on. Shayna rams Asuka into steel chains! Then dribbles her off it again and again! Asuka sits down but she shakes her head, refusing to quit. Asuka runs at Shayna but Shayna gets her arm on the ropes! Shayna tortures the bad wrist! Shayna pushes Asuka into the ring, and wraps her up in the Kirafuda! Asuka moves forward, tries for a cover, but Shayna resists, so the two break. Shayna kicks the bad arm! And wrenches it all around! Butterfly gut wrench, DOMINATOR! KNEE! And KIRAFUDA! Asuka fades out, Shayna WINS!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission (NEW #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship)

Bloodthirsty Baszler did as she promised, and as Becky wanted. We have our WrestleMania moment, but will it be The Man triumphant over another contender? Or will Shayna feast upon the biggest prey on Monday Night Raw?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a wild night. I had been calling this “WWE Obligation Chamber” given the nature of the Raw Women’s Chamber, but to be honest, a great majority of this night was great. Bryan VS Gulak was surprisingly great, and it’s a good sign that Gulak is allowed to look this great. I was worried when he was trying to do the PowerPoint comedy with Strowman, but taking Bryan to his limit like this was a great way to salvage Gulak. I hope we get more, maybe even a Submission Iron Man match. Aleister VS Styles should’ve been paced better. I suppose we should commend The OC for only acting when Styles was in danger of losing, but there was just a lot they could’ve done better, even if it was just all so Taker could show up and make sure Styles lost.

The WWE midcard titles did pretty well tonight. Almas VS Carrillo was great once again, but I feel like the status quo is only hurting Carrillo. If WrestleMania rumors are true, a Fatal 4 Way for the United States Championship is going to be awesome, but how does Carrillo get in if he’s been losing to Garza and Almas? Other than that the WWE never cares about their own booking in how they book other things. And for half a second, I thought more seeds of dissent were being sown, but not really. Sami wins the Intercontinental Championship when he should’ve had it years ago, but maybe story circles around for there to be arguing within the team.

The tag titles were pretty great matches, too. The Raw tag title match was fun, but it was a lot like the match on Raw. Kevin showing up was of course a great moment, but Kevin hitting the Stunner, I wish this PPV was next week. That way it could lead into this whole “3:16 Day” with Stone Cold coming back to talk with Kevin about said Stunner. I just don’t think the Viking Raiders VS Hawkins & Ryder were needed if the Viking Raiders were going to show up and go after AOP. Like, okay, the Kickoff needed a match and Hawkins-Ryder haven’t done anything but it just seems a waste. Give us WWE 24/7 Championship stuff now that the internet is getting less of those! The chamber was down during the Kickoff, have an unofficial 24/7 Championship Chamber match!

Meanwhile, the SmackDown Tag Team Championship Chamber was incredible! Best thing all night! It was masterfully arranged, and even with status quo being kept, I am not disappointed. I could not have predicted Otis going through a pod and out of the chamber! But now, Miz & Morrison bringing these titles to Mania, I sense them having that direct feud with The Usos since the Usos pinned them on SmackDown a couple weeks ago. And is seems the rumored Mania match is happening. I’ll enjoy it whether it’s Otis VS Ziggler or the tag teams against each other, but this also needs to be the pay off for the glitching that happens around these characters.

I’m mostly just disappointed in the overall booking of the main event. Obviously Shayna was going to win so she needed to be dominant, but I’m not sure if she should have been this dominant. She eliminated all five other competitors, while completely trampling over the other stories in the match. I get that it got a ton of Heel Heat in a very Brock Lesnar way, but the WWE could’ve turned it down a notch. Let someone else eliminate one of the first three she took out. If Liv got one over on Ruby or Sarah, or Asuka gets Natty, that would’ve helped things even a little bit. But Shayna and Asuka being the last two for Shayna to inevitably win works fine, because they should be the two strongest.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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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